Edgar Van Tubergen, age 77 of George, IA died Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, 2014, at the Hope Reformed Church rural George with Rev. Dave Poppen officiating. Private burial will be at Sheridan Township Cemetery in Boyden, IA. Visitation will be Sunday, August 24th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Eldon MenkeEldon Menke, age 80 of Hartley, IA, passed away at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, August 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hartley, IA. Visitation will be held Saturday, August 23rd from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley with the family present at that time. Burial will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday August 23rd.

The Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley is in charge of the arrangements for 80 year-old Eldon Menke of Hartley, IA.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sanborn-hartleyfuneralhomes.com

Lloyd “Rip” Raveling, age 97 of Sanborn, IA passed away at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn, IA on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 25th at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Melvin, IA.  Inurnment will be held at Baker Township Cemetery near Melvin, IA at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning, prior to the service.

The Sanborn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 97 year-old Lloyd “Rip” Raveling of Sanborn.

Kent Wallin Kent Wallin, age 54, of rural Melvin, IA passed away at his home on Wednesday, August 20th.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, August 24th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Sanborn Funeral Home Chapel in Sanborn, IA with the family present at that time.  Following the visitation family and friends are invited to Baxter’s Bar & Grill in Primghar, IA.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes that memorials in Kent’s memory be given to them for a charity of their choice at a later date.

The Sanborn Funeral Home is in charge of the services for 54-year old Kent Wallin of rural Melvin.

Merna AkesonMerna Akeson, age 91 of Archer, IA, passed away at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, IA on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 20th at 1:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Archer.

Visitation will also be held at the United Methodist Church in Archer prior to the service on Wednesday, August 20th from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., with the family present at that time. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Primghar, IA.

The Sanborn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 91 year-old Merna Akeson of Archer.

Merna Lorraine Akeson, age 91, passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the Sanford Medical Center in Sheldon, IA. She was born the daughter of Henry and Grace (Kolste) Kuiper on April 24, 1923, on a farm near Hospers, IA. and attended the Carol #9 country school.

At the age of 19, Merna and two neighbor girls were recruited by a representative of the World War II defense plants to work in an aircraft factory. She received training for riviting, and worked for the Cessna Aircraft Plant in Wichita, KS. Following the war, Merna returned home and found employment at the Big Four Cooperative in Sheldon, IA.

In 1951, she married Carl Akeson, Jr. and together they farmed near Archer, IA. Merna took instruction and completed the Nurse’s Aide Certification in 1967 and worked at hospitals and nursing homes in both Sheldon and Primghar, IA until her retirement in 1985 when she and Carl moved into the town of Archer.

Throughout her life, Merna served as a 4-H Leader, was active in the Archer United Methodist Church, and was president of the Primghar Legion Auxiliary. She always enjoyed sewing or having a good visit with her life-long friends and relatives.

She is survived by two daughters; Rhonda (Duane Lom) of LaCrosse, WI, and Yvonne (Vince) Heuer of Waterloo, IA, and their children: Charles, Ellen and Ann Heuer; one son, Craig (Deanna) Akeson of Archer, IA, and their children: Cole and Melissa Akeson; one brother, Leo Kuiper; and one sister, Mary Swanson.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Carl, on December 20, 2013.

~ In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Merna’s memory to the Archer United Methodist Church or the O’Brien County 4-H Foundation. ~
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Ray Klinkenborg, age 97 of Rock Rapids, IA died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Lyon Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday August 21st at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Rock Rapids, IA with Rev. Dean Shelly officiating. Burial will take place prior to the service on Thursday morning. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home in Rock Rapids at 9:00 a.m. before processing to Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids. Visitation will be Wednesday August 20th from 2 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, IA.

In lieu of flowers family wishes memorials be made to Lyon County Hospice.

For a complete obituary and registration please visit www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Ray was born January 26, 1917 to Enno and Grace (Kruse) Klinkenborg near George, Iowa, where he lived until he graduated from George High School in 1935. Ray attended Iowa Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls until 1939 and then joined the Army in 1940, prior to the United States entering WWII. Ray served as an officer in European campaigns, where he was awarded the Silver Star, our nation’s third highest military decoration for valor. He served, first in Italy, and then France, where he was captured by German forces. He was interned in OFLAG 64, a prisoner of war camp in Poland. When the Russians began their push through Poland, the German soldiers began a forced march of the OFLAG 64 prisoners, during which Ray escaped and made it back to Allied forces. Upon his return from overseas he married Eleanor Jammer on December 24, 1946. Eleanor passed away in 1975. After the war, Ray worked for a short time as the Lyon County Veterans Affairs officer and then in the ASCS office where he worked as director until he retired in 1979. On November 24, 1981 Ray was united in marriage to Nancy Broesder, becoming a step-father to Joshua Pilcher and later Ray and Nancy had a daughter, Abby. Ray enjoyed fishing, golfing, travel and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his daughter, Abby Kempema, her husband Cory Kempema, and their children, Logan and Raelyn of Sioux City, IA; son, Joshua Pilcher, his wife Amy Pilcher and their children, Aria and Carter of Ames, IA; nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Enno and Grace; first wife, Eleanor; brother, Elmer Klinkenborg; and sisters, Selma Hilbrands and Anita Hamlin.

joannMrs. JoAnn Huygens, age 77, of rural Hospers, passed away on Friday, August 15, 2014, at her residence.

There will be a funeral service on Tuesday, August 19, at 10:30am, at the Newkirk Reformed Church. The Rev. David Powers will officiate. Interment will follow at the Newkirk Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Monday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the CHURCH.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

JoAnn Gladys was born on a farm near Sheldon on July 6, 1937, to Clarence and Ann (Bruxvoort) Van Kalsbeek. She attended the Hospers Christian School and Western Christian High School in Hull. She then taught at the Sibley Christian School.

She married Clarence Marvin Huygens on June 9, 1955, at the Hospers Christian Reformed Church. They established a farm home near Newkirk, where they lived for 59 years. While raising a young family, she returned to college and earned a teaching degree, graduating magna cum laude from Northwestern College in Orange City. She then taught kindergarten and third grade classes in the Sheldon and MOC-FloydValley schools for thirty years, serving two generations of many families.

JoAnn loved the Lord and was a member of the Newkirk Reformed Church all her married life. She served as a girls high school Sunday School teacher, choir member, and leader of the Bible League.

She lived life with high energy and a happy disposition. Her often repeated motto was, “I’d rather burn-out than rust-out”. She loved people and had an active volunteer life. After retirement, she volunteered with a children’s reading program at the Sioux Center Public Schools and at Village Northwest in Sheldon. She also assisted at Hands around the World in Orange City.

JoAnn loved music and also sang in the Sioux County Women’s chorus and the Senior Saints choir. She taught piano lessons as a young woman and encouraged all the children in her life to enjoy music. She was a Master Gardener and loved to work in her vegetable and flower garden.

She was a life-long learner, starting with a junior high spelling championship, representing Sioux County at the state spelling bee. She was an avid reader, always with two or more books in process. She attacked and enjoyed a crossword puzzle every day.

JoAnn loved traveling and enjoyed trips to all parts of the United States, as well as a bicycle journey across The Netherlands. She enjoyed spending winters with Clarence in Alamo, Texas.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Clarence; and three children and their spouses, Chuck and Sue Huygens, of Urbandale; Adri and Ron Smit, of Hospers; and Don Huygens, of Sioux Center. Her eleven grandchildren include Nicole Huygens, Mark and Jamie Huygens, Robyn (Jay) Carnes, Scott Smit, Jeremy (Amber) Smit, Heather Schoenrock, Daniel (HollyAnn) Huygens, Sarah Huygens, Ken Huygens, Kylie Huygens, and Jamie Huygens. Her six great-grandchildren are Bennett Huygens, Caleb Smit, Madeline Smit, Cameron Carnes, Cooper Carnes and J. J. Van Meeteren. She is also survived by five sisters, Ruth (Marley) Grotenhuis, of Sibley; Harriet (Gerald) Van Meeteren, of Sheldon; Carol (Ron) Oostra, of Sioux Center; Anita (Gary) Jeltema, of Orange City; and Laura Van Kalsbeek, of Rock Valley.

She was preceded in death by a grandson-in-law, Scott Schoenrock.

Memorials may be directed to the Bible League, a cause that JoAnn loved and pursued.

Ralph Dasen  age 84 of Sanborn, IA passed away at his home in Sanborn, IA on Thursday, August 14th, 2014.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 17th at 3:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sanborn. Visitation will also be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. prior to the service on Sunday. The family will be present at that time. Ralph’s body was donated to science, therefore burial of remains will be held at Roseland Cemetery near Sanborn, IA at a later date.

The Sanborn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 84 year-old Ralph Dasen of Sanborn.

Ralph Nelson Dasen, the son of George and Dora Dasen, was born on February 12, 1930 in Ottosen, IA. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sanborn, IA. He attended grade school in Bode, IA, and graduated from Ottosen High School in 1948.

Ralph served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He was married to Charlotte Jantzen on June 13, 1954 at St. John Lutheran Church, Boyden, IA. After their marriage they lived in Ames, IA where he attended Iowa State University under the G.I. Bill. In October, 1955, Ralph and Charlotte moved to Sanborn, IA, where Ralph was employed as a milk hauler for O’Brien County Coop Creamery (later A.M.P.I.) from November 1, 1955 to March 1, 1992. He thoroughly enjoyed serving the dairy farmers of Northwest Iowa for 37 years. In 1958 the family moved to Sheldon, IA, until making their permanent home in Sanborn on November 30, 1963 to present. To this marriage four children were born: Jeffrey, James, Catherine and Anita.

Ralph proudly served as Scout Master for Troop 156, Sanborn, for five years, and always enjoyed visits from former “Super Scouts” to reminisce. Visitors of all ages enjoyed his monorails, treehouses and swings. In his retirement, Ralph’s hobbies included beer-making, his 1948 John Deere, jigsaw puzzles, reading, and bicycling. He was a well-known fixture on his bike along the county roads and highways of Northwest Iowa, logging in 7,000 to 10,000 miles per year. A lifelong Democrat, look for an absentee ballot for Hillary 2016! He and Charlotte enjoyed camping and traveling, with the Rocky Mountains of Colorado standing out as a favorite destination. Ralph died at his home on August 14, 2014 at the age of 84 years, six months and two days, following a two year battle with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; four children: Jeffrey (Karla) Dasen of Scottsdale, AZ, James (Lisa) Dasen of Cedar Rapids, IA, Catherine (Jerry) Gray of Rochester, MN, Anita (Steve) Goetz of Fairbanks, AK; 10 grandchildren: Matthew Dasen of Scottsdale, AZ, Annie (Kory) Kubik of Urbandale, IA, Dr. Katerina Dasen of Santa Monica, CA, Amy (David) Ingram of Fairbanks, AK, Theresa (Drew) Zafft of Rochester, MN, Ryan Horstman of Seattle, WA, Emily Dasen of Ames, IA, Sarah Goetz of Fairbanks, AK, Brian Gray of Rochester, MN, and Stevie Goetz of Fairbanks, AK; and one great-grandson, Grant Kubik.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Anna Gray; son-in-law, Cpt. Randi Horstman; sisters: Dolda, Bernice, Sena, Evelyn, Gladys, Lorraine, Shirley, and Phyllis; and brother, Harry Dasen. Abiding by his wishes, Ralph’s body was donated for scientific purposes to the University of Iowa College of Medicine.

Family visitation will be held on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sanborn, followed by a memorial service at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ralph’s memory to Iowa Chapter of The A.L.S. Association, or Sanford Hospice/Home Health of Sheldon.

Terry “Pete” Wildeman, age 65 of Hartley, IA passed away at his residence on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 16th at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ in Hartley, IA. Visitation will be held at the Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley on Friday, August 15th from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Burial will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery near Hartley, IA.

The Hartley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 65 year-old Terry “Pete” Wildeman of Hartley.