Hallett Mathew Simpson Sexauer

The following are transcriptions supplied by Frances Gretchen (Klein) Leenerts of two obituaries for Hallet M. Sexauer. Gretchen Leenerts reported that the first obituary had appeared on Sunday, 23 November 1958 in the Des Moines Register, of Des Moines, Iowa.

Services for H. M. Sexauer, 73, of Ankeny, will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday in the Ankeny Methodist Church, where he was a member. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. Sexauer, a retired farmer and livestock dealer, died of a heart attack Friday at his home. He was a life-long resident of Ankeny. Surviving are a son, Harvey R. Sexauer, Des Moines; three daughters, Mrs. Edith Bruce and Miss Myrtle Sexauer of Ankeny and Mrs. Lavonne Klopfenstein of Winfield; a brother Fred J. Sexauer of Ankeny; a sister Mrs. Emily L. Piekenbrock of Ankeny, and six grandchildren.

Gretchen Leenerts reported that the following obituary had appeared on 24 November 1958 but did not identify where it was published.

Hallet M. Sexauer, 73, passed away Friday 21 November 1958, at his home in Ankeny. Death came suddenly and peacefully as a result of a heart attack. Final rites were held at the Methodist Church in Ankeny on Monday 24 November at 2:00 p.m. Services were conducted by the Reverend Floyd Shepherd of Wapello, Iowa, former pastor of the Ankeny Methodist Church. He was assisted by Dr. T. W. Schwartz, present pastor of the church. Two songs, “Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown” and “Sometime We’ll Understand” were sung by Vernon Smith. Mrs. Mel Harvey accompanied at the organ. Pallbearers were: E. A. Sexauer, Ira Miller, Ralph Brazelton, Vernon Smith, Russell Mowry and Perry Hazelton. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. Hallett Matthew Simpson Sexauer, son of Minnie and Mathew Sexauer, was born 3 March 1885 and passed away at his home in Ankeny 21 November 1958 at the age of 73 years, 8 months and 18 days. Death came suddenly and peacefully as a result of a heart attack. Mr. Sexauer, a retired farmer and livestock dealer, lived his entire life in or near Ankeny. He was an early member of the Ankeny Methodist Church. Hal Sexauer was united in marriage to Cora Cornwell 30 August 1910. She preceded him in death on 18 July 1949. To this union were born a son, Harvey R. Sexauer of Des Moines, and three daughters: Edith Bruce and Myrtle L. Sexauer of Ankeny and Lavonne Klopfenstein of Winfield, Iowa, all of whom survive. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Georgiana Sexauer, Corine and Donna Bruce, Steve, Kim and Ned Klopfenstein. A brother, Fred J. Sexauer and a sister, Mrs. Emily L. Pickenbrock of Ankeny. A sister, Rosana McDougal of Tujanga, California and a brother Roscoe C. Sexauer of Ankeny preceded him in death within the past year. Hal Sexauer will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His great zest for living and enjoyment of the world about him reflect the personality that was Hal Sexauer. He never forgot a sick friend or neighbor. Much of his time was spent calling at the hospital bringing laughter and cheer whenever he could. Yet underneath this gaiety that was part of him, was deep seriousness and sincerity that will long be remembered.

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