HEERKES, Rudolf 1905-1985
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 7/8/2014 at 15:41:48
Rites Held For Rudolf Heerkes
Rudolf B. Heerkes passed away at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, where he had been a patient since June 24.
Funeral services were held at the Colfax Center Presbyterian Church, rural Holland, on July 13, at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Arthur G. Ames officiated.
Mrs. Tom Simms sang "What A Friend We Have In Jesus," and "God Will Take Care Of You." She was accompanied by Mrs. Larry Stahl, who also played selected numbers for the prelude and postlude.
The casket bearers were Alvin Miller, Ray Wilson, James Syhlman, Roger Muller, Rick Mast, Wendel Muller and Bernard Miller.
The ushers were Herman Akkerman and Art Slifer. Mrs. Anna Mae Klahsen and Mrs. Margaret Meyer were in charge of the floral arrangements.
Interment was in the Colfax Center Church Cemetery.
Relatives and friends were invited to return to the church following the committal services for a period of Christian fellowship and refreshments.
Mr. Heerkes was born August 27, 1905, in Rysum, Ostfriesland, Germany, the son of Heinrich and Adelea Heerkes. He attained the age of 79 years, 10 months and 13 days.
He entered the U.S. at New York on June 4, 1923, at the age of 17. On February 21, 1929, at the Colfax Center Presbyterian Church, he was united in marriage to Violet Muller by Rev. Drake. After their marriage, they farmed for two years south of Grundy Center, then they farmed in Colfax and Lincoln townships mainly around Grundy Center and Holland. They retired from farming in 1972 and made their home in Holland..
His wife passed away on May 14, 1982. He continued to make his home in Holland until May 5, 1984, when he moved to the Sunrise Apartments in Grundy Center.
He was a member of the Colfax Center Presbyterian Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one infant son, Kenneth Lee, and one grandson, Dennis Bulten.
He is survived by one son, Vernon of Dike; three daughters, Mrs. Wesley (Lois) Miller of RR1, Dike, Mrs. James (Clarice) Bulten of RR1, Callao, MO, and Mrs. Leroy (Marlene) Kuper of rural Ackley; nine grandchildren and one great-grandson and by other relatives in Germany.
A memorial fund has been established.
The Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home of Grundy Center was in charge of the arrangements.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 18 July 1985, pg 3
Grundy Obituaries maintained by Tammy D. Mount.
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