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Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Marilyn Marie Christensen

January 2, 1939 - April 15, 2006

Marilyn Marie Christensen, age 67, of Newell passed away on Saturday, April 15 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held at 10:30, April 19th, at the Congregational Church in Newell. Burial was at the Newell Cemetery under the direction of the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home. Visitation was 4-8 p.m., Tuesday at the Funeral Home in Newell.

Marilyn was born January 2, 1939, in Creston, Union County, to Ronald Cline and Claudine (Rimmer) Cline. She was confirmed in the Methodist Church, grew up in the Newell area, and graduated from Newell High School in 1957. Following graduation she went on to business school in Fort Dodge and worked in Waterloo.

On December 29, 1957, Marilyn was united in marriage to James Christensen. This great marriage was blessed with two children, Mike and Glennys. She was a member of First Congregational Church most of her life and served on the Church Board in many ways. One of her many activities in Newell was serving on the Friends of the Library Board.

She was office manager at Buena Vista Medical Clinic for 22 years, and worked at the Farber & Otteman and Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Homes for the past seven years.

Marilyn had many hobbies! Her favorite being quilting and enjoying so many special friends met through quilting groups. The greatest though was doing things with family and friends. She loved cooking and baking for parties and social gatherings. Nobody was a stranger to Marilyn; she loved to visit with people and had a wonderful sense of humor. Her love of life with family and friends was always highest on the list.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jim; son Mike Christensen and wife Kelly of Canton, SD; daughter, Glennys Hirsh and husband Craig of Omaha, NE; four grandchildren: Alex and Abby Christensen, and Judy and Ian Hirsh; her father, Ronald Cline of Casa Grande, AZ; brother, Jim Cline and wife Kathi of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Marie Fibelstad and husband Dale of Storm Lake; extended family members; and a host of friends.

Her mother, Claudine Cline, preceded Marilyn in death.

Glenn E. Tutt

July 23, 1922 - April 16, 2006

Glenn E. Tutt, age 83, of Laurens, and formerly of Marathon, died Sunday, April 16, at the Pocahontas Community Hospital.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 19 at the United Methodist Church in Marathon, with Pastor David Schumann officiating. Buria was at the Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon. Sliefert Funeral Home in Marathon was in charge of the arrangements.

Glenn Earl Tutt was born to Earl and Emma (Blomquist) Tutt on July 23, 1922 near Webb. He was raised in his parents' home at Marathon, where he received his education and graduated from Marathon High School.

Glenn served his country during World War II in the United States Air Force, 340th Bombardment Squadron, 97th Bombardment Group. He flew many missions on a B17 bomber before he was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant.

On November 28, 1942, Glenn was united in marriage with Margaret Anderson. Their union was blessed with a son, David, and three daughters, Linda, Lisa and Lori. After 45 years of marriage, Margaret passed away in 1987. Glenn later married Rosemary Talbot on January 28, 1988. Glenn was farmer who loved working the land. A loving husband and devoted father and grandfather, his life revolved around farming and his family.

As Glenn's family grew, he did additional work for Medford's in Laurens and eventually for Alceco in Albert City, where he remained until his retirement. At retirement, Glenn bought a home in Marathon and lived in town. He and Margaret lived there until her death. After Glenn and Rosemary were married, they stayed in Marathon for a time and then, as Glenn's health failed, they moved to their present home in Laurens

Glenn understood that small rural communities needed people with community spirit and he gave freely of his time for the good of his family and others. He served on the local school board for 16 years while his children were in school and also served on the Marathon city council and as Mayor of Marathon during his retirement years. He was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church in Marathon. His kind ways and caring spirit will be dearly missed every day.

Left to cherish Glenn's memory are his wife, Rosemary, of Laurens; son David and his wife, Fran Tutt of Spencer, Iowa; daughter Lisa Jones of North Liberty; daughter Lori and husband Dan Ring of Marshalltown; grandchildren: Scott Van Oss, Sarah Clark, Nicole Ring, Christopher Ring and Melissa Meyer; sister Kathryn Miller of Gilbert; sister Margaret and husband William Boughman of Ida Grove; sister Shirley Tutt of Spencer; uncle Wendell Tutt of Marathon; extended family and many friends.

Glenn was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret; daughter Linda Harriman; sons-in-law Art Harriman and Michael Jones; and one brother, Kenneth Robert Tutt.

Harold "Bud" Herbert Small

January 13, 1924 - April 5, 2006

Harold "Bud" Herbert Small, the son of Ira and Iva Stier Small, was born January 13, 1924, in Cherokee County. His childhood years were spent in the rural Peterson area where he received his education at Brooke Consolidated School, graduating in 1943.

Bud married Ruth Sweeney on October 26, 1944, in Sioux City. Following their marriage, they lived southwest of Peterson where he worked as a hired man on a farm near Peterson. In 1954, Bud purchased the Standard Station and operated the business until 1959. They moved to California in 1959, where he worked in construction building homes. They returned to Peterson in 1962, where he continued operating the Standard Station until 1966. Bud drove the LP bulk truck for BJK from 1966 until his retirement in 1988. He was a member of Peterson United Methodist Church. Bud enjoyed playing cards, bowling and spending time with his family.

Bud passed away at the Buena Vista Memorial Hospital in Storm Lake on Wednesday, April 5 at the age of 82. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ron and several in-laws.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, of Sioux Rapids; two sons and their wives: Gary and Bronwyn "Brownie" Small of Spencer, and Dale and Brenda Small of Prescott, AZ; one daughter-in-law, Cheryl Small, of Cherokee; two brothers and their wives: Don and Virginia Small of Nashville, TN, and Larry and Wilma Small of Spirit Lake; three sisters: Letha Smith and Iola Ross of Cherokee, and Gladys Willis of Yuba City, CA; 8 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Wayne E. Sutherland

June 13, 1920 - April 17, 2006

Wayne E. Sutherland, age 85, of Schaller died Monday, April 17 at the Holstein Good Samaritan Center in Holstein.

Funeral services was held Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller, with Pastor David Lyons officiating. Burial was in the Cook Township Cemetery near Schaller.

Wayne was born June 13, 1920 in rural Schaller to Earl and Maude (Miller) Sutherland. Wayne received his elementary education in a country school followed by high school at the Schaller Public School, from which he graduated in 1937. Wayne served his country during WW II in the Army Air Corps.

He married Deva Behrends on May 25, 1946 in Fort Dodge. Their union was blessed with two sons, Keith and Kent. Wayne and Deva would have been married 60 years in May of this year.

Wayne spent most of his life farming. He held several sales and other jobs after he quit farming in 1972. Wayne loved trail rides, horse shows, parades and any other activity connected with horses. He was a member and past president of various local saddle clubs. He was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller, where he once served as president of the congregation and for many years taught Sunday School. He drove a school bus after he retired from full-time work. A loving husband and devoted father and grandfather, Wayne will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Deva, of Schaller; son Kent and wife Brenda Carns; son Keith and wife Patricia Sutherland; grandchildren:Joshua Sutherland of Fort Collins, Colorado; Will Sutherland of Juneau, Alaska; Ashley and Elizabeth Sutherland of Sioux City; one great-granddaughter, Calli Mueller; sister-in-law Darlene and husband Darwin Kroske of Pomeroy; brother-in-law Lester Behrends of Siren, Wisconsin and sister-in-law Darlene Behrends of Pomeroy; extended family and friends.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents and infant granddaughter, Christine Jill.