Francis Firman Simon
Feb. 15, 1920- Aug. 4, 2007
Francis Firman Simon, 87, Odebolt, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center.
A funeral mass for Francis was celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 9 at St. Martin's Catholic Church, Odebolt.Reverend John McGuirk officiated. Burial was at Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids, with a presentation of the flag by the Graeber-Rowe American Legion Post No. 394 of Sioux Rapids. The Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Odebolt was in charge of arrangements.
Visitation was held from 5 - 8 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 8, with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. and Vigil at 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home in Odebolt.
Francis was born on Feb. 15, 1920, in Odebolt, the second child of Firman Martin and Mary (Pfeiffer) Simon. After his early schooling in Odebolt and Early, Francis moved with his parents and siblings to a farm west of Sioux Rapids in 1932. Francis graduated from Sioux Rapids High School in 1937. On Sept.10, 1941, Francis enlisted in the U. S. Navy, completing boot camp at Great Lakes, Ill. His chosen military career was in diesel mechanics and subsequently received his training in Cleveland and the Brooklyn Naval Yard. During WWII, Francis served with valor in the Asiatic/Pacific and Philippine Islands on a patrol/gunboat. Along with five United States Naval medals, he and his unit were awarded the Philippine Liberation and Philippine Presidential Citation.
Francis received his Honorable Discharge on Oct.20, 1945. After returning to Sioux Rapids for a short time, Francis left for St. Louis to continue his education/training in diesel electric power generation and received his graduate diploma. He was then employed by Iowa Public Service (IPS) and subsequently Mid-American Energy Co. at their facilities in Audubon, Le Mars, Ida Grove, and Odebolt for over thirty years. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
Survivors include his siblings: Alvin (Nelva Dawn) Simon, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mary Ann, Cortez, Colo.; Raymond G. (Shirley) Simon, Sioux Rapids; Paul (Betty) Simon, Rolling Meadows, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Amos, Donald, Caroline and Clarence.
In lieu of flowers, masses would be appreciated, or donations to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.
LeRoy William Lange
August 13, 1940 - July 28, 2007
LeRoy passed away on July 28, at home with his family by his side.
A celebration of life and memorial service will be held on Aug. 18 at 10 a.m., at the Veterans Memorial Park in Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or Snowline Hospice.
He was born and raised in Iowa and moved to California in 1960. He settled in the Bay Area and moved to Georgetown in 1981. He owned and operated Lange's Automotive on Highway 193 for many years and then 193 Napa Auto Parts.
LeRoy will be greatly missed and always remembered by for his sense of humor, respect and good will for others, and his appreciation of having a good time with friends and family. His spirituality and commitment to God was shared with all of us who knew him well.
LeRoy is survived by his wife of almost 25 years, Phyllis Lange, his children, Jeanne Martin and husband, Scott, Diamond Springs; Jeff Lange and wife, Tonya, Sacramento, Calif.; He is also survived by his step-children; Shelly Hoppe and husband, Chuck, Georgetown, Paul Lange, Sacramento, Calif.; and Roger Lange, Las Vegas, Nev.; his sisters and their families; Jan and Harold Redenbaugh, Storm Lake; Vee and Bill Tutt, Storm Lake; Judy and Jim Yaeger, Tualatin, Ore. andMelinda Cress, Bloomington, Minn.; He is also survived by five grand-children, which were a delight and brought much joy to him; Kristen and Laura Martin, Brooke Hoppe, and Jeffrey and Megan Lange. LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents; Albert Lange and Irene Johnson, and his brother, Melvin.
Paul Larry Graff, 63, Des Moines, formerly Early, died Tuesday, Aug.7, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Graveside services for Mr. Graff will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Early Union Cemetery. The Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements. There will be no visitation.