Miscellaneous Woodbury County, Iowa Obituaries

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Henry L. Biede 
HOMER, Neb. - Henry Louis "Heinie" Biede, 87, formerly of Homer, died Sunday, April 5, 1998, at the Methodist Manor Care Center in Storm Lake, Iowa, following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Fratzke Funeral Home in Storm Lake, with the Rev. Ray Miller officating. Visitation will be after noon Tuesday, with the family present from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. until service time, at the funeral home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Omaha Valley Cemetery at Homer. Visitation with the family will following the burial service at the Homer American Legion Building. 

Mr. Biede was born June 23, 1910, in Emerson, Neb., the son of William and Johanna (Frey) Biede. He attended school in Nebraska and farmed before becoming a butcher. He retired after working 26 years as a butcher in Homer. 

He married Gertrude L. Steinman on Nov. 3, 1940, in Emerson. She died in 1971. In 1977, he married Farsina Price. She died in 1988. 

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Homer and the Homer Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed fishing and playing his harmonica, which he performed on radio shows, county fairs and with the Lawrence Welk Band. He was also active in scouting. 

Survivors include four sons, Duane and his wife Ardyce of Hastings, Neb., Walt of Storm Lake, Stanley and his wife Sharon of Evansville, Ind. and Hank and his wife Mary of Storm Lake; two daughters, Ylene Longwell of Minburn, Iowa and Betty and her husband Jeff Homan of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; a brother and his wife, Harry and Norma of The Dalles, Ore.; a sister and her husband, Elaine and Alfred Harris of Homer; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by three borthers, Arnold, Leo and Louie; and two sisters, Leona and Norma. 

A memorial fund has been established. 

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Betty Hinrichsen 
CHEROKEE, Iowa - Betty (Williams) Hinrichsen, 64, of El Cajon, Calif., formerly of Cherokee, died Monday, March 30, 1998, in California following a lengthy illness. 
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Pleasant View Cemetery at Hartley, Iowa. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. 

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Ruth C. Dawdy 
Ruth C. Dawdy, 82, of Sioux City died Saturday, April 4, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Christy, Smith and Hockenberry Funeral Home, with the Rev. Paul Sieveking, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. 

Mrs. Dawdy was born Nov. 10, 1915, in Bronson, Iowa, the daughter of Peter and Bertha (Kamm) Wingert. She attended school in Bronson. She moved to Sioux City in 1935. 

She married Ernest C. Dawdy on Feb. 25, 1935, in Sioux City. 

Survivors include her husband; a son and his wife, Jerry and Karen of Sioux City; five daughters and their husbands, Shirley and Jerry Barth, Mildred and Ealre Volkert and Delores and Ralph Tuttle, all of Sioux City, Nancy and Dale Patten of Sergeant Bluff and Beverly and Gary Rocky of Carrollton, Texas; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Pauline Christenson of Sergeant Bluff; and a brother and his wife, William and Lela Wingert of Bronson. 

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Jackie; and a brother, Carl Wingert. 

Pallbearers will be Jerry Michael Barth, Scott Patten, Kelly Volkert, Jon Rocky, Greg Patten and Troy Dawdy. 

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Dean J. Calhoun 
Dean J. Calhoun, 84, of Sioux City died Saturday, April 4, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital following a brief illness. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, with the Rev. Richard E. Kretzschmar, pastor of Whitfield United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. 

Mr. Calhoun was born July 17, 1913, in Lutton, Iowa, the son of Zed and Edith (Ewing) Calhoun. He moved to Sioux City in 1933. 

He married Helen L. Snyder on June 2, 1934, in Sioux City. He began working in the dry cleaning business in 1933, and owned and operated Service Cleaners from 1948 to 1976. 

He was a member of Whitfield United Methodist Church and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie 77 for over 60 years. 

Survivors include his wife; a daughter and her husband, Sally and Joe Norton Jr. of Sioux City; two grandchildren, Stacey Modrell and Joe Norton III; three great-grandchildren; an a niece. 

He was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers, Harold and Robert Calhoun and William Fouts. 

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Bruce E. Donahue 
 Bruce Edward Donahue, 67, of Sioux City died Saturday, April 4, 1998, at his residence following a brief illness. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Rasmussen, pastor of Church on the Way, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the funeral home. 

Mr. Donahue was born Jan. 15, 1931, in Laurel, Neb., the son of Edward and Esther (Bruce) Donahue. He moved with his family to Sioux City as a child. He graduated from Central High School. He served in the U.S. Navy. 

He married Janice R. Laymon on Jan. 1, 1963, in Elk Point, S.D. He was employed with Chicago Northwestern Railroad and then with St. Joseph and Marian Health Center, retiring after 27 years. She died Oct. 7, 1990, in Sioux City. 

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 77. He was active in the Democratic Party and did volunteer work and fed the homeless. 

Survivors include three sons and their wives, John and Johanna of Hollywood, Fla., Robert James and Lynn of Greenwood, Neb. and David Joseph and Janey of Tulsa, Okla.; his mother of Sioux City; two brothers, Roger and Gary, both of Sioux City; two sisters and their husbands, Mary Lee and Jim Conlon of Sergeant Bluff and Kay and Don Undine of St. Louis, Mo.; and four grandchildren, Ian S., Katelyn Jo, Matthew J. and Sara J. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert John; and a sister, Jeanine Donahue. 

Pallbearers will be Joe, Mike and Dan Conlon, Donald Undine, Donald "Doc" Berens and Gary Moss. 

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Anna M. Gerlach 
Anna Marie Gerlach, 83, of Greenville, N.C., formerly of Sioux City, died Monday, March 23, 1998, at her residence. 
Services will be Thursday, April 16, 1998, at St. Mary's Church in Freeport, Ill. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at Freeport. 

Mrs. Gerlach was born Dec. 12, 1914, near Salix, Iowa, the daughter of Howard and Laura (Menard) Low. 

She married Harold W. Gerlach in 1935, in Sioux City. In 1960, the couple moved to Freeport, Ill. He died in 1995. 

She had suffered with Alzheimer's Disease for five years. 

Survivors include two sons, Fr. John Harold of Springfield, Ill., and Howard and his wife, Carole, of Alexandria, Va.; three daughters and their husbands, Lorie and Michael Ehlbeck, with whom she lived, of Greenville, N.C., Telly and Vincent Marino of Reston, Va., and Jean and Daniel Raih of Cambridge, Mass.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Doris Pearl and Eachel Tierno, both of Tracy, Calif. 

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Bruce E. Donahue 
Bruce Edward Donahue, 67, of Sioux City died Saturday, April 4, 1998, at his residence following a brief illness. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Rasmussen, pastor of Church on the Way, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. 
Mr. Donahue was born Jan. 15, 1931, in Laurel, Neb., the son of Edward and Esther (Bruce) Donahue. He moved with his family to Sioux City as a child. He graduated from Central High School. 

He served in the U.S. Navy. 

He married Janice R. Laymon on Jan. 1, 1963, in Elk Point, S.D. She died Oct. 7, 1990, in Sioux City. 

Mr. Donahue was employed with Chicago Northwestern Railroad and then with St. Joseph and Marian Health Center, retiring after 27 years. 

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 77. He was active in the Democrat Party and did volunteer work and fed the homeless. 

Survivors include three sons and their wives, Steven John and Johanna of Hollywood, Fla., Robert James and Lynn of Greenwood, Neb., and David Joseph and Janey of Tulsa, Okla.; his mother of Sioux City; two brothers, Roger and Gary and his wife, Marjee, all of Sioux City; two sisters and their husbands, Mary Lee and Jim Conlon of Sergeant Bluff and Kay and Don Undine of St. Louis, Mo.; and four grandchildren, Ian S., Katelyn Jo, Matthew J. and Sara J. 

He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, Robert John; and a sister, Jeanine Donahue. 

Pallbearers will be Joe, Mike and Dan Conlon, Donald Undine, Donald "Doc" Berens and Gary Moss. 

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Donald H. Hafits 
 Donald H. Hafits, 71, of Sioux City died of cancer Sunday, April 5, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital. 
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with the Rev. Dan Greving and the Rev. Tim Johnson officiating. The body will be cremated. Visitation with the family will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, with a parish vigil service at 7 p.m., at Larkin Morningside Funeral Home. 

Mr. Hafits was born Nov. 18, 1926, in Sioux City, the son of Harry and Margaret (Dik) Hafits. He graduated from East High School. 

He married Theresa Whelan on July 8, 1946, in Sioux City. 

He was employed with Continental Baking Company for more than 30 years, until 1980. He then worked for the Western Hills Area Education Agency until retiring in 1988. 

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Teamster Union Local 383, where he served on the Executive Board and was vice president. He was a political activist at the local, state and federal levels. He was also a member of the Royal Order of the Moose, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 77 and the Meadows Country Club in Moville, Iowa. 

He enjoyed golfing and sports. He pitched semi-professional baseball in Siouxland. He also coached baseball from Little League to American Legion ranks. 

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Patricia and her husband, Jack Hanson, of Pocahontas, Iowa and Theresa Card of Sioux City; two sons and their wives, Jerry and Debra of Sioux City and Dan and Loann of Omaha, Neb.; a sister, Lorraine Foster of Roseburg, Ore.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Marvin E. 

Pallbearers will be Tom Dik, Dennis Donovan, Dennis Luft, Barry Delaney, Robert Hanson and Marty Gubbels. 

Memorials in his name may be directed to the Mater Dei Schools. 

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Wayne R. Butler 
ONAWA, Iowa - Wayne Reed Butler, 94, of Onawa died Monday, April 6, 1998, at Elmwood Care Centre in Onawa. 
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pearson Funeral Home in Onawa, with the Rev. David H. Wagner officiating. Burial will be in Onawa City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Mr. Butler was born Nov. 3, 1903, in rural Monona County, the son of Richard James and Mary Ann (Reed) Butler. He attended Onawa schools. 

He married Viola Heller on Jan. 14, 1928, in Sioux City. The couple made their home in rural Onawa, where he farmed. They later moved into Onawa. He retired in 1965. She died Nov. 7, 1987, in Sioux City. 

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Gloria Jean and Mike Larsen of Marshalltown, Iowa; a daughter-in-law, Dorris Warwick of Canton, Ga.; six grandchildren, Roger Butler, Marrie David, Jill Hay and Kent, Sheri and Julie Larsen; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Wayne; and a sister, Arnot Arndt.


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