Eugene A. Petersen
Feb. 21, 1940-April 12, 2008
Eugene Allen Petersen, 68, of Early, passed away on Saturday, April 12, at Loring Hospital in Sac City.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 16 at Faith Lutheran Church in Early with Rev. Charles Bettin officiating. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City.
Gene was born on February 21, 1940, at St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll, Iowa, the son of Hugo and Esther (Kroeger) Petersen. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia on April 7, 1940, and confirmed March 5, 1961 at St. Paul's Lutheran in Sac City. He attended the Manning and Westside schools.
On January 17, 1959, Gene was united in marriage to Dorothy Kruger in Jefferson, Iowa. Three children were born to this union: Carla, Bradley, and Kurt. He was a farm manager for Ned Stanzel for many years, semi retiring in 1995.
Gene enjoyed woodworking, making furniture for his family, cooking, playing cards at the legion, and camping. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many. He especially loved Christmas when all the family would get together and celebrate the holiday. He was proud of his children and enjoyed their activities at school and as they grew older and had families of their own treasured the time spent with each of them. Playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren was the highlight of his life.
Gene was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Early, served eight years on the city council and helped get the Crossroads Restaurant up and running.
Survivors include his loving wife, Dorothy; children: Carla Rubner and husband Mike of Shawnee, KS, Bradley Petersen and wife Peg of Early, and Kurt Petersen and wife Shelly of Des Moines; three grandchildren: Natalie (Nathan) Flynn of Carnarvon, Matt (Shelly) Petersen of Early, and Nathan Petersen of Early; four great-grandchildren: Nick and Naomi Flynn and Kayden and Hunter Petersen. Other survivors include his brothers: Roger (Wilma) Petersen of Lake View, Alton (Gladys) Petersen of Cedar Falls, Gary (Marilyn) Petersen of Lexington Park, MD, Steve (Linda) Petersen of Carroll, and Dale (Ann) Petersen of Sergeant Bluff; many extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugo and Esther Petersen; sister Ruth Larson; and mother-in-law and father-in-law Louise and Walter Kruger.
June 29, 1929-April 10, 2008
Don Crawford, 78, of Schaller, died Thursday, April 10 at St. Luke Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Funeral services for Mr. Crawford were held on Monday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller. Burial was in the Schaller Cemetery with full military rites by the Schaller VFW Post 4704. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller were in charge of the arrangements.
Friends were able to call on Sunday, April 13 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller, where the family was present from 5 to 7 p.m. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com
Donald Melvin Crawford was born June 29, 1929 in Battle Creek, Iowa, the son of Forrest and Anna (Hayward) Crawford. He was educated at a country school near Battle Creek, then in the Ida Grove schools before his family moved to Schaller. Don graduated from Schaller High School in 1946. Don joined the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict. A lifelong patriot, Don was a member of the Schaller Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4706.
On June 12, 1955, Don was united in marriage to Margaret Pyle at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller. The couple was blessed with three children: Lynn, Ellen and Ann. Don owned and operated a farm implement dealership in Schaller for many years, until his retirement in 1992. He and Margaret would have been married for 53 years this coming June.
Don was actively involved in community affairs in Schaller. He served on the Schaller City Council, was a member of the Schaller Chamber of Commerce and served on the Schaller Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller.
Don loved being outside and invested a great deal of time in pursuits that let him spend time in the great outdoors. He enjoyed his annual deer hunt and was a collector of guns. Don also had a passion for classic cars and loved to polish up those he owned. He was a history buff who made a point to never stop learning; in his later years he was proud to master operating computers. Don also enjoyed camping and liked to take his family camping in the western United States. Whether on a camping trip or at home, spending time with his family and friends was always a priority and a joy for Don. A kind and gentle man, he will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Margaret, of Schaller; his daughters: Lynn Crawford of Fort Morgan, Colo.; Ellen and husband, Brian Buchholtz and Ann Crawford, all of Prescott, Ariz.; his grandchildren: Nicholas and Matthew Buchholtz of Tempe, Ariz. and Paige and Reid Price of Prescott, Ariz.; his sister Joyce Olbertz of Storm Lake; sister- and brother-in-law Jan and Tom Watson of Schaller; sister-in-law Cheri Haack of Schaller; many nieces and nephews and countless friends.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Floyd; and two sisters: Annabelle Irvin and Beth Eyler.
C. Wendell Pendleton, 88, of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, and formerly of Storm Lake, Iowa, died at his home on March 13, 2008.
Graveside memorial services for Mr. Pendleton will be held Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Storm Lake Cemetery. Charles Pendleton will officiate. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.