SUMNER - Erwin Martin Haverkamp, 84, of Sumner, died Saturday, Oct. 11, at Palmer Lutheran Health Center, West Union, after a short illness.

He was born Dec. 14, 1923, in Brunswick, Neb., son of J.C. and Hulda Stutheit Haverkamp. He married Verla Mae Stahlhut on Nov. 18, 1945, at St. John Lutheran Church, Sumner.

Mr. Haverkamp graduated from Sumner High School in 1942. He managed the Lutheran Children's Home farm in Waverly from 1947 until 1952. He then farmed southwest of Sumner until 1967, when he moved to the Stahlhut family farm west of Sumner. He semi-retired from farming in 1995 but was still mowing hay in fall 2007. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Sumner; was a past president of the Lutheran Brotherhood, Waverly; and was president of District 70 AMPI for several years.

Survived by: his wife; two sons, Dale (Marilyn) of rural Sumner and Gary (Betty) of Clive; two sisters, Mary Lee (Shirley) Johnson of Big Spring, Ky., and Beth (John) Krogh of Ankeny; nine grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Marvin (Marlys) Haverkamp of Grundy Center; and two sisters, Esther Meier of Bella Vista, Ark., and Elaine (Cal) Meihost of Waterloo.

Preceded in death by: a daughter, Anne Marie Haverkamp; and four brothers, Elmer, LaVerne, Richard and Harold.

Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Lutheran Church, Sumner, with burial in the church cemetery. Public visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home, Sumner, and for an hour before services Wednesday at the church.

Memorials: may be directed to Bremwood in Waverly

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