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 George Henry August Dethlefs, Sr

George Henry August Dethlefs, Sr

Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Death 1 Nov 1932 (aged 73)
Manning, Carroll County, Iowa, USA
Burial Manning, Carroll County, Iowa, USA
Plot Sec 1, Block 3, Lot 23
Memorial ID 100120228 · View Source
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Manning Monitor
November 10,1932.

Geo. Dethlefs, Sr., Funeral Was Held Friday.

Mr. George Dethlefs, one of Manning most prominent businessmen, passed away at his home on Ann Street last week Tuesday about noon.

For nearly half a century he was actively engaged in business in this city, first in the mercantile trade and later operating the Crystal Theatre.

Mr. Dethlefs, one of the city's progressive citizens, took part at all times in any project whereby his friends might derive some benefit. He was know and liked by everyone. Hardly a day during the entire year would pass by without having Mr. Dethlefs on the street, greeting his friends, chatting with acquaintances and then seven evenings a week at his familiar place at the ticket window of his theatre.

His many friends will miss him for his daily appearances will be no more.

Although the deceased was active in his work until the very end he had been ailing for some time. However, his death came quite suddenly to his dear ones and to his many friends. He passed away quietly in his sleep, having attained the age of seventy-three years, eight months and sixteen days.

George Henry August Dethlefs was born February 15, 1859, in Busum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and passed away at his home in Manning, November 1, 1932.

He received his education in Germany and was baptized and confirmed in the German Lutheran faith.

While in Germany he was engaged in the mercantile business. In 1880 he came to the United States and in the following year started in the mercantile business here with his brother-in-law, John Karstens.

On December 3, 1884, he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Peper and since that time they have made their home in Manning.

Nine children were born to this union, four of them passing away in infancy.

In February 1911, Mr. Dethlefs started in the theatre business with his son, Fred, and was active in his work even until the evening before his death.

Mr. Dethlefs was active in real estate dealings during his residence here, having built perhaps a score of homes within the city. He was also engaged in the insurance business besides managing his theatre. A more honest man or better business man than he would be difficult to find.

Besides his wife he leaves to mourn his death five children--three sons, Fred, George Jr. and Emil; and two daughters--Helen (Mrs. Dewey Voss), and Hilda, all making their home in Manning; also eight grandchildren: Margaret Dethlefs, Kenneth and Bernice Dethlefs, Dorothy, Dolores and Flora Ann Dethlefs, and Milo and JoAnne Voss; also one brother, Peter, of Iowa City; and one sister, Christine (Mrs. Geo. Lehmkuhl), Norfolk, Nebraska, besides many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Ohde Funeral Home with the Rev. Harry Coates of Woodbine officiating. Interment was made in the Manning cemetery.

Friends of Mr. Dethlefs who acted as pall bearers were R.G. Sutherland, Henry Martens, John Barton, Julius Wehrmann, R.H. Kuhl, J.A. Lewis.

Relatives and friends who attended the funeral from out of town were Mr. Peter Dethlefs and son, Rudolf, of Iowa City; Mr. Julius Thede and daughter, Pauline, of Manilla, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. John Thomsen of Charter Oak, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. John Umland of Manilla, Ia.; Mrs. Christine Lehmkuhl of Norfolk, Nebr.; Mr. Carl Reyser and Mr. Sherman Fitch of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Mr. J. Hirsch of Omaha, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. M.M. Allender of Harlan; Mr. Chas. Williams of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Madison of Omaha; Mrs. George Sorensen of Audubon; Mrs. James Hodges of LuVerne, Minn.; Mr. H.C. Jensen and son, Gerhardt and Alfred, of Spirit Lake; Mrs. Chris Jensen of Spirit Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Claus Peper of Astor and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Will of Irwin.


We wish to express our most sincere appreciation and heartfelt thanks for the sympathy and many kindness' shown by neighbors and friends in the death of our beloved husband and father.

The consoling words of Rev. Coats, the lovely songs of the choir and the beautiful floral offerings will be treasured memories.

Mrs. George Dethlefs, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Dethlefs
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Dethlefs, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Emil Dethlefs
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Voss
Miss Hilda Dethlefs




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