Nov. 11, 1928 - July 16, 2007
William "Bill" Pitts, 78, of Rembrandt, died on Friday, July 13, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 16, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids, with Father Al Reicks officiating. Burial is in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Military graveside services were by presented by Graeber-Rowe American Legion Post #394. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation was 3-7 p.m., Sunday, July 15, at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids, where the family was present throughout. There was a rosary. Those wishing to send on-line condolences to the family may do so via the Sliefert Funeral Home website: www.sliefert.com
William John Pitts, the son of Alvin and Mary (Linnemann) Pitts, was born near Meriden, on Nov. 11, 1928. Bill's youth was spent in the Maryhill community, near Cherokee. He moved with his family to Alta in 1941. Bill graduated with the Highview High School Class of 1947. He continued his education at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake where he received his teaching degree. Bill later attained his Masters Degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He dutifully served his country in the United States Army from 1946 to 1947, prior to the Korean Conflict.
Bill was united in marriage to Dorothy Mae Smith on April 18, 1949, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Sioux Rapids, Iowa. This couple was blessed with seven children: Pat, Mel, Mark, Dixie, Bill, Kenny and Scott. During his lifetime, Bill balanced his life between two careers, education and farming. Bill taught and was a guidance counselor in various school districts throughout northwest Iowa and Arkansas for over 40 years. South Clay, Clay Central, Marathon, and Palmer were some of the schools where Bill touched students' lives. Farming was a lifelong passion of Bill's and in 1968, he and his family moved to Rembrandt where they purchased their farm and have made their home. Bill was also a Drivers Education instructor and not only taught high school students but he also taught the "55 Alive" driving course for senior citizens in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Bill and Dorothy moved to Bella Vista in 1986, where they have resided since, with the exception of the summer months that they spent in Rembrandt. He was committed to the youth and was involved with the Future Farmers of America. He also had served on the Sioux Rapids and Rembrandt school boards.
Bill was a man of varied interest and some of his past times included woodworking, cutting wood for his neighbors and friends in Arkansas, playing cards, working puzzles and keeping in touch with people over the telephone. He will be remembered as a person who truly enjoyed socializing with his family and many friends. Bill was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids and St. Bernard Catholic Church in Bella Vista. He was a 4th Degree Knight/Knights of Columbus and had shared his musical talents by singing in the church choirs.
Bill's life will be remembered and the gift of memories he has given will be cherished by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy, of Bella Vista, Arkansas; his children: Pat and Danny Rench of Lytton, Iowa; Mel and Marian Pitts of Rembrandt, Iowa; Mark and Nancy Pitts of Hamburg, Iowa; Dixie and Darrell Lester of Rembrandt, Iowa; Bill and Suzy Pitts of Astoria, Oregon; Kenny Pitts of Rembrandt, Iowa; and Scott and Shannon Pitts of Bentonville, Arkansas; 20 beloved grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; his brother, Jim and Edith Pitts of Spencer, Iowa; three sisters: Shirley Kennedy of Denison, Iowa; Rosemary Westphal of Aurelia, Iowa; and Marlys Alldredge of Cherokee, Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren: Elizabeth and Joshua Lester; and one sister, Imelda McDermott.
Sept. 1, 1904 - July 13, 2007
Elda Plog, 102, Storm Lake, and formerly of the Alta and Hanover areas, died on Friday, July 13, at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake.
Funeral Services were at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, at the Hanover St. John Lutheran Church in rural Alta. Burial was in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation was held at the church for one hour prior to the start of the service on Tuesday. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to St. John Lutheran Church in Hanover.
Elda Henriette Wilhelmine Bumann was born on Sept. 1, 1904 to Fred and Wilhemine (Oldenburg) Bumann at her parents' home in northeast Ida County. She was baptized on October 9, 1904 by Pastor H. A. Maas, the Lutheran pastor of Galva.
Elda's parents and six brothers moved to the Hanover area when she was in her infancy. Elda attended the St. John Lutheran School and on the 8th of March 1918, Elda was confirmed in her faith.
Elda assumed house-hold responsibilities, caring for her father and brothers, as her mother became gravely ill. Her mother passed away when Elda was sixteen.
On the 18th day of July 1929, Walter Plog and Elda Bumann were united in marriage. The Lord blessed them with 58 years together.
Walter and Elda ran the Hanover store for 26 years, retiring in the fall of 1963.
In their retirement, Walter and Elda continued to live on the acreage at Hanover. Walter entered Sunset Knoll and on July 24, 1987, he was called from this life to his heavenly home.
Elda moved to Alta in October 1987 and resided there until June 1991. She entered Methodist Manor (residential side) and later the Health Care wing. She was always very out-going, pleasant to be around and would joke with nurses and staff.
Elda opened her heart and home to her father and he lived with the Plogs until his death. An uncle, Ernest Oldenberg, lived with them during the winter months for many years and helped at the store.
Elda planted a huge garden each year and then canned the bounty she harvested. She was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Hanover.
Those who cherish her memory include nieces Donna Bumann, Bernice Grau, Donna Jesse, Arlene Ivers, Phyllis Southwick and one nephew, Arlin Bumann.
Elda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter; her six brothers: William, Ernest, Edward, Herman and twins, George and Julius Bumann and their respective spouses. Three Bumann nephews also preceded Elda in death: Orren, Eugene and Donald Bumann.
Robert Bethune, 64, Storm Lake, died Monday, July 16, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Funeral services for Mr. Bethune will be held at 11a.m. on Friday, July 20, at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend Bruce Lesemann officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Friends may call on Thursday, July 29, from 5 p.m - 8 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family will be present. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.sliefert.com