The ISU Memorial Day Ceremony was held Monday, May 25 at in the Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center. Sponsored by the ISU Retirees Association, this traditional Memorial Day ceremony remembered the lives of retired and current faculty, staff, and their spouses who have died.
Below are the comments submitted for this year's memorial booklet:
March 23, 1927 – December 25, 2014
Lucille Beverly Accola was born March 23, 1927 to Howard and Lydia (Rimathe) Estrem in Slater, Iowa. Lucille graduated from Slater High School and worked at Younkers in downtown Ames, College Savings Bank and River Valley Credit Union, until her retirement in 1985. As a child and teenager, Lucille loved music. She studied voice and played the accordion, piano and saxophone. Lucille and Glen Accola were married in 1946 and together they shared a lifelong love of music. She enjoyed time spent with family and friends during the many summer fishing trips to Minnesota and winters in Miami. She was an avid Iowa State fan and attended many ISU football and basketball games.
Lucille died at 87 years of age on December 25, 2014 at Israel Family Hospice House.
Lucille is survived by her and Glen's two children, Sonja Ehrenreich, of Miami, Florida and Gordon (Cindy) Accola, of Ames; five grandchildren, Amy (Michael) Reid, of Miami, Sarah (Frank) Robleto, of Miami, A.J. (Amanda) Accola, of Marshalltown, Derek Accola, of Ames and Colton Accola, of Ames; and six great-grandchildren, Jack Reid, Evan Reid, Jacob Robleto, Madeline Robleto, Gavin Accola and Perry Accola. Lucille is also survived by her sister, Hazel Houge; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen, in 1998; her brother, Casper Estrem; and her sister, Rachel Lowman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Israel Family Hospice House, 1111 Duff Ave., Ames, IA 50010 or Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave., Ames, IA 50010.
A special thank you from the family to all the caregivers, family and friends who visited with Lucille regularly at her home.
December 24, 1935 – May 22, 2013
Rose Ann Anderson died Wednesday, May 22, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. Rose was born December 24, 1935 in Ogden, Iowa as the daughter of Morris and Florence (Broussard) Cooper. Rose was delivered by her grandfather, Dr. Thaddeus Constantine Cooper, at home in the family farm house.
She graduated from high school and attended Iowa State University. She married Arthur Raymond Anderson in 1955 in Ames, Iowa. Rose worked at Iowa State University as the Administrative Assistance in the Departments of Agriculture and Statistics, where she also served as AFSCME Union Steward, retiring in 1998. While her children were young, Rose taught piano lessons, playing organ at both St. Cecelia and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Churches in Ames, as well as many other churches. During this time she also studied music, organ performance, worked as a nurses aide, and volunteered as a Girl Scout leader. While studying music, she performed with Musica Antiqua, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Choir, and other musical groups.
Rose strongly identified with both her Iowa heritage and her Cajun roots, which revealed itself in her love of both the music and the food (especially crawfish, boudin, sasparilla, and pralines, which she carefully taught some of her children to pronounce prah-lenz, not pray-leans). Many people are aware of Rose's deep love of beauty in art and music, her incredible creativity with crafts, and her delight in games. She enjoyed competitive bridge, strategy and word games, and many types of literature and books.
Fewer are aware that she collected kaleidoscopes and stamps, was an avid rockhound, climbed Baldy Mountain in New Mexico, delighted in the memories of sitting on stage with Victor Borge, and had a long standing correspondance with Peter Schikele of PDQ Bach fame.
Her favorite flowers were pansies, lilacs, and African violets. Her favorite colors were turquoise, raspberry, and purple. Her favorite meal at Hickory Park was a Saucy Southerner followed by a David's Delight with extra malted, but her children fondly remember her lasagna at family holidays. Her favorite music ranged from classical (Bach and Chopin), through ragtime and world music (especially Cajun and Irish), to pure pop (ABBA and Mannheim Steamroller). She favored playful music, and was known to secretly dance to especially joyful tunes when she thought no one was looking. Her hobbies are too numerous and wide ranging to list, but she is especially remembered for her generosity, creativity, and teaching with her papercrafts, rubber stamping, quilting, tatting, and decoupage. Beyond "Mom" and "Rose" or "Rose Ann," she was also called Rosie by her mother, as well as Mama and Mamacita by some of her children.
Rose is survived by her children, Patricia Anderson of Ann Arbor, Michael Anderson of Nevada, Amy (Brian) Hauge of Boone, Mary Goddard of Plattsmouth, David Anderson of Madison, Peter (Jim Pilliod) Anderson of Santa Rosa; four grandchildren, Zera Anderson, Luke Veninga, Scott (Megan) Hauge, and Kristina (Alex Danielson); and six great-grandchildren, Jake, Brayden, Carter, Nathaniel, Ethan, and Liv.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Connie Cooper, and a son-in-law Michael Goddard.
October 5, 1931 – March 6, 2015
Arthur Raymond Anderson Jr., age 83, died March 6, 2015 at Story County Senior Care in Nevada. A gathering of friends and family will be 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2015 at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way in Ames. A mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 30th and Hoover, Ames, Iowa. Burial will be at Ames Municipal Cemetery at a later date.
Art was born October 5, 1931 in Chicago, Il; the son of Arthur and Irene (Bergen) Anderson. He went to Loyola High School and then on to Loyola University graduating in mathematics and physics. Art married Rose Ann Cooper in 1955, in Ames, Iowa. The couple lived in Ames and he was employed at Ames Lab as a Junior Scientist under Harry Svec. In 1971, he went to work at Veterinary, Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology Department at Iowa State University as an Assistant Scientist until he retired in 1992. Art was an active member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was also very active in the Boy Scouts of America in the Ames area, even serving on the Eagle board of review. He also worked at camp Mitigwa and attended Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM. During his years of service to the Boy Scouts of America he received numerous awards including the Order of the Arrow and the Silver Beaver Award. In addition to these activities he also enjoyed knot tying, codes and ciphers, working on computers and lock-smithing. He was an avid reader and enjoyed Sherlock Holmes, science fiction, and westerns. Art was very fond of cats and rescued many over the years.
Art is survived by his children, Patricia Anderson of Ann Arbor, MI; Michael Anderson of Nevada, IA; Amy (Brian) Hauge of Boone, IA; Mary Goddard of Ames, IA; David Anderson of Madison, WI; Peter (Jim) Pilliod of Santa Rosa, CA; four grandchildren, Zera Anderson, Luke Veninga, Scott (Megan) Hauge and Kristina (Alex) Danielson and six great grandchildren, Jake, Brayden, Carter, Nathaniel, Ethan and Liv.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister, and son-in-law Michael Goddard.
October 5, 1931 – March 6, 2015
ISU work experience:
1955-1971: Junior Scientist, Ames Lab (under Harry Svec) 1971-1992: Assistant Scientist, Veterinary, Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology Department
Highlight of their employment:
I remember when Dad started out at Vet Med, on his first day there he asked about a large (extremely expensive) piece of technical equipment sitting in the hallway. He was told that it was broken, no one knew what was wrong with it, and they didn't have the money to ship it out for repair. It had been sitting there for a few years. Three days later he had it working. Let's just say they were impressed and thought they better keep him.
Dad learned computer programming on the old mainframe that used to take up the entire Comp Sci building (which has since been named after Atanasoff). This was the ticker tape and later punch card era. One night he came home with a box of punch cards looking like his best friend had just died. He'd dropped the box. This meant hours and hours of sorting. He took all the courses he could until they told him if he took one more class they'd have to award him a masters. He stopped because he was afraid that would make him lose his job, if he was over qualified. His bosses assured him he was safe, but he still never took that last class.
July 2, 1925 – November 24, 2014
Carl Anton Arnbal, 89, an Ames resident and retired associate professor of freshman engineering at Iowa State University, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Greenhills Health Care Center in Ames, Iowa.
Carl Arnbal was born July 2, 1925, in Askov, Minnesota, one of four children to Olivia (Anna) Kjar Arnbal and Jens Arnbal (a carpenter and dairy farmer). His parents were born in Denmark and immigrated to the United States prior to World War I and married in 1906 in southern Minnesota. He spent most of his youth near Albert Lea, Minnesota, living with his close-knit family on their dairy farm.
Carl attended Albert Lea School, where he learned his love of wood and furniture making. He attended the University Minnesota through the U.S. Navy scholarship program and graduated in 1946 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He served briefly in the Navy and was a long-term naval reservist. During his college years Carl grew to love a neighbor girl in Albert Lea, Una Nielsen, and they married Aug. 31, 1946. Their love was lasting and devoted.
After living in Manhattan, Kan., where Carl completed his graduate work at Kansas State University in civil engineering, Una and Carl settled in Ames in 1952 when he became an Iowa State faculty member in the Department of Engineering Graphics. He co-authored a highly used workbook, Problems in Engineering Graphics. In 1965 he received a second MS in Civil Engineering from Iowa State. Una and he raised three daughters in Ames and remained community residents.
Carl’s passion for beautiful wood working was put to the test with Una and their Woodland Antiques business for three decades and when they built their last home with exquisite refinishing and building decorative cabinetry and furniture. He was an avid bowler on his university departmental team and often was recruited as a substitute by competing teams. Carl enjoyed rooting passionately for Iowa State women's basketball and had long-held season tickets in Hilton's Section 134. He was a member of the Memorial Lutheran Church. Over the years, Carl and Una kept close ties to their many Danish cousins who live on the Jutland peninsula as well as close Irish friends, Colm and Nuala O’Flaherty - Colm currently lives in Tasmania, Australia.
Carl is survived by three daughters, Judith Ann (Thomas) Brayton, Olivia Marie Arnbal Madison (Gregory Palermo), and Carla Jean Gholson. He also is survived by his grandchildren, Christopher (Kimberley) Palermo; and Mark Palermo (Kirsten Hartwig) and two great-grandchildren, Sebastian and Adelina Palermo.
Carl was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Una; son-in-law, Larry Gholson; his parents; two brothers, Hans and Anders; and sister, Kathrine Christoffersen.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Ames Animal Shelter or Iowa State University’s Veterinary Companion Animal Fund in recognition of his love for his cat, Zoe, and many miniature schnauzers shared with Una over the years. A memorial service and burial is planned for early spring 2015.
July 11, 1937 – January 17, 2015
Richard G. Begg, 77, of Ames, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20 at Bethesda Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 21 at Bethesda Lutheran Church with burial in the Ames Municipal Cemetery.
Richard Begg was born July 11, 1937 to Alex and Bessie (Martindale) Begg in Ames, Iowa. Dick graduated from Ames High School with the class of 1956. After graduation he joined the Navy and was on active duty for two years. On February 14, 1960 Dick and Carole (Sorenson) Begg were united in marriage. Dick was employed by Iowa State University, Facilities Services beginning May 1, 1964 and retiring after 34 years on September 1, 1998.
Dick was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church where he held many offices including President. He also enjoyed memberships in Ames Historical Society, Ducks Unlimited, The Big Ten Services Administrators and ISU Friends Hall of Fame. In 1997, Ames Chamber of Commerce awarded Dick the Individual Quality Award. Dick and Carole were co-chair for the Story County Cancer Drive in 1976.
Dick is survived by his wife Carole of 54 years; two brothers, Ron of Arizona and Gary (Mary Anne) of Boone; sons Jeff (Michele) of Huxley, IA, Tim (Lynne) of Ankeny, Jim (Laura) of Kelley and daughter Sonja (Eric) LeSher of West Des Moines; twelve grandchildren, Austin (Rachel) Begg, Mary (Joe) Houser, Ellie Begg, Joshua Begg, Madison (Alex) Ogle, Ian Begg, Cavin LeSher, Alec LeSher, Brady LeSher, Donny Crawford-Begg, Annah Begg, Zachary Begg and many nieces and nephews.
Dick was preceded in death by both parents, nephew David and niece Nancy.
The last four months he has shown his family how strong he is in his faith and what a gentleman he truly is and always has been. Every day we are surrounded by our family's love and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated to the Ames Historical Society or Food at First.
November 14, 1923 – September 16, 2014
Betty Ruth Hoyt Benson, 90, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at First Evangelical Free Church of Ames, 2008 24th St. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 9 a.m. at the same location. Burial will follow in Ames Municipal Cemetery.
Betty was born Nov. 14, 1923, in Perry, the daughter of Leonard Freeman Hoyt and Zeriuah Ethel (Ewing) Hoyt. She graduated from Boone High School in 1942 and attended Iowa State University. Betty married Robert John Benson on Sept. 15, 1946, in Boone. She worked as a secretary for the Iowa DOT and for WOI radio and television at Iowa State University, from which she retired after 20 years of service.
Betty was on the board of directors of Northcrest Retirement Community for six years and was secretary to the board for 12 years. She was a member of the ISU Women’s Club, the T.T.T. Society, the Boone County Historical Society and the Iowa Genealogical Society. In her free time, Betty enjoyed quilting, stamp and coin collecting and genealogical research. She researched through almost every state as well as Sweden and Scotland to collect genealogical records long before the Internet existed. She was a member of Ames First Baptist Church for many years and later a member of First Evangelical Free Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Ruthann Elaine Benson, of La Crosse, Wis.; one son, Steven Robert (Catherine) Benson, of Bettendorf; three grandchildren, Michael (Heather) Miars, of Duluth, Ga., and Morgan Benson and Blake Benson, both of Bettendorf; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (2012); her mother; her father; one brother, Robert Hoyt; and two sisters, Lenore Meyers and Naomi June Walker.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to First Evangelical Free Church or Northcrest Retirement Community.
January 14, 1923 – July 3, 2014
Leo Bridal, 91 of Des Moines, passed away on July 3, 2014 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston.
Leo Ezra Bridal was born on January 14, 1923 to Marie Schmidt and Orlando Ezra Trout. Leo lived his youth life in Ottumwa. After the untimely death of his parents he moved to Molton to be adopted by John and Bess Bridal.
Leo Moved to Des Moines at the age of 14 where he attended Lincoln High School. He was very active in sports. He was on the football team, and was the captain of the swimming team, and a member of the iddy fiddy team. He was the Vice President of the Senior Class. Leo enjoyed school so much that he never wanted to leave Lincoln High behind.
After graduation he was a life guard before joining the Marines. Leo was very proud to have served his country. He was in the first wave of IRO. He fought hard for his country and became a Corporal.
He married Peggy Jean Judd in 1943. They had two children; Dennis and Ronnie Bridal.
Leo went to work several places after the war while attending Drake University to work on his Accounting Degree. After graduation, he achieved his dream job at Iowa State University in the accounting department. He later became the chief of accounting. After 32 years at Iowa State, Leo retired due to his wife Peggy's poor health. She passed away 2 years later.
Leo kept many friends from Iowa State University. He went on several trips, enjoyed going to Alaska with neighbors Mike and Barb.
Leo's real love was his home and the flower beds. His sun room held 60 potted plants. His green thumb never let him down.
He was a mason for 60 years, a member in good standing. He belonged to the Izaak Walton League.
Leo is survived by a son Dennis of Del-Ray Florida, his extended family Rich and Mary Vaught of Indianola, and their children Robert Vaught , Gina (Aaron) Vaught Rudich, great-grandchildren; Anthony Vaught Rudich, Robbte Vaught and Austin Vaught Rudich; 5 nieces and nephews, and his sisters children.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Jean Bridal, parents, Ezra and Marie Trout, step parents, John and Bess Bridal, and his beloved daughter Ronnie Lynn Bridal, sister Maryellyn Trought Bergett .
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lincoln High School, where his best friends and good times, and dreams came true.
January 14, 1923 – July 3, 2014
Leo Bridal worked in Iowa State University’s Accounting Office for more than 30 years. His length of service to ISU seems even more remarkable when you consider that he drove every day from the south side of Des Moines to the Ames campus, which probably totaled more than a half-million miles of commuting during his career.
Leo was proud of his military service, and sometimes would share his recollections of Iwo Jima. He also liked to tell the story of how the first time he ever was in an airplane was during his military training--and they made him jump out. With a parachute, of course.
Traits that characterize a military leader, apply to the business environment as well. Leo’s good judgement, dependability, integrity, decisiveness, courage and knowledge made him a strong business leader and Chief Accountant. His military service cultivated initiative, an understanding of how to adapt to change, the value of teamwork and the discipline to accomplish the ISU mission.
Leo was always kind, helpful, and never condescending to the younger, inexperienced staff or visiting auditors. ISU coworkers could never ask for anyone to be more pleasant, positive, and supportive.
Leo cared a lot about the people who worked for him, and was always asking what people did over the weekend, or about whatever else they were up to. People would often drop in to his office early in the morning when he was approving vouchers to share stories.
Leo had a lot of friends, and he enjoyed meeting at noon with a group at Beyer Hall to run or do some other form of exercise. Back in that era, nearly everyone took coffee breaks, and Leo also met with a group of friends for this twice-daily ritual.
Leo had a good sense of humor, and sometimes delighted in razzing people about amusing things that happened at work. He also didn’t mind being on the receiving end of the razzing, like the story of time he drove to work in the morning and forgot to turn off his car engine, which was still running at the end of the day when he went home.
Although Leo retired more than 25 years ago, there are a few of us who remember working with him, and we remember him fondly.
September 27, 1923 – February 8, 2015
Eugene Catus was born September 27, 1923 to Seward Eugene and Beatrice (Walker) Catus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Schenley High School and attended Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh for one year before enlisting in the Army. From 1942 to 1946, Gene served in the United States Army Air Corps as a Link trainer instructor. He married Carol Marie McDermott on April 12, 1947 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gene received his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Administration from Iowa State University in 1950.
Gene was employed by the Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University for 39 years, retiring in 1989 as Associate Director for Administration. He was a member of St. Cecilia Church, the Elks Lodge, the American Legion Post #37, and Ames Coin Club. He was a big Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan, along with being an avid ISU sports fan. Gene enjoyed movies, jazz, spending time with his family and attending his children's and grandchildren's athletic events.
Gene passed away at 91 years of age on February 8, 2015 at Green Hills Retirement Community.
Gene is survived by his wife, Carol Catus, of Ames; his children, Ann (David) Raife, of Des Moines, David (Jill) Catus, of Eden, New South Wales, Australia, Gary Catus, of Casper, Wyoming, Judy Garcia, of Ceres, California, Mary Sue Catus-Wood, of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Bob (Kayleen) Catus, of Ames, Glen (Sheri) Catus, of Nevada, Christine (Delayne) Stokke, of Ames, Brian (Carrie) Catus, of Moville, Don (Ann) Catus, of Slater, and Tom (Jill) Catus, of Grimes; thirty grandchildren; and nineteen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his step-brother, Walter Zange.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Heart Association or Alzheimer's Research at the National Institute on Aging.
September 27, 1923 – February 8, 2015
Eugene Catus – Associate Director
44 Years at Ames Laboratory: August 1, 1950 to June 30, 1994
Gene served as a Sgt. In the US Air Force (USAF) – October 24, 1942 – February 16, 1946
Gene served with the US Civil Service Commission – March 1946 – December 1947
Gene graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Industrial Economics in 1950 and began his career at Ames Laboratory as a Jr. Engineer hired August 1, 1950.
Very early in Gene’s Ames Laboratory career, he was to lock a safe in another office at the end of the working day. At the end of the day any paperwork that belonged in the safe was to be returned to the safe and locked. Any paperwork on Gene’s desk at the end of the work day was shuffled together and locked it in his desk drawer. During evening building security rounds, the unlocked safe was discovered three different times and each time Gene was written up for the security infraction. To prevent a discrepancy report from happening again, Gene reasoned “I have placed the key to my desk inside the safe…. I will have to go to the safe to get my key, so I will be reminded to lock the safe.”
January 18, 1926 – May 31, 2014
Charles, Anne Mallonee. Died May 31, 2014 in Wayne NE, aged 88.
Anne was born on January 18, 1926 and spent her childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina. During the years after her father's death in 1936 her family moved to Southern California after a brief stay in Florida. Following graduation from Pasadena High School she went on to attend the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with a degree in Public Health.
One day in 1945 on the train back to college after a visit home, an attractive young army officer sat down next to her. They chatted, one thing led to another, and a year and a half later they were married. Anne and Don shared life for the next 65 years until his death in 2012, first in Lincoln, Nebraska where Don finished his graduate degrees, then in Ames, Iowa for nearly six decades and finally in Wayne, Nebraska near their daughter Laura.
Together they raised four children, parenting continuously for nearly 30 years. Anne was an accomplished cook. Both she and Don enjoyed trying new and adventuresome dishes, sometimes to the annoyance of their children. Don was a dedicated gardener and Anne canned, froze, and preserved his garden produce in tremendous quantities. Even very late in life, when she could no longer cook, she liked to read recipes and think about interesting things to do in the kitchen. They both loved cats and were owned by a great many during their years together. Her last cat was with her in her final moments. She gave freely of herself to her children and many others, frequently volunteering to lead scout groups, provide cookies for a school bake sale, or anything else for anyone who needed help.
Her love of making and doing made her an integral part of Ames' expanding creative community. This included working to support the original Octagon Center for the Arts during its rapid growth through the 1960s and 70s. She helped to organize the first Ames Summerfest and many other community activities. Her own artistic talents took her into stitchery, weaving, oil painting, batik and various creative pursuits involving fibers, fabrics, and other media. She learned to make her own natural dyes and at times spun her own thread from wool.
As her children grew up, Anne had more time to help other people and began volunteering at a local nursing home. She quickly recognized that the few services then available to seniors left gaps and were not well coordinated. As always, when she saw a need, she worked to meet it. With her colleagues at the Story County Council on Aging (later known as Heartland Senior Services), she began to define and implement a set of premier adult day services for the Ames community. In the early years she was often the programs' transporter, cook, activity director, supervisor, therapist, fundraiser and – always – visionary. In addition to coordinating meals on wheels and visiting nurse services, the center provided numerous daytime activities, medical support and onsite meals (transportation included). The program, the first such in Iowa, grew quickly, and Anne was instrumental in obtaining a former school building to house its growth. Anne continued to manage the day services and to raise funds from federal, state, and private sources until her retirement in 1986. In later years she received many awards and other recognition for her work. She was described in one as 'The Little Engine that Could'.
Anne often said that there was "some good in everyone", and always put people and events in the most positive light. Her attitude was self-fulfilling, consistently bringing out the best in people. She will be sorely missed.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents, brother, husband Don, and their daughter, Linda. She leaves behind children, Chris Charles of San Francisco, CA, Laura (Mark) Penlerick of Wayne, NE, and Andrew (Audrey) Charles of Naperville IL; grandchildren, Jenny, Sara and Jay Schrader, Brittany and Nick Penlerick, Owen Charles, Lee and Nora Charles; and great-grandchildren, Alejandro, Alia, and Cruz.
Memorials may be sent to Heartland Senior Services at 205 S. Walnut Ave. Ames Iowa 50010.
Arrangements under the direction of Stevens Memorial Chapel, Ames, IA.
December 19, 1925 – July 14, 2014
Herbert Aron David, an internationally known mathematical statistician, who was director and head of the Iowa State University Statistical Laboratory and Department of Statistics from 1972 to 1984 and emeritus distinguished professor in liberal arts and sciences at Iowa State University, died July 14 in Columbia, Md. He was 88. His death was from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. David supervised 25 doctorate students, was principal author of five books, and published more than 125 articles in his career. His research and teaching in order statistics led to his best-known book, “Order Statistics” which went through three editions. His other accomplishments included serving as president of the biometrics society and as editor of the journal, “Biometrics.” He retired from Iowa State in 1995 but continued to be active in academia, publishing fifteen articles on the history of statistics on topics ranging from biographies, to translations from early works by Euler and Gauss, to cataloguing first occurrences of statistical terms of art.
H. A. David was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1925. He was the adopted only son of Jewish parents, Max and Betty David. He often spoke of his youth in Nazi Germany and shared vivid memories of Kristallnacht and the 1936 Olympics. In 1939, his parents secured sponsorship to immigrate to Sydney, Australia, where he attended high school, graduating top of his class in mathematics and physics. In that period he learned chess and played at a high level in state-wide competitions in New South Wales.
Participating in Habonim, the Zionist youth movement in Australia, he met his wife-to-be Vera Reiss, whose family had emigrated from Czechoslovakia in 1938. As he was considered to be an “enemy alien” in Australia, he was not allowed to join the Australian military, and so he went to college during the Second World War, majoring in mathematics at Sydney University. He moved to England for his graduate studies from 1949 to 1953, earning a doctorate in statistics at University College, London.
He was married in 1950 in London. In 1953, he returned to Australia, first working for the government as an agricultural statistician and then as senior lecturer in statistics at Melbourne University. His only child, Alexander John, was born in 1954 in Sydney. In 1957, he moved to the United States, taking a position as professor of statistics at Virginia Polytechnic University He lived in Blacksburg, Va., from 1957 to 1964, and then in Chapel Hill, N.C., until 1972 as professor of biostatistics at the University of North Carolina. In 1972, he moved to Iowa State in Ames.
He and Vera were strong supporters of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and of the anti-Vietnam war movement in the 1970s. In both North Carolina and Iowa, they were active in the local Reform Jewish synagogues. In 1991, his Vera died, and after her death, he met his second wife, the former Ruth Finch. They were married from 1993 to 2011. She moved from the United Kingdom to Ames, and he continued on the Iowa State faculty until he retired at age 70.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2012, but continued to enjoy life in Ames, teaching chess to two architecture professors, and visiting local Iowa schools to share his experiences growing up in Nazi Germany. He moved to Columbia, Md., in late 2013 to be closer to his son. He is survived by his son, his daughter-in-law, Susan Wertheimer David, and three grandchildren.
A graveside funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, in Ames Municipal Cemetery.
December 21, 1920 – September 25, 2014
Kenneth Driftmier was born December 21, 1920 in Page County Iowa. He graduated from College Springs, Iowa High School. Kenneth served in the Air Force in World War II.
Kenneth and Dorothy Burns were united in marriage on July 17, 1944. They moved to Beaconsfield, Iowa where he was Farm Manager for the Iowa State University until he retired when he was 70. They then moved to their retirement home in Mount Ayr.
Kenneth passed away at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center September 25, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy; his parents; two brothers and a sister.
Surviors included two daughters Joyce Colajezzi Anchorage, Alaska and Kim Driftmierand her husband Mike Mammen of Graettinger, Iowa.
A joint service for Kenneth and Dorothy will be held at a later date.
May 4, 1919 – November 10, 2014
Robert William Dyas passed away on November 10, 2014 at Northcrest Health Care Center in Ames, Iowa. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on December 6th, at 11:00 a.m. at Grandon Funeral Home. A luncheon will follow the service. Burial will be in the Iowa State University Cemetery.
Robert W. Dyas was born on May 4, 1919 in Maquoketa, Iowa, the son of Roy W. and Mary E.(Weirick) Dyas. In 1935 he graduated from high school in Andrew, Iowa. Robert entered the U.S. Army on December 5, 1940 and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in July 1942, serving in the 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division, including combat in France, Germany, and Austria from 1944 to 1946. He earned the Purple Heart, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and several combat ribbons. He was separated from service as Major in 1946.
Dyas received B.S. and MLA degrees in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University (1946-1953). He taught at Penn State University, 1954-57, and University of California, Berkley, 1957-58. From 1958-60, he was employed as a landscape architect at Hare & Hare in Kansas City, MO. Robert W. Dyas was a Professor of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University from 1960 until his retirement in 1989 as Distinguished Professor Emeritus. One of his largest studies while teaching at Iowa State involved a field study (1970-71) of the Midwest savanna, a region stretching from Canada to Texas.
Dyas received numerous awards including the Outstanding Teacher Award (1969) from Iowa State University, the L. C. Chadwick Award (1978) from the American Association of Nurserymen, the Horticulture Merit Award (1979) from the Iowa State Horticultural Society, the Faculty Citation (1986) from the Iowa State University Alumni Association, and the Silver Medal (1987) from Tau Sigma Delta for distinction in design education.
In 1956, he married Lorraine E. Roden in Paris, Texas. The couple moved to Ames in 1960 where he joined the faculty at Iowa State University. Robert Dyas was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts, and its Ames branch church where he also served as a reader and board member.
Robert W. Dyas is survived by his brothers, John W. of Maquoketa, Richard H. and his wife Ann of Eagle Grove, sister-in-law Rosella (Thomas) of Maquoketa, nephews, Willard, Richard, James and John R., nieces Susan (Jeb) Johenning and Sandra Dyas and many more family members not named here. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lorraine, his brother Thomas, his nephew Floyd and sister-in-law Doris Dyas.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
Robert W. Dyas Internship, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation; 505 Fifth Ave Suite 444, Des Moines, IA 50309
Robert W. Dyas Scholarship, College of Design, Iowa State University Foundation, 2505 University Blvd, Ames, IA 50010
Anderson-Dyas Prairie, Research Farms, Iowa State University Foundation, 2505 University Foundation, Ames, IA 50010
Online condolences may be directed to www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
November 24, 1942 – August 6, 2014
Joseph James Eitter was born November 24, 1942 to James and Mary (Kimball) Eitters in St. Paul, Minnesota. Joseph married Barbara Ann Bonin on April 8, 1967 in St Paul. He worked for Iowa State University in the Astro Physics Department at the Fick Observatory, located south and west of Moingona, until retiring in 2010.
Joseph enjoyed astro photography and traveling around the world studying solar eclipses. When he was at home, Joseph loved to work in his gardens.
Joseph passed away at 71 years of age on August 6, 2014 at his home in Ames.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Barbara Eitter, of Ames; two daughters, Shannah Eitter, of Clive and Elizabeth (Mark Mathias) Eitter, of St Paul; and one brother, Tom (Geri) Eitter, of Dubuque.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Laura Jean Juell.
The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be directed to Reiman Gardens,1407 University Blvd, Ames, IA 50011.
August 12, 1919 – January 17, 2015
Decades before Ancestors.com, Marie Evelyn Everly Elbert traced her family back 11 generations to 16th century England and her husband's ancestors back nine generations to 17th century Germany.
The mother of four, grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of six died Saturday at the Ankeny home she shared with her daughter. She was 95. The only thing she ever hated was her first name, which she never used.
Evelyn was born Aug. 12, 1919, on a farm near Bondurant. In 1930, her father built a mobile home on a truck chassis and drove the family on a three-month tour of the American West. It was a magical trip, which she later recreated in stages for her own children.
In February 1931, just three months after they returned, her father was killed by a drunken driver, prompting the family to move from the farm into Bondurant.
Evelyn was the first in her family to attend and graduate from college, receiving a teaching degree in home economics in 1942 from Iowa State College, which is where she met her future husband.
She taught home economics in Collins, Iowa, for a year before marrying Willis Robert Elbert on June 1, 1943, in Midland, Tex., where he was stationed as an airplane mechanic for the Army Air Corps.
After the war, they settled in Ames where Willis worked for the Iowa Highway Commission. Four children were born between December 1945 and October 1949.
Evelyn spent the first half of the 1950s herding Cub Scout troops and the second half trying to keep her brood out of trouble with jobs mowing lawns, baby sitting and making Plaster of Paris figurines that were sold to a summer school art program.
When the children reached high school, Evelyn returned to a job as a bookkeeper at the Iowa State University Press, where she remained until retirement in 1985.
Willis retired from his job as a materials inspector for the Iowa Department of Transportation in 1986. For three glorious years, they traveled and spent the winters in Texas, where Willis died of a heart attack 25 years ago this month.
In addition to her husband, Evelyn was preceded in death 14 months ago by her older sister Dorothy Kinney and by granddaughter Lisa Elbert of Ames.
She is survived by her brother Aubrey Everly of rural Bondurant; her four children, Stephen (Vanda) Elbert in Richland, Wash., David (Amy) Elbert in Des Moines, Catherine Elbert Smith in Ankeny and Jack (Irene) Elbert in Cedar Falls; her daughter-in-law Carol Haupt Elbert in Ames; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be at Wednesday at 10:30 am at St. Cecilia Church in Ames with a visitation before the service from 9:30am to 10:30am. Memorial contributions may be directed towards the American Heart Association , or the American Lung Association in Evelyn's name.
October 18, 1944 – February 27, 2015
Roger Ferris, age 70, of Ames died Friday, February 27, 2015, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. Family and friends will gather from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way, and at a celebration of life memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 6, at Memorial Lutheran Church, 2228 Lincoln Way, Ames.
Roger was born October 18, 1944, in Mason City, Iowa - the son of Gerald and Helen (Swaroff) Ferris. In 1947, the family moved to Algona, and Roger graduated from Algona High School in 1962. He attended Iowa State University until 1967, when he was drafted into the United States Army. He married Pamela Hopkins on January 14, 1968, in Algona. They lived briefly in Virginia while he was stationed at Fort Eustis, and then he served in Thailand through May, 1968. Upon discharge, they returned to Iowa State, where Roger received his BS in Applied Art in 1971 and began working on his Masters in ceramic pottery.
Roger spent his entire 32-year professional career at the Iowa State Memorial Union. Beginning as a part-time pottery instructor, he created The Workspace and The Outlet, a sales shop for student and local artists. He then served as Union Program Director, Facility Manager, and Associate Director, retiring in 2003. He enjoyed working in all these capacities, and especially loved working with "the Union family," students and the public, striving always to promote and preserve MU's rich traditions.
Roger was a member of Memorial Lutheran Church and served on the Board of Directors as recording secretary and property chairman. He also was a past member of the Noon Kiwanis and was their Pancake Days organizer for several years.
Roger is survived by his wife, Pam; daughter, Jennifer (Ben) Voaklander; son, Andrew Ferris; grandchildren, Haley, Adam and Will Voaklander all of Ames; sisters-in-law Jan Ferris of O'Fallon, IL; Pat (Charles) Henningsen of Ruthven; and brother-in-law Kent Hopkins of Paradise Valley, AZ; nieces and nephews; and beloved dog, Sadie. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jerry, and sister Patt.
Roger not only lived life, he celebrated it. He loved making others smile; working on creative, construction or repair projects; and especially making lasting family memories at Lake Okoboji and Estes Park, Colorado. Through courage, dignity, grace, and humor - his approach to dealing with cancer for the past 18 years -
it never robbed him of his joy for life. As Haley writes, "There wasn't a person he couldn't make laugh, problem he couldn't fix or animal he couldn't whisper with."
Memorials may be directed to Bliss Cancer Center, Memorial Lutheran Church, or the Roger Ferris Memorial Union Scholarship Fund through the ISU Foundation
October 18, 1944 – February 27, 2015
ISU work experience:
Roger spent his entire thirty-two year professional career at the Iowa State Memorial Union. Beginning as a part-time pottery instructor, he created the Workspace and The Outlet, a sales shop for student and area artists. He then served as MU Program Director, Facilities Manager, and Associate Directory, retiring in 2003.
Highlight of their employment:
He enjoyed working in all the capacities and especially loved working the "the Memorial Union Family," students, and the public, striving always to promote and preserve MU's rich traditions.
Sharing in the excitement and bright lights of a presidential visit, and all the extra duties it entailed for all the MU staff, but also sharing in the everyday joys, celebrations, challenges, and sorrows of the individual MU staff members that became a very real part of our lives.
Other thoughts to share:
Anyone who knew Rog, knew how much he loved working at the Memorial Union, and what it means to all Iowa Staters. Recently receiving the Colonel Harold Pride Service Medallion on his behalf, the Ferris family extends appreciation for this honor.
October 18, 1944 – February 27, 2015
ISU work experience:
Ceramics/Pottery Instructor Glassblowing Instructor Iowa State University Memorial Union - Various Positions
Highlight of their employment:
2015 Recipient of the Colonel Harold Pride Service Medallion
Going on adventures and getting to know every nook and cranny of the Iowa State University Memorial Union with my father, and getting to know its employees and staff.
October 18, 1944 – February 27, 2015
On the 23rd of May this year would be the 33rd anniversary of my setting foot in Ames, Iowa, very shortly after my 20th birthday. It was in the Spring of 1983 that I started to work at the Memorial Union for $3.35 an hour in what was called the General Service, a department 2 levels under Roger. So I had known Roger since about Spring of ’83. Roger was always very considerate and kind to all student employees and treated everyone with the upmost respect and fairness. Over the years my friendship with Roger was more of an uncle/nephew relationship rather than an employee/employer one, since I was from “half a world away” from home and had no one in America that I could look up for advice and options or guidance. Over the years the level of trust and friendship was such that Roger would arrange for loans from the Colonel Pride student loan fund when I needed short term loans.
In December of 1989 with the MBA degree and a firm job offer from NCR Corporation, but without the money to buy the air ticket to go home to attend my sister’s wedding it was Roger who came to the rescue with a loan. I remember on a Sunday evening Roger driving the silver/grey Oldsmobile to my Pammel Court apartment with the check accompanied by Andrew enabling me to attend the first wedding in our family.
I will forever remember Roger for the kindness, compassion and genuine concern that he exhibited to me and all my student employees. My regret is that I had not communicated with Roger more frequently over the years or visited him during his years of ill health. Over the years I have met very few people with the qualities and values Roger had.
October 18, 1944 – February 27, 2015
We were still great friends in college. I went to Iowa and Roger to Iowa State, but I spent most of my time at Ames and Des Moines with the Drake and ISU crowd. I occasionally spent Wednesdays in Iowa City attending classes. This had the expected effect on my GPA and I flunked out my senior year. Roger, on the other hand, settled down a bit and managed to snare one of the all-time-greats, Pam Hopkins. I’m sure Roger never spent another minute of his life not in love with her or not grateful to be with her.
I remember one day Roger got a little part-time job in the basement of the Memorial Union working in the tiny clay center helping people throw and fire pots. I didn’t seem to take long after that Roger was wearing a tie and running a specialty library upstairs. And then one day, it was a three-piece suit and he was in charge of the whole darn Union! If you are not familiar with Isu, the memorial Union is a huge operation. It has a hotel, places to eat, a book store, it has hosted presidents and national conferences. It is a big deal. I remember him always having a daily joke that he heard from one of the custodians. He may have been a big, shot, but I think people who worked there liked him. Everybody did.
If I’m not a successful artists, it’s not Roger’s fault. Thanks to him, I had serval shows at Iowa State, did a stink as artists-in-residence, and scored some nice commissions at the university (including one that got me a complimentary note from President Clinton - I’m sure at Roger’s nudge.
Roger was a generous, funny, creative guy who loved his kids and his wife and his life. I have so many good memories of him. I hate it that he’s not here.
October 18, 1944 – February 27, 2015
ISU work experience:
I grew up during my dad's various roles at the Memorial Union. I loved being able to tag along with him through the Workspace, the Outlet, Browsing Library and tinker with him down in the mechanical shop. It was definitely his second home and he was so proud to be a part of the entire Union family. Through his example of being so dedicated to his job and all of the people he worked with, I try to demonstrate that same dedication in my job as a teacher! He was the best role model for giving everyone a chance and also for thinking outside of the box. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think "What would dad do?"
October 18, 1944 – February 27, 2015
ISU work experience:
entire professional career at ISU Memorial Union
Highlight of their employment:
working at the ISU Memorial Union for 32 years - and being a great resource for all staff, from student staff to the full-time staff
Loyal sons forever true. Roger was true to his family, his Iowa State family at the MU, and to the university he attended. My sister and brother-in-law became my college family during the eight years I spent in Ames as a student and ISU staff. I am a better university administrator today because of how I saw Roger approach his work at the MU - very outer- and student-centric. The MU was the people's union - and he was a steward in ensuring a comfortable environment...socially and culturally. Roger leaves a void in our family, we miss him dearly - but his love for others, his kind ways and humor, and his ability to remain positive and focused on living life to its fullest during the challenges he faced...remain in my heart today and always.
Other thoughts to share:
I am a proud Iowa Stater BS 1983 and MS 1987 Loyal sons forever true Kent Hopkins Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Services Arizona State University.
November 16, 1929 – February 16, 2015
Ardis Irene Fitzgerald, 85, passed away on February 16, 2015 at Bethany Life in Story City.
A visitation will be held Saturday February 21, 2015 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at Stevens Memorial Chapel (607 28th St., Ames, IA 50010). Funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday February 21, 2015 at Stevens Memorial Chapel, and a committal service will be held on Monday, February 23rd at 12:30 p.m. in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery (34024 Veterans Memorial Drive, Adel, IA 50003).
Ardis was born on November 16, 1929 to Harold and Thelma (Olson) Hall in Otho, Iowa. She married the love of her life Lyle Fitzgerald on 12/26/1949, and they were blessed with three children. As a young wife and mother Ardis worked as a homemaker, raising her boys, and taking care of the family. When the boys had grown, Ardis went to work for the ISU extension office in Ames, and then later took a job as an administrative assistant in the College of Business office at ISU.
Ardis enjoyed sewing, crafting, and a friendly game of cards, in her younger years she could be seen square dancing with Lyle. Her love for the outdoors reflected thru her life, as a Scout Leader when the boys were young, and later as a volunteer for the National Park Service. Ardis was dedicated to her faith and was involved with the Gideon Auxiliary, as well as the Wycliffe Bible Translators, which took her to Spain as well as England.
Ardis will be remembered by those who knew her, for her cheerful, yet calm demeanor, which had constant influence in her home. Her life was dedicated to caring for her family. Her greatest joy was the time she shared with them and the memories she created with her grandchildren.
Ardis is survived by her husband, Lyle Fitzgerald; sons Dan (Sue Fitzgerald) of Minneapolis, MN; Randy (Cathy) of Ames, and Scott (Kim) of Albuquerque, NM; and grandchildren Cori (Randy and Cathy), Zach and Aidan (Scott and Kim).
Ardis is preceded by her parents, Harold and Thelma Hall, and brother Verlin Hall.
Memorials may be directed to Bethany Life Manors Construction Fund (212 Lafayette St., Story City, IA 50248).
November 16, 1929 – February 16, 2015
Ardis was one of the nicest and most upbeat individuals I have had the pleasure to know. She greeted everyone with a cheery smile and a pleasant word, and she treated everyone with the utmost respect and professionalism. Ardis was the perfect first person for our visitors to meet because she immediately provided a very positive image of our college as a friendly and collaborative organization. She was greatly missed when she retired, but she was not forgotten.
December 17, 1918 – December 20, 2013
Sylvia Olive Cate Fox died at Northcrest Community Health Care Center in Ames, Iowa, on Friday, December 20, at age 95.
Born in Payette, Idaho, on December 17, 1918, the eldest child of Sydney Luther Cate and Ruth Kenward Cate, Sylvia grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in sociology. On July 30, 1940, she married Karl August Fox and the following day they left for Berkeley, California, where Sylvia pursued Master's studies in the School of Social Work at the University of California. Their two children, Karl and Karen, were born in California.
Sylvia was deeply attuned to the problems of troubled families and children, expressed through her employment and her volunteer efforts. In 1945 the family relocated to the Washington, DC, area where Karl worked at the US Department of Agriculture. Sylvia worked for the Child Welfare Department of the District of Columbia, concerned with adoptions and with children placed in foster homes.
After the family moved to Ames in 1955, Sylvia was a psychiatric social worker at Beloit of Ames, working with children and teens in a residential setting. For several years she also taught social work courses at Iowa State University.
She was a strong supporter and early volunteer with Youth and Shelter Services, for which she was given a Founders Award. Sylvia consulted with YSS and helped to establish its family foster care and adoption program. She sought to strengthen families by offering workshops on parenting effectiveness and family interaction.
She was active in Democratic politics, serving at one time as the Iowa liaison for Common Cause in Washington, DC. In 1992 she was named Story County Democratic Woman of the Year.
Her husband Karl died in 2008. She is survived by her son Karl (Ann) Fox of Pittsburgh, PA, and daughter Karen Fox of Mountain View, CA; grandson Owen (Andrea) Fox and two great-grandchildren of Lancaster, PA; granddaughter Valerie Fox (Tony) Becker of Westminster, MD; daughter-in-law Ellen Danielson of Jefferson, TX; and by her brother Sydney L. Cate of Omaha, NE, and sister Ruth Cate Minton of Boise, ID.
Her family and friends, including her wonderful caregivers at the Northcrest Health Care Center, will remember her for her kindness, her love of nature, and her sense of humor.
Memorial gifts may be made to Youth and Shelter Services, 420 Kellogg Avenue, Ames, Iowa 50010; or to the Fox Family Nursing Scholarship Program of the Northcrest Foundation, Northcrest Community, 1801 20th Street, Ames, Iowa 50010. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
July 18, 1927 – January 2, 2015
John Galejs, 87, formerly of Ames, passed away January 2, 2015 at Bethany Manor in Story City. Memorial services will be planned for a later date.
John Edgar Galejs was born July 18, 1927 to Karlis and Zelma (Stiens) Galejs in Latvia. He was just 12 when World War II began, and his formative teenage years were spent separated from his parents, living through both Soviet and Nazi occupation, getting conscripted into the military at age 16, and finally ending up in a displaced persons camp in Germany where he knew no one at the end of the war. He was able to graduate high school in the camp, and ultimately was sponsored by the Lutheran Church to come to the United States in 1949.
He worked the first year in America as a farm hand in exchange for room and board, then paid his way through school at the University of Minnesota while working in a factory at night. He ultimately earned master’s degrees in library science and political science, and then came to Ames to accept employment at the University.
John was married from 1956-1986 to Irma Galejs, with whom he raised three children. John worked in the library system at Iowa State University, and retired as Associate Dean of Libraries. He was a member of the American Latvian Association, the American Library Association, the Fraternity Lettonia and the Iowa Library Association. John enjoyed reading books, collecting stamps and working in the garden. He loved dogs.
He married the love of his life, Benita Linde on September 28, 2007 and spent the rest of his years happily with her.
John is survived by his wife, Benita Linde, of Story City; his three children, Inta (Tony) Garrett, of Des Moines, Anda (Paul) McAfee, of Tempe, Arizona and Laris (Diana) Galejs, of Brighton, Michigan; and three grandchildren, Paul McAfee, Ingrid Galejs and Gus Galejs.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Karlis Galejs.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Iowa Latvian Lutheran Church, the American Latvian Association or the Iowa Latvian Society.
March 6, 1914 – April 26, 2015
C.J. Gauger, 101, of Ames, passed away April 26, 2015 at Green Hills Health Care Center. A memorial service is being planned for this summer.
C.J. was a good man, and he believed a good life included service to others. He looked for the best in people, and helped them to see and bring it out in themselves, and in the world. We who love him, and whose lives were made better by time spent with him, will carry on his good work in our lives now.
Carlyle J. Gauger was born March 6, 1914 to Albert W. and Lydia (Schwieger) Gauger in McGregor, IA. He graduated from high school in Holstein, IA. C.J. completed a Bachelor of Science and a Masters Degree in Ag Education at Iowa State University, where FarmHouse Fraternity was an important part of his college experience, as well as his life. While at ISU, C.J. met Dorothy Clark at the college library. Study dates turned to marriage on August 23, 1940 at Iowa State’s formal gardens. Dorothy was his beloved bride for almost 66 years until she passed away in 2006. During WWII, C.J. served in the Army as an aviation engineer.
For over 20 years, C.J. was the State 4-H and Youth Leader for the ISU Extension Service. It was work he loved, and through which he thrived, as did so many of the people with whom he worked and who he inspired. He retired from ISU in 1979 and continued to work, first at the University of Missouri (1979-81) as the Director of Resource Development, then for International FarmHouse Fraternity (1982-85) as the Director of Expansion. C.J. was a member of Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames and served on local and state committees for the Methodist Church. He was also a FRIEND of Ceres Fraternity. The chairman of the ISU Athletic Council for a time, C.J. remained a loyal Cyclone fan throughout his life.
C.J. had immense love for each and all of us in his family. He also offered wise counsel when we sought his clear, practical yet creative thinking and long-term view. He is survived by three daughters, Barbara Gauger of Ames, Jan (Gary) Richards of San Jose, CA, and Jean (Hiram Rogers) Gauger of Knoxville, TN; five grandchildren, Ben Gauger, Elizabeth Gauger, Amelia (Gabriel) Fierro-Fine, Anne (John) Tornatore-Pili and Matt Richards; and his daughter-in-law, Charlotte Cleavenger Gauger, of Ames.
He was preceded in death by his son, Don Gauger, and his wife, Dorothy Gauger.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Iowa 4-H Foundation (see their website), the C.J. and Dorothy Gauger Endowment Fund at the FarmHouse Foundation (7306 NW Tiffany Springs Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64153), or the charity of your choice. C.J. touched so many lives and we are the better for it.
March 6, 1914 – April 26, 2015
“A life 'well-lived' needs to include service to others.”
Dad made this comment over thirty years ago, as we talked about life pathways, and a meaningful life. We returned to the discussion many times, over the years. His life included enthusiasm, vision, dedication, and a good amount of generous service to others. His was a life 'well-lived.'
It is tough to realize he no longer physically is with us. But he influenced so many lives. His impact carries on, through so many people.
I love you, Dad. You always will be in our hearts and minds. Jean
October 10, 1931 – December 10, 2014
Naomi A. Grindeland was born October 10, 1931 to Carl A. and Anna J. (Johnson) Lundberg in Dayton, Iowa. She married the late Roger Grindeland in 1953 and they had lived in Ames all of their married lives. She enjoyed a long career at Iowa State University in the Treasurer's Office. Naomi was heavily involved with Ames Public Schools, the PTA and Agronomy Ceres Club. She actively volunteered for over 60 years at Bethesda Lutheran Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, a Stephen Minister and on several committees and projects.
Naomi died at 83 years of age on December 10, 2014 at Riverside Manor in Ames.
Naomi and Roger had twin daughters who died at birth. She is survived by her children, Gary Grindeland, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, Ann Bowden, of Des Moines and David Grindeland, of Ft. Collins, Colorado; four grandchildren, Ashley, Zachary, Joshua and Sarah; one great-granddaughter, Mia; sisters-in-law, Maretta Grindeland, Janann McCarty and Alene Lundberg; and several nieces and nephews.
August 31, 1937 – November 28, 2005
Robert Arthur Gustafson, 68, of Kelley, died suddenly of complications from lung cancer on Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, at Israel Family Hospice in Ames.
Visitation is tonight from 5-8 p.m. at Soderstrum-Riis Funeral Home in Slater. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m., at Bethany Lutheran Church in Kelley with the Rev. Katherine Werner officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Madrid.
Robert was born in Boone on Aug. 31, 1937, the son of Arthur and Florence (Reynoldson) Gustafson. He was a lifetime resident of Boone County, and taught sixth grade in the Nevada School District until he retired in 1996.
Robert was united in marriage to Carol Severtson in Slater on Oct. 2, 1959. He was a member of the National Antique Oldsmobile Club, played trombone in the Ballard Community Band and was on the Heritage Hall Board of Directors.
Immediate survivors include his wife, Carol, of Kelley; two daughters, Jan (Ray) Dittmer, of Lacoma, and Julie (James) Minot, of Madrid; two grandchildren, Heidi and Christina Dittmer; two step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Richard and Raymond.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Soderstrum-Riis Funeral Home in Slater was entrusted with arrangements.
Memorials will be used to fund the completion and installation of three stained glass windows Bob was making for Bethany Lutheran Church.
August 21, 1923 – June 18, 2014
Shirley Held, 90, of Ames, passed away June 18, 2014 at Northcrest Communites. Shirley's wish was to be cremated. Services are pending at this time.
Shirley Elaine Held was born August 21, 1923 to Albert Herbert and Neva Lucille (Royer) Held in Hinton, Iowa and grew up near there on the family farm. Following graduation from Hinton High School, she went to Iowa State College where she earned a B.S. degree (1945) in Home Economics Education. She taught homemaking in Lake City, LeMars and Humboldt before entering graduate school at Iowa State College in 1951.
After earning her M.S. degree in Home Economics - Applied Art from Iowa State College in 1952, Shirley was an Assistant Professor of Textiles and Related Arts at Utah State College in Logan, Utah for a year before returning to Iowa State College. Shirley held a 100% teaching appointment at Iowa State from 1953 to her retirement in 1990. She was appointed as Assistant Professor in 1953, promoted to Associate Professor in 1963, elected to Associate Member of Graduate Faculty in 1966 and promoted to Full Professor in 1975. Professor Held was awarded a Faculty Citation in 1979.
Shirley was widely known and respected for her weaving accomplishments. She authored the book Weaving: Handbook for the Fiber Craftsman (the name was changed to Weaving: Handbook of the Fiber Crafts for the 2nd edition). Shirley also had magazine articles published in Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot and Craftsman and Contemporary Craft Art in the World.
From 1975 to 1980, Shirley served as a consultant for Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot. An impressive list of achievements included pieces accepted in over thirty national regional and state juried exhibitions and competitions with many of the entries receiving awards. Shirley had numerous entries over the years in both the Iowa Crafts and the Iowa Artists' Annual competition. She also had pieces in over twenty local, state and regional invitational exhibitions. Her list of commissioned weavings number over a dozen.
In addition to her 37 years of working with students at Iowa State and her innovative work in fiber arts, Shirley advanced the field of weaving by leading workshops, presenting lectures and served as a judge for exhibits. She conducted research on dyes from native Iowa flora tree blossoms as a source of material for natural dyes and solvents for producing dyes from wood chips. After her retirement, Shirley continued to develop new weaving techniques. Her leadership in the field included serving as President of Ames Weavers and a member of the national scholarship committee for the Handweavers' Guild of America as well as membership in the American Crafts Council Midwest Weavers and the Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners.
Music activities were also important to Shirley. She was a long-time member of the Ames Choral Society as well as the Chancel Choir of Collegiate United Methodist Church. Genealogical research rounded out her busy schedule.
Survivors include her brother, Burnell (Edith) Held, of Fort Collins, Colorado; two sisters, Jacqueline Dirksen, of Monona and Hallie (Charles) O'Kelley, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and fourteen nieces and nephews.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Eugene Held.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Collegiate United Methodist Church, 2622 W. Lincoln Way, Ames, 50010.
October 19, 1931 – March 19, 2015
James A. Herriott was born on October 19, 1931 to Cleon and Velta (May) Herriott in Ackley, Iowa. Jim lived his childhood years in Chillicothe, Missouri, then graduated from Muscatine High School in 1949. Jim attended Iowa State University, graduating with his BS in Chemical Engineering in 1954. Following graduation from college, he served as a pilot in the United States Air Force. On June 14, 1959, Jim married Ann Goodell in Vinton, Iowa. Jim and Ann moved back to where Jim worked for the Ames Lab at Iowa State University. They made their home in Ames and raised their three children.
Over the years, Jim enjoyed serving in many roles: at Collegiate United Methodist Church, taking part in Civil Air Patrol, Toastmasters, and supporting ISU AFROTC. Following retirement, Jim and Ann visited many family and friends as they traveled around the country, attended numerous Elderhostels, and spent time at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. In 2012, he went on the inaugural Story County Freedom Flight to Washington D.C.
Jim passed away at 83 years of age on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Northcrest Retirement Community in Ames.
Jim is survived by his children, Beth (Gary) Enderle, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Paul (Kathy) Herriott, of Loveland, Ohio and Nancy (Leo) Landis, of Des Moines; his grandchildren, Austin Herriott, Anna Herriott, Julia Herriott, Lilly Herriott, Luke Enderle and Forrest Landis; and his sister, Pat (Keith) Sander, of Waukon.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Ann.
Jim’s family wishes to thank Dr. Debra Prow and staff at the Bliss Cancer Center, and the many caregivers at Northcrest Retirement Community.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Collegiate United Methodist Church or the Northcrest Retirement Community.
October 19, 1931 – March 19, 2015
James A. Herriott – Research Technician
38 Years at Ames Laboratory: June 6, 1960 to July 23, 1998
Jim served in the US Air Force (USAF) as a trainer and mission pilot from Sep 1954 – June 1957
Jim graduated from Iowa State College with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked a short time for General Electric Company in Illinois until eagerly returning to Ames Laboratory in 1960. He again attended Iowa State as a special student to study Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering 1960 – 1962. Jim was known to be very meticulous and maintained a high level of accuracy. He was ambitious, sincere, studious, smart and strongly motivated to do a good job. He organized research literature into a computerized retrieval system for his research group. Jim was well versed in the technical background required for his work. In fact, Jim’s supervisor once remarked on an evaluation that Jim needed to use words his research group understood and not use jargon. Jim extended his help to new graduate students and assisted their laboratory equipment set up. Jim shared his philosophy - “the best is yet to come.”
July 20, 1930 – November 22, 2014
Mildred "Sally" Johnson, age 84, of Ames died Saturday, November 22, at Northcrest Health Care Center in Ames. A gathering of friends and family will be one hour before the 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service Wednesday, November 26, at Gilbert Lutheran Church with a lunch reception to follow at the church fellowship hall.
Sally was born on July 20, 1930, in Oskaloosa, Iowa the daughter of Herbert and Minnie (Patterson) Andrews. She graduated from Lacey High School. She married Lester Johnson Jr. on October 1, 1950 in Oskaloosa. The couple farmed in the rural Gilbert area and Sally was employed at Iowa State University in Facility Plant and Management as the Space and Scheduling Coordinator, retiring in 1992, after 30 years of service. She was recognized with the Award of Superior Service from Iowa State University Alumni in 1989. Sally was a member of Gilbert Lutheran Church where she was involved with teaching pre-kindergarten and kindergarten Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for several years and singing in the choir. Sally enjoyed living on the farm and her time with her family, especially her two grandchildren. Sally was an avid fan of Iowa State University Athletics and following the teams brought her much enjoyment.
Sally is survived by two sons: John and his wife Beth of Ames and Jeff of Gilbert, and two grandchildren: Kimberly and her husband Trent Powers of Newton and Mark Johnson of Ames.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lester in 2009, two sisters, two brothers and granddaughter, Krista Beth Johnson.
Memorials may be directed to Gilbert Lutheran Church.
April 15, 1936 – June 21, 2014
Myrtle R. Johnson, 78, of Story City, died June 21, 2014, at Bethany Manor in Story City.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Burial will follow in the Story City Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Myrtle was born April 15, 1936, in Morris, Ill., to Lars and Johanna (Hatteberg) Akre.
She married Thomas L. Johnson on March 29, 1958. She worked at Ames Lab as an account specialist for many years.
She is survived by her husband Tom Johnson, of Story City; a sister Grace (Curt) Owenson, of Story City, and many nieces and nephews.
Myrtle is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and six brothers.
Soderstrum Funeral Home in Story City is assisting the family with arrangements.
April 15, 1936 – June 21, 2014
Murtle Johnson – Account Specialist
27 Years at Ames Laboratory: June 20, 1960 to May 15, 1987
Myrtle worked in the Accounting Office and managed payroll records for Ames Laboratory personnel. She used three types of office equipment on a daily basis; typewriter, calculator, and computer terminal. Only occasionally did she use her computer for more than two hours at a time.
January 9, 1941 – June 26, 2014
Murray L. Kaplan, 73, of Lake Worth, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2014, with his loving family at his side.
Dr. Kaplan was Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University and interim director of its Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition. His research focused on metabolism at the cellular level.
He also served as president of the Ames Jewish Congregation, in Iowa. Dr. Kaplan played the trumpet in the Florida Intergenerational Orchestra and Royal Palm Beach Band.
He is missed dearly by Helene, his wife of 48 years; daughters Alissa and Cheryl; sons-in-law Ian and Brian; brother Clinton; grandsons Leo and Roland; and his entire extended family.
Donations may be sent to the Murray Kaplan Fund for Biology, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc., City University of New York, 365 Fifth Ave., Suite 8204, New York, NY 10016. The fund supports young researchers.
January 9, 1941 – June 26, 2014
ISU work experience:
Murray L. Kaplan retired with the title of Professor Emeritus of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at Iowa State University. He also held the position of Interim Director of The Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition.
Highlight of their employment:
Dr. Kaplan's research interests were in lipids, carbohydrates and endocrine and metabolic physiology, supported, in part, from the many National Institutes of Health grants that he applied for and received. He had a particular interest in doing research in Diabetes and Obesity. Many students, from all over the world, received their advanced degrees under his tutelage (students that had continued to communicate with him throughout the years and well into his retirement). Among other forms of recognition, Murray was awarded the Doctoral Alumni Achievement Award from the Graduate School of the City of New York. A Fund in his honor (the Murray L. Kaplan Fund for Biology) was set up in 2003 by the widow of Murray's Doctoral Professor (Dr. George Fried) and continues to allow graduate students to have the funds to further their scientific educations and research. The research program at the College as well as Dr. Kaplan's scientific interests are depicted in murals that he commissioned and donated to Iowa State University at the time of his retirement. The murals now hang in the 1121 conference room in the Human Nutritional Science Building.
Dr. Kaplan cared deeply about his career at Iowa State University. He was passionate about his research and teaching and took an interest in each and every one of his students as they flourished under his guidance and went on to be productive in each of their particular fields.
Other thoughts to share:
Murray L. Kaplan was a caring and giving man and he felt that giving back to one's community is imperative and one of the highest forms of service. He took an interest in the affairs of the world. He loved playing the trumpet and was part of the Florida Intergenerational Orchestra and Royal Palm Beach Band. He will be missed dearly by his wife of 48 years (Helene), daughters (Alissa and Cheryl), sons-in-law (Ian and Brian), grandsons (Leo and Roland) and his entire extended family as well as dear friends.
August 26, 1929 – January 30, 2015
Thomas R. Kelly age 85, of Ames, Iowa passed away Friday, January 30, 2015 at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. A gathering of friends and family will be 4-6:00 p.m. Thursday, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care 414 Lincoln Way with a 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb 6, Mass of Christian Burial at St. Cecelia Catholic Church and burial at Ames Municipal Cemetery with a reception to follow at The Elks Club in Ames.
Thomas Ralph Kelly was born August 26, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio. His family moved to Ames when he was 15 years old. After graduation from Ames High School in 1948, he joined the U.S. Navy and became a submariner. After completing his military service, he returned to his home in Ames and attended Iowa State University where he majored in landscape architecture. He began working at Ames Lab in the graphics communication division and later became director of the division. During his tenure at Ames Lab he was also very active member of the IPMA (Inplant Management Association). He retired from Ames Lab in 1987.
Shortly after retirement, Tom taught the history of graphics and communication at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny, Iowa. Later he was employed by the Ames Community Schools and worked in the grounds management division for 11 years - a job he truly enjoyed.
Tom was a member of the St. Cecilia Catholic Church, American Legion, and a 60-year member of the Iowa Elks Association where he served as Exalted Ruler, State President, and Grand Lecturing Knight.
Tom married Jody Lechner in 1951 and later married Betty Brock Lechner in 1969. Betty passed away June 28, 2000, and he married Karla Moore on August 31, 2001.
Tom is survived by his wife Karla; 4 daughters - Kathy (Steve) Carter of Ames, Kim(Jesse) Peters of Marco Island, Florida, DeDee(Gary) Birdsall of Slater, and Kris (Tom) Hills of Leonard Town, Maryland; one son, Brock Kelly of Sebastopol, California; 4 step children - Candace Lechner (Steve) Hogg of Paulsbo, Washington; Doug (Leslie) Lechner of Santa Clarita, CA; Jeremy Moore of Des Moines, and Jon (Heather) Moore of Bailey, CO; sister, Anita (Vern) Pitcher of Lisbon, IA; 11 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Yula Kelly, brother Jim Kelly, and wife Betty.
Please direct memorials to the Israel Family Hospice House.
August 26, 1929 – January 30, 2015
Thomas Ralph Kelly – Supervisor Engineering Graphics and Printing and Head of Office of Information
36 Years at Ames Laboratory: Nov 16, 1951 to Aug 20, 1987
Tom served with the with US Naval Reserve (USNR)
Tom’s undergraduate work was focused in Agronomy. For a short time, he worked as a greens keeper for Ames Golf and Country Club. Tom began his career in Ames Laboratory Security Group as a Patrolman in November 1951. From patrolman, Tom advanced to Research Helper. A humble start. Tom had a pleasing personality and was reliable and energetic. He was described as a “gung ho” supervisor. Tom supervised all work assignments in the drafting department using equipment like the multilith, Zerox and photographic materials and processes. Often he worked extra hours to meet deadlines. Tom photographed equipment for various scientific groups, rendered drawings by airbrush technique and prepared slides using the Polaroid process.
Tom participated in several professional associations and received several peer choice professional awards such as the International Member of the Year in Graphics Communications Award.
August 9, 1924 – July 12, 2014
LeRoy David Kendall passed away at the Madrid Home in Madrid, Iowa on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m Wednesday July 16, 2014 at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Madrid with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery rural Madrid. Roy was born to Guy and Beulah Kendall on August 9, 1924. He married Velma Rajean Fidler in Troy, Kansas on January 23, 1946. The couple was blessed with five children, twin daughters Janet and Joyce, Nancy and sons David and Mark. The family moved to Madrid in 1957.
Roy served in the Army during World War II. He was honorably discharged October 29, 1946. On August 17, 2010, Roy was part of the Veteran's Honor Flight to Washington, DC. Roy worked for United Grocery Store in Clarinda, Iowa and transferred to the Madrid store in 1957. The store was later sold to IGA where he worked for many years. Roy then worked for Iowa State in Friley Hall as a meat cutter until he retired in 1995. Roy and Vel loved to travel and spend time with family. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and was active in Men for Mission. He was a member of theVFW and enjoyed playing cards and visiting with other members.
Roy was proceeded in death by his wife Vel, his parents Guy and Beulah Kendall, brothers Dean and Wayne, sisters Helen, Eunice, Marjorie, and his beloved grandson Christopher Kendall.
He is survived by his children Janet (Merrill) Wicker, Joyce (Frank) Lawson, Nancy (Steven) Pies, David (Patty) Kendall, Mark (Patti) Kendall, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, brother Bob Kendall, and sisters Jean Davidson and Shirley Thomas.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m Tuesday July 15, 2014 at the Sundberg-Kirkpatrick Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. John's Lutheran Church or Fairview Cemetery.
October 13, 1932 – December 14, 2014
Professor Young W. Kihl, age 82, of Laguna Woods, California, passed away at Orangegrove Rehabilitation Hospital on December 14, 2014.
Young Whan Kihl was born in Korea on October 13, 1932. He graduated from Young San High School in Seoul, Korea. After migrating to the United States and becoming a US citizen, he received a BA in Political Science and Economics from Grinnell College and a Ph.D. in International Politics and Organizations, Comparative Politics (Asia) and Political Behavior from New York University.
Professor Kihl was passionate about political science. He specialized in North South Korean relations and wrote many well-respected books on the topic.
Professor Kihl was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary in 2007. He is survived by his children, Ann and Christopher, and his sisters Young Won Ha and Young Yun Lee.
A memorial service will be held at O'Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 on Monday, December 22 at 1:00 P.M.
August 4, 1928 – October 4, 2014
Rolland Carl Knight, son of Harry H. Knight and Jessie May Knight, was born in Ames, Iowa at Mary Greeley Memorial Hospital, August 4, 1928, with the new doctor in town, Dr. G.E. “Earnie” McFarland presiding. Rollie passed away peacefully and unexpectedly the morning of October 4, 2014. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Adams Funeral Home in Ames. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Adams Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Iowa State Cemetery.
He grew up in Ames, attending Central Junior High, graduating in the Class of ’46, winners of Iowa Boys’ Basketball tournament under Coach Ole Tiller. Rollie was Center on the Ames High Football team, recently featured in the Ames TRIBUNE “ALL-AMES 40 YEAR FOOTBALL TEAM” selected as Center on the 1930-1969 team, coached by Kenny Wells. Rollie set a Drake Relays High Jump record when he ran in Ames High Track and Field, coached by Hi Covey, and was inducted into the Ames High Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.
Then Iowa State College, Rolland was active in R.O.T.C., Pershing Rifles, and Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, where his work won the Harvard Trophy for the Iowa Gamma Chapter. Upon graduating from Iowa State, Rolland enlisted in the United States Army, where he graduated from The Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, attaining the Rank of Major in Field Artillery during the period of the Korean War and later in the U.S. Army Reserves.
At Iowa State University he was a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, later serving as Assistant to the Dean of Engineering as the Classification Officer and President of the Iowa State University Athletic Council. During that time negotiations were made to resume the interstate football rivalry between the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. After retirement, he enjoyed playing as much golf as possible, began the hobby of studying the history and collecting clubs and memorabilia. He is a longtime member of the Golf Collectors Society. He is our hero, and we will miss him!
Rolland is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia, son Robert Carl (Wendy Anne) two granddaughters, Samantha and Jenna; daughter Kathranne, (Matt Cullen), granddaughter Henrietta Joy Cullen; and his faithful Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Luckey.
Rollie was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Harold.
Memorials may be addressed to the Story County Animal Shelter, William Bliss Cancer Center or Ames High School.
August 23, 1921 – June 15, 2014
Merle H. Kropf passed away in his sleep on Sunday June 15, in Las Vegas. He was born and raised in Coldwater, Kan. After serving with the U.S. Navy, he came to Ames to further his training as an electrician. He met his wife in Ames, and he worked for 35 years for the Ames Lab (Atomic Energy Commission).
He is survived by his daughter, Kathi Watts, and Larry, of Ames. He also has two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; three sisters; his wife, Virginia (Ginny); and his son, Collin.
He was cremated with no services planned. Memorials may be directed to the American Legion Ames Post 37. He was a 70-year member.
August 23, 1921 – June 15, 2014
Merle Henry Kropf – Manager, Electrical Services
33 Years at Ames Laboratory: April 3, 1951 to September 1, 1984
Merle served in the US Navy (USNR) as an Electrician
Merle was first employed by the Ames Laboratory, US Atomic Energy Commission as an Electrician and also worked with the Iowa Coal Project and Maintenance.
March 25, 1929 – July 10, 2014
Donald Eugene Lesan was born March 25, 1929 to Roy B. and Alice C. (Ballew) Lesan in Eagleville, Missouri, the fourth of six children. Don married Wilma Starmer July 27, 1952 in New Hampton United Methodist Church in New Hampton, Missouri. Don worked for Riley Oil Co. in Eagleville until 1967 when he moved his family to Ames. He worked with his brother, Warren, as a Refrigeration Mechanic at the ISU Physical Plant for 24 years and retired in January of 1991 as an Environmental Service Engineer. Don was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Ames Garden Club, Friends of the Arboretum, Reiman Gardens CoHorts, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a charter member of the Story County Master Gardener Association.
Don enjoyed visits with family, the Sunday calls he received from his son Dan in Kent, Washington and playing games on the computer. The last 5 years he was restricted in what he could do because of the effects of COPD.
Don passed away at 85 years of age on July 10, 2014 at Israel Family Hospice House after a long battle with COPD.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Wilma; his daughter, Mary Brandt, of Ames; two sons, Dan (Ann) Lesan, of Kent, Washington and David (Ann) Lesan, of Nevada; six grandchildren, Nicholas Brandt, of Ames, Melinda Brandt, of Watertown, MA, Heather (Jason) Phillips, of Overland Park, KS, Nathan (Brooke) Lesan, of Gardner, KS, Quentin Lesan, of Ames, and Morgan Lesan, of Nevada; five great-grandchildren, Brixton Brandt, Keira Lynn Lesan, Kaley Ann Lesan, Sandra Riley and Myron Drake Phillips; his brother, George (Lorraine) Lesan, of St. Joseph, MO; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Alice Lesan; his stepmother, Fern Ballew Lesan; his brother, Warren and his wife Florence Lesan; his sisters, Betty Harris Carron, Marie Willis Mildward and Sibyl Lafollette; and his brothers-in-law, Raymond Willis, Paul Mildward, Wesley Jones, Tommie Kinnison, Walter Urich, Rollan Parkhurst, Oliver Thorton and Gordon Gray.
The family requests no flowers. A memorial fund has been established for the First United Methodist Church or the Ames Public Library and may be sent to Mary Brandt, 111 Lynn Ave. Apt 406, Ames, Iowa 50014.
As per his wish, the inurnment of Don's cremated remains will take place at a later date in the Eagleville Masonic Cemetery.
June 29, 1940 – July 27, 2014
Marion (Duffie) Rose Stafford Lorr passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in the presence of her family. Marion was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1940. She graduated from Roland Park Country School, Connecticut College and Iowa State University. Marion studied piano and dance, taught first grade in Baltimore, received a certification in library science from Indiana University and became a children’s librarian in Bloomington, Ind., before moving to Iowa. There, she studied ceramics at the University of Iowa and taught ceramics at the Octagon in Ames while also making her own original pottery. Marion also worked on the road crew that built the original section of Mortensen Road, became a certified practicing Realtor and worked as a deputy Story County auditor.
Her career was interrupted by a benign brain tumor that was removed successfully. Her experience led her to a passionate advocacy for persons with disabilities, which inspired her to achieve a master’s degree in post secondary disability with neuropsych emphasis from ISU. She subsequently worked for On With Life and practiced disability consultancy.
Marion loved theater and music. She was an active participant in Ames Women’s Theater, ACTORS and Playmakers. She accompanied Suzuki violin classes, played in a recorder group and enthusiastically supported Town and Gown events and the Ames Choral Society, in addition to serving on the board of the Ames International Orchestra Festival Association. Marion also tirelessly supported a network of community, from participating in local politics and her neighborhood association to endowing a nursing school scholarship and greeting everyone she met with a smile and a story. She was also a longtime active member of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames.
Marion is survived by her husband, Robert A. Lorr; her children, Alys (Trevor Barnes) Robinson, Jennifer (Bernard van Maarseveen) Robinson, Duke Lorr, Joshua (Samantha Smith) Lorr and Raphael Lorr; and her beloved grandson, Willem van Maarseveen. She also is survived by sister, Barbara (Hugh) Jones; brother, William L. (Elizabeth) Stafford; and sister Jane E. Stafford.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Charles B. (Jodene) Stafford.
Other family members who mourn her absence are Robert’s brothers, James (Margaret) Lorr and John (Barabara) Lorr, as well as numerous cousins, 31 nephews and nieces, as well as 31 grandnephews and grandnieces who received children’s books as birthday gifts from Grand aunt Marion and Gruncle Bob.
A celebration of life open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Town and Gown, Ames International Orchestra Festival Association, Israel Family Hospice House or Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames.
The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers of Israel Family Hospice House for their dedicated care.
April 21, 1919 – March 1, 2015
Pollie C. Malone, 95, of Ames passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Bethany Manor in Story City. Memorial services were held for both her and her husband Bill, on Monday, March 2, at the First Baptist Church in Ames, where they met and started their lives together.
Pollie Mae Carter was born on April 21, 1919 to Dee Carter and Beulah (Ply) Carter in Normangee, Texas. She graduated as valedictorian from high school in Normangee at age 16. She earned a BS in Home Economics from Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville at age 19. After teaching canning and home economics to rural Texas women through a depression era program, she went to Iowa State College and earned a Masters degree in Home Economics in 1944. She taught in Jefferson, Iowa before her marriage and then returned to Normangee while Bill served in England and France during WW II. She taught in the schools where they lived in Michigan, Missouri and Ohio, and finished teaching Home Economics at Central Junior High in Ames for 18 years. Her students learned essential skills in cooking and sewing that they could use for the rest of their lives. She was an excellent teacher and known for her entertaining and colorful style shows. Even her male students took part in these displays of their work.
Pollie and William A. Malone met at the First Baptist Church in Ames and were married November 20, 1943 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Their union lasted 71 years. She followed him in death by 6 days. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ames, the National Education Association, the Iowa Education Association and the Ames Home Economists in Homemaking. She served on the boards of Visiting Nurses, Red Cross and Head Start.
Once retired, Pollie volunteered at The Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing at Reiman Gardens and with Bill at the Mary Greeley Hospital hospitality shop and the Ames School System. She and Bill received the Ames Unsung Heroes Award in 1998 for their faithful service of many years to the community. Together they enjoyed gardening, early morning water aerobics and traveling. They made several trips to France and attended many Elder Hostels across America. In addition to sewing and knitting for the family, she was a caring and active grandmother who enjoyed seeing her grandchildren grow into responsible and accomplished adults. She also made the best yeast rolls on the planet!
Pollie is survived by children, Jerry Malone (and special friend Ann), of Kokomo, Indiana, Jo (Steve) Mead, of Storm Lake, Iowa and Beverly (Albert) Debaecke, of Cassel, France; her grandchildren, Joshua Mead, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dr. Marla Mead, of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, David (Adeola) Mead, of Seattle, Washington, Adele (Laurent) Lefebvre, of France, Alice (Sylvain) David, of France and Angela Debaecke, of France; her great-grandsons, Victor Lefebvre and Liam David, of France and Isaiah Mead, of Seattle, Washington. She is also survived by her sisters, Jo McDonald, of Houston, Texas and Johnnye (Frank) Devereaux, of Diboll, Texas, along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sisters, Ellene, Osa Lee and Beulah Dee, a brother, Isaac Carter and an infant granddaughter.
Cards to the family may be directed to daughter Jo Mead at 1270 Hwy 7, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588.
April 21, 1919 – March 1, 2015
ISU work experience:
Mom worked as a research assistant for an ISU Home Economics PhD candidate for two years when they moved back to Ames in 1965. She also guided and taught at least two ISU Home Ec. student teachers a year for the 18 years she taught Jr. High Home Ec. in the Ames Community schools.
Highlight of their employment:
Mom's style shows were legendary - involving both students and student teachers.
It was always interesting and educational when Mom and Dad hosted Dad's graduate and international students for a meal at their home. Mom would also invite Home Ec. students from other countries to cook a meal for us in our home. We would learn about interesting new foods and also surprising cooking techniques like testing the heat of oil for frying by putting mustard seeds into the hot fat and seeing if they would shoot to the ceiling!
Other thoughts to share:
Mom and Dad met at Iowa State when they both came as students from Texas. Their marriage lasted for 71 years. ISU remained a warm place in their hearts and they continued giving good memories to others with their positive contacts with students. A son, daughter and grandson are also ISU graduates. We appreciate the Iowa State community remembering them with this Memorial Day tribute.
January 19, 1917 – February 23, 2015
William A. Malone was born January 19, 1917 to A. Leland and Carror (Gillaspie) Malone in Carthage, Texas. He graduated from high school in Carthage and attended junior college in Marshall, Texas. In 1940, he started studies in Landscape Architecture at Iowa State College. College was interrupted by WWII. Bill was inducted into the United States Army April, 1942 in Tyler, Texas and served in France. He had the rank of 2nd Lieutenant at the end of the war. After discharge in October, 1945 he served in the Army Reserves until November, 1961 and separated from there with the rank of Captain. After the war Bill returned to Iowa State and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1947 and an MS in Community and Regional Planning in 1950. He was the first city planner for Ames. He was a professor for seven years at Michigan State University (1950 to 1956). From 1957 to 1959, he was a city planner in Kansas City, MO, and then from 1959 to 1965, he was the city planning director of Kettering, Ohio. He returned to Ames in 1965, and was an associate professor of city and regional planning at Iowa State University until retirement in 1984.
Bill and Pollie Mae Carter met at the First Baptist Church in Ames and were married November 20, 1943 in Kalamazoo, Michigan; their union lasted 71 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ames, the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association. Once retired, Bill volunteered at the information desk at Ames city hall and with Pollie at the Mary Greeley Hospital hospitality shop and the Ames School System. Together they enjoyed gardening, early morning water aerobics and traveling. They made several trips to France and attended many Elder Hostels across America. He loved trees and plants and sharing this knowledge with others.
Bill passed away at 98 years of age on February, 23, 2015 at Bethany Manor in Story City.
Bill is survived by his wife, Pollie C. Malone, of Story City; his children, Jerry Malone (and special friend Ann), of Kokomo, Indiana, Jo (Steve) Mead, of Storm Lake, Iowa and Beverly (Albert) Debaecke, of Cassel, France; his grandchildren, Joshua Mead, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dr. Marla Mead, of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, David (Adeola) Mead, of Seattle, Washington, Adele (Laurent) Lefebvre, of France, Alice (Sylvain) David, of France and Angela Debaecke, of France; and his great-grandsons, Victor Lefebvre and Liam David, both of France and Isaiah Mead, of Seattle, Washington.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Caroline, in 1947 and Mary Beth, in 1973; and his brother, James Leland, of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, in 2011.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family
January 19, 1917 – February 23, 2015
ISU work experience:
Associate professor of city and regional planning at ISU from 1965 until he retired in 1984.
Highlight of their employment:
Dad had at least one class each year that studied a community in Iowa and would give them planning advice that they had worked up during the semester as a class assignment. Both students and towns benefited from these classes and their recommendations. Class trips to visit with city councils and city employees gave real life experiences to the students and provided good community PR for ISU.
Dad and Mom often invited his international grad students over for meals in their home. They learned about American home life and our family enjoyed learning about their cultures.
Other thoughts to share:
Bill was liked by students and colleagues, and was especially good to and supportive of his graduate and international students. He made many contributions to the Community and Regional Planning Department, including funding a scholarship in his name that continues to benefit students.
January 5, 1943 – February 16, 2015
Katherine A. "Katie" Maxwell was born on January 5, 1943, the daughter of Jesse “Dean” and Lois (Van Doren) Lee in Webster City, Iowa. She attended Ames School of Practical Nursing, graduating in 1965 with her LPN. On January 4, 1962, she was united in marriage to David Maxwell at First United Methodist Church in Ames. The couple settled in the area and started their family. In 1972, David accepted a position as a picture editor with the Milwaukee Sentinel and the family moved to Wisconsin, settling in Port Washington in 1973.
Katie worked as a surgical nurse at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Port Washington. She was a member of Grand Avenue United Methodist Church and was very active in the lives of her children and their friends, attending many scouting, sporting and musical events over the years. Katie and David moved back to Ames in 1990, and Katie began working as a Student Health Nurse at Iowa State University, retiring in 2006.
Katie was an avid quilter, making many beautiful works of art that grace the homes of her family and friends. She enjoyed traveling and would frequently attend quilt shows and visit friends throughout the country. Katie loved spending time with her grandchildren and would frequently drive to the Des Moines area to attend their sporting events and choir concerts. She was an active member at First United Methodist Church in Ames.
Katie passed away at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa, Monday evening, February 16, 2015, following a gallant battle with cancer. She was 72 years old.
Survivors include her father, Dean Lee, of Webster City; her daughter, Christine (David) Williams, of Prairie City; her son, Michael Maxwell, of Ames; and five grandchildren, Kaitlyn Brey, Connor Brey, Bridgette Williams, Mitch Williams and Emma Williams, all of Prairie City. She is further survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David; and her mother, Lois.
August 17, 1931 – August 19, 2014
Robert "Bob" McCarley, age 83, of Ames, died Aug. 19 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 5 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation, 414 Lincoln Way. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Aug 23, at First Baptist Church, 200 Lynn Avenue in Ames.
Bob was born August 17, 1931, in Denison, TX, the son of Howard and Gladys (Sherman) McCarley. He graduated from Denison High School in 1948 and completed his Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Texas in 1956. He married Jenna B. Cox on November 15, 1952. He was a loving husband, father and kind-hearted member of his community.
Bob's passion for chemistry began in the science lab at Denison High School and won him many honors, awards, and international recognition. His career spanned 40+ years as a Professor of Chemistry at ISU and also included research with Ames Lab and the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany. He was also an active volunteer, supporting causes close to his heart: Habitat for Humanity, First Baptist Church and Green Hills, among others.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jenna McCarley of Ames, his children, Carl (Bridget) McCarley of Ames, Kyanne (Phil) Danowsky of Cotopaxi, CO, Maura (Pete) Torkildson of Concord, CA, and Tonia McCarley of Ames; grandchildren, Matt McCarley, Lyndsey (Jerry) Garcia, Brian (Shelly) Danowsky, Beth (Stephen) Basham, and Megan Torkildson; three great grandchildren, Elena, Amaya, and Dylan Garcia; sister, Patsy (Charles) Watson, Denison, TX, sister-in-law Persis McCarley, Healdsburg, CA; and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jack McCarley; and sisters, Barbara Gore and Jeanette McCarley.
November 3, 1946 – September 14, 2014
Michael "Mike" James McKenna, age 67, of Blakesburg, passed away at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City on September 14, 2014.
Michael was born November 3, 1946, in Elgin, Illinois, to James and Marye Champlin McKenna. Mike grew up in Storm Lake, Iowa, attending Saint Mary's Catholic schools. He graduated from Iowa State University with a major in farm operations and was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. It was at Iowa State that he met Christine Latta, and they married on April 18, 1970. They bought a farm and settled in Blakesburg, Iowa.
Mike was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. He was passionate about his family, farming and preserving the land for future generations. He served in the Army National Guard. He was employed by Doane and Hawkeye farm management companies and was a founding partner of Mid States Farm Management in Ottumwa, Iowa. He also worked as Wapello County's Iowa State Extension director for several years. With the help of his sons, Mike raised hogs and farmed the land in Blakesburg for 30-plus years. He was a gifted conversationalist and an avid listener of NPR radio programs.
Michael and Christine were blessed with four sons, Matt (Sherri) McKenna of Kansas City, Missouri, Ryan (Sarah) McKenna of Kansas City, Missouri, Mark (Dana) McKenna of Ankeny, Iowa, Patrick (Jackie) McKenna of West Des Moines, Iowa; and nine wonderful grandchildren.
In addition to his sons, Michael is also survived by his siblings, Rosemarye (John) Rathke, Kathleen (Bruce) Osterman, Kevin (Jan) McKenna, Maureen (Brad) Strader, Stephen McKenna, Teresa (Brian) Caslavka and Melissa (Dennis) Fagan. He is also survived by his companion Betty Moore, who brightened his life in recent years.
Preceding him in death were his loving wife of 39 years and his parents
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. A Christian Wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Father Patrick Hilgendorf presiding.
Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Church in Early, Iowa, with Father Tim Schott and Father Jim Smith concelebrating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Early, Iowa. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be directed to the Loving Shepherd Food Pantry serving the tri-county area and Wapello County Youth 4-H program.
March 15, 1918 – October 4, 2014
Donald I. McKeown, 96, of Ames died peacefully October 4th, 2014 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa, surrounded by family.
Don was born on March 15, 1918 in Clinton, Illinois to Dallas James and Arta (Edgcomb) McKeown. He grew up in nearby Amboy and was the last surviving member of the Amboy Township High School Class of 1936.
During WWII, Don served 5 years on the staff of General Mark W. Clark, commander of the 15th Army Group in Italy and Austria. In 1951 he received his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Illinois, where he met Marion Geoffroy. They were married in 1947.
Don worked in architectural offices in Denver and Omaha before coming to Ames to get his M.S. in Architectural Engineering in 1951. There he joined the faculty of Iowa State College, became an honorary member of Tau Sigma Delta, received several architectural honors, and did work furthering student exchanges with Universities in Poland, England, and the Soviet Union. He taught at ISU until his retirement as a Professor Emeritus in 1986. A longtime member of the American Institute of Architects, he also had a private architectural practice, authored two books, and was a consultant and expert witness into the late 1990s. Don was an accomplished artist and athlete and a member of Ames Kiwanis Club. An avid traveler, he and Marion visited countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Marjorie Herbert, and his brother James. He is survived by his wife Marion, his children; Roger of Annandale, NJ, Nancy (Gary) Hayden of Spokane, WA, Lesley (Joe) Olsasky of Urbandale, IA, five grandchildren: Andrew, Ben, Courtney, Robyn, and Alexandra, and two great-grandchildren; Olive and Lucas.
His family would like to thank the staff of Mercy Hospice, Methodist West Orthopedics, Bickford Cottage, and Green Hills Retirement Community of Ames.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ames on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10am. Interment following the ceremony will be at Iowa State University Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Capital Improvements, 2210 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010.
Arthur C. Meyers
June 18, 1940 – August 1, 2014
Dr. Arthur C. Meyers, III, 74, of Ames, passed away August 1, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Services will be scheduled for September.
Dr. Arthur C. Meyers, III, was born June 18, 1940 to Dr. Arthur C. and Myoma M. (Rupp) Meyers, Jr. in St. Louis, Missouri. Arthur was married to Dr. Patricia Keith in 1968. He was a faculty professor at Iowa State University for more than 40 years in the Physics Department.
Arthur is survived by his brothers, James, Thomas and Robert; and his sister, Susan Ude. He was preceded in death by his sister, Joan Marling; his parents; and his wife, Patricia Keith.
Memorials may be designated to Iowa State University.
August 7, 1958 – November 21, 2014
Alison Lee Morris was born August 7, 1958 to John William and Elizabeth (George) Morris in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Her education included a B.S.Ed., Communicative Disorders in 1980 and a M.S., Speech Pathology in 1982, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then a Ph.D., Psychology from Boston University in 2000. Alison was an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Iowa State University in Ames. Her academic interests involved the nature of interactions between attention, perception, memory, and consciousness; and mechanisms and models of visual word recognition.
Alison enjoyed traveling, both in the United States and abroad. One of her favorite places to visit was the beautiful Island of Aruba where she loved to soak up the sun and relax. She enjoyed sharing fine wine with her family and friends and, during the fall, Alison enjoyed watching her beloved Green Bay Packers play football. She also was a vibrant supporter of the ISU Cyclones and the Wisconsin Badgers.
Alison always made time for her students and coworkers, lending them her knowledge, wisdom, guidance and kindness when they needed it. All of Alison’s students and colleagues will remember her for her caring words and her way of making newcomers to the Iowa State University family feel right at home as they began their new experience attending or teaching at ISU.
Alison was also fascinated by weather and became a trained storm spotter. She would always keep an eye on the sky watching for ominous and interesting weather.
Alison passed away at 56 years of age on November 21, 2014 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames,
Alison was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her beloved brother, Greg Morris, of Nashua, New Hampshire and her cousin, Charles George, of Charleston, South Carolina.
Contributions in memory of Alison may be made to the Elizabeth G. Morris Scholarship at the UW-Eau Claire Foundation (https://scholarships.apps.uwec.edu/scholarships/1171), a fund Alison actively supported.
August 4, 1927 – February 28, 2015
Richard A. "Joe" Morton, formerly of Ames, passed away on February 28, 2015 in Iowa Falls.
Born in 1927 in Council Bluffs, IA to Ethel and Jay Morton, Joe embraced family, friends, athletics, reading and much more. He played on Waverly, Iowa's 1944 high school state basketball championship team. He excelled at golf as an adult. After high school, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy and did 21 months of stateside duty before enrolling at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA, graduating in 1950 with a degree in economics and business administration. At Cornell, friends nicknamed him "Jellyroll" because of his fondness for jazz music.
In 1952 Joe married fellow Waverly High School graduate and Iowa State College home economics alumna Patricia Jean Koch. They went to Ithaca, New York, where Joe earned a degree in hotel management from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. Seven more moves and six children later, the family had settled in Ames, IA, where Joe started work as Executive Secretary of the ISU Foundation in 1967.
Over the next 19 years at Iowa State, Joe's leadership and efforts in fundraising were instrumental in the construction of the Iowa State Center, Jack Trice Stadium, the Parks Library Addition, the Durham Center for Computation and numerous other development projects. Endowments and scholarships were also part of his fundraising legacy. He found the work of higher education development very fulfilling. Joe retired in 1986 as Director of Development.
As a father and grandfather, Joe championed education, lifelong learning, and a strong work ethic. Joe traveled extensively with Pat, with groups of ISU alumni, and with friends and family. He helped numerous Ames organizations and Cornell College with volunteer activities and fundraising savvy. He had a strong sense of social justice and compassion for persons less fortunate than himself.
Widowed in 1995, Joe married Joy Litts Gaarde of Mt. Vernon, IA and Paradise Valley, AZ in 1996. Joe and Joy divided their time between the two states, enjoyed friends and family, and traveled widely. Joe returned to Iowa permanently in 2011 when illness necessitated additional nursing care, and to be centrally located to his children.
Joe is survived by his second wife, Joy Gaarde Morton of Paradise Valley, AZ, children Marian (Keith) Kuper of Ackley, IA; Andrew (Ana) Morton of Alexandria, VA; Laura (Tom Moldenhauer) Morton of West St. Paul, MN; Joel Morton of Cambridge, MA; Carol Neuhoff of Madison, WI and Marc Morton of Englewood, CO; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife.
Joe was a gentleman of great integrity, quick wit, enthusiasm, compassion, and adventurousness. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to Cornell College or to Hospice of North Iowa. A public celebration of Joe's life will be held Saturday, June 6, in the Campanile Room of the Memorial Union at Iowa State University.
August 4, 1927 – February 28, 2015
Where to start? Joe the husband, Joe the father, Joe the mentor, Joe the fundraiser. All of these categories could be filled in with pages of interesting, marvelous notes. To know Joe, you would know some of the factors in each of these. He was a truly complex man - - a man for “all seasons”.
To see Joe’s imprint at Iowa State is quite obvious and easy to do. To have worked with him (the ISU Foundation had a staff of 5) was a fantastic, exciting ride into a new ISU generation. To work with him was a learning experience, a growth period in your life, an exciting challenge each and every day.
To learn from Joe, to watch him interact with the Board, the Administration, and the Alumni was an opportunity to go to work each day and be successful. As he said to Gary 1 and Gary 2 one day early in our ISU careers, “I don’t ever want to see you taking a potential donor to lunch in a Cadillac convertible, but I better not ever see you taking them to lunch in a VW Bug.” What a great way to learn!
August 4, 1927 – February 28, 2015
In my lifetime of now nearly 70 years, I've never had a closer, more fun, more rewarding professional and personal friendship than the one I was blessed with after going to work for Joe Morton at the ISU Foundation office in the Memorial Union in the fall of 1972. That employment opportunity resulted from a wonderful mix of Divine Guidance, coincidence and lucky timing. An acquaintanceship with Joe had begun two years earlier, in 1970, when I began my first job with the University as a broadcast reporter for the Information Service. I interviewed Joe occasionally regarding rapidly-unfolding actions by the Foundation's Board of Governors, most of them centered on developments at the Iowa State Center.
When I started the interviews with Joe in 1970, the Stephens Auditorium and Fisher Theater were open, electrifying the Campus and Ames communities with tremendous new venues for all kinds of activities, including the newly-formed Ames International Orchestra Festival that has brought Iowa State and Ames fame from all over the world. He had been the staff director of the Foundation for only three years, quickly having proven his worth as a top-notch major gift fundraiser. I was amazed--as a new University employee and just a "kid" at age 25--at what Joe had already accomplished for the University in making the dream of the Iowa State Center materialize. Also, by 1970 the Hilton Coliseum was under construction and the hunt was on for major gifts to build the Center's fourth and final structure, what would become the Carl H. Scheman Continuing Education Building. And, while Joe was certainly assisted greatly on ISU Center development by many other University administrators and Foundation Governor's, the success of the Center Campaign rested squarely on his shoulders. And he was the only Foundation fundraising staff member at the time... just him, a bookkeeper and a secretary, housed in a small office suite in the Memorial Union! The significance of what this fine gentleman was accomplishing for Iowa State in the fundraising arena, in many respects single-handedly, was certainly not lost on me when he spoke into my microphone.
And so, having provided that background, I turn the timeframe ahead to June, 1972, when the Foundation's Board of Governor's approved a $6 million campaign for a new football stadium. It was like dumping a big load of bricks on someone already overburdened with more than enough fundraising work! And so it was that after I interviewed Joe about the big new stadium campaign, he offered me a job to assist him and to learn the ropes of professional fundraising. I knew it was a lucky chance to take a new career tack, and I jumped at the opportunity. And that job offer, of course, started a new chapter in our relationship. Joe quickly became a great boss, a fantastic mentor, and an even closer friend... and, with his outgoing personality and fun-loving nature, he made the stressful work of fundraising enjoyable. It wasn't long before I felt that he was more like an older brother than a work supervisor. And what a way to start my new career in fundraising!...I never had a closer, more fulfilling working relationship with anyone else after that. In another year, we were joined by a friend of mine, Gary Krull, and we were then a three-man fundraising team of Joe and the "two Gary's". And we met the stadium fundraising goal despite the departure of football coach Johnny Major's and a tough Iowa farm economy. The stadium opened in September,1975 with a football game between the Cyclones and the Air Force Academy. And what a milestone day in Iowa State history that was because just before we cut the ribbon at the stadium we dedicated the Scheman Building!
My close friendship with Joe continued over the many years after we worked together in that golden era of Iowa State fundraising. We all have persons who literally change our lives, hopefully for the better--Joe was such a person for me. If I were to elaborate further about this, this remembrance would go on for at least a thousand more words, so I won't. In conclusion, I will just say that I've never known a man with greater integrity or a person more enjoyable to just be around. He was as much a "friend-raiser" for Iowa State as a tremendous fundraiser. I have only one regret where Joe is concerned--that the University never gave him the lasting recognition he deserves for securing millions of dollars in major gift support that moved Iowa State to a whole new level of success and recognition. But I'm sure Joe would say such recognition was unnecessary, he was so humble. For him, meeting the large Foundation fundraising goals, seeing new buildings rise, and putting endowments from outright and planned gifts "on the books" because of his labors was enough satisfaction. And that humbleness is just one reason why I loved him, and why l'll always be grateful that our lives crossed-paths 45 years ago when he spoke into my microphone.
August 4, 1927 – February 28, 2015
ISU work experience:
Dad retired as Director of Development for ISU. He had worked for the university for almost 20 years, starting in 1967 as Executive Secretary of the ISU Foundation. Dad's Iowa State years closely coincided with the tenure of ISU President W. Robert Parks, who also retired in 1986.
Highlight of their employment:
Dad headed the capital fund-raising programs that lead to the construction of the Iowa State Center, Jack Trice Stadium, the Durham Center for Computation and Communication and numerous other development projects for the advancement of Iowa State University.
Dad was so pleased and proud as the construction of C.Y. Stephens Auditorium began that he brought his children to the work site. This was in 1967 or '68 and I was about 14 years old. I was unimpressed; it was a big hole in the ground at the time. But the building, once complete, was dramatically beautiful, and so acoustically exquisite that the New York Philharmonic Orchestra performed 5 concerts in one glorious week there in September of 1969, a cultural coup indeed.
Other thoughts to share:
A celebration of Joe's life is scheduled for 2-6 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015, in the Campanile Room of the Iowa State Memorial Union. ISU retirees and others who remember Joe are encouraged to come and share their memories of him.
February 26, 1923 – December 29, 2014
Iva G. (Sampson) Nyguard Nordskog, age 91, of Nevada, Iowa, died Monday, December 29, 2014, at Story County Senior Care in Nevada.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2015, at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, with Pastor David R. Burling officiating. Burial will follow in the Roland Cemetery, Roland, Iowa. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday one hour prior to services.
Born February 26, 1923, at her parents’ home in McCallsburg, Iowa, Iva Genevieve (Sampson) Nyguard Nordskog was the youngest of seven children born to John and Jennie (Helland) Sampson. She grew up and received her education in McCallsburg, graduating from high school in 1941.
On March 12, 1941, Iva was married to Howard Nyguard in Missouri. The couple was blessed with three children, Gale, Steve, and Joan. Howard passed away in 1980.
Iva had an entrepreneurial spirit that inspired several in-home businesses over the years, including a child-care center, a hobby shop, and an antique shop. Her interest in antiques branched out to satellite booths at two stores in Des Moines. She worked at Donnelley’s in Nevada for a time, and later served as line coordinator of food service at Iowa State University for over ten years.
On June 2, 1990, Iva married Paul Nordskog at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.
Iva possessed a strong faith in God and was an active member of Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, serving as Sunday school superintendent for many years. She also was the choir director for the youth and cherub choirs. In later years, Iva was a patient advocate at Story County Senior Care.
Survivors include two children, Steve (Rebecca) Nyguard of Maple Grove, MN, and Joan Nyguard of Nevada; three step-children, Martha Nordskog, Joseph Nordskog, and Stephen Nordskog; and several step-grandchildren and their families, who were very important to Iva. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.
Iva was preceded in death by her husbands; a son, Gale; her parents; three sisters, Cleo Ballard, Luella Jacobson, and Herma Fisher; and three brothers, Clarion, Askel, and Milo Sampson.
Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Iva and her family.
November 10, 1926 – October 28, 2014
Ann Baker Nostwich, 87, of Ames, IA, died peacefully and unexpectedly on October 28, 2014, while lying in her bed doing a crossword puzzle at Green Hills Retirement Community.
Born November 10, 1926, to John and Margaret (Ewers) Baker in Columbus, Ohio, Ann Elizabeth gave early evidence of her editorial skills when she was certified as a Champion Speller in 1939 while she was a student at St. Patrick School in Columbus. In 1942, she received first place in World History in the Ohio State University District State Scholarship Test. She graduated from South High School, Columbus, in 1944 and received a BS in Journalism from Ohio State University in 1948. She attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she worked at the Institute for Social Research under the direction of Dr. Rensis Likert, famed for the 5-point Likert scale. ("It's pronounced lick-ert as in liquor," he told her, even though the world continues to pronounce it like-ert).
Ann married Theodore Daniel Nostwich on March 21, 1953, in Columbus, OH. They had five children. Besides Columbus, they lived in Big Rapids, MI; Austin, TX; West Lafayette, IN; and Corpus Christi, TX. In 1968 the family, now grown to seven, packed into a VW Bug to come to Ames, where Ann and Ted finally stayed put. In 1995, after 15 years of service, she retired from the Iowa Department of Transportation, where she was a Management Analyst II in the Director's Staff Division.
She enjoyed travels with her family through Europe, the American southwest, and many points in between. As a teenager, she traversed the rolling hills of southern Ohio on a one-speed bike. As a genealogist, she relished visiting cemeteries and county courthouses to uncover the mysteries of her family tree.
She was kind, funny, and outgoing, willing to talk to anyone and everyone. If you worked at a reception desk and someone asked you about the origins of your last name, it was probably her. If you said "lay down" and were corrected with "lie down," it was probably her. She preferred grocery shopping at Fareway because it wasn't as big as other stores, even though it took twice as long to fill her cart because of all the people she'd stop and talk to along the way. She enjoyed the sport of debate with worthy challengers who could match her sharp wit and knowledge of many subjects. She was assessed as having full cognitive function just one month before her passing, a fact of which she was both proud and thankful, having lost far too many loved ones to Alzheimer’s.
Ann was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church. She loved the Catholic faith and attended Mass weekly, even in failing health. As she walked out of the church, she would frequently stop to ask the pastor a probing question, which usually started with "Why...?" Like her husband, she was a spirited follower of Ohio State Buckeye football. With Ann and Ted both passing away this year, things do not bode well for the Michigan Wolverines come November 29!
Ann is survived and will be missed by her five children: Mark Nostwich, Santa Fe, NM; Paul Nostwich, Fort Bragg, CA; Michael Nostwich (Darla), Ames; Elisabeth Nostwich Lunaburg (David), Ames; and Sarah ("Sallie") Nostwich, Ames; five grandchildren, Samantha Nostwich, Tulare, CA; Nicole Lozano (Timothy), West Plains, MO; Aaron Nostwich, Ames; Joseph Lunaburg, Ames; and Thomas Lunaburg, Ames; three great-granddaughters, Hailie Sarkissian, Tulare, CA; and Jamie and Kayla Lozano, West Plains, MO; and cousins, Gordon Ewers, Mars, PA (and his children Todd Ewers, Lauren Ewers Polite, and Doug Ewers); Joellen (DeLloyd) Roush, Columbus, OH; and Tacy A. Shoemaker Lewis (Stan), Peyton, CO. Also surviving are her brother, Richard Eugene Baker (Dorothy), Canal Winchester, OH; nieces, Jennifer Baker Jenks, Columbus, OH; Carolyn Baker Laver, Alexandria, VA; and Kathleen Baker Green, Columbus, OH. Many dear friends, locally, nationally, and internationally will feel her loss, as will Scamper, her ever-faithful blind dog and ever-willing accomplice in napping.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her nephew, John (Jack) Patrick Baker, and her devoted husband, Theodore Daniel Nostwich, who died on April 1, 2014.
Visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Ames. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 7, at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, followed by inurnment at the Iowa State University cemetery. Afterwards, a luncheon will be served at St. Cecilia's.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the Ann Nostwich Memorial Fund to benefit organizations of the family's choice and mailed in care of Adams Funeral Home, 502 Douglas Avenue, Ames, Iowa 50010.
June 21, 1941 – August 17, 2014
Dr. Reid Griffith Palmer, Ph.D., 73, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer and an incurable infection. ‘Reid’, as his wife, friends, colleagues and students affectionately called him, was born June 21, 1941 to Jasper and Fern (Ernsthausen) Palmer in Pemberville, Ohio. He has one living sister Dedra (Palmer) Strohl and brother-in-law Ed of Fostoria, Ohio. Reid married his loving wife Nuray (Sahin) of almost 14 years in Ankara, Turkey where he met her on one of his many professional trips.
Reid received his B.S.A. at the University of Toronto, Canada (Ontario Agriculture College) in 1963, an M.S. from the University of Illinois in 1965, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1970. He became a USDA Research Geneticist at Iowa State University, Ames in 1970 and a USDA-ARS-CICGR Collaborator and Assistant Professor associated with the Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University in 1973, and rose through the academic ranks to professor. His official title before retirement was USDA Research Geneticist and Professor of Agronomy and Genetics, Development and Cell Biology. He officially retired from ARS-USDA in 2012 but remained professionally active as an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Agronomy until his death. Reid’s areas of expertise were cytogenetics and plant breeding of soybeans. His research involved two primary objectives: the identification, characterization, and utilization of fertility/sterility mutants in a phenotypic recurrent selection system with insect-mediated cross-pollination to increase hybrid seed production; and the identification and characterization of mutable loci with emphasis on genetic studies of germinal revertants. He developed collaborations with many fellow researchers within Iowa State University, the United States and abroad because of his excellent reputation in these areas. These involvements provided Reid with innumerable opportunities to travel worldwide to carry out his research and present his findings (277 abstracts, 18 Symposia and Proceedings and 149 technical Newsletter Articles) at universities and private companies, as well as state, national and international conferences. His studies were published in over 200 research articles and invited book chapters. His research was supported by numerous private, state, and federal grants. He served as associate editor or on the editorial board of 11 scientific journals in his field and reviewed countless manuscripts for 51 scientific journals and other media. One of Reid’s major strengths and loves was mentoring of many undergraduate and 44 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists, and he served on numerous graduate committees at ISU and eight other domestic and foreign universities. He was dedicated to training and mentoring them, many of whom have become leaders in the same or allied fields in academia, private industry and government. He enjoyed the laboratory part of his research but he really loved being outside in his soybean fields planting, making delicate crosses and harvesting the results of his and his students’ labors. His experimental plots spread well beyond Iowa.
Reid received prestigious recognitions for his professional activities over the years including being a member of 11 professional and honorary societies and a recipient of: the Raymond and Mary Baker Agronomy Excellence Award, Department of Agronomy, ISU; Soybean Researchers Recognition Award, American Soybean Association\Imperial Chemicals Industries (Americas) Award; Fellow of both the American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America; Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; Distinguished Fellow, Iowa Academy of Science; and National Council of Commercial Plant Breeding Genetics and Plant Breeding Award. He was to be given an honorary degree from Nanjing Agricultural in China this fall.
Before and after Reid married Nuray, he loved to travel and was physically active in hiking and mountain and ice climbing in different parts of the world. One of his claims was that he had never been sick and always watched what he ate and drank. He walked daily to work, regardless of weather. He shared this spirit of good living with his wife Nuray as together they enjoyed traveling both within and outside of the United States. They also shared a love for antique shows, where his earlier interests produced fine collections of Inuit art, and Mary Gregory and barber bottles, as well as other unusual pieces to their liking. Reid and Nuray enjoyed sharing them with friends who visited them.
There is no doubt Reid touched many individuals during his lifetime. However, what he gave to them in friendship, training and love will be felt for generations to come. You will be missed, Reid.
In lieu of flowers, memorials for Reid G. Palmer may be directed to the General Agronomy Fund at Iowa State University (2505 University Boulevard, P.O. Box 2230, Ames, Iowa 50010-2230).
June 21, 1941 – August 17, 2014
I May 2014 I have lost my brother and after a very short time my husband Reid has been diagnosed with cancer. During his treatment he got an incurable infection and I have lost him in August 17th 2014.
I am still very sadden and still cannot believe that he is gone. He never been hospital in his life because he always had a very healthy life style.
I missed him very very much. He is every moment on my mind and every moment in my heart and he always will be.
September 9, 1951 – January 8, 2015
Paul was born on September 9, 1951 in Ames to Don and Opal (Rysdam) Pauk. He graduated from Gilbert High School and farmed with his Dad, while working on tractors and other farm equipment for Duane Price at Wilsoncroft in Gilbert. On September 19, 1970 he married Claudia Matson. Paul continued to farm and also worked at the ISU power plant as a heavy equipment operator until his recent retirement October 3, 2014; ending 42 years of service and dedication.
While working at ISU, Paul (a.k.a. Casper) seemed to know how to “disappear” into his hiding places, yet get the necessary work done; according to his fellow coworkers. He spent many long, hard hours on the farm and cared deeply for his cattle, which he knew by name. Paul loved to fish, hunt, camp in Decorah, and spend time with his family and grandchildren. Paul became a member of Grace United Methodist Church when he married Claudia and remained a faithful and active member and was currently on the trustee committee. He was always ready to serve as usher, greeter, or whenever help was needed for the church. Spending time with his “church” poker buddies was another pastime he enjoyed.
Paul Donavan Pauk, 63, of Story City died unexpectedly Thursday January 8, 2015 on the farm he loved.
Paul is survived by his wife, Claudia; three daughters, Angela (Craig) Block of Ankeny; Christina Glaub of Ankeny; Paula (Nate) Elmhorst of Lakeville, MN; one sister, Karen Pack of Kelley; grandchildren, Sam Glaub, Christian Glaub and Gracie Block; step grandchildren, Megan Pitz, Mindy Guerra and Mickenzie Peterson; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He leaves behind a multitude of family and friends that he loved dearly and will greatly miss him.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his name.
Burial will be at a later date, at Center Cemetery, in rural Story City.
September 21, 1931 – July 20, 2014
Dr. Leo Charles Peters, 82, formerly of Ames, died on July 20, 2014. Visitation with the family will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 2210 Lincoln Way, in Ames on Tuesday, July 29th from 4-6 p.m. with a prayer vigil to follow. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas on Wednesday, July 30th at 10:30 a.m., with private burial to follow.
Leo was born on September 21, 1931 to Charles and Helen (Burian) Peters in Smith County Kansas. After graduating from Smith Center High School in 1949, he attended Kansas State University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1953. Following his graduation, Leo moved to Waterloo, Iowa, where he worked for John Deere until 1954, at which time he was called up for active duty by the Air Force. Leo served in the 839th Engineering Battalion of the Special Category Army with Air Force (SCARWAF), which was sent to the Korean War to build infrastructure and provide engineering support to the Fifth Air Force Headquarters.
Following his military service, Leo returned to John Deere, where he met his wife, Suzanne Gordon, who was a student at Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. They were married in 1957 in Newton, Iowa. The couple relocated to Ames in 1962 where they lived until 2011. Leo completed his Masters and PhD programs at Iowa State, and became a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He retired from the University in 1996. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Leo had a private consulting practice and served as a consultant and expert witness in litigation related to patent infringement and products liability.
Given his outwardly serious nature and reserved demeanor, Leo's dry, sharp wit and eclectic tastes could be surprising. He loved British Comedy, polka music, Prairie Home Companion, and M*A*S*H. He was also a long time season ticket holder for Iowa State basketball, football, and wrestling. True to his nature, he prided himself on having never skipped a football game due to weather, and refused to leave, even when wind chills dropped, or the Cyclones were hopelessly behind.
Leo had a love of food, and photographic memory of the menu of nearly every restaurant at which he had eaten. Whether you were looking for the best rolls in Missouri, or a rhubarb pie without strawberries, Leo knew exactly where to find it. His own culinary tastes were questionable at best. Having been raised on a farm during the Great Depression, he could not bear to see anything go to waste. Leo believed his masterpiece to be his "Perpetual Casserole" in which whatever leftover he could find would be combined and baked, with the leftovers retained to be combined with the next days' finds. Cranberry sauce and vegetables; turkey and chow mein; to Leo, there were no boundaries to the palates one could combine.
While he was an incredibly intelligent, incredibly eccentric man, what Leo will be remembered for most was his sincerity, his generosity, and his pride in and devotion to his family, his students, and his friends.
Leo is survived by his children Mark (Marie) Peters, Brian (Joan) Peters, Lisa (Jackson) Price, Juliette Peters, Diane Peters (David Rix), Nancy Peters, Amy Peters, Teresa Peters (Eric Reed), and Eric (Katie) Peters. He is also survived by his grandchildren Stephen (Teresa) Peters and their children Isabel and Ethan; Michael Peters; Andrew Peters; Ellen Peters; Lindsay Price, Jackson Price, Spencer Price and his daughter Chloe, Brandon (Lindsay) Fiscus, Nichole Fiscus (Charles Trueblood), Ryan Fiscus and son Jake, Jillian Rix and Lara Rix, Jared Kline and Sarah Kline, Jacob Jimenez and Joseph Jimenez, Jack Reed and Helen Reed, and Lauren Peters and Claire Peters. Additional survivors include his sisters Rita (Van Iden) Zeiler, and Ruth (Roy) Singleton, as well as his sister in law, Barbara Peters and ten nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Suzanne Gordon Peters; his parents, Charles and Helen Peters; and his brother, Glen Peters.
Memorial Services of Iowa in Ankeny is handling funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.MemorialServicesofIowa. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be directed to the Ames Education Foundation, St. Thomas Aquinas Church, or to the Iowa State Education Foundation.
September 21, 1931 – July 20, 2014
Leo Peters served Iowa State University as a Professor and eventually Professor Emeritus in the Mechanical Engineering department for 35 years until his retirement in 1996. He moved from Cedar Falls to Ames with his wife Suzanne and their children, having no intention of staying in Ames or becoming a college professor. He credited Henry Black, former ISU Professor and Dean of the Mechanical Engineering department, with serving as his mentor and keeping him on campus to continue teaching and pursuing his PhD.
Leo loved engineering but he loved developing and mentoring young minds just as much. His passion was advising students and helping produce engineers who not only could do the math required but also to understand the human element of design and use. His most cherished Iowa State keepsake was a binder full of letters from his past students which he received at his retirement, each letter articulating the impact he had on their lives. He remembered every name regardless of how many years had passed since they were in his class.
During his career, he was recognized within the Mechanical Engineering department multiple times for his superior advising and teaching. Leo brought a chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers to ISU. He enjoyed S.A.E. and served in a variety of capacities of that organization for years. He also introduced several aspects of product liability into the curriculum. He was a very active consultant to the automotive industry and ran his own practice as an expert witness in lawsuits where injuries occurred.
A few years ago I asked my father for his favorite memory of his teaching days. He said that it was having his oldest son Mark in his class. Later, my brother was given the opportunity to present an award to my father. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
Leo leaves behind his nine children, 20 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded by Suzanne who passed in 2013. Although not a native Iowan, Leo loved Iowa State University and considered it home. Leo also leaves behind a legacy of love for Ames, Iowa State, his co-workers, his students, and his family.
One particular memory I would like to share is of my father’s passion for attending ISU games as a season ticket holder for football, basketball, and wrestling. Especially, how Dad would attend every football game. We learned from a very early age that if we wanted to go with him that we were going to the game. The whole game. Even if it rained. Even if there was a blizzard. Even if ISU was hopelessly behind at halftime AND there was a blizzard, we were staying. When the bravest among us would ask if we could go home, he would simply say “the game isn’t over. If we leave now we may miss the greatest comeback of all time.” I have no memories of ISU coming back to win any of those games, but I have the memory of knowing that time with him was mine and that all he cared about in those moments was spending time with his kids.
September 2, 1926 – March 30, 2015
Irene Pope was born at her home on the family farm near Somerset, Wisconsin, on Sept. 2, 1926. She married Dr. Edward Pope on Sept. 7, 1957, in Madison, Wisconsin. Irene received Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin. She taught business education in Escanaba, Michigan; East High School and the U. of Wisconsin in Madison; Guam; and DMACC, Ankeny and Ames. Most recently she enjoyed teaching flower arranging in the Ames Adult Education program.
Irene was an active member of the Ames Garden Club, Bethesda Lutheran Church and Reiman Gardens. She served on the boards of the Ames Adult Education Advisory Committee, Reiman Gardens Co-Horts, Friendships International, and National Assoc. of Retired Federal Employees. She also volunteered at Worldly Goods for many years.
She especially enjoyed sharing her gardens, her pressed flower creations, and her home with international students, friends and family. Irene was an avid bridge player, world traveler, shell collector, and Sanibel Island enthusiast.
Irene died Monday, March 30, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.
Irene is survived by two sons, David, Edina, Minnesota and Scott (Mary Jean), Estes Park, Colorado; her sister, Gloria Lutz; and brother, Aaron Schiefelbein. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; sister, Ruth Schremser; and brothers, Oswald, Kenneth and Norman Schiefelbein.
After her husband died, she raised her two sons with the help of her extended family, friends and neighbors. She was a great mother and a gifted artist who was full of life, interests and a love for the earth and all those that were a part of her world. Her friends were a gift from God.
Memorials may be made to Bethesda Lutheran Church, Ames; ISU Foundation-Reiman Gardens; or Northcrest Community.
August 3, 1929 – May 21, 2014
The Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Pursey (nee Parker), 84, died peacefully at Bethany Home in Dubuque on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, with her husband and son at her bedside. Barb, as she liked to be called, was born in Los Angeles on Aug. 3, 1929.
Barb earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a doctorate degree in organic chemistry from UCLA, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After she received her doctorate, she taught chemistry at California State University Northridge until she married Dr. Derek Pursey in 1962. The Purseys lived in Glasgow, Scotland, for two years where Barb was a postdoctoral research fellow in chemistry at Glasgow University. In 1964, they immigrated to Ames, where Barb continued to do postdoctoral research at Iowa State University until her son was born in 1970.
A lifelong Christian, in the late 1980s, Barb was called to structured ministry, and studied for a master of divinity degree at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (her husband says that UDTS gave her the “third degree”). After she graduated in 1988, she was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and served on the faculty of UDTS until she retired in 1996, teaching mostly Christian formation. The Purseys established their home in Dubuque in 1993 when Derek retired from ISU.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Barb was active in the charismatic movement. As well as speaking at various venues, she served on the board of Presbyterian and Reformed Ministries International, and wrote three teaching booklets (“The Gifts of the Holy Spirit,” “The Charismatic Renewal and You,” and “Prayer Beyond the Beginnings”) for that organization. These booklets reflect Barb’s strong sense of balance in matters of faith.
In the last half of her life, her ministry passions were for healing ministry, helping people mature spiritually through spiritual direction, and the relation between science and Christian faith. Hearing the late Fr. John Park speak at a conference triggered her interest in healing ministry. Fr. Park was director of the Order of St. Luke the Physician (OSL). Barb joined OSL, and served as director of Region XI of OSL for a number of years. As well as leading healing events in churches and retreats, she made major contributions to several OSL publications, especially the “Going Deeper” series. Her final contribution was an article, “Promise or Contract?” published in the January/February 2014 issue of the OSL journal Sharing.
Barb received her training as a spiritual director at Pecos Benedictine Monastery, in New Mexico. Most of her ministry as a spiritual director was with students at UDTS and with UDTS graduates, providing a needed spiritual balance to the intellectual emphasis that is inevitable in any academic setting.
Barb’s interest in how science and Christian faith relate date from her youth, thanks to her beloved Uncle Ad — a chemist working in the oil industry and a mature Christian. This interest was revived by a Presbyterian-sponsored conference in 1987, which led to a PC(USA) Working Group on Christian Faith, Science and Technology, on which Barb served. This, in turn, led to the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith (PASTCF). Barb was a founding board member of PASTCF, and later served as secretary/treasurer. Her work for PASTCF included a series of courses at Ghost Ranch with PASTCF colleague Rev. Dr. James Miller, courses at the Synod of Lakes and Prairies Summer School, seminars at several conferences and essays in the PASTCF journal SciTech†. In 2012, she was inducted into the Society of Ordained Scientists.
For recreation, Barb loved hiking (and tent camping), especially in the mountains, but also locally on the Heritage Trail and at Pike’s Peak State Park. She was also a keen gardener. She loved symphonic music and live theater, and reading all kinds of literature. She worked New York Times crossword puzzles, and was fond of Sudoku puzzles. She loved to cook, especially dishes from many different cuisines.
Barb is survived by her husband, Derek; one son John (Eva); two grandsons, Derek and Maxwell; one brother, Tom Parker (Kathy); one brother-in-law, Lindsay Pursey (Connie); and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent either to OSL (Order of St. Luke, PO Box 780909, San Antonio, TX 78278-0909) or to PASTCF for the Endowment Fund (PASTCF, 10 Hickory Drive, Slingerlands, NY 12159)
The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff of Bethany Home for their loving care of Barb during her last three weeks.
A memorial service for Barb will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Ave, Dubuque, with the Rev. Hal Murry officiating, to be followed by lunch at the church.
Egelhof, Siegert & Casper is in charge of arrangements.
September 28, 1940 – June 19, 2014
Betty was born September 28, 1940, in San Pedro, California to Allen and Iva Lou (Jensen) Kerr of Story County, Iowa. Until her father retired from the U.S. Navy, Betty was raised primarily by her grandparents, Harvey and Elva Jensen, on a farm near Shipley, Iowa. She moved to Ames with her parents when they returned permanently to Story County in 1952. A 1958 graduate of Ames High School, she began working as a secretary at Iowa State University the day after her graduation. She spent the last 42 years of her career in the College of Consumer and Family Sciences, and retired as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the College in 2006. For her dedicated work to the University, she received the Iowa State University Alumni Association Superior Service Award and the College of Family & Consumer Sciences Outstanding Service Award.
Betty married Joel C. Rasmussen, a lifelong resident of Story County, on November 14, 1958. Betty is survived by Joel and by her three sons and daughters-in-law: Chris Rasmussen and Jennifer Jones of Highland Park, New Jersey; Jeff Rasmussen and Susan Burns of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; and Tim and Michelle Rasmussen of Ames. She is also survived by seven grandsons: Soren, Lars, Noah, Jacob, Wyatt, Cameron, and Cael. She was preceded in death by her brother, Harvey Glenn Kerr, who died at birth; and by one grandson, Brennan.
Betty made annual pilgrimages to country music Fan Fair in Nashville, and is survived by her favorite musician/songwriter, Alan Jackson. Betty was also a fan of stock car racing, both while her husband Joel was driving and after his retirement from the sport.
Betty lived for more than five years after being diagnosed with incurable cancer. Her survival for those five years was a testament to her own strength and determination, to her doctors and the staff at the William R. Bliss Cancer Center, and to the care and companionship provided by her husband, family, and friends.
Visitation will be at Grandon Funeral Home in Ames on Sunday June 29, 2014 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Services will be at Grandon Funeral Home starting at 10:30 a.m. on Monday June 30.
Memorials may be made to William R. Bliss Cancer Center or Israel Family Hospice House of Ames.
February 5, 1921 – August 27, 2014
Clarence "Bud" Rice, 93, of Fort Dodge, died August 27, 2014 at Simpson Health Center surrounded by his loving family.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the Tompkins Celebration Center of Friendship Haven. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Private interment of his cremated remains will be held at a later date in the Linwood Cemetery, Boone, IA.
Clarence Edgar Rice II, the son of Howard and Jane (Doyle) Rice, was born February 5, 1921, in Boone, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1942. On October 30, 1943, Bud was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Obele at Cheyenne, Wyoming. Bud served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946, where he achieved the rank of Captain. Following his discharge, Bud was employed with Bank of America in Van Nuys, California for three years; he owned and managed Otis Lumber Company of Boone for 17 years; and for 20 years he was employed with Iowa State University Extension Office before retiring in 1986.
Bud was an active member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church and served in a number of roles in Diocesan affairs. He was a member of Rotary Club, H.O.M.E. Inc., Interfaith Forum, Webster County Extension, MIDAS Council of Governors, Community Action Network, IRIS and Golden K. Kiwanis. He was also a member of the BPOE Elks and the American Legion in Fort Dodge.
Bud is survived by his wife Mary Beth; his children, Kate O'Brien, Seattle, Washington; Elizabeth Ann "Besty" Rice, Fort Dodge, Iowa; Dr. Richard Rice, Silver Spring, Maryland; and Jovanna Soligo, Peterborough, Ontario Canada; his grandchildren; Jesse, Jeremiah, Celeste, Gabriel, Alex and Adrian and great grandchildren; Chloe, Tyrese, Linden and Stephen. He was preceded in death by a son Clarence E. Rice III, his parents, and his sister Kate Rice Schwidde.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed towards St. Mark's Episcopal Church earmarked for the Human Needs Commission.
January 25, 1920 – December 11, 2013
Mrs. Lois H. Rundle died in Ames on Dec.11, 2013, at the age of 93. She was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Jan. 25, 1920, to Henry F. and Estella S. Henselmeier. She graduated with honors in chemistry from Iowa State College in 1942, and married Robert E. Rundle on June 5 of that year. She loved classical music and was an accomplished pianist. Most of all, she loved her family. She is survived by three sons, David (Sandra), John (Marguerite Sibley) and Jim (Tamara Lovell); six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed. The family will be planning a memorial gathering for this summer.
March 6, 1926 – July 6, 2014
Martha Russell, 88, of Naperville, Illinois, passed away July 6, 2014.
Martha Ellen Russell was born March 6, 1926 to Reginald and Mattie (Mealing) Havill in Rochester, New York. Martha and Glen Russell were married on June 6, 1953.
Martha was an adjunct associate professor at Iowa State University, received her undergraduate training at University of Rochester (1945), her M.S. (1947) at University of Buffalo, and her Ph.D. (1954) from Purdue University. Dr. Russell was the recipient of the 1979 Department of Chemistry Wilkinson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the 1994 LAS Award for Outstanding Teaching at the Introductory Level, the Iowa State University Alumni Association Faculty Citation in 1998, and the LAS Ruth M. Swenson Award for Outstanding Advising in 1999. She was a member of Iota Sigma Pi and Sigma Xi professional societies and Associate Coordinator of General Chemistry Program. Martha enjoyed keeping up with current events and politics. She especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren.
Martha is survived by two daughters and son-in-law, June Russell and Jeff Bjorklund, of Naperville, Illinois and her children, Kylie and Tristan, and Susan Russell, of Portland, Oregon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Glen.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Glen A Russell Scholarship Fund at Iowa State University.
November 28, 1933 – August 13, 2014
Former Iowa State University history professor Dr. Dorothy Schwieder passed away at her home in Ames on August 13, 2014, following a courageous battle against lymphoma. She was 80.
Her near-fifty year academic career saw her become an authority in the field of Iowa history. Along with dozens of book chapters, scholarly articles, and encyclopedia entries, she authored, co-authored, or co-edited nine books, including a monograph on Iowa's Old Order Amish, an elementary and middle-school Iowa history text, a popular Iowa history book, and the sesquicentennial history of Iowa State University. Dorothy was an accomplished teacher, and she had a long record of public service. She gave presentations in every corner of Iowa, assisted many people with their history projects, and helped Iowans to understand and appreciate their state with media appearances, consulting, and a radio show on WOI.
Her efforts and dedication were recognized with numerous awards, including Iowa's first Lifetime Service to the Public Humanities award, the 2008 Peterson-Harlan Award for significant or continuing contributions to Iowa history, and a speaker's series established in her name at Des Moines Area Community College. Iowa State University named her a University Professor in 1997. In 2012 she was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame, and in 2013, the Iowa State history department named a seminar room in her honor.
Dorothy lived a long and full life. The social history focus of her career provided the opportunity to meet the Amish, ISU students and faculty who successfully lobbied for "Jack Trice Stadium," farm women, coal miners, and many other wonderful and interesting people. She enjoyed the gifts of living in Iowa, and Ames. But most of all, Dorothy was a caring wife, especially following her husband Elmer's serious stroke, a giving, loving mother, and a doting grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, and is survived by daughter Diane Risius, son-in-law Lyle Risius, grand-daughter Mary Dening and her husband Dave Dening, grand-daughter Elizabeth Risius, and son David Schwieder. Services are 11:00, Monday, August 18 at Collegiate Methodist Church in Ames. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the George and Eleanor McGovern Library at Dakota Wesleyan University www.dwu.edu.
November 28, 1933 – August 13, 2014
There were a lot of qualities that made my Mom so special. I’m not quite sure what to call the first one. A social scientist would probably choose “rationality,” but I think most folks would just call it common sense. But however you put it, my mother simply did the right thing. Almost always. Even if it wasn’t easy, or when it wasn’t fun.
Not long before her death, a friend captured this with wonderful elegance; “Dorothy, you have lived a life of good decisions.”
It’s hard to describe the meaning of that kind of presence to children, even when they’re past their childhood. But Mom’s example helped my sister, my father and I all throughout our lives.
The second quality was “gumption.” That’s kind of an old-fashioned term, but it’s the right one. I don’t know any other word that so captures the sense of drive and resolve that was such an important part of my Mom.
Her 35 year career at ISU—beginning as a part-time instructor in 1966, and finishing as a full professor in 2001—saw her named as a University Professor, an honor reserved for faculty members who have acted as agents of significant change at Iowa State, and later inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame. The quintessential “complete academic,” she excelled in all phases of the professor’s role; she was a prolific and award winning scholar, a rigorous, popular teacher, and she served the people of Iowa through radio and television appearances, work on boards and commissions, and speeches and presentations throughout the state. Indeed, she continued in all of these capacities even after retirement. In 2013, the Iowa State History Department designated the “Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder Seminar Room” to mark her near-fifty years of contributions to the field, the Department, and Iowa State University.
But the most important thing was simply my Mom’s love. Most of all, above everything, I remember her loving, giving nature. When her kids asked about something they would like to do, say ordering out for pizza, or going someplace fun, her answer—invariably—was “Sure!” This was followed by some plan—rational, of course—about how this goal might be achieved.
But amazingly, given her illustrious career, Mom always put her family first. If you took all the things she did, and then considered the limited number of hours in the day, you would have sworn that this wasn’t possible. But it was. There’s no way to exactly capture all of this, but perhaps to say that my Mom knew how to make a home. A warm, loving, affectionate home.
For folks who may be reading or hearing this, I’d like to close by thanking you. Your interest and attention is an affirmation of Dorothy as a colleague, a neighbor, and a friend. She touched many, many people over the years, something each of you knows, each in your own way.
But most of all, my sister Diane and I would like to thank you for being a colleague, neighbor, or friend. Just as our Mom helped to make your life more special, your own love, humor, hard work, and support did the same for her.
This is well-captured by a passage from her book, Growing Up With the Town. Here she is reflecting back on Presho, the small South Dakota town where everything started for her:
How does one acknowledge a debt to everyone who lived in one’s hometown over half a century, maintaining community institutions and providing friendship and acceptance and the stuff of memories…In the end, I can only express a deep-felt “thank you.”
You helped give Dorothy Schwieder the rich, full life that she had. Thank you, to each of you, for everything.
November 28, 1933 – August 13, 2014
On August 13, 2014, Professor Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder died in her home at the Northcrest Community following a battle with lymphoma. Raised in Presho, South Dakota, she earned her bachelor’s degree at Dakota Wesleyan University. She considered her history and politics professor, George McGovern, her most important mentor. She earned a master’s degree in history from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.
Dr. Schwieder had a long and successful career in the History Department, beginning teaching in 1966. In 1997, she was named University Professor, and retired from the History Department in 2000. She was a highly successful undergraduate teacher, and introduced courses in both the history of women and the history of Iowa to the department. She was an active graduate mentor to both masters and doctoral students. She was the first woman to be tenured in the department, and the only member of the department to date to be named a University Professor. She was a fellow of the Agricultural History Society, and a founding member of the Rural Women’s Studies Association. In 2012, the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women named her to the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame. She was the author of numerous articles and books. Her most recent book, Growing Up With the Town: Family and Community on the Great Plains, told the story of her childhood and youth in Presho, South Dakota.
She was known throughout the state as the “Dean of Iowa History.” She was the most prolific author of Iowa history, and as her 1996 nomination for University Professor said, she “singlehandedly rejuvenated serious study of Iowa both in the academic and public arenas.” In 2012, Des Moines Area Community College began a series of lectures in Iowa history, named the Dorothy Schwieder Iowa Talks. On May 3, 2013, the History Department announced the naming of the Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder Seminar Room, formerly known as 618 Ross Hall.
Dorothy Schwieder was a pioneer in the social history of Iowa’s rural people, and we are richer for her publications about the Amish, about Iowa’s mining communities, about Iowa’s women. I’m thankful she was an early advocate of oral history. Without her work, many stories would have been lost. One of the stories about her work that I like best is about collecting oral histories from women whose families lived in Iowa’s coal mining communities. These women often thought they had nothing to add to history – until she began asking them questions about their daily lives. Dorothy had this to say about her favorite interview. “The interview with Katy DeGard was wonderful and she obviously enjoyed it. I was using a tape recorder for these sessions, and I had to plug it into the light that hung from the ceiling. The tape recorder was placed on a chair in the middle of the room. At first, Katy had her chair pulled back a-ways, but as the interview progressed, she inched closer and closer to the microphone. Sometime near the end of the interview, the phone rang. John DeGard—who was not going to miss any of this—was sitting around the corner in the kitchen. The phone rang several times and John said: “Well, aren’t you going to answer it?” It was obvious that that was Katy’s job. But by this time, Katy DeGard was well into her story and feeling good about the whole thing. “Answer it yourself,” she said—and a very surprised John DeGard did! All told, I interviewed 45 families or individuals, and transcribed all 45 interviews myself.”
Perhaps the most important element in Dorothy’s work is that she convinced reluctant and timid women that their voices mattered, and that they had a place in their community’s history. For this, I will be forever grateful to her.
April 27, 1934 – April 13, 2015
Elma M. Schiel passed away peacefully the morning of April 13, 2015 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. She was born on April 27, 1934 to Elmer and Wilma Kehrli and grew up on a farm west of Manchester, Iowa. Her early school years were spent at the Rocky Ridge one-room school. When that school closed, she completed her elementary and secondary school education in the Manchester public schools, graduating valedictorian of her class in 1951.
Elma received a scholarship to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, where she completed two years before becoming engaged and transferring to Gates Business School in Waterloo. On November 29, 1953, Elma married Harold Schiel and they relocated to Ames, where she commenced work in the office of the Dean of the Junior College at Iowa State University. Elma worked at ISU for several years before starting a family. She returned to work at ISU in the mid-1970s, moving shortly thereafter to the President's Office, from which she retired in 1997.
Elma participated in many different activities, but especially enjoyed being an active member of Collegiate Presbyterian Church and PEO. Her wide-ranging interests included social and community service, politics, education, the arts and, particularly, reading and travel.
Elma was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers. She is survived by brothers Wilbur and Larry, husband Harold, daughters Deb Schiel-Larson (Paul) of Indianola and Marty Schiel (Steve Monagle) of Melbourne, Australia and grandchildren Anna Larson and Kevin Larson.
A memorial service for Elma will be held at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames at 2pm on April 25, 2015. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Collegiate Presbyterian Church (Elma Schiel memorial), Ames Emergency Residence Project or Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.
April 27, 1934 – April 13, 2015
Elma (Kehrli) Schiel was born on April 27, 1934 in Manchester Iowa. She completed high school in Manchester as valedictorian before accepting a scholarship to Coe College in Cedar Rapids with a view to becoming a history teacher. During her two years at Coe, Elma was selected as the freshman representative of the Associated Women Students, was one of only six Scholars of 1951 and served as secretary and founding member of the Coe College Women’s Rife & Pistol Club. She then transferred to Gates Business College in Waterloo, to complete her administrative training and married Harold Schiel, who was employed by the Iowa State Highway Commission (now the Department of Transportation) in Ames.
Upon relocating to Ames, Elma began her employment at ISU in 1954 in the office of the Dean of the Junior College. When the couple’s two daughters arrived (Debra Schiel-Larson in 1958 and Martha Schiel in 1961), Elma decided to take time to be a full-time mother during their early years.
Elma returned first to part-time employment during ISU registration and then to full-time employment in the College of Sciences & Humanities, ultimately, in the Office of the President, where she enjoyed the tenures of Drs W. Robert Parks, Gordon Eaton and Martin Jischke.
Elma retired in 1997. Her long relationship at ISU quickly made her a loyal Cyclone fan, despite spending her formative years in Hawkeye Country. She loved to travel, which was easier in retirement, making trips with Harold to Europe, the USSR, Australia, New Zealand and Alaska.
Elma passed away on April 13, 2013. She will be remembered, loved and celebrated by her family and friends for her courage, boundless curiosity, compassion and indomitable spirit.
September 29, 1923 – December 26, 2014
Fred C. Schlunz, age 91, of Ames, Dean Emeritus of Admissions and Records at Iowa State University, died of complications of the long term effects of multiple sclerosis on December 26, 2014 at Israel Family Hospice House.
Fred was born September 29, 1923 in Ewing, Missouri, the son of Fred and Ella Mae (Cissna) Schlunz. The family moved to Ottumwa, Iowa when he was five years of age. He graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1942. He served in WW II with the 102nd Infantry Division in Europe receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals.
Fred attended Coe College, George Washington University in Washington D.C. and Biarritz University in Biarritz, France. He received his Bachelor's Degree from University of Missouri in 1948 and his Master's from the University of Wyoming in 1953. On December 30, 1947 he married Margaret Terry Davis in Princeton, Kentucky. He taught mathematics/science and coached in Paris, Arkansas and Oskaloosa, Iowa. A pleasure for him through the years was hearing from so many students about his positive influence he had made on their lives. He came to Iowa State as Assistant Registrar in 1954 appointed to Registrar in 1965 and Dean of Admissions and Registrar in 1975, serving in that position until his retirement in 1987 after 34 years.
Fred dearly loved his family, neighbors, friends and associates. He was an outdoorsman and sports fan. He loved his English Setter hunting dogs and was loyal to the St. Louis Cardinals and the ISU Cyclones. Always an honor student, he remained an avid reader. He tied his own flies for trout fishing, taking his family on special fishing vacations in the Rocky Mountains. Each evening Terry would cook his catch on an open fire. Any trips to cities always included the art museums.
A former member of Collegiate United Methodist Church, and the Ames Kiwanis Club, serving as President in 1967. He was very involved in the club's "Tiny Tots" swimming program. He also helped found the Ames Little League.
Fred was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Suzanne Schlunz on June 15, 2012, his parents, a sister, Alice Brenneman and a brother, C.O. Schlunz.
Fred is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margaret Terry Schlunz, daughter Kathy (Larry) Rice of Gilbert, sons, James (Chris) of Nevada, and Robert of Ames, grandchildren, Colonel Larry (Beth) Rice of Fairbanks, Alaska, Wendy (Scott) Snashall of Elizabethtown, Kentucky and four great grandchildren, John and Lily Rice and Allison and Grant Snashall, nieces and nephews and their families.
A gathering of friends and family will be 4:00- 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 30 at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care 414 Lincoln Way. Celebration of life memorial service will be 2:00 Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care.
Memorials may be directed to Israel Family Hospice House or a charity of your choice.
August 29, 1926 – November 14, 2014
George Kaspar Serovy was born on August 29, 1926 to George and Helen (Kaspar) Serovy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1943, he enrolled at Iowa State College in Engineering. He joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. In 1944, he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in St. Louis. After completing his B.S., he was given the opportunity to work with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, predecessor of NASA in Cleveland in 1947-48, where he explored what became his passion for turbomachinery. He returned to Iowa State, completed his Ph.D. in 1958, having also joined the faculty. He taught there until his retirement in 1991 as the Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering. On two separate sabbaticals, he was an exchange professor in Paris and in Lausanne, Switzerland. George was an active leader in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the International Society of Mechanical Engineers. He became the Chairman of the International Gas Turbine Institute. He also consulted for NATO and many industry leaders in aeronautics and large turbomachinery.
George died unexpectedly on Friday, November 14 at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames.
George is survived by his beloved wife Joy, whom he married in 1990 and children, William, Ann (Thomas) Hachiya, Mary, David (Lisa) and Dana (Chad) Phelan. He has five granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. In addition, George leaves hundreds of longtime friends and professional colleagues around the world who also valued his loyalty, integrity, and wonderful wit. A lifelong learner, he is remembered as an avid walker, jazz lover, saxophonist, and world traveler.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Iowa Public Television, Iowa Public Radio, Youth and Shelter Services in Ames, or a charity of your choice.
August 29, 1926 – November 14, 2014
ISU work experience:
Entered ISU as student in 1943. Completed Ph.D. in 1958 (?); began teaching immediately. Taught until 1991 when he retired as Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering.
Highlight of their employment:
Years at NACA in Cleveland between undergraduate and returning for graduate degrees. Work with ASME and international lectures and teaching, including years in France and Switzerland. Chairing the International Gas Turbine Institute.
Some 20 years after his retirement, Dad returned to visit friends in Europe. In Lausanne, where he'd been a visiting professor, he was given a tour by a current graduate student. Not only did he discover one of his technical drawings on the wall, but when he was taken to the lab, he was totally engaged with questions and explanations of the developments of the newest work. His mind never quit!
Other thoughts to share:
Dad loved teaching, learning, the University and research communities. He was a dedicated mentor to promising students and loyal colleague and friend.
August 22, 1947 – May 13, 2014
Carole Anne Seversike was born August 22, 1947 to John Lee and Dortha Louise (Estell) Bryan in Winterset, Iowa. She graduated from Winterset High School. Carole and Leverne Seversike were married in 1987 in Indianola. Carole was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary from 1980 to 1992 and reached the rank of Division Captain. She was active in the education side of the auxiliary and spent a lot of time patrolling Saylorville Lake. Carole was a member of the Garden Club in Collins and her hobbies included gardening, sewing, holiday decorating and craftwork. She was an accomplished artist. Carole enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grand and great-grandkids.
Carole passed away at 66 years of age on May 13, 2014 at Story County Medical Center in Nevada.
Carole is survived by her husband, Leverne Seversike, of Collins; three children, Chrystal Weldon, of Ames, Robert Weldon, of Boone and Edwin Weldon, of Nevada; thirteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Jeanne Kordick, Milly (Dale) Sheldon and Karla Kramer.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Joseph Bryan.
January 4, 1943 – August 30, 2014
Bertha Shaw, 71, of Meservey, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
Bertha Jean Shaw was born Jan. 4, 1943, to the late Wayne and Ardis (Janssen) Shaw in the rural Dows area.
Bertha graduated from Meservey High School in 1961. She graduated with her bachelors in home economics education from Iowa State University in 1965 and received her master's degree in textiles and clothing in 1971 from Iowa State University.
Bertha taught home economics in Holstein, from 1965-1968, and Vinton from 1968-1969.
She was a graduate teaching assistant at ISU from September 1970 to March 1971. She was an assistant professor in textiles and clothing from the spring of 1971 to 1975.
She then started with ISU Extension and worked with the extension service in Cherokee, Plymouth, Wright and Hamilton Counties for 25 years. She retired in June 2003.
During her years with the ISU Extension Service, she received many awards and recognitions for projects and accomplishments. She enjoyed judging at the Iowa State Fair and several county fairs, especially with 4-H projects.
She also enjoyed quilting, travel, and visiting friends and family.
She took pride in putting together the raffle quilt for the Hamilton County 4-H Extension fundraiser for the past 15 years. All the money went to the Hamilton County 4-H Foundation.
Bertha is survived by her brothers: Kenny (Linda) Shaw, Thornton; Arnie (Doreen) Shaw, Meservey; sister: Lucinda (Dave) Zieman, Meservey; nieces and nephews: Michelle (Rob) Duff; Kendra (Doug Rodemeyer) Shaw); Chad (Ranae) Shaw; Nikki (Jay) Thompson; Krista (Joey) Dickman; Kelly (Sean) Arthur; Michael (Karina) Zieman; and Brian (Abby) Zieman; six great-nieces; 10 great-nephews; two great-great nieces; one great-great nephew; many aunts, uncles and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents: Wayne and Ardis Shaw; grandparents Joe and Sadie Shaw and Heiko and Grace Janssen, and one niece, Stacy Shaw.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at Salem United Methodist Church in Meservey with Pastor Crystal Oberheu presiding. Interment was in the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Retz Funeral Home, Meservey.
December 10, 1931 – February 21, 2015
Henry Michael Stahr, 83, known to many as "Mike," went to be with God on Saturday, February 21, 2015, after a long and heroic battle with Parkinson's disease. He resided at Green Hills Retirement Community in Ames, but lived many years in Ogden.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at St. John's Catholic Church in Ogden. Father James Bruch will officiate. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Ogden. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m., at St. John's Catholic Church in Ogden. For online obituaries and condolences please visit: www.carsonstappfuneralhome.com
This hardworking farm boy, who grew up to be an internationally-known scientist, was born on December 10, 1931, in White, South Dakota. He lived on a dairy farm there with parents George Stahr and Kathryn Smith Stahr and sisters Helen, Patricia, Theresa and Mary. After high school, Mike chose to enlist with the U.S. Marines, serving as a linesman in the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, on his way home, Mike stopped at a military-sponsored dance in North Carolina. There he met a local girl, Irene Sondey, and began a whirlwind but lifelong romance. A week later she was his fiancée, a month later she was his bride, and 62 years later, at the time of Mike's passing, she was still the love of his life.
Mike and Irene were blessed with five children; Michael Gerard, born in Glens Falls, New York; John Conrad in Wilmington, North Carolina; Mary Therese in Columbia, South Carolina; Patrick Joseph in Richmond, Virginia, and Matthew Gerard in Ames, Iowa.
Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State, Masters in Physical-Analytical Chemistry from Union College in New York and Ph.D. in Food Technology from Iowa State University. He worked as a chemist for General Electric and a chemist for Philip Morris before joining the staff at the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at Iowa State, eventually as a full professor and chief chemist. His work sent him on world travels, including Austria to assist with setting up a laboratory. In 1991, he penned a 368 page book "Analytical of Methods in Toxicology." He created a patented invention for the "volatilization of antimicrobial drugs" that was accepted by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and Food and Drug Administration.
Mike was committed to serving his community, including his home church for many years, St. John's Catholic Church in Ogden, and his current church, St. Cecilia's in Ames. He was involved with the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Boy Scouts of America, Lions Club and Ogden School Board. For many years, each Memorial Day, Mike led his family in putting up flags at Glenwood Cemetery in Ogden. He did this rain or shine, as a tribute to his fellow veterans. He was a loyal Cyclone fan and avid golfer and fisherman. He and Irene made a nearly annual round trip back to her home state of North Carolina, to the beach they loved at Topsail Island. Their family of seven grew to a lively, loving crowd that included 15 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and another on the way.
Mike is survived by his loving wife, Irene; sons, Michael (Julie) Stahr, Patrick (Mindy)Stahr and Matt (Chris) Stahr; daughter, Mary Kuil; grandchildren, Jenny (Eric) Fee, Jeremy (Alicia) Stahr, Kristopher Stahr, Katie Stahr, Jessica Kuil, Sarah (Reid) Keller, Daniel Kuil, Isaac Stahr, Joel Stahr, Elijah Stahr, Peter Stahr, Clare Stahr, Tyler Stahr, Rebecca Stahr, Ethan Stahr; great-granddaughter, Olivia Stahr; sisters, Patricia Foster and Mary Lutz; and many cherished nieces and nephews.
Mike will be met in heaven by his parents, son John, son-in-law Gordie Kuil, two unborn daughters, sisters Helen Forsberg and Theresa (Voldseth) Squillante and brothers-in-law Gaylord Forsberg, Harry Kadlac and Jerry Lutz.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.
We remember a life well lived and a man tremendously loved. "Well done, good and faithful servant…Enter into the joy of your Lord." Matthew 25:21
December 10, 1936 – July 4, 2014
Wayne Arthur Stensland age 77 of Kelley, Iowa died peacefully July 4, 2014 at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, after a brief battle with cancer.
A gathering of friends and family will be 5 - 7 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2014 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Kelley with a celebration of life service at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Bethany Lutheran Church Kelley.
Wayne, was born December 10, 1936 in Ames, the son of Clyde and Eva (Moore) Stensland. He married Ann Fox of Ames in 1958 and on June 28th they celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.
He graduated from Ames High School in 1954 and Iowa State University where he had a Master of Science Degree in Radiochemistry. As an under graduate he was a member of Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity and Phi Lambda Upsilon Honorary Chemistry Society. While attending ISU he worked at Ames Laboratory and upon graduation he continued his employment there as a research chemist in Radiochemistry. He also worked in Health Physics, at the nuclear Reactor, was manager of the Research Equipment Assistance Program and the Purchasing Warehouse. He retired from ISU after 44 1/2 years of service.
His passion was fishing at Kabekona Lake in Northern Minnesota for 73 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, bird watching, gardening, and was a HAM radio operator. He especially enjoyed baking bread and providing tea rings to family and friends at Christmas.
Wayne was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Kelley and previously served as church treasurer.
He helped organize Westory Fire Department and served as a fire fighter for twenty five years, was a Boy Scout leader and had served as City Clerk of Kelley.
Wayne was a private person but never hesitated to show his love to his family and he loved to spoil the family pets.
He is survived by his wife Ann, three children, Julie (Kevin) Winchell, Linda (Joel) Dunn and Scott (Wendy) Stensland all of Kelley, nine grandchildren and four great granddaughters, a brother, Robert (Marcia) Stensland of Salem, Oregon as well as other extended family.
Memorials may be directed to: Bethany Lutheran Church in Kelley or Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.
December 10, 1936 – July 4, 2014
Wayne Arthur Stensland was born on December 10, 1936 and passed away on July 4th, 2014. From a young age Wayne always knew he wanted to be a scientist and after graduating from Ames High School in 1954 he went on to Iowa State University where he got his Master of Science Degree in Radiochemistry. When Wayne was an under graduate he was a member of two honor chemistry societies; Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity and Phi Lambda Upsilon. While attending ISU he worked at Ames Laboratory and after he graduated he continued to work there as a research chemist in Radiochemistry. He also worked in Health Physics, at the nuclear Reactor, was manager of the Research Equipment Assistance Program and the Purchasing Warehouse. He retired from ISU after 44 1/2 years of service. Wayne enjoyed many things outside of work including, hunting, fishing, gardening, and baking for family and close friends. He also helped create the Westory Fire Department in Kelley, Iowa, where in turn was a fire fighter for 25 years.
We want to thank Iowa State for giving Wayne the opportunity to do what he enjoyed and for making a career out of his passion and fulfilling his dream of being a scientist. Wayne truly enjoyed his time at Iowa State; both as a student and employee.
July 7, 1920 – January 19, 2015
Vernon Stone died at home on the 19th evening, he was 94. He was preceded in death by his wife Sybil Maxwell Stone in 2009. His life's many chapters began July 7th, 1920 in Lemay, Missouri and growing up at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis; Little Diamond Island, Maine; and the Panama Canal Zone as an "army brat".
In 1940 he and a very beautiful woman, Sybil Stone were married. That same summer he began flying with the Civilian Pilot Training Program during summer break from studying architecture at Washington University, St. Louis. This early training qualified him as flight instructor at the start of WW2.
He moved frequently, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Florida, Puerto Rico, Guantanamo, Recife, Rio and Barbados. This duty was not what most experienced during the war and he was aware that his war stories were very different than anyone flying in Europe or the Pacific. After the war and his graduation he began architectural practice in St. Louis and then Wichita, Kansas.
From then he was at Iowa State University teaching architecture until his retirement in 1983. Professor Stone enjoyed a long tenure in the Architecture Department at Iowa State University where he had a significant influence on the education of dozens of students who went on to successful careers in architecture and related pursuits across the country.
After retirement he took on major projects for the sake of doing them: baseball stadiums, planes, housing, historical time-lines, visual replication of Ragtime music, memoirs, and multiple redesign's of Laura's home in Knife River, Minnesota, where he eventually made his home. He and Sybil were married for 69 years when she died in 2009. Stone and his daughter, Laura, joined forces together for 4 years in Knife River, Minnesota along Lake Superior. Later, Loren Odenwald joined the family as Laura's partner (and then husband), he and Stone were good companions.
Stone watched the lake and the seagulls in between reading the New York Times on-line and mountains of books. He had a great life and he was intellectually and philosophically engaged until the last 2 weeks. He was a scholar with a strong bent for investigation and research. Up until his death he was rereading Will Durant's 11 volumes; "Story of Civilization". The class of I'SU Architecture '65 (and other years all are now mostly retired) stayed in touch regularly and there were many who visited Knife River.
He was a deeply kind and loving man. He fit the description of an old oak tree and yet he kept evolving intellectually, and his sense of humor expanded in his last years. He was a devoted voter/citizen and stayed extremely well informed about policy and politics. Losing his son was the one tragedy in his life and he honored David for his artistic and mechanical talent in many ways. The birds, ducks, rabbits, squirrels, cats, dogs, waves and clouds had a friend in him.
Vernon is survived by his brother Marvin Stone and his family, Sybil's niece and nephew, Laura and husband Loren Odenwald and dog Laddie.
Please send memorials to The Stone Fund, ISU Foundation, 2505 University Boulevard, PO Box 2230, Ames, IA 50010-2230, or use the following link:
www.foundation.iastate.edu/stone or to the Salvation Army, Vernon Stone Memorial (specifically for Lake County, Minnesota) 2445 Prior Avenue North, Roseville, MN. 55113
January 31, 1913 – January 26, 2015
Hazel Theovina Forbes Streit, 101, passed away at home on January 26, 2015. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Christ Community Church, 5501 George Washington Carver Ave. in Ames, Iowa. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 1st from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Stevens Memorial Chapel, 607 28th St., in Ames. Burial will be at the Clinton/Garfield cemetery in Rolfe, Iowa at a later date.
Hazel was born on January 31, 1913 to George and Hannah (Olesen) Forbes in Palo Alto County, Iowa the sixth of thirteen children. She spent much of her early life helping her mother, even postponing her schooling to care for her younger siblings. She graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1933 and in that same year, on July 3, married the love of her life Loell R. Streit. As a young wife and mother Hazel and her family lived in Pocahontas. In 1942 they moved to Des Moines where Hazel worked in an ordnance plant making bullets for World War II soldiers. Loell joined the Navy in 1943 and Hazel moved her family back to Pocahontas for the duration of the war. Upon his return the family relocated to St. Louis where Loell attended mortuary school. They returned to Iowa, eventually owning the Streit Funeral Home in Rolfe, Iowa. Loell's untimely death in 1964 brought Hazel to her second career as a housemother, first in Lincoln, Nebraska and then in Ames. She found a home with the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at Iowa State University where she was "Mom Streit" to hundreds of young men over a span of nineteen years. In the summers she managed a staff of college age women at the Rustic Room restaurant at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. Hazel retired in 1989 and became nanny to her great-granddaughters.
Hazel devoted her life to her family, her work and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She loved spending time with her family, especially precious to her were her grandchildren, her siblings, her nieces and nephews and the Forbes reunions at Okoboji and in Colorado. Also precious to her were her dear friends in Christ who cared for her so deeply over the years. She will be remembered for her kind and generous heart, her diligent work and her love of Scripture and for her Savior.
Left to cherish her memory are her beloved daughter Kay Monkelien of Spencer, IA and son Gary (Sue) Streit of Florence, OR, grandchildren Sandra (Dan) Peterson of Ames, Sheryl Monkelien of Wellsboro, PA, Jeff Wodka of Plano, TX, Scott (Nanette) Monkelien of Stetsonville, WI, Gary Streit Jr. of Magnolia, TX and Christy (Craig) Steindorf of Spring, TX, great-grandchildren Annie (Brett) Huls, Emily Peterson, Sara Wodka, Jake Wodka, Kayla Monkelien, Krista Monkelien, Trent Steindorf, Chloe Steindorf and Logan Steindorf and great-great-grandchildren Conner and Clara Huls, and many special nieces and nephews.
Hazel was preceded in death by her husband Loell, her son-in-law Basil Monkelien, granddaughter Sue Wodka and her 12 siblings.
Memorials may be directed to the Christ Community Church in Ames, Iowa.
December 19, 1946 – August 31, 2014
Darrell Wayne Trampel was born on December 19, 1946 to Harmen and Eula (Veenstra) Trampel. He grew up on a farm in the Meservey/Thornton area of northern Iowa with his older brother, Larry, and younger sisters, Janice and Linda. Darrell enjoyed farm life, but God had other plans for him. In 1974, he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University and began working at a small animal hospital in Bloomington, Minnesota. One cold November evening in the parking lot of that clinic, a young lady brought her sick kitty in for treatment. The cat had distemper and did not survive, but since Darrell's motto was to keep the clients happy, he married the young lady, Christine Carey, on September 6, 1975!
Once married to Christine, Darrell found the afterhours work of a veterinarian to be less enjoyable. So he and Christine moved to Athens, Georgia where Darrell earned his PhD as a veterinary pathologist. Son, Christopher, was born in Georgia and daughter, Rebecca, in Columbia, Missouri. In 1982, the family moved to Ames, Iowa and Darrell continued his career in veterinary pathology at Iowa State University specializing in poultry diseases.
Darrell found his 32 years of work at ISU rewarding and he was a gifted diagnostician. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening, reading, walking, biking and bird watching. However, his heart was always to be found in his roles as a husband, dad and grandpa. Darrell leaves behind the legacy of a man who worked hard at his job and was fiercely devoted to his family.
Darrell left this earthly life unexpectedly on August 31, 2014 from the house that he and Christine called home for 32 years. His eyes closed on this physical life and opened to see the eternal spiritual life that he had received years ago as a child. Jesus said in John 11:25, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies."
Darrell leaves behind the family that he loved so much, Christine, his wife of 39 years; his son, Christopher (Mary) Trampel; his daughter, Rebecca (Brian) Eness; and grandchildren, Lenora, Liam and Winston Trampel and Elliana Eness. Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, Harmen and Eula Trampel; and an infant daughter.
Memorials in honor of Darrell may be directed to CrossRoad Baptist Church or the Ames Emergency Residence Project, both of Ames.
December 19, 1946 – August 31, 2014
I appreciated many things about my Dad over the years. He was a very involved father who prioritized his family. Despite a busy schedule at the University, Dad was nearly always home by 5:30. He spent most evenings interacting with us in one way or another. He and I spent many happy hours playing basketball on the court he created for me in our backyard. We also enjoyed Cyclone basketball and football.
When I had a family of my own I got to see a whole new side of my Dad. He displayed an almost "irrational exuberance" for my kids, his grandchildren. He was extremely helpful and always willing to spend time with them. I watched in bemusement as my children got away with things that I never would have. Thank you, Dad, for these and many other happy memories.
December 19, 1946 – August 31, 2014
Dr. Darrell Trampel worked at Iowa State University for 32 years as a poultry extension veterinarian and diagnostician. Although he invested many hours in his work at ISU, I’ll never think of him first and foremost as a poultry pathologist. In my life, his primary role was always that of dad.
One of the things my dad really wanted was to be helpful. The word he would use is “useful.” He wanted to be useful. This was demonstrated in big and little ways. He was happy to help in our yard when my parents came to visit. He has almost certainly planted more flowers at our place than my husband and I have! Two summers ago, he and my mom helped my brother and his family move to Utah. They drove across the country from Iowa, a rather epic trip. When visiting my grandparents not long before he died, he spent time pulling weeds and mowing. The last day that I saw my dad alive he and my mom met us in Garner to help with moving things out of the apartment of an elderly aunt of my husband’s. My dad had made an unsolicited offer to help us with that task.
Although my dad worked hard and did high quality work, I know that his heart lay not in his career but with his family. My dad loved my mom dearly. When my mom was hospitalized when I was in high school, my dad slept in her room in the hospital for nearly two weeks. When she was fighting breast cancer, he sat by her for every single chemotherapy treatment. My dad was also someone who really wanted to be a dad. Growing up, the time after supper was typically designated as family time, so that he had a chance to see my brother and me after he was home from work. My parents attended all kinds of school functions-cross country meets, basketball games, band concerts. And my dad definitely loved being a grandpa! The arrival of his first grandchild revealed a side of him I hadn’t seen before. You want to throw your food when you’re done eating? No problem. Having grandchildren brought great joy to his life.
I don’t know why we had to say goodbye to my dad so suddenly and unexpectedly. But I place my trust in my Heavenly Father, the God who does know why and who has demonstrated His great love for us in the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.
December 19, 1946 – August 31, 2014
Darrell Wayne Trampel was born on Dec. 19, 1946 in Mason City, Iowa and he left this earthly life at the age of 67 on Aug. 31, 2014. He died unexpectedly at our home less than one week before our 39th wedding anniversary.
Darrell worked for over 32 years as a professor at ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine where he was the Poultry Extension Veterinarian and Diagnostician. Darrell was blessed with a God given gift for noticing minute microscopic changes. Evidence of this gift was seen at a young age in his love for intricate jigsaw puzzles. Darrell cultivated this gift throughout his career and used to teach veterinary students and benefit Iowa's poultry industry.
In the Bible, Proverbs 22:29 says "Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men." With the skill that God gave him, Darrell served both. Darrell served those that we think of as influential people, (poultry producers with millions of birds, elected government officials). And he also served those we might consider obscure, (backyard flock owners with a handful of birds, Amish farmers). He served the influential and the obscure equally with all of the skill he had developed in his career. Darrell was interested in improving the health of the birds and safe guarding the health of people.
Those of my friends and acquaintances who knew what Darrell did as a career have asked me repeatedly what he would have been doing since this current avian influenza outbreak began. I must confess that my answer is lacking in specific details other than to say that he would have been meeting himself coming and going. He would have been in the thick of things.
Of course to my family, Darrell was not a DVM, PhD. He was husband, father, and devoted grandfather. The joy that he found in each of his grandchildren was evident to all who saw him with them.
Darrell's death has been a huge tear in the fabric of our family. He was such a strong leader, such a force of nature to those of us who were related to him. He was still at the top of his game career wise and very much needed by his family. Inevitably one cannot help but wonder why God chose to take him home at this time. A young friend of mine recently shared verses that she is praying for me as I journey on without Darrell. Isaiah 57:1-2 "The righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death." It gives me comfort to think that God took Darrell home to spare him from evil. I have already mentioned the bird flu which would have been a gigantic stresser in Darrell's life. But something else was coming into our lives that would have been even more stressful for Darrell. Our son was diagnosed with cancer six months after Darrell died. Thankfully he is in remission now, but Darrell was spared the heartache of watching his child undergo the rigors of chemotherapy.
On a lighter note, as a fan of ISU men's basketball, Darrell was also spared the current speculation about Fred Hoiberg!
In closing, besides being spared evil, Isaiah 57:2 speaks of those who walk uprightly entering into peace. That is the ultimate source of comfort for those of us who loved Darrell. Darrell entered into peace last August, not because of any good work that he had done, but only because of the sacrificial work done on his behalf by the Prince of Peace - Darrell's Savior, the LORD Jesus Christ.
July 26, 1937 – January 24, 2015
Donna L. Trenkle of Ames died at home surrounded by family on January 24, 2015, after a courageous seven and a half year battle with brain cancer. A gathering of family and friends will be 4:00- 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way in Ames. A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, at Ames United Church of Christ, 217 Sixth Street. Burial will be at Ames Municipal Cemetery.
Donna was born July 26, 1937 to Urban E. and Gertrude Jane (Heikes) Wendorff in Broken Bow, NE. She began her education in Tecumseh, graduated from Northeast High School in Lincoln, and attended the University of Nebraska. She married her high school sweetheart, Allen H. Trenkle, on August 11, 1956 in Lincoln. After living in Ames, IA and Orinda, CA, they made their permanent home and raised their three daughters in Ames. In addition to being a wife and mother, she worked at Iowa Crop Improvement Association, the cafeterias at NADC and Iowa DOT, and in retail at Yarn Tree, Keepsakes, and Wall to Wall graphics in Ames.
Donna devoted her life to her family, and received joy and satisfaction from volunteer work at her church and in Ames schools. Donna also loved her close friends, her kitties, decorating her home, cooking, sewing and crafting for her children and grandchildren, growing flowers, feeding wildlife and birds, and the chimes announcing a birth at Mary Greeley Hospital. Allen and Donna enjoyed many wonderful years traveling around the country in their RV.
When cancer became a part of her life she drew strength and hope from her family, her Christian faith, and the expertise of the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University and the Bliss Cancer Center at McFarland Clinic. She always kept her beautiful smile and continued to bless family and friends with countless acts of love and kindness.
Donna is survived by her husband Allen; daughters Ann (Steve) Stark of Greene, IA, Laura (Stefan) Beskow of Morrisville, NC and Janet (Kevin) Binder of Ankeny, IA; grandchildren Amy (Luke) Johnson, Emily (William) Schuldt, Sarah Binder, and Jason Binder; two great grandchildren Landon and Leo; brother Bruce (Judith) Wendorff; sister Joann (Allen) Wellman and nine nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Ames United Church of Christ, Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, or Mary Greeley Foundation Homeward Hospice.
July 26, 1937 – January 24, 2015
ISU work experience:
Donna worked four years at Iowa Crop Improvement Association located in the Agronomy Department. After our children were grown, she worked part time helping with student registration.
Highlight of their employment:
She formed life-long friendships with supervisors and coworkers.
She always accepted more responsibility than was expected. Donna was a thoughtful, caring and unselfish person who cared deeply for family, friends and community.
Other thoughts to share:
Donna assumed a major portion of the responsibility of raising three daughters, allowing time for me to focus on developing a long professional career at ISU.
November 27, 1912 – June 7, 2014
Alice Victoria Anderson Van Wert Murray was born November 27, 1912, the youngest of six children, to Erick and Axa Natalie (Carlson) Anderson on the family farm near Worthington, Minnesota. She died June 7, 2014.
Alice graduated from Worthington High School and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State College in 1934. She taught Home Economics and coached Girls' Basketball for one year before marrying J.S. "Pat" Van Wert in June 1935. When they returned to the family farm in 1937, Alice worked alongside Pat to develop Farmers Hybrid Seed Corn and Farms Hybrid Hog Companies. Following Pat's untimely death in 1954, Alice continued serving her family, church and community in many ways. Alice served as Iowa Farm Bureau Women Chairman, on the Iowa State Farm Bureau Board and Board of Farm Bureau Insurance Companies. She was Iowa Mother of the Year in 1965 and became a leader in Country Women of the World. Her continued involvement and countless recognitions lead her to be inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1985.
In 1975, Alice married Dr. William G. Murray, professor emeritus of Iowa State University, and moved to Ames, Iowa. Together they worked to build the Living History Farms Museum in Urbandale, Iowa, that he had founded in 1968.
Nationally, she served on the Postal Advisory Council, the National Advisory Council to set standards for farm safety through OSHA, National Safety Council Board of Directors, American Farm Bureau Committees and National 4-H Committees.
Alice was a member of Iowa State University Home Economics Dean's Advisory Board, Order of the Knoll, Lifetime Member of the Board of Governors of the ISU Foundation, Lifetime Member of the ISU Alumni Association and on the Alumni Executive Committee and Alumni Achievement Board and a 50 year member of P.E.O.
Alice is survived by her children: Jay (Sally Haydon), David (Sally Blanchard), Sonnie Mount and Trish Patten; grandchildren: Jay II (Brenda ) Van Wert, Karen Van Wert (James Fuchs), Mary Beth (Ron) Zelle; Cathie Van Wert (Tim Menard) and Patrick Van Wert (Carrie Hill); Hillary (Bill) Fiveash and Kim Mount (Brian Grabiner); Craig (Julie)Patten, Geoff Patten (Hanny Andereas) . Murray step-children: David (Judy Sayles), Jean (Tom) Sutherland, John (Judy Terlizzi) and their children: Chris, Bruce and James Murray; Ann and Kit Sutherland, Joan Sears; David, Peter and Allison Murray; as well as 18 great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.
March 1, 1921 – July 18, 2014
Donald E. Voelker, 93, of Ames, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Israel Family Hospice House. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Burial will follow at the ISU Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Monday, July 21, at Adams Funeral Home in Ames.
Don was born March 1, 1921, in Farmersburg, Iowa, to Edward and Celinda (Mohrman) Voelker. He graduated from Postville High School in 1938, received his B.S. in 1943 and his M.S. in 1950 from Iowa State College. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II. Don taught vocational agriculture in Gilman and Monroe, Iowa, schools before joining the Iowa State University faculty in 1947. In July 1944 he married Joyce M. Ver Ploeg, in Leighton, Iowa. Joyce died in 1984. Don worked as an Extension Dairy Specialist at Iowa State University for 37 years and was honored as Professor Emeritus in 1984. He provided leadership in the formation of the Mid-States Dairy Records Processing Center and assisted with the startup of the National Dairy Herd Improvement Association in 1965. Throughout his career he received numerous awards including the Ralph Keeling Iowa Dairy Leadership Award, the National DHIA Service Award, the DeLaval Achievement Award for Extension Work for the American Dairy Science Association, and was named a National Dairy Shrine Pioneer in 2002. He served as secretary of the Iowa Holstein Association after retiring from ISU in 1984.
As a faithful member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, he held numerous leadership positions. He belonged to Rotary International, serving as chair of the Travel and Adventure Committee for over a decade. Don served on the ISU Athletic Council for 6 years and was a charter member of the ISU Cyclone Club and Century Club. He was a life member of the Iowa State University Alumni Association and the Memorial Union.
Don participated in golf and bowling leagues and was elected to the Ames Area Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1993. He enjoyed participating in the Iowa Games and earned 18 medals in bowling competitions.
In 1986 he married Dorothy Vos in Ames. In retirement they traveled and enjoyed spending time with their families. Don also enjoyed his coffee group, playing cribbage with friends at Waterford Assisted Living, and completing jigsaw and Sudoku puzzles.
Don was a loyal Cyclone fan for over 70 years, and regularly attended football and basketball games. He passed on his passion for Iowa State to his 5 children who all earned degrees from ISU. Don was honored to be recognized as Cy's Favorite Alum in 2006. At age 92 he was proud to join other veterans on the 2013 Story County Freedom Flight to Washington, D.C.
We will remember his loud greetings and the smell of his pipe. We'll remember his competiveness in games, his calibrated left hand golf slice and the chaos caused by his spinning bowling ball. We'll remember his intensity at work whether in his office or particularly in his garden. We will remember the image of him dozing in a chair with a sleeping child on his chest, always wondering which on dozed off first or if he was "just resting his eyes".
He is survived by his second wife, Dorothy, and his children: Vivian Murray (Chris), of Lady Lake, FL; Vicki Sivesind, of Ames; Bonnie Jackson (Jon) of Carroll, IA; Larry Voelker (Claretta) of Cadillac, MI; Richard Voelker (Michelle) of Des Moines, IA. Stepsons : Philip Vos (Christine) of Cedar Rapids, IA; Daniel Vos (Sherrie) of Ames, IA; David Vos (Carol) of Apalachin, NY, 18 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Joyce, 3 brothers, a sister, a granddaughter ( Ruth Murray Skaggs) and a son-in-law (Charles Sivesind),
In lue of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethesda Lutheran Church, the Israel Family Hospice House, or a charity of your choice
Adams Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Photos and condolences may be left at www.adamssoderstrum.com
March 1, 1921 – July 18, 2014
ISU work experience:
Donald E. Voelker, 93, of Ames, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Israel Family Hospice House. Don was born March 1, 1921, in Farmersburg, Iowa, to Edward and Celinda (Mohrman) Voelker. He graduated from Postville High School in 1938, received his B.S. in 1943 and his M.S. in 1950 from Iowa State College. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II. Don taught vocational agriculture in Gilman and Monroe, Iowa, schools before joining the Iowa State University faculty in 1947. In July 1944 he married Joyce M. Ver Ploeg, in Leighton, Iowa. Joyce died in 1984. Don worked as an Extension Dairy Specialist at Iowa State University for 37 years and was honored as Professor Emeritus in 1984.
Highlight of their employment:
He provided leadership in the formation of the Mid-States Dairy Records Processing Center and assisted with the startup of the National Dairy Herd Improvement Association in 1965. Throughout his career he received numerous awards including the Ralph Keeling Iowa Dairy Leadership Award, the National DHIA Service Award, the DeLaval Achievement Award for Extension Work for the American Dairy Science Association, and was named a National Dairy Shrine Pioneer in 2002. He served as secretary of the Iowa Holstein Association after retiring from ISU in 1984. In 1986 he married Dorothy Vos in Ames. .
He was a faithful member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, belonged to Rotary International, served on the ISU Athletic Council for 6 years and was a charter member of the ISU Cyclone Club and Century Club. He was a life member of the Iowa State University Alumni Association and the Memorial Union. Don was a loyal Cyclone fan for over 70 years. He passed on his passion for Iowa State to his 5 children who all earned degrees from ISU. Don was honored to be recognized as Cy’s Favorite Alum in 2006. At age 92 he was proud to join other veterans on the 2013 Story County Freedom Flight to Washington, D.C.
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He is survived by his second wife, Dorothy, and his children: Vivian Murray (Chris), Vicki Sivesind, Bonnie Jackson (Jon), Larry Voelker (Claretta), Richard Voelker (Michelle) and stepsons Philip Vos (Christine), Daniel Vos (Sherrie), David Vos (Carol), 18 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
November 3, 1934 – November 17, 2014
Roger Volker, 80, of Ames died at the Israel Family Hospice House on Sunday November 9, 2014. A visitation will be from 5-7:00 p.m. Monday, November 17, 2014 at Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation 2622 W. Lincoln Way Ames, Iowa (In the fireside room). A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at his church.
Roger Paul Volker was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 3, 1934, the son of Paul O. Volker and Clarabel Louise (Rinehimer) Volker. After going to 7 different schools in 7 cities by 2nd grade, the family moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa where he completed public school, graduating in 1952.
A person with many interests and talents, Roger had a chemistry set in the basement while in grade school and retained that interest throughout college, broadening it to Distributed Studies prior to graduation from Iowa State University in 1956. Roger married Carol Bennett in 1957. Following graduation he worked for the University of Kansas giving school assembly programs on Hammond organs throughout the Midwest before beginning his teaching career in science at Estherville High School. He later taught chemistry, zoology and botany at Webster City Junior College.
While an undergraduate, Volker played piano and organ and co-owned a small band "The Seven Sharps", which paid for his own undergraduate education. He sustained this interest and was well known throughout his life playing piano, accordion, and organ solo and in combos. He played organ music in the summertime for horse shows throughout the Midwest for 23 years, including for several years the Iowa State Fair horseshow.
Roger received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Iowa State University. While pursuing advanced degrees, Roger was employed as the botanical technician in the production of single-concept films by Iowa State's Film Production Unit (Basicladia and Marchantia were favorite organisms). This resulted in an interest in educational media and instructional technology, which led to his being hired to establish and direct the Instructional Resources Center in the College of Education, a laboratory for students in teacher education to gain experience in the application of technology to K-12 education. He received his Ph.D. and served as a professor in that college for 30 years before he and his wife retired from the university in 1997.
He was author or co-author of several textbooks--a high school biology text and a book for training future biology teachers, in addition to a series of educational media textbooks. He also received numerous teaching awards during his career at Iowa State University, including a Faculty Citation and an Outstanding Teacher Award. He was honored in 2010 when a room in Lagomarcino Hall was named "The Roger P. Volker Experimental Technology Classroom."
Throughout his life he was active in a number of community organizations, such as Kiwanis, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity House Corporation Board, and Old Town Neighborhood Association, as well as serving in a wide variety of positions at Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation in Ames.
He loved to drive antique cars, and his name and cars were well known in Ames and Central Iowa. Almost every autumn for several years, he and Carol could be seen in one of the cars traveling through Iowa on the adventure called Motor Ioway. He exhibited all of his antique cars at one time or another at the annual Salisbury House event.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; son Paul and wife Barbara Gaddis of Boone, Iowa and their children Anne (Mike) Hughes and Clara Volker; son Christopher and his fiancée Linda Kitterman, of Moline, Illinois; son Timothy and wife Kate of Brenchley, England and their children Robert Eldon and Patrick Henry; and sister, Judith Hahn of Des Moines, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant grandson, Owen Paul Volker, and a daughter-in-law, Lynn Prosser Volker.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation, Israel Family Hospice House, or the Pi Kappa Alpha Scholarship Fund at the Iowa State University Foundation.
February 14, 1923 – January 19, 2015
Milo D. Voss, 91, a resident of Legacy Pointe, died Monday, January 19th following a brief illness.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 7th at 11:00 a.m., followed by a 12:00 p.m. memorial service with military honors, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. Burial will be at the Iowa State University Cemetery in Ames on February 9th at 12:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the University of IowaFoundation -- Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center.
Milo was born February 14, 1923 in Manning, Iowa, the son of George Dewey and Helena Augusta Dethlefs Voss. On August 14, 1943, Milo married Doris Jean “Doady” Peterson in Columbus, Ohio. During World War II, Milo served in the United States Army Air Corps in China as Staff Sergeant, then Commissioned Lieutenant in the Strategic Air Command. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Physics from Iowa State University in 1949.
Milo, a certified health physicist, was employed at Iowa State University and The Ames Labs for forty years, where he was the manager safety health and plant protection. He was a longtime resident of Ames, where he was a charter member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and member of Bethesda Lutheran Church. After retirement in 1987, he volunteered at the Ames City Hall, and visited with laryngectomee patients. In 2006, Milo moved to Iowa City to be near family.
He was a charter member of the Health Physics Society, and a member of the International Laryngectomee Society, and The American Legion. Milo was a skilled wood worker and loved to travel; visiting each state, as well as Europe and Scandinavia.
Survivors include his six children: Reverend David Voss (Jan French) of Tacoma, Washington, Rick (Nancy) Voss, Susan Bode and Jean Voss, all of Iowa City, Charles (Debbie) Voss of Des Moines, and Peter (Lynda) Voss of Kent, Washington; his sister, JoAnne (Bruce) Dyer of Homer Glen, Illinois; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and special friend, Clarice Davis.
Milo was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doady in 1992; their infant son, John Robert; and son-in-law, Bill Bode.
February 14, 1923 – January 19, 2015
Milo Deane Voss – Manager, Safety, Health, Plant Protection
44 Years at Ames Laboratory: May 6, 1948 to January 27, 1992
Milo served as 2nd Lt. in the US Air Force (USAF)
Milo began his career as a student employee in the Physics Department. Dr. Spedding, Director of Ames Laboratory, was so eager to have Milo join the full-time staff of Health and Safety that he could not wait for Milo to finish the last few credits of his undergraduate degree before hiring him. In a letter to Dr. Friley, in his Beardshear office, Dr. Spedding requested that Milo, “one of the brighter physicists” be granted staff standing as a special case; stating, “It is practically impossible to find a man with the proper training to do the official monitoring of the radioactive hazards and the responsibility for adequate records for legal purposes for the protection of the radioactive isotope committee and for the Institute for Atomic Research.”
August 19, 1935 – February 16, 2015
Gretchen Greenwood Weber, age 79, passed away on February 16, 2015. Born in Jamestown, ND to Raymond Greenwood and Anabelle (Brockman), she was the oldest of four children. She was preceded in death by her dear sister, Martha. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Tom; daughters, Liz (Bill) Berg, Katie (Sandy) Veit, Mary Weber, and Maddy (Kevin) O’Connell; grandchildren, Tom, Katie and Nick Berg. Gretchen received her BA in English at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN, and her MFA from Iowa State University. After receiving her Masters, Gretchen taught calligraphy at the Design College at ISU. An accomplished musician and artist, she was the organist at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church for decades and traveled the world with her beloved husband, showing her art, teaching and continuing her education. But she will be best remembered for her convivial spirit and as an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
A celebration of life will occur in Denver, CO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
August 19, 1935 – February 16, 2015
We all know a part of Gretchen. Some from sewing groups, bridge club, faith sharing, gourmet suppers, the College of Art and Design, physics picnics, poll sitting, hosting democrats, and others from her trials with dementia and distaste for water aerobics. Gretchen Greenwood Weber was accomplished in so many ways: She was an artist whose work adorns spaces from the library in Glasgow, Scotland to St. Thomas and many of your homes; she was a musician who accompanied countless masses and weddings; she was a teacher at Iowa State who inspired her students not only to create but to be creative; she was a devoted wife of 55 years, mother of four girls and friend of many. She enjoyed a great meal, a good laugh, and to do the right thing.
The part of Gretchen that you may not be as familiar with is who she was in the last years of her life. With a high level of orchestration, the Weber daughters plus Gretchen’s sister and brother-in-law, moved Gretchen and Tom to Denver in September of 2013, notably during the 200 year flood that hit Colorado at the time. Tom was very ill and back in the hospital in Denver within a few days of arrival, and Gretch slowly got accustomed to her new surroundings. Her dementia had robbed her of so much, but when Tom (who we call “Dude”) was well and back at her side, sharing a room at assisted living, their marriage blossomed again. They would sit on the couch together, he scratching her head, while reading a magazine or watching TV, proclaiming her his “beauteous queen” and his love for her on a daily, if not hourly, basis.
One day Dude asked me, “how do you think your mother is doing?” I said, “I think her disease is progressing, but she is really happy.” Dude replied with, “Yeah, I can’t tell because I love her just the way she is today.”
I heard reports back that the staff of young women (and a few men) at Sunrise, were beginning to believe in “true love”. Gretch was never happier. Her last stage of dementia was blissful. Although she spoke a form of word salad, she smiled a lot. She loved her meals and especially her sweets. She loved when family visited and she heard familiar voices and mostly that of her dear Tom, laughing and saying the silly things he says to her. Her final chapter was good, she was beautiful, she still sent an example….a good life, a life well lived, full of love and happiness; an inspiration.
On behalf of the family; Liz, Katie, Mary, Maddy and Tom, we thank you for gathering in her honor and sharing memories.
May 18, 1941 – December 15, 2014
James Weldon Weedman, 73, Boone, Iowa, passed away peacefully on December 15, 2014, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa. Following Jim’s wishes, he will be cremated and a private family service will be held.
James was born in Carroll, Iowa, on May 18, 1941, the son of Maynard and Ruth (Cadam) Weedman. He was raised in Iowa with two brothers, Dale and Lynn Weedman. He graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1959 and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served as a radioman on the USCGC Campbell from 1960 to 1966. He had a lifelong career with Chicago & North Western Railroad and worked in administration in Boone from 1974 until his retirement in 1988. While stationed in New York in 1963, he married Janice Jennings and later relocated to the Midwest, where they raised three sons, Jeff, Brian and Adam.
Jim enjoyed spending time with his family. He also enjoyed watching golf and Cyclone and Panther sports.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Lynn. He is survived by his wife Janice and sons, Jeff and family, Sandy, Mason and Christian of Kansas City, Missouri; Brian and family, Susan, Grant, Riley and Clay of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Adam and family, Kara, Max, Greyson and Sophia of Austin, Texas; brother Dale of New Hartford, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to Israel Family Hospice House, 400 South Dakota Ave., Ames, IA 50014.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.starkwelin.com
Stark-Welin Funeral Directors in Boone, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.
August 21, 1922 – February 1, 2015
Elsie (Kim) Williams, 92, was born August 21, 1922 in Glenwood, Missouri to Thomas Lee and Lula M. (Brown) Kimbrell. She passed away peacefully February 1, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. A celebration of life memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 at United Church of Christ, 217 6th Street in Ames, Iowa.
Kim was one of seven children, and grew up during the Depression on a farm outside Glenwood. Education was always a part of her life. She began her formal education in a one room country school, and received her first college degree, Bachelor of Science, from Kirksville State Teacher College (now known as Truman University). She began her professional career in education by teaching high school Home Economics in the Midwest and California before returning to Iowa to pursue her Master's at Iowa State. She never left. She became an Assistant Professor at Iowa State, primarily teaching classes in textiles and clothing. In addition to teaching, she applied for and received a grant to utilize a new media outlet, television, to produce a live feature called 'Make a Dress', and series of single concept films on clothing construction. She thoroughly enjoyed teaching off-campus classes throughout the state, primarily to adult educators. She also was involved with Iowa State's extension program, working with various 4-H clubs throughout the State, including judging at the State Fair, as well as leading a trips to Washington D.C and Chicago for to the National Club Congress and National 4-H Convention. She also represented Iowa State during an appearance before Congress during the debate to move towards the metric system.
Kim was instrumental in reaching out to the business community and engaging them in becoming involved with the University, for a mutual beneficial relationship. That initial outreach as blossomed into what is now a degree program of Apparel, Merchandising, and Design within the Department of Human Sciences.
She said that one of her greatest pleasures, however, was talking to parents of young women who chose to pursue a career in the textile and clothing industry at Iowa State because of her influence through the extension program. She said that her professional accomplishments could be summed up quite simply in that she loved to teach. That love, and her dedication, was rewarded in her receiving the Iowa State Faculty Citation in 1976 and the Outstanding Teaching Award in 1981.
Her personal joy and fulfillment was being a wonderful friend to many, a wife, a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Proceeding her in death are all of her siblings and her husband, Dale, the long time voice of the Cyclones, whom she, of course, met at Iowa State. Surviving her include her daughter Mary Lou (Tim) Linder; son Kyle Williams; grandchildren Alecia (Jared) Bucksa, Nick Linder, Kelsie (Chris) Campbell, and Gabrielle Williams; and four great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Louis Bucksa, and Jackson and Eleanor Campbell.
Please make any Memorials on Kim's behalf to the Iowa State Department of Human Sciences, Apparel, Merchandising and Design Program.
December 20, 1927 – October 27, 2014
Leroy Wolins, 86, of Ames, Iowa, died on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Leroy was born on December 20, 1927 in Youngstown, Ohio. Leroy entered the U.S. Army in 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1947. After service, Leroy attended Ohio State University, where he earned his doctoral degree in psychology.
Leroy and Corinne were married in 1952. Leroy was a professor in the Psychology and Statistics departments of Iowa State University from 1958 to 1989.
Leroy is survived by Corinne and his three children, Deborah, Seth, and Nathan, and three grandchildren, Evan, Ben, and Kayla.
April 12, 1942 – January 26, 2015
Neil was born April 12, 1942, near Buffalo Center, Iowa, the son of Martin and Ada (Berryhill) Wubben. He graduated from Buffalo Center High School in 1959. Neil served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1960 to 1963. On October 13, 1963, he married Karen Gifford at the Congregational Church in Buffalo Center. In 1971, Neil graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree, and received a Master’s Degree in Agronomy from Iowa State in 1979. Neil taught vocational agriculture from 1971 to 1981 at Sentral Fenton and Bancroft Schools. He then worked for the ISU Extension Service in Woodbury County from 1982 to 1984 and in Mitchell County from 1985 to 2009. In 2012, he was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame. Neil was currently a member of Prairie Lakes Church where he was a chaplain and small group leader and was a member for over 20 years of the Osage First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He played a central role in the creation of KJCY Christian Radio Station. Neil was a past member of the Osage School Board, was chairman of the Mitchell County Habitat for Humanity Board, and was a mentor in the Bridges Mentoring Program. He was elected chairman of the Mitchell County Republican Party, was chairman of the Older Iowan Legislature, and was appointed by the governor to the Iowa Department on Aging. Neil was a member of the Marine Corps League and was heavily involved in the Toys for Tots program. He was also a member of the American Legion, Lion’s Club and Osage Rotary Club. Neil enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, and bowling.
Neil is survived by his wife, Karen Wubben of Osage; his sons, Scott Wubben of Primghar, Wade (Val) Wubben of Manson, and Martin (Angie) Wubben of Starkville, Mississippi; grandchildren, Thomas and Patrick Wubben, Caleb, Emily and Courtney Wubben, and Jacob, Ella, Matthew and Gabriel Wubben; sisters, Elizabeth (Richard) Gifford of Slater, Aldine (Mervin) Gramstad of Swea City, and Mary (Mark) Behrends of Lone Rock.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister Marjorie Braadland.
April 12, 1942 – January 26, 2015
ISU work experience:
1982-1984 Woodbury County Extension Agriculturist 1985-2009- Mitchell County Extension Director
Highlight of their employment:
The highlight of Dad's employment through ISU extension would be the many programs he implemented that had a positive impact on producers. In addition, his 2012 induction into the 4-H Hall was testimony to his love for 4-H and the many youth he had the opportunity to serve.
The summer of 1988 I was home from college and Mitchell county and surrounding areas were hit with a spider mite infestation in their soybean fields. I remember being at the house and the phone would not stop ringing. People needed answers. This was when Dad was at his best. He organized a meeting in a soybean field near Osage and 200 producers showed up. This informational meeting gave producers the knowledge they needed to treat their fields. Later on a follow up was done and due to the treatment there was a $1.5 million dollar impact on the local economy. This was Dad at his best and ISU extension providing a valuable service.
Other thoughts to share:
I would just add that those who knew Dad knew that he gave ISU extension and the counties he served his heart and soul to do a great job. He cared deeply for ISU Extension and was proud of the programs implemented and lives impacted.
April 1, 1928 – August 13, 2014
Richard James Zbaracki died Aug. 13, 2014, in Maple Grove, Minn. Dick was born April 1, 1928, in Duluth, Minn., to John V. Zbaracki and Sophia Kuyava Zbaracki.
He grew up on the shores of Lake Superior and at the cabin his father constructed on the shores of Lake Elora. After graduating from Cathedral Senior High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he rose to the rank of sergeant. The army gave him his first chance to see New York City and San Francisco, where he developed a lifelong love for live theater, orchestra, opera and fine arts.
Following his honorable discharge, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Thomas and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. He later completed his education with a doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska.
Many will remember Dick as an inspiring, generous soul, always willing to listen and help. In more than 30 years on the faculty at Iowa State University, he taught teachers to teach as coordinator of English education, coordinator of freshmen English and as assistant chair and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
He received the Iowa State Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, and his distinguished service was recognized by the Iowa Council of Teachers of English. He served three terms on the Ames School Board, including as president, helped many Iowa school boards select new superintendents and assisted St. Cecilia Parish in many capacities.
He was married for 40 years to Jacqueline Ulmen and they had six children together. His loving children remember his sacrifices and commitment to their growth. He spent many an April Fool’s day patiently looking for hidden birthday presents, organized trips to RAGBRAI to ride with them, packed the car for trips to a cabin on Gull Lake in Minnesota and helped each of his children through college. His love for an extra thick, chocolate shake from Dairy Queen will resonate for years to come.
He is survived by his former wife, Jacqueline; his six children Paul (Lucinda), Mark (Isabel), Sara Lettieri (Sal), Peter (Cheryl), Andrew, and Matthew (Jane); one brother, Tom Zbaracki; and 11 grandchildren.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug, 22, 2014, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church with funeral Mass to at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please contribute in memoriam to Reiman Gardens.
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