John R. 'Bob' Warner

SIOUX CITY -- John R. "Bob" Warner, 75, of South Sioux City died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at a Sioux City hospital.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Riverside Lutheran Church in Sioux City, with the Rev. Charles Wolff officiating. Interment will follow in Grace Hill Cemetery at Hawarden, Iowa. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m., and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Waterbury Funeral Service.

John R. Warner was born in Union County, S.D., on May 9, 1934, the son of John Robert and Gladys (Westergard) Waterman. He attended and graduated from Hawarden Community School.

John was united in marriage with Mary Ann Eden on Dec. 14, 1952, in Alcester, S.D. To this union four children were born. John worked at IBP for more than 39 years before retiring in 2000.

In his younger years, he enjoyed the Hawarden Saddle Club, playing cards, bowling, fishing, and the Sunday gatherings he had with his family. He also was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan. He had been an active member of Riverside Lutheran Church since 1962.

Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Ann of South Sioux City; three children, Charles Warner of Salt Lake City, Utah, Marilyn Muff and husband, Terry of South Sioux City, and Marlin "Butch" Warner and his wife, Paula of South Sioux City; his five grandchildren, Brian, Allison, David, Steven and James; and his seven great-grandchildren, Matthew, Brady, Jasmine, Drew, Caleb, Belle and Morgan. He is also survived by a sister, Ramona Chan and her husband, Frank; a brother, Marvin Waterman and his special friend, Sherry; a brother, Randy Waterman and his wife, Kathy; a brother, Bob D. Warner; a sister, Janice Johnson and her husband, Charles; a sister, Mary Hulliman; a sister, Linda Ellefson and her husband, Darrell; a sister-in-law, Linda Waterman; a brother-in-law, Roger Eden and his wife, Mary; and a sister-in-law, Leora Hamilton and her husband, Delbert.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronald Alan Warner; and a brother, Roland "Chips" Waterman.

Serving as pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Allison and Andrew Berg, David Muff, Steven and Heather Warner and James Warner.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in John's name and be given to the family for distribution to the charity of the family's choice.

Donald E. O'Neal

SIOUX CITY -- Donald E. O'Neal, 86, of El Reno, Okla., formerly of Sioux City, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, in Norman, Okla.

Donald was born Jan. 12, 1923, to Henry and Ada O'Neal. He married Geneva Mahn on Dec. 12, 1945. Donald served in the U.S. Army-Air Force for nine years, including service in Europe during World War II. Following military service, he worked for the Sioux City Journal and Sioux City Public Schools. After his retirement in 1985, Don and Geneva enjoyed wintering in southern Texas and spending time with friends in Sioux City.

Don served as a leader of Troop 225 of the Boy Scouts of America for many years, and took special pride in the number of young men who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout under his guidance. Additionally, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge (Morningside) in Sioux City. Don was also an avid outdoorsman, especially enjoying hunting, fishing and camping.

He is survived by his wife, Geneva of El Reno, Okla.; a daughter, Connie Warren and husband, John of Yukon, Okla.; a son, Tom O'Neal and wife, Jan of Columbia, Mo.; one brother, Richard Mielke and wife, Shirley of Newton, Iowa; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to St. James United Methodist Church, 2032 So. Cypress St., Sioux City, IA 51106.

Sympathies may be sent to Geneva O'Neal, 2405 Ashton Place, No. 5D, El Reno, OK 73036.

Jeanne M. Miller

SIOUX CITY -- Jeanne M. Miller, 60, of Sioux City passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at a Sioux City hospital following a brief battle with Pulmonary Veno-Occlusive Disease (PVOD), comforted by family.

Abiding by Jeanne's wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, with the Rev. Dennis W. Meinen officiating. Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

Jeanne was born March 3, 1949, in Sioux City, to Richard and Betty (Quintal) Lamoureux. She graduated with the class of 1967 from Bishop Heelan Catholic High School. She married Jim Miller on Sept. 20, 1969, in Sioux City at St. Michael's Catholic Church. To this union, three children were born, Jamey, Julie and Joe. Jeanne was a homemaker, taking great pride in raising her children until they were in school.

She worked outside the home for a number of years in the insurance industry before becoming the executive secretary for Indian Health Service, a career she enjoyed for more than eight years before the position was eliminated. Jeanne was diagnosed with PVOD which kept her from working after the diagnosis.

She enjoyed reading, watching old movies, collecting angel figurines (as well as Tupperware containers) and could often be found at craft fairs. Jeanne was dedicated to her family and found her greatest joy in her grandchildren. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and enjoyed serving her community through her volunteering with friends at the Elks Lodge No. 112 in Sioux City.

Jeanne is survived by her husband, Jim Miller of Sioux City; children, Jamey Miller and his wife, Lisa of Sioux City, Julie Castro and her husband, Carlos of Omaha, and Joe Miller and his wife, Deanna of Sioux City; sisters, Cynthia Enright and her husband, Patrick of Dakota Dunes, S.D., and Deena Brandenberg and her husband, Larry of Oklahoma City, Okla.; grandchildren, Ellena, Farah, twin boys, Caeden and Camden, Hannah, Max, Benjamin and Charlie; mother-in-law, Bernice Miller of Merrill, Iowa; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Rick Lamoureux; and father-in-law, Wilbur Miller.

Jeanne continues to serve her community and family by donating her lungs to the Mayo Clinic of Minnesota for further research to find a cure for PVOD. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Memorials can be made to the American Lung Association in Iowa, 2530 73rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50322.

Dorothy Peterson Baby

SIOUX CITY -- Dorothy Peterson Baby, 83, of Sioux City passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Hallmark Care Center, surrounded by family and friends, following a lengthy illness.

Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Morningside Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark Jenkins of the New Hope Wesleyan Church officiating. Dorothy is to be cremated as per her wishes.

Dorothy, one of five children, was born on Nov. 6, 1926, in the Leeds area of Sioux City. She was the daughter of George B. and Gladys (Shoemaker) Peterson. Dorothy spent a part of her life in New Jersey, where she married her husband, Joseph J. Baby on Feb. 14, 1960, and they raised a family, but she never lost her love for Sioux City or the Midwest. Joseph died on May 4, 1992, in Sioux City.

Dorothy was a special human being, who had a very trusting heart. She was charitable and willing to help others in need. She loved her family, Jesus, Elvis and country and gospel music. She also loved writing, drawing, decorating her apartment and telling stories. Visiting via letters with her beloved niece, "Barbie," was one of her favorite pastimes.

She is survived by her daughter, Mimi and her husband, Al Ten Kate and their son, William "Billy Angel," all of Sioux City; her son, Joseph "Joey" Babij of Sioux City and his sons, Little Joey of New Jersey, and Brandon of Sioux City, and their mother, Gina of New Jersey; her brother and sisters, George Peterson of Sioux City, Athena Drain of Washington, Iowa, Mary Griesi of Sioux City, and Violet Bard of Orange, Texas; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Edward M. 'Ed' Amick

SIOUX CITY -- Edward M. "Ed" Amick, 87, of Sioux City died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at a Sioux City nursing home.

Arrangements are pending with Morningside Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Home.

Garth Close

SIOUX CITY -- Garth Close, 52, of Omaha, Neb., formerly of Sioux City, passed away Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, after a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, 608 Nebraska St. in Sioux City. A lunch will follow the service. A celebration of life will be at a later date in Omaha. Arrangements are under the direction of Good Shepherd Funeral Home in Omaha.

Garth was a 1976 graduate of West High School and attended USD for one year. He also studied jewelry design at Gem City College in Quincy, Ill., and gemology in Paris, Texas. He was formerly employed by Glen Betz Jewelers in St. Louis, Mo., and Borsheims Jewelry in Omaha, and up until his death at Sockel Inc., a jewelry business, in Omaha.

He was an avid blues music fan and accomplished amateur photographer.

Garth is survived by his parents, Lee and Gladys Close of Dakota Dunes, S.D.; his sisters, Leslie (Jim) Davis of Sioux City, and Lori Heffelfinger (James Jackman) of Redondo Beach, Calif.; a brother, Grant (Candace) Heffelfinger of Albuquerque, N.M.; nieces, Erica (Kyle) Bonstead and Andrea Davis of Sioux City; a nephew, Mark (Dijon) Davis of Champagne, Ill.; as well as nieces and nephews, Alex, Audrey and Ainslee Heffelfinger of Albuquerque, N.M., and Keegan Bonstead of Sioux City; and countless friends in Omaha.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley B. Close.

In lieu of flowers, Garth has requested donations be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Robert 'Bob' Ashcraft

SIOUX CITY -- Robert Roy "Bob" Ashcraft, 77, of Sioux City passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at a local hospital.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Concordia Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Ken Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel, 6200 Morningside Ave.

Bob was born June 7, 1932, in Sioux City, the son of Arthur and Ella (Eastman) Ashcraft. He was a lifetime resident of Sioux City, attending public school and Central High School. He joined the U.S. Army National Guard and served from 1947-1950, stationed in Fort Riley, Kan., and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He served 42 months in Korea and was awarded nine Battle Stars. He also toured on the U.S. Consolation Hospital Ship from 1950-1954.

He married Gloria Bretthauer on June 28, 1958, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute, Iowa. In 1958, he joined the Sioux City Fire Department, retiring in 1979. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church. Bob was a loyal New York Yankee and Iowa Hawkeye fan. He enjoyed solving the daily Sioux City Journal and Des Moines Register crossword puzzles.

Survivors include his son, Rick and wife, Paula Ashcraft; his daughter, Dawn and husband, Ken Anderson; grandchildren, Greg Ashcraft, Amber Schroeder, Jennifer Ashcraft, Alyssa Anderson, Jordyn Anderson and Leah Ashcraft; great-grandchildren, Kendall, Jada, Quinton and Mia; three sisters, Mildred Graim, June Lowery and Mae and husband, Robert Stephens; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Ella Ashcraft; wife, Gloria; brothers, Thomas Ashcraft, Art Ashcraft Jr., Mike Ashcraft, Jim Hynes and John Hynes; sisters, Margaret Fursee, Marie Cole, Ann Hynes, Dorie Berens and Lucille Grenier; and special brothers-in-law, Jim Watke and Earl Berens.

Pallbearers will be Greg Ashcraft, Matthew Schroeder, Ross Stephens, Bob Stephens, Billy Berens and Randy Ohl. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Berens, Ryan Ohl, Mark Bretthauer, Buddy Lane Jr., Enoch "Shorty" Graim and Terry Watke.

The family would like to give a special thanks to all the nurses and doctors that cared for Bob, especially Dr. Gupta, Dr. Kahanic and Dr. Rosenkrans and staff; Bob Roe's Point After; his friends at the Horizon Restaurant; and the Great Southern Bank (Hamilton).

Memorial contributions may be given to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Bob's name.

Dorothy V. March

SIOUX CITY -- Dorothy V. March, 91, of Sioux City died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at Holy Spirit Retirement Home following a lengthy illness.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Riverside United Methodist Church. Burial will be at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel.

Kathryn L. Weber

SIOUX CITY -- Kathryn L. Weber, 91, of Sioux City died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at Westwood Nursing & Rehab Center following a lengthy illness.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Kenny Hsu, pastor, officiating. Private graveside services will be in Graceland Park Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be one hour prior to services Thursday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Morningside Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Home.

Kathryn was born Dec. 15, 1918, in Sioux City, the daughter of Walter C. and Eva A. (Haines) Eastman. She attended Sioux City Schools, St. Catherine Academy in Jefferson, S.D., in addition to Central High School in Sioux City.

She married Wilbert J. Weber on Oct. 19, 1935, in Elk Point, S.D. Mr. Weber died on June 4, 1989, in Sioux City. Kathryn lived most of her life in Sioux City, and was employed as a nurses aide at many of the Sioux City hospitals and nursing homes in addition to being a housewife and homemaker.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. She was very involved in church activities such as cooking for the social groups at the church, especially the 55 Plus Club on Sundays. She was very involved with the Girl Scout Council of Sioux City, and was a lifetime member. Kathryn enjoyed the outdoors. She loved to fish and had an extensive flower garden. She was also a member of Woodman of the World.

Survivors include one son and his wife, Thomas and Dee Weber of Grandview, Mo.; two daughters and their husbands, Marlene and Clarence Anderson and Billie and Mac Erskine, all of Sioux City; and seven grandchildren and their families, Cindy and Steve Meyer of Wayne, Neb., and their children, Ashley and Derek Meyer; Todd and Julie Erskine of Storm Lake, Iowa, and their children, Ryan and Kristen Erskine; Thomas Weber of Florida; Debbie and Randy Rust of Grimes, Iowa, and their children, Shannon DeHaan and Ryan and his wife, Elizabeth DeHaan and Connor Rust; Dianna Anderson of Sioux City; Carlton Anderson of Austin, Texas; and Denise and Bradley Moody of Hinton, Iowa, and their children, Amanda, Ashton and Ambur Moody.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two grandchildren, Rick Erskine and Jimmy Anderson; and two brothers, Walter and James Eastman.

Lyle Thomas Young

SIOUX CITY -- Lyle Thomas Young, 66, of Sioux City died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at Casa de Paz Nursing Home.

Abiding by family wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial services will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Visitation with the family present will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Thomas A. Beacom

SIOUX CITY -- Thomas A. Beacom, 91, of Sioux City died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at a Sioux City Hospital.

Arrangements are pending with Larkin Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Home.