Funeral services for Marjorie “Jane” Robar, 95, of Danville, IN, formerly of Aurelia, will be Saturday, August 20, 2016, at 10:30 A.M., at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Thomas Petersen officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., with the family present, at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Marjorie Jane Johns was born January 22, 1921, the daughter of Lloyd and Edith Blanche (Charlton) Johns in Le Mars, IA. She graduated from the Le Mars Central High School in 1938 and graduated from Central Missouri State with a bachelor’s degree in education and business. She taught mathematics and business courses for four years before she married Merle Dale Robar on December 29, 1946, in Le Mars. They farmed on the Robar family farm, rural Aurelia, their entire married life.
Jane was a member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church, UMW, taught Sunday school for a number of years, was a Cub Scout den mother, member of the Jolly Janes Neighborhood Club, and was a Resident Advocate for Sunset Knoll Retirement Home residents. She enjoyed spending time with her friends, trying new restaurants. She loved working crossword puzzles and reading until her macular degeneration prevented her from doing so and she also loved watching sports on TV. Her family was very dear to her and she enjoyed spending as much time as she could with them. Her last two and a half years were spent living with her daughter, Linda, in Indiana where she was much closer to many family members and able to enjoy time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren attending parties and the like.
Jane died Saturday, August 13, 2016, in Danville, IN.
Preceding Jane in death were her parents, her husband Dale on January 14, 1995, and her siblings; Geraldine Mullineaux, Robert Johns, and Dorothy Hansen.
Survivors include her children; Stephen and his wife Kathy Robar of Morgantown, IN, Ann Robar and husband Gary Gibson of Gardnerville, NV, and Linda Bohbrink of Danville, IN. Also surviving are six grandchildren; Stacey Robar and partner Jim Seidle, Jeannie and husband Shawn Summers, Heidi and husband Scott Daily, Stephenie and husband Tony Jay, Craig and wife April Bohbrink, and Brent and wife Jenise Bohbrink, fourteen great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and friends.
Memorial services for Howard L. Dowdy, 57, of Aurelia, will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Thomas Petersen & Nelva Petersen CLS officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Church, with the family being present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Howard Lynn Dowdy was born September 7, 1958, at Paducah, KY, the son of Eugene Franklin and Frances Sue (Lester) Dowdy. He attended school in Rembrandt and Storm Lake. On May 9, 1981 Howard married Mary Vring of Alta at the Methodist Church in Storm Lake, IA. They enjoyed 35 years of marriage together. He served in the National Guard from 1978 until 1982. Howard worked for Longmont Foods for fourteen years in Longmont, CO, then moved to Aurelia, Iowa and worked for the First Coop Association where he was still employed. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. Howard enjoyed fishing, golfing, watching NASCAR racing, was an avid KC Chief fan. He coached his three children in youth sports always having time to volunteer and then coached his grandson, Zander in football, basketball, wrestling and baseball. Howard was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a very kind man who will be missed by his family and friends.
Howard died Saturday, July 23, 2016, at his home in Aurelia, with his loving family around his bedside. He was able to keep his sense of humor and wit to the end. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just two weeks before his death.
Preceding Howard in death were his parents, Eugene & Frances Dowdy, his grandmother Emma Lou Hardin, his mother-in-law, Carolyn Vring, one niece, Beth Lester, and one nephew, Joshua Lester.
Survivors include his wife Mary Dowdy of Aurelia, three children; Aaron Dowdy of Storm Lake, Amber and Nicole Dowdy both of Spencer, and one grandson, Zander Dowdy of Aurelia. Howards’ brothers and sisters are Darrell and his wife Dixie Lester of Rembrandt, Edward and his wife Jan Dowdy of Sioux Rapids, Linda Hanson of Ocheyedan, Carl and his wife Carmen Dowdy of Cherokee, Glen Dowdy of Lake Park, Kevin Dowdy and Missy Rhea of Paducah, KY. Also surviving are his father-in-law, Ray Vring of Alta, mother-in-law, Betty Wallerstedt of Storm Lake, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Judy Snedeker of Storm Lake, John and his wife Kelley Vring of Aurelia, Diane Vring of Alta, Michelle and her husband Scott Gaes of Sergeant Bluff, Stephanie Vring of Storm Lake, and JoAnn Foley and her husband Clint DeVore of Storm Lake, and many nieces and nephews other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Donna J. Meyer, 68, of Aurelia, formerly of Cherokee, will be Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 10:00 A.M., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, rural Cherokee. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, with the family present, at the church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Donna JoAlice Bowling was born on April 4, 1948 at Oklahoma City, OK, the daughter of Henry C. and Dorothy (Smith) Bowling. She attended school in Oklahoma City and Cherokee, graduating from Washington High School in 1964. In 1966 Donna married Deon Ray Meyer in Cherokee. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. She worked as district manager for Dollar General Stores until her retirement in 2011. Donna enjoyed painting, golf, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Donna died Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.
Preceding Donna in death were her parents, her husband Deon in January 2000, and her brother, Michael Bowling.
Survivors include and one son, Michael Meyer and longtime friend Tom McFarland of Lincoln, NE, one daughter, Stefanie and her husband Matthew Williamson of Aurelia, five grandchildren; Jerik Tuggle, Vanessa Tuggle, Austin Williamson, Gavin Bolinger, and Kylee Williamson, two sisters-in-law; Marlys Langschwager of Cherokee, and Gayla and her husband Ron Bush of Quimby, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Lola Dilocker, 81, of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, formerly of Cherokee, will be 1:00 P.M. Thursday, May 19th, 2016 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 Wednesday from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., with the family present, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. A Memorial Fund has been established.
Lola Ernestine Tuttle was born February 26th, 1935, the daughter of Ernest Charles and Augusta Doris (Hasenwinkel) Tuttle north of Aurelia, Iowa. She graduated from Wilson High School in Cherokee in 1954. On May 18th, 1958, Lola married Eldon Dale Dilocker at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. Lola was a lifelong member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. She was a very proud Mother and Grandmother, her family was her greatest joy.
Lola passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at her home in Dakota Dunes, SD.
Preceding Lola in death were her parents Ernest and Augusta, her husband Eldon on December 2nd, 2002, three sisters; Verla Tuttle, Mildred Troester, and Gladys Tuttle, two brothers; Marvin Tuttle and Gerald “Jerry” Tuttle, one brother-in-law, Dale Van Hemert, three sisters-in-law; Beverly Tuttle, LaVonne Tuttle, and Pat Tuttle, one niece, Kathy Tuttle, and one great-niece, Melissa Stephenson.
Survivors include her daughter and her son-in-law, Dr. Tauhni and Michael Hunt of Dakota Dunes, SD; four grandchildren: Chandler, Alyssa, Braeden and Logan Hunt. Also surviving are two sisters; Arleen Van Hemert of Des Moines, IA, and Deloris and her husband William Rogers of Des Moines, IA, and three brothers; Ernie and his wife Florence Tuttle of Aurelia, Ervin “John” and his wife Elizabeth Tuttle of Cherokee, IA, and Ronald Tuttle and Charlene Carlson of Cherokee, IA, one brother-in-law, Lowell Troester of Brighton, CO, and one sister-in-law, Becky Tuttle of Cherokee, IA, and many nieces, nephews, Godchildren, other relatives, and friends.
Lola worked at Iowa Public Service for many years and then became an office manager for a medical office in Cherokee, Iowa. Upon her retirement, she moved to Dakota Dunes, SD, to be closer to her family. She was very active and developed many new friends in South Dakota. She will always be loved and considered Gamma D to her grandchildren, their friends, and so many others. She spent her time gardening, sewing, and reading. She enjoyed traveling with her family as often as she could. She looked forward to her coffee outings with her friends.
Lola was looking forward to watching her grandsons, Braeden and Logan, graduate high school at Dakota Valley on May 14th, 2016. Lola just recently attended her granddaughter, Alyssa’s, pinning ceremony on May 6th, 2016 and college graduation from Nursing School at the University of South Dakota on May 7th, 2016. She had a very busy summer planned helping her oldest granddaughter, Chandler, prepare for her upcoming wedding to Tyler Kasuske in July 2016.
Lola will be greatly missed by many. She was very involved in daily conversations and routines with her family and spending time with them often. She always amazed us with her knowledge and talents that got us through our daily lives. We love and will miss her very much.
Funeral services for Iona W. Winterhof, 94, of Aurelia, will be Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at 11:00 A.M., 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 Tuesday from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., with the family present, at the church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Iona Wilhelmina Stratmann was born on February 28, 1922 at Hampton, IA, the daughter of Carl and Emma (Dohrmann) Stratmann. She attended rural school in Franklin County, seventh and eighth grade at St. Paul Lutheran School in Latimer, and then attended high school and graduated from the Latimer High School in 1939. Iona went on to attend Iowa State Teachers College and Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, IL. She taught rural school in Franklin County from 1940 – 1943, and at Immanuel Lutheran School in Palatine, IL, from 1943 – 1946.
On June 30, 1946, Iona married Orville Winterhof at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Latimer. She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, where she taught Sunday school and was a member of LWML. She and Orville farmed in the area before moving into Aurelia in 1974. From 1972 until 1987 she worked in the bakery of the Cherokee Hy-Vee store. Iona was a member of the Sunset Knoll Auxiliary and the Aurelia Golf Course for many years. Her greatest joys were her family, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Iona died Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Cherokee Specialty Care at the Villa in Cherokee, IA.
Preceding Iona in death were her parents, one son, Dean Winterhof on April 26, 2005, and one sister and her husband, Norma and Darrel Borcherding.
Survivors include her husband Orville of Aurelia, two sons; Craig and his wife Patti Winterhof of Denver, CO, and Brian and his wife Lorri Winterhof of Cherokee, and four daughters; Elaine Meyer of Cherokee, Janet and her husband Dan Whitney of Aurelia, Joyce and her husband Ken Bahrke of Panora, IA, and Marcia and her husband Gary Klett of Everly, IA. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, one sister, Elna and husband Kenneth Keehn of Hampton, IA, one brother, Arnold and wife Lois Stratmann of Hampton, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Graveside services for Jeffrey Robinson, 66, of Cherokee, formerly of Aurelia, will be held Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 4:00 P.M. at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee, with Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating. Military Honors will be presented by the L. A. Wescott Post #2253 of the VFW of Cherokee. Following the committal service family and friends are invited to the lower level of the VFW for a luncheon and a time of remembrance. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of the arrangements.
Jeffery Kent Robinson was born January 5, 1950 the son of Russel and Velma (Saxby) Robinson in Cherokee, IA. He graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1969. After graduation he enlisted in the Marines. He later attended San Diego Community College in San Diego, CA. After his honorable discharge he worked for the Department of Defense. After returning to Iowa he worked as the caretaker at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time with family and friends, helping with the harvest, and gardening.
Preceding Jeff in death were his parents Russel and Velma Robinson, and his grandparents; John and Violet Robinson and Melvin and Rose Saxby.
Jeff died February 12, 2016 at the Countryside Estates in Cherokee.
Survivors include his three children; Tom and his wife Kate Robinson and their children Brooke, Lauren and Trevor of Austin, TX, Tonia Robinson- Hibler and her children Tre and Terrance of San Diego, CA, and Jennifer and her husband Chad Driesen and their son Colten of Cherokee. Also surviving are three sisters; Nancy and her husband Rufus Daniels of Troy Mills, IA, June Hanson of Cherokee, and Cindy and her husband Mike Dailey of Cherokee, and nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Sherm Nelson, 87 of Aurelia, will be Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 11:00 A. M. at the First Church of Christ in Cherokee, with Pastor Tom Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be at the Church on Tuesday from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., with the family present from 5:00 to 8:00. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Sherm passed away peacefully on March 19, 2016 at the Sunset Knoll Retirement Home in Aurelia, Iowa.
Harley Sherm Nelson was born at home on the family’s farm near Aurelia in Cherokee County, Iowa, to George E. and Elsie L. (Adamson) Nelson on August 22, 1928. His preferred name was Sherm. His childhood and his farming career took place in the Aurelia area. In 1946 he graduated from Aurelia High School and continued his education at Iowa State for two more years. After his second year of college, he served in the National Guard.
Sherm met his wife Joanne Kolb of Holstein, Iowa and married her on February 7, 1953. They enjoyed 63 years of marriage together. Sherm found farming to be a great pleasure which he continued until 1994, when he and Joanne moved from the farm into the town of Aurelia. Tilling the earth, watching and waiting for the harvest was a special joy to Sherm. He was also appreciative of the warmth of the small town of Aurelia and the many friends and neighbors he had in the area.
During his life, Sherm was involved in many activities, serving on the school board, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative Board, Aurelia Heritage Society Board, and as Deacon at the Church of Christ in Cherokee.
Sherm also enjoyed following the Iowa State Cyclone sporting events, but his greatest joy was his family. Spending time with his loved ones brought him much pleasure and provided great memories. Making homemade ice cream with his grandchildren was a frequent and special occasion for him.
His wife Joanne of Aurelia, and his children Kim and her husband Wade Darrow of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Polly and her husband Guy Fishman of Aurelia, and Becky and her husband Kim Phelps of Lincoln, Nebraska, are left to enjoy special memories. The loss of his son Greg in 1995 was a difficult time for Sherm and his family. Grandchildren include Juliana Darrow, Joe and wife Elise Darrow, Olivia Darrow, Leah Fishman, Diana Fishman, Laura and husband Matt Moss, Matt Phelps, Collin Phelps and fiancé Melissa, and Caitlin Phelps. Sherm was blessed to enjoy two great-grandaughters, Harper and Cortland Moss.
Also cherishing memories of Sherm are family members Darlene Nelson, Betty Nelson, Dave (Kay) Colby, Joy Michaelsen, Mary Lou Messick, and Nancy (Curt) Rupert.
Preceding Sherm in death were his parents, son Greg, two brothers; Dean and Ron, and sister DeOn.
Sherm loved the song “When We All Get To Heaven” and his family finds comfort in knowing that there will be a “family reunion” in heaven one day.
Funeral services for Gilbert W. Bowen, 87, of Aurelia, will be 10:30 A.M. Monday, March 21, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Thomas Petersen officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at the Church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Gilbert William Bowen was born January 22, 1929, at Lake City, Minnesota, the only son of Glen and Marie (Gilbert) Bowen. He attended school in Lake City, graduating in 1947. On October 22, 1950 Gilbert married Betty Jean Johnson of Alta at the Little Brown Church at Nashua, IA. He was then drafted into the United States Army in 1951. Gilbert worked in retail sales and later owned and operated Bowen’s Clover Farm Grocery Store in Aurelia for several years. Gilbert was a master at catering BBQ Feeds, always having promotions going like Canyon Kid judging Jack o’ Lantern contests, Minnesota Twins pitcher Jim “Mud Cat” Grant signing autographs, and gave away a monkey named “Jocko” in a drawing. He was a tireless promoter of Aurelia, having served on the Aurelia City Council and on the committee to organize Sunset Knoll Retirement Home in Aurelia. While operating the Grocery Store Gilbert also sold and rented campers which the family used for many memorable vacations, and later sold dog food for Simonsen’s. He retired in 1995. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Legion, and Kiwanis. He enjoyed electric trains, going to train shows, buying and selling trains, and playing cards.
Gilbert died Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, IA.
Preceding Gilbert in death were his parents, and one sister, Dorothy Harding.
Survivors include his wife Betty of Aurelia, three children; Craig Bowen of Mankato, MN, Jeff and his wife Maria Bowen and Jan and her husband Warren Mitchell all of Aurelia, six grandchildren; Sarah and husband Chris Ewert of Rochester, MN, Scott and wife Kara Bowen of Harrisburg, SD, Glen and wife Janae Bowen of Norwalk, Jenny Bowen of West Des Moines, Katie and husband John Edwards of Correctionville, and Lisa Mitchell of Cherokee, and six great-grandchildren; Carson, MaKinlee and Gracelynn Edwards, Brinley Bowen, Tyler Ewert, and Jaxon Erkes. Also surviving are two sisters, Marge Hanson of Lake City, MN, and Lois and husband Bob Fenwick of Dayton, OH, and nieces, nephews and many friends.
Funeral services for Annabel L. Bell, 101, of Storm Lake, will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake, with Pastor Matt Miller officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service time at the Church. Burial will follow the service at the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Annabel Lee Ruggles was born on June 19, 1914 in Birmingham, IA, the daughter of Lee and Myrtle (Moore) Ruggles. Her father was the town pharmacist and owned the drugstore in Birmingham. Her family was colorful…her grandmother, Annie Hope, came to Iowa from Pennsylvania in a covered wagon. Her grandfather, Nathan Moore, was a Civil War veteran, fighting for the Union. Her grandfather, John Henry Ruggles, was an entertainer, a magician, and an auctioneer. Ann also had two sisters, Dorothy and Theodocia. There always seemed to be a lot of laughter when the three of them were together.
Following her graduation from high school she attended the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, IA, where she met Melvin Sidney Bell when they were both students and worked at the Hillside Café. They were married on May 24, 1938, at her parents’ home, and Melvin taught high school in Postville, IA, where Connie was born. When World War II arrived Melvin joined up and was stationed with the Navy in Europe for two years. After his return two more daughters, Muriel and Carolyn, were born.
The family moved to Davenport, IA, in 1952, where Ann worked as a saleslady in J.P. Penney for many years. She later moved to Ames, IA, where she ran the office of the family motel business. She was a natural and professional sales person, and enjoyed meeting new people, although she was always shy by nature. Ann was able to travel after her retirement. She and Mel also took trips to Arizona, Hawaii, and even Alaska, where they went camping. They were both residents of the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake. Mel died September 5, 2000.
Ann died Tuesday, March 7, 2016, at the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake.
Left to cherish Ann’s memory are her three daughters; Connie and her husband John Duffy of Storm Lake, Muriel Nyblom of Bell Plaine, MN, and Carolyn Eggers of Denver, CO, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.
Memorial services for R. Robert Hollibaugh, 92, of Aurelia, formerly of Kingwood, Texas, will be at a later date in Winfield, Kansas. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of local arrangements.
Ralph Robert Hollibaugh was born on June 17, 1923 in Arkansas City, Kansas, the son of Ralph William and Clara Elizabeth (Calvert) Hollibaugh. He graduated from the Winfield, Kansas High School in 1940. He then attended Southwestern College in Winfield, KS for a time and then attended and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas.
In December of 1942 Robert enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a navigator during WWII, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was honorably discharged from the US Air Force in May of 1958 with the rank of Captain.
Robert was united in marriage to Barbara Allred on July 18, 1954 at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. To this union five children were born. Robert was employed as a Chemical Engineer with Hercules, Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah, Lone Star Cement Co. of Bonner Springs Kansas and New Orleans, LA later Northwestern States Portland Cement of Mason City, Iowa, retiring in 1988.
Robert was a member of the Disciples of Christ Christian Church where he served as an Elder. He served two terms as a school board member at Clear Lake, Iowa, Past President of the Clear Lake Rotary Club and Paul Harris Fellow, member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers and served as Iowa’s Chairman. He was a Boy Scout Leader, and enjoyed playing Bridge and golfing. Robert and Barbara enjoyed traveling and family camping trips, and adored his dogs and family.
Robert passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016, at his daughter’s home in Aurelia, Iowa, where he and his wife have made their home since December of 2015.
Preceding Robert in death were his parents, one brother, William Hollibaugh, and one sister, Betty Rasmussen.
Left to cherish Robert’s memory are his wife, Barbara of Aurelia, Iowa, five children: Holly and her husband Ted Peck of Prescott, AZ, Bradley and his wife Linda Hollibaugh of Kingwood, TX, Julie and her husband Tim DeStigter of Aurelia, IA, Farley Hollibaugh of Crosby, Texas, Stanley and his wife Emily Hollibaugh of Kingwood, TX, and Maarten Gijsbers a foreign exchange son from Leiden, The Netherlands. Also surviving are five grandchildren; Libby and her husband Dan Gustafson of Cherokee, IA, Lana and her husband Rob Martinez of Waukee, IA, Hannah Hollibaugh, Clara Hollibaugh, and Phillip and his wife Luvia Hollibaugh all of Kingwood, TX, and Bobby Hollibaugh of Menomonie, WI, eight great-grandchildren, brother-in-law, Robert and his wife Barbara Allred of Mission, TX, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Memorial services for Wyatt S. Yon, 83, of Storm Lake will be 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake, with Rev. Duane Queen officiating. Inurnment will be in Storm Lake Cemetery, Storm Lake, Iowa at a later date. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., with the family present, in the Fireside Room at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake. There will be a Masonic Funeral Service following the visitation. Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
Wyatt died on Friday, December 18, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
Wyatt Schaller Yon was born on May 14, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to Wyatt Leslie and Catherine (Schaller) Yon. The family moved to Storm Lake in 1933. During his youth he attained the level of Eagle Scout. Wyatt attended school in Storm Lake, graduating from Storm Lake High School in 1950. He was graduated from Northwestern University in 1954. He served in the United States Army from 1954-1956, eighteen months of this time was spent in Japan. In October of 1956 he joined his father in the Wyatt Yon Agency in Storm Lake, an insurance, real estate, and farm management firm. On June 22, 1958, Wyatt was married to Lola Deanne Kelsey, daughter of Reed and Margaret Kelsey of Storm Lake.
Wyatt was a 55 year member of the Masonic Lodge, Abu Bekr Shrine, and a past member of the Elks. He was an active member of the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce while he was in business and served as president. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Storm Lake Jay Cee’s in 1966. He is a past president of the Storm Lake Library Board, also serving as chairman of the building committee when the new library and Witter Gallery were built. Wyatt served as mayor of Strom Lake in 1975, and was instrumental in promoting the addition of trees and planters when Lake Avenue was redone in that year. He is a past director of Citizen’s First National Bank and the First National Company. He also was on the advisory board of Job Service of Iowa. Wyatt was a member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church where he served as trustee and elder, and was a member of the planning committee for the renovation of the sanctuary in 1976.
Preceding Wyatt in death are his parents, his wife Lola on September 23, 1990, and brother-in-law, James Prichard.
Surviving Wyatt are his two children; Wyatt K. Yon of West Des Moines and Catherine Y. and her husband Thomas J. Elward of Chicago, IL. Also surviving are four grandchildren; Elizabeth Grace Elward, Daniel John Elward, Wyatt Samuel Yon and Ella Catherine Yon, one sister, Eloise Prichard of Storm Lake, nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Lois Booth was born April 17, 1918 the daughter of John and Margaret (Brangwin) Booth. She graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1934. On October 9, 1943 Lois married William Francis (Bill) McCabe in Storm Lake. They moved to San Diego, CA, while Bill served on a Navy submarine during WWII. After the war they farmed near Aurelia for 28 years. Lois worked at Lockin Insurance Agency in Aurelia, and later at the Cherokee County Assessor’s Office. They retired to Whidbey Island, WA in 1982. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, and sewing.
Preceding Lois in death were her parents, her husband Bill on March 19, 1987, and one sister and her husband; Elaine and Marvin Bengtson.
Lois died October 14, 2015 in Freeland, WA.
Survivors include her three daughters; Sandi and her husband Joe Karl Beals of Cherokee, Vicki and her husband Tom Griffin of Seattle, WA, and Toni and her husband Phil Spady of Bellevue, WA, five grandchildren; Linda and husband Jeff Ducommun of Larrabee, Andrea and husband Eric Thoreson of Seattle, WA, Karla and husband Brandon Frehse of Everly, Joe Beals and wife Jamie Wilger of Urbana, IL, and Alex Spady of Bellevue, WA, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Ole Verner Hallquist, 86, of Aurelia will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, September 5, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta, with Pastor Jane Johnston officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 P.M. until 6 P.M., with the family present from 4:00 to 6:00, at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.
Ole went to be with the Lord on September 2, 2015, at UnityPoint St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. Prior to his hospitalization Ole resided at the Sunset Knoll Retirement and Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Ole was born on May 7, 1929, in Odeshog, Sweden to Axel Frithiof and Ebba Marie (Johnson) Hellqvist. He was educated in the Swedish school system.
At the age of 18, Ole left Sweden for the rich, abundant fields of Iowa and his Uncle Dave Johnson’s farm north of Alta. He worked for several farmers in the community. On February 2, 1951, he was called to military duty and served at an army base in Atlanta, Georgia, for two years. He was honorably discharged on February 1, 1953. Ole obtained his American citizenship at a ceremony in the Cherokee courthouse in l956.
When in Atlanta he met a beautiful nurse and the love of his life, Anita Guice. They were married on February 14, l953, in Atlanta, Georgia. Ole and Anita had two children, Allan and his wife Carol Hallquist of Kansas City, Missouri, and Todd and his wife Teresa Hallquist of Ecuador, and five grandchildren, Adam Hallquist of San Francisco, California, Devin Hallquist of Kansas City, Missouri, Matthew Hallquist of Camdenton, Missouri, and Jacob and Benjamin Hallquist of Ecuador.
After marrying, Ole and Anita moved to a farm south of Aurelia, Iowa, where Ole farmed for over 45 years. He was a masterful farmer with the straightest, weed-free rows in the state! Ole was a man of few words and many talents. He could fix anything and when he couldn’t, he’d create a part. He loved to work on antique tractors and play his accordion. His rendition of “You Are My Sunshine” was a family favorite.
Ole treasured his wife. His eyes would twinkle when he listened to her tales of her childhood, and he enjoyed her wonderful Southern cooking. He adored his five grandchildren and loved to spoil them. Trips to the farm meant going to get donuts from
Casey’s in the morning with Grandpa, and afternoons spent driving the go-cart he’d made for his sons decades earlier.
Ole’s pride and joy were his sons, Allan and Todd. He was a loving father who set an example of hard work, honesty and integrity. He followed their successes in sports and in business with tremendous pride. Ole often declared that he was a man of great fortune when he spent time with his sons and their families.
Ole was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta, and he was a member of the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia for 63 years. Ole is survived by one brother, Sven Hellqvist, and several nephews, nieces, and cousins, all of whom live in Sweden.
Ole was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Sten Hellqvist, and two sisters, Inga Salomonson and Dagny Rosendahl.
Arnold Adolph Herman Mohn was born November 6, 1917 to Claus and Margaret (Hahnkampt) Mohn at Holstein, Iowa. After the death of his parents, his home was with cousins, Henry and Wilhelmina Nelson of Aurelia. He attended country school. Arnold served in the US Army from March 27, 1941 until his discharge on September 27, 1945. He farmed for his brother Eitel until he was married. On February 20, 1949 Arnold married Arlene Margaret Dittmer at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. They farmed in the Good Hope area until moving into Aurelia in the fall of 1979. Arlene died June 26, 1983. In August of 1985 Arnold married Lamerne (Schulke) Weiland. Lamerne died in January of 2012. In December of 2012 Arnold moved to WelCov in Alta. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia. Arnold was a Yankees fan, and enjoyed collecting pens and pencils, attending antique farm auctions, horse racing and watching the Kentucky Derby, playing 500, and his military reunions. He was a devoted and loving husband and father, and was a faithful Bible reader.
Arnold died Thursday July 23, 2015 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, Iowa.
Preceding Arnold in death were his parents, his foster parents, two wives, five sisters; Louise, Ella, Elfrieda, Erma, and Edna, and three brothers; Herbert, William, and Eitel.
Survivors include his children, Margaret and her husband Leo Eminger of Maumelle, AR, Joyce and her husband Gordon Sievers of Slater, IA, Brian and his wife Sandy Mohn of Aurelia, and Kristine Mohn of Minneapolis, MN, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two step-children; Dale and his wife Jackie Weiland of Tama, IA, and Doug and his wife Judy Weiland of Colorado Springs, CO, one brother-in-law, Robert Dittmer of Holstein, and two sisters-in-law; Lauretta Skarin of Wall Lake, and Janet and her husband Ron Nielsen of Ida Grove, and many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mildred G. “Millie” Waddell, 96, of Storm Lake, formerly of Alta, will be 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta, with Pastor Jane Johnston officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Alta. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Ladies VFW Auxiliary #6172 of Alta, or the Trinity Lutheran Church.
Mildred Genevieve Speulda was born on November 4th, 1918 at Akron, Iowa, the daughter of Louis and Anna (Trautt) Speulda. She received her education in Wayne, NE, graduating in 1935. On November 18, 1955 Millie married Lyle Lee Waddell in Luverne, MN. Millie worked at Cobblestone, DeKalb, Depot Lounge, and babysat for families in Alta. She retired in 1990. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Ladies VFW Auxiliary #6172 of Alta, and a past president of the AmVets Auxiliary, and she enjoyed golf, bowling, canning, and cooking.
Millie died Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at the North Lake Manor in Storm Lake, where she had been a resident since April 6, 2010.
Preceding Millie in death were her parents, first husband Joe Bateman, second husband Lyle Waddell on January 21, 2005, one brother, Bob Speulda, one sister, June Schoby, one son-in-law, Rex Kent, one great-grandson, Aaron Michael Waddell, and two brothers-in-law; Robert Bursick and Fred Schoby.
Survivors include her four children; Susan Freese of Des Moines, Genevieve Kent of Mesa, AZ, Richard and his wife Kathy Bateman of Paonia, CO, and Carl and his wife Bobbie Waddell of Spencer. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren, one brother, Lloyd and his wife Ellie Speulda of Candler, NC, one sister, Norma Bursick of Sioux City, special family member, Dee Waddell Meyer, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
James Alan Nelson was born September 8, 1930, at Aurelia, Iowa, the only child of Harold Verner and Lela Irene (Johnson) Nelson. He graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1948, and then attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake for one year. Jim entered the United States Air Force on November 7, 1951, in Sioux City, IA, and was discharged on November 7, 1955, at George Air Force Base in California.
On June 17, 1956, Jim married DeAnna Rae Regina Goettsch at the Methodist Church in Holstein, IA. He was a farmer, a dealer for Northrup King Seeds, and was owner/operator of Special Windings. Jim was a member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church, in his youth he attained the level of Eagle Scout and was a Scout Master for several years, and obtained the Order of the Arrow, was a member of the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia, Toast Masters, Red Power, the Air Force Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and International Harvester Collectors Iowa Chapter #5. He enjoyed his family, photography, model railroading, aviation, and steam and tractor shows.
Jim died Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia, IA.
Preceding Jim in death were his parents, Harold and Lela Nelson.
Survivors include his wife, DeAnna of Aurelia, four children; JoLynn and her husband Duane Heschke of Aurelia, Mark Nelson and Valerie Tilghman of Kennesaw, GA, Bruce Nelson and Lynn Cunningham of Des Moines, IA, and Steven and his wife Betty Nelson of Aurelia. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; Kris and husband Luke Fleener, Kelly and husband Jeff Price, Kathy and husband Michael Leach, Bradley Nelson, Abigale Nelson, Lindsay Nelson, Audrey Nelson, Grant Nelson, and Amber Martin, four great-grandchildren; Jayleen and Kaycee Leach, Nash Price, and Sabrina Fleener, one brother-in-law, Kenneth Goettsch of Seal Beach , CA, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
Charles was born December 23, 1932, on a farm north of Laurens, Iowa, the only son of Lester and Eleanor Lavina (Short) Christenson. They moved to Marathon in 1936. He was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church in Marathon. He attended school in Marathon and Lincoln Lee Township. In 1950 he graduated from Marathon Consolidated School. While a senior he was offered a farm to rent and did until 1953. Then he was drafted into the United States Army. Discharged in 1955, he returned to Marathon and farmed for 42 years.
He was united in marriage on January 25, 1953, to Marilyn Jean Orcutt in Sioux Rapids, IA. They were active in church and Eastern Star. They had three girls; Cynthia Jane, Deborah Suzanne, and Nancy Jo. Marilyn died of cancer in 1968.
On June 1, 1969, Charles married Barbara Sue Orcutt in Blencoe, IA. They had two girls; Sara Kay and Amy Ruth. They wintered in Arizona for 16 years. In 2006 they moved off the farm to Aurelia. They celebrated 46 years of marriage.
Charles was proud of his family and his vocation of farming. He was a 58 year member of Universal Masonic Lodge #587 of Marathon and a Past Master, and a 58 year member of Eastern Star and a Past Patron. He enjoyed playing cards, sporting events, golfing, and reading.
Charles died Monday, July 6, 2015, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, IA.
Preceding Charles in death were his parents, his wife Marilyn, one sister, Mary and her husband Merle Waggie, and one son-in-law, Russel Pischel.
Charles’ life is celebrated by his wife, Barbara of Aurelia, daughters; Cindy and her husband Earl Baier of Des Moines, IA, Deborah Pischel of Machesney Park, IL, Nancy and her husband Criss Wood of Yuma, AZ, Sara and her husband James Evans of Maple Grove, MN, and Amy Christenson of Sioux City, IA, grandchildren; Carl, Wesley, Valerie, Ali, Marilyn, Krista, Charlie, Hayden, and Henry, great-grandchildren; Seth, Charlie, Tennessee, Jacob, Kash, Cindy, Baylee, Alyssa, Seth, Alyvia, and Amiyah, sister, Fran and her husband Ralph Hazen of Mesa, AZ, sisters-in-law; Donna Yeager of Spencer, IA, Janice Reck of Enterprise, AL, and Pat and husband Alan Jaycox of Denison, IA, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Betty LaVonne Grienke was born on January 11, 1928, the daughter of Herbert and Christina (Gerjets) Grienke in Aurelia, Iowa. She attended school in Aurelia and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1945. Betty worked for two years as a secretary for the Department of Agriculture at the Capitol Building in Des Moines. On October 5, 1947 Betty married Gerald Anderson at the Congregational Church in Aurelia. Betty was a member of the First Congregational Church where she was a member of Dorchester Circle, Women’s Fellowship, and sang in the choir for many years. Betty was a member of the Pythian Sisters for 49 years, and was the pianist for the group. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing piano, card clubs, Bingo, and fishing. Most important were home and family, where she always had an unlimited supply of food for company. Betty and Gerald spent 24 years wintering in Florida or Arizona.
Betty died Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Betty in death were her parents, one sister, Darlene and her husband Cliff Menefee, one brother-in-law, Dorrel Huseman, one sister-in-law, JoAnn Anderson, and three nephews; Craig Menefee, Bradley Anderson, and Mel Anderson, Jr.
Survivors include her husband, Gerald Anderson of Aurelia, one son, Gary Anderson of Waconia, MN, one daughter Christy and her husband Kent Hyndman of Mankato, MN. Also surviving are two granddaughters; Lisa and her husband Brad Bock of Waconia, and Kelly and her husband Mark Nevermann of Chanhassen, MN, six great-grandchildren; Allison and Cole Seeman, Lauren and Alex Bock, and Joey and Jackson Nevermann, one sister, Myrna Huseman of Aurelia, two brothers-in-law; Melvern and his wife Marylyn Anderson and Gorlyn Anderson all of Phoenix, AZ and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Jared “Bud” Zarr, 91, of Aurelia, will be 4:30 P.M. Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Thomas Petersen officiating. Burial will be in the Afton Cemetery, rural Cherokee. Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00 until 8:00, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00, at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia. A memorial fund has been established.
Jared Washington Zarr, Jr. was born October 26, 1923, the son of Jared W. and Hazel (Kissinger) Zarr, Sr. at Vivian, South Dakota. When Bud was ten years old the family moved to Cherokee. He graduated from the Washington High School in Cherokee in 1940. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 until 1946. On December 17, 1949, Bud married Harriet Louise Mohror at the Little Brown Church in the Vale at Nashua, IA. They farmed in the Aurelia area. He was a member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church, Beef Producers, and the Aurelia Golf Club board. He also did carpenter work for several people.
Bud died Thursday, June 18, 2015, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Bud in death were his parents, his wife Harriet on February 28, 2006, three sisters; Fern Zarr, Ruth and her husband Ed Walter, and Mae and her husband Herb Nelson, three sisters-in-law and their husbands; Marcella and husband Leonard Stout, Vera and husband Roy Stieneke, and Dorothy and husband John Hartwig.
Survivors include two daughters; Sherrie and her husband Tom Mahoney of Salina, KS, and Toni Zarr of Des Moines, one brother, Harold and his wife Marge Zarr of Sioux City, one sister-in-law, Phyllis and her husband Rex Boatman of Waterloo, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Herbert Dean Will was born December 23, 1927, the son of Herbert J. and Gladys (Lane) Will on the family farm at Aurelia. He graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1945. On November 25, 1949, Dean married Eveline Stanworth at the St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Cherokee, IA. They made their home on the farm at Aurelia for 54 years, retiring in 1999. He served with the Iowa National Guard, being discharged in 1954. Dean was recognized as the Master Pork Producer for the State of Iowa in 1981. Dean was a partner in the creation of Maple Valley Wood Shavings in Aurelia. He was a lifelong member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church where he served on numerous boards and committees. Dean enjoyed all things agriculturally related. After retiring Dean became a delivery driver for Sleezer Select Stock for several years. The last few months he mastered (more or less) the iPhone with much assistance from the children, and enjoyed showing off his skill.
Dean died Friday, May 15, 2015, at the Cherokee Villa Nursing and Rehab Center.
Preceding Dean in death were his parents, his parents-in-law; Rev. Ernest and Mary Stanworth, his sister Marian Will Reilly, and twin grandsons; Xander and Xaine Yost.
Survivors include his wife Eveline of Cherokee, eight children; Jeffrey Will of Adel, IA, Laurie and her husband David Rehnstrom of Hartington, NE, Kevin Will of Gaithersburg, MD, Suzanne Lux of Lincoln, NE, Christine and her husband Randy Albers of Urbandale, IA, Richard Will and his wife Julia Getchell of Portland, OR, Sara and her husband John Yost of Olathe, KS, and Andrea Will of San Antonio, TX. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren; Jenna Rehnstrom and her husband Chris Liberto and their children Hunter and Quinn of Sioux City, IA, Jordan Rehnstrom of West Des Moines, IA, Nicole Will of Virginia and her children Trinity, Violet, Wisdom, Virtue, and Cody, SeAnne Will of Maryland and her children Alyssa and Anthony, Grant Will of New Hampshire and his daughter Cadence, Abigail and her husband Aaron Kalkbrenner and his daughter Julia of Waterloo, IA, Brittany Lux of Sioux Falls, SD, Jaden Lux of Sioux City, Katie and her husband Grayson Path of Nebraska City, NE, Stephen and his wife Lacey Albers of Searcy, AR, Megan Albers of Searcy, AR, MacKenzie Yost of Kansas, and Spencer Strait of San Antonio, TX, one sister, Joann and her husband George Pithan of Sioux City, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends
Anna Margaret Pfeifer was born on July 25, 1931 on a family farm in Pierce, Nebraska, the daughter of Frederick and Catherine (Ketter) Pfeifer. She graduated from the St. Bonaventure Catholic School in Columbus, NE in 1949, and then attended the Commercial Extension School of Commerce in Omaha, NE and graduated in 1950.
On September 20, 1952 Anna was united in marriage to Robert P. Waddell at the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Columbus. Robert was stationed in the Navy at that time in Norman, OK where they made their first home. In 1956 they moved to Aurelia, IA, where they continued to live and were blessed with three sons.
Anna was employed at the Cherokee Creamery, Farmers National Bank, Cherokee County Courthouse in the Treasurer’s office, Country Side Estates, and Hardee’s, semi-retiring in 1996. She continued to work part-time at the Social Security Office in Storm Lake until 2005.
Anna’s life centered around her family, church and community. Anna was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America, Catholic Church Guild, the Aurelia Catholic Ladies Circle, and Lector. She delivered Meals on Wheels for several years and regularly attended the Aurelia Community Coffee. She enjoyed being outdoors whether it was working in her flower beds or watching the wildlife. She also enjoyed playing cards, embroidering, crocheting, genealogy, oil painting, refinishing furniture, and watching movies. Anna loved her family and often expressed her gratitude for her husband, sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Anna passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Anna in death were her husband Robert on January 20, 1992, her parents Frederick and Catherine, her parents-in-law Charles and E. LaMerne Waddell, three brothers-in-law; Louis Meisenbach, Gary Holst, and Larry Lickiss, and three sisters-in-law; Lucille Pfeifer, Ardiss Pfeifer, and Ruth Ann Pfeifer.
Left to cherish Anna’s memory are her sons; Charles Waddell of Alta, IA, Michael and his wife Jeannine Waddell of Aurelia, and Timothy Waddell of Hawarden, IA, five grandchildren; Nathan Waddell of Des Moines, IA, Brandi and her husband Jesse Haberl of Royal, IA, Danielle Waddell of Spencer, IA, Robert D. and his wife Valerie Waddell of Olathe, KS, Stephanie and her husband Charles Horton of Lilburn, GA, and three great-grandchildren; Grady Waddell and Maia Waddell of Olathe, and Tessa Haberl of Royal. Also surviving are one sister, Julene Holst of Omaha, two brothers; Ralph Pfeifer of Lincoln, NE, and Theodore Pfeifer of Gretna, NE, two sisters-in-law; Marilyn Waddell and Charlene Lickiss both of Aurelia, and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Betty Lou Speers was born July 9, 1931, the daughter of Harold and Ruth (Mummert) Speers at Aurelia. She graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1949. On November 23, 1949, Betty married Donald Nelson Wieland at the Little Brown Church in the Vale at Nashua, IA. They made their home in Aurelia. Betty worked as a sales clerk at the Fashion Shop in Aurelia, and later as the secretary for the Aurelia High School Principal from 1965 until her retirement. She served as a Cub Scout den mother for many years. Betty was an active member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Martha Circle and served on the funeral lunch committee, the Aurelia Heritage Society, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Betty died Friday, April 10, 2015, at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Betty in death were her parents, and her husband Don on August 19, 2007.
Survivors include two sons; David and his wife Susan Wieland of Kansas City, MO, and Dennis and his wife Janice Wieland of Aurelia, four grandchildren; Nicole and her husband Matt Busenbark of Kansas City, MO, Leah and her husband Dan Niemeier, Drew and his wife Shana Wieland, and Dustin Wieland all of Aurelia, four great-grandchildren; Bryce Busenbark, Gavin and Gracelyn Niemeier, and Reese Wieland, and one brother, Don and his wife Alice Speers of Storm Lake. Also surviving are seven step-grandchildren; Kristin and her husband Kai Lewis, St. Cloud, MN, Will and his wife Coralie Cosgrove and Wade and Harmony Cosgrove all of Portland, OR, Stephanie and her husband Steve Zarr of Cherokee, Peter Cosgrove of Quimby, and Emily and Addie Cosgrove both of Aurelia, ten step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
A celebration of life gathering for Joann Samsel, 75, of Lakeside, will be held from 6:30 until 8:00 P.M. on Monday, March 30, 2015, at the Church of Christ in Storm Lake. Private family burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery at a later date. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
Joann Charlotte Fray was born June 21, 1939 in Fairfield, Iowa, the daughter of Ivan C. and Lucile (McFarland) Fray. In 1955 Joann was adopted by Richard and Cleta Thomas of Storm Lake. She graduated from the Storm Lake High School in 1958. In 1961 she graduated from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake with a degree in elementary education. Joann’s first teaching position was fourth grade in Fairmont, MN. On June 23, 1963 Joann married Tom Samsel at the Church of Christ in Storm Lake. Later she became certified to teach art and taught at Newell, Storm Lake St. Mary’s, Sioux Rapids-Rembrandt, and Aurelia. Joann and Tom owned and operated the Photo-Craft photography studio in Storm Lake. Joann was a home health provider for family and friends for many years. She was a member of the Church of Christ, where she was organist for several years. She had an outgoing personality and no one was a stranger for long.
Joann died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Unity Point St. Luke’s Health Center in Sioux City after a battle with cancer.
Preceding Joann in death were her parents, two sisters; Virginia Johnson and Joyce Boyd, and two brothers; Frank Wehmeyer and Steven Handy.
Survivors include her husband Tom of Lakeside, two sisters; Pauline and her husband Ernie Dicks of Ottumwa, IA, and Linda McNatt of Albuquerque, NM, three brothers; Carl Miller of Oregon, Ivan Carbaugh of Oklahoma City, OK, and Warren and his wife Elizabeth Wehmeyer of Washington, two brothers-in-law; Gene Johnson of Greenville, TN, Richard Boyd of Ottumwa, one sister-in-law, Carolyn Handy of Ottumwa, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Anna Sophie Loux was born December 25, 1919, the second oldest of seven children born to David and Lydia (Claude) Loux. After graduating from high school in Woolstock, Iowa, she graduated with a Cosmetology degree from Storm Lake Beauty School and began working in Aurelia, later opening Ann’s Beauty Shop which she ran for many years. She also met and married Virgil Larson of Aurelia on Aug 20, 1938 at the Congregational parsonage. They celebrated 60 years of marriage together. Anna and Virgil loved to travel after they retired, and they made it to all of the United States and Canada. She was proud of being a Lifetime member of the Aurelia Legion Auxiliary. She was a resident of Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia. Anna joyfully celebrated her 95th birthday on Christmas Day 2014.
Anna died Monday, March 16, 2015, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, Iowa.
Preceding Anna in death were her parents, husband Virgil in 1998, son Richard in 1984, three sisters; Velma Tesdahl, Iola Isenberger, and Deloris Boyd, and three brothers; Donald, Dean, and Loren Loux.
Survivors include a son, Laverne and his wife Kay Larson of Burnsville, Minnesota, a daughter, Anita and her husband Jim Mackay of Manitoba, Canada, a daughter in-law, Janice Grillo of Naperville, Illinois, six grandchildren; Lennelle & Matthew, Deron & Bret, Chad & Mark, numerous great grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.
Darlene Faye Grienke was born on August 22, 1925, the daughter of Herbert and Christina (Gerjets) Grienke in Aurelia, Iowa. She attended school in Aurelia and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1943. After graduating, she worked as a teller in the Farmer’s National Bank. On September 12, 1945 Darlene married Clifford Lashley Menefee in Aurelia. After his service in WWII, they farmed north of Aurelia. Darlene worked for many years in the Farmer’s National Bank and the First Trust & Savings Bank in Aurelia. She enjoyed her card clubs and the winters she and Clifford spent in Arizona, as well as the years on the lake in Arnolds Park. Nothing made her happier than fishing with her family. Time spent with her granddaughters and great-granddaughters was especially important to her along with the many card games they played.
Darlene died Friday, March 13, 2015 at her home.
Preceding Darlene in death were her parents, her husband Clifford and son Craig in 2008.
Survivors include her son Steven Menefee of Bloomington, MN, daughter-in-law Joan Menefee of Boone, IA, two granddaughters; Carrie and her husband Erik Lundy of Des Moines, and Stephanie Menefee of Milwaukee, WI, and two great-granddaughters; Josie and Megan Lundy of Des Moines. Also surviving are two sisters; Myrna Huseman and Betty and her husband Jerry Anderson all of Aurelia, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.