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Funeral Arrangements

Monday, July 23, 2007

Lowell Dale Jones

Aug. 28, 1919- July 13, 2007

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

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Alta, with Pastor D. Duane Olson officiating. Burial is at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Alta with Military Rites by the Alta VFW Post # 6172. Visitation was on Sunday, July 15, with the family present at the Barker Funeral Home in Alta. 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.

Lowell was one of several men who were instrumental in buying the land and organizing the effort that resulted in the Alta Golf Course being built. He enjoyed playing golf, spending winters in Tucson, Ariz., and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two guardian aunts; and two sisters, Jean Stille and Geraldine Boone.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Janice, Alta; two daughters, Judy Kearney and her husband, Bill, Sparks, Nev.; Connie Jones and her partner, Brenda Collins, Sioux City; three step children, Jane Garman and her husband, Joe, Salina, Kansas, John Loder, New York City, N. Y.; Ann Block, Niantic, Conn.; one step sister, Julia Meinking,Aurelia; two brothers-in-law, Jim Stille, Alta; and George Boone, Bellevue, Wash.; five step grandchildren, Jennifer Klepper, Annapolis, Md., Joey Gaines, Omaha, Neb.; Austin Block, Niantic, Conn.; Kevin Kearney, Reno, Nev.; and Colleen Horowitz, Philadelphia, Penn.; six step great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Fondest memories of Lowell will remain in the hearts of his family and many friends.

Robert Bethune

Oct. 5, 1942- July 16, 2007

Robert Bethune, 64, Storm Lake, died Monday, July 16, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services for Mr. Bethune were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 20, at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Reverend Bruce Lesemann officiated. Burial will be at a later date in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Friends called on Thursday, July 29, from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family waspresent. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.sliefert.com

Robert Gene Bethune, son of Lester and Clara (Goodman) Bethune, was born at Randolph, Neb. on October 5, 1942. Bob lived his youth and received his education at Randolph, graduating from Randolph High School in 1960. He continued his education at the Nebraska Vocational Technical School at Milford, Neb., where he graduated from the diesel and farm tractor program in 1963.

Bob was united in marriage to Linda Lee Imhoff on July 15, 1965 at Pocahontas. The couple was blessed with four children: Londa, Travis, Cory and Kyle. Following their marriage, Bob and Linda resided in Pocahontas where Bob was employed with Gochenour Implement. In 1974, they moved to Storm Lake where Bob worked for Hultgrens-Gerlach Implement, which later became Hultgrens Implement. His entire career was spent working on John Deere tractors. Bob enjoyed the outdoors and especially camping, fishing and gardening. Other interests included woodworking, tractors, reading and emailing jokes to family and friends.

Among those who cherish Bob's life and memory are his wife of 42 years, Linda, Storm Lake; his children: Londa and David Stille, Storm Lake; Travis and Lisa Bethune, Newell; Kyle and Melanie Bethune, Alta; his grandchildren: Matthew and Heath Stille, Jared and Sary Stille, all, Storm Lake; Amanda and Matt Fisher, Newell; Mark and Travis Frederick, Newell; Meagan Hammer and Jasmine Bethune, Alta; and Emma Mills, Alta. Bob is also survived by two brothers and their wives: Merle and Sandi Bethune, York, Neb.; Roy and Cindy Bethune, Grand Island, Neb.; one sister and her husband, Alice and Tom Townsend, Grand Island, Neb.; nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and a host, friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Cory; a granddaughter, Tara Stille; and his brother, Don Bethune.