October 29, 2013


Henry Marvin Julius Sonksen, 94, of Carroll, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carroll with Pastor Brian Licht officiating.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. Tuesday at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when visitation will resume. Organist for the service will be Jan Hoff, and the congregation will sing "How Great Thou art and "I'm But a Stranger Here.". Casket bearers will be Mike Fara, Alan Fara, Anthony Leo, David Nissen, Russ Stribe, Karl Albertsen, Larry Muhlbauer and Gene Muhlbauer. Honorary casket bearers will be Dwight Fiscus, Dale Quandt, Elmer Wiederin, Vern Langbein, Earl Singsank, LeRoy Albertsen and Mark Gray. Burial will be at Manning Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church and can be left at the funeral home or the church.

Online condolences may be left at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

Born Jan. 20, 1919, on his family's farm near Audubon, Iowa, he was a son of Boyd and Wihelmine (Asmus) Sonksen. Henry was baptized in 1919 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Audubon and confirmed in the same church in 1933. He grew up in Audubon County and graduated from Gray High School in 1936. He married Ella Musfeldt on Jan. 4, 1940, at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. He was a farmer in the Manning area, and after retiring he and Ella moved to Carroll. While living in their home in Caroll he maintained a garden and cared for lots of flowers. Henry had been a resident of Carroll Health Center since 2006 and became a resident of Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines in October.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carroll. Henry was a farmer at heart and loved to share stories of how farming had changed over the years. He was an athlete in high school, playing catcher on the Gray High School baseball team. He continued his love of baseball by listening to games on the radio. Henry enjoyed demonstrating how to swing the bat when Carroll Kuemper baseball coaches came to talk to residents at Carroll Health Center. He also loved playing euchre, going for golf-cart rides, having his coffee and cookies in the afternoon, root-beer floats, playing bingo, attending "country school," and taking part in the many activities provided at the Health Center. Henry was very proud of his German heritage. He and Ella made two trips to Germany. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carroll.

Henry is survived by his daughter Marilyn D. Lohmeier of Des Moines; two granddaughters, Nancy Allison and her husband Jeff of Stillwell, Kan., and Lori Leo and her husband Giovanni of Des Moines; six great-grandchildren: Sara and Jenifer Allison, Anthony, Andriano, Alessandra and Annamaria Leo; and many other relatives and friends.

Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Ella, on Oct. 19, 2009; his parents; sisters Christina Albertson and Leona Deist; brother Dethlef Sonksen; and son-in-law Willis Lohmeier.