Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Thomas (Pete) Peterson

October 6, 1928 -

February 23, 2004

Funeral services for Thomas "Pete" Peterson, 75, of Alta were held on Wednesday, February 25, with Pastor Durwood Clauson officiating at Baker Funeral Home in Alta with Flag presentation by the Alta VFW post #6172.

Thomas Stuart Peterson, died Monday, February 23, 2004 at the Buena Vista County Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Stuart was born on a farm near Linn Grove, on October 6, 1928. He was the son of Carl Adolph and Bessie (Thomas) Peterson. He graduated from the Truesdale High School in 1946, as salutatorian. He was baptized and confirmed at the Little Sioux Valley Church near Rembrandt.

He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. His military service was all spent in the United States. While stationed on Long Island in New York, he attended many baseball games and Broadway plays. One of his main enjoyments was going to see Les Paul and Mary Ford on Broadway.

Pete enjoyed working with electronics. He built television sets, hi-fis, stereos, radios, and weather stations. He also did golfing, gardening, fishing and much reading.

He served on the Alta Trinity Lutheran Church council, was Sunday School Superintendent, spent time as a Trustee for the City of Alta and several years on the Park Board and the Alta Golf and Country Club Board.

He worked for the Rystad Hardware Store and the became City Clerk of Alta. In 1964, he moved to Webster City, where he was the City Clerk and also served on the Church Council. Later, he became City Administrator for Oelwein. In 1968, he took over the Runge and Schrieber Insurance Agency in Alta. He was in this business for twenty-three years.

Stuart is survived by his wife, Fran: his daughter, Sande and husband, Brian Rodemeyer, granddaughter, Abby and grandson, Tim all of Algona; son, Tom of Carlsbad, California; a brother, David and his wife Virginia, of Alameda, California; his brother-in-law, Willis (Buster) Castle of Roswell, New Mexico; cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Eldon and his sister Margaret.

Chris P. Christensen

October 11, 1934 - February 15, 2004

Chris P. Christensen, age 69, of Storm Lake, Iowa, died Sunday, February 15, 2004, at the Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital in Kerrville, Texas following a sudden illness.

Funeral Services for Mr. Christensen were held Sunday, February 22, at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church. Burial with full military honors by Amvets Post 66 was in the Storm Lake Cemetery, under the direction of the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake.

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Chris Peter Christensen was born on October 11, 1934 to Chris and Gladys (Andrews) Christensen in Little Sioux Township near Mapleton, Iowa. He spent his childhood in his parents' home on Crow Island near Blencoe. He attended country schools and then Mapleton High School. In 1958, Chris attended Masonry School and later taught classes at that same school for three winters.

Chris served his country with pride in the United States Army as an MP from December of 1954 until October of 1957, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Spec. 4. During his time in the Army, he spent duty time guarding the Panama Canal.

On August 14, 1956, he was united in marriage to Janette Lind at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Their union was blessed with a son, Rick.

Chris was a bricklayer by trade. While still an apprentice, he was promoted to a foreman position. He was a master of many tasks, always making or inventing something to fill a need. He prided himself on finding solutions for problems. In his career, Chris was involved in the construction of many prominent high-rise buildings, most notably the Brooks Tower and the Brooks Twin Tower in downtown Denver, as well as and the Eisenhower Tunnel in the Rocky Mountains.

In 1981, Chris and Jan moved back to Storm Lake from Colorado and he enjoyed working for Paul Park Construction. A most memorable project was the Buena Vista Victory Arch. The Arch was constructed from the remains of the Old Main archway. Old Main was the principal building on campus until it was destroyed by fire in 1956. Chris helped to build the Victory Arch at the southeast corner of Chapel lawn, where it stood for many years before it was rebuilt atop the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business/Siebens Forum during 1984-85. It was there that once again he helped to rebuild the Arch. Chris enjoyed having played a role in the history of the Arch, which has become a symbol linking the past to the present on BV's campus.

Chris retired in 1998, but true to form, continued to find projects to keep himself busy. He liked relaxing while he listened to country music, and was well known for always wearing his flannel shirts. He and Jan enjoyed their retirement, traveling and spending winters in Texas.

Left to cherish Chris' memory are his wife Jan of Storm Lake; his son, Rick and wife Vicki Christensen of Deer Trail, CO; two brothers: Arnold and wife Delores Christensen of Grand Rapids, MN and Walt Christensen of Denver, CO and his special friend Faye Pace of Kerrville, TX; two sisters: Ramona Wiley of Newcastle, CO and Jeannie Skinner of Colorado Springs, CO; his sister-in-law: Josie and husband Dean Ellingson of Storm Lake; cousins: Kathryn Kruse of Soldier, Juanita and husband Martin Thies of Mapleton, Laura Fitzpatrick of Danbury, Norman and wife Donna Christensen of Mapleton and Martin and wife Mary Ann Christensen of Sun City, AZ; many nieces, nephews and numerous extended family members and friends.

Preceding Chris in death were his parents, Chris and Gladys Christensen.

Eugene Jennett

March 16, 1916 -

February 18, 2004

Eugene W. Jennett, 87, of San Carlos, CA, died February 18, 2004 at his home in California.

He was born on March 6, 1916 at Sac City to Willard and Nellie (Conklin) Jennett. He moved with his family to Storm Lake in 1929 where he graduated from high school in 1933.

He met and married Evelyn Swanson in California in 1949. To this union two sons were born, Rex and Roger.

Eugene is survived by his wife and one son, Rex; a daughter-in-law, Diane; two grandchildren, Rachael and Kyle; two sisters, Betty Grieme of Alta and Marilyn Patee of Sioux City; a sister-in-law, Leah Jennett of San Raphael, CA.

He was preceded in death by his son, Roger; his parents; a sister, Ruth Debelsky; and twin brothers, Dwight and Donald Jennett.

Evelyn Wise

November 6, 1910 - February 20, 2004

Funeral service for Evelyn Wise was Monday, February 23rd, at the Nain Lutheran Church in Newell with Rev. Tom Hinshaw and Rev. Paul Johnston officiating. The flower committee consists of Dale and Judy Bodholdt and Arden and Ann Jorgensen. Interment was in the Newell Cemetery under the direction of Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home, Newell.

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Evelyn Janet Wise, age 93, of Newell, passed away on Friday, February 20, 2004, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Evelyn Janet Sorenson was born on November 6, 1910, the daughter of John and Marie (Borshiem) Sorenson on a farm east of Newell. She attended country school and graduated from Newell High School in 1928.

She finished her education from Iowa State Teachers College with a degree in Primary Education in 1930.

On June 10, 1936, Evelyn and Donald Johnston Wise were united in marriage at the First Baptist Church in Newell of which she was a member. To this union four children were born: Keith, Janet, Karen, and John.

Evelyn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and always an educator. She taught 1st and 2nd grades at Hayes Consolidated, south of Storm Lake, and kindergarten at Pomeroy Grade School until her retirement in 1976.

Evelyn and Donald liked to travel and spent their winters in Texas during their retirement. She enjoyed reliving her school teaching days and being with her "Little Toddletunks" (grandchildren).

One of her hobbies was crocheting covers for thousands of hangers and working in her flower garden.

Survivors include her son, John (Roberta) Wise of Newell; her two daughters: Janet (Glen) Pedersen of Newell, and Karen (Luke) Druivenga of Osceola; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Dr. Philip Sorenson of Laguna Niguel, CA; extended family and friends.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marie Sorenson; husband Donald on December 23, 1996; infant son Keith; infant granddaughters: Wendy Pedersen, Julie Wise and Diane Wise; a brother Merlin Sorenson, and an infant sister.