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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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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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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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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. 


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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.

      Phyllis Marie, the daughter of Alfred and Helen Howard Butcher was born August 6, 1935 in Onawa, Iowa. Phyllis was raised one in a family of eight brothers and sisters. She grew up in the Onawa area where she attended school.

  Phyllis was united in marriage to Francis Gilbert Richards. Francis was a career military man, so the couple raised their family on bases around the country. Phyllis and Francis settled to Baldwin Park, CA, upon Francis’ retirement from the Air Force. After Francis’ death, Phyllis returned to Iowa. She met and married Vincent Roelofsen of Meservey. They couple made their home in the Meservey and Belmond communities. Phyllis worked for Carol Johnson in Meservey, making porcelain dolls. An artistic nature, Phyllis excelled at doll making and embroidery. Following Vincent’s death, Phyllis met Jerry Moore. The couple made their home in Moorehead, Iowa for two decades. Phyllis is remembered as a mother and grandmother, who loved her children and grandchildren dearly. She is remembered fondly for cooking and baking. Phyllis secret for baked beans and potato salad will never be matched.

  Phyllis is suvived by her daughters, Ann Harty of Belmond, Nancy Johnson and husband, Gary of Kanawha, significant other, Jerry Moore of Moorehead, four grandchildren, Tommy Montellano, Ron Rice (Somchai), Eugene Harty, Lawona Hauert, nine, great grandchildren, Dawson, Kassie, Ryan, Berlin, Harmony, Yazmine, Bella, Simon, Gavin, a sister, Verla “Tootie” Collison, of Arizona, a brother, Dutch Butcher of Utah, and numerous other friends and relatives.

  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Francis, husband, Vincent, son, Tom, and five brothers and sisters.  



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DATELINE - BELMOND


     Bruce E. Wendel, age 54, of Belmond passed away Friday April 18, 2014 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital in Belmond.

     Memorial services for Bruce E. Wendel will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday April 25, 2014 at the Nazarene Church in Clarion. Pastor Dana Wendel  will officiate. 

     Visitation for Bruce E. Wendel will be held from 12:00 Noon - 4: 00 P.M. Thursday April 24, 2013 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.

      Bruce Eric, the son of Arnold and Betty Miller Wendel was born November 13, 1959 in Belmond. He grew up in Belmond where Bruce attended school. Bruce graduated from Belmond High School and then attended Christian College for a time. Bruce finished his education in Auto Body Tech School. Bruce worked in Auto Body restoration and repair for several years in Idaho. After returning to Iowa, Bruce worked for Kiefers in Kanawha, and, for many years, worked at Brooks Auto Body in Belmond. He was employed at Eaton 2nd Shift of Belmond at the time of his passing.

  Bruce married Diane Sue Elwing on April 11, 1987. The couple raised their family in Belmond. Bruce is remembered as a great artist, who truly loved auto body repair. He mostly loved the air brush technique in auto body. Bruce considered his Chevelle his baby, but playing with grandchildren was always his greatest love. Bruce was a member of the Nazarene Church in Clarion.

  Bruce is survived by his wife, Diane, children, Angel (Dana) of Clear Lake, Tina of Fort Dodge, Linda (Rod) of Norwalk, Eric of Belmond, eleven grandkids, parents, Betty and Arnold Wendel of Belmond, sister, Sue Leerhoff (David) Clarksville, two brothers, Curtis (Dawn) of Olathe, KS. Dana (Marika) of Clarion, and numerous other relatives and friends



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DATELINE – BELMOND


     Arnold “Greek” Barkema, age 96, of Belmond passed away Saturday April 26, 2014 at Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

      Funeral services for Arnold “Greek” Barkema will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday April 30, 2014 at the Immanuel Reformed Church east of Belmond. Pastor David DeKuiper will officiate. Burial will take place in the Belmond Cemetery.

     Visitation for Arnold “Greek” Barkema will be held for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond is in charge of arrangements.

     Arnold, the son of Dick and Minnie Pals Barkema, was born February 27, 1918 on the family farm northeast of Belmond. He attended country school #2. Arnold grew up working with his father and brothers on the farm. Soon to become known as “Greek”, farming became his chosen occupation.

  Greek was united to Alice Sorenson, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, on February 5, 1954. The couple made their home on a farm southeast of Belmond. In 1980, Greek and Alice built a home on the Belmond Golf Course. Alice passed away in 2006, and Greek continued to live on the golf course. He had just in the past years entered the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

  Greek was a life-long member of the Immanuel Reformed Church east of Belmond. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brothers. Greek was a completely self-taught golfer. His golf swing, Greek would brag, was the most often pursued style in the PGA Tour.

  Arnold “Greek” is survived by his son, Richard (Cec) Peddicord of Belmond, three grandchildren, Annette Hargadine (Sam) of Iowa City, Tammy Schimp (Mike) of Hampton, Mitchell Peddicord of Kansas City, MO, great grandchildren, Bryce and Molly Schimp of Hampton, two sisters, Esther Dorenkamp of Mason City, Amelia Guth of Meservey, brother, Dick, Jr. of Goodell, and numerous other, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

  He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Alice in 2006, three sisters and three brothers.  





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DATELINE - DOWS 


     Roger E. Charlson, 92, of Fort Dodge died May 1st, 2014 at Clarion Wellness and Rehab Center.

     Funeral services will be held Wednesday May 7th at 10:30am at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, West of Belmond. Pastor James Harbaugh presiding. A luncheon will be provided and burial following at Fairview Cemetery, Dows.

     Visitation will be held Tuesday evening 5-7pm at Dugger Funeral Home, 300 Lee Street in Dows.

     Roger is survived by his children Steven Charlson of Des Moines, Anne (Matthew) Paul of West Des Moines, Carolyn Ferry of Eagle Grove, and Susan Charlson of Eagle Grove. 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer & Beatrice (Lundburg) Charlson and brothers John Charlson and James Charlson.

     Roger was born October 20th, 1921 in Goldfield, Iowa. The family moved to Dows in 1925 and he attended Dows Public School. He earned an Associate Degree from Waldorf College, Forest City and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. As a young adult he worked for his father in the clothing business in Dows and served several years as Wright County Auditor in Clarion. He later worked for the Employment Security Commission first in Waterloo, then in Fort Dodge where he retired. He married Millus Eastman in Waterloo and they were later divorced.

     Roger was a Marine Corps Veteran of World War II and a member of Dows American Legion and the Fort Dodge Marine Corps League.




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DATELINE-DOWS


     Gordon E. Classon, age 78, of Dows died Friday May 16, 2014 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient House in Mason City.

     Funeral services for Gordon E. Classon will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday May 20, 2014 at the Abundant Life Chapel in Dows. Pastor Bruce Klapp will officiate. Burial will take place in the Alden Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Dows American Legion Watson Beach Post #523

     Visitation for Gordon E. Classon will be open to friends after 6:00 P.M. Monday May 19, 2014 at the Abundant Life Chapel and will continue one hour prior to services on Tuesday. Dugger Funeral Home, 300 Lee Street in Dows is in charge of arrangements.

      Gordon Eugene, the son of Curtis and Laverne (Lu) Ericksen Classon was born September 5, 1935 in Dows. He grew up in Dows, where he attended school. Gordon graduated from Dows High School in 1954. After high school, Gordon worked for a time at the Ranch west of town. In 1955, Gordon was drafted into the U.S. Army and was deployed to the Korean Peninsula during the Korean Conflict as an Office Clerk. While in the Army, always the learner, Gordon learned to speak Korean. After returning from the conflict, Gordon met and married Toby Daniels. The couple made their home in Altoona, and were blessed with two daughers, Shelly and Sherri. Gordon worked as a truck driver for Super Sweet Feeds.

  During the seventies, Gordon returned to the Dows area. He worked for United Hydraulic in Hampton, IMT in Garner and finally retired from SeaBees in Hampton. On June 2, 1984, Gordon was united in marriage to Donna Soreson at the Abundant Life Chapel in Dows. Gordon and Donna made their home in Dows, and were blessed not only with a blended family, but another daughter, Missy Jo. Gordon was a very gifted and artistic man. He was an inventor. Gordon loved working and spending time on the computer. He enjoyed learning how the circuitry and components of the computers were put together. His mathematic skills made working on small machines and computers all the more interesting. Gordon loved his motorcycle and the outdoors and spent many days enjoying poker runs with his friends. Most of all he will be missed by all his loving family, and good times they would spend visiting while sharing a Bud Heavy.

  Gordon was a member of the Abundant Life Chapel in Dows.

  Gordon is survived by is wife, Donna, children, Missy (Steve) Brannick of Iowa Falls, Shelly Classon of Norwalk, Sherri Classon of Indianola, Laurie Amsbaugh of Leon, Leslie Pedersen of Pea Ridge, AR, fourteen grandchildren, Tristan, Blaise, Mckailyn, Colton, Camden, Zach(Paige), Cassie, Shaylee(Matt), Mazy(Victor), Raychel(Andy), Hannah, Chelsey, Justin, Andrea, and seven great grandchildren, Lane, Hunter, Kiera, Nevaeh, J.J., Marcus, and one due this christmas, a brother, Gary Classon of Hiawatha, and numerous other relatives and friends.

  He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert Classon, son, Jamie, three grandsons, James Baysinger, James Unger, and Jacob Pedersen. 




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DATELINE – DOWS


     Velma Marie Wesenberg, age 93, of Dows, passed away Tuesday June 3, 2014, at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton of congestive heart failure. 

     Funeral services for Velma Wesenberg will be held at 1:00 P.M. Sunday June 8, 2014 at the Morgan United Methodist Church east of Dows. Burial be in the Morgan United Methodist Church Cemetery.

     Visitation for Velma Wesenberg will held from 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. Saturday June 7, 2014 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street in Dows and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Sunday. The Family of Velma Wesenberg wishes memorial contributions be directed to the American Diabetes Association.

     Velma was the fourth child born to Henrietta "Ada" Meineke and Theodore Lawrence "TL" Johnson at the farm home near Coulter, Iowa, in Franklin County, on January 12, 1921. She was baptized August 28 at home. Velma attended country school in both Wright and Franklin Counties. It was at Morgan Methodist Church that she became acquainted with Richard (Dick) Wesenberg. Their first date was a movie, one of Shirley Temple’s early films. It was at the Past Time Hall in Dows that Dick asked Velma if she would teach him to dance, and the dance went on for 26 years.

     Velma and Dick were married in the Morgan Methodist Church on January 22, 1939. They worked hard together farming and in the early years did it with horses and picking corn by hand. When the work was done they treated themselves with travels. Church  and  music  were constants throughout their marriage. Over the years, she was a member of Popejoy and Morgan Methodist Churches. She taught Sunday School and was active in church functions.  They were blessed with two children: Dennis Dee and Marsha Lea. Dick died from the effects of diabetes in 1965 leaving Velma a widow at the age of 45.

     Velma was always neatly dressed and her great sense of humor was part of most of her conversations. She always had coffee and sweet treats to share with anyone stopping by. Family gatherings were festive with tables beautifully set. She was especially known for her sugar cookies and Spanish rice. She married Marion Peddle in 1981 and they had ten years together, living in Iowa Falls for part of this time. Velma returned to the family farm where she would reside until she was almost 93. All through those years, after Dick died when someone would comment, “I don’t see how you can live alone on the farm,” her answer was always the same. “I’don't live alone on the farm.” Her Christian faith always had God present with her. In her later years, Velma placed importance on visiting members of Morgan Methodist when hospitalized or in nursing home care. Velma moved to the Franklin Prairie Apartments in Hampton at Thanksgiving time in 2013.

     Velma is survived by her two children: Dennis (Phyllis) Wesenberg of Dows, IA, and Marsha (Jim) Gronewold of Glenwood, MN. Grandchildren: Mina (Joel) Fantz of Emmetsburg, IA; Dayce (Tim) McAndrews of Onalaska, WI; Sheree (Xenofon) Koutsoukos of Franklin, TN; Dane (Hillary) Wesenberg of St. Paul, MN; Derrick (Michelle) Gronewold of Wichita, KS; Darin (Melissa) Gronewold of Seattle, WA. Great-Grandchildren: Caroline, Helena, Weston Fantz; Kenneth and Emma McAndrews; Demetrios and Denise Koutsoukos; Julia and Christopher Gronewold; Jasper and Greta Gronewold.

     Velma was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents and siblings: Lawrence M. Johnson, Lorene Stover, and Elvin (Bud) H. Johnson.



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​DATELINE-DOWS


     Lois M. Hackbarth, age 98, of Dows passed away Tuesday June 10, 2014 at the Scenic Manor Nursing Facility in Iowa Falls. 

     Funeral services for Lois M. Hackbarth will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday June 14, 2014 at the Morgan United Methodist Church east of Dows. Pastor Judy Eilders will officiate. Burial will take place in the Morgan United Methodist Church Cemetery.

     Visitation for Lois M. Hackbarth will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street in Dows.

     Lois, the daughter Arba and Mary Etter Beall, was born August 8,1915 in Cavour, SD. Lois grew up in South Dakota where she graduated from high school in 1933.
  Lois moved to Oskaloosa, Iowa where she went to John Fletcher Business College. She received her BA. She met Arlen Hackbarth while going to school. Lois returned to South Dakota where she taught country school.


     Lois married Arlen Hackbarth at the Yale Chapel on the East Coast before Arlen went to World War II. After returning from war they lived in Marshalltown, Iowa where they made their home and raised their family. They spent every summer in Dows, IA, where Arlen farmed his family’s land. They were blessed with three children.


     Lois was very creative; she loved doing crafts and she also did a lot of sewing. Lois made clothes and Halloween costumes. Lois also did some gardening.


     Lois is survived by her three children Stan and (Mary Beth) Hackbarth of Iowa City, IA; Steve Hackbarth of Ackley, IA; and Arla (Boyd) Pickens of Littleton, CO. eight grandchildren Melissa (Blair) Payson, Chris (Heidi) Hackbarth, Lara (Ani) Shastry, Andrew Hackbarth, Emily Hackbarth, Jacque Hackbarth Kelley Pickens, Tom Pickens, five step-grandchildren, Adam, Natasha, Matthew, Jacob Sheyko, Kristine Erickson, three great-grandchildren Addison, Holland, Finn, and several step-great grandchildren.


     Lois was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and four sisters.




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DATELINE-DOWS


     Maxine B. Weir, age 88, of Dows passed away Tuesday June 17, 2014 at the Clarion We.llness and Rehab Center. 

     Funeral services for Maxine B. Weir will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday June 21, 204 at the First Lutheran Church in Dows. Burial will take place in the Fairview Cemetery in Dows.

     Visitation for Maxine B. Weir will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday June 20, 2014 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 300 North Lee Street in Dows and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

     Maxine Bell, daughter of Hans and Esther (Kreitlow) Hansen was born December 2, 1925 in Dows. She grew up on the Ellsworth Ranch west of Dows. Maxine attended school in Dows and graduated from Dows High School in 1943.

     Maxine married Walter William “Bob” Weir on February 26, 1944 at the Methodist Parsonage in Dows. The couple first made their home on the ranch. In 1946 they moved to a farm west of Dows where they were blessed with three children Jerry , Judy and Jeanette. They moved into Dows in 1992. Walter passed away on January 24, 1993. Maxine continued living in her own home until 2012.

     Maxine was a very special mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She enjoyed having coffee at the Crème in Dows every afternoon. Maxine loved reading newspapers. She would cut out articles and paste in scrapbooks. She has scrapbooks back to 1943. She also was an avid card player. 500 and Pepper were Maxine’s games. She loved helping people. She would often take someone that didn’t have a ride or needed a driver to doctor’s appointments or any place they needed to go. Maxine was a member of First Lutheran Church in Dows, Dows Legion Auxiliary, Senior Citizens, Social Club and the Jolly Mother’s Club all in Dows.
   
   

     Maxine is survived by her three children Jerry Weir (Judy) of Clarion, Judy  Johnson of Bloomington, MN, Jeanette Wenzel (Leland) of Dows, nine grandchildren, Mike Rink (Elizabeth), Tim Weir, Tracy Weir, Deanna Terc (Richard), Jerry “Bob” Weir, Christopher Strom (Sarah), Joshua Strom (Karla), Angela Wharton (Matt) , SheRee Wharton (Luke), seventeen great-grandchildren: Brent, Travis, Eric, Tory, Troy, Mario, Allen, Dana, Phoebe, Max, Connor, Katie, Jacob, Belle, Kali, Hannah, a brother, Larry Hansen (Janet) of Dows and numerous other relative and friends.

  Maxine is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob, grandson Troy Weir and great-granddaughter, Abbie Wharton. 
 




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DATELINE-DOWS


     Scarlett Rose Dickerson, 13 day old infant daughter of Ashley Dickerson and Rebecca (Hickman) Warland passed away Friday June 20, 2014 at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. 

     Funeral services for Scarlett Dickerson will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday June 27, 2014 at the First Lutheran Church in Dows. Pastor Ron Nelson will officiate. Burial will take place in the Fairview Cemetery in Dows.

     Visitation for Scarlett Dickerson will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday June 26, 2014 at the Dugger Funeral Home 300 North Lee Street in Dows and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Memorial contributions may be made in Scarlett Rose Dickerson’s name to the family and may be mailed to: The Family of Scarlett R. Dickerson PO Box 233 Belmond, Iowa 50421.

     Scarlett Rose, the daughter of Ashley Dickerson and Rebecca (Hickman) Warland, was born June 7, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Scarlett’s brief time here was closely attended, watched over and truly loved by her parents and family. She graced them for nearly two week under the dedicated care of the doctors and nurses at Mercy Infant Care Unit.  

     Scarlett is survived by her parents, Ashley and Rebecca of Dows, three sisters, Allison, Daisy, Brooklyn, two brothers, Joseph, Caidon, maternal grandparents, Bob and Ceci Hickman of Ankeny, paternal grandparents, John and Carmel Dickerson of Dows, great grandparents, Norma and Guy Lary of Des Moines, Mark and Dee Stolze of Ankeny, Ellen Waters of Dows, Betty Dickerson of Story City, numerous aunts, uncles, relatives and friends.




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     Roman G. Johnson, age 90, formerly of Alexander, passed away Friday June 27, 2014 at the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton.

     Funeral services for Roman G. Johnson will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday July 1, 2014 at the First Reformed Church in Alexander. Pastor Phil Arnold will officiate. Burial will take place in the Alexander Cemetery east of Alexander.


     Visitation for Roman G. Johnson will be held from 4:30 – 6:30 P.M. Monday June 30, 2014 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luicks Lane South in Belmond and will continue one hour prior to services on Tuesday. 

​     Roman George, the son of C.C. and Johanna (Sporra) Johnson was born January 12, 1924 at home near Alexander. Roman grew up in the Alexander area where he attended school through the 8th grade. Roman then began working with his father farming. Roman married Wilma J. Schmidt on February 25, 1947 and started farming on his own. Roman also helped Westaby Trucking for 17 years. He later bought his own semi-truck and trailer in 1973. After retiring, Roman went to work for Yohn Ready Mix in Belmond for several years. Roman was baptized and joined the First Reformed Church in Meservey in 1948 and later transferred to Alexander First Reformed Church.


     Besides spending time with his family, Roman enjoyed trucking and farming. Upon retirement he enjoyed fishing, playing golf, and camping with friends. Roman and Wilma enjoyed several years wintering in Arizona.

     Roman is survived by his two daughters, Pamela Meyer and husband, Terry of Thornton, Nancy Schermer and husband, Bill of Clarion, five grandchildren, Stacy Palmer and husband, Jeff, Jason Meyer, Kimberly Meyer, Angela Schermer, Troy Schermer and wife, Tonya, six great grandchildren, Clayton and Evan Palmer, Tyanna Skovlund, Jaxon McLemore, Jacob and Kalli Schermer, a sister, Verna Kramer of Minnesota, two sisters-in-law, Donna Johnson of Meservey, Shirley Faaborg of Clear Lake and numerous other nieces and nephews.
  He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Wilma, a son, Larry, three brothers, John, Virgil, Merlin, and two sisters, Irene and Jennie. 



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DATELINE-LATIMER

      Richard G. Happel, age 92, of Latimer passed away Saturday June 28, 2014 at the Franklin Country View Nursing Facility in Hampton. He was kind, loving Christian father and grandfather who cherished his family and his faith.

     Funeral services for Richard G.Happel will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday July 3, 2014 at St Pauls Lutheran Church in Latimer. Pastor Travis Berg will officiate. Burial will be in the St Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Latimer.

     Visitation for Richard G. Happel will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Wednesday July 2, 2014 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 320 East Street in Latimer and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials be made to the Hospice of North Iowa.

     Richard Happel was the oldest of seven children born to Theodore and Clara (Clausen) Happel on January 12, 1922, in rural Linn County by Cedar Rapids, Ia. In high school his family moved to a farm neat Latimer in north central Iowa where he attended Franklin Consolidated Schools. He loved playing baseball in his younger days and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He worked in Waterloo during the winter and helped farm from spring to fall before being drafted into the service. He served his country during post WWII in Japan as an MP. Upon returning he began farming with his dad. On March 12, 1955, he was united in marriage to Lois Ann Lau. They farmed together in rural Alexander until her passing on Dec. 30, 1990. In the following years he enjoyed living on the farm until his move in January 2013 to assisted living in Hampton. During those years he enjoyed traveling; especially with his children and their families. He was a member of the CAL Education Foundation and a supporter of rural education. He pursued and proudly completed his high school GED, receiving his certificate before family and friends. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He followed their many activities and pursuits throughout the years. He also developed a passion for dancing that allowed him to meet many new people.

     Richard is survived by his children, daughter Janet Brown (Dennis) of Newhall, son Ron Happel (Kris) of Forest City; grandchildren Liska Hermann (Jerry) of Plymouth, MN, Erin Brown of Minneapolis, MN, Jonathan, Daniel, and Sarri Happel of Forest City; great-grandchildren Wesley and Gweneth Hermann of Plymouth. He is also survived by his brothers Paul Happel (Kathy), Alfred Happel (Norma), Lester Happel (Alma), and sister Helen Jorgenson (Jim); sisters-in-law Ramona Schmidt and Phyllis Lau; good friend, Delores Decker of Mason City, as well as many nieces and nephews. 

     He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lois, a brother George and a sister Elaine, who died in childhood, brothers and sisters-in-laws Paul and Velma Lau, Verner and Velma Lau and Alan Lau. 

     Memorials may be given to Hospice of North Iowa. 


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DATELINE-BELMOND

     Maurene A. Johnson, of Urbandale, formerly of Belmond, passed away Sunday June 29, 2014 at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.

     Funeral services for Maurene A. Johnson will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday July 5, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Belmond. Pastor Cindy Morrison will officiate. Burial will take place in the Belmond Cemetery

     Visitation for Maurene A. Johnson will be held from 9:00 until service time at the church on Saturday. The Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luicks Lane South in Belmond is in charge of arrangements.

    Maurene Anna (Smith) Johnson, the daughter of Clarence and Vera (Harris) Smith was born December 20, 1923, on a farm two miles west and three miles north of Paullina, Iowa. Her childhood years were spent near Paullina where she attended a country school and graduated from Paullina High School. Upon graduation she attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa where she earned a degree in elementary education. After college, Maurene taught first grade in Larrabee, Iowa. While teaching, she met Ralph Lavern Johnson and that acquaintance gradually led to marriage on June 2, 1948.  

They lived on a farm near Larrabee for ten years during which they had two sons, Jay and Eugene. They also farmed for a few years near both Calumet and Aurelia, Iowa before moving to Ground Mound and DeWitt, Iowa, and then to Chillicothe, Missouri. In Chillicothe, Maurene focused on raising three children including a daughter, Julie Sue, who was born with severe disabilities. Ralph and Maurene moved again, this time to Sycamore, Illinois. After placing their daughter at Bethphage, a Lutheran institution providing care of severely disabled children, Maurene took a job with Anaconda Wire to help the family make ends meet. 

Ralph and Maurene settled down in Belmond, Iowa where they lived for over 40 years. Maurene worked at Central Soya where she knew the corn and soybean markets very well. Maurene was involved with the Belmond Progress Club, PEO, and was active as a member of the Belmond United Methodist Church. Maurene enjoyed playing bridge and entertaining friends and family in their home. She also was an avid quilter and made a special quilt for each of her children and grandchildren. She kept daily diaries for sixty-some years and was a prolific source of weather, historical and family information.

Health limitations required Maurene to move to the Des Moines area to be closer to her doctors and two sons for the last several years. She enjoyed keeping in touch with her siblings and relatives, especially her twin sister, via phone or email on a regular basis. She spent the last two years at a skilled-nursing facility in Grimes, Iowa after falling and breaking a hip, and in the same year, breaking a leg. Her determination allowed her to walk with the aid of a walker in time to join her family in celebrating her 90th birthday.

Maurene passed away suddenly on June 29, 2014. She is survived by her son, Jay (Marilyn) Johnson of Urbandale, Iowa; Eugene (Jane) Johnson transitioning to Temple, Texas from Le Mars, Iowa; grandchildren Eric (Jennifer) Johnson of Des Moines; Andrew (Amy) Johnson of Johnston, Iowa; Jessica (James) Lindsey of Urbandale; Jonathan (Angela) Johnson of Huntington, West Virginia; Rebecca Johnson of Des Moines; and five great-grandchildren, Ella and Lily Johnson; Jesse, Maximus, and Anna Miette Lindsey. Also surviving are sisters Lucille Sullivan of Omaha, Nebraska, Erma Sheley of Littleton, New Hampshire and Ione Kehoe of Magnolia, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Johnson, daughter, Julie Sue, her parents; brothers Clarence Smith, Jr. and Russell Smith, and sisters Ruth MacPherson, Ellen Rohwer, and her twin sister Arlene Lamont.


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DATELINE- DOWS

     Mary E. Howard, age 62, of Dows passed away Monday June 30, 2014 at the Mercy Medical Center of North Iowa in Mason City.

     Funeral services for Mary Howard will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday July 7, 2014 at the Morgan United Methodist Church east of Dows. Pastor Judy Eilders will officate. Burial will take place in the Morgan United Methodist Church cemetery.

     Visitation for Mary E. Howard will be held from 3:00 - 5:00 P.M. Sunday July 6, 2014 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 300 North Lee Street and will continue on hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

      Mary Ellen Howard was born to Charles and Amelia Fink Howard, in Hampton, Iowa on March 7, 1952. Mary lived her entire life in Dows, first on the family farm then moving into town after the death of her father. Mary attended Dows Community School and Ackley-Geneva School. She spent most of her adult life as a client at Mosaic in Clarion, Iowa. She also had a part-time job at Hardees in Clarion.

 
     Mary was a loving friend to all who knew her. And she was known by many! She loved Pepsi, the Cubs and the Hawkeyes. (Not necessarily in that order!) She grew up in a time that could have led her down a different path had it not been for the devotion of her father, Charles. He ensured she'd have the financial security to lead a life among her family and friends. She loved getting up every day and going to work. She was devoted! She also loved playing card games and she'd do her best to whup anyone who would sit across the table from her. While her mind wasn't like the rest, she had a gift for remembering birthdays! A card in the mail from Aunt Mary meant the rest of the family had better not forget! If you were lucky she'd put in a 5 spot. Her biggest thrill came the first weekend in August during Dows Corn Days. Not the parade, not even the sweet corn. BINGO! And if rain was the forecast we'd have one sad lady on our hands. More often than not, Mary sat at the Bingo table for hours! Various friends and family members would join her throughout the day and into the evening. The joy on her face when she would tell folks she had won the measly pot was reason enough not to mess with her Bingo schedule. You knew where to find her. She will be greatly missed this year but her family hopes those who knew Mary will play a few cards in her honor. She is so happy to be reunited into the loving arms of her mother and father in Heaven!
   

     Mary is survived by her brothers Donald (Shelly) Howard, Homer (Linda) Howard, both of Dows, and a sister, Linda (Gary) Sheridan of Cannon Falls, MN. Also mourning are her nieces and nephews: Michael (Vicky) Lambertsen, Dennis (Pat) Lambertsen, Sherry (Dwight) Peterson, Tanner and Hannah Howard, John and James Howard, Chad Sheridan, Joslyn (Corey) Mathison, Charles (Krista) Sheridan, William (Julie) Sheridan and numerous great nieces and nephews.

 
     Mary was preceded in death by her parents, sister Mable Lambertsen and brother-in-law Albert Lambertsen.




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