Arline V. Steemke
July 21, 1923- July 6, 2007
Arline died Friday, July 6, 2007 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City following a heart attack.
Memorial services for Arline Steemke, 83, Aurelia will be Monday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m.. at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Harold Werley. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Aurelia Community Center in memory of Arline. The Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia is in charges of arrangements.
Arline Virginia Minard was born July 21, 1923 in Alta, the daughter of Warren E. and Florence (Tincknell) Minard. She graduated from the Alta High School in 1941. On Sept. 24, 1942 she married Loren Dale Steemke at the Methodist Church in Storm Lake. Arline was a nurse in Iowa and California for 30 years until her retirement in July of 1980. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia where she had been active in United Methodist Women and Circle. Arline was a member of Senior Citizens, and enjoyed knitting, playing cards, crocheting, and her grandchildren.
Preceding Arline in death were her parents, two sons, Ronald and Larry Steemke, two brothers, Craig and Lyle Minard, and one sister, Kay Alderson.
Survivors include her husband Loren Steemke, Aurelia; son, Donald and his wife Lisa Steemke, Aurelia; daughter-in-law Susan Steemke, Aurelia, and Los Angeles; six grandchildren, David Steemke, Grand Forks, N.D.; Kelly Wallace, San Diego, Calif.; Shannon Steemke, Gilbert, Ariz; Shawn Steemke, Aurelia; Christina Steemke, Littleton, Colo.; and step-grandson Kevin Smith, Valley Springs, Calif., and one great-grandson, Sean Loren Steemke, Aurelia. Also surviving are brothers, Merrill and his wife Pat Minard, Hillsboro, Ore.; Wayne and his wife Wanda Minard, Sedalia, Colo.; sister, Marge LaClare, Gold Beach, Ore.; sisters-in-law, June Minard, Oklahoma; and Charlene Minard, Alta; one brother-in-law, James Alderson, Chicago, Ill., and many nieces and nephews and friends.
Tom Barr, 58, Renton, Washington and formerly of Newell, died April 28, in Renton.
Memorial services were held at Faull-Stokes Mortuary on Saturday, May 5, at 12 p.m. A local memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, at Nain Lutheran Church in Newell with Pastor Barb Hansen officiating. Burial will be in the Newell Cemetery with military honors. There will be no visitation.
Survivors from the local area include Tom's father Arthur and stepmother Agnes Barr.
Graveside services for Delbert Wenell, 71, King City, Mo., and formerly of Albert City will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 13, at Fairfield Cemetery at Albert City. A time of sharing and fellowship will be held at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Albert City immediately following the graveside service. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City is in charge of the arrangements.
Gerald C. Wood
Feb. 21, 1921- July 6, 2007
Gerald C. Wood, 86, Storm Lake, passed away on Friday, July 6, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, following a courageous battle with cancer for nine years.
Funeral Services were held 10:30 am, Tuesday, July 10, at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake with Pastor David Koehler officiating. Burial followed at the Storm Lake Cemetery, with military honors presented by Storm Lake AMVETS Post #66. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Friends called Monday, July 9 at the funeral home, where there were there was be an Odd Fellows service. Those wishing to send on-line condolences to the family may do so via the Sliefert website: www.sliefert.com.
Gerald Clinton Wood was born on the family farm southwest of Fonda on Feb. 21, 1921 to Verne Cyrus Wood and Edith Laverne (Poland) Wood. At the age of 2, the family moved to the present farm southwest of Storm Lake. Gerald attended and graduated from Hayes Consolidated School, a country school two miles east of the farm. After graduating, he attended Buena Vista College for one year. At the onset of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and fought in the Pacific front on a PC boat. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
Gerald moved back after the war to operate the family farm.
During college, he met a young lady named Vera Birch from Cleghorn,. In 1950, he began to date this lady who was a school teacher from Cherokee. He proposed on her birthday, Oct. 1, and they were wed on Dec. 10, 1950 at the Presbyterian Church in Cherokee. After their honeymoon, they made their home on the family farm. They were faithfully married for over 56 years. Gerald and Vera were proud parents of two children: son, William Verne (1952) and a daughter, Marlys Jane (1953).
Gerald was most proud of living on the same farm since 1923. He was an active member of the Lakeside Presbyterian Church for 75 years. He was a member of the IOOF for 58 years, Camera Club, Isaak Walton League, and Coin Club, serving in different positions.
Gerald will be most remembered for his great sense of humor and his easy going attitude. He was well liked by all and willing to always help those who were in need. He loved his country life and working on the farm.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Vera; son, Bill Wood and his wife Barbara, Galva; daughter, Marlys Wood, Early; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Thelma Neller, Sacramento, Calif.; and a brother, Virgil, Sioux City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harold; two sisters-in-law: Judy Wood and Florence Wood; and a brother-in-law, Keith Neller.
Gerald will be greatly missed by his family and friends who knew and loved him.