Elden A. Kounkel, 90, of Le Mars, died suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Elden Arthur Kounkel was born Aug. 2, 1914, in Stanton Township, Plymouth County, the son of William and Elizabeth (Erbes) Kounkel. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church. He attended country school in Stanton Township. Elden was united in marriage to Edna Casper on Nov. 24, 1937, at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hinton. He farmed in Plymouth County until his retirement in 1975.
Elden was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he had served as an elder.
Family was a very important part of Elden's life. He enjoyed having his children and grandchildren return to Le Mars every year for the Plymouth County Fair.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Edna of Le Mars; four children, Gary Kounkel and his wife, Caroline of Loveland, Colo., and their children, daughter Debbie Floyd and her husband Joe, daughter Julie Vernon and her husband Ron, daughter Suzanne Kounkel, daughter Kristen Russell and her husband Scott; Ron Kounkel of Le Mars and his special friend, Janice Ferrari; Rich Kounkel and his wife, Jan of Omaha, Neb., their children, son Mark Kounkel and daughter Jacqueline Kounkel; Tom Kounkel and his wife, Patti of Omaha, Neb., and their children, daughter Ann Weaver, son Nathan Kounkel, son John Kounkel, son Cody Hustak, and daughter Jade Hustak. Elden is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren, Kailea, Mitch, and Nick Kounkel, Matt and Trevor Floyd, Tate and Kyle Vernon, Lauren and Haley Russell, and Christopher Thompson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Elizabeth (Erbes) Kounkel; two brothers, Lloyd Kounkel and a brother in infancy; two sisters, Fern Grosenheider and Evelyn Stabe; two brothers-in-law, Lloyd Casper and Larry Ladenthin; and his mother and father-in-law, George and Elsie Casper.
Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hinton, with the Rev. David Kottlowski officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present to greet friends after 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Lamont Hageman, Gus Muecke, Bob Kounkel, Phil Schoenrock, Dave Howe and Matt Hoffman. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great grandchildren.