Norman H. Boisen
July 14, 1923 - March 3, 2005
Funeral Services for Norman Boisen were Monday, March 7 at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Reformed United Church of Christ in rural Schaller, with Reverend Henry Huddleston officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller was in charge of the arrangements.
Norman H. Boisen, age 81, of Schaller passed away Thursday, March 3 at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center Hospital in Sioux City.
Norman Herman Boisen was born July 14, 1923 in Cook Township, Sac County to Herman D. Boisen and Eva (Gertsmeier) Boisen. His mother passed away when he was 16 years old. His father married Maude Voyles on November 28, 1942.
Norm attended country school south of Hanover for three years, then entered Hayes Consolidated School, Storm Lake, graduating in 1941. He then worked at Douglas Aircraft in California. He returned home and worked for George Brown until induction into the armed services in March 1943. He was injured in France on September 14, 1944. The next 8 months were spent in military hospitals in France, England and the United States. He received his discharge May 1945 from Winter General Hospital in Topeka, Kansas.
He worked for Bill Brown at Brown Oil then Don Kestel and he purchased the Eastside Oil. When it was sold, Norm went to work for DeKalb in Storm Lake.
Norman was united in marriage to Norma L. Sanderman on September 14, 1948 at the Immanuel Reformed Church in rural Schaller. To this union, two children were born, Lee and Joanne.
In 1953, he was appointed Rural Letter Carrier, Route 2 at Schaller, retiring May 1983. After retiring, he was crop hail adjuster for 14 years.
He was a life time member of the V.F.W. and D.A.V., also a member of the American Legion.
He served on the School Board, City Council, Fire Department, Scout Master and Little League Coach. He enjoyed golf, bowling, fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his wife Norma; son Lee and wife Kay of Des Moines; daughter Joanne and husband Maurice Noll of Kremmling, Colorado; six grandchildren: Bryan, Matt, Kelli and Sara Boisen, Justin and Stacey Noll; one great granddaughter Emmerson Boisen; three step-sisters: Virginia Freeman, Betty Woodke and Clara Grotjohn; and one step brother Lou Voyles.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Laura Mae.
Helen C. Carris
June 27, 1911 - March 3, 2005
Funeral services for Helen Carris were Monday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids with Reverend John Cain officiating. Burial will be in Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. Arrangements were under the direction of the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids.
Helen C. Lancaster Carris, age 93, of Sioux Rapids died on Thursday, March 3 at the Sioux Care Center in Sioux Rapids.
Helen Cecelia Clouss was born June 27, 1911 in Clare to Hiriam Waldo and Gertrude Mary (Heun) Clouss. She lived with her family in Clare and Manson areas.
Helen was united in marriage to Homer Lancaster. They were blessed with a son, Charles Gerald Lancaster. She later married Harvey Carris in Sioux Rapids. To this union, Helen gained two step-sons: Barr T. Carris and Colin Timothy Carris.
As a young married woman, Helen taught in several one room school houses around Iowa. She moved to Sioux Rapids and resided there for 65 years. She fell in love with the big white corner house on Third Street, bought it and lived there almost 55 years, until she was forced to give it up. She and her second husband, Harvey married, joined their families and raised their boys there.
During her life, Helen worked as a waitress, then owned and operated Helen's Café. She also worked at Burr's Clothing Store as well as various other businesses before retiring. She attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church and was a dedicated member of BPW Club and Senior Citizens.
Helen was always a respected member of the business community. Whether as a business owner or an employee, she always did more than was expected of her. She was an active member in the community, school and the Catholic Church throughout her entire life.
It was Helen's drive and determination which carried her and her family throughout her life. Her personal values and work ethic influenced everyone who knew her. She will be remembered by all who loved her, as a hardworking, loyal and honorable woman.
Left to cherish Helen's memory are her son Charles G. Lancaster and wife Glenda of Rushmore, Minnesota; stepson Barr T. Carris and wife Joan of Beaufort, North Carolina; grandchildren: Carla, Connie, Kelly, Debbie, Pam, Judy, Kevin, Jody, Mindy, Leigh Ann, Bradley, Todd and Mark; 27 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; brother Charles and sister Mary, both of Boise, Idaho; and a host of other family and friends.
Preceding Helen in death were her parents; two brothers: Joseph and Edward; one sister Evelyn; step-son Colin Timothy; and husband Harvey Carris.
Stanley H. Haahr
October 10, 1915 - March 2, 2005
Funeral Service for Stanley Haahr were Saturday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake with Reverend Duane Queen officiating. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Alta. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Stanley H. Haahr, age 89, of Storm Lake died on Wednesday, March 2 at Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge.
Stanley Hansen Haahr, son of Viggo and Sena (Hansen) Haahr, was born on October 10, 1915 in rural Alta. He attended school at Highview Country School and graduated in 1932. Following high school, Stan attended Buena Vista College and earned a degree in 1936. After graduation from Buena Vista College, Stan continued his education at the University of Iowa Grad School.
On June 6, 1938, Stan was united in marriage to Virginia LaGrange in Storm Lake. They were blessed with two children: Jim and Barbara. Following Virginia's passing, Stan married Billie McDowell on July 18, 1992 in Lake Park.
Stan worked as a school teacher and administrator from 1936-1946. During WWII, he assisted the military in building airplanes. He was President of Buena Vista Abstract & Mortgage Company from 1947-1975. He founded Storm Lake Savings and Loan Association in 1954, now known as MetaBank, where he served on the Board of Directors from 1954-1990 and served as Chairman of the Board from 1981-1990. He also co-founded the Storm Lake Industrial Development Corporation and Lake Creek Country Club. In addition, he was a member of the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce and served as an Elder in his church. He is a charter member of Order of the Arch and founding chairperson of the Cornerstone Guard at Buena Vista University.
Being not only a distinguished educator, banker and philanthropist, he was a volunteer receiving awards for his tireless dedication to his alma mater. In 1991, Stan was awarded the Henry Olson Distinguished Service Award at Buena Vista University.
During his lifetime, Stan enjoyed good music, golfing, fishing, restoring antique cars (SERPACI Car Club), watching sports and dancing. He demonstrated a true zest for life and lived by his simple philosophy, "You've just gotta take care of the people."
Above all, Stan was a loving son, husband, father, grandpa and great grandpa.
Preceding Stan in death were his parents Viggo and Sena Haahr and his first wife Viginia.
He is survived by his wife Billie of Storm Lake; son Jim Haahr and wife Gretchen of Storm Lake; daughter Barbara Walters and husband Ron of Storm Lake; grandchildren: Karen Bump and husband Jeff of Panora, Tyler Haahr and wife Michelle of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Ellen Moore and husband Troy of Clive, Dave Walters and wife Dr. Sue Walters of Glenwood, Dan Walters of Des Moines, Deb Walters-Smith and husband Chris of Rochester, Minnesota; great grandchildren: Mason, Allison and Jenna Bump of Panora, Lauren and Alec Haahr of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Matthew, Kate, Sarah and Julia Moore of Clive, Max and Anna Walters-Smith of Rochester, Minnesota; one sister Virginia Meyer of Alta; as well as extended family and friends.