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     Maxine McVey Whitty, age 80, of Belmond, died at sunrise as the birds were singing, on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

    Funeral Mass for Maxine will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Monday July 11, 2016 at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond. Rite of Committal will take place in the St Francis Cemetery near Belmond. 

    Visitation for Maxine Whitty will be from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. Sunday July 10, 2016 at the St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond. Vigil for the Deceased will begin at 5:00 P.M. Sunday. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials be made in Maxine’s name to the Donor’s choice. 

     Maxine Joy, daughter of Fredrick and Henrietta Gartz, was born July 31, 1935 in Belmond, Iowa. Maxine attended and graduated from Belmond High School in 1973, returning full time to classes after rearing her children.

     On July 10, 1952, Maxine was united in marriage to James L. McVey. The couple was blessed with five children: James, Brian, Denise, Stacy, and Michael.

     Maxine shared her God-given gift of music as a pianist, organist and cantor. She was an avid bicycle rider and was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Parish.

     Maxine is survived by her five children: James McVey, Brian (Bobbi) McVey, Denise (James) Scheller, Stacy (Bobbie Hoch) McVey and Michael McVey; four grandchildren: Nathan, Jacob, Adam and Kaylie; four great-grandchildren: Taylor, Tristan, Vanessa and Mia; one sister, Leota; fourteen nieces and nephews: Leroy, Sandy, Arlyn Dean, Denny, David, Karen, Max, Steve, Lisa, Leslie, Johnny, Gayle, Annette and Randy; and two sisters-in-law: Dolly and Bennie.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, James L. McVey, and five siblings: Leo, Muriel, Dorothy, Bill, and Gary.

     Maxine was buried in a handmade Trappist casket from the monks of New Melleray Abbey in Peosta, IA. 

P.O. BOX 233


     Margaret E. (Peggy) Black, age 82, of Belmond, passed away Monday July 18, 2016 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital in Belmond.

     Funeral services for Peggy Black will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday July 22, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Belmond. Pastor Jim Gochenouer will officiate. Burial will take place in the Belmond Cemetery.

     Visitation for Peggy Black will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday July 21, 2016 at Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond and will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

     Margaret Ellen, daughter of David and Ida (DeMolen) Paro, was born on April 11, 1934 in Ewen, MI. She grew up in Bergland, MI, where she attended schools. Peggy graduated from Bergland High School in 1951. Peggy did further her schooling for a time studying Interior Design.

     On April 9, 1954, Peggy was united into marriage with Bernard Black in Battle Creek, MI. They had and celebrated 54 wonderful years of marriage. The couple was blessed with two children Tina and David. The couple first made their home in Battle Creek, and later in Kearney, Nebraska: Mexico City and finally, the place they would always consider home, Belmond. Peggy worked as an Interior Decorator and several years at Printing Services in Belmond.

     Peggy enjoyed working in her flower garden, and she also enjoyed watching and feeding the birds. Peggy had an extensive love of reading, and her faith in God was strong.

     Peggy was a member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Belmond Golf and Country Club and Belmond American Legion Auxiliary.

     Peggy is survived by daughter, Tina (Tim) Hieb of Alda, NE, son David (Marlene) of Belmond, grandchildren: Mandi, Chelsea, Amanda, Cody, David, Chris, Dylan, great-grandchildren, Dominic, Logan, Delaney, Natalie, Blake, Brayden, London, Trinity, Greyson, sister Glenna (Jim) Lentz of Cool Ridge, NE, and numerous other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bernie and three brothers: David, Bill and Chuck.

P.O. BOX 233


     Harold Wayne Jaspersen, age 91, of Thornton was called to the shores of heaven Sunday July 31, 2016 at the Mercy Medical Center of North Iowa in Mason City.

     Funeral service for Harold Wayne Jaspersen will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Thornton. Pastor Bill Peters will officiate. Burial will take place in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Thornton. 

     Visitation for Harold Wayne Jaspersen will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Thornton. Dugger Funeral Homes, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond is in charge of arrangements.  

     Harold was born September 1, 1924 at a farm home near Latimer, Iowa, the fourth of twelve children, to Ori Chris and Ingeborg (Strandskov) Jaspersen. He was baptized September 21, 1924 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Coulter and confirmed April 2, 1939. Harold attended a country school near Latimer for his elementary education, Swaledale High School, and later Waldorf College in Forest City where he was on the baseball team and met his dear friend Ferd Lemke.

     On April 27, 1942 he married Viola Dannen at Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake and they were able to spend 74 beautiful years together. Harold and Viola were the parents of two daughters, Darlene (husband Dr. Franklin Weingarten) of Portland, Oregon and Jane (husband Eugene Christianson) of Thornton. After Harold was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, he and Viola worked hard side by side and eventually were able to buy their farm near Thornton. Harold started Jaspersen Insurance & Real Estate in 1959.

     Harold and Viola loved to fish with family and friends and spent many summers at their cabin in Northern Minnesota. He also loved skiing with family and they also spent several winters at Escondido, California. Harold dearly loved his family…hook, line, and sinker!

     Harold was presently a member of St. Paul Lutheran in Thornton and was always active in whatever church he was a part of.

     Harold is survived by his dear wife Viola, daughter Darlene and husband Dr. Franklin Weingarten (Oregon) and their children David (Guam), Ariel (Oregon) and Aaron (Oregon); daughter Jane and husband Gene Christianson (Thornton) and their son Tom Christianson (wife Kristen) of Belmond and precious great-grandchildren Court, Drew, and Jonah Christianson, son Tim Christianson (wife Brigid) of Sheffield and precious great-grandchildren Delany and Brynn Christianson.

     He is also survived by siblings Arlo and June Jaspersen of Albert Lea, MN, Herluf Jaspersen of Peculiar, MO, Marlys Jaspersen of Cedar Rapids, Verna Smeby of Joice, IA, Earl Jaspersen (Sharlene) of Clear Lake, and Ester Gilbertson of Billings, MT, as well as many nieces and nephews.

     Harold was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers and sisters-in-law Lloyd and Alma Jasperson, Ervin and Velma Jaspersen, Leo Jaspersen, Alfa and Walter Nickerson, and Clayton Gilbertson, brothers in law Else and Irene Dannen, brother in-law Engle Dannen and wife Gladys, sister-in-law Florence Huntbatch and husband Gibson, and sister-in-law Marie Proctor and husband George.

(641) 444-3248 


     David L. Fenton Sr., 63, of Garner, died Saturday July 30, 2016, at his home in Garner.

     Funeral service for David L. Fenton Sr. will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, August 6, 2016 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Duncan. 

     Visitation for David L. Fenton Sr. will be 5:30 – 7:00 P.M. Friday, August 5, 2016 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Duncan. Scriptural Wake and Parish Rosary will be at 5:00 P.M. Friday at the church.

     David Leroy Fenton was born in Belle Fouch, South Dakota on July 31, 1953 to Kenneth and Rosemary (Gray) Fenton. They lived in Fruitdale, South Dakota until his 8th grade year. They then moved to Lower Brule, South Dakota until he was ready for high school. David attended high school in Pipestone, Minnesota. David graduated from Pipestone High School in 1972. He worked for Green Giant in Minnesota during the summer following high school. David proceeded to work for Black Hawk Constructions out of Waterloo, Iowa. He was helping with building for Winnebago Industries in Forest City until March 1973.

     While David was working in Forest City, he met his wife Diane (Chizek) Fenton at the café in Garner where she was working at the time. They got married on April 5, 1973 and moved to Nisland, South Dakota, where David worked for his three uncles on the family dairy farm. David and Diane had their three boys in the exact same hospital that David was born in. They then moved back to Iowa to live with Diane’s folks while they looked for work. David found work in Northwood where David and Diane moved to.

     David was a farm hand for Eldran Brunsvold. They had their daughter while living in Northwood. Shortly after which they moved to Goodell where David worked as a farm hand for Mike Sherriff for several years. David was also a farm hand for Marlin Kuhlers and Kent Kuhlers outside of Meservey. David then decided to work for the Belmond Feed and Grain. He went to work for Amsterdam Poultry in Goodell as they changed names to Sparboe Farms.

     David left Sparboe Farms to weld at IMT in Garner for the last 20 years. In 2010 David was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Shortly after which the doctors located it in the thyroid and lymph nodes. In 2014 David’s esophageal cancer came back and cancer was also found in his bones at the time. In 2015 the doctors found many different spots of cancer throughout his body and was diagnosed with terminal cancer, which forced him to retire from IMT in June of 2015.

     David is survived by his wife Diane Fenton of Garner, three sons: Leonard (Len) and wife Sarah of Mason City, Albert (Al) of New Richland, MN, David Jr (Davie) of Garner, daughter Minnie and husband Scott Buland of Mason City; grandchildren: Cory, Anna, Jessica, Faith, Grace, Anna, Madelynn, Emerson, and Rosemary; great-grandsons  

     Marshall and Kendrick; brothers Randy and wife Linda of Pipestone, MN, and Kevin and wife Brenda of Lavern, MN; sister Kerry and husband Jim Erk of Buffalo, SD; many nieces and nephews; Uncle Donald and Aunt Kathy of Texas; Uncle Osalee of Oregon; Aunt Audrey of Iowa; and several cousins.

     He is preceded in death by parents Kenneth and Rosemary Fenton; grandsons Dylan and Benjamin (Bennie); uncles: Norman, Marvin, and Wayne; and all four of his grandparents.


     Rita R. Anderson, age 73, of Belmond, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

     A private family graveside service will take place at the Evergreen Cemetery in Clarion. Burial will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery.

     Visitation for Rita R. Anderson will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Monday, August 8, 2016 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond.

  Rita Rae, daughter of Chester and Kathryn Graves White, was born on February 18, 1943 in Webster City. She graduated from high school and went on to beauty school. Rita worked as a hairdresser and had her own salon work a short time.

  Rita enjoyed her flower gardens and feeding the birds. She was an animal lover.

  Rita is survived by her brother Tim (Danona) White, half-brother Randy (Linda) Srigley and family, niece Teresa Langer and family, and nephew Charles White and family.

  She is preceded in death by her parents Chester and Kathryn, husband Bernie, and brother David.



      Marvin H. Draper, age 84, of Alexander passed away Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the Sheffield Care Center.

      Memorial service for Marvin H. Draper will be at 1:30 P.M. Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond. Burial will be at 10:30 A.M. Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Graceland Cemetery in Webster City.

      Visitation for Marvin H. Draper will be 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond.

      The family desires memorials are made to Hospice of North Iowa or the American Legion in Marvin Draper’s name.

      Marvin Harold Draper, son of Elizabeth (Hoover) and Harold Draper, was born on June 23, 1932 in Webster City, Iowa. Marvin grew up and farmed near Alexander. He graduated from Alexander high school in 1951. Marvin joined the Army 1952 and served in the Korean War. He was awarded the bronze service star. Marvin was a member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the Methodist Church in Alexander.

      Marvin spent several 100,000 miles on his motorcycle touring the United States, Sturgis and Daytona Beach being his favorites. He attended many motorcycle rallies. He was a member of North Iowa Road Riders and ABATE of Iowa. Marvin loved his family, friends, motorcycles, and his collie dogs, not necessarily in that order. Marvin also delivered ambulances for years for Emergency Vehicle Sales & Service.

      Marvin is survived by his brother Gene (Judy) Draper of Clear Lake; nieces Annette (Sam) Hargadine of Iowa City, Tammy (Mike) Shimp of Hampton; nephews Mitch Peddicord of Kansas City, Ken (Jodi) Draper of Mason City, Mike (Julie) Draper of Mason City; thirteen great nieces and nephews; and six great-great nieces and nephews.

      He is preceded in death by his parents Elizabeth and Harold Draper; sister Joan Brunsvold; and niece Jacki Anderson.

P.O. BOX 233 
(641) 444-3248 


     Dorothy O’Brien, age 87, of Belmond, died Saturday August 13, 2016 at Iowa Specialty Hospital of Belmond.

     Funeral Mass for Dorothy J. O’Brien will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond. A Parish Rosary will be at 9:30 A.M. on Wednesday at the church. Rev. Jerry Blake will officiate. Burial will take place in Mt. Zion Catholic Cemetery in Fonda Wednesday afternoon.

     Visitation for Dorothy J. O’Brien will be 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond. The Vigil for the Deceased will be at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday.

     Dorothy Jean, daughter of Carl and Ann (Davis) Clausen, was born on December 26, 1928 in Duncombe, Iowa. Dorothy graduated as valedictorian from Duncombe High School in 1945. She received a scholarship from Pepsi. After graduating, Dorothy moved to Isabella Halls, a Catholic home for girls, in Fort Dodge. Dorothy worked as a telephone operator, where she met the love of her life, Paul “Bud” O’Brien.

     On June 9, 1951, Dorothy united into marriage with Paul O’Brien in Duncombe. The couple was blessed with four children: Jerry, Bill, Kevin, and Kathy. In 1972, they moved to Belmond. Dorothy worked as a CNA at the care center in Belmond for 19 years before she retired.

     Dorothy enjoyed knitting, crossword puzzles, and reading in her free time. She liked working outside and tending to her flowers. She always had a good sense of humor. Dorothy loved family gatherings and cooking meals for her family.

     Dorothy is survived by her son William O’Brien of Belmond; daughter Kathleen Eliason of Belmond; seven grandchildren: Jennifer, Travis, Mike, Jason, P.J., Joe, and Greg; and several great-grandchildren.

     She is preceded in death by her husband Paul “Bud” O’Brien; two sons: Jerry and Kevin; son-in-law Jim Eliason; eight sisters; four brothers; and her parents Carl and Ann Clausen. 


     Mickey Card Noah, 90, of Belmond, Iowa, died August 24, 2016, at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Her family extends a heartfelt thank you to the Rehabilitation Center staff for the loving care she received.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 29, 2016, at the Belmond United Methodist Church, 1031 1st St. S.E., Belmond, Iowa. Pastor Leila Blackburn will officiate. A private burial will be held at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Bristow, Iowa. 

     Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 28, 2016, at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick's Lane South in Belmond.

     Mickey Card Noah—Eleanor Margaret Roberts at birth—was born to Cecil “Bob” A. and Ruby J. (Maynard) Roberts in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 29, 1925. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, William Rieke, who gave her the nickname Mickey.

     As a young woman, Mickey was reunited with her father, who then lived in Clarksville. This is where she met and later married her first husband, Willard Feltus. Together, they had two sons and seven daughters, and lived in Allison, Osage, and Marble Rock. They later divorced. 

     It is no surprise that Mickey had so many children: She loved babies! Mickey had a curiosity, loving kindness, and quick wit that enriched the lives of all who knew her. Through her own deeds, she taught her children important lessons about kindness, generosity, respect for diversity, and laughter. Mickey extended those lessons to second generation by playing an important role in the lives of her grandchildren. She often traveled to be with her daughters for the births of new babies, and, as long as she was physically able, to attend each grandchild’s high school graduation. 

     Mickey received an LPN degree from NIACC at the age of 50. She worked for many years at the I.O.O.F. Home in Mason City and later as a Home Health Care nurse. She took a leave of absence in 1980 to care for her step-mother, Beulah Roberts. During her time in Mason City, Mickey married her second husband, George Card. George died April 15, 1989. 

     Mickey and Wendell Noah, the love of her life, met through mutual friends. They were married on November 19, 1993, and made their first home together at Lake Cornelia. They later relocated to Belmond where they were already members of the Belmond United Methodist Church. 

     Mickey and Wendell traveled throughout the United States to visit relatives. They often hosted family gatherings at the Lake Cornelia campground, in their home, and at the Am Vet Center in Clarksville. Mickey always had more than enough love to go around, no matter how many children, grandchildren, friends, or pets arrived. She was loved by all who knew her and had an expansive love that touched the lives of many.

     Mickey’s favorite pastime was reading. She also enjoyed dancing, baking, canning, and craft projects. Together, Mickey and Wendell participated in mission trips to Mexico, volunteer hospice work, and Walk to Emmaus activities.

     Living family members include her husband, Wendell Noah; her children: Jane Ferch of Clarksville, Anne (Don) McWilliams of Dumont, Mary Lou Shaw of Marble Rock, Celia (Randy Sorensen) Feltus of Charles City, Shawn (Dee) Feltus of Rockford, Ruth (Greg) Hallett of Lawrenceville, Ga., Tami Wright of Phoenix, Ariz., and Amy (Randy) Rosser of Lafayette, Colo.; thirteen grandchildren: Ted (Sara) Ferch, Melissa (Eric) Thornton, Meredith (Tory Waddingham) McWilliams, John (Codi Josephsen) McWilliams, Jon (Annette) King, Jason (Lexi) King, Erin (Brad) Beasley, David and Laura Hallett, Shane (Charlene) Wright, Lexi Wright, and Bodhi and Myla Rosser; four step-grandchildren: Graydon (Aaron) Marzen, Christine (Todd) Langel, Matthew (Jennifer) Marzen, and Danielle (Joshua) Ullom; twelve great-grandchildren: Rhiannon, Autumn, Makenna, Isaac, Leola, Deven, Cale, Owen, Bennett, Hayden, Faith, and Brior; three nephews: Paul, Curt, and Bobby Stacey; three nieces: Carol Hoefer, Sue Lyons, and Rosalie Bennett; and Wendell’s children and their families: Sue Ellen (Bill) Holz, Janelle (Rob) Arenholz, Shirley (Dennis) Schwab, Marilyn (Dave) Hopes, and Kim (Monica) Noah.

     She was preceded in death by her parents and step-parents; an infant son, John David; an infant sister, Hazel Louise; her siblings: Harriet M. Stacey and Cecil “Bob” M. Roberts; three nephews: John, William and Mark Roberts; and two great-grandsons: John and Max. 


     Frances M. McAllister, age 95, of Dows passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the Clarion Wellness and Rehabilitation in Clarion. 

     Funeral service for Frances M. McAllister will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at the Presbyterian Church in Dows. Pastor Shawn Hill will officiate. Burial will take place in Fairview Cemetery in Dows.

     Visitation for Frances M. McAllister will be one hour prior to service on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at the church.

     Frances Mae, the daughter of Hans and Tina Smith Pals, was born on August 16, 1921 in Belmond. She grew up in the Belmond area and attended school through eighth grade.

     In November 1945, Frances was united into marriage to Robert McAllister in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The couple made their home in Dows, where they raised their family.

     Frances is survived by her daughter-in-law Patricia of Arvada, CO; granddaughter Angela (Shawn) Kerstiens of Arvada, CO; and two great-grandchildren Ethan and Emma.

     She is preceded in death by her husband Robert; son Robert; grandson Brian; three brothers Pete, Roy, and George; and parents Hans and Tina Pals.

DOWS, IOWA 50071


     Norma Jeanne Jenison, age 94, of Belmond passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

    Funeral service for Norma Jeanne Jenison will be 10:30 A.M. Friday, September 2, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Pastor Dawn Pederson will officiate. Burial will take place in the Belmond Cemetery.

    Visitation for Norma Jeanne Jenison will be held Thursday, September 1st at Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South, in Belmond from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. 

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Iowa Specialty Hospital - Belmond, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, or donor’s choice. 

    Norma Jeanne Packard Jenison (given name Nora Jean) was born to Edwin Chester “Ned” Packard and Julia Nelson Packard on May 12, 1922 in Belmond, IA. 

    She graduated from Belmond High School in 1940, and was married to Leland Jenison on June 11, 1942 in Waukegan, IL. While Leland served in the U.S. Navy, Norma Jeanne held various civilian jobs with the Navy. She was a chauffeur in Jacksonville, FL where she once was assigned to drive Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox. Norma Jeanne received a letter of commendation for her outstanding performance in transporting materials and personnel during a hurricane in Jacksonville in October 1944. 
      After discharge from the Navy, they returned to Belmond for several years before moving to Ames where Leland was a student at Iowa State and Norma Jeanne worked as a secretary in the Economics Department. 
      Norma Jeanne provided business support for the 40 years her husband practiced as an electrical and mechanical consulting engineer. She managed payroll, handled accounting/financial/tax aspects of the business and was always on call to deliver a set of plans to their destination.

    On November 11th, 1961 Norma Jeanne accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and acknowledged this as a major turning point in her life. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and taught Sunday School for many years, enjoyed a weekly Bible Study and served on the Evangelism committee. She was a charter and lifetime member of the Belmond Hospital Auxiliary, was a den mother for Cub Scouts and a Campfire leader when her children were young. 
    Norma Jeanne’s husband, children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, extended family and friends were all beneficiaries of her loving kindness. She was a great friend and had an innate ability of speaking words of encouragement into the lives of people she met. The door to her home was always open to guests and there were usually homemade cinnamon rolls, a pan of brownies or kringla just out of the oven.
     She is preceded in death by her husband Leland Jenison, parents Edwin Chester “Ned” and Julia Packard, brother, R.G. “Bud” Packard and sisters Phyllis Pals and Leila Jacobson. 
     She is survived by sons William (Darlene) Jenison, Lakeville, MN, Timothy (Leslie) Jenison, San Antonio, TX and daughter Starr (John) Benjamin, Clear Lake, IA; grandsons Troy (Julie) Jenison, Roseville, MN, Chad (Charmaine) Jenison, Austin, TX, Luke (Mandalin) Benjamin, Clear Lake, IA; granddaughters Luren Jenison, Philadelphia, PA, Natalie Jenison, Austin, TX, Claire Jenison, Northampton, MA, Nora (Scott) Byers, Marshalltown, IA; great-grandchildren Reid and Elise Jenison, Austin, TX, Liam and Neil Jenison, Roseville, MN and Dominic Benjamin, Clear Lake, IA; brother-in-law Rev. Arvild Jacobson, Sun City, AZ, sister-in-law Elna (Gary) Day, Ventura, IA, and many nieces and nephews. 

  The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Brindle, the staff of Gateway Hospice, Rehabilitation Center of Belmond and Apple Valley Assisted Living in Clear Lake.


​    George T. Simpson, age 94, of Belmond passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016 at the Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City. 

      Memorial service for George T. Simpson will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Dugger Funeral Home in Belmond. Rob Dugger will be the celebrant. Private family burial will take place in Graceland Cemetery near Rowan.

      Visitation for George T. Simpson will be at 10:30 A.M. until time of service Friday, September 9, 2016 at Dugger Funeral Home.

      Memorials may be made to the Rowan Fire Department, Belmond Historical Society, or donor’s choice in George Simpson’s name.

      George, son of George T. and Alma Carlson Simpson, was born on June 29, 1922 in Estherville, Iowa. George attended school in Estherville, Iowa. He took over his family farm after finishing the 8th grade do to his father’s passing.

      On July 3, 1943, George was united in marriage to Florence Amundson, Estherville, Iowa. Together they farmed near Terrill, Iowa. The couple moved to the Belmond and Rowan area in 1962 where they continued to farm for twenty years. George also drove truck for Warren Transport hauling farm machinery until he retired.

      He enjoyed farming, cutting iron, working in his shed after retirement, playing cards and pool with family, and sun bathing during the hot summer days. He was known for his ability to crack jokes and his unique sense of humor. He and Florence spent time traveling and seeing the country while he was trucking. More often than not, he kept himself busy with his favorite activities and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

      George is survived by his four children Donna Nelson of Denver, CO, Bonnie Stroud of Belmond, twins LaVonne Reed of Rowan, and Leslie Simpson of Rowan; three grandchildren Jacqueline and Mark Loats of Belmond, Erik and Pam Nelson of Atlanta, GA, , Kristin Nelson-Dorrance of Aurora, CO; six great-grandchildren Jeffrey, Mindy, and Aimee Loats, Haley and Tyler Dorrance and Austin Nelson; good companion Margaret Hellman; and many nieces and one nephew.

      He is preceded in death by his parents George and Alma; wife Florence; sister Mary; and son-in-law Jim Stroud.

      A special thank you to the Good Shepherd Nursing Health Center, George’s friends at the Leinbach Center, Craig and Linda Williams, Bernie and Kay Ketchum, Mark and Deb Bruns, Dugger Funeral Home, and the Stroud family and friends in North Carolina.

P.O. BOX 233


  Verl Dean Pray, age 85, of Dows, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Scenic Manor in Iowa Falls.

  Memorial service for Verl Dean Pray will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the Dugger Funeral Home in Dows. Rob Dugger will be the celebrant. Burial will take place in Northlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa Falls.

  Visitation for Verl Dean Pray will be from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at the Dugger Funeral Home in Dows.

  Verl Dean, son of Ronald and Ethel Christopher Pray, was born on July5, 1931 in Iowa Falls. Verl attended and graduated from Popejoy High School in 1950. After graduating high school, Verl joined the United States Air Force in 1951, serving in San Antonio, Texas. He went on to Rantoul, Illinois for jet electronics school, and then to Presque Isle, Maine for jet mechanics school. Verl was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. 

  In 1955, Verl was united in marriage with Doris Kempthorne. The couple had two children: Valerie and Mark. 

  Verl farmed for many years, owned and operated a truck line and bought and sold grain, hauling to the river points. He invented and produced polished aluminum wheel inserts for trucks and RV’s. He designed and built a four station bird feeder pole and also a locking arm for sliding glass doors. One of his favorite designs was an electric lift for boats on and off their lift stations. He enjoyed making or repairing an item for farm equipment when a part was not available.

  Verl is survived by his daughter Valerie (Garry) VanGerpen of Emory, Texas; son Mark Pray of Dows; Doris Pray of Dows; sisters Carol Christensen of Popejoy and Lucille Dawson of Dows; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

  He is preceded in death by his parents Ronald and Ethel Pray.

Dugger Funeral Home
300 Lee Street
Dows, Iowa 50071


  Edythe V. Moe, age 86, of Clarion, passed away Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion.

  Memorial service for Edythe V. Moe will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond. Rob Dugger will be the celebrant.

  Visitation for Edythe V. Moe will be 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Dugger Funeral Home in Belmond.

  Edythe Vera, daughter of Walter and Reva (Wilcox) Parrish, was born August 29, 1930 in Woolstock, Iowa. Edythe attended Eagle Grove and Clarion Schools.

  On November 9, 1947, Edythe was united into marriage to William Brooks. To this union, five children were born: Colleen, Randy, Penny, Kathy, and Tim. On October 18, 1983, Edythe was married to Stanley Moe in Las Vegas.

  Edythe is survived by daughters Penny Mericle and Kathy (Bob) Olson; son Tim (Barb) Brooks; step-son David (Barb) Moe; eight grandchildren Hollie, Laina, Travis, Jonathon, Robyn, Michael, Angela, and Shawn; eight great-grandchildren Makenzie, Bentley, Haley, Jayden, Eleyna, Jacob, Jayce, and Brinley; and one sister Marie Vandries.

  She is preceded in death by her husband Stanley Moe; daughter Colleen Kay Brooks; son Randy Lee Brooks; three brothers Kenneth, John, and Walter J., and parents Walter and Vera Parrish.


     June E. Giesey, age 87, of Belmond, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

     A private family service will be held. The family desires memorials in June Giesey's name be sent to the Dugger Funeral Home, PO Box 233 in Belmond.

Dugger Funeral Home
111 Luick's Lane South
Belmond, Iowa 50421