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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. 

Mildred Barnett - Greene

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 Payton - Thornton

     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.

James 'Jim' Fesenmeyer - Greene

     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.

Robert 'Bob' Nordmeyer - Greene

     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.

Fred Nordmeyer - Greene

     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.

Melicent Ames - Swaledale

     Melicent Ames, 103, of Swaledale, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at Country Meadow Place in Mason City.

     Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 26, 2019, at Swaledale United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Hillside Cemtery, Sheffield.

     Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until the service at the church on Saturday.

Barb E. Stock - Greene

     Memorial Service for Barbara ‘Barb’ Stock, 95, of Greene, will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     There will be a reception time from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home, Greene.

Barbara Elsie Blake was born on June 24, 1924, in Greene, Iowa to parents John and Elta (Grapp) Blake, and passed away on October 22, 2019 at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison in Allison, Iowa.  She graduated from Greene High School in 1943. Barb was proud to be born, raised, and live her life in Greene.

     On September 6, 1946 Barb was united in marriage to Elmer Carl Stock at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Barb and Elmer raised their three sons in Greene.

     In 1960 Barb and Elmer began operating the Greene Lanes and in 1965 they built a new bowling alley naming it El-Bar Lanes which they operated until 1975.  Barb was a knitter; sewing and knitting most of her life.  Many family and friends are recipients of a baby blanket, afghan, sweater, socks and other items that Barb knitted.  She also was an avid bowler and participated in many leagues and tournaments.

     Barb loves to travel.  She and Elmer enjoyed caravan tours in their RV, traveling to casinos in Deadwood, SD and Tama, and to many fishing spots and playing cards.  They spent over 20 years as Winter Texans where she loved margaritas and panchos and summers fishing at Nest Lake in Spicer, MN.  Barb was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs fan, a passion she shared with her grandsons.

     Barb is survived by her two sons: John (Gayla) Stock, Georgetown, TX; Ken (JoAnn) Stock, Eldora, IA; granddaughter Cheryl (Bill) Little, grandsons: Dan Stock and Julie Bakken; Tom (Melanie) Stock; great-granddaughter McKenna Stock; many friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Elmer Stock; her son, Richard Lee Stock and wife Deborah Louise Foster Stock; grandson Richard Anderson Stock; and her parents.

     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Greene Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 471 Greene, Iowa 50636.

Carol 'Jean' Wilken - Greene

     Funeral services for Carol J. Wilken, 88, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Cathy Belles officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Retz Funeral Home in Greene and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.

     Carol Jean was born on April 18, 1931 at the family home south of Greene, the second daughter of Harold Amos and Carol Evelyn (Freeman) Kingery and passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Faith Lutheran Home in Osage, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene. 

     Carol attended country school in Butler and Floyd County and graduated from Greene High School in 1949. She attended Hamilton School of Commerce in Mason City for one year.

     Carol was united in marriage to Dale Wilken on December 10, 1950 at the Presbyterian Church in Greene. They were blessed with five children, as she liked to tell, in five years and two days.

     She was employed with Schield Bantam Company in Waverly as a bookkeeper. She joined her husband in farming in the Clarksville area and on the family farm from 1953-1964. After moving to Greene she sold Avon for a short while and then took employment at Farm Services in Allison for three years.  She then accepted work with the Farmer’s Coop Society in Greene for the next twenty five years retiring in 1992. Dale would tease her saying “Mom never had a “job” until we moved to town.”  Dale and Jean later divorced but continued a family relationship with holiday get-togethers and of course, dancing.

     Jean loved her bookkeeping jobs and being with her children and grandchildren, friends, and listening and dancing to country and old time music. She enjoyed playing her keyboard and accordion, which was as big as she was.  After retirement she entertained at various nursing homes and senior centers.  Her friend, Dorothy Gibson started playing with her in Greene, Allison, Clarksville and Charles City.  They also played for the Butler County Fair in Allison on Senior Citizens Day for several years.

     Jean enjoyed her house plants, having many for 25 plus years, and working her flower and vegetable gardens.  During her time at the senior housing apartments in Greene she shared many cucumbers and tomatoes with her neighbors.

     In 1993, Jean started writing poems.  Her sisters each received a special poem about them.  A relative surprised her with a painting of bluebells after she had written about the field of bluebells on the farm.  She was very proud to be published in the “Shades of Greene” 1995 collection of poetry and the “Reflections”, a poetry quarterly of 1993.  As dementia took away many memories, she could still recite her poems word for word.

     Jean is survived by three daughters: Linda Lenz, Osage and her children and grandchildren, Rob Meek, Hayley, Hunter, Charity & Tristin of Charles City; Lisa (Jeff) Bramer, Dillon, Hayden & Tucker of Osage; John Meek(Lisa), Kamden, Brianna & Nathan of Charles City; Rick Meek(Amber), Caleb, Coryne & Cooper of Osage; Step- sons Tony Lenz and Ellen of St. Ansgar; Nick(Katelind) Lenz, Thomas & Lauren of Osage; Lana (Dan) Miller, Charles City and her children and grandchildren, Michael Garrett, Lauren & Sydney of Waterloo; Tanya Garrett (Justin), Enrique, Jasmin & Autumn of Colorado Springs, CO; Step-sons Dustin (Jennifer) & Kaden of Spencer and Darren (Jackie) Miller of Charles City. LeAnn (Tom) Merfeld, Waverly and her children and grandchildren, Christy (Jeremy) Kessens and Angie (Matt) Gilles, Tristin, Drew & Owen all of Waterloo. One son, Leland (Lisa) Wilken, Adel; his children and grandchildren, Brian of Adel; Bradley, Alicea and Chance of Niceville, FL.; Jolynn (Thomas) Blair, Brylie, Harlee & Wesley of Minburn. sister: Marlene Lauber, Greene; many nieces, nephews and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Dale Wilken, daughter Lynette Wall and her son Larry Wall Jr., her sister Pauline Ruffridge, brothers-in-law Donavan Ruffridge & Ronald Lauber, and her parents.

     Her family want to thank Hospice of North Iowa and especially Faith Lutheran Home of Osage for their patience and untiring care of our Mother.

     Memorials may be direct to the family at P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa 50636.

Darren Blanchard - Sheffield

     Funeral services for Darren Blanchard, 55, of Sheffield, will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 11, 2019, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Interment will follow at Mayne’s Grove Cemetery, Bradford.

     Darren LeMar Blanchard, was born June 21, 1964 in Hawaii and passed away Monday, October 7, 2o19 at his home in Sheffield. He attended Sheffield-Chapin School.

     He loved to fish, tell stories, and play games.

     Living family members include his mother: Rose Blanchard, Sheffield; brother: Mike Blanchard, San Antonio, TX; sisters: Marlene Schinnow and Aileen Blanchard, both of Mason City; aunt, Berleen Sutter, Columbus, Georgia; cousins Molly Sutter and Brian Bottoms, Columbus, Georgia.

     Darren is preceded in death by his father, grandparents, and two maternal uncles and one paternal uncle.

Larry Butzlaff - Greene

     Funeral services for Larry Butzlaff, 76, of Greene, will be 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 2, 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 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Larry Raymond Butzlaff was born in Charles City, Iowa on December 27, 1942 to Raymond Julius Herman and Marjorie Ruth (Neal) Butzlaff and died on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.  He lived all his life near Greene.  Larry graduated from Greene High School in 1961. He then started farming with his father.

     Larry was united in marriage to Brenda Barrett on November 23, 1963 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. Three children were welcomed into the family on November 21, 1971; John 5, Diane 4, and Allison 3.  What a change that was!

     Larry loved farming and was known in the neighborhood as someone that could fix just about anything, especially anything with a motor.  Many times he would be brought a weed eater, lawn mower, or other small engine items that the professional shop could not fix.  Larry would wave his hand over it and say WORK and believe it or not, it would start much at the amazement of its owner.  There were many laughs when this happened.  After farming for 37 years, he rented the land and started working at Diversified Fastening in Charles City and retired 5 years later a 2nd shift supervisor.

     Larry collected many things, fishing reels, lighters, jack knives, caps, jackets and shoes. Flea markets and thrift stores were always on the menu when he and Brenda were on their road trips. Over the years the family took many camping trips out west.  Following his cancer diagnosis, Larry could go to the farm but not get out of the van, he was able to enjoy his great grandkids as they ran around the yard playing.

     Larry was always happy and helpful to anyone that needed help. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He was a softie for animals and loved his furry friend, especially his dog Chloe.

      Living family members include his wife of 55 years, Brenda; Children John (Christine) Butzlaff of Independence; Diane Buss/ Tim Buss Greene and Allison; Allison Reams/Dennis Jensen, Greene;

Grandchildren, Crystal Wordes/Rob Wiedmeyer, Elma; Tabitha (Damien) Mennen, Greene; Angel Fisher and Miranda Fisher, Bassett; Colin Butzlaff , Cedar Rapids; step grandchildren, Heather (Cody) Kennedy, Tuscon, AZ; Rick Gulusha (Taylor Dawson), Independence; several great grandchildren: Kamron, Mallory, Jacob, Kyra, Emma, Maia, Noah, Jaymison, and Koah; his mother, Marjorie; and his faithful canine companion Chloe.

      In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636

Arlene Rust - Sheffield

     Arlene Rust entered eternal life Sunday, September 1, 2019. She had been residing at Grand JiVante in Ackley, Iowa. Public visitation will be Wednesday, September 4, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield from 6-7:30. Family graveside services at Hampton Cemetery will be held at a later time.

     Catherine Arlene Rust was born August 3, 1927 on a farm outside of Clear Lake to Ernest and Ethel (Miner) Buss. She graduated from Swaledale High School and attended Iowa Teacher’s College graduating with a certificate to teach in country schools. 

     On August 10, 1947, Arlene was united in marriage to Roger Rust at the 1st Congregational Church in Clear Lake. They made their home on a farm southwest of Sheffield where they raised their four children and farmed for many years.

     Arlene was a member of the First Grace Baptist Church in Sheffield where she was active as a Bible School teacher and gifted singer. She served as Deaconess for many years.She sang with the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, was a member of P.E.O., and was an active 4H leader for many years. As an accomplished seamstress she made clothes for her family and was an excellent cook. On the farm, she tended several flower beds that were her pride and joy.

     Cherishing her memory are her children: Ron (Diane) Rust, Sheffield; Martin Rust, Madison, WI; Julie (Dennis) Barkela, Sheffield; Annette (Justin) Lohrbach, Hampton; grandchildren: Jesse(Kimberly) Rust; Benjamin (Laura) Rust; Rachel (Shane) Neely; Rebecca (Robin) Dorschner: Aaron (Alanna) Rust; Jessica (Paul) Lynaugh; Chad (Deborah) Barkela; Jenny (Trent) Reicks; Hannah Lohrbach; Maci Lohrbach; numerous great grandchildren; and sister Virginia Ireland, Corydon, Iowa.

     Arlene is preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Ethel, her husband Roger in 2009, and grand daughter-in-law Penny Rust.

     Memorials may be directed to the Arlene Rust Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 580, Sheffield, IA 50475.

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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