Funeral Arrangements

Monday, January 9, 2006

Arthur M. Ellis

April 19, 1916 - Dec. 27, 2005

Arthur M. Ellis, age 89, of Fonda died Tuesday, Dec. 27 at the Veterans Home in Marshalltown.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda, with Father Thomas Hart officiating. Burial with military rites by Ray Murphy Legion Post 114 was in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Fonda under the direction of the Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda.

Visitation was held at the church for two hours prior to the funeral services.

Arthur Merlin Ellis was born April 19, 1916, in Chicago, Ill., to Richard and Emma (Shafer) Ellis. He attended school in the Chicago area, graduating from York High School in Chicago.

Art joined the United States Army in 1942 and served his country during World War II. He was wounded while stationed in the Phillipines, and was awarded a Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged from service in 1944.

On June 14, 1942, Art married Rita Eileen Schossow in Chicago. Their union was blessed with eight children: Barbara, Anita, Charles, James, Joan and John, as well as twin daughters, Lorraine and Kathryn, who died in infancy. Art and Rita shared 50 years together before she passed on Sept. 9, 1992.

Art held various positions of employment during his life, including milkman and Curtiss Candy delivery man. He had a small radio shop in his home in Fonda and owned the first television in Fonda. Art also worked for Sears Roebuck in Estherville as an appliance repairman for 13 years before retiring to become a motel owner.

Art was an avid HAM radio operator and continued to climb to the roof to adjust the antenna for many years, even though he was legally blind in his later years. It was an activity he thought nothing of, but scared his wife and neighbors.

A loving husband and devoted father, Art treasured his family and the time he spent with them. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Left to cherish his memory are his children: daughter Barbara (Dennis) Poole of Longmont, Colo.; daughter Anita (Stephen) Keve of Cedar Falls; son Charles (Donna) Ellis of Omaha, Neb.; son James (Vicki) Ellis of Des Moines; daughter Joan (Don) Eich of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and son John (Genna) Ellis of Prescott, Ariz. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; one brother, Richard Ellis of Chicago, Ill.; and one sister, Florence (Don) Wollstein of Sanford, Fla.; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Art was preceded in death by his parents, wife Rita, twin infant daughters Lorraine and Kathryn, and two brothers: Alton and Homer.

W. Glen Bell

May 3, 1923 - Jan. 3, 2006

Long-time music instructor W. Glen Bell, age 82, of Storm Lake, Iowa died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend Jamie Cutler and Reverend Dr. Beverlee Bell officiating. Inurnment was in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Friends called at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake on Thursday, Jan. 5, from 4-8 p.m., where family greeted friends from 6-8 p.m.. On-line condolences may be sent to the family via the Fratzke & Jensen website:

Glen was born May 3, 1923, at Lehigh to W. Glen Bell, Sr. and Clara (Watkins) Bell. He received his education in Nebraska, where he graduated with the Class of 1939 from Columbus High School. He elected to continue his education in the field of music, attending Central College in Pella before receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Iowa. He specialized in playing the trumpet and was an extraordinary musician.

Glen served his country in the United State Navy during World War II, and was a member of the Navy Band.

On Dec. 24, 1943, Glen was united in marriage to Muriel "Mickey" Mouw on the United States Naval Base in Farragut, Idaho. They were blessed with five children: Cheryl, Roger, Janice, Vickie and Michael.

Glen's love of music was readily apparent to anyone he met. He was a music instructor in Humboldt for six years, part-time in Sulphur Springs for six year, and Storm Lake schools for 25 years. While teaching in Sulphur Springs he was also a salesman for Mid-Bell Music Company.

Glen started playing in dance bands when he was in high school and continued playing in various dance bands for the rest of his life; he had his own dance band (The Bandmen and Kathy) for 12 years.

In addition to the time he spent in music, Glen answered the call of civic duty in his community. He was a charter member of the Storm Lake Lions Club, a member of the local chapter of V. F. W., served on the board of the Storm Lake Community Diversity Committee, and the Meals on Wheels board. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake where he was a regular member of the adult Sunday School class and gave his time to the Staff-Parish Relations Committee for three years.

Glen enjoyed people and liked to have coffee with friends. He also enjoyed bowling. Glen was an avid golfer and was proud of his hole in one on the 5th green at the Alta Golf Club, where he served on the board and was a member for many years.

Above all, Glen treasured his family and the time he spent with them. He was a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather who made each child and grandchild feel special. His presence will be missed in the lives of all those who knew and loved him.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Mickey of Storm Lake; daughter Cheryl (Ed) Delp of Storm Lake; son Roger (Lillian) Bell of Lafayette, Ind.; daughter Janice (Dennis) Hoyt of Culbertson, Neb.; daughter Vickie (Jim) Schmitz of Cedar Falls; and son Michael (Nancy) Bell of Iowa City. He is further survived by his grandchildren: Deb Delp of Mesa, Ariz.; Lynn (Al) Wiltse of Storm Lake; Troy (Kathy) Delp of Phoenix, Ariz.; Kris (Brett) Sullivan of Indianapolis, Ind.; Jenny (Val) Pakis of Minneapolis, Minn.; Matt (Nadine) Bell of Brownsburg, Ind.; Nathan (Trina) Hoyt of Culbertson, Neb.; Andre (Rebecca) Hoyt of Lincoln, Neb.; Jeremy (Danae) Hoyt of Kirklin, Ind.; Logan Hoyt of Culbertson, Neb.; Jay Schmitz, Dallas Schmitz and Anne Schmitz of Cedar Falls; Toby Bishop-Kent and Jesse Weppeler of Iowa City; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers: William (B.J.) Bell of Denver, Colo., and David (Kris) Bell of Littleton, Colo.; many other family members and a host of friends and colleagues.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Wendell Bell.

Jace Edward Wright

Dec. 29, 2005

Jace Edward Wright, 48, of Des Moines died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, from a work-related accident.

A funeral mass was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake with burial following at St. Mary's Cemetery in Storm Lake.

Jace was the owner of Heartland Flagpoles and Flags in Des Moines and enjoyed watching his horses race at Prairie Meadows. He enjoyed all sports, especially playing in fantasy sports leagues. He was also a coach for his nieces in the South Des Moines Softball League and an avid bowler with a perfect game.

He is survived by his mother Elaine Wright of Storm Lake, his sisters Jolaine Wright of Storm Lake and Joni (Kevin) Kommes of Des Moines, his nieces Kara and Kassi as well as his dog Joe Frye and many friends and relatives.

The family greeted friends from 4-7 p.m. Monday at Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home where there was be a 7 p.m. vigil service. There was also a visitation at St. Mary's Church on Tuesday one hour prior to the mass.