Funeral services for Bertha Swanson Carlson, 88, of Cherokee, IA, formerly of Aurelia, IA, and Alta, IA, will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with Pastor Jean Morse officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the church. Burial will be at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Bertha Elizabeth Gesy was born on June 6, 1926, the daughter of Fred and Bertha (Whitesitt) Gesy in Fonda, IA. She graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Fonda, and then attended and graduated from the American School of Beauty in Des Moines. On June 6, 1946, Bertha was united in marriage to Sven Albert Swanson in Fonda, IA. This union was blessed with four children. They farmed in the Aurelia area. Albert died December 9, 1978. On September 3, 1994, Bertha married Harry Clifford Carlson at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. They lived in Aurelia. Harry died April 24, 2002. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she was active in church circles, made many banners, baptism blankets, and was a mentor for confirmands. She was a past president of the PTA, and was active in Music Boosters and all school activities, and Cub Scouts. Bertha was a member of “Just a Club” and 500 Club. She enjoyed square dancing, traveling with Harry, camping and fishing, seamstress work, quilting and giving many away, scrapbooking, teaching tole painting classes, was active in Relay for Life, and she owned a craft supply store in Cherokee. Bertha was noted for her Swedish rye bread, pumpkin chiffon dessert, and her Swedish meatballs. Bertha’s greatist joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bertha died Sunday, October 19, 2014, at the Countryside Estates Care Center in Cherokee, IA.
Preceding Bertha in death were her parents, two husbands; Albert and Harry, one grandson, Shane Swanson, four sisters; Florence Nord, Maxine Wine, Alice Irene Stumpf, and Agnes Eileen Bartels, five brothers; Lawrence Gesy, Emmitt Gesy, Virgil Gesy, Joe Gesy, and Leo Gesy.
Survivors include her children; Richard and his wife Marsha Swanson of Spirit Lake, IA, Steven and his wife Colleen Swanson of Rembrandt, IA, Paulette and her husband Dennis Erlandson of Storm Lake, IA, and Pauline and her husband George Lightsey of Collins, MS, seven grandchildren; Heather Swanson, Keith and Nancy Erlandson, Judy and Nate Jones, Eric and Christina Lightsey, Michael and Laura Lightsey, Kelli and Ronald Pedersen, and Keisha and Bryon Trimble, and thirteen great-grandchildren. Also surviving are four step-children; Larry and Val Carlson of Cherokee, Rodney and Connie Carlson of Grinnell, IA, Dianne and Thomas Walsh of St. Mary’s, KS, and Pamela and Duane Jahner of Annadale, VA, seven step-grandchildren; Jay and Julie Carlson, Bill and Kris Carlson, Tom and Ellen Carlson, Jacob and Adrian Walsh, Julie and Jeff Hutley, Justin and Erica Walsh, and Catherine Jahner, nine step-great-grandchildren, one sister, Marcella Hammen of Rockwell City, IA, one sister-in-law, Vera Silseth of Milwaukee, WI, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Gladys Irene Huseman, 98, of Aurelia, formerly of Storm Lake and Schaller, will be held at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, with Pastor David Lyons officiating. Burial will be in the Schaller Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, and one hour prior to the service at the church in Schaller. The Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Gladys Irene Jacobson was born on September 4th, 1915 at Galva, Iowa, the daughter of Fred and Hazel (Challman) Jacobson. She graduated from Galva High School in 1932. After graduation she helped at home and did housework for others.
On December 17, 1936, Gladys married Martin Huseman. She and her husband bonded his two daughters; Beverly and Joan, with the two children; Gilbert and Lucille, that were subsequently born of their union to form one family. They farmed south of Galva until 1949, south of Aurelia for two years, the Newell area for one year, and east of Schaller until 1958 when they moved into Schaller. Gladys worked at the café, the school kitchen, and then for 20 years at the State Bank in Schaller. In December of 2001 she moved to Methodist Manor Residential living in Storm Lake, in 2003 she moved to Otsego Place Assisted Living in Storm Lake, and in November of 2006 she moved to Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia. Gladys was always very active in her church. She was a Sunday school teacher, and an officer of Ladies Aid Guild and Ladies Fellowship. She enjoyed gardening, was a 4H leader for several years, playing cards and belonged to several Bridge clubs, and time with her grandchildren. She always kept journals and enjoyed visits from family and friends.
Gladys died Friday, August 29, 2014, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Gladys in death were her parents, husband Martin Huseman, daughter Beverly and her husband Art Soellner, son-in-law Harold Brownmiller, Jr., sister Geraldine and husband Raymond Voss, two brothers-in-law, Werner Grieme and Orville Matzke, and infant grandson David Kent.
Survivors include her children; Joan Brownmiller of Aurelia, Gilbert and his wife Sharon Huseman of Muscatine, IA, and Lucille and her husband Duane Kent of Aurelia. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren: Beverly’s children; Vicki and Jim Woods, Doug and Sheila Soellner, Sue and Mark Gray, Becky and Rusty Neely, Brian and Rae Soellner, and Dan and Barb Soellner, Joan’s children; Roxy and Bob Richard and Steve and Kathy Brownmiller, Gil’s children; Loni and Scott Rhodes and Wenda and Pete Castillo, and Lucille’s children; Greg and Amy Kent and Heather and Scott Cole, 33 great-grandchildren, 23 great-great-grandchildren, one sister, Sharon Matzke of Omaha, NE, one brother, Darold and his wife JoAnn Jacobson of Schaller, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Memorial services for Clifford E. Carlson, 88, of Aurelia, will be Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 10:30 A.M., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Inurnment will be in the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Cherokee, with Military Honors by the L. A. Wescott Post # 2253 of the VFW in Cherokee. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund has been established. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Clifford Eugene Carlson was born on August 27, 1925 at Beaver Creek, MN, the son of Otto and Alma (Poppenhagen) Carlson. He graduated from the Meriden High School in 1943. Cliff served in the Navy from July 17, 1943 until his honorable discharge on March 10, 1946. On May 2, 1948 Cliff married Doris Joy at the Trinity Lutheran Church parsonage in Cherokee. They made their home in several towns in Cherokee County, at Early, and moved to Aurelia in 1973. Over the years Cliff worked for Steele’s Ranch, Baumann Farms, Simonsen’s Manufacturing, and as Territory Representative for Simonsen Fertilizer until his retirement in 1990. Cliff was a member of Men of Faith, Lutheran’s for Life, and the VFW. He enjoyed fixing bikes and clocks, collecting radios, watching his grandkids participate in sports, and WW II Naval history.
Cliff died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Cliff in death were his parents, one son, Ricky Carlson, his wife Doris on January 27, 2014, one sister, Florine Kass, and two brothers; Frank Carlson and Leland Carlson.
Survivors include three sons; Loren and his wife Cheryl Carlson of Storm Lake, Terry and his wife Kathy Carlson of Washington, IL, Randy and his wife Lynn Carlson of Waukee, IA, and one daughter, Dee and her husband Curt Otto of Holstein. Also surviving are eight grandchildren; Brandt and wife Nicky Carlson, Linsay and husband Simeon Vladimirov, Gabriel and wife Kendra Carlson, Jordan and wife Courtney Carlson, Joshua and wife Heather Carlson, Brandon and wife Deidre Carlson, Matthew and wife Allie Otto, and Kelly and wife Abbie Otto, nine great-grandchildren; Jaxson and Owen Otto, Dillon, Adelaide, Myra, and Hayden Carlson, Kaylee and Elyse Carlson, and Ary Carlson, two brothers; Stan Carlson of La Pine, OR, and Les Carlson of Oliver, British Columbia, Canada, three sisters; Ruth Oliver of Sioux City, IA, Gladys Meyer of Tempe, AZ, and Charlene Letsche of Marcus, IA, and other relatives and friends.
Hazel Catherine Jones was born July 15, 1914 in Boyd, Kentucky, the daughter of Edward Huber Jones and Ida Frances (Cummings) Jones. She attended school in Covington, KY. In 1947 she married Woodrow Roberts, and they later divorced. Hazel went to work for American Airlines in Cincinnati, OH, in 1949 as a bookkeeper, hostess, cashier, and cook. In 1955 Hazel married Jack Zitt, they divorced in 1961. In 1958 she left the airlines and moved to Park Hills, KY, where she worked for Town & Country Restaurant for nine years. In 1968 she moved to Storm Lake where over the years she worked for Storm Lake Pizza House, Lakeshore Café, the Harbor House, Doris’s Downtown, and the Lake Café. Hazel helped open and then worked at the Senior Center for nine years until her retirement in 1989.
Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the greatest joys in her life.
Hazel died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at the North Lake Manor in Strom Lake.
Preceding Hazel in death were her parents, two sisters; Helen Brautigan and Mable Rinehardt, and three brothers; Marvin Jones, Leland Jones, and Kenzie Jones.
Survivors include her children; Mike and his wife Tina Roberts of Barnum, IA, Jackie Hales and Rod Janssen of Spirit Lake, IA, and Georgia and her husband Mike Flanigan of Storm Lake. Also surviving are seven grandchildren; Joshua Roberts, Tanner and his wife Amy Roberts, Walker Roberts, Janice Lammers, Justin and his wife Sarah Bock, Katie Flanigan and Abe Flanigan, seven great-grandchildren; Kyle and Derrick Champine, Haley and Piper Roberts, Natalya, Nalayni, and Nadya Bock, one sister-in-law, Frances Jones, and nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Cleone Louise Van Winkle was born on December 16, 1933, the daughter of Carl Lee and Stena Martha (Larsen) Van Winkle at Brewster, Minnesota. She graduated from the Strom Lake High School in 1952. On June 15, 1952 she was united in marriage to Vergil “Bud” James Dyslin at the Church of Christ in Storm Lake. This union was blessed with three children; Ronald, Sharmin, and Kimberly. Cleone owned and operated the Natures Nutrition Center in Storm Lake, which she operated for 20 years until retiring in 2001. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Cleone died Thursday, July 3, 2014, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Preceding Cleone in death were her parents, one sister, Juanita Schramm, one brother, Joe Van Winkle, and her husband Bud on April 25, 2014.
Survivors include one son, Ron and his wife Christine Dyslin of Warrenville, IL, two daughters; Sharmin and her husband Charles Ziska of West Valley City, UT, and Kimberly Dahm of Storm Lake, four granddaughters; Chelsea Dahm of Tiffin, OH, Emily Dahm of Los Angeles, CA, and Eleanor Dyslin and Elizabeth Dyslin both of Warrenville, IL. Also surviving are three brothers-in-law; Donald and his wife Darlene Dyslin of Minneapolis, MN, Larry and his wife Elaine Dyslin of Wheat Ridge, CO, and Joey and his wife Kathy Dyslin of Cherokee, two sisters-in-law; Donna McKissock of St. Paul, MN, and Diane Quevedo of Richardson, TX, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Gerald “Jerry” Dale Matzdorff, 84, of Aurelia, will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 until 8:00, with the family present, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. Military honors will be by the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post of Aurelia.
Gerald Dale Matzdorff was born July 31, 1929 in Cherokee, IA, the eldest of seven sons born to Emil H. and Goldie I. (Whiting) Matzdorff. He attended Brooke School, graduating in 1948. Jerry served in the US Air Force from December 28, 1950 until his honorable discharge November 26, 1954. On June 26, 1956 Jerry married Jeanette Jean Swanger at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. He was a mechanic for Harry Howell in Aurelia, then for Dunn Chevrolet in Cherokee. He then became the service manager for the Buick dealership in Cherokee, then for Peterson Motors in Storm Lake, and later for Fitzpatrick’s in Storm Lake where he continued to help around the dealership after his retirement. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia, and was a member of the Aurelia Fire Department from March 14, 1969 until March 12, 1984. He enjoyed golfing, cars, motorcycles, and card clubs.
Jerry died Wednesday June 18, 2014 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Preceding Jerry in death were his parents, and three brothers; Duane, Ronald, and Darrel Matzdorff.
Survivors include his wife Jeanette of Aurelia, three sons; Ken and his wife Alane Matzdorff of California, Den and his wife Jenny Matzdorff of Texas, Dan and his wife Gabby Matzdorff of Minnesota, and two grandchildren; Timothy and Molly Matzdorff. Also surviving are his mother-in-law Velma Swanger of California, three brothers; Lyle and his wife Stallene Matzdorff of Arizona, Donny Matzdorff of Arizona, and Verle and his wife Vicky Matzdorff of LeMars, three sisters-in-law; Sharon and husband Don Moore of Cherokee, Donna Hallgrimson and Ardy and husband Bill Benson all of California, and many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Graveside services for Ruth Anderson, 89, of Cherokee, formerly of Aurelia, will be 12:00 P.M. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia, with Pastor Jean Morse of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:30 A.M. until service time at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia. A memorial service will be held at a later date due to family health issues.
Ruth Elaine Busser was born on May 31, 1924, the daughter of Claus and Grace (Nickols) Busser in Alton, IA. She graduated from the Wilson High School in Cherokee, IA in 1942. On December 27, 1942 Ruth was united in marriage to Merle Buford Anderson at his family’s farm home near Maryhill, IA. Ruth worked for F.W. Woolworth, Lew McDonald, Esq. and Public Loan Association. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee where she served as secretary of the Women of the E.L.C.A., and as a member of the Alter Guild. Ruth also worked for the Federal Election Board and enjoyed politics. Ruth and Merle made their home in Aurelia from 1958 until they moved to The Gardens in Cherokee in August of 2009.
Ruth died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Spencer Hospital in Spencer, IA.
Preceding Ruth in death were her parents, her husband Merle on December 4, 2012, two brothers; Richard Busser and Donny Busser, and one sister, Marion McDevitt.
Survivors include her children; Doug and his wife Liz Anderson of Bellevue, WA and Peoria, AZ, Janice and her husband Jim Bouquet of Wabasha, MN, and Mark Anderson and his partner Jennifer Herft of Beverly Hills, CA. Also surviving are six grandchildren; Brad and his wife Heather Anderson of Snoqualmie, WA, Michael and his wife Amy Anderson of Snoqualmie, WA, Jacqueline Lovett-Wray and husband Jeff Wray of Haverford, PA, Jill and husband Andrew Brown of Greenville, NC, Erik Anderson of Georgetown, Washington D.C, Ian Anderson of Philadelphia, PA, nine great-grandchildren; Brady and Courtney Anderson, Laura and Logan Anderson, Anne, Brittainy and McKinley Lovett and Natasha Wray, and Chloe and Max Brown, one brother, James and his wife Doreen Busser of Lodi, CA, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Gary Glenn Pfaff was born December 11, 1946 in Alta, Iowa, the son of Louis Edward and Lois Irene (Beeghley) Pfaff. He graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1965. On August 13, 1965 Gary married Ruth Sickels in Kalamazoo, MI. Gary retired from the Navy after 21 years of service. He worked as a laborer for Freudenberg NOK in Spencer for 18 years. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, music, fishing, Nascar, rodeo, and traveling.
Gary died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Preceding Gary in death were his father, his son Gregory, son-in-law Robert Molnar, and three brothers-in-law; Carl Plagman, Robert Hiatt, and Ronnie Sickels.
Survivors include his wife Ruth of Peterson, two daughters; Penny Molnar of Sioux Rapids, and Wendy Baker and her partner Michael Hellman of Sutherland. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; Wendy and husband John Bailey, Aaron Hobson, Zachary Molnar, Catherine Baker and partner Travis Morton, Mikka Baker and partner Steven Partridge, McKenzie and husband Clinton Larson, Dakota Hellman, Dallas Hellman, and Ariel Hellman, seven great-grandchildren; his mother, Lois and her husband Richard Weathers, one sister, Ann and her husband Jerry Sandine, one brother, Dan and his wife Deb Pfaff, his parents-in-law, Melvin and Mildred Sickels, four sister-in-laws and one brother-in-law and their spouses; Patricia and Ray, Dianne and Jim, Carol and Dan, Ralph and Lori, and Karen and Pat, many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Carlos Warren Bryan was born March 13, 1916 in Cedar, Iowa, the son of Leon J. and Lida Mae (Black) Bryan. Carlos graduated from the Cedar Consolidated High School in 1933, and from Central College in Pella in 1938. He began his first teaching job in Troy, IA, the first of several small towns. During his two years there he decided to work toward his principal’s certificate at Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, IA. On August 20, 1939 Carlos married Helen Geraldine Miller in Cedar Falls, IA. Carlos entered the Army on December 17, 1943 and was honorably discharged on May 21, 1946 as a Sergeant. He returned to being a principal-teacher, and to continuing his own education through North Texas State, Iowa State, and Drake University. He received his master’s degree and in 1952 assumed the position of superintendent for the Rembrandt School system. In 1960 he was offered, and accepted, the superintendent job in Aurelia where he would remain for the next 22 years until his retirement in 1982.
Carlos was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, American Legion, and a past member of the Kiwanis Club, AASA and IASA. He enjoyed music, sports, and played horseshoes, tennis, and golf.
Carlos died Sunday, May 11, 2014, at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia where he had been a resident since 2009.
Preceding Carlos in death were his parents, his wife Helen on September 8, 2011, a sister Darlene in infancy, two brothers; Glen in childhood and Lelyn Bryan, and two sisters; Jean Cobb and Hazel Toler.
Survivors include his three sons; Steve and his wife Frances Bryan of New Canaan, CT, Scott and his wife Shuyuan Bryan of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Craig and his wife Nancy Bryan of Apple Valley, MN. Also surviving are five grandchildren; Christine and her husband Law Biddle, Laura and her husband Andy Podmolik, Emily Bryan, Peter Bryan, Jing Yao Zhou and her husband Bai Liang, two great-grandchildren; Bai Xin Yuan and Bai Xin He, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Darlene P. Lydell, 66, of Alta, will be 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta, with the Rev. Don Rothweiler officiating. Burial will be in the Scandinavian Cemetery, rural Alta. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Darlene Phyllis Murphy was born May 4, 1947 in Sioux City, IA, the daughter of Lloyd and LaVonne (Christensen) Murphy. She attended schools in West Bend and Farnhamville, and graduated from Carroll High School. She attended Nettleton Business Training College, then Iowa Central Community College for secretarial courses and received an Associate’s degree. She continued her studies and received certification to work as a CNA. She worked for 20 years as a CNA in Humboldt and Aurelia, IA, and various other places.
On January 18, 1970 Darlene married David Lydell in Fort Hood, Texas.
Darlene was very talented as a seamstress, a knitter, and in needlepoint. She was meticulous in her projects making sure that the back of a project was as pretty as the front. She loved to bowl and was proud of the 600 series that she bowled. She was an avid reader, reading more than 100 books a year. She loved all types of music. She told her great- nephew to remember that she loved all music including opera, because it has a story to be told.
David and Darlene spent many years traveling to the Iowa State Fair and the various county fairs in Iowa. After David’s retirement they traveled down the southern states of the United States and to Jamaica during the summer of 2013.
Darlene died Friday, May 2, 2014, at Waverly Care Center in Waverly, NE. Cancer may have taken Darlene’s earthly vessel but could not destroy her loving and caring spirit. She is now in the glorious presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Darlene is preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers; Robert Hodges and William Hodges.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years; David Lydell of Alta, two sisters: Judy and her husband Darwin Thede of Apache Junction, AZ, and Pamela and her husband Brian Faubion of Lincoln, NE, two brothers; David Murphy of Apache Junction, AZ, and Patrick and his wife Kelly Murphy of Humphrey, NE, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
‘Those who die in grace go no further from us than God and God is very near’ Joyce Annette Radke, 76, of Aurelia died Monday the 28th of April at Unity Point St. Lukes Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. Her family was by her side as she passed to be with the Lord. Joyce was born in Des Moines, Iowa to John and Eleanor (Jenkins) Redenbaugh on March 27,1938. She was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and child of God. She was baptized 1946 at First Baptist Church in Newton, Iowa and confirmed in 1958 at College Hill Lutheran, Cedar Falls, Iowa. She graduated from Storm Lake HS in the class of 1955 and attended UNI. She and Erik Radke from Aurelia were wed August 11, 1957 and deeply devoted for 56 years. She was active in the Aurelia community and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She had been secretary of Iowa District West Missouri Synod for Ladies Aid, also co-chairing housing for the Missouri Synod Lutheran International Ladies Aid Convention finding housing for 8000 women. Joyce is preceded in death by her parents and son, David Erik Radke.She is survived by her husband Erik Radke; son Mark Radke and his wife Barbara of Aurelia, Iowa; daughter Annette Harris and her husband Dr. Stephen Harris of Charlotte, NC; and daughter-in-law Dr. Anne Radke of Mint Hill, NC. Joyce leaves behind five grandchildren: (Mark’s) Erin Garcia of Valladolid, Spain and Sarah Radke of Marshall, Missouri; (Annette’s) Philip Harris of Steamboat Springs, CO and Wesley Harris of Charlotte, NC; and (David’s) Erika Jane Radke of Mint Hill, NC. Joyce enjoyed travel, arts and crafts and technology from floppy discs to ipads. She enjoyed wintering in Alamo, Texas for the past 12 years and loved staying in touch with her grandchildren using Skype and Facebook. She suffered many years of severe arthritis. She needed multiple operations in her later years and spent much of her time in rehabilitation. Her family will remember her as amazingly strong, stoic and always devoted to her Christian faith. Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia, Iowa is handling arrangements. Visitation will be held on Thursday May 1st at St. Paul Lutheran Church from 4-8pm with the family in attendance from 6-8pm. Funeral Service will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Friday May 2nd at 10:30am with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating with burial following at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Donations received will be contributed to the St. Paul Lutheran Organ Fund.
Vergil James Dyslin was born on August 10, 1930, the son of Floyd G. and Myrtle Fearn (Loving) Dyslin on a farm near Elk Point, South Dakota. He spent his childhood around Jefferson, S.D., where he received his early schooling. His family then moved to a farm near Cherokee. Bud graduated from the Quimby High School. He helped his dad with the farming until he entered the Marine Corps in 1952 during the Korean Conflict. On June 15, 1952 he was united in marriage to Cleone Louise Van Winkle at the Church of Christ in Storm Lake. This union was blessed with three children; Ronald, Sharmin, and Kimberly. After returning from service they settled in Cherokee and he worked as a meat cutter for the Swanson Grocery Store. He also worked for Fareway and Super Value in Storm Lake. He later worked for Sears for nearly 20 years. After the Sears store closed he became a licensed realtor until his wife needed him to help her run her business, Natures Nutrition Center which she operated for 20 years. He retired in 2001. Bud was very active in the Church of Christ, having served as an elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher. He loved to read, enjoyed his vegetable garden, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Bud died Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake.
Preceding Bud in death were his parents, one brother, Harold Dyslin, and two sisters; Dorris Deaton and Evelyn Sassman.
Survivors include his wife Cleone Dyslin of Storm Lake, one son, Ron and his wife Christine Dyslin of Warrenville, IL, two daughters; Sharmin and her husband Charles Ziska of West Valley City, UT, and Kimberly Dahm of Storm Lake. Also surviving are four granddaughters; Chelsea Dahm of Tiffin, OH, Emily Dahm of Los Angeles, CA, Eleanor Dyslin of Boulder, CO, and Elizabeth Dyslin of Warrenville, IL, three brothers; Donald and his wife Darlene Dyslin of Minneapolis, MN, Larry and his wife Elaine Dyslin of Wheat Ridge, CO, and Joey and his wife Kathy Dyslin of Cherokee, and two sisters; Donna McKissock of St. Paul, MN, and Diane Quevedo of Richardson, TX, one sister-in-law, Elaine Dyslin of Norfolk, NE, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Memorial services for Lorne R. Gano, 63, of Alta, will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Thomas Petersen officiating. Inurnment will be at St. John’s Cemetery in rural Peterson at a later date. The family will be present for visitation on Wednesday from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. A memorial fund has been established.
Lorne Roger Gano was born February 10, 1951 in Cherokee, Iowa, the son of Lowell and Ruby (Anderson) Gano. Lorne attended elementary school in Larrabee, IA and graduated from Aurelia High School in 1970. On November 6, 1970 Lorne united in marriage with Christine JoAnn Bonham at Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, IA. Lorne enlisted in the National Guard in 1971 and was honorably discharged in 1979. He was in the 41st Infantry Division. Lorne was employed at the Cherokee Mental Health for 35 years. He enjoyed working with his co-workers and patients. During his employment he received the Governor’s State Top Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for his dedication and commitment to public service.
Lorne and his wife lived on a small acreage outside of Aurelia where they raised their three daughters Amy, Lori, and Jenny. Lorne lived life as an adventure; he could have fun doing anything. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He appreciated nature and loved fishing, hunting for antiques, history, and working on projects.
Lorne died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa; he was a cancer survivor of 13 years.
Preceding Lorne in death were his parents.
Survivors include his wife Christine, three daughters; Amy and her husband Dan Skogman of Hinton, Lori Gano of Dakota Dunes, SD, and her fiancé Kent Ohlson of Aurelia, and Jenny and her husband Jon Cody of Springfield, MO, and five grandchildren; Kelsey, Tayler, Jordan, Daiton, and Elaina. Also surviving are his brother, Larry and his wife Suzi Gano of Hemphill, TX, and two sisters; Peg and her husband Jesse Fastenow of Peterson, and Polly and her husband Bruce Rapp of Aurelia, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Cliff and Catherine Bonham of Aurelia, brother-in-law, Dave and his wife Andi Bonham of Pierre, SD, sister-in-law, Sue Ellen Bonham of Marcus, IA, brother-in-law Dan and his wife Penny Bonham of Marathon, IA, sister-in-law Carri and her husband Rich Eckert of Aurelia, many beloved nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Graveside services for Bonnie Shank, 93, of Spencer, formerly of Aurelia, will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia, with Pastor Bruce Rapp of the First Congregational Church in Aurelia officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 until 2:00 at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.
Bonnie Evone Mummert was born on October 16, 1920, the daughter of John Quincy and Lola Margeret (Stutz) Mummert at Aurelia, Iowa. She attended Aurelia Elementary and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1940. During her junior year she was named “Miss Aurelia” and represented Aurelia at the Clay County Fair in Spencer. Upon graduation Bonnie relocated to Los Angeles, CA, where she worked as a retail cashier during the war. Bonnie married Wayne Coates who died during WWII. Bonnie then returned to Aurelia to help with her parents’ hardware store.
On November 14, 1947 Bonnie married Merlin Eugene “Sport” Shank in Aurelia and they moved to Sheldon where they managed the Sheldon Golf and Country Club for several years. In 1952 their son Mark was born. In 1954 they moved to Spencer where Bonnie worked for many years at Dr. Frink and Schlictemeiers office and later was employed at the Woman’s Shop and the Clay County Fair ticket office until she retired.
Bonnie died Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Longhouse Residence Nursing Home in Spencer.
Preceding Bonnie in death were her parents, her first husband Wayne Coates, her second husband Merlin “Sport” Shank on June 20 1998, two sisters; Geradine Mummert and Donna Taylor and her husband Jim, brother-in-law Orlo Shank and his wife Mabel, and sister-in-law Gladys Roseman.
Survivors include her son Mark Shank and his companion Karen Bishop of Spencer, one niece, Donna Rae Furlong of Sioux City, and other relatives and friends.
Private committal services for Orva “Jean” Mill, 88 of Aurelia, formerly of Everly, Iowa were held on Monday, March 24. 2014 at the Riverside Cemetery in Spencer, with Pastor Larry Lemke of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia officiating. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia was in charge of arrangements.
Orva Jean Schoelerman was born on November, 20, 1925 in Everly, Iowa, IA, the daughter of Reiman and Alma (Peters) Schoelerman. Her childhood years were spent in Everly, where she graduated from the Everly High School. She attended Iowa State University where she earned her degree. Jean taught Home Economics for one year at Polk City, IA, and for one year at Kolo, IA.
On August 10, 1947 Jean married James W. Mills in Everly where they made their home. They retired to Okoboji and Longboat Key, FL. Jean loved the water, fishing, garage sales, and she loved to sew.
Jean was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church in Everly where she was president of the Hope Lutheran Church Women, and she helped put quilts together. She was also a member of the Three Cross Church at Milford, and later St. Paul Lutheran in Aurelia.
Jean died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Jean in death were her parents and her husband James on December 19, 2013.
Left to cherish her memory are one son, David and his wife Mary Mills of Longboat Key, FL, one daughter, Sue Ireland of Aurelia, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; Jessica and husband Jonathan Ticku and their two sons, Jon James and Rishi, Sarah and husband Andy O’Dear and their son Elijah and daughter Sadie, Abigail and husband Olen McGhee, Lindsay and husband TJ Eagan and their son Hunter, and John Ireland. Many other relatives and friends will cherish her memory. Cards may be sent to Susan Ireland, PO Box 121, Aurelia, IA 51005. Memorials will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Funeral services for Fern I. Beeghley, 98, of Sioux City, will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, February 27, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Magrey deVega officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the First United Methodist Church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Sanford Day Care, 1724 Geneva St, Sioux City, IA 51103.
Fern Inez Beeghley was born December 27, 1915 in Aurelia, Iowa, the daughter of Clyde and Marie (Baumann) Beeghley. She attended school in Aurelia and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1933. She then attended the National Business Training School in Sioux City. Fern was employed as secretary by Arthur Sanford & Company from 1935 until her retirement in 1983. She was the Director and Treasurer of the Stella Sanford Child Care Center. Fern enjoyed travel, sewing, reading and bowling. She served as a bowling league secretary for 25 years. She was a member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church.
Fern passed away Monday, February 24, 2014, at the Touchstone Living Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Preceding Fern in death were her parents, and her brother, Ray Beeghley.
Survivors include her niece, Jean and her husband Glenn Bakke of Long Beach, CA, her nephew, William and his wife Glynn Beeghley of LaQuinta, CA, and many great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
Doris Jean Joy was born on February 24, 1930 at Correctionville, IA, the daughter of Loren and Mildred (Perkins) Joy. She graduated from the Correctionville High School in 1947. On May 2, 1948 Doris married Clifford Carlson at the Trinity Lutheran Church parsonage in Cherokee. They made their home in several towns in Cherokee County, at Early, and moved to Aurelia in 1973. Her life centered around her community, church, and family. She was part of Federated Women’s Club and Community Kitchen Band, and regularly attended the Aurelia Community Coffee. She was actively involved with Women of the World, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and Lutheran’s for Life, taught Sunday school and led Bible studies and she faithfully participated in Bible study groups until the last few weeks of her life. Doris gave 25 years of her life serving at Sunset Knoll Retirement Home and Sunset Knoll Auxiliary. She enjoyed music, was an avid reader, worked crossword puzzles daily and enjoyed a good game of solitaire. She liked to watch dancing and ice skating programs, playing cards and games with her family and in her later years discussing American politics. She was the most enthusiastic fan at all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sports activities and events. She loved cooking and baking and serving her family which she did into her later years. She deeply loved her family and expressed often her gratefulness for the husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren the Lord had given her.
Doris died Monday, January 27, 2014 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee.
Preceding Doris in death were her parents, one son, Ricky Carlson, and one niece, Cindy Carlson.
Survivors include her husband Clifford of Aurelia, three sons; Loren and his wife Cheryl Carlson of Storm Lake, Terry and his wife Kathy Carlson of Washington, IL, Randy and his wife Lynn Carlson of Waukee, IA, and one daughter, Dee and her husband Curt Otto of Holstein. Also surviving are eight grandchildren; Brandt and wife Nicky Carlson, Linsay and husband Simeon Vladimirov, Gabriel and wife Kendra Carlson, Jordan and wife Courtney Carlson, Joshua and wife Heather Carlson, Brandon and wife Deidre Carlson, Matthew and wife Allie Otto, and Kelly and wife Abbie Otto, nine great-grandchildren; Jaxson and Owen Otto, Dillon, Adelaide, Myra, and Hayden Carlson, Kaylie and Elyse Carlson, and Ary Carlson, two sisters; Donna and husband Ron Conley and Diane and husband Darrell Wieland all of Cherokee, other relatives and friends.
Cherokee. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
Verlyn Galen Dyslin was born December 8, 1927 at Aurelia, IA, the son of Gahlen Albert and Helen (Gerjets) Dyslin. He attended Brooke School, country school, and then the Aurelia High School, graduating in 1946. Verlyn served in the US Army. On March 12, 1950 Verlyn married Elaine Fae Pedersen at the Presbyterian Church in Alta. He worked for different farmers during his school years, and after being discharged from the Army he farmed north of Alta and worked for Kingan Packing Plant, then later for Caswell Mfg., Lundell Mfg., and for Cherokee County as a maintainer driver. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Alta, and the Alta Square Dance Club. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, ballroom and square dancing, and loved playing cards with various card clubs of which he was a member.
Verlyn died Monday January 13, 2014 at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Verlyn in death were his parents, an infant son, two sisters, one in infancy, and Rozella and her husband George Bruns, Jr., one daughter-in-law, Julie Dyslin, and two brothers-in-law, Richard Martin and Duane Haley.
Survivors include his wife Elaine of Aurelia, three children; Cheryl and her husband Rod Hasenwinkel of Aurelia, Mark and his wife Nancy Dyslin of Stillwater, MN, and LeAnn and her husband Roy Wadsley of Nemaha, IA. Also surviving are five grandchildren; Allison and husband Craig Wisniewski of Osceola, IA, Molli and husband Nate Overturf of Aurelia, Kayla and husband Mike Martens of Albert City, Kaine Wadsley of Nemaha, Kelsey and husband Brice Pollock of Santa Clara, CA, two great-grandchildren; Hannah and Cael Wisniewski, three step-great-grandchildren; Abigail, Piper, and Peyton Overturf, two sisters; Bonnie Martin and Joan Haley both of Sac City, IA, one brother-in-law; Richard and his wife Julie Pedersen of Alta, many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service and celebration of life for Wallace “Wally” Burns, 87, of Storm Lake, will be held at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, January 10, 2014, with the Rev. Dr. Matt Miller officiating. Visitation will follow the service at the church. Inurnment will take place in Ventura, IA, at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Diabetes Unit at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. The Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Wallace Edward Burns was born on August 18th, 1926 in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Mansel Wood and Nellie (White) Burns. He graduated from Mason City High School in 1944, and immediately enlisted in the Army Air Force and served in Germany during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1947. He worked for Henkel Construction then Pure Carbonic Co., both in Mason City, before becoming a teacher.
On August 29, 1948, Wally married Patricia Rae McPeek at the Methodist Church in Mason City. They had three children; Karen, Peggy, and Michael. He graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in 1950. Wally began his career as an educator teaching science at Alexander High School in Alexander, Iowa. He continued teaching sciences for the Sheffield Public Schools, while completing his Masters degree in Educational Administration at Iowa State Teachers College. He served as a science teacher and principal at Lansing High School, Lansing, Iowa. He served as High School Principal and Superintendent for the St. Ansgar Community School System. His career continued as he served as Superintendent of Schools in Marathon Public Schools and Stanwood Public Schools. Wally and Pat moved to Storm Lake in 1974 when he became the Director of Secondary Education for Iowa Central Community College, until his retirement in July of 1991.
Wally was a member of the Masonic Lodge beginning at the Pearl Lodge #426 in Sheffield, later was a member of the Jewell Lodge #309 in Storm Lake, and then became a member of the Pomegranate Lodge #408 in Alta. He became a fifty year member in 2008. He was a member of the VFW, Phi Delta Kappa, and the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake, the Wiseman’s Club of Mason City, Lion’s Club, and the Elks. He volunteered for the Heart Association serving as President for three years and received a State Award, was a lifetime member of the NRA, and a charter member of the Buena Vista Rifle and Pistol Club. He served on the Storm Lake City Council from 1996 through 2007. Over the years Wally enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapshooting, being an NRA Trainer, candy making, cooking, flea markets, and coffee with his friends at Hardee’s.
Preceding Wally in death were his parents, brother Jay Burns, and son-in-law Frederick Richard Copley.
Wally suffered a fall while visiting his daughter in Atlanta, GA and was admitted to the Atlanta Medical Center where he died December 24, 2013 from complications caused by the fall.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Pat of Storm Lake, his children; Karen Burns Copley of Green Valley, AZ, Peggy Fillio of Atlanta, GA, and Mike and his wife Doris Burns of Madison Lake, MN. Also surviving are three grandchildren; Matthew and his wife Erin Burns of Costa Mesa, CA, Kathryn Fillio of Atlanta, GA, and Margaret Copley Roark and her husband David Roark of Waldorf, MD, three step-grandchildren, Katie Sheppard of Lahaina, Hawaii, Jamie Sheppard of Mankato, MN and Jessie Sheppard of Madison Lake, MN, five great-grandchildren; Megan, Molly, and Wyatt Burns and Frederick and Matthew Roark, one sister, Janet Grady of Millersville, MD, one sister-in-law, Jo Charipar of Cedar Rapids, IA, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Helen Joy Dailey was born on April 30, 1918, the daughter of Harry and Pearl (Beeghley) Dailey at Aurelia, Iowa. She attended Aurelia Elementary and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1935. She then attended ST. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Sioux City, graduating in 1939.
On November 11, 1942 Joy married Earl Nielsen at her parents’ home. Joy was an RN at Sioux Valley Hospital for many years. She enjoyed baking and was well known for her pies and cookies that she shared with many friends and neighbors. She loved to travel with Earl in their trailer. They were lucky enough to visit 48 states and parts of Canada. Joy enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, and took special joy in her great-grandchildren. She was an avid reader, always had a book she was reading or re-reading.
Joy died Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Careage Hills Nursing Home in Cherokee.
Preceding Joy in death were her parents, an infant son, her husband Earl on December 31, 2004, her brother Floyd and his wife Ellen Dailey, grandson Jeff Calvert, son-in-law Craig Menefee, and one nephew Mike Dailey.
Survivors include her children; James and his wife LuAnn Nielsen of Granger, IA, Patricia Nielsen and her husband Roger Stoakes of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Joan Menefee of Boone, IA, one granddaughter, Carrie and her husband Erik Lundy of Des Moines, IA, two great-grandchildren, Josie Lundy and Megan Lundy of Des Moines, and other relatives and friends.
James Weaver Mills was born on July 15, 1924 in Spencer, IA, the son of Lloyd and Helen (Weaver) Mills. His childhood years were spent in Everly, where he received his education. He attended Iowa State University, entered the Navy as a radio tech, returned to ISU and graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry.
On August 10, 1947 James married Orva Jean Schoelerman in Everly. They made their home in Everly and began farming and then purchased the local insurance agency, Mills Insurors and became a partner in the Everly State Bank. He and his wife retired to Okoboji and Longboat Key, Florida.
James was a Board President of the Clay County Fair and also the church board of Hope Lutheran Church in Everly. He was a member of the Lutheran Church in Everly, transferred to Milford, and finally to St. Paul Lutheran in Aurelia.
James died Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia following a battle with Alzheimer’s.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jean of Aurelia, one son, David and his wife Mary Mills of Longboat Key, FL, one daughter, Sue Ireland of Aurelia, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Jessica and husband Jonathan Ticku and their two sons, Jon James and Rishi, Sarah and husband Andy O’Dear, their son, Elijah and daughter, Sadie, Abigail and husband Olen McGhee, Lindsay and husband TJ Eagan, and John Ireland. Many other relatives and friends will cherish his memory.
Cards may sent to: Jean Mills, PO Box 121, Aurelia, IA 51005. Memorials will be donated to Alzheimer’s Research.
Orlyn Lee Webb was born July 5, 1942 at Sac City, Iowa, the son of Forrest and Mabel (Ellwanger) Webb. He attended school and graduated from the Galva High School in 1960. He entered the Navy as a mines man and served until 1964. After his honorable discharge he attended Buena Vista College for four years, graduating with a degree in business. Orlyn worked for Lehigh Cement for seven years. He then owned and operated Francis Tap in Aurelia for 30 years and farmed the century old family farm, retiring in 2002. Orly loved to travel and was proud that he had been to all 50 states, plus trips to Europe, the Scandinavian Countries, Mexico, and Jamaica. He looked forward to his winters in Florida which he enjoyed for eleven years.
On December 14, 1991, Orlyn married Nancy Galvin at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. He was a member of the Aurelia American Legion, the Aurelia Golf Course, and the Silver Creek United Methodist Church in Galva. He loved fishing, golf, and playing cards and cribbage with family and friends. Orly was an avid sports fan, especially cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Green Bay Packers, and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Orly died Saturday, December 7, 2013, at his home in Aurelia surrounded by family and friends after a five year battle with cancer.
Preceding Orlyn in death were his parents, one brother, Duane Webb, and one sister-in-law, Cheryl Webb.
Survivors include his wife Nancy Webb of Aurelia, one son, Cameron Webb of St Louis, MO, two brothers; Donald and his wife Frances Webb of New Orleans, LA, and Forrest and his friend Cheryl Kershaw of Harvest, AL, one sister, Sandra and her husband Walter Shepherd of Hot Springs, AR, one sister-in-law, Gail and her husband Martin Rummell of Wabeno, WI, mother-in-law Imagene Galvin of Aurelia, two brothers-in-law; Randy and his wife Deb Galvin of Early, IA, and Rodney Galvin and his friend JoAnne Fystrom of St. Louis Park, MN, two aunts; June Bowers of Storm Lake and Joyce Patten of Perry, several nieces and nephews, cousins, special friends Kevin and Amanda Bengtson and family, and many friends.
Annetta Aurelia Braunschweig was born on August 11, 1926 at Aurelia, IA, the daughter of the Rev. Otto A. and Lisette L. (Gerike) Braunschweig. She was both baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church by her father, Pastor Braunschweig. She attended Afton Township School for eight years, then Aurelia High School, graduating in 1945. She continued her education at Concordia Teachers College in Seward, NE, and Emmetsburg Community College. After graduating from college she moved to California for several years before she began teaching. Annetta taught for 26 years in Lutheran elementary schools in Iowa, Idaho, Minnesota, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Florida. She retired from teaching and moved to Tavares in 1991. At that time she joined Faith Lutheran Church in Eustis, FL, where she enjoyed and active life in her church and school activities until health problems limited, and finally prohibited, participation. She was a member of the Women’s Lutheran Missionary League, and officer for Aid Assoc. for Lutherans, TLC Sewing, and enjoyed doing crafts. Annetta was a very fun and loving person, and when help was needed she was always there to lend a helping hand.
Annetta died November 13, 2013 in Tavares, FL.
Preceding Annetta in death were her parents, two sisters and their husbands; Eleonora and Alfred Honsbruch and Verona and Ted Fosdick, seven brothers; Reinhold and wife Rosa Braunschweig, Theodore Braunschweig, Ottomar Braunschweig, Gerhardt and wife Helen Braunschweig, Arnold Braunschweig, Carl Braunschweig, Bernard Braunschweig, and one brother-in-law; Willis Warkentien.
Survivors include two sisters; Cornelia Warkentien of St. Paul, MN, Anna and her husband Herbert Huseman of Rice Lake, WI, two brothers; Robert and his wife Sharon Braunschweig of Donahue, IA, and Victor and his wife Okie Braunschweig of Mustang, OK, five sisters-in-law; Evelyn Braunschweig of Alta, Nelda Carney of St. Clare, MO, Beverly Braunschweig of Wall Lake, IA, Betty Braunschweig of Iowa Falls, IA, and Diana Braunschweig of Golden, CO, good friend Opal Pruitt of Tavares, FL, many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Gordon Walter Grohe was born on August 12, 1933, the son of Walter and Freida (Olhausen) Grohe in Storm Lake, IA. He graduated from the Storm Lake High School in 1951. On March 3, 1952 Gordy was united in marriage to Nona Peterson at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake. They had three children; Susan, Michael, and Kelli. Gordy and Nona lived on a farm where he worked for Cliff Bruce for two years. They then moved to Cherokee where he was on the Cherokee Police force and then was a deputy sheriff for three years. Gordy was a car salesman for Peterson Motors in Cherokee for 31 years. Later he worked for the Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center for 19 years, retiring in 2001. He also owned and operated Gordy’s Hamburger Shop in Cherokee and Aurelia. He mowed lawns for 25 years, which he enjoyed very much.
Gordy was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, he served as Mayor of Aurelia from January 1, 1988 until December 31, 1991, and on the board of the Aurelia Municipal Electric from February 2003 until the present. Gordy and Nona had many Yorkie and Schnauzer dogs over the years, and he enjoyed golfing, bowling, and snowmobiling.
Gordy died Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, IA.
Preceding Gordy in death were his parents, his son Mike, and his sister, Beverly Harriott.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Nona, his children; Sue Roberts, and Kelli and her husband Steve Hirschman all of Aurelia. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; Stacy and husband Mike McGee of Cherokee, Adam and wife Dawn Roberts of Marcus, Christi Grohe of Des Moines, Wesly Grohe and special friend Danielle Lewis of Cherokee, Toby Grohe of Quimby, Taylor Grohe of Ocheydan, Kati and husband Brian Gorman of Ames, Amy and husband Nate Lewis of Aurelia, and Nick Hirschman of Ames. Also surviving are 14 great-grandchildren; Breanna, Emilee, and Kaleb McGee, Sydney, Jocee, and Mason Roberts, Izik, Tate, and Gage Piercy, Parker Michael Grohe and Devontez Grohe, Ella Gorman, and Coy and Bryn Lewis, one brother, Ronald and wife Glenna Grohe of Des Moines, one brother-in-law, Don Harriott of Helena, Montana, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.