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Lowell Dale Jones

Lowell Jones, 87, Alta, died on Friday, July 13, 2007, at Buena Vista Manor in Storm Lake, Iowa, following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Alta, with Pastor D. Duane Olson officiating. Burial was at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Alta with military rites by the Alta VFW Post # 6172. Barker Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of the arrangements.

Lowell Dale Jones was born Aug. 28, 1919, in Storm Lake, the son of Warne Clyde and Lela Irene (Berkler) Jones. After the early death of his parents, he was raised by his aunts, Nettie Myers and Charlotte "Lottie" Berkler.

After graduating from Storm Lake High School in 1936, Lowell worked in a Storm Lake funeral home and attended Buena Vista College for a year, before enlisting in the army. After his time with the military ended, he enrolled in and graduated from Cincinnati College of Embalming, Cincinnati, Ohio, and completed one year at Buena Vista College, Storm Lake. Lowell then worked for one year at a Clear Lake funeral home and moved to Alta in 1951. Lowell purchased the Larson Funeral Home and served the Alta community until his retirement in 1986.

On Jan. 30, 1980, Lowell was united in marriage to Janice Loder in Council Bluffs.

Lowell was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Alta, where he served on the church council. He served 25 years on the Alta Park Board, was a member of the Buena Vista County Fair Board, Alta Chamber of Commerce, Alta Development Corporation and Alta Community Club. He was also a member of the Elks, Am Vets, VFW, Masonic Lodge, Iowa Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association.

Ronald Lee Mueller

Ronald Mueller, 66, Alta, died from a sudden illness on Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2007, at the Alta High School Gymnasium, Alta, with Pastor Terry W. Pollard officiating. Burial was at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Alta. Barker Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of the arrangements.

Ronald Lee Mueller was born Feb. 20, 1941, to William and Adelyne (Lueck) Mueller in Danube, Minn. He graduated from Danube High School and from Westmar College in LeMars in 1963, with a degree in mathematics. He then attended Florida State University, Marquette University, University of South Dakota, Alabama University, and University of Nebraska. He received two masters degrees, one in administration of health and physical education and the other in administration of secondary schools.

On June 7, 1964, Ron was united in marriage to Nancy Shipley in Wichita, Kan. They made their first home in Sibley where Ron taught school and coached. He also taught and coached at Blue Earth, Minn.; Tri-Center of Neola, and ended his career in Alta as principal for 27 years.

Ron's joys in life were his family, playing golf and cards, umpiring, gathering with friends, and watching sunsets over Lake Okoboji. Of utmost importance to him was his Christian faith and helping his fellow man. He took special pride in his ability to communicate with "kids" in his school. He made an effort to know each one personally and call them by name. Ron was always living life by the "Golden Rule", and exemplifying to others the benefit to society through it.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ron is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife of 43 years, Nancy, Alta; daughter, Laurie Mortensen and her husband Dana, Marion; son, Bill Mueller and his wife Wendy, Sibley; daughter, Mary Hoefle and her husband Bill, Marion; six grandchildren, Kyle and Scott, Ryan and Macy and Abby and Nathan; one brother, Howard Mueller and his wife Mary, Naperville, Ill.; mother-in-law, Mildred Murphy, Phoenix, Ariz.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A memorial fund will be established in Ron's name.

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