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HESSENIUS, John B. 1871-1941


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/9/2017 at 14:58:47

John Hessenius Died Tuesday

John Hessenius died at his home in Des Moines Tuesday afternoon of last week. He was 70 years old. Funeral services were held at the Stout Reformed church Thursday afternoon. Commitment services were delayed until Friday morning, pending the arrival of his brother Henry from South Dakota. The services were in charge of Rev. W. J. Heyenga, pastor of the church. Burial was in the Stout cemetery.

Mr. Hessenius spent his boyhood on the Hessenius homestead near Stout, now occupied by the Fritz Eiklenborg family. In recent years he had been engaged in the real estate business in Des Moines. He had been accustomed to spending the winters with his daughter's family in Milwaukee.

Relatives from a distance in attendance at the funeral service were Mr. and Mrs. Ray Edwards, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Ned Hessenius and son from Brownsdale, Minn.; Mrs. Jennie Schaefer, Austin, Minn.; Henry Hessenius, Gary, So. Dak.; Mrs. Matthews, Cedar Falls.

John B. Hessenius, second oldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hagen Hessenius, was born June 2, 1871, near Freeport, Ill. In 1874 he came with his parents to Grundy county, where he attended the public schools. Later he attended Mt. Morris college, Illinois, and the Freeport business college. In 1902 he was married to Miss Zoe Nickles. One daughter, Ianthea, was born to this union.

Mr. Hessenius was engaged in various business activities. He worked in the Parkersburg Exchange Bank, three years in the Stout bank, and was a merchant for some time at Elkader. He also taught public school at several places in this vicinity. Last he was engaged in the real estate business at Des Moines, where he lived for some 30 years.

The deceased had not been well for some time, but passed away after only a few days' severe illness at a Des Moines hospital, reaching the age of 70 years and 29 days.

Surviving relatives are a daughter, Mrs. Ray Edwards, Milwaukee, Wis., and five brothers: Henry Hessenius of Gary, South Dakota; Ned Hessenius, Brownsdale, Minn.; and Dick, Ben and Casper Hessenius of Stout.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 10 July 1941, pg 3


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