Ethel Janet Jacobson
Sept. 24, 1912, to May 14, 1998
Ethel Janet Jacobson, 85, of Nevada, died Thursday, May 14, at her
home of heart failure.
She was born Sept. 24, 1912, in Ames, to Arthur and Addie (Jones) Wakeham.
Jacobson was a lifelong resident of Story County.
Jacobson married Edward Opperman on Dec. 22, 1930, in Ames. She married
Jordan Jacobson on Jan. 31, 1946, in Nevada. She was a bindery worker at
Donnelley Marketing where she retired in 1978. She was employed as a production
worker at 3-M, in Ames. Jacobson enjoyed her family, traveling on bus tours
Survivors include two daughters, Norma Okland of Ames and Shirley Carmack
of Nevada; six sons, Dick Opperman, Jack Opperman and Mike Jacobson, all
of Nevada, Dale Jacobson of Cambridge, and Bob Opperman and Jordan Jacobson,
both of Keensburg, Colo.; 27 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; four
great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Sanford of Bloomfield and
Elsie Federly of Rockford, Ill.; and two brothers, Don Wakeham of Cherokee
Village, Ariz., and Ron Wakeham of Ames.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1975; a son, Bill Opperman
on Aug. 9, 1994; three grandsons; her parents, a brother and two sisters.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 18, at the First Christian Church-Disciples
of Christ in Nevada with Dr. Fred C. Danforth officiating. Burial was held
in the Evergreen Memory Gardens in Nevada. Chet Ryan Mortuary, Nevada,
Earl David Nichols
Dec. 31, 1928, to May 15, 1998
Earl David Nichols, 69, of Webster, Texas, died from leukemia May 15.
Nichols was born Dec. 31, 1928, in Ames, to Oscar and Ethel Nichols.
He lived most of his life in Ames, moving to Webster, Texas, in 1997.
Nichols served in the Korean Conflict. He worked at 3-M in Ames until
Survivors include his wife Sherril of Webster, Texas; three sons, Kenny
(and Diane) Nichols of Sugarland, Texas, Randy (and Amy) Nichols of Colo,
and David (and his fiancee Deb), also of Colo; a daughter, Kathy (and Don
Jr.) Herink of Roland; nine grandchildren; three brothers, Wayne of Des
Moines, Danny of Newton and Arnold of Chico, Calif.; and two sisters, Florance
Griffin of Lakeside, Calif., and Norma Lee Nelson of Des Moines.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three bothers, Dale, Leonard
and Kenny; and a sister, Bernetta.
Services will be held Saturday, May 23, at 11 a.m., at First United
Methodist Church in Nevada. The body will be cremated.
Daniel Bruce Fitzgerald
Sept. 12, 1941, to May 8, 1998
Daniel Bruce Fitzgerald, 56, of Aurora, Colo., died of cancer at the
Presbyterian St. Lukes Hospital in Denver, Colo.
Daniel was born Sept. 12, 1941, in Marshalltown to Martin and Clara
Francis (Dankbar) Fitzgerald. He came to the Denver area in 1978. For the
past 15 years he was a senior business development representative for the
Colorado office of business development and also the executive director
of the Adams County Chamber of Commerce. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his mother, Clara F. Fitzgerald of Colo; three sisters,
Phyllis Kaufman of St. Louis, Mo., Janice Boyd of Bettendorf and Donna
Whitney of Des Moines; two brothers, Michael Fitzgerald of Des Moines and
Paul Fitzgerald of Zearing; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father James Martin Fitzgerald.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in
Colo. Burial was at St. James Cemetery, Colo. Fredreqill Funeral Home,
Zearing, handled the arrangements.
Loren L. Lock
May 11, 1927, to May 10, 1998
Loren L. Lock, 70, of Nevada, died Sunday, May 10, of cancer at his
He was born May 11, 1927, in Story City to Cassell and Ruby (Sowers)
Lock. He was a 1947 graduate of Nevada High School and married Anita Mae
Creek on July 24, 1955, in Arkansas. He served in the U.S. Army during
World War II. He was a machine mechanic for R.H. Donnelley Marketing for
27 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the First Christian Church-Disciples
of Christ in Nevada, Nevada V.F.W. Post #2209 and the Nevada Masonic Lodge
#99 AF & AM. He was a lifelong resident of Story County and enjoyed
gardening and feeding the birds and squirrels.
Survivors include his wife, Anita Lock of Nevada; a daughter, Rebecca
(and Dan) Vaughn of Nevada; a step-son, Jerry Hainline of Seattle, Wash.;
five grandsons, Johnathan, Joshua and Jacob Vaughn of Nevada and Jerrod
and Jerramy Hainline, both of Seattle; a brother, Ronald Lock of Huxley;
numerous nieces and nephews; and a special daughter, Lisa Vaughan and her
children, Matthew, Megan and Mackenzie.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Murial Lock
and Lola Mae Stole.
Visitation will be held today (May 14) from 3-7:30 p.m. with the family
present from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and a Masonic service at 7 p.m. at Chet Ryan
Mortuary in Nevada. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 15, at 10:30
a.m. at the First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ with Dr. Fred C.
Danforth officiating. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the
Nevada V.F.W. Post #2209 at the Evergreen Memory Cemetery in Nevada. A
memorial fund has been established.
Hartley (Swede) Golly
April 18, 1922, to April 13, 1999
Hartley (Swede) Golly, 76, of 307 North St., Zearing, died of renal
failure on Tuesday, April 13, at Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames.
He was born April 18, 1922, in Marietta, Minn., to John and Viola (Cameron)
Golly. He served in the Army in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
He married Alberta Marie Swell on June 13, 1948, in Des Moines. He was
a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Zearing; of the American Legion
Post of Polo, Ill.; of the 40/8 Club of Polo, Ill.; of the V.F.W. of Olney,
Ill; and of the Old Fogies of Zearing and McCallsburg. He retired in 1982
from his work as a poultry and egg grader for the United States Department
of Agriculture. He came to Zearing from Illinois in 1982.
Survivors include a son, Robert Billick of Mt. Zion, Ill.; a daughter,
JoDee (Mrs. Ronald) Bardell of Polo, Ill; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren;
a brother, Warren Dean Golly of Zearing; a sister, Ruth (Mrs. Buck) Maxwell
of Maxwell; and his fiancee, Klara Steeleman of Zearing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alberta in August
of 1992; and four brothers.
Services were held Friday, April 16, at 1 p.m. at the Dakins Community
Center in Zearing. Burial was in the Lincoln Township Cemetery, Zearing.
Fredregill Funeral Home, Zearing, handled arrangements.
LaVern Karsjen Sr.
Nov. 9, 1931, to April 13, 1999
LaVern Karsjen Sr., 67, of Rhodes, died April 13 at the Marshalltown
Medical and Surgical Center.
He was born Nov. 9, 1931, in Bradford to Tjark "Jake" and Tena (Meyers)
Karsjens. He received his education in the area of his birth and later
attended the Hampton High School. At a young age, he worked as a farm hand.
He married Alice Pohlman on June 17, 1949, in Ackley. They resided
in the Colo area for many years. He was employed by Olson's Tire Service
and Williams Cylinder Head in Nevada. In 1965, they moved to Rhodes and
resided there ever since. He was a member of the United Methodist Church
in Rhodes, worked with his wife on The Rhodes Tribune, was active in the
Rhodes Library, worked at the Rhodes Trailhead Park as groundskeeper, worked
on the Community Center, was a member of the Rhodes Historical Society
and drove the physically challenged for events like Pride Days in the Rhodes
Survivors include his wife, Alice; five children, LaVern Jr. (and Jennie)
of Rhodes, Linda Wells of Rhodes, Dennis (Jackie) of LeGrand, David (Kim)
of State Center and Steven DeArliss of Nevada; nine grandchildren; three
great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Tena Kruger of Clarion, Esther
(Buel) Thorn of Loveland, Colo., and Delores Conrad of Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Richard "Ricky" in
1975; three brothers, Martin, Rient and Alvin; and two sisters, Ella Karsjens
and Minnie Schweertman.
Memorial services were held on Friday, April 16, at the Rhodes United
Methodist Church with Pastor Kai Manimoi officiating. Burial followed in
the Eden Cemetery at Rhodes.Wensel-Perrin Funeral Home, State Center, handled
Ruth E. Duea
Died April 3, 1999
Ruth E. Duea, 87, of Story City and formerly of Zearing, died April
3 of congestive heart failure at Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames.
The Duea family lived on a farm northwest of Zearing and their children
attended school at the Lincoln Township Consolidated School in the 1940s.
Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Mary of Lady Lake, Fla., and
Corrine of Columbia, S.C.; two sons, Sanford of Rhodes and David of San
Diego, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and two sisters.
She is preceded in death by her husband, a son, two granddaughters,
seven brothers and four sisters.
Burial was in Roland.
Jan. 27, 1922, to April 17, 1999
Audree Pantenburg, 77, of Story City died of heart failure on April
17 at Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames.
She was born Jan. 27, 1922, at Bloomfield, Neb. to Laurence J. and
Fern (Peters) Koftan. She married Earl C. Ellingson, and he preceded her
in death in May of 1966. She married Richard W. Pantenburg of Ames, and
he preceded her in death in August of 1986. She lived as a homemaker and
was a resident of Dallas, Texas, before moving to Iowa in 1962. She enjoyed
watching sports, reading and writing poetry.
Survivors include four sons, Dennis J. Ellingson of Story City, Michael
L. Ellingson of Nevada, Lindsay C. Ellingson of Ames and Patrick D. Pantenburg
of Nevada; a daughter, Penny Mindemann of Gilbert; 10 grandchildren; 12
great-grandchildren; and one brother, Larry Koftan of Bloomfield, Neb.
She is preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; and a sister,
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Stevens Memorial Chapel in
Ames with the Rev. Rolfe Johnstad officiating. Burial was in the Gilbert
Cemetery, Gilbert. Stevens Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.
Kenneth Frank Boyd
Feb. 24, 1926, to April 18, 1999
Kenneth Frank Boyd, 73, of rural Maxwell, died from cancer at his home
on Sunday, April 18.
He was born Feb. 24, 1926, in Rock Island, Ill., to Raymond and Mildred
(McGavran) Boyd. He married Mary Gebhardt on July 18, 1948, in Des Moines.
He graduated from North High School in Des Moines. He worked as a route
manager for Pepsi-Cola for 23 years, at the Krispi Krust Bakery for two
years and was the backroom manager of the East Euclid HyVee grocery store
from 1978 until his retirement in the early 1990s. He was a member of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Ankeny and a member of the
Die-Hard Cub Fans.
Survivors include his wife, Mary of Maxwell; two sons, Jeffery David
Boyd and Michael Earnest Boyd, both of Maxwell; three daughters, Kathleen
Marie Tischler of Portland, Ore., Elizabeth Joanne Williams of Marysville,
Wash., and Rebecka Bishop of Maxwell; 23 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren;
and three sisters, Leona Mae "Dutch" Harty of Des Moines, Shirley Glenn
of Des Moines and Bess Jamison of Denver, Colo.
He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
Private burial services were held Monday at the Holy Cross Cemetery
near Farrar. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 25, at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Ankeny at 3 p.m. A graveside dedication
will be held at the cemetery following the memorial service.
Bacon Funeral Home, Maxwell, handled arrangements.
Richard L. Stackhouse
June 21, 1910, to April 19, 1999
Richard L. "Dick" Stackhouse, 88, of Des Moines and a former resident
of Story and Marshall Counties, died Monday, April 19, at the Ramsey Home
(care center) in Des Moines, where he was cared for since Nov. 4, 1994.
He was born June 21, 1910, in Story County near McCallsburg to Roy
and Dessa (Elliott) Stackhouse. The family moved to Liberty Township in
northwest Marshall County in 1917, where he received his education in the
Liberty Consolidated School. He married Henrietta Stalzer of Haverhill
on Jan. 3, 1933.
He worked as a farmhand and started farming for himself in the late
1940s near McCallsburg. In 1962, he moved to a farm in Polk County near
Des Moines and made this his home until retirement age.
Survivors include four daughters, Erma Klug of Radcliffe, Shirley Wismer
of McCallsburg, Dorothy of Colorado and Lois of Des Moines; several grandchildren
and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Naomi Doser of McCallsburg and Ruth
Maas of Marshalltown; and three brothers, Merrill of Des Moines, J.K. of
Indianola and Donald of Bakersfield, Calif.
The body has been cremated and no services are planned. Hamilton Funeral
Home handled arrangements.
Janet Rosalee Hughes
Feb. 9, 1934, to Sept. 30, 1999
Janet Rosalee Hughes, 65, of Nevada, died of liver cancer on Thursday,
Sept. 30, at Story County Hospital in Nevada.
She was born Feb. 9, 1934, in Lucerne, Putnam County, Mo., to Herman
and Kitty (Daugherty) Corbin. She had been a resident of Nevada for the
past seven years, moving here from Newton. She retired from Ames Processed
Food Inc. in 1997. She enjoyed being with family.
Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Grimm of Norfolk, Va.; a son,
Chris Hughes of Knoxville; three grandchildren; three brothers, Trulin
Corbin of Apache Junction, Ariz., Ralph Corbin of Nevada and Junior Corbin
of Newtown, Mo.; four sisters, Hazel Pauley of Colo, Amber Drahos of Nevada,
Mavis Dull of Kansas City, Kan., and Doris Whipple of Hampton; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Lena Smith,
Lucy Sodders and Twylia Bailey.
The body has been cremated and graveside memorial services were held
Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Murphy Cemetery in rural Nevada with Chaplain David
Burling officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American
Cancer Society. Chet Ryan Mortuary, Nevada, handled arrangements.
Joseph William Anderson
Dec. 28, 1924, to Oct. 3, 1999
Joseph William Anderson, 74, of Colo, died of congestive heart failure
on Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.
He was born Dec. 28, 1924, in Wright County, Mo., to Frederick W. and
Mabel E. (Dugger) Anderson. He was in the Marine Corps during World War
II. He married Esther Neuman on Oct. 3, 1949, in Kansas City, Mo. He retired
in 1987 from sales in the concrete construction business. He was a member
of the American Legion Post No. 139 in Colo and the Elks in Ames. He enjoyed
reading, golfing and woodcarving.
Survivors include his wife, Esther Anderson of Colo; two daughters,
Patricia Maas of Whitewater, Wis., and Sandra Anderson of Milton, Vt.;
two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Wanda Oswalt
and Marjorie Sargent, both of Collins; and a brother, Max Anderson of Collins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick on Sept. 7, 1987;
his brother, James on Nov. 20, 1992; and his mother, Mabel on Oct. 26,
The body has been cremated and no services are planned. Memorials may
be made to the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. Chet Ryan Mortuary,
Nevada, handled arrangements.
Leslie A. Wilkening
Aug. 22, 1948, to Sept. 29, 1999
Leslie A. Wilkening, 51, of Sugar Grove, Ill., and formerly of Nevada,
died Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Zion,
Ill., of cancer, which she had battled for more than three years.
She was born Aug. 22, 1948, in Marshalltown to Lester and Bonnie (Tripp)
Smith. She went to schol in Collins and in Nevada, where the family moved
when she was in seventh grade. She was united in marriage to Barry D. Wilkening
on Feb. 28, 1965, in Nevada, and they made their home there for a time
before moving to Ames where Barry was a student. Later, they returned to
Nevada, but in 1982 they moved to Bethel, Ct. In 1985, they moved to Flanders,
N.J., where they lived until 1990 when they moved to Grayslake, Ill. In
1995 they settled in Sugar Grove, Ill.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church, where no matter where
they lived, her faith was very important in her life and her source of
strength through many hard days. She was a woman who loved people and drew
strength from being involved in the lives of others.
Survivors include her husband, Barry of Sugar Grove, Ill.; four daughters,
Wendy (Robert) Grotyohann of Caldwell, N.J., Stephanie (Paul) Marion on
Cohoes, N.Y., Jennifer (Mark) Abrams of Rapid City, S.D., and Jessica (Steven)
Sterijevski of Montgomery, Ill.; one brother, Jim Smith of Ames; two sisters,
Sheryl Niemand of Mesa, Ariz., and Sandra Garner of Ankeny; her parents,
Lester and Bonnie Smith of Collins and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in Sugar Grove on Saturday, Oct. 2, and
in Nevada on Monday, Oct. 4. Services in Nevada were held at the First
United Methodist Church. Burial was at the Nevada Municipal Cemetery. Bacon
Funeral Home, Nevada, handled arrangements.
Richard Enoch Smith
May 18, 1931, to Sept. 29, 1999
Richard Enoch Smith, 68, of Marshalltown, died of heart failure on
Wednesday, Sept. 29, at his home in Marshalltown.
He was born May 18, 1931, in Council Bluffs to Richard W. and Nellie
I. (White) Smith. He was a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean
conflict. He married Sandra Kline. He retired in 1993 from house painting
and enjoyed model cars.
Survivors include four sons, Steve of Streamwood, Ill., Terry of Marshalltown,
Keith of Wonderlake, Ill., and Phillip of Bartlett, Ill.; three grandchildren;
a sister, Helene Smith Comstock of Baxter; and a half-brother, Kenneth
C. Muse of Boone.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1988 and his mother on Feb.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. at the
Nevada Municipal Cemetery with Dr. Fred C. Danforth officiating. Chet Ryan
Mortuary, Nevada, handled arrangements.
Robert William Shepherd
Nov. 13, 1940, to Oct. 3, 1999
Robert William Shepherd, 58, of Waukee, died Sunday, Oct. 3.
He was born Nov. 13, 1940, in Burlington to Robert C. and Frances M.
(Bowman) Shepherd. He graduated from Burlington High School. He married
Dana L. Collins on Oct. 29, 1967, in Burlington.He worked as a welder and
built things out of metal. He worked for Associated Leasing. He was of
the Baptist faith and was very devoted to his family. He loved flying,
old cars, scale model cars, fishing, traveling, whale watching and taking
care of his yard. He was a perfectionist, in his work.
Survivors include his wife, Dana, of Waukee; two daughters, Beth Betz
of Johnston and Jolie Huntrods of Colo; three grandchildren; his parents,
Robert and Frances Shepherd of Burlington; two sisters, Linda Fenton and
Vickie Shepherd, both of Burlington; and two brothers, Dr. Don Shepherd
of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Tim Shepherd of Burlington.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Lunning Chapel with
the Rev. Ron Presley officiating. Interment was in the Aspen Grove Cemetery,
Burlington. A memorial fund has been established for Hospice of Central
Iowa in Winterset. Lunning Chapel, Burlington, handled arrangements.
Alyce Jane Jensen
Feb. 28, 1932, to Oct. 3, 1999
Alyce Jane Jensen, 67, of rural Ames, died Oct. 3 from complications
of a blood disorder at Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames.
She was born Feb. 28, 1932, to Harold and Rhoby (Mathews) Matters in
Milford Township. She lived in the Gilbert area most of her life. She married
Paul Jensen on Feb. 15, 1951. She was a homemaker and farm assistant.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Jane Thompson of Mexico,
Mo., and Lea Fagervik of Ankeny; one son, John of Ames; seven grandchildren;
one sister, Margaret Stumbo of Greenwood, S.C.; and one brother, Fred Matters
of Des Moines.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Gilbert Lutheran
Church with the Rev. Thomas Prochnow officiating. A private family burial
was held in the Gilbert Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gilbert
Lutheran Church. Adams Funeral Home, Ames, handled arrangements.
Gladys K. Peterson
Sept. 6, 1903, to Oct. 4, 1999
Gladys K. Peterson, 96, died Oct. 4. Visitation will be Thursday, Oct.
7, at Hertz Funeral Home in Carson, with the family present from 7-8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. at Macedonia United
Methodist Church in Macedonia. Interment will be at the Macedonia Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Macedonia Fire Department.
Naomi Fawcett Letsinger
Nov. 15, 1901, to Aug. 13, 2000
Naomi Fawcett Letsinger, 98, of Sun City West, Ariz., died Aug. 13
in Sun City.
She was born Nov. 15, 1901, to Edgar and Naomi Fawcett. She graduated
from Nevada High School and went to Simpson College, where she was a member
of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She taught at the Fernald schools and then
returned to college and graduated from the University of Chicago. She then
taught school at Thornton Fractional High School in Calumet City, Ind.
She married Arthur Letsinger, an Indiana lawyer, and resided in Crown Point,
Ind., for almost 50 years. After her husband's death, she moved to Arizona,
where she had resided for the last 20 years, living in Sun City originally,
and most recently at Grandview Terrace.
She was an active person all her life and had many varied interests.
She enjoyed treating her family and friends to a number of worldwide trips.
She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae, the Roadrunners Bicycle Club
and Sheperd of the Hills United Methodist Church in Sun City West. She
maintained her ties and interest in the Nevada and Story County communities
and was a substantial and generous donor to the Story County Outdoor Recreation
for Everyone project (SCORE).
Survivors include a sister, Josephine Tope of Sun City West; two children,
Ann Collings of Sun City West and James Letsinger of Palm Desert, Calif.;
eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts
may be made to SCORE, c/o Richard Parker, P.O. Box 553, Nevada, Iowa 50201.
Margaret E. Struthers
Aug. 12, 1916, to Aug. 22, 2000
Margaret E. Struthers, 84, of Collins, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, of colon
She was born Aug. 12, 1916, in the rural Collins area to Donald and
Vera (Eatwell) Huntrods. A life-long resident of the Collins area, she
married Allen Struthers on Feb. 28, 1941, in the E.U.B. Church in Collins.
She lived as a homemaker and housewife. She was a member of the Collins
United Methodist Church in Collins and of the United Methodist Women. She
was an accomplished seamstress and quilter and provided the church altar
bouquet from her own garden for more than 30 years.
Survivors include two sons, Donald (and Sharon) and Charles (and Kay),
both of Collins; a daughter, Lois (and Jack) Tinnell of Olathe, Kan.; seven
grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, donald Huntrods
of St. Charles, Roger and William Huntrods of Collins, and three sisters,
Lucille (Mrs. Vernon) White of Rhodes, Donna Ose of Collins and Myrl (Mrs.
Milo) Lauffer of Nevada.
Her parents; husband Allen; one great-grandchild and two sisters preceded
her in death.
Services were held Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Collins United Methodist
Church in Collins. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery, Collins. Fredregill
Funeral Home, Collins, handled arrangements.
Troy Alan Osborn
Jan. 23, 1968, to Aug. 26, 2000
Troy Alan Osborn, 32, of Ames, died of carbon monoxide poisoning on
Saturday, Aug. 26, at his home in Ames. The death has been ruled a suicide.
He was born Jan. 23, 1968, to Donna (Johnson) Halsrud. He served in
the U.S. Navy and married Leigh M. Olson on May 20, 1994, in Ames. He was
a supervisor for U.S. Filter in Ames. He was a lifelong resident of Story
County. His main interest was his children.
Survivors include his wife, Leigh of Ames; a daughter, Lauren Osborn
and a son, Griffin Osborn, both at home; his mother and stepfather, Donna
and Nick Halsrud of Nevada; two brothers, Todd Osborn of Justyn Jarnagin,
both of Nevada; a grandmother, Marie Johnson of Nevada; and many friends.
His grandfather, Charles Johnson; and a niece, Shalbe Jarnagin, preceded
him in death.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Chet Ryan Mortuary
with Chaplain David Burling officiating. Burial followed in the Nevada
Municipal Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established.
Sept. 11, 1911, to Aug. 26, 2000
Irene Magdalene Jane Kruse, 88, of Nevada, died of congestive heart
failure on Aug. 26 at Story County Long Term Care in Nevada.
She was born Sept. 11, 1911, to Hans J. and Phoebe (Rohlfs) Peters
on the family farm near Ogden. She attended schools in Ogden, where she
graduated from Ogden High School in 1929. She married Eldon Kruse on June
6, 1936, at the Zion Lutheran Church Parsonage in Ogden. They farmed near
Ogden until they retired and moved to Ogden in 1973. She moved to the Long
Term Care facility in Nevada in 1996, and she loved visiting with family
and friends and spent many hours embroidering.
Survivors include two daughters, Judy (and Melvin) Craven of Nevada
and Janet (and Tom) Vaughan of Ogden; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren;
and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 5, 1975; an infant
daughter, Joyce Irene Kurse in 1951; an infant grandson, Michael Vaughan
in 1969; two sisters Louise St. Clair in 1985 and Vivian Van Pelt, earlier
this year; and a brother, Benny Peters in 1975.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Zion Lutheran Church
in Ogden with the Rev. Stephen Ude officiating. Burial was in the Glenwood
Cemetery, Ogden. Carson Funeral Home, Ogden, handled arrangements.
Muriel E. Ridgway
March 22, 1912, to Aug. 27, 2000
Muriel E. Ridgway, 88, of Ames, died of heart failure on Aug. 27, at
Grand Avenue Care Center, Ames.
She was born March 22, 1912, in Memphis, Mo., to Carl and Ethel (Mankopf)
Garrett. She spent her childhood in Minnesota and moved to Ames after her
marriage to Arthur A. Ridgway on Dec. 13, 1936, in Aleda, Ill. She lived
as a homemaker in her own house in the Boone, Nevada and Ames communities.
She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the VFW Auxiliary
Survivors include a son, Gene A. Ridgway of Roland; a daughter, Peggy
A. Wrobleski of Arcadia, Neb.; four grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren;
and a sister, Bessie Gunn of St. Cloud, Minn.
Her parents, her husband, one child, one sister, two brothers and one
grandchild preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Stevens Memorial Chapel
with Pastor David Lincoln officiating. Burial was in the Ames Municipal
Vancel H. Lancaster
Oct. 4, 1933, to Aug. 21, 2000
Vancel H. Lancaster, 66, of Blackduck, Minn., and formerly of Collins
and Colo, died Monday, Aug. 21, at Bemidji Hospital in Bemidji, Minn.
He was born Oct. 4, 1933, in Greentop, Mo., to Harold Lancaster and
Maxine Ladwig. He became a child of God through the Rite of Holy Baptism
as an adult and affirmed his faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at
Zion Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Minn. He was educated in and graduated
from McIntire High School in McIntire. He joined the U.S. Army in January
of 1954 and served for two years. he continued to serve his country in
the United States Army Reserves until 1961. He married JoAnn Voxland on
July 19, 1953. He was employed in farming, owning and operating a service
station and in agricultural sales and sales management for 20 years. The
couple also purchased and operated a resort in Blackduck, Minn. He was
a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Blackduck, Minn., and a member of Blackduck
He loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer.
He enjoyed owning all the newest recreational toys. He was a storyteller
and usually liked getting in the last word. His greatest joy in life was
spending time with his grandchildren. He was a good husband, a good father
and a good friend.
Survivors include his wife, JoAnn of HC3 Box 204L, Blackduck, Minn.
56630; three sons, Steven of McLean, Va., James of Raleigh, N.C. and Brian
of Paris, Texas; one daughter, Susan (and Danny) Harrison of Nevada; 11
grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one
step-great-grandchild; a sister, Bonnie Monson of Blackduck, Minn.; a step-sister,
Lydell Reinardy of Cannon Falls, Minn.; and a step-brother, Gary Kohn of
His parents, a step-father, a brother, a step-sister and a nephew preceded
him in death.
Funeral services were held last Thursday in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran
Church in Ostrander, Minn., with the Rev. Norman Bauer officiating. Hindt
Hutchins Funeral Home in LeRoy handled arrangements.
Died Tuesday, Aug. 29
Lester Menzel, 94, formerly of Nevada, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Wesley
Acres Care Facility in Des Moines. Services are pending at Fredregill Funeral
Home in Zearing.
Emerson B. Pinck
Sept. 13, 1915, to Nov. 30, 2000
Emerson B. Pinck, 85, of rural Maxwell, died Thursday, Nov. 30, at
the Story County Long Term Care Center in nevada from congestive heart
he was born Sept. 13, 1915, near Maxwell to RayMond and Hattie "Pet"
Marie Beal Pinck. He married Pearle Ludine Boucher on June 1, 1937, in
Des Moines, Everson farmed near Maxwell for more than 40 years and also
worked at John Deere for 21 years before retiring in 1976. He was a member
of the Maxwell Christian Church, the CCC and the UAW. Emerson enjoyed traveling,
silver smithing and photography,
Survivors include hiswife, Pearle of Maxwell, two daughters, Sharren
Schuler of Nevada and Sheila Buechler of Boone; a son, E. Sankey Pinck
of Maxwell; nine grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren.
His parents preceeded him in death.
Private funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Woodland
Cemetery in Iowa Center. Bacon Funeral Home, Nevada, handled the arrangements.
Arlene (Kenney) Boten
Sept. 12, 1915, to Dec. 2, 2000
Arlene (Kenney) Boten, 85, of Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Anita
died from complications of a stroke on Saturday, Dec. 2.
She was born Set. 12, 1915, in Lucas County to Lester and Bessie (Foster)
Kenney. She married Henry (Hank) Boten on Nov. 30, 1935, in Nevada. She
lived as a homemaker and housewife. She moved to Nevada from Decorah in
1978. She moved from Nevada to Anita in April of this year. She was a member
of the Nevada Christian Church in nevada.
Survivors include a duaghter, Helen (Mrs. Jack) Gearhart of Atlantic;
four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Her parent, her husband Henry in 1983, two brothers, one great-granddaughter
and two sisters-in-=law preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held Dec. 7 at the nevada Christian Church. Burial
was in the nevada Municipal Cemetery, Nevada. Fredregill Funeral Home,
Zearing, handled arrangements.
Charles R. Bywaters
Charles R. Bywaters, 69, pastor of the Zearing Chrisitan Church and
a resident of Zearing, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Story County Hospital in
Nevada of a heart ailment.
Visitation was held Dec. 7 from 1-8 p.m. with the family present from
6-8 p.m. at the Zearing Christian Church.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. at the Zearing
Christian Church. Burial will be in the menlo Cemetery at Menlo at 2:30
.m. on Friday, Dec. 8
Fredregill Funeral Home, Zearing, is handling arrangements.
Charles R. Bywaters
Aug. 13, 1931, to Dec. 5, 2000
Charles R. Bywaters, 69, of Zearing, died of a heart ailment at Story
County Hospital in Nevada on Dec. 5.
He was born Aug. 13, 1931, in Baltimore, Md., to Charles and Dorothy
(Compton) Bywaters. He married Hazel Virginia Childress on May 30, 1953,
in Virginia. He served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years. In 1995, he moved
to Zearing from Des Moines. He was pastor and a member of the Zearing Christian
Church. He was also a member of the McCallsburg Lions Club and of the Old
Foggies Club. He did a ministry at the Women's State Prison in Mitchellville.
Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Zearing; three sons, Allan of
Boone, Blane of Knoxville and Craig of Stuart; two step-sons, Rick Mart
of Zearing and Jim Mart of Grimes; two step-daughters, Pam Wolfe of Ely
and Kristin McKeever of Des Moines; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren;
one brother, Earl Bywaters of Baltimore, Md.; and one sister, Eva Walker
His parents and his first wife Hazel preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 8, at the Zearing Christian
Church. Burial was in the Rosehill Cemetery in Menlo. Fredregill Funeral
Home, Zearing, handled arrangements.
Thelma Dorene Hemping
Dec. 13, 1915, to Dec. 6, 2000
Thelma Dorene Hemping, 84, of Colo, died of kidney failure on Wednesday,
Dec. 6, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.
She was born Dec. 13, 1915, in Colo to John and Mary Ann (Cooper) Dawson.
She was a Colo High School graduate and married Edgar Hemping on Dec. 14,
1934, in Colo. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Methodist
Church of Colo, BF & T Club, Dalton Aide and the Rebecca Circle. She
was a lifelong resident of Story County and enjoyed cooking, being home
and with family, attending church and gardening.
Survivors include a son, John Hemping of Colo; two grandchildren, Amy
Hemping of Colo and Matt Hemping of Ankeny; and two sisters, Donna Sayers
and Dorothy Smith, both of Nevada.
Her parents; her husband in 1980 and a sister, Doris Staker, preceded
her in death.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 9, at the United Methodist
Church of Colo with Pastor Park officiating. Burial will follow in the
Colo Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established. Chet Ryan Mortuary
in Nevada handled arrangements.
Maurice "Buck" Maxwell
Maurice "Buck" Maxwell, 76, of Maxwell, died Dec. 7 in Mesa, Ariz.
He was born in Maxwell and worked as a farmer.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Maxwell; two sons, Rod of Maxwell
and Rich of Collins; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. at the
Maxwell Presbyterian Church. Fredregill Funeral Home in Collins is handling
Velma Helen Groomes
July 29, 1912, to Dec. 12, 2000
Velma Helen Groomes, 88, of Huxley, formerly of Nevada, died Tuesday,
Dec. 12, of heart failure at Ballard Creek Community in Huxley, where she
had been a resident for the past two years.
She was born July 29, 1912, in rural Ames to Dollie and Ida (Johnson)
Jordan. She attended Shipley High School and married Glen F. Groomes on
Feb. 20, 1930. They farmed by Fernald until 1956, when they moved to Nevada.
She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in
Nevada and a past member of the Indian Creek Country Club, Don-Ce-Sar Dance
Club and a former 4-H leader. She was a lifelong resident of Story County
and enjoyed being with her family.
Survivors include a daughter, Nancy (and Don) McLean of Ames; a son,
Glen J. Groomes of Davenport, Neb.; three grandchildren, Denice Groomes
of Cambridge, Steven Groomes of St. Clair, Mo., and Brent Groomes of Cedar
Falls; 9 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a sister,
Bonnie Adriance of Orlando, Fla.
Her parents; her husband on May 20, 1977; a daughter, Garnette Groomes
on June 5, 1971; and a grandson, Kevin Groomes on Nov. 2, 1991, all preceded
her in death.
Visitation will be today (Thursday, Dec. 14) after 3 p.m. with the
family present from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Chet Ryan Mortuary, Nevada. Funeral
services will be held Friday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist
Church in Nevada with Pastor Steve Williams officiating. Burial will follow
in the Nevada Municipal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has