Ivan Brinkhous
Ivan Ervin Brinkhous, 74, Luverne, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.

Services were Monday, Feb. 14, at First Assembly of God Church in Luverne. The Rev. David Jahn officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, Luverne.

Ivan Brinkhous was born to Ervin and Grace (Chase) Brinkhous on March 10, 1930, in Rock Valley, Iowa. He was raised and attended school in Rock Valley.

He married Ila Mae Westerbur on Nov. 11, 1948, in Luverne. The couple divorced in 1986. He married Elcee Walters in March 1986. He worked at A.R. Wood Manufacturing in Luverne and was also a painter.

Mr. Brinkhous enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and trying new foods. He always thought there was room at the table for more.

Survivors include six children, Robert (Marcia) Brinkhous, Maple Grove, Leigh (Gary) Bawinkel, Brandon, S.D., Ken (Barb) Brinkhous, Hardwick, Georgia (Curtis) Greve, Todd (Louanne) Brinkhous, all of Luverne, and Bonnie Walters, Slayton; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Vi Morrell, Greenville, Tenn., Lucille Fields, Commerce City, Colo., and Alfreda (Alvin) Griesse, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Mr. Brinkhous was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Elcee, one son, Wayne Brinkhous, and a son-in-law, Mike Walters.

Dingmann Funeral Home, Luverne, was in charge of arrangements.

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