Clarence C. Pohlen

Clarence C. Pohlen, 92 years old, of  Hospers, IA died Sunday, August 12, 2012, at his home near Hospers, IA.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug 16, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hospers with Rev. Terry Roder officiating. Burial will be in the St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Hospers.

Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2011. There will be a rosary at 5 p.m. by the Knight of Columbus and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. all at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hospers.

Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument of Remsen, IA. Condolences may be sent online to

Clarence was born on Dec. 22, 1919, at rural Hospers, IA, the son of Joseph & Frances (Full) Pohlen. He was raised in the Hospers area and attended St. Anthony’s Catholic School. After school he began farming with his father. On Jan. 22, 1945 he married Catherine Reichle at Alton. The couple made their home on a farm near Hospers. In 1976 they moved to the family farm where Clarence was born. Clarence farmed all his life until his retirement in 1984, but he continued to help his sons until about 6 years ago.

Clarence was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He loved to play cards of any kind, bowling, square dancing, and they never missed any family functions.

Survivors include: his wife, Catherine of Hospers; eight children, Mary (Duane “Mick”) Konz of Hospers, Joanne Pohlen of Hospers, Bob (Mary) Pohlen of Tracy, MN, Ruth (Jerry) Funk of Red Oak, IA, Jeanne (Wayne) Krogman of Sibley, IA, Jim (Kathy) Pohlen of Hospers, Dan (Peggy) Pohlen of Hospers, Joe (Lori) Pohlen of Hospers; 33 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Tillie Reichle of Princeton, MN, Bertie Full of Canby, MN, Inez Reichle of Orange City, IA; Step sister-in-laws & step brother-in-laws, Bob (Lorraine) Fischer, Lorraine Becker both of Granville, IA, Jerry Meylor of Marcus, IA.

Preceded in death by, his parents; one son, Thomas Pohlen; one grandson, Michael Pohlen; one granddaughter-in-law, Heather Krogman; three sisters, Marcella (Ed) Bange, Mathilda Pohlen, Frances (Claude) Treinen; brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law, Angie (Tony) Grady, John Reichle, Delia (Gene) Alsup, Harold (Marcella) Reichle, Lawrence Reichle, Ray Full; Step brothers & sisters-in-law, Lloyd Becker, Florence (Ferd) Pottebaum, Lillian (Melvin) Von Arb, Irene Meylor, Clarence Fischer.

Casket Bearers will be: Matthew, Michael, Marvin, Douglas, David, Duane & Dennis Konz, Chris Pohlen, Brent & Jeremy Funk, Chad & Steven Krogman, Nathan, Eric, Aaron, Thomas, Alex, Joey & Lucas Pohlen.

Honorary Bearers will be; Julie Pohlen-Skorczewski, Sherry Mercer, Holly Vogel, Kerri Neihart, Krissa Paulsen, Shelia Vollink, Becky Jacobs, Angela Bollmeyer, Sarah, Emily, Jamie, Cindy & Larrisa Pohlen.

Charles Wolthuizen

Charles Wolthuizen, age 69 of Sheldon, IA, passed away at Sanford Sheldon Senior Care Center on Sunday, August 12, 2012.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 14th at 10:30 a.m. at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon.  Rev. David Brower will be officiating.

Visitation will be at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 13th with the family present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Monday evening. Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is in charge of the arrangements for 69 year old Charles Wolthuizen of Sheldon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Marvin Watters

Marvin Watters, age 90, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2012, at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Memorial Services will be Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan. Rev. Shannon Pascual officiating. Onyx Lodge Masonic Service to follow. Burial in the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan.

 There will be no visitation.

 Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

 The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Marvin Watters.


John W. Timmerman Jr.

John W. Timmerman Jr., age 84 of George, IA died Thursday, August 9, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Center in George.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Sunday, August 12, 2012 at the Bethel Reformed Church rural Little Rock, IA, with Reverend Matt Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 11th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with family present from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of George.


Harold De Wit


Mr. Harold De Wit, age 83, of Hull, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at the Sioux Center Community Hospital and Health Center.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, August 13, at 2:00pm, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Carl Klompien will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a prayer service on Monday, at 1:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 2:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at the funeral home.


Henry M. Kramer

Henry M. Kramer, age 88, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, Iowa.

His services will be 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Troy Van Beek ~ officiating. Burial with Military Graveside Services by the: Sheldon V.F.W. Bunker-Peterson Post #7354 and the American Legion Mc Glothlen-Cowie Post #145 of Sheldon, IA will be held at 9:45 A.M. at the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Friday, August 10, 2012 after 4:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to:

Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa.

Henry Martin Kramer, the son of Martin and Ida (Nieuwenhuis) Kramer was born on July 17, 1924 in Orange City, Iowa. He received his elementary education at the Orange City Christian School in Orange City, Iowa and the Lynden Christian School in Lynden, Washington and attended high school in Newkirk, Iowa. He then joined the United States Army during WW II and served in the European Theater of Operations as a medic, driving the ambulance. After the service he returned to Iowa and was united in marriage to Geneva Oolbekkink on November 20, 1946 in the Newkirk Reformed Church in Newkirk, Iowa. The couple made their home in Sheldon, where Henry worked at a radiator shop, Fedders & DeJong Hatchery and for the Farmers Co-op Elevator as a truck driver until he retired in 1986. Henry passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, Iowa reaching the age of 88 years and 23 days.

He was a charter member of Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon and served as an usher. He enjoyed playing softball, fishing, gardening, growing flowers and bird watching. He also loved being outdoors either in the mountains or by a lake.

Memories of Henry are cherished by his wife of 65 years, Geneva; and their children, Marvin Kramer of Leander, TX; Leland Kramer of Sioux City, IA; Peggy and her husband, Ted Riepma of Sheldon, IA and Dixie and her husband, Gordon MacNeil of Tuscaloosa, AL; six grandchildren, Ami Kramer, Dave Kramer, Rachel (Dan) Hoeck, Kim Riepma, Toni Stroup, Kelly MacNeil; four great-grandchildren, Logan and Jerran Kramer, Brynn Hoeck, Boston Matzke; and a sister, Aletta O’Neal of Seattle, WA; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a son, Rodney Kramer; his parents; a brother-in-law, Andy O’Neal and seven brothers and sisters-in-law and their spouses.