LUIKEN, Henry 1861-1930
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/23/2015 at 09:59:25
Henry Luiken Dies Suddenly
Passes Away This Forenoon at Home in Grundy Center
Henry Luiken, Sr., passed away at twenty minutes past ten o'clock this (Thursday) forenoon at his home in Grundy Center following an attack of the flu with which he was stricken about ten days ago.
Mr. Luiken had been in poor health since last spring, and in October was taken to a Marshalltown hospital for an operation. But this was not successful, altho he seemed to get considerable relief, and soon after his return from the hospital he returned to his work as janitor at the court house, and he worked there several weeks.
A week ago last Monday he was stricken with the "flu" which weakened his physical condition to such an extent that he failed rapidly until the end. He was 68 years old last October.
His daughter, Helene, a trained nurse, has been with him much of the time since he has been poorly and she did much to comfort him in his last sickness.
Another daughter, Henrietta, is at home, and a married daughter, Mrs. Will Sierk, resides at Gladbrook.
The funeral will be held Monday at one o'clock at the house, and at one-thirty from the New Presbyterian church.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 9 January 1930, pg 1
Obituary Henry Luiken
(By Dr. W. Bode)
Henry Luiken was born in Neunhaus, Germany, Oct. 4, 1861, and died at his home in Grundy Center Thursday, Jan. 4, 1930, having reached 68 years, 3 months and 5 days. In 1889 he was united in marriage to Dena Tien. In 1914 he came with his family to Grundy Center, where he had resided since.
He is survived by his beloved wife and three daughters, Mrs. Wm. Sierk, of Gladbrook, Henrietta at home, and Helena of Marshalltown, one granddaughter, Margaret, besides one brother, Fritz Luiken of Grundy Center, and three sisters, Mrs. Henry Potgieter of Steamboat Rock, Mrs. Conrad Fricken of Grundy Center, and Mrs. George Lubberink, who still lives in Germany, besides other relatives and a host of friends.
Services were held at the New Presbyterian church at Grundy Center Monday, Drs. W. Bode and K. J. Stratemeier in charge. Mr. Luiken had been engaged at the court house as janitor for some time, and in respect to the deceased, the Board of Supervisors adjourned Monday and attended the services.
Mr. Luiken was a faithful member of the Christian Reformed church and professed his faith in his Savior up to the very last. He had been in poor health for some months. He submitted to an operation last fall, which, however, brought no relief. Complications set in about a week before his demise, and his body finally surrendered to the last summons. His last audible words were: "Let me go, let me go to Jesus," a song learnt in early life.
Interment was in the local cemetery. A great concourse followed him to his last resting place awaiting the great resurrection morning when the dead in Christ shall rise.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 23 January 1930, pg 2
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