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John Henry Rickels
February 21, 1853 – February 10, 1917
Death of John H. Rickels
John Henry Rickels died at his home in Monticello, last Saturday afternoon. His death was caused by tuberculosis. Twice during his life time he was afflicted with a severe attacks of lung trouble, and last July he began to feel the effects of that dreaded and incurable disease. He refrained from entering as actively into his business, and left the management of it to his wife and children. He had been able to be about his restaurant until a week ago when he was compelled to take to his bed. The deceased was the son of Gerhardt and Anke Lubben Rickels. He was born February 21, 1853, in Etzel, Ostfriesland, Province Hannover, Germany. He came with his parents to the United States in 1872, and settled in Wayne Township, Jones County. He attended the rural schools of Jones County and was confirmed in the Lutheran church of Wayne Township, March 21, 1880. Thereafter he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Pause. They lived for a number of years on a farm near the town of Langworthy. Eleven years ago, Mr. Rickels removed with his family to Monticello where he started the German restaurant and conducted the same until his death.
The deceased was not a member of any church, although he had been baptized and confirmed in the German Lutheran faith. Just previous to his death he made the request that he receive the sacrament which was administered to him and he passed away in the closing hours of the day, on Saturday, surrounded by his wife and children. Mr. Rickels is survived by his wife and the following named children: Misses Louise and Kathryn Rickels; Mrs. Mary Tschantz, Gerhardt, Ludwig, George, John, William and Lawrence Rickels. Two sisters also survive, Mrs. John Balster and Mrs. Seibelt Harms.

Submitted by: Steve Hanken
Source: Monticello Express, Monticello, Iowa, 15 February, 1917

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