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     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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     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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     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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