Sioux County, Iowa



Elizabeth (Boeyink) Kleene was born October 4, 1877 in Alto, Wisconsin. She moved to Sioux Center with her parents as a child. She was one of seven children born to Henry and Johanna (Kastein) Boeyink. They settled on a farm near Sioux Center. See the separate story on her parents. Elizabeth married Willem on December 13, 1906.

Willem Kleene was born August 1, 1874 in Gelderland, Netherlands. His parents were John and Aartje Kleene. Willem came to America alone as a young man. He worked for Bert Bartels by Carmel, Iowa as a young hired man.

Willem and Elizabeth farmed near Sioux Center on the Wandscheer farm after their marriage. Later they moved to a farm near Perkins, Iowa, and finally north of Hull, Iowa. Elizabeth died February 28, 1943 and Willem died September 18, 1946. They were the parents of seven children as follows.

John Kleene was born September 16, 1908 at Sioux Center. He married Jacoba Jans on February 18, 1932. They farmed several years north of Perkins, then they moved to Sioux Center where John worked at Kosters Manufacturing. John died July 25, 1958 and "Coba" died March 13, 1989. They were the parents of eight children: Betty (Mrs. John Urban), Jacoba (Mrs. Ralph Smith) of Sioux Center, William, Leory, Adriana (Mrs. Wayne Marra), Arlene (Mrs. Howard Smit), Gerald, and Robert.

William Kleene Family: Front row: Clara, Johanna, Wilbert, Anna, and Ida. Back row: Henry,
Willem, Elizabeth, and John

Johanna Wesselina Kleene was born February 20, 1909 at Sioux Center. She married Clarence De Vos on December 30, 1930. They farmed most of their married life. They retired in Hull, Iowa. Clarence died August 29, 1983. They have five children; Cornie De Vos of Janison, Michigan, Elizabeth "Betty" (Mrs. Ted Brunsting) of Hull, Nelvina (Mrs. Joe Junior Bomgaars) of Hull, Wilmina (Mrs. Andy Oostra) of Rock Valley and Clarice Joan (Mrs. John Kooima) of Hull.

Ida Kleene was born September 17, 1910 by Sioux Center. She married Arie Vierhout on March 2, 1932. They first lived in Hull where Arie was a hired man. Then they farmed by Boyden, Sanborn, and Melvin, Iowa. They retired in Melvin. They have four children; Cornie Vierhout, Evelyn (Mrs. John Gordon Post), William, and Irene (Mrs. Donald J. Groen).

Gerrit Henry Kleene, "Hank", was born August 16, 1912 by Perkins, Iowa. He was a truck driver for many years. He married Edna Alvina Ludwig Lade on August 11, 1950. She had three children by a previous marriage. They lived in LeMars, Iowa. Hank died December 4, 1972, and Edna died January 7, 1986. The step children were Carol (Mrs. Robert Russell), Albert Lade and Robert Lade.

Wilbert Kleene was born April 22, 1915 by Perkins. He married Wilmina Schoep on March 4, 1942 at Sioux Center. Wilbert was in the service. He did day work and worked at the Sioux Center Coop. Wilbert died November 26, 1974 of injuries received in a truck accident. They had two children and a foster daughter. Elaine (Mrs. Vernon Hofkamp), Gerrit died as an infant, and Marlene Bird (Mrs. Walter Baxter) who lived with the Kleenes.

Anna Elizabeth Kleene was born January 6, 1917. She married Arthur Johnson on September 12, 1944 in Edna, Iowa. Arthur was in the service. They lived in Edna, Iowa and George, Iowa. They were both killed in an auto accident that happened on October 7, 1987. Their children were: Arthur, Judith (Mrs. Larry Griesse), James, Allen, Bonnie (Mrs. Lonnie Kruger) and Norma (Mrs. David Winkel).

Klarina "Clara" Kleene was born April 8, 1919 by Perkins, Iowa. She married Elmer Rosenboom on November 22, 1947 at the Little Brown Church. They live in Edna, Iowa. Elmer is a mechanic and works at Sudenga's in George. They had two sons; Randy and Ronald Rosenboom.

By Johanna Kleene (Mrs. Clarence De Vos)

Source: Sioux Center Iowa 1991 Centennial Book--Family Contributor, Mary Haverhals

NOTES added by Wilma J. Vande Berg

BIRTH RECORD of Willem Kleene born 1 August 1874 at Oldendiever Drenthe
Netherlands his parents were Jan Kleene a farmer, age 36 and Arendje Huisman.

Hull: William Kleene was born in The Netherlands August 1, 1874. He died in
the Hull Hospital, September 18, after he had been there six days with a tumor
of the brain. Funeral services were held Saturday at the home and at the First
Reformed Church, with Rev. Kerkhof officiating. Surviving are seven children,
John of Sioux Center, Johanna (Mrs. Clarence De Vos) of Doon, Ida (Mrs. Arie
Vierhout) of Boyden, henry of Boon, Wilbert of Ireton, Anna (Mrs. Arthur
Johnson) of Edna, and Clara at home. There are 17 grandchildren, and also some
relatives in Holland. His wife preceded him in death.
Source: The Sioux County Capital, Thursday, Sept. 26, 1946 Orange City, Iowa.

Source Sioux Center News (3-4-1943)
Born: October 4, 1876
Died: February 28, 1943
Mrs. William (Elizabeth Boeyink) Kleene passed away at her home in Hull Sunday
afternoon, February 28, 1943. She had been 66 years old last October.
Left to mourn her departure are her husband and seven children: Johanna (Mrs.
Clarence De Vos) of Maurice, John at Sioux Center, Ida (Mrs. Arie Vierhout) of
Hawarden, Henry at home, Anna at home, Pvt. Wilbert Kleene at Fort Bliss,
Texas, and Clare at home. Also 13 grandchildren and two brothers, Gerrit and
John Boeyink both of Sioux Center.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon, March 3, 1943 at 12:45 at
the home and 1:30 at the First Reformed Church at Hull, with Reverend Douwstra
officiating. Burial was made at the Hope Cemetery at Hull.
Mrs. Elizabeth Kleene was born in Wisconsin and spent the last 32 years in
Hull vicinity. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mrs. Henry Van
Peursem of Maurice and Mrs. H.K. Eggink of Sioux Center and two brothers,
Henry and Ralph Boeyink both of Sioux Center.
Private Wilbert Kleene arrived home from Texas on Monday to attend the funeral


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