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Telbert Tonderum

July 7, 2011

Telbert A. Tonderum, age 79, of Dows, died on Friday, July 1, 2011, at his home near Dows.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday July 6, at the First Lutheran Church in Dows. Pastor Ron Yarnell officiated. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in Dows. Graveside military rites were conducted by the Dows American Legion Watson-Beach Post #523.

Telbert Arlyn Tonderum, the son of Carl and Helena Christiansen Tonderum, was born on October 26, 1931 at Otteson, Iowa. At the age of six, the family moved to Dows. Telbert was educated in the Dows Community School. On November 3, 1951, Telbert was united in marriage to Eleanor Christensen at the First Lutheran Church in Dows. To this union two sons were born, Arlyn in 1953 and Larry in 1957. On September 3, 1952, Telbert began serving his country in the U.S. Army. He served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on August 4, 1955. In 1955, he started to farm and retired in 1997. Telbert farmed his entire life in Dows. He then worked for Hagies in Clarion from 1995 until 1999.

Telbert was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Dows and the Dows American Legion Watson-Beach Post #523. He helped coach Arlyn's and Larry's softball games. Telbert was a key figure in the restoration of the Quasdorf Museum for the Dows Historical Society and has volunteered there since it opened. Telbert always had a friendly smile and was willing to help everyone. He could fix anything and fixed multitudes of projects for all over the years. Telbert will be remembered by many friends and family for his quiet and caring spirit.

Telbert is survived by his wife, Eleanor; brother, Merle and his wife, Loa Dell of Dows; grandchildren, Aaaron and Laura; and numerous other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Arlyn in 1999 and Larry in 2001; three sisters, Jean Rostenbach, Evelyn Stebbins and Clareen Schmalzried.
© Wright County Monitor 2011

Jack Henry Tillman

July 7, 2011

Jack Henry Tillman, 85, of Clarion, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2011, at the Careage of Clarion.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 7, at 1:30 p.m., at the Church of Christ in Clarion, with Pastor Warren Curry officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Clarion.

Jack Henry Tillman, son of Oliver and Mae (Henry) Tillman, was born on January 24, 1926 in Lincoln Township, Iowa. He attended rural school in Lincoln Township and graduated from the Clarion High School in 1943. On January 1, 1950, Jack was united in marriage to Levetta Meyer Keigan at the Congregational Church in Eagle Grove and they celebrated 61 years of marriage this year in 2011.

Jack and Levetta farmed the Tillman family farm in Lincoln Township until moving to Clarion in 1985. Jack also held several jobs besides farming. After retiring, Jack and Levetta were able to spend several winters in Apache Junction, Arizona.

Jack is survived by his wife of 61 years, Levetta; son, Larry (Bobbie) of Clarion; daughters, Sandy (Dennis) Kolbeck of Alleman, Iowa and Connie (Russ) Lindsay of Albuquerque, New Mexico; sister, Wilma (Wayne) Tank of Wilton, Iowa; eight grandchildren; eleven great- grandchildren; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The Ewing Funeral Home of Clarion, was in charge of the arrangements.
© Wright County Monitor 2011

Norville E. Anderson

July 14, 2011

Norville E. Anderson, 85, of Clarion, died on Monday, July 4, 2011, at the Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, July 7, at the Holmes Baptist Church, with Pastors Douglas Love and Pat Nemmers officiating. Burial will be in the Clarion Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the service time.

Norville Elmer Anderson, son of Charles and Anna Thompson Anderson, was born on October 17, 1925, on the family farm in Wright county. He received his education in rural schools in Wright county. On January 25, 1948, he married Mildred Mae Heidick at Fort Dodge. The couple farmed south of Clarion for 63 years, retiring in 1991. Norville was a member of the Holmes Baptist Church.

Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife, Mildred; sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Cindy Anderson of North English and Norm and Karen Anderson of Webster City; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Tom Schroder of Clarion; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Busick of Clarion, Arlene Smith of St. Cloud, Minnesota and Ruth Lamfers of Salina, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Betty Delger, Gladys Spainhower, Julia Swenson and Myllie Smit; and brothers, George, Chuck, Alvin and Roger Anderson.

The Foster Funeral and Cremation Center of Webster City, is in charge of the arrangements.
© Wright County Monitor 2011

Clarice Thompson

July 14, 2011

Clarice H. Thompson, 94, of Clarion, died on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. 

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 11, at the Holmes Lutheran Church in Holmes, with Pastors Dennis Dorenkamp and Richard Taylor officiating. Burial was in the Holmes Cemetery in Clarion. The Ewing Funeral Home of Clarion was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Clarice Harriet Carlson, daughter of Ole and Bertha (Ogland) Carlson, was born on December 2, 1916 at Kanawha. She was baptized in the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kanawha and also attended school in Norway Township. Clarice married Burdette Thompson on November 22, 1941, in the bride’s home. Together they raised three daughters in Clarion. 

Clarice had been a member of the Holmes Lutheran Church since 1926 (84 years). She enjoyed serving in many areas during her time there, including playing in the string band, singing in the church choir, teaching Sunday School, serving as a member of the Holmes Circle for many years, and participating in Luther League. She also encouraged her daughters’ by supporting their many 4-H activities over the years. Clarice was an avid gardener. In her later years, she loved uncovering hidden treasures at local auctions and antique stores.

Clarice is survived by her daughters, Charlotte (Chuck) Kern of Clarion, Elaine (Fred) Hollaus of Redlands, California and Helen (Dennis) Dorenkamp of Peoria, Arizona; eight grandchildren, Angela (Shawn) Brown, Chad (Karla) Kern, Dana (Kyle) Campbell, Lora (Jason) Bowman, Brent (Diana) Dorenkamp, Clinton (Jennifer) Dorenkamp, Kristine (Ryan) Klima and Rachel (B.K.) Grayson; thirteen great-grandchildren, Norah Brown, Brayden and Caleb Kern, Emma and Maddie Bowman, Chasya, Santrielle and Kemuel Dorenkamp, Gabriel, Gavin and Makel Klima, Avery Dorenkamp and Ethan LaBounty and Owen Grayson; and sister  Ruby McCormick.

Clarice was preceded in death by her husband, Burdette; and siblings, Hilma Thompson, Tilman Carlson, Myra Birkland, Eleanor Jacobsen, Birdsell Carlson, Shirley Olson, Gordon Carlson and Robert Carlson.
© Wright County Monitor 2011

Marjorie French

July 14, 2011

Marjorie French, 101, of Goldfield, died on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at the Humboldt Care Center North. 

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 12, at the United Presbyterian Church in Goldfield, with the Rev. Sara Hill officiating.  Interment was in the Glenwood Cemetery at Goldfield. The Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt, was in charge of the arrangements.

Marjorie Lenning, the daughter of George and Clenora (Berg) Lenning, was born on November 15, 1909, on the family farm in Humboldt County. She graduated from the Humboldt High School in 1928 and taught in rural schools around the area from 1930 to 1953.  She served as the state treasurer for the Rural Teachers Association of the State of Iowa. She was united in marriage to John French in 1953 and the couple farmed north of Goldfield for many years. John passed away in 1971 and in 1974, Marjorie moved to Goldfield. In 2008, she became a resident of the Humboldt Care Center North. She passed away there on the afternoon of July 9, 2011, at the age of 101.
Marjorie was a member of the Historical Society, the American Legion Auxiliary, the United Presbyterian Church of Goldfield and the Moring Circle. 

She is survived by her sister, Frances Mesicek and her brother, Glen Lenning, both of Humboldt. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; her sister Neva Mandsager; and her foster brother, Ronald VanDyke.
© Wright County Monitor 2011

Clarence E. Johnston

July 28, 2011

Clarence E. Johnston, 54, of Clarion, died on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at his residence near Clarion.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, July 30, in the Alexander Cemetery east of Alexander. The body has been cremated.

The Dugger Funeral Home of Belmond, is in charge of the arrangements.
© Wright County Monitor 2011

Verlene Carrell McOllough

July 21, 2011

The Lord called Verlene Carrell Mc0llough home on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at the Clarion Church of Christ, on Saturday, July 23, at one o'clock in the afternoon. Memorials may be sent to the family c/o Church of Christ, Clarion. The Ewing Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Verlene Fay Carrell, was born on February 8, 1923, to Ira and Ethel Matson Carrell in Clarion, Iowa. A child during the Great Depression, Verlene enjoyed simple blessings. During the summer, her father managed the roller skating rink at Lake Cornelia where she "grew up on skates." The most crucial moment of Verlene's childhood occurred at age 7, when she contracted diphtheria. Her throat swelled to the "diameter of a pencil" but by the grace of God she survived. Later attending the Clarion High School, Verlene performed in several theatrical productions and musical groups. She sang in the girls' sextet which won first honors in the National Music Contest and she played clarinet in the marching band, which won the National Championship in 1940. Following graduation, Verlene was invited to sing twice over radio station KVFD in Fort Dodge on the "New Voices" program. While driving to her second performance, Verlene was critically injured as she swerved her car to avoid hitting a child pushing a bicycle. The car rolled several times and came to rest on its wheels in a cornfield. Although hospitalized with a fractured pelvis and internal injuries, Verlene was blessed with a full recovery.

Verlene was engaged to Clair J. Mc0llough in 1941. Clair had entered the U.S. Army as a one-year draftee, but after World War II began, Verlene waited 4 1/2 years for her fiancé to return. On December 9, 1945, Verlene and Clair were united in marriage at the Park Church of Christ in Ottumwa. Four children were born to this union. Clair went into the farming business and in 1953 opened his own feed and fertilizer business in Clarion, The Clarion Farm Supply.

In addition to supporting Clair in his business and raising their four children, Verlene held several positions in the Clarion community including Deputy Recorder for Wright County and Assistant Librarian for the Clarion Public Library. She served as treasurer for the restoration of the Clarion Rock Island Railroad Depot and worked tirelessly to secure the depot's listing on the National Register of Historic Places. She gave vocal performances and private voice lessons throughout the community. A freelance writer, Verlene enjoyed writing on a variety of subjects and maintained a particular interest in the "Orphan Trains" by which several people she knew from childhood had arrived in Clarion. Verlene's stories appeared in many publications, including Country Woman, The Goldfinch, The Palimpsest and several Iowa newspapers. Verlene loved the Lord and was a long-time member of the Clarion Church of Christ.

Verlene's husband, Clair and sister, Ruth Havlick preceded her in passing into Heaven.

She is survived by four children, Viki and husband, Van Walbridge of Arvada, Colorado, David Mc0llough of Clarion, Dan McOllough and wife, Linda of Algona and Jacque and husband, Jack Stepanek of Ankeny; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Dean Mc0llough; and several nieces and nephews.
© Wright County Monitor 2011

Ronald L. Hackley
March 25, 1941 - July 19, 2011

Ronald Lee Hackley, 70, of Clarion, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at his home in Clarion.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Monday, July 25, at the Clarion Church of Christ in Clarion, with Pastor Warren Curry officiating. Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery in Rowan. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 24, from 5–7:00 p.m., at the Ewing Funeral Home in Clarion and continues one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday.

Ronald Lee Hackley, was born on March 25, 1941, to Howard and Doris (Bates) Hackley in Rowan, one of four children. Ron attended school in Rowan. Following high school, Ron worked for the Rock Island Rail Road and later served in the U.S. Army for several years. Upon returning from the military, Ron was united in marriage to Betty Day. Ron was united in marriage to Colleen Betts on December 31, 1982 in Clarion. Ron worked as a diesel mechanic and drove heavy trucks for several years and for several different employers, including Acme Brick and Stan Reidel. Ron also worked for Umthun Trucking in Eagle Grove, doing their rear-end and transmission maintenance work. Among his favorite jobs, Ron served as a reserve police officer in West Union (working alongside his brother Dave) and in Clarion. He also scrapped iron and metal from his early years through his retirement at the age of 62.
Ron enjoyed fishing, coyote hunting, special camping trips with his family over Memorial Day weekends and taking his dog Max on truck rides. Most of all, Ron enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Ron was a member of the Clarion Church of Christ and a member of the VFW in Clarion.

Ron is survived by his wife, Colleen Hackley of Clarion; his son, Terry (Melissa) Hackley of Clarion; granddaughters, Alexandria and Gabrielle; his sisters, Betty LaRue of Clarion and Donna (Wayne) Halverson of West Union; his brother, Dave (Lucy) Hackley of West Union; his faithful dog, Max; and numerous other nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. 

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers-in-law, Roger Johnson and Boyd LaRue.
© Ewing Funeral Home 2011

Roger Sweet

July 28, 2011

Roger Elwin Sweet, 67, of Goldfield, died on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at his home.

Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 26, at the Foust Funeral Home in Goldfield, with visitation one hour prior to the services. Memorials may be left at the discretion of the family. The Foust Funeral Home of Goldfield, was in charge of the arrangements.

Roger Elwin Sweet, the son of Robert E. and Irene A. (Oleson) Sweet, was born on August 11, 1943 in Ogden. Roger married Constance Darnell in 1967 and they had two, daughters, Connie and Robbin. The couple later divorced. In September of 2002, Roger married Jennifer Olson at the United Methodist Church in Goldfield. Roger has lived in Wright County most of his life, driving a truck for various companies and the last six years has loved his job and the students as a school bus driver for the Clarion-Goldfield Schools. Roger also loved his dog, "Cuddles," a 120 lb. Doberman Pincher and collected Elvis and Pepsi memorabilia.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Sweet of Goldfield; two daughters, Robbin E. Sweet and her husband, Blayne Tiernan of Fort Dodge and Melanie A. Berte of Missouri; a step-daughter, Kayla Sweet of Goldfield; a sister, Rose Paullin of Grimes; a brother, Jim Sweet of Humboldt; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Clara Jane Sweet; and a daughter, Connie Sweet.
© Wright County Monitor 2011

Frank D. Peterson

July 28, 2011

Frank D. Peterson, 75, of Webster City, died on Friday, July 22, 2011, at his home.

Funeral service were held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, July 26, at the Asbury United Methodist Church, with Rev. Linda Bibb officiating. Military
rites were conducted by the American Legion Post # 191. The Foster Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Webster City, was in charge of the arrangements. Write a personal tribute or light a virtual candle for the Peterson family at

Frank Dean Peterson, son of Howard and Velma Schroeder Peterson, was born on October 13, 1935 on the Eagle Valley Farm, south of Holmes. He graduated from the Clarion High School and attended Iowa State University. He served in the U.S. Army. On March 29, 1957, he married Judy Woodin at Clarion. The couple resided in Webster City where he was the manager of the United Cooperative. They were later divorced. He was also in the trucking business as an owner/operator and drove for John Symens. For the past 20 years, he has driven for Van Diest Supply. He retired in December 2010 due to failing health.

He was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post # 191.

Frank is survived by his daughter and friend, DeAnne Peterson and Tim Smith of Clarion; sons and daughters-in-law, Mitchel and Kerri Peterson of Ames and Rick and Tami Peterson of Webster City; grandchildren, Joseph Wyllie; Elizabeth Murphy and spouse, Bob; Max and Sam Peterson; Caitie and Emily Peterson; sisters, Carolyn (Denny) Bowman of Clarion and Phyllis (Dave) Mossman of Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother in infancy, Howard Eugene Peterson; and a sister, Patricia Melhus.
© Wright County Monitor 2011

Richard Edward Webber, Jr.
May 21, 1951 - July 24, 2011

Richard Edward Webber, Jr., 60, of Ames, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2011, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, July 29, at the Ewing Funeral Home in Clarion, with Reverend Doctor David DeFor officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Clarion. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 25, from 9–11:00 a.m., at the Ewing Funeral Home.

Richard Edward Webber Jr., the son of Richard E. and Elaine Skogebo Webber Sr., was born on May 21, 1951, at the St Olaf Hospital in Austin, Minnesota. He attended the Austin Community Schools graduating in 1970. Following his graduation he worked as a printer for Green Giant. In December 1971, he enlisted in the United States Army in which he served proudly. Following his discharge in 1974, he returned to work at Green Giant as well as being an Amway distributor. He attended Mankato State University briefly. He worked for various print shops including Park Press in St. Cloud, Minnesota and Dakota Farmer/North Plains Press in Aberdeen, South Dakota and then he opened his own print shop, Websko Printing, in his lake home at Mina, South Dakota.  

On September 7, 1991 he was united in marriage to Jolene Harris at her home in Eagle Grove, Iowa. They continued to live in the Aberdeen area until January 1994, when they moved to Minnesota where he worked for Quality Pork for about three months before deciding he wanted back into the printing business. He worked for Game Tec printing lottery tickets. In 1995, they moved to the Ames, Iowa area to be near her sister and family. He worked various jobs until he was hired to work as a custodian for the Ames Community School District. It was at this time his health started to fail - he had 3 heart surgeries in 6 months. Later he was employed by the federal government as a custodian at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames - a position he held until he retired due to health reasons in 2002. In April 2003, he had his last heart surgery in Houston, Texas. Following this surgery his health declined rapidly. In April 2011, he entered the Baxter Health Care Center in Baxter, Iowa. Following a brief hospital stay on July 23, 2011,  he entered the Israel Family Hospice House where he died the following day.

He is survived by his wife, Jolene; his mother, Elaine Webber Fjerstad of Adams, Minnesota; his brother, Douglas (Sandra) Webber of Plymouth, Minnesota; his three sisters, Trudy (Alfredo) Cruz of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Beverly Webber of Austin, Minnesota and Luann (Scott) Schmidt of New London, Minnesota; his sister-in-law, Debra (Irvin) Schoelkoph of Ames; and 5 nieces and 4 nephews and several great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Webber, Sr., his step-father, Harvey Fjerstad; and his nephew, Zacherias Cruz. 
© Ewing Funeral Home 2011

Robert Leonard Knosby

August 11, 2011

Robert Leonard Knosby, 70, of Cumming, died on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at his home.

A Rosary and memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, September 9, at the St. John's the Apostle Catholic Church of Norwalk. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Perpetual Care Fund of the St. John's Cemetery in Cumming. The Caldwell-Raddatz Funeral Home and Crematory of Urbandale, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Robert Leonard Knosby, was born in Des Moines on February 26, 1941, to Anne (Hayes) and Martin Knosby. Robert was a graduate of the Clarion High School and worked as a forklift operator at John Deere until his retirement.

Robert is survived by his brothers, Louis of Webster City and Joe of Idabel, Oklahoma; sister, Eileen Stangl of Brea, California; and other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Austin, Cyril, John and Fred.
© Wright County Monitor 2011

Barbara Drury

August 11, 2011

Barbara Henke Drury, died on Sunday, July 31, 2011, at the Belmond Care Center.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 12, at the United Church of Rowan in Rowan. Visitation is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Friday, with a memorial service to follow at 11:00 a.m.

Barbara was a long-time resident of Wright County, involved in the communities of Rowan, Clarion and Belmond. Barbara finished high school in Waterloo, graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, and taught school in Rowan. Barbara and Lloyd farmed and raised mink near Rowan.

She is survived by four children, Donna McOllough and her husband, Melvin, Dwight Drury and his wife, Marilyn, Mary Ashpole and her husband, Jim and Bill Drury; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Drury; and son, Leslie.
© Wright County Monitor 2011

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