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DEBEER, Peter J. 1865-1951


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/9/2017 at 21:31:37

P. J. DeBeer of Stout Died at Home Tuesday

Was In Business In Stout For 43 Years. Widely-Known Throughout No. Grundy County

P. J. DeBeer, well-known retired Stout merchant, died at his home in Stout Tuesday morning after a short illness, at the age of 86 years. Mr. DeBeer was born in 1865 in Germany and came to this country with his parents when he was a small child. At the age of nineteen the family moved to Grundy county where his father became the first pastor of the Pleasant Valley Reformed church.

In 1890 he married Fannie Johnson of Freeport, Ill., and the couple farmed in Grundy county for ten years. In 1900 Mr. DeBeer went into business in Stout and operated a general merchandise store until 1943 when he retired. For many years Mr. DeBeer and J. G. Ellinger were associated in business in Stout. Practically all of Mr. DeBeer's life was spent in Grundy county and he numbered among his friends everybody he came in contact with.

He was interested in all community affairs and was an ardent church member and supporter.

He leaves to mourn his passing away: his wife; two daughters, Mae DeBeer, Stout; Mrs. Jacob Krebs, St. Paul, Minn.; three sons, Harry of Sioux Falls, S.D.; John of Grundy Center, and Peter of Windom, Minn.; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a brother, Hilko, of Philadelphia, Pa.; and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Vogelsonger, of Charlotte, N.C., and Mrs. August Piscator, of Philadelphia.

Preceding him in death were one daughter, one brother and one step-daughter.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3:00 o'clock at the Reformed church in Stout and burial will be in the Stout cemetery.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 9 August 1951, pg 1


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