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HEFNER, Lawrence O. (1895-1930)


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Date: 9/3/2020 at 17:58:20

Lawrence Oliver Hefner
(February 8, 1895 Ė December 17, 1930)

Ida County Pioneer Record, Ida Grove, Iowa, Thurs., Dec 25, 1930, p.1
World War Vet Dies in Hospital
Lawrence Hefner, Who Served in Meuse-Argonne, Buried at Holstein
Holstein, IA, Dec 23, - The funeral of Lawrence Hefner, world war veteran, was held here Saturday, December 20. Short services at the home of Fred Zoch were followed by services at St. Paulís Lutheran Church, in charge of Rev. Sig. H. Sandrock. He was buried in Holstein Cemetery.
Lawrence Oliver Hefner was born February 8, 1895 at Nora Springs, Iowa. His parents were Joe and Mary Hefner. He lost his mother when about 15 years old and thereafter made his home extensively with a sister, Mrs. Harl Smith of Ruthton, Minn. He reported for service in the world war at Pipestone, Minnesota on June 24, 1918. He was assigned to Casualty detachment and later to machine gun battery of 38th Infantry. He was overseas from September 9, 1918 to August 18, 1919. He took part in the Meuse-Argonne offensive and served with the army of occupation. He was not wounded. He received an honorable discharge at Camp Dodge on August 24, 1919. He was a member of Wm. Dessel Post of the American Legion at Holstein. He came to the vicinity of Holstein after his discharge and worked as a farm hand. He was united in marriage Feb. 16, 1921 with Miss Alvina Zoch, daughter of Fred Zoch Sr., of Holstein. He farmed near Nora Springs, Iowa until the spring of 1924, when they returned to Holstein and continued farming northwest of town. Three children were born to this union: Lavonne, Verdean, and Loren. He became a member of the Lutheran church at Nora Springs in 1922, later a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church at Holstein. He developed lung infection Aug. 8, and was operated on Sept. 4 at his home and Dec. 1, at Methodist hospital, Sioux City, where he passed away Dec. 17 at the age of 35 years, 10 months and 9 days. The surviving relatives are his father and stepmother of Nora Springs, Iowa, two brothers, Leslie of Brooklyn, N. Y. Ranseler of South Sioux City, Neb., three sisters, Mrs. Harl Smith of Jasper, Minn., Mrs. Siervert, Knutsen of Charles City, Ia., Mrs. Vera [crease in paper blacked out text] his brother-in-law, Fred Zoch Sr., of Holstein, two brothers-in-law, Fred Zoch Jr. of Holstein, Emery Zoch of Moville, four sisters-in-law, Mrs. Fred Mohr of Holstein, Mrs. Albert Radke of Galva, Mrs. John Boisen of Early, Miss Delia Zoch of Holstein.


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