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March 15, 1924 - April 24, 2013

Maxine Jean Shropshire, 89, of Clear Lake, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at her residence. Memorial Services were held on Saturday, April 27, at the Galilean Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, with Pastor Scot McCluskey officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at Elmwood Cemetery, Forest City, Iowa. Family suggest memorials to the Maxine Jean Shropshire Memorial Fund.

Maxine was born March 15, 1924 the daughter of Andrew and Laura (Johnson) Moen at Forest City.

Maxine graduated from Forest City High School in 1942. She was a teacher in country schools in rural Thompson, Iowa, and Forest City for four years. Maxine married Glenn Shropshire on March 4, 1944 at Thompson.

Maxine enjoyed crafts, flowers, homemaking, and operating her clothing store, Country Closet, in her basement. She was a member of Galilean Lutheran Church, Bible Study, Church Council and was the organizer of the church funeral lunches for many years.

Maxine is survived by her husband, Glenn Shropshire; four children, Larry (Gail) Shropshire, Fertile, Iowa, Judy (Ron) McGrath, Hiawatha, Iowa, Susan (Wayne) Foreman, Sheffield, Iowa, and Randy Shropshire, Clear Lake; sister, Virginia Schmidt, Forest City; 10 grandchildren, Chad (Misty) Shropshire, Garner, Iowa, Heather Burt, Kingman, Ariz., Vance Shropshire, Kingman, Ariz., Darcie McGrath, Marion, Iowa, Sean McGrath, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Troy (Rachel) Foreman, Waverly, Iowa, Scott (Jeri) Foreman, Hampton,
Iowa, Sarah (Charlie) Shirk, Hampton, Ryan (Taryn) Shropshire, Olathe, Kan., Amanda Shropshire, San Antonio, Texas; 19 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Clyde Buckley; sister, Viola Buckley; and brother, Obert Moen.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.
December 28, 1926 - April 25, 2013

Marlys R. McCluskey, 86, of Rushford, Minn., died on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.

The funeral service was on Monday, April 29, at the Trinity Fellowship ELCA Church in Rushford, with the Rev. Kristin Rice officiating. Burial was on Tuesday, April 30, in the Bergen Cemetery in Lester Prairie, Minn. The family prefers memorials directed to the Trinity Fellowship ELCA Church.

Born Marlys Rae Anderson on Dec. 28, 1926 in Hutchinson, Minn., to Alvin and Olive (Benjamin) Anderson. Marlys was raised on the family Century farm south of Lester Prairie, Minn. She was proud that the farm has been in the family since 1856, saying, "The only people to live on the land were the Indians and the Andersons." The land acquisition paperwork was signed by Abraham Lincoln. She started her formal education in "country school" down the road from the family farm, later graduating from Lester Prairie High School. She attended St. Cloud State College, graduating with a two year teaching degree in 1947, and later with a four year teaching degree from Winona State.

Marlys' first teaching job was in Rush City, Minn. On her first day in Rush City she met Robert McCluskey, a city boy from St. Paul, Minn. They were married on Aug. 15, 1948. To this union were born three children, Lynn, Dean and Scot. Marlys and Bob moved to Rushford, in June,1963 as publishers of the Tri County Record newspaper. Marlys was a teacher. She taught in Rush City and Rushford for a total of 43 years.

She loved helping young people learn. One of her great joys was seeing former students succeed.

Marlys liked to keep busy. Sewing, cooking, baking crafts and woodworking were her favorite activities. She liked to travel, including a trip to the original family farm in Norway. She was a Minnesota Twins fan, and her favorite player was Harmon Killebrew. Marlys was an active member in a number of organizations, including: Eastern Star, Federated Women's Club, Legion Auxiliary, Red Hats, the Knitting Club and the Birthday Club. She was a member of Trinity Fellowship Church in Rushford. Marlys spent the last seven and a half years at Bremmer Suites and the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home.

Marlys is survived by her three children, Lynn (Russell) Drinkall of Winthrop, Minn., Dean (Julia) McCluskey of Winona, Minn., and Scot (Melinda) McCluskey of Clear Lake; sister, Donna Lemke; two granddaughters, Sharylyn (Scot) Pioske and Anna McCluskey; four great-grandchildren, Morgan, Parker, Will and Dana Pioske; sisters-in-law, Helen McCluskey, Lois Anderson and Louise Anderson; many nieces and nephews; and some of the best friends anyone could ask for.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 1987; her parents, Alvin and Olive Anderson; brothers, Glen and Warren Anderson; sisters-in-law, Katherine Ricci and Rose Marie Blossfield; and brothers-in-law, Harold Lemke, Paul Blossfield and William McCluskey; nieces, Mary Blossfield, Beth Nelson and Diane Anderson; and by a nephew, David Ricci.

We're closing the same way Marlys closed each day, with the words to an old song that Bob recited to her every night for 40 years, "Sweetheart, may God bless you, angel hands caress you. While sweet dreams rest you, dear old pal of mine."

Posted on 1 May 2013

May 25, 1925 - April 29, 2013 

Marian O. Bartleson, 87, of Clear Lake died Monday, April 29, 2013 at the Britt Medical Center in Britt, Iowa. A funeral service for Marian will be held 1:00pm, Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church, 112 N. 4th Street, Clear Lake with the Reverend Derek Yarian officiating. Burial will follow in the Clear Lake Cemetery. A visitation with a public viewing will be held from 11am to 1pm, Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the church. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake.

Marian Olive Bartleson, daughter of Harold and Laura (Bosworth) Balmer was born May 25, 1925 in Corwith, Iowa. She attended many schools before graduating from Corwith High School. Following her education she taught at a country school for a year. On March 31, 1946, she was united in marriage to Carl Bartleson and to this union, three children were born: Jerry, Carlene, and Linda.

Marian and Carl made their home in Clear Lake where she was a homemaker all of her life. She loved to do crossword and jigsaw puzzles, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Marian was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake and was active in the church circle for many years.

She is survived by her two daughters, Carlene (Richard) Voortmann, Garner, IA and Linda Straube, Longmont , Colorado; daughter-in-law, Betsy (Tim) Holden; grandchildren, Jeramy (Kathleen) Voortmann, Kim Martin, Beth Bartleson, Tom (Patty) Straube, Jon Straube, Dan Bartleson, Amanda (Mike) Crepeau and Kirsten (Dave) Doebel, 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred (Bob) Wilkins; brother, Russel (Marilyn) Balmer; half sister, Dorothy Lunsford; two half brothers, Harold and Carl Balmer; sister-in-law, Rainy Bartleson along with many nieces, nephews, and her family at the Meadows.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Carl (1994); son, Jerry; sisters, Vonnie Lynch and Neva Bendlage and brother-in-laws, Bob Lynch, Ben Bartleson, and John Bendlage.


Janis C. Joslyn, age 85, of Clear Lake, passed away on April 30, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Tom Joslyn; daughter, Jane (Todd)
Gruis of Clear Lake; sons, Tom (Susann) of Kailua, Hawaii, Dr. Paul
(Theresa) of LaCrosse, Wis., and James (Pamela) of Muscatine, Iowa;
grandchildren, Michael and Thomas Gruis, Sarah and Elizabeth Joslyn,
Jennifer, Ann, Grant, and Katharine Joslyn, and Eli Joslyn; and sister, Karen Ausenhus of Omaha, Neb.

Janis was preceded in death by her parents, Eli and Eleanor Colby; a
brother, John Eli Colby; and a grandson, Giles Joslyn.

Janis graduated from Hanlontown High School, Colorado Woman’s
College, and the University of Iowa where she was a member of the Gamma
Phi Beta Sorority. After graduation from college, and her marriage to Tom, Janis taught school in Iowa City while Tom finished dental college. They moved to Clear Lake in 1953. She was devoted to her husband Tom, four children, and 10 grandchildren.

While living in Clear Lake she was a member of 21st Century Club and
St. John’s Episcopal Church in Mason City, and she was a past member of
P.E.O. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, playing bridge, the lake, and their home in Florida.

The family would welcome a contribution in her memory to Hospice of
North Iowa, 232 2nd St. NE, Mason City, IA 50401 or a charity of choice.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

July 3, 1925 - April 25, 2013

Charles Howard King passed away on April 25, 2013, at the age of 87, following a brief illness.

Born July 3, 1925, near Pleasanton, Iowa, he was currently a resident of Gulf Shores, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Golda King, sister Florence Brown and niece Kay Brown.

He is survived by his wife, Jan Loynachan King; daughter-in-law Kim King of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughter Renee’ Jones (Stephen E.) of Gulf Shores, Ala.; grandsons David King and Ryan King of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and grandson Samuel Washington of Gulf Shores, Ala., and many longtime friends.

Charlie grew up in Leon, Iowa, graduated high school there in 1943 and traveled as a trombone player in the Jack Cole Band for a short time before being drafted into the U.S. Army at the outbreak of World War II. He served from 1943 until 1947 in France, Germany and Austria in the Cavalry and Armored Division.

Following his discharge from the Army, Charlie was elected as county auditor of Decatur County, Iowa, at the age of 20, too young to vote for himself in the election. He attended Drake University, was inducted as a member of the Order of the Coif, and received his law degree in 1953.

He enjoyed a long career as an attorney in Marshalltown, Iowa, serving seven years of it as county attorney. Following his retirement from practice, he served as a judicial magistrate in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa.

He was a former member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Marshalltown Optimist Club, where he also served as a past president, American Legion, Elmwood Country Club, All Vets Golf Course and a lifetime member of the VFW.

Charlie was an avid golfer, scoring five hole-in-one certificates. He also enjoyed strumming his guitar, learning new songs over many decades and putting together quite a repertoire with which he enjoyed entertaining friends and family. A love of playing pool began in his teen years and carried through his life. In his later years could be found playing regularly at After Ours in Gulf Shores.

A Celebration of Life service was held Monday, April 29, at 2 p.m. at Pine Rest Funeral Home in Foley, Ala.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorials to be directed to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, located at 1204 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores AL 36542, the United Services Organization, or Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Research.

October 27, 1935 - May 5, 2013

Valores E. "Val" Young, 77, of Clear Lake, Iowa died Sunday May 5, 2013 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa surrounded by her family.

Do to her wishes she has been cremated and a Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held in the near future. Family has established memorial fund at Clear Lake Bank and Trust, so she can continue to give to the community she loved.

Valores was born Oct. 27, 1935 in Mason City, Iowa the daughter of Leland and Delavin (Andrews) Guldberg. She graduated from Thornton High School, Thornton, Iowa in 1953. She married Russell Young Jan. 30, 1954 at the Methodist Church Parsonage, Clear Lake, Iowa. For over 59 years they have celebrated their lives together in Clear Lake where they raised their three sons Randy, Rick and Ron.

She began her retail career at Fareway Foods, before joining her mother-in-law Jenny Young in running Oluf T. Hansen's for over thirty plus years, where she got to know many of Clear Lake and area residents. Her grandchildren were always amazed that when she walked down the street everyone knew their grandmother. To her, a stranger was someone she just had not yet had a chance to talk to.

Valores was an active member of the Clear Lake Chamber and was Grand Marshall of the Fourth July parade in 2005. She helped Mad Hatter with getting Buddy Holly Tribute started, renaming the street, maintaining the park on 8th and Main, Iowa State Fair Singers; Ridiculous Days, Fourth of July, Santa House and she was very passionate about Clear Lake, Main Street and small business in the area, working hard to develop programs and events that enhanced Clear Lake as a place to live and visit.

Valores was on the founding committee of the Christmas By the Lake. She worked year round on the first years to insure it was a first class contribution to our town. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, knitting, doing great adventures with family, dancing, reading, listening to 50?s music and especially playing with the grandkids. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She will be dearly missed by her friends and family. The family would like to thank Carson Home Care, IOOF Home and Hospice of North Iowa for their care and support in helping Valores over the last year with her Alzheimer's battle.

Valores is survived by her husband Russell Young, Clear Lake, Iowa; three children Randy (Kim) Young, Clear Lake, Iowa, Rick (Jeri) Young, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Ron Young, Clear Lake, Iowa; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Gwynn Coyle.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, Iowa 641-357-2193

January 10, 1957 - May 5, 2013

Jerry L. Toppin, 56, of Ventura, Iowa died at his home.

Funeral services will be 10:30a.m. Friday May 10, 2013 at the St. John Lutheran Church, rural Garner, Iowa with Rev. Carl Hedberg officiating. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery, rural Garner, Iowa. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 p.m.-7:00p.m. at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake and then one hour before the service on Friday at the church. Family suggests memorials to St John Lutheran Church in memory of Jerry Toppin.

Jerry was born January 10, 1957 in Mason City, Iowa the son of Wayne and Ardith (Hollatz) Toppin. He grew up in rural Ventura area and graduated from Ventura High School in 1975 and continued his education at N.I.A.C.C...

He moved to Waterloo and worked as a surveyor and later moved back to Mason City and worked for Cell-U-Byte and then for Oehlert Construction. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends; playing on the church softball team and following sports.

One of his favorite saying was "Take One Day at a Time". He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, rural Garner where he was baptized and confirmed. He served as a trustee and usher at the church.

Jerry is survived by his parents Wayne and Ardith Toppin, Clear Lake, Iowa; his three siblings Gene (Dana) Toppin, Clear Lake, Iowa, Jack (Cheryl) Toppin, Garner, Iowa and Susan Toppin, West Des Moines, Iowa; nieces and nephew Andrea Toppin, Ames, Iowa, Joel Toppin, Clear Lake, Iowa and Nicole Toppin, Garner, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Harlan and Doris Toppin and Henry and Bertha Hollatz.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, Iowa. 641-357-2193

Posted on 15 May 2013

August 25, 1939 - May 5, 2013

Gloria Dean Goerish, 73, Clear Lake, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at her home.

A funeral mass for Gloria will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 10, 2013, at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1001 9th Ave. South., Clear Lake. Burial will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Thursday with a scriptural wake service at 6:30 P.M. at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 North 4th Street, Clear Lake. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

The family of Gloria's would like to request that those wishing to give a memorial in her memory may wish to consider memorials to the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association, 2801 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32608.

Gloria D. (Carl) Goerish was born on August 25, 1939, in Belle Plaine, Iowa, the daughter of Glen Albert and Clara Marie (Haech) Carl. During her growing up years she worked at the local drive thru and then worked at the local movie theater. Growing up she loved to go to the local skating rink when she was in junior high school where she met the love of her life ?Baldy?. While in high school, she met him again while she was working at the movie theater and on a cold winter night he gave her a ride home and they just continued their dating. After she graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1957, she moved to MN. Gloria worked at Hopkins, MN as a nanny and then moved to New Ulm, MN where she worked in the John Oster Manufacturing Plant. Gloria was united in marriage to Gerald Goerish on August 11, 1958, the love of her life, and they moved to Ludwigsburg, Germany where their daughter Annalisa was born. In 1960, they returned to the states. They resided in Sanborn, MN, were two more daughters were born, Gerene and Patti, and after their births, they returned to Clear Lake to reside where a son Jim joined the family. Gloria started working in retail and worked at the Ben Franklin, was manager of The Clothes Chute, worked at the Gallery 3619, The Fabric Store, Martha?s Maid Rite, Burger King and then The Dollar General Store. Gloria worked a total of over 40 years in retail stores.

Gloria loved being around people and continue to do so until she got Trigeminal Neuralgia which confined her mostly to her home. She was an advocate for this disease and started a support group in the Mason City area and was the support contact and telephone contact for the state of Iowa.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Jerry Goerish of Clear Lake; her four children, and six grandchildren, daughter, Annalisa (Butch) Marshall of Coulter, and their children, Jason and Neil Marshall, daughter, Gerene (Mike) Farrell of St. Charles, Iowa and their children, Michelle (Jon) Anderson, and Savanah Farrell, daughter, Patti Goerish and special friend Mike of Mason City, and son, Jim (Wendy) Goerish ; and Jim's sons, John Goerish and fiancé Jen or "Squirt" as Gloria called her and Robert Goerish; and Wendy's son, Zach Karlson; and great-grandson, Ryder Goerish. Also left to cherish her memory are brothers Dean Carl of Belle Plaine, Iowa, and Larry Carl and his fiancé Linda of Atkins, Iowa, and Nona Paulsen and special friend Roger, of Rockwell, Iowa; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Louis Goerish, Ed (LeiLani) Goerish, Elly (Frank) Trebesch, Bev and (Sal )Windschitl, Charlie (Sandy) Goerish, Bev Goerish, and Tom Goerish and special friend Diane; many nieces, nephews; and a lot of very special friends and the special people of the Trigeminal Neuralgia support groups that have been there for her over the years.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; Father and mother-in-law, Albert and Thelma Goerish; brother-in-law, Roger Goerish; and a sister-in-law, Caroline Carl; and many friends she cherished so much and other family members.

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

May 6, 1939 - May 4, 2013

Charles W. McManigal (“C.W.”), age 73, long-time Mason City attorney, died peacefully and with dignity at his home following a lengthy illness on May, 4, 2013.

His devoted wife, Nancy, was at his side, as well as family. A Celebration of Life will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, May, 10, 2013 at the Historic Park Inn Hotel, 15 West State Street, Mason City, Iowa. At approximately 5 p.m. there will be a time designated for prayer, eulogies and tributes. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Greater Iowa Alzheimer’s Association, 1730 28th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266, Phone 515.440.2722 Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 2386 244th Street, Ventura, Iowa 50482.

Charles W. McManigal was born on May 6, 1939, in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Fay and Irene (Brooks) McManigal. He was raised on a farm in Glenwood, Iowa, and graduated from Glenwood High School in 1957, where he was a standout athlete in basketball and football. On June 14, 1959, he married his high school sweetheart, Sharidon June Evans and to that union three children were born: Mark, John and Mary. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from the University of Iowa in 1960 and earned his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1963. C.W. joined the law firm of Westfall, Laird and Burington in 1963 and became a partner in 1967. He developed a successful law practice with an emphasis in labor law, both private and public sectors. He greatly enjoyed collective bargaining and representing many north Iowa school districts. He was most proud of having practiced for 41 years at the same law firm. C.W. considered community service to be a privilege, and not a duty. He served on the Board of Directors of Liberty Bank & Trust, as Chairman of Mason City United Way, as a Director and President of Good Shepard Geriatric Center, and as President of the Iowa State Council of School Board Attorneys. C.W. developed a love for the game of golf and achieved a high level of success competitively. More than the game of golf, he enjoyed the great many friendships he developed through the sport at the Mason City Country Club and Rice Lake Golf and Country Club. On October 30, 2003, he married Nancy C. (Halvorson) Fandel, and he gained another son, Joe. He and Nancy lived in Ventura Heights with JoJo Junior, Sissy, Cooper and other furry friends. Nancy provided unparalleled love and care for him in their home until his death. He could not have asked for more love and comfort in his last days. During his life, he made countless friends and touched numerous lives through his work and love for people. His friendships were life-long and steadfast, such as the relationship he had until the present day with Glenwood childhood friend, Wendell Filkins. C.W.’s wry sense of humor and quick wit were ever-present in his interactions with people. These traits were the very way he demonstrated his affection for others. He lived his life fully and he achieved much success; however, his family was his true pride and joy. While he will be missed, his spirit lives on through all the lives he impacted during his time on earth.

His life and spirit are celebrated by his surviving family; his wife Nancy; son Mark McManigal of Corona del Mar, California; son John McManigal and his wife, Caroline, of Mason City; daughter Mary McManigal of Thousand Oaks, California; and step-son Joe Fandel and his wife, Ashley, of Urbandale, Iowa, as well as his favorite nephew and niece, Steven McManigal of Moline, Illinois and Susan McManigal of Montclair, New Jersey, and his mother-in-law, Mavis Halvorson Olson of Lake Mills, Iowa.

He was cherished by his grandchildren, Reed McManigal of Iowa City, Iowa; Paige Akins and her husband, Jay, of Irvine, California; Morgan McManigal of Mason City, Iowa; Britt Burnett of Thousand Oaks, California; Quentin Kantaris and his wife, Chelsea, of Flagstaff, Arizona; Callie Schoening of Thousand Oaks, California; Holden and Sawyer Fandel of Urbandale, Iowa; and great-grandchildren Alexa and Karter Rothfus of Thousand Oaks, California.

C.W. was preceded in death by his parents Fay and Irene McManigal, and his brother, Judson McManigal.
The family would also like to make special mention of Hospice of North Iowa for the incredible care and compassionate friendship they provided to Charles and Nancy, particularly Teresa Jensen Brandau and Paula Squier.

November 21, 1922 - May 6, 2013

Richard R. Lashier, 90, 202 North Lakeview Dr., Clear Lake, IA died Monday, May 6, 2013 at his home.

A Celebration of Life will be held 1:30 PM, Friday, May 10, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church, 112 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, IA with Rev. Dean Hess officiating.

Greetings with friends and family will be Thursday, May 9, at Zion Lutheran Church Friendship Room from 5:30 - 8:00 PM and one hour preceding the service at the church.

Richard Roe Lashier was born November 21, 1922 in Early, Iowa to Roe and Meda (Shull) Lashier. He attended and graduated from Early High School. His love for athletics began in Junior High and continued through High School and college at Buena Vista in Storm Lake, Iowa. He was captain of both his college football and basketball teams in his final year.

He met Arlene, his wife of 69 years, at Buena Vista and they were married June 4th, 1944. The union was blessed with four children; daughter Jan and Jim Baller, son Jack and Kathy Lashier, daughter Sue and Cal Kolling and son Bob and Anne Lashier. He began his career as a high school teacher and coach at Rembrandt, Iowa, and also began work on his Master's Degree at the University of Wisconsin during the summers. He also earned an Administrative Specialist Degree at Drake University.

During 13 years at Lytton, Iowa, he served as teacher, coach, Principal, and Superintendent. In 1958 he became Superintendent of Schools at Jefferson, Iowa and served 9 years there. The last 18 years of his career he was Superintendent at Clear Lake. He retired in 1985. He served on many professional, civic and church committees through the years.

He especially enjoyed being a member of the Iowa High School Athletic Association's Board of Control for 10 years. He was a highly respected athletic official and officiated at numerous State Tournaments. He had a lifelong passion for playing golf and enjoyed traveling with friends & family. He especially loved Clear Lake and its many activities.

He is survived by his wife Arlene, his four children, 9 grandsons and 1 granddaughter, 19 great grandchildren, his sister Eloise, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Clear Lake Community School Foundation or the Iowa Hall of Pride, and sent to the family at 202 N. Lakeview Drive, Clear Lake, IA 50428. Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, IA 50428 (641)357-2193

August 29, 1920 - May 8, 2013

Dorothy D. (Greimann) Anderson, 92, of Ventura died Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the I.O.O.F. Home in Mason City.

Funeral services will be held 2 P.M., Saturday, May 11th at Faith Lutheran Church in Miller with Rose Visser, lay pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Ellington Prairie Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Friday at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, 160 E. 4th St., Garner and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.

Dorothy Dena Anderson, the daughter of Rev. Herman and Caroline (Haberkamp) Greimann, was born August 29, 1920 at Schaller, Iowa. She graduated from Garner High School in 1937 and continued her education at Waldorf College where she received her teaching certificate. Dorothy taught in the rural schools from 1938 to 1942. On August 29, 1942 she was married to Robert "Norm" Anderson at Peace Reformed Church south of Garner. During the time that Robert spent in the Air Force they lived in Virginia, South Carolina and Kansas. They farmed northwest of Ventura from 1947 to 1997 where they raised their six children. After the children were in school, for ten years Dorothy was the manager of Prairie View Apartments in Garner. In 2002, she moved from the Anderson farm home to Prairie View Apartments. Her hobbies included gardening, quilting, cooking, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school, Bible School and was active in the women's WELCA. She also volunteered at the Clear Lake Care Center for many years.

Dorothy is survived by her five children, Carolyn (Dave) Luscomb of Clear Lake, Robert Anderson, Jr. of Ventura, Jacqueline (Robert) Mathewson of Littleton, CO, Thomas (Kathy) Anderson of Tempe, AZ and Gregory (Julie) Anderson of Edina, MN; a son-in-law, Steven Schultz of Coralville, IA; grandchildren, Brett Luscomb, Jody Luscomb, Andrew (Rachael) Luscomb and their two children, Parker and Taylor, Christina (Jenn) Tolentino and their three children, Leo, Anthony and Ariana, Robert Anderson III, Alan Anderson, Ryan Anderson, Aaron Anderson, Brian Mathewson, Kimberly Mathewson, Eric (Anna) Anderson and their two children, Lauren and Riley, Karis Anderson, Justin Anderson, Mark Anderson, Jonathan (Jaime) Schultz, Scott Anderson, Katherine Anderson and Margaret Anderson; a sister-in-law, Carrie Greiman, of Garner; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, Anna Greimann Huenemann; husband, Norman, Feb. 17, 2001; daughter, Jill Schultz; two granddaughters, Allison and Emily Anderson; brothers, Curtis and Eugene Greimann; sisters, Adeline Carothers and Charlotte Swanson; sisters-in-law, Ruth and Doris Greimann, Marion Anderson, Vivian Anderson, Ruth Greimann and Doris Greimann; and brothers-in-law, Charles Carothers, Leonard Swanson, Bert Anderson, Lester Anderson, Earl Anderson and "Bud" Greiman.


December 21, 1952 - May 11, 2013

Carol J. (Schulz) Korth, 60, of Ventura passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 11, 2013 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, May 15th at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ventura with the Rev. Dr. Brian Saunders and the Rev. Dr. Byron Northwick officiating. Burial will be in the Ventura Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 P.M., Tuesday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ventura and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.

The Carol Korth Memorial Fund has been established for those wishing to honor her memory.

Carol Jean Schulz, the daughter of Erwin and Gina (Thompson) Schulz, was born on December 21, 1952, in Watertown, South Dakota. She grew up in Waubay, South Dakota, graduating from Waubay High School in 1971. She received her LPN degree from Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, South Dakota in 1972. Following graduation, she was employed by Bethesda Lutheran Home in Watertown, Wisconsin, where she met her future husband, the Rev. Daird W. Korth. She also worked as a nurse at Shorehaven in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. She was united in marriage to Rev. Korth on July 16, 1977 at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Watertown, Wisconsin. Following their wedding, the couple moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana where she served as a nurse at Parnell Park Nursing Home. Carol spent one year with her husband in Algona where Rev. Korth vicared at Trinity Lutheran Church, and welcomed the birth of their first son, Nicholas in 1979. The couple moved to Ventura in 1981 to serve at Redeemer Lutheran Church, and welcomed the birth of their second son, Christopher in 1983. Carol spent 32 years as a devoted Pastor's wife, and was involved in nearly every aspect of the church. She served as the Assistant Director and Preschool teacher of Redeemer Daycare & Preschool for many years. She was the High School Bible Class teacher, Midweek School teacher, Women of Worship (WOW) member, LWML member, and affectionately referred to as "Pastor Mom" by many who knew her. Carol was famous for her cooking and baking, which was enjoyed by many friends, family, and guests who regularly stopped by. She was an avid gardener, loved sewing, and especially spending time with many friends and family. She was a loving mother of her two boys, Nicholas and Christopher, of whom she was most proud.

Left to cherish her memory, is her husband of 35 years, Daird; sons Nicholas (Jodi) Korth of Omaha, NE; Christopher (Catherine) Korth of North Liberty, Iowa; sister Margaret (Jack) Willard of Clear Lake, SD; nieces and nephews, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gina and Erwin Schulz.

Posted on 25 May 2013

December 19, 1953 - May 12, 2013

Susan Jane (Draper) Graham, age 59, of Garner, Iowa, died Sunday, May 12, 2013 at her home in Garner, surrounded by her loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Belmond United Methodist Church, Belmond, Iowa. The Reverend Cindy Morrison was officiating. Burial was in the Belmond Cemetery. Those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial in Susan's memory may send to Ron Graham, 620 Goll's Drive, Garner, IA 50438.

Susan Jane Draper, the daughter of Virgil and Opal (Nolte) Draper, was born Dec. 19, 1953 in Clarion, Iowa. She was the youngest of five children which included her siblings, Gary, Diane, Janice, and Marilyn. Susan attended Belmond Community Schools and received her G.E.D. , graduating with the Class of 1971.

Susan was united in marriage to Craig Boyington. The couple's union was blessed with two children, Stephanie and Chad. They were later divorced.

Susan was united in marriage to Ron Graham, her life partner and best friend for the next 21 years on Oct. 19, 1991 at Garner. Their family grew to five total children, as Ron's three sons, Denny, Matt, and Cory became siblings to Stephanie and Chad.

Throughout her entire life, Susan enjoyed her role as a mother and later a grandma relishing any opportunity or occasion that meant spending time with family. She looked forward to holiday gatherings and times spent with her siblings and their families. Keeping in touch with her family and their activities was a priority.

Her family remembers the great times they had with Susan and Ron on getaways to Adventureland and float trips to Apple River. She also looked forward to quiet times with her husband, Ron, and their outings to an area casino or a "spur of the moment" adventure to an unknown destination. Favorite past times included working word searches, crossword, gardening, canning, cooking and the comforts of a good book. Susan had been active in bowling in earlier years in various leagues, including couple's events with Ron.

Susan's smile and laugh would be at their best when she was able to lay on the floor with her grand kids for a precious time of playing UNO, puzzles, and board games. Susan and Ron enjoyed Sunday morning breakfast at Mat's Place, and she also looked forward to her daily times spent with her sister, Marilyn, watching the Bold & Beautiful.

In addition to being a full time home maker, Susan worked outside the home. She had managed the Garner V.F.W. from 1989-1999. After some health issues she then returned to the work force again in 2001, as she was employed with White Transfer & Storage in Forest City, Iowa, where she worked until Nov. of 2012, when her cancer diagnoses forced her early retirement. Her years at White's were much more than a career, as she truly looked forward to the daily camaraderie and friendships that were a part of the office full of ladies titled in fun as the "Hen House!"

Susan's family and friends will remember her as a hardworking lady, who loved others and looked forward to the simple pleasures of life's journey. In recent months, they saw her true strength and ferocious spirit at its best as she battled valiantly against the enemy and effects of cancer with dignity and perseverance.

Her legacy will be cherished in the hearts and minds of her surviving family and friends including her husband and partner, Ron Graham, Garner; daughter, Stephanie (Nick) Reighard, Dows, Iowa, and children, Whitney and Jose Reighard, Ashlynn, and Jenna McCallum; son, Chad (Darci) Boyington, Klemme, Iowa; and Ron's sons, Denny (Beverly) Graham, Keller, Texas, and their children, Kayle and Riley; Matt (Mary) Graham, Garner, and their children, Maddie and Mason; and Cory (Danielle) Graham, Garner, and their children, Morgan, Jared, Trevor, and Kyle; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Aiden; Susan's siblings, Gary Draper, Randall, Iowa, Diane (David) Lieberknecht, Belmond, Iowa, Janice Draper, Clear Lake, and Marilyn Hanson, Klemme; also many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Irene Draper, and Edwin and Daisy Nolte; uncles, Keith and Ken Nolte, Ernest Story, Gerald Draper, and Keith Voight; aunt, Valva Draper; also cousins, Linda Whipple, Kathy Draper, Nancy Draper, Timothy Draper, Keith Nolte, Jr. and Johnny Voight.


Marna "Peggy" Ruth (Neuberger) Herman, age 71, of Brownsville, Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at her home after nearly 11 years of battling cancer.

A church service was held Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Klemme, Iowa. Marna was born to William and Emma Neuburger on June 21, 1941 in Cerro Gordo County near Klemme.

As a child, she accepted Jesus as her Savior, graduated from Ventura High school in 1959 and united in marriage to Elwyn L. Herman on Aug. 28, 1960. In this union three children were born, Carol, Michael and Deborah. Marna started working for the Brownsville Herald for one year, later becoming an Avon Sales representative, a substitute teacher and eventually a bookkeeper for her husband's business.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Jaycees, Women's Christian Group and enjoyed playing Bunco once a month with her friends. She showed love and devotion to her husband and children by taking an active role throughout their lives. She attended various school activities, volunteered as a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader and was always available to listen.

As a daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother, you could depend on her in times of need and support. She was a person of generosity, integrity and strong-will.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Elwyn; daughter, Carol (Larry) Stephens of Lockhart, Texas; grandsons, Tyler and Colby Hearn both of Texas, and Matthew Herman (Michael's son) of Texas; daughter, Deborah (Todd) Schippers and grandchildren, Rebecca, Trent, and Elaine of Monroe, Iowa; two brothers, William "Bill" (Madonna) Neuberger of Klemme, and David (Judy) Neuberger of Garner, Iowa; and four sisters, Marie Jurgens of Latimer, Iowa, Margaret Parrett of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Marilyn Cox of West Des Moines, Iowa; Marcia (Mike) Evans of Thompson, Iowa; and sister-in-law, Mary (Robert) Jackson of Virginia; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Emma; in-laws, Glen and Maurine Herman; a son, Michael; a sister, Marlys Luscombe; three brother-in-laws, Arnold Miller, Paul Jurgens, and Guy Luscombe; and two nephews, David Neuberger and Therron Miller.

Andrews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

April 16, 1947 - May 13, 2013

Mary Ann Kopacek, 66, of Opportunity Village in Clear Lake died Monday, May 13, 2013 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Funeral services will be held 11 A.M., Thursday, May 16th at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Britt with Fr. Jerry Kopacek officiating. Burial will be at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Duncan.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday at the Cataldo Funeral Home in Britt with a Scriptural wake service at 7 P.M. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Opportunity Village in Clear Lake or Hospice of North Iowa.

Mary Ann Kopacek, the daughter of Raymond and Dorothy (Trca) Kopacek, was born April 16, 1947 at Britt. She lived with her parents on their farm south of Duncan until 1976 when she moved to Handicap Village in Clear Lake now known as Opportunity Village. Mary Ann spent her summers at Camp Sunnyside in Des Moines and Camp Courageous in Monticello. She loved spending time with her family, emailing friends and family, writing poetry in the computer lab at Opportunity Village and being outdoors.

She attended St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Clear Lake.

Mary Ann is survived by her sister, Bonnie Pals of Britt; two brothers, Tom (Jenny) Kopacek of Blaine, MN and Fr. Jerry Kopacek of Waterloo; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews; also her friends at Opportunity Village.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Bev Hiscocks.


May 26, 1925 - May 14, 2013

Ardis Sheimo, 87, of Fertile, Iowa died Tuesday May 14, 2013 at the Good Samaritan, Forest City, Iowa. Celebration of her Life will be 10:30a.m. Saturday May 18, 2013 at the Fertile Church of Christ, Fertile, Iowa with Pastor Rob Perry officiating. Inurnment will be in Brush Point Cemetery, rural Fertile, Iowa. Family will greet friends one hour before the service. Family suggests memorials to Ardis Sheimo Memorial fund in lieu of flowers.

Ardis was born May 26, 1925 to Lewis and Agnes (Tweed) Suby. She graduated from Fertile High School, attended Waldorf College and radiology training in Minneapolis General Hospital and became a registered X-Ray technician. She worked in three different states as a technician. She worked part time at Younkers, then Park Clinic Medical for 20 years, retiring in 1993.

Ardis married Dick Sheimo June 30, 1949 at Fertile Lutheran Church and lived in Fertile all their married life. After Dick passed away at 1995, she spent the winters in Sun City, AZ with Clarence and Iona Mae Alexander her aunt.

She felt so fortunate to be privileged to travel to all the U.S. states (except Alaska) and 10 countries in Europe and all providences of Canada.

She loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She taught music and gave object lessons for years to Sunday School Children. She sang in church choir, duets and small groups. She was also “Cub” Scout Leader. She loved her family, many friends, good music, humor and traveling.

She is survived by her son Tom and his wife Nance, her granddaughter Trisca and her husband Jameson Mayberry; sister Judy (Jim) Gilbertson of Ackley, IA, brother Dean (Katherine) of Lakewood, CO, sister-in-law Zelda Suby (Richard) Petersen of Surprise, AZ, aunt Iona Mae (Clarence) Alexander, Lake Villa, IL, aunt June Tweed, Britt, IA; many nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dick and brother Don.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, IA 50428 (641)357-2193

September 5, 1941 - May 17, 2013  

Thomas John DeWilde, 71, 4144 South Shore Dr., Clear Lake, IA passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, Friday, May 17, 2013.

A funeral service will be held 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake with Rev. Dennis Ganz officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 – 10:30 AM preceding the service. Memorials may be given to the Thomas J. DeWilde Memorial Fund.

Tom was born September 5, 1941 in Mason City, IA, the son of Nicholas A. and Katherine (Riehm) DeWilde. He graduated from Mason City High School in 1959 and attended Mason City Junior College. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Mason City, and was a member of the Iowa Army National Guard for six years.

Tom and Sandra Allen were married January 3, 1963. Tom owned and operated DeWilde Auto Service in Mason City which was started by his father in 1932. Tom enjoyed his lake home, boating, reading and doing yard work. It was a place he could relax while sitting on the deck enjoying his family
Tom loved his Canadian fishing trips and Muskie fishing. The family took annual trips to northern Minnesota and Canada, which was time well spent with their children and grandchildren. They also own a home in Bonita Springs, FL where they enjoy not only the weather, but visits from Sandy’s father, children, grandchildren, and friends

Tom is survived by his wife Sandra DeWilde, Clear Lake, IA; Tamara (Daniel) Kroc, Libertyville, IL, and Jason DeWilde, Ankeny, IA; grandchildren Ashley and Kelly Kroc and Ellen, Tommy and Andy DeWilde; sister Carolyn (Jerry) Pringle, Mason City, IA, cousin Lois (Harry) Robbins, Garner, IA, father-in-law Frank Allen, Charles City, IA and brother-in-law Scott (Kathy) Allen, Des Moines, IA.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents Nicholas and Katherine DeWilde; and mother-in-law Wilma Allen.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, IA 50428 (641)357-2193

February 18, 1926 - May 18, 2013

James H. “Jim” Heine, 87, of Clear Lake, died Saturday (May 18, 2013) at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa, in Mason City, surrounded by his loving family.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday (May 21, 2013) at the First Congregational Church, 205 W. 10th Ave. N., Clear Lake with the Rev. Brad Thornton officiating. Committal services will follow in the Clear Lake Cemetery where military honors will be provided by members of the Clear Lake V.F.W.

Visitation will be held Monday evening (May 20, 2013) at Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will continue one hour prior to Jim’s service at the church.

Should friends desire, memorials may be left in Jim’s name in care of his family, or to the First Congregational Church of Clear Lake.

James Henry Heine, son of Earl Heine and Doris Nelson Heine, was born in Mankato, Minnesota, on February 18, 1926.

Jim grew up in Grundy Center, Iowa, and graduated from Grundy Center High School in 1944. He enlisted in the Army in December of 1943 and entered active duty in July of 1944. Afterwards Jim returned to Grundy Center where he began school at Iowa State Teachers’ College in Cedar Falls, but soon joined his dad in the implement business. On August 30, 1947, Jim married Virley Ann Eilers in Grundy Center. They moved to Conrad, Iowa, where Jim managed Heine Implement, and they began raising their family. Later Jim was a manufacturers’ sales’ representative for various farm implement companies and traveled across Iowa. He always had a good story and a big smile, and despite his trepidation when he first went on the road, he was a natural and made many friends across Iowa, as well as a good living. Jim and Virley worked hard, were active in the community, and had many friends, as did their children. The house was always full and loud.
In 1967 Jim and Virley took a trip to Clear Lake to find a place to rent for the summer, and came home having bought a house on the lake. The family moved to Clear Lake and happily called it home. Jim and Virley loved entertaining their old friends from Conrad and new friends from Clear Lake. There was never a dull moment.

Virley died in 1999 and Jim and the family were devastated. But later Jim was blessed to meet and soon to marry Connie Clapsaddle of Mason City on November 8, 2004. Jim not only loved Connie, but was crazy about her children and grandchildren. She brought energy into his life again and they enjoyed some travel, dinner with the Halfords, Thorsons, and others at the Half Moon, and entertaining. Connie’s patience was immense as she learned to watch sports on TV and not visit during important putts. Connie has been a steady hand and committed caretaker to Jim the last years of his life.

Jim most enjoyed showing pictures and telling stories about his 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was an avid golfer and was proud of having shot 32 twice at the All Vets Golf Course in Clear Lake. He hated losing a quarter at the golf course more than losing $100 at the casino. He loved the Iowa Hawkeyes, and he and Virley could be found at nearly every home game on fall Saturdays in Iowa City tailgating with the Halfords and others, no matter what the weather or the success of the team. He also enjoyed snowmobiling, watching basketball at the OP and most particularly coffee with his friends every morning at 9:00 AM most recently at the Backyard Deli on Main Street. We would like to thank the coffee group for their friendship, kindness, and support throughout the years.

Jim was a member in good standing of the Clear Lake Hearing Impaired Coffee Club, the First Congregational Church of Clear Lake, the I-Club, the American Legion, and was a past member of All Vets Golf Course of Clear Lake. He served in leadership positions of several organizations and could certainly always be counted on for a strong opinion.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jon Heine, his first wife, Virley, and his step-children David and Steven Clapsaddle.

He is survived by his wife Connie Clapsaddle Heine of Clear Lake; his children Susan (Willard) Olesen of Greenfield, Jeffrey (Debbie) Heine of Clear Lake, Sally (Davee) Olson of Minneapolis, and Jennifer (Ed) Mikkelsen of Mason City; stepchildren Colonel James (Andra) Clapsaddle currently serving with the United States Air Force in Qatar, Kathleen (Ward) Isaacson of Minneapolis, and Jeanne (Larry) Jannson of Cedar Falls; grandchildren Andrew (Janet) Olesen of Cedar Rapids, Kathryn Olesen Wharton of Johnston, Alyssa Heine (Nathan) Groom of Urbana, Iowa, Erinn Heine of Cedar Falls, Nick (Krista) Olson, Sara Olson, and Lindsay Olson of Minneapolis, Carter and Maddie Niedermayer of Mason City; step grandchildren Lee Goll of Ankeny and Charlie Clapsaddle of Texarcana, TX, Nolan and Dillon Isaacson of Minneapolis, and Samantha Clapsaddle of Cedar Falls; and great grandchildren Joseph and Jack Olesen of Cedar Rapids, Abigail and Eleanor Wharton of Johnston, and Eleanor and Henry Groom of Urbana; and step grandchildren Sarah and Riley Goll of Ankeny and Carson Clapsaddle of Texarkana. Jim is also survived by Jake, his cat.


John Junior Bledsoe, 84, of 523 10th Ave. N, Clear Lake, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at home. Due to his wishes, he was cremated and a memorial graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Clear Lake Cemetery, with Pastor Will Hunsaker officiating.

Family suggest memorials to John Junior Bledsoe Memorial Fund, c/o his daughter, Donna Prescott, 46117 212th Ave., Lake Mills, IA 50450. Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.

Posted on 30 May 2013

August 27, 1936 - May 25, 2013

John Andrew Swanberg passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home in Fort Dodge, Iowa, at the age of 76 years.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eagle Grove, Iowa, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jason Cooper officiating. John, the son of John Howard and Florence Violet (Vlieland) Swanberg, was born on Aug. 27, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minn.

He was raised and educated in the area of his birth. John served three and a half years in the United States Army Security Agency as a Chinese Linguist and received a Commendation from President Eisenhower.

On Sept. 2, 1960 John was united in marriage to Penelope Couillard in Minneapolis. John began his career in the F. W. Woolworth Companies management program in 1961 and obtained his first store in Shorewood, Wisc. The family moved to numerous communities during his career, settling in Clear Lake to manage the Ben Franklin store in 1969. In 1986, they purchased the Ben Franklin store in Eagle Grove. They sold it and retired in 1998.

John was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Bower Lodge #464 and had been a member of the El Kahir Shrine. John enjoyed playing golf, horseback riding and gardening – he would grow 15,000 gladiolas every year to sell. He was also a Green Bay Packer fan, Bee Keeper and insatiable reader. He was always reading about W.W. II and the European Theater.

John is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 52 years, Penelope “Penny” Swanberg of Eagle Grove; daughters, Kristi Dziatkowski and husband, Mitch, of Omaha, Neb., and Karina Stewart and husband, Paul, of Omaha, Neb.; grandson, Christopher Dziatkowski; and sister-in-law, Pamela Fortin of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joan Johnson. Memorials may be left to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children or Shriners Burn Institute.

Posted on 5 June 2013 by Jay Lehmann

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