Elmer Edwin Van Roekel
Zoon van Peter Van Roekel en Johanna Hendricka De Jong, geboren 16-11-1907 USA IA Maurice, overleden 13-11-1981 USA IA Maurice en begraven Sherman Township Cemetery
Trouwt 22-1-1930 USA Iowa Maurice Gertrude Brink, geboren 6-6-1904 USA IA Maurice, overleden 30-12-1968 USA IA Maurice en begraven Sherman Township Cemetery
Trouwt Pearl De Witt, dochter van Will De Witt en Annie Sieders, geboren 21-11-1919 USA IA Melvin, overleden 1-4-1997 USA IA Sioux City en begraven USA IA Ireton Saint John Lutheran Cemetery
Pearl trouwt eerder Robert V Brunk, geboren 30-3-1920 USA MN, overleden 4-7-1966 USA IA Sioux City en begraven USA IA Ireton Saint John Lutheran Cemetery
Kind van Elmer en Gertrude:
Mrs. Elmer (Gertrude Van Roekel), 63, of Maurice died at the Orange City hospital about 9.15 p. m. Monday, December 30, of internal injuries sustained earlier that day (about 4:15 p.m. ) in a car-semi-truck accident on U. S. Highway 10 about 2½ miles west of Orange City.
Mrs. Van Roekel's husband, Elmer, 61, driver of the car, is confined to the Orange City hospital with internal injuries. His condition was described Tuesday as "fair".
A large semi-truck driven by Lloyd Dolphin, 30, of Hospers (traveling east) jackknifed across the highway in front of the oncoming Van Roekel car (a 1968 Oldsmosbile) as the driver attempted to go around a stalled Sioux City milk truck parked on the southside of the highway according to Acting Sheriff Darrell Roetman. Dolphin was uninjured.
Sioux Center News 1969-01-02.
An accident that occurred on Monday afternoon took the life of Mrs. Elmer Van Roekel, 63, of Maurice. Lloyd Dolphin of Hospers driving a semi-trailor truck, lost control trying to avoid a truck that was broken down and parked on the shoulder. The parked truck was owned by Sioux City Milk Producers. Dolphin's truck jackknifed and was hit by the car driven by Elmer Van Roekel.
The accident occurred at 4:15 p.m. on highway #10, two and one-half miles west of Orange City.
Mr. and Mrs. Van Roekel were taken to the Orange City hospital, where Mrs. Van Roekel died about 9:00 p.m. Mr. Van Roekel suffered internal injuries and is termed "In fair condition." At the time of the accident, according to Patrolman Art Jonker, the "wind chill factor" was 63 below zero. Helping Patrolman Jonker investigate the accident were Patrolman Bill Miller and Sheriff Darrell Roetman.
Funeral service arrangements for Mrs. Van Roekel were pending at the time The CAPITAL went to press on Tuesday. Mrs. Van Roekel's death was the 10th traffic fatality in Sioux County this year.
Sioux County Capital 1969-01-02.