Obituaries from October 2006
DeWayne A. Bak
DeWayne A. Bak, 63, of Hinton, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, in Sioux City. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thusday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Sioux City with the Rev. Gary Snyder celebrating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City. There will be a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., followed by a Masonic service, all at the funeral home...
Rita M. Ritz
Rita M. Ritz, 91, of Remsen, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, at Floyd Valley Hospital in LeMars. Rita M. Ritz was born July 27, 1915, at rural Oyens, the daughter of Joseph and Clara (Delperdang) Majeres. Rita was raised in the Oyens area and received her education at St. Catherine's Catholic School in Oyens. She then did domestic work in the Granville area. On Oct. 22, 1940, she married John E. Ritz at Oyens. They made their home in Remsen...
Arnold H. Haage
Arnold H. Haage, 84, of 6005 Haney Rd., Glasford, , Ill., died at 7:50 a.m. Friday Oct. 27, 2006, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria, Ill. He was born June 22, 1922, in Le Mars, the son of John and Sena (Cassens) Haage. Arnold married Violet Fischer in Glasford on Sept. 10, 1955...
Verna Harvey, 83, of Remsen, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, at her home in Remsen after a brief illness. Verna Harvey was born Dec. 11, 1922, at Ashton, the daughter of Dominic and Catherine (Kolbeck) Weiler. She lived near Ashton where she received her education in the rural school system. In 1931, at the age of 9, she moved with her family to rural Remsen and attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Remsen...
Walter G. Plendl
Walter G. Plendl, 60, of Sioux City, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2006, at Sioux City following an illness of pancreatic cancer. Walter G. Plendl was born Feb. 1, 1946, in Le Mars, the son of Anton and Doris (Leonard) Plendl. He grew up in rural Hinton and graduated from Union High School in 1964...
Pierce 'Pitts' DeJong
Pierce "Pitts" DeJong, 77, of Remsen, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Le Mars, with the Rev. Drew Tomberlin officiating. ...
Garry J. Dirks
Garry J. Dirks, 65, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Le Mars, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, in Mesa, Ariz. Garry John Dirks was born Oct. 21, 1941 in Le Mars, the son of John and Marie (Popken) Dirks. He was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Grant Township, rural Le Mars. ...
Leonard F. Klemme
Leonard F. Klemme, 87, of Le Mars, died peacefully with his family at his side on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, at his home in Le Mars. Leonard Fredrick Klemme was born April 30, 1919, on the family farm in Preston Township to Fred and Etta (Tapper) Klemme. Leonard was baptized and confirmed at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston Township. He attended country school in Preston Township...
IsaBelle Jo Luschen
IsaBelle Jo Luschen, infant daughter of Kaitlin Luschen of Merrill and Jeremy VonHagel of Le Mars, was stillborn Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City. Memories of IsaBelle Jo will be cherished by her parents; twin sister, AnaBelle Renee; maternal grandparents, Randy and Kelly Luschen of Merrill; and paternal grandparents, Renee Persinger of Le Mars and Louie VonHagel of Le Mars...
Rodney Popken, 62, of Oak Harbor, Wash., and a Brunsville area native, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Oak Harbor. Rodney was born May 17, 1944, the son of William and Esther (Osterbuhr) Popken. He grew up on a farm near Brunsville and attended church at Christ Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and confirmed. He attended high school in Le Mars...
Isabel M. Brant
Isabel M. Brant, 94, of South Sioux City, Neb., and formerly of Le Mars, died very peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, at Matney Colonial Manor in South Sioux City, Neb., surrounded by her family. Isabel was born March 24, 1912, in Fort Dodge, the daughter of Bascomb Leigh and Blanche (Johnson) Coburn. ...
Lucille J. Foreman
Mrs. Lucille Jean Foreman, 84, of Orange City, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at the Orange City Area Health System. There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Alton Presbyterian Church in Alton, with Ronald Brink, C.L.P., officiating. burial will be prior to the service at the Nassau Township Cemetery near Alton. There will be a family prayer service at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City...
James J. Koenig, 88, of Belleville, Ill., died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006. James J. Koenig was born Sept. 14, 1918, in Le Mars, the son of Jacob G. and Elsie (Nicholson) Koenig. He graduated from Iowa State College in Ames in 1939, with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. ...
Kyle Jon Clark
Kyle Jon Clark, 16, of Wahoo, Neb., formerly of Sioux City, was killed in a car accident in Wahoo, Neb., Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, and went home to be with God. Kyle was born Sept. 8, 1990, in Sioux City, the son of Larry and Christi (Nagel) Clark. He was a sophomore at Wahoo High School and was active in school and legion baseball...
Juanita Ann Fockler of Le Mars, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at the age of 80. She was the daughter of the late John and Anna Wilmes. Burial service was at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. The Feuerstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements...
M. Eugene 'Gene' Held
M. Eugene "Gene" Held, 79, of Hinton, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2996, at a Sioux City hospital following a sudden illness. Mr. Held was born Oct. 29, 1926,on the family farm at Hinton, the son of Albert and Neva (Royer) Held. He grew up in Hinton, attended Hinton Schools and graduated from Hinton High School. As a youth, he was active in the Plymouth County 4-H program, showing cattle at fairs...
Tom Schrank, 75, of Danbury, was found dead Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, at his residence in rural Danbury. Thomas Howard Schrank was born March 27, 1931, on the family farm just west of Danbury, the son of Simon and Gertrude (Sexton) Schrank. Except for the time he served his country with the United States Army, Tom lived his entire life in the Danbury community. He excelled in school sports and graduated from Danbury Public High School with the class of 1950...
Kenneth M. 'Bud' Hawkins
Kenneth M. "Bud" Hawkins, 84, of Maurice, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Dorothy E. Newberg
Dorothy E. Newberg, 85, of Hinton, died with her loved ones present Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at Bickford Cottage following a recent illness. Dorothy was born Dec. 13, 1920, at home in Hinton, the daughter of Clarence and Dora (Stockburger) Brown. She graduated from Hinton High School. She attended Morningside College where she received a four-year degree in education...
Donald Haage, 73, of Le Mars, died suddenly on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church in Craig. Interment with military honors provided by the Heeren-McHale-Wilken American Legion Post #724 of Brunsville will be in the St. ...
Lenora D. Reeves, 83, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Melvin Bakken, 91, of Sioux City, and formerly of Kingsley, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, at Sunrise Manor in Sioux City. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. at Rohde-Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley, with Darla Rock officiating. Burial will be in Kingsley Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today (Wednesday), with the amily present 5 to 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home...
Charles D. Ashley
Charles Edward Ashley, 71, of Merrill, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, at his home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Anthon United Methodist Church in Anthon. Burial will be in the Fairfield Cemetery, Rock Branch, rural Correctionville. Visitation will be Wednesday at the Anthon United Methodist Church from 4 to 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. and a time of remembrance at 7:30 p.m...
Rex Allen, 82, of Le Mars, formerly of Pierson, died Sunday, Oct. 15,2006, at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City.
Geraldine 'Tiny' Johnson
Geraldine F. "Tiny" Johnson, 89, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, at the Happy Siesta Health Care Centre in Remsen.
Funeral arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Laura M. Campbell
Mrs. Leonard (Laura) Campbell, 81, a Le Mars native and lifelong resident, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2006, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars, following a lengthy illness. The former Laura M. Oetken was born June 4, 1925 ,at Le Mars, the daughter of John and Greatha (Lubben) Oetken. She grew up in the Le Mars area and attended rural school in Grant Township...
Robert Rann, 71, of Akron, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, at Orange City Hospital in Orange City. Robert Henry Rann was born July 14, 1935, in Le Mars, the son of Adolph and Louise Anna Kathrina (Heeren) Rann. Bob was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. ...
Edith Delperdang, 89, of Remsen, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen. Edith Delperdang was born April 24, 1917, at rural Granville, the daughter of Joe and Elizabeth (Henrich) List. Edith was raised in the Granville area where she received her primary education in the rural school system. ...
Irvin Ruba, 90, of Remsen, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at Orange City Area Health System in Orange City. Irvin Ruba was born Dec. 3, 1913, at rural Remsen, the son of Nicholas and Catherine (Loutsch) Ruba. Irvin was raised in the Remsen area and received his education in both the rural school system and St. Mary's Catholic School in Remsen. He was then engaged in farming in the Remsen area...
Kendall O. Mortenson
Kendall O. Mortenson, 71, of Benson, Minn., died Saturday morning, Oct. 7, 2006, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minn. Kendall O. Mortenson was born July 2, 1935, in Benson, Minn., the son of Oliver and Vera (Thompson) Mortenson. Kendall was baptized at Our Saviors Church in Benson and confirmed at Buffalo Lake Lutheran Church in rural De Graff, Minn. ...
Anna L. Harris
Anna Louise Harris, 86, of Sioux City, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006, in Sioux City. Anna was born Sept. 1, 1920, in Sioux City, the daughter of Michaelis and Maria (Veldzuinas) Bilunas. She was raised in Sioux City and attended Sioux City parochial schools...
Adelle B. Offerdahl
Adelle B. Offerdahl, 81, of Beresford, S.D., died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Adell Beatrice Offerdahl was born July 2, 1925 in Union County, S.D., to parents Lars and Alma (Anderson) Hanson. Adell was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Brule Creek Lutheran Church. She married Milton Offerdahl on June 30, 1943. They farmed in the Beresford, S.D., community...
Mike Hart, 60, of The Woodlands, Texas, formerly of Le Mars, died suddenly on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006 in Le Mars.
Wyman L. March
Wyman L. March, 80, of Kingsley, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen. Wyman was born Aug. 14, 1926, in Kingsley, the son of Roy and Lillie (Shearer) March. He grew up in the Kingsley area. After high school, Wyman played semi-pro baseball and traveled around the Midwest to various cities while playing baseball. After his career in baseball he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. ...
Clarence Terpstra, 81, of Hawarden, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, at a Sioux City hospital. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hawarden Community Church. Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday in Valley View Cemetery at Rock Valley. Visitation will be after 1 p.m. today (Thursday), with the family present 5 to 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden...
Benedict J. Ruhland
Benedict J. "Ben" Ruhland, 98, a Le Mars native and lifelong resident, died Tuesday Oct. 3, 2006, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. Ben was born May 25, 1908, at Le Mars, the son of John and Elizabeth (Sitzmann) Ruhland. On Jan. 5, 1932, he married Leona Kemp at St. ...
Dr. Robert E. Garvin
Dr. Robert E. Garvin, 88, of Akron, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, at the Akron Care Center in Akron, after a brief illness.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Edward Hugo Wilhelmi, 83, of Las Vegas, Nev., and a Le Mars native, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006. Edward was born June 28, 1923, in Le Mars, the son of Frank and Mary (Block) Wilhelmi. He was a 1947 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in the U.S. ...
Harriett R. Penning
Harriett R. Penning, 90, of Le Mars, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. Harriett Rozena Harker was born April 8, 1916, in Le Mars, the daughter of John and Nell (Gardner) Harker. Harriett was raised in Le Mars and graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1934. She worked as a switchboard operator for the medical clinic when it was located downtown...