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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

John Leonard Coon

Nov. 28, 1936- Aug. 12, 2007

John Leonard Coon, 70, Carroll, formerly of Early, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 12, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Carroll.

Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early with Father Larry Burns and Father Timothy Schott officiating. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Early under the direction of the Farber and Otteman Funeral Home.

Visitation is at the church from 2-5 p.m. and 6:30- 8 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 14. There will be a vigil service at 7 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 8 p.m.

The son of Anton Leonard and Clara Genevieve (Drey) Coon, John was born on Nov. 28, 1936, in Storm Lake. His parents farmed in Early raising seven children. John was the oldest of seven brothers and sisters. He was baptized, made his First Communion and was Confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, where he later graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1955.

After high school, he worked for a year for Don Irwin in Masonry Construction, then attended Loras College in Dubuque for one and half years where he studied engineering. Following the death of his father in 1958, John returned to the family farm to help his mother farm and care for his brothers and sisters. John loved farming with his family, teaching them hard work and family values.

On Nov. 26, 1960, he was married to Janice Tentinger in Remsen, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. They made their home near Early where John farmed. They were blessed with six sons (John, Jeffrey, Joseph, Jerret, James, Justin) and three daughters (Janell, Jodi, and Jennifer).

John was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic church in Early, until his recent move to Carroll. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus St. Mary's Council #2326 and a member of the 4th Degree Rosatti Assembly.

His hobbies included playing cards, watching high school baseball, playing dominoes with the grandkids, making homemade ice cream, fishing and his trips to Branson, Missouri.

Survivors include his wife Janice (they celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary Nov. 26, 2006); his children: John, Carroll; Jeff and wife Shelly, Clive; Janell Singer and husband Kurt, Ankeny; Joseph and wife Jane, Waukee; Jerret and wife Sara, Victoria, Minn.; Jodi Henkenius and husband Jim, Lake City; James and wife Shelly, Avoca, ; Jennifer Jorgensen and husband Chris, Ft. Dodge; and Justin, Ft. Dodge. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren; brothers, Jerry Coon and wife Vicki, Omaha, Neb.; Jim Coon and wife Bonnee, Early; and Jay Coon and wife Anita, Storm Lake; sisters, Jean Wolfe, Hampton; Joleen Merten and husband Bill, Storm Lake; and Julie Wadsley and husband Joe, Early; and many extended family members.

John was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law William Wolfe.

Orville Ehlers

June 4, 1927- Aug. 9, 2007

Orville, Ehlers, 80, Storm Lake, died Thursday, Aug. 9, at Buena Vista Manor in Storm Lake.

Funeral Service for Mr. Ehlers was held Monday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake, with Pastor Michael Harman officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery. The Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation was held Sunday, Aug. 12, from 4- 8 p.m. at the Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family was present from 6-8:00 p.m. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com

Orville was born June 4, 1927 in rural Newell, to Paul and Amanda (Ripke) Ehlers. He was baptized as an infant at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake and confirmed his faith as a youth in 1942 at the same church. He received his education at Zion Lutheran school. A life-long member of Zion Lutheran, Orville loved his Lord and served Him faithfully in the church choir for 50 years.

On April 12, 1953, Orville was united in marriage to Irene Lange at Zion Lutheran Church. The couple was blessed with three children: Connie, Orlan and Ilon. Orville and Irene shared many happy years until her death in 1996. On July 12, 1997, Orville married Alva Carlson and they shared a wonderful companionship these last years.

Orville was a farmer who loved working and living on the land. He was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed fishing in his earlier years. He was fascinated by airplanes and liked to watch them in the sky. He took great pleasure in being able to converse in German with his neighbor. Orville was also a member of the Lions Club in Albert City.

Family was always first in Orville's life, and he treasured every moment he was able to share with his children, grandchildren, brothers and extended family. He will be dearly missed.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Alva, Storm Lake; his children: Connie (Melvin) Easter, Somers; Orlan Ehlers, Storm Lake; and Ilon (Jon) Negus, Sutherland; grandchildren: Jennifer (Jeremy) Blake, Muscatine; Jodie Easter and Cellie Easter, both, Somers; Heath, Karle and Sean Negus, Sutherland; two step-children: Leonard (Janice) Grice and Lane ((Judy) Carlson; brothers: Edgar (Marcella) Ehlers, Storm Lake and Dwayne (Phyllis) Ehlers, Alta; sister-in-law, Margie Ehlers, Albert City; extended family and many friends.

Orville was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Irene; brother Gordon Ehlers and sister Eldora Zadow.