Miscellaneous Woodbury County, Iowa Obituaries

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Miriam Hearing Chambers 
Miriam Hearing Chambers, 42, of Clarksville, Tenn., formerly of Sioux City, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997, from cancer. 

Memorial service was held Dec. 10, 1997, at First Baptist Church in St. Bethlehem, Tenn. 

Mrs. Chambers was born March 9, 1955, in Sioux City, the daughter of Russell and Dorthy Hearing. 

She was a member of the first graduating class of West High School in 1973. 

She married Donald Chambers of Phillips, Neb., on Aug. 9, 1973. 

She was a member of First Baptist Church. She was a homemaker, enjoying crafts and gardening. 

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Monica Wisnewski of Belleville, Ill., and Abigail Chambers of Clarksville; her parents; two sisters, Jeanette Friesen of Walton, Kan., and Elaine Brown of Sioux City; and three brothers, Duane and Dwight Hearing of Sioux City, and Tim Hearing of Hendersonville, Tenn. 

Dr. Edward H. Murphy 
Dr. Edward H. Murphy, 71, of Seattle, Wash., formerly of Sioux City, died Dec. 5, 1997. 

Dr. Murphy was born Feb. 4, 1926, in Sioux City, the son of Mabel and Ray Murphy. 

He served in the United States Marines in World War II. He received two purple hearts, a bronze star, and a silver star, for acts of bravery in WW II. As often as possible he reunited with his Marine comrades. 

He attended Palmer Chiropractic College from 1963 to 1966, in Davenport, Iowa. He opened his practice in 1966, in Seattle. 

In 1970, he was elected president of Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, in 1971 he was elected president of Seattle-King County Chiropractors Association. 

He traveled all over the world. At age 59 he flew over Florida in a hot air balloon and parachuted from a plane in Washington, fulfilling two lifelong dreams. 

Survivors include two sons, James E. Murphy and Mark F. Murphy, and a daughter, Jean M. Murphy. 

Florence A. Rice 
Florence A. Rice, 84, of Sioux City died Saturday at a local nursing home. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sioux City. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Ida Grove Cemetery in Ida Grove, Iowa. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and the family present from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Anderson-Perasso Funeral Chapel. 

Fred I. Hutchins 
Fred I. Hutchins, 71, of Sioux City died Friday at his residence. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Christy, Smith & Hockenberry Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the funeral home. 

Frances B. McGuire 
Frances B. McGuire, 99, of Sioux City died Friday, Dec. 12, 1997, at her residence. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with the Rev. Robert Schimmer and the Rev. Thomas Geelan officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Danbury Catholic Cemetery in Danbury, Iowa, with the Rev. David J. Hogan officiating. 

Visitation, with the family present, will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today, with a parish vigil service at 7:30 p.m., at the Larkin Northside Funeral Home. 

Mrs. McGuire was born March 9, 1898, in Carroll, Iowa, the daughter of Thomas and Olive (McConnell) O'Gorman. She was raised in the Midwest, moving to Danbury in 1923, and to Sioux City in 1969. 

She was employed as a telephone operator prior to marriage. 

She married James McGuire on Sept. 21, 1926, in Danbury. He died Jan. 31, 1968, in Danbury. 

She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. 

Survivors include a daughter, Helen McGuire of Sioux City; two sons and their wives, Thomas and Dolores McGuire of Browns Valley, Calif., and John and Rosemarie of Arcadia, Calif.; a daughter-in-law, Monica McGuire of Arcadia; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a son, Joe McGuire; a grandson, Michael McGuire; five brothers, Charles, James, Philip, and Thomas O'Gorman, and one in infancy; and two sisters, Mary Horak and Anne O'Gorman. 

Pallbearers will be, Daniel, David Richard, Patrick, Matthew, Dennis and Tim McGuire. 

Frances C. Benson, 87, of Sioux City died Saturday; Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel. 

Gladys N. Christiansen, 95, of Sioux City died Saturday; Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel. 

 

Gilbert Sharp 
Claudia Sharp 
WAKEFIELD, Neb. - Gilbert Burley Sharp, 70, and Claudia Jean Sharp, 64, of Wakefield died Friday, Dec. 12, 1997, from injuries sustained in a traffic accident near Hubbard, Neb. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Assembly of God Church in Pender, Neb., with the Rev. John Bellar officiating. Burial will be in the afternoon at Wakefield, Neb., Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at the Bressler-Humlicek Funeral Home in Wakefield. 

Mr. Sharp was born March 16, 1927, in Zena, Okla., the son of Tom and Myrtle (Crull) Sharp. He attended Jay, Okla., school and joined the United States Navy as corpsman at age 19. 

Mrs. Sharp was born Feb. 2, 1933, in Tahlequah, Okla., the daughter of Joseph E. and Fredonia (Neet) Beck. She attended the Jay, Okla. school. 

The couple married on April 16, 1949, in Jay. 

His service career took them to Japan and 40 of the United States. After 30 years with the Navy they left San Diego, Calif., moving to Wakefield. He was employed at Big Red Farms for M.G. Waldbaum Company until 1991. 

The couple were members of Pender Assembly of God Church. 

Survivors include a son and his wife, Dean and Kathi Sharp of Council Bluffs, Iowa; a daughter and her husband, Laura and Frank Rosinski of Great View, Wash.; three grandchildren; her mother; her two sisters, Jackie Wilkerson of Wakefield and Billie Jo and her husband, Bill Ramsey of Kansas City, Kan.; her two brothers and their wives, Harrison and Margie Beck of Nashville, Tenn., and Gene and Sharon Harper of Eldorado Hills, Calif.; and his two sisters, Pauline and Avis. 

She was preceded in death by her father. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and two sisters. 

Ronald Samuelson 
PENDER, Neb. - Ronald Kent Samuelson, 72, of Pender died Friday at a Sioux City hospital. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at United Church of Pender in Pender. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Walthill, Neb. A family gathering will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Munderloh Funeral Home in Pender. 

Milrae M. Franck 
DENISON, Iowa - Milrae M. Franck, 76, of Denison died Friday at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Denison. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Pfannebecker Funeral Home in Denison. 

Mabel R. Funk 
PRIMGHAR, Iowa - Mabel R. Funk, 76, of Primghar, formerly of Sheldon, Iowa, died Friday at Spencer Municipal Hospital. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon. 

Leon Anderson 
DECATUR, Neb. - Leon "Andy" Anderson, 54, died Thursday at a Sioux City hospital. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Decatur. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Decatur. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m., at Hamel-Peck-Pelan Funeral Home in Tekamah, Neb. Visitation will resume Monday one hour before the service at the church. 

John Scherer 
AVON, S.D. - John Henry Scherer, 85, of Avon, formerly of Sioux City, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997, at his daughters residence, following a long illness. 

Memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Wagner, S.D. Burial will follow. 

Mr. Scherer was born Nov. 4, 1912, in Wagner, S.D. 

He married Vivian Coles, of Wagner, on Feb. 20, 1937. 

He was employed as a union carpenter and millwright, retiring in 1975. 

He was a Jehovah's Witness. 

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Wayne and Elaine of Yankton, S.D., and Ward and Mary of George, Iowa; two daughters and their husbands, JoAnn and Marvin Frasch of Fairfax, S.D., and Jacqueline and Danny Bradley of Sioux City; two sisters, Martha and her husband, Vernell Kreeger of Wagner and LaVerna Houska of Hot Springs, S.D.; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his wife; three daughters; three brothers; and three sisters. 

Burdette Adams 
DOW CITY, Iowa - Burdette Adams, 78, of Dow City died Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Hospital in Omaha, Neb. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at United Methodist Church in Dow City. Burial will be in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Charter Oak, Iowa. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today at the Huebner Funeral Home in Denison, Iowa. 

Herbert C. Bauer 
ODEBOLT, Iowa - Herbert Charles Bauer, 69, of Odebolt died Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Martin Catholic Church in Odebolt, with the Rev. Allan A. Reicks officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today, with a rosary at 6:30 p.m., and a Scripture service at 7 p.m., at the Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Odebolt. 

Mr. Bauer was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Arthur, Iowa, the son of Jacob and Frances (Miller) Bauer. He graduated from Odebolt High School in 1946. 

He married Maxine Pudenz on June 28, 1954, in Odebolt. 

He was employed at the grocery store in Odebolt for many years, purchasing it in 1971. He operated Herb's Foodland until retiring in 1979. He worked for the Sac County Golf & Country Club for five years. 

He was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed family time, golfing, playing cards, and watching sporting events. 

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Gerald and Kathy of Sumner, Iowa, and Tony and Gedget of Odebolt; a daughter and her husband, Mary and Mark Peterson of Dassel, Minn.; six grandchildren, Gabrielle and Jacob Bauer, Casey, Katie and Luke Peterson, and Samantha Bauer; two brothers and their wives, Louis and Vivian of Waterloo, Iowa, and Clement and Jean of St. Louis, Mo.; and two sisters, Frances Kraus of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Marcella Pierce of Omaha, Neb. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Gerald and James; and two sisters, Margaret Henrich and Lucille Sampers. 

James N. Garthright 
JEFFERSON, S.D. - James N. "Jim" Garthright, 76, of Jefferson died Friday, Dec. 12, 1997, at Morningside Manor in Alcester, S.D., following a long illness. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Jefferson, with the Rev. Andrew Swietochowski officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, with the family present from noon to 2 p.m., at the Berkemier Funeral Home in Sioux City, and will resume at 3 p.m., with a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m., at the church. 

Mr. Garthright was born Nov. 24, 1921, in Janesville, Wis., the son of Charles and Beryl (Quigley) Garthright. The family moved to Jefferson, where he attended school. 

He married Noella Bernard on May 14, 1941, in Jefferson. 

He was employed at Cudahy and Swift Packing Companies for several years. He farmed for several years before working as a mechanic for the Sioux City Post Office garage for 21 years. He then carried mail for three years. He retired in 1978, due to Parkinsons Disease. 

He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Letter Carriers' Union Branch 69, and had been a safety instructor for National Rifle Association. 

Survivors include his wife; three sons and their wives, Jack and Jeane of Sioux City, Joe and Linda of Lawton, Iowa, and Tom and Peggy of Foxfield, Colo.; two daughters and their husbands, Judy and Lowell Vos of Kingsley, Iowa, and Peggy and John Gubbrug of Alcester; his mother; two brothers and their wives, Chuck and Wilma of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Jack and Judy of Hinton, Iowa; a sister, Mary Lou Slater of Cornelius, Ore.; 16 grandchildren, Phillip, Christine, Teresa, Paul, Holly, Melissa, Stephanie, Erin and Ryan Garthright, Monica Swords, Scott and Steve Van Egdom, and Jolyn Grathwohl; and seven great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his father; an infant daughter, Jeanne Anne; and a grandson, Todd Garthright. 

Catherine Joan Miller 
 SCHLESWIG, Iowa - Catherine Joan Miller, 68, of Schleswig died Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997, at Morningside Care Center in Ida Grove, Iowa, following a long illness. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at John's United Methodist Church in Mapleton, Iowa, with the Rev. Shirley Textor officiating. Burial will be in Little Sioux Township Cemetery in Smithland, Iowa. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton. 

Mrs. Miller was born July 29, 1929, in Smithland, the daughter of Frank and Nettie (Garved) Burkhart. She attended Rodney, Iowa, and Smithland schools. 

She married Russell Miller on Aug. 23, 1945, in Onawa, Iowa. The couple farmed in the Rodney and Danbury, Iowa, Mapleton and Schleswig areas. In 1990, they moved into Schleswig. 

She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church. 

Survivors include her husband; a son and his wife, Gary and Vicky of Vinton, Iowa; a daughter, Christine Adkins of Schleswig; three grandchildren, Lori and Darrin Miller, and Russell Adkins; and two sisters, Virginia Oregon and Sandra Linscott, both of Sioux City. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Carey Adkins. 

A memorial fund has been established in her name. 

Elsie K. Rasmussen 
MAPLETON, Iowa - Elsie K. Rasmussen, 99, of Mapleton died Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at St. John's United Methodist Church in Mapleton, with the Rev. Shirley Textor and the Rev. Mark Smeltzer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Mapleton. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton. 

Mrs. Rasmussen was born May 6, 1898, in Mapleton, the daughter of Gustav and Katrina Elizabeth (Erickson) Tromstrom. She graduated from Mapleton High School in 1916. She was a lifelong resident of the Mapleton community. 

She married Marion Rasmussen, Sr. in October of 1924. He died in 1944. 

She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Mapleton. 

Survivors include a son and his wife, Marion Jr. and Sharon Rasmussen of Redmond, Wash.; and a grandson, Eric Rasmussen. 

She was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother. 

Rose G. Kutilek 
VERMILLION, S.D. - Rose G. Kutilek, 99, of Vermillion died Saturday at Dakota Care Center in Vermillion. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion. Burial will be in St. Johns Catholic Cemetery in Lesterville, S.D. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, with a Scripture service at 7 p.m., at the church. The Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion is handling arrangements. 

Marissa Marie Gashe 
BLENCOE, Iowa - Marissa Marie Gashe, infant daughter of Harold Gashe and Tonya Carter was stillborn Thursday at a Sioux City hospital. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Center Cemetery in rural Castana, Iowa, with the Rev. Donald R. Ludwick officiating. There will be no visitation. The Pearson Funeral Home of Onawa is handling arrangements. 

Survivors include her parents; maternal grandparents, Ronald Carter and Diane Carter, both of Onawa; paternal grandmother, Jessie Jones of Jeannerrette, La.; maternal great-grandparents, Herbert and Gwen Pranschke of Sioux City; paternal great-grandmother, Bertha Bryan of Onawa; and a brother, Trae Carter. 

Juan Guerrero 
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa - Juan Antonio Guerrero, 25, of Sioux Center died Wednesday at a Sioux City hospital from injuries sustained in a traffic accident. 

Services will be at 7 p.m. today at the Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City. Burial will be in Mexico at a later date. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Wynola M. Vining 
KINGSLEY, Iowa - Wynola M. "Hoby" Vining, 87, of Kingsley died Friday, Dec. 12, 1997, at Kingsley Nursing and Rehab Center in Kingsley. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at United Methodist Church in Kingsley, with the Rev. John Crosswhite officiating. Burial will be in Kingsley Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m., and a prayer service at 8 p.m., at the Earnest-Michaelson Funeral Home in Kingsley. 

Mrs. Vining was born Nov. 22, 1910, in Moville, Iowa, the daughter of William D. and Frances (Koon) Clark. She graduated from Kingsley High School. 

She married Frank Arnold Vining on Aug. 21, 1929. He died Aug. 31, 1977. 

She was employed as a nurse's aid at the former St. Joseph and Methodist Hospitals in Sioux City. 

She was a member of Kingsley United Methodist Church, and past president of Ladies Organization of Farm Bureau. 

Survivors include a son and his wife, Wyman and LaVonne Vining of Denver, Colo.; two daughters and their wives, Darla and Jim Rock of Pierson, Iowa, and Penny and Larry Klingensmith of Washta, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marcella Brown of Denver, Colo. 

She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Dale; half sister, Eva McNaughton; and half brother, Lester Steers.


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