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Obituaries on this page:

Gerald Allen Prescott
Rosalie Vera (Nelson) Olson
Lois M. (Long) Muth
Marjorie L. Stone
Michael Francis Casey
Amy Jean Hewitt
Leslie George Bisgrove
Beverly Ann Bailey
Doris Louise (Smiley) Klein

Donald James Nelson
Mark Wayne Rall
Wilma A. Young
Daryl (Bomber) Kilborn
Arthur Dayle Rydstrom



Wednesday, July 7, 2010*



Gerald Allen Prescott

Gerald Allen Prescott, 62, of Sheffield, Iowa died Saturday, June 26, 2010, at the Jessie View Resort in Deer River, Minn., doing what he loved – fishing in Minnesota.  Funeral services were held on Friday, July 2, at the First Christian Church, Mason City, with Pastor Alan Berneman of the First Christian Church of Hampton, officiating.  Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the Gerald Prescott Memorial Fund in care of the family.
         
Jerry was born on March 19, 1948, in Mason City, the son of Roger and Eloise (Demitt) Prescott.  He was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather.  He loved to spend time with his immediate and extended family.  Jerry worked for 37 and one-half years for Land O Lakes and two and one-half years for Ruan and had recently retired.  He attended First Christian Church in Mason City and he was a strong leader for the congregation.  
         
Jerry is survived by his wife, Sandra Lee (McManus) Prescott; his mother, Eloise Prescott; one daughter, Monica (Prescott) Eckard; one son, Brian Prescott and wife, Mollie; two grandsons, Matthew Eckard and his wife, Kayla and Nicholas Prescott; two brothers, Jim Prescott and Dennis Prescott and his wife, Lavonne.
         
Arrangements with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, Mason City. 

Online condolences may be left for the family at
www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.



Wednesday, July 7, 2010*



Rosalie Vera (Nelson) Olson

Rosalie Vera (Nelson) Olson, 72, of Mason City, died Thursday, July 1, 2010, at her home.  Memorial services will be held 11 a.m., Friday, July 9, at the First United Methodist Church, 119 S. Georgia, Mason City, with the Rev. Jim Stiles of First United Methodist Church and Father Kenneth Gehling, Chaplain – Mercy Medical Center, officiating.  Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue.  Inurnment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to Rosalie Olson Memorial Fund in care of the family.

Rosalie Gill was born Jan. 29, 1938, in Kensett, Iowa, the daughter of Stephen and Vera (Fent) Gill.  She graduated from Kensett High School in 1956 and then attended the St. Joseph Mercy School of Nursing – graduating in 1959.  In 1960, she moved to Mason City.  Rosalie married Loren Nelson on April 23, 1960 in Manly, Iowa and later married Paul Olson on Sept. 12, 1998 in Las Vegas, Nev.  Through the years, Rosalie worked as a RN at Mercy Hospital for 14 years  and the Mason City Clinic – Urology for 10 and one-half years.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church – where she was involved in UMW and was the District Resource Director.  She was also a member of the Mercy Nursing Alumni.  She was a huge sports fan who always cheered for the Minnesota Twins, Vikings, and Iowa Hawkeye’s.  She enjoyed reading, camping, traveling, and visiting shut-ins.  Her main focus was always her family.  
         
Rosalie is survived by her husband, Paul B. Olson of Mason City; her children, Scott Nelson and wife, Daisy, of Loxahatchee, Fla., Elizabeth Kelly and husband, Dennis, of Clear Lake, and Brian Nelson and wife, Susan, of Northwood, Iowa; three step children, Brent Olson and wife, Amy, of Missouri Valley, Iowa, Kim Olson and Simo of Chicago, Ill., and Julie Kuecker and husband, Troy, of Prairie City, Iowa; five grandchildren:  Brandon and Zachary Kelly, Ashley, Brock, and Lance Nelson; five step-grandchildren, Chase, Alexis, and Tyler Kuecker, Jessica and Rachael Olson; three sisters, Patricia Fandel and husband, John, of Golden, Colo., Bonita Kral and husband, Roger, of Glenville, Minn., and Sandra Anderson and husband, Wayne, of Athelstane, Wis. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
 
         
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Gary Gill.  
         
Online condolences may be left for the family at
www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.



Wednesday, July 7, 2010*



Lois M. (Long) Muth

Lois M. (Long) Muth, 99, of Clear Lake, died Sunday, July 4, 2010, at the Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 7, at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, with the Rev. Steve Hansen of Wesley United Methodist Church officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Inurnment will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, at Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the Lois Muth Memorial Fund in care of the family.
         
Lois was born Jan. 18, 1911, in Crookston, Minn., the daughter of Albert and Maud (Norman) Millard.  She graduated High School in 1929 at Shelby, Iowa.  She married Harold Long on Nov. 19, 1930 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  Harold died in 1966.  Lois later married Edward Muth in Mason City.  Edward died in 1990.  Lois enjoyed golfing, bowling, traveling, fishing in Minnesota, and playing 500 card games in the wintertime.  She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.  She was also a charter member for the Bath Township Women’s Club.
   

Lois is survived by her daughter, Henrietta Muth and husband, Orville of Clear Lake; three grandchildren, David Muth and wife, Donna, Dale Muth and wife, Mary, and Kathryn Cheney and husband, Kevin; five great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
         
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; and many sisters and brothers.
   
         
Online condolences may be left for the family at
www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.



Wednesday, July 14, 2010*



Marjorie L. Stone

Marjorie L. Stone, 90, of 213 S. Kentucky Avenue, Mason City, died Friday, July 9, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.               

A funeral service was held Tuesday, July 13, at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, Mason City with the Rev. Steve Hanson of Wesley United Methodist officiating. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Marjorie L. Stone Memorial Fund.               

Marjorie L. Ziegler was born on May 29, 1920 in San Antonio, Texas to James and Allie Ziegler.  She was one of two children.  On May 25, 1943 Marjorie was united in marriage to John F. Stone and to this union three sons were born.                

She was very family oriented and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.  Marjorie enjoyed having her family over for Sunday dinners and especially delighted in preparing holiday meals for her family.                

Another favorite hobby of Marjories was watching TV; she enjoyed watching her daily soap operas and keeping up to date with politics through CNN.  She also enjoyed fishing.
               

Marjorie will be remembered as always having been a highly independent woman who loved to spoil the familys dogs, Sweetie Mae, Chanel and Midnight.               

Those grateful in sharing in her life are her children, John Stone, Mason City, Phillip Stone, Clear Lake, and Robert (Dena) Stone, Mason City; her grandchildren, David, Dan, Ashley, and Holly; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Stone, of Grinnell, Iowa and her children, Marsha, Lowell, Mary, Marla, and Paula; as well as other relatives and friends.               

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; and a brother, James Ziegler.



Wednesday, July 14, 2010*


Michael Francis Casey

Michael Francis Casey, 64, of Clear Lake passed away July 12, 2010, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Center, Mason City, Iowa. 
               

A funeral Mass will be held for Michael on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St. NE, Mason City with Msgr. Joseph Slepicka officiating.  Visitation will be held from 1 until 2 p.m. on Friday.  Mike will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. at a later date.
               

Mike was born March 30, 1946 in Mason City to Robert E. Casey, Sr., and Helen Jean (Lattimer) Casey.  Mike graduated from Newman Catholic High School in 1964.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Iowa Sate University in 1969, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Michigan in 1978.               

Mike proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1970 to 1990.  His service included tours of duty in Vietnam, Diego Garcia, the Philippines, Crete, Italy, Great Lakes Naval Station, Illinois, and Point Mugu Naval Air Station, California.  He declined a commission to the Pentagon as he truly loved having the command and the daily interaction with his staff at the bases where he served. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant Commander and lived for many years in Oxnard, Calif. before ing to this area to reside in Clear Lake.  He gave his life for his country, finally succumbing to the cancer caused by exposure to agent orange during his two tours of duty in Vietnam.  Mike loved his life in the Navy and very much enjoyed opportunities to join in activities with fellow veterans.
 
             
Mike was an avid collector of die cast construction models, military models and model railroading items.  He also enjoyed reading science fiction and traveling.               

He was preceded in death by his father Robert E. Casey, Sr.               

Mike is survived by his mother Helen Jean Casey of Mason City; four siblings and their spouses: Marc (Cherie) Casey, Dyersville, Iowa; Robert (Cathy) Casey, Jr., Atlanta, Ga.; Jean (Matt Berry) Casey, Clear Lake; and Theresa (Jeff) Rypel, Greendale, Wis.  He is also survived by eight nieces and nephews: Cori (Bryan) Turner, Kevin Casey, Amy Casey, Sergei Casey, Oksana Casey, Katie Berry, Robert Berry and Kaitlin Rypel, and great-niece, Kendall Turner.
               

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Newman Catholic High School or Hospice of North Iowa.  Mikes family would like to thank Oakwood Care Center and Hospice of North Iowa for the excellent care that he received since his  home.               

Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, Mason City, was in charge of arrangements.



Wednesday, July 21, 2010*


Amy Jean Hewitt

Amy Jean Hewitt, 76, 413 South Shore Dr., Clear Lake, died Thursday, July 15, 2010 at Muse-Norris Inpatient Hospice, Mason City, Iowa.  A funeral service was held Monday, July 19, at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Diana Hoover officiating.  Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City.  Memorials may be given to Hospice of North Iowa or the Clear Lake United Methodist Church.  
    

Amy was born May 10, 1934 in Carroll, Iowa, the daughter of Marcus A. and Winifred B. (Barnes) Arneson.  Her family moved to Clear Lake in 1941 where she graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1952.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota with honors in 1956 with a degree in Elementary Education.  Amy married her eighth grade sweetheart, Ray Hewitt,  Aug. 11, 1956 at the First Congregational Church in Clear Lake.  She taught first grade school and worked in many of the communities they lived in.  Amy and Ray lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1956 - 1958; then Austin, Minn. from 1958 – 1961; Grand Forks, N.D. from 1961 – 1964; Wausau, Wis. 1964-1970, and Waukesha, Wis. from 1970 – 1973.  Ray and Amy moved back to Clear Lake in 1973, where she taught remedial math to fourth, fifth and sixth graders for 20 years.  
    

Amy enjoyed many things including shopping, collecting dolls, playing bridge and going to the movies.   She loved her winters in Florida and the special family vacations when joined by the children and grandchildren.   She loved following sports involving the family, but loved to cheer on the University of Iowa and Green Bay Packers Football teams.  She was a member of the Clear Lake Methodist Church, PEO, 21st Century Club and the D.A.R.
     Amy is survived by her husband, Ray Hewitt; three children, Julie (Scott) Stauffacher, Clear Lake, Carrie (Paul) Nichols, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and Mark (LeAnn) Hewitt, Clear Lake; eight grandchildren, Ben (Amy) Schmitt, Andy (Emily) Schmitt, Emily Stauffacher, Charlie Nichols and Billy Nichols, Rachel, Libby and Lauren Hewitt; and a brother, Robert (Penelope) Arneson, Shorewood, Minn.               

Amy was preceded in death by her parents.
               

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.



Wednesday, July 21, 2010*


Leslie George Bisgrove

Leslie George Bisgrove, 103, formerly of Clear Lake, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2008 at Lake Wales Medical Center due to respiratory failure.
              

 
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 24, at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
               

Leslie was born April 18, 1904, in Burchinal, Iowa. He grew up in Clear Lake and lived in Chicago, Ill., where he retired as a superintendent, building Diamond T. Trucks.  He also lived in Monroe, Mich. prior to moving to Palm Harbor in 1976; and moved to Lake Wales, Fla. in 1993.  He loved the outdoors and enjoyed golfing, fishing and all animals.  He was a kind and gentle man with a great outlook on life and was befriended by everyone he met… and he was “Grandpa” to all.
           
   
Leslie was preceded in death by his loving wife, Verlynne; and sons, Leslie, Ted, Ronald and Bobby.  
 

Survivors include his son, Larry Bisgrove, of Palm Harbor; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010*


Beverly Ann Bailey

Beverly Ann Bailey was born May 16, 1931 in Mason City, Iowa.  She grew up in Clear Lake, graduating from CLHS in 1949. She married Dean Estep in September of that year and together they raised four children; Dan, Bill, Steve, and Amy. 
               

Bev moved with Dean and their family to Tacoma, WA. in 1957.  She actively participated in her children’s academic and sports activities and contributed her musical abilities to the worship services of their church, First Congregational. After her children were raised, she enjoyed a successful career in the auto licensing business, was an active gardener, and especially enjoyed attending band concerts. In her retirement years she was an avid book club member and had a wide circle of friends. 
               

After a brief illness, Bev passed away on July 12, 2010 surrounded by her loving family. A memorial service will be held in Tacoma on July 21. Her family may be contacted with the following addresses:   Bill Estep, 1990 Spencer Lake Road, Shelton, WA. 98584 or bcestep@q.com
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010*



Doris Louise (Smiley) Klein, 85, 705 12th Ave. N., Clear Lake, died Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at the Muse- Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.   A Funeral Mass was held on Monday, July 19, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Rev. John R. Tilp officiating.   Burial was at the Clear Lake Cemetery.    
               

Doris Louise (Smiley) Klein was born March 30, 1925 at Monmouth, Ill., the daughter of Ward Richard and Margaret Marie (Higham) Smiley.  She attended school in Monmouth and Mason City, graduating from Clear Lake High School in 1943, and she attended the University of Iowa.  Doris was united in marriage to Leo Klein on Oct. 30, 1948 in Clear Lake.  Doris worked for Drs. Sidney and Manuel Brownstone, at the Dean’s office at Iowa State University in Ames, Imperial Seed Company, State Brand Creamery, Beck Excavating and most of her life she worked as a travel agent for Allen Travel agency, retiring in 1995.  She enjoyed traveling the world. 
               

Doris was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
               

She is survived by her nieces, Maureen Campbell and her husband, Rob, Mary Coleman and Patty May; great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews; cousins; and sisters-in-law, Rosa Fleming and Liz Casey.  
               
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leo on May 9, 2002; sister, Margaret and her husband, Maurice Malley.  
               

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.



Wednesday, July 28, 2010*


Donald James Nelson

Donald James Nelson, 85, of 2008 Main Ave., Clear Lake, longtime Clear Lake resident, went home to be with his Lord, Monday July 19, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minn.  
               

Services were held Friday, July 23, at the Evangelical Free Church, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Dan Jordan officiating.  Interment was in the Clear Lake Cemetery.  Family suggests memorials to Donald James Nelson Memorial Fund.
               

Donald was born July 29, 1924, at Britt, Iowa the son of Emil and Nellie (Nelsen) Nelson. Donald attended school in Britt and grew up on the family farm.
               

Donald married Betty Jean Kirkpatrick, July 8, 1946. They moved to Clear Lake and he worked for the Rozen Chevrolet Garage and retired after 35 years.  Following his retirement he drove school bus for Clear Lake for 19 years.  Donald married Joy Harrington on Jan. 19, 1991 at the Evangelical Free Church, Clear Lake.               

Donald loved to play Santa Claus for the kids, making peanut brittle, candy, popcorn and having coffee with his friends. Donald also enjoyed woodworking, making birdhouses and working with his hands. He never met a stranger. Don will be remembered for his strong Christian faith and love to his family.
               

Donald was a member of Evangelical Free Church, Clear Lake, I.O.O.F Lodge and was a past member of Clear Lake Rotary and Men’s Garden Club.
               

Donald is survived by his wife, Joy Nelson, Clear Lake; his children, Kim Don (Patty) Nelson, Marengo, Iowa, K’Lee (Colin) Latham, Des Moines, Iowa; step-children, Dennis (Jackie) Harrington, Ellicott City, Md., Craig (Linda) Harrington, Clarksville, Tenn. and Susan Harrington, Ankeny, Iowa; sister-in-law, Betty Lou Nelson, Britt; seven grandchildren, Paul Nelson, Sara Nelson, Danny Faust and girlfriend Shannon Harris, Karisa Gustafson and her husband Dan, Skylar Faust, C.J. Faust and Rose Faust; two step-grandchildren, Matthew and Hope Harrington; two great-grandchildren, Gabriella and Micah Gustafson and many nieces and nephews.
               

He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, twin sister Dorothy, Clifford (Grace) Nelson,  Raymond (Donna) Nelson, Lillian (Bud) Missal, Myrlen Nelson, and his first wife, Betty Jean.
               

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.



Wednesday, July 28, 2010*


Mark Wayne Rall

Mark Wayne Rall, 52, was called to his eternal home in heaven on July 19, 2010.               

A funeral service was held Tuesday, July 20, at Opportunity Village, Clear Lake and a funeral service was held Wednesday, July 21, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Creston, Iowa.  Burial was in the Graceland Cemetery, Creston. Memorials may be directed to Opportunity Village in Mark’s memory.
               

Mark was born on Dec. 16, 1957 in Hoxie, Kan. to Margaret and Harold Rall.  He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Colby, Kan. and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Creston, Iowa.  Mark lived with his parents in Creston before moving to Opportunity Village.  He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ventura, Iowa, and he very much appreciated all the church members and staff at Opportunity Village making it possible for him to attend church services at Redeemer.  

Mark was a simple man, strong in faith and sure in his conviction of eternal life with Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior.  He knew that Jesus Christ had died for his sins and had opened the way to eternal life for him.  Even as a young child, Mark happily shared his faith with those he knew and often with complete strangers.  He was a strong witness that God is good and that hope is eternal.  
  
            
Mark rejoiced to be a part of “the family” at Opportunity Village.  He was blessed to have many wonderful caregivers and friends there who enriched and shared his life.  Mark loved to entertain and to make people laugh.  Some of the things that friends and family will remember most about him are his constant smile, his flair for kidding around, and his sense of humor.
               

Mark was an enthusiastic and loyal Iowa Hawkeye fan and loved attending games whenever possible.  Mark’s favorite reading material was the sports section of the paper or the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.  Mark was never shy about his willingness to help the coaching staff focus and lead the Hawkeyes to the Rose Bowl.  Mark was also a Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings fan.  Some of Mark’s favorite memories were the trips to cheer on the Hawkeyes or the Vikings, and in his opinion no other team had a chance if they were playing against “his team!”  Mark kept track of the recruits—where they were from, what position they played and their physical strengths and talents.  In his eyes, any player good enough to sign with Iowa was destined to be an All-American.
               

Mark is survived by three brothers, Ron and his wife, Mary Anne, of St. Louis, Mo., Doug and his wife, Naomi, of Greenville, S.C. and Steven and his wife, Carmen, of Lakeville, Minn.  In addition, Mark is survived by 15 nieces and nephews and seven great-nieces and nephews.  
               

Mark was preceded in death by his parents; his maternal and paternal grandparents; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.               

Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.



Wednesday, July 28, 2010*


Wilma A. Young 

Wilma A. Young, 91, Clear Lake, died Thursday, June 15, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center of North Iowa, Mason City, Iowa.  According to her wishes, her body has been cremated.  A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, July 30, at the Clear Lake Cemetery.                

Wilma was born July 5, 1919 in Clear Lake, the daughter of John William and Allie (Steenhard) Proctor.  She came from a large family of nine brothers and sisters.  She married Miltan Young on Sept. 3, 1943.  She worked for the Clear Lake Bakery.  Some of her hobbies included working crossword puzzles and reading.  During her retirement years she enjoyed going on bus trips and traveling.  She was very involved in her community, her husband worked for the police department.

Wilma is survived by her step-children, nieces and nephews.  
               

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband (May 19, 1972); and brothers and sisters.               

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.



Wednesday, July 28, 2010*


Daryl (Bomber) Kilborn 

Daryl (Bomber) Kilborn, 87, of Clear Lake, passed away peacefully on Friday July 23, 2010 at the Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake, Iowa.                
 

Memorial services were held Tuesday July 27, at the First Congregational Church, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Michael E. Nash officiating.  Interment was in the Clear Lake Cemetery with military honors by the Clear Lake V.F.W.  Family suggests memorials to Oakwood Care Center.               

Daryl was born on April 3, 1923, to Charles and Elizabeth Kilborn.  Daryl and his older sister, Donna, were raised in the Rochester, Minn. area.  He was a 1941 graduate of Rochester High School where he was very active in basketball and even participated in the 28th Annual State Basketball Tournament in 1940.  Daryl met Peggy Jean George while she was attending the Kahler School of Nursing and they were married in 1942 in Rochester.  They moved to Clear Lake in 1949.  They had six children.
                   

Daryl joined the United States Army in 1943 during World War II and was eventually promoted to a Technical Sergeant out of Fort Dix, N.J.  in 1945.  Upon his  to Iowa from military service, he worked as an optician in Mason City, Iowa until he retired at age 54.                 

Daryl loved music, especially the big swing bands such as Tommy Dorsey and Glen Miller.  He played the drums in a local band in his early years and enjoyed playing pool and reminiscing with his friends.  During his later years, Daryl also liked making things with his hands.  He was very skilled at crafting replicas of different types of guns, rifles and cars.                  

Daryl is survived by one daughter, Nancy (Michael) Troe, Leland, Iowa; five sons, Jack (Jeanne), Peoria, Ill.; Steve (Carolyn) and Dan (Vaughn), both of Clear Lake; David (Korky) and Tom, both of Mason City; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.                   

He is preceded in death by his wife; parents; and sister.                  

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.



Wednesday, July 28, 2010*


Arthur Dayle Rydstrom

Arthur Dayle Rydstrom, 86, 405 27th Ave. S., Clear Lake, died Sunday, July 25, 2010 at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa.  A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held Wednesday, July 28, 6 p.m. at the Central Gardens, 7th St. and 2nd Ave, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Derik Yarian, of Zion Lutheran Church,  officiating.  Visitation will be from 4 – 6 p.m.  A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at Plainview Cemetery,  Alta, Iowa. Full Military Honors will be provided by AmVet Post #66  V.F.W.   According to his wishes his body has been cremated.  Memorials may be given Central Gardens of North Iowa, Immanuel Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.
    


Arthur was born July 2, 1924 in Aberdeen, S.D., the son of Art and Helena (Jensen) Rydstrom.  He graduated from Fairview High School, Alta, Iowa in 1942.  He farmed with his father until enlisting in the U.S. Army during WWII.  Following the service he ed to Alta.  Dayle married Barbara Eubank and to this union two daughters, Kayla and Carman, were born.  He farmed and then worked for the Co-op Creamery in Alta; and later was field manager for AMPI.  Barbara died in 1968.
     

Dayle married Lillian Monson in 1979 and adopted her two daughters, Debra and Darlene.  She passed away in 1993.  He moved to Clear Lake in 1995 to be close to family. 
     

Dayle enjoyed camping, fishing and gardening.   He was known as Grandpa Dayle to everyone.  He was easy to love.  He was the Fire Chief at the Alta Fire Department; past Commander of the Alta V.F.W Post # 6172., City Council member and received the First Silver Troll Award for Central Gardens.  Dayle loved his family and sharing his love of the land.   His family was everything to him.
                
He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alta, Zion Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, and the V.F.W. in Alta.                 

Art is survived by his four children, Kayla Myers and her husband, Marv, Clear Lake, Carman Rydstrom, Clear Lake, Debra Dirks and her husband, Lynn, Alta, and Darlene Verret and her husband Tony, Houma, La.; six grandchildren, Jessica Myers, Nashville, Tenn., Ashley Dirks, Alta, Heather Rube, Houma, Vanessa Swalve and her husband, Joshua, Watertown, Wis., Jimmy Rube, Houma, and Ryan Rydstrom, Ely, Iowa; two nephews, Lynn Mark and his wife, Cyndi  and daughter, Rebecca,  Mason, Mich. and Merrill Mark, Duncan, Neb.      

Dayle was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Barbara and Lillian; sister, Dorothy Mark and her husband, Mark, and two infant sisters.
         

His favorite sayings were “Do what is Right! and “Bye, Bye for now.”
  

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.


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