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Allison & Clarksville

Butler County

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May 9, 1933 - August 23, 2013

Herman Kruse, 80, of Allison, Iowa, passed away Friday, August 23, 2013, at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison in Allison, Iowa.

He was born on May 9, 1933, on a farm in rural Bristow, Iowa, to Fred and Cena (Werkmann) Kruse. Herman attended Brushy Mound Country School in rural Bristow. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict Era and peacetime; he was able to attend the Honor Flight on April 16, 2013, with his daughter Kathy.

Herman was married to Faith Tjebkes on December 5, 1958, they were later divorced. On May 23, 1981, he was united in marriage to Sharon Christopherson. He worked for Rath Packers Company, John Deere as a machinist, Oliver/ White Farm, Hobson Brothers in Shell Rock and Bell Helicopter in Grand Prairie, Texas, until he retired in 1995. Herman was a member of the Unity Presbyterian Church in Clarksville and the Allison American Legion. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, snowmobiling, small engine repair and playing softball, where he pitched for twenty-eight years.

Herman is survived by his wife Sharon of Allison, daughter Rae Jean (Rick) Smith of Bellevue, Nebraska, son Dale Kruse of Stacyville, daughter Kathy (Roger) Lund of Waverly, son Mike (Becky) Kruse of Dunkerton, son Darren Kruse of Orchard, step-son Duane (Patti) Christopherson of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, step-daughter Diane (Jon) Oltmann of Allison, fourteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, brother Eldo Kruse, brother Harold (Marlys) Kruse, sister Ida Mae (Richard) Litterer, sister-in-law Donna Kruse, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Cena, brothers Emil, Elmer and William, sister Anna Reed and sister-in-law Rena Kruse.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at the Unity Presbyterian Church in rural Clarksville, with Pastors Stephen W. Keve and Christine Kaplunas officiating. Burial took place in the Allison Cemetery.

Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Allison was in charge of arrangements.


Marvin Simonsen Larsen, 75, of Eveleth, Minnesota, passed away on August 29, 2013, at his home in Eveleth, Minnesota.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at John’s Lutheran Church in rural Hampton, with Pastor David Bernhardt offi ciating. Burial took place in St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton was in charge of arrangements.

January 26, 1908 - September 4, 2013

Frieda Marie Fenneman, age 105, of Clarksville, Iowa, was born the daughter of William and Emma (Busse) Edeker on January 26, 1908, rural Allison, Iowa. She attended Vilmar Country School near her home. Frieda was baptized into the Christian faith and later confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church – Vilmar.

On January 30, 1930, Frieda was united in marriage with George Fenneman at St. John’s Lutheran Church – Vilmar. They made their home north of Clarksville. Frieda and George worked together on their farm for 40 years. They retired from farming in 1970 when they built their home in Clarksville.

Frieda was a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Clarksville, where she had been active with the Women’s Fellowship and Dorcas Circle. Through the years she enjoyed baking, gardening, crocheting and sewing. She made each grandchild a special quilt of their own. Frieda looked forward to the yearly fishing trips to Minnesota with the family. She always enjoyed socializing with friends and family along with playing cards.

Frieda died Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at the Clarksville Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Fenneman, in August of 1983; two daughters, Mary in infancy and Judy Schmidtke, in December of 2010; son-in-law, Dale Hostetler, in March of 2007; one brother, Harry Edeker; and four sisters, Lucille Fenneman, Lorena Heine, Viola Heine and Linda Becker.

Frieda is survived by three children, Donald (Ruth) Fenneman of Clarksville, Shirley Hostetler of Shell Rock, and Donna Mae (Bob) Fuls of Waverly; son-in-law, Ray Schmidtke; eight grandchildren, Leland (Tina) Fenneman, Duane (Dawn) Fenneman, Karen Hostetler, Larry (Lisa) Hostetler, David (Susan) Fuls, Deborah (Jeff) Schense, Brian (Rhonda) Schmidtke, and Tony (Kristi) Schmidtke; 18 greatgrandchildren; three great-greatgrandchildren; and one brother, Harold (Amy) Edeker of Des Moines.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 7, 2013 in Clarksville at Community United Methodist Church, due to construction at Immanuel United Church of Christ. Pastor Linda Myren offi ciated the service. Sharon Leerhoff served as organist and accompanied the congregation as they sang “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”, “I Love To Tell The Story” and “Nearer My God To Thee”. Burial was held at Lynwood Cemetery in Clarksville with Leland Fenneman, Duane Fenneman, David Fuls, Larry Hostetler, Brian Schmidtke and Tony Schmidtke serving as Casketbearers.

Memorials may be directed to Immanuel United Church of Christ in Clarksville and online condolences may be left at

Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville was in charge of arrangements.

September 9, 1930 - September 10, 2013

Betty Lou Kruse, 83, of Allison, IA, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at the Waverly Municipal Hospital in Waverly, IA.

Betty was born on September 9, 1930, in Greene, IA, the daughter of Carl and Rose Hegland Yaw. She graduated from Greene High School in 1948. One of her favorite memories of growing up in Greene was listening to the whistle of the train, the Rock Island Line, as it passed through town. On April 30, 1950, Betty was united in marriage to Charles W. Kruse at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Greene. The couple made their home on the farm north of Allison for 55 years until they moved into Allison in 2005.

Betty was an avid homemaker and she loved to bake. Her children enjoyed coming home from school to homemade bread, donuts, and other goodies. After her children grew up, Betty and Charles continued to show hospitality to others through hosting many missionaries and church speakers and inviting relatives and friends over for meals.

The most important part of Betty’s life was her relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom she trusted as her personal Savior in the early 1960’s. Betty had a special love for children and established the Open Door Bookstore in Allison in 1973, providing Christian literature and a place to host youth meetings, Good News Clubs and Joy Clubs. Betty was a member of Allison Bible Church where she taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and ministered in music.

Living family members include her husband, Charles, of Allison; son Dr. Brian Kruse and wife Ann of rural Greene and daughter Linda and husband Pastor Michael Nemmers of Jesup; seven grandchildren: Stephen Kruse, Marinela Kruse, Rebekah and husband James Boyd, Nathan and wife Susan Nemmers, Rachel Nemmers, David Nemmers and Jonathan Nemmers; eight greatgrandchildren: Makayla, Hope, Gabriel, Rowan and Liam Boyd and Jackson, Madison and Jacinda Nemmers; sister-in-law and husband, Shirley and Bob Hoodjer, Allison, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, Archie De- France, her sister, Kathryn Kamp, Kathryn’s husbands, Doug Duffield, and Louis Kamp, and her grandson, Michael Paul Nemmers.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 13, at the Allison Bible Church with Pastor Michael Nemmers officiating. Burial took place in the Allison Cemetery.

Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home of Allison was in charge of arrangements.

October 23, 1931 - September 9, 2013

Shirley A. McCurdy, 81, of Allison, Iowa, passed away Monday, September 9, 2013, at the Clarksville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarksville, Iowa. Curdy. Shirley graduated from Monticello High School, attended Iowa Teachers College in Cedar Falls, and received her Master’s in Education from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She taught elementary education for ten years at Humboldt, Charles City and Mequon, Wisconsin. Shirley became a principal at Mequon and continued the position for thirty-five years, retiring in 1994.

She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Allison, where she was on the church council and education committee. Shirley enjoyed gardening and fishing in her younger years. She was very dedicated to her teaching and being a principal and had received numerous awards and certificates for her accomplishments.

Shirley is survived by her lifelong friend Fern Wiebke of Allison, sister Donna (Arthur) Bohlken of West Allis, Wisconsin, five nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents Vern and Mildred, sister Jackie (Kenneth) Kellogg and two brothers in infancy.

A memorial service was held Saturday, September 14, 2013, at the St. James Lutheran Church in Allison, with Rev. Jeffrey A. Blank officiating. There was no visitation held. Burial will take place at a later date.

The Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home of Allison was in charge of arrangements.

Posted on 22 October 2013 by Jay Lehmann

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