June 7, 1916 - March 18, 2005
Funeral Services for Ernest Rassler were Monday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Varina Methodist Church in Varina, with Pastors Esta Fraley and Greg Baskerville officiating. Burial was in the Varina Cemetery with military graveside rites by the W. D. Steiner American Legion Post 588 of Varina. The arrangements were under the direction of the Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda.
Ernest Rassler, age 88, of Fonda died Friday, March 18 at the Newell Good Samaritan Center in Newell.
Ernest (Ernie) Arno Rassler was born on June 7, 1916 at Palmer to Elizabeth A. and Arno G. Rassler. Ernie was the sixth child in a family of nine brothers and sisters. Ernie attended country school at rural Palmer. In March of 1924, the family moved to a farm near Varina. Ernie entered the Army Air Corps in 1941 and served as an airplane mechanic during World War II. On November 1, 1943, Ernie was united in marriage to Clara M. Ryals at Bartow, Florida. Following his discharge after the war, Ernie and Clara moved to a farm near Varina. Ernie farmed until 1965, when the family moved to Fonda where Ernie was employed by Cargill elevator until his retirement. Ernie and Clara had four adopted children: Donna, Brenda, Earl and Vanessa Rassler.
Ernie was a life-long Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed watching the Cubs play on TV. You would always see Ernie wearing a Cubs cap and flying his Cubs Pennant by his front door. Ernie was an avid card player and enjoyed family gatherings and being with his grandsons and great grandsons. Ernie enjoyed watching the Newell-Fonda basketball teams and seldom missed a home game until his health would no longer permit him to go. Ernie was a life-long member of the Methodist Church of Varina and a member of the W. D. Steiner Post of the American Legion of Varina.
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents; wife Clara; sisters: Amelia (Amy) Madsen, Anna (Ann) Baskerville and Dorothy Himes; brothers: Albert, Frank and Louis; son Earl and daughter Vanessa.
Survivors include sisters: Norine Porath of Windom, Minn. and Lula Farrell of Varina; his daughter Donna and her husband Troy Vie and son Zach of Fremont, Neb.; grandson Shane Gross and great grandsons, Lucas and Trenton of Davenport, and many nieces, nephews and good friends, especially his good neighbor Andy Tolan and his family.
Ernie was a kind and gentle spirit, who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
November 15, 1937 - March 16, 2005
Funeral services for Clayton Peterson were held Monday, March 21 at 10 a.m. at Hope Evangelical Free Church in Storm Lake with Pastor Jim Hofman and Pastor Randal Anderson officiating. Burial was in Elk Township Cemetery, Alta.
Clayton passed away Wednesday, March 16, in Casa Grande County, Arizona at the age of 67 years, four months, and one day.
Clayton Lewis Peterson was born November 15, 1937 in Cherokee to Clarence and Emma (Grienke) Peterson. He graduated from Fairview Consolidated Schools at Alta.
Following his graduation, Clayton began farming with his father. He joined the Iowa National Guard during the 1960's.
On March 7, 1971, he was united in marriage to Linda Schultz in rural Alta. The couple farmed north of Alta until retiring in 1992. They spent their winters in Casa Grande, Arizona. Linda passed away on January 10, 2002.
Clayton was an active member of Hope Evangelical Free Church in Storm Lake. He had been an elder and trustee of the Center Grove Evangelical Free Church of Alta. Church was very important to both Clayton and his wife.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Linda; and an infant daughter.
Clayton is survived by his son, David Peterson of Alta; his brother, Myron Peterson and his wife Estelle of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; and his sister, Lorraine Ernst and her husband Gene of Victoria, Minn.