Edward K. Kelly
Aug. 24, 1924- Jan. 27, 2008
Edward K. (Chuck) Kelly, 83, Storm Lake, formerly of the Varina andFonda area, passed away after a lengthy illness on Sunday, Jan. 27, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, Jan. 31, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Varina, with Fr. Thomas Hart and Fr. Paul Kelly, nephew of the deceased, concelebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Military rites will be provided by the W. D. Steiner American Legion Post 588 of Varina, with burial in St. Columbkille Cemetery in Varina. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Varina, with the family present to greet friends. There will be a parish vigil service at 7 p.m. at the church that evening. Those wishing to send on-line condolences may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen website: www.fratzkejensen.com.
Chuck Kelly, the son of E. J. (Joe) and Hazel O'Donnell Kelly, was born near Fonda, on Aug. 24, 1924.
During World War II he served as a navigator on a B-24 Liberator airplane with the US Army Air Corps 449th Bomber Group in the Italian Theater of Operations. He flew 51 missions and attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
After the war Chuck operated heavy equipment at a rock quarry near Knoxville, for a year. Having obtained his pilot's license, he also served as the company pilot. Chuck then began farming near Varina, which he continued until his retirement. He was united in marriage to Mary Darlene Biittner on February 1st, 1951. In later years, he rekindled his love of flying and fulfilled a childhood dream by building and flying a Volksplane II airplane. He spent many happy hours flying the "Merri Dee" from the "Varina International Airport" located on his farm east of Varina. Chuck had a wonderful camaraderie with other pilots who often literally "dropped in" for a cup of coffee after landing their planes at his "airport".
Chuck served as a township trustee, volunteer fireman, ASC committee member, and St. Columbkille school board member. He belonged to the American Legion, the Varina Rosary Makers club, and the Experimental Aircraft Association. He was also in the first group of Eucharistic ministers at St. Columbkille Church.
Chuck was preceded in death by two infant sons, a grandson, his parents, and two brothers, Louis and James.
He is survived by his wife Mary, Storm Lake, sons: John and wife, LaVeda, Atlanta, Ga, Mitch and wife, Jean, Glenwood; Scott and wife, Lori, Tucson, Ariz.; a sister: Mary Elaine Hoye, Albert City; and a brother: Francis and wife, Jackie,Varina.
He is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren, sisters-in-law: Colleen and husband, Lanny Paul. Pocahontas; Catherine Kelly, Sioux Rapids, and Lydia Kelly. Omaha, Neb., as well as many other relatives and friends.
Troy N. Valentine
May 12, 1939- Jan. 24, 2008
Troy N. Valentine, 68, Sioux Falls, S. D., died Thursday Jan. 24, in the Veterans Hospital in Sioux Falls due to complications following surgery.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m.. Monday Jan. 28, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Cherokee. Rev. Armand Bertrand will officiate. Burial is in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Cherokee.
Visitation was held Sunday from 2-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Funeral Home, Cherokee. Online condolences may be left at HYPERLINK "http://www.greenwoodfuneral.com" www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
Troy was born on May 12, 1939 in Spencer, to Edward and Ruby (Floodman) Valentine.
Early in Troy's life he acquired a step-father, Lee Howe, who raised Troy and was a great influence in his life. Troy graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1956. Following his graduation Troy served in the United States Marine Corps from 1956- 1960. On Dec. 5, 1959 he married Jeanine Struck in Van Nuys, California. In January of 1961 he was hired with the Cherokee Police Department. During his career he attained the rank of Captain and also became the Chief of Police in Cherokee. He retired in 1993.
Troy and Jeanine had been residents of Sioux Falls, S.D. since 1994.
Troy's greatest comfort was his wife, Jeanine; His greatest satisfaction was his law enforcement co-workers and friends; His greatest joy were his children and grandchildren. Troy greatly enjoyed watching them in all of their activities. He was a member of the Iowa State Police Association and the Iowa State Reserve Police Association.
Troy is survived by his wife, Jeanine; a son, Troy Valentine and his wife, Leanne, Cherokee; two daughters, Lori Bruder and her husband, Steve, Sibley; Lisa Hoover and her husband, Jeff, Marshall, Minn.; grandchildren, Joe and Karlee Bruder; Alanna and Trey Valentine; Collin, Cami, and Cassie Hoover; mother-in-law, Helen Struck, Cherokee, and the entire Struck Family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father; father-in-law, Ray Struck.
JoAnne Boettcher, 73, Storm Lake, died on Friday, Jan. 25, at her home in Storm Lake.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation was held Monday, Jan. 28, from 4-8 p.m. with family present 5-8 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established to Concordia Lutheran School in Storm Lake.
Ruth M. Thornton
Ruth M. Thornton, 96, Storm Lake, died on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake.
Visitation will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 6-8 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake with the family present during that time. The Sliefert Funeral Home of Storm Lake was in charge of arrangements.
Mary E. Tripp
May E. Tripp, 103, Schaller, died on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Odebolt Nursing & Rehab Center in Odebolt.
Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 28, at the Schaller United Methodist Church. Burial is in the Cook Township Cemetery in rural Schaller. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Schaller was in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation was from 3-5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller.
Keith Wolf, 54, Storm Lake, died on Friday, Jan. 25, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Storm Lake. Military graveside services will be in the Oakland Cemetery in Sac City at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, with the family present from 6-8 p.m.
June 20, 1915- Jan. 23, 2008
Genevieve Jones died Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Kissimmee, Fla.
Funeral services for Genevieve Jones, 92, Kissimmee, Fla. formerly of Aurelia, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with Pastor Jim Steen officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia.
Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m., with the family being present from 6-8 p.m., at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.
Genevieve Cathrine Ostergaard was born June 20, 1915, the daughter of Julius N. and Christine B. (Terkelsen) Ostergaard near Dike. She attended school in Cedar Falls graduating from Cedar Falls High School in 1933. Then attended and graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls with a B.S. in Business in 1937. Genevieve was a school teacher and while teaching in Correctionville, is where she meet and later married Paul R. Jones on June 1, 1941, in Cedar Falls. The couple made there home in Aurelia where they farmed. Genevieve was an active member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee where she was the first woman being voted on the Church Council. She enjoyed playing cards competing in bridge tournaments well into her 90's. She enjoyed keeping up with eight of her high school classmates with a chain letter they started in 1933 and is still active today. She was very proud of her Danish roots celebrating special holidays with her homemade ableskivers and Krispy Bars. In 1981 they retired to Kissimmee, Fla.
Preceding Genevieve in death were her parents, infant son, Clayton Howard in 1953, one sister, Ardell and her husband Roy Johnson.
Survivors include her husband, Paul, Kissimmee, Fla.;one daughter, Janis Gifford and her partner Tom Sjoberg, Kissimmee, Fla.; three sons and their wives, Ron and Sue Jones, Aurelia; Roger and Betty Ann Jones, Kissimmee, Fla.; and Bruce and Deena Jones, Aurelia. 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, one nephew Jerry Johnson, N.C.; former daughter-in-law Kathy Jones, S.D., and other relatives and friends.
Vernley R. Rehnstrom
June 28, 1926- Jan. 22, 2008
Vernley R. "Vern" Rehnstrom, 81, Indianapolis passed on Jan. 22, in his residence.
He was born on June 28, 1926 in Linn Grove, to Elim and Myrtle Holvorson Rehnstrom. Vern was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was the Chief Financial Officer of Public Service Indiana for many years before his retirement.
Survivors include his Brother Bernard Rehnstrom, Cedar Rapids, and Sister Birdene Peters, Colorado Springs, Colo.
There will be no calling or services. Hall-Baker Funeral Home Plainfield is handling arrangements. Online condolences can be made to the Rehnstrom Family at www.bakerfuneralservice.com