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RIEBKES, John M. 1899-1962


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 5/3/2016 at 11:43:53

Services Held for John M. Riebkes at E. Friesland Church

John M. Riebkes, son of Martin and Annie Riebkes, was born February 10, 1899, in German township, Grundy County, Iowa. He grew to young manhood in his parental home and attended the rural public school in his community.

On January 30, 1923, he was united in marriage at the Eastfriesland Presbyterian Church to Bertha Vanderwerf. To this union was born 3 daughters and 2 sons. Together they lived on several farms in Pleasant Valley and German townships. In 1955 they retired and moved to Wellsburg where they made their home. He was a member of the Eastfriesland Presbyterian Church, Ackley, Iowa.

His departure from this life occurred very unexpectedly on Wednesday evening, October 10, 1962 at about 10:30 o'clock at his home. He had not been feeling well for some time. He attained the age of 63 years, and 8 months.

He is survived by his deeply bereaved wife, Bertha, 3 daughters and 2 sons, they are: Marvin Riebkes of Wellsburg; (Elnora) Mrs. Clarence Nichols of Santa Ana, California; Calvin Riebkes of Wellsburg; (Anna Mae) Mrs. Jack Deters of Wellsburg; (Frances) Mrs. Charles Nymeyer of Marshalltown; 13 grandchildren; 3 brothers and 3 sisters: (Mattie) Mrs. Jake Hippen of Wellsburg; Louis Riebkes of Wellsburg; Bert Riebkes of Wellsburg; (Jennie) Mrs. Otto Winters of Ackley; (Ida) Mrs. William H. Lindaman of Wellsburg; Henry Riebkes of Ackley, besides a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Riebke.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Peter H. Eekhoff, were held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the East Friesland Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Merlin Bangasser and Mrs. Leonard Oelmann sang two duets, "Does Jesus Care" and "Softly and Tenderly", accompanied by the organist, Mrs. Fred Feikes. Mrs. Aeilt Krull and Mrs. Dick Gelder, Jr. were the flower committee.

Serving as pallbearers were Henry Hippen, Aeilt Krull, Evert Heikens, Simon Snittjer, John Jutting and Dick deNeui. Interment was in the church cemetery.

--Ackley World-Journal (Ackley, Iowa), 18 October 1962, pg 10


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