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Merle Krueger - Greene

     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.  

Robert Schroeder - Greene

    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 Wedeking - Marble Rock

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 Sheahan - Sheffield

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.

Clarence Jensen - Greene

     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 Ames - Rockwell

     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. 

Clarence Brinkman - Greene

     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 - Thornton

     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: 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.

Doug Merfeld - Marble Rock

     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 -

     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.

Berniece Krull - Greene

     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 - Sheffield

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

Gertrude Marsh - Greene

     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 - Sheffield

     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.

Tim Floy - Thornton

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     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 - Toledo, Iowa

     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 - Sheffield

     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 Davis - Allison

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. - Thornton

     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.

Marjorie Butzlaff - Greene

     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.

LaVern Landers - Greene

     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. 

Matt Retz - Charles City

      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. 

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