May 29, 1922- July 6, 2005
Jean Beekmann, lifelong resident of Storm Lake, passed away Wednesday, July 6 at the home of her son in Plantation, Fla.
Charlotte Jean Haarup was born on May 29, 1922 in Storm Lake, the daughter of James and Carrie Alda (Fultz) Haarup. She graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1938 and earned a two-year teaching degree from Buena Vista College. She taught third grade at Renwick School.
Jean was united in marriage to Jay R. Beekmann on June 3, 1944 at Alexandria, Va.
Jean taught school while Jay served in the armed forces, and the couple lived in Storm Lake from then on. Three children were born: Trudy, Barry, and Lonnie.
Jean was a member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church. She was active in PEO Sisterhood, Questors, and the Buena Vista Hospital Auxiliary. She loved her family, antiques, and collecting things.
She is survived by a daughter Trudy and her husband Gary Lane, Castle Rock, Colo.; two sons: Barry and his wife Kris, Sioux City, and Lonnie and his wife Jane, Plantation, Fla.; eight grandchildren: Matthew Lane and his wife Lara, Michael Lane, Mitchell Lane and his wife Kimberly, Brock and Blake Beekmann, Joshua Beekmann and his wife Krista, Jennifer and Zackery Beekmann, and three great-grandchildren: Allison Marie and Courtney Elizabeth Lane, and Maxwell Jay Lane. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Irma Haarup.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband Jay, her parents, and two brothers: Virgil and Carroll.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake.
Memorial tributes may be donated to The American Cancer Society, or Hospice.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, July 9, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Storm Lake, with Pastor Jack Barber officiating. Burial was in the Storm Lake Cemetery with military rites by AMVETS Post #66. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Artis "A.J." Lathan Jr.
August 25, 1947- July 3, 2005
Artis W. "A.J." Lathan, Jr., age 57, of Storm Lake, Iowa died at his home on Sunday, July 3, 2005.
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Artis "A.J." was born August 25, 1947, in McNary, Ariz., to Artis Lathan, Sr. and Clementine Lathan. He was baptized in the Church of Christ in Albuquerque, N.M. A.J. graduated from Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, Calif., in 1965. Following high school A.J. enlisted in the United States Navy on Sept. 2, 1966 and served his country with honor until his release from active service in 1968. He was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star and a National Defense Service Medal. A.J. continued his service to his country in the Naval Reserves through November 1970. He then went back to school at Santa Monica, California City College, where he graduated in 1978 with a technical degree in computer science.
After coming to Iowa, A. J. was united in marriage to Alice Bannister Spooner on August 22, 2001 by Judge James Gailey in his office. A. J. was employed by Tyson, Inc. as a boxmaker. He was currently a member of the Church of Christ in Storm Lake, where he was a deacon, a member of the Alta V.F. W. and AMVETS Post 66 in Storm Lake.
A.J. enjoyed fishing, playing video games and watching TV. He loved to play cards and dominoes. A.J. took joy in attending church and liked to spend time with his family after church eating, praying, and visiting. Family was important to A.J. and he enjoyed traveling to see his family members living away from Storm Lake, and he loved to play with his granddaughter. A.J. died just a day and a half after his father-in-law, Charles Bannister passed away.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Alice of Storm Lake; children: Rachel (Marky) Tellis of Atlanta, Ga., Davion Lathan and Patrice Lathan, both in California; Charles Spooner and special friend, Jennifer Loriditch of Alta, Jonathon Spooner of Storm Lake and Miranda (Nicholas) Winkleman of Storm Lake; his grandchildren: Joycelynn, Kiyona, Porcshé, Daquan, Tavion, Dante, and Dominique; brother Richard (Samantha) Lathan of Storm Lake; sister Susie Newkirk of Sacramento, Calif.; mother-in-law Caroline Bannister of Storm Lake; brothers-in-law: Lloyd Bannister of Storm Lake and Dave (Shanda) Bannister of Storm Lake; sisters-in-law Jessie McCoy of Compton, Calif., Algeria Lathan of Los Angeles, Calif., Charlene (Jeffrey) Ulrich of Fonda, Teresa Handy and special friend Micheal Noe of Waterloo, and Melissa Bannister of Storm Lake; and many family members and friends.
A.J. was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Nathanial, Seymour and Benjamin; brother-in-law Edwin L. Newkirk; and his father-in-law, Charles Bannister.