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Funeral Arrangements

Monday, June 28, 2004

Maxwell Ort

Graveside services for Maxwell James Ort will be held Sunday, June 27, 4 p.m., at the Nemaha Cemetery under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home, with Reverend Todd Schlitter officiating.

Maxwell, son of Joshua James Ort and Whitney Blaire Hollinger of Nemaha, was stillborn on June 22, at Buena Vista Regional Hospital in Storm Lake.

Max is survived by his parents, Joshua Ort and Whitney Hollinger; grandparents, Paul and Brenda Ort of Storm Lake, and John and Darla Hollinger of Des Moines; great-grandmother, Ella Ort of Sac City; great-grandparents, Irvin "Dude" and Beverly Wildman of Des Moines; great-grandmother, Virginia Hollinger of Moravia; his aunt, uncles and cousins.

Leland McGinnis

June 13, 1910 - June 19, 2004

Services for Leland B. McGinnis, 94, were held at the Alta Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, June 22. Internment was at the Scandinavian Cemetery, Alta.

Leland died Saturday, June 19, at Mankato, MN.

Leland was born near Onita, SD, on June 13, 1910, to Frank and Adolphus McGinnis and Lurae Wolff. He grew up in Onita graduating from high school there. The family later moved to Sioux City where Lee started playing with dance bands from 1931 to 1937 when he came to Alta to run the Roxy Theatre.

He had joined the Iowa National Guard and was called up in May 1940. He served in the Aleutian Islands. He was discharged October 1945.

While in Alta, Lee married Marie Odquist, who he married December 25, 1937. Marie passed away January 1988. He later married Ida Johnson who became sick shortly after and passed away in June 1992.

His life was largely devoted to music. From grade school with lessons to local bands, then professional dance bands during the 1930's, then later teaching music. He had a BS in music from Buena Vista College. He taught music in Early, Hayes Consolidated and Galva schools. He played with the Karl King Band from Fort Dodge for over 30 years.

His education was High School in Onida, SD, BS from Buena Vista University College and a BS from Iowa State Industrial Arts. He also had extensive training in Organ servicing which was largely self taught and he became a much in demand expert.

Probably his crowning achievement in the organ business was removing the old Wurlitzer organ from the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City and rebuilding it into the Sioux City Auditorium. Rick Darrow became his assistant on the Sioux City project and went on to establish his own business doing similar work.

Lee was a member of the Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Pomegranate #408 AF&AM Masonic Lodge, VFW Post #6172.

He is survived by two nephews, Patrick McGinnis of Lake Crystal, MN, and Frank McGinnis of Las Vegas, NV.