WILTS, Jacob E. 1920-1983
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Date: 3/21/2017 at 21:55:52
Jacob E. Wilts Services Held
Jacob E. Wilts passed away at 2:02 p.m. Wednesday, August 24 at the University Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held at the Christian Reformed Church at Holland on August 26 at 1:30 p.m. Pastor William VanHal officiated.
Mrs. Jim Willms sang "How Great Thou Art" and "The Old Rugged Cross." She was accompanied by Mrs. William VanHal, who also played selected numbers for the prelude and postlude.
Casket bearers were Edward Schoolman, Dick Werkman, John Rhoads, Allen Cramer, Eldon Klaassen and Robert Huisman.
Ushers were Edwin Brower and Jasper Westerman. Mrs. Annette Flater and Mrs. Eldon Klaassen were in charge of the floral arrangements.
Interment was in the Holland cemetery, Holland. Relatives and friends were invited to return to the church following the committal service for a period of Christian fellowship and refreshments.
Mr. Wilts was born on September 20, 1920 at Holland, the son of Jacob J. and Anna K. Lingelbach Wilts. He attained the age of 62 years, 11 months and four days. He grew up in Holland and worked for the Boldt and Meyer Drug Store for several years. He then moved and worked at Rath Packing Company in Waterloo for over 25 years.
In the early 1970s he was forced to retire due to his health. After his retirement he continued to live in Waterloo.
He had served in the U.S. Army during WWII, serving from December 16, 1942 until December 31, 1945. He was decorated with the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star and received a good conduct medal.
He was a member of the Christian Reformed Church of Holland.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four half-brothers.
He is survived by one brother, Wallace Wilts of Holland; three half-sisters, Mrs. Louise Conklin and Mrs. Leona Canfield all of Bettendorf and Mrs. Edna Buchan of Minneapolis, MN; also several nieces and nephews.
The Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home of Grundy Center was in charge of arrangements.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 1 September 1983, pg 9
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