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Obituaries from May 2007

Ray Meis (05/31/07)
Ray Meis, 96, of Crescent and formerly of Granville, died Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville. Burial will be in the parish cemetery...
Genevieve G. Williams (05/31/07)
Genevieve G. Williams, 99, of Sioux City, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at a local nursing home. Genevieve was born Nov. 8, 1907, in Mapleton, the daughter of J.O. and Gertrude (Hatch) Griffith. She grew up in the Mapleton area and graduated from Mapleton High School. She then attended Morningside College where she received a teaching certificate. Genevieve taught school for several years in Perry Township in Plymouth County...
Paul R. Meylor (05/31/07)
Paul Meylor, 84, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at his home. Paul Raymond Meylor was born July 13, 1922, on the family farm near Marcus in Cherokee County, the son of Ray and Mary (Cox) Meylor.  He was raised in Cherokee County and graduated from Immaculate Conception Parochial High School in Cherokee...
Gwendolyn M. Dorale (05/29/07)
Gwendolyn M. Dorale, 77, of Kingsley, died Sunday, May 27, 2007, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2007 at First Lutheran Church in Kingsley. The Rev. Duane Miesner will officiate. ...
Norma M. Frolkey (05/29/07)
Norma Mae (Herzig) Frolkey, 82, of Shell Knob, Mo., and a 1942 graduate of Le Mars High School, died Friday, May 11, 2007, in Red Rose Inn, Cassville, Mo. Memorial services were held May 16 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Shell Know, under the direction of the Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob...
Jeri Ann Grant (05/29/07)
Jeri Ann Grant, 80, of Le Mars and formerly of Remsen, died Friday, May 25, 2007, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Jeri Ann Grant was born Dec. 17, 1926, at Des Moines, the daughter of Verl "Barney" and Daisy (Woolwine) Bryant. Jeri Ann was raised in Jefferson and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1944. She then attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, for 1 1/2 years. On Feb. 24, 1946, she married Duane E. "Dewey" Grant in Jefferson, where they made their home...
Esther J. Mead (05/29/07)
Esther Joann Mead, 65, of Sioux City, died Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at Casa De Paz Nursing Home in Sioux City. Esther was born Feb. 14, 1942, at Mapleton, the daughter of Lawrence G. and Edith Mae (Daniels) Mead. She grew up and attended school in the Mapleton area. Esther married Gary Aalseth in the early 1960s. They separated in the late 1980s...
Hugh 'Barney' Swift (05/29/07)
Hugh "Barney" Swift, 82, of Akron, died Thursday, May 24, 2007 at the Akron Care Center in Akron. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Akron. Pastor Damon Green will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by the Hoschler American Legion Post 186 of Akron. ...
Francis J. Tritz (05/29/07)
Francis J. Tritz, 88, of Remsen, Remsen, 88, died Saturday, May 26, 2007, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen. Francis J. Tritz was born Dec. 27, 1918, at Remsen, the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Wenner) Tritz. Francis was raised in the Remsen area and received his education at St. ...
Ronald Utesch (05/29/07)
Ronald Utesch, 78, of Le Mars, died Sunday, May 27, 2007, at his home. Ronald Clifford Utesch was born on April 4, 1929, in Le Mars, the son of William and Bertha (Gardener) Utesch. He graduated from Le Mars High School in 1947. Ron enlisted in the United States Marines on June 24, 1947. Ron earned his honorable discharge on June 23, 1950. He would re-enlist with the Marine Corps Reserves and attain the rank of Sergeant prior to his honorable discharge on Aug. 19, 1960...
Robert Cassel (05/25/07)
Robert Jacob Cassel, 73, of Le Mars, went to the arms of Jesus on May 3, 2007, while in Japan visiting his Rachael. A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. James Tigges officiating. The Feuerstein Funeral Home of Le Mars is assisting the family with arrangements...
Hugh 'Barney' Swift (05/25/07)
Hugh "Barney" Swift, 82, of Akron, died Thursday, May 24, 2007, at the Akron Care Center in Akron. Services are pending with the Carlsen Funeral Home - Schroeder Chapel in Akron. Expressions of sympathy can be directed to the family at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
Evelyn Bullington (05/24/07)
RURAL LE MARS, IOWA - Evelyn Bullington, 86, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Union Township, Plymouth County, Iowa, died Monday, April 23, 2007, at a local hospital in Mesa, Ariz. Evelyn Bernice Mc Cain was born on March 13, 1921, in Anthon, Iowa, the daughter of William and Doretta Mc Cain. ...
Longtime Le Mars attorney, W. Burton Dull, dies at 96 (05/23/07)
W. Burton Dull, 96, of Le Mars, died Monday, May 21, 2007, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. William Burton Dull was born Oct. 14, 1910, in Meriden, Iowa, the oldest son of Emery and Rose Collister Dull. He attended high school in Cherokee, where he was a state wrestling champ in 1928. ...
Wendell Toenjes (05/23/07)
Wendell Toenjes, 81, of Le Mars, died Monday, May 21, 2007, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. Wendell John Toenjes was born on the family farm in Buncombe Township, Sioux County, Iowa on June 18, 1925, the son of John C. and Maria (Onken) Toenjes. ...
Evelyn Bullington (05/22/07)
RURAL LE MARS -- Evelyn Bullington, 86, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Union Township, Plymouth County, Iowa, died Monday, April 23, 2007 at a local hospital in Mesa, Ariz. Graveside services will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Le Mars. A time of fellowship and refreshment will follow at the Mauer - Johnson Family Gathering Room...
Tyler Dawdy (05/22/07)
Tyler Dawdy, 18, of Akron, died Saturday, May 19, 2007, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Tyler Edward Dawdy was born Feb. 22, 1989, in Sioux City, the son of Guy Dawdy and Jodi (Hughes) Banks. He attended grade school in Akron and was currently a junior at Akron-Westfield High School. He was working for Pizza Hut in Le Mars...
W. Burton Dull (05/22/07)
W. Burton Dull, 96, of Le Mars, died on Monday, May 21, 2007, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Kevin Richter will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. ...
Wendell Toenjes (05/22/07)
Wendell Toenjes, 81, of Le Mars, died Monday, May 21, 2007, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Dave Daumer of St. John's Lutheran Church, Reading Township, rural Ireton, officiating. Interment services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, rural Ireton...
Tyler Dawdy (05/21/07)
Tyler Dawdy, 18, of Akron, died Saturday, May 19, 2007, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. in Akron with the Rev. Jean Morse will officiate. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City. ...
Earl H. Buss (05/21/07)
Earl H. Buss, 86, of Le Mars, died Sunday, May 21, 2007 at the Good Samaritan Village of Le Mars. Earl Harry Buss was born March 20, 1921, on the family farm in Fredonia Township, rural Plymouth County, Iowa the son of Harry and Elizabeth (Utech) Buss. He attended country school in Elgin Township. His father died when Earl was in his late teens. At that time he began to farm the family farm with his mother. Earl was united in marriage to Fay E. Lonnee on Sept. 3, 1952. in Onawa...
Earl H. Buss (05/21/07)
Earl H. Buss, 86, of Le Mars, died Sunday, May 21, 2007 at the Good Samaritan Village of Le Mars. Earl Harry Buss was born March 20, 1921, on the family farm in Fredonia Township, rural Plymouth County, Iowa the son of Harry and Elizabeth (Utech) Buss. He attended country school in Elgin Township. His father died when Earl was in his late teens. At that time he began to farm the family farm with his mother. Earl was united in marriage to Fay E. Lonnee on Sept. 3, 1952. in Onawa...
W. Burton Dull (05/21/07)
W. Burton Dull, 96, of Le Mars, died today (Monday), May 21, 2007, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. The Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home is assisting Burton's family with funeral arrangements. Additional information may be found at www.mauerjohnsonfh.com...
Ralph C. Petter (05/21/07)
Ralph C. Petter, 78, of Anoka, Minn., died Saturday, May 19, 2007. Survivors include his wife, Elaine; a son and his wife, David and Lucy Petter of Le Mars; a daughter and her husband, Diane and Ron Wagner; son, Daniel; grandchildren, Jennifer (Petter) and her husband, Tim Traver of Le Mars, Tyler Petter of Le Mars, and Laura, Julie, Nik, and Danielle; great-grand-children, Makennah, Karsen, and Kaylee Traver of Le Mars; sisters, Verna (Warren) Slavicek, and Deloria (Kenneth) Slavicek...
John D. Van Maanen (05/21/07)
John Dick Van Maanen, 76, of Sheldon, died Friday, May 18, 2007, in his home, surrounded by his daughters and friends. John was a native of Northwest, Iowa. He grew up in Rock Valley, Iowa the son of Gerrit and Henrietta (Timmer) Van Maanen, where he graduated from High School. He later graduated from NWCC with an AA...
Dorothy E. Utesch (05/18/07)
Dorothy E. Utesch, 81, of Le Mars, died Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at the Good Samaritan Village (Brentwood Center) in Le Mars. Dorothy Engelina Johanna Haage was born April 11, 1926 in Plymouth County, Iowa the daughter of Herman and Elizabeth (Ludwigs) Haage. She attended country school near her home. Following her education Dorothy assisted her family and area families with homemaking and farming...
Dorothy Utesch (05/17/07)
Dorothy E.J. Utesch, 81, of Le Mars, died Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at Good Samaritan Village (Brentwood Center in Le Mars. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church (Preston Township), rural Akron, with the Rev. Jerry Crow officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery...
Joan K. Portz (05/16/07)
Joan Kathryn Portz, 71, of Remsen died Monday, May 14, 2007, at her home in Remsen after a lengthy illness. Joan Portz was born Nov. 20, 1935, at Le Mars, the daughter of Andrew and Angela (Buckley) Ahlers. Joan was raised in Remsen and graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School in 1953. She worked at First Trust and Savings Bank in Remsen upon graduating...
Maxine R. Tweney (05/16/07)
Maxine R. Tweney, 89, a former Marcus resident, died Sunday, May 6, 2007, in Grand Junction, Colo. Maxine was born Feb. 16, 1918, at Doland, S.D., the daughter of Warren and Mayme (Ulstad) Calvert. She was raised by Hattie Ulstad and Blanche Bass, and was a longtime Marcus area resident...
Dorothy Utesch (05/16/07)
Dorothy Utesch, 81, of Le Mars, died today (Wednesday), May 16, 2007, at Good Samaritan Village (Brentwood) in Le Mars. The Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars is assisting the family with arrangements. Additional information may be found at www.mauerjohnsonfh.com...
Donald Bohlken (05/15/07)
Donald Bohlken, 77, of Le Mars, died Saturday, May 12, 2007, at his home. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Greg Gabriel will officiate. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Le Mars, with military honors provided by Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion. ...
Rose C. Ludwigs (05/15/07)
Rose C. Ludwigs, 90, of Le Mars, died Sunday, May 13, 2007, at Good Samaritan Village (Brentwood) in Le Mars. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Larry Fett officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Le Mars. ...
Joan Portz (05/15/07)
Joan Portz, 71, of Remsen, died Monday, May 14, 2007, at her home in Remsen. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with burial in the parish cemetery. Friends may call any time after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a rosary at 3 p.m. by St. Mary's Guild and Christian Mothers and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home...
Blanche Boetger (05/14/07)
Blanche (Bultman) Boetger, 84, of Akron, died Saturday, May 12, 2007, at a Sioux City hospital. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. in Akron, with the Rev. Dawn Quame officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery at Akron. ...
Donald Bohlken (05/14/07)
Donald Bohlken, 77, of Le Mars, died Saturday, May 12, 2007, at his home. Donald LeRoy Bohlken was born on Easter Sunday, April 20, 1930, in Hawarden, the son of Albert and Sena (Konken) Bohlken. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Craig. ...
Rose C. Ludwigs (05/14/07)
Rose C. Ludwigs, 90, of Le Mars, died Sunday, May 13, 2007, at Good Samaritan Village (Brentwood) in Le Mars. Rose Catherine Henrietta Heeren was born May 23, 1916, in Le Mars, the daughter of John and Anna (Monke) Heeren. She was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church (Grant Township) rural Le Mars. Rose attended country school near her home and later helped her family with farming...
Margie L. Copenhaver (05/11/07)
Margie L. (Johnson) Copenhaver, 76, of Hinton, died Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Services will be 1 p.m. today (Friday) at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, with the Rev. Mark Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Condolences may be sent online to www.meyerbroschapels.com...
Ella Molzen (05/11/07)
Ella Molzen, 89, of rural Le Mars, died Thursday, May 10, 2007, at Good Samaritan Village (Brentwood) in Le Mars. Ella Martha Molzen was born Dec. 25, 1917, in Washington Township, Plymouth County, to Henry and Engel (Kleihauer) Ludwigs. She was raised on the family farm and attended country school near her home. Following her education Ella assisted her family with housekeeping and farming...
Ella Molzen (05/10/07)
Ella Molzen, 89, of rural Le Mars, died today (Thursday), May 10, 2007, at Good Samaritan Village (Brentwood) in Le Mars. The Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars is assisting Ella's family with funeral arrangements. Additional information may be found at www.mauerjohnsonf.com...
Ann Tschampel (05/10/07)
Ann Tschampel, 55, of Le Mars, died peacefully at her home on Monday, May 7, 2007. Ann Louise Berven was born July 13, 1951, at Webster City, the daughter of Stan and Arlene (Grubbe) Berven. Ann began her education in Webster City and moved with her family to Le Mars in 1964. She graduated from Le Mars High School in 1969. Following high school, Ann attended Wayne State College. Ann was united in marriage to John "Jack" Tschampel on June 5, 1971 at Le Mars...
Carolyn R. Wenzel (05/10/07)
Carolyn R. Wenzel, 78, of Hinton, died Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at the Indian Hills Nursing and Rehab Center in Sioux City. Carolyn Ruby Searles was born Jan. 29, 1929, in Akron, the daughter of Howard and Kristine "Mamie" (Christensen) Searles. Carolyn was raised on a farm northeast of Akron. ...
Robert Cassel (05/09/07)
Robert Jacob Cassel, 73, of Le Mars, went to the arms of Jesus on May 3, 2007, while in Japan visiting his daughter Rachael. "Red" as he was known, was born June 15, 1933, in Danville, Ill., the son of John and Victoria (Koziol) Cassel. He graduated from Schlarman Roman Catholic High School in Danville, then served in the U.S. Marine Corps...
Edna Groetken (05/09/07)
Edna M. Groetken, 87, of Sioux City, died Monday, May 7, 2007, at the V.A. Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. Edna Margaret Groetken was born June 21, 1919, on the family farm near Struble, in Elgin Township, the daughter of Henry F. and Mayme (Franklin) Groetken. ...
Ann Tschampel (05/09/07)
Ann Tschampel, 55, of Le Mars, died peacefully at her home on Monday, May 7, 2007. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Merrill United Methodist Church with Ted Stowers officiating. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Merrill. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. ...
Carolyn R. Wenzel (05/09/07)
Carolyn R. Wenzel, 78, of Hinton, died today (Wednesday), May 9, 2007, at the Indian Hills Nursing and Rehab Center in Sioux City. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars. Additional information can be found at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
Elvira Schulz (05/08/07)
Elvira Schulz, 92, of Le Mars, died Sunday, May 6, 2007, at Good Samaritan Village (Brentwood) in Le Mars. Elvira Lois Nettie Utesch was born April 12, 1915, at Yankton, S.D., the daughter of William and Bertha (Gardner) Utesch. Elvira was baptized at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. She began her education at a country school in Washington Township and graduated from Merrill High School in 1933. Elvira was united in marriage to Ivan Schulz on Jan. 23, 1936 at Ottumwa...
Tom Stead (05/08/07)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tom Stead, 56, of Orlando, Fla., died Wednesday, May 2, 2007, at his home surrounded by his family. Tom was born on Sept. 11, 1950, in Ames. He graduated from high school in Le Mars, and received his B.S. degree in industrial administration from Iowa State University. Tom was involved in the millwork and building material business for 35 years; and, for the last 10 years, he was vice president and general manager of Millwork Sales, Inc., Orlando, Fla...
Ann Tschampel (05/08/07)
Ann Tschampel, 55, of Le Mars, died peacefully at her home on Monday, May 7, 2007. Funeral arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars. Additional information can be found at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Erwin Neuenschwander (05/07/07)
Erwin Neuenschwander, 96, of Remsen, died Saturday, May 5, 2007, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen. Erwin Neuenschwander was born March 9, 1911, at rural Remsen, the son of Fred and Lizzie (Jordt) Neuenschwander. Erwin was raised in the Remsen area and received his education in both the rural school system and Remsen Public School from which he graduated in 1929. ...
Elvira Schulz (05/07/07)
Elvira Schulz, 92, of Le Mars, died Sunday, May 6, 2007, at Good Samaritan Village (Brentwood) in Le Mars. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. in Le Mars with the Gary Landsness officiating. Interment will be in St. ...
Calvin C. Kraus (05/02/07)
GARNER -- Calvin C. Kraus, 71, of Garner, died Monday, April 30, 2007, at his home southwest of Garner. He fought a gallant fight against a very rare blood disease, Amyloidosis. His body has been donated to the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, Minn...
Kenneth A. Staab (05/02/07)
HUBBARD, Neb. -- Kenneth Allen Staab, 19, of Hubbard died unexpectedly Sunday, April 29, 2007, in Le Mars. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sioux City. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hubbard. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) with the family 6 to 8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Christy-Smith Morningside Chapel in Sioux City...
Ron Geiger, retired Harker's CEO, community leader, dies at 57 (05/01/07)
Ronald R. Geiger, 57, of Le Mars, died Saturday, April 28, 2007, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Ronald Ray Geiger was born Dec. 2, 1949, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Raymond R. and Twyla J. (Olson) Geiger. His early years were spent in Omaha, with the family moving to Millard when he was 13 years old. ...