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Elbert Alexander 
Elbert Alexander, 76, of South Sioux City died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at a South Sioux City nursing home. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Becker-Hunt Funeral Home in South Sioux City, with the Rev. Dale Jirousek officiating. Burial will be in Dakota City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Mr. Alexander was born Feb. 11, 1921, in Molino, Fla., the son of George and Rebecca (Criswell) Alexander. 

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. 

He married Ruth (Jacobson) Lyons on June 4, 1949, in Norwich, Conn. 

He was employed with General Dynamics and Dow Chemical in Connecticut. The couple moved to South Sioux City in 1975. He was employed as a custodian with the South Sioux City school system until retiring in 1983. 

Survivors include his wife; a son and his wife, William and Nancy of Plano, Texas; two stepsons, Charles Lyons and his wife, Pat, of Johnson City, N.Y., and Kenneth Lyons of South Sioux City; a daughter, Esther Alexander of South Sioux City; a stepdaughter and her husband, Barbara and Jack O'Dell of South Sioux City; his twin brother and his wife, Albert and Lila of Molino, Fla.; 11 stepgrandchildren; and nine stepgreat-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon, and three sisters, Grace Troesch, Bernice Dean and Clara Loupe. 
 

Leo M. Blair 
Leo M. Blair, 85, of Sioux City died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at a Sioux City nursing home following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Becker-Hunt Funeral Home in South Sioux City, with the Rev. Donohue Sarff, pastor of Morningside Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Dakota City Cemetery, with military rites conducted by American Legion Harty-McNally Post 175. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home. 

Mr. Blair was born Nov. 20, 1912, in Thurston County in Nebraska, the son of John and Mary (Mahler) Blair. 

He married Margaret F. (Brummond) O'Brien on Jan. 15, 1975. 

He farmed in the Hubbard, Neb., area from 1949 to 1967 and was employed with Northern Propane until retiring in 1977. 

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. His awards and decorations include, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Emblem, American Campaign Medal, European, Africian and Middle East Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and the Purple Heart Medal. 

He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He was a member of American Legion Harty-McNally Post 175. 

Survivors include his wife; a son, Wayne of South Sioux City; four daughters, Louise and Laura Blair, both of South Sioux City, and Maralyn and her husband, Joe Grimoskas, and Rita and her husband, Clyde Schlotman, all of Sioux City; a sister, Audrey Cadwallader of Hubbard; a grandson, Curt Grimoskas; two stepgrandsons, Todd and Troy Schlotman; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Alton, Dale and Myron. 

Pallbearers will be Gary and Dale Cadwallader, Ron Mahler and Alan, Todd, Clyde and Sid Schlotman. 
 

Virgil L. Fowler 
Virgil L. Fowler, 82, of Sioux City died Wednesday at a Sioux City hospital. 
Servies will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 
 

Lester E. Lundahl 
Lester Eugene "Gene" Lundahl, 64, of Chicago, formerly of Sioux City, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1998, in Chicago. 
Memorial services were held Sunday, Jan. 18, at Elliston Funeral Home in Hinsdale, Ill. The body was cremated. 

Dr. Lundahl was born May 27, 1933, in Sioux City, the son of Lester and Helen Lundahl. He graduaetd from Central High School and earned his bachlor and master's of arts degrees from the University of Iowa. He was selected to participate in Paul Engle's Writer's Workshop at the university. He earned his doctor of philosophy from Denver University in Denver, Colo. 

He taught at Ohio Wesleyan in Columbus, Ohio, before joining the English Department faculty at Daly State College in Chicago. He served as department chair and taught for 30 years until retiring in 1996. 

His poetry and stories were published in numerous journals and literary magazines. A collection of his poetry and translations was published by the Denver University Press. 

Survivors include his wife, Linda; two sons, Eric and his wife, Nancy, of LaGrange Park, Ill., and Mark of Petersburg, Alaska; a daughter, Leslie and her fiance, Brian O'Mara, of Arlington, Mass.; a grandson, Grant; his father of Sioux City; a brother and his wife, Robert and Nanette of Tyler, Texas; two sisters and their husbands, Lois and Earl Dennler of Chesterfield, Mo., and Marlene and Paul VanderWiel of Sioux City; and nine nieces and nephews. 

Memorials may be directed to American Diabetes Association. 
 

Jonas O. Nygard 
Jonas O. "Ole" Nygard, 93, of Sioux City died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at Indain Hills Care Center following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Augustana Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Michael Last officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m., at Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel. 

Mr. Nygard was born April 15, 1904, in Boda, Sweden. He came to the United States and Sioux City in 1924. He became a United States citizen in 1940. 

He married Agnes Elvik in 1934, in Nebraska. 

He was employed as a machinist with Sioux Tools for 35 years, retiring in 1972. 

He was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church, the Machinist Union and the Vasa Lodge and a former member of the Sons of Norway. 

Survivors include his wife; a son and his wife, Oliver and Linda of Sioux City; a brother, Per Nygard of Sweden; a sister, Signe Hollman of Sweden; two grandsons, David and Mark; and two nephews. 

He was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. 

Memorials in his name may be directed to the Capital Improvement Fund of Augustana Lutheran Church. 
 

Viola C. Rice 
 Viola C. Rice, 86, of Sioux City died Tuesday at a Sioux City hospital. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Third Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Nelson-Berger Morningside Chapel. 
 

Gerald Robbins Sr. 
 Gerald R. Robbins Sr., 51, of Sioux City died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, at his residence following a sudden illness. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Evangelical Church in South Sioux City, with the Rev. Clyde O. Pritchett officiating. Burial will be in McCook Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today, with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Berkemier Funeral Home. 

Mr. Robbins was born May 4, 1946, in Baxter Springs, Kan., the son of James and Mary Jane (Dyson) Robbins. He was raised and educated in Baxter Springs. He came to Sioux City in 1975. 

He married Beverly (Picotte) Clark on Sept. 28, 1978, in Sioux City. 

He was employed as a sanitation foreman with Inter-Bake Foods. 

He was a member of Bakers Union Local 433. 

Survivors include his wife; three sons, James Busch and his wife, Randi, of McMinnville, Ore., John Clark of Fort Collins, Colo., and Gerald Ray Robbins Jr. of Sioux City; three daughters, Tamara Moore of Burlington, Iowa, and Melissa Farrell and Angela Robbins, both of Sioux City; a brother, Daniel Robbins of Forest Grove, Ore.; two sisters, Elnora Ross of Joshua, Texas, and Wanda Watowa of Topeka, Kan.; and four grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Paul and Dwight; and two sisters, Sharon Stanley and Rena Edwards. 
 

Jennie Van Zandbergen 
Jennie Van Zandbergen, 101, formerly of Sioux City, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at Montclair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Omaha, Neb. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Convenant Church, with the Rev. Phillip Rohler officiating. Burial will be in Nassua Township Cemetery at Alton, Iowa. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel. 

Mrs. Van Zandbergen was born July 3, 1896, in Hull, Iowa, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jan W. DeRoos. 

She married Otto Van Zandbergen on Feb. 11, 1915, in Alton. The couple farmed at Orange City and Sheldon, Iowa. They retired from farming and moved to Sanborn, Iowa, and then to Sioux City in 1945. He died May 23, 1988. 

She was a member of First Convenant Church and the Priscilla Circle. 

Survivors include three sons and their wives, Kenneth and Betty of Daphne, Ala., and Ronald and Donna and Robert and Carolyn, all of Omaha; a daughter, Sylvia Krohne of Norwalk, Calif.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Kathryn Cole of Los Angeles, Calif. 

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janell B. Steele. 

Memorials in her name may be directed to First Convenant Church. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tunis De Stigter 
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa - Tunis De Stigter, 85, of Sioux Center died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, at his residence. 
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center, with the Rev. John Witvliet officiating. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. today, with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, at Vander Ploeg Funeral Chapel in Sioux Center. 

Mr. De Stigter was born July 16, 1912, in Sioux Center, the son of Lane and Barbara (Visser) De Stigter. 

He married Margaret Rehberg on June 29, 1934, in Orange City, Iowa. She died Dec. 1, 1994. 

He was a partner in the De Stigter Construction Company. 

Mr. De Stigter was a member of First Christian Reformed Church, where he was a deacon. He served on the Master Builders of Iowa board, the Scholarship Committee, the Sioux Center Planning and Zoning Board and the Appeals Committee. He enjoyed fishing, baseball and reading. 

Survivors include five sons and their wives, Gerald and Helen of Escondido, Calif., Glenn and Vi of Ankeny, Iowa, Bill and Dee De of Carmel, Iowa, Tim and Julie of Aurelia, Iowa, and Cliff and Margie of Sioux Falls, S.D.; four daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Jack Manel of Sioux Center, Linda and Les Anderson of Minneapolis, Minn., Nancy and Bruce Kienapfel of Ouray, Colo., and June and Dave Glewwe of Carmel, Iowa; 18 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four brothers, Peter and Leonard, both of Sioux Center, Cornelius of Livonia, Minn., and Melvin of Hudsonville, Mich.; and four sisters, Helen Wassenaar and Alyda Kosters, both of Sioux Center, Florence Kalsbeek of Orange City and Lucille Poel of Grand Rapids, Mich. 

He was preceded in death by an infant son; two brothers, William and Gilbert; and a sister, Ada Schoo. 
 

Garrit Doeksen 
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - Garrit "Duke" Doeksen, 80, of Rock Rapids died Tuesday at Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital in Rock Rapids. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Roste Funeral Home in Rock Rapids. 
 

Henry Schiebout 
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa - Henry Schiebout, 80, of Sioux Center died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, at Sioux Center Community Health Center. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center, with the Rev. Robert Drenten officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. today, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m., at Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center. 

Mr. Schiebout was born March 24, 1917, in Ireton, Iowa, the son of Herman and Jennie (De Groot) Schiebout. He graduated from Ireton Christian Grade School and attended Hull Western Christian High School. 

He married Ethel Van Schepen on Jan. 26, 1939, in Ireton. The couple moved to Chicago, where he was employed in a steel plant during World War II. From 1946 to 1956 they farmed near Ireton. In 1956 he became a salesman for Farm Services. They moved to an acreage near Sioux Center until retiring and moving into Sioux Center in 1991. They entered the Health Center in April 1996. 

He was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church. He enjoyed fishing. 

Survivors include his wife; four sons and their wives, Harold and Marcine of Sioux Center, David and Rhonda of Blaine, Minn., Bruce and Marla of Pella, Iowa, and Tom and Julie of Andover, Minn.; a daughter and her husband, Judy and Michael Fisher of Centreville, Va.; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five brothers and their wives, Ben and Irene and Chris and Ila, all of Orange City, Iowa, Abe and Hermina of Pipestone, Minn., Herm and Betty of Denver, Colo., and Bill and Sue of Bailey, Colo.; five sisters, Jo and her husband, Gay Krull, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Ann Van Bruggen of Ireton, Geraldine and her husband, Ted Van Voorst, of Sioux Center, Lena and her husband, Clarence Vander Laan, of Orange City and Adri and her husband, Gene Ruisch, of Ireton; and a sister-in-law, Florence Schiebout of Orange City. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ferd. 
 

Lynda Serck 
INWOOD, Iowa - Lynda Serck, 88, of Inwood died Tuesday at Fellowship Vilage in Inwood. 
Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Porter Funeral Home in Inwood. Burial will be in Richland Cemetery. 
 

Odessa Shaffer 
MOORHEAD, Iowa - Odessa Genevieve Shaffer, 93, of Whiting, Iowa, formerly of Moorhead and Onawa, Iowa, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Whiting. 
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Christian Church in Moorhead. Burial will be in Spring Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Pearson Funeral Home in Onawa. 

Mrs. Shaffer was born May 3, 1904, in Lebo, Kan., the daughter of William Holmes and Hattie Emily (Diacon) Hutcheson. 

She graduated from Logan County High School in Gandy, Neb., in 1923. She received her teaching certificate from Wayne State College and Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls, Iowa. 

She taught rural school in Iowa and Nebraska. She also was employed as a clerk at the post office in Moorhead. 

She married Orlo M. Shaffer on Aug. 16, 1936, in Moorhead. The couple farmed near Moorhead from 1938 until moving into Moorhead in 1964. In 1989, they moved to Center Heights in Onawa and in April 1995 to Pleasant View. He died April 16, 1997, in Onawa. 

She was a member of Moorhead Christian Church. 

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Ethel Mae and Loyle Kratz of Moorhead; two sons and their wives, Charles and Donna of Independance, Mo., and Richard and Paula of Campbell, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a son, Randall; two granddaughters, Bonnie and Roxanne Shaffer; five brothers, Leslie, Fay, Henry, Warren and Wayne; and four sisters, Mable, Pearle, Gertrude and Sarah in infancy. 
 

Luetta M. Wabschall 
SCHLEWIG, Iowa - Luetta Mae (Wilken) Wabschall, 64, of Littleton, Colo., formerly of Schleswig, died Saturday in Littleton. 
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Huebner Funeral Home in Schleswig. Burial will be in Morgan Cemetery. 
 

Harry Wiese 
HARTLEY, Iowa - Harry "Hap" Wiese, 90, of Hartley died Tuesday at Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley. 
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Church of Christ in Hartley. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Warner-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Hartley.


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