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Walter Francis Sterk
February 22, 1920–October 18, 2008
Walter F. Sterk, 88, of Wyoming, Iowa, died Saturday, October 18, 2008, at Clover Ridge in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, October 22, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford Junction, with the Rev. William Kneemiller officiating. Burial was in the Lost Nation Cemetery, Lost Nation, Iowa, with military honors accorded by the Oxford Junction American Legion Wapsi Post #473. Friends called from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lahey Funeral Home in Oxford Junction, where a vigil service was held at 7:00 p.m.
Walter Francis Sterk was born on February 22, 1920 in Baldwin, Iowa, son of John and Rose (Gregorich) Sterk. He served in the US Army Air Force in Hawaii, Iwo Jima and Saipan during WW II. He married Arlene May Ruchotzke on February 10, 1947 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lost Nation. She preceded him in death on February 20, 1999. He farmed all of his life in the Lost Nation and Wyoming areas.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oxford Junction, where he served on the church board. He was a 62 year member of the Oxford Junction American Legion Wapsi Post #473, and a member of the Farmers Co-op in Lost Nation for many years, having served as a board member for 12 years.
He is survived by his two children, Janet (Robert) King, of Davenport, and Lynn (Karen) Sterk, of Oxford Junction; 3 grandchildren, Carrie (David) Fall, Krista (Jason) Krueger and Shawn (Teri) Sterk; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Ethel Sterk-Burmeister and Arlene Ruchotzke, both of Lost Nation, Sophie (Ralph) Thoene of Durant and Lois Ruchotzke, of Bettendorf; and a brother-in-law, Otto Benischek of Maquoketa.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and two brothers, Bernard and Edward.

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Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, October 23, 2008

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