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     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.

100 LEE ST. 
DOWS, IOWA 50071
(515) 852-4134  


     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.

DOWS, IOWA 50071
(515) 852-4134  


     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.

P.O. BOX 233
(641) 444-3248