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RIEBKES, Luitjen 1857-1930


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/5/2012 at 22:13:04

German Twp. Pioneer Succumbs to Flu at His Home in Ackley

Luitjen Riebkes Dies at Age of 73--Funeral Services Thursday (Today)

Luitjen Riebkes, of Ackley, died Monday, April 21, at 9 o'clock p.m., aged 73 years, 3 months and 19 days. The cause of death was caused by a relapse from an attack of the flu, from which he had apparently almost recovered.

Mr. Riebkes was an old resident of this section and is known to all the older people of northwestern Grundy county.

The funeral was held Thursday, April 24, at the home in Ackley, at 1:30 p.m. Services were held later at the English Presbyterian church in Ackley, with Rev. J. J. Brittel, assisted by Rev. Seybold, officiating.

The body was laid to rest in the cemetery of the Engelke church in German township.


Luitjen Riebkes was born at Freeport, Illinois, January 2, 1857, and died April 21, 1930, aged 73 years, 3 months, and 19 days.

At the age of eight he came to Iowa, living in Grundy county until about twelve years ago when he moved to Ackley, where he has since made his home. He was married September 1, 1870 to Christina Bokern who survives him, together with two adopted children, Henry, of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Mrs. August Neaman of Ackley. Also three brothers and four sisters. The brothers are John Riebkes, of Wellsburg, now in the hospital at Marshalltown, Henry Riebkes, of Ackley, and Martin Riebkes, of German township. The sisters are Mrs. Ralph Freese, of Ackley; Mrs. John Van Loh, of Wellsburg; Mrs. Menne Hickman, of Ashton, Iowa; and Mrs. John Janssen, of Marion, South Dakota. Four grandchildren also survive.

--Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 23 April 1930


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