Donald Keith Robbins
Donald Robbins, 81, Alta, died on Friday, July 6, 2007, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at First Presbyterian Church, Alta, with Pastor Craig Lee officiating. Burial was at the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery, Storm Lake. Barker Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of the arrangements.
Donald Keith Robbins was born on May 12, 1926, at Marvin, SD, to Maurice Lee and Ruth (Schultheis) Robbins. He grew up in the Rembrandt area, where his father was engaged in farming. He attended and graduated from Lincoln Lee School.
Don was in the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean conflict and then returned to Iowa to farm with his father.
On Jan. 15, 1956, Don was united in marriage to Joyce Fitchett at Nain Lutheran Church, Newell. This union was blessed with four sons, Dennis Dean, Scott Richard, Randy Lee, and Bruce Donald. The couple moved to the farm south of Alta, where they raised their family and have continued to live. Don farmed until retiring in 1996, when his health failed and he turned the farming operation over to his sons, Denny and Scott.
Don was very proud of all his sons and taught them everything he could about farming. He was a good husband, a good provider, and an exceptional father and grandfather. He was happiest when he was working on the farm that he loved, driving the tractors, helping the boys, and in later years, just riding in the pickup with them. Don was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Alta, where he served his Lord as an elder, an usher, and a trustee.
He was preceded in death by his parents; twin granddaughters, Bethany Jane and Brittney Marie Robbins; two brothers-in-law, Clifton Smith and Ralph Ford; in-laws, Ivan and Charlotte Fitchett, Elnora Fitchett, Doris and Walter Waterman, Ruth and Vernon Arends, John Marlatt, Jean and Floyd Banks, and Glen Crowley
Don leaves his loving wife, cook and care giver of over 51 years, Joyce Robbins of Alta; four sons, Dennis Robbins and his fiancée Melissa Marple of Alta; Scott Robbins and his wife Anna Mae of rural Rembrandt; Randy Robbins and his wife Nancy of rural Rembrandt; and Bruce Robbins of Alta; 16 grandchildren, Sarah and Matthew Robbins; Ashley Damewood and Kylie Siebrecht; Jodi and Jesse Vanden Bosch; Nicole Flink and her fiancée Jerry Vansickel, Travis and Vicki Flink, Casi Flink; Scotty and Nathanial Robbins; Stephenie, Tyler, Trevor, and Chandler Robbins; and Peyton and Sadie Robbins; two great -grandchildren, Caden Vanden Bosch and Tegan Flink; two sisters, Doris Smith and Pauline Ford; in-laws, LeRoy Fitchett, Pearl Marlatt, and Fern Crowley; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Julie "Peaches" Wagener
Julie Wagener, age 53, of Alta, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 7, 2007, in Rochester, Minn., following a sudden illness.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at Barker Funeral Home, Alta. Pastor Craig Cummins officiated. Barker Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of the arrangements.
Julie "Peaches" Wagener was born on Dec. 12, 1953 to Ralph and Joyce (Ulmer) Davis in Vancouver, Wash. She lived in many different parts of the country throughout her early life, but called Alta, her home. She married Randy Wagener on Dec. 30, 1992. She worked for Professional Seed Associates in their research and genetics lab.
Peaches enjoyed reading, sewing, and spending time working with her flowers and in her garden; she spent countless hours canning or creating salsa and treats. She loved spending time with her family, friends, and her "puppies". She was a beloved character with a great sense of humor and a knack for bringing out the best in others.
Peaches is survived by her husband, Randy of Alta; two daughters, Tracy Nelson and her husband John of Iowa City; and Tammy Strand and her fiancée Tom Hinckley of Sioux Rapids; her parents, Ralph and Joyce Davis of Texas; mother-in-law, Lois Wagener of Storm Lake; seven brothers and sisters, Jackie Hummel and her husband Mike of Ohio; Judy Warner and her husband Lloyd of Missouri; Jan Yeager and her husband Brian of Missouri; Jill Spear and her husband Steve of Texas; Randy Davis of Wyoming; Rick Davis and his wife Mona of Texas; and Ralph Davis Jr. of Texas; one brother-in-law, Tim Wagener; two sisters-in-law, Deb Wagener and Becky Brunk; seven grandchildren - Kimberly, Corey, Benjamin, and Ella of Iowa City; and Brandon, Josh, and Mindy of Sioux Rapids; and several, nieces, nephews, and close family friends. She will be greatly missed.
Floyd Edward Ryherd
Floyd Edward Ryherd, 71, of Alta, passed away on Monday July 2, 2007 in Des Moines.
Services were Wednesday July 11 at 10 a.m. at Barker Funeral Home in Alta. Pastor Craig Cummins officiated. Burial was in the Union Cemetery, Early. The Barker Funeral Home in Alta was in charge of the arrangements.
Floyd was born on Sept. 8, 1935 on a farm near Alta to Billie and Marie (Hellman) Ryherd. He was one of 11 children. He was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Alta.
On April 28, 1962 he was united in marriage to Betty Ann Werkmeister at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller. Betty had two children Donna and Robert, together they were blessed with two sons, Ronald and Douglas.
Floyd and Betty lived in Alta, Nemaha, Wall Lake and back to Alta where they retired. Floyd enjoyed feeding his squirrels, spending time with his grandkids, great-grandkids and family.
Floyd is survived by his wife Betty Ann (Werkmeister Hoffard) Ryherd of Alta; four children, Donna (Hoffard) Kohn and friend Gale Demanett of Alta; Robert and Jana Hoffard of Alta; Ronald Ryherd and friend Cindy Purgett of Holstein; and Douglas Ryherd of Alta; 18 grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren and three on the way; seven brothers and sisters, Charles and Pat Ryherd of Alta; Hank and Pat Ryherd of Fairbanks; Don and Jill Ryherd of Madison, Mo.; Ken and Kate Ryherd of Aloha, Ore.; Geri Ryherd of Cedar Falls; Sara and Arlo Lorenzen of Machesney Park, Ill.; and Marjorie Seufferlein of Winthrop; sister and brothers-in-law, Maxine and Dean Hast of Council Bluff; Bonnie Ten Eyck of Valley, Neb; Colleen Whalen of Schaller; Norma and Jim Fink of Council Bluffs; Don and Verlee Hoffard of Sac City; Janice and Tom Pester of Council Bluffs; Buzz and Lois Hoffard of Storm Lake; and Janice Hofford of Sac City; as well as several nieces and nephews, and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents and parents-in-law; two brothers; two brothers-in-law; one sister; two sisters-in-law and grandparents.