Dec. 17,1931- Feb. 26, 2007
Walter J. Spurbeck, Jr., 75, Newell, died on Monday, February 26, at Loring Hospital in Sac City.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 3, at 1 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, with Pastor Tom Hinshaw officiating. Burial is in the Newell Cemetery. The Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home of Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation was one hour prior to service time on Saturday at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Those who wish to send on-line condolences may do so via the website www.fratzkejensen.com.
Walter John Spurbeck, Jr. was born on December 17, 1931 in Denver, Iowa to Walter John and Helen (Pothast) Spurbeck. He received his education from Waverly High School. Following graduation, Walter furthered his education at Wartburg and Cedar Falls State Teachers College.
On December 14, 1952, Walter was united in marriage to Vivian Ione Chapman. This union was blessed with three children: Deborah, David and Ellen.
Walter taught school for many years, in the field of Social Studies, History and Physical Education. He served as Athletic Director and assistant principal at Newell Community School, retiring in 1994. He was named to the IHSAA Hall of Fame as an Athletic Director in 1995.
For his entire life, Walter was an avid sports fan. He especially enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. During his free time in the summers he painted houses, worked for DeKalb and refinished antique furniture as a hobby. Walter also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Those left to cherish his memory are his children: Deborah Anderson, Sioux City; David Spurbeck, Clearwater, Fla.; and Ellen and Roger Hohensee, Pocahontas; six grandchildren: Chad and Michelle Wilson, Cody Wilson and Angela, Brad Wilson, Joshua and Heather Hohensee, Brian and Sarah Hohensee and Alyse and Charles Anliker; sixteen great grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Charles Spurbeck, Susan and Mike Theiler, Marvin Scurlock and A.C. Scurlock; and many other relatives and friends.
Walter is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vivian; one brother Herschel; and one sister Maurine.
Feb. 27, 1926- Feb. 28, 2007
Lois Anne Mason, 81, Storm Lake, formerly of Early, died at Trinity Regional Medical Center, in Fort Dodge, on February 28, following a brief illness.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 5th, at the United Methodist Church in Early with Reverend Carl Benge officiating. Burial is at the Early Union Cemetery under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home.
Visitation is from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, March 4th, at the funeral home in Sac City.
Lois was born February 27, 1926, in Royal, the daughter of Amos and Hildur (Johnson) Christensen. She was baptized April 4, 1926, and confirmed March 17, 1940 at the Royal Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She graduated from Royal High School and attended Iowa State College. She taught home economics from 1945-6 at Consolidated Independent School District of Early.
On November 3, 1946, she married Donavon Mason at Royal Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She and Donavon were the proud parents of three children: Nancy, Jon (Jack), Sue, and an exchange student, Rainer Loll, Germany.
Lois lived on a farm all of her life, except for her college and teaching years. She loved showing baby beef cattle at the Clay County Fair. She was proud of her four grandparents who immigrated from Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. She and Donavon spent 59 years on their Century farm southwest of Early. For fourteen years they resided during the winter months in Palm Desert, Calif. She loved sewing, cooking and traveling. She was a 50 year member of the Early United Methodist Church, a Sunday school teacher, president of United Methodist Women, and on the building committee of the Furrow Hall. Lois's grandchildren brought her great joy.
She is survived by daughter Nancy and husband Dr. Michael Davis, Carroll; son Dr. Jon and wife Dr. Cherral Mason of Norfolk, Va.; and daughter Sue Ann and husband Craig Malloy, Humboldt; Other survivors include grandchildren: Monica Davis, Norwalk, Conn.; Megan Davis, Iowa City; Emily (Mason) and Peter Johnson, Norfolk, Va., Jonathan and Michelle Mason, Norfolk, Va.; Jason and Alison Stead of Mesa, Ariz.; and Scott Stead, Humboldt; Lois welcomed her first great-granddaughter's birth Isabelle Stead in June. Other survivors include brothers Harold and Barbara Christensen and Amos and Virginia Christensen, Spencer, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Her husband Donavon and her parents preceded Lois in death.
Nov. 30, 1925- March1, 2007
Willis Wilbert William Wells, 81, Storm Lake, died Thursday, March 1, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Funeral Mass was concelebrated by Reverends Bruce Lawler and Thomas Hart at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 5, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial is in St. Mary's Cemetery in Storm Lake, with full military rites by AMVETS Post 66. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
Friends called at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake on Sunday, from 3 p.m.- 8 p.m., where the family was present from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. A Legion of Mary Rosary was recited at 3:30 p.m. and a Parish Vigil Service will be held at 7 p.m., followed by a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:30 p.m., all at the funeral home. Those who wish to send on-line condolences to the family online may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com
Willis was born Nov. 30, 1925 to Lloyd Henry and Margaret Catherine (Hammen) Wells. He was born on a farm near Twin Lakes. He was baptized as an infant in the Catholic faith at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Manson. He later confirmed his faith as a youth at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Varina..
Willis attended grade school at Jolley Consolidated School, Pomeroy and then Varina before graduating from St. Columbkille High School in Varina in 1944.
Willis answered the call of his country in September of 1950, being one of the first inductees from Pocahontas County by the United States Army during the Korean conflict. He served as a carpenter instructor stateside until September 1952, then transferred to active status in the Army Ready Reserves. He was honorably discharged on April 15, 1957. Following his return home, Willis furthered his education and completed agricultural courses.
On August 19, 1953, Willis was united to Lorene Marie Coon at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sac City. The couple was blessed with a daughter, LaDonna, and a son, Craig. Willis and Lorene raised their family on their livestock and grain farm. Willis loved farming and the life it provided for him and his family. His nature was creative and inventive, and he obtained a patent for his MW plow ridger. Willis happily worked the land until his retirement in 1988, when he and Lorene moved into Storm Lake.
A lifelong, faithful member of the Catholic Church, Willis moved his membership to St. Mary's Catholic Church in 1961, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, usher and was involved with St. Mary's cemetery. He was a 60-year member of the Knights of Columbus. An ardent supporter of St. Mary's School, Willis especially enjoyed watching the St. Mary's basketball teams in action. Willis delivered Meals on Wheels whenever needed. He was a regular blood bank donor and member of the Farm Bureau.
Willis was a people person, and he enjoyed his membership in Hayes Farmers and Friendly Neighbor Clubs. He delighted in playing 500 with friends and family. A loving husband and devoted father, Willis treasured his family and the time he could spend with them. He will be missed dearly by family and friends alike.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 53 years, Lorene, Storm Lake; daughter LaDonna Wells, Grand Island, Neb.; son Craig and Cindy Wells, Storm Lake; grandchildren: Angela, Lincoln, Winston and Nolan Wells, Storm Lake; brother Orville and Judy Wells and sister Katheryn Siela, all Fonda; sisters-in-law Ann Wells, Pocahontas, Bernice Wells, Fonda; brother-in-law Thomas Fitzpatrick, Storm Lake; extended family and a host of friends.
Willis was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Deland and Marlyn; his sister, Naomi Fitzpatrick; brother-in-law Gerald Siela; and sister-in-law Betty Wells.
May God Bless the memory of Willis Wells.
Dec. 19, 1943- March 1, 2007
Peter F. (Pete) Laven Sr., 63, Storm Lake, died Thursday, March 1 at his home in Storm Lake.
Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, March 6, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend Bruce Lawler celebrating the mass. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Friends called after 3 p.m. on Monday, March 8, where family was present from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. The Knights of Columbus Honor Guard will start at 6:30 p.m., a parish vigil service will be held at 7 p.m., followed by a Knight of Columbus Rosary, all at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Those wishing to send on-line condolences or view the service folder may do so via www.fratzkejensen.com.
Richard "Dick" Colshan, 65, Newell, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Deming, N.M. Memorial services will be at a later date. Richard is the father of John and Michelle Colshan, Manson.
Jessie Lou Jenkins, a loving mother & active member in the community, passed away on March 1.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 8th, at Iles Funeral Homes, Westover Chapel, with burial following at Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines.