Miscellaneous Buena Vista County, Iowa Obituaries


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Evelyn A. Eide
Evelyn A. Eide, 84, Cherokee, died April 9, 2003 in Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital, Cherokee, following an extended illness.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2003, at Greenwood Funeral Home, Cherokee. Pastor James Steen will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cherokee.

She was born August 26, 1918 in Sioux Fall, S.D. to Ernest and Anna (Aalboe) Christensen. She was educated in Irene and Gayville, S.D., graduating in 1936. On February 25, 1939 she married Art Eide in Yankton, S.D.

Evelyn and Art moved to Cherokee, from Yankton, S.D., in 1956. Evelyn worked for Hawley-Allison and later Hope's Fashion Farm for many years. She will be remembered for being meticulous in appearance and could paint a room and still look "neat as a pin." She enjoyed her family and traveling. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband; one son, Richard Eide, and his wife, Ruby, of Primghar; one daughter, Dianna Langholdt and her husband Terry of Cherokee; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mildred Freng of Yankton, S.D.; one brother, Vernon Christensen and his wife Jean of Vermillion, S.D.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Charles F. Pendleton
Charles Francis Pendleton, 81, a native of Sioux Rapids, died May 10, 2003, of a heart attack at his home in La Jolla, Cal. A memorial service was held at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, with internment in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma, Cal.

Charles Pendleton was born April 6, 1922, in Sioux Rapids. He enrolled at Buena Vista 

College in the fall of 1939. In 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Cadet. He was assigned to a dive bomber squadron of USMB-141 and sent to the South Pacific war zone.

Following the war, he came to California, where his wartime bride Janet was living. In 1946, he was accepted to the University of Southern California School of Law, where he completed his B.A. and went on to receive his J.D. degree in 1948.

After 20 years of civil trial practice in Los Angles and Helmet, Mr. Pendleton was appointed to the California bench. He spent 12 years in municipal court and nine years in the superior court.

Judge Pendleton is survived by two daughters, Cyndie Pendleton of Pacific Beach, Cal., and Lisa Pendleton-Harrison of Temecula; a son, John Pendleton of Helmet, Cal.; his wife, Isabel; a stepson, Richard Miller of North Corolina; a stepdaughter, Shelly Foster of Pacific Beach, Cal.; seven grandchildren; a great-grandson; a brother, Wendell Pendlton of Florida; and a sister, Donna Smith of Arizona.


Larry D. Lickiss
Larry D. Lickiss, age 61, of Storm Lake, passed away Monday, May 26, 2003 at his home in Storm Lake. 

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Storm Lake with the Reverend Jamie Cutler officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Aurelia. 

Larry was born on October 9, 1941 in Quimby, the son of Murl and Winona Fern (Jackson) Lickiss. He was baptized in the United Methodist Church. 

As a child, Larry lived first in Quimby and then moved to Cherokee with his family, where he graduated from Cherokee High School. Following graduation, he received his associate degree in electronics from Iowa State University in Ames in 1963. Larry was employed by Iowa Office Supply in Storm Lake for over 25 years. 

Larry served his country with honor as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force at George Air Force Base in California from 1966 through 1970, when he was honorably discharged. 

On November 30, 1963, Larry married Charlene Carole Waddell in Aurelia, a union which lasted nearly 40 years. Their marriage was blessed with two sons and one daughter. 

Larry was a member of United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. He always considered the welfare of his neighbors and to that end, donated over 40 gallons of blood in the past 30 years. 

Larry loved fishing and model railroading. He was also an avid reader and enjoyed traveling. However, spending time with his family was Larry's most precious pastime. 

Survivors include his wife, Charlene; one daughter, Laura Anne and spouse Jon Lane of Lander, Wyo.; two sons, Stephen James Lickiss and fiance Julia Husak of Des Moines, and Anthony Paul Lickiss of Kansas City, Mo.; one brother, Neil Lickiss and wife, Anna Marie of Cherokee; two step-brothers, Chuck Driggs of LeMars and Doug Driggs and wife Diana of Cherokee; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Waddell and Anna Waddell, both of Aurelia; family friend Lee Dobbs of Kansas City; and several nieces and nephews. 

Larry was preceded in death by his father and mother, Murl and Winona Lickiss; his step-father, Clyde Driggs; one step-sister, Helen Driggs; and one brother-in-law, Robert Waddell. 


Madeline Richeal
Madeline Richeal, age 96, of Storm Lake, passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake. A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 2, 2003, at 2:00 p.m. at Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake with Reverend Beverly Bell officiating. Interment will be in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 

Madeline Shake Richeal was born the daughter of Frank and Susie (Goldenshue) Shake on October 24, 1906 in Bloomfield, Ind. Her family moved to Clarion and she graduated from Clarion High School. In 1931, Madeline was united in marriage to Earl Richeal and this union was blessed with one son, James. 

Madeline worked as a cashier for IPS and Selective Service and was a secretary for Storm Lake Community Chest. Faith was very important to Madeline and she was a dedicated member of Storm Lake United Methodist Church, where she was active in circle. Madeline participated in her community as well, having been a board member and past president of Wa Tan Ye, a member of the Saratoga Club, and a member of the Methodist Manor Guild. She also did mending for the Buena Vista County Hospital Auxiliary. 

She enjoyed gardening, particularly roses, but most of all, she cherished spending time with her family and neighbors. She was also very patriotic. 

Preceding Madeline in death were her parents, Frank and Susie Shake; her husband, Earl in 1958; her son, James in 1984; two sisters; two brothers and great-grandson, Nicolas. 

She is survived by her granddaughters: Cathi Stone and her husband, Mike of Novato, Cal., and Kelly Stone of Fort Bragg, Cal.; her daughter-in-law, Mary Richeal of San Raefel, Cal.; four great-grandchildren: Jonathon, Christopher, Matt and Hailey Stone; and several nieces, nephews and cousins in Indiana.


Conrad Schafer
Conrad Louis Schafer, 82, a resident of Mount Vernon, Wash., died of cancer in his home on Thursday, May 22, 2003. He was born on July 8, 1920 in Sac County, where he lived until joining the Air Force in 1942.

Conrad was confirmed in 1946. He was a long-time member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Storm Lake and Trinity Lutheran in Mount Vernon. He married Gladys Dierenfeld in Wall Lake. After the war, they settled in Storm Lake, where they raised four children with much love. Connie worked at Hygrade for 33 years and semi-retired in 1981. Because he loved being on the golf course, he became a groundskeeper at the Alta Country Club, where he was a life-long member. 

Schafer moved to Mount Vernon in 1993 where he enjoyed helping neighbors with lawn mowing, painting, furniture making and other handyman jobs.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys; four children: Beverly and her husband John Butterfield of Spokane, Wash., Brice and his wife Carolyn of Mount Vernon, Wash., Kenny of Denver and Kendra and her husband, Mike Rande. Schafer is also survived by five grandchildren: Jen and her husband Barry Danzig, Becky and her husband Michael Karl, Kelly and her husband Brian Leighton, Dan Range and Nikki Range. There are four great-grandchildren: Christy Swanson, Ilysah Karl, Stacy and Christopher Leighton.

Conrad was preceded in death by his parents, Conrad and Anna Schafer; three brothers: Hermon, Vernon and Leonard; five sisters: Catherine Nelson, Viola Stock, Irene Schafer, Annaville Myers and Edna Mae Wedlock; and his grandson Brandon Schaefer.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. Rememberances are suggested to Hospics, Trinity Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice. 

Cremation arrangements were made under the care of Kern Funeral Home.


Dorothy Smith
Dorothy E. Smith, age 86, of Alta died on May 13, 2003 at Buena Vista Manor in Storm Lake.

Graveside memorial services were held on May 20, 2003, at Laurens Cemetery. Smith-Loterbour-Powers Funeral Home of Laurens was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Elizabeth Crouch was born on Jan. 21, 1917 at State Line, Ill. She was the daughter of Clarence and Verdie (Shaffer) Crouch. Dorothy was educated at Danville, Ill. In 1935, she married Wilbur Church in Storm Lake. The couple moved to Orange County, Calif., in 1942, and lived there for 38 years. Dorothy worked at different drug stores in Santa Ana and Anaheim, Calif. After Wilbur died, Dorothy moved to Alta in 1980. In 1988, she married Warren Smith. Warren died in 1991.

Dorothy was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Alta, and had been the president of the Alta Senior Citizens. She enjoyed cooking and taking care of her house plants.

Dorothy will be remembered and missed by her many friends and family.


Vivian Koth
Graveside committal services for Vivian Koth of Des Moines will be Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at 2 p.m. at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery, Storm Lake with Pastor Schulz officiating. There will be no visitation.

Survivors include a sister, Lois and husband, Darwin McConkey of Alta; and a brother, Quintus and wife Kay of Hayward, Calif; also nieces and nephews, Cindy and husband Robert Iehl of Alta; and Don Koth; Mark and wife, Deanna Koth; Amy and husband, Barry Carroll; Steve and wife, Lisa Koth; and Nancy Koth all of Calif.


Louis Kelley
Louis Kelley, 90, of Cherokee passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at his home in Cherokee following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 30, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee. Rev. Ray Hampton officiated. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee was in charge of arrangements.

Louis was born on February 26, 1913 in Woodbury County to Charles and Margaret (Dunn) Kelley. He grew up on a farm near Hinton. He was married to Nina Kissinger on March 30, 1937 at Elk Point, S.D. He farmed in the Washta, Quimby and Aurelia areas, retiring in 1979 when he moved to Cherokee. He had participated in cornhusking bees at the state level. Following his retirement he worked for Staver High Country Salvage for several years. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. He loved to play cards and was a member of a 500 club. He liked watching rodeos, both live and on television. He enjoyed baseball, bird watching, going to the congregate meals and especially visiting with people.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Nina on January 5, 1992; two sons-in-law, Howard Fassler and Ronald Edler; six brothers: Harold, Russell, Leo, Edward, Robert and Bernard Kelley; three sisters: Lucille Haight, Helen Parkhill and Mayme Grakas. 

He is survived by two daughters and one son: Jolene Deichmann and her husband Irvin of Marcus; Linda Edler of Storm Lake; Larry Kelley and his wife Margaret of Oklahoma City, Okla.; three grandsons: Mark Fassler and his wife Kathy of Cherokee, Brent Edler of Storm Lake, Landon Kelley and special friend Tara of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one sister, Leone Parsons of Sioux City; also many nieces and nephews.

Mildred Bartels
Mildred E. Bartels, age 83, of Storm Lake died Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. 

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 3, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake with Reverend Douglas Haynes officiating. Burial was in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements. 

Mildred E. Bartels was born November 15, 1919 to Herman and Maria (Schweer) Bartels at Tobias, Neb. She was baptized November 27, 1919 and confirmed April 9, 1933 at Zion Lutheran Church at Tobias. She received her education at Zion Lutheran Parochial School at Tobias. 

Mildred moved to Storm Lake in the spring of 1938. She did house work for different families for the next 10 years. At that time she was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, rural Storm Lake. She transferred her membership to St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake in 1948. 

Starting in 1949, Mildred began working for Drs. Hansen and Prescott at Buena Vista Clinic until she retired in 1987. She taught Sunday School at St. John's for 18 years. She was a member of the choir and the Altar Guild. 

Mildred is survived by two brothers, Victor and wife Mathilda Bartels and Eldo and wife Neoma Bartels both of Storm Lake, and a nephew, Dan and wife Desiree Bartels. 

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Gertrude.


Houmphanh Phosy
Houmphanh Phosy, age 71, of Storm Lake, died Thursday, July 31, 2003 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. 

Rites for Houmphanh Phosy were Saturday, August 2, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. 

Houmphanh Phosy was born on March 2, 1932 in Xayabory, Laos. During his stay in Laos, he had a difficult childhood, as he was an orphan. However, Mr. Phosy was not distracted by those obstacles from pursuing his dreams. 

At the age of 18, he served in the army, and also in the Vietnam War, helping the Americans. In 1959, he was married to Pat Phosy and they had five children together. Because of aiding the Americans, he and his family had a legal right to come to the U. S. and he became a U.S. citizen. This was where he started his new life. 

On September 11, 1987 he and his family moved to the USA. Living in the United States without knowing English did not discourage him from making the best for his family. He was a wonderful husband and father. The hard work paid off, he retired in 2002. On June 3, 2003, he became very ill from cancer and finally rests in peace on July 31, 2003 at 1:50 p.m. 

Mr. Phosy is survived by his wife and his five children. 


Margene Otto
Funeral services for Margene M. Otto, 67, of Aurelia, were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 4, 2003, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Aurelia. Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia was in charge of arrangements.

Margene died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at her home in Aurelia.

Margene Minnie Otto was born to Elmer and Elda (Hoffmeier) Otto on November 14, 1935, in Cherokee. She was baptized as a baby, and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. Margene attended school at Diamond #1 until she started as a fifth grader at Aurelia Community School. She graduated in 1954 from Aurelia. She then attended business school in Sioux City for one year. Margene worked at Cherokee State Bank, and Central Trust Bank and Grawburg Bookkeeping in Cherokee. She worked at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake and at Cherokee Mental Health Institute. Margene enjoyed her family, knitting, and watching sports on television.

Preceding Margene in death were her parents, maternal grandparents, Fred and Minnie (Bartz) Hoffmeier, and paternal grandparents, Henry and Katherine Otto.

Survivors include one brother, Eldon (Tony) Otto and his wife LaVonne of Aurelia, and two nieces, Carla and her husband Richard Banwell and their two children, Erica and Brian, of Alta, and Synda and her husband Scott Jepsen of Ida Grove.

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