Doris Ann Dreckman was born March 30, 1932, the daughter of Joseph and Magdelena (Holzman) Dreckman. Doris graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in Le Mars in 1950. Upon graduation she was employed at First National Bank in Le Mars until she was united in marriage to Lawrence H. Kellen on Aug. 8, 1955, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars. Doris and Lawrence were blessed with 12 children.
Doris and Lawrence farmed east of Le Mars for many years.
Doris was a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens and a member of the Guild and Catholic Daughters of America for over 50 years. She was also a longtime member of the Wasmer American Legion Auxiliary.
Doris enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing pinochle with family and friends, and traveling to visit children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Lawrence of Le Mars; nine children: Glenn and Connie Kellen, Al and Becky Kellen, Sondra and Gary Pageler, all of Le Mars, Julie and George Friedmann, of Sac City, Cindy and Al Alioth, of Sergeant Bluff, Lisa Nelsen, of Des Moines, Angie and Chris Beeck, of Hinton, Dan Kellen and Rita Ude, of Omaha, and Lynn and Jim Clopton, of Wichita, Kan.; 34 grandchildren: (Glenn) Katie Gerloff, Codie Kellen, and Kurt Kellen; (Al) Adrienne Castro, Laura Bower, Krista Stroud, Jamie Clair, Dillion Bower, Kegan Bower, Kari Kellen, Jenna Kellen, Mack Bower, and Schuylar Kellen; (Julie) Patrick Friedmann, Michael Friedmann, Jill Hunziker, and Carl Friedmann; (Cindy) Nick Shell, Hannah Alioth, Bailey Alioth, and Maxwell Alioth; (Lisa) Darrell Nelsen III, Darrick Nelsen, and Abigail Hommer; (Angie) Samantha Beeck, Nick Beeck, and Ally Beeck; (Sondra) Lisa Pageler, Kathy Pageler, Megan Pageler; (Dan) Sydney Kellen and Nathan Kellen; (Lynn) Daric Clopton and Desiree Selvin; and 32 great-grandchildren; three siblings: Cletus and Katherine Dreckman, Loretta Schnepf, and Marilyn Phelan, all of Le Mars; in-laws: Louis and Jean Kellen, of Naperville, Ill., Agnes and Melvin Ruba, of Remsen, Ambrose and Anne Kellen, of Cold Springs, Texas, Jerome and Perry Kellen, Joe and Liz Kellen, all of Alton, Arnie and Peggy Kellen, of Antioch, Ill., and Sandy Kellen, of Ames, IA; and several nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Magdelena (Holzman) Dreckman; three children: Scott, Pamela, and Joseph Kellen; two grandchildren: Eric and Jennifer Kellen; and in-laws: Aloysius and Elizabeth Kellen, Ralph Schnepf, Leland Phelan, Dolores and Sylvester Hansen, and Daniel Kellen.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Oyens, with the Rev. Bill McCarthy officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be after 3 p.m. Thursday at the Carlsen Feuerstein Funeral Home with a 4 p.m. Catholic Daughters of America rosary and a 7 p.m. vigil wake service, all at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Codie Kellen, Kurt Kellen, Patrick Friedmann, Michael Friedmann, Carl Friedmann, Maxwell Alioth, Darrell Nelsen III, Darrick Nelsen, and Nathan Kellen. Honorary casket bearers will be Nick Beeck, Dillon Bower, Kegan Bower, Mack Bower, Nick Shell, and Daric Clopton.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.