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Eugene R. Abels

April 17, 1924 - June 26, 2018

Eugene Raymond Abels, the son of Ralph and Trena (Ohden) Abels, was born on April 17, 1924 in rural Hamilton County, North of Ellsworth, Iowa. His primary education was in one room country schools and he graduated from Corwith High School in 1941. Gene entered the United States Air Force during WW II. He was the radar operator on a B-29 Bomber, based in the South Pacific on Tinian Island. ...
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Dorothy L. Wilcox

February 17, 1947 - June 23, 2018

Dorothy Lucille Wilcox, the daughter of Art and Lucille (Mosher) Sorenson, was born February 17, 1947, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She was raised and educated in Humboldt. On May 28, 1964, Dorothy was united in marriage to John Wilcox in Humboldt. The couple made their home in Eagle Grove raised two children, Timothy and Sheryl. In 1975, she started driving bus for Eagle Grove Community...
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Le Roy J. Habben

April 9, 1926 - June 21, 2018

LeRoy John Habben, 92, of Eagle Grove, Iowa passed away Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion, Iowa. LeRoy John Habben was born on April 9, 1926 to John and Alice (Janssen) Habben in Palmer, Iowa. LeRoy grew up on a farm outside of Palmer with nine brothers and sisters (Herbert, Wilbert, Lewis, Art, Harris, Francina, Robert, Marcella, Donald) and attended the...
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Doris Lee Janson

June 14, 1952 - June 21, 2018

Doris Lee Janson, the daughter of Paul Kenneth and June Josephine (Duitscher) Janson, was born June 14, 1952, at Fort Dodge, Iowa. She graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1970 and Iowa Central Community College in 1972. Doris worked as a manager for the Iowa Liquor Department for 10 years, as an advanced operator at Electrolux in Webster City for over 25 years and most recently for...
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Fred Joseph Crovisier

January 23, 1919 - June 17, 2018

Fred Joseph Crovisier, the son of Charles Joseph Crovisier and Mary (Marie Molly) Kastler Crovisier was born January 23, 1919 at home on a farm southeast of Eagle Grove. Fred was raised, educated and farmed in the area of his birth. Fred married Edna Bernice Yenck on February 23, 1941 and two daughters were born to this union. Fred and Bee farmed near Webster City at the beginning of their...
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Joan P. Stensland

March 8, 1928 - June 10, 2018

Joan Phillis Stensland (Egeland), the daughter of Philip and Mary Egeland, was born 03/08/1928. She resided in Badger, Iowa and graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 1945. Joan was joined in marriage to her husband, Darryl Stensland, on June 14, 1949. They farmed near Thor, surrounded by a community of many close friends and family. Joan was an active member of Ullensvang Lutheran...
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Marlita Lynne Bliss

February 2, 1947 - June 1, 2018

Marlita Lynne Bliss, the daughter of Lyle E. and Helen (Snyder) Chamberlain, was born on February 2, 1947, in Hirschman, Illinois. She was raised and educated in Mt. Sterling and graduated from Brown County High School in 1965. On May 30, 1975, Marlita was united in marriage with Ronald Lee Bliss at the United Methodist Church in Eagle Grove and to this union six children were born. ...
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Nancy A. Nelson

October 19, 1946 - May 24, 2018

Nancy Ann (Suhrbier) Nelson, the daughter of George and Viola (Schroeder) Suhrbier, was born on October 19, 1946, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. After graduating from Palmer High School, she worked for the next several years at a law firm in Pocahontas. She was united in marriage with Allan Nelson on October 17, 1965, at St. John Lutheran Church, Lizard Township. She then devoted the next part...
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Donald J. Mericle

January 14, 1927 - May 16, 2018

Donald John Mericle, the son of Irvin and Mabel (Estlund) Mericle, was born on January 14, 1927, in Colfax Township, Webster County, Iowa and he attended country school. Don enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Japan during W.W. II. Don married Betty Qunitus and they had five children: Lynda, Steve, Craig, Kathleen and Keith. He married Eldene Ellsworth and...
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David E. Hackbarth

November 11, 1947 - May 12, 2018

David Eugene Hackbarth, the son and youngest of 9 children, of August Herbert and Mabel (Graff) Hackbarth, was born on November 11, 1947, in Hampton, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Belmond, graduating from Belmond High School in 1967. On June 23, 1973, Dave was united in marriage to Ellen M. Hanes at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eagle Grove. The couple made their home on an...
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Dixie D. Gates

March 10, 1938 - May 10, 2018

Dixie Dee Gates, 80, passed away on May 10, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. She was born in Clarion, on March 10, 1938 to Stanley and Lola (Jaques) Herndon. Dixie worked as a bus driver for 24 years for the Eagle Grove school district, she was a county dispatcher for Wright County and an EMS for Eagle Grove. She volunteered for various organizations. Dixie is survived by...
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Lee W. Clabaugh

July 8, 1937 - May 5, 2018

Lee Wayne Clabaugh, the son of Guy and Eleanor (Johnson) Clabaugh, was born on July 8, 1937, Stratford, Iowa. He was a 1954 graduate of Kamrar High School On July 27, 1958, Lee was united in marriage with Mary J. Van Langen at the First Presbyterian Church in Kamrar. Together, Lee and Mary raised their family in the Hamilton and Wright County area. Lee was a long-time owner/operator,...
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Kay L. Gray

November 12, 1935 - April 30, 2018

Kay LaVon Gray, the daughter of Conrad and Helen (Malen) Glantz, was born on November 12, 1935, in Norman, Minnesota. Kay graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1953 and then attended Iowa School Of Beauty Culture in Des Moines. On October 22, 1955, Kay was united in marriage with Robert C. Gray in Boone and to this union six children were born. The family made their home in...
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Janice E. Lalor

October 3, 1951 - April 19, 2018

Janice Elaine (Hanus) Lalor, the daughter of Emil and Lorraine (Kepler) Hanus, was born on October 3, 1951, in Webster City, Iowa. She was raised in Webster City and Eagle Grove. On January 10, 1975, Janice was united in marriage with Gary A. Lalor in Eagle Grove. The couple made their home in Eagle Grove where Gary was the 3rd generation to own and operate Lalor Construction and Janice...
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Mark A. Ridout

July 2, 1966 - April 18, 2018

Mark Allen Ridout, the son of William B. and Carol M. (Higgins) Ridout, was born on July 2, 1966, in Iowa City, Iowa. Mark was raised and educated in Estherville, graduating from Estherville High School in 1984. He then attended computer and business school in Des Moines. Mark made his "home" in several cities and states. He was forever on the search for a new "job" or ...
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Joseph A. Mrla, Sr

October 20, 1960 - April 15, 2018

Joseph Anthony Mrla, 57, of Eagle Grove, passed away April 15, 2018 surrounded by family. A private funeral service will be given by Pastor Peterson from Mount Calvary Church at Foust Funeral Home on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 2:00. Family and friends will gather for a celebration of life at Rail's Grill in Eagle Grove immediately after the funeral service. Joe's resting place will be at...
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Myrtle J. Thielen

July 5, 1927 - April 14, 2018

Myrtle Josephine Thielen, the daughter of Ormal L. and Julia (Shurson), Minor, was born July 5, 1927, at Kanawha, Iowa. She attended country school (Major #7), then Kanawha Schools and in 1942, they moved to a farm west of Goldfield. Myrt graduated from Goldfield High School in 1945 and then attended Eagle Grove Junior College. She taught country school until her marriage. On...
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JoAnn Mardell Halverson

March 6, 1930 - March 28, 2018

JoAnn Mardell (Stensland) Halverson, the daughter of Osmund and Ella (Saboe) Stensland, was born on March 6, 1930, in Badger, Iowa. She was raised and educated in the area of her birth and graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1947. JoAnn was united in marriage with Joseph Iner Halverson on October 23, 1949, at the Badger Lutheran Church. They made their home in Eagle Grove and...
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Philippe "Dean" Grandgeorge

August 27, 1932 - March 16, 2018

Philippe "Dean" Grandgeorge, the Son of Philippe and Louise (Claude) Grandgeorge, was born on August 27, 1932, in Webster City, Iowa. He graduated in 1950 from Woolstock High School. Dean showed Cattle and was a leader in the Woolstock Jr. Stockman 4H, and a coach of Woolstock Little League. On January 8, 1955, Dean married Evelyn Zeka in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He farmed both row crops and...
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Helen Johanna Berkenes

June 27, 1926 - March 12, 2018

Helen Johanna Eliason Berkenes, the daughter of Olaf C. Eliason and Pearle Holbrock Eliason, was born on June 27, 1926. She attended Norway Township Rural School No. 1 in Wright County and graduated from Kanawha High School with honors. She then attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa. On December 30, 1944, Johanna was united in marriage to Arthur Eli Berkenes at the...
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Laurie Ranae McPherson

December 21, 1962 - February 26, 2018

Laurie Ranae McPherson, the daughter of Arlan D. and Amy Mae (Whipple) McPherson, was born on December 21, 1962, in Iowa City. She was raised and educated in the Eagle Grove area, graduating from Eagle Grove High School in 1981. Laurie continued to make her home in Eagle Grove. Laurie worked as a CNA at nursing homes in Fort Dodge, Webster City and at Rotary Ann in Eagle Grove. She...
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Roger J. Bauman

June 7, 1923 - February 4, 2018

Roger Joseph Bauman, the son of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Maier) Bauman, was born June 7, 1923, on a farm east of Eagle Grove. He grew up and attended rural schools in the Eagle Grove area. In 1937, Roger and his parents moved to a farm west of Woolstock where he helped his father farm. On January 19, 1955, Roger was united in marriage with DeLores Skillbred at Sacred Heart Catholic...
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Pearl L. Jensen

April 30, 1939 - January 25, 2018

Pearl Louise (Johnson) Jensen was born on April 30, 1939, to Roger and Catherine (Canfield) Johnson, in Webster City, Iowa. She was raised and educated in the area of her birth and in 1997, Pearl received her G.E.D. from Iowa Central Community College. On October 10, 1959, Pearl was united in marriage with Marvin Jensen in Blue Earth, Minnesota. To this union, five children were born. ...
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Mary C. Chapman

August 10, 1947 - January 25, 2018

​Mary Catherine Chapman was born on August 10, 1947 to Stephen and Elma (Swanson) Garbier, in Hawarden, Iowa. She graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in 1965 and received her Bachelor's Degree in Teaching from Kansas State University. Mary started her teaching career in Sioux Falls, SD and came to Eagle Grove, IA in 1975. She taught physical education, coached volleyball, led Quiz...
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Robert "Bob" Kist

September 27, 1941 - January 19, 2018

Robert Dean Kist, the son of Eugene and Estaline (Smith) Kist, was born on September 27, 1941, in Hardin County, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth. Bob served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1972. On May 28, 1966, Bob was united in marriage with Karen Widmann in Webster City. The couple made their home and raised their three children in Webster...
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Elinor M. Askvig

December 23, 1928 - January 19, 2018

Elinor Meribeh (Nelson) Askvig, the daughter of Oscar and Grace (Younglove) Nelson, was born on December 23, 1928, in Eagle Grove, Iowa. She was raised and educated in the area of her birth and graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1946. On January 3, 1948, Elinor was united in marriage with Harry L. Askvig in Sioux Falls, SD. They had three children, Lyle, Randy and Merri and made...
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Dean B. Rasmussen

January 30, 1936 - January 15, 2018

Dean Byron Rasmussen was born on January 30, 1936, along with twin sister Doris, to Alfred Theodore and Alma Kristine (Jacobson) Rasmussen on their family farm northwest of Goldfield, Iowa. Other siblings, now deceased, included brothers Larry & Virgil and sisters Bernita & Ethel. Dean was very proud of his Danish heritage and enjoyed being called "The Great Dane"! Dean attended Humboldt...
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Alan J. Wagner

December 14, 1954 - January 8, 2018

Alan James Wagner, the son of Arthur and Lucile (Gjerstad) Wagner, was born on December 14, 1954, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at Samuel Lutheran Church in Eagle Grove. He attended school in Eagle Grove, where he received awards for his trumpet playing (he even played TAPS for many military funerals), was a member of the Iowa All State Band and the Iowa Honor Band, was...
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Linda A. Darland

July 14, 1947 - January 4, 2018

Linda Anne Darland, the daughter of Charles and Mary (Thorn) Peterson, was born July 14, 1947, at Fort Dodge, Iowa. She was raised and educated in Eagle Grove. On April 24, 1965, Linda was united in marriage with Douglas R. Darland in Eagle Grove. They lived in Goldfield for 21 years and spent the last 32 years in Clarion. Linda worked as a dispatcher for the Wright County Sheriff's...
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Richard Karl Kerch

September 21, 1931 - December 23, 2017

Richard Karl Kerch, the son of Karl Otto and Ida Gardina (Peil) Kerch, was born on September 21, 1931, at their home 10 miles north of Holmes, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth. Richard serves in the United States Army during the Korean War. On February 25, 1962,, Richard was united in marriage with Judy Bohonek at Ullensvang Lutheran Church in Thor. ...
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Maria (Sadler) Amonson

April 26, 1962 - December 14, 2017

Maria Ann Amonson, the daughter of Richard and Mary (Voss) Sadler, was born on April 26, 1962, in Eagle Grove. She was raised and educated in Eagle Grove where she graduated from Eagle Grove High School with the Class of 1980. To accurately describe her is impossible. She joyfully welcomed guests into all of her homes and loved having family members and friends come to stay at the "Half-way...
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Richard "Dick" Sadler

February 12, 1930 - December 13, 2017

Richard Lyle Sadler, the son of Matthew and Irene (Culmer) Sadler, was born on February 12, 1930, in Eagle Grove. He was raised and educated in Eagle Grove where he graduated from Eagle Grove High School with the "Class of 1948". Dick then joined the United States Army where he was stationed at Ft. Louis, Washington and Ft. Ord, California from 1948-1950. He also served 9 years in the Iowa...
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Marlys N. Fischer

February 2, 1931 - December 12, 2017

Marlys Neline (Sheldon) Fischer, the daughter of Ole and Anna (Olson) Sheldon was born on February 2, 1931 at Fort Dodge, Iowa. She was baptized and married at Ullensvang Lutheran Church in Thor, Iowa, where she was a life-long member. She sang in the choir, held many offices in ELCA Women's organization (Ladies Aid) and taught Sunday School for many years at Ullensvang. Marlys was...
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Manda "Sue" Shehan

March 31, 1944 - December 7, 2017

Sue Shehan, 73, of Eagle Grove, Iowa, died on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion, Iowa after a short battle with cancer. The family will receive friends and relatives on Saturday, December 9th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Foust Funeral Home in Eagle Grove with a Rosary and Scripture service at 9:30 am. Manda Sue (Jorgensen) Shehan was born on March 31, 1944 to...
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Jim P. Noonan

July 11, 1927 - December 2, 2017

James Patrick Noonan, the son of Maurice E. and Ina (Campbell) Noonan, was born on July 11, 1927, in Eagle Grove, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth, graduating from Eagle Grove High School in 1945. On July 16, 1945, Jim began his service in the U.S. Navy and received an honorable discharge on July 18, 1946. Jim then graduated from Elgin School of Watch Making. On...
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Tom L. Cooper

August 15, 1952 - November 26, 2017

Thomas Lee Cooper, the son of C. J. and Phyllis (Gray) Cooper, was born on August 15, 1952, Ames, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Eagle Grove, graduating from Eagle Grove High School in 1970. He then attended Iowa State University. On July 28, 1979, Tom was united in marriage with Michele (Mickey) Peterson at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the couple made their home and raised...
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Jacqueline M. Ryan

December 17, 1931 - November 25, 2017

Jacqueline M. "Jackie" Ryan, 85, of Rapid City, died Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Rapid City Regional Hospice House. She was born on December 17, 1931 in Eagle Grove, Iowa to Hans and Izetta (Gallagher) Watne. She was raised and educated in Eagle Grove, graduating from Eagle Grove High School in 1949, continuing her education, graduating from Eagle Grove Junior College. On June 3,...
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Lois M. Hanson

October 25, 1926 - November 22, 2017

Lois Marie Hanson, the daughter of John F. and Marcelean (Friday)Derscheid, was born October 25, 1926, in rural Webster County, Iowa. She attended Wright Country School through 4th grade. Lois then attended school in Webster City, graduation with the "Class of 1944". On September 4, 1946, Lois was united in marriage with Lloyd M. Hanson at the United Methodist Church in Eagle Grove. ...
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Anna Marie Gearhart

February 3, 1916 - November 21, 2017

Anna Marie Hallagan Gearhart was born on Feb. 3, 1916 in Vincent, Iowa to James and Amelia Schmoker Hallagan.. When Marie was two weeks old, Amelia died, leaving a grieving husband and two children: Marie and 18-month old James Harold. The young family moved to the home farm to live with Jim's parents, Edward and Anna Hallagan. When Marie was 5, her grandmother passed away and Jim's newly...
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Bette (Ulstad) Blue

April 2, 1934 - November 10, 2017

Surrounded by her children, Bette Corrine Blue passed away peacefully on Friday, November 10, 2017 and is safe in the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Bette was born to Clifford Ramon Ulstad and Bessie Marie (nee Godfrey) in Eagle Grove, Iowa. For many years, it was thought that Bette's birth date was April 3rd 1934. It was not until 40 + years later that it was discovered she was...
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Roger "Putty" Derscheid

August 7, 1936 - November 2, 2017

Roger Henry ("Putty") Derscheid was born on August 7, 1936 to Glen Allen and Edith Kay (Norem) Derscheid at the farm home he grew up on in Troy Township. He had the blessing of joining a large family including 14 siblings: Bernita (Jean) - deceased, Jane (Honey) - deceased, Dorie (George Cole) - Minnesota, Elsie (Boot) - deceased, Einar (Bud) - deceased, infant twins Mildred and Margaret -...
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Norma J Christeson

March 27, 1946 - November 1, 2017

Norma Jean Christeson, 71, of Webster City, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Southfield Care Center surrounded by her family, following a brief, but brave and courageous battle with cancer. A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 4PM-7PM at Faith United Methodist Church. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 10:30AM, also at Faith UMC...
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Kevin D. Ades

July 2, 1954 - October 29, 2017

Kevin Duane Ades, the son of Samuel and Junella (Kiesecker) Ades, was born on July 2, 1954, in Webster City, Iowa. He graduated from Webster City High School in 1972 and received an Associate of Arts degree from Iowa Central Community College. In 2007, Kevin married Carla Babbe Welch and they made their home in Webster City. Kevin managed Hardees in Indianola for many years...
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RIchard H. Schmidt

April 3, 1926 - October 27, 2017

Richard Howard Schmidt, the son of Herman and Rilla (Arthur) Schmidt, was born on April 3, 1926, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth, graduating from Fort Dodge High School "Class of 1944". Richard was very proud of his service in the United State Navy from April of 1944 until his honorable discharge in June of 1946, during WWII. He appreciated that...
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Cornell H. Deeny

September 27, 1918 - October 19, 2017

Cornell Hugh Deeny, the son of Francis P. and Loretta R. (Nienhaus) Deeny, was born on September 27, 1918, on a farm near Jackson Junction, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth, graduating from Waucoma High School in 1938. In 1939 Cornell enlisted in the US Navy and received an honorable discharge that same year. On June 29, 1943, Cornell was united in marriage with...
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Roger Dean Wingaard

January 4, 1948 - September 26, 2017


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William "Bill" Nelson

October 24, 1926 - September 23, 2017

Growing up in Iowa, Bill became interested in the sport of wrestling early on and developed into an Iowa state wrestling champion during his senior year at Eagle Grove High School in 1945. After high school, Bill went on to wrestle at Iowa State Teacher's College (now known as the University of Northern Iowa). Bill is survived by his wife Violet; brother Don Nelson; sister Mary Ann Elrod; sons...
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Alvin Anderson

November 13, 1924 - September 7, 2017

Alvin Anderson passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017 shortly after moving to State College, Pennsylvania at the age of 92. Alvin was born on November 13, 1924 and had been a lifetime resident of Iowa before moving to State College to be closer to his daughter and her family. As a farmer, Alvin honored the Sabbath and lived his faith knowing that God would always provide for his family...
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Mary T. Harkema

August 6, 1938 - August 30, 2017

Mary Therese (Harrington) Harkema, the daughter of John W. and Veronica (Michor) Harrington, was born on August 6, 1938, in Waverly Iowa. She was raised and educated in Plainfield, graduating from Plainfield High School in 1956. Her family then moved to Dows, where she met her future husband John, on the Dairy Farm where she worked. On April 8, 1958, Mary was united in marriage with...
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Geraldean "Jeri" Abbas - Myers

April 17, 1944 - August 26, 2017

Geraldean "Jeri" Diane (Yoder) Abbas Myers, the daughter of Cedric and Gladys (Claude) Yoder, was born on April 17, 1944, in Webster City Iowa. She was raised and educated in Wright County, graduating from Eagle Grove High School in 1962. On October 12, 1963, Jeri married Louie Abbas at the United Methodist Church in Woolstock. The couple made their home in Woolstock where they...
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Arthur Berkenes

December 31, 1922 - August 19, 2017

Arthur Eli Berkenes, the son of Peter and Caroline (Pearson) Berkenes, was born December 31, 1922, in Kinsman, Illinois. He attended Holmes Country School before graduating from Clarion High School and began farming with his father. In 1943, Art and his father moved to a farm southwest of Kanawha. On December 30, 1944, Art was united in marriage to Helen Johanna Eliason at the Little...
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Jim Johnson

April 24, 1946 - August 14, 2017

James Robert Johnson, the son of Willard "Ole" and Ruth (Petersen) Johnson, was born on April 24, 1946, in Hampton, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth, graduating from Hampton High School in 1964. Jim attended Luther College in Decorah for one year and then he volunteered for the United States Marine Corps being indoctrinated 03 March of 1966, served in the Vietnam War as...
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H. Arlene Sampson

February 17, 1918 - August 8, 2017

Helen Arlene (Hansen-Bell) Sampson, the daughter of Peter and Mathilda (Swanson) Hansen, was born on February 17, 1918, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She was raised and attended country school in the Fort Dodge and Badger area. Arlene married Gordon Bell on December 19, 1941 and they lived in Kanawha until he joined the Army in 1942 and he was lost at sea on February 7, 1943. On October 2...
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Earl "Bud" Sorensen

February 11, 1931 - July 26, 2017

Earl "Bud" Leroy Sorensen, the first born son of Hans Christian and Mildred (Halgrim) Sorensen, was born in Goldfield on February 11, 1931. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth and graduated from Goldfield High School in 1948. Bud was an avid baseball player – both in high school and the town teams (his uniform was sponsored by "Whyte & Sons"). He attended Cal Poly Tech in San...
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Vernon C. Krull

January 17, 1935 - July 26, 2017

Vernon Claud Krull, the son of Claus and Pearl (Gustin) Krull, was born January 17, 1935, in Titonka, Iowa.On November 12, 1955, Vernon was united in marriage with Janice Lee Rodgers.Survivors include his daughter, Kathy Ades of Goldfield; son Jim Krull (Becky) of Dawson; daughter, Brenda Ball (Kenneth) of Shreveport, LA; daughter, Pam Clark (Spoon) of Clarion; ten grandchildren and many great...
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Carl Olsen

April 8, 1922 - July 16, 2017

Carl Ludvig Olsen, the son of Lewis and Hattie (Wickerink) Olsen, was born on April 8, 1922, on the family farm near Vincent, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth. Carl served in the United States Navy from September 18, 1942 until his honorable discharge on January 22, 1946. On November 15, 1946, Carl was united in marriage with Marjorie Johnson in Fort Dodge....
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Dale M. Smith

April 22, 1938 - July 14, 2017

Dale Marcellous Smith, son of Virgil and Faye (Griffith) Smith, was born on April 22, 1938 in Goldfield, Iowa. He was raised and educated there and graduated from Goldfield High School in 1956. On August 2, 1957, Dale was united in marriage with Ruby Jayne Anderson at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eagle Grove. Dale and Ruby enjoyed traveling in their 5th wheel camper to Montana,...
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George B. Hogenson

December 9, 1924 - July 12, 2017

George Bennett Hogenson, son of the late Ben and Henrietta (Jenison) Hogenson, was born at home December 9, 1924 in Belmond, Iowa. He was raised and educated there until attending the University of Iowa and its College of Medicine. On August 25, 1948 George was united in marriage with Mary E. Black. The couple moved to Eagle Grove, Iowa where George practiced medicine for forty-two years...
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Ted H. Lawson

January 26, 1968 - July 8, 2017

Theodore "Ted" Henry Lawson, the son of Earl G. and Peggy E. (Martin) Lawson, was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on January 26, 1968. He was raised and educated in Goldfield, graduating with the last class to graduate from Goldfield High School in 1986. Ted worked for the Meredith Corporation/Neo Data/EDS located in Clarion for many years. He most recently worked for Amwood Building...
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Carroll J Sabin

April 18, 1945 - July 1, 2017

Carroll John Sabin, the son of Leo Thomas and Dorothy Viola (Jennings) Sabin, was born April 18, 1945, in Algona, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Algona and moved to Eagle Grove in 1979. On January 5, 1974, Carroll was united in marriage with D. Kay Moulton, at the United Methodist Church in Algona. The couple made their home and raised their five children in Algona and Eagle Grove. ...
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Steve J. Olson

July 25, 1961 - July 1, 2017

Steven John Olson, the son of Alvin and Elaine (Chentland) Olson, was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on July 25, 1961. He was raised and educated in Eagle Grove, graduating with the "Class of 1979". Steve was an active member of FFA during high school. In 1981, he graduated from ILCC in Emmetsburg with a Farm Management Degree. On July 26, 1986, Steve married Melanie Powell at Grace...
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Betty L. Huffaker

January 19, 1931 - June 28, 2017

Betty LaVonne (Hilpipre) Huffaker, the daughter of Edmund and Margaret (Bohy) Hilpipre, was born January 19, 1931, in Woolstock, Iowa. She graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1948. Betty married Dale Parker on November 14, 1947, in Wisconsin and they later divorced. She married Dean Huffaker on September 17, 1964, at Omaha, Nebraska and they later divorced. Betty prepared...
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Steve W. Christian

February 24, 1948 - June 28, 2017

Steven Wayne Christian, the only child of Albert Wayne and Marvel Deanne (Rodgers) Christian, was born on February 24, 1948, in Sac City, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth, graduating from Lake View Auburn High School in 1966. On September 29, 1968, Steve was united in marriage with Marilyn E. Pierce in Auburn, Iowa. The couple made their home in Lake View...
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Barbara Kay Abbott Peterson

October 6, 1936 - June 16, 2017

Forest City – Barbara Kay Abbott-Peterson, 80 of Forest City and formerly of Eagle Grove died peacefully Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Eagle Grove United Methodist Church, 421 West Broadway, Eagle Grove, Iowa 50533 with Pastor Michael Slininger of Faith United Methodist...
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Mel Lehman

August 30, 1934 - June 15, 2017

Melvin Ervin Lehman, the son of Ervin H. and Frieda (Licht) Lehman, was born on August 30, 1934, on the family farm in Humboldt County, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the Thor area, graduating from Eagle Grove High School in 1953. On November 28, 1954, Mel was united in marriage with Jean Torkelson, at Ullensvang Lutheran Church in Thor. The couple made their home and raised nine...
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Dale "Pops" Stephens

July 2, 1953 - June 5, 2017

Dale "Pops" Lee Stephens, the son of Don M. and Ilys Ione (Griffith) Stephens, was born on July 2, 1953, in Clarion, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Goldfield, graduating from Goldfield High School in 1972. On October 10, 1981, Dale married Natalie Poncin in Goldfield and to their union, a son David was born. They later divorced in 1997. Dale enjoyed his 33 years of...
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Mary D. Thompson

November 18, 1921 - June 5, 2017

Mary Deloris (Graves) Thompson, the daughter of Edward and Pearl (Griffith) Graves, was born on November 18, 1921, in Goldfield, Iowa. She was raised and educated in the area of her birth, graduating from Goldfield High School in 1941. On July 12, 1947, Mary was united in marriage with Arnold "Hans" Thompson at the Methodist Parsonage in Blue Earth Minnesota. They were blessed with three...
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Ron Gustafson

February 6, 1945 - June 1, 2017

Ronald Reuben Gustafson, the son of Reuben and Gwendolyn (Walgren) Gustafson, was born on February 6, 1945, in Harcourt, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth, graduating from Central Webster High School in Burnside in 1963. He then attended Fort Dodge Community College. On April 20, 1968, Ron was united in marriage with ClaraJo Danielson at the Zion Lutheran Church...
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Richard Voss

February 9, 1936 - May 27, 2017

Richard (Dick) Lester Voss, the youngest son of seven siblings, of Albert and Amy (Johnson) Voss, was born on February 9, 1936, on the family farm south of Eagle Grove, Iowa. He attended country school and graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1954. Dick served in the Iowa Army National Guard, Company C, 747th Maintenance Battalion. Dick met his future wife, Sharon Sweeney at the...
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Charles "Chuck" Johnson

October 31, 1927 - May 20, 2017

.Charles J. Johnson, the son of Charles A. and Bessie C. (Nelson) Johnson, was born on October 31, 1927, in Badger, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth. Chuck served in the United States Navy on the USS Kershaw APA-176 in Yokosaka, Japan during W.W.II from March of 1945 until his honorable discharge in December of 1947. On November 6, 1949, Chuck married Norma Lee...
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Ronald R. Derscheid

February 22, 1940 - May 13, 2017

Ronald Robert Derscheid, the son of Robert and Esther (Madson) Derscheid, was born on February 22, 1940, on the family farm west of Eagle Grove, Iowa. He attended country school and graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1958. Ron served in the Army National Guard. On February 24, 1968, Ron was united in marriage with Ellen C. Mitchell at the United Methodist Church in Eagle Grove....
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Shirley M. Sorensen Campbell

December 28, 1928 - May 12, 2017

Shirley Maxine (Caquelin) Sorensen Campbell, the daughter of Henry and Cecile (Sadler) Caquelin, was born on December 28, 1928, on the family farm east of Woolstock, Iowa. She attended country school for 8 years and graduated from Woolstock High School in 1947. After graduation, Shirley worked for F. W. Woolworth and Fred Hayne Printing Services in Webster City. On January 20, 1950,...
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Louis A. Pinkele

May 15, 1918 - May 1, 2017

Louis August Pinkele, the son of Jules F. and Helene` (Hazemann) Pinkele, was born on May 15, 1918, in rural Woolstock, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth, attending country school at Troy Township. On September 9, 1943, Louis was united in marriage with Geneva Gearhart at Eagle Grove. The couple made their home and farmed near Woolstock until 1952 when they moved...
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Janet M. Bard

May 27, 1934 - April 29, 2017

Janet Mae Alma (Cran) Bard, the daughter of Granville and Vivian A. (Caspersen) Cran, was born on May 27, 1934, in Duluth, Minnesota. She was raised and educated in the area of her birth, graduating from Denfield High School. On August 26, 1956, Janet was united in marriage with Harold Bard at Duluth, Minnesota. Janet was a member of the Eagle Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church....
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Mary J. Clabaugh

July 11, 1935 - March 29, 2017

Mary Joan Clabaugh, the daughter of Elmer and Norma (Hassebrock) Van Langen, was born July 11, 1935, Kamrar, Iowa. She was a 1952 graduate of Kamrar High School. Mary attended AIB in Des Moines. On July 27, 1958, Mary was united in marriage to Lee Clabaugh at the First Presbyterian Church in Kamrar. Together, Mary and Lee raised their family in the Hamilton and Wright County area. Mary...
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Scott Edward Ellsworth

June 25, 1923 - March 15, 2017

Scott Edward (Ed) Ellsworth was born at home in Eagle Grove, Iowa, son of Scott M. and Ruth N. (Pletcher) Ellsworth, on June 25, 1923. He was baptized by immersion in the Boone River in Troy Township. Growing up he worked in the shop of his father's car dealership. In high school, he was an over-the-road driver, transporting cars from Detroit. On the football field, he earned the nickname "Blitz"...
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Orville D. Steffenson

May 19, 1928 - March 9, 2017

Orville Duane Steffenson, the son of Andrew Martin and Myrtle Gray (Chapman) Steffenson, was born May 19, 1928, on a farm north of Goldfield. He grew up in rural Goldfield attending Liberty #6 Country School and was baptized and confirmed at the Holmes Lutheran Church. Orville received an honorable discharge after serving in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1950-1952. On...
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Jerry M. Timmerman

August 23, 1939 - March 9, 2017

Jerry Mervin Timmerman, the son of Henry and Greone (Kessler) Timmerman, was born August 23, 1939, in Elma, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Eagle Grove, graduating in 1957 from Eagle Grove High School. He lived in Saratoga for 5 years, Woolstock, and Eagle Grove for 43 years. Jerry worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad on tie and rail gangs throughout Iowa, retiring in 1988. Upon...
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John Patrick Shehan

November 18, 1940 - March 8, 2017

John Patrick Shehan, 76 of Eagle Grove, Iowa, died on Wednesday, March 8, at the Trinity Regional Medical Center, in Ft. Dodge, Iowa. The family will receive friends and relatives on Sunday March 12th from 2-5 PM at Foust Funeral Home in Eagle Grove. Funeral service will be held Monday March 13th at 10:00 AM at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eagle Grove. Foust Funeral Home (www.foustfh...
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Tracy LeRoy Erickson

May 28, 1961 - March 5, 2017

Tracy LeRoy Erickson (Bull), the son of LeRoy G. and Susan B (Haviland) Erickson, was born on May 28, 1961, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was raised in Eagle Grove and graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1979. On December 16, 1989, Tracy was united in marriage to Peggy Spitler in Reno, Nevada; Tracy has lived in the community of Eagle Grove his entire life. Tracy was a passionate man who...
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Archie M. Willard

August 22, 1930 - February 25, 2017

Archie Marion Willard, 86, of Eagle Grove, passed away just before midnight on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Hospice of the Valley, Lund Home in Gilbert, Arizona. Archie suffered a severe stroke on January 27, 2017, while spending the winter in Mesa, Arizona. Despite a valiant effort at rehabilitation, he was never able to fully recover and was transitioned to hospice care on February 24,...
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Bret F. Allen

March 25, 1961 - February 23, 2017

Bret Floyd Allen, the son of Merle F. and Roberta J. (Ingertson) Allen, was born on March 25, 1961, in Iowa City, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Eagle Grove. Bret served in the United States Marines from 1979 to 1982. On March 29, 1991, Bret was united in marriage with Lorrie Schreiber in Clarion. The couple made their home in Eagle Grove. Bret worked a number of years for...
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LaVonne D. Dooley

April 10, 1926 - February 23, 2017

LaVonne Doris Dooley was born April 10, 1926, in Fairview, South Dakota to Matt Andrew and Marie Elizabeth (Huser) Martinson. After her schooling in Inwood, Iowa, she went to Cleveland, Ohio to become a teletype operator. She was transferred to Seattle, Washington near the naval base where she met and married Marvin Dooley on June 7, 1946. They had six children. When Marvin was called...
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Elmer H. Olson, Jr.

August 15, 1924 - February 20, 2017

Elmer Harold Olson, Jr. the son of Elmer H. and Gornelia (Peterson) Olson Sr., was born August 15, 1924, in Thor, Iowa. He graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1942. On June 3, 1951, Elmer was united in marriage to Shirley Hayek in Callender, Iowa. They lived in Vincent for 9 years and Moorland for 9 years before moving to Eagle Grove in 1968. Elmer was a member of Eagle Grove...
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Michaela Danielle "Mikki" (Shelton) Frankford

December 12, 1993 - February 15, 2017


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Mabel O. Odland

November 25, 1922 - February 10, 2017

Mabel Odella (Jacobson) Odland, the daughter of Carl and Carrie (Knudson) Jacobson, was born November 25, 1922, in her parent's home on a farm near Badger, Iowa. On February 22, 1946, Mabel was united in marriage with Irvin Milo Odland, at the Trinity Lutheran Church near Humboldt. Mabel helped manage a dairy, grain and livestock farm with her husband for 37 years – farming near...
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Katinka "Kitty" Fevold

April 6, 1920 - January 26, 2017

Katinka "Kitty" (Larson) Fevold, the daughter of Torvald and Clara (Olson) Larson, was born on April 6, 1920, on the family farm outside of Thor, Iowa. She was raised and educated in the area of her birth and graduated from Thor High School in 1938. On February 12, 1939, Kitty was united in marriage with Leo G. Fevold, at the Lutheran Church parsonage in Badger. The couple lived and...
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Gilbert H. Smith

June 17, 1927 - January 23, 2017

Gilbert Harmon Smith died on January 23, 2017 in Eagle Grove, Iowa at the age of 89. Gilbert was born on June 17, 1927 in Stamford, New York to Grace Lovisa (Vedder) Smith and Thomas Howard Smith. The second of three sons, he grew up on his family's dairy farm in Roxbury, New York, amidst the verdant Catskill Mountains. He attended school in Roxbury, where he also participated in sports,...
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Mary Lou Johnson

January 8, 1938 - January 10, 2017

Mary Lou (Kist) Johnson, the daughter of Eugene and Estaline (Smith) Kist, was born January 8, 1938, on the family farm outside of Eagle Grove, Iowa. She was raised and educated in the area of her birth and graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1955. In 1959, Mary Lou was united in marriage with Roger Johnson and they had two sons, Roger and Kendall. They later divorced. Mary Lou...
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Scott E. Strain

March 9, 1941 - January 8, 2017

Scott Eugene Strain, the son of Allen D. and Phyllis M. (McCormick) Strain, was born on March 9, 1941, in Eagle Grove, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Eagle Grove, graduating from Eagle Grove High School in 1959. He attended the University of Iowa, studying graphic design. Scott was a graphic arts instructor for Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and owned his...
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Dale Bolger Frohling

February 27, 1933 - January 4, 2017

Dale Bolger Frohling, the son of George and Hazel (Bolger) Frohling, was born February 27, 1933, in Webster City, Iowa. After graduating from Eagle Grove High School in 1951, he was drafted to serve with United States Army from 1952-1954. On September 24, 1956, Dale was united in marriage to Joan Mohr in Tucson, Arizona. The couple lived on and farmed the family farm north of Woolstock...
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Dolores "Dee" Buhner

May 1, 1922 - January 2, 2017

Dolores Valaine Buhner, the daughter of Ephraim and Mattie (Stockdale) Halgrim, was born May 1, 1922, on a farm near Thor. She was raised and educated in the area of her birth, graduating from Eagle Grove High School in 1941. On May 1, 1943, Dolores was united in marriage to Clarence Buhner at Ullensvang Lutheran Church in Thor. Dolores and Clarence made their home on Fishers...
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Lucille M. Thompson

August 3, 1926 - December 28, 2016

Lucille Maxine (Wegner) Thompson, the daughter of Emil and Margaret (Vehrs) Wegner, was born August 3, 1926 in Aspinwall, Iowa. She was raised and educated in the area of her birth, graduating from Manning High School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Drake University. She taught in rural schools and in Perry, Iowa before moving to Eagle Grove where she taught...
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Tom A. Bachel

August 27, 1953 - December 28, 2016

Thomas Alan Bachel, the son of Lloyd and Barbara (Roscoe) Bachey, was born August 27, 1953, at Mercy Hospital in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Eagle Grove, graduating from Eagle Grove High School in 1971. Tom then attended Wayne State College in Wayne, NE. On May 3, 1975, Tom was united in marriage with Diana Burr, at the Church of Christ in Webster City. The...
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Marilyn A. Marshall

November 24, 1941 - December 20, 2016


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Jim Nelson

July 1, 1946 - December 19, 2016

James William Nelson, the son of Donald and Frances (Kammerer) Nelson, was born July 1, 1946, at Primghar, Iowa. He attended high school in Sutherland, Iowa. On February 19, 1966, James was united in marriage to JoAnn Kvale at Holmes, Iowa. They have lived in Goldfield for 48 years. James worked for Hagie Manufacturing for 38 years as an accountant, retiring in 2010. He was a...
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Beverly A. Brayton

December 10, 1930 - December 19, 2016

Beverly Ann Brayton, the daughter of Delbert and Ada B. (McClosky) Jones, was born December 10, 1930 in Colo, IA. She graduated from Otho High School and attended two summers at Iowa State University for Food Service Director. On December 14, 1950, Beverly was united in marriage to Donald Brayton at Wahoo, NE. Beverly lived in Colo for 6 years, Stanhope for 3 years, Otho for 9...
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Paul R. Anderson

May 14, 1930 - December 18, 2016

Paul Richard Anderson, the son of George and Antonia (Hoveland) Anderson, was born May 14, 1930, in Belmond, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth and graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1950. On November 2, 1958, Paul was united in marriage with Zella Jared in Fort Dodge. The couple made their home in Eagle Grove and raised two daughters, Ginger and Teresa...
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Evelyn D. Wergeland

June 12, 1929 - December 18, 2016

Evelyn D. Wergeland, the daughter of Alvin and Hazel (Odland) Halgrim, was born June 12, 1929, in Norway Township near Eagle Grove. Evelyn taught 4th grade at Lela Howland Elementary School in Eagle Grove. She was an active member of her church and in the community. Evelyn passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at her home in Eagle Grove at the age of 87 years. She was preceded...
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Jane "Honey" Spangler

June 22, 1921 - December 13, 2016

Mary Jane "Honey" (Derscheid) Spangler, the daughter of Glen and Edith (Norem) Derscheid was born in Eagle Grove, Iowa, on June 22, 1921. Honey attended Eagle Grove Schools, graduating with the "class of 1938". Upon graduation from the Des Moines American Institute of Business (AIB) in 1940, Honey went to work for Maytag in the stenographic dept. In 1942 she moved to California and worked for...
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