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ABBEN, Louis John "Sonny" 1935-2014


Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 3/30/2015 at 23:18:34

[Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Thursday, October 16, 2014]

WASHBURN - Louis John "Sonny" Abben, 78, of Mineola, Texas, formerly of Washburn, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Eden Prairie, Minn.

He was born Dec. 23, 1935, in Waterloo, son of Gephard and Louise Busker Abben. He married Marilyn Wheeler on Jan. 12, 1957, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua; she preceded him in death.

Louis worked at Rath Feed and John Deere Waterloo Tractor Works. He also was a mechanic.

Survived by two daughters, Cynthia Abben and Luanne (John) Haasis, both of Waverly; two sisters, Pat (Wayne) Daniels of Waterloo and Marge Werner of Eden Prairie; and special friend, Donna Stahl of Cedar Falls.

Preceded in death by his parents; and an extra daughter, Johnnette Hrabovsky Damme.

Services: noon Saturday at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel, preceded by an hour of visitation, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery.

Additional from Kearns Funeral Service:

Mr. Abben was employed by Rath Packing Company and John Deere & Company, before moving to Texas 35 years ago. He loved antique cars. Louis refurbished two 1929 Fords, and belonged to the Antique Ford Club in Mineola. He was an excellent mechanic. In his younger days, he enjoyed fishing and traveling. He and his family traveled all over in their Airstream trailer.


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