Henry L Rabe

henry rabe
Henry L. Rabe, age 95, of New Hampton, IA died on Monday, April 19, 2010 at Allen Hospital in Waterloo, IA. Henry Louis Rabe was born on March 28, 1915 to William and Emma (Albers) Rabe on the family farm south of New Hampton. Hank graduated from New Hampton High School in 1932. After his graduation Hank farmed with his father and later took over the farm operation. On April 13, 1941 Hank was united in marriage to Shirley Schoonover at Friedens Evangelical Church in Fredericksburg. The couple farmed the family farm south of New Hampton where Hank presently resided. He was on the ASCS County Committee for ten years, Farmers Coop Board for twelve years, Country School Board for twelve years, township assessor, township trustee, election board for many years. Along with farming Hank operated a custom corn sheller for 30 years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton, IA. He enjoyed playing cards, collecting glass ware and dishes. Hank enjoyed breeding and showing draft horses. Henry is survived by his three sons Richard Rabe of Forest Lake, MN, Dennis (Sharon) Rabe of Chester, NH and David Rabe of New Hampton; two daughters Sheila Pester and Linda (Larry) Schmitt both of New Hampton; two sisters Mae Rogers of New Hampton and Minnie Zwanziger of Janesville, IA; ten grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Henry was preceded in death by his parents; wife Shirley; one son Kurt; one grandson Scott Rabe; one great grandson Jeremy Elenz; one brother William; six sisters Bertha Rabe, Louise Beck, Alma Pietan, Emma Hagedorn, Edna Schmidt and Ella Fredrickson. Cemetery: Burial will be at New Hampton Cemetery in New Hampton with Nathan Rabe, Corey Pester, Jim Rogers, Bill Zwanziger, Ralph Beck and Charles Speicher serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be Henrys Grandchildren, Aubre Rabe, Kerri Tuschel, Paula Elenz, Brett Pester, Steven Donohue, Michael Donohue, Randy Schmitt and Gary Schmitt. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue on Friday at the church one hour prior to services. Service: Funeral services will be at 10:30 am on Friday, April 23, 2010 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton.

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  1. Linda, Sheila & families we would like to extend our deepest sympathy and let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  2. Linda, Shiela and family –
    We are so sorry to hear of your father’s death. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and we extend our sympathy to your family.
    Take care – Loren and Donna Dietzenbach

  3. Our sympathy on the death of your father. What a long& wonderful life he had. Even though his life was good I sure his eternal life will be so much better.

  4. Sheila and family. So sorry hear about dad. Every morning when I come to work, I always look over to his house and all the lights are on and he is up and about.
    Your dad lived a full life and was able to spend it at home on the farm where he wanted to be.
    Bless you all and will keep you in my prayers.
    Mary Jane and Randy Leach

  5. Sheila Pester Family
    Our deepest sympathy on our father.
    A message of sympathy, of comfort, caring…
    .. tohelp you through this difficult time. OUR THROUGHT PRAYERS

  6. To the Rabe family,and Pepper. I am so sorry to hear about Henry. He will be missed, he reminded me so much of my own Dad and I will miss our weekly visits. Let us know if we can do anything. Leo and Bev Dowd

  7. Dick, Dennis, Sheila, Linda, and David, our most sincere sympathies go out to all of you and to all of your families. This past Christmas we had a card from Uncle Henry and it was a delight to hear from him. Blessings to all of you

  8. I knew Hank for sooooo many years, he was a neighbor when i was young, he and my mother both told me he was instrumental in hiring my mother with ASCS, and he has been one of our customers here at Farm Service Agency for a long, long time. He was a fine example of a good, hardworking family man. I always enjoyed visiting with him. May your memories make you smile! They do me….

  9. Sheila and family ,you have our sympathy.Your dad was a go getter and enjoyed so much in life ..

  10. Sheila and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Memories are so special at a time like this and I am sure you have a lot of good ones. When a treasure becomes a memory the memory becomes a treasure. God Blee
    Jan and Jim

  11. Sheila and Family: Sorry for your loss. What a long, blessed life Henry was given. Cherish each other and remember those special moments you shared with him. God Bless- Diana

  12. Sheila and family, We would like to extend our sympathy to you and your family. You talked highly of your father and we know how much you will miss him. May you find confort in knowing that he is now at peace.

  13. To the Schmitt family-I’m so sorry to hear about your sad loss. I realize that words are so inadequate at a time like this, but I hope it will be of some comfort to you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. May the joyful memories help carry you through this difficult time! You are all in our thoughts and prayers. With heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy, Roberta and family

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