Obituaries, Feb. 24, 2006
GILBERT C. ROW, 75, of Rock Rapids, Iowa, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at his home. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Roste Funeral Home, Rock Rapids. There will be a wake service at 7:30 p....
GILBERT C. ROW, 75, of Rock Rapids, Iowa, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at his home.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Roste Funeral Home, Rock Rapids. There will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.
The service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Name Catholic Church, Rock Rapids, with the Rev. Jeff Schleisman and the Rev. Clair Boes officiating.
WILLYS KLINGENBERG, 88, of George, Iowa, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at Lyon Manor Care Center, Rock Rapids.
Born Feb. 10, 1918, in rural Lyon County, he was the son of Klaas and Lena Hassebroek Klingenberg. He married Marcella Browen in June 1941. She died in 1954. He married Arlis Johnson Jan. 4, 1957.
He lived his youth and attended country school in the George area. Following his second marriage, the couple farmed northeast of George. He attended Zoar Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are his wife; four sons, Darius (Linda) Klingenberg, Adrian, Dennis (Elaine) Klingenberg, Adrian, Willys Jr. (Kay) Klingenberg, George, and Marlin (fiancée Eva Wiebold) Klingenberg, George; three daughters, Carol (Clarence) Marra, George, Karen (Troy) DeBoer, Adrian, and Audrey (Tom) Stine, Adel, Iowa; two brothers, Klaas Klingenberg, George, and Glenn Klingenberg, Sibley; one sister, Mabel Voss, Sheldon; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The service will be 10:30 a.m. today at Zoar Presbyterian Church, rural George, with the Rev. Dale Lint officiating. Burial will be in Zoar Presbyterian Cemetery, George.
TIMOTHY MICHAEL COLLINS, 47, of Forest City, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, in Forest City.
Born March 27, 1958, in Rock Rapids, Iowa, he was the son of Dr. Perry and Joan Koller Collins. He married Darcy Anderson in 1990. The couple later divorced.
He received his elementary education in Rock Rapids and graduated from Central Lyon High School in 1977. He worked in Worthington for a time at Campbell's Soup and Bedford Industries. He continued his education at the Jackson Technical Institute, graduating as a lineman. In 1993, he began working for the city of Forest City as a lineman, where he remained until his death.
Surviving are his fiancée, Rhonda King, Forest City; one son, Ben Collins, Forest City; one daughter, Ashley Collins, Forest City; one step-son, Mike (Mishala) Good, Forest City; one step-daughter, Allison (Matt) Zrostlik, Forest City; his mother, of Rock Rapids; one brother, Steven Collins, Rock Rapids; two sisters, Leigh (Mark) Stewart, Rock Rapids, and Caryn (Kevin) Raddle, Fulda; and three step-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Forest City.
The service will be 1:30 p.m. today at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Forest City, with the Rev. Lee Laaveg officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Forest City.
GERALD "JERRY" SWENSON, 70, of Ellsworth and formerly of St. Paul, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, in Flandreau, S.D.
Born July 4, 1935, in St. Paul, he was the son of Gottfred and Helen Anderson Swenson. He married Priscilla Blau Feb. 24, 1962.
He grew up in St. Paul and graduated from Johnson High School in 1955. After his schooling, he was employed at Quality Park Products. In 1964, the couple moved into his parents' home, where they lived for 30 years. He retired from Quality Park Products after 40 years of employment as a shipping clerk. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church, St. Paul, and drove bus and picked up children for Sunday school. In 1995, the family moved to Ellsworth, where they have lived since.
Surviving are his wife; two sons, Roger Swenson, Ellsworth, and Keven Swenson, St. Paul; two daughters, Karla Swenson (special friend David Kustelski), St. Paul, and Nicole Swenson (special friend Gregg Wagenaar), Mankato; two brothers, Gene Swenson, Palm Springs, Calif., and David (Patricia) Swenson, White Bear Lake; one sister, Beverly Bengston, St. Paul; and one grandchild.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Dingmann Funeral Home, Adrian, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Reformed Church, rural Ellsworth.
The service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Reformed Church, rural Ellsworth, with the Rev. Gary Hanson officiating. Burial will be in Little Rock Cemetery, Little Rock, Iowa.
GRACE ANGELINE HEDMAN, 92, of Storden, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Westbrook Good Samaritan Center, Westbrook.
Born Nov. 27, 1913, in Polk Township, Iowa, she was the daughter of George and Dena Lee Lee. She married Olav Hedman on Nov. 2, 1933, in Walnut Grove. He died June 19, 2002.
She received her early education in country school before attending Lamberton Public Schools, where she graduated in the Class of 1933. After marriage, they farmed in the Storden area for many years until retiring and moving into Storden in October 1973. For many years, they were active members of Old Westbrook Lutheran Church, rural Storden, until moving to town and becoming active members of Bethany Lutheran Church, Storden. In December 2004, she became a resident of Westbrook Good Samaritan Center, Westbrook.
Surviving are two sons, Wallace (Colleen) Hedman, Storden, Stephen Hedman, New Hope; three daughters, Patricia Hedman, Coon Rapids, Diane (Marv) Meyer, Richfield, and Mary (Richard) Olson, Roseau; one brother, Willard Lee, Somonauk, Ill.; five sisters, Esther Redman, Andover, Irene Eichstad, Stewartville, Bernece Sykora, Windom, Clara Weber, Mesa, Ariz., and Charlotte (Bob) Davis, Broomfield, Colo.; 17 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Storden Community Center, Storden, and from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethany Lutheran Church, Storden.
The service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethany Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Mark Swanson officiating. Burial will follow at Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, Storden.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service, Windom and Storden, is in charge of arrangements.
ALVIN HOUTSMA, 77, of Worthington, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota.
Born Dec. 18, 1928, in Holland, he was the son of Peter and Minnie Baker Houtsma. He married Bernice Zevebergen Aug. 28, 1950, in Ocheyedan, Iowa.
He graduated from Ogilvie High School and moved to Worthington. He worked for Worthmore Ice Cream and later moved to Minneapolis and worked for St. Paul Packing Co. In 1948, he moved to the Ocheyedan-Harris area and worked for various farmers. He then moved to Worthington and worked for Rickbeils. Following marriage, the couple lived north of Allendorf, Iowa, and then moved to south of Harris, where they farmed for over 25 years. In 1980, they moved to Sibley and continued farming until 1988. While living in Sibley, he was an EMT for Osceola County. In 1988, they moved to Worthington and he was a pilot car escort, transporting modular homes. He was a member of the Christian Reformed Church, Worthington, where he served as an elder and taught Sunday school. He also served on the Ocheyedan Christian School board and Farm Bureau board, as well as donating time to the Republican Party.
Surviving are his wife; two sons, Arlen (Sheri) Houtsma, Sheldon, Iowa, and Kevin (Wanda) Houtsma, Inver Grove Heights; three daughters, Bonnie (Dan) Hibma, Lake Park, Iowa, Shari (Neil) Stavem, Vadnais Heights, and Sue (Garold) Davelaar, Bigelow; three brothers, Darwin (Madalene) Houtsma, Visalia, Calif., George (Arlene) Houtsma, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Tony (Gloria) Houtsma, Wyoming, Mich.; 19 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Dingmann Funeral Home, Worthington, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Christian Reformed Church, Worthington.
The service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Christian Reformed Church, Worthington, with the Rev. LeRoy Christoffels officiating. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Ocheyedan Cemetery.
ETHEL LEV, 105, of Lakefield, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Lake Park Care Center, Lake Park, Iowa.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hansen Funeral Home, Lakefield, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, Lakefield.
The service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, Lakefield, with the Rev. Daniel Brewer officiating. Burial will be in Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery, Jackson.
DELBERT WITTROCK, 97, of Lake Park, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, at Lake Park Care Center.
Born Feb. 5, 1909, he was the son of Emil and Lizzy Schierholz Wittrock in O'Brien County, Iowa. He married Lydia Grell June 8, 1930. She died in 1943. He married Anna Hansen Jan. 16, 1945. She died in 1997.
He was raised near Round Lake, where he attended school. Following his first marriage, the couple lived near Round Lake, before moving to Washington for a short time. They returned to the area, where Delbert worked for a carpenter. Following his wife's death, he moved to California, where he worked at the Douglas Aircraft Factory until moving back in 1944. Following his second marriage, the couple lived on the family farm until moving into Lake Park in 1984. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Lake Park.
Surviving are two daughters, June (Ken) Strohman, Fertile, Iowa, and Eilene (John) Walker, Cottonwood, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
The service was 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Concordia Lutheran Church, Lake Park. Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery, Lake Park.