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  • Orrin D. 'Rocky' Koontz, III, 80, Sanborn

    Jun 13, 2024

    Rocky” Koontz, III was held Friday, May 31, 2024, at the Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn. Burial was in Roseland Cemetery. Sanborn Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Orrin “Rocky” DeForrest Koontz, III was born Aug. 9, 1943, to Helen Marie (Hanson) and Orrin D. Koontz, Jr. in Albert Lea, Minn. He grew up all over before the family settled in Sanborn. Rocky graduated from Sanborn High School with the Class of 1961. After high school, Rocky continued his education at Barber College in Sioux City. He came back to Sanborn and worke...

  • Ramona M. Dass, 95, Sibley

    Jun 13, 2024

    A private family service in memory of Ramona M. Dass was held at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley, with LeRoy Eggink officiating. Burial took place at the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery. Jurrens Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Ramona Mary Schuck Dass was born Jan. 3, 1929, near Little Rock, to Art and Jessie (Stahl) Schuck. She graduated from Ocheyedan High School in 1948. She married Carroll Dass on March 13, 1949, in Worthington, Minn. They were married 72 years when Carroll...

  • Marlys Rae Harris, 84, Olathe, Kan.

    Jun 13, 2024

    Marlys Rae Harris, 84, of Olathe, Kan., passed away Monday, June 3, 2024, at Olathe Medical Center. She was born June 10, 1939 to Lawrence and Lillian (Trojahn) Klinker in Hartley. She married Arnold L. Harris on May 28, 1960, and they made their home in Omaha, Neb., then Salina, Kan. and finally Olathe, Kan. Marlys enjoyed caring for her family and friends, bowling, square dancing, cards with friends, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Ladies Reading Circle,...

  • Robert L. Frembgen, 89, Hastings, Minn.

    Jun 6, 2024

    Robert L. Frembgen, 89, of Hastings, Minn., passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. He was born March 23, 1935 in Hartley, the youngest son of Leo and Agnes Frembgen. He grew up in Hartley where he met and wed Shirley Kamradt. Together they had four children: Cynthia, Rick, Daniel and Ryan. He worked for Mid-America Pipeline for 32 years, starting in Sanborn and later transferring to Hastings in 1968. He retired in 1996. He always claimed Hastings as his home, but loved...

  • Kenneth W. Emmert, 85, Spencer

    Jun 6, 2024

    Services in memory of Kenneth W. Emmert were held Saturday, June 1, 2024, at the First Congregational Church in Spencer. Pastor Sharon “Shazzi” Britz officiated. Casket bearers were his grandchildren. Interment was in North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer. Warner Funeral Home Spencer assisted with the arrangements. Kenneth Wayne Emmert was born on March 23, 1939 in Hartley. His parents were Orville and Charlotte (Jipson) Emmert. He grew up with three siblings on a farm near Royal. Ken went to school in Royal and played basketball in high sch...

  • Audrey K. Thiessen, 95, Spencer

    Jun 6, 2024

    A funeral service in memory of Audrey K. Thiessen was held Thursday, May 30, 2024, at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly. Pastor Dan Taylor officiated. Burial was at Lone Tree Cemetery in rural Everly. Warner Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Audrey Kaiser Thiessen, the daughter of George and Anna Stille Kaiser, was born Nov. 19, 1928, near Milford. She graduated from Okoboji Consolidated School in 1946. She then went to Central Radio and Television School in Kansas City, Mo., graduating in 1948. After graduation, she worked for Trans...

  • Harlan D. Goetsch, 101, Hartley

    May 23, 2024

    A memorial service for Harlan D. Goetsch was held Monday, May 20, 2024, at Trinity United Church of Christ in Hartley. Dr. Lynn Dau officiated. Honorary pallbearers were Jed Rohlf, Ryan Rohlf, Nick Wood and Jeff Wood. Military graveside rites were conducted at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley by Hartley American Legion, Arthur W. Kirchhoff Post #288. Hartley Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Harlan Dale Goetsch was born March 2, 1923, to Adolf and Millie (Kruse) Goetsch. He received his education at Paullina, graduating from Paullin...

  • Arlene J. Haarsma, 86, Sanborn

    May 23, 2024

    A memorial service for Arlene J. Haarsma was held Monday, May 20, 2024, at the First Reformed Church in Sanborn. Pastor Mark Ellens officiated. Pallbearers were Jordan Smith, Brandon Smith, Daniel Froehling, Mike Visser, David Steuck and Mark Guggisberg. Honorary pallbearers were Nayra Green, Henry Smith, Harrison Smith, Rudy Smith, Dean Smith and Lincoln Smith. Interment was in Roseland Cemetery at Sanborn. Sanborn Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Arlene Joyce Verbrugge was born June 1, 1937, to Katherine and Nick Verbrugge in...

  • Steven R. Hoper, 75, Crescent City, Fla.

    May 16, 2024

    Steven Richard Hoper, 75, of Crescent City, Fla., passed away on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Steve was born in Sibley to the late James E. and Doris M. Hoper. He loved fishing, traveling and tinkering with stuff. He was a proud farmer during the 70's in Iowa. He is survived by his wife, Mary, of 17 years; brother, James Hoper, of Arkansas; sister, Ann, of Wisconsin; son, Troy Hoper, of Kingsland, Ga.; daughter, Gina Smith, of Middleburg, Fla.; stepdaughter, Terry, of Orlando, Fla.; stepsons,...

  • Norma J. Veldboom, 84, Grinnell

    May 16, 2024

    A funeral service for Norma J. Veldboom was held Monday, May 6, 2024, at the Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley. Rev. Dana Olson officiated. Pallbearers were Jennifer Veldboom, Ryan Veldboom, Austin Veldboom, Sean MacDonald, Ian MacDonald, Elizabeth Brace, Emmaleah Beam, Naomi Veldboom and Rebekah Veldboom. Interment was in East Lawn Cemetery at Sheldon. Hartley Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Norma Jean (Miller) Veldboom, second daughter of Frank Raymond “Ray” and Ivah Marie (De La Mater) Miller, was born July 21, 1939 on the fam...

  • Robert G. 'Bob' Damman, 92, Sanborn

    May 2, 2024

    A memorial service for Robert G. "Bob" Damman was held Thursday, April 25, 2024, at the American Lutheran Church in Melvin. Pastor Judy Johnson officiated. Pallbearers were David Damman, Clara Damman, Stewart Damman, Scott Floyd, Dale Floyd and Chris Truckey. Military graveside rites were conducted by the Melvin American Legion, Reed Guthrie Post #470. Interment was in Baker Township Cemetery at Melvin. Sanborn Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Robert George "Bob" Damman was born...

  • David J. Moermond, 67, Urbandale

    Apr 25, 2024

    David James Moermond, 67, of Urbandale, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at Unity Point - Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. He was born in Primghar on May 11, 1956, to Jacob and Ruth (Kohn) Moermond. He graduated from Sutherland High School in Sutherland. Right after graduation he started working construction. On one hot summer day when he was digging in a pit where it was 120 degrees, he realized that the guy outside the pit, where it was only 100 degrees, had a college degree....

  • Bernard D. 'Bernie' Campbell, 80, Hartley

    Apr 25, 2024

    A memorial service for Bernard D. “Bernie” Campbell was held Saturday, April 20, 2024, at the First Baptist Church in Spencer. Warner Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Bernard “Bernie” Dale Campbell passed quietly into Heaven early Saturday, April 13, 2024, after a brief fight with pancreatic cancer. Bernie was born Feb. 3, 1944, in Hartley to Charles and Goldie (Dockweiler) Campbell. He joined his big brother, Duane, at home west of Royal. He graduated from Royal High School in 1961, and even drove the school bus his senior year. B...

  • The Writer's Pen

    Roger Brockshus|Apr 11, 2024

    Recently our writer’s group worked on our own obituaries. It may sound strange, but we determined that some printed obituaries don’t necessarily match the person they’re written about. Who knows you better than you know yourself? It sometimes appears that obituaries are on file to be drawn out of a hat randomly when a person dies. Writing your own would eliminate that. As I thought about my own obituary, some needed facts came quickly to mind: Name, birthdate, parents, siblings, spouse, child...

  • Cheryl J. 'Cheri' Hoye, 76, Everly

    Apr 11, 2024

    Cheryl Jean "Cheri" Hoye died on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 76 years of age. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marcella Anna (Roelle) Levin and Albert Lewis Levin; her husband's parents, Katherine Hoye and Harry Hoye; and her brother-in-law, James Hoye. She is survived by her husband, David Hoye, of Everly; her daughters: Michelle (Mike) Lees, of Pierre, S.D., and Stephanie (Mike) Duffek, of Tabor, S.D.; her six grandchildren: Marcella Lees (Omar Syed), James Lees, John Lees, Jayne...

  • Dr. Robert (Bob) A. Reinke, 84, Onawa

    Apr 11, 2024

    Dr. Robert (Bob) Arden Reinke passed away Monday, April 1, 2024, at Burgess Health Center in Onawa, with his wife and three daughters by his side. He was 84 years old. A celebration of life service was held Saturday, April 6, at the Goslar Funeral Home Chapel in Onawa, led by Bob's grandchildren. Burial will be held at a later date with military honors. Goslar Funeral Home and Monuments assisted with the arrangements. Bob was born to Glenn and Dorothea Reinke in Hartley on March 22, 1940. He...

  • Terrilyn F. Vander Gaast, 78, Everly

    Apr 4, 2024

    A memorial service for Terrilyn Vander Gaast will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2024 at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly. Inurnment will be in Little Sioux Lutheran Cemetery at Milford. Visitation will take place on Thursday, April 4, from 5-7 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly. Turner Jenness Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements. Terrilyn (Terri) Faye Hankins Vander Gaast was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Relatives say she was a spirited woman with a...

  • Charlotte E. 'Char' Mercer, 78, Spirit Lake

    Apr 4, 2024

    A funeral service for Charlotte E. “Char” Mercer was held Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Sanborn. Fr. Kevin Richter officiated. Pallbearers were Taylor Mercer, Alec Mercer, Landen Mercer, Cody Mercer, Dylan Mercer and Samantha Mercer. Honorary pallbearers were Adam Mercer, Emily Crees, Makenzie Gach, Ashley Matthes, Dielle Mercer, Miranda Frank and Kyla Mercer. Interment was in St. Cecilia’s Catholic Cemetery at Sanborn. Sanborn Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Charlotte Elizabeth “Char” Mercer was...

  • Joshua D. 'Josh' Cruz-Salzillo, 16, Hartley

    Apr 4, 2024

    A memorial service for Joshua D. “Josh” Cruz-Salzillo was held Saturday, March 30, 2024, at the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School gymnasium in Hartley. Pastor Michael De Jong officiated. Honorary pallbearers were Josh’s teammates and classmates at H-M-S High School. Hartley Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Joshua Daniel “Josh” Cruz-Salzillo, son of Noe and Anna L. (Salzillo) Araiza, was born Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, in Mexico City, Mexico. In 2011, 4-year-old Josh, along with his family, relocated to the United States, spending...

  • Mary Jean Baker, 68, Sanborn

    Apr 4, 2024

    A celebration of the life of Mary Jean Baker was held Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at the Sanborn Community Center in Sanborn. Pastor Mark Ellens officiated. Burial will take place at a later date. Sanborn Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Mary Jean Baker was born in Tacoma, Wash. on Dec. 23, 1955, the daughter of Jeanie (Hardy) Rivers and Robert Coberly, Sr. She spent her youth in Tacoma and received her education at Mount Tahoma High School. Mary was united in marriage to David Ray Baker on Feb. 9, 1992, in Tacoma. They made their home...

  • Marlys M. Pemble, 85, Everly

    Apr 4, 2024

    A funeral service for Marlyn M. Pemble was held Saturday, March 30, 2024, at the Warner Funeral Home in Everly. Pastor Mike Eeten officiated. Warner Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Marlys Marlene Pemble, the daughter of Robert L. and Luella F. (Kennedy) Marshall, was born Aug. 21, 1938, in Belmond. Her younger years were spent on various farms in the Klemme/Britt area. She loved life on the farm, except chicken chores! She loved her horse, Dolly. Marlys graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1956. While in high school she was app...

  • Judith M. Humphries, 83, Bixby, Okla.

    Apr 4, 2024

    Judith Mae Humphries was born May 22, 1940 in Hartley, to Everett Heuer and Freda Heuer. She passed away peacefully on Monday, March 25, 2024, at the age of 83. She was raised and educated in Hartley, graduating from Hartley High School in 1959. In 1960, Judy married the love of her life, David Humphries, in Denver, Colo., after a four-month whirlwind romance that began while pursuing higher education. Together they embarked on a journey that took them across the United States as David served in the Army. Their adventures led them to Vashon...

  • Larry D. Aakhus, 81, Lawton

    Mar 14, 2024

    A funeral service for Larry D. Aakhus was held Thursday, March 7, 2024, at the Community Presbyterian Church of Lawton, with Pastor Ken Meissner officiating. Burial was in Banner Township Cemetery at Lawton. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home in Moville assisted with the arrangements. Larry L. Aakhus was born Jan. 27, 1943 in Spencer to Melvin Conrad and Vivian Florence (Johnson) Aakhus. He was raised in Everly and attended Everly High School, then joined the U.S. Navy and served for four years...

  • Marla Johnson, 82, Hartley

    Mar 14, 2024

    A funeral service for Marla Johnson was held Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Primghar, with Pastor Cory Grimm officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Primghar. Eldridge Family Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Marla Johnson, the daughter of Martin and Gertrude (Scholten) Van Der Sloot, was born on August 12, 1941 in Hull. She graduated from Primghar High School. She was married to Jerry LeRoy Johnson and to this union four children were...

  • John C. Heuck, 84, Spencer

    Mar 14, 2024

    A celebration of the life of John C. Heuck was held Friday, March 8, 2024, at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly. Interment was in Lone Tree Cemetery near Everly. Warner Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. John C. Heuck was born Aug. 30, 1938 to Ruth and Art Heuck in Spencer. John was brought home from the hospital to the family farm where he proudly lived for the next 62 years, with the exception of two years at Iowa State University and one year at Morningside College. John grew up on the Heuck farm outside Everly, where he learned his...

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