Melvin Joens

Jul 14, 2021
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10:30 AM, Monday, July 19, 2021 at St. John Lutheran Church, Bennington Township 4110 East Mt Vernon Rural Waterloo

A video of the service will be posted after the service


4-7 PM, Sunday with a time of sharing at 6:30, July 18, 2021 at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel, Waterloo as well as one hour prior to services at the church as well as one hour prior to services at the church


Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo. Military Rites by the La Porte City American Legion and the Dunkerton American Legion


Memorials may be directed to the family.


Melvin D. “Buck” Joens, 87, of Dunkerton, died Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at the La Porte City Specialty Care from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was born August 30, 1933, the son of Peter and Ruby Spence Joens. Melvin graduated from Dunkerton High School in 1952.

Melvin married Delores Tiedt on September 13, 1953, at the St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Readlyn. He worked construction for Hauptly Construction in Dunkerton for 44 years.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bennington Township and the Polka Club of IA; and Polka Lover’s Club of America where they were Chapter Royalty in 1983. He loved woodworking, feeding the squirrels and helping his family.

Melvin served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1953-1955. Until he was honorably discharged in 1961. He was a member of the Dunkerton Fire Department for 17 years.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Delores; 3 sons, Dennis (Sara) Joens of Dunkerton, Tracy (Glenda) Joens of Shannon, IL, Tim (Joan) Joens of Gilbertville; 13 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Evelyn Andorf of Dike, and Darlene (Bob) Hageman of Hudson; and brother-in-law, Willy Wolff of Waterloo.

He is preceded in death by brother Ernest Joens; sister Beverly Wolff; and grandson, Jason Joens.

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  1. David Cummings | Jul 22, 2021
    Deepest sympathy to the Delores and Family.  Fond memories of you all.  Sending love, strength and peace. 
  2. Keith Yarrow | Jul 21, 2021
    Delores and family.  Barbara and I were saddened to see Melvin's obituary in the Courier today.  She just returned from hip replacement so we must have missed a previous announcement. Our deepest respects and condolences.  I have great memories of the Joens family get-togethers.  Melvin took a bit of razzing when he was courting you.  But he always had such a calm disposition.  Our best thoughts to you and your family.
  3. Phyllis Elsbernd | Jul 18, 2021

    Delores and family: Deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Melvin. So loved the many visits we had over the years and most were at Polka events. You two definitely knew how to cut the rug! He will be missed but is in a better place and no longer suffering. Glad i got to visit you two years ago at Protivin. Hugs Betty Wurzer, Ron and Phyllis Elsbernd❤️


  4. Larry & Colleen Thomas | Jul 17, 2021
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Delores and all your family.   Melvin was a wonderful man with an awesome heart for people.  
  5. Donna Spoelstra | Jul 15, 2021
    Sending our love to Delores and Family….. Melvin will be greatly missed by all!

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