Joe Decker (George Henry Decker, Jr.), formerly of the Sioux Rapids, Linn Grove and Eldora areas, passed away at his home in Fraser, Mich., on Sunday, March 2.
Joe was born June 16, 1947, in Storm Lake, to George Decker and Lorraine Goettsch Decker. As a youngster, the family moved to Eldora, where his father was a barber instructor in the Boys Training School. After the death of his father, the family moved to California, where Joe graduated from Petaluma High School in 1965. Joe was signed in the first ever open draftee #8 to the Chicago Cubs. He played for several years for the Cubs, Minnesota Twins (having 15 strike outs in one game, an American League record at that time) and the Seattle Mariners. He finished his career in the Florida Senior League and was pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers farm team.
Joe is survived by his son, Jeff Decker of Arizona; daughter, Brooke Decker of Arizona; son, Joey Decker of Michigan and his fiancee, Roxanne Szczesniak. Also surviving Joe is his sister and brother-in-law, Lorrie and Curtis Ross, Novato, Calif.; his brother, Kim and Gretchen Decker, Meridian, Idaho; many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
A committal service will be held at the Buena Vista Memorial Cemetery, Storm Lake, on Monday, March 24, 2003, at 1:30 p.m.
Clifford Green, 97, of Sun City, Ariz., passed away March 1, 2003. A memorial service will be held March 22 at the Lakeview United Methodist Church, Sun City. Memorials can be given to Hospice of Arizona.
Clifford was born July 14, 1905, at Burnside, Iowa, to Levi Halet and Meta Pingel Green. They moved to Rembrandt, where he graduated from high school in 1925. Clifford and Marie Nelson were married June 11, 1934. They farmed for 26 years in the Rembrandt area, before moving to White Oak in northern Polk County in 1960. In addition to farming, raising corn and soybeans, he worked in the Massey-Ferguson parts distribution center in Des Moines.
They retired and moved to Sun City, Ariz., in 1976. He worked as a groundskeeper at Lakes West golf course in Sun City for many years.
Clifford enjoyed sports all his life - baseball, basketball, fishing, golfing, curling and bowling - especially as a player. The Atlanta Braves was his favorite pro team. He won numerous bowling awards after he was 80 years old, often bowling in four leagues a week. He had been a member of two leagues for the 2002-2003 season when he became ill in October of 2002. He was proud of having renewed his driver's license at age 97, until 2007.
Clifford is survived by two daughters, Dee Krull, Lynnville, and Rose (Walt) Coward, Marietta, Ga.; and two sons, Ken (Onalee) Green, McCormick, S.C., and Steve (Connie) Green, Minneapolis, Minn.; six grandchildren, Jeff Coward, Dana Coward Perez, Doug Coward, Matt Green, Stephen Green and Mike Green; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Loren Green of Des Moines.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Marie, and grandson, David Krull.
A funeral service for Irene Ross Blass was held Monday, March 3, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Wall Lake, with Father John McGuirk officiating. Burial was in Wall Lake Cemetery, Wall Lake. Funeral arrangements were made by Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Wall Lake.
Irene Ross Blass, age 95, of Wall Lake, formerly of Storm Lake, passed away on Feb. 28 at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake.
Irene was born on Oct. 15, 1907, at Breda, the daughter of Francis (Frank) Andrew and Maggie Leonella (Coon) Snyder. She was baptized at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 1907, and was confirmed at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt. Irene attended grade school at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Bernard's in Breda and St. Martin's in Odebolt, and high school at Wall Lake High School.
Irene was married to Leonard Chris Blass on May 12, 1931, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Wall Lake. Irene and Leonard celebrated 64 years of marriage. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her hobbies included sewing, knitting, tatting, crocheting, craft work and cooking. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Irene was a member at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake and St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Wall Lake. She was Guild President at St. Joseph's in Sioux Rapids.
She is survived by son Lonnie Blass and wife Polly of Casey; daughter Marian Lindquist and husband Kenneth of Storm Lake; eight grandchildren: Chris Blass and wife Gwen of Casey, Jeff Blass and wife Tanna of Carpenter, Wyom., Jody Schechinger and husband Terry of Manilla, Steve Blass and wife Cindy, of Coon Rapids, Kathy Reiling and husband Rod of Sioux Rapids, Kenny D. Lindquist and wife Paula of Albert City, Kim Conover and husband Steve of Aurelia, Kenny D. Lindquist and wife Paula of Albert City; 27 great-grandchildren; brother Ambrose Snyder and wife Alice of Arthur; sister-in-law Marie Pollein of Odebolt; and brother-in-law Martin Blass and wife Wilma of Early.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leonard on Jan. 1, 1998; an infant son, two brothers, Pernell and Melvin, and two sisters, Matilda Dinges and Leona Snyder.
Donald C. Camp, 71, of Linn Grove, passed away at home on March 9, 2003, after a long battle with vascular disease. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 13 at the Riverside Presbyterian Church in Linn Grove with Reverend Robert Grupp officiating. Interment will be in the Barnes Township Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 12, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Home of Sioux Rapids is in charge of arrangements.
Don was born in Huron, S.D., on April 7, 1931, to Myrl and Laura (Jeschke) Camp. He graduated from Paynesville High School in Paynesville, Minn., in 1950 and soon after enlisted in the Air Force in which he served four years. He was a long time member of the Sioux Rapids VFW.
Don married Dorothy Decker in 1956. They lived in Linn Grove most of their 47 years together. He worked for Western Engineering for several years, the BV Co. Engineer Office for 15 years and retired in 1995. His pastime was carpentry and woodworking. In the spring and fall he loved doing field work.
Don is survived by wife Dorothy; one daughter, Deb and her husband, Teri Stone of Spencer; one son, David and his wife, Kathy Camp of Spencer; one step-daughter, Carol and her husband, Darrel Berding of Mason City; one sister; Judy and her husband, Merlin Halverson of Lawrence, Kan.; three brothers: Duane Camp and his wife, Bea of Kankakee, Ill., Clifford Camp and his wife, Susan and Bob Camp, all of Sonoma, Calif.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.