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Obituaries

Lyle Bowden (04/23/14)
May 2, 1929 -- April 18, 2014 Lyle G. Bowden, 84, longtime resident of Forest Park and Oak Park, Ill., born May 2, 1929, in Lake Park, passed away April 18, 2014. He was the loving father of Thomas (Peg), Roy, and Robert (Mary). and cherished grandfather of Steven, Karly, Melanie, Melissa, Michael, Erin, Teresa and Kasey; and great-grandfather of three; fond brother of Beryl (the late Lyle) Johnson, Joan (the late Bill) Anderson, Sonja (Richard) Bruns, Mabel (the late Bob) Rush and Mary (Robert) Miller; dear uncle of 11 nieces and seven nephews.. ...
Gene Holst (04/23/14)
May 26, 1941 -- April 18, 2014 A funeral service for Gene Holst, 72, of Spirit Lake, was held Monday, April 21, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. Burial was at Harrison Township Cemetery in May City. Gene Le Roy Holst was born May 26, 1941 in Lake Park, the son of Leonard and Emma (Senn) Holst. Gene was raised and educated in Harris, graduating from Harris High School...
Evelyn McBain (04/23/14)
Dec. 1, 1921 -- April 15, 2014 Evelyn McBain, 92, of Waverly and formerly from Terril, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly. Evelyn Alleda McBain was born on Dec. 1, 1921, the daughter of Orville Ernest and Zeola Estella (Baker) Dodge in Terril. ...
Marcy Pauline Worshek (04/16/14)
Dec. 11, 1921 -- April 7, 2014 A funeral service for Mary Pauline Worshek, age 92, of Spirit Lake was held Friday, April 11, 2014, at First Lutheran Church of West Okoboji. Mary Pauline Worshek was born on a farm in Valley City, N.D. to Asa Lloyd Sampson and Serena Madsen Sampson. Though her first name was Mary, after her grandmother, most called her Pauline, some called her Polly, her children called her Mom, and her grandkids called her Nanny. Her children loved her. Her grandkids adored her...
Lois Untiedt (04/16/14)
Sept. 7, 1924 -- April 10, 2014 A funeral service for Lois Kuehl Untiedt, age 89, of Wahpeton, formerly of Sioux Valley, Minn., was held Monday, April 14, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lake Park. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Spirit Lake...
Helen Roth (04/16/14)
March 5, 1918 -- April 7, 2014 A funeral service for Helen Roth, age 96, of Arnolds Park was held Saturday, April 12, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Milford. Helen M. (Kramer) Roth was born March 5, 1918, at Maple River to Nick and Mary Kramer. She attended school through the eighth grade...
Don Sawyer (04/16/14)
Aug. 18, 1923 -- April 7, 2014 A funeral service for Don Sawyer, 91, of Spirit Lake was held Friday, April 11, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake. Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery. Carroll Don Sawyer, the son of Spencer and Lela (Ferguson) Sawyer, was born in Urbana on Aug. 18, 1923. In the spring of 1924, they moved to a 320-acre farm west of Estherville. Don grew up there and attended Estherville School, graduating in 1942...
Brandon Cox (04/16/14)
Aug. 11, 1986 -- April 8, 2014 A funeral service for Brandon Cox, age 27, of Spencer, formerly of Hot Springs, Ark., was held Monday, April 14, 2014 at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Brandon Colby Cox, the son of James Douglas Jr. Cox and Melinda Gail (Brock) Rebollar, was born Aug. 11, 1986 in Hot Springs. He graduated from high school and completed some college and trade school classes through Job Corps in Hot Springs...
Janice A. Stevens (04/09/14)
Nov. 29, 1935 -- Jan. 14, 2014 Funeral services were held Saturday, April 5, for Janice A. Stevens at Calvary Methodist Church in Arnolds Park. Rev. Dr. Sarah Rohret officiated. Burial was at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Estherville. Janice Alene Stevens, of Arnolds Park and Harlingen died on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. She was born to the late Nova and Mable Demoney, November 29, 1935, in Estherville...
Lois Yager (04/09/14)
Feb. 21, 1932 -- April 5, 2014 Lois Emily Yager, age 82, of Spirit Lake, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake. She was born on February 21, 1932, in Lansing, to Robert and Ella (Miles) Cooper. Lois spent her childhood living in Backbone State Park, where she and her brother spent their days exploring the park, fishing for trout, raising horses, goats and raccoons...
Sara Rick (04/09/14)
March 29, 1977 -- March 29, 2014 A funeral service for Sara Rick, age 37, of West Des Moines, and formerly of Spirit Lake, was held Thursday, April 3, at Grace Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. Burial was at Lakeview Gardens Cemetery. Sara Ann Rick, daughter of John and Peggy Rick, was born March 29, 1977, in Spirit Lake. After graduating from Spirit Lake High School in 1995, Sara received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Iowa and her master of arts degree from Drake University...
Patricia Leigh (04/09/14)
April 15, 1927 -- March 29, 2014 Patricia Lee Leigh was born to Jake and Opal (Stephenson) Williams of Milford, on April 15, 1927. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1949 with a degree in home management. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She met her future husband, Robert Leigh of Charles City, while attending Iowa State. He was a returning WWII veteran attending college on the G.I. Bill. They were married Aug. 28, 1948, during their senior year...
Loren Wahlman (04/09/14)
Jan. 29, 1924 - March 24, 2014 A memorial service for Loren Wahlman, age 90, of Milford, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Harbor of Joy Lutheran Church in Milford. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 11 at Harbor of Joy Lutheran Church. Mr. Wahlman passed away Monday, March 24, 2014 at Lakes Regional Healthcare...
Irene Vaaler (04/09/14)
Dec. 5, 1923 -- April 2, 2014 Irene N. Vaaler, age 90, of Spirit Lake and formerly of Edina, Minn., passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake. She was born on Dec. 5, 1923, in Hayes Township, Swift County, Minn., to Carl and Betsy (Ostby) Christenson...
Richard Fehlman (03/26/14)
June 16, 1946 -- March 21, 2014 Dr. Richard Fehlman, age 67, of Spirit Lake, passed away March 21, 2014. Richard graduated from Illinois Benedictine College and received a M.A. and Ph.D. in English Education from the University of Iowa. He taught high school English for 22 years and was a Professor at the University of Northern Iowa for 17 years, where he was a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1996. ...
Opal Smith (03/26/14)
Dec. 28, 1921 -- March 13, 2014 A funeral service for Opal Smith, age 92, of Spencer, was held Saturday, March 22, at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Milford. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Terril. Opal Faye Smith, the daughter of Hazel Viola Blum (Will) and W.E. ...
Nelva DeBoer (03/26/14)
Jan. 14, 1919 -- March 16, 2014 Nelva DeBoer was born on Jan. 14, 1919 in Prinsburg, Minn. She was the daughter of John and Gertrude (Hoogeveen) Strootman. She lived her youth in Prinsburg where she attended school and graduated from Western Christian High School in Hull...
Majorie Krogh (03/26/14)
Sept. 14, 1924 -- March 16, 2014 Services were held Friday, March 21 at Warner Funeral Chapel in Spencer for Marjorie Emma Krogh. Pastor Kay Hooper officiated. Organist was Gretchen Hagedorn and soloist was Gary Klett. The grandchildren were honorary pallbearers. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer...
Leona Simington (03/26/14)
Jan. 4, 1935 -- March 19, 2014 A funeral service for Leona Simington, 79, of Milford, was held Monday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in West Okoboji. Burial was at Lakeview Gardens. Leona Mildred Simington, daughter of Irene (Glasnipp) and Fred Kulow, was born Jan. 4, 1935, in Emmetsburg. She graduated from Ruthven High School in 1953. She was united in marriage to Charles Simington...
Julie Bowers (03/26/14)
April 14, 1925 -- March 20, 2014 Julie Harvey Bowers, age 88, of Okoboji, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the Milford Nursing Center in Milford. She was born on April 14, 1925, in Kansas City, Mo., to Howard and Juliet (Proudfit) Harvey. Julie graduated from Monticello College and then attended the University of Iowa where she was a Phi Beta Kappa and member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. ...
Jacob Miller (03/26/14)
Jan. 24, 1916 -- March 21, 2014 Jacob Heber Miller, the son of William Jacob Miller and Alta Mae (Baker) Miller, was born on Jan. 24, 1916, in rural Beaver County, Okla. and departed this life on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Ruthven Community Care Center at the age of 98 years...
DARWIN 'SCOOTER' ZAHRT (03/26/14)
Aug. 24, 1932 -- March 20, 2014 Services were held Monday, March 24, 2014, at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer for Darwin "Scooter" Zahrt. Rev. Paul Kaldahl officiated. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer with military services by American Legion Glen Pedersen Post #1...
Alice Miller (03/26/14)
Dec. 27, 1931 -- March 15, 2014 A funeral service for Alice Miller, 82 of Spirit Lake was held Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery. Alice Marie Miller, daughter of Geneva and Harry Locey was born Dec. 27, 1931, in Spirit Lake. She graduated from Spirit Lake High School and resided in Spirit Lake throughout her life...
Jack Meyers (03/25/14)
March 3, 1928 -- Jan. 9, 2014 Jack Meyers passed away peacefully on Jan. 9, 2014, in the Ashland, Ore. home that he shared with his daughter Kathleen -- he was surrounded by loving family. Born in Milford on March 3, 1928, he spent his early years working along side his family on the family farm and searching for arrowheads alongside the Little Sioux River...
Marjorie Lawyer (03/19/14)
Marjorie Louis (Kinsey) Lawyer passed away peacefully in Sun City, Fla. on Feb. 26, 2014, at the age of 84. She was born in Kansas City, Mo. She joins her best friend and husband, James Lawyer, who predeceased her. They were married in 1948, and celebrated 65 years of marriage...
Wayne Delperdang (03/19/14)
April 23, 1924 -- March 15, 2014 Wayne A. Delperdang, 89 years old, of Spirit Lake and formerly of Granville and Remsen, died peacefully Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 19, at St. ...
Ruth Bierstedt (03/19/14)
April 2, 1937 -- March 9, 2014 A funeral service for Ruth Bierstedt, 76, of Spirit Lake, was held Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery. Ruth Lavern Bierstedt was born April 2, 1937 in Chester, Ill., the daughter of William "Bill" and Lola (Poenitske) Caudle. She was raised and educated in Chester...
R. Dick Vander Woude (03/19/14)
June 17, 1939 - March 14, 2014 R. Dick Vander Woude was born on June 17, 1939, in northwest Iowa to Rich and Madge (Kreykes) Vander Woude. He died on March 14, 2014, due to complications from an accidental fall. He grew up in Okoboji. He loved Lake Okoboji where he raced sailboats and was a tour boat captain. ...
Marjorie Krogh (03/19/14)
Sept. 14, 1924 - March 16, 2014 Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 21, at the Warner Chapel in Spencer for Marjorie Krogh of Spencer. She passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer at the age of 89. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer. Rev. Kay Hooper will officiate. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer...
Thomas Barfoot (03/12/14)
Nov. 25, 1947 -- March 4, 2014 Thomas C. Barfoot, age 66, of Spirit Lake, passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at his home in Spirit Lake. He was born Nov. 25, 1947, in Estherville, to Robert H. and Bette J. (Beck) Barfoot. Tom graduated from Estherville High School and Iowa Lakes Community College. ...
Lionel Waugh (03/12/14)
Feb. 25, 1930 -- March 7, 2014 Funeral services for LTC (Retired) Lionel "Bud" Waugh, 84, Lawton were Friday, March 7 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Lawton with Rev. Don Howard officiating. LTC Waugh died Sunday, March 2, 2014 in Oklahoma City. Entombment with Full Military Honors will be in the Chapel of Peace Mausoleum at Sunset Memorial Gardens under the direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home...
Gerald Leek (03/12/14)
Nov. 10, 1933 -- March 1, 2014 A funeral service was held for Gerald Leek, 80, of Spirit Lake, Wednesday, March 5, at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Spirit Lake. Gerald William Leek was born to Howard and Mary (Spencer) Leek on Nov. ...
Dolores Bellows (03/12/14)
Aug. 5, 1924 -- March 6, 2014 Dolores Elizabeth Thiesen Bellows, age 89, of Spirit Lake, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Sanford Medical Center in Jackson, Minn. She was born on Aug. 5, 1924, in Jackson County, Minn., to Paul and Christine (Sell) Thiesen...
Betty Taylor (03/12/14)
March 18, 1920 -- March 3, 2014 Betty Taylor gently passed away Monday, March 3, 2014, at 8:50 p.m. in the arms of loved ones. Born Betty Jane Sims March 18, 1920 in Zanesville, Ohio to Jay Hamilton and Vaughn A. Sims, Betty graduated from Lash High School in 1938. ...
Lloyd Christensen (03/05/14)
June 12, 1922 -- Feb. 26, 2014 Lloyd "Shorty" Christensen, age 91, of Spirit Lake, formerly of Lohrville, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at the Milford Nursing Center. He was born on June 12, 1922, in Ellsworth to Carl and Gladis (Grimes) Christensen...
Keith Spencer Minard (03/05/14)
Jan. 25, 1927 -- Feb. 23, 2014 Keith Spencer Minard of Sheridan, Wyo., formerly of Spirit Lake, and Cedar Falls, died peacefully Sunday morning, Feb. 23, at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. He was 87 years old. Keith was born in Alta, to Leland and Ethelyn Minard. ...
Helen Nielsen (03/05/14)
Oct. 1, 1926 -- Feb. 25, 2014 A funeral service for Helen Nielsen was held Friday, Feb. 28, at Turner Jenness Family Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Burial was at East Side Cemetery in Estherville. Helen Louise Nielsen, the daughter of Maude Luella (Hudson) and Solomon Jackson Schaffer, was born Oct. 1, 1926, in Kenney, Ill. Helen grew up in Graettinger until her marriage to Leonard Pierce in Emmetsburg...
Dianna 'Sis' Jones (03/05/14)
Oct. 2, 1954 -- Feb. 25, 2014 A funeral service was held for Dianna "Sis" Jones of Milford on Feb. 28, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Milford. Dianna "Sis" Katherine Jones, the daughter of Betty (Miller) and Cyril Baschke, was born Oct. 2, 1954 in Milford. She graduated from Milford High School...
Melvin Bratland (03/04/14)
Dec. 20, 1917 -- Feb. 17, 2014 A celebration of life for Melvin Bratland, 96, of Spirit Lake and formerly of Bode will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Interment will be at a later date...
Violet Kuhlman (02/26/14)
April 14, 1926 -- February 20, 2014 Violet Vivian Kuhlman, the daughter of Matilda (Vander Hamm) and Henry Baack, was born in Struble on April 14, 1926. Her childhood years were spent in Sioux County. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in rural Ireton, and graduated from Ireton High School in 1943...
Rob Worrick (02/26/14)
Sept. 29, 1962 -- Feb. 9, 2014 Services for Rob Worrick were held Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the United Methodist Church in Lake Park. Burial was at Silver Lake Cemetery. Robert Lane Worrick was born Sept. 29, 1962, in Spirit Lake, the son of Bob and Aleene (Hensley) Worrick. He was raised and educated in Lake Park, attending Harris-Lake Park School...
John Steven Welle (02/26/14)
May 9, 1949 -- Feb. 18, 2014 Services were held Saturday, Feb. 22, at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly for John Steven Welle. The Rev. Dan Taylor officiated. Burial is planned for a later date at North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer. John Steven Welle, the 10th child of Lester and Pearl (Arms) Welle, was born May 9, 1949, on a farm located southwest of Milford. ...
Arthur Downing (02/26/14)
Sept. 17, 1931 -- Feb. 7, 2014 A funeral service for Arthur Dean Downing was held Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Milford. Burial was at Milford Cemetery. Arthur Dean Downing, the son of Nellie Mae Crow and William Downing, was born Sept. 17, 1931, in Kansas City, Mo...
John Claude Fettig (02/19/14)
April 12, 1988 -- Feb. 9, 2014 John Claude Fettig: Debater. Historian. Zombie expert. Fighter. Entrepreneur. Dreamer. Adventurer. Explorer. Clever and witty observer. Entertainer. Loving and loyal son. Chief grandchild-in-residence. Rebel. Spiritual. Persistent and determined. Focused on family. Always concerned about those less fortunate...
Steven Siebersma (02/12/14)
Aug. 30, 1924 -- Feb. 2, 2014 A funeral service for Steven "Bud" Siebersma, 89, of Milford was held on Feb. 6, 2014 at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Milford. Burial was at Harrison Township Cemetery in May City. Steven (Bud) Siebersma, the son of Steve and Hattie (Stappert) Siebersma, was born on Aug. 30, 1924, on a farm near Orange City. He received his education in country schools near Sheldon...
Ralph Woodard (02/12/14)
Sept. 17, 1927 -- Feb. 5, 2014 Dr. Ralph E. Woodard, 86, of Arnolds Park, passed away Feb. 5 in Sioux Falls, S.D., at the Stanford Hospice Cottages. Born to Josephine and Ernest G. Woodard on Sept. 17, 1927. He attended school in Fort Dodge and graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1945. He lettered in football, basketball and baseball and received a football scholarship to the University of Iowa...
Phyllis Miller (02/12/14)
Dec. 6, 1934 -- Feb. 2, 2014 Phyllis Miller, age 79, of Spirit Lake, passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the Milford Nursing Center in Milford. She was born Dec. 6, 1934, in Emmetsburg, to Burrous and Esther (Rudnick) Miller. Phyllis graduated from Burt High School in 1953. She was united in marriage to Bernard Miller on June 6, 1954, in Burt, Iowa...
Marie Barrett (02/12/14)
Nov. 22, 1918 -- Feb. 3, 2014 Marie Barrett, 95, of Spirit Lake, died Feb. 3, 2014. Services were held Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Spirit Lake United Methodist Church. Memorials can be made to the Spirit Lake United Methodist Church. Marie Frances Barrett was born Nov. 22, 1918, to W.F. (Bill) and Clara Pfeiffer Barrett. She was born in the family home in Spirit Lake, and lived there all her life...
Lola Flint (02/12/14)
Feb. 11, 1919 -- Feb. 3, 2014 Lola Belle Flint, the daughter of Leda (Lawson) and Lee Yager, was born Feb. 11, 1919, in Excelsior Township, rural Lake Park. She graduated from Excelsior High School in 1936.
On Sept. 22, 1940, Lola married Marion Albert Flint at her home in Excelsior Township. The couple lived on their family farm until 1980 when they moved to their lakeshore home in Lake Park after retirement...
Evelyn Weik (02/12/14)
Sept. 25, 1917 -- Feb. 3, 2014 Evelyn Doris (French) Weik was born Sept. 25, 1917, on a farm in Mountain Lake, Minn., the first child of Lula Mae (Tuttle) French and Ervin French. She and her family moved to Royal when she was five years old. The family soon re-located to Peterson, where Evelyn went to school and graduated in 1935. ...