July 5, 2013


Joel Bernard Kerkhoff, 53, of Manning, died Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 8, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning.

Father Robert Gralapp will preside at the services.

Lector will be Ray Thielen. Eucharistic ministers will be Ray and Vicki Thielen. Mass servers will be Payton and Shyanne Sporrer. Urn bearers will be Joel's family. Music will be "Hosea," "How Great Thou Art," "On Eagle's Wings" and "Amazing Grace" by Sacred Heart choir and accompanist Pat Heithoff. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Manning.

Friends may call at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Ohde Funeral Home in Manning is in charge of arrangements.

Joel Bernard, son of Meryl F. and Imelda C. (Grossman) Kerkhoff, was born Nov. 9, 1959, at St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll, Iowa. At age 10 months Joel was stricken with meningitis and barely survived. He suffered many health issues as a result of that illness. He was cared for at home until age 5 when due to hyperactivity and other health challenges he entered Glenwood Resource Center in Glenwood, Iowa.

While at Glenwood he worked at packaging for Oriental Trading Company. He enjoyed pointing out trees and trains and taking cat naps. He particularly enjoyed soda pop, M&M's and food brought in from restaurants. The staff at the Resource Center thoroughly enjoyed working with him and having him around.

Over the years Joel suffered a number of health problems and after a severe episode entered Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs on Sunday, June 30.

He is survived by his mother, Imelda Kerkhoff of Manning; siblings Marty (Debra) Kerkhoff of Manning, Keith Kerkhoff of Manilla, Mary (John) Bertelsen of Polk City, Ron (Kim) Kerkhoff of Algona, Dan (Cheryl) Kerkhoff of Manning and Scott (Teri) Kerkhoff of Solon; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death are his father, best friend Meryl Kerkhoff, and both sets of grandparents: Alphons and Frances Kerkhoff and Bernard and Mary Grossman.