Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, December 2, 2003


Joseph F. Blass, age 67, of Early, passed away Friday, November 28, 2003, at his home.

Joseph Franklin Blass was born April 22, 1936, in Nemaha, the first son of Martin Blass and Wilma (Hooper) Blass. He grew up helping to care for the animals that were part of the family farming operation. After graduating from Sac City High School in 1954, marrying Marlene Cook of Nemaha, and becoming a father to son Brian and daughter Jolene, he graduated from Iowa State, as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1961, with the distinction of Phi Zeta.

During the next 16 years he lived in Lake View, and his life centered around the animals, their owners and friends, raising his children and helping other children in the community, especially through 4-H and as School Board President, and always made farming part of his life too.

In 1977, with a new wife Dee Buller and her two sons, they moved to Clarksville, Arkansas where he continued to center his life around veterinary medicine and children. Being a Mason and a Shriner, he was instrumental in organizing the Shrine Group in Clarksville which helped many physically impaired children in that area.

In 1984 he came back to Iowa and was appointed by the USDA, Area Veterinarian in Charge of Northeast Iowa. After contracting an animal disease, he was forced to retire in 1993 and moved back to Sac County. Although Veterinary Medicine could no longer be part of his active life, he kept busy farming, restoring tractors, building radio controlled model airplanes, and restoring the farm where he had spent time as a boy with his grandparents.

He is survived by his grandchildren Amy and Craig Blass of Sac City; his wife Dee and step-son Dan Buller with his daughters Ellen and Anna of Shreveport, LA, and step- son Ken Blass and his wife Kari of Libertyville, IL; parents Martin and Wilma Blass of Early; three brothers: Jim Blass and his wife Gloria of Sac City; Ted Blass and his wife Virginia and their son Matt of Sac City, and Tim Blass of Early; niece Kellie Highland and her husband Kent and their children Jay and Jamie of Sac City; a special cousin Shari Busch and her husband Ben of Sac City; numerous cousins and their families, many friends; and his best friend, his dog Brownie.

His son Brian, his daughter Jolene and nephew Ty preceded him in death.

Visitation is on Tuesday, December 2, at 1 p.m.with the memorial services following at 2 p.m., at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City with Rev. Karl Schultz officiating. Burial will be at the Early Union Cemetery in Early.


Everett D. Bloyer, age 84, of Arthur, died Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at the Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center in Odebolt, Iowa.

Funeral mass was held on Friday, November 28, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt. Burial was in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Schaller with military rites by the Schaller V.F. W. Post 4704. Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Odebolt is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family via the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home website:

Everett Bloyer was born on October 6, 1919 in Schaller, to Guy and Marie (Corderman) Bloyer. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and was a member at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Schaller until he moved, when he became a member of St. Martin's in Odebolt. He attended country school near Schaller and then graduated from Schaller High School in 1936. Everett lived all but seven years of his life in the Schaller community.

Following his 18th birthday, Everett enlisted in the United States Army. Following the end of World War II, he continued in the active reserve before retiring with the rank of Major after 21 years of service to his country. At the end of his active tour of duty, Everett returned to Schaller to work for the City of Schaller. Following that, he purchased a portable mill, grinding grain for area farmers. Everett was then employed by Schaller Consolidated Popcorn Company as an Outside Foreman at their plant until his retirement at age 65.

On September 4, 1943, Everett was united in marriage to Joan Sippel at the Silver Chapel in Fort McClellan at Aniston, Alabama. They recently celebrated 60 years together. Six children blessed their union. Everett was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and cherished the time he spent with his family. He was loved and will be missed daily.

Everett was an accomplished organist after learning to play during his teen years. He derived great pleasure from music, whether playing or listening to it. He started his first band in high school, which was made up of family members. The band played for a variety of occasions in countless towns for many years, but Everett particularly enjoyed playing for nursing home residents. He was also organist for St. Joseph's Church in Schaller for many years.

Everett was a Scout Master for many years. He enjoyed camping and traveling. He especially liked to travel to Arizona in the winter months. Everett was an avid gardener who was grew prize-winning roses. As a member of the Schaller Park Board, he carefully tended all the rose and flower beds in thee town park. Everett liked people and derived great pleasure from time spent with his broad circle of friends.

Survivors include his wife, Joan of Arthur; two sons: Dwain and wife Sharon Bloyer of Ft. Collins, CO and Richard and wife Kay Bloyer of Odebolt; three daughters: Sharon and husband Dennis Johnson of Anthon, Lorraine and husband Robert Stagner of Holly Springs, NC, and Nancy Johnston of Jeannette, PA; his brother Ralph and wife Daphine Bloyer of Crystal River, FL; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; his aunt Velma Rodman of Sac City and many extended family and friends.

Preceding Everett in death were his parents, his son William (Bill), his brothers Raymond and Vaughn, his sister Lois, and his daughter-in-law Cathy Bloyer.


Harold Warriner, age 72, of Schaller, died on Friday, November 28, 2003 at Loring Hospital in Sac City, following a long battle with cancer.

Funeral Services were held Monday, at Immanuel Reformed United Church of Christ, Rural Schaller. Burial was in the Schaller Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences may be sent on-line via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website:

Harold Elmer Warriner was born on August 5, 1931 to Elmer and Irma (Wetzstein) Warriner at Ida Grove. He lived with his parents as a child on their farm two miles east of Schaller. He attended country school at Eden number 9 through the 8th grade, then went on to Schaller High School, graduating with the Class of 1948. Harold was baptized on December 29, 1931 and later confirmed on December 16, 1945 at the Methodist Church in Schaller. On July 7, 1963 he joined Immanuel Reformed United Church of Christ in rural Schaller and was an active member, holding the office of Deacon from 1969-1971 and again from January 1993-November 2003 and was Secretary of the Church and a member of the Cemetery Committee from January 2000-November 2003.

Harold served his country from January 20, 1951 as a member of the Army Reserves until he retired on December 10, 1959 with the rank of SFC E6.

On May 22, 1955, Harold was united in marriage to Marilyn Miller at the Methodist Church in Storm Lake. Their union was blessed with a son, Duane, and a daughter, Linda. Harold was a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather who cherished the time he spent with his family. He was loved by his family and will be missed daily.

Harold spent his life farming and also driving truck and working at the seed plant north of Schaller. After he retired from the plant in 1996, he continued to help out at the farm. In his spare time, he enjoyed reading and woodworking. Harold liked to spend time out of doors and derived great pleasure from gardening and watching and feeding wild birds. He and Marilyn liked to travel and had many fond memories of trips to Branson, Missouri and to Canada.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn of Schaller; his son Duane Warriner of Schaller and his daughter Linda Westeen of Schaller; three grandchildren: Michael Westeen of Aurelia, Steven Westeen of Schaller and Kimberly Westeen of Schaller; two great-grandchildren: Evan Westeen of Aurelia and Ethan Westeen of Aurelia; one sister: Janette Forney of Sioux City; many nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.

Preceding Harold in death were his parents, Elmer and Irma Warriner.