Melinda K Wickam "Eternal Father, Strong to Save"


Jon Asmus - 1981 Trinity Church Centennial - LYC skit

Jonathan "Jon" Amos Asmus

Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2019 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Historic Trinity Church 12196 311th Street Manning, Iowa
Funeral Service Sunday, July 14, 2019 2:00 PM Historic Trinity Church Manning
Interment with Military Honors Sunday, July 14, 2019 Manning Cemetery
Officiating Pastor Jonathan Conner
Congregational Hymns "Gods' Own Child, I'll Gladly Say It" "The Strife is O'er, The Battle Won" "Eternal Father, Strong To Save" "Children Of The Heavenly Father"
Melissa Pedersen, Organist
Honorary Bearers: Kevin Grimm, Dan Grimm, Ken Grimm
Interment Manning Cemetery Manning
Military Honors
American Legion Post 22
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3517
U.S. Navy Honor Guard

Jonathan Amos, son of Amos and Myra (Willesen) Asmus, was born March 24, 1964, at St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll, Iowa. Jon was the fifth of eight children. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Trinity Lutheran Church. He grew up on the family farm near Gray. Jon attended grade school in Gray and graduated from Audubon High School in 1982. He was active in 4-H, FFA, and was a member of the wrestling team. He then studied livestock production at Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City and worked at the stockyards during his time there.

Jon enlisted in the U.S. Navy for six years and worked as a Nuclear Power Plant Operator on the U.S.S. Enterprise. After receiving his honorable discharge, Jon returned to Audubon County where he raised hogs for a short time, before going to Farmland in Carroll and then Carroll Hydraulics. When the ethanol plant opened near Coon Rapids, Jon joined them as a plant technician, working there from 2002 until 2017, when respiratory issues forced him to retire.

Jon's passion was livestock, whether it be Hereford cattle, goats, or his dogs. He enjoyed working on the farm, especially stacking bales in the haymow. He was a lifelong baseball fan, following the Yankees, A's, and Cubs. Jon enjoyed playing golf with his brothers and nephews. He was an avid reader and cherished the time spent with his nieces and nephews, so he could tease them mercilessly.

On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, Jon passed away from respiratory issues at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. He was 55 years, 3 months, and 2 days of age.

Jonathan is survived by his mother, Myra Asmus of Manning; seven siblings: Mark (Michelle) Asmus of Audubon; David (Linda) Asmus of Alden; James (Lori) Asmus of Manilla; Darrin Asmus of Audubon; Stephen (Sarah) Asmus of Audubon; Melissa (Brad) Pedersen of Fort Dodge; and Kathryn (David) Hughes of Chesapeake, Virginia; an uncle, Dennis Grimm of Manning; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: William and Ella Asmus; Edwin and Elsie Willesen; father, Amos Asmus; a nephew, Benjamin Pedersen; and aunts and uncles: Pearl and Emil Kurth, Arlene and George Bruhn, and Sharon Grimm.


Asmus family ancestry
William, son of Dethlef and Christina (Fischer) Asmus, was born August 22, 1893, at the family home in Douglas Township, Audubon County, Iowa, when William was two years old the family moved a few miles to their farm in Lincoln Township. He attended the parochial school at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lincoln Township which was conducted in German and usually taught by the pastor. William also attended the rural school near his home at times. On January 21, 1920 William was united in marriage with Ella Ida Ress at the Zion Lutheran Parsonage in Manning. They spent their entire life farming. William aided in introducing registered Hereford cattle to Audubon County and raised breeding stock for many years. Even after semi-retirement to a farm one half-mile south of the family farm he continued to care for livestock. He gradually assumed many household tasks as his wife's arthritis restricted her activity and lovingly cared for her even after they moved to the Friendship Home in Audubon in 1981. Ella died there on January 5, 1985.

During William's lifetime he was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Laymen's League, Farm Bureau, and the American Hereford Association.

William's health really began to fail about 2 1/2 years ago and he died on Thursday, January 10, 1991 at the Friendship Home in Audubon at the age of 97 years, 4 months, and 19 days.

Besides his wife and parents he was preceded in death by three children: a son in infancy; a daughter, Alma, in infancy; and a daughter, Arlene, Mrs. George Bruhn, in 1957; two grandchildren: Mary Ellen Kurth and Timothy Kurth; a granddaughter-in-law, Sharon Raabe Kurth; a great-granddaughter, Emily Kurth; a great-grandson, Benjamin Pedersen; a brother, Henry; and three sisters: Dora Sonksen, Wilhelmina Sonksen, and Anna Ahrendsen.

William is survived by a daughter, Pearl and her husband, Emil Kurth, of Carroll; a son, Amos Asmus and his wife, Myra, of Audubon; 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; and other relative and friends.


Back: Jens Sonksen, Boyd Sonksen, Henry Asmus, Dethlef Asmus (in chair), Anna (Asmus) Ahrendsen, Minnie (Asmus) Sonksen
Front: Christine (Fischer) Asmus, William Asmus, Christine (Sonksen) Mohr, Dora (Asmus) Sonksen

Christine Sonksen was the first grandchild so she received the first name of her grandmother.


Back: Dora (Asmus) Sonksen, Anna (Asmus) Ahrendsen, Minnie (Asmus) Sonksen
Front: Dethlef Asmus, Henry Asmus (in chair), William Asmus, Christine (Fischer) Asmus
Dora married Jens Sonksen
Anna married Julius Ahrendsen
Minnie married Boyd Sonksen


Bill Asmus with Silver & Dolly
Picture from LeRoy Rowedder's collection - his wife was Winona Jochimsen


Ress family ancestry
Ella, daughter of Gustav and Anna (Fischer) Ress, was born April 3, 1896, in Audubon County, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lincoln Township, Audubon County, Iowa, where she also attended school. She moved with her family to a farm near Manilla, Iowa, at which time she became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Manning, Iowa.

On January 21, 1920, Ella was united in marriage with William F. Asmus, at Zion Lutheran Church, Manning by Pastor Ansorge. Ella and Bill farmed in Lincoln Township, Audubon County, all their lives, eventually retiring but continuing to live on their farm until November 10, 1981 when they entered Friendship Home in Audubon.

Ella was a homemaker all her life, enjoying her family, her garden and flowers, and her crocheting. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and for many years had been a member of the Mission Aid Society.

Ella had been in failing health for many years and died on Saturday, January 5, 1985, at the Friendship Home, Audubon, Iowa, at the age of 88 years, 9 months, 2 days.

Ella was preceded in death by her parents; three children: a son, in infancy; a daughter, Alma, in infancy; and a daughter, Arlene, Mrs. George Bruhn, in 1957; two grandchildren: Mary Ellen and Timothy Kurth; two sisters: Clara Hammer and Pauline Lake; and one brother, Ernest Ress.

She is survived by her husband, William F. Asmus of the Friendship Home, Audubon; two children: Pearl and her husband, Emil Kurth, Audubon; Amos Asmus and his wife, Myra, Audubon; 18 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 4 sisters: Ida, Mrs. Herman Jochimsen, Manning; Edna, Mrs. Willie Hansen, Manilla; Anna, Mrs. Joe Hoelscher, Perry; Norma, Mrs. Rocky Wenzel, Frazee, Minnesota; 2 brothers: Hugo and Emil Ress, Manning; an aunt, Ella Schade, Manning; an uncle, Herman Fischer, manning; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Pauline, Ella, Ida Ress August 1919


Lena, Ida, Ella Ress August 1919


Lena, Ida, Ella Ress July 1919



Darrin Asmus & Kevin Grimm - 1981 Trinity Church Centennial - LYC skit


Harold & Darlene Asmus telling the church history - 1981 Trinity Church Centennial


Eileen Sporrer, Larry Miller, Mary Asmus - 1981 Trinity Church Centennial service


Sarah & Jolene Kurth - 1981 Trinity Church Centennial service


Connie Ahrendsen, Sharon (Willesen) Grimm - 110th anniversary of Trinity Church 1991


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