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Detloff, Donald Edwin 1942-1959


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 7/31/2009 at 17:23:18


Donald Detloff, 17 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Detloff who reside at 1035 Central Avenue Southwest in LeMars, was one of the three persons killed in a two-car crash eight miles north of LeMars at 6 p.m. Saturday. Sheriff Harry Dykstra of Sioux County said cause of the near headon collision had not been determined. Also investigating were patrolman George Addison and Craig Vinson.

Also killed were Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Kruger, both 25 of Luverne, Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. Kruger were dead upon arrival at the Sacred Heart Hospital and Donald died at the hospital a short time later.

The collision of a 1958 Ford driven by Mr. Kruger and a 1949 Plymouth driven by Stuart Smith, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rueben Smith also of LeMars, took place on Highway 75 just over the Sioux County line.

Stuart Smith was reported to be in “fair” condition at the hospital suffering from lacerations.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Kruger, 32, who were passengers in the Minnesota car, were taken to the hospital but both had been dismissed by Sunday.

Verlyn Enninga, 27, and his wife remained at the hospital today. Mr. and Mrs. Enninga were also passengers in the Minnesota car. He is suffering from fractured jaw and right leg and possible rib fractures. Mrs. Enninga is suffering from a fractured clavicle and a fractured right leg. Both were in “fair” condition.

According to investigating officers three ambulances were called to the scene. Both cars were totally demolished and towed to Stoos Brothers Garage. There was no snow or rain at the time of the accident. The night was mild.

The body of young Detloff was taken to the Mauer funeral home. Last June the young man was winner of a western trip in a Future Farmers of America cattle feeding project which embraced four states and he and a co-winner won over 72 other young men.

Stuart Smith and Donald decided to go to George, Iowa, to see a homecoming basketball game. Young Smith formerly lived at George, and the two were traveling in that direction when the accident took place.

Donald Edwin Detloff was born July 3, 1942, at his farm home near LeMars. He was a junior high school student at LeMars Community High School.

He resided with his parents on a farm until May of 1959, when they moved to LeMars. He attended a rural school through the 7th grade and LeMars High School from 8th grade on. His mother was the former Fern Klave.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 22, at 2 p.m. at St. John’s American Lutheran Church with Rev. L.L. Belk officiating. Burial will be in LeMars City Cemetery under the direction of the Mauer Funeral Home.

Donald was a popular and very well-liked student. He was a member of St. John’s Church, Luther League, and was very active in Future Farmers of America Club work.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Detloff; two sisters, Kay Detloff and Karen Detloff at home; grandparents, parternal grandmother, Mrs. Edward Detloff and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Klave of LeMars.

~Source: The LeMars Globe-Post, December 21, 1959


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