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William Sells
Published December 4, 2003

August 28, 1919 - November 30, 2003

HAMPTON - William "Bill" Sells, 84, of Hampton, formerly of Clarksville, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at the Franklin General Hospital in Hampton. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville.

Bill was born Aug. 28, 1919, at New Hartford to William and Emma Jane (Ackerson) Sells. He received his education in the New Hartford school system. On April 10, 1941, he was united in marriage to Hilda DeGroote at Albert Lea, Minn. The couple lived in Waterloo, where Bill worked at Rath Packing Co. and John Deere Tractor Co. They later moved to New Hartford and Clarksville. Bill operated his own TV repair shop and worked with Walter Perkins in Clarksville. He was employed by Shield Bantam in Waverly for 32 years, where he was a final inspector in quality control. In November 2001, the couple moved to Hampton. Bill was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville. He enjoyed playing softball on the Shield Bantam team. Bill enjoyed woodworking, baking and cooking for family, and watching and feeding the squirrels.

Survivors include one son, Bill Sells Jr. and wife Deb of Iowa Falls; three daughters, Donna Kelm and husband Fred of Clarksville, Mary Hibner and husband Merlin of Garner, and Linda Brammer and husband Dan of Hampton; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda; his parents; 13 siblings; and a son-in-law, Dan Muller.

Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville is in charge of arrangements.


Arthur C. Klettke
Published December 4, 2003

October 22, 1924 - November 29, 2003

ELDORA - Arthur "Art" C. Klettke, 79, of Eldora died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003, at Valley View Nursing and Rehab Center in Eldora. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Eldora with Pastor David Splett officiating. Burial will follow at East Lawn Memory Garden Cemetery in Eldora with full military rites provided by the American Legion Walter-Sayer Post No. 182 and the VFW Roll-Harless Post No. 3974. A memorial fund has been established.

Arthur was born Oct. 22, 1924, at home in rural Steamboat Rock to Julius and Anna (Frerichs) Klettke. He attended school in Steamboat Rock. Arthur served in the U.S. Marine Corps during W.W. II, and was stationed in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Arthur farmed until 1958, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served until his discharge in 1961. Arthur was a lifelong resident of Hardin County. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Eldora, and member of the American Legion Walter-Sayer Post No. 182. Woodworking and painting were among his favorites.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Klettke, of Eldora; three daughters, Joyce Lanxon of Iowa City, Shirley Reagan and Karen Peacock and husband Kent all of Omaha, Neb.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Granzow and husband Lowell of Eldora; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Richard Klettke; and one niece, Shiela Klettke.

Creps-Abels Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Lucille Foster
Published December 4, 2003

December 7, 1914 - November 28, 2003

ELDORA - Lucille T. Foster, 88, of Eldora died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003, at the Oakview Nursing Home in Conrad. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Ivester Church of the Brethren, rural Eldora, with Pastor Timothy Button-Harrison, Pastor Mary Jane Button-Harrison and Pastor Marlene Neher officiating. Burial followed in the Eldora City Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established.

Lucille was born Dec. 7, 1914, on her parents' farm in Ivester to Alfred and Jessie (Strickler) Moats. She received her education in the Grundy County Schools. On Feb. 10, 1937, Lucille was united in marriage to Charles Foster at the Ivester Church of the Brethren. She was a lifelong member of the Ivester Church of the Brethren, where she was a librarian, taught the Cradle Roll Sunday school class and was a member of the Cheerful Helper Sunday school class until her death. Lucille was a farm wife, worked at many jobs at the Hardin County Home and did house cleaning for many families in the Eldora area. She worked as a Kiwanis wife at the Hardin County Fair and the Turn About Shop in Eldora. For 17 years, she was employed at the Red Door Hobby Shop in Eldora. Lucille was a founding member and present member of the Kappa Iota Club.

Survivors include one daughter, Phyllis Harner and husband Bill of Eldora; one son, Richard and wife Lori of Pinellas Park, Fla.; two grandchildren, Doug Harner and wife Kathy of Chicago, Ill., and Traci Chandler and husband Paul of Rogers, Minn.; three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leo Moats and Millard Moats and wife Etta all of Grundy Center; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her parents; one brother, Earl; and two sisters, Elva Large and Gladys Daleske.

Creps-Abels Funeral Home of Eldora was in charge of arrangements.


Doris Van Patter
Published December 4, 2003

March 3, 1918 - November 28, 2003

ELDORA - Doris M. Van Patter, 85, of Eldora died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003, at Valley View Nursing Center in Eldora. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eldora with Pastor Corey Larson officiating. Burial followed at the Eldora City Cemetery in Eldora. Memorials may be directed to the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Doris was born March 3, 1918, at home on the farm north of Hubbard to Edgar and Mildred (Perry) Van Patter. During her childhood, the family moved to a farm southwest of Eldora. Doris then graduated from the Pleasant Center country school in rural Eldora. She began babysitting in 1942, and helped to care for many children of families in the Eldora area. Doris helped her parents on the farm until 1971, when they moved to Eldora. She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Traveling, family and friends were among her favorites.

Survivors include one brother, Keith Van Patter, and wife Patricia of Eldora; one nephew, Dennis Van Patter of Lakewood, Colo.; and one niece, Linda Thornton and husband Harley of Des Moines.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Creps-Abels Funeral Home of Eldora was in charge of arrangements.


Wilma E. Fredericks
Published December 4, 2003

May 14, 1913 - November 26, 2003

HAMPTON - Wilma E. Fredericks, 90, of Hampton died Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the Franklin General Hospital Nursing Facility in Hampton. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton with Rev. Karl Bollhagen officiating. Burial was in the Hampton Cemetery.

Wilma was born May 14, 1913, in Latimer to George and Martha (Lemke) Meyer. She was raised in the Latimer area and attended St. Paul's Lutheran School in Latimer, graduating in 1927. On Oct. 3, 1934, she was united in marriage to Clarence Fredericks at Latimer. Wilma was employed as a nurse's aid at the Hampton Care Center, and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton.

Survivors include two brothers, LeRoy Meyer of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Gerald Meyer of Detroit Lakes; and one sister, Joyce Braton of Hawley, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence; one daughter, Janice; one brother, Melvin Meyer; three sisters, Leona Abbas, Idella Holand and Donna Mae Eid.

Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home of Hampton was in charge of arrangements.


Orville N. Gaulke
Published December 4, 2003

July 29, 1905 - November 24, 2003

IOWA FALLS-Orville Newton Gaulke, 98, of Iowa Falls died Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at the Heritage Care Center at Iowa Falls. Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 28, at the Bethany Lutheran Church, Iowa Falls, with the Reverend Brian King officiating. Burial followed at the Morgan Township Cemetery in Franklin County.

Orville was born July 29, 1905, on his parents' farm in Morgan Township, the son of Theodore and Sarah (Bauge) Gaulke. He attended the Dows Public Schools graduating with the class of 1923; four years at Ellsworth College, graduating with the class of 1927; and also the University of Iowa, Iowa City, receiving his master's in business. On May 2, 1925, he was united in marriage to Vera L. Smalldridge at Webster City. Orville taught at Modale, Owasa, Pontiac, Ill., and Kenosha, Wis.; and then took a professorship with his alma mater, Ellsworth College, Iowa Falls, from 1947 to 1970 when he retired. He was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church.

Survivors include three sons: Alan Gaulke of Iowa Falls, Maurice Gaulke and wife Marlene of Ackley, Richard Gaulke and wife Sharon of Iowa Falls; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Avron Gaulke and wife Marianne of Clarion; and one sister, Donnabelle Rosburg of San Pablo, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vera; one granddaughter, Mary Kay Gaulke; two sisters, Edna Bauge and Inez Bailey; and four brothers, Harry, Lewis, Leo and Fay Gaulke.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 12/05/2003


Doris H. Faris
Published December 6, 2003

March 25, 1925 - December 1, 2003

NEW PROVIDENCE - Doris H. Faris, 78, formerly of rural New Providence, died at Scenic Manor in Iowa Falls Monday, Dec. 1, 2003. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Honey Creek New Providence Friends Church in New Providence. Burial followed in the New Providence Cemetery. Memorials may be directed in her name to the North Iowa Hospice or the Honey Creek New Providence Friends Church.

Doris was born March 25, 1925, in Iowa Falls daughter of Carl H. and Ruth (Leonard) Meyer. She was raised and educated in the Iowa Falls area where she graduated from the Iowa Falls High School in 1943 and Ellsworth Community College in 1946. Following her graduation, Doris taught school in New Providence for the third and fourth grade classes. On June 1, 1948, in Iowa Falls, Doris was united in marriage to Bob Faris. Doris and Bob made their home in rural New Providence for many years where they both actively operated their family farm. She was an avid fan of the Iowa State Cyclones and enjoyed all sports, but especially enjoyed watching her daughter, Carol Ann, play softball. Doris was a member of the Honey Creek New Providence Friends Church where she served on the ladies auxiliary, the funeral committee and played in the Friday afternoon "Green Jade" card club.

Doris is survived by her husband, Bob, of Iowa Falls; her daughter, Carol Ann and husband David Wilson, of Saskatoon, Saskachewan, Canada, and her grandchildren, Megan and Ryan Wilson, both of Saskatoon.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Ruth.


Edna C. Jacobs
Published December 6, 2003

January 28, 1907 - December 3, 2003

CEDAR FALLS - Edna C. Jacobs, 96, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Waterloo, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at the Cedar Falls Lutheran Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 6, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Cedar Falls with burial in the Garden of Memories. Friends may call at the church one hour before service time. Memorials may be given to the Cedar Falls Lutheran Home.

Edna was born Jan. 28, 1907, in Popejoy to William and Ida Marie (Meyer) Beurer. She graduated from the Iowa Falls High School. In 1926, she was united in marriage to Peter Finger. She was married to Jesse Jacobs in 1957. Edna was employed as bookkeeper at Superior Welding for 24 years, retiring in 1973.

Survivors include two sisters, Jeannine Dawson and husband Dick of Donna, Texas, and Marilyn Oliver and husband Robert of Machesney Park, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Anita Beurer and Leone Sievers; and two brothers, Louis and William Beurer.

Parrott and Wood Chapel of Memories of Waterloo is in charge of arrangements.


Edna Hartman
Published December 6, 2003

March 3, 1913 - November 28, 2003

STEAMBOAT ROCK - Edna Hartman, 90, of Lacombe, La., formerly of Steamboat Rock, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003, at the Lacombe Nursing Center in Lacombe. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Steamboat Rock, with burial in the Steamboat Rock Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the church on Wednesday.

Edna was born March 3, 1913, in Stahl, Mo., to Franklin and Eva (Lipp) Lewis. On Aug. 17, 1940, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Hartman at Cedar Rapids. She was a member of Bayou Baptist Church of Slidell, La., the president and oldest member of the "Keenagers," a senior citizen organization, and for years assisted in the collection of school supplies for needy children. Edna was a homemaker, beautician, clerk in Black's Department Store in Waterloo and a caregiver for her daughter-in-law, Marilyn Hartman, who suffered a stroke in 1999.

Survivors include three sons, Sterling Hartman of Slidell, Kenneth Hartman of Redfield and Richard Hartman of Layton, Utah; two grandsons; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth; five sisters; and two brothers.

Surls Funeral Home of Iowa Falls is in charge of arrangements.


Lucy E. Steinfeldt
Published December 6, 2003

May 7, 1910 - December 2, 2003

ELDORA - Lucy E. Steinfeldt, 93, of Eldora died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls. Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 5, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Eldora with Pastor David Splett officiating. Burial was at the Eldora City Cemetery.

Lucy was born May 7, 1910, in Eldora to Thomas and Minnie (Evans) Reece. She was raised in Eldora, graduating from Eldora High School. On Nov. 26, 1935, Lucy was united in marriage to Clarence Steinfeldt at Eldora. The couple made their home southeast of Eldora where they farmed. In 1962, they moved to Eldora. Lucy was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid and was a member of the Farm Bureau Women.

Survivors include her son, Larry Steinfeldt and wife Maggie of Eldora; grandchildren, Sharm Manwiller and Grant Steinfeldt and wife Kara, of Eldora; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; her parents; one grandson, Ryan Steinfeldt; one sister, Anna Brock; and one brother, Grover Reece.

Creps-Abels Funeral Home of Eldora was in charge of arrangements.


Esther L. Rieken
Published December 6, 2003

June 4, 1923 - December 4, 2003

WELLSBURG - Esther L. Rieken, 80, of Wellsburg, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at Heritage Care Center in Iowa Falls. Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, northwest of Wellsburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Esther was born June 4, 1923, in rural Ackley to John and Anna (Oelmann) Kappel. She was raised near Ackley. On Nov. 18, 1944, Esther was united in marriage to Lester Rieken at St. Peter's United Church of Christ. Esther was a homemaker and farm wife, living most of her adult life on the family farm located five miles north of Wellsburg. She was a member of St. Peter's where she was involved with various womens groups and was a youth leader with her husband for several years. Painting and ceramics were among her favorites.

Survivors include one son, Duane Rieken and wife Kristen of Ackley; one brother, Robert Kappel and wife Beverly of Ackley; four grandchildren, Tara Rieken, Erin Murphy, Annesley Miller and Jennifer Aldinger; and three great-grandchildren, Cadence Harms, Layne Aldinger and Haylee Aldinger.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester; her parents; three sisters, Sophie Bartling, Ann Bohlman and Nettie Bohlman; and three brothers, Wallace, George and Hannis Kappel.

Doyen-Abels Funeral Home in Wellsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 12/08/2003


Carl D. Johnson
Published December 9, 2003

May 21, 1926 - December 5, 2003

COULTER - Carl D. Johnson, 77, of Coulter died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at the Franklin General Hospital in Hampton. Memorial services will be Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the Morgan United Methodist Church, rural Dows, with Rev. David Gobeli officiating. Inurnment will be in the Coulter Cemetery.

Carl was born May 21, 1926, in Alden, Minn., to Orin and Elfreda (Johnson) Johnson. He attended the Lakota Public Schools. Carl served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during WWII, from 1943 - 1945, as a motor machinist mate on the LSM 311. He received the purple heart when he was wounded while participating in the Battle of Leyte Island. On June 11, 1949, he was united in marriage to Avis Mitchell in Mason City. Carl was a member of the Morgan United Methodist Church. He was employed by the Maytag Co. in Hampton as an industrial engineer, retiring in 1982. After his retirement, he owned and operated Mother's Place in Coulter, where he enjoyed playing pepper and cribbage. Gardening, woodworking and being a grandpa to the local kids were among his favorites.

Survivors include his wife, Avis, of Coulter; three sons, Greg of Winthrop, Mass., Tim of Dows, and Jeff and wife Julie of Ames; two daughters, Kris, and husband Dennis Pardikes of Palos Park, Ill., and Linda Johnson of Santa Cruz, Calif.; three sisters, Betty Johnson of Mesa, Ariz., Marilyn Scott of Oceanside, Calif., Marge Koppen of Augusta, Ga.; two brothers, Harlan of California, Orin (Satch) Johnson Jr. of Red Wing, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Dan; and one sister, Edele Parker.

Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home of Hampton is in charge of arrangements.


James E. Coonley
Published December 9, 2003

March 27, 1910 - December 8, 2003

HAMPTON - James E. Coonley, 93, of Hampton died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton. Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the Hampton United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Miller and Rev. Jon Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 3-8 p.m. at the Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton.

James was born March 27, 1910, in Iowa City to John and Sadie (Trier) Coonley Sr. He graduated from the Hampton High School. James was united in marriage to Joan M. Wilson. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1934 after studying under Judge Evans, then Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. James was Franklin County Attorney from 1935 - 1943, and during that time prosecuted the first successful drunken driving case using a blood test as evidence of intoxication. He was the Hampton City Attorney from 1972 until the present time. James was licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He was past president of the Franklin County Bar Association and was also active at the state level with the Iowa State Bar Association. He practiced law uninterrupted for 69 years and was still active in the practice of law at Coonley & Coonley Law Firm up to the time of his death. James was involved in several banking organizations over the years, culminating in the formation of United Bank and Trust Company. He was chairman of the board for the bank at the time of his death. James was a member of Anchor Lodge No. 191 and was also a member of the El Kahir Shrine. He was past president of the Hampton Kiwanis Club. James was a member of the Hampton United Methodist Church. His hobbies included horseback riding, golf and travel.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Mary Coonley, of Hampton; one son, John E. Coonley and wife Elaine of Hampton; two grandsons, John Coonley Jr. and Philip Coonley, both of Hampton; two nieces, Laurie Warfel of Wheaton, Ill., and Jennifer LaBonte of Payson, Ariz.; one nephew, Mike Wilson of Iowa City; and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Cleve Wilson and wife Marilyn of Parkersburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, James Jr., and Craig; and two brothers, Bob and John.


Irving J. Faust
Published December 9, 2003

September 20, 1910 - November 30, 2003

HUBBARD - Irving John Faust, 93, of Hubbard died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, in Mesa, Ariz. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 6, at Salem United Methodist Church in Hubbard, with Rev. Ron Ridgway officiating. Burial was in the Hubbard Cemetery.

Irving was born Sept. 20, 1910, to John and Amelia (Wehmeier) Faust on a farm north of Hubbard. He attended school in Hubbard and played on Hubbard's first football team. After graduating in 1928, Irving attended North Central College at Naperville, Ill. While at North Central, he became a member of the men's college chorus. After college, Irving returned to Hubbard to farm with his father and brother. On Aug. 31, 1939, he was united in marriage to Jane Anderson at Randall. Irving was a life long member of the Evangelical Church in Hubbard, singing with the church choir for over 60 years, and with his brother, Harold, sang for funerals, wedding and celebrations. He served as Sunday school superintendent and was a member of the Iowa Falls Male Chorus. Irving served on the Hubbard Elevator Coop Board and on several insurance boards. His winter retirement years were spent in Mesa.

Survivors include his wife, Jane, of Hubbard; two daughters, Ruth Jacobs of Keene, NH, and Lois Linn of Dallas, Texas; three granddaughters, Amelia Jacobs, Sara Linn and Jennifer Barefoot; four grandsons, Jay Jocobs, Toby Gregory, Taber Meier and Chris Meier; and three great-grandchildren, Oliver Jacobs, Nicholas and Erin Meier; one sister, Clara Krukow of Hampton; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one daughter, Judith Eileen; three sisters, Anna Arensmeier, Esther Reifschneider and one sister in infancy; and one brother, Harold Faust.

Boeke Funeral Home of Hubbard was in charge of arrangements.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 12/10/2003


Beatrice Kramer
Published December 13, 2003

July 7, 1923 - December 10, 2003

OMAHA, Neb. - Beatrice "Bea" Carol Kramer, 80, of Omaha, Neb., formerly of Hampton, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at her home. Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton with Rev. Karl Bollhagen officiating. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 1-3 p.m. at the Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton. Memorials may be made to either Trinity Lutheran Church, Hampton, or the local Alzheimer's Association.

Bea was born July 7, 1923, at Thornton to Marius and Carrie Christensen. She grew up in the Thornton area. On Jan. 6, 1939, she was united in marriage to Pete Kramer. The couple farmed in the Thornton/Sheffield area in the early years of their marriage, until moving to Hampton in 1955. Bea was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She moved to Parsons House in Omaha in 2001, and resided there until her death.

Survivors include three sons, Delbert Kramer of Des Moines, Larry Kramer and wife Janet of Omaha, and Rick Kramer of Denver, Colo.; six grandchildren; one brother, Dick Christensen of Rockwell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete; her parents; and two brothers, Marvin Christensen and Buford Christensen.


Ray J. Rosine
Published December 13, 2003

December 19, 1943 - December 5, 2003

ELDORA - Ray J. Rosine, 59, of Eldora died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. Following cremation at Pursel-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory, memorial services will be Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Dorothy's Senior Citizens Center in Eldora. Memorials may be directed in his name to the family.

Ray was born Dec. 19, 1943, in Hardin County to Richard and Cecelia (Ansleme) Rosine. He was raised and educated in Eldora where he attended and graduated from the Eldora High School in 1962. Following graduation, he attended the University of Northern Iowa. Ray entered the U.S. Air Force and traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe during his 22-year career, retiring in 1987. He was employed as a carrier for the Waterloo Courier and did volunteer work for the Share program in Eldora.

Survivors include his father, Richard W. Rosine of Eldora; two sisters, Phyllis Kellogg of Des Moines and Linda Horton of Eldora; one brother, Richard Dean Rosine and wife Jenelle of Des Moines; four nephews, Chris Horton Jr., Willie Kellogg, Joe Kellogg and Mike Horton; one niece, Trisha Cole; and one great-nephew, Williamray Cole.

He was preceded in death by his mother; one brother-in-law, Chris; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Biersborn Funeral Home in Union has been entrusted with arrangements.


John Neubauer Jr.
Published December 13, 2003

September 8, 1922 - December 11, 2003

ALDEN-John E. Neubauer Jr., 81, of Alden died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls. Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Alden with Rev. Rick Layman officiating. Burial will be at the Alden Cemetery. Visitation is Sunday, from 2 - 4 p.m. at Surls Funeral Home in Alden. Military rites will be conducted by the Collins-Dunning American Legion Post No. 201 of Alden.

John was born Sept. 8, 1922, in Donna, Texas, to John and Dora (Macham) Neubauer Sr. He attended school in Donna before moving to Alden when he was 16. On Oct. 9, 1942, he married Mary Nicholas at the United Methodist Church in Owasa. John served in the U.S. Army during World War II, under General Patton building bridges. John had worked for area farmers, Chetwood N & N Sinclair, and then for Dave Lancaster Fabrication. He enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Mary of Alden; three sons, Duaine of Jacksonville, Fla., Chester and Laurence both of Alden; two daughters, Carol Harms of Alden and Donna Young of Mt. Ayr; 16 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Surls Funeral Home in Alden is in charge of arrangements.


Darlene Heetland
Published December 13, 2003

May 16, 1938 - December 9, 2003

ACKLEY - Darlene Mae Heetland, 65, of Ackley died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minn. Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, rural Ackley with Rev. Tim Diehl and Rev. Larry Hoop officiating. Burial will be at the Faith Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Ackley.

Darlene was born May 16, 1938, in rural Grundy County to Alvin and Grace (Muller) Stahl. She received her education in country school and graduated from Grundy Center High School in 1956. After graduation she worked at the Grundy Center grocery store. Darlene joined the Colfax Center Presbyterian Church on March 17, 1956. On Dec. 15, 1958, Darlene married Virgil Heetland at Colfax Presbyterian Church. She was a homemaker and farm wife on the couple's farm south of Ackley. She enjoyed music and for many years gave piano lessons. She worked in the activities department at the Presbyterian Village from 1990 - 97 and at the Muller's Tea Room after that. She was more recently employed at the Sietsema Funeral Home. Darlene was a charter member of the Faith Presbyterian Church where she was an organist, Sunday school teacher, women's Bible study leader, church financial secretary and WIC officer. She was also a coordinator for the Rural Activities Program and an active member of Fellowship of Christian Farmers.

Survivors include her husband, Virgil, of Ackley; a daughter Valerie Cook and husband Jeff of Hubbard; four sons, Lynn and wife Lynette of Waukee, Gary and wife Lorna of Ackley, Kendall and wife Maria of North Aurora, Ill., and Rodney and girlfriend Jamie Weeks of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 10 grandchildren, her parents; three brothers, Larry Stahl and wife Carolyn of Grundy Center, Dennis Stahl and wife Margaret of Grundy Center and Curtis Stahl and wife Peg of Holland.

Sietsema Funeral Home of Ackley is handling arrangements.


Tressa L. Hutzell
Published December 13, 2003

June 7, 1908 - December 8, 2003

ELDORA - Tressa L. Hutzell, 95, of Eldora, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at her home. Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 12, at Grace United Methodist Church at Floyd. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery in Floyd.

Tressa was born June 7, 1908, in Floyd to Edward and Nellie Mapes. She was raised in Floyd where she graduated from high school. On June 27, 1931, Tressa was united in marriage to Glenn Hutzell. The couple made their home in Eldora. She had been employed by the Lundy, Butler and Lundy Law Firm, Hardin County Clerk of Courts Office and retired from Sween Law Office at the age of 90. Tressa was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Floyd and enjoyed her pets and wildlife of all kinds.

Survivors include her two step-daughters, Darlene Doud of Tucson, Ariz., and Betty Hess and husband Gerald of Grundy Center; and by close friends, Rod and Michelle Ryan of Eldora and their daughters, Danille Butler and Lacey Ryan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn; her parents; and sisters, Theodora and Esther.

Creps-Abels Funeral Home in Eldora was in charge of arrangements.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 12/21/2003


Byron Pommrehn
Published December 17, 2003

September 25, 1958 - December 7, 2003

ORANGE CITY, Fla. - Byron Jon Pommrehn, 45, of Orange City, Fla., formerly of Alden, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, at his home. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m. at Immanuel Memorial United Church of Christ in Alden with Rev. Bob Miller officiating.

Byron was born Sept. 25, 1958, to Leland and Arlene Pommrehn. He attended Alden Community School, graduating in 1977. Byron attended Ellsworth Community College for two years and North Iowa Area Community College, where he received his degree in law enforcement. In 1986, he was united in marriage to Nancy Overmohle. The couple lived in Mason City before moving to Orlando, Fla., where he worked as a security officer for Lockheed Martin Corp. until his health prevented him from working. Byron was active with the Boy Scouts. He was a member and an assistant scoutmaster of the Boy Scout Troop No. 610. He enjoyed working with kids, fishing, camping, watching football and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy, of Orange City; two sons, Andrew and Matthew, both of Orange City; one daughter, Melissa of Orange City; five brothers, Leroy and wife Carol of Des Moines, Leland and wife Lorna of St. Louis Park, Minn., Jerry and wife Mary Jo of Alden, Lyle and wife LuAnn of Rockford, and Gary and wife Lori of Alden; one sister, Jerrlyn Imsland and husband Rodney of Holly Springs, N.C.; his father-in-law and mother-in law, Leo and Rosemary Overmohle; and 49 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; maternal and paternal grandparents; and two brothers, William and Robert Pommrehn.


Ida Meyer
Published December 17, 2003

July 1, 1912 - December 14, 2003

ACKLEY - Ida Meyer, 91, of Ackley died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at Heritage Care Center in Iowa Falls. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 1:30 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Ackley with Intern Mark Kvale officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ackley.

Ida was born July 1, 1912, in Grundy County to Ludwig and Ida (Matthies) Cordes. She attended Spring Valley School in Geneva Township in Franklin County. On March 12, 1932, she was united in marriage to Lloyd E. Meyer in Dumont. The couple farmed north of Ackley for 42 years. Ida was a homemaker and helped with the farm work. She was a charter member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and Church Women. In 1974, they moved to Ackley, where she lived until moving to Heritage Care Center on July 27, 1998. Ida enjoyed crafts, crocheting, flower gardens and baking for her grandchildren.

Survivors include one daughter, Frances Fritz, and husband Marvin of Ackley; one son, Harvey Meyer, and wife Karen of Valentine, Neb.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Sophia Homan of Des Moines; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lloyd; five sisters, Johanna Janssen, Nellie Witte, Helena Tack, Louise Devries and Anna Kampman; three brothers, Henry, Louie and Chris Cordes; and one grandson, Mark Fritz.

Sietsema Funeral Home of Ackley is in charge of arrangements.


Eleanor Anderson
Published December 17, 2003

April 2, 1916 - December 13, 2003

HAMPTON - Eleanor L. Anderson, 87, of Hampton died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, at Franklin General Hospital Nursing Facility in Hampton. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Hampton United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Miller officiating. Burial was in the Hampton Cemetery.

Eleanor was born April 2, 1916, at Hampton to William and Loetta (Klousia) Shaefer. She was educated in the Hampton High School and went on to graduate from Iowa State Teachers' College in Cedar Falls with a teaching degree. In 1948, Eleanor was married to Carl Hutt in Omaha, Neb. She was united in marriage to Wilmer Anderson in 1976 in Hampton. Eleanor was a teacher for 31 years, employed the last 18 years by the Hampton Community School District in the elementary department. She was a member of the Hampton United Methodist Church, HOA Club, SOS Club and the KYC Mothers' Club.

Survivors include her husband, Wilmer Anderson of Hampton; one son, Bill Hutt of Iowa City; two stepsons, Bryan Anderson and wife Valerie of Hampton and Jim Hutt and wife Bev of Sioux Falls, S.D.; two stepdaughters, Barb Heilskov and husband John of Hampton and Carleen Cypert and husband Bill of West Covina, Calif.; and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Carl Hutt; and one stepdaughter, Delores Duinkerkin.

Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home of Hampton was in charge of arrangements.


Rosemary Snider
Published December 17, 2003

May 15, 1931 - December 15, 2003

HAMPTON - Rosemary Snider, 72, of Hampton died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at the Franklin General Hospital in Hampton. Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at the Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton with Pastor David Nelson officiating. Burial will be in the Hampton Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Dec. 17, from 4 - 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Rosemary was born on May 15, 1931, in Hampton to Randolph and Maude (Lumley) Zeiger. She was educated in the Swaledale School System in Swaledale. Rosemary was united in marriage to Ivol Snider, and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Methodist church. Rosemary enjoyed taking nature walks, playing cards, dancing and spending time with her family.

Survivors include one son, Kirk Mathews and wife Liz of Hampton; two daughters, Karmen Mc Pherren of Clear Lake and Jolene Huinker and husband Larry of West Union; her special friend, Joe Boelkes of Hampton; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ivol; and one brother, Doug.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 12/17/2003


Lloyd Palmitier
Published December 20, 2003

April 13, 1919 - December 18, 2003

CRESTON - Lloyd L. Palmitier, 84, of Creston died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, at his home in Creston. Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 22, at the First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Elm St., Creston, with Rev. Clark Finehout officiating. Interment will be Monday, Dec. 22, at 4 p.m. at the East Lawn Memory Gardens east of Eldora. Graveside military rites will be by the Walter Sayer American Legion Past No. 182 and the Roll Harless VFW Post No. 3984, both of Eldora. The family will receive friends Sunday, Dec. 21, from 2 - 8 p.m. at the Powers Funeral Home, 601 New York Ave., Creston. Memorials may be directed to the Creston United Methodist Church or the Green Valley Hospice.

Lloyd was born April 13, 1919, in Sioux City to Lloyd R. and Cora (Ketchmark) Palmitier. He graduated from Stuart High School in 1938. On May 4, 1941, he was united in marriage to Betty L. Crippen in Eldora. Lloyd served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre during WWII while Betty made her home in Eldora. After his discharge in 1945, Lloyd was employed by the Jefferson Bus Co. in Minneapolis, Minn. They moved back to Eldora, and he started working for the Iowa Electric Light and Power Co. In 1968, he transferred to Creston, where he served as the District Manager, retiring in 1981. Lloyd served on the Creston City Council. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Elk's Lodge, and the Theodore J. Martens Post No. 1797 VFW, all of Creston. He was formerly a member of the Creston Rotary, the Eldora Kiwanis Club, and was past president of the Creston Chamber of Commerce and the Crestmoor Golf Club. He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge of Eldora.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of Creston; three sons, David and wife Marcia of Ankeny, Steven and wife Teresa of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Jack and wife Joy of Creston; one daughter, Cheri May and husband Dan of Adams, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Theodora Weeks; and two brothers, LaVerne and Bobby Palmitier.


Golda Hansen
Published December 20, 2003

April 22, 1905 - December 16, 2003

HAMPTON - Golda Hansen, 98, of Hampton died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at the Franklin General Nursing Facility in Hampton. Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 19, at the Hampton United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Miller officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Golda was born April 22, 1905, at West Bend to Harvey and Ada Sloan. She was raised at West Bend and graduated from West Bend High School. Golda was united in marriage to John Hansen in Cedar Falls, and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Hampton United Methodist Church, the Amvets Auxiliary and NARF.

Survivors include one son, Roger Hansen and wife JoAnn of Hampton; two grandsons, Jim Hansen of Mt. Vernon and Doug Hansen of Carlsbad, Calif.; three great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Mae Daubendick of Decorah, Grace Lawman of Somers, Dorothy Butcher of Des Moines and Mabel Post of Belle Fourche, S.D.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; four sisters; and one brother.

Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home of Hampton was in charge of arrangements.


Kathryn Bradley
Published December 20, 2003

March 8, 1952 - December 17, 2003

HAMPTON - Kathryn Inez Bradley, 51, of Hampton died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at her home in Hampton. Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m. at the Abundant Life Chapel in Dows with Rev. Bruce Klapp officiating. Burial will be in the Northlawn Memorial Garden Cemetery in Iowa Falls.

Kathryn was born March 8, 1952, at Iowa Falls to James and Frances (Braun) Bradley. She was raised in Iowa Falls and graduated from Iowa Falls High School and Medical Institute of Minnesota. Kathryn was employed by the Drop-In Center in Hampton as activity coordinator peer. She was a member of the Abundant Life Chapel in Dows. She was a Sunday school teacher for many years. Kathryn enjoyed cats, collecting cat memorabilia, playing cards, teaching Bible quiz classes and spending time with family.

Survivors include six brothers, Douglas and wife Mary, and Craig and wife Gina, all of Alden, Dennis and wife Laura, and Scott and wife Brenda, all of Popejoy, Danny and wife Jean, and Thomas and special friend Mary Schaefer, all of Iowa Falls; one sister, Cynthia Johnson and husband Butch of Hampton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, maternal and paternal grandparents; and two infant nephews.

Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home of Hampton is in charge of arrangements.


Darrell Leedom
Published December 20, 2003

September 11, 1938 - December 16, 2003

HAGERMAN, Idaho - Darrell Lloyd Leedom, 65, of Hagerman, Idaho, formerly of Iowa Falls, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at the Parkview Nursing and Rehab Center in Waterloo. Darrell's remains will be cremated and there are no immediate services planned. Memorials may be directed to his family in care of his son, Kevin Leedom, 25306 Liberty Road, Maryville, Mo. 64468.

Darrell was born Sept. 11, 1938, at Kirksville, Mo., to Lloyd and Vina (Findling) Leedom. He attended the Novinger Community Schools in Novinger, Mo. Darrell served with the Iowa Army National Guard from 1956 - 1959, serving with the Headquarters Battery 554th FA Battalion in Des Moines. In 1957, he was married to Bernice Rowland. Darrell was a meat cutter for Farmland Foods in Iowa Falls until its closing. He then worked for several other meatpacking plants until he owned and operated the Yorktown Locker in Yorktown, and then the Bedford Locker in Bedford.

Survivors include one son, Kevin Leedom and wife Kelly of Maryville, Mo.; one daughter, Darla Nelson and husband Lance of West Jordan, Utah; one grandson, Dakota Leedom of Clarinda; four step-grandchildren, Adam, Aaron and Megan Dennis and Austen Mozier, all of Maryville; three sisters, Linda Eastman and companion Mick Hanks of Mountain Home, Idaho, Mary Wilburn and husband Dave of Twin Falls, Idaho, Bonnie Deitrick and husband Jim of Kimberly, Idaho; two brothers, Bill Leedom and wife Linda of Filer, Idaho, and Bob Leedom of Gerome, Idaho.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Betty Wageman; and one brother, Donald Leedom.

The Linn's Funeral Homes Iowa Falls Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Jessie Kothenbeutel
Published December 20, 2003

April 25, 1914 - December 17, 2003

ROGERS, Ark. - Jessie "Mabel" Dodd Kothenbeutel, 89, of Rogers, Ark., died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at Beverly Health Care Center in Rogers. Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Chapin United Methodist Church in Chapin with Rev. R. Karl Watkins officiating. Burial will be at the Wayside Cemetery in Chapin.
Mabel was born April 25, 1914, to Will and Estella Dodd in Ross Township. She lived west of Chapin until her marriage to Lester Kothenbeutel in October 1935. The couple farmed west of Chapin, and later moved to Chapin. In 1996, Mabel moved to Springdale, Ark., to be near her family. She was employed for 26 years as a cook in the Chapin school and was active in her local church.

Survivors include one son, Warren Kothenbeutel and wife Chris of Aurora, Colo.; one daughter Norma Ubben and husband Kenneth of Springdale; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Harold Dodd and Lloyd Dodd, both of Hampton.

Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home of Hampton was in charge of arrangements.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 12/21/2003


Burdine R. Hahn
Published December 24, 2003

December 16, 1920 - December 21, 2003

HAMPTON - Burdine R. Hahn, 83, of Hampton died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Faith Baptist Church in Hampton with Rev. Steve Anderson officiating. Burial was in the Allison Cemetery in Allison.

Burdine was born Dec. 16, 1920, at Allison to Ray and Leola (Hutchison) Hahn. He was raised in the Bristow area and graduated from the Bristow High School. On Feb. 20, 1946, Burdine was united in marriage to Maxine Cuvelier at Dumont. He was a farmer and was later employed by the City of Hampton. Burdine was an active member of Faith Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school. Baseball and family time together were among his favorites things.

Survivors include wife Maxine of Hampton; three daughters, Lynda Robinson of Woodberry, Minn., Myrna Minger of Dallas Center and Mary J. Hahn of Amery, Wis.; one son, Dana J. Hahn of Anchorage, Alaska; two sisters, Maxine Chestnut of Clarksville and Betty Weiland of Dumont; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, one sister, and one infant brother.

Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home of Hampton was in charge of arrangements.


David A. Young Jr.
Published December 24, 2003

February 8, 1971 - December 19, 2003

ADEL - David Arlo "Gunner" Young Jr., 32, of Adel, formerly of Iowa Falls, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at Worthington, Minn. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Bethel Baptist Church in Iowa Falls with Rev. Steven Hill officiating. Burial was at the Friends Cemetery in Iowa Falls.

David was born Feb. 8, 1971, in Iowa Falls to Dave and Mariann (Endriss) Young. He graduated from Iowa Falls High School in 1989, and attended Ellsworth Community College. David was employed as a lab technician at Intervet in Adel.

Survivors include his parents, Dave and Mariann Young of Iowa Falls; one brother, Larry and wife Julyn of Ackley; one nephew, Jacob Young of Ackley; one niece, Abbie Young of Ackley; and his grandmother, Amy Endriss of Sheffield.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Rolland Endriss, and grandmother, Dixie Lowery Jones.

Surls Funeral Home of Iowa Falls was in charge of arrangements.


Shirley Rechkemmer
Published December 24, 2003

June 11, 1930 - December 21, 2003

HAMPTON - Shirley Mae Rechkemmer, 73, of Hampton died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at the Franklin General Hospital in Hampton. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hampton with Rev. Marlys Ruth officiating. Burial will be at the Hampton Cemetery in Hampton.

Shirley was born June 11, 1930, in Morrison to Earl and Jenny (Miller) Gallaher. She was raised in the Fayette area and graduated from Fayette High School and Iowa State College. On Sept. 10, 1950, Shirley was united in marriage to William Rechkemmer at Fayette. She was employed by the Department of Transportation, drivers license office. Shirley was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, where she was active in the women's fellowship group. Traveling and collecting Hummels and angels were among her favorites.

Survivors include her husband, William, of Hampton; one daughter, Vicki Myer, of Albuquerque, N.M.; one brother, Wally Gallaher of Arvada, Colo.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton is in charge of arrangements.


Dena Lindeman
Published December 24, 2003

June 13, 1903 - December 19, 2003

APLINGTON - Dena Lindeman, 100, of Aplington died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at the Presbyterian Village in Ackley. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Christian Reformed Church in Parkersburg with Rev. Frank Pott officiating. Interment was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Aplington. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Dena was born June 13, 1903, in Butler County to Harm and Swanetta (Mulder) Kramer. She received her education at a rural school in Grundy County, near Aplington. On Feb. 25, 1931, Dena was united in marriage to William Lindeman at her parents' home in Parkersburg. The couple settled on a farm two miles west of Buck Grove. In 1949, they moved to Aplington. Dena was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Parkersburg, where she served on the Ladies Aid and was the oldest living member of the church. Dena was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, baking, caring for ill relatives and coffee visits with others.

Survivors include one son, Wenlyn Lindeman and wife Shirley of Iowa Falls; two granddaughters, Joie LaFrentz and husband Raef of Boston, Mass., and Wendy Lindeman of Dallas, Texas; one grandson, Michael Lindeman of Omaha, Neb.; one great-grandson, Nicholas Lindeman of Kansas City, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William; her parents; five brothers, Harm, Henry, John, Lambert and George Kramer; and six sisters, Swanetta Harms, Grace Oldenburger, Minnie Jansen, Sena Johnson, Tena Kramer, Trientje Wallerstein and one in infancy.
Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home of Parkersburg was in charge of arrangements.


Lyle Berven
Published December 24, 2003

September 6, 1916 - December 20, 2003

WEBSTER CITY - Lyle George Berven, 87, of Webster City died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 10:30 a.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Webster City with Rev. John Grebner and Rev. Doug Tiffany officiating. There will be visitation Wednesday at 9 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post No 191.

Lyle was born Sept. 6, 1916, on a farm south of Kamrar to Severt and Frankie (Blue) Berven. He received his education at Kamrar, graduating in 1934. Lyle was employed by Beams Manufacturing (Electrolux). On June 6, 1936, he was united in marriage to Viola Smith at Tarkio, Mo. In October of 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on a PT boat. Following his discharge, the couple operated a grocery store at Kamrar. In 1949, they started farming south of Kamrar on his parents' farm. They moved to Webster City in 2000. Lyle was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, charter member of the Kamrar Lions Club and past president, the Northeast Hamilton School Board and past president, and the American Legion Post No. 191 of Webster City.

Survivors include his wife, Viola, of Webster City; a son, Tim Berven and wife Kolleen of Webster City; a daughter, Christine Slauson and husband Joe of Alden; grandchildren, Roy and Gus Berven, Kyle Kain, Jennifer Holden, Jeannine Kuiper, Julie Gordon and Jon Slauson; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Boyd Berven of Webster City and Stanley Berven of Abilene, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Helen Wilson.

Foster Funeral Home of Webster City is in charge of arrangements.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 12/25/2003


LaDonna Viet
Published December 26, 2003

August 30, 1934 - December 22, 2003

HAMPTON - LaDonna Jean Viet, 69, of Hampton died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at the Belmond Medical Center in Belmond. Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. at the Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton with Rev. Richard Parker and Rev. Art Zewert officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Dumont Cemetery in Dumont.

LaDonna was born Aug. 30, 1934, in Franklin County to Raymond and Vera (Wells) Froning. She attended Hampton High School and received her GED from NIACC. On June 1, 1952, she was united in marriage to Galen Viet at Hampton. LaDonna was employed by Franklin General Hospital as a supervisor until her retirement. She was a member of the Neighborhood Bible Church in Hampton. She enjoyed going to rummage sales, fishing, working and decorating. Spending time with her grandchildren and her dog and vacationing at Clear Lake in the summer were among her favorites.

Survivors include her husband, Galen, of Hampton; two sons, Dennis and wife Linda and Randy and wife Holly, all of Hampton; two daughters, Kristie Meints and husband Jeff of Sheffield and Debra Plagge and husband Tony of Hampton; two sisters, Margaret Huisman of North Highlands, Calif., and Shirley Siems and husband Verlon of Hampton; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.


Leland F. Vinton
Published December 26, 2003

October 4, 1917 - December 23, 2003

ELDORA - Leland F. Vinton, 86, of Eldora died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at the Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls. Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 26, at the First United Methodist Church in Eldora with Pastor Anne Lippincott officiating. Burial followed at Eastlawn Memory Garden in Eldora.

Leland was born Oct. 4, 1917, in rural Whitten to Fred and Alice (Cakerice) Vinton. He graduated from Eldora High School and began farming in the Whitten area. On May 17, 1941, he was united in marriage to Dorwin R. McKenzie in Princeton, Mo. They remained in the Whitten area where Leland raised grain, hogs and cattle. He retired in the early 1980s, and they moved to Eldora where he remained until his death. Leland was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Farm Bureau.

Survivors include one daughter, Carol Sue Hollis and husband Gary of Tuscumbia, Mo.; three sons, David and wife Marlys of Indianola, Dan of Grundy Center, and Richard of Eldora; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Dorwin; his parents; two sisters, Lois Vinton and Carol Stonebrook; one brother, Darwin; and granddaughter, Roni Sue Winters.

Creps-Abels Funeral Home in Eldora was in charge of arrangements.


Oscar "O.T." Hassman
Published December 26, 2003

February 5, 1919 - December 21, 2003

ELDORA - Oscar "O.T." Hassman, 84, of Eldora died at his home Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003. Following cremation, memorial services will be Monday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Eldora with Pastor Anne Lippincott officiating. Private family interment will follow at the Eldora City Cemetery.

O.T. was born Feb. 5, 1919, in Seaton, Ill., to Emil and Mary (Rush) Hassman. He was raised in Albia, where he graduated from high school in 1937. O.T. was involved in track, running the hurdles. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Middle East between 1941 and 1945, based in Iran. On May 15, 1950, he was united in marriage to Pauline Dressen at Marshalltown. In 1953, he moved to Eldora where he worked as a railroad depot agent for M & St. L Railroad and then for the Chicago North Western Railroad. O.T. enjoyed whittling and was recognized by having several pictures of his hand carvings featured in a national whittling magazine called "Chip Chat." He played the saxophone and violin throughout his life. O.T. had been a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years.

Survivors include three daughters, Jill Street and husband David of Rockford, Mich., Carol Strait and Susan Hassman and husband Mark Johnson, all of Eldora; one son, Joe and wife Gerry of Duncomb; two brothers, Philip of Geneseo, N.Y., and Louis of Chaska, Minn.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Pauline; a son, Billy; a grandson, Ben; and a sister, Libby Shoeman.

Creps-Abels Funeral Home in Eldora is in charge of the arrangements.


Venita Mae Richtsmeier
Published December 26, 2003

December 22, 1946 - December 24, 2003

HAMPTON - Venita Mae Richtsmeier, 57, of rural Hampton died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Dec., 30 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hampton with Fr. Jim Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Dumont Cemetery in Dumont. The family will receive friends Monday, Dec. 29, from 4-8 p.m. at the Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Dumont.

Venita was born Dec. 22, 1946, in rural Butler County to Harold and Mae (Borneman) Richtsmeier. She was raised in the Dumont area. Venita graduated from the Dumont High School and attended college in Kansas. She farmed in the Hampton area. Venita was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Survivors include two sons, Chris Mahler and special friend Becky of Hampton and Evan Mahler and wife Carla of Washburn; one grandson, Zarek Mahler of Washburn; a sister-in-law, Donnabelle Richtsmeier of Des Moines; and her aunt and uncle, Raymond and Betty Wickham of Dumont.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Melvin.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 12/28/2003


Earl Eisentrager
Published December 30, 2003

March 14, 1920 - December 26, 2003

HAMPTON - Earl Leon Eisentrager, 83, of Hampton died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at the Presbyterian Village in Ackley. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 30, at the United Methodist Church in Sheffield with Rev. R. Karl Watkins officiating. Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield.

Earl was born March 14, 1920, rural Dumont, to Frank and Lela (Truax) Eisentrager. He graduated from the rural Dumont school. Earl served in the U.S. Army in the Western Pacific as a teletype operator from 1942 - 46. On Dec. 10, 1941, he was united in marriage to Mildred Rewerts at rural Ackley. Earl farmed in the Dumont and Aplington area until 1961 when they moved to a farm west of Chapin. In 1973, they moved to a farm northwest of Hampton. Earl was a member of the United Methodist Church in Chapin. After retirement, he enjoyed attending ballgames of his grandkids and showing them his livestock, and going south for the winter months.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred, of Ackley; four sons, Dean, Gene and wife Julie, Duane and wife Susan all of Hampton, and Galen and wife Marlene of Sheffield; five sisters, Lucille Cassmann and husband Leroy and Sharon Eilers and husband Nathan all of Hampton, Dorothy Bruns of Dumont, Phyllis Harms and husband Harold of Bristow, and Beverly Folkens and husband Henry of New Hartford; two brothers, Dale and wife Mary Ann of Bristow, and Richard and wife Esther of Dumont; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one stepbrother.

Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton was in charge of arrangements.


Ervin L. Diekman

August 31, 1922 - December 24, 2003

APLINGTON - Ervin L. Diekman, 81, of Aplington died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 27, at the First Presbyterian Church in Aplington with Rev. Greg Smith officiating.

Ervin was born Aug. 31, 1922, to George and Anna (Wiegman) Diekman near Kesley in Butler County. He graduated from Aplington High School, and attended Luther College for two years. Ervin played baseball and football in high school and college. He joined the U.S. Army on March 4, 1943, and served in Europe during WWII with an Army field hospital, and was honorably discharged on Nov. 5, 1945. On March 28, 1943, he was united in marriage with LaVon Uhlenhopp at Junction City, Kan. Following his discharge from the Army, the couple made their home in Aplington where Ervin joined his father in the family grocery business. Ervin became full partner with his brother, Wayne, in the Diekman Brothers Grocery Store. He retired from the business in 1977. Ervin was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Aplington. He served on the Aplington City Council and was a volunteer fireman for the Aplington Fire Department. Ervin was a lifetime member of the Aplington Amvets Post No. 102. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed listening to sporting events on the radio.

Survivors include his wife, LaVon of Aplington; one daughter, Sharon Lindaman and husband Marvin of Cedar Falls; one son, Terrill Diekman and wife Denice of Elgin; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Wayne Diekman and wife Janice of Aplington; and one sister, Lorene Vietor of Parkersburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Elmer Diekman.

Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel at Aplington was in charge of arrangements.


Glenn E. Langesen

November 26, 1915 - December 26, 2003

COULTER - Glenn E. Langesen, 88, of Coulter died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at Anthem, Ariz. Graveside services will be Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at 10 a.m. at the Alden Cemetery in Alden. The family will receive friends Sunday, Jan. 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the Linn's Funeral Home Iowa Falls Chapel.

Glenn was born Nov. 26, 1915, at Alden to Alfred and Sylvia (Coy) Langesen. He graduated from the Popejoy Community School in 1933, and attended Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls. In 1940, he was united in marriage to Ruth Evans. Glenn was a farmer and sold seed corn and insurance near Popejoy from 1939 until 1951, when they moved to Austin, Minn. After three years, they moved to New Richland, Minn., where they farmed for nine years, moving to a farm west of Emmons, Minn., in 1963. In 1990, they moved to Coulter, and spent winters in Arizona for the past several years.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth, of Anthem; six daughters, Judy Blankenfeld and husband Dick of Surprise, Ariz., Kay Langesen and husband Ray Came of Salem, Ore., Jean Pyles and husband Bob of Mt. Vernon, Peg Shedenhelm and husband Tom of Cedar Rapids, Carol Hanson and husband Larry of Robins, Cathy Coking and husband Bill of Anthem; three sons, Al of Beloit, Kan., Dean of Lake Mills, and Robert and wife Doreen of Burke, Va.; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Irene Hackbarth of Dows.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, and one sister, Velma Mae Finley.


Vera de Neui

November 26, 1907 - December 26, 2003

WELLSBURG - Vera M. de Neui, 96, of Wellsburg died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at the Presbyterian Village at Ackley. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 29, at St. John Lutheran Church in Wellsburg with Pastor Bruce Zimmermann officiating. Burial was at Shiloh Cemetery in Wellsburg. A memorial fund has been established.

Vera was born Nov. 26, 1907, in rural Wellsburg to Ibeling and Minnie (Wiegman) Harms. She attended country school in rural Grundy County. On March 14, 1934, Vera was united in marriage to Ernest de Neui at Wellsburg. The couple farmed near Wellsburg for 47 years. She loved farming and took an active part in it, especially enjoying the harvest time. In 1981, they moved to Wellsburg. Vera was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where she sang in the church choir. Singing and crocheting were among her favorite activities.

Survivors include her two daughters, Eileen Murra and husband Robert and Velma Hippen and husband Roger all of Wellsburg; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ernest; two sisters, Martha Ascher and Lizzie de Neui; and two brothers Alvin and Norman Harms.

Doyen-Abels Funeral Home of Wellsburg was in charge of arrangements.


Ernest E. Basye

October 10, 1913 - December 27, 2003

FORT DODGE - Rev. Ernest E. "Preach" Basye, 90, of Fort Dodge died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge. Memorial services were Tuesday, Dec. 30, at the chapel in the Heritage Apartments of Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge with Chaplain Bill Trembly officiating.

Ernest was born Oct. 10, 1913, to Rev. E. O. and Rose Basye in the Methodist parsonage in Winston, Mo. On May 3, 1936, he was united in marriage to Mary Mason at Amity, Mo. Ernest was known to all as "Preach" and he and Mary shared 67 years of marriage. They spent their last years together at Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge. He was an ordained United Methodist pastor for over 65 years, serving in Westboro, Mo., Ackley/Parkersburg, Dysart, Grundy Center, West Union, Glenwood and Early.

Survivors include three sons, Jack and wife Jeannie of Scottsdale, Ariz., John and wife Sandy of Glenwood, and Jerry and wife Vyrdel of Concordia, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Sue Basye of Hampton; a sister, Opal Reidenbach of Lee's Summit, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Tommy and Jim.


Norma Jean Hunt

May 13, 1929 - December 26, 2003

ALDEN - Norma Jean Hunt, 74, of Alden died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 29, at the United Methodist Church in Alden with Rev. Rick Layman officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Popejoy.

Norma was born May 13, 1929, in Iowa Falls to Lyle and Selma (Graff) Rash. She graduated from the Popejoy High School in 1946. On Oct. 7, 1946, Norma was united in marriage to Nathan Hunt at Hampton. She was a homemaker and enjoyed reading. Norma was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Royal Neighbors, Oak Hill Cemetery Society and the Alden Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include three sons, Steven and wife Linda and Michael and wife Teri all of Alden, and Douglas and wife Becky of Iowa Falls; three daughters, Barbara Gardner and Rhonda Davis and husband Bill all of Alden, and Pamela Hunt of Williams; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nancy McKinley of Alden and Sandra Hackbarth of Hampton; one brother, William Rash of Tucson, Ariz.; and a sister-in-law, Joan Rash of Alden.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Nathan; two brothers, Ronald and Allan Rash; a sister, Virginia Willis; a step-great-grandchild; and a daughter-in-law, Kathleen Hunt.

Surls Funeral Home of Alden was in charge of arrangements.


Howard Werner

September 8, 1919 - December 28, 2003

HAMPTON - Howard William Werner, 84, of Hampton died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at his home in Hampton. Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 2, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hampton with Rev. Jon Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Allison Cemetery in Allison. The family will receive friends Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 3 - 6 p.m. at the Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of North Iowa or a charitable organization of your choice.

Howard was born Sept. 8, 1919, at Allison to Albert and Ann (Ortman) Werner. He was raised in Allison and graduated from the Allison High School. On Aug. 29, 1937, Howard was united in marriage to Genevieve Roalf at Eldora. Howard farmed for 17 years at Allison. He was active in the Farm Bureau and Farm Services, serving as president of both organizations. He was a F.S. tank wagon salesman in Butler County, and later became sales manager for F.S. Services in Fayette County. Howard became manager of Franklin County F.S. and was employed in that capacity for 31 years. For nine years he was councilman and mayor for the City of Hampton. Howard was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, serving as an elder and on the building committee.

Survivors include his wife, Genevieve of Hampton; one daughter, Sheryol Buchanan and husband Paul of Escondido, Calif.; a grandson, Troy Buchanan and wife Sally of San Jose, Calif.; a granddaughter, Heidi Adams and husband Steve of Fallbrook, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Parker Adams and Cody and Tyler Buchanan; a brother, Robert Werner of Tama; and a sister, Norma Nehring of Iowa Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Gary Lee; a foster son, Jerry Mettlin; and one brother, Kenneth Werner.


Helen Johnson

December 24, 2003

McGREGOR, Texas - Helen (Kirker) Clemons Braga Johnson, 88, of McGregor, Texas, formerly of Iowa Falls and other central Iowa towns, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at Westview Manor Nursing Home in McGregor, where she had resided the past two years. As a willed-body donor/participant, there will be no memorial at this time. Messages may be sent to her daughter, Kae Carlson-Farrell Hineline, 2617 Skyline Dr., Waco, Texas 76710, or donations may be made to your favorite charity.

Helen's early childhood, as the daughter of Rev. Lucius L. and Katherine Smith, former chaplain of the Iowa Veteran's Home in Marshalltown, was spent in numerous small Iowa towns, graduating from Dow City High School in 1932. Helen received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Texas-Pan American, in Edingburg, Texas, in 1965. Her 33-year career of elementary public school teaching began in Iowa and included 18 years of teaching in southern Texas before retiring in Harlingen, Texas in 1977. In 1939, Helen was united in marriage to James E. Kirker in Milwaukee, Wis. She had served as cateress for the Binford House in Marshalltown in 1977. Helen is a former member of Marshall Rebecca Lodge No. 40 in Marshalltown, a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star-Harlingen Chapter No. 641 in Harlingen, serving as Worthy Matron five times in various chapters where she resided. She is past president of Kappa Kappa Iota National Teachers' Sorority, and past president of the Auxiliary of the United Spanish War Veterans of Iowa. Helen was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Combes, Texas, and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Harlingen, participating in numerous circle groups in various cities. Upon retirement, she became an active volunteer for the MHMR in Harlingen, the Visually Impaired Persons and served on the Harlingen Housing Authority board for several years. Helen remained active until her death, organizing rhythm band musical groups and playing the piano for the enjoyment of others.

Survivors include one son, James (Jim) Kirker Jr. of Miami, Okla.; one daughter, Kae Carlson-Farrell Hineline of Waco; a granddaughter, Heidi Kae (Kirker) Roderick and family of Naples, Fla.; and three nieces, Dianne (Smith) Davis and family of Corning, Brenda (Smith) Krough and family of Marshalltown and Blakely (Smith) Burke and family of Washington, D.C.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Johnson; a sister, Ruthella (Mrs. Arnold) Smith; and a brother, Quayle Smith.


Howard Lake

April 18, 1921 - December 25, 2003

WEBSTER CITY - Howard Kenneth Lake, 82, of Webster City died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at the Hamilton County Hospital in Webster City. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 29, at Foster Funeral Home in Webster City with Pastor Ray Artrip officiating. Burial was in the Cass Township Cemetery, north of Webster City. Graveside military rites were conducted by the American Legion Post No. 191.

Howard was born April 18, 1921, to Charley and Oca (Katsch) Lake on a farm in Ellis Township in Hardin County. On Aug. 24, 1941, he was united in marriage to Marcelyn Hudson at Albany, Mo. The couple resided in Des Moines where Howard was employed by A & P Grocery, moving later to Webster City when he started working with Brin's Furniture. During WWII, Howard served with the U.S. Army-Infantry in the Pacific Theatre. Following his discharge, he drove a gravel truck for Virgil Liittschwager Construction at Buckeye. Howard had farmed in Ellis Township, worked at Beam Manufacturing (Electrolux), worked at the Flugstad Elevator, managed the Lehigh Elevator and worked at the Raven Lumber and Saw Mill. He returned to Brin's Furniture, where he worked for several years, followed by employment with Gambles and Von Feldt Furniture until his retirement. He was a former member of the Webster City Moose and the American Legion Post No. 191.

Survivors include his three sons, Elba and wife Jean and Andrew and wife Pat all of Fort Dodge, and Kenneth of Webster City; two daughters, Jane Felts and Lexie Spencer and husband Michael all of Webster City; 11 grandchildren; his special friend, Norma Lake of Webster City; three sisters, Letha Hanson of Hubbard, Arleta Evans of Dows and Lois Terry of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marcelyn; his parents; a brother, Emery Lake; and a sister, Gail Brightwell.


Fred R. Myers

February 23, 1928 - December 29, 2003

IOWA FALLS - Fred R. Myers, 75, of Iowa Falls died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 2, at 10:30 a.m. at the Linn's Funeral Home, Iowa Falls Chapel, with Pastor Steve Hill officiating. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery in Iowa Falls. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 1, from 2 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family in care of his wife, Marlene Myers, 916 Elizabeth, Iowa Falls, IA 50126.

Fred was born Feb. 23, 1928, at Iowa Falls to Elias (Mel) and Lucy Mae (Percy) Myers. He attended the Iowa Falls Community Schools. Fred served with the U.S. Navy from 1945 - 1949 on the USS Princeton. On June 9, 1952, he was united in marriage to Marlene Rose Ristler at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Fred was employed by Iowa Electric Light and Power, retiring in 1984. He also owned and operated Myers Electric in Iowa Falls. Fred was a member of the Hyman-Peavey American Legion Post No. 188 and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 1331, both of Iowa Falls.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene, of Iowa Falls; one son, Jerry L. and wife Nancy of Iowa Falls; one daughter, Julie Herrold and husband Robert of Eldora; four grandchildren, Michael Myers and wife Kristen of Alton, Ill., Katie Long and husband Nick of Indianapolis, Ind., Gregory Herrold and fiancée Nicole Clausing of Waterloo, and Sarah Kay Anema and husband Jesse of West Des Moines; and one great-granddaughter, Reagan Scout Long of Indianapolis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Dorothy Swanke; and three brothers, Roy, Robert and Vere.


Harold L. Meyer

May 26, 1915 - December 28, 2003

IOWA FALLS - Harold L. Meyer, 88, of Iowa Falls died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Iowa Falls with Rev. Kenneth Krueger officiating. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery in Iowa Falls.

Harold was born May 26, 1915, to Louis and Louise (Helvig) Meyer at the family farm in Iowa Falls. He attended rural school at Iowa Falls. On May 26, 1972, he was married to Deloris Olk at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Iowa Falls. Harold was a farmer and a mechanic. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Iowa Falls, and served as elder, financial secretary and head usher. He worked with clocks and made rugs. Playing golf, pool and horseshoes, in addition to bowling, rollerskating and travel were among his favorites.

Survivors include his wife, Deloris; three daughters, Janet Weibrecht of West Des Moines, Kim Whitmore and husband Gene of Iowa Falls and Constance Moehlman and husband Michael of Iowa Falls; three sons, Lee Meyer and wife Debbie of Fairfax, Douglas Meyer of Denver, Colo., and Mark Nicholson of Hampton; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Estella; two daughters, Clarine Rater and Jane Elkin; a grandson, Robert Meyer; a sister, Marjorie Meyer; and an aunt and uncle, Christina and August Meyer.

Surls Funeral Home of Iowa Falls was in charge of arrangements.

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