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Obituaries

Steven Wallace (01/30/15)
Feb. 3, 1957 -- Jan. 23, 2015 Steven L. Wallace, age 57, of Spirit Lake, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at his home in Spirit Lake. He was born Feb. 3, 1957, in Spirit Lake, to Leonard and Melba (Hilliard) Wallace. Steve graduated from Spirit Lake High School in 1975. ...
Kelly Reason (01/30/15)
Aug. 3, 1967 -- Jan. 22, 2015 A funeral service for Kelly Reason was held Jan. 27, 2015, at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Milford. Kelly Don Reason, the son of Pat Reason and Gary Reason, was born Aug. 3, 1967. He was raised in Arnolds Park where he received his education...
Alan Fronk (01/30/15)
June 14, 1949 -- Jan. 21, 2015 A graveside service for Alan Fronk was held Jan. 29 at Lakeview Cemetery in Spirit Lake,. Alan Wayne Fronk, age 65, of Spirit Lake, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at his home. He was born June 14, 1949, in Spirit Lake to Marian (Figg) and Wayne Vernon Fronk...
Velma Anderson (01/28/15)
March 23, 1919 -- Jan. 17, 2015 A funeral service for Velma Anderson, age 95, of Spirit Lake was held Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Spirit Lake. Burial was at Lakeview Gardens Cemetery in Spirit Lake. Velma Eileen (Kester) Anderson passed away at the age of 95 on Jan. 17, 2015, in Chaska, Minnesota...
Ron Pomrenke (01/28/15)
April 1, 1968 -- Jan. 15, 2015 A funeral service for Ron Pomrenke, 46 of Milford was held Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Milford. Ronald Lee Pomrenke, the son of Edwin and Sharon Pomrenke, was born April 1, 1968 in Sheldon. He graduated from Sheldon High School in 1987...
Robert Watt (01/28/15)
Oct. 21, 1918 -- Jan. 16, 2015 A funeral service for Robert (Bob) Watt, 96 of Milford was held Jan. 20, 2015, at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Milford. Interment was at Milford Cemetery. Robert (Bob) Dale Watt was born Oct. 21, 1918, in Wright County, Vernon Township, Dows, Iowa. He was the son of George Herbert (Bert) and Stella Wescott Watt. He was their middle child having an older sister, Ruth Granau and a younger sister, Mable Ackerman. He graduated from Popejoy High School in 1935...
Philip C. Houser (01/28/15)
March 15, 1940 -- Jan. 21, 2015 Philip C. Houser, age 74 of Eau Claire, Wisconsin passed away Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at the Bloomer Community Memorial Hospital in Bloomer, Wisconsin. Philip Houser was born in Spirit Lake on March 15, 1940. He married Rita Sanderson on June 21, 1964. ...
Owen Otkin (01/28/15)
Jan. 5, 2015 -- Jan. 16, 2015 A private family service was held for Owen Wayne Otkin on Jan. 19, 2015, at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Owen Wayne Otkin was born at 9:19 p.m. on Jan. 5, 2015, to the parents of Taylor Raymond and Trevor Otkin, at Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Owen welcomed the world at 23 weeks gestation and spent his 10 days of life in the NICU at Avera. Owen weighed 1 pound and 4 ounces and was 12 inches long...
Marvin Sump (01/28/15)
March 3, 1928 -- Jan. 18, 2015 Marvin Sump, age 86, of Sutherland, passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at the Orange City Hospital in Orange City. He was born on March 3, 1928, in Sutherland to Ernest and Lilly Sump. Marv graduated from Calumet High School in 1946. ...
Karen Lee Kelly (01/28/15)
April 2, 1943 -- Jan. 19, 2015 Karen Lee Kelly, age 71, died peacefully in College Station, Texas on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Karen was born April 2, 1943, in Lake Park. She was the eldest of five children born to Leon Leitch and Carley (Kladstrup) Leitch. ...
Joseph Janecek III (01/28/15)
Dec. 6, 1950 -- Jan. 23, 2015 Joseph "Joe" John Janecek III, age 64, lived in Spirit Lake with his wife, Cher. Joe passed away of heart failure Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Lakes Regional Hospital in Spirit Lake. Joe was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Dec. ...
Florence Luehring (01/28/15)
Oct. 23, 1932 -- Jan. 21, 2015 A funeral service for Florence Luehring, 82, of Terril, was held Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Terril. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery. Florence Ann Luehring, the daughter of Irene (Whaley) and Harry Straight, was born Oct. 23, 1932, in Storm Lake...
Darrell Eugene "Cowboy" Smidt (01/28/15)
Sept. 2, 1941 -- Jan. 18, 2015 God, I don't mean to bother you none. It's been a spell since I talked to you last. I reckon I ought to thank you for all that you've done 'cause this ol' cowboy has had quite a past. My bones hurt, I'm getting too old. You've been really good to me...
Betty Roy (01/28/15)
Feb. 2, 1928 -- Jan. 21, 2015 Betty Roy, age 86, passed peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Jan. 21, 2015, at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake. Betty was born on Feb. 2, 1928, to her parents Alfred and Edith Ponder in Little Wigbourough, England...
Mabel Hoefer (01/22/15)
June 16, 1919 -- Jan. 10, 2015 Mabel Rose Hoefer, 95, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, surrounded by family at the home of her daughter in Jonesboro, Georgia. A celebration of her life was held Saturday, Jan. 17, at Parkview Church in Iowa City. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 16, at Parkview Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Informed Choice of Iowa or Special Olympics. 
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.gayandciha.com...
Helen Lynn (01/22/15)
Nov. 22, 1921 -- Jan. 14, 2015 Helen Lynn, age 93, of Lincoln, Nebraska, formerly of Spirit Lake, journeyed to her heavenly home on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. She was surrounded by her loving family as she left this earth. Helen was born Nov. 22, 1921 in Silver Lake Township in Iowa to Fred and Etta Mae Hale. The youngest of eight children, she graduated from Lake Park High School in 1939. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, and served as a Navy nurse until the end of the war...
Erma Werner (01/22/15)
Aug. 28, 1920 -- Jan. 11, 2015 Erma L. Werner, age 94, of Spirit Lake, formerly of Sioux Valley, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Sanford Hospital in Jackson, Minnesota. She was born Aug. 28, 1920, in Lakefield, Minnesota, to Arthur and Minnie (Krahn) Oelke...
Donnis Dawes (01/22/15)
Feb. 17, 1911 -- Jan. 12, 2015 Donnis Vergalene Horine Dawes, 103, of Grinnell and formerly of Spirit Lake, died Jan. 12, 2015, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. She would have turned 104 Feb. 17. A funeral service was held Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church chapel with Rev. Rose Blank officiating. Pianist was Juli Bey. Graveside services and burial were held Friday, Jan. 16, at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Spirit Lake...
Donald F. Bottger (01/22/15)
Sept. 24, 1029 -- Jan. 10, 2015 Donald F. Bottger, age 85, died on Jan. 10, 2015 in Katy (Houston), Texas while at the Grace Care Center under rehabilitation from recent illness. Don is survived by his wife, Margie and two children, Sandra Carlson in West Des Moines, and Bruce Bottger of Katy, Texas. He also leaves behind two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren...
Charles Rueter (01/22/15)
Jan. 16, 1932 -- Jan. 14, 2015 A funeral service for Charles Rueter, age 82, of Lake Park was held Saturday, Jan. 17, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Lake Park. Burial was at Silver Lake Cemetery. Charles Henry Rueter, son of Henry and Ora (Bremer) Rueter was born on a farm northeast of Ocheyedan Jan. ...