DEKKER, H. H., Rev. 1831-1901
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Date: 1/20/2017 at 14:48:10
Life's Labors Ended
Faces That We Will Look Upon No More--The Mortuary Record
There passed from life on Friday afternoon a man who had employed himself in the work of smoothing the ruffled pathway of life for others for nearly a quarter of a century. His was a labor of love and by it he not only enriched his own life but gained a place in the hearts of man that was gratifying. From life unto death is not a great remove.
Rev. Dekker had long been unwell; he resigned his station as minister of the Lutheran church in German township, April 15, 1900, because of illness. Thursday he was overcome by the excessive heart and although medical attention was given him , it was evident from the first that he could not overcome it; his legs were swollen to an abnormal size and his body also--this was gradually reduced, but his condition weakened and he breathed his last at about four o'clock.
H. H. Dekker was born at Jennelt, East Friesland, February 1, 1831. He studied at Gettingen, Erlangen, Germany, and was ordained to the ministry in 1858. It was on June 4, 1875, that he came here and assumed the pastorate of the German Reformed church, eight miles north of town, continuing there for two years or until November 6, 1877, when he accepted the station so long and faithfully fulfilled by him. His resignation was due to the infirmities consequent to old age; his vision was impaired and he was otherwise incapacitated.
Mrs. Dekker survives, as also four sons, Henry, John, James, Edward, and a daughter, Mrs. Wiegmann.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Kuehne.
Rhue seiner Aschen.
--Ackley World (Ackley, Iowa), 3 July 1901, pg 1
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