Colonel Charles Malcom died suddenly Monday, Oct. 3. Charlie was born December 27, 1939 on a farm near Sac City. His family later moved to a farm near Storm Lake where he was raised with seven other siblings.
He graduated from Providence High School in Sulphur Springs in 1957, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in 1961 and later received his Masters Degree from the University of Southern California in 1972.
In 1962 he enlisted in the Air Force and was commissioned an officer four months later. Some of his military highlights included flying at the time of the new C130's in support missions in the Congo, Dominican Republic and over 1200 missions in Vietnam. While stationed at Hickam AFB in Hawaii he was honored to escort the American POWs back to the States.
In 1974 Charlie was assigned to Andrew's AFB in Maryland where he was Executive Officer for VIP special missions. He flew numerous missions with dignitaries such as Henry Kissinger, General Haig, Senator Glen, and Defense Secretary Vance. Charlie also flew back-up trips to support Air Force One for President Carter. He served as Director of Operations for a maintenance squadron at the Pentagon. In 1982 he returned to his alma mater Iowa State University to be the Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies. He ended his career in 1992 when he retired after 30 years from Scott AFB near St. Louis where he had become the Director of Readiness.
In 1995 he continued his life-long learning quest when he obtained his CPA and worked the last ten years in the finance department for American Steel Foundries in Granite City, Ill.
He was a member of the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Ainad Shrine, the Legion of honor and the First United Methodist Church.
He also enjoyed golfing, going to the St. Louis Cardinals games with his wife Linda, cheering on the Cyclones and watching his grandchildren grow up.
He was preceded in death by his parents Floyed and Elsie Malcolm formerly of Storm Lake. He was survived by his wife Linda, sons Greg (Pam) Malcolm of Columbia, Ill., Doug (Deidre) Malcolm of Lenexa Kan,; sisters Carol (Ron) Bottin Springfield Mo. Margaret (Milo) Kindwall Okoboji, Bette Smith of Santa Rosa Calif.; brothers Ben (Judy) Malcolm of Albert City, Mike (Diane) Malcolm of Humboldt, Rich (Karen) Malcolm of Schaller, and Bob (Cindy) Malcolm of Fort Collins Colo. Also four grandchildren, two step-children and four step-grandchilren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.
Eldon H. Johnson, age 78, of Albert City passed away Saturday, October 8 at the Pleasant View Home in Albert City.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Albert City with Rev. Gavin Ellis officiating. Burial will be in the Fairfield Township Cemetery at Albert City. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City was in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation was held on Monday, October 10 at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City.
Eldon Harry Johnson, son of Arthur and Lillie (Gustafson) Johnson, was born on February 6, 1927 at home on the family farm four miles east of Albert City. He received eight years of education at Marshall #4 Country School, four years at Albert City High School, and graduated in 1945.
Eldon was united in marriage with Florence Larson on December 17, 1948 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert City. They were blessed with three children: Colin, Pat, and Robert. Eldon was a devoted husband and loving father.
Eldon accepted Christ as his Savior as a young adult and was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Albert City where he had been baptized and confirmed. He held many offices in his church throughout his lifetime as well as serving on the board of Twin Lakes Christian Center. Eldon also proudly supported the Albert City community. He was a current Pleasant View Nursing Home board member, having served on the board for 16 years, and was active in various community organizations throughout the years.
Eldon loved farming and raising turkeys, with his wife at his side. He also loved collecting old John Deere tractors and memorabilia and meeting fellow collectors. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Albert City Threshermen and Collectors Show.
Eldon treasured his children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Eldon and Florence enjoyed taking their young children on vacations, including several family trips to California by train.
Eldon and Florence moved from the farm to a Country Side Living apartment on December 28, 2004 for health reasons due to ALS. When Eldon started requiring care in Pleasant View Home on May 17, Eldon and Florence remained inseparable, devoted to each other each step of the way.
Eldon was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Leora Johnson, and brother-in-law Wallace Lindskoog. He is survived by his wife, Florence Johnson of Albert City, their children Colin Johnson and wife Mary of Albert City, Pat Brosamle and husband Gary of Holstein, and Robert Johnson and wife Joleen of Albert City; sister Arlene Lindskoog of Turlock, Calif., brother Reuben Johnson and wife Elaine of Turlock, Calif., sister Alveda Johnson of Turlock, Calif., and sister Geneva Ahlberg and husband Delbert of Turlock, Calif.; grandchildren Jorgen and Bjorn Johnson of Ames, Stacie Englin and husband Tony of Garner, Nick Brosamle and wife Julia of Ames, and Luke Johnson of Albert City; and two great grandchildren Brandon and Tyler Englin of Garner; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Ruby Gertrude Dvergsten, the daughter of Patrick and Minnie C. Key Loy, was born August 25, 1904, in Edgerton, Minn. Her childhood years were spent in Pipestone, Minn., where she received her early education. Her family later moved to Ortonville, Minn., where she graduated from high school. She received her college degree from Winona State Teacher's College in Winona, Minn. Ruby taught school at Clara City and Montevideo, Minn.
Ruby married Irvin J. Dvergsten on June 14 1932, in Ortonville, Minn. They lived and taught school in Minnesota. They purchased the Woman's Shop in 1936 and moved to Spencer, where they continued to run the business until retiring in 1970. Ruby was actively involved in the business and her seasonal parties for the store personnel received high praises. She was a dedicated member and worker at First Congregational Church in Spencer. Ruby was very active in the Spencer community as a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Order of the Eastern Star, Shrine Auxiliary, Garden Club and Spencer Area Arts Council. She was a charter member of the Mayflower Guild, helped organize the church library and was a Sunday school teacher and attended several Bible classes. She along with Mr. Dvergsten established the Dvergsten Charitable Foundation and generously contributed to the Spencer Family YMCA, Sunshine Workers, Inc., Spencer High School Scholarship Fund, Spencer Hospital, and other non-profit organizations. Ruby enjoyed traveling, spending the winters in Sun City, Ariz., and summers at their cottage on Lake West Okoboji.
Mrs. Dvergsten passed away at her home in Spencer, on Friday, Oct. 22 at the age of 101. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Irvin on February 22; three sisters: Gladys, Muriel and Pearl and two brothers: Raymond and Clayton Loy.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Private graveside services were held for 87-year-old Phyllis Brotherson of Lake View who died Thursday, Oct. 6, at Stewart Memorial Hospital in Lake City. The Pfannebecker Funeral Home in Denison is in charge of arrangements. She is survived by 8 children, 2 brothers, 1 sister, 1 sister-in-law, 32 grandchildren, 54 great grandchildren and other relatives and friends.