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Wilmer Altena
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Birth: Aug. 11, 1929
Sioux County
Iowa, USA
Death: Sep. 30, 2009
Sioux Center
Sioux County
Iowa, USA

Wilmer Altena, 74, of Sioux Center, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Sioux Center Community Hospital. A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Carmel Reformed Church of Carmel. The Altena family requests memorials be directed to the New Horizon Fund, c/o Carmel Reformed Church. Wilmer Altena was born Aug. 11, 1929, to Sam and Grace (Heynen) Altena near Maurice.

Wilmer was raised on the family farm near Sioux Center. He attended country school through third grade and completed his elementary education at the Sioux Center Christian School. He graduated from Western Christian High School in 1947. Wilmer married Kathleen Franken in Sioux Center at the First Reformed Church on Jan. 18, 1950. They made their home in Carmel until June 1988. Since then, they have lived in Sioux Center. Wilmer loved being a mechanic.

He was employed by the Franken Garage, Niessink and Kempers, and Hi-Way Chevrolet. He retired in 1994. Wilmer was a member of the Carmel Reformed Church. He served on the consistory, taught Sunday school, and was a member of the Men's Brotherhood. Wilmer enjoyed shooting pool with family and friends, bowling, golfing, gardening and attending his grandchildren's events. He loved reminiscing, and was an animated story-teller. His kind voice and hearty laughter will be missed by all.

Survivors include his wife Kathleen (Franken) Altena of Sioux Center; daughter Rose Altena of Kansas City; daughter and son-in-law Deb and Elson Schut of Sioux Center; son and daughter-in-law Dan and Sandi Altena of Sioux Center; son Dave Altena of Sioux City; and 11 grandchildren: Aaron Lubach, Joe Lubach, Amber Schut, Katelyn Schut, Courtney Schut, Dustin Altena, Mick Altena, Jaime Altena, Niki Altena, Som Altena and Kaida Altena. Wilmer is also survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Stan and Elaine Altena, and Mark and Ardith Altena, all of Sioux Center; a sister and brother-in-law, Julie and John Calsbeek; and two sisters-in-law, Joanne Altena of Ireton and Nellie Altena of Sioux Center.

Wilmer was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Wayne and Senard; sister Julene Shirley; and infant daughter Kathy Altena.

Family links: 
  Gerrit Altena (1888 - 1945)
  Ella Franken Altena (1890 - 1971)
  Paul Henry Altena (1915 - 1945)*
  Ina Altena Broek (1926 - 2002)*
  Wilmer Altena (1929 - 2009)
*Calculated relationship
Memory Gardens Sioux Center Cemetery
Sioux Center
Sioux County
Iowa, USA
Created by: GS
Record added: Jul 27, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94253952


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