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DIEKEN, Juhrren D. 1878-1935


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/5/2017 at 16:10:43

J. D. Dieken Falls Out Of Corn Crib; Dies From Injuries

Pelvis And Hip Bone Broken By Fall; Internal Injuries Fatal; Died At Waterloo Hospital

J. D. Dieken feel from a corn crib at his farm four miles north of Grundy Center last Friday evening and sustained injuries from which he died two hours later in a hospital at Waterloo.

Mr. Dieken was doing the evening chores. He had climbed into the corn crib to get a basket of corn for the hogs. The door of the crib is about eight feet from the ground. He had filled the basket of corn. It is believed that the wind suddenly blew the door of the crib open and that Mr. Dieken lost his balance and fell to the frozen ground. No one saw the accident. Mr. Dieken was unable to get up. He climbed over a low fence and crawled about 100 feet to the house.

A doctor was called at once. He found a broken hip and pelvis bone and the appearance of serious injuries. The doctor and Fred Harberts took Mr. Dieken to a hospital in Waterloo. He was conscious when he was taken into the house and explained how the accident happened. He lost consciousness about fifteen minutes before he reached the hospital and died fifteen minutes later.

Sudden Death Shock To Community
Mr. Dieken's sudden death came as a severe shock to the community. He had been a resident of Grundy county all of his life and during his mature years took an active interest in the business, social and church affairs of his neighborhood. During the many years he lived among them he shared the confidence and the respect of his neighbors. They deeply regret his passing as a serious loss to the community in which he spent all of his active life.

Many at Funeral Service
Funeral services were held at Drake's church Tuesday afternoon following a brief service at the home. There was not room enough in the large church to seat those who came for the services. Burial was in the Drake church cemetery. The services were in charge of the local pastor, Rev. J. E. Drake, assisted by Rev. K. J. Stratemeier, pastor of the German Presbyterian church in Grundy Center.

The pallbearers were Dick and Fred Harberts, August Flater, S. Luchtenberg, H. Kruse and Albert Kruger.

Mr. Dieken was born on a farm in Colfax township on May 31, 1878. He spent his entire life in Grundy county.

On Feb. 14, 1906, he was married to Louise Theerman, who together with four children survive. The children are Dick J., who is a student at the Presbyterian Seminary, Chicago; Gertie, who is employed at Waterloo and Irene and Janet who are at home. Other surviving relatives are his mother, Mrs. D. J. Dieken, Grundy Center; one brother, D. D. Dieken, and two sisters, Mrs. W. H. Bakker and Mrs. S. E. Schmitt, all of this county.

Although of a quiet nature, Mr. Dieken held various offices and always was ready to promote the best interests of his community. For many years he was a member of the board of trustees of Drake's church, of which church he was a lifelong member.

--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 14 March 1935, pg 1


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