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April 2010

Roxanne “Roxy” Larson
Roxanne “Roxy” Larson, of Hawarden, IA, joined our Heavenly Father on Sunday, April 4, 2010, surrounded by her family at the Hawarden Community Hospital after a brief illness at age 82.
Funeral services were held April 7 at the United Methodist Church in Hawarden with Rev. Barb Joy and Rev. Daryl Runion officiating. Burial followed in the Grace Hill Cemetery.
Roxy Larson was born May 12, 1927 in Canton, to Herbert and Dorothy Britzman. She graduated from Hawarden High School in 1946, attended Wayne State College where she received her teaching degree, and taught at Wayne Elementary.
In 1949 she married Loyle Larson and settled on the family farm in South Dakota where they had three wonderful children. In 1965 the family moved to Hawarden where they operated an egg factory and Roxy faithfully helped with the chores. From 1985 to 1992 she owned and operated “The Sample Place” where she immensely enjoyed working with all her wonderful customers.
Roxy devoted her life and shared her heart with her husband, children, grandkids, friends, and many others.
Former members of the Big Springs Baptist Church, they joined the United Methodist Church of Hawarden when they moved to town. She was involved in many church activities along with being an active member of PEO for many years
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herb and Dorothy along with her step father, Robert Cooper.
Left to cherish her memories are her loving husband of sixty-one years, Loyle; two sons, Lonny and wife Jackie, Randy and wife Jane; daughter, Denise and her husband Jim Harry, all of Hawarden. She loved being “GRAM” to seven grandchildren, Aubie and husband Willie, Seth and wife Michelle, Josh, Bree, and Levi; five great-grandchildren, Cole, Linkynn, Chance, Boone, and Roman; her brother, Dr. Burt Britzman and wife Joan of Idaho; plus “Special” family members, Bo and Holly (Denver daughter) Powell of Colorado, Pauline (Duser) Farrell, her son Jett and daughter Megan Ryken, all of Alcester; along with many family members and devoted friends.

Jimmie Feekes
Jimmie Feekes, 72, of Canton, died Sunday, April 4, 2010 at Canton Good Samaritan. Funeral Service will be 1 pm Thursday at Bethany Reformed Church, Canton. Burial at Eden Cemetery, Hudson.
Jimmie Lou Payne was born September 12, 1937 at Cabins Creek, WV, daughter of Welzie and Pauline (Bradley) Tipton. The family moved 13 times during her childhood and school years, graduating from Chuckey High School, Chuckey, TN. Jimmie moved to Johnson City and worked as an operator for the Bell Telephone Company and joined the Women’s Army Core at Fort Benning, GA in 1957 where she was a teletype operator. Jimmie met Howard Gene Feekes whom was also in the service and they were married December 30, 1958. They lived in Tennessee, Illinois, and NW Iowa before moving to Hudson in 1968 where they made their home.
Jimmie worked alongside her husband in their business of gravel hauling and blacksmithing. She also enjoyed yard work, trapshooting, and riding cycle with Howard and their friends. Howard died September 14, 1976. Jimmie then became Hudson’s City Finance Officer and was active in various committees, volunteering many hours to the town of Hudson. In 1992 she began working for J.C. Pennys at Sioux Falls, working in the catalog and credit department and was an enormous asset, winning awards for her service, gaining many customer friendships. Jimmie never “saw a stranger” and was a friend to many, enjoying fellowship and conservation over a good cup of coffee.
Survivors are sons: Randall Feekes of Canton, Scott (Belinda) Feekes of Sioux Falls, Doug Feekes of Redfield; daughter, Raschelle (Brian) Klarenbeek of Hudson; 11 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; mother, Pauline Tipton of Telford, TN; brothers: Darrell (Betty) Tipton of Telford, TN, Pete Payne of Bowmantown, TN, Vaughn (Teresa) Tipton of Abingdon, VA, John Tipton of TN; sisters: Virginia Clark of Johnson City, TN, Doris Anderson of GA, Linda Tipton of Telford, TN.
Jimmie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard; her father, Welzie Tipton; grandson, Sye Howard Feekes; sister, Norma Jean Payne; sister-in-law, Lorraine Bolus; brother-in-law, Ollen Clark.

Virginia Hummel
Virginia Alice (Groves) Hummel passed away on April 4, 2010 at Sanford Medical Center in Vermillion, at the age of 74 years, surrounded by her family. A Celebration of Life was held Thursday, April 8, at Elk Point United Parish Church with Rev. David Bambas officiating
Her loved ones that will miss her forever: her husband of 54 years, Thomas J; her children: Twyla (Terry) Kjose of Alcester, Shirley (Keith) Sorge of Sergeant Bluff, IA, Thomas R. "Tommy" (Kym) Hummel of Jefferson, and Vickie (Bruce) Fowler of Sioux City, IA; her grandchildren: Jeremy (Kris) Kjose of Beresford, Jose, Raymond, Darsie, Anna, and Timothy Sorge of Sergeant Bluff, IA, Tony (fiancé- Alicia Fokker), Devin (fiancé- Amanda Simmons) of Jefferson, and David and Ashley Fowler of Sioux City; great-grandsons: Michael and Seth Kjose of Beresford, brother Glen (Marlene) Groves of Lesuer, MN; Godchild; Kerry Graves of Albert Lea, MN; sisters-in-law: Kesy Groves of Sioux City and Sylvia Rosenbaum of Elk Point; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Donald R. Anderson
Funeral services for Donald R. Anderson, 78, of Alcester, were held Friday, April 9, 2010 at Alcester United Church of Christ.
Don was born October 5, 1931 in Beresford, to W. Ray and Ruth (Stoen) Anderson. He died April 1, 2010 in Sioux Falls, at the age of 78 years, five months and 26 days.
Don was raised south of Beresford and attended Brule country school and Beresford High School. He volunteered for the draft during the Korean War and entered the US Army Feb. 19, 1952. Don spent 18 months in Europe and was honorably discharged Jan. 26, 1954. He returned to South Dakota where he worked as a farm hand and also as a carpenter. In July of 1967, Don married Myrna Parsons, and they moved to Cincinnati, OH where he managed apartments. They returned to Alcester and operated a café before Don began driving truck. He drove coast-to-coast and later had local routes. Myrna died in August of 2001.
He was a life member of the Beresford VFW and loved visiting and having coffee with friends. He enjoyed working with the Hudson and Alcester nursing homes driving residents to appointments.
Don is survived by his brother, Merlyn (Barbara) Anderson of Cincinnati, OH; sister, Grace Beck of Hawarden, IA; and many nieces, nephews and friends. His parents; wife; step-son, Dan Parsons; brother, Dale Anderson; and sister, Jean Kelley preceded him in death.

Henrietta DeBruin
Henrietta DeBruin, 88, of Rock Valley, IA, died Thursday, April 8, 2010 at Pleasant Acres Care Center, Hull, IA. Funeral services were held April 12 at Netherlands Reformed Church, Rock Valley with Rev. P.L. Bazen officiating. Burial followed at Valley View Cemetery. Rev. P.L. Bazen will officiate.
Henrietta Vlastuin was born January 16, 1922 to John and Elizabeth (Van Grootheest) Vlastuin in Doon, IA. She was united in marriage to Albert DeBruin on May 23, 1941 at her parent’s home in Doon, IA. Together they farmed in the Hudson, and Hawarden, IA area until moving to Rock Valley, IA in 1986. Albert died February 25, 1994. Henrietta worked as Dietary Supervisor in the Hudson Care Center for three years and then the Valley Manor in Rock Valley for 25 years. She was a member of the Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Rock Valley.
Henrietta is survived by her 3 sons: John (Betty) DeBruin of Rock Valley, IA, James (Sue) DeBruin of Atwater, CA and Bradley (Brenda) DeBruin of Doon, IA; 3 daughters: Mary (Gerrit) Koenen, Elaine (Jerrold) Van Roekel all of Rock Valley, IA and Kathy (Marvin) Schelling of Orange City, IA; son-in-law, John (Kathy) Vande Hoef of Rock Valley, IA; 37 grandchildren; 80 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; 14 step great-grandchildren; 3 step great-great grandchildren; 2 brothers: Fred (Ann) Vlastuin of Rock Valley, IA and Elmer (Cornelia) Vlastuin of Hudsonville, MI; 2 sisters: Tillie (John) Blom of Rock Valley, IA and Jeanette (John) Van Surksum of Doon, IA; 2 sisters-in-law: Ramona Vlastuin of Luverne, MN and Emma Vlastuin of Worthington, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert; daughter, Betty Vande Hoef; daughter-in-law, Doris DeBruin; grandson, Danny DeBruin; 2 great-grandchildren: Katie Hoogendoorn and Ryan Koenen; 2 brothers: Gerrit Vlastuin and Henry Vlastuin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to be directed to the Netherlands Reformed Christian School.

Mary Tabbert
Mary Tabbert, 71, formerly of Holabird, SD, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side in Hudson, on Saturday, April 10, 2010. Funeral service was held April 13 at Hudson Lutheran Church with Rev. Lori Marty officiating. Burial followed at Eden Cemetery.
Mary Elizabeth Iversen was born May 17, 1938 in Pierre, to Christian and Ruth (Samuel) Iversen. She grew up in Wendt, in rural Stanley County and attended high school at T.F. Riggs in Pierre. She worked for the State of South Dakota for over 20 years and was Librarian at the Hyde County Library in Highmore for 10 years. She was awarded Librarian of the Year in 1988.
On November 24, 1957 Mary was united in marriage to Elmer Tabbert. To this union, 5 children were born, Mike, Brian, Bruce, Mary K and Kristin. Mary and Elmer raised their family on a farm near Holabird and lived there until moving to Hudson in 2009. Mary always believed her most important job was raising her family and being a loving wife to Elmer. Her family meant everything to her and she loved watching her grandkids in their many activities. She was very active in church and was honored to be the first woman to serve on the council at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Highmore. Mary enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, playing cards, crossword puzzles, reading and living her life to the fullest every day.
Grateful to have shared in her life is her husband, Elmer Tabbert of Hudson, Mike and Lynn (Lutter) Tabbert of Russellville, AR, Brian and Penny (Malcom) Tabbert of Hudson, Bruce and Wendy (Ellis) Tabbert of LeMars, IA, the late Mary K and Brad Cole of Gettysburg, and Kristin Tabbert of Pierre; 8 grandsons, 5 granddaughters, 3 great grandsons, 6 sisters, 2 brothers and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Christie, daughter Mary K., and grandson Michael.

Gary Smith
Gary Smith, 59, died Sunday, April 11, 2010 at his home in Hudson. Funeral services were held April 16 at Hudson Lutheran Church with Rev. Lori Marty officiating. Burial followed at Eden Cemetery.
Gary Gene Smith was born December 3, 1950 to Gilbert and Gladys (Wold) Smith in Hawarden, IA. He graduated from Hudson High School in 1969. He then attended Denver Diesel Automotive Tech School in Denver, CO and graduated in May, 1970.
Gary was united in marriage to Karon Weyer on November 28, 1969 in Hawarden. He served his country during Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 - 1973. He then returned and worked in his parents' meat locker business for a number of years. He worked at various jobs until he began driving truck for Horner Trucking and then in 1991 he was leased to Johnson Feed where he worked until his death.
He was a member of American Legion Post 128 and the Hudson Lutheran Church. Gary most enjoyed spending time with his family, going on many camping trips and vacations. He was looking forward to retiring and traveling in his motor home with his wife. His hobbies included collecting John Deere lawn tractors and working in his yard and shop. He was a dedicated son to his father, Gib, whom he had helped taken care of for many years. He will be greatly missed.
Gary is survived by his wife, Karon; 2 daughters: Paula (Greg) Swanson of Mitchell, Amber Smith and friend Steve Toben of Akron, IA; his father, Gilbert Smith of Hudson; 3 grandchildren: Macy and Tanner Swanson and Elizabeth Toben; sister, Linda Willhoit of Sioux Falls, and 1 nephew Mike Budd, Sioux Falls.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys.

Marion Ross
Marion Ross, 77, of Westfield, IA, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, IA. Funeral services were held April 16 at the Westfield Congregational Church with Pastor Martha Anderson of the Church of All Nations in Sioux City officiating. Burial followed in the Westfield Township Cemetery.
Marion Ruth Hummel was born March 6, 1933 at the family home in Westfield, IA, the daughter of Lynn and S. Clementine (Mount) Hummel. She attended school in Westfield.
She was united in marriage to Guy Ross on March 24, 1951 in Sioux City. Early on their marriage, Marion was a homemaker for her family. Later, Marion worked for the U.S. Post Office in Westfield as a relief postal clerk for over 20 years. Guy passed away November 16, 2000. In 2001, she retired due to her health.
Marion was active in many ways in Westfield. She was currently serving her second term on the Westfield City Council and she was a volunteer for Westfield Library. Marion loved quilting. She helped quilt and sew layettes for Birth Right of Siouxland for over 10 years. Marion also enjoyed playing scrabble and cards, putting puzzles together, and reading. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her two daughters: Donna Ross-Moreno of Westfield, and Rose Zediker (Mike) of Elk Point; 2 grandchildren: Jeremiah Zediker (Afton) and their daughter, Brooklyn of Tea, Carmen Moreno of Kansas City, MO; 3 brothers: Arnold Hummel (Wilma) of Akron, James “Hank” Hummel (Sherry) of Fischer, IL, and Robert Hummel (Laurel) of Hartsville, AL; 2 sisters: Neoma “Nettie” Dunham of Alcester, and Mavis Klein of Richland; 2 sisters in law: Velma Knudsen of Akron, and Bettie Odle (Blair) of Lebanon, MO; special friends: Ron and Ann Trudo of Jefferson; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Guy Ross; her father and mother in law: Guy and Laura Ross; 2 sisters in law: Marlys Vrana and Caroline Hummel; 5 brothers in law: Ronald Klein, Robert Dunham, Melvin Ross, Harold Vrana, and Hans Knudsen.

Orville Evans
Orville Evans, 92, of Hudson, died Thursday April 15, 2010 at Hudson Healthcare Center. No services planned. Porter Funeral Home of Hudson in charge of arrangements.
Orville Dutton Evans was born December 2, 1917 at Minburn, IA, the son of Orville and Gertrude (Rule) Evans. He served in the U.S. Army in France during WW II. Orville was married a short time and then moved about the US mostly driving freight trucks. He had been living at Sioux City, IA before he moved to the Hudson Healthcare Center in March 29, 2002.
Orville is survived by one son, Steve Evans of Austin, TX; and did have three sisters.

Dave Peterson
David (Dave) Carl Peterson, of Ames, IA, died Sunday, April 18, 2010 in Ames. Memorial services will be at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames on Thursday, April 22, at 1:00. A barbecue celebration of Dave’s life will follow at Inis Grove Park at 3:00.
Arrangements are being handled by Adams Funeral Home, 502 Douglas Avenue, Ames.
Dave was born October 4, 1953 in Hawarden, IA and grew up in the Alcester community. His parents were Arthur Peterson and Fern Hartman Peterson. He graduated from Alcester High School in 1971 and the University of South Dakota in 1975.
He married Carla Sundstrom in 1975. Their two daughters, Kaija and Natalie Peterson, were the joy of his life. He loved watching them grow and sharing their adventures.
At the time of his death, Dave was a co-owner of Logo America, a company that represents numerous manufacturers of sports novelty merchandise. His business associates, like his friends, will remember Dave as an individual always ready to lend a helping hand and share a ready smile.
Dave loved spending time with his family and friends. He was well known as a great cook who loved nothing more than to prepare a festive meal to share with a group of friends and family members. He loved to orchestrate events and adventures and share fun with others. He participated in competition barbecue contests with his “Smokin’ Buddies” teammates. He joined friends on a number of global travel adventures and always had great stories to tell.
Dave was an active member of Bethesda Lutheran Church and introduced many members to good barbecue and spicy chili. Dave belonged to the Ames Noon Rotary Club.
Dave is survived by his loving wife and daughters, all of Ames; his mother; his brother, Michael Peterson, and his wife Lorna; his nephew Brandon Peterson, and his family; and his niece, Kristen Meyer and her family, all of Alcester, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws.
Memorials may be given to the donors’ choice.

William A. DeLay
William A. DeLay, 76, of Beresford, died Sunday, April 18, 2010 at Morningside Care Center in Alcester. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Beresford, with burial at the Nazareth Cemetery, rural Beresford.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Wass Funeral Home in Beresford.
William A. DeLay was born March 23, 1934 in Beresford, to parents Leo and Helen (Petersen) DeLay.
Bill graduated from Beresford High School and studied Dairy Sciences at South Dakota State University in Brookings. He married Betty Jacobson on June 9, 1956. Bill worked at Fruen Grain Elevator for many years and was very active with the Beresford Fire Department.
Bill was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Beresford.
He is survived by his wife Betty DeLay of Beresford; four children, Jeff DeLay of Brandon, Julie Deming and husband Bob of Fairfax, MN, Terry DeLay and wife Maria of Germany, and Tim DeLay and wife Ann of Hudson; 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; brother Lee DeLay and wife Pat of California; sister Carolyn Bridge of New Jersey; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Leone DeLay and Annetta Rieck.

June Jonnes
June Jonnes, 76, died April 18, 2010 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at Lands Lutheran Church, rural Hudson, with burial in the church cemetery.
June was born June 10, 1933 on a farm near Beresford, to Lee and Hazel (Longinecker) Briggle. She attended school at Beresford, graduating in 1951.
June was united in marriage to Wallace Jonnes March 29, 1953 at the Congregational Church in Beresford. They made their home on the Jonnes family farm south of Canton, which was a “Century Farm”.
June worked at Otis Radio and K Products for a number of years. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed painting and gardening, especially her flowers. June was an active member of Lands Lutheran Church and WELCA.
Those grateful for having shared her life are: her children- Steve (Sharla) Jonnes of Canton, Kevin (Janet) Jonnes of Brandon, Deb (George) Burgers of Inwood, IA, and Tammy (Robert) Hassebroek of Rock Rapids, IA; eight grandchildren- Mike Burgers, Ryan Jonnes, Amber Jonnes, Alex Jonnes, Carrie McMilan, Sarah Lere, Andy Hassebroek, and Janelle Hassebroek; and three great-grandchildren- Kortni Burgers, Carter and Cameron McMilan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wally, a granddaughter, Jill, five sisters, and one brother.

Sandra Marie Crissey Voss
Sandra Marie Crissey Voss was born August 4, 1946 in Storm Lake, IA to parents Cletus and Hannah (Soenksen) Crissey. She died April 22, 2010 at Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown at the age of 63 years, 8 months and 18 days.
Sandra attended Hayes Elementary in Storm Lake, IA, middle school in Denison, IA and graduated from Beresford High School in 1964. She married Ronald Voss on December 31, 1964. To this union were born three daughters, Veronica Jean, Melissa Ranee, and Rebecca Lynn. Sandra went back to school and graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1992 with a degree in nursing.
Sandra loved her daughters and grandchildren. She enjoyed horses and riding in the Black Hills. Her other hobbies and interests included antiques, decorating and sewing.
She is survived by her three daughters, Veronica Iverson and husband Dane of Larkspur, CO and their children, Stephen, Katie, Andrew, and Libby; Melissa Bowar and husband Pat of San Antonio, TX and their children, Nick and Becca; and Rebecca Weber of San Antonio, TX and her children, Madeline, Mac, and Landon; two sisters, Patricia Young and husband Bill of New Auburn , WI and Jacque Thormodsgaard and husband Lee of Alcester, SD; half sister LaVeda Deon Dose of Mapelton, IA; special cousins, Craig Soenksen and wife Mary of Spartanburg, SC and Byron Shewman of California; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Sherron Skaggs and a brother Marlyn Crissey.
A memorial visitation will be held Friday, June 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Wass Funeral Home in Beresford.

Ruth Carlson LeBarr
Ruth Carlson LeBarr, 81, died at her home in Cedar Rapids, IA, on Thursday, April 29, 2010. She was born in Alcester on December 8, 1929 to Clarence and Gertrude (Sedgwick) Carlson.
She attended Finn School and graduated from Alcester High School. After working in banks in Hawarden, IA and Omaha, NE she joined the Women’s Air Corps. She married Robert V. LaBarr on May 8, 1954 and they made their home in Arlington, VA and Rogers, AR. Robert died in 1998 and she later moved to Cedar Rapids.
Her parents, husband Robert, sister Jean, and brothers Gordon, Lowell and Rodney preceded her in death.
Survivors include sister Beth Helgoe of Edina, MN, brother Bob (Loris) Carlson of Alcester, sister-in-law Pat Carlson of Arlington, VA, and ten nieces and nephews.
Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.