Edwin Melvin Ten Napel was born June 22, 1916, in Clear Lake, S.D., the son of H.E. and Mary (Borgman) Ten Napel. After moving to the Sioux Center area at a young age, he attended country school through the eighth grade. Edwin then moved to California for a short time where he worked in an airplane manufacturing plant during the early 1940s. Returning to the family farm, he worked alongside his father and also ran a local gas station in Ireton.
Edwin married Winifred Luschen on Dec. 7, 1945. They lived and farmed in the Ireton area until his retirement, when they moved to town. Edwin enjoyed helping his sons on the farm, camping, fishing, and working in his yard and garden.
His favorite pastime was working in his tool shed. Edwin could fix just about anything and family, friends, and neighbors kept him busy with a great many things to fix. In his final years, Edwin resided in the Morningside Manor of Alcester, S.D.
He is survived by three sons and their wives, Dennis and Diane, Gary and Glenda, and Robert and Cheryl, all of Ireton; a daughter and her husband, Ruth and Randy Hoekstra of Maurice; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mildred Lehea of Tea, S.D., Mary Swartout and Arlene Reuter, both of Le Mars; and many nieces and nephews.
Edwin was preceded in death by his wife, Winifred; a daughter, Mary; his parents, H.E. and Mary; three sisters, Nelvina Zink, Bernice DeVries, and Esther Wells; and two brothers, Lawrence and Robert Lee.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ireton with the Rev. Marcel Kohlmeyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon Thursday, with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Porter Funeral Home in Ireton.