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Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Lillian M. Shull

June 13, 1935-April 16, 2008

Lillian M. Shull, 72, of Sac City, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at Mercy Hospital in Sioux City.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 19, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sac City. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Sac City under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home.

Visitation was from 4-8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home in Sac City.

Lill was born on June 13, 1935, in Graettinger, the daughter of Roy and Evelyn (Anderson) Lundgren. Lill lived in Kettle River, Minnesota and Des Moines while she was growing up, graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines and attended Buena Vista College. After acquiring her teaching certificate Lill became an elementary school teacher in Lytton and always felt that providing a good education to children was a top priority.

Lill was united in marriage to George C. Shull on Dec. 21, 1957. Lill stayed home to raise her children while they were young making their house truly a "home". Lill was a very hardworking person, still working full-time as the office manager of her husband's accounting business at the time of her death. Throughout the years she was also very actively involved in numerous community events and activities.

Lill was above all else a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her compassion, caring, understanding and generosity towards others knew no boundaries. Friends felt that when she spoke to them that they were the only person that mattered in the entire world. It was not uncommon for total strangers to tell her their life story, as her thoughtfulness was evident even to them. She made all holidays a special occurrence from Valentine's Day to Christmas. Lill had a variety of interests and among those she especially enjoyed were gardening, sewing, interior decorating, shopping, driving her 66 Mustang convertible and attending numerous musical performances with family and friends at the Civic Center.

There are many happy memories to cherish including the cabin at Storm Lake, touring 48 states by motorcycle with her husband, 4th of July parades, and in recent years annual vacations with her family to Table Rock Lake in Missouri.

Survivors include her husband, George; daughters: Tracy Fliger of Cedar Rapids and Deb Shull of Adel; and four grandchildren: Jeff and Sam Hambrecht and Kyle and Shawn Fliger. Other survivors include her brother, Leroy (Pat) Lundgren of Pittsburgh and sister, Lorraine (Jerry) Ferrell of Des Moines along with many extended family members and numerous friends.

Lill was preceded in death by her son, Jeff, her parents and her sister Lavonne Troutman.

Everett G.

Von Ehwegen

June 19, 1927-April 20, 2008

Everett G. Von Ehwegen, 80, of rural Storm Lake, passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2008, at Loring Hospital in Sac City.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m., on Wednesday, April 23, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Newell, with Rev. Michael Harman officiating. Burial was at the Ferguson Cemetery in Lake View under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home.

Visitation was from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City.

Everett was born on June 19, 1927, in Wall Lake Township, Sac City, the son of Friedrich H. and Ella (Overhue) Von Ehwegen. He attended Wall Lake #3 country school, and then Sac City High School, graduating in May 1944, the same day he met Irene Barnes, his future wife on that night. He was drafted into the United States Army October 1945 and spent 16 months in Alaska as a message center chief, being discharged in June 1947. He worked for his brother Leonard for about two years after his discharge.

On May 1, 1949, Everett was united in marriage to Irene Barnes and they started farming in December 1949 south of Sac City. They lived on this farm for 25 years. In 1974 they moved to Irene's home place east of Storm Lake and farmed there for 11 more years. He became janitor at Newell-Providence School from 1986-1992 and then caretaker for the Storm Lake Cemetery from 1992 until his retirement.

They enjoyed traveling and visiting their children and grandchildren. Everett's hobbies included reading, carpentry work, and most of all, ballroom dancing with Irene. They attended many dances in the area throughout the years.

He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and the Newell American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Irene; three children: Kathy Marshall and husband Jon of Lincoln, NE; Randal Von Ehwegen and wife Jill of Vermillion, SD; and Vicky Princ and husband Terry of Lincoln, NE; five grandchildren: Lisha Edelen and husband Anthony of Vermillion; Russell Princ of Ft. Payne, AL; Jennifer Von Ehwegen of Vermillion; and Aden and Seth Marshall of Lincoln; his sister Naomi Judd of Sac City; and many extended family members.

Everett was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers: three in infancy and Reinhardt and Leonard Von Ehwegen; five sisters: Caroline Stevens, Luella O'Rourke, Gladys Bogue, Viola Von Ehwegen, and Fern Boettcher.

George W. Krohn

March 4, 1916-April 15, 2008

George W. Krohn, 92, of Storm Lake, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services for Mr. Krohn were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19 at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be at a later date. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Friends were able to call on Friday, April 18, from 4-8 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family was present from 6- 8. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com.

George was born March 4, 1916, in rural Webb to Knute and Ruby (Warriner) Krohn. He was baptized as an infant in the United Methodist Church in Webb and confirmed his faith as a youth in the same church. He received his education in the Garfield Consolidated School located in Garfield Township just east of Webb. He graduated from Garfield Consolidated High School in 1933.

On Nov. 29, 1941, George was united in marriage to Violet Mae Struve in Pender, Neb. The couple was blessed with five children: Jeanette, Ruby, John, James and Kristin. George married Dorothy Weatherly in 1985.

George was a farmer for much of his life, but he also worked as a custodian at Buena Vista College in his later years until he retired in 1990. He was a faithful and active member of the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake, where he served on the Board of Trustees.

As a child, George enjoyed his membership in 4-H, and as an adult, he was a 4-H leader in Peterson, Iowa. At the time he lived in Sioux Rapids, he served his community as the chief of the rural volunteer fire department for five years. George was a fan of almost all sports, and he coached Little League for several years. He attended local sporting events regularly, but was a lifelong, avid backer of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. In 1926, he rode a horse to a location two miles away so he could listen to the Cards play the New York Yankees in the World Series championship game. He was also a fan of BVU sports.

Despite the many hours George spent earning a living and serving his community, his family was always first in his heart. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Dorothy, Storm Lake; his children: Jeanette Krohn, LeMars; Ruby Grunig, Ankeny; John (Leah) Krohn, Winterset; James (Jeanne) Krohn, Elkhart; and Kristin (Terry) Thompson, Clive; step-children: Marjorie (Dennis) Strum, New Hampton; and Tim (Barbara) Weatherly, Cape Girardeau, Miss.; grandchildren: Dan Grunig, Angela (Bill) Stoffel, Christopher (Carrie) Krohn, Jennifer (Steve) Kirby, Nathan (Christine) Krohn, Eric (Michelle) Krohn, and Nick Krohn; step-grandchildren: Todd (Liza) Schug, Cyndi (Wayne) Bahler, Jen (Ken) Miller, Matthew (Krista) Strum; Ann (Mike) Mendez, Dan (Carmen) Strum, Danika Weatherly, Tessa Weatherly, and Sonni (Perry) Cosby; seven great-grandchildren and 11 step- great-grandchildren; one sister, Leah Nielsen of Spencer; extended family and friends.

George was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Violet; one sister, Marion Joines; step-daughter Barbara Schug and step son-in-law Steven Schug.

Donald Mentzer

May 28, 1918 - April 21, 2008

Donald Ralph Mentzer, 89, of Schaller, passed away Monday, April 21, 2008, at the Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 24, at the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt with Rev. Mark Volkers officiating. Burial will be at the Schaller Cemetery.

Visitation was from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller.

Don was born on May 28, 1918, on a farm in Cherokee County to Ralph and Marian (Parker) Mentzer. At the age of nine, the family moved to Sac County to the farm where Ray Mentzer now lives. Don attended a country school near the family farm and Early High School.

On Feb. 6, 1944, Don married Helen Godbersen at the Presbyterian Church in Odebolt, Iowa, where he was a long time member, and served as a Trustee. Four children were born to this union: Donna, Kenneth, Bruce, and Rick.

As a young man, Don started farming with horses, and he was still farming through the 2007 harvest. Don was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed family reunions. Don especially enjoyed Christmas. A real tree and lighting the fireplace provided a warm and loving homecoming for all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. You could often find him at the feedmill having coffee with his friends. He will be missed by many.

His favorite pastime was restoring antique tractors, which led to a large collection, including the 1935 John Deere A that was purchased by his father, Ralph as a new tractor. These tractors were proudly displayed at many area celebrations.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; his children: Donna and (Gene) Cedar of Meriden; Ken and (Linda) Mentzer of Holstein; Bruce and (Jackie) Mentzer of Schaller; and Rick and (Brenda) Mentzer of Schaller; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: Neil Cedar; Kami (Reggie) Morton and their children Kylei and Braelin; Kent (Tami) Mentzer and their son Kale; Kallie (Matt) Voge and their children McKenzie and Addison; Sara (Chad) Steinkamp and their daughter Josie Ann; Mitchell Mentzer; Ayla (Jim) Alesch; Alyssa Ringgenberg; Austin Mentzer; and Hallie Mentzer. Other survivors include his brothers: Howard (Betty) Mentzer of Nemaha and Raymond (Marilyn) of Early; sister-in-law Hallie Mason; many extended family members; and a host of friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; one great-grandson; two brothers: Homer in infancy and Russell Mentzer and wife Lucille; two sisters and their husbands: Lola and Everett Stoneberg and Joyce and Lee Mason; and two nephews.

Dorothy Rusk

Sept. 10, 1920 - April 19, 2008

Dorothy M. Rusk, 87, of Storm Lake, and formerly of Linn Grove, died Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Services for Mrs. Rusk were held Tuesday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. at Riverside Presbyterian Church PCA in Linn Grove with Pastors Russell Westbrook and Doug Corlew officiating. Burial is in Barnes Township Cemetery in Linn Grove. A visitation was held Monday, April 21 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.

Dorothy Marguerite Clapp, the daughter of Arthur Edwin and Ella Marguerite (Claney) Clapp was born at Linn Grove on September 10, 1920. Dorothy lived her youth in the Linn Grove area and was a 1938 graduate of the Cornell High School. She continued her education at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake.

On Sept. 21, 1939, Dorothy was united in marriage to Lawrence Bruce Rusk at her parent's home at Linn Grove. This union was blessed with four children: John Francis, Janet Kay, Linda Ann, and Bruce Arthur. Dorothy and Lawrence were devoted to their farming vocation and raised their family and farmed near Linn Grove for 41 years. In 1985, they moved into the town of Linn Grove where they made their home. This past February, Dorothy and Lawrence took up residency at Otsego Place in Storm Lake.

In her youth, Dorothy was a member of the 4-H Club and received state honors for her clothing design and seamstress talents. While she attended Buena Vista College, she was privileged to be selected as one of the homecoming queen candidates and also was a member of her college's sorority. As her children were growing up, Dorothy remembered the value she received from belonging to the 4-H Club and will be remembered for the time she contributed to being a 4-H leader. Dorothy enjoyed music and when she was younger she played the violin and in later years she played the piano and also sang in the church choir. She always took an active interest in the activities of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and she especially enjoyed following their sporting events. She will be remembered by her family and friends as an excellent seamstress and cook and for the many hours she devoted to sewing. Dorothy's faith was a meaningful and important part of her life. She was an active member of the Riverside Presbyterian Church (PCA) of Linn Grove where she had been a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Ladies Aid, and the Geneva Fellowship.

The memories of Dorothy's life will always hold a very special place in the heart of her husband of 68 years, Lawrence, of Storm Lake; her children: John and Sara Rusk of Frederick, Md.; Janet (Carris) Osborn and Dr. Thomas Osborn of Cincinnati, Ohio; Linda Sams of Nevada; and Bruce and Evyonne Rusk of Linn Grove; her 10 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren; her brother and his wife, Troy and Betty Clapp of Linn Grove; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Dwight; three infant brothers; and son-in-law, C. Timothy Carris.

Darwin D. Carlton

Oct. 11, 1923-April 18, 2008

Darwin D. Carlton, Sr., 84, of Storm Lake, and formerly of Sac City, died Friday, April 18, 2008 at the Newell Good Samaritan Center.

Memorial services for Mr. Carlton were held Tuesday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Church in Sac City, with Reverend Sharla Hulsey officiating. The Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City was in charge of the arrangements.

A visitation was held on Monday, April 21, from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City, with the family present. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.farberotteman.com

Darwin "Baldy" David Carlton was born Oct. 11, 1923 in Sac City to Samuel Edward and Minnie (Abendroth) Carlton. He received his education in the Sac City schools, graduating from Sac City High School with the Class of 1942.

Following high school, Darwin joined the United States Merchant Marines and served his country during World War II, until he was honorably discharged.

On Jan. 6, 1946, Darwin was united in marriage to Loraine A. Schnirring in Sac City. The couple was blessed with seven children: Robert, Sherry, Darwin, Jr., Scott, Margo, Doug, and Penny. In later years, they welcomed a foster son, Brandon Ellingson, into their home and family.

Darwin worked hard to make a good life for his family. He was employed in the Sac County Engineer's Office, was a rural mail carrier for seven years, and operated Kozy Korner Texaco in Sac City. He also worked at Noble Manufacturing in Sac City for 16 years and for Gomaco in Ida Grove.

He was an active member of the First Christian Church in Sac City, where he served as a Deacon, Elder and Trustee. He also served on the building committee and was a chairman of the church board. He was a Boy Scout Leader and Little League coach when his children were young.

Darwin and Loraine moved to Storm Lake in 1996 and lived happily in that community until Darwin became a resident in 2002 of the Good Samaritan Center in Newell, where he lived until his death.

A devoted husband and father, Darwin will be remembered for his love of family. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Loraine, Storm Lake: 7 children: Robert (Karen) Carlton, Waukon; Sherry (Terry) Evans, Corolla, N.C.; Darwin David (Judy) Carlton, Jr., Raymore, Miss.; G. Scott Carlton, Springfield, Miss.; Margo (Larry) Leveranz of Sioux Falls; Doug (Judy) Carlton of Newell; and Penny (Jeff) Schrader of Salem, S.D.; foster son Brandon Ellingson of Cedar Falls; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; extended family and many friends.

Darwin was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mildred Smidt and infant brother, Robert.