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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Rueben Burow

Sept. 17, 1929 - Jan. 23, 2006

Rueben Burow, 76, of Albert City passed away Monday, Jan. 23 at the Pleasant View Home in Albert City after suffering from cancer.

Funeral services were held at the Evangelical Free Church in Albert City at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Visitation was held on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City. Friends who wish to send online condolences to the family, or view Mr. Burow's memorial folder online, may do so via the Sliefert Funeral Home website: www.sliefert.com

Rueben Earl Burow was born near Pomeroy on Sept. 17, 1929, and lived on a farm with his parents, William and Elsie Burow; brothers Melvin and Lloyd; and sisters Maxine and Vera. He fought overseas in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953 in the Army before returning to Iowa.

He married Idris Anderson in October 1955 in the Albert City Evangelical Free Church. Three years later their only son, Randy, was born. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Rueben primarily worked on road maintenance for Buena Vista County, retiring after 38 years service in 1991. He took great pride in his work. He was a volunteer firefighter for 21 years with the Albert City Fire Department and became an Emergency Medical Technician in 1974.

Rueben enjoyed fishing, gardening, hunting, and woodworking. He was known for growing the cabbage and making the sauerkraut for the Thresherman's Show for many years. He loved spending time with his grandson and teaching him to fish. He worked hard next to his son on their many remodeling projects. During retirement, Rueben and Idris spent several many winters in South Texas where they enjoyed activities and meeting friends from Minnesota, Oregon, and Canada.

Rueben always had a smile and laugh as he would strike up a conversation with almost anyone. He enjoyed just sitting on the front step or on a chair in the driveway to greet all those driving by with a smile and wave.

Survivors include his wife, Idris; son, Randall and wife Judy of Spring, Texas; and grandson, Jason, age 13. He is also survived by a brother, Melvin, and wife Marguerette of Pomeroy; sister Maxine Thieking of Newell; brother-in-law William Henningson of Albert City; sister-in-law Delores Blomberg of Albert City; and sister-in-law Diane Anderson of Laurel, Neb.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Loren E. Cook

May 17, 1920 - Jan. 26, 2006

Loren E. Cook, age 85, of Storm Lake, died Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral service was Monday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake with Father Bruce Lawler officiating. Burial was in Laurens Catholic Cemetery in Laurens, Iowa. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Friends called after 3-8 p.m. on Sunday, January 29 at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake where family greeted friends from 6-8 p.m. A Catholic Daughters of the Americas Rosary was recited at 3:30 p.m. by Court #467 of Fonda/OLGC, and a parish vigil service was held at 7:30 p.m., both at the funeral home on Sunday.

Friends who wish to send on-line condolences to the family, or view Mr. Cook's memorial folder online, may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com

Loren Everett Cook was born on May 17, 1920, in Newell to Melvin and Olive (Weinhold) Cook. He graduated from Newell High School in 1938. He then entered a war defense school at Lake View. After finishing the defense school training, he worked two years in Baltimore, Md. He helped build Martin Bomber aircraft. He then served two years in World War II in the field artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

On July 25, 1942, Loren was united in marriage to Evelyn Schroeder at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. To this union, four children were born: Karen, Craig, Lynn, and Lori.

Over the years, Loren and Evelyn resided and raised their family in the Fonda area. They farmed near Fonda until moving to Laurens in 1986 and to Storm Lake in 2002.

As well as farming, Loren owned and operated "The Farmer's Store" Grocery in Newell.

Loren was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. He was a member of the World War II U.S. Army Field Artillery. Over the years, "Cookie" was an avid sportsman, enjoying baseball, basketball, fishing and golf. Some of his fondest memories were of dancing at the Cobblestone. He was a member of the Fonda and Laurens Country Clubs.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Evelyn Cook of Storm Lake; children: Karen Peterson and her husband Timothy of Oklahoma City, Okla., Craig Cook of San Diego, Calif., Lynn Hamilton and her husband Dennis of Sioux City, Lori Hudson and her husband Warren of Lookout Mountain, Ga.; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one sister, Elaine Lawrence of Des Moines; and many extended family and friends.

Loren was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Olive Cook.

Gilbert A. Douglass

Oct. 24, 1916 - Jan. 28, 2006

Gilbert A. Douglass, age 89, of Storm Lake, died Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral service for Mr. Douglass will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, with Reverend Tom Hinshaw officiating. Burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Friends called at the funeral home in Storm Lake from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, where family was present. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family or view the memorial folder may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com

Gilbert Arthur Douglass was born on Oct. 24, 1916, at Akron to Leo A. and Helen Mae (Webster) Douglass. He received his education at Storm Lake Schools, graduating in 1934. Following graduation, Gilbert attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake and Kemper Military Academy in Boonville, Mo. He served his country with the U.S. Air Force.

On May 22, 1955, Gilbert was united in marriage to Pauline Mudge at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They raised their family in Storm Lake. Gilbert's parents started Douglass Clothing in 1910, where he was ever-present. He would eventually own and operate the family store for the next 60 plus years. Gilbert was active in his community, belonging to various organizations: Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts #104 of Storm Lake, and Serpaci (charter member). He was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Storm Lake and a member of the choir. Gilbert was very proud of his Scottish heritage.

In 1994, Gilbert retired from his clothing store. He will be remembered as a good, kind man, who was very generous and a true "gentleman". Never a harsh word crossed his lips. He carried a Christian attitude, respected his family and friends, and cherished the time spent with them.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Pauline of Storm Lake; daughter, Barbara Douglass of Storm Lake; step-children, Dr. Ronald Dreyer and his wife Jerilyn of Denison and Janet Dreyer-Johnson and her husband Ken of Cedar City, Utah; grandchild, Michelle Nebeker; step-grandchildren: Brent Dreyer, Jessie Dreyer-Burk, Bill Grieme, Janelle Grieme; great-grandchildren: Erin, Jason, Evan, Natalie, Mercedes, Kevin and Stephanie; many other relatives and a host of friends.

Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Helen Douglass.

Ed "Blackie" Winebrinner

Jan. 29, 2006

Funeral Service for Ed "Blackie" Winebrinner, age 79, of Newell will be Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Newell. Burial will be in the Newell Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 4-8 p.m. with family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell.

Mr. Winebrinner died on Jan. 29 in Sac City.