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ARENDS, Ben J. 1875-1950


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/5/2015 at 18:18:00

Ben J. Arends Dies On Monday

Ben J. Arends died at 10:30 Monday forenoon at his farm home a short distance north of Fern. He had been afflicted with a heart ailment the past year. That condition became serious during the past week and resulted in his death. He was 74 years old.

Mr. Arends had resided in Grundy county all his life and in the vicinity of Fern. He was a son of the late J. P. Arends.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 1:30 in the afternoon at the home and later at Salem Lutheran church two miles north of Fern. The services will be conducted by the resident pastor, Rev. Alfred Schumm. Burial will be in the cemetery near the church.

Surviving are the wife and one son John and one grandson. There are two houses on the Arends farm and the son and his family occupy one of them. Other surviving relatives are two brothers, John and Hilko, Beaver township farmers; there are two sisters, Mrs. Wirtjes and Mrs. Ippie DeVries. There are four half-brothers and one half-sister. They are Joe Arends, Fern, Dick, Beaman, Arend, Fern, and Pete Cedar Falls. Mrs. Claus Haren is the half-sister.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 9 March 1950, pg 10


Obituary Ben J. Arends

Funeral services for Ben J. Arends were held Thursday afternoon, March 9, at Salem Lutheran church. Rev. Alfred Schumm was the officiating pastor. The following obituary prepared by Rev. Schumm was read at the service:

Ben J. Arends, the son of John P. Arends and his wife, May nee Goldhorn was born near Fern, Iowa, on the 23rd day of May, 1875. In his early infancy he was brought to his Savior in holy baptism at the Reformed church two miles west of Fern.

When he was nine years of age his mother preceded him into eternity. Later his father married again, to Miss Ella Peters, and they also, together with one step-brother, have gone on before.

On March 1, 1906, he entered the estate of holy wedlock with Miss Sena Konken, which union God blessed with one son, John B. Arends.

He leaves to mourn his departure his devoted wife; one son, John B. Arends, and his wife Minnie and one granddaughter, Avona Lea; two brothers, John and Hilko Arends and two sisters, Mrs. Dora DeVries and Mrs. Tena Wirtjes; half-brothers, Pete, Arend, Joe and Dick Arends and Mrs. Rieka Haren. There are also surviving him 52 nieces and nephews, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

Relatives and friends from a distance who were here for the funeral service were: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Konken, Fred Konken, Ed Krull, Eno Krull, Mrs. Aneta Fawvers, of Brownsdale, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Schutz, LeRoy, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Krull, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jensen, Austin, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Garnatz, Wykoff, Minn.;

Mrs. Trena Wirtjes, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Wirtjes, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Arends, Grant Arends, Cedar Falls; Mrs. Irene Tapper, Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Dick Arends and Leland, Beaman;

Mrs. Sam Meyer, Miss Ruth Meyer, Mrs. Robert Kloetzer, all of Hampton; Mrs. Jennie Hayungs, Fred Helmers, Robert Fautz, Marble Rock; Mr. and Mrs. John Hayungs, Greene; Jans Arends, Calvin Arends, Walter Klover, Stoffer Gelder, Kamrar; Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Flater, Dunkerton.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 16 March 1950, pg 10


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