Services for Mr. Treinen will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19, 2009 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal.
Burial will be in Barnes Township Cemetery at Linn Grove.
James Leonard Treinen, the son of Albert and Margaret (Detrich) Treinen, was born at Remsen, Iowa, on Jan. 5, 1927. Jim lived his youth and received his education in Sioux Rapids, where he was a graduate of Sioux Rapids High School. He faithfully served his country during World War II in the United States Army in the European theatre. He was inducted into active service on Nov. 14, 1945 and received his honorable discharge from Fort Dix, New Jersey on Oct. 30, 1946. He had attained the rank of staff sergeant. Prior to his marriage, Jim had been employed with the Sioux Rapids Furniture Store and had also been a car salesman for Vic Schuelke Motors in Sioux Rapids.
On May 3, 1958, Jim was united in marriage to JoAnn Steffen in Sioux Rapids. The couple was blessed with three children: Larry, Debbie, and Michael. Jim was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids. Following their marriage, Jim worked at the rendering plant in Linn Grove. He became the custodian at the Greenville-Rossie Community School in 1960 and when that school was closed, he continued his custodial duties at the Clay Central Community School in Royal until 1984. Following his school employment, Jim worked for several years at Bil-Mar Foods in Storm Lake. In May of 1990, Jim began his retirement. He and JoAnn came to Royal to make their home in 1982.
Jim was a member of the Graeber-Rowe Sioux Rapids American Legion, where he served as the post chaplain for many years. He was also a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Joseph and Bernard Treinen; a sister; and two brothers in infancy.
Jim is survived by his wife, JoAnn, of Royal; his son, Larry Treinen and wife, Dixie of Klemme; his daughter, Debbie Munden and husband, Douglas of Roya; his son, Michael Treinen of Royal; his five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; his brother, Arnold Treinen and wife, Lois of Storm Lake; his sister, Helen Wenbourne and husband, Clifford of Lancaster, Texas; and his brother-in-law, David Steffen and wife, Gretchen of Spencer.
Those who wish to send online messages of condolence to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.sliefert.com.
The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements.