BEVING, Jan 1840-1928
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Date: 4/27/2015 at 14:32:01
Old Resident Died Sunday
Jan Beving, one of the pioneer residents of Grundy county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Flessner, about six o'clock Sunday evening. Old age and bronchial trouble were the cause of his death.
Funeral services were held at the German Reformed church here yesterday afternoon. Burial was at the cemetery adjoining the Engelke church in German township.
Mr. Beving came to Grundy county in an early day and for many years he and his family made their home on their farm in German township. He was widely known in this part of the county and was a man who always had the good will and the confidence and esteem of his neighbors.
All of the children were at Mr. Beving's bedside when the end came except a daughter, Mrs. Behrends, of South Dakota.
The surviving children are Ailt, John, Dick J. from Wellsburg, Rev. Fred Beving from George, Mrs. John Flessner, Mrs. John W. Lindaman from Wellsburg, Mrs. Dick Arends from Ackley and Mrs. Behrends from South Dakota.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 1 November 1928, pg 14
Jan Beving was born December 2, 1840, in Holthusen, Ostfriesland, Germany. In the year 1866 he came to America, and lived for a number of years in the vicinity of Freeport, Ill., and then moved to Cleves, Iowa.
He was joined in matrimony with Margaret Sents in the year 1873, and established his home on the farm near Wellsburg. God blessed their union with ten children, of whom two preceded him in death in 1904. His faithful wife was removed to the great beyond in 1910.
In 1914 he moved from the farm and made his home with his children in Wellsburg, spending the evening of his life without care or worry, well-deserved reward for the industry and frugality of his earlier years.
He was one of the quiet ones in Israel, and as long as God left him his eyesight, he was a searcher and a student of the Bible, which fitted him to give his children thorough training in the doctrine of the Scriptures.
He abstained from human honor and despised all self-conceit. He was always a true and upright friend of the writer, and disclosed to him many things of the conditions of his faith.
God favored him with a special grace and endowed him with a deep spiritual knowledge, which caused more or less the difficulty of his spiritual fight. But in the last week of his illness he was permitted to make an open confession in his Savior Jesus Christ, to the comfort of all his children.
He was especially endowed with a lovable disposition and proved himself very patient during his suffering. During the last two years he was afflicted with a chronic throat trouble. Three weeks ago he contracted a severe cold, apparently rallying from his illness, but gradually grew weaker due to the infirmities accompanying old age, until his body, tired of all physical exertion, became exhausted and his soul departed for its eternal home, last Sunday afternoon, at half-past six, to begin his eternal Sabbath.
He reached the good old age of 87 years, 10 months and 26 days.
There are left to mourn four sons, Dick J. of Wellsburg, Iowa, Rev. Fred Beving of George, Iowa, John and Ailt of Wellsburg, Iowa, four daughters, Mrs. Hattie Flessner, Wellsburg, Iowa, Mrs. Mary Behrends, Iona, Minn., Mrs. Anna Arends, Ackley, Iowa, and Mrs. Margaret Lindaman, Wellsburg, Iowa; twenty-six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, one brother, Dick B. Beving, Fergus Falls, Minn., two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Riekena of Wellsburg, Iowa, and Mrs. Casper Jutting, of Cleves, Iowa, and a host of friends whose love and esteem he won during his life.
May the God of all comfort comfort the sorrowing hearts with the verse, "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God and house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." The same verse which the departed quoted a day or two before his death.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 8 November 1928, pg 3
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