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Obituaries

Virginia Thiesen (07/29/14)
July 18, 1943 -- July 22, A funeral service for Virginia "Ginny" Thiesen, of Milford, was held Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Terril. Virginia Kaye Chapman (Andresen) Thiesen was born July 18, 1943, in Spencer. Her parents were Lenore (Kahler) Chapman and Lyle J. ...
Ruth Workman (07/29/14)
Feb. 11, 1930 -- July 24, 2014 A funeral service for Ruth Workman, age 84, of Spirit Lake, was held Monday, July 28, 2014, at New Testament Baptist Church in Spirit Lake. Nellie Ruth Workman was born Feb. 11, 1930 in West Virginia. On July 9, 1950, Ruth was united in marriage to William Jess Workman in Kentucky. The couple made their home in Ohio where she was a member of the Columbus Baptist Temple in Columbus, Ohio...
Phyllis McCall (07/29/14)
Feb. 10, 1926 -- June 11, 2014 Graveside services for Phyllis McCall, age 88, of Arnolds Park, will be at 1:30 pm, Monday, Aug. 4 at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. Phyllis Alene McCall (nee DeMars) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at her home in Arnolds Park. ...
Kay Nielsen (07/29/14)
March 15, 1934 -- July 26, 2014 Kay Nielsen, age 80, of Spirit Lake, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Keelson Harbour Assisted Living in Spirit Lake. She was born on March 15, 1934, in Montevideo, Minnesota, to Victor and Helen (Howe) Nielsen...
Gwendol Murphy (07/29/14)
March 14, 1931 -- July 9, 2014 Gwendol Florence (Gwen) Murphy was born March 14, 1931, in Hartley to Emil and Lorraine Hoist. She passed away on July 9, 2014 at the age of 83 in Wray, Colorado following a lengthy illness. Gwen grew up in Harris and graduated from Harris High School. ...
Frank Franek (07/29/14)
July 6, 1922 -- July 18, 2014 A funeral service for Frank Franek, 92, of Lake Park was held Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Lake Park. Burial will be at a later date at Silver Lake Cemetery. Frank Franek, the son of William and Hazel (Huckins) Franek, was born July 6, 1922 in Gann Valley, South Dakota...
Patricia (Fronk) Booth (07/22/14)
July 26, 1944 -- May 24, 2014 On Saturday July 26, 2014, Patricia Lee Booth would have completed three score years and ten. At 11 a.m. that day, loved ones will meet at The Grace Lutheran Church on Hill Avenue, Spirit Lake, to celebrate her life. Following this and prayers of interment, her mortal remains were laid to rest at the foot of her father's grave, in Lakeview Cemetery Spirit Lake...
Patricia Ann Chrischilles (07/22/14)
June 20, 1928 -- July 18, 2014 Patricia Ann "Pat" Chrischilles, 86, passed away peacefully July 18, at the Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake, due to a long period of Alzheimer's disease. 
Pat was born June 20, 1928, in Winnipeg, Canada, to Paul and Verna Seeley -- Pat's father was transferred there temporarily during time with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
Her parents were called back to the Iowa Great Lakes in 1929, when her grandfather drowned in the boating accident between The Thriller and The Zipper. ...
Michelle Byers (07/22/14)
April 13, 1964 -- July 15, 2014 Michelle Lark Byers, 50, St. Joseph, Missouri, formerly of Spencer, passed away July 15, 2014 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Visitation was held Friday, July 17 at Rupp Funeral Home in St. Joseph, Missouri. Funeral service was held Saturday, July 18 at The Edge Christian Fellowship in St. Joseph, Missouri. Pastor Jim Morgan officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family at www.gofundme.com/michellebyers...
June Berg (07/22/14)
June 20, 1922 -- July 12, 2014 A funeral service for June E. Berg, 92, of Spirit Lake was held Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at First Lutheran Church in West Okoboji. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Spirit Lake. June Ella Berg, the daughter of Albert and Ruth (Crawford) Emerson, was born June 20, 1922, in Spirit Lake. She attended school in Maryville, Missouri and Arnolds Park...
Duane Taylor (07/22/14)
March 15, 1928 -- July 16, 2014 Duane M. Taylor, 86, of Milford, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A service of celebration was held at Union Memorial Church in Milford Friday, July 18. Private burial was in Okoboji Cemetery in Arnolds Park. The family greeted friends at Union Memorial Church in Milford on Friday, July 18...
Joanne Brevik (07/15/14)
July 31, 1934 -- July 4, 2014 A funeral service for Joanne Brevik, 79, of Spirit Lake was held Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery in Spirit Lake. Joanne Margaret Brevik was born July 31, 1934, the daughter of Harry and Margaret (Rutherford) Horne, near Park Rapids, Minnesota. She attended Thompson Community School in Thompson, North Dakota...
Shirley Stover (07/15/14)
Nov. 29, 1926 -- July 9, 2014 Shirley Stover, age 87, of Spirit Lake, died on Wednesday July 9, 2014, at the Lake Park Care Center. Funeral services were Monday, July 14, at the First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake. Visitation was Sunday at the Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Burial was in Lakeview Gardens Cemetery...
Lynn Johnson (07/15/14)
Sept. 2, 1960 -- July 5, 2014 Lynn M. Johnson died at the age of 53 Saturday, July 5, 2014, at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from a rapidly progressing auto-immune disorder. Johnson was raised in Spirit Lake where she graduated from Spirit Lake High School, after which she attended South Dakota Wesleyan College in Mitchell, South Dakota. She later lived in Sioux Falls for the remainder of her life...
Delmer Dau (07/15/14)
Nov. 2, 1940 -- July 9, 2014 A memorial service for 73-year-old Delmer Dau of Spirit Lake will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. A memorial visitation was held on Tuesday at the Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake...
Dakotah Collins (07/15/14)
Dec. 21, 1994 -- July 8, 2014 Dakotah Micheal Collins was born Dec. 21, 1994, in Denison to Tami Russmann and Kevin Collins. He passed away Tuesday July 8, 2014 in Milford at the age of 19. He was baptized at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dow City and received his first communion at St. ...
Christine Wheeler (07/15/14)
Nov. 21, 1962 -- March 18, 2014 Christine Elizabeth Thompson Wheeler, age 51 of Spirit Lake, passed away Tuesday, March 18, due to lifelong health complications. She was born Nov. 21, 1962, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, to Frank Thompson and Mary Pischke, also mothered by Bev Thompson. She attended high school in Spirit Lake...
Audrey Lempiainen (07/15/14)
Feb. 4, 1920 -- July 7, 2014 A funeral service for Audrey Hartwig Lempiainen, age 94, of Spirit Lake, was held Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery. Audrey Hartwig Lempiainen was born Feb. ...
Terry Huitink (07/09/14)
Dec. 2, 1951 -- June 22, 2014 Terry L. Huitink, 62, Honorable Senior Judge of the Iowa Court of Appeals, of Spirit Lake, formerly of Ireton, Iowa, died Sunday, June 22, 2014, surrounded by his family in the Hospice care facility at the Lakes Regional Hospital in Spirit Lake.
Services will be held in Spirit Lake and Ireton. ...
Ruth Jensen (07/08/14)
Jan. 6, 1923 -- June 27, 2014 A funeral service for Ruth Jensen, age 91, of Lake Park, was held Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Lake Park. Burial was at Silver Lake Cemetery in Lake Park. Ruth Clara Jensen was born Jan. 6, 1923 in Round Lake, Minnesota, the daughter of Fred and Minnie (Burmeister) Detlefsen. She attended Country School District #76 and Sioux Valley Consolidated School in Jackson County, Minnesota...
Mavis Richard (07/08/14)
Aug. 8, 1924 -- June 28, 2014 A funeral service for Mavis Richard, 89, of Lake Park was held Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at United Methodist Church in Lake Park. Burial was at Silver Lake Cemetery. Mavis Fern Richard, the daughter of Nancy (Moulton) and Conrad Molendorp was born Aug. ...
Gladys Armstrong (07/08/14)
Sept. 13, 1928 -- June 13, 2014 Gladys Armstrong died of natural causes on June 13, 2014, at the Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas. She loved spending the winter months in Texas for over 20 years. Gladys was born to Hilda and Einer Christensen on Sept. 13, 1928, in Sioux City. She was the fourth child in a family of nine children...
E. John Ferguson (07/08/14)
June 22, 1930 -- July 6, 2014 E. John Ferguson, age 84, of Spirit Lake, died on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at the Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Methodist Church in Spirit Lake, with Rev. Lon Lewis officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Burial will be in the Laurens Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the VFW Post #3533 of Laurens...
Bill Ferns (06/30/14)
Aug. 15, 1932 -- June 25, 2014 Bill J. Ferns, age 81, of Spirit Lake, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was born on Aug. 15, 1932, in Sioux City, to Will and Florence (Goodman) Ferns. Bill graduated from Anthon High School in 1950, and Buena Vista University with a B.A. ...
Tom Koth (06/30/14)
April 22, 1950 -- June 27, 2014 Thomas Arthur Koth was born April 22, 1956 in Storm Lake. He departed this life Friday, June 27, 2014, at the age of 58. On June 12, 1982, in Storm Lake, he was united in marriage to Julie Ann Bentley and to this union two sons were born. Together they shared 32 years of marriage. He was proceeded in death by his father and a sister, Terri Carver...
Ruth Packebush (06/30/14)
July 25, 1921 -- June 25, 2014 A funeral service for Ruth Packebush, age 92, of Milford, was held Saturday, June 28, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery. Ruth Catherine McDonald Packebush was born to James Thomas McDonald and Cora Irene (Jones) McDonald in Milford on July 25, 1921. She graduated from Okoboji Consolidated High School on May 18, 1939...
Robert Lowry (06/30/14)
June 1, 1941 -- June 18, 2014 Robert Lee Lowry, age 73, of Milford, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at his home in Milford. He was born on June 1, 1941, in Harris to Ted and Viva (McCool) Lowry. Bob attended Harris High School before serving his country in the United States Navy for four years. He worked for the United States Postal Service in Spirit Lake until he retired at the age of 52. Bob was united in marriage to Ruth Rosenboom on Oct. 1, 1994, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota...
Richard Wolfe (06/30/14)
Sept. 9, 1928 -- June 26, 2014 Richard H. Wolfe, age 85, of Arnolds Park, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake. He was born on Sept. 9, 1928, in Des Moines, to Harold and Lenna (Mariner) Wolfe. Dick graduated from Mason City High School in 1946, and enlisted to serve his country in the United States Army from 1946 until 1947. ...
Patricia Leigh (06/30/14)
April 15, 1927 -- March 29, 2014 A celebration of Life service for Patricia Leigh will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Patricia's home at 2504 Lakeside Avenue in Wahpeton. A private family interment will take place at Lakeview Gardens Cemetery...
Arthur Sutton (06/24/14)
Dec. 21, 1916 -- April 18, 2014 A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 30, at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial will be at Good Hope Cemetery near Aurelia. Condolences can be sent to the Art Sutton family at 17977 West Jojoba Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338 as well as turnerfuneralhomes.com...
Keith Minard (06/24/14)
Jan. 25, 1927 -- Feb. 23, 2014 A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 26, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake. Burial will be at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake. Keith Spencer Minard of Sheridan, Wyoming, formerly of Spirit Lake and Cedar Falls, died peacefully Sunday morning, Feb. 23, 2014, at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. He was 87 years old...
Larry Lyn Bauer (06/24/14)
May 26, 1958 -- Thursday, June 19, 2014 Larry Lyn Bauer, age 56, passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Arnold, Missouri, due to a traffic accident. He was born on May 26, 1958, in Sac City, Iowa to Lawrence and Adah (Hutchinson) Bauer. Larry graduated from Spirit Lake High school in 1976. ...
Norma Wagner (06/24/14)
May 12, 1918 -- May 27, 2014 A memorial service for Norma Wagner of Spirit Lake, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 30 at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. A private family interment will be held at a later date...
Robert W. Lee (06/24/14)
Sep. 10, 1917 -- June 20, 2014 Dr. Robert William Lee was born in Nevada, Iowa, on Sept. 10, 1917, to parents, William and Mabel McConnell Lee. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nadine Lee Diamond; son, James Lee; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Orres Lee; sister-in-law, Audrey Matthias Uekert...
Ross Jahn (06/24/14)
Jan. 29, 1936 -- June 13, 2014 A funeral service for Ross "Jeep" Jahn was held Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Ross William (aka "Jeep") Jahn, the son of Johnny Jahn and Bionda Reimers, was born Jan, 29, 1936, in Estherville. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Buena Vista University. Ross served his country in the United States Marines until he was honorably discharged in 1957...
Ronald Milfs (06/17/14)
Aug. 31, 1944 -- May 26, 2014 Ronald C. Milfs, age 69, of Laguna Hills, California, passed away May 26, 2014, at UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, California, following complications from major surgery. He was born Aug. 31, 1944, in Le Mars to Clarence and Jenetta Milfs...
Phyllis McCall (06/17/14)
Feb. 10, 1926 -- June 11, 2014 Services will be held at a later date for Phyllis McCall, age 88, of Arnolds Park. Phyllis Alene McCall (nee DeMars) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at her home in Arnolds Park. She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. ...
Phil Brown (06/17/14)
Aug. 1, 1928 -- June 12, 2014 Philip Ankeny Brown died on June 12, 2014. He was born in Des Moines on Aug. 1, 1928. His parents were Robert Ankeny Brown and Greta Weitz Brown. He had one brother, Ernest Weitz Brown, who died in December of last year. He married Patricia Craemer of Cedar Rapids in 1956. Pat died in 2011...
Mark L. McCoy (06/17/14)
Dec. 31, 1968 -- May 15, 2014 Mark L. McCoy, born on Dec. 31, 1968, passed away on May 15, 2014, at the age of 45. Mark graduated from Spirit Lake High School and Mankato State University. He was an avid bicyclist, who once rode from Alaska to Iowa...
Irene Williamson (06/17/14)
June 27, 1910 -- May 7, 2014 Irene Williamson, age 103, of Spirit Lake, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake. She was born on June 27, 1910, in Indiana Harbor, Indiana, to George and Clara (Havier) Hasara. Irene graduated from Lakefield High School in Lakefield, Minnesota. She was united in marriage to John Williamson on Sept. 29, 1935, in Jackson, Minnesota. They moved to Spirit Lake and raised two daughters, Phyllis and Delores...
Frank Doyle (06/17/14)
Jan. 20, 1935 -- June 8, 2014 A Mass of Christian burial for Frank Doyle was held on June 11, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Milford. Francis "Frank" Doyle, the son of Joseph and Anna Doyle, was born on Jan. 20, 1935 in Graettinger. He graduated from Ayrshire High School in 1953. On Jan. 5, 1954, Frank was enlisted into the United States Marine Corp and was honorably discharged in December 1956...
Evelyn Fullmer (06/17/14)
Nov. 11, 1931 -- June 13, 2014 A funeral service for Mrs. Evelyn Fullmer, 83, of Spirit Lake was held Saturday, June 14, at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Interment will be at a later date. Evelyn E. Fullmer was born to August Albert Wipperman and Beatrice Wenger Wipperman in Princeton, Minnesota on Nov. 11, 1931. She passed away at Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars on June 13, 2014 after a battle with cancer...
Donald Howard (06/17/14)
Sept. 26, 1923 -- June 15, 2014 Funeral services for Donald Howard, 90, of Estherville will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 18, at First Christian Church in Estherville with Pastor Doug Burton and Mike Drew officiating. Interment will be held at East Side Memorial Cemetery. He died Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Estherville...
Clifford John Garvey (06/17/14)
June 13, 1941 -- June 10, 2014 A funeral Mass was held Friday, June 13, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake for Clifford John Garvey. Visitation was held Thursday, June 12 with a Vigil for the Deceased and a Rosary at the Schuchert Funeral Home. Burial was be at St. Margaret's Cemetery...
Virginia Griffiths (06/10/14)
Feb. 16, 1925 -- May 30, 2014 Virginia Louise Griffiths, age 89, of Spirit Lake, passed away Friday, May 30, 2014, at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake. She was born on Feb. 16, 1925, in Chariton, to Harley and Cora (Offenhauser) Peterson. Virginia graduated from Chariton High School in 1943. ...
Thomas Textor (06/10/14)
April 15, 1926 -- May 31, 2014 Thomas W. Textor passed peacefully on May 31, 2014 at Arbor Springs care center with family by his side. A visitation was held Friday, June 6, at the Iles Chapel on Grand Avenue in Des Moines. Private burial will be in the Iowan Veterans Cemetery. Tom was born in Spirit Lake on April 15, 1926. He was blessed with a strong, confident, and charismatic personality. Anyone who met Tom knew instantly what a genuine and loving person he was...
Sanford Reed (06/10/14)
Sept. 6, 1923 -- March 5, 2014 Sanford Junior Reed was born Rossie, Iowa, on Sept. 6, 1923. His parents were Hattie Sylvester Reed and Sanford Frank Reed. Sanford was four years old when he entered first grade in Rossie. In his teens, he went to live with his cousin, Thelma, and her husband, Lloyd Dunkrieger. In 1939, they moved to Linn Grove and Sanford graduated from Linn Grove High School in 1940...
Rachel Elizabeth Wegman (06/10/14)
May 23, 1922 -- June 6, 2014 Rachel Elizabeth Wegman, age 92, of Milford, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014, at the Milford Nursing Center in Milford. She was born on May 23, 1922, in Sioux City to John and Maude (Brush) Deibner. Rachel graduated from Spirit Lake High School in 1940. She was united in marriage to Orville "Dusty" Wegman on July 24, 1948, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Rachel worked as a dental assistant to Dr. Coon in Estherville, for many years...
Mary L. Brooks (06/10/14)
Aug. 8, 1930 - June 1, 2014 Eastern Star services were held Thursday, June 5, at the Pauley Jones Funeral Home and funeral services were held Friday, June 6, at United Methodist Church in Harlan for Mary L. Brooks. Burial was at Harlan Cemetery in Harlan...
Evelyn Larsen (06/10/14)
March 29, 1924 -- May 30, 2014 A funeral service for Evelyn Larsen was held Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Immanuel Luthean Church in Spirit Lake. Burial was at Memory Gardens in Spirit Lake. Evelyn Mae Shultz Larsen, the daughter of Harley Dewitt Schultz and Minnie Olina Petersen Schultz, was born March 29, 1924 in Jackson, Minnesota. ...