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Obituaries

Larry Martinson (12/16/14)
Dec. 22, 160 -- Dec. 4, 2014 A visitation was held Dec. 12, 2014, at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Milford for Larry Martinson, 53, of Milford. Larry Alan Martinson was born Dec. 22, 1960 to Ruth (Barck) and Duane Martinson in Marshall, Minnesota. Larry graduated from Milford High School...
Dr. John Thomas (12/16/14)
Nov. 26, 1936 -- Nov. 6, 2014 On Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, 1936, in Estherville, John was born to Floyd and Beatrice Anderson Thomas of Spirit Lake. John's parents owned a refrigeration business in Spirit Lake, which he helped his mother run when his father died in 1953. He graduated with honors from Spirit Lake High School in 1955...
Dr. James Wylie Hartzell II (12/16/14)
May 16, 1944 -- Dec. 10, 2014 James W. Hartzell, 70, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Visitation was held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. Funeral services was Sunday, Dec. 14, also at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the services...
Geraldine, "Gerry," Griffiths (12/16/14)
Feb. 20, 1933 -- Dec. 13, 2014 Geraldine, "Gerry," Griffiths was born on a farm north of Everly on Feb. 20, 1933, to Chris and Ora (Lighter) Tuschoff. She went to be with the Lord on Dec. 13, 2014, at St. Mary's Hospital - Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, surrounded by her husband and children...
Daryl Gross (12/16/14)
Jan. 7, 1952 -- Dec. 8, 2014 Daryl Lynn Gross age, 62, of Spirit Lake, passed away on Dec. 8, 2014, at his home. He was born to Evelyn Margaret (Noble) Gross and Lester Byron Gross on Jan. 7, 1952. He attended Superior grade school until it closed and then attended Spirit Lake Schools, until his graduation in 1970...
Stanley Thomsen (12/02/14)
July 10, 1933 -- Nov. 28, 2014 Stanley Kay Thomsen was born in his grandparent's farmhouse near Lake Park, on July 10, 1933, to Henry (Joe) and Edna Ehret Thomsen. As he grew up, he and the neighbor boys rode their ponies everywhere together; catching frogs and roasting frog legs over open fires. ...
Merlin Norton (12/02/14)
May 30, 1942 -- Nov. 28, 2014 Merlin "John" E. Norton, 72, of Atlantic passed away Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Nebraska Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center in Omaha. Merlin Everett Norton was born on May 30, 1942, in Des Moines, the son of Hulbert and Rosa (Bradley) Norton...
James Riley (12/02/14)
May 25, 1926 -- Nov. 15, 2014 James Matthew (Jim) Riley, age 88, passed away after a valiant fight with heart disease, Nov. 15, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jim was born in Dolan Hospital in Worthington, Minnesota on May 25, 1926, to Frank and Florence Delaney Riley. From birth, he was a full partner in the family farm, which his grandfather had homesteaded in 1872. Jim experienced his first hardship in the Great Depression and learned lessons he would never forget...
James Keeline (12/02/14)
Sept. 5, 1938 -- Nov. 19, 2014 James H. Keeline, age 76, of Spirit Lake, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at his home in Spirit Lake. He was born Sept. 5, 1938, in Council Bluffs, to John B. Keeline II and Jennie Mickelson. Jim graduated from Cherokee High School in 1958. ...
Diane Hammerstrom (12/02/14)
July 20, 1942 -- Nov. 29, 2014 Diane J. Hammerstrom, 72 of Okoboji, formerly of Sioux City, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at a Sioux City hospital. A private family service will be held. Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements...
Ruby Goodell (11/25/14)
Aug. 2, 1923 -- Nov. 21, 2014 A funeral service for Ruby Willison Goodell, age 91, of Milford, was held Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Union Memorial Church in Milford. Burial was at North Lawn Cemetery in Spencer. Ruby Catherine Willison Goodell, the daughter of Clara (Brandt) and Carl Olson, was born Aug, 2, 1923, in Cherokee County on the family farm near Quimby. ...
Roger Bryan (11/25/14)
Nov. 7, 1938 -- Nov. 13, 2014 Roger L. Bryan passed away Nov. 13, 2014. He was born Nov. 7, 1938. He was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Hilda. Bryan is survived by wife, Sylvia K. Bryan; children, Marc Bryan and Stacy Ebeling (Mike); two grandchildren, Connor and Jackson Ebeling; sister, Kris Swenson (Lyle) other relatives and many friends...
Monty Baker (11/25/14)
Sept. 22, 1944 -- Nov. 19, 2014 Monty Baker was born Sept. 22, 1944, in Springfield, Missouri, the son of Robert Monroe and Pauline Olive (Calton) Baker. The family moved to Lake Park, where Monty graduated from Lake Park High School. He then went to Mankato State College in Minnesota, where he followed his love of music and joined The Radiants in the early 60s...
Markis Revland (11/11/14)
June 9, 1976 -- Nov. 5, 2014 Markis Joel Revland, age 38, of Arnolds Park, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at his home in Arnolds Park. He was born on June 9, 1976, in Spirit Lake, to Mark Revland and Rhonda Revland Nelson. Markis attended Arnolds Park Schools, before earning his G.E.D. ...
Herbert Mills (11/11/14)
Feb. 11, 1929 -- Nov. 1, 2014 Herbert Arthur Mills, 85, of Spirit Lake, passed away Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at the Abben Cancer Center following illness. A funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford with Father Thomas Flanagan officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Milford...
Glen Joens (11/11/14)
Aug. 8, 1941 -- Nov. 5, 2014 A funeral service for Mr. Glen Joens, age 73 of Lake Park, was held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Lake Park. Interment was at Silver Lake Cemetery. Glen Louis Joens, the son of Verna (Puhrman) and Hans Henry Joens, was born Aug. 8, 1941, at his Grandparent Puhrman's home in Paullina. Glen spent his childhood in the Lake Park area...
Gilbert Hanson (11/11/14)
Dec. 13, 1938 -- Nov. 5, 2014 A funeral service for Gilbert "Gabby" Hanson, age 75, of Fostoria, was held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Fostoria. Burial was at Summit Township Cemetery in rural Fostoria. Gilbert "Gabby" Hanson was born Dec. 13, 1938, in Iowa City, Iowa the son of Henry and Ruth (Rogers) Hanson...
Joan Heidrick (11/04/14)
Nov. 13, 1933 -- Oct. 28, 2014 Joan Eloise Heidrick, daughter of Madeline Marshall and George Heidrick, was born Nov. 13, 1933 in Virgil, Kansas. After completing her education, she worked as a teacher in the public schools. She was a long time resident on Big Spirit Lake and was known affectionately as the "Keeper of the Lake."...
Marjorie Bever (11/04/14)
May 25, 1923 -- Oct. 23, 2014 Marjorie Ellen Bever was born May 25, 1923 in Milford, Iowa to Alfred and Nora (Brown) Dagfinson. She lived her entire life in Milford with the exception of a number of winters in Texas. She attended school in Milford and graduated from the Okoboji Consolidated School in May 1940...
Leon Collins (11/04/14)
Nov. 18, 1928 -- Oct. 24, 2014 A funeral service for Leon "Nick" Collins, age 85, of Lake Park, was held Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at United Methodist Church in Lake Park. Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ireton. Leon C. "Nick" Collins, the son of Harry C. ...
LaDon McClintic (11/04/14)
June 6, 1950 -- Oct. 28, 2014 LaDon "Mac" H. McClintic, age 64, of Spirit Lake, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was born on June 6, 1950, in Schaller to Harry and Thelma (Blum) McClintic. Mac graduated from Schaller High School in 1968, and then enlisted to serve his country in the United States Air Force from 1968 until 1972. Mac returned from the service and worked numerous jobs in sales, which he made his career...
John Shaw (11/04/14)
April 6, 1927 -- Oct. 28, 2014 A funeral service for John Shaw, age 87, of Milford was held Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Union Memorial Church in Milford. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. John Benton Shaw, the son of Grace Margret Mammen and John G. Shaw, was born April 6, 1927, in Clarkfield, Minnesota. He graduated from Spencer High School and also received his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 1951...
Daniel Reed (11/04/14)
Aug. 14, 1950 -- Oct. 16, 2014 A funeral service for Daniel Reed, 64, of Spirit Lake, was on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at Crosswinds Evangelical Church in Spirit Lake. Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery in Spirit Lake. Daniel Lee Reed was born Aug. 14, 1950 in Billings, Montana, to Howard and Irene (Caviness) Reed. Dan grew up in the Spirit Lake area, graduating from Spirit Lake High School in 1968...
Bonnie Gatton (11/04/14)
Nov. 9, 1951 -- Oct. 24, 2014 A funeral service for Bonnie Gatton, age 62, of Spirit Lake, was held Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene. Bonnie Lou Gatton was born Nov. 9, 1951 in Charles City, Iowa to Walter and Arlene Hemmerich and died peacefully on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at her home...
Dennis Petersen (11/04/14)
May 28, 1963 -- Nov. 2, 2014 Dennis Petersen, the son of Delbert and Shirley (Leonard) Petersen was born May 28, 1963, in Estherville, Iowa. Dennis passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the age of 51...
Richard Ritzer (10/29/14)
July 1, 1943-- Oct. 19, 2014 No formal services were held for Richard Ritzer, 71, of Arnolds Park. Richard Lee Ritzer was born July 1, 1943, to Arthur and Violet Marie (Baker) Ritzer in Sioux City. Richard attended East High School in Sioux City. He served in the United States Navy...
Ernie Gath (10/29/14)
March 29, 1932 -- Oct. 25, 2014 A funeral service for Ernie Gath, age 82, of Spirit Lake, was held Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. Burial was at Memory Gardens in Spirit Lake. Ernest Daniel Gath, the son of Anna (Koster) and Ernest F. Gath, was born March 29, 1932, at his home in Round Lake, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed Lutheran. Ernie went to school in Round Lake, Montgomery and graduated from Lake Park High School...
Nina Keuck (10/21/14)
Oct. 18, 1921 -- Oct. 16, 2014 A funeral service for Nina Keuck, age 92, was held Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 at First Lutheran Church in West Okoboji. Burial was at Milford Cemetery. Nina Rose Keuck was born Oct. 18, 1921 at Walthill, Nebraska, the daughter of Leo and Bessie (Dean) Huff...
Jacquelin Sangwin (10/21/14)
Sept. 17, 1929 -- Oct. 14, 2014 Jacquelin "Jackie" Sangwin, age 85, of Milford, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at her home in Milford. She was born on Sept. 17, 1929, in Calmer, to John and Bertha (Letchenberg) Thuente. Jackie graduated from Bishop Garrigan High School in 1947, and St. ...
Dolores Zimmer (10/14/14)
Oct. 5, 1928 -- Oct. 6, 2014 A funeral service for Dolores Zimmer, age 86, of Milford was held Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at First Lutheran Church in West Okoboji. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. Dolores (Lorie) Darlene (VanHouten) Zimmer was born Oct. ...
Mark Campney (10/14/14)
Sept. 30, 1924 -- Oct. 5, 2014 Mark Eugene Campney, the son of James Elmer and Ethel (Corle) Campney was born Sept. 30, 1924 near Curlew. His childhood years were in the Palo Alto County, Iowa area, where he attended school, graduating from Emmetsburg High School in 1945. ...
Virginia Swanson (10/14/14)
Jan. 7, 1932 -- Oct. 6, 2014 Virginia Ann Swanson was born Jan. 7, 1932, in Sioux City, the daughter of Emil and Elizabeth (Tobin) Swanson. She was raised and educated in Sioux City and was a member of the first graduating class of Bishop Heelan High School in 1950...
Dianne Lynelle Schiltz (10/08/14)
March 25, 1947 -- Sept. 28, 2014 A brilliant, creative spirit, Dianne Lynelle Schiltz, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 at Hospice of Northern Colorado. She was born in Plainview, Nebraska, to Elvin and Norma Strope on March 25, 1947. The family moved to Iowa when she was four, where she grew up on a farm near Spirit Lake...
David Cobb (10/08/14)
Aug. 22, 1939 -- Oct. 2, 2014 Funeral services for David Cobb of Spirit Lake will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with the Rev. Christine Lang officiating. Interment will be at South Walnut Cemetery with Military Rites performed by VFW Post 3388 & American Legion Post 91...
Sharon Parriott (09/30/14)
Dec. 22, 1938 -- Sept. 18, 2014 Sharon Parriott, age 75, of Spirit Lake, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake. She was born Dec. 22, 1938, in Rudd, Iowa, to Ed and Elsie Folkerts. Sharon graduated from Charles City High School in 1956, and Drake University in 1960. ...
Lois Eckard (09/30/14)
Sept. 20, 1938 -- Sept. 23, 2014 Lois Eckard, 76, of Milford, passed away Sept. 23, 2014 at Good Samaritan Luther Manor in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Lois was born on Sept. 20, 1938 to Fred and Kathryn (Voss) Smitherman at the Hand Hospital in Hartley...
Lincoln Guthrie (09/30/14)
Aug. 4, 1925 -- Oct. 4, 2013 A celebration of life service was held for Lincoln Guthrie of Milford on Sept. 23 at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Milford. Lincoln Leland Guthrie was born Aug. 4, 1925 in Milford to Arthur T. and Valda (Christopherson) Guthrie...
William Davis (09/24/14)
Dec. 2, 1924 -- Sept. 15, 2014 Graveside services for William "Bill" Davis, 89 of Harris, were held Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 at Union Cemetery in Harris. Memorials may be made to the Harris United Methodist Church, PO Box 446, Lake Park, IA 51347 or Friends of the Library, Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth ST, Des Moines, Iowa 50309...
Sharon Parriott (09/24/14)
Dec. 22, 1938 -- Sept. 18, 2014 Sharon Parriott, age 75, of Spirit Lake, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake. She was born Dec. 22, 1938, in Rudd, Iowa, to Ed and Elsie Folkerts. Sharon graduated from Charles City High School in 1956, and Drake University in 1960. ...
Don Christensen (09/24/14)
Oct. 20, 1932 -- Sept. 14, 2014 Don H. Christensen, age 81, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, passed away on Sunday Sept. 14, 2014 at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 18, at First Lutheran Church in West Okoboji. Private family burial was in Old Buck Cemetery near Albert City. Visitation was held Wednesday at the Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake with a Masonic service...
Helen Loos (09/16/14)
Jan. 23, 1920 -- Sept. 8, 2014 Helen E. Loos, age 94, of Spirit Lake, passed away Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City. She was born on Jan. 23, 1920, in Spirit Lake, to Frank and Mary Happe. Helen graduated from Spirit Lake High School in 1938. She was united in marriage to William Loos in January of 1946, in Great Falls, Montana. William passed away in September of 2003...
Craig D. Clark (09/16/14)
March 12, 1955 ~ Sept. 7, 2014 Craig Dale Clark, son of Alton and Bernice (Bellows) Clark, was born March 12, 1955, in Lake Park. He received his education in Lake Park, graduating from Lake Park High School. On Oct. 26, 1974, Craig was united in marriage to Georgia Krohn at the Methodist Church in Spirit Lake. To this union three children were born...
Betty Newman (09/16/14)
June 21, 1930 -- Sept. 13, 2014 A funeral service for Betty Newman, age 84, of Milford, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Betty Ruth Newman was born June 21, 1930, to Perry and Thresa (Walsh) Hansen in Estherville. She grew up on a farm near Terril and received her education at the Terril Community School, graduating in 1948...
Ruth Gullotta (09/09/14)
Feb. 9, 1929 -- Aug. 31, 2014 Ruth Gullotta, age 85, of Milford and formerly of Mesa, Arizona, died on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. Private family services will be at a later date. Ruth Ilene Morris, the daughter of John and Kate (Eibey) Morris, was born on Feb. ...
James Wolfram (09/09/14)
Jan. 4, 1924 -- Sept. 4, 2014 A funeral service for Rev. James Wolfram, age 90, was held Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. Burial was at Memory Gardens in Spirit Lake. Reverend James (Jim) Theodore Wolfram, of Spirit Lake, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sept. 4, 2014. He was born on Jan. 4, 1924 in May City. Schools he attended include Concordia Academy and College in St. Paul, Minnesota and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri...
Geraldine Gano (09/09/14)
Nov. 25, 1929 -- Aug. 30, 2014 Geraldine Gano, age 84, of Spirit Lake died on Saturday Aug. 30, 2014, at the Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake. A Memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake. Geraldine Mary McCarthy, the daughter of Maurice and Lydia (Seyer) McCarthy, was born on Nov. ...
Ruth Gullotta (09/02/14)
Feb. 9, 1929 - Aug. 31, 2014 Ruth Gullotta, age 85, of Milford and formerly of Mesa, Arizona, died on Sunday Aug. 31, 2014 at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. Private family services will be at a later date. Ruth is the mother of Molly Rohlfsen of Arnolds Park...
Robert Ross (09/02/14)
Dec. 11, 1921 -- Aug. 25, 2014 Robert Vanderveer Ross was born Dec. 11, 1921, in Indianola to Hobart and Alta Ross. Bob passed away on Aug. 25, 2014, in Spirit Lake. Robert (Bob) and his parents moved to Winterset early in his youth and lived there until third grade...
Robert Fritz (09/02/14)
May 15, 1939 -- Aug. 24, 2014 A funeral service for Robert Fritz, 75, of Milford was held Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Milford. Burial was at Milford Cemetery. Robert Jacob Fritz was born on May 15, 1939 at Spencer to Alvin and Corrine (Eidsvold) Fritz. Robert attended school at Arnolds Park...
Dr. Olaf "Swede" Selander (09/02/14)
Oct. 13, 1929 -- Aug. 25, 2014 A funeral service for Dr. Olaf "Swede" Earl Selander, 84, of Lakeville, Minnesota and formerly of Sioux City and Okoboji was held Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford with Father Thomas Flanagan officiating. Interment was at Lakeview Gardens Cemetery in Okoboji. Memorials in honor of Swede may be given to The Wounded Warriors Project, the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa or St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford...