Services were June 21, 2000 for Elvira Stockfleth, 87, of Mapleton
at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton. The Rev. Scott Fiege officiated
with burial in St. Clair Cemetery in Ute under the direction of Armstrong
Funeral Service in Mapleton.
Mrs. Stockfleth died June 17 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Mrs. Stockfleth was born Dec. 16, 1912, in Crawford County, the daughter
of Ernest and Selma Margaret (Hannaman) Rickert. She was baptized and confirmed
in Schleswig. She and her parents farmed and lived in the Ute, Charter
Oak and Schleswig communities and she attended Crawford County schools.
She married Harold Stockfleth Feb. 5, 1933, in Ute. The couple farmed
in the Ute, Deloit, Battle Creek and Mapleton communities until their retirement
in 1972 when they moved to Mapleton. He died in 1976.
She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and a member of L.C.W.
Survivors include a son, Donald Stockfleth of Marshalltown; two granddaughters,
Susan Kazemba and Regina Levendosky; three sisters-in-law, Bernice Stockfleth
of Kansas City, Clara Stockfleth of Ohio, and Doris Sorenson of Sioux City;
a brother-in-law, Ed Gosch of Mapleton; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be July 15, 2000 at 11 a.m. for Della L. Brown,
82, of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. The Rev. Ron Moffat will officiate
Mrs. Brown died June 18 and the body was cremated.
Mrs. Brown was born Oct. 31, 1917, in Arcola, Saskatchewan. She married
Duncan Robertson. He died in 1943. She married Burnel C. Brown Nov. 4,
1944. He died in November 1998.
She lived most of her life in Portage where she was a cook and waitress
in various restaurants. She retired from the Shell Restaurant, where she
worked from 1970-82. She spent the last year of her life in the care of
Survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Margaret and
Charles Walker of Ida Grove, Irene and Kenneth McClennan of British Columbia
and Patsy and Barry Baker of Canada; a son and his wife, Charles and Marie
Brown of Watertown, S.D.; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and
Memorial services will be June 30, 2000 at 2 p.m. Robert Boyd Mitchell,
of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Arthur, at Faith Lutheran Church in Odebolt.
Inurnment will follow in the Odebolt Cemetery, with full military honors
conducted by American Legion Roose Post No. 313 of Odebolt, under the direction
of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove.
Mr. Mitchell died June 16 at his home in Arizona.
Mr. Mitchell was born July 11, 1921, on a farm south of Arion, the
son of Ben and Helen (Greder) Mitchell. At the age of 17, he joined CCC
Camp, building roads, earth fills, waterways and terraces. He worked at
Priebes Produce in Sac City when he met Bess Louise Ortberg Linman and
was married in 1942.
He served in the United States Army three and a half years during World
War II in the South Pacific. In 1946, he began farming on the family farm
two miles south of Arthur, until his health forced him to move to Tucson,
His love for the land was evident in his work with soil conservation.
He was active as a 4-H leader and Ida County Fair Supervisor, served on
the Odebolt Fair Board, and was an organizer of the Odebolt horse show.
He was a member and served on the board at Faith Lutheran Church in Odebolt
and later at Holy Trinity in Tucson.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Robert V. "Bob" Mitchell of Anamosa;
two daughters and their husbands, Sharon "Sherry" and Richard Thies of
Arthur and Patricia "Pat" and Doug Deisch of Lincoln, Neb.; six grandchildren,
Shane and Shannon Mitchell of Baltimore, Md., Shawn and his wife, Deb Thies,
of Arthur, Mindee and her husband, Lee Cranston of Odebolt, Shad and his
wife, Pam Chandler of Lincoln, Neb., and Mitchell Chandler of Colorado;
nine great-grandchildren; one sister and her husband, Betty Jean and Earl
Meade of Bennington, Neb.; three brothers, Melvin "Butch" Mitchell of Phoenix,
Ariz., Bryce and his wife, Maria Mitchell of Cedar Rapids and Leonard Mitchell
of Fort Dodge; and a brother-in-law, Ed Leitz of Auburn.
Services were June 28, 2000 for Sharlotte Joy Arp, 66, 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. Arp died June 25 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Cherokee.
Mrs. Arp was born Sept. 18, 1933, in Kingsley, the daughter of Andy
and Eva (Ward) Martin. She attended school in Correctionville and graduated
from Correctionville High School in 1951. She owned and operated Sharlotte's
Bake Shop and Catering since 1967.
She married Harold Arp March 13, 1963, in Holstein. The couple farmed
in the Holstein area for 37 years.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Lone Star Homemakers
and United Methodist Women. She was active in Circle and had been a Hugger
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Debbie of Denison; a son
and his wife, Gary and Nyla of Sioux City; two grandsons, Justin and Jesse;
five sisters, LaVonne and her husband, Lloyd Todd, Darlene and her husband,
Eugene Baker, Cheryl Harrison, Ruth and her husband, Don Groth, and Gloria
and her husband, Eugene Willems; a brother and his wife, James and Noma;
and many nieces and nephews.
Victor H. Lunzman, 80, of Ida Grove died Sunday, June 18, 2000 at St.
Joseph Hospital in Omaha, Neb. following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 21, 2000 at 2 p.m. at St.
Paul Lutheran Church with the Revs. John Schauer and Michael Saylor officiating.
Burial will be in the Ida Grove Cemetery with full military honors by McNamara-Moore
American Legion Post #61 of Ida Grove.
A memorial fund has been established. Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home
is in charge of arrangments.
Victor Henry William Lunzman was born Feb. 15, 1920, near Auburn, Neb.,
the son of Herman and Christine Bohling Lunzmann. He was baptized and confirmed
at Hickory Grove St. Paul Lutheran Church near Auburn. He attended country
school and graduated from Auburn High School in 1937.
He farmed with his father for five years until the beginning of World
War II. On Feb. 7, 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps.
Following basic training, he completed a 26-month tour of duty in the African
Theatre. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant on Nov. 3, 1945.
He married Elnora Bergmann April 3, 1949, at Hickory Grove St. Paul
In 1948 he started Lunzman Trenching, Inc. at Ida Grove and remained
active in the business until April 1999.
He was a member and trustee of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove,
a member of McNamara-Moore American Legion Post #61 where he participated
in the honor guard and he had a lifelong love of flying.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter and her husband, Marsha and
Marc Kjar; two sons, Stephen and his wife Camela Lunzman of Chillicothe,
Ill., and Keith Lunzman of Ida Grove; four granddaughters, Katie, Amber
and Erika Lunzman of Chillicothe, Ill., and Christina Kjar of Ida Grove;
two brothers and their wives, Walter and Huldah Lunzman and Leland and
Pat Lunzman, all of Auburn, Neb.; three sisters, LouElla and her husband,
Merle Remmers of Burlington, Mildred and her husband, Boyd Needham and
Marjorie Merritt, all of Lincoln, Neb.; and two sisters-in-law, Eloise
Lunzmann of California and Suzanne Lunzmann of Washington.
Services were June 18, 2000 for Alice I. Love, 89, of Ida Grove at
Church of God in Ida Grove. Dr. Herbert Johnson officiated with burial
in Ida Grove Cemetery under the direction of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home
in Ida Grove.
Mrs. Love died June 5 at Morningside Rehab and Care Center in Ida Grove.
Mrs. Love was born Oct. 22, 1910, in Larchwood, the daughter of Alfred
and Wilhelmina "Minnie" (Fuester) Viereck. She grew up in the Larchwood
area, then moved to Ida Grove, where she lived with the Will Sacquety and
Phil Sacquety families. After graduating from Ida Grove High School in
1929, she taught in rural schools in the Ida Grove and Arthur area.
She married J. Roland Love Aug. 22, 1931, in South Dakota. For many
years she worked as a cashier at the Fair Store and later at the Ben Franklin
store in Ida Grove.
She was a faithful member of the Church God for more than 70 years.
She was also a member of the Loyal Homemakers Club.
Survivors include two daughters, Kay Robinson of Ida Grove and Mary
Love of Brevard, N.C.; a grandson and his wife, Michael and Lynnel Love
of Bangor, Maine; two great-grandchildren, Audra Carl-son and Laura Michael
Love; three brothers, Donald Viereck and Frank and his wife, Georgia Viereck,
all of Hartford, S.D., and John Viereck of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a sister
and her husband, Evelyn and Ed Heyer of George; and many nieces, nephews
and other relatives.
Memorial services were June 15, 2000 for Frances Josephine Pullen,
87, of Des Moines at Central Presbyterian Church and Wesley Acres Retirement
Community in Des Moines. Burial was in Early Union Cemetery in Early on
Saturday, June 17.
Undesignated memorials will be used for an Arts Scholarship for Kids
(ASK) given in her honor. Other memorials may be given to Hospice of Central
Iowa, Central Presbyterian Church, or the Samaritan Fund at Wesley Acres.
Mrs. Hirons died June 12 in Des Moines.
Mrs. Hirons was born Dec. 3, 1912 in Early, the daughter of Frank G.
and Edith (Culp) Hirons. She graduated from the Early public schools and
Iowa State Teachers' College in Cedar Falls. She taught art, music and
English in the Arthur, Sac City, Ida Grove and Cedar Falls public schools.
Following her marriage to Charles L. Pullen, the couple and their family
lived in Ida Grove where he was manager of Ida County Rural Electric Cooperative
from its inception. Following his death in 1972, she returned to Early
where she lived until moving to Wesley Acres Retirement Community in 1993.
She was an active volunteer in Ida Grove, Early and Des Moines. Her
interests were in the arts and com-munity service&emdash;Girl Scouts,
community theater, "art in the park," historic preservation, church leadership,
and teaching GED and English as a second language.
She was a member of many religious and civic organizations including
the United Methodist and Presbyterian Churches in Early and Ida Grove,
First Methodist and Central Presbyterian Churches in Des Moines, the Ida
and Sac County Historical Societies, Federated Women's Club, the Des Moines
Area Writers' Network (DAWN) and Alpha Poetry Society in Des Moines.
Mrs. Hirons received the Governor's Leadership Award from the Iowa
Community Betterment Program in 1974 and her poetry was published in chapbooks,
five volumes of "Poems of Early," and "Lyrical Iowa."
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Mark and Darlene
Pullen of Des Moines, Nancy and Dan Gardner of Elgin, Ill., Jim and Deanna
Pullen of Des Moines and Steve and Jan Pullen of Sac City; her grandchildren
Services are pending for Robert Boyd Mitchell, 78, of Tucson, Ariz.,
at Faith Lutheran Church in Odebolt.
Mr. Mitchell died June 16 at his home.
Theron "Kirk" Kirkpatrick
Services were June 9, 2000 for Theron "Kirk" Kirkpatrick, 63, of Arthur
at the United Methodist Church in Odebolt. The Rev. Al Milligan officiated
with burial in Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids under the direction of
Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Odebolt.
Mr. Kirkpatrick died June 5 at Ambassador Nursing Home in Omaha, Neb.
Mr. Kirkpatrick was born Nov. 17, 1936, in Cushing, the son of Wayne
and Mavis Kirkpatrick and Edward and Ruby (Brown) Gallick. He grew up in
the Quimby area. He attended schools in Iowa, California and Missouri,
graduating from Grand Meadow High School in Washta in 1955. He furthered
his education at Wayne State Teachers College, earning his teaching degree
in 1957, and his BA in 1961. In 1967, he received his MA from the University
He began his teaching career at Polk, Neb. in 1957-58, then at Clarks,
Neb., from 1958-60, teaching eighth grade at both places. He taught sixth
grade and served as the elementary principal in Missouri Valley from 1961-67.
From 1967-92 he was elementary principal at Odebolt-Arthur School District.
He married Rosemary Jones of Rembrandt Sept. 22, 1963.
He was a member of many organizations, including the Iowa Principals
Association, NAESP, SAI and Phi Delta Kappa. He served as state chairman
of the Parents and Reading Committee for the Iowa Reading Association and
was named their Principal of the Year in 1986.
Over the years, he served in the Arthur United Methodist Church on
the administration board, as trustee and as Sunday school teacher for 15
He was also a member of Ben Hur Lodge No. 611, was a York Rite Shriner
of the Abu Bekr Temple, Sioux City, and belonged to Arthur Chapter No.
471 of the Order of Eastern Star, where he was Worthy Patron in 1974. From
1981-85, he served as mayor of Arthur.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Rose Ellen Kirkpatrick of
York, Penn., and Kezzie Clark and her fiancé Monyatsi Gaseitsiwe,
both of Omaha, Neb.; his mother and stepfather, Ruby and Edward Gallick
of Burbank, Calif.; three sisters and their husbands, Karen and Ronald
Gifford of Indianapolis, Ind., Judy and Steve Schumacher of Olathe, Kan.,
and Teresa and Robert Pierce of Sioux Rapids; a brother and his wife, Kerry
and Kathy Kirkpatrick of Ankeny; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Services will be June 18, 2000 at 2 p.m. for Alice Love, 89, of Ida
Grove at Church of God in Ida Grove. Burial will be in Ida Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon at Christensen-Ciha Funeral
Home in Ida Grove and one hour prior to the service at the church.
She died June 5 at Morningside Rehab and Care Center in Ida Grove.
Survivors include two daughters, Kay Robinson of Ida Grove and Mary
Love of Brevard, N.C.; a grandson, Michael (Lynnel) Love of Bangor, Maine;
two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Donald Viereck and Frank and his
wife, Georgia Viereck, all of Hartford, S.D., and John Viereck of Sioux
Falls, S.D.; and a sister and her husband, Evelyn and Ed Heyer of George.
Garland "Skeets" Duvall
Services were June 10, 2000 for Garland "Skeets" Duvall, 75, of Cyrus,
Minn., at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. The Rev. Gary Armstrong officiated
with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Duvall died June 6 at Morris, Minn.
Mr. Duvall was born Dec. 29, 1924, in Cherokee, the son of Fred and
Jesse (Brownmiller) Duvall. He attended schools in Cherokee.
He married Pauline Dreyer in 1942. In 1977, he married Naomi Randall.
He worked for Fixsel Oil Co. as a mechanic and gas transport driver
for 30 years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, which included
duty in the Philippines and Japan. He also worked for the Malzer Service
Station, Cherokee schools and schools in Cyrus, Minn. He live in Cherokee
his entire life.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters and their husbands, Sherry
and Dennis Rupp of Quimby and Gail and Lou Rathjen of Ida Grove; two sons
and their wives, Mike and Lorraine Duvall of Cherokee and Garland "Bud"
and Judy Duvall of Urbandale; a stepson and his wife.
L. Marie Glover
Services were June 12, 2000 for L. Marie Glover, 98, of Correctionville
at Christy-Smith McCulloch Chapel in Moville. The Rev. Karen Handke of
the Oto United Church of Christ officiated with burial in Westfork Township
Cem-etery in Climbing Hill.
Mrs. Glover died May 29 at Correctionville Nursing and Rehab Center
Mrs. Glover was born Jan. 5, 1902, in Batavia, the daughter of William
and Flora (Colvert) Walker.
She married John H. Glover Sept. 9, 1924, in Ida Grove. The couple
moved to Sioux City in 1946. She was a homemaker. She moved to Correctionville
Nursing and Rehab Center about six years ago.
Survivors include a daughter, Frances Belknap of Oto; special friends,
Tom Kirschmeier and family; and nieces and nephews.
Services will be June 14, 2000, at 2 p.m. for Ruth Elaine Sewell, 71,
of Sac City at Bethel Baptist Church in Newell. The Rev. James Bartsch
will officiate with burial in Oakland Cemetery in Sac City under the direction
of Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City.
Mrs. Sewell died June 10 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Mrs. Sewell was born Jan. 25, 1929, in Vail, the daughter of Edwin
J. and Katherine (Brinker) Druivenga. She attended country school and graduated
from high school. She worked in homes, worked in a factory in Minneapolis
and also at the Arthur Locker.
She married Calvin. L. Sewell April 12, 1958, in Arthur. The couple
lived in Arthur, moved to Lytton in 1972 and to Sac City in 1988. She worked
as a housekeeper at Loring Hospital in Sac City for 20 years, retiring
She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Newell.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters and their husbands, Julie
and William Keller of Blairsburg and Melissa and Todd Folk of Burnham,
Penn.; five sons, Thomas Sewell of Rockford, Ill., Christopher and his
wife, Linda Sewell of Guyton, Ga., Tedd and his wife, Rosa Sewell of Garden
City, Kan., Daniel and his wife, Sonja Sewell of Florissant, Mo.; and Andrew
and his wife, Kristen Sewell of Sac City; 10 grandchildren; two sisters,
Kathryn Peterson of Edgerton, Wis., and Helen Ham-merstrom of Arthur; and
a brother and his wife, Fred and Lavine Druivenga of Carroll.
Memorial services were June 2, 2000 for Dale Edward Laumbach, 69, of
Mapleton at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Mapleton. The Rev. Bob
Fritzmeier officiated with burial in Mount Hope Cemetery, with military
rites conducted by Little Sioux Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9124
of Oto, under the direction of Armstrong Funeral Service in Mapleton.
Mr. Laumbach died May 30 at a Sioux City hospital.
Mr. Laumbach was born Sept. 12, 1930, in Clinton, the son of Detlef
Andreas and Hilda (Lille) Laumbach. He moved to Mapleton as a child and
graduated from Mapleton High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Navy,
then returned to Mapleton and farmed.
He married Dorothy Brownlee June 3, 1951, in Ida Grove. He was employed
with Kueny Electric in Mapleton until about 1962. He was then employed
with Jacobsen Brothers Construction, until retiring in 1984.
He was a member of Little Sioux Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
Survivors include two sons, David and his wife, Betty Laumbach of South
Sioux City, Neb., and Doug Laumbach of Battle Creek; two daughters and
their husbands, Debra and Chris Tyler of Omaha, Neb., and Dianna and Bill
Hanna of Farnhamville; six grandchildren, Brandon Cox, Wendy Gents, Kevin,
Charissa and Chris-topher Laumbach and Nathan VanNess; six great-grandchildren;
and a sister and her husband, Doris and Harold Astleford of Lake City.
Graveside services were June 3, 2000 for Dorothy Baxter, 81, of Lombard,
Ill., formerly of Ida Grove, at Ida Grove Cemetery under the direction
of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove.
Mrs. Baxter was born Feb. 17 1919, in Dwight, Ill., the daughter of
Harold and Jesse Lamb. At an early age, the family moved to Urbandale where
she spent her formative years. Her three sisters and two brothers made
her life a joy: Julia Luke, Elizabeth Hamilton and Robert Lamb from Iowa,
Mary Brown from Maryland and William Lamb from Texas.
After graduating from the State College of Iowa in 1942, she worked
in an Urbana, Ill., nursery school for underprivileged children. She also
worked in Portland, Ore., managing a child care center for employees of
the ship building industry.
She married Stanley Baxter Oct. 28, 1944, in Denver, Colo. At the time
of their marriage, Stanley was serving in the armed forces. For two years,
she was with him on his tour of duty. After the war, the couple settled
on a farm near Galva for 14 years. In 1960, the family moved to Storm Lake
where he obtained his teaching degree. The family then moved to Dunlap
where he taught high school science until 1968.
After a few more years in Iowa, the family moved to Lom-bard, Ill.
While in Lombard, she worked at the Helen Plum Library presenting story
time for children for seven years. The couple settled at Beacon Hill retirement
commu-nity after their four children, John, twins Dick and Becky and Laura,
were grown. He died in 1994.
She was also active in many community functions including Ruth Circle
at First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include six grandchildren, Barry and Beau Hartweg of Grapevine,
Texas, Jenny and Amy Goldsmith of Carol Stream, Ill., and Adam and Aaron
Baxter of Council Bluffs.
Services were June 5, 2000 for Evangeline G. Murray, 89, of Norfolk,
Va., at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Burial was in Mount Olivet
Cemetery in Key West, Iowa under the direction of Dennis Kitchen Funeral
Miss Murray died June 1 at DePaul Hospital in Norfolk, Va.
Miss Murray was born Jan. 6, 1911, in Dubuque, the daughter of John
B. and Grace (Vandanaker) Murray Sr. She grew up in Dubuque and was a dental
assistant for her father, Dr. John B. Murray Sr. D.D.S. at his office in
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Va.
Survivors include two sisters, June Link of Norfolk, Va., and Ruth
Sievers of Dubuque; a brother and his wife, John B. Jr. and Virginia Murray
of Ida Grove; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests no flowers.
Services were June 7, 2000 for Walter Dean Petersen, 72, of Anthon
at Armstrong Funeral Home in Anthon. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Petersen died June 4 at Sutherland Care Center in Sutherland.
Mr. Petersen was born Dec. 7, 1927, in Battle Creek, the son of John
and Eeta (Barger) Petersen. He graduated from Anthon High School in 1945.
From 1945-46 he participated in Golden Gloves boxing.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1946-48. After his discharge,
he attended Iowa State University at Ames and the University of Colorado
Survivors include a sister and her husband, Martha Ann and Donald Hanson
of Albuquerque, N.M.; a brother and his wife, Benjie and Marnis Petersen
of Anthon; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were May 26, 2000 for Dorothy Pearl Lowe, 84, of South Sioux
City, Neb., at First Presbyterian Church in South Sioux City, Neb., under
the direction of Becker-Hunt Funeral Home in South Sioux City. An afternoon
service was held at the United Methodist Church in Holstein with burial
in Holstein Cemetery under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Holstein.
Mrs. Lowe died May 24 at her home.
Mrs. Lowe was born March 6, 1916, in rural Holstein, the daughter of
Arthur and Christina Hass. She graduated from Holstein High School in 1933
and later from Sioux City Business College in 1934.
She married Lyall L. Lowe Aug. 18, 1938, in Omaha, Neb. The couple
started many business enterprises in Sioux City including Lowe Coat Company,
Friendly Furnace Company, Lowe Rental Services, and the Town House Motel
in South Sioux City, Neb. He died in 1993.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Senior Center
in South Sioux City.
Survivors include a daughter, Pamella of South Sioux City; two sons
and their wives, Jerry Lowe and Janet Brown-Lowe of Bettendorf and Chip
and Julie Lowe of Des Moines; five grandchildren, Alex, Natalie, Meredith,
Erika and David; a sister, Katherine Wiese of Holstein and extended family
Services were May 30, 2000 for Leonard E. "Tuey" Newman, 83, of Mapleton
at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton. The Rev. Bob Fritzmeier officiated
with burial in Grant Cemetery in Rodney.
Mr. Newman died May 25 at a Sioux City hospital.
Mr. Newman was born Nov. 24, 1916, at Ticonic, the son of Charles Orval
and Dora (Peacock) Newman. He grew up and was educated in the area. From
1936 to 1937 he served with the Conservation Core Camp.
He married Ethel Mary Treiber July 19, 1937, in Marshalltown. The couple
lived and farmed in the Anthon area from 1937-1941. From 1941-1975, they
farmed outside of Mapleton. In 1975, they retired and moved into Mapleton.
She died in 1988.
Survivors include two sons and their wives, Jerry and Mavis Newman
of Madrid and Roy and Patty Newman of Piedmont, Okla.; a daughter-in-law,
Barbara Newman of Alma, Ark.; five grandchildren, Cindy McClelland, Lei
Lani Tilson, Leisa Ryder, Alan Newman and Don Newman; nine great-grandchildren;
a brother and his wife, Leland "Pi" and Betty Newman of Ida Grove; a sister,
Beulah Lucas of Mapleton; and other relatives.
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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
Mr. Crow died May 7 at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 County 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, retiring 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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Mrs. Robinson died April 21 at Countryside Retirement Home in Sioux
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.
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 Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home
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
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
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,
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.