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Funeral Arrangements

Monday, May 22, 2006

Richard Dean Clay

April 17, 1930 - May 16, 2006

Richard D. "Dick" Clay, age 76, of Alta, died on Tuesday, May 16, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake after a lengthy illness.

Dick was born on April 17, 1930 in Sioux City to Frank and Effie (Halverson) Clay, the third of seven children. He attended school in Sioux City, graduating from Sioux City Central High School in 1948.

Dick served in the U.S. Army from 1951, as a medic for KMAG (Korean Military Advisory Group) until his discharge in 1952.

On July 3, 1953, he was united in marriage to Marlene Moeller in Dickens. Shortly afterwards, they moved to Lincoln, Neb., where Dick attended the University of Nebraska, receiving his B.S. in pharmacy in 1957.

He was employed during and following his college education at Wagey Drug in Lincoln. He was also employed at Center Pharmacy in Carroll before purchasing the Alta Pharmacy in 1964. He retired in 1994 and spent several years as a relief pharmacist in northwest Iowa.

Dick enjoyed golf, woodworking, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and travel, but he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the VFW post #6172 of Alta, served on the Alta Chamber of Commerce, Buena Vista County Board of Health, was president of Alta Golf and Country Club, and was a trustee of First Presbyterian Church in Alta.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene; daughter, Betty and her husband Bill Jackson of Asheville, North Carolina; son, John and his wife Kimberly of Le Mars; son, Edward and his wife Julia of Rockford, Ill.; son, Mark and his wife Jan of Aurora, Colorado; three brothers, Frank and his wife Dorothy of Bullhead City, Ariz., Vernon and his wife Chris of Kingman, Ariz., and Norman and his wife Corrine of Sioux City; twelve grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Sarah Jackson; Christopher, Rebecca, and Kelsey Jo Clay; Alan, Katherine, Jacob, and Joseph Clay; Megan and Michael Clay; and Nicholas and Christopher Brunning; several other family members; and many friends and neighbors. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his father; mother; two brothers, William and Donald; and one sister, Betty.

Donations may be made to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center or a charity of your choice.

Marie Werner

January 18, 1911 - May 15, 2006

Marie Werner, age 95, of Schaller, died Monday, May 15, at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake.

Elsie Marie Nelson was born January 18, 1911 to Nels Peter and Minnie Vesta (Carrico) Nelson in Battle Creek, Neb. She grew up in the Battle Creek area, received her education there and graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1929.

On March 24, 1929, Marie was united in marriage to Walter Theodore Werner. The couple was blessed with three children: LaRue Marie, Walter Eugene and Frances LaBelle.

Walter and Marie farmed at Meadow Grove, Neb. for 15 years before moving to Galva in 1946, where they had purchased a farm. They lived in the Galva, Schaller and Early areas for the rest of their lives, except for a few years when they lived and built two homes on Lake Okoboji. They retired on their farm east of Schaller, where they lived until Walter passed away on August 14, 1995. Marie then moved into Schaller. She later lived at Otsego Place in Storm Lake, and then at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake for four years, where she passed away peacefully in her sleep.

Marie had a large group of friends with whom she enjoyed playing cards. She was an avid crossword puzzle player. Marie was a long-time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller, where she had been very active, was a member of Ladies Aid and L.W.M. L., holding office for a number of years.

Grandma loved and enjoyed her families; she was always alert and had a joke to share. Her sense of humor and caring ways will be missed daily by those who loved her.

Surviving her are her son, Eugene (Wilma) Werner of Early; daughter LaBelle (Richard) Foreman of Schaller; grandchildren: Terry (Andrea) Niemeier of Galva; Dennis (Trish) Niemeier of Galva; Sue (Ray) Lorenzen of Holstein; Jeane (Garry) Capers of San Angelo, Texas; Walter (Becky) Werner of Holstein; Wayne (Karen) Werner of Schaller; and Deane (Karen) Werner of Holstein; Rick (Marvelene) Foreman of Cedar Rapids; Sandi (Mike) Bollard of Pochahontas; Anne (Jerry) Andresen of Holstein and Steve (Michelle) Foreman of Austin, Texas; 23 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; extended family and friends.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; her daughter LaRue; sons-in-law Carl Niemeier and Arthur Less; great-granddaughter Courtney Rae Foreman; her parents; six sisters, one brother and their mates; as well as Walter's parents, his siblings and their mates except for two sisters-in-law and special friends, Margaret and Tony Ulrich and Ferd and Tena Hansen.