Earl Oetken, 92

Posted February 15, 2018 at 5:46 pm

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Earl Oetken of Akron, Iowa, passed away Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Akron Care Center in Akron.

Funeral services were Friday, February 9, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA in Akron. Pastor Susan Juilfs officiated. Burial with military honors provided by the Hoschler American Legion Post 186 of Akron was in Riverside Cemetery in Akron. Arrangements were with the Rexwinkel-Schroeder Funeral Home in Akron. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.rexwinkelfh.com.

Earl Louis Oetken was born June 27, 1925, on a farm in Preston Township, rural Plymouth County, Iowa, the son of Rank and Minnie (Renken) Oetken. He was baptized at St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church in Craig, Iowa. He attended country school in Preston Township.

When he was young, he worked at the battery factory in Sioux City with some of his siblings and for Plymouth County R.E.A. In 1946, he enlisted in the United States Army. He served his country during World War II. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Plymouth County.

He was united in marriage to Darlene Schneider on February 20, 1949. They farmed northeast of Akron for many years. In 1980, they moved to Akron. Darlene passed away November 18, 2015, in Akron.

Earl was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron. He was an active member of the Hoschler American Legion Post 186 of Akron where he participated in the Color Guard for many parades, football games, and Memorial Day events. He was also a member of Plymouth County Farm Bureau for many years. He and Darlene enjoyed attending the Plymouth County Fair every year. They also enjoyed traveling for many years and spending time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. While in the Akron Care Center, he enjoyed all the staff and residents and participating in many activities.

Survivors include his children: Rick (Pam) Oetken of Akron, Roger (Dani) Oetken of Akron, Diane Oetken of Mankato, Minn., Deb (Brad) Vreugdenhil of Akron, and Donna (Jim) Mahaney of Akron; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Irene Pralle of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Darlene Lange of Remsen, Iowa; his in-laws: Don Schneider of Akron, Jeanette Kircher of Hawarden, Iowa, Lois (Don) Van Egdom of Sioux Center, Iowa, and Wendell (Virlene) Schneider of Akron; special friend: Donna Funfsinn of Good Thunder, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Darlene; his brothers: George, Harry, and Elmer; his sisters: Rose Muth and Mildred Rozell; two granddaughters: Rachel Oetken and Lisa Oetken; two brothers-in-law: Jerry Schneider and Arlo Kircher; and two sisters-in-law: Minerva Schneider and Carolyn Marie Schneider.

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