Lyon County Genealogy


Lyon County Obituaries

Part 5

Minnie (Goldhorn) Siebrands
1890 - 1990

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 2, 1990 at 1:30 p.m. for Mrs. Minnie Siebrands, at the Hope Reformed Church, rural George, Iowa. Pastor Robert Vander Schaff officiated.

Special music was provided by Merlin Groen, soloist; and the organist was Mrs. Harlyn Stubbe.

Casket bearers included: Dwayne Siebrands, Alan Siebrands, Richard Siebrands, Alan Siebrands, Richard Siebrands, Gary Mengel, Alfred Goldhorn, Elmore Jack Klinkenborg, Ora Kruger and Kenneth Krull.

Interment was at the Hope Reformed Church Cemetery at George. Bolin Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Minnie Siebrands was born on August 5, 1890 at rural George, Iowa, the daughter of Ben and Margaret (Harms) Goldhorn. She was a life-long resident of the George area, and attended rural school northwest of George.

She married William Siebrands on Oct. 23, 1912. To this union two children were born. She was a member of Hope Reformed Church.

(At right is a photo of William & Minnie Siebrands.)

She died at the home of her daughter on Tuesday, May 29, 1990, at the age of 99 years, nine months and 22 days.

Survivors include her son Peter and Georgia Siebrands of Payson, Arizona; her daughter, Mae (Mrs. Henry Kruse) of George; three grandchildren: Dwayne and Alan Siebrands and Pamela Mengel; five great-grandchildren: Eric, David and Michael Siebrands and Ryan and Michelle Mengel; two brothers, Eilert and Ann Goldhorn of George; and Alvin and Vera Goldhorn of Cherokee, Iowa; one sister, Mrs. Christine Bruns of George; and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Minnie Goldhorn also of George.

She was preceded indeath by her parents; her husband in 1973; one grandson; three brothers, and five sisters.

Arrangements were by Bolin Funeral Service, George, Iowa.

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Murnice Lynn Popkes
1935 - 2000

Murnice Lynn Popkes was born on January 16, 1935 at George, Iowa, the son of Menno and Lizzie (Huisman) Popkes. He grew up on the family farm and was baptized at Bethel Reformed Church of rural Ellsworth, Minnesota. He attended country school and graduated from George High School in 1954. He joined the National Guard in 1957, and served one year of active duty in 1961 at Fort Lewis, Washington.

On September 1, 1961 he was united in marriage to Donna Krull, at Hope Reformed Church of George. He and Donna farmed at rural Ellsworth for 38 years. He was a member of Hope Reformed Church, serving as deacon and currently serving as an elder of the church. In the past, Murnice was on the board of directors of the East Lyon County Coop.

Murnice died unexpectedly, on Wednesday, March 29, 2000 at the Luverne Community Hospital, Luverne, Minnesota, from a massive heart attack,at the age of 65.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Donna of Ellsworth, Minn.; by five children: Wendy Leemkuil and her husband, Mark of Little Rock, Iowa; Dorene Chapa and her husband Kim of Ellsworth; Darrin Popkes and his wife, Nancy of Ellsworth; Gaylon Popkes of Ellsworth; and Dawn Meester and her husband Korey of Ellsworth. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Brian and Tyler Popkes, Paige and Cole Meester, and Megan Popkes, all of Ellsworth; Marissa, Maranda and Mariah Leemkuil of Little Rock, Iowa, and one brother, Wendell Popkes of Ellsworth.

Murnice was preceded in death by his parents, Menno and Lizzie; one sone, Merlyn Popkes; and one brother, Lammert Popkes.

Funeral services were held at Hope Reformed Church, George, Iowa, on Saturday April 1, 2000. Interment was at Hope Reformed Church Cemetery, George. Roste Funeral Home of Rock Rapids was in charge of arrangements.

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Paul Klaassen

Paul L. Klaassen was born in 1935, and died on April 15, 1967. Funeral services were held on Friday, April 21, 1967 at the Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, Castro Valley, California. Officiating was Rev. William C. Miller of the Evangelical Free Church, Oakland, Calif.

Burial was in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, Calif.

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Elmer Peter De Buhr

Elmer Peter De Buhr was born on October 8, 1925 at Dell Rapids, South Dakota, the son of Rev. Peter and Ella (Klinger) De Buhr. While growing up Elmer lived at Dell Rapids, Herman, Minnesota, and later moved with his family to Ellsworth, Minnesota where he graduated from high school in 1944. After his education he served in the United States Army during World War II, serving stateside in various parts of the country.

On November 26, 1947 he married Alma Klaassen at the Bethel Reformed Church in rural Ellsworth. Following their marriage, they lived in Rock Rapids, Iowa, where Elmer worked for Pettingills for a short time before beginning his career with the Postal Service. Elmer worked as an in-town letter carrier for a few years bfore moving on to rural delivery. When he retired in 1982, Elmer had worked for the Post Office for 32 years.

Elmer and Alma were long time member of First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids. Elmer was also a member of the American Legion and worked with the Boy Scouts for many years. When Lyon County Ambulance service began, Elmer was on the first team of Emergency Medical Technicians to be certified. After his heart attach in 1982 he was not able to continue eith the ambulance service, however he did teach EMT classes at NITC in Sheldon, Iowa. Elmer also had other interests, especially in fixing cuckoo clocks and watches.

Last Friday morning, July 29, 1994, Elmder died unexpectely at his home in Rock Rapids, at the age of 67.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Alma of Rock Rapids, also two childrenm, Edgar De Buhr of Maple Grove, Minn., and Glenda Thedens of Rock Rapids; four grandchildren, Jason and Bradley Thedens and Dawn and Tracy De Buhr; three sisters: Amanda Becker of Rock Rapids, Christine Wessels and her husband Joe of Luverne, Minn., Ruth Van Asrtsen and her husband John of Rock Rapids; one brother, Calvin De Buhr and his wife Pearl of Ellsworth, Minn., and a sister-in-law, Ethel De Buhr of Rock Rapids.

Preceding Elmer in death were his parents, a brother, herman De Buhr, a sister, Margaret Huisman, and infant brother and two infant sisters.

Funeral services were held on August 1, 1994 at First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, with Rev. William DeYoung officiating. Interment was in the Bethel Reformed Cemetery, Ellsworth, Minnesota.

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Pete H. Siebrands

Funeral services for Pete H. Siebrands, age 73, of Doon, were held on Saturday, November 18, 1989 at the Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley, Iowa with interment in Hillside Cemetery in Doon; Rev. Ed Van Holland officiated.

Pete died on Wednesday, November 15, 1989 in Veterans Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the age of 73 years, 8 months and 1 day.

Pete was born on March 14, 1916 in George, Iowa. He served in the Navy during World War II, and married Elayne Kruger on October 12, 1940, in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

He owned and operated Fashion Floor Covering Company in Doon, until retiring in 1980.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Loyal "Butch" of Doon; one daughter, Mrs. Raymond (Valeta) Wells of De Forest, Wisconsin; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Ben (Caroline) Dreesen of Little Rock.

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Peter W. Siebrands

Services Conducted Monday for Peter W. Siebrands

Funeral services were conducted Monday, August 2, 1999 from the Hope Reformed Church of rural George for Peter W. Siebrands, 85, of Phoenix, Arizona; Pastor Robert Vander Schaaf officiating.

Casket bearers were: Rodney Krull, Robert Krull, Dick Siebrands, Kenneth Krull, Alfred Goldhorn, and Kerwin Klinkenborg. Interment was in the Hope Reformed Church Cemetery, George, Iowa. Bolin Funeral Service of George was in charge of arrangements.

Peter W. Siebrands was born on December 4, 1913 at rural George, Iowa; the son of William and Minnie (Goldhorn) Siebrands. He attended country school.

He married Gertrude Bos on December 29, 1941. She died on Nov. 29, 1945. Peter married Georgia Heiderbrin on May 29, 1947. They farmed near Pipestone, Minn. for several years before moving to California where he worked as a carpenter. He worked for W.E.D. where they made projects for Walt Disney. He retired in 1981 when they moved to Utah and later to Arizona.

Peter made profession of faith at the Hope Reformed Church of George, and was a member of Paradise Southern Baptist church in Phoenix.

Peter died on Wednesday, July 28, 1999 at the Phoenix Regional Medical Center, at the age of 85 years. He leaves behind his wife, Georgia of Phoenix; two sons, Dwayne Siebrands of Sheldon, Iowa, and Alan and Beth Siebrands of Good Thunder, Minnesota; and one daughter, Pamela Mengel of Phoenix; two step-grandchildren, Megahn and Michael Johns of Good Thunder, Minn.; and one sister, Mae and John Folkema of Sand Lake, Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, and an infant son.

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Peter Siebrands

Funeral services for Peter Siebrands, 73, resident of this community since 1903, were held at the Siebrands home and at the Hope Reformed Church southwest of George, with Rev. Peter Koenen officiating, on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Siebrands, who was a well known successful farmer, had made his home in George after retiring from the farm. He had been in good health until a few years ago when his health began to fail. His condition became critical during the past winter and his death did not come as a surprise to members of his family. Suffering with internal cancer he passed away on Sunday.

Peter Siebrands was born in Neubeerda, Netherlands, May 6, 1864. During the spring of 1884 he came to America and made his home in the neighborhood of Freeport, Illinois. During the summer of the same year he married Wiena Modder. The family came to George in 1902 and settled on a farm in the vicinity of George.

On Sept. 8, 1907 the mother of the family was taken by death. Mr. Siebrands remained on the farm until 1916. He then moved to town where he spent the remainder of his life. In 1917 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Laper. They were privileged to live all these years in retirement. Finally Mr. Siebrands began to fail and during the winter months it became evident that he had become the victim of internal cancer. For many weeks he was confined to his bed, but in the graciousness of God he was spared of intense suffering unto the end. His church will especially remember him because he served his church as deacon for 17 years, faithfully and in his own way. On May 2, 1937 his earthly life ended, attaining the age of 72 years, 11 months and 26 days.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, his children, Dick, Harm and William, all of George, and Mrs. Frank Heeren of Northwood, N. Dak.; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four sisters.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, two brothers and two grandchildren.

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Raymond Clarence Klaassen

Raymond Clarence Klaassen, age 83, formerly of Ellsworth, Minnesota, died Sunday November 23, 2003 at the Minnesota Veterans Home, in Luverne, Minnesota.

He was born on May 25, 1920 in George, Iowa, to John and Edith (Klaassen) Klaassen. Raymond attended school in George, and served his county in the U.S. Army in World War II.

He married Elloise Larson on October 16, 1947 at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, Iowa. After their marriage the couple made their home near Ellsworth, Minnesota, where they farmed. In 2001 they moved to the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

Raymond and Elloise were members of the Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, where Raymond taught Sunday School and catechism for many years.

Raymond is survived by his six children and their spouses, Dorothy and Roger Sheperd of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; David and Margaret Klaassen of Marquette, Kansas; Daniel and Ann Klaassen of Marion, Iowa; Donald and Kathy Klaassen of Ellsworth; Jane and Frank Bernstein of Palo Alto, Calif.; and Joan Klaassen of Belmont, Calif.; by 21 grandchildren; by four brothers: Harmon Klaassen of Worthington, Minn.; Alfred (Lavonne) Klaassen of Ellsworth; John (Caroline) Klaassen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Ronald (Evelyn) Klaassen of California; and five sisters: Helen Sprock of Rock Rapids, Iowa; Ruth (Bert) Van Westen, Luverne, Minnesota; Alma DeBuhr, Rock Rapids; Lois Snitselaar, Livermore, Calif.; and Erma (Ubbe) Wagenaaar, Adrian, Minnesota.

Raymond was preceded in death by his paretns, by his wife Elloise; by his son-in-law, Russell Elliott; by two grandsons, Benjamin and Natheniel; by a brother, Paul; and by a sister, Esther Klinkenborg.

A funeral servce was held on November 28, 2003 at Salem Reformed Church, Little Rock, Iowa. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Little Rock. Dingman Funeral Home, Luverne, Minnesota was in charge of Arrangements.

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Richard Eugene Siebrands

Richard Eugene Siebrands was born on July 18, 1929 at rural George, Iowa, the son of Dick and Trena (Goldhorn) Siebrands. He attended country school in Liberal Township. On July 23, 1951 Richard was inducted into the U.S. Army. He spent 14 months in Korea serving on the front lines. For his service he was awarded several medals and awards. On May 27, 1953 he received his honorable discharge from the Army. He farmed with his brother, Laurence on the Siebrands family farm, which was a centuryt farm, northwest of George. Richard enjoyed farming -- feeding cattle and hogs. His family will always remember him for his good heartedness, his smile on his fave and a cap on his heard, and his willingness to help others.

Richard became a resident of the George Good Samaritan Center In George, Iowa on June 4, 1999. On June 6, 2001 Richard died at the Good Samaritan Center at the age of seventy-one.

He is survived by his brother, Laurence Siebrands of George, three sisters, Margaret Krull of Beaver Creek, MN, Leota (Jack) Gerken of George, and Lavonne (Alfred) Klaassen of Ellsworth, MN.

Preceding him in death were his parents, one sister, Elvina Siebrands, one brother, Ben Siebrands, a sister-in-law, Irene Siebrands, a brother-in-law, Henry Krull, and two nephews, James Gerken and Murnice Popkes, and a great nephew, Merlyn Popkes.

Funeral services were held on June 9, 2001 at Hope Reformed Church of George, Iowa, with Rev. Dale Lint officiating. Interment was in Hope Reformed Cemtery, George, Iowa. Graveside Military honors were by Post 404 of the American Legion, George, Iowa.

The Roste Funeral Home of Rock Rapids was in charge of arrangements.

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Richard Sprock Sr.

Funeral services for Richard Sprock Sr., age 67, were held on Sept. 11, 1991 at Immanuel Luthean Church in Rock Rapids, Iowa, with Rev. Stanley Hansen officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Rock Rapids. Roste Funeral Home of Rock Rapids and Larchwood, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.

Casket bearers were: Marlyn Jansen, Terry Sprock, Durvard Grave, Myron Klinkenborg, Keith Van Westen, and Aldon Klaassen. Honorary casket bearers were: Paul Sprock, Jeremy Sprock, Jason Sprock, Dean Sprock, Lee Schlumbohm, Lance Schlumbohm, Eric Christians, Reggie Christians, Tanner Sprock and Tim Sprock.

Richard was born on December 14, 1923 at George, Iowa, the son of Simon and Etta (Kruize) Sprock. He grew up in rural Rock Rapids.

On Feb. 10, 1942 he married Helena Klaassen at the Hope Reformed Church Parsonage at George. Following their marriage they farmed near Rock Rapids. In 1974 they moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where Richard worked for Jordan Millworks until failing health forced him to retire in 1979. They returned to Rock Rapids in 1981.

Last Sunday, Sept. 8, 1991, he died at Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital in Rock Rapids, following a long illness. He was sixty-seven.

Surviving are his wife, Helena of Rock Rapids, and six children: Dennis Sprock and Judy, (Mrs. Lynn Schlumbohm) both of Rock Rapids; Sandra Sprock of Sioux Falls, SD; Richard Sprock Jr.; Kathleen, (Mrs. Fred Christians); and Curtis Sprock, all of Rock Rapids. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and there great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, five brothers, and two sisters.

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Robert Eugene Abels

Robert Eugene Abels was born on August 31, 1928 at Sibley, Iowa. He died on June 2, 2004 in Buckeye, Arizona. A Funeral Mass was held on June 4, 2004 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Buckeye, and the celebrant was Father Charlie Goraieb. Burial was in St. Andrews Cemetery, Sibley, Iowa.

Robert was married to Rita Jean McCarty on Jan. 21, 1950 in Sheldon, Iowa.

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Trena (Trientje) (Goldhorn) Siebrands

Funeral services for Trena (Mrs. Dick) Siebrands, age 85, were held on Friday, June 21, 1974 at Hope Reformed Church in rural George, Iowa, with Rev. Victor Augsburger officiating. Trena died on June 18, 1974 at Merrill Pioneer hospital in Rock Rapids. She had been in poor health for an extended period of time. Burial was in the Hope Reformed Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Siebrands (Trientje) was born Trena Goldhorn, daughter of Ben and Margaret (Harms) Goldhorn, on Sept. 13, 1888 at George, Iowa.

She married Dick Siebrands on June 1, 1910, and then farmed northwest of here.

She is survived by there sons: Ben, Laurence and Richard, all at George; by three daughters: Margaret (Mrs. Henry Krull Jr.) of Beaver Creek, Minn.; Leota (Mrs. Jack Gerken) of George; and LaVonne (Mrs. Alfred Klaassen) of Ellsworth, Minn.; 17 grand children and ten great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers: Harm and Eilert of George, and Alvin of Cherokee; and by there sisters: Mrs. William Siebrands of George, Mrs. Henry Bruns of George, and Mrs. Earl Lewark of Rock Rapids, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband on May 26, 1970; by one daughter, Elvina in 1936; by one grandson; two brothers and three sisters.

Vogelaar Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

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Elsie Thompson

Jamestown Sun,
Jamestown, North Dakota
January 21, 1972

Were held Thursday in Grace Episcopal Church with Rev. Clifford Ott officiating. Mrs. Thompson died Tuesday 1/18/1972 in Jamestown hospital at the age of 90. [Note: One of the pall bearers was the uncle of Howard Young's best friend who in 2004 lives in Devils Lake, North Dakota]

Attending the services from a distance were Mr. & Mrs. George M. Thompson of Sun City, Arizona.

Born May 19, 1881 at Doon, Iowa, Mrs. Thompson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Bowers. She attended school at Doon and taught for a time at Willow City, N.D. Her marriage to Alfred Reginald Thompson took place Dec. 26, 1905 at Doon, and in 1907 they moved to Jamestown where the home has been since. Mr. Thompson died Oct. 18, 1954. Mrs. Thompson was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and a longtime member of the church choir and Grace Guild.   She is survived by one son, George M. Thompson, Bismark.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a son Reginald, her parents, and three sisters.


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Alfred Reginald Thompson

Jamestown Sun
Jamestown, N.D.
Oct. 19, 1954

A. R. (Alfred Reginald) Thompson, Former City Auditor, Dies Monday Night, 10/18/1954.

He was for many years city auditor of Jamestown and died at Trinity Hospital Monday night. Mr. Thompson was a lifelong churchman of English parentage. He was born in Duluth, Minnesota, May 31, 1875, and confirmed in St. Paul's Episcopal Church of that city. In 1907 Mr. Thompson came to Jamestown, and has been an active leader in Grace Episcopal Church and Jamestown Community for nearly a half century. Among his many activities in the church he recalled with pleasure his many years as superintendent of the Sunday School. He severed under five clergymen as senior warden. He was also treasurer for many years.

He retired from active life in 1952 after being city auditor under the terms of five mayors serving the community in a long and faithful service. Aside from being city auditor for 25 years, Mr. Thompson was in the grain business, five years on the Board of Trade in Duluth, MN; four years auditor for a line of elevators out of Sioux Falls, Iowa, and 17 years manager of the Star Elevator Company. Despite a busy life, he always found time for his fellow men to work and to enjoy them.

Mr. Thompson was the father of three sons, George M. Thompson, Bismark, ND and Clifford Alfred, by a previous marriage; Clifford having died in infancy, and Mrs. Lottie Thompson, his first wife, died May 3, 1905 at Willow City, ND. Mr.. Thompson and Miss. Elsie Bowers were married December 26, 1905 at Doon, IA and to this union one son Reginald, now deceased was born. He preceded his father in death September 21, 1953. Survived by three brothers (only name listed was Walter) and a sister, Mrs. Florence Reed, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was buried in Highland Home Cemetery & funeral was Oct. 24, 1954. The city offices were closed this morning and the flag at the city hall was flown at half mast in respect to Mr. Thompson. Mrs. Alice White [a sister of Elsie], Washington, D. C. Was in attendance.

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Cornie Van Tol

Cornie Van Tol, 71, died Friday, December 28, at the Hegg Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. 

Services were held Monday at the First Christian Reformed Church with the Rev. Roger Bultman officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery at Doon with the Porter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Cornie Van Tol was born March 19, 1908, at Sioux Center.  He married Annetta Mulder on October 5, 1932, at Doon.  They lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan for 20 years, and moved to Rock Valley in October of 1977.

Survivors include the widow; four sons, Joe of Rock Valley, Conley of Paw Paw, Michigan, Kenneth of Caledonia, Michigan, and David of Sioux Center; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Kit) Kooima of Rock Valley.

Also two brothers; Maynard of Sanborn, IA and William of Ripon, CA; two sisters; Mrs. Neal Groendyke of Sanborn, IA and Mrs. Ike Steensma of Luverne, MN and 14 grandchildren.


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Webization by Kermit Kittleson



Lee Glenn Van Tol

Lee was born to Mr. and Mrs. Cornie Van Tol May 7, 1933 in the town of Doon, where he lived all his life, except for a short time when he was employed at Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He was educated in the Doon Christian School and the Western Christian High School.

Lee Glenn Van Tol attained the age of 19 years, 8 months and 21 days.  He died January 28, 1953 at about 12:20 a.m. as the passenger in a fatal automobile accident near Doon.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cornie Van Tol, a sister, Kitty Joy and four brothers, Joe Donley, Conley Veryle, Kenneth Jon and Audley David.  He is also survived by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mulder, Mrs. Lane Van Tol and his great grandfather 94-year-old John Otten, Sr.

Funeral services were conducted at the Doon Christian Reformed Church with the Reverend Carl Toeset officiating.  Miss Margery Caswell, a high school class mate of the deceased, rendered organ music at the rite.  A mixed quartett sang "God's Way" and "Waiting on Jesus."  John Vander Ark of Hull sang "God Understands."  Pallbearers were Earl Gort, Gerald Otten, Joe Van Engen, Herman Gorter, Lester Moget and LeRoy Te Slaa.  Interment was made in the Doon Cemetery.

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George W. Bowers


Jamestown Sun
Jamestown, ND
Sunday, Aug. 9, 1937

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George W. Bowers, Ninety Years Old,

Passed Away Here --- Father of Mrs. A.R. Thompson --- Funeral Services Wednesday

George W. Bowers, aged father of Mrs. A. R. Thompson of Jamestown passed away at the Jamestown Hospital Saturday afternoon at 4:45 o’clock. His death having been caused from a stroke of apoplexy.

Mr. Bowers came to Jamestown two weeks ago from Doon, Iowa to make his home with Mr. and Mrs. Thompson. Tuesday he suffered a stroke of apoplexy and was taken to the hospital.

Mr. Bowers was born in Johnstown, Bresford county, Pennsylvania March 25, 1847. For many years he was a prominent and successful farmer and real estate dealer at Doon.

Survivors are his daughter, Mrs. Thompson, Jamestown, a daughter Mrs. Alice White, Minneapolis, who was also with her father when he passed away, and a daughter Mrs. George Lupton, San Jose, California, who will arrive Tuesday. A
daughter Mrs. Lottie Thompson passed away in May, 1903 and was buried at Willow City. there are 12 grandchildren and a brother Ross Bowers, Des Moines, Iowa, and a sister Mr. S. R. Livermore, Willetts, California, who also survive.

The body will be at the Eddy Funeral Chapel and friends may call this evening and Tuesday until 1 o’clock in the afternoon. The body, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. White, and Mrs. Lupton, will be taken to Doon Wednesday
morning for funeral services which will be held Thursday. Burial will be made beside the grave of his wife who died in 1920.

Jamestown Sun
Jameston, ND
Sunday, August 11, 1937

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Funeral and Burial Will be Held in Doon, Iowa For Aged Man.

Prayer services were held at the Eddy Funeral Chapel Tuesday evening at 5 o’clock for George W. Bowers aged father of Mrs. A. R. Thompson who died Saturday night.

Rev. Robert Clarke, rector of the Grace Episcopal church was in charge of the services which were attended by members of he family. There were many beautiful flowers.

The body was taken to Doon, Iowa, former home of Mr. Bowers where funeral services will be held Thursday and burial will be make in the Doon Cemetery beside the grave of his wife who died in 1920.

Accompanying the body were Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, Jamestown, Mrs. Alice White, Minneapolis, and Mrs. George Lupton, San Jose, Calif. who arrived in Jamestown Tuesday.

George Thompson, Bismark, and Reginald Thompson, Wahpeton were here Tuesday also.

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Webization by Kermit Kittleson



Alice White

Jamestown Sun
Jamestown, N.D.
April 1, 1963

Mrs. Alice White Former Resident of Pingree, ND dies.

She was the sister of Elsie Thompson. Mrs. Alice B. White 72 of Washington, D. C., former resident of Pingree, died Sunday night in the Wheaton Nursing Home, Wheaton, MD. She had been in ill health since Nov. 20, 1962. Born Oct. 9, 1890 in Doon, IA, Mrs. White was the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. George Bowers.

She attended school and taught at Doon before her Marriage to Arthur L. White, which took place there on June 9, 1910. Mr. And Mrs. White lived at Alvord, IA (5 miles NW of Doon, Ia. & on the railroad)  for a time before moving to Pingree, ND, where he was associated with the Pingree Bank. Later they resided at Walhalla. Mr. White died several years ago. For the past 20 years Mrs. White has been employed at the Pentagon at Washington, D.C. She was a member of the congregational Church at Doon, IA. She is survived by one son, Richard White of Tacoma, WA

(NOTE: In a copy of a directory Jamestown in 1920-21 Arthur White is listed as Cashier Pingree State Bank. In the 1917-18 one as asst cashier Pingree State Bank. In the 1928-29 listing he is no longer listed.)

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Dan Gardner

Dan died on 11/15/1963


Funeral services will be held at the Lockwood-Jongewaard chapel at 11 a.m. Tuesday for Dan Gardner, 82, son of a pioneer Rock Rapids family, who died Friday at Emmetsburg.

The Rev. Paul Freeman will conduct the service with interment in Riverview cemetery, where the rest of the family is buried.

Dan Gardner was the youngest son of Captain and Mrs. Washington Gardner and was the last remaining member of the family of six children. The Gardners lived here in the early 1880s, and in 1882 built the home across the street from the library. The home was torn down last year and is now the site of the new First Federal Savings & Loan building.

Washington Gardner commanded a company of colored troops during the civil war and while in Rock Rapids owned a string of elevators and coal yards. The family moved here from Fayette county, Iowa.

Dan Gardner had been in an Emmetsburg rest home for some time and was hospitalized only a short time before his death.

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Alice (Otten) Mulder

Alice was born September 11, 1905 near Doon, Iowa, daughter of John and Tryntje (Benjamins) Otten.  She attended the Doon Christian School and was the first 8th grade graduate.  Alice married Joe Mulder on June 19, 1952 at Inwood.  Together they lived at Doon where she was a seamstress for many people of the area and was organist at the Christian Reformed Church for many years.  Joe died on February 3, 1959.  Alice continued to live at Doon until due to health problems, moved to the Valley Manor at Rock Valley October 10, 1992.  Alice died Thursday, June 6, 1996 at the Valley Manor at the age of 90 years 8 months and 25 days.

Surviving relatives include two step-daughters, Edna O'Brien of Springfield, SD, Joyce and her husband William K. Kooiker of Hull, Iowa; two stepdaughter-in-laws, Coba Mulder of Doon, Kaye and her husband Mike Dalke of Marshall, MN; brother and his wife, Clarence and Agnes Otten of Grand Rapids, MI; 29 step-grandchildren; 80 step-great-grandchildren; 29 step-great-great-grandchildren.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; two step-sons, Richard (Bud) and John R. Mulder; an infant stepson Edwin Mulder; two stepdaughters, Thelma Dykstra and Annetta Van Tol; three step-grandchildren.

When as a child, I laughed and wept,

Time crept;

When as a youth, I dreamed and talked,

Time walked;

When I became a full grown woman,

Time ran;

When older still I daily grew,

Time flew;

Now I shall find in traveling on,

So teach us to number our days,

that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."

      Psalm 90:12



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Webization by Kermit Kittleson



Colonel Frederic T. Parker

(Lyon County Reporter -- October 14, 1981)

Gravside services for Col. Frederic T. Parker, 83, of Arlington, Virginia, were held this morning (Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1981) in the Riverview cemetery in Rock Rapids. He died on Saturday, October 10, 1981 at an Arlington hospital.

Parker was born in Rock Rapids, Lyon County, Iowa, on November 5, 1897, the son of Lilly Thompson and Frederic B. Parker. He graduated from Grinnell College in 1920 and attended Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. He also attended and graduated from the army's industrial college.

During World War I he enlisted in the student army training corps, was commissioned a second Lieutenant of field artillery, and was discharged on December 14, 1918.

In 1924 he was commissioned a second lieutenant field artillery organized reserve corps; he maintained his reserve or active duty status until he retired as colonel in December 1957.

Active duty included command of civilian conservation corps camps inMississippi and Tennessee. In 1940 he was recalled to active duty in the corp of engineers and he subsequently served as post engineer at many locations including a 15 month stay (1945-1946) with the royal air force as post engineer at Nassau, Bahamas, British West indies, and two years in the Territory of Hawaii. He was relieved from active duty in 1950.

Col. Parker then returned to the Washington, D.C. area where he was employed in the office of the chief of engineers, military district of Washington, as construction management engineer for three years before going with the National Security Agency in the same capacity. He retired from the civil service in 1958.

He was a perpetual member of the Military Order of World Wars, Northern Virginia Chapter; life member of the National Association of Uniformed Services; Veterans of World War I; and Reserve Officers Association; a member of the Harvard Business School Club of D.C.; a charter member of the Harvard Masonic Lodge (AF and AM) at that university and other Masonic orders in Iowa.

He was a deputy governor of the Society of the Mayflower Descendants in Washington, and a charter member of the Oklahoma chapter; a member of the North American Manx Association; Descendants of the Colonial Clergy, Soule and Aldon Kindreds and Sons of the American Revolution.

Survivors include his widow; two sons, Frederic and James, both of Alexandria, Virginia; and a grandson.



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