June 29, 1928 - September 1, 2012
Haupt, age 84, of Dows, passed away on Saturday,
September 1, 2012, at the Franklin General Hospital
Nursing Facility in Hampton.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30
a.m., on Tuesday, September 4, at the First Lutheran
Church in Dows. Pastor Ron Nelson will officiate. Burial
will take place in the Fairview Cemetery in Dows.
Graveside military rites will be provided by the
American Legion Watson Beach Post #523 in Dows.
Visitation will be held from 5–7:00 p.m., on Monday,
September 3, at the Dugger Funeral Home in Dows and
continue one hour prior to the services at the church on
Raymond was born in Sac City, Iowa, on June 29, 1928. He
was the third youngest of twelve children born to Frank
and Kate Smith Haupt. His family lived in the Rowan and
Belmond areas, where he attended country school. He
married Arthurine Sime on February 22, 1948. Ray worked
for various farmers until he was drafted into the U.S.
Army in 1953. He was sent to Korea and attained the rank
of Sergeant with the combat engineers. After his
discharge from the army, Ray began his farming career.
Farming, for Raymond, was a passion that could only be
defined as perfection. His grain fields had straight
rows and countless hours walking fields, kept them
immaculate. Raymond’s pig operation had the neatest pigs
and cleanest hog houses anywhere. Friends often teased
Ray, wondering if he even brushed the pig’s teeth every
Ray and Arthurine were blessed with a daughter, Kim born
in 1955. Ray was very proud of Kim. Raymond loved to
dance and was a very good dancer. Friends referred to
him as rubber legs. Arthurine and he continued to dance
until his health prevented him. The couple farmed
together until 2006, but continued to live on the farm.
Raymond had open heart surgery in 2012 and then lived at
the Franklin General Care Center until his death.
Raymond was a member of the First Lutheran Church in
Dows and the American Legion Watson Beach Post #523 in
Raymond is survived by his wife, Arthurine; daughter,
Kim (Don) Foth of Cedar Falls; his pride and joy,
grandson, Brian Foth of Tampa, Florida; three sisters,
Wilma (Hartley) Friesleben, Lorraine Johnson and Helen
Ahrens; one brother, Duane (Darilyn) Haupt; and several
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters,
Mildred and Minnie; and six brothers, Edd, Alvin,
Bernard, Robert, Donny, and Leo.
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U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Michael John Howell, 64, of Lansing,
Kansas, passed away at his home on Sunday, September 2,
2012, following a long battle with heart and lung disease.
services were held on Friday, September 7, at the funeral
home. Burial with full military honors, followed in the
Leavenworth National Cemetery. The R.L. Leintz Funeral Home,
Leavenworth, Kansas, was in charge of the arrangements.
born on October 9, 1947, in Hampton, Iowa, the son of John
P. and Kathryn (Beek) Howell. He lived in multiple small
towns in North Central Iowa until they settled in Clarion in
1951. Mike attended the Clarion Public School until 1966,
when the family moved to Webster City. On January 4, 1966,
Mike entered the Army and found the profession that he had a
calling and a great love for. Always a NCO, he held
assignments of Drill Sergeant, US Army Recruiter, Senior
ROTC Instructor and Logistics Inspector for the Inspector
General. But his great love was his time spent as a First
He was wed
to his soul mate, Mary (Stommel) Howell on March 30, 1968.
Together they had four children, Shelley (Smith) of
Leavenworth, Tricia of Lansing, John of Lansing and Misty
Price of Topeka, Kansas. Mike is also survived by 13
grandchildren; one great-grandson; a sister, Diane Pontius
of Fort Dodge, Iowa; a brother, Mark of Seekonk,
Massachusetts; and a niece and nephew.
proceeded in death by his parents; and a baby daughter.
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September 13, 2012
E. (Schmidt) Bertilson, 87, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away
in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Friday, August 10, 2012.
A memorial service will be
held on Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 10:30
a.m., at Meservey's First Reformed Church,
Meservey, Iowa, with interment following in the Meservey
Cemetery. The Retz Funeral Home, Meservey, was in charge of
the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests
that any memorial donations in her name be made to the
American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite
800, Washington, DC 20004.
A retired data expeditor
for Honeywell, she was born on October 15, 1924, at her
parents' farm near Meservey, Iowa, to John R. and Tena (Ostendorf)
Schmidt. Loraine was a graduate of the Meservey High School and
of Hamilton Business College in Mason City, Iowa. Prior to
her marriage, she worked as a cashier and bookkeeper in
Meservey and Dows. On June 8, 1947, Loraine married Maynard
L. Bertilson of Dows at Meservey's First Reformed Church in
a ceremony performed by her uncle, the Rev. Peter Koenen.
Maynard and Loraine farmed for the next sixteen years in
north-central Iowa, primarily in the vicinity of Clarion,
Eagle Grove and Meservey.
In 1963, the family moved
permanently to Phoenix, Arizona, working and raising their
family there, while maintaining close ties to family and
friends in Iowa. Beloved mother, grandmother, and
great-grandmother, Loraine is survived by her four children,
Gail (John) Litton, Myra, Carla, and B. Brian (Joyce) Bertilson; four grandchildren, Becky (Joseph), George, Zach
and Daniel; her adored great-grandson, Andrew; two sisters,
Arlene Kaldenberg and Frances Groen; brother-in-law, Merle
(Sonja) Bertilson and sister-in-law, Alta Nodland; dear
family friend, Billy Sampson; and numerous nieces, nephews
She was preceded in death
by her parents; her husband, Maynard in 1987; her brother,
Ralph Schmidt; and her sister, Esther Boelman.
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February 26, 1938 - September 16, 2012
Meyer, 74, of Clarion, passed away on Sunday, September 16,
2012, at the Rotary Ann Nursing Home in Eagle Grove.
A memorial Mass will be held
on Saturday, September 22, at 11:00 a.m., at the St. John’s
Catholic Church in Clarion, with Father Nils Hernandez and
Deacon Jerry Temeyer officiating. Inurnment will take place
at a later date. Visitation will be held on Friday,
September 21, from 6–8:00 p.m., at the Ewing Funeral Home in
Clarion, with a Rosary service beginning at 7:45 p.m.
John William Meyer, was born
on February 26, 1938 in Webster City, Iowa. The son of Ira
and Mildred (Ellston) Meyer he was one of six children. He
moved with the family as they farmed several places in
Wright County. John attended rural schools during his lower
grades and graduating from the Clarion High School in 1957.
After graduation, John started farming the family farm in
Lincoln Township. On June 5, 1965, John and Kathleen Trausch
were united in marriage at the St. John’s Catholic Church in
Clarion. To this union two sons were born, John Francis and
James Francis. John was employed at Trigg’s in Belmond
beginning in 1985 and Henning’s Construction in 1990. He
ceased to farm in 1990 and began working at Hagie’s and
finished his working career at Kiefer-Built of Kanawha in
2009 when he retired.
John loved to go tubing at
several favorite places. He enjoyed woodworking, finishing
the inside of the family home they built on the home place.
He would work on it on rainy days or in the winter. He also
built furniture, small buildings and did furniture
refinishing. His finish was as smooth as glass. John and
Kathy raised huge gardens, spending many hours canning
tomatoes. Hunting and fishing were also favorites along with
cooking. Favorites to make were homemade pizza and bacon and
John was diagnosed with ALS
(Lou Gehrig’s disease) in December of 2010. Unable to live
at home he entered Rotary Ann Senior Living in Eagle Grove.
John had a successful garden in the enclosed yard there his
first summer. He enjoyed visits from family, friends and his
two dogs Katie and Annie. Katie is a certified Therapy dog
and visited other residents at the Rotary Ann Senior Living.
John is survived by his wife,
Kathleen of Clarion; sons, John (Megan) of Ankeny and James
(Melissa) of Janesville, Wisconsin; one granddaughter,
Legacy Katherine Menitt Meyer; three siblings, Levetta
Tillman of Clarion, Richard (Pat) Meyer of Spirit Lake and
Margie McCarthy of Cupertino, California; sister-in-law, Kae
Meyer of Sun City, Arizona; and also several aunts, uncles,
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by
his parents, Ira and Mildred; sister, Shirley and brother,
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July 10. 1925 - September 21, 2012
Margaret Dockwell Lester, 87, of Ft. Collins, Colorado,
passed away peacefully at home on Friday, September 21,
2012, with her family at her side.
viewing is scheduled for the family. The funeral service
will be held on Saturday, September 29, at 10:30 a.m., at
the Ewing Funeral Home, in Clarion, with Pastor Don Morrison
officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery
in Clarion, as she is laid to rest next to her late
Born on July 10, 1925 in Freeborn County, Minnesota, she was
the daughter of the late George and Marie Dockwell. As a
toddler she moved with her family to the Coulter, Iowa area
and spent her youth on the family farm. After high school
graduation from the Rowan High School, she married Kenny
Lester in 1943 and became a homemaker and devoted
mother. She and her husband farmed for several years and
later she became a store manager for the former Gibson and
Pamida companies working for them for many years. Hazel and
her family lived in the Clarion and Belmond areas. She moved
to Colorado in 2004 to be near three of her children and
Her life revolved
around her children and family, their activities and the
love she had for each of them. Hazel played high school
basketball and developed a lifelong love of sports whether
she was watching her children or grandchildren or watching a
Rockies or Broncos game. She loved being around friends and
family, playing cards, listening to country music, flower
gardening, baking, eating out, and putting puzzles
together. She spent a number of years researching and
cataloging the genealogy of four branches of her family. The
histories she gathered and the books she compiled are a
welcome source of family information. She also enjoyed the
people and the activities at her senior living complex in
Ft. Collins. A lady of grace and quiet resolve, Mom will be
greatly missed by her family.
Surviving Hazel are her children, Linda (David) Bruening of
North Carolina, Gary Lester of Colorado, Renae (Michael)
Duffey of Arizona, Debra Tarvin of Colorado and Kent (Sandy)
Lester of Colorado; grandchildren, Todd (Amy) Lester Sheller
of California, Jason (Kristy) Pavelka of Iowa, Nathan
Pavelka of California, Tracy Flannigan of Arizona, Kelly
(Branch) Norris of Colorado, Eric Tarvin, Ashly Lester,
Carly Lester of Colorado; and nine great-grandchildren;
brothers, Lyle (Joan) Dockwell of Coulter and George (Dona)
Dockwell of Belmond; sisters, Myrtle Gunderson of Belmond
and Gladys Andershok of Ft. Collins, Colorado; sisters and
brother-in-law, Beverly (Eldred) Schutt of Clarion and
Pauline Lester of Ventura; and a number of nieces and
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth F. Lester;
her daughter, Dixie Pavelka; son-in-law, Mark Tarvin;
brother, Raymond Dockwell; sisters, Velma Thompson and
Kelly Jensen; brothers-in-law, Merle Gunderson, Clell
Thompson, Russell Jensen, Andy Andershok, Glenn and Andy
Lester; sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Dockwell, Bertha Dockwell
and Inez Dockwell; and friend, Harry Hinkley.
The family wishes to thank Michelle, Kelsie and Mary, her
hospice caregivers and all those who lent their support and
prayers. Memorial donations may be made to Pathways Hospice
Center, 305 Carpenter Road, Ft. Collins, CO 80525, to your
local hospice organization or to your local Relay for Life
Bohlender Funeral Chapel of Ft. Collins, Colorado and the
Ewing Funeral Home of Clarion, Iowa, are assisting the
family. Online condolences may be sent to
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May 25, 1930 - September 22, 2012
Donna Reiland, 82, of Ankeny, formerly of Clarion, passed
away on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the Iowa Methodist
Medical Center in Des Moines.
services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, September
26, at the Clarion Church of Christ in Clarion, with Pastor
Warren Curry officiating. Burial will follow in the St.
John’s Catholic Cemetery in Clarion. Visitation will be held
on Tuesday, September 25, from 5–7:00 p.m., at the Ewing
Funeral Home in Clarion and will continue one hour prior to
the services at the church.
Deloris Reiland, was born on May 25, 1930 in Clarion, to
Jesse and Winifred (Innis) Spitler. After graduating from
high school in 1947, she began working for Charlie Hansen at
Central Insurance. On June 23, 1951, she married Carroll
Reiland in Eagle Grove. In the early 1970’s, she left the
insurance company to become a homemaker and take care of
their five children.
Donna was a
past member of the Clarion Church of Christ and enjoyed bird
watching, sewing, crafting, attending children’s school
activities, morning coffee with her friends, Festival in the
Park, First Citizens bus trips, concerts and music,
especially big band vocalists and country music.
Donna moved to Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny, after
spending her entire life in Clarion. She enjoyed her time
there and was very involved in the various activities they
survived by her children, Gene (Gina) Reiland of Eureka,
Illinois, Steve (Karleen) Reiland of Clarion, Pam (Chris)
Chapman of Ankeny, Brenda Reiland of Iowa Falls and Tom
(Julie) Reiland of Ankeny; and grandchildren, Andrew Reiland
of Ankeny, Matthew Reiland of Clarion, Megan Reiland of
Ankeny and Lauren Reiland of Ankeny.
preceded in death by her parents; and husband in 1990.
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Kathryn Paulette Dodd Garlinghouse Rutledge, passed away on
Friday, September 21, 2012, at the Mercy Hospital in Des
Moines following a lengthy illness.
services will be held in the Evergreen Cemetery, on
Saturday, October 6, at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Bill Kem will
born on June 18, 1941 in Clarion, Iowa, to Kathryn Charlotte
(Wampler) Dodd and Paul Dodd. She attended schools in
Clarion and Mitchellville, graduating from the Mitchellville
School. Kathryn went on to receive an associates of arts
degree from the Des Moines Area Community College. Kathy
worked at a variety of jobs throughout her life including
working as a computer technician for the Iowa Department of
Transportation for 24 years, from which she retired in 2003.
preceded in death by her parents; son, Kris Garlinghouse;
and two sisters, Charlotte Ferry and Marcia Bloxham.
survived by her four children, Jeff (Kathy) Garlinghouse of
Boone, Raphael "Buddy" (Marion) Garlinghouse of Germany,
Felecia (Chuck) Bunnell of Centerville and son, Jeremy
Rutledge of Anamosa; three sisters, Jerrilea (Jerry) Kaduce
of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, Cindy (David) Anderson of Eagle
Grove and Michelle (Garry) Leonard of Lake View; and
numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
a loving mother and sister and will be greatly missed by
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Murphy Schoenfelder Edwards
Murphy Schoenfelder Edwards, 62, of Rochester,
Minnesota, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on
Monday, September 24, 2012, at the Bethany Samaritan
Home, surrounded by her family. She had been battling
Lou Gehrig’s disease for 7 months.
celebration of Jana Edwards’s life was held at the
Macken Funeral Home, on Wednesday, October 3, from
4-7:00 p.m. Online condolences are welcome at
was born on December 27, 1949 in Austin, Minnesota, to
Marion and Rachel (Hanson) Murphy. She graduated from
the Austin High School in 1968. She returned to school
in 1995 to get her degree in Interior Decorating and
Design. She worked for Hinkle Quality Homes in
Albuquerque, New Mexico for 15 years. Jana also worked
different jobs throughout her life including Methodist
Hospital, Fabric Stores, Banking, Custom Cycle Control
Systems and Cardinal of Minnesota.
October 3, 1970, Jana was united in marriage to Gary D.
Schoenfelder in Rochester. They had two children from
this union, a daughter, Karianne and son, Chad. They
were later divorced but have always remained friends. On
September 6, 1997, Jana married Joe R. Edwards at their
home in Placitas, New Mexico. They were married until
his death in 2004.
loved to spend time with her family, her children and
grandchildren. This meant so much to her. Favorite
hobbies included camping, sewing, skiing, boating,
country western line dancing and decorating.
survived by 4 children, daughter Karianne (Schoenfelder)
Jake Johnson of Clarion, Chad and Nicole (Palen)
Schoenfelder of Rochester, Minnesota, step-son, David
Edwards of Albuquerque, New Mexico and step-daughter,
Christy (Edwards) Lloyd Cain; and 12 grandchildren,
Kayleen, Connor, and Meleah Johnson, William and Cole
Savick, Ryland Joe Schoenfelder, Kara, Mark, and
Bustamante Cain, Chantelle, Darian, and Jazzlyn Edwards.
was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Edwards;
parents, MJ and Rachel Murphy; a brother, James Murphy;
and a grandson, Alec Lawson.
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"Kay" Ann Yanney, died on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at
The Heart of Wright Care Center in Clarion. She was 85.
services were celebrated at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday,
September 29, at the United Methodist Church in Renwick,
with Rev. Christina Perkins officiating. Burial was in the
born on September 6, 1927 in St. Albans, Vermont, the
daughter of Henry and Gladice (Chadwick) Sweeny. She grew up
in St. Albans where she attended school at the Bellows Free
Academy, graduating in 1945. Kay took secretarial training
and upon completion began working as a secretary near her
home town. On January 2, 1954, Kay was united in marriage to
Earl Yanney in Winooski, Vermont. Upon Earl's honorable
discharge from the United States Air Force in March of 1955,
they moved to Renwick to begin farming. Kay stayed at home
on the farm and raised their children and in 1968, became
the United Methodist Church secretary until retiring in
Kay enjoyed knitting, crocheting and embroidery. She was a
past 4-H Leader and enjoyed being involved in the Boone
Township Women's group. She was an active member of the
United Methodist Church and a member of the Order of the
Eastern Star Gertrude Chapter #500.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Earl of Clarion,
formerly of Renwick; daughter, Linda Yanney of Iowa City;
sons, Allen and Melanie Yanney of Fairfield, Vermont and
Paul and Sigrid Yanney of Charlotte, North Carolina;
grandchildren, Robert and Brett Schmidt, Steven, Matthew,
Richard and Megan Yanney; brothers, Raymond and Sandra
Sweeny of St. Albans, Vermont and Earl Sweeny of Lake
Placid, New York; sister-in-law, Beulah Beaman of St.
Ansgar, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother,
Arrangements were handled by the Oakcrest Funeral Services
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Archie A. Arthur
January 20, 1937 - September 30, 2012
Arthur, 75, of Clarion, passed away on Sunday, September 30,
2012, in Moore, Oklahoma, while traveling to San Antonio,
Texas, to enjoy winter in the south with family.
Visitation will be held on
Friday, October 12, from 5–7:00 p.m., with a eulogy and
prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the Ewing
Funeral Home in Clarion, with Mr. Bob Johnson
officiating. Military graveside services will be held at
11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 13, in the Evergreen
Cemetery in Clarion.
Archie Allen Arthur, was
born to Gaylen and Bertha (Lundy) on January 20, 1937 in
Clarion. He attended the Clarion High School and later
earned an AA Degree in Business. He married Maureen Nigg
on December 12, 1959 in Clarion. Together they have
three children, Lorraine, Lynne and Anthony. They would
have celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary this
Archie enjoyed life while loving his family and country.
He was a 10-year veteran of the United States Navy
followed by several years of retail and warehouse
management in Decorah, Iowa and with the Army Air Force
Exchange Services at Dyess AFB in Abilene, Texas and
Norton AFB in San Bernardino, California. He retired
from AAFES in 1991 and returned to Clarion, where he
worked for E.D.S and permanently retired in 2004.
In his younger days, Archie enjoyed roller skating,
bowling and fishing with his children. He was interested
in antiques, history and politics along with a deep
passion for gardening.
Archie is survived by his wife, Maureen; children,
Lorraine and husband, Dan Tower of Garner, North
Carolina, Lynne and husband, Bob Meyer of San Antonio,
Texas and Anthony and wife, Rebecca Arthur of Alexander;
10 grandchildren, Tiffany (Isaac) Dunston, Michael
(Sasha) Macmaster, Moya and Bentley Tower, Whitney
(Matthew) Meyer-Devine, and Taylore Meyer, Jebediah
(Amanda), Jessica, Jacob (Abby) and Bridget, 13
great-grandchildren, with two expected soon; 5 brothers,
Elmer of Mason City, Gale and Wayne of Alexander, Leo
and Lelon of Clarion; and sister-in-laws, Donna Arthur
of California, Phyllis Arthur of Mason City, Barb Arthur
of Alexander, Aileen Arthur, Judy Weir, Carole
Christensen, and Carol Arthur of Clarion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gaylen and
Bertha; his sister, Sadie Scott and husband, Ed;
brothers, Alvin, Eldon and Larry; his nephew, Robert;
and sister-in-law, Gloria Arthur.
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