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John Junior Bledsoe

John Junior Bledsoe, 84, of 523 10th Ave. N, Clear Lake, Iowa, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at home.


Due to his wishes he will be cremated and a memorial graveside service will be held at a later time in the Clear Lake Cemetery. Family suggest memorials to John Junior Bledsoe Memorial Fund c/o his daughter Donna Prescott, 46117 212th Ave., Lake Mills, Iowa 50450


John was born Oct. 10, 1928 in Hartville, Mo., the son of John Adison and Pearl Gean (Nichols) Bledsoe.


John married Patricia (Pat) Burl Neal on Dec. 28, 1946 in Mountain Home, Ark. He and Pat had five children.


He worked at the Clear Lake Bakery for 37 years.


John and Pat loved to garden, camp and fish with family and friends, and to bargain hunt at garage sales. He was a life-long tinkerer, often buying and repairing items to be resold at their own garage sales. He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid fan of professional wrestling.


John is survived by his four children, Roger A. Bledsoe and wife, Nancy, of Coon Rapids, Minn.; Donna S. Prescott and husband, Marvin of Lake Mills, Iowa; John David Bledsoe and wife, Barbara, of Galesburg, Ill., and Linda M. Dickersbach and husband, Steven, of Malvern, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Kathy Bledsoe, Clear Lake; his brother, Richard Bledsoe, Hartville, Mo.; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his wife and parents; his three sisters, Carrie Belle Ryan, Anna Mae Blanton and Mary June Bledsoe; his brother, Harold Bledsoe; and his son, Steven Bledsoe.


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

Lonnie L. Bosch

Lonnie L. Bosch, 56, of Rockwell, Iowa, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.


Funeral services were held on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Rockwell, with Rev. Rhea Evanson officiating. Interment was at the Rockwell Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Lonnie Bosch memorial fund in care of the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at


Lonnie was born March 27, 1956 in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Cecil and Lynnea (Lowe) Bosch. He graduated from Rockwell-Swaledale High School in 1974. On March 21, 1975, Lonnie married Kim Petersen at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Rockwell. Aside from farming his whole life, Lonnie also coached middle school basketball girls in Rockwell for 25 plus years. He loved coaching basketball for his children and family. Lonnie also enjoyed watching women’s basketball. He later worked part time as a rural mail carrier. Lonnie thoroughly enjoyed all his jobs throughout the years.


He also enjoyed watching Nascar and racing, race cars, basketball, and fishing. His passion the last few years was fixing up and racing his cars with his Mopar friends. Lonnie loved spending time with his family - especially his grandchildren. His friends were also very important to him. Lonnie was as a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, MOPAR Club, Central Club, and a past member of the Lions.


Lonnie is survived by his wife of 37 years, Kim Bosch of Rockwell; his children, Krystle Bosch-Allison and husband, Adam, of Clarion, Iowa, and Bobby Joe Bosch and wife, Deborah, of Rockford, Iowa; five grandchildren, Nathaniel, Alexander, and Kendrick Bosch, and Ace and Eli Allison; his mother, Lynnea Bosch Smith of Rockwell; siblings, Lori Sprung and husband, Ted, of Swaledale, Iowa, Sheri Sprung and husband, Charley, of Mason City, and Julie Hansen and husband, Mike, of Rockwell; mother and father-in-law, Jack and Jo Ann Petersen of Rockwell; two brothers-in-law, Scott Petersen and wife, Stephanie, of Laurel, Neb., and Kevin Petersen and wife, Jacque, of Mason City; and one sister-in-law, Toni Petersen of Rockwell. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and special friends.


He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.


Arrangements were made with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, Mason City.

Mildred Merlea Anderson

Mildred Merlea Anderson, 99 years, was born in Algona, Iowa, Jan. 13, 1913 and passed away surrounded by family at her winter home in Bradenton, Fla., on Dec. 25, 2012. She was 19 days short of her 100th birthday.

She was a longtime resident of Clear Lake, Iowa, and recently had been living with her daughter and family in Urbandale, Iowa, spending summers in Clear Lake at her cottage on Grandview Point.

At her request the body was cremated and there will be no visitation or services. A private family burial at Clear Lake Cemetery will be held at a later time.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, Louis and Ethel Kutschara, and husbands, Oscar Amundson and L.J. Anderson.

Survivors include her daughter, Merlea Schultz, and her husband, Terry, of Urbandale, Iowa; granddaughter, Tami Perkins of Bradenton, Fla.; and grandson, Todd Anderson, of DeSoto, Iowa. Great grandchildren are Dominick and KaCee Perkins of Bradenton, and Rhiannon and Alexzander
Anderson of DeSoto.

Clifford Wayne Stephenson

Clifford Wayne Stephenson, 82, 15 Timberlane Drive, Clear Lake, Iowa, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake.

Clifford, son of William and Lora (Ridout) Stephenson was born July 15, 1930 in Winterset, Iowa. He graduated from Winterset High School in 1948 and continued his education at Drake University in Des Moines majoring in music. Cliff enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 and was honorably discharged in

Cliff was united in marriage to Norma Jean Myhr, and to this union three children were born, Joanne, Karen, and William. The family lived in the Sacramento, Calif. area for many years where Cliff worked for Aerojet General, then for the Federal Bureau of Land Management as a field engineer before retiring in 1983.

Following retirement, Cliff opened his own hobby shop in Barstow, Calif., moving to Clear Lake in 1992 where he continued the business until 1993.

Cliff's first love was music and theater. Throughout his life, the world was graced with his magnificent basso-cantante and his skills as an entertainer. He was a man of many interests, including model railroads, being a natural handyman and do-it-yourselfer.

He was a member of the Galilean Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, professional music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Gaslight Theater in Folsom, CA, a docent at Sacramento Railroad Museum, and helped to found Hospice of Mojave Valley in Barstow, Calif.

Cliff is survived by his wife, Norma Jean, Clear Lake; children, Joanne Self, Mohave Valley, Ariz., Karen (Bruce) Sanford, Raymond, Maine, and William (Ryna) Stephenson, Sacramento, Calif.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Robert (Della) Stephenson, Cherokee, Iowa;
sister, Sherry (Gary) Breckenridge, Lamont, Wash.; several nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Derwin (Eleanor) Myhr, Anacortes, Wash.; brother-in-law, C.F. (Lucille) Myhr, Ocala, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Lila Myhr, Sun City, Ariz.

He was predeceased by his parents; three sisters-in-law, Patricia,
Elizabeth and Margaret Myhr; brother-in-law, E.B. Myhr; and son-in-law,
Derwin Self.

Per Cliff’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be left in Cliff’s name to Galilean Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, or Hospice of North Iowa.

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

Marilyn M. McKenna

Marilyn M. McKenna, age 72, of Clear Lake, Iowa, most recently of Belmond, Iowa, and formerly of Garner and Livermore, Iowa, a longtime employee of Metal Craft, Mason City, Iowa, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, Mason City.

Mass of Christian Burial was at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Belmond, with Father Nils Hernandez and Deacon Jerry Temeyer officiating.

Burial was in Livermore. Andrews Funeral Home, Belmond, was in charge of arrangements.

Posted on 2 January 2013

Mavis Hobbiebrunken

Mavis O. Hobbiebrunken, 84, Clear Lake, Iowa, formerly of the Thornton, Iowa, area, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 at Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake.

A funeral service for Mavis was held Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Thornton, with The Rev. Rhea Evanson officiating.  Burial was in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Thornton.

Those wishing to give a memorial in her memory may wish to consider memorial contributions to the St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Mavis O.  Hobbiebrunken was born on April 5, 1928 in Mason City, the daughter of Arthur and Emma (Bertelsen) Thada.  Mavis attended and graduated from Thornton High School in 1945.  Mavis was united in marriage to Werner Hobbiebrunken on Aug. 15, 1945 in Thornton, and to this union three children were born, Lexe, Lana, and Kim.  After their marriage, they farmed in the Thornton area, until they retired and moved to Clear Lake.   

Mavis enjoyed baking, cooking and always had coffee and cookies for her family and friends.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends.  

Mavis was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Thornton.  

Those left to cherish her memory are her three daughters, Lexe (Howard) Chambers of Bemidji, Minn., Lana Lee of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Kim (Bill) Mainprize of Charles City, Iowa; three grandchildren, Jennifer Lee (Brad) Prugh of Chicago, Ill., Matthew (Heather) Mainprize of North Liberty, Iowa, and Megan (Fred) Castle of Ames; and a great-grandson,Tyler Prugh as well as many other extended family members and friends.

Mavis was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Werner and sister, Delores Hudson.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.

Marcella Johnson 

Marcella Johnson, 87, of 20 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at the Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake, after a short illness.

 Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, Clear Lake with the Rev. Dr. Rhoda Preston officiating.  Following the service she will be cremated and a private graveside service will be held in the Clear Lake Cemetery.  Visitation will be held one hour before the service at the church.  Family suggests memorials to the Marcella Johnson Memorial Fund.

 Alice Marcella Johnson was born Sept. 6, 1925 on the family farm south of Ventura, Iowa the daughter of Frank and Estella (Quick) Coyier.

 She attended school in Ventura and Clear Lake.  She enjoyed living in Clear Lake all her life and held various jobs in Clear Lake.

She enjoyed going to flea markets, antiques, summer activities around the lake, eating out, family get togethers and attending her grandchildren’s events. She was known for her great sense of humor.  

 She attended the Clear Lake United Methodist Church.

 Marcella is survived by her two daughters, Linda (David) Bowers and Melissa (Jeff) Schuchard, both of Clear Lake; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Johnson, Mason City, Iowa; five grandchildren, Sheila MacDonald, Des Moines, Iowa, Emily Bowers, Clear Lake, Charlie (Aprile) MacDonald, Des Moines, Dylan Schuchard and Riley Schuchard, both of Clear Lake; great-grandson, Warren MacDonald, Des Moines, and many dear relatives and friends.   

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Orville, Milton, Harley and Wesley Coyier; two children, Gene Johnson and Deborah Pierce.  

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.

Charles William Ford II

Charles “Charlie” William Ford II, 58, Garner, IA, died Monday, January 7, 2013 at the Concord Care Center, Garner, IA.

A Memorial Service will be held 10:30 AM Saturday, January 12, at the Church of Christ, 2010 14th Ave N., Clear Lake, IA with Rev. Curtis McGinnis officiating. Visitation with family will be one hour prior to the service. Military Honors will be provided by the Clear Lake V.F.W. According to his wishes his body has been cremated.

Memorials may be given to the Charles W. Ford II Memorial Fund.

Charlie was born January 18, 1954 in Mason City, IA, the son of Charles William and Patricia (Gard) Ford. He graduated from Ventura High School in 1973. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served nine years. After leaving the service with an honorable discharge he worked for Winnebago Industries until he was disabled by a heart condition.

Charlie was an avid fisherman with lots of fishing buddies in the Ventura and Clear Lake area. His life was complete with his love of both his church and family. At his church he was very active with the Sunday schools and youth groups. This brought both meaning to his life and those he worked with. His love of family was shared with his mother, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins. Charlie loved living in Ventura and loved the very special neighbors who helped him continually through the last few years.

Charlie is survived by two sisters Barb Ford, Waterloo, IA and Peggy Ford, Garner, IA; niece Jessica Guisvig and James Acosta, both of Portland, Or; Aunts and Uncles Mary Davison, Garner, IA, Mike (Mona) Gard, Valdosta, GA, Sue (Dick) Devore, Rochelle, IL, Jim (Pam) Gard, Cedar Falls, IA and Marney Gard (Jim) Smith, Colorado; and many cousins.

Charlie was preceded in death by his mother Pat Ford, sisters Ruth Ford Marshall and Cinda Ford.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, IA 50428 (641)357-2193

Jean Schramm

Jean Schramm, 80, of Clear Lake, Iowa died Tuesday January 1, 2013 at the Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, Mason City, Iowa.

Memorial services will be 2:00p.m. Monday January 7, 2013 at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake with Interim Pastor Kirk Wilkie of Zion Lutheran Church officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Inurnment will be held at a later time at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa. Family suggests memorials to Jean Schramm memorial fund.

Jean was born March 21, 1932 in Great Yarmouth, England the daughter of Jack and Agnes (Darby) Taylor. She attended school in England.

She met her future husband Reuben Schramm while he was stationed in England. They were married Dec. 20, 1952.

They settled in Clear Lake where they raised their family. She worked at Houck Drug and then for over thirty years at Opportunity Village retiring June 2009.

She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of a bridge club for over fifty one years. She enjoyed going to Casino’s with her family, shopping, going out to lunch, visiting with her friends and sending them cards. She really enjoyed spending time with her family and was known for her great chocolate chip cookies, Yorkshire pudding and chocolate chip pies.

Jean is survived by her three children John Schramm, Clear Lake, Iowa, Laura Thompson, Des Moines, Iowa and Susan Weipert, Clear Lake, Iowa; five grandchildren Nick Weipert and his fiancé Samantha Johnson, Osage, Iowa, Nigel Thompson and his girlfriend Kelly Jones, Des Moines, Iowa, Julia (Russ) Wright, Anchorage, Alaska, Zach Thompson, Des Moines, Iowa and Katy Weipert, Clear Lake, Iowa; great-granddaughter Erica Duffy, Anchorage, Alaska; two brothers John (Heather) Taylor, Bradwell England and Ron (Anita) Taylor, Lowestoft, England; sister Violet (David) Butler Great Yarmouth, England and a special niece Doreen Skelton and her husband Rick, Bradwell, England.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Reuben and a sister Pat Osbourne and her husband Fred.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, Iowa

Lucile L. Snopek

Lucile L. (Bednar) Snopek, 96, of Ventura went to her eternal reward on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, surrounded by her loved ones.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, with a Rosary service at 7:00 P.M. at the Ward-Van Slyke Funeral Home at 101 N. 4th St. in Clear Lake, Iowa. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 A.M. Thursday, January 3, 2013, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1001 9th Ave. South, Clear Lake, with Reverend Jon Gossman officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Manly, Iowa.

Lucile was born in Manly, Iowa on May 2, 1916 to Joseph and Anna (Koci) Bednar and was the oldest of three children. She was married in 1936 to Leslie Snopek, who passed away in 1969. Lucile is a former resident of Mason City and Osage, but has lived in Ventura with her son, Ed, since 1971. She was a generous and loving person whose home was always open and welcoming to family and friends.

Lucile will be dearly missed by her family: son, Edward of Ventura; daughter Karen (Joe) Chrencik of Traverse City, MI; grandchildren: Cheryl (Phil) Kapler of Lakeville, MN; Christa (Curt) Diemer of West Branch, IA; Coleen (Don) Hellen of Divide, CO; Curtis (Patricia) Chrencik of Gaylord, MI; great-grandchildren: Monica, Ethan, Elena, and Owen Kapler; Kara and Julia Diemer; Mitch, Daniel, and Thomas Chisholm (and their father, Marty Chisholm); Ryan, Carley, and Joey Chrencik; her brother, Les Bednar of Mason City; and sister, Lilian (Ben) Navratil of Plymouth, IA.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel: (641) 357-2193

Posted on 15 January 2013

LaVerne “Vern” Severson

LaVerne “Vern” Severson, 78, Clear Lake, Iowa, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Jan. 7, 2013 at the Rockwell Care Center.

A funeral service for Vern was held on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at the Clear Lake Christian Church with Pastor Scott Wilson officiating. Burial was in the Clear Lake Cemetery with full military funeral honors provided by the Clear Lake VFW Post 4868.

Should friends desire, memorials may be left in Vern’s name to the Clear
Lake Christian Church, Salvation Army, 203 1st St, SW, Mason City or the
Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Ky. 41076.

LaVerne “Vern” Severson, son of Glenn and Ann (Lien) Severson was born
Oct. 21, 1934 in Clear Lake. Vern graduated from Clear Lake High School
and enlisted in the Army in 1953. Following his honorable service, Vern
worked with his father at Severson Excavating in 1962. He also drove semi across the country for nine years before opening the I-35 Truck Garage in 1972. Vern retired from his business in 2007.

Vern met Patricia Christensen in high school and was united in marriage
on June 24, 1956 in Clear Lake. To this union, two children were born, Becky and Vicki.

Vern delighted in times with the family. He found happiness with his church family and viewing the ever changing seasons of the lake.

He will be missed by his wife of 56 years, Pat; daughters, Becky (Michael) and Vicki (Chris); grandchildren, Nicole, Brooke (Richard), Nathan, Trevor, Spencer, and Gregor; great-grandson, Oliver; sister, Sandra (Roger); Aunt Nelda; nieces, Annette, Debbie, Joan, and Kathy; and nephews, Tom, Mike, and Joe.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Ronald C. Smith

Ronald C. Smith, 63, of Clear Lake, Iowa, died Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa.

Visitation was Thursday at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, and following the visitation he was cremated.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, Clear Lake, with Reverend Bernie Colorado officiating. Inurnment will follow later at the Crystal Township Cemetery, Crystal Lake, Iowa.

Ron was born July 1, 1949 in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Robert William
and Eleanor Jean (Seibel) Smith.

While growing up in Clear Lake he worked at the Jensen Grocery. He
graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1967 and then Mason City Junior

He married Joan M. Hansmeier Dec. 6, 1980 in Crystal Lake.
He worked at Winnebago, Curtis, Chemical Sanitizing Systems, Hwy 18
Amoco and then in 1996 opened his own business RCS Auto Repair/Napa
Auto Center in Clear Lake. Ron had always been interested in vehicles and tinkering on them and racing. He also like Viking football, going to Sunday night races, watching Nascar and was a Dale Earnhardt fan. Ron loved his grandkids.

After he retired he worked at Habitat for Humanity Restore in Mason

He was a member of Clear Lake United Methodist Church and C.E.R.T.

Ron is survived by his wife, Joan M. Smith, Clear Lake; two sons,
Richard (Kim) Smith, Fertile, Iowa, and James Smith, Clear Lake; three
grandchildren, Jacob and Jackson Smith and Cameron Lowry, Fertile, Iowa;
two sisters, Connie Hatch, Baileys Harbor, Wis., and Barb (Rich) Cottrell, Rochester, Minn.; three brothers, Doug (Deb) Smith, Clear Lake, Tom Smith, Clear Lake, and Tim (Kathy) Smith, Las Vegas, Nev.; father and mother-in-law, Calvin and Geraldine Hansmeier, Crystal Lake; brother-in-law, Michael C. Hansmeier, Crystal Lake; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father and infant son.

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

Pauline Lucille Zielie

Pauline Lucille Zielie, 85, 161 B Gracious Estates, Mason City, Iowa, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at her home.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Ganz officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 – 7 p.m. at Ward-Van Slyke. Interment will be at the Clear Lake Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Pauline L. Zielie Memorial Fund.

Pauline was born May 17, 1928 in Britt, Hancock County, Iowa, the
daughter of Paul and Mildred (Clark) Palmer. She grew up in Clear Lake and
lived there most of her life. She married Maurice Zielie, Dec. 26, 1959 in
Wells, Minn. She worked at the Clear Lake Bakery for over 27 years. She
then worked at Unisys in Clear Lake and the Hanford Inn in Mason City.
Pauline loved working. She never quit working both in the home and
outside home. She enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, and she was known for
her beautiful afghan blankets. She won ribbons at the fair for her work, and
supplied the family with her creative handwork. She was a Hawkeye fan and
always enjoyed helping others. She was like a nurse to her good friend,

Pauline in survived by her three children, Donna Law and her husband,
Duane, Clear Lake, Donald Broome and his wife, Janice, Des Moines, Iowa,
and Vickie Schmidt and her husband John, Clear Lake; four grandchildren,
Marne Markwardt, Clear Lake, Mark (Allison) Law, Coralville, Iowa, Jennifer
(Germaine) Brinson, Phoenix, Ariz., and Michelle (Matt) Jones, Clear
Lake; nine great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; one brother, Paul
Palmer, Bentonville, Ark.; and one sister, Bernice Hammond, Illinois; and
several nieces and nephews.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and
four sisters; and special friend Suzie Carmany.

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

Duane Allen Bredlow

Duane Allen Bredlow passed away on Jan. 13, 2013 at Concord Care Center, in Garner, Iowa.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, Iowa, with the Rev. Keith Scott officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 3:30 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Ell Township Cemetery, Klemme, Iowa. Military Honors will be presented at the cemetery. Memorials may be given to Toys for Tots.

He was the first of seven children born to Clarence and Annabelle Bredlow, born
Nov. 14, 1930, in rural Klemme. He graduated from Swaledale High School in
1949. He joined the United States Marine Corps in August 1951 and was based in
Del Mar, Calif. He achieved the rank of Sergeant and following his discharge in 1953, he married Jane Pauline Blair and the newlyweds moved back to rural Rockwell, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Denice, David, William and Julie.

He farmed for many years before working at the Crystal Sugar sugar beet factory in
Mason City. He also worked as a mechanic at the Blue Ribbon Beef meat packing
company in Mason City and then Libby Owens Ford Glass Company in Mason
City. He moved to San Bernadino, Calif., in 1973 and married Bettye “Maureen”

In 1975, he and Maureen moved to Lincoln, Neb. Duane worked for the
City of Lincoln for several years before taking a job as a mechanic at National Crane Company in Waverly, Neb. Following Maureen’s death, he moved to St. Mary, Neb., in 1984. He retired from National Crane in 1995 and subsequently worked part-time for Field Ford Mercury in Tecumseh, Neb. In early 2002, he moved to Thornton, Iowa, where he lived until the time of his death. While in Thornton, he started his own business with his son and two grandchildren mowing local cemeteries.

Duane enjoyed hunting trips with his sons, being a member of the NRA, and many
fun times with family.

Duane is survived by his children, Denice Bredlow of Rochester, Minn.; David
(Sue) Bredlow of Dell Rapids, S.D.; William (Julie) Bredlow of Clear Lake; and Julie Zimmermann of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; ten grandchildren, Armen (Mary) Varjabedian of California, Jennifer Varjabedian of California, Kim (Chet) Pascoe of Colorado, Amy (Brian) Prue of Oregon, Coleman Bredlow of South Dakota, Caramie (Justin Faini) Bredlow of South Dakota, Zachery Bredlow of Iowa, Rebeca Bredlow of Iowa, Hailey Zimmermann of California and Jack Zimmermann of California; five great-grandchildren, Noaha Pascoe, Makenaha Pascoe, Sophia Prue, Collin Prue, and Lucy Faini; sisters, Nola (Roger) Johnson of Charles City, Iowa, Letha (Keith) Markwardt of Mason City, Myra (Dale) Karsjens of Mason City, and Velma (Jerry) Mondahl of Mason City; sister-in-law, Marlene (Dennis) Bredlow of Plymouth, Minn.; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Annabelle, and
brothers, Delmar and Dennis Bredlow.

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

Posted on 16 January 2013

Donald Tice

Donald “Don” Fred Tice, 91, 821 6th Ave. S., Clear Lake, Iowa, died Tuesday, Jan, 15, 2013 at Cedar Health in Charles City, Iowa.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, with Rev. Dean Hess officiating. Interment was at the Clear Lake Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Donald F. Tice Memorial Fund.

Don was born Nov. 3, 1921 in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Charles and Mollie (Schwartz) Tice. He grew up in the Clear Lake and Ventura area, graduating from Ventura High School in 1939.

He worked at a bomber plant in Omaha during World War II where he met his wife. He married Ruth Heppler Jan.1, 1945 at Omaha, Neb. He also drove a taxi in Omaha.

They moved back to Clear Lake in late 1947 where he worked for the Clear Lake Bakery in pastries and later as their mechanic for many years. He then went to work for Jim Hanson Ford as a mechanic.

He taught his family good strong work ethics and family values. He never learned the word "no". Don loved woodworking and making things for the family. He was always there to help with family projects.

He was a jack of all trades. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

Don is survived by his wife, Ruth Tice, Charles City, Iowa; four children, Lee (Judy) Tice, Bartlett, Ill., Dave (Nadine) Tice, Charles City, Linda (Jerry) Umbaugh, Queen Creek, Ariz., and Sally (Roger) Hoy, Pine City, Minn.; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; son-in- law, Paul Hernes, Russellville, Ark.; and brother, Harvey Tice, Birmingham, Ala.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers and sisters; and
daughter, Kathryn Hernes.

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

Marcella May Thomas

Marcella May Thomas, 96, Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake, Iowa,
died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at the Oakwood Care Center.

Per Marcella’s wishes, cremation rites have accorded and a graveside
service will be held 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Memorial Park

Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa, with Pastor Ed Bard officiating. Memorials may be given to Marcella Thomas Memorial Fund, c/o Signe Elliott, 13413 Lillian St., Omaha, Neb. 68138.

Marcella was born Jan. 4, 1917 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the daughter of
Hubert and Violet (Usher) Jackson. Her mother, Violet, later married Charles Adams, and Marcella greatly appreciated his relationship with her as step father. She attended Country School in Clear Lake. Her mother had Ma’s Café in Clear Lake, where as a teenager Marcella was a pie baker and waitress.

Marcella married Charles H. Thomas in 1933 at Albert Lea, Minn. They
lived in Clear Lake, Mason City and Hampton, Iowa. Over the years she was a member of the Eastern Star and Foster Care Group for the Lutheran
Welfare Babies. She loved reading and saving cookbooks. She was a
housemother for the YMCA in Mason City for 26 years.

Marcella has attended the Christian Church in Hampton and more currently
Faith Lutheran in Miller, Iowa.

Marcella is survived by her three granddaughters, Deborah Sweeney,
Center Point, Iowa, Signe Elliott, Omaha, Neb., and Nadine Pettit, Mount
Vernon, Iowa ; seven great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-
grandchildren; great nieces and nephews; and foster son, Fred Barlow,
Mason City.

Marcella was preceded in death by her parents; husband (1975); daughter,
Norma Jean Gilbert (2007); granddaughter, Karen Sue Wild; brothers, Andrew and Fred Jackson; and sister, Rachael Johnson.

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

Shelley Beth Knutson

Shelley Beth Knutson, 58, 2174 243rd St., Ventura Heights, Iowa, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at St.
John’s Episcopal Church, 120 1st St. NE, Mason City, with Reverend Wendy
K. Abrahamson officiating. Visitation with her family will be Thursday, Jan. 24, 5 – 7 p.m. at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, and one hour preceding the service at the church. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City. According to her wishes her body has been cremated. Memorials may be given to the Humane Society or St. John’s Episcopal Church in her memory.

Shelley was born Aug. 28, 1954 in Iowa Falls, Iowa, the daughter of Milford and Harriet (Sawyer) Knutson. She graduated from Ventura High School in 1972. She attended and graduated from Ellsworth College, Iowa Falls as an office secretary; then went to work for the University of Iowa where she worked at the hospital in the office. She then moved to Mason City and worked at the Golden Goose and Harbor Inn. Shelley continued her education at NIACC in 2001, graduating in 2003. She was inducted into Phi Delta Kappa National Honor Society for a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

In the midst of her battle of the last eight years with cancer and bone
marrow treatments, she had courage and was strong, taking care of her pets and animals. Shelley’s life was shared with her family, along with many pets. She enjoyed gardening, cooking (feeding her sweet tooth), and riding her horse. She loved going to Waverly horse sales, and her yearly trips to Galina, Ill. Shelley was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Mason City.

Shelley is survived by her father, Milford “Mick” Knutson, Clear Lake; two brothers, Matt (Bonnie) Knutson, Clear Lake, and Todd (Kristi) Knutson, Ventura, Iowa; five nieces and nephews, Mindy (Levi) DeVries, North Liberty, Iowa, Megan (Justin) Birkhofer, Meservey, Iowa, Colton, Carlie and Isaac Knutson, all of Ventura; great-niece, Ayla Birkhofer; and great-nephew, Jack DeVries.

Shelley was preceded in death by her mother, “Hap” Knutson; and infant,
Timothy Donn Knutson.

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

Loren Kendall Lease

Loren Kendall Lease, 83, 400 Hwy. 18 W., died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at the Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, 508 2nd Ave. N., Clear Lake, with Rev. Dr. Rhoda Preston officiating. Visitation with family will be from 1– 2 p.m. at the church. Military Honors will be provided by the Clear Lake V.F.W. According to his wishes, he has donated his body to science at the University of Iowa. Memorials may be given to the Loren K. Lease Memorial Fund.

Loren was born Nov. 5, 1929 in Wesley, Iowa, the son of Lester Leon and
Myrtle Eleanor (Gesme) Lease. He graduated from Waldorf Academy in 1947
and Waldorf College in 1949 with an AA degree in accounting. Following
college he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 28, 1950 and served in the
Korean conflict on the USS Juneau. After an honorable discharge on May 14, 1954, Loren returned to Mason City and married Ruth Ann Miller Oct. 6, 1956 at the Clear Lake Methodist Church.

Loren worked for Winnebago Industries for 21 years, retiring in 1989. He
loved having coffee with his buddies at the Corner Drug and Backyard Deli, woodworking, fishing and hunting. He enjoyed making things for his
grandchildren and spending time with them. He was often seen riding his
motor scooter and he played Santa for many years in Clear Lake. Loren was a charter member of the Clear Lake Evening Lions, a member of the
American Legion in Wesley and the Clear Lake V.F.W.

The last four years he was a resident of Oakwood Care Center where he
was a master sweets eater.

Loren is survived by his wife, Ruth Lease, Clear Lake; four daughters,
Susan (Don) Phinney, Sharon (Tim Hathaway) Somers, Sandy (Steve)
Roberts and Shirley Lease, all of Clear Lake; six grandchildren, Scott
(Samantha Compton) Somers Jr., Clear Lake, Tony (Kayla Watson) Somers,
Iowa City, Iowa, Kendall Ann Register, Clear Lake, Joe Register Jr., Manly, Iowa, Robert Register, Clear Lake, and Anna Lease, Clear Lake; one great-grandson, Isaiah Somers; and many cousins.

Loren was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Leon Sterling Lease.

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

Cory Allen Russell

Cory Allen Russell, 34, of Iowa City, Iowa, passed away in his sleep, on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Funeral service were held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Lensing Funeral and Cremation, Iowa City. Memorial donations may be
directed to Goodwill Industries.

Cory Boy started life with a diagnosis of Cardiomyopathy, but to anyone that knew him, they would tell you it never slowed him down. Cory loved being independent and making his own way in life. He loved bowling and lived for league night. Cory also bowled on his dad’s team in Texas when he visited.

Cory’s zest for life made you smile just watching him.

There was not much about WWE that Cory couldn’t tell you about
either. He loved to do ceramics, and we all have treasured pieces that he made for us over the years. He got a lot of joy making people happy. He was our joy, Cory was kind and loving, and as a final gift of love and kindness, he gave of himself through The Donor Network. Cory’s optimism kept us all focused on what was really important.

Cory was born on Oct. 19, 1978 in Houston, Texas. He graduated from
Clear Lake High School in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Cory is survived by his parents, Lauri and Joseph Chizek of Round
Rock, Texas; a sister, Courtney Russell of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and her son, Jackson; cousin, JC (Mariette) Dalrymple who Cory loved as a brother; Sandra Treadway (the Mamms) of Clear Lake; aunts, Pam (Adam) Reynolds, Cathy (Kevin) Foley, Herschel and Glenda Haynie, who Cory loved as an aunt and uncle; Wanda (Dan) McLaughlin, Diane (Dave) Fenton, and Ruth Fisher; uncles, Mark Treadway, Jim Dalrymple, Paul (Becky) Chizek, Dennis Chizek, and David Chizek; and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Treadway; Bob
Oliphant, who Cory loved as a grandfather; and grandparents, Walter and
Marceline Chizek.

Cory was a wonderful son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew and friend.
On line condolences may be directed to

Viola M. Miller

Viola M. Miller, 88, of 1402 N. 24th Street, Clear Lake, Iowa, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake surrounded by her loving family.

A funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at the Clear Lake
United Methodist Church, Clear Lake, with the Reverend Bernie Colorado
officiating. Following the funeral service, cremation rites took place; and inurnment will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, Fort Dodge, Iowa, at a later date.

Should friends desire, memorials may be left in Viola’s name to Clear
Lake Bank and Trust or Hospice of North Iowa, 232 2nd St. SE, Mason City, Iowa 50401.

Viola M. Miller, daughter of John and Grace (Jenkins) White was born
May 11, 1924 and was raised in the Webster City area. She graduated from
Webster City, Iowa in 1944. On Jan. 13, 1945 she was united in marriage to Dwayne at the United Brethren Church in Webster City.

Viola worked several jobs before they moved to Estherville, Iowa, in
1977, where they owned and operated the KFC for many years. In 1982,
Dwayne and Viola moved to Clear Lake and operated P.M. Park for over 18
years until they retired. Dwayne and Viola moved to Apple Valley in 2004.

Viola was well known for her homemade pies and her chicken and
biscuits. She enjoyed to cook and loved spending time with her family and her Apple Valley extended family.

She was an active member of the Clear Lake United Methodist Church,
woman’s church circle, church choir, Rebekahs, Aqua Bells, Progress Club
and her most recent pass time was crocheting.

Viola will be greatly missed by her daughters, Judee (Jim) Miller, Clear
Lake, and Rhonda Stephens, Clear Lake; daughter-in-law, Yvette Miller, Clear Lake; grandchildren, Dawn Miller, Blake (Cathrin) Miller, Jodee Blair, J.D. (Ann) Miller, Jarrod Benson, Alyssa Benson, Cody Stephens and Audra Miller; step-grandchildren, Tyrone Green, Charles (Kathleen) Green, Anthony (Jessica) Green, Justin (Sarah) Green and Tiffany (Glenn) Harrington; along with several great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dwayne, and son,
Dennis, both in 2012; siblings, Dorothy Noe, Elmer White, Norwood White,
Richard White, Melvin White and four siblings in infancy.

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

Posted on 23 January 2013

Donald L. Simpson

Donald L. Simpson, 60, of Long Beach, Calif., formerly of Wesley, Iowa,
died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, of complications from a stroke, at St. Mary's Hospital in Long Beach.

Don was born Oct. 24, 1952 in Algona, Iowa, to E. Louis and E. Ruth
(Seaberg) Simpson of Wesley. Don graduated from Corwith Wesley High
School in 1970 and attended Iowa State University.

In November of 1973, Don move to California where he worked for
Riverside Steel for 21 years, and then Ancon Marine until 11 months prior to his death. Don loved reading, fishing, hunting and biking and was a huge Green Bay Packer fan.

Don was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his
siblings, Dorothy (Dan) Biondi of Sheldahl, Iowa, Linda (Rich) Fox of
Mansfield, Texas, Leannah (Dennis) Wailes of Scranton, Iowa, Dale (Joan)
Simpson of Poway, Calif., George (Miriam) Simpson of Ventura, Iowa, Janis (Mike) West of Wesley; and many nieces and nephews.

Don's body was cremated and a memorial service will be held in Wesley
later this year for his family and friends.

Memorials in Don's name may be directed to the Wesley Community
Church, Wesley, Iowa.

Lavon Irene Hain
June 4, 1924 - January 24, 2013

Lavon Irene Hain, 88, Mason City, Iowa, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at
the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.

A Funeral Service was held Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 at the Immanuel
Reformed United Church of Christ, Klemme, Iowa, with Rev. Donna Buckman officiating. Interment was at Ell Township Cemetery, Klemme. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Lavon Hain’s family.

Lavon was born June 4, 1924 near Belmond, Iowa, the daughter of Henry
and Bessie (Schmidt) Foss. She attended the rural school. She lived with her
sister and helped take care of their children near Alexander.
Lavon married Elmer Meinders on March 12, 1944 in Mason City. They
farmed northeast of Klemme until they moved to Clear Lake in 1962. She
worked in the kitchen for Halford’s Café and later Pedelty Brothers Sale Barn
in Clear Lake and Garner. In 1972 they moved to Mason City.

Lavon married Claude Hain on Nov. 28, 1981 in Ventura, Iowa, where they
resided. Claude passed away in 2001. She then moved to Kentucky Ridge
and later Good Shepherd, both in Mason City.

Lavon loved dancing, cooking, baking (she was known for her cream pies)
and working in the garden. She also enjoyed playing cards, camping, fishing,
garage sales and auctions. She belonged to the ODO Club in Hancock

Lavon is survived by three children, Linda (Roger) Beier, Byron, Minn.,
Richard Meinders Sr., Manly, Iowa, Larry (Lorri) Meinders, Mason
City; stepchildren, Mary (Larry) Nutting, Aitkin, Minn., Shirley Hain, Mason
City, and Joan Jones, Kansas City, Mo.; 13 grandchildren, Amy, Nancy,
Bryan, Paula, Richard Jr., Jay, Joshua, Shayne, Tiffany, Heidi, Megan, Hilary
and Cody; 14 step-grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-
great grandchildren.

Lavon was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Elmer Meinders
(1980) and Claude Hain (2001); three siblings, Roy Foss, Donald Foss and
Leona Blau; two step-children, Marshall Hain and Clara Frank; and step son-
in-law, Gene Jones.

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

Posted on 30 January 2013 by Jay Lehmann

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