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  Linda Carol (Draper) Whipple, 57, died August 6, 2005 in her home in West Jordan, Utah after a year's battle with cancer. Linda was a BHS graduate.

  Linda was born November 14, 1947 in Belmond to Gerald Raymond and Valva C. Nelson Draper. She married Dennis Duane Whipple November 3, 1973 in Goleta, California. Linda was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She loved to sew, go bowling and watch NASCAR racing. She especially enjoyed organizing the annual Las Vegas race trips for her extended "NASCAR family".

  Preceding her in death are siblings, Kathy, Nancy and Timothy Draper.

  Survivors include her husband, Dennis; son, Tyler (Steph) Whipple of West Jordan, Utah; daughters, Jodi Whipple and Chris Kevern, both of West Jordan, Utah; granddaughter, Kadynce Kevern of West Jordan, Utah; mother, Valva Draper of Las Vegas; father, Gerald of Mason City; brother, Larry (Cheryl) Draper of South Jordan; and sister, Judy (Bob) Evangelisti-Huth of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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  Doris "Jean" Walrod died August 7, 2005. Services were held Wednesday, August 10 at the Belmond United Methodist Church with Pastor Mike Druhl officiating. JoAn Skyrme played the piano and Marilyn Janssen sang. Interment will take place at a later date in the Belmond Cemetery.

  Jean was born September 18, 1926 in Rockwell City to James and Minnie (Ehler) Ryan. She lived on farms near Rockwell City, Dows and Rowan. She grew up in a large family (five brothers and four sisters, sandwiched between two sets of twins). She graduated from the Rowan High School in 1944 and worked as a teletype operator for Western Union in Chicago. In 1946 she met William (Bill) Walrod. After a four-month courtship they were married on January 15, 1947.

  Jean enjoyed the role of homemaker and mother. She worked for twelve years in the medical records department at the Belmond Community Hospital. Jean loved to travel with her family, and there were many camping trips, ranging from weekend jaunts nearby and longer trips north or west. 

  Jean was always a willing volunteer. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, serving at various times on the administrative council, trustees and staff parish committee. She also served faithfully in the United Methodist Women and Rebecca Circle. She had been a member of the Progress Club since 1967 and had worked in the bereavement program for the Wright County Hospice. Jean also was active in the Democratic Party, volunteering many hours for various candidates over the years.

  Jean was preceded in death by her husband; son, Ricky; her parents; brothers, Harold, Walter, Glen and Daryl; and sisters, Alice Slatkoske and Ethel Korth.

  Jean is survived by daughter, Veloice (Peter) Huck of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; son, Todd (Ann)Walrod of Leland; grandchildren, Megan (Mike) Adams of Burnsville, Minnesota, Emily (Karlin) Bilchuk of Princeton, New Jersey, Kayla Huck, and Trent and Jane Walrod; brother, Ed (Marge) Ryan of Kanawha; sisters, Elsie (Wilbur) Rockow-Schroeder of Dows and Darlene Aldrich of Belmond; and sister-in-laws, Melba and Vernie Ryan.

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  Delores M. Jackson, 70, of Rowan, died Monday, August 8, 2005 at the USA Health Care Center in Clarion. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 11 at the United Church of Rowan with Pastor Nancy Hofmeister officiating. Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery in Rowan.

  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 10 from 5-7:00 p.m., at the Ewing Dugger Helgeson Funeral Home, 602 North Main, Clarion, and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

  Delores, the daughter of Kenneth and Gladys Whitten Lycke, was born July 27, 1935 in Grundy Center. She graduated from the Rowan High School with the class of 1953. She lived in Webster City from 1960 until 1965, then returned to Rowan where she has since resided. Delores was united in marriage with Jim Jackson in Rowan.

  Delores enjoyed morning coffee at the Town Mart. She was an excellent cook and was well known for baking pies, especially apple. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidering and caring for her flower garden. Over the years Delores baby-sat for many children in Rowan. She was a member of the United Church of Rowan.

  She was preceded in death by her parents.

  Delores is survived by her husband; daughter, Barb Hyland of Rowan; son, Richard Taylor of Rowan; brother, Ivan Dean Lycke (Elsie) of Alden; step-children, Gary Jackson, Dwayne Jackson, David Jackson and Diane Vasquez; four grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

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  Dora Ann (Miki) Quigley, 68, Belmond died August 8, 2005. Services were held on August 12 at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Belmond, with Father Chris Podhajsky officiating. Burial was in the Belmond Cemetery.

  Miki, the daughter of Leo William and Ann Eva (Mary) Meleny, was born February 10, 1937 in Britt. She attended the Garner High School where she loved cheerleading.

  Miki married Patrick Quigley on November 7, 1953 in Belmond. She devoted her life to her children and grandchildren. She was very proud of them all.

  Miki was a very caring person who loved people and never knew a stranger. She was an avid reader and excellent cook. She had a passion for shopping, especially garage sales and craft shows.

  Miki was a member of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Robert; grandson, Waylen Bonte; and infant grandsons, Wade Ashley and Anthony Micheal Burt.

  Survivors include her husband; son, William (Sheryl) of Clear Lake; daughters, Patricia (Scott) Ostermann of Woden and Pamela (Vern) Gifford of Kanawha; eight grandchildren; and five brothers and sisters.

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  Paul Richard Nassen, 65, of Denver, Colorado, died August 10, 2005 at his home. Services were held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Denver. Interment was in the Logan National Cemetery.

  Paul was born in Story County on August 19, 1939, the son of Harvey and Stella (Durby) Nassen. He was baptized at the Bergen Lutheran Church in Roland and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond. He grew up on farms near Story City and Belmond, graduating from the BHS in 1957. He attended St. Olaf College, the University of Colorado, and Regis College.

  He served in the Army from 1963-1965 and was stationed in Fort Devens, Massachusetts and at Frankfurt, Germany.

  He married Elaine Paulette Bergsgaard in Denver on November 28, 1981.

  Paul worked at Martin Marietta, Haugland Computer Service, and the State of Colorado Departments of Revenue and Human Services. He retired as a principal systems analyst in 1995.

  Paul and Elaine enjoyed traveling, including trips to Norway, Ireland, Egypt, France and Hawaii. They had many ski and golf vacations, attended musical performances at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His nieces and nephews especially enjoyed Paul's company.

  Paul was active at Our Saviour's, serving as council president and singing in the choir and a church quartet.

  Paul was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in May 2001 and pulmonary hypertension in June 2005.

  Survivors are his wife, Elaine; sisters, Ruby Triggs of West Branch, Myrtle Harper of Story City and Marie McClain of Colorado Springs; brother, Harlan (Audrey) Nassen of Suntree, Florida; and seven nieces and a nephew.

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  Carolyn Kay Smith, 62, Meservey, died August 11, 2005 at the Belmond Medical Center. Services were held on August 15 at the Immanual Reformed Church, rural Belmond, with Pastor Rob Ford officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

  Carol Severson was the organist and Gary and Velda Steenblock sang. Don and Alvin Braner were ushers. Casketbearers were Eugene Pals, George Wenzel, Larry Pals, Herb Greiman, Larry Severson and Herb Basener.

  Carolyn was born March 27, 1943 in Manilla, the daughter of Robert and Mary Ella (Schnuettgen) McCaffrey. She attended the Manilla High School and the Stuart School of Cosmetology in Sioux City. Then she worked as a hair stylist in Forest City.

  Carolyn married Robert Smith on December 27, 1963 at the Immanuel Reformed Parsonage. She and Robert spent ten months in Japan when he was in military service. Then they made their home in the Belmond and Meservey areas. Carolyn was a hair stylist in Belmond and then spent fifteen years at the school as a head cook. Due to her health, she retired from the school one and a half years ago.

  Carolyn enjoyed cooking and was always looking for new recipes. She had a knack for decorating with flowers, food, lace and antiques, which she enjoyed shopping for. Carolyn valued spending time with her family, campouts, flea markets, back-road sight seeing and gardening.

  Survivors include her husband; children, Kim (Mark) Soma of Belmond, Steve (Devin) of West Branch, Roy (Monique) of Cedar Rapids, Kerri (Dave) Pals of Belmond, Brandon of Belmond and Bryan of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren and great-grandchild, Ashley, Sarah, Katelyn, Makayla, Jenna, Rebecca, Andrew and Brooklyn; mother, Mary McCaffrey of Denison; sisters, Karen Brockelsby of Ankeny and Marilyn (Pat) Stoll of Denison; and brothers, Roger of Denison, Mark (Jan) of Red Oak and Daryl (Mickey) of South Sioux City.

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  Mable V. Christensen, 94, died August 12 at the Westview Care Center in Britt. Services were held on August 16 at the Bethel Baptist Church in Britt with burial in the Belmond Cemetery.

  Mable Viola, the daughter of James and Anna (Helt) Reed, was born July 8, 1911 at Aredale. She attended school in Franklin County. She married George Melvin Christensen in 1931. They farmed west of Belmond until 1954 when they moved west of Klemme. She lived the past six months at the care center.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1983; daughter, Shirley; sons, Lloyd and Richard; brothers, John, Orville, Don and Merlin Reed; and sisters, Velma McSpaden, LaVon Steere and Bernadine Johnson.

  Survivors include her children, Marlys (Larry) Ridley and Velma (Louis) Yender of Arkansas and George Robert (Carolyn) Christensen and Raymond Christensen of Britt; sister-in-law, Alice Christensen of Michigan; sisters, Vera Puhl and Arlene Puhl of Charles City and Ruby (Lowell) Hobert of Greene.

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  William "Lloyd" Cunningham, 88, a life long resident of Belmond and Goodell, died August 14, 2005 at the Belmond Health Care Center. Services will be held on Thursday, August 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Belmond United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Druhl officiating. Burial will be in the Immanuel Reformed Church Cemetery east of Belmond. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Andrews Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church Thursday.

  William Lloyd was born May 3, 1917 near Boone, the son of Herman and Ruby Boone Cunningham. He moved with his family at a young child to a farm near Goodell. He graduated from the Belmond High School in 1936. Lloyd married Erma Arlene Frohling on June 22, 1937 at the Little Brown Church near Nashua.

  Lloyd was very much a family man, and both he and Erma worked very hard to instill the value of education in the lives of their children. He worked as a mechanic at the Ford garage in Belmond for 18 years and later purchased an auto body shop which he operated for 20 years.

  Lloyd was a member of the Belmond United Methodist Church where he was a long time usher. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and was a long time member of the Eastern Star where he served as Worthy Patron numerous times. He had also been involved in the I.O.O.F. and was one of the charter members of the Belmond Country Club.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Erma (October 2000).

  Survivors include sons, Marlan (Karen) Cunningham of Ankeny and Kirk (Cathy) Cunningham of Prescott, Arizona; daughter, Glenda (Larry) Field of Fairbanks, Alaska; brother, Harold (Marcella) Cunningham of Goodell; grandchildren, Lauri (David) Moore, David (Lisa) Cunningham, Elizabeth (Brad) Koecheritz, Sarah Cunningham, Derek (Carla) Field and Nathan (Kim) Field; great-grandchildren, Aerielle Field, Matthew Moore, Christopher Moore, Shannon Cunningham and Gabriella Cunningham; and sister-in-law, Mildred Tomson.

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  Lyle L. Lewellyn, 90, of Clarion, died August 16, 2005 at the hospital in Mason City. Services were held on August 18 at the First United Methodist Church in Clarion with Pastor Don Morrison officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery, Clarion.

  Lyle Lawrence was born July 16, 1915 on a farm north of Clarion, the son of Albert R. and Myrtle (Henry) Lewellyn. He attended country school in Lake Township and graduated from the Clarion High School in 1933.

  On September 8, 1940 he married Mildred Jacobson at the home of her parents. The couple farmed for two years north of Clarion, four years north of Dows, and then moved north of Galt in 1947 where they farmed until 1978 when Lyle retired. In 1982 the couple moved to Clarion.

  Lyle was a 4-H leader for four years, county committeeman, township assessor in Lake and Lincoln Townships for five years, Wright County Extension Director for four years, ASCS committeeman for 10 years, and Farm Bureau vice-president for two years. He was a member of the Untied Methodist Church in Clarion and served on several committees.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; four infant brothers; brothers, Donald and Vern; and sisters, Mary, Ruth and Vera.
  Lyle is survived by his wife; sons, Donald (Marnie), Dale (Elaine), Larry (Sue) and Richard (Shari); daughter, Janet (Kevin) Albrecht; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Isel King.

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  Milo Richard Martin Roberts, 85, died August 17, 2005 at the Belmond Health Care Center. Services were held on August 20 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond with Pastor Rod Hopp officiating. Full military honors were rendered, and a private family interment will take place later at the Belmond Cemetery.

  Milo was born August 7, 1920 in Latimer, the son of Harry and Helena (Hansen) Roberts. He attended the St. Paul's Lutheran School and graduated from the Latimer High School. In his youth he was an avid sportsman and athlete, even trying out as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals when he was eighteen. He later owned a Western Auto Store in Gowrie until volunteering for a three-year tour in the U.S. Coast Guard during WW II. He enlisted as an apprentice seaman in June of 1942, completing a course of instruction at Radio Telephone Signal School while serving on the West Coast. After discharge in 1945 he operated the Belmond Ice and Coal Company.

  Prior to operating his Western Auto Store, Milo married Marjorie Wedeking of Nemaha. She passed away after a lengthy illness. In July 1957 he married Sophie Van Drie of Melvin.

  In 1956 he began driving a school bus for the Belmond Community Schools. Later he was also a custodian and became a full-time school employee. Milo drove school bus routes for nearly 25 years, logging 20-30 thousand miles per year.

  His retirement interests included woodworking and making craft items with Sophie, selling them at local craft shows. They enjoyed wintering in southern Texas and fishing trips to Minnesota with friends and family.

  Milo was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; brother, Ralph; sister, Loretta Rodemeyer; nephew, Dalton Rodemeyer; and grand niece, Patti Rodemeyer.

  He is survived by his wife, Sophie of Belmond; sons, Raymond of Tucson, Arizona, Timothy of Shenandoah and Stuart of Omaha; daughters, Michele Stephens of Pulaski, Tennessee and Paula Roberts-Cogut of Cross River, New York; sister, Mildred Oliver; cousin, Orvetta Brawner; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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  Leo J. Butler, 81, of Williams, died August 17, 2005 at the Hamilton Hospital in Webster City. Services were held at St. Mary's Catholic church with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery.

  Leo James was born November 29, 1923 in Webster City, the son of Thomas P. and Mary T. (Collins) Butler. He married Lorene Mary Smith at St. Mary's on October 10, 1946. They farmed for 53 years.

  He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

  Survivors include daughter, Mary (Paul) Fankhauser of Williams; son, Jim Butler of Belmond; granddaughter, Cheri (Terry) Matthews of Nebraska; and grandsons, Brian Fankhauser of Slater, Tom (Dawn) Butler of Belmond and Dan Butler of California.

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  Edna V. Kroeger, 93, died August 20, 2005 at her home in Belmond. Services were held on August 23 at the Dugger Ewing Funeral Home with Pastor Janet Wearda officiating. Burial was in the Belmond Cemetery.

  Edna, the daughter of John A. and Augusta Jacobs Berghefer, was born six miles east of Belmond on August 12, 1912. She attended school in Garner and Belmond, graduating with the Belmond Class of 1930.

  Edna took Normal Training in high school and taught two years in Crawford County where she met and married Peter Kroeger. They farmed and worked for farmers in Charter Oak and later near Belmond. When WW II broke out, Peter enlisted and Edna taught in a country school close to Belmond for two years. She moved to Omaha and worked for Western Electric, making communications equipment. A year later she was called to teach in a country school east of Rockwell where she remained until Peter was discharged. Then they farmed near Meservey until the Korean War when Peter once again enlisted. Edna taught second grade at Meservey. The following year she attended Iowa State Teachers College until Pete was discharged. Edna taught at Clear Lake for a year. She went back to school and taught the last twenty years in Waterloo.

  After retiring, they traveled south to Texas, Arizona and Florida. She loved traveling by camper to historical and other well known places in the U.S. They met many new friends. She enjoyed various crafts and was an avid reader.

  Edna belonged to the Kappa Phi Sorority while at UNI and participated in golf, tennis and swimming. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Retired Teachers Association, United Methodist Church and church circle, UNI Alumni Association, League of Women Voters, and Country Friendly Neighbor's Club.

  Edna was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Donna; son-in-law, Carl; granddaughter, Debra; sisters, Lola and Doris; and brother, Boyd.

  Survivors include grandchildren, Keith (Karen) Traeger of Eagle Grove, James (Elizabeth) Traeger of Grundy Center, Kathryn Quam of Thornton, Larry (Deb) Traeger of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Kevin Traeger of Eagle Grove, Craig (Dawn) Traeger of Renwick, Lorie (Richard) Halsne of Thornton and Christa Traeger of Alexandria, Virginia; fourteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Ina Stille of Garner and Garnet Beenen of Newton; nieces and nephews, especially Cyndy and Sheila.

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  Arlin C. Olsen, 89, died August 26, 2005 at the Belmond Medical Center. Services were held on August 29 at the Klemme United Methodist Church with Rev. Paddy Druhl officiating. Interment was in the Ell Township Cemetery near Klemme.

  Margaret Tue was organist and Lance Arnold was soloist. Ushers were Arlyn Waddingham and Bill Arnold.   Honorary bearers were Kenneth Kluckhohn, Henry Kaduce, Sam Spilman, Carl Heginger, Dan Spilman and Merle Pannhoff. Casket bearers were Jim Olsen, Ryan Olsen, Larry Kluckhohn, Shannon Graves, Greg Olson and Jean Olsen.

  Arlin, the son of Knute and Aleta (Rear) Olson, was born June 9, 1916 on his parents' farm near Clear Lake. He attended the Eden Country School and Union No. 2.

  Arlin married Christina Schwartz on July 6, 1946 at the Little Brown Church. They resided near Clear Lake and later in Klemme.

  Arlin loved trucks. At age 11 he had built his first truck using a Model T. Later he hauled hogs in a 1938 Ford truck. Over the years he trucked at night and farmed during the day. Christina would help with the trucking business when necessary. From 1949 to 1972 Arlin and Christina were in the trucking business full time. In 1972 Arlin started driving a U.S. Mail truck between Omaha and Minneapolis, a route running 800 miles seven days per week. He retired in 1985 but continued to work on cars, trucks and lawn mowers at their home in Klemme.

  Preceding Arlin in death were his parents; sisters, Gladys Bier and Mildred Van Laere; son, Roger; an infant brother and sister.

  Survivors are his wife, a resident of the Belmond Health Care Center; sons, Merlyn (Audrey) Olson of Santa Maria, California, Harland (Janet) Olsen of Mason City, Randy (Monica) Olsen of Garner; daughter, Corrine (Susie) Olsen of Klemme; daughter-in-law, Linda Olson of Ventura; brother, Clare Olson of Clear Lake; grandchildren, Doni (Bill) Schaefer, Denette Olson, Deanne (Mike) Luis, Dan (Eenja) Olson, Greg and (Kim) Olson, Ryan (Tina) Olsen, Shannon (Gary) Graves, Jim Olsen and Jean Olsen; great-grandchildren, Will, Sarah and Evan Schaefer, Lane, Levi and Aubrey Luis, Jacob, Daniel and Nicole Olson, Zachary and Caitlin Olson, Riley and Wyatt Olsen, Alex and Bailey Graves. 

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  George F. Pals, 78, of Belmond, died August 27, 2005 at the Belmond Medical Center. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 31 at the St. John Lutheran Church with Pastor Lowell Halvorson officiating. Burial, with military rites, will take place at the Belmond Cemetery.

  George was born east of Belmond on April 27, 1927. He was the son of John D. L. and Tena (Sandman) Pals, the second of eight children. He attended the Pleasant Township Country School #6.

  George farmed with his brothers and parents for many years southeast of Belmond. He served in the U.S. Army for two years. He took training at Fort Riley, Kansas and was sent to Korea where he served in communications during the Korean War. He seriously injured his right leg and was hospitalized in Japan.

  After the service, George purchased portable feed grinders and did custom milling for farmers. Later he worked at the welding shop in Rowan. He became an expert welder and worked for Triggs Manufacturing. George enjoyed farming with his brother, Wilbur and liked to attend auctions. He was self-sufficient, independent, and a great friend to many people. George was a life long member of St. John's where he was baptized and confirmed.

  George was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wilbur; and sister, Arlene Langhoff of Mason City.

  Survivors include brothers, Arthur (Marjorie) of Dows and Herbert of Belmond; sisters, Helen (Edward) Schnittjer of Clarion and Mary Jane Isaacson of Melbourne; and brother, Jerry (Eileen) Pals of rural Belmond.

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