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HARKEN, William K. 1877-1956


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/18/2010 at 15:56:11

Will K. Harken Succumbs to Heart Attack

Will Harken died very suddenly of a heart attack at 9:40 Tuesday morning. He was sitting in a chair at home when he was stricken.

Funeral services will be held at the home at 1 p.m. Friday and at the West Friesland church at 1:30 p.m. Friday, with the Rev. Norman Flink as officiating pastor. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Harken was born 79 years ago May 19, in Stevenson county, Illinois. He came to a farm near Austinville with his parents, Isebrandt and Sarah Harken, in 1880. He grew up in this vicinity and on February 6, 1901 he and Harmke Frerichs were married.

Mr. and Mrs. Harken lived on a farm near Austinville for a time and later moved to a farm near Wellsburg, where they made their home until 20 years ago, when they moved into Ackley.

Mr. Harken has served as custodian of the municipal building, of the Presbyterian church and in other capacities since that time, and had been active and in apparent good health up to the past week.

He was a member of the West Friesland Presbyterian Church.

Surviving him are five daughters, Mrs. Waldien Meyer of Faulkner, Mrs. Krene DeBerg of Bristow, Mrs. Claus DeBerg of Ackley, Mrs. George Knavel of Everett, Wash., and Mrs. Ernest Harrison of Hampton; three sons, Isebrandt of Brooksville, Florida, Lester of Holland and Raymond of Ackley; 26 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are four brothers, Eno of Austinville, Isebrandt of Jesup, Ehme of Iowa Falls and Raymond of Aplingotn; and three sisters, Mrs. Richard Rykena, Mrs. Ben Stubbe and Miss Anna Harken, all of Ackley. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

--Ackley World-Journal (Ackley, Iowa), 15 November 1956, pg 1


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