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Jollene Jaacks

October 9, 2007

Jollene A. Jaacks, 73, of Alexander, died on Wednesday, October 3, 2007, at the Belmond Health Care Center, surrounded by the love of her family.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 6, at the Alexander United Methodist Church, with Rev. Kalen Friested officiating. Burial was in the Alexander Cemetery.

Jollene Ann, the daughter of William and Grace (Pals) Tinkey, was born on January 23, 1934 in Alexander. She graduated from the Alexander High School in 1952. She married Marvin Dean Jaacks on May 19, 1953, at the Alexander Methodist Church. She had been employed for periods of time in the kitchen at the CAL Community Schools and in housekeeping at the Belmond Medical Center.

Jollene was a life long homemaker, wonderful partner and wife, nurturing mother, and loving grandmother. Her family was first and foremost in her life. She always strived to put others needs before her own. Jollene looked forward to having her family together at meal times. Her husband, children and their families will cherish memories of holidays with Jollene and Marvin, whether it was a meal of specken decken, roast, pork chops, and riced potatoes and gravy, and delicious desserts such as rhubarb, brownies, cookies or one of her pies. She enjoyed attending her children and grandchildren's extracurricular activities. She and Marvin had also enjoyed traveling, having been on a trip to Hawaii and cruise to Cozumel. Jollene looked forward to relaxing in the flowers, gardening, and feeding and watching the birds and squirrels.

Jollene was active in the Alexander United Methodist, her life long church. She was involved in the United Methodist Women, taught Sunday School, and held various church offices. She had also served many years on the Alexander Cemetery Society.

Jollene was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Kim Smith in 1980; brother, Loren in 1960; sister, Lois Bryan in 2006; and a brother, Delbert in 2006.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin Jaacks of Alexander; sons, Greg (Donna) Jaacks of Belmond, Jeff (Beth) Jaacks of Hampton and Steve Jaacks of Alexander; grandchildren, Trisha Jaacks of Clear Lake, Sandy Willms of Belmond, Lindsey Jaacks of Sheffield, Jeremy Jaacks of Hampton and Luke Smith of Alexander; great-grandchildren, Samantha Smith of Alexander and Ashlynn and Ashton Willms of Belmond; and sisters, Loraine (John) Halfwassen of Belmond and Dilene Orpen of Northwood.
©Belmond Independent 2007

Charles Kruger

October 16, 2007

Charles "Chuck" Kruger, 90, of Belmond, died on Sunday, October 7, 2007, at the Belmond Medical Center.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 10, at the United Church of Rowan, with Pastor Nancy Hofmeister officiating. Burial with military rites was in the Graceland Cemetery near Rowan.

Charles Frederick, the son of Fred and Minnie Deremo Kruger, was born on April 1, 1917 in Dows. He lived in the Rowan and Dows areas his entire life, attending country school and graduating from the Rowan High School. Following graduation, Chuck worked for Pete Kalkwarf until he joined the U. S. Army. He served as a Forward Observer in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

Following his discharge, Chuck farmed and raised cattle, sheep and hogs. He and Shirley Wessels were married at her parent's home in Laurel, Iowa in 1951. They made their home in the Rowan area until 1983 when they moved to Belmond.

Chuck was an active, community-minded person. He was a member of the United Church of Rowan, where he served on several boards and committees. He was proud to have been a 60-year member of the Rowan American Legion, serving as a post commander as well as a county commander.

Chuck will be remembered as a gentleman with a good sense of humor. He enjoyed coffee and socializing with friends. Spending time with family was a priority in his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; granddaughter, Heidi; and brother-in-law, Phil Tutt.

Chuck is survived by his son, Robert (Jo) of Alexander; grandchildren, Erin of Mt. Pleasant and Brent a student at Wartburg College; and sister, Hazel Tutt of Ft. Dodge.
©Belmond Independent 2007

Eudora Scott

October 16, 2007

Eudora "Scottie" Scott, 81, of Hinton, formerly of Belmond, died on Monday, October 8, 2007, at the Indian Hills Nursing and Rehab Center in Sioux City.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 11, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Belmond, with Pastor Lowell Halvorson officiating. Burial was in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo.

Eudora Mia, was born on December 29, 1925, to Eldora (Manthey) Scott and Jesse Scott in Waterloo. She attended school in Waterloo. She married Willard Scott on October 8, 1942.

Eudora was a cook at the Alexander Community School, CAL Community School, and then was head cook at the Belmond Community School until her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents; half-brother, Ruben Judisch; and brother, Loren Scott.

Eudora is survived by her children, Charles (Maxine) Scott of Council Bluffs, Gerald (Carol) Scott of Hinton and Larry (Kathy) Scott of Nora Springs; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; half-sisters, Rubena (Judisch) Stufflebeam of Waverly and Rosalyn (Judisch) Schuknecht of Des Moines, Washington; brother, Arlo Scott of Grants Pass, Oregon; and sister, Lois (Scott) Stephens of Clear Lake.
©Belmond Independent 2007

Doris Nuehring

October 16, 2007

Doris L. Nuehring, 84, died on Tuesday, October 9, 2007, at the Belmond Health Care Center, following a lengthy battle with cancer, her son, Neil and brother, Clifford at her side.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 13, at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church, with Rev. Lowell H. Halvorson officiating. Burial was in the Ell Township Cemetery in Klemme.

Doris Lavonne, the daughter of Thomas Elliott and Ora Blanch (Ulstad) Toft, was born on September 25, 1923, on her parents' farm in rural Belmond. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Olaf and attended the Rural District #9 School.

Doris married Lyle Andrew Nuehring on August 14, 1946 in Algona. Doris and Lyle lived in Garner for a time. In 1949 they moved to Klemme where they raised their six children. Lyle was employed for many years with the Hale-Phipps Motors while Doris handled the full-time responsibilities of providing a loving home for their children. Lyle died on September 25, 1967.

Doris continued to live in Klemme where she could be found caring for her flowers and plants, walking around town on errands, being a good neighbor, or enjoying the company of her cats. She was an active member of the Immanuel Reformed United Church of Christ.

In 1986 Doris moved to the Belmond Community Apartments. In 2006 she moved to Kentucky Ridge Assisted Living, and later to the Good Shepherd Health Care Center, both in Mason City.

Doris enjoyed anything that meant spending time with her family. She traveled to visit her family in Connecticut, California and Alabama, as well Cape Cod, Massachusetts, New York City, and Montreal. Doris enjoyed the Iowa State Fair and the Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. She also looked forward to shorter journeys to area towns to participate in friendly, but competitive, games of bingo.

Many of her gatherings with family and friends would include conversations around a jigsaw puzzle over a cup of Norwegian coffee, fitting for a lady who proudly wore the badge of her 100 percent Norwegian heritage. Doris cherished the many friendships she had made with her neighbors. She loved to experience the holidays and change of seasons, a joy that could be seen in her decorations and wardrobe which included decorated socks. Doris was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and she even went to a post-season bowl game in San Diego.

Doris was a longtime member of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary and the St. Olaf Ladies Aid.

Her family will cherish the many wonderful gifts she shared with them, her courage, non-judgmental attitude, witty personality, and mischievous smile. They will remember Doris' strength and perseverance as she valiantly faced the many challenges of cancer over the years, an amazing lady who proudly called herself "Tough Tom" as she made it through another round in her fight.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Betty; and brothers, Thomas Jr., Donald and Robert.

Survivors include her children, Arland Nuehring of Irvine, California, Cynthia (Peter) DeRosa of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, Leland of Auburn, Alabama, Neil of Iowa City, Dwight of Tucson, Arizona and Cheryl of Kensington, Connecticut; grandchildren Marc, DeRosa of Sunnyvale, California and Lisa DeRosa, partner Disiree Johndrow of East Hartford, Connecticut; brothers, Roger (Kay) Toft of Surprise, Arizona, Clifford Toft of Belmond, Jerry (Delores) Toft of Urbandale and Ev (Judy) Toft of West Des Moines; and sisters-in-law, Mary Toft (wife of the late Thomas, Jr.) of Woodland, California and Marlys Toft Rich (wife of the late Donald Toft) of Johnston.
©Belmond Independent 2007

Steven Schnell

October 16, 2007

Steven R. Schnell, 50, owner of Schnell Associates, PC in Belmond, died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 11, 2007, at the Belmond Medical Center.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 16, at the Belmond United Methodist Church, with Rev. Donna Buckman of the United Church of Christ Congregational officiating. Burial was in the Belmond Cemetery.

Steven Ronley, the son of Ronley D. and Marilyn J. (Gesme) Schnell, was born on September 11, 1957 in Newell. He attended the Newell-Providence Schools where he participated in track and played saxophone. Growing up on the family farm, he enjoyed working at various tasks and taught his brother how to cultivate. Steve was always looking after his siblings.

During his youth he was actively involved in the scouting program, had been to the Philmont Scout Reservation, and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. Steve attained the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank when he became an Eagle Scout on December 4, 1972. He proudly carried this accomplishment with him for the rest of his life and had been master of ceremonies for future Eagle Scouts.

Steve graduated from the Newell-Providence High School in 1975. He worked for a year on the family farm and then attended Buena Vista College where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting/business.

In 1980, Steve moved to Belmond where he began his career working for the Lloyd Anders accounting firm. He passed his CPA Iowa State Boards on February 3, 1993. The firm became a partnership known as Anders & Schnell on January 1, 1994. On November 25, 1997 Steve completed the requirements of the National Association of Certified Evaluation Analysts to become a CVA. On August 15, 2001 he achieved the rank of Exemplary ERO from the IRS for excellence in e-filing returns and earned a trip to receive the award in Texas. Steve became sole owner of the business (Schnell Associates, PC) on June 4, 2003.

Steve met his wife, Kathy Lynn Paule, at a church function at the Belmond United Church of Christ Congregational in 1985. They were married on February 22, 1986 at the church.

He was a person who gave countless hours to Belmond. Steve was active at the Belmond United Church of Christ Congregational, serving as moderator, treasurer, on the Board of Stewardship and the Board of Evangelism, as a Sunday School and Bible School Teacher, Lay Preacher and other positions.

His community involvement included the Toastmasters, Belmond Jaycees, Iowa River Players, and others. Steve held various offices and received numerous awards from these groups. Steve's willingness to listen, contemplate, evaluate the options, and help develop a functional and efficient solution to a program, task, or project, was a wonderful attribute that he shared in various roles with the Belmond Chamber of Commerce, Belmond Industrial Development Corporation, and city government. He was active in the BDC, RAP and Incentive Fund committees of the Chamber and BIDCO, and had served for a time on the Belmond Planning and Zoning Commission. His foresight for the future and the betterment of Belmond was seen in his involvement with BIC and the construction of a spec building in Belmond's industrial park.

Steve was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; and father-in-law, Walter Laake.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughter, Suzanne; mother and father, Ronley and Marilyn Schnell of Ankeny; sisters, Diane (Bob) Peabody of Omaha and Sharon (David) Newman of Des Moines; brothers, Brian (Paula) Schnell of Ankeny and Brett (Christa) Schnell of Elk River, Minnesota; and mother-in-law, Ardeth Laake of Belmond.
©Belmond Independent 2007

Ivan Pralle

October 23, 2007

Ivan Pralle, 81, of Latimer, died on Monday, October 15, 2007, at the Hampton Health Care Center.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 20, at the St. Paul's Lutheran in Latimer, with burial in the church cemetery.

Ivan George, the son of George and Malinda (Dohrmann) Pralle, was born on June 16, 1926 on the family farm near Latimer. He was baptized in his home on July 19, 1926 by Rev. E.H. Grummer. He attended the St. Paul's Lutheran School through the eighth grade, was confirmed in 1940 by Pastor E.L. Runge, and was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran.

Ivan attended high school in Coulter for a few years, then helped his dad with farming. He farmed until 1990 when he retired. He was also a courier for the Latimer bank for a number of years, helped with Dreyer's Portable Feeding Mill, and did some trucking for Donn Wolf and Melvin Lubkeman.

Ivan married Florence Muhlenbruck on February 26, 1971. She died in 1981. Ivan married Elfrieda (Kracht) Pralle on August 31, 1991. They lived in Latimer until moving to the Allison Independent and Assisted Living in June 2006. This past February they moved to the Hampton Health Care Center.

Ivan and Elfrieda enjoyed playing golf and played in many tournaments together. Ivan also enjoyed playing cards with his friends and going up town for coffee in the morning.

Ivan was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; his first wife, Florence; and step-children, Merle Muhlenbruck and Jerry, Joel and Jon Pralle.

He is survived by his wife, Elfrieda; brother, Leonard (Kathleen) Pralle of Latimer; sister, Lola Jean Pralle of Latimer; step-children, Mike Muhlenbruck of California, Joyce (Garry) Hubacher of Ames, Judith (James) Foulk of Denver, Colorado, Janice Danaher of Des Moines, Joan Pralle of Hampton, Jeff Pralle of Waterloo and Gordon Pralle of Des Moines; ten step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.
©Belmond Independent 2007

James Riggins

October 23, 2007

James L. Riggins, 77, of Eldora, died on Thursday, October 18, 2007, at the Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.

Funeral services were held on Monday morning, October 22, at the Eldora United Methodist Church, with Pastor Richard Boatman officiating. Graveside services were held on Monday afternoon at the Immanuel Reformed Church Cemetery, rural Belmond.

James Leonard, was born on November 12, 1929 in Dougherty, the son of Ross and Helen (Wilson) Riggins. The family moved to Alexander and he received his education there. On November 11, 1950 James married Marian A. Loats of Belmond. James served in the United States Army during the Korean War with the Seventh Infantry Division and was honorably discharged in 1952. He was awarded the Purple Heart for service to his country. In 1952 James and Marian moved to Eldora where he operated Jim Riggins Painting for over fifty years. He was also a rural mail carrier for fifteen years.

James was a member of the Eldora United Methodist Church, Walter-Sayer Post 182 of the American Legion, Roll-Harless Post 3974 of the VFW, the Korean War Veteran's Association, the Seventh Infantry Division Association, the D.A.V, and the Purple Heart Association. James was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan. He loved to golf and bowled in a league in Eldora for many years. His wife died on April 20, 2006.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brothers, Russell, Robert, Donald and David Riggins.

He is survived by his daughter, Catherine (Jeffry) Roberts of Downers Grove, Illinois; grandchildren, Laura and Brian; sisters, Betty Raines of Victor, Montana, Dorothy (Leo) Garcia of Kailua Kona, Hawaii and Marvyl (Gordon) Clemens of Union; and brothers-in-law, Fred Loats of Belmond and Kenneth (Marcy) Loats of Granville, Ohio.
©Belmond Independent 2007

Ruth Allender

October 23, 2007

Ruth Allender, 79, of Holdrege, Nebraska, died on Thursday, October 18, 2007, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.

A celebration of her life was held on Sunday, October 21, with an open house hosted by her daughters at their home in Holdrege. The family honored Ruth's wish for cremation.

Ruth was born in Putnam County, Missouri, on July 18, 1928, to Ira and Velma (Stull) Morris. The family bought a farm in Van Buren County, Iowa near Douds, where she was raised.

Ruth graduated from the Douds High School in 1945 and immediately went to work at age 16 for the FBI in Washington, D.C. It was during WW II and she celebrated VJ Day there and watched Harry and Bess Truman on the balcony of the White House. After two years she moved back to Ottumwa where she met and married Melvin E. Allender on January 15, 1949. Ruth worked in public schools in Iowa as a secretary and media center director.

Melvin died in November 1988. She lived for a time in Belmond and then moved to Holdrege in 1993 to be with her daughter, Karen.

Ruth was active in the Legion Auxiliary in Iowa as Past President. She was a member of the Belmond United Methodist Church and the Belmond Arts Council. She taught and played bridge and played a mean game of rummy.

Ruth is survived by her daughters, Susan (Lloyd) Anders of Mesa, Arizona, Karen Allender of Holdrege and Sandra (Dale) Seitz of Golden, Colorado; grandchildren, David, Amanda and Scott; and six great-grandchildren.
©Belmond Independent 2007

Ora Janssen

October 23, 2007

Ora E. Janssen, 79, of Belmond, died on Friday, October 19, 2007, at the Kanawha Community Home.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 23, at the Salem United Methodist Church in Meservey, with Rev. Rose Khaan and Rev. Steve Schultz officiating. Burial was in the Meservey Cemetery.

Ora, the daughter of Ira and Elsie (Warden) Locke, was born on May 10, 1928 in Rulo, Nebraska. She began school at Rulo and later attended school at Chapin after the family moved to Iowa.

Ora married Gene Sterling Janssen on July 5, 1947, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. The early years of their marriage were spent together as a team in Gene's trucking operation with Warren Transportation. Ora was also a waitress for a time at the White House Cafe and the Sportsman's Bar, both in Blue Earth, Minnesota, where she lived for five years. The family moved to Belmond in 1962. She was employed for a number of years at the Mello Maid in Belmond, and later they operated Archibald's Restaurant in Belmond and Rosebud's Cafe in Meservey. Ora was also a cook at the Belmond Hospital for many years.

Ora's culinary skills were excellent, as those who enjoyed her cooking would testify. A favorite past time of the Janssen family entailed Sunday afternoon gatherings for a feast of Ora's kitchen delights. Favorites were Ora's one-of-a-kind pan fried chicken, chow mein hotdish, and homemade gravy. Following a wonderful meal, the family would spend the rest of the day in friendly competition of 500 and Owa Hu Marbles.

In early years Ora was an avid bowler. She and Gene also loved to go dancing at Duncan and the Surf and Ritz in Clear Lake. Ora enjoyed gardening and canning, and her marigolds and rose bushes. In recent years she enjoyed the camaraderie at the Belmond Community Apartments and evenings playing bingo. Ora was a longtime member of the Salem United Methodist Church and the Meservey American Legion Auxillary.

Ora had been a resident of the Kanawha Community Home, where her daughter, Ellen is employed, since May 24 of this year.

Ora was preceded in death by her parents; husband in December 1993; sister, Bertha Johnson; and brothers, Donald and Merle Miller.

Survivors include her son, Jimmy (Rebecca) Janssen of Meservey; daughters, Hazel Hill of Ozark, Missouri and Ellen (Michael W.) Countryman of Kanawha; brother, Robert (Kaye) Miller of Eureka Springs, Arkansas; sister, Betty Mullen of Big Bear Lake, California; grandchildren, Jimmi (Lindsay) Hill of Springfield, Missouri, Matthew (Deb) Studer of Goodell, Dante (Jennifer) Hill of Grensham, Oregon, Martin Gene Countryman of Garner, Kelly Danielle Janssen of Mason City, Michael A. (Jennifer) Countryman of Klemme, Cody Hill of Ozark and Tina (Jamie) Cook of Belmond; and great-grandchildren, Katie Magnuson, Cheyenne Studer, Alexandria Hill, Skylar Kabrick, Jordan and Kerya Cook.
©Belmond Independent 2007

Else Pals

October 23, 2007

Else Pals, 92, of Belmond, formerly of Alexander, died on Sunday, October 21, 2007, at the Belmond Medical Center.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday morning, October 24, at the First Reformed Church in Alexander, with Pastor Phillip Arnold officiating. Burial with military rites was in the Alexander Cemetery.

Else, the son of Hannas and Ella (Eden) Pals, was born on December 11, 1914 in Alexander. He attended the Alexander Schools and served his country with the United States Army, stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas.

Else married Lois Harson on February 18, 1939 in Alexander. The couple made their home in Waterloo and later moved to Portland, Oregon, where Else worked in the shipyards.

Else and Lois moved back to Waterloo in 1945 where they raised their two daughters. He worked in construction and also at Rath Packing. As a self employed carpenter, Else loved to build homes, and he enjoyed carpentry of all kinds. Else and Lois lived in Waterloo until retirement in 1991 when they moved to Alexander, and later to Belmond.

Else loved to bowl, play cards, pitch horseshoes and play checkers. He was a great storyteller and loved to eat homemade ice cream.

Else was a member of the First Reformed Church in Alexander and a former member of the Odd Fellows.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Else is survived by his wife; daughters, Vicki (Walt) Hirsh of Alexander and Elsie (John) Santeramo of Longmont, Colorado; grandchildren, Pam (Kevin) Bishop, Nancy Hirsch, Johnny (Sandy) Santeramo and Christi (Don) Bova; and great-grandchildren, Colin, Nick, Kadie, Tony, Joey, Angela and Gina.
©Belmond Independent 2007

Lillian Kaduce

October 23, 2007

Lillian Kaduce, 92, of Belmond, died on Monday, October 22, 2007, at the Belmond Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, October 26, at the United Methodist Church in Belmond, with Pastor Mike Druhl officiating. Burial will take place in the Immanuel Reformed Church Cemetery east of Belmond. Visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 25, at the Dugger Ewing Funeral Home in Belmond and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Lillian, daughter of Peter and Petria (Andersen) Larsen, was born on May 7, 1915 on the family farm near Ottosen. She was raised on the farm and attended country school through the eighth grade. In 1936 she married Harold Hansen and they had three children. In the winter of 1956 Lillian married Herman Kaduce.

Lillian enjoyed baking, sewing, gardening, embroidering, fishing and watching sporting events, especially Hawkeye basketball. Above all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; infant son, Daryl; three sisters; and seven brothers.

Lillian is survived by her son, Larry Hansen of Belmond; daughter, Beverly E. Wise of Belmond; grandchildren, Kimberly (Ronald) Ausborn of Belmond, Lon (Sara) Hansen of Souderton, Pennsylvania, Bernard Wise of Belmond and Debra (Christopher) Sorensen of Urbandale; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Eric, Rachel, Nicole, Anthony and Ashley; brothers, Warren (Betty) Larsen of Florida, Lloyd (Theresa) Larsen of Des Moines and Darrell Johnson of Humboldt; sister, Edna Sheehan of Humboldt; sisters-in-law, JoAnn Larsen of Cherokee, Ruth Hansen of Belmond and Arlene Sampson of Goldfield; and brother-in-law, Latton (Millie) Hansen of Ft. Dodge.
©Belmond Independent 2007

Marty Davis

October 30, 2007

Marty Davis, 17, a senior at the Belmond-Klemme High School, died on Wednesday, October 24, 2007, at the Belmond Medical Center as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, October 28, at the Belmond United Methodist Church, with Rev. Michael Druhl and Rev. Dick Kaiser officiating. Burial was in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in rural Belmond.

Marty Joe, the son of Joyce (Kaiser) and Jerry Davis, was born on November 29, 1989 in Peoria, Illinois. In his early years he defeated numerous health challenges. Marty's perseverance in the face of adversity as a young child carried him throughout his life. In a recent autobiography he noted that his philosophy was "Life is what you make of it. It is not always fair and can be a real challenge, but you can do anything if you set your mind to it."

Marty attended the Belmond-Klemme Community Schools for most of his education. He was looking forward to early graduation in December and planned to attend Wyotech College in Laramie, Wyoming, to major in diesel mechanics.

Marty was an absolute racing nut and an avid fan of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Dale, Jr. His love of cars and mechanical work was a huge part of his life. He enjoyed working side by side with his step-dad, J.R. Clark, in his shop and at area race tracks. He supported his step-dad as his number one fan, assistant mechanic and pit-crew. Marty was known by many car drivers and race fans throughout the region.

His passion for cars and motors played a part in his recent employment and future plans. He worked at Munson Trucking in Britt and job shadowed with Verlyn Keeling at Keeling Auto in Belmond. Marty had also been employed for a time at the Pizza Ranch in Belmond.

Marty loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. He welcomed each and every opportunity to drown a line, whether at Uncle Don's cabin near Ottertail-Long Lake, Minnesota with Aunt Carol and Aunt Mary Ann, or with his "Papa Joe" (grandpa Joe Kaiser). In winter, he and his step-dad would spend hours on the ice at Lake Cornelia and Clear Lake.

Marty's other favorite past times included playing rummy, cribbage and other card games, playing X-Box racing and fishing games, music, television and movies, including Blue Collar TV, Larry the Cable Guy, Harry Potter, and Half-Baked. Marty looked forward to shopping trips to Wal-Mart and Fleet Farm with a stop at McDonald's. He enjoyed eating and then carrying on the skills used to make grandma's home made buns. He recently took up the hobby of skateboarding.

When he was younger, Marty participated in athletics. He was a member of the FFA in Belmond and served in various roles. He had been on a trip with the FFA to the national convention in Kentucky and met Richard Childress of Childress Racing. He and J.R. were preparing to build a hornet series race car for Marty. He couldn't wait to explore the opportunities and journeys ahead, spending time with his mom and J.R., being with his friends, or just playing with his shitzu and buddy Cherokee. His mischievous smile will be remembered fondly, and he will be dearly missed by his friend, Ashley Poulson of Algona.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Mona Kaiser; paternal grandparents, George and Dorothy Ross; aunt, Carol Kaiser; and step-grandmother, Betty Davis.

Survivors include his mother, Joyce Davis and step-father, J.R. Clark (Little Man Construction) of Belmond; father, Jerry Davis of Slayton, Minnesota; grandpa, Joe Kaiser of Belmond; aunts and uncles, Donald and Patricia Kaiser of Mankato, Mary and Larry Lohse of Belmond and Dick and Beth Kaiser of Des Moines; and cousins, JoAnn Huedepohl, Heidi Kaiser, Heather Diersen, Joshua Kaiser and Jonathan Kaiser.
��Belmond Independent 2007

Leona Stevens

October 30, 2007

Leona M. Stevens, 88, died on Thursday, October 25, 2007, at the Belmond Health Care Center, where she had resided since 1988.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 27, at the Belmond United Methodist Church, with Rev. Michael Druhl officiating. Burial was in the Belmond Cemetery.

Leona Marjorie, the daughter of Sidney and Essie (Smith) Rossell, was born on December 6, 1918, on her grandparent's farm in rural Lewis, Iowa. She graduated from the Lewis Community High School and continued her education at the Mason City Junior College, Iowa State Teacher's College, and eventually completed her bachelor's degree in education at Drake University.

Leona married Lloyd Glen Stevens, on October 19, 1939 in Papillion, Nebraska. The couple moved to Belmond in 1953. Lloyd operated the Western Auto Store, worked as a carpenter, and sold feed and corn, while Leona continued her life-long devotion to teaching. She was employed as a teacher in the Goodell and Belmond Community Schools and had the unique opportunity to teach under the leadership of her son, Tom who was a principal at Belmond for a time.

Leona was an educator through and through. She was always organized and planned her lessons in advance. Leona retired in 1981 but continued as a substitute for a number of years. Tom recalled she was still planning lessons and learning programs for the future even after she retired. She loved teaching young people.

Leona was a "salt of the earth" wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and friend to many. She relished times spent with her family. In earlier years Leona and Lloyd enjoyed square dancing and fishing trips with family and friends. She was always up for a game of cribbage or time with other couples at card parties. Leona had done some oil painting, enjoyed crocheting, and was an avid reader.

She was a long-time member of the Belmond United Methodist Church, a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Iowa State Education and National Education Associations.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lloyd in March, 1995; daughter, Linda Webner at age 30; an infant sister and infant brother; and brothers, Eldred and Austin.

Leona is survived by her son, Tom (Dee) of Winona; son-in-law, Dennis (Marilyn) Webner of Sergeant Bluff; grandchildren, Chris (Laurie) Webner and their children, Luke, Matthew and Grace of Panora; Steve (Stacy) Webner and their children, Colton and Cade; Jessica (Rick) Beem and their children, Abbey and Logan of Monticello; and Nate Stevens of Cedar Falls.
©Belmond Independent 2007

David Farnham

November 8, 2007

David M. Farnham, 58, of Dumont, died on Monday, October 29, 2007, at the Dumont Wellness Center. Private graveside services were held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Anita.

David was born on January 29, 1949, to Wally and Lovejoy Spry Farnham in Holdrege, Nebraska. He spent his life being cared for by many loving friends. His final years were spent at NCHS in Belmond and the Dumont Wellness Center.

David is survived by many loving caregivers and friends.
©Belmond Independent 2007