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Pat Leo Morse
January 3, 2007
Pat Leo Morse, 50, of 804 N. 9th St., Clear Lake, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa. Memorial services were held Saturday, Dec. 30, at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Dennis Ganz officiating. Memorials are suggested to the Pat L. Morse Memorial Fund. Pat was born Jan. 4, 1956, in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Harry E. and Ida (Cooley) Morse. He was a graduate of Forest City High School. Pat married Elida Kofoed, Oct. 25, 1980 at Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake. Pat was employed in the heating and air conditioning service and worked in the Clear Lake and Mason City area. Pat enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, watching the Cubs and Hawkeyes, playing bingo and playing cribbage with his sister, Sandy. He also liked to listen to western music and going to breakfast with Shorty and his brothers when they were in town. Pat is survived by his wife, Elida Morse, of Clear Lake; two children, Melissa Morse of Iowa City and Ryan Morse of Clear Lake; four brothers, Steve (Geri) Morse of St. Paul Park, Minn., Tim (Kathy) Morse of Colorado Springs, Colo., Scott Morse of Anchorage, Alaska and Jon (Debbie) Morse of Salem, Ore.; two sisters, Sandy (Dave) Gjerdahl of Quartzsite, Az. and Elin (Harold) "Shorty" Miner of Fertile, Iowa, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Troy Burke.
Verda L. Lyons, 87, of Loveland, Colo., formerly of Clear Lake, Iowa, died Dec. 22, 2006, at the Berthoud Living Center in Berthoud, Colo. She was born Aug. 23, 1919, in Corning, Iowa, to Godfred and Carrie A. (Gravett) Rubin. She attended schools in Corning, and was married to William C. Lyons in Rolla, Mo., on Jan. 25, 1939. William and Verda moved to Clear Lake where she worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Calhoun until 1964. She was a full-time homemaker from then on. The Lyons transferred to Lincoln, Neb, in the early 1970s, and from there moved to Loveland, where they retired. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Clear Lake and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loveland. She was an active volunteer at McKee Medical Center and the Loveland Senior Center. Verda enjoyed ceramics and china painting, needlework, sewing, and was a great gardener. She is survived by two sons, Darwin Lyons and wife, Claudia, of Burlington, Iowa, and Fran Lyons and wife, Diane, of Loveland; two sisters, Edith Bell of Loveland, and Evelyn Kapple of Wahoo, Neb.; six grandchildren, Ellen Deets and husband, Jeff, of Rockwell, Iowa, Roberta Ouverson and husband, Brian, of Fertile, Iowa, Deborah Marquard and husband, Ken, of Rockwell, and William A. Lyons and wife, Bonnie, of Layton, Utah; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Carl; five brothers and three sisters. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Larimer County or to St. John's Catholic Church in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home.
January 10, 2007
With great sadness we announce the death of our father and brother, Stanley Edwin Long. Stan was born on May 30, 1922 on a Thornton, Iowa farm and graduated from Thornton High School. After serving in the Marines in WWII, he ed to the farm. A few years later he left the farm to go to Iowa State University where he graduated with a degree in vocational agriculture. He taught in several Iowa communities. He went on to get his Master's Degree in Counseling and Guidance. With this, he helped and advised many young students in both Iowa and Alaska until his retirement. After retirement he married Loretta Long, and he ed to his home town of Thornton. He enjoyed the time he spent in their garden. Together they canned and preserved what they grew, and enjoyed sharing their produce with friends and neighbors. He was active in his church his whole life. He gave his time and skills in the many places he lived to help young and old hear the message of God's love and salvation. He helped in whatever way his help was needed from maintenance to visiting and leading worship services. In his retirement, the weekly message he chose for the outdoor sign at St. Paul's Lutheran was anticipated by the community and congregation. Until a short time ago, he led a Bible Study at the Marion Home in Fort Dodge, Iowa where he resided. Stan Long entered eternal life on Dec. 31, 2006 at the age of 84 years. Surviving and mourning his loss are his brother and sister from Thornton, Howard Long and Mildred Renner; his sons and daughters, Ed Long (Beth), Thunder Bay, Ontario and Fran Long (Barb), Fort Dodge, Jackie Gray (Jeff), Alpharetta, Ga., and Heidi Moore (Rod), Plattsburgh, N.Y. Stan's grandchildren are Gretchen Long, Mark Long (Alyson), Hilary Long, Christie Willits (Ryan), Andy Long (Lindsey), Julie Long, Jordan, Jessica, Jamie Joy and Josh Gray, and Max Moore. His great grandchildren are Devin Long, Eva Long, and Sydney, Olivia, and Carson Willits. Stan was predeceased by his wife, Loretta; infant son, Marion; parents, Lorenzo and Anna; brothers, Harold and Ronald; and grandson, Kenneth. A service celebrating his life and the love of God was held Thursday, Jan. 4, in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Thornton. Memorials will be forwarded to charities at the discretion of the family. Retz-Grarup Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Clayton L. Wornson, 92, of 2414 North Shore Drive, Clear Lake, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at the Calvin Manor Assisted Living Health Center, Des Moines, Iowa. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 5, at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Dean Hess officiating. Internment was at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa. Memorials may be made to the Clayton L. Wornson memorial fund. Clayton Wornson was born July 29, 1914 in Brookings, S.D. of second generation Norwegian-American parents Harry and Elvina Wornson. Spending his childhood in Mankato, Minn., he was active in the Boy Scouts, earning the Eagle Scout distinction and acting frequently as bugler for military ceremonies. Following high school, during the Great Depression, he traveled to Washington D.C. with an intent to study law. In Washington he worked, studied law, sang in a traveling quartet and obtained a law degree from American University. He met Lillie Louise Wolf, who was employed in Washington in the social security administration as an assistant to the US attorney general. They were married in 1938. He joined the Navy at the beginning of World War II and served as an officer assigned to convoy duty in the North Atlantic and as a lieutenant on the aircraft carrier USS Guadalcanal. Following the war Lillie and Clayton settled in Mason City and their family grew from two sons to five. Mr. Wornson was active in the business community as traffic manager for the Brick and Tile Company and as a Rotarian. He was also a musician and played the piano and several other instruments. He conducted the chamber of commerce male choir of over 100 voices, sang in church services and at weddings, directed the combined church choir's performance of Handel's Messiah and served as cantor in the Jewish synagogue. With the decline and demise of the Brick and Tile Company in the early 1960's Mr. Wornson re-studied the law, passed the Iowa bar exam, and was elected as Cerro Gordo County attorney in 1962. He served as county attorney for 17 years. After leaving public office, Mr Wornson continued to practice law in Mason City well into his 80's and led a full life with Lillie at their home on Clear Lake. Mr. Wornson was active in public affairs and especially in his later life, a passionate advocate for progressive government, civil rights and the economic interests of the less advantaged. Mr. Wornson began making wine in the early 1970's which became a lifelong passion. He served many times as president of the North Iowa Wine Club and won many ribbons for his wines at the North Iowa Fair. He was recently honored for his 60 years as a Rotarian. Clayton is survived by his wife, Lillie Wornson, of Clear Lake; five sons, Richard F. (Catherine H.) Wornson of New Prague, Minn.; Thomas A. Wornson of Corte Madera, Calif., Douglas P. (Barbara) Wornson of Northfield, Minn., Jamie W. (Diana) Wornson and David L. (Laurie) Wornson of Des Moines, Iowa; a daughter-in-law, Frances Wornson and her husband, Michael Hartung ,of Cross Lake, Minn.; brother, Arnie (Bernice) Wornson and their children, Nancy, Kathy and Mary of Mankato, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, John, Kristin, Eric, Katie, Elizabeth, John, Nick, David, Lexi and Jessie. Clayton was preceded in death by his parents.
Lawrence "Stan" Stanley Held, Mason City, Iowa, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007 at Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City. A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 6, at the United Methodist Church, Ventura, Iowa with the Rev. Audrey Westendorf-Young officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Ellinwood, Kan. Memorials may be given in his name to the Ventura United Methodist Church. Stan was born Sept. 20, 1953 in Manhattan, Kan., the son of Norman and Joanne (Rodgers) Held. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trap shooting and the outdoors. While in high school he was involved in football and track. He graduated from Ventura High School in 1973. After high school he entered the U.S. Navy. Following the service he lived throughout the United States, moving back to Mason City in 2004, where he worked at Graham. Stan is survived by his father, Dr. Norman Held and his wife, Dorothy, Ventura; sister, Shelley Laine Szipszky and her husband, Henry, Wasilla, Alaska and their children, Breanna and Luke Szipszky. Stan was preceded in death by his mother. Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.
Cecelia "Cece" M. Shaw, 62, of 903 9th Ave. S., Clear Lake, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007 at Heritage Care Center, Mason City, Iowa. Her wishes were to donate her body to the University Of Iowa Anatomy Dept. Memorial services are pending at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake. LaRue Mae Meier 67, of Swaledale, Iowa, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa after complications of pneumonia. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Dennis Ganz officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Swaledale. Memorials may be directed to the LaRue Mae Meier Memorial Fund.
LaRue Mae Roney was born July 22, 1939, in Mason City, the daughter of Grant and Irene (Benzing) Roney. LaRue graduated from Swaledale Consolidated High School in 1957, later graduating from Hamilton Business College, Mason City in 1959. After graduation she worked for the First State Bank, Thornton as a bookkeeper for many years. LaRue was united in marriage to Clarence Pedersen. After his death she was united in marriage to Richard Meier on Oct. 29, 1966, at the Evangelical Free Church, Clear Lake. Richard and LaRue made their home on the farm in rural Swaledale. LaRue loved sewing, antiquing, quilting, antique doll collecting, gardening, and helping with the farm work. Her greatest love was spending time with family, friends and her many pets. LaRue is survived by her brother, Loren J. Roney, Swaledale; brother-in-law, Martin (Lois) Meier, Swaledale; sister-in-law, Mary Ann (Cecil) Ditsworth, Mason City; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Grant and Irene Roney; Clarence Pedersen; husband, Richard Meier on Sept. 4, 2006; and sister-in-law, Dorthea (Pals) Sargent.
January 17, 2007
Delbert C. Kneeland, 90, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, passed away Monday, Jan. 8, 2007 at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. A memorial service was held Thursday, Jan. 11, at the United Methodist Church in Spirit Lake. Memorials make be given in Delbert's name to the United Methodist Church or the the Lions Club. Delbert was born Sept. 15, 1916, in Riverside, Iowa, to Jacob Earl and Virdie (Marken) Kneeland. He graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1934. He was united in marriage to Doris Bunse on June 5, 1942 in Newton, Iowa. Delbert worked for Fisher Controls in Marshalltown, Iowa, as a machinist and a pattern maker for 38 years, before retiring in 1979. Delbert and Doris moved to Clear Lake, where they resided for 14 years, before moving to Spirit Lake. Delbert was a member of the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and was a Boy Scout leader for many years. In scouting he received the Silver Beaver Award. He was also a member of the United Methodist Church, the Lions Club, a past-president of the United Methodist Camp at Clear Lake and was active on the Iowa District Camp Board. Delbert enjoyed wood working, making candy, traveling, and Winnebago camping. Delbert is survived by his wife, Doris Kneeland of Spirit Lake; two daughters, Caroline Tritle and her husband, Merlin, of Spirit Lake, and Janice Laughlin and her husband, Fred, of Indianapolis, Ind.; two sons, Gerald Kneeland and his wife, Sherry, of Marion, Iowa, and Dale Kneeland and his wife, Sheryl, of Austin, Texas; seven grandchildren, Heather Vugteveen, Nathan Tritle, Matt deSilva, Brian Tritle, Angela Kneeland, David Kneeland, and Heidi Klinghagen; eight great-grandchildren, Kyler, Hannah, Garret, Sam, Bailey, Andrew, Layne and Lily; two sisters, Mary Lensch and her husband, Ken, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Irma Vance and her husband, Randall, of Burlington, Iowa; and one brother, Lester Kneeland, of Vinton, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ivan and Ira; and one sister, Avis.
Leo C. "Bud" Duregger, 77, of 5851 South Shore Drive, Clear Lake died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007 at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, Mason City, Iowa. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 15, at Galilean Lutheran Church, Clear Lake with Pastor Jeff Ungs officiating. Interment was in Clear Lake Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Leo "Bud" Duregger Memorial Fund. Leo "Bud" Duregger was born Sept. 1, 1929, in Swaledale, Iowa, the son of Edward Sr. and Alice (Hoffman) Duregger. Bud attended Clear Lake Schools, and then began his career in commercial plumbing for E.L. Secory and Sons for 17 years. Bud was united in marriage to Edith (Herman) Caspers on Sept. 12, 1963 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Bud worked for L.A. Fulton and Sons Plumbing and Heating in Des Moines, Iowa for 30 years until retirement in 1998. Bud enjoyed playing cribbage, fishing, bingo, camping, and especially spending time with his family. He was a member of Galilean Lutheran Church in Clear Lake. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Kelley (Alan) Stumme of Goodell, Iowa, Cathy Diercks (Jerry Zimmer) of Charles City, Iowa, and Cindy (Dennis) Rieman of Charles City; six grandchildren, David (Leah), Jon, Amber, Tina (Lance), Josh, and Andrea; six great-grandchildren; Jazmyn, Jordyn, Gavin, Mercades, Reid, and Callista; three brothers, Ed Duregger Jr. of Garner, Iowa, Fred (Helen) Duregger of Virginia, and Larry Borum of Florida; two sisters, Helen Sorenson of Alden, Iowa and Irene Sorenson of California. Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Sr. and Alice; his wife, Eadie; four brothers, Virgil, Albert, Robert, and an infant brother, Donald Duane; three sisters, Ida Mae, Mary, and Gladys; and a great-grandchild, Kali.
The exciting moments of pregnancy have turned to sorrow and heartfelt loss with the death of our baby, Jaime Elisha Heflin, on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007. A private family graveside service was held at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City with the Rev. John Tilp of St Patrick's Catholic Church, Clear Lake officiating. Survivors include parents, Tony and Shannon (Newman) Heflin; brother and sister, Adam and Allison; grandparents, Tom and Kathy Newman, Clear Lake, and Gary and Mary Heflin, Rembrant, Iowa; and aunts and uncles, Jerilynn and Dean Bell, Clear Lake, Tammy and Jon Heflin, Rembrant and Tara Heflin, Mason City, Iowa. Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements. Jan. 24, 2007 Dayton Merriman, 97, passed away Jan. 4, 2007 in Clearwater, Fla. Day and Jorie Merriman were former owners of the Clear Lake Reporter, having purchased it in 1945. They later purchased the Clear Lake Mirror and published the combined papers until 1956. Dayton was active in the Masons, barbershop groups and civic activities. He is survived by his daughters, Judith, of Nebraska, Susan and Sandra, of Minnesota; also by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Doloras V. "Duffy" Garrison, 86 years of age, of Beatrice, Neb., passed away at the Parkview Center in Beatrice on Sunday morning, Jan. 21, 2007. Memorial service will be held Thursday, Jan. 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church in DeWitt, Neb. Burial of ashes and graveside service will be held in Clear Lake at a later date. There will be no viewing, but a register book will be available for signatures Wednesday from 1-6 p.m. at the Venrick-Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in DeWitt. A memorial has been established to the Sesostris Shrine and the DeWitt Historical Society with the family in charge. Messages of condolence may be sent to email@example.com. They will be forwarded to the family. Duffy was born on May 7, 1920 in DeWitt to Milo M. and Louise M. "Lizzie" (Essman) Garrison. He attended DeWitt High School in DeWitt, Neb. and earned his GED. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II, serving from 1942-1945. He received his training in Hawaii, served at Saipan, Okinawa and on other various islands in the Pacific Theater. He served in very hazardous locations of the war. He and Norma Jene Chamberlain of Beatrice were married on Sept. 6, 1945 in Pasadena, Calif. He worked briefly at Petersen Manufacturing in DeWitt and then for Northern Natural Gas (later known as Enron) in Clear Lake for 37 years, retiring in 1982. He moved to back to DeWitt in 1998 and then to Beatrice in 2006. He was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mason City, Iowa and was a former member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in DeWitt. He enjoyed fishing and boating (especially in Canada), and making wooden yard ornaments. Survivors include his brother, Jack Garrison and wife, Mary, of DeWitt; nephews, their spouses and families, Robert Mead of San Antonio, Texas, Terry Higgins of Copperas Cove, Texas, Randy and Dustin Garrison of Beatrice, Steve and Tim Garrison of DeWitt; nieces, their spouses and families, Kerri Thornburg and Kristi Rahe of DeWitt, and Jennie Dorrough of Fort Worth, Texas; numerous grand-nephews and nieces; step-nephews and nieces; step-grand-nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Milo and Louise "Lizzie" (Essman) Garrison; his wife, Norma Jene Garrison on June 8, 1995; sisters, Rose Higgins, Fern Otto Welch, and Idell Mead; brothers-in-law, Jim Higgins, Bob Otto, Russel "Bud" Welch, and Loren "Pete" Mead; and grand-nephew Holden Rahe.
January 31, 2007
Catherine "Kate" A. Davis, 90, Clear Lake, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007 at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa. A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 27, at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with Lay Assistant Richard Scott officiating. Interment will be held at the Clear Lake Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Hospice of North Iowa. Kate was born Nov. 18, 1916 in Clear Lake, the daughter of Orren and Dorcas Rose (Pester) Porter. She graduated from Clear Lake High School. She lived in Clear Lake her entire life. Kate married Charles "Chuck" Davis on March 3, 1935 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They were married for over 69 years. Kate was a great cook. She loved baking, sewing and her cats. Her greatest love was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a very thoughtful mother and grandmother to all. She enjoyed playing Scrabble, cards, and especially 500 at the Clear Lake Senior Citizens Center and at home. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Kate is survived by four children, Sandra Cesar, Clear Lake, Jill Deuel and her husband, Rick, San Antonio, Texas, Joni Anderson, Kingman, Az. and Scott Davis and his wife, Rene, Forest City, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Shaun Cesar and his wife, Lori, Tracy Connell, Dwayne Davis, Stacie Peavy and her husband, David, Chad Deuel and his wife, Michelle, Cody Deuel, Christie Anderson and Heidi Spurlock and her husband, Davy; 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Kate was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles on July 3, 2004; son, Michael; two infant great-grandsons; four sisters, Flossie Skellenger, Ella Bruns, Lucille Franklin, and Esther Evans. Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.
Leon Donald Eymann, 82, of Clear Lake, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, at the Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City, Iowa. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Zion Lutheran Church, 112 North 4th Street, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Dean Hess officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to church services on Wednesday at the church. Following the services there will be military honors at the church by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Clear Lake. According to his wishes his body was cremated. The family of Leon Donald Eymann has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa West Campus Dialysis Center in his memory. Leon Donald Eymann, was born on Aug. 2, 1924, in Forest City, Iowa, the son of L.K. and Vesta (Lewis) Eymann. Don attended school in Forest City and graduated from Forest City High School. He enlisted into the Army Air Corps during World War II and served overseas in the European Theater and was a co-pilot on a B-17 bomber and was honorably discharged as a 2nd Lt. After his honorable discharge, Don attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Don ed to Forest City to join his brother, John, in the family business selling cars and John Deere equipment. He moved to Clear Lake in 1986, working as a realtor for Northern Realty in Clear Lake. He was united in marriage to his wife, Shirley, on Aug. 15, 1950 in Mason City, Iowa. Don enjoyed mowing his yard, traveling, fishing, playing cards, hunting, and golfing, but his great love and enjoyment was his family and friends. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, and the Clear Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Shirley Eymann, of Clear Lake; three children, Suzanne Wright of Oregon City, Ore., Joni Fields and her husband, Dan of Shorewood, Minn., and Jan Eymann-McConville and her husband, Tim, of Verona, Wis.; five grandchildren, Jenny, Stephanie, Leanna, Tyler, and Kolby. Don is also survived by his sister, Marilyn Hanna and her husband, Tom, of Kensett, Iowa as well as other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lewis and John; and two sisters, Pat and Norma.