Iris E. Courkamp
A Service of Celebration for longtime Prowers County resident, Iris E. Courkamp will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, November 2, 2007 at the Wiley United Methodist Church with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating. Interment will be held Wiley Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 1, 2007 unitl 5:00 PM at the funeral home.
Iris was born on Friday, January 12, 1912 at Eustis, Nebraska to George Anton and Mable Anna (Bennett) Dye. She passed away at the age of 95 on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at Prowers Medical Center.
Iris is preceded in death by her husband Clarence Christian Courkamp, parents, daughter, Grendl Hardie, brother, Wayne Dye and four sisters; Cleta Dye, Pearl Bohr, Ruth Poyer and Lois Wilder.
She is survived by her daughters; Donna Laubach of Phoenix, AZ, and Darla (Bob) Reed of Wiley. She is also survived by her sons; Terry (Kathleen) Courkamp of Amarillo, TX and Kenny Courkamp of Lamar as well as twelve grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews and other family members also survive.
Iris was born in a country home belonging to Grandpa and Grandma Bennett. She attended a country school where she walked 2 1/2 miles when the weather was nice and when it was bad her dad took them by horse and buggy.
Iris' mother died when she was 12 years old. That left 5 children at home. When she completed grade school, Iris moved in with her grandma Dye in Grusham, Nebraska and completed high school and graduated in 1931.
Following her high school graduation she married Clarence Courkamp on Monday, April 20, 1931 at Holdrege, Nebraska.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wiley United Methodist Church direct or in care of the funeral home office.