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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, July 1, 2003


Memorial services for Russell A. Allen, 62, of Aurelia, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at the First Congregational Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating.

Russell died Saturday, June 28, 2003, at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, following a traffic accident.

Russell Allison Allen was born October 22, 1920, the son of Wilber and Irma (Hiersche) Allen in Sac City. He graduated in 1938 from the Brooke High School. On May 22, 1943, Russell married Kathleen Grashoff in Merced, CA. Russell served in the Army Air Corp during W.W.II where he flew the B 17 and the B 29 and later was a flight instructor. The couple came back to Aurelia after Russell was honorably discharged from the service and started farming, then they moved into town and opened Allen Plumbing and Russell became a master plumber. The couple then moved to San Marcos, Texas, where Russell was a flight instructor and a commercial pilot and later owned and operated an Enco Gas Station. In 1965 they moved back to Aurelia where they went back into farming until his retirement in 1976. While being retired Russell went back to his first love of being a flight instructor in Cherokee and Storm Lake. Russell was a member of the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post 390 in Aurelia.

Preceding Russell in death were his parents; a son-in-law, Tom Stevenson; an infant grandson.

Survivors include his wife Kathleen of Aurelia, one son, Dale Allen of Sioux City; four daughters, Sherri Stevenson-Arnold and her husband Mark Arnold, Tammi Allen, and Cindy Nelson all of Aurelia and Kathy Allen of Storm Lake; three granddaughters, Staci and her husband David Krier of West Des Moines, Suzi and her husband Gene Gustafson of Virginia Beach, Va., and Amanda Nelson of Aurelia; two great grandchildren, Thomas Krier and Elizabeth Gustafson; one brother, Edgar and his wife Viola Allen of Aurelia; and one sister, Celesta and her husband Dick Edwards of Storm Lake; several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.


Leona H. Freeman, 92 of Ogden died Friday, June 27, 2003 at the Ogden Manor in Ogden.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Boxholm with visitation starting at 9 a.m. until service time. Burial will be at Prairie Lawn Cemetery rural Boxholm. Carson Funeral Home in Ogden, was in charge of arrangements.

Leona H. Freeman was born November 7, 1910 at Boxholm, the daughter of Henry and Mattie (Swanson) Fredrickson. She received her early education in the local schools and graduated from Boxholm Consolidated High School with the class of 1928.

Following high school Leona attended Iowa Lutheran Nursing School in Des Moines. She married Lester Freeman on February 4, 1933 at Trinity Lutheran church in Boxholm. The couple moved to Gowrie where they owned and operated Freeman's U-Save Grocery. In 1951 they moved to Spirit Lake, and operated Freeman's Cottages until retiring in 1988. While at Spirit Lake Leona served as personal secretary to her husband when he served as State Representative for Clay and Dickinson County from 1967-1971. Following their retirement they moved back to the Boxholm area. Leona was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Boxholm and was active in the various women's groups and the choir. She was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother. In her free time Leona enjoyed reading books.

Survivors include two sons, DeVere Freeman and his wife Lois of Ogden, and Dennis Freeman and his wife Janice of Ames; four grandchildren, Mark Freeman and wife Chris of Litiz, Pa., Sara Rekow and John of Chaska, Minn., Cary Friedrich and Todd of Alta, and Maret Freeman and husband Edmund Ashley of Portland, Maine; nine great-grandchildren, Erin, Tara, Megan and Dawson Freeman, Emily and Anna Rekow, Ryan and Ross Friedrich, and Peter Ashley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lester on November 9, 2002, and two sisters, Elvira Paulson and Mildred Freie; and a brother Ray Lundberg.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.


Charles Alfred Miles, age 92, of Storm Lake, passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2003, at the Morningside Care Center in Ida Grove. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 1, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. Interment will be in the Schaller Cemetery. The Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Alfred Miles was born on July 20, 1910, the son of Charles and Helena (Manthe) Miles in Huron, Kansas. He attended school in Atchison County, Kansas and after his schooling, he began farming. On January 31, 1934, Alfred was united in marriage to Carrie Ellen Robinson in Willis, Kansas and this union was blessed with three children: Dean, Larry and Wanda. In 1946, the family moved to Carnavon, Iowa and farmed until 1950 when they moved to Ida Grove. Alfred continued farming in Ida Grove until he and Carrie moved to Schaller in 1960 where he operated a hog buying station. They remained there through Alfred's retirement in 1975. On October 9, 1979, Carrie passed away. Alfred moved to Storm Lake in 1982. Alfred was united in marriage to Alice (Herzberg) Gerke on December 27, 1982. They remained living in Storm Lake and Alice passed away on July 10, 1994. Alfred moved to Morningside Care Center in Ida Grove a year and a half ago.

Alfred lived an active life and he enjoyed dancing, the seniors' group and spending time with family and friends. He was a lifelong enthusiast of his draft horses that he raised, trained and traded. They brought him great pride and joy throughout his life.

Survivors include two sons: Dean Miles and his wife, Janet of Ida Grove and Larry Miles and his wife, Wilma of Arthur; one daughter: Wanda Marian and her husband, Owen of Escondido, Calif.; 10 grandchildren: Rick (Sharon) Miles of Spirit Lake, Kay (Jack) Walker of Rembrandt, Randy (Susan) Miles of Galina, Ill., Karen (David) Petersen of Ida Grove, Mike (Julie) Miles of Cheotah, OK, Tracy (Jason) Connor of DeSota, MO, Tanya (Chris) Bell of Levittown, Pa., Becky (Brian) Hutchinson of Warren, Ohio, Marie (Rick) Hopper of Rapid City, S.D. and Barb (Ed) Newberry of Elkhorn, Neb.; 17 great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Haupt of Scott City, Kan.; two sisters-in-law: Rosemarie Miles of Atchison, KS and Marie Robinson of Federal Way, Wash.; several nieces and nephews and other loving relatives and friends.

Preceding Alfred in death were his parents; both wives, Carrie on October 9, 1979, and Alice on July 10, 1994; two brothers and three sisters.


Funeral Services for Mary Ellen Gray, 64, Algona, formerly of Alta, will be Tuesday, July 1, 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Algona, with Reverend Philip J. Webb Officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in rural Lohrville.

Mary died on Friday, June 27, 2003, in the Hospice Unit at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona.

Mary Ellen Gray was born on November 23, 1938, in Algona,to John and Faye Humphrey Strayer. She attended school in Algona until her sophomore year, when she went to live with her aunt and uncle, Merle and Marjorie Humphrey in Lohrville, where she graduated from High School. On May 27, 1956, Mary married Melvin Gray at the First Christian Church in Lohrville. They moved to Alta, in 1962, where they raised their four children. After their children graduated, she decided to work outside of the home. Mary worked at the Lamplighter Motel and the nursing home in Storm Lake. The couple moved to Estherville, in 1983. Mary worked at GIasslite in Dunnell, Minnesota. Mary and Melvin moved to Algona in January of 1989. They bought a garden center and Mary added her crafts and ceramics into the business, which she truly enjoyed until she became too ill to work.

Mary enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, reading books, making crafts, and she loved her flower beds and vegetable garden. She also loved to cook.

Mary was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she had been Worthy Matron for three different Chapters, most recently Algona Chapter number 68. She enjoyed traveling and meeting new friends in the two years that Melvin was a Grand Lodge Officer of Masons of Iowa.

Mary is survived by her husband of 47 years. Melvin, Algona. Also surviving are three sons: Dale Gray and wife, Susan, Jackson, Mich., Mike Gray and wife, Michell, Hills, Minn., Craig Gray and wife, "Missy" Michelle, Fayetteville. Ga.; seven grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Mary is also survived by two brothers: John Strayer and wife, Louise, Kissimmee Fla., Nathan Strayer and wife, Marian, Klemme, five sisters: Naomi Hutchinson and husband, Gordon, Hardy, Bonnie Reedy and husband, Larry, Ft. Dodge, Doris Sandell and husband, Gary, Gamer, Janice Hartman and husband, Merle, Milford, Denise Latch of Clear Lake; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Gray; a sister, Nancy Bierstedt; and her parents, John and Faye Strayer.