Sioux County

Cornelius Den Ouden




The following named men left on Monday, March 20th, for induction into the Navy. They reported at the Navy Recruiting Station in Des Moines:

Cornelius Den Ouden, Ireton;

Source: Alton Democrat, March 23, 1944

Home From Aleutians.

S 1/c Cornelius Den Ouden, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Den Ouden, arrived home Thursday for a 21-day furlough with his parents and other relatives. He served six months on a mine sweeper at Adak, Aleutians; works in the yeoman shack; wears a campaign ribbon—Asiatic-Pacific American theater. Ship came into Seattle for repairs, thus the furlough home for Christmas. This is his address: Cornelius Den Ouden, S 1/c, U.S.S. Y.M.S. 3026, c/o F.P.O., San Francisco, Calif.

Source: Sioux Center News, December 21, 1944

Seaman Cornie Den Ouden returned to his military duties again following a 21-day furlough spent at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. Den Ouden.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, January 8, 1945


Cornelius Den Ouden, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Den Ouden, is now a Yeoman 3/c. He has been stationed at Washington since his leave from a visit at home Dec. 14, 1944 to Dec. 29, 1944. About Feb. 1st, he left for the Aleutian territory, which he formerly was at for six months previous his visit home. At that time their ship had fifty mines to their credit. “Cornie” is on a Minesweeper. He returned last May 11th from boot training at Farragut, Idaho, and graduated with his class of the Ireton high school of 1944, of which he was a member. His address can be obtained from his parents.

Source: Sioux Center News, February 8, 1945 (photo included)

Mr. and Mrs. B. Den Ouden received a letter from their son, Yeoman 3/c Cornelius Den Ouden, that he arrived at his destination—the Aleutians. The trip was prolonged by the severe snow storms in Alaska. Prior to the trip, Den Ouden was home for a visit, leaving here December 28.

Source: Hawarden Independent, March 22, 1945


Yeoman 3/c Cornelius DenOuden is spending a 27 day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. Den Ouden. He has spent the past 14 months in the Aleutians and will report at California, where he will attend a school a month and be sent out on a minesweeper to Japan.

Source: Sioux Center News, November 15, 1945

Cornelius Den Ouden Discharged

Yeoman 2/c Cornelius Den Ouden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brant Den Ouden, arrived last week with a discharge received in Minneapolis after 26 months service. He spent 14 months on a minesweeper in the Aleutians. Prior to his discharge, he was stationed in California and Seattle, Wash.

Source: Hawarden Independent, June 13, 1946

His Obituary:

Cornelius "Casey" DenOuden, 82, of Seney, died Saturday, April 5, 2008, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.

Cornelius "Casey" DenOuden was born Sept. 29, 1925, in Ireton, the son of Hildebrant and Kathyrn (Muilenberg) DenOuden. Casey was raised and educated in Ireton. During his senior year of high school, Casey enlisted in the United States Navy. After completing his basic training, Casey was able to return to Ireton and graduate with his class in May 1944. Following graduation Casey was assigned to the U.S.S. YMS326 during World War II. He achieved the rank of Yoeman 2nd Class upon his honorable discharge in 1946. He returned to Ireton and worked at the Ireton Elevator.

Casey was united in marriage to Jane DeVos on June 24, 1950 at Sioux Center. Casey moved to Seney and he was the manager of the Seney Elevator for several years. In 1957, Casey began his 31-year career with Nutra-Flo in Sioux City. He retired in 1988.

During his retirement years, he and Jane enjoyed spending the summers working for his nephew as the unofficial "PR Manager" of Ivanhoe Resort on Leech Lake, near Walker, Minn. During the winter months, Casey worked part-time at Carl's Welding in Le Mars. Casey enjoyed sharing his gift for fishing with his children and grandchildren and also doing wood working for his family. He also loved his dog Molly.

Casey will be remembered for his caring nature. He often put the needs of others before his own. He will be remember as a kind husband, father, and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Jane of Seney; six children: Sharon Olson and her husband Gene of Seney, Alan DenOuden and his wife Deb of rural Akron, Bruce DenOuden and his wife Jean of rural Le Mars, Deb Olson and her husband Terry of Seney, Patti Harms and her husband Denny of Le Mars, and Brenda Erickson and her husband Bruce of Seney; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Bertha and Willard Huitink of Sioux Center; several in-laws: Jack and Dolly DeVos of Sioux Center, Alice "Nupe" Jeltema of Orange City, Herm and Mert DeVos of Orange City, Marv and Geneva DeVos of Le Mars, and Nel and Don DeGooyer of Sioux Center; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hildebrant and Kathyrn (Muilenberg) DenOuden; three sisters, Johanna DeVries, Madge DeRuyter, and Alice DenOuden; a brother in infancy, Bernard DenOuden; a grandson, Brandon Erickson; his mother and father-in-law, Joe and Alice DeVos; and a brother-in-law, Jim Jeltema.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Seney United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jason Larson officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 will be in the Seney Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the family present to greet friends after 5:30 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue Wednesday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

Pallbearers will be Matt Olson, Brent DenOuden, Justin Olson, Nick Harms, Casey DenOuden, and Chris Erickson. Honorary casketbearers will be Tanner DenOuden, Tyler DeWit and Mitch DeWit.

Source: Le Mars Daily Sentinel, April 7, 2008