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
Funeral Services for Gertrude Marsh will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the United Methodist Church in Greene with Pastor Joan Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. A lunch will be served at St. Peter Lutheran Church following the services.
Visitation will be from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the United Methodist Church in Greene
Gertrude Hermena Marsh passed away February 14, 2020, after living 104 years. Gertie was the mother of four children, Bruce (Jenny) of Greene, Jaqueline (Galen) of Greene, Douglas of Greene, and Margery (Roger) of Winona, MN. She had 10 grandchildren: Steve Marsh, Darren (Lori) Marsh, Kelli (Mike) Hemann; Ranee (Randy) Jacobus, Jeff (Barb) Lindell; Tina (Kurt) Graven, Dan (Sara) Marsh, and Amy (John) Teeple; and Kim Weichers and David Weichers, 25 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren. She was born into the home of Hinderika (Mulder) Stubbe and Paul (PoPo) Stubbe who had immigrated from Reiderland, Netherlands. She was the 9th of 10 children. All of her brothers and sisters are deceased.
Gertie has many fond memories of living on the farm and attending country school #7, taught by Florence McWilliams. She couldn't believe how her mother raised all 10 of her children and how they trudged through the snow for two miles to get to school. She graduated from Aredale High School on the 19th day of May, 1933. Gertie was an actress in the play, "Mary the Boss's Daughter," when she attended school. She loved playing softball with her sisters and met her husband while on a trip to Greene to play. Ralph first went out with one of her sisters but showed up at another softball game the next week and asked Gertie out. They married March 6, 1938, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua and moved on a farm southwest of Greene. In 1946 she and Ralph moved to the home farm west of Greene where they lived and raised their children. She always had lunches and good meals made for the men working on the farm. She was a 4-H leader and made sure her kids had all their projects made for the county fair. In 1963 they moved to Greene by the river, then in 2001 to Valley View Apartments. She later moved to Valley View Care and lived in her little suite until her passing. Gertie was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Coldwater Club.
One of Gertie's best traits was her love for people. She always tried to make everyone else's life better. She was a planner and enjoyed being active. She enjoyed golfing, traveling to Arizona each winter, going to Alaska, going on fishing trips, working on crafts and planning parades for Greene River Days, visiting family and friends, and getting people together to play cards or board games. She also enjoyed playing bean bags, bowling, and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren doing school activities. She helped start the exercise club in Greene long ago and taught exercise until she was in her 90's. Gertie always wanted to be busy and on the go. Until her death, Gertie continued singing, playing harmonica, and piano. She played completely by ear. She played the piano several times a day and entertained the staff and other guests. She never thought she was talented, but everyone knew she had a knack playing all her favorite songs by heart. It was a great gift. Gertie will be deeply missed.
Gertie was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ralph Marsh, her parents, Paul and Henderika Stubbe and five brothers and four sisters. She was also preceded in death by her daughters-in-law Joanne Marsh and Susan Marsh, granddaughter Corine Kay Lindell, and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
Cheryl Eno, 72, of Sheffield, died Thursday, February 6, 2020, at Hospice of North Iowa, Mason City. Funeral services will be held 11:30 am, Monday February 10, 2020 at Rolling Acres Christian Reformed Church, Mason City, with Pastor Phil Boender presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be at the church Monday beginning at 10:00 am. Memorials may be directed to the Cheryl Eno Memorial Fund.
Cheryl Marie Eno was born October 18, 1947, in Charles City, a daughter of Lester and Florence (Keeling) Posekany. Her early years were spent in Dike, moving to Dougherty while in eighth grade. She graduated from Sheffield – Chapin Community High School in 1967.
Cheryl was united in marriage with Jack Eno on May 23, 1976 at the Old Methodist Church in Sheffield. They made their home in Sheffield raising three children. Cheryl worked at Mercy Hospital in Mason City in transcription before operating her own business, North Iowa Transcripts, for several years. She later worked at Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls as a transcriptionist until retiring in 2012.
Cheryl was a 4H leader and Gems leader at church for several years and enjoyed fishing, baking, dancing and crocheting baby blankets. She loved British Comedies, puzzles, and games, she especially loved spending time with her family and grandkids.
Cherishing her memory are her husband of 43 years, Jack; children: Kaycee (Ryan) Kruger, Sheffield; Megan (Ryan) Hejlik, Sheffield; Sean (Jessica) Eno, Urbandale; grandchildren: Ava & Zoe Kruger; Ethan Shields, Renner Hejlik, Dylan & Isabelle Eno; aunts, uncles and nephews.
Cheryl is preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Florence, foster son, Tri Nygen and brother, Gary Posekany.
Timothy Floy, 64, of Thornton passed away Saturday, February 1, at Mercy One North Iowa Hospice, Mason City. Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 12, at Richland Lutheran Church, Thornton with Rev. Robert Harting presiding. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton at a later date.
Timothy J, Floy was born March 1, 1955 to Marvin and Gladys Floy. He graduated from Meservey-Thornton School in 1973.
Tim’s favorite past-time was spent fishing and spending time with his dogs.
Tim is preceded in death by his parents and brother Steve.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials contributions to Richland Lutheran Church in Thornton.
Kim Gjetley, of Toledo, formerly of Thornton, passed away Sunday February 2, 2020, at Cedar Valley Hospice in Waterloo. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Retz Funeral Home, 107 N. 2nd St., Thornton, with Pastor Bob Kosbau of Grace Church, Marshalltown presiding. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will begin at noon Saturday and continue until the service at 2:00 pm.
Kim Louise Gjetley was born June 2, 1957 in Marshalltown, a daughter of John and Lola Mae (Prusha) Holst. She graduated from high school in Lincoln, Nebraska and attended college in Lawton, OK earning her diploma and becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse. She served as an LPN at Commanche County Memorial Hospital and the Indian Hospital in Lawton, OK; Rome Hospital in Rome, NY; Utica State Hospital in Utica, NY; Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake and the Sheffield Care Center as well as Mercy Hospital in Mason City.
On February 2, 1979 Kim was united in marriage with Bruce S. Gjetley in Mason City. She attended church and taught Sunday School at Army and Air Force bases in the Philippines, Oklahoma, New York. And attended First Baptist Church, Sheffield; Faith Baptist, Hampton; Center Street Baptist, Marshalltown; Mesquakie Assembly of God and Grace Church in Marshalltown.
While in the Philippines she volunteered for the American Red Cross serving in the Well Baby Clinic in the Hospital. She loved farm life and raising all sorts of animals on their acreage outside Thornton and helped with the local 4H chapter.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 41 years: Bruce; children: Amber (David) Wiede; Kendra (Ted) Peterson; Kali (Jan) Posten; Bruce M. Gjetley (s/o Danielle Spec); Seven grandchildren; siblings: Steve Griffith (s/o Rhonda Olszewski); Gina (Damon) Dornbier; Arthur Rice, Jr. (Jessica); aunts and uncle: Darleen Hofer; Gail Hall; Rob Hall, and many friends.
Kim is preceded in death by her Grandparents Florence Prusha and Edward Prusha; her father John Holst and his parents; uncle Eugene Prusha and her mother Lola Holst on February 4, 2020 as well as uncle Don Hofer and mother-in-law Lola Rice.
Chad Larson, 40, of Sheffield, died Friday, January 24, 2020, in an auto accident in Sheffield. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield, with Pastor Shannon Chapman presiding. Visitation will begin at noon at the funeral home.
Chad Joseph Larson was born July 11, 1979, in Iowa City, a son of Jacque Sickels and Ron Larson. He received his education in Waterloo and Marshalltown. For the past few years he worked for Croell Ready-mix as a driver. He truly felt this was a high point in his life.
Chad was very smart and could fix anything, especially cars. He loved fishing and being with his dogs. Sunday afternoons often included a backyard barbeque and potluck with his family and friends.
His family members include his mother: Jacque Sickels; father: Ron (Jeanie) Larson; sisters and brother: Monica (Brian) Shoats; Abby (Craig) Holtoff; Adam (Cassie) Larson; many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and a large extended family of friends and longtime companion: Christy Oudekerk.
Chad is preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents; a niece Hanna Elizabeth, a special uncle Rick and other aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers his family requests donations to your local food pantry in his memory or the school lunch program to help with children with past due accounts.
Charlotte Ann Davis
Allison: Funeral Services for Charlotte Davis, 65, of Allison, will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Trinity Reformed Church in Allison with Pastor Jeremy VanGerderen officiating. Burial will be in the Allison Cemetery in Allison.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Monday night at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. 1st Street, Greene, and will continue one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.
Charlotte Davis was born on April 23, 1954 to Donald LuVerne and Bernita (Schrage) Davis and passed away on January 30, 2020 at Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa. Charlotte attended public school graduating from Allison Bristow High School in 1973. Following graduation she worked on the family farm. She loved country living and especially enjoyed raising chickens and selling their eggs around town. Charlotte would also babysit for some of her neighbors.
Charlotte was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Vilmar. When she moved to Allison she attended Trinity Reformed Church. She was always an active member making herself available for any position she might fill.
Charlotte worked for many years at the Riverside Cafe in Greene. More recently she worked as a cook and server for Steere’s Cafe. Charlotte would help anyone in need. She was especially sympathetic to the elderly carrying them to medical appointments, the grocery store or any other appointments that might came up. Charlotte had an industrial sewing machine and did clothing repairs to help make ends meet. Although she did not have material wealth she felt rich because of the friends and community that surrounded her. She loved to crochet and play cards. Charlotte was a very hard worker.
Charlotte moved into Allison from the family farm about 5 years ago. She once again made herself available to the community. The word ‘No’ was never in her vocabulary. She had a nice smile and a servant’s heart.
Living family members include her two brothers: Henry (Julie) Davis, Puyallup, WA, LuVerne (Edna) Davis, Allison, IA; nieces and nephews: Allyson Wood, Madison Sikes, Joannalyn (Keith) Johnson, Lloyd Davis, Rashell (Jeton) Haxijaj, Matthew Davis; grandnieces and nephews: Jayden, Jazmyne and Reijad; as well as many friends.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Bernita.
Memorials may be directed to the St. John’s Lutheran Church, Vilmar or the Trinity Reformed Church in Allison.
Frank Uhde, Sr., 83, of Thornton, passed away Monday, January 20, 2020, at the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton. Funeral Service will be held 5:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton, with Rev. Rodney Meester of First Reformed Church of Meservey presiding. Interment at a later date will be at the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 2:00 - 5:00, Saturday at the funeral home.
Frank Eugene Uhde was born January 1, 1937, in Marshalltown, Iowa a son of ‘Red’ Leland and Frances (Stull) Uhde. He was educated in the Marshalltown School District.
At 16 years of age, with permission from his parents, Frank enlisted in the United States Army. He served one tour of duty in Korea and three in Vietnam as a medic. He retired from the Army as a Sargent Major.
On January 25, 1969, Frank was united in marriage with Karen Dirks at the First Reformed Church in Meservey. They made their home in north Iowa and Frank worked at Metalcraft and then the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff department. He was always active and for a time owned the Chit Chat Café, worked at several manufacturing jobs and even the building of Interstate 35 in north Iowa.
Frank was always helping people and for many years portrayed Santa Claus on the Thornton overpass to share Christmas with children who were traveling on the holiday. He never knew a stranger and was always helping someone with whatever they needed. He had a passion for woodworking and hunting and fishing. Keeping active he didn’t let his pain or other health issues dampen his sense of humor.
Left to fond memories are his children: Jeana (Aaron) Vradenburg; James Uhde; Janace (Aaron) Knapp; Kim (Ralph) Hamand; Dori (Mark) Sparby; Frank Jr. (Tonya) Uhde; 14 grandchildren: 18 great grandchildren; sister: Rosie Davis; brother: Myron ‘Butch’ (Jan) Uhde; brothers-in-law: Jim (Nancy) Dirks; John (Cindy) Dirks; Ron Dirks; sister-in-law Elsa Dirks; nieces, nephews and many good friends and his faithful canine companion Tippy.
Frank is preceded in death by his wife Karen in 2018; granddaughter Jennifer Hamand; parents Red and Frances Uhde; sister Virginia Carlson and a brother in infancy.
Frank’s family would like to thank all his friends and the excellent staff at the Rehabilitation Center in Hampton and Hospice of North Iowa, where he was treated like family.
Memorials may be directed to the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton or Hospice of North Iowa.
Funeral Services for Marjorie Butzlaff, 101, of Greene will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, with Pastor Dan Hanson officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Marjorie Ruth Neal was born in Powersville, Floyd County, Iowa on September 7, 1918, to Robert Earl and Gertrude (Simpson) Neal and passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at the Valley View Care Center in Greene. She received her education in country school.
As a young woman, Marjorie taught music and that is where she met her future husband, Raymond. Marjorie played piano, organ and the accordion.
Marjorie was united in marriage to Raymond J.H. Butzlaff on December 21, 1939, at St. Peter Lutheran. Being a talented seamstress she was able to make all the family’s clothing even Raymond’s suits. She was a wonderful cook and baker. At the age of 88, she picked 105 qts. of raspberries, from her patch, and made jelly, jams and pies to give to her family and friends.
Marjorie’s love for sewing could be seen in the clothes she made for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. For years, she crocheted lots of doll clothes. Her home was filled with her beautiful creations. Marjorie loved anything that was crafty and used her imagination. She created many beautiful wedding cakes.
She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Hobby Club, Packard Club, church quilt group and Prayer Shawl Group. She was still making prayer shawls (over 100) and quilts into her mid 90’s. In previous years, she played organ for the church and taught Sunday School.
She was a loving and wonderful, wife, mother, and grandmother and will be missed by her daughter-in-law, Brenda; grandchildren: John (Christine) Butzlaff, Diane Buss (Tim Buss), Allison Reams (Dennis Jensen); great-grandchildren: Crystal Wordes (Rob Wiedmeyer), Tabitha (Damien) Mennen, Angaleta Fisher, Miranda Fisher, Colin Butzlaff; step great grandchildren: Heather (Cody) Kennedy, Rich Galusha (Taylor Dawson), and great-great grandchildren: Kamron, Mallory, Jacob, Kyra, Emma, Maia, Noah, Jaymison, and Koah.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Raymond; son, Larry September 26, 2019, brother, William Neal and sister, Ethel Gehl.
Funeral Services for LaVern Landers, 74, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 13, 2020, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor G. Kim Wills officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, at St. Peter Lutheran Church and will continue Monday one hour prior to services.
LaVern was born on May 16, 1945, to Carl and Lorena (Heuer) Landers in Greene, Butler County, Iowa. He passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2020, after courageously battling cancer for the past 8½ years. He received his education in the Coldwater Township #5 School and later in Greene High School.
A life-long member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, LaVern was baptized on June 14, 1945 and confirmed on March 22, 1959. He was an active member and made his talents available wherever they might be needed. LaVern was united in marriage at St. Peter Lutheran Church to Marlene Martha Bruns on August 15, 1965. This union was blessed with two children, Jason and Angela.
His strong work ethic helped LaVern “Slim” be successful throughout his life. As a young man, he worked for Greene Lime Stone Construction. He then was employed by Hydrotile Machinery Co. in Nashua where he worked as a welder for 15 years. LaVern became a self-employed carpenter in 1976, a trade he enjoyed for more than 38 years. He and his partner, Steve Clapham, were responsible for many of the newly constructed homes in our area.
In his spare time, LaVern enjoyed coon hunting and fishing. He loved horses and the thrill of participating in chariot races. He greatly enjoyed attending horse sales and watching horse shows. As a horse trader, LaVern loved to barter and always worked to get the best deal possible.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, LaVern spent many hours watching his grandchildren participate in sports and school activities. His most recent joy came from his two great-grandsons, Barrett and Colt.
Living family members include his loving wife of 54 years, Marlene; children: Jason (Kayleen) Landers, and Angela (Tim) Christensen, all of Greene; grandchildren: Courtney (Dustin) Baumann of Holmen, WI; Wyatt (Cortney) Landers of Waverly, IA; Haley Landers of Cedar Falls, IA; Riley Christensen of Omaha, NE; Reed Christensen of Bettendorf, IA; and Darby Christensen of Greene; great-grandsons: Barrett Baumann and Colt Landers; brothers: Earl (Priscilla) Landers and Lyle (Marcia) Landers of Greene; sister LaDonna Schriver of Greene; sister-in-law, Carol Landers; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lorena Landers, and his brother Verl Landers.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.
Mildred Louise Nabors Barnett…passed away on Christmas Eve, 2019.
Mother would have been 94 on February 7th, 2020. That translates to a long, full life in terms of time. She and my dad were children of the depression era, but my mother went one further by living in the dust bowl in the Texas panhandle. Her life was not easy back then, nor my dad’s, but both managed to meet and love each other during World War 2 as so many of that generation did. Mom raised 4 boys counting my dad as one. There was Dwight Sr., Dwight Jr., and the twins Michael Earl and Charles Edward. I never heard her say whether or not she had wanted a girl but then she was one of four sisters without brothers. Five women in that household with my poor granddad as referee. So maybe she didn’t miss having a girl or two around the house.
Mom was a disciplinarian from the get-go. You simply did not get away with anything in her household. That is probably the only reason that the three of us brothers survived to live our lives. She was a good cook and home maker. She didn’t work a day in her life after dad came back from Saipan at the end of the world until brothers three were gone and she became bored and took a job. Employers loved her because she followed and enforced all of the rules and kept everything ship-shape, while maintaining a very good customer relationship with those who walked in the front door, or any door for that matter.
Retirement didn’t come easy for my folks. Growing up during the depression it was hard to imagine that you didn’t have to go to work every day to have bread on the table. But retire they did, in the foothills of Arkansas. Problem with retirement: nothing to do did my dad in. He needed activity but simply didn’t get what he needed. Mom, on the other hand, was always busy with taking care of an ailing, aging husband. Her house was still always immaculate: everything in its place and sparkling, whether people were coming over or not didn’t matter, it was always ready. She would have done the military proud had she enlisted; would have made top NCO in no time flat. Everything perfect and clean and rules being followed; I take it back, maybe she would have made General which would have suited her much better.
Mom finally decided to lay all aside four years ago and go into assisted living. It was here that life finally caught up with her. She was tired of the years and the toil. She chose inactivity and solitude over doing things with the other roomies in the home; I do believe that is what finally let everything catch up with her. Had she kept moving at her normal pace I might not be writing this story about her now, but she didn’t and now she is in God’s hands.
That is a summary of a very long full life. She was an interesting woman. She was definitely in love with my father and her boys. She was a mom to the end.
"Love to Mom, Dwight Jr. and Charles Edward"
Alveda Myrtle (Miller) Payton was born December 19, 1928, to Lawrence and Emma (Nicolet) Miller of rural Thornton, IA. She passed away at the Sheffield Care Center, Sheffield, IA, on her 91st birthday.
Visitation will be Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. at the Retz Funeral Home, Thornton and continue an hour before the service at The First United Methodist Church, Thornton, IA.
A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 22nd at the First United Methodist Church, Thornton. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton.
She graduated from Thornton High School and Ellsworth College where she received her teaching certificate. She taught in the Thornton School system prior to marrying Donald G. Payton on June 5, 1949. They farmed northeast of Thornton and were blessed with the arrival of 3 children. A focal point in her life was nurturing her family & friends. She was first on the scene with food and a comforting word. The coffee pot was always on, a welcoming person, with homemade baked goods available. Farm living was the life for her.
Alveda was a faithful, lifetime member, volunteer and supporter of the First United Methodist Church, Thornton.
In 1981, they relocated to Humbolt where they made many new friends. Alveda and Don returned to Thornton in 1989, where Alveda took up golfing, resuming her Church activities and gophering for the farming operation.
Alveda is survived by her children; Donna and Larry Trapp, Washta, IA; Gary and Belva Payton, Thornton; Nancy Payton and Tom Ward, Clear Lake. Grandchildren Casey and Shannon Trapp, Emma, Ruby and Payton, Washta; Kyle and Sheila Trapp, Alyssa, Garrett and Gavin, Washta; Justin Payton, Dylan Rios and Andrew Payton, Murfreesboro, TN; Daniel and Elisha Payton, Alexis Bray, Grace and Cale Payton, Thornton; Amy & Shawn O'Neill, Taylor, Gavin, MacKenzie and Payton O'Neill, Farmington, MN; Dana & Jason Scott, Destiny Scott and Aubri Goates, Burchinal; brother Lyle and Olive Miller, Hampton, an array of nieces and nephews and a host of precious friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Don, son Ron, grandson Charles and granddaughter Laura.
Funeral Services for James H Fesenmeyer, 77, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.
Visitation will be on Monday, Dec 2, 2019 at St. Peter Lutheran Church from 4-7 p.m. and one hour before services at the church on Tuesday.
Jim was born November 9, 1942 in McIntire, Mitchell County, Iowa the son of Lynn and Leona (Winer) Fesenmeyer and passed away on November 27, 2019 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. He attended public school and graduated from McIntire High School in 1962.
James Fesenmeyer was united in marriage to Shirley Bruns on August 2, 1969. This union was blessed with two children. They were members of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene.
Jim farmed from 1965-1967 when he was hired at Oliver Tractor in Charles City. In 1967 Jim purchased and operated Fezz’s Lounge in Greene where he served his community for over 38 years. Jim also worked for over 30 years as a rural mail carrier. He was a very hard working man that was always on the go.
Jim loved to garden and to share his yield with family, friends and neighbors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, loved animals, enjoyed tinkering with items that were broken and always figured out some way to make them functional. He was a kind man that was very devoted to his family.
Jim was a member of the Greene Sportsman Club where he enjoyed shooting trap. He also was a civilian supporter of the American Legion of Greene.
Jim will be sadly missed by his wife of 50 years, Shirley; his children: Rod (Marty) Fesenmeyer, Greene; Shannon (John) Latham, Sheffield; grandchildren: Evan (Amanda) Fesenmeyer, Janesville, IA; Heather Prier, Ft. Madison, IA; Kyle (Toshia) Fesenmeyer, Carrol, IA; Alex Fesenmeyer, Ft. Madison, IA; Ian Latham and Elle Latham; great-grandchildren: Lawson Fesenmeyer, Ledger Fesenmeyer, Kalob Prier, Liam Prier, Zayne Prier, Ainsley Prier, Vanessa Prier, Tinsley Fesenmeyer, Sawyer Fesenmeyer, Averie Fesenmeyer; 4 sisters: Mary Betts, Osage; Linda Bird, Osage; Rita (Emil) Marr, New Hampton; Audrey (Warren) Green, Walnut Creek, CA; many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles; mother and father-in-law Dale and Minnie Bruns.
Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 554, Greene, Iowa 50636, to be divided between the Kidney Foundation and the Donor Network.
Funeral Services for Robert R. ‘Bob’ Nordmeyer, 87, of West Des Moines, formerly of Greene will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 2, 2019 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery Greene with Military Honors conducted by Tack-Barnett Post 268 American Legion of Greene.
Visitation will be from 9:30 – 11:00, Monday, at the church.
Robert Rudolf ‘Bob’ Nordmeyer was born November 5, 1932 in Clarksville, Iowa, son of Robert Peter and Edna Maria Mina (Schluter) Nordmeyer and died November 19, 2019 at Kavanagh House in Des Moines, Iowa.
He was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, Iowa. He was baptized December 25, 1932 in Clarksville, Iowa and confirmed March 30, 1947 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. He also enjoyed attending Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Bob attended country elementary schools and graduated from Greene High School in 1950. After graduation, he attended college at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa until 1952. In June 1953, he was inducted into the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in May of 1955. Bob was a member of Tack-Barnett Post 268 American Legion of Greene.
After discharge, he developed his carpentry skills working for local construction companies prior to joining his brother Bill in partnership in Nordmeyer Construction for many years. He continued to own and operate the company following his brother’s retirement. Bob was a very hard working man, also spending nights and weekends farming.
He was united in marriage to Marjorie Morse on August 21, 1955 at West St. Charles Methodist Church, Charles City, Iowa. Bob and Marjorie enjoyed their retirement years traveling the United States in their motor home and spending winters with their friends in Florence, Arizona.
Bob was a fun-loving, kind-hearted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He loved many sports, including being a pitcher of fast pitch softball, bowling, golf, dancing, and watching his favorite sports teams (Vikings, Twins, and Cyclones). He loved to spend time with his wife and family, including 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
Bob will be sadly missed by his living family members, including his wife Marjorie, of 64 years; his children: Karla (Steve) Tower, Steve (Paige) Nordmeyer, Greg (Leigh) Nordmeyer, and Kevin (Beth) Nordmeyer; grandchildren: RaeAnn (Ben) Skeers, Alyssa Nordmeyer, Erin (Matt) Swenka, Bradley (Dani) Nordmeyer, Amanda (Jon) Wright, Stephanie (Trevor) Gearhart, Jessica Nordmeyer, Ben Nordmeyer, Sam Nordmeyer, Tom Nordmeyer; great-grandchildren: Dylan Skeers, Raymond Skeers, Logan Swenka, and Remington Nordmeyer.
The family of Bob Nordmeyer acknowledges your kind expression of sympathy offered to them.
Memorials may be directed to: Kavanagh House at 900 56th Street in Des Moines, Iowa 50312. www.everystep.org
Funeral Services for Frederick Nordmeyer, 89, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., November 15, 2019 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Family graveside service will be held later.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.
Frederick William Nordmeyer ‘Fred’ was born on November 26, 1929 in Clarksville, Iowa the son of Robert and Edna Marie (Schluter) Nordmeyer Sr. and died on November 11, 2019 at Mercy One North Iowa in Mason City. He received his education in the public school system graduating from Greene High School in 1948.
Fred was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. He was baptized on December 22, 1929 in Clarksville and confirmed April 2, 1944 at St. Peter Lutheran in Greene.
As a young man he helped out on various farms and delivered the old milk cans. Fred was hired at John Deere where he worked as a mechanic for over 50 years. Once retired he worked for Mike Squires on the farm driving grain carts. Fred worked into his 80’s.
For many years Fred was involved with the Greene Volunteer Fire Department where he served his community as a firefighter and for a time as Chief.
Fred was a people person, he was kind but very quiet. He was never still, he was always active doing something. He rose early each morning to open the school gym for the morning walkers in the community. Fred was an avid golfer and played in many tournaments. He also like to collect metal John Deere tractors. Later in his life he spent many hours as a care provider for his wife Ruby Jean.
Living family members include his children: Susan Nordmeyer, FL; Sally Dixon, South Carolina; Sherri (Everett) Collins, Rock Hill, SC; Neal (Jacque) Nordmeyer, Greene; Grandchildren: Daniel Collins, Lydia Collins, Levi Nordmeyer (Victoria), Landon (Susan) Nordmeyer, Logan Nordmeyer, Layton Nordmeyer, Whittney (Brandon) Franke, Seth (Alex) Nordmeyer, Kris Bolhuis (Lacy), Stacie (Dan) Henderson; great-grandchildren: Gracie Nordmeyer, Bennet Nordmeyer, Zuri Franke, Klay Belhuis; Brother, Bob Nordmeyer, Des. Moines; many friends.
Fred was preceded in death by his wife Ruby ‘Jean’; son, Mitch Nordmeyer; his parents; brother Bill Nordmeyer; sister-in-law Kay Nordmeyer.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa 50636.
Matthew Retz, 23, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at his home in Charles City. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 15th at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield with Rev. Kim Wills presiding. Visitation will be 4:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 14th at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield.
Matthew Jon Retz was born April 7, 1995, in Waverly, Iowa, a son of Fredric and Nancy (Peterson) Retz. Matthew was baptized May 1995 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Waverly and was confirmed October 2009 at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield. Matthew attended elementary and middle school at the SCMT schools. He graduated from West Fork High School and received his Eagle Scout in May of 2013.
After graduation, Matt attended Wartburg College for a short time, before finding his passion in EMS. Matt attended DMACC in Ankeny, and obtained his certification as a paramedic in 2014. Matt was employed in EMS at Franklin General Hospital, Hampton; Midwest Ambulance Service, Des Moines; and at AMR Ambulance in Charles City where he loved his work and teaching community CPR. Matt was a past member of Sheffield Emergency Squad and was currently a volunteer for Charles City Search and Rescue. Matt was a caregiver and a teacher through and through. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Matt knew that it did not matter how much or how little or how long you knew him, if you knew him he was your friend.
Matt is survived by his parents, Fred and Nancy Retz; Sisters: Caitlin (Paul Tauro) Retz; Sarah Retz; Brother: Jacob Retz; Grandparents: Ron Peterson; Dick and Shirley Retz; Aunts and Uncles: Brian Peterson, Alison (Mark) Law, Brenda (Rick) Laslo, Celia (John) Nelson, Drew (Lisa) Retz, Rev. Elizabeth Retz. Cousins: Cadence Nez-Peterson, Sarah Nez-Peterson, Chris Law, Heather (Tommy) Powers, Andrew Laslo, Rachel Laslo, Adam Nelson, Samantha (Travis) Smith, Jamie (Daniel) Heeren, Ben Retz, Frank Nez, Jr.; Foreign-exchange sisters: Jana Wolgast, Germany, Marilia Mendes, Brazil and Giulia Monoco, Italy; all of his EMS brothers and sisters; and his faithful K-9 companions, Skeeter and Duke.
He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Luanne Peterson, cousin, Lyle Retz and his cherished beagle Megan.