83, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. Service: Feb. 10 at 2 p.m., Sutherland Church of Christ, Sutherland, Iowa. Burial: Liberty Township Cemetery, Calumet, Iowa. Visitation: Feb. 10 at 1 p.m., at the church. Eldridge Family Funeral Home, Paullina.
Roger R. Ericksen, 72, of Sioux City, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at a Sioux City hospital following a brief illness.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel. The Rev. Daniel Rupp will officiate. 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 vigil at 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be directed to www.meyerbroschapels.com.
Roger, the only son of Elmer and Mabel (Connor) Ericksen, was born on March 1, 1945, in Battle Creek, Iowa. He was raised in Ida Grove, Iowa, where he attended schools and graduated from Ida Grove High School in 1963. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served at various locations in the U.S. and Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1966.
Roger received additional training at St Joseph Hospital as an x-ray technologist and this is where he met his future wife, Nancy. He married Nancy Hosch on June 21, 1969 in Randolph, Neb.
Roger and Nancy moved to Duluth, Minn., before returning to Sioux City, where Roger began a career with St. Luke's Regional Medical Center. Roger served as head of the Nuclear Medicine Department at St. Luke's until retiring in 2013.
Roger enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, feeding birds and annoying the squirrels. He also enjoyed wood working, his tools, yard work, watching classic shows and the neighbor's dogs.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Ericksen of Sioux City; four sons, Brett (Karla) Ericksen of Le Mars, Iowa, Grant (Annette) Ericksen of DeWitt, Iowa, Trent (Bryna) Ericksen of Liberty, Mo., and Kyle Ericksen of Sioux City; and four grandchildren, Elizabeth Ericksen, Noah Ericksen, Maegan Ericksen, and Katie Ericksen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a grandson, Andrew Ericksen.
Marydonna E. Collins, 94, of Mapleton, formerly of Danbury, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at a Sioux City hospital.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. today at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Sioux City. The Rev. Peter Duc Hung Nguyen will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Sioux City. Arrangements are under the direction of Armstrong-Van Houten Funeral Home in Mapleton. Condolences may be sent online www.armstrongfuneral.com.
Marydonna E. Collins, the daughter of John F. and Lucille J. (Starkey) Hackett, was born on Sept. 27, 1923, in Sioux City. Marydonna grew up in Sioux City and graduated from the Cathedral High School with the class of 1943. After high school, Marydonna attended nursing school in Chicago, Ill.
On July 1, 1946, Marydonna married Ralph Collins at Blessed Sacrament Church in Sioux City. The couple made their family home on a farm near Danbury.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Bonnie "Scottie" Poskevich, Don (Sandra) Collins, Allen Collins, and Dan (Shelley) Collins; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and special friends, Jerry and Gloria Struble.
Marydonna was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lucille Hackett; her husband, Ralph Collins; son, Michael Patrick Collins; granddaughters, Michelle Cole and Stacie Collins; son-in-law, Ron Poskevich; brother, Francis Hackett; and grandmother, Flora Noble.
92, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Service: Feb. 10 at 1 p.m., All Saints Parish-St. Joseph's Church, Le Mars. Burial: Calvary Cemetery. Visitation: Feb. 9 after 4 p.m., at the church. Rexwinkel Funeral Home, Le Mars.
93, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Service: Feb. 10 at 11 a.m., Hawarden Christian Reformed Church. Burial: Grace Hill Cemetery. Visitation: Feb. 10 at 10 a.m., at the church. Porter Funeral Home, Hawarden.
Bernice Clausen, 92, of Onawa, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Pleasant View Care Center in Whiting, Iowa.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Faith Lutheran Church in Onawa, with the Rev. Shari Schwedhelm officiating. Burial will be in Belvidere Cemetery, rural Turin, Iowa. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Rush Family Care Service in Onawa. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.rushfamilycareservice.com.
Bernice was born on June 16, 1925, in Ute, Iowa, the daughter of Robert and Barbara (Hall) Pardee. She attended school in Onawa while growing up.
Bernice and Arnold Clausen were united in marriage on Sept. 15, 1945 in Seattle, Wash. Bernice worked in assembly and production of radios at Windcharger Corporation in Sioux City for several years.
She was a homemaker and raised her children and loved spending time with her family. She also loved cooking, baking, canning, sewing, gardening, and flowers. In her younger years, she loved archery and could out shoot even her husband, Arnold. Bernice was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Onawa.
Survivors include her children, Ronald (Linda) Clausen of Sioux City, Rodney Clausen of Greenville, S.C., and Evelyn "Evie" (Max) Bonine of Onawa; grandchildren, Jason Clausen, Scott (Jessica) Clausen, Rhonda (Ryan) Gorski, Tevie Lester, Hydie Poole, and Angie Lester; great-grandchildren, David Clausen, Cortnie Lester, Kloie Lester, Jersie Lester, Josh Dandurand, Jennifer Gorski, and Connor Gorski; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Barbara (Hall) Pardee; her husband, Arnold Clausen on Aug. 4, 2013; brother, Robert McFee; and sister, Anna May (Torgeir) Laupsa.
Donald "Don" Forsling, 80, of Ames, formerly of Sioux City, passed away on Feb. 6, 2018 at Woodlands Creek in Clive, Iowa.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 2210 Lincoln Way in Ames. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Online condolences may be directed to www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com.
Don was born on Jan. 20, 1938, in Sioux City, to David and Esther Forsling. He graduated from Sioux City Central High School in 1956 and attended the University of Iowa, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science.
Don's great passion was radio. He spent more than 50 years on the air, first hitting the airwaves as teenage deejay at WSCJ in Sioux City in the 1950s. Don went on to spend nearly 40 years at WOI Radio in Ames, both as station manager and on-air personality. As the voice behind the popular shows, "The Morning Report" and "Talk of Iowa." Don was known for his low-key, intelligent interviewing style and wry, irreverent humor. Don was also considered a pioneer in public radio, serving on the board of directors and as a producer for National Public Radio as it was getting off the ground in the early 1970s.
"Radio has been incredibly satisfying and great fun," he told The Ames Tribune in a 1999 interview. "Every day I get to talk to very interesting and diverse people, and have the opportunity to do something meaningful for the community."
Don was also fascinated with trains, which he loved to photograph. His office was lined with train photos taken during his motorcycle trips through the plains of Nebraska and Wyoming, the mountains of Colorado and the lowlands of Canada. "I find trains interesting because they're big, they're noisy and they always have a little bit of mystery to them," he said.
Don is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 31 years, Susan; daughter, Karen and son, Carl from his first marriage to Marilyn; and grandchildren, Spencer and Amelia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Esther; and younger brother, Bill.
Charles L. "Charlie" Kruse, 80, of South Sioux City, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at a Sioux City care center.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Jackson, Neb., with the Rev. Paul Albenesius officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Church, Jackson, with military rites. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m., at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Becker-Hunt Funeral Home.
Charlie was born on Feb. 16, 1937, in South Sioux City, the son of Edward and Josephine (Gill) Kruse. He graduated from Bishop Heelan High School in 1955. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from June 1955 to Nov. 11, 1957. After his discharge, he was employed as a machinist for Novelty Machine Manufacturing and Gray Mill Works. He married Dolly Thompson and later married Laura J. Lefler.
Charlie was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the D.A.V.
Survivors include a son, Michael (Janet) Kruse of Sioux City; two brothers and their wives, Leonard and Carol Kruse of South Sioux City, and Joe and Marlene Kruse of Burbank, S.D.; a sister, Mary McGinty of South Sioux City; five grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Bill, Jack, and Edward; and two sisters, Anna Marie Elsey and Helene Torticil.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Henry, Tony Getz, Mark and Matt McGinty, Rodney and Bobby Rodgers.
Inez Thomas, 91, formerly of Sioux City, peacefully went to be with the Lord, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at Honor Health Hospital in Scottsdale.
A celebration of life service will be noon Wednesday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, 3220 Stone Park Blvd., in Sioux City. Burial will be in Logan Park Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 11:30 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.meyerbroschapels.com.
She was born on June 7, 1926, to John and Georgia Ollison, in Portland, Ark. She was a resident of Sioux City for more than 70 years before relocating to Texas and Arizona in 2013. Inez worked for the Sioux City Country Club and Bennett Vending prior to retiring in 1996.
Being a child of God, Inez had a strong faith and attended Malone A.M.E. Church for many years while living in Sioux City.
Inez leaves to carry her legacy her children, Faye Greene (Linwood) of Phoenix, Ariz., Edward Thomas of San Diego, Calif., Barvetta Palmore (Ronald) of Peoria, Ariz., Lester Thomas of Denver, Colo., Frederick Thomas of Sioux City, and Debra Baer (Michael) of Orlando, Fla.; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and her beloved first cousin, Cordell Trotter of Kansas City, Kan.
Inez was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Clarence Thomas; and children, twin daughters, Joy and Jenny Thomas, Patricia Thomas, and Margie Pitts.