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Doyle W. Dana
02/08/03

Doyle W. Dana, 91, of Allison, Iowa, passed away on January 30, 2003 at the Allison Care Center in Allison, of natural causes. On March 16, 1911, he was born the son of Carlton and Matilda Glawe Dana of Cannon City, Colorado. In 1956 Doyle was united in marriage to Philamena Lee in Yuma, Arizona. He was employed by John Deere and retired in 1974. Doyle enjoyed hunting, trapping, playing the dogs and horses. Survivors include two daughters: Maggie and Dean Wordes of Allison and Jeri Bradley of Waverly; a son: Kenneth Schumacher of Hudson; seven grandchildren: Shane Nolan, Jaime (Michael Gienau, Patrick Nolan, Jim Wordes, Eric Schumacher, Robert (Jill) Bradley III, and Marsha (Michael) Dison; and seven great grandchildren: Ali Nolan, Jade Gienau, Chalee Gienau, Janae Winkowitsch, Taylor Nolan, Michael Dison and Robie Bradley. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers, Clayton and Floyd Glawe (Buck).

Merle Miller
02/08/03

Merle Miller, age 77, of Parkersburg, Iowa, was born the son of Bert and Tillie (Alberts) Miller on September 10, 1925, on a farm north of Aplington, Iowa. He received his education from a country school near his home. On July 6, 1948, Merle was united in marriage with Hannah Haats at the Bethel Reformed Church, rural, Aplington, Iowa. They made their home and farmed north of Parkersburg. Through the years Merle also worked as a brick layer, drove a milk truck and did custom harvest work and custom corn shelling for various farmers. Merle retired in 1995. Merle was a life long member of the Bethel Reformed Church, where he served as Deacon, Elder and Superintendent. He also taught Sunday School and Catechism. He was on the Pastor Relations Committee, was involved with the Pleasant Prairie Classis, was an active member of the World Home Bible League and the Gideons International. Merle sang with Gospeliers Quartet for about 18 years. He was a member of the Parkersburg Lions Club and was Citizen of the Year in 1993. Merle enjoyed fishing with his family in Minnesota and many fishing trips with his friends to Canada. He enjoyed bowling through the years and was on a bowling league. Merle enjoyed spending time with his family and was especially proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Merle died Wednesday, January 29, 2003, at the Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, from natural causes. He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Cornelia Jungling, Henrietta Mennen, Madeline Cordes and Marian Cordes. Merle is survived by his wife, Hannah Miller of Parkersburg; two daughters, Kathy (Les) Rieken of Parkersburg and Mary Sprole of Parkersburg; one son, Gaylen (Glenna) Miller of Cedar Falls; six grandchildren, Alicia (Matt) Cory, Brittanie Miller, Letrisha Wise, Kara (Kevin) Leerhoff, Lesa Rieken, Klayton Sprole; four great grandchildren, Logan Cory, Austin and Molli Wise and Lane Leerhoff; three brothers, John “Jack” (Joan) Miller of Aplington, Delbert (Delores) Miller of Aplington and Daniel “Dick” Miller of Aplington; five sisters, Carrie Bertram of Allison, Bertilda (Koert) Freese of Aplington, Mildred (Chris) Ridder of Aplington, Frances (Ted) Stubbe of Aplington and Phyllis (Willie) Aalderks of Aplington and one brother-in-law, Henry Jungling Sr. of Aplington. Funeral Services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 3, 2003, at the Bethel Reformed Church, rural, Aplington, Iowa, with Rev. Scott Summers officiating and the Organist was Belva Schipper. Two Vocalist, Alicia Cory sang, “Lord I’m Coming Home” and Randy Aalderks sang “Little Is Much” and “This World Is Not My Home.” The Congregational Hymns were “Just When I Need Him Most” and “What A Day That Will Be.” The Casketbearers were Matt Cory, Kevin Leerhoff, Rick Miller, Joe Tyler, James Miller and Klayton Sprole. Interment was at Bethel Cemetery, rural, Aplington, Iowa. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Parkersburg was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Dale H. Cassmann
02/08/03

Funeral Services for Dale H. Cassmann to be held Feb. 5 Funeral services for Dale H. Cassmann, 71, of 415 North Second Street, Greene, will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Gary Hatcher officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene. Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Reid’s Funeral Chapel in Greene where there will be a public Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church one hour before services on Wednesday. Dale Henry Cassmann was born December 14, 1931 in Union Township, Floyd County, a son of Peter and Ella Mae Cassmann, and died Saturday, February 1, 2003 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. He received his education in the rural Coldwater Township Schools and later the Greene Public School. He was baptized on May 24,1942 and confirmed a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene on April 3, 1949. He was united in marriage to Kathryn Mae Berk on November 24, 1950 at St Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. As a young man he worked on the family farm and later for his uncle Peter Smoot in Allison. Dale worked for area farmers until he began working for the International Implement and later the John Deere Implement both in Greene until his retirement in 1987. Dale’s interests included collecting toy farm tractors, playing marbles and cards, but most of all he loved working in his garage doing woodworking and spending time with the grandchildren. Living family members include his loving wife Kathryn of Greene and their children: Dennis (Merlette) Cassmann of Bristow, Douglas Cassmann of Osage, Bruce (Janet) Cassmann of Rockford, Brenda (Gary) Geuther of Waverly; eight grandchildren: Michell, Cody, Melinda, and Christopher Cassmann of Rockford, Terence and Tiffany Cassmann of Bristow, Lisa and Jennifer Geuther of Waverly; two brothers: Gordon (Tillie) Cassmann of Aplington, Melvin Cassman and his friend Eileen Furstenburg of Clarksville; two sisters: Mable (Elvin) Rover of Greene, Eunice (Fred) Bolhuis of Aplington; his aunt and uncle Claus and Janet Johnson of Wycoff, MN, aunt Ruth Sonksen of Grundy Center, aunt Alice Johnson of Allison, aunt Rosie Johnson of Waterloo, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Orville Whited, and several aunts and uncles. Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Dale H. Cassmann Memorial Fund in care of the family.

Cleo M. Mead
02/08/03

Funeral services for Cleo M. Mead Davis 84, of 523 North Fourth Street, Greene will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 27, 2003 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Ashok Patet officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene. Cleo Mae Detra was born June 11, 1918, in Greene, a daughter of Walter and Hazel (Heidenwirth) Detra and died Wednesday, January 22, 2003, at the Floyd County Memorial Hospital in Charles City. She received her education at the Greene Public Schools, graduating in 1935. She also attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. On September 15, 1940, she was united in marriage to James Edward Mead at her parents¹ home in Greene. The following year the couple started farming east of Greene. In 1952 they moved into town. She was employed in the Butler County Auditor’s office, secretary of Temple Engineering in Greene, and worked for the family-owned Mead Drug Store in Greene. She also worked for the Flower Shop in Greene for several years. Following her husband’s death on July 12, 1989, she continued to make her home in Greene and cared for her mother. She was united in marriage to Darrell Davis on June 1, 1995, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene. Cleo and Darrell enjoyed their winters in Mesa, Arizona, and going dancing. Cleo’s family was her number one priority. Her family will remember her as a very gracious hostess and a great cook. Her cooking, and the memories of the flavors, smells, and warmth from her kitchen will never be forgotten. She actively supported her sons in their school activities and was a Den Mother in Cub Scouts. Her interests included going on family fishing trips in Northern Minnesota and Canada, and playing golf. Music played an important part in her life. She sang duets with her sister Beth, and was a member of the church choir and the Greene Community Chorus for 25 years. She was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church and the U.P.W, Order of the Eastern Star, Ladies Embroidery Club, Woman¹s Club of Greene, the Birthday Club, and several bridge clubs. She served on the Rose Hill Cemetery Board and the Election Board for many years. Those thankful for having shared her life include her husband Darrell of Greene; three sons: Michael (Karen) Mead of Stanton, Steven (Jo) Mead of Storm Lake, and Philip (Rita) Mead of Wenatchee, WA; eight grandchildren: Kimberly (David) Thomas of West Des Moines, Michelle (Timothy) Salley of Farmington Hills, Ml, Timothy Mead and his fiance Jody Westhoff of West Des Moines, Joshua Mead of Minneapolis, Marla Mead of Washington, DC., David Mead of Ames, Dana Mead of Kodiac Island, AK, and Matthew Mead of Seattle, WA; three great-grandchildren: Samuel Thomas, Nicholas Thomas, and Carter Salley. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She leaves to join her husband James Mead, her parents, and one sister Beth Dralle. Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Cleo M. Mead Davis Memorial Fund c/o P. O. Box A, Greene, Iowa 50636-0655

Grace Renken

Grace Renken, age 87, of Parkersburg, Iowa, was born the daughter of John and Jennie Heronimus Hoodjer on July 28, 1915, near Holland in Grundy County, Iowa. Grace was confirmed into the Christian faith on April 13, 1930, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Holland, Iowa. She attended country school near her home through the 8th grade. Grace was united in marriage with Markley Renken on April 28, 1936, in the church parsonage in Holland, Iowa. The couple farmed in Butler County, then in Grundy County, retiring in 1971 from the farm. They moved into Parkersburg upon retirement. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, since 1936, where she was very active in the Ladies Guild, was a Sunday School and Bible School teacher and was a member of the Missionary Society. Grace was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time gardening, especially growing vegetables. She liked to play cards and most of all, she enjoyed the time spent with her grandchildren. On Sunday, January 26, 2003, Grace died at Allen Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, Iowa, of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Markley Renken on January 8, 1978; her parents; four sisters, Effie Buskohl, Jennie Bergman, Katie Harms and Tena Everts. Grace is survived by two sons, Dennis (Kathie) Renken, Tecumseh, Missouri and Leland (Barb) Renken, West Concord, Minnesota; one daughter, Marilyn (Vern) Ingalls, Parkersburg, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Dawn Ford, Dona Behrens, Clint Renken, Cole Renken, Leah Knock, Rachel Olson and Adrian Bernard; nine great-grandchildren, Tanner Payton, Corbin, Lindsey and Bethany Renken; Abigail and Morgan Knock and Mitchell, Christian and Lauren Olson; one brother, John (Gert) Hoodjer, Wellsburg, Iowa; Dena Heikens, Hubbard, Iowa and one sister-in-law, Henrietta Miller, Perry, Georgia. Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 31, 2003, at the First Congregational Church, Parkersburg, Iowa with Rev. Ron Bartlett and Pastor Paul Schaedig officiating. Organist Mary Ann Simon accompanied congregational hymns “Amazing Grace,” “Safe In The Arms Of Jesus” and “How Great Thou Art.” Soloist Jim Heikens sang “One Day At A Time.” Casketbearers were Clint Renken, Cole Renken, Tanner Payton, Perry Bernard, Klint Knock, and Scott Olson. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Parkersburg, Iowa. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home, Parkersburg, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Werner H. Vering
02/08/03

Werner H. Vering, 76, of rural Waverly, Iowa, died on Saturday, January 25, 2003, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, following a short illness. Werner was born on April 14, 1926, in Langenberg, Germany. He moved to the United States in 1956 after receiving his master’s equivalency in dairy technology. Werner and Hanne Kläser were married in 1962 in Fremont, Nebraska, and moved to Waverly in 1964, when Werner began a long career with Carnation Company (now known as Nestle). His son, Walt, was born in 1965, and his daughter, Iris, was born in 1966. After his retirement in 1988, Werner directed his energy towards his lifelong passion of forestry, which included establishing the family Christmas tree farm and ongoing management of 35 acres of surrounding timber. He loved sharing his passion of nature with children. The love and compassion we all knew him for was best understood by the countless number of children’s lives he touched on his annual educational tours of his tree farm. Werner’s community involvement included being an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, scouting, and support of local athletic teams. He loved hunting, fishing and was a staunch supporter of the Republican Party. Werner is survived by his wife, Hanne, of rural Waverly, Iowa; one son and his spouse, Walt & Lynn Vering of Boise, Idaho; one daughter and her spouse, Iris Vering and Drew Choplick of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two grandsons, Ben & Jack Vering of Boise, Idaho; two brothers, Henry Vering and Paul Vering, both of Germany; and one sister, Anne Allerbeck of Germany. Werner was preceded in death by his parents and ten brothers. This kind and noble man will be greatly missed by many who loved him. A Memorial Mass Service will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, January 28, 2003, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, Iowa. There will be no visitation. A 7:00 pm Rosary Service is scheduled on Monday, January 27, 2003, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Memorials may be directed to family and all benefits will be donated to the Bremwood Children’s Home in Waverly. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is in charge of arrangements.


Charles "Chick" Seely
02/08/03

Charles “Chick” Seely, 76, of Clarksville, Iowa passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2003 at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa from complications of heart by-bass surgery. Chick was born on April 5, 1926, the son of Charles Blanchard and Virginia (Head) Seely in Youngstown, Ohio. He attended school in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania and graduated from Altoona High School in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the US Army, serving during World War II as a medic in Japan. In 1952, Chick graduated from Penn State University, with a degree in Animal Husbandry. Chick was employed with Ralston-Purina in Pennsylvania and also sold hydraulic pumps. He was united in marriage to Ann DiCamillo, and to this union, three children were born, Charles “Chip”, Nancy and Greg. Chick was transferred to Iowa in 1963 with Purina and continued to sell hydraulic pumps. On January 16, 1988, he was united in marriage to Lois (Sheldon) Oltmann at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. The couple made their home in Grinnell, Iowa for 5 years and in 1993, they moved to their present acreage near Clarksville. He was an extremely passionate Penn State fan, believing that even God was a fan because He created the sky blue and white, Penn State’s colors. He loved to cook, enjoyed all forms of wildlife, but most especially enjoyed his cats and feeding birds. Chick loved to tease and visit with family and friends. Collecting trains, oil lamps and old cars were among his favorite hobbies. Chick is survived by his wife, Lois of Clarksville, Iowa; three children and their spouses, Charles “Chip” and Sue Seely of Mason City, Iowa, Nancy and Chris Coyer of Fairfax, Virginia and Greg and Sonny Seely of Dayton, Ohio; step son, David Oltmann of Salem, Oregon; 13 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; two brothers and their wives, John and Joyce Seely of Hoilldaysburg, Pennsylvania and George and Sylvia Seely of Dayton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Patricia Witt and Georgine Seely; one brother, William “Larry” Seely and one step son, Douglas Oltmann. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 11:00 am at the First United Church of Christ-Pleasant Valley, rural Clarksville, Iowa with Rev. Anne Sunday officiating. Family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Memorials may be directed to the family. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.


George Gordon Smith
02/15/03

George Gordon Smith, age 92, of Quibell’s Boarding Home in Waterloo, Iowa, formerly of Kesley, Iowa, was born the son of George E. and Minnie (DeBuhr) Smith on February 17, 1910, Aplington, Iowa.

He received his education from a country school near Austinville, Iowa. George farmed various farms in Butler County for 50 years and he retired in the early 1970’s. He attended meetings at the Hitesville Gospel Hall, rural Aplington, Iowa. George was a longtime member of the National Rifle Association and had a great interest in collecting and selling guns. He had a great love for the outdoors, where he enjoyed hunting and especially liked to go trapping. Through the years he always enjoyed riding motorcycles, since the age of 20. George felt it was important to donate blood to the Red Cross which he did on a regular basis. George died on Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at the Allen Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, Iowa, of natural causes. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, John Smith and an infant brother at birth; and one nephew, Roger Smith. George is survived by two brothers, Theodore Smith Sr. of Clarion, Iowa and Herb (Nadine) Smith of Waterloo, Iowa; 11 nephews, Ted Smith Jr., Richard Smith, Royal Smith, Steve Smith, Kevin (Debra) Smith, Ryan (Stacy) Smith, Phil (Jill) Smith, Dave B. (Gloria) Smith and Curtis D. (Karen) Smith; and four nieces, Marilyn Verba, Darlene Pommer, Norma (Dale) Hassman and Karen (Steve) Mc Carthy. Funeral Services were held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 8, 2003, at the Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel, Aplington, Iowa with Mr. Bill Ramsey and Mr. Leonard DeBuhr officiating. Vocalist Bill Quibell sang “How Great Thou Art.” Congregational Hymn was “Verily, Verily.” Casket bearers were Kevin Smith, Curtis Smith, Dave Smith, Ryan Smith, Ted Smith Jr. and Royal Smith. Interment was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Aplington, Iowa. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Homes, Aplington, Clarksville and Parkersburg, was in charge of arrangements.


Gladys June Van Raden
02/15/03

Gladys June Van Raden, 91, passed away on February 9, 2003 in Waverly. Glady was born in Bristow, Iowa on June 15, 1911, the daughter of John and Gertha (Jurgens) Van Raden. Glady dedicated her life to her church and her family. She started teaching Sunday School at the Fairview Country Church in Bristow in 1926. She continued teaching Sunday School at the United Church of Christ in Allison after she and her mother moved to town in 1961. She loved to tell stories of the Bible and made them interesting with pictures and props. Glady worked as a cleaning lady for many people and places including the Butler County REC and the UCC Church. She also volunteered many hours at the Allison Care Center, helping the residents play Bingo. There were always children at Glady’s house, knocking on her door for a sugar cookie or a popsicle. She loved taking care of her nieces and nephews. She hauled many in her red wagon to the schoolyard to play or to the Butler County Fair. Glady was always willing to come stay at someone’s house to help out with a new baby, sick children, or vegetable canning. She also enjoyed taking trips to visit friends and relatives. Gladys Van Raden is survived by three sisters-in-law: Mrs. Ernest (Mattie) Van Raden of Allison, Mrs. Leslie (Hinderene) Van Raden of Allison, and Mrs. Dorothy Haan of Allison. She is also survived by seven nieces and nephews: Orville Van Raden of Hampton, Marietta Kramer of Shell Rock, Bud Smith of Waverly, Ray Smith of Shell Rock, Joyce Keeling of Rowan, Deb Anderson of Des Moines, and Rod Van Raden of Des Moines. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Luella Smith, and her brothers, Ernest Van Raden, Lester Van Raden and Leslie Van Raden. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at the Allison United Church of Christ with Pastor Eileen Johnson officiating. Special music was provided by organist, Mrs. Cecil Radcliffe accompanying the duet of Norma Clark and Marlys Clarke. Pallbearers were Rob Keeling, Corey Smith, Derek Kramer, Chad Keeling, Mike Van Raden and Rodney Van Raden. Honorary pallbearers were Bud Smith, Ray Smith, Greg Smith, Randy Smith, Orville Van Raden and Jack Kramer. Final resting place was in the Allison Cemetery with Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Joe M. Schipper
02/15/03

Joe M. Schipper, age 69, of Parkersburg, Iowa, was born the son of Conrad and Reka Marks Schipper on November 16, 1933, near Kesley in Butler County, Iowa. He was baptized at Bethel Reformed Church, rural Aplington and made his Confession of Faith at the age of 16. He received his education in a country school near his home and in Aplington High School where he graduated in 1952. While attending school, Joe worked at the Kesley Creamery in the summers and he worked at the Kesley Elevator until he entered the service. Joe served in the U.S. Army from 1953 until 1955 in the Georgia Transportation Unit. Joe was united in marriage with Esther Groeneveld on June 15, 1956, in the Aplington Baptist Church by Rev. Donald Patet. Joe was presently a member of the Aplington Presbyterian Church. After their marriage, Joe worked for a short time at the Kesley Elevator. In March, 1957, the couple moved to their present farm where they have lived for over 45 years. He later worked for Lester Mennen and Gary Sherburne trucking and did custom combining. Joe was a member of the Aplington Amvets and the Parkersburg Legion. He was Post Commander for many years. Joe was 3rd District Commander for two years, 1st Vice, 2nd Vice and Chaplain, all which he enjoyed very much. He enjoyed the fellowship of the Amvets, loved to help at the Legion Breakfasts and help with the Amvet Bingo as a caller which he did for many years. Joe enjoyed going fishing, playing cards with his friends, Gospel singing and especially loved spending time with the grandchildren. Joe died Saturday, February 1, 2003, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo, of emphysema. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Fred and Roger Schipper, two sisters, Lorraine Schipper and one stillborn. Joe is survived by his wife, Esther, Parkersburg; one son, Curtis (Marla) Schipper, Ackley, Iowa; four daughters, Karla (Roger) Arends, Kathy (Kenny) Jansen; twins, Karen (Mark) Luhring and Kristin (Mike) Johnson, all of Parkersburg, Iowa; twelve grandchildren, Todd and Travis Arends, twins Kiley and Kelly Jansen, Tessa Schipper, Brittany and twins, Brendon and Breanne Luhring, Chelsie, Cassi, MaKayla and Logan Johnson; six brothers, George C. (Lois), Aplington; Alvin (Frances), Kesley; Robert (Eunice), Kesley; Larry (Sandy), Austinville; Ronnie, New Hartford; and Vernon (Mattie), Corpus Christi, Texas; one sister, Sharon (Doyle) Schneiderman, Parkersbug; two sisters-in-law, Marcia Schipper, Kesley, and Sally Schipper, New Hartford. Funeral Services were held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at the First Presbyterian Church, Aplington, Iowa with Rev. Harlan DeJong officiating. Organist was Lenee Pollock. Vocalists Donald Patet and Henry Groeneveld sang “What A Day That Will Be” and “Gathering Flowers For The Master’s Bouquet.” Special Music was by Cassi and MaKayla Johnson, “I Can Only Imagine.” Congregational Hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “Softly and Tenderly.” Casketbearers wereTodd Arends, Travis Arends, Kelly Jansen, Gary Sherburne, Robert Everts, Brent Schipper, Duane Groeneveld and Danny Groeneveld. Honorary Casketbearers wereBrendon Luhring, Logan Johnson, Roland Mehmen, Merlin Lupkes, Lester Mennen, Milo Chaloupek, Walter Johnson, Lester Sents and Ervin Meyer. Flower Committee was Denise Priske, Janet Groeneveld, Melanie Groeneveld and Sharon Schneiderman. Interment was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Aplington, Iowa. Full Military Rites were presented by Aplington Amvets Post #102 and Parkersburg Legion Post 285. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel, Aplington, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice.

Ella B. Milius
02/15/03

Ella B. Milius, the daughter of William and Emma (Bergman) Boeckmann, was born April 24, 1907 in Douglas Township, rural Bremer County, Iowa. She was baptized May 25, 1907 by Pastor Fisher and was confirmed in 1919 by Pastor Kehle at St. John’s Evangelical Church (Siegel), rural Tripoli. She attended rural school in Douglas Township. Ella was united in marriage with Louis Milius on September 21, 1927 at St. John’s Evangelical Church (Siegel) by Pastor K. Pfeiffer. Ella and Louis farmed in Black Hawk County until his death in 1935. She then lived with her parents in Douglas township until 1942, when she moved into Tripoli. She worked as an egg candler at various produces in Tripoli for twenty-seven years. She also provided childcare in people’s homes for several years. Ella’s death occurred Friday, February 7, 2003 at the Tripoli Nursing Home in Tripoli after a short illness. She was ninety-five years old. Ella had been an organist and Sunday school teacher for St. John’s Evangelical Church (Siegel). She joined Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli in 1944. She was a member of the Faith U.C.C. Women’s Fellowship and the Kitchen Band. Ella enjoyed gardening, embroidery, quilting, and was well known for her baking, especially her bread. Ella is survived by two sons, Orlyn Milius of Tripoli and Ronald Milius of Clarksville, seven grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Louis; her parents; two brothers, Gustav and Alfred Boeckmann; one brother and one sister who died in infancy; and one daughter-in-law, Doris Milius. Services were held Monday, February 10, 2003, at Faith United Church of Christ, Tripoli, with Rev. Suzanne Miller officiating. Organist was June Buhr and the congregations hymns were “On Eagle’s Wings,” “In The Garden,” and “Jesus Still Lead On.” Casket Bearers were Craig Milius, Richard Milius, Kevin Milius, Rodney Milius, Glen Ladage, and Howard Foutch. Honorary Casket Bearer was Chad Milius. Interment was in the First Maxfield Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Denver. Rettig Funeral Home, Tripoli, was in charge of arrangements.


Jeanne N. Vanderwoude
02/15/03

Jeanne N. Vanderwoude, 57, of Dumont, Iowa, died February 4, 2003 at the Dumont Care Center in Dumont of natural causes. On July 2, 1945, Jeanne was born the daughter of B.T. Vanderwoude and Nelvie Vanderilt. She was a member of the Peace Reformed Church in Eagan, Minnesota. Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 8, 2003, at the Peace Reformed Church in Eagan, Minnesota. Inurnment will be at a later date. Survivors include her parents B. T. and Nelvie Vanderwoude of Burnsville, Minnesota; three sisters: Joanne Meyer of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Dorothy Dietsche of Algonquin, Illinois and Faythe Dornink of Des Moines, Iowa; two brothers: Tim Vanderwoude of Maple Valley, Washington and Mark Vanderwoude of Burnsville, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Wayne L. Simkins
02/21/03

Wayne L. Simkins, age 78, of Parkersburg, Iowa, was born the son of Roy and Ethel Diefendorf Simkins on a farm near Douglas, Illinois on June 22, 1924. He graduated from Yates City High School, Yates City, Illinois in May, 1942. Wayne was united in marriage with Betty Ryder on June 26, 1943 They made their home in Farmington, Illinois where they farmed until Wayne was drafted into the US Army, May 28, 1945 and served in World War II, during the occupation until July 7, 1946. He resumed farming near Farmington after being discharged from the service. The couple moved to rural Aplington, Iowa, in 1958 and farmed until retiring in the mid 1980’s. At that time, they moved into Parkersburg. Wayne loved farming and continued to help out on the farm until 1999. Wayne and Betty were divorced in 1983. Wayne married Bonny Barton on February 18, 1984 in Reinbeck, Iowa. They joined two families and lived in rural Parkersburg, Iowa. Together Wayne and Bonny enjoyed the outdoors, gardening fresh vegetables and endless flower gardens. Wayne was a member of First Reformed Church in Aplington. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and spent the past three summers in Longville, Minnesota. He also enjoyed hunting, playing cards, bird feeding and building birdhouses. Wayne died on February 15, 2003, at Allen Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, Iowa, of natural causes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Ethel Simkins and one grandchild, Christopher Michael Adams. He is survived by his wife, Bonny Simkins, Parkersburg, Iowa; one son, Mark (Diane) Simkins, Cedar Falls, Iowa; two daughters, Patricia (Bill) Mote-Emo, Florida; Beatrice (Craig) DeBower, Pennsylvania; two step-sons, Jim (Denise) Barton, Pennsylvania;and John Barton, Pennsylvania; two step-daughters, Cindy (Mike) Adams, Oelwein, Iowa and Becky (Jim) Trusty, Texas; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dean (Rosa) Simkins, Knoxville, Illinois and Murray (Byrene) Simkins, Fountain Hills, Arizona; and two sisters, Helen Plack, Yates City, Illinois and Hazel (John) Plack, Brimfield, Illinois. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2003, at the First Reformed Church, Aplington, Iowa with Rev. Harlan DeJong officiating. Organist Lois Wessels accompanied vocalist Tony Poppens who sang “He Touched Me.” Congregational Hymn was “It Is Finished.” Casketbearers were John Simkins, Jeff Simkins, Wayne Brower, Mike Adams, Harold Buseman, Matt Mote and Mike Mote. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Parkersburg, Iowa with Full Military Rites by Aplington Amvets Post #102. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel, Aplington, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family.


Dorothy Tillie Stubbe
02/21/03

Dorothy Tillie Stubbe, age 76, of Aplington, Iowa, was born the daughter of Jake J. and Jennie VanLoh DeVries on July 2, 1926 near Ackley in Harden County, Iowa. She received her education attending Aplington, Ackley and Dumont schools. She later received her GED through Hawkeye Tech. in 1972. Dorothy was united in marriage with Christie Stubbe on September 14, 1945 in her parents’ home near Ackley, Iowa. The couple first lived near Dumont where they farmed. They later farmed near Wellsburg, moved back to Dumont and then to their farm southwest of Aplington. They retired in 1972 and moved into Aplington. Dorothy was a former member of West Friesland Presbyterian Church. As a member of this church, she taught catechism, was a part time church organist and was a member of the Golden Hour Association. Later she became a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Aplington where she served as organist, Sunday School Teacher, Elder, and held most offices in the Aplington Presbyterian Women’s organization. Dorothy was a 4-H Club Leader, a member of the Aplington Women’s Club and was named the 2002 Outstanding Presbyterian of the Year for North Central Presbytery. Dorothy had worked for five years in the Research Department of O’s Gold Seed from 1972 to 1977. She loved spending time gardening, fishing in Minnesota, sewing, quilting and crocheting. Dorothy died Monday, February 10, 2003, in her home in Aplington, of pancreatic cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Arnold DeVries. Dorothy is survived by her husband, Christie Stubbe, Aplington, Iowa; one son, Larry Dean Stubbe, Cedar Falls, Iowa; one daughter, Eunice Elaine Siedsma, Waterloo, Iowa; six grandchildren, Beau, Nicholas, Michael, Cale, Shelli and Kelli Beth Stubbe; two great-grandchildren, Jade Stubbe and Autumn Stubbe; two brothers, Louis (Janet) DeVries, Linn Creek, Missouri and Richard (Linda) DeVries, Wiscasset, Maine; one sister, Louella (Donald) Condie, ElCentro, California and one sister-in-law, Laura DeVries, Ackley, Iowa. Funeral Services were held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 13, 2003 at First Presbyterian Church with burial in Pleasant View Cemetery, both in Aplington, Iowa. Officiating was Rev. Robert Schnucker. Organist Lenee Pollock accompanied Congregational Hymns “Nearer My God To Thee” and “Amazing Grace.” Vocalist Arlene Mellena sang “Jesus Is All The World To Me” and “The Lord’s Prayer”. Casketbearers were Ervin Mellena, Calvin Stahl, Steve Bakker, Hal Stahl, Howard Best and Les Frey. Flower Committee was Janice Stahl, Margaret Harken and Elvera Cuvelier.


ANNA RODENBECK
02/21/03

Anna was born on December 13, 1909, in Bristow, Iowa, the daughter of Bernard and Hannah (Franken) Dirks. She was baptized on April 24, 1910 in Kesley, and confirmed on April 10, 1927 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Greene, Iowa. She attended country school at Coldwater Township #7 in Butler County, Iowa. On January 20, 1929, she was united in marriage to Herman W. Rodenbeck at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Greene. The couple lived and farmed near Bristow for nine years and then moved to their farm south of Shell Rock. They retired from farming in 1966, but remained on the farm and worked at the Waverly Sale Barn. In 1983, the couple moved into Shell Rock and made their home on Water Street. Herman died on November 14, 1995, and Anna continued to live in her home until she made her home at the Meadows in Shell Rock. She was a Charter Member of Faith Lutheran Church in Shell Rock, where she was the Sunday School Superintendent, taught Sunday School, and was Past President of Women’s Circle. She was also Past President of the Care Center Auxiliary, and a member of the Senior Citizen Group. Anna loved cooking, baking, traveling, cards. bingo, quilting, and Lutheran World Relief. Anna also loved spending time with her family and friends. Anna is survived by her eight children and their spouses, Lucille Thompson of Shell Rock, Victoria Boettcher of Waverly, Dale & Louann Rodenbeck of Weslaco, Texas, Don & Ruth Rodenbeck of Waverly, Lavon & George Green of Shell Rock, Ed Rodenbeck of Waterloo, Dorothy & Keith Knoedler of Shell Rock, and Lynn Rodenbeck of Shell Rock; seventeen grandchildren; four step grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; seven step-great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; two sisters-in-law, Erna Lawyer of Clear Lake and Irene Rodenbeck of Charles City. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herman; two grandsons, Dennis & Scott Rodenbeck; one brother, Floyd Dirks, one sister, Bena Waller, and two sons-in-law, Harland Thompson and George Boettcher. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2003, at 11:00 A.M. at Faith Lutheran Church in Shell Rock, with Pastor Steven G. McGinley officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Shell Rock. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Shell Rock, with the family present from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Memorials may be directed to Faith Lutheran Church in Shell Rock or the Cedar Valley Hospice in Waverly.


Anna Eliesa Junker
02/21/03

Anna Eliesa Junker, age 94, of Parkersburg, Iowa was born the daughter of Ubben and Eliza Pengal Maifeld on March 26, 1908, near Ackley in Butler County, Iowa. She, along with her four brothers and three sisters, received her public education at a country school near there farm. Her spiritual education was received in her home and in Sunday School. Anna was united in marriage with Fred C. Junker on February 26, 1927 in the parsonage of the Washington Reformed Church, rural Ackley, Iowa. She was his faithful helpmate until his death in 1977. The couple made their home on farms in the Aplington and Parkersburg area until 1978. Anna moved to her apartment in Parkersburg in 1993. Anna gave birth to 14 children, later welcoming their spouses; 34 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She dedicated her life to serving others and faithfully administered all the assorted duties associated with raising thirteen children to adulthood. Day after day, she laid down her life for her family. Anna saw the eternal benefit in rituals with her children that made them feel wanted and loved. Anna was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening and doing farm chores. She enjoyed taking care of her family and grandchildren and especially like to travel to visit them. Anna always insisted she was a country girl but at age 83, she chose to leave the country for an apartment in Parkersburg, where she enjoyed having coffee and tea parties with friends and family. She learned about fax machines, telephone answering machines, and computers and was willing to stretch her boundaries to learn new skills such as how much to tip the pizza delivery person and how to negotiate with the landlords. Anna was known for her baking and tea parties. Although she never held an outside job or positions of honor in the community, she was a friend and confidant to many, gently offering advice according to what God had taught her through her long life. Several years ago, when Anna’s health started to deteriorate, she made the decision to move to Maple Manor Village in Aplington. She continued her life’s purpose there by befriending other residents and staff and by offering a listening ear to those who spent time with her. In her well worn Bible, Anna recorded Isaiah 43:1-2 as her life verses: Fear not, for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Precious memories of a gracious lady, who delighted in life’s simple pleasures and relationships with people, will sustain her family and friends through their sorrow. Those memories will leave a sweet fragrance in the lives of everyone who loved Anna. Anna died February 11, 2003, at Maple Manor Care Center in Aplington, Iowa of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred on October 31, 1977; two daughters; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. Graveside services were held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, February 13, 2003 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Parkersburg, Iowa. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Parkersburg was in charge of arrangements.


Bernice Rebecca Bruns

Bernice Rebecca Bruns, 89, of Dumont, Iowa, passed away February 16, 2003 at the Allison Care Center in Allison. She was born March 22, 1913 in Dumont, Iowa to Harry and Minette (Ahrens) Card. Bernice graduated from the Dumont High School. She was married to William Bruns on October 5, 1932 in rural Ackley. Bernice was a homemaker, and was a member of the Dumont Reformed Church and the Reformed Women’s Group. She enjoyed quilting, baking, and playing cards. Years ago she was very active in 4-H. Bernice is survived by her son, Edward and wife, Randi Bruns of Kimberling City, Missouri; dau-ghter, Dorothy Seaton of LeMars, daughter, Betty and husband, Jim Wubbena of Bristow, daughter, Minetta and husband, Henry Jones of Cedar Falls, daughter, Margorie and husband, Darwin Freese of Dumont; brother, Chester Card of Dumont, brother, Harry and wife, Betty Card of Hampton; sister, Loraine Manatt of Hampton, sister, Oneta Stackhouse of Hampton, sister, Overna Card of Hampton, forty-two grandchildren, fifty great grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren. Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Richard, one brother Balis, three sisters Lola, Henrietta, and Ovedia. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at the Dumont Reformed Church, Dumont, Iowa with Rev. Robert Scholten officiating. Special music was provided by organist, Jim Siebrands accom-panying the soloist, Mark Gerdes. Pallbearers were Duane Pies, David Freese, Ryan Freese, Roger Seaton, Steven Bruns and Justin Manifold. Final resting place was in the Washington Reformed Church Cemetery, rural Ackley, Iowa. Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Rosalie M. Bruns
02/21/03

Rosalie M. Bruns of Dumont, Iowa, passed away, Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at her home at the age of 61 years. Rosalie was born on February 9, 1942 in Hampton to Carl and Swanetta (Muller) Meinberg. She graduated from the Ackley High School. Rosalie was married to Roger Bruns on May 30, 1979 at Blakes Grove in Ackley. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, rural Geneva. She also enjoyed gardening. Surviving are her husband Roger; three daughters, Jennifer Bruns of Dumont, Jessica Bruns of Cedar Rapids and Jerrilyn Bruns of Dumont; a sister, Angie Shinestine of Wala Wala, WA; and a brother, Victor Meinberg of Iowa Falls. Preceded in death by her grandparents and parents. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February, 15, 2003 at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, in Geneva, Iowa with Rev. Rose Hermonat officiating. Interment was in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Geneva, Iowa. Sietsema Funeral Home in Ackley was in charge of arrangements.


Ella M. Dreesman
 

Ella M. Dreesman, 88, of Waterloo, formerly of Cedar Falls, died Friday, February 7, 2003 at Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, of natural causes. She was born June 24, 1914, in Grundy County, near New Hartford, daughter of Jacob and Susie Meester Bergmann. She married Bill Dreesman September 7, 1938, at the Reformed Church in Stout. Mrs. Dreesman worked at Younkers Department Store at College Square Mall for 15 years, retiring in 1981. Survivors include: her husband; two sons, Ronald (Contance) and Bernard (Laura), both of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Delores (Larry) Ressler of Waterloo; three granddaughters, Tina (Duane) Kitchen of Rockford, IL, Anne (Matthew) Manifold of Solon and Hope (Eric) Conard of Des Moines; a great-grandson, Jarrett Manifold; three step-granddaughters, Debra, Dawn and Michelle; six step great-grandchildren, Nicole, Stephanie, Hannah, Olivia, Alexander and Trenton; a brother, Ted (Marian) Bergmann of Cedar Falls; and two sisters, Anna Nevenhoven of Parkersburg and Rose (George) Pothast of Grundy Center. Preceded in death by her parents, six brother, Wilhelm, Jacob, Joe, Hillerd, George and Andrew Bergmann; and three sisters, Henrietta Bergmann, Martha Boelman and Hannah Miller. Memorial services were held at the First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Falls, with inurnment in Stout Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the church. Richardson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

                                     Posted by Gene Manning on 2/22/2003


Lester Otto Kreimeyer
02/27/03

Lester Otto Kreimeyer, 62, of Nora Spring, Iowa, formerly of Geneva, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2003 at his residence. Lester was born on January 23, 1941 to Otto and Grace (Huisenga) Kreimeyer in rural Ackley, Iowa. He graduated from Geneva High School in 1959, and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960-63. On September 18, 1965, he was married to Mary Ann Knipfel in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Ackley. They later divorced. He was a farmer all his life and retired in 2003. He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. He enjoyed camping, managing the MacNider Campgrounds in Mason City, fishing, spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren, and playing cribbage with friends. Survivors are a son: Leslie J. Kreimeyer of Hampton; a daughter: Melissa Hinders and her husband Ron of Clarksville; five grand-children, Megan, Amanda, Jessica, and Jacob Hinders of Clarksville, and Logan Kreimeyer of Hampton and two sisters: Marlys Kuehne and her husband Richard of Osage, and Betty Meyer and her husband Lynn of Marshalltown. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services were held on Friday, February 21, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, in Ackley with Rev. Patricia Connor officiating. Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery, Ackley with full Military Rites conducted by Elliott-Keninger Post #252 American Legion of Ackley. Sietsema Funeral Home of Ackley was in charge of arrangements.


Dr. Wendell E. Johnson
02/27/03

Dr. Wendell E. Johnson, 66, of Waverly, Iowa, died peacefully, Wednesday morning, February 19, 2003, at his home from cancer. He was born on March 1, 1936, in Laurens, Iowa, the son of G.W.E. Johnson and Sylvia (Weeks) Johnson. He attended school in Laurens and graduated from high school in 1954. He then enrolled at Iowa State University, in Ames, where he received his DVM Degree in 1961. On August 7, 1960, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Levene in Ware, Iowa, near Pocahontas. Following his schooling in Ames, Wendell and Marilyn moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where Wendell worked for the U.S. Public Health Service. In 1964 they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where Wendell worked for the U.S.D.A. Meat & Poultry Inspection as a Circuit Supervisor. In 1972, the family moved to Waverly and Wendell continued to serve the USDA in Northeast Iowa, until retiring in 1995. Wendell was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Waverly. He was a member of the Tyrrell Masonic Lodge, Waverly, where he had served as Past Master. He was a member of the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry-Cedar Rapids, York Rite-Waterloo, Iowa, and the El Kahir Shrine-Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Wendell served as a Shrine Clown named “Windy” and also was a “Wee Winnies” driver for parades and other functions. He was a member of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, the National Association Federal Veterinarians, and the National Association Retired Federal Employees. Dr. Wendell Johnson is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of Waverly; his daughter and son-in-law, Linda & Meredith Steere of Greene, Iowa; his son and daughter-in-law, Curt Johnson and Jenny Zhou of Raleigh, North Carolina; four grandchildren, Jennifer, Evan, and Ryan Steere, and Alex Johnson. He is also survived by two sisters, Helen & Reuben Chapman of Laurens, Iowa, Alice Simonson of Oxford, Iowa; and two brothers, Marvin & Mary Johnson of Newell, Iowa, and Dr. Lowell & Jean Johnson of Johnston, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Charles Johnson; and one brother-in-law, Wendell Simonson. Celebration of Life Services were held Saturday, February 22, 2003, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Waverly, with Rev. Tony R. Nester officiating. Burial was in the Harlington Cemetery, Waverly. Memorials may be directed to either Trinity United Methodist Church, or to the Cedar Valley Hospice-Waverly.


Ella Margaret (Priepke) Kramer
02/27/03

Ella Margaret (Priepke) Kramer was born the daughter of Carl and Caroline (Lundt) Priepke on June 11, 1913, in Clarksville, Iowa. She died on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at Linn Manor Care Center in Marion, IA. Ella attended country school and was a homemaker for many years. On February 14, 1944, she was united in marriage with Kenneth Kramer in Waterloo, Iowa. Survivors include one son, Kelvin (Robyn) Kramer of Clear Lake; one grandson, Kenneth Charles (KC) Kramer and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Ella and Ken took care of Ken’s sister’s children upon her death, so they became much more than nieces and nephews to her, Bruce Lockhart of Kyle, Texas, Gary Lockhart, deceased, Ann Lockhart of Denver, Colorado, and Dorothy Laurence, of Ogden, Utah. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Dr. Rudolph Priepke and Edward Priepke, one nephew, Gary Lockhart and one stepbrother, Irving Detra. Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2003 at the Gospel Hall, Garnavillo, Iowa with Mr. Grant Hagen officiating. Casket bearers were Steve Kregel, John Kregel, Robert Wirkler and George Brandt. Final resting place was in the Garnavillo Community Cemetery with Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Grace Schipper
02/27/03

Grace Schipper, age 71, of Shell Rock, Iowa, formerly of Parkersburg, Iowa, was born the daughter of Heiko and Tena (Grimmius) DeLange on November 3, 1931, in Grundy County near Grundy Center, Iowa. She received her education from a county school near her home. Grace DeLange was united in marriage with George G. Schipper Jr. at the Bethany Presbyterian parsonage in Grundy Center, Iowa. They made their home and farmed near Allison, Iowa and later moved and farmed near Grundy Center. When they retired in 1984, they moved to Parkersburg. In the spring of 1999 George passed away. Following his death Grace lived in Grundy Center for a short time before residing at the assisted living in Shell Rock. Grace was a member of the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center, Iowa. Throughout their marriage Grace enjoyed being with and doing everything together with George. Many afternoons she loved to play bingo, even when she wasn’t able to get around easily. She enjoyed being with her family and especially loved her grandchildren. Grace died Wednesday, February 19, 2003, at the Shell Rock Care Center, Shell Rock, Iowa, from complications of cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband, George G. Schipper Jr. on May 27, 1999; her parents; and three brothers, John, Gus and Tony DeLange. Grace is survived by one son, Rick (Deb) Schipper of Denver, Iowa; one daughter, Theone (Randy “Jake”) Kramer of Shell Rock, Iowa; two grandchildren, Luke Kramer of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Tyler Kramer of Shell Rock, Iowa; three sisters, Gertie Schmidt of Grundy Center, Iowa, Alyce Flater of Grundy Center, Iowa and Lillian Muller of Grundy Center, Iowa; and three sisters-in-law, Marge DeLange of Ankeny, Iowa, Marilyn DeLange of Grundy Center, Iowa and Lena DeLange of Grundy Center, Iowa. Funeral Services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2003, at the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center, Iowa. Officiating was Rev. Kent Leydens, the Organist was Mae Hinders and the Congregational Hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” ”The Old Rugged Cross” and “Precious Lord Take My Hand.” There were four Honorary Casket bearers, Lillian Muller, Mary Schmidt, Betty Venenga and Lori Banz and six Casket bearers, Luke Kramer, Tyler Kramer, Jim DeLange, Roger Muller, Les Muller and Jerry Schmidt. Interment was at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Grundy Center, Iowa. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Parkersburg was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Grace’s family


Donald Lee Harris
02/27/03

Donald Lee Harris, age 89, of Clarksville, Iowa, was born the son of Paul Britten and Elsie Dora Randolph Harris on November 2, 1913, on the Molton farm north of Clarksville in Butler, County, Iowa. He graduated from Clarksville High School in 1933. He earned his LUTC Degree and his real estate broker’s license. Donald married Dorothy Ruth Smith in 1935 and began farming that year. In 1938, he purchased his first 40 acres of farmland. Donald and Dorothy were divorced. Donald married Mae Jean Wiley February 20, 1943 in Lancaster, Missouri. Donald served as a Butler County Soil District Commissioner, serving as treasurer and chairman. He was elected to the State Association of Soil District Commissioners, was elected to the Board of the Carrington Clyde Experimental Farm in Independence, Iowa. He was on the board which organized the new North Iowa Experimental Farm of 22 counties of Northeast Iowa at Nashua and was elected their first president. During this interim, he was a free lance hog buyer for Rath Packing Company of Waterloo in his spare time. He was a delegate of Rath Packing to the National Meat Board held in Chicago. From 1958-1959, he became assistant editor of the Iowa Soil and Water Magazine, a state magazine that required two weeks’ work each month. In 1960, his health caused him to change professions again. He went to the Farm Bureau Insurance School and became an insurance salesman. In 1961, he was promoted to Agency Manager of Farm Bureau Insurance of Hancock County, Iowa. He then completed his Life Underwriters Training Council-LUTC. Under Don’s management, Hancock County became the first county of its size to become a million dollar county in 1962. During the stay at Hancock County, Don took a correspondence study course to become a real estate broker and completed the course. In the fall of 1962, Donald was promoted to Agency Manager of Butler County Farm Bureau Insurance where he stayed until the fall of 1965 at which time he purchased an independent agency in Clarksville, Iowa. He has always been very active in civic affairs. He is a lifetime member of Community United Methodist Church in Clarksville where he served on all of the church’s committees through the years. Donald also served on the rural school board, helped form the local golf course and the Community Nursing Home, both in Clarksville. He organized a holding company to purchase the Security State Bank in Shell Rock and was president of the company. He was a member of the Butler County Board of Adjustments for 21 years, and a Farm Bureau Director. Donald is Past President and member of the Clarksville Lions Club and the Clarksville Commercial Club. He was a member of the Clarksville IOOF Lodge and the Masonic Lodge and chairman of ASC Tabulation Board. Donald took pride in practicing conservation on the land he farmed from 1947 until the present. He was the first to install diversion terraces in Butler County. His father had installed one of the oldest wing dams in 1920. Donald died Friday, February 21, 2003, at Waverly Municipal Hospital, Waverly, Iowa, of natural causes. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dean and Dallas Harris in infancy; one sister, Dorothy Nordman and a daughter, Shirley Ann Stoppelmoor in 1992. Donald is survived by his wife, Jean of Clarksville, Iowa; two daughters, Donna (Robert) Kelm, Clarksville, Iowa and Mary (Wilson) Groen, Parker, Colorado; one son-in-law, Wayne Stoppelmoor, East Dubuque, Illinois; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, February 24, 2003, at Community United Methodist Church Clarksville, Iowa with Pastor Allen Poore-Christensen officiating. Organist Lola Clark accompanied Vocalist Terry Schrage who sang “One Day At A Time.” Congregational Hymns were “Pass Me Not Oh, Gentle Savior” and “Sweet Hour Of Prayer.” Casket bearers were Galen Hamann, Paul Leerhoff, Larry Johnson, Bob Saathoff, Tom Barnett and Max Folkerts. Honorary Casket bearers were Paul Matthias, Harold Heuppel, Frank Austin, Lee Folkerts, Art Nordman, Bob Dilly Virgil Stevenson and Joe Coberly. Interment was in Lynwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Iowa. Special Music for graveside service was sung by Julie Poore-Christensen, “Hymn of Promise.” In charge of arrangements: Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home, Aplington, Clarksville, Parkersburg. Memorials may be directed to the Shirley Ann Stoppelmoor Stroke Research Foundation, University of Iowa Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52242 or to Community United Methodist Church.

                              Posted by Gene Manning on 2/17/2003


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