ARCHIVED OBITUARIES
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DATELINE – MASON CITY

     Kathryn P. (Dorr) Wade, 71, of Mason City, IA., passed away at the Mercy Medical Center of North Iowa on January 1, 2016.

     Funeral services for Kathryn P. Wade will be held at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday January 6, 2016 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond. Rob Dugger will serve as the Celebrant. Visitation for Kathryn P. Wade will be held at the Dugger Funeral Home on Wednesday starting at 11:30 A.M. and be open until the service-time

     Kathryn was the first child born to Maxine and Paul Dorr, on February 10, 1944, in Belmond, IA. Kathryn grew up in Belmond, where she attended and graduated from Belmond High School.

     She attended Iowa State University, moved to Des Moines, where she worked. She moved to Jacksonville, Fl, where she met the love of her life, Robert Wade. She was married to Robert on July 6, 1973, in Salt Springs, Fl. They lived in a number of places in Florida, enjoying careers in bar ownership, banking, and crafting. In 1991 the couple moved back to Belmond, where she started Kathi’s Workshop on Main Street. Kathryn was an incredibly skilled artist, with painting, quilting, sewing teddy bears and handbags, beading, porcelain doll making and costume design.

     Kathryn is survived by 2 sisters; Rita (Sterling) Laaveg of Scottsdale, AZ. and Pat Mennenga of Mason City, IA, and a step-children, Debbie (Steve) James of Citra, Fl. Brian Wade of California; Roger of Jacksonville, Florida, and Cara (Tom) Marple of Virginia, sixteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

     She is preceded in death by husband, Robert Wade, parents Paul and Maxine Dorr, her brother, Kevin and wife, Kathy Dorr, and step-daughter Lisa Hill.




DUGGER FUNERAL HOME
111 LUICK’S LANE SOUTH
P.O. BOX 233
BELMOND, IOWA 50421
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DATELINE - SEATTTLE


     Faye Gabrielson, 62, Seattle, WA, died November 30, 2015 following a 16-month battle with lung cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends as they shared favorite memories at her bedside. “Faye Baby” was a loving daughter, sister, auntie, friend and wife. 

     A memorial service will be held in Belmond on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at Dugger Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Center for Whale Research www.whaleresearch.com)

  Faye was born in Belmond on February 12, 1953, the youngest of five children to Lester and Florence Gabrielson. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond. After graduating from Belmond Community High School she attended the University of Northern Iowa. She completed her AA degree in 1975 at Des Moines Area Community College. Faye worked in Des Moines area hospitals as a laboratory technician for 15 years. She shared those years with her companion Jan Wright, raised their beloved dogs, and enjoyed camping and activities with the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

  Faye’s passions were many and varied. She enjoyed the track team and was a star catcher on school softball teams. She faithfully followed NCAA basketball every year. As an art major in college she developed her talents in oil painting, and even sold some of her paintings later in life. Faye had a deep love of nature and wildlife. One of her happiest memories was of a summer working at Estes Park, CO. In her 30s she volunteered with Earthwatch Research Corps on studies of orca whales in the San Juan Islands and bald eagles in Haines, AK. She loved contributing to the understanding and conservation of these beautiful creatures.

  In 1990 Faye packed her things and headed to a new life in Seattle where her aunt Terry and sister Pam’s family were living. She continued her career as a lab tech until taking on a new challenge of learning medical records management at Northwest Hospital in 2000. She enjoyed this work until her retirement in 2003.

  It was in Seattle that Faye met her future wife, Karen Sue Fickenwirth. They began their life together March 26, 1991 and were legally married June 9, 2013. Their forever together was too short, but it was filled with all good things. Together they kept up with the lives of dozens of nieces and nephews, vacationed often to visit family, celebrated ten years together on an Alaskan cruise, and 20 years with a trip to Hawaii. Whale watching trips, weekends on the Olympic Peninsula, and raising their pets created a life filled with love and wonderful memories.

  She was preceded in death by her parents.

  Surviving are her wife Karen of Seattle; sisters Pam (Don) Van Laningham of Chandler, AZ and Gayle (Louis) Smidt of Britt; brothers Neil (Kathy) Gabrielson of Britt and Mack (Cindy) Gabrielson of Clear Lake; sister-in-law Kristi (Drew) Haas of Port Orchard, WA; closest friend Viki Stanmour (the late Jesse Winter); 17 nieces and nephews; 39 great-nieces and nephews; and two great-great nephews.



DUGGER FUNERAL HOME
111 LUICK'S LANE SOUTH
BELMOND, IOWA 50421
(641) 444-3248
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DATELINE - BELMOND 

     Frank Patterson, age 86, of Belmond, passed away Friday, January 8, 2016 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. 

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday January 16, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond. Pastor Dawn Pederson will officiate. Burial will take place in the Belmond Cemetery. Military graveside services will be provided by the Belmond Honor Guard.

     Visitation will be held from 9:30 A.M. until service-time at the church on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to Belmond Grid-Iron and/or the Belmond V.F.W. Dugger Funeral Homes,  111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond is in charge of arrangements.

​    Frank was born December 24, 1929 in Lucas County near Russell, the son of Carl and Blanche (Grimes) Patterson. He graduated from Chariton High School in 1949 in Chariton, IA. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He moved to Belmond and was united in marriage to Lois Mehl. They were blessed with four children and later divorced.


     Frank was a federal grain inspector for D.R. Schaal and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond for many years. He served on the Belmond City Council, the BHS Football chain crew and received the B-Club Honorary Member Athletic Service Award. He later moved to Eagle Grove where he worked for and retired from AG Processing, Inc. Frank was married to Shirley Beck from 1984 to 2013.


     Frank enjoyed golf, gardening, woodworking, hunting, playing games and cards, especially cribbage. He had a great sense of humor and loved being a jokester. He loved spending time with his family and family gatherings, especially the annual Patterson family reunion near Chariton.


     Frank is survived by three sons, Mark (Judy) of West Des Moines, Craig (Lynn) and Curt (Brenda) of Cedar Falls, daughter, Lori (Scott) Ward of Norwalk, thirteen grandchildren, Ben Patterson (Liz), Joe Patterson (Ashley), Alex Patterson, Bill Patterson, Lucas Patterson (Katie), Tony Patterson (Lisa), T.J. Patterson, Travis Ward (Christie), Natalie Patterson, Haley Iehl (Mark), Austin Ward (Lauren), Rachel Patterson and Joslin Lee (Jeff); thirteen great grandchildren, Claudia, Veronica, Miko, Cooba, Samuel, Abram, Sloane, Lane, Leo, Lincoln and Aiden Patterson, Abigail Iehl and Gavin Ward, first wife, Lois Patterson, four sisters, Virginia Wachenheim of Belmond, Frances Blackaby of Roseville, MI, Blanche Pflaum of Sterling Heights, MI, and Pat (Jim) Powers of Muscatine, sister-in-law, Gert Patterson of Chariton and numerous other loving relatives and friends.


     He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Willard, Virgil, Eddie and Charles, and four sisters, Darlene Jennings, Mary Triebel, Rebecca Wells, and Geraldine Chaplin.


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DATELINE - CLARION 

     Gary D. Brandt, age 73, of Clarion, passed away Monday, January 11, 2016 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion. 

     Funeral services for Gary D. Brandt will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 15, 2016 at the Church of Christ in Clarion. Pastor Nancy Hofmeister will officiate. 

     Visitation for Gary D. Brandt will be held from 5 P.M. – 7 P.M. Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Church of Christ in Clarion. 

     Gary Douglas, son of Elmer and Carolyn Iseminger Brandt, was born on July 26, 1942 in Fort Dodge. He was raised in Clarion. Gary attended and graduated from Clarion High School in 1960. After graduation, Gary attended Iowa State University for English. Gary was blessed with three sons: TJ, Tyler, and Travis. On September 6, 2008, Gary united into marriage with Kathy Franzmeier.

     His favorite thing to do was play the piano. He was a self-taught musician, playing the piano by ear. Gary was a band member of the Red Sneaker Jazz Band in Des Moines and Red Shirt Ramblers. He taught piano lessons for many years. In 2003, Gary came out with a CD, Made It This Far. His musical talents led him into a variety of venues, musical styles, and careers.

     He enjoyed building mini dollhouses, screen printing, and thrift shopping. Gary spent many hours with his multidenominational group – “The God Squad”. 

     Gary is survived by his wife Kathy, sons: TJ (Brenda) Brandt, Tyler (Joy) Brandt, Travis (Clara) Brandt, step-daughter Laura (fiancé Adam Messer) Franzmeier, 11 grandchildren: Bryce, Bret, Brock, Derrick, Lathan, Brenda, Harley, Victor, Alex, Salem, Addison, one sister Judy (Jerry) Weir, and numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

     He is preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Carolyn and long time friend Luci Bardoner.



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DATELINE - DOWS

     Shirley Mae Hograbe, age 87, of Dows passed away Wednesday January 13, 2016 at the Sheffield Care Center.


     Funeral services for Shirley M. Hograbe will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday January 18, 2016 at Morgan United Methodist Church east of Dows. Pastor Judy Eilders will officiate. Burial will take place in the Morgan Township Cemetery.


     Visitation for Shirley M. Hograbe will be held for one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday.


     Shirley Mae was born on February 24, 1928 in Belmond to Robert and Ruth (Harlow) Coulson. Shirley attended school in Belmond and graduated in 1946. She went on to further her education, attending the Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Upon graduating, she was hired by the Popejoy School District to implement a kindergarten program.
  Shirley married Bob Hograbe on July 16, 1950. They had two children: Becky Ackerman and John Hograbe. In 1953, Bob was drafted and joined the Army, he and Shirley moved to Tacoma, Washington for two years, where their daughter, Becky, was born. Upon discharge, Shirley and Bob returned to Dows to their farm.

     Shirley was an active member of the Morgan United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday school and Bible school, and was secretary for the United Methodist Woman’s group, as well as serving on several committees. Her faith was important to her and the many friendships she had with the church members meant a great deal to her. Shirley also served on the Dows Library Board. Shirley loved to read and passed this passion on to her family especially her son, John. Shirley loved spending time with her family and friends. Her great-granddaughters have many wonderful memories of Shirley teaching them how to bake and decorate cookies. She and Bob were part of a card club that played cards together for nearly sixty years. Shirley enjoyed music of all kinds, her favorite being sacred and barbershop. Her true passion in life, was traveling and seeing the country side, she and Bob had several wonderful trips together.

     Shirley is survived by her husband of 65 years Bob, two children: Becky Ackerman and her husband Dwight of Clear Lake, John Hograbe of Dows. One granddaughter Kathy and her husband James Huse of Ventura, three great-granddaughters: Ali Huse and Andi Huse of Clear Lake and Alicia Huse of Ventura, one great great-grandson Tavin of Clear Lake. Brother Bill (Lorraine) Coulson of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, sister Caren (Jerry) Courter of Independence, MO.

  She is preceded in death by her parents Robert and Ruth Coulson, sister Jean Coulson, parents-in-law Lydia and Harry Hograbe, and brother and sister-in-law Harry and Gladys Hograbe.


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DATELINE - BELMOND

     Charlie Wilson, age 90, of Belmond passed away Wednesday January 20, 2016 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

     Memorial services for Charlie Wilson will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday January 23, 2016 at United Church of Christ Congregational in Belmond. Pastor Donna Buckman will officiate. Burial will take place in the Belmond Cemetery.  Graveside military rites will be provided by the Belmond Honor Guard. Visitation for Charlie Wilson will be held one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.

     Charles Robert Wilson, the son of Charles H. and Gladys I. DeMoss Wilson, was born December 17, 1925 near Iowa Falls. Charlie grew up in Blairsburg, graduating from Blairsburg High School. Charlie was drafted for WWII, serving in Japan. He then returned home and within a short time was once again drafted for service in the Korean War. He attended art school, graduating from the Washington School Art. Charlie was united in marriage to Leona E. Jenkins, and the couple was blessed with two children, Elizabeth and William. Leona passed away in 1976.

     Throughout his life, Charlie enjoyed working in many different roles. As an adolescent, he began working with bees, and produced and sold his own honey as part of Wilson Apiaries. Charlie worked as a cook on the Illinois Center railroad. Charlie also loved baseball, American history, and classical music. He was very active with the Boy Scouts, serving as a Scout Master for several years. He received much recognition and several awards from the Boy Scouts of America. Most notable, he was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.

     Charlie is survived by two children, William, living in Plymouth, IA, and Elizabeth (Moxley) of Wheaton, IL; two grandchildren, Morgan living in Wheaton, IL, and Taylor of Fort Collins, CO; a sister, Iris Greenfield of Slater, three brothers, Francis of Perry, IA, Gerry and wife, Sue of LeSueur, MN, Jon (Reggie) of Kansas City, MO; eleven nieces and thirteen nephews as well as a host of friends.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Leona, and a sister, Elizabeth.




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111 LUICK’S LANE SOUTH 
PO BOX 233
BELMOND, IOWA 50421
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DATELINE - THORNTON 

     Kenneth E. Kriens, age 88, of Thornton, passed away Monday January 25, 2016 at Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake.

     Funeral services for Kenneth E. Kriens will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday 30, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Thornton. Gerald “Red” Haugland will officiate. Burial will take place in the Immanuel Reformed Church Cemetery east of Belmond. Military graveside honors will be provided by the Anton–Juhl American Legion Post #440 in Thornton.

     Visitation for Kenny Kriens will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Friday January 29, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Thornton and will continue for one hour prior to services there on Saturday. Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Memorials may be made in Kenneth E. Kriens name to the family.

     ​Kenneth Earl Kriens was born May 23, 1927 to John and Minnie (Meints) Kriens, in rural Belmond. He attended school in Belmond, prior to serving in the United States Army during World War II in France. On February 11, 1950 he was united in marriage to Florence Clark. To this union three daughters were born: Kristine, Koleen, and Karen. The family made their home in the Thornton area. 

     Kenneth worked for 33 years with the Central Telephone Company, now Frontier, in Belmond. He served as chief fireman on the Thornton Fire Department and was active in the United Methodist Church. After retirement, he enjoyed spending time hunting with his grandsons, watching their basketball and football games, throwing the ball with his grandsons, tinkering with odds and ends including old telephones, working in the garden, playing marbles and card games with family and friends, watching Hee Haw, listening to classic country and gospel music.

     Kenneth survivors include wife, Florence, daughters Kristine (Keith) Pals, Koleen (Dennis) Black and Karen (Jim) Ries all of Thornton; six grandchildren, Amy Titler, Annette Wynja, Brian (Sarah) Pals, Dean (Stefanie) Black, Nicholas (Megan) Ries and Andrew (Anne) Ries; eleven great-grandchildren. A brother Richard (Linda) Kriens, two sisters Wilhelmine Vestweber and Joan Clark, several nieces, nephews and numerous other friends through-out the countryside. Kenny is also survived by an honorary daughter Donna and good phone friend, Carl.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Dorothy and Phyllis and four brothers-in-law.



DUGGER FUNERAL HOME
111 LUICK'S LANE SOUTH
BELMOND, IOWA 50421
(641)444-3248
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DATELINE – MASON CITY 

     Amah H. Hall passed peacefully of natural causes on Friday, January 1, 2016 at the I.O.O.F Home in Mason City. 

      Private family funeral services for Amah H. Hall have been held. Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond in charge of arrangements. 

     Amah Hall was born February 4, 1925 in Rowan, IA to James and Amanda (Andrews) Smith. She started her schooling in Dows and graduated from Rowan School in 1942. She worked at the Depot café in Mason City and married E. “Bud” Hall on September 9, 1950. They lived in Central Heights and enjoyed fishing at Clear Lake, taking car rides, and taking trips on the train. After her husband’s death, she enjoyed taking her rides on the bus. She shared many happy times at Woody’s Bingo and VFW bingo.

      Amah is survived by her brother Marvin Smith of Rowan, her sister-in-law Lila Smith of Belmond, and several nieces and nephews.

    She is preceded in death by her mother and father, husband, brothers, Floyd, Edward, Don, Bruce, and sister Gail Rink. 




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DATELINE - BELMOND 

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

     Memorial services for Loraine will be held at a later date in the spring. The University of Iowa College of Medicine acknowledges with grateful appreciation the generous contribution Loraine Halfwassen has made to the advancement of medical science and the welfare of mankind.

     In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials be made to the Belmond Park District in Loraine Halfwassen’s name. 


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111 LUICK’S LANE SOUTH 
BELMOND, IOWA 50421
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