October 9, 1922 - February 7. 2005
Funeral services for Donald Gibbons were held Thursday, February 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Rembrandt, with Pastor Emily Allen officiating. Burial was in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery at Storm Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of the Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake.
Donald L. Gibbons, age 82, of Rembrandt passed away Monday, February 7 at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake.
Donald Lee Gibbons was born October 9, 1922 on a farm near Lincoln Lee School in rural Albert City to William D. and Helen J. (Blow) Gibbons. He made the daily trek to Lincoln Lee School for elementary through high-school classes, then following his high-school graduation, Don attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake.
Don was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church in Rembrandt, where he was a faithful member, holding the office of Treasurer and serving as Lay Leader.
On August 18, 1944, Don was united in marriage to Leona Mathilda Gustafson at the Covenant Church in Albert City. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Donald and Jeffrey, and two daughters, Annette and Rebecca.
Don's life occupation was farming and owning his business until his retirement in 1990. He enjoyed working with people and looking at the crops. He also liked taking drives to the dam in Linn Grove. He enjoyed his dog, Buddie, and liked to take him for a run in the country. Fishing was a big part of Don's life, and he delighted in the regular trips he made, fishing rods in hand. He also enjoyed barbershop singing and liked to do crossword puzzles.
Giving back to his community was important to Don. He served on the local school board for many years; he was president of the board during the years his children graduated from high school, so he was fortunate to be able to present each of his four children with their high-school diploma. Don also served on the city council in Rembrandt for many years.
As busy and involved as he was, Don's first priority was always his family, whom he treasured. He took special joy in every moment he was able to spend with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be remembered as a loving husband, a devoted father, a cherished grandfather and great-grandfather, a dear brother and uncle and a valued friend and member of the community.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of more than 60 years, Leona of Rembrandt; sons: Donald and wife Kristine of Stockton, Mo., and Jeffrey of Rembrandt; daughters: Annette and husband Larry Hogrefe of Sioux Rapids, Iowa and Rebecca and husband Calvin Christensen of Sioux City, Iowa; grandchildren: Dawn and husband David Baker, Jennifer and husband Tony Maddox, Jason and wife Jessica Gibbons, Mandy Gibbons, Kirby Hogrefe, Kari Hogrefe, Cory Christensen, Jessica Christensen, and Wendy and husband Todd Sassman; great-grandchildren: Joshua Baker, Sarah Baker, Toby Gibbons, Dillon Gibbons, Bailey White, Maja White, and Caleb Sassman; his brother, William D. and wife Gail Gibbons of Moline, Ill.; his sister, Janice and husband Roy Johnson of Des Moines, Iowa; brother-in-law DeWayne and wife Ardis Gustafson; sisters-in-law Ethel Diercks, Doris Gustafson and Joyce Rowlet; and a host of other family and friends.
Preceding Don in death were his parents, William and Helen Gibbons, and three brothers-in-law: Lowell Gustafson, Earl Gustafson and Jack Diercks.
Fred Koth, Jr.
December 14, 1939 - February 8, 2005
Funeral services for Fred A. Koth Jr., 65, Cherokee, will be held on Saturday, February 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Burial will be in the Cherokee Memory Gardens Cemetery. There will be a family prayer service at 1:15 p.m. at the church on Saturday. Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee is in charge of arrangements.
Fred passed away on Tuesday morning at his home.
Fred was born on December 14, 1939 at Hanover to Fred and Louisa (Peters) Koth. He graduated from Galva High School in 1958. He was married to Synthia Sanders on February 14, 1960 at Hanover. He had lived in Cherokee since 1959, prior to this lived on a farm south of Galva. He had worked for Hartley Creamery in Cherokee. He farmed and worked for Wilson Foods Corp and later Continental Deli for many years. Following his retirement, he managed the Cherokee VFW Club for three years. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards and loved traveling, especially to Alaska, Wyoming, Montana and Canada.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers,Wilbur and Harlan Koth; and two sisters, Berniece Koth and LuEtta Prescott.
He is survived by his son Jay Koth of Houston, TX; three brothers, Arnold Koth and wife Verona of Galva, Frank Koth of Schaller, Marlin Koth and wife Ada of Chico, CA; three sisters, Gladys Lillie of DeWitt, Melinda Thies and her husband Frank of Iowa Falls, Delores Troyer of New Paris, IN; many nieces and nephews.
July 12, 1956 - January 30, 2005
Funeral services for James Rex, 48, were held Wednesday, February 2 at 3 p.m. at Church of Christ, Correctionville. Burial was at Mt. St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Anthon.
James passed away Sunday, January 30, 2005.
James Louis Rex was born July 12, 1956, in Leon, to Patty Jo (Harris) and Louis Sherman Rex. He graduated from Rembrandt Consolidated High School in 1974. He was united in marriage to Cindy McDermott January 6, 1984. This marriage welcomed three children; daughter, Destiny, 22, sons, Dylan, 16, and Dalton, 13. Cindy is the daughter of Vincent and Delores (Broderson) McDermott of Anthon.
James enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on cars, cooking on the grill, watching his children's activities, camping, tools, and spending time with his wife, children, and granddaughter, Serenity.
James worked for American Identity for just over ten years, when he went back to school to be an automotive technician. He graduated with honors from Western Iowa Tech in December of 2003. After graduation, he worked for Automotive Electric, then Alignment Specialists, and was currently working at Woody's Auto Repair in Sioux City.
Survivors include his wife, Cindy, and two sons, Dylan and Dalton, all of Correctionville; daughter, Destiny and granddaughters, Serenity, of Cushing; mother, Patty Jo Rex of Milton, Fla.; three sisters, Patricia Gail Rex and Chris, Milton, Fla., Margaret Jean (Maggie) and Tony Putzier of Correctionville and Elizabeth Ann (Libby) Rex of Aurelia; one brother, Alvin Lavon Rex and Judy of Marathon; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many nieces, nephews and "adopted" children from all over.
His father, Louis Sherman Rex; grandparents, Alvin and Margaret Rex, and Harvey and Gail Harris of Lamoni; and his father-in-law, Vinnie McDermott of Anthon preceded him in death.