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DATELINE-BELMOND


     LeAnn K. Anderson, age 60, of Belmond, passed away Thursday July 31, 2014 at her home near Belmond.

     Memorial services for LeAnn K. Anderson will be held at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday August 6, 2014 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luicks Lane South in Belmond. Burial will take place at a later date in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery near Garner.

     Visitation for LeAnn K. Anderson will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Wednesday August 6, 2014 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family wishes memorial may be made to the St. Jude Childrens Center for Medical Research. 

​    LeAnn Kay, the daughter of Darold and RoseMae Rayhons Pletcher was born April 24, 1954 in Forest City. She grew up in Garner, where she attended school and graduated in 1972.

     LeAnn was united in marriage to George Anderson on October 23, 1981 in Kanawha, Iowa. The couple made their home in Belmond where they lived on an acreage west of town. Raising her family and caring for her home took most of her time, though she did take on a variety of jobs throughout the years - all working with people. LeAnn had an enormous zest for life and made her presence known by the attitude she put into every relationship. She was known as “Mom” by more than her own children and had a unique, dynamic personality. She loved to have fun and her laugh was infectious. LeAnn was definitely an avid animal lover and she also loved all types of music, but especially classic rock. LeAnn developed special relationships with all she encountered in recent years, both at the Cancer Center in Mason City and Hospice of Wright County 

     LeAnn is survived by her husband, George, children, Christian (Angie) of Belmond, Justin (Heather) of San Antonio, TX,  Holly (Shane) of Eagle Grove, Jodi of Belmond, and Jamin (Holly) of Santa Barbara, CA. Thirteen grandchildren: Ian, Courtney, Nathan, Samantha, Dylan, Kaydee, Charlene, Jamin, Gage, Gabrielle, Olivia, Alexander and Julie. Five brothers and sisters: Lynn Pletcher of Sacramento, CA, Darla Pletcher of Garner, Perry Pletcher of Garner, Brad Pletcher (Joyce) of Garner, Brenda Stoner of Hills, and seven dogs: Piper, Joe, Maddie, Missy, Patch, Bella, and Fred. Also, numerous other relatives and friends.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Linda, and a son, Ryan. 




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DATELINE-DOWS


     Fannie Rockow, 97, passed away July 26, 2014, at the Clarion Wellness and Rehab Center in Clarion.
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 30, at the Dugger Funeral Home in Belmond from 5 to 7 p.m.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday July 31, 2014, at the First Lutheran Church in Dows, IA. Interment will be in the Vernon Lutheran Cemetery.

     Memorials may be made to the Fannie Rockow memorial fund in care of the family.

     Fannie was born on April 19, 1917, in rural Kossuth County near Buffalo Center, Iowa, the daughter of William and Helen (Meinders) Kardoes. Fannie was a member of the Ramsey Reformed Church in German Valley, IA. She later transferred to First Lutheran Church in Dows, IA

     On January 23, 1941, she married Frederick Rockow at the Ramsey Reformed Church, German Valley, IA. After their marriage, the couple made their home near Galt. Together they had two sons, Gerald and Richard. Fred both farmed and drove truck and Fannie enjoyed caring for her children and her home.

     She is survived by her two sons, Gerald Rockow of Belmond and Richard (Twyla) Rockow of Belmond; two grandchildren, Sam (Janet) Rockow of Belmond and Larry Rockow of Middleton, Idaho; two great-grandchildren, Janey (Rockow) Gochenouer of Belmond and Jeremy Rockow of Belmond; three step-great-grandchildren, Tori, Jake and Caleb Gochenouer; and many nieces and nephews.

     Fannie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frederick; her brother, Anko Kardoes; her sisters, Vergie Beenken and Diane Trask, and one in infancy; and also her great-grandson-in-law Jay Gochenouer.




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DOWS, IOWA 50071
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DATELINE-BELMOND


     Glenn R. (Moo) Meints, 85, of Belmond, passed away Tuesday August 5, 2014 at St Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN.

     Funeral services for Glenn (Moo) Meints will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday August 9, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond. Pastor Alan Schulz will officiate. Burial will take place in the Belmond Cemetery.

     Visitation for Glenn R. (Moo) Meints will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday August 8, 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 Saturday.

     Glenn Richard, the son of Bill and Tillie Henn Meints, was born February 24, 1929 near Belmond. Moo grew up in and around Belmond where he attended school. He graduated from Belmond High School in 1947. 
  Glenn was united in marriage to Jan Lerdal on October 22, 1952 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond. The couple made their home near Belmond, on an acreage outside of town. Glenn worked for his dad at the Phillips 66 station for many years before buying the Laundromat with Jan. They moved into Belmond in 2004 where they lived at the Belmond Community Apartments Condominiums. 
  Glenn was Belmond’s favorite son. He worked hard to make Belmond the best little town it could be. His participation in groups and activities for Belmond could not be contained here, but, briefly, Glenn was active in Belmond Ambulance Crew, Belmond Arts Council and Hospice. Glenn was a devout member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond.


     Glenn is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jan, adopted family, Max and Jenny Peterson and their children, Kaitlyn, Kelsey, Kinslie, three sisters, Grace Haugen of Dows, Marion Carpenter of Belmond, Karen Ofstethun and husband John of Clarion, sister-in-law, Bev Lande of Sumner, brothers-in-law, Bud Lerdal and wife, Carol of Berne, IN, Bob Lerdal and Shirley of New London, three dozen plus three beloved nieces and nephews and a host of friends.


     He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Con, Bill and sister, Esther Halverson. 





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DATELINE – DOWS


  Virgil L. Lemke, age 91, of Dows, passed away Sunday August 10, 2014 at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton.

  Funeral services for Virgil L. Lemke will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 19, 2014 at the Morgan United Methodist Church east of Dows. Rev. Fred Frye will officiate. Burial will take place in the Morgan Church Cemetery.

  Visitation for Virgil L. Lemke will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Monday, August 18, 2014 at Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street in Dows. Visitation will resume at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials be directed to Morgan Methodist Church, Compassion International, and/or Des Moines Christian School.

  Virgil, the son of Wesley and Edna Rankin Lemke, was born July 6, 1923 at the farm home of his parents in Morgan Township. He attended Morgan Township No. 6 School and graduated from Dows High School in 1940.

  Virgil was united in marriage to Ardis Jacobsen on August 14, 1946 at the United Methodist Church in Dows. The couple made their home and farmed in Morgan Township. They were blessed with two sons, Harlan and Dean. They resided on the farm until moving to Dows in 1992. After they retired, their winters were spent in Mesa, Arizona.

  One of Virgil's greatest joys was raising two boys. He enjoyed helping them with their 4-H projects and serving as a 4-H club leader. Showing livestock at the county and state fairs was always a highlight of the summer. He learned to sing at an early age with his mother at the piano. His favorite music was gospel and barbershop singing. Virgil sang in a men's quartet at Morgan Methodist Church for 60 years. He also participated in the River City Barbershop Chorus of Mason City. In recent months his most enjoyable activity was listening to and watching Southern Gospel quartets, especially the Cathedrals and Gaithers. 

  Virgil and Ardis enjoyed going to many of their grandchildren's activities as they were growing up, including concerts, sports, and plays. He proudly displayed their photographs including a recent favorite of his seven great-grandchildren.

  In his later years, Virgil was a prolific story writer, desiring to record his childhood memories for his grandchildren and others. Several of his stories of growing up on the farm during the Depression have been published. His story about the Morgan Township Band is in the August/September 2014 issue of "Our Iowa" magazine.

  Virgil is survived by his two sons, Harlan (Francine) of Dows and Dean (Peggy) also of Dows; five grandchildren: Melissa (Dan) Sievers of Colorado Springs, CO; Sara (Jay) Haddix of Monument, CO; Mark Lemke of Irving, TX; Bryan (Erin) Lemke of Robbinsdale, MN; and Nathan (Kristen) Lemke of Darien, IL; and seven great- grandchildren: Ilsa, Anders, Anna, Adeline, Soren, Caleb, and Oskar.  

  Virgil is preceded in death by his wife, Ardis, his parents, Wesley and Edna, and a brother, Marlyn.





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DOWS, IOWA 50071 
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DATELINE - MARSHALTOWN


     Louie Pals, age 89, of Marshalltown and formerly of Meservey passed away Saturday August 9, 2014 at the Old Soldiers Home in Marshalltown.



     Funeral services for Louie Pals will be held Tuesday August 12, 2014 at the First Reformed Church in Meservey. Pastor David DeKuiper will officiate. Burial will take place in the Meservey Cemetery.

  Visitation for Louis Pals will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. Monday August 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 Tuesday.



     Louie was born to Hilko and Tillie (Blau) Pals on November 25, 1924 on a farm outside of Meservey. Louie grew up on the farm and went to country school. Louie was a member of the First Reformed Church in Meservey. Louie entered the service at the end of World War II, and was stationed in Germany. After his tour of duty Louie returned to Belmond and opened the skating rink called the Rollaway and also worked for Fred and Phyllis Pals at the grocery store.

     Louie married Ruth Brayman and to this union two sons were born Vance and Todd. They moved to Marshalltown in the early 1960’s. Louie worked at Fareway a short time, then at Fisher’s manufacturing. Louie and Ruth later divorced.

     Louie retired in 1983. Louie loved to sit in his chair and watch the “world go by”. He loved to give candy to all neighborhood children. Louie was a friend to everyone. He had visitors at his home frequently. Louie always wanted to help others. Louie enjoyed feeding the bird and squirrels outside. Louie entered the Old Soldiers Home in Marshalltown in May 2012 and resided there until his death.

     Louie is survived by his two sons Vance of Boone, Iowa and Todd (Reyna) of Salisbury, North Carolina, eight grandchildren, Sarah, Elizabeth, Heather, Valerie, Jose, Itzel, Bryan and Gerald, four great-grandchildren, Garret, Bethany, Lily and Weston, two sisters, Viola Barkema of Belmond, Iona Yost of Las Vegas, NV, one brother, Leslie Pals of Meservey and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

     Louie was preceded in death by his parents and twelve siblings.





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111 LUICK’S LANE SOUTH
P.O. BOX 233
BELMOND, IOWA 50421
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DATELINE – NEWTON


     Lois J. Riedel, age 66, of Newton, passed away Sunday August 24, 2014 at her home.

     Memorial services for Lois J. Riedel will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday August 28, 2014 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, at the North Highway 3 & 69 Junction, west of Rowan. Pastor Mark Peterson will officiate. Private family burial will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery in Clarion.

     Visitation for Lois J. Riedel will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Wednesday August 27, 2014 at Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.

     Lois was born in Clarion, Iowa on November 23, 1947 to Kenneth and Marjorie (Hamilton) Mosher. She grew up on a farm and was a tomboy at heart. She could often be found following her dad around the farm preferring to do outside chores rather than inside/household chores. She attended country schools and graduated from Clarion High School in 1965. Lois married Ronald Green in 1966 and to that union was born Tonya Sue. In 1977 she married Steven Riedel and they were blessed with two children: Clinton Jon and Amanda Rose. As an adult she was confirmed into the Lutheran faith. Lois was active in her church and remained a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rowan. Lois had a strong faith. One she willingly enjoyed sharing her beliefs with her loved ones. Lois had a creative side. This skill was put to use in her job as a graphic artist. She worked at Allen Printing business in Clarion for several years, followed by 23 years of employment with PSI in Belmond. Lois retired in 2012, and the following year Lois moved to Newton. Lois was a kind and compassionate individual. This was evident in always putting other first and her ability to talk to everyone no matter their circumstance. She was a friend to all. Her greatest joys in life were her grandchildren. She loved attending their activities and cheering them on. She was proud of each and every one of her children and grandchildren and would share her love of them with others. She also loved cheering on her Green Bay Packers! She remained a stout supporter even in the “losing” seasons. Lois was an avid reader and passed this on to her family. Lois liked a good challenge and enjoyed putting together puzzles and completing Soduku games. Lois was a competitive game player who strategized while playing board games (especially Scrabble) and card games! She was a talented quilter who truly enjoyed making quilts for family members and friends. Lois was well versed in labor and her short, stubby fingers and weathered work hands were evidence of her work ethic. Lois is affectionately remembered for her barefoot antics…sometimes even driving while having one bare foot propped upon the car door or side dash! Lois had a great sense of conversation and enjoyed sharing a cup of coffee and a good talk with many family and friends. Her love of “sweet” coffee often found the younger relatives hoping to get the last swallow from her cup for a sweet treat. Lois had a wonderful sense of humor. The way Lois tucked her head upon her chest while lifting her shoulders and giggling is fond memory forever etched in her loved ones’ hearts.

     Lois unconditionally loved her children: Tonya (Dave) Dockwell of Belmond, Clinton Riedel of Belmond, Amanda (Travis) McConnell of Newton and her grandchildren: Joshua High, Brianna High, Emma Riedel, and Trenton Riedel. Lois is also survived by her two loving sisters: Lynn Peterson of Newton and Lila (Mike) Kelly of Des Moines. Also left to honor her memory are a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and in-laws; along with her longtime friend, Tony Mosiman. 

      Lois was preceded in death by her parents, one sister (LuAnn Mary) and two brothers (Kim Allen and Jon Kenneth)






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P.O. BOX 233
BELMOND, IOWA 50421
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DATELINE-BELMOND


     Anna Margaret Dorenkamp, age 94, of Belmond, passed away Tuesday September 9, 2014 at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.  

      Funeral services for Margaret Dorenkamp will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday September 13, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Belmond. Pastor Doug Love of the Calvary Baptist Church in Belmond will officiate. Burial will take place in the Belmond Cemetery.

     Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday September 12, 2014 at Dugger Funeral Homes, 111 Luicks Lane South in Belmond and will continue for one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. A time for sharing family memories will be held Friday at the funeral home at 7:00 P.M. The family desires memorial contributions be made in Margaret Dorenkamp’s name to North Iowa Hospice.

     Anna Margaret, the daughter of Elling and Anna Margaret Michelson Soma was born June 1, 1920 west of Belmond. She grew up in the Belmond area where she attended Belmond Schools graduating in 1939.

      Margaret was united in marriage to Alvin Dorenkamp on January 3, 1945 at the Trinity Lutheran Church Parsonage. The couple made their homes south of Belmond, shortly, before moving to Cedar Falls. While in Cedar Falls, Margaret worked for the Nip & Sip Café near the college. After moving back to Clarion and Belmond, Margaret worked as homemaker and raised a family. Alvin and Margaret eventually moved to Clear Lake, where they lived for 32 years. In later retirement, the couple wintered in Dallas, TX and Phoenix, AZ.

     Margaret gave her life to Jesus Christ when she was 26. She was a loving, devoted parishioner of Calvary Baptist Church in Belmond. Margaret was a faithful church attendee throughout her entire life.

     Margaret enjoyed spending time with her husband, the love of her life. She loved her family and would do anything for them. She was very caring, kind, and compassionate, as well as very soft hearted.

     Margaret really loved her family gatherings, activities, and reading her Bible daily. She also enjoyed games, traveling, baking, and word-find books.

     Margaret is survived by her husband of nearly 70 years, Alvin. They were blessed with four children, Dennis (Helen) of Peoria, AZ, Harlan (Denise) of Belmond, Marcia (Larry) Christensen of Thornton, Beverly of Scottsdale, AZ. They were also blessed with 14 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, one great great-granddaughter, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, a great granddaughter, Shelby Jo, six sisters, Gladys, Bernice, Shirley, Adelaide, Viola, June, four brothers, Jovial, Norris, Melvin and Elmer.






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