Karlton Fullenworth, 66, Storm Lake, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006 as a result of an incident on the dredge in the waters of Storm Lake.
Funeral Services for Mr. Fullenworth were held Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church. Reverend Dr. Beverlee Bell and Reverend David Schumann officiated. Burial was in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family, or who wish to view Mr. Fullenworth's memorial folder online, may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com
Karlton was born Jan. 11, 1940 at the Porath Hospital in Storm Lake to Karl and Elizabeth (Fuqua) Fullenworth. He was baptized Easter Sunday in March 1940 by Dr. Joseph Hutchison at the Methodist Church in Storm Lake and later confirmed in the Methodist Church in Marathon. Karlton began his schooling at Sulphur Springs and moved to Marathon in the middle of his first grade year. The rest of his school days were spent at Marathon, where he graduated from high school in 1958.
He went on to further his education, graduating from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, with a major in farm operation and management in November of 1963.
In 1964 and 1965, he served in the U.S. Air Force. In 1964, he received the "Airman of the Month" award and in 1965, received the Certificate of Merit. He received an honorable discharge in 1965.
After the service, he worked as a Farm Business Consultant for the South Central Iowa Farm Business Association. In late summer of 1967, he returned to this area to help on his parents' farm due to their poor health.
On Aug. 11, 1968, he married Linda Kay Chambers at the United Methodist Church in Carroll. The couple made their home on an acreage on the Lakeside blacktop, where they have lived for 38 years. They often referred to this as "God's little acres" to each other. They enjoyed having Chesapeake Bay Retrievers since 1970-Chessy, Julie and Molly. They kept a 30-year record of their purple martin returns.
Karlton farmed in the Storm Lake area for 34 years, harvesting his last crop in 2001, after the farm land was sold. He worked part time trucking for Sara Lee and for the last three years, he worked on the dredge.
In 1996, he was awarded the Quad-States Conservation Awards Program District Farmer Award for Buena Vista County for planting trees, installing terraces and waterways and using conservation tillage practices on the farmland and around his home.
Karlton was very proud of the "sludge bunch", a group of people who went to Des Moines every month for a year to speak in front of the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) and eventually changed the rules for the application of sludge to farmland for the entire state.
He was a charter board member of the Lake Preservation Association (LPA), a member of the Methodist Church, the American Legion and the Oddfellows.
He enjoyed water skiing and snow skiing in younger years. He enjoyed constructing things. He put a basement under their home, built a machine shed, gas shed, tractor cab, had restored a WWII jeep and was planning to start on a truck. In recent years, he began enjoying the computer, with friend Tom always helping and challenging him.
His caring presence will be deeply missed by his wife and all those who knew him.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 38 years, Linda Fullenworth, Storm Lake; brother Paul Fullenworth, Marathon; sister Janice (Darrell) Stockwell, Birmingham; niece Jodi (Roy) Kraft, Goldfield; niece Paula (Doug) Zollars, Bonaporte; nephew Adam (Melinda) Stockwell, Birmingham; nephew Andrew Stockwell, Birmingham; aunt Jean Fullenworth, Storm Lake; cousins: Betty Fullenworth, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Alice (Daniel) Friedrichsen, Holstein; Georgia (Dave) Demers, Storm Lake; Connie (Dean) Demers, Columbus, Neb.; step-mother-in-law Esther Halverson, Carroll; step-sister-in-law Ann Chambers Nellis, Denver, Colo.; step-brothers-in-law: Dr. Dick (Susan) and Larry Pascoe, Dallas, Texas.
Karlton was preceded in death by his parents, Karl and A. Elizabeth Fullenworth, Marathon; an infant brother; his parents-in-law Bill Chambers and Fon Pascoe of Carroll; his step-father-in-law Dr. Paul Pascoe, Carroll; uncles George and Ted Fullenworth, Storm Lake and Sioux City; and aunt Amber Nelson, Billingham, Wash.
Ruth Elizabeth Moore Pranger, 83, Nemaha, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 23, at the United Methodist Church in Nemaha with Rev. Carl Benge officiating. Burial will be at the Nemaha Cemetery under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home.
Visitation is from 4-8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City.
Ruth was born July 7, 1923, in Scranton, the daughter of Daniel and Rose Witter. She attended country school near Jefferson and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1940.
She was united in marriage to Earnest F. Moore in 1942 and moved to Nemaha in 1949. Seven children were born to this union: Floyd, Kenneth, Kay, Elizabeth, Melvin, Gary and Ronald. Earnest passed away in June of 1965. Ruth then married James M. Pranger in 1966 in Dakota City, Nebraska. They continued to make their home in Nemaha.
Ruth was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, and collecting salt and peppershakers. Her family will cherish their memories of fishing and camping together. Besides taking care of her family, Ruth cleaned houses for others and was a maid at the Palace Motel in Storm Lake for 12 years, retiring in 1978. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Nemaha.
Survivors include her husband, James Pranger, Nemaha; her children: Floyd Moore and wife Beverly, Wellington, Kan.; Kenneth Moore, San Diego, Calif.; Kay Pedersen and husband Donald, Quimby; Elizabeth Ann Langner and husband Richard , Schaller; Melvin Moore and wife Peggy, Blairsburg; and Ronald Moore, also of Blairsburg; step-daughter Colleen Hansen and husband Ryan, Schaller.. Other survivors include her 26 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two sisters: Lois Macke, Le Mesa, Calif. and Helen Wright and husband Dean, Downey, Calif.; many extended family members; and friends.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband Earnest Moore; son Gary Moore; and two brothers: John Witter and an infant brother.