August 29, 2014 - 1:14 pm - Posted in Obituaries

BOEVE, Gertie picGertie Boeve, age 88 of Rock Rapids, IA died Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Good Samaritan Center in George, IA.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday September 2, 2014 at Christian Reformed Church of Rock Rapids, IA with Rev. Cliff Hoekstra officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids. Family will be greeting guests from 11:30 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church of Rock Rapids.

In lieu of flowers family wishes memorials be directed to Good Samaritan Center of George, IA.

For a complete obituary and registration please visit www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Gertie Van Holland was born October 3, 1925 in Sioux County, IA to John and Bertha Van Holland. She received her education through the 8th grade. On January 19 , 1949 Gertie was united in marriage to Dick Boeve in Hull, IA. The couple farmed near Rock Rapids for 8 years before moving northwest of Pipestone, MN where they lived for 29 years before moving back to Rock Rapids in 1985. Gertie’s husband Dick passed away in 2008. She was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Rock Rapids and was active in Friendship Bible study and Golden Hour Society. One of her favorite things to do was to visit the elderly. She brought kindness and caring to many over the years.

She is survived by her brother Tom (Marlene) Van Holland of Rock Valley, her sister in laws Darlene Van Holland of Rock Valley and Jeanette Van Holland of McMinnville, OR and brother in laws Dr. Ed Kragt of Rock Rapids and Hank (Helen) Boeve of Rock Rapids and many nephews and nieces.

Gertie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Dick Boeve; brothers, Gerrit Van Holland; Enno Van Holland; Dick Van Holland and John Van Holland, sisters, Tena Van Kekerix, Dora Kooima and Mina Kragt.

August 22, 2014 - 12:56 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Edgar Van Tubergen, age 77 of George, IA died Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, 2014, at the Hope Reformed Church rural George with Rev. Dave Poppen officiating. Private burial will be at Sheridan Township Cemetery in Boyden, IA. Visitation will be Sunday, August 24th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Edgar Lee Van Tubergen was born on September 10, 1936 at Ashton, IA the son of Edward and Susan (Harmlink) Van Tubergen. Ed grew up on a farm near Matlock, IA. At five years of age he moved with his family to a farm near Newkirk, IA. He attended Newkirk Grade School and also graduated from Newkirk High School. Ed continued his education at Northwestern Jr. College in Orange City, IA. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1959 and was honorably discharged in 1961. He was united in marriage to Betty Joyce Scholten on June 5, 1968. They made their home in George, IA where Ed worked for Sudenga Industries from 1962 until his retirement in 2001. He was a devoted employee and treasured the many friends he made at Sudenga. After his retirement he continued to inquire about the many friends that still worked there and was interested in the different aspects of the business. He loved to joke with people and fondly recounted stories of playing pranks on friends. He also loved to read, listen to Classical music, and watch the Iowa Hawkeyes on TV. He was a member of Hope Reformed Church. This past Thursday afternoon, Ed died at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of seventy-seven.

He is survived by his wife, Betty of George, IA; daughter, Nancy and her husband, Charles Eiten of Jeffersonville, IN; son, Bradley and his wife, Ashley Van Tubergen of George, IA; along with two grandchildren, Ellen and Benjamin Eiten.

Edgar was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Johanna Hatfield; Wilmina Miller and Jeanette Van Tubergen; and brother, Gerald Van Tubergen.

August 18, 2014 - 12:39 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Ray Klinkenborg, age 97 of Rock Rapids, IA died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Lyon Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday August 21st at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Rock Rapids, IA with Rev. Dean Shelly officiating. Burial will take place prior to the service on Thursday morning. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home in Rock Rapids at 9:00 a.m. before processing to Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids. Visitation will be Wednesday August 20th from 2 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, IA.

In lieu of flowers family wishes memorials be made to Lyon County Hospice.

For a complete obituary and registration please visit www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Ray was born January 26, 1917 to Enno and Grace (Kruse) Klinkenborg near George, Iowa, where he lived until he graduated from George High School in 1935. Ray attended Iowa Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls until 1939 and then joined the Army in 1940, prior to the United States entering WWII. Ray served as an officer in European campaigns, where he was awarded the Silver Star, our nation’s third highest military decoration for valor. He served, first in Italy, and then France, where he was captured by German forces. He was interned in OFLAG 64, a prisoner of war camp in Poland. When the Russians began their push through Poland, the German soldiers began a forced march of the OFLAG 64 prisoners, during which Ray escaped and made it back to Allied forces. Upon his return from overseas he married Eleanor Jammer on December 24, 1946. Eleanor passed away in 1975. After the war, Ray worked for a short time as the Lyon County Veterans Affairs officer and then in the ASCS office where he worked as director until he retired in 1979. On November 24, 1981 Ray was united in marriage to Nancy Broesder, becoming a step-father to Joshua Pilcher and later Ray and Nancy had a daughter, Abby. Ray enjoyed fishing, golfing, travel and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his daughter, Abby Kempema, her husband Cory Kempema, and their children, Logan and Raelyn of Sioux City, IA; son, Joshua Pilcher, his wife Amy Pilcher and their children, Aria and Carter of Ames, IA; nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Enno and Grace; first wife, Eleanor; brother, Elmer Klinkenborg; and sisters, Selma Hilbrands and Anita Hamlin.

August 11, 2014 - 8:48 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Arwin Sneller, age 52, of Doon, passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the George Community Good Samaritan Society.

There will be a funeral service on Tuesday, August 12, at 5:30pm, at the First Reformed Church in Hull.  The Rev. Kevin Yurk will officiate.  Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Hull.  Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, from 4:00pm to 5:15pm, at the church.  Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Arwin Harlan was born on May 14, 1962, in Sioux Center, the son of Henry E. and Marie Elizabeth (Scholten) Sneller. He was raised on the family farm east of Doon, where he helped his father and brother. He liked doing chores, especially feeding calves.

He attended the Central Lyon Schools in Doon and Rock Rapids and graduated from the River Valley School in Rock Valley.

On August 16, 2012, Arwin became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society. The staff there enjoyed him and had fun caring for him.

He was a member of the First Reformed Church and attended Friendship Bible classes. He had a unique personality and his own way of communicating with others.

Arwin enjoyed listening to the radio, very loudly, watching the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings (an avid fan), watching figure 8 and Nascar races, and playing UNO and other games.

Survivors include his sister, Lavonne DeJong; and two brothers, Eldon Sneller, and his wife, Lori, and Leon Sneller, all of Doon; four nephews, Brad Sneller, and his wife, Terri; Chad Sneller, and his wife Stacy; Scott DeJong; and Steven De Jong; a great nephew, Gavin Sneller; and two great nieces, Braelyn Sneller and Taryn Odens.

In addition to his parents and grandparents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Willard “Will” DeJong.

August 8, 2014 - 4:33 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Wava F. Braun age 90 of Rock Rapids, IA died Friday, August 8, 2014, at the Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 11th at the United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids with Rev. Marcia Sangel officiating. Burial will follow in the Beaver Creek Cemetery at Beaver Creek, MN.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 10th from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

For a complete obituary and online registry please visit: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Wava Fern (Schroder) Braun was born January 22, 1924, at Sibley, IA the daughter of Henry and Idena (Davids) Schroder. Wava grew up in the Ocheyeden area and graduated from the Ocheyeden High School. She attended Cedar Falls College where she earned a teacher’s certificate. After college, Wava started teaching in a country school. Wava was united in marriage to Albert Braun on December 26, 1943, at Sibley, IA. They made their home near Sibley and later moved to a farm near Beaver Creek, MN. Wava went back to college in Sioux Falls in 1966; she completed her education and received her teaching degree in 1969. She became employed with the Rock Rapids school district in 1969 and worked for them for the next 21 years, until she retired in 1990. For the first ten years she commuted from Beaver Creek (without missing a day) before moving to Rock Rapids. After forty one years of marriage, Albert died in 1984. Wava continued with her career and remained living in Rock Rapids. Over her twenty-one years of teaching in Rock Rapids she touched many young people’s lives. She was a teacher who demanded discipline in her classroom. As a result she earned respect and appreciation from many of her students over the years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Wava was active in her community and in her church. She taught Sunday school for most of her life, served as Sunday school superintendent, sang in the church choir and participated in the many ladies circles. She was involved with the Lyon County Queen Show for many years, serving as secretary for most of those years, she also was active in the hospital auxiliary and a member of the ISEA and NEA for many years. In her retired years she enjoyed doing volunteer work in the community and church. As her health declined, Wava became a resident of the Rock Rapids Health Centre and on August 8, 2014, she died there at the age of ninety.

She is survived by her two sons, Kieth and his wife, Carmen Braun of Brandon, SD and Burdette and his wife, Sharon, Braun of Beaver Creek, MN; along with twelve grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

Wava was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Idena; husband, Albert; infant son, Kenneth; daughters, Cheryl, Debra and Jolene and brothers, Warren, Russell and Gary.

August 6, 2014 - 5:08 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Eunice Lenderts, age 89 of George, IA passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Sibley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 9 at Lyon County First Presbyterian Church of rural George, IA, with Rev. Paul Fischer officiating.  Burial will follow at the Lyon County First Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, August 8th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

Eunice (Behrends) Lenderts was born January 20, 1925 at rural George, IA to Dick and Fanna (Willemssen) Behrends. She attended and completed her schooling at Dale No. 4 country school. Eunice was a great help to her father as she was growing up on the farm, especially handling the horses while putting up hay. As a young girl she took two years of piano lessons. Those lessons and her love of God and music served her well for the rest of her life. She began playing piano for church services at the age of 14 and continued playing for services, Jr. and Sr. Choirs, and special events for many years until she was no longer able. On February 16, 1943 Eunice was united in marriage to Orval Lenderts. They began their married life together on a farm near Matlock, IA where Eunice helped her husband farm. After one year, they moved to her family farm southeast of George, where they were blessed and raised their two children, Gerald and Elvina. In 1983, they retired to a nearby acreage until due to health decline, they moved to Sibley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in 2010.

Eunice was a lifetime member of Lyon County First Presbyterian Church of rural George. She was an active member of the church Dorcas Society all her adult years. Church was very important to her and her love for the Lord was evident in the way she lived her life. Eunice enjoyed embroidering, crocheting, word puzzles, and reading. However, she thoroughly enjoyed bowling and was an avid bowler on a women’s league for many years. Eunice dearly loved her family very much and treasured the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband of 71 years, Orval Lenderts of Sibley, IA; daughter, Elvina (Lynn) Van Meeteren of George, IA; daughter-in-law, Harriet Lenderts of Sibley, IA; 6 grandchildren, Steven Lenderts and special friend Tanya of Sibley, IA, Brian (Angie) Lenderts of Johnston, IA, Heath (Amanda) Van Meeteren of George, IA, Aaron (Joni) Lenderts of Baltic, SD, Melissa (Randy) Vaupel of Sibley, IA, and Jerry (Lori) Lenderts of Papillion, NE; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Gerald Lenderts; sisters, Frances Timmer, Loraine Chadwick, and infant sister, Leona.

July 31, 2014 - 3:40 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Larry Van Briesen, aged 74, of Little Rock, IA died Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 4, 2014 at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, IA with Rev. LeRoy Christoffel and Rev. Matt Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, IA.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of George, IA.

The Jurrens Funeral Home George is in charge of arrangement for Larry Van Briesen

Larry Dean Van Briesen was born May 3, 1940 in Grant Township of Lyon County to Walter and Gladys (Duin) Van Briesen. He grew up on the family farm by George where he attended country school and graduated from George High School in 1958. He joined the National Guard in 1958 and was honorably discharged in 1966. On September 9, 1960 he was united in marriage to Carol Christians at the Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock. He worked at Swalve Produce in George for a short time and then worked at Armour Packing Plant in Worthington for 19 years. In 1970 they moved to their present acreage and started farming. He retired from farming in 1999 but still continued to raise cattle until the present. He then worked at Sudenga Industries in George retiring from there in 2006. Larry was a hard worker from dawn to dusk. He had a great love for animals, especially cattle. Seeing the first calf born in the spring was the joy of his life. He enjoyed helping the kids with their 4-H projects and also hunting, trapping and fishing especially in North Dakota. He also enjoyed listening to polka music and attending numerous auctions, where he was always on the lookout for unique items to add to his collection. His children and grandchildren were very special to him and he was looking forward to a new grandchild in August.

Larry is survived by his wife Carol of nearly 54 years; three children, son, Craig (Jessica) Van Briesen and their children, Aubrey, Sawyer and Kason all of Boyden, IA; son, Cory (Angie) Van Briesen and their children, Kyra, Caden, Sydnie and Ellie Van Briesen all of Wilmont, MN; and daughter, Carla (Jamie) Rokusek and their children, Josie and Charlie all of Boyden, IA; sisters, Thelma Van Briesen and LaDonn (Norwood) Geerdes; and brother Paul (Angie) Van Briesen all of George, IA; and several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Gladys Van Briesen; and sister, Doris Stubbe.

July 28, 2014 - 9:37 am - Posted in Obituaries

Marcelyn Smid, age 81 of George, IA died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in George, IA.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, IA, with Reverends Paul Soderquist & Jan Burnett officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, IA. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 29th from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers family wish memorials be presented to:  Atlas of Lyon County.

The Jurrens Funeral Home of George is in charge of arrangements for Marcelyn Smid.

Marcelyn J. Smid was born on October 24, 1932 in George, IA, the daughter of John E. and Theresa (Sudenga) Smid. She graduated from George High School in 1950. She helped her dad with the Insurance Business and worked at Sudenga Iron Works and Sudenga Industries. She grew up in the Evangelical United Brethren Church and was the church organist there. When the church closed, she became a member of the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school and Adult Bible class. Marcelyn graduated from Westmar College in 1959. She taught school at Harris, IA and Mason City, IA for several years. She attended St. Paul Bible College (now known as, Crown College in St Bonifacius, MN), for Library Science, and later became head librarian there until 1982. She received her Master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Minnesota, and took some summer classes through the University of Denver. She worked at Bethany College for five years. In 1991 she started working for Sanborn Christian School and retired in 2007. She was a member of the Federated Woman’s Club, the Lyon County Historical Society and Ostfriesen Geneological Society. Marcelyn loved to travel and traveled all over the world. She traveled to thirty-seven countries and all fifty states. She chaperoned several annual trips to the Browns Conferences at Lake Okoboji until she couldn’t do it anymore. Marcelyn had a passion for music and loved to read books. She loved the Lord and always had a good word to say about everyone.

Marcelyn is survived by many cousins and friends.

Her parents, and several cousins preceded her in death.

July 24, 2014 - 2:20 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Marvin E. Miller, age 59 of Alvord, IA passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in George, IA.

Memorial service will be 3:00 P.M., Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Jurrens Funeral Home in Rock Rapids with Reverend Dean Shelly officiating.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 29th from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, IA.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at: jurrensfuneralhome.com

Marvin Eugene Miller was born on May 27, 1955 in Watertown, South Dakota, the son of Ralph and Lorraine (Marquart) Miller. He later graduated from Watertown High School. Marvin met Vickie Dean on August 16, 1980 at Lake Kampeska near Watertown. On June 19, 1982, they were united in marriage at Memorial Park in Watertown. The couple lived in several states such as South Dakota, Florida and Iowa. Marvin worked as a truck driver for Pete Klein Trucking in Rock Rapids, IA. His hobbies included riding his motorcycle and looking at old cars. His favorite was the 1955 Chevy, the year he was born. He will be greatly missed.

Marvin is survived by his wife of thirty-two year, Vickie Miller of Alvord, IA; four siblings, Sylvia (Robert) Peterson of Charlotte, North Carolina, Joyce (Richard) Larson of Fargo, North Dakota, Kenneth (Roxanne) Miller of Uvalde, Texas and Frank (Karen) Miller of Watertown, South Dakota; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents, Ralph and Lorraine Miller and one sister, Janet Mathews.

July 21, 2014 - 12:50 pm - Posted in Obituaries

John D. Coulson, age 94 of Doon, IA died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 24th at United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Rev. Marsha Sangel officiating. Inurnment will follow at Riverview Cemetery at Rock Rapids. Family will be receiving friends and family Thursday morning one hour prior to the service at the church.

For a complete obituary and registration please visit www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

John Delbert Coulson was born July 9, 1920 in Grundy Center, Iowa, the son of Delbert and Gretchen (McDonald) Coulson. He was raised and educated in Grundy Center and graduated from high school in 1938. After high school John spent time at the local newspaper learning how to operate and maintain the printing press. He also worked as a telephone and telegraph lineman.

On July 3, 1942 John entered the Army Air Corps where he was a Radar Repairman for Airborne Equipment. He was honorably discharged on January 21, 1946 and returned to Iowa. He and Fred Jess purchased the Little Rock Freelance Newspaper in May of 1948 and ran the paper until August of 1952. On September 7, 1952 John was united in marriage to Beverly Jean Julia Hanson at United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids, IA. They made their home in Rock Rapids. He began working at the Lyon County Reporter as a Mechanical Superintendent. On July 17, 1991 John’s wife Beverly died after 40 years of marriage. Soon after, John retired from the Reporter after working over 30 years.

John was a member of the United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids and the Rex Strait Post No. 103, American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, mowing his yard, reading and short car rides. Most of all John enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by five children, Jeane Bruns, Barbara Coulson, both of Doon, IA, Patti (husband Gene) Boon of Alton, IA, Mike (wife Tami) Coulson of Everson, WA and Nancy (husband Terry) Daily of Urbana, MO; seven grandchildren; and twenty-two great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Walters of Iowa City, IA; and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Gretchen Coulson; wife, Beverly Jean Julia Coulson; three brothers, Donald, Paul, and Wilfred; and one sister, Margaret Ashby.