Memorial Day 2013 - Iowa State University Alumni Association

Memorial Day 2013

ALBRIGHT, Miles
June 14, 1922—April 4, 2013; Miles Albright was a typical member of the Greatest Generation. He was born in the 1920s, lived through the Great Depression, served in the United States Army during World War II, married his sweetheart Gwen, fathered their beautiful daughter Vicki, owned a dog, sang a beautiful tenor harmony, worked hard all his life in jobs demanding skill and attention to detail, lived within his means until his death, and loved to make people laugh.. Miles enjoyed life to full measure. He loved putting and keeping things in order—tools, screws, rubber bands, pencils, nails, numbers and accounts. He was a man of order in all things and believed others should be the same. He loved Iowa State wrestling and followed it faithfully until he almost had a stroke during a tournament. He loved listening to well-harmonized music and singing with his four brothers, his church choir, and the Songbirds. He loved bowling, golf and cribbage, playing all three amazingly well after being declared legally blind. Cribbage remained an integral part of his life until last Christmas, when he participated in a four-generation game with his daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter. Technical cribbage terms like “stink hole” and “getting skunked” will forever be linked to the old cribbage master, Miles. Hitting a hole-in-one on the last hole of the Homewood Golf Course shortly into retirement remained one of the highlights of his sporting career. While he often watched professional golf on his gigantic television, using the occasion to nap in his recliner between holes, it was the only professional sport he tolerated or savored. Flexing his populist muscles, Miles believed most professional sports figures were paid too much. So he refused to watch baseball, basketball and football, and he believed others should do the same. He loved fine dining at low-cost no-frill restaurants with his family and friends and took pride in picking up the tab and paying in cash. (He did have a credit card but used it only once a year to keep it active.) He loved being on the water in a sail boat, row boat, fishing boat, speed boat or ferry boat. He even decided, at one point, if he couldn’t become a farmer he would become a tug boat captain. Complicating this was the fact that he actually hated being in water above his waist because, although he learned to do many things in life, swimming was not one of them. Miles took great pleasure traveling with his family throughout the United States to visit far-flung brothers, cousins, nieces, nephews, and old friends (of which he had many). If he saw some snow-capped mountains or scenic desert vistas or a beautiful river valley along the way, so much the better. His visits to Victoria Island, Vancouver, and seeking out the fall colors of New England with Gwen plus a 2011 trip from La Plata, Missouri, to Los Angeles by train with Vicki were travel dreams come true. With all that beauty out there, he never understood why anyone would travel outside the United States. His Vancouver visit aside, he never left the country and believed Americans would be better off if they followed his lead. Miles lived by the adage, “It makes little difference in life what you do, as long as you do it well.” He learned the value of hard work on the family farm and went on to work hard at a variety of jobs, from serving farmers at Crosley Feed Store to sexing chickens for regional hatcheries, finally settling down into a career as inspector par excellence of new highways for the Iowa DOT and of new buildings for ISU. Of all his joys in life, family was his greatest love. Born at his Aunt Isla’s home on a farm in Grundy County, Iowa, Miles was the third of five country boys. Etta Squires Albright, his mother, died when he was eight years old. His father, Galen, later married Gertrude Albright, who raised the boys to maturity. Miles especially loved his Aunt Wilma Kruschwitz, who cared for the boys while they were motherless. He always considered her his second mother. His life’s great love was Gwendolyn Cakerice, whose eye he caught growing up in the Ivester Church of the Brethren community. Their life together in marriage lasted sixty-four years until Gwen died in 2007. Gwen proved a savvy bridge partner for life and always kept Miles’ more cantankerous side in check. Their daughter, Vicki, was the apple crisp of their eyes from the moment she was born. Her marriage to David Wilcox produced two beloved granddaughters, Sarah and Katharine, who adored their “Po” in return. Through them, Miles and Gwen got to go to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Medieval Times and many other wonderful adventures. In later years, Sarah and Katie rewarded Mo and Po with memorable vocal performances in their honor. Then came Kaia, Etta and Isla, Mile’s great granddaughters, by whom he asked to be called “PoPo.” They all will miss this wonderful man who created a quality model for fathers and grandfathers everywhere. A memorial service for Miles will take place on Monday, April 8, at Northcrest Retirement Community, 1801 20th Street. Miles’ family wishes to thank the Northcrest staff for the many kindnesses extended to them and to Gwen and Miles over the past thirteen years. They created a community of security, steadfastness and love. Should friends of Miles wish to honor his memory, a gift to Iowa Public Television is requested in lieu of flowers.


BAKER, John R.
Dr. Baker, zoologist, was born on January 6, 1930 and died on January 27, 2012. Surviving Dr. Baker is his widowed spouse, Carol Mc Ginn.


BEAL, George M.
George Melvin Beal was born in Parkdale, Ore. to Isaac and Anna Mae Beal. He had an older brother, Bob (wife Eleanor). Before transferring to Iowa State University, he attended Oregon State College. While at Iowa State, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics and a doctorate in sociology. He was awarded the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor Award in 1973. In 1983, he was awarded the Henry A. Wallace Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture. He was a major professor for many graduate students who loved him. During World War II, he was an Army captain and served with the Mule Pack Artillery in the CBI Theater.

After retiring from ISU in 1977, he and his family moved to Kailua, Hawaii, where he took a position as professor in the Communications Institute at the East West Center. He enjoyed 35 years of living in paradise with the love of his life.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Evelyn (Lull) Beal; two daughters, Carolee (Tim) Preston, and Linda (Patrick) Tyler; two sons, Dirk (Carol) Beal, and David (Laura) Beal; eight grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.

Private services have been held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John Lutheran Church in Kailua, or Bread for the World (bread.org).


BENN, Charles
With dignity and confidence, Chuck went to a very justly-earned place with our Heavenly Father on Dec. 23, 2012,at the age of 94.

Charles “Chuck” Laverne Benn was born Nov. 2, 1918, to Ruben and Addie Benn in Gilbert, at the onset of the Great Depression. Hard work and equally hard times was the backdrop that would forge the work ethic, frugal lifestyle and high moral values on which the rest of his life was built. He graduated from Gilbert High School in 1936.

Enlisting in the U.S. Army in January 1942, Chuck served under Gen. George Patton in Egypt. He worked as a clerk in the Fifteenth Air Service Group and was promoted to staff sergeant in February 1943. He earned multiple ribbons and awards, including a Good Conduct Medal and Bronze Stars. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 9, 1945.

Upon returning home, he worked as a photographer for 36 years at Iowa State University Agricultural Extension Service. Loving the work so much, he returned to work with the ISU Veterinary Biomedical Communications Department for an additional 21 years after his initial “retirement.” Distinctions awarded during his tenure included memberships to Epsilon Sigma Phi and Gamma Sigma Delta, and the Superior Service Award.

Early in his career, he met his wife, Ruth Zimmerman, on a blind date arranged by his brother and sister-in-law. They were married at Little Brown Church in Nashua on July 26, 1954. Making their home at 230 Hickory Drive in Ames, they had their only child, James Douglas, in September 1956. They were married for 49 years until Ruth’s death in 2003.

He had many joys in his life, including: his wife, son, grandsons, his daughter in-law, his church and faith, flying airplanes, riding motorcycles, (the preceding three things went well together) going on fishing trips, knowing pretty much everybody on the ISU campus, the Dewhurst family, his great neighbors on Hickory Drive, the guys that congregated at the West Ames Hy-Vee for coffee and politics, (those guys should be running Washington, D.C.) the gang that went to country music jams and dancing on Saturday nights, big band music, Studebaker cars, volunteering at the United Way, and a long list of very special friends that are too numerous to mention here.


BENSON, Robert
Robert John Benson, 89, of Ames died November 12, 2012, at Northcrest Retirement Community. A gathering of family and friends will be at 4:30-6:00 p.m., Thursday, November 15, with a funeral service at 6:00 p.m. at the First Evangelical Church in Ames with Rev. David Staff officiating. Burial will be in the Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Robert John Benson was born in Boone, Iowa to Evald and Margaret Blakeley Benson on May 31, 1923. He graduated from Boone High School in 1942. He joined the Boone First Baptist Church in 1944. On September, 15, 1946 he married Betty Ruth Hoyt in Boone. They lived in many areas of the country and also overseas as he pursued his education and military career. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and his master's degree from Drake University.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy as a Radarman aboard a Landing Ship Medium in the Pacific. After graduation from college in 1948 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Adjutant General Corps and served on active duty as a special agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps until 1953. He continued serving on the faculty of several U.S. Army Reserve Schools in Iowa and Indiana. His last reserve duty assignment was as Deputy Director of Training and Education, U.S. Army Institute of Administration, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He retired in May, 1983 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel having served 31 years of duty with the Navy, Army, and Army Reserves.
He worked for thirty-five years in personnel and administration, Department of Residence, Iowa State University, until he retired in January, 1989. He was a member of Ames First Baptist Church for many years and later a member of the First Evangelical Free Church.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Hoyt Benson, of Ames, one daughter, Ruthann Elaine Benson of LaCrosse, WI, one son, Steven Robert (Cathy) Benson of Bettendorf, IA, three grandchildren: Michael (Heather) Miars of Duluth, Georgia, Morgan Benson and Blake Benson both of Bettendorf, IA, and five great grandchildren.

BLAIR, Robert
Robert Blair age 92, of Slater went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at his home in Slater. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Perry Bible Church located at Highway 141 & 12th St. in Perry. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home, located at 1721 Park St. in Perry. Burial will be in the Slater Cemetery at Slater. In lieu of flowers, memorials donations will be given to Perry Bible Church and may be left at the Funeral Home.

Robert Owen Blair was born on November 28, 1920 in Whiting, Iowa, the son of John W. Blair and Bertha (Allison) Blair. The family moved from Iowa to Stratton, Colorado in 1923 to help his ailing grandfather run the Blair general store and take care of Grandpa Blair. After his death they relocated to Wichita, Kansas in 1927. Bob attended Wichita, Kansas schools graduating from East High in 1938, attended WSU a year, worked at Cessna Aircraft Co. in experimental Engr. until volunteering for the U.S. Air Corps during WW2 and served from 42 to 46, working alternately as student, then instructor. In various ground controlled approach electronic schools until the war was over. He was released in 1946 and attended Kansas State University in the Electrical Engineering program graduating with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1951. In November 1948 he married Doris Livers and they lived in Manhattan Kansas until graduation and moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in Sept 1951 where he worked for then Collins Radio Co as an electrical engineer until 1964 when he moved to Ames.

He lived in Robins, Iowa while working at Collins and served as Mayor from 59 - 64. And was approached by a fellow worker at Collins to get permission to use the old empty schoolhouse which the town had acquired, to use for a new church he had moved to Robins to help start, but Before he asked about the church he shared his faith in Christ and asked Bob to make a commitment. As he reflected on these things later that night he did pray to receive Christ. This was a turning point in his life as he learned more about the Bible and living for the Lord. While living in Robins he became the father of 2 girls.

In 1964 he worked as Chief engineer for Hach Chemical Co. then was Asst. Professor of electronics at Iowa State University from 65-73 and was faculty advisor for Campus Crusade for Christ. As the technical program was ending he earned his master’s degree in Vocational Counseling and worked from 73-76 in Chillicothe, Missouri Vocational Technical School - Moved back to Iowa and established Blair Electric 76 - 82. He then served as East IA, Bible Camp director 82-84, back to Iowa State as Academic Advisor Elec. Eng. 84 to 92 when he retired. After retiring from Iowa State, Bob drove semis part time and worked for friends wiring houses.

He is survived by his wife, Doris, 2 daughters, Ann Watson of Forsyth, MO. and Jean Blair of Orange City, IA, 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, a brother, John R Blair and his wife Jean of Rancho Mirage, CA., a sister in law, Hazel L. Blair of Chanute, KS, a nephew, James L. Blair and wife Julie, of Overland Park, KS, and a niece Laurie Blair of Phoenix, AZ.


Tribute by David C. Jiles, Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Robert Blair was an assistant professor of electronics, an electrical engineer at Collins Radio, and a bible camp director, among many other things. He died Feb. 10, 2013 at the age of 92.

Blair came to Iowa State in 1965 after serving as chief engineering at Hach Chemical Co. Blair served eight years as an assistant professor and was a faculty advisor for Campus Crusade for Christ. He left ISU to earn a master’s degree in vocational counseling and worked at the Missouri Vocational Technical School in Chillicothe, Mo. from 1973-76.

He returned to Iowa in 1976 and founded Blair Electric, where he worked from 1976-82. After a two-year stretch as East Iowa Bible Camp Director (1982-84), Blair returned to Iowa State as an academic adviser for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He remained at Iowa State until his retirement in 1992.

Blair earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State in 1951. Prior to his time in Manhattan, Kan., he volunteered for the United State Air Corps during World War II, serving from 1942-46 and aiding the Corps with its ground-controlled approach electronics. He moved to Iowa shortly after receiving his degree to go to work at Collins Radio Company. While employed at Collins, he served as mayor of Robins, Iowa from 1959-64

He is survived by his wife, Doris, 2 daughters, Ann Watson of Forsyth, MO. and Jean Blair of Orange City, IA, 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, a brother, John R Blair and his wife Jean of Rancho Mirage, CA., a sister in law, Hazel L. Blair of Chanute, KS, a nephew, James L. Blair and wife Julie, of Overland Park, KS, and a niece Laurie Blair of Phoenix, AZ.


BLAUW, Donald A.
Donald was born on December 13, 1933 and passed away on Friday, October 16, 2009.
Donald was a resident of Onawa, Iowa.


BORTS, Lloyd Carl
Lloyd Carl Borts, 92, passed away January 8, 2013 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. January 11, at Adams Funeral Home in Ames. Burial will be in Ames Municipal Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. January 10, at Adams Funeral Home.

Lloyd Borts was born January 14, 1920 to Archie Lloyd and Myrtle (Pitts) Borts in Colfax, Iowa. Lloyd grew up in the Fernald area and graduated from Fernald High School in 1939. After school, he started farming until 1964 when he went to work for the Iowa DOT as a heavy equipment operator, retiring in 1982. Lloyd and Patricia Ann Johnson were married on March 10, 1951 in Indianola, Iowa. They moved to Ames in 1952 where he was a member of First United Methodist Church, the Farm Bureau, and the Ames Moose Lodge. He enjoyed watching baseball, softball, doing word games and working in his yard.

Lloyd is survived by his wife Patricia Borts of Ames; his son, Steve Borts of Ames; three sisters-in-law, Ida Mae Hatcher of Indianola, Mary Lou Borts of Nevada and Vivian Borts of Ames; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Wilma; and two brothers, Willard and Max.

Memorials may be designated to First United Methodist Church in Ames or the American Diabetes Foundation.  Lloyd suggested casual dress for those people attending the service.


BRADSHAW, Larry
Larry Bradshaw age 72, of Nevada, died at his home on Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013. A gathering of friends and family will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan.18, 2013, at Bethel Church in rural Boone with a 10 a.m. funeral service on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Bethel Church in rural Boone with a 3 p.m. graveside service at Chester Center Cemetery in Grinnell.

Larry LeRoy Bradshaw was born Nov. 7, 1940, in Iowa City, to Arza Bradshaw. He was raised in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Jefferson High School in 1959. He attended Bethel College, St. Paul, Minn., and earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. He taught in the Cedar Rapids Schools for 14 years before beginning his teaching career for 25 years at Iowa State University in Ames, where he earned a doctorate degree in industrial education and technology. He received the G. Harold Silvus graduate student award and later received the Epsilon Pi Tau Laureate Award. He was a member of the Epsilon Pi Tau and the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.

He spent a summer with the USAID Teach Corp in Kathmandu, Nepal, was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Cyprus. With his family, he spent a year in Papua New Guinea under the Summer Institute of Linguistics. He was a delegate under Lt. Gov. Anderson’s Trade Mission to Korea and the following year took ISU students to Korea on a work-study program. After retiring from ISU, he spent the next five years at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) where he first opened up the international student office and then served as dean of academics. Upon returning from Texas, they moved from their acreage southwest of Ames to Nevada. He was a member and past elder of Bethel Church, rural Boone, and volunteered on the disaster team for Red Cross for a number of years.
He was married to Glenda Sears in Grinnell on Oct. 5, 1963. He is survived by his wife and his three daughters, Melinda (Dave) Connon, of Earlham, Jenny (Rick) Brenner, of Antioch, Ill., and Betsy Eness, of Ames; three grandchildren, Maxwell Eness, Kathryn Brenner and Bethany Connon; and one sister, Leeta House.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Arza Bradshaw.


May 2013 ISU Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

November 7, 1940 – January 15, 2013
Larry Bradshaw age 72, of Nevada, died at his home on Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013. Larry was born November 7, 1940 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Arza Bradshaw. He was raised in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Jefferson High School in 1959. He attended Bethel College, St. Paul, MN, and received his bachelors and masters from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.

Dr. Bradshaw began his teaching career in the Cedar Rapids Schools where he taught for 14 years. He then started his career in higher education at Iowa State University where he served as an Assistant Professor in Industrial Education & Technology from 1979 to 2004, completing his Ph.D. in 1984.

During his time as a Ph.D. candidate he received the G. Harold Silvius graduate student award and later received the Epsilon Pi Tau Laureate Award. He was a member of the Epsilon Pi Tau and the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. He spent a summer with the USAID Teach Corp in Kathmandu, Nepal, was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Cyprus. With his family, he spent a year in Papua New Guinea under the Summer Institute of Linguistics. He was a delegate under Lt. Governor Anderson's Trade Mission to Korea and the following year took Iowa State students to Korea on a work-study program.

After retiring from Iowa State in 2004, he spent the next five years at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) where he first opened up the international student office and then served as Dean of Academics. Upon returning from Texas, they moved from their acreage SW of Ames to Nevada. He was a member and past elder of Bethel Church, rural Boone, and volunteered on the disaster team for Red Cross for a number of years.

He was married to Glenda Sears at Grinnell, October 5, 1963. He is survived by his wife and his three daughters--Melinda (Dave) Connon of Earlham, Iowa, Jenny (Rick) Brenner of Antioch, IL, and Betsy Eness of Ames, by 3 grandchildren - Maxwell Eness, Kathryn Brenner, and Bethany Connon and his sister, Leeta House. He was preceded in death by his mother, Arza Bradshaw.


BUECHLER, Marvin W.
Marvin W. Buechler, 95, formerly of Boone, IA passed away Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Mill-Pond Retirement Community in Ankeny, IA. He will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene Buechler of Ankeny, IA; son, Stan (Georgiann) Buechler of Ankeny, IA; daughter, Pam (Ron) Tesdell of Ankeny, IA; four grandchildren, Pete and Erin Buechler of Des Moines, IA; and Matt and Mike Tesdell of Des Moines, IA; five great-grandchildren, brother, Eugene (Marjorie) Buechler of Boone, IA; and a sister, Doris Finck of West Des Moines, IA.


Tribute by his wife, Arlene M. Buechler

Marvin W. Buechler, 95, passed away December 27, 2012 in Ankeny, Iowa at the Presbyterian Mill Pond Health Care Center.

He was a Boone, Iowa native and lived in Ames for 21 years during his working years at Iowa State University, where he worked in the Agronomy Department as a Field Laboratory Research Technician.
Marvin was a person who enjoyed life especially enjoying his family, his home, and his work and was dedicated to each one.  

In 1986 he was awarded the Superior Service Award at Iowa State University given by the Alumni Association of I.S.U.


BURNET, Agatha Louise Huepenbecker
Agatha Louise Huepenbecker Burnet 81, passed from this life on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames following a battle with colon cancer. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 28th at Memorial Lutheran Church, 2228 Lincoln Way in Ames.

Agatha was born on November 23, 1930 to Arthur Walter and Margaret (Soest) Huepenbecker in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She graduated from South Side High School in Fort Wayne in 1948 and then earned the B.S. in Textiles and Clothing (T&C) from Indiana University in 1952, the M.S. in T&C from Iowa State University in 1952 and the Ph.D. in Home Economics Education from Ohio State University in 1969. She taught high school vocational home economics in Valparaiso, Indiana from 1952 -1955 before joining the faculty in T&C at Iowa State University in 1956 where she served until retiring in 1993 as Emeritus Professor. From 1973 through 1993 she was Head of the Department.

Agatha's professional career was marked by outstanding service, most often in a position of leadership, and by many distinguished awards and recognitions. She was national president of the American Home Economics Association, regional vice president of the academic honorary, Phi Kappa Phi, on the governing boards of the Iowa State University Foundation and the Alumni Association, and president of the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation Board. Her many awards included the Distinguished Service Award of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Distinguished Alumnus Award from Ohio State University, The Iowa State University Faculty Citation, Alumni Medal and Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award, the Ames Chamber of Commerce Professionalism and Leadership Award, the Tribune Unsung Hero Award and the Iowa Home Economics Association Hall of Fame. She was an Associate of the Smithsonian Institute and an international authority on the historic aspects on textiles and clothing.

Agatha is survived by her husband George whom she married in 1995; step children Kathryn Andre of Ames, Betty Jo (Mark) Smith of Albuquerque, NM, Dolores Day of Clovis, CA, Joan (Joe) Bruns of Edmond, OK, Elaine Burnet of Tacoma, WA and George Jr. (Susan) of Cranberry Township, PA; step grandchildren Elizabeth Andre, Brian, Sharon and Christine Smith, Steven and John Day, Aaron, Paul and Michael Bruns, and Kaye, George, Grant and Gregory Burnet; step great grandchild Junia Smith; sister-in-law Bonnie Huepenbecker of Fort Wayne, IN; nephew Jack (Joette) Murray of Chicago, IL; and nieces Monica Murray and Holly (Mark) Hull of Indianapolis, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Margaret (Jack) Murray; and a brother, Herbert (Bonnie) Huepenbecker.

Visitation will be held with family receiving friends from 7:00 until 9:00 on Monday, August 27th, at Memorial Lutheran Church where Agatha was a member for 56 years. Those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial may direct their gift to the Memorial Lutheran Church.

A private family graveside service will be held at the Iowa State University Cemetery at a later date.


Tribute by Sara Marcketti, AESHM Department
December 2012 Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

November 23, 1930 - August 23, 2012
Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet joined the faculty in Textiles &Clothing (now Apparel, Merchandising, and Design) at Iowa State University in 1956 where she served until retiring in 1993 as Emeritus Professor.

Prior to joining the faculty, she earned a B.S. in Textiles and Clothing (T&C) from Indiana University in 1952, a M.S. in T&C from Iowa State University in 1952, and the Ph.D. in Home Economics Education from Ohio State University in 1969. From 1973 through 1993 she was Head of the Department. Agatha's professional career was marked by outstanding service, most often in a position of leadership, and by many distinguished awards and recognitions. She was national president of the American Home Economics Association, regional vice president of the academic honorary, Phi Kappa Phi, on the governing boards of the Iowa State University Foundation and the Alumni Association, and president of the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation Board.

Her many awards included the Distinguished Service Award of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Distinguished Alumnus Award from Ohio State University, The Iowa State University Faculty Citation, Alumni Medal and Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award, the Ames Chamber of Commerce Professionalism and Leadership Award, the Tribune Unsung Hero Award and the Iowa Home Economics Association Hall of Fame. She was an Associate of the Smithsonian Institute and an international authority on the historic aspects on textiles and clothing. Even in retirement, Agatha continued to be an ardent supporter of the Apparel, Merchandising, and Design Program and the Textiles and Clothing Museum. Agatha is survived by her husband, George, whom she married in 1995.


CALDWELL, Wallace
Wallace C. Caldwell, 94, passed away September 29, 2012, at Wesley Acres in Des Moines.

Funeral Services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 SW Walnut Street). A visitation will be held one hour prior, also at the church.

Wally was born September 9, 1918 to Leona and Harry Caldwell, on the family farm near Britt, Iowa. He attended country grade School and graduated from Britt High School in 1935. Wally received a bachelor and master's degree from Iowa State University, and his PHD from Cornell University in Ithica, New York. His degrees in physics led to work at the Radiation Lab at M.I.T. developing radar systems, Bendix Corporation manufacturing electron tubes, and Collins Radio Company developing circuit boards. Wally also served as Budget Officer for the Iowa Board of Regents compiling data for decisions on distribution of resources for the State Universities. After retiring, returned to Iowa State University to teach electrical engineering and write a high school physics text book. Several awards were received including being listed in the 2001 Who's Who in the World.

Personal activities through the years ranged from 4H and Boy Scouts to Kiwanis and other professional groups. Wally was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. He enjoyed skiing and sailing with his family as well as traveling in his later years. Wally was married 47 years to Beth Dawson. After her passing in 1995, he married LaVaune Wood, in 1998, who had been a high school classmate.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Ruth, his wife Beth, his son Greg, a nephew David, and a granddaughter.

He is survived by his wife, LaVaune, a daughter, Linda Gahring, a sister Dorothy (Eric) Jacobsen, daughter-in-law, Phyllis Caldwell, a niece Katherine Young, two nephews, Richard Young and Steve Jacobsen, four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and great-nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be directed to Ankeny First United Methodist Church, Iowa State University Engineering Department, or the Wesley Acres Good Samaritan Fund.


Tribute written by Randall Wood, LaVaune Caldwell’s son, on behalf of LaVaune Wood Caldwell, wife of Wallace C. Caldwell

Wallace C. Caldwell was born September 9, 1918 near Britt, Iowa.  He came to Ames in 1935, where he took botany courses that those who grew upon farms usually did, but also physics, which became an abiding passion.  A favorite professor was Dr. John Vincent Atanasoff, who taught him integral calculus and three advanced physics courses.  Wally was awarded a Master of Science degree in December 1940.

After work developing radar at M.I.T. during World War II, a Ph.D in physics from Cornell, three years of teaching physics at ISU and two decades of success in private sector electrical engineering, Wally became Budget Officer for the Iowa Board of Regents.  Upon retiring he returned to Ames as an adjunct professor of electrical engineering where his students greatly appreciated his real world work experience.

It was during these years that Wally began advocating that Dr. Atanasoff be recognized for constructing the world’s first electronic digital computer at ISU during the late 1930s.  After the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering granted Dr. Atanasoff this recognition in 1990, Wally was honored to present his mentor with a photograph of the award inscription at his home in Maryland.

Wally retired from ISU in 1993.  He passed away in Des Moines September 29, 2012.


Tribute by David C. Jiles, Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Wallace C. Caldwell (1918-2012)
Without the efforts of Wallace C. “Wally” Caldwell, Iowa State University wouldn’t be known as the place where the first digital electronic computer was invented.

Caldwell was born September 9, 1918 to parents Harry and Leona Caldwell. He grew up on the family farm in Britt, Iowa, along with his two sisters.  After graduating from Britt High School in 1935, Caldwell attended Iowa State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1939, and his master’s degree in physics a year later. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in physics from Cornell. His physics expertise led him to work in developing radar systems at M.I.T.’s Radiation Lab. He went on to work for the Bendix Corporation making electron tubes, followed by circuit board development at Collins Radio Company. Caldwell served as a Budget Officer on the Iowa Board of Regents, gathering data to make decisions on funding distributions for Iowa’s public universities. All in just a few short years before returning to Iowa State.

In 1948, Caldwell retired from his professional career and started his academic profession. He began his faculty career at Iowa State as a staff member in the Physics Department, becoming an Associate Physicist in 1950. Eventually Caldwell was named Adjunct Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering before finally retiring and becoming an Emeritus Adjunct Professor of ECpE until his death.

Caldwell advocated for the correction of the long-ignored mistake of who first invented the digital electronic computer. His correspondence with various organizations advocating to give John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford Berry credit for the first computer was compiled and published as the Wallace C. Caldwell papers, which are available at Parks Library. Caldwell’s efforts were essential in the recognition of Atanasoff and Berry, and a plaque honoring Caldwell for his work still hangs in the Physics Hall today.


May 2013 Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

Wallace C. Caldwell (1918-2012)
Without the efforts of Wallace C. “Wally” Caldwell, Iowa State University wouldn’t be known as the place where the first digital electronic computer was invented. He was an accomplished alumnus, teacher, scientist, and engineer, on top of being a husband and father. Caldwell died September 29 in the Wesley Acres retirement home in Des Moines. He was 94.

Caldwell was born September 9, 1918 to parents Harry and Leona Caldwell. He grew up on the family farm in Britt, Iowa, along with his two sisters. After graduating from Britt High School in 1935, Caldwell attended Iowa State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1939, and his master’s degree in physics a year later. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in physics from Cornell. His physics expertise led him to work in developing radar systems at M.I.T.’s Radiation Lab. He went on to work for the Bendix Corporation making electron tubes, followed by circuit board development at Collins Radio Company. Caldwell served as a Budget Officer on the Iowa Board of Regents, gathering data to make decisions on funding distributions for Iowa’s public universities. All in just a few short years before returning to Iowa State.

In 1948, Caldwell retired from his professional career and started his academic profession. He began his faculty career at Iowa State as a staff member in the Physics Department, becoming an Associate Physicist in 1950. Eventually Caldwell was named Adjunct Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering before finally retiring and becoming an Emeritus Adjunct Professor of ECpE until his death.

Caldwell advocated for the correction of the long-ignored mistake of who first invented the digital electronic computer. His correspondence with various organizations advocating to give John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford Berry credit for the first computer was compiled and published as the Wallace C. Caldwell papers, which are available at Parks Library. Caldwell’s efforts were essential in the recognition of Atanasoff and Berry, and a plaque honoring Caldwell for his work still hangs in the Physics Hall today.

Caldwell will be remembered by his family, friends, and colleagues as a caring and adventurous man. He enjoyed skiing and sailing, and traveled during his later years. He was also known for his support of 4H and the Boy Scouts of America, and was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. He also contributed generously to Iowa State’s ECpE scholarship fund.

He is survived by his second wife, LaVaune; his daughter, Linda Gahring; his sister, Dorothy Jacobsen;his daughter-in-law, Phyllis Caldwell; a niece and two nephews, four grand-children, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and great-nieces and nephews.


CANUTE, Virginia
Virginia Canute, 96, of Ames, died Dec. 9, 2012 at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Virginia Elaine Canute was born May 9, 1916, to Chester J. and Ethel (Haggard) Stewart in St. Paul, Minn. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota and did graduate work at the University of Wyoming and was a member of the alumni association. She taught kindergarten for 17 years and worked for the Iowa State University library for 14 years. She was an active member of Collegiate Presbyterian Church and served on the board of deacons. She was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, belonged to ISU Women’s Club for more than 35 years and was very active in Ames Thrift Shop. She served as a leader and as board president of the Ames Camp Fire Organization.

She married Russell J. Canute in 1946, and they were married for 46 years at the time of his passing.
She is survived by one son, Jack (Lucila) Canute, of Boone; two daughters, Suann Canute, of Miami, Fla., and Christie (Mike) Leonard, of Johnston; and nine grandchildren and their children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell, and one brother, Larry Stewart.


CARLSON, David
David L. Carlson, Ph.D., a long time engineering professor and inventor of several notable devices, passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, in Ames.

David was born and raised in Minneapolis. He was the first son of Myrtle and Lawrence Carlson. David graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1958. David often shared many memories of working at the university radio station while a student. He followed his father’s and shared his brother’s passion for electronics.

David continued his studies at the Iowa State University, receiving a master’s degree in 1961 and a doctorate in 1964 in electrical engineering. While a biomedical engineering graduate student at ISU, David, along with four collaborators, developed one of the first infant respiratory augmentors. This device has saved the lives of countless prematurely born infants. The technology was patented in 1967. David received the Iowa Patent Law Association’s Inventor of the Year Award, as well as the Faculty Citation award from the Iowa State University Alumni Association for this device.

David had an extensive background in electrical engineering and spent time working with and advising numerous organizations including the Los Alamos Lab in New Mexico, NASA and the World Health Organization. In 1963, David, along with his business partner, formed the Minneapolis-based company Renco which markets ultrasound technology for the detection of pregnancy in livestock. David’s invention is used all over the world.

In spite of his many inventions and business accomplishments, David’s passion was being a professor. He taught graduate and undergraduate biomedical engineering students during his 30-year tenure at ISU.

Over his career, David earned eight patents. He collaborated with 28 co-authors and was cited by 57 other authors in industry-related papers and works in 13 different publications. He was a member and leader in a number of professional organizations. David was an expert witness in many court trials regarding electronic device failure.

David was a caring neighbor, often helping others with snow removal. He was active in his neighborhood association, holding the treasurer position for many years. David always enjoyed a comic strip from fellow University of Minnesota graduate, Charles Schulz. David also enjoyed worldwide travel and reading.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle and Lawrence Carlson, and brother, Douglas. He is survived by his sister, Barbara Ulven (Atlanta), nieces and nephews in California and Atlanta, and many friends and neighbors in Ames and Minneapolis.

A celebration of life will be held in Ames on May 5, 2013.


Tribute by David C. Jiles, Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
May 2013 Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

David L. Carlson (1936-2013)
David L. Carlson was a prolific biomedical inventor, and is responsible for technology that’s saved the lives of many premature babies.

Carlson began his career at Iowa State As a graduate student, receiving his master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1961, and going on to earn his PhD in 1964.  He joined the faculty, where despite earning eight patents throughout his time, most enjoyed teaching and working with undergraduate students.

In 1964, there was only one infancee respiratory augmenter available, and it wasn’t very effective.  Carlson sought to change that, and helped create a new model of infant respiratory augmenter.  Carlson’s machine was the first in the word capable of supporting premature babies of only one or two pounds, keeping them alive when past technology couldn’t.  His technology proved far superior to what was on the market.  His respirator was especially prolific because the late President John F. Kennedy lost his premature born son, Patrick, to a disease Carlson’s respirator successfully combated.

After very successful tests on premature babies at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames, Carlson briefly moved to New York City to continue testing his augmenter on babies in the city’s neonatal intensive care unit at the children’s hospital.  He patented the device, earning Iowa State nearly $500,000 until the patent expired in the mid-1980s.  Carlson was named Inventor of the Year by the Iowa Patent Law Association’s Inventor for his greatest invention.  He also received the prestigious Faculty Citation award from the Iowa State Alumni Association.

Carlson eventually retired from Iowa State, but continued working on new biomedical technologies.  He developed ultrasound technology for livestock, allowing farmers to detect pregnancy in their animals, particularly in pigs.  RenCo Corporation in Minneapolis took a vested interest in his work, and they started working with him to manufacture his product.  Even after professional retirement, Carlson continued working with RenCo, traveling around the world and demonstrating his livestock ultrasound device, which is still in use today.

Carlson will always be remembered as a dedicated researcher, an inspiring teacher, a successful businessman, and with his greatest invention, a savior of children.


CHARLES, Donald
Don was born on April 22, 1918, and grew up in Dayton, Iowa. He attended Dayton High School, Fort Dodge Junior College, and Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI). Following a stint of teaching, he entered the service of his country in 1941. After attending Officer Candidate School and the US Army Armor School he served in Europe as an officer in the 736th Tank Battalion, earning three battle stars and the Bronze Star medal for courage under fire.

Following the war he returned to the US where, boarding a train one day in 1945, he found himself seated next to an appealing young woman. A year and a half later they were married, and he and Anne shared life for the next 65 years. Don earned his M.A. and PhD degrees at the University of Nebraska and in 1951 joined the Department of Psychology at Iowa State University, where he practiced his profession until retirement in 1988, remaining Professor Emeritus until his death. Throughout his career he greatly enjoyed lecturing and teaching at universities throughout the country. Don founded and headed the ISU Honors Program, making it possible for gifted students to pursue work at a higher level than would have been available without the program. During his career he produced scores of professional books and papers, including a textbook which became a standard in teacher education both here and abroad. He was also a pioneer and leader in what was then the emerging field of gerontology. Don was a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Gerontological Society, and served on many boards and committees related to psychology and aging at the local, state, and national levels.

Don loved music, literature, and - his passion from boyhood onward - gardening and horticulture. He was a longtime member of the Ames Choral Society and a former Trustee of the Ames Public Library. Don and Anne always took great pleasure in travel. Retirement allowed them to visit many parts of the world, but it was always clear that what they enjoyed most about each trip was experiencing it together. At home they each pursued a multitude of hobbies and interests, usually in the company of a cat or two.

Don was always busy. He once wrote “Work is what I know, and what I am impelled to do, but I define ‘work’ in a fashion that pleases me.” Throughout his life he seized the day and lived in the present. For Don and for Anne too, yesterday was gone, tomorrow might never come, but today was always in their hands.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Claude and Helen and his daughter Linda. He leaves behind his wife Anne Mallonee Charles, children Chris, Laura, and Andrew, grandchildren Jenny, Sara, and Jay Schrader, Brittany and Nick Penlerick, Owen Charles, Lee and Nora Charles, and great-grandson Alejandro.


CLEPPE, Larry
Larry Cleppe, 77, passed away May 23, 2012. A Remembrance Ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Izaak Walton League on Stage Coach Road in Ames.

Larry was born March 21, 1935 in Brooklyn, Iowa. He lived in Ames for many years and was retired from ISU Maintenance. Larry enjoyed spending time with friends and family, his dog Wilbur, and sharing interesting stories of his life. He was a longtime member of the Izaak Walton League.

Larry is survived by his daughter, Michelle (Mark) Garrison of Angleton, Texas; son, Pete Cleppe of North Port, Florida; step-daughter, Cathy Marsh of Boone; grandchildren, James Wismer and Jennifer Wismer both of Ames; great-grandson, Trenton Lack of Ames; many nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Izaak Walton League, in care of Lee Van Brocklin 2720 Northridge Lane, Ames, Iowa 50010.


COADY, Larry
Larry Coady, 80, of Ames, died Thursday at his home. A gathering of friends and family will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, with a remembrance service at 4 p.m. at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way, Ames and a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 30th Street and Hoover Avenue in Ames.

Larry was born March 4, 1933 in Ottumwa to Samuel and Josephine (Denefe) Coady. He graduated from Albia High School and attended Iowa State College briefly before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Korean War for four years doing naval intelligence work in Japan. Upon his return Larry worked for a meat packing facility in Ottumwa and TV station KTVO. He then returned to Iowa State College where he earned his bachelors’ degree in electrical engineering in 1959 and then went to work for Collins Radio Co. in Cedar Rapids. Larry then returned to Iowa State University where he earned his M.S. degree in 1963, followed by a PHD in 1965, all while raising a growing family.

Larry was united in marriage to Mary Anne Gannon on Dec. 29, 1956, in Albia. They moved to Ames and joined St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Larry served as an associate professor in Electrical engineering, retiring in 1992 after thirty years on the ISU faculty.

Along the way, Larry began to buy and manage student rental properties near the campus. His first large scale residential construction project was completed in 1997. He established Coady Enterprises; a family owned and operated rental property management company. In 2011, he broke ground on his second multi-unit complex, overseeing construction until its completion in July 2012.

His family and friends will most remember him for his engaging conversation, sense of humor and intelligence. He will be remembered for his tenacious desire to work hard to build a better life for his family and others. At heart, he was a teacher whom had a wealth of knowledge to share and took every opportunity to offer guidance to those lives he touched. His family will be forever blessed by his love, wise words of wisdom, and amazing generosity. Children, grandchildren and dear friends will forever cherish fond memories of water skiing, summer barbecues and July 4 fireworks enjoyed from the deck of the lake home he built in Clear Lake.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne Coady, of Ames; a sister, Maurine Reis, of Burlington; his ten children, Suzanne (Jim) Rock, of Ames, Michelle (Susan Sullivan) Coady, of Minneapolis, Daniel (Ann) Coady, of Ankeny., Kayleen(Bob) Catus, of Ames, Linda(Mark) Vanderpoel, of Chicago, Sheila Coady, of Ames, Sam Coady, of Chicago, Ellen Coady, of Ames, Amy (Tom) Courneya, of Ames, Anne (Mark) Evans, of St. Louis; sixteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Josephine Coady.

As a show of sympathy, the family would like to suggest that contributions be made in his name to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.


Tribute by David C. Jiles, Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

Larry Coady (1933-2013)
Larry Coady was an alumni, a veteran, an engineer, a teacher, and a provider of homes.

Coady was born in 1933 in Ottumwa to parents Samuel and Josephine Coady.  After graduating high school, Coady attended Iowa State for a short time, but soon enlisted in the Navy.  Coady did naval intelligence work in Japan for four years during the Korean War.  When he was returned from the war, he worked at a meat packing plant before landing a job at a TV station.  During this time, he married Mary Anne Gannon in 1956.  They started a family together.

Eventually, Coady returned to Iowa State, graduating in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. After a few years working at Collins Radio Co. in Cedar Rapids, Coady returned again to Iowa State, earning his master’s in 1963 and PhD in 1965. Coady was a member of the ISU faculty for thirty years as an associate professor of electrical engineering. He retired in 1992.
Coady didn’t just teach students at Iowa State, he provided many of them with places to live. Coady founded the property management company Coady Enterprises in 1997, having bought and managed student rental properties over his years at Iowa State. Coady Enterprises has built two large scale residential complexes, one finished when he first started his company, the second completed last summer. Coady oversaw the construction personally.


May 2013 Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

Larry Coady was an alum, a veteran, an engineer, a teacher, a provider of homes, a husband, and a father. He died March 7 in his Ames home. He was 80.

Coady was born in 1933 in Ottumwa to parents Samuel and Josephine Coady. After graduating high school, Coady attended Iowa State for a short time, but soon enlisted in the Navy. Coady did naval intelligence work in Japan for four years during the Korean War. When he returned from the war, he worked at a meat packing plant before landing a job at a TV station. During this time, he married Mary Anne Gannon in 1956. They started a family together.

Eventually, Coady returned to Iowa State, graduating in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. After a few years working at Collins Radio Co. in Cedar Rapids, Coady returned again to Iowa State, earning his master’s in 1963 and PhD in 1965. Coady was a member of the ISU faculty for thirty years as an associate professor of electrical engineering. He retired in 1992.

Coady didn’t just teach students at Iowa State, he provided many of them with places to live. Coady founded the property management company Coady Enterprises in 1997, having bought and managed student rental properties over his years at Iowa State. Coady Enterprises has built two large scale residential complexes, one finished when he first started his company, the second completed last summer. Coady oversaw the construction personally.

Coady is remembered for his sense of humor, intellect, and engaging personality. He greatly understood the value of education. Five of his ten children are also ISU alumni. Coady worked to make life better not just for his family, but for his community. In his free time, he enjoyed waterskiing, which he did from the lake home he built in Clear Lake, Iowa. He and his family and friends enjoyed traditional summer barbecues and Independence Day fireworks at that lake house. He was a man of science and industry, but he also had a rich spiritual life. He joined St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church upon moving to Ames.

Larry Coady is survived by his wife, Mary Anne Coady, a nurse; his sister, Maurine Reis; his ten children, Suzanne Rock, Michelle Coady, Daniel Coady, Kayleen Catus, Linda Vanderpoel, Sheila Coady, Sam Coady, Ellen Coady, Amy Courneya, Ann Evans; sixteen grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.


COX, Charles Philip

Charles Philip Cox, Iowa State University Statistics Professor Emeritus, born December 15, 1919, of Linton, Derbyshire, England died June 10, 2012 at Bethany Manor, Story City, Iowa. He was predeceased by his parents, Huldah and Herbert Cox; brother, Joseph Cox; and two sisters, Kathleen and Muriel Cox. Survivors include his sister-in-law, Jenny Cox and three nephews, Peter, Christopher, and Simon Cox all of England.


DAVIS, Kenneth
Kenneth L. Davis, 87, of Ames, died Monday March 25, 2013 at the VA Center in Des Moines. A celebration of life memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2400 Bloomington Road, Ames. Burial will be in Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter following the service.

Kenneth was born April 22, 1925, in Ames, the son of Lee Roy and Gertrude Davis. He graduated from Ames High School. He was a WWII veteran serving in the Marine Corps. He married Laurene Myers Taylor on Oct. 4, 1968, in Ames. Kenny worked at Iowa State University in the maintenance department, retiring in 1988. He was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Ames, Ames American Legion Post #37, and Moose Lodge #520. He enjoyed golf and time with his family.


DEKOVIC, Charles, Jr.
Charles William DeKovic, Jr. age 82, of Ames died January 11, in Madrid, IA. A gathering of friends and family will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, January 13, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care at 414 Lincoln Way in Ames. Burial will be at the Iowa State University Cemetery.

Chuck was born April 8, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois the son of Charles and Lillian (Hell) DeKovic. Chuck attended Crane Technical High School in Chicago, then enlisted in the US Marine Corp after high school in 1948. He served during the Korean Conflict until 1953. On June 11, 1955 he married Elaine Ann Pavlak in Chicago where they lived until he graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1958 with a degree in Architecture. The family then moved to Ames, Iowa, where he accepted an engineering graphics position at Iowa State University. His career path further led him to Rudi & DeKovic Architects, Cal State Hayward, Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and he returned to complete his career at Iowa State University in facilities management.

Chuck served the Ames community on several boards which included Youth and Shelter Services, and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. He served as a volunteer at Israel Family Hospice House, and dedicated time as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for area youth.

Chuck is survived by his wife Elaine Ann DeKovic of Ames, his children: Mark (Sue) DeKovic of Minneapolis, MN; Charles III (Sara) DeKovic of Ames, Jay DeKovic of Fraser Valley, CO; Lauren and (Martin) Fenimore of Ames, Julie DeKovic of Houston, TX; Elizabeth Catanesi of Madera, CA, eight grandsons, and two great-grandsons.

Chuck is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Eugene DeKovic of Napa Valley, CA.


DREESZEN, Emmett
Emmett Dreeszen 100, of Ames passed away March 13, at Northcrest Health Care Center in Ames. Emmett was born on Nov. 10, 1912, on a farm near Pierson. His parents were Rudolph J. and Louise (Bruene) Dreeszen. His given name was Woodrow Emmett, but he was known as Emmett through his lifetime as his parents feared he would be known as “Woody.”

Emmett was christened at Rock Branch, a rural church near Pierson. When he was three-years-old, the family moved to a farm near Correctionville where he entered country school. When he was 6, the family moved to a farm near Cushing where Emmett finished country school and graduated from Cushing High School in 1928 at the age of 15.

Emmett attended Wartburg College for three years, and then graduated from what was then Iowa State College in Ames in 1932. He taught country school in Ida County from 1935-37, was a high school principal and coach at Grand Meadow High School in Cherokee County and was a high school principal and coach at Early from 1937-42.

It was while teaching at Early that he married Lois Royer, of Kingsley. Two sons, Lynn A. and Steven K., were born there. In 1942, the family moved to Des Moines. Emmett taught science at Callanan Junior High School until 1944, when he accepted a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He was assigned to the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge, Tenn. While living in Oak Ridge, a daughter, Dee A., was born in 1948.

In 1948, Emmett accepted a position as information manager in the Ames Laboratory at Iowa State College. He held this position until he retired in 1978. In 1956, a third son, Bryce W., was born.

From 1994 until his death he and Lois lived at the Northcrest Retirement Community in Ames.
He had a lifelong interest in sports, as both a participant and spectator. He was an avid bowler and golfed into his 90s. In 2002, he and Lois were recognized for having been season ticket holders for football and basketball at Iowa State for 54 years.

He was a 60-year member of the Ames Lions Club and received the Monarch Award from Lions Clubs International. He served for a number of years in the Broken Arrow Council of the Boy Scouts of America and received the Silver Beaver Award.

He participated in the work of his church, Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation, as a Sunday School teacher and participant on various committees.

Emmett will be remembered by his family for his unfailing generosity, positive attitude, and his “Mr. Fix-it” abilities. He and Lois enjoyed playing cards and travel, having visited many places in the world as members of the Friendship Force.

He is survived by two sons, Steve (Donna) of Revere, Mass. and Bryce (Paula) of Interlochen, Mich.; one daughter, Dee, of Ames, and one daughter-in-law, Jane, of Scotts Valley, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Velma Goettsch, of Holstein.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois in 2011; son, Lynn; daughter, Shelley Jane, who died in infancy; brothers, Wesley and Elvie; and sister, Ina Volkert.

A memorial service will be Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m. at Northcrest Community.

Memorial contributions should be directed to the G.S. Nichols Scholarship Fund, c/o Collegiate United Methodist Church, 2622 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA, 50014.


DUTTON, Howard C.
September 3, 1944 - November 17, 2012
Howard C. Dutton, 68, of Ames, died of a sudden heart attack on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. A Celebration of Life will be held at Stevens Memorial Chapel, 607 28th St., Ames, on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

Howard was born in State Center on September 3, 1944; the son of Cletus and Helen Perry Dutton. He married Linda Barton on August 30, 1986 at the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, MN. Howard worked for Litzel Lumber Company as a plumbing supply manager and retired in 2008.

Howard loved playing BINGO at the American Legion and in Ellsworth, enjoyed visits to the casino in Tama, and loved his family and friends dearly. Howard was an avid Chicago Bears fan. He was a good and kind man who loved animals and who will be missed greatly.

Howard is survived by his wife, Linda, of Ames; son, Matthew of Alden and son, Rusty, of Iowa City; brothers, Bruce (Rhonda) Dutton of Nevada, IA, Dennis (Joyce) Dutton of Whitney, TX; sisters, Betty (Keith) Charlet of Texas, Enola (Rick) Fincham of Newton, IA and many nieces and nephews. Howard was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Lee Dutton.


Tribute by his wife, Linda Dutton

Good and honest man – loved by all


Tribute by Eileen Thompson, family friend (a portion of a letter written to Howard’s wife, Linda)

Linda,  
What a wonderful way to remember Howard.  He was known and respected by many people who were touched by him through the years.  He always was there to help and befriend everyone, I don’t think there was a person who met Howard stayed a stranger, he just was the kind of person to welcome people into his life.  Especially your family, which he embraced whole heartedly as his own family.  Howard and you had what we all wish to find for a friend, family and confidant.  You had a lot more than many other married couples as you both worked at your relationship and treasured it.    


EBERT, Gladys Eileen
Gladys Eileen Ebert was born January 16, 1921 to Eilert J. and Juliet Meyer in Wellsburg, Iowa. Gladys grew up as the oldest sibling; her younger siblings were Helen Louise, Thelma, and Barbara. After graduating from Wellsburg High School as the valedictorian of her high school class, she went on to the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with her B.A. Gladys obtained her M.S. at Iowa State University in 1967 and her Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1978. She was employed as an associate professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies at Iowa State University.

She enjoyed her position at Iowa State where she would teach and advise college students. Gladys was always thinking of others and initiated a program at Iowa State so that single parents from Native American backgrounds could obtain child care and funding, enabling them to go to college. Her program was very successful and it helped many families. She retired from Iowa State University in 2001.

Gladys enjoyed being with her family. She was married in 1950 to George Henry Ebert and they had three children, George, Ann, and Barbara. Gladys would take every opportunity she had to spend time with her children and seven grandchildren. She was an avid reader, a seamstress, and a wonderful chef.

Gladys died on Monday, July 9, 2012 at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Missouri at 91 years of age. She died from pneumonia after suffering a subdural hematoma.

She is survived by her siblings, Thelma Mohr of Ames, Iowa and Barbara Martin, of Tampa, Florida; her children, George Ebert of Burlington, Vermont, and Barbara Ebert (Hough) of Lohman, Missouri; her grandchildren, Daniel Blomgren of San Francisco, California, Katherine Ebert, Emily Ebert, and Sarah Ebert of Burlington Vermont, and Rebekah and Rachel Hough of Lohman, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eilert and Juliet Meyer; her husband, George Henry Ebert; her sister, Helen Louise Anders; her daughter, Ann Blomgren; and her grandson, David Blomgren.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames on Saturday, July 14. There will be a visitation one hour prior the service. Burial will be in the Iowa State University Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


December 2012 Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

Dr. Gladys Ebert retired as an associate professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies at Iowa State University in 2001 died on July 9, 2012 the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Missouri at 91 years of age.  An Iowa native, Gladys was named Emeritus Associate Professor of Apparel, Educational Studies and Hospitality Management; Emeritus Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Iowa State.  She received her B.A. ’42 from Northern Iowa and her M.S. ‘67 and Ph.D. ‘78, at Iowa State.  

She enjoyed her position at Iowa State where she would teach and advise college students. Gladys was always thinking of others and initiated a program at Iowa State so that single parents from Native American backgrounds could obtain child care and funding, enabling them to go to college. Her program was very successful and it helped many families.

Gladys was married in 1950 to George Henry Ebert, who was also an important presence on the Iowa State campus.  Gladys enjoyed being with her family. She was married in 1950 to George Henry Ebert and they had three children, George, Ann, and Barbara. Gladys would take every opportunity she had to spend time with her children and seven grandchildren. She was an avid reader, a seamstress, and a wonderful chef.

She is survived by her siblings, Thelma Mohr of Ames, Iowa and Barbara Martin, of Tampa, Florida; her children George Ebert of Burlington, Vermont, and Barbara Ebert (Hough) of Lohman, Missouri; her grandchildren Daniel Blomgren of San Francisco, California, Katherine Ebert, Emily Ebert, and Sarah Ebert of Burlington Vermont, and Rebekah and Rachel Hough of Lohman, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eilert and Juliet Meyer; her husband George Henry Ebert; her sister Helen Louise Anders; her daughter Ann Blomgren; and her grandson David Blomgren.  Her son, George Meyer Ebert became ill and passed away shortly after her death.  


ELDER, Imogene
Imogene Elder passed away on March 19, 1997.


FREY, Ann
Ann M. Frey was born in Elyria, Ohio, Wilmer C. and Lillian (Wright) Dunlap on March 9, 1922. She grew up in Ohio and Michigan and graduated from high school in Pontiac, Michigan. Ann attended Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a BA degree from Michigan State University in 1944. She married her college sweetheart, Kenneth Frey, in 1945. In 1953, Ann and Ken moved to Ames, where Kenneth was a professor in the ISU Agronomy Department.

Ann was a homemaker and volunteered in many community organizations. She founded the Friends of Foreign Wives organization for families of international graduate students, and was the president of Camp Fire Girls in Ames. She was an active member of the Collegiate Methodist Church, Chapter AA of PEO, ISU Women's Club, Mary Greeley Hospital Auxiliary, and the Agronomy Women's Club. Ann traveled extensively with her husband and family, both internationally and in the United States. Ann and Ken moved to Green Hills Retirement Community in 1997.

Ann passed away on January 2, 2013 at Green Hills Retirement Community at 84 years of age.

Ann is survived by her husband, Kenneth; her three children: Terry, a professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, Karen, a nurse practitioner in Berkeley, California, and Kevin, a faculty member at San Jose City College in San Jose, California; and two grandchildren, Ben Frey and Andrew Brewer.

Inurnment will be at a later date at the Iowa State University Cemetery.


FRITZ, James “Jim”

James "Jim" Fritz, 88, of Ames, passed away at his home under hospice care on Monday, December 10, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 14th at Adams Funeral Home. The family will receive friends starting at 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in the Iowa State University Cemetery.

After having obtained his Ph.D. in 1948 by the University of Illinois, Professor James S. Fritz became Senior Chemist and Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University in 1960. He was named Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1990. Besides ion chromatography his research interests were titrations, solid-phase extractions, capillary electrophoresis and analytical complexing reagents. He authored or co-authored several scientific books, including Fritz and Gjerde's "Ion Chromatography". In addition, he published more than 325 scientific publications.

Following the death of his first wife, Joan, in 1987, Jim and Mim were married July 15, 1989. His greatest joys were tennis, gardening, appreciation of music and especially his family.

Jim survived by his wife, Mim, of Ames; four daughters, Lisa of San Diego, California, Julie of Chicago, Illinois, Laurel of Ames, and Margy of Lincoln, Nebraska; 10 grandchildren; and Mim's family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Mae Fritz; and his first wife, Joan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Iowa State University Foundation or Homeward Hospice.


ISU Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

James “Jim” Fritz, 88, of Ames, died at his home under hospice care on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. He was born in Decatur, Illinois on July 20, 1924 and received a B.S. degree from James Millikin University in 1945. He obtained a M.S. degree in 1946 and a Ph.D. in 1948 from the University of Illinois under Professor G. Frederick Smith.

Professor James S. Fritz became senior chemist and professor of chemistry at Iowa State University in 1960. He was named distinguished professor in liberal arts and sciences in 1990. Besides ion chromatography, his research interests were titrations, solid-phase extractions, capillary electrophoresis and analytical complexing reagents. He authored or co-authored several scientific books, including Fritz and Gjerde’s “Ion Chromatography.” In addition, he published more than 325 scientific publications.

Following the death of his first wife, Joan, in 1987, Jim and Mim were married July 15, 1989. His greatest joys were tennis, gardening, appreciation of music and especially his family.

He is survived by his wife, Mim, of Ames; four daughters, Lisa, of San Diego, Julie, of Chicago, Laurel, of Ames, and Margy, of Lincoln, Neb.; 10 grandchildren; and Nim’s family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Mae Fritz; and his first wife, Joan.


FUCHS, Ronald
Ronald Fuchs, beloved husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, of plasmacytoma at home with family in Ames.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Ames, 1015 N. Hyland Ave., Ames, with supper following.

Ron was born Jan. 27, 1932, in Los Angeles, the only child of Swiss-born Ernest Fuchs and Hanna Berta (Herren) Fuchs, and named Ernest Ronald Fuchs.

He focused early in life on two areas in which he was interested and talented, music and science. This was partly because he developed asthma as an infant, which he did not outgrow until age 16. By 1950, when Ron was chosen as one of 40 Westinghouse Science Talent finalists and graduated from John Muir College, Lower Division (high school), Pasadena, Calif., he planned to study for a career in physics research.

He attended Caltech on a full scholarship and graduated as top man in his class with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1954.

He then studied physics in graduate school at the University of Illinois on a National Science Foundation Fellowship where he earned a master’s degree in 1955 and his doctorate degree in 1957. In 1957-58, he did post-doctoral work as a Fulbright Scholar with a National Science Foundation Fellowship at the Technische Hochschule Stuttgart, Germany. In 1958-61, he did further post-doctoral work at the MIT Laboratory for Insulation Research in Cambridge, Mass.

Ron joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University as an assistant professor in 1961. His field of study was the theory of how light affects condensed matter.

At ISU, he was promoted to associate professor in 1966 and to full professor in 1974. He retired in 1996 as professor emeritus.

One of the high points of Ron’s time at ISU was being “the first in the world to discover the surface modes of cubes and which ones were excited when exposed to a uniform electric field.”

During the 35 years he was employed at ISU, Ron taught at least 50 classes and guided the research of three doctoral students, two master’s students, four summer trainees, two honors program projects and three senior research projects. He was on the graduate student committees of 70 physics majors and 27 non-physics majors.

He published at least 50 refereed papers, for 10 of which he was the only author, seven non-refereed papers, and chapters in at least two books. He gave at least 48 talks and presented at least 36 contributed papers, about one per year, probably given at the March American Physical Society meetings which he loved to attend.

Ron felt lucky his work at ISU gave him many opportunities to travel. When his children were young, he participated at least three times in the Summer Program sponsored by the Aspen Center for Physics. He attended several Gordon Conferences. He was also able to arrange two year-long faculty improvement leaves to Germany, the first in 1973-74 to the Max Planck Institut of Festkoerperforschung in Stuttgart and the second in 1986-87 to the Freie Universitaet Berlin and the Fritz-Haber-Institut in Berlin, as well as a year-long Overseas Fellowship to the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge UK in 1996-97. In addition, he made at least five shorter trips to Mexico, three to Chile, two to Italy and one each to Russia Spain and Hong Kong. Some of those with whom he worked came to study at ISU and several became close friends.

He was a fellow of the American Physical Society, and a member of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, and the scientific research honor society, Sigma Xi.

After retirement, he continued to go to his office as long as his health permitted.

In 2007, he was honored by a conference held in Puebla, Mexico, to recognize his “contributions to nonlocal optics and optical properties of small particles and to his fruitful collaborations with latin American physicists.”

In 2009, he was given an American Physical Society award for being an outstanding referee.

In addition to physics, he loved his family, classical music, the outdoors, physical activities like mountain climbing, back-packing, jogging (he ran three marathons), bicycling and dancing, as well as making things with his hands like a swing set attached creatively at one end to a tree.

He was very supportive of others. Ron sang with the Ames Choral Society and participated in ACTORS when he first came to Ames, was a member of Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Ames for more than 50 years, played with the Squaw Creek Recorder Ensemble for about 35 years until a few months before he died, created and maintained the website of what became the Central Iowa Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society for more than 20 years (last updated June 27, 2012), played second violin with his daughter in the Central Iowa Symphony for at least 15 years through May 1, 2011, played with the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin for at least five summers, the last being 2009, and served on the Ames-ISU Bikeway Committee until it disbanded in 2002.

His great depth of kindness and caring could be seen in the gentle way he played with his grandchildren.

Ron’s determination to remain as healthy as possible and live life to its fullest despite cancer is an example to all of us.

We are very grateful to friends and WesleyLife Hospice nurses for help and advice during Ron’s last weeks.

He is greatly missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol “Holly” Edwards Fuchs, of Ames; one son, Alan Edwards Fuchs (Catherine Soyoung Kim), of Needham, Mass.; one daughter, Erica Bates Fuchs (Paul Kenneth Hokanson), of Ames; his grandchildren, Cal Hokanson-Fuchs, of Ames, Sarah Dahi Fuchs and Emma Jihae Fuchs, of Needham, Mass., as well as cousins in Switzerland and France.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to the Central Iowa Symphony to endow “the Ron Fuchs named chair” or to Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Ames.


Tribute by his wife, Holly

Here are a few words about Ronald Fuchs who died this past year.

Ronald Fuchs, physicist, beloved by family and friends, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at home of plasmacytoma.  

He was born January 27, 1932 in California. He was interested in physics from a young age. He earned his BS from Caltech in 1954, his Ph.D. from the U. of Illinois in 1957, took post-doc positions in Stuttgart and in Cambridge, MA, and then joined the ISU Department of Physics and Astronomy in 1961 as an assistant professor.  His main interest was the theory of how light affects condensed matter.  One highlight of his time at ISU occurred around 1975 when he was the first in the world to discover the surface modes of cubes when exposed to a uniform electric field.  He did this while trying to explain the results of an experiment someone had done in Stuttgart, Germany while he was there on a faculty improvement leave 1973-4.  He retired in 1996 as Professor Emeritus.  After retirement he continued to travel and work with other physicists, go to his office, edit papers for physics journals, attend colloquia and seminars, and email other physicists about common research interests until his health got too bad.  He was a brave, intelligent, honest, kind person, someone who thought for himself and delighted in solving problems.  Those who knew him miss him very much.


GOURAN, Patrick “Doc”
“He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." (Rafael Sabatini)

Patrick "Doc" Gouran was born in Peoria, IL 7-15-1940 to Helen Rogers Gouran and Roland Gouran. He was the third of four boys raised in a lively household along the Illinois River. Pat grew up like most children of the 40's and 50's spending Sat. afternoons watching movies on the big, and likely only screen in town which left him and his brothers with the ability to accurately quote every line in every old western ever made. Gouran "movie speak" lasted decades and littered their adult phone conversations and later their email correspondence.

Pat's warm effusive personality and early interest in movies led him to his life's work in live theater and film. He graduated from Illinois State University and later earned a PhD in theater from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Patrick taught theatre for 35 years at Iowa State University. Any student who elected to take Theatre 106 encountered a man born to share life's truths in a colorful, down to earth, oftentimes funny and yes, now and then, because now and then is more effective than most of the time, profane way. He loved to teach and his students knew that. He loved to act and his audiences knew that. He loved to direct and his actors knew that.

A natural off-shoot for performance led him to photography. He loved to shoot weddings and be a part of, what else, more drama. Pat shot hundreds of weddings as well as publicity and production photos and head shots for many theatre companies in the central Iowa area. He greatly respected our U.S. military veterans and shot photos of Iowa veterans for the book "Heroes Among Us".

He loved his Irish heritage, The Kingston Trio, bluegrass music, pheasant hunting, the Rocky Mountains and Iowa State basketball. He traveled throughout the US and parts of Europe. But he could never travel far enough that he didn't hear, in some part of the world, "Hey Doc! Remember me? I was in your 106 class."

Missing him greatly are his wife, Kay Rhoads, Ankeny, brother Dennis, State College, PA, sons Tim, Seattle, Brian (Sabina) Bellingham, WA. His beloved little granddaughters Ella, Mary and Grace of Bellingham, his grandson Ethan, WA. Stepson Troy Jones (Rebecca), stepdaughter Cindy Jones Kraft (Kenneth) step-grandsons Travis Kraft and his little boy Kale, Kevin Kraft, Tony Kraft (Stacy) and little Addison. A tiny silver schnauzer Pepper mourns him at home.

Prior to his passing hundreds of emails and social media messages were received that told stories of how he touched so many lives. To them Pat would say, "Do it" or, depending on one's temperament, "Let's be careful out there!"

No funeral services are planned. As Patrick preferred, a celebration of his life will be scheduled. Memorials may be sent to the Animal Rescue League.


December 2012 ISU Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." (Rafael Sabatini) Patrick "Doc" Gouran was born in Peoria, IL 7-15-1940 to Helen Rogers Gouran and Roland Gouran. He was the third of four boys raised in a lively household along the Illinois River. Pat grew up like most children of the 40's and 50's spending Sat. afternoons watching movies on the big, and likely only screen in town which left him and his brothers with the ability to accurately quote every line in every old western ever made. Gouran "movie speak" lasted decades and littered their adult phone conversations and later their email correspondence.

Pat's warm effusive personality and early interest in movies led him to his life's work in live theater and film. He graduated from Illinois State University and later earned a PhD in theater from the University of Colorado, Boulder.   Patrick taught theatre for 35 years at Iowa State University. Any student who elected to take Theatre 106 encountered a man born to share life's truths in a colorful, down to earth, oftentimes funny and yes, now and then, because now and then is more effective than most of the time, profane way. He loved to teach and his students knew that. He loved to act and his audiences knew that. He loved to direct and his actors knew that. A natural off-shoot for performance led him to photography. He loved to shoot weddings and be a part of, what else, more drama. Pat shot hundreds of weddings as well as publicity and production photos and head shots for many theatre companies in the central Iowa area. He greatly respected our U.S. military veterans and shot photos of Iowa veterans for the book "Heroes Among Us".

He loved his Irish heritage, The Kingston Trio, bluegrass music, pheasant hunting, the Rocky Mountains and Iowa State basketball. He traveled throughout the US and parts of Europe. But he could never travel far enough that he didn't hear, in some part of the world, "Hey Doc! Remember me? I was in your 106 class."

Missing him greatly are his wife, Kay Rhoads, Ankeny, brother Dennis, State College, PA, sons Tim, Seattle, Brian (Sabina) Bellingham, WA. His beloved little granddaughters Ella, Mary and Grace of Bellingham, his grandson Ethan, WA. Stepson Troy Jones (Rebecca), stepdaughter Cindy Jones Kraft (Kenneth) step-grandsons Travis Kraft and his little boy Kale, Kevin Kraft, Tony Kraft (Stacy) and little Addison. A tiny silver schnauzer Pepper mourns him at home.

Prior to his passing hundreds of emails and social media messages were received that told stories of how he touched so many lives. To them Pat would say, "Do it" or, depending on one's temperament, "Let's be careful out there!"  No funeral services are planned as Patrick preferred a celebration.


GROSVENOR, Dale
Dale Grosvenor was born Nov. 22, 1925, to Burt Vaness and Sarah Mabel (Armstrong) Grosvenor in Dixon, Neb. Dale was allowed to start school at the age of four, even though there wasn’t a kindergarten class. Teachers let him complete the third and fourth grades in one year and eventually he graduated from Newcastle High School in 1941, at the age of 15. That fall, Dale was a freshman at the University of Nebraska with his 16th birthday not until November.

Dale attended the University of Nebraska until March 1944, when he was drafted into the U.S. Navy. He served on a troop transport until July 1946. After returning to the United States, Dale came to Iowa State College for three semesters in the Navy’s V12 program. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering in 1948, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1949, a master’s degree in statistics in 1960, and a doctorate in statistics in 1963. He served on the faculty at ISU in the statistics department for one year, and then took a position in mathematics at Oklahoma State as director of the OSU Computer Center. He returned to ISU in 1968 to work in a joint appointment between ISU Computation Center and the Department of Computer Science. His international assignments took him overseas to Jakarta, Indonesia; Ibadan, Nigeria, and Lusaka, Zambia. While jogging in Africa in 1983, he was run down and left by the road. He spent two months in a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, before returning to America.

Dale remained a dedicated jogger and participated in several marathons, never to win or place, but to prove he could do it. One summer at Oklahoma State, he and Don Hotchkiss were on the indoor track under the Iba Arena. Don outpaced him, but became tired and began walking. Dale lapped him not once, but twice, pacing himself for the long-range target ahead. He was a competitive bowler, not with a high average, but always ready for a friendly challenge, especially against his friends in the statistics department. Dale was a member of the senior bowling league and was an excellent bridge player. Dale had many interests, including boating. With Don Hotchkiss, he built two windmill sailboats, contributing the precise measurements for them to cut and assemble the boats. Bernie Gerstein officially inspected their boats for competition in numerous races at Big Creek Lake. They won a first place out of four at the opening of Rathbun Lake. President Richard Nixon also visited the lake that day.

Dale was a quiet worker at Collegiate Presbyterian Church where he was a member.

Anywhere work was involved, you would see Dale. He helped set up tables and chairs for Wednesday night youth meals, helping to clean up afterwards. For many years, he was a member of a Bible study group until his health failed. Dale would find interesting things on the Internet to share with the group. Also, he played on the church softball team, amazing because one doesn’t expect the oldest guy on the team to have legs strong enough to crouch down and play catcher.

He contributed to many organizations in Ames. He was active in the Ames Kiwanis Club, the ISU Planned Giving Council and the ISU Foundation Board of Governors. He was a long time supporter of YSS, serving on the YSS Foundation Board of Directors from 1990 to 2001. At YSS, Dale chaired the long range planning and nomination committees. He loved to golf and was a member of the Siouxland ski club. He supported and participated in activities at Heartland Senior Services and Reiman Gardens. Dale and Bill Reinhardt were friends since their V12 years in the U.S. Navy at ISU. The textile and clothing exhibit in the renovated Morrill Hall on campus is dedicated to Bill’s first wife, Mary Alice. Beside her wedding dress is a picture of their wedding party, and Dale is pictured as a part of the wedding party. Friends from the V12 program continued to meet yearly at an ISU football game.
Dale saved everything, just in case he might need the information. This was true not only in his office, but in his apartment. When visiting Dale, you would be met at the door and invited to sit in the hall to discuss a particular subject. Dale had all the information at hand when needed.

Dale passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Northcrest Community in Ames, at the age of 86. He is survived by one sister, Alice M. Swick, of Dixon, Neb.; one brother, Harold L. Grosvenor, of Ponca, Neb.; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Grosvenor, of Ponca, and Naomi Grosvenor, of Newcastle, Neb.; one brother-in-law, Thomas A. Carey, of Okanogan, Wash.; many nieces and nephews; and many dedicated friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Burt Vernon Grosvenor and Robert E. Grosvenor; one sister, Helen G. Carey; infant triplet siblings, Darrel, Doris and Dorothy; and one brother-in-law, Melvin C. Swick.

A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames. Adams Funeral Home is Ames is assisting the family with arrangements.


GROTNES, Pearl Quam
Pearl Quam Grotnes died on July 13, 2012, at the age of 102 at Bethany Care Communities in Story City where she had resided since 2006. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia and husband Jim Woods, grandson, Todd Patrick and great grandchildren, Forrest, Dalton, Carter and Kirsten Patrick. Also surviving is her son, Milford and wife, Barbara; grandson Matt and wife Julie and great grandsons, Sam and Ben; granddaughter, Marah and husband Robert Marshall and great-granddaughters, Victoria and Alexandra. Sisrers-in-law Lela Quam and Vivian Quam and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Pearl was a lifelong resident of the Story City area. Her work career included several retail businesses in Story City. She also worked several years for the Memorial Union at Iowa State University. Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Hans, her siblings Irene Quam Johnson, Porter Quam, Ernest Quam, Howard Quam, Lorene Quam Bickelhaupt and two infant sisters.

Visitation will be at Bethany Manor from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18th. Funeral services will be held 1:30 pm at Bethel Lutheran Church in Story City with interment at the Story City Cemetery.


GUTHRIE, Winifred Wakefield
On June 25, 2012, Winifred Wakefield Guthrie, passed away peacefully in her home in Seattle, where she had lived since December 2008.

Wyn was born on Feb. 15, 1931, to Floyd and Ora Wakefield, of Ames. She grew up in Ames on the family farm with her older sister, Gloria (Charleton). She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1952, and married Don McClenahan Guthrie in 1953. She and Don lived in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and New York before moving to Seattle in 1980. She returned to Ames in 1985, to work for the School of Communications at Iowa State University and care for her ailing mother, returning to Seattle in 2003.

She is survived by her three sons and their families, James and Liz, of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Douglas, Kathleen and grandsons, Alec and Ian, of Seattle; and David and Cheri and granddaughters, Mackenzie and Madison, also of Seattle. A public memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct., 7, 2012, at Ames Municipal Cemetery.


HAGEN, Charles
Charles Elmer Hagen, age 58, of 229-13th Street, died September 3, 2012, from injuries of a car-train collision, east of Boone.

His body has been cremated and a Memorial Service will be Friday, September 7, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the Open Bible Church with Rev. Phil Waldo officiating.

Charles was born in Ames on August 7, 1954, the son of Charles and Shirley (Opperman) Hagen.

He attended Nevada High School in Nevada and enlisted with the United States Marine Corps serving during the Vietnam War.

In earlier years, Charles was foundry foreman at Quinn Machine and Foundry in Boone.

He later worked as a concrete finisher and most recently worked as a cook at Iowa State University.

Charles was a member of the Boone Fellowship Association, the Boone Group, and in earlier years, a member of the Boone Jaycees.

He enjoyed being on the computer, building wooden model airplanes, working on his motorcycle, watching movies, and keeping up on current affairs.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Marissa Hagen, and a brother James Hagen.

He is survived by a son Kenneth Hagen of Boone; two daughters: Kira Cheville and Lindsey Cheville, both of Boone; two brothers William Caughey and wife Kristen of El Dorado, Kansas, and Rick Hagen and wife Suk of Cary, North Carolina; three sisters: LeeAnn Webb and husband Patrick of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jeanette Hedlund and husband Jeffrey, and Barbara O’Donnell and husband Philip, all of Nevada; two grandchildren: Ashton Charles Hagen of Eagle Grove, and Autumn Jean Little of Boone; and his best friends and former wives, Connie Little and Sara Cheville, both of Boone.


HAZEL, Frances
Frances Peterson Hazel, “Fran”, as she was known to her husband Lanoy and others, was born in Brookings county South Dakota in 1916 on her parents’ farm located in the southeastern portion of the state. Frances was the seventh of eight children born to her parents Martin and Mary. She was reared there, and then graduated from South Dakota State College in 1938 with majors in journalism and home-economics.

She met and married her husband of 52 years, Lanoy N. Hazel, in Ames, Iowa in 1940. Frances was the helpmate and mainstay for her husband as he earned his Ph.D. in Animal Science at Iowa State and reared their family of four children in the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s. Her patience, love, and support were critical elements in Lanoy’s career as he developed and expanded his thesis of selective breeding. His influence on the livestock industry, which continues to expand to this day, has resulted in the high quality and nutritional meat products available to consumers. This is the valuable legacy of Lanoy and Frances Hazel to the world.

After their retirement the Hazels decided to make their home in Arkansas in the Ozark Mountains near Mountain Home. Frances custom designed the house and had it built one quarter mile up the mountain looking down on Lake Norfolk. There, from 1973 until 1992, she established and maintained the home where she and Lanoy resided, and where her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were frequently reunited. Frances nursed and was primary caretaker for Lanoy as he struggled with and finally succumbed to emphysema.   After Lanoy passed away in 1992, Frances lived on in their home, enjoying her personal hobbies including reading, writing, and watching the television shows, “Reba”, “60 Minutes”, and evening news. She loved to play backgammon and word quizzes, write e-mails to friends and family, and even wrote her memoirs and the Peterson family history.  

In 2004, at the age of 88, Frances decided to move to California to be close to her middle daughter in an amenable climate. She maintained her independent lifestyle there well into her 90’s. She retained her intellectual sparkle for most of those years, keeping current on national events, reading voraciously, and playing those daily word puzzles.

At age 96, two months before her 97th birthday, Frances passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and a great-grandchild, Joshua. Frances was predeceased by grandson Todd Klaver, her son Robert Hazel, husband Lanoy Hazel, as well as her parents, Mary and Martin Peterson, her seven siblings, Edna, Howard, Milo, Leroy, Charles, Eleanor, and Donald. She is survived by her daughters Bonnie, Nancy, and Laurie, her granddaughter Rebecca, grandsons Christopher and Timothy, and her great-grandchildren, Joshua, Max, and Ari.


Tribute from her daughters, Nancy Brelig and Laurie Hoffman.

Frances Peterson Hazel, “Fran”, as she was known to her husband Lanoy and others, was born in Brookings county South Dakota in 1916 on her parents’ farm located in the southeastern portion of the state. Frances was the seventh of eight children born to her parents Martin and Mary. She was reared there, and then graduated from South Dakota State College in 1938 with majors in journalism and home-economics.

She met and married her husband of 52 years, Lanoy N. Hazel, in Ames, Iowa in 1940. Frances was the helpmate and mainstay for her husband as he earned his Ph.D. in Animal Science at Iowa State and reared their family of four children in the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s. Her patience, love, and support were critical elements in Lanoy’s career as he developed and expanded his thesis of selective breeding. His influence on the livestock industry, which continues to expand to this day, has resulted in the high quality and nutritional meat products available to consumers. This is the valuable legacy of Lanoy and Frances Hazel to the world.

After their retirement the Hazels decided to make their home in Arkansas in the Ozark Mountains near Mountain Home. Frances custom designed the house and had it built one quarter mile up the mountain looking down on Lake Norfolk. There, from 1973 until 1992, she established and maintained the home where she and Lanoy resided, and where her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were frequently reunited. Frances nursed and was primary caretaker for Lanoy as he struggled with and finally succumbed to emphysema.   After Lanoy passed away in 1992, Frances lived on in their home, enjoying her personal hobbies including reading, writing, and watching the television shows, “Reba”, “60 Minutes”, and evening news. She loved to play backgammon and word quizzes, write e-mails to friends and family, and even wrote her memoirs and the Peterson family history.  

In 2004, at the age of 88, Frances decided to move to California to be close to her middle daughter in an amenable climate. She maintained her independent lifestyle there well into her 90’s. She retained her intellectual sparkle for most of those years, keeping current on national events, reading voraciously, and playing those daily word puzzles.

At age 96, two months before her 97th birthday, Frances passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and a great-grandchild, Joshua. Frances was predeceased by grandson Todd Klaver, her son Robert Hazel, husband Lanoy Hazel, as well as her parents, Mary and Martin Peterson, her seven siblings, Edna, Howard, Milo, Leroy, Charles, Eleanor, and Donald. She is survived by her daughters Bonnie, Nancy, and Laurie, her granddaughter Rebecca, grandsons Christopher and Timothy, and her great-grandchildren, Joshua, Max, and Ari.


Tribute by her daughter, Bonnie Shoultz

Frances Peterson Hazel
She was the wife of L.N. Hazel, Professor of Animal Science.  My mother was a wonderful helpmate who supported my father’s work in countless ways, including allowing him to put blood samples and calves’ heads in our refrigerator overnight!


HEADY, Marian

Marian Ruth Heady 93, passed away on June 30, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday July 5, at Adams Funeral Home in Ames. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday July 6, at the Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames with burial in the Iowa State Cemetery.

Marian was born on August 23, 1918 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Ernest and Clara Hoppert. She graduated from Lincoln High School and the University of Nebraska, where she was a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron and Omicron Nu Honorary Fraternities, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, and was on the Farmer's Fair Board for three years. She taught high school vocational homemaking in Nebraska City, Nebraska. On March 1, 1941, she married Earl O. Heady and resided in Ames from that time on.

She was past president of Faculty Women's Club (ISU Women's Club) and Chapter HN of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, member and officer of Alpha Chi Omega Alumnae Club, ISU Economics Women, International Student Furniture Exchange, and numerous church groups, including Collegiate United Methodist Women. She taught Sunday school for many years.

She entertained and assisted Earl's graduate students and families, who came from countries all over the world. They were like family to both Marian and Earl. Earl's position at Iowa State led to extensive foreign travel for both of them. Marian was also very devoted to her own children and their families, of whom she was very proud. She had a wide variety of interests, and enjoyed her many friends and activities.

Survivors include a son, Stephen, Portland, Oregon; a daughter, Barbara Heady (Stan Smith); two grandsons, Andrew Kling (Susan) and Nathan Kling (Elizabeth); and four great grandchildren (Lydia, Miriam, Zoe, and Jonah Kling). She was preceded in death by her parents, her three sisters, her husband, her daughter Marilyn, a granddaughter, and a grandson.

Memorials may be donated to Collegiate United Methodist Church or Northcrest Retirement Community.  


HEINRICH, Terri G.
Terri G. Heinrich, 53, of Ames passed away May 24, 2012. A visitation will be held Friday, June 1, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home in Ames.

Terri was born October 22, 1958, Greenfield, Wisconsin, to Richard and Julie Heinrich. Terri was a 26-year employee of the Iowa State University Parks Library. She was on the Board-of-Directors of the Ames Izaak Walton League and a member of the Nature Conservancy, Story County Pheasants Forever, National Rifle Association and the Ames Anglers. On Thursday, May 24, Terri tragically lost a decades-long battle with bi-polar disorder. She was a beautiful kind person who brought incredible joy to countless hearts. She will be greatly missed.

Terri is survived by her husband Daniel Burden (Ames, Iowa); father, Richard Heinrich (South-Milwaukee, Wisconsin); three sisters, Geri Heinrich and husband Matt Bovino (Westport, Connecticut); Sue Tippet and her husband Chet Tippet (Shelby, Michigan); and Mary-Jo Pierce and husband Doug Pierce (Plymouth, Wisconsin); one brother, Joseph Heinrich and his wife Donna (Trauscht) Heinrich (San Juan Capistrano, California). Terri was preceded in death by her mother Julie (Witkowski) Heinrich.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Ames Animal Rescue Shelter or the Ames Chapter Izaak Walton League of America.

Bi-polar disorder manifests itself in many ways with very serious and sometimes fatal consequences. Her family and friends asked us to take this opportunity to encourage the entire ISU community to further their understanding of this disorder (various resources are available online) and to express compassion for our fellow employees, and our fellow employee's loved ones who manage and at times suffer its many forms.

If you, a loved one or co-worker experience or exhibit chronic mood swings, depression, manic-depression, illogical financial or compulsive behaviors, please seek guidance from a university-contracted or similar professional care giver. If you or a loved one are under the care of a physician for bi-polar disorder, a bi-polar-related issue, or hormone-replacement therapy, please share details of your care with your loved ones, and under no circumstances elect to deviate from physician-prescribed treatment. Be sure to share any details of medication or medication-dosage changes with those closest to you who can monitor your behavior and in an emergency contact your professional care-giver.  


Tribute by her husband, Daniel Burden

Terri G. Heinrich, 53, of Ames, and the Iowa State University, passed away May 24, 2012.

Terri was born October 22, 1958, Greenfield, Wisconsin, to Richard and Julie Heinrich.  Terri was a 26-year employee of the Iowa State University Parks Library; and was a 1981 graduate of the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.  She met her husband-to-be Daniel Burden (ISU Extension Value-Added Agriculture Program) while attending Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, in 1978.

On Thursday, May 24, Terri tragically lost a decades-long battle with bi-polar disorder.   She was a beautiful kind person who brought incredible joy to countless hearts.  She is greatly missed by her countless friends in Ames and her Parks Library co-workers.

Terri loved books and working in the Parks Library was a blessing to her.  She loved music and was an avid concert goer who supported various Central-Iowa music organizations, particularly the Ames Chamber Artists.  For decades she was an outstanding instructor and highly active in the regional Yoga scene.  Additionally, she served on the Board-of-Directors of the Ames Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, was a certified hunter-safety instructor; and a long-time member of the Nature Conservancy, Story County Pheasants Forever, and the Ames Anglers.

Terri is survived by her husband Daniel Burden (Ames, Iowa); father, Richard Heinrich (South-Milwaukee, Wisconsin); three sisters, Geri Heinrich and husband Matt Bovino (Westport, Connecticut); Sue Tippet and her husband Chet Tippet (Shelby, Michigan); and Mary-Jo Pierce and husband Doug Pierce (Plymouth, Wisconsin); one brother, Joseph Heinrich and his wife Donna (Trauscht) Heinrich (San Juan Capistrano, California).  Terri was preceded in death by her mother Julie (Witkowski) Heinrich.

At the time of her death, considerable memorials in Terri’s name were directed to the Ames Animal Rescue Shelter and the Ames Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America.  Those institutions and her family and friends and express their heartfelt thanks to all who contributed.  Recently, additional memorials have been put in place with BringChange2Mind, a national bi-polar and mental health awareness organization, the Des Moines Civic Music Association, and the Ames Anglers.


Tribute by Lori Kappmeyer, Department Head, Parks Library

Terri had the following positions while at IUS:  1985-89, Library Assistant II, Library Monographs Department, Catalog Management Unit; 1989-96, Library Assistant III, Library Monographs Department; 1996-2012, Library Assistant IV, Library Monographs and later Cataloging Department.

Terri was a conscientious cataloger who took great interest in the materials she cataloged, saving quotes and interesting information she saw in books she handled. She was specially trained in map cataloging. In addition she was active in the Library Staff Association as divisional representative. She served at library events, worked on the food drive, had library Giving Tree donations go to ACCESS assault care shelter, found speakers for meetings, and instigated a volunteer library grounds keeping day. She was planning to run for Library Staff Association President in 2012. She was proud of being in the 25-Year Club.

She treated her colleagues to lovely displays in her office of objects of natural beauty, such as rocks, fossils, feathers, carved wooden objects and seed pods. Her office was like a natural history museum.

Staff remember Terri as being a friendly and outgoing person with an infectious hearty laugh, and she was always ready to listen and offer helpful advice or a sympathetic ear.


HELDT, Edith M.
Edith M. Heldt, 86, passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2010, at the Evangelical Free Church Home in Boone following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday July 7, 2010, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ogden. Rev. Stephen Ude will officiate. Burial will be at Maas Cemetery rural Ogden, Iowa. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at the church. Carson - Stapp Funeral Home in Ogden is in charge of the arrangements.

Edith Maxine Robinson was born on August 6, 1923, in Napier, Iowa, the daughter of Marion and Zella (Miller) Robinson. She graduated with the Boone High School class of 1942. Following her education, Edith worked at the Ordinance Plant in Ankeny. Edith was united in marriage to Vern Heldt on August 6, 1944. The couple farmed in the Beaver and Ogden area from 1946 until 1959. During this time she was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and LWML. In 1959, Edith and Vern moved to Ames where they belonged to St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Edith was employed by Ames Fruit & Grocery for a number of years and later worked at ISU Physical Plant where she remained until retiring. Following retirement they moved to Boone in 1992 and rejoined Zion Lutheran Church.

Edith enjoyed gardening, quilting, reading, and various crafts.

Survivors include her husband, Vern Heldt of Boone, Iowa; two sons, Donald Heldt and wife Pat, of Grayson, Georgia, and Dean Heldt and wife Suzi, of Zearing, Iowa; one daughter, Deborah Heldt Schafer and husband Craig of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota; grandchildren, Paul Williamson, Pamela Stephenson, Bruce Heldt and wife Rita, Ryan Heldt, Sean Heldt, Tara (Heldt) Menke and her husband, Jeff, Kylie (Schafer) Wilcox and husband, Milton, Robert and Alec Schafer; great grandchildren, Chandler Briggs Williamson, George Alexander Bruce Stephenson, Jackson Menke, Carter Menke, and Talitha Wilcox; one sister, Alice Satre of Des Moines, Iowa; two brothers, Dick Robinson of Anaheim, California, and Charles Robinson of Diamond Bar, California; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Bert, Max, and Verne Robinson; and two sisters, Frances Robinson and Doris Tuttle.

Memorials may be left to the Evangelical Free Church Home, 112 4th St. West, Boone, Iowa, 50036.


HELDT, Vern A.
Vern A. Heldt, 90, of Ogden, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at the Boone County Hospital following a very brief illness.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 4, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ogden. Pastor Wade Brandt will officiate. Burial will be at Maas Cemetery rural Ogden. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the Church

Vern A. Heldt was born on May 26, 1922, to Arthur and Elsie (Tonsfeldt) Heldt of Ogden.

On August 6, 1944, he was united in marriage to Edith Robinson of Boone. They celebrated nearly sixty six years together and were blessed with three children. Vern and Edith spent many years farming in the Ogden/Beaver area until moving to Ames in 1959. He had also served with the Iowa State Guard from 1944 to 1947.

Together he and Edith and family were members of Zion Lutheran Church until moving to Ames where they joined St. Paul Lutheran. Upon their return to the Boone area they renewed their membership at Zion.

Vern worked for Iowa State University in Ames in various capacities for about fourteen years most often as a truck driver. After that he worked as a store clerk, a vending route driver, and finally a truck driver.

Over the years he and Edith were able to enjoy many trips around the country traveling to over thirty states. Vern enjoyed fishing, camping, and playing golf.

Survivors include two sons, Donald (Pat) Heldt of Grayson Georgia, and Dean (Suzi) Heldt of Zearing, Iowa, and one daughter, Deborah (Craig) Schafer of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota; nine grandchildren, Paul Williamson, Pamela Stephenson, Bruce Heldt, Ryan Heldt, Sean Heldt, Tara (Jeff) Menke, Kylie (Milton) Wilcox, Robert Schafer, and Alec Schafer; great grandchildren, Briggs Williamson, Alex Stephenson, Jackson, Carter, Ella Menke, and Talitha & Conan Wilcox; one brother Dayle Heldt. Vern was preceded in death by his wife, Edith and his parents, Art and Elsie.

Memorials may be left to: Westhaven Community, 112 West 4th St., Boone, Iowa


HOCKMAN, Bill Ward
Bill Ward Hockman, 87, of Rochester, Minn., and formerly of Ames, Iowa died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester, Minn. Graveside services will be next spring in Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Bill Ward Hockman was born Dec. 24, 1924, in Cincinnati, Iowa, to Kenneth L. (Roy) and Fannie (Smith) Hockman. He was raised in Ames, where he attended Ames High School. He worked in the family business, Roy Hockman and Sons, and later went to work at Iowa State University until he retired. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. On Dec. 19, 1946, he married Ruth Marian Buechler in Boone. The couple made their home in Ames for 66 years. They moved to Rochester in 2009. Ruth preceded him in death March 13, 2012. He was a member of the Arcadia Masonic Lodge No. 249 A.F. & A. M. in Ames, where he progressed through all the chairs, and was a lifetime member of the American Legion. He helped refurbish and restore the sanctuary for First Christian Church of Ames. He enjoyed being with his family, fishing and woodworking, and was an avid ISU fan.

He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather; and is survived by one daughter, Elaine (John) Cummings, of Rochester; two sons, David (Michele) Hockman, of Olathe, Kan., and Kurt (Monica) Hockman, of Garland, Texas; three granddaughters, Katherine and Jessica Cummings and Marissa Hockman; one brother, Paul (Rene) Hockman, of Jewell; and one sister, Lynda (Oge) Forre, of Slater.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one brother; and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Mayo Foundation for Diabetes Research, Dept of Development, 200 First Street, SW; Rochester, MN 55905-9817.


HUDSON, Harry “Bruce”
Harry “Bruce” Hudson, 84, of Ames, died Monday, February 4, 2013 at Mary Greeley Medical Center. No services are planned at this time.

Harry “Bruce” Hudson was born June 7, 1928 to Otis and Josephine King Hudson in Schaller, Iowa. He graduated Schaller High School where he lettered in baseball, basketball and football. He then worked his way through Iowa State College with a student job at Iowa State Memorial Union and at his fraternity (Phi Kappa Tau) where he served meals and washed dishes to pay for his own meals. He graduated from Iowa State College with a BS in Industrial Administration in March of 1951.

Bruce enlisted in the United States Navy in April of 1951. After boot camp in San Diego, schooling and an assignment at the Navy's War College in Monterey, he was sent to Officer's Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, Rhode Island. He was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve and served on the Ammunition Ship USS Vesuvius (AE-15) as a deck/watch officer during the Korean Conflict. He also served as assistant combat information center/watch officer on the carrier USS Hornet (CVA-12) for eighteen months. During his tour on the Hornet, she took a `world cruise' that included a five-month patrol in the Formosa Straits (now Taiwan) during the pre-Vietnam War build-up. In February of 1955 Bruce was released to inactive reserve status. He took a job as process engineer with Solar Aircraft Co. in Des Moines and was named Commanding Officer of Naval Reserve Security Division 9-18 in Fort Des Moines.

On April 6, 1956, Bruce and Marian (Molly) Angelos were married at Windsor Presbyterian Church, where he was serving as an elder.

When Solar Aircraft closed in 1957, he took a job with the Specialty Products Division (SPD) of General Mills, Inc. and was named a regional sales representative covering western USA and western Canada. The family moved from Des Moines to Appleton, Wisconsin during this General Mills assignment. In 1964, he was named Manager of Operations of Iowa State Memorial Union and the family, now including three sons, moved from Appleton to Ames, Iowa. In 1971, he was named Managing Director and served in that capacity until retirement in 1987. In 1987, he and his three sons formed a corporation to market a line of medical timing devices, designed by the sons, under the trade name, 'Med -Time' Enroute-Arrest and Alert.

Bruce had been active in three Presbyterian Churches, serving as Elder, Trustee and Deacon; in Boy Scouts at all leadership levels and all three sons all became Eagle Scouts; in PTA, as President of the Meeker PTA and of the Ames PTA Council; on the boards of Hope Pre-School and Ames Rotary; and served his fraternity as President of the Alumni Council as well as faculty/staff advisor for a number of years.

Bruce was a Life Scout and member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, the American Legion Post #37, a life member of Iowa State Memorial Union and Iowa State University's Alumni Association, and Chairman of Hudsons, Inc. In addition to the ‘world cruise,’ he had traveled extensively in the USA, Canada and Europe.

He is survived by his wife, Marian “Molly” Hudson of Ames; three sons, Paul (Deb) Hudson of Ames, John (Lana) Hudson of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Scott (Wendy) Hudson of Cedar Falls.; two brothers, Bob Hudson of Des Moines, and Roger (Sue) Hudson of Des Moines; eight grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren.


HUTTON, Bill “Wilbert”
Dr. Bill (Wilbert) Hutton, PhD. (July 30, 1927 to April 5 2013) Loving husband of Marilyn for 59 years, great father to Mary (Larry Eyer) and Robert (Jo Mitchell), proud grandfather of Kelsey and Kevin Eyer; Elizabeth, Roberta and Virginia Hutton. Born and raised in Denver, (Eagle Scout, West High Class of '45), he returned at retirement, as Professor Emeritus, from Iowa State University in 1990. First in his family to graduate high school, he became an inspiring teacher and mentor with a true love of Chemistry. BS from U of Denver, PhD from Michigan State. Served in Army Medical Corps, Frankfurt, Germany '54-'56. Taught at Bowling Green State University, University of Illinois-Urbana and ISU. Also guest professor in India with NSF/USAID two years. Active in American Chemical Society until his death. Many awards and recognitions local and national, including Catalyst Award for Excellence in Chemistry Teaching from Chemical Manufacturer's Association. He was a man who loved books - volunteering at Denver Public Library - the Muppets (incorporating them in Chemistry lectures), and life-long learning. He was funny, compassionate and humble - a GOOD man!


Tribute by Kathy A. Burke, Ph.D., Associate Coordinator of Undergraduate Chemistry

Wilbert Hutton, 85, an emeritus professor of chemistry at Iowa State University, died on April 5, 2013 in Denver.

Bill received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Denver in 1950 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Michigan State University in 1959.

Bill’s first teaching position was at Bowling Green State University, including one year as visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign. He began his career as Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University in 1968 and was an inspiration to his students until he retired in 1990. *During his time at ISU, Bill was active in the ACS at local, state, and national levels, including as chair of DivCHED and member of both the Board of Directors of the Journal of Chemical Education and the Examination Institute.  He worked tirelessly with colleagues at area high schools to facilitate continuing education opportunities for central Iowa teachers.  For years, he coordinated the teaching assistant training program.  He authored or co-authored texts and laboratory manuals.  He was an undergraduate advisor and served on many departmental and university-wide committees.  Bill was the recipient of the 1984 Chemical Manufacturer’s Association Catalyst Award for Excellence in Chemistry Teaching.  Bill especially loved being faculty advisor to the chemistry club, S*C*U*M (Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Majors), and was proud of the group’s invitation to present a well-remembered demonstration extravaganza at the 1982 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education.  In retirement, Bill volunteered at his local library. Bill is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marilyn; daughter Mary Eyer; son Robert; and 5 grandchildren.


JESKA, Elizabeth E. Ahlgren

Tribute by her husband, Edward

Elizabeth E. Ahlgren Jeska, born July 24, 1927; died January 5, 2013.  Elizabeth held Bachelor and Master degrees and her forte was teacher and administrator in adult education.  In her early work experience, she taught in community colleges in Pennsylvania and in Iowa.  She later became a Conference Coordinator at ISU and represented the university on the National Committee of University Conference Coordinators.  She retired in 1989.

Elizabeth was a wife, a mother who raised four children and, later, pursued a career until her retirement.  She was involved in community affairs, e.g. she was a volunteer in the criminal rehab program for young people in Ames, an participated in community social events.  She will be remembered as a happy and kind person loved by her family and friends and will continue to be loved, in their memories.


JONES, Margaret
Maggie was born May 5, 1925 in Fraser, Iowa to Harry and Inez (Phipps) Harrigan. She graduated in 1943 from Boone High School. She married Albert Jones on March 26, 1949 in Ames. Maggie worked for Western Union in Boone. She also worked for ISU for 15 years as a meter maid retiring in 1985. In 1985, Al and Maggie retired and moved to Bella Vista, AR. where they spent 25 wonderful years. Al passed away in 2002 and Maggie returned to Ames in 2009 to be close to family. She was a charter member of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Ames, and devoted sponsor and proud member of AA for 27 years. She enjoyed camping, traveling, bird watching, gardening, playing card games and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Gloria (Dennis) Erickson of Ames and Kim (Tim) Vander Hoek of Phoenix, AZ; three sons, Steven Jones of New York City, NY, Randall (Sheridan) Jones of Albuquerque, NM. and Chris (Tamra) Jones of Colorado Springs, CO.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Maggie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Al; two brothers; and one sister.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alano Society to provide funding to make the building entry accessible to all at McCormick Place. This is the building where Maggie attended AA meetings. (Alano Society, P.O. Box 296, Ames, Iowa 50010


JOHNSON, Jerald
Jerald Johnson, age 66, of 912-13th Street, died August 3, 2012, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.

His body has been cremated and Memorial Services will be Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall with Rev. Gary Sneller officiating.

Burial of his cremains will be in the Boone Memorial Gardens.

Jerald was born in Boone on November 27, 1945, the son of Roy and Darline (Ahrens) Johnson.

He graduated from Boone High School in 1963 and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1966 serving during the Vietnam War.

Jerald was employed for 34 years at Iowa State University in the janitorial department.
He loved fishing and he also enjoyed hunting, cooking, listening to Elvis music, and visiting Prairie Meadows.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Larry Johnson.

Jerald is survived by a brother Ron Johnson and wife Becky of Boone; a sister Carmen Turner and husband Dan of Ames; two nephews: John Turner and wife Heather and Marcus Johnson and wife Lisa all of Ankeny; a niece Melanie Kauten and husband Jeremy of Waterloo; great nephew Caleb ‘CJ’ Turner; great nieces Keely Kauten, Tabatha Kauten and Carly Kauten, and Katelynn Johnson; and an uncle Arnold Ahrens of Boone.

Friends may call at the funeral chapel Friday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. where the family will be present.


JUTTING, Arlene
Arlene Jutting, age 83 of Ames, died Monday August 27 at Northcrest Community. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 6 at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Ames. Arlene was born October 8, 1928 in Farina, Il; the daughter of Orville and Eleonore (Widicus) Elbring. She grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, on the campus of Eden Seminary. After graduating from high school she continued her education at Central College in Pella, receiving a BA in Music and a BS in Chemistry. She married Ike Jutting on August 21, 1950 in Webster Groves. The couple lived in Woodard, Meridian, and Zearing before moving to Ames in 1962. She worked at ISU, Friedrich Realty, and Hach Chemical, and was a partner in several businesses including the Bonanza Steakhouse in Fort Dodge. Music was her passion, and she was the organist for forty years at Northminster Presbyterian Church. Arlene touched lives throughout the Ames community through her volunteer work as an accompanist at ACTORS, Heartland Senior Band and Variety show, and at Northcrest Retirement Community. Arlene also expressed her desire to serve the community through her 25 year leadership at Recovery International, and 20 years at P-FLAG. She was an avid gardener, and drew birds into her gardens at Northcrest with her plants and feeders. She was recently awarded the "Unsung Hero" Award by the Ames Tribune for her exemplary service to the Ames community. Arlene and Ike enjoyed traveling, starting with family camping trips throughout the US and Canada. Later they traveled to Australia, Hawaii and Europe.

Arlene is survived by her children, Jeff and Karen Jutting of Ames, Jaci and Kevin Mart of Young, Arizona, Jerry Jutting and John Zmolek of Seattle, Washington; grandchildren, Kellie (Brian) Schall, Brandon and Travis Mart, James and Laura Wolfe and their son Damian, and Buckey Wolfe; and brother, Armin Elbring. Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Ike Jutting; and grandson, Christopher Jutting. In lieu of flowers we ask that you direct your memorials to:  Northcrest Foundation, Teresa Kenton, 1801 20th St, Ames, IA 50100 Northminster Church,1416 20th, St, Ames, IA 50010 United Way of Story County /315 Clark Ave, Ames, IA 50010 www.UWStory.org


Tribute by Laura Millsaps--Unsung Hero: She makes music in the lives of others
Arlene Jutting, 83, of Ames, has spent countless hours playing the piano and organ for her church and other organizations.

Just like the music that has been her passion for a lifetime, Arlene Jutting can’t just hit one note giving to the community; she hits many in harmony.

Jan Beran, the friend who nominated Jutting for an Ames Tribune Unsung Hero award, wrote a lengthy nomination letter mentioning not just one volunteer endeavor, but many and varied ones.

“It’s not just a sense of duty to the community with Arlene,” Beran wrote. “She genuinely likes all kinds of people, she is outgoing, a good listener and has a great sense of humor. I believe it’s very enjoyable for her to share her talents with everyone.”

Jutting began playing the piano when she was 5 years old, and went on to play the church organ for 40 years at Northminster Presbyterian Church. She has volunteered as an accompanist for ACTORS, the Heartland Senior Band, Northcrest Retirement Center, and the Heartland Variety Show.

“I love music,” Jutting said. “It’s just something I have to do. I don’t know if you can say it’s a calling, but it’s something I enjoy and love sharing with other people.”

Janice Coy, the founder of the Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) chapter in Ames 15 years ago, considers Jutting to be an unsung hero for her leadership in social justice issues.

“I began PFLAG in Ames at a time when this was a growing concern and local supporters of gays and lesbians decided that we needed to be active publicly and have the backing of a national organization,” said Coy, who has a lesbian daughter. “Arlene was there from the beginning. The group exists to educate, advocate and provide support. Arlene was always very adept at doing that, making people feel comfortable.”

It was a natural cause for Jutting to get involved with.

“I had always been interested in that cause because I had friends when I was younger who were gay at a time when it was extremely unpopular, and I worried about them,” Jutting said. “Later, I discovered my youngest son was gay, and it just added more impetus to my desire to do something.”

Jutting is also outspoken about the need to provide those people who need them with mental health services. She led a weekly support group in Ames through Recovery International for 25 years.

“I went through a period of bad depression in my 60s, at a time when there was still a great deal of stigma attached to mental illness,” she said. “People weren’t supposed to talk about it. I decided that once I was recovered, I’d do anything I could to help others.

“I didn’t feel like anybody should have to go through that kind of tough time alone. Now, there are a number of support options in Ames. The culture has definitely changed, and that’s a good thing.”


KEENAN, Betty “B.K.”
Betty A. "BK" Keenan died on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Bethany Life Communities in Story City, IA. She was born in Chicago on August 3, 1929 to Walter and Fay Keenan. BK enjoyed telling stories about Chicago politics, growing up during the depression, WWII rationing, and playing on the city streets. As a child, her father taught her to swim in Lake Michigan and she used her aquatic skills on the YMCA swimming team, as a Red Cross swimming instructor for the Chicago City Park District during her college years, and as a swimming specialist throughout her professional career.

After graduating from Aquinas Dominican High School in Chicago, BK attended Boston University's prestigious Sargent School of Physical Training, graduating in 1951. She began her long teaching career in 1951 at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN. She taught many sport activities and swimming to high school students from the Durham Preparatory School for one year and then to "St. Kate " college students until she resigned in 1957 to pursue an advanced degree at the University of Iowa.

BK completed her MS degree in 1958 and accepted a position at Iowa State University where she taught a wide variety of physical education courses including: riflery, tennis, badminton, golf, archery, fencing, self-defense, bowling, billiards, folk dance, teaching methodology, and every level of swimming from beginning to Water Safety Instructor. She supervised intramural activities, was the advisor to the fencing club, and coached the fencing team. BK was one of those special people willing to do the "behind the scenes" work that often went unrecognized, and she did it well and with good humor. She often laughingly said that she was the "administrative assistant in charge of audio-visual equipment, bulletin boards, and light bulbs ", but she was so much more than that. Her contributions and expertise were recognized in 1978 when she was awarded a Faculty Citation by the ISU Alumni Association. After suffering a cerebral aneurysm in 1988, BK retired from the Department of Physical education and Leisure Studies in 1989.

BK's volunteer activities included working at the Mary Greeley Medical Center Hospitality Shop and with the Meals on Wheels program. She enjoyed playing tennis and was a formidable cribbage and Trivial Pursuit competitor. An Iowa State fan, she happily cheered on the Cyclones in person as long as her health permitted and then watched on television, still cheering loudly. She was an avid reader, especially mysteries, and enjoyed traveling. Always ready to try something new, she rode in a hot air balloon over Australia, walked on a glacier in Alaska, rode a camel, took a jet boat ride in a canyon, and flew in a floatplane and a helicopter. She liked seeing new things, but she cherished most the time she spent at her lakeside cabin in Manitowish Waters, WI.


May 2013 Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

Betty A. "BK" Keenan died on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Bethany Life Communities in Story City, IA. She was born in Chicago on August 3, 1929 to Walter and Fay Keenan.  BK enjoyed telling stories about Chicago politics, growing up during the depression, WWII rationing, and playing on the city streets. As a child, her father taught her to swim in Lake Michigan and she used her aquatic skills on the YMCA swimming team, as a Red Cross swimming instructor for the Chicago City Park District during her college years, and as a swimming specialist throughout her professional career.

After graduating from Aquinas Dominican High School in Chicago, BK attended Boston University's prestigious Sargent School of Physical Training, graduating in 1951. She began her long teaching career in 1951 at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN. She taught many sport activities and swimming to high school students from the Durham Preparatory School for one year and then to "St. Kate " college students until she resigned in 1957 to pursue an advanced degree at the University of Iowa.

BK completed her MS degree in 1958 and accepted a position at Iowa State University where she taught a wide variety of physical education courses including: riflery, tennis, badminton, golf, archery, fencing, self-defense, bowling, billiards, folk dance, teaching methodology, and every level of swimming from beginning to Water Safety Instructor. She supervised intramural activities, was the advisor to the fencing club, and coached the fencing team. BK was one of those special people willing to do the "behind the scenes" work that often went unrecognized, and she did it well and with good humor. She often laughingly said that she was the "administrative assistant in charge of audio-visual equipment, bulletin boards, and light bulbs ", but she was so much more than that. Her contributions and expertise were recognized in 1978 when she was awarded a Faculty Citation by the ISU Alumni Association. After suffering a cerebral aneurysm in 1988, BK retired from the Department of Physical education and Leisure Studies in 1989.

BK's volunteer activities included working at the Mary Greeley Medical Center Hospitality Shop and with the Meals on Wheels program. She enjoyed playing tennis and was a formidable cribbage and Trivial Pursuit competitor. An Iowa State fan, she happily cheered on the Cyclones in person as long as her health permitted and then watched on television, still cheering loudly. She was an avid reader, especially mysteries, and enjoyed traveling. Always ready to try something new, she rode in a hot air balloon over Australia, walked on a glacier in Alaska, rode a camel, took a jet boat ride in a canyon, and flew in a floatplane and a helicopter. She liked seeing new things, but she cherished most the time she spent at her lakeside cabin in Manitowish Waters, WI.

Socializing with friends was one of BK's great pleasures. She loved to engage in good-natured banter. Her friends often teased her about her exceptional efficiency, organization and personal quirks, but she always had an apt response that demonstrated her quick wit. If there were a Hall of Fame for the giver of greeting cards, BK would be in it. She seldom missed a birthday or a holiday and her cards were carefully chosen to make the recipients laugh out loud.

BK was an only child and had few relatives, but she still had a wonderful "family". Mary and Emmett Stevermer and their children loved and treated BK as a family member. She treasured Mary and Emmett's friendship, and one her greatest joys in life was being part of Katie, Matt, and Scott's lives.

BK requested that her commitment to health be continued after her death through the donation of her remains to The University of Iowa College of Medicine. With her passing, BK would not want people to gather in sadness, but to share good stories and to remember her with affection and laughter and perhaps a martini.


KENAGY, Navella
Navella Kenagy, 65, died Sunday, July 1, at Riverside Manor in Ames. Burial will be at a later date at Summit Cemetery near Yorktown.

Navella Ann Kenagy was born Feb. 19, 1947 to John Wesley and Lena Navella Kenagy in Clarinda. Navella grew up on the family farm in Page County along with older siblings, Janet and John Jr., and a younger sister, Margaret. After graduation from South Page High School in 1965, Navella was employed as a secretary in Ruminant Nutrition in the Animal Science Department at Iowa State University in Ames.

Navella played the clarinet in the high school band, took piano and organ lessons and played for church services. She cooked wonderful fried chicken and her chocolate chip cookies were great! Navella was very independent and always thinking of others and took action to meet their needs. She had an infectious laugh, was talented at writing poetry, and was known for taking bakery items, often caramel pecan rolls, as treats for her family when she visited them in southwest Iowa. Navella would fly to Oklahoma to spend time with her nieces as they were growing up.

Navella bravely lived with the disease of Multiple Sclerosis, which in her case, eventually became the reason for her disability retirement from the university in 1995. She is survived by her siblings, Janet and Marv Bakker, of Ames, John and Marion Kenagy, of Clarinda, and Margaret and Marv Craft, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; her nieces and families, Anne, Doug, Grace and Aaron Standerwick of Juneau, Alaska, Lisa, Kevin, Mason and Carter Coleman, of St. Louis, Mo.; as well as an aunt, Catheryn Kenagy, of Jenkintown, Pa.; and many cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lena Kenagy.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 200 12th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55415


Tribute by her sister, Janet Bakker.

Navella Kenagy was born on February 19, 1947 and died on July 1, 2012. She was employed by Iowa State University in the Ruminant Nutrition division of Animal Science for over 26 years. She began her career as a Secretary under Dr. Wise Burroughs and later served as an Administrative Assistant. Navella’s writing and organizational skills were a great benefit to professors and graduate students. She was a caring person who always saw that fresh coffee was available as well as often providing donuts and other pastries.


KERN, Verna L.
Verna L. Kern, 85, 2200 Hamilton Dr., Ames, died at home on March 11. The daughter of Walter C. and Cora Norton Lathrop was born Nov. 1, 1927 at Woodstock, IL. She had resided in Ames since March 1950. Death occurred in sleep, hastened by several ailments related to heart and lungs.

Verna is survived by her husband of almost 65 years, K. Robert Kern; two children, Karl Robert II (Ann) Kern, Princeton, MN, and Barbara L. Carlson (David), Boise, ID; and three granddaughters: Frances Kern, St. Paul, MN, Jennifer Carlson (Sam) Govey, suburban London, U.K., and Stephanie Carlson, Boise, ID.

Living in the village of Greenwood in northern Illinois, Verna graduated from Woodstock High School where she won honors in music (French horn) and sports (softball and basketball). She entered the University of Illinois in 1945, majoring in women's physical education, financing her full college costs by work in the university library and factory work at home during vacations.

Verna and husband Bob met at the University of Illinois and married there in June 1948. After two years of living and working in Decatur, IL, they came to Ames in March 1950 for Bob to enroll in graduate school (technical journalism). By the time their children were in school, he had joined the Iowa State faculty, and Verna had resumed her interrupted education.

Verna took her baccalaureate degree in 1963 (women's physical education, then under the College of Home Economics); she was cited as the high-ranking scholar in the college for that year. She joined the Iowa State faculty in physical education in the fall of 1963, first teaching individual sports: bowling, archery, and tennis (coaching the tennis team, then a club sport before the federal Title IX)

Before the end of the 1960s, Verna had been given responsibility for academic advising in the physical education department. In ensuing years, some other departments of the university adopted her method and materials for planning and monitoring individual student performance in their curriculum.

After 20 years in the department, Verna took her retirement early. She devoted some time to travel and living abroad during some of her husband's international consulting assignments. These included time in Mexico, The Netherlands, Fiji, Samoa, and visits to many other European and Pacific states.

Verna also was a tennis coach and player, active in tennis associations in Ames, several times Ames women's singles champion and, with Bob, mixed-doubles winner. She was a member of the Ames Racquet Club from its origin and played many years with the so-called mature women's doubles at their thrice-weekly outings at the Racquet Club.

Verna and her family took up lake sailing in 1966, later establishing their own vacation home on Lake Kabekona in north-central Minnesota. In their summers there, sailing, wind-surfing, and kayaking were major activities, along with leadership and membership in the Kabekona Lake Association.

A small person, just over 5 feet at fullest development, Verna had difficulty finding desired clothing on the retail racks. She mastered sewing and tailoring to the extent of furnishing almost the entirety of her wardrobe by her own talent.

From her first diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1981, she survived six forms of cancer (including two other lymphomas) with expert counsel of her physician, Dr. M. Michael Guffy, of the McFarland Clinic. Another Clinic M.D., Dr. Peter Buck (an Ames High classmate of her daughter, Barbara) successfully replaced two knee joints and repaired a shoulder, permitting Verna many more years of tennis, cross-country skiing, and roller-blading.


Tribune from husband, Bob Kern.

My wife, Verna L. Kern, 20 years on the Physical Education (now Kinesiology) faculty, died in her sleep on March 11.

In the spring of 1963, Dr. Barbara Forker, head of Women's Physical Education, asked her advisee, Verna L. Kern, to attend summer sessions so she could join the faculty in September. The mother of two elementary-school children and wife of a faculty member, Verna did that, including her practice teaching, and took her degree on the Labor Day weekend. (Illuminating her B.S. degree was designation as home economics scholar of the year 1963.) Two days after graduation, Verna started teaching her first classes: tennis, archery, and bowling. Her ancillary success as an adviser soon led the department to encourage Verna to develop a single program of academic advising, which she led over the next decade and a half. Methods she created for planning and monitoring each student's progress still reflected in that program. Verna retired at the end of 1982 after 20 years of service to students and faculty of the department. Her family is creating an annual professional-development award for an adviser in the department, which now numbers four academic advisers.


LAMBERT, Marion
Marion E. Lambert (Betty), of Ames, IA passed away on December 12, 2012 at the age of 90. She was born near Waukee October 9, 1922, to Albert and Marion (Morris) Kochheiser. She moved to rural Ankeny in March, 1931. She graduated from Ankeny High School in 1939 then attended Drake University where she met and married Robert J. Lambert December 20, 1942. After World War II they lived in Des Moines and Richmond, VA where her husband worked for NSA before returning to Ames in 1953 where she lived the rest of her life.

Betty was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, reading, and entertaining in her home. She was an active supporter of the Des Moines Philatelic Society and enjoyed her summers at Lake Okoboji with her family. She was a member of Collegiate Presbyterian Church for 58 years serving as a deacon and many years with the rummage committee. She spent 13 years with the Ames Chapter of the Sweet Adeline's serving terms as president, treasurer, historian, and recording secretary. She was the Sweet Adeline's Leading Lady of the Year in 1973. She was also a member of the Order of the Knoll. After her husband's passing in 1991, she established the Lambert Award a scholarship fund for Mathematics students at Iowa State University.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert and her brother Ralph. She is survived by two sons, Tracey (Wanda) Lambert of Ames, and Daniel (Shelly) Lambert of Moingona, five grandchildren, Heidi Helland Miller of Altoona, Eric (Erica) Helland of Des Moines, Matthew (Kathy) Lambert of Ankeny, Jennifer Lambert of Ames, and Robbie Lambert of Moingona. She is also survived by two great grandchildren, Reece Miller of Altoona and Jilliouna Helland of Des Moines, one sister Faye (Bill) Bond, of Holly, MI and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that any memorials be directed to either the Lambert Award, at the Iowa State University Foundation or the Collegiate Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 18th at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames. Burial will be in the Iowa State University Cemetery.


LEBO, Ray M.
Ray M. Lebo, 90, formerly of 724 7th Street in Boone, passed away at the Eastern Star Masonic Home in Boone on Friday evening, May 11, 2012.

He was born on August 25, 1921 in Boone, Iowa the son of Gordon and Katherine (Schicker) Lebo.

On August 25, 1946, he married Marjorie Wirtz at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Ray was a 1939 graduate of Boone High School. He farmed in Boone County until 1968 before moving to Ames, Iowa where Ray worked in the Vet Med Lab at Iowa State University. In 1992, the couple returned to Boone to make their home and in December of 2006, moved to the Eastern Star Masonic Home. Ray enjoyed woodworking, gardening and fishing.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Boone for over 75 years; a 50 year member of the Masons Mt. Olive #79 AF&AM; and a past member of the Order of Eastern Star Magi Chapter #139. Ray had been active in Boone County 4-H; served on various County Extension Service Committees and was a past member of the Master Swine Producers of Iowa.

His parents; two sisters; two brothers, and his identical twin brother, Roy, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie of Boone; a daughter, Marlene Gustafson and husband, Jim of Urbandale, Iowa; a grandson, Michael Gustafson of Eagle River, Alaska; a granddaughter, Amy deBuhr and husband, Brian of Urbandale, Iowa; a great-grandson, Benjamin deBuhr; and several nieces and nephews.

Following his wishes, the body has been cremated.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday afternoon, May 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Eastern Star Masonic Home Chapel in Boone with Rev. Phil Webb officiating.

Interment will be in the Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone.

Those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial may direct their gift to the First United Methodist Church or the Eastern Star Masonic Home both in Boone.


MAAKESTAD, Marjorie
Marjorie Sampson Maakestad, 83, of Ames, died Nov. 14 in Ames. A gathering of friends and family will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way in Ames. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday Nov. 19, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Burial will be in Cambridge Cemetery at a later date.

Marjorie was born Aug 12, 1929, in Nevada, the daughter of Marshall and Marie (Lewis) Stolee. She graduated from Radcliffe High School. She married Donald Sampson on Dec. 17, 1949, and he preceded her in death in June 2000. Marjorie married Donald “BUD” Maakestad on Nov. 30, 2001. She was a member of Ames Women’s Club and Bethesda Lutheran Church, where she was involved with the food pantry. She enjoyed rosemaling, bowling league and time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Donald “BUD” Maakestad, of Ames; her children, Dee Ann (Gary) Neveln, of North Liberty, Debra Brendeland, of Huxley, and David (Patti) Sampson, of Cedar Rapids; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; her extended family, Donna Pence, of Arizona, Kathy (Al) Finch, of Texas, Ann Levy of California, Paul (Laurie) Maakestad, of Nebraska, Jane (Don) Sanders, of California; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ardith (Gene) Pollmann, of Ames.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Donald Sampson.

Memorials may be directed to Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames or Bethesda Food Pantry.


MACK, Barbara Marie
Barbara Marie Mack, a passionate student of life who spread her zest for learning to her own students, family and friends, died unexpectedly at her home on Thursday. She was 59.

Barbara's two professional passions were the law and journalism, which she wove into a remarkable career that spanned four decades. A 26-year veteran of the Iowa State University faculty, Barbara was an associate professor and assistant director of Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and a noted First Amendment lawyer. This was to be her last semester before retiring from teaching.

Barbara was born on October 26, 1952, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Eddie and Helen Mack. She wore her east-side roots as a badge of honor and graduated high school from the girls-only St. Joseph's Academy of Des Moines. She put herself through college in just three years, receiving a B.A. in journalism from Iowa State in 1974.

But by graduation time, Barbara was already at home in a newsroom. She started as a copy courier at age 16 with the Des Moines Register and Tribune Co., then rose to reporter after graduation, blazing the trail for Register women covering courts and crime news. From those earliest career days, she was passionate about First Amendment issues. She even helped found the Iowa Freedom of Information Council in 1975, a media organization dedicated to promoting openness in government.

Her love of the law drew her to Drake University Law School, where she also met her future husband Jim Giles. The couple later married on Barbara's birthday in, aptly chosen, Santa Barbara, CA. She received her Juris Doctor in 1977, and then joined the Register and Tribune's legal team, supporting First Amendment efforts throughout the state. She eventually rose to General Counsel of the Register and Tribune Company, overseeing the sale of that company to Gannett Co. in 1986.

Barbara then started a new chapter, moving from newsroom to classroom. She returned to Iowa State University as Professor Mack, where she became one of its most beloved faculty members. She gave aspiring journalists their first taste of the profession in introductory courses, and schooled student reporters on the finer points of journalism and the law in legal seminars, always with classroom antics that both entertained and inspired her students. She also provided students in other disciplines an opportunity to learn the basics of journalism and mass communications. Time for her students never stopped at the classroom door. Barbara generously served as career counselor, life coach and substitute "mom" to any student in need. From 1991-1993, Barbara stepped out of the classroom to serve as executive assistant to then-ISU President Martin Jischke. But her passion for teaching soon saw her back at the Greenlee School.

Her teaching achievements brought her many awards over the years including being among the first group of ISU faculty to win the college Master Teacher Award in 2000. She also received the college's Outstanding Introductory Teaching Award in 1995, and in 2011, won the ISU Alumni Association top award for Superior Service. She was also named the Louise Noun Visionary Woman by the Young Women's Resource Center in 2011. The center was a favorite cause of Barbara's, who could identify with its young women working to chart their own successful life paths. Her community service included several board memberships. She was a long-time advisor to the Iowa State Daily and most recently chaired the Editorial Integrity Committee for Iowa Public Television.

Barbara was known for her hearty laugh and her unique brand of humor. She employed it often to soften criticism, drive home a point, or just entertain. Her friends, and there were many, knew Barbara as someone who would spring to help if they were in need. Barbara adored animals, especially her horse Mikki and cats WhyNot and Mizewell. She also was an accomplished gourmet cook who hosted memorable multi-course dinners for friends. She was a lover of good food, which served her well during her years as the Register's Grumpy Gourmet restaurant critic. She also prized making things grow in her gardens. With her husband Jim, she shared passions for travel, especially to Paris, along with history and the arts.

Barbara was preceded in death by her father; mother; and her brother, Richard. She is survived by her husband; her sister, Anne Mack of Columbia, MO; her niece, Anne Piedade of Bedford, NY; and her nephew, Mark Kordick of Greenwich, CT, along with countless students, colleagues, neighbors and friends who admired and loved her and through whom her legacy will live on.

Memorial arrangements will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Friends of Iowa Public Television or the Animal Rescue of League of Iowa.


Tribute by her husband, James Giles.

Barbara M. Mack, Associate Professor in the Greenlee School at ISU, died on August 23, 2012, having just begun her twenty-sixth year of teaching there.  She was born October 26, 1952, in Des Moines, and was a devoted and life-long Iowan, traveling the world but never settling more than three miles from the hospital in which she was born.  While earning Phi Beta Kappa honors as a student herself, she simultaneously worked full time at the Des Moines Register, blazing a new trail for women upward from the newsroom to the boardroom, retiring as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in 1986, and then returning to her alma mater to take up yet another aspect of journalism:  teaching classes ranging from basic reporting to journalism law and serving as faculty advisor for the gamut of freshmen to grad students.  She was an effective mentor and reliable resource available to anyone in need.  Barbara won the respect, admiration, and affection of her colleagues and students alike through her tireless efforts, often laced with a salty humor, and her boundless capacity for caring about ISU and its people.  She won a number of awards for her nationally recognized expertise in First Amendment law and for the excellence of her teaching, her outreach to alumni on behalf of the university, and her broad contributions to the intellectual capital of ISU and her native State of Iowa.  Barbara has made an important mark in the lives of many, many students and friends.  She is missed every single day.


MADSON, Elsie
Elsie M. Madson, 90, of Story City, died Jan. 21, 2013, at Bethany Manor in Story City. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Bethany Manor in Story City. Burial will follow in Story City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bethany Manor.

She is survived by two sons, Delbert (Diane), of Bellevue, Neb., and Dennis, of Humboldt, and one daughter, Ilene (Lloyd) Guard, of Radcliffe; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jasper; an infant daughter, Janice; and one sister, Fern Wheeler Elliot.

Memorials may be made to St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Jewell or Bethany Manor.


Tribute by her daughter, Ilene Guard.

My mom, Elsie Madson, loved working at Iowa State all those years working at Friley Hall Food Service as a line supervisor.  She especially liked working with the student workers and getting to know them.  She would see them occasionally in Ames while she and I would be shopping and introduce them to me.  She also kept up friendships with the other women workers after they all retired by meeting several times a year to go out to eat.  They even invited mom to go out to eat when she was in the nursing home and picked her up!  What a loyal group of ladies.  Mom was in a car pool from Stanhope all those years and enjoyed that close bond.  She had a great experience working at Iowa State.


MAGILTON, Lillie
Lillie Esther Magilton, 99, died on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton. A Memorial service will be held at 10:30a.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at First United Methodist Church in Newton. The family will greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday, at the church and then after the service with a lunch at Park Centre. A burial will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, at the Iowa State University Cemetery in Ames. Memorials to the First United Methodist Church, College of Human Sciences at I.S.U., or the Park Centre Good Samaritan Fund may be left at the church the morning of the service or the Wallace Family Funeral Home.

Lillie, the daughter of Charles and Sirena (Harbin) Stephens, was born on October 11, 1913 in Petrolia, Texas. She grew up in Texas and graduated from Gordon High School in 1931. She received her B.S. from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas and her M.S. from Iowa State University in Ames. Lillie was united in marriage with Dr. J.H. Magilton on June 22, 1946 in Denton. The made their home in many places including David City, Nebraska for 15 years and Ames for 19 years. Lillie was an Assistant Professor of Home Economics from 1962-1979 at Iowa State University in Ames. In 1981, she and her husband retired to Newton. Lillie was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was active in many circles. She was also a 50 year member of the O.E.S. Chapter 100 and P.E.O. Chapter H.S., and a 60 year member of D.A.R Grinnell Chapter. Lillie enjoyed listening to music, especially piano music, playing bridge, reading and traveling.

Those left to honor Lillie's memory are her children, Thomas (Pam) Magilton of Newton and Linda (Jim) Lange of St. Charles, Missouri; four grandchildren, Julie (Brian) Schmidt of Newton, Nicholas Magilton of New York City, New York, Tom Lange of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Brian (Emily) Lange of Nashville, Tennessee; brother of Pam Magilton, Jeff Borron and family of Carlisle; and her many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dr. James H. Magilton; and brothers, Lonnie, Arnold, and Rex Stephens.


May 2013 Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

Lillie Esther Magilton, 99, died on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton. Lillie was an Assistant Professor of Home Economics at Iowa State University from 1962-1979. She grew up in Texas and graduated from Gordon High School in 1931, received her B.S. from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, and her M.S. from Iowa State University in Ames.

Lillie, the daughter of Charles and Sirena (Harbin) Stephens, was born on October 11, 1913 in Petrolia, Texas. She was united in marriage with Dr. J.H. Magilton on June 22, 1946 in Denton. They made their home in many places including David City, Nebraska for 15 years and Ames for 19 years. Lillie was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was active in many circles. She was also a 50 year member of the O.E.S. Chapter 100 and P.E.O. Chapter H.S., and a 60 year member of D.A.R Grinnell Chapter. Lillie enjoyed listening to music, especially piano music, playing bridge, reading and traveling.

Those left to honor Lillie's memory are her children, Thomas (Pam) Magilton of Newton and Linda (Jim) Lange of St. Charles, Missouri; four grandchildren, Julie (Brian) Schmidt of Newton, Nicholas Magilton of New York City, New York, Tom Lange of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Brian (Emily) Lange of Nashville, Tennessee; brother of Pam Magilton, Jeff Borron and family of Carlisle; and her many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dr. James H. Magilton; and brothers, Lonnie, Arnold, and Rex Stephens.

Lillie Magilton was interred in the Iowa State University Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, the College of Human Sciences at I.S.U., or the Park Centre Good Samaritan Fund.


MARTIN, David
David Michael Martin died on Oct. 14, 2012, in Ames. Dave was born on Nov. 24, 1940, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Jack Thomas Martin and Frances Jessie Wootten Martin. He graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in Mount Lebanon, Pa., in 1958. He earned a bachelor’s degree in glass technology at Alfred University (New York State University of Ceramics) in 1962 and a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering from Iowa State University in 1967. Dave married Anne Elizabeth Easton, of Ames, in May 1963. Dave and Anne had two sons, Michael (Hogan) Easton Martin in 1964, and David Michael Martin Jr. in 1965.

Dave served in the United States Army, Chemical Corps, in Massachusetts and Vietnam in the 1960s. Following his military service, he worked on armor that found application on helicopters in Vietnam and in separating drivers from passengers in taxicabs that served New York City for many years. The family settled in Ames in 1971, after living in Chelmsford, Mass., and Pittsburgh, Pa.

Joining the ISU Engineering College in 1971, Dave retired as a full professor in the Materials Science and Engineering department in 2000. He founded the Gaffers Guild (glassblowing club) and served two terms as president of the newly conceived faculty senate. Dave was known for his incoming engineering student lectures that included demonstrations of physical properties of materials.

For many years he acted, directed and provided production assistance for Ames local theater, including Children’s Theater, ACTORS, and especially Ames Women’s Theater. Dave enjoyed equations, cats, optics, wine, measurement, analysis and terrible jokes. His favorite restaurants were Aunt Maude’s, Jeff’s Pizza and the Grove Cafe.


Tribute by his son, Hogan Martin

David Michael Martin died on Oct. 14, 2012, in Ames. Dave was born on Nov. 24, 1940, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Jack Thomas Martin and Frances Jessie Wootten Martin. He graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in Mount Lebanon, Pa., in 1958. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Glass Technology at Alfred University (New York State University of Ceramics) in 1962 and a Ph.D. in Ceramic Engineering from Iowa State University in 1967.

Dave married Anne Elizabeth Easton, of Ames, in May 1963. Dave and Anne had two sons, Michael (aka Hogan) Easton Martin in 1964 (college of engineering faculty member at ISU since 2003), and David Michael Martin Jr. in 1965.

Dave served in the United States Army, Chemical Corps, in Massachusetts and Vietnam in the 1960s. In 1968 he was the science advisor to the Commander of the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Following his military service, he worked on armor that found application on helicopters in Vietnam and in separating drivers from passengers in taxicabs that served New York City for many years. The family settled in Ames in 1971, after living in Chelmsford, Mass., and Pittsburgh, Pa.

Joining the ISU Engineering College in 1971, Dave retired as a full professor in the Materials Science and Engineering department in 2000. He had three patents during his tenure at ISU. He founded the “Gaffers Guild” glassblowing club and served two terms as president of the newly conceived Faculty Senate (1991-1993). Dave was devoted to shared governance and institutional transparency at all levels inside and outside of the university.

Dave was widely known for his incoming engineering student lectures that included exuberant demonstrations of physical properties of materials.  

Dave had a particular gift for encouraging others to pursue the activities they loved.

For many years he acted, directed and provided production assistance for Ames local theater, including Children’s Theater, ACTORS, and especially Ames Women’s Theater. Dave enjoyed equations, cats, optics, wine, measurement, analysis and terrible jokes. His favorite restaurants were Aunt Maude’s, Jeff’s Pizza, Le’s Vietnamese and the Grove Cafe. In later years he enjoyed traveling: walking was difficult, but he could go forever in his RV and often could be seen zipping around town on his handy scooter.

Dave lived with smoking and occupational particulate induced  emphysema since the late 1980s, and ultimately succumbed to the disease. The family thanks Homeward Hospice, the Israel Family Hospice House and the many friends who supported us on his final journey.

He is survived by his two sons, Hogan, of Ames and David Jr. (Steve Godfrey), of Des Plaines, Ill.; and one brother, Tom, of Crystal River, Fla.

Dave was preceded in death by his wife, Anne in 2009; and sister, Jacqueline Manko, in 2011.

Dave would have appreciated donations to KHOI Community Radio in Ames.


December 2012 Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution
Submitted by Michael E. Martin and Martha Selby, with assistance from Olivia Madison

David Michael Martin died on Oct. 14, 2012, in Ames. Dave was born on Nov. 24, 1940, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Jack Thomas Martin and Frances Jessie Wootten Martin. He graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in Mount Lebanon, Pa., in 1958. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Glass Technology at Alfred University (New York State University of Ceramics) in 1962 and a Ph.D. in Ceramic Engineering from Iowa State University in 1967.

Dave married Anne Elizabeth Easton, of Ames, in May 1963. Dave and Anne had two sons, Michael (Hogan) Easton Martin in 1964 (college of engineering faculty member at ISU since 2002), and David Michael Martin Jr. in 1965.

Dave served in the United States Army, Chemical Corps, in Massachusetts and Vietnam in the 1960s. In 1968 he was the science advisor to the Commander of the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Following his military service, he worked on armor that found application on helicopters in Vietnam and in separating drivers from passengers in taxicabs that served New York City for many years. The family settled in Ames in 1971, after living in Chelmsford, Mass., and Pittsburgh, Pa.

Joining the ISU Engineering College in 1971, Dave retired as a full professor in the Materials Science and Engineering department in 2000. Dave was widely known for his incoming engineering student lectures that included exuberant demonstrations of physical properties of materials. He had three patents during his tenure at ISU. However, his life went well beyond the class room and his research!

Dave was devoted to shared governance and institutional transparency at all levels inside and outside of the university. He was elected to two terms as the fourth President of the ISU Faculty Senate (1991/1992 and 1992/1993). As with everything that drew his attention, he helped improve the professional lives and welfare of the faculty and ensure that the faculty’s voice was heard. Most memorably during his presidency and leadership were the creation of the University Professor Award, the first annual conference entitled “Diversity, Faculty Take Action,” liberalization of rules related to part-time employment of temporary and adjunct faculty, and the creation of the Center for Teaching Excellence (now Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning).

Dave founded the ISU Gaffers Guild, a club that strives to teach and perpetuate the art of working with hot glass and provide a creative outlet for students, staff, and faculty, as well as the community at large. The club represents how Dave constantly found ways to join communities to create joy. For many years he acted, directed and provided production assistance for Ames local theater, including Children’s Theater, ACTORS, and especially Ames Women’s Theater.

In short, Dave had a special gift for encouraging others to pursue their dreams and activities they loved.

Dave enjoyed equations, cats, optics, wine, measurement, analysis and terrible jokes. His favorite restaurants were Aunt Maude’s, Jeff’s Pizza and the Grove Cafe. In later years he enjoyed traveling: walking was difficult, but he could go forever in his RV and often could be seen zipping around town on his handy scooter. Dave lived with smoking-induced emphysema since the late 1980s, and ultimately succumbed to the disease. The family thanks Homeward Hospice, the Israel Family Hospice House and the many friends who supported us on his final journey.

Dave is survived by his two sons, Hogan (Sarah Davis), of Ames and David Jr. (Steve Godfrey), of Des Plaines, Ill.; and one brother, Tom, of Crystal River, Fla. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne in 2009; and sister, Jacqueline Manko, in 2011.

Dave would have appreciated donations to KHOI Community Radio in Ames.


MC CLURKIN, Betty
Betty McClurkin, 93, formerly of Ames, joyfully went home to her Lord, March 26, 2013, after a life spent in service to others. A celebration of life service will take place in Denver.

Betty Lampe McClurkin was born March 10, 1920, in Korea, where her father, Rev. Henry W. Lampe, was serving as a Presbyterian missionary. She grew up in Korea with four brothers and three sisters, returning to the U.S. in 1938 to attend Beaver College in Pennsylvania, where she earned a degree in Home Economics. She met husband, Arlan in 1945 when he was in the U.S. Army stationed in St. Louis, Mo. He attended the church where the Rev. Henry W. Lampe was then preaching and when Arlan asked to learn more about the foreign missions of the Presbyterian Church, he was invited home for Sunday dinner. Love soon blossomed.

Betty and Arlan were married Nov.10, 1946, and spent their first five years together as missionaries in Allahabad, India, where Arlan taught veterinary medicine at the University of Allahabad and Betty taught Bible study and English. Betty’s first two children, John and Michael, were born in India.

Betty and Arlan returned to the States in 1951. Arlan attended the University of Wisconsin to earn his Ph.D, and Betty’s third and fourth children, David and Cordelia (Deeya,) were born. The McClurkin family moved to Ames in 1955, where Arlan was employed by the U.S. Hog Cholera Station, the forerunner of the National Animal Disease Center. Betty was employed as a proof reader by the ISU Press starting in 1965, becoming one of their editors before she retired in the early 80’s. Outside of a two year trip to Lahore, Pakistan, in 1970 when Arlan worked with the U.N.’s World Health Organization, Ames was home to the McClurkin family until Betty and Arlan retired to Denver in 2000.

Betty was a charter member of Northminster Presbyterian Church where she served as a Deacon. She was also a member of P.E.O., loved to cook, was an expert seamstress, making most of her own clothing along with clothes for her daughter and then her grandchildren. She and Arlan were members of two bridge clubs. After they retired they loved to travel far and wide to visit family and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by Arlan in 2008, and is survived by her two younger sisters, Frances and Molly; four children, John, Mike, David, and Deeya; four grandchildren, Joel, Jason Jennifer and Elizabeth; and four great-grandchildren, Ariana, Kelsea, Logan and Shealyn.


MILLER, Wayne
Wayne Miller, 88, of Nevada, formerly of Ames, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013, at Rolling Green Village in Nevada.

Wayne was born September 14, 1924, to Clive and Jennie (Hall) Miller. He graduated from Bayard High School in 1942 and was united in marriage to Ilo Wetzel on November 10, 1946, in Bayard, Iowa. Wayne served in the United States Navy and attended the Maxwell Christian Church. He worked as a manager of a poultry research farm at Iowa State, and also held various jobs in carpentry, farming and delivering seed.

Wayne enjoyed exercising at Story County Wellness, collecting John Deere tractors, reading and good conversation. He loved the time he had with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Ilo of Nevada; his children: Phyllis (Alan) Sedore of Schleswig, Iowa, John (Karen) Miller of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Barb (Alan) Stratton of Maxwell and Darrell Miller of Ames; his grandchildren: Shantel Bragg, Jill Luth, Michael Miller, Audrey Beal, Mark Sedore, Matthew Miller, Carl Stratton and Laura Miller; his nine great-grandchildren; his brother, Philip (Lois) Miller of Waterloo, Iowa; and his sister, Jeanette (Albert) Wetzel of Bayard, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2013, at Bacon Funeral Home in Nevada. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the Maxwell Christian Church in Maxwell with Pastor Tom Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Iowa Center.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Maxwell Christian Church in loving memory of Wayne.  

Bacon Funeral Home in Nevada is handling arrangements.

 

Tribute from son John Miller:

My father was Wayne Miller, and in his heart, he was a farmer.  We kids grew up watching him work sun-up to sundown and longer before coming home to read Hoard’s Dairyman and dream of running a dairy farm in Wisconsin.  But circumstances never let him have his own farm, so for years, he worked as a hired hand for other farmers.  It’s a tough way for an independent man to make a living.  I’m not sure Dad ever found another farmer who would do things exactly as he would have preferred.  So we moved about every two years.

Sometime around 1964, Dad went to work for Iowa State – starting out at the Swine Research Farm in Madrid, then later managing the Turkey Research Farm in Ankeny before moving to the Poultry Research Farm south of Ames.  He was a faithful man – a faithful husband for 66 years, a faithful father & grandfather, a faithful friend, and a faithful employee.  He did his job, and he did it well. 

And as he was doing his job, he built relationships with people – all kinds of people, from day laborers to students to professors to heads of departments.  Dad was a relational person.  He had a gift for welcoming people into his life, and he loved to talk.  The only person he couldn’t tolerate was a lazy man.  Even in his exercise class at the age of 88, he couldn’t quite understand the ‘slackers’ – as he called them.  But most people became his friends.  Over his last weeks on earth, I was astounded to see how big his circle of friends really was. 

Dad worked for Iowa State for 25 years, and I would say Iowa State gave Dad some stability.  I’d also say that Iowa State got their monies worth with Dad.  He worked hard every one of those 25 years. 

I want to thank Iowa State for the great respect you’ve shown Dad since his death.  Not just in holding this service, but in other ways as well.  I’ve found nothing but exceptional courtesy and thoughtful service from my dealing with Iowa State personnel since Dad’s death.  It’s helped ease the pain of his death.  So, on behalf of Mom and my siblings, as well as grandchildren who are here today, thank you for letting us remember Dad in this way today.



MUENCHRATH, Deborah
David Michael Martin died on Oct. 14, 2012, in Ames. Dave was born on Nov. 24, 1940, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Jack Thomas Martin and Frances Jessie Wootten Martin. He graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in Mount Lebanon, Pa., in 1958. He earned a bachelor’s degree in glass technology at Alfred University (New York State University of Ceramics) in 1962 and a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering from Iowa State University in 1967. Dave married Anne Elizabeth Easton, of Ames, in May 1963. Dave and Anne had two sons, Michael (Hogan) Easton Martin in 1964, and David Michael Martin Jr. in 1965.

Dave served in the United States Army, Chemical Corps, in Massachusetts and Vietnam in the 1960s. Following his military service, he worked on armor that found application on helicopters in Vietnam and in separating drivers from passengers in taxicabs that served New York City for many years. The family settled in Ames in 1971, after living in Chelmsford, Mass., and Pittsburgh, Pa.

Joining the ISU Engineering College in 1971, Dave retired as a full professor in the Materials Science and Engineering department in 2000. He founded the Gaffers Guild (glassblowing club) and served two terms as president of the newly conceived faculty senate. Dave was known for his incoming engineering student lectures that included demonstrations of physical properties of materials.

For many years he acted, directed and provided production assistance for Ames local theater, including Children’s Theater, ACTORS, and especially Ames Women’s Theater. Dave enjoyed equations, cats, optics, wine, measurement, analysis and terrible jokes. His favorite restaurants were Aunt Maude’s, Jeff’s Pizza and the Grove Cafe. In later


MOON, Irene Jeanette Casper
Irene Jeanette Casper Moon died December 31, 2012, at age 76, in Nevada, Iowa, suffering the effects of Alzheimer 's disease. Visitation will be Friday, January 4, 2013, 5 to 7 p.m. at Bacon Funeral Home in Nevada. A Catholic Memorial Service will be Saturday, January 5 at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home.

Irene was born 6 April 1936, to E.P. (Bill) and Jane Casper in Tracy, Minnesota. She was the eldest of five children. As a high school sophomore, in 1951, Irene met Harley Moon and the two formed a bond that lasted a lifetime. Irene married Harley on 9 June, 1956 in Tracy, Minnesota. She is survived by her husband; her four children, Michael, Joseph, Anne, and Teresa; four grandchildren, Emma, Samuel, and Thomas Moon, and Alia Moon Horwitz; and her siblings Anntoinette Nealy, Anthony Casper, Ronald Casper, and Gerald Casper. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Following high school graduation in 1954, Irene worked as a nurses aid in Tracy, MN, and then as a receptionist at General Mills in Minneapolis. She completed Bachelor's and Master's degrees in sociology at Iowa State University. College completed, she went to work for Donnelly Marketing in Nevada where she held a number of positions in various parts of the organization until she retired as manager of Strategic Mapping Incorporated in 1994.

After short residence at Brookhaven Laboratories, NY, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Irene joined the Nevada community in 1968. Her participation in the community was briefly interrupted when the family moved to Columbus, OH (1973-74), Canberra, Australia (1979-80), and Greenport, NY (1994-95). As a community member, Irene was an active member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, recognized as a Distinguished Club Secretary by Kiwanis International; she was a member of Story County Hospital Board of Directors, Story County Compensation Board, Eastern Story County Advisory Board for Youth and Shelter Services, and Indian Creek Country Club Board of Directors (member and secretary).

Irene was a curious, adventurous and capable cook and she enjoyed entertaining close friends as well as visitors from around the world. She enjoyed travel, to far-away places like Africa or with her local biking group exploring the trails of the Midwest. She was an accomplished seamstress, avid reader, and she was always informed, thoughtful and positive. To know her was to marvel at her attention to detail and, her incredible competence in so many facets of life; her memory of people, dates, and events was exceptional in its depth and accuracy. All the greater the loss as her disease engulfed her.

Alzheimer's grip forced Irene into residential care in December, 2005. She remained in care until her death.

Memorials may be made at the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org).

Her loving family and friends will always cherish Irene's beautiful smile, brilliant sparkling eyes, enthusiasm and engaging warmth.


NEDREBO, Mamie
Mamie B. Nedrebo, 98, of Ames, passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Israel Family Hospice House. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan.10, at Ascension Lutheran Church with burial to follow in Ames Municipal Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Mamie was born Sept. 18, 1914, on a farm in Hamilton County west of Randall to Ben and Mary (Lund) Dyvig. She married T.L. Nedrebo on Dec. 26, 1936, and they were blessed with three children. They lived in Ames after their marriage and moved to a farm in the Gilbert area in 1954 where Mamie resided for 53 years.

Mamie is survived by three grandchildren, Pamela (Kris) Lien, of Sheldon, Kevin (Linda) Gaul, of Waterloo, and Terry (Ann) Gaul, of Dyersville; five great-granddaughters, Taylor and Shayla Lien, of Sheldon, Brittany and Brooke Gaul, of Waterloo, and Karly Gaul, of Dyersville; and a niece and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two infant sisters; her husband; an infant daughter; one brother, Ernest Dyvig; one sister, Thelma Johnson; one son, Richard Nedrebo; and her daughters, Karen Nedrebo and Marilyn Gaul.

As a show of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family.


OBE, Don
Don Obe, 83, of Jewell, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Heartland Baptist Church, 3504 North Grand Ave., in Ames, with Pastor Randy Abell to officiate. Burial will follow the service and luncheon at Evergreen Cemetery in Jewell. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. at Becker Funeral Home in Jewell. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Heartland Baptist Church Missions Fund and Israel Family Hospice House.

Donald LaVerne Obe was born Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1929, in Ames to Joseph L. and Hazel (Bennison) Obe. They moved to the Ellsworth area when Don was young. He attended country schools and Ellsworth schools. Don served in the U.S. Army in Korea. On Oct. 24, 1953, Don married Zola Peterson. They have lived and farmed on their farm south of Jewell since 1955. He was also a car salesman for 30 years. He enjoyed traveling to the Black Hills and the Rocky Mountains. Don was faithful to the Lord, family and work.

He is survived by his wife, Zola; one daughter, Paula (Randy) Carroll and two grandsons, Brian and Brandon, all of Jewell; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Richard; and one sister, Dorothy Furman.


PALMER, Althea
On Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, Althea Palmer was called to heaven. She was born Nov. 30, 1925, and was raised on a dairy farm near Waverly, S.D. She graduated from high school in 1943, and graduated in 1948 as a registered nurse from the Bartron School of Nursing in Watertown, S.D.

On Nov. 10, 1948, in Watertown, Althea married Paul Palmer of Knoxville. From this union, three sons were born, Robert, Thomas and Douglas. Althea and Paul have lived in Ames since 1954. Althea retired as a nurse with Iowa State University Student Health Center in 1987. As a volunteer, she knitted thousands of infant Cuddle Caps for newborns at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Over the years, as a member of the St. Cecilia Rosary Club, she hand-made countless Rosaries for the Missions, and was also a member of St. Gertrude’s Circle.

On Nov. 10, 2012, Althea and Paul celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary, and Nov. 30 was her 87th birthday.

She is survived by her husband, Paul; two sons, Robert and Douglas (Kay); and four granddaughters, Julie, Lisa, Michelle and Amy.

She was preceded in death by one son, Thomas; one sister, Alvina DeVille; two brothers, Raphael and Norber; and her parents, Matthew and Mary Brandriet.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 2900 Hoover Ave, Ames, IA, 50010.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Althea’s honor to St. Cecilia Church, or to Israel Family Hospice House, 400 South Dakota Ave, Ames, IA, 50014.

“The Palmer family extends their sincerest gratitude and thanks to friends, neighbors, and the entire hospice staff for their love and support during Althea’s illness. Thank you and God Bless You All.”


PARRISH, Frederick C. “F.C.”
Dr. Frederick C. Parrish Jr., 79, passed away Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Columbia.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home, 1304 Boone St. in Troy. Officiating will be the Rev. Jack Chemin. Interment will follow in Olney Cemetery in Olney. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home in Troy.

He was born July 18, 1933, in Olney, a son of Frederick C. and Georgiana Hammonds Parrish. He received his education in Missouri, graduating from Buchanan High School in Troy and later the University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959, Master of Science in 1960, and a Ph.D. in 1965. Dr. Parrish was appointed to the faculty of Iowa State University in 1965; F.C. Parrish embarked on a storied and respected career that would ultimately encompass 37 years of contributions to his beloved business of meat science. Promoted through the ranks at ISU (associate professor in 1969 and professor in 1976), F.C. worked in the spirit of the land-grant university mission by offering quality research, teaching and outreach activities that literally touched thousands of lives. In 1995, Dr. Parrish was appointed the coveted title of university professor.

With a research program focused on fresh meat quality and including work in beef, pork and lamb, F.C. mentored numerous undergraduate, master's and doctoral students seeking to make their own marks on the meats industry. A beloved teacher, Dr. Parrish paired his extensive knowledge of meat science with an exciting classroom presence that produced well-educated advocates and consumers of meat products. His teaching style and willingness to mentor left a lasting impression on students at all levels, and this energy spilled over into their careers and educators.

Likely one of the most cherished aspects of F.C. Parrish's career was his leadership and coaching within the Collegiate Meats Judging Teams of Iowa State University. His program was respected and decorated and his efforts rewarded with a lifetime of memories, friendships and travels rarely afforded an individual. Giving back to the program he and Fern loved, F.C. established the Regional Iowa State University Invitational Meats Judging Contest and later an endowment to support the meat-judging program at ISU.

Dr. Parrish valued an attitude of service to the meats industry as he provided many leadership roles, including director and president of the American Meat Association. F.C. was honored numerous times for his efforts in research, teaching and service. These awards included the Distinguished Research, Teaching and Signal Service awards from the American Meat Science Association and the Distinguished Research and Teaching awards from the American Society of Animal Science. Never one to rest on his laurels, Dr. Parrish continued to mentor, write and advise in the role of professor emeritus throughout his retirement years. His contributions to an important American industry are certainly numerous, and Dr. F.C. Parrish will most likely be remembered for his lifelong mantra of "Motor up and move out with vigor!"

F.C. Parrish served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was involved in many service organizations during his lifetime, including Kiwanis, serving as Kiwanis International lieutenant governor, Gideons, and city of Nevada, Iowa, councilman. He enjoyed the performing arts as a member of the quartet of Three Docs and a Digger.

He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and organized church softball, leading to city and state championships as pitcher wearing No. 33 for his birth year. On June 7, 1953, in Bellflower, F.C. Parrish was united in marriage with Fern Rose Westerman.

To this union were born four children, Deborah June, Randall Douglas, Rhonda Lea and Richard Brent. F.C. farmed with his family, raising Duroc hogs until entering the U.S. Army, and served 18 months in Korea and Hawaii. He then returned to farming and later entered the University of Missouri in January 1956. F.C. and his family later moved to Ames, Iowa. He was a faculty member of Iowa State University for 37 years. F. C. retired in 2001.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Fern Rose Parrish of the home in Columbia; four children, Deborah June (Gene) Wattenberg of Overland Park, Kan., Randall Douglas (Debbie Sue) Parrish of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rhonda Lea (Chris) Brosnahan of Lebanon, Ohio, and Richard Brent Parrish of Olney; grandchildren Megan Marie (Rich) Schici of Lombard, Ill., Sarah Elizabeth Parrish of Iowa City, Iowa, Will Wattenberg of Overland Park, Kan., Virginia Rose Brosnahan of Lebanon, Ohio, Benjamin Charles Parrish of Cincinnati, Ohio, Thomas Charles Brosnahan of Lebanon, Ohio, and Victoria Lea Brosnahan of Lebanon, Ohio; great-grandchild Connor Michael Schici of Lombard, Ill.; one brother, Joe (Kay) Parrish of Springfield; and a special cousin, Ron and Ruth Krueger of Cornelius, N.C. He is further survived by three aunts, Georgia Fennedy of Troy, Anna Mae Parrish of O'Fallon and Genii Gruchalla; six sisters-in-law, Eileen (Dean) Baxter of Columbia, Faye (Dan) Cope of Columbia, Patricia Moore of New Haven, Peggy (Charles) Hawkins of Franklin, Tenn., Reba Murray of Wentzville and Rachel (Don) Vincent of Truxton; one brother-in-law, Richard Westerman of Montgomery City; and nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

F.C. was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters-in-law, LaVonna (Bonnie) Parrish and Paula Wolberg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: American Meat Science Association, F.C. Parrish Mentor Recognition Fund — make checks payable to: AMSA Foundation, P.O. Box 2187, Champaign, Ill., 61825 — or to the F.C. and Fern Parrish Meat Judging Team Coaching Endowment — make checks payable to Iowa State University Foundation, 2505 University Blvd., P.O. Box 2230, Ames, Iowa, 50010-2230.


Tribute by Joe Cordray, Professor, Extension Meat Specialist, Department of Animal Science

Dr. Frederick C. Parrish Jr. was born July 18, 1933 and passed away on August 27, 2012. Dr. Parrish was appointed to the faculty of Iowa State University in 1965. His career would ultimately encompass 37 years of contributions to his beloved discipline of meat science. Promoted through the ranks at ISU (Associate Professor in 1969 and Professor in 1976) F.C. worked in the spirit of the Land Grant University mission by offering quality research, teaching, and outreach activities that literally touched thousands of lives. In 1995, Dr. Parrish was appointed to the title of University Professor. He retired in 2001.

With a research program focused on fresh meat quality and including work in beef, pork, and lamb, F.C. mentored numerous undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students. A beloved teacher, Dr. Parrish paired his extensive knowledge of meat science with an exciting classroom presence that produced well educated advocates and consumers of meat products. His teaching style and willingness to mentor left a lasting impression on students at all levels and this energy spilled over into their careers.

One of the most cherished aspects of F.C. Parrish’s career was his leadership and coaching the Collegiate Meats Judging Teams of Iowa State University. His program was respected, decorated, and his efforts rewarded with a lifetime of memories, friendships, and travels. F.C. established the Regional Iowa State University Invitational Meats Judging Contest in 1979. After his retirement, giving back to the program he loved, F.C. and his wife, Fern, established an endowment to support the Meat Judging program at ISU.

Dr. Parrish valued an attitude of service to the meats industry as he provided many leadership roles including Director and President of the American Meat Science Association. F.C. was honored numerous times for his efforts in research, teaching, and service. These awards included the Distinguished Research, Teaching, and Signal Service Awards from the American Meat Science Association and the Distinguished Research and Teaching Awards from the American Society of Animal Science. Never one to rest on his laurels, Dr. Parrish continued to mentor, write and advise in the role of Professor Emeritus throughout his retirement years. His contributions to an important American industry are certainly numerous and Dr. F.C. Parrish will most likely be remembered for his lifelong mantra of “Motor up and move out with vigor!”


December 2012 Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

Frederick C. Parrish, Professor Emeritus of Animal Science, died on Monday, August 27, 2012, in Columbia, Missouri at the age of 79. F.C. Parrish was born on July 18, 1933, in Olney, Missouri, the son of Frederick C. and Georgiana Hammonds Parrish. Following his graduation from Buchanan High School in Troy, Missouri F.C. farmed with his family and on June 7, 1953 F.C. was united in marriage with Fern Rose Westerman. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served 18 months in Korea and Hawaii. Soon after his return home from the military, F.C. enrolled in the University of Missouri-Columbia where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1959, a master’s degree in 1960, and a doctorate in meat science in 1965. Following graduation F. C. was appointed to the faculty of Iowa State University.

Professor Parrish served on the faculty at Iowa State University for 37 years, being promoted to Associate Professor in 1969 and to Professor in 1976. In 1995, he received the honorable title of University Professor. Initially, F.C. was a full-time researcher and established an internationally recognized research program on the changes in the molecular properties of postmortem muscle and their relationship to meat tenderness. Gradually he took on teaching assignments and in 1976 he also began coaching the ISU Meats Judging Team, retiring in 1997 from coaching. His years spent with the Meats Judging Team provided him with the opportunity to meet and interact with many students and their families and he ultimately served as an ambassador for Iowa State University. During his tenure at Iowa State University, F.C. taught over 5000 undergraduate and graduate students in addition to being a major professor to over 30 graduate students.

Before his retirement from Iowa State University in 2001, F.C. was recognized by ISU with the Career Achievement in Teaching Award and the VEISHEA Ag College Professor of the Year. National awards included the Distinguished Research Teaching and Signal Service Awards from the American Meat Science Association and the Distinguished Research and Teaching awards from the American Society of Animal Science.

Surviving F.C. are his beloved wife, Fern Rose Parrish; four children, Deborah June (Gene) Wattenberg of Overland Park, Kansas, Randall Douglas (Debbie Sue) Parrish of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rhonda Lea (Chris) Brosnahan of Lebanon, Ohio and Richard Brent Parrish of Olney; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one brother, Joe Parrish.


PARTIN, Josephine

Josephine was born on March 18, 1918 and passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2009.
Josephine was a resident of Omaha, Nebraska.


PATTERSON, Robert K.
Dr. Robert Kenneth Patterson, 77, of Northcrest Community in Ames, died Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, following an illness of several months. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames, with a gathering of friends and family from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the church.

Bob was born May 11, 1931, in Cedar Rapids, to James LeRoy and Amelia (Busch) MacDonald. As a young boy, he was adopted by his stepfather, Paul Patterson. He graduated from Wilson High School and attended the University of Iowa, his undergraduate work interrupted by four years of service in the U.S. Navy. In 1960, he graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, served an internship in general medicine at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, and in 1962, came to Conrad to begin a solo practice in family medicine. He was joined in the practice by Dr. Glendon Button, and he and Dr. Button, and later, Dr. Dohn Kruschwitz, continued to serve that community until Dr. Patterson left in 1979 to take a position in Ames with the Iowa State University Health Service.

After serving as a staff physician at Student Health for five years, Dr. Patterson became director of the Health Service, which position he held until his retirement in 1997. During his tenure there, he was instrumental in creating enthusiasm for a student-supported new clinic building, overseeing that project from its conception through its completion in 1997.

Of many honors and recognitions which he received in his professional life, the one he valued most was the Presidential Award given by the president of the Iowa State Student Body in 1994 for “faithfully dedicating himself to the health and well being of all students,” relating, in part, to the creation of a proposed new functional and imaginative space for medical treatment and health education to take place.

Other professional awards included the Ollie B. Moten award from the American College Health Association for “distinguished service to an institution of higher education,” the Superior Service award from the ISU Alumni Association, the Award for Staff Excellence from the Iowa Board of Regents, and membership in the honorary professional fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi.

Bob married Miriam Michener, daughter of Paul and Margaret (Hoover) Michener, June 29 1957, in Ackworth, while she was a student nurse at the University of Iowa. They were married for 51 years. To this union were born four sons, Kenneth Paul (Julie), of North Leverett, Mass., Thomas Paul, of Ames, Andrew Paul (Tina), of Marion, and Matthew Paul (Emily), of North Bennington, Vt. There are eight grandchildren whom Bob treasured, Fredd, Sarah, Emma, Rachel, Maggie, Hannah, Iris and Benjamin.

Bob was an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Iowa City, Conrad and Ames, serving as Moderator of the Presbytery of North Central Iowa in 1980. Other memberships important to him in recent years were the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith, Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation, Heartland Senior Services Foundation, Board of the Northcrest Corporation, Golden K Kiwanis, and the Golden K Men’s chorus.

Bob was a consummate gardener who took tremendous pleasure in creating areas of beauty wherever he lived. He was a woodworker in his retirement years, leaving for his family “heirlooms” in walnut, cherry, oak and butternut.

Left to remember him in love are his wife, Miriam; his sons and daughters-in-law; his grandchildren; a brother, Jim Patterson (Elsie), of Cedar Rapids; brothers-in-law, Carroll (Kitty) Michener, of Connecticut, and David (Dorothy) Michener, of Calif.; and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Amelia and Paul Patterson; and a niece, Patricia Comarata.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Collegiate Presbyterian Church (Robert K. Patterson memorial fund), or to Homeward Hospice of Ames.

A memorial service for Dr. Robert K. Patterson, who died April 15, 2009, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at Collegiate Presbyterian Church, Sheldon Avenue and West Street in Ames. Visitation with the family will be from 7 to 9 pm. Friday, May 1, at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the R.K. Patterson memorial fund at the church, or to Homeward Hospice.


PIERSON, Marcia
Marcia Martens Pierson, 72, of Ames, passed away peacefully on Dec. 28, 2012, at Bethany Manor in Story City. A memorial service will be held on a future date at the Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames.

Marcia was born Oct. 8, 1940, to Alvin and Clara Martens in Manning, Iowa. She graduated from Manning High School in 1958 and then attended Iowa State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1962. She went on to earn an master’s degree in English literature from Columbia University in New York in 1964 as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She married Bion Pierson at the United Methodist Church in Manning in June 1963, then moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., where Bion was completing engineering graduate work.

Marcia loved literature, the arts, and the outdoors, and remained a writer, musician, and conservationist throughout her life. She taught English composition courses at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich., from 1963 to 1964, and worked as a freelance writer featuring children’s stories and natural heritage topics while raising two children in Ames. In the mid-1980s she became a technical writer and editor in the engineering college at Iowa State University, and she and Bion regularly co-taught an honors seminar at Iowa State on wilderness writing.

She loved singing in the church choir, playing in bell choirs, and playing piano and recorder. She also enjoyed gardening, oil painting, camping, and travel. Her philanthropic activities included numerous church committees, work with international student families, the Story County Housing Board, and 4-H activities.

She is survived by her husband, Bion (Ames, Iowa); her brother, Gene (Yakima, Wash.); two children, Bryce (Chaska, Minn.) and Lia (Lexington, Va.); and four grandchildren: Meghan and Jennifer (Chaska, Minn.); and Cullen and Claire (Lexington, Va.). She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Clara Martens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in her memory to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation or to the music ministries of the Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames.


POLLAK, Edward
Edward Pollak was born on May 27, 1926, near Agnew, Nebraska to Frank John and Ann (Strizek) Pollak and passed away on August 29, 2012, at the age of 86 years 3 months and 2 days. Edward grew up in the Agnew area and attended school at District #51 near Garland, NE. After school he farmed with his father for several years. On October 8, 1949, he married Christina Wilma Walla in Lincoln, NE. The couple lived in Lincoln for 2 years and then moved north of Seward; then in the early 1950's they moved to Seward. Edward began working for Seward County as a heavy equipment operator before going to work at Goodyear in Lincoln for a short time, but quit because he didn't like working indoors. He then began working for the City of Seward as a heavy equipment operator working for Herman Rolfsmeier. Later on he worked for Bill Robinson who was from Omaha, but they worked building the housing area around the air base in Lincoln. Edward retired from Nogus Sweenie Construction in 1991. Edward enjoyed vacationing in Wyoming where they liked to hike and camp. He was known as "Mr. Fix It" and was always willing to help people with cars or anything that needed to be fixed. He also enjoyed whittling.

Edward is preceded in death by his wife Christina, and infant son, Charles; and an infant daughter, Rosemary; his parents, Frank and Anna; and a brother-in-law Bo Nemec.

Edward is survived by his daughter, Sandra Dalrymple and husband Conard of Naples, NY; grandson, Michael Dalrymple of Aurora, NY; two great-grandchildren, Alicia and Owen Dalrymple, brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Evelyn Pollak of Seward, NE; Robert and Joy Pollak of Lincoln, CA; Ray and Wanda Pollak of Grass Valley, CA; and sister, Betty Nemec of Lincoln, NE. To this obituary we add our thoughts, prayers and memories of life shared with Edward.


PRANGE, Clifton “Cliff”
Clifton G. “Cliff” Prange, 90, of Ames, died on Oct. 20, 2012, at home surrounded by his family, of complications from renal failure. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Adams Funeral Home in Ames. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave., in Ames. Burial will be in Municipal Cemetery with military honors.

Cliff was born on Nov. 15, 1921, in Butler County, to Fred and Alma Prange. After completing the eighth grade, he worked on the farm for his father. He entered the U.S. Army on Oct. 15, 1942, and served during World War II in the Pacific Theatre as a technician 3rd grade, combat engineer. He was honorably discharged in November 1945. After returning from the war, Cliff worked in automobile mechanical repair and helped his parents on the family farm until 1955.

On April 29, 1955, he married Darline Dahle at North Prairie Lutheran Church in Lanesboro, Minn. They resided in Mason City, where Cliff started his career in refrigeration installation and repair with James Refrigeration. In 1965, they moved to Ames were Cliff took a position with Iowa State University in the Environmental Systems Department as a refrigeration technician. He retired from Iowa State in 1986.

Cliff enjoyed traveling with his family, with countless camping trips throughout the country. He was a regular attendee of the Indianapolis 500. He and his wife traveled also to Europe and Hawaii. He hunted as a youth, and later fancied himself as an amateur horticulturalist, evidenced by his pride in his roses, vegetable gardening, and lawn and tree care. He also loved training his German Shepherds.

He was a long-time fan of Iowa State athletics, and served as an usher for Cyclone football, basketball, wrestling and many other events at the Iowa State Center. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church since 1965 and served as an usher and greeter there for many years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society. Before and after retirement, Cliff was called on by friends and others for their refrigeration and air conditioning repair needs.

He is survived by his wife, Darline: one daughter, Charla, of Ames, two sons, Keith, of Ames, and Gary of Yuma, AX; one granddaughter, Chloe; one sister, Lorene St. John, of Cedar Rapids, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Raymond, Clarence, and Harlan.


Tribute by his wife, Darline Prange

Cliff came to work at Iowa State in the summer of 1964 as air conditioning and refrigeration technician.  He retired in January 1986.  His work consisted of installation, troubleshooting, and repairs of AC and refrigeration units and equipment.

Cliff was particularly fond of his relationship with the staff and faculty at Iowa State, and spoke with pride that many professors and staff personnel would ask for Cliff when requesting a service call.

A campus like Iowa State, with all of its buildings, was particularly daunting when coming from a small private refrigeration company in Mason City, Iowa. In his first few weeks on the job, just finding service call building locations was an adventure!

Dad became a huge Cyclone fan from the start, bringing home the family a great selection of Cyclone clothing even in the first year (when he was commuting to Ames from Mason City on a weekly basis). He took great pride in his work and teaching his skills to others. The comments from those who worked with him, who thanked Dad for being their "mentor," will always be cherished.


PRESCOTT, James
James Russell Prescott, 77, of Ames died Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at home of esophageal cancer. Jim was born in Lincoln, NE, the son of Russell True and Irene (Johnson) Prescott. The family moved to Berkeley, CA, during World War II. Jim was an Eagle Scout and studied piano. After Jim graduated from high school he spent a summer in Belgium through the American Field Service. This had a profound effect on him and he was interested in world affairs and learning about other cultures the rest of his life. Jim considered studying to be a concert pianist but decided instead to attend CAL-Berkeley to study economics. He was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and graduated summa cum laude from CAL.

Jim was proud to have been in ROTC, served in the U.S. Army (1957-58), and retired as Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). Jim came to Iowa State to teach in the Economics and Statistics Departments in 1963. He enjoyed working with students and especially liked his interactions with graduate students. Jim published extensively in the area of urban and regional economics. He was proud of the books and papers he published and also the wide variety of courses he taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Jim also taught one year each at UCLA and Temple University (Philadelphia). He worked in several foreign countries including Peru, Zambia, Iran, and Guatemala. One award he was especially proud of was the Wilton Park International Service Award (1987).

Jim enjoyed bird watching at home and around Ames and he loved to feed the birds in the winter. He played the piano and in retirement took up woodworking and art in various forms. His woodworking was displayed in three exhibits in central Iowa. Jim loved to write limericks. He and his wife traveled extensively in the US and abroad.

Jim married Jermaine Conkin on December 21, 1966, at State Center, Iowa. He is survived by his wife Jeri, son Scott (Sara) and grandchildren Anthony, Andrew, and Alyxandra of Powell, WY. He is also survived by a nephew and two nieces all living in California. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jack. His cremains will be buried at Hillside Cemetery, State Center, Iowa.


Tribute by his wife, Jeri Prescott.

James Russell Prescott was born February 9, 1935, in Lincoln, NE, and died of cancer September 12, 2012, in Ames.  He received a BA from UC-Berkeley and MA and PhD from Harvard University.

Jim joined the Economics faculty at ISU in 1963, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1967, and to Professor in 1971.  He retired in December, 1995.

Prescott was a versatile teacher who taught undergraduate courses in many areas of economics.  At the graduate level, he taught courses in regional economics,, urban economics, regional economic planning, and state and local finance.  He served as a Visiting Professor at UCLA, Temple U. (Philadelphia), Utah State, and Washington U. (St. Louis) and gave numerous invited lectures and seminars at a number of academic institutions in the US and abroad.  Prescott served as major professor for ten PhD students and twenty-five MS students at ISU.

Jim authored numerous research publications.  His book Economic Aspects of Public Housing was the first comprehensive economic analysis of the U.S. public housing program and was widely referenced in the professional literature.  He also co-authored and edited  several books.  Jim enjoyed international work and was involved in several international economic development projects in Peru, Guatemala, Zambia, Egypt, and Iran where he spent a year (1976-77) as a consultant to the Harvard Institute for International Development under a grant from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development to the Government of Iran.  In 1987, Prescott received the Wilton Park International Service Award for professional consulting work in less-developed countries.

Prescott was an accomplished pianist, life-long bird watcher, and in retirement took up wood carving, especially of birds.  He loved to write limericks and this is a favorite of his:

In Britain it was thought of as rude
To take afternoon tea in the nude,
       But the revealing feeling
    Attained from DARJEELING
   Has altered the national mood.

Jim is survived by his wife Jermaine (aka Jeri), son Scott and his wife Sara, and three grandchildren.  He established a scholarship fund at ISU for economic graduate students who demonstrate creativity in their research.


December 2012 Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution
Respectfully Submitted by Dudley G. Luckett and Dennis R. Starleaf

James Russell Prescott, Emeritus Professor of Economics, died September 12, 2012 in Ames at the age of 77. The cause of his death was esophageal cancer.

Jim Prescott was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1935. His family moved to Berkeley, California when he was a child. He was graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1957 with a BA in Economics, where he received the Economics Citation Award from the economics department and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

After serving on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army, he enrolled in the graduate program in Economics at Harvard University where he was awarded the MA degree in 1960 and the Ph.D. degree in 1964.

Jim joined the Economics faculty at ISU in the fall of 1963. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1967 and to Professor in 1971. He retired in 1995.

Prescott was a versatile and very effective teacher. Over the years of his employment at ISU, he taught undergraduate courses in money and banking, micro theory, macro theory, public finance, labor economics, urban-regional economics and economic principles. At the graduate level, he taught courses in regional economics, urban economics, regional economic planning, and state and local finance. At various stages in his career while on leave from ISU, Jim served as a Visiting Professor at Washington University (St. Louis), UCLA, Temple University (Philadelphia) and Utah State University. Over the years, he gave numerous invited lectures and seminars at a number of academic institutions, including the University of Indiana, Stanford, SUNY-Albany, Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Claremont College, Boston College, the University of Iowa, Oklahoma State and Kansas State.

Prescott served as major professor for ten PhD students and twenty-five MS students at ISU. Several of his PhD students have had very successful careers in academia and/or government service.
Prescott was the author of numerous research publications. His book Economic Aspects of Public Housing (New York: Sage Publications, 1974) was the first comprehensive economic analysis of the U.S. public housing program and was widely referenced in the professional literature. Two other books were co-authored with former students: An Economic Simulation Model for Regional Development Planning (Ann Arbor, MI: Ann Arbor Science Publishers, 1975) was co-authored with Herbert Fullerton, University of Texas at Arlington, and Urban Regional Economic Growth and Policy (Ann Arbor, MI: Ann Arbor Science Publishers, 1975) was co-authored with Chris Lewis, Utah State University.

Prescott was also involved in several international economic development projects. During the summer of 1964, he worked as a consultant to the Peruvian National Planning Institute under the auspices of the ISU-USAID development project in Peru. During the 1977-78 academic year, he worked in Iran as a consultant to the Harvard Institute for International Development under a grant from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development to the Government of Iran. During the last half of 1979, he worked in Guatemala as a consultant on an ISU-USAID development project. During the first half of 1981, he worked in Egypt as a consultant to the USAID-Dames Moore project on planning for the development of the Sinai Peninsula. During the last half of 1983, he worked in Zambia as a consultant to the ISU-USAID development project in that county. In 1987, Prescott received the Wilton Park International Service Award on the basis of his professional consulting work in less-developed countries.

Jim Prescott was a gentle man with a puckish sense of humor. He was an accomplished pianist and a life-long bird watcher with a “life list” of over 450 different birds. Although they are not uncommon, he never saw a Least Bittern—which, he said, gave new meaning to the word “least”. After retirement he took up wood carving, frequently of birds, and many of his carvings were exhibited in the Ames area. Throughout his life he reveled in writing limericks. Here is one of his favorites:

A hooker was idle all day
With a substantial reduction in pay
To get clients back in
She served soda and gin
With a large pot of café au lait.

Jim Prescott married Jermaine Conkin on December 21, 1966. She, their son Scott (Sara) and grandchildren Anthony, Andrew and Alyxandra, survive him.

Because Jim valued creativity, he has established a scholarship fund for economics graduate students who demonstrate creativity in their research.


SCANDRETT, Verna
Verna E. Scandrett of Ames, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Riverside Manor in Ames. A gathering time visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care 414 Lincoln Way in Ames, with a private graveside service Monday, June 25, 2012, at Ames Municipal Cemetery in Ames.

Verna was born Oct. 6, 1928 in Marble Rock, Iowa, the daughter of Thomas and Lyla (Losee) Lines. She graduated from Marble Rock High School and married Gaylord Scandrett July 27, 1946 in Marble Rock. The couple farmed in Floyd County before moving to Ames in 1957. She worked in Food Service at Ames High School for 28 years before she retired and was well known for her custom made wedding cakes. She and her family attended Campus Baptist Church, now known as CrossRoad Baptist Church, in Ames.

Verna is survived by her husband, Gaylord, of Ames; their sons, David; of Des Moines, Lyle (Pam), of Ames, and Donald (Heidi), of Des Moines; 8 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren; and a brother, Galen Lines, of Brooklyn.  She was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings.  Memorials may be directed to Riverside Manor in Ames.


SCHMIDT, Carl E.
Carl Edward Schmidt, 72 of Nevada died on Friday, January 26, 2013 at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. Services will be held 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30 at Chet Ryan Mortuary, 708 Fifth Street in Nevada with Pastor David Burling officiating. Burial of the cremains will be at a later date in the Rhodes Cemetery.

Carl was born on November 19, 1940 in Osmond, NE to Martin and Esther Clara (Nallery) Schmidt. On February 13, 1979, he married JoAnn Coate in Nevada. Carl retired from ISU after 23 years. He enjoyed fishing, walking, and watching wrestling.

Carl is survived by five children Ann Lunsford Janes of Radcliffe, Billie Jo Lunsford Camp of Wichita, KS, Roger Lunsford, James L. (Heather) Aldrich all of Nevada and Lisa Ann Schmidt of Altoona; eight grandchildren Missy and Ryan Lunsford, Ashley Canon, Dylan and Shanea Janes, Alexis and Laynee and Logan Hill; five great-grandchildren Jarren, Clark, Banan, Sarina, and Leon; a sister Linda Donderhaus of Minnesota; step-brother Virgil Mikes of Colorado; and a step-sister Nancy Schaffer of Minnesota.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents and his wife JoAnn on November 30, 2012 and a grandson Scott Oberhokamp.


SCHROEDER, Donald
Mar. 26, 1933 – Aug. 20, 2012
Donald P. Schroeder, age 79, of 201-1st Street in Pilot Mound and formerly of Boone, died August 20, 2012, at the Boone County Hospital.

His body has been cremated and a Memorial Service will be Saturday, August 25, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pilot Mound United Methodist Church with Rev. Dennis Shepherd officiating. Burial of his cremains will be in the Bluff Creek Cemetery, southeast of Pilot Mound.

Donald was born March 26, 1933, in Pilot Mound, the son of Walter and Hazel (Ferry) Schroeder.

He attended Boone High School.

On May 24, 1953, Don married Edith King at Philipsburg, Montana.

From 1972 to 1995, Don was employed at Iowa State University as a building services coordinator. He retired in March of 1995.

From 1999 until last July, Don worked part-time in the warehouse of Caffrey Wholesale in Boone.

In earlier years, Don worked at Percival Manufacturing, worked in construction, and drove a route for Mary Jane Foods in Boone.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, especially at Swan Lake, cooking, listening to music, and reading.

He enjoyed yearly summer vacations with Edith in Montana.

Don served six years in the Iowa National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Don is survived by his wife Edith of Pilot Mound; a son Tom Schroeder and wife Cindy of Shepherdsville, Kentucky; two daughters Carol Schroeder and spouse Eileen Stephens of Des Moines and Anna Parsons and husband Ben of Boone; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Friends may call at the Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. where the family will be present from 6 until 8 p.m.


Tribute by his daughter, Carol Schroeder

Don was part of the construction crew that built the addition onto the Forker building. He was then hired as the building coordinator. Don was awarded the Superior Service Award for his dedication to his work at Iowa State University.  He was nominated by both faculty and students. Don maintained lifelong friendships with Dr. Barbara Forker, PE facility and students. Students thought of Don as their ISU Dad because of his kindness and support.

Don never met a stranger. Where ever he went, work, shopping or the Iowa State Fair he found something in common with anyone he met. Don was a wonderful Grandfather to his  ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren and one great great grandson. He is greatly missed.


SEIM, Allan Lynn
Allan Lynn Seim, 76, of Ottumwa, died on August 17 after living with Parkinson’s disease for more than 17 years. Allan was born in Marshalltown, Iowa on September 4, 1935 to Knudt O. and Dorothy M. (Kersey) Seim. He was graduated from Albion High School in 1953 and Iowa State University with a BS in Agronomy in 1960 and an MS in Agronomy in 1966. On June 24, 1962 he married Ruth P. Bunn, with whom he recently enjoyed celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Nancy, Gerald, Darryl, and Betty, and great-grandson Jadyn J. Comer. He is survived by his wife Ruth, a brother Richard, daughters Jane (Julian) Martinez and Sara Comer, grandsons Jason P. Comer and Sean M. (Elyce) Comer, great-grandchildren Zoe W. Comer and Bradyn J. Comer, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, and many colleagues and friends.

Allan worked for Iowa State University Extension as a crop production specialist for 30 years. He served in the United States Army Reserve, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1962. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Ottumwa, where he served as Ruling Elder, Usher, and Sunday School Teacher. A longtime member of the Rotary Club of Ottumwa Allan was active in Rotary International for more than 40 years. He worked with Ottumwa Civic Music for more than 25 years, including time as Association president. He was a founding committee member of the Cornbelt Cow Calf Conference and served on its board for 40 years. Active in Landlords of Iowa, he sat on the state board and was Past President of the Wapello County Area chapter. He served on the Ottumwa Housing Authority for 14 years. In retirement he added work with the Wapello County Historical Society to his activities. He served as a museum docent and helped build and maintain displays. He enjoyed working on a pair of antique tractors and was an ardent, albeit longsuffering, Chicago Cubs fan.

Allan received numerous awards and commendations throughout his career and in recognition of his community activities. Among these are the Iowa State University Extension Superior Service Award and the Wapello County Historical Society Presidential Volunteer Award.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday August 19th at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A service of worship celebrating Allan’s life will take place on Monday August 20th at 1:30 at First Presbyterian Church, Fourth and Marion Streets, with Rev. David Klanderman and Fr. Vincent Bete officiating. Burial will be at Ottumwa Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Ottumwa Civic Music, the Wapello County Historical Society, the Rotary Foundation, and First Presbyterian Church.


SHEPARD, Sharon Ann

Sharon Ann Shepard, 73, of Ames and formerly of Roland, went home to her Lord on July 8, 2012. She passed peacefully in her home, surrounded by the family that adored her. Born on March 19, 1939 to parents Albert “Red” and Ruby (Overton) Keeney from Carlisle.

She is survived by her children, Lee (D’Lynn) Shepard, of Waukee, and Ann (Trevor) Balman, of Story City; eight grandchildren; and siblings, Barbara Goode, of Bondurant, Larry Keeney (Norma), of Carlisle, and Ailene Novack, of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; numerous nephews and nieces. Sharon worked for over 33 years as a Graduate Secretary for Iowa State University and was known for her sense of humor and incredible work ethic. She was honored with the rare Superior Service Award in 1997 by the ISU Alumni Association. She was much loved and respected by all those who were blessed to know her and she will be greatly missed. A remembrance will be held to honor Sharon’s life from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Roland Community Center. A short program will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch following. In lieu of flowers, we have set up a Sharon Shepard Memorial Fund.


Tribute by Kenneth Koehler, Director, Statistics Department

Sharon worked for 33 years as the secretary for the Department of Statistics Graduate program and was honored with Superior Service Award in 1997 by the ISU Alumni Association.

Sharon was known for her sense of humor and her incredible work ethic.  She provided excellent guidance to many hundreds of graduate students.  She was also one of the best technical typists I have ever known and she was extremely valuable in typing manuscripts for books that faculty wrote.

Sharon was greatly loved and respected by the faculty, staff, and students and she continues to be greatly missed.


Tribute by Alicia Carriquiry, Distinguished Professor, Co-Director of Graduate Education

Sharon Shepard was the Graduate Secretary in the Department of Statistics.  As one of the two Directors of Graduate Education, I had the privilege of working with Sharon for many years.  Sharon was one of a kind – very capable, exceptionally hard-working and committed to doing the best possible work.  Sharon was proud of the quality of her work and everything she did was perfect.  Sharon was also a great person, fun-loving, caring and a joy to be around.  She “honey-ed” people she liked and was polite and no more with those she did not quite like (there were not too many of those).  She liked her life and adored her children and grandchildren.  Sharon was a happy person and someone on whom I relied a lot.  I think of her often and miss having her around.  


SHEPLEY, Noel
Noel Shepley, 42, of Cambridge, Iowa went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, November 24, 2012, near Cambridge.

Noel was born June 12, 1970, to Gary and Judy (Ridenhour) Shepley in Ames. He graduated in 1988 from Ballard High School, and then attended DMACC. On May 11, 1996, he married Renae Smith at Grace Church in Des Moines. Noel worked for Iowa State University as a plumber and was a former member of Grace Church in Des Moines and currently a member of Cornerstone Church in Ames.

Noel was a great friend and servant to everyone and he always put the Lord first.

Noel was a wonderful husband, dad, son and grandson, and loved church, Bible studies and prayer time and farming, gardening and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Noel is survived by his wife, Renae; his daughters, Lydia, Cassidy, Mallory and Holly all of Cambridge; his parents, Gary and Judy Shepley of Cambridge; his in-laws, Dean and Jane Smith of Arizona; his sisters, Monica Scherle of Slater and Genny Shepley of Ames; his maternal grandma, Betty Shillak of Cambridge; and his paternal grandpa, Dale Shepley of Le Mar, MO. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Delmar and Edith Ridenhour; his paternal grandma, Jackie Shepley; and a step-grandpa, Ernie Shillak.

Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2012, at Cornerstone Church in Ames (56829 HWY 30). Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2012, also at the church with burial to follow in the Cambridge Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Noel Shepley Memorial Fund.


Tribute by his wife, Renae Shepley

Noel Lee Shepley was born June 12, 1970 and passed away on November 24, 2012.  Noel started working at Iowa State University in April 1996 at Residence, and also worked at Ames Lab and FP&M.  He was a very hard worker and was known for his smile.  He was so thankful for his job and loved to give his co-workers nick names.  He was a strong Christian man and loved to pray.  His favorite book was the Bible and was a member at Cornerstone church in Ames.  He was a hobby farmer, loved yard work and lived on an acreage in Cambridge.  He grew up in Cambridge and his parents are Gary and Judy Shepley and he had two sisters Monica and Genny.  Noel married his wife Renae Smith on May 11, 1996 and has 4 daughters, Lydia, Cassidy, Mallory and Holly.  He will truly be missed.  


SHERICK, Verlaine Audrey
Verlaine Audrey Sherick was born August 3, 1924, to Jacob and Edith Lee at their farm near Buffalo Center, Iowa. Verlaine died August 22, 2012, in Brownsburg, Indiana. Verlaine grew up on that farm near Buffalo Center with her two older sisters, Elinor and Lavona. Later these 3 were joined by twins, their brother Orion and and sister Oriette. When Verlaine was 11 she lost her father. At age 14 she moved from the farm to Buffalo Center, living with a family to earn room and board and be closer to school. At 16, Verlaine moved to Ames where she worked and then soon started school at Iowa State College.

While at ISC, Verlaine met Albert Sherick who had enlisted in the Navy and was training at ISC. They were married in Denver Colorado, Al's hometown, during one of Al's furloughs. Verlaine became a WWII bride and suffered through the war period when Al's submarine was once even MIA. At the end of WWII, the couple was stationed at New London, Connecticut. Their son Daniel was born in 1946 and when Al's naval service came to an end in 1948, they moved to Ames where Al attended college and Verlaine set up their home. In the ensuing years, Dan was joined by his sisters, Linda, Martha and Sue. Al eventually became a professor at ISU. Verlaine provided a safe haven for her children and also a happy place for friends to gather through the years. Many former ISU students are beneficiaries of her good cooking and Christian hospitality. Al passed away in 1996 and Verlaine moved from Iowa to Brownsburg, Indiana, in 2000 to be near her daughter, Sue, and family.

Verlaine was the epitome of a selfless friend and mother whose concern for others went beyond just their natural needs but also included concern for their spiritual needs. Her presence will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one sister, Lavona Lee. She is survived by her children, A. Daniel Sherick of Lutsk Ukraine, Linda Sherick of Brownburg, IN, Martha (Sheldon) Shen of Des Moines and Sue (Roger) Wisecup of Brownsburg, IN; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her brother, Orion (Ione) Lee of Buffalo, IA and two sisters, Elinor (LeRoy) Christiansen of Hutchinson, MN and Oriette Younes of Holtville, CA.

A visitation will be held at Stevens Memorial Chapel, 607 - 28th St., Ames, from 10:00- 12:00 am on Monday, August 27, followed immediately by the funeral service at 12:00 noon with burial at the Iowa State University Cemetery.


SHONROCK, Jr.  William “Bill”
William “Bill” Shonrock, Jr., 65, of Ames, passed away Jan. 23, 2013 at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29th at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Ames. A family burial service will be held at the Iowa State University Cemetery later this spring. The family will gather at St. Cecilia Catholic Church and receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 with a vigil service at 7 p.m.

William "Bill" Henry Shonrock, Jr. was born February 12, 1947 to William Henry, Sr. and Rosalie Louise (Kamm) Shonrock in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Park Forest, IL and graduated from Centerville High School. Bill and Diana Donner were married on May 31, 1969 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelors Degree in Urban Planning in 1972. He worked as a manager for Shakey’s Pizza and then started a construction business with his brother-in-law Tom Donner. Later he was self-employed as a contractor and painter in the construction industry.

Bill was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church for 40 years and was a long term member of Elk’s Lodge #1626. Bill loved to coach youth baseball and hockey, and he refereed and did statistics for ISU Hockey Club.

Bill passed away January 23, 2013 at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames at 65 years of age.

Bill is survived by his wife Diana Donner Shonrock of Ames; his children, Kelley (Jeff) Seyller of Colo, Derek (Sarah) Shonrock of Coralville, Sara (David Larson) Shonrock of Eagan, Minnesota and Maggie Shonrock also of Eagan; eight grandchildren, Molly, Libby, Jack, Nora and Andrew Seyller, Michael and Sadie Shonrock, and William Larson; his father, William Shonrock, Sr. of South Padre Island, Texas; his parents-in-law, Robert and Marie Donner of Osage; his sister, Cynthia Shonrock of South Padre Island; his brother, Douglas (Julie Thorndyke) Shonrock of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

In lieu of flowers, Bill requested donations to Bliss Cancer Center at Mary Greeley or the St. Cecilia School tuition assistance fund.


SKRDLA, Betty
Elizabeth (Betty) Jeanne Skrdla, 92 passed away on March 8, 2013, at Northcrest Community in Ames. Betty was born on November 3, 1920, to Charles and Elizabeth (Early) Spalding in Lincoln, NE. She graduated from Lincoln High School and the University of Nebraska, and received her Masters Degree from Iowa State University in Home Economics. On June 9, 1942, she was married to Willis Skrdla. While Willis served in the US Navy, Betty was employed by the Bureau of Standards in Washington D.C. They then moved to Lafayette, Indiana, where Willis pursued his Doctorate degree at Purdue University. From there, they lived in Virginia before moving to Ames in 1957. During Willis’s career in Agronomy, they traveled internationally and also lived and worked for two years in India. In Ames, Betty was active in AAUW, Ames Women’s Club, Agronomy Ceres Club, DK Chapter of TTT, Kiwanis, and Bethesda Lutheran Church.

Betty will be missed by her children, Ron (Marcia) Skrdla of Ames, Rob (Ning) Skrdla of Anchorage AK, and Kay (Jim) Thompson of Runnells. She is also survived by grandchildren, Carrie (Tom) Kujak, Joel (Shannan) Skrdla, and Molly, Emily and John Skrdla; and three great-grandsons.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, sisters, Shirley Martin and Bev Kepka, and brother, Stan Spalding.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday March 12, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames, with a visitation one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Northcrest Community, 1801 20th St. Ames, Iowa 50010 or Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave., Ames, Iowa, 50010


SMITH, Frances M.
Frances Marie Smith (age 81) was born February 20, 1932 in Custer County, Oklahoma. She went to country school through the 8th grade and graduated from Clinton High School in 1949. Frances received a BS degree from Southwestern State College in 1952, a MS from Oklahoma State in 1958 and a PHD from Iowa State in Home Economics in 1966.

She taught school in Wilsey, Kansas from 1952 to 1956, Bremerhaven, Germany from 1961 to 1962, Wichita, Kansas 1956 to 1961, and then 1962 to 1964. She was on the faculty at Kearney State College, Kearney, Nebraska from 1966 to 1968 and then Iowa State University 1968 to 1970, and 1972 to 1997.

Frances married Richard Smith on August 17, 1968. She was a supporter of home economics (AHEA, AAFCS), Bethesda Lutheran Church and League of Women Voters. She was an active volunteer and had worked in the CASA program for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Richard of Ames; two daughters, Mary Smith of Schaumburg, Illinois and Barbara Smith of London, England; one brother, Elmer Smith of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and one sister, Pauline Medice of Boston, Massachusetts.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.


Tribute by Lisa G. Stange, NBCT, MA Ed, Lecturer, Program Coordinator FCEdS

Dr. Frances M. Smith, who retired from her almost thirty-year career as a professor in Iowa State University's College of Family and Consumer Sciences' Department of Education in 1997, died on May 6, 2013 in Ames, Iowa at 81 years of age. Born in Oklahoma, she received her B.S. ’52 from Southwestern State College, her M.S. in ’58 from Oklahoma State and Ph.D. in Home Economics in ’66 from Iowa State University.

She taught school in Wilsey, Kansas from 1952 to 1956, and in Wichita, Kansas on two separate assignments between 1956 and 1964. She left Wichita briefly to teach in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1961-62. Dr. Smith was on the faculty at Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska from 1966 to 1968 followed by faculty appointments at Iowa State University from 1968 to 1970 and 1972 to 1997.

The true definition of a researcher, Frances was well known for her questioning skills and applications to critical thinking. In addition, she was a teacher, a mentor, supporter and role model. Her legacy continues as she worked with Julia Faltinson Anderson to establish an endowed scholarship in the College of Human Sciences for students in family and consumer sciences education and studies. She made special connections with the students she supported. Students received letters, notes of support and visits from Dr. Smith as they progressed in their studies.

Frances was an avid supporter of home economics and actively involved in the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). She was instrumental in the creation of the Integration in Home Economics Interest Group that began in the late 1980’s. She viewed herself as a facilitator, but seminar attendees valued her opinions and admired her strong thinking skills and contributions that enlivened the discussions.

Frances was well known in the Ames community through her associations with Bethesda Lutheran Church, League of Women Voters, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). She was an active and dedicated church member and volunteer. She was well-read and always had a clipping, news article or journal prepared to discuss when she attended meetings of various groups in which she participated.

Frances was married in 1968 to Richard Smith (lovingly referred to as her “friend, Richard” during her seminar discussions), who is an Iowa State Professor Emeritus in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering department. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mary Smith of Schaumburg, Illinois and Barbara Smith of London, England; one brother, Elmer Smith of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and one sister, Pauline Medice of Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother.


SMITH, Harriet
Harriet was born on December 6, 1928 and passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013.

Harriet was a resident of Hills, Iowa at the time of her passing. She was formerly from Newton, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband Robert.

Memorial Service: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 308 E. 2nd St. N. in Newton. Visitation: The family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m., Friday, January 18, 2013 at the church.

Memorials to Newton Community Educational Foundation, Iowa 4-H Foundation, Congregational United Church of Christ in Newton, or Iowa City Hospice may be left at the church at the time of the visitation & service or they also may be left at the Wallace Family Funeral Home in Newton.


SMITH, Nancy
Nancy Garman Smith passed away peacefully at the Hospice in Johnston, Iowa, on April 17, 2013, among family, friends and loved ones.

Funeral services are scheduled for April 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church, with a burial to follow at Ankeny Memorial Gardens.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on April 22, 2013, at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.) with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Nancy was born December 29, 1942, in Algona, Iowa, to Victor and Edna Garman.

She graduated from St. Joseph's Nursing School in Mason City in 1963. Following graduation she worked as a nurse at St. Ann's Hospital, in Algona. While her proudest accomplishment was raising her children, she was also employed by Iowa State University.

She married Joseph Smith September 4, 1965.   Nancy was a loving, caring wife, parent, grandparent, sister and friend. She enjoyed shopping, puzzles, tearooms, going for coffee and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her and touched her heart.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Joseph, their 4 children; Kendra, Larry (Susan), Bradley (Cristina) and Sheila (James), 6 grandchildren; Savanah, Paris, Peyton, Saffire, Gabriella, and Shanel, brothers; Kenneth and Edward, and sister June, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and father and her brothers; James and Richard.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Nancy G. Smith Foundation, P.O. Box 909, Ankeny, Ia 50021.


SMITH, Robert
Of Hills, Iowa; formerly of Newton, Iowa

 Memorial Service: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Congregational United Church Of Christ, 308 E. 2nd St. N. in Newton.

Visitation: The family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Congregational United Church Of Christ in Newton.  

Those left to honor Robert's memory are his children, Ellis (Kathy) Smith of North Liberty, Tim Smith of Iowa City, Julie (Jim) Jones of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and Brian (Gina) Smith of Ames; eleven grandchildren, Scott (Jennifer) Smith, Ellie (Andy) Knape, Michelle (Mike) Webster, Allison Smith, Michael Smith, Jill Jones (fiancé, Nate Durham), Jackie (Dan) Koch, Jenny Jones, Erin, Drew, and Leah Smith; his seven great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Mitchell, Joanie, Joshua, Alexa, Hudson, and Jacob; and several nieces and nephews, He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Linda in infancy.

Robert was a graduate of State Center High School in State Center, Iowa in 1945.

Robert was retired from Dairy Farming.

Robert was a member of the Congregational United Church Of Christ in Newton, Newton Lodge No. 59 A.F. & A.M., Oakridge Grange, Honorary Newton FFA member, Past Iowa 4-H President, FarmHouse Fraternity and a member of the Newton Booster Club. Robert loved being with his family and enjoying the time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed working and caring for animals. Robert also enjoyed fishing and going on the fishing trips.

Memorials to Newton Community Educational Foundation, Iowa 4-H Foundation, Congregational United Church of Christ in Newton, or Iowa City Hospice may be left at the church at the time of the visitation & service or they also may be left at the Wallace Family Funeral Home in Newton. Memorials may also be mailed to the funeral home, please add, Attn: Smith Family on the envelope.


STRAKER, Lloyd
Lloyd B. Straker, 88, of Ames, died Friday, September 21, 2012 at Riverside Manor in Ames. Lloyd was born to Iley and Ruth Chew Straker in Herrin, IL on October 9, 1923. He married Ruby Matthews in Carbondale, IL on June 20, 1947. Lloyd was a graduate of Southern Illinois University and prior to moving to Ames in 1967, resided in Springfield, IL. Lloyd was a retired manufacturing engineer and an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Europe with General Patton's Third Army 26th Infantry Brigade. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge.

Lloyd is survived by his wife, Ruby; two daughters, Shirley of Ames and Janet (Steve) Schultz of Grimes; and four grandchildren, Matthew, Gregory, Julie and Laura Schultz. He was preceded in death by his parents.

No public services were held. Private interment was held at the Ames Municipal Cemetery. On-line condolences may be left at www.StevensMemorialChapel.com. Stevens Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.


Tribute by his wife, Ruby and family

Although Lloyd never attended or was an employee of ISU, as a long-term resident of Ames and spouse of an ISU employee, he enjoyed many activities and functions of ISU.
He was a great ISU fan!  Thank you for remembering him.


STRUSS, Roland “Rollie” George
Roland “Rollie” George Struss, 81, of Ames, died August 17, 2012 at his home in Ames. Rollie battled several cancers during his life, eventually losing his life to pancreatic and liver cancer. Rollie’s celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Memorial Lutheran Church in Ames.

Roland George Struss was born April 9, 1931 in Juniata, Neb. He graduated from Juniata High School, joined the United States Army, served as a Second Lieutenant in Korea. He received Bachelor of Science degrees in both chemistry and mechanical engineering from the University of Nebraska and a Master’s of Science Degree in nuclear engineering from Iowa State University.

Rollie married the love of his life, Wilma “Willie” Jean Hagemeyer, in 1956. Their strong and enduring marriage lasted nearly 56 years and was a beacon of light and an example of a loving partnership to all who knew them.

A nuclear engineer by trade, Rollie started his career at Sandia Corporation in Albuquerque, N. M., where he worked on a variety of nuclear testing projects. He joined the staff at Ames Laboratory, part of Iowa State University, in 1962. Rollie worked at Ames Lab for 34 years until he retired from his position as Associate Director for Operations. Rollie’s career was wide and varied. He led the Ames Lab reactor decommissioning project, worked to develop the solar energy programs, and even worked with Iowa State students on the solar car project.

Rollie was a true renaissance man. He and Willie bought a small farm north of Ames, where they raised livestock and farmed crops. Their gardens were legendary; Rollie loved working in his vegetable garden right up until he and Willie sold the farm and moved to town this spring. Rollie loved working on the farm, which he and Willie turned into a showplace of beautiful gardens and a loving home. Rollie created incredibly detailed wood carvings; he painted; he restored antique clocks and other antiques. A mechanic to his core, no repair was too complicated; if Rollie couldn’t fix it, it wasn’t broken.

Rollie also believed strongly in community work and volunteered extensively throughout his life. He served as part of the lay leadership at Memorial Lutheran Church for many years; he worked tirelessly with the ISU College for Seniors – serving as Chair from 2004 – 2006 – and taught several classes, including a very popular course on energy. Rollie also served on the Board of the Ames Historical Society; he and Willie led the successful fundraising effort that secured a headquarters building for the Society. Rollie loved to travel and he Willie enjoyed trips to many parts of this beautiful country and abroad.

Rollie was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to many; it can truly be said that to meet Rollie was to meet a friend. He had a limitless curiosity and genuine interest in everyone he met, and took great joy in every adventure he undertook.  Rollie was baptized into the Christian faith and was a lifelong Lutheran; he was an active member of Memorial Lutheran Church in Ames since he moved to Ames with Willie in 1962.

Rollie is survived by his wife, Wilma “Willie” Struss, of Ames, children Sue Dove of Bethlehem Georgia, Doug (Carol) Struss of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Nancy (Bert) Bailey of Seattle, Washington, and Colleen Struss of Alexandria, Virginia, and 7 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Bob Struss, his twin sister Ruth Kroll, his sister Carol Uden, and sister-in-law Betty Struss.  Rollie was preceded in death by his parents, George and Irene Struss, and his brother Harold Struss.

In lieu of flowers, Rollie requested memorials be directed to Memorial Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.  Stevens Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.


Tribute by his wife, Wilma “Willie” Struss

Rollie’s ISU Work Experience:
Hired in to Ames Laboratory September 4, 1962 to form the reactor division. Worked at the reactor until it was shut down December 31, 1977. Became manager of the Engineering Services Group and later Associate Director of the Operations Division at Ames Lab. He retired April 15, 1996.

Rollie very much enjoyed the challenges of keeping the reactor running and the engineering and travel involved in the solar projects, but most of all he enjoyed the people with whom he had the pleasure of working.

He was an engineer to the core and really enjoyed his work, especially when he could help a beginning engineer to get his feet on the ground.


Tribute by Steve Karsjen, Ames Laboratory

The headline of the Ames Laboratory’s March 1996 issue of Insider, the Lab’s monthly newsletter, said it all, “What Wiilllll We Do?  Rollie Struss Retires from Ames Lab.”  

Rollie retired from the Ames Laboratory on April 15, 1996, and his knowledge of the Lab was renowned.  People wanting information or answers to questions about the Lab’s history, employees, facilities, hazardous waste activities or the old reactor were often told, “Go ask Rollie.”  And he almost always knew the answers.

Rollie came to the Lab in 1962 to help form the new Reactor Division.  He oversaw reactor operations from startup to decommissioning in 1977.  In 1978, he became manager of the Lab’s Engineering Services Group, and in 1979, became director of the Operations Division, a position he held until his retirement.  Rollie is also remembered for designing the Lab’s solar truck and for spearheading the construction of the Technical and Administrative Services Facility (TASF).  A plaque in the TASF entryway bears his name as project manager.

In 1992, when Rollie G. Struss received his award for 30 years of service, then director of the Lab, Tom Barton, said, “and the G stands for goodness.”   It’s a sentiment that continues to be shared by many in the Ames Laboratory community.  


TALBOT, Rena Maxine Hart
Rena Maxine Hart Talbot, 93, of Ames, died Monday morning, Jan. 7, 2013, at Northcrest Community-Heartwood House. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, at Northcrest. Private family burial will be at a later date in Iowa State University Cemetery.

Rena was born on May 10, 1919, in Long Point, Ill., the daughter of Clyde and Mary Defenbaugh Hart. She married her high school sweetheart, Ross Talbot, on Aug. 16, 1941. Rena lovingly cared for her family as a homemaker while supporting Ross who served ISU as a political science professor. Rena was an accomplished painter, gardener and cook.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Beth Borden, of St. Paul, Minn., and Nancy Talbot (Paul Duberstein), of Rochester, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Sarah Borden, of New York City, Nicholas Leach, of St. Paul, Minn., and Zoe and Eliza Duberstein, of Rochester, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross; one sister, Zelia Savage; and two brothers, Francis Hart and Robert Hart.

As a show of sympathy, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed to First Baptist Church of Ames or Heartwood House at Northcrest. Online condolences may be expressed at www.StevensMemorialChapel.com.


TEGGATZ, Eugene
Eugene Dean Teggatz, 73, of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly of Marion, died Friday, July 6, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center, Mason City, IA. Memorial Service: 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July, 12, 2012 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Marion, by Rev. Gregory Williamson. The family will greet friends from 4-7pm, Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Marion. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Williamsburg, IA.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Sandra; daughters, Julie (David) Simonson of Tabernacle, NJ, and Beth Teggatz of Dodgeville, WI; his mother, Lorena Teggatz of Amana; grandchildren, Emily and Kari Simonson of Tabernacle, NJ; sisters, LaVera Vernon of Olin, IA, JoAnn (Robert) Heathman of Cedar Rapids, Myrna Teggatz of Decatur, IL, Bonita (Gary) Lefebure of Fairfax, IA, and Bonnie Teggatz of Cedar Rapids; sisters-in-law, Marie Teggatz of Latimer, IA, Ruth Teggatz of Cedar Rapids, and Irene McKenney of Rochester, MN; and brother-in-law, Buford (Susan) Floy of Thornton, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father, Orville Teggatz; brothers, Leonard and Gordon Teggatz; and brothers-in-law, Robert Floy and Lyle Vernon.

Gene was born July 12, 1938, near Conroy, IA, the son of Orville and Lorena (Collingwood) Teggatz. He graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1956 and from Iowa State University in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. On June 17, 1961 he was united in marriage to Sandra Floy, in Thornton, IA. Gene served as lieutenant in the US Air Force from 1960-1963. He then worked for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, retiring in 1994 after 30 years of employment as an electrical engineer. Gene was an avid fulltime RVer with his wife, Sandy, for the past 18 years, where he enjoyed sharing his passion for computers and RVing with others.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Gene’s memory.

Cards and condolences may be directed to: Sandy Teggatz, PO Box 283, Williamsburg, IA 52361.


THOMPSON, William (Bill) Hayton
A native of Scranton, PA., William Hayton (Bill) Thompson earned a B.S. degree from Bloomsburg State College in Bloomsburg, PA., an M.S. from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State where he was a member of the faculty for 35 years.

Bill developed and taught courses on Transportation and Logistics in the Department of Industrial Administration, now the College of Business. He was a consultant to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Northwestern and Rock Island Railroads, the Iowa Commerce Council, and the Iowa Grain Dealers Association and represented Governors Hughes and Ray on the Midwest Governors Transportation Council. In 1980, he was named "Transportation Man of the Year" by the Des Moines Transportation club and was honored by the American Economic Association as an "Outstanding Professor."

During World War II, he was an instructor in the Naval Intelligence School in Oxford, Ohio. In 1948, he was commissioned an intelligence officer in the Army Reserve. He later became commanding officer of the reserve unit at Iowa State and retired as a full colonel in 1961.

Bill Thompson held several leadership positions during his career at Iowa State, including Chairman of the Manuscript Committee at the Iowa State Press, chairman of the University Athletic Council, and Chairman of the Industrial Administration Department. After he retired, he wrote Transportation in Iowa: A Historical Summary. He was a founding member of the American Society of Transportation & Logistics; held memberships in the Masonic Lodge, Elks Club, and Kiwanis Club; and was selected for inclusion in Who's Who in America and American Men of Science.
Bill passed away June 10, 2012 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames at 102 years of age.

Bill's marriage to Evelyn Covault in 1938 lasted nearly fifty years until her death in 1987 and produced four children: Louise, Larry, Neil, and Mary. Bill's second marriage to Ione K. Sieben ended with her passing in 2003. His dear companion of the last nine years, Janet Wallen, survives him, as do his four children, ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


Tribute by his daughter, Louise Thompson

ISU Work Experience:
Ph.D - Economics - 1948 Helped found the Department of Industrial Administration which became the largest department at ISU before his retirement. Professor of Transportation Department Chairman during move from the old Ind. Ed. building to Carver Hall

Bill was one of the foremost experts in transportation, particularly farm-to-market, in the country. In addition to teaching and research, he also consulted with the state of Iowa and the US Dept. of Agriculture. Serving on several University committees, he most enjoyed his time on the Athletic Council, presiding as Chairman. This was when he became known to his family as W.H. (Bill), so named in the Des Moines Register's coverage of the excitement surrounding the hiring of Johnny Majors as Cyclone football coach.

Dad's office held a kind of mystique for his children. I can still remember the smell of sawdust from the ground floor Industrial Education department as we climbed the stairs to the I. Ad. department, with its sloping wood floors, classrooms with huge windows (stuffed with Wall Street Journals in the winter to keep the cold out), the sounds of the ISU marching band rehearsals wafting through the drafty windows of his office. Hot in summer, cold in winter, noisy all the time...and yet, for us kids, a fascinating and awe-inspiring place.

He lived an amazing life for over 102 years. He told us in the last year that he wasn't ready to go yet - he wanted to see what was going to happen. That unflagging curiosity and interest in the world around him was probably a major contributor to his longevity.


THORSON, Shirley
Shirley Thorson was born on 02/04/1934 and passed away on April 18, 2008.


Van CANNON, Helen
December 24, 1938 - March 20, 2012
Helen Van Cannon, age 73, of 527 Second Street, died March 20, 2012, at her home.
Her body has been cremated. A Memorial Service will be Monday, March 26, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall with Envoy Tim North officiating. Burial of her cremains will be in the Fairview Cemetery, north of Madrid.

Helen was born in Madrid on December 24, 1938, the daughter of Noah and Lillie (Williams) Van Cannon and graduated from Luther High School in 1957.

She worked as a custodian at Iowa State University.  Helen was a member of the Salvation Army and AARP. She enjoyed going to church, spending time with her family and friends and doing volunteer work.  She liked to visit people in the nursing homes and going to country music concerts with her son Michael.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, son Robert “Bob” Van Cannon, brothers Charles, Leroy, Fred, and Howard Van Cannon, a sister Dora Bickford, and a grandson Noah Van Cannon.

She is survived by her son Michael of Kingsland, Texas, four grandchildren: Rachael Van Cannon, Elizabeth Van Cannon, Jason Youngclass, and Kate Reynoldson; six great-grandchildren: Thomas Winger, Jayden Friend, Grace Van Cannon, Kale Hedlund, Maggie Myers, and Lillie Prange.


WALSH, Jean
Jean Sparks Walsh, 94, of Ames, died on Oct. 2, 2012, at Israel Family Hospice House. A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at St. John’s by Campus Episcopal Church, 2338 Lincoln Way, Ames.

Jean was born in Marshalltown on Nov. 18, 1917, the daughter of Fred and Dorothy (Tuttle) Sparks. She grew up and married in California, attending John Burroughs Junior High and Beverly Hills High School. She attended Occidental College and graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She was employed as an internal auditor for Sears.

She married a UCLA classmate, Arthur Weldon Walsh, and was the mother of two children, Barbara and Dan. As a war bride, she lived in Des Moines, Harrisburg, Pa., and Schenectady, N.Y. After World War II, she followed her husband’s career, and lived in Los Angeles, Calif., Des Moines, Burlington, West Des Moines and Ames.

While in Ames, she worked at Iowa State University in the registrar’s office. After retirement, she lived in the Windsor Oaks Senior Living community in Ames.

She was affiliated with Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority (UCLA), P.E.O and Questers. Jean enjoyed and was skilled in needle work and knitting. In addition, she enjoyed reading, gardening and collecting. Throughout her life she was a devoted, loving and caring woman to her whole family and many friends.

She was baptized, confirmed and married in the Episcopal Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband for 69 years, Arthur Weldon Walsh. She is survived by her two children, Barbara Walsh Watts (Richard), of Springfield, Va., and Daniel H. Walsh, of Omaha, Neb.; four grandchildren, Deborah Watts Dobson (Paul), Linda Watts Zenke (Eric), Tara Walsh Silhavey, (Darren), Bryan Walsh (Brandie); and eight great-grandchildren.


WEBB, Georgia
Georgia Irma Webb was born in Fort Dodge, on June 6, 1918 (but don’t tell anyone), and died on Feb. 8, 2012.

She spent most of her early years in Fort Dodge followed by a move to the Washington, D.C. area. While on the East Coast, Georgia worked in scientific research for the U.S. government. When Georgia came back to the Midwest, she continued her education and received a double major in food and nutrition, as well as art at Iowa State University. The remaining years of her employment were spent in food service mainly for ISU.

Georgia was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. Because of her love of children, she taught Sunday school and also was a Campfire Girls Guardian as well as Campfire Girls camp counselor. In addition, she loved music very much. But the most important thing in Georgia’s life was relationships. She loved her family and her family of friends. Her lifelong hope was that others would feel that their lives were happier and more worthwhile for having known her.

Georgia was preceded in death by her parents, George William and Elma Leland Webb; and four siblings, Irene, Mary Frances (Fran), George M. (Bud), and Paul.

She is survived by one sister, Norma Jean Thompson and her husband, Maurice; and one sister-in-law, Clara Webb, of Newport News, Va. In addition, she has numerous nieces and nephews.

Georgia’s celebration service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Nichol’s Chapel at Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames. The Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Fort Dodge are in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to Collegiate United Methodist Church, 2622 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50014, or to a charity of your choice.


WHITAKER, James
James Wright Whitaker died March 1, 2013 at Agrace Hospice Care, Inc. following complications from a 28 year history of Parkinson’s Disease.

He was born to Marion Saunders and Joel Whitaker of Granville, Illinois on July 15, 1936. He was educated in the Granville public schools. Upon high school graduation in 1954, he volunteered for service in the U.S. Army during which he served in Germany and traveled throughout western Europe. Following his service he attended Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio and earned a BA in history in 1960. At age 10 he determined that he would become a historian and fulfilled his ambition at the University of Wisconsin where he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. He joined the Department of History at Iowa State University in 1965 and during his professorship there he worked on the development of the Native American Studies program, the Ph.D. program in Agricultural History, and taught and wrote on the history of agriculture in the United States. Parkinson’s Disease forced his retirement in 1998.

In 1970 he married Faye Pauli of rural Belleville who joined him on the Iowa
State faculty. 1975 marked the birth of their twin daughters Martha Hopkins Pauli Whitaker and Katherine Clara Saunders Whitaker. He was a member of several professional organizations, the board of the Iowa State University Press, Ames United Church of Christ, where he served as treasurer for 18 years, and many other university and community committees and boards.

For retirement he and Faye, along with brother Sidney Whitaker, renovated the family farmhouse and gardens at Cedar Point, Illinois. At the same time, a move from Ames to part-time residence in Verona in 2003 brought him back to Madison and renewed association with First Congregational Church.

He is survived by his wife, Faye, daughters Martha and Katherine, sons-in-law Darin McCauley and Colin Richmond, and grandsons Nathaniel McCauley and Miles Richmond, as well as his brother Sidney of Cedar Point, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Joel Philip, and his brother-in-law Robert Pauli.

Memorial services will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at First Congregational Church, 1609 University Avenue, Madison, WI at the corner of Breeze Terrace and Old University. A gathering in the church parlors will follow the service.

His memory may be commemorated by contributions to the Whitaker-Hopkins-Bent
Scholarship Fund at Oberlin College or the First Congregational Church/ United Church of Christ in Madison.


May 2013 Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

James Wright Whitaker died March 1, 2013, in Madison, Wisconsin. He joined the Iowa State Department of History in the fall of 1965 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1968. He retired in 1998.

At an early age, Jim Whitaker knew he wanted to become a historian. He cultivated his interest by exploring the history of his rural community in north central Illinois and of his extended family who resided therein. It followed naturally, then, that he would always have a special interest in the history of American agriculture, which, after graduating from Oberlin College, he pursued at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving his Ph.D. in 1965.

Jim was a careful and precise scholar, both in his teaching and research. At Iowa State he taught courses in the history of American agriculture and the history of the American West and advised graduate students in the department’s masters and doctoral programs. His students benefitted from clear, thorough, and well-organized courses. His graduate students learned the craft of scholarship in line-by-line criticism of their written work. His major publication, Feedlot Empire, Beef Cattle Feeding in Illinois and Iowa, 1840-1900, described how interactions among soil, climate, geography, market demand and organization, transportation, technological innovation, cattle breeding, and cultural values produced a major institution in the development of American commercial agriculture. Thoroughly researched in primary sources and documented with notes, maps, and tables, the book was a masterpiece that demonstrated the scholarly technique and intellectual perception that would inform such later magisterial books as William Cronon’s prizewinning study of the rise of Chicago, Nature’s Metropolis.

Jim Whitaker had a unique talent for academic administration. He was an active member of his historical profession, serving on the board of the State Historical Society of Iowa and revitalizing it after previous years of drift. His talent stabilized the history department during similar times of administrative uncertainty. In 1985 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, a condition that never afflicted his spirit but that limited some of his abilities. In 1993, in order to relieve him of duties that were becoming overly stressful and to take advantage of his talents, the incoming chair appointed him assistant chair. In this capacity he performed excellently, especially in his advice to students.

Jim Whitaker was a fine scholar, teacher, and colleague. His presence made Iowa State University a better place.


WILDMAN, Ruby Illa
The third of four children, Ruby Ila Wildman, was born September 8, 1915 to Rasmus and Ida Skartvedt on the family farm in Radcliffe, Iowa. In the same farmhouse, she married Robert O. Wildman on June 1, 1935.

Ruby attended Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls and taught grade school near Garden City prior to her marriage. Bob and Ruby first lived in Eldora, Iowa where Ruby taught 6th grade at the Iowa Training School for Boys. After the birth of their first daughter, they moved to Ames. Another daughter and a son were born in Ames and Ruby was a homemaker during their childhood. She went to work for Iowa State University in the printing services division in 1955 and was there until she retired in 1982. Ruby was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames from 1943 until her death.

Ruby died June 21, 2012 at Fountain West Health Center in Des Moines at 96 years of age.

Survivors include daughters Gretchen Finn of Fort Worth, Texas, and Janet Andre of Santa Fe, New Mexico; her son, John Wildman of Norwalk, Iowa; four grandsons; one granddaughter; three great- granddaughters; and one great grandson.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband and one grandson.


Tribute by her daughter, Gretchen Finn

Ruby worked for the ISU printing services from 1955 until 1982.  She was a great supporter of ISU and loved going to work on the campus. She was proud to get to work for a fine university.

My parents worked at ISU and I got to attend. I am grateful for the experience


WINTER, Mary
Mary Winter died quietly on March 30, 2013 in Ames, Iowa. She was born April 18, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mary received her elementary education from the public schools in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and graduate degrees from the Pennsylvania State University. Between her bachelor's and master's degrees she worked as a home economist in Minnesota. After graduate work she worked as a professor at Cornell University and at Iowa State University.

She became famous as a teacher and a researcher in the field of household resource management. She was appointed Associate Dean of her college in charge of Research Administration. She retired as Emeritus Professor from Iowa State University in 2005.

Because of her university roles and her natural gregariousness she was known to have a friend every thirty miles along the U.S. highways in the middle-west and maybe the whole country. She is survived by her husband, numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews and four stepchildren. A secular celebration of her life will be held in her barn at 17830 550th Avenue, Ames, Iowa 50010 at eleven AM April 5, 2013. There will be food, music, and conversation.


Tribute by Cynthia Fletcher, friend and ISU colleague

Mary’s ISU Work Experience:
1983 – 2005 Professor, Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies
1998-2005  Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Family and Consumer Sciences
1977-1983 Associate Professor, Department of Family Environment
1976-1977  Assistant Professor, Department of Family Environment
1975-1976  Area Consumer and Management Specialist and Department of Family Environment

Mary Winter was a true land grant university professor.  She was an excellent classroom teacher and a prolific researcher who inspired a next generation of graduate students.  She began her career as a county home economist for the University of Minnesota Extension Service and maintained her dedication and contributions to Extension throughout her career. Mary received her graduate training at The Pennsylvania State University. She served on the faculty at Cornell University before coming to Iowa State. Her scholarship focused on the study of home management, family housing, and the interplay of home and family-owned business management. She also served in administrative roles at ISU—as interim co-chair of her department and later as the associate dean for research and graduate education. She was a path breaker who balanced creativity with practicality. She led multidisciplinary social science research teams on campus, managed complex, longitudinal research projects in the U.S., Mexico and Poland, and worked tirelessly to conceptualize and then establish one of the first inter-university online graduate degree programs—the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP-IDEA). Mary excelled in her many roles and received College awards for teaching, research and international work. The ISU Foundation granted her the Award for Career Achievement in Research/Scholarship and she received the Friend of the GP-IDEA Award in 2010 in recognition of her visionary work to design, promote and advocate for this innovative graduate program.

Mary Winter was a gifted mentor of graduate students; she could “read” them and respond in just the right way that would bring out their best. One of her Ph.D. advisees spoke at the celebration of Mary’s life that was held in early April. She said: “Mary was the first and only professor I ever had that saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.” This former student went on to describe how Mary encouraged her to apply for a scholarship—which she received. She continued: “No one ever did anything like that for me in my undergraduate or my previous graduate work. Mary loved her students, and she shepherded them as a good shepherd does, removing obstacles to their progress, leading them to places that would feed them, encouraging them when they could not see how they would ever understand statistics, standing between them and the evils of the bureaucracy of the university, gathering them to herself when they needed reigning in, and in general serving as their number one cheerleader.” This former student was not alone. Mary Winter was a truly good person who had a positive influence on many, many students, colleagues and friends. She will be greatly missed.


May 2013 Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

Mary Winter, former associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and co-chair for the department of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University, died quietly on March 30, 2013 in Ames, Iowa.

Mary was born April 18, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her elementary education from the public schools in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and graduate degrees from Pennsylvania State University. Between her bachelor's and master's degrees she worked as a home economist in Minnesota. After graduate work she worked as a professor at Cornell University and at Iowa State University. Mary became famous as a teacher and a researcher in the field of household resource management. She retired as Emeritus Professor from Iowa State University in 2005.

Because of her university roles and her natural gregariousness, Mary was known to have a friend every thirty miles along the U.S. highways in the Midwest and maybe the whole country. She is survived by her husband, numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, and four stepchildren. Friends and family gathered at the barn at her home near Ames on April 5, 2013 for a secular celebration of her life including food, music, and conversation.


WRIGHT, Pattiann
Pattiann Wright, 77, of Ogden, Iowa, passed away on Monday, December 24, 2012, at the Ogden Manor.

Pat's wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held Thursday, December 27, 2012, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., at Carson – Stapp Funeral Home in Ogden, Iowa.

Pattiann Fulks was born on February 18, 1935, in Decatur, Illinois, the daughter of Henry and Opal (Moore) Fulks.

Pat graduated from High School in Decatur, Illinois, and furthered her education at Millikin University in Decatur.

In 1957, Pat was united in marriage to Richard R. Wright. The couple lived in Carbondale, Illinois, and Ames, Iowa, before establishing their home north of Ogden. Pat taught piano and voice, as well as horseback riding. She was employed by Iowa State University for more than 30 years, where she worked in five different schools and also had served as Secretary to the Dean of Architecture. She retired in 2002.

Pat was a voracious reader. She loved all animals, but horses were always the most special. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Among the survivors are her daughter, Diana (Herb) Skarbek of Spring, Texas; son, Don Wright of Ogden, Iowa; five grandchildren, Eric Wright (Jessica Lorenzen), Jessica McCarthy, Gwen (Nathan) Christenson, Neal Skarbek, and Kyle Skarbek. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Richard "Dick" Wright in June of 1986.

Memorials may be left to the family's discretion or the Boone Area Humane Society, 228 16th St. West, Boone, Iowa 50036.

 

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