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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Douglas T. Kane

Feb. 23, 2006

Douglas T. Kane, age 72, of Early, died Feb. 23, 2006, at the Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

Funeral Service for Mr. Kane was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 27 at the United Methodist Church in Early, with Pastor Carl Benge officiating. Burial was in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Friends called from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family was present.

Elsie I. Kruchten

June 9, 1912 - Feb. 20, 2006

Elsie I. Kruchten, age 93, longtime resident of Fonda, died Feb. 20, 2006, at Trinity Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 at the United Church of Christ in Fonda with Greg Baskerville officiating. Burial was at Cedar Cemetery in Fonda under the direction of the Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda.

Visitation was at the Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Elsie was born June 9, 1912, in Hurley, S.D., the daughter of Charles E. and Nelle I. (Lee) Anderson. The family moved to Gowrie where Elsie attended grade school and high school, graduating in 1929. She continued her education in Cedar Falls at Iowa State Teachers College (now U.N.I.) and graduated with a two-year teaching degree in 1931. She taught three years in Meriden and one year in Marcus.

On June 3, 1936, Elsie married Virgil L. Kruchten at the Gowrie Lutheran Church. For a short time after their marriage, they owned and operated the Gamble Store in Alta. The couple then began farming and spent the rest of their married life farming near Fonda. They were members of the United Church of Christ in Fonda. Elsie belonged to the UCC Ladies Circle and was a longtime member of the Federated Women's Club.

Elsie and Virg wintered in Arizona for several years, where they enjoyed many lasting friendships before Virg's death on June 28, 1988. Elsie was a resident at the Fonda Nursing Home the last two years and several months.

Elsie enjoyed the arts, especially classical music and art works. She thrilled to the beauty of nature-flowers, plants, trees, birds and kittens. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking, and interior decorating. Her home, her devotion to and love for her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her faith and belief in God were her happinesses.

Survivors include her daughter, Sandra L. (E. Michael) Mullen of Alta; her son, Douglas A. (Lillian) Kruchten of Fonda; seven grandchildren: Ann E. Mullen of New York, N.Y.; John (Dr. Ellen) Mullen of Ames; Steven M. (Amy) Mullen of Des Moines; Joseph (Mackenzie) Kruchten of Anamosa; Georgia (Keith Peddie) Kruchten of Sneads Ferry, N.C.; Tom Kruchten of Des Moines; and Kristine Kruchten of Sneads Ferry, N.C.; eight great-grandchildren; nieces: Jan (Dr. Richard) Seagrave of Ames and Gwen Reiling of Fonda; nephews: Jack Kruchten of Milwaukee, Wis., and Keith Kruchten of Spirit Lake; as well as extended family and many friends.

Preceding Elsie in death were her husband, Virgil L. Kruchten; her parents, Charles and Nelle Anderson; her sister, Ruby Buckley; nieces Karlen Buckley and Lorraine Kruchten; and nephew David Buckley.

Elsie was artistic, creative, insightful and a natural teacher. She was a woman of great beauty, graciousness, faith and courage. An exemplary wife, mother, grandmother and teacher, she leaves us inestimably richer. Her death creates a void in those who love her that will always be felt. We cherish her, love her and miss her. We wish her a joy in heaven as great as the joy she gave us in life on earth.

Royce W. Schramm

Feb. 17, 1924 - Feb. 23, 2006

Royce W. Schramm, age 82, of Early, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at the Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center in Odebolt.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at Peace Lutheran Church in Wall Lake under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes. The Reverend Roger Carlisle officiated the service, with burial in Buena Vista Memorial Cemetery at a later date. Friends called at Christensen-Huffman Funeral Home in Odebolt on Saturday from 4-8 p.m., with the family present from 6-8 p.m.

Born Feb. 17, 1924, in Early, Royce Willis Schramm was the son of Louis August and Anna (Lange) Schramm. He grew up and attended school in Early, graduating from Early High School in 1941. Royce worked for a short time in Baltimore, Md., then returned home to help on the family farm.

On March 1, 1943, he was united in marriage to Betty Lou Hartman in Missouri. The couple settled in the Early area where they farmed for many years and raised their family of five children. Betty passed away on Feb. 7, 1992.

Royce married Elizabeth (Bishop) Barth on July 16, 1997, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sac City.

Royce enjoyed collecting and restoring old cars. He also spent many happy hours bowling, hunting and fishing, and attending auctions. Royce was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Wall Lake.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; five children and their spouses, Sandra and Ed Schmitt of Early, Sherrie and Will Malmborg of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Stephen and Cindy Schramm of Auburn, Sydney and Jim Barber of Alta, and Sue and Roger VandenBurg of Alta; three step-children, Sonya Basler of Brea, Calif., David (Laurie) Basler of Mohave Valley, Ariz., and Janna (Delmar) Reiling of Lake View; 13 grandchildren, Marilyn Schmitt, Mike (Melissa) Schmitt, Mark (Summer) Schmitt, Molly (Tony) Heneman, Joshua Schramm, Zachary Schramm, Staci (Mike) Struthers, Kelly Barber, Anthony Barber, Jaime (Jeramie) Streck, Trace VandenBurg, Kiley (Trish) VandenBurg, and Kory VandenBurg; seven step-grandchildren, Eric (Meg) Malmborg, Kelly Malmborg, Jody (Joe) Interri, Sean Reiling, Brittney Basler, Cody Basler, and Tomas Reiling; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Crystal Bengtson of Lake View.

In addition to his first wife, Royce was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Scott Barber; and a sister, Shirley Polzien.

Carol Roberts

Feb. 23, 2006

Carol Roberts, age 70, of Linn Grove, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at the Spencer Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids with Father John Cain officiating. Burial was in Barnes Township Cemetery at Linn Grove.

The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids was in charge of the arrangements.

Friends called from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids, where the family was present.

A Scripture Service was held at the funeral home at 2 that same afternoon.