Miscellaneous Woodbury County, Iowa Obituaries

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Bertha I. Johnston 
Bertha I. Johnston, 97, of Sioux City died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998, at the Indian Hills Nursing and Rehab Center following a lengthy illness. 
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. today in Floyd Cemetery, with the Rev. Alex Washington officiating. The body was cremated. There will be no visitation. Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Johnston was born April 16, 1900, in Sioux City, the daughter of Valentine C. and Bertha L. (Schultz) Young. She attended Bancroft School in Sioux City. 

She married Admiral Dewey Johnston on Aug. 30, 1918, in Dakota City. He died April 28, 1966, in Sioux City. She was employed with Pelletier's Department Store and then with Younker's Department Store, retiring in 1962. 

Survivors include a son and his wife, Alvin and Susan of Seminole, Fla.; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Ed Young and Albert, Howard and Harold Young, all in infancy; and five sisters, Grace Warrington, Hazel Lonseth, Mabel Young, Florence Mummert and Ethel Cammarigg. 
 
 

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John M. Armijo 
John M. Armijo, 55, of Sioux City died unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital. 
The body was cremated. There will be no visitation or services. Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mr. Armijo was born May 14, 1942, in Albuquerque, N.M. He moved from Fresno, Calif. to Sioux City in May 1987. He had been a resident of Fresno for many years. He was a self-employed carpenter. 

Survivors include two sons, Benny and his wife Yvonne and Denny, all of Sioux City; a daughter and her husband, Violet and Gabe Jauregui of Fresno; and six grandchildren, Olivia, Carlos, Gabriel Jr. and Raymond Jauregui, Riana and Benjamin Armijo. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 
 

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Wells' Dairy founder Harry Wells dies 
 LE MARS, Iowa - Harry Lee "Mike" Wells, 84, of Le Mars died Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998, at the Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen, Iowa following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars, with the Rev. Richard Ries officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the American Legion Wasmer Post 241 of Le Mars. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. 

Mr. Wells was born Dec. 15, 1913, in Le Mars, the son of Fred and Miriam (Ralston) Wells Jr. He was raised in Le Mars and graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1934. While in high school, he was captain of the football team, class president, and a member of the student council and the National Honor Society. He also worked with his brothers in the family dairy. He moved to Sioux City, where he delivered milk door to door. 

He married Frances E. Marx on June 22, 1935, in Sioux City. In 1940, the couple moved to Le Mars, where he worked at the dairy and was eventually the head plant engineer and production manager, selecting, installing and maintaining all machinery and equipment. He was also responsible for the personnel of the engineering and production departments. 

He served in the U.S. Navy with the Seebee's Division during World War II. Following his discharge, he returned to Le Mars and worked in the family business, becoming founding part-owner of the Wells' Dairy Inc. He retired in 1976. 

He was a member of the American Legion Wasmer Post 241 and the Elks Lodge. He enjoyed fishing and flying his plane. 

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Robert of Reno, Nev. and David and his wife Marilyn of Le Mars; two brothers, Roy F. and Fay and his wife Betty, all of Le Mars; three grandchildren, Michael, Brian and Neal Wells; and a great-grandson. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold. 

Pallbearers will be Michael, Brian, Neal, Steve, Dan and Doug Wells. 
 
 

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Ernest J. Carlson 
Ernest "Ernie" John Carlson, 83, of Osakis, Minn., formerly of the South Dakota and Nebraska areas, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minn. 
Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Immaculate Conception Church in Osakis, with the Rev. Victor Kinzer and the Rev. Nick Dressen officiating. Burial was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn. Roy-Hetland Funeral Home of Osakis was in charge of the arrangements. 

Mr. Carlson was born Nov. 29, 1914, in Minneapolis, the son of Ernest W. and Lillian (Jordan) Carlson. He gradauted from Edison High School in Minneapolis, joined the National Guard and worked as a blacksmith's apprentice. He served in the U.S. Army as a combat officer during World War II in Europe. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart Medal and the Bronze Service Star for the Battle of Northern France. 

He received his degree in education from the University of Minnesota, his master's degree and specialist degree in education administration from Columbia University in New York. He received his doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska and St. Cloud State University. 

He married Geraldine "Jeri" Ganser on Aug. 23, 1962, in Watertown, S.D. He was employed as a school administrator, serving the Minnow and Tabor schools in South Dakota and the Homer and Wymore schools in Nebraska and Minnesota. He retired as principal of the Browerville High School in 1980. 

He was a member of Osakis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7902, where he was a past commander of the Minnesota Falldin Post, the American Legion, the Retired Officers Association, the 80th Division Association, the Retired Teachers Association and as past president of the Lake Osakis Association. He enjoyed fishing, golf and sports. 

Survivors include his wife; four sons and their wives, Raymond and Patricia Carlson of St. Cloud, E. John and Patricia Carlson of Eagan, Minn., Richard and Teresa Carlson of Rapid City, S.D. and Richard and Linda French of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; five daughters, Kay Cronin of Kimball, Minn., Corinne and her husband James Davis, Karen Stamos, and Lori and her husband Brian Toczek, all of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jannette and her husband Charles Rogers of Chandler, Ariz.; 28 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Harley W. and Mae of Golden Valley, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jannie Carlson; and a sister, Elaine Hitt. 

Pallbearers were Richard II, John Jr. and Raymond Carlson Jr., Christopher Rohde, Ryan French and Patrick Cronin. 
 
 

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William Van Voorst 
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa - William Van Voorst, 80, of Sioux Center died Wednesday at the Sioux Center Community Hospital. 
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Netherlands Reformed Church in Sioux Center. Burial will be at 1:15 p.m. Saturday in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be after 8 a.m. Friday, with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center. 
 
 

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Lela M. DeWall 
HAWARDEN, Iowa - Lela Marie DeWall, 75, of Hawarden died of cancer Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998, at the Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at American Lutheran Church in Hawarden, with the Rev. Timothy Solberg officiating. Burial will be in Grace Hill Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the Porter-Dow Funeral Home in Hawarden. 

Mrs. DeWall was born May 31, 1922, in Hawarden, the daughter of Curtis and Mattie (Holland) Dimmick. 

She married Glenn DeWall on Aug. 26, 1944. The couple made their home in the Hawarden area. She owned and operated the Sale Barn Cafe for several years. 

She was a member of American Lutheran Church. 

Survivors include her husband; two sons and their wives, Gene and Judi of Albuquerque, N.M. and Randy and Marcia of Craig, Colo.; two daughters and their husbands, Janice and Patrick Adams of Hawarden and Roni and Robert Munhofen of Elk Point, S.D.; a brother, Elmer Dimmick of Akron, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, a sister, two sons and a daughter. 
 
 

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Clifford Hallowell 
MACY, Neb. - Clifford Hallowell, 76, of Macy died Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998, at the Carl T. Curtis Nursing Center in Macy. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Alfred W. Gilpin Community Center in Macy, with Malcolm Tyndall in charge. Burial will be in Omaha Indian Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Susan Freemont residence in Macy until 4 p.m. Sunday, when services will be held at Native American Church in Macy. Pearson Funeral Home of Onawa, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mr. Hallowell was born May 24, 1921, in Winnebago, Neb., the son of Silas H. and Emily (Edwards) Hallowell Sr. He graduated from Flandreau (S.D.) Indian School and the Flandreau Vocational School. He was employed as a railroad laborer and an engineer and draftsman of grain bins for corn storage in various areas in the United States. He returned to Nebraska in 1970. He had been a resident of the nursing center for several years. 

Survivors include his nieces, nephews and cousins. 
 
 

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Minnie Hansen 
HOLSTEIN, Iowa - Minnie Hansen, 92, of Ida Grove, Iowa, formerly of Holstein, died Wednesday at the Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Holstein. Burial will be in Holstein City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Barker Funeral Home in Holstein. 
 
 

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Lewis H. Ladehoff 
JEFFERSON, S.D. - Lewis Henry Ladehoff, 86, of Jefferson died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998, in Elk Point, S.D. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Christy, Smith and Hockenberry Funeral Home in Sioux City, with the Rev. Mike Pappadackis officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service today at the funeral home. 

Mr. Ladehoff was born Sept. 14, 1911, in Akron, Iowa, the son of John and Ella (Anderson) Berrington. He attended public school in Akron. 

He married Flossie Oviatt on Sept. 19, 1935, in Le Mars. She died in June 1985 in Jefferson. He moved to Jefferson in 1953. He was employed as a truck driver for several different trucking companies in Siouxland. He was also employed as a construction worker during the development of the Missouri River around Sioux City. He entered the Prairie Estates Nursing Home in Elk Point in September 1995. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. 

Survivors include his care givers, Bill and Linda Girard and family of Jefferson; and cousins, Joe and Irene Procopio of Deer River, Minn. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Pallbearers will be Bill and Jesse Girard, Todd Christiansen, Bud Hoffman, Butch Morgan and Tony Boulware. 
 
 

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Lee Culp 
YANKTON, S.D. - Lee Culp, 77, of Yankton died Monday at a Sioux City hospital. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton. Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Earnest Bowyer Post 791 of Yankton. Ray-Lane Funeral Chapel of Yankton is in charge of the arrangements. 
 
 

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Edward S. Nielsen 
STORM LAKE, Iowa - Edward Stanford Nielsen, 91, of Storm Lake died Thursday at the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fratzke Funeral Home in Storm Lake. 
 
 

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William J. Henke 
AKRON, Iowa - William J. "Buzz" Henke, 75, of Akron died Thursday at a Sioux City hospital following a brief illness. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Akron. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Schroeder Funeral Home in Akron. 
 
 

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Doris Bellwood 
AKRON, Iowa - Doris Bellwood, 78, of Akron died Thursday at the Akron City Convalescent Care Center. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Schroeder Funeral Home in Akron. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. 
 
 

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Marvin E. Hageman 
 HINTON, Iowa - Marvin E. "Buck" Hageman, 89, of Hinton died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998, at his residence following a brief 
illness. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Hinton, with the Rev. Michael Boykin officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City. 

Mr. Hageman was born Aug. 29, 1908, in Manning, Iowa, the son of Herman and Mary (Ewert) Hageman. He moved with his family to Woodbury County at the age of three. 

He married Mildred E. Ludwig on June 6, 1936, in Sioux City. She died Dec. 12, 1996, in Sioux City. He farmed in Woodbury County and then moved to Plymouth County, where he farmed for 55 years. He was also employed as a seed corn distributor for Pfister Seed Corn for many years. 

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a charter member of the Farm Bureau. He enjoyed fishing and dancing. 

Survivors include a son and his wife, Lamont and Lois of Le Mars, Iowa; two daughters and their husbands, Linda and Donald Waring of Hinton and LaDonna and Dennis Newberg of Merrill, Iowa; a brother and his wife, Everett and Delores of Sioux City; three sisters, Lillian Olson of Lawton, Iowa, Viola Junck and Ida Farran, both of Sioux City; five grandchildren, Bill Waring, Patti Waring-Harvey, Nicole Goodwin, Brian Newberg and Kim Hageman; and five great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Herman; and a sister, Marie Zenor. 
 
 

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Wilbur D. Leedom 
AMES, Neb. - Wilbur "Willie" D. Leedom, 64, of Ames died Thursday at his residence. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Rozanek and Son Colonial Chapel in Freemont, Neb. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 3 to 5 p.m., at the funeral home. Visitation will resume from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home. 
 
 

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Helen V. Johnson 
ALTA, Iowa - Helen Viola Johnson, 91, of Aurelia, formerly of Alta, died Tuesday at the Sunset Knoll Retirement Home in Aurelia. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Alta. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, with the family present from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Barker Funeral Home in Alta. 
 
 

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Henry C. Funck 
HULL, Iowa - Henry Charles Funck, 88, formerly of Hull died Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998, at the Kingsbury Memorial Manor in Lake Preston, S.D. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Hull, with the Rev. Paul Leslie officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Maplewood Cemetery at Luverne, Minn. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull. 

Mr. Funck was born Dec. 31, 1909, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Johan and Margareta (Ziesenitz) Funck. He moved with his family to Minnesota when he was a child. Following his mother's death, he was raised in foster homes and also lived in the Rock County Home in Luverne. 

Around 1940, he moved to Hull, where he became a carpenter for Herman Schumacher. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his discharge, he returned to Hull and resumed his work as a carpenter. He entered the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1993, and later transferred to a Sioux Falls nursing home. He had been a resident at the Kingsbury Memorial Manor since 1996. 

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the American Legion Wegman-Koele Post, where he helped care for the Legion building. 

Survivors include a sister, Alfreda Stadler of Topeka, Kan., and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters, including his twin. 


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