Wanda L. Miller
July 29, 1934 - February 27, 2004
Wanda L. Miller, age 69, of Sioux Rapids, passed away Friday, February 27, 2004, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. A funeral service will be Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at 1:30 p.m. at First United Church in Sioux Rapids with Pastor Emily Allen officiating. Burial will be in the Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.
Wanda Lou (Kraft) Miller, the only daughter of Amber and Harry Kraft, was born July 29, 1934, in Lavina. Wanda spent her childhood in the Fonda area and graduated from Fonda High School in 1953.
On June 5, 1953, Wanda was united in marriage to Jack Miller and this union was blessed with three children: John, Julie and David. In their early-married years, they lived in a number of places, but raised their family while living in the Sioux Rapids area. Wanda loved living on the farm, and was actively involved in the farming operations. In addition to working on the farm, Wanda truly enjoyed gardening and preserving the garden produce. Family and friends were often willing recipients of the wonderful talent she had for cooking.
Wanda's greatest love in life was caring for others. She was a faithful wife for over 50 years. Being a mother and raising a family brought her much joy. She was an involved grandparent, even during her battle with cancer. She attended school events whenever her grandchildren were involved. For over 30 years, she provided childcare for many families. She was not just a babysitter, The children she cared for and their families became a part of her own family. Over 100 Spencer area children were blessed with Wanda's gentle care. Her life has touched countless others and she will be deeply missed.
Wanda is survived by her husband, Jack Miller of Sioux Rapids; three children: John and Dawn Miller of Piedmont, SD, Julie and Jon Bright of Sioux Rapids, and David and Lisa Miller of Marathon; grandchildren: Cody, Eric and Alex Miller, Kirk and Kayla Bright, Kaleb and Colton Miller and Sara and Tara Pritchard; mother, Amber Kraft of Storm Lake and brothers: Harry and Anne Kraft of New York Mills, MN and Freddie and Karen Kraft of Fonda.
Preceding Wanda in death were her father, Harry Kraft; her brothers: LeRoy and Dale Kraft; her parents-in-law: Alden and Edna Miller and her brother-in-law, Gail Beauvais.
Ronald Eugene Stanton
February 18, 1938 - February 27, 2004
Funeral services for Ronald Eugene Stanton, 66, of Galva, was held Monday, March 1, at St. John Lutheran Church in Galva with Pastor Paul Egger officiating.
Mr. Stanton passed away at St. Lukes Regional Medical Center in Sioux City on Friday, February 27, 2004.
Ron was born in Denison on February 18, 1938, to Carl O. Stanton and Mary Maxine LeMoine. He spent early childhood years with an aunt and uncle, Bessie and Leo Dunhom. In traveling with them as Leo worked on the railroad, Ron attended 31 different schools. He steeled with Ames and El Grefe where he spend his high school years, graduating from Cushing High School in 1956. After graduation, he entered the Marine Corps doing basic training in Camp Pendelton, California. Upon discharge from the Marines in 1958, he returned to the Ida Grove area farming with Everett Bugge.
Ron married Mary Carol Ladewig on June 21, 1959, in Holstein. He worked at Caterpillar in Sioux City before returning to Holstein where he worked at Van-Top. In 1962, Ron began farming. He spent the next years in the Holstein and Galva areas farming. In 1974 they moved into Galva working as a New York Life Insurance Agent. Later years included running the R&M Feed Mill in Schaller, USDA Meat Inspector in Storm Lake, and Crop Adjuster. In the early 1990's he fulfilled a life-long dream to become an auctioneer and later a real estate agent with an office in Schaller.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Galva, holding numerous offices during his membership. Ron was an active member of the Galva, Holstein and Schaller communities, serving as a fireman, mayor, Little League Coach, emceeing numerous parades, queen contests, county fair activities, and charity auctions. He enjoyed refereeing and umpiring. Ron was an avid fisherman, card player, and a connoisseur of good food. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, especially being a loyal sports fan of his grandsons.
Survivors include his wife Mary; children: Dena and Mitch Stille, Alta; Donald and Christy Stanton, Houston, TX, Dan and Kristen Stanton, Fort Lupton, CO, Debra and Mark Steenhard, Houston, TX; grandchildren: Heath, Morgan and Austin Stille, Alta; Brock Stanton, Houston, TX; Cade and Colton Steenhard, Houston, TX; brothers: James F. Stanton, Hinton, M. Douglas Stanton, New Sharon, Dean Garoutte, Shellsburg, Gus Huckleberry, Plainview, MN; and a host of nieces and nephews, and other relatives.
Preceding him in death were his parents; special aunt and uncle Bessie and Leo Dunhom; nephew Tim Stanton; father and mother-in-law, Fritz and Edith Ladewig; brother and sister - in- law, Wayne and Esther Williams; brother-in-law Bruce Ladewig.
Murray L. Pedersen
July 28, 1912 - February 26, 2004
Murray L. Pedersen, age 91, of Storm Lake, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2004, at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake. A funeral service was Monday, March 1, 2004, at Hope Evangelical Free Church in Storm Lake with Reverend Jim Hofman officiating. Burial was in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Murray Lowell Pedersen was born the son of Edward C. and Mary (Jurgensen) Pedersen on July 28, 1912, in Alta. He attended school and graduated from Fairview Consolidated School in rural Alta in 1931. After graduation, Murray began farming on the family farm.
On August 8, 1936, Murray was united in marriage to Alta Maust in Waterloo. This union was blessed with three children: Kathleen, Nancy and Allan. Murray and Alta raised their family near Alta. Being an innovative thinker, Murray used logic and creativity in many ways to make life better on the farm. His hard work and strong family values made him an excellent provider for his family. Murray and Alta were married over 60 years when she passed away in 1997, and in 1998, Murray moved into Buena Vista Manor and later that same year, he moved into Methodist Manor.
Serving the Lord was an integral part of who Murray was. His Christian faith was evident in various ways while being a member of Center Grove Evangelical Church as well as Hope Evangelical Free Church in Storm Lake.
Murray appreciated life and enjoyed many activities including walleye fishing and reading. He could often be found fishing at one of his favorite fishing spots. What he cherished most of all was spending time with his family who loved him very much. He will always be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend.
Murray is survived by his three children: Kathleen Stoughton and her husband, Robert of Alta, Nancy Andrews and her husband, Jerril of Shafer, MN, and Allan Pedersen and his wife, Diane of Alta; six grandchildren: Tim Stoughton of Sioux City, Mark Stoughton of Milwaukee, WI, John Andrews of Lindstrom, MN, Lisa Lewis and her husband, Craig of Denver, CO, Ron Pedersen and his wife, Kelli of Alta and Tyler Pedersen of Alta; two great-grandsons: Kodey and Kash Pedersen of Alta; two sisters: Jessamae Palmer of McLean, VA and Beth Sjoberg of Aurelia and many other loving relatives and friends.
Preceding Murray in death were his parents and his wife.
November 8, 1908 - February 13, 2004
Maesel Sweet, age 95, of Storm Lake, passed away on Friday, February 13, 2004 at the Boswell Memorial Hospital in Sun City, AZ.
Maesel Anderson Sweet, daughter of Ed and Laura Anderson was born on November 8, 1908 in Pierre, SD. She attended grade school and graduated from the High View School in 1926. In high school she enjoyed playing basketball. After graduation, she drove a school bus with a team of horses for High View for a short time.
Maesel married Karl E. Sweet on September 16, 1931. They were blessed with a daughter, Darlene. Maesel and Karl lived on the home farm for most of their seventy-two years of marriage. She enjoyed baking rolls, cooking, canning fruits and vegetables and mowing their beautiful yard. She loved all her pets, especially her St. Bernard, Prince.
Maesel was a member of the Methodist Church in Truesdale and following the closing of the church, joined the Storm Lake United Methodist Church. She was a Sunday School teacher, taught Bible School, was involved with the ladies' UMW of the church, was a member of the Birthday Club, Truesdale Farmers Club and was also on the funeral committee of the Storm Lake United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Karl; a daughter, Darlene and her husband Ron Cradit of Mound, MN; a sister, Ruth Johnson; seven nieces and three nephews; many extended family members, friends and a special friend, Lupe Hernandez, her personal nurse.
Preceding Maesel in death were her parents, Ed and Laura Anderson; her twin sister, Mavis Pederson; a brother, Nathan Anderson.