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DOYEN, John Sr. 1893-1970


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/5/2013 at 17:35:11

Community Loses John Doyen, Sr., Business Leader

Wellsburg lost one of its most beloved residents when John Doyen Sr., 76, died at 10:35 p.m. Sunday at his home following a lingering illness.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., this Wednesday at the Second Christian Reformed Church with Rev. John H. Elenbaas officiating. Burial was in the Wellsburg Reformed Church cemetery.

Special music for the service was provided by soloist Leland Luwe, organist Mrs. Clarence Beecroft and pianist, Mrs. Ray Toomsen.

Casket bearers were Harold O. Fischer, Coert A. Bunger, Tom Claassen, Ted Van Deest, Bernerd Harms and Lee Etjen.

Mrs. Don Purvis, Mrs. Wilbur Knock and Mrs. Harold Fischer were flower attendants.

He was born on April 21, 1893, in Wellsburg, the son of Joseph and Johanna (Neessen) Doyen. He attended the Wellsburg Grade School. He later attended Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls, after which he enrolled in the Barnes School of Embalming in Chicago, graduating from there on June 26, 1914.

He was a veteran of World War I. Following his discharge from service on January 10, 1919, he became associated with his father in business in Wellsburg. He remained active in the business as long as his health permitted.

He was united in marriage to Miss Grace Shugar of Ackley on Sept. 13, 1919. This union was blessed with 3 children. Following their marriage they lived in Wellsburg. Mrs. Doyen passed away on Jan. 9, 1951.

He was a member of the Second Christian Reformed Church having made Confession of faith in Jesus Christ on November 7, 1938. He served on the church consistory for many years as a Deacon and later as an Elder.

He was a member of the Wellsburg Community School Board for 12 years, and a charter member of the Ashing-Jaspers Post 213 of the American Legion of Wellsburg. He was awarded the Iowa Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association 50 years of continuous service certificate on May 10, 1967.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 5 sisters, 2 brothers, and 2 brothers in infancy.

Those left to mourn his passing are a daughter (Florence), Mrs. Delbert J. Lindaman of Wellsburg; sons, John Jr. and Elwood of Wellsburg, a sister, Mrs. Louise Hileman of Waterloo, 2 grandsons, David and Merrill Lindaman, 2 granddaughters, Ginny and Julie Doyen and a host of other relatives and friends.

--newspaper clipping, source unknown


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