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Raymond Haupt
June 29, 1928 - September 1, 2012

Raymond 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 Tuesday.

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 morning.

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 Dows.

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.
© Dugger Funeral Home 2012

Michael John Howell

September 13, 2012

Michael HowellRet. 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.

Funeral 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.

Mike was 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 Sergeant.

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.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; and a baby daughter.
© Wright County Monitor 2012

Loraine Bertilson

September 13, 2012

Loraine 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 and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Maynard in 1987; her brother, Ralph Schmidt; and her sister, Esther Boelman.
© Wright County Monitor 2012

John Meyer
February 26, 1938 - September 16, 2012

John W. MeyerJohn 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 tomato casserole.

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, Gary.
© Ewing Funeral Home 2012

Hazel Lester
July 10. 1925 - September 21, 2012

Hazel Margaret LesterHazel Margaret Dockwell Lester, 87, of Ft. Collins, Colorado, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, September 21, 2012, with her family at her side. 

A private 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 husband. 

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 their families. 

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 nephews.

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 cancer organization.  

The 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 or
© Ewing Funeral Home 2012

Donna Reiland
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.

Funeral 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.

Donna 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.

In 2011 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 had.

Donna is 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.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband in 1990.
© Ewing Funeral Home 2012

Kathryn Garlinghouse Rutledge

October 4, 2012

Kathryn Paulette Dodd Garlinghouse Rutledge, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2012, at the Mercy Hospital in Des Moines following a lengthy illness.

Memorial services will be held in the Evergreen Cemetery, on Saturday, October 6, at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Bill Kem will officiate.

She was 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.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; son, Kris Garlinghouse; and two sisters, Charlotte Ferry and Marcia Bloxham.

She is 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.

Kathryn was a loving mother and sister and will be greatly missed by all.
© Wright County Monitor 2012

Jana Murphy Schoenfelder Edwards

October 4, 2012

Jana 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.

A 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

Jana 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.

On 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.

Jana 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.

Jana is 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.

Jana was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Edwards; parents, MJ and Rachel Murphy; a brother, James Murphy; and a grandson, Alec Lawson.
© Wright County Monitor 2012

Kathleen Yanney

October 4, 2012

Kathleen "Kay" Ann Yanney, died on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at The Heart of Wright Care Center in Clarion. She was 85.

Funeral 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 Elmwood Cemetery.

Kay was 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 1990.

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, William Sweeny.

Arrangements were handled by the Oakcrest Funeral Services of Renwick.
© Wright County Monitor 2012

Archie A. Arthur
January 20, 1937 - September 30, 2012

Archie A. ArthurArchie 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 coming December.

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.
© Ewing Funeral Home 2012
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