Miscellaneous Woodbury County, Iowa Obituaries

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Joe Devine 
Joe Devine, 80, of Sioux City died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998 in Sioux City. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Congregation Beth Shalom with Mr. James Sherman, spiritual leader, officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 

Mr. Devine was born Dec. 19, 1917, the son of Louis and Anna (Berkowitz) Devine, in Omaha, Neb. He came to Sioux City as a child and graduated from Central High School. He served in the U.S. Army. He married Rosemay Rowley on April 6, 1947, in Sioux City. He owned and operated Ingleside and Westwood Nursing Homes in Le Mars, Iowa. He also built and operated the Clifton Apartments in Sioux City. He was a charter member of the Suburban Rotary Club, was a past president of the Board of Marian Health Center, and was active in the Boys Club. 

He was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom. 

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Robin Devine of Lawrence, Kan.; a son, Kirk Devine of Lawrence; two sisters, Goldie Baker of Sioux City, and Pauline Simon of Van Nuys, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 
 
 

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Virginia Gallagher 
 Virginia E. Gallagher, 82, of Sioux City died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, at a Sioux City care center following a brief illness. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Augustana Lutheran Church with Rev Michael Last officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 to 9 p.m. today with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel. 

Mrs. Gallagher was born May 10, 1915, the daughter of Nels L. and Myrtle (Johnson) Nelson, in Sioux City. She attended Sioux City schools. She married Dudley Gallagher on Dec. 12, 1936, in Sioux City. He died Dec. 17, 1989, in Sioux City. She was a production supervisor for the Wincharger Corp., later the Zenith Corp. for over 30 years, retiring in 1978. 

She was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church and a former member of Azure Chapter #540 O.E.S. 

Survivors include a sister, LaVerne Levay of Sioux City; a niece, Karen McCoy of Sioux City; and four nephews, Jerry and William LeVay and Carl and Steven McCoy all of Sioux City. 

She was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy McCoy. 

A memorial in her name has been established for Augustana Lutheran Church. 
 
 

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Leo Kucinski 
Leo Kucinski, 93, conductor emeritus of the Sioux City Symphony and the Sioux City Municipal Band, died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital after a brief illness. 
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church with Dr. John Meyer officiating. Private burial will be in Graceland Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. and a Masonic service by Landmark Lodge 103 A.F. & A.M. at 7 p.m. at Nelson-Berger Northside Funeral Home. 

Mr. Kucinski was born June 28, 1904, the son of Ludwik and Kazimiera Kucinski, in Warsaw, Poland. He studied violin at the Warsaw Conservatory of Music before coming to the United States at the age of 14. He continued his study of music at Oberlin College, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Julliard. He came to Sioux City in 1923 to serve as head of the violin and orchestra department at Morningside College. Two years later, he began conducting rehearsals with an orchestra in a converted World War I barracks at the college. Known as the Morningside College Symphony Orchestra and the Sioux City Community Orchestra, the orchestra was incorporated as the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra in 1946. He continued to conduct the symphony until his retirement in 1977. 

In 1942, at the age of 38, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the South Pacific theater of operations. 

In 1929, he was named conductor of the Monahan Post band which later became the Sioux City Municipal Band. He continued in that position until retiring in 1979. During his tenure, the band found a permanent summer home in a bandshell erected in 1935 in the natural ampitheater of Grandview Park. At his retirement the bandshell was named in his honor. 

His first wife, Ethel Thompson, died Aug. 11, 1968, in Sioux City. He married Irene Myrabo Aug. 12, 1972, in Sioux Falls. 

He was a member of Landmark Lodge 103 A.F. & A.M., the Sioux City Scottish Rite bodies, Abu Bekr Shrine Temple, Sioux City Court 124, Royal Order of Jesters, and was past director of the Shrine Band. He was a member of Iowa and American Bandmasters' associations, the American Symphony Orchestra League, and the Sons of Norway lodge. He was a former member of the Sioux City Rotary Club, Elks Lodge 112 and Monahan Post 64, American Legion. He also was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Morningside College. He received an honorary doctor of music degree from Morningside College in 1958. 

He also conducted the Sioux Falls and Lincoln Symphony orchestras and was co-owner and director of the Okoboji (Iowa) Summer Music Camp. 

Survivors include his wife, a daughter, Lenore Kucinski of Sioux City; a brother, Richard of Duluth, Minn.; two sisters, Irene Campbell of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Henrietta Griffin of San Antonio, Texas; four stepsons, Kenneth Myrabo of Seattle, Wash., Leik Myrabo of Bennington, Vt., Arne Myrabo of Monticello, Minn., and Raymond Myrabo of Gilbert, Ariz.; one stepdaughter, Sonja Pulley of Portland, Ore.; eight step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother. 

Memorials may be directed to the Sioux City Symphony Association.
 

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J.R. Cody 
GAYVILLE, S.D. - J.R. "Jack" Cody, 80, of Gayville died Wednesday in Lahaina Maui, Hawaii. 
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church in Yankton, S.D. There will be no visitation. 
 

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Elaine Amunson 
CASTANA, Iowa - Elaine Helen Amunson, 74, of Castana, formerly of Soldier, Iowa, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, at Elmwood Care Centre in Onawa, Iowa. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Soldier Lutheran Church in Soldier with Rev. Paul E. Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Soldier Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the church. Pearson Funeral Home in Soldier is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Amunson was born Nov. 28, 1923, the daughter of Olaf and Hanora (Clemon) Amunson, in Soldier, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed in the Soldier Lutheran Church. She attended country school at Hartigan and Meadows Schools and graduated from Soldier High School in 1941. She worked as a store clerk, a waitress in cafes, and a housekeeper in Soldier. She married Glen L. Norby in 1943, in Papillion, Neb. In 1969, she moved to Charter Oak, Iowa, and worked in grocery stores and a drug store. She also enjoyed managing the Brown Cow Calf and the Charter Oak Senior Center. After 25 years, she retired and moved to Castana, Iowa. 

She was a member of the Soldier Lutheran Church where she was active in church work, in the choir, Sunday school, Luther League, Ladies Aide, Board of Education, and in starting the A.A.L. Branch 10737. She worked with the A.A.L. Branch 620 and the Crawford County Republican Women's Group. She joined the Grimsley-Thayer American Legion Post #502 Auxiliary at Castana and was elected Chaplain in 1997. 

Survivors include a son and his wife, Curtis and Birdie Norby of Walcott, Iowa; three daughters, Nora Jane and her husband, Jack Parr, of Castana, Kaye Mauch of Castana, and Gaye Mauch and Patch Smeal of Snyder, Neb.; a son-in-law, Charles John Hinrickson of Castana; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers and their wives, Lowell and Esther Amunson of Soldier and Clifford and LeOra of Moville; a sister, Evelyn Flynn of Ute; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Amunson of Soldier, and Clara Amunson of Ute; and a brother-in-law, Vernie York of Lancaster, Calif. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Peggy Hinrickson; a son-in-law, Daniel "Whitey" Mauch; a granddaughter, Stephanie Parr; four brothers, Merrill, Kermit, Leo, and Milton Amunson; two sisters, Verona Hanson and Loreen York; and two brothers-in-law, Paul Flynn and Wallace Hanson. 
 
 

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Michael Anderson 
AKRON, Iowa - Michael Eric Anderson, 41, of Boise, Idaho, formerly of Akron, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1998, in rural Elmore County, Idaho. 
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Schroeder Funeral Home in Akron with Rev. Marion Sindt officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Big Springs Cemetery, rural Alcester, S.D. Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service Monday at the Funeral Home. 
Mr. Anderson was born Dec. 8, 1956, the son of Milford and Luceen (Stinehart) Waterbury Anderson, in Akron. He was raised in the Akron area and graduated from the Akron Community School in 1975. In 1980, he went to California and was employed by Hughes Aircraft until 1991. He then moved to Boise, Idaho where he was employed by the Stinker Convenience Store as a store assistant manager. 

Survivors include his mother, five sisters, Lori Ruhland and Joan Coleman, both of Akron, Kay and her husband, Robert Bell, of Bishop, Calif., Carol and her husband, John Wiersma of Culver City, Calif., and Janiece Waterman of Hawarden, Iowa; three brothers, Merlowe Anderson of Vietnam, Larry Waterbury of Sioux City, and Jay Waterbury and his wife, Marsha, of Maize, Kan.; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his father; and two brothers, Marlin and Kervin Waterbury. 
 
 

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Michael Hamann 
DOON-INWOOD, Iowa - Michael Hamann, 5-month-old son of Jeff and Danielle Hamann of rural Doon-Inwood, died Friday at the Children's Hospital in Omaha, Neb., as a result of heart problems suffered since birth. 
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rock Valley, Iowa. Burial will be at Saint Mary's Cemetery in Alvord, Iowa. Visitation will be Monday with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley. 
 
 

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Lavern Leinen 
DOW CITY, Iowa - Lavern Leinen, 81, of Dow City, died Friday at Dunlap Care Center in Dunlap. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dow City. Burial will be in Dow City Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today with a rosary at 4 p.m. and a wake service at 7:30 p.m. at Huebner Funeral Home in Denison, Iowa. 
 
 

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Dora McDermott 
ANTHON, Iowa - Dora "Dodie" Geneva McDermott, 81, of Anthon died Thursday , Feb. 5, 1998, at Correctionville Nursing and Rehab Center in Correctionville, Iowa. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at United Methodist Church of Anthon with the Rev. Kent Kastler officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Anthon. 

Mrs. McDermott was born Aug. 31, 1916, the daughter of Ed and Mable (Dicus) Lanegan, in Anthon. She married Vester C. McDermott on December 19, 1933, in Anthon. The couple farmed in the Anthon area. She worked for Dr. Leonard Cavenaugh in the veterinary office and also worked in sevral cafes. He died Jan. 19, 1970. She was a lifelong Anthon area resident. 

Survivors include a son and his wife, Vester LaDean and Fay of Bronson, Iowa; a daughter and her husband, Annette and Richard Kirchner of Correctionville, Iowa; a sister, Exie Bell of Virginia Beach Va.; two sisters-in-law, Alma Lanegan of Lincoln, Neb., and Kathryn Chinn of Wall Lake, Iowa; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Laura; and two brothers, Ira and Keith. 
 
 

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Rose A. Krauth 
DENISON, Iowa - Rose A. Krauth, 93, of Denison died Saturday at her home. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Pfannebecker Funeral Home in Denison. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. 
 
 

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Edward R. Wagner 
 BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - Edward R. Wagner, 89, of Blue Springs, formerly of Sioux City died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998 in Blue Springs. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City with the Rev. Edward Girres officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton, S.D. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. today with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. and a Scripture service at 7 p.m. followed by a rosary recited by the 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus and a chalice service performed by the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. 

Mr. Wagner was born July 14, 1908, the son of George and Anna Mary (Kramer) Wagner, in Utica, S.D. He married Rose Lima Gemmill on Feb. 23, 1926, in Yankton, S.D. He lived in the Yankton area until 1940 and in Sioux City since 1943. He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad for 35 years, retiring in 1973. 

He was a member of the Cathedral of the Epiphany Catholic Church in Sioux City, Epiphany Council #743 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus, and the Garrigan Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie No. 77 in Sioux City and the Boys of 68. 

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, MaryAnn Ray of Fresno, Calif., and Katherine Wagner-Rikli and her husband, Charles Rikli, of Blue Springs, Mo.; two sons, Robert E. and his wife, MaryAnn, of Arlington Heights, Ill., and James and his wife, Diane, of Westminster, Colo.; 17 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by 10 brothers and a sister. 

A memorial has been established to the Cathedral of the Epiphany. 
 
 

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Harold O. Anderson 
ONAWA, Iowa - Harold O. Anderson, 97, of Onawa died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998, at the Elmwood Care Center in Onawa. 
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church in Onawa with the Rev. Donald R. Ludwick officiating. Burial is in Onawa Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Pearson Funeral Home in Onawa. 

Mr. Anderson was born, July 3, 1900, the son of Frantz Emel and Mabel M. (Allen) Anderson, in Smithland, Iowa. He was raised in the Kennebec, Iowa area until moving to Onawa in 1935. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Opal Amerine on May 29, 1949, in Onawa. He was a carpenter in the area for over 40 years. She died Oct. 1, 1976, in Sioux City. 

He was a member of the First Christian Church and the David McNeill American Legion Post #129, both of Onawa. 

Survivors include a brother, Allen A. of Sioux City; a sister, Beulah Roberts of Onawa; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Roy, Albert, and Charles P. 
 
 

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Gerald H. Ernst 
VERMILLION S.D. - Gerald H. "Jerry" Ernst, 65, of Vermillion died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998 at his home. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion with Rev. Leonard Fox officiating. Burial will be in Bluff View Cemetery with Military Rites by the V.F.W. Clay Post #3061. Visitation will be 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the church. 

Mr. Ernst was born Jan. 3, 1933, the son of Alexander and Bertha (Kost) Ernst, in Menno, S.D. He attended Vermillion schools. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Barbara Reifenrath on June 2, 1952, in Vermillion. A resident of Vermillion for 53 years, he worked as a city mail carrier for 31 years, retiring Nov. 29, 1991. He was a member of Vermillion V.F.W. Clay Post #3061 and St. Agnes Catholic Church. 

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Marlene Ernst of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a son Harvey of Sioux Falls; six sisters, Doris Olson of Burbank, S.D., Kathleen Norval of Seward, Neb., Florence Sedor of Lincoln, Neb., Darlene Hegr of Lennox, S.D., Norma Ouellette of Vermillion, and Karen Cope of Nokesville, Va.; two brothers, Howard of Columbus, Ne., and Willard of Lincoln; and two grandchildren, Amber and Erin Ernst of Luvern, Minn. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Daniel James Ernst; and a sister, Eldora Pickett. 
 
 

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Eugene Dandy 
ARLINGTON, Texas - Eugene Dandy, 67, of Arlington, formerly of Schaller, Iowa, died Tuesday at Vancor Hospital in Arlington. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller. Burial will be in Schaller Cemetery. There will be a short visitation before the service without the body present. Barker Funeral Home of Holstein is in charge of the arrangements. 
 
 

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Clarence Knaack 
CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa - Clarence Knaack, 83, of Correctionville died Saturday at Correctionville Nursing and Rehab Center. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Grace United Methodist Church in Correctionville. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 a.m. 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 Barker Funeral Home in Correctionville.


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