Miscellaneous Ida County, Iowa Obituaries - 2000

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Robert Heser

Memorial services were May 18, 2000 for Robert Kenneth Heser, 74, of Camdenton, Mo., at St. George's Episcopal Church. The Rev. Timothy Coppinger officiated under the direction of Allee-Reed Funeral Home in Camdenton, Mo.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. George's Episcopal Church or to the Camden County Library.

Mr. Heser died May 15 at his home.

Mr. Heser was born Feb. 17, 1926, in Sparta, Wash., the son of Albert and Lieta (Green) Heser. He married Elizabeth Aldrich Oct. 13, 1950 in Sparta, Wash.

He served as a signalman in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic and practiced in Holstein for 36 years before retiring to the Lake of Ozarks in 1991.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters and their husbands, Julie and Dennis Wares of Otley and Mary and Andrew Dunn of Morro Bay, Calif.; two sons, Dr. Robert Heser of Denver, Colo., and Thomas and his wife, Cynthia Heser of Urbandale; four grandchildren, Ken, Jeff, and Wendy Wares and Melanie Heser; and two brothers, Ruland Heser of Sparta, Wash., and Ronald Heser of Houston, Texas.

Francis "Fiz" Tunink

Services were May 23, 2000 for Francis A. "Fiz" Tunink, 74, of Odebolt at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt. The Rev. Allan Reicks officiated with burial in St. Martin's Catholic Cemetery in Odebolt, with full military honors conducted by American Legion Roose Post #313 of Odebolt, under the direction of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Odebolt.

Mr. Tunink died May 20 at Stewart Memorial Hospital in Lake City.

Mr. Tunink was born Dec. 23, 1925, near Heisler, Alberta, Canada, the son of Bernard and Katherine (Turner) Tunink. The family settled in the Raeville, Neb., area in 1926, where he grew up. In 1946, he moved to Carroll County.

He married Joan Kerkhoff Dec. 27, 1952, in Templeton. He was employed by Adams Ranch, and over the years, pursued various agricultural interests including cattle buying and farming. He later owned and operated Tunink Feed Service in Odebolt.

He served as a medic in the U.S. Army Fifth Infantry Regiment during the Korean War. He attained the rank of sergeant first class and earned several medals including two Bronze Service Stars.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Kent Woodhead of Lincoln, Neb., Jean and Terry Watters of Estherville and Karen and Michael Ricciotti of Wichita, Kan.; a son, Curtis Tunink of Winston-Salem, N.C.; five grandchildren, Jennifer Tunink, Kristen and Angela Watters and Brandon and Courtney Woodhead; three sisters, Cecilia Theim of Petersburg, Neb., Marie O'Brien of Belmont, Calif., and Delores and her husband, Alfred Metz of Aurora, Neb.; and three sisters-in-law, Erma Tunink of Glidden, Monica Tunink of Guthrie Center and Mitzi Tunink of Santa Ana, Calif.

Carol Kuester

Services were May 12, 2000 for Carol J. Kuester, 59, of Calumet at Zion United Church of Christ in Calumet. The Rev. Lola Rosenberger officiated with burial in Liberty Township Cemetery under the direction of Gaudian-Eldridge Funeral Home in Paullina.

Mrs. Kuester died May 9 at a Sioux City hospital.

Mrs. Kuester was born Nov. 18, 1940, in Cherokee, the daughter of Edward and Alice (Kuehl) Reimers. She attended Calumet schools and graduated from Calumet High School in 1959.

She married Leonard Kuester July 15, 1976, in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was employed as a secretary with C-S Agrow Service in Calumet for many years. The couple then operated Kuester's Kove in Calumet for seven years. She then managed Primghar Golf and Country Club for four years.

She was a member of Zion United Church of Christ. She co-founded Calumet First Responders and served as co-chairman of the Calumet Centennial celebration.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters and their husbands, Denise and Jim Nicholson of Ida Grove and Deb and Brent Shatto of Estherville; a son, Todd Davis of Montana; six grandchildren, Ryan, Dylan, twins Adam and Caleb, Kelsey and Seth; a sister, Delores Gerstandt of Paullina; and a brother and his wife, Duane and Vi Reimers of Paullina.

James Crow

Memorial services were May 11, 2000 for James Michael Crow, 60, of Cushing at River Valley High School Auditorium in Correctionville. Sister Mary Clare Walling officiated under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Correctionville.

Mr. Crow died May 7 at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City.

Mr. Crow was born Dec. 16, 1939 at Sioux City, the son of Emery and Margaret Ann (Jensen) Crow. He graduated from Sioux City East High School in 1958 and Morningside College in 1962. He received his masters degree from the University of South Dakota in 1971.

He married Margaret Anne Fude Feb. 23, 1963, in Laurens. The couple lived in Cushing. He was a teacher, coach, guidance counselor and athletic director for Cushing, Eastwood and River Valley Schools. He is remembered for coaching many high school football teams, including the 1978 Class 1A Iowa State High School championship football team, Eastwood High School.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Kathy and her husband, Bob Morgan of Eldersburg, Md., Karen Crow of Carroll and Tracy and her fiancé, Tommy Brangham of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Patty Glisar of Sioux City and Colleen and her husband, Larry Barth of Clive; and nieces and nephews.

Irene Paulsen

Services were May 10, 2000 for Irene Dorothea Anna Paulsen, 90, of Ida Grove at the United Church of Christ in Schleswig. The Rev. Bob Fritzmeier officiated with burial in Morgan Township Cemetery in Schleswig under the direction of Chris-tensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove.

Mrs. Paulsen died May 7 at Horn Memo-rial Hospital in Ida Grove.

Mrs. Paulsen was born Feb. 10, 1910, in Grant Township, Ida County, the daughter of John F. and Hertha (Marth) Abbe. She was baptized and confirmed at Grant Church in rural Ida County.

She married Carl J. Paulsen July 4, 1928. The couple farmed west of Schleswig for five years, then made their home south of Arthur, where they farmed for 35 years. They retired and moved into Ida Grove in 1968. He died in 1972.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Schleswig since 1928.

Survivors include a son and his wife, Roger and Shirley Paulsen of Ida Grove; two granddaughters, Julie Kay Paulsen and her fiancé Rod Marron of Holstein and Deanna Marie and her husband, Scott Cranston of Odebolt; a grandson-in-law and his wife, Ron and Jenny Sorensen of Odebolt; six great-grandchildren, Shelby Marie, Dani-elle Sharon and Presley Hope Cranston and Brenna Jo, Jesse Lee and Hannah Mae Sorensen; a brother, Theodore Abbe of Sch-leswig; three sisters, Clara Stockfleth of West Chester, Ohio, Esther Jepsen of Spirit Lake and Lois and her husband, Raymond Scott of Danbury; and a sister-in-law, Caroline Paulsen of Schleswig.

Harold Demarest

Services were May 10, 2000 for Harold Wesley Demarest, 93, of Cushing at St. John Lutheran Church in Cushing. The Rev. Joelle Colville-Hanson officiated with burial in Cushing Cemetery under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Correctionville.

Mr. Demarest died May 6 at Correctionville Nursing and Rehab Center in Correctionville.

Mr. Demarest was born Oct. 9, 1906, in Cushing, the son of Charles Wesley and Bertha Lee (Slater) Demarest.

He married Clara Goodburn in December 1927. He worked for Graham Page Garage in Sioux City as a mechanic and then went to work for Fairmont Creamery. He worked there until his dad got sick and then he returned to farming. In 1964, the couple moved into Cushing. She died in 1974.

In 1976, he married Alyce Schulke. She died in 1996. During his married life, he owned and operated Al Groth's gas station and had a tank wagon service; he also had a gas station at Rock Branch; he sold Studebaker cars; and sold Farmer's Hybrid seed corn. He operated a threshing ring for many years and also did custom farming. In June 1996 he moved into the Correctionville Nursing and Rehab Center.

He served on the school board for 30 years, was a substitute school bus driver, was in the ASCS office for 13 years and was mayor of Cushing for 12 years.

Survivors include a son and his wife, Gaylen and Myrtie Demarest of Cushing; a daughter and her husband, Laurel and Wayne Babb of Moville; a son-in-law and his wife, Robert and Rita Rohde of Ida Grove; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Goodburn of Cushing and Ethel Goodburn of Yankton, S.D.; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Anna Daugaard

Services were May 8, 2000 for Anna V. Daugaard, 95, of Holstein at the United Methodist Church in Holstein. The Rev. Judith A. Piper officiated with burial in Holstein Cemetery under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Holstein.

Mrs. Daugaard died May 4 at Good Samaritan Center in Holstein.

Mrs. Daugaard was born Oct. 10, 1904, in Quimby, the daughter of John and Christina (Evers) Rex. She was baptized in Holstein and attended school in Silver Township, Cherokee County.

She married Chris Daugaard Sept. 23, 1924, in Storm Lake. The couple farmed in the Holstein area until 1959, when they retired and moved into Holstein. He died in 1987.

Survivors include a son and his wife, Wayne and Joann Daugaard of Fort Collins, Colo.; two daughters and their husbands, Dorthea and Wilbur Moller of Holstein and Shirley and Keith Kuxhausen of Torrington, Wyo.; a son-in-law, Bill O'Meara of Storm Lake; 23 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Birdie Rex of Quimby; and five nieces.

Bernard "Whitey" Bridgeman

Services were May 6, 2000 for Bernard "Whitey" Richard Bridgeman, 63, of Ute at the United Methodist Church in Ute. The Rev. Ken Baughman officiated with burial in St. Clair Cemetery under the direction of Armstrong Funeral Service in Ute.

Mr. Bridgeman died May 3 at a Sioux City hospital.

Mr. Bridgeman was born Dec. 13, 1936, in Lincoln Township, Monona County, the son of Charles Richard and Elsie Opal (Hayes) Bridgeman. He attended several Monona County country schools and lived in the Mapleton and Castana areas. He moved with his family to Ute in 1942. He graduated from Ute High School in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard for three years.

He married Claretta Boden Aug. 19, 1967, in Moorhead. He was employed with various construction companies and then was employed with Godbersen-Smith Construction Company in Ida Grove for 30 years.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Ellen Boden of Tyndall, S.D.; three sons and their wives, Ray and Karen Boden of Beresford, S.D., Bill and Sus Boden of Tabor, S.D., and John and Mary Boden of Springfield, S.D.; eight grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; four brothers, Robert Bridgeman Sr. of Mapleton, and Donald, Williard "Red" and Verlin "Butch" Bridgeman, all of Ute; and several aunts,uncles, nieces and nephews.

Robert Heath

Services were May 3, 2000 for Robert Verl Heath, 81, of Correctionville at Church of Christ in Correctionville. The Rev. Clif Cockburn officiated with burial in Correctionville Cemetery under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Correctionville.

Mr. Heath died April 29 at his home.

Mr. Heath was born Aug. 22, 1918, in Correctionville, the son of Merlin and Myrtle (Wright) Heath. He attended country school through eighth grade.

He married Opal Schmidt Dec. 11, 1940, in Midway. In 1940, he began driving truck with his father. He also farmed until 1950, when he moved into Correctionville. He then drove truck full time and had a corn sheller. He retired in 1996.

He attended Church of Christ, where he was baptized. He enjoyed baseball and pitched for Correctionville, Cushing, Sioux City and other communities.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter and her husband, Carol and Allen Sobieski of Correctionville; two sons, Gary Heath and Mike and his wife, Bonnie Heath, all of Correctionville; a sister and her husband, Thelma and Titus Schau of Battle Creek; seven grandchildren, Michael Sobieski, Monica Miller, Bobbi Jo Heath, Julie Hummel, Rick Heath, Mark McCrea and Nick Heath; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Irma Susie

Services were April 28, 2000 for Irma Irene Susie, 84, of Correctionville at Rock Branch United Methodist Church in rural Correctionville. The Revs. Kent Kastler and Rosemary Visser officiated with burial in Rock Branch Fairfield Cemetery in rural Correctionville under the direction of Earnest-Michaelsen Funeral Home in Kingsley.

Mrs. Susie died April 25 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Mrs. Susie was born Jan. 1, 1916, in rural Rock Branch, the daughter of Fritz and Minnie (Knaack) Bohle. She grew up in the Rock Branch area.

She married Kenneth Susie Feb. 18, 1948, at the Methodist parsonage in Kingsley. The couple farmed in the Rock Branch area until their retirement. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 18, 1998.

She was a lifelong member of the Rock Branch United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters and their husbands, Janice and Dan Murray of Moville, Karen and Kent Handel of Sioux City and Joan and Jay Larson of Woodbury, Minn.; two sons and their wives, Darrell and Jeanette Susie of Correctionville and Roger and Jean Susie of Kingsley; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Irene Held of Meriden and Ruby Gernhart of Kingsley.

Catherine Christiansen

Services were April 29, 2000 for Catherine Christansen, 97, of Mapleton at Armstrong Chapel in Mapleton. The Rev. Scott Fiege officiated with burial in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Charter Oak under the direction of Armstrong Funeral Service in Mapleton.

Mrs. Christiansen died April 25 in Mapleton.

Mrs. Christiansen was born Sept. 29, 1902, at Naper, Neb., the daughter of Johann and Matilda (Ring) Brickman.

She married Henry Christiansen Sr. Nov. 19, 1919, at Winner, S.D. The couple lived in and around the Charter Oak community. In 1942, they moved onto a farm near Castana where they farmed. He died in 1982. She entered Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton.

Survivors include three sons and their wives, Robert and Sarah Christiansen of Pueblo West, Colo., Henry Jr. and Darlene Christiansen of Ute and Ronald and Connie Christiansen of Turin; five daughters, Charlotte and her husband, Leo Kendall of Toledo, Marilyn Wallace of Ida Grove, Edna Jensen of Castana, June Otto and her husband Sam Samuelson of Milan, Ill., and Carman and her husband, Dwight Lamb of Onawa; a son-in-law, Francis Berning of Carroll; 28 grandchildren; six step grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Kathi Ketelsen

Services were April 27, 2000 for Kathi Ann Ketelsen, 40, of Ida Grove at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. The Revs. Michael Saylor and John Schauer officiated with burial in Ida Grove Cemetery under the direction of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove.

Mrs. Ketelsen died April 24 at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.

Mrs. Ketelsen was born April 18, 1960, in Ida Grove, the daughter of Victor and Lois (Bandow) Zobel. She was raised in Ida Grove and graduated from Ida Grove High School in 1978. She received her bachelor's degree from Morningside College in Sioux City and her master's degree in education from Drake University in Des Moines.

She was a teacher and guidance counselor at River Valley Elementary School from 1982 to 1994. She also served as an assistant volleyball and basketball coach. In 1994, she became a guidance counselor at Battle Creek-Ida Grove Elementary Schools.

She married Russell Ketelsen Feb. 25, 1994, in Chaska, Minn.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and served as secretary for ISEA.

Survivors include her husband; two children, Lauren and Rhett, both at home; her parents, Victor E.H. and Lois Zobel of Ida Grove; three brothers, Kim and his wife, Sheila Zobel of Ida Grove, Kendall and his wife, Margaret Zobel of Galva and Kevin Zobel of Ida Grove; four sisters and their husbands, Kay and Larry Brown of Brewer, Maine; Karla and Steve Phelps of Blythe, Calif., Krystal and Mohsen Hasen of New York, N.Y., and Kandi and Bruce Ehrig of Ida Grove; and many nieces, neph-ews and other relatives.

Norman Albers

Services were April 27, 2000 for Norman A. Albers, 66, of Battle Creek at St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Battle Creek. The Rev. Tom Sabel officiated with burial in Midway/St. Paul Cemetery under the direction of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Battle Creek.

Mr. Albers died April 23 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Mr. Albers was born Jan. 25, 1934, in Woodbury County, the son of Emil and Rosina (Schultz) Albers. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Following his graduation from Battle Creek High School, he attended the Institute of Technology for Radio and Television in Omaha, Neb.

He owned and operated Albers' TV and Variety Store in Battle Creek for more than 40 years.

He married Marlene K. Feddersen Jan. 23, 1960, in Battle Creek.

He was a former member of the Battle Creek Ambulance Service.

Survivors include two sons, Scott Albers and his special friend, Lorna Jepsen of Holstein, and Grant Albers of Yankton, S.D.; a daughter, Ann Albers and her fiancee, Greg Carr, of Allen, Neb.; a grandson, Zachary of Yankton, S.D.; two sisters, Arlene Iversen of Battle Creek and Donna Mae and her husband, Earl Petersen of Anthon; a brother and his wife, Eldon and Sharon Albers of Battle Creek; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Steven Heistand

Services were April 27, 2000 for Steven Lee Heistand, 45, of Battle Creek at Rush Family Chapel in Onawa. The Rev. David Montecuollo officiated with burial in Little Sioux Cemetery in Little Sioux.

Mr. Heistand died April 22 of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident near Mapleton.

Mr. Heistand was born Jan. 4, 1955, in Storm Lake, the son of Carl and Ellen (Voorde) Heistand. He attended school in Peterson and graduated from Sutherland High School in 1973.

He was employed in construction in the Fairmont, Minn. area. In 1993, he moved to Battle Creek, where he was employed as a welder with Midwest Industries in Ida Grove.

He was a member of Pheasants Forever and Tenth Souls Motorcycle Club.

Survivors include his mother, Ellen of Onawa; a sister, Joyce Heistand of Onawa; a nephew, Andy Heistand and his fiancee Sherri Eyer, both of Mapleton.

Fred Jepsen

Services were April 26, 2000 for Fred J. Jepsen, 82, of Schleswig at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig. Burial was in Morgan Cemetery under the direction of Huebner Funeral Home in Schleswig.

Mr. Jepsen died April 23 at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison.

Mr. Jepsen was born Dec. 31, 1917, near Schleswig, the son of Herman and Dora (Beeck) Jepsen. He was raised on a farm in Hanover Township and attended rural school. He worked for various area farmers.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945. He served with the 60th Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division, in the European Theater and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. His awards and decorations include the American Defense Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. He qualified expert with the Thompson submachine gun and rifle and was a sharpshooter with the pistol.

He married Irene Meggers Dec. 15, 1942, in Denison.

Following his discharge, he was employed as a mechanic for Eddie Raak for two years and later operated maintainer for Crawford Coun-ty for two years. He farmed from 1947 until retiring in 1980. He was then employed as a security guard for Iowa Beef for 15 years, re-tiring in 1996.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Fellowship Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3930.

Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Karen and her husband, Vern Wood of Denison, Betty Moore of South Sioux City, Neb., Marlene and her husband, Fred Bachman of Schleswig and Pat and her husband, Mark Bilsten of Denison; four sons, Richard Jepsen and his fiancee, Ruth Burk of Denison, Lonny and his wife, Tracey Jepsen of Early, Gaylen and his wife, Jayne Jepsen of Denison and David Jepsen and his special friend, Laurie Martinez of Schleswig; 15 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; four brothers, Herman Jepsen and Vernon and his wife, Diane Jepsen, all of Ricketts, Edwin and his wife, Marilyn Jepsen of Denison and Victor and his wife, Shirley Jepsen of Battle Creek; a brother-in-law, Ted Abbe of Schleswig; and many nieces and nephews.

Marcia Laumbach

Services will be May 3, 2000 at 2 p.m. for Marcia Fay Laumbach, 43, of Battle Creek, at First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek. The Rev. Benjamin Ray will officiate with burial in Morgan Township Cemetery in Schleswig under the direction of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Battle Creek.

Mrs. Laumbach died April 29 at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.

Mrs. Laumbach was born Feb. 14, 1957, in Denison, the daughter of Milroy and Anna (Thomsen) Ernst. She was baptized and confirmed at the United Church of Christ in Schleswig. She graduated from Schleswig High School in 1975.

She married Douglas Laumbach Nov. 10, 1976, in Monette, Mo. The couple lived in Monette for a time, then returned to Schleswig. In 1978, they moved to Battle Creek. She was employed as a cashier for Cronk's Restaurant in Denison and later worked at Battle Creek Elementary School and Willow Dale Care Center in Battle Creek.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Christopher Laumbach of Battle Creek; a daughter, Charissa Laumbach of Battle Creek; two sisters and their husbands, Kandra and James Neumann of Kiron and Rhonda and James Steuk of Schleswig; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Roy Hemer

Private family services will be held for Roy Hemer, 79, of Arthur at Faith Lutheran Church in Odebolt. The Rev. Victor Johnson will officiate with burial in Hayes Township Cemetery in rural Arthur. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove.

Mr. Hemer died April 29 at his home.

Mr. Hemer was born Jan. 4, 1921, in Ida County, the son of Clarence and Amanda (Ehler) Hemer. He graduated from Arthur High School in 1938. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II from 1943 to 1945.

He married Shirley Oxendale in 1950.

Survivors include his wife; seven daughters, Ann and her husband, Bernie Onnen, Peggy and her husband, Garry Anderson, Jan and her husband, Charles Schug, Kris and her husband, Rick Schroeder, Mary and her husband, Brad Aschinger, Bonnie and her husband, Tony Hoefling, and Jean Hemer; six sons and their wives, Joe and Eileen Hemer, Lee and Karen Hemer, Jay and Sue Hemer, Don and Tami Hemer, Carl and Roxie Hemer and Dave and Diane Hemer; 37 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Earl Hemer of Arthur; a sister, Virginia Boggs of Arthur; and many nieces and nephews.

Edward Gehring

Services were May 1, 2000 for Edward John William Gehring, 76, of Odebolt at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kiron. The Rev. Hilmer Hafner officiated with burial in Crawford Heights Memory Gardens in Denison, with military honors conducted by American Legion Post #8 of Denison, under the direction of Huebner Funeral Home in Denison.

Mr. Gehring died April 27 at his residence.

Mr. Gehring was born May 2, 1924, on a farm southeast of Schleswig, the son of Edward and Frieda (Christiansen) Gehring. At a young age, he moved with his family to a farm near Boyer and received his education in a rural school near his home. He was baptized Jan. 7, 1925 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover Township and confirmed Feb. 19, 1939, at St. John's Lutheran Church near Kiron. After receiving his education, he began working for various area farmers and took thrashing jobs in South Dakota.

He married Shirley Christiansen June 2, 1943 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stockholm Township. The couple settled in Boyer.

He entered the U.S. Army June 2, 1943, serving his country with the 38th Chemical Maintenance Company in Rhineland and Central Europe. He was wounded in action in the European African Middle Eastern Theater Feb. 12, 1945, receiving the Purple Heart Medal. Additional medals he received included the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and Combat Infantry Badge.

After receiving his honorable discharge, Jan. 15, 1946, he returned to Boyer, where the couple remained for a short time before he began his farming career. She died in 1983. He farmed in Crawford County and later in Sac County southeast of Odebolt, until retiring in 1992. After retiring, he continued helping area farmers as needed. In recent years, he was employed as a flagman for a road construction crew.

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Kiron.

Survivors include a son and his wife, Delayne and Karen Gehring of Madera, Calif.; a daughter and her husband, LaDonna and Robert Miller of Odebolt; his mother, Frieda Gehring of Denison; four grandchildren, Steve Miller of Odebolt, Staci and her husband, Michael Bartling of Storm Lake, Kea and her husband, Mike Willett of Turlock, Calif., and Meggan Gehring of Sacramento, Calif.; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, LaMorn Kropf and Darlene Drees-sen, both of Wall Lake; and other relatives.

Robert "Bob" Brock

Memorial services were April 26, 2000 for Robert B. "Bob" Brock, 73, of Battle Creek at First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek. The Rev. Benjamin Ray officiated under the direction of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Battle Creek. Burial will be at a later date.

Mr. Brock died April 23 at his home.

Mr. Brock was born Aug. 3, 1926, in Battle Creek, the son of Viggo M. and Grace (Fowler) Brock. He graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1944 and Morningside College in 1951.

He married Edith Beisner Aug. 11, 1946, in Battle Creek. He was employed as a Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance agent for more than 50 years. He also worked as a real estate agent and broker for many years.

Survivors include his wife; two sons and their wives, Bruce and Teri Brock of Le Mars and Brad and Cynthia Brock of Midland, Texas; four grandchildren, Robert Bruce II, Libby, Connor and Zoe Brock; a brother and his wife, Basil and Pat Brock of Humboldt; a sister and her husband, Doris and Jim Funderbunk of Des Moines; a brother-in-law and his wife, Harold and Donna Beisner of Salix; and several nieces and nephews.

Kathi Ketelsen

Services will be April 27, 2000 at 2 p.m. for Kathi Ketelsen, 40, of Ida Grove at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. Burial will be in Ida Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Wednesday (today), with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove.

She died April 24 at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.

Patricia "Patty" Staples

Memorial services will be April 26, 2000 at 1:30 p.m. for Patricia Anne "Patty" Staples at First United Methodist Church in Ida Grove. The Rev. Marvin Lindley will officiate with inurnment in Ida Grove Cemetery under the direction of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove. Visitation will be after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the church.

Mrs. Staples died as the result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident April 22.

Mrs. Staples was born Jan. 30, 1951, in Ida Grove, the daughter of Ralph and Barbara (Hoffman) Finch. She attended Ida Grove High School, where she participated in band and choir. She was also active in 4-H and Rainbow, where she held the office of Grand Faith, and Eastern Star. She graduated from high school in 1969 and attended Western Iowa Tech Community College. She was employed for a time as secretary for Wilson Trailer Corporation.

She married John Iversen and later married Alanson Staples.

She began her career in law enforcement with Monona County as a dispatcher and jailer. She most recently served in Ida County and was also employed at Battle Creek-Ida Grove High School.

Survivors include her mother, Barbara Finch of Ida Grove; two children, Jill and her husband, Dave Flammang of Danbury and Ben Iversen and his special friend, Jennifer Mumm, of Missouri Valley; a granddaughter, Shelby; two step-children, Joshua Staples of Ames and Rebecca Staples of Buffalo Center; best friend, Karen Maruska of Ida Grove; other relatives; and many law enforcement co-workers.

Steven Heistand

Services will be April 27, 2000 at 1 p.m. for Steven Lee Heistand, 45, of Battle Creek at Rush Family Chapel in Onawa. The Rev. David Montecuollo will officiate with burial in Little Sioux Cemetery in Little Sioux. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (today) at Rush Family Chapel in Onawa.

Mr. Heistand died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident April 22 near Mapleton.

Survivors include his mother, Ellen of Onawa; a sister, Joyce Heistand of Onawa; a nephew Andy Heistand and his fiancee Sherri Eyer, both of Mapleton.

Pearl Lloyd

Services were April 21, 2000 for Pearl Lloyd, 97, of Ida Grove at First United Methodist Church in Ida Grove. The Rev. Marvin Lindley officiated with burial in Mount Hope Cemetery in Battle Creek under the direction of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove.

Miss Lloyd died April 18 at Morningside Rehab and Care Center in Ida Grove.

Miss Lloyd was born Feb. 19, 1903, in Garfield Township, Ida County, the daughter of Delbert and Josephine (Welch) Lloyd. She graduated from Ida Grove High School in 1923 and received her Normal Training.

She taught in country schools for several years. She later worked for Fair Store and Gambles Store. She also cared for people in the Sioux City and Phoenix areas. She wintered in Mesa, Ariz.

She attended First United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday School and Bible School teacher. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge 361, past Noble Grand Club and Central Methodist Church in Phoenix, Ariz.

Survivors include three sisters, Frances Lloyd of Ida Grove, Merle Burton of Battle Creek and Mabel Shever of Cushing; three nieces and a nephew.

Raymond Kessler

Services were April 19, 2000 for Raymond Harry Kessler, 72, of Odebolt at the United Methodist Church in Odebolt. The Rev. Al Milligan officiated with burial in Odebolt Cemetery under the direction of Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Odebolt.

Mr. Kessler died April 16 at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.

Mr. Kessler was born Oct. 10, 1927, in Odebolt, the son of Harry and Minnie (Alderson) Kessler. He was baptized at Richland Methodist Church. He was raised on the family farm near Odebolt and attended country school. He farmed the family farm until entering Twilight Acres in Wall Lake in March 1999.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a sister and her husband, Ruth and Carol Youngren of Odebolt; two nephews and their wives, Robert and Nanci Youngren and Gerald and Linda Youngren, all of Odebolt; a niece and her husband, Janet and Steve Case of Omaha, Neb.; five great-nephews and two great-nieces, Preston, Jordan and Travis Youngren, all of Odebolt, and Aaron, Jason, Matthew and Regina Case, all of Omaha, Neb.

Larry Flink

Services were April 20, 2000 for Larry Lee Flink, 52, of Odebolt at First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt. The Revs. Charles Bulger and Perkins Patten officiated with burial in Westside Cemetery in Westside, with military rites conducted by American Legion Roose Post 313 of Odebolt, under the direction of Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Odebolt.

Mr. Flink died April 17 at Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center in Odebolt.

Mr. Flink was born July 11, 1947, in Carroll, the son of Earl and Lucille (Linde) Flink. He was baptized at Wheatland Presbyterian Church in rural Breda and confirmed at the Early Presbyterian Church in Early in 1959. He transferred his membership to First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt in 1960 when the family moved to Odebolt. He attended Sunday School, youth group and sang in the choir. He graduated from Odebolt-Arthur High School in 1965.

He enlisted in the United States Army in January 1966 and served until July 1969 when he received an honorable medical discharge.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 33 of Storm Lake where he served as chaplain; American Legion Roose Post 313 of Odebolt where he served as service officer; and was a member of many other organizations.

He always had a concern for others and made weekly visits to the nursing home. He also visited shut-ins and anytime he could help someone, by getting their groceries or mail, he offered his help and use of his golf car to take them.

Survivors include his mother, Lucille Flink of Odebolt; two sisters, Judy and her husband, Arlin Bunge and Nancy Flink, all of Odebolt; three brothers, Keith and his wife, Joyce Flink, Steve and his wife, Deb Flink and Randy Flink, all of Odebolt; nieces and nephews, Crystal Bunge of Odebolt, Todd and his wife, Tam Bunge of Fort Wayne, Ind., Jeana and her husband, Chris Boyd of Clive, Justin and his wife, Amy Flink of Ankeny, Jory Flink of Sioux City and Andrea and Brady Flink of Odebolt; and a great-nephew, Nathanael Bunge of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Helen Kaus

Services were April 20, 2000 for Helen Leila Kaus, 82, of Holstein at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Holstein. Burial was in Holstein Cemetery under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Holstein.

She died April 16 at Sunrise Retirement Center in Sioux City.

Earl Ellerbusch

Services were April 22, 2000 for John Friedrich Earl Ellerbusch, 94, of Holstein at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Holstein. The Rev. Curtis Benson officiated with burial in Holstein Cemetery under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Holstein.

Mr. Ellerbusch died April 17 at Holstein Good Samaritan Center.

Mr. Ellerbusch was born April 20, 1905, near Royal, Neb., the son of George and Anna (Friedrich) Ellerbusch. He moved with his family to a farm near Orchard, Neb., where he graduated from high school in 1922. He then moved to Sioux City and attended National Business College. He remained on the teach staff until his employment as a ledger clerk with H.J. Heinz and Co. In 1923, he moved to Holstein, where he worked as a bookkeeper with J.B. Barret Produce Co. In two years he became manager of the business, which was then known as Holstein Produce Co. In 1932, he became associated with Mr. Vilas of Storm Lake and the business was renamed Storm King Produce and Hatchery, which he managed until retiring in 1966.

He married Mabel Bauer of Holstein March 23, 1920. She died in February 1991.

He attended St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he was confirmed. He served in the church council, the Holstein City Council, Holstein Chamber of Commerce and Boy Scout Troop committees and was past president of the Holstein Farm and Town Club. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge and served as secretary/treasurer for the National Turkey Fed. and president of Iowa Turkey Fed.

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Patsy and Dale Huenecke of Holstein; a son and his wife, Rodson and Rose Ellerbusch of Castle Rock, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Joni and her husband, Paul Daemen of Wichita, Kan., Jeri and her husband, Tom Hoffert of Holstein, Marty and his wife Beth Huenecke of Holstein, Tammy Huenecke of Madison, Wis., Tom and his wife, Michelle Huenecke of Lison, Karen and her husband, Shawn Kay of Castle Rock, Colo., and Tom and his wife, Amy Ellerbusch of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and 15 great-grandchildren, Natalie and Nicole Daemen, Nick, Marcell and Megan Hoffert, Bob, Brittany and Jamie Huenecke, Derek and Kelli Huenecke, Brian, Courtney and Michael Kay and Emily and Alysa Ellerbusch.

Ella Hamann

Services were April 18, 2000 for Ella F. Hamann, 86, of Battle Creek, formerly of Schleswig, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig. The Rev. Merle Mahnken officiated with burial in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Grant Township, Ida Grove, under the direction of Huebner Funeral Home in Schleswig.

Mrs. Hamann died April 14 at Willow Dale Care Center in Battle Creek.

Mrs. Hamann was born Aug. 22, 1913, on the family farm near Schleswig, the daughter of William and Emilie (Schumann) Backhaus. She was baptized Oct. 15, 1913, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove by Rev. A. W. Brauer and confirmed April 8, 1928. She received her education near her home at Morgan #5 Country School.

She married Ennis Hamann May 9, 1937. The couple made their home in Schleswig and were the parents of a daughter, Judith. He preceded her in death. In 1947, Ella and Judith settled on the farm. She continued living there until moving to Willow Dale Care Center in Battle Creek in February 1998.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Judith and Edward Walden of Fort Salonga, N.Y.; a brother, Harry Backhaus of Denison; and other relatives.

Daisy Robinson

Memorial services were April 24, 2000 for Daisy K. Robinson, 95, of Sioux City at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sioux City. The Rev. Ernest M. Caltvedt officiated. Burial will be at a later date in Sunset View Cemetery in Washta.

Mrs. Robinson died April 21 at Countryside Retirement Home in Sioux City.

Mrs. Robinson was born June 1, 1904, in Ida Grove, the daughter of William H. and Emma P. (Brownlee) McCabe. She was raised on the family farm in Ida County and attended school in Washta.

She married Alonzo "Lonnie" Robinson July 12, 1922 in Sioux City. The couple farmed near Washta. They moved to Sioux City in 1936. She worked for T.S. Martin and Younker Davidson Department Stores for about 15 years. They retired to Tavares, Fla., before returning to Sioux City in 1990. He died in 1995.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Lydia Circle.

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Beth and Arthur Olson of Sioux City; two sons and their wives, Gordon and Rusty Robinson of Brandon, Fla., and Gary and Susan Robinson of Livermore, Calif.; a daughter-in-law, Clare Robinson of St. Louis; 10 grandchildren, Scott Olson, Kathy Fjerstad, Susan Ostendorf, David Robinson, Robin Duncan, Lonnie Robinson, Mary Kay Habel, William Robinson, Deby Yeggy and Cindy Robinson; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Siouxland, Immanuel Lutheran Church or Countryside Retirement Home.

Irene Kistenmacher

Services were April 14, 2000 for Irene Magdalena Kistenmacher, 89, of Holstein at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Holstein. The Rev. Curtis Benson officiated with burial in Holstein Cemetery under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Holstein.

Mrs. Kistenmacher died April 9 at her home.

Mrs. Kistenmacher was born Sept. 9, 1910, in Holstein, the daughter of William and Eleanor (Thedens) Schuett. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith on Oct. 8, 1911. She attended country school up to the eighth grade. She was in 4-H and received a blue ribbon for the healthiest girl in her 4-H club. She was confirmed on April 21, 1940.

She married Claude Kistenmacher Sept. 11, 1929, in Sioux City. The couple farmed all their married life within a four and a half mile area. He died in 1990.

She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Delores Todd of Washta and Ruth and her husband, Robert Bergmann of Holstein; a son and his wife, Lauren and Clara Kistenmacher of Holstein; 12 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Luverne and Marge Schuett of St. Joseph, Mo.; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Eddie and Katherine Kistenmacher of Holstein, Eleanor Schuett of Sac City, Adaline Schuett of Holstein and Hulda Endurlat of Cherokee.

Arthur and Elsie Christiansen

Joint memorial services were held April 17, 2000 for Arthur Alfred, 88, and Elsie Lucille, 79, Christiansen of Lake View at the United Methodist Church in Lake View. The Rev. Marcia F. Sangel officiated with inurnment in Odebolt Ceme-tery under the direction of Chris-tensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ode-bolt.

The Christiansens died April 9 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident east of Odebolt.

Mr. Christiansen was born July 21, 1911, in Sac County, the son of Alfred and Ida (Halboth) Christiansen. He grew up and received his education in the Odebolt area. He was employed at the Sioux City Journal as a typesetter during the war years.

Mrs. Christiansen was born Feb. 12, 1921, in Ida County, the daughter of D.J. and Ruth (Bleakly) Bennett. She graduated from Schaller High School in 1938, then completed nurses training at the Methodist School of Nursing in Sioux City.

The couple was married Sept. 25, 1943, in Sioux City. They made their home on a farm north of Arthur until 1974, then retired to Lake View.

He refinished furniture, made prize-winning wines and was a league bowler.

Over the years, she was employed as a nurse at hospitals in Sioux City, Battle Creek, Ida Grove, Storm Lake and Sac City, retiring in the early 1980s.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lake View and Masonic Lodge. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lake View, Eastern Star and the Old Nurses Association.

Their survivors include three children and their spouses, Allan and Catherine Christiansen of Glenwood, Sara Jane and Dennis Taylor of Cedar Rapids and Marvin Christiansen of Davenport; seven grandchildren, Andrew, Matthew and Mark Christiansen, Theodore "Ted" and his wife, Julie Taylor, Alexander and Leslie Taylor and Amy Christiansen; and one great-granddaughter, Makayla Taylor.

His survivors include two brothers and their wives, Howard and Elma Jean Christiansen of Gooding, Idaho, and Lawrence and Connie Christiansen of Aberdeen, Wash.; three sisters, Frances Johnson of Spicer, Minn., Dorothy and her husband, Forrest Balcombe of Cosmopolis, Wash., and Joyce Bengtson of Tempe, Ariz.; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Her survivors include a brother and his wife, David and Joyce Bennett of Rembrandt; a sister and her husband, Mary Ruth and Verne Campbell of Storm Lake; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Gerard "Gary O." Ourada

Private family services will be held for Gerard George "Gary O." Ourada, 42, of Sioux City.

Mr. Ourada died April 10 at a Sioux City hospital.

Mr. Ourada was born April 10, 1958, in Omaha, Neb., the son of George and Celestine (Conley) Ourada. He was raised in Sioux City. He served in the U.S. Army.

He was employed with Bekins Furniture and J.B. Lawn Service.

Survivors include his mother; six sisters, Christine Messick of Omaha, Neb., Coleen and her husband, Tom Russell of Ida Grove, Pauline and her husband, John Metz of Sioux City, Linda and her husband, Gene Greek of Aurora, Mo., Val and her husband, Jim Fox of Sioux City, and Vickie and her husband, Jim Willson of Sioux City; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Angie Burns.

Marjorie Ann Cork

Services will be April 19, 2000 at 2 p.m. for Marjorie Ann Cork, 76, of Schaller at the United Methodist Church in Schaller. The Rev. Carol Gailey will officiate with burial in Galva Cemetery under the direction of Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Schaller.

Mrs. Cork died April 16 at Buena Vista County Hospital in Storm Lake.

Mrs. Cork was born April 11, 1924, on a farm in Sac County, the daughter of William and Dora (Klindt) Miller. She attended schools in Sac County and one year at the parochial school in Fonda.

She married Wilfred Earl Cork Feb. 9, 1944, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Schaller. The couple lived on a farm near Galva until his retirement in 1990, when the couple moved into Schaller. He died in 1991.

She was a longtime member of Silver Creek United Methodist Church where she was active in United Methodist Women. Later the couple transferred their church membership to Schaller United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Ronald and Vicki Cork of O'Neill, Neb., and Richard and Florene Cork of Schaller; three daughters and their husbands, Dianne and Donald Ehrp of Schaller, Deb and Terry Arter of Wall Lake and Donna and Allen Sackett of Schaller; a daughter-in-law, Kay Cork of Ida Grove; 11 grandsons, Thad, Brian, Klint, Aaron, Gabriel, Caleb, Nathanael, Eric, Corey, Ben and Nick; eight granddaughters, Dorothy, Tyler, Michelle, Jill, Sarah, Traci, Cassie and Emily; 10 great-grandchildren, Courtney, Rachael, Morgan, Nicole, Colby, Dawson, Justine, Taylor, Michael and Magon; a brother and his wife, Wilbur and Bernice Miller of Merrill; three sis-ters, her twin Mildred Schriber of Arthur, Marcella Moore of Sioux City and Loraine and her husband Paul Levan of Sandy, Ore.; a sister-in-law, Arlene Miller of Schaller; and a brother-in-law, Bob Clark of Anaheim, Calif.

Ella Hamann

Services were April 18, 2000 for Ella Hamann, 86, of Battle Creek, formerly of Schleswig, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig. Burial was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Grant Township in Ida Grove under the direction of Huebner Funeral Home in Schleswig.

She died April 14 at Willow Dale Care Center in Battle Creek.

Mae Glick

Internment was April 9, 2000 for Mae LaVerne Glick, 84, of Seattle, Wash. She died March 10 in Seattle, Wash.

Mrs. Glick was born Aug. 19, 1915, in Ida Grove, the daughter of Charles and Grace (Riley) Smith. She received her education in the Ida Grove schools.

She married John Eitel Ludwig in 1934. The couple lived in the Battle Creek area until 1957 when they moved to Libby, Mont. He died in 1966.

She moved to the Seattle area where she married Levi Glick. They lived in Oregon where he preceded her in death. She moved back to Seattle to be near her children.

Survivors include three daughters, Donna Rae Ludwig of Everett, Wash., Carol Mae Simonson of Snohomish, Wash., and Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Hanson of Missoula, Mont.; a son, Larry Ludwig of Lewiston, Idaho; a sister, Elleen E. Phillips of Sioux City; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and many other family members.

Clayton Whitmer

Services were April 8, 2000 for Clayton D. "Buzz" Whitmer, 85, of Galva at the United Methodist Church in Galva. The Rev. Roger Maize officiated with burial in Delaware Township Cemetery in Nemaha, with military honors conducted by American Legion Dibbern Post #454 of Galva, under the direction of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove.

Mr. Whitmer died April 5 at Buena Vista County Hospital in Storm Lake.

Mr. Whitmer was born Feb. 21, 1915, in Cherokee County, the son of Orville and Hazel (Blackburn) Whitmer. He graduated from Galva High School in 1933, and later enlisted in the United States Navy.

He married Vera (Steele) Davis Sept. 30, 1942, in Omaha, Neb. The couple lived in Florida while he was stationed at Navy air bases in Key West and Melbourne, and in the Pacific Theatre. They also lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, for a short time. At the time of his discharge, he was an aviation machinist mate.

The couple moved to Galva in 1945 with their two sons, Charles and Bill. He drove a Galva school buss for more than 30 years, and also operated an auto service business in Galva.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church and IOOF, served as a volunteer firemen and was a 50-year member and past commander of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife; two sons and their wives, Charles "Buddy" and Jo Davis of Collins, and Bill and Verna Davis of Sheldon; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ralph Whitmer, and Harold and his wife, Dorothy Whitmer, all of Galva; and a sister, Charlotte Kelsch of Reseda, Calif.

Jeanette Drake

Services were April 8, 2000 for Jeanette Irene Drake, 78, of Carroll, formerly of the Galva and Schaller areas, at First Presbyterian Church in Schaller. The Rev. Ken Fells officiated with burial in Schaller Cemetery under the direction of Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Schaller.

Mrs. Drake died April 5 at Carroll Health Center in Carroll.

Mrs. Drake was born Dec. 1, 1921, on a farm near Avoca, the daughter of Harry and Anna (Zobrist) Christensen. She was baptized and confirmed at the English Lutheran Church in Avoca. She graduated as salutatorian from Avoca High School in 1938. She received her normal teaching certificate from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. She moved with her family to Schaller in 1939 and taught country school at Eureka No. 5 and Cook No. 3. She also worked at the State Bank of Schaller prior to her marriage.

She married Donald W. Drake Feb. 22, 1945, in Schaller. He died in 1999.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Schaller and was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star in Arthur, having joined in 1942.

Survivors include a son and his wife, Ron and Sharon Drake of Lake Ozark, Mo.; a daughter Marla Jean Mead of Humboldt; three granddaughters and their families; a brother, Roger Christensen of Perris, Calif.; and many nephews and other relatives.

Edwin "Ted" Stiles

Services were April 12, 2000 for Edwin Theodore "Ted" Stiles, 95, of Odebolt at the United Methodist Church in Odebolt. The Rev. Al Milligan officiated with burial in Odebolt Cemetery under the direction of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Odebolt.

Mr. Stiles died April 9 at Twilight Acres in Wall Lake.

Mr. Stiles was born April 2, 1905, in Muscatine County, the son of William and Marietta (Kline) Stiles. He grew up on a farm and later moved to Atalissa, where he attended school. At the age of 14, he traveled to the Schleswig area where he did farm work while living with an uncle.

He married Leona Moeller June 20, 1928, in Denison. The couple farmed in the Ida Grove and Kiron areas until purchasing a farm south of Odebolt. In 1952, they moved into Odebolt and he continued farming until his retirement. He then worked as a crop adjuster for Grinnell Mutual Insurance. Retirement came again, and he still found himself busy helping on the Buehler farm with spring and fall work, as well as keeping watch over the dryers at the local elevator. During the winter months, the couple took trips and enjoyed 11 winters in Arizona. She died in April 1999.

He was a member of Odebolt United Methodist Church, serving whenever asked to do so.

Survivors include two daughters, Norma Hokanson of Dallas, Texas and Donna and her husband, Duane Buehler of Odebolt; five grandchildren, Todd Hokanson of Chandler, Ariz., Lisa Hokanson of Los Angeles, Calif., Karen Buehler of Johnston, Jeff and his wife, Beth Buehler of Fort Dodge and Brian Buehler of Odebolt; two great-grandchildren, Noah and Sydney Buehler; and two nieces, Bevelyn Lindle of West Liberty and Sandy and her husband, Louis Danner of Atalissa.

Ina Joy

Services were April 12, 2000 for Ina E. Joy, 84, of Cushing at First United Methodist Church in Cushing. Burial was in Cushing Cemetery under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Holstein.

She died April 9 at Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge.

Irene Kistenmacher

Services will be Friday, April 14, 2000, 11 a.m. for Irene M. Kistenmacher, 89, of Holstein at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Holstein. Burial will be in Holstein Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. at Barker Funeral Home in Holstein.

She died April 9 at her home.

Lillian Hansen

Services will be Thursday, April 13, 2000, 2 p.m. for Lillian D. Hansen, 85, of Ida Grove at First United Methodist Church in Ida Grove. The Rev. Marvin Lindley will officiate with burial in Ida Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 to 9 p.m., with the family present from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove.

Mrs. Hansen was born June 6, 1914, in Denison, the daughter of Jerome and Ernestine (Clausen) Slechta. She graduated from Denison High School and was a country school teacher for a number of years.

She married Leonard Hansen of Schleswig on March 21, 1936, in Carroll. He preceded her in death.

She worked at Suiters Cleaners in Ida Grove for several years, then was employed as a cook for Battle Creek-Ida Grove Elementary School.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Faye and Jim Wellendorf of Ida Grove; four grandchildren and their spouses, Sheri and Jeff Chandler of Ida Grove, Brad and Kristine Wellendorf of Rapid City, S.D., Mike and Karen Palm of Valparaiso, Ind., and Lisa and Joel Brownlee of Granbury, Texas; six great-grandchildren, Amber Chandler, Landon Wellendorf, Sean and Heather Brownlee, and Ethan and Erin Palm; four sisters, Mildred Andersen, LaVerne and her husband, Bob Reisz, and Lucille and her husband, Paul Curnyn, all of Denison, and Shirley and her husband, Vernie Clausen of Weiser, Idaho; and two brothers, Vernus and his wife, Virginia Slechta of Cherokee and Kenneth Slechta of Ida Grove.

Julia Gunderson

Services will be Thursday, April 13, 2000, at 10 a.m., for Julia F. Gunderson, 87, of Odebolt at the United Methodist Church in Odebolt. The Rev. Al Milligan will officiate with burial in Odebolt Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Odebolt.

Mrs. Gunderson died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident April 9.

Mrs. Gunderson was born July 12, 1912, on a farm near Lakefield, Minn., the daughter of Henry and Julia (Roslansky) Ukasick. Her stepmother, Tessie (Pasierbek) Ukasick, raised her after her mother's death.

She married Cyril Kendrick Gunderson Dec. 1, 1932, in Sioux City. The couple farmed near Montgomery for 10 years, then moved to a farm northeast of Kiron where they farmed for 21 years. In 1965, the couple moved into Odebolt. Her lifelong commitment was to her special daughter Cindy, and to the activities at New Hope Village that enabled Cindy to blossom into a productive and capable adult.

Survivors include two sons, Donald Gunderson of Dike and Marlin and his wife, Shirley Gunderson of Kiron; three daughters, Julianne and her husband, Robert Chedester of Sioux City, Suzanne and her husband, Kenneth Roeder of DeSmet, S.D., and Cindy Gunderson of New Hope Village in Carroll; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one step-brother and his wife, Steven and Dorothy Ukasick of Lakefield, Minn.; and a sister-in-law, Mabel Ukasick of Lakefield, Minn.

Scot Saemisch

Services were March 29, 2000 for Scot Douglas Saemisch, 33, of Altoona, formerly of Denison, at First United Methodist Church in Denison. Burial was in Odebolt Cemetery in Odebolt under the direction of Huebner Funeral Home in Denison.

Mr. Saemisch died March 26 near Winterset.

Mr. Saemisch was born Nov. 11, 1966, in Denison, the son of Dwight and Karen (Johnson) Saemisch. He received his education in the Denison Community Schools, graduating from high school in 1985. He then pursued a career in graphic arts, attending the Art Institute of Dallas in Omaha, Neb., graduating in 1987.

Following graduation, he was employed at Midwest Industries in Ida Grove for four years. He started Saemisch Design Group in Denison, designing graphic arts of various kinds and specializing in unusual advertising signs. He remained in Denison un-til the spring of 1999, when he moved to Altoona where he was em-ployed by G & G Poured Founda-tion Company. In the fall, he joined Schneider Graphics.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Denison.

Survivors include his parents, Dwight and Karen Saemisch of Denison; a brother, Chad Saemisch and his friend, Julie Kain of Des Moines; two nephews, Skyler Saemisch and Ryan Kain of Des Moines; his maternal grandmother, Doris Johnson of Lake View, formerly of Odebolt; and many other relatives.

M. Lucille Bennigsdorf

Services were April 3, 2000 for M. Lucille Bennigsdorf, 91, of Ida Grove at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. The Revs. John Schauer and Michael Saylor officiated with burial in Ida Grove Cemetery under the direction of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove.

Mrs. Bennigsdorf died March 30 at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.

Mrs. Bennigsdorf was born July 30, 1908, in Crawford County, the daughter of Albin and Alice (Wells) Carlson. She was from a family of six boys and six girls. She graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1926, then taught in country schools near Schleswig.

She married Herbert Bennigsdorf Oct. 17, 1928, in Denison. The couple farmed in Crawford, Monona and Ida Counties until 1958. In 1959, the couple moved to Ida Grove. They were blessed with 10 children and observed their golden wedding anniversary in 1978. He died in 1981. She had been a resident of Morningside Rehab and Care Center in Ida Grove since 1991.

In addition to her 10 children, she was devoted to her 38 grandchildren, 91 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Special memories were made in August 1999, when the entire Bennigsdorf family gathered for a family reunion at Estes National Park in the Rocky Mountains.

She loved children, and after raising her own family, was a baby-sitter at her home in Ida Grove for 29 years. She was known to the children she cared for as "Grandma B."

Survivors include nine children and their spouses, Dorene and LeRoy Wonder of Galva, Robert and Marlene Bennigsdorf of Arvada, Colo., Leila and Bernard Lansink of Ida Grove, Vernon and Edith Bennigsdorf of Delta, Colo., Ruth and Earl Dean Schmidt, Darrell and Marlene Bennigsdorf and Russell and Clara Bennigsdorf, all of Ida Grove, Carol and Maynard Miller of Atlantic and Lonnie and Marva Bennigsdorf of Battle Creek; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Bennigsdorf of Ida Grove; 36 grandchildren; 91 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Florence Jones of Ute, Lois Adams of Charter Oak and Edna Blunk of Denison; a brother and his wife, Robert and Margaret Carlson of Denison; and two sisters-in-law, Clara Carlson of Denison and Ella Mae Carlson of Ute.

Cecil Keigan

Services were April 3, 2000 for Cecil D. Keigan, 84, of Holstein at Church of Christ in Webster City. Burial was in Cass Center Cemetery under the direction of Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.

Mr. Keigan died March 30 at Good Samaritan Center in Holstein.

John Cory

Services were April 3, 2000 for John M. Cory, 77, of Wisner, Neb., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wisner. The Rev. James P. Carretto officiated with burial in Wisner Cemetery, with military rites conducted by Wisner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5767, under the direction of Kuzelka Funeral Home in Wisner.

Mr. Cory died March 29 at a Sioux City hospital.

Mr. Cory was born Jan. 1, 1923, near Smithland, the son of Ralph and Margaret (Yockey) Cory. He graduated from Smithland High School in 1940 and attended Wayne State Teacher's College.

In 1943, he began the V12 Navy Officer's Program at Peru State Teacher's College in Peru, Neb. He reported to Norfolk, Va., and Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. He was then commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II stationed in the Pacific Theater. He received his discharge in 1946, attaining the rank of lieutenant junior grade.

He married Elaine Fuelberth May 10, 1944, in Osmond, Neb.

He graduated from Wayne State College in 1947, with a bachelor's degree in education. He received his master's degree in school administration from the University of South Dakota in 1963. He was employed in construction for one year in Wayne. He was employed as a teacher or administrator in the school systems of Oto and Pilger, Crofton and Wisner, Neb. He also taught at Cuming County Rural School District 17. His wife died in 1986.

He married Helen (Stober) Lukens June 6, 1987, in Crofton, Neb.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he served on the education board and taught Sunday School. He was also a member of Wisner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5767, Nebraska State Education Association and was instrumental in the starting of Wisner Senior Citizens Center.

Survivors include his wife; a brother and his wife, Gordon and Dorothy Cory of Geyersville, Calif.; a sister and her husband, Maurine and Harry Myrtue of Smithland; nieces and nephews; two stepdaughters and their hus-bands, Cindy and Vince Jenness of Waterloo and Celia and Terry Freier of Delmont, S.D.; a stepson and his wife, Greg and Diane Lukens of Pierce, Neb.; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Alton and Leoma Fuelberth of Osmond, Neb., and Delno and Jean Fuelberth of Battle Creek; and his father-in-law, Benjamin Fuelberth of Osmond, Neb.


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