Graveside services for Marian H. Coombs, 91, of Aurelia, will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia, with Pastor Bruce Rapp of the First Congregational Church in Aurelia officiating. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Marian Hope Patten was born on July 4, 1925, the daughter of William C. and Charlotte (Lanham) Patten in Windom, MN. After graduation from the Aurelia High School in 1942 Marian attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake where she obtained her teaching certificate in 1944. She taught at Harris, IA, Fruitland, ID, Primghar, IA, and Ida Grove, IA. She worked as a Girl Scout counselor at Locust Grove Camp in Tulsa, OK. On July 10, 1948 she married Oren William Coombs in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Marian was a member of Country Ramblers 4H, the American Shetland Pony Club, and the American Quarter Horse Association. She was also member of the First Congregational Church where she served as Sunday school teacher, Circle Chairwoman and Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President of Fellowship, Memorial Chairman, and as Deaconess.
Marian died Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia where she had been a resident since January 27, 2017.
Preceding Marian in death were her parents, her husband Oren Coombs on November 26, 1996, one son, Tim Coombs, one sister, Mildred Peterson, three brothers; Billy, Lloyd, and Wilbur Patten, two step-sons; Robert and Dan Coombs, and three step-daughters; Jane Coombs, Lois Gross, and Gloria Lansford.
Survivors include her three sons: Tony and his wife Rhonda Coombs of Aurelia, Terry and his wife Cathy Coombs of Johnston, IA, and Tracy and his wife Deb Coombs of Alma, WI. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, one brother, Robert Patten of Ankeny, IA, one sister-in-law, Sally Patten of Carroll, IA, numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Beverly Peterson of Truesdale gave up her earthly life on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Unity Point St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa, after a brief illness. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Elk Township Cemetery, rural Alta. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Beverly Jean Heuton, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend was born on June 18, 1941 to Elmer and Martha (Galvin) Heuton at Jefferson, Iowa. She attended school in Jefferson, IA and finished her schooling in Sioux City, Iowa.
On April 7, 1963 she was united in marriage Marvin Eugene Peterson at the Lutheran Church in Sutherland, where Beverly had been helping out area families. The couple were blessed with two children: Anthony and Keith. She spent her time being a homemaker, taking care of her family and helping Marvin with their farming operation. She spent many happy hours knitting and crocheting, tending their gardens, and enjoying their grandchildren’s sporting events.
In 2001 she and Marvin moved from the farm in the Alta area into Truesdale. Beverly enjoyed her area birthday clubs. She loved to travel to visit family and attend threshing events in Iowa as well as other states. She and Marvin were the unofficial greeting committee at the Highway 3 & 71 Sparky’s Truck Stop, where they often enjoyed coffee and meals.
Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters-in-law, Arlene Gosch and Marilyn Heuton, and her two brothers-in-law, Carlton Surmons and Stanley Peterson.
She is survived by her husband Marvin, her two sons; Anthony (Tony) Peterson of Litton and Keith Peterson of Pocahontas, her four beloved grandchildren; Leah Peterson of Sioux Falls, Christina Peterson of Storm Lake, Derris Peterson of Cherokee and Matthew and his wife Liz Peterson of Litton, and two great-grandchildren; Daxton Peterson and Adia Peterson. Also surviving is one sister, Doris (Dody) Surmons of Winston Salem, NC, two brothers; Glen Heuton of Kansas City, MO, and Rick Heuton of Winston Salem, NC, and two sisters-in-law; Betty Peterson of Cherokee and Pat Peterson of Aurelia, and one brother-in-law, Bernard (Bernie) and his wife Carol Peterson of Aurelia, and nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Larry D. Kolpin, 86 of Aurelia, will be Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 10:30 A. M. at the St. John’s Church, rural Peterson, with Lay Pastor David Orthman officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Larry Dean Kolpin was born near Aurelia, Iowa, the son of Fred T. and Edna L. (Tigges) Kolpin on April 20, 1931. He attended country school and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1948.
On September 3, 1949 Larry married Betty Nelson in Vermillion, S.D. They farmed until retiring in 2009.
Larry was a member of the St. John’s Church and served on the Church Board. He was a member of Farm Bureau, bowling league, and card club.
Larry died Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Preceding Larry in death were his parents, one son, Darwin Craig Kolpin, one sister and her husband; Carolyn Ann and Don Henderson, brothers-in-law Don Stohrer, Bill Fox, and Jerry Drzycimski, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Blair and Doris Watson and Kenneth and Lucille Nelson, and one nephew, Graham Kolpin.
Survivors include his wife Betty of Aurelia, six children; Lynn and her husband Tom Suffield of Cedar Park, TX, Rick and his wife Vicki Kolpin of Aurelia, Rhonda and her husband Don Handy of Aurelia, Van and his wife Julie Kolpin of Eugene, OR, Dana and his wife Sherry Kolpin of West Branch, IA, and Ryan and his wife Lori Kolpin of Aurelia, twenty-one grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother Fredrick G. Kolpin of Las Cruses, NM, four sisters-in-law; Norma Fox of Aurelia, Shirley Drzycimski of Alta, Doloris and her husband Orville Tapper of Marcus, and Arlene Stohrer of Homosassa, FL, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Mass of the Christian Burial services for Dr. Edmund R. McGuire, D.V.M., 72, of Cherokee will be 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, with Father Dan Guenther officiating. Interment will be in the Afton Township Cemetery, rural Cherokee. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., with a Parish Rosary service at 7:00, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Ed died Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Edmund Raymond McGuire was born on November 30, 1944, in Bancroft, IA, the son of Charles and Charlotte (Hood) McGuire. He attended St. John Catholic School in Bancroft, graduating in 1963. Ed attended Iowa State University and became a veterinarian. In 1967 Ed married Jean Karels, they divorced in 1982. After becoming a DVM, he practiced at the Fairmont Veterinary Clinic in Fairmont, MN, and in Swea City, IA. On March 19, 1983 Ed married Jessie Rees at Hanover. From 1972 to 2006 Ed was a federal veterinarian for the USDA. His most recent position was that of consultant to Siouxpreme Pack. He retired from that position in 2014.
Since his retirement Ed has continued his lifelong interests of gardening, caring for animals, and woodworking on his acreage northeast of Cherokee. Other interest included genealogy, his grandchildren’s activities, travel, and his dog Shay.
Preceding Ed in death are his parents, an infant daughter, Samantha, one brother, John McGuire, one sister, Patricia Colleen, three brothers-in-law; Don Degen, Stephen Brandenburg, and Thomas Rees, and one sister-in-law, Barbara McGuire.
Surviving Ed are his wife Jessie of Cherokee, two sons; Michael McGuire of Backus, MN, and Chad and his wife Peggy McGuire of Sioux Falls, SD, and one daughter, Jill and her husband Ryan Johnson of Sioux Falls, five grandchildren; Samantha and Abilene McGuire, Margaret McGuire, Evan and Carson Johnson, two step-children; JoEllen and her husband Fred Yohnke of Ida Grove, and Bradley and his wife Joni Betts of Sioux City, four step-grandchildren; Dr. Jessica Albers, Matthew Jensen, and Paige and Jordan Betts. Also surviving are four brothers; William and wife Ann of Green Valley, AZ, Thomas and wife Cheryl of Lake in the Hills, IL, Martin of Algona, IA, and Joseph and wife Carolyn of State Center, IA, three sisters, Ann Degen of Bancroft, Mary and husband Don Schiltz of Estherville, IA, and Kristin Brandenburg of Armstrong, IA, one sister-in-law, Patricia McGuire of Algona, IA, and many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Orville E. Winterhof, 95, of Cherokee, formerly of Aurelia, will be Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 1:30 P.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 Friday 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.
Orville Edmund Winterhof was born on July 3, 1921 in Diamond Township south of Alta, IA, the son of William and Hilda (Litchenberg) Winterhof. He was baptized on July 17, 1921 at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Hanover where he later attended school and was confirmed on March 31, 1935. He served in the US Navy during World War II. On June 30, 1946 Orville married Iona Wilhelmina Stratmann at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Latimer, IA. Orville farmed near Aurelia until his retirement into town in 1974. He also worked at Beals Motor Rewind in Cherokee from 1970 to 1986. He later drove for Sleezer Select Stock of Aurelia. Orville was an active member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. He was a member of the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia, and the Aurelia Golf Club. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in various sporting events and activities. His family was his greatest joy who he dearly loved.
Orville died Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, IA.
Preceding Orville in death were his parents, his wife Iona on April 30, 2016, one son, Dean Winterhof on April 26, 2005, three brothers; Wilmer and his wife Gloria, Harry and his wife Dorothy, and Marvin and his wife Myrna, one sister, Lorna Franzmier and husband Edwin, sister-in-law and her husband Norma and Darrel Borcherding.
Survivors include 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, 44 great-grandchildren, one brother and his wife, Vernon and Suzanne Winterhof of Aurelia, one sister-in-law, Elna and husband Kenneth Keehn of Hampton, IA, one brother-in-law, Arnold and wife Lois Stratmann of Hampton, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for LaVonne L. Otto, 79, of Aurelia, will be held Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with Pastor Jon Riggert officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Monday, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M., at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.
LaVonne Lorraine Huseman was born December 24, 1937 the daughter of Walter and Florence (Freese) Huseman near Hanover, IA. She attended grade school at Hanover, and graduated from the Alta High School in 1955.
On August 6th, 1961 LaVonne was united in marriage to Eldon “Tony” Otto at the St. John’s Lutheran Church at Hanover. LaVonne worked at Berks Studio in Cherokee, and at Sunset Knoll Retirement Home in Aurelia for more than 30 years. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, and enjoyed crafting, coloring, watching movies, word puzzles, and board games.
LaVonne became a resident of Sunset Knoll Nursing and Rehab Center in Aurelia in April of 2016. She passed away there on April 1, 2017.
Preceding LaVonne in death were her parents, her husband Tony on March 30, 2006, two sisters; Darlene Neulieb and Myra Anabel, one brother, Malvern Huseman, and one brother-in-law, Allard Warneke.
Survivors include two daughters; Carla and her husband Rich Banwell of Aurelia, and Synda and her husband Scott Jepsen of Ida Grove, three grandchildren; Erica and her husband Jason Whittier of Webster City, Brian Banwell of Aurelia, and Sierra Jepsen of Ida Grove, and two great-grand-children; Mary and George Whittier. Also surviving are two brothers; Norbert and his wife Iris Huseman of Ida Grove, and Loren and his wife Linda Huseman of Tiffin, OH, one sister, Janice Warneke of Columbus, NE, two brothers-in-law; Ron and his wife Marge Neulieb of Alta, and Terry Anabel of Ogallala, NE, and one sister-in-law, Wendy Huseman of Edmondton Alberta, Canada, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Memorial services for Larry A. Sievers, 67, of Aurelia, will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Inurnment will be in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery, Storm Lake, Iowa. Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial services at the church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials will be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Aurelia.
Larry Alan Sievers was born on May 1, 1949 in Cherokee, Iowa to Lorenz Henry Sievers and Erna Elizabeth (Otto) Sievers. Following graduation from Aurelia High School in 1967, Larry served with the Army in the Vietnam War. Upon his return he attended Universal Trades in Omaha, Nebraska, where he became a mechanic. He made his life in Aurelia, Iowa where he attended St. Paul Lutheran Church, farmed his family’s land, and worked for Simonsen Rendering where he retired in 2015. Upon retirement he enjoyed small construction projects, sharing a beverage with the locals, watching old westerns, and visiting his grandson and family in Ames, Iowa. Larry died unexpectedly at his home on March 11th.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents.
Surviving Larry in death are his son, Daniel (Brooke) Sievers of Ames, Iowa, grandson, Harlan Sievers; brother Dale (Janet) Sievers; niece Micki (Jeff) Feilmeier, and four great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his former spouse, Karen Lee and stepchildren, Kelly Simon and John Simon.
Funeral services for Marian L. Kinney, 85, of Newell, will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at the First Congregational Church in Newell with Pastor Greg Baskerville officiating. Burial will be in the Newell Cemetery, Newell, IA. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 until 7:00, at the Congregational Church in Newell, with the family present. A memorial fund has been established at PO Box 412, George, IA 51237. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Marian Lucille Pedersen was born on January 25, 1932, the daughter of Christen Jensen and Pearl Sena (Davenport) Pedersen in Libertyville, IL. Her family moved to Newell when Marian was two years old. She wrapped butter at the Newell Creamery and worked as a waitress at the Newell Westside Café while in high school. After graduation in 1950 Marian worked for Northwestern Bell in Storm Lake as a telephone operator. On December 11, 1951 she married William Donald Ellrich at the Polk County Courthouse. To this union three sons were born, Tom, Steve and David. Marian worked for several years as the head cook at the Good Samaritan Society in Newell. After her divorce from William, Marian moved to Ames where she became the House Mother and cook for the Theta XI Fraternity for one year. She returned to Newell to marry Kenneth W. Kinney on June 14, 1978 at the Congregational Church in Newell. The couple lived on Ken’s century farm. Marian enjoyed playing cards, doing needlepoint, and baking. She loved to entertain and host coffee for her friends. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Newell.
Marian died Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society in Newell where she had been a resident since November 11, of 2014.
Preceding Marian in death were her parents, her husband Kenneth Kinney on June 18, 2012, one brother, Paul J. Pedersen, one sister in law, Vie Pedersen.
Survivors include her three sons: Tom and his wife Sharon Ellrich of Ames, IA, Steven Ellrich of Des Moines, IA, and David and his wife Marlene Ellrich of George, IA. Two step-daughters: Sandra and her husband Kent Renegar of Ankeny, IA and Candace Chesney of Des Moines, IA. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, three step grandchildren, two great grandchildren and four step great grandchildren. One sister, Betty and husband Melvin Redig of Storm Lake, one brother James Pedersen of Sierra Vista, AZ, sister in law, Donna Pedersen of Rock Valley, IA, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mary Ann Jensen, 77, of Aurelia, will be Monday, January 23, 2017, at 11:00 A.M., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Galva East Cemetery, rural Galva. Visitation will be from 9:30 until service time at the church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Ann Jensen was born on November 8, 1939 at Holstein, IA, the daughter of August and Esther (Ericksen) Jensen. She attended school in Holstein until the middle of 6th grade, then attended school in Aurelia until the middle of her junior year, and then attended high school and graduated from the Alta High School in 1957. Mary Ann started her work history as a checker at Peterson’s Grocery and Dry Goods Store in Alta, then was employed as a secretary at the Alta School. Then she worked at Christine’s Nursing Home in Alta, was a clerk at J. C. Penny’s Store, then worked for Iowa Power & Mid-American in Des Moines, later she moved to Sioux City and worked for Mid-American. Mary Ann then moved to Oregon where she managed Beach House Clothing Stores, and retired to Aurelia where she worked at the Aurelia Golf Club. She was a member of the data processing management association. Mary Ann was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was involved in Luther League, was a Sunday school teacher, choir member, and was the Church Librarian.
Mary Ann died Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Mary Ann in death were her parents, and one brother-in-law, Vernon Rath.
Survivors include her two brothers; Virgil and his wife Jean Jensen of Kingsley, IA, Roger and his wife Sylvia Jensen of Sac City, IA, one sister, Loretta Rath of Aurelia, and many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Alf Stewart Gustafson was born June 27, 1926 the son of August and Augusta (Johnson) Gustafson three miles south of Aurelia, IA. He graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1945. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corp in 1946, and was honorably discharged in 1948. While in the Marines he served on the troop ship USS George Clymer, and participated in the Pacific Fleet maneuvers operation Penny. He visited Sweden with his family in 1930 for six months. He was proud of his Swedish heritage, spoke Swedish fluently to his family and friends, and was able to visit relatives many times in Sweden throughout his life.
On April 19th, 1952 Stewart was united in marriage to Edith Bernice Carlson at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta. To this union one daughter, Denise, was born. Stewart was a farmer and farmed south of Aurelia for many years. He enjoyed high school football, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Iowa State Cyclones. He loved to go to Sunday night dances with friends, playing cards, and having coffee at HyVee in Storm Lake. He was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta serving on the church council and working on the elevator project at the church. He was a member of the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia.
Stewart married Juanita Hinkeldey on August 1, 1997 at the St. John Lutheran Church in Hanover. After Juanita’s death Stewart moved into Welcov in Alta. On September 30th, 2016 due to declining health Stewart became a resident at the Sunset Knoll Nursing and Rehab Center in Aurelia where he passed away on November 29, 2016.
Preceding Stewart in death were his parents, his two wives; Edith on May 7, 1996 and Juanita on May 5, 2010, two sisters; Myrtle Gustafson and Gladys Fogelman, and two brothers; Ritzel Bert Gustafson and John Rune Gustafson.
Survivors are his daughter, Denise and her husband Greyling Fredericksen of Aurelia, three grandchildren; Curt and his wife Rachel Fredericksen of Dakota Dunes, SD, Christa and her husband Craig Kennedy of North Sioux City, and Matthew and Traci Fredericksen of Aurelia, and four great-grand-children; Alexa, Emma, Bryson, and Ali. Also surviving are three step-children; Jaclyn and Jim Narwold of Brown Deer, WI, Dave and Janeen Hinkeldey of Aurelia, and Laurie and Mark Gustafson of Palm Desert, CA, ten step-grandchildren, fifteen step-great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law, Shirley Gustafson of Alta, one brother-in-law, Chuck and Doris Carlson of Cherokee, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for John M. Storbeck, 97, of Aurelia, will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, November 30th, 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 Tuesday from 4:00 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.
John Makepeace Storbeck was born June 23rd, 1919, the son of Frank & Katherine (Dueselder) Storbeck at St. James, MN. He graduated from St. James High School and entered the US Army where he was a combat engineer for five years being stationed in Germany, France and the Philippines. While stationed in the U.S. he built bridges in Canada and Alaska. During his time in service John met and married Lillian W. Travis on November 15, 1944 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. After being honorably discharged from the Army he attended Drake University where he studied to became a pharmacist. John served his apprenticeship in Greenawalt Pharmacy in Des Moines in 1949. The family moved to Dubuque for one year before coming to Aurelia where he joined Dutch Honsbruch in his pharmacy, later becoming partner and adding a store in Cherokee. After the Cherokee Pharmacy was sold, John purchased the remaining shares from Dutch Honsbruch in the Aurelia Pharmacy. When John turned 66 he sold his pharmacy in Aurelia to George Appleseth from Storm Lake. John enjoyed staying busy and filled in at several area pharmacies for many years. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church where he was an avid member of the Men of Faith, the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 in Aurelia, Kiwanis Club, and was a former member of the Aurelia Commercial Club. He also enjoyed golfing and fishing.
On June 20, 1999 John was united in marriage to Marilyn (Peck) George at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. The couple enjoyed the winter months in Alamo, Texas for 15 years.
John passed away Thanksgiving morning, November 24th, 2016 at the Sunset Knoll Nursing & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding John in death were his parents, his first wife Lillian on October 29, 1997, six brothers and one sister.
Survivors include: his wife Marilyn Storbeck of Aurelia, two sons and their wives; Jerry and his wife Luanne Storbeck of Encinitas, CA, and John D. and his wife Chris Kelly-Storbeck of Redmond, WA, three grandsons; Chad Storbeck, John C. and his wife Lauren Storbeck, and James Storbeck, and one great-grandson; Jonathan Storbeck. Also surviving are three step- daughters: Debra George of Kearney, MO, Mary Lynn and her husband Craig DeDecker of Norwalk, IA, and Terri Ann George of Chicago, IL, one step-son; Mathias George of Aurelia, three step-grand-children; Brian DeDecker, Jarrod Rosentreter and his wife Melanie and Jenna and her husband Christian Huntley, 6 step- great-grand-children Vera Huntley, Colin Barnes, Kayleen Barnes, McKenna Barnes, Berkley Rosentreter and Keaton Rosentreter two sister-in-law: Nellie Storbeck of Alexandria, MN, LaVon Roberts and husband Bob of Cherokee, and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Robert Theodore Bengtson, 79 of Aurelia, died Tuesday, November 22 at Cherokee Regional Medical Center. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 29, at The First United Methodist Church in Aurelia with the Pastor Tom Petersen officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 28, from 4-7, with the family present from 5-7 at the church.
Robert Theodore Bengtson was born on July 17, 1937 in Cherokee, Iowa to Clifford and Lenora (Johnson) Bengtson. He was baptized and confirmed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. He attended school and graduated from Aurelia High School in 1955. He enlisted into the U. S. Navy in July, 1955. He spent 12 weeks at the Great Lake’s Basic Training Camp in Chicago, Ill., 2 years at the Cabaniss Naval Air Base in Corpus Christi, TX and 2 1/2 years in Iwaknui, Japan at the Marine Air Base. This is where he met Haruko (Linda) Mita. Robert and Linda were married at the Japanese Counsolet in Fukukoa, Japan on November 4, 1958. To this union three daughters were born Janet, Rhonda and Lisa. Robert was honorably discharged from the U. S. Navy at Oakland, CA. on March 9, 1960. Robert was a third class Yeoman, a pencil pusher by trade. He was one of the lucky sailors that never stood a watch, inspection or marched in a parade. Robert was hoping that he would be able to start farming but 1960 was not the year for that. He helped his dad plant the corn that spring and then started his forty year tenure at the Farmers Cooperative Company in Aurelia. He was the bookkeeper, office manager and asst. manager until the elevator merged with 16 other elevators which became the First Cooperative Association, Cherokee. When the merger took place Robert held the position of bookeeper and grain manager.
Robert was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, IA. where he served as Chairman of the Administrative Counsel, usher, Chairman of the Finance Committee for many years, and served on the fall harvest dinner committee for 27 years. He served on the City’s Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment, he was a Volunteer Firefighter for the Aurelia Fire Dept. for 18 years serving as secretary of the Fire Dept. and Secretary of the Rural Fire Board, Aurelia Golf Board Secretary/Treasurer for 3 years, member of the American Legion post 390 from 1960 to present year and served as adjutant for 2 years.
Robert loved playing golf, attending his grandchildren’s school and sports activities, loved to travel and most of all he loved taking his whole family on vacation trips. These trips consisted of many road miles across the states exploring 14 plus states. A few of Robert’s favorite highlights of these vacations was when his grandson had the ESPN Zone downtown Washington DC put Happy Birthday Bob on a huge neon sign and he loved following his grandson for 2 years in a row in the Cal Ripken 10-11 year old baseball world series. He truly enjoyed spending time with his family.
Robert is survived by his wife, Linda, of Aurelia, three daughters, Janet McCarthy and her fiance Aaron Blenderman of Sioux City, Rhonda Jensen and her husband Kelley of Aurelia, Lisa Benson and her husband Chad of Cedar Falls, and five grandchildren, Ryan McCarthy, Tyler Benson, Jennifer Jensen, Halle Benson and Trevor Benson, and a sister Darlene Moss and her husband Frank of Sioux City, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, infant brother Dennis, sister Carolyn Catania and brother-in-law Gary Catania.
Funeral services for Tena Mae Galvin, 88, of Aurelia, will be Friday, November 11, 2016, at 1:30 P.M., at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Thomas Petersen officiating and Nelva Petersen CLS. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00, 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.
Tena Mae Fox, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend was born on May 4, 1928 to Clyde and Geneva (Sexton) Fox at their farm northeast of Aurelia. She went to Afton country school for eight years and then attended the Aurelia High School where she graduated with the class of 1946. After graduation she was employed as the secretary to the school superintendent.
On June 8, 1947 she was united in marriage to Charles Galvin, Jr. at the Aurelia Methodist Church. Tena Mae and Charlie were blessed with four children: Mike, Cindy, Jack and Ted. She spent her time being a homemaker, taking care of her family and helping Charlie with their farming operation. She spent many happy hours sewing for her family, raising chickens and planting gardens.
In 1983 she and Charlie semi-retired and moved to their home in Aurelia. She worked at the House of Yours and Colleen’s Clothes Closet for a number of years. She was an enthusiastic shopper and was always on the hunt for her next favorite “pocketbook”.
Her greatest joy came with the arrival of grandchildren and later, great-grandchildren. She loved when they came to visit and when needed, she also babysat. Many of the great-grandchildren treasure baby quilts embroidered by her.
She was a lifelong member of the Aurelia Methodist Church, a 4-H member in her youth and after her marriage, a member of Diamond Doers neighborhood club, and at church the UMW and Martha Circle.
Tena Mae was widely known as the record keeper of the family. She filled notebook after notebook of family facts. Her scrapbooks are an archive of Aurelia history kept by her from early years to the present day. If you wanted information or some history, Tena Mae could usually supply the answer.
She and Charlie were faithful members of their Pinochle club since 1949, and she could always be counted on to help organize their high school class of ’46 reunions. She enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles, crochet, embroidery, knitting and most recently, adult coloring books.
Tena Mae gave up her earthly life on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia, Iowa, after a brief illness. She was 88 years, 6 months, and 4 days old.
Pallbearers are her eight grandsons: Jeremy, Dwight, Neil, Brian, David, Chris, Josh and Marcus. Honorary pallbearers are her three granddaughters: Janine, Heather and Miranda.
Tena Mae was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Louise Bugh, her brother, Bill Fox, and a special uncle, Estle Sexton.
She is survived by her husband Charles, her daughter, Cindy and Larry Jerge of Spirit Lake, and three sons: Mike and Karen Galvin of Galva, Jack and Nancy Galvin of Aurelia, and Ted and Sonia Galvin of Cherokee, her beloved grandchildren: Janine and Dave Baker of Scotland, SD, Brian and Moira Galvin of Bothell, WA, David and Kay Galvin of Charter Oak, Chris and Jenna Galvin of Aberdeen, SD, Dwight and Jackie Jerge of Spirit Lake, Heather and Heng Ung of Sioux City, Jeremy and Jennifer Galvin of Ames, Neil and Maranda Galvin of DeForest, WI, Josh and Amy Galvin of Cedar Falls, Miranda Galvin of Sioux City, and Marcus Galvin of Iowa City. Also surviving are her cherished great-grandchildren: Nicholaus, Allisyn and Keegan Baker, Mackenzie and Avery Galvin, Madison Young, Marissa, Owen, Anna and Chloe Galvin, Lucas, Charlee, Jonah and Maddy Galvin, Emma and Ethan Jerge, Ming, Lucy and Tao Ung, Annie, Lillie and Ben Galvin, Sam and Eli Galvin, Jay, Anthony and Mya Galvin and CJ Galvin, sister-in-law Norma Fox of Aurelia, many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and many, many friends.
Memorial services for Jim J. Ebel, 74 of Aurelia, will be Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 2:00 P. M. at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Tom Petersen officiating and Nelva Petersen CLS. 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 a memorial fund has been established.
Jimmy Jay Ebel was born at Primghar, Iowa, the son of Milton and Eunice (Powers) Ebel on December 18, 1941. He graduated from the Primghar High School in 1960.
On October 14, 1960 Jim married Bonnie VanderPol. They farmed in the Mt. Olive area south of Aurelia for 19 years. Jim then managed Maple Valley Wood Shavings and drove semi for Chesterman Co. until he retired in 2012.
Jim was a member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church, served for 15 years on the Aurelia School Board, and also served for 15 years on the Area 12 AEA.
Jim enjoyed gardening and lawn care and tinkering around, and loved watching his grandchildren’s sports events.
Jim died Monday, September 26, 2016 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, Iowa.
Preceding Jim in death were his parents, his brother Lee and his wife Maxine Ebel, and brother-in-law Butch Bergendahl.
Survivors include his wife Bonnie of Aurelia, two sons and their wives; Jeff and Tami Ebel of Storm Lake, and Kirk and Lori Ebel of Fort Dodge, four grandchildren; Mitchell Ebel of Storm Lake, Cole Ebel of Sioux Center, Ryan Ebel of Fort Dodge, and Katie and her husband Corey Carlton of Creston, IA, and a great-granddaughter on the way. Also surviving are his brother Robert and wife Shirley Ebel of Sierra Vista, AZ, his sister, Linda Bergendahl of Spencer, and his brother Ben and wife Connie Ebel of Primghar, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Memorial services for John “Dale” Peterson, 87, of Aurelia, will be Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 10:30 A.M., at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Thomas Petersen and Nelva Petersen CLS officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00, 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.
John Dale Peterson was born to Grover and Josie (Dolquist) Peterson at Aurelia on August 11, 1929. At the age of eleven he went to live with Raymond and Freda Nelson, also of Aurelia. He graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1947. Dale worked on farms after graduation. He entered the Army in July of 1950, and was discharged in 1953. On April 4, 1954 he married Charlene Koch. They lived and farmed south of Aurelia until 1986 when they moved into Aurelia. Dale then continued to help his son on the family farm for another ten years. Later he worked for Redig Funeral Home for several years.
Over the years he loved riding the motorcycle, golfing, and traveling with friends. He enjoyed fishing and just being with people.
Dale was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, American Legion, and was in Kiwanis for a few years.
Dale died Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, Iowa.
Preceding Dale in death were his two sets of parents, one sister, Jewel and her husband Joe Waters, one granddaughter, Erin Brown, one sister-in-law Ardyce and her husband Delmar Wolterman.
Survivors include his wife Charlene of Aurelia, one son, Kurt and his wife Cheryl Peterson of Aurelia, one daughter, Holly and her husband Charles Brown of Burnsville, MN, four grandchildren; Justin Peterson of Aurelia, Kolin and wife Emily Peterson of Urbandale, IA, Lindsey Brown and friend Kyle Clark of Apple Valley, MN, and Chasson Brown of Burnsville, MN, two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Jackson, one brother-in-law, Val Dean and wife Peg Koch of Cherokee, nieces and nephews, and friends.
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.