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JUNKER, Rudolf B. 1863-1946


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Date: 11/11/2010 at 19:21:48

Rudolf B. Junker, 83, Saturday at his home in Aplington after a lingering illness; born Aug. 2, 1863, at Folmhuisen, Eastfriesland, Germany; came to America in 1880; married Bauke Heerts Mar. 29, 1886, at Holland, Ia.; farmed two miles west of Buck Grove until they came to Aplington in 1921; leaves four daughters, Mrs. Luke Lupke, Mrs. Fred Sents and Mrs. George Ludeman, all of Aplington; Mrs. Clarence Meester, Parkersburg; three sons, Edward, Cedar Falls; Ben and John, Aplington; a sister, Mrs. Rieke Buseman, Aplington; five daughters preceded him; funeral 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the home and at 1 in the Aplington Reformed church; burial in Pleasant Valley District 4 cemetery five miles south of Aplington.

--Waterloo Daily Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 29 September 1946


Rudolf Beene Junker, a son of Beene Junker and his wife, nee Wobke Fokken, was born August 2, 1863, in Folmhousen, Eastfriesland, Germany, and passed away Sept. 28, 1946, at the age of 83 years, 1 month and 26 days.

In 1880 he came to America and was employed as a farm hand until he married. On March 29, 1886, Mr. Junker married Bauke Heerts, who proved to be a true and devoted helpmate for him. To this union there were born twelve children, three sons and nine daughter. Five daughters preceded their father into eternity.

The family lived on a farm near Buck Grove for 35 years. In 1921 they retired from active farming and changed their residence to Aplington. On March 29, 1946, it was the privilege of the happy couple to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in the presence of their children together with their children and other relatives. This is a privilege that is granted to but few people in the marriage relationship. Such a span of conjugal relation is full of experience, both as to joy and sorrow.

Mr. Junker was blessed with a strong body and in his long life enjoyed good health up to about a year and a half ago when hardening of the arteries began to manifest itself. The last months of his earthly life he had much suffering to endure from the dreadful malady of cancer. At times the suffering was intense, yet he enjoyed full consciousness. He received and appreciated loving care from his devoted wife and children during all his suffering. The God of all grace has manifested unto Mr. Junker His marvelous grave. His desire was to be relived from his suffering and be with the Lord.

He is survived by his sorrowing wife, four daughters: Mrs. Lupke Hook, Mrs. Fred Sents, Mrs. Geo. Ludeman, all of Aplington, and Mrs. Clarence Meester of Parkersburg: three sons; Ben Junker and John Junker of Aplington and Edd Junker of Cedar Falls; 17 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Rieke Buseman, Aplington, besides many other relatives and friends. Four brothers and sisters preceded the departed one in death.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, October 2, 1946. Henry Frey had charge of the services at the house, while Rev. Pannkuk, in German, and Rev. Lehr in English officiated at the Reformed church. The services at the church was opened with singing of the favorite hymn of the departed, "Shall We Meet Beyond the River?" sung by the Baptist choir. Besides the hymn mentioned, the quartet sang "Beautiful Valley of Eden" and "At the End of the Way is Jesus."

The services were very largely attended. The spacious auditorium was filled to overflowing. Interment was made in Pleasant Valley District No. 4 cemetery, five miles south of Aplington, where the remains were laid to rest besides his two daughters. Paul Elliott was in charge. A large number of relatives and friends of the family had come to show their sympathy.

Among those present from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. John Junker, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Junker, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolf Junker, Uko Junker of Mountain Lake, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Junker; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Junker and Henry Junker of Comfrey, Minn.; Mrs. Bert Everts, Mr. and Mrs. John Lingbeck of Sanborn, Minn.; Ben Junker and Rudolf Junker of Butterfield, Minn.

Mrs. Ed Heerts and Mrs. H. T. Dix, Iowa Falls; Mrs. Chas. McNabb, Manchester, Mrs. and Mrs. John Heerts, Kathryn Thiesen, Mr. and Mrs. Ekko Mennen, Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Heerts, New Hartford; Mr. and Mrs. John Feldick and Mr. and Mrs. Dick Feldick of Buffalo Center; Rev. J. E. Drake, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wessels, Mrs. Burdean Graham, and Henry Snittjer, Cedar Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Jake Ibelings, Austin, Minn.; Rev. and Mrs. Carl Sweiter, Mrs. Harm Reiter and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Reiter, of Steamboat Rock; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Knock, Mr. and Mrs. John Flessner and Mr. and Mrs. Heiko Neessen of Wellsburg, and many others.

May the God of all comfort the widow, children and relatives.

--Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 17 Oct 1946


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