Classes of 1934-1938 Fall Letter

Fall 2013

Dear Friends,

The fall colors around Decorah were beautiful for homecoming, a perfect backdrop to a splendid weekend: Friday evening there was a big turnout for the alumni dinner; the annual Hoslett lecture Saturday morning was about the science of hearing loss; a big win over Loras brightened Saturday afternoon; and the worship service and concert on Sunday—with performances by the Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, and Nordic Choir—were terrific.

By all reports, David Tiede-the college's interim president, is an ideal fit for the role:  unpretentiously brainy, warm, and congenial; committed to being more than a caretaker; and blessed with a lively sense of humor.  Last year's presidential search is behind us, and a new search process is under way with the hope there will be news to report in the spring.

The number of new students this fall is at about the same level as in the past couple of years, up a bit from Midwestern states, down a bit from elsewhere in the U.S.  Looking at the diversity breakdown for the entire student body, the largest contingent, after international students, is now Hispanic-American.  The 41 internationals come from 32 different countries!

Luther’s development staff has been busy evaluating the recently completed Sesquicentennial Fund campaign, using "listening post" sessions in a variety of locations around the country to involve members of the constituency.  One of the points highlighted in this evaluation is the need to stop the decline in the percentage of alumni contributing to the Annual Fund.  The good news is that the past year has seen a reversal of that trend.  But it needs to go further. Please consider what your class can do to improve its standing, giving at whatever level is feasible for you. Thank you!

If you are looking for good reading and haven't yet dug into the Fall 2013 issue of the Alumni Magazine, open it to the profiles of a number of last spring's graduates.  They include some amazing and inspiring stories that will make you proud of Luther.

In closing, please know how much Luther appreciates all the ways you support our students. Best wishes to you as another fall season comes to end, and have a good winter.


Sue (Franzen) Drilling '78
Director of Special Programs
[email protected]

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Have you made your 2013 gift to Luther?  Please visit to make your gift today.  Thank you!

Please note: Your Spring 2014 class agent letter will include a listing of your classmates who gave to Luther during 2013.  Be sure to make your gift before December 31 to be included.

1934 Obituary

EDWARD BOYKEN of Titonka, Iowa, died March 15, 2013, at age 97. An outstanding high school athlete and participant in numerous extracurricular activities, he attended Luther for two years before joining his father at the Titonka Savings Bank in 1934, initially serving as bank cashier. Ed served as the bank’s president from 1959-84, when he assumed the office of chairman of the board. In his later years, Ed continued to serve the bank as director emeritus. At the time of his passing, he was the longest serving banker in Iowa, having been associated with the Titonka Savings Bank for nearly 79 years. A lifelong resident of Titonka, Ed was very active in the community, serving in many roles over the years, as scoutmaster for the local Boy Scout troop, in the Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce, on the Titonka City Council, as treasurer and later secretary to the Titonka School Board, and as treasurer of Good Hope Lutheran Church. He helped to construct the Titonka swimming pool in the 1960s and worked to support the development of the Titonka Care Center; he also taught Sunday School, served as a volunteer fireman for several decades, and especially enjoyed playing on the town baseball team in the 1930s and ’40s. In 1968 Ed was honored as Outstanding Civic Leader.  He married J. Clarine Johnson on June 28, 1939, and they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2009, shortly before Clarine's death in August 2009. Ed is survived by five sons, Allan, Jeff, Mark, Karl, and Quentin; five daughters-in-law; 11 grandchildren, including SCOTT BOYKEN ‘07 and ERIC BOYKEN ’11; 15 great grandchildren; a sister, Verdene Ryder; a brother, William Boyken; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clarine, his parents, and two brothers. Ed was a member of Luther’s Heritage Club.

1936 Obituary

ADOLPH BERNHARD HELTNE of Scandia, Kan., died June 3, 2013, at age 99.  A native of Jerico, Iowa, he graduated from Spring Grove (Minn.) High School in 1932, before enrolling at Luther, where he majored in economics. Adolph taught at Bingham Lake (Minn.) High School and later served as principal at the elementary school in Brownsdale, Minn. He enrolled at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and served an internship in Concordia, Kan., where met his future wife, Evelyn Carlgren. They were married June 7, 1944, after Adolph’s seminary graduation in May, and he was ordained to the ministry June 18, at Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church near Spring Grove, Minn. He began his ministry in Bradley, S.D., where he and Evelyn lived for nearly 11 years; he next accepted a call to the Goodridge (Minn.) Lutheran parish, where they stayed 14 years, and where Adolph also served on the school board. His next call was to Storla, S.D. Adolph retired in 1978, having served in the ministry almost 35 years, and he and Evelyn moved to Kansas. Adolph is survived by his wife, Evelyn; two sons, Carl and Paul; two daughters, Rebecca Janulewicz and Ilah Gilreath; two daughters- and two sons-in-law; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a nephew and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Paul.

1937 Obituaries

ANTOINETTE (BAKKE) GOOD WEBB of Decorah died March 10, 2013, at age 95.  A Decorah native, she attended country school and graduated in 1935 from Decorah High School. After attending Luther for two years, Antoinette continued her studies at the Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago, where she received an R.N. degree. She worked as a nurse at Suburban Cook County T.B. Sanatorium in Hinsdale, Ill., until retirement. Antoinette married William D. Good on August 23, 1941, and they raised their three children, Eloise, Nancy, and Richard, living in Decorah and Des Moines, and Chatham and Hinsdale, Ill. William died in 1965. In 1984, Antoinette married Wesley L. Webb in Oak Brook, Ill.; later, they moved to Decorah, and Wesley died in 1993. A lifelong member of Washington Prairie Lutheran Church, she also served as chairperson for the Self-help for Hard of Hearing Committee (now called Hearing Association of America) in Hinsdale. Antoinette also belonged to Oneota Golf and Country Club, where she played bridge, and she loved to bake. She moved to Aase Haugen in August 2011. Antoinette is survived by two daughters—Eloise Mason and Nancy Goluska—and a son, Richard Good; two sons- and a daughter-in-law; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law; and special friend, Ruby Helgerson. She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, and sister, Joyce Johnson.

ZOLA (ERICKSON) RUNNING of Decorah died June 7, 2013, at age 98. After graduating from high school in Mabel, Minn., she enrolled at Luther, where she graduated with the first class of women in 1937. Zola taught elementary school in Harcourt and Hartford, Conn.; Chicago; and Decorah, where she retired as a fifth grade teacher at Thomas Roberts Elementary School in 1979. She married Decorah native JOHN EDWARD RUNNING ’36 on Feb. 23, 1941, in New York City. Zola is survived by two daughters, LYNN (RUNNING) STEINKE ’65 and CHERYL (RUNNING) VIGNA ’66; a son, CRAIG RUNNING ’68; two sons-in-law; seven grandchildren, including ELYSE (RUNNING) SCHNITZLER ’02; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, ELOISE (ERICKSON) KLINKER ’48. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, JOHN EDWARD RUNNING ‘36; sister, DORIS (ERICKSON) BUCKNEBERG ’35; and brother-in-law, ADOLPH BUCKNEBERG ‘34.

1938 Obituaries

OSCAR LAVERNE HOLLEQUE of Arlington, Texas, and formerly of Austin, Minn., and Springdale, Ark., died Jan 7, 2013, at age 95. He had moved to Texas after the death of his wife of 72 years, Irene, on Oct. 18, 2011. Born in Conrad, Mont., Oscar ran track and played football, basketball, and baseball in high school in Austin, Minn., graduating in 1935. While at Luther, he played clarinet in the Luther College Concert Band, performing in Norway when the band toured overseas. After graduating from Luther, Oscar worked at Hormel Meat Packing for several years—and played on the Hormel Packers baseball team—before joining the Boy Scouts organization to serve in an executive role for 20 years. In 1962 he began a new career managing church-affiliated nursing homes, retiring to Springdale, Ark., in 1982. An active member of the Springdale community, Oscar was a founding member of Living Savior Lutheran Church and Rotary Club. He is survived by two sons, Oscar and Stephen; two daughters-in-law; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Oscar was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Marian and DELPHA (HOLLEQUE) PREUS ‘41; and brother, RICHARD HOLLEQUE ‘43.

HELEN (SKOGSMARK) JELLUM of Osage, Iowa, died Feb. 21, 2012, at age 95. Born in Turtle Lake, N.D., she and her family moved to her maternal grandparents’ farm near Cresco after the death of Helen’s father. A Cresco High School graduate of 1934, she enrolled at Luther, where she majored in English and music. In 1946 Helen received a master’s degree in music from the University of Iowa. She taught music theory and piano at Luther from 1946-51 and later taught in several Minnesota towns, before moving to Washington in 1952, where she served as an administrative secretary for the Army Corps of Engineers. Helen enjoyed the mountains, ocean, hiking, and being outdoors. Throughout her life she was active in church, serving as organist for many congregations. Helen married LLOYD JELLUM ’52 later in life, and they made their home in Osage. She is survived by two stepsons—Mark and Eric—and their spouses, and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, INEZ (SKOGSMARK) JELLUM ’40; and her husband, LLOYD JELLUM ’52, in 2009.

Halftime of the 2013 Homecoming football game