LeRoy T. Fitchett
Dec. 26, 1917- Jan. 20, 2008
LeRoy T. "Buck" Fitchett, 90, Newell, died Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Newell Good Samaritan Center.
Funeral services for Mr. Fitchett were held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the United Methodist Church in Newell. Burial is in the Newell Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell was in charge of the arrangements.
Friends called from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell, where the family was present. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com
LeRoy Thomas Fitchett was born on Dec. 16, 1917 to Orson and Mary (Johnson) Fitchett in Coon Township in Buena Vista County. He lived with his family on their farm outside Newell, where he attended country school and Sulphur Springs School. LeRoy was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Newell. He remained a lifelong and faithful member of the Newell United Methodist Church and served on the church council. LeRoy was also an active member of the Newell Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodge in Newell for 60 years. He was a member of the Iowa Farm Bureau for many years.
On Dec. 28, 1938, LeRoy was united in marriage to Elnora Marie Just at the Methodist Parsonage in Storm Lake. Their union was blessed with two children: Beverly Kay and Barbara Mae. They made their home on a farm southeast of Newell.
LeRoy was a life-long farmer and enjoyed raising horses, cattle, and hogs. He retired from farming in 1990. For many years, he made an annual trip to Clay County Fair just to watch the horse shows. LeRoy and his wife Elnora had a catering business for 20 years and also ran the E & L Café in Newell for eight years. They enjoyed attending dances featuring the music of the Big Band Era.
LeRoy enjoyed the many visits by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He would regularly tell stories of his many escapades during his younger years and while working as a hired man.
LeRoy is survived by his two daughters: Beverly Morris, Milford and Barbara Helman, Laurel, Neb.; ten grandchildren: Don Wise, Sioux City; Linda (David) Nase, Milford; Nancy (Jason) Peterson, Sutherland; Brian (Ann) Wise, Newell; Jennifer (Dick) Bennett, Rembrandt; Alicia (Matthew) McDaneld, El Dorado, Kan.; Sherry (Jason) Langschwager,Wayne, Neb.; Penny (Keith) Elder, Grand Rapids, Minn.; Rachel (Eddie) Villicana, Ocala, Fla.;; and Sarah (Wesley) Purvis, Duluth, Minn.; 20 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Andrew, Daniel, and Heather Nase, Christopher Wise, Aaron Jansen, Cole and Corinne Wise, Paige and Marlayna Bennett, Emmaline, Dominic, Alexander, and Geneva McDaneld, Samantha and Zaylor Langschwager, Luke, Dawson, and Hunter Elder, and Dana Purvis; three sisters: Fern Crowley, Storm Lake; Joyce Robbins, Alta; and Pearl Marlatt, Newell; as well as many other family members and a host of friends.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Elnora; parents, Orson and Mary Fitchett; four grandchildren: Diane Wise, Julie Wise, Luke Helman, and Angela Helman; one son-in-law: David Helman; three sisters: Doris Waterman, Ruth Arends, and Jean Banks; one brother: Ivan Fitchett; one sister-in-law: Charlotte Fitchett; and six brothers-in-law: Walt Waterman, Vernon Arends, John Marlatt, Floyd Banks, Glen Crowley, and Don Robbins.
Ervin Grundmeier, 91, Colorado Springs, Colo. and formerly of Storm Lake, died Sunday, Jan.20, in Colorado Springs.
Memorial services for Mr. Grundmeier will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend Duane Queen officiating. Burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Friends may call from 4-8p.m. on Friday, Jan.25, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family will be present from 6-8 p.m.. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com
Shirley Kennedy, 80, Denison, passed away on Monday at Eventide Nursing Home in Denison.
Funeral services for 80 year old Shirley Kennedy, will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison with burial at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison is in charge of arrangements where friends called from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Survivors include two daughters: Karen Kennedy, Omaha; Alysen Kennedy, Omaha; Four sons: Daniel and wife, Joan, Schleswig; Wayne and wife, Sandy, Denison; Gerald and wife, Karen, Schleswig, and Thomas wand wife, Lee, Soldier; Nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jim Pitts and wife, Edith, Spencer; two sisters, Rosemary Westphol, Aurelia; and Marlys Alldredge, Cherokee;