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Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Donald Rupp

March 20, 1926 - April 22, 2005

Funeral mass for Donald Rupp was 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 27 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake with Reverend Bruce Lawler officiating. Burial was in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors performed by AMVETS Post #66.

Donald H. Rupp, age 79, of Storm Lake died on Friday, April 22 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Donald H. Rupp was born on March 20, 1926 to Fred N. and Matilda (Wilberding) Rupp in Cherokee. He lived with his family on a farm in the Cherokee area. He attended grade school through high school at Immaculate Conception in Cherokee and graduated in 1945. He was baptized on March 21, 1926 at the Maryhill Catholic Church.

During World War II, Donald served his country proudly in the United States Army.

On October 24, 1953, Donald was united in marriage to Ellen Bonita Connolly in Elk Point, South Dakota. This union was blessed with four children: Donita, Mary Alice, Donisue and Thomas.

Donald was a faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus and assisted in the coordination of the St. Mary's Bingo Program. In addition, Donald was a member of the AMVETS Post #66 and the past secretary/treasurer of Hy-Grade Union Local 191. He also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Hospice.

Over the years, Donald enjoyed many games of Bingo and solved many crossword puzzles. He also cherished the memories of his vacation to Ireland. Donald's dedication and volunteerism will be greatly missed in the community.

Survivors include his children: Donita Jensen and husband Larry of Waterloo, Donisue Rupp of Des Moines, and Thomas Rupp and wife Trina of Ankeny; grandchildren: Cory Jensen of Arlington, Va., Casey Jensen of Waterloo, Alex Jensen of Waterloo, Nicholas Rupp of Ankeny, and Dillon Rupp of Ankeny; brothers: Leroy Rupp and wife Bonnie of Cherokee, and Fred Rupp and wife Joan of Sioux City; sisters: Irene Bortscheller and husband Claude of Marcus, Marie Bortscheller of Remsen, Shirley Sims and husband Rudy of Schaller, Norma Clark of Cherokee, Iowa and Mary Louise O'Leary and husband John of Storm Lake, Iowa; sister-in-law Margaret Rupp of Denison; as well as other extended family and friends.

Preceding Donald in death were his parents Fred and Matilda Rupp; wife, Ellen Bonita "Bonnie" Rupp; daughter, Mary Alice Rupp; brothers: Walter and Leo Rupp; sisters and brothers-in-law Eleanor and Bill Dahlem and Laura and Tony Frangenberg; and brother-in-laws Ed Bortscheller and Keith Clark.

Bernard "Bud" McDermott

November 10, 1923 - April 23, 2005

Funeral Mass for Bernard McDermott was held Wednesday, April 27 at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary in Storm Lake, with Father Bruce Lawler officiating. Burial with full military rites by the Alta VFW was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Bernard "Bud" McDermott, age 81 of Storm Lake, died Saturday, April 23, at Buena Vista Manor Care Center in Storm Lake.

Bud was born November 10, 1923 in Storm Lake, to John B. and Alma (Garrison) McDermott. He received his education in the Storm Lake school system, graduating from high school in 1941. He proudly served his country as a member of the Army Air Force during World War II. Bud was a patriot and long-time member of the VFW. He was a faithful and active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake where he served as a Eucharistic minister.

On October 22, 1946, Bud was united in marriage to Imelda Pitts in Sioux Rapids. Their marriage was blessed with two sons: John and Alan, and six daughters: Peg, Mary, Connie, Georgia, Cindy and Denise.

Bud was employed at the Hy-Grade plant in Storm Lake for many years in the maintenance area. He retired in 1981 at the age of 59 years. He liked working on building projects in his spare time.

He was a devoted father and husband who loved to spend time with his family. The McDermotts liked to go camping and enjoyed fishing. Bud always had the patience to help the kids bait their hooks and see that they had a good time. He was a kind and good person who went out of his way to be helpful to elderly people. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Left to cherish his memory are his children: John McDermott (Denise) of Bettendorf, Alan McDermott (Stacy) of LeMars, Peg Gutta of Anamosa, Mary (Dennis) Hurd of Bettendorf, Connie (Leonard) Schimmel of Rock Island, Ill., Georgia (Carl) Rivenbark of Jensen Beach, Fla., Cindy (Carl) Hansen of Storm Lake, and Denise McDermott and special friend, David Eliason, of Alta; grandchildren: John Gutta, Michael, Jody and Kelly Hurd, Angela Thomas, Julie Madden, Betsy Semotan, Justin and Seth Hansen, Nyna Anderson, Adam and Jessica McDermott, Blair Syndergaard, Rachel and Breana McDermott; six great-grandchildren; sister Verna "Toots" Stevens of Des Moines; brothers- and sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Imelda.

Burdette Kraemer

February 21, 1918 - March 27, 2005

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, April 13 at Buena Vista Memorial Gardens in Storm Lake. Arrangements were with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar, Minn.

Burdette R. Kraemer, 87, of Willmar, died Thursday, March 27 at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar.

Burdette was born on February 21, 1918, in Elk Township, north of Alta, the son of Louis and Christine (Reese) Kraemer. He attended Fairview Consolidated School and upon graduating he started farming. On July 18, 1959, Burdette was united in marriage to Bonnie Meyer in Sioux Falls, SD. Following their marriage, he continued to farm in the Alta area until retiring in 1971 and moving to Norway Lake, rural New London, Minn. After moving to Norway Lake, he started manufacturing waterfront equipment which he continued for many years. Burdette was very active in farmer's organizations, being one of the 15 founding members of NFO, National Farmers Organization, serving as President of NFO of Buena Vista County. In 2000, they moved into Sunrise Village and shortly after Burdette moved into Bethesda Heritage Center.

Burdette was baptized and was associated with the Evangelical Free Church.

He always possessed a love for farming and truly cared for the land he was privileged to use. He received awards for his crop yields and was honored for appearing in 1971 Farmers of America. After moving to Minnesota, Burdette was awarded 1st for Creative Achievement at the Minnesota Inventor's Congress in 1976. He loved inventing and implementing the product and seeing it work productively. His German and Danish roots sealed him in honesty and a fierce work ethic. Idleness was not known to him as his hobby was to work in his shop and tending to his garden. He was always eager to help anyone who asked. Life was a challenge to Burdette; however, he loved every challenge and never faltered. Burdette was a man of kindness, wisdom, firmness, integrity and humor. The latter years of Burdette's life was a difficult journey and his experience in life he felt was no more than living and of the inscrutable purpose of God. A quote by Berry Markham aptly describes Burdette: If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light-not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily life. He truly believed that "Heaven is blessed with perfect rest, but the blessing of earth is toil."

Surviving are his wife, Bonnie of Willmar; children, Charles (and Helene) Kraemer of Pottsboro, Texas; David Kraemer of Salina, Kan.; Betty Kraemer of Willmar, Minn.; and Karen (and Joe) Blackshear of LaPorte, Texas; nine grandchildren, Gye Kraemer, Billie Gibson, Jessie Kraemer, Angela Kelley, Jennifer Casey, Amy Leavings, Cory, Brent and Aaron Kraemer; six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister, Lois (and Gerald) Madden of Yerington, Nevada and sister-in-law, Barbara Kraemer of Arlington, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister.

James Gordon

February 4, 1951 - November 1, 2004

Graveside services were held on Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. for James LeRoy Gordon, 53, Holstein, at the Barnes Township Cemetery in Linn Grove. Rev. Roger Maize officiated. Loe-Thomas -Peterson Post 0367 conducted military services.

Jim passed away November 1, 2004 at home in Holstein.

James LeRoy Gordon, the son of Donald M. and Jeanette (Coffman) Gordon was born February 4, 1951 in Cherokee. He grew up in Linn Grove graduating from Sioux Valley High School in 1969. He attended Ellsworth Junior College in Iowa Falls for two years earning a mechanic technician degree. He served two years in the military receiving an honorable discharge in 1973.

He was united in marriage to Bonita Hallengren on May 14, 1982. He worked as a mechanic at several area garages throughout his lifetime. Jim was a likable fellow and will be missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his mother, Jeanette Gordon; a brother, Michael and his wife Kim, and a nephew, Donald Gordon, all of Spencer; and an aunt, Ruth Jafvert of Okoboji.

William Couch

Funeral services for William Couch of Marshalltown, and formerly of Marathon and Spencer, will be held Monday, May 2 at the United Methodist Church in Marathon at 2 p.m. with Pastor David Schumann officiating. Burial will be at Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon.

William passed away Saturday, April 23 in Marshalltown.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.