BLAIRSTOWN -- Edwin Niebuhr, 87, of Blairstown, died Monday, March 14, 2005, at St. Lukes' Hospital-Cedar Rapids, following a sudden illness.
Edwin Henry August Niebuhr was born Sept. 25, 1917, on the family farm near Blairstown, the son of William and Johanna (Kluss) Niebuhr. He attended country school near his home and graduated from Blairstown High School. Edwin then took herdsman courses at Iowa State University for two winter quarters.
On Jan. 1, 1944, Edwin married Vera Cordes at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Victor. They farmed together all their married life on the family farm northeast of Blairstown. In February 1984, they moved to Blairstown.
Edwin was a great steward of the land. He served on the Benton County Conservation Board. He enjoyed fishing and creating new ways of doing things.
He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Blairstown and also held various positions within the church. Edwin read the Bible everyday. He cherished his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Edwin is survived by his wife and sweetheart of 61 years, Vera, four sons; John (Donna) of Blairstown, Steven of Nevada, Ia., Mark (Diane) of Atkins and Paul (Lisa) of Kingsley; a daughter, Sheryl Niebuhr of St. Paul, Minn.; nine grandchildren; Kristine, Joseph, Janelle, Johanna, Ariel, Moriah, Elias, Elisabeth and Evan, two great-grandchildren; Gabriel and Paige; and three sisters, Neoma Newton of Blairstown, Luella Schlue of Cedar Rapids and Ilene Meyer of Deep River.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Kenneth, Victor, Albert, Waldo and William Niebuhr and a sister, Emmalina Shogren.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grace Lutheran Church in Blairstown with the Rev. David Rempfer officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. Visitation will be today (Wednesday) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Overton Family Funeral Home in Blairstown.
A memorial fund has been established.
Condolences may be left at the Web site: www.overtonservice.com.