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DATELINE-BELMOND 


     Ida R. VerHelst, age 90, of Belmond, passed away Sunday April 6, 2014 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital of Belmond. 

     Funeral services for Ida R. VerHelst will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday April 11, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Belmond. Pastor Mike Shaffer will officiate. Burial will take place in the Fairview Cemetery in Dows.

     Visitation for Ida R. VerHelst will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday April 10, 2014 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

     Ida, the daughter of Ralph and Hazel (Crane) Olinger, was born August 12, 1923 in Dows, Iowa. She graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1942. Ida was united in marriage to Earl VerHelst of Swaledale on August 14,1944, in Clear Lake, where they made their first home. They eventually moved to the Goodell and Kanawha area where they farmed. They continue to farm for Tomco Seeds in Belmond, while living at Blue Mound farm north of Clarion. They family moved to Dows in 1966. In that same year Ida was working for Agco Seed in Belmond. She rode out the Belmond Tornado in the back seat of her car. She later worked at the Caseys Store in Dows, where she also drove school bus for the Dows Community schools for sixteen years. She taught her grandchildren to play the spoon game and with her usual amount of laughter she always seemed to win, or so the kids thought. Ida enjoyed crocheting, canning, baking, cooking, playing cards, bingo, puzzles, and going to garage sales. Earl and Ida received a Good Citizenship Award from the community of Dows, for their dedication to the town.  

     Ida is survived by three children, Dennis (Donna) of Belmond, Debra (Tom) Sankey of Mitchellville, and Dean (Sandy) of Algona. Five grandchildren, Troy (Gloria), Katie (Marc), Brian (Alisha), Michelle, Justin (Amber) and Stacey (Tony). Eleven great grandchildren, Morgan, Briana, Piper, Cooper, Madalyn, Kristin, Bailey, Olivia, Mason, Eli and Kaylee. one sister-in-law Janice Olinger of Mason City.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Earl Leslie, one grandson Stephen Sankey, two brothers and one sister




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DOWS, IOWA 50071
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DATELINE-DOWS


     Margaret A. Ellis, age 77, of Dows, passed away Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital of Belmond.

     Funeral services for Margaret A. Ellis will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday April 10, 2014 at the United Presbyterian Church in Dows. Pastor Ron Lotz of the Missionary Alliance Church in Blairsburg will officiate. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Dows.

     Visitation for Margaret A. Ellis will begin for friends at 5:00 P.M. Wednesday April 9, 2014 at the United Presbyterian church in Dows and will continue for an hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street in Dows is in charge of arrangements.

     Margaret Ann, the daughter of Kenneth and Lenore (Johnson) Blackford was born November 12, 1936 In Des Moines. The family moved to the Dows in 1941, where she attended country school. She graduated from Dows High School in 1954. She worked for a printer in Dows after graduation.

     Margaret met Donald Ellis and they were married March 9, 1958. The couple were blessed with two sons Kevin and Brian. They made their home east of Dows, moved into Dows for a short time and settled on an acreage west of Dows, where she was living when she passed away.

     Margaret was a secretary for Weber Insurance in Dows, she also worked as a Deputy at the Wright County Treasurers Office from 1989 to 2000 when she retired. She had a huge garden, mostly flowers. She loved gardening, sewing, and flowers. Margaret was a great cook. She was the best at preserving certificates and special records for posterity for her grandchildren. Margaret and Don enjoyed spending winters in Texas for numerous years.

     Margaret is survived by her husband, Don, two sons Kevin (Sherrie), Brian (Betty), all of Dows, five grandchildren, Kenley (Pete), Keldon, Korey, Breanna, Clay, great grandson, Dake, brother, Richard Blackford of Dows and numerous other family and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents



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DATELINE-BELMOND




     Janet M. Beavers, age 81, of Chicago, native of Belmond, passed away Wednesday April 2, 2014 at her home in Chicago. 


     Mass of Christian Burial for Janet Beavers will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, April 7, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond, IA. Rev. Nils Hernandez will officiate. Burial will take place in the St Francis Cemetery near Belmond. Friends may call on the family from 9:30 A.M. until service-time on Monday. In lieu of flowers the family wishes memorials be directed to the St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond or any chosen church of their faith.  


     Janet, the daughter of Evelyn Dettman and Thomas Beavers, was born April 27, 1932 in Belmond where she lived and graduated from high school. After high school, Janet spread her wings, and moved to Chicago. Many years later, after raising her children in Iowa, returned to Chicago. It was her second home and Janet loved it for years.


     Janet was a mother, grandmother and homemaker. Her kids and grandkids meant everything to her. She loved being around family, she loved her Mother, and loved visiting her mother and family in Belmond often! She loved the Lord. Often Janet went to daily Mass, and even in her later years, when unable to get out, watched Mass on EWTN every day. She loved being out with people; every day people, people in the shops, restaurants, and church. She loved a fine meal and celebrating with family.  


     Janet is survived by her children, Renee Citera (Francis) of Chicago, IL, Michelle Serafini (Franco) of La Jolla, CA; two grandchildren, Jonathan Rupp, Katherine Rupp; and her siblings: Marilyn Payne (Gerry Almburg) of Ankeny, IA, Marlys Katuin (Marvin) of Mason City, IA, Dwight Beavers (Pat) of Mason City, IA and Darrell Beavers of Manly, IA. 


     She is preceded in death by her parents, Evelyn and Thomas Beavers of Belmond, IA



     She will be missed by us all.




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P.O. BOX 233
BELMOND, IOWA 50421
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DATELINE – BELMOND

    Kathleen H. Dorr, 60, Walhalla, Michigan, died April 2, 2014 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Cemetery near Belmond.

     Kathleen Hope, the daughter of Mary Ann Pigman and Raymond Perkins, was born October 1, 1953 in Algona. She was the youngest in the family of 13 brothers and sisters.

     On May 19, 1972 Kathy was united in marriage with Kevin Dorr at St. Francis Xavier in Belmond. They raised their family in Belmond until Kevin's passing in 2004.

     Kathy moved to Michigan in 2011 to help her sister with health issues. She loved the woods of Michigan and getting to know a new area and new friends in her life.

     Most often smiling, or laughing, Kathy enjoyed so many things in life. She was a skilled artist and enjoyed reading, cooking and baking family recipes that had been passed down. She also loved Iowa gravel roads, searching for cattails and pheasants.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister Marie Perkins; sister Alice Tabb; brother Delbert Perkins; brother Marvin Perkins; sister Ramona Groebner; brother Jerry Perkins; and brother Ron Perkins.

     Kathy is survived by her daughter Heather Dorr and wife Michele Nunnally of Saint Paul, MN; son Joshua Dorr and partner Ashley Figgins of Walhalla; sister June Okland and her partner Emery of Colusa, CA; sister Joan Anderson of Cape Girardeau, MO; sister Patricia Penning of Algona; sister Karen Reher and her husband, Rick of Fountain, MI; brothers Al Perkins (Tina) of Quartzsite, AZ; and brother Robert Perkins (Marilyn) of Britt.




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PO BOX 233
BELMOND, IOWA 50421
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DATELINE-GARNER

     Benjamin R. Hanson, age 30, of Garner died Friday April 11, 2014 at the Mercy Medical Center of North Iowa in Mason City as a result of injuries received in a motorcycle accident.

     Funeral services for Benjamin R. Hanson will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday April 15, 2014 at the Salem United Methodist Church in Meservey. Pastor Crystal Oberheu will officiate. 

     Visitation for Benjamin R. Hanson will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Monday April 14, 2014 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

     Benjamin Ray, the son of Kenneth and Kelly Buseman Hanson, was born October 26, 1983 at Mt. Home Air Force Base in Idaho. Ben’s father made his career in the U.S. Air Force, consequently Ben was an Air Force Brat. Ben’s family grew up living at numerous U.S. Air Force Bases. He lived and attended schools in Mtn Home AFB, ID, RAF Lakenheath AB, England, England AFB, LA, K.I. Sawyer AFB, MI, Barksdale AFB, LA, Whiteman AFB, MO, and retired to Meservey, Iowa. Because of ill-health, Ben was forced to live close to Rochester, MN. Ben graduated from Meservey Thornton Sheffield Chapin High School in 2002. After high school, Ben was employed by Bill’s Family Foods in Garner. He returned to Louisiana with his parents after 9/11. It was in Haughton, LA, Ben became a shift manager at Arby’s-Pilot Truck Stop for two years. After returning to Iowa, Ben worked at Winnebago Industries for eight years, and then became an assembler at IMT in Garner, where he was employed at his death. Ben had made his home and family in Garner, Iowa. He dearly loved making a home with Crystal and her son, Collin. The time that Collin spent with Ben was precious. Ben taught Collin to ride a electric dirt bike. Ben’s family is looking forward to the birth of a baby girl, RayAnn Lee, in the coming weeks. Ben was such an amazing person, son, brother, fiacee’, soon to be father, Collin’s best buddy, grandchild, cousin and friend; and the list goes on. He left an impression on everyone he met. Ben loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved his parents so much. Ben loved working on things with his Dad and eating his Mom’s good foods and desserts.

     Ben was an avid auto-cross, and motor-cross fan. And, he dearly loved participating in anything that allowed him to move fast. Ben loved riding motorcycles, racing his GTO, his dogs, watching movies, working on his job and whatever else needed to be fixed. 

  Ben is suvived by his parents, Kenneth and Kelly of Meservey, sister, April Reynolds and husband, Alan, and daughter, Phoenix, Tinker AFB, OK, beloved fiancée, Crystal Marciniak, and her son, Collin, maternal grandparents, Harlan and Judy Buseman of Meservey, many aunts and uncles, Mickey Buseman, Piedmont, Oklahoma, Shelly Schultz, Clear Lake, IA, Marty and Kristen Buseman, Garner, IA, Barb Hanson, Urbandale, IA, Doug and Marla Hanson, Goodell, IA, Donna and Robert Roe, Clive, IA, Roger and Kay Hanson, Klemme, IA, as well as numerous cousins and great-aunts and great-uncles.

     Ben is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Larry and Eva Hanson, Crystal’s daughter, Abbigale, aunt and uncle, Ed and Laura Shafer, and his cousin, Jeremy Hanson, as well as his great-grandparents.  

     In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials be made to the RayAnn Lee Memorial Fund at Northwest Bank in Belmond. 


DUGGER FUNERAL HOME
111 LUICK’S LANE SOUTH 
PO BOX 233
BELMOND, IOWA 
(641)444-3248
www.duggerfunerals.com


  
 
DATELINE-BELMOND

     Phyllis M. Roelofsen, age 78, of Belmond passed away Tuesday April 15, 2014 at Good Samaritans in Algona.

      Memorial services for Phyllis M. Roelofsen will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday April 19, 2014 at Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick's Lane South in Belmond. Pastor Cindy Morrison will officiate. Friends may call on the family from 12:00 – service time on Saturday. Friends and relatives are invited to stay for a small lunch and coffee following the memorial service in the funeral home


DUGGER FUNERAL HOME
111 LUICK'S LANE SOUTH
P.O. BOX 233
BELMOND, IOWA 50421
(641) 444-3248
www.duggerfunerals.com