April 11, 2018


Edwin Kalkhoff, 82, of Manning, died Monday, April 9, 2018, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 13, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning. The Rev. Paul J. Kelly will be the celebrant. Eucharistic ministers will be Chris and Diane Dopheide. Lectors will be Sarah Smith and Chrissy Aldridge. Gift bearers will be Robin Lawler, Michelle Vonnahme, Amber Schechinger, Jaime Fajingbesi and Summer Heath. Music will be by the Sacred Heart choir and organist Anne Muhlbauer. Casket bearers will be Ed’s grandsons Jeff Oliver, Jacob Kalkhoff, Jordan Kalkhoff, Nate Fara, Nick Fara, Cody Kalkhoff, Josh Kalkhoff, Brandon Kalkhoff and Matt Vonnahme. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Manning.

Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Sacred Heart Church, with rosary led by Arlene Wittrock and Ann Lenz at 4:30 p.m. and a prayer service led by the Rev. Tim Boekelman at 5 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Ohde Funeral Home in Manning (www.ohdefuneralhome.com) is in charge of arrangements.

Edwin Gerhardt, son of William and Elsie (Kettmann) Kalkhoff, was born near Templeton, Iowa, on Jan. 31, 1936. He was raised on a farm near Templeton and attended Sacred Heart School, graduating in 1953.

On June 28, 1958, Ed married Catherine Daniel at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Roselle. Five children were born to this union. Ed and Kathy lived in Templeton until 1959 when they moved to a farm south of Templeton. Ed farmed his entire working life and did custom combining. Ed and Kathy moved into Manning in 2010, and Ed continued to farm for a few more years.

Ed and Kathy were members at Sacred Heart Church in Templeton and then in Manning when they moved to town. Throughout the years Ed enjoyed golfing, bowling, and woodworking, especially making Christmas gifts for his family and items for the church.

During retirement Ed enjoyed going to coffee, playing cards at the Corner Station, visiting with friends, and taking trips to the casino. He was looking forward to celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary later this year. Ed often told his children, “I just want my kids to be happy.” To this day, that is one of his greatest accomplishments ... his children are happy.

After a period of declining health, Ed passed away at Manning Regional Healthcare Center.

Ed is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kathy Kalkhoff, of Manning; children: Barb (Jim) Niehaus of Arcadia; Joe (Jackie) Kalkhoff of Manning; Laura (Alan) Fara of Manning; Dan (Margaret) Kalkhoff of Ansley, Nebraska; and Pat Vonnahme of Templeton; 16 grandchildren: Sarah (Jeremy) Smith, Robin (Rick) Lawler, Jeffrey Oliver, Jaime (Kayode) Fajingbesi, Jacob (Trista) Kalkhoff, Jordan Kalkhoff, Christin (Casey) Aldridge, Nate (Keely) Fara, Nick (Courtney) Fara, Summer (Steve) Heath, Cody Kalkhoff, Josh (Paige) Kalkhoff, Brandon Kalkhoff, Michelle Vonnahme, Amber (Jake) Schechinger, and Matt Vonnahme; 29 great-grandchildren with three more to arrive this summer; sisters-in-law: Arlene (Robert) Wittrock of Mount Carmel and Ann (Robert) Lenz of Carroll; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Betty (Earl) Kerkhoff, brothers-in-law Andrew (Elvera) Daniel and John Eich, and grandson-in-law Ben Obrecht.