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Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Clifford Raymond "Kip" Anderson

Aug. 12, 1916 - Jan. 21, 2009

Kip Anderson, age 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 27th at St. Mark's Lutheran Church at 1614 West 5th Street. Inurnment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Clifford Raymond was born to Carl and Christine (Englund) Anderson on Aug. 12, 1916, in Albert City. Baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert City, Kippy came from a family of 13 children. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Albert City High School in 1934.

On Aug. 11, 1940, Kip was united in marriage to Doris Irene Grau of Newell. Their first child, Mary Ann, was born while Kip was serving in the 16th Army Corps in the European Theatre during World War II. After his return from the war, he owned and operated The A. C. Cafe in Albert City and a son John (J.B.) was born.

Kip is best known locally as "the Standard Oil man." He formed Kip's Oil, Inc., owning bulk stations and delivery services - a career which resulted in not just customers but life-long friends. Kip was involved in the community where he served on school and church boards. He was also active in the American Legion, Lions Club and Elks Club. He was an avid sportsman: a loyal supporter of school athletic events, a coach for little league, and a referee for high school basketball throughout northwest Iowa.

Kip worked hard and made maximum use of his free time with golf, fishing, cards, and woodworking. He and Irene had many happy retirement years with homes in Nevis, Minn., Ellenton, Fla., and Storm Lake.

Kip genuinely enjoyed people. He treated nieces and nephews to rides on the oil truck and played a perfect Santa Claus. He was known by the children of his customers as "the gum man" and always had a special coin in his pocket for lucky kids. His outgoing, fun personality touched friends and family. His Swedish stories are famous. His creative nicknames are legendary. Kip and Irene danced their way through life in Iowa, Minnesota, and Florida.

He lived life fully and will be remembered by friends and family around the world for the more than 1400 wood crosses he enjoyed making and giving. Kip was preceded in death by his parents, 11 siblings, and one great-great grandson. Cherishing his memory are his wife of 68 years, Irene, of Lake Pointe Villa; his daughter, Mary Ann Garwood and her husband Richard of North Palm Beach, Fla.; his son, John Anderson and his wife Bonnie of Maple Plain, Minn.; grandsons Ben Anderson and Dan Anderson of Minneapolis, Minn.; granddaughter Gwen Chianella and family of Collierville, Tenn.; grandson Greg Garwood and family of Charlottesville, Va.; one sister Adelia Roberts of Albert City, many special nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Bonnie Steffen

Aug. 12, 1916 - Jan. 21, 2009

Bonnie Steffen, age 85, of Storm Lake, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Those wishing to send on-line condolences may do so via www.fratzkejensen.com.

Bonnie Elaine McGilligan was born April 16, 1923, the daughter of Robert and Florence (Recker) McGilligan in Bancroft. She attended school at St. John's Catholic School in Bancroft, graduating in 1940.

In April of 1941, Bonnie was united in marriage to Kenwood "Bill" Steffen in Spencer. The couple was blessed with four children: Carla, Barbara, William and Tom.

Bonnie was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. John's Catholic Church in Bancroft. She was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake, where she was a member of the Caritas Choir and of St. Mary's Guild. Additionally, Bonnie's strong faith led her to share communion with the residents of Methodist Manor for many years.

Over the years, Bonnie was a devoted member of the Garden Club and enjoyed going to dances. She loved to travel, especially to Alaska, where she often remarked that it wasn't so hot in the summer. During one of her trips to Alaska, Bonnie even caught a salmon. She treasured the time she spent with family and will be missed greatly.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children: daughter Carla (Garth) Logan of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter Barbara (Richard) Geisinger of Cherokee; son William (Karen) Steffen of Storm Lake; son Tom (Diane) Steffen of Maple Grove, Minn.; grandchildren: Desiree Logan, Eric Logan, Clinton Logan, Elizabeth Logan-Heisler, Rick and Rod Geisinger, Christine and Nicholas Steffen, Chad and Mandi Dreckman; 13 great-grandchildren; extended family and many friends.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 66 years, Kenwood "Bill" Steffen; one brother, Robert McGilligan; one grandchild, Grant Logan; and one great-grandchild, Mathew Geisinger.