DIEKEN, Dieke H. 1875-1942
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Date: 4/5/2017 at 17:31:58
D. H. Dieken Dies Sunday. Was Born In Co.
Had Been In Failing Health Past Two Years; Was In Hospital At Marshalltown 10 Weeks
D. H. Dieken, who resided in Grundy county all of his life, died at his home in Grundy Center early Sunday morning. He had been in failing health the past two years. He was taken to the hospital at Marshalltown for care and treatment early in the year where he was confined for ten weeks. He was brought back to his home a week before his death.
Mr. Dieken was born on a farm in Lincoln township, Grundy county, March 31, 1875. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Heye Dieken, who were among the pioneers of Grundy county. He grew up on a Lincoln township farm and attended the rural school there. On April 24, 1902, he was married to Miss Hattie Kruse. The couple began housekeeping on their farm in Lincoln township and remained there continually until 1920 when they moved to Grundy Center. Mr. Dieken retained the ownership of the farm and operated it in partnership with Eldridge Meyer, and this partnership continued up to the time of Mr. Dieken's death.
After moving to Grundy Center Mr. Dieken divided his time to looking after his farm and the real estate business. In 1928 he was elected as a member of the Grundy Center town council and with the exception of two years he served in that position continually. He was re-elected for another two-year term at the late election the last Monday in March.
Mr. Dieken gained a wide acquaintance throughout the county during his lifetime and he held the confidence and the respect of all who knew him. He was a good neighbor and a trustworthy friend. Death came to him many years too soon.
Funeral services were held at Bethany Presbyterian church in Grundy Center Wednesday afternoon. The services were conducted by the local pastor, Rev. F. J. Langenberg. Burial was in the family lot in the cemetery adjoining the Colfax Presbyterian church.
First of Three Sons to Be Called
Mr. Dieken was the first of a family of three sons of the Heye Dieken family to be called. He is the youngest of the three. The two surviving brothers who are older are J. H. and John. Mrs. John K. Kruse from Cedar Falls is the only surviving sister. An older sister, Mrs. E. E. Groote, died two years ago. Surviving among Mr. Dieken's immediate family are the widow, one daughter, Mrs. Chester Diehl of Perry, one son, Edward, and two grandchildren.
Business houses in Grundy Center were closed Wednesday afternoon during the services at the church.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 23 April 1942, pg 1
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