A Collection of Obituaries From the

Mitchell County (Iowa)


File #12



Walter Laverne Dieterich

Surnames: Dieterich, Triechel, Janzow

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; Feb. 3, 1977)

Funeral services for Walter L. Dieterich, 70, who died at his home January 22, were held January 25 at Immanuel Lutheran church with the Rev. N. E. Betke officiating.

Walter Laverne Dieterich was born at St. Ansgar February 21, 1906, the son of Henry and Ida nee’ Triechel Dieterich. He was baptized February 28, 1906 at Immanuel Lutheran church by the Rev. Wm. Janzow, Walter’s sponsors were Mrs. John Groth, Herman Dieterich and Christine Dieterich. May 25, 1919 he confirmed his baptismal vows, instructed and confirmed by the Rev. Paul Brammer.

He was educated in the St. Ansgar schools, spent six years in the State of Montana during the 1930s as a dry land wheat farmer and sheep herder. He then returned to St. Ansgar where he was employed as a cream hauler for the St. Ansgar Creamery. In May 1942 he entered the U.S. Army and saw action in Europe. He was wounded during service in France and received the Purple Heart June, 14, 1944. December 17, 1944 he was captured by the enemy and served as a prisoner of war in Germany until April 13, 1945.

Following his return he was united in marriage to Adele Janzow July 26, 1946 by the Rev. Ted Eickelberg. This union was blessed with three children; David, Dorian and Richard. Walter was engaged in farming and continued to work as a cream hauler for eight years. In 1971 he and his wife retired from the farm and moved to St. Ansgar.

Mr. Dieterich served on the Carpenter school board for two years, he was a member of the Voter’s Assembly at Immanuel church and had served the congregation as a school deacon and also served on the building committee for the Immanuel Lutheran education unit.

Mr. Dieterich is survived by his wife, Adele; two sons, David of St. Ansgar and Richard, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Yorktown, Va. One daughter, Mrs. Norman (Dorian) Atwood of Fairfield; granddaughters Nicholle and Clarissa Dieterich of St. Ansgar; a brothers, Arthur; stepmother, Mrs. Olga Dieterich; two sistesr, Mrs. Art (Irma) Krueger and Mrs. Herbert (Lucille) Marcks, both of St. Ansgar; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran cemetery.



John A. Jacobson

Surnames: Jacobson, Anderson, Morstad, Hofland

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; Jan. 27, 1977)

Funeral services for John A. Jacobson, 89, who died January 14 at Mitchell County Memorial hospital, were held Monday, January 17 at Six Mile Grove Lutheran church with the Rev. Gaylord Grant officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

John A. Jacobson, son of Jacob and Mary (Anderson) Jacobson, was born November 13, 1887 in Nevada township, Mower county, one of a family of 14 children. He attended school in Nevada township.

October 2, 1912 he was married to Clara Morstad. They established their home on a farm east of Rose Creek where they lived their entire married life. His wife died June 29, 1960 and he continued to make his home there until six years ago. December 31, 1976 he entered the Osage Nursing home in Osage.

John and Clara were lifelong members of Six Mile Grove Lutheran church and he served on the Rose Creek school board for a number of years.

He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Richard (Armeda) Olson of Lyle; six grandchildren, Mrs. Harlan (LaVonne) Landehoff and Mrs. Bernard (Diane) Larson of North Bend, Neb.; Mrs. Larry (Joan) Blake of Stacyville; Mrs. Paul (Ramona) Wynia of Lake Mills; Richard and Ronald Olson of Lyle; one sister, Mrs. Ibert (Laura) Hofland; one sister-in- . . . .



Merle Edward Decker

Surnames: Decker, Jensen, Duryee

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; Jan. 27, 1977)

Funeral services for Merle Edward Decker, 64, who died January 18 at the Mitchell County Memorial Hospital were held Saturday, January 22 at the St. Ansgar Baptist church with the Rev. Howard Reed officiating.

Merle Edward Decker was born May 12, 1912 at Kendelville. He farmed with his brother before being inducted into the Army in 1942. He spent most of his life in the McIntire area, moving to Riceville in 1975. Ill health made it necessary to take residence at the Riceville Rest Home for the last few months.

Merle received Christ as his Savior in 1953. He served as deacon of the Faith Baptist Church, McIntire, until this church united with others to form the Faith Baptist church of Cresco. He also served on the board for several years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Francis (Opal) Jensen of Lime Springs and Mrs. Dale (Garnet) Duryee, McIntire; several nieces and nephews.



Ernest C. Nelson

Surnames: Nelson, Nelson, Anderson

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; JUN 1, 1978)

Funeral services for Ernest C. Nelson, 72, who died May 28 at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea, were held may 31 at the First Lutheran Church in albert lea with the Rev. James W. Schoeld officiating.

Ernest C. Nelson was born July 3, 1905, in Mitchell County, son of Fred and Carrie Nelson. He grew up in the Lyle area and moved to Albert Lea in 1932.

He married Bernette C. Nelson in November 21, 1928, in Lyle. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, and was a sales distributor for Colonial Roofing & Refining and T. K. Products, Inc., in Albert Lea. Mr. Nelson was also a member of the Sons of Norway.

He is survived by his wife, Bernette, of Albert Lea; two sons, Erling Nelson, Mason City, and Gary S. Nelson, of Hastings, Minnesota; one daughter, Mrs. William R. (Cleo) Christensen of Austin; 8 grandchildren; one brother, Vernon E. Of Conger, MN; one sister, Mrs. Harlis (Grace) Anderson, of North St. Paul.

Preceding him in death were his parents and three brothers.

Burial was in the Mona Lutheran Cemetery, with Rev. Schoeld in charge of committal services.



Williams, Albert, Pfc.
Williams, Leonard Keith, Pfc.

Re-Burial Services


Pfc. Albert Williams, Jr.


Pfc. Leonard Keith Williams

Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice
For Their Country

Riverside Cemetery

Riceville, Iowa

2:00 P.M.

Pfc. Albert Williams, Jr.

    Private First Class Albert Williams, Jr. was born in Riceville, Iowa, September 6, 1923 and was killed in France November 15, 1944. He was buried in an American cemetery in Eastern France. He lived in Riceville until he was eight years old, then moved to McIntire, Iowa, where he was graduated from McIntire high school in 1942. He entered the army March 13, 1943.

Pfc. Leonard Keith Williams

    Private First Class Leonard Keith Williams, was born in Riceville, Iowa September 19, 1925, and was killed in Germany February 25, 1945. He was a senior at the McIntire high school when called to service December 11, 1943. He lived in Riceville until he was six years old, then moved to McIntire. His family doesn't know where he was buried, but some place in Europe.

    The brothers are survived by their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Williams, former McIntire residents; one sister, Mrs. William Horner of Flint, Michigan; one brother, Clarence, who is also a veteran.

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    The remains arrived in Le Roy Wednesday morning and were met by members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars of Le Roy.

Full Military Honors by Riceville and McIntire American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

They Are Just Away

They would not want the ones they love
    To Grieve for them today;
We must not say that they are dead
    For they are just away --
    Away upon a journey
To a land that's bright and fair;
And though we all will miss them here
    We know they're happy there--
And memories of them will bring
    New Comfort every day
As we recall -- they are not dead
    For they are just away!



Winkels, Gilbert N., Pfc.



    Private First Class Gilbert N. Winkels, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Winkels was born July 19, 1923 at the farm home west of McIntire, Iowa.

    He attended the Mitchell County rural schools and completed his grade school work in 1936.

    He was a devout Catholic, assisting the Priest as Mass server up to the time of his death.

    Pfc. Gilbert N. Winkels was inducted at Des Moines, Iowa, March 20, 1943 being sent to Camp Butner, North Carolina and from there to Camp Piokett, Virginia.

    He was sent overseas in May 1944 and was based in England.

    His parents first received word that he was missing in action over Poland. Then a correction was made to this statement that the action took place over Holland October 1, 1944. Still another telegram came November 16th stating he was killed in action over Holland. At the time of his death he was serving with the 82nd Airborne division.

    He was engaged in farming with his father until he entered service in March 1943.

    To his many friends who knew him Gilbert was a true and helpful friend.

    Gilbert received two Silver Battle Stars and two Overseas Service Bars.

    He leaves to mourn his passing his mother and father, one brother, and three sisters.

    Requiem Mass was held at ten o'clock Monday morning in St. Patrick's Church with Father Thomas Duane officiating. Mrs. Leo Regan, Joseph Regan and Mrs. Polinski of Plainview sang with Mrs. W.H. Hall as their accompanist at the organ.

    Interment was made in the local Church cemetery.


  O gentlest Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive soul of Thy departed servant. Be not severe in Thy judgement, but let some drops of Thy precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames, and do Thou, O merciful Saviour, send Thy angels to conduct Thy departed servant to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.

  Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

           Casket Bearers 
 Harold Adams             James Carroll
 Donald Burgett             Orville Roe
 Francis SPellman         Joseph Jensen

         Honorary Casket Bearers 
 Alvin Malcomson               Bert Moe
 George Wells                C.O. Strom
 George Sumnicht       M.E. Chesebrough

Burial at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery LeRoy, Minnesota

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Full Military Honors by American Legion and
Veterans of Foreign Wars




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