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Abe J. Falkena, age 83, of Albert City, Iowa died on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the Pleasant View Home in Albert City.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Marathon. Burial will be in the Fairfield Township Cemetery in Albert City. Visitation will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City is in charge of the arrangements.
Abe Junior Falkena, the son of Abe Sr and Anna (Van Veldhuizen) Falkena was born on October 3, 1935 at Sioux Center, Iowa. He lived his youth and received his education in Ireton, Iowa, graduating from the Ireton High School. Abe faithfully served his country in the United States Army at a SP4 (T) from November 4, 1957 until his honorable discharge on November 3, 1959.
Abe was united in marriage to Bonnie Uthe on February 17, 1960 at Sibley Iowa and this union was blessed with four children: Pamela, Jeffrey, Kathryn and Debra. Following their marriage, Abe and Bonnie resided at Inwood, Iowa for one year and they moved to Ireton where they were engaged in farming for 12 years. In 1972, the Falkena’s came to make their home in Albert City vicinity and Abe was employed with Benson Industries in the turkey business for 26 years. They moved into the town of Albert City in 1996 where Abe was a self-employed carpenter and fix-it man. He also drove the Rides transportation bus for 8 years.
Abe was a member of the Marathon United Methodist Church where he had served as a trustee and various other offices. He was very active in the Albert City community having served on the City Council, a member of the Vision Committee of the Albert City Mainstreet Program, and a member of the Lion’s Club where he has also had the honor of being a District Governor. Special interests of Abe’s included woodworking, reading, and camping.
Abe’s life will always be honored and cherished by his family which include his wife: Bonnie of Albert City, Iowa, his children: Pamela (Gary) DeWall of Scranton, Iowa, Jeffrey (Debra) Falkena of Albert City, Iowa, Kathryn (Daniel) Josephson of Albert City, Iowa, and Debra (Steve) Russell of Cambridge, Iowa, his grandchildren: Ryan Murphy and Christopher Murphy, Keri Taylor, Amy Sawvell, Matthew Falkena, Brian Josephson, Becky Josephson, Kayla Nunnery, and Nathan, Anna and Amanda Russell, 13 great grandchildren, 2 brothers: Everet (Barb) Falkena of North Platte, Nebraska and Andrew Falkena of Lakewood, Colorado, his sister: Coba Hulshof of Hawarden, Iowa, a sister-in-law: Marvella Falkena of Hospers, Iowa, nieces, nephews, other extended family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Fred.