Miscellaneous Woodbury County, Iowa Obituaries

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Leola Hansen 
Leola "Gayle" Hansen, 77, of Grand Island, Neb., formerly of Sioux City, died Friday, March 6, 1998, at St. Francis Memorial Health Center in Grand Island. 
The body was cremated. Memorial services will be at a later date in Grand Island. Inurnment will be in Sioux City Memorial Park Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home of Grand Island is in charge of arrangements. 

Mrs. Hansen was born Nov. 3, 1920, the daughter of Maurice and Olive (Moore) Horton, in Gregory, S.D. She grew up and was educated in Sioux City and graduated from Central High School in 1938. She later graduated from Edwards Business Institute in Sioux City, after which she worked as a dental assistant for Dr. H.P. White for over 30 years. She later worked for Dr. Crarey's dental office as a dental assistant and retired in 1967. She married Harry O. Hansen on Nov. 18, 1959, in Sioux City. The couple made their home in Sioux City. She was a certified dental assistant and served as president of Iowa State Dental Assistants. He died in 1968. She moved to Grand Island in 1971. 

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Rebekkah of which she was past Noble Grand. 

Survivors include a sister, Donna Van DeMark of Grand Island. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents. 
 
 

Eugene E. Rathbun 
Eugene E. "Gene" Rathbun, 86, of Longmont, Colo., formerly of Sioux City, died Tuesday, March 3, 1998, at home. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Longmont with the Rev. Granville Smythe officiating. Burial will be in Longmont Mountain View Cemetery. Visitation was Friday. 

Mr. Rathbun was born Nov. 25, 1911, the son of James Gene and Jessie (Schweig) Rathbun, in St. Paul, Minn. He graduated from Morningside College with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and held the rank of captain at the time of his discharge. He married Marjorie Belle Hancock on Jan. 16, 1942, in Nebraska. He was employed for many years by Cudahy Packing Company as chemical manager in the shortening and oils division. He was plant manager and vice president of Arkansas Chemicals Inc. in Eldorado, Ark., from 1962 until his retirement in 1981. While in Eldorado he was active in the Kiwanis Club and Salvation Army. 

In 1984 he moved to Longmont from Santa Fe, N.M. She died in 1985. He served on the board of directors of St. Vrain Manor of Longmont and was a member of the Longmont Gem and Mineral Club. He was a regular bridge player at the Longmont Senior Center and an avid rock hound. He also volunteered as a film processor for the Longmont Police Department for several years. He was a member of First United Church of Longmont. 

Survivors include a son, Richard and his wife, Mary, of Salt Lake City, Utah; two daughters, Linda S. Rathbun of Longmont, and Judith K. McCart of Cortez, Colo.; a sister, Ruby Pakeltis of Sioux City; and four grandchildren, Michael, Laura, and Rebecca McCart, and Lauren Rathbun. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Lewis; and two sisters, Theodora Hagman and Gladys Malmstrom. 
 

Betty I. Chamley 
Betty I. Chamley, 74, of Sioux City, formerly of Flandreau, S.D., died Wednesday, March 4, 1998, at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Skroch Funeral Chapel in Flandreau with the Rev. Stan Gruneich officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. There will be no visitation. 

Mrs. Chamley was born on Aug. 3, 1923, the daughter of Dennis and Lottie (Nelson) Parks, in Sioux City. She was educated in Sioux City. She worked as a supervisor at Leberscope Electronics until her retirement. She married Clifford Chamley on June 15, 1976, in Rapid City, S.D. The couple lived in Flandreau until his death on May 17, 1985, after which she returned to Sioux City. 

Survivors include a son, Terry Lang and his wife, Jan, of Lincoln; two grandsons, Ryan and Barry; and a brother, Dennis Russel Parks of Sioux City. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Mary and Pauline. 

Melvin F. Uhl 
ONAWA, Iowa - Melvin Frederick Uhl, 84, of Onawa died Tuesday, March 3, 1998. 
Funeral Mass will be at 1:30 p.m. today at St. John's Catholic Church in Onawa with the Rev. Alfred E. McCoy officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Mapleton, Iowa with the Rev. Edmund Tiedeman officiating. Visitation will be at 11:30 a.m. today until time of the service at the church. Armstrong Funeral Home of Mapleton is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mr. Uhl was born Feb. 6, 1914, the son of Fred and Emma (Hamman) Uhl, in Mapleton, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Mapleton. He married Evelyn Sherman in June, 1940. The couple farmed near Climbing Hill, Iowa, for two years before moving to a 160-acre farm near Hornick, Iowa. They remained on the farm for 37 years until retirement in 1976. They moved into Onawa in 1981. 

He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Onawa. 

Survivors include his wife; two daughters and their husbands, Sharon and Dave Mesker of Las Vegas, and Glennis and Bill Schneider of Canyon Country, Calif.; two sons, Ronald of Sioux City, and Terry and his wife, Devera, of Omaha, Neb.; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives. 

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sindea Gilbert; a grandson, John Olden; two brothers, Leonard and Orville; and a sister, Ruby. 

Memorials may be directed in his name to the American Heart, Diabetes, or Cancer Associations, or St. John's Catholic Church in Onawa. 
 
 

Asa Kraayenbrink 
HULL, Iowa - Asa Kraayenbrink, 70, of Hull died Thursday, March 5, 1998, at his home. 
Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at First Reformed Church in Hull with the Rev. Verlyn Boone officiating. Burial will be prior to the service in Hope Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the church with a prayer service at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Oolman Funeral Home in Hull. 

Mr. Kraayenbrink was born April 4, 1927, the son of Dick and Ethel (Wiersema) Kraayenbrink, in Sioux Center, Iowa. He was raised in Middleburg. He married Wilhelmina Henrietta Vande Kamp on Jan. 24, 1949, in Sioux Center. The couple farmed near Hull and he also was employed by Woelber Fencing in Hull. In 1991, they moved into Hull. 

He was a member of the First Reformed Church where he had served on the consistory as both an elder and a deacon. He was also active in Men's Brotherhood and the choir. He had served on the board of directors of the Hull Cooperative Association and was a member of the Gideons. 

Survivors include his wife; two daughters and their husbands, Doris and Harold Scholten of Sheldon, and Hillene and John Unangst of Bedford, Texas; a sister and her husband, Alyda and Don Wassenaar of Sheldon; and a brother and his wife, Henrich and Marilyn Kraayenbrink of Sioux Center. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 
 
 

Marlin R. Jones 
PRIMGHAR, Iowa - Marlin Russell Jones, 89, of Primghar died Friday, March 6, 1998, at the Primghar Care Center. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the United Church of Primghar with the Rev. Richard Dunn officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to noon today at the Gaudian-Eldridge Funeral Home in Primghar. 

Mr. Jones was born on April 28, 1908, the son of William H. and Elizabeth (Sass) Jones, on a farm near Washta, Iowa. His family moved to a farm south of Paullina where he received his education and graduated from Paullina High School. He was then employed by the Long Brothers Elevator in Paullina. He married Myrne Strand on June 25, 1935, at her parents' home in Summitt Township near Primghar. The couple lived in Paullina for a short time before moving to a farm in Summitt Township in O'Brien County, Iowa. The couple farmed there until moving to a farm southwest of Primghar where they farmed until retiring in the late 1960s. They moved to Marshalltown, Iowa, until 1989 when they returned to live in Primghar. He had been a resident of the Primghar Care Center since 1990. 

He was a member of the United Church of Primghar. He enjoyed repairing and developing new methods of farm machinery operation along with woodworking. 

Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Marilyn Jones of Marshalltown, Karen and her husband, Charles Schutt, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Dorothy and her husband, Gordon Louden, of Grinnell, Iowa, and Kristine and her husband, Gail Stoddard, of Titonka, Iowa; two sons and their wives, Gary and Bronlyn of Charles City, Iowa, and Michael and Shirley of Primghar; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Vivien Jones of Paullina; and several other relatives. 

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Wallin and Eva Moats; and two brothers, Daniel and Allyn.
 

Harold Soiset 
Harold Austin Soiset, 86, of Matthews, N.C. died Friday, March 6, 1998, at home. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lowe-DeBord Funeral Home in Matthews. Burial will be in Forest Lawn East. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. 

Mr. Soiset was born on Nov. 4, 1911, the son of Albert Cornelius and Gyjri (Boen) Soiset, in Sioux City. 

Survivors include his wife, LaVerna; two sons, William Soiset of Matthews, and Roger and his wife, Nancy, of Lilburn, Ga; a daughter, Gini and her husband, Bob Malek, of Raleigh, N.C.; and five grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Alice Soiset and Lillian Christensen. 

Memorials may be directed to Presbyterian Hospice in Charlotte, N.C. 
 
 

Eugene E. Rathbun 
Eugene E. "Gene" Rathbun, 86, of Longmont, Colo., formerly of Sioux City, died Tuesday, March 3, 1998, at home. 
Services were Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Longmont with the Rev. Granville Smythe officiating. Burial was in Longmont Mountain View Cemetery. 

Mr. Rathbun was born Nov. 25, 1911, the son of James Gene and and Jessie (Schweig) Rathbun, in St. Paul, Minn. He graduated from Morningside College with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and held the rank of captain at the time of his discharge. He married Marjorie Belle Hancock on Jan. 16, 1942, in Tekamah, Neb. She died in 1985. He was employed for many years by Cudahy Packing Company as chemical manager in the shortening and oils division. He was plant manager and vice president of Arkansas Chemicals Inc. in Eldorado, Ark., from 1962 until his retirement in 1981. While in Eldorado he was active in the Kiwanis Club and Salvation Army. 

In 1984 he moved to Longmont from Santa Fe, N.M. He served on the board of directors of St. Vrain Manor of Longmont and was a member of the Longmont Gem and Mineral Club. He was a regular bridge player at the Longmont Senior Center and an avid rock hound. He also volunteered as a film processor for the Longmont Police Department for several years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Longmont. 

Survivors include a son, Richard and his wife, Mary, of Salt Lake City, Utah; two daughters, Linda S. Rathbun of Longmont, and Judith K. McCart of Cortez, Colo.; a sister, Ruby Pakeltis of Sioux City; and four grandchildren, Michael, Laura, and Rebecca McCart, and Lauren Rathbun. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Lewis; and two sisters, Theodora Hagaman and Gladys Malmstrom. 
 
 

Bonnie L. Wiese 
Bonnie L. Wiese, 63, of Dakota City died Friday, March 6, 1998, at her home after a brief illness. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Becker-Hunt Funeral Home with the Rev. Susan Miller of Siouxland Hospice officiating. Burial will be in Dakota City Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 to 9 p.m. today with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Mrs. Wiese was born Aug. 11, 1934, the daughter of Bert and Florence M. (Rager) Conner, in Sioux City. She graduated from Emerson High School in Emerson, Neb. She married Melvin A. Wiese on Oct. 15, 1953, in Emerson. He died Jan. 24, 1998, in Emerson. She was employed at Waldbaum for 13 years, Zenith Corporation for 14 years, and the Crystal Cafe for nine years. 

Survivors include two sons, Dennis of South Sioux City, and Garry of Sioux City; a daughter and her husband, Kelley and Art Parr of South Sioux City; two brothers, Henry Conner of Fairmont, W.Va., and Jack Conner of Dakota City; her mother; four grandchildren, Joshua, Robyn, and Devon Wiese, and Noah Parr; and a great-grandson. 

She was also preceded in death by her father, an infant sister, Phyllis, and a granddaughter, Lacy Wiese. 

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Hill, Ray Chicoine, Vic Brand, Roy Ahlers, Mike Kane, and John Downey. 
 
 

Frances V. Heinse 
 Frances V. Heinse, 77, of Sioux City died Thursday, March 5, 1998, at her home. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Louis J. Sievert officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 9 p.m. today with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m. at Christy, Smith & Hockenberry Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Heinse was born March 20, 1920, the daughter of George Gilbert and Etta Downing, in Moville, Iowa. She married Alfred A. Heinse on Sept. 18, 1937, in Cherokee, Iowa. She was active in the Girls of "68" and American Legion Auxiliary unit 651 of Oto, Iowa. She was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and a past member of the Ladies Circle. 

Survivors include her husband; a son, George and his wife, Carol of Fort Jones, Calif.; two daughters, Alverna and her husband, Kenneth Miller, of Sioux City, and Janet Staubs of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Anita and her husband, Eugene Corn of Decatur, Neb.; a brother, Charles Downing of Sergeant Bluff; four sisters, Maxine Hamann of Mapleton, Iowa, Emma and her husband, Ronald Mann, of Hoskins, Neb., Lily and her husband, Leo Ronfelt, of Sioux City, and Mary and her husband, Virgil Smith, of Akron, Iowa; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Ronald and Alfred E. "Sonny"; two sisters, Georgetta Prescott and Marguerite Lesner; and two brothers, Roy Downing and an infant brother. 

Pallbearers will be Mike Downing, Jeremy Passyka, Duane Hamann, Dennis Smith, John Westerman, and Mike Wilde. 

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland. 
 
 

Martha C. Rittel 
 Martha C. Rittel, 80, of Sioux City died Friday, March 6, 1998, at Countryside Retirement Home after a long illness. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Southern Hills Baptist Church with the Rev. Leo Endel officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 8:30 p.m. today with a prayer service at 4 p.m. at Christy, Smith & Hockenberry Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Rittel was born on Sept. 16, 1917, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Kleinsasser) Tschetter, in Freeman, S.D. She was raised in Freeman, moving to Sioux City in 1944. She married Raymond B. Rittel on Dec. 3, 1939, in Freeman. He died May 12, 1989. She worked in the central kitchen for the Sioux City public schools. She also worked for the Auxiliary for the Salvation Army, was a Sunday school teacher at the Christian Missionary Alliance for 25 years, and worked during city elections for many years. She also was a 20-year volunteer for RSVP, offered a Bible study and story time for young children in her home after school, and volunteered at Countryside Retirement Home. She was a member of Southern Hills Baptist Church and was active in all church activities. 

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Montgomery of Milford, Iowa, and LaVone Bennett of Sioux City; two sisters, Dorothy Newman of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Vivian Prochnow of West Bend, Wis.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

She was also preceded in death by two grandsons; and brothers and sisters. 

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland. 
 

Bernard Korner 
IDA GROVE, Iowa - Bernard "Ben" Korner, 88, of Ida Grove, formerly of Schleswig, Iowa, died Friday, March 6, 1998, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove with the Rev. Andrew Currao and the Rev. John Schauer officiating. Burial will be in Grant Township Cemetery in rural Ida Grove. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Monday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove. 

Mr. Korner was born Nov. 19, 1909, the son of Herman and Louise (Miller) Korner, in Crawford County, Iowa. He married Dorothy Miller on Feb. 3, 1932, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grant Township in Iowa. The couple farmed near Schleswig from 1936 until 1972, and in 1993 moved to Ida Grove. 

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove and the Schleswig Community Club. He also served one year on the Grant Township Cemetery Board, and was director of Farmers Lumber and Grain in Schleswig. 

Survivors include his wife; two sons and their wives, Lodean and Lois, and Wayne and Donna Mae, all of Ida Grove; three grandchildren, Laurene Morphis, Steven Korner, and Scott Korner; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl Korner of Denison, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. 

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter; a sister, Esther Korner; four brothers, Art, Harry, Leo, and Walter; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Elvera Laubengayer. 
 
 

Roger S. Sopoci 
VERMILLION, S.D. - Roger S. Sopoci, 41, of Vermillion, formerly of North Sioux City, died Thursday, March 5, 1998, at a Vermillion hospital. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Berkemier Funeral Home with the Rev. Merrill Muller of Riverside United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in McCook Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 to 8:30 p.m. Monday with the family present from 7 to 8:30 at the funeral home. 

Mr. Sopoci was born Nov. 2, 1956, the son of Marvin and Eldora (Weisz) Sopoci, in Parkston, S.D. He moved with his family to North Sioux City in 1962. He moved to Vermillion in 1991. He was a member of People First. 

Survivors include a sister, Betty Sopoci, of Sioux City; a brother and his wife, Richard and Brenda Sopoci of North Sioux City; three nephews; a niece; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. 
 
 

Leonard Reichling 
LE MARS, Iowa - Leonard Reichling, 80, of Le Mars, formerly of Oyens, Iowa, died Friday, March 6, 1998, at Westwood Convalescent and Rest Home in Sioux City. 
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens with the Rev. Randy Schon and Monsignor Richard Zenk of Akron, Iowa, concelebrating. Burial will be in St. Catherine's Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Monday with a parish rosary at 3 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. 

Mr. Reichling was born Oct. 1, 1917, the son of Peter and Mary (Masuen) Reichling, in rural Remsen, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the Remsen and Oyens area after which he farmed in the Remsen area. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from Aug. 15, 1941, until being discharged on Jan. 3, 1946. He married Mary Zenk on June 18, 1947, in New Ulm, Minn. They farmed near Oyens until retiring and moving into Oyens in 1980. She died Aug. 23, 1986. He moved to Le Mars in May 1995. 

He was a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens, the V.F.W. Post 3328 of Remsen, and American Legion Post 241 of Le Mars. 

Survivors inlclude a son, Dennis of Houston, Texas; four daughters, Diane and her husband, Patrick McGranahan, of Omaha, Neb., Jan Brown of Denver, Colo., Joan Klein of Le Mars, and Cheryl and her husband, Lee Colvin, of Tampa, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, and a sister, Marcella and her husband, LeRoy Niehus, of Remsen. 

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Cyril. 

Pallbearers will be Jeff Brown; Ben, Brian, and Kevin Klein; and Eric and Scott Reichling.


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