Sioux County

Pvt. Harold L. Marienau

Born 27 Nov 1917
Died 11 Apr 1943


Harold Marienau Had Lived Near Ireton

Pvt. Harold L. Marienau, 25, passed away Sunday morning, April 11, at an Army hospital at Camp Hale, Colorado, following an illness of nearly two months. He entered the camp hospital as a pneumonia patient February 19.

Harold Lester Marienau was born at Ireton, November 27, 1917. He was the son of Henry and Alvina (nee Schmidhans) Marienau. On July 16, 1942, he was married to Grace Osterkamp of Hawarden. A son, James Harold, was born to them about a month ago at Hawarden.

Pvt. Marienau has lived all of his life at Ireton with the exception of a few years spent at Truman, Minnesota. He left for service in the Army July 17, 1942, and was first at Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri. He was then sent to Camp Carson, Colorado, and later transferred to Camp Hale.

Besides his wife and small son, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Marienau of Ireton, one sister and two brothers, Donna Mae and Verle, of Ireton, and Pfc. Wayne O. Marienau, of Chicago. He was preceded in death by one brother, Wendell.

The body will be brought to Ireton for burial and services will be held from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ireton with Rev. H. W. Krieger in charge. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, April 13, 1943

Our Neighbors in the Service

Ireton, Iowa—Private Harold L. Marienau died Sunday of pneumonia at Camp Hale, Colorado, his wife here was informed. Private Marienau was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Marienau of Ireton and was born here November 27, 1917. He spent his entire life in this community and was inducted into the Army July 2, 1942. He was married July 16, 1942, to Miss Grace Osterkamp of Ireton. Surviving are the widow; a 3 week-old son, James Harold; his parents; a sister, Donna Mae; a brother, Berle, all of Ireton, and a brother, Wayne, in the service in Chicago.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, April 14, 1943 (photo included)

Private Harold Marienau Laid To Rest

Funeral services were held Friday for Private Harold L. Marienau, who died wile he was a pneumonia patient in the U. S. Government hospital at Camp Hale, Colo., Sunday, April 11. The remains came here April 15 and the funeral was held the next day. It was one of the largest ever held in this community. The St. Paul’s Lutheran Church was filled to overflowing as was the parish hall and the parish school. Loud speakers conveyed the comforting words and message spoken by Rev. H. W. Krieger, pastor. Many beautiful floral tributes were extended and a memorial wreath was given by the church to the Orphans Home at Fort Dodge in his honor. The members of the American Legion of Ireton attended in a body and had charge of the graveside services, which were held in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Survivors include his wife and infant son, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Henry Marienau, two brothers, Pvt. Wayne Marienau of Chicago and Verle at home and one sister, Donna Mae, at home.

Source: Sioux Center News, April 22, 1943

Lest We Forget           

Pvt. Harold L. Marienau, was born in Ireton, Iowa, Nov. 27, 1918, and received his education in the Ireton schools here.  He was associated with his father, Henry Marienau, in the Painting and Decorating business when he was called to the colors on July 18, 1941.  He received his basic training in camps in Missouri and at Camp Hale, Colo.  It was while at Camp Hale that Harold was stricken with pneumonia which caused his death.  Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Marienau, his wife the former Grace Osterkamp, now Mrs. Keith Morehead, his son Jimmie, one sister, Mrs. Bernard Koob, and two brothers, Wayne of Sioux City and Verle at home.  He died April 11, 1943.

Source: The Ireton Ledger, Thursday, May 30, 1946 (photo included)

On the first Memorial Day following the end of the war, the Ireton Ledger paid tribute to the Ireton community’s casualties under the headline, “Lest We Forget.”