Funeral Arrangements

Monday, February 20, 2006

Donavon Dexter Mason

Aug. 22, 1923 - Feb. 14, 2006

Donavon Dexter Mason, age 82, of Storm Lake, formerly of Early, died at Trinity Regional Medical Center, in Fort Dodge, on Feb. 14, 2006, following a brief illness.

Funeral services for Donavon were held on Friday, Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Early. Burial was at the Early Union Cemetery under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home.

Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. at the Farber & Otteman Funeral home in Sac City on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Donavon was born Aug. 22, 1923, in Early, the son of Ellsworth and Elsie (Smith) Mason. He was a baptized, church member of the Early Methodist Church. He graduated from Early High School in 1941 and the National School of Aeronautics in Kansas City, Mo.

He was employed by the Glen L. Martin company, working on the B26 Marauder airplane. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy July 27, 1944, and served at Glenview, Ill., Naval Air Station. He was honorably discharged June 27, 1946.

On Nov. 3, 1946, he married Lois Anne Christensen at the Royal Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Donavon and Lois were the proud parents of three children: Nancy, Jon (Jack), Sue, and a German exchange student, Rainer Loll.

He farmed southwest of Early since the age of 11 and was awarded the Century Farm designation in 1974. He shared his life on the farm with his wife of 59 years. He was a Pioneer Hi-Bred International Seed Corn salesman for over 30 years. Donavon was a church lay leader, served on many church committees, was a 4-H and Boy Scout leader, belonged to the American Legion, the Sac County Beef Producers, and served as chairman of reorganization for Crestland School. He enjoyed woodworking, golfing, camping in national parks in the United States, and traveling to other countries. For the last 14 years, he and Lois resided during the winter months in Palm Desert, Calif. Donavon loved life, his family, and his many friends.

He is survived by his wife, Lois of Storm Lake; daughter, Nancy and husband Dr. Michael Davis of Carroll; son Dr. Jon and wife Dr. Cherral Mason of Norfolk, Vir.; and daughter, Sue Ann and husband Craig Malloy of Humboldt. Other survivors include grandchildren: Monica Davis of Norwalk, Conn., Megan Davis of Iowa City, Emily (Mason) and Peter Johnson of Norfolk, Vir., Jonathan Mason and finance Michelle Crouse of Norfolk, Vir., Jason and Alison Stead of Mesa, Ariz., and Scott Stead of Humboldt. Other survivors include Harold and Barbara Christensen and Amos and Virginia Christensen of Spencer and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

His parents and brother Darwyn Mason preceded Donavon in death.

Margaret Elaine Page

Aug. 23, 1921 - Feb. 13, 2006

Margaret Elaine Page, age 84, of Alta, passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend David Koehler officiating. Inurnment was in the 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 Wednesday, Feb. 15 where the family was present from 5-8 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www. Mrs. Page's memorial folder may also be viewed on the funeral home's website.

Margaret Elaine Holben was born Aug. 23, 1921, in Pisgah, the daughter of the late John and Tessie (Jones) Holben. She attended Pisgah High School where she was Valedictorian of her graduating class. Elaine then went on to graduate from the Sioux City School of Business in 1940. As a young person, she was an accomplished singer and played the organ for church services.

Elaine met Sherman Archie Page at a Civilian Conservation Corps dance in Soldier. They were married shortly thereafter in August of 1941. The couple later moved to Storm Lake, where they purchased the local bakery and Elaine spent her time decorating cakes. Page's Storm Lake Bakery thrived under their ownership for the next 15 years before they sold the business to their son, Brent.

Following Elaine and Sherm's "retirement," Elaine opened Page by Page Bookstore in Storm Lake, a perfect place to combine Elaine's business acumen and her passion for reading. She was an avid fan of college basketball and loved all dogs, but especially her dogs, Sally and Lilly.

Of all the accomplishments in Elaine's life, she was most proud of her family, each of whom she treasured. Her children and grandchildren will remember her as always going above and beyond duty's call. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Elaine is survived by her five sons: Sherman Douglas and special friend Peg of Alta; Gregory and wife Patricia of West Des Moines; Charles Kirk and wife Lisa of Fon du Lac, Wis.; Brent and wife Karen of Storm Lake; and Scott and wife Jeanne of Fon du Lac, Wis.; 15 grandchildren: Sherman David and wife Gena of Chicago, Ill., Sarah Verrips and husband Larry of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Jenifer Sliefer and husband Trent of Phoenix, Ariz., Maria Witt and husband Jason of Phoenix, Ariz., Sherri Nichols and husband Marc of Eagan, Minn., Liz Page and husband Zaki of Portland, Ore., Logan, Andy and Sean Page of Fon du Lac, Wis., Courtney Engelson and husband Davin of Chicago, Ill., Tyler Page of Iowa City, Andrew Barnett of Iowa City, Brian Barnett and wife Stacey of Joplin, Mo., and Zach and Nicholas Page of Fon du Lac, Wis.; eight great-grandchildren: Noah and Max Page, Alex and Abbie Verrips, Trey, Jack and Dylan Page, and Mia Witt; as well as extended family and a host of friends.

Preceding Elaine in death were her parents and her husband of 47 years, Sherm Page.

Dr. Robert Richardson

April 26, 1923 - Feb. 14, 2006

Dr. Robert Richardson, age 82, longtime Storm Lake resident, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at the Bethany Lutheran Home in Council Bluffs.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake with Reverend David Koehler officiating. Burial will follow at the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Friends called at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake on Friday evening, Feb. 17 from 6-8 p.m., where family greeted friends. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family or view Dr. Richardson's memorial folder, may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website:

Robert William Richardson was born April 26, 1923, in Davenport to Ray and Winifred (Simpson) Richardson. He spent his youth in the Davenport area, where he attended school and graduated from Davenport High School in 1941. Robert continued his education at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake and then at Northern Illinois College of Optometry, from which he graduated as an optometrist in 1950.

Robert served his country in the United States Army from 1943 until he was honorably discharged in 1946. During World War II, he was a Prisoner of War in Germany.

On Jan. 4, 1948, Robert was united in marriage to Anna Darline Brown at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake. The couple was blessed with three sons: Gary, Ray and Mark and one daughter, Deborah.

Robert and his family were long-time residents of Storm Lake, where Dr. Richardson was an optometrist until his retirement in 1997. He enjoyed working with wood and stained glass and radio-controlled airplanes.

Dr. Richardson was a member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake and held various office and memberships within the church over the years. He was a charter member of the Storm Lake Lions Club where he held numerous offices, including district governor. He was a past chairman of what is now the Iowa Lions Foundation. Robert was also a member of the Masonic Lodges in Storm Lake and Alta.

Left to cherish his memory are his sons: Gary and wife Dianne Richardson of Council Bluffs; Ray and wife Barb Richardson of Omaha, Neb.; and Mark and wife LaAnn Richardson of Deer Park, Texas; daughter Deborah and husband Chris Baber of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren: Mike Richardson of Fort Dodge; Mary Yeoman of Des Moines; Erin Utter of Davenport; Stephanie Richardson, Sarah Richardson and Jonathan Richardson of Omaha, Neb.; Daniel Richardson and Jamie Richardson of Deer Park, Texas; Megan Baber and Marshall Baber of Cedar Rapids; great-grandchildren: Benjamin Richardson and Elizabeth "Betsy" Richardson of Fort Dodge; brother Clarence Richardson of Storm Lake; sister Norma Godfrey of Hilo, Hawaii; extended family and many friends.

Preceding Robert in death were his parents, Ray B. and Winifred Richardson; and his wife, Anna Darline Richardson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 100 East 3rd Street, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588 or the Iowa Lions Club, 2300 S. Duff Avenue, Ames, Iowa 50010

Michael D. Manning

April 25, 1952 - Jan. 31, 2006

Michael Duane Manning, 53, Monticello, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006, at Buffalo Hospital.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 am. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Pastor John Folkerds officiated. Visitation was Friday, Feb. 3, 5-9 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel.

Michael was born April 25, 1952, in Storm Lake, to Duane and Dorothy Hoxie Manning. He married Calista Rose Dankbar Dec. 14, 1979, in Fort Dodge.

Michael graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1970. He was formerly employed at Crawford & Company, Great West Casualty and manning Claim Services. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, golfing and coaching youth sports, umpiring, and auto racing.

Michael is survived by his wife; children, Richard (Linda) Dutcher, Dayton, Melissa (Jim) Kestel, Galva, Andrew Manning and Morgan Montana, Robbinsdale; Anthony Manning, Monticello, and Michael Manning-Norris, Rockford; stepchildren: Michael Ford and Kimberly (Darren) Courtney, all of Boise, Idaho, and Carey (Melissa) Ford, Omaha, Neb.; 11 grandchildren; and a brother, Charles (Pam) Manning, Glenwood.

Honorary casket bearers were Dennis Lafferty and Shawn Duncan. Casket bearers were Andy Manning, Tony Manning, Carey Ford, Mike Ford, Rich Dutcher and Mike Manning-Norris.

Clair Ducommun

Feb. 15, 2006

Funeral services for Mr. Clair Ducommun, 92, of Storm Lake and formerly of Peterson, will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at First Congregational Church in Peterson.

The Rev. Charlie Hall will be officiant with visitation one hour before the service. Interment will be at Afton Township Cemetery in Cherokee.

Ducommun passed away Wednesday Feb. 15 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Ardis Hott

Feb. 17, 2006

Ardis Hott, age 74, of Lakeside, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake.

Funeral Services are pending at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake.