Sunday obituaries

2007-09-27T00:00:00Z Sunday obituaries Sioux City Journal
September 27, 2007 12:00 am

Area Obits

Tina Claussen

EARLY, Iowa -- Tina Claussen, 45, of Early died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at her home.

Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller, Iowa. Burial will be in Schaller Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Neilla Banse

SUTHERLAND, Iowa -- Neilla Banse, 62, of Sutherland died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at her home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at United Methodist Church in Sutherland. Burial will be in Harlan Cemetery at Dumont, Iowa. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of Warner Funeral Home in Sutherland.

Gladys Hansen

ONAWA, Iowa -- Gladys Hansen, 86, of Onawa died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at Elmwood Care Centre in Onawa.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Rush Family Chapel in Onawa. Burial will be in Onawa Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Grace Vander Veen

ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- Grace Vander Veen, 93, of Orange City died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at Orange City Area Health System Long Term Care Facility.

Visitation with the family will be 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, ending with a 3:30 p.m. prayer service, at Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Monday in West Lawn Cemetery, Orange City, followed by a memorial service at 4:30 p.m. at First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City.

Byron T. Edgington

MAPLETON, Iowa -- Byron T. Edgington, 84, of Mapleton died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John's United Methodist Church in Mapleton. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Mapleton, with military rites conducted by American Legion Loren Hollister Post 496 of Mapleton. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Wednesday, with a 7 p.m. Masonic service, at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton.

Sally R. Rollins

AKRON, Iowa -- Sally R. Rollins, 71, of Akron died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at Hillcrest Health Care in Hawarden, Iowa.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Akron. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Akron. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Monday, with the family present after 6 p.m. and a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Carlsen Funeral Home-Schroeder Chapel in Akron.

Louise Dierenfeld

WALL LAKE, Iowa -- Louise Dierenfeld, 101, of Wall Lake died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at a hospital in Carroll, Iowa.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Peace Lutheran Church in Wall Lake. Burial will be in Wall Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Wall Lake.

Edna Grove

HOLSTEIN, Iowa -- Edna Grove, 87, of Holstein passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at Good Samaritan Center in Holstein.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at United Methodist Church in Holstein, with Pastor Todd Schlitter officiating. Burial will be in Schaller Cemetery at Schaller, Iowa. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m., at Barker Funeral Home in Holstein.

Edna was born Oct. 18, 1919, to Harry and Hattie (Alderson) Ohlsen at Schaller. She worked on the farm with her parents.

Edna married Burley E. Grove at the family farm on Feb. 27, 1940. The couple farmed surrounding areas of Arthur and Galva until retirement. The couple were blessed with four children,

Edna was a wonderful wife and mother. She worked many years at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa. She welcomed many new babies, helped moms adjust to motherhood and acquired a vast number of friends. She truly enjoyed her many years at the hospital and all the memories she accumulated.

Edna was a member of United Methodist Church in Arthur, Iowa, until transferring her membership to United Methodist Church in Holstein. She appreciated her church family very much. She loved to share her talent and ability of taking scraps of material and turning them into beautiful quilts and then sharing them with family members and friends. Her sewing machine was always humming with her little, white head bent over another quilt. She was very well known for her famous apple pies, her delicious chicken pot pies and her never-ending pot of homemade noodles. There were always noodles simmering on the stove waiting for someone to stop in.

Mom will be missed by her four children and their spouses, Sherry and Gary Gritten of Odebolt, Iowa, Rochelle and Hank Luscombe of Holstein, Katie and Steve James of Madison, S.D., and Ronnie and Jeanie Grove of Battle Creek, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Wilbur and his wife, Jo Ohlsen of Rockwell City, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Marci Ohlsen of Costa Mesa, California.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Burley; a granddaughter, Christie Baker; and a brother, Paul Ohlsen.

Robert J. Obbink

CHEROKEE, Iowa -- Robert J. Obbink, 70, of Cherokee died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at his home following a lengthy illness.

Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee, with Pastor Richard Arndt officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee, with military rites conducted by V.F.W., L.A. Wescott Post 2253. Visitation, with the family present, will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at {M7www.greenwoodfuneral.com

Bob was born July 5, 1937, in Hawarden, Iowa, to William and Alice (Feikema) Obbink. He graduated from Western Christian High School in Hawarden, Iowa, in 1955. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1961. While serving in the Naval Reserves, he also worked construction and drove trucks in the Pocahontas and Jefferson, Iowa, area.

On May 7, 1961, he married Judy Hargens in Jackson, Minn. In 1961, he and Judy moved to Cherokee, Iowa, where Bob drove truck for Fixsel Oil Company. He later took a job with the street department for the city of Cherokee. Prior to his retirement in 1988, he also worked for the Parks and Recreation Department.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; a daughter, Brenda Medick and her husband, David of Cherokee; two sisters-in-law, Betty Stoneking and Janice Terry, both of Cushing, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Gaylen Galvin of Holstein, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Stoneking and Joe Terry; and a sister-in-law, Carol Galvin.

Justin L. 'Bud' Stork

HUBBARD, Neb. -- Justin L. "Bud" Stork, 34, of Hubbard died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, as a result of an automobile accident on North Bluff Road near Hubbard.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick Church in Jackson, Neb., with the Rev. Paul M. Albenesius, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery at Jackson. Visitation, with the family present, will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with a 7 p.m. parish vigil service, at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Christy-Smith Morningside Chapel.

Justin was born July 21, 1973, in Sioux City, the son of Jerome L. and Linda E. (Morrow) Stork. He was raised in the Hubbard and Jackson area and graduated from Emerson-Hubbard High School. He lived in Lincoln, Neb., for several years before returning to Hubbard. He was employed in retail sales.

He was a member of St. Mary Church in Hubbard. He enjoyed camping, fishing and music. But most important to him was caring for his mother and spending time with his best friend, his father. Family and friends were also very special to him. He was willing to give his time and effort in helping everyone he knew. He also enjoyed watching movies with his friends.

Survivors include his father and his wife, Jerome and Judy Stork of Hubbard; his mother, Linda Morrow of Hubbard; four brothers and their wives, James and Sandy Stork of Hubbard, Jerald "Jay" and Terri Stork of Macon, Ga., Jeffrey "Pooch" Stork and his significant other, Ruby Lowell of Jackson, and Jeromy and Melanie Vedral of Sioux City; a sister and her husband, Lisa and Jeff Mentzer of Lincoln; extended family, Shari Stork of Emerson; uncles and aunts, Norma Dallas of Sun City Center, Fla., James and Ginny Morrow of Watertown, Minn., Dale Morrow and Sue Buggy of Jackson, Wayne and Celia Morrow of Eugene, Ore., Juanita Goering of Independence, Mo., Sylvia Coleman of Wilmar, Minn., Peter and Daisy Stork of Tekamah, Neb., John and Sam Schulte Jr. of Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Janice Schulte of Paysen, Ariz.; best friends, Travis Scheer and his sister, Lee Ann Scheer; many nieces and nephews and cousins; and many, many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Marcella Stork; his maternal grandparents, Lindell and Lorena Morrow; and his uncle, Lee Dallas.

Pallbearers will be Jim Stork, Jay Stork, Jeff Stork, Jeromy Vedral, Jeff Mentzer and Travis Scheer. Honorary pallbearers will be his many special friends.

Memorials in his name may be directed to the family.

Edna M. (Harris) Parry

KINGSLEY, Iowa -- Edna M. (Harris) Parry, 96, of Kingsley passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at Sunrise Retirement Community in Sioux City.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at United Methodist Church in Kingsley, with the Rev. Roger Kurtenbach officiating. Burial will be 1:15 p.m. Monday in Schaller Cemetery at Schaller, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today, with the family present 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, at Rohde-Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. Visitation will resume one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Edna Mary Lorenzen was born May 7, 1911, at Brookings, S.D., to Detlef and Nettie Lorenzen. She moved with her family to Lewistown, Mont., and lived there for seven years before moving to Schaller, Iowa. She attended school in Schaller and graduated from Schaller High School in 1929.

On March 3, 1936, Edna and Willard Harris were united in marriage at Sioux City. They moved to the Kingsley area in 1943. Edna and Willard farmed in the Kingsley and Pierson, Iowa, area for many years. Mr. Parry passed away on March 6, 1971.

On Feb. 9, 1974, Edna married Ellsworth Parry at United Methodist Church in Kingsley. Throughout the years, Edna worked at Kingsley Medical Center and Kingsley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Parry passed away on March 9, 1991.

Edna was a member of United Methodist Church in Kingsley, United Methodist Women and was a member of Circle. She was also a member of the Kingsley Garden Club and Order of the Eastern Star, Garfield Chapter 171.

She will be lovingly remembered by her three sons, Larry and his wife, Vicky of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Ron and his wife, Donna of Sioux City, and John and his wife, Jan of Monument, Colo.; five grandchildren, Mark and Sherri Harris, David and Andrea Harris, Matthew and Robin Harris, Josie and Mark Temple and Jake and Diana Harris; five great-grandchildren, Eric and Erin Harris, Reid and Sloane Harris and Max Temple; and a brother, Delbert Lorenzen of Sac City, Iowa.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Kenneth; five brothers and three sisters.

Charles G. Addy

MARCUS, Iowa -- Charles G. Addy, 93, of Marcus died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, at Heartland Care Center in Marcus.

Arrangements are pending at Earnest-Rohde Funeral Home in Marcus.

Marlis M. Acklin

Marlis M. Acklin, 93, of Sioux City died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at a local hospital.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Burial will be in Rockwell City, Iowa.

Earline R. Jackson

Earline R. Jackson, 71, of Sioux City died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at a local hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Waterbury Funeral Service.

Richard E. Dryden

SOUTH SIOUX CITY -- Richard E. Dryden, 57, of South Sioux City passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, at a local hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in South Sioux City, with the Rev. Dan Wittrock officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery at South Sioux City, with military rites conducted. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 5 to 8 p.m. and a vigil service at 6 p.m., at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to {M7www.meyerbroschapels.com.

R.D. was born July 18, 1950, in Sioux City, to Jack and Beth (St. George) Dryden. He grew up and attended South Sioux City schools, graduating in 1968. He then attended Wayne State College for two years, where he played football. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1970. He served in Germany for two years before being honorably discharged in 1972. Upon his return to South Sioux City, he worked at Dryden Heating and Plumbing for several years before joining Burlington Northern Railroad in 1977, where he was an engineer when he retired in 2003.

On Feb. 2, 1980, R.D. married Paula Demke at Church of the Nativity in Sioux City.

He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in South Sioux City. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan and, of course, his beloved Huskers. He enjoyed playing cribbage, shooting pool and fishing. R.D. also loved watching his children compete in football and baseball.

Survivors include his wife, Paula of South Sioux City; five children, Heather Cook and her husband, Troy of Port Washington, Md., Justin Dryden and his son, Tyson and fiancee, Tina Lutterman, Cody Dryden, Tiffany Dryden and Michael Dryden, all of South Sioux City; two brothers, David D. Dryden and his wife, Patricia of Las Cruses, N.M., and James Dryden and his wife, Teri of South Sioux City; two sisters, Maureen Graves and her husband, Tom of Omaha, and Deb Isaacson of South Sioux City; his mother-in-law, Margaret Demke; four sisters-in-law, Peggy Demke, Patricia Rauch, Penny Vitito and her husband, Greg, and Pam Helms and her husband, Bill; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jack Jr.; a nephew, Shane Dryden; and his father-in-law, Willie Demke.

Robert L. Blanford

Robert L. Blanford, 78, of Sioux City passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, at his residence.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, with the Rev. Roger Madden officiating. Burial will be in Logan Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent online to {M7www.meyerbroschapels.com.

Robert was born March 30, 1929, in Sioux City, to John and Ruby (Hughes) Blanford.

He married Joyce Chrestensen on Nov. 7, 1946, She preceded him in death on June 13, 1992.

Robert loved to play bingo and collected clowns and angels. He also liked to fish.

Survivors include sons and their wives, Danny and Bonnie Blanford, David and Paula Blanford, Darrell and Carol Blanford and Darwin and Debbie Blanford, all of Sioux City; daughters, Roberta VanCleave and Ronda Sitzman, both of Sioux City; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph Blanford of Kansas; and two sisters, Blanche Eggnick of Sioux City, and Lou Erp of Arvada, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce; two brothers; and two sisters.

Pallbearers will be Matt Walsh, Jason Hilton, Justin Hilton, Heath Blanford, Josh Blanford and Matt Koll.

Kenneth R. Littlejohn

Kenneth R. Littlejohn, 92, of Sioux City passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at his residence.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Riverside United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Janice Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, with military rites conducted. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. and a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to {M7www.meyerbroschapels.com.

Kenneth was born Aug. 12, 1915, in Oconee, Ill., to Miles L. and Katherine (Pafeur) Littlejohn. The family moved to Sioux City when Kenneth was very young. He grew up and attended Sioux City Schools, where he graduated from Central High School in 1934. He then attended Morningside College, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in 1938. Kenneth began working for Wincharger Corporation after college.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on March 7, 1942, at Des Moines. During World War II, Kenneth became a chief petty officer in charge of radar on a destroyer in the Atlantic Ocean. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 8, 1945, in Sampson, N.Y. Kenneth returned to Sioux City after the war and worked at Iowa Public Service for the next 34 years, retiring in 1980.

He was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church. He also enjoyed bowling and was on many leagues over the years. Kenneth also enjoyed working on electronics, where he would take them apart and put them back together.

Survivors include a sister, Neva Holland of Independence, Iowa; a nephew, Jon Holland of Independence; three nieces, Sharon Holland of Madison, Wis., Deborah Schuber and her husband, Tommy of Litha Springs, Ga., and Rebecca Johnson; as well as several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside United Methodist Church.

Irene H. Sullivan

Irene H. Sullivan, 89, of Sioux City died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at Sunrise Retirement Community following a brief illness.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel, 6200 Morningside Avenue. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

Ruth B. Foreshoe

DAKOTA CITY -- Ruth B. Foreshoe, 86, of rural Dakota City died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at her residence.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Salem Lutheran Church in rural Dakota City. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Becker-Hunt Funeral Home.

Albert William Sherrill

SOUTH SIOUX CITY -- Albert William Sherrill, 74, of South Sioux City died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at his residence.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mr. Sherrill's residence in South Sioux City. Arrangements are under the direction of Becker-Hunt Funeral Home.

Robert C. Cornell

SOUTH SIOUX CITY - Robert C. Cornell, 80, of South Sioux City died Friday Sept. 21, 2007, at a Sioux City Hospital.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Becker-Hunt Funeral Home.

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