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AKKERMAN, Tom 1859-1936


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/29/2014 at 16:19:51

Tom Akkerman Died Thursday; Was Sick One Day

Thomas Akkerman died at his home in Wellsburg at 5:30 Thursday afternoon after having been sick but one day. He suffered a heart attack at 5:30 Wednesday afternoon after he had been out shoveling a little snow from a path. His condition was not regarded as serious by the doctor who attended him. The family did not become alarmed until Thursday afternoon when he became noticeably worse. There was little warning that death was near when the end came.

Was One of Early Settlers
Mr. Akkerman was one of the early residents of northeast Grundy. He was 76 years old. He came here with his parents 66 years ago and resided on the farm near here and in town all of the time. Since his marriage he and his family lived on a farm three miles northeast of here. Later they built a home on a farm a mile north of town and they lived there until they came to Wellsburg twenty years ago. Mr. Akkerman came from a large family, all of whom were born in Germany and who came to this country and to make permanent homes. He was the last of this large family--a brother, Oltman, died at Rock Rapids during the past year.

Many at Funeral Services
Funeral services conducted by Rev. Wm. Landsiedel were held at the home Monday afternoon and later at the Reformed church. The large church auditorium was filled during the service. The business houses in town were closed for two hours while the services were in progress at the church. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the Reformed church.

Thomas Akkerman was born August 19, 1859, in Stephenson county, Ill. The sacrament of holy baptism was administered unto him in the Silver Creek Reformed Church at German Valley, Ill., October 2, 1859, by the Rev. J. Wagner--then of that church.

In his early youth he moved with his parents to Grundy county, Iowa where he grew up on the farm. He was joined in holy wedlock with Ella Schultz of Pleasant Valley township in Grundy county, July 11, 1883, making his home with her on a farm in Shiloh township from which they moved to their own farm 14 years later.

Blessed by the faithful labors of their hands, they retired from farm life 23 years ago, in 1913, to spend the evening of their lives in Wellsburg. The Lord blessed their union with five children--four daughters and one son. In his grace and mercy, the Lord granted to the parents the travel of life's journey together for 52 years, 5 months and 29 days, during which time they equally shared the joys and sorrow which God had in store for them.

The departed a few days before his death had contracted a minor cold which must have affected the condition of his heart in such a way, that he himself became concerned about and was fully aware of the approaching sunset of his life and was prompted to say, "I am going to die, but I am not afraid."

At the wish of the deceased, I was summoned at his bedside at noon the same day the Lord released him from his suffering and had the privilege of offering unto him by word and prayer--salvation accomplished for us in Jesus Christ.

The expression of his countenance gave testimony of his peaceful attitude toward death. In the meantime the grim hand of death had invisibly made its appearance and the inevitable had to be faced. What all human care and every medical help which was rendered seemed to be of no avail, the Lord in His wisdom summoned the departed to the beyond from whence no traveler ever returns. He peacefully fell asleep on Thursday, January 9 at 5:30 p.m. and thus, had reached the age of 76 years, 4 months, 21 days.

Beside his sorrow-stricken wife, his four daughters, and one son survive and mourn his sudden departure: namely, Lulu, Mrs. D. Claassen of Wellsburg; Miss Tillie, at home; Loise, Mrs. Ben Hoekstra; Elizabeth, Mrs. Odie Tjaden of Wellsburg; Thomas of Eldora, Iowa as do also nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A large circle of relatives and friends will preserve for him a loving memory, because of the kind and peaceful disposition he displayed whenever and wherever he made and met friend.

May the Lord in His tender love and compassion, who never makes a mistake in all His providential decisions over our lives, sustain the bereaved with His comfort and counsel and through their affliction draw them ever closer to His loving and fatherly bosom through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Following were the out of the county relatives who attended the funeral:
Egge Hildebrand's family: Mr. and Mrs. Mike Akkerman and Edward, Parker, S.D.; Mr. Nicholas Hildebrands, Parker, S.D.; Miss Lizzie Hildebrands, Parker, S.D.

Frank Schultz family: Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Whitaker, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Whitaker, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Mrs. Scribner, Eagle Grove, Iowa.

John Schultz family: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Trepp, Ackley, Ia.; Mrs. Will Getting, Marshalltown, Ia.; Bernice DeBower, Cedar Falls, Ia.

Charles Schultz family: Charles Schultz, Sr., Ackley, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Schultz and son, Ackley, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Louie Schultz, Ackley, Ia.; Mr. August Carstens and Wilma, Ackley, Ia.; Arthur Schultz, Ackley, Ia.; Mrs. Louise Williams, Ackley, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Buhlmann, Ackley, Ia.

Oltman Akkerman family: Mrs. Tom Akkerman, Rock Rapids, Ia., Mr. Mike Akkerman, Rock Rapids, Ia.; Mr. John Akkerman, Rock Rapids, Ia.; Mr. Oltman Akkerman, Rock Rapids, Ia.; Mr. Henry Akkerman, Rock Rapids, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Jake Akkerman, Rock Rapids, Ia.; Mrs. Herbert Jones, Rock Rapids, Ia.; Mrs. Ed. Akkerman, LaVerne, Minn.; Mrs. Ed Boomgarden, Pipestone, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. John Kaiser, Alice and John, Rockford, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. John Inglert, Rock Rapids, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Harm Flessner, Aplington, Ia.

Egge Akkerman family: Mr. and Mrs. Mike Akkerman, Garner, Ia.; Tom Akkerman, White, S.D.; Mrs. August Willoughby, White, S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Lube Lubens, Buffalo Center, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lubbel, Buffalo Center, Ia.; Oltman Akkerman, Buffalo Center, Ia.

John Reemts family: Oltman Reemts, Ellsworth, Minn.; Mike Reemts, Luverne, Minn.; Heiko Reemts, Rock Rapids, Ia.

Chris Beyer family: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Clausen and daughters, Ackley, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Clausen and Helen Hampton, Ackley, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Wagner, Iowa Falls, Ia.

Wm. Schultz family: Mrs. Charley Riley, Livermore, Ia.; Wm. Schultz, Livermore, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Guy P. Lansing, Bode, Ia.; Mr. Arthur Remus, Luverne, Ia.; Mrs. Bryan Oglesby, Mason City, Ia.; Mr. Frank Schultz, Livermore, Ia.

John Huisman family: Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Huisman, Wellsburg, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Renek Renken, Aplington, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Greany and Duane, Wellsburg, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Fisher, Wellsburg, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Huisman, Wellsburg, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Huisman and family, Wellsburg, Ia.; Mr. Harm Huisman, Bridgewater, S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Ralston, Meservey, Ia.; John Akkerman and son, Parkersburg, Ia.; Henry Akkerman, Wellsburg, Ia.; Frank McDowell, Parkersburg, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Oelman, Parkersburg, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Brower, Blairsburg, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Leonad Warman, Alden, Ia.; Mrs. Glenn Staley, Bradford, Ia.; Glenn Hamilton, Iowa Falls, Ia.; Mrs. Robt. T. Hamilton, Iowa Falls, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hamilton, Iowa Falls, Ia.; Miss Lillian Hamilton, Iowa Falls, Ia.; Mrs. Gus Benning, Iowa Falls, Ia.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 16 January 1936, Wellsburg News, pg 10


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