May 9, 2014 - 2:46 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Funeral-female1Naomi Knobloch, age 82 of Lester, IA died of Friday, May 9, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM, Monday, May 12th at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids, Iowa.Burial will follow at the Apostolic Christian Faith Cemetery in Rock Rapids.Visitation will be Sunday, May 11th with the family present from 3:00 to 4:30 PM and again from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids is in charge of services.

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

Naomi Knobloch was born August 6, 1931 in rural Alvord, Iowa to Emil and Freida (Doerr) Knobloch. She was raised on the family farm near Alvord and attended country school and two years of high school in Lester, Iowa. Naomi worked for 42 years at the Sioux Valley (Sanford) Hospital in Sioux Falls. She became a member of the Apostolic Christian Church on August 16, 1956.

Naomi passed away after an extended battle with cancer at the Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids on May 9, 2014.

She is survived by 5 brothers and 2 sisters, Libbie Den Hartog of Shelley, Idaho, Gilbert Knobloch of Rock Rapids, Iowa, Silas (Edith) Knobloch of Lester, Iowa, Melvin (Wilma) Knobloch of Lester, Iowa, Clyde (Charlene) Knobloch of Mackinaw, Illinois, William (Eleanor) Knobloch of Tremont, Illinois, Esther (Dennis) Warner of Rock Rapids, Iowa. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Alfred; sisters-in-law, Vickie Knobloch, Joan Knobloch, Lucille Knobloch; brother-in-law, Vern Den Hartog.

May 5, 2014 - 10:38 am - Posted in Obituaries

STUBBE, Wayne picWayne H. Stubbe, age 86 of Rock Rapids, IA died Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Lyon Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM Friday May 9th, 2014 at United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids with Rev. Dean Shelly officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.Visitation will be Thursday May 8th, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM with family present from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, IA.

For a complete obituary and register book please visit www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Wayne Henry Stubbe was born February 22, 1928 at the family farm near Ellsworth, MN, the son of Jerry and Ann (Werkman) Stubbe. He was raised on the family farm near Ellsworth and attended country school there thru the 8th grade. In his youth Wayne worked for local farmers and on threshing crews in the summer. He later started working at the Coop Oil Company in Rock Rapids, IA. On October 28, 1949 he married the love of his life Audrey Arends at the Congregational Church in Ellsworth, MN. After getting married the young couple made their home in Rock Rapids, IA. While in Rock Rapids, Wayne worked at Quaker Oats which later became Cargill Inc., as a salesman from 1949 until 1980 when he and Audrey were asked to move to Royal, IA where he would be the head salesman at the Cargill Elevator there. He continued to work at Royal until 1991 when at the age of 62 he retired. Wayne and Audrey then moved back to Rock Rapids in order to be closer to their family. Wayne enjoyed doing many things including fishing, bowling, listening to music and of course going dancing with his wife. They attended many dances and were often complemented on how great they danced together. Wayne also loved watching his children and grandchildren in any of the events in which they participated in. He also loved making small wood items for his family to have. Once Audrey passed he spent many a morning at Sunshine for coffee sharing any news he had about his family. In March of 2012 Wayne had to be moved into the Lyon Manner Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rock Rapids, IA where he then made his home for the past two years. He loved the help there and always had to make sure he had chocolate for them. He had to give up many things when he moved in there but he was able to keep his pride and joy which was his Bose Radio which he always had playing as you came upon his room in the nursing home. His family will always remember him for his sense of humor, his great love of family, his love of music and his great work ethic.

Wayne and Audrey were both members of the United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids, where Wayne served for many years as an usher.

Wayne is survived by his children, Greg Stubbe and wife Liz of Rock Rapids, IA, Dave Stubbe and wife Linda of Oakview, CA, Larry Stubbe and wife Betsy of Rock Rapids, IA, and Lynette Wagenaar and husband Kevin of Little Rock, IA. He also leaves to cherish his memory 11 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Reck of Wentworth, SD; one brother-in-law, Harold Arends and wife Shirley of Marshalltown, IA; brothers, Ron Stubbe and wife Jan of Gretna, NE, Robert Stubbe & wife Sharon of Papillion, NE and Jerry Stubbe and wife Tara of Worthing, SD; and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Audrey; son, Mike; sister, Shirley Van Meeteren; brothers, Henry Wayne and Marvin Jerry.

 

 

May 1, 2014 - 9:29 am - Posted in Obituaries

Henrietta Krull, age 91 of George, IA died Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Hope Reformed Church at George, IA with Rev. David Poppen, officiating. Burial will follow in the Hope Reformed Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday May 2, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

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

Henrietta Krull was born October 15, 1922 in the George and Boyden area to Gerrit and Ida (DeWeerdt) Korthals.  She also attended country school in that area.  On August 27, 1946, she was united in marriage to Alvin Krull of George at the Hope Reformed Church parsonage.  Henrietta and Alvin made their home on the same farm where Alvin grew up.  Henrietta lived there until Alvin went into the nursing home and then move to town.  She lived in her home in George until this past December when she moved to the Good Samaritan Society in George.

She was a member of Hope Reformed Church of George and belonged to the Esther Circle.  Henrietta enjoyed sewing, embroidery, making pillowcase dolls with her sister Jeanette, and gardening until Macular degeneration made these things impossible for her to do.  Even though she couldn’t do her favorite things anymore, she was still independent and always had a great attitude.  She had a wonderful sense of humor and liked to listen to the Statler Brothers.  Henrietta loved spending time with her family especially her grandbabies.  This past Thursday May 1st Henrietta passed away at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids at the age of 91.  She will be greatly missed.

Henrietta is survived by three sons, Myron Krull and his wife, Penny of Rock Rapids; Norman Krull and his wife, Eileen of George; Lloyd Krull and his wife, Delores of George; two daughters, Carol Boltjes and her husband, Lee of Spencer, IA; and Lori Haack and her husband, Perry of LaCrosse, WI;  twelve grandchildren; twenty one great-grandchildren; brothers, John (Mary) Korthals, Alfred Korthals, Ed (Pearl) Korthals, Harold (Ardis) Korthals, Albert (Johanna) Korthals; sister, Edith Van Tillburg; sisters-in-law, Velva Korthals and Floy Korthals, all of George, IA; and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alvin; brother, Leonard and sister, Gertrude in infancy; sister, Jeanette Lamfers; brother, Marion Korthals; sister, Leona Geerdes, and brother, Ron Korthals; and son-in-law, Duane Enderson.

April 20, 2014 - 2:03 am - Posted in Obituaries

Barbara Ross, age 78 of Rock Rapids, IA died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Lyon Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rock Rapids, IA.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Jurrens Funeral Home with Rev. Dean Shelly officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Doon, IA.

Family will be greeting guests from 10:00 a.m. to the time of service at 11:00 a.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Rock Rapids on Wednesday morning.

Barbara Beth Ross was born July 31, 1935 in Doon, IA to Albert and Beulah (Kahl) Ross. She was raised in Doon, IA and graduated from Doon High School. Barb enjoyed the restaurant business and spent nearly her entire life fixing and serving delicious food to her customers and friends. She began her working career in 1958 at the Corner Café restaurant in Doon, which she later bought and named ‘Barb’s Café’. She then worked at Pete’s Steakhouse in Doon before moving to Rock Rapids in 1988. In Rock Rapids Barb went to work at Sportsman’s and worked there until the fire at which time she retired. Barb attended Doon First United Methodist Church while she lived in Doon. She enjoyed sports very much and was an avid golfer and bowler. She was quite good at both sports and belonged to leagues. She also enjoyed very much playing cards with a special group of dear friends. They spent many hours enjoying each other’s company. She was loved by her family. Having never married or having children of her own she became a grandmother figure to her niece and nephews. She never missed a game of theirs. Also, she enjoyed camping with her family at the Lakes and even spent some time working at the Sandbar Beach in Spirit Lake. This past Saturday morning Barb passed away at the Lyon Manor Nursing Home at the age of 78. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her brother, Forest (Karen) Ross of Canton, SD; nieces and nephews, Jim (Debbie) Ross and their children Crystal and Nicole all of Baltimore, MD; Patrick Ross and his son Carson from Canton, SD; mark Ross of Kansas City, KS; Scott Ross and fiancé Kayla and sons Rex and Jaxson all of Archer, IA; Kathryn (Randy) Limke of Sioux Falls, SD.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Roland Ross.

April 15, 2014 - 2:22 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Roger Myrlie, age 76 of Lester,died Tuesday, April 15th at Prince of Peace Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 19th at Seeds of Faith United Methodist Church in Lester, with Rev. Don Nelson and Rev. Todd Schlitter officiating.  Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Lester.

Visitation will be Friday, April 18th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Seeds of Faith United Methodist Church in Lester.

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

Roger was born July 21, 1937 in Lester, Iowa, the son of John and Emma (Heyer) Myrlie. At a young age Roger lost his parents and was raised by his aunts and uncles. He lived in Sheldon, IA for a few years with his sister Shirley Jean and her husband before moving back to Lester where he lived with his uncle and aunt Artie and Leona Heyer. He graduated from Lester High School in 1955. Even before graduating from high school he joined the Air National Guard in Sioux Falls and served 10 years.

On April 26, 1958 Roger was united in marriage to Patricia Giesel at the Lutheran Church in Luverne, MN. Together they lived in Sioux Falls, SD for two years while Roger worked at Daniels Olsen Building Products. They moved back to Lester, IA while Roger continued to work for Daniels Olsen and in the 1980’s he became part owner. He retired in 2001 after 45 years.

Roger was a member of Seeds of Faith United Methodist Church in Lester, IA, active with various church activities. He was a Lester City Council Member, Lester Fire Department Volunteer and very involved for many years with the Lester Fastpitch Softball Team as a coach and player. He enjoyed traveling, golfing, bowling, and especially attending his grandchildren’s activities including watching the West Lyon football and basketball championships this year.

Roger is survived by his wife of 55 years, Pat Myrlie of Lester, IA; three sons, Jeff (wife, Kelly) Myrlie of Rock Rapids, IA, Scott Myrlie of Sioux Falls, SD and Victor (wife, Janet) Myrlie of Lester, IA; six grandchildren, Kurtis (wife, Miranda) Myrlie, Kevin (wife, Kali) Myrlie, both of Sioux Falls, SD, Jesse Selgeby of Rock Rapids, IA, Kelly Myrlie of Lincoln, NE, Kacey Myrlie and Thadd Myrlie, both of Lester, IA; two great-grandchildren, Hayden-PaPa Roger’s special little man and Kenli- PaPa Roger’s dolly both of Sioux Falls, SD; one sister, Elaine (husband, Don) Dolphin of Folsom, CA; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, John and Emma Myrlie; and one sister, Shirley Jean Daniels.

April 6, 2014 - 8:44 am - Posted in Obituaries

Pall SnydersPaul Snyders, age 89 of Larchwood, IA died Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, April 8th at The Church of St. Mary in Larchwood, IA, with Father Bruce Lawler officiating.

Burial will follow at the Larchwood Cemetery in Larchwood, IA.

Visitation will be Monday, April 7th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at The Church of St. Mary in Larchwood. Also there will be a Vigil service held at 7:00 PM Monday evening at the church.

For a complete obituary and registry, visit jurrensfuneralhome.com.

The Jurrens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Paul Snyders.

Paul Anthony Snyders was born September 30, 1924 in Larchwood, IA to Frank and Nellie (Janssen) Snyders. He was raised in Larchwood and received his education from St. Mary’s Catholic School graduating in 1942. Paul entered the United States Navy in December of 1943. He was first stationed at the USNTC Farragut Naval base in Idaho before transferring to DDTC Tiburon, CA for further training. His permanent post of duty was in the South Pacific on board the USS AB South Dakota as a Gunners Mate 2nd Class. Paul’s ship was a floating dry dock; a vessel which could come underneath another ship and lift that ship out of the water in order to perform maintenance. He was honorably discharged from the service in June of 1946. On February 28, 1949 he was united in marriage to Joan Teresa Krier in Larchwood where they started their family. Paul drove a bulk truck for Grotewold Motors delivering oil. He later worked for John Morrells as a city truck driver delivering meat to area grocery stores. He retired from Morrells in 1986. He was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Larchwood. Paul loved the outdoors enjoying golf, hunting, trap shooting and later in life snow skiing. He also enjoyed walking for his health and just for the joy of being outdoors. He was a member of the Flessner Post No. 561 American Legion for 67 years. Paul will be remembered as a happy man who enjoyed his family and friends very much. This past Saturday, April 5, 2014 Paul passed away at the Rock Rapids Health Centre at the age of 89. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by daughter-in-law, Elaine Snyders of Larchwood; daughter, Beverly Eckholt of Savanna, GA; son, Ronald Snyders of Sioux Falls, SD; son, Gary Snyders of Larchwood, IA; son, Lyle Snyders and (Rasamy) of Larchwood, IA; son, Tony (Lisa) Snyders of Larchwood, IA; daughter, Cindy (Terry) Gunderson of Valley Springs, SD; son, Dean (Karen) Snyders of Larchwood, IA; son, Jeff (Patti) Snyders of Rifle, CO; daughter, Janet (Victor) Myrlie of Lester, IA; daughter, Cathy Schlotfeldt of Johnston, IA; 34 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; sisters, Rita Cain of Sioux Falls, SD, Julie Roemen of Inwood, IA, Monica Weber of Sioux Falls, SD, and Irene Daniels of Sioux Falls, SD; brother, Matt Snyder of Aberdeen, SD; nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joan Teresa Snyders; sons, David and Paul Jr.; grandson, Alec Schlotfeldt; brothers, Joe and Francis; sisters, Mary Kramer Honrath, and Helen Dains.

April 3, 2014 - 3:02 pm - Posted in Obituaries

BROWER, Cornie PicCornelius Brower age 91 of Rock Rapids, IA died Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2014 at Congregational United Church of Christ in Rock Rapids, IA. Burial with full military honors will take place prior to the service at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids at 12:30 PM. Visitation will be Sunday, April 6th 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

Cornelius “Cornie” Brower was born August 11, 1922, in Rock Rapids, IA the son of Anna (Steck) and Case Brower.  Cornie grew up in Rock Rapids where he attended school, graduating from Wilson High School in 1941. Following high school, Cornie served his country in the US Military Coast Guard during WWII.  Upon his honorable discharge, Cornie returned home to Rock Rapids.  Cornie started working for JC Penney department store in Rock Rapids, and later he worked for Jongewaard Funeral home and Furniture where Cornie started helping with funerals along with selling furniture.  Over the years, Cornie continued to be involved with the local funeral home as a key employee helping alongside Harold Jongewaard, Chuck Wolski, Dick Staap, Richard Roste and Jerry Jurrens.  Cornie was a true example of someone who loved to help out and serve his community.  He served families in the Rock Rapids area as a funeral directors’ assistant for sixty-two years.  Over the years, he was the Rock Rapids Fire Chief, Certified EMT, Civil Defense Coordinator, a Boy Scout leader, Sunday School Superintendent, active in the Rock Rapids American Legion and a bus driver for the Central Lyon school district.  He was a lifelong active member of the Congregational United Church of Christ where he served on many boards and committees.  He was united in marriage to Lila Hass on November 3, 1948 at Rock Rapids.  Cornie and Lila were blessed with two children, Jeffrey and Jerilynn.  Cornie was a loving husband, proud and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  Cornie developed a love for sports when he was a young man.  He was very good at softball and played on a local team for several years.  He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes, Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan.  He and Lila took several trips in their retirement years and they also were part of a pinochle club for 52 years.  Cornie died this past Thursday morning, April 3, 2014, at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of ninety-one.

   He is survived by his children Jeffrey and his wife, Mary Brower of Spokane, WA and Jerilynn and her husband, Wally Walker of Brooklyn Park, MN; grandchildren, Erin (Neil) Jacobson and their children Bridger and Porter of Spokane, WA; Weston Walker of Tampa, FL and Whitney Walker of Golden Valley, MN; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cornie was preceded in death by his parents, Case and Anna; his wife, Lila; five brothers, Jack, Al, Pete, Delco and Richard and two sisters Willie Kudrle and Edith Moeller.

April 3, 2014 - 12:19 pm - Posted in Obituaries

TIMMERMANS, Marybelle picMarybelle Timmermans, age 82 of George, IA died on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, IA with Pastor Paul Soderquist officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be Friday, April 4th from 2 – 8 PM with family present from 6 – 8 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George, IA. In lieu of flowers family wishes memorials be directed to Sanford Hospital Rock Rapids and George Good Samaritan Society.

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

Marybelle Joan Timmermans was born September 16, 1931 in Cedar Rapids, IA to Bruce and Phyllis (Sudenga) Weatherly. She was raised in Rock Rapids and graduated from Rock Rapids High School. She furthered her education at the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Sioux City, IA graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1952. On September 13, 1953 she was united in marriage to Henry “Hank” Timmermans. The couple began their lives together in Iowa City. They then moved to Sioux City for a time before coming to Rock Rapids in 1955. She and Hank moved to George in 1959 where they remained and raised their family. Marybelle worked as a nurse in each of these cities but took a break to be home with her young family until the early ‘70’s. She then began working at the Good Samaritan Center in George. Marybelle spent many years there, in many capacities, serving her community and friends. She will be remembered as a loving and patient person. Her kindness and giving manner blessed people both in her professional and personal life. Her family will remember her as a wonderful mother and a wonderful wife to their Dad. Marybelle was a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church and was active in church activities and groups. She was a Girl Scout leader, active in the Eastern Star and George Women’s Club. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, traveling, Okoboji living and winters in Florida. This past Wednesday April 2, 2014 Marybelle passed away peacefully at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids at the age of 82. She will be greatly missed.

Marybelle is survived by her husband of 60 years, Hank Timmermans of George, IA; children, Mike (Eileen) Timmermans of Vinton, IA; Cathy (Dave) Huff of Ashton, IA; Terri (Dan) Duistermars of Orange City, IA; Suzy (Jim) Berglie of Fargo, ND; and Jana (Russ) Adams of Orange City, IA; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Karyn (Clarence) Boer of Larchwood, IA and Fiddy (Melvin) Hamann of Luverne, MN; sisters-in-law, Donna Weatherly of Sioux City, IA and Eleanor Schlotfeldt of Winston Salem, NC.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Phyllis Weatherly; brother Robert Weatherly; parents-in-law, Henry and Henrietta Timmermans; infant sister, Linda Weatherly; niece, Linda Weatherly; and sister-in-law, Mary Jane Timmermans.

March 31, 2014 - 8:19 am - Posted in Obituaries

Viola Stettnichs, age 63 of Rock Rapids, IA passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, April 3rd at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Rev. Dan Kordahl officiating. Private burial will be on Saturday in Riverview Cemetery at Rock Rapids. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 2nd from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

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

Viola Mae Stettnichs was born May 10, 1950 in Sibley, Iowa, the daughter of Harry and Grace (Wiertzema) Gertsma. She attended school at various locations, including Central Lyon, Magnolia, MN and Ellsworth, MN. She graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1969. After school Vi worked various secretarial jobs and housekeeping positions throughout her life. She took pride in all the jobs she did. For a lot of people she became more than a housekeeper, where she was known to go the extra mile.

On March 17, 1978 Vi married Jeff Stettnichs in Rock Rapids, IA. Their entire married life was spent in Rock Rapids. To this union a son, Jason and a daughter, Kristy were born. In the 90s Vi and Jeff owned and operated See & Save Clothing Store in Rock Rapids. Vi’s greatest delight was spending time with her family and friends. She loved baking and cooking, and sharing these items with many. A surprise visit from Vi with her famous chocolate chip cookies was a welcome sight, even in her grandkids’ classrooms. Her fondest memories were going for Harley rides with her husband and spending quality time with her grandchildren. Vi also enjoyed watching the birds outside of her window, especially the hummingbirds, car rides and being out in nature.

Vi passed away at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD on March 30, 2014 at the age of 63. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 36 years, Jeff of Rock Rapids, IA; a son, Jason (Jackie) Stettnichs of George, IA; a daughter, Kristy Stettnichs (fiancé, Jon) of Rock Rapids, IA; five grandchildren, Taeron, Ciara, Shelby, Hayden and Ana, with one grandson on the way; three sisters, Millie (Wendell) DeBeer of George, IA, Suzan (Ted) Wellendorf of Ellsworth, MN and Ranae (Kevin) Van Roekel of Hull, IA; a sister-in-law, Diane Anderson of Castlewood, SD; a brother-in-law, Rod (Nan) Stettnichs of Sioux City, IA; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Grace Gertsma; parents-in-law, Marvin and Sis Stettnichs; and one niece, Gwen Meester.

March 27, 2014 - 4:12 pm - Posted in Obituaries

James “Bud” Thoelke, age 93 of George, IA died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday March 31, 2014 at St. Paul Lutheran Church rural Hull, IA with Rev. Robert Gordon officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM with family present from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George, IA.

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

  James “Bud” V. Thoelke was born May 16, 1920 in White, South Dakota to Henry and Grace (Boekholder) Thoelke. He received his early education in White before he and his family moved to George, Iowa in July of 1935 at the age of 15.  Following his schooling he worked at Siebring’s in George for a time before moving to San Diego, California where he worked at Consolidated Aircraft.  When WWII broke out he moved back to George and returned to work at Siebring’s until he enlisted with the United States Navy in 1942. He received the necessary training to fill the role of Electricians Mate First Class at Purdue University and was assigned to a Minesweeper vessel in the South Pacific.  Bud returned to George after the war and in the late 1940’s he went to work for Sudenga Industries where he eventually became a part owner and worked until his retirement in the early 1980’s.  Bud married Delores Stoehr on April 6, 1973 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. They were very devoted to each other and lived their entire married lives in George.  He and Delores loved their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much and enjoyed spending time with them and keeping them supplied with stuffed animals. Bud was a 65 year member of the American Legion of which he was very proud.  He also served on the George City council for 25 years. Bud was an intelligent man with many talents and skills.  He loved to tinker, build, and create even into his later years.  Along with building a lot of equipment for Sudenga’s and the city’s use, he also rebuilt cars.  One of his greatest interests and joys was aviation.  He built from scratch, a biplane called an EAA (Experimental Airplane Association) Biplane which he flew out of the grass strip by Sudenga’s. Bud was known for being a kind and gentle soul and a bit of a prankster.

This past Wednesday March 26, 2014, Bud passed away at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull, Iowa at the age of 93. He will be greatly missed.

James is survived by his children, Larry (Nancy) Thoelke of George; and Debra (LeRoy) Jasmer of Hull; 5 granddaughters, Michelle (Matthew) Blum of Superior, NE, Krista (Doug) Dykstra of George, Angie Petersen of George, Rachel (David) Huyser of Doon, Rebekah (Heath) LaFrenz of Rock Rapids; 7 great-grandchildren, Maitland Dykstra, Courtney Dykstra, Karli Petersen, Sean Dykstra, Dayna Petersen, Nicole Huyser, and Jessica Huyser; sister, Earlene Hilbrands of Colorado; and brother, Duane (Marge) Thoelke of Forest City, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Delores; sisters, Viola Heidebrink, and Beverly Cassens.