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Richard & Ethel Mulder
(Died May 25, 2008)


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Richard & Ethel Mulder

Richard and Ethel Mae Mulder, both age 80, and of Parkersburg, died Sunday, May 25, 2008, at their home in Parkersburg, from injuries sustained in Sunday’s tornado in Parkersburg.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the Christian Reformed Church with burial in the Oak Hill Cemetery, both in Parkersburg, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, at the Christian Reformed Church in Parkersburg, (319)346-1534, and one hour before services at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the family of Richard and Ethel Mae Mulder.

Richard Henry and Ethel Mae Mulder, both age 80, of Parkersburg, Iowa, died Sunday, May 25, 2008, at their home in Parkersburg, from injuries sustained in Sunday’s tornado.

Richard Henry Mulder was born September 4, 1927, south of Parkersburg, Iowa, the son of Henry and Kathryn (Allspach) Mulder. He attended Monroe Township country school. Richard was a farm hand for various farmers in the area and later worked at Rath Packing Co.

Following World War II, Richard was drafted into the United States Army and was stationed in New York. When he returned home he started farming on his own by renting from Bill Allspach.

Ethel Mae Spieker was born on December 15, 1927, in rural Grundy County, near Aplington, Iowa, the daughter of Fred and Martha (Lindaman) Spieker. She graduated from the Aplington High School in 1946. Ethel Mae was employed at a grocery store in Aplington where Richard and Ethel Mae met. She also was employed at the telephone company.

Richard Mulder and Ethel Mae Spieker were united in marriage on December 18, 1947, at the First Reformed Church in Aplington, Iowa. The couple farmed southeast of Parkersburg for twelve years. In 1960 they moved to their family farm north of Parkersburg, where they raised grain and livestock.

Richard and Ethel Mae were active and faithful members of the Christian Reformed Church in Parkersburg. Richard served as an Elder, a Deacon and on the Building and Finance Committee. Ethel Mae was a Sunday school and bible school teacher, was active in the Sunshine Circle and bible studies were an important part of her life. She was involved with the Christian Women’s Fellowship. They loved their Lord and their family and grandchildren were very special to them.

Richard was a member of the Parkersburg American Legion. He was a farmer at heart and kept a journal of happenings on the farm from the first kernel planted to the last row picked. After retirement he visited the farm every day. If he wasn’t busy doing word puzzles, playing Wahoo or making latch hook rugs, he could be found having coffee with friends, morning and afternoon.

Ethel Mae was a farm wife who enjoyed preparing the meals, gardening and growing flowers. She was generous with the produce she raised, canning and freezing much of it. She enjoyed reading, visiting with friends and had a fantastic memory, always remembering friends and relatives with cards on special occasions.

Richard and Ethel Mae were preceded in death by their parents; a daughter, Martha Kay Mulder on May 24, 1968, Richard’s sister, Lorraine Nolte and Ethel Mae’s brothers and sisters, Jerry Spieker, Henry Spieker, Louise Kreimeyer, Fred Spieker, Ann Stockdale, Myrtle Walbaum, Rudy Spieker, Raymond Spieker and Loretta Geiken.

The Mulders are survived by four sons, all of Parkersburg, Iowa: Dave (Betty) Mulder, Rodney (friend, Marj Huegel) Mulder, Dennis (Lynne) Mulder and Gaylen (Carla) Mulder; 12 grandchildren, Mike (Wendy) Mulder, Mark (Laci) Mulder and Steve (Erin) Mulder, Katie (Eric) Frost, Sarah Mulder, Melinda (Scott) Brady and Laura (Jeremy Bohr) Mulder, Brett and Aaron Mulder and Rebecca, Diana and Elena Mulder; five great grandchildren, Reagan, Kale, Jackson, Amy and Kale; Richard’s brothers, Herbert (Marge) Mulder, Parkersburg, IA, Harley (Pauline) Mulder, Grand Rapids, MI, Robert Mulder, Grand Rapids, MI and George (Judy) Mulder, Waterloo, IA; Richard’s sister, Kathryn (Richard) Nagle, Sheboygan, WI; and Ethel Mae’s sister-in-law, Elizabeth Spieker, Ackley, IA.

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