Lyon County Genealogy


Lyon County Obituaries

Part 3

Edith Klaassen
(Mrs. John Klaassen)
1897 - 1972

Edith Klaassen was born December 7, 1897 and died December 22, 1972, at the age of 75 years and 15 days. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 26, 1972 at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, Iowa, with Rev. John Boender officiating.

The soloist was Mrs. D. Elliott, a granddaughter.

Survivors include: her husband, John Klaassen, five sons: Harmon, Raymond, Alfred, John Jr., and Ronald; six daughters: Helena (Mrs. Richard Sprock), Esther (Mrs. Everon Klinkenborg, Ruth (Mrs. Albertus Van Westen), Alma (Mrs. Elmer DeBuhr), Lois, (Mrs. George Snitselaar), Erma (Mrs. Ubbe Wagenaar); 48 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Mrs. Maggie Block and Mrs. Etta Buss.

Casket bearers included eight grandsons: Dennis Sprock, Myron Klinkenborg, Daniel Klaassen, Stanley Klaassen, Keith Van Westen, Edgar DeBuhr, Terry Klaassen, and Aldon Klaassen.

Interment was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Little Rock, Iowa.

Submitted by Sherrilyn Klaassen
Webization by Kermit Kittleson



Clarence Edward Krause
1919 - 2004

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 16, 2004 at the First Presbyterian Church in Ponca, Nebraska for Clarence Edward Krause, 85, of Ponca. Pastor Sara Simmons officiated. Casket Bearers and Honorary Casket Bearers were the grandchildren, with burial in the Ponca City Cemetery.

Clarence was born on November 4, 1919 in rural Winnebago, Nebraska, the son of William and Rosa (Johns) Krause. He was baptized February 2, 1940 at rural Zoar Presbyterian Church. He attended country school near Winnebago, Nebraska through the 5th grade.

Clarence left his childhood home in 1935, at the age of 16, to hire out as a farm laborer.

In 1939 Clarence settled near George, Iowa, where he met Dorothy Caroline Harberts. Clarence and Dorothy were married June 7, 1940 at the First Presbyterian Church in Sioux City, Iowa. This union was blessed wtih seven children -- five daughters and two sons.

Clarence worked for farmers while living in Iowa as a hired farm hand until 1947. They then moved to Winnebago where they rented a farm and raised crops. They then purchased their own farm. In addition to his own farm and livestock business, Clarence managed a custom farming operation. In 1988 the moved to Ponca.

Clarence was a faithfully, committed member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ponca, Nebraska.

Clarence died from complications following heart by-pass surgery on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. He had celebrated his 85th birthday on Thursday, November 4, one day after his surgery.

Clarence is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Ponca; seven children and their spouses: Janelle and her husband Cal Harder of Ponca; Gary and his wife Suzanne Krause of Hartington, Nebraska; Audrey (wife of the late Lee) Harder of Allen, Nebraska, and her fiance Ron Clark of South Sioux City, Nebraska; Kathleen and her husband Philip Marvin of Onawa, Iowa; Marchelle and her husband Larry Nelson of Ponca; Dianne and her husband Tim Mastny of Norfolk, Nebraska; and David and his wife Anne Krause of Lincoln, Nebraska; 17 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildre; one sister, Helen and her husband Harold Hulquist of Fremont, Nebraska; two brothers, Bill and his wife Donna Krause of Homer, Nebraska, and Bob Krause of Dakota City, Nebraska; and three brothers-in-law, Karly Knecht, Mearle Neiman, and Marvin Schinke, all of Winnebago, Nebraska.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, William and Rosa Krause; by four brothers: Albert, Carl, Paul and Melvin; by three sisters, Dorothy Johnson, Carrie Mae Newman, Norma Jean Knecht; by one brother-in-law, Ross Johnson; by three sisters-in-law, Cecil, Phyllis and Kathy Krause.

Submitted by Sherrilyn Klaassen
Webization by Kermit Kittleson



Eilert Goldhorn

Eilert Goldhorn was born on September 25, 1903 at rural George, Iowa. He was the son of Ben and Margaret (Harms) Goldhorn. He attended Liberal Township Country School. [View service folder].

He married Anna Jansen on June 4, 1927 at the Hope REformed Church. He was employed at Bruns Motor and Siebring Manufacturing before moving to a farm northwest of George. He retired from farming in 1968, and was employed part-time at Sudenga Industries. He was a member of the Hope Reformed Church, serving on the Consistory. He also served as a Director of Rural Schools.

He died on Saturday, February 14, 1998 at the George Good Samaritan Center, at the age of 94 years.

He leaves to cherish his memory, two daughters, Arlys Krull and husband Kenneth of George, Iowa, and Mavis Niebruegge of George. Also are six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Alvin Goldhorn of Cherokee, Iowa.

Eilert was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three brothers; five sisters; twin sisters in infancy; and one great-grandson.

Interment was in the Hope Reformed Cemetery at George, Iowa. Arrangements were by Bolin Funeral Service of George, Iowa.

Submitted by Sherrilyn Klaassen
Webization by Kermit Kittleson



Ellen Marie (DeBerg) Klaassen
1924 - 1991

Ellen Marie DeBerg was born on April 27, 1924 in George, Iowa; the daughter of John and Irene (Beek) DeBerg. She graduated from the Little Rock High School and attended Northwestern College at Orange City, Iowa.

She married Harmon Klaassen on July 15, 1943 in rural Rushmore, Minnesota, at the Immanuel Presbyterian Parsonage. They lived at Rock Rapids, Iowa; Armstrong, Iowa; Little Rock, Iowa; and in 1962 moved to Worthington.

Ellen Marie was employed with the Band Box Cleaners; and with K-Mart in Worthington for 12 years until her retirement in 1987. She died on December 29, 1991, in Worthington, Minnesota.

Grateful to have shared her life are her husband, Harmon; her two sons: Stanly of Worthington, Bradley of Moorhead, Minnesota; her two daughters, Mrs. Dale (Charlotte) Hoffman of Worthington, Mrs. Loren (Barbara) Kremer of Worthington; 16 grandshildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two grandsons, Ritchie Hoffman and Jeremy Klaassen.   [View inside of service folder].

Submitted by Sherrilyn Klaassen
Webization by Kermit Kittleson



Elloise A. (Larson) Klaassen

Elloise A. Klaassen, 79, formerly of Ellsworth, died on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at the Minnesota Veterans Nursing Home in Luverne. She was born December 6, 1922 in Viborg, SD to Reuben and Frances (Christensen) Larson. She attended school in Viborg until her senior year, and then graduated from Canton High School in 1940.

Elloise married Raymond C. Klaassen on October 16, 1947, at the Salem Reformed Church, in Little Rock, Iowa. After their marriage the couple made their home near Ellsworth. In 2001 they moved to the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne. She worked at Parview Manor Nursing Home as a dietician for 17 years, until retiring in 1993.

She was a member of the Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, Iowa.

Elloise is survived by her husband, Raymond; six children and their spouses: Dorothy and Roger Shepherd, Sioux Falls, SD, David and Margaret Klaassen, Marquette, Kansas, Daniel and Ann Klaassen, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Donald and Kathy Klaassen, Ellsworth, Jane and Frank Bernstein, Palo Alto, CA, and Joan Klaassen, Belmont, CA, and 21 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two grandsons, Benjamin Klaassen, son of Donald, and Nathaniel Klaassen, son of David.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at Salem Reformed Church of Little Rock, Iowa. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Little Rock, Iowa. Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, Minn.

[View inside of service folder].

Submitted by Sherrilyn Klaassen
Webization by Kermit Kittleson



Elma Frances (Kruse) Klaassen
1906 - 2001

Elma Frances Klaassen was born north of Little Rock, Iowa, to Tom and Nannie (Voss) Kruse, on Sept. 10, 1906. Elma was raised on the family farm southeast of Little Rock and attended country school. She was married to Fred E. Klaassen on Feb. 12, 1931 at her parent's home in Little Rock. Elma and Fred settled on their farm 2 1/2 miles east of Little Rock where they raised their family of seven children.

Elma was a life-long member of Salem Reformed Church of Little Rock, where she participated in Willing Workers and Reformed Church Women's Ministries. She was a charter member of the Buss-Johnson American Legion Auxilliary, and also served as president of the group.

Elma was a very active person in her lifetime. She was fond of the tour of both Germany and Holland which she had taken, and after retiring she helped regularly at dinner date and made a special effort to visit those she knew in nursing homes.

Elma continued to live on the farm after Fred's death on Jan. 16, 1958, and moved to her home in Little Rock in 1968. The last few years she lived on her own where made possible from the loving care and concern of her good neighbor, Grave Veen. In November of 1998 it was decided that Elma needed special care, and she became a resident of Country View Manor in Sibley. This last Saturday night, January 13, 2001, she died peacefully in her room at the age of 94.

Surviving are her two daughters, Donna Alberts of Sanborn and Crystal (Dennis) Clark of Little Rock; and five sons: Burdell (Bernita) Klaassen of Little Rock; Norman (Sheila) Klaassen of Sibley; Robert (Melvina) Klaassen of Sibley; Larry Klaassen of Villa Hills, KY; and Garry Klaassen of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by her two sisters, Mary Schultz of Sibley; Tille Van Anken of Little Rock; by two brothers, John T. (Mary) Kruse of Little Rock and Leslie (Marvelyn) Kruse of Sioux City; a sister-in-law, Martha M. Kruse of Sibley, and brother-in-law, Herman Buss of Sibley.

Elma was preceded in death by her husband, Fred E. Klaassen, fouor sisters, Katherine Heronemus, Carrie Ackerman, Margaret Kruse and Ida Kruse; by two brothers, Harvey and Albert Kruse, and an infant brother.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Little Rock.  [View Service Folder].

Submitted by Sherrilyn Klaassen
Webization by Kermit Kittleson



Elvina Siebrands

Funeral services were held at the home and at Hope Reformed Church on Tuesday for Elvina Margaret Siebrands, age 25, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Siebrands, who reside on a farm northwest of George, Iowa. Elvina was one of the popular young ladies of this community, and her sudden death came as a great shock to her many friends.

On Sunday she was still in her usual place, teaching her Sunday School class and on the following Saturday she was dead. For some time in the past there were periodic spells of illness and severe headaches, but not long enough at any time to cause any real concern. Not until very shortly before her death was the seriousness of this malady realized. She supposedly passed away due to a tumor of the brain.

She was born in the vicinity of George, Iowa, on July 25, 1911. She passed away on the first day of August, 1936, attaining the age of 25 years and one week.

She is survived by her parents and grandparents, three brothers, namely Ben, Laurence and Richard; three sisters, namely Margaret, Leota and LaVonne, besides many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held for Elvina Siebrands on Tuesday, August 4th, 1936 at the home and from there to the Hope Reformed Church of George, Iowa. Interment was made in the Hope Reformed Cemetery. Rev. Koenen was in charge of the services, and Vogelaar Funeral Service was in charge of the burial.

Elvina was engaged to be married, at the time of her death.

Submitted by Sherrilyn Klaassen
Webization by Kermit Kittleson



Esther Hattie (Klaassen) Klinkenborg
1922 - 1996

Esther Hattie (Klaassen) Klinkenborg was born June 16, 1922 at George, Iowa, the daughter of John and Edith (Klaassen) Klaassen. She was baptized at Zoar Presbyterian Church in rural George, and grew up in the Little Rock area, graduating from Little Rock High School in 1941. After high school Esther attended Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa for a year. After her education Edther worked at the creamery in Sibley, Iowa for a period of time.

July 7, 1943 She married Everon L. Kinkenborg at First Baptist Church in Luverne, Minnesota. Everon was in the service at the time of their marriage and because of this Esther moved to live at military bases in Augusta, Georgia and San Antonio, Texas.

While living in San Antonio Esther worked at the largest department store in Texas. After World War II Esther and Everon returned to Iowa and began farming near Rock Rapids. Life on the farm was busy for Esther. She helped where she was needed, but Esther's true responsibility was the caring and raising of their eight children. In spite of the demands of the family and farm, Everon and Esther did enjoy doing some traveling.

They were also active and longtime members of Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock. Esther was known in the area for her exceptional baking and especially her meringue pies.

For the past three years her health declined and last Tuesday, June 18th, Esther died at the Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. At the time of her death, June 18, 1996, she was 74 years and two days old.

Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Everon of Rock Rapids, along with eight children and their spouses: Myron and Mary Klinkenborg of Rock Rapids; Jim and Jean Klinkenborg of Sibley, Iowa; Davis, Randy, Merle and Kae, and Jerry Klinkenborg all of Rock Rapids; Donna and Ron Ohling of Sioux Falls, and Tom and Audra Klinkenborg of Rock Rapids. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and ten brothers and sisters: Harmon Klaassen of Worthington, Minn., Helena Sprock of Rock Rapids, Raymond Klaassen of Ellsworth, Minnesota, Ruth Van Westen of Luverne, Minn., Alma DeBuhr of Rock Rapids, Alfred Klaassen of Ellsworth, Minn., Lois Snitselaar of Livermore, Calif., John Klaassen of Sioux Falls, Ronald Klaassen of Lakewood, Calif., and Erma Wagenaar of Adrian, Minn.

Preceding Esther in death were her parents, a brother, Paul Klaassen and a granddaughter, Melanie Klinkenborg.

Funeral services were held on Friday June 21, 1996, at Salem Reformed Church of Little Rock, Iowa. Burial was in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Little Rock, Iowa. The Roste Funeral Home of Rock Rapids was in charge of the arrangements.

[ View service folder ]

Submitted by Sherrilyn Klaassen
Webization by Kermit Kittleson



Etta Buss

Etta Esther Klaassen was born January 8, 1909 at rural Little Rock, Iowa, the daughter of Klaas A. and Lena (Hassebroek) Klaassen. She attended Grant Township Country School.

On February 27, 1935 she was united in marriage to Herman Buss, and they farmed in the Little Rock and Rock Rapids areas until 1953 when they moved to their farm near Rushmore, Minnesota. They retired to their present home in Little Rock in 1974. She was a member of the Salem Reformed Church.

Etta's sense of humor was one of the many things that her family and friends loved about her. Another of her talents was her superb cooking and baking, especially her delicious homemade buns which she frequently shared with others. Etta was also a skilled seamstress. The variety of linens displaying the precision of her crocheting and embroidering will always be treasured family herlooms.

Etta died at the Worthington Regional Hospital on Sunday, January 2, 2000, at the age of 90.

She is survived by her husband, Herman, her children: Vernette and Ronald Wiertsema of Rushmore, Minnesota; Delores Springman of Owatonna, Minnesota; Daryl and Sharon Buss of Madison, Wisconsin, her sister-in-law, Elma Klaassen of Sibley, Iowa; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, three sisters, a son-in-law, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral servce was held on Wednesday, January 5, 2000 at Salem Reformed Church of Little Rock, Iowa, with Pastor Brian Hellinga officiating. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Little Rock, Iowa. The Bolin Funeral Chapel of Little Rock, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.

[ View Etta's service folder ]

Submitted by Sherrilyn Klaassen
Webization by Kermit Kittleson



Fannie Kampen

Fannie was born on December 12, 1898, at Leaf River, Illinois, the daughter of Peter and Fannie (Hieren) Pals. At the age of eight she moved with her family to Twin Books, South Dakota. She attended country school in South Dakota. After a few years the family moved to George, Iowa.

She married Wesley Goldhorn on January 4, 1917, and they had two daughters, Viola and Vera. Wesley died on April 25, 1921. Fannie later married George Kampen, and they lived in Twin Brooks, South Dakota. Two daughters were born to this union, Lois and Mavis. The couple later moved to Corona, South Dakota, and then retired in Milbank. George died on May 31, 1960. Fannie later moved to Dawson, Minnesota, and in October 1995 she became a resident of the Johnson Memorial Nursing Home in Dawson.

Fannie was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Twin Brooks, South Dakota.

She died on January 6, 2004 at Dawson, Minnesota. Funeral services were held on Friday, January 9, 2004 at Johnson Memorial Nursing Home Chapel in Dawson. She was buried in Milbank City Cemetery, Milbank, South Dakota.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Viola Koenen, Clara City, Minnesota; Mrs. Vera Abels, Dawson, Minn., and Mavis Kampen, Madison, Minn.; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Irene Boone, Hull, Iowa, and Hazel Elenga, Rock Rapids, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, her parents, one daughter, Lois Abels, two sisters, four brothers, one grandson, three great-grandsons, and two sons-in-law, George Koenen and Harm Abels.

Arrangements wer by Emanuel-Patterson Funeral Home, Milbank, S.D.

[ View Fannie's service folder ]

Submitted by Sherrilyn Klaassen
Webization by Kermit Kittleson



Frank Heeren
1892 - 1969

Funeral services for Frank Heeren, age 77, were held on July 14, 1969 at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, Iowa. A Family worship service preceded the funeral service; Rev. John Boender officiated.

Frank was born on Janurary 12, 1898, and died July 10, 1969.

Casket bearers were: Louie Heeren, Marlyn Heeren, Ben Siebrands, Loren Siebrands, Luke Heeren and Herman Siebrands.

Submitted by Sherrilyn Klaassen
Webization by Kermit Kittleson



George Modder 1910-2002

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002 at the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, Iowa, for George Modder, age 91, of George.

Serving as casket bearers were Gregory Modder, Brdley Modder, Eugene Modder, Darwyn Wibben, Harm Modder, and Marlyn Modder. Interment was in the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery of George, Iowa.

George Modder was born on October 9, 1910 in rural Lyon County, the son of Lambert and Anna (Tuin) Modder. George attended country schools in Lyon county up to the 8th grade.

On August 17, 1933 he married Jennie Harms. The couple made their home on the family farm and while farming George drove truck for many years for Harm Stubbe. He retired from farming in 1973, yet continued living their until 1992 when hemoved to Rosewood Heights in Rock Rapids, Iowa. In December of 1999 he moved to Rock Rapids Health Centre. Jennie, his wife of 58 years died in July of 1991.

George was a member of the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, Iowa where he served as a Deacon and an Elder. George died at the Rock Rapids Health Centre at the age of 91.

Surviving him was his son Lawrence and Lorna Modder of George, Iowa; four grandchildren, Karen and her husband Darwyn Wibben of George; Gregory and his wife Myra Modder of George; Bradley and his wife Kathie of Queen Creek, Arizona; and Eugene and his wife Lynn of George. He is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren: Loralye, Dawdralee, Kaeleigh and Lance Wibben; Amanda and KalebModder; Scott, Dustin, and Brianna Modder; and Sydney and Emily Modder.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one sone, Ervin; one brother, Harm Modder; and one sister, Anna Schol.

Submitted by Sherrilyn Klaassen
Webization by Kermit Kittleson





Gertrude (Bos) Siebrands
1915 - 1945

Was Ill for Past Several Months; Funeral Services to be Held Monday

Mrs. Peter B. Siebrands, 30, resident of George for the past several years, passed away at her home here on Wednesday afternoon, November 28, 1945. Mrs. Siebrands had been in poor health for some time. She had underwent several operations and everything humanly possible was done to restore her health and relieve her suffering.

(The following poem is written in honor of Mrs. Peter B. Siebrands. Through these words the author hears her speak to all who remain on the sea of life.)


Oh! Sinful soul on life’s wild sea,
The Pilot calls, “Trust in Me”.
Sin’s winds are fierce; your bark is frail;
Then let Him lead thru storm and gale.

The surges roll, and winds ne’er cease;
Sail on with Him in perfect peace.
He’ll lead thee till the night is gone,
And you shall see heaven’s morning dawn.

See harbor lights on yonder shore;
There’s life and peace forever more.
The maimed can walk, the blind can see,
The weak are strong, yea! All are free.

See saints and friends are gatherin’ round
The throne of God. Their songs resound.
They sing for safe within His care,
They know that they will ne’er despair.
He’s calling thee; He ceases not.
He knows they plight; that hell’s thy lot
He’s calling still; turn not away.
He’d se thee thru; respond today.

Look up to Him, He’ll lead thee on;
‘Midst raging storm and tempest strong.
Then on with Him forever more
To perfect peace on Heaven’s shore.

By Rev. H. Rosenberg


Mrs. Siebrands was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Bos, of Boyden. She was born at Sheldon and attended schools there. The Siebrands family moved to Georg about three and a half years ago.

She died on November 28, 1945 at the age of 30 years and 19 days.

Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her death two children, Allen and Dwayne, also 8 sisters, 2 brothers and her parents.

Funeral services will be held from the Siebrands home and from the Hope Reformed Church at 1:00 o'clock on Monday afternoon, December 3, 1945. Rev. H. Rosenberg will be officiating, assisted by Rev. Brink and Rev. D. Mulder. Burial will be in the Hope Reformed Church Cemetery, rural George, Iowa.

Submitted by Sherrilyn Klaassen
Webization by Kermit Kittleson