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Obituaries from October 2003

Roger Yoerger (10/16/03)
URBANA, Ill. -- Roger R. Yoerger, 74, of Urbana, Ill., died Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at 7:45 p.m. at Provena Covenant Medical Center. Roger R. Yoerger was born Feb. 17, 1929, at Le Mars, the son of Raymond and Crystal (Ward) Yoerger. He married Laura Summitt on Dec. 23, 1917, in Urbana, Ill. She died Nov. 30, 1995...
Mary Ann Ruhland (10/31/03)
Mary Ann Ruhland, 93, of Le Mars and formerly of Struble, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Norman Botker (10/31/03)
Norman Botker, 83, of Le Mars, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at the Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars. Norman Elmer Botker was born Sept. 12, 1920, at Ortonville, Minn., the son of Elmer and Violet (Johnson) Botker. Norm grew up near Clinton, Minn., and graduated from Clinton High School. He attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis with a bachelor's degree in dairy science...
Theophil Miller (10/31/03)
Theophil P. Miller, 79, a Le Mars native and lifelong area farmer, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Theophil Peter Miller was born May 8, 1924, on the family farm south of Le Mars, the son of Mike and Mary (Colling) Miller. ...
Harold 'Hal' Eilers (10/30/03)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Harold "Hal" Eilers, 84, of Fayetteville, Ark., died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, in Fayetteville. Hal was born in Le Mars in 1918, the son of George Edward and Margaret (Keiser) Eilers. He graduated from Le Mars High School, attended Westmar College, and served in the U.S. Army Band...
Vivian L. Brown (10/29/03)
Vivian L. (Wagner) Brown, 82, of Kingsley, and formerly of Pierson, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at Kingsley Nursing and Rehab Center following a lengthy illness. Survivors include her husband, William P. Brown. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Quimby United Methodist Church in Quimby...
Mary G. Gale (10/29/03)
Mary G. (Burket) Gale, 85, of Akron, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, at the Akron City Convalescent Care Center in Akron. She was preceded in death by her husbands, William Albert Lundberg and Francis Lloyd Gale. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Akron...
Gert A. Jacobs (10/27/03)
Gerhard "Gert" A. Jacobs, 99, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at the Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars.
Mark Russell (10/28/03)
Mark Russell, 44, of Le Mars died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at his home in Le Mars.  Mark Robert Russell was born Feb. 18, 1959, in Akron, the son of Robert and Carol (Lade) Russell. Mark grew up on a farm east of Akron in rural Plymouth County. He graduated from Le Mars Community High School in 1977. ...
Vernon F. Calkin (10/23/03)
ARNOLDS PARK -- Vernon F. Calkin, 87, of Arnolds Park, and a Hinton native and former Kingsley area resident, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Betty L. Milton.
Joi Ebel (10/27/03)
HAWARDEN -- Joi Ebel, 45, of Hawarden, died suddenly Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at the Hawarden Community Hospital. Joi Marie Kircher was born April 9, 1958, in Hawarden, the daughter of Arlo and Jeanette (Schneider) Kircher. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden. She graduated from West Sioux High School in 1976. She attended St. John's Lutheran College in Winfield, Kan...
Dr. Paul W. Elliott (10/27/03)
Dr. Paul W. Elliott, 82, of West Lafayette, Ind., and formerly of Akron, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Westminster Village in West Lafayette. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Helen Elizabeth Henderson. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Riverside Cemetery in Akron...
Duane E. Trometer (10/27/03)
Duane E. Trometer, 80, of Nashwauk, Minn., died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at the Golden Crest Nursing Home in Hibbing, Minn. Duane E. Trometer was born Sept. 21, 1923, in Merrill, the son of William and Anna (Kramer) Trometer. He graduated from Merrill High School in the class of 1942. He was united in marriage to Lucretia Taylor on June 4, 1944, in Merrill. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Merrill where they farmed and he was a service station owner...
Harvey Peters (10/27/03)
HAWARDEN -- Harvey Peters, 77, of Hawarden, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at the Hawarden Community Hospital after experiencing years of poor health with a rare disease of amyloidosis. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church in Hawarden...
Lillian E. Russo (10/24/03)
HAWARDEN -- Lillian Eileen (Peters) Russo, 76, of Manteca, Calif., and formerly of Hawarden, died Monday, OCt. 20, 2003, in Modesto, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank J. Russo. Private services were held.
Le Mars businessman, former Gehlen coach, Tom Skram, dies at 63 (10/24/03)
Tom E. Skram, 63, of Spirit Lake, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Lakes Regional Hospital in Spirit Lake. Tom Skram was born Juy 26, 1940, in Mason City, the son of Shirley and Mary Margaret (McLaughlin) Skram. He graduated from Holy Family High School in Mason City in 1958. He then went on to further his education at Loras College, graduating with a business and education degree in 1962...
Raymond A. Norton (10/23/03)
Raymond A. Norton, 92, of Akron, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, at the Akron City Convalescent Care Center in Akron. Raymond Alvin Norton was born May 9, 1911, in Plymouth County, the son of Egbert and Fayette (Fletcher) Norton. He attended rural school in Plymouth County...
Sal Van Der Zwaag (10/22/03)
ORANGE CITY -- Mrs. Sernelia Van Der Zwaag, age 82, of Orange City, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at the Orange City Municipal Hospital.
Richard Wallinga (10/23/03)
SHELDON -- Richard Wallinga, 90, of Sheldon, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at Prairie View Home in Sanborn. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon...
Joseph E. Weber (10/23/03)
MARCUS -- Joseph E. Weber, 80, of Marcus, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at Heartland Care Center in Marcus. Joseph E. Weber was born Oct. 3, 1923, in rural Marcus, the son of Amos and Agnes (Collins) Weber. He grew up in the Marcus area. After graduating from Marcus High School in 1940, he attended Nettleton Business College in Sioux City...
Mercedes M. 'Mert' Augustine (10/22/03)
SIOUX CITY -- Mercedes M. "Mert" (Tentinger) Augustine, 88, of Sioux city, and a Remsen native, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003, at a Sioux City hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, DOnald I. Augustine. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sioux City...
Rosemary Deming (10/22/03)
SIOUX CITY -- Rosemary (Huxtable) Deming, 80, of Sioux City, and a Le Mars native, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003, at a Sioux City hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter John Deming. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rustin Avenue United Methodist Church in Sioux City...
Esther Dimmick (10/22/03)
HAWARDEN -- Esther (Harkness) Dimmick, 102, of Hawarden, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003, at Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Dimmick. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at United Methodist Church in Hawarden...
Josephine 'Isabel' Fox (10/22/03)
Josephine "Isabel" Fox, 92, of Le Mars and a Plymouth County native, died Tuesday Oct. 21, 2003, at Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars. The former Josephine "Isabel" Kemp was born April 11, 1911, in Le Mars, the daughter of Joseph and Lena (Reinart) Kemp. She was raised and educated at St. Catherine's Grade School in Oyens. Isabel worked as a waitress for the Union Hotel for many years...
Tyler S. Osterkamp (10/22/03)
HAWARDEN -- Tyler S. Osterkamp, 19, of Hawarden, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003, of injuries suffered in an automobile/semi collision south of Westfield. Survivors include his parents, Steven and Teri (Salker) Osterkamp. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Hawarden...
Cora Utesch (10/21/03)
Cora Utesch, 94, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003 at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Arvaughn A. Asmussen (10/21/03)
EVERETTE, Wash. -- Arvaughn A. Asmussen, 71, of Everette, Wash., and formerly of Le Mars, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at his residence. He was born Oct. 25, 1931, at Alton. Survivors include his wife, Joan; two daughters, Kathryn and Kristen; two grandchildren; two brothers, Verlyn and his wife, Beverly of Spokane, Wash., and Delwyn of Fulton, Texas; two sisters, Vonnie of Le Mars and Dianne and her husband, Lynn Fromme, of Remsen...
Roy A. Jebsen (10/20/03)
Roy A. Jebsen, 92, of Le Mars, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. Roy A. Jebsen was born March 11, 1911, in Hinton, the son of John D. and Anna (Riediger) Jebsen. He farmed near Hinton for many years. He retired from farming and moved to Le Mars in 1979...
Wilma McKettrick (10/20/03)
Wilma McKettrick, 93, of Le Mars, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. with the Rev. Gary Landsness officiating. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, Calif...
Cora Utesch (10/20/03)
Cora Utesch, 94, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Arrangements are pending with Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Robert A. 'Bob' Nothem (10/20/03)
Robert A. "Bob" Nothem, 42, of Remsen, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, in a farm accident near Remsen. Robert A. Nothem was born Sept. 13, 1961, in Le Mars, the son of Hubert and Bertha (Bindner) Nothem. He was raised on the family farm south of Remsen and graduated from Remsen-Union High School in 1980. ...
Cornelia Meier Galyen (10/16/03)
Cornelia Galyen, 87, of Downey, Calif., and former Merrill area resident, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at SunBridge Care Center, Norwalk, Calif. Mrs. Galyen was born June 23, 1916, in Sioux City, the daughter of Leonard and Anna Karrer Meier. She graduated from East High School, class of 1934, and worked at Johnson Biscuit Company before marrying Floyd C. Galyen on March 11, 1936 in Sioux Falls, S.D...
Donald G. Reistroffer (10/15/03)
Donald G. Reistroffer, 83, of Le Mars died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at his home in rural Le Mars.
Anna M. Franklin (10/14/03)
Anna M. Franklin, 77, of Grisham, Ore., and formerly of the Merrill and Hinton areas, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at her residence in Oregon. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars. The Rev. Dr. Klaus Raab of St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will take place one hour prior to funeral services on Wednesday...
Edmund E. Blum (10/13/03)
Edmund E. Blum, 87, of Akron, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003. Edmund E. Blum was born July 3, 1916, in Akron, the son of Bernard and Agnes (McGinnis) Blum. He graduated from Akron High School. On April 2, 1940, he married Virginia H. Hardy at the Cathedral in Sioux City. The couple farmed near Akron for many years until their retirement to Akron in November 1998...
Dorothy R. Harker (10/14/03)
EDINA, Minn. -- Dorothy R. Harker, 78, of Edina, Minn., and Okoboji, and a former Le Mars resident, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, following a courageous battle with lung cancer. Dorothy was a lifelong member of the National T.T.T. Society, serving as Iowa state president, Minnesota state president and national president. She was a member of PEO and a lifelong volunteer of various charitable organizations...
Anna M. Franklin (10/13/03)
Anna M. Franklin, 77, of Grisham, Ore., and formerly of the Merrill and Hinton areas, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at her residence in Oregon. Anna Marie Mueller was born Dec. 2, 1925, in Hinton, the daughter of August and Emma (Luettke) Mueller. She was raised and educated in the Hinton and Merrill area. ...
Edward J. 'Ed' Sitzmann (10/13/03)
Edward J. "Ed" Sitzmann, 84, of Le Mars, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at his home in Le Mars. Ed was born May 26, 1919, on the family farm in Lincoln Township, Plymouth County, the son of Edward and Agnes (Carel) Sitzmann. He grew up in Lincoln Township south of Le Mars and graduated from Trinity Catholic High School in Sioux City. ...
Dean L. Berger (10/10/03)
MARCUS -- Dean L. Berger, 79, of Marcus, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Dean was born Jan. 29, 1924, at Sioux City, the son of Will and Elsie (Pavlik) Berger. He grew up on a farm in rural Hinton until moving with his family to a farm south of Marcus in 1939. ...
Anna M. Franklin (10/09/03)
Anna M. Franklin, 77, of Grisham, Ore., and formerly of the Merrill and Hinton areas, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at her residence in Oregon. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Marie A. Nussbaum (10/09/03)
Mrs. Milton (Marie A.) Nussbaum, 86, of Remsen, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen Marie A. Nussbaum was born Feb. 20, 1917, at rural Remsen, the daughter of James and Marianna (Kirsch) Barthole. Marie was raised in the Remsen area and received her education at St. ...
Wayne De Jager (10/06/03)
MAURICE -- Wayne De Jager, 65, of Maurice, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Knoxville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Eunice (Vander Berg) De Jager. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. today (Monday) at First Reformed Church in Maurice...
Cornelia Meier Galyen (10/06/03)
Cornelia Galyen, 87, of Downey, Calif., and former Merrill area resident, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at SunBridge Care Center, Norwalk, Calif. Mrs. Galyen was born June 23, 1916, in Sioux City, the daughter of Leonard and Anna Karrer Meier. She graduated from East High School, class of 1934, and worked at Johnson Biscuit Company before marrying Floyd C. Galyen on March 11, 1936 in Sioux Falls, S.D...
Alma Westergard (10/06/03)
HAWARDEN -- Alma Flora Sophia (Wessels) Westergard, 77, of Hawarden, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden following a courageous battle with cancer. Survivors include her husband, Walter Westergard. Funeral services will be at 10;30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden...
Gretchen Lee Wurth (10/03/03)
WEST DES MOINES -- Gretchen Lee Wurth, 28, of West Des Moines, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003. Gretchen was born July 29, 1975, in Orange City. She was the human resource director for American Healthcare Management Service and was a member of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and Society of Human Resource Management...
Lois M. Van Maanen (10/02/03)
SHELDON -- Lois M. Van Maanen, 71, of Sheldon, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at the Northwest Iowa Health Care Center in Sheldon. Lois Mae Van Maanen was born Nov. 6, 1931, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of Charles and Hazel (Commerford) Hetzel. She moved with her family to Stamford, Conn., where she graduated from high school. From February 1951 to July 1953, she served in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of sergeant. On June 7, 1952, she married John Van Maanen at Camp Kilmer, N.J...
Rose (Kenaley) Krogh (10/01/03)
Rose Agnes Krogh, 87, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. The former Rose Kenaley was born Feb. 15, 1916, at Ticonic, in Monona County, the daughter of Joseph Leo and Josephine Margaret (Sullivan) Kenaley. ...
Adam 'Buster' Tindall (10/01/03)
Adam "Buster" James Tindall, Jr., 84, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, in an automobile accident. Adam "Buster" James Tindall Jr. was born Aug. 20, 1919, in Akron, the son of Adam James and Lizza (Grebner) Tindall Sr. He attended rural school in the Akron area. He married Helen Buryanek on Dec. 26, 1956, in Westfield. He lived on the home farm east of Akron all of his life, until his retirement in 1996 and the couple moved to Le Mars...
Helen Tindall (10/01/03)
Helen Tindall, 77, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, in an automobile accident. Helen Tindall was born Oct. 27, 1925, in Westfield, the daughter of Adolph and Bessie (Kohout) Buryanek. She graduated from Westfield Consolidated School in 1943 and Western Union (Westmar) College. On Dec. 26, 1956, she married Adam Tindall in Westfield...