Arthur "Lee" Mason
May 24, 1924-April 4, 2008
Arthur "Lee" Mason, age 83, of Early, passed away on Friday, April 4, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 8th, at the United Methodist Church in Early with Rev. DeeAnn Klapp officiating. Burial will be at the Early Union Cemetery under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home.
Visitation was Monday, April 7, at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City, with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m.
Lee was born on May 24, 1924, on the Greenbush Farm near Early, Iowa, the son of Elmer Duane and Clara (Baxter) Mason. He graduated from Early High School in 1941 and was united in marriage to Joyce Mentzer on March 10, 1946. Three sons were born to this union: Richard, Randall, and William. Joyce passed away on May 6, 1995. Lee married Hallie Woolrich in June of 1996.
Farming was his life. He looked forward to each spring with great anticipation waiting until it was just right to plant his crops, watching them grow and keeping them weed free, followed in the fall with each harvest. Farming was his life but his family was his love. He was a devoted husband and loving father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many. He treasured his children and grandchildren and loved their family gatherings. Coffee with the gang at the restaurant, playing cards and a round of golf gave him great joy. He will be remembered for his ready smile and sense of humor.
Lee was a member of the Methodist Church in Early and the Wheeler Masonic Lodge No. 398 A. F. & A. M. of Odebolt.
Survivors include his wife Hallie; his three sons: Richard Mason and wife Jan of Early; Randall Mason and wife Mona of Storm Lake; and William Mason of Odebolt; three step-children: Jackie Jones and husband Richard of Las Cruces, N.M.; Robert Woolrich and wife Ronnie of Olympia, Wash.; and Brad Woolrich and wife JoAnn of Albuquerque, N.M.; five grandchildren: Jill (Jared) Hemphill, Joshua (Becca) Mason, Ashley Mason, Justin Mason, and Christopher Mason; five step grandchildren: Aaron Woolrich, Chelsea Jones, Lora Jones, Kyle Woolrich, and Andrew Woolrich; and one step great-granddaughter Isabelle Adams. Other survivors include his sister Dorothy Ehler and husband Gerald of Sac City; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents; wife Joyce; and two brothers and their wives: Donald and Helen Mason and Robert and Mary Louise Mason.
Jack Leggett passed away in February, after a lengthy illness from cancer. He was blessed to have been able to spend his last nine months in his home, with the additional help and support of the hospice program. Jack celebrated his 90th birthday, and that evening was transported to the Hospice of the Straits, Cheboygen, MI, where he passed away peacefully. Jack's memorial service will be held at Lakeside Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 12, at 2 pm, with Rev. Duane Queen officiating
Jack was born in Jackson, MI to William and Ruth (Beilfus) Leggett. He was confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran Church and he lived in Jackson until after his graduation from high school. As an adult he became Presbyterian, and remained a lifelong member.
During World War II, Jack spent four years stateside in the Army. He worked with and helped to set up programs for the rehabilitation of soldiers.
Jack attended Wayne State University and later received his Master's Degree in Business Administration Education from Ball State University. He was in the business world for many years. Jack was a former marketing executive for Maritz Inc, Fenton, MO. In addition to his careers he was a lifetime member and past president of the American Marketing Association and member and past president of the Sales Executive Association.
His first wife was Jeane M. Leggett, this union was blessed with a son, Jeff, and a daughter, Libby. He later married Gloria Reisburg, and dogs were a major part of their lives. Often at family gatherings, there would be more dogs than people. Jack retired from the business world and became a marketing professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. There he created "A Touch of Nature" which ran a variety of wilderness programs. CEO's were trained and there were different programs for inner-city and disabled kids.
After moving to Storm Lake, Jack was the business and marketing professor at Buena Vista University from 1976-1984. The honor he most appreciated was an invitation from Keith Briscoe to help formulate the scope of what is now Siebens School of Business and to contribute to the first writing of the proposal for funding to Harold Siebens.
Gloria and Jack spent their many summers camping in Canada. During these years of traveling they found the home they wished to retire to in the Upper Peninsula. They enjoyed the outdoor activities, hunting, fishing, walking dogs and planting many trees. His wife passed away from cancer in February, 1993 in Cleveland, OH.
Meanwhile Kay Merlis' husband, Howard, had also gotten cancer. He passed away the same week in February, 1993 in Storm Lake.
The following winter Jack came back to BVU to work on some special business programs. He found temporary housing for himself and his two dogs across the driveway from Kay and her dog. Their dogs met first! They enjoyed their years of "sharing" their homes, spending about half of a year in each place. They enjoyed daily cribbage games, traveling to various parts of the country visiting their children, Kay's grandchildren and others. Jack loved shopping, sports on TV, old movies, especially westerns, listening to books on tape, bird and animal watching and reading his "Wall Street Journals".
Jack is survived by companion, Kay Merlis and her extended family; his son, Jeff Leggett, Vestal, N.Y.; his daughter, Libby Leggett, Tuscon, Ariz.; two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a half-sister, Thelma Williams, his late wife and a cousin, Dick Beilfus.
June 25, 1932-April 4, 2008
Jesus Rodriguez, age 75, of Storm Lake, died on Friday, April 4, 2008 at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Services will be held on Tuesday, April 8, at 2:00 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial will be in Jalisco, Mexico.
Jesus Rodriguez was born on June 25, 1932 to Juan Rodriguez and Aleja Perez in La Rivera, Jalisco, Mexico. In 1961, Jesus was united in marriage to Maria Rosario. They were blessed with eight children.
Jesus enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Maria Rosario of Storm Lake; his eight children and twenty-five grandchildren; one brother; one sister; extended family and many friends. Jesus was preceded in death by his parents.