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Funeral Arrangements

Monday, November 27, 2006

Vernon Martin Hinkeldey

Feb. 20, 1936 - Nov. 17, 2006

Funeral services were held Tuesday Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Spencer, officated by Rev. Michael Sharp. Burial is at the Riverside Cemetary in Spencer.

Vernon Martin Hinkeldey, the son of Albert and Lillie Grieme Hinkeldey, was born in Alta, on Feb. 20, 1936. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church, Hanover. He received his early education at Hanover Parochial School and then graduated from Alta High School in 1954.

On Oct. 6, 1957, Vern married Beverly Bergquist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta. Following their marriage, Vern served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959. Vern owned and operated P & H Fixture and Cabinet Company in Spencer from 1960 and was actively involved in the business until his retirement in 2004. He was a charter member of Christ The King Lutheran Church in Spencer where he served as Church Elder, Congregation President, and on the building committee.

Vern loved to design and craft architectural woodwork. His home was his workshop. He was always creating and building. Vern also enjoyed doing things together with his grandchildren.

Vern passed away on Nov. 17, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer at the age of 70. He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Lillie, and a niece, Dawn Hinkeldey.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly of Arnolds Park; his three children: Craig and Deb Hinkeldey of Spencer; Christi and Craig Gabhart and their children: Jonathan, Michael of Spencer, and Jennifer and her husband, John Hansel of Pella; Matt and Cammy Hinkeldey and their son, Sam of Richfield, Minn.; two brothers: Arlin and Marilyn Hinkeldey of Cherokee and Gaylen and Lynda Hinkeldey of Cathedral City, Calif.; other relatives and friends.

Velma (Vee) Liechti

Feb. 3, 1914- Nov. 15, 2006

Velma (Vee) Liechti, 92, of Newell, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Good Samaritan Center in Newell.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 20 at Nain Lutheran Church in Newell. Burial is at Newell Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell.

Visitation was held at the church for one hour prior to service time. Friends who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com

Velma Schmidt was born Feb. 3, 1914 in Newell to Petrea and Nis (Jensen) Schmidt. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith at Nain Lutheran Church in Newell and later confirmed her faith at that same church as a youth. Vee received her education in the Newell community; it is known she attended country school, however record of her schooling after that is unclear.

In Nov. of 1937, Vee was united in marriage to Roy Liechti. She was a lifelong, faithful member of Nain Lutheran, where she was a Sunday School teacher in earlier years. She will be remembered as a good-natured, caring person by all who knew her.

Left to cherish her memory are two nieces, two nephews, several great-nieces and great-nephews; extended family and friends. Vee was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy; her only brother, Peter; and four sisters: Maria, Rebecca, Otillia and Edith.

Willard H. "Lucky" Garrels

Oct. 9, 1917- Nov. 20, 2006

Willard H. "Lucky" Garrels, 89, of Newell, passed away on Monday, Nov. 20 at Loring Hospital in Sac City.

Graveside services was held at 2 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 24th at the Ferguson Cemetery in Lake View under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City. There was be no visitation.

Willard was born on Oct. 9, 1917, in Herring, the son of John and Ethel (Evans) Garrels. He attended Sac County Country Schools and graduated from Lake View High School in 1935. Lucky continued his education at Capital Business School in Des Moines graduating in 1936.

On June 2, 1940, Willard was united in marriage to Alice R. Ellwanger at the Congregational Church in Lake View. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on March 9, 1943 at Camp Dodge and was one of the first two married men to leave for the Army during WWII. He served through Nov. 4, 1943.

He owned Garrels Hardware Store for two years, after being discharged from the service, and was a salesman for Warren Oil Company in Omaha, which required a lot of traveling. Lucky was well known in the community as owner and broker for Garrels Real Estate from 1968-1994. He was a member of the Storm Lake Odd Fellows, Pomegranate Masonic Lodge No. 408 A. F. & A. M. of Alta, Iowa and the Abu Bekr Shrine of Sioux City. Lucky was baptized in June of 1939 and became a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Newell, where he served as trustee and on several committees.

Lucky was a devoted husband, brother, and uncle and will be missed by his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Alice; two brothers: Clarence Garrels and wife Shirley of Albany, Ore., and Murlin Garrels of Early; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. His parents, John and Ethel Garrels, preceded him in death.