Fred Taylor, 69, of Meservey, passed away at his home Sunday, September 20, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 25, at the Meservey City Park Shelter. Interment will be at the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the park.
Mark Dannen, 57, of Sheffield, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020, at his home. Private family services with burial at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield will be held at a later date. PUBLIC VISITATION will be held 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 25, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Memorials may be directed to the family at 511 E. Elm Street, Rockwell, IA 50469.
Mark David Dannen was born August 31, 1963, in Pender, Nebraska, a son of David and Judy (Oehlert) Dannen. He was baptized in the Reformed Church. At a young age his family relocated to Sheffield where he attended Sheffield – Chapin Schools, graduating with the class of 1981. He then attended NIACC, graduating in 1983. Mark began working at Eaton’s Inc. in Belmond immediately after graduating from NIACC. He worked there until retiring in 2018 after 35 years.
Mark was united in marriage with Julie Meyer at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield on August 2, 1986. They lived in Sheffield for many years before moving to their acreage outside of Sheffield. Where he built the house and outbuildings including the ‘Hunting Shack.’ He loved being outdoors and being active, whether it was hunting, coaching little league, spending time with his grandkids or tooling around in the 4 wheeler with his dog Mya. Mark worked hard for his family. He always managed to get his family to try new things, whitewater rafting, ziplining or hiking trips were among the memorable events.
Living family members include his wife Julie; son: Josh (Amanda) Dannen, Rockwell; grandchildren: Vincent, Emmett and Amelia; mother: Judy Dannen, Chapin; sister: Debra (Randy) Meyer, Sheffield and their children: Eric (Brittnee) Meyer and their children: Anthany and Owen; Ashley (Shawn) Francis and children: Sydney, Londynn, Jordynn, and Paxton; father-in-law: Merlin (Norma) Meyer.
He is preceded in death by his father David Dannen and mother-in-law Karen Meyer.
Funeral services for Margaret L. Downing, 94, formerly of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 14, 2020 at St Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Father Ralph Davis officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Greene.
Visitation will be Sunday, September 13, 2020, from 3-6 p.m., with a Rosary at 6:00, at St. Mary Catholic Church.
Margaret Loenza (Fish) Downing of Shell Rock, died peacefully at Shell Rock Health Care Center on September 6, 2020 at age 94. She was formerly a resident of Waverly, Iowa and Greene, Iowa.
Margaret was born on November 19, 1925, the youngest and only daughter of Byron and Letha (Bisbee) Fish. She and her three brothers were raised on a farm outside of Alden, Iowa. She attended Alden High School until just before the start of her senior year when the family relocated to a farm outside of Marble Rock, Iowa. In 1943 she graduated from Marble Rock High School.
Graduating in the midst of World War II, Margaret was always proud of her contributions on the home front. With two of her brothers away fighting in the war, her father, who suffered from complications caused by polio in his youth, relied heavily on Margaret to assist with milking their Brown Swiss Cows and other farm chores. In the years after she graduated she also supported herself with a number of jobs outside of the farm, including candling eggs and waitressing in Greene. It was in Greene that she met Louis Downing.
Margaret and Louis married on February 5, 1951. The two farmed outside of Greene as they raised their eight children. Margaret’s life was devoted to caring for her family. Beyond the household chores of cooking, cleaning, and childcare, Margaret was involved in every aspect of running the farm. She worked in the fields, walking beans and picking up corn, and tended to the livestock. Margaret kept fruit and vegetable gardens and as a lover of flowers she was known to create flower beds in every available space she could find.
When the need arose, Margaret found work outside of the farm. She used her knack for caretaking and found work in health care. She spent many years working as a nurse’s aide and a home health aide.
In 1972 Margaret began what was most likely her favorite job, this is the year that she became Grandma. She would eventually be the proud grandmother to seventeen grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren. Referred to by many as “The Cookie Grandma,” Margaret was well known for baking and delivering batches of delicious cookies to each of her grandchildren. Beyond cookies, each grandchild could be assured that when they arrived at Grandma’s house their favorite treat would be ready and waiting. Her family was spoiled with muffins, pies, and her famous fresh-out-of-the-oven dinner rolls at every gathering.
Margaret loved to host family get-togethers. She was her happiest when her house was full of people. These gatherings meant card games. 500 was her favorite and she taught many of her children and grandchildren to play. As sweet and loving as she could be, when it came to 500 she was very competitive. She didn’t like to lose, and very rarely did.
As a talented crafter she quilted, embroidered, and crocheted hundreds of gifts that her family and friends will always treasure. She inspired her family with her creativity and “do-it-yourself” attitude. She leaves behind a legacy of quilters, crafters, and creators of all types.
Tragedy struck in 1983 when Louis lost his short battle with cancer. Margaret’s strength and faith helped guide her and her family through the loss. She would keep Louis’ memory alive for the next 37 years as she continued to lead and care for her growing family.
Margaret’s life continued to be devoted to her family. She attended sporting events, recitals, concerts, baptisms, confirmations, graduations and much more for each grand and great-grandchild. As busy as her large family kept her, Margaret still found a way to be an active member of the Greene community. She served as a 4-H leader and was a member of various card clubs in the area. A member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, she served as a religious education teacher and was a part of St. Cecilia Circle and Catholic Daughters. Margaret spent many years volunteering with Hospice, providing in-home care. In 2011 she was the proud recipient of the Spirit of Greene Award.
In 2004 Margaret moved to Waverly. She lived there until 2018, when she moved to the Shell Rock Health Care Center.
She is survived by her children: Eugene (Linda) Downing of Waverly, IA; Ellen Downing of Minneapolis, MN; Darlene McGee of Minneapolis, MN; Mary (Bob) McGee of Shell Rock, IA; Carla Langfald of Scarville, IA; John (Connie) Downing of Nora Springs, IA; Sandy (Marty) Pieper of Adel, IA; and Joan (Paul) Heyes of Savage, MN. Grandchildren: Steven (Marty) Downing of Shell Rock, IA; Timothy (Andrea) Downing of Johnston, IA; Michael (Vanessa) McGee of Columbus, MN; Gregory McGee of Bettendorf, IA; Bradley (Debra) McGee of Mason City, IA; Bridget Spree of Waverly, IA: Erica (Troy Julius) Klukow of Buffalo Center, IA; Erin Larsen of Mason City, IA; Alex (Heidi) Langfald of Buffalo Center, IA; Anthony (Cynthia) Langfald of Lake Mills, IA; Andrew Langfald of Rochester, MN; Wendy (Nick) Noel of Greene, IA; Bridget (Eric) Arthur of Mason City, IA; Brett Pieper of Adel, IA; Carrie Pieper of Bloomington, MN; Corey Heyes of Shakopee, MN; Callie Heyes of Chicago, IL; and Great-Grandchildren: Jacob, Ashley, Sara, Thomas, Cassandra (Dustin), Grace, Brooke, Meredith, Amanda, Mason, Connor, Wyatt, Delayna, Kyla, Addie, Ellie, Theo, Brody, Rylea, Coleman, Kenzie, Jaxon, Maci, and Creed. Her sister-in-law Mildred Goodenberger of North Liberty, IA and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband; parents, brothers and sisters-in-laws: Merle and Esther Fish; Verne and Eva Fish; and Leo and Evelyn Fish; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Margaret and Wayne Ritter; Daniel and Janet Downing; Earl Goodenberger; and Evelyn Downing; Niece:Jan (Fish) Ball; Nephews: Stephen Fish; Dale Fish; and Dennis Ritter.
Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O Box 212, Shell Rock, Iowa 50670
Marilyn Bouillon, 75, of Greene, peacefully passed away Friday, September 4, 2020, in Greene. Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 10, 2020, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Retz Funeral Home, 519, N. 1st Street, Greene and continue 1 hour before the service at the church on Thursday. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to her family at P.O. Box 25, Greene, Iowa 50636.
Marilyn Kathleen Bouillon was born May 9, 1945, in Ionia, Iowa, the fourth of 9 children born to Cyril and Marie (Huffman) Sinnwell. She was educated in the Nashua School District, graduating in 1963.
On June 20, 1964 Marilyn was united in marriage with Jerry Bouillon at St. Michael’s Church in Nashua. They raised 3 children.
Marilyn worked various jobs throughout her adult life, and retired from Pfizer in 2010. While working at Pfizer and after retirement she owned and operated Bouillon Flower and Garden. She was a hard worker and was always at one job or the other.
Marilyn will be remembered for her spunky attitude and knowledge of all things concerning plants and flowers.
She had a great spirit of getting to know people and engaging them in conversations about their lives. She had a great love of singing to her grandchildren, dancing and playing cards with her family and friends.
Marilyn is survived by her husband of 56 years, Jerry; children: Nanette (Tom) Spratt; Patrick (Kellie) Bouillon and Kip (Deb) Bouillon; grandchildren: Damian (Hannah) Spratt, Brett (Phil) Dane, Casie (Blake) Stroberg, Chase (Jasmine) Spratt, Jeffrey (Alexandria) Bouillon, Kirby (Brandon) Becker, Jennifer (Kelly) Warrick, Christina (Jon) Gambrell, Tricia (Stephen) Schwering and Ashley (Steve) Schwering; 11 great grandchildren and many brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; 2 great grandchildren: Shanna and Thomas; her brother and sister-in-law: Dan and Sue Sinnwell.
Funeral Services for Phyllis Mae Jewell, 94, of Greene will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 12, 2020, at the United Methodist Church of Greene with Pastor Joan Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Funeral may be viewed later at www.retzfh.com. There will be visitation 1/2 hour before the service at the church.
Phyllis was born on January 31, 1926, in Greene, Butler County, Iowa, the daughter of Glen and Bertha (Shultz) Starkweather and died at the Valley View Care Center on Thursday, September 3, 2020. She graduated from Greene High School in 1943.
Phyllis provided administrative support for many area businesses, most notably Farmers Co-op Creamery along with other area businesses. She retired from the Butler County Public Health Department.
Phyllis was united in marriage to Donald R. Jewell on April 10, 1946, at the Methodist Parsonage in Greene, Iowa.
Phyllis was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Greene and a member of the Dorcas Circle. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
For 18 years, Don & Phyllis were snowbirds living at Winter Ranch, in Alamo, TX. Phyllis loved to play cards (especially Bridge and 500) and work on crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and various crafts.
Living family members include her two children Janet Scheidler, Lee’s Summit, MO; Karen (Jim) Papritan, Viera, FL; grandchildren, Paul Spratt, Louisville, KY; Gina (Joey) Breece, Lee’s Summitt, MO; Dana (Jim) Mather, Rogers, AR; Brandy (Jason) Jochumsen, Hudson, IA; and Lacey (Eric) Snoke, Carroll, OH; James (Julie) Papritan, Hempstead, NC; Jenny (Rob) Rose, Minneola, FL; Andrea (Jon) Marcum, Grain Valley, MO; Danielle (Sean Cox) Tatzko, Blue Springs, MO; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Jeanene Drahos and Shirley Jewell; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brother, Charles E. Starkweather; son-in-law, Kim S. Scheidler, brothers-in-law, Russell Jewell, and Paul Drahos; sisters-in-law Darlene (Emmet) Kiehn, Judy (Frank) Holmes.
Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa.
Graveside Services for Mildred Senne, 98, of Greene will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.
Mildred Fern Wilkie was born on November 1, 1921 at her home in Rockford, Iowa to Mabel Lavina Larsen Wilkie and Frank Edgar Wilkie. She passed away August 7, 2020 in her home in Fort Worth, Texas.
Mildred graduated from Rockford High School and attended Iowa State Teachers’ College (now UNI). On June 13, 1941 she married Martin Christian Senne, and they made their home in Greene, where she was employed at the First State Bank.
During World War II, Mildred joined her husband in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where he was a Quartermaster in the Army Air Corps. While there, Mildred was employed as a payroll clerk for a large department store.
After the war, the couple returned to Greene. They raised three daughters: Ferrol, Margaret, and Joanne. Mildred was a member of Saint Peter Lutheran Church for over 70 years. While a member of St. Peter, she sang in the choir, was a member of the former Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society, Ladies Aide, and the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She was very active in the former North Iowa Girl Scout Council, a member of the Women’s Apollo Club, the Greene High School Music Mothers, the Greene Women’s Club, P.E.O., and a charter member of the Greene Community Chorus.
Her family was most important to her. She also liked reading, traveling, and knitting. She was an avid golfer and bridge player, belonging to four bridge clubs and the Round Grove Golf and Country Club. She served on the Butler County Republican Committee.
In 2008, Mildred moved to Fort Worth to be closer to family. While living in Texas, she enjoyed bridge with her new friends. She continued to knit prayer shawls for Saint Peter and supported JPS County Hospital by knitting caps for new borns.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister Margaret Wilkie Bickett, and her son-in-law Dean Miller.
Left to remember her are her children, Ferrol Miller, Margaret Gabe (Dr. Lynn), and Joanne Gustafson (Terry); five grandchildren, Sarah Bennett (Alan), Brian Miller (Ashley), Michael Miller, Lt. Col Larry Gabe (Jennifer), Dr. Luke Gabe (Jessica); two step-grandchildren Amy Jass (Darin) and Andrew Gustafson; 12 great and step- great-grandchildren, Grace, Madeline, Conner, Alexander, Abigail, Graham, James, Scott, Cameron, Jacob, Elliette, and Rylan.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the family at 1321 Oak Harbor Boulevard, Azle, TX 76020.
Memorial Service for Bill Worley, 82, of Greene will be 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 20, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1309 South Kentucky Avenue, Mason City, Iowa with Bishop Blaine Hammond officiating.
Roy Willam “Bill” Worley was born in Colwell, Floyd County, Iowa, on May 27, 1938, son of Clarence Homer and Minnie Augusta (Weigand) Worley and passed away at the Valley View Care Center in Greene on August 14, 2020. He received his education in public school graduating from Greene High School in 1957.
In 1958 Bill married Marjorie Ann Noehl who died in 1981. Later Bill was united in marriage to Jacqueline Kay Smith in August of 1981.
Bill was quite the business seeking mind. During his life he owned a roller skating rink, a popcorn stand, and a partnership venture in farming, as well as a car wash. Bill worked for Oliver Farm Equipment Corporation in Charles City and retired from Davis Oil Company.
Bill was an avid fisherman who took great joy in teaching the sport to his grandchildren. He and his nephew took a hunting adventure every year a cherished time together. Bill also like to raise a garden, take road trips and was known for his spectacular Christmas light show that blessed everyone around.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Jacqueline, Greene; his sons: John (Karen) Worley, Greene; Joe Worley, Greene; three grandchildren: Ashley (Steve) Coake; Amy (Levi) Paulsen; Jonathan (Raeanna)Worley; four great-grandchildren:Kadence and Kooper Coake; Hayes Paulsen and River Worley, sister, Kay Schafer; brother-in-law, Barney Winfield and many nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Jerry, Dorothy, Lola, and Mary Lou; brothers, Harold; two sons Jeff and Marty.
Funeral Services for Sharon Frascht, 81, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Father Ralph Davis presiding.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 followed by a Rosary Service conducted by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
Sharon was born on February 11, 1939, in Liscomb, Grundy County, Iowa to George Clifford and Henrietta (Fink) Smith and died on August 5, 2020, at the Valley View Care Center in Greene. As a young girl, her family moved to Marble Rock. She attended school and graduated from Marble Rock School in 1956.
As a high school student, she met her husband Richard Frascht. They were united in marriage on February 16, 1957, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene. Their marriage was blessed with three boys: Tom, Francis, and Charles.
Sharon loved being a farmer’s wife and all the things that went with it; helping in field, gardening, raising chickens. When she couldn’t be outside, she quilted, making quilts for each of her grandchildren, put puzzles together and played cards. She enjoyed bowling and golfing. She bowled until she qualified for the National Tournament.
Sharon enjoyed having her family come for dinners. She enjoyed the preparation and the time together. She loved to bake cookies. It was always a highlight of the trips to Sharon’s when she would go to the freezer and get the cookies and the gallon ziplock bags for everyone to take cookies home. As the kids grew up, they came to appreciate her sense of humor. They also learned many things; like grandma didn’t like pigs or rhubarb.
Sharon’s hobby of genealogy was a gift to her extended family. She was the family history expert and record keeper of the Smith, Fink, Frascht and Osier families. She enjoyed getting her books out and thumbing through them to answer any question about the family history.
Sharon’s community service was extensive. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church for over 60 years. She played the organ for Sunday Mass, many funerals and weddings and a member of the church circle. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas for over 50 years. She held many positions including leadership position of District Deputy.
Over the years, she also was a member of the Butler County Pork Producers and the Porkette’s board, West Side and First Responders.
She and Richard were active members of Round Grove Country Club and enjoyed golfing. They shared their love of golf with their family. The family started a tradition of golfing as a group during the summer months and then going “back to the house” for lunch and sharing stories of the golf game.
After their nest was empty, Sharon went to work at the lunchroom at Rockford High School. She enjoyed making relationships with the kids. She had an easy laugh and loved to tease. No doubt she also kept the students in control in the lunchroom.
Left to mourn her loss, her loving husband of 63 years, Richard; he children: Tom (Kim Walters), Monona; Francis (Kathy Boyle) Rochester, MN; Charles (Brenda Boss), Miller; eight grandchildren: Courtney Frascht, Allyssa (Michael) Meckler, Tyler (Kailynn Hamersma) Frascht, Nichole Boss (Ross Monson), Dylan Frascht (October), Trevor Frascht (Michaela Grant), Hayley Frascht, Tanner Frascht; seven great-grandchildren with an 8th due in September; brother-in-law, Carl “Tuff” Frascht of Council Bluff; sisters-in-law, Ann Frascht of Charles City, Carol Nunes of Palm Desert, CA, Mary Smith, LaPort City and Karen Frascht of Grinell; and many friends in her community.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Harry and Earl; her father and Mother-in-law, Leo and Laura Frascht; brother-in-law Paul “Butch” Frascht; sisters-in-law: Florence Crabtree, Louise Wagner, Helen Hovey, and Cheryl Frascht.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa 50636.
Eunice Schoepf, 95, of Sheffield, breathed her last on earth and her first in the presence of her Savior on Sunday, August 2, 2020. She resided at Deerfield Place and the Sheffield Care Center for the last five years.
A graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 10, at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Family will be available for greeting an hour before the service. In case of inclement weather, the service will be at First Grace Baptist Church in Sheffield. Instead of flowers, memorials may be made to First Grace Baptist Church or the Gideons.
Eunice Florraine Boehlje was born on a farm northwest of Sheffield, to Henry and Lena (Koester) Boehlje on June 29, 1925. Eunice met Warren Schoepf at the Radio Chapel in Mason City, IA. They were married on November 25, 1949, at the same home of Eunice’s birth.
Eunice graduated from the Sheffield High School in 1942. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Iowa State Teachers College in 1946. Before her marriage to Warren she taught business skills at Northwood High School for three years.
Eunice was a lifelong member of First Grace Baptist Church where she served in various roles, especially as church pianist. She belonged to the Philharmonic Music and Senior Citizens Clubs. Her vocal abilities blessed many through live performances, recordings and radio.
Family members who preceded Eunice in death include her husband, her parents, and her sister and husband, Irma and Wendell Schaefer.
Those family who carry on her legacy on earth are her children, Daniel (Lea) Schoepf, Muscatine, IA, Suzanne (Dan) Theobald, Newport, MN, Steven (Linda) Schoepf, Plymouth, MN; eleven grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family can be reached through Dan Schoepf, 1899 Peck St, Muscatine, IA 52761.
Darla Kammrad, 61, of Thornton, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020 at MercyOne – North Iowa, in Mason City. A Celebration of Her Life will be held 2:00 pm, September 19 at the Sheffield City Park. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton next to her husband.
Darla Leann Kammrad was born November 6, 1958 in Blue Earth, Minnesota a daughter of Larry and Norma (Espeland) Peters. She received her education in Swea City and a country school near Kanaranzi, Minnesota, graduating from Sheffield Chapin with the Class of 1977. She then attended Hamilton Business College.
On October 7, 1978 Darla was united in marriage with Doug Kammrad at the First United Methodist Church in Sheffield. This marriage was blessed with two sons.
She worked as a medical transcriptionist in Sibley and later at Farm and Home Publishing in Belmond. She also worked at Principal and Stephen’s Hearing Aid Center in Mason City and did in home childcare.
Darla was an animal lover and especially enjoyed owls and eagles. She had a love/hate relationship with the Minnesota Vikings, loving the team, hating the disappointments they sometimes delivered to the fans. She enjoyed time with her family and was a great cook and was known for her fried chicken. She also was a gifted artist and painted holiday pictures on many windows over the years.
Darla’s husband Doug died in 1998. Due to health issues Darla needed to stop working several years ago. She was cared for by her parents until a stroke 3 years ago required her movement to the Sheffield Care Center.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons: Jeremy (Dani) Kammrad, Menno, SD and their children Sydnee and Tyree; Derek (Annette) Kammrad, Plymouth, IA and their children Tjaden (Cortni) Kammrad their son Aksel; Cortlyn and Kaeleah Kammrad; her parents; Larry and Norma Peters, Sheffield; brother: Darvin Peters (friend Julie), Meservey.
Darla is preceded in death by her husband and sister-in-law Tracy Peters in 2017 and two cousins, Kim Wischmeyer and Cindy Trenary.
Graveside Service for Willam C. Riggan, 79, of Marble Rock, will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 3, 2020, at Westside Cemetery in Marble Rock with Pastor Robert Scheurer officiating.
Visitation will be at the Walter F. Bohl Community Center, 520 College St. in Marble Rock for 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, August 2, 2020.
William was born on May 31, 1941, in Rockwell, Iowa, the son of Earl and Mildred (Heaford) Riggan and passed away on July 30, 2020, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.
William attended public school and graduated from Rockford High School in 1958. He attended NIACC for Oliver Company classes. Bill served in the United States Army where he was a firefighter in Vietnam.
As a young man he owned and operated a tree service. Bill worked for Oliver Farm Equipment Company and White Farms in Charles City. He worked for CE Contracting in Hampton and then PCI Construction where he worked until his retirement. Bill also hauled cars for Austin Classic Cars after retirement.
He was a member of the Marble Rock, Strad-Gates American Legion Post 387. Bill belonged to the Mason City Moose Lodge 1328, where he held several offices and earned his Fellowship Jacket.
Bill liked woodworking and tinkering with things like tractors. Along with his good friend Mark True he built a saw mill, which was used in the restoration work on the power house and gazebo at the Marble Rock Dam with wood from his saw mill. Bill had a real knack with animals. He enjoyed farming when he had cattle, pigs, horses, goats, rabbits, and chickens. Bill liked spending time with his family and was very proud of his grand and great-grandchildren.
Living family members include his children: Stacy (Mark) McCoy, Albany, WI; Sheri Hillegas, Bassett, IA; Lonnie (Amy) Rasmus, Mount Iron, MN; Brian Westendorf (friend, Jessica), Marble Rock; Angela (Ryan) Freese, Dumont,IA; Bob (Brandi) Riggan, Marble Rock, IA; 16 grandchildren with another on the way; 13 great-grandchildren; mother of his children Terry Riggan; brothers: Donald Riggan, Rockford, IA; Gerald (Jeanne) Riggan, Rockford, IA; Kenneth Riggan, Apple Valley, CA; sister, Margie Anderson, Mason City, IA; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Marvin Riggan and sister, Carolyn Riggan.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa, 50636.
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Funeral Services for Deborah L. Kock, 61, of Woodward (formerly of Marble Rock) will be 10:30 am, Monday, July 27, 2020 at the United Methodist Church in Marble Rock with Pastor Dennis Burns and Lay Minister Darwin Kock officiating. Burial will be in Sunnyside Memorial Gardens in Charles City next to her parents. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Sunday at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. 1st Street, Greene.
Deborah was born March 25, 1959 and adopted at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida by her loving parents Alvin “Bud” and Betty (Hesse) Kock and died Thursday, July 23, 2020 at the Woodward Resource Center in Woodward, Iowa. She received her education in public schools wherever the family was stationed.
Deborah was of the Christian Faith and attended Lutheran congregations, she enjoyed many hobbies, did word search puzzles, art projects, and made latch hook rugs. Deborah was very active in the Special Olympics where she was excellent at swimming.
She will be sadly missed by her daughter Beverly Lynn (Jon) Duncomb, Marble Rock; 5 grandchildren: Kaylah (Nick) Schweizer, Logan (Nace) Demaray, Jenna Knecht, Wesley Knecht, Caden Woltjer; 2 great-grandchildren: Jada and Blair Schweizer; Brother Gary E. Hesse, Marble Rock; 2 nephews: Nick (Liz) Hesse, Bettendorf, IA; Jon Hesse, Clarksville, IN.
Deborah was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be directed her family at P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa 50636.
Carla Lee Plagge, age 86, of Sheffield, died July 9, 2020 at Mercy One in Mason City. A private family service for Carla will be held at the First Grace Church of Sheffield, July 13, with Pastor Ben Hartwig of Calvary Baptist Church in Greene, presiding. Burial will be at the Hillside Cemetery in Sheffield. Friends are welcome to join the family at the cemetery approximately 1:45 pm
Carla Lee (Zimmerman) Plagge was born on January 11, 1934 in Hampton, Iowa to Dorothea Lillie and (David) Carl Zimmerman.
Carla grew up in Sheffield. She graduated from Sheffield High School and married the love of her life, Dallas Frederick Plagge on November 11, 1951.
Carla was a graduate of the Patricia Stevens Modeling Academy and attended the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was a member of the National Association of Professional Women, the Chicago Dance Masters and the local Tri-S Club. She had her own dance school, the “Carla Lee Dance Studio” in Mason City for over 20 years.
Carla was a member of the First Baptist church of Sheffield all of her life. She sang in the choir and directed the “First Baptist Singers” along with the children’s choir. She delighted in teaching Sunday school, creating countless skits and directing the songs for Vacation Bible School.
Carla Lee Plagge, leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, a daughter, Gigi Gay (Plagge) Bohach & her husband, Kevin; and two sons: Lance Prescott Plagge & his wife Julie; Lon Parrish Plagge & his wife Lisa; 10 grandchildren: Jill, Jennifer, Jared, Tyler, Austin, Davison, Micaiah, Nathaniel, Payton, Logan and 11 great-grandchildren: Brianna, Brooke, Owen, Blake, Levi, Sawyer, Aubrey, Ava, Ashton, Eli and baby Phelps. She will be deeply missed by her brother, Larry Zimmerman of Mason City, brother-in-law, Merlin Plagge of Sheffield, sister-in-law, Elaine Plagge of Latimer and many nieces and nephews. Her very special roommate, Phyllis Armstrong, many caregivers and friends at the Sheffield Care Center will also grieve her loss.
Preceding her in death were her husband of 61 years, Dallas Plagge; beloved grandson, McClain Bohach, her parents, Dorothy & Carl Zimmerman; her brother, David Zimmerman; her sister-in-law, Linda Zimmerman; her in-laws, Frieda & George Plagge, Grace Plagge; her brother/sister in-laws, Martin & Elvera Logan, Shirley Plagge, Dean Plagge, Maynard & Karen Plagge and Larry Plagge.
Funeral Services for David Joseph Nixt, 82, of Greene will be 10:30, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Father Ralph Davis officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church.
David Joseph Nixt was born on March 16, 1938, at Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa to Peter and Magdelene (Puhl) Nixt and died Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at his home in Greene. He received his education in public school graduating from Greene High School in 1956.
David was united in marriage to Thelma McNamara on June 12, 1987, at St Mary Catholic Church in Greene.
David was a farmer his entire life. Although hard work took up much of his time, he was devoted to his family. His hobbies include woodworking with his kids, he enjoyed going on long Sunday drives, liked to create wooden toys for his grandchildren, and loved to play many different card games with friends and family. David’s favorite treat was ice-cream.
Living family members include his wife, Thelma; his children: Marlene (Jeffrey) Kalvig, Fort Dodge; Marilyn Kraft, Greene; Mary (Richard) Johnson, Greene; Marj (Dan) Chipp, Latimer; Mike McNamara (Special Friend Renae Loy), Greene; 14 grandchildren: Nicholas Kalvig, Tim (Kathryn) Kalvig, Kristofor (Callie) Kalvig, Breeanna and Livia Kalvig, Carrie Kraft, Avery (Lauren) Johnson, Addison Johnson, Amy Bahnsen, Erin Crawford, Logan (Caleigh) Chipp, Dalton Chipp, Tanner and Amber Hoth; 9 great-grandchildren- with another due in August; brother James Nixt, many nieces and nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Charles Kraft, and a baby brother at infancy.
Memorials may be sent to Family at P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.
Funeral services for Bruce Ellis Menken, 89, of Waverly (formerly of Greene), will be Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., at Trinity Methodist Church in Waverly. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m., at the church. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene at 2:30 p.m.
He was born July 2, 1931, son of Richard O. and Hazel (Lawyer) Menken in Coldwater Township Rural Butler County and died Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community.
He attended rural Floyd County schools, graduated from Greene High School in 1949, and attended Iowa State University, but when his father became ill, Bruce had to leave the university and took over the operation of the family farm. His early departure from the university never dampened his love for Iowa State, which was evident in every conversation he had about college sports.
Bruce married Marie Eilderts on September 18, 1957, in Bethel Reformed Church in rural Aplington, Iowa. They adopted two children, Mervin and DeAnn. Bruce continued on the family farm for many years. He and Marie moved into Greene in 1991, where he worked for local elevators. An avid woodworker, he and Marie became “The Crafting Hands” and attended craft shows for several years, his specialty being wooden barn and silo shadow boxes. He used his miniature John Deere toy tractor collection to display in the boxes. As one of his great-granddaughters reminded him prior his death, red tractors are the wrong color.
Bruce was confirmed in the United Methodist Church in Greene in 1945, and was a loyal member, holding many positions in the church over the years. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Floyd County Mutual Insurance in Charles City for 24 years. When they moved to Waverly, both he and Marie became involved at Trinity United Methodist Church folding bulletins, ushering, and more.
Left to cherish Bruce’s memory are his loving wife, Marie; children, Mervin (Tiffany) Menken of Greene Iowa, DeAnn (Arthur) Beger of Lyons, Illinois. Five grandchildren, Amanda (friend Sean Hook) Menken, Hillary (Taylor) Harting, Emily Menken, and Christopher and Olivia Beger. Six great-grandchildren, Tye and Hailey Hernandez, Conner Hobson, Abigail Marrs, Mackenzie Harting, and Rosalynn Hall.
Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa 50636.
Amelia Guth, 91, of Meservey, passed away Monday, June 29, 2020, at her home. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 2, at the First Reformed Church in Meservey with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Interment will be at the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Church beginning at 10:00 a.m. Thursday.
Amelia was born September 9, 1928, at Belmond, the 10th child of Dick and Minnie (Pals) Barkema. She was educated in Belmond Schools. On September 23, 1948 Amelia was united in marriage with Eugene J. Guth at the parsonage of the Immanuel Reformed Church at Palsville. Amelia and Gene lived and farmed at the same farm the rest of their lives.
Amelia was a member of the First Reformed Church in Meservey. She was an avid bowler and great cook, known for her apple pies and Angel food cakes. She loved being a farm wife and continued taking care of the farm and her family until her death.
Her family includes her son Gary Guth who preceded her in death; son: Larry Guth, Clarion; daughter Darlene (Lee) Haines, Mason City; grandchildren: Lance (Dawn) Guth, Heather (Carl) Roehl, Justin (Cammi) Haines, AJ Haines; great grandchildren: Peyton, Dylan, Taylor, Noah, Gabe, Josie, Ivy, Beau, Emma and Nora; brother: Dick Barkema.
Amelia is preceded in death by her parents, husband Eugene, son Gary and 8 sisters and brothers.
Maxine Groesbeck, 89, of Sheffield, passed away June 16, 2020, at the Sheffield Care Center. Per her request her body was cremated, family memorial services will be held at a later date.
Maxine Elizabeth Groesbeck was born July 12, 1930 in Franklin County, Iowa, a daughter of Henry and Esther (Dittberner) Nicolet. She graduated from Thornton High School, graduating in 1948 and attended North Iowa Community College.
On August 22, 1948 Maxine married Clarence Eugene Groesbeck at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thornton. To this union four children were born: Douglas Eugene, Steven Michael, Brent Allen and Shelley Sue. The couple divorced in 1970.
Maxine worked at Franklin County Farmers Mutual Insurance, Sheffield Brick and Tile and the Sheffield Care Center.
Maxine was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sheffield and was active in the UMW, the church council, the Senior Citizens, The Red Had Society and the Sheffield Care Center. Maxine was a “People Person” and loved doing things for anyone that needed her help.
Family members include her children: Douglas (Denise) Groesbeck, Williams, California; Steven Groesbeck, Arlington, Texas; Brent (Linda) Groesbeck, Dayton, Nevada; Shelley Kolweier, St. Louis, Missouri; 8 grandchildren: Nicolet Weber, Emily Groesbeck, Travis Groesbeck, Bryon Groesbeck, Adam (Joslyn) Stock, Jason (Lindsey) Stock, Stephanie (Ron) Hinton, Jordan Kolweier, and many great grandchildren.
Maxine is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Esther Nicolet, granddaughter Lindsay Nicole Stock, son-in-law Roger Kolweier, sister and brother-in-law: Darlene and Richard Wonsmos and dear friend Guymon Sears.
Memorials may be directed to the family at 1547 Birnamwood Trail Drive, Ballwin, MO 63021
Graveside Services for Eldon Randall, 86, of Charles City will be 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Hillside Cemetery in Marble Rock with military honors by Straudt – Gates Post 386 American Legion, Marble Rock. Eldon Randall passed away on Monday, June 15, 2020 at the Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City.
Eldon E. Randall was born March 28, 1934 at Shell Rock, Iowa a son of Virgil and Inez (French) Randall. At a young age his family moved to Marble Rock. He graduated from Marble Rock High School with the class of 1951. He then farmed with his father until entering the United States Army in September 1953, serving in Germany until 1955.
When Eldon returned home, he spent many years with Teamsters Local 828 as a truck driver with Briggs and Midwest Trucking. He was a member of the Marble Rock Post American Legion and enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.
Eldon was married to Bonnie Tibbits. She passed away in 1987. On April 28, 1990 Eldon married Catherine Tobin in Mason City. They moved to Charles City in 2006.
Family members include his wife Cathie; step children: Mike (Jeanene) Blickenderfer; Steve (Diane) Blickenderfer; Lori (Steve) Mathre; Dennis (Sara) Blickenderfer; Darlene (Rick) Rex; Peggy Squire; David (Vickie) Koebrick; Donna (Doug) Drake; many grandchildren and a whole host of great grandchildren; brother: Maurice Randall and sister: Deloris Willson.
Eldon is preceded in death by his parents Virgil and Inez Randall; former wife Bonnie (Koebrick) Randall; step-daughter: Diane Christi; grandson: Justin Blickenderfer; sister-in-law Marilyn Randall and brother-in-law: Clifford Willson.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Family Funeral Services for Floyd Greimann, 82, of Sheffield will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 19, 2020, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, with Pastor G Kim Wills officiating. The service will be broadcast on the church web site zionstjohn.org Anyone wishing to participate in the procession to the cemetery may line up at 11:15 a.m. Burial will be in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in rural Sheffield.
Floyd Greimann was born on December 22, 1937, on the family farm South West of Sheffield to Frederick William and Eleanora (Schaefer) Greimann and passed away on Monday, June 15, 2020, on the family farm. Floyd graduated from Chapin High School in 1955.
He was united in marriage to Arliss Fay Behn on November 27, 1960, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hampton. Before moving to the family farm, Floyd worked with his brothers at Greimann Brothers in Chapin.
Floyd was a member of Zion St. John Lutheran Church. He served in the Iowa National Guard, and served on the Chapin Elevator Board and Franklin REC Board.
He loved family, farming and working in his shop. He enjoyed fishing, camping, golf, and time spent at the family pond.
Floyd is survived by his wife, Arliss, of Sheffield; Son Gordon (Laurie) Greimann, Hampton; Tyler (Erin) Toomsen Children Luke and Nolan, Ackley; Nick (Anna) Toomsen children Cooper and Emma, Geneva; Abby (Tyler) Baltes, children Brinlee and Hudson, Hampton; Haley Toomsen, Hampton; son, Larry Greimann, Hampton; grandchildren: Taylor Greimann, Zachary (Allie Peterson) Greimann, Sheffield; Guardian to niece: Meghan (Jason) Lloyd, children Harper, Hannah and Haylee, Eldora; sister, Betty Heginger, Nevada; sisters-in-law, Margaret Greimann and Rozann Herwig and many nieces and nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Milo (Burnie) Greimann, Lewis Greimann, Carl (Doris) Greimann, Paul (Arvilla) Greimann, Ron (Lori) Greimann; brothers-in-law, Byron Heginger, Kenneth Herwig; sisters-in-law, Myrna Behn and Carla (Deane) Weir.
Memorials may be directed to Zion St. John Lutheran Church.
Funeral services for James L. Miller, 81, of Ankeny formerly of Cedar Falls, will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 12, 2020, will be live streamed on YouTube from Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, with Pastor Dennis Burns officiating. Burial will be in Westside Cemetery, Marble Rock, with Veterans Honors conducted by Tack Barnett Post 268 of Greene. There will be a private visitation prior to the service for information contact Judy Miller at 515-745-9835.
Jim was born on January 19, 1939 in Waterloo, Iowa the son of John S. and Gladys (Russell) Miller and passed away on June 8, 2020 at Rowley Masonic Community in Perry Iowa. He received his education in Waterloo and graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1958. He attended Kingsway University and Theological Seminary in Norwalk, Iowa.
Jim was united in marriage to Judy Arhart on September 14, 1983, in Waterloo, Iowa. Jim was a member of ROTC while in school. He enlisted in to the United States Army and spent some of his service in the Transportation Maintenance Polar Division in the Ice Caps of Greenland.
Jim belonged to the Waterloo Car Club, the Waterloo Black Hawk Water Skiing Club (loved to fly the Water Ski Kite), he would stand on his head on a ski board going up the river. Jim and Judy enjoyed riding with the Christian Motorcycle Association and rode motorcycle in all fifty states and around Canada. Jim and Judy won many awards for their dancing. He was very devoted to his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Jim loved to talk and never knew a stranger. Jim’s sense of humor will be greatly missed.
He pastored a non-denominational congregation in Cedar Falls and retired from John Deere as an Electrician after 25 years of service. Jim retired in 1999.
Living Family members include his loving wife of 37 years, Judy; Ankeny; his children: Steve (Sarah) Miller, Rice Lake, WI; Patricia Seery Markowitz, Woodstock, IL; Jacquelene (Lee) Patch, Chelsea, MI; David (Maria) Seery, Ankeny, IA; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa 50636.
Funeral services for Merle A. Krueger, 81, of Greene will be Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., broadcast Live on YouTube from Retz Funeral Home in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Those wishing to honor Merle by participating in the procession to the cemetery may line up at the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. We ask that everyone remain in their cars at the cemetery.
Merle Krueger was born in rural Jesup on March 19, 1939, son of Delmar and Ruby (Rigdon) Krueger and passed away on Friday, May 23, 2020 at Mercy One Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City, Iowa.
He received his education in rural Waterloo and Marble Rock. He served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1962, at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
He married Ethel Starkweather on August 25, 1962 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. They were blessed with two daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Merle loved driving truck whether rendering, milk, feed, or grain which he did until the day he had his stroke. He enjoyed camping with family and friends, being with family, going for coffee and visiting with people; liked car racing of any type which took him to Michigan several times.
Merle is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Ethel; two daughters: Betty (Monty) Heitland, Greene; Barbara (Don) Howe, Waukon; grandchildren: Lindsay (Nick) Heine, Cedar Falls; Kayla Heitland, Greene, Nicholas (Whitney) Howe, Janesville; Andrew Howe, Waukon and Sarah Howe, Waukon; great-grandsons: Eli and Ben Heine and Bellamy Howe; three sisters: Janice Neal, Ankeny; Jolene Steere, Greene and Julie (Mike) Brinkman, Greene; brother Gary (Jane) Johnson, Newton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Eddy Johnson and two brothers-in-law Leon Steere and Burdett Neal.
Because of health issues the family asks that no flowers be sent. Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa, 50636.
Funeral Service for Robert Lee Schroeder, 83, of Greene, will be broadcast Live on YouTube, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. from Retz Funeral Home in Greene. There will be no visitation due to the Covid 19 Virus. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene with Veteran’s Honors. Those wishing to honor Robert by joining in the cemetery procession should line up at the funeral home by 2:30 p.m. We ask that everyone remain in their cars at the cemetery.
Robert was born on May 31, 1936 in Greene, Butler County, Iowa, son of Herman and Ella (Hilmer) Schroeder and died Friday, May 22, 2020 at his home in Greene with his beloved wife Marilyn at his side. Robert was baptized, confirmed and later married at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Greene.
Robert attended Greene High School. As a young man he worked for local farmers and later doing tiling for Keith Zurcher. After attending Wartburg College in Waverly for two years he worked for the Forestry Service in Idaho.
Robert was drafted into the United States Army and served in Germany for two years. Upon return to the United States he served in the Reserves for an additional four years.
Robert was united in marriage to Marilyn Wiltse on June 15, 1963. They were blessed with two sons. The couple lived in Waterloo, then Washburn, and finally moved to Greene in November 2008.
While residing in the Waterloo area Bob worked for Herrick Refrigeration building pickup campers. Later, he became a Clerk for the Main Post Office in Waterloo. Eventually, Bob ran the Evansdale Post Office until his retirement in 1998.
During their early marriage Bob and Marilyn were members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Waterloo; then Redeemer Lutheran Church in Washburn and finally St. Peter Lutheran church in Greene.
Bob served with the “Meals On Wheels” program. Bob was active with the Boy Scouts in Washburn; especially while his boys were young. He enjoyed playing 500, fishing with family and friends and even got involved with quilting at St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Living family members include his loving wife of 56 years, Marilyn of Greene; two sons: Bryon (Lynne) Waterford, WI; John (Dallas), Farley, IA; seven grandchildren: Jill (Dennis) Witte, Waterford, WI; Marc (Daniel Eastman) Schroeder, Mount Dora, FL; Adam (Lindsay) Schroeder, Waterford, WI; Jennifer (Benjamin) Pepin, Shorewood, WI; Scott Schroeder, Waterford, WI; Dustin Schroeder, Cascade, IA; Robert Schroeder, Farley, IA; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Verna Brott, Benson, MN; a brother, Roy (Trudee) Schroeder, Saratoga, WY and many nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Dwight, Dale, Howard, Carroll, and Earl; and sister, Rowena Swedlund.
Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 445, Greene, Iowa 50636-0445.
Max Bernard Wedeking
Greene: Funeral Services for Max Wedeking, 89, of Marble Rock, will be broadcast live on YouTube at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, 2020, from Retz Funeral Home in Greene. Instructions for viewing may be found on our web page. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Marble Rock. To pay your respects to Max, you are invited to join the family in the procession to the cemetery (approx. 2:35 p.m.). We ask that everyone remain in their vehicles as there will be no visitation.
Max was born on December 19, 1930, in Cedar Valley Hospital in Charles City, the son of George Jr. and Lola Mae (Weatherwax) Wedeking and passed from this life on May 9, 2020 at the Nora Springs Care Center in Nora Springs, Iowa.
He was confirmed and baptized at Bethel Baptist Church in Marble Rock at the age of 13. Max lived his whole life in Floyd County. He helped his father with farming until he entered high school, doing the chores his father was unable to do anymore.
He graduated in 1948 from Marble Rock High School. He received a book about electricity from his parents and became a self-taught electrician. Max worked for the next fifty years as a full-time electrician and nine additional years part-time. He retired only when the regulations changed, and he grew older. He was always busy, with word of mouth as his only advertising. He could fix anything: telephones, heaters, corn dryers, or campground sewer problems and helped the Cedar Valley Engine Club to mention a few.
Max was united in marriage to Betty Marie Kielsmeier at the Central Methodist Church in Charles City; the couple was blessed with 2 children: Vicki RoJean and Kevin Lynn.
Max served as Township Trustee for forty years. He was also on the Marble Rock Fire Board for forty years, serving as chairman part of those years. He served on the board of directors of the Farm Bureau. Max also served on the board of the Wesleyan Church, and on the election board for Union Township. He attended night school and took classes at NIACC on electric motors, etc. Max and Betty lived with his parents a few months before they moved to Oscar Gabel’s west place in June 1959 and then moved to the home place NE of Marble Rock and remained there until entering the Nora Springs Care Center July 2, 2017.
Survived by his wife of 61 years: Betty; daughter: Vicki (Bryan) Chapman of Belmond; son Kevin (Darlene) Wedeking of Overland Park, Kansas; 6 grandchildren: Steven (Jessica) Chapman; Breanne Chapman (fiancé: Chrystian Meisenheimer), and Daniel Chapman, Lachelle Howard, Christopher McKenzie, Nathan Redfearn; 6 great-grandchildren Finn Maxwell and Jack Thomas, Austin and Makayla Howard, Christopher J. and Alexis McKenzie, 2 sisters-in-law: Thelma Kock and Lucille (Eugene) Meier; nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
Max was preceded in death by his parents: George and Lola Wedeking; in-laws Orvel and Mildred Kielsmeier; half-brother Donald and his wife Ann Wedeking; brothers-in-law, Sylvan Kock and Robert Carney, sister-in-law, Arlene Carney.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa 50636.
Marilyn Darlene (Schultz) Sheahan, 91, of Sheffield, died Friday, May 8, 2020, at the Sheffield Care Center. Family graveside services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 15 at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. A Celebration of Life will be held at Zion St. John Lutheran Church at a later date. Those who wish may send a memorial to Zion St. John Lutheran Church or the organization of your choice in Marilyn’s memory.
Marilyn Darlene Schultz was born April 10, 1929 in rural Grafton to John Herman and Rosa Anna Lena (Walk) Schultz. She grew up with her two sisters on the family farm two miles west of Grafton. She graduated as valedictorian of her class at Grafton High School in 1946. During her high school years she played 6 on 6 girls basketball and was a cheerleader for the boys team.
She was baptized and confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grafton. She graduated from Wartburg College with a two-year teaching degree in 1948. During college, she worked part time jobs at the grocery store in Grafton, and she and sister Bonnie worked one summer as reservation clerks at a hotel in Chicago.
Marilyn began her teaching career at Keystone, Iowa where she taught elementary students. She moved to Sheffield in the fall of 1950 and taught 1st or 2nd grade until 1957. She was a full-time homemaker and kept the books for Sheahan Chevrolet from 1964 – 1999.
On July 17, 1953 Marilyn was united in marriage with John Parke (Jack) Sheahan at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grafton. To this union two children were born, Jacolyn Anne and John Parke II.
Marilyn loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She loved attending their music and sports events. She enjoyed traveling and the family remembers many car trips to 45 of the 50 states. She and Jack traveled to St. Lucia, Puerta Vallarta and Florida on Chevrolet trips. They also traveled to the Western U.S. and Canada in 2001. One of the most enjoyable family trips was to the Sheahan family reunion in Roanoke, VA in 1997.
Marilyn enjoyed playing bridge, Bible study, the F and S Study Club, quilting, reading, watching sports on TV especially her beloved Chicago Cubs and their World Series win in 2016. Her friends and neighbors were a huge and important part of her life. She loved to be busy and active.
One of her happiest days was celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2003. Another momentous occasion was celebrating her 90th birthday in 2019. She was so happy to see so many friends, relatives and former students who came to wish her well.
Marilyn was active in her adopted hometown of Sheffield and served on many church and civic organizations. She was a long-time member of Zion St John Lutheran Church, serving on the church council and as a Bible School and Sunday School teacher. She was active in church circles and Bible Studies, as well as working for funerals, folding newsletters and delivering Meals on Wheels. She was an active member of Unit 277 Harlow Ray Massee Legion Auxiliary for 60 years. She was unit president, vice president, membership chair for many years and also served as a county officer as well. She was an election official for many years, worked for the assessor’s office, worked for the 1980 census and served on the Sheffield Library Board. She was an active member of the Franklin County Democratic Party.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Jackie (Tom) Burk, Goodell; John (Leigh) Sheahan, Roland; grandchildren; Ryan (Robyn) Paulsen, Belmond; Jordan (Elizabeth) Sheahan, Iowa Falls; Jacob (Jenscie) Sheahan, Story City; Ali Jo Sheahan, Cedar Falls; Phil (Laura) Burk, Holstein; Nathan (Cindel) Burk, Garner; great grandchildren: Brody, Griffin, and Blaze Paulsen; Myles and Margaret Sheahan; Emma and Ezekiel Sheahan; Kyle, Drew and Ben Burk; Nora and Jade Burk; brother-in-law: Wallace Brunsvold, Rochester, MN; sister-in-law: Mary Virginia (Ginger) Hopp, Marietta, GA; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Marilyn is preceded in death by her husband Jack; her parents, sisters Maxine Walk and Bonnie Brunsvold, brother Clyde in infancy, brothers-in-law Robert Smith, Stan Hopp and Rueben Walk.
Funeral Services for Clarence James Jensen, 83 of Greene, will be broadcast live on YouTube 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 4, 2020, from Retz Funeral Home in Greene. Instructions for viewing may be found on our web page. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. To pay your respects to Clarence, you are invited to join the family in the procession to the cemetery (approx. 11:45). We ask that everyone remain in their vehicles until directed. There will be no visitation.
Clarence was born August 30, 1936 in Sheffield, Franklin County, Iowa the son of Carl and Mary (Pyzick) Jensen and passed away April 30, 2020, at his home in Greene. .
Clarence was united in marriage to MaryAnn Brinkmann on May 23, 1959 in Washington, D.C. while Clarence served in the United States Army at Fort Meade, Baltimore, Maryland. After honorable discharge from the army in 1960, they settled on their current farm south of Greene, where they raised their 6 children.
Clarence was a life-long farmer growing many crops and raising livestock. His hard work was instilled in his children and grandchildren. If you told him he couldn’t do something, he would ask “Why not?” He would find a way to fix what couldn’t be fixed and do what couldn’t be done. One word describes his desire to improve anything and everything he got his hands on. Even his brand new Ford pickup was a victim. And when the seats were not to his liking - he ripped them out, re-stuffed them with better cushions and put them back in. It became known in the family as “Jensenizing”. Farm equipment, tractors, tools, trailers and even his fishing boat were at the mercy of his weathered hands and creative soul.
He was one of the founding members of the Snow Snoops Snowmobile Club. He enjoyed the cold Iowa winters snowmobiling, ending the ride with a hotdog roast in the snow with his kids. He groomed the trails from sunrise to sunset over 70 miles in one day at times.
He loved fishing the great outdoors. He caught crappie and bluegill in farm ponds; walleye in Canada, South Dakota, Lake Erie, and the Shell Rock River; Halibut in Alaska, and don’t forget about the great Mississippi River. He had the patience of a saint to take his kids and grandkids along - teaching them how to bait the hook, cast far, and reel them in.
Next to fishing - going to races became his second love. Go-Karts, motorcycles, stockcars, Late Models, Sprints, and Midgets. Knoxville Raceway was a favorite. “Pick a car” he would say as you sat with him on the bleachers. Later he would rub it in if his car won!
He was the loving spouse of 60 years to his wife MaryAnn; Beloved father of his six children: Aliene (Tim) Thunell, Greenwood, IN; Ferlin (Jill) Jensen, Greene; Faron (Michelle) Jensen, Greene; Dean (Shellaine) Jensen, Greene; Debra (Adam) Akers, Hampton; Ranae (John) Krull, Oregon, WI. He will be greatly missed and remembered in love by his 17 grandchildren: Tiberius Thunnel, Rhiannon Thunnel; Amanda (Zack) Allan, Shane Jensen; Ashley (Drew) Murray, Heather Harms, Kelsie Ruby, Taylor Jensen; Kylie (Cameron) Stewart, Zachary (Sara) Jensen, Kinser Jensen, Chloe (Dillion) Fehlberg; Chelsea (Bryan) Loftus, Isabell Akers; Ryan Krull, Will Krull, Lane Krull; and 12 great-grandchildren; siblings: Joan Litchfield, Charles City; Delores (Danny) Hammel, Abbotsford, WI; many nieces and nephews; and his two dogs: Zorro and Copper.
He was preceded in death by: his son Ferlin, his parents Mary & Carl; his brothers Phillip and David.
He was just a big kid who loved life to the fullest, teaching us to enjoy the sunsets. Clarence has crossed the Finish Line!
Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa 50636
Marlis Nadine Ames, 92, of Rockwell passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at MercyOne North Iowa Hospice. Funeral services will be livestreamed at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 2, from Retz Funeral Home in Sheffield with Pastor Wendy Johannessen of the Swaledale United Methodist Church presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to her family at 610 Southview Drive, Rockwell, IA 50469.
Marlis Nadine (Oehlert) Ames was born January 3, 1928 in Sheffield. She was the fourth oldest child of eight of Jesse and Hazel (Lance) Oehlert. During her childhood she attended the Evangelical United Brethren Church, Sheffield and graduated from Sheffield High School in 1945. She received high school state honors for her guard basketball skills for the Diggerettes. After graduation, Marlis was a bookkeeper for the Sheffield Brick and Tile.
On January 23, 1948 Marlis was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Wayne Ames at the EUB Church and lived in Sheffield until 1953. To this union, six children were born. They started farming near Rockwell and in 1956, they moved to the farm on Lark Avenue, Rockwell where they began Amesmar Registered Holsteins for 49 years. Marlis was a dedicated farm wife, her family enjoyed wonderful years caring for the Holstein herd, exhibiting at county, district and state levels. They moved to Rockwell in March, 2005 and Bob passed away in July, 2005.
Marlis was involved with her children’s school and 4-H activities. She was an active member of the Swaledale United Methodist Church women’s groups, served as Treasurer, Steward and Board member. She loved following her grandchildren in their activities. Meeting each new great grandchild brought her joy. She enjoyed following sports, sewing, quilting, rug making, card clubs, Lawrence Welk music, kept a daily diary, and spending time with family and friends. Dancing to Big Band music at Surf Ballroom, bowling, golfing, and traveling were enjoyed by Bob and her.
Cherishing her memory are her children: Sherri (Reedy Thomas) Ames, Columbus, Ohio; Kay Ames Ft. Dodge, Iowa; Kathy (Mike) Knudtson, Lake Mills, Iowa; Julie (Roy) Beenken, Farmington, Minnesota; Brad Ames, (Chris Paulson) Grafton, Iowa; Jodi (Brian) Ames-Peterson, Ventura, Iowa; grandchildren: Scott (Sulley) Blessman, Brian (Erin) Blessman; Karla Knudtson, Kendra (Andy) Stene, Kevin (Brooke) Knudtson; Jared, Eric (Shawna), Greg, Brent and Darren Beenken; Trenton (Trisha) Ames, Heather (Sean) Murphy; Brandon (Casey) Fitz, Cory (Brit) Borcherding, Stephanie (Mitchell) Storby; step
grandchildren Ty and Jaxen Peterson, Weston and Aundraya Paulson; 29 beloved great grandchildren; brother Delton (Loraine) Oehlert, sisters, Judy Dannen, Donna (Roger) Faber, sisters in-law Dorothy Oehlert; step sister in-law Barb Havill, many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Robert Ames; parents; infant grandson; sisters Dorothy Davolt, Evelyn Stoffer and brothers Harold and Russell; brothers-in-law Vernon Davolt, Henry J. Stoffer, David Dannen and sisters in-law Ilene Oehlert and Joann McChesney.
Funeral Services for Clarence Edward Brinkman, 88 of Greene, will be broadcast live on YouTube 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 13, 2020, from Retz Funeral Home in Greene. Instructions for viewing may be found on our web page. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. To pay your respects to Clarence, you are invited to join the family in the procession to the cemetery (approx. 11:35). We ask that everyone remain in their vehicles.
Clarence was born November 4, 1931, in Dayton Township, Butler County, Iowa the son of Fred and Isabel (Hoffert) Brinkman and passed away at the Valley View Care Center in Greene on April 9, 2020 after a 7 year struggle with Alzheimer’s. Clarence graduated from Greene High School in 1949.
Clarence was united in marriage to Violet Luchtenburg on May 18, 1951 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, Iowa. The couple was blessed with 7 children, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Clarence was a life-long farmer, and was very much involved in area agriculture as a board member of Greene COOP Elevator, COOP Creamery of Cresco and Greene, ASCS in Allison, and served as a Township Trustee. Clarence had various part-time jobs in his early years including the lumber yard in Greene, helping pour concrete and building grain bins, running a mobile corn sheller, and helped a neighbor with custom windrowing and combining oats.
Clarence was a devoted husband, father, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather. He never saw a baby that he didn’t want to take into his arms immediately to bottle feed. Clarence loved to tell jokes and stories, and was fond of saying, “Have I ever been wrong?” He liked spending time in the woods, cutting wood, starting fires, hunting, and taking fishing trips with “the boys” to Canada, Brushy Creek, and other places. He also loved a good box of chocolates and would share, but you could only have one.
Clarence is survived by his wife Violet; Children: Margorie Hanson, Nora Springs; David Brinkman, Greene; Dallas Brinkman, Webster City; Julie (Wendell) Leavens, Greene; Chris (Shirley) Brinkman, Manly; and Matthew Brinkman, Greene; Son-in-law, Keith Williams, St. Ansgar; Siblings: Darrel (Letha) Brinkman, Kenneth (Beverly) Brinkman, Catherine (Joseph) Huber, Esther Bose; Sisters-in-law: Lorraine Brinkman, Vi Wagner, Viola Luchtenburg; Brother-in-law, Harold Luchtenburg; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Clarence was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Williams; Daughter-in-law, Dixie Brinkman; Son-in-law, Donald Hanson; Great Grandson, Karson Ott; his parents; Brother, Ray Brinkman; Sisters: Ruth Duncan, Irene Sartori, and Carol Ritchie.
Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O .Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.
Lyle Miller, 88, of Thornton, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the Sheffield Care Center. Funeral services will be broadcast live on YouTube at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 3, with Pastor Deb Devine presiding. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Memorials may be directed to the family at Retz Funeral Home, PO Box 580, Sheffield, IA 50475. Link to the video may be found at: www.retzfh.com/watch-funerals-online. A public celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.
Lyle Ellsworth Miller was born on the family farm February 3, 1932, the son of Lawrence and Emma (Nicolet) Miller. He graduated from Thornton High School with the class of 1949. Lyle worked on the family farm until he was drafted into the United States Army. He served in Augsburg, Germany during the Korena War.
Upon his discharge from the military Lyle returned to Thornton and continued farming with his family. While attending a R.Y.P. (Rural Young People) Social at the Surf Ballroom Lyle met Olive Meling. The couple was married in 1957 in Forest City and took over the family farm at Thornton.
Lyle was a lifelong member of the Thornton United Methodist Church. His hometown was very important to him; he promoted the local businesses and encouraged others to do so as well. He loved his family and farming. He could entertain his children and grandchildren for hours in simple ways such as tractor rides, board games and even helping his granddaughters wash the rocks from the driveway.
Lyle always had the coffee pot on for drop in guests, he loved visiting and offering a variety of snacks. He collected farm toys, even building a room in his machine shed for just those. When he auctioned the collection off he had over 54 pedal powered farm toys in addition to the rest of the collection of farm toys, tricycles and sleds.
Surviving family includes his wife of nearly 63 years: Olive; daughters: JoAnn (Brian) Olson, Clive; Kathy Miller, Des Moines; granddaughters: Kaitlin Olson (fiancé Alex Pals) and Riley Olson (friend Keaton Andra); nieces and nephews.
Lyle is preceded in death by his parents and sister Alveda Payton.
Funeral Service for Douglas Merfeld, 71, of Marble Rock will be broadcast live on YouTube1:00 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2020, from Retz Funeral Home in Greene. Instructions for viewing may be found on our web page - www.retzfh.com.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family at P.O.Box 308 Marble Rock 50653, to benefit the Marble Rock Veteran’s Memorial.
Doug’s funeral service will be conducted by Father Ralph Davis of St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Roseville Cemetery, rural Marble Rock, Iowa.
Doug was born on January 23, 1949, to Edward and Audrey (Campbell) Merfeld in Mason City, Iowa and passed away on March 20, 2020, at the Valley View Care Center in Greene, Iowa, after a courageous battle with Parkinson Disease. He attended grade school at Roseville Catholic grade school, graduated from Marble Rock/ Rockford High School, and earned his Animal Science Degree from Oklahoma State University and diploma from Joe Reisch College of Auctioneering.
He was a lifelong member of St Mary's Catholic Church in Roseville where he was united in marriage to Tracy Klindworth Johnson on July 20, 1985.
Doug was a well-known auctioneer in the Midwest where he and Tracy managed a large auction company out of Grand Forks, ND. They sold everything from farm machinery, households, livestock, liquidations, airplanes, and real estate. Their company was involved in Civic organizations and were always ready to do benefit and charity auctions. Doug also owned and managed the Mason City College of Auctioneering. Doug and his family were well known for their Pony of Americas ponies. They trained and showed their ponies all over the USA and even had one pony sold to Australia. Doug was recently inducted into the Pony of the Americas Hall of Fame. Doug and Tracy were able to travel to many places being involved with the auctions, conventions and horse shows. They were very grateful for the times they spent traveling together.
Doug took pride in establishing the Marble Rock Veterans Memorial Park. He loved his country and was proud to do something, on a local level, to honor our veterans.
Following Doug's heart attack in 1999 they made their home in Marble Rock.
Living family members include his loving wife, Tracy; sister, Judy (Steve) Smith, Grand Junction, CO; brother, E. Alan (Sunny) Merfeld; sister, Carolyn (Dean) Athey, Columbus, NE; five nieces and nephews; many great nieces and nephews; and so many auction and POA friends.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services for Berniece M. Krull, 101, of Greene will be Friday, March 13, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.
Berniece was born on October 27, 1918, in Rural Butler County, daughter of Conrad and Sarah (Wessel) Wiegmann and died March 10, 2020 at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.
Berniece’s family moved into Bristow in 1929, where she attended school. She was baptized at St. John Lutheran Church in Vilmar on November 26, 1918, and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Marble Rock on March 6, 1950. Later she transferred to St. Peter Lutheran Church. In Greene.
Berniece was united in marriage to George Krull on December 10, 1940, at the Lutheran Parsonage in Vilmar by Rev. Wilms. To this union five sons were born. Berniece and George celebrated 52 years of marriage.
Berniece and George started married life in the Ackley area until George’s call into military service at which time Berniece moved back to Bristow. Upon George’s discharge the couple moved to the Greene area where George started farming until his retirement in 1980. Following his retirement the couple moved into the town.
Berniece was a faithful member of St. Peter Lutheran Church. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting and bead crafts. Many hours were spent playing cards, aggravation and putting puzzles together with family and friends.
Living family members include five sons: Arthur (Shirley), Dumont; Larry, Greene; Garry (Darlys), Dalen (Jeanie), all of Greene; Donald (Kathie), Woden; nine Grandchildren: Dawn Hilsman, Darcy (Marlin) Smith both of Dumont, Dan (Gail) Krull, Rockford; Lisa (Rick) Landers, Bristow; John (Ranae) Krull, Oregeon, WI; Robin (Jeff) Jacobs, Travis (Laurie Krull) both of Greene; Jason Krull, Pleasant Hill; Mat Krull, West Union; 17 great grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; eleven great great grandchildren, with one more on the way; two step great great grandchildren; sister-in-law Maida Wiegman, Charles City; many nieces and nephews.
Berniece was preceded in death by her husband, George in 1993; granddaughter Debra; her parents; sisters: Leona Rieken, Dorothy Gottshalk, Minnie Hanson, Irene Harlan, and Darlene Beenken; brothers: Clarence and Leonard Wiegmann.
Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 254 Greene, Iowa 50636.
Karen Grabbe, 77, of Sheffield, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 12, at West Fork United Methodist Church, rural Sheffield, with Pastor Shannon Chapman presiding. Her family will greet friends beginning at 10:00 a.m., at the church.
Karen Kay Grabbe was born February 26, 1943 in Fort Dodge and was adopted by Ray and Martha (Warner) Slagle. She was raised on a farm near the West Fork United Methodist Church where she was baptized and confirmed. She attended Sheffield Schools.
On November 15, 1959 Karen was united in marriage with Ray Grabbe at the West Fork Methodist Church. They made their home on a farm southeast of Sheffield where she worked on the farm and raised their three children.
Karen cherished her family and friends and never knew a stranger. She loved spending time in the outdoors. She spent many hours in the pasture watching wildlife. She enjoyed hunting deer and turkey, fishing, raising honey bees, and most of all riding horses.
Family members include her children: Kevin Grabbe, Mason City; Michelle (Steve) Moe, Columbia, MO; Dawn (Harold) Phipps, Polk City; grandchildren: Brandy (Doug) Ishmael; Brittany Moe (Drew Phillippe); Andy (Brookly) Gerleman; 3 great grandchildren: Harmony, Ava and Zoe; brothers: Bob (Sharon) Hanson; Dallas Slagle; several nieces and nephews.
Karen is preceded in death by her parents and husband Ray in 2008.
Memorials may be directed to the Karen Grabbe Memorial at P.O. Box 580, Sheffield, IA 50475