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DATELINE - DOWS 

     Earnest M. Peters Jr., 81, of Jefferson City, Missouri, and formerly of Dows, died March 24, 2016, at his home in Jefferson City.

     Graveside memorial services will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 8, at the Fairview Cemetery in Dows. Pastor Bill Kem will officiate. Military graveside rites will be provided by the Dows American Legion Watson Beach Post No. 523.

     Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the United Presbyterian Church in Clarion. Dugger Funeral Home, 100 N. Lee St., Dows, is in charge of arrangements.

     Earnest, the son of Earnest and Katherine Schlagel Peters was born June 17, 1934 in Belmond. He grew up in Dows, where he attended school. Ernie graduated from Dows High School in 1952. After high school Earnest served in the United States Marine Corps. After returning home, Earnest was united in marriage to Shirley McDermmot. The couple made their home in Dows and were blessed with two children, LuAnne and Steven. Ernie lived and worked as a carpenter in Dows. Shirley passed away in 2001. After Shirley’s death, Earnest moved to Jefferson City, MO. He lived there until his death. 

     Earnest is survived by his son, Steven of Clarion.

    He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Shirley and daughter, LuAnne in 2014.



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DATELINE – BELMOND

     Dorothy Abbas, age 95, of Belmond, passed away Sunday April 3, 2016 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

     Funeral Services for Dorothy Abbas will be held Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at Bethany Reformed Church in Belmond. Pastor Phil Arnold will officiate.

     Visitation for Dorothy Abbas will be from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Wednesday April 6, 2016 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South, in Belmond.

​     Dorothy Boelman Abbas, daughter of Will J. and Titcia Frohling Boelman, was born on January 24, 1921 five miles east of Belmond (hospital farm). She attended and graduated from Belmond High School. Growing up, Dorothy helped a lot on the farm. She did housework, worked and drove tractors in the fields, and chores.

     On October 2, 1941, she married Henry B. Abbas. The couple moved to Franklin County for one year. They returned back to the farm east of Belmond. They farmed for 37 years until Henry’s death on March 2, 1978. Dorothy continued to farm for three years. Two years later, she bought a house in town, where she lived for 10 years before moving to the retirement center in 1994. Dorothy worked as a cook for the Belmond School for 10 years.

     Dorothy enjoyed her home and her son, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

  Dorothy is survived by her son Gary Abbas of Des Moines, grandchildren and great-children: Aaron (Carrie) Abbas and children: Saylor, Spenser, Seth of Des Moines, Nathan Abbas and children: Avery, Emerson, Thaden of Des Moines, Beth (Chad) Sealine and children: Abigail, Corrin, Orien of Des Moines, sister Ruth Dorenkamp, brother Daryl Boelman, sister-in-law Marie Boelman, and numerous other family and friends.

     She is preceded in death by her parents Will J. and Titcia Boelman, husband Henry Abbas, daughter-in-law Roberta Abbas, sisters Thada and Henrietta, brothers Joyce, Herman and Bud, and in-laws.




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DATELINE – DOWS, IOWA


     Robert W. (Bob) Hograbe, age 88, of rural Dows passed away Thursday April 14, 2016 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

     Funeral services for Robert W. Hograbe will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday April 18, 2016 at the Morgan United Methodist Church east of Dows. Pastor Judy Eilders will officiate. Burial will be in the Morgan Township Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be provided by the Dows American Legion Watson Beach Post #523.

     Visitation for Bob Hograbe will be held for one hour prior to services at the Morgan Methodist Church on Monday. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street in Dows.

     Bob was born September 14, 1927 in Waverly, Iowa to Harry and Lydia (Harms) Hograbe. Bob attended Plainfield grade school, in 1941 his family moved to Dows and he attended Dows High School and graduated in 1944. Upon graduating he started farming. He would for the next 63 years.

     Bob married Shirley Coulson on July 16, 1950. They had two children. Bob was drafted into the Army in 1953. He and Shirley moved to Tacoma, Washington for 2 years. Upon his discharge they returned to Dows to farm.

     Bob loved to sing, he sang in his church’s choir for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his family. His great granddaughters have made many fond memories of him baking them cookies and homemade raisin bread. Bob collected toy tractors. His favorite passion was his love of traveling. He was never lost, it was always a “shortcut”.

     Bob is survived by his two children Becky (Dwight) Ackerman of Clear Lake, John Hograbe of Dows, one granddaughter, Kathy (James) Huse of Ventura, three great granddaughters, Ali Huse of Clear Lake, Andi Huse of Clear Lake, Alicia Huse of Ventura and one great great-grandson, Tavin of Clear Lake.

     He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley on January 13, 2016, parents, Lydia and Harry Hograbe, brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Gladys Hograbe.  




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DATELINE-DOWS

     Betty Lou (Hackbarth) Swanson passed into heaven's gate on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 at the Clarion Wellness and Rehabilitation Center in Clarion, Iowa

     Funeral services for Betty Swanson will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday May 7, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Dows. Pastor Shawn Hill will officiate. Burial will take place in the Graceland cemetery near Rowan.

     Visitation for Betty Swanson will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday May 6, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Dows and will continue for one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street in Dows is in charge of arrangements.

 Betty was born June 22, 1929 in a home near Bradford, Iowa to Herbert and Mabel (Graff) Hackbarth. She was the oldest of nine children and lived a very busy and full life. After graduating salutatorian from Rowan High School in 1947, Betty attended Iowa Teacher's College (now UNI) in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She proudly taught country school in a one room classroom, grades 1-8. 

On January 7, 1949 she married Raymond Swanson in Garner, Iowa and started farming east of Galt, Iowa. To this union was blessed six children, 3 boys and 3 girls. Betty and Ray moved to a farm north of Dows in 1956 and lived there for over 50 years. She helped Ray and the children on the farm and loved gardening and growing flowers and fruit trees. The family would take yearly vacations "out west" and Betty would expertly pile the car full of food and clothes for the trip. Playing cards with family, friends, and neighbors was also a fun past time. 

The Dows United Methodist Church held a special place in Betty's heart and she was active teaching Sunday school and Bible school and was active in United Methodist Church groups. Franklin County 4-H also help a special place for her and she was active as a leader and assisting her children with their 4-H projects and county fair. Later in life, she and Ray enjoyed winters with friends in Weslaco, Texas for over 25 years.

Her family was the love of her life and she greatly cherished her visits with her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Later in life she quilted them many quilts. During family get-togethers she would spend hours cooking and preparing meals. Christmas was especially important to her and she made sure everyone received a "Santa" stocking filled with many gifts. 

     Left to cherish her memory are children: Karen (Ivan) Noelck, Virgil (Jill) Swanson, Ruby (Larry) Rhines, Duane (Jean) Swanson, Edward (Kimberly) Swanson, and Linda (Jon) Allen; nineteen grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; siblings Shirley (Leslie) Southard, Mary Lester, Charlotte (Norman) Pals, Katherine Hoopingarner, Lester Hackbarth, David Hackbarth, and sister-in-law Mary Lousie Swanson.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Mabel and Herbert Hackbarth; her loving husband of 64 years, Raymond Swanson; grandchildren Tony Noelck and Karie Noelck; great-granddaughter Maelani Hadley; siblings Barbara Hackbarth and Herbert Hackbarth Jr.; brother-in-law Frank Lester, Eugene Sturgeon, Clifford Swanson, and Louis Hoopingarner; and sister-in-law Mabel Sturgeon. 




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DATELINE – BELMOND

     Durwood Lee LaRue, age 73, of Belmond, passed away Saturday May 7, 2016 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital in Belmond.

     Visitation for Durwood will be held Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 3:00-5:00 P.M. at Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South, in Belmond. A memorial service will be held at 5:00 P.M. following visitation Thursday luncheon to follow. Burial will take place at a later date.

     Durwood, son of Norman and Dena Steenhard LaRue, was born on November 26, 1942 on his grandparents farm near Meservey. Durwood attended and graduated from Dumont High School in 1961. After graduating he went on to Hamilton Business School and graduated in 1962.

  In 1965, Durwood was united into marriage to Patty Patterson. To this union, two children were born: Shawn and Dawn.

     Durwood previously lived in South Carolina before moving back to Belmond due to health issues in 2011. He enjoyed cooking, gardening, quilting and cross stitching flour sack towels. He loved watching old westerns, especially John Wayne movies, and listening to old county music. Durwood loved his grandaughters and his grandson; whether it be by text or phone, he enjoyed hearing from them. 

     Durwood is survived by his daughter Dawn (Delwin) Barkema of Belmond, grandchildren Brittany and Brenna Barkema, and Travis LaRue and Zac Salazar of Henderson, NC, daughter-in-law Gail LaRue of Henderson, NC, brother Donald (Patty) LaRue of Ionia, IA, sister Norma (Butch) Whipple of Dows, sister-in-law Hattie LaRue of Dumont, and numerous other family and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his son Shawn, brother Dewayne, and parents Norman and Dena.


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DATELINE-BELMOND

     Donald E. Reicks, age 72, of Belmond, formerly of Cresco passed away Wednesday May 11, 2016 at his home in Belmond.

     Graveside services for Donald E. Reicks will be held at 11:30 A.M. Saturday May 14, 2016 at St Peters Lutheran Cemetery near Riceville, Iowa. Friends may greet the family at the cemetery prior to the service.

     Visitation for Donald E. Reicks will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. Friday May 13, 2016 at Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial be made to the Belmond Hospital Auxillary in Donald’s name.

     Donald Edward, son of Edward and Viola Ollendieck Reicks, was born on April 16, 1944 in Cresco. On May 1, 1965, Donald was united into marriage to Cheryl Kapka. After marriage, the couple lived in Rochester and Willmar, Minnesota and Mason City, Northwood, and Thompson, Iowa. The couple was blessed with two children: Becky and Randy. In 2011, Don moved to Belmond. He enjoyed working on and cleaning cars. He also enjoyed polka music.

     Donald is survived by his dog Sammy, daughter Becky (Dennis) Colby, his son Randy (Maria) Reicks, five grandchildren: Tonee (Cody) Nicholas, Joe, Casey, Lucas, Katelyn, three step grandchildren: Tim, Katy, and Kristina, and seven great-grandchildren.

     He is preceded in death by his wife Cheryl and parents Edward and Viola.




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DATELINE - BELMOND

       Marlin Dean Daniels, age 77, of Belmond, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016 at his home.

     Funeral service for Marlin Dean Daniels will be held 10:30 A.M. Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Immanuel Reformed Church east of Belmond. Pastor David DeKuiper will officiate. Burial will take place in Immanuel Reformed Cemetery. 

     Visitation for Marlin Dean Daniels will be held at 9:30 A.M. Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Immanuel Reformed Church east of Belmond.

     Marlin Dean was born on March 8, 1939 to Herman and Minnie (Smidt) Daniels in Iowa Falls. Marlin graduated from Belmond High School. After graduating high school, Marlin attended and graduated from Central College in Pella. Right after graduating college, Marlin joined the Air Force.

     Marlin enjoyed farming and fishing. He loved going on fishing trips to Minnesota with his cousin. He had his pilot’s license and loved to fly. Marlin was a rural mail carrier. He retired after delivering mail for over 20 years.

     Marlin is survived by his brother Will Daniels of Zeeland, MI, uncle and aunt Raymond and Netty Daniels of Ackley, IA and numerous cousins.

     He is preceded in death by his parents Herman and Minnie, nephew David Daniels, and sister-in-law Aletha Daniels.




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DATELINE – DOWS, IOWA

     Linda K. Howard, age 66, of Dows passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton.

      Funeral service for Linda K. Howard will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Morgan United Methodist Church east of Dows. Pastor Judy Eilders will officiate. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Dows.

      Visitation for Linda K. Howard will be held Friday, May 27, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street, in Dows. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dugger Funeral Home in Dows.

      Linda Kay was born on Decemeber 7, 1949 to John Barling and Anna Flagg in Billings, Montana. Linda graduated from Grand Valley High School and went on to South West Community College in Creston.

      On April 8, 1973 Linda was united into marriage with Homer Howard in Kellerton, Iowa. The couple was blessed with two sons: Jim and John. She worked as the receptionist for the clinic in Dows and Latimer and at Walmart for a short time.

     Linda was a devoted and loving mother and wife. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved to play cards and scrapbook. Shopping was her favorite thing to do. She also loved helping the American Legion. 

     Linda is survived by her husband Homer, two sons James Howard and John (Shannon) Howard, sisters Sharron Pitts of Des Moines and Charlotte Jennings of Ellston, 5 brothers Darrell (Brenda) and family of Kellerton, Harold (Mary) and family of Ankeny, Gerold (Barb) and family of Kellerton, Jerold (Deanna) and family of Kellerton, Carrol (Brenda) and family of Kellerton, sister Phyllis (Jeff) of Kellerton, and three grandchildren Lynzie, Caitlyn, and Rebel James.

     She is preceded in death by her parents Wayne and Anna, and sister Donna Adams.




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DATELINE – CLEAR LAKE, IOWA

    Daniel V. McLaughlin, age 50, of Clear Lake and Belmond passed away Friday May 27, 2016 at Opportunity Village in Clear Lake.

     Mass of christian burial for Daniel V. McLaughlin will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday June 3, 2016 at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond. Rev. Jerry Blake will officiate. Burial will take place in the St Francis Cemetery east of Belmond. 

     Visitation for Daniel V. McLaughlin will be held from 9:30 A.M. Friday until service-time at the church. The family desires memorials be made in Daniel V. McLaughlin's name to Opportunity Village in Clear Lake and/or the donor's choice. 

  Daniel Vernon McLaughlin, the son of Judy (Gordon) and Vernon McLaughlin Jr, was born April 16, 1966 in Belmond, Iowa. He attended the Belmond School System until he turned 21.

  Danny lived at home until the age of 28, when he moved to Opportunity Village in Clear Lake, Iowa. He resided at Opportunity Village for 22 years. He loved it there. The Staff always took great care of Dan.

  He loved country music, racing, Dallas Cowboys, all star wrestling and money. His favorite times were his birthday, Christmas and when his best friend and Cousin Ron would visit. His Mom and Dad would faithfully visit the village weekly, which usually meant a trip to Wendy’s. His best buddy in life was his Dad. From the beginning to the end his Dad was by his side. In the end when his memory was failing him, he always knew when his Dad was there.

     Left to cherish his memory are; his Father Vernon McLaughlin Jr. Belmond, his sisters Mindy (Gregg) Gunderson, Lake Park, Ia and Leslie (Scott) Weisbrook, Torrance Ca, nephew Connor Gunderson and his nieces Macy Gunderson and Amber and Avery Weisbrook and his Aunts and Uncles. 

     He was preceded in death by his Mom, Judy, and grandparents. 




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DATELINE – BELMOND, IOWA


     Vern Janssen, age 96, of Belmond passed away Sunday, May 29, 2016 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

     Funeral services for Vern will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Belmond. Pastor Doug Love will officiate. Burial will take place in the Meservey Cemetery south of Meservey.

      Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond.

     Vern Glen, son of Heiko and Grace (Hafermann) Janssen, was born on July 29, 1919 on the family farm near Thornton. On August 6, 1939, Vern was united into marriage with Edna Peterson. The couple was blessed with two sons: Wayne and Michael. They made their home southeast of Meservey where Vern farmed until 1980. 

     After leaving the farm, Vern enjoyed many years of travel delivering Winnebago motor homes and also personal sightseeing trips. He traveled to every state in the continental United States, most of Canada, Mexico, and several trips overseas to visit Israel and Denmark.  

     He enjoyed exploring the country, visiting with the people he met, and learning about many new things. He loved his trips to Texas for grapefruit, to Montana for cherries, and to Ohio for bacon and butter.

     He participated in RAGBRAI several years, drawing attention with his trademark overalls and hat as he pedaled his recumbent bicycle down the Iowa roads.

     In recent years, he enjoyed bicycling around town and daily visits with others at Bloemke’s Pharmacy.

     Vern is survived by his son, Michael Janssen; six grandchildren: Tony and Sherry Janssen, Joan Janssen, Marnie Stone, Susan and Kendal Klinge, Kevin and Jennifer (Jo) Janssen, Kimberly and Todd Marnin; twelve great-grandchildren: Shelby, Cassidy, Jessica, Cody, Abigail, Hannah, Olivia, Rebekah, Tanner and Chelsey Klinge, Shaina and Justin Coonce, Bryer and Collin; and six great-great-grandchildren: Lexus, Titus, Trace, Brynlee, Sierra, and Jayla; sister-in-law Norma Salier; and nieces and nephews.

     He is preceded in death by his wife Edna, wife Trudy, son Wayne, parents Heiko and Grace, two brothers, and one sister.



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DATELINE - BELMOND

     Loraine Mae Halfwassen, 92, of Belmond, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, February 1, 2016 , at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

     Friends and relatives are invited to the Cattleman's Restaurant in Belmond at 11:30 A.M. Sunday June 12, 2016 for the buffett brunch. A memorial service for Loraine will be held at 12:30 P.M. Pastor Dave DeKuiper will officiate. The University of Iowa College of Medicine acknowledges with grateful appreciation the generous contribution Loraine Halfwassen has made to the advancement of medical science and the welfare of mankind.
 In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials be made to the Belmond Park District in Loraine Halfwassen’s name. 

     Loraine was born on July 8, 2023, to Will and Grace (Pals) Tinkey of Alexander. She attended the Alexander schools and graduated from Alexander High School in 1941.

     Loraine Tinkey married John Halfwassen on July 8, 1941. John and Loraine were engaged in dairy farming northeast of Alexander until they retired and moved to Belmond in 1983. They spent 17 winters in Florida.

     Loraine was a member of the Immanuel Reformed Church where she served many years as a Sunday school teacher. Loraine’s greatest joy was socializing with her family and with her many friends in the rural community. She and husband John had a special fondness of square dancing and enjoyed the travel to the various dancing events both in Iowa and in Florida during the winter months.

     Loraine is survived by her sons, Colin (spouse, Caryl Anne) of Naples, Fla., Darwin (spouse, Vicki) of Des Moines; grandchildren, Joel of Phoenix, Ariz., Brent of Milwaukee, Wis., and Anita Unger, of Des Moines; great-grandson, Colin of Phoenix, Ariz.; great-granddaughter Penelope and great –grandson Henry of Milwaukee, Wis. and numerous relatives and friends.

     Her parents, her husband, a son, daughter, grandson and three sisters and two brothers precede her in death.



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DATELINE-DOWS 

     Arleta M. Evans, age 96, of Iowa Falls and Dows passed away Saturday June 11, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

     Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Lutheran Church in Dows with Pastor Grant Woodley officiating. Burial will be in the Otis Grove Cemetery.

     Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at the First Lutheran Church in Dows. The family requests memorials be made in Arleta Evan’s name to Hospice Compassus or First Lutheran Church in Dows. Dugger Funeral Home, Dows, is in charge of arrangements. The family requests memorials be made in Arleta Evan’s name to Hospice Compassus or First Lutheran Church in Dows.
   

     Arleta Mae, daughter of Charlie and Oca Katsch Lake, was born on July 7, 1919 on the farm near Buckeye. Arleta attended and graduated from Owasa High School. On August 12, 1939, Arleta was united into marriage with Don Evans. The couple was blessed with six children: Gary, Roger, Veda Mae, Edward, Charlotte, and Mark. They continued to farm until 1977. After retirement, they bought a motor home and traveled to all 50 states.
  Arleta was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved spending time with her family and making sure they always had plenty to eat. Arleta was the glue that held the family together.
   

     Arleta is survived by her three children: Roger (Vipa) Evans of Chiangmai, Thailand, Charlotte (Mark) Riley of Clive, Mark (Cheri) Evans of Nevada, 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, sister Lois Terry of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and many numerous nieces and nephews.
   

     She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Don, two sons: Edward and Gary, daughter Veda Mae, grandson Abraham Riley, two brothers, and two sisters.



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DATELINE – DOWS

     Athene E. Dow, age 93, of Dows, passed away Thursday June 16, 2016 at Stein Hospice Care Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

     Funeral services for Athene E. Dow will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday June 22, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Dows. Pastor Shawn Hill will officiate. Burial will take place in the Fairview Cemetery in Dows.

     Visitation for Athene E. Dow will be held from 9:30 A.M. until service-time at the church on Wednesday. Memorials may be made in Athene E. Dow’s name to the family. Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street in Dows is in charge of arrangements.

     Athene Elizabeth, the daughter of Rodney and Ruth Elnora Way Aiken was born February 27, 1923 in Lohrville, in Calhoun County, Iowa. Athene grew up in Lohrville where she attended school. She graduated from Lohrville High School in 1941 as Valedictorian. After high school,
Athene attended and graduated from American Institute of Business in Des Moines. 

     Athene was united in marriage to Edwin A. Dow on July 3, 1949. Athene worked as an accountant throughout her life. First, working for a national grocery store chain in Des Moines, later Athene kept books for construction and insurance companies in Dows. Athene and Edwin made their home in Dows, where they were blessed with two sons, Roger and Bruce. After Edwin’s death in 2005, Athene moved to Belmond, where she lived at the Belmond Community Apartments. Athene moved to Sandusky, Ohio to be close to her son, Roger.
 

     Athene is survived by her son, Roger and wife, Patricia of Milan, Ohio, four grandchildren, Dustin, Katrina, Joshua, Brian, six great grandchildren, numerous other relatives and host of friends.
 

     She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Edwin in 2005 and a son, Bruce in 1978. 






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DATELINE-PORTAGE, WISCONSIN

     Linda (Hanson) Thayer, 71, of Portage Wisconsin, former resident of Webster City, died Saturday, June 18th, surrounded by her family at the Tivoli Care Center in Portage, Wisconsin.

     Funeral services will be Saturday, June 25th at 11:00 a.m. at the United  Methodist Church in Belmond. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Burial services will be in the Belmond Cemetery.

     Linda Kaye Hanson, Daughter of Roger Hanson and Nadine Bohnett, was born July 2, 1944. She was raised in Belmond and graduated from Belmond High School in 1962. She then attended beauty school in Des Moines.

     On March 22, 1976, she married Claude A. Thayer. The couple resided in Webster City, where Claude worked as a diesel mechanic for Lupus Transport and Linda was a devoted housewife. They raised three children then relocated to Thayer, Missouri in 1992. Claude passed away April 10, 2006 and Linda moved to Portage, Wisconsin where she was closer to her eldest daughter. Throughout her adult life, Linda was passionately devoted to her family, God, and country. She was dedicated to learning God’s word and about American history, much of which was reflected in her writing and poetry. She had a genuine compassion for others and was generous to those in need. She loved people and accepted them without fault. Her gentle spirit and light will be missed by many.

     Linda is survived by her two daughters; Melissa (John) Abbott of Westfield, Wi and Julie (Bill Schardan) Thayer of St. Louis, Mo.; and her son, Bret (Jamie) Thayer of Medaryville, In. She is also survived by two sisters, Lois (Hanson) Schwartz and Jackie (Lyons) Howe; six brothers, Loren Hanson, Eugene Hanson, Dennis Hanson, Ronald Hanson, Rick Lyons and James Lyons; as well as nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

     In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, her son Scotty Phifer, and her brother Terry Hanson.



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DATELINE - DOWS

​     Marcine M. Cooper, age 98, of Dows passed away Wednesday June 22, 2016 at the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton.

     Memorial services for Marcine M. Cooper will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday June 29, 2016 at the Presbyterian Church in Dows. Pastor Shawn Hill will officiate. Burial will take place in the Fairview Cemetery.

     Visitation for Marcine M. Cooper will begin for friends and relatives at 5:00 P.M. Tuesday June 28, 2016 at the Presbyterian Church in Dows and will continue for an hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street in Dows is in charge of arrangements.

     Marcine Maude, daughter of Ben and Maude Stuck Rice, was born on May 25, 1918 on the Stuck farm by Dows. When Marcine was nine, her family moved to Galt. She attended and graduated from Galt High School. After highschool, she went to 4 C’s Business School in Des Moines for two years. Marcine worked in Washington D.C. for one and half years.

     On October 9, 1941, Marcine was united into marriage to Bluferd Cooper in Galt. Marcine worked in Des Moines during World War II while B.L. was in the service. Marcine worked in the banks in Galt and Dows for 23 years. After retirement, she filled her time with quilting for family and others. She kept busy with volunteer work and church work. Marcine was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Liberty Club, and Legion Auxiliary. 

     Marcine is survived by her three children: Dick (Mary) Cooper, Cheryl (Bob) Jass, Phyllis (Reggie) Wilson, grandchildren: Reggie (Carrie) Cooper, Michelle (Tracy) Smith, Dana Cahail, Darci (Abel) Ramirez, Kamila (Travis) Ostwald, Kerri (Todd) Dodd, nineteen great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

  She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sister Maxine Dutton.



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