Arthur Knobloch

Arthur Knobloch, age 83 of Lester, IA died Wednesday August 15, 2012, at the Lyon Manor Nursing and Rehab Center in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 20th at the Apostolic Christian Church in Lester, IA.  Burial will follow in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery at Lester.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 19th from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. and from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. with the family present at the Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall in Lester.  Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids is in charge of arrangements.

Arthur Vander Pol

Mr. Arthur Vander Pol, age 83, of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at the Happy Siesta Care Center in Remsen.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, August 18, at 10:30am, at the Newkirk Reformed Church in rural Hospers.  The Rev. David Powers will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Newkirk Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Emery Remmers

Emery Remmers, age 96 of Sanborn, IA and formerly of Melvin, IA passed away at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 18th at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Melvin. Rev. David Ter Beest will be officiating.

Visitation will be at the Church one hour prior to the memorial service with the family present at that time. Inurnment will be at Baker Township Cemetery in Melvin.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is in charge of the arrangements for 96 year old Emery Remmers of Sanborn and formerly of Melvin. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Tillie A. Van Aartsen

Tillie Van Aartsen, age 84 of Rock Rapids, IA died Monday, August 13, 2012 at the Sanford Hospital of Rock Rapids.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, August 16th at First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, with Rev. Dan Haggar and Rev. Katie Van Veldhuizen officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 15th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids is in charge of services.

Any memorials or donations should be directed to Wycliffe Bible Translators in c/o of Amy and Sueng Kim.

Tillie Van Aartsen was the mother of KIWA news director, Scott Van Aartsen.

James B. Buckley

James B. Buckley, age 90 of Rock Rapids, IA died Sunday, August 12, 2012 at the Lyon Manor Nursing & Rehab Center in Rock Rapids.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, August 16th at Holy Name Catholic Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Father Jeff Schleisman as celebrant. Burial will follow at Holy Name Catholic Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 15th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.  There will be a Vigil service at 7:30 PM at the funeral home.

James Bernard Buckley was born July 14, 1922 on a family farm east of Rock Rapids, Iowa, the son of Thomas and Josephine (Campbell) Buckley. He graduated from Rock Rapids High School in 1940. In March of 1944 he entered the United States Navy where he served on the U. S. S. West Virginia battleship in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. After he received his honorable discharge on January 6, 1946 he returned to Rock Rapids.

Jim was united in marriage to Lois Wittrock on May 9, 1944 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Rock Rapids. They moved to a farm northeast of Rock Rapids. Jim farmed until 1976 when he moved to their home in Rock Rapids. He also sold seed corn and drove truck for many years. He enjoyed playing cards and taking rides in the country.

On November 13, 2004 Jim’s wife Lois died after 60 years of marriage. Jim entered Lyon Manor Nursing Home in April of 2008 and remained there until his death this past Sunday, August 12, 2012 at the age of 90.

He is survived by sisters-in-law, Velda Loger of Rock Rapids, IA and Arlo Buckley of Rantoul, IL; brother-in-law, Harold Wittrock of Rock Rapids, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Lois Buckley; a sister, Mary Jo Christiansen; a brother, Thomas “Pat” Buckley; and a nephew, Jim Buckley.


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.