Selma June Breitkreutz

15 June 1923–20 July 2011 (Age 88)
Groton, Brown, South Dakota, United States

The Life of Selma June

When Selma June Breitkreutz was born on 15 June 1923, in Groton, Brown, South Dakota, United States, her father, Bernard Franklin Breitkreutz, was 24 and her mother, Cecelia Susan Graff, was 26. She married Le Roy Cowan on 11 April 1948, in Richmond, Contra Costa, California, United States. She lived in Aberdeen, Brown, South Dakota, United States in 1930. She died on 20 July 2011, in Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Ririe, Jefferson, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

Le Roy Cowan
Selma June Breitkreutz
Marriage: 11 April 1948

Spouse and Children

11 April 1948
Richmond, Contra Costa, California, United States

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)


Age 4

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1927 · First Hotel in Idaho Falls

Age 4

The Bonneville Hotel was built in 1927. It became the second hotel in Idaho Falls and the first geared for upper class patrons.
1947 · The Presidential Succession Act

Age 24

The Presidential Succession Act is an act establishing the presidential line of succession. This was a precursor for the Twenty-fifth Amendment which outlines what is to happen when a President is killed, dies, or is unable to fulfill the responsibilities of President.

Name Meaning

German: probably a nickname for a person with a broad butt. Breitkreutz replaced an earlier, more transparent form of the surname, Breitarsch, the use of Kreuz (literally ‘cross’) as a euphemism for ‘buttocks’ first occurring in the 17th century.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • June Breitkreutz in household of Bernhard Breitkreutz, "United States Census, 1930"
  • June Breitkreutz in household of Bernard Breitkreutz, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Selma June Breitkreutz in entry for Jerald Charles Or Jerry Yates, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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