Harlan Harms

Harlan Harms, age 82, of Ellsworth, MN died Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Luverne, MN.

Memorial service will be 3:00 PM Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids with Rev. Kathy Sides officiating.  A time of refreshments will follow in the church basement.

Family will be greeting guests from 2:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers family wish memorials be directed to the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Luverne, MN at 304 N McKenzie St. Luverne, MN 56156.

The Jurrens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Harlan Harms of Ellsworth, MN.

Dean Cronk

Dean Cronk, age 55 of Hartley, IA passed away at his home in Hartley on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 28th at 2:00 p.m. at the Hartley Funeral Home Chapel in Hartley. The family will be present to visit with family and friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

The Hartley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 55 year-old Dean Cronk of Hartley, IA.

Ester Adkins

Ester Adkins, age 90 of Ashton, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Sibley Specialty Care in Sibley.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21st at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, with Fr. Siby Punnoose, celebrating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Ashton.

Visitation will be Friday, April 20th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. with the family present at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton.  There will be a rosary at 4:30 p.m. with a vigil service to follow at the church. Read more

Dorman Koel

Dorman E. Koel age 89 of Rock Rapids, died Wednesday, April 18th at his residence in Rock Rapids. 

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Monday, April 23rd at the Christian Reformed Church of Rock Rapids, with Reverend Cliff Hoekstra officiating.  Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 22nd from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, with family present from at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, which is in charge of the arrangements for 89-year old Dorman E. Koel of Rock Rapids..

For a complete obituary and online registry please visit:  jurrensfuneralhome.com


Dorman Eugene Koel was born February 8, 1929 on the family farm in Southcentral Lyon County, Iowa.  He attended elementary school at the Doon Christian School and Central Lyon Community School.  His family moved near Melvin, IA where he attended Junior High.  After his education he continued helping his father with the family farm. 

On February 9, 1951 Dorman entered the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged on February 4, 1953.  Dorman returned to Iowa and was united in marriage to Jeanne Vande Kamp on March 5, 1958 in Doon, IA.  They couple lived in various places, while Dorman farmed for a couple of years in South Dakota and later near Doon, IA.  In 1958 Dorman and Jeanne moved to Rock Rapids, IA, and he served on the Rock Rapids Police Department, then as Lyon County Deputy Sheriff.  He then worked at Lyon County Coop & Oil Company.  Later he was a salesman for Walnut Grove Feed Company for 7 years.  After that he began his own business installing carpet.  His sons worked with him until Dorman suffered a heart attack, forcing him to retire in 1983.  After retirement Dorman’s hobby was rebuilding wrecked cars, as his health allowed. 

Dorman was a member of the Christian Reformed Church of Rock Rapids and served on the church council.  He also served on boards with the Rock Rapids Christian School and Western Christian High School.  He was a member of the Rex Strait Post No. 103, American Legion of Rock Rapids.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jeanne Koel of Rock Rapids, IA;  four children, Gloria (Dennis) Hoekstra of Orange City, IA, Norwin (Bonnie) Koel , Alan (Brenda) Koel, both of Rock Rapids, IA and Lorri (Jim) Huitink of Sheldon, IA; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sister, Nella (Doyle) Duin of Yankton, SD; sister-in-law, Joan Koel of Primghar, IA;  and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nick and Grace Koel; brother, Julius Koel; and sister Joan Runia.


Marlys Jurrens

Marlys Jurrens, age 80, of Sibley, IA died Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley with Reverend Barbara Kopperud officiating.  Burial will follow in the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, IA.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 19th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

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

Shirley Rohlfs

Mrs. Shirley Rohlfs, age 82, of Sheldon, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, April 21, at 11:00am, at the Sheldon United Methodist Church. The Rev. Kevin Gingerich will officiate. Following a dinner, interment will be at the Sheridan Township Cemetery near Boyden.

Visitation will be after 4:00 pm on Friday, with the family present from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the church.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.