Retz Funeral Home Sheffield, Greene, Thornton & Marble Rock, Iowa
Retz Funeral HomeSheffield, Greene, Thornton& Marble Rock, Iowa

Cal Schneck - Sheffield

     Calvin Fredric Schneck left his earthly home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Saturday December 8, 2018.  He was 93 years old.

     Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, at the First United Methodist Church, Sheffield. Visitation will be 2 hours before the service at the church. Interment with Veteran's Honors will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield.

     Cal was born July 5, 1925 to Rev William and Swanetta Schneck (née Fisher).  He graduated from high school in Rolfe, Iowa.  He then joined the Navy where he served as a machinists mate in the South Pacific during World War II.  After the war, Cal moved to Sheffield, Iowa where he owned and operated the Sheffield Produce.  In 1971, Cal closed the Produce and purchased the local hardware store which he named Cal's Hardware.  During those years he also operated the Sheffield Laundromat.  At one time, Calvin was the longest running business owner on Main Street.

     On July 17, 1949, Calvin was united in marriage to Ramona Anderegg in Mason City, IA.  The couple was blessed with 4 children: Jane, Jacelyn, William and Barton.  Cal and Ramona would raise their family in Sheffield.

     Aside from working, Calvin was involved heavily in community events and organizations.  Cal was very civic minded and lived by the motto, "We support them because they support us".  Throughout his long life, he served on the Sheffield City Council, and the Sheffield Betterment Committee.  He volunteered on the Sheffield Fire Department.  He was also a member of the Sheffield Community Club, the Lions Club and the Iowa Egg Council.  Calvin belonged to the Masons and American Legion and was a long time active member of the First United Methodist Church where he served in various positions.

     Cal also loved to play.  During the fall, he enjoyed a good hunting trip but his favorite time was summer when he could load up the family and trek off to a lake in northern Minnesota for walleye fishing.  And he and Ramona made many a trip with good friends Richard and Maureen Froning.  Cal was very handy and liked to be busy.  In later years he enjoyed woodworking and made many projects such as quilt racks for family members.  

     Calvin is preceded in death by both parents, his wife Ramona, his sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Donald Shimon, his daughter Jane Schneck Hlavaty, son-in-law Jon Lamphier, and grandchildren Melissa Hlavaty and Benjamin Hlavaty along with many in laws on his wife's side.

     Calvin is survived by his children, Jacelyn Lamphier of Albert Lea, MN, William (Marilyn) Schneck of Osceola, IA and Barton Schneck of Cedar Rapid, IA; son-in-law Charles Hlavaty of OFallon, MO; grandchildren Elizabeth Hlavaty, Matthew Hlavaty, Priscilla (Matt) Hume, Natalie Lamphier, Lucas (Shiera) Schneck, Noah Schneck, Micah (Ross) Hanig, Lisa (Lucas) LaVelle, and Katelyn (Skylar) Clark.  Other survisors include great grand children, Isaac Hlavaty, Madeline Hume, William and Lincoln Schneck, Clay, Lucas and Sawyer Hanig, Laikynn LaVelle and Emma Clark; along with many other in laws, nieces and nephews.  

Karen Uhde - Thornton

            Karen B. Uhde, 75, of Thornton, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Hospice of North Iowa, Mason City. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 12, at the First Reformed Church in Meservey, with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Interment will be at a later date. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Retz Funeral Home 107 N. 2nd St., Thornton. Karen bravely battled and survived cancer for 14 years and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Cancer Society.

 

            Karen B. Uhde was born July 24, 1943, in Meservey, a daughter of Louis and Tena (Boelman) Dirks. She graduated from Thornton High School with the class of 1961 and attended Mason City Community College. She then worked for several years at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital as a switchboard operator.

            Karen was united in marriage with Frank E. Uhde, January 25, 1969, at the First Reformed Church in Meservey. They lived in Oklahoma and Wisconsin as he served in the Army. They returned to Iowa in 1974 and to Thornton in 1980.

            Karen worked as a Teacher’s Aide at Meservey-Thornton Schools and cook for the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Department. She loved to spend time with her family, quilting and working at her church. She was a prolific quilter who gave quilts away to all her family and anyone who needed one, even strangers. She is remembered as supportive of her family and was the ‘glue that held them together.’

            Karen is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Frank; children: Jeana (Aaron) Vradenburg; James Uhde; Janace (Aaron) Knapp; Kim (Ralph) Hamand; Dori (Mark) Sparby; Frank (Tonya) Uhde; 14 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; brothers: Ronald Dirks; Jim (Nancy) Dirks; John (Cindy) Dirks; sisters-in-law: Elsa Dirks and Rosie Davis; brother-in-law: ‘Butch’ Myron (Jan) Uhde and many relatives and special friends including the flamingo girls.

            Karen is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Louis, Robert and Jerry; sister Doris;  and granddaughter Jennifer Hamand.

 

Virginia Shook - Greene

     A Celebration of Life service for Virginia Lee Shook, 83, of Greene, will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 22, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Cathy Belles officiating.  Burial will be at a later date in Wisconsin. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church.

     Virginia was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, November 28, 1935, the daughter of George and Myrtle (Heichel) Shorman and passed away on November 29, 2018, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.

     She received her education in public school graduating from Greene High School in 1953 and attended AIB College of Business in Des Moines in 1954.

     Virginia lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa until the 5th grade when she and her family moved to Greene.  There, she completed her education and became employed as a secretary at Salisbury Labs in Charles City.

     Virginia was united in marriage to Stanley Shook on September 9, 1956, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene. This union was blessed with four children. The family then moved to Wisconsin.

     Virginia ran a ceramic shop out of her basement for the next 15 years called “Ginny’s Ceramics”.  She worked for the United States Postal Service for 14 years and served as Postmaster in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin for 3 years.

     Virginia and Stanley moved back to Greene in 1988, and decided to stay. They wintered in McAllen, Texas, for 26 years.

     Virginia enjoyed golf, fishing, quilting, and working in her flower garden. She was an artist, loved animals and especially cherished the times spent with her family.

     Family members include her loving husband of 62 years, Stanley; her children: Janella Kae (Jeff) Laube, Eau Claire, WI; Randal Edward (Sheila) Shook, Chippewa Falls, WI; Steven Lee Shook, Scottsdale, Arizona; 10 grandchildren: Kaityn Leigh Laube (Abe) Ward; Jenna Kae Laube; Mikaelah Marie Laube; Benjamin Jefferson Laube; Sarah Janelle Shook (Ross) Parks; Joseph William (Patrick) Shook; John Edward (Monica) Shook; Ryan James Shook; Conor Joseph Shook; Lee Steven (Melanie) McPherson; 4 great-grandchildren: Lee Joseph McPherson; Stanley John McPherson; Eugene William McPherson, William Rex Parks.

     She was preceded in death by her mother, Myrtle Heichel Shorman Clark; father, George Shorman; her daughter, Linda McPherson; step-father, Wilson Clark; uncle, Glade Heichel.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Virginia Shook Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 614, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Kathryn Kingery Schuknecht - Greene

     Kathryn Elizabeth Schuknecht, wife of Elwin Schuknecht passed away at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, from natural causes at the age of 97.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, 17, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Greene with Pastor Joan Thomas and Pastor Nick Needham officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, 5-7 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Kathryn Kingery was born on November 2, 1921 to Frank Clifford and Mary Elizabeth (Ray) Kingery in rural Greene, Coldwater Township in Butler County, Iowa.  She received her education in the Coldwater #2 school and graduated from Greene High School in 1940.

     Kathryn was united in marriage to Elwin Harold Schuknecht on Feburary 8, 1941, at the Church Of The Brethren in Greene. This union was blessed with three sons: Merlin, David, and Wayne.

     Kathryn was a very hard worker. She was a waitress for several businesses in the Greene and Allison areas, she did professional wall paper hanging and hand quilting. Kathryn worked for years at the poultry processing business in Greene. She was a farm wife that helped her husband with chores, raise the children and maintained a home for her family.  She was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother.

     Kathryn looked forward to coloring Easter eggs with her grandchildren on Good Friday and enjoyed hosting Family dinners on Sunday nights. Kathryn liked to fish, had a great sense of humor, was feisty, and extremely particular about her appearance. Everyone who came to visit enjoyed some of her homemade banana oatmeal cookies.

     Kathryn was a faithful member of the Church Of The Brethren where she helped on the funeral committee and with the Love Feast and Communion Services. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary.

     Those left to celebrate her life are her children: Merlin (Sandra) Schuknecht, Greene; David (Cindi) Schuknecht, Waverly; Wayne (Teri) Schuknecht, Iowa Falls; grandchildren: Makaela (Rob) Hoffman, Cameron (Sarah) Schuknecht, Katrina (Steve) TerHark, Daniel (Suzanne) Schuknecht, Darin (Jill) Schuknecht, Corey (Megan) Schuknecht, Chance (Kyla) Schuknecht;  great-grandchildren: Brooks, McKinnley, and Ryker Hoffman; Garrett and Cole Schuknecht; Hannah, Sydney and Jarek TerHark; Noah, William, Ruthi, and Hannah, Schuknecht, Jonathon and Jeremiah Schuknecht, Austyn and Wade Schuknecht; sister-in-law Katherine Schuknecht, several nieces and nephews, and special friends Susan and Sherm Needham, Brenda Ballard and Eddie Corwin.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Elwin; her parents; brothers Walter and Merl; nephew Roger Kingery.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Kathryn Schuknecht Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 631, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Karen Duff - Thornton

     Karen Duff, 78, formerly of Thornton, passed away Monday, November 5, 2018, at Good Shepherd Care Center in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, at First United Methodist Church, Thornton with Pastor Deb Devine presiding. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Retz Funeral Home 107 N 2nd St, Thornton.

     Karen Elisabeth Duff was born February 5, 1940 in Thornton, a daughter of Jens and Elisabeth (Winther-Dahl) Pihl. She graduated from Thornton High School.

     On July 12, 1958 Karen was united in marriage with James Duff. They made their home in Thornton where she raised her family. A hard worker, Karen worked at various jobs and devoted herself to her family and her church where she was active in the United Methodist Women. She never missed her children’s sporting events and loved when her grandchildren stayed with her.

     Left to cherish her memory are her children: Rhonda (Pat) Prelip; Debra (Steve) Hill; Robert (Michelle) Duff; Ronald (Krista) Duff; 11 Grandchildren; 13 Great Grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

     Karen is preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Kay Ann, brothers Andy and Ivan and sister Dorothy Brosdahl.

Norma Sheriff Zimmerman - Mason City

NORMA SHERIFF ZIMMERMAN
Mason City

     Norma Zimmerman, 90, of Mason City passed away, Friday October 19, 2018 at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Sheffield. Presiding will be Pastor Jeff Dahlin of Praise Community Church in Mason City.

Visitation will be at the church in Sheffield, Monday 10:00 a.m. until the service. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield.

     Norma Jean Brouwer Sheriff Zimmerman was born at Klemme, Iowa January 30, 1928.  She was a daughter of Arthur and Sylvia (Moberly) Brouwer. She attended schools at Thornton, Hayfield, and Sheffield.  She was baptized in Klemme Methodist church and joined the Methodist church at Hayfield, Iowa.  She later joined the First Methodist Church in Sheffield, then transferred her membership to First United Methodist Church in Mason City, Iowa.  She attended Iowa State Teacher College and taught a year in a country school west of Sheffield.  She married Lynn Sheriff in 1946 and five children were born to this union.  Eugene (Evelyn) of Sheffield, Keith (Linda) of West Des Moines, Diane Tuinstra of San Antonio Tx, Jay (Eva) of Sheffield, and Dale (Gail) of Sheffield.

     Norma has eleven grandchildren: Philip, Brian, Erin, Steven, Max, Renee, Amy, William, Jamie, Levi, and Hayley, along with many great grandchildren.

     Norma was involved in farming her entire life, as a farmer’s daughter, farmer’s wife, and as an owner of her own farm.  She started her own business in Mason City caring for the elderly.  Norma essentially spent her life caring for others: first her family, then her mother, then the elderly who just needed some tender loving care.

After retirement Norma volunteered at Hospice North Iowa for many years.  Norma married Karl Zimmerman in 2002.  Norma enjoyed attending the annual Brouwer Picnic and seeing all of her brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

     Surviving Norma are her husband Karl Zimmerman, her children and grandchildren, brother Duane Brouwer of Iowa Falls, sister Darlene (Merlin) Peter of Ankeny, sister-in-law Joyce Brouwer of Sheffield, and many nieces and nephews.

     Norma was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Lynn Sheriff, brothers Ivan, Elwyn, and Gordon, sister Ardella Oldag, sisters-in-law Jean and Dorothy, brother-in-law Dean Oldag, son-in-law Mark Tuinstra and one grandson.

Helen Nelson - Greene

     Funeral Services for Helen M. Nelson, 82, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Monday, October 15, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

     Helen was born on February 1, 1936, in Whittier, California, the daughter of Moses and Lillie (Casdorph) Johnston and entered into eternal rest on October 11, 2018 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.  She received her education in public school graduating from Whittier High School. 

     As a young woman she worked at a local physician’s office as a medical technician.  She met and married Myron Nelson on August 17, 1957 in Whittier, California.  This marriage was blessed with three children.

The couple lived in California, then South Dakota and moved to Greene when her husband was transferred with the Interstate Power Company.

     Helen was Baptized on February 1, 1948 in Oildale, CA and Confirmed on December 14, 1958 at Sinai Lutheran Church in South Dakota.  She became a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church when she moved to Greene approximately 50 years ago.  There, she served for 40 years as a member of the Alter Guild and offered her talents wherever they were needed. She was a 50 plus year member of the Tack-Branett Auxiliary and a member of the Greene Exercise Club.

     Helen liked to crochet, to go walking and to spend time with her family.  Helen was a devoted wife and mother who dedicated her whole life in service to her family.  She especially treasured time spent with her grandchildren and great- grandchildren

     Living family members include her children: Steven (Kim) Anchorage, Alaska and Steven’s children Sarah, Joshua, and Hannah; Karen (John) Greene, and their children Ashley (Steve) Coake, Kady and Kooper, Amy (Levi) Paulsen, Jonathan Worley; many friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Myron in 2011, son, Andrew, her parents, sister Mary Weldon, Brother Dwayne Johnston.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Helen Nelson Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 195, Greene, Iowa 50636

David Tower - Greene

David B. Tower, 92, passed away on May 8, 2018 in Hemet, California. 

David Benjamin Tower was born on March 5, 1926, to Ben and Fern Tower in Staples, Minnesota.  He graduated from Staples High School and served in the Merchant Marines until World War II ended in 1945.  He was discharged from the military and came back to Staples to work where he met Janette (Coleman) Tower.  In June 1950, David received a B.S. degree in Pharmacology and Chemistry from North Dakota State University.  He accepted his first pharmacy job in Little Falls, Minnesota. 

On July 1, 1951, he married Janette Coleman in Staples, Minnesota at the Methodist Church there.  After working in Staples, Minnesota, they moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he worked as a pharmacist until moving to Greene, Iowa, where they made their home.   They were blessed with two children along this journey, Jeffrey and Steven. 

Throughout his adult life, David was an active member of the Masonic Lodge.  In retirement, they loved to travel, taking trips to England, Hawaii and Alaska, to name a few.  He loved to fish and play golf and enjoyed reading, working on puzzles and watching Westerns.  He spent many hours in his garden caring for his flowers. 

David was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Janette Tower (2000), his son, Jeffrey Tower (2017), his parents, his brother James (Dorothy), his sister Ruth (Gerald) Hand, and other extended family members.

Left to cherish the great memories are his son, Steven and daughter-in-law Karla, grandchildren Erin (Matt) Swenka, Jonathan (Nataliia) Tower, Amanda (Jon) Wright, Justin Tower, and Jamie (James) Burrow, three great-grandchildren, Bailey, Logan and Alexandra.  Also surviving David are his sister-in-law Karen Demmon and brother-in-law Donald Coleman and other extended family. 

A celebration of his life will be held Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Presbyterian church in Greene, Iowa, with visitation at 10:00 am and service at 11:00 am.  Burial will be immediately following the service in Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene. 

Olivia Lines - Marble Rock

     Funeral services for Olivia Lines, 101, of Marble Rock will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Roseville with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating.  Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Marble Rock.

     Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 p.m at the Retz Funeral Home in Marble Rock, with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m. and will continue one hour before services on Wednesday at the church.

     Olivia Bredeck was born on July 2, 1917 in Albany, Minnesota to George and Anna (Purney) Bredeck and entered eternal rest on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the Concord Care Center in Garner.  She received her education in the Albany Public School and graduated in 1935.

      Over the years, Olivia worked at the Harris Nursing Home in Marble Rock, was manager for the Marble Rock Locker, managed Goetzinger Hardware and Food Store and finally managed of Hoeft Grocery Store. She spent many years walking bean fields for local farmers. When she retired in the late 70’s she did volunteer work for the Treasure Chest/ Comprehensive Systems in Charles City.

     She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Roseville and also attended Immaculate Conception Church in Charles City.  She was proud to be the oldest person in both congregations.

     She was united in marriage to Arthur W. Lines on November 20, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene. This marriage was blessed with four children. They lived most of their lives in Marble Rock.

     She liked flowers and birds, was a good cook, had a large garden and enjoyed canning, she liked to sing and play Bingo. Olivia refinished furniture and did upholstery work.  Most of all she loved the time she and her husband sat on the porch “watching the world go by”. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She treasured the times she was able to spend with her family.

     Living family members include 4 children: Kay Stiller, Garner; Lyla (Phillip) Clayton, Ogden; Allan (Sharon) Lines, Ruthven; Arthur (Nancy) Lines, Charles City; 11 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren; 14 great - great grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law: Alice Bredeck, Elk River, MN; Lucille Lines, Brooklyn, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

     Olivia was preceded in death by her husband Arthur in 1982; son-in-law Wesley Stiller in 2011; her parents and 7 siblings.

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

Maxine Kingery - Greene

     uneral services for Maxine Kingery will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 24, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Greene with Pastor Joan Thomas officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church.

     Maxine Nisas was born February 2, 1929 to Matt and Violet (Kuhn) Nisas in West Fork Township, Franklin County, Iowa and was called home to be with the Lord on September 19, 2018. She was living at the Valley View Care Center where she had resided since 2009. She received her education in Aredale graduating in 1946.

     Maxine was baptized in April, 1944 at Grace Evangelical Church in Aredale, IA.  After moving to Greene she became a member of the United Methodist Church.

     Maxine was married to Lowell Jorges in 1947 and they were blessed with three sons. In 1962, Maxine and Lowell adopted their daughter, Charlene.  In March of 1971, Maxine married Darrell “Dutch” Kingery.

     Maxine worked as a CNA for Floyd County Memorial Hospital for ten years, then as a medical assistant for the clinic in Charles City, and finally for an insurance agency in Nashua.

     Maxine and Darrell liked to square dance and they loved camping and traveling.  They wintered in Mississippi and were at Gates Bridge in the summer time.

     Living family members include her sons, Jerry Jorges, Geneva and Douglas (LaDonna) Jorges, Hampton; Daughter, Charlene (Claus) Folkerds, Hampton; brother Gerald (Cheryl) Hudson, FL; sister Linda (Tony) Brede, Shell Rock; 12 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

     Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell; her son Larry; her parents and grandparents; and sister, Beverly Henderson.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.  

Betty Watkins - Greene

     Funeral Services for Betty Ann Watkins, 81, of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Charles City.

     Visitation will 4-7 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene.

     Betty Ann Nelson was born June 18, 1937, in Colwell, Iowa, the daughter of Dee B. and Mary (Hennings) Nelson and passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018, at her home in Greene surrounded by her family.  She received her education in the public schools of Charles City and graduated from Charles City High School in 1955.

     She was united in marriage to Robert Eugene Watkins on April 3, 1955 in Austin, Minnesota. In  1961 they moved to Floyd, Iowa, later moved to a farm house in Clarksville, and ultimately to their home in Greene in 1969. This union was blessed with eight children.

     Betty was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene where she served on WELCA, helped serve Harvest Meals and made herself available for other projects as needed.

     In addition to being a devoted wife and mother Betty worked outside the home; The Corner House, and  A & W Root Beer Stand as a cook, Austinson Variety and helped with events at the Round Grove Country Club, was a member of the ladies Auxiliary, and did private catering.

     Betty was an accomplished cook and baker, enjoyed sewing and made quilts for all her grandchildren. She did needlepoint, and loved flowers, especially the summer mixes. She traveled to see all of her children and grandchildren in their respective states and even went to Germany. She had a great sense of humor, was mother and then a friend to her children and respected their choices in life. Family meant everything to Betty and she was extremely proud of her children, grand, and great-grandchildren. She treasured the times they were able to be together.

     Living family members include her children: Cindy (Earl) Ketchum, Owatonna, MN; Nancy (Tim) Doudell, San Jose, CA; Deb (Jimmy) Bostock, Augusta, GA; Bobbe (Pat) Fitzgerald, E. Hampton, CT; Julie Watkins, Greene, IA; Matt Watkins, Greene, IA; 6 grandchildren: Mary (Mike) Aissen, Christine (Brandon) Johnson, Kelly Doudell, Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Brittany Bostock, Noah Bostock; 4 great-grandchildren: James, Erin and Katelynn Aissen,  Audrey Johnson; sister, Delores Fike, Rudd,IA; many friends.

     Betty was preceded in death by her husband; two children in infancy, Jeffery and Linda; her parents; 3  sisters: Emma Byrnes, Nettie Vetter, Barbara Tynan;  and brother, Glen Nelson.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Betty Watkins Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Darlene Keifer - Greene

     Funeral Services for Darlene Ann Keifer, 78, of Greene, will be Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, with Pastor Dennis Burns officiating.  Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be from noon until service time on Saturday.

     Darlene Ann Baldwin was born March 16, 1940, in Charles City, the daughter of Bernard and Audrey (Shultz) Baldwin and passed away Monday, September 10, 2018, in Mason City, Iowa from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She received her education in the public schools of Marble Rock.

     She was united in marriage to Dean William Keifer on April 6, 1957, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. This union was blessed with one son, Mike.

     Darlene was a member of The Church of the Brethren in Greene where she made a profession of faith and joined the church on June 11, 2000. Formerly, she was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Marble Rock.  She was employed at the Allison Manor Care Center and also did private duty geriatric patient care in the area. This type of work came natural to her as she was kind hearted and always concerned about the welfare of others.

     She loved animals, especially dogs, enjoyed her flowers and visiting with friends over a cup of coffee, and playing board and card games. Darlene was extremely devoted to her family. Darlene treasured the times she spent attending activities, sporting events, and school programs with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     Living family members include her son Michael (Pam Lienau) Keifer, Greene; 2 grandchildren: Chelsea (Dan Bach) Schroeder, Wellsburg; Dillon Keifer, San Francisco, California; 4 Great-Grandchildren: Ava and Brea Schroeder, Lyla and Lennon Bach and a fifth to arrive in March; Darlene had a very close relationship with Terri Blanchard and considered her the daughter she never had. She also loved Conner and Ryann and considered them her great-grandchildren; many friends.

     Darlene was preceded in death by her husband Dean, parents, 2 sisters and 4 brothers.

 

Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Dalene Keifer Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Donald Taylor - Swaledale

     Donald Taylor, 92, of Clear Lake, formerly of Swaledale, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m., Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the Swaledale United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Swaledale. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday at the church and 1 hour before the service at the church.

     Donald Ross Taylor was born March 18, 1926 in Dallas Center, Iowa a son of Harry and Hazel (Gift) Taylor. He graduated from Adel High School in 1943.

     Don entered the US Navy, serving as a Naval Gunner on the Merchant Marine ship SS Julian W. Mack.

     On September 5, 1954 Don was united in marriage with Betty F. Tietz in Manly. They farmed north of Swaledale until retirement in 1991 when they moved to an acreage east of Burchinal. In recent years they have lived at the Apple Valley Assisted Living in Clear Lake.

     Don enjoyed woodworking and being a wonderful Grandpa as well as enjoying coffee with friends at HyVee West.

     Don is lovingly remembered by his wife of nearly 64 years, Betty; son Gary Taylor, Forest City;  daughters: Jean (Dennis) Hughes, Lincoln, NE; Janet (Randy) Grey, Ventura; son Lee (Katrina) Taylor, Clear Lake; grandchildren: Ross (Traci) Taylor; Lisa (Jesse) Monroe: Angela (Brad) Klein; Christopher Grey; Bethanie (Joe) Farus; Kevin (Allison Taylor; Julianne (Mick) Creager; 14 great grandchildren: sister: Marily (Warren) Custer, Hugo, OK; sisters-in-law: Marge Taylor; Elaine Taylor and many nieces, nephews and friends.

     Don is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Howard, Gordon Ralph and Wendell, sisters-in-law Eva and Shirley, niece Barb Dellit and nephew Norman Taylor.

Robert Lebeck - Greene

     Private Graveside Service for Robert Gale Lebeck, 68, of Greene, will be held at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

     Robert Lebeck was born in Waverly, Iowa on May 16, 1950, the son of Lloyd and Nettie (Remley) Lebeck and passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa.

     Bob attended Clarksville Public Schools and later earned his GED.  As a young man he lived with his family in Clarksville and moved to Greene to start a life for himself. Bob lived in town for a while before moving to his home in the country. He was married 3 times and was blessed with 4 children.

     He was a kind hearted person, had a great sense of humor, loved animals, and especially enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren. He attended many Chuckwagon Races and spent countless hours fishing and hanging out with his friends.

     Living family members include his children: Theresa (Curt) Oelmann of Iowa Falls, Tammy (Matt) Banning of Center Point, John Lebeck of St. Anthony, Brandy (Mike) Hayner of Greene; 4 step children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Siblings: Ron Lebeck, Larry Lebeck, Don Lebeck, Peggy Strickler; many friends.

     Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and wife Dee.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636

Daryl Fischer - Greene

     Daryl R. Fischer, Ph.D., 73, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on July 22, 2018.  Dr. Fischer was born on March 25, 1945 in Waterloo, Iowa.  He grew up in Greene, Iowa and graduated from Greene High School.  He went on to earn his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees in mathematics from Iowa State University in Ames.  Dr. Fischer taught college mathematics and statistics, then spent over thirty years in the field of criminal justice statistics. 

     During his career, he made significant contributions to prison policy and sentencing legislation in the state of Arizona and received several awards including the Arizona Governor's Award for Excellence.  In his personal life, he enjoyed playing golf and billiards, studying metaphysics and science, watching sci-fi movies, and reading books.  He married twice and had two children. 

     Dr. Fischer was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Carol Jean, and brother, Richard Louis.  He is survived by his daughters Karen (Bill) and Kristine, grandchildren Nickolas and Haley, brothers David (Pat) and Bruce (Sharon), and nieces and nephews Carmen, Ryan, Susie, Scott, and Jenny.  Services will be held in Greene, Iowa on September 1, 2018 at 1:30 p.m, at Retz Funeral Home, with interment to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85014, www.hov.org.

Mildred Deike - Greene

     Funeral Services for Mildred Ellen Deike, 72, of Mason City, formerly of Greene, will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, Iowa with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be from 4:30-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Greene.

     Mildred died Thursday, August 23, 2018 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, IA after battling multiple myeloma.  Born February 1, 1946 to George and Caroline Ellis, she lost her father the day after her second birthday.  Mildred and her mother travelled throughout the United States, Canada and Europe frequently visiting family as they went.  Mildred walked across the street to attend school and graduated from Greene High School followed by Hamilton Business College.

     Mildred met James M. Deike at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake and they married on November 12, 1966.  Into this marriage were born a son, John, and daughter, Jane.  Together the family moved around Iowa and lived several years in Indiana before returning home to Greene.  Throughout her life, she worked various jobs the included clerical and sewing positions.  Mildred enjoyed being around people dancing, playing cards, and was active in church women’s groups and quilting wherever they lived. Baking pies, canning and creating greeting cards on the computer were talents she shared with those around her.

     Mildred is survived by her loving husband of 52 years James Deike living in Mason City; children John (Allison) Deike, Clear Lake and Rev. Jane (Dean) Fryda, Burlington, WI; grandsons Alex and Max Deike, Clear Lake; aunt and godmother Wilma Morse, Decorah; uncles Wilbur (Yvonne) Poppe, Denton, TX, and Harold (Audrey) Poppe, Decorah; stepbrother Galen (Carol) Menken, Greene and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 

     She is preceded in death by her parents George Ellis and Caroline Ellis Menken; stepfather George Menken; aunts and uncles Lydia (Vincent) Dingfelder, Edmund (Alma) Poppe, Garland Morse, Myrtle Poppe, Melba (Dalton) Compton; and stepsister Lois (Jim) Babcock.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Mildred Deike Memorial Fund, 300 2Nd St. N.E. Apt. 301, Mason City, Iowa 50401.

Steven Kammrad - Sheffield

     Steven Kammrad, 59, of Sheffield, passed away Thursday, August 23, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 24, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, Sheffield, with Pastor Sandi Gobeli presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church.

     Steven Craig Kammrad was born June 24, 1959, in Mason City, Iowa, a son of Louis and Eunice (Armstrong) Kammrad. He attended Sheffield-Chapin Schools, graduating with the class of 1978.

     Steven farmed with his family and eventually took over operations of the family farm where his spent his entire life. He enjoyed going to farm sales and collecting antique toys and hunting prints. He is remembered as very friendly and knew everyone.

     Steven is survived by his sister: Darla Robbins, Rockford, IL; brother: Darrel Kammrad, Sheffield; nephew: Daniel Robbins; niece: Jennifer (Jason) Nichols and their children Aaron and Alec. He is also survived by his loving Yorkie, Lisa.

     He is preceded in death by his parents Louis and Eunice Kammrad and brother-in-law James Robbins.

Ilene Smit - Sheffield

     Funeral Services for Ilene H. Smit, 78, of Sheffield will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 21, 2017 at Retz Funeral Home 203 Maple Street, Sheffield, Iowa. with Pastor Arthur Zewert officiating.  Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield.

     Visitation will be at Retz Funeral Home in Sheffield one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

     Ilene Harriet Bunting was born on December 1, 1939, in Iowa City, Iowa the daughter of Galen and Esther (Gordon) Bunting and passed away on August 17, 2018 at the Sheffield Care Center in Sheffield.

     She received her education in public school graduating from Mason City High School in 1957. Ilene attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City and later North Iowa Community College where she earned her CNA.

     Ilene was united in marriage to Duane D. Smit of Sheffield on December 31, 1965.  Ilene live in the Evansdale/ Waterloo area for one year before she and her husband made their home in Sheffield. They have lived in Sheffield for the past 52 years.

     Ilene worked at AC Nielsen in Mason City, PSI in Belmond and at the Sheffield Care Center.  She enjoyed relaxing with a book and cooking, but her favorite thing to do was camping and fishing with her beloved husband, Duane, at Bay City, WI. Many wonderful summers were enjoyed there with family and special friends.

     Ilene will be greatly missed by her husband, Duane Smit, her sisters, Judy (Randal) Hostetler, Marlette, MI, and Marilyn (Roy) Gongroee, Davenport, IA; sisters-in-law, Patricia Smit, Laurie Smit, Sharon Smit, Diane (Ted) Hughes all of Sheffield, IA, Elaine (Donald) Lubkeman, Clear Lake, IA, Mavis (Gordon) Meyer, Latimer, IA, Brother-in-law Delbert (Carolyn) Smit, Sheffield, IA; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents Galen and Esther Bunting; parents-in-law, Henry and Tena Smit; her brother, Richard Bunting and Brothers-in-law: Donald Smit, Harold Smit, Gene Smit and Dale Smit.

     Memorials may be directed to the Ilene Smit Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 580, Sheffield, Iowa 50475.

Sally Lou Tindall - Bristow

     Funeral services for Sally Tindall, 84, of Bristow will be 1:30 p.m., Friday, August 10, 2018 at the Greene Community Center in Greene with Paul Mull officiating. 

     Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, August 9, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue at the Community Center one hour before services on Friday.

     Sally passed away at her home in Bristow on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 surrounded by her family.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Sally Tindall Memorial Fund, 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. 

Rosemary 'Rosie' Trees - Greene

     Funeral Mass for Rosie Trees, 64, of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. 

     Visitation will be at Retz Funeral Home in Greene from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2018 with a Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m.

     Rosie was born May 26, 1954, in Mason City, Iowa the daughter of Alphonse and Rose (Esser) Wihlm and passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, August 2, 2018, surrounded by her family and after a long courageous battle with cancer. She received her education in Greene graduating from Greene High School in 1972.

     Rosie was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene.

On December 30, 1972, Rosie was united in marriage to Bryon Trees at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene.  This union was blessed with two children, Eric and Lacie.

     Rosie worked for 34 years at the Butler County Engineer’s Office. She enjoyed walking, baking, working with her flowers, camping and attending her children’s and grandson’s sporting events.

     Everyone knew Rosie loved to spend time doing things with her grandchildren, Deric and Caelyn.  She took them swimming, fishing, sledding, and to the park which brought her great joy.

     Rosie is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Bryon; her children: Eric (Lisa) Trees, Clarksville; Lacie (Cole) Clarke, Fairbank; two grandchildren: Deric Trees and Caelyn Clarke; brothers: Bill (Shelby); Dan; Larry (Jane); Dick; Dave (Linda); and Mike (Deb) Wihlm; sisters: Kathy Brunsma; Connie (Bruce) Helgeson; Barb (B0b) Raisty and Judy (Dave) True; brothers-in-law: Al (Jan) Trees and Doug (Emily) Trees; aunts, one uncle, many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband’s parents, Duane ‘Buck’ and Gladys Trees; two sisters-in-law: Karen Wihlm, Micki Wihlm.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Rosemary Trees Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 10, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Norma Ewald - Greene

     Funeral services for Norma Ewald, 91, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 13, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Marble Rock with Pastor Dennis Burns officiating.  Burial will be in the Westside Cemetery, Marble Rock.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, August 12 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Norma was born February 26, 1927 in Greene, Floyd County, Iowa, the daughter of John and Helen (Thompson) Hinrichsen and passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.  She received her education in Marble Rock and graduated from the Marble Rock High School. Norma later attended La James School of Beauty.

     Norma was united in marriage to Eugene Ewald on October 3, 1948, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  This union was blessed with five children. Norma was a devoted farm wife and mother.  She attended her children’s school activities, sporting events, and was active with their 4H projects. Family was very important to her.

     Norma was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church in Marble Rock. She was a peace maker, was always very edifying, and had a warm smile and a strong faith. She was a member of the “Hi Neighbor Club”, the United Methodist Women’s Club, and a 500 Card Club. Norma was an accomplished cook and baker and will be remember for her fine meals and delicious pies.

     Living family members include her children: Vicki (Mike) Majewski, Greene; Patti (Larry) Schulte, Carmel, IN;  Julie Ritter, Lake Mills;  Sherri Yerkey, Cave Creek, AZ;  Gary (Chris) Ewald, Evansdale; 14 grandchildren; 21 great- grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; her parents; three brothers: Mervin, Alden and Perry; grandchild Nicolas Ewald; great grandchild Elsie Ritter; son-in-law Jim Ritter.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Norma Ewald Memorial Fund, P.O.Box 135, Greene, Iowa 50636.

     We would like to express our gratitude to the staff at Valley View Care Center for their loving and tender care and the St. Croix Hospice.

Richard Ott - Greene

     Funeral Services for Richard E. Ott, 94, of Greene will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at Calvary Baptist Church in Greene with Pastor Ben Hartwig officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Richard Earl Ott was born on a farm near Dougherty, Iowa on July 28. 1924 to Roy and Easter (Hill) Ott and died on July 28, 2018 on his 94th birthday at Valley View Care Center in Greene, Iowa.  He celebrated his 94th birthday in Heaven with his Lord and Savior.

     On February 11, 1945, he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth McElroy.  They were blessed with seven children.  As a young man, he worked for various area farmers.  In the 50’s, he purchased the farm near Marble Rock and Greene that he lived on for the next 65 years.

     He enjoyed family, farming, horses, mules and his walk with the Lord.  As a child he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.  His blessed hope of Heaven was realized with his family at his side on his 94th birthday. He was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Greene. He will be remembered by those that knew him best as a man devoted to his Savior.

     He is survived by his children, Mike Ott (Elaine) of Marble Rock, Patsy Ott-Pick (Bill) of Cedar Falls, Mary Jo Brown (Dan) of Ankeny, Janet Schrock (Chris) of Ankeny, Rick Ott (Kristi) of Greene, Kelly Ott (Ann) of Osage, 22 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, a brother, Don Ott, sister-in-laws, Sharon Ott, Louise Ott, brother-in-laws, Dean Abbott and Charlie McElroy.

     He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary, his daughter, Charlotte Miller, son-in-law Dick Miller, grandson Dana Miller, his 7 sisters, Eunice, Gladys, Mary, Grace, Evelyn, Lois, Ila, and his 5 brothers, Malcolm, Homer, Harold, Jim and Larry.

     The family would like to say a special thanks to Pastor Ben Hartwig, the staff at Valley View Care Center in Greene for their exceptional care, and the staff of the St. Croix Hospice.

     Memorials may be directed to the Richard Ott Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Mary Ann Osborn - Greene

     Funeral Services for Mary Ann Osborn, 75, of Greene, will be Monday, July 30, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

     Mary Ann Osborn was born on March 2, 1943 in Cedar Rapids the daughter of Gilbert Mayo and Walda Sophia (Lenhart) Rutledge and passed away at her home in Greene on Thursday, July 26, 2018. She received her education in Cedar Rapids graduating from Jefferson High School.

     She was united in marriage to John Henry Osborn on September 21, 1963 in Cedar Rapids.  This union was blessed with two children.

     Mary Ann worked for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids for 38 years. Her husband, John, formed Osborn Construction in Cedar Rapids later moving the business to Greene where they made their home. Mary Ann was a very hard worker, worked alongside her husband and it was often said that “she could do the work of two men”.

     Mary Ann loved to go “second handing” and always thought of others when she did, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed finding and refinishing antiques,  she found charm in them and always preferred them over something new. Mary Ann was proud of her family and talked about her grandchildren often. She loved animals especially her little dog Abby. Mary Ann was a very kind, thoughtful and generous person.  She was always concerned for the welfare of others and wanted to be sure everyone, even strangers had something to eat.

     After retirement Mary Ann and her husband wintered in Florida which she looked forward to every year. There they made many new friends.

     Living family members include one son: John (Misty) Osborn, Greene and their children Amber, Arin (Abe) and Anthony; one daughter Tina Marie (Dan) Schleder and their children: Bradley, Ryley and Madison Schleder, Cedar Rapids; great grandchildren: Marshall, Adler, and Dylan; siblings: Cheryl (Evelyn) Rutledge; Marilyn Billings; Joel (Judith) Rutledge; Judith (Donald) Kielman; many beloved nieces and nephews.

     Preceded in death by her husband, John in 2013; her parents; brother Lynn; brother-in-law Bob Billings, faithful canine Abby.

     Memorials may be directed to the Greene Local Food Bank.

Jim Hanig - Sheffield

     Jim Hanig, 53, of Sheffield, passed away Monday, July 23, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 27, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield with Rev. Kim Wills presiding. Visitation will be 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

     James Allen Hanig was born November 5, 1964, in Mason City, a son of Donald and Barbara (Tenney) Hanig and lived in Dougherty. He attended elementary and middle school at Sheffield-Chapin. He graduated from high school in Pinole Valley High in California.

     After graduation he returned to Iowa and worked with Hanig Construction, United Building Center, Sukup Manufacturing and Seabee Corporation.

     On July 6, 1985 Jim was united in marriage with Coleen Kay Dixon at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield. This union was blessed with four children, Cody, Samantha, Amber and Stephanie.

     Jim loved being with his family and spending time with his granddaughter, Shyanne, watching football, especially the 49ers and watching movies.

     Jim is survived by his wife of 33 years, Coleen; children: Cody (Kati) Hanig; Samantha Hanig; Amber Hanig, Stephanie Hanig (Levi Noah); granddaughter: Shyanne Blue; brothers and sisters: Joe Hanig (Linda Vold); Linda (Lloyd) Hamman; John (Joan) Hanig; Frank (Janet) Hanig; Laurie (Jerry) Donnenwerth; and Ed (Terri) Hanig.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, sister Donna, nephew Adam and step-father Donald Graves.

Eugene Sukup - Sheffield

     Eugene George Sukup went to be with his Heavenly Father on July 12, 2018. His beloved wife of 66 years, Mary, was by his side.

     Eugene was born to the late Dorothy Amelia (Buerkley) and Louis Sukup near Venus, Nebraska, on May 11, 1929. He was baptized on July 7, 1929, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Walnut, Nebraska. In 1938, in the midst of the Great Depression Dust Bowl, the Sukup family, which included sister Adella, moved to Iowa. They eventually settled on a farm near Hansell, Iowa, and Eugene was confirmed on August 22, 1943, at St. John Lutheran Church east of Sheffield, Iowa. He was active in both FFA and 4H, and graduated from Hansell High School in 1946. After graduation, Eugene farmed with his father.

     Eugene met Mary Elizabeth Bielefeld at Luther League, after St. John merged with Zion Lutheran Church in Sheffield. Both Eugene and Mary served as Luther League President. They were married on Sunday, February 24, 1952, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church. They purchased a farm in West Fork Township near Dougherty. Eugene and Mary were blessed with two sons, Charles and Steven.

     In addition to serving as a sergeant in the National Guard for eight years, Eugene was named Franklin County Outstanding Farmer in 1962. He and Mary also purchased their first grain bin that year.

     In 1963, Eugene and Mary founded Sukup Manufacturing Co. in a welding shop in Sheffield. Eugene observed that pockets of grain in the bin overheated and spoiled, and he knew he could create a solution to this problem. After his initial attempt with a manual stirring auger failed, he came up with the idea of adding a horizontal auger through the handle of the drill to automate the process. He patented the idea, and the Stirway stirring machine and Sukup Manufacturing Co. were born.

     Today, Sukup Manufacturing Co. holds more than 80 patents and sells its products in more than 85 countries. The company has more than 700 employees and more than 1,000,000 square feet under roof worldwide. Sukup Manufacturing Co. remains the largest family-owned, full-line grain system manufacturer. Eugene served as President of the company for 32 years. His son, Charles, became president in 1995 and his son, Steve, became CFO. Eugene remained chairman of the Board of Directors until his death.

     Many will remember Eugene as a servant leader. He was a member of the Franklin County 4-H committee, Sheffield-Chapin school board, and Waldorf College Board of Regents. He was a founding board member of the Sheffield Care Center. Eugene also served three terms on the church board and as congregational president.

     Additionally, Eugene will be remembered for his exceptional achievements in business, agriculture, and innovation. In 2006, Eugene was inducted into the Iowa Inventors Hall of Fame. The following year he received the Outstanding Innovation Award by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. In 2011, he received the Iowa State University Honorary Alumni Award and was inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame. In 2014, Eugene was voted to become a member of Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer, and he was named a 2015 Legend in Manufacturing by Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. Iowa State University conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree to Eugene in the fall of 2015.

     Eugene is survived by his wife, Mary; his son Charles and his wife Mary (Heimbuch) Sukup of Dougherty, and his son Steven and his wife Vicki (Larson) Sukup of Clear Lake; and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: Nick Sukup, Coral Springs, Florida; Crystal and Matt Koch (Lily, Zander, and Grace), and Emily and Andy Schmitt (Wynn and Celia), all of Clear Lake, Iowa; Elizabeth Sukup, Ames, Iowa; Andrew Sukup, Dougherty, Iowa; and Jonathan Sukup, Dallas, Texas.

     A visitation will be held on Monday, July 16, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton, Iowa. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 17, at 10:30 a.m., also at Trinity Lutheran Church. It is located at 16 12th Avenue NE in Hampton, Iowa. The burial will take place at the Sheffield cemetery following the service, and lunch will be served at Trinity Lutheran Church after the service.

     Those wishing to honor Eugene’s memory with a contribution may consider supporting one of these organizations which were close to his heart:

            Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO

            Sing for Joy, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

            Lutheran Heritage Foundation, Macomb, MI

            Mission Central, Mapleton, IA

Howard Muller - Sheffield

     Howard Muller, 90, of Sheffield, entered heaven Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 13, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, with Rev. G Kim Wills presiding. Interment will be at Zion Reformed Cemetery, rural Sheffield. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church.

     Howard Edward Muller was born October 19, 1927, at the Hampton Hospital to Eilard and Gayle (White) Muller. He lived with his mother in Waterloo, Iowa until he was 4 years old and then came to live on the Muller farm, started by his grandfather, with his father and step-mother, Mary, and sister, Dorothy.

     Howard married Doris Steffen on October 27, 1951 in Waterloo. They were blessed with four children: Robert, Patricia, Carole and Darlene.

     He attended the schoolhouse on the corner of their farm through the 8th grade and received his GED from NIACC in 1984.

     He took over the farm in 1947, raising cattle, hogs, chickens and crops. He considered that he lived at the right time as he farmed with horses then tractors and had the first combine in the area. He did custom combining for other farmers. He always said he lived in “God’s Country” because of the four seasons and beautiful scenery.

     Howard joined the Iowa National Guard and also served in the U.S. Army 1953 – 1955.

     He decided to quit farming in 1984 and worked as a custodian at Mason City Public Library and Brick and Tile office building, retiring in 2001 due to ill health.

     Howard was a very devoted Christian, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister Dorothy Spangenburg and half-brothers, Lester and Leroy Brandt.

     He is survived by his wife of 66 ¾ years, Doris and their 4 loving children: Robert; Patricia (Don); Carole (Kevin); and Darlene; grandchildren: Amanda, Melissa, Ryan, John and Grace, step-grandchildren: Randi, Myles, Justin and their spouses; great-grandchildren: Ryan, Paul and Serenity and step-great-grandchildren: Jacob, Katie, Andrew, Samuel, Kaydence, Parker, Bryan, Landon, Cayden and Stella; half-brothers Leo and Marlin Brandt, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Ralph Smith - Thornton

     Funeral services for Ralph F. Smith of Belmond, formerly of Thornton, will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 9, 2018, at the Retz Funeral Home in Thornton with Pastor John Tunnicliff officiating.  Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home in Thornton.

     Ralph Frederick Smith, age 97, passed away Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.  Ralph was born September 10, 1920 in Williams, Iowa, Hardin County and was the son of Edwin and Ruby (New) Smith.  He was educated in the country school system.  Ralph entered the Army on December 30, 1942 where he served as a ball turret gunner on a B-17 named the Homesick Angel.  He served in air offensives in the Europe, Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland Campaigns completing 52 successful missions.  He flew on D-Day as the Allies invaded France.  For this he was awarded a Diploma of Recognition to the American Soldiers Engaged in the Battle of the Disembarkation and Liberation from the country of France.  He also received 4 Bronze Stars and a Distinguished Flying Cross. 

     Ralph married Frances Timm on April 7, 1950, in Brownton, MN.  To this union two daughters were born.  He farmed west of Thornton for most of his life.  He was a long time member of the Board of the Farmers Cooperative at Thornton.  He was a lifetime member of the Iowa Cutting Horse Association and was inducted into the Iowa Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame in 1999.  He was able to go on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. on September 17, 2011.

     Ralph is survived by his loving daughters, Barbara (Leon) Sheets of Ionia and Betty (Bryan) Schmitt of Cresco.  He has 4 grandchildren:  Jarrod (Melissa) Sheets, Justina (Boyd) Durr, Eric (Heidi) Schmitt, and Adam Schmitt.  His 4 great grandchildren are Keegan Crawford, Kipp Sheets, Catherine Durr, and Renee Durr. He is also survived by a brother Bill Smith and a sister Lucretia Howd.

     Ralph was preceded in death by his wife Frances, brothers Ernest, Vernard, and Russell, and sister Doris. 

     Memorials may be directed to Winnebago Honor Flight, Republic Community Church, Howard County Special Needs Association, or to the family.

 

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