ARCHIVED OBITUARIES
2012
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DATELINE - DOWS


     Carol L. Okland, age 82, of Waterloo, formerly of Dows passed away Thursday October 9, 2014 at the Country View Nursing Home in Waterloo.

     Funeral services for Carol L. Oakland will be held at 1:30 P.M. Monday October 13, 2014 at the First Lutheran Church in Dows. Pastor Ron Nelson will officiate. Burial will take place in the Fairview Cemetery. 

     Visitation for Carol L. Oakland will be held from 12:30 – service time on Monday at the church in Dows. Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street in Dows is in charge of arrangements.

     Carol Lavonne was born on June 22,1932 to Leonard and Beulah Phipps Walters in Boone. Carol was raised on a farm outside of Boone and graduated from Boone High School in 1950.

     Carol married Marlowe Dean Okland on June 22, 1952 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They lived in rural Huxley until moving to their farm south of Dows in 1953. They were blessed with four daughters. Carol was a farm wife and homemaker. Carol attended Ellsworth Community College where she received her Associate Degree. Carol worked for the Dept. of Human Services for the State of Iowa.

     Carol moved to Marshalltown in 1977 to be close to her husband who had a severe stroke and was in the Iowa Veterans Home. Upon Marlowe’s death Carol retired and moved to Ames in 1986.

     Carol was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Dows and was also in Ladies Aid Club.

     Those left to cherish here memories are her daughters Debra (Ron) Schulte-Gaasch of Pacific Grove, Ca., Sharon Okland of Ames and Karen (Mervin) Carnahan of Cedar Falls. Her grandchildren Jennifer (Chris) Taranto, Jill Kirstein, Nichole (Jay) Malin, Alisha (Mark) Mayfield, John (Melody) Schulte, Joe (Leslie) Schulte, Jenna Askay and Leah Ackerman. And 14 great-grand children.

     Carol is preceded in death by her parents, husband, her daughter Marlene Kirstein, four brothers Bob, Don, Pete and Jerry Walters and one infant granddaughter Summer Schulte.




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DATELINE – DOWS

     Willis E. Muhlenbruch, age 84, of Dows passed away Thursday October 9, 2014 at the Franklin General Hospital in Hampton.

     Funeral services for Willis E. Muhlenbruch will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday October 13, 2014 at the Presbyterian Church in Dows. Pastor Shawn Hill will officiate. Burial will be in the Fairview cemetery in Dows. Graveside military rites will be provided by the Dows American Legion Ceremonial Unit.

     Visitation for Willis E. Mullenbruch will be held from 3:00 – 6:00 P.M. Sunday October 12, 2014 at the Presbyterian Church in Dow and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

​     Willis Evanel, the son of William “Bill” and Edna (Nelsen) Muhlenbruch was born October 16, 1929, near Alexander, Iowa. Willis attended country school, and then moved with his family to Clarion where he graduated from Clarion High School in 1948.


     Willis was united in marriage to Patricia Denger on November 5, 1950 at the Presbyterian Church in Dows. Soon after the wedding, Willis entered the U.S. Army. He served as a Gunner for the U.S. Army Artillery during the Korean Conflict. Willis was honorably discharged in 1953.


     After his military service, Willis and Pat made their home north of Goodell where he farmed with his father, Bill. The couple had four children; Pam, Mark, Marsha, and Christa. Willis and Pat then lived and farmed near Armstrong and Bradford before settling on a farm east of Dows in 1964. They grew corn and soybeans, had a dairy herd, and raised hogs. In 1991, the couple retired from farming and moved into Dows. Willis was a very hard worker and he passed that work ethic onto his entire family. Willis was an avid fisherman. The couple enjoyed vacationing at their cabin on Lake Wabedo in northern Minnesota. Their family and friends have many fond memories of time spent at the lake with them.

     Willis was a life-long farmer, and farming had influence in all facets of his life. He belonged to several local and state organizations. Willis served on the Board of Directors for North Central Farm Service for 24 years and the Federal Land Bank Board of Directors for nine years. He was a member of the Iowa Farm Bureau and was honored as an Iowa Master Pork Producer in 1983. Willis was very active in his community as a member of the Dows Presbyterian Church, Dows Lions Club, and the American Legion Watson Beach Post #523. He served as a city councilman and as the mayor of Dows. He earned the State of Iowa Life Saving Award from Governor Robert Ray in 1979, after saving a young boy from drowning.

     Willis is survived by his wife of 63 years, Pat, of Dows; children Pamela (Mark) Odland of Dows, Mark Muhlenbruch of Dows, Marsha (Ed) Finch of Waverly, Christa (Jeff) Wiarda of Ackley. Ten grandchildren Wesley Odland, Morgan (Kyle) Wadsworth, Keslie Muhlenbruch, Fonda (Ryan) Manahl, Anthony (Tasha) Finch, Eddie Finch, April (Ryan) Pothast, Jessica (Jesse) Wegner, Jennifer (Rick) DeVore, Jeremy Arends, six great grandchildren, sister, Beverly Dishman of Hampton, and numerous other relatives and friends.

      He is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Edna Muhlenbruch, brother-in-law Bob Dishman, nephew Randy Dishman, and niece Renee Berdahl.




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DATELINE – BELMOND

     Joyce K. Olson was born on January 23, 1936, to William M. and Lorena C. (Babcock) Hosselton in the family home near Duncombe IA. She was the sixth of seven children born into the family. Joyce passed away in Mesa AZ on Monday, October 6, 2014.

    Memorial services for Joyce K. Olson, will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday October 25, 2014 at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church four miles west of Belmond. Pastor James Harbaugh will officiate. Interment will take place in the Belmond Cemetery.

    The family moved to a farm east of Eagle Grove, IA and Joyce attended school there, graduating from the Eagle Grove High School in 1953. Following graduation, she worked as a receptionist for Dr. Erlander, the local Optometrist. On January 2, 1955, she was married to Maurice (Maury) Chelesvig of Eagle Grove. They had 4 children and farmed southeast of Eagle Grove until 1970.  

  The couple moved to Belmond IA where they purchased the Belmond Furniture Store. Maury passed away in June, 1975. In 1978, Joyce married Clifford Olson and they resided on the Olson farm near Kanawha, IA. During their marriage, Joyce and Cliff enjoyed traveling, including 2 trips to Norway, 1 to Hawaii, and visiting friends and family. Joyce enjoyed decorating their beautiful home, baking, cooking, quilting, and was active in the Women of St. Olaf, She collected angels and was rarely seen without an angel pinned on her shoulder. She sang for several years with the Clarian (IA) Choraleers, was on the County Extension Council and worked with the 4-H Youth. She was a former member of the A# Music Club in Eagle Grove IA and also worked at Urness Hardware in Clarion IA for a period of time. In 2011, they sold the farmstead and moved into Belmond.

  In 1997 Cliff & Joyce purchased a condo in FOS in Mesa, AZ and enjoyed spending the winters there. Joyce had been active in the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Chancel Choir and the Altar Guild in Mesa. She moved into Silver Creek Memory Care Unit in Mesa in January 2013.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband; sisters, Vivian Trausch and Margaret Dahlke; brother, Galen and her first son, Michael.

  She is survived by her husband, Clifford; and sons, Jeffery and Bradly (Trudy) Chelesvig and daughter, Kimberly Chelesvig all of Des Moines, IA; one brother, William Hosselton, Jr. of Greenfield, WI; two sisters, Jeannette (Ralph) Moffitt of San Antonio, TX, and Jacqueline (Gary) Rothbard of Mesa, AZ; many nieces, nephews and friends.


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DATELINE – BELMOND


        Loren A. Bamford, age 101, of Belmond, passed away Friday October 24, 2014 at Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. 

     Funeral services for Loren A. Bamford will be held at 1:30 P.M. Tuesday October 28, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond. Pastor Alan Schulz will officiate. Burial will take place in the Belmond Cemetery.


     Visitation for Loren A. Bamford will be held from 11:30 A.M. until service-time at the church on Tuesday. Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond is in charge of arrangements.

     In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Belmond Historical Museum, Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond, Belmond Ambulance, Belmond Care Car or to the donor's choice.

     Loren Andrew, the son of Percy J. and Emma Mathilda Hanson Bamford, was born north of Belmond. He grew up in the Belmond area where he attended school. Loren graduated from Belmond High School in 1929.

     Loren then began his life-long passion of farming. His equipment always had to be John Deere. He raised Black Angus cattle, horses and Shetland ponies.

     On March 21, 1942, he married Lirlene Oppedal, and the couple farmed and raised their family on the land north of Belmond, residing there until they moved into town in 1999.

     Loren was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was a lifelong Democrat and served on the Election Board for many years.

     Surviving Loren, grateful for the joy he gave them, daughters, Janice Crawford of Belmond, Merry Heilmann and her husband, Steve, of Afton, Minn.; son, Paul of Belmond, his Brazilian "son," Paulo Canineu and his wife, Maria, and their family; 10 grandchildren, Jeffrey Crawford and Lona, Marc Crawford and his wife, Carolyn, Matthew Crawford and his wife, Brandy, Ann Campbell, Jonathan Heilmann and wife, Kim, Scott Heilmann, Katherine Heilmann, Leslie, Inga, and Siobhan Bamford; ten great-grandchildren, Madison, Abbi, Livi, Carson, Lauren, Andrew, Jack, Rachel, Joshua, Emily; four nieces, Carolyn, Betty, Sharon, Dixie; and numerous other relatives and friends.

     He is preceded in death by his parents; wife of 61 yrs, Lirlene in 2003; and siblings, Lola, Carroll, Grace and Leota.





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DATELINE – BELMOND

     Chester Dean Gunderson, age 79, of Conyers, Georgia, formerly of Belmond passed away Tuesday October 28, 2014 at his home in Conyers. 

     Funeral services for Chester Dean Gunderson will be held at 1:30 P.M. Sunday November 2, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond. Pastor Alan Schulz will officiate. Burial will take place in the Belmond Cemetery at a later date.

     Visitation for Chester Dean Gunderson will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. Saturday November 1, 2014 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the church. A Masonic Lodge service will held at 6:00 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home.

     Dean was born September 12, 1935 in Belmond, Iowa to Chester Truman and Sena Caroline Gunderson. He attended country school, later enrolling in the Belmond School. He graduated in 1953 from Belmond High School. He played basketball and loved sports, fishing, and hunting.

     Dean met Mavis Pierce in the Junior year of High School and they were engaged in the summer of 1954, later marrying on January 1, 1955. Three children were born of this union, Catherine Coleen, Susan Deanne, and Dennis Dean. At the time the General Mills Feed Plant was being built Dean worked on the construction of it, being hired on in the plant upon completion. He worked there until they closed the plant. He then joined Ris Van Fertilizer in the office. With the new owner, USS Agri Chemicals, he was transferred to Chicago Heights, Illinois office where he spent two years. A transfer to St Louis, Mo. as Accounting Manager followed. From there he was assigned the Wilmington, N. C. office in same position. Upon closing that office he went to Salt Lake City, Utah where he worked four years until he closed that office and was moved to the home office in Atlanta, Georgia. Dean and Mavis lived in Stone Mountain, Duluth, and Conyers, Georgia since that time. 

     Dean was a very caring and loving person and loved by many. Dean and Mavis would have celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on January 1st. They were blessed to have shared these years and they were good years. Dean’s children and grandchildren were very special to him and he was so proud of all three of them. He treasured time with his grandchildren, always sharing his love for his Heavenly Father, nature, animals, and family. His friends became part of his family and he treasured long lasting friendships with many.

     He is preceded in death by his Mother and Father, niece Julie Boelman and nephew Bruce Pierce and Great Nephew Brian Eckhoff.

     Left to survive him are the love of his life Mavis, daughter, Cathy and husband Robert Straub, Susan and husband Michael Kuhlmann, and Dennis and wife Jane Gunderson along with grand children Dean (and wife Hope) and Amanda Gunderson and Ian Kuhlmann. Also left to grieve are his sister, Bonnie and husband Richard Eckhoff, and nephews David Boelman, Jim (Connie) Eckhoff, Jon (Dawn) Eckhoff, and his brother-in-law Jim (Iris) Pierce, sister-in-law Jo Pierce, and nieces/nephews Cathy Rae, Patty, and Clayton Pierce, Steve, David, and Carol Buckles, Jimmy, Jeff Pierce and Lori Wolff, Harold Dean and Brian Quandt.



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​DATELINE – DOWS

  Leonard L. Soren, age 66, of Dows, passed away Saturday November 8, 2014 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion.

  Funeral services for Leonard L. Soren will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday November 15, 2014 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street in Dows. Pastor Kim Lee will officiate. Military Honors will be provided by the Dows American Legion Watson Beach Post #523.

  Visitation for Leonard L. Soren will be held from 11:30 until service-time Saturday at the funeral home. Friends and relatives are invited to the Dows American Legion for lunch following the memorial service at the Dugger Funeral Home

  Leonard the son of Julius and Evelyn Allen Soren was born in Clarion and raised in Dows. Leonard 
graduated from Dows High School in 1968. He entered the US Navy served on the USS America in the Tonkin Gulf during the Vietnam War.

  Leonard returned from the Navy and worked for the Rock Island/Chicago Northwestern Railroad and Burlington Pacific Railroad until he retired. Then he returned to Dows. He enjoyed Harley Davidson Motorcycles and rode all over.

  Leonard is survived by a sister, Carole Christenson of Clarion, two nephews, Dan and wife Becky Christenson of Waterloo, Steven Christenson of Clarion, niece LaVonne and Trevor Sabblut of Oregon, six great nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

  He is preceded in death by Parents. 




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DATELINE – BELMOND

     Margaret Jane Quigley, age 90, of Belmond passed away Sunday November 9, 2014 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

  A Mass of Christian Burial for Margaret Jane Quigley will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday November 12, 2014 at the St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond. Rev. Jerry Blake will officiate. Burial will take place in the St Francis Cemetery near Belmond.

  Visitation for Margaret Jane Quigley will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday November 11, 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 Wednesday. A scriptural wake service will be held at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

  Margaret Jane, the daughter of Clyde and Lillian Sebert Ambrose, was born April 24, 1924 in Clarion. She grew up in the communities of Eagle Grove, Belmond and Clarion. Jane graduated from Clarion High School in 1941 at the age of seventeen. Jane did attend Normal Training and taught at country schools in Wright county for a period of time.

  Margaret Jane was united in marriage to Paul F. Quigley in 1944 in Belmond. The couple made their home first in Belmond, where they owned and operated Quig’s Inn Restaurant and Gas Station on Highway 69. Later, Paul and Jane moved to Des Moines and later settled in Clear Lake, where Jane worked as a Real Estate Agent and Mother. Paul passed away in 1971. Always a very strong woman, Jane raised her children and continued her work in real estate. Besides raising her family, Jane was a dedicated caregiver for her’s and Paul’s mother in their later years. In 1997, Jane moved back to the Belmond where she found a wonderful home at the Belmond Communtiy Apartments. Her years at the apartments brought her much joy and many friends.

  Margaret is remembered for her love of flowers, being a very intense and serious “Rummy” card player, scrap booker, and shopper. Jane was a member of the St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond.

  Jane is survived by her children, Patricia Graham and husband, David of Harmony, MN, Peggy Ballard and husband, James of Lake Crystal, MN, Michael and wife, Pamela of Belmond, eleven grandchildren, Todd Graham, Christine (Jeremy) Mize, Brett (Tracie) Graham, Shannon Quigley, Kelley (Chris) Hays, Morgan ( Justin) Moen, Jason Quigley, Alethea Ballard, Lillian Ballard, Amber Swenson, Ashley (Matt) Mork, almost nineteen great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.

  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Paul Sr., and two sons, Paul Jr and Jeff.




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DATELINE – ALEXANDER

  David Allen Moore, age 57, of Shreveport, LA, formerly of Alexander, passed away Saturday November 8, 2014 in Shreveport.

  Memorial services for David Allen Moore will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday November 16, 2014 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond. Pastor Mark Pluff will officiate. Burial will take place in the Alexander cemetery east of Alexander at a later date. Friends may call on the family of David Allen Moore beginning at 1:00 P.M. Sunday until the service-time. 

  David Allen Moore, 57 Haughton, Louisiana died Saturday November 8, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer, comforted by his dear friends Beck & Celeste. He was born in Hampton, Iowa on July 24th, 1957 to Robert & Nancy Moore. David graduated from Belmond High School in 1976. He then attended Kirkwood College for Horse Husbandry. Horses were David's passion his entire life....Mom said he wasn't brought by a stork but a pony. He worked at several racetracks in the midwest but settled in Louisiana in the 80s. Besides David's love of his horses he appreciated a good joke & enjoyed sharing his lengthy repertoire of knock-knock jokes with anyone who cared to listen....his last one was knock-knock....who's there...Goliath...Goliath who? Goliath down, you looketh tired!

  David was a kind & generous man & loved Christmas. You could see him in his Santa hat all through the holidays. Around Christmas time he'd been known to choose a young family or a person in need & hand them a $100 bill. He loved his camping/trail ride with his buddies in Arkansas & will have some of his ashes sprinkled there.

  Left to cherish his memory include his mother Nancy Moore, Alexander, son James & Courtney, grandchildren Chad, Ella & Seth, recently of Minot, ND but soon moving to England with the Air Force. Sister Ronda, Belmond, Brothers Paul & Larry both of Tucson, Ex-wife Periann Skipper, best fiends Dave Beck & Celeste Alexander, many friends & relatives, his dog Guess, his rabbit Spot & his beloved horses.

  Preceded in death by his father Bob Moore & brother Randy as well as his grandparents.




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​DATELINE – BELMOND


     Leland Joseph Jenison, age 94, died November 12th surrounded by his family at his daughter’s home in Clear Lake after a year of health challenges. 

     Leland was born January 24th, 1920 in Belmond, Iowa to Earl and Hazel (Sandberg) Jenison. He attended country school north of town and graduated from Belmond High School in 1937. 


     After High School he worked as an electrician until he enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1942 where he held the rating of Aviation Electricians Mate. While in the service, he was stationed in Chicago, St. Louis, and Jacksonville. 

     On June 11, 1942 Leland and Norma Jeanne Packard were married at the Swedish Lutheran Church in Waukegan, Illinois. Upon discharge from the Navy, they returned to Belmond and Leland went into business with his brother-in-law, Bud Packard until 1949 when Leland enrolled in the Engineering program at Iowa State. Leland established his Electrical and Mechanical Consulting 

     Engineering practice in Belmond. Through the course of his career he was licensed in eleven states, handled the electrical and mechanical design for more than 600 projects among them 130 churches. Leland’s work extended from Cuernavaca, Mexico where he consulted on a monastery to a project for Lutheran Social Services in Duluth, MN. Local projects included Belmond High School, Belmond Community Apartments and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. 

     Leland and Norma Jeanne enjoyed opening their home to family and friends, hosting Memorial Day Pancake Breakfasts and fall camping trips at Wyalusing State Park in Prairie Du Chien, WI. As a master craftsman, Leland restored cars, built furniture and was the consummate tinkerer. Many members of the family and community were the recipients of his skills; no repair project was too complex or too humble for his attention. Past volunteer activities in Belmond include City Council, Fire Department, School Board and BIDCO. 
Leland and Norma Jeanne lived in Belmond until December of 2013 at which time they moved to Apple Valley Assisted Living in Clear Lake, IA. 

     He is preceded in death by his parents Earl and Hazel Jenison, brothers, George, Arnold and Robert and sister Ardeth Laake. He is survived by his wife Norma Jeanne, Clear Lake, sons William (Darlene) Jenison, Burnsville, MN, Timothy (Leslie) Jenison, San Antonio, TX and daughter Starr (John) Benjamin, Clear Lake, IA. Grandsons Troy (Julie) Jenison Minneapolis, MN, Chad (Charmaine) Jenison of Austin, TX, Luke (Mandalin) Benjamin, Belmond, Granddaughters Luren Jenison, Philadelphia, PA, Natalie Jenison, Austin, TX and Claire Jenison, Northampton, MA, Nora (Scott) Byers, Marshalltown, IA. Great-grandchildren Reid and Elise Jenison, Austin, TX and Liam and Neil Jenison, Minneapolis, MN. Sister Elna (Gary) Day, Ventura, IA, Brother-in-law Rev. Arvild Jacobson, Sun City, AZ and many nieces and nephews. 

     Visitation will be held Sunday, November 16th at Dugger Funeral Home in Belmond from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and funeral service at Trinity Lutheran Church, Belmond, on Monday, November 17th at 10:30 a.m.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Belmond–Klemme Scholarship Foundation, Opportunity Village, 1200 N. 9th St., Clear Lake, IA 50428 or donor’s choice. 

     The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Apple Valley Assisted Living in Clear Lake and Hospice of North Iowa. 





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DATELINE-LATIMER

  Marilyn M. Johnson Hill, age 89, of Latimer passed away Friday November 21, 2014 at the Franklin General Hospital in Hampton of C.O.P.D. 

  Funeral services for Marilyn M. Johnson Hill will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday November 26, 2014 at First Reformed Church in Alexander. Pastor Phil Arnold will officiate. Burial will take place in the Alexander Cemetery east of Alexander. A noon lunch will follow at the church.

  Visitation for Marilyn M. Johnson Hill will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday November 25, 2014 at the First Reformed Church in Alexander and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Dugger Funeral Home, 320 East Street in Latimer is in charge of arrangements. Correspondence may be sent to Darwin at P.O. Box 505 in Latimer, Iowa 50452.

  Marilyn, the oldest child of Henry and Claire Johnson of Alexander was born July 5, 1925 at her grandparent’s farm north of Alexander. She attended the Alexander Consolidated School and graduated as the Valedictorian of her high school class.

  During the 1950s she served as the secretary to the Superintendent of the Alexander School and later as the Office Manager at the Belmond Community Hospital. It was giving piano lessons that she first met Darwin Hill who would eventually become her husband.

  In December of 1960 she moved to Cedar Rapids to work in the newly developing computer department at St. Luke’s Hospital. Four months later her future husband also started to work at St Luke’s joining Marilyn in the computer department.

  The summer of 1973, Marilyn and Darwin both resigned from St. Luke’s and decided they would proceed through the rest of their lives as the happily married couple they became. Darwin changed his career to become a salesman of custom printed computer forms. In 1990, they moved back home and settled in their present home in Latimer as Darwin began his current career in farming as well as income tax preparation.

  Marilyn was a member of the Reformed Church in Alexander, Cedar Rapids and then again in Alexander. She taught Sunday School, Catechism, and was an active member and officer of the RCW of both churches as well as the Classes RCW. She was the organist at the Alexander Reformed Church and was organist for various churches and chapels. Upon returning to Alexander she was the assistant organist until her health prevented her from playing. She was a member of the Latimer Park Society and was the Secretary of Lot Sales for the Alexander Cemetery.

  Marilyn is survived by her husband, Darwin; brother, Jim (Diane); sister, Sandra (Bill); nephews, Lance; Ryan (Catherine); Steven; Seth (April); Michael; and Darren (Jen); nieces, Jennifer; and Michelle (Pat) and numerous great nephews and great nieces.

  She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Claire Johnson, and her grandparents, Ben and Alvena Arends and John and Mary Johnson.  




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DATELINE - BELMOND


     Richard L. Steenblock, 90, of Belmond, passed away Sunday Nov. 23, 2014, at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Goodell. Pastor Mike Shaffer will officiate. Burial will take place in the Amsterdam Cemetery east of Goodell.

     Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane S., in Belmond and will continue one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

     Richard LuVern, the son of Peter and Margaret Frohling Steenblock, was born Nov. 21, 1924, on a farm east of Goodell. He attended country school near Goodell through the eighth grade. During World War II Richard and his brothers farmed for their parents. After the war, Richard married Rhea Fitz of Clarion on Jan. 29, 1947. The couple had been married 67 years and 10 months. The marriage was blessed with two children, a son, Jerry and a daughter, Beth. Richard farmed his entire life, and retired at the age of 57. The couple moved into Belmond in 1980.

     Richard and Rhea have enjoyed more than 30 years of retirement. They spent winters in Texas and summers in Minnesota. Richard enjoyed fishing and golfing. Most of all, he liked playing and being together with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He especially enjoyed playing jokes on his kids and his friends. Foremost was the little old man outfit he would put on for Halloween to startle the trick-and-treaters.

     Richard was a member of the United Methodist Church in Goodell.

     Richard is survived by the love of his life, Rhea, children, Jerry and wife Margaret of Klemme, daughter, Beth Bartell and husband, Lyle of Mason City, grandchildren, Tina (Jay) DePuew of Belmond, Scot (Rhonda) Steenblock of Chatfield, Minnesota, Tracy (Scott) Albrecht of Mason City, Matt (Hillary) Bartell of Mason City; great-grandchildren, Halie, Brandon and Kara DePuew, Andrea and Jessica Steenblock, Hannah and Hattie Albrecht, Gracie Bartell, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, Rhea’s parents, Kenneth and Maude Fitz of Clarion, and 12 brothers and sisters.  




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DATELINE - BELMOND

  Gertrude (Trudy) Timm Janssen, age 87, of Belmond, Iowa passed away Friday, November 21, 2014, at the Iowa Specialty Hospital in Belmond.

  Funeral services for Trudy Timm Janssen will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday November 29, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church in Belmond. Pastor Doug Love will officiate.

  Visitation for Trudy Timm Janssen will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. on Friday, November 28, 2014, at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.  

  Gertrude Louise was born September 23, 1927 in Lamberton, MN. Her father was a Lutheran pastor and they lived in several small towns in southern Minnesota and Loveland,Colorado. She graduated from Dr. Martin Luther High School in New Ulm, MN. Trudy married Roy Martin Timm and was blessed two children, David and Beverly. Trudy was blessed to share several of the final years of her life with dear friend Vern Janssen. The couple were married in April of 2014 and made their home in Belmond.

  Trudy is survived by her husband, Vern, children, David and Denise Timm of Omaha, NE, Beverly and Tim Ward of Lees Summit, MO, seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

  She is preceded in death by her parents, Rev. and Mrs. E.W. Lehne, husband, Roy, and two brothers, Ross and Gerald.




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DATELINE – DOWS


     Anna Brinkman, age 88, of Dows passed Monday, November 24, 2014, at the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton.

     Memorial services for Anna Brinkman will be at 1:30 P.M. Saturday November 29, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Dows. Pastor Shawn Hill will officiate. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call on the family from 12:30 to service-time on Saturday at the church. Dugger Funeral Home, 100 N. Lee St., in Dows is in charge of arrangements.

       Anna Arlene, the daughter of Harry and Pearl McCormick was born June 25, 1926 near Popejoy. She attended country schools near Popejoy and graduated from Popejoy High School. Anna then attended Ellsworth where she received her Teacher’s Certificate and began teaching at area country schools. Anna later would attend Iowa Central Community College and received her Associated Degree in Nursing Home Administration.

     Anna married Eddie Bridges and the couple was blessed with a son Gair. Anna later married Melvin Brinkman. The couple made their home in Dows and were blessed with three children, Margaret, Bart and Brad. Anna was a very busy lady throughout her life. She worked at nearly ever business in Dows at one time or another. After receiving her Nursing Home Administration Degree, Anna managed numerous Nursing Homes around the state of Iowa. Anna worked as a housewife and mother, but made the utmost of all abilities to serve so many employers in her own hard nosed way. Most recently Anna had been working in one of the jobs she loved most, the flower shop. 

     Anna was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dows, where she served as Treasurer. She also served as President for the Dows Senior Citizens and served with the Dows American Legion Auxiliary.

     Anna is survived by her children, Gair Bridges of Eldora, Margaret Worden and husband Lynn of Dows, Brad Brinkman and wife Kim of Dows, twenty grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Eddie and Melvin, son, Bart in 2013, grandson, Raleigh, two sisters and two brothers.  



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DATELINE – BELMOND

     Celia D. Trager, age 66, of Vista, California, passed away Saturday November 29, 2014 at her home in Vista.

     Celia Diane Trager was born December 20, 1947 to John and Blanche Surham Costello in Sacramento, California. She grew up in the Sacramento area where Celia attended school and graduated from high school in 1966. Celia began working for a law firm as a secretary. 

     Celia was united in marriage to Dennis Trager on March 18, 1972 in Las Vegas. The couple made their home on various military bases around the world while Dennis was in the service. After Dennis was honorably discharged, he and Celia lived in Belmond for a time before settling  in southern California. Celia and Dennis were blessed with three children.

     Celia worked with mentally and physically handicapped adults. She taught them how function in the world as normal adults. Celia was most comfortable relaxing with a cup of coffee while watching television all day long. Celia endeared herself as Mother, Grandma and Housewife. She will be missed very much. 

     We Love You!

     Celia is survived by her husband of 42 years, Dennis, children, Michael Trager of Oceanside, CA, Daunty Trager of Vista, CA, Tonja Trager of Big Cabin, OK. three grandchildren Aiden, Julianna, Elisabeth and a sister, Donita Miller of the bay area in California. 

     She is preceded in death by her parents.




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DATELINE - ROWAN

     Donald William Mathiason, age 101, of Belmond and Rowan, passed away Monday December 1, 2014 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

     Funeral services for Don Mathiason will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday December 4, 2014 at the United Church of Rowan. Pastor Nancy Hoffmeister will officiate. Burial will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery in Clarion at 2:30 P.M. on Thursday.

     Visitation for Don Mathiason will be held from 12:00 Noon until service-time on Thursday at the church in Rowan. Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick's Lane South in Belmond is in charge of arrangements.

     Donald was the third child out of eleven born to Peter and Clara McCallum Mathiason on August 6, 1913 in Emmetsburg, Iowa. In the early 20’s the family moved to a farm near Rowan. The family fell on hard times so moved to Mason City to seek employment. As a teenager Don joined the Boy Scouts there is where he met Mr. Swift of Marshall & Swift. Mr. Swift took Donald under his wing and later employed him in the cleaning business. Don graduated from Mason City High School in 1931. When World War II broke out Don joined the Duesenberg Road Crew building the Alcan Highway. He started out as a truck driver and worked his way up to bookkeeper, then time keeper. He was in Alaska from spring of 1942 into most of 1943. He then moved to California to be with his family and started working in the dry cleaning business. In 1947, Iowa called him back and he bought the hardware store. In September 1961 he married his work mate Jamie Lyons. In 1972 he sold his business and spent the next 15 years delivering Winnebago units across the U.S, including Alaska. Rowan was home until July 2004, they decided to move into the McBurney Apartments in Belmond. Jamie passed away August 2006. Don continued to live in the apartment until May 2009, when he moved into the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

     Don was an avid sportsman. He played on many company and town baseball teams, he was known to bowl a 290, catch a 27 lb. Northern on one of his many Canadian fishing trips with friends and relatives. He shot a bear in Alaska, pheasants and water fowl were no match for his dead eye. Don knew no stranger and always had a story to share.
  
     Don was a member of the Rowan Methodist Church, now the United Church of Rowan; He was a charter member of the Lions Club for 64 years. He also was a volunteer fireman, served on the City Council where he was “the know” of the water, streets and sewer system. Don also belonged to the Dows and Clarmond Country Clubs, where he played in many golf tournaments. Throughout his lifetime of membership to various organizations, Don was awarded the Distinguished Lions Club Award; International President’s Award for Service; Lions Warren Coleman Honorary Award and Certificate of Appreciation.

     Don is survived by siblings Carole, Gerald and Phyllis, step- daughter Joyce (Gary) Sells of Kirksville, MO, step-daughter-in- law, Elizabeth Lyons, Clarion, Iowa, many nieces and nephews all from California, five step grandchildren, thirteen great step- grandchildren and ten great great step-grandchildren.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Jamie and siblings, Ethelyn, June, Laura, Alice, Janet, Lloyd, Gladys, step-son, Richard and several nephews.

     Don lived 101 years to the fullest!




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DATELINE – DOWS

     Marion Loretta Chambers, 89, passed away Thursday December 4, 2014 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.


     Funeral services for Marion Loretta Chambers will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday December 8, 2014 at the Presbyterian Church in Dows. Pastor Shawn Hill will officiate. Burial will take place in the Fairview Cemetery in Dows.

     Visitation for Marion Loretta Chambers will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. Sunday December 7, 2014 at the Presbyterian Church in Dows and will continue for one hour prior to services there on Monday. Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street in Dows is in charge of arrangements.



     Loretta was born September 1, 1925 to John and Charlotte Reinke Wirtz in Belmond. She grew up in the Dows area where she attended country school. She graduated from Dows High School in 1943.
  Loretta married Harlan Dale Chambers on March 23, 1946 in Dows. Four children were born to this union Carol, William, Steven and Donald.  
  They lived in Dows where Loretta worked at various jobs in Dows, a telephone operator, cleaned houses and babysat. She worked at Morton’s Pies in Webster City for a time. Loretta worked for two different Veterinarians in Dows for 15 years. Loretta, finally, worked at Casey’s General Store in Dows where she was endeared by numerous patrons.
  Loretta is survived by her daughter Carol (John) Johnson of Brooklyn MN, her sons William (Barb) Chambers of Dows, Steven (Connie) Chambers of Galt, Donald (Donna) Chambers of Eagle Grove, ten grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, brother, Elmer (Audrey) Wirtz of Dows, sister Elsie (Darwin) Lekwa of Ames, sister-in-law Phyllis Wirtz of Hampton and brother-in-law Raymond (Clarice) Chambers of Lacona. and numerous other niece, nephews, relatives and friends. 
  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Harlan in 1993, great grandma Gabriella Cotton, two brothers Raymond and Art, and two sisters, Irene and Florence.





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