Dec. 12, 1920- Dec. 31, 2007
Ellsworth E. Jeppeson, Sr., 87, Newell, died Monday, Dec. 31, in Newell.
Memorial Services for Mr. Jeppeson are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the Congregational Church in Newell. Burial will be in the Newell Cemetery will Full Military Rites by the Newell American Legion. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell is in charge of the arrangements.
Friends may call on Thursday, Jan. 3, from 6-9 p.m. for visitation at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell, 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.fratzkejensen.com
Ellsworth Evans Jeppeson, Sr. was born Dec. 12, 1920 to Margaret Evans and Daniel Ellsworth Jeppeson at Sioux Rapids. He was baptized and confirmed at the First United Church of Sioux Rapids. He transferred his church membership to the Congregational Church in Newell in March of 1959. He attended school at Cornell and Linn Grove, and graduated in 1938 from High View Consolidated school in rural Linn Grove.
During World War II, Ellsworth was proud to serve his country in the United States Army. He was stationed in Korea in the 7th Division, 32nd Army Infantry until he received his honorable discharge.
On Nov. 26, 1948, Ellsworth was united in marriage to Wanda Williamson of Battle Creek. To this union five children were born: Florene, Ellsworth, Sylvia, Lynn and Elwyn.
Ellsworth was a skillful, honest and faithful hard worker. He loved his family. He helped his father farm on the home place south of Linn Grove for many years. After he was married, he worked for Paul Park Construction in Storm Lake. There he helped build many homes at Lake Creek and in Storm Lake, the Buena Vista County Hospital, a school in Lake View, the Safeway Store, Duglosh Garage, the Kolb water fountain in Sunrise Park on Storm Lake's shore, the Truesdale gym, and the tree and flower boxes up and down Lake Avenue in Storm Lake. He helped remodel the J. C. Penney's and Lee's stores in Storm Lake and buildings on the Shinrone Ranch south of Odebolt.
In 1951, Ellsworth started farming for himself south of Battle Creek. Two years later, he moved his family to a farm south of Newell. Every year he and his partner raised 3,000-5,000 head of lambs, 800 head of cattle and countless numbers of pigs.
Ellsworth then bought a farm east of Newell. He farmed, milked cows and started trucking. He trucked eggs to Chicago and cattle to Texas, Colorado and Wyoming. He trucked sheep to south Texas and Missouri. Once he trucked 1,700 head of yearlings from Mexico to Indiana. He also drove a mail truck from Storm Lake to Fort Dodge. Six years later, he purchased the present farm from Henry and Jean Kjarsgaard and moved his wife and five children just across the road.
Along with farming, he got back into carpentering. Among some more places he helped build were B.V. Stationery and Printing, the building currently housing the A.E.A., Anderson Brass, and First Federal Bank, all in Storm Lake. He helped with the Albert City nursing home. He poured all the cement in Frank Starr Park for sidewalks, not to mention the endless numbers of remodeled homes and barn shinglings he did.
In later years, he helped at the DeKalb Seed Corn plant in Storm Lake. After retiring, he worked with his woodworking shop making wooden toys and other projects for his family and grandkids as presents for birthdays and Christmases.
Ellsworth was a member of the Eastern Star, Mason Royal Lodge #428, American Legion Post #193 of Newell, Independent Order of Odd Fellows #232 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Ellsworth was a good husband, father and grandfather. He was an avid fisher and western book reader. He always enjoyed western movies.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda, Newell; daughter Florene Cork and husband, Richard, Schaller; son Ellsworth, Jr. and wife Teresa, Newell; daughter Sylvia Nelson, Newell; son Elwyn and wife Char, Newell; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Daniel Williamson and wife Mary, Ida Grove; three sisters-in-law: Beverly Jeppeson, Spencer; Catherine Williamson, Battle Creek; and Gloria Jeppeson, Fort Wayne, Ind.; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Ellsworth was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Margaret Jeppeson; two brothers, Merl and Burton; two sisters, Margaret and Adeline; son Lynn Clayton; son-in-law John Nelson; mother- and father-in-law Lora and Clay Williamson; and brother-in-law Gordon F. Williamson.
Toni E. Johnikin
Jan. 14, 1966- Dec. 29, 2007
Toni E. Johnikin, 41, Cherokee, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, at the St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, following a three year battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. The Rev. Floyd Brown will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery at Storm Lake. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Toni was born Jan.14, 1966 in Cherokee, to Dennis and Mary Ann (Wilson) McGowan. She was raised in the Storm Lake area where she attended schools and graduated from high school in Western Grove, Ark. She attended college and played Women's Professional Basketball for a few years in Italy. She was married to Windell Morgan and then was later married to Daniel Johnikin on April 21, 2005 in Sioux City. She was currently working for the CUSSO unit and had also worked at the YES Detention Center in Cherokee. She had lived in Cherokee the past six years, prior to this in Quimby. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Sioux City. She enjoyed music, drawing, fishing, attending her son's activities, watching sports, especially college basketball.
She was preceded in death by her father, a brother Tom McGowan, a sister Susie McGowan, and her paternal and maternal grandparents.
She is survived by her husband, Daniel, Cherokee; one son Jamon McGowan, Cherokee; her mother Mary McGowan, Everton, Ark.; two step-children: James Johnikin, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Kelsey Johnikin, Jacksonville, Alabama; three brothers and two sisters: Tim McGowan and his wife Karen, Lignum, Virginia; Kelly Denkinger and her husband Stan, Minneapolis, Minn.; Stacy Sappenfield and her husband David, Everton, Ark.; Shane McGowan, Marble Falls, Ark.; Shawn McGowan and his wife Megan, Aurelia.
Lorraine Clausen, 84, Albert City, died Monday, Dec. 31, at the Pleasant View Home in Albert City.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Clausen will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in rural Albert City. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will take place on Friday, Jan. 4, from 5-7 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City, with the family present during that time.
The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City is in charge of arrangements.