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Hazel Houge, 101, of Ames, passed away Aug. 12, at Northridge Village Health Care in Ames. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames.

Hazel Leora Houge was born May 5, 1917, in Slater to Howard and Lydia (Rimathe) Estrem and lived on a farm with siblings Rachel (Lowman), Casper and Lucille (Accola). She attended a one-room country school for elementary years and graduated from Slater High in 1934, valedictorian of her class. She was a woman of strong faith and devoted member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, renowned kringla baker, talented seamstress, Cyclone fan and long-standing season ticket holder to ISU men’s and women’s basketball.

She married E. Jean Houge, and they lived in Slater before moving to a farm near Boone, where besides maintaining the home and caring for five children, she had primary care of chickens and eggs, washed the milking machines and made emergency runs into town for machinery replacement parts during planting or harvesting seasons.

Upon the untimely death of her husband, she and the five children (ages 4 to 15) moved to Ames, where she continued to reside until her recent brief illness. She worked at Iowa State and retired from the ISU Library catalog department shortly before her 70th birthday. Hazel lived independently, renewed her driver’s license in May and drove herself to church just four weeks before her death.

She is survived by children, Karen Haines, Wynn (Rita), Curtis (Carol), Rodney (Rose); son in-law Mike Hadaway; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nancy Hadaway; granddaughter, Jill VerHelst; son in-law, Douglas Haines; and daughter in-law, Bette Houge.

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Esther Kuhn, age 89, passed away June 26, 2018 at Hillcrest Country Estates in Papillion, Nebraska. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. July 11 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames, Iowa.Esther Lorena Kuhn was born August 19, 1928 to Burger and Ethel (Timmons) Benson in Hordville, Nebraska. She grew up and graduated from Hordville High School in 1945. After graduation, she attended Nebraska Central College and obtained at temporary teaching certificate and taught for two years at Hampton, Neb. and then taught for two years at Marquette Schools. Esther and Roy Kuhn were married July 16, 1949. Esther taught for one year at Round Valley near Sargent, Neb. and then one year at a rural school near St. Paul, Neb. before moving to Lincoln, Neb. In 1954, Roy and Esther moved to Sheldon, Iowa where she taught during the school year and each summer took graduate courses at Westmar College in Le Mars. In 1959, the couple moved to Rock Rapids and Esther taught third grade for one year, until their daughter, Tamara Lu was born. Esther then transitioned to a full time homemaker. Their second daughter, Kristin Sue, was also born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

In 1979, Roy and Esther moved to Ames where she kept busy with a Welcome Wagon business, hostess at the Cardinal Room in the Memorial Union, serving lunches at Northwood Elementary School, and volunteering as a for 4-H leader. Esther was a Sunday School teacher, lead confirmation classes, Bethel Bible classes, and was a poll worker on election days.

Esther is survived by her daughters, Tami Kuhn of Ames and Kristi Kuhn of Papillion; her brother, Floyd (JoAn) Benson of Waukee; and her sister, Agnes (Bernie) Andresen of Grand Island, Neb.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy; eight siblings.

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Ruth Wyatt Furman of Ames died Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Green Hills Health Care Center in Ames. A visitation will be 4 – 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave. with a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 29, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Burial will be at Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Ruth was born December 4, 1927 in Maryville, Missouri the daughter of Fred and Hattie Wyatt. She graduated from Maryville High School and then from Missouri State College, now known as NW Missouri State in education. Ruth taught secondary school and was a guidance counselor. She married Donald Marion Furman on August 3, 1957. She was a very active member of Bethesda Lutheran Church. Ruth was very involved with cross stitch starting in high school in towels from F.W. Woolworth, later sugar sacks and later muslin. She took classes with artists from, Japan, Chinese, Danish, English and American. She loved people admiring the cross stitch and she would say a needle was her best friend.
Ruth was very happy in 2007 when she and Don made a donation to the City of Ames to help fund the aquatic center. During the construction of the aquatic center they enjoyed driving down through the site to check the progress. 
Ruth is survived by one daughter Mary (Richard) Fitch, three grandchildren, Nicholas Fitch, Holly (Dwan) Carter and Jenna Fitch and great grandchildren Devin, and Daxel Carter, Julian Button and a niece Katherine Watkins and 8 nieces and 3 nephews from the Furman side. 
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Barbara “Barb” Menke May 18, 1932-June 3, 2018
Barb was born May 18, 1932 in Hampton, Iowa the daughter of A. W. (Arnie) and Leona (Brandt) Rathman. Barb grew up the only child of Arnie and Leona and developed a lifelong relationship with a multitude of cousins. Barb graduated from Hampton High School and soon met the love of her life. She married John Menke on July 9, 1950 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hampton, Iowa. Barb and John developed a lasting relationship for 66 years of family, work and retirement until John’s death on March 14, 2017.
Barb is survived by her sons, Dr. Steve (Nancy) Menke of Ottumwa and Bart Menke of Ames, grandchildren Michael (Samantha) Menke of Sioux City, Christopher (Erica) Menke of San Diego, CA, Bryson (Megan) Menke of Temecula, CA, greatgrandchildren Victoria, Eloise, Haley, Max and Mia.
Barb was preceded in death by her husband John, and her parents, Arnie and Leona Rathman. Barb and John moved to the Ames area in 1958 and provided a great home for the boys on the farm south of Ames. Barb’s work ethic, determination, respect for others, valued friendships and spiritual belief made her a contributor to the lives of many. Barb was an employee at Ames Seed Farm early in her life and later enjoyed many years of service at Hach in Ames.
Family and grandchildren were very important to Barb, she enjoyed watching the development of her family and was very appreciative and proud of those who “cared “for her. Calls, picture, visits and holidays were a special part of her life.
Barb and John enjoyed life in their north Ames neighborhood very much and valued friendships with all the neighbors. She was determined to live in her own home until recent weeks. Barb was an avid Cyclone fan at the game, on television or on the radio. If there were sports of any kind on television she knew the schedule.
Living at home for Barb was made a reality by strong support from her family, neighbors, church and staff of “At Home Care “.
Barb died Sunday, June 3, at Northridge Village, in Ames, with her family by her side. There will be a 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2018 graveside service, open to the public at Ankeny Memorial Garden, 4208 North Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, Iowa 
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Gary Wengert, 79, of Booneville, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Kavanagh House in Des Moines.The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, June 8, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. A celebration of life service will follow at 11 a.m. Private family burial services will be in Hillside Cemetery in State Center.Gary Gene Wengert was born to Lamont and Marjorie Hickman Wengert in St. Anthony. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church near State Center. He graduated from Clemons High School in 1955 and Marshalltown Community College in 1957. He was a member of the State Center Legion Baseball team, winning a state championship in 1955, then pitching for the semi-pro Marshalltown Anson Baseball team. Gary was a Yankee and Mickey Mantle fan and loved sharing his baseball life stories. He moved to Ames and began an apprenticeship with Gibbs Plumbing and Heating Company before starting his own business. In 1964, he married Nancene Anderson. Gary was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, the Ames Homebuilders Association, Ames Elks Lodge, Ames Golf and Country Club and Cyclone Booster Club.In 1988, he joined Rhiner’s Plumbing in West Des Moines. He married Mary Dierickx in 1993 and moved to Booneville. Together they enjoyed traveling all over the country visiting their family and friends. Gary loved golfing with his buddies at Veenker golf course for many years.

Besides his plumbing career, he enjoyed playing golf and traveling to golf tournaments around the state and country. His second passion was supporting and cheering for the Iowa State Cyclone football and basketball teams and supporting his grandson’s at Iowa State.

Gary is survived by his wife, Mary Wengert, of Booneville; his daughters, Jennifer (Tim) Lyon, of Dallas, Texas, and Julie Wengert, of Ames; his mother, Marjorie, of Marshalltown; his sister, Marcia (Larry) Nuese, of Marshalltown; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; five step children, Jeffery Dierickx, of Hiawatha, Julie (Blane) Dohrmann, of Des Moines, Jerald (Sheryl) Dierickx, of Marysville, Wash., James Dierickx, of Des Moines, and Joel (Deborah) Dierickx, of Seaside, Ore.; nine step grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and a nephew.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, Lamont; brother, Dennis; and nephew, Pete.

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Robert “Bob” Hein, age 78, died of pancreatic cancer on June 2, 2018, at Green Hills health center in Ames, Iowa.Bob was born August 27, 1939, a son of Edwin and Clarice Hein. He was raised on the farm and walked to a one-room country school before attending Osage High School, graduating in 1957. Wrestling was his passion, and it was at Iowa State University where he realized his calling to coach and teach. Graduating in 1961, he started his career in Postville, Iowa. He married Ann Boardman on June 11, 1966, in Wheaton, IL. Bob continued his career at Dewitt and Davenport West high schools in education and athletics.In 1978 Bob and Ann moved to Illinois where their family put down roots. The fulfillment of his career came at West Chicago Community High School where he coached wrestling, taught health, P.E., and retired as a guidance counselor in 2002.After 30 years in Illinois, Bob brought Ann back to Iowa where they energetically embraced life in Ames. Bob enjoyed leadership roles at church, Green Hills retirement community, and Sons of Norway. He loved spending his time singing in choirs, going to wrestling tournaments, ISU athetic events, and travelling with his family.Bob is survived by his wife, Ann, his daughter, Robin (Tim) Caldwell and grandchildren Baillie and Claire of North Aurora, IL, son Bill (Irina) Hein and grandchild Simmy of Washington, D.C., brother Russell (Gloria) Hein, sister Carol (Gordon) Dill and sister-in-law Janis Hein.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Allan Hein.

A gathering of friends and family will be 4-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa with an 11:00 a.m. Thursday, funeral service at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave., Ames, Iowa. Committal will be at Osage Cemetery on Friday June 8, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

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Myrtle Fauerby, 96, of Ames, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018 at Northridge Village. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Adams Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at Bethesda Lutheran Church Saturday, May 26, at 11:00 A.M. followed by a luncheon. Burial will be in the Cambridge Cemetery.Myrtle Louise Fauerby was born May 16, 1922 to Severt and Sina (Tollefson) Severson in Chowchilla, California. She graduated from Ames High School in 1940. On January 16, 1945 Myrtle married Andy Fauerby at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. She was a 50 year member of TTT, participated in various committees with Bethesda Lutheran Church where she was a lifelong member. Myrtle also enjoyed volunteering at the local Food Pantry and was a loved member of the M&D’s. Her hobbies included gardening and spending time with her loving family. Myrtle is survived by her two daughters, Chris (Mike) Smith of Sioux Falls, SD and Jane (Ron) Rider of Clive, IA; one sister, Ruth (Gene) Madson of Cedar Rapids; four grandchildren Stephanie (Shawn) Sprenger, Brian (Victor) Ngo-Smith, Katie (Justin) Scholl, Benjamin (Kelly) Rider; six great grandchildren, Izzy and Sophie Sprenger, Nathan and Lucas Scholl, and Emersen Ann and Oliver Rider. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, and three sisters. 
Robert “Bob” Arthur Huebner, 78, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, IA after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was born to Jack and Borghild Huebner on December 1, 1939, in Fargo, ND. Bob grew up in St. Louis Park and graduated from Macalester College in 1962.Married June 3, 1967, to Karen (Graf) Huebner. The Huebner family grew to include three children, Steve, Amy, and Ann.Over the course of his 78 years, Bob would be the first to say that he wore many hats. The list includes; son, brother, friend, Army Reservist, accountant, husband, farmer, father, controller, small business owner, grandpa, train enthusiast, patient attendant, and volunteer. Bob’s passion in all of these areas made a lasting impact on those that he met.Survivors include his wife Karen; his son Steve Huebner of Ankeny, IA; 2 daughters Amy Huebner Miller (Shawn Miller) of Circle Pines, MN, and Ann Townsend (Brian Townsend) of Rosemount, MN; 4 grandchildren Sophia, Zach, Casey and Theodore; sister Marcia Peterson (Sherman Peterson) of Sisseton, SD; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents; and other loved ones.At 2 P.M. on Monday, February 26th, family, friends, and others whose life Bob touched are invited to Bethesda Lutheran Church; 1517 Northwestern Ave. Ames, Iowa 50010, for a memorial service, with coffee and fellowship to follow. Knowing Iowa weather, an open house will also held in Minnesota at a later date.In celebration of his life, we remember Bob’s favorite bible verse:

Psalm 118:24  This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

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Paula Jean Conis
, age 46, passed away February 17, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. February 24, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Burial will be in Ames Municipal Cemetery at a later date.Paula Jean Conis was born September 17, 1971 to Paul Eugene and Virginia Claire (Purvis) Janssen in Iowa City, Iowa. Paula graduated from Collins-Maxwell High School in 1990 and married Greg Conis on July 16, 1993. Paula was a purchasing manager at PUTCO in Des Moines, where she had worked for 24 years. Paula’s family was the center of her life.Paula is survived by her husband, Greg Conis of Story City; her sons, Chase (Connie Otto) Conis of Nevada and Daniel Conis of Story City; her brothers, Gene Janssen of Ames and Jimmie (Jackie Fox) Janssen of Ames; her sister, Amy (Troy) Theilen of Ames; and Greg’s parents, Pete and Barb Conis of Ames.She was preceded in death by her parents.
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Charles E. Coney, 81, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.
Charles E. “Chuck” Coney was born February 15, 1936 on the family farm near Pilger, NE to Edward and Tillie (Carlson) Coney, the fourth of eight children. He graduated from Pilger High School in 1954, where he was a standout basketball and baseball player. He attended Wayne State College, and served 2 years in the U.S. Army, he played basketball for both. On October 23, 1961 Chuck married Hannah Gronwold.
Chuck worked in the construction field for 35 years, working in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois and Iowa. Chuck loved the family farm and took his family there whenever possible. He continued to help his parents farm the land, fix machinery and do chores until his parents moved to town. Chuck was an outdoors man through and through. He loved to fish, and hunt deer and all kinds of birds, which he taught his children. He took great pride in hearing what their hunts produced. He always had a loyal hunting dog at his side. Chuck and Hannah have been enjoying their time in Akaska, South Dakota every spring and fall for 14 years. They enjoy spending time with the locals, but Chuck loved fishing on Lake Oahe on the Missouri River, and was on the river whenever the weather allowed.
Chuck loved spending time with his grandchildren. He never missed a baptism, first communion, confirmation, graduation or wedding. Chuck and Hannah tried to make it to as many of their grandchildren’s events as possible. He especially loved when they came to fish with him in South Dakota.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Hannah; their children Susan Trocke of St. Cloud, MN, Lorie Thomes of Arlington, MN, Philip (Nicole) Coney of Des Moines, IA, and Eddie Coney of Ames, IA; grandchildren John Sobiech, Jessica Thomes (Scott) Pepin, Jason Thomes, Michelle Thomes (Derick Ruff), Lindsay Thomes (Jacob Sjostrom), Nathan Thomes, Traci (Travis) Sayre, and Joshua Coney; 5 great-grandchildren Nolan and Anna Pepin, Chase and Gabby Thomes, and Mia Ruff; sisters Marilyn Ahrens and Donna Firkins; brother Larry Coney; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Stanley Coney and Roland Coney; sisters Nancy Funk and Carol James.
A visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave., Ames, with a memorial service to follow.

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Leo Harold Soderholm, age 96, died on February 1, 2018 at the Green Hills Retirement Community in Ames, IA. Funeral services will be held at 10:00AM on Wednesday, February 7, at Bethesda Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 5:00PM to 7:00PM on Tuesday, February 6, at Adams Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lincoln, NE.Leo was born October 27, 1921 in Lincoln, NE, the only child of Joel Herman and Anna Saarem Soderholm. He attended Lincoln High School. He studied at the University of Nebraska one year before entering the Army as a private. He served with the 411th Anti-Aircraft Battalion as their radar officer. The unit trained in NC and England before being part of the D-Day invasion and crossing France into Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Captain. After serving in WWII, Leo graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering degree in 1949.Leo married Mary Anne Marshall of Verdigre, NE in 1948. They had four children – John Charles who died as an infant, Paul, Kathryn and Anne Kristin. Mary Anne passed away in 1983 and he married Pauline Reynolds in 1985.Following graduation from the University of Nebraska, Leo was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for research related to electrical power use in agriculture. He obtained a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1953 from the University of Nebraska. After a period of employment with Leuck Radio Supply of Lincoln, the family moved to Los Angeles, CA, where Leo was employed by RCA as the manager of the Nuclear Instrumentation Services. Following two and a half years of employment in Los Angeles, a move was made north to Lafayette, CA, and later to Walnut Creek, CA, where Leo was employed as a senior engineer with Wilkens Aerograph which later became a division of Varian.In 1966 a move was made back to the Midwest where he returned to employment with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He served in Ames, IA, as a Research Leader for 20 years, retiring in 1986. During this time he also obtained a Doctorate degree from Iowa State University.Leo was a member of the honorary fraternities of Sigma Tau, Eta Kappa Nu, Pi Mu Epsilon, Gamma Sigma Delta and Sigma Xi. He served as chairman of the Rural Electric Power Committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was owner and president of Electronic Supply of Ames from 1984 until 1988 and was the president of Amlec, an electronic manufacturing firm.He was treasurer of the Ames chapter and state association of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He was an active member of Bethesda Lutheran Church and was on the committee that formed the Endowment Fund. He was a life member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and President of the 411th AAA Gun Battalion Association from 1995 until its last meeting in 2008 when only four veterans were able to attend.Leo is survived by his three children Paul (Jeri) Soderholm, Durham, NH, Kathryn (Tim) Johnson, Minneapolis, MN, and Anne Kristin (Mark) Sloniger, Nevada, IA, two step-sons, Paul (Phyllis) Reynolds and Payce (Jody) Reynolds, seven grandchildren, Becky (Ryan Birkenholz) Soderholm, Patricia Soderholm, Teresa (John) Cooney, Stacey (Brian) Simmons, Brandon Johnson, Garrett (Noell Sprynczynatyk) Johnson and Sarah (Matt) Sorenson, six step-grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife (Mary Anne), his second wife (Pauline), his parents and his infant son (John Charles).
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Iowa State University Professor Emeritus Marvin G. Julius, 95, of Ames, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Ames.Marvin Julius was born near Palmer, to Alfred and Anna Julius. He was a 1940 graduate of Manson High School and a 1968 graduate of Iowa State University with a Ph.D. degree in economics. He began his ISU career as extension director in Humboldt County in 1955 and joined the campus-based Extension Service in 1963, first as civil defense coordinator and subsequently as extension economist for community development. He produced economic base studies for Iowa areas as an aid to diversification of the state’s economy. At various times he was a consultant to state government for tax studies and agricultural valuations.He served 3 1/2 years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II as a first lieutenant and was recalled for 18 months during the Korean Conflict. He held many volunteer roles in the community including the Board of Education in Humboldt, president of the Iowa Association for Retarded Citizens, as chairman of the initial advisory committee for the allocation of human services funds in Story County, and guardian or advocate for several persons with handicaps.He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, American Agricultural Economics Association, Kiwanis, National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, The Arc of Story County, Story County Human Services Advisory Council, and a number of other health related service committees.On June 22, 1947, he married Maxine Meeske, of Pocahontas. Survivors include his wife, Maxine, of Ames; a daughter, DeAnne Julius (Ian Harvey), of London, England; and three sons, Kent (Erja), of Reunion, Fla., and Mark and Lane, of Ames. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Megan (Luke) Johnson, of Boston, Ross (Rebecca) Harvey, of Copenhagen, Denmark, Emma Julius, of Sarasota, Fla., and Niklaus Julius, of Ames; four great-grandchildren, Zachary and Jake Johnson, of Boston, and Theodore and Linnea Harvey, of Copenhagen; his sister, Maxine (Paul Barrett), of Pocahontas; and a brother, Eldon (Dorothy) Julius, of Albuquerque, N.M.A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, with a visitation one hour prior, at Northcrest Retirement Community in Ames, with Pastor Bryan Simmons officiating. Burial will be in Ames Municipal Cemetery.
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Lyle Herrold of Cambridge – Lionel (Call me Lyle!) was born 19 February 1941 in Marion, Indiana, and entered his eternal resting place on 13 January 2018. He moved to California with his family at 6 months old. Lyle grew up with a strong love for God and natural surroundings.In 1964, he and wife Gloria moved to Iowa. Three wonderful children were born to this union. Damon (Teri), Kimberly (Terry), and Darren. Grandchildren Danielle, Mason, Kyrie (Joseph), Tyler, Devon, and Derek. Great-grandchildren Rory and Finley. Lyle enjoyed being close to God, a wonderful family, friends, and nature. Lyle retired from 24 years of US Army and Iowa Air National Guard military service.Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and William Herrold and sister Charlotte. Survivors include his wife Gloria of 54 years, his children, spouses, grandchildren, great -grandchildren, sister Kathy Boothe, brothers Bill, Maury (Betty), Dallas, and Ralph (Ellen), sister-in-laws Mary Jane Cairns, Sherry Cairns, and we can’t forget his very special dog and companion, Rufus.On the Herrold’s property, Lyle hand dug a large water garden and waterfall, and many flower beds for both he and his wife. They spent countless hours in their backyard enjoying their pond, flowers, birds, and wildlife.A special thank you to Dr. Merchant, the entire staff at the William R. Bliss Cancer Center, and the Mary Greeley Hospice Team for all the kindness, compassion, and outstanding care given to Lyle during his cancer journey.Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 17 at Rasmusson-Bacon Funeral Home (1418 Fawcett Pkwy) in Nevada. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, January 18, at Bethesda Lutheran Church (1517 Northwestern Avenue) in Ames. Burial with military honors will follow at the Cambridge Cemetery in Cambridge.
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Kenneth Edward Egertson, age 86, of Story City, Iowa, formerly of Lauderdale, Minn., passed away January 1, 2018, following complications of a stroke. Visitation will be held Friday, January 5, from 4-6:00 pm at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames (1517 Northwestern Ave.) A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 am at Bethesda on Saturday, January 6.Ken was a retired Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota. During his career at the University of Minnesota, Ken participated in international projects in Belize, Indonesia, Bulgaria, and Dominica, in addition to his teaching and extension work. Ken and Barbara spent three years on the island of Dominica which became their second home. They also loved the time they spent in Bulgaria. They also spent as much time as possible in Ashby, Minnesota at Barbara’s family farm. In his retirement, he and his wife, Gloria, lived in Arizona and enjoyed traveling all over the world. Ken became an avid hiker – of almost every trail in Arizona – and at the Grand Canyon, which he hiked three times. Most of all, Ken was known as a kind and generous person and was a great father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He truly touched everyone he met.He is survived by his wife, Gloria; his children, Kathy Young and her husband, Garrett, Paul Egertson, Karen Egertson, Jennifer Egertson and Sara Egertson; and his grandchildren, Sam Young, Paul Kinkade, Kate Kinkade, Drew Kinkade and Ava Egertson.Ken was also fortunate to have a wonderful second family and is survived by his step-daughters, Nancy and Dana Kever, Ann and Daren Smith and Patty and Kevin Mote; his step-grandchildren, Tyler Buck, Stacia (Derek) Wilson, Zach (Nicky) Smith, Chelsea Smith, Casey Mote and Tanner Mote; and his great-grandchildren, Remington, Ellie, Corbin and Rorik, who kept him young.Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (Teisberg) Egertson; his son-in-law, Scott Kinkade; and his siblings, Vernon Egertson, Don Egertson and Betty Egertson.Burial will be at a later date in Ashby, Minnesota.
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Nadine L. (Eichhorst) Buss, 87 of Ames, most recently residing at Windsor Manor in Nevada, died December 28, 2017. A gathering of friends and family will be held prior to the service at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave. In Ames, with an 11:00 A.M. funeral service. Burial will take place at a later date.Nadine was born in Yorktown, Iowa on September 12, 1930. Attended elementary school at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Yorktown and high school in Clarinda, IA. She was married to William Buss on August 7, 1949 in Yorktown, Iowa.Nadine was an Administrative Assistant at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for 20 years. She was active with the Iowa Chapter of Professional Secretaries International, Bethesda Lutheran Church and Story County Cyclone Club. She was a lifelong Cyclone supporter. Nadine & Bill loved traveling to follow ISU football and basketball. In her spare time she was an expert seamstress and knitter. She collected owls from all corners of the world and had a real interest in antique depression glass. Nadine is survived by her husband of 68 years William (Bill) and five daughters: Debra (Larry) Parker of Nevada, Iowa; Pat (Albert) Augustin of Colo, Iowa; Barb Inman of Polk City, Iowa; Beverly (Greg) Grote of Jefferson City, Missouri; and Jane (Jeff) Eagan of Ames, Iowa. Her eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren were the light of her life. She is also survived by three brothers: Mel (Jean) Eichhorst, Ron (Diana) Eichhorst and Ed (Mary) Eichhorst. She is preceded in death by her brother, Robert Eichhorst.
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Margaret Hunziker, age 98, of Green Hills Retirement Community of Ames, peacefully passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 4-6:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 29, at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave. In Ames. A funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, November 30, 2017, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Burial will take place at Ames Municipal Cemetery following the service.Margaret was born August 29, 1919 in Belle Plaine, Iowa the daughter of Edward and Nina Beryl (Stake) Swatosh. She graduated from Belle Plaine High School and enrolled at Iowa State University in Institutional Management. Margaret (Marge) was a homemaker and lived in Ames since 1940. She married Erben Hunziker on November 29, 1941. Together they owned and operated a restaurant for ten years but more importantly they provided a loving home for their six sons.Marge believed that we must discover ourselves, develop our own talent, and strive to become the best we can at whatever we do. One of her talents she especially enjoyed was painting. Marge also enjoyed traveling the world with family and friends, relaxing at Clear Lake, golfing, dancing, and attending church, ISU sports, and social events. Marge delighted in spending time with her large family. She will be lovingly remembered.Margaret was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, Chapter HN of PEO, Beta Tau Delta, Cynthia O. Duff Questors, Ames Brush Club, Home Builders Auxiliary, Endowment Committee at the Octagon Center, Ames Public Art Commission, Beloit Advisory Council, and Ames Golf and Country Club.Margaret is survived by four sons. Dean (Darlene) Hunziker, Robert (Jane) Hunziker, Steve (Susan) Hunziker and Jon (Bonnie) Hunziker, and daughter in-law, Chris Hunziker; grandchildren: Tim (Cathy) Hunziker, Jeff (Tracy) Hunziker, Dan (Ali) Hunziker, Michelle (Nathan) Bilyeu, Joni (Brian) Tickle, Sherie (Jeff) Paulsen, Shaela Hunziker, Megan (Joe) Mulvihill, Andy (Kelsey) Hunziker, Sam (Hilary) Hunziker, Will Hunziker and Anna (Kevin) Hunziker- Harshman, and Jack Hunziker, 18, Great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Erben Hunziker, sons, Dave and Gary Hunziker, and a brother, Robert Swatosh. Margaret and Erben have been significant philanthropists to the Ames and Iowa State University communities including gifting for the Margaret Hunziker Garden House at Reiman Gardens, DMACC Hunziker Complex, Hunziker Sports Complex, Auditorium in the Ralph Olsen Building, Ames High School Football Field, and many more projects around the Ames and Iowa State University.
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Harlan Richard Larson age, 84, of Ames, died Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in a truck accident on Interstate 35. A gathering of friends and family will be 4-6:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way Ames. A celebration of life memorial service, will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct 31, at Bethesda Lutheran Church 1517 Northwestern Ames. Burial will be at Roland Cemetery in Roland, Iowa.Harlan was born on June 20, 1933 in Slater, Iowa the son of James and Theresa Ihle Larson. He attended school in the Slater area. Harlan joined the US Army in 1953 and discharged in 1955. He married Sande Miller and the couple later divorced but stayed friends through the years. Harlan and his brother Dave started Larson Brothers Trucking, he then went to work for H & F Construction, then managed McDonalds and after twenty years with McDonalds he opened Larson Sales and sold automobiles until 2001. At that time he went to work for Farm Service in Melbourne and retired from there in 2014. He then drove truck for Hickory Park Construction. Harlan was a former member of the Jaycees, Elks Club, Moose Lodge, and Sons of Norway. He was a member of American Legion and was on the Story County Honor Flight in 2015. Harlan always had a smile on his face, positive attitude, never new a stranger and always ready to lend a helping hand. Harlan is survived by two daughters, Dianna Schoenmann of Boca Roton, FL, Denise (Tim) Meier, grandson Tyler Meier all of Collins, former wife, Sande Larson of Ames, brothers, Paul (Jane) Larson, Ronald (Marla) Larson, Harvey Larson, Wayne (Mary Jo) Larson all of Ames, Keith Larson of Ellsworth, and sister, Karen Mabie of CO. nieces and nephews.Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, brother, David Larson, sisters, Joyce Pierce, and Janet Bixby.
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Evon Trcka, 83, of Ames, passed away September 14, 2017 at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, IA. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 17 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames IA. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 18, also at Bethesda Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Ames Municipal Cemetery. Evon Rae Trcka was born October 17, 1933 to Pete and Edythe (Hill) Frette in McCallsburg, IA. She graduated from Roland High School in 1951. On August 28, 1955, Evon married Frank Trcka at Salem Lutheran Church in Roland, IA. Evon worked as a homemaker, as well as working and retiring from JC Penney and Wells Fargo. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church active in Book Club, Women’s Ministry and Small Group Bible Study, and was a leader in the Camp Fire Girls. Evon was also a member of the Ames Woman’s Club, the Iowa State University Alumni Association and Century Club, and the Sons of Norway.Evon was a season ticket holder for both ISU Men’s and Women’s basketball, and was an usher at ISU football games for many years. She enjoyed working in her garden, completing puzzles, and traveling. Evon lived life in an enthusiastic and caring way and rarely missed one of her children’s or grandchildren’s activities.Evon is survived by her children, Frank E. (Marleah) Trcka of Washington, IA., Sue (Tim) Taege of Ames, IA., Kathy (Randy) Auel of Ames, IA. and Patty (Daryl) Taylor of Hudson, IA. her grandchildren, Jennifer (Tyler) Thomsen, Rachel (Ben) Wiuff, Luke Taege, Breanna Taege, Michele (Jacob) Elson, Sara (JD) TeBockhorst, Ashley (Nick) Chardoulias, Cory Taylor, Daniel (Jessica) Auel and Nicole Auel; nine great-grandchildren; her brother, Joel (Sheri) Frette; her sister, Helene (Terry) Adams; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Frank. 
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Rusty Scott Hovick was born on June 27, 1979, in Ames, IA, to Kenny and Linda Hovick of Story City, IA. Rusty was the third of three children. Rusty and his family resided in Marshalltown, IA; Harlan, IA; and Williams, IA, as he moved with his family for their hotel business. Rusty graduated from Northeast Hamilton High School in 1997, and then continued his education at Iowa State University in Ames. Rusty graduated from Iowa State with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems in May of 2002. Rusty began working at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, MO, in 2002 through current, where he performed hospital system implementations, support, and management. Rusty lived in New York City for several years while working for Cerner, then relocated to the Kansas City headquarters in 2008. While in Kansas City, he purchased his first home where he lived with his beloved dogs Murphy and Minnie. Rusty also enjoyed volunteering at Wayside Waifs, a local animal shelter. Rusty is survived by his mother and father, Kenny and Linda Hovick of Ames, IA, sister, Macy (Hovick) Jacobsen (Tim) and nephews Donald, Brad, and Brody Jacobsen of Stilwell, KS; his sister, Meredith (Hovick) Klug (Scott) and nieces Catelyn, Morgan, and Reagan Klug of Saint Charles, IL; and grandmother, Evelyn Hovick of Story City, IA. Rusty was beloved by all of his family and friends and will be deeply missed. Online condolences may be left at www.amosfamily.com
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Judi Peterson, 71, of Ames, passed away on May 30, 2017, at Mary Greeley Medical Center.  Memorial Services will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Avenue Ames, Iowa. There will be a private internment ceremony at 1 PM on Monday, June 5 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Stanhope, Iowa.She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Michel Peterson, Sr; her son David Peterson and wife Shelley and their three sons Lane, Ayden, and Mylze; her son, Dennis and his wife Lisa Kritt, and his daughter Jade Carson and her husband Justin and their daughter Savannah; her sisters Karen Penry and Debi Craven; her brother, John Craven and wife Marlys; and her in-laws, Beverly Thompson, Mary Bower, Dale and Sharon Peterson, Matt and Marlene Fardal, David and Libby Peterson.Judi was preceded in death by her children Michel Peterson Jr., Darla Peterson, and Chad Peterson; her parents, Earl and Gladys Craven (Danks); her parents in Law, Hawley and Emma Peterson (Sunnoe); a brother, Joseph Craven; brother-in law’s, Philip Penry, Philip Peterson, and Lyle Thompson; and sister-in-law Marilyn Peterson. Judi enjoyed spending time with friends and family. She enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and camping. A lifelong learner she enjoyed reading and researching on her computer. She was an avid genealogist who contributed to a 2 volume family history dating to the founding of the U.S. and several centuries prior into England. Judi was a Lutheran for many years, holding several offices in various churches. She was employed as a bookkeeper with her husband in their farm equipment business. She finished her career in the accounting department of the Boone County Hospital. At the time of her passing, she had been retired for several years and enjoyed winters with her husband in Arizona.
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Arthur Eugene Riley, 93, of Ames, passed away May 19, 2017, at Bethany Manor in Story City. The family will receive friends from 5 -7 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, at Adams Funeral Home in Ames. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 26, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Burial will be in Ames Municipal Cemetery.Art was born January 14, 1924 to Victor and Florence (Jensen) Riley in Ames, Iowa. He graduated from Ames High School in 1941. Art served in the U. S. Army during WWII and while serving was called home to take over the family farm. He married Kathleen DeMoss on June 21, 1947 and they were married 61 years before her passing. Art farmed until 1971 and then worked as building coordinator of McKay Hall at Iowa State University until his retirement in 1989.Art was a member of the Story County 4-H Fair Association Board and Bethesda Lutheran Church. He was an instrumental part of the Wednesday meals at Bethesda. Art was a Godly man whose love for the Lord was great and guided him throughout his life – he raised his family by these principles. Art and Kay were foster parents to teenagers through YSS for nine years. His door and heart were always open.Art passed away at 93 years of age on May 19, 2017 at Bethany Manor in Story City.Art is survived by two sons, David (Karen) Riley of Sioux City and their children, Kami (Lon) Claeys, Jedidiah Riley and Gabriel (Danielle) Riley, and Joseph Riley of Ames and his children, Angie (Mark) Hidlebaugh and Jim Riley; two daughters, Mary (Joel) Glenn of Huxley and their children, Rachel and Brian, and Mitzi Riley (Galen Omvig) of Ames and her children, Tyler (Robyn) Lewis and Rebecca Lewis; seven great-grandchildren; and his daughter-in-law, Gail Williamson of Monrovia, Calif.He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kathleen; his son, Phillip Riley; and his sister, Marie Forth.
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Mavis Hatteberg, 100, passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Bethany Life Communities in Story City. Funeral services for Mavis will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2, at Bethany Life Chapel in Story City. Burial will be in Radcliffe Cemetery. Boeke Funeral Home of Radcliffe is in charge of arrangements. For more information and online condolences, go to www.boekefuneralhomes.com.
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Bonnie Haines, age 82, of Nevada, died Monday, April 17, 2017, at Story County Senior Care in Nevada.Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada, with burial to follow in Hillside Cemetery in State Center.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Thursday. Born June 2, 1934, in Marshalltown, Iowa, Bonnie Lou (Tribby) Haines was the daughter of Junnice and Mary “Bernice” (Skinner) Tribby.  She graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1954, then attended nurses training in Marshalltown.  Bonnie worked as a registered nurse, mostly for Story County Hospital in Nevada, and also in Union and Marshalltown.In June of 1962, she married Wallace Haines at St. John’s Lutheran Church in State Center.  The couple made their home in State Center and wintered in Texas for many years.  In the late 1970’s, they moved to Mission, Texas.  Bonnie returned to Iowa in 2003.  Bonnie was a very social lady who loved people and never met a stranger.  She enjoyed bowling, playing Bingo, and following professional basketball.Survivors include three sisters including her twin, Betty Vieman of Hiawatha, Dorothy (Charles) Palmateer of Ames, and Carolyn Workman of Ankeny; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.She was preceded in death by her husband in 1990; her parents; a brother, Earl Tribby; a sister, Judy Cooper; a nephew, Doug Vieman; and three brothers-in-law, Lowell Vieman, David Cooper, and Gus Workman.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
John Menke age 85, passed away at Israel family Hospice house in Ames on March 14, 2017, after a period of declining health and complications from a recent hospitalization. A celebration of life memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 17, the family will receive friends from 9:30 until service time at Bethesda Lutheran Church 1517 Northwestern in Ames, Iowa. Private family interment will be at Ankeny Memorial Gardens in Ankeny following the luncheon.
John was born September 18, 1931 in Belmond, Iowa the son of John and Ruby (Box) Menke. In his early years, John was known as John Jr. The family moved to the Hampton/Geneva area where John grew up and graduated from Geneva High School. He married Barbara Rathman on July 9, 1950 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hampton, Iowa. John and Barb developed a very close relationship after 66 years of married life, family, work and retirement. In later years, they became very dependent on each other.
John is survived by his wife, Barb Menke of Ames, sons, Dr. Steve (Nancy) Menke of Ottumwa, and Bart Menke of Ames, grandchildren, Michael Menke of Sioux City, Christopher (Erica) Menke of San Diego, CA, Bryson (Megan) Menke of Temecula, CA, great grandchildren, Victoria, Eloise, Haley, Max and Mia Menke, sister, Gertrude Scallorn of Lakeland, TN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ruby Menke.
John and Barb moved to Ames area in 1958 and provided a great home and experiences for the boys on the farm south of Ames. John was involved in the construction industry his entire working life. He was a long term employee of James Thompson and sons later Story Construction. John was very proud of his contribution to the numerous projects that he was part of in the development of Ames and ISU as we know it today.
Family and grandchildren were very important to John. He was very appreciative to the role everyone had in his life and enjoyed watching the development of the family.
John and Barb enjoyed life in their north Ames neighborhood very much and valued the friendships with all their neighbors. John was determined to live in his home as long as possible. John was an avid cyclone fan who attended events in all sports until his health limited him to television and newspaper.
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Jean Ruby (Arnold) Bonnicksen, daughter of James Walter Arnold and Ruby Rose (Koeppe) Arnold. was born in Omaha, NE on November 4, 1929. Jean grew up on a farm near Martinsburg, NE, and during WWII her family moved first to South Sioux City, NE, then to Sioux City, IA. After graduating from Sioux City Central High School “the Castle on the Hill”, Class of ’47, Jean attended Samuels School of Beauty, also in Sioux City. Following completion of beauty school, she opened her own beauty shop in Estherville, IA. At a ballroom dance, a mutual friend introduced Jean to (Arthur) Kevin Bonnicksen of Ringsted, IA. They dated, and were engaged before Kevin entered the Marine Corps, to serve in Korea. After his return, on May 1, 1954, Jean and Kevin were married and settled on a farm near Spirit Lake, IA. In 1959, they adopted a daughter, Adele. Six years later, the couple moved from the farm to Estherville. Jean continued running her beauty shop in her home, and Jean and Kevin adopted a son, Rick. In 1966, Kevin began work as a seed technician for the Agronomy Department at I.S.U., and the family moved to Ames. Daughter Carolyn was born in 1968, and about that time, the family began spending summer vacations at the cabin on Lake Kabetogama, MN.Jean was an avid sports fan and followed many sports on television and in the newspapers. Soon after moving to Ames, Jean and Kevin became Cyclone fans, and held season football and basketball tickets for many years. She and Kevin enjoyed playing cards with family and friends–pinochle games were spirited contests. A life-long Lutheran, Jean was member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, where she was active member of the quilting group. In addition to quilting, Jean usually had a knitting, crocheting, or sewing project in progress.For over 40 years, Jean operated her beauty shop in Ames, and many of “her ladies” became her friends. The house on Yuma Avenue was her home for 51 years, until December, 2016, when she moved to Norwalk, IA to live with her daughter, Carolyn. Jean passed away March 12, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.Jean was preceded death by an infant daughter, Barbara; a son, Rick; a grandson, Keevin; and her husband of 57 years, Kevin.She is survived by her daughters, Adele (Dirk) of Earlham, and Carolyn, of Norwalk, and by her grandchildren, Pieter Ver Steeg, Meredith Ver Steeg, and Leea Sleeth.Visitation will be Monday, March 20 from 4-7 at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care 414 Lincoln Way in Ames. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 21 at 11:00 at Bethesda Lutheran Church 1517 Northwestern in Ames. Lunch at the church will follow.
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James Herrick Chalstrom age, 84 of Ames, Iowa died at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames March 10, 2017. A gathering of friends and family will be 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way in Ames, IA with a celebration of life funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 18, Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave. Ames, with burial at Ames Municipal Cemetery.James Herrick Chalstrom was born September 21, 1932 to Lucy (Colt) and Oliver Floyd Chalstrom. After graduating from Estherville High School in 1950 and Estherville Junior College in 1952, He graduated from the University of Iowa with an Accounting major in 1954. He became a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) in 1957.After working for CPA firms in Waterloo and Mason City, he opened his own firm in Algona. He then became Comptroller for Directory Service in Algona. In 1969 he became a budget officer for the State Comptroller’s Office (later the Office of Management) in Ames and the state capitol in Des Moines, Iowa. He retired from the State of Iowa in 1993, receiving recognition for his outstanding service from the Governor.He was involved in leadership in the church and local and regional offices of the Iowa Jaycees. He hosted the Jaycees radio program in Algona. Active in music, he played in various band organizations, including church, school and the Des Moines Community band. He also sang in the Methodist Choir in Mason City. He enjoyed boating and fellowship with others at Chalstrom Beach on East Okoboji. He was an avid sports fan, particularly of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the St. Louis Cardinals. He covered and wrote sports news for the Estherville paper and the Mason City Globe Gazette.Struggling with the challenges of polio as a child and then post-polio syndrome, he lived a courageous life. He served as chairman of the Iowa Commission for Persons with Disabilities. He was actively involved in changes locally, at his church, and throughout the state to remove physical as well as social and cultural barriers to inclusion of the disabled. He promoted the shift in thinking from focusing on those that are disabled, to thinking of those that are temporarily able-bodied, as we are all less than perfect.He married an elementary school teacher, Marianne Louis Cook in Mason City on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960. They enjoyed 56 years together, filled with travelling widely, visiting historical places around the country, and remaining active in causes they found important. They have two children Anne Marie Chalstrom (Minneapolis) and David James Chalstrom (Atlantic Beach, FL) and a grandson, Gavin James Chalstrom, to whom he was a dedicated father and grandfather.He was preceded in death by infant sister and both parents. He is survived by his wife, children, grandson, sister and brother-in-law, Norma (Cook) and Burton Everist, and 3 nephews, Mark, Joel and Kirk Everist, their spouses and their children.
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Heather Michelle Anderson White age 30, of Knightdale, North Carolina formerly of Ames died at her parents’ home in Ames on February 18, 2017. A gathering of friends and family will be from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2017 at Bethesda Lutheran Church 1517 Northwestern Ave. Ames. A celebration of life memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday February 25, 2017 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Burial will be at Ames Municipal Cemetery.Heather Michelle Anderson was born January 23, 1987 in Ames, Iowa the daughter of Dave and Sharon Anderson. She attended school in Ames graduating from Ames High School in 2005. She then graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. She married Wesley Scott White in June of 2015 in Ames, Iowa. The couple resided in Knightdale, North Carolina where Heather was working to obtain her teacher’s license. The couple bought their first home together in the fall of 2016 in Knightdale, North Carolina.Heather is survived by her husband Wesley White, her parents Dave and Sharon Anderson, her sister Kim Anderson, her dog Raleigh, and a host of extended family.
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Darlene Clarice Ruby died on February 15, 2017, at the Israel Family Hospice House.Darlene was born on February 6, 1932, in Lemon, South Dakota, to Earl and Ruby Lambourn. Darlene graduated from high school. Darlene moved to Ames in 1954 and married Robert Ruby on October 12, 1957. The couple spent a year in Spain while Bob was in the Air Force. Darlene loved Spain. They lived in Ames, Clinton, and Marshalltown, Iowa, over the span of their marriage prior to moving back to Ames in 1980s. Darlene worked in Food Service in Ames and Marshalltown and most recently at Iowa State University, retiring in August 1995. She came out of retirement in 2005 to work part-time for Ames Public Schools and Culvers until December 2017.Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother, and two sisters.She is survived by her children Kevin (Susan) Ruby of Roland, Iowa, Kurtis (Cindy) Ruby of Rochester, Minnesota, and Carmen (Roger) Vidgal of Spirit Lake, Iowa, one sister Joan Maske of Montrose, Colorado, and several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren: Nicholas (Kristina) Ruby (great-grandchildren Allison and Jacob Ruby); Nicholas Sayre (Tanya Nunn) (great-grandchildren Kali Walker and Virginia Sayre); Christal Sayre; Jason (Shannon) Sayre (great-grandchildren Matthew Johnson, Alan Fisher, Chase Sayre, Stormy Sayre, Paige Castell, MacKenzie Sayre); Andrew (Sarah) Ruby (great-grandchildren Autumn and Anna Ruby); Allison Ruby; Charles Vigdal (great-grandchild Eden Vigdal); Stephanie Vigdal (great-grandchildren Mya and Marshal Vigdal); Joseph Vigdal (Laura Citron); Emily Loth; Andrew Loth; Laura (Dave) Ness (great-grandchildren Jared, Logan Ness); Trish (Chad) Raap (great-grandchildren Trae, Caden, and Bella).
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Eileen Louise Hohenstein, 78, of Des Moines, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, after a brief illness. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines. Family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service. A visitation will be at Wintz Funeral Home in Yankton, S.D., at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, before leaving for the cemetery at 2 p.m. A graveside service will follow in Danish Lutheran Cemetery in Gayville, S.D.A devoted mother, Eileen is survived by her three children:, Todd Forney and Maureen Beytagh, of Powell, Ohio, Craig and Barbara Forney, of Ames, and John and Denise Forney, of West Des Moines. She was the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren.
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Doris M. Anderson passed away January 26, 2017. A 12:00 noon visitation will take place Monday, Jan. 30, at Stevens Memorial Chapel. A funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm, at Stevens Memorial Chapel.
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Harold Clarence Sorenson was born May 20, 1923 to Chris and Clara (Reiskie) Sorenson in Radcliffe, Iowa. Harold graduated from Radcliffe High School in 1941. He attended Texas A&M while serving in the U.S. Army and then served in Europe during WWII in the 100th Infantry Division. Harold was awarded the Bronze Star, and stood guard at the funeral of General George S. Patton, Jr. After the war, Harold was a MP in Germany until his honorable discharge.Harold and Alice Gray were married July 15, 1950 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. He joined the Ames Fire Department in 1954 and retired in 1978. He also worked in construction for 50 years. Harold was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames, Ames American Legion Post #37, and the 100th Infantry Division Association. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting, working in the garden, and traveling.Harold passed away at 93 years of age on January 2, 2017. Visitation will take place Friday, January 6, at 10:00 am at Bethesda Lutheran Church. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 am.Harold is survived by his wife, Alice Sorenson of Ames; his children, Richard (Nancy) Sorenson of Ankeny, Paula (Denny) Elliott of Boone and Brian (Kathy) Sorenson of Ames; his grandchildren, Krista (Josh) Moorman, Jessica (Lee) Morgan, Alyssa Sorenson, Chris Sorenson and Maria Sorenson; his great-grandchildren, Sydney, Kelsea, Jacob, Bryana and Reagan; his brother, Hubert Tussey; his sister, Gladys Witthuhn; and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Irvin, Lester and Richard; and his sister, Verna Hanson.
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Joseph Richard (Joe) Easton
entered the joy of heaven on All Saints Eve, October 31, 2016, in the presence of his loving family.  Joe was born to James Alvin and Eva May Easton on April 4, 1930 in Merrill, Iowa. A private memorial service will be held at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Saturday, November 12.
Joe and Eunice D. Stahmer were high school sweethearts and were married on February 11, 1951. Joe was a loving Christian husband to Eunice for 65 years. They were blessed with five children to love and cherish and the proud parents of three foster children. Their children include Dean (Janis) of PA and their children, Aaron (Becky) Charles & Katrina and Lynn (Weston) Dittmer, Reese & Vivian. David (Joan) of Cedar Falls IA, and their children Hannah (Ben) Welper & Martha. Amy Kruse of Ames, IA and her children Michael (Aryn) Kruse, Samuel, Noah, Jacob and Aubri and Renee (Joel) Minion, Peyton & Logan and Eric Kruse. Dan (Tricia), and their children Elizabeth , Patrick, William, Scarlett & Amalia. Beth (Bill) Jackson, and their children Nicolas and his sons Jason, Ethan & Dylan and Corey (Brad) Stump and Annabell.
Joe graduated from Le Mars High School in 1948 and was very active in basketball, football, FFA and served as president of FFA and Student Council.His life interest were his years on the farm where he raised hogs and was honored as the Plymouth County Pork Producer.
Joe was a church educator, serving 20 years as a 4-H leader, a teacher of Sunday school and the Bethel Bible studies. He was very proud to be named “Father of the Year” in 1965 in Plymouth County, IA. One of his greatest accomplishments was his organizing the raising of a barn to move to the Plymouth County Fair grounds and then to have a celebration party to thank all of the donors for their help making the project a huge success.
Eunice loved when he would help her with “Grandma’s Cleaning Service” in Sioux City. Everyone knew Joe from him working at the Plymouth County Fair, giving those special hayrides, Food for Life, Farm Bureau and being the Swine Superintendent. In later years Joe worked at Farm Services, Fellows school and ISU all in Ames. Joe was a big help for Habitat for Humanity in Ames and Mexico.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Monte of Le Mars, IA, those left to remember their brother are Betty Anderson, Bonnie Snaza and James Easton of Hawarden.Joe was a giving and caring gentleman that will be missed by many.
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Mary Jane Pearson, 83, of Ames, Iowa passed away peacefully at her home Sunday, September 4, 2016, of pancreatic cancer. Visitation is 4 to 6 pm Thursday at the Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way in Ames. Funeral services will be at 10 am Friday, September 9 at Bethesda Lutheran Church with the Reverend Bryan Simmons officiating. Burial will be at Ames Municipal Cemetery.Mary Jane was born July 25, 1933, the only child of Dorothy Dannatt and Henry Barlow in Buffalo, New York where Henry worked as a chemist for DuPont. Henry passed away from nephritis at an early age when Mary Jane was only 2 years old. Dorothy supported herself and Mary Jane at a time when single mothers and latch-key children were uncommon. Mary Jane learned at an early age from her mother to be strong, independent, and to value the importance of a good education. She worked in a library during high school and college and broadened her love of reading. Mary Jane attended Iowa State University where she obtained her mathematics degree. Two post college jobs included mathematical graphing of thorium testing during the Cold War as well as work on early computers at MIT. Mary Jane met Phillip Pearson at Iowa State University and they married on August 28, 1954, in Davenport, IA. They lived in Boston, MA and Columbia, MO, but spent most of their years in Ames raising their family. In May 2002, Mary Jane sadly lost Phillip after 47+ wonderful years of marriage. On August 18, 2008, she married a long-time dear friend Ramon Runkel in a celebration uniting the Pearson and Runkel families. Mary Jane and Ramon spent 6+ years together enjoying their golden years traveling and visiting family and friends. Ramon sadly passed away in August 2015.Mary Jane was a devoted wife, mother, and woman of God. She was a breast cancer survivor! She was a volunteer at heart, serving others through Bethesda Lutheran Church, PEO, Mary Greely Oncology department, Bethany Manor in Story City, Kappa Delta Sorority and many other organizations. She loved her bridge groups, gourmet clubs, and Faculty Women’s Club. She loved to travel and attend plays, concerts, football and basketball games and was an avid supporter of everything Iowa State. Thank you, Lord, for letting Mary Jane be a part of our lives!Survivors include two daughters, Jane Beeman of Des Moines, IA and Julie (Joel) Utterback of Deerfield, IL; two sons, Bryan (Kim) Pearson of Polk City, IA, and Todd (Bethanne) Pearson of Winterset, IA; three granddaughters, Morgan Pearson, Monica Pearson, and Kelsey Utterback; six grandsons, Scott (Sheryl) Beeman, Joel (Jessica) Beeman, Erik Pearson, Griffin Pearson, Phillip Pearson, Dylan Utterback; and three great grandchildren, Teddy Beeman, Elliott Beeman, and Annabel Beeman. Mary Jane is also survived by her Runkel children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

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Phyllis Poppen Ricketts, 76, passed away at her home in Ames on Aug. 5, 2016. A gathering of friends and family will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. A celebration of life funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames, with burial at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery in Manson. A reception will follow at the church in Manson.

Phyllis was born in Carroll on June 15, 1940, the daughter of Maurice and Pauline MacDonald. She grew up in the Knierim-Manson area. She married Roger Dean Poppen, who preceded her in death. She later married Charlie Ricketts. Phyllis cherished her faith, family and friends above all else. Before retiring, Phyllis worked at Homeward Healthcare in Ames. She enjoyed volunteering at Mary Greeley Medical Center and Bethesda Lutheran Church, where she was a member. Phyllis was a PEO sister and past board member of the Northcrest Foundation. She loved the Cyclones and playing bridge.

Those left to cherish Phyllis’s memory are her husband, Charlie Ricketts, her children, Terri (Dean) Haaland, Kimber (Roger) Jackson, Jim Poppen, Dave (Lexi) Knight; stepchildren, Beth ( Mark) Dean and Steve (Linda) Ricketts, grandchildren, Nick (Jen), Kiera, Ashley, Thomas (Chelsea), Drew (Emily), India, Dakota, Kennedy, Sydney, Karina: step-grandchildren Ryan (Abby) Megan, Aaron, Scott, Jason, Jenny; great-grandchildren Carter, Liliana, Brooks; siblings Shirley (Corliss) Poppen, Dick (Carol) MacDonald, Joni (Don) Hover and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roger Poppen, and her sons, Tom and Curt.

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Dr. Bruce H. Janke, DVM, PhD, age 68, of Ames, passed on to his heavenly home on June 25, 2016 due to complications related to hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) while at Mayo Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care (414 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA). A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Bethesda Lutheran Church (1517 Northwestern Ave, Ames, IA). Burial will be at Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Bruce Janke was born Feb. 10, 1948 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the son of Reverend Wilfred and Vera Janke. He graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1966, and attended Iowa State University, where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Zoology in 1970 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1975. He went on to work as a veterinarian for three years in Windom, MN, during which time he met his wife, Ellen Bode. The couple married on October 14, 1978 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and moved to Colombia, MO where their two sons, Ben and Brian, were born. Bruce earned Masters and PhD degrees in Veterinary Pathology from the University of Missouri. Following his PhD work, the family moved to Brookings, SD where he served as a professor of Veterinary Pathology from 1984 to 1991 at the South Dakota State University Diagnostic Laboratory. In 1991, Bruce and his family returned to Ames, where he joined ISU as a Professor of Diagnostic Pathology, retiring in 2014 after 23 years of teaching, research, and veterinary diagnostics.

Bruce loved to play basketball and golf, and enjoyed being outdoors. He loved to fish, and especially relished two annual fishing trips to Canada with friends and family. He enjoyed spending time with his family; he and Ellen liked to travel and visit the national parks, as well as attend the performing arts and ISU basketball games. He was an active member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, serving the church and community in several capacities and living out his strong faith.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Ellen Janke of Ames; sons, Ben Janke of Minneapolis, and Brian Janke of Madison; and a brother, Doug (Jodie) Janke of Fort Dodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant brother, Warren Janke.

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Leland H. Himan, 81, died Monday, April 18, 2016.

A memorial visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., on Friday, April 22, 2016, at Stevens Memorial Chapel, 607 28th St., Ames, IA, 50010. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m., on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave., Ames, IA, 50010.

Leland Himan, a 56-year resident of Ames, was born on April 3, 1935, to Harold and Elsie Schroeder-Himan on the family farm that bordered the town of Palmer, was baptized and confirmed at Elfsborg Swedish Lutheran Church in rural Pocahontas County, and attended Palmer Public Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating in 1953.

In December 1954, I enrolled at Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls, completed a two-year teacher education program in May 1956, and finished additional hours in the spring of 1957. During the summers of 1956 and 1957, I joined a group of 19 Iowa college students who were employed by the U.S. Forest Service at Brush Creek Ranger Station on the western slope of the Snowy Range near Laramie, Wyo.

In November 1957, I was drafted into the U.S. Army from Pocahontas County, received my basic training at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo., completed the second eight weeks of training in artillery at Fort Sill, near Lawton, Okla., and served the remainder of the two-year obligation in Bad Kissingen, West Germany, with the 92nd Artillery Battalion.

Following service, I again enrolled at Iowa State Teachers College for the fall semester of 1959. In December 1959, I submitted an application, was interviewed by representatives of the Ames Community Schools and was offered a position as sixth-grade teacher, teaching opposite the two teaching principals, Dale Brentnall at Whittier and Bill Ellett at Crawford Elementary Schools effective Feb. 4, 1960.

During a total of 34 1/2 years in the Ames Community Schools, I served as a classroom teacher at Whittier, Crawford and Sawyer Elementary Schools. The years in the classroom were followed by 24 years serving as an elementary principal in the district. Between 1960 and 1970, I married my wife, Gertrude “Abbie;” we became the parents of two children, Mark and Sara; taught at Whittier, Crawford and Sawyer, received a sabbatical leave for the 1968-69 school year; and completed my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Iowa State University. I then taught one additional year at Sawyer, before becoming a teaching principal at Beardshear Elementary School on July 1, 1970. During 24 years, in administration, I served as principal at Beardshear, Crawford, Whittier, Meeker, Wilson, Wilson-Beardshear and Northwood Schools as the district was downsizing due to declining enrollments. Twenty-one of those 24 1/2 years in education were devoted to students and staff of Crawford Elementary School.

I retired from the Ames Community Schools in 1994; began a second, but shorter career, as a real estate agent in Ames , and retired for a second time in 2005.

Leland is survived by his wife, Gertrude “Abbie;” son, Mark; daughter, Sara; (Mark); and grandkids, Anna and Lauren Himan, and Logan, Paige and Erin Bathie.

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June Marie Thorsbakken was born June 20, 1930 to Irwin and Gertie (Selvig) Stenberg in Radcliffe, Iowa. She graduated from Radcliffe High School and attended Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls for one year. June taught at the elementary level near Radcliffe and in Randall before her marriage. June and Charles Thorsbakken were married December 21, 1953 at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. June worked for 13 years as a cashier at the Iowa State University Bookstore, retiring in 1995.

June was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames and was an organist and choir director at a couple of churches where she was a member. She used her talents with music as a teacher of young piano students. Travel was very much enjoyed and included Hawaii, a cruise, and trips to many parts of the United States. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren number many, and to see new life and the talents of these provided much joy and the most happy moments in her life.

June passed away at 85 years of age on March 17, 2016 at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. Visitation will be Monday, March 21 at 10:00 am, followed by a Funeral service at 11:00 am, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames.

June is survived by her children, Jone (Norm) Longnecker, Sue Philbrook, Tim (Cathy) Thorsbakken and Tom (Karen) Thorsbakken; her grandchildren, Brian (Amy) Longnecker, Natasha Roach, Chris Thorsbakken, Eric Thorsbakken, Ryan Thorsbakken, Trent Brownrigg, Kaylynn Brownrigg and Kylee Brownrigg; and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles; three sisters, Marian, Vivan and Mavis; her son-in-law, Bill Philbrook; and her grandsons, Jeremy Longnecker and Josh Philbrook.

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Elva Marie Carmean, 100, died March 4, 2016, at Northridge Village in Ames. A celebration of life memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday May 14, 2016, at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern in Ames. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place at Ames Municipal Cemetery.

The second of three daughters, Elva was born January 5, 1916, in rural Shelby County, Iowa, to Edward and Jennie Erickson. She graduated in 1934 from Harlan High School. While working at the bank in Harlan she met C. S. “Bill” Carmean the handsome new Iowa State Highway Commission engineer assigned to the Harlan office. Bill was as taken with the beautiful bank clerk as Elva was with the handsome engineer. They were married in Fremont, Nebraska, on May 4, 1941, and spent the next 69 years together raising their family.

Elva always considered her most important job was being a Mom, at which she excelled. She was an extraordinary gardener- growing and canning everything from fruits to vegetables. Also a talented seamstress she sewed beautifully from silk lined coats to both of her daughter’s wedding dresses, and all of her grandchildren’s cutest Halloween costumes. She hand quilted quilts, knitted, and crocheted. Her family delighted in the sweaters, hats, and afghans made with her love. Elva and Bill spent their retirement years in Arizona and Florida enjoying sunshine, golf, and their friends. She didn’t hit the ball far but it was always straight down the middle and she was deadly on the greens. Humble always, she could sink a 25 foot putt while saying “Oh gee, I just don’t putt very well anymore.”

Elva is survived by her two daughters; Jennifer Thomsen of Centennial, CO and Carol (Curt) Houge of Ames, a daughter-in-law, Arla Carmean of Ames; five grandchildren, Shelli Thomsen, Farmington, NM, Tami Carmean Kucera (Doug), Denver, CO, Tara Carmean Wangen (Brett), Windsor, CO, Crystal Houge Brugman (Dana) Spencer, IA, and Clint Houge (Michelle Jones) Webster City, IA; eight great-grandchildren, Jessica Hoskins Burchinal (Geoff), Aurora, CO, Tyler, Cody, and Ava Wangen, Windsor, CO, Abigail and Cecilia Brugman, Spencer, IA, Stephanie and Christian Carleton, Webster City, IA; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2010, her son Charles S. “Sam” Carmean II, grandson Jeff Thomsen in 2006, and her two sisters: Alma Erickson Clodfelder and Elsie Erickson Huffman.

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Florence Austrheim, 98, formerly of Ames, passed away Feb. 6, 2016, at Madrid Home. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Adams Funeral Home in Ames. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service and a fellowship after the service. Her cremated remains will be buried in Roland Cemetery.

Florence Avanelle Rasmussen was born Feb. 3, 1918, to R.O. and Anna Mae (Woster) Rasmussen in Roland. She was baptized on May 26 at Bergen Church. Florence had fond memories of growing up in Crystal Lake with her family and many friends, including the Rognesses, the Nelsons and Mathisons.

The family moved to rural Story County when Florence was a senior in high school. The students at Milford School were most welcoming, and Florence was invited to join the girls’ basketball team after making an impressive long shot.

After graduation, she attended AIB in Des Moines. With the lure of higher wages, she moved to Chicago. During the war years, she worked at a defense plant that made electronics for airplanes. It was there she met her future husband, Harold Austrheim.

Harold’s father, Knut, traveled to Iowa to visit the Rasmussen family. To Florence’s surprise, Harold was happy to move to Ames. They married and fell in love with the 13th Street hill area and moved to a house on Summit Avenue, where they lived for some years. In 1962, the Austrheim family moved to Roosevelt Avenue, where she was a member of the neighborhood club, Enanon. She was an active member of Bethesda Lutheran Church. Florence enjoyed planning birthday parties for her children and outdoor fun. One of her hobbies was writing poetry, including her annual Christmas letter. Flowers were also a personal satisfaction, as was spending time with her six grandchildren.

With advancing age, Florence moved to Madrid Home where she spent her final years. She celebrated her 98th birthday party with family members and said it had been a good life.

Florence is survived by her daughters, Linda (Tom) Ross and Sarah (Andrew) Orngard; and six grandchildren, Tim (Dara) Ross, Matthew Ross, Ehler Orngard, Ella Orngard, Severie Orngard and Solveig Orngard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold; her brother, Robert Rasmussen; her sister, Gertrude Thompson; and her son, Owen Austrheim.

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Esther D. Hanson
Esther Darlene Hanson was born April 28, 1922 to Cernal and Inger (Ose) Sampson in Radcliffe, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Radcliffe. She graduated from Radcliffe High School in 1939 and attended college at Cedar Falls and Simpson. She taught in elementary school for several years. Esther and Willard Hanson were married on June 8, 1952 at Zion Lutheran Church. They lived in Ellsworth for twenty-five years and then moved to Ames.

Esther was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church until they moved to Ames. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames, the Ames Women’s Club, and played in numerous bridge clubs.

Esther, devoted Mom and Grandma, passed away peacefully to be with her Heavenly Father on February 6, 2016 at the Zearing Health Care Center at 93 years of age.

Esther is survived by her sons, Gregory Hanson of Des Moines and Frank Hanson of Ames; her daughter, Cynthia (Steven) Quam of Urbandale; four grandchildren, Scott Quam, Seth (Amy) Quam, Shaun (Carly) Quam and Samuel Quam; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Fern Anderson of Rochester, Minn., and Lois Biddle of West Grove, Pa.; and her sister-in-law, Ruth (Hanson) Erbes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willard Hanson; her sister, Maurine Wegner; and her brothers, Carroll Sampson, Leonard Sampson, Ernest Sampson and Donald Sampson.

Visitation: Feb. 9, 5-7:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home
Funeral: Feb. 10, 10:30 am at Bethesda Lutheran church

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LaVerna Flemmer, 86, of Ames passed away Jan. 12, 2016, at Madrid Home in Madrid. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, also at Bethesda. Burial will be in Ames Municipal Cemetery.

LaVerna Vivian Flemmer was born Feb. 5, 1929, to Theodore and Lydia (Riede) Baer on a farm near Theodore, S.D., She was baptized on May 9, 1929, and confirmed on July 5, 1942, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Theodore. Growing up on the family farm, she and her brothers and sisters created their own entertainment playing the usual kids games. She especially enjoyed playing softball. LaVerna went to country school through eighth grade and then attended Java (S.D.) High School. After graduation, she attended the South Dakota Beauty Academy in Sioux Fall, S.D. Upon completion of her training, LaVerna worked in the Classic Beauty Shop in Selby, S.D., for one year and then bought the shop and ran it for five more years. It was in Selby that LaVerna met Melvin Flemmer, and they were married on June 1, 1952, in Bowdle, S.D. The couple moved to Brookings, S.D., where Melvin was a student at South Dakota State University and LaVerna worked in the agriculture department at the college. Following Melvin’s graduation, they moved to Ames in June 1957, and it’s been their home ever since. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Ames from 1957-92, and was most recently a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church. Throughout the years, she has been active in the church volunteering with Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and the food pantry. She also volunteered in her children’s schools. Morning coffee time with her neighborhood friends was a highlight for many years. LaVerna was very creative and enjoyed sharing her many talents by making handmade gifts, sewing, knitting and especially quilting. She was a member of the quilting group The Northwestern Quilters from 1992 to 2008. LaVerna truly loved having her family together, playing cards and cooking delicious meals for them.

LaVerna is survived by her husband, Melvin Flemmer, of Ames; three children, Dwight (Kay) Flemmer, of Polk City, Todd Jay (Sandra) Flemmer, of Huxley, and Julie (Derek) Stratton, of Pella; 12 grandchildren, David (Erin) Flemmer, Valerie (James) Brookes, Todd Michael (Bobbi) Flemmer, Tim Flemmer, Shawn Morgan, Shane Morgan, Rocky (Erin) Smith, Jack Stratton, Rachael Stratton, Justin Stratton, Betsy Stratton, Mary (Ben) Roedl; 14 great-grandchildren, Avery, Reagan, Nolan, Graham, Dylan, Andrew, Gage, Reece, Makayla, Zander, Calley, Shayne, Caden and Grayson; two great-great-grandchildren, AJ and Nevaeh; one sister, Lila Reuer, of Cheyenne, Wyo.; four brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and six brothers and five sisters.

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Harvey James Byriel
August 6, 1930 – January 2, 2016

Harvey Byriel, 85, passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Israel Family Hospice House surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Harvey’s life will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday at Stevens Memorial Chapel.

Harvey James Byriel was born Aug. 6, 1930, in Ross to Peter and Anna (Sorensen) Byriel. He grew up in both Ross and Audubon, where he received his education and began to learn the carpentry trade. On Aug. 11, 1951, Harvey was united in marriage to Dolores Jeanette Ploughman at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs. Shortly after, in the fall of 1951, Harvey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country during the Korean War.

Following his military service of two years, the couple made their permanent home in Ames and were blessed with seven children: Jeani, Connie, Shari, Peggy, Patti, Jim and Julie. Harvey continued his lifelong career as a carpenter, working with Hans Aagaard, Mancel Lee, Henry Brahms and the Iowa State University Physical Plant. In 1977, Harvey founded Byriel Construction. He built and remodeled many homes in the Ames area. In 1985, Harvey helped start Kitchen, Bath &Home with daughter, Jeani. Harvey provided his knowledge and craftsmanship to this design/build firm. His legacy continues in Byriel Construction, now run by his son, Jim. Harvey retired in 1995. Throughout his life, he upheld his family values and maintained a strong work ethic. He passed these values on to all of his children.

After his retirement, Harvey and Dolores began to spend winters in Florida at Dora Canal. Harvey continued his craftsmanship of carpentry as he built cabinets, furniture, and took on many projects for all his children and friends. Above all, Harvey was a family man and a loyal friend. He loved spending time with Dolores, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and many, many friends who all held a special place in his heart.

Harvey will be deeply missed by his wife of 64 years, Dolores; children and grandchildren, Jeani (Mike) Lee, with children, Jackie and Jen, Connie (Phil) Miller with children, Andy, Dan, Jane, and Joe, Shari (John) Paule, with children, Jessica and Austin, Peggy (Doug) Wierson, with children Hank and Ted, Patti Byriel, Jim (Carol) Byriel, with children, Brett and Kelli, and Julie (Zach) Allen, with children Josiah, Acacia, Isaac and Kiah; 11 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Alice Kauffman, Glenn Byriel and Russell (Wynn) Byriel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Anna Byriel; and two siblings, Donald Byriel and Marvin Byriel.

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Kay E. Wall  August 5, 1936 – December 15, 2015
Kay Wall was born at home in Greenfield, Iowa to Cathryn and Doctor T. A. Kapfer. She grew up half the time on her Sulgrove grandparent’s farm four miles south of town so that she and her father’s patients wouldn’t exchange diseases.

In sixth grade her best friend, Peggy Crawford, now Peg Bindner of Mankato, came to live with her family as an unofficial sister. The girls often bought or sewed dresses alike.

Kay always wanted to be an artist and had no regrets about having no art teachers until Harriet Adams at Iowa State College. After graduation from the college of Home Economics with a major in Applied Art, Kay took her portfolio to New York City and was hired as a textile designer by Bucilla Linens and the Burlington House Fabrics. In New York City, Kay had the good fortune to attend Edgar A. Whitney’s Saturday watercolor classes.

While a freshman at Iowa State College, Kay dated Don Wall. Seven years afterward, Don wrote to her, but at the Greenfield address. Her mother forwarded the letter to New York four months later. A month after that Don flew to New York. On the second day he proposed; on the third day Kay called her sister to see when Peg could make a wedding dress.

Don and Kay were married in Greenfield on April 29, 1962. They lived in Rock Rapids, Iowa where Don worked as a civil engineer for DGR and Associates. Son Scott was born February 6, 1963 and daughter Piper February 24, 1965. The Wall family then spent four years in Luverne, Minnesota where Don directed a branch office. When they returned to Rock Rapids, Kay drew the plans for the house they built at 1110 Tama Street.

In August 1984 they moved to their present home in Ames at 1004 Kellogg. Don taught land surveying at Iowa State University, and Kay taught art classes to all ages at the Octagon for 6 years and did art projects with Community Life clients 2 hours a week for 15 years.

Although children and husband came first, Kay considered watercolor artist as her occupation. Several hundred of her paintings are owned by private collectors and corporations across the United States and in eleven foreign countries.

Kay loved to pull weeds, figure skate, and sing. She sang in church choir from eighth grade until the onset of cancer in 2015. Kay also loved canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and the privilege of seeing many of our western national parks. Two highlights of Kay’s life were soloing their Tri Pacer airplane and bicycling the entire 1979 RAGBRAI.

Kay’s daughter, Piper Wall, DVM, PhD is a researcher at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines and is married to Jim Howe, the owner of Howe’s Welding and Metal Fab at 811 South Duff, Ames. Kay’s son, Scott Wall is the mapping technician for Story County. Scott and his wife Michelle, a USDA budget technician, have two children: Chelsea, an ISU junior in elementary education and Alexi, a high school freshman. Kay’s step-brother, Sergio Quijano Kapfer and his wife, Daphna Krim, are retired government lawyers in Washington, D.C.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.

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Evelyn (Schuler) Loots, 88, of Ames, moved to the light, from the mystery of Alzheimers on Dec. 8, 2015, surrounded by family at Heartwood House in Ames. A service will be at a later date.

Evelyn was born on Jan. 10, 1927, to Wilbert and Amelia Schuler. She married Norman Loots on Dec. 10, 1948, in State Center. The couple lived in Fort Dodge and Marshalltown and, in 1967, moved to Ames, where they lived ever since. Norman and Evelyn enjoyed traveling and spent their winters in Arizona. She worked many years as a registered nurse at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames and was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Dennis (Deb) Loots, Larry (Debra) Loots, Barb (Gary) Modlin and Jeff (Charlotte) Loots; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Helen Bryant and Elaine Gray.

Her husband preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 1995. She was also preceded in death by one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter.
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Rev. Dr. Ramon Allyn Runkel, 84, passed away Monday, August 3, 2015 at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames, Iowa.

Ramon was born November 24, 1930 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Sylvan and Beulah Runkel. 

Ramon is survived by his loving wife, Mary Jane Pearson; children, Marta Wallace, Nathan Runkel, Sarah (Zev Sunleaf) Runkel, Timothy (Angela) Runkel, Karisa Runkel, Beth Anne Martin, Jane Beeman, Bryan (Kim) Pearson, Todd (Bethanne) Pearson and Julie (Joel) Utterback; step-mother, Bernadine Runkel; his sister, Prassannata Runkel; and brothers, Tom (Pat) Runkel, Jon (Jolene) Runkel and Jeff Runkel; 23 grandchildren, Jordan Wallace, Skylar Runkel, Sand Runkel, Danielle Burns, Izaak Sunleaf, Olaf Sunleaf, Carlson Sunleaf, Sydney Runkel, Caleb Runkel, Alexandria Runkel, Sam Runkel, George Runkel, Emily Martin, Rachael Martin-Belding, Joel Beeman, Scott Beeman, Monica Pearson, Morgan Pearson, Griffin Pearson, Erik Pearson, Phillip Pearson, Kelsey Utterback and Dylan Utterback; seven great-grandchildren, Cecilia, Amelia, Darrell, Johnny, Lucy, Teddy and Elliott; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and beloved friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carla Jean Runkel; parents, Sylvan and Beulah Runkel; sister, Marilyn Hemstad; and her husband, Richard Hemstad. 

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2015 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 3820 SW 9th Street. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 8th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 600 6th Avenue.
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Sophie Elizabeth Mikelson was born January 9, 1924 to Ole S. and Gurine (Erickson) Olson in Randall, Iowa. Sophie was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames, where for many years she helped with the Scandinavian Coffee. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, shopping, watching ISU basketball and especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren.

Sophie passed away at 91 years of age on June 25, 2015 at Bethany Manor in Story City. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 29 at Bethany Manor Chapel, with a visitation one hour prior the service.

Sophie is survived by two children, Steve (Jeannine) Sansgaard and Cindy Kingsbury; four grandchildren, Krista Benson (engaged to Jason Fitzgerald), Scott Benson (engaged to Cali Arnold), Ben (Shawna) Sansgaard and Josh (Sara) Sansgaard; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler Sansgaard and Maycin Sansgaard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald F. Sansgaard in 1956; her second husband, Paul Eugene Mikelson in 1986; three sisters, Elena Frette, Marie Hovick and Valgred Swenson; one brother, Ole G. Olson; her son, David F. Sansgaard; and her son-in-law, Gary Kingsbury.

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Myrtle “Penny” Haugland Sydnes, 90, of Ames, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 25, 2015, at Adams Funeral Home in Ames. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Burial will be in Story City Cemetery. Penny was born Dec. 30, 1924, in Crisp County, Ga., to Wray and Verna (Shell) Penny. She graduated from West Crisps High School in 1942 and moved to Macon, Ga., and worked at Warner Robins Air Force Base. There she met and married Orvie Haugland. They returned to live in Story City in 1948, and lived there until 1958 when they moved to Ames. Orvie passed away March 9, 1961. On July 6, 1966, Penny married Sherald Sydnes.Penny was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church. She loved to garden, sew, paint, travel, play cards, play dominos and cook. She made everything from southern fried chicken to kringla and kumla.Penny is survived by her husband, Sherald; one son, Richard (Sandy) Haugland; one daughter, Robin Haugland Fletcher; one step-daughter, Sherri (Mark) Peterson; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Ann Huckaby; and one brother, Alvin (Flo) Penny.She was preceded in death by her first husband, Orvie Haugland; one stepson, Roger Sydnes; one son-in-law, Kim Fletcher; five brothers and three sisters.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be addressed to Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.
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Ronald Tesdall, 65, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Iowa Methodist Hospital after a sudden heart attack.A celebration of Ron’s life will be at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015, at the church.Ronald Wayne Tesdall was born on Jan. 28, 1950, in Boone, to DeWayne and Debra (Anderson) Tesdall. He grew up in Ames and graduated in the class of 1968. Following graduation, Ron continued his education and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Iowa.Ron made a career as a master electrician and owned and operated Story Electric Contractors until he retired. He also proudly served as past chairman of the Ames Electrical Board.Ron was an outdoorsman who liked fishing, hunting and gardening, growing many tomatoes. He was also an avid fan of Iowa Hawkeye football and the TV show “Pawn Stars.” He also enjoyed his cats, weather watching, home improvement projects and was a connoisseur of fine craft beverages. Most of all, Ron loved spending time with his entire family who all held a special place in his heart.Survivors include the love of his life, Lana Ohlsen, and her daughter, Katie Avise, and grandson, Dylan; three children, Ryan (Jessica) Tesdall, Dawn (Matt) Hemesath and Erik (Michelle) Tesdall; his father, DeWayne Tesdall; four grandchildren, Jackson, Nicholas, Camden and Alessandra; and four siblings, Valerie McClimon, Doran Tesdall, Colin Tesdall and Joel Tesdall.He was preceded in death by his mother, Debra Tesdall; three uncles, Monte, Paul and Larry Anderson; and his grandparents, Lawrence and Rose Tesdall, Carl and Gladys Morrison, and William and Ruby Anderson.Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Irene Pope, of Ames, died on Monday, March 30, 2015, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames with Pastor John Kerr officiating. There will be time for refreshments and fellowship following the memorial service. Private burial of her cremated remains will be in Ames Municipal Cemetery.Irene was born at her home on the family farm near Somerset, Wis., on Sept. 2, 1926. She married Dr. Edward Pope on Sept. 7, 1957, in Madison, Wis. Irene earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin. She taught business education in Escanaba, Mich.; East High School and the University of Wisconsin in Madison; Guam; and DMACC, Ankeny and Ames. Most recently, she enjoyed teaching flower arranging in the Ames Adult Education program.Irene was an active member of Ames Garden Club, Bethesda Lutheran Church and Reiman Gardens. She served on the boards of the Ames Adult Education Advisory Committee, Reiman Gardens Co-Horts, Friendships International and National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She also volunteered at Worldly Goods for many years.She especially enjoyed sharing her gardens, her pressed flower creations and her home with international students, friends and family. Irene was an avid bridge player, world traveler, shell collector and Sanibel Island enthusiast.Irene is survived by two sons, David, of Edina, Minn., and Scott (Mary Jean), of Estes Park, Colo.; one sister, Gloria Lutz; and one brother, Aaron Schiefelbein.She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; one sister, Ruth Schremser; and three brothers, Oswald, Kenneth and Norman Schiefelbein.After her husband died, she raised her two sons with the help of her extended family, friends and neighbors. She was a great mother and a gifted artist who was full of life, interests and a love for the earth and all those that were a part of her world. Her friends were a gift from God.Memorials may be made to Bethesda Lutheran Church, Ames; ISU Foundation-Reiman Gardens; or Northcrest Community.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Ronald Charles Eagan (“Chuck”) was born on Feb. 8, 1941, in Chicago. He was the second of two sons born to William and Eleanor (Duske) Eagan.Ron grew up in Jackson, Mich., with his parents and his brother, Bill. He attended Jackson High School where he participated in a variety of activities including tennis, cross-country, football and basketball. He was voted the most sincere person by his graduating class of more than 800 students.In August 1961, he met his future wife, Karen Kay (Brungardt) Eagan, while he was working in Lincoln, Neb. They were married on May 26, 1962. Through this union, they were blessed with three sons, Jeff, Chris and Mike.During his life, he held many occupational roles. He served as an electrician in the Air Force. After his service in the military, he graduated from physical therapy school in Columbia, Mo. He acted as the director of physical therapy for Mary Greeley Hospital before he ran his own practice for 15 years. He dedicated 37 years of his life to caring for his patients in Ames, Story City, Marshalltown, Nevada and Mt. Pleasant. After retiring from physical therapy, he got his real estate license and worked for Friedrich Iowa Realty.Ron’s family was always his first priority. He was an incredible husband and father. As a husband, he shared 50 years of wonderful marriage to Karen. As a father to his three sons, he was actively involved in breaking up wrestling matches, participating in athletic endeavors, and making sure his kids always had what they needed.Ron had a number of hobbies during his life. He thoroughly enjoyed attending the sporting events and extracurricular activities of his children and grandchildren. A few of his favorite athletic teams included the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Iowa State Cyclones and the Green Bay Packers. During their marriage, Ron became an avid lover of Karen’s famous roasts, spaghetti,and tastees. With Karen, his family and friends, he enjoyed going to Bingo, fishing with his boys, going out to eat and going on trips.On March 27, 2015, Ron passed away peacefully in the arms of God and his family at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.Ron is survived by his three sons, Jeff and his wife Jane Eagan, of Ames, Chris Eagan, of Cedar Falls, and Mike and his wife Jamie Eagan, of Ankeny; his brother, William, and his wife, Muriel Eagan, of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; his sister-in-law, Marilyn Shanks, and her husband, Stan Byers, of Council Bluffs; his six grandchildren, Tyler and Haley Eagan, of Ames, Alison and Olivia Eagan, of Cedar Falls, and Jacob and Brady Eagan, of Ankeny; and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and his father-in-law, Henry Brungardt.Ron’s faith and caring nature guided the way he lived his life. He was generous, selfless, helpful, compassionate and loving. He had an infectious personality that was bigger than his physical presence. God blessed us with a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and son.We will love you always, remember you forever and will see you down the road.The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, at Christ Community Church, 5501 George Washington Carver Ave., Ames, IA, 50010.Memorials can be made to MGMC Foundation, for cancer-related care, 1111 Duff Ave., Ames, IA, 50010.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Harvey Lee Bogenrief, 91, passed away on Friday March 13, 2015, at Israel Hospice House. The family is planning a memorial service at a later date.Harvey was born March 3, 1924, to Oliver and Lena (Behrens) Bogenrief in Avoca, Neb. Harvey married Phyllis (Lamb) Bogenrief on Nov. 23, 1948. Harvey lived in the Iowa City and Ames area. Harvey was blessed with six boys. Harvey was in the U.S. Army for 38 Years. Once Harvey retired, he loved to spend time fishing and spending time with his family and friends.Harvey is survived by his wife, Phyllis; and six sons, Brad (Mary) Bogenrief, of Branson, Mo., Rodney (Shirley) Bogenrief, of Lafayette; La., Doug (Victoria) Bogenrief, of Wichita Falls, Texas, Eric (Julie) Bogenrief, of Branson, Mo., Mark, of Ames, and Matt (Terri) Bogenrief, of Ames.Harvey had 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and five stepgrandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; one sister-in-law; and one great-grandchild.