I just found out about the passing of Orland Joens, from his cousin, Jon Groteluschen.
We are just about out of Manning WWII Veterans, and pretty soon the Greatest Generation will be no more, but before that happens I will continue to post tributes to HONOR those WWII Veterans and members of such an amazing selfless generation, as they go one by one and down to the last survivor.

Hopefully more descendants of these WWII Veterans and of the Greatest Generation will contact me and let me scan their pictures and information so I can use some of it in the Manning Veterans' book and add all of it to the Historical Manning database I'm building...

Orland Joens

MHS 1939
Photo from Joy (Moore) Doyle collection

Orland "OW" Joens, 97 of Marshalltown, Iowa, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2020, at Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 17, 2020, at Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown. Inurnment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Iowa River Hospice or the Animal Rescue League. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com

Orland was born October 11, 1922, to William and Elna (Groteluschen) Joens in Manning, Iowa. He was educated in Manning area schools starting with Lincoln No. 4 country school, in Audubon County, and graduated from Manning High School in 1939, where his nickname was "Happy."

Orland served his country during WWII in all three theaters.

He was united in marriage to Barbara Jeanne Robertson on January 23, 1949, in Marshalltown. She died February 21, 2007. Orland was employed as an Iowa State Highway Patrolman. He then went back to school at Logan Chiropractic College. Orland was a Chiropractor in Marshalltown; Sedona, Arizona; and Sun City, Arizona. He was a Rotarian and former member of Elmwood Country Club.

Orland will be missed by his daughter, Jennifer (JP) Howard of Marshalltown, a granddaughter, Emily (Barry) Ewoldt of Haverhill, Iowa, a brother, Lyle Joens of Audubon, Iowa, a nephew, Jim (Patty) Robertson, and a niece, Kathleen Carlson. He was preceded in death by his wife.

Elna & Rosa Groteluschen
Elna married Bill Joens and Rosa married Jack Keat
Louis and Anna (Ahrens) Groteluschen children: Elna, Rosa, Arnold in infancy, Carl, Ted, Herbert, Claudia, Ruth, Walter.

1959 Herb Groteluschen - Manning Food Market 324 Main

Art Rix & Herb Groteluschen in the L&M Bowling alley

Lincoln No. 4 - page 148 of the Manning Schools history book.

1936 Ninth Grade Graduation

Back: Gerald Struve, Alvin Musfeldt, Eunice Wiese, Elaine Schroeder, May Delle Ranniger, Doris Wailes, Marian Frahm, Ledger Free, Marilyn Anderson, Kenneth Esser, Marie Kleespies, Arlene Friedrichsen, Louise Schrum, Ben Myatt, Justice Hockett, Vernon Joens, Glen Jensen, Dewey Pfoltner
Third: Jerome Aga (Jr High Principal), Merlin Welch, Merlin Beese, Russell Lathrop, George Opperman, Harold Reinke, Eugene Mersman, Roy Schroeder, Melvin Musfeldt, Elroy Ranniger, Raymond Joens, Malcom Van Dyke, Ken Mohr, Russell Wiley, Orland Joens, Duane Bartels, Ed Lynn (teacher)
Second: Rhea Fritz, Darlene Stoelk, Nellie Farrell, Louise Ossenkop, Ruth Kuhn, Phyllis Stribe, Joyce Thompson, Doris Reinhold, Helen Musfeldt, Dorothy Sutherland, Luella Schade, Dorothy Petersen, Jeanette Stangl, Helen Mentzer, Eunice Eckholdt, Jane McEnany
Front: Raymond Kasperbauer, Virgil Bueltel, Wayne Kuhse, Fred Beese, Robert Musfeldt, Merlin Musfeldt, Farryle Waters, Roy Schoening

School information

Orland and his dad are somewhere in this picture.
Manning Monitor July 27, 1939
Over sixty Dads and sons plus other interested parties made up the twelve car caravan which Sunday completed a circuit of Future Farmers of America projects in this vicinity. William B. Campbell, head of the Manning Vocational Agriculture Department is sponsor of the local organization. First stop Herman Hargens' place at the south edge of the city where the F.F.A. unit's own project is carried on.
The next stop was at the Jack Keat farm where his son Kenneth exhibited 27 fine pigs averaging 145 pounds, farrowed March 1st. In the beginning Kenneth had three sows and predicted he would have 27 pigs. He did. He predicts he will clear about $162 on his project and he probably will. Glen "Red" Struve, son of George Struve, showed three fine Shorthorn market steers from the George Struve and Sons purebred herd. Roger and Lyle Eich exhibited their hybrid seed corn project. These lads purchased 2 single crosses after being bred up for 10 years or so and their final cross makes a 4-way cross.
Alvan Hansen's project was the next stop and the group saw two fine Black Angus steers. A litter of 9 Spotted Poland China pigs was shown by Gene Strathman. Ivan Opperman and George Opperman showed 2 Shorthorn steers averaging 830 pounds and four Hereford steers.
Next stop was at the Herman Lage home to see Wesley Lage's litter of 9. These pigs were Lage's purebred Spotted Poland farrowed April 20th and will average 90 pounds.
Bob Kruse has his litter of 9 on clean ground, has self-feeding, temporary shelter, etc. He has $43 in his project to date and his fine looking pigs will average 115-120 pounds.
Billy Meggers, a freshman student showed two fine litters of 13 Hampshire market pigs, averaging about 110 pounds.
A market litter of 8, farrowed March 28th, was shown by Virgil Bueltel.
Glen Jensen was the last stopping place for the caravan. He showed a fine litter of 9 Hampshire pigs, farrowed March 25th, averaging 100 pounds.

1939 FFA team

Back: Coach Bill Campbell, Merlin Musfeldt, Ken Keat, Gerhardt Voge, Merlin Hargens, Wayne Kuhse
Front: Robert Kuhse, Merlin Welch, Orland Joens, George Opperman, Duane Bartels, Gene Strathman
February 9, 1939 Spotlite
Manning Undefeated F.F.A. Team In Tournament Here Saturday

An all-day basketball tournament will be held in Manning on Saturday, February 11th with leading high school Future Farmer teams in Northwest Iowa taking part.
Ten games will be played during the day, four games in the morning and four in the afternoon with consolation and finals at night.
Pairings are as follows:
Exira vs. Manilla 8:00 a.m.
Castana vs. Lake City 9:00 a.m.
Mapleton vs. Denison 10:00 a.m.
Carroll vs. Manning 11 a.m.
Manning Future Farmers are unbeaten and are one of the meet favorites.
William B. Campbell, department head, coaches the local F.F.A. The Manning F.F.A. team enters the tournament undefeated with a record of 9 consecutive victories averaging 22 points per game compared to 11 for their opponents.
Admission will be adults 15c a session, 25c all day; grade and high school, 10c a session, 15c all day. The morning session is free.

Orland Joens - from the Manning VFW collection

Short bio Orland submitted to me in 2005 for the Veterans' section of the Manning Quasqu history book.
Orland was inducted into the U.S. Army in January 1943. He took his basic training at Fort Custer, Michigan.
He served with the 424th Military Police Escort Guard Company in North Africa and Italy, transporting and guarding German P.O.W.s.
He then transferred to the Army Transportation Corps and attended Officer Candidate School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Fort Mason in San Francisco and served as a Commissary Officer aboard the S.S. Uruguay troop transport in the Pacific Theatre.
1st Lieutenant Joens was discharged June 1946.

Orland - I assume in front of the Joens farm home.

Lyle Joens 1960-61 Legion Commander

Manning Monitor articles ------ 1943

Orland Joens Transfers
Cpl. Orland Joens writes, informing us of a change of address. He says the Monitor has been coming regularly and that he enjoys reading it just like a furlough at home.
Although he cannot inform us of the location of his camp, he adds that is a beautiful camp and that he likes it better than Fort Custer.
He states that he is in the best of health and hopes all his friends in good old Manning are the same.

Cpl. Orland Joens In Africa
"After going without the Monitor for four months, the good old home town paper finally caught up with me again. It certainly seems wonderful to follow the Manning news, and especially the column devoted to letters from service men.
I came to North Africa again expecting to escort prisoners back to the United States as we did the time before, but due to the surrender of Italy it appears as though we have only a one way ticket this trip.

However, if by remaining over here we are more able to speed victory, I then prefer to stay here. We are able to attend three open air movies a week and they are nearly as up-to-date as those shown at home. At the present time we are fortunate enough to have wooden floors and electric lights in our tents.
We also have warm showers within walking distance now that the weather is too cool for cold showers. I am not certain how long we will have these conveniences though.
I wish to say hello to all my friends in the Manning vicinity and also thank the Legion and Monitor once again for their most welcome paper.
Cpl. Orland W. Joens

Manning Monitor article ------ 1945

Orland Joens Commissioned
New Orleans, La. Orland Wayne Joens, whose parents are Mr. and Mrs. William Joens, Route 1. Manning, has been graduated from the Officer Candidate Department of the Transportation Corps School, New Orleans Army Air Base and has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army of the United States.

Lieutenant Joens was engaged with his father in farming prior to induction January 28, 1943.
He attended Manning high school.
Immediately after receiving his commission. The mission of the Transportation Corps is to transport soldiers and war materials to theaters of operations.
Lieutenant Joens served in North Africa and Italy from July 9, 1943 to August 4, 1944.

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