Daniel Samaniego-Hernandez, Emily "Pat" Renze, Ina Bennett, Helen Mentzer, Maxine Kessler, Donna Barclay, Alvera Arbegast, James Linman, Ruth (Hansen) Erickson Weiss, Marilyn Fitzgerald, Margaret (Korf) Brockman; Richard Johnston, Larry Schuttler, Jean Hokanson, Robert Martiens, Vera Bedel, Bessie Reis, Donna Lind, Sadie Herrig, Lotte Zmijewski, Arlene Williams, John Wesley Larson, Roger D. Kies, Marlyn E. Schmitz, Rev. Harold P. Johnson, Janice M. Richardson, Richard A. Konrady, Dr. Paul M. Anderson, Leonard G. Benson, Michelle Davis, Laverne T. Austin, Paul H. Johnston, Rita (Bengford) Tiefenthaler, Carol Priebnow,, Eleanor "Jean" Siebrecht, Phyllis (Kimball) Hoefling, Virginia (Mandernach) Branson, Lillian Lee, Paul Dinges, Richard Swanson, Gladys (Hedberg) Jones, Lola Hausman, Shirley Gunderson, Raymond Busskohl, Elnora Miller, Rev. Robert Cutler, Carl Bergman, Darryl Stenoien, Curtis Raasch, Marie Berg 

DANIEL SAMANIEGO-HERNANDEZ   January 4, 1970 - December 19, 2011

Daniel Samaniego-Hernandez, age 41, of Odebolt, Iowa, and formerly of Sioux City, Iowa, died Monday, December 19, 2011, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Kiron, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 23, 2011, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ida Grove, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes.  Pastor Shari O'Bannon will officiate the service, with burial to follow in the Odebolt Cemetery.  Visitation with the family present will be held at Christensen-Huffman Funeral Home in Odebolt on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. 

Born January 4, 1970, in Lopez Mateos, Campeche, Mexico, Daniel Samaniego-Hernandez was the son of Jesus and Maria Socorro (Hernandez) Samaniego-Garcia.  He grew up and received his education in Mexico, and came to the United States in 1990.

Daniel lived for a time in California, then moved to the Midwest.  He made his home in Denison, Iowa, for several years and was active as choir director of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church there.  In 2000, he moved to Sioux City and later, in 2010, settled in Odebolt, Iowa.  Daniel worked at Farmland Foods in Denison.

On August 8, 1997, he was married to Melissa Gaye Johnson in Denison, Iowa.  Daniel will be remembered as a man who cherished his family and always found time to organize family events and spend time with the children.  He loved music, cooking, crafts, and helping people.

 Survivors include his wife, Melissa; three sons, Omar (Hannah) Samaniego-Delgado of Sioux City, and Dustin and Diego Samaniego, at home; a grandson, Jonathan Samaniego of Sioux City; his parents, Jesus and Maria Samaniego-Garcia of Campeche, Mexico; four brothers, Martin (Aurora) Samaniego of Zacatecas, Mexico, Guadalupe (Martha Contreras) Samaniego of Fremont, NE, Francisco Samaniego of Campeche, Mexico, and Pedro (Rosa) Samaniego of Sioux City; four sisters, Juana (Manuel) Samaniego of Campeche, Mexico, Margarita (Luis Jasso) Samaniego, Olivia (Luis) Zaragoza, and Sandra (Francisco Estrada) Samaniego, all of Sioux City; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Carlotta Garcia-Mancillas.

EMILY "PAT" RENZE                          May 19, 1923 - November 23, 2011

Emily Louise "Pat" Renze, age 88, of Arthur, Iowa, died Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 28, 2011, at St. Martin Catholic Church in Odebolt, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes.  The Reverend David Hemann officiated, with burial following in St. Martin's Catholic Cemetery, Odebolt. 

Born May 19, 1923, in Arthur, Iowa, Emily Louise Renze was the daughter of John and Katherine (Landgraf) Bauer.  She attended Sac County country school and St. Martin's School in Odebolt, and graduated from Odebolt High School in 1940.

On January 7, 1941, Emily was united in marriage to Henry Renze at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt.  The couple made their home northeast of Arthur where they raised their family of seven children:  Floyd, Shirley, Ellen, Fred, Patricia, Mary, and Francis.  They retired and moved into Arthur in 1986.

Emily was a member of St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt where she participated in St. Martin's Ladies' Guild.  She enjoyed working with her husband on the farm, while still making a warm and comfortable home for her family as they were growing up, always cooking and baking.  The coffee pot was always on for those who stopped by.  Emily also enjoyed gardening, canning, needlework, and especially playing cards.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 71 years, Henry; seven children, Floyd (Arlis) Renze of Ida Grove, Shirley (Pat)Scanlan of Kiron, Ellen (Eldon) Pfleeger of Ida Grove, Fred (JoAnn) Renze of Galva, Patricia (Ray) Coenen of Omaha, NE, Mary (Charlie) Holthus of Lisco, NE, and Francis "Pete" (Vickie) Renze of Arthur; 26 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Mike, Wayne, Earl, and Walter Bauer; and two sisters, Bernice Bretey and Leona Wilcke.

INA BENNETT                                 January 25, 1951 - November 22, 2011

Ina Bennett, age 60, of Ida Grove, Iowa, and formerly of Arthur and Odebolt, Iowa, passed away at her home on Tuesday, November 22, 2011.

Memorial services were held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at the Arthur Evangelical Free Church in Arthur, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes.  The Reverend Glen Lozier officiated.  Private inurnment was in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel.
Born January 25, 1951, in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Ina Fay Bennett was one of ten children born to Tomie W. and Della (White) Rigsby.  She grew up and received her education in Ohio, graduating from Riverdale High School in 1969.  Ina attended cosmetology school in Virginia, then worked as a beautician at the Great Lakes Naval Base in Waukegan, Illinois.
On May 26, 1976, she was united in marriage to Paul Ira Bennett in Illinois.  The couple was stationed at various military bases along the east coast.  They were blessed with five children, Kevin, Lela, Richard, Keith, and Sarah.  Following Paul's discharge from the military, they settled in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Ina provided child care in her home for nearly 14 years.  Over the following years, Ina and Paul lived in many communities, eventually moving to Iowa.  Most recently, they lived in Arthur, Odebolt, and Ida Grove.
Ina enjoyed her membership at the Arthur Evangelical Free Church, where she was active in various activities.  She loved crafts and her many cats.
Survivors include her husband, Paul; five children, Kevin Bennett of Sheldon, Lela (Rob) Peters of Sioux Falls, SD, Richard (Tammy) Bennett of Hazel, KY, Keith (Dana) Bennett of Sanborn, and Sarah Kerns of Spencer; 14 grandchildren; two brothers, Jim Rigsby of Forest, OH, and Earl Rigsby of Myrtle Beach, SC; two sisters, Mary Jo (Rich) Olympio of Westerville, OH, and Martha Baker of Salt Springs, FL; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Vivian Steele and Phyliss Smith; and three brothers, Leroy, Tomie, and Wynford Rigsby.

HELEN M. MENTZER                                  January 24, 1920 - November 16, 2011

Helen M. Mentzer, age 91, of Schaller, Iowa died November 16, 2011 at Good Samaritan Home in Holstein.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Odebolt Presbyterian Church in Odebolt.  Burial was in the Schaller Cemetery.

Helen was born January 24, 1920 at her home in Odebolt, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Mary (Gonnerman) Godbersen. She was a life-time member of the Odebolt Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon and was a member of the Presbyterian Women.

Growing up, she attended and graduated from Odebolt Community School.

On February 6, 1944, Helen was united in marriage to Donald Mentzer in the Odebolt Presbyterian Church. Together, they were blessed with four children: Donna, Kenneth, Bruce, and Rick.

Helen enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren, family get-togethers, participating in Bible studies, and gardening. She treasured her family and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Donna Cedar of Meriden, Iowa; Kenneth (Linda) Mentzer of Holstein, Iowa; Bruce (Jackie) Mentzer of Schaller, Iowa; Rick (Brenda) Mentzer of Schaller, Iowa; grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Neil Cedar; Kami (Reggie) Morton and their children, Kylei and Braelin; Kent (Tami) Mentzer and their children, Kale and Ava; Kallie (Matt) Voge and their children, McKenzie and Addison; Sara (Chad) Steinkamp and their children, Josie Ann and Jamison; Mitchell (Jennifer) Mentzer; Ayla (Tim) Ericksen; Alyssa Ringgenberg; Austin Mentzer; and Hallie Mentzer; sisters: Marjorie Thayer of Odebolt, Iowa;  Mary Ann Siebrecht of Odebolt, Iowa; Mildred Hartsell of Omaha, Nebraska; extended family and friends.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; son-in-law, Gene Cedar; brothers, William Godbersen and Harold Godbersen; sisters: Tillie Ziegmann, Eleanor Peterson, and Edna Peterson.

MAXINE RUTH (WOODS) KESSLER           January 14, 1917 - November 16, 2011
Maxine Ruth (Woods) Kessler was born on January 14, 1917, on a farm near Bagley, IA, to her parents Abigail (Roberts) and Clarence Raymond Woods. At age 17, Maxine left home, and worked for Rev. John Farnham and his wife Bertha at the Methodist parsonage in Pomeroy, IA. She helped care for their two boys. Maxine moved with the Farnhams when they were transferred to the Odebolt Methodist Church in 1934 which is where she met Walter Frederick Kessler. They were married on August 25, 1937, and lived on the farm that Walter’s parents owned. They lived there until their retirement in 1970 when they moved into Odebolt.
Maxine was a devoted wife and mother. She was an active member and past President of the Methodist Women’s Society and always willing to give a lesson or serve others. Her skills in writing poetry and skits for all kinds of occasions were valued by friends and family. She was a longtime member of the Rebecca’s and served as District President. Maxine was very creative and loved fashion. She was an avid seamstress and taught sewing classes for the county Extension Office. She also pursued classes in cake decorating and ceramics for which she placed 2nd in a tri-state competition. She also pursued the study of handwriting analysis. She enjoyed being a member of many local clubs and later Friends of the Library. In recent years her greatest joy was watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up. She was always grateful for the love of her family and enjoyed being a part of their lives.

Maxine passed away at the Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center on November 16, 2011, at the age of 94. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, who died on August 22, 2000. Maxine is survived by three daughters; Helen Stalnaker and husband Paul of Paso Robles, CA, Sandra Host and husband Tony of Council Bluffs, IA, and Dorothy Engstrom of Council Bluffs, IA. She is also survived by three grandchildren and two step grandchildren; Carrie Maynard and her husband Roger and children Joe and Olive of Portland, ME, Melanie Cencek and her daughters Kayla and Aubrey from Council Bluffs, IA, Michael Engstrom of New York, NY, Jon Host of Washington, DC, and Laura Engstrom and her husband Dermot Ferry and step daughter Megan of Edinburgh, Scotland. Other survivors include two brothers, Carl Woods of Corpus Christi, TX, and George Clarke Woods of Riverton, UT, in addition to many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Rural Legacy Project.

DONNA M. BARCLAY                         April 21, 1925 - November 10, 2011

Donna Mae Barclay, age 86, of Odebolt, IA, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2011, at the Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center in Odebolt.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 14th at the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt.  The Reverend Mark Volkers presided.  Burial was at the Odebolt Cemetery under the direction of the Farber & Ottteman Funeral Home.

Donna was born on April 21, 1925, in Odebolt the daughter of Miron E. and Hattie (Hostetter) Johnson. She grew up in Odebolt, graduating with the class of 1942 from Odebolt High School. Donna was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt.

On April 21, 1944, she was united in marriage to Aubrey “Red” Barclay in Missouri. She was a devoted and loving wife and enjoyed caring for her home. In later years she worked at the Odebolt State Bank, retiring in 1987. She loved to play bridge with her friends, enjoyed golf and bowling, and will be remembered as a good cook and great homemaker. She will be dearly missed by all.

Survivors include her sister Dorothy Johnson of Odebolt; brother Myron E. Johnson and wife Dorothy of Onawa, IA; nieces: Joyce Keele and husband Bob of Loveland, CO, Janet Mann and husband Terry of Castana, IA, and Judy Bahns and husband John of Brentwood, CA; extended family members and many friends.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Miron E. and Hattie Johnson; husband, Aubrey “Red” Barclay; and brother Harold and wife Lila.

ALVERA ARBEGAST                          December 8, 1931 - October 13, 2011

Alvera Arbegast, age 79, of Arthur, Iowa, died Thursday, October 13, 2011, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 17, 2011, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes.  The Reverend David Hemann officiated, with burial following in St. Martin's Catholic Cemetery, Odebolt, Iowa.  

Born December 8, 1931, in Odebolt, Iowa, Alvera Marie Arbegast was one of twelve children born to Henry and Esther (Roeder) Lansink.  She grew up on a farm southwest of Arthur where she attended country school, then transferred to St. Martin School in Odebolt, and graduated from Odebolt High School.  After graduation, Alvera attended school in Illinois and Nebraska where she received her education in Multilith Operations.  She was then employed at the Blackstone Hotel in Omaha where she did the printing for all the Schemmel Hotels.  Following her marriage and raising her family, she was employed at Miller Printing and Publishing in Odebolt until her retirement.

Alvera was an active member of the St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt, where she served on the church council financial committee, the scholarship committee and the Ladies Guild.  She also served on the Arthur Community Board.

She enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens and did a lot of canning and freezing of vegetables for the family.  Alvera also enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, embroidery work, and making flower arrangements and wedding flowers for whoever asked.  But her biggest joy after retiring was traveling to visit and vacation with her family in all the states in which they lived.  She also spent several winters in Texas with her daughters.

On June 13, 1952, Alvera married Stanley A. Arbegast of Arthur, Iowa, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt.  This union was blessed with 14 children:  Gene (Rhonda) Arbegast of Tahachapi, CA, Jerry (Angie) Arbegast of Arthur, Marie (Darrell) Cook of San Angelo, TX, Joyce (Keith) Flink of Odebolt, Neil Arbegast of Ida Grove, Mary Lou Redenius of Arthur, Kay (Randy) Johnston of San Angelo, TX, Jodie Arbegast (deceased), Jim (Karen) Arbegast of Erie, CO, Paul Arbegast of Arthur, Judy (Mike) Hein of Morris, MN, Linda (Mark) Aschenbeck of Pipe Creek, TX, LaRae Rodriguez of Port Orchard, WA, and Brian (Julie) Arbegast of Vandenburg AFB, CA.

 Survivors also include 28 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Merle (Dixie) Lansink, and Ronald (Betty) Lansink; five sisters, Bernadine (George) Meisinger, Helen (Marvin) Ludwig, Audrey (Lou) Hostert, Donna Mae (Leon) Kennebeck, and Catherine (Jack) Donavon; and two sisters-in-law, Loween (George) Lansink, and Alitta (Harold) Lansink.

Alvera was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Stanley; a son, Jodie; a sister, Marcella; and three brothers, Milford, George and Harold.

JAMES LINMAN                                     May 25, 1926 - October 11, 2011

James Linman, age 85, of Odebolt, Iowa, and formerly of Arthur, Iowa, died Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at the Odebolt Nursing & Rehab Center in Odebolt, Iowa.

Funeral services were held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2011, at the Arthur Evangelical Free Church in Arthur, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes.  The Reverend Glen Lozier officiated, with burial following in Hayes Township Cemetery, rural Arthur, Iowa.  

Born May 25, 1926, in Ida Grove, Iowa, James Roger Linman was the son of Irvin and Alice (Lindquist) Linman.  He attended country school at Blaine Township #8, and graduated from Ida Grove High School in 1944.  James earned his diploma in Bible Studies at the Free Church Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, and always referred to his college experience as the "best thing he ever did."

James became a student pilot at the age of 16, and maintained his love of aviation throughout his life.  He was a member of the American Pilot's Association.  

On July 17, 1948, he married June Evangiline Brask in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The couple made their home near Arthur, Iowa, where they built their home in 1950, and raised their three children, Barb, Bruce, and Marc.    James farmed and fed cattle for many years, and especially enjoyed working with his livestock.  June passed away in 1998.

James was a lifelong member of the Arthur Evangelical Free Church.  He was very active over the years, holding every office as needed or available.  He served as Sunday school teacher for 50 years, serving junior high school students to adults.

He married Joyce (Graybill) Goodwin on July 24, 1999.  They enjoyed several years together until her death in 2005.
Survivors include three children, Barb (Gary) Johnson of Webb, Bruce (Josie) Linman of Nuremberg, Germany, and Marc (Joy) Linman of Chisago City, MN; ten grandchildren, Nicki, Kale, Keaton, Kolby, Marc, Jessica, Zachary, Joshua, Elyse, and Willie; two great-grandchildren, Hadley and Reata; as well as a host of extended family members and friends.
In addition to his wives, James was preceded in death by his parents.

RUTH (HANSEN) ERICKSON WEISS        August 12, 1918 - October 6, 2011

Ruth M. Weiss, age 93, of Wall Lake, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake. Ruth Martha Hansen Erickson Weiss, age 93, of Wall Lake, IA, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake. Ruth was born at home in Odebolt on August 12, 1918, to Johannas Hansen and Clara Marie Hedwig (Zadow) Hansen. She was baptized September 14, 1918, and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church on March 31, 1931. Ruth graduated from Odebolt High School in 1936. She took Normal Training courses during her Junior and Senior years so she could teach rural school after graduation. Ruth taught four years in Wheeler and Clinton Townships before her marriage.

On August 30, 1940, Ruth was united in marriage to Orville John Erickson at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cook Township. Two daughters were born to this union, Miriam Ruth and Kathryn Ann and a son was still born, December 11, 1949. Orville farmed and raised cattle and hogs and Ruth dressed and sold broilers. Ruth taught Sunday school and Bible school for many years, was zone Lutheran Women’s Mission League President for two years and member of Federated Woman’s Club and Wall Lake Historical Society. She was active in Ladies Aid and Mission Society at Peace Lutheran in Wall Lake. She sang in the choir and for several years was the church secretary. Orville died of lung cancer on November 6, 1965. He was 53 years old.

On January 1, 1967, Ruth married Rev. O. E. Weiss. In June his ministry took them to Eagle Grove where he served for six years and once again Ruth served as the church secretary. Ruth and Rev. Weiss went on a mission “Around The World” tour in 1972 which included 14 countries, 23 flights, and 32 days. They spent summer months in Nevis, MN, at Ruth’s cabin and wintered in Texas. They loved to go to flea markets and auctions looking for antiques. On January 25, 1982, Ozzie was killed in a car accident after celebrating 50 years in the ministry. Ruth enjoyed cooking and caring for her home and family. She was active in the community, school and church. She enjoyed volunteering, crafting, antiquing, traveling, and playing bridge. She wintered in Arizona for 25 years and had many special memories shared at the family cabin on Lake Belle Taine in Nevis, MN. She enjoyed her many friends and family in Wall Lake.

Ruth is survived by her daughters: Miriam (Gene) Erickson Karstens of Wall Lake, IA and Kathryn (Bill) Erickson Gehrig Lennier of Georgetown, TX; step-children: Dick (Paula) Weiss of North Carolina, Julie (Virgil) Karstens of Spirit Lake, IA, Janice (Duane) McKernan of Cape Girardeau, and Cathy Dickerson of Omaha, NE; grandchildren: Rebecca (Christopher) Pickering, David (Nancy) Karstens, Joyce Hull, Melissa Karstens, Rachelle (Vincent) Johnson, Elizabeth (Kurt) Faber, Adam Karstens, and Matthew Karstens, Jason (Erin) Gehrig, Heather Miller; step-grandchildren: Laura (William) Mitchell, Eric (Stephanie) Lennier, Martha Lennier, Katja Lennier, Heather Weiss, Heath Weiss, Megan (Dan) Porta, Joel Weiss, Kristin Karstens, Tara (Mitch) Samples, Tim (Sandi) Karstens, Jason (Terri) McKernan, Toby (Rebecca) McKernan, Jayne (Francis “Duke”) Perfect, and David Dickerson; great-grandchildren: Emily (Brandan) Kielty, Christopher (Melissa) Pickering, Zackery Pickering, Derek and Laura Crawford, Chase and Logan Karstens, Jocelyn and Austin Stott, Alec, Elizabeth, and Jace Hull, Paige and Andrew "AJ" Aynes, Melissa and Joshua Romine, Clara and Grant Johnson, William, Charles, and Samuel Faber, Eli Karstens, Jude Obert, Benjamin, Ann, and Jane Gehrig, Hannah, Lochlan, and Addison Miller; step-great-grandchildren: Jesse (Tammie) and Charles Mitchell and Stacey (Mike) Beadle, Tyler, Ryan, and Nathan Lennier, Kayley Lennier, Jack (Audra) Crowley, Emily and Erin Crowley, Elijah and Samson Porta, Emma, Elle, Karsten, and Ian Samples, Kelly, Rachel, and Zachary McKernan, Tristan, Hunter, and Cooper McKernan, and Catherine and Chloe Perfect; great-great grandchildren: Konner Kielty, Avery and Amy Pickering, and Kort-Lyn Hartman and Makenna Stott; step-great-great grandchildren; Samantha, Emma, and Charles Mitchell, Emily Mitchell and Adrienne Crowley; special granddaughter: Kimberly Hauser and children Meghan and Aaron Rogers and Max and Grace Hauser, and many other extended family and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; infant stillborn son; husbands Orville Erickson and Rev. O. E. Weiss; sister Dorothy Hansen Oxendale; and step-mother Laura Wolfe Hansen.

Visitation: 3-8:00 P.M., Sunday, October 09, 2011 at Farber & Otteman Funeral Home, Wall Lake, Iowa.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 10, 2011 at Peace Lutheran Church, Wall Lake, Iowa.
Interment: October 10, 2011 at Wall Lake Cemetery, Wall Lake, Iowa 

MARILYN KATHERINE FITZGERALD     April 27, 1937 - September 14, 2011

Marilyn Katherine Fitzgerald, 74 yrs., of Fremont, NE died Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at the Fremont Area Medical Center in Fremont, NE.

Marilyn was born April 27, 1937 at Odebolt, Iowa to Albert & Pearl (Dinges) Landgraf. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic School until the 4th grade. Her family then moved to a farm near Odebolt, Iowa in 1947. She attended St. Martin Catholic School until the 8th grade. She graduated from Odebolt High School in 1955. Marilyn attended Iowa State Teachers College for 2 years, now known as the University of Northern Iowa. She taught school for 2 years at East Waterloo, Iowa. Marilyn Landgraf married Bob Fitzgerald on June 16, 1959 at Odebolt.

The couple lived at Omaha for 8 years and she taught school for 3 of those years at District 66 and for the Millard Public Schools. She also attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha at nights. In 1967 the family moved to an acreage near Nickerson, NE. She taught school at St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Fremont for 2 years. Marilyn’s husband, Bob, was killed in a private plane crash on February 24 1972. Marilyn later moved to Fremont in 1984.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont and taught CCD classes. She had been a former 4-H Leader, member of a Bridge Club and the Friday Lunch Bunch.

She is survived by her son, Mike & wife, Cindy Fitzgerald of Cedar Bluffs, NE; daughters, Deb Kollars of Sacramento, CA, Kathy & husband, Ron Bauer of Fair Oaks, CA, Jean & husband, Nick Brown of Arlington, NE and Karen & husband, Marc Hassman of Papillion, NE; brother, George & wife, Margaret Landgraf of Odebolt, IA; sisters, Dorothy Mae Blass of Sac City, IA, Kay Determan of Wall Lake, IA, Bobbie Faber of Spencer, IA and Helen & husband, Paul Eckerman of Conrad, IA, Jean Jackson of Davenport, IA and Lois & husband, Roger Kipf of Lady Lake, FL; 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Millie and a granddaughter, Inesa.

Funeral Mass was 10:30 AM, Saturday, September 17th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont, NE. Father David Belt officiated. A Vigil Service/Rosary was held at 7:30 PM on Friday at Moser Memorial Chapel, Fremont.  Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont.

BROCKMAN, MARGARET A. (Korf)             September 19, 1919 - September 19, 2011 

Margaret A.Brockman, of Odebolt and Early, Iowa died September 19, 2011 in Omaha, NE.

Born in Sigourney, Iowa to Albert and Alta Korf, Margaret passed away in Omaha under the loving care of daughter, Sandra "Kay" Brockman Clanton and son, Mike Brockman. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Slater, an educator and Iowa farmer; daughter, Joan Dee (JoDee) Brockman-Rottler of Des Moines, IA; sister, Mildred O'Brien (Frank, dec.) of Omaha, NE and brother, Joseph Jay (JJ) Korf (Gertrude, dec.) of Cedar Rapids.

Margaret was a devout woman of faith. Through the years she led various bible studies, sang in the church choir, was an active leader and member of PW-Presbyterian Women and her hometown church, First Presbyterian of Odebolt, Iowa. Her passions were reading, music, writing, nature and sports, but above all else, she loved her family and friends. Many were the recipients of her handwritten notes and letters of thanks, encouragement and correspondence-just to stay in touch. She lived a Christ-centered life with prayer and the bible as the foundation.

In addition to her daughter and son, Margaret is survived by son-in-law, Steven Rottler (JoDee, dec.) of Des Moines; grandchildren, Vicki Clanton-Overby (Brian) of Lake Mary, FL; Cheryl Clanton-Tanner (Tom) of Phoenix, AZ; Mark Clanton (Tricia) of Lincoln, NE; Ben Rottler (Ellie) of San Francisco, CA; Christopher Rottler (Henny) of Des Moines, IA; Jesse Brockman (Erin) of Berkeley, CA; 12 great-grandchildren and many dear neighbors and friends.

Funeral service will be on Saturday, September 24th at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Odebolt, Iowa, with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Odebolt Public Library or the First Presbyterian Church of Odebolt.

RICHARD JOHNSTON                   November 28, 1933 - September 5, 2011 

Richard Johnston was born on the farm at Kiron, Iowa, November 28, 1933, the son of Martin and Cora Larson Johnston. At age three his family moved to the Johnston family home place northwest of Kiron. He received his education at Kiron, graduating from high school with the class of 1953.

On February 28, 1959, Richard was united in marriage with Mavis Wangler at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Sac County. Their union was blessed with two sons, Mark and Matt. They made their home on the Johnston home place where Richard farmed until retiring in 1986. They remained on the farm following his retirement and had just recently moved into their new home.

Richard was especially proud of living on his Century Farm purchased by his grandfather, Nels Johnston, from the railroad for four dollars an acre. He loved his family and loved to visit and tell interesting stories about his cousins and Kiron History. He loved antique barns and houses, attending auctions and was an avid collector of antiques. He enjoyed his membership in the Collectors Club in Denison and socializing with club members and was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Kiron.

Richard died Monday, September 5, 2011, at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. At the time of his death he had been blessed with 77 years, 9 months and 7 days.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Cora Johnston and his brother, Judson Johnston.

Those remaining to cherish his memory include his wife, Mavis Johnston of Kiron, Iowa, two sons, Mark and Matt Johnston both of Kiron, Iowa, special sister-in-law, Delores Wangler of Kiron, Iowa, sister-in-law, LaDonna Johnston of Ankeny, Iowa, aunt-in-law, Emeline Gustafson of Kiron, Iowa, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 8, 2011, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Kiron, Iowa, with the Rev. Trish Underberg officiating. Music for the service was provided by soloist, Joey Hoefling singing "The Lord's Prayer" and the congregation singing, "In the Sweet By and By", "Shall We Gather At the River" and "When the Saints Go Marching In" with Margaret Ann Buller serving as accompanist. Honorary pallbearers included Wayne Baker, Kyle Ullrich, Dudley Ullrich, Jim Frahm, Jim Larson and Douglas Swanson. Pallbearers were Rodger Larson, John Larson, Gary Carlson, Roger Larson, Mervin Buller and Scott Pick. Interment was at Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, Kiron, Iowa. Following the burial all were invited to return to the church and join the family for fellowship and a meal provided and served by Hy-Vee and Bethel Lutheran Church members.

LARRY SCHUTTLER                     January 27, 1936 - September 7, 2011 

Larry Schuttler, age 75, of Cushing, Iowa, died Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at Morningside Rehab & Care Center in Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at Christensen-Huffman Funeral Home in Ida Grove, Iowa, with burial following in the Cushing Cemetery, Cushing, Iowa. 

Born January 27, 1936, in Odebolt, Iowa, Larry Gene Schuttler was the son of Oscar and Ida (Corbin) Schuttler.  He grew up and received his education in Cushing.  Larry farmed in the Cushing area for many years.  On October 8, 2008, he made his home at Morningside Rehab & Care Center in Ida Grove.

 Survivors include a sister-in-law, Dorothy Schuttler of Dallas Center; two nieces, Barbara (Stuart) Vos of Adel and Shirlee Geer and special friend Kent Bays of Trophy Club, TX; a nephew, Brad (Linda) Schuttler of Lenexa, KS; 11 great-nieces and -nephews; and four great-great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Darrell Schuttler.

JEAN HOKANSON                         December 15, 1927 - August 03, 2011

Vera Jean Hokanson, 83, of Grinnell and formerly of Odebolt, Iowa died August 3, 2011, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. All her friends and neighbors knew her as Jean. 

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 12, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Burial was in Odebolt Cemetery in Odebolt. 

Jean was born on December 15, 1927, in Coon Valley Township, in Sac County, the daughter of John and Roma Robson Covey. She was a 1945 graduate of Early High School. 

After graduation she moved to Storm Lake and worked as a practical nurse in the Porath Hospital for 3 years.

On her 21st birthday, December 15, 1948, she was united in marriage to Rueben Hokanson, Jr. (also known to friends and neighbors as Junior), in the Methodist parsonage in Early. After a short wedding trip, the couple farmed south of Early before moving to Odebolt where they farmed for almost 34 years. Following Junior’s death in October of 1982, she moved to Grinnell to be near her children and grandchildren.

Jean enjoyed working on the farm, coffee time, cooking and entertaining family and friends. In her spare time she loved sewing, ceramics, knitting and crocheting. For the last 3 years she has been a resident of Seeland Park in Grinnell.

Survivors include three children, Bruce (Jenifer) Hokanson of Boerne, Texas, Sandra (Larry) Jones of Plano, Texas and Ann (Dennis) Snook of Grinnell; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two sisters and sisters-in-law; one step-sister; one brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother; three brothers-in-law; and a granddaughter.

ROBERT MARTIENS                    May 15, 1936 - July 29, 2011

Robert J. “Bob” Martiens, 75, of Groveland, died at 10:44 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2011, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born May 15, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois, to Fred and Frieda(Odermatt) Martiens. He was previously married to Joyce Mandernach and the late D. Kathleen Neavear. Robert then married Daisy Fleener on Oct. 3, 1992.

Bob is survived by his wife, Daisy Martiens of Groveland; two sons, Steven (Angela) Martiens of Tremont; Fred (Toni) Martiens of Morton; two daughters, Christen Zimbelman of Aurora, Colo.; Becky (Larry) Dunbar of La Porte, Ind.; one step-son, Greg (Evelyn) Neavear of Pekin; two step-daughters, Sherry Neavear of Cicero, Indiana.; Jan Little of East Peoria; ten grandchildren, Sam (Kortni) Neavear, Audry Callaway, Brittany and Kayla Dunbar, Courtney Little, Matthew Vande Sande, Emily, Erin and Sean Martiens, Kyle Zimbelman; one great-grandchild, Sophia Callaway; and one sister, Margaret (Don) McGonigle.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Hank (Betty) Martiens and Fred (Mary) Zuber.

Bob was an Army veteran having served in Korea.

He worked in management at Commonwealth Edison in Chicago and Powerton for 37 years, retiring in 1992.

Bob was a warm, caring person who family always came first. He loved being involved with his family and enjoyed the grandchildren’s activities and sporting events.

When not out cheering for his grandkids, Bob could be found fishing or golfing, two of his favorite pastimes.

Bob attended Morton Christian Church.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, with Charlie Ferguson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday prior to the service. Cremation will be accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor’s choice.

[Robert Martiens was a 1955 graduate of Odebolt High School.]

VERA BEDEL                                September 3, 1920 - August 1, 2011

Vera A. Bedel, age 90, of Omaha, 8/1/11. Vera Arlene Schultz was born September 3, 1920 in Odebolt, Iowa to Charles and Louise (Vosgerau) Schultz.  She grew up in Wall Lake, Iowa where she attended country school and graduated from Wall Lake High School in 1938. Preceded in death by husband, Les, son John, infant son Jimmy, 4 sisters, 3 brothers. Survived by sons David and wife Kim of Cedar Rapids, IA, Thomas of Omaha, daughters Debbie of Elkhorn, Jane and husband Larry Baasch of Omaha, Pat and husband Ed Carlsen of Omaha, 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren.
Funeral mass 10 AM Friday, St. John’s Catholic Church, Valley. Internment Prospect Hill Cemetery. Visitation Thursday 4-7 followed by a wake service at 7 PM all at the church. Memorials to the church.

BESSIE REIS                               May 31, 1910 - July 21, 2011

Bessie Marie Reis of Hot Springs, age 101, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2011, at Castle Manor Nursing Home in Hot Springs.

Bessie was born in Woodbine, IA, on May 31, 1910, to Lawrence and Emma (Lewis) Schneider. She married Otis Reis February 14, 1927, in Dennison, Iowa, and they had two children, Lyle and JoAnn.  They made their home in Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. They owned Bessie's Antiques in Hot Springs for many years and then went on to do antique shows and flea markets. They returned to Odebolt, Iowa, to retire and enjoyed being back where they began their life together, with many family members nearby. In 1998 Bessie moved back to South Dakota, where she resided at the Evans Apartments where she played cards with her friends. She has been a resident at Castle Manor Nursing Home for the past three-and-a-half years.

Survivors include her sisters, Angie Purcell of Woodbine and Wanda Carrier of Odebolt;  grandson, Brett (Teresa) Blessing of Hot Springs; granddaughters, Trayce (Gary) Dinkel of Hot Springs and Sheri (Larry) Richardson of South Beloit, Ill. Also left to fondly remember her are a multitude of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, great-great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a very special niece, Twyla Hein of Dunlap, Iowa.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Otis, son Lyle and his wife Alice, daughter JoAnn and her husband Keith Blessing, her sisters Vivian Reis and Bernice Barnum, brothers Carl Schneider and Orville Schneider and her faithful friend Boomer.

There will be a memorial service held at Castle Manor and a memorial service and interment in Odebolt, Iowa, at a later date. 

DONNA LIND                             August 15, 1936 - July 19, 2011

Donna Lois (Linden) Lind, 74, of Cedar Falls, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at NewAldaya Lifescapes in Cedar Falls.  She was born August 15, 1936 in Odebolt, Iowa, the daughter of Willard and Lois (Dannenberg) Linden.  Donna married Harry Lind on December 21, 1956 in Odebolt.  She was a 1954 graduate of Odebolt High School and attended Iowa State Teachers College (UNI).  Donna was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church and served on several church committees.

Survivors include her husband, Harry Lind, of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Susan (Scott) French, of Collierville, Tennessee; two sons, Mike (Pam) Lind of St. Charles, Illinois and David (Laurie) Lind of Overland Park, Kansas; seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a sister, Barbara (George) McEntee, of Overland Park, Kansas.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be 1:00 pm Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Nazareth Lutheran Church, with burial at Fairview Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls.  Visitation will be 4:30—7:00 pm Friday at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, and one hour before service at the church.  Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Arthritis Foundation. 

SADIE HERRIG                          April 19, 1910 - July 10, 2011

Sadie Victoria Herrig, the daughter of Emil Rydberg and Alma Salmonson was born on April 19, 1910 in Arthur, Iowa. She was raised and received her early education attending country school in Arthur. Sadie graduated from high school in Ida Grove in 1927. After graduation during the depression, she was employed by the Adams Ranch in Odebolt until 1934.

Sadie married Henry Herrig on February 28, 1934, at the Lutheran Church in Wall Lake, Iowa. Following their marriage, they farmed in the Odebolt, Arthur areas before moving to a dairy farm in Schaller. In 1946, the couple moved to Sioux Rapids and purchased the International Harvester Dealership. In 1972, they retired and moved to Okoboji, where they made their home and spent 18 years wintering in Texas. In 1992, they moved to the Highlands in Spencer. While living at Okoboji, Sadie and Hank entertained hundreds of guests by taking them on a relaxing and sometimes unrelaxing boat rides. Sadie was a charter member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids, a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Spencer.

Sadie was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at the Spencer Hospital on July 10, 2011, at the age of 101. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry in 1997; her son Richard; her son-in-law, Ronald Johnson; three brothers: Harry, Ralph and Joe Rydberg; four sisters: Ruth Neville, Ethel Buehler, Hazel Johnson and Evelyn Sacquety.

Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters: Mary Johnson of Bingham Lake, MN and Margaret Jaeckel of Council Bluffs, IA; one son, Henry and his wife, Teri of LeMars, IA; nine grandchildren: Lynn Brandt, Tom Herrig, Kim Adamson, Todd Herrig, Elise Allen, Heidi Isley, Marcia Batchelder, Paige Herrig and Brent Herrig; nineteen great grandchildren: Tyler, Courtney, Sidney, Bailey, Presley, Trey, Grant, Caden, Brady, Reagan, John, Max, Will, Henry, Vivian, Lindsey, Laura, Caitlin and Chanah; other relatives and many friends.


LOTTE ZMIJEWSKI                 July 30, 1919 - July 25, 2011

Lotte Erna Zmijewski, age 91, of Odebolt, Iowa, died Monday, July 25, 2011 at her residence. Graveside services will be held Friday, July 29, 2011 at the Pine Lawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York. No visitation or funeral services were held.

Lotte was born on July 30, 1919 in Gera, Germany, the daughter of Herman and Helena Kirst. She attended school through the 8th grade while in Germany. Lotte experienced history firsthand, living in Germany during the Hitler Regime.

In 1954, Lotte was united in marriage to Leopold Michaelis. They enjoyed a marriage for over 17 years until his death in 1971. In 1957, she and Leopold came to the United States and resided in New York, where she made a living as a seamstress and dressmaker.

After moving to the Odebolt area, Lotte was united in marriage to Emil Zmijewski at the Stockholm Township Lutheran Church in Crawford County. Lotte had a great passion for music. She played the organ for a large church and was a concert pianist while living in New York.

Survivors include her stepson: Norbert (Inge) Michaelis of Riverhead, NY; step daughter-in-law: Susanne Michaelis of Lexington, SC; special friend: Bob Carnine of Odebolt, IA, and many extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husbands: Leopold Michaelis and Emil Zmijewski.


ARLENE WILLIAMS                September 15, 1926 - July 16, 2011 

Arlene Williams, age 84, of Odebolt, Iowa, died Saturday, July 16, 2011, at the Paula J. Baker Hospice Home in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at the Evangelical Free Church in Arthur, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes.  The Reverend Glen Lozier will officiate.  Burial will be in New Home Cemetery in Centuria, Wisconsin, 3:00 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2011.  Visitation with the family present will be held Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Christensen-Huffman Funeral Home in Odebolt, Iowa. 

Born September 15, 1926, in Eureka Center, Wisconsin, Arlene Avis Williams was the daughter of William and Melvina (Bording) Peterson.  She grew up and received her education in Centuria, Wisconsin.  Arlene was united in marriage to Charles Leske and was blessed with two children, Larry and Susan.  They were later divorced.

In 1953, Arlene married Earl Williams.  The couple made their home in White Bear Lake, Minnesota and Earl adopted Larry and Susan as his own children.  Three more children, Steven, Deanna, and Paul, were welcomed into the family.  After Arlene and Earl divorced in 1969, Arlene continued to live in White Bear Lake until moving to Odebolt, Iowa, in 2005.

Arlene was a talented seamstress who loved sewing and quilting.  She worked many years for several interior decorators in the Twin Cities area, and most recently worked part-time for Computer, M.D. in Denison.

Arlene will be remembered for her love of family and for her delicious molasses cookies, which she provided for countless church functions.

Survivors include her children, Larry (Judy) Williams of Isanti, MN, Susan (Barry) Bergman of Arthur, Steven (Kathryn Raths) Williams of St. Paul, MN, Deanna (Tim) Anderson of Oakdale, MN, and Paul (Rose) Williams of Minneapolis, MN; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; a sister, Leora Clevenger of St. Paul, MN; and a niece, Christy (Ron) Redalen of St. Paul, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Charles Anderson; and a brother-in-law, Lynn Clevenger. 

JOHN WESLEY LARSON        October 10, 1931 - July 2, 2011

John Wesley Larson was born October 10, 1931, to Clifford and Ethel (Turin) Larson at their home in Hayes Township, Kiron, Iowa. He attended school in Kiron, IA, and was on the basketball team graduating in 1949. He accepted Christ as his Savior at a Billy Graham Crusade as a teen.
After graduation John was drafted and spent two years serving his country in Korea. Upon his discharge he returned to Kiron and farmed with his father and brother, Lewellyn.

On July 22, 1967, he was united in marriage with Roby Lin Kenney in Batavia, Ill. They lived on his home place north of Kiron. Wes was interested in Christian radio, and built a radio station in Rapid City, SD, which is still broadcasting the Word of God. Wes held offices in his Legion, was active in the Gideon ministry and served as Deacon for many years at First Baptist Church in Kiron. In 1969, Bethany Lin was born, followed in 1970 by John Wesley, Jr. Wes was a loving father who enjoyed his children’s and grandson’s activities.

Wes died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, IA. At the time of his death he had been blessed with 79 years, 8 months and 22 days.

Welcoming him in heaven are his parents, his brother Lewellyn, sisters Elaine and Lucille and four infant grandchildren, Katie, Natalie, Matthew and Jacob.

Those left to celebrate his life are his wife, Roby Lin Larson of Kiron, children: Bethany (Patrick) Duthie and sons, Zack and Luke of New York City, New York and John (Julie) Larson and sons, Samuel, Joshua, Tate and Joey of Johnston, Iowa; sisters-in-law; Wanda Larson of Kiron, Danielle (Dave) Stitt and Kathleen (Bob) May of Richmond, Virginia, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 7, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Kiron, Iowa, with Pastor Bruce Kaihoi officiating. Music for the service was provided by soloist, Chad Larson, and the congregation singing “Wonderful Peace” and “Children of the Heavenly Father” with Wilma Anderson serving as organist. Those serving as pallbearers included Conwell Lindstrom, Herbert J. Turin, and Clayton, Curtis, Chad and Conwell Larson. Prior to the burial a luncheon was served by the First Baptist Church Social Committee at the church. Interment, with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 8, Denison, Iowa, and Post 383, Kiron, Iowa, was at the Kiron Cemetery in Kiron. The Pfannebecker Funeral Home,, Denison, Iowa was in charge of arrangements.

ROGER D. KIES                                          October 7, 1937 - June 23, 2011

Roger D. Kies, age 73, of Odebolt, IA, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, IA.

Roger was born on October 7, 1937, in Odebolt, to Carl and Pearl (Obman) Kies. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Wall Lake and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Odebolt. He graduated from Odebolt High School in 1955 and Iowa State University with a Bachelors Degree in Agronomy in 1959.

On February 27, 1960, Roger was united in marriage to Caroll Sarchett in Davenport, IA. He served in the United States Army and Reserves from March 1960 through November 1967, earning the rank of Captain. Following his active duty in the Army, they made their home near Odebolt where Roger farmed. He loved to fix things and modified electrical items around the home. He also loved native American artifacts and loved to write poetry and had several of them published.

Survivors include his wife, Caroll, of Odebolt; brother-in-law Wayne Sarchett and wife Marilyn of Concord, CA; and extended family members.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; brother Carl Kies, Jr., and parents-in-law, Alvie and Ardis Sarchett.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home, Odebolt, Iowa.  Interment was at the Odebolt Cemetery.

MARLYN E. SCHMITZ                             January 6, 1922 - May 18, 2011

Marlyn Elizabeth Schmitz was born in Kiron, Iowa, January 6, 1922, the daughter of Raymond N. and Elizabeth Lundell Larson. She was raised there and was a graduate of the Kiron High School.

On October 16, 1941, Marlyn was united in marriage with Vincent (Bud) Schmitz at Dakota City, Nebraska. Their union was blessed with two children, Larry and Patricia. They made their home in Cherokee, Iowa, until November of 1942 when Bud entered the service and Marlyn moved to her parents’ home in Kiron. 
Upon his discharge he returned to Kiron where he and Marlyn made their home and raised their family. 

Marlyn spent much of her life as a homemaker and in later years assisted her husband in the operation of Bud’s Tavern in Kiron. In her spare time she enjoyed socializing with family and friends, bird watching, doing crossword puzzles and watching television. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kiron.

Bud died December 16, 1997, and Marlyn continued to make her home in Kiron.

Since 2007 she had resided at Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison, Iowa, and it was there her death occurred late Wednesday, May 18, 2011. At the time of her death she had been blessed with 89 years, 4 months and 12 days. 
Including her parents and husband, Marlyn was also preceded in death by two brothers: Allen and Bayard (Tony) Larson. 

Those remaining to cherish her memory include her children: Larry Schmitz of LeMars, Iowa, and Patricia Blunk and husband, Bill, of Kiron, Iowa, 6 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great great-grandson, other relatives and friends. 

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 23, 2011, at the Pfannebecker Funeral Home in Denison with the Rev. Christopher A. Maronde officiating. Music for the service was provided by Jane Gronau singing “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and the congregation singing “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” and “On Eagles Wings” with Lois Gronau serving as organist. After cremation rites were accorded a private family inurnment was held at the Kiron Cemetery in Kiron, Iowa. The Pfannebecker Funeral Home,, Denison, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements. 

REVEREND HAROLD P. JOHNSON    October 14, 1921 - May 5, 2011

Reverend Harold P. Johnson was born October 14, 1921 in Odebolt, IA.  He graduated from Odebolt High School and received a degree in Seminary at Dubuque College.  While in college he received many honors and was also an active participant in sports.  He was class president all four years in college.

He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister.

He married Lila Brown June 16, 1948.

He served churches in Green, IA; LaPlata, MO; Bellwood, IL; Carlsbad, NM; Sparta, IL; and Omaha, NE.

He died May 5, 2011 in Omaha, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Myron and Hattie (Hostetter) Johnson, a brother-in-law, Aubrey (Red) Barclay, and a nephew, Bill Brown.  Among the survivors are his wife Lila*, brother Myron (Dorothy) Johnson of Onawa, sisters Donna Barclay and Dorothy Johnson of Odebolt, and five nieces and their families.

(Rev. Johnson gave the invocation at several all-school reunions in Odebolt.)

Link to his obituary at Roeder Mortuary

*Lila Johnson died on May 13, 2011 in Omaha, NE.  Link to her obituary at Roeder Mortuary

JANICE M. RICHARDSON                  July 14, 1934 - May 24, 2011

Janice M. Richardson, age 76, of Odebolt, IA, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, May 27, 2011 at United Methodist Church, Odebolt, IA, with interment at Odebolt Cemetery, Odebolt, IA.

Janice Marie Breon was born on July 14, 1934, to Thomas and Dorothy (Buehler) Breon in Early, IA. She grew up in Odebolt, IA and graduated with the class of 1953.

Janice was united in marriage on June 2, 1953, to Dale L. Richardson. The couple spent the first three years of marriage at Camp Pendleton in California. They then returned to Odebolt until moving to Sac City, IA in 1966. They retired back to Odebolt in 1991. Dale and Janice enjoyed a wonderful marriage for over 55 years. To this union three children were born: Steven, Gayle, and Thomas.

Janice worked as a cook for the Sac City schools for over 20 years. She was very active in the community and was a volunteer for the Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center, the United Methodist Church, the Odebolt Community Center and Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center Auxiliary Board.

Janice enjoyed crocheting, cooking, volunteering, and entertaining family and friends. She cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her children: Steven and wife Mary of Rockwell City, IA; Gayle Davis of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; and Thomas and wife Jody of Honolulu, HI; seven grandchildren: Heidi, Lindsay, Chase, Scott, Trevor, Molly and Ashleigh; two great-grandchildren: Taylor and Emersyn; brother: Duane Breon and wife Mary of Boyer, IA; sister: Cam Neumann and husband Dick of Carroll, IA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dean Richardson and wife Lynn of Destin, FL; sister-in-law Jean Richardson of Concord, NC; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Dale and a sister Pamela in infancy.

RICHARD A. KONRADY                    March 13, 1938 - May 1, 2011

Richard Konrady passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at the Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 73.  Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m, Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer, officiated by Pastor Larry Neiderhiser.  Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.
Richard Allen Konrady, Sr., the son of Edward and Clara (Petersen) Konrady, was born on March 13, 1938, in Odebolt, IA. He was raised and received his early education in Odebolt, graduating from high school in 1958. After high school, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving eight years with the National Guard.

On July 12, 1959, Richard married Carol Weier in Odebolt, IA. Following their marriage, they moved to Spencer. Richard began working for Spencer Construction for about 5 years, then he spent 14 years at Spencer Dairy. Richard spent most of his time working for Eaton's for 22 years. He retired in 2000, but then worked part-time for Spencer Auto Parts. Richard enjoyed gardening and feeding birds and squirrels. He also took care of the neighborhood stray cats, giving them a place to stay in the winter. He was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed watching the Colts, but most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carol in 2005 and one grandson, Cody.

Left to cherish his memory are his three sons: Rick and his wife, Cindy of Spencer, IA, Larry of Sioux Falls, SD and Matt and his wife, Missie of Spencer, IA; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Lawrence Konrady of Cherokee, IA; other relatives and friends.

PAUL M. ANDERSON                January 22, 1926 - April 26, 2011

The reason you have a reliable source of electricity when you turn on the light switch is due in no small part to Paul M. Anderson, whose switch was turned off on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at age 85. Paul died peacefully at home in San Ramon, California while listening to Beethoven after complications following congestive heart failure and a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He will be remembered for his remarkable contributions to the field of Electrical Engineering as a researcher, professor and author, as well as being a loving father and family man.

Paul was born January 22, 1926 in Des Moines and grew up in Winterset, Iowa, the younger brother of Frances, son of Neil and Buena. After high school he enlisted in the Army Air Corps until WWII ended in 1945. He then attended Iowa State College majoring in Electrical Engineering. It was at Iowa State where he met his bride-to-be, Virginia (Worswick) of Odebolt, Iowa, whereupon, after graduating, they were married in 1950. After college his first job was as an Electrical Engineer for the Iowa Public Service Co. (1949-1955), after which he returned to Ames as an Instructor at Iowa State University while working on his Master’s Degree. He found that he loved teaching and after obtaining his Ph.D. from ISU he ended up spending most of his career as a university professor of Electrical Engineering with an interest in Power Systems. In addition to teaching engineering at Iowa State University (1955-1975), Paul was President and Principle Engineer of Power Math Associates, Inc., San Diego, CA (1978-1998). Other accomplishments include Program Manager at Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA (1975-1978), Chair in Electric Power Systems, Arizona State University (1980-1984), and Schweitzer Visiting Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (1996-1997).

Paul was a member of six Professional Honorary Societies and was heavily involved with many Professional Society activities. Paul was registered as an Electrical Engineer in Iowa, California and Arizona and in California was also registered as a Control System Engineer.

He published well over 50 papers in professional publications and authored or co-authored six books. His books are still highly regarded in the field of Electric Power Systems and some have been translated into Chinese and Russian.

Paul was honored with several awards for his accomplishments, including being awarded as a National Science Foundation Science Faculty Fellow, a Faculty Citation from the Iowa State University Alumni Association, and a Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering from Iowa State University. He was recognized as a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1981. In 2009 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, for his contributions that have advanced the analysis and control of electric power systems worldwide.

Paul always loved music, from the time in 5th grade when he used to practice his new baritone horn on the front porch home in Des Moines (“probably to the consternation of the entire neighborhood” he once said) subsequently playing through high school and college. He was a member of several glee clubs, chorus and big bands. Paul loved playing his beloved Steinway piano and enjoyed entertaining friends and family with his singing of old Air Corp songs, popular standards and commercial jingles.

Paul is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia, and their four sons and spouse/partners: Bill/Anne, Mark/Holly, Jim/Yuriko, Tom/Tracy and one granddaughter Tomel.

In lieu of flowers, Paul’s family would appreciate donations made to the Alzheimer’s Association or your favorite charity.

LEONARD G. BENSON                        July 25, 1933 - May 6, 2011

Leonard G. Benson was born northeast of Kiron, Iowa, July 25, 1933, the son of Kermit G. and Jessie Nelson Benson. He attended the Kiron Schools, graduating from high school with the class of 1951. After high school, Leonard attended barber school in Des Moines, Iowa, and upon graduation, he began his barbering career in the Kiron area.

On June 5, 1960, Leonard was united in marriage with Mavis Schultz at St. John's Lutheran Church, Stockholm Township and was so proud of their 50th Anniversary. They made their home in Kiron where Leonard continued his barbering career for fifty years, retiring from that in 2002. Throughout the years, in addition to barbering, Leonard also held various other occupations. He was a proud member of the Kiron Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years.
He enjoyed traveling and watching his granddaughters compete in various events across the Midwest. Bringing treats for the team and coaches always made him smile, more than the outcome of the event. In his spare time he enjoyed playing cards, drinking coffee with friends, listening to polka music, attending polka fests and coaching Senior League Baseball.
He was active in St. John's Lutheran Church and really enjoyed the Couples Bible Study that was forming in the church.
Following a long battle after heart surgery, Leonard died Friday, May 6, 2011, at the Denison Care Center in Denison, Iowa. At the time of his death he had been blessed with 77 years, 9 months and 11 days.
His father Kermit, mother Jessie Nelson Benson and infant son preceded Leonard in death.
Those remaining to cherish his memory include his wife, Mavis Benson of Kiron, Iowa; one son, Curtis Benson and wife, Cindy of Omaha, Nebraska; two granddaughters: Erin and Ashley of Omaha, Nebraska; one brother: Burdette Benson and wife, Lois of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister-in-law: Charlyn Schultz of Denison, Iowa; two aunts: Marion Benson and Jean and husband, Louie Indorf; nieces and nephews: Connie, Karla, Tom, Paula, Jackie and Ted and spouses, other relatives and friends.
Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 9, 2011, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kiron, Iowa with the Rev. Christopher A. Maronde officiating. Music for the service was provided by Marilee Benson singing "How Great Thou Art" and the congregation singing "Rock of Ages Cleft for Me" and "Jesus Lives! The Victory's Won" with Lois Gronau serving as organist. Private family inurnment was at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Stockholm Township, Kiron, Iowa. Following the services the family invited everyone to join them at the church for fellowship and a luncheon served by the St. John's Lutheran Church Ladies Aid. The Pfannebecker Funeral Home,, Denison, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.

MICHELLE DAVIS                               February 3, 1957 - May 5, 2011

Michelle Davis, 54, of Castana passed away Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

Services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at West Monona High School, Ooten Auditorium in Onawa, Iowa, with the Rev. John Sears officiating. Burial will be in Odebolt Cemetery, Odebolt, Iowa. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Rush Family Care Service in Onawa. Condolences may be sent on line to the family at

Michelle Shirley was born Feb. 3, 1957, in Greeley, Colo., the daughter of Turner and Shirley (Siebrecht) Davis. She moved with her family to Odebolt at an early age and attended Schleswig (Iowa) High School, where she graduated in 1975. Michelle furthered her education at Iowa State University at Ames and received a degree in animal science.

She was employed at Boar Power in Manchester, Iowa, and then returned to Iowa State University to obtain a teaching degree.

She taught at Sigourrney (Iowa) High School for a number of years and was one of the first females to teach agriculture in the state. Later, she attended Mississippi State and received a master's degree. After working at Monona Extension Service over two years, she attended Morningside College in Sioux City to further her education. She taught at the Winnebago Indian Reservation a year before joining the West Monona School system as an elementary guidance counselor.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Shirley and Lloyd Rickers of Kiron, Iowa; two brothers, Clark and his wife, Donna Davis of Schaller, Iowa, and Mark Davis of Rose Hill, Iowa; and six nieces and nephews, Audrey, Andrew, Amanda, Anna, Jackson and Erika Rose Davis.

She was preceded in death by her father.

LAVERNE T. AUSTIN       1918 - April 14, 2011
LaVerne Austin died on April 14, 2011, at her home in Wesley Acres after a long fight with cancer. She was born in 1918 on her parents' farm near Kiron, Iowa, in Ida County. She came to Des Moines as a young woman, and there she met and married Kenneth R. Austin. After Ken returned from service as a Naval Officer during World War II, the couple spent their entire adult lives in Des Moines. They had two children, Marilyn Austin and Alan Austin, both of whom now live in Northern California.

LaVerne was a community leader and volunteer throughout her many years in Des Moines. She served as President of many organizations including Des Moines Women's Club, the Young Business Women's Home, the Wesley Acres Guild, United Methodist Women at her church, her PEO Chapter and PEO Reciprocity. She was a leader in organizing the BWA Foundation and the Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation, and she served on the boards of both. She also served on many other non-profit boards including First United Methodist Church, South Iowa Methodist Homes (then the parent of Wesley Acres), Esther Hall and Hawthorn Hall.

LaVerne's husband, Ken, was the President and CEO of Equitable of Iowa. Like LaVerne, he was a community leader, serving in many roles including as President of Greater Des Moines United Way and as a trustee of Drake University and Simpson College. The multi-story Helpful Living area at Wesley Acres is named the Austin Center in recognition of the support that LaVerne and Ken provided to that institution over many years.

LaVerne served her family and friends faithfully throughout her life. She was a great wife and mother and a devoted grandmother, spending many weeks in California helping to care for her grandchildren. Many residents of Wesley Acres and other elderly friends benefitted from her tireless efforts to help them with the needs of daily life during their last years.

LaVerne was preceded in death by her husband, Ken; her parents, Edwin and Ruth (Larson) Turin; and two of her three sisters, DeLoris Turin and Renea Ogren. She is survived by her two children, Marilyn and Alan; her remaining sister, Marian Sonichsen of Arthur, Iowa; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews, also numerous other descendants of the pioneer Turin and Larson families.

The family extends special thanks to the staff members of Wesley Acres Assisted Living and WesleyLife Hospice for their professionalism and kindness during LaVerne's last illness.

The memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at First United Methodist Church, 1001 Pleasant Street, in Des Moines, with interment following at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wesley Acres Good Samaritan Fund, First United Methodist Church, or the charity of the donor's choice.

PAUL H. JOHNSTON        December 7, 1937 - April 28, 2011

Paul H. Johnston, 73, a longtime Webster City educator and coach, died April 28, 2011 at Paula Baber Hospice House in Fort Dodge, Iowa. A celebration of Paul's life will take place on Tuesday May 3, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church in Webster City, Iowa, with Rev. Linda Bibb officiating. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be at Foster Funeral and Cremation Center on Monday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Paul Hunter Johnston, son of Niles and Evelyn Lindberg Johnston, was born December 7th, 1937 in Odebolt, Iowa. He received a B.A. from Buena Vista College in 1960, and an M.A. from Northeast Missouri State in 1969. He was a Sergeant in the United States Army beginning in 1960 and served as a computer programmer at the Pentagon. He began teaching mathematics in the Webster City school system in 1962. He was passionate about athletics, and coached a number of different middle school and high school sports. He taught for 34 years in the Webster City school district and retired in 1996.

After many years of being a bachelor he met the perfect partner, Sharon McCormick Mahan and married her on July 23, 1977. Paul is survived by his wife, Sharon; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Kristy Mahan of Cedar Rapids; daughters and sons-in-law, Kristy and Tracy Claude of Prescott, WI; Katrina and Mat Johnson of Ankeny; grandchildren Connor and Colin Mahan, Dalton and Riley Claude, Payton and Camden Johnson; sister and brother-in-law, Polly and David Johnson of Louisville, KY; two nephews Scott (Vonnie) Johnson, Todd (Lee) Johnson, one niece Betsy Johnson and 6 great nieces and 2 great nephews. Paul was preceded in death by his parents.

Paul was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Main Street Kiwanis, and the National Antique Oldsmobile Club, along with several education, mathematics and environmental organizations. He enjoyed coaching a variety of sports including tennis, softball, baseball and football and was a Red Cross swimming instructor. In addition to mathematics, he also taught photography. He video-taped Lynx and I.C.C.C. football games, was the starter for Lynx track meets and was the audio visual coordinator. Paul liked to stay busy and had many hobbies including photography, carpentry, golf, creating stained glass pictures, solving puzzles, and he absolutely loved antique automobiles. Before his illness, he enjoyed time with friends, and would spend each afternoon at Hy-Vee having great conversation over coffee. Paul had been a resident of Southfield Wellness Community since February of 2007.

Memorial gifts will be used to establish a college scholarship in Paul's name for a Webster City High School student majoring in Math or Science Education.

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RITA L. (BENGFORD) TIEFENTHALER                  June 8, 1925 - April 26, 2011

     Rita L. Tiefenthaler, age 85, of Early, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at Buena Vista Manor in Storm Lake, Iowa.  Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 30th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early with Father John McGuirk officiating.  Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home.  Visitation is from 4:00-8:00 pm, Friday at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City.
     Rita was born in Odebolt on June 8, 1925, to parents John and Nettie (Albers) Bengford.  She graduated from Odebolt High School in 1943.  Rita married Marvin Tiefenthaler on February 19, 1946, in Schaller, Iowa and they were blessed with ten children: Marcia, Jim, Roger, Ruth, Peg, Marla, Mary, Carol, Tim and Lisa.
     Rita devoted her life to her family and was a loving wife, mother, and great-grandmother.  She always welcomed guests to her home and had the ability to make them feel welcomed and loved.  Rita’s life evolved around her family.  She will be truly missed by those who knew and loved her.
     Those left to cherish her memory include her husband Marvin of Early; children: Marcia Jurgens of Anza, California, Jim (Dianne) Tiefenthaler of Early, Roger (Stacey) Tiefenthaler of Early, Ruth (Jeff) Frederickson of Storm Lake, Peg (Brad) Petersen of Early, Marla (Paul) Voelker of Mitchell, South Dakota, Mary (Tom) Brown of Mountain Lake, Minnesota, Carol (Larry) Garrison of Alta, Tim (Angie) Tiefenthaler of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Lisa (John) Peterson of Sioux City.  Rita has 36 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother Raymond Bengford of Deloit and sister Eileen (Lou) Cass of Dunlap; and many extended family members.
     Rita was preceded in death by her granddaughters, Gina Jurgens and Nicole Garrison; parents John and Nettie Bengford; and brothers Leo, Joe, Lawrence and Ed Bengford; and sisters Marie Pollien and Allie Bernhardt.

CAROL (GARNER) PRIEBNOW       May 13, 1942 - April 21, 2011

Carol Priebnow, age 68, of Odebolt, Iowa, died Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

 Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at the Kiron Baptist Church in Kiron, Iowa, with Pastor Bruce Kaihoi officiating. Visitation with the family present will be held at the Christensen-Huffman Funeral Home in Odebolt on Monday from 5-7 p.m. A memorial service will be held in North Carolina at a later date.

 Carolyne Z. Priebnow was born May 13, 1942, in Wake County, North Carolina, to Emmett and Dessie Garner, and later adopted by Horace and Isabel (Wood) Ziglar. She grew up and received her education in North Carolina. Carol accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at the age of sixteen.

 In 1965, Carol came to Iowa, where she lived in the Sioux City area. On December 28, 1986, she married Richard Priebnow in Dillon, South Carolina. The couple made their home in LeMars, and Carol was employed at LeMars Mutual Insurance Company.

 From 1993 until 2003, Carol and Dick lived in North Carolina, then moved to Odebolt, Iowa. They enjoyed wintering in Fulton, Texas for several years.

 Carol was a faithful member of the Kiron Baptist Church. She enjoyed Christian Women's Club and studied her Bible regularly. Among her many hobbies were crafting of all kinds, sewing, fishing, and spending time with family.

 Survivors include her husband Richard of Odebolt; three children, Eddie Raynor of Buies Creek, NC, Linda (Terry) West of Spring Lake, NC, and Laura (Greg) Pollak of Des Moines; two step-children, Kim (Joe) Fontenot of Marion, and Kodi (Jason) Lockey of Albuquerque, NM; 11 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. She is also survived by a brother, Jimmy (Jolen) Garner of Buies Creek, NC; and three sisters, Hilda Lloyd of Sioux City, Nancy Maddox of Buies Creek, NC, and Faye (Harlan) Grant of Fayetteville, NC.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Dolly Metaxakis; and a brother-in-law, Gary Lloyd.

ELEANOR "JEAN" (SPAUGH) SIEBRECHT      Mary 5, 1924 - April 2, 2011

Eleanor "Jean" Siebrecht, age 86, of Odebolt, Iowa, died Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Morningside Rehab & Care Center in Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at the United Methodist Church in Odebolt, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes.  The Reverend DeeAnn Klapp will officiate, with burial to follow in the Odebolt Cemetery.  Visitation with the family present will be held Monday from 4-8 p.m. at the Christensen-Huffman Funeral Home in Odebolt. 

Born May 5, 1924, in Portland, Oregon, Eleanor Jean (Spaugh) Siebrecht was the daughter of Cecil and Olive (Howard) Spaugh.  She grew up and received her education in Oregon, then attended Ohio University for one year.

On September 21, 1945, Jean was united in marriage to Kermit Siebrecht at Grant's Pass, Oregon.  The couple made their home north of Odebolt where they farmed and raised their family.

Jean was a member of the United Methodist Church in Odebolt, Eastern Star, and was active in Rainbow, serving many years as Mother Advisor.  She was an avid reader, composed poetry, enjoyed cooking for her family, and was an accomplished pianist.  She took great delight in her grandchildren and their many activities and accomplishments.

Survivors include four children, Barbara (James) Jensen of Onawa, Rebecca (Mike) Carstensen of Schaller, Alan (Pat) Siebrecht of Ida Grove, and Rita (Steve) Jensen of Sioux City; 11 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 6 step-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous extended family members and friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband Kermit in 2009; her parents; a daughter, Margaret Siebrecht; a grandson, Ben Pepper; a grandson in infancy; two brothers, Roger Spaugh and Lyle Spaugh; and a sister, Miriam Spaugh.

PHYLLIS (KIMBALL) HOEFLING        November 28, 1926 - March 31, 2011

Phyllis Hoefling, age 84, of Odebolt, Iowa, died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes.  The Reverend Mark Volkers will officiate, with burial in the Odebolt Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6-8 p.m at the funeral home. 

Phyllis Lorraine Kimball Hoefling was born to Lathy and Harriet (Goodenow) Kimball on a farm north of Battle Creek, Iowa, on November 28, 1926.  She attended country school through the eighth grade, and graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1944.  She attended Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and also attended college at Greeley, Colorado, for one term.  Following graduation she taught at Graettinger, Manilla, and Denison.

In 1950, she married Leonard Hoefling and lived on the Hoefling farm until 1976, when they moved to 425 North Main in Odebolt.  Two children, Patrick and Katherine, were born to this union.  Phyllis has 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Phyllis was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she was active in all segments of the church.  She belonged to Odebolt Eastern Star, Past Matrons, Odebolt Women's Club, and ISIS.

Her favorite pastimes were quilting and reading.  She made quilts for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Freedom Quilts, St. Luke's Neo-natal Babies, Vets in Omaha, and sent many quilts with Dr. Steven Meyer to Africa.

Phyllis took many interesting trips with family, Emerald Club, and Goodenow Association.  She worked for several area businesses, the Odebolt Nursing Home, Odebolt-Arthur School, as well as in many private homes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; her parents; Leonard's parents; a brother and his wife, Russell and Berniece Kimball; sisters Mildred Paascke and husband Louie, Marjorie Welsh and husband Richard, and Miriam Colvin; and by a nephew, Steven Colvin.

Survivors include her children, Pat (Ann) Hoefling of Odebolt, and Kathy (Dennis) Sateren of Wisner, NE; grandchildren Joey (Christy) Hoefling, Nancy Diersen, Mike (Gretchen) Hoefling, Mitch (Mistaya) Hoefling, Matt (Brooke) Hoefling, Vicki (Travis) Flink, Janet Hoefling, Heidi Hoefling, Scott Hoefling, Joseph Sateren and fiancĂ©e Lacey, and Jabin Sateren; and 18 great-grandchildren. 

VIRGINIA (MANDERNACH) BRANSON     December 11, 1945 - March 12, 2011

Virginia Julie Mandernach Branson lost her courageous battle with cancer and passed away on March 12, 2011 at the age of 65.  Virginia was born in Ida Grove, Iowa on December 11, 1945.  She was the daughter of Howard and Louise (Brucker) Mandernach.

She was baptized and confirmed at the Odebolt Methodist Church.  She received her elementary and high school education at Odebolt-Arthur School and went on to further her education at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  Virginia was married to Raymond Grienke in 1966 and to this marriage was born a son, Chad, who died in infancy.  In 1967 Virginia came to California, living in Merced for 3 years and San Francisco for 4 years.  While living in San Francisco, she met Chuck Branson and moved to Fairfield in 1973.  Chuck and Virginia were married in 1976 at the Odebolt Methodist Church.  Virginia worked for more than 20 years at the Fairfield Medical Group and NorthBay Healthcare.  Virginia was an avid reader and was a volunteer for the Friends of the Library.  As a member of the Community United Methodist Church she volunteered as part of their Advocates for the Hungry program associated with Mission Solano to provide meals for the homeless.

Virginia was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1999.  Through multiple surgeries, years of ongoing chemotherapy, related health complications and the grace of God, Virginia fought with tenacity and dignity, the very same qualities for which she will be remembered.  Her elegant style set her apart from the crowd wherever she went.  Bold and courageous, she was an inspiration to all who knew her.  Virginia enjoyed all that was good in life:  good friends, good coffee, a good shopping day, a good book, a good laugh and a good purse!

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 35 years, Chuck Branson; stepdaughter, Bobette Lucido of Sacramento; stepsons, Mark (Nancy) Branson, Curtis (Genie) Branson, and Greg Branson; granddaughters, Cara Lucido, Kristi (Dyonte) Lindsey, Alix Branson and Kelsey Branson; great-grandson Karter Lindsey; sister, Audrey Bettin Poppen and husband Don; brother- in- law, David Bettin; nephew, Tal Bettin; niece, Dena (Glenn) Faulkner; and 10 grandnieces and grandnephews.

Virginia was preceded in death by her infant son Chad, her parents Howard and Louise Mandernach, her sister LuAnne Mandernach and her nephew Jay Bettin.

Contributions in her memory can be made to Community United Methodist Church, 1875 Fairfield Ave., Fairfield, CA 94533 or Friends of the Fairfield Suisun Library, 1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield, CA 94533.

A funeral service was held at Community United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 11:00 am.

LILLIAN "JANE" LEE      February 25, 1923 - March 19, 2011

Lillian Jane Lee, age 88, of Ida Grove, Iowa, died Saturday, March 19, 2011, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.

Graveside funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at St. Clair Cemetery in Ute, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes, Odebolt.  Pastor Bruce Kaihoi will officiate.  The family will greet friends on Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. at the Christensen-Huffman Funeral Home in Odebolt.

Born February 25, 1923, in Sioux City, Iowa, Lillian Jane Ringland was the daughter of Josiah and Olive (Brakey) Ringland.  Jane was raised in the Sioux City area where she went to school at East High School and then worked in the community as a secretary.  She was a member of Billy Sunday Tabernacle where she taught Sunday school classes as well as serving as part-time secretary.

On August 26, 1964, she married John Lee of Danbury, Iowa, and lived at the farm with him until he retired from farming in 1987.  They moved to a small acreage north of Odebolt and was active in the First Baptist Church in Kiron.  The couple resided there until John's death in 1993, after which Jane moved into Odebolt.  She became involved in clubs and volunteer work at the church.  After breaking her hip in 2007, Jane made her home at the Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center where she maintained residence until becoming ill a week ago.  She was hospitalized at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove until the time she went to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday morning.

In addition to her husband, Jane was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Joseph Ringland.

Survivors include her stepchildren, David (Linda) Lee of Conrad, and Carol (John) Calvert of Ooltewah, TN; five step-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Elinor Ringland of Washington State; two nieces; and two nephews.

PAUL DINGES     March 17, 1923 - March 16, 2011

Paul Dinges, age 87, of Odebolt, Iowa, died Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Odebolt Nursing & Rehab Center in Odebolt.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2011, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes. The Reverend David Hemann will officiate, with burial to follow in St. Martin's Catholic Cemetery, Odebolt. Military honors will be conducted by Roose Post No. 313 of the American Legion. Visitation with the family present will be held at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt on Friday from 5-8 p.m., with a Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m.

 Born March 17, 1923, in Odebolt, Iowa, Paul Alfred Dinges was the son of Romaine and Genevieve (Bengford) Dinges. He grew up and received his education in Odebolt, graduating from Odebolt High School. Paul farmed with his father for several years, then served with the Merchant Marines during World War II.

 On November 19, 1946, Paul married Celestine Diimig at Sunnyvale, California. The couple made their home in Odebolt, where they raised their family of four children, Jeanette, Rosemary, Mark, and Sheila.

 Paul worked for the State Highway Department for many years, retiring as foreman in 1983. He worked in other capacities over the years as well, including farming, hauling cattle, and other independent jobs.

Paul was a faithful member of St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt. He was a gifted sportsman, an avid golfer, and also enjoyed traveling and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Celestine; four children, Jeanette Shortley of Portland, OR, Rosemary (Larry Armstrong) Dinges of Spokane, WA, Mark (Kelly) Dinges of Des Moines, and Sheila (Rick) Smith of Oak Park, IL; four grandchildren; a sister, Marcella Zehnle of St. Louis, MO; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Dinges.

RICHARD SWANSON       May 30, 1927 - March 7, 2011

Richard Swanson, age 83, of Odebolt, Iowa, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 11, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes.  The Reverend Mark Volkers will officiate, with burial to follow in the Odebolt Cemetery.  Military honors will be conducted by Roose Post No. 313 of the American Legion.  Friends may call at the Christensen-Huffman Funeral Home in Odebolt, Iowa, on Thursday from 4-8 p.m., with the family present from 5-7 p.m.  Memorials in Richard's name may be directed to the Odebolt Community Center.

Born May 30, 1927, in Oak Park, Illinois, Richard Carl Swanson was the son of Harry Carl and Linnea Matilda (Helrich) Swanson.  Richard moved with his family as a young child to the Odebolt area in 1939.  There he received his education until attending military school, graduating at the age of 17.  Richard served in the United States Navy during World War II, then returned to Iowa where he graduated from the University of Iowa.

Richard worked with his father in the popcorn business until 1951, when his father retired.  He then purchased what would become Swanson Insurance Agency in Odebolt, which he continued to operate until retiring in 1990.

In earlier years, Richard loved running, playing tennis, biking, and golfing.  He enjoyed boating with his sister on the sailboat he owned in Rochester, New York.  Richard taught Sunday school and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt, and also belonged to Rotary and the American Legion.  He was a 50-year member of the Shriner's.

Survivors include his brother-in-law, George Pearson of Webster, NY; and his nieces and nephews, Amy Pearson and Charlie Pearson, both of San Fransisco, CA, Barbara Horsefal of Fairport, NY, and Donald Pearson of Tulsa, OK.  He is also survived by his business partner and family who grew very close to Richard in the 42 years they worked together, Howard and Marcia Hustedt of Odebolt and their six children, Regina (Michael) Pick of Omaha, NE, Bryce (Tammy) Hustedt of Odebolt, Steven (Diane) Hustedt of Ames, Tamara (Jeremy) Uhl of South Sioux City, NE, Matthew (Jenny) Hustedt of Omaha, NE, Kyle Hustedt of Chicago, IL, and their families.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carolyn Pearson.

GLADYS M. (HEDBERG) JONES      May 22, 1925 -  March 7, 2011

Gladys M. Jones, 85, of Sioux City died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Holy Spirit Retirement Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Crescent Park Untied Methodist Church, with the Rev. Scott Squires officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Condolences may be sent online to

Gladys was born May 22, 1925, in Odebolt, Iowa, the daughter of Arthur and Katherine (Schwanz) Hedberg. She grew up in Odebolt and graduated from Odebolt High School. Gladys moved to Washington state for a short time before moving to Sioux City.

She married Robert R. Jones on Sept. 9, 1952, in Sioux City. He died on may 7, 2008, in Sioux City. Gladys worked for Wincharger, Johnson Biscuit and then Interbake Foods, retiring in 1992.

She had been a longtime member of Crescent Park United Methodist Church. She was always a happy person with a good spirit. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her five children, Linda Jones and her significant other, Joe Schneiders of Sioux Falls, S.D., Deb Jones of Sioux City, Susan Berens of White Bear, Minn., Ron Jones and his wife, Anita of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Lori Miller and her significant other, Anthony Rogers of Sioux City; a sister, Norma Hunt of Lake View, Iowa; four grandchildren, Shawna Moyle, Reid Berens, Mike Miller and Kelsey Berens; and two great-grandchildren, Jared and Bella Custer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and eight brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Moyle, Anthony Rogers, Michael Miller, Reid Berens, Joe Schneiders and Jared Custer.

LOLA GLADYS (KOPASKA) HAUSMAN      October 3, 1920 - February 21, 2011

Lola Gladys Hausman, age 90, of Pocahontas, IA, formerly of Odebolt, IA, passed away on Monday, February 21, 2011, at Pocahontas Manor Care Center.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 23rd at the Odebolt Cemetery with Rev. Glenn Hansen officiating. The Farber & Otteman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. until service time, Wednesday, at the funeral home in Odebolt.

Lola was born on October 3, 1920, in Schaller, IA, the daughter of William M. and Dollie Olive (Rutledge) Kopaska. She attended country school, grades one through seven in Guthrie Center. After her mother died, Lola finished her eighth grade education in Odebolt, living with her sister Icle Gerry.

On August 20, 1938, Lola was united in marriage to Emil L. Hausman at the Methodist parsonage in Sac City. In 1942 the couple moved to Bremerton, Washington, where Emil worked in the Bremerton Navy Yard until 1945 when they moved to Sac City and Emil took a job with the Iowa State Highway Commission in Sac City. They moved to Pocahontas in 1956. Lola was a wonderful homemaker and wife, providing a comfortable home for her and Emil. She worked outside her home, cleaning homes for others and as a store clerk one time.

Survivors include a close nephew, James Hausman of Ida Grove, and several other nephews, nieces and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Dollie Kopaska and husband, Emil Hausman.


SHIRLEY (CHEDESTER) GUNDERSON        January 24, 1936 - February 14, 2011

Shirley Gunderson, age 75, of Kiron, Iowa, died Monday, February 14, 2011, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 17, 2011, at the Christensen-Huffman Funeral Home in Odebolt, Iowa, with The Reverend DeeAnn Klapp officiating.  Private family committal services will be in the Odebolt Cemetery on Friday, February 18th.  Visitation with the family present will be held on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. 

Born January 24, 1936, in Moorehead, Iowa, Shirley Ann (Chedester) Gunderson was the daughter of Milo and Melinda (Thies) Chedester.  She grew up and attended country school near Ute and graduated from Ute High School in 1955.

Shirley was united in marriage to Marlin Gunderson on February 25, 1963, at Elk Point, South Dakota.  The couple made their home south of Odebolt where they farmed for many years and raised their three children, Tim, Sandra, and Todd.

Shirley was a member of the United Methodist Church in Odebolt.  Her hobbies included cooking, sewing, crafts, and walking at Moorehead Park in Ida Grove.  In earlier years, she enjoyed riding snowmobiles and dune buggies.

 Survivors include her husband, Marlin; three children, Tim (Mary) Gunderson of Kiron, Sandra (Mark) Juhl of Panora, and Todd (Karen) Gunderson of Kiron; four grandchildren, Ashly, Mason, Jessica, and Amanda Gunderson; a brother, Vernon (Kathy) Chedester of Sioux City; as well as several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Izetta Coyle, Lavonne Uhl, and Ardith Brenner; and four brothers, Elmer, Merle, Levi, and Bob Chedester.

RAYMOND BUSSKOHL      March 15, 1930 - February 11, 2011

Raymond Busskohl, age 80, of Newell, Iowa, and formerly of Odebolt, Iowa, died Friday, February 11, 2011, at Loring Hospital in Sac City, Iowa.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at the Christensen-Huffman Funeral Home in Odebolt, Iowa.  The Reverend Glenn Hansen will officiate, with burial at a later date.  The family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Born March 15, 1930, in Denison, Iowa, Raymond Martin Busskohl was the son of Fred and Anna Busskohl.  He grew up and attended school in the Denison area, then served in the United States Army where he was stationed in Germany as a tank driver.

Raymond returned to Iowa, and worked for the railroad for a brief time, then was employed by several farmers in the Kiron and Odebolt areas.  He moved into Odebolt in the mid-'70's, and later was employed at GOMACO in Ida Grove.

Raymond attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Odebolt.  He enjoyed gardening and animals.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Winebrenner of Tennessee, and Debbie Ogren of Sac City; three grandchildren, Dustin (Jessica) Ogren of Des Moines, Maisie Ogren of Sac City, and Shawn Jackson of Chicago, IL; two great-grandchildren, Ashton and Natalie; as well as other extended family members and friends.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Fred and Leo Busskohl; and a sister, Frances Freese.

ELNORA MILLER    March 17, 1924 - February 7, 2011

Elnora J. Miller, widow of Myron Miller, 86, of Kiron died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa.

Services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 11th at First Baptist Church in Kiron. Burial at the Kiron Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 10 at Pfannebecker Funeral Home in Denison.

Survivors include seven children, Jimmy (Marilyn) Miller of St. Louis, Mo., Mike Miller of Ute, Iowa, Jeannine Thompson of Manhattan, Kan., Walter (Janie) Miller of Kiron, Hazel (David) Peterson of Zearing, Iowa, Merle (Deb) Miller of Odebolt, Iowa, and Kyle (Vicki) Miller of Kiron; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one brother, Henry (Arlene) Treft of Dakota City; one sister, Peggy (Maurice) Mellerup of Prairie Home, Mo.; other relatives; and friends.

ROBERT CUTLER             June 3, 1952 - February 4, 2011

Pastor Robert Elword Cutler, 58, of Meridian, Idaho passed away February 4, 2011 in Tampa, Florida while visiting family.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Christ Lutheran Church, Meridian, with burial at Dry Creek Cemetery.

Robert was born June 3, 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii a son of Ed and Til Cutler.  Robert grew up in Des Moines and Odebolt, Iowa.  He was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran.  He received his education from the Odebolt school system.  When he was a junior in high school he moved with his family to Sioux City, iowa.  He graduated from Central High School, Sioux City, IA in 1970.  He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in History and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. on June 5, 1974.

Robert married the love of his life Judith Rebecca Ross on May 17, 1975 at Columbus AFB, MS. Robert graduated from pilot training on July 11, 1975. During his U.S. Air Force career he accomplished many things including being an instructor pilot in T37’s at Columbus AFB, MS; 37th FLY TRNG SQDN, “A” Flight, January 76-July 77; 14th Student Squadron, July 77-Oct 78. A pilot in EB-57’s at Malmstrom AFB, MT, 17 DSES, Oct 78- Sept. 79. A pilot in F-111’s at RAF Lakenheath, UK, Jan 81-June 83, and at 494th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Cannon AFB, NM June 83- Feb 86, 523rd TAC FTR SQ. During this time Robert received his Masters of Arts in International Relations from University of Southern California, on August 17, 1983. Robert then became the Air Liaison Officer at Ft. Benning, GA, Mar 86- Sept 86 OIC 3/75 Ranger BTN TACP; Sept 86-Jun 88, and OIC 2nd BDE, 10th MTN DIV TACP. He served as Senior Operations Duty Officer at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 88- June 89, 603rd TACCS. Robert was then at Mountain Home AFB, ID June 89- Sept 93, 366th Support Group. He served in Desert Shield/Storm, Aug 90 – Mar 91, retiring from the U.S. Air Force in September of 1993.

Robert then returned to school and received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO on May 23, 1997. He came back to Meridian and was ordained at Christ Lutheran Church, June 29, 1997 and has been the Pastor from ordainment till his death February 4, 2011. Robert had many passions in his life, with his family and faith being the foremost important. Service to his country and church was always an important focus, however his vibrant quest for life and sharing it with his family was the foremost of Robert’s goals and aspirations. Robert was also very active with his community serving as a Cub Scout Leader, a Little League Coach, Little League Umpire, and treasurer of the Meridian Ministerial Association.

Robert is survived by his wife Judith R. Cutler, of Meridian; his children Carrie (Zane) Bass of Nampa, Timothy (Rachel) Cutler of Boise, Andrew Cutler in the U.S. Air Force at USAFA, Colorado Springs, CO, Thomas Cutler in the U.S. Army at Ft. Lewis, WA; his parents Ed and Til Cutler of Tampa, FL; brothers and sisters Cathy (Bill) Most, Tampa, FL, Paul (Sue) Cutler of Elgin IL, Kimberli (Dana) Jensen of Lakeland, FL, Mark (Joann) Cutler of Kalispell, MT; grandchildren Alison, Nicole and Beau. Robert was preceded in death by his son Peter James Cutler. 

Memorials can be made to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO or the Gideons.

CARL BERGMAN   October 30, 1918 - January 18, 2011

Carl Woodrow Bergman Sr. passed away on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, in Cathedral City, Calif., at the age of 92.

He was born October 30, 1918, on the Nels Bergman farm near Arthur in Hayes Township, Ida County, Iowa.  He was the seventh of the eight children of Nels and Ida Bergman, both immigrants from Sweden; Nels in 1882 and Ida in 1907.  Carl had four sisters, Isabell, Elsie Ione and Doris, and 3 brothers, Floyd, Donald, and Gene.

Carl attended a country school near Arthur, Iowa. On August 10, 1936, he married Margaret Elizabeth (Betty) Olson from Kiron, Iowa in Boulder, Colo. In 1942, they moved to Westchester, Calif. Carl worked at Western Water Heater Co. welding warships. They moved in 1948 to Vista, Calif. Carl was an independent Chevron dealer with his son, Carl, Jr. Carl was a member of the Vista Lions club for fifty years.  
They sold their home in Vista and moved to Desert Hot Springs, Calif., traveling and enjoying life.

Betty passed away on October 17, 1993. On October 9, 1994, Carl married Terry Kingman and they enjoyed their Mobile Home Park and Country Club.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Betty; two brothers, three sisters, and his eldest daughter, Diane Gertner. He is survived by his wife, Terry; sons, Terry (Marilyn) of Ventura, Calif., Carl Jr.(Joy) of Carlsbad, Calif.; daughter, Sheila Wing of Washington, D.C.; three stepsons, Paul (Sherri), Curtis (Lynn), and Russell; one brother, Gene (Gloria) Kiron of Iowa; sister, Doris Donaldson of Vista, Calif., 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A private memorial service is planned.

DARRYL STENOIEN     January 23, 1962 - January 15, 2011

Darryl Luane Stenoien was born January 23, 1962, in Arlington Heights, Illinois, to his proud parents, Doug and LaVola (Kolb) Stenoien. On January 15, 2011, at the age of 48, Darryl was at his home on the Ranch in Odebolt, Iowa, when he was called home to be with Jesus.

Darryl was raised in Arlington Heights along with his brother and three sisters, Gary, Sheryl, Tammy and Gwendolyn. Darryl and his family were members of the Northwest Covenant Church in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, where he was also baptized. Darryl graduated from Buffalo Grove High School in 1980 and went on to attend electronics school. He married his childhood sweetheart in 1984 and they resided in Florida. He later moved to the Ranch in Odebolt, Iowa, where he has lived since.

From an early age, Darryl loved to fix things. He loved to take things apart to see how they worked, and then put them back together again. He designed and built gas powered model planes and cars. Darryl had an amazing mechanical ability which was a necessity in the Stenoien family!

Some of Darryl’s most cherished memories were from his time in Florida. He loved the beach, especially the sunsets! He enjoyed waterskiing, snow skiing, fishing, cooking, and flying with his father. He would spend every free moment pursuing these passions. When it came to music for Darryl, it was only Elvis. He especially liked Elvis gospel songs.

Darryl never had children, but he had many nieces and nephews whom he treated as his own. They loved going to see Uncle Darryl and always had a story to tell about something Uncle Darryl had taught them. His life priorities were God, family, and country. He loved his heavenly Father and talked much of Christ, the Bible, and eternal life. Darryl was very proud of his Norwegian-German heritage. He was also a passionate, conservative Republican and spent many hours keeping up on current political events. Not many days went by that Darryl didn’t listen to Rush Limbaugh or Fox News. He had been especially upset over the last couple of years as he watched his America fall further and further away from God. Darryl loved his family and was a devoted son, brother, and uncle.

Darryl was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Emil and Edith (Dodo) Carlson; maternal grandparents, Delphin and Leila Kolb; paternal grandparents, Ole and Bura Stenoien; Uncle Ben Stenoien; Aunt Carol (Kolb) Schmidt; and infant nephew, Daniel Stenoien. Darryl is survived by his parents, Doug and Lavola (Kolb) Stenoien; one brother, Gary Stenoien; three sisters, Sheryl (Stenoien) Bowen, Tammy (Stenoien) Swanson, and Gwen (Stenoien) Brown. He is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews, five great-nieces and nephews, and many aunts and uncles sharing in the loss.

CURTIS ALLAN RAASCH   November 1, 1943-January 6, 2011

Curtis Allan Raasch, age 67, of Odebolt, Iowa, died Thursday, January 6, 2011 at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove after a 4-year battle with cancer.

From day one, Curt was a farmer. It started with toy tractors on the floor and continued until his final days, as he provided input from his hospital bed.

Curt was born November 1, 1943 during a terrible snow storm on the family farm north of Odebolt, the son of Raymond and Betty (Margaret Shirk) Raasch. His grandmother served as midwife. Curt attended school in Odebolt and graduated from Odebolt-Arthur Community School in 1961. He continued his education at Iowa State University, where he earned a degree in farm operations and agricultural education in 1966.

Curt met Carol Skelton at a college dance in 1964, and on July 24, 1966, they were married in Sioux Rapids, Iowa. They stayed near Ames for five years, while Curt taught ag classes at United Community near Boone. In 1971, they moved back to Odebolt, where they farmed for the next 41 years. Curt and Carol raised four sons on the farm: Mark, Greg, Scott and Jeff.

Curt’s life was devoted to his faith, his family and agriculture. He was a firm believer that it was the right way to live. Farming alongside his brother, nephew and sons enriched his life. He knew the value of taking time to build strong relationships with neighbors and friends. Grandchildren, livestock auctions, ice cream and long conversations were a few of his favorite things.

Curt helped advance international relationships with the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board, and later served as director and then chairman for the United Soybean Board. He was named Master Farmer in 1999 by Wallaces Farmer and was a lifetime member of Iowa State Education Association. He was a member and held leadership positions in several organizations, including Sac County Farm Bureau, Odebolt-Arthur School Board, Sac County Cattlemen, O-A Showmen 4-H Club and Sac County Republicans. With the Odebolt Rotary Club, he was instrumental in the shipment of soy meal to Africa.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt. He served as an elder, trustee and member of many committees during his lifetime with the church. He was a member of the choir and also sang with a group of friends who called themselves the “Straight Six.”

Survivors include his wife, Carol, of 44 years; his children: Mark (Cyndi) Raasch, Greg (Melissa) Raasch, Scott (Stacy) Raasch all of Odebolt, IA and Jeff (Cassie Huisman) Raasch of Cedar Rapids, IA; grandchildren: Isabella, Tyler, Gracie, Ways and Saige Raasch of Odebolt, IA; brother: Bruce (Polly) Raasch of Odebolt, IA; many nieces and nephews, and extended family members, including Juan and Mariela Alvarez and their daughter Hilda of Madison, WI.

Curt was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Betty Raasch; his father-in-law, Nathan Skelton; and niece, Michelle Raasch.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 10th at First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt with Rev. Mark Volkers officiating. Inurnment will be at 3:00 pm, Monday, at the Odebolt Cemetery under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home. Visitation is from 4-8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 9th at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Odebolt.

MARIE (HOLDORF) BERG  April 20, 1912 - December 25, 2010

Marie Berg passed away on Christmas morning at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa. She was born April 20, 1912 in Galva, Iowa to Jennie Wisch Holdorf and Henry Holdorf.  She was baptized in infancy in Galva and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake, Iowa. The closing years of her life drew her into a deep and growing relationship with her Lord and Savior.

After receiving her education, she worked at the Adams Ranch where she met Frank Berg. They were married on March 18, 1943 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. God blessed their union with four children Larry Berg of Kiron; Marilyn (Delwyn) Johnson of Oskaloosa, Iowa; Karilyn (Dennis) Schlappi of Morton, Illinois and Elaine (Paul) Neumann of Odebolt, Iowa. She had ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Frank and Marie farmed the family land until he passed away in 1989. She remained a helper to Larry until the week before her death. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Kiron. As long as she was able she served as an active member of the Ladies Aid, Mission Sewing Circle, and the Wheeler Birthday Club. In her free time, she always enjoyed reading, gardening and tending her flowers. Her family was a great source of joy for her. She was dearly loved by them all and respected as a prayer warrior and a deep well of wisdom.

Her husband, Frank, her parents, and two brothers, Leonard Holdorf and Carl Holdorf, preceded Marie in death. Those who remain to cherish her memory are her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; as well as one sister Lois (Rudy) Schoon of Pomeroy, Iowa; other relatives and dear friends.

Services were held Monday, December 27 at 11 A.M. at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Kiron, with Pastors Tricia Underberg and Dennis Schlappi officiating.