Loyal E. Monkemeier

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Loyal E. Monkemeier, 97, of Sanborn, and formerly of Ashton, died on Monday, June 4, 2012, at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9 at the Ashton Bible Church in Ashton. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Matlock. The Sliefert Funeral Home of Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Loyal Edward Monkemeier, the son of Fred and Martha (Washer) Monkemeier was born on a farm west of Ashton, on Aug. 21, 1914. He began his education at Dale #1 Lyon County country school and continued his education at the Ashton Public School where he was valedictorian of his 1933 graduating class.

Loyal was united in marriage to Inez Laura Dilly on Feb.14, 1941, at the Ashton Presbyterian Church by Rev. Arnold Langenburg. The Lord blessed Loyal and Inez with two children: James and Joy. The majority of Loyal and Inez's married lifetime was spent west of Ashton where they were engaged in farming for over 50 years. Being a farmer was a noble vocation for Loyal and he always enjoyed planting and harvesting crops and maintained an interest in his farm, even in his retirement. In February of 1998, they moved to Sanborn where they made their home. Loyal enjoyed residing on the Prairie View Campus for the past five and one-half years.

Loyal was a long-time member of the Ashton Bible Church where he had served in various capacities within the church. Loyal and Inez had the gift of hospitality and opened their home to many missionaries and friends. He was a soft spoken man who testified to his personal relationship through Christ by living a humble and godly life that pointed others to Christ. His Christian faith is a legacy that will continue to touch his family and friends for generations to come. Loyal and Inez spent many winters in southern Texas and also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

Those who will always honor and cherish his memory include his children: James Monkemeier of Tomball, Texas; and Joy and Brad Smith of Storm Lake; his grandchildren: Stephen Monkemeier of Leander, Texas; Dannielle (John) Sansom and Michelle (Steve) Aucoin, all of Magnolia, Texas; Matthew (Yvonne) Smith of Sioux Falls, SD; Michael Smith of Marion, Ohio, and Sean (Jaclyn) Smith of Rock Valley; his great-grandchildren: Jordan, Carissa, and Jacob Sansom, Cheyanne and Ayden Aucoin, Kinsey, Jacob, and Aly McDonald, Emma Smith, Carson and Adelyn Smith; his brother-in-law, Robert Henrich of San Pedro, Calif.; nieces, nephews, other extended family and many friends.

Loyal was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Inez, on May 5, 2007, his three sisters: Margie, Irene, and Pearl; and two brothers: Raymond and William.