Rock County Obituaries



DIED: LAWSON L. BRYAN. May 26 1934. Rock county’s oldest Civil War veteran, age 91, has joined his comrades on the other side of the divide. Death quietly claimed him early Sunday after several years of failing health. This honored veteran was born in Delaware county New York but came west with his parents while still an infant. After a short stay in Huntsburg Ohio his parents moved farther west, going to Buchanan county Iowa. Here he spent his early years and when the Civil war broke out the young man, then only 15, enlisted with the 13th Regulars. Lawson Bryan took part in the First Expedition against Vicksburg under the command of General Sherman. The brigade in which Bryan served was the only one not thrown back near Chickasaw to suffer frightful casualties. In this engagement Bryan had the chin strap of his cap shot away.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. J. H. McRobert, Luverne, with whom he made his home and two grandchildren, Mrs. E. A. Nelson, Ellsworth; and J. B. McRobert, Luverne, Minnesota.
Funeral services were held Tuesday .morning from the home, with Rev. Otto Braskamp officiating. Ben Franklin Lodge and Dell Hogan Post, American Legion also took part in the services. Interment was made in Maplewood cemetery in Luverne.

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Joy Baker, 90, of SIOUX Falls, died Tuesday, November 6 at Sioux Valley Hospital.  

He was born in Muden, Kansas.

He was a banker at Kanaranzi and later a cattle buyer in the Luverne area until retiring in 1976. He was married to Josephine Adrian on February 27 1950 and had been a resident of Sioux Falls since that time.

He is survived by his wife.

Ellsworth Voice; Nov 15, 1979

Jessie Boeve, 90, Steen, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003 at Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 27 at the Reformed Church in Steen. Burial was in East Side Cemetery in Steen.
Jessie Boeve was born to Bartus and Hendrikia (VanDePut) Vander Wolde on April 15, 1913 in Elburg, Netherlands. When she was two and a half years old, the family came to America. They lived on a farm near Steen where she grew up and attended country school.
She married Dick Boeve in 1934 in Steen. She enjoyed working by her husband's side on the farm. Dick died on Sept. 8, 1966. Following his death, Jessie continued to reside on the farm and began working as a nursing assistant and home health aide. She eventually moved off the farm and into Steen before retirement. She became a resident of Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton in February 2003.
She was a member of the Reformed Church in Steen where she taught catechism and Bible School.
She is survived by her seven children, Eibert (Elsie) Boeve, Springfield, Mo.; Hendrene (Arnold) Veldkamp, Luverne, Jeanette (Bill) Bleyenberg, Edgerton; Betty (Wilmer) Elbers, Hills; Peter (Judy) Boeve, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Josephine Feucht, Pipestone and Dorothy Petersen, Sioux Falls; 31 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; six brothers; two sisters; one son-in-law, Richard Feucht; three grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

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Klaas Boomgarden

 Klaas Boomgarden, well known Ashcreek resident, passed away at his home Sunday afternoon after an illness of five months. Funeral services were held at the Ebenezer church in Rock Rapids, Wednesday afternoon and burial made there. Pallbearers were his five sons and Henry Ennenga, his son in law.
Klaas Boomgaarden was born in Germany (Uttum Ostfriesland) on December 25th, 1851. He came to America in 1869 and settled in Iowa.He was married to Miss Cornelia Dieken in Hamilton county, Iowa in 1880 and in 1909 the couple came to Rock county, settling in Ashcreek. He is survived by his widow, five sons, and two daughters. They are George, Bert, Evert and Klass Boomgarden. Grace Boomgarden and Mrs Henry Ennenga, of this county and John of Thompson, Ia. One son was killed in the World War.
Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral of Klaas Boomgarden of Ashcreek were, Mr and Mrs Henry Hessenius, of Gary, S.D.; Mr and Mrs Dick Limberg; Mr and Mrs John Limberg and Mr and Mrs Geo. Limberg of Marietta, Minn; Mr and Mrs Fred Welp of Blairsburg, Iowa; Mr and Mrs H. Denakus, John Manninga, Miss Lena Welp, Martin Weintjes, and Geo. Welp of Kamrar, Iowa; Mr and Mrs Charley Stubbe, Mrs Ed Symens, Miss Margaret Symens, Mrs Pat Rosenboom and Mrs Pete Ackerman, of George, Iowa; Mr and Mrs Pete Doe of Slayton, Minn; Mrs Bertha Hassabroek and Miss Bertha Smith of Ashton Iowa; Mr and Mrs Bert Groote of Little Rock, Iowa; Mrs Archie Russel and Mrs Harry Cunningham of Worthington; and Mr and Mrs Ben Behrends of Reading, Minn.

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Mrs Klaus Boomgarden

Funeral services for Mrs Klaus (sic) Boomgaarden, 80, of  Ashcreek, were held yesterday morning at the Ebenezer church. Mrs. Boomgarden, who is well known throughout the county, passed away at her home Sunday night of complications of old age. She had been in poor health for several years. Rev. H. Cramer conducted the services and burial was at the Ebenezer cemetery. Pallbearers were Burt, John, Everett, and Claus Boomgarden, Herbert Ennenga and George Ennenga.
Cornelia Dieken was born at Visquard, Eastfriesland, Germany, on June 7, 1858. At the age of three she came to America, living first in Grundy Center, Iowa, and to Kamrar, Iowa, where she lived for several years. There she was married (In 1880)  to Klaus Boomgaarden, who died in 1936. For six years prior to coming to Rock county the couple lived in Jackson county, coming here in 1909. They settled on a farm near Steen, living there until 1921, when they moved to Ashcreek.
Surviving are the following children; John, of Woden, Iowa; George of Buffalo Center, Iowa; Mrs Henry Ennenga, Burt and Grace Boomgarden of Ashcreek; Claus of Steen, Everett of Luverne. One son, Kelley Boomgarden, died Sept 29, 1918 while serving his country in the World War and two children died in infancy. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Bertha Hasselbroek of Ashton, Iowa, 23 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

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MRS. WINNIE MARY BOWEN, May 20 1941. Died Friday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs Andrew Jensen. Funeral services were held from the Jensen farm home two miles south and two miles west of Kanaranzi with the Rev 0. Thompson pastor of the Ellsworth Congregational church officiating. Pallbearers were six grandsons: Emerson Bowen and Eddie Bowen, Neil and Bertel Jensen, Glenn Christiansen and Rupert Rowland. Interment was in Ashwood cemetery southwest of Kanaranzi.
Winnie Mary Brown was born April 13 1855 at Pierpont, Ohio. She moved with her parents to Dakota county Minnesota when a young girl and lived there for several years. The family then moved to eastern Iowa, making their home at Auburn Iowa. In the spring of 1879 she moved to Rock county Minnesota to keep house for her brothers, Dudley and Charles Brown who homesteaded the farm now owned and occupied by Elmer Wellendorf. On December 25 of the same year she was married to Aseph E. Bowen, also an early pioneer of the township. They made their home on three different farms and later moved to the village of Kanaranzi where Mr Bowen was a grain buyer for the E. A. Brown Company for a period of 30 years. In May 1920 the couple moved to Luverne where they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Aseph Bowen died November 8 1931. Since that time Mrs. Bowen has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Andrew Jensen at Sunny Side Farm. She was the mother of six children, six of whom survive her passing. A son, Glenn A. Bowen died in 1927. The surviving children are: Mrs Jennie Rowland, Luverne; Zula, Mrs. Andrew Jensen, Sunny Side Farm; Earl Bowen, Ellsworth; Opal, Mrs. Chris J. Christensen, Rochester Minnesota and Marvel B. Bowen, Luverne.

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