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Walter August Suckow 1893-1959


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 1/11/2014 at 00:43:49

Succumbs in Barber Chair
Just ready to get his haircut, Walter Suckow, 65, died this morning about 10:20 in the Central Barbershop of a coronary attack.

Dr. E.K. Vaubel, who had just finished getting his haircut when the death occurred, said Suckow had sat in the waiting chair with an ashen-white face, then, stepping up to the chair for a haircut, said he had a terrible pain in his chest.

“Obviiously he was having a coronary attack,” Dr. Vaubel says, “and therefore could not be moved without an ambulance.” Dr. Vaubel had just stepped out the door of the barbershop when owner Cecil Eide called him back and Suckow was dead.

Eide had not started to cut his hair, but had tied an apron on him in readiness to begin.

Much difficulty ensued in identifying the man. No one in the barbershop at the time could recognize Suckow.

Mayor Sanders, who had first walked into the shop, Sheriff Foderberg, Police Chief Solmonson, Policeman Hackett, Coronor Fuhrman, the barbers – none knew the man.

H.G. Dougherty, county welfare director, said he had seen the man several times before, but couldn’t remember his name.

The only identification found on the body was a coin purse with some money in it which had the name of a Dunnell insurance agency on it. This gave officers their first lead.

The insurance office sent two men to Estherville who identified the body.

Suckow has lived for the past eight years in Estherville, but was a resident of Martin county the rest of his life. He has been living with his brother at 1503 3rd Ave. S.

Members of the family said this is the first time they had known that Walter had suffered from a heart condition.

Mr. Suckow was born Oct. 1, 1894 in Chicago, the son of Henry and Sophia Suckow. The family moved to Martin county when Mr. Suckow was a young boy and he lived near Dunnell in Lake Fremont township until eight years ago when he moved to Estherville.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Estherville.

Survivors include two brothers, Henry of Estherville, with whom he made his home; and William of Rockford, Mich.; one sister, Mrs. William Rost of Estherville and one nephew, Glen Rost, Estherville.

Funeral arrangements haven’t been completed but will be published in Monday’s Daily News. Sandin-Fuhrman Home is in charge. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, July 18, 1959)

Suckow Rites Tuesday
Funeral services for Walter Suckow, 65, Estherville, will be held tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Estherville, with Rev. William Henline officiating. Mr. Suckow suffered a coronary attack while seated in a local barbership Saturday morning. He lived in the Estherville [area] the past eight years with his brother, Henry, who survives him in death. Also surviving Mr. Suckow in death is one sister, Mrs. W.R. Rost of Estherville. Pallbearers will be Mike Nelson, Richard Masters, Fred Loeschen, Fred Beberness, all of Estherville, and George Heyman and Sever Knutson of Dunnell. Sandin-Fuhrman Funeral Home will be in charge with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, July 20, 1959)


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