April 29, 2014


Daryl Genzen, 78, of Manning, died suddenly and unexpectedly Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning, with the Rev. Jonathan Conner officiating. Music will be "What a Friend We Have in Jesus,"

"How Great Thou Art" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" by congregation and Carlys Stribe, accompanist. Casket bearers will be Brad Otto, Corey Otto, Brian Irlbeck, Brett Irlbeck, Vicky Beckman and Lisa Dollershell. Burial with military honors by American Legion Emil Ewoldt Post 22 and VFW Post 3517 will be at Manning Cemetery, Manning.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning.

Daryl Lester, son of Lester and Irene (Meggers) Genzen, was born Aug. 16, 1935, at Carroll, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. Daryl attended rural schools through the eighth grade and then graduated from Manning High School in 1953.

On July 13, 1958, Daryl married Diane Dalgety at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. Three children were born to this union. Daryl was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958. Prior to his honorable discharge in 1960, he served 19 months in Germany. Daryl worked for 10 years at the Manning Creamery, then began working at Thrifty Food grocery store in Manning. In 1977 he became a partner in the store with Blackberry Vollstedt, Ronnie Hiatt and Curt Long. Daryl retired in 1997.

He kept busy driving the Senior Center van delivering meals to local residents until his health caused him to stop. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, as well as the American Legion and VFW posts. Daryl volunteered on the Manning Fire Department and served as treasurer. He was a lifetime member of Hayes Township Schuetzen Verein.

Daryl's greatest joy during the last year of his life was being a great-grandpa to Levi and Riley.

Daryl is survived by his wife, Diane Genzen of Manning; children: Dana Genzen of Carroll, David Genzen (Lori) of Manning and Dean Genzen of Manning; grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Heather Adams (Eric) and their son Riley of Arcadia and Abby Lapel (Jon) and their son Levi of Vail; brother Royce Genzen (Jan) of California; sisters: Phyllis Hagge of Westside, Joyce Koepke (Roger) of Missouri and Beverly Beckman (Larry) of Odebolt; in-laws: Merlyn and Beverly Irlbeck and Duane and Kay Otto; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law, Dave and Selma Dalgety; and in-laws: Virgil Denker, Robert Hagge, Nancy Genzen, Robert and Alice Savage, Paul and Lila Johnson, Ray and Phyllis Ehlers, and Ed and Donna Madsen.