Eggo "Swede" Bulten
April 12, 1929 - Feb. 4, 2009
Eggo "Swede" Bulten, 79, of Early, following many years of health setbacks and struggles, moved on to eternal rest on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 9, at the United Methodist Church in Early. Burial followed at the Early Union Cemetery with full military graveside rites by the Merton V. Hair American Legion Post No. 325 of Early. The Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City was in charge of arrangements.
Swede was born on April 12, 1929, in Butler County, to Eppo and Gepka (VanDyke) Bulten. He lived with his foster parents, Ralph and Sarah Ryerson from age 10 to 16 and attended Winnebago County School at Forest City, through the eighth grade. He was baptized and confirmed on May 16, 1943, at Linden Lutheran Church in Winnebago County. Swede entered the service on Jan. 17, 1951, serving in the United States Army during the Korean War, earning a Bronze Star and the rank of Sergeant on completion of duty Sept. 10, 1956.
Swede fell in love and on Dec. 23, 1961, he was united in marriage to Wanda Janssen Ulven. They made their home in Early, where they brought up their children: Lowell, Marla, Lori, and Kari. Through the years, Swede worked for several employers as a heavy equipment operator, truck driver, and in elevator and road construction. He owned his own bar and after retirement in 1986, worked at the car wash in Storm Lake. His hobbies included carpentry, home improvement projects, bird watching, listening to country western music, and relaxing on his deck. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and having social gatherings and get-togethers. He never met a stranger and will be remembered as a friend to all. Swede was a great husband, dad, grandpa, and brother who loved his family and enjoyed family vacations, Christmas celebrations, and attending his grandchildren's activities. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and Merton V. Hair American Legion Post No. 325 of Early and V.F.W. Post No. 4704 of Schaller.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda of Early; sons Lowell (Darlene) Ulven of Granby, Mo., and Doug Bulten of Fort Dodge; daughters Marla (Steve) Jewett of Sloan, Lori (Stuart) Sweeden of Rome, Ga., and Kari (Randy) Franken of Early; grandchildren: Tate (Melissa) Ulven, Fallbrook, Calif., Jennifer (Neil) Hantsbarger, Gardner, Kan., Stephanie Ulven, Des Moines, Megan (Colin) Miller, Tampa, Fla., Tyson (Angie) Jewett, Colorado Springs, Colo., Travis (Sarah) Jewett, Storm Lake, Courtney Tilley, Rome, Ga., Ellyn (Freddie) Schmitt, Austell, Ga., and Kaela, Kaitlin and Kara Franken, Early; great-grandchildren: Candice and Cadman Hantsbarger, Gardner, Kan., Adam and Phoenix Tilley, Rome, Ga., Katie and Natalie Miller, Tampa, Fla., Bryce & Ian Jewett, Storm Lake, Rowen Ulven, Fallbrook, Calif., and Reagan Schmitt, Austell, Ga. Other survivors include his foster mother Sarah Ryerson of Mankato, Minn.; foster sister Helen (J. B.) of Coughlin Mankato, Minn.; many extended family members, and a host of friends.
Swede was preceded in death by his parents, Eppo and Gepka Bulten, foster father Ralph Ryerson; siblings Catherine Card, Hermina Davis, Helen Jaster, John Bulten, Sarah Nelson, Susie Clark, Eppo Bulten, Jr., and foster sister Sharon Dillon.
Marian Emma Drey
Jan. 2, 1932 - Feb. 7, 2009
Marian Emma Drey, age 77, of Early, passed away at home Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early. Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 4-8 p.m. at the church. Catholic Daughters of America will say a rosary at 5 pm, and a vigil service at 7 p.m. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery following the service. Farber and Otteman Funeral Home of Sac City is in charge of the arrangements.
Marian was born on Jan. 2, 1932, to Joseph and Pauline (Eifler) Berger in Mt. Carmel. She was baptized on Jan. 17, 1932, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. She grew up in Mt. Carmel graduating from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel High School.
On Jan. 31, 1953, Marian was united in marriage to Joseph Drey of Early. To this union nine children were born: Donna, Marvin, Dennis, David, Joanie, Kevin, Alan, Barbara, and Marilyn. The Drey family were members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, where they farmed 30 years. Marian worked as a cook at Spring Lake, Sacred Heart School, Sac Country Club and Crossroads Restaurant in Early. For 24 years she served as a sacristan and housekeeper at Sacred Heart Parish. She was also a member of the Guild and Catholic Daughters of America. Marian enjoyed spending time with her large family and helping with many church functions. She also treasured her friends and enjoyed playing cards and crocheting. She will be truly missed by all those that knew and loved her.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Donna (Doug) Carlson of Early, Marvin (Therese) Drey of Des Moines, Dennis (Rhonda) Drey of Early, David (Mary) Drey of Storm Lake, Joanie (Bob) Buelt of Breda, Kevin (Sue) Drey of Pella, Alan (Linda) Drey of Sioux City, and Marilyn (Brent) Peters of Lake View; 28 grandchildren: Lucas (Julie) Carlson, Jared (Lisa) Carlson, Lisa Carlson, Aaron (Trish) Carlson, Patrick, Angela, Jesse, Shane, and Regina Carlson, Matthew (Kathleen) Drey, Michael Drey, Annie (Andrew) Salgado, Mary Beth Drey, Jeremy and Kelsey Drey, Katie, Becky, Ryan and Andy Drey, Nicholas and Jacob Buelt, Shannon and Emily Drey, Amanda and Tyler Drey, and Kyle, Jenna and Jaylynn Peters; nine great-grandchildren: Ethan, Braeden and Ava Carlson, Lane Carlson, Antone Carlson, Kaliah Drey, Katelyn and Isabelle Drey, and Benjamin Salgado; brother Joe (Jean) Berger of Webster City; sisters: Rose Berger of Carroll, Helen Henn of Petersburg, Neb., and Marge (Lambert) Hoffman of Graettinger; sister-in-law Rosella Berger; and many extended family members and friends.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Pauline; husband Joseph; daughter Barbara in infancy; granddaughter Kayla; and brothers: Carl, Othmar, August, and Leonard.
Soren C. Myrtue
Feb. 17, 1932 - Feb. 6, 2009
Soren C. Myrtue, age 76, of Schaller, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 at the Holstein Good Samaritan Center.
Funeral services for Mr. Myrtue were held on Monday, Jan. 9, 2009 at the Schaller Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Schaller Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller was in charge of the arrangements.
Soren C. Myrtue was born Feb. 17, 1932 in rural Washta, to Andrew S. and Laura I. (Kuhl) Myrtue. Soren attended grade school at Douglas #6 in Ida County, and received his GED from the military.
On Nov. 1, 1953, Soren was united in marriage to Shirley Brown at the Schaller Methodist Church in Schaller. He served in the U.S. Army during peace time from April 12, 1954 to April 11, 1956. The couple was blessed with three children: Jean, Scott and Tim. Family was very important to Soren and he was involved with his children's activities as they grew up. He coached Pee Wee baseball for 14 years and served as a board member for the Boy Scouts. He treasured his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Soren was dedicated to his work as an EMT for 21 ½ years in Schaller where he was the first President of the local Schaller EMT squad. In later years, he enjoyed his work at Wal-Mart and especially all of his co-workers. Soren remained a devoted member of the Schaller Methodist Church throughout his life.
Soren loved the outdoors and being active. Over the years, he traveled to 45 states. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, playing cards and cheering for his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Shirley; his children: Jean Myrtue of Truesdale, Scott Myrtue and his wife, Diana, of Schaller; and Tim Myrtue of Schaller; grandchildren: Shawn Terry, Laura Degner, Eric Myrtue and his wife Jill, Jacob Myrtue, Brandice Myrtue, and Joshua Myrtue; great- grandchildren: Jorden Degner, Cael Myrtue, and Blake Soren Myrtue; two sisters: Joyce Stamp and her husband Ardell of Holstein; and Edna Lill of Milwaukee, Wis.; and one brother, Merle Myrtue and his wife, Georgia, of Holstein; as well as a host of relatives and friends.
Soren was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Della Gebers and her husband Don; and two nephews: Dennis Lill and Joel Jensen.
Norma Jeanne Johnson
Norma Jeanne Johnson, age 86, of Storm Lake, and formerly of Sioux Rapids, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center at Storm Lake.
Services for Mrs. Johnson will be held Wednesday, Feb.11, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Church of Sioux Rapids in Sioux Rapids. Interment will be at a later date in Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids.
Visitation will take place for one hour at the church prior to the start of the services.
The Sliefert Funeral Home of Sioux Rapids is in charge of arrangements
Barb Leseth, age 81, of Omaha, Neb. and formerly of Schaller, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 in Omaha.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009 at the Presbyterian Church in Schaller. Burial will be in the Schaller Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller is in charge of the arrangements.
There will be no visitation.
Roberta "Bobbie" Fairchild
Roberta Fairchild, age 77, of Spencer, died on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at St. Luke's Lutheran Home in Spencer.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer with Rev. Paul Hansen officiating.
A public gathering will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13 at the Warner Funeral home in Spencer.
Meda B. Otteman
Meda B. (Hauenstein) Otteman, age 86, of Storm Lake, died at the Good Samaritan Center in Newell, on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009.
Services for Mrs. Otteman will be held Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake, with Pastor Heather Shoup officiating. Burial will be in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements. There will be no visitation.