February 3, 2014


Allen Rix, 78, of Manning, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines following a short illness.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning, with the Rev. Jonathan Conner officiating.

Congregation hymns with organist Carlys Stribe will be "Amazing Grace," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "I Know That My Redemer Lives."

Casket bearers will be Tim Rosener, Jacob Rosener, Eric Rosener, Nate Bauer, Jesse Johnson and Blake Ewoldt.

Burial will be at Manning Cemetery in Manning with military honors by American Legion Emil Ewoldt Post 22 and VFW Post 3517.

Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning and resume at 9 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ohdefuneralhome.com.

Allen Alfred, son of Alfred John and Elsie D. (Schroeder) Rix, was born Sept. 19, 1935, on the farm in Washington Township, Carroll County, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. Al attended rural school in Audubon County and then moved to Manning with his family in 1947. He graduated from Manning High School in 1954. Al enlisted and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955-1959.

On Aug. 23, 1960, in South Dakota, Al married Beverly Pickel of Schleswig. The couple resided in Manning, and three children were born to this union. Al owned and operated a Standard Oil station (A&L Standard and later Rix Brothers) with his brother Larry. The station was located at the corner of Main Street and Highway 141 in Manning. In 1998 Al realized his dream of building a new station with a convenience store further east on Highway 141. Al absolutely loved the station and visiting with all of the customers over the years. He also enjoyed flying his plane and ran a crop-dusting business during 1980. Al enjoyed singing and playing the banjo and accordion. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. Al was recognized for 40 years of service on the Manning Municipal Gas Board.

Al is survived by his wife Beverly Rix of Manning; children: Terri (Scott) Rosener of Manning; Tammi (Mike) Powers of Manning; Traci (Tom) Ewoldt of Harlan; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; sister Delores Kuhn of Manning; brother Larry (Dorothy) Rix of Des Moines; other relatives and many friends and customers.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Shane Johnson; brother Don Rix and his wife Donna Rix; and brother-in-law Art Kuhn.