DIEKEN, Jurgen 1871-1951
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Date: 8/19/2010 at 20:01:27
Jurgen Dieken Died Sunday In His Farm Home
He Had Been A Resident Of The County And Lincoln Township Over 70 Years; Was Born In Illinois
Jurgen H. Dieken, widely known farmer and a resident of Grundy county and Lincoln township for 77 years, died at his farm home in Lincoln township at 5:45 Sunday morning. He had been afflicted with uremia for some time. This trouble and advanced age were the causes of his death. Had he lived a week longer, he would have been 80 years old.
Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon and later at the Colfax Presbyterian church. Rev. George Swalve conducted the services. Burial was by the side of the wife in the cemetery adjoining the church. Mr. Dieken had been a member of and a regular attendant at this church during his active lifetime. He served as an elder of the church for 30 years.
Mr. Dieken was a good farmer, a good neighbor and a highly respected citizen who enjoyed the goodwill and the friendship of all with whom he had contact during his lifetime.
Was Born in Illinois
Mr. Dieken was born on a farm near Forreston, Ill., Feb. 17, 1871. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Heye Dieken. After a year there, the family moved to Dumont, Ia., and remained there for several years. Then by way of covered wagon, they journeyed to Kansas. After two years in Kansas, the family moved back to Iowa, making their home on various farms--all in Lincoln township, Grundy county.
Jurgen Dieken and Wilhelmina Groote were married January 21, 1901. They went to housekeeping on the Dieken farm which remained their home continually. Mrs. Dieken died in September, 1930. One or more of his children continued to live with their father on the farm. In late years the son Elmer and his wife lived with him and gave him loving care and companionship.
Mr. and Mrs. Dieken became the parents of seven children, five sons and two daughters. The sons are Hiriam, Holland; Elmer, Grundy Center; LuVern and Irvin, Dike, and Glenn, Parkersburg. The daughters are Mrs. Ella Graham, Wheaton, Ill., and Mrs. Anna Griffiths, Chicago. There are nine grandchildren. Preceding him in death in addition to his wife were two brothers, D. H. and John Dieken, and one sister, Mrs. E. E. Groote.
Casketbearers at the funeral service were Harm Groote, P. H. Knock, John J. Kruse, Phillip Tack, Klaas V. Kruger and Geo. Knock.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 15 February 1951, pg 1
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