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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, January 6, 2004


Elaine Heard, age 78, of Storm Lake died Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at the Country View Nursing Home in Waterloo after a five-year battle with myeloma.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 6 at 2 p.m. at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church with Reverend Dr. Beverlee Bell and Reverend Charles Downing officiating. Burial will be in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial be given to the American Cancer Society with gifts designated for myeloma research.

Friends may call at the Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. where the family will be present. There will be an Order of Eastern Star Memorial Service at 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Elaine was born June 21, 1925 in Hawarden, the daughter of Edward and Rosella (Frank) Jepson. She graduated from Storm Lake High School with the Class of 1942.

She worked for the Union Pacific/Milwaukee Railroad as a depot agent, for J. C. Penney Company, Buena Vista University, for the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce Office and in the office of IBP in Storm Lake.

She was united in marriage to Perry Heard on December 24, 1945 in Hawarden. The couple moved from Rembrandt to Storm Lake in 1951. He died on March 29, 1983.

Elaine was an active member of the Storm Lake United Methodist Church, PTA, Girl Scouts, Order of Eastern Star, Wa-Tan-Ye, ICCA and served as secretary for the Storm Lake Centennial Committee from 1971-1973.

She is survived by her daughter Kathryn E. Zimmer of Waterloo and numerous extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; a daughter Anne Louise Heard on November 3, 1999; by twin granddaughters on May 26, 1972 and by her sister, Lorna Sinkey.


George (Dick) Kidman, Major, USAF retired, passed away October 5, 2003. Dick was born May 7, 1921 in Rembrandt. He came to Reno in 1939 and always considered Nevada his home.

Dick always had a passion for flying and received his private flying license in Reno when he was only 20 years old. Plying a B17 during WWII, he flew 51 missions out of North Africa. He was a member of the world famous 99th Bomb Group. After returning home from overseas, he was a B25 and B29 instructor at Sioux City AFB. Called to service in 1951, he was one of the original members of the Nevada National Air Guard.

Dick also served his country in Viet Nam, where he flew Cl21 reconnaissance aircraft. Through-out his 26 year Air Force career, he flew the equivalent of one and one-half trips to the moon.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Adele, of Reno; daughters, Leah Marlynn Fay, Karen Stokes, and Carla Ziegler; 3 sons-in-law and 6 grandchildren; 3 sisters, Rosella Avansino, Leah Jennett and Elizabeth Gunn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass was celebrated in Reno on October 18, at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Kidman, and mother, Mabel Sauter; brother Marvin Kidman and sister, Dorothy Powell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Veterans Hospital Foundation, Spouse House Bidg. Fund, 880 Locust St., Reno, 89502, or to Make A Wish Foundation, 910 Pyramid Way, Sparks, 89431.


Jeremiah S. Thayer, age 19, of Marathon, passed away January 2, 2004, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 6, at 10 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Marathon with Pastor Tammy Anderson officiating. The Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Marathon is in charge of the arrangements.

Jeremiah Steven Thayer was born the son of Steven and Melody (Miller) Thayer on July 16, 1984, in Iowa City. He was confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Marathon. He spent most of his childhood years growing up in the Marathon area and graduated from Harbor High School in Altoona. Upon graduating, Jeremiah returned to Marathon and was employed at Hawkeye One in Curlew. Jeremiah enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his friends. He loved spending time with his family who cherished him. Jeremiah was a very special son, grandson, brother, uncle and cousin and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Preceding him in death were his maternal grandmother, Diane Miller; maternal great-grandfather, David Miller; his paternal great grandparents, Orville Thayer and John and Lorena Obman.

Jeremiah is survived by his mother, Melody Thayer of Altoona; father, Steven Thayer and his companion, Brandi Bunting of Marathon; sister, Dawn Thayer of Altoona; brother, Devin Hughes of Altoona; nephew, Conner Hiatt of Altoona; maternal grandparents, Thomas and Ann Miller of Des Moines; paternal grandparents, Donald and Phyllis Thayer of Storm Lake; maternal great-grandmother, Nora Miller of Des Moines; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.