April 10, 2013


Edward Venteicher, 98, of Manning, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning with a rosary at 4:30.

A prayer service with Deacon Louie Meiners will begin at 6 p.m.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, at Sacred Heart Church in Manning with celebrant the Rev. Andrew Hoffman and Deacon Louie Meiners.

Lector will be Ray Thielen. Mass servers will be Sam Wegner and Ben Wegner.

Vicki Thielen will be eucharistic minister.

Gift bearers will be Katelyn Venteicher and Kara Venteicher.

Music will be "On Eagle's Wings," "Hosea," "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" and "How Great Thou Art" with organist Patt Heithoff and the Sacred Heart choir.

Casket bearers will be Ed's grandchildren.

Honorary casket bearers will be Ed's great-grandchildren.

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Manning.

Edward Anthony Venteicher, son of Herman and Katherine (Kraus) Venteicher, was born July 17, 1914 in Willey.

Ed was raised in the Willey area on the family farm and attended parochial school. After completing his education, Ed worked on the family farm.

On Feb. 8, 1938, he married Loretta Kasperbauer at Sacred Heart Church in Templeton.

Ed and Loretta purchased their own farm southeast of Manning and raised their eight children. Upon his retirement in 1972, Ed and Loretta moved into their new home in Manning. Even during his early days of retirement, you would still find Ed on a tractor helping out where he could.

After Loretta died on Aug. 15, 1980, Ed continued to live in Manning and help with farm operations as needed, especially on the Manilla farm.

On Sept. 18, 1982, Ed was blessed with a second marriage, to Genevieve Petersen.

Ed and Genevieve made their home in Manning. Ed and Genevieve enjoyed traveling to Texas during the winter months to visit family and friends and to enjoy retirement together. After Genevieve's passing on Feb. 15, 2003, Ed continued to reside in Manning.

In his spare time, Ed enjoyed playing board games, especially dominoes and Spinners, reading, politics and current events, cooking and sitting on the front porch on warm nights talking with people as they passed by.

He was very interested and supportive of his grandchildren throughout his life.

Ed enjoyed good health, a sharp mind and an active life until recently.

Ed is survived by his children: LeRoy Venteicher of Costa Mesa, Calif., Shirley Jane (James) Sjobakken of Ames, James (Donna) Venteicher of Manning, Robert (Sil) Venteicher of San Francisco, Calif., Diane (Clark) Scriven of Sterling, Colo., Edward "Rick" (Karen) Venteicher of Southlake,Texas, Lynn (Sue) Venteicher of Pella; two sisters Loraine Irlbeck of Templeton and Colette (Otmar) Fischer of Algona; sister-in-law Armella Venteicher of Carroll; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death are his parents; two wives, Loretta and Genevieve; a son Kenneth; three brothers Albert (Leona) Venteicher, Leonard Venteicher and Louis (Mary Ann) Venteicher; three sisters Leona (Leonard) Schmitz, Hilda (George) Bierl and Mildred (Glen) Rohe and brother-in-law Felix Irlbeck.