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Steven Craig Elliot

Steven Craig Elliot, 61, of 8509 230th Street, died Jan. 25, 2012 at his home. Steve’s wishes were to be cremated and no services will take place.

Should friends desire, memorials may be directed to the Steve Elliott Memorial in care of Jean Peterson.

Steven Craig Elliott was born June 18, 1950, in Pendleton, Ore., the son of Kenneth and Jean (Hartsook) Elliott. Steven graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1968, and continued his education at North Iowa Area Community College. He received his accounting degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Steve enjoyed collecting tokens, coins and he loved spending time with his nine cats.

Steve is survived by his mother, Jean Peterson, Clear Lake; siblings, Karen (Tom) Meyer, Clear Lake, Pat (Bob) Anders, Oregon City, Ore., Beth Brouillard, Pendleton, Ore., Margaret (Pat) Desenso, Michigan, Judy (Ron) Smith, Florida, Patty (Mike)Buland, Colorado, and MaryLou (Mick) Wyborny, Mason City; along with several nieces and nephews.

Steve is preceded in death by his father, Dr. Kenneth Elliott; step-father, Marvin K. Peterson; and brother, William Peterson.

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


Sandra L. Morse Gjerdahl 

Sandra L. Morse Gjerdahl, 65, of Quartzsite, Calif., formerly of Fertile, Iowa, died Sat. Jan. 28, 2012 in Paloverde Hospital, Blythe, Calif. Services are incomplete at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake.


Alan P. Oines 

Alan P. Oines, Opportunity Village, Clear Lake, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center of North Iowa, Mason City, Iowa. A memorial service was held Thursday, Jan. 26 at Galilean Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, with Pastor Scot McCluskey officiating. A family inurnment will take place at a later date at High Cliff Park Cemetery, Galesville, Wis. Memorials may be given to Opportunity Village or Galilean Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, in his name.

Alan was born in 1948 and lived his first year at Michigan State University thanks to the GI Bill and parents eager to learn horticulture. The family then moved to a fruit farm near Keeler, Mich. where Al was joined by his first dog, "General," and soon by his little brother, Joel. Alan pushed Joel up and down the farm lanes in his stroller, fed him strawberries and peaches, and invented words for him to learn on family car trips.

His parents moved to Hammond, Ind. where Al started school and was soon joined by his sister, Peggy. At age 10 Alan moved with his family to Niles, Mich. where, along with his whole family, joined the choirs of First Presbyterian Church and acquired his love of music and eagerness to be a full participant in the life of the church. He struggled gamely through the fifth grade and then enrolled in the new special education programs in the Niles Public Schools, excelling as a hurdler and a sprinter in the junior high track program, and learning, along with his teachers, the essentials of getting through life.

The family bought a farm south of Berrien Springs, Mich. and Al, now 18, tried out the life of a farmer's son and hired man. He and his siblings hauled rocks, planted, picked and irrigated strawberries, shoveled tons of horse manure, filled water tanks, built fence, and played roughneck hockey on the pond in winter. When a good career opportunity came up for his father, Alf, the family moved to Clear Lake, where unknown to them, a local pastor and many interested volunteers were planning a unique intentional community for differently abled adults that would be integrated into the daily life of Clear Lake. Alan and his whole family volunteered whenever they could to help make Opportunity Village a reality. Alan was delighted to move in as a pioneer resident, and call it home for the rest of his life. With the encouragement and assistance of the people at Opportunity Village, Alan lived in a group home, in his own apartment, worked in the town, joined the Lutheran church, was a Special Olympics athlete, and an irrepressible traveler.

Alan is survived by his mother, Joanne L. Oines, Clear Lake; one brother, Joel Oines and his wife, Gretchen, Wauzeka, Wis., and their sons, Micah and Sam; brother-in-law, Robert Hammerslag, Panay Island, the Phillippines, and his two children, Jacob and Emerson; aunt, Katsy Hart Murphy, San Antonio, Texas and her two sons, Hart and Scott; and his extended family of friends at Opportunity Village.

Alan was preceded in death by his father, Alf Oines and sister, Peggy Hammerslag.

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


Rev. David Lee Gobeli

The Rev. David Lee Gobeli, 63, of 381 Willow Brook Dr., Mason City, Iowa died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit of North Iowa, Mason City. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 at Grace United Methodist Church, Mason City. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 -7 p.m. at the Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, Mason City and then one hour before the service on Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Meservey Cemetery, Meservey, Iowa. Family suggests memorials to Grace United Methodist Church or Hospice of North Iowa. 

David was born March 30, 1948 at North Iowa Mercy Hospital in Mason City the son of Lester and Avis (Wilson)) Gobeli. David grew up on the family farm north of Meservey. He was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Meservey. 

David had serious health problems from birth and at the age of eight suffered from a very serious kidney illness that only by the grace of God did he survive. He attended Meservey Community School until the eighth grade; then Meservey-Thornton Consolidated Schools until graduating in1966. After graduation, David held down different jobs including working at Mercy Hospital where he met Sandra Miller. Dave and Sandi were married on July 12, 1969 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Mason City. 

The greatest blessing in his life was the birth of their son, Christopher David Gobeli. He was born on Feb. 1, 1977. Dave, Sandi and Chris had some wonderful vacations. Dave shared his love of gardening with Chris. He was always so proud of Chris. It meant so much to him that he was able to participate in the marriage of Chris to Samantha Bohn. His second and third greatest joys were the birth of his two grandsons, Ian and Isaac. They were precious to him and it was important to him that he baptized both of them. 

For the first 10 years of their marriage David drove semi during the summer months for Mitchell Transport in Mason City. During the winter months he hauled livestock for different companies including Bonner Trucking. In 1978 health problems forced him out of trucking. During the next several years he did everything from working in a packing plant, steel work and construction work. During that time he also went back to college and graduated with a degree in Industrial Electrical Maintenance at North Iowa Area Community College. 

David was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ all of his life. He had many health problems all of his life but he never questioned his faith and he trusted that God was always with him. For many years Dave and Sandi were youth leaders at Grace United Methodist Church, Mason City. He enjoyed helping the youth cut down and sell wood to earn money to buy a bus. He considered them all his kids and loved it when he would hear from one of them. In 1990 he found his real calling and entered the ministry. In 2001 David was ordained an Associate Member and Deacon of the United Methodist Church. During his 20 years in the ministry he served the Zion (Sheffield), Ventura, Morgan, Lee Center, Bradford, Hancock, and Silver Creek United Methodist Churches. In December 2008 health problems forced him to retire. While at Morgan, Lee Center and Bradford he led a Recovery Bible Study that was very important to him. He also had a truck stop ministry where he enjoyed having coffee, talking politics and sharing his faith. 

David loved gardening and raising roses. He enjoyed having coffee and sharing his faith with others. He also didn’t mind talking politics. 

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sandi of Mason City; son, Christopher (Samantha) Gobeli and grandsons, Ian and Isaac of Britt, Iowa; brothers, Daryl, (Norman Jean) Gobeli, Donald Gobeli; sisters-in-law, JeanyceGobeli, Marlene Gobeli, Barbara Lindquist; sister and brother-in-law, Rhonda and Chip Hurd; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Avis Gobeli; mother-in-law, Maxine Chaney; father-in-law, Clarence Miller; brothers, Allan and Leonard Gobeli; sister-in-law, Marge Gobeli; and half-brother, Irwin Lindquist.

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


Kevin Wayne Gunsallus

Kevin Wayne Gunsallus, 54, of Clear Lake, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 at his home.

Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mason City, Iowa on Tuesday, Feb. 8, with Pastor Dan Gerrietts and Pastor Lee Laaveg officiating. Burial was in Osage Cemetery, Osage, Iowa. Family suggests memorials to Kevin Wayne Gunsallus Memorial Fund.

Kevin was born on Oct. 22, 1957, in Osage, the son of James and Phyllis Gunsallus and was the oldest of their three children. He grew up in rural Osage before moving to Clear Lake in 1983.

While Kevin was not working in his chosen profession, design engineering at IMT in Garner, Iowa he enjoyed many things in life. His passions included motorcycles, cars - Corvettes in particular, snowmobiles, Vikings, Hawkeyes, and the Minnesota Twins. He often tried to enjoy many of these activities on the same weekend. When he wasn’t out enjoying those activities he always enjoyed his other passion, spending time with his family. Kevin often visited his parents on the weekend and cherished many days spending time with his daughters and their families. From play dates with his grandchildren, to working on his daughters’ homes, or out to sporting events with them, work or play, any excuse to spend time with his family was a treasured day.

Kevin is survived by his parents, James and Phyllis Gunsallus; a brother, Michael Gunsallus; a sister, Venita (Denis) Chezik; three daughters, Jacqlyn (Bill) Ferjak of Minneapolis, Minn., Jennifer (Tom) Faber of Clear Lake, and Jessica (Pete) Cash of Ventura; three grandchildren, Lorelei and James Cash, and Kennidy Faber. Kevin is also survived by three nieces and nephews, Jeremy, Daniel and Megan Chezik.

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


Brenna Lynn Shank 

Brenna Lynn Shank, six-week-old daughter of Jeriah and Shawna Shank of Monroe, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the First Baptist Church in Monroe with burial following at the Colfax Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Monroe First Baptist Church and will be distributed by Jeriah and Shawna at a later date in Brenna’s name. Condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com.

Brenna Lynn was born on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Jeriah and Shawna (DuRocher) Shank. Brenna was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) which, after a long, hard fight, eventually caused her heart to fail. Throughout her life, Brenna proved over and over again how much of a fighter she was as she jumped over each hurdle in her way. With her sassy attitude (just try to change her diaper!) she won the hearts of all her family, friends, and hospital staff. Her parents could not be more proud or thankful for her life and the blessing from God. She was, and always will be, in their lives.

Those left to cherish her memory include her parents; a sister, Hannah Lynn, age two; grandparents, Earl and Sue DuRocher of Colfax, Iowa, and John and Mary Kamberger of Clear Lake; great-grandparents, Marcella Warner of Colfax, Madelyn and Ellsworth Shank of Maryland and L. Edward and Julia Kamberger of Florida; her great-great-grandmother, Lola Ruppert of Maryland; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Preceding Brenna in death was her grandfather, John Andrew Shank; great-grandparents, Harold Warner, Earl and Lucille DuRocher, Eleanore and Joseph Cambardella, and Lois Kamberger.


Jeffrey S. Walk 

Jeffrey S. Walk, 53, of Clear Lake, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Kenny Lindstrom Center at Opportunity Village, Clear Lake with Pastor Rich Murray officiating. A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Clear Lake, with the Rev. John R. Tilp as celebrant. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City. Visitation will be held an hour prior to each service.

Should friends desire, memorials may be directed to Opportunity Village, Hospice of North Iowa, or to the Humane Society of North Iowa in Jeff’s name.

Jeffrey Scott Walk was born on Sept. 11, 1958 in Mason City, the son of Everett and Teresa (Crapser) Walk. Jeff was raised in Mason City and attended Hoover Elementary school in Mason City. One of the greatest blessings in Jeff’s life was having Mrs. Roberta Vaandewalker as a teacher. She recognized and worked with children with special needs to make sure they received the education and care they deserved.

In Jeff’s later years he lived at Opportunity Village where he helped the cleaning crew after meals by sweeping the floors and wiping down tables. He also worked in the paper sorting station. He was very happy as a member of the Morning Sun family. He had many friends.

Jeff loved taking trips with Opportunity Village to area farms to visit the animals. He loved all animals, but puppies were his favorite. Jeff also liked music and looked forward to his musical therapy sessions, as well as watching football, and going over to his sister, Teri’s, house to spend time with his family. Jeff never forgot a name or a face. Anyone who knew Jeff never forgot him.

Those grateful in sharing in Jeff’s life are his father and step-mother, Everett and Beverly Walk, Mason City; his sister, Teri (Ron) Gustin, Clear Lake; his step-siblings, Marsha Heston, Mason City, Brad (Dawn) Lunning, Mason City, and Scott (Linda) Lunning, Mason City; his niece, Ronnie Daniels, Minneapolis, Minn.; his nephews, Eric (Kerri) Gustin, Meservy, Iowa, Chad Gustin, Clear Lake, and Matt Gustin, Clear Lake; his aunt, CoreineTevis, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; his honorary grandmother, Juanita Cole, Clear Lake; and his friends, Bob and Sarah Engbretson, Clear Lake, and all of his friends at Opportunity Village, especially his cottage-mates of the Morning Sun Cottage.

Jeff is preceded in death by his mother in 1962; his brother, Tom Walk, in 2010; his grandparents; uncles; and one aunt.

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


Clara Jane Leitner

Clara Jane Leitner, 77, of 1000 3rd Ave. S., Clear Lake, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 at the North Memorial Hospital, Robinsdale, Minn.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, with the Rev. John R. Tilp of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Clear Lake, officiating. Interment will be in Clear Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home and then one hour before the service. Family suggests memorials to Clara Jane Leitner Memorial Fund.

Jane was born Sept. 4, 1934 in Hannibal, Mo., the daughter of Robert and Hazel (Curtis) Marshall. She grew up in the Moline, Ill. area. Jane married Alfred Leitner on June 14, 1952 in Moline. They moved to the Clear Lake area in the late 1950’s. She moved into Clear Lake in 2006 following the death of her husband.

She loved spending time with her family and especially playing video games with her grandchildren. She was known as a gamer.

Jane is survived by her four daughters, TianaStitts, Clear Lake, Lisa LeitnerCalaway, Minneapolis, Minn., Regina Bartling, Clear Lake, and Racheal Smith, Princeton, Texas; daughter-in-law, Cindy Leitner, Iowa Falls, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ray (Chris) Marshall, Las Vegas, Nev. and Bob Marshall, Genesco, Ill.; two sisters, Daisy (Dean) Robinson, Moline, and Betty Abney, Port Byron, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Steve; son, Tim Leitner; and her husband, Alfred.


Joseph “Joe” J. Goranson 

Joseph “Joe” J. Goranson, 46, of Mason City, Iowa, formerly Clear Lake, died recently in Mason City.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, Clear Lake with the Rev. Diana Hoover officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Inurnment will be in Clear Lake Cemetery. Family suggests memorials to Clear Lake United Methodist Church.

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


Joseph “Joe” J. Goranson

Joseph “Joe” J. Goranson, 46, of Mason City, Iowa and formerly Clear Lake, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 in Mason City.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Diana Hoover officiating. Inurnment was in Clear Lake Cemetery. Family suggests memorials to Clear Lake United Methodist Church.

Joe was born in Sac City, Iowa. He grew up in the Clear Lake area and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1983. He then attended North Iowa Area Community College.

Joe worked in just about every position at various restaurants in the North Iowa area, from dishwasher to chef. He loved to ride his bike and was an avid movie buff and collector. In recent years, Joe's greatest joy came from working on his classic Pontiac Firebird. He always enjoyed getting together with his family in Clear Lake, especially on Christmas and the Fourth of July.

Joe is survived by his parents, Donald and Anne Goranson, Clear Lake; five brothers, John (Janet) Lovell, Ellsworth, Iowa, Steve (Marcia) Goranson, White Bear Lake, Minn., Tom (Jan) Lovell, Clear Lake, Dan (Kimberly) Goranson, Davenport, Iowa and Jim (Janis) Lovell, Urbandale, Iowa; and eleven nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Goranson.

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


Wayne Hasbrouck 

Wayne Hasbrouck, 81, of 405 27th Ave. S. Clear Lake, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday Feb. 23, at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Ed Bard, chaplain of North Iowa Hospice officiating. Interment will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery with military honors provided by the Clear Lake V.F.W. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. and then one hour before service on Thursday. Family suggests memorials to Hospice of North Iowa or Apple Valley Assisted Living.

Wayne was born Jan. 22, 1931 on the family farm south west of Mapleton, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Seffa (Baker) Hasbrouck. He attended country school through the eighth grade and then attended and graduated from Mapleton High School in 1949.

Wayne married Evelyn Moraine Melby on June 26, 1954 in Onawa, Iowa. They moved to Clear Lake, Iowa in 1968.

Wayne entered the United States Army and served during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1957 with the rank of Sgt. First Class. He worked for Tractor Supply for over 35 years, retiring as manager of TSC in Mason City in 1993.

Wayne enjoyed gardening, doing farm and yard work for Nieman Farms, boating, golfing, his fishing trips to Canada and he was an avid Hawkeye fan.

Wayne is survived by his two children, Vicki (Gene “Skeeter”) Welch, Clear Lake, and Bruce (Joy McGrane) Hasbrouck, Clear Lake; his very long-time special friend, Virginia Grimm, Clear Lake; four grandchildren, Vanessa (Jason Schultz) Hasbrouck, Sioux City, Iowa, Natalie Hasbrouck, Ventura, Ryan (Heather) Welch, Northwood, Iowa and Nathaniel (April) Welch, Grimes, Iowa; five great-grandchildren, Aubrey Schultz, Ethan, Sydney, Finley and Scarlett Welch; three brothers, Morris (Virginia) Hasbrouck, Ida Grove, Iowa, Ricky Hasbrouck, Great Falls, Mont. and Jerry (Joanie) Hasbrouck, Council Bluffs, Iowa; two sisters, Lavonne (Hans) Witzel, Castana, Iowa and Retha (Richard) Bielenberg, Morrison, Ill. and brother-in-law, Dennis (Rose) Melby, Fairmont, Iowa, Gary (Stephanie) Melby, Brawley, Calif., Nancy (Jack) Hoden, San Marcus, Calif., Christy Vivian, Huntington Beach, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Evelyn Moraine in 1994; sister, Louise Stinton; and brothers, Jess and Leonard Hasbrouck.


Richard “Richie” LeRoy Johnson 

Richard “Richie” LeRoy Johnson, 76, of Clear Lake, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Kathy Graves of Trinity Lutheran Church, Mason City, officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, with military honors provided by the Clear Lake V.F.W. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Friday until time of service. Family suggests memorials to Richard LeRoy Johnson Memorial Fund.

Richard was born Oct. 8, 1935 in Clear Lake, one of ten siblings and son of Adolph Martin and Mary E. (Skellinger) Johnson. He graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1953. Following high school he enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Korean War.

He moved back to Clear Lake and later worked for his brother, Ralph, who was a painting contractor.

He enjoyed watching basketball and football, especially his favorite teams the Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Vikings. He also enjoyed visiting with his friends and family.

Richard is survived by his brothers, Ralph “Red” Johnson, Mason City, Iowa and Keith (Gigi) Johnson, Des Moines, Iowa; sisters, Martha Lange, White Bear Lake, Minn., Lorrine Michaels, Hazelwood, Mo., Dorothy (Jerry) Chamberlain, White Bear Lake, and a special sister, Phyllis “Till” Spilman, Clear Lake; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special friend at Oakwood, Audrey Winkel.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Adeline Schendel; and three brothers, Calvin K., Kenneth R. and Lincoln P. Johnson. The family would like to give a special thank you to Marc Anderson at Oakwood Care Center for the special care that he gave to Richard.


Alice Jane Levisay

Alice Jane Levisay passed away on Feb. 18, 2012 at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, Iowa at the age of 91. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at Evangelical Free Church in Ponca, Neb. Interment will be in Maskell Cemetery, Maskell, Neb. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorials be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Alice Jane Levisay, the daughter of Chauncey and Alice Eyestone Merwin, was born July 16, 1920 in Temple, Texas. As a young girl, Jane moved to Clear Lake. She graduated in 1939. In 1941 Jane married her high school sweetheart, Jim Levisay. They were married for 58 years. Jane was devoted to her children, grandchildren, and church. She was known for her knowledge of the Bible, cooking, baking, sewing and playing cards. She and Jim taught Sunday School for many years as well as serving as leaders of the Pioneer Club for Kids.

Survivors include sons, David of Sioux Falls, S.D., Bob (Marsha) of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Karl (Debbie) of Spencer, Iowa; daughters, Jane (Steve) Nelson of Ponca, Neb. and Joanne (Fritz) Groat of Clare, Iowa; 12 grandchildren, Lisa, Leslie, Abigail, Ginny, Emily, Aaron, Benjamin, Matt, Wendy, Andy, Shea and Cole; 19 great-grandchildren; six sisters, Kathryn, Ruth, Doris, Carol May, Sarah and Pauline; two brothers, Jim and Paul.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorials be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Chauncey and Alice Merwin; her husband, Jim; sisters, Mary, Althea and Helen; brothers, Art, David and Ralph; and her great-grandchild, Clayton.

Funeral arrangements were by Warner Funeral Home Spencer.


Jesse Lee Yun Richardson

Jesse Lee Yun Richardson, 17, of 11418 Jonquil Ave., Clear Lake, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 at his home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday Feb. 28, at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Diana Hoover officiating.   Interment was in Clear Lake Cemetery. Family suggests memorials go to the Jesse Lee Yun Richardson Memorial Fund. Jesse’s final act was to give the gift of life through organ donation.

Jesse was born Sept. 12, 1994 in Boochun City, South Korea.  At the age of 17 months he was adopted by David and Linda (Peckham) Richardson. He was a junior at Clear Lake High School. Jesse loved and excelled in sports.  In school he participated in wrestling, track, soccer, and football.  He really enjoyed weight lifting, cooking, and playing video games on his x-box. His favorite thing was UFC and MMA fighting. He spent a lot of time watching it on TV and practicing his moves. Jesse also liked tormenting his grandmother’s cat, listening to music on his IPod, watching Sci-Fi, drawing, and being the class clown. Jesse also loved to go out with his friends.

Jesse is survived by his parents, David and Linda Richardson; sister, Olivia Richardson; maternal grandparents, Don and Rose Peckham, Clear Lake; paternal grandmother, Connie Richardson, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; uncles and aunts, Ron and Tyies Andersen, Ray and Vickie Greeley, Clear Lake, Ted and Lisa Peckham, Minot, N.D., Karen Jones Woodson, Troy, Mo., Bob and Sandie Ivy, Tampa, Fla., and Judi Richardson and Dr. Stuart Rockwell, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and many cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Marion Richardson, and his uncle, Donald Peckham Jr.

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


Denise Renee (Clapper) Powers

Denise Renee (Clapper) Powers, 47, of 115 Little Ojai Dr., Indian Mound, Tenn., died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at Blanchfield Army Hospital in Fort Campbell, Ky, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 20, at Dyers Creek Church of God with the Rev. Jeff Wallace officiating.

Denise was born Feb. 23, 1964 in Clear Lake, the daughter of Dale and Janice (Milton) Clapper of Clear Lake. She graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1982. Denise married Jeffrey L. Powers on May 14, 1983 at United Methodist Church in Clear Lake, and to this union two daughters were born, Alicia and Christina.

Denise and Jeff traveled the world while Jeff served his country in the Army. Denise had many loves including caring for her family, painting, photography, sewing and scrapbooking.  She also enjoyed rescuing animals and caring for her many pets.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Jeff; daughters, Alicia Powers and Christina (James) Fisher; two granddaughters, Emma and Zoey, all of Indian Mound; her parents, Dale and Janice Clapper; two brothers, David (Christie) Clapper, and Chad (Angie) Clapper, all of Clear Lake; her in-laws, Tom and Zoe Powers, Kensett, Iowa; brother-in-law, Tim (Grace) Powers, Columbia, Mo.; sisters-in-law, Lisa (Wade) Ficken, Mason City, Iowa, Kelly Powers, Northwood, Iowa; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews; and a very special friend, Dawn Mayberry.

She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents and paternal grandparents.


Deloirs K. Swearingen Bourne

Deloirs K. Swearingen Bourne (Del), 80 years old, of Clear Lake, passed away Feb. 25, 2012 at Hospice House of North Iowa in Mason City, Iowa of natural causes. 

Del was born Dec. 26, 1932 in Ames, Iowa. On June 11, 1949 she married Alvin Bourne (Al) and the two of them were blessed with one daughter, Linda, on June 14, 1957. Del wrote for the Boone Today paper for many years and with her articles she touched many lives.  Del loved life and her families and friends and the ISU Cyclones more than life itself.  She never met a stranger. She was always willing to be that person who you could rely on for anything.

Del is survived by her husband of 62 years, Al, of Clear Lake and their dog, Rocky, which could be considered by most as their son; daughter, Linda (John Olson) of Boone; her grandchildren, Johna Olson (Tim Krause) of Fraser, Iowa, Junior Olson (Lyndie) of Boone, Samantha Olson of Boone, and James Olson (Matthew Beyer) of Ames, Iowa; two great-grandchildren, Alicen Meyers and Harper Olson, who were the light of her life. (Even if you didn't want to hear about any of her family, you would get an earful of their lives.) She is also survived by the people whom she considered her sisters,  brother, daughters, sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vera and Loris Swearingen; siblings, Tom Swearingen, Maxine Ryan, Betty Ibrahim, and Phyliss Hutchison.

As a final act of her life she has donated her body to Medical Education and Research Institute in Memphis, Tenn.  She knew she always had something to teach everyone whether you wanted to learn it or not.

Del was adamant that people use the occasion of her passing to remember and celebrate her life instead of mourn her passing.  She requested an informal celebration of her passing. This will be held at the Moose Lodge, 812 8th St., Boone, Iowa on Sunday, March 4, 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. All who knew her are invited to come and share in food, drink, laughter, and memories.

Del also requested no flowers. Those inclined to make a donation in her name are asked to make it to Hospice of North Iowa, Mason City, IA 50401.

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