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Obituaries

Burdell Frank Andresen (1925 - 1999)

Burdell Andresen was born March 31, 1925, in Ida County, the son of Henry and Geneva (Stegemann) Andresen. He was baptized at the Friedens Evangelical Reformed Church of Schleswig and was confirmed in 1939 by the Rev. Rinne Burdell attended rural school near Schleswig and graduated with the Schleswig High School Class of 1943.

He was united in marriage to Irene Reincke on March 31, 1950, at Immanual Lutheran Church in Schleswig. The couple had lived in several locations before moving to rural Waverly in 1968. Andresen was employed by John Deere in Waterloo, for 28 years before retiring on June 30, 1987. He enjoyed working on and restoring antique cars.

Andresen, 74, of Waverly, died Saturday, October 9, 1999, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, following complications from a stroke.

Andresen was preceded in death by his parents; and two grand-daughters, Crystal Dawn Damge and Sonya Louise Cuvelier.

Andresen is survived by his wife, Irene Andresen, Waverly; daughter Norene and husband Michael Leslie, Clifton, CO; Patricia and husband Michael Cuvalier, Federal Heights, CO; and Lory and husband Craig Davidson, Hurst, TX; a brother Dwight Andresen, Lafayette, CO; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly was in charge of arrangements.

Transcribed by: Ron Collins


Carl Henry Miller (1921 - 1993)

Carl Henry Miller was born on July 25, 1921, the son o [sic] Henry and Anna Cassabarth Miller. He died on Saturday, December 25, 1993 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of seventy-two years.

Darl [sic] was born in Grundy Center, Iowa and moved with his family to the Buck Grove area where Carl received his education at rural schools. After completing his education, he farmed in the Buck Grove area and was also employed at Iowa Beef Processors in Denison for fifteen years. He entered the U.S. Army 438th Signal Construction Battalion, and served as a lineman for thirtynine months, of which three years were spent overseas in Central Europe and Northern France. In October of 1945, Carl was discharged from the service and returned to farming in the Buck Grove area.

On January 15, 1954, Carl was united in marriage to Maxine Gloe of Buck Grove in Marshaltown, Iowa. The couple continued liviing [sic] in the Buck Grove area, until retiring from farming because of health problems and moving to Denison in 1983.

He was a loving husband and father, very devoted grandfather, who loved fishing, and sports, which he was especially fond of wathcing [sic] his grandchildren participate in.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Betty, two brothers, Bob and Harold and one sister, Martha. Survivors include: his wife, Maxine; two sons, Ron and his wife, Jan of Morning Sun, Iowa and Rick and his wife, Mary of Denison; also five grandchildren: Jim of Maryville, Missouri; Trevor and Heatherr of Denison; Jennifer and Jay of Morning Sun, Iowa; one brother, Ernest Miller and his wife, Evelyn of Gilmore City, Iowa; one sister, Pearl Pester and her husband, Bob of Riverside, California; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 29, 1993 at the Huebner Ffuneral Home in Denison, Iowa with Dr. Edwark Petersen officiating the service and grave side rites held at the Dow City cemetery in Dow City, Iowa. Mary Jane Petersen provided the organ accompaniment for congregational hymns There's a Land That Is Fairer than Day" and "In the Garden". Pallbearers were: Willis Cartenson, Darrell Hoffmeier, Hans Hoffmeier, Sean Orness, Ralph Peters and Pester. Military Honors: American Legion Post No. 8, Denison, Iowa. The family invited everyone in attendance at the service to join them for lunch at the Denison Baptist Church. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.

Transcribed by: Ron Collins


Edmund R. Haase (1920 - 1993)

Edmund R. Haase was born on September 1, 1920, the son of Edward and Emma Popken Haase. He died on Wednesday, May 12, 1993 at the Bergen Mercy Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of seventy-two years.

Edmund was born on the Haase family farm near Denison and attended a rural school near his home. After his schooling he attended aeronautic school in Wichita, Kansas and in 1975 he attended Midwestern College.

On May 18, 1947, he was united in marriage to LaVerne Harder at the Zion Lutheran Parsonage in Denison by Rev. C.W. Schmidt. The couple subsequently moved to the family farm in Goodrich Township and were blessed with two children.

They farmed until 1975 when they purchased Harold's Club in Denison, which they managed until January of 1993. Edmund was a caring and loving husband and father. He enjoyed singing, playing the trumpet, was especially fond of his stock cows and calves and enjoyed watching the stock market. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the church choir and a member of the SPEBSQSA Barbara Shoppers in Denison.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, LaVerne of Denison; one son, Steven and his wife, Deb, one daughter Kim Childress and her husband, Scott, six grandchildren, Ezra, Michael, Elizabeth, David and Paul Haase and Connor Childress, all of the Kansas City area. Also one brother, Vernon Haase and his wife, Lillian of Denison; one sister, Violet and her husband, Virgil of Denison; three aunts, Anna Rath and Elsie Thomsen, both of Denison and Adela Popken of Denver, Colorado.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 15, 1993 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa. Pastor Kurt Kaiser and Pastor Phillip E. Bloch officiated the service and grave side rites held at the Oakland Cemetery in Denison, Iowa. Martha Bloch provided the organ accompaniment for soloist Larry Boeck singing "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "How Great Thou Art" and congregational hymn "A Mighty Fortress is Our God." Honorary Pallbearers were: Larry Brodersen, Daryl Stansbury, Jim Lohman, Clete Lickteig, Willie Weltz, Jack Murphy and Joe Curnyn. Pallbearers were: Jerry Corbet, Gary Seastrom, Dwight Boeck, Dennis Boeck, Larry Boeck and Terry Boeck. The Walter A Huebner and Sons' Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.

Transcribed by: Ron Collins


Dorothy L. Lehmann (1928 - 1988)

Dorothy L. Lehmann, age 59, of Mapleton, Ia., died on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1998, at her home of an apparent heart attack.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton, with Reverend Les Kimball officiating. Burial was in the Crawford Heights Memory Cemetery at Denison. Visitation was after 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Walter Funeral Home in Mapleton.

Miss Lehmann was born on Dec. 18, 1928, to Ernest and Emma (Grell) Lehmann in Denison, Ia. She graduated from the Schleswig High School in 1946. She was self-employed as a domestic. She had been a resident of Mapleton for the past thirty-two years, where she was employed by the IGA Grocery Store. She was a member of the St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Wilbert (Donna) Groth of Denison; and a brother, Dale of St. Charles, Mo.

Pallbearers were Douglas Lehmann, Marvin Graeve, Tom Connell, Roger Groth, Fred Johnson and Pete Christophersen.

Transcribed by: Ron Collins


Fritz Albert Eck (1922 - 2001)

Fritzie (Fritz) Albert Eck was born August 22, 1922, the son of Fred and Bertha Goslar Eck. He died January 5, 2001 at the Eventide Lutheran Home at the age of seventy-nine.

Fritz was born on the family farm near Ricketts, Iowa and was baptized in Christ as an infant and later confirmed on April 5, 1936 at St. John Lutheran Church in Charter Oak, Iowa. He received his education in a rural school near his home and attended Lutheran school for two years. He graduated from the Charter Oak High School in 1940. After graduation, Fritz worked with his parents on the family farm, beginning his lifelong farming career. The Centennial Farm was bought by John Eck Sr., in 1891 and Fritz continued to farm the land until entering the Eventide Lutheran Home in 1996.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1953; his mother in 1984; and one brother, Alvin in 1978. He is survived by his sister Marcella Hopp of Hudson, Wisconsin; three nephews: Brian Hopp and his wife, Mary of Beldenville, Wisconsin; Blaine Hopp and his wife, Sonia of Centerville, Minnesota; Bruce Hopp and his wife, Carrie of Woodinville, Wisconsin; four nieces: Jane Bernecker and her husband, Jerry of Rice Lake, Wisconsin; Julie Schubert and her husband, Wolfram of River Falls, Wisconsin; Jeanine Hopp of Hudson, Wisconsin; and Jacqueline Murphy and her husband, Brian of Hudson, Wisconsin; and many relatives and friends.

Funeral services were helpd at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 7, 2001 at the St. John Lutheran Church, Charter Oak, Iowa. Rev. L.C. Gebhardt officiated the service and grave side rites held at the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Charter Oak. Art Beeck provided the organ accompaniment for congregational hymns "I Know that My Redeemer Lives" and "Just As I Am". Those serving as pallbearers were: Allan Wiebers, Melvin Goslar, Blaine Hopp, Bruce Hopp, Ron Goslar and Brian Hopp. The family invited everyone in attendance at the service to join them in fellowship and lunch at the church, served by the Ladies Aid. The Huebner Funeral Home in Charter Oak was in charge of arrangements.

Transcribed by: Ron Collins


George Fredrick Tjark Luetjens (1920 - 2006)

George Fredrick Tjark Luetjens was born August 5, 1920, the only child of George and Elfreida Brinkmann Luetjens Sr. He died Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at the Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison, Iowa at the age of eighty-five.

George was born in Goodrich Township, Denison, Iowa. He was baptized in Christ, November 21, 1921 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison and later confirmed there April 9, 1933. He spent his early years on a farm in Goodrich Township and moved to Denison at the age of two. Later at the age of ten, George moved with his parents to a farm north of Denison. He received his education at the Zion Lutheran School and the Denison Community High School, graduating with the class of 1938. During his high school yers, he began working at the Nelson's Shoe Store and Denison Leather Store.

In November of 1942, George attended Army Radio School in Des Moines and on December 27, 1942, he was united in marriage to Elsie Dorothy Peterson at the Zion Lutheran Parsonage by Rev. C.W. Schmidt. The couple made their home in Denison. July 19, 1943, George was called into active duty and served as a teletype operator with the Headquarters Detachment 4025th Signal Service Group stationed in New Guinea and later in the Philippines.

After receiving his honorable discharge on January 21, 1946, he returned home to his wife. In 1954, the couple adopted Debra Kay and in 1958 David Mark. George continued his work at Nelson's Shoe Store and Denison Leather Store until 1968, at which time he went into radio and television sales and service. George was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, serving as elder, usher, Sunday School Teacher, secretary of the Voter's Assembly and served on the Board of Stewardship and Evangelism. He enjoyed playing the accordian and entertaining at nursing homes and senior centers for eighteen years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Elsie in 2003 and his son, David Mark. Survivors include one daughter, Debra Ricke and her husband, David of Papillion, Nebraska; five grandchildren, Megan Mac and her husband, Don of Chandler, Arizona; Elissa Ricke of Papillion, Nebraska; Lisa, Kevin and Anthony Luetjens; five sisters-in-law, Lorraine Bral and her husband, Jim of Denison; Evelyn Iversen of Ida Grove; Ruth Quandt of Carroll; Mabel Riley and Marie Peterson, both of Denison; many much loved nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 28, 2006 at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. Rev. Kurt Kaiser and Rev. David Sewing officiated the services and grave side rites held at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Denison. Organist Karen Kahl provided the organ accompaniment for soloist Larry Boeck as he sang, "On Eagle's Wings" and for the congregational hymns, "What A Friend We Have in Jesus," and "I'm But A Stranger Here," and for service music selections "I Know that My Redeemer Lives" and "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God." Those serving as honorary pallbearers were: Phill and Arda Lee Neddermeyer; Gaylord and Marcia Moeller; Wesley and Theresa Riley; and Richard and Lynn Ross. Those serving as pallbearers were: Jim and Joanie Bral; Darrlee and Karen Slechta; Dave Ricke; Don Mac; Ron Slechta; and Julie Clouse. Military Honors were provided by the American Legion Post 8 of Denison. The family invited everyone in attendance to join them in fellowship and lunch served by the Zion Lutheran Ladies Aid. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of the arrangements.

Transcribed by: Ron Collins


Howard E. Qualheim (1924 - 1986)

Howard E. Qualheim was born at Grafton, Iowa, May 15, 1924, the son of Henry and Emma Skaiem Qualheim. While he was still an infant, the family moved to Denison where he was raised. He attended the Denison Public Schools and was graduated from High School with the Class of 1942.

He then began his college education at the University of Wisconsin School of Banking before entering the service. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II from September of 1943 until his discharge in March of 1946. Howard then returned to Denison and was employed at the Conoco Station.

On July 28, 1949, Howard was united in marrige with Phyllis Rice at Sioux Falls, S.D., and they made their home in Denison. Howard completed his degree at the University of Wisconsin in 1957. For many years he was employed at the Crawford County Trust and Savings Bank in Denison. He then was employed at Ries Amusement in Denison. Phyllis died Nov. 12, 1978, and Howard continued to make Denison his home.

Howard died Aug. 2, 1986, from injuries suffered after being struck by a moving vehicle thirty miles east of Rock Springs, Wyo. At the time of his death he was 62 years, two months and 176 days of age. He was a member of the American Legion Post 8, Denison, Iowa.

Including his wife and parents, Howard was preceded in death by one daughter who died in infancy; one brother, Robert Qualheim and one sister, Margery Early.

He is survived by six children, Roxy and her husband, Randy Stockberger of Corvallis, Ore., Claire and her husband, Jim Schiltz of Earling, Tina and her husband Chet Dreesen of Omaha, Neb., Jeffrey Qualheim of Dodge City, Kan., Jay and his wife Becky Qualheim of Denison and Quenton Qualheim of Omaha, Neb.; 14 grandchildren and three sisters, Edith, Mrs. George Dwelle of Green Valley, Ariz. Meredith, Mrs. Jach Sheehy of Salem, Ore., and Helen, Mrs. Jim Jenson of Los Altos Hills, Calif. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Transcribed by: Ron Collins


Irene B. (Andresen) Littleton (1921 - 2007)

Irene B. Littleton was born may 18, 1921, the daughter of Jurgen (George) and Johanna (Rogge) Andresen in Denison, Iowa. She died May 29, 2007 at the Denison Care Center at the age of 86.

Irene was raised on a farm in east Boyer Township and attended rural school in the same area. She graduated with the 8th grade class of 1934, along with Donna Belle Mullinger.

Irene was scooped off her feet by a dashing young man name Rex, and they were married June 26, 1943 at the First Lutheran Church in Omaha. They lived in Denison and were blessed with 4 children. Irene enjoyed gardening and "canning," if you call that enjoyment? Flowers and cacti were another favorite pastime, along with knitting, crocheting and making blankets and quilts. She worked at the local Coast to Coast store in the 1960's. Later on, Irene and Rex went on antique hunts and found many treasures. She was also an avid collector of bears, and Wade figurines. She enjoyed afternoon coffee with her friends. Irene entered the Denison Care Center in January of 2004, and spent most of her last 3 1/2 years there due to health reasons.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rex; one son, David E.; 3 brothers, Bill, Walter, and Flip (Wilbur); 4 sisters, Marie, Edna, Hilda and Esther; her grandson, Dan P. Schroeder; and two granddaughters, Debra Pineda-Littleton and Tricia Littleton.

Survivors are two sons, Dennis and wife Mary Ann of West Plains, Missouri; Donald and wife, Debra of Denison; one daughter, Deanna and husband, Tom McCullough of Vail; 9 grandchildren, Julie and her husband, Bob Kesterson of Harlan; Michelle Littleton of Harlan; Holly and her husband, Joe Gordon of Dow City; Tami Nelson and Thomas McCullough, both of Vail; Daniel Littleton of Missouri; and Randi Mittleton of Audubon; 9 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 1st, 2007 at First United Methodist Church in Denison, Iowa. Rev. Alberta Ervin officiated the services and grave side rites held at Crawford Heights Memory Gardens in Denison. Organist Nancy Miles provided service accompaniment and the musical selections "Amazing Grace," and "On Eagle's Wings" were played. Those serving as honorary pallbearers were Michelle Littleton, Julie Kesterson, Daniel Littleton, Randi Littleton, and Tami Nelson. Those serving as pallbearers were Thomas McCullough, Bob Kesterson, Ray Holst, Butch Munson, Holly Gorden, and Ron Holdt. The family invited everyone in attendance to join them in fellowship and lunch served at Cronk's Cafe in Denison. The Huebner Funeral home in Denison was in charge of the arrangements.

Transcribed by: Ron Collins


John Bernhard Jors (1921 - 1985)

John Bernhard Jors was born on February 28, 1921, in Morgan Township, Crawford County, Iowa, the son of John B. and Dora Rehse Jors. he died Thursday evening, July 25, 1985, at the Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 64.

John spent his formative years with his family on the farm in Morgan Township. He received his formal education in the rural schools near Schleswig. He was baptized at an early age and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grant Twonship [sic], Ida County.

John was unitied in marriage to Bertha T. Nollen on January 31, 1948, in Harlan. Together they made their first home in Carroll. They later moved to Arkansas where John operated a trucking company for sixteen years. They returned to Arion in 1976. Following Bertha's death in 1982, John continued to make his home in the Arion community.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by one brother Erwin.

Survivors include one son Lee of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and one daughter Jolene of Aurora, Colorado. Also surviving is one grandson John and one sister Mrs. Esther Korner of Arion, as well as other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday July 29, 1985, at 10:00 A.M. at the Huebner Funeral Home in Denison. Interment was in the Dow City Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Scott Woodworth officiated at the services and graveside rites. Mrs. Fred Rabe served as organist for the services and Mr. Henry Henningsen served as soloist. Hymns for the services included God Will Take Care Of You and The Lord's Prayer.Serving as pallbearers were Bill Streck, Ray Siemer, Ralph Hillhouse, Jr., Clarence Streck, Harry Streck, and Dean Lahr. Serving as honorary pallbearer was Arnold Wendt. Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of the Huebner Funeral Home of Denison.

Transcribed by: Ron Collins


Keith Harold Waldron (1921 - 2003)

Keith Herald [sic] Waldron was born October 24, 1921, the son of Levi and Helena Neuberger Waldron. He died Monday, February 17, 2003 at the Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison, Iowa at the age of eighty-one.

Keith was born in Morgan, Utah and received his education in local schools in the area, graduating from high school in May of 1940. He was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1929, and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in 1949 at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. In May of 1944, Keith joined the U.S. Army Air Corps.

He was united in marriage to Lucille Wittmaack at the Lutheran Church parsonage in Tampa, Florida on December 22, 1944. The couple settled out there for a short time before Keith continued his service to his country in WWII as a Tsgt. with the 15th Air Force Bombadeer Squadron. While serving in the Air Force, he was based in Italy and was a tail gunner on a B-17. He was decorated with the European African Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal, Victory Medal, and the American Theater of Operations Service Ribbon.

After receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1946, he returned to Iowa and was employed by the Iowa Highway Patrol in Sac City for a short time before moving to Denison and subsequently working in auto sales at Denison Auto and Johnson Motors. In his leisure time, he enjoyed golfing. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Denison and a past member of the American Legion Post 8.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and two sisters. Survivors include his wife, Lucille of Schleswig; two sons, Brent and his wife, Connie of Aspen, Colorado; Randy and his wife, Sandy of Ottawa, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Noelle, Nathan, Kelly and Ryan Waldron of Aspen, Colorado, Brooke, Matthew and Drew Waldron all of Ottawa, Kansas; his mother-in-law, Christine Wittmaack of Denison; four sisters-in-law, Louise Waldron of Salt Lake City, Utah; Norma Wittmaack of Lincoln, Nebraska; and Delores Meyer and her husband, Glen of Carroll; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 21, 2003 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa. Rev. Kurt Kaiser and Vicar David Lyons officiated the service and grave side rites held at Crawford Heights Memory Gardens in Denison, Iowa. Geraldine Dankert provided the organ accompaniment for soloist Kevin Christie singing "On Eagle's Wings" and "How Great Thou Art". Pallbearers were; Matthew Waldron, Nathan Waldron, Noelle Waldron, Brooke Waldron, Drew Waldron, Kelly Waldron and Ryan Waldron. Military honors were performed by the American Legion Post No. 8, Denison, Iowa. The family invited everyone in attendance at the service to join them in fellowship and lunch at Cronk's Restaurant. The Huebner Funeral Home in Deninson was in charge of arrangements.

Transcribed by: Ron Collins


Milton L. Wassgren (1923 - 2001)

Milton L. Wassgren was born July 16, 1923 in Albert City, Buena Vista County, Iowa to Otto Wassgren and Emma Danielson Lundgren Wassgren. He was Blessed and Confirmed in the Swedish Free Church in Albert City. In 1937 after the death of his mother he moved with his father and brother, Clifford to Kiron, where he attended High School and was a member of the 1941 graduating class. While in high school he excelled in vocal music, receiving top state honors and a 1st at Nationals, and in basketball, receiving All State Honorable Mention in 1941.

After graduation Milt attended Wayne State College in Nebraska and later the University of Iowa in Iowa City. His college years were interrupted by World War II when he entered the U.S. Army in 1942. He served with the 81st Combat Engineers attached to the 106th Infantry Division. He was involved in combat at the Battle of the Bulge where he was captured and held as a Prisoner of War until his release in 1945. After he recovered from the physical hardships of being a prisoner he returned to his studies at the University of Iowa where he received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1948.

On February 1, 1948, he married Betty Lou Reimer of Schleswig at the Lutheran Church in Iowa City. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Main County, California where Milt started in the Real Estate and construction business with his older brother and nephew. In 1949 the couple returned to Schleswig where they took over the cattle business and farmed the Reimer Century Farm until 1959. In 1950, a daughter, Deborah, was born to the couple.

After leaving the farm Milt became a Standard Oil Jobber and Real Estate Broker. He and Gerald "Beep" Sonkson built the Standard Station (now Amoco) on Highway 59. He later became partners with Leonard and Lowell Tuet who eventually bought out the station and bulk business from which Milt retired in 1982. He partnered with Bart Beilenberg as a Real Estate Broker and later with Howard Lenz and retired from that business in 1992.

Milt became a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig in 1949. He was a member of the voters assembly, served as president of the congregation, and several terms as Trustee. He also sang in the church choir for many years.

Milt embraced his adopted Schleswig Community and served it in many capacities. He was a member of the School Board during the reorganization years of the 1950's. He served as President of the Schleswig Community Club, Business Men's Club, Schleswig Golf Club Board, Senior Golf Association Board, and as a member of the Basic Fund Board. As a participant in Community Betterment he was recognized in 1990 by Governor Terry Branstad for his community service.

In addition he was a member of the Iowa Jobbers Association, Iowa Realtor's, University of Iowa Alumni and Booster Club, and the Isaac Walton League. He was a member of the American Legion and served as Commander, and the Schleswig VFW as adjutant. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and Ex. Prisoner of War organizations. As a member of the 106th Infantry Division, he enjoyed attending many reunions throughout the United States.

Milt loved his home and being creative with his hands. He became an excellent silversmith and woodworker. He was always busy with a project whether it be planting flowers, building flower boxes, restoring furniture, making jewelry, planting trees on the golf course, building things for the church, or using his paintbrush wherever it was needed for a community project.

Music was his greatest love. He enjoyed performing, but above all he loved to listen to music and sing along, attend concerts and musicals, and there was always music playing in his workshop and vehicles. He enjoyed travel of all kinds and was mesmerized by the physical beauty of the American West as well as the antiquities of Europe. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Fan. Faced with many adversities and challenges in his life he always worked hard and saw the good in all people and the beauty in all things.

Milt lived an active and productive life until October 2, 1999, when he was involved in an automobile accident which resulted in a severe head injury that required his living under supervised care until his passing.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Florence, his parents, his brother Albert Lundgren and wife Alice, his sister Jeanette Wassgren Kelley and husband Robert, his brother Clifford Wassgren, and his nephew, "Jack" Lundgren.

He is survived by his wife, Betty of Schleswig and his daughter Deborah of Half Moon Bay, California, his nieces Janice Reuckheim of Reno, Nevada and Sammie Lundgren of Palm Desert, California, his nephew Robert Kelley of Los Angeles, California, and great nieces and nephews, Claudia Lundgren Young and family of Tahoe City, California, Linda Lundgren Naomi of Cedarville, California, John Lundgren and his wife The Reverend Karla Lundgren and family of Kailus, Hawaii, and James Reuckheim, Gary Reuckheim, and Carol Reuckheim Blas and families all of Truckee, California, plus scores of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig, Iowa. Rev. Merle Mahnken officiated the service and grave side rites held at Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig. Marlene Hight provided the organ accompaniment for the Immanuel Lutheran Men's Chorus as they sang "The Lord is My Shepherd", "The Old Rugged Cross", and "Onward Christian Soldiers". Those serving as honorary pallbearers were all those whose friendship he enjoyed and treasured. Those serving as pallbearers were the V.F.W. Post No. 3930 and the American Legion Post No. 645. Military Honors were performed by the V.F.W. Post No. 3930 and the American Legion Post No. 645. The family invited everyone in attendance to join them in fellowship and lunch served by the Ladies Aid. The Huebner Funeral Home in Schleswig was in charge of arrangements.

Transcribed by: Thomas Kruse


Marcian Thomas O'Meara (1929 - 1999)

Having just celebrated his 70th birthday and in the year of his 40th anniversary of priestly ordination, RT. Reverend Marcian T. O'Meara was called to eternal life Monday, April 26, in the year of our Lord, 1999, at 7:45 a.m. Struggling with the illnesses that plagued his body, Father Marcian continued his leadership as pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd from a chair in his parlor. He constantly strived to live the motto that he took when blessed as Abbot of Pevely on April 14, 1972: 'Speak Lord, your Servant Listens. (1 Samuel)".

Born on March 4, 1929, to Clarence and Elizabeth O'Meara, in Denison, Iowa, Thomas O'Meara was the youngest of five children. Ruth, Helen, Loretta and Pat dearly loved their baby brother. While Helen, Loretta and Pat have already been called to the Kingdom, Father's sister Ruth still survives.

Thomas O'Meara entered the Benedictine Monastery in Conception, Missouri and received the name Marcian. He wore many hats there and enjoyed them all. Among the offices he filled there after his ordination as a priest on May 30, 1959 was that of Dean of Studies, a role that afforded him the opportunity to meet and influence many studying for the priesthood. Finishing that task, he moved to the young monastery in Pevely, Missouri, as prior. After this community was granted independent status as an abbey, he was elected first Abbot. Completing his work there, he came to Denver in 1977 as chaplain at St. Anthony's Hospital and was incardinated into the Archdiocese of Denver, serving the archdiocese in a number of ways, once again wearing a number of "hats".

He served as chaplain to the Benedictines of St. Walburga's while they were in Boulder and found great joy in sharing the monastic dimension of their life. He served as Secretary of the Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Denver for over seventeen years and his enthusiasm about and advocacy for the place of the renewed diaconate in the post-Vatican II Church ranked him as a true leader in that area.

Fr. Marcian was a person of great and deep faith. As he wrote in his will... "I first of all wish to declare my total faith in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I praise and thank the three persons in one God, for the gift of faith given to me. I hereby declare my sorrow for any way in which I have failed to respond, in total love, to the Lord God who loved me with an everlasting love."

Father loved his priesthood. He thanked God in his Last Testament for the gift of his call to serve God and the Church as a priest. He was very grateful for the years he spent in the monastic life (a life he continued to love) and for the years of ministry he was able to spend in the Church in Northern Colorado. His final years as pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Denver brought him great joy and he regularly and publicly professed his love for the people of that parish.

Father O'Meara loved his family. Not just his parish family, but also his diaconate family, his brother priests, and in a special way his natural family, his nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and the countless number of cousins. He also had the capacity to be a good friend, a capacity attested to by those who met him, became his friend, and remained his friend for decades and decades.

Fr. Marcian ("Uncle Tommy") will be greatly missed, but all can rejoice in knowing that now he has gone to the Kingdom for which he worked so long and diligently on this earth. We celebrate his great accomplishments and his deep love for us. Let us continue what Father O'Meara strongly believed in: serving one another in love. As he said in one of his last sermons, "How will we know to love each other for all eternity in heaven if we haven't learned how to love each other while we are together on earth?"

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 1, 1999 at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Denison, Iowa. Fr. Andrew Hoffmann served as celebrant with interment at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery in Denison, Iowa. Jean Cornelius provided the organ accompaniment for soloist, Marilyn Curnyn and the St. Rose of Lima Choir. The family invited everyone in attendance at the service to join them in fellowship and lunch at Cronk's Restaurant. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.

Transcribed by: Thomas Kruse


Edward John William Gehring (1924 - 2000)

Edward John William Gehring was born May 2, 1924, the son of Edward and Frieda Christiansen Gehring. He died Thursday, April 27, 2000 at his home south of Odebolt at the age of seventy-five.

Edward was born on a farm southeast of Schleswig. At a young age, he moved with his family to a farm near Boyer and received his education in a rural school near his home. He was baptized in Christ, January 7, 1925 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover Township and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith, February 19, 1939 at St. John's Lutheran Church near Kiron. After receiving his education, he began working for various area farmers and took thrashing jobs in South Dakota.

On June 2, 1943, Edward was united in marriage to Shirley Christiansen at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stockholm Township. The couple settled in Boyer, Iowa.

On June 3, 1944, Edward entered the United States Army, serving his country with the 38th Chemical Maintenance Company in the Rhineland and Central Europe. He was wounded in action in the European African Middle Eastern Theater on February 12, 1945, receiving a Purple Heart Medal. Additional medals he received include the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal in addition to wearing the Combat Infantry Badge.

After receiving his honorable discharge, January 15, 1946, Edward returned to Boyer, where he and Shirley remained for a short time before beginning his farming career, first in Crawford County and later, in Sac County, farming southeast of Odebolt until retiring in 1992. After retirement, Edward continued helping area farmers as needed. In recent years, he was employed as a flagman for a road construction crew.

Edward was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather who loved his family very much. In his leisure time, Edward enjoyed playing cards, dancing and visiting with family and friends. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Kiron.

He was preceded in death by his father; his loving wife, Shirley in 1983; one sister, Lorraine Dersien and two brothers-in-law; Edward Kropf and Leonard Dreessen.

He is survived by one son, Delayne and his wife, Karen of Madera, California; one daughter, LaDonna Miller and her husband, Robert of Odebolt; his mother, Frieda Gehring of Denison; four grandchildren, Steve Miller of Odebolt; Staci Bartling and husband, Michael of Storm Lake, Iowa; Kea Willett and husband, Mike of Turlock, California; Meggan Gehring of Sacramento, California; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, LaMorn Kropf and Darlene Dreessen, both of Wall Lake; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 1, 2000 at the St. John's Lutheran Church, Kiron, Iowa. Rev. Hilmer Hafner officiated the service and grave side rites held at the Crawford Heights Memory Gardens in Denison, Iowa. Lois Gronau provided the organ accompaniment for congregational hymns "On Eagle's Wings" and "Lift High the Cross." Honorary pallbearers were: Everett Fertig, George Streed and Don Pudenz. Pallbearers were: Melroy Christiansen, Howard Brotherson, Don Cowlham, Alan Pudenz, Jim Roth and Don Roth. Military honors were American Legion Post Number 8, Denison, Iowa. The family invited everyone in attendance to join them in fellowship and lunch at the church, served by the Ladies Aid. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.

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Marjorie Jean (Knapp) Marten (1925 - 2006)

Marjorie Jean Marten was born February 13, 1925, the daughter of Dr. Marion and Leta Taylor Knapp. She died Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at the Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison, Iowa at the age of eighty-one.

Marjorie was born in Guthrie Center, Iowa. She was baptized and later confirmed, January 11, 1948 at St. Martini Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois. She attended the Denison Community High School, graduating with the class of 1942. While in High School, she performed in many plays and participated in the chorus. She continued her education at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and went from a Cornhusker to a Hawkeye, as she continued her education at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

On August 18, 1946, Marjorie was united in marriage to Dr. Robert F. Logan at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. They made their home in Denison and were blessed with the birth of two sons, Steven and Rick. Robert passed away in 1986.

On September 13, 1989, Marjorie was married to Ralph Marten at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. The couple made their home together in Denison. Due to health problems, Marjorie entered the Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison in August of 2005.

Marjorie was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, where she was actively involved in their Dorcas Society and Choir. She was also a member of the Delta Delta Delta at the University of Nebraska and the Phi Gamma Nu at the University of Iowa. Marjorie was the president of the Commons Dormitory and secretary of the Inter-Dormitory Council at the University of Iowa in 1945. She was a staff member for the North American Cruise Line, Great Lakes the summer of 1945. Marjorie enjoyed singing hit tunes from the 1940's and playing the piano and received the Commendation Award for over twenty-eight years of service playing the piano at Eventide and in 1988 received the Eventide Volunteer of the Year Award. She also enjoyed golfing, swimming, was a Swimming Club Member at the University of Nebraska 1944 - 1945 and playing Bridge and was the Ladies Marathon Bridge Champion in 1979, 1986 and 1988. Later in life she loved sight-seeing, vacationing with Ralph, picnics at Yellow Smoke an her beloved dog, Pepper.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dr. Robert Logan, one son, Rick Logan in 1988 and one brother, Robert Knapp. Survivors include her husband Ralph of Denison; one son, Steven J. Logan and his wife, Carolyn of Palisade, Colorado; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Logan of Colorado Springs, Colorado; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; seven of Ralph's children, fourteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 29, 2006 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa. Rev. Kurt Kaiser officiated the service and grave side rites held at the Oakland Cemetery in Denison. Karen Kahl provided the organ accompaniment for congregational hymns, "Onward, Christian Soldiers", "Beautiful Savior" and "I Know that My Redeemer Lives." Those serving as pallbearers were: Harold C. Beermann, Robert H. Meyer, Milfred Nemitz, Jim Laubscher, Dick Knowles and Butch Munson. The family invited everyone in attendance at the service to join them in fellowship and lunch at the church, served by the Dorcas Society. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.

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Robert Henry Remmes (1920 - 1990)

Robert Henry Remmes was born the son of Henry and Mary Krutcher Remmes February 14, 1920 in rural Crawford County near Charter Oak, Iowa and died September 5, 1990 at the Veterans Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 70 years. As a young boy, Robert began his education in a rural school near his home. He then attended the St. Boniface Catholic School and subsequently graduated from Charter Oak High School in 1938.

After completing his education, Robert moved to California where he worked as a structural steel worker until 1942 when he entered the service. While serving his country in World War II, Robert participated in the invasion of Normandy and Rhineland and was decorated with the Purple Heart for injuries received in battle. He was a recipient of the EAME Theater Ribbon with two battle stars, and additionally received the Good Conduct Medal. At the time of his discharge in 1945, he had attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. After completion of his military responsibilities, he returned to Charter Oak where he became involved with his brother in the Remmes Recreational Company. He later worked for the Charter Oak Grain Company until 1965.

Robert was united in marriage to Esther Wellner May 18, 1963 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Charter Oak. Their union together was blessed with two children. Shortly after their marriage, Robert became the postmaster in Charter Oak, a position he held until his retirement in 1988. Throughout his life, he was active in recreational sports such as softball, baseball, which he umpired, and bowling. He had an affection for children which was evidenced by his acting as Santa Claus for the children in the community.

He was a member of the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Charter Oak, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Homer Hall Post 66 of Charter Oak, the VFW of Ute, the Charter Oak Community Club and Commercial Club.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one in infancy, Joseph and Ben and one sister, Clara Wellner.

Survivors include his wife Esther, his children: Kevin Remmes of Charter Oak and Lynn Remmes of Omaha, Nebraska and a friend Nicolae Roddy of Iowa City; one brother, Charles Remmes and his wife Phyllis of Lemon Grove, California; two sisters: Lucille Wimmer of Salem, Oregon and Ann and her husband B.G. Jones of Auburn, California. Also surviving is one sister-in-law, Margaret Remmes of Charter Oak.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, September 8, 1990 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Charter Oak, Iowa. Burial was in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery at Charter Oak. Celebrants for the Mass were Fr. William Wingert, Fr. Richard Remmes and Fr. Eugene Walding. A prayer service was held on Friday evening at the Huebner Funeral Home in Charter Oak. Mrs. Mary Daniel was organist and James Jurgens was soloist for the services. Serving as pallbearers were Dean Berens, Steven Langholdt, Tony Schmeider, Blaine Schwingdorf, Gary Wellner and Ronald Wellner. Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of the Walter A. Huebner and Sons Funeral Service in Charter Oak.

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Leona Anna Minna (Gierstorf) Meyer (1922 - 2006)

Leona Anna Minna Meyer was born October 16, 1922, the daughter of Christopher and Elizabeth Schwartz Gierstorf. She died at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital, Friday, June 30, 2006 at the age of eighty-three.

Leona was born on a farm near Schleswig, Iowa. She was baptized in Christ November 19, 1922 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover Township, Charter Oak, and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith there on April 5, 1936. She received her education in a rural school near her home in Hanover Township and at St. Paul's Lutheran School. She continued her education at the Charter Oak High School, graduating with the class of 1940. She taught at a country school for four years and then attended college at Seward, Nebraska for one summer. Leona then taught for two and one-half years at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Yorktown, Iowa.

On February 1, 1948, Leona was united in marriage to Herbert Meyer at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover Township. The couple made their home on a farm near Ricketts, Iowa and were blessed with the birth of six children.

Leona was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Soldier Township, Charter Oak, Iowa, where she held office in their Ladies Aid. She was active in many church and community organizations including teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was also a member of the Lamplighters, the Charter Oak American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 66, Soldier Stars Club, and held the office of president in the Farm Bureau Ladies Organization. In her younger years, she was a member of a bowling league, which she enjoyed very much. Leona's health began to fail in 1970, when she had brain surgeries. In 1990, she had a third brain surgery and became paralyzed. At this time she entered the Willow Dale Nursing Home in Battle Creek, Iowa, where she made her home until moving to the Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison in March of 1994 to be closer to her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert in 2003; one daughter, Betty Pieper; three brothers, Reinhard, Wilbert and Elmer Gierstorf; and one sister, Pauline Meyer. Survivors include four sons, Bruce Meyer and his wife, Carol of Charter Oak; Michael Meyer and his wife, Lois of Mapleton; Bryce Meyer and his wife, Laurie; Marc Meyer and his wife, Holly; one daughter, Myrna Meyer; a son-in-law, Larry Pieper, all of Denison; seventeen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Delbert Gierstorf of Schleswig; two sisters, Esther Gierstorf; Irma Bornhoft and her husband, Harold, all of Schleswig; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Groth and her husband, Chester of Schleswig; and Marjorie Lantz of Ida Grove; many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 3, 2006 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Soldier Township, Charter Oak, Iowa. Rev. Eugene Ernst officiated the service and grave side rites held at the St. Paul's Cemetery in Charter Oak. Organist, Brenda Christiansen provided the organ accompaniment for congregational hymns, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus", "I'm But a Stranger", "Fight the Good Fight with All Thy Might" and "Jesus Loves Me". Those serving as honorary pallbearers were: Robert Martinez, Kenton Jacobson, Darin Jacobson, Nicholas Martinez, Deanna Kruse, Larissa Martinez, Rachel Meyer, Danielle Meyer, Shelby Pieper, Lisa Martinez, Justin Hauser, Kristen Meyer, Brody Meyer, Cory Pieper and Sara Meyer. Pallbearers were: Michael Meyer, Bruce Meyer, Derek Meyer, Darin Meyer, Bryce Meyer and Marc Meyer. A Prayer Service was held at 7:00 p.m., Sunday at the Huebner Funeral Home in Charter Oak. The family invited everyone in attendance at the service to join them in fellowship and lunch at the church, served by the Ladies Aid. The Huebner Funeral Home in Charter Oak was in charge of arrangements.

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Elmer Johann Herman Gierstorf (1920 - 2005)

Elmer Johann Herman Gierstorf was born June 19, 1920, the son of Christopher and Lizzie Schwartz Gierstorf. He died Saturday, March 12, 2005 at his home in Charter Oak, Iowa at the age of eighty-four.

Elmer was born in Hanover Township, Schleswig, Iowa. He was baptized in Christ on July 11, 1920 and was confirmed on March 25, 1934, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hanover Township, Charter Oak, Iowa. He received his education in a rural school near his home.

On September 23, 1945, Elmer was united in marriage to Lorraine Klinker at the Hanover Lutheran Parsonage. The couple made their home on his family farm in Schleswig and was blessed with the birth of three children. Elmer continued farming on his family farm and later moved to Lorraine's family farm in Charter Oak where they resided until his retirement in 1982, when the couple moved to town. Missing life on the farm, the free time left in Elmer's days after retirement was soon filled by assisting area farmers with farming operations and doing carpentry work.

April 23, 1992, Lorraine passed away. He was united in marriage to Marjorie Lantz at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove, Iowa on February 2, 1996. Farming was his life and he worked very hard each day. He was a good farmer who was attentive to his fields, and would walk each row to pull weeds. He was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who enjoyed listening to Polka music and bird watching. He also enjoyed having his morning coffee with his friends each day, where he would catch upon the latest news. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Charter Oak and participated in various church activities including the Lutheran Laymen's League and the Parent-Teacher Organization.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chris and Lizzie; his wife, Lorraine; two brothers, Wilbert and Reinhard; two brothers-in-law, John and Herbert Meyer; and two sisters-in-law, Mona Gierstorf and Ramona Gierstorf.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie of Charter Oak; three children, Faylene Kluver and her husband, Jerry of Ankeny, Iowa; Ladean and his wife, Jane of Norwalk, Iowa and Linda Healy and her husband, Tom of Des Moines; ten grandchildren, Todd Kluver and his wife, Shelly and their sons, Tyler, Austin and Zachary; Chad and Erica Kluver and their son, Jacob; Eric and Shannon Kluver and their daughter, Emma; Cory and Christi Kluver and their daughter and son, Samantha and Trace; Emily and John Trewin and their daughters, Lauren and Kalli; David and Heather Gierstorf and their son, Braeden; Shelby Gierstorf, Dawn Healy; Staci Kinsley and her husband, Kevin; and Sara Healy; one brother, Delbert of Schleswig; four sisters, Pauline Meyer of Manila; Esther Gierstorf of Schleswig; Leona Meyer of Denison; and Irma Bornhoft and her husband, Harold of Schleswig; one sister-in-law, Lorraine Groth of Schleswig; six stepchildren, Cynthia Mogolov and her husband, Larry of Kansas City, Kansas; John Lantz and Yvette Hatheway of Charter Oak; Georgia Stern and her husband, Kim James of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Mary Tyler and her husband, Joel of Cushing, Iowa; Jill Schultz and her husband, Brian of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Jeri Lantz and Tom Daley of Check, Virginia; thirteen step-grandchildren, Rob Mogolov and his wife, Heather and their son, Parker; David Mogolov; Dan Mogolov; Andrea Gurney and her husband, Wade and their sons Braden and Quintin; Angela Lantz; Johanna Dukes and her husband, Tyson; Jaci Lantz; Erika Reisdorfer and her husband, Jason; Alexa Stern; Carly Staedler and her husband, Shane; Julia Lawry and her husband, Mike; Macy Schultz and Maddie Schultz; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at St. John Lutheran Church in Charter Oak, Iowa. Rev. Richard Merrill officiated the services and grave side rites held at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Hanover Township, Charter Oak. Organist Marjorie Neddermeyer provided accompaniment for the congregational hymn "I Know that My Redeemer Lives." Vocalist Eldon Hardekopf sang selections of "Nearer, My God to Thee," and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." Those serving as pallbearers were Emily & John Trewin, Shelby Gierstorf, Todd Kluver, Cory Kluver, Dawn Healy, Staci & Kevin Kinsley, David Gierstorf, Chad Kluver, Eric Kluver, and Sara Healy. The family invited everyone in attendance to join them in fellowship and lunch served by the Ladies Aid. The Huebner Funeral Home in Charter Oak was in charge of the arrangement.

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Violet E. (Haase) Boeck (1922 - 1998)

Violet E. Boeck was born at Denison, Iowa, July 21, 1922, the daughter of Edward and Emma Popken Haase. She was received into God's Kingdom of Grace through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism July 30, 1922 at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison and confirmed in her Christian Faith there April 5, 1936. She was raised in Denison and was graduated from the Denison High School with the Class of 1940. Prior to her marriage she was employed for a time at the J.C. Penney Store in Denison.

On December 8, 1946, Violet was united in marriage with Virgil H. Boeck at Spencer, Iowa. They made their home on the farm in Goodrich Township where their union was blessed with nine children, Dennis, Larry, Deborah, Dwight, Linda, Lanah, Terence and twins, Thomas and Timothy. Violet's married life as a farm wife was a busy one lovingly caring for her husband and nine children. She loved listening to music and especially enjoyed attending concerts that her children participated in County Fair time was always a busy time in Violet's life trying to keep her children in clean clothes so they could exhibit their projects. She enjoyed cooking, vegetable and flower gardening and needlework. Above all else Violet enjoyed God's blessings of over a fifty-one year marriage to Virgil, their nine children and twenty-one grandchildren. Virgil and Violet retired from farming in 1995 and moved to their home in Denison where she had since resided.

She was an active and lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Denison enjoying her memberships in their Voting Assembly, Evening Guild and Fellowship Club, and was a member of the Mother of Twins Organization.

Violet died Wednesday evening, February 11, 1998 at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska with her loving family at her side. At the time of her death she had attained the age of 75 years, 6 months and 20 days.

Including her parents, Violet was preceded in death by one brother Edmund Haase. Those who remain to cherish her memory include her husband, Virgil H. Boeck of Denison, nine children and their spouses, Dennis and Norma Jean Boeck of Morrison, Illinois, Larry and Annette Boeck of Denison, Deborah and Donald Green of Denison, Dwight and Carolyn Boeck of Denison, Linda and Larry Matijevich of Polk City, Iowa, Lanah Boeck of Kansas City, Missouri, Terence Boeck of Schleswig, Iowa, Thomas and Debi Boeck of Keokuk, Iowa and Timothy and Carolyn Boeck of Green Bay, Wisconsin, 21 grandchildren, one brother, Vernon Haase and wife, Lillian of Denison, sister-in-law, LaVerne Haase of Denison, brothers and sisters-in-law, Gaylord and Irene Boeck of Schleswig, Iowa, Bonnie and the Rev. Virgil Ewoldt of Milford, Iowa and Marian Boeck of Denison, nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 14, 1998 at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison Iowa with the Rev. Kurt R. Kaiser and the Rev. Daniel G. Gifford officiating. Music for the service was provided by Cindy Seastrom singing "The Lord's Prayer" and "On Eagle's Wings" and the congregation singing "How Great Thou Art" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" with Karen Kahl serving as organist. Casket bearers included Christopher Boeck, Jason Boeck, Matt Matijevich, Eric Boeck, Dana Boeck and Jeff McIlriath. Interment was in Crawford Heights Memory Gardens in Denison, Iowa. The Pfannebecker Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of the arrangements.

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George Edward Gress Jr. (1922 - 1993)

George Edward Gress Jr. was born on March 18, 1922, the son of George and Clara Willy Gress Sr. He died following an automobile accident on Friday, Nov. 5, 1993, at the age of 71 years. George was born in Dow City and grew up on various farms in the Dow City area. He was baptized at the RLDS Church in Dow City and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison on Nov. 5, 1944. He received his formal education in the Dow City Community School. As a young man, George worked on the farm for George Weiss and Roland Weed.

He was united in marriage to Almarine Boger on May 16, 1943, at the Zion Lutheran Parsonage in Denison by Rev. C.W. Schmidt. The couple lived with Almarine's father, until settling on a farm near in the Schleswig-Ricketts area where they were blessed with the birth of four children. In 1952, they moved to a farm near Denison and in 1963, moved to Almarine's family farm, where they resided until their retirement, when they moved to an acreage near Denison, subsequently moving to Denison in 1988. The couple was honored to have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house on May 16, 1993. George drove school bus for 10 years for the Denison Community School and for the past two years for Region XII.

George was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed the time he shared with his family. He deeply loved driving the bus and spending time at the Senior Center. He was a member of Zion┬ĚLutheran Church in Denison, Zion Men's Club, Voters Assembly and Fellowship Club, also a member of the Golden K in Denison.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Anna Mae in infancy; two brothers, Carrol and Ira; and one sister-in-law, Leola Gress.

Survivors include his wife, Almarine of Denison; three daughters, Georgia Meseck and her husband, Dennis of Charter Oak, Nadine Palmer and her husband, Pete of Papillion, Neb., and Phyliss Segebart and her husband, Dale of Denison; one son David and his wife, Patricia of Denison; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Art Gress of Charter Oak and Charles Gress and his wife, Harriet of Cincinnati, Ohio; one sister, Noreen Jordan and her husband, Charles of Waterloo; also two sisters-in-law, Gertrude Gress and Betty Gress, both of Ricketts; plus many nieces, nephews and friends. George will be remembered forever by many relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30, Monday, Nov. 8 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison with Reverend Kurt Kaiser and Reverend Philip E. Bloch officiating the service and graveside rites held at the Crawford Heights Memory Gardens in Denison. Karen Kahl provided the organ accompaniment for soloist, Eldon Hardekopf singing, "How Great Thou Art" and "The Old Rugged Cross," also the congregational hymn, "Just As I Am." The Zion Day School children sang "Children of the Heavenly Father." Those serving as pallbearers were: Travis Segebart, Jason Segebart, Patrick Palmer, Chad Meseck, Trevor Gress, Aaron Gress, Joel Palmer and Cory Abbott. The family invited everyone in attendance at the service to join them for lunch at the church, served by the Dorcas Society. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.

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Martin H. W. Schneider (1923 - 2000)

Martin H. W. Schneider was born June 20, 1923, the son of Paul and Emma Quandt Schneider. He died at his home in Denison, Iowa, February 17, 2000 at the age of seventy-six.

Martin was born on a farm in Milford Township, Denison, Iowa. He was baptized in Christ on July 15, 1923 at the Zion Lutheran Parsonage and later confirmed at Zion on April 10, 1938. He received his education in a rural school near his home and the Denison High School. After receiving his education he helped his family on the farm. In 1945, Martin entered the U.S. Army, serving his country in Italy as an interpreter at an American POW Camp housing German POWS. After receiving his honorable discharge in 1947, Martin returned to the family farm.

On August 16, 1953, Martin was united in marriage to Shirley Steckelberg at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa. The couple settled on a farm and were blessed with the birth of four daughters. They retired from farming in 1999 and moved to Denison in October of that year.

Martin was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Denison, where he served as an usher for more than fifty years, and held numerous church offices including: Trustee, and Elder, and Vice President of the Aid Association for Lutherans. He was also a member of the Zion Fellowship Club, Denison American Legion Post No. 8, Farm Bureau, and served as President and Vice President of Circle and Swing Square Dance Club. Martin took great pride in farming, loved his animals, and enjoyed helping other farmers. He also enjoyed socializing with family and friends, playing cards and bowling. Other leisure time activities included square dancing and ballroom dancing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Paul Schneider; two sisters, Esther Schneider and Emma Riessen. Survivors include his wife Shirley of Denison; four daughters, Marilyn Eaves and her husband, Thomas, of Pasadena, Maryland; Sharon Peters and her husband, Roger, of Denison; Tena Kult and her husband, Dave, of Fairmont, Minnesota; Sandra Voog and her husband, Bruce, of Centerville, South Dakota; nine grandchildren; one brother, Herman Schneider of Deloit; one sister, Rose Mae Schneller of Denison; one brother-in-law, Harold Riessen of Schleswig; one sister-in-law, Jeannetta Kneif and her husband, Cyrenus of Kiron; many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 21, 2000 at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. Rev. Kurt Kaiser officiated the service and grave side rites held at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Denison. Organist Karen Kahl provided the accompaniment for soloists Henry Henningsen, Marilyn Eaves, Sharon Peters, Tena Kult, Sandra Voog, Julie Kult and the Zion Lutheran School Children as they sang "Children of the Heavenly Father", "I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry", "Under His Wings" and congregational hymn "Just as I Am, Without One Plea." Those serving as pallbearers were: Roland Schneider, Paul Schneller, Harry Riessen, Scott Clausen, Brian Riessen and Gordon Cose. Military Honors were conducted by the American Legion Post No. 8 of Denison. The family invited everyone in attendance to return to the church and join them for fellowship and lunch served by the Ladies Aid. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.

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Dorothy A. (Asmus) Wiebers (1925 - 1999)

Dorothy A. Wiebers was born May 24, 1925, the daughter of William H. and Gertrude Schneider Asmus. She died at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa, on October 26, 1999, at the age of 74. Dorothy attended elementary school in Vail, and attended high school in Schleswig.

On December 6, 1945, Dorothy was united in marriage to Robert Wiebers at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig. Dorothy and Robert settled on a farm in Soldier Township where they lived for twenty years, during which time the couple was blessed with the birth of four children: Lynelle, Janeal, Allan and Dale. Later, they purchased and farmed the Brandenburg farm in Charter Oak Township.

Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed baking, sewing and spending some of her winters in Arizona. She especially loved camping and playing checkers with her grandchildren. She was always willing to help others whenever she could and was especially active in her church. Dorothy was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, St. Luke Ladies Aid, Jolly Club and the Sewing Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Lynelle in infancy; one sister, Bobbie Berg; and two brothers, Billy and Charles Asmus.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; one daughter, Janeal Holmes of Mapleton; two sons, Allan and his wife, Karen of Ute; and Dale and his wife, Lynda of Charter Oak; seven grandchildren, Dorian Aldag and her husband, David of Schleswig; Kris Pomrenke and her husband, Jason of Kansas j City, Missouri; Julie Holmes of i West Point, Nebraska; Cody Wiebers of Ute; Arin Wiebers of Iowa City; Kaci and Neal Wiebers of Charter Oak; three step-grandchildren, Michael DeLong of Ute; Matthew Keating and his wife, Linda of Federal Way, Washington; Mary Keating of Tempe, Arizona; one great-grandchild, Jenna Pomrenke of Kansas City, Missouri; five sisters, Marge Lantz and her husband, Elmer Gierstorf of Charter Oak; Marilyn Ernst and her husband, Leonard of Bella Vista, Arkansas; Ruth Schmidt and her husband, Virgil of Denison; Shirley Kastner of Denison; and Kathy Clausen and her husband, Verdell of Ricketts; one brother-in-law, Wesley Berg of Odebolt, and one sister-in-law, Ginny Asmus of Murieta, California; many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 29, 1999 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Ricketts, Iowa. Rev. Eugene Ernst officiated the service and grave side rites held at the Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig, Iowa. Marlene Lee provided the organ accompaniment for the congregational hymns, "Tender Shepherd, Thou Hast Stilled", "Lift High The Cross", and "Family of God". Those serving as pallbearers were Edwin D. Schreiber, Wayne Kuhlmann, Gilbert Nihsen, Edward Marth, Paul Schwartz, Lloyd Carlson, Alva Lill, and Kenny Baak. The family invited everyone in attendance to join them in fellowship and lunch served by the Ladies Aid. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.

Transcribed by: Bob Kuehl


Elizabeth (Berens) Schillerberg (1922 - 1993)

Elizabeth (Betty) Schillerberg was born October 7, 1922, the daughter of Michael and Alma Gersdorf Berens. She died at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison on Tuesday, Avgust 31, 1993 at the age of 70 years.

Betty was born on a farm near Dunlap, Iowa where she was baptized in Christ on August 12, 1923 and subsequently confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Schleswig on March 27, 1941. At the age of two years, she moved with her parents to Glenview, Illinois where they lived until 1932 when they returned to Iowa She received her education in rural schools in Illinois and Iowa.

On April 6, 1941, Betty was united in marriage to Clarence Schillerbery at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig. The couple moved to Burbank, CA where she was employed by the Lookheed Aircraft Corporation while Clarence served his country during WWII.

In 1945, after Clarence returned home from the service the couple moved to a farm near Charter Oak where they farmed until settling on a farm in Hanover Township in 1948. They were blessed with the birth of three children. In 1984, after the death of her husband, Clarence, Betty moved to her home in Denison.

Betty was a loving mother who cared for her family and enjoyed their company. She was a member or Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, the Christian Women's Club, the Alter Guild and Evening Guild, the Ladies Aid at Zion and the Crawford County Hospital Auxiliary Board. Additionally, she volunteered her time at the church with vacation bible school.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, January 28, 1980, and one sister, Elmarie. Survivors include: one daughter, Diane Amaral of Tumwater, WA; and two sons, Dale and his wife, Candis of Denison and Alan and his wife, Cheryl of Edina, Minn.; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Hubert Berens and his wife, Helen of Charter Oak; Michael Berens Jr. and his wife, Norma of Ute; one sister, Luefta Behrendt and her husband, Fred of Wilmette, Ill. one sister-in-law, Milda Backhavs and her husband, Harry of Denison; three brothers-in-law, Harold Schillerberg and his wife Darylne of Denison; Louis Aldag of Schleswig; and Merle Schillerberg and his wife, Elaine of Charter Oak.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 A.M., Friday September 3, 1993 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa. Rev. Kurt Kaiser and Rev. Philip E. Bloch officiated the service the grave side rites held at the Crawford Heights Memory Gardens in Denison Karen Kahl provided the organ music for congregational hymns "Just as I Am, Without One Plea," "What A Friend We Have in Jesus" and "I'm But a Stranger Here." Pallbearers were: Derek Schillerberg, Daron Schillerberg, Matt Schillerberg, Clint Schillerberg, Paul Schillerberg and Mark Berens. The Walter A. Huebner and Sons' Funeral Home in Denison were in charge of arrangements.

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Ella Patricia (Saggau) Miller (1921 - 1992)

Ella Patricia Miller was born on May 22, 1921, the daughter of Hugo and Ella Marie Faus Saggau. She died on Monday, May 18, 1992 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 71 years. Pat received her education in the Denison High School and continued her education at the University of Iowa at Iowa City.

On December 13, 1942, she was united in marriage to Louis L. Miller at the S.E. Staley House in Denison. The couple settled in Denison and were blessed with the birth of three children.

She was a career oriented person who devoted her time to her professional position at the Miller Abstract and Loan Office where she was currently active and the McHenry Miller Abstractors where she started her career in 1952. In addition to her work, Pat was involved in many religious, civic and social events in the community as evidenced by her current and past positions in organizations such as: past Worthy Matron of Order of Eastern Star, Denison Chapter; PEO; and past Regent of Daughters of the American Revolution, Denison Chapter.

Additionally, she served in several executive positions in the American Auxiliary as past president of the Denison Unit, the Crawford County Association, the District from 1965 to 1966, the State of Iowa from 1981 to 1982 and served in several additional local positions in recent years. She served on the Crawford County Board of Health, the Social Service Board of wich she was a founding member. She currently volunteered her efforts to the Red Cross, service to military families and veterans and served as regional chairman.

She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Denison, serving as the Clerk of Session and Elder for many years, the president of UPW for two and one-half terms in addition to several other volnteer positions in the church. In addition to her professional and civic responsibilities, Pat had an inspiring affection and devotion to her family and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who spent every available hour with her family and her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her husband, Louis of Denison; one daughter, Katherine Petersenand her husband Linn of Toledo, Ohio; two sons, John and his children, Amy and Kristi of Denison and Gregg and his wife, Joann and their children, Stephanie and Daniel of Denison. Additionally, she is survived by one sister Charline Smith and her husband, Deming of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Memorial Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 1992 at the United Presbyterian Church in Denison, Iowa with Dr. Nadim Saikaly officiating the service. Ann Voggesser provided the organ accompaniment for soloist Henry Henningsen singing The Lord's Prayer and Congregational hymns How Great Thou Art and For All the Saints, Who From Their Labors Rest. In addition a violin solo of Ave Maria was provided by Dr. Rosemary Mason. Arrangements were made under the direction of the Walter A. Huebner and Sons Funeral Home in Denison.

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Henry Raymond Boettger (1947 - 1991)

Henry Raymond "Butch" Boettger was born February 7, 1947, the son of Raymond and Helen Klaus Boettger. He died January 6, 1991 while at work in Denison at the age of 43 years.

Butch was born on the family farm in Paradise Township near Dow City where he grew up. As an infant, he was Baptized a Christian at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute. He began his formal education in Paradise No. 2, a rural school near his home and remained there until it closed.

Continuing his education in Denison, he graduated from the Denison High School with the class of 1965. That year, Butch participated in track events including the half mile relay and was a team member in the school setting record for the two mile relay. In addition to sporting events, Butch worked for his Uncle John L. "Jack" Boettger at the Jo-Mart Steak House in Denison where he learned to cook.

After graduation, he studied at Midwestern College in Denison for one year. He joined the Iowa National Guard and returned to the Steak House after completing his basic training.

August 24, 1968 Butch and Dawn Wilken were united in marriage at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, and were blessed with the birth of two children. Butch was Confirmed in the Lutheran Faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison in December of 1968.

In January of 1968, he began working for the Denison Hide Company, a division of IBP. He subsequently returned to the Steak House where in April of 1973 he became the assistant manager until the death of his Uncle Jack Boettger in August of 1974. He assumed the position as manager of the Steak House until June of 1975 when he returned to the Hide Plant.

In November of 1975, Butch and his family returned to the family farm in Paradise Township where they have remained. In addition to his farming activities, he began a part time job at the Denison Livestock Auction in August of 1988. Other events occupying his time were with his family as evidenced by his attendance at activities involving his family.

Preceding him in death were: his grandparents, John and Elsie Boettger and Henry and Marie Klaus; his father, Raymond; and one sister, Marlene Struck.

Surviving are: his wife Dawn of Dow City; his sons, Michael and Bobby at home; his mother, Helen Boettger of Denison; four sisters, Judith and her husband Paul Bockelmann of Charter Oak; Mariann and her husband Douglas Schnoor of Charter Oak; Colleen and her husband John Steinkuehler of Denison and Sandra Boettger of Denison. Also surviving is a brother-in-law, Ronald Struck of Denison, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Vernie and Marjorie Wilken of Denison.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 9, 1991 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. Pastor Kurt Kaiser and Pastor Philip E. Bloch officiated at the services with interment in the Crawford Heights Memory Gardens in Denison. Mrs. Karen Kahl was organist and the Duet was Henry and Marge Henningsen. Selections were "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art". The Congregational Hymn was "What A Friend We Have in Jesus". Honorary pallbearers were: Clarence Denker, Arnold Detlefsen and Erv. Pauley Jr. Serving as pallbearers were Roger Boettger, Milfred Nemitz, Tom Pauley, Ronald Teut, Ralph Martin, Dennis Denker and Ronald Paulsen. Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of the Walter A. Huebner and Sons' Funeral Service in Denison, Iowa.

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Irene Anna Mae (Beermann) Boeck (1930 - 2000)

Irene Anna Mae Boeck was born in Buck Grove, Iowa, November 14, 1930, the daughter of Henry F. and Olga Weller Beermann. She died February 19, 2000, at Immanuel Lutheran Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of sixty-nine.

Irene was baptized in Christ and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. She received her elementary education in a rural school near her home and graduated from Denison Community High School with the class of 1948. After graduation, Irene began working for Sheriff N.P. Cavett, where she worked for three years.

On June 24, 1951, Irene was . united in marriage to Gaylord Boeck at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison by Rev. C.W. Schmidt. This union was blessed with the birth of three sons. After their marriage, the couple settled on a farm in Crawford County. In 1954, the couple moved to a farm in Ida County remaining there until retiring in 1993 when they moved to Schleswig.

Irene was a wonderful and caring wife, mother and grandmother who loved her family with devotion. She enjoyed an active life, roller skating with friends at Ballantine's Skating Rink in her younger years. More recently, she especially enjoyed bowling and golfing in couples leagues, socializing with family and friends and with her bridge clubs. She had a special love for her Lord and Savior as a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, devoting more than twenty-six years as a teacher in Immanuel's Sunday School. Additionally, Irene was a member of Immanuel Ladies Aid, serving in various offices, the Immanuel Fellowship Group and the Schleswig Golf Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Edward Beermann and one sister-in-law, Leone Beermann.

Survivors include: her husband, Gaylord of Schleswig; three sons, Rev. Alan Boeck and his wife, Jeynell of Portage, Wisconsin, Dr. Curtis Boeck and his wife, Robin of Omaha, Nebraska and Gary Boeck and his wife, Susan of Chicago, Illinois; six grandchildren; three sisters, Alma Denker and her husband, Clarence of Denison, Dorothy Christoffersen and her husband, Lyle "Shorty" of Audubon, Iowa, Lorena Fink and her husband, Mervin of Denison; two brothers, Walter Beermann and Harold Beermann and his wife, Joan, both of Denison; one sister-in-law, Carmen Beermann of Denison; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 22, 2000, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Schleswig, Iowa. Rev. Merle Mahnken officiated the service and grave side rites held at the Crawford Heights Memory Gardens in Denison, Iowa. Marlene Hight provided the organ accompaniment for soloist, Larry Boeck singing, "On Eagle's Wings" and congregational hymns, "What A Friend We Have in Jesus", "Drawn to the Cross" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives". Honorary pallbearers were Michael Boeck, Hannah Boeck,"Abigail Boeck, Benton Boeck, James Boeck and John Boeck. Pallbearers were Neal Christoffersen, David Frostestad, Dennis Denker, Kevin Boeck, Terry Boeck and Joel Fink. The family invited everyone in attendance at the service to remain at the church and join them in fellowship and lunch, served by the Ladies Aid. The Huebner Funeral Home in Schleswig was in charge of arrangements.

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James Michael Saudvig Bubke Sr. (1950 - 2003)

James Michael Saudvig Bubke Sr. was born on October 26, 1950, the son of James E. Saudvig and Edyth Porter Sandvig at Holy Family Hospital in Estherville, Iowa. He died on May 10, 2003 of cancer at his residence surrounded by his family at Schleswig, Iowa.

He was baptized into the Christian faith as a small child and was raised to attend Sunday School and church each Sunday.

His father James died at an early age and his mother married Irvin T. Bubke, who later adopted Michael and his sister, Connie. He was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig, Iowa.

He was married to Lila DeVolld in 1972 and to this union two children were born: Tonya Linn and James Michael Jr. He was married to Mandy King from 1999-2000. He worked for IBP in Denison, Iowa, Amarillo, Texas, and Sioux City, Iowa. He then worked for Swift & Company in Worthington, Minnesota, where he made his home for the past eleven years.

During his radiation and chemotherapy treatments, his dear friends, Brian and Nancy Wagnear and Sharon would always take him to his appointments. His family is indebted to these three beautiful, caring friends. He loved his job at Swift & Company and found it hard to say goodbye to his many co-workers. His family brought him home to Schleswig on April 19, 2003. His son, James, with the help of his siblings and Hospice cared for him at his home in Schleswig.

He was an avid Green Bay Packer and Yankee fan. His favorite past times were fishing and playing golf. His children and beautiful granddaughter were his pride and joy. He was very close to all his siblings who bonded together as a family who loved and took care of each other. His little dachshund, "Lit'l Bit" was his faithful companion.

He was preceded in death by his father, James E. Sandvig; Irvin T. Bubke; Francis Schulte; his mother, Edyth Schulte; his brother, David Schulte.

He is survived by his daughter, Tonya VanNortrick and her husband, Larry and their daughter, Alexandra of Phelen, California; his son, James Michael Bubke Jr. of Port Huron, Michigan; his sisters: Connie Lee and her husband, Dewey of Charter Oak, Iowa; Barbara Lyman and her husband, Gailen of Chandler, Arizona; Karla Hultmann of Duluth, Minnesota; Karman Antinozzi and her husband, Nick of St. Frances, Minnesota; Maria Evans of Battle Creek, Michigan; Diann Taylor of Red Oak, Iowa; his brothers: Leroy Bubke of Harlan, Iowa; Tom Bubke and his wife, Cathy of Schleswig, Iowa; Terry Schulte and his wife, LaVonne of Westphalia, Iowa; Donald Bubke and his wife, Virginia of Omaha, Nebraska; Kim Saudvig of Isanti, Minnesota; Leon Bubke and his wife, Colleen of Denison, Iowa; Roger Bubke and his wife, Alisa of Nemaha, Iowa; Steven Bubke and his wife, Tern of Omaha, Nebraska; and Tim Bubke and his wife, Lila of Schleswig, Iowa. He leaves behind many friends and relatives. May his soul rest in peace among God's holy angels.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig, Iowa. Rev. Merle Mahnken officiated the service and grave side rites held at the Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig. Marlene Hight provided the organ accompaniment for godson and nephew, Darren Lee singing "The Lord's My Shepherd" and "The Lord's Prayer" and for the congregational hymns "Lift Higt the Cross" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives". Those serving as pallbearers were: Donald Bubke, Leroy Bubke, Steve Bubke, Leon Bubke, Timothy Bubke, Roger Bubke, Kim Sandvig, Tom Bubke, and Terry Schulte. The family invited everyone in attendance at the service to return to the church and join them in fellowship and lunch, served by the Ladies Aid. The Huebner Funeral Home in Schleswig was in charge of arrangements.

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James Roger Waldemar (1937 - 2000)

James Roger Waldemar was born on a farm near Deloit, Iowa, October 22, 1937, the son of Clarence and Myrtle Julia Clauson Waldemar. He was raised on the farm and received his early education in the rural schools. He then attended the Deloit High School for two years before being graduated from the Odebolt High School with the Class of 1956. He served his country in the United States Air Force for four years from 1956 until 1960.

On November 28, 1959, James was united in marriage with Elfrieda Feddersen at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa. Following his discharge from the Air Force they made their home on the farm at Deloit, Iowa. Their union was blessed with three children, Tami, Shelly and Colby. They resided on the farm at Deloit for 32 years where he farmed for 23 years and was then employed as a truck driver for various firms for 12 years. Due to failing health he retired in 1991 and they moved to Odebolt, Iowa where he had since resided.

Farming was one of James' greatest loves with the exception of his family and especially his grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoyed motorcycles, reading, singing, playing the guitar and walking. During his high school years he enjoyed wrestling.

James died Sunday evening, February 13, 2000 at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home. At the time of his death he had attained the age of 62 years, 3 months and 21 days. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kiron, Iowa.

James was preceded in death by his parents. Those who remain to cherish his memory include his wife, Elfrieda Waldemar of Odebolt, Iowa, three children, Tami and husband, Brian Batschelet of Spencer, Iowa, Shelly Waldemar of Carter Lake, Iowa and friend, Darryl of Odebolt, Iowa and Colby Waldemar and special friends Tina and Marcus of Sioux City, Iowa, five grandchildren, Ethan and Caleb Batschelet of Spencer, Iowa, and Ashley, Curtis and Tyler Waldemar of Sioux City, Iowa, one sister, Ramona and husband, Dennis Lochmiller of West Des Moines, IBowa, two brothers, Lowell Waldemar and wife, Marilyn of Hesperia, California and Larry Waldemar and wife, Sandy of Denison, Iowa, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, February 16, 2000 at the First Baptist Church in Kiron, Iowa with Pastor Wayne Fritzinger, Pastor Curtis Batschelet and Steve Fahs officiating. Music for the service included the congregation singing "How Great Thou Art" and "The Lord's Prayer", Wayne Lindskoog singing "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" and "Children Of The Heavenly Father", partly in Swedish, and Clayton and Danna Larson singing "Because He Lives". Mrs. John W. Larson served as organist. Honorary bearers included Gary Guy, Dudley Ullrich, Jeff Ullrich, Todd Waldemar, John Feddersen, Jr. and Craig Hagemann. Bearers were Bryan Guy, Brad Waldemar, Mark Garrett, Kyle Ullrich, Roger Prussing and Doug Waldemar. Military Honors were provided by the American Legion Post 383, Kiron, Iowa with graveside Military Honors conducted by American Legion Roose Post 313 of Odebolt, Iowa. Interment was at the Kiron Cemetery, Kiron, Iowa. The Pfannebecker Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.

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Jean Ann (Struck) DeMuth (1943 - 2003)

Jean Ann Struck DeMuth was born February 16, 1943, the daughter of Victor and Evelyn Keating Struck in Denison, Iowa. She died Tuesday, December 23, 2003 at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison. Iowa at the age of sixty.

Jean Ann was born on a farm near Schleswig, Iowa. She began her formal education in Morgan Township and continued her education in the Schleswig Community School. She was a member of the Girl's State Tournament Basketball team from 1961, which still holds a record at the Schleswig High School. In 1961, she enrolled in Stewarts School of Hairstyling. Upon graduation she has owned and operated her own beauty shop in Denison, Iowa.

In 1964, Jean Ann was united in marriage to Jerome (Jerry) DeMuth at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church by the Rev Father Jerome Koenig. In 1968 the couple bought their first home and adopted their first son, Christopher, followed by their second son, Paul in 1971.

She enjoyed the family outings whether it be golf, fishing, going to the lake home, the boy's sports, she was always there. The meals were always prepared, even if they were left overs! Jean Ann also loved traveling and gaming in Las Vegas.

She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, having served in many capacities, including the Ladies Guild, St. Rose of Lima School Board and chairman of the band department. She was also a Girl Scout Leader, Den Mother and Little League Mother in every capacity, also a coaches wife and players mother. She was president of the Denison Country Club, and a member of the Western Iowa Tech Cosmetology Board.

The love of Jean Ann's life was her family, her wonderful husband and their two boys, but before them her Mom and Dad, brother and sisters. We could go on to Jerome's wonderful Mother and Father, brothers and sisters whom she dearly loved. Let's not forget all her wonderful customers and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, one infant sister and a daughter-in-law. Survivors include her husband, Jerome of Denison; two sons, Christopher DeMuth of Las Vegas, Nevada and Paul DeMuth of Denison; two grandchildren, Michele and Bobby; three sisters Joan Lafrentz and her husband, Dale of Manilla; Mary Lou Reiman and her husband, Wayne of Carroll; Susan Meseck and her husband, Ronnie of Ute; one brother, Larry Struck of Des Moines; a special cousin, Mary Ann Keating and her husband, John of Omaha; other relatives and many friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 16, 2003 at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison, Iowa. Fr. Edward Murray served as Celebrant of the Mass with interment at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery in Denison. Jean Cornelius provided the organ accompaniment for the St. Rose of Lima Choir and also for vocalists, Kristin Struck and Andrea Schwarte. Lector was Kevin Reiman; Gift Bearers were Adrean and Martha Paz; Mass Servers were Victor Paz, Megan Struck, Jeremy and Joey Lafrentz. Pallbearers were Dean Lafrentz, Steven McGivern, Jerod DeMuth, Marty DeMuth, Steven Struck, Kevin Reiman, Dan Lafrentz, Cory DeMuth and Scott Struck. A Legion of Mary Rosary was held at 4:00 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Huebner Funeral Home in Denison. The family invited everyone in attendance to join them in fellowship and lunch served by the Altar Society. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.

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Jeffrey L. Ewoldt (1956 - 1997)

Jeffrey L. Ewoldt was born at Denison, Iowa, September 25, 1956, the son of Lynn and Lorraine Frerichs Ewoldt.

He was raised in Denison where during his high school years he participated in Band, Swing Choir, Chorus, Boys Glee Club, Drama, and was employed at the Denison Newspapers as a reporter and KDSN Radio as a disc jockey. Other memberships during those years included Barbershop Singers, Mid-Western Players, and an active membership in the United Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon, Elder, Youth Leader, Lay Leader and was a member of the Choir.

He was graduated from the Denison High School with the Class of 1975 and furthered his education at the University Of Dubuque for three years. Following college Jeffs disc jockey career took him to Columbus, Grand Island, North Platte and Lincoln, Nebraska. While residing in Lincoln he participated in the Big Brother Organization and was very active in the Southern Heights Presbyterian Church serving as Elder, Deacon, Youth Leader and Lay Leader.

For the past three years he had resided in Omaha, Nebraska where he was employed as Audio Producer at West Telemarketing and was a part-time disc jockey at LITE 96 Radio. He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church of The Cross in Omaha, singing in their choir, was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity and in his spare time enjoyed reading, music and singing, public speaking, stamp collecting and in his younger days, coin collecting.

Jeffrey died Tuesday afternoon, March 11, 1997 at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa. At the time of his death he had attained the age of 40 years, 5 months and 16 days.

Jeffrey was preceded in death by his father, Lynn Ewoldt, one niece, Anna Mae Ewoldt, his maternal grandparents, Anton and Beana Frerichs and paternal grandparents, John and Frieda Ewoldt.

Those who remain to cherish his memory include his mother, Lorraine Ewoldt of Denison, Iowa, one sister, Judy and her husband, John Swanson of Denison, one brother, Jim Ewoldt and his wife, Cindy of Denison, nieces and nephews, Ryan, Derek and Lindsey Swanson and Kaela and Amanda Ewoldt, all of Denison, Iowa, uncles, aunts and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 15, 1997 at the United Presbyterian Church in Denison, Iowa with the Rev. Thomas S. Buzbee officiating. Music for the service included Henry Henningsen singing "How Great Thou Art" and the congregation singing "Amazing Grace" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives". Marilynn Jepsen served as organist. Casket bearers included Larry Kluver, Marvin Kluver, Ronald Bierma, Roger Ewoldt, Dave Barnes and Larry Dettbarn. Interment was in the Crawford Heights Memory Gardens in Denison, Iowa. The Pfannebecker Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of the arrangments.

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