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Memorial Day 2017

Christy Abbott

July 7, 1953 – September 15, 2016

Christy Abbott, age 63, of Ogden and formerly of Boone, died at her home in Ogden, on September 15, 2016.

Following her wishes, she has been cremated.

A Celebration of Christy's Life, will be held Saturday, October 1, 2016, from noon until 4 p.m. at the home of Deb and Tim Pestotnik, 1128 Montana Rd. in Boone. Burial of her cremains will be privately in Linwood Park Cemetery.

Christy Jo Abbott, was born in Boone, Iowa on July 7, 1953, the daughter of Robert and Marilyn (Beckley) Abbott.

She graduated from Boone High School in 1971 and then graduated from Iowa State University in 1975, with a BA in English. Christy later received her Masters Degree in Science, Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management. She taught food sciences at MacKay Hall and the Scheman Building at Iowa State, retiring in 2010.

Christy enjoyed flower gardening, reading, cooking, and her dachshund, companion, Brenna.
She is preceded in death by her parents. Christy is survived by her brother Bob Abbott and wife Milly of Boone; her dachshund dog and special friend, Brenna; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family requests no flowers. In memory of Christy, memorials may be directed to the family.


William Hamilton Abraham

May 20, 1929 – December 28, 2016

(Listen to tribute by Roberta Abraham)

William (Bill) Hamilton Abraham passed away on Dec. 28, 2016, following a long battle with multiple sclerosis. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Collegiate Presbyterian Church, 159 N. Sheldon in Ames. The family will receive friends at a reception afterwards.

Bill was born May 20, 1929, in Englewood, N.J., to Ruth and Leonard G. Abraham. He graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s of science in chemical engineering, served for two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, and then earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Purdue University. Following a five-year stint with DuPont in Wilmington, Del., he spent the remainder of his engineering career as a member of the faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University, where he was known as a tough but effective teacher. On retirement, he pursued his long-standing interest in legal issues by earning a law degree from Drake University. He passed the Iowa Bar and volunteered for eight years with the Legal Aid Society of Story County. During his years in Ames, he served as an elder and in other roles as a member of Collegiate Presbyterian Church.

The love of Bill’s life was his wife Roberta, to whom he was a devoted husband. They met as undergraduates at Cornell University; were married on June 27, 1953; and enjoyed a long and happy life together. In 1967, they relocated with their five children to spend two years in the Philippines, where Bill worked on a project funded by the Ford Foundation to develop the Chemical Engineering program at the University of the Philippines. While there, Bill took flying lessons and earned his pilot’s license. Bill and Roberta traveled widely throughout his life, visiting Russia (after Bill spent several years studying Russian), China, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Morocco, Peru and a host of other destinations. In later years, Bill especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, of whom he was very proud. He is survived by Roberta, his wife of 63 years; his children Katharine (Graham Horkley), David (Carol), Jon (Loida), Molly (Dave Walz) and Sarah (Greg Buelt); his 12 grandchildren Ian, Ben, William, Allison, Justin, Paulina, Katie (Joe), Elise (Madison), Tessa, Abraham, Eliza and Evan; one brother, Leonard; and two sisters, Barbara Shrauner and Betty Dowd.

Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

William (Bill) Hamilton Abraham passed away on December 28, 2016, following a long battle with multiple sclerosis. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Collegiate Presbyterian Church 159 N. Sheldon Ames, Iowa. The family will receive friends at a reception afterwards.

Bill was born May 20, 1929 in Englewood, New Jersey, to Ruth and Leonard G. Abraham. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, served for two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, and then earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. Following a five-year stint with DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, he spent the remainder of his engineering career as a member of the faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University, where he was known as a tough but effective teacher. On retirement, he pursued his long-standing interest in legal issues by earning a law degree from Drake University. He passed the Iowa Bar and volunteered for eight years with the Legal Aid Society of Story County. During his years in Ames, he served as an elder and in other roles as a member of Collegiate Presbyterian Church.

The love of Bill's life was his wife Roberta, to whom he was a devoted husband. They met as undergraduates at Cornell University; were married on June 27, 1953; and enjoyed a long and happy life together. In 1967, they relocated with their five children to spend two years in the Philippines, where Bill worked on a project funded by the Ford Foundation to develop the Chemical Engineering program at the University of the Philippines. While there, Bill took flying lessons and earned his pilot's license. Bill and Roberta traveled widely throughout his life, visiting Russia (after Bill spent several years studying Russian), China, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Morocco, Peru, and a host of other destinations. In later years, Bill especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, of whom he was very proud.

He is survived by Roberta, his wife of 63 years; his children Katharine (Graham Horkley), David (Carol), Jon (Loida), Molly (Dave Walz) and Sarah (Greg Buelt); his twelve grandchildren Ian, Ben, William, Allison, Justin, Paulina, Katie (Joe), Elise (Madison), Tessa, Abraham, Eliza and Evan; one brother, Leonard; and two sisters, Barbara Shrauner and Betty Dowd.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Bill's name to the Legal Aid Society of Story County, 937 Sixth Street, Suite 101, Nevada, IA 50201 or to the Northcrest Foundation, 1801-20th St., Ames, IA 50010.


Susan A. Anwar

January 5, 1955 – December 28, 2016

Susan A. Anwar died on December 28, 2016 at the age of 61.

Susan was born on January 5, 1955 in Sana’a, Yemen. Her parents were Iranian, living in the Arab world. During her first decades her family moved from Yemen to Aden to England, and then returned to Yemen. In the early 1980s, after moving to Los Angeles, she met her husband, Paul C. Canfield. In 1993, after spending several years in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Susan moved to Ames and remained here for the rest of her life. She is survived by her husband and their two children, Jacob and Alexander.

Susan is remembered by everyone who knew her as a loving and open person. She was a devout Bahá'í and devoted herself to the service of her Faith. Her devotionals, prayer meetings, and gatherings have been a fixture of the Ames community for over two decades. Susan was a central part of the Iowa State University Department of Physics and Astronomy, serving as an unofficial welcome wagon, second mother, and cheerleader to generations of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, visiting scientists, and new faculty.

Family and friends also remember Susan for her love of travel. By the end of her life, she had spent time in more than a dozen countries, and had friends from all over the world. She was fluent in three languages, and proficient in several others. The Bahá'í Faith’s belief in the oneness of humankind was truly reflected in Susan’s range of friends, neighbors, and family.

People of all backgrounds were drawn to her amazing ability to show kindness, loving friendship, and hospitality wherever she went. Susan’s love of travel was matched by her love of reading and literature; she would frequently read several books per week. Based on this love, she worked in the Ames Public Library for the past 15 years.

A Bahá'í funeral service, open to all of Susan’s colleagues, friends, and acquaintances, will be held at Adams Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at 10 a.m. After the service, she will be interred in the Iowa State University Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Ames Public Library in her memory.


Bernita Mae (Meimann) Arneson

September 25, 1930 – July 17, 2016

Bernita Arneson of Ames, passed away July 17, 2016 at Israel Hospice House in Ames.

Bernita was born September 25, 1930 in Lincoln Township to George and Frances (Tagatoff) Meimann and grew up on a farm in rural Iowa. She graduated from McCallsburg High School. She married Lawrence Arneson on May 10, 1952. The couple was blessed with three children, and made a life for their family on the farm. After Lawrence's death, she finished out her working years at Iowa State University.

She learned to work hard on the farm and hard work became a virtue to her existence. She was strong in her convictions and had a certain way things should be done. She loved to work in the garden, and she maintained plants that have survived for generations. She had a playful personality and enjoyed dressing up for Halloween to greet kids with candy at the door. She took great pride in her family, always interested in her sons' business adventures. She did all she could to make each visit with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren special, cultivating memories with them that will last forever.

Bernita was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Arneson; her son, Brice; sisters Violet Post, Pauline Peterson, Elizabeth Meimann, and Marcella Henderson; brothers Carroll Meimann, Bernard Meimann, Audrey Meimann, and Marion Meimann.

She is survived by her sons, Keith (Deb) Arneson of Ames and Craig Arneson of Ames; 3 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, Ryan (Lisa) Arneson their children Samuel, Lucia and Emmitt; Melissa (Travis) Cruise their children Madi and Callie; Bryce (Jessica) Arneson and their child Liv; sisters Marjorie Henderson of Story City, and Rita Rehak of Cedar Rapids.

Memorial contributions may be directed towards the Israel Hospice House in Bernita's name.


Helen L. Atkins

February 6, 1922 – January 18, 2017

(Listen to tribute by Barbara Atkins)
(Listen to tribute by Alice Thompson)

Helen (Wasson) Atkins was born February 6, 1922 to Charles Eugene and Loveta (Woodward) Wasson near Blairsburg, Iowa. She attended country school near Blairsburg and graduated from Blairsburg High School in 1940. She attended Waldorf College in Forest City, graduating in 1942. Helen worked as an auditor for Rath Packing Company in Waterloo in 1942 and 1943, and then with the Iowa Farm Bureau in Des Moines from 1943 through 1950. She served as Assistant to the Business Manager in the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University from 1950 through 1953. She married Richard Atkins, an Agronomy professor at Iowa State, on November 29, 1952.

Helen was a devoted wife, homemaker, and mother to her children. She encouraged in her children a love of books and reading, an appreciation of nature and flowers, a healthy lifestyle, a passion for music and concerts, and to her daughters, skills in sewing. She taught her children about faith and about God’s Word, the Bible. She gave the gift of hospitality - the ability to open her home to family, friends, and strangers. Above all, she shared the belief that family is special.

Helen was a member of Collegiate Presbyterian Church, where she attended faithfully, served as a deacon, and taught Sunday school. She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and the Faculty Women’s Club. Helen served on the Board of Directors for the Y.W.C.A. and the Campfire Girls of America. She was an avid bird-watcher, and loved going to Iowa State Cyclone men’s basketball games where she was a season-ticketholder for over fifty years.

Helen died peacefully at 94 years of age on January 18, 2017 at Green Hills Health Care Center in Ames.

Helen is survived by a son, Stephen Atkins of Davidson, N.C.; two daughters, Mary Kay (Roger) Kolb of Cedar Rapids and Barbara Atkins of Ames; five grandchildren, Jeffrey Atkins, Jordan Atkins, Sarah Kolb, Rachel (Kolb) Godfrey and Hannah Kolb.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard in 2003; one brother; and two sisters.

Inurnment will be at the Iowa State University Cemetery in Ames.


Helen Louise Wasson Atkins

February 6, 1922 – January 18, 2017

Tribute by her children Barbara Atkins, Stephen Atkinsand Mary Kay Atkins Kolb

Helen Louise Wasson Atkins was born on a farm north of Blairsburg, Iowa on February 6, 1922.  She died on January 18, 2017.  Helen graduated from Waldorf College in Forest City and then worked in Waterloo and Des Moines before coming to Ames and Iowa State University in 1950.  Helen worked in the Dean of Agriculture, Dean Andre's, office.  She would recall walking the long sidewalk between Beardshear Hall to her office on the top floor of Curtiss Hall in all kinds of weather.  Another special Iowa State memory of our mother's was attending parties at the Farmhouse, hosted by Dean Andre's wife.  Helen met her future husband, Richard Atkins, a young Agronomy Professor at Iowa State, when he came into her office to check out a car.  After marrying in 1952, she stayed home to raise her family.  She enjoyed entertaining her husband's graduate students from all over the world in their home.  Helen also enjoyed attending AIOFA orchestra concerts and Iowa State Music Department concerts with her family.  Helen loved going to the Iowa State Cyclone men's basketball games and was a season-ticketholder for over 50 years.  She attended games up until the 2016-17 season.  Helen was an avid Cyclone fan through and through and loved and respected Iowa State so very much.  Helen will be remembered for her deep faith, her love of family, her compassionate and loving spirit, her sense of humor, and her interest in others. 


Nikki Jo Bado

October 14, 1954 – April 22, 2016

Today, we grieve for the passing of a friend, teacher, and colleague, Nikki Bado, an Associate Professor at Iowa State University.

She had been on medical leave for the last year, and suffered from a blood clot thrown to her lungs resulting in heart failure on Friday, shortly after her last surgery.

A beloved member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Academy of Religion, she helped build the Contemporary Pagan Studies Group and worked as a co-editor on the Pagan Studies book series for Equinox Publishing.

She wrote on Paganism, religion in popular culture, Japanese religious festivals, the body in religion, and pilgrimage, among other topics.
Her longest work on Pagan religion was the book Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual.

Good friend, priestess, hard-working scholar. She will be missed.

Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

Nikki Bado passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016. Nikki earned her B.A. and M.A. from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Ohio State University. Her tenure-line appointment at Iowa State started with a joint appointment in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and the Women’s Studies Program. She later moved full time to the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies while remaining affiliated with the Women Studies Program. She was the Director of the Religious Studies Program from 2008-2010.

Nikki’s specialization in ritual studies and performance, women and religion, religion and the body, and folklore brought a unique perspective to the religious studies program. Her two books, Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual and Toying With God: The World of Religious Games and Dolls were well received, with the latter nominated for the American Academy of Religion best book of the year in the analytical/descriptive category.

With her quick wit, sharp tongue, and infectious laughter Nikki related well to students. Many of her students counted her as not only a mentor but also as a friend.

During the past several years Nikki suffered serious side effects of diabetes that kept her out of the classroom and away from campus. She had only recently returned to teaching, offering the first on-line courses for the religious studies program which, to her surprise, she enjoyed a great deal.


Harlan K Baker

April 2, 1926 – September 13, 2016

Harlan K Baker was born on April 2, 1926, in Jefferson, Iowa, to Clarence and Vava (Hays) Baker. He died on September 13, 2016, at the age of 90.

K graduated from Jefferson High School, where he served as senior class president. After graduation, K served in the Army Air Corps. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, and a master's in industrial education. K was a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Epsilon Pi Tau, Phi Delta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi honoraries. He retired from Iowa State University, where he worked as an associate professor and director of the Energy Extension program as well as acting director of Engineering Extension. After retiring from ISU, K was hired by the Des Moines Home Builders Association to develop energy-efficient programs.

K had a life-long interest in animals, especially reptiles. He was known to stop the car in order to rescue an animal that had wandered onto the road. He loved spending time with his family and especially enjoyed interacting with children. He was instrumental in organizing family reunions that were looked forward to by all. He was a dedicated volunteer to a variety of organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Camp Fire, Army Corps of Engineers, First Christian Church, Boy Scouts, and Lions Club. He also served as a volunteer firefighter. K was an inspiration to others with his never-give-up attitude in the face of adversity. He was always there for his family and gave them unconditional support and love.

K is survived by his wife, Carol, and nine children: Shanaz Vollmer of Fairfield; Deb Davis (Steve) of Bondurant; Karen Ross (Mike) of Monmouth, OR; Charles Baker (Elaine Hood) of Conifer, CO; Bob Baker (Dorrie) of Williams, OR; Sean Baker (Dianna) of Manhattan Beach, CA; Renee Fremgen (Bill) of Boise, ID; Russ Amundson (Linda) of Boone; and Rochelle Harris (Jeff) of Thousand Oaks, CA. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren: Ian Davis (Keri Schlueter), Kelli Stuckart (Nick), Brian Ross (Malia), Becky Bentley (Daniel), Aidan Vollmer, Rachelle Steijn (Pete), Taryn Wilson (Jeff), Leah Ruggle, Samantha Pede (Thomas), Austin Baker, MacKenzie Baker, Zoe Baker, Will Fremgen, Waverly Fremgen, Winston Fremgen, Caleb Harris, and Riley Harris. K is survived by eight great-grandchildren: Ephram and Freya Stuckart, Bracken Wilson, Kailani and Isla Ross, Leo and Gabe Steijn, and Raelynn Bentley. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Gladys, and his sister Peggy.

Tribute by his daughter, Deb Davis

K started his career at Iowa State in 1955 teaching electronics and math classes for Engineering Extension. He became an associate professor, twice served as acting director of Engineering Extension and was director of the Iowa Energy Extension Service program. K retired from ISU in 1988.

A highlight of K's career was helping to establish the Energy Extension Service and serving as its director. This position gave him the opportunity to show others how to conserve natural resources, which he was passionate about. Among other things, the department assisted people who were planning to build homes by evaluating their house plans for energy efficiency purposes, as well as providing energy audits and radon testing for homeowners. As part of this role, he enjoyed visiting elementary schools to show students how to bake cookies using a solar oven. As director of the Iowa Energy Extension Service, K played a major role in the successful completion of the International Conference and Workshops on Iceberg Utilization for Fresh Water Production, Weather Modification and Other Applications held at ISU in 1977. Approximately 175 scientists from around the globe discussed icebergs as a potential solution to the world's need for more fresh water. The principal sponsors of the conference were Prince Mohamed Al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia and the National Science Foundation. An iceberg was brought to Ames for the conference and chips of the iceberg were placed in drinking glasses to cool drinks during the conference. K was honored to be asked by Senator Tom Harkin to testify before a congressional committee on the importance of energy conservation.

K loved spending time with his family and especially enjoyed interacting with children. He was instrumental in organizing family reunions and was a dedicated volunteer for a variety of organizations, including Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency, Habitat for Humanity, Camp Fire, Army Corps of Engineers, First Christian Church, Boy Scouts, and Lions Club. He also served as a volunteer firefighter. K had a life-long interest in animals, especially reptiles, and was known to stop the car to rescue an animal that had wandered onto the road. K was an inspiration to others with his never-give-up attitude in the face of adversity. He gave his family unconditional support and love. One of K's first duties at ISU was teaching night classes in towns in the central Iowa area. Occasionally, he would take one of his older daughters with him while he taught. Each of the girls looked forward to spending special time with their dad and being invited to watch him teach while they read and did homework.

K graduated from Jefferson High School, where he served as senior class president. After graduation, K served in the Army Air Corps. After he was discharged in the fall of 1945 he studied herpetology at Iowa State. He was married in July 1946 and then dropped out of school for ten years. He attended a color TV class taught by Iowa State and decided to change his major when ISU offered him a job. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's in industrial education, both from ISU. K was a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Epsilon Pi Tau, Phi Delta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi honoraries. After retiring from ISU, K was hired by the Des Moines Home Builders Association to develop energy-efficient programs.


Paul R. Bond

April 19, 1930 – October 31, 2016

(Listen to tribute by Donna Bond)

Paul R. Bond, 86, passed away October 31, 2016 after battling Parkinson's disease for 13 years. Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 23 at CrossRoad Baptist Church in Ames.

Paul Riley Bond was born April 19, 1930 to Clarence and Hazel (Zenor) Bond in Buffalo Center, Iowa. Paulgraduated Valedictorian from Buffalo Center High School in 1948. He majored in Radio Engineering at JohnBrown University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1952. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force later that year andserved four years at a radio relay station in Germany. At the completion of his military service, Paul enrolledat Iowa State University where he earned his Master's degree in 1958, and PhD in 1963, both in Electrical Engineering. He was a member of the Electrical Engineering faculty at ISU for over 30 years, retiring in 1996.

Paul was a strong Christian, attending Campus Baptist (now Crossroads Baptist) Church. He believed that it was vital to tithe his time as well as his money. He was a Trustee, Sunday School Teacher, Treasurer, and capably oversaw the building committee when the church built a large addition. During his retirement he and his wife, Donna, enjoyed volunteering at Ironwood Christian Camp in California, where their daughter, Carol works.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Donna Marie (Lubberts); two daughters, Carol Ann of Newberry Springs, Calif. and Diane Joy (married to Brett Larson) of Milaca, Minn.; two grandchildren, Cedar Bond Larson and Leif Bond Larson; his brothers, Lowell (Audrey), Norman (Heni) and Stanley (Lynn); his sisterin-law, Esther (Lubberts) Worthington; his brother-in-law, Earl Worthington; as well as a large extendedfamily.

Paul was preceded in death by his daughter, Sarah Dawn; his parents, Hazel and Clarence; and his brother, Hugh Gordon.


Chester L. Britt III

July 22, 1962 – August 30, 2016

(Listen to tribute by Kelly Champion)

Chester L. Britt, III, 54 of Ames, passed away August 30, 2016 at Israel Family Hospice in Ames.

Chet Britt was born July 22, 1962 to Chester Lamont and Lilia (Colley) Britt, II in Santa Monica, California. Chester graduated from Workman High School in City of Industry, Calif. He met Kelly Champion at Arizona State University in 2001 and they were married May 19, 2007 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Chet earned a B.S. in 1984 from the University of Iowa with Honors in Sociology, a M.A. in Sociology in 1986 from Washington State University, and a Ph.D in Sociology in 1990 from the University of Arizona. He was appointed an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, at the University of Illinois from 1990 to 1995. His second appointment as an Assistant Professor was at Pennsylvania State University from 1995 to 1999. He held the position of Associate Professor at Arizona State University from 1999 to 2006, and at Northeastern University from 2006 to 2011. He achieved the rank of full Professor at Northeastern University in 2011, which he held until 2015, when he accepted his most recent position at Iowa State University in 2015. His administrative responsibilities have included Chair, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Arizona State University, 2003 to 2006, Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program, College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 2006 to 2008, Interim Dean, College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 2008 to 2010, Dean, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 2010 to 2015, and Chair, Department of Sociology, Iowa State University, 2015 to the present. He was also a Visiting Scholar, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University (Australia) during June of 2012.

Chet’s awards and honors include selection for Phi Beta Kappa in 1984, Honors Pass, Crime and Deviance Preliminary Exam in 1987, Graduate Research Fellowship, National Institute of Justice in 1989, Faculty Recognition Award, Research and Graduate Studies Office, Pennsylvania State University in 1997, and a Faculty Recognition Award, Research and Graduate Studies Office, Pennsylvania State University in 1998.

His fields of interest were Criminological theory; Demography of crime, criminal careers, and victimization; Criminal justice decision-making; and Quantitative research methods. His books include Control Theories of Crime and Delinquency: Advances in Criminological Theory, Volume 12 by Chester L. Britt and Michael Gottfredson (Editors), 2003; and Statistics in Criminal Justice, 4th ed. by David Weisburd and Chester L. Britt, 2014.
His wide array of other work includes publications in journals, book chapters, proceedings from conferences and symposiums, book reviews, funded research, invited presentations, dissertation committees, professional service in the institutions that he worked in and the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice, as well as community service. Chet’s professional memberships included the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the American Sociological Association.

Chet was a member of First Church of Somerville in Somerville, Mass., and was a fan the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels, and a huge fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes. He loved being a dad, spending time with his family, and making his wife have time for fun.

Chet is survived by his wife, Kelly Champion of Ames; his children, Lucas (Nicole) Britt, IV of West Covina, Calif., Aly Hiller (né Britt; Morgan) of Winham, N.H., Dana Gustafson of Ames and René Gustafson of Ames; one grandson, Jackson Hiller; his parents, Chester and Lilia Britt, II of West Covina; and one sister, Karyn Johnny of Glendora, California.

Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

Iowa State University lost an outstanding scholar on August 30, 2016 when Chester L. “Chet” Britt III died at age 54 from anaphylactic shock resulting from a wasp sting. Chet’s main areas of interest were criminological theory, quantitative research methods, decision-making in the justice system, and demographic correlates of crime, criminal careers, and victimization. Along with David Weisburd, Chet published three editions of a statistics text and along with Michael Gottfredson published Advances in Criminological Theory volume on control theory. Chet published many other book chapters and refereed articles in a host of journals including International Review of Victimology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Research and Policy, Justice Quarterly, Law and Society Review, Social Science Quarterly, and Violence and Victims among others. Chet was very active in professional organizations, presented his research all over the world, previously served as editor of Justice Quarterly, and routinely traveled the country to evaluate criminology and criminal justice departments and programs.

More importantly, Chet was a talented administrator, a loyal colleague, and a valued friend. He was known for his kind nature, his quick wit and playful sense of humor, and his ability to motivate and inspire other scholars in the field. As a student, professor, and administrator, Chet touched the lives of many people in his educational journey that spanned the University of Iowa, Washington State University, University of Arizona, University of Illinois, Pennsylvania State University, Arizona State University, Monash University, Northeastern University, and finally, Iowa State University. He will be missed by his colleagues around the world and those at Iowa State, and he will always be remembered for his lasting impact as a scholar, administrator, and friend.

Tribute by his parents, Lila and Chet Britt

When Chet was about 14, the neighbor across the street was screaming that her baby had stopped breathing. Chet was a Boy Scout and quickly ran across the street to save this child's life. He performed CPR (mouth to mouth) until the paramedics arrived. That baby is now a 40 year old father.

Our son was loving and caring. Those were natural attributes. When he became a Dad himself, that was his greatest accomplishment. His nickname was Smiley. He received that name when he was born. It will be how we always remember him....smiling. Teasing was also part of his personality. Whether his target was his sister or a college friend. Everyone was free game. Lastly, his biggest love was IOWA. He always wanted to end up in Iowa. May he rest in peace. He will always be in our hearts. We love him and miss him so much.

Tribute by his sister, Karyn Britt

Chet was the big brother that anyone would look up to and admire. He was smart and witty, and mischievous too. I remember when he was 5 and I was 3, and he was walking to school to go to Kindergarten. I followed him all the way to school because I just wanted to spend time with him. Our Mom was at home frantically searching for me. Not too long after I arrived at school, the secretary called my Mom to come and pick me up. She was relieved, but I shadowed that Big Brother.

Chet was taken from us way too soon. My parents and I have a huge void. He was the only son; the only brother. We miss his phone conversations, the talk of the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Angels and the Red Sox. We miss his laugh, and his advice when times seemed turbulent. We love you Chet and miss you so much.


Robert F. Brodsky

May 16, 1925 – March 29, 2016
 
Claremont, CA, Dr. Robert F. "Bob" Brodsky, age 90, died on March 29, 2016 after a short illness. Bob was a distinguished aerospace engineer and professor; avid sailor; New Orleans Jazz expert; and the author of seven books, who is listed in: Who's Who in America, Science and Engineering, and American Education. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, he's a graduate of: Cornell (BME); NYU (MA and ScD, Aeronautic Engineering); and the U. of New Mexico (MS Math). He served in the US Navy in WWII.

Bob's beloved wife, Patricia "Patti" Wess Brodsky, age 82, an actress and fellow world traveler, died a day later on March 30, 2016. They raised four children: Bette, Bobby (he predeceased them), David and Jeffrey, and are also survived by eight grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Bob and Patti were area residents for many years while he worked at TRW and taught at USC (see a detailed memorial in: USC Viterbi School of Astronautical Engineering, News Letter, April, 2016, p. 7-8). Bob skippered a 38 foot sloop in the south bay with a merry and accomplished crew of "old salts", until Bob and Patti retired to Claremont in 2012.

The couple leaves behind devoted friends, family and colleagues from all over the world as reported in their book, Pat and Bob TRIP the Light Fantastic, 2014.


Patricia Weiss Brodsky

July 1, 1933 – March 30, 2016

Dr. Robert F. “Bob” Brodsky, a longtime Claremont resident, died on March 29, 2016 of complications from pneumonia at the age of 90. He was an aerospace engineer, professor, sailor, New Orleans Jazz expert and the author of seven books. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in American Education.

Dr. Brodsky’s beloved wife and dearest friend, Patricia Wess Brodsky, an actress and world traveler, died one day later on March 30 2016. She was 82. They raised four children, Bette Brodsky of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the late Robert “Bobby” Brodsky (March 31, 1952-November 23, 2012), also of Santa Fe, David Brodsky of Claremont and Jeffrey Brodsky of Clinton, Massachusetts. The couple is also survived by eight devoted and loving grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

They met in Claremont when Bob was a lead engineer at the Convair Corporation in Pomona, and married here in 1959. Dr. Brodsky was a pioneer in the Atomic, guided missile and Space Ages. In the first, he was responsible for the aerodynamic design and performance of all our early atomic bombs. He was written up in Time Magazine (February 1, 1963) for his invention of a space lifeboat, and was awarded two national outstanding Aerospace Educator citations. During Dr. Brodsky’s career he was employed by the Sandia in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Convair, Aerojet in Azusa and TRW in Redondo Beach. He taught astronautical engineering at UCLA Extension, Iowa State University and the University of Southern California.

In 2012 USC President C.L. Max Nikias sent him a letter of commendation for having won his long fight to have astronautics established and accredited as a separate academic pursuit. A veteran, he served in the US Navy in World War II. His is a graduate of Cornell University (BME); New York University (Master of Aeronautic Engineering and Doctor of Science) and the University of New Mexico (MS Math).

Patricia “Patti” Brodsky, once an office manager for the Claremont COURIER in the 1950s, studied acting at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and was a leading actress and lauded member of community theaters in many of the places the couple lived during their 55-year marriage. Besides living in the late ‘50s and ‘60s in Claremont—where they returned to live at Claremont Manor in 2012—they lived in Ames, Iowa where Dr. Brodsky was a professor at Iowa State University and Patti co-founded the Iowa Women’s Theater Company; in Paris, France where Dr. Brodsky was an executive with Aerojet; in Haifa, Israel where Dr. Brodsky was twice a visiting professor at the Technion and, for many years, in Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach until 2012.

The couple also leaves behind devoted friends, family and colleagues from all over the world as reported in their 2014 book, Pat and Bob TRIP the Light Fantastic, available on Amazon.


David Brown

March 5, 1942 – June 6, 2016

David Charles "Brownie" Brown age 74, of Story City, died Monday, June 6, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. A gathering of friends and family will be held at 4:00-6:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way Ames. Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Lifepointe Church, 409 13th Street Ames. Burial will be at Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Dave was born in Ames, Iowa on March 5, 1942, the son of Leslie and Minnie Brown. He attended Ames High School and married Karan Louks in 1980 in Ames. The couple lived in Roland for several years and later moved to Story City. He worked at Iowa State University in the power plant for 28 years, then retired in 1998. He was a member of Lifepointe Church in Ames.

Dave is survived by his wife, Karan Brown of Story City; his children, Richard Brown of Ankeny, Dawn Buckendahl of Ames, Tamara Doyle of Story City, Jaclyn Oldburg of Ohio, Marc Brown of Des Moines, and Adam Brown of Story City; nine grandchildren; a brother, Jerry Brown of Ames and a sister, DeLores Roberson of Ames.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Larry Brown, and sisters, Shirley Alexander and Phyllis Brown.


Dolores B. Brown

April 2, 1933 – January 4, 2017

Dolores B. Brown (Hughes) passed away on January 4, 2017, in the care of her daughters and Iowa City Hospice. A memorial service is planned for Sunday, January 15, at 4:00 p.m. at Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames, Iowa. A light supper will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Collegiate United Methodist Church or the Ames Public Library. To share a memory, thought or condolence please go to the funeral home website @ www.gayandciha.com.

Dolores was born on April 2, 1933, in Sandusky, Ohio, to Wesley and Lucille (Waldock) Hughes. The eldest of three daughters (Diana and Marilyn) she grew up in Kansas and Ohio and later moved with her family to Denver, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado in May, 1955, with a degree in Medical Records Administration. She married Joseph M. Brown on December 29 of the same year.

Dolores was a hard worker and frequently reminisced about picking strawberries as a child and her summer job during her high school years at UXU dude ranch outside of Yellowstone. She loved making a home and raising her family, but after 15 years out of the work force she planned to return gradually with part time employment. Instead she was persuaded to head the Medical Records department at Mary Greeley Hospital, where she served ably for 24 years. Despite not knowing how to turn on the electric typewriter on her first day of work, she proceeded to move the department, and herself, into the computer age.

In 1965 Dolores and Joe moved their young family to Ames, when Joe accepted a faculty position at Iowa State University. Dolores loved being a faculty wife and living in a university community. Her life changed in 1972 with her husband's disabling illness. She adapted courageously to a new reality, caring for Joe until his death in 2003. She supported and raised the family, and somehow managing to wring every possible bit of enjoyment from the life she had been given. She was smart, daring, and resourceful. She loved traveling with family and friends. She collected art, loved searching for a bargain, loved attending and working at Soup Supper, and greatly loved her community at Collegiate United Methodist Church.

Most of all, Dolores had a tremendous capacity for friendship. She could talk to anyone, and she did! In the last months of her life she was still keeping up with friends from her college days and pleased to be making new friends in Iowa City where she had moved to live with her daughter. It was, however, her Ames friendships, many of them spanning five decades, which were of the deepest importance to her.

She is loved and remembered by her four daughters, Janet (Nick) Vidnovic, Carolyn Brown, Dia (John) Boyle, and Donna (Tony) Richardson, and her ten grandchildren, Nick (Amy) Vidnovic, Loren (Adam) McDonald, Ella and Anna Brown, Jack, Mary Dolores, and Joe Boyle, and Bobbie, Casey, and Betsy Richardson. In the last week of her life, she was able to meet and hold her first great-granddaughter, Annie Vidnovic.


David A. Brueck

April 10, 1925 – May 21, 2016

David A. Brueck, age 91, of Storm Lake, Iowa died Saturday, May 21, 2016 at North Lake Manor in Storm Lake, Iowa.

The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

David A. Brueck was born on April 10, 1925, on the family farm southeast of Battle Creek, Iowa, settled by his grandfather in 1880. David was the seventh child, 5th boy born to John Henry Brueck, Sr. and Carrie (Dall) Brueck. David attended country school at Maple #7, and high school at Battle Creek, graduating in 1941 at age 16 years, 1 month. In early 1943, he enlisted in the Navy, was assigned to pilot ground training followed by gunnery school at Jacksonville, Florida, and assignment to Navy B-24 Liberator crew as tail gunner, patrolling for submarines in the Atlantic. In 1945, he was assigned to the USS General H.W. Butner, AP 113, a well-armed troop transport with 38 guns. The ship evaded a Japanese attack in July leaving dents in the rear without explosions but the 5500 troops that came on board at Marseilles, France were safe. David received his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946 and enrolled at Iowa State College where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering in March, 1949.

David married Joanne Wanberg on December 4, 1949, at Galva, Iowa, and they farmed the home farm near Battle Creek for 6 years where they were awarded several soil conservation awards. David and Joanne moved to Cherokee County where their second son was born in 1956; David worked for Iowa State College and farmed at Washta until 1960 when their doctor recommended they move to a dry climate for their second son's heart condition. David was hired by the University of Arizona Extension Service in Tucson and earned a Master of Business Administration degree in night classes. David developed internationally recognized computer programs for Agriculture while teaching at the University of Arizona and was a consultant to IBM presenting seminars at Endicott, New York and San Jose, California for IBM. The Agriculture Committee of the American Bankers Association also asked him to speak at their national meetings during the 1960s.

Following a teaching position at Southern Methodist University in Dallas from 1969 to 1972, David was hired by FMC International at San Jose, California, to develop a plan of increasing food development for a 2 million dollar contract they had signed with Iran. He developed the use of satellite imagery for identifying agricultural resources with computer analysis. This led to developing proposals for agricultural contracts in Eastern Europe, Asia and South America. During this period he was also a consultant to the U.S. State Department AID, United Nations Development Programs, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, the National Aeronautics Space Administration, NASA, and working part of the time with CIA personnel when in the Middle East.

In 1976, David accepted a position as 2nd Vice President and Operations officer with the Trust Department of Northern Trust bank in Chicago, using the computer program he had developed at the University of Arizona. This consisted of all the accounting on 400 farms in 38 states Nortrust managed for investors. He also helped complete a project in Bulgaria and proposals in the country of Oman for Northern agriculture, David took a position with Babson Bros. Company, (Surge Milking Equipment) developing computer applications for several hundred dealers in Canada and the United States. In 1983, David was hired by Iowa State University Extension during the Farm Crisis and retired from Iowa State University in 1992.

Throughout his life both in the Navy and his work he traveled to thirty countries. David also served in various churches as an Elder, chairman of the board, taught Sunday school and always sang in the choir. He loved to sing both in musical programs and barbershop quartets. Over the years he shared his slides of the Middle East to groups and schools.

David was a wonderful husband and father, always helping out various members of his extended family and friends. He will always be a farmer at heart.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne; sons, David C. and Timothy; and beloved grandson Christopher Smith, plus his many nieces and nephews. A remembrance of a rich life was observed in his home with friends and family. The Bruecks wish to deeply thank the Unity Point Hospice and the North Lake Manor nursing home for their extraordinary care.


Kathleen D. Bryan

July 14, 1934 – August 24, 2016

Kathleen D. Hill - Bryan, 82, of Des Moines, passed away on August 24, 2016 at Taylor House Hospice surrounded by her family. Kathleen, the youngest of seven children, was born on July 14, 1934 in West Des Moines to Peter and Mildred Bosovich.

Kathleen lived in California and Colorado, but spent most of her life on the east side of Des Moines, here she and her husband, Eugene Hill, raised their children, Marty Hill of Plano Texas and Jennifer Lindsey of Des Moines.

After her husband's death, she married Don Bryan, who also preceded her in death.
Kathleen graduated college and worked as a Paralegal, before she went to work for Iowa State, from where she retired at the age of 75.

Kathleen, was outgoing, fun and enjoyed life. Nothing meant more to her than family, friends and laughter. Even in the final days before her passing, she was always entertaining to her many friends and loved ones with her wit and wisdom. She was giving woman, who kept giving until the very end. Kathleen was truly one of a kind, and leaves a gigantic hole in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

Kathy is survived by her Sister, Rose Kast; Children, Marty Hill, with his wife Robin, and Jennifer Lindsey; Grandchildren, Jessica Hill, Hannah Lindsey, Nicole Chapin, and Adam, Sean, and Rachel Rizzieri. She was preceded in death by Husbands Eugene Hill and Don Bryan; and Granddaughter, Pamela Hill.


Ruby E. Buck

October 29, 1916 – January 7, 2017

(Listen to tribute by Mary Buck)

Ruby Eileen Costello Buck was born October 29, 1916 to Francis (Frank) Leo and Essie Zazle (Smith) Costello, on a farm east of Edina, Missouri. She attended country school and then Edina Public Schools graduating in 1934. In 1937, she went to Fort Madison Business College for a secretarial and bookkeeping course. She completed her course work in May of 1938 and was offered a position at Iowa Wesleyan College at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. She had been employed at Iowa Wesleyan College for three years when the business manager for the college passed away. The administrative board asked her to manage the office until a new manager was selected.

She continued to work at Iowa Wesleyan until May 1945. This was the period of World War II and Iowa Wesleyan had accepted a pre-flight unit for training which required more responsibilities than the usual. Because of requests for information about Iowa Wesleyan College, at the request of the president of the college, Ruby took over writing a letter, “Letters from Home”, to Iowa Wesleyan servicemen giving them information about Iowa Wesleyan, and asking them to send her information about their service that they could and addresses so that she could pass it on to other servicemen. These letters are in the archives at Iowa Wesleyan College.

Ruby accepted a position at Iowa State College in May 1945 as a bookkeeper in the Women’s Foods Department. When the Residence Department at Iowa State College was formed, she was transferred into that department as the first office girl under Dr. J. C. Schlitter.

On August 31, 1947, Ruby was united in marriage to a horticulture student, Griffith J. Buck, at the Collegiate Methodist Church. To this union two daughters were born: Mary in 1951 and Susan in 1954.

At the time of her death, Ruby was a member of the Collegiate United Methodist Church, 50-year plus member of the ISU Women’s Club, a life member of the Iowa Arboretum, a member of the Audubon Society and the Iowa and American Rose Societies. She worked in a number of organizations while her girls were growing up. She enjoyed bird watching, sewing, cooking and reading.

Ruby passed away at 100 years of age on January 7, 2017, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.

Ruby is survived by her daughters, Mary Eileen Buck, and Susan Louise and her husband Roger Ramthun; grandson, Matthew and wife Hillarie Ramthun; 3 step-great-granddaughters, Maya Hjelden and Savana and Isla Miller; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Griffith J. Buck; parents, Frank and Essie Costello; her in-laws, Griffith and Mary Buck; 4 brothers and their wives - Virgil, Edwin and wife, Thena, Paul and wife, Roberta, and John in infancy; one sister, Zetta Frances and husband, Jens Rice; one nephew, Sgt. Gerald Rice; and special cousin, Florence Costello.


Layton Burkhart

July 8, 1936 – August 11, 2016

Layton Burkhart, 80, of Huxley, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at home, in Huxley.

Layton's wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life service will be held 1:30, Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at the Leonard Good Community Center in Ogden. Rev. Gary Hoyt will officiate. Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery in Ogden. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service.

Layton Linn Burkhart was born on July 8, 1936, in Ogden, Iowa, the son of David and Ada (Johnson) Burkhart. He graduated from Ogden High School in 1954.

On October 27, 1954, Layton was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart Phyllis Darlene Carter in Ogden. He farmed in Ogden before moving to the Ames area to work as an electrician. Layton finished his career retiring from Iowa State University.

 He had many hobbies including lapidary, woodworking, hunting, fishing, and gardening.

Layton was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Dennis Burkhart, and a great grandson.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis Burkhart; son, Raymond Burkhart; two daughters, Terri Hoff (Mike McDonald) and Coralee (Mohamad) Homsi; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; one sister, Nyla Good.


LaVaune Wood Caldwell

August 3, 1918 – November 30, 2016

LaVaune Wood Caldwell, 98, passed away at Wesley Acres Health Center on November 30, 2016 after a progressive decline due to Alzheimer's disease.

A memorial service will be held at Wesley Acres at 10:00 a.m., December 28, 2016. LaVaune was born August 3, 1918 to Alvin and Ida Lewison. She grew up on a farm near Kanawha, IA. Her parents were immigrants from Norway. She attended a one-room schoolhouse located a mile and one-half from the farm, and graduated from Britt High School in 1935.

She followed her sister, Ramona to Des Moines, where her first job was to replace Ramona at Aetna Insurance Company, located in the Des Moines Register and Tribune building. After a couple of years working there, she took a new position working for the Hotel Fort Des Moines as secretary to the manager. It was during this job that she met Warner Wood, an assistant manager at Wakonda Club, who later became manager of the Embassy Club.

LaVaune and Warner were married March 1, 1941, at St. John's Lutheran Church. They honeymooned in Mexico. Two daughters, Sue and Sandra, were born during the war; Sue in Iowa, and Sandra in Indiana, where Warner served at a naval supply depot. After the war, LaVaune and Warner resided on 36th Street in Beaverdale. While at that address, a third daughter, Kristine, and a son, Randall, were born.

LaVaune was active in PTA, as a homeroom mother, a Campfire Girl's leader, and was especially active at St. John's Lutheran Church, where she later became an elder. She and Warner regularly attended Club Manager's conventions including one held in London and another in Hawaii.

Warner passed away October 11, 1981. A few years later, LaVaune moved to West Des Moines, making new friends and satisfying her interest in foreign travel, visiting Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Budapest, Bratislava and Japan. She remained close to her 5 siblings, spending time with a few of them in Texas during the winters.

In 1996, LaVaune became reacquainted with Wallace C. Caldwell, son of her mother's best friend in Britt, who had become a widower in 1995. Wally and LaVaune were married August 1, 1998. For the next few years they travelled, sailing through the Panama Canal, cruising in Alaska, and a bus trip up the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in to Canada. The couple lived in Ankeny for 2 years, then in 2000 moved to Wesley Acres on Grand Avenue in Des Moines. Wallace died in 2012.

LaVaune lived a long and rewarding life. In her last years, she spoke often of her family, her travels, her pets, and especially her cats.

She is survived by her children Sue McNeil and Sandra Clark (Walter) of Des Moines, Kristine Wood of Fairfield, and Randall Wood (Bronwyn) of Ann Arbor, Michigan; 7 grandchildren, Kristine McNeil, Brian McNeil, Dennis Clark, Victor Clark, Paul Clark, Laura Clark, and Philip Vega; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her two husbands, 2 two brothers, three sisters, and most of her friends.

The family extends special thanks to the staff of the Austin Center and Health Center at Wesley Acres and to Unity Point Hospice for their wonderful care and support.
Memorials may be directed to Wesley Acres Good Samaritan Fund or to St. John's Lutheran Church.


Dan D. Carlile

March 30, 1953 – January 1, 2017

Danny Dean Carlile was born March 30, 1953 to Robert Okla and Elizabeth Ann (Alderman) Carlile in Parsons, Kansas. When he was 2 years old, the family moved to Caney, Kansas where he completed high school in 1971. After graduating in 1973 with an associates’ degree from Coffeyville Junior College, he went to work at City Services in Tulsa for two years. He then went on to graduate from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 1978 with a Journalism degree where he was on the The Daily O’Collegian newspaper staff. Upon graduation, he attended Kansas University (KU) Law School for a year and then moved to Claremore, Okla. where he worked for Mistletoe Express for two years. He then went to work for St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa where he was in charge of audio visual and later started the personal computer (PC) helpdesk group. This experience led him to 25 years as assistant director in IT Services, 18 at Oklahoma State University (OSU) and 6 at Iowa State University (ISU) from which he retired in 2010. Dan then changed careers becoming a real estate agent for Hunziker & Associates in Ames, Iowa where he was an agent for 5 years and had recently obtained his brokers’ license.

Dan enjoyed his years as a Cub Scout leader for his sons’ packs at Kate Mitchell and St. Cecilia Schools. Dan’s passions were reading, art, music, and his faith. He was recently focused on reading about the Catholic Saints. His longtime interest was of Custer and the American Indian Wars, of which he may have read all that was ever written. Dan also loved being in nature enjoying hunting and bird watching. Some of Dan’s other hobbies were cars (MGs especially), photography, and music. He earned his way through college as a photographer. His excellent memory, extensive knowledge of history and gift of gab made him a wonderful storyteller. Dan was such a people person; he especially loved babies and was always meeting new people that he adopted as family. He had a kind heart and was willing to give whatever he could to help others. Above all, Dan was a devoted husband and father who gave completely and will be sorely missed.

Dan married Cheryl Diane Harris on September 28, 1996 at First United Methodist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma. To this union were born Benjamin Harris "Ben" in Stillwater, and John Thomas "Jack" in Ames.

Dan passed away after a hiking accident on January 1, 2017.

Dan is survived by his wife, Cheryl and sons, Ben and Jack, all of Ames; his sister, Betty (John) Henderson of Caney, Kan.; his brothers, Larry (Kirsten) of Denver, Colo., John (Tracey) of Summerville, S.C., David of Katy, Texas and Bill (Randi) of Broken Arrow, Okla.; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Harris of Oklahoma City, Okla.; his brother-in-laws, Chris (Deanna) Harris, Lance (Melinda) Harris, all of Oklahoma City; and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Steven Carlile; and his father-in-law, Melvin Leon Harris.


Robert L. (Sam) Carstens

July 31, 1922 – August 1, 2016

Dr. R. L. (Sam) Carstens died Monday, August 1, 2016 at age 94. He was the son of Ava E. Kulow and Fred A. Carstens. He graduated from Iowa State College in 1943 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Serving with the U.S. Army in World War II, his engineer battalion built 40 tactical bridges in France and Germany. He was awarded 5 campaign stars for this service. After almost 5 years of working in Iowa in the construction industry, he was recalled to active military service in 1950 and served in Korea. There, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for exemplary service and 4 campaign stars. Following his military service, he worked in Saudi Arabia as an engineer for the Arabian-American Oil Company, 1954 to 1961, and as an engineer for USAID in Bolivia, 1962 and 1963. He received graduate degrees from ISU in Transportation Engineering in 1964. In 1965, Dr. Carstens was appointed Professor in Charge of the Transportation Engineering section of his department and served with distinction as a teacher and researcher until he retired at the end of 1986. He was especially active in outreach activities, presenting many short courses, workshops, seminars, and papers to widely varying audiences during his tenure at ISU. From 1975 until 1991, Dr. Carstens also served as a consultant in transportation engineering. Many of his projects were in connection with litigation. He appeared as an expert witness in 97 trials. Of these, 19 were on behalf of the Iowa Department of Transportation, and 30 were in defense of other public entities. Among the many honors and awards to Dr. Carstens was the Faculty Citation for long outstanding and inspired service on the faculty of Iowa State University, the Out-Standing Educator Award from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association for a remarkable contribution to transportation education, the Special Service Award from the Iowa County Engineers Association for many contributions to the engineering profession, the Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa Engineering Society for outstanding service to the engineering profession, and the Presidents Award from the Iowa Traffic Control and Safety Association for exemplary contributions to highway safety. He also received the Award of Merit from Acacia Fraternity for significant contributions in time and effort in the advancement of the ideals and objectives of Acacia. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ames, the Ames Noon Kiwanis Club, the Iowa State University Alumni Association, and the Cyclone Club. He was a dedicated follower of ISU athletics. Dr. Carstens is survived by his son, Michael Carstens (Lisa) of Littleton, Colorado; by his step-sons, Lloyd DeMoss (Helen) of Sioux city and Ron Jordan (Kyla) of Surprise, Arizona and Cody, Wyoming; by step-daughters, Sheila Burdett of Pearland, Texas and Janis (Richard) Coss of Davis, California; and by step-daughter-in-law, Kim Jordan (Dean Miller) of Ames. He is also survived by his two granddaughters (Hannah, Cayla); 10 step-grandchildren; and 14 step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marian; by his second wife, Lenita; by his parents; by his brother, John; and by his step-son, Craig Jordan.


Charles J. Cope

July 22, 1925 – April 12, 2017

Charles Junior Cope, 91, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the Madrid Home in Madrid. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, April 17, at Sanborn Memorial Chapel at The Madrid Home, with visitation/fellowship one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Madrid.

Charles was born July 22, 1925, in Blooming Prairie, MN, to Charles and Lottie (Gilman) Cope. He married Garnet Daugherty in 1959. Charles worked as a lab tech for Iowa State University, retiring in 1975.

Charles is survived by his step-children, Merrill Daugherty, Kenneth Daugherty, William Daugherty, and Leora Sowder; two nieces, Videl Blakeborough and Mary Ann Horton; and close friend, Diana Olsen. He was preceded in death by his wife, Garnet, his parents and his step-daughter, Mary Swensen.


Beverly Crabtree

June 22, 1937 – December 7, 2016

Dr. Beverly J. Crabtree, 79, formerly of Ames, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2016 at the Manor at Elfindale, in Springfield, MO after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born June 22, 1937 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Wayne and Frances Deles Dernier. She graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri in 1955. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1959 and 1962 with a major in Home Economics Education. Bev completed her Ph.D at Iowa State University with a major in Home Economics Education and minors in Sociology and Statistics. She met R. Jewell Crabtree while an undergraduate at the University of Missouri and they were married June 1, 1958.

Dr. Crabtree began her career as a high school home economics teacher in southwest Missouri. In 1964 she went on to become a faculty member at Michigan State University. She moved to the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1967 as the Chair of the Home Economics Education Department and later served as the Associate Dean of Extension for the College of Home Economics. She assumed the position of Dean of the College of Home Economics at Oklahoma State University in 1975 and served for 12 years. In 1987, Bev accepted the position of Dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at Iowa State University and retired there in 1997. Throughout her career Dr. Crabtree belonged to numerous professional, honorary and local civic organizations and served in a variety of leadership roles.

After her retirement, Beverly and Jewell had the good fortune to travel extensively in the US and abroad. Beverly was an avid reader and played a mean game of Scrabble and Pitch. She also adored her five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father. Bev is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jewell Crabtree; son, Greg Crabtree and wife Ursula; daughter Karen Kunkel and husband Allen; grandchildren Annelisa and Amelia Crabtree and Logan, Braden and Eden Kunkel; her brother, LeRoy Deles Dernier and wife Ruth, and sister, Marilyn Hunter and husband Paul, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was loved deeply and will be greatly missed.

Tribute by Submitted by Dynette Mosher, College of Human Sciences

Dean Emerita of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, leader, enthusiastic advocate and mentor - these words describe Beverly J. Crabtree.  From a very young age, growing up on the family farm and actively involved in 4-H club work, Beverly displayed characteristics of becoming a dynamic and articulate educator and leader.

Beverly J. (Deles Dernier) Crabtree became the Dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at Iowa State University in July 1987.  With the drive and savvy of a “corporate president”, Dean Crabtree rolled up her sleeves to embark on her vision to build upon a solid foundation of over 125 years and bring the college to the next level of excellence.  She challenged faculty, staff, students and alumni to boost academic, scientific, administrative and legislative support for the college.

Dean Crabtree was the dean at Oklahoma State University (OSU) prior to coming to ISU, and said the only other dean position in the country that could entice her away from OSU was the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at Iowa State University.  Beverly received her Ph.D. in home economics education from ISU in 1965.  

Dean Beverly Crabtree succeeded Dean Ruth Deacon.  After arriving at Iowa State, she often referred to college events and programs as A.D. (After Deacon) and/or B.C. (Before Crabtree).  Dean Crabtree often signed memos using her initials and was affectionately referred to as “B.C.” by her office staff.

Dean Crabtree’s early challenge was to support the new name of the college – from the College of Home Economics to the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.  She emphasized to “older” alumni that the college’s mission – advancing the well-being of family and consumers across the life span – would remain intact.

Her goal for the college became focused:  Top-of-mind awareness.  “Today we must be more assertive.  We need to tell our successes,” said Crabtree.  Her philosophy was the college serves as a breeding ground for ideas, to develop social and human capital and impact immediate economics needs.  She spear-headed the 125th birthday of the College with a yearlong celebration in 1996.

After receiving and defining a $1.4 million bequest from Dean Emeritus Helen LeBaron Hilton, under Crabtree’s leadership, the college created its first endowed chair in 1995.  As the largest, fully-funded endowed faculty chair at ISU, Crabtree positioned the college to annually seek an individual who could project an impact in a particular area.  Crabtree’s vision was to develop a chair which allowed flexibility to change focus areas.

Dean Crabtree worked diligently to raise more than $5 million for the Palmer Human Development and Family Studies Building, which opened in 1997. She pushed to complete the $8.4 million Human Nutritional Sciences Building as a hub for research.  She was instrumental in raising private alumni support to restore the Christian Petersen “Marriage Ring” sculpture, located in the foyer of MacKay Hall, and cast a new cement likeness for the pool on the south side of MacKay Hall.

During her ten years as dean, she challenged faculty to boost research grants from $587,000 to $10 million, helped develop The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA), formed the FACES student ambassadors organization, and increased scholarship support from $60,000 to more than $266,000.  Dean Crabtree served as the senior dean at Iowa State University for six years.

Beverly Crabtree was born June 22, 1937 in Lincoln, NE.  She graduated from Hickman High School, Columbia, Missouri in 1955.  She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1959 and 1962.  She began her career as a high school home economics teacher in southwest Missouri.  In 1964 she became a faculty member at Michigan State University.  In 1967 she became the chair of the home economics education department at the University of Missouri-Columbia and later served as the associate dean of Extension.  In 1975 Beverly was named dean of the College of Home Economics at Oklahoma State University, a position she held for twelve years.

Service to professional and community organizations was critical to Crabtree’s career.  She served as president of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and on numerous United State Department of Agriculture committees and councils.  She was also involved in leadership positions with numerous other national, regional and local civic boards.  

Awards included:  Ames Chamber of Commerce “Woman of the Year” 1991; American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Distinguished Service Award 1992; VEISHEA Professor of the Year 1994; and Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women in Politics, Strong-Minded Woman Award 1997; ISU Order of the Knoll Cardinal and Gold award 2002.

To quote Dean Crabtree, “I would like to think in 33 years of higher education I have encouraged others to think higher.  My sincere hope is that, during my career, I have served as a mentor and role model.”  That she did.

Beverly often credited her involvement in 4-H as the beginning of her leadership development experience, providing tremendous opportunities to gain valuable competencies in working with people and facilitating groups.  Her sheep project spanned her ten year 4-H career and helped finance her college education.   

Beverly married Dr. R. Jewell Crabtree (1964, M.S., agronomy) on June 1, 1958. She is survived by her husband, Jewell, and their two children:  Greg Crabtree (Ursula) and Karen Crabtree Kunkel (Allen) and five grandchildren.

Dean Emerita Beverly Crabtree passed away December 7, 2016 in Springfield, Missouri, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Tribute by her daughter, Karen Kunkel

Beverly J. Crabtree was the Dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences from 1987-97.

One of Dr. Crabtree's greatest accomplishments during her tenure at Iowa State University was in the area of private fundraising. Her leadership secured more than $5 million for the Palmer Human Development and Family Studies Building. At that time, no other academic building on campus had ever been constructed with as much private support and as much total funding in hand.

Even though Bev had many professional successes, she always credited faculty, staff, students and alumni for laying the path. Her greatest personal success was her family. She was married to her husband R. Jewel Crabtree for 58 years and together had two children. They remember her as a bundle of energy who was always on the go. Bev had a grand sense of adventure and loved to travel throughout the U.S. and the world.


Sue Ramsay Crull

February 15, 1941 – March 5, 2017

Sue Ramsay Crull died on Sunday, at the age of 76, after a seven-year battle with cancer. She was the daughter of Glenn and Edna Ramsay and grew up on a farm in Caledonia, Ill. She graduated from Belvidere High School and earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of Illinois. She earned a doctorate from Iowa State University in 1979. Sue (Dr. Crull) taught as a professor for several years at Iowa State University. She retired in 2007.

Sue is survived by her siblings, Virginia Gorton Bonne and Wallace Ramsay, and her husband of 53 years, Stanley Crull. They have two daughters, Andra Samuels and Heather Crull.


Herbert T. David

February 21, 1927 – July 6, 2016

Dr. Herbert T. David, age 89, of Ames, IA, died July 6, 2016, in Winnetka, IL.  Retired Professor of Statistics at Iowa State University after serving over 40 years.  Beloved husband of Carol;  dear father of Ted, Chris (Karen), and Carla (Bill) Young;  loving grandfather of Kyle, Laura, Claire, Caroline, Margaret, William, and Charlotte.


Earl Deatherage

July 19, 1937 – June 20, 2016

Earl Lee Deatherage, 78, of Boone, Iowa, and Waverly, passed away Monday afternoon, June 20, 2016, at Pleasant Hill Healthcare in Girard.

He was born at Waverly on July 19, 1937, the fourth of five children born to Henry E. "Babe" and Elizabeth "Betty" (Skeens) Deatherage.

He graduated from Waverly High School in 1955 and a few weeks after graduation enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Following basic and advanced training, he was assigned to Japan as an airplane mechanic, working on the then-modern fighter bombers. At the end of his tour in Japan, he was assigned to Hunter Air Force Base in Savannah, Georgia, and, except for a temporary assignment in England, finished his enlistment in Georgia.

After military service, Earl moved to Iowa where he spent four years working for Ted Points, another Waverly native, wiring grain bins. For the next nine years he worked for various contractors in the Ames and Boone, Iowa area. He began working for Iowa State University in 1973 and remained there until his retirement in December, 1999.

On Nov. 11, 1961, he married Carol Hamil in Boone, Iowa, and they were later divorced. They were the parents of two children, Brian Lee Deatherage of Ames, Iowa, and Amy Lynn (Dave) Sabin of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

In addition to his two children, Earl is survived by two grandsons, Dylan and Logan Sabin, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Howard, Lawrence and Lyndell; and one sister, Marjorie Opolka.

He was a longtime fan of stock car racing and served on the board of the track at Boone, Iowa, for a number of years. He was interested in genealogy and spent many hours working on his family history. The Deatherage family, in the Waverly area, dates back to the very earliest days of what would become Morgan County. He also spent hundreds of hours helping to transcribe and photograph headstones in many cemeteries located throughout Morgan, Sangamon, Scott, Greene and Macoupin counties.

He was a member of Waverly American Legion Post 262, served on the board of Waverly East Cemetery and was a member of the Waverly Genealogical and Historical Society. He was also a member of Waverly First United Methodist Church. He chose to spend his final months "back home" in Waverly among his many local friends and acquaintances. He will be sincerely missed by his family and all of his friends.


Margaret “Peg” Disque

September 24, 1917 – June 26, 2016

Margaret Maude Lowry Disque ("Peg") passed away peacefully at the Village of Skyline, Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sunday, June 26, 2016. Peg Disque was born on September 24, 1917, in Buckeye, Iowa, to Julius Lindsey and Maude (Beers) Lowry. Peg, the third of five children, graduated from high school in Audubon, Iowa, before moving to Des Moines, Iowa, where she graduated from the Capitol City Commercial College. Peg then went to work as a secretary using her new shorthand and typing skills at Connecticut General Life Insurance Company in Des Moines. In 1947, Peg and her son, Michael, moved to Ames after her divorce to live with her parents and work at a farm loan company. She later served as the secretary to the president of the Ames Trust & Savings Bank. In 1953, Peg married Neil E. ("Ned") Disque, who was employed by the Information Service at Iowa State University. When Ned retired in 1979, they moved to Green Valley, Arizona, where they lived until 1991, when they moved to Colorado Springs to be nearer their son and daughter-in-law. Peg was always active in her groups: PEO in Ames and Green Valley, the Iowa State Faculty Women's Club, Ames Business and Professional Women's Club, and the Collegiate Methodist Church. Ned and Peg traveled extensively in the US--not an easy feat when you won't fly, go on a boat, or cross scary bridges. They also hosted foreign students who were attending Iowa State and their home was always open to nieces and nephews who were attending the University. In 2010, her beloved husband preceded her in death. She is survived by their son, Michael and his wife, Cheryl (Cherri), of Colorado Springs. Although her four siblings are also deceased, her ten nieces and nephews are among the many others whose lives she greatly enriched. She was a lover of old movies, the fine arts, the great outdoors, opera, and desserts. She loved to watch horse racing from the moment the coverage started until the coverage ended. Her indomitable spirit touched and inspired many throughout her long life.


John Melvin Dunleavy

June 6, 1923 – May 19, 2016

John Melvin Dunleavy, 92, passed away on May 19, 2016, surrounded by his family.

John was born June 6, 1923 in Omaha, Nebraska to John and Helen Dunleavy. He served in WWII with the 45th fighter squadron as Sargent. In 1946 he married Jean Liggit and had 4 children. John started his college career at the University of Nebraska where he received his bachelors and Masters degree.

He and his family moved to Ames, Iowa where he received his doctorate of plant pathology at Iowa State University. John was a professor at ISU along with soybean research for the USDA. After his wife’s passing, he married Ruth Newhouse. John retired and they enjoyed many years of travel together.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jean, and his brother Donald.

He is survived by his wife Ruth, sister Patricia, 4 children; John (Linda), Linda (Ron) Christensen, Mary, Jean (Mike) Barrett, three stepsons Larry, Jim and Dave Newhouse. 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be directed to Mary Greeley Hospice in Ames.


Rosalind Engel

February 23, 1927 – July 4, 2016

Rosalind Emma Engel of Des Moines, age 89, passed away on Monday, July 4th, 2016. Born on February 23, 1927 on a farm near Arlington, Iowa, Rosalind was the youngest of six children born to the late Herman and Johanna Kruempel.

Rosalind received a B.A. from Iowa Wesleyan College and an M.A. from the University of Iowa where she received the McClenahan award for the outstanding graduate student in education. She taught in elementary schools in Elgin, Winfield, Iowa City, Coralville and Ames. She joined the Iowa State University faculty in 1967 as a member of the Child Development Department and in 1971 was elected faculty member of the year in the College of Home Economics. She became an assistant professor in 1972, an associate professor in 1979, and a full professor in 1986. In 1988 Rosalind retired from ISU and was named a Professor Emeritus. Her main area of research was children's literature and its effects on the intellectual and emotional growth of children. At her retirement the faculty of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences described her this way, "Inspiring, creative, highly esteemed educator and advisor. A respected scholar, compassionate and thoughtful, a dedicated, caring and loyal colleague," and in her honor the Rosalind Engel and Alice Lillie Children's Library was established by the Department of Child Development.

Her professional accomplishments were only surpassed by Rosalind's love for her family. She married the love of her life, Dr. Ross Engel, in 1946. In a tribute to his wife on their 50th wedding anniversary Ross described Rosalind to his children as the "wind beneath his wings" attributing any and all of his success in life, personal and professional, to the heartfelt encouragement and support of his cherished wife. Their union produced four children, Vaughn (Grace) Engel of Harlingen, Texas, Rick (Cathy) Engel of West Des Moines, Debra Engel (Paul Stricklin) of San Francisco, CA, and Kevin (Laura) Engel of Newton. Rosalind is also survived by a sister, Katherine Ridenour of Bellevue, Nebraska, eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. Her descendants find comfort in their memories of their remarkable mother and grandmother who not only managed a career but somehow found the time to be supermom, making her children's clothes, preparing the meals, creating the themed birthday cakes and costumes for special events and attending all the numerous events and activities of each and every one while documenting it all in annotated scrapbooks and photo albums. She was the hub to the family's wheel keeping track of every birthday, graduation, trip and everything else family related and making sure that all were kept apprised.

Rosalind was also a story teller par excellence, a skill she shared widely much to her audiences' delight, mesmerizing students, family, and even fellow residents of the retirement homes where Ross and Rosalind resided. In her final years she took up coloring and even with her arthritic hands she strove for perfection and, of course, generously shared her gifts with family and those at the skilled nursing facility where she and Ross resided.

For years her children and those who knew her have been in awe of all she gave, lovingly, freely and always with elegance and grace, a role model for all that was caring and just. The mystery is how she found the time to do it all. Some harbor the suspicion that Rosalind was also gifted the ability to operate without sleep to be able to accomplish all that she did.


Imogene Estrem

October 19, 1920 – March 13, 2017

Imogene was born on October 19, 1920 and passed away in March 2017. She was the wife of ISU retiree Casper Estrem who is also deceased.

Imogene graduated from the Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in 1943.

Imogene was a resident of Slater, Iowa at the time of passing.


Steven Fales

March 14, 1947 – April 24, 2017

Dr. Steven Lewis Fales March 14, 1947 April 24, 2017 Dr. Steven Lewis Fales, 70, passed away at Mary Greeley Hospital on April 24, 2017. Steve was born March 14, 1947, in Providence, RI. He was raised in Warwick, RI, and graduated from Pilgrim High School. Steve was passionate about many things, not least among them his professional life in academia. He came to the profession in an unusual way. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts in English, he joined the US Coast Guard. After three years in the service, he returned to the University of Rhode Island where he earned a master's degree in Plant and Soil Science. He then attended Purdue University on a David Ross Fellowship, earning a Doctorate in Agronomy. After five years at the University of Georgia, first as a postdoc and then as an assistant professor, he joined the faculty of Crop and Soil Sciences at Penn State University. There he advanced through the ranks of associate professor and professor and became head of the department after a decade of teaching and research. He made notable contributions in all of these areas. He was recognized with the "Innovative Collaborations in Teaching Award" for engaging students in interdisciplinary thinking and education. He was made fellow of both the Crop Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy and received the Merit Award from the American Forage and Grassland Council. From Penn State, he moved to Iowa State University where he served as chair of the agronomy department, and later as Biomass Research Coordinator of the Bio-economy Institute. After retiring from academic life, he continued to pursue his lifelong passion for environmental conservation as a commissioner of the Story County Soil and Water Conservation District. He was an active volunteer for Food at First, a local organization dedicated to providing food to disadvantaged members of our community. In all of his post-retirement endeavors he strove to put his most fundamental beliefs into action. Steve was a visionary leader and excelled at bringing people together to think about issues and develop innovative solutions to problems. His leadership had a profound impact on the profession of crop science. He was tapped by the Crop Science Society of America to lead a strategic assessment and visioning activity focused on addressing the challenges facing the profession related to changing member demographics and declining revenues. Steve assembled a large and diverse team of society members to think about how these issues could be addressed and employed several novel ideas in managing this initiative, which he named the Renaissance Initiative. He introduced the use of open space meetings and team building activities and encouraged out-of-the box thinking. The Renaissance Initiative was a hugely successful and impactful strategic planning activity. Nearly all of the recommendations made by the team were implemented by the board of directors and these have had a lasting and positive impact on the society and profession. Based on his commitment and contributions to CSSA, he was later nominated and elected president of the society, where he continued to exercise the progressive leadership for which he was widely known. Steve had an unusual and distinctive approach to academic administration. He strived to engage everyone in his charge. He saw value in everyone and cared deeply about the people he was responsible to. He is survived by his wife, Dianne Haggarty Fales; his son, Alex Fales of Carbondale, CO; and his brother, Greg (Deborah) Fales of West Greenwich, RI. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Elizabeth Fales of North Kingstown, RI. Having grown up in RI, Steve was an avid and accomplished sailor. His most notable sail was from the Galapagos Islands to Tahiti in the late 1990s. His first love, the waters of Narragansett Bay, RI, will be his final resting place.


Gene Figura

April 13, 1927 – May 1, 2017

Gene B. Figura, 90, of Ames, passed away Monday, May 1, 2017 at Green Hills Health Care Center in Ames, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Adams Funeral Home in Ames with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will follow at Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Gene was born April 13, 1927 to John and Anna (Hanacek) Figura in St. Paul, Minnesota and was the younger of two brothers. He graduated from high school in St. Paul in 1945.
Gene was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps working as a sign artist during the last months of World War II. In June 1951, Gene received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Illustration from the Minneapolis School of Art, which he was able to attend thanks to the G.I. Bill. It was there that he met the love of his life, Adele Johnson. Gene and Adele married in October 1951. Within a couple of years, they moved from St. Paul to Ames, Iowa, where Adele’s family resided.

In the mid-1950s, Gene began working at Collegiate Manufacturing Company. He became the head of the Art Department and designed the stuffed animals that were manufactured there. It was at Collegiate that he started inventing, starting with inventing tools that aided the work done in his department. Around 1967, Gene began looking into a new career in teaching at Iowa State University. He worked on his Masters Degrees to that end. He taught Art courses at ISU from 1968 until his retirement in 1993. During his retirement, Gene continued to create many drawn and painted works of art and to invent tools to make his life easier. Gene loved his wife, family, art and talking to people he met around town.

Gene is survived by his daughter, Lori (Craig) Evans, nieces and nephews Kristen (Harold) Beckham, Blaise (Elizabeth) Figura, Gregg (Lynn) Figura, Ann Schwartz, and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, C. John, and his wife, Adele.


Fern I. Fincham

January 13, 1919 – August 21, 2016

Fern Irene Fincham was born January 13, 1919 to Fred and Irene (Roe) McHone in Boone County, Iowa, in a farmhouse just northwest of Napier. Fern had two brothers, James Fred, who was born in 1917 but lived only one month, and Floyd Arthur, who was born in 1921. Fern's family moved to a farm near Kelley in 1923 and she started school in Kelley. The family moved again in 1933 to a farm between Jordan and Gilbert. Fern and her brother attended Lonetree Country School. Fern had to go to the courthouse in Boone County to take her exams in order to attend high school and she graduated from Jordan Consolidated School in 1938. After high school, Fern worked for various families doing housework and as a mother's helper. She came to the Jay Mathews family near Gilbert in 1939 to take care of Jay and his young daughter, Katherine, when Jay's wife fell seriously ill and died. She worked for the Mathews family until 1950.

Fern had her first date with her future husband, Waldo Ward Fincham in July of 1950. Waldo was a neighbor of the Mathews family for many years. She and Waldo were engaged soon after and were married on November 12, 1950 at the Zenorsville Church west of Gilbert. They honeymooned in California, visiting members of Waldo's family. Fern and Waldo returned to the Fincham farm near Gilbert and farmed for five years, then added custodial jobs at Iowa State College to their busy lives. They sold the farm in 1966 and moved to Ames, living in a house on South Maple for many years. Fern became a proficient cake baker and prepared many wedding and birthday cakes for family and friends. Fern and Waldo also enjoyed fishing and took many trips all over the country “rock hunting” together, then Waldo sliced and polished the rocks, crafting many items, including beautiful jewelry, wind chimes and even small tables.

After a particularly snowy winter in 1981, Fern and Waldo retired from Iowa State University and in 1982 moved to Rogers, Ark. They enjoyed retirement and living in the "south" (and away from snowy winters!) for ten years, until Waldo died in 1992. After his death, Fern moved back to Ames to be close to family and friends. She was very active and enjoyed many social activities in her retirement years and lived in her own apartment until July of this year. Fern was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church in Ames.

Fern passed away at 97 years of age on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Households of Bethany in Story City, after a brief illness.

Fern is survived by her sister-in-law, Shirley Schroeder of Portland, Ore.; her nephew, Jeffrey (Tera) Schroeder also of Portland; her cousins, Leland (Judy) Roe of Ames, Jerry Roe of Ames, Brenda (David) Vos of Johnston, Linda Hofer of Ames, Steve (Diane) Neubauer of Madrid, Larry (Connie) Neubauer of Alto, N. M., Jan (Larry) Passage of Sunrise Beach, Mo., Marge (Dana) Elrod also of Sunrise Beach, David Roe of North Platte, Neb. and numerous other cousins; and special friends, Vicki Johnson and Sheryl Phipps of Story City (daughters of Katherine (Mathews) Johnson, whom Fern cared for as a child).

Fern was preceded in death by her parents; her infant brother, James Fred in 1917; her brother, Floyd Arthur in a tragic death in 1940; and her husband, Waldo, in 1992.


Faith Finnemore

May 13, 1934 – April 12, 2017
 
Faith Watson Finnemore passed away on April 12, 2017. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Collegiate United Methodist Church, 2622 Lincoln Way in Ames. The family will receive friends at a reception afterwards.

Faith was born May 13, 1934, in Tionesta, Pennsylvania, to Frank Leon Watson and Wilda Merryman Watson. She earned a B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University in Home Economics, and an M.S. in Food Science from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Faith married Douglas Kirby Finnemore on June 16, 1956, and the couple moved to Champaign, Illinois, then Ames, Iowa. She will be missed by Douglas and their three daughters: Martha Gail Finnemore (m. David Furth), Susan Finnemore Brennan (m. Matthew Brennan) and Sara Lynn Finnemore (m. Heather Harlow); as well as four grandchildren: Andrew Douglas Furth, Emma Jane Furth, Catherine Faith Brennan, and Christopher Robert Brennan. She is also survived by a sister, Betty Nicholson, a brother, James Watson (m. Ruth) and a sister-in-law, Helen Watson. Two brothers have passed away, Lin Watson and Willard Watson.

Faith was active in her community in numerous ways. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Open Line, Suited for Work and the Democratic Party of Iowa. During the 1970s, she was a faculty member in the Food and Nutrition Department in the College of Home Economics at Iowa State University. She was a docent at The Farm House and a Camp Fire leader. She participated in her church book group as well as Questers and P.E.O.


Dean C. Foley

November 25, 1925 – March 20, 2017

(Listen to tribute by Karen Foley)

Dean C. Foley born in Pomeroy, Washington.  He was in the Navy stationed in Hawaii during WWII. Following the war, he graduated from the University of Idaho. He attended graduate school at West Virginia University and earned his PhD from Penn State. He became a professor at Iowa State University where he worked for 34 years in the field of Agriculture. Some of Dean's favorite pastimes were flying, sailing and traveling the world. He was known to be an avid reader and an all-around generous and caring man. He was married to Patricia.

Dean was a resident of Bellevue, Nebraska at the time of his passing. Preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Isabelle Foley; brother, Jack Foley; and son, Richard Foley.

Dean is survived by his wife, Patricia Foley; son, Roger Foley; daughter, Kathleen Foley (Brian Greene); daughter, Karen Foley; sister, Jean Aitken; sister, Gay Laverty; brother, Michael Foley; two grandchildren, one great grandchild, three nieces, and five nephews.


Marilyn R. Forsling

April 25, 1939 – November 20, 2016

Marilyn R. Forsling passed away on November 20, 2016 from complications related to multiple sclerosis. She was 77.

Marilyn was born on April 25, 1939 in Odebolt, Iowa to Harry and Nell (Kennedy) Sommers. She graduated from Odebolt-Arthur High School in 1957 and attended Morningside College in Sioux City, where she earned a bachelor's degree in music. She married Don Forsling in 1962. They lived in Iowa City and Chicago during the early years of their marriage. While in Chicago, Marilyn held a variety of interesting jobs: substitute teacher in the Chicago public schools, ad coordinator at WGN-TV and secretary for an attorney purported to be Jimmy Hoffa's lawyer. Following the infamous Chicago blizzard of February 1967, the couple moved to Ames where daughter Karen was born that October. Son Carl was welcomed to the family in July 1973. Marilyn and Don divorced amicably in 1987 after 25 years of marriage.

Marilyn's great passion was music. She joyfully shared her musical gifts as both a piano teacher to countless children and as music director at St. John's Episcopal Church. Longtime parishioners still remember her beautiful rendition of "O Holy Night," which she sang every year at Christmas Eve services.

Marilyn lived with MS for 21 years, a relentless disease that robbed her of the activities she loved most - taking long walks, singing in the choir, playing piano and reading mysteries. Through it all, she faced her health challenges with tremendous courage and grace. She could have easily and understandably complained but instead she would say how lucky she was to not have pain. When the time came for a wheelchair, she continued to embrace life and contribute to her community, working for a few years as a greeter at Hy-Vee.

Marilyn is survived by her daughter Karen and son Carl, grandchildren Spencer and Amelia, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and stepmother Hazel (Carlson) Sommers; and her siblings James Sommers, Marjorie Heikens, Eileen Follett, Jean Gehlen and Thomas Sommers.

Her family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at Bethany Manor in Story City for the love and excellent care they gave Marilyn during her many years of residence and especially in her final weeks and days. "My team" and "my girls," as she called her devoted caregivers, brought Marilyn much happiness and comfort, and were an important part of her journey toward peace.


Teresa P. Friederich

April 12, 1929 – July 7, 2016

Though the distance between Teresa Buche Friederichs birthplace of Lake Andes, S.D., and her final resting place in the St. Thomas Aquinas columbarium in Ames, on July 15, 2016, is a mere 300 miles, Teresa crisscrossed the country and the Atlantic Ocean many times during her 87 years on this earth. From attending the 1933 Chicago Worlds Fair, to her two residences in Germany (one as a new bride and the other 10 years later as the mother of five in a village with no other English speakers), and multiple visits to her familys ancestral home in Glenmore, Ireland, Teresa embraced new experiences and new people with passion.

She graduated from St. Teresas College in Winona, Minn., and completed an internship in Cedar Rapids before commencing a 35-year career as a medical technologist. When she met the handsome, fair-haired, exchange student Karl Friederich in 1952 while working in Omaha, they embarked on the ultimate adventure, marriage. Throughout their multiple moves, Teresa re-created warm and loving homes for the family, including Karl and Teresa’s five children (Charles, Catherine, John, Barbara, and James). After relocating to Ames in 1967 and working at Mary Greeley, Teresa taught students in the CLA/MLT program at DMACC in Ankeny until adverse effects from a subarachnoid hemorrhage led to early retirement.

Never one to be idle, she established a second career as a community volunteer. She taught English as a second language to recently arrived immigrants, counseled young women at Birthright, staffed the information desk at City Hall and the counter at Worldly Goods, and was always to first in line to lend a hand to neighbors and friends whenever the need arose. She turned the lessons that she learned as a survivor of ovarian cancer into insights and help for others through her work at Homeward Hospice.

Teresa found her true second home at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, where she attended daily Mass, coached young adults on the intricacies of the Catholic faith through the RCIA program, and served as Eucharistic minister. She exhibited her love for family, friends, and even strangers by simultaneously feeding their bellies and their souls, opening her home and her heart to numerous international students and people recently arrived in the US.

Teresa passed away July 7, 2016. Teresa Buche Friederichs legacy lives on in her five children, 15 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren, who will remember her always as a strong, intelligent, brave, faith-filled, and loving woman. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to honor Teresa with a donation to your favorite charity or Columbus Hospice in Columbus, Ga.


Terry Garvey

July 10, 1945 – March 6, 2017

Terry Ronald Garvey, was born in Boone, Iowa, the son of Ronald and Marion (Kappas) Garvey. He graduated from Boone High School, and on February 1, 1982, Terry married Mary Jo Peters in Boone.

Terry worked in the maintenance department at Iowa State University, retiring four years ago. He was a member of the Hunt & Fish Club in Boone and he and Mary Jo enjoyed Casinos, and taking trips throughout Iowa in their camper.

Terry died March 6, 2017 at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames at 71 years of age.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Garvey of Boone; two sons, Terry Garvey, Jr. of Macedonia and Jeff Garvey of Council Bluffs; two step-sons, Ron Knight of Shenandoah and Randy Knight of Murray; two step-daughters, Patti Boon of Boone and Penny Miller of Nevada; three sisters, Jo Ann Anderson of Perry, Dee Rosalez of Fort Dodge and Sharon Knezevich of Albert Lea, Minnesota; 22 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Michael Garvey; a granddaughter, Bre Ann Garvey; his father-in-law, Bob Peters and his wife Annagail; and several others relatives.

Burial of his cremated remains will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery at a later date.

In memory of Terry, memorials may be directed to the family.


Evelyn Green

January 28, 1918 – July 23, 2016

Evelyn Rosella Green passed away in her home surrounded by her family early Saturday morning. A visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at Stevens Memorial Chapel (607 28th St., Ames, IA 50010). Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday July 28th, 2016 at Stevens Memorial Chapel, burial will follow services in the Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Evelyn Rosella Deal was born January 28th, 1918 in Northwest Iowa to Wallace and Mable Deal. At the age of 2 her father passed away and she and her mother moved to Boone, Iowa. Around the age of 7, her mother was remarried to Milton Wyatt and the family moved to Ames. She attended Lincoln Elementary, Central Jr. High, and Graduated from Ames High in the class of 1935.

On Mother's Day in May of 1937 she married her high school sweetheart, Harold Green. They were blessed with five children, Frances, Donna, Paul, Judy and Ellen. Evelyn was involved in the school activities of her kids, serving as Blue Bird leader for all her girls. She was active in the church she grew up in and was famous for her homemade chicken and noodles witch she made for all the church's courtesy dinners and penny suppers.

She will be remembered most for her work with the Ames Area Women's Bowling Association. She served many years as President and later elected to the Ames Area Bowling Hall of Fame. Harold and Evelyn traveled to many bowling tournaments as well as the IAI conventions. Evelyn and Judy were able to attend National Tournaments for many years. Many times bringing home prize money.

Evelyn worked in the ISU Statistics Lab before retiring in 1984. She loved to crochet and made numerous full size and baby afghans. When her eye sight failed, crocheting and reading were the hardest for her to give up.

She dearly loved her grandkids and hosted yearly "private" vacations with them at lake Cornelia where she and grandpa had a mobile home. Her granddaughter Amy located a great-nephew, Patrick that Evelyn did not know about. He attended both her 90th and 95th birthday parties, coming from California to do so.

Evelyn is survived by her daughters; Frances (Scott) Woodworth, Donna Clink, Judith Green, Ellen (Marvin) Geurts, grandchildren; Klay (Karen) Woodworth, Megan (Guido) Colucci, Molly (Mary) Hill-Woodworth, Katie (Karen) Woodworth, Kari Edie, Marlene (Doug) DeZeeuw, Martin (Cheryl) Geurts, Amy Clink, 11 great-grandchildren, Many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; Harold, her parents; Wallace and Mable, and step-father; Milton, her mother-in-law Jessie Green, her son; Paul, and son-in-law; Clarence Clink, her grandson; Michael Geurts, and her 3 sisters and 1 brother.


Mary Greer

July 28, 1944 – October 14, 2016

(Listen to tribute by Raymond Greer)

Mary Helen Greer, 72, of Ames, died Oct. 14, 2016. She was a professor at Iowa State University for 32 years, a loving wife for 51 years, a wonderful mother for 41 years, and the happiest and proudest grandma for almost 9 years. She loved to travel, having visited 20 countries. She also loved her granddaughters, visiting them in California over 10 times a year, and having stayed with each of them for the first six months of their lives to help care for them.

Mary Helen was born on July 28, 1944, in Hartford, Kentucky to Harold and Dalma (Sandefur) Tunks. She married Raymond T. Greer in 1965.

She studied Physics and Mathematics at the Western Kentucky State College and received a
B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Centre College of Kentucky in 1962. She received an M.S. in Biophysics at the Pennsylvania State University in 1964. She received her Ph.D. in Biophysics at the Pennsylvania State University in 1968.

Her professional experience included Summer Trainee at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Thermonuclear Division in 1963, a Public Health Service Post Doctoral Trainee in Electron Microscopy at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1969. From 1970 to 2002, she was Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, and Biomedical Engineering Program at Iowa State University. Mary was in charge of the Biomedical Engineering program at Iowa State University from 1985 to 2002. She was also Chair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy for seven years through 1997.

She was a National Defense Education Act Graduate Fellow at the Pennsylvania State University for four years through 1967. She received a Special Honorary Amoco Foundation Outstanding Teacher in 1982 at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University.

Her area of research was electrophysiology. She directed graduate students and had publications in several areas of her field, as well as a patent.

Mary Helen is survived by her husband, Raymond Greer of Ames. She leaves behind a son, Harold Franklin Greer and daughter-in-law Rebecca Greer of Los Angeles as well as two granddaughters, Ayla Greer (8) and Annika Greer (6). She also leaves behind a sister, Marion Rowlee Miller, of Fern Creek, Ky. and her children, Alan Miller (his wife is Christin Miller of Crestwood, Ky.) and Mindy Oberst (her husband is Matt Oberst of Mt. Washington, Ky.). Also, she had one niece, Hailey Miller, and two nephews, Logan and Nathan Miller of Crestwood, Ky.

Tribute by her husband of 51 years, Raymond Greer

Mary Helen Greer was born on July 28, 1944, in Hartford, Kentucky to Harold and Dalma (Sandefur) Tunks. She married Raymond T. Greer in 1965. Her major was Physics and Mathematics at the Western Kentucky State College (Bowling Green, KY, 1960-1962) and then she transferred and received a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Centre College of Kentucky (Danville, KY, 1962-1964). She received an M.S. in Biophysics at the Pennsylvania State University (1964). She received the Ph.D. in Biophysics at the Pennsylvania State University (1968).

Her professional experience included being a Trainee in the Thermonuclear Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1963) and holding a Public Health Service Post Doctoral Appointment in Electron Microscopy at the University of Southern California School of Medicine (1969). From 1970 to 2002, she was Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, and Biomedical Engineering Program at Iowa State University. Mary Helen was Associate Professor-in-Charge of the Biomedical Engineering program at Iowa State
University from 1985 to 2002. She was also Head of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy for seven years through 1997.

She was a National Defense Education Act Graduate Fellow at the Pennsylvania State
University for three years through 1967. She received Iowa State University's Amoco  Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award (1982). Mary Helen received the Veishea College of Veterinary Medicine Faculty of the Year Award (2001). Her research specialty was electrophysiology. She directed graduate students and had publications in several areas of her field, as well as a patent.

Mary Helen is survived by her husband, Raymond T. Greer of Ames. She leaves behind a son, Harold Franklin Greer and daughter-in-law Rebecca Greer of Los Angeles as well as two granddaughters, Ayla Greer and Annika Greer. She also leaves behind a sister, Marion Rowlee Miller, of Fern Creek, KY and her children, Alan Miller (his wife is Christin Miller of Crestwood, KY) and Mindy Oberst (her husband is Matt Oberst of Mt. Washington, KY). Also, she had one niece, Hailey Miller, and two nephews, Logan and Nathan Miller of Crestwood, KY.


Jerry Greving

June 16, 1947 – April 24, 2017

Jerome "Jerry" Greving was born June 16, 1947 in Carroll, Iowa. He graduated from Carroll Kuemper High School, Loras College, and obtained his CPA designation. Jerry worked in the finance and accounting profession until his retirement in 2011. He was actively involved in church and community throughout his life. Recently, he was a member at St. Cecilia Parish and Knights of Columbus, served on the Youth and Shelter Services Finance Committee, was a Master Gardener, and volunteered in many capacities at Reiman Gardens. Jerry enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, traveling, and playing cards with friends.

Jerry passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 24, 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joyce; his children, Brian (Katie) of Clarion, Eric (Jessica) of Iowa City, Kara (Nick) Larson of Waukee and Megan (Mike) Jones of Ankeny; 11 grandchildren (including a baby due in July); his brothers, Vern, Ray (Sharon), Don (Mary), Marty (Gail) and Father Dan; his sisters, Lois Davies, Denise (Cal) Smith and Mary (Dale) Klocke; his mother-in-law, Juanita Yoch; and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Lucille Greving; his father-in-law, Clarence Yoch; his sister-in-law, Joani Greving; and his brother-in-law, Craig Anderson.

Tribute by his wife, Joyce Greving

Jerry was the spouse of ISU retiree, Joyce Greving. Jerry worked in the accounting and finance field, most recently at DuPont-Pioneer, Johnston and St Cecilia Parish, Ames.

Jerry was very involved with church and community throughout his life. At the time of his death, he was a member of St Cecilia Parish and the Knights of Columbus, served on the Youth and Shelter Finance Committee, was a Master Gardener and volunteered in many capacities at Reiman Gardens. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, traveling and playing cards with friends.


Karl A. Gschneidner

November 16, 1930 – April 27, 2016

Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr., 85, of Ames, Iowa passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2016 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Karl Gschneidner was an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University, and a Senior Metallurgist of the Ames Laboratory, U. S. Department of Energy. He was the founding Director of the Rare Earth Information Center from 1966 to 1996. In January 2016, he retired from his position as Chief Scientist of the Critical Materials Institute at the Ames Laboratory. Karl received his B.S. degree from the University of Detroit in 1952 and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1957. He was at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1957 to 1963 and joined Iowa State University in 1963. Gschneidner was considered the worlds foremost authority of rare earth science, technology, application and utilization. He published over 531 papers in peer reviewed journals, holds 15 patents, and gave over 336 invited presentations. He was the founding and senior editor of the 41 volume series of the Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths, a position he retired from in 2011. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2007 for contributions to the science and technology of rare earth materials, and received over 25 awards and honors, including Fellowships in 5 professional societies. Gschneidner was named the 2000 University of Detroit Mercys Science Alumnus. Karl is survived by Melba, his wife of 58 years; his children, Tom, David, Ed and Kathy; and his grandchildren, Scott, Doug, David and Paul.

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Karl A. Gschneidner Jr., 85, passed away April 27, 2016.

Karl Gschneidner was an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University, and a senior metallurgist of the Ames Laboratory, U. S. Department of Energy. He was the founding Director of the Rare Earth Information Center from 1966 to 1996. In January 2016, he retired from his position as Chief Scientist of the Critical Materials Institute at the Ames Laboratory.

Karl earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit in 1952 and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1957. He was at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1957 to 1963 and joined Iowa State University in 1963.

Gschneidner was considered the world’s foremost authority of rare earth science, technology, application and utilization. He published over 531 papers in peer reviewed journals, holds 15 patents, and gave over 336 invited presentations. He was the founding and senior editor of the 41-volume series of the Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths, a position he retired from in 2011.

He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2007 for “contributions to the science and technology of rare earth materials,” and received more than 25 awards and honors, including fellowships in five professional societies.

“Our work on the giant magnetocaloric effect of gadolinium-silicon-germanium has been cited more than 2,100 times,” Gschneidner said at the time of his retirement, “so you could say we really hit the jackpot with that one. Finding something new or unexpected is what makes it worthwhile,” he added. “It’s kind of like hitting a great drive in golf; it keeps you coming back.”

“Karl has been an inspiration and a mentor to so many of us at Ames Laboratory and around the world,” said Ames Laboratory Director Adam Schwartz. “As a researcher, I read many of Karl’s papers as they related to my own work, and when the Critical Materials Energy Innovation Team first came together during the proposal process, I had my first opportunity to work directly with him. His incredible knowledge of rare earth science was astonishing, but what is more remarkable was his willingness to help everyone around him do their best. We will miss Karl.”

It was his renown as “Mr. Rare Earth” that led to the establishment of the Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub located at the Ames Laboratory. Gschneidner testified before a Congressional committee about the need for such a research center and later served as the first chief scientist for CMI.


Carlota Gutierrez

May 18, 1946 – September 24, 2016

Carlota Gutierrez passed quietly away at home with friends and family after battling illness for several months. She is survived by her beloved husband of 46 years Gustavo Gutierrez, and 3 brothers and a sister as well as many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind a great number of friends and colleagues at ISU and the Spanish Ministry at St. Cecilia’s Church in Ames, IA. We will all miss her - especially her warm smile and genuine desire to help everyone in any way she could. Carlota’s work at ISU’s Parks Library and the College of Design Reading Room has also impacted a great number of students over the years all of whom will be saddened to hear of her loss. As per her wishes she will be cremated and there will not be a public funeral. There will be a memorial gathering at the College of Design at a time yet to be determined.

 In lieu of flowers her family and friends suggest a donation to the Spanish Ministry at St Cecilia’s Church in Ames, IA. or to the Latina Scholarship being established in her name at the College of Design (see below). Cards may be sent to The Gutierrez Family, 123 So. Hazel Ave., Ames, IA. 50010.

 "The Carlota Dubón Gutierrez Latina Scholarship has been created to recognize Carlota's long-term support for the college and our students, faculty and staff. Honor her by contributing to this scholarship fund:  http://www.foundation.iastate.edu/carlota. Your support will ensure Carlota's commitment to the college continues by providing further opportunities for students to succeed.”

Tribute by Virgene Monthei, College of Design

Carlota Dubón Gutierrez came to the U.S. from Nicaragua in 1982.  In 1985 she came to Ames Iowa when her husband, Gustavo Gutierrez came to Iowa State University to do a Ph.D. in History. Carlota went to work in Parks Library in 1988 as a library staff member, then in 1989  she came to the College of Design Reading room. Although her own training was in social work she put her interest and knowledge of art, design and architecture to work and was constantly learning and improving to better her ability support for our faculty and students.   

Carlota was a wonderful and welcoming person; her warm smile and genuine desire to help everyone in any way she could will be irreplaceable. In 2003 she was recognized by the library with the 15 Year Service Award and by the College of Design with two Extraordinary Performance Awards one in 1993 and one in 2015, additionally she was awarded the Superior Service Award from the ISU Alumni Association in 2001.  Over the years she became involved in a number of initiatives of the University such as ISCORE, and she was instrumental in fostering inclusion and diversity with her ability to provide support at both the College and University especially for our Latino/Latina students.


Charles V. Hall

June 18, 1923 – February 18, 2017

(Listen to tribute by Marc Hall)

Charles V. Hall was born to Dolphus Roland and Hester Lee (Frazier) Hall near Kittle, a small Fulton County community in northern Arkansas. Charlie, 93, died of natural causes in Colorado.

Charlie graduated from high school at Ash Flat, Ark. in 1942. During World War II, Charlie served in Europe as a member of the 373rd General Service Engineers.

Charlie married Elsie Regina Gray on April 14, 1949. Three children were born to Charlie and Elsie: Kathy, Mary, and Marc.

Charlie received his BSA from the University of Arkansas in 1950, his MS from the UofA in 1953, and his PhD from Kansas State University in 1960.

Before beginning at KSU, Charlie worked as a technical research assistant (1950-1953) at the UofA Fruit and Truck Branch Experiment Station in Hope, Ark. He was a member of the Horticulture Department at KSU from 1953 to 1974 where his plant breeding research led to development of several watermelon varieties. He is widely known for the Crimson Sweet watermelons, a variety that is now grown and enjoyed in more than 50 countries.

In 1974, Charlie began work in the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University where he was head of the department until his retirement in 1990, becoming an emeritus professor. He continued watermelon research during his tenure at ISU. He contributed to the expansion of the Horticulture Department at ISU and the building of a new Horticulture building on campus. He had a great love of teaching and mentored many graduate students to successful careers in their own right. He always loved hearing from his former students and was proud of their accomplishments.

Charlie and Elsie spent the first part of his retirement working with the Sojourners, a Christian organization comprised mostly of retired members who travel in RVs to assist smaller church congregations and institutions, such as children’s homes, of the Churches of Christ. After several years with Sojourners, Charlie and Elsie moved back to Manhattan, Kan., where they remained for eight years. In the summer of 2016, they moved to Parker, Colo.

Charlie enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, and gardening. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who loved gathering with friends and family, especially at birthdays. Charlie was an inspiration to many, but he always preferred celebrating the success of those he loved.

Charlie Hall was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Oather, and four sisters: Clara Bates, Reba Cape, Agnes Estes, and Ann Borba.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie; his three children, Kathy (Tom) Newton, Mary (Bill) Jenkins, and Marc (Ann) Hall; six grandchildren, Kristi Hall, Michael (Andrea) Hall, Sarah (Peter) Bowman, Ben Jenkins, Jessica (Jonathan) Cornwell, Charlie Newton; two great-grandchildren, Caroline Bowman, Ella Cornwell; and one sister, Frieda Shanks. Charlie passed awaiting the arrival of twin great-grandchildren.


Richard B. Hall

March 24, 1947 – September 21, 2016

Dr. Richard “Rick” Brian Hall, 69, of Ames, Iowa died Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Mary Greeley Medical Center of acute myeloid leukemia. He was born on March 24, 1947 at Harris Hospital in Mendota, Ill. to Richard Marion and Bernice Frances (McCray) Hall. He married Beverly Ruth Fischer on August 20, 1967 at Ohio Lutheran Church, Ohio, Ill.

Rick grew up in La Moille, Ill., graduating as valedictorian from La Moille Community High School in 1965. He received his B.S. in Forest Management from Iowa State University in 1969. In 1974, Rick received his doctorate degree in Plant Breeding/Plant Genetics (Forestry) from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

In 1974, Rick joined the faculty of Iowa State’s Forestry department, now part of Natural Resources Ecology & Management. He was as enthusiastic about his research (genetic selection, short-rotation silviculture, and biofuels), as he was about teaching his undergrads and guiding his grad students through their theses.

Through his work, Rick travelled extensively around the globe, visiting over 20 different countries and spending a 6-month sabbatical in Italy in 1993. He loved meeting new people, seeing new places (and trees), and tasting new foods.

Passionate about the great outdoors for his entire life, Rick especially loved camping and canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with his daughters and grandchildren. He was also a proud member of the Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park.

A sports enthusiast, Rick rooted for the Chicago White Sox, the Green Bay Packers, and (of course) his beloved Cyclones. Known for taking shortcuts, for accidentally canoeing over dams, and for being a toad’s chew toy, Rick’s many adventures made for entertaining stories around the dinner table. Speaking of food: he loved Mt. Dew, pumpkin pie, and SPAM – a lot.

More than anything else, Rick loved spending time with his family and friends, be it playing board games and card games, sharing his love of nature with them, or making them laugh (or groan) with his puns and offbeat humor. He also adored his cat, Sebastian.

He is survived by his wife, Bev; his daughters, Janelle Lynn (George) Hall-Skank of Streamwood, Ill. and Christine Renee (Leah) Hall of Des Moines; three grandchildren, Emmalie Grace Hall-Skank, Nicholas Evan Hall-Skank, and Benjamin Kyler Hall-Skank, all of Streamwood; two sisters, Norma Jean Shapiro of Livingston, Mont. and Lois Marie Guthrie of Olympia, Wash.; one brother, Robert Eugene Hall of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and also several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Jo Ann Cassidy, who passed away just two weeks before Rick.


Dr. Richard “Rick” Brian Hall

May 24, 1947 – September 21, 2016

(Listen to tribute by Bev Hall)

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Dr. Richard “Rick” Brian Hall, 69, longtime Cyclone fan and Natural Resource Ecology and Management Professor, died Wednesday, September 21, 2016 of acute myeloid leukemia.

Rick graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Forestry Management in 1969, during which he attended his first of many Forestry Camps. After receiving his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding/Plant Genetics (Forestry) from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1974, he joined the faculty of Iowa State’s Forestry department (now Natural Resource Ecology and Management). He was enthusiastic about his research as well as about teaching and leading many undergraduate students at the several Forestry Camps he lead throughout his 42 years at Iowa State.

Throughout his work, Rick travelled extensively. He visited over 20 countries including spending a 6-month sabbatical in Italy in 1998. He was always kind enough to send the department a post card from his travels highlighting the trees he saw and the new friends he made.

Rick was passionate about the outdoors, enjoying camping, canoeing (so much so he proudly displayed his “ICANU” license plates with his canoe usually still attached to the roof) and spending time with his daughters and grandchildren. He was also a proud member of the Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park, as well as a supporter of the Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees program.

The Natural Resource Ecology and Management department has been significantly impacted by Rick’s departmental leadership and his many contributions to his research and teaching programs. His internationally known poplar research program earned him Society of American Foresters Fellow in 2014 in recognition of his contributions to genetic improvements in poplars for the bioenergy industry.

He is survived by his wife, Bev; his daughters, Janelle Lynn (George) Hall-Skank of Streamwood, Ill. and Christine Renee (Leah) Hall of Des Moines; three grandchildren, Emmalie Grace Hall-Skank, Nicholas Evan Hall-Skank, and Benjamin Kyler Hall-Skank, all of Streamwood; two sisters, Norma Jean Shapiro of Livingston, Mont. and Lois Marie Guthrie of Olympia, Wash.; one brother, Robert Eugene Hall of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and also several nieces and nephews.

Tribute by Sue Blodgett, Chair – Department of Entomology

Dr. Rick Hall’s sudden passing after a brief illness in September 2016 was a shock to the Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department and CALS. Dr. Hall was a notable national and international figure in the forestry profession known for his work on poplar tree genetics, most recently for application by the bioenergy industry. Rick Hall was a lifelong cyclone; associated with ISU since 1965 when he began his undergraduate forestry program; he was away from ISU only a few intervening years. Rick had an outstanding and productive teaching and research record that received many college, university and professional recognitions over the years, culminating in his being awarded Fellow by the Society of American Foresters in 2013.


Dorthy Halstead

June 14, 1925 – October 16, 2012

Dorthy Verna (Maley) Halstead met her Lord on Oct. 16, 2012.

She was born to Neil Gordon and Flossie Wharram Maley on June 14, 1925, at their farm near Stanley in Buchanan County. She graduated from Stanley High and the University of Dubuque with a BA in music. On June 25, 1944, she married Everett D. (Wayne) Halstead (of Quasqueton) in Georgia before he left for the war in Europe. She taught vocal music in Eagle Grove, Kelley and Dike.

During their 55-year marriage, they lived in Ames, Ackley, Eldora, Ida Grove and Grundy Center before moving to Meth-Wick in Cedar Rapids in 1997. Dorthy’s beloved husband, Wayne, died in 1999.

Dorthy is survived by her three children, Steven of Frederica, Del., Kenneth of Dubuque and Carolyn Bouillon of Ames; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a sixth expected in December; and her brother, Wayne of Las Cruces, N.M.

“Grandma Dorthy” supported her family and friends faithfully over the years, especially in her prayers. Dorthy was always active in the churches she attended, serving as organist, choir director, bell choir director, youth and adult Bible teacher.


Kathy B. Hanson

June 29, 1948 – December 2, 2016

Kathy Burk Hanson, age 68, of Ames, died Friday Dec. 2, 2016, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care in Ames, with a celebration of life memorial service to be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Kathy Ann Burk was born on June 29, 1948 in Burlington, Iowa, the first daughter of William and Marguerite Burk. She graduated from Fort Madison High School in 1966. She attended Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois before coming to Iowa State University where she received a Bachelor's of Science, Master's degree and finally her Ph.D. in 1993. In 1982 Kathy married Scott Hanson, and this union was blessed with two beautiful children, Sarah and Jeffrey. The couple later divorced. Kathy worked as a professor and researcher at Iowa State University for over 30 years before retiring in 2010. She was an active member at Collegiate Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon, elder and most recently as president of trustees. She served in the PEO Chapter MI in Ames since 1969, and was its longtime president. Along with these activities, Kathy enjoyed gardening, caring for her cats, cooking, hiking with her friends "the walkers," reading with her book club and traveling; but any of her friends know her true passion was for her family, especially her granddaughters. Kathy's selflessness and joyful spirit made her a wonderful mother and grandmother, and her sense of humor made her a wonderful friend. She held onto these precious qualities even in her final days.

Kathy is survived by her children, Sarah (Dustin) Adams of Bondurant, and Jeff (Laura) Hanson of Grimes; two granddaughters, Lily and Layla Adams of Bondurant; brother, Denis (Vicki) Burk of Wever; and brother-in-law David Mortensen of Ely. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Nancy Mortensen.

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Kathy Burk Hanson, age 68, of Ames, died Friday Dec. 2, 2016, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.

Kathy earned her Bachelor’s of Science, Master’s degree and finally in 1993, her Ph.D. from Iowa State University. She was employed in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University for nearly 40 years before retiring in 2010. She served as an adjunct instructor for the department and later became an assistant scientist/Sensory Evaluation Unit coordinator with the Nutrition and Wellness Research Center.

She was an active member at Collegiate Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon, elder and most recently as president of trustees. She served in the PEO Chapter MI in Ames since 1969, and was its longtime president. Along with these activities, Kathy enjoyed gardening, caring for her cats, cooking, hiking with her friends "the walkers," reading with her book club and traveling; but any of her friends know her true passion was for her family, especially her granddaughters.

Kathy's selflessness and joyful spirit made her a wonderful mother and grandmother, and her sense of humor made her a wonderful friend. She held onto these precious qualities even in her final days.

I first met Kathy when I was an undergraduate in dietetics in the 1990s! She was my instructor for my community nutrition class. I really got to know her several years later when I was pursuing my master’s degree in nutrition. She was my calm to my storm. I spent most days in her office and the room next door to her office interviewing human subjects, and analyzing their lumbar spine bone density scans in the research study I was doing. I remember her as always being kind, caring and so intelligent! I could ask her anything from coursework questions to research questions. However, her eyes would light up the most when talking about her children Jeff and Sarah. 

I am thankful and very fortunate to have worked with Kathy for three years during my graduate years. From her soothing voice to her infectious laugh, Kathy was a great person to be around and is dearly missed.

Warmest regards,

Alison St. Germain MS, RD, LD
Practicum Coordinator/Instructor


Mary Jane Hazen

December 28, 1925 – February 19, 2017

(Listen to tribute by Mary Frank)

Mary Jane Hazen was born on December 28, 1925, in El Reno, Oklahoma, to Joseph and Fern (Mann) Waldron. She graduated Valedictorian from El Reno High School, and then attended Oklahoma A & M (Oklahoma State University) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. After graduating from college, she worked in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a medical technologist.

She married Thamon E. Hazen on February 6, 1949, in El Reno, Oklahoma, and they just celebrated their 68th anniversary.

Moving to Ames in 1952 with her husband and two small daughters, Mary Jane was involved in Faculty Women’s Club, United Methodist Women, P.E.O., Chapter HN (50-year member), Hospital Auxiliary, Camp Fire Girls, Kappa Phi, and many other volunteer organizations. She assumed leadership positions in every group of which she was a member. Another interest was helping Iowa State University foreign students. She enjoyed golfing and bowling and traveling with Thamon for many years. She was known as a sweet, caring and loving wife and mother, and she often visited shut-ins, delivered Meals on Wheels, and read to residents of Northcrest Retirement Community. She loved following Iowa State Cyclones, especially in basketball.

Mary Jane passed away peacefully at 91 years of age on February 19, 2017, at Northcrest Community Health Center in Ames, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, Thamon and their daughters, Ella Vee Sage (Jeff) and Mary Elizabeth Frank (Timothy); six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Jane was preceded in death by a brother, Dayton Williams; a sister, Myrle Rischard; her parents; and a great-grandson, Elijah Carlson.

Tribute by daughters Mary Hazen Frank and Vee Hazen Sage

Mary Jane Hazen, born December 28, 1925, passed away February 19, 2017. She was the spouse of Dr. Thamon E. Hazen, professor of Agricultural Engineering and later Assistant Dean of Agriculture. She was a wonderful wife and mother of two daughters, both Iowa State University graduates. A long-time member of ISU Faculty Women’s Club and Agricultural Engineering wives, Mary Jane served in leadership positions in both organizations. Although a graduate of Oklahoma State University, she embraced and loved all things Iowa State and was an avid basketball and football fan.


David Hessman

August 22, 1936 – April 15, 2017

David Lee Hessman, passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, Iowa, on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the age of 80.

Services were at Grace United Methodist Church, Spencer. Interment is at Riverside Cemetery, Spencer. Arrangements by Warner Funeral Home, Spencer; warnerfuneralhome.com.

Dave, the son of David and Elma Keller Hessman, was born Aug. 22, 1936, on a farm near Eliza and Buffalo Prairie. Dave was raised on a farm in Mercer County. He attended the first eight years of his education at a country school and four years in Joy, where he graduated from high school in 1954. Dave furthered his education for two years at Western Illinois University and finished his college education spending two years at Iowa State University.

Dave met his wife, Arlene VerLee Jackson, in Joy, and later was joined in union with her on July 27, 1958, in Joy. From this union, two sons were born, Scott and Jay Hessman. After their marriage, they lived in the communities of Ames, Muscatine and Ida Grove, Iowa, before moving to Spencer in 1979.

Dave was Clay County Extension education director through Iowa State University for 12 years before retiring in 1991. He worked for the extension for a total of 32 years. He owned Pro Crop Farm Management 1992-2012. He announced for all the 4-H and FFA beef shows at the Clay County Fair for 33 years. Dave was inducted into the 2008 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 17, 2008, for showing outstanding service and dedication to Iowa's 4-H program throughout the years. Dave was also active coordinating the Branding Iron at the Clay County Fair. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. He loved the ISU Cyclones and has enjoyed and supported them for many years. Dave held basketball and football tickets for years. He was on the Spencer School Improvement Advisory Committee. Dave has been a longtime Kiwanis member in Ida Grove and Spencer. He served as past governor of Nebraska Iowa District and in 1991 and was awarded the Jack Wedel Community Service Award.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Arlene; and two sons, Scott and Jay Hessman.

He is survived by a daughter-in-law, Debra Hessman, Hartley, Iowa; three granddaughters, Jade, Shanti and Sara Addengast; one brother, Doug Hessman and his wife, Diane, Illinois City; a special cousin, Virginia Smith, Clark, Mo.; a special friend, Joan Ludvigson, Holstein, Iowa; other relatives and many friends.


Patricia Ruth Hill

April 5, 1933 – November 27, 2016

Patricia Ruth Hill, 83, of Duncombe, Ames and Fort Dodge, died Nov. 27, 2016, at Friendship Haven, Fort Dodge.

Patricia was born Apr. 5, 1933, in Badger, Iowa. She is survived by siblings, Jim (Mary Ellen), Ohio; Mary Rosheim, Missouri; Janice (Bob) Brothers, Illinois; Karen (Gary) Carr, and Douglas (Patty Ann) Hill, both of Fort Dodge; and sister-in-law Donna Hill, Minnesota, She was preceded in death by her parents Carolyn and Otto; her sister Bonita, her brother Conly and her brother-in-law Irv Rosheim.

For more than 30 years, Patricia worked at Iowa State University in Ames, correcting theses for graduate students. Singing in the St. Andrews Lutheran Church choir in Ames was an enduring joy. Patricia was a beloved figure to her nieces, nephews and their children and grandchildren, who were warmed by her loving attention, instruction and pointed personal questions in front of the entire family. She was a witty delight to sit next to at any gathering. We will never sing a Rodgers and Hammerstein tune without hearing her voice, or have a cup of tea without remembering her grace and dignity.


James Hoekstra

February 15, 1945 – May 2, 2016

James Alvin Hoekstra, 71, of Ames, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016. A visitation will be held Friday, May 6, 2016 from 4-6:00 p.m., at Stevens Memorial Chapel (607 28th St., Ames, IA 50010). Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Collegiate Presbyterian Church (159 Sheldon Ave, Ames, IA 50014), burial will take place in the Ames Municipal Cemetery following services.

Jim was born February 15, 1945 in Sioux Falls, SD to John and Adalaide (Wandscheer) Hoekstra. He graduated from Dike High School in 1962, and went on to earn a degree in Physics from Central College in Pella. It was there where he met his wife, Beatrice Helen Minium, in the trombone section. They married June 10, 1966. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Physics from Iowa State University.

Jim worked his entire career (41 years) at ISU, starting as a consultant for the Computation Center in the early days of computers and continuing until he was a Senior Systems Analyst for the super computers in the High Performance Computing Group. Over his career he co-authored many papers, one receiving the Best Paper award at an international conference. He also was co-inventor on several software patents through ISURF with Cray Research.

Jim loved music and sang, played piano, organ, and trombone. He also loved to build things: woodwork (furniture and cabinetry) as well as electronics (building his own TV, amplifiers, speakers, etc.).

Jim was a long-time member of Collegiate Presbyterian Church where he assisted with the redesign and remodeling of the sanctuary and design of the communion table in the 1970s. He also sang in the choir, accompanied the Junior Choir, and was a substitute organist. He then went on to be a founding partner of Bridgeway Church, which met for a decade before being reorganized into ReNew Community (Church).

He is preceded in death by his parents; and his wife in October 2006. He is survived by his sons, Steve (Anne) Hoekstra of Salina, KS, and Tim Hoekstra of Ames; granddaughter, Thea; and his brothers, Paul (Lorie) Hoekstra of Maple Grove, MN, and David Hoekstra of Sioux Center.


Sheryl Holden

October 1, 1943 – December 20, 2016

Velma S. “Sheryl” Holden, 73, of Iowa City, died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Solon Nursing Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, December 28th at 10:30 AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Iowa City. The Very Reverend Rudolph Juarez will officiate. Lunch will follow, with burial after at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Iowa City. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 27th from 3:30-6:30 PM at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charitable organization of donor’s choice.

Sheryl was born October 1, 1943 in Jefferson, Iowa, the daughter of Lester and Velma Jones Gift. Lester was a farmer and died in a traffic accident when Sheryl was in first grade. The family lived on a farm near Dallas Center and Sheryl was very active in 4-H and school and church activities.

Sheryl started grade school at Dawson and graduated from Dallas Center High School in 1961, where she played 6v6 basketball in high school. She continued her education at the University of Northern Iowa earning a BA in teaching and took post-graduate classes at Iowa State University.

Sheryl followed after her mother and taught elementary school in Jefferson and Des Moines. On June 22, 1974 Sheryl married Dr. Palmer Holden at the Dallas Center Methodist Church in a joint Catholic/Methodist ceremony. Sheryl continued teaching until her son, Daniel, was born. She became a full-time homemaker until Daniel graduated from high school and then was a substitute teacher in Ames, Ankeny and Des Moines.

In 2007, Sheryl was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She thought she had a hearing problem because of her difficulty understanding others, but her hearing was normal and Mayo sent her to the memory unit for evaluation. She continued to function normally and drove to shopping and meetings until fall 2011 when Daniel and his wife, April, encouraged Sheryl and Palmer to move to Iowa City to be near them and their grandchildren, Laird and Nadia. Sheryl moved to Bickford Cottage Assisted Care in December 2013 and Solon Retirement Village in March 2016. She enjoyed cooking, baking, spending time with her grandchildren and sharing events and time with her family.

In Ames, Sheryl was a member of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church circle and choir, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Iowa State University’s Women’s Club – including chair of Tea Room Adventures and president from 2007-2008, and an adult literacy volunteer – receiving the Governor’s Award. In Iowa City, she attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. She also could play piano by ear until her Alzheimer’s progressed.

With Palmer’s job as an Animal Science professor at Iowa State University he traveled to national meetings and did international travel and consulting. Sheryl and Daniel often traveled with him, including 27 countries from Costa Rica, to Southeast Asia and Western and Eastern Europe. Their “bucket list” was almost checked off!

Sheryl is survived by her husband, Dr. Palmer Holden of Iowa City; son, Daniel (April) and grandchildren, Laird and Nadia, all of Iowa City; older brothers, “Bill” Gift (Marilyn) and Donald; and several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.

Sheryl was preceded in death by her parents.

Tribute by her husband, Palmer Holden

Sheryl was the spouse of Dr. Palmer Holden, Prof. Emeritus, Animal Science. She was active in the ISU Women's Club, serving as president in 2007-08 and chaired the Tea Room Adventures group several times. She also participated in the American Legion Auxiliary, adult literacy program, St. Cecilia Church choir and could play the piano by ear. She traveled with Palmer to many Animal Science meetings and to several countries. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007, and in 2011 we moved to Iowa City to be near our son and his family. Sheryl passed away after three plus years in assisted and skilled nursing homes.


Roger Homer

December 3, 1924 – February 24, 2017

Roger Harry Homer, 92, formerly of Ames, died at Legacy Pointe Assisted Living Facility in Iowa City on February 24, 2017. A visitation will be held on Friday, March 3, 2007 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stevens Memorial Chapel (607 28th St.) in Ames. A Mass of celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ames. Burial will follow in Ames Municipal Cemetery.Roger Homer was born on December 3, 1924 in Long Beach, California to Harry and Ora Homer. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach in 1942. In April of 1945, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserves and was designated a Naval Aviator in Corpus Christi, Texas. While in the Navy, he completed his A. B. in Mathematics at University of Southern California under the five term plan and graduated in August of 1951. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1954 and resigned as a Lieutenant. He received his Ph. D. in Mathematics from U.C. Berkeley in June of 1959 and joined the Department of Mathematics at Iowa State University in August of 1959. In 1988, he retired from I.S.U. after 29 years of service, and became a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics. Roger Homer married Dolores Parker of Long Beach, in 1945. She died of tuberculosis on July 6, 1951. On August 2, 1952 he married Annette Dingman of Fort Madison, Iowa. Roger and Annette raised five children, and enjoyed an active life together in Ames. After his retirement in 1988, they traveled extensively, visiting their children and attending Elder hostels. Roger cared for Annette during her final illness, just as he had cared for his first wife Dolores many years before. He was an attentive and caring husband. After Annette passed away in 2007, Roger remained in Ames for five more years, and then moved to Iowa City in 2012 to be closer to his children. In 2015 he moved to Legacy Pointe Assisted Living Facility on the east side of Iowa City, where he made many new friends, and regularly attended Communion Service on Tuesdays, and Happy Hour on Fridays.Roger Homer is survived by his son, Mark Homer (Jo Anne) of Napa, CA; three daughters, Melinda Widen of Ankeny, IA and Stowe, VT, Mary Nachazel (Steve) of Iowa City, and Molly Homer of Macomb, IL; son in law Jeff Hathaway (Brenda) of Ankeny; eleven grandchildren, Jill Wheeler (Shane) of Des Moines, Jim Hathaway (Becca) of Ankeny, Kevin Hathaway (Darcy) of Des Moines, Angela Moehn (Brendan) of Aurora, IL, Will Widen (Shannon) of Stowe, VT, Henry Widen of Ankeny, Tom Widen of Miami, FL, Jack Hathaway of Omaha, Natasha Nachazel of Mount Vernon, Katie Homer of Davis, CA, and Annie Homer of Napa, CA; ten great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will be remembered fondly and missed by his family and his community.He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Dolores, his second wife Annette, his daughter Margaret Hathaway, and his sister Doris Mitchell.

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Roger Harry Homer, emeritus professor of mathematics, died at the age of 92 at Legacy Pointe Assisted Living Facility in Iowa City on February 24, 2017.

Roger Homer was born on December 3, 1924 in Long Beach, California. In April of 1945, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserves and was designated a Naval Aviator in Corpus Christi, Texas. While in the Navy, he completed his A.B. in Mathematics at University of Southern California under the five term plan and graduated in August of 1951. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1954 and resigned as a Lieutenant. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from U.C. Berkeley in June of 1959.

Roger joined the Department of Mathematics at Iowa State University in August of 1959 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to an associate professor in 1964 and to full professor in 1971. Roger provided valuable service to the department as a graduate student advisor to all incoming graduate students until they obtained major professors. He also served on several committees including the undergraduate committee. He was enthusiastic about mathematics and a patient teacher, readily available to discuss mathematics outside of class. His enthusiasm for mathematics was contagious. In 1988, he retired from Iowa State University after 29 years of service, and became a professor emeritus of mathematics.

After his retirement in 1988, Roger and his wife Annette traveled extensively, visiting their children and attending Elder hostels. After Annette passed away in 2007, Roger remained in Ames for five more years, and then moved to Iowa City in 2012 to be closer to his children.


Tom Horton

March 14, 1949 – September 1, 2016

Thomas Wayne Horton age 67, of Ames, Iowa died September 1, 2016 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. The family will receive friends on Monday September 5, 2016 from 3-5:00 p.m. at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way in Ames, Iowa.

Tom was born on March 14, 1949 in Davenport, Iowa the son of Fred and Erleen Horton. He graduated from Scott County Community College in Electrical Engineering Technologies. He served the United States Government in the US Marine Corps as a Sergeant. He married his high school sweetheart Pat Shannon on May 16, 1970. The couple have lived in the Ames since 1974. Tom worked at 3M for 30 years in Electrical Maintainance. Tom was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the Order of The Arrow and Eagle Scout. He served as a Troop Leader and Scout Master. As a member of the Ames Jaycees he held local and state offices, helped raise funds for the Ames fireworks, and set the fireworks off. He was also recognized with the Iowa State Jaycees Governorship and the International Senatorship.

Tom is survived by his wife of 46 years, Pat, his children, Gwendolyn Horton, Meridith (Jeffrey) Trow, Keith (Myndee) Horton, grandchildren, Shaylana Hansen, Grant, Mira and Korbin Trow, Temperance Simmons, and Xavier Horton and 3 great grandchildren, brother, Michael (Carla) Horton and a sister Joyce (Roger) Hergott, numerous nieces and nephews.


Adrian Hull

May 15, 1941 – March 21, 2017

Adrian Hull, age 75, of rural Boone, died March 21, 2017, at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines.

Funeral services will be Monday, March 27, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at the Slater United Methodist Church in Slater, with Rev. Emily Peasley officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery east of Luther.

Adrian Dale Hull was born in Mason City, Iowa on May 15, 1941, the son of Dale and Helen (Bentley) Hull. He graduated from Ames High School in 1959 and later graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Operations. On September 3, 1966, Adrian married Annette Mae Barker in Manly, Iowa.

In his early years, Adrian was a member of the Iowa National Guard in Boone, where he was a fixed wing mechanic. For 35 years, Adrian worked for Iowa State University and managed CAD farm ground, retiring in 2001 at the age of 60. He also farmed his own farms in Boone County.

His tractor was Farmall and he enjoyed collecting and restoring antique tractors, working with his hands, being outdoors, listening to old country music, and mowing his yard. His companions outside were his Black Labs.

Adrian loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved conversation with people, whether he knew them or not, and he had a great sense of humor and quick wit. Adrian enjoyed reading history, especially military and Presidential topics, and loved a good piece of pie.

Over the years, he and wife Annette raised many foster children. He was active in his church, and served on various committees.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Annette in 2008.

Adrian is survived by his son, Loren Hull and wife, Ann of Boone; his daughter, Jolene Jungling and husband, Travis of Des Moines; a sister, Karen Craig and husband, Steve of Indianapolis, Ind.; a brother-in-law, Carl Foster of Casa Grande, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Danielle Dorsey, Andy Hull and Logan Hull; a great-granddaughter, Mattilynn Dorsey.

Tribute by his daughter, Jolene Jungling

Adrian managed CAD farm ground for 35 years.

Adrian enjoyed working with local farmers and traveling to farms in southwest Iowa.

My brother & I are grateful for the valuable lessons our dad taught us. Treat everyone with respect, love for your family, love for your country, work ethic, the value of a dollar...the list is truly endless.


John Hunter

March 9, 1920 – May 25, 2016

John Robert Hunter’s full and long life began on March 9, 1920 in Defiance and continued strongly for 96 years when he passed away on May 25 in Scottsdale, Arizona. His parents, Jack and Daisy (Hannon) Hunter, instilled in him early a love of the land. John, along with his beloved sisters, Jane, Jean and Audrey grew up on the family farm outside Dunlap. The sibling bonds formed in Dunlap carried them throughout their long lives as the four siblings retired to Arizona where they all lived into their nineties.

After graduating from Dunlap High School in 1938, John farmed for a short while before he headed to Ames to pursue his dream of a college education. He graduated from Iowa State College in 1947 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Along with most of his friends in Alpha Gamma Rho agricultural fraternity, John paused his college education to enlist in World War II serving in the Army Air Corps, Air Transport Command, Alaska Division. John wrote nearly one hundred letters home during this time and today, his children and grandchildren treasure these letters that provide insight into his love of country and family.

John met Evelyn Mitchell of Axtell, Kansas at a statewide extension meeting at Iowa State and they were married in 1949. Thus started John and Evelyn’s long dedication to the farming community of southwest Iowa. John began his career as the Taylor County ISU Extension Director in Bedford, Iowa. For Evelyn to become the Home Economist for Taylor County, a special exception was granted to allow the married couple to work at the same extension office. In 1953, John and Evelyn moved to Clarinda to serve as the Extension Director and Home Economist, respectively, for Page County. John and Evelyn also thoroughly enjoyed their many years mentoring the youth of the 4-H programs in Taylor and Page Counties.

John utilized his farming knowledge when in 1963 be became an agricultural loan officer for Page County State Bank. He was at the bank until his retirement as president in 1985. John also served as head of the Clarinda Industrial Board and was influential in recruiting NSK Corporation to build its plant in Clarinda.

Time spent with family and friends was always a joy for John. His sons have many fond memories of the family camping trips throughout the U.S. and the annual ski trips to Colorado. In retirement, John and Evelyn traveled often, visiting six out of the seven continents. But, John loved best his trips to Chicago to visit his grandchildren. His long life allowed him to watch his seven grandchildren grow in to adulthood. Now, as adults, the grandchildren treasure their countless “Papa” stories of family, farming and their favorites - the tales of occasional mischief. In his last years, it was both the sunshine of Arizona and his circle of friends, spearheaded by his beloved Jeannie, that warmed John’s heart and kept him young.

John is survived by his sons, John and Tim, and their families: John and Mary Claire Hunter of Clarinda and Mount Prospect, Illinois; Tim and Maureen Hunter of Oak Park, Illinois, Terry Hunter of Riverwoods, Illinois: Grandchildren - Ryan, Jessica, Matthew, Samantha, John Ross, Kelsey and Zachary; and constant companion, Jean Walsh, of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Preceding John in death were his wife, Evelyn; son, Mitchell; parents, Jack and Daisy: sisters, Jane Mundt, Jean Haskell, and Audrey Lyon.


John Imsande

June 14, 1931 – January 3, 2017

John David Imsande, 85, died Jan. 3, 2017, at Green Hills Health Care Center in Ames.

John was born June 14, 1931, in rural Grass Range, Mont. He was proud to say that he was born in the house that his mother and father built on his mother’s homestead. John was a graduate of the University of Montana. He served in the U.S. Army and then he received a master’s of Science at Montana State University and a Ph.D. at Duke University. He did postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley and Princeton University before accepting a position at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1969, John came to Iowa State University. He served as professor in the departments of biochemistry, genetics and agronomy. His most recent research focused on nitrogen and sulfur metabolism in soybeans. He retired in 2000 as professor emeritus of agronomy, genetics and cell biology. He was not Iowa-born, but he was an Iowan by choice, residing in the state from 1969 until his death.

John and Elizabeth Blanchard Imsande were the parents of two treasured children, Carol Lynn and Louis Daniel. In 1976, John married Marcia Rohrbach Doerschug and instantly became a devoted father to Karen and Kevin Doerschug. During their 40 years of marriage, John and Marcia traveled extensively, especially enjoying ancient civilizations in Cambodia, Thailand, Egypt, Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Americas.

John’s non-scientific persona included a skill in woodworking, an appreciation of fine art, a passion for playing bridge, and a penchant for writing poetry. He loved nature, especially the wildlife and natural beauty of Australia, where he spent two sabbaticals. He could be seen daily walking in Moore Park in Ames.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Freda Imsande and by his siblings, Evelyn Imsande Cerovski, Louis Imsande Jr. and Donald Imsande.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia; children, Carol (Larry) Braden, of Powder Springs, Ga., Louis (Deborah) Imsande, of Johnson City, Tenn., Karen (Edward) Chu, of Overland Park, Kan. and Kevin (Lori) Doerschug, of North Liberty; as well as 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A celebration of John’s life will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames. A luncheon with family and friends will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions celebrating John’s life may be made to Heartland Senior Services, 205 S. Walnut Ave., Ames, 50010 or the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation at www.inhf.org.

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John David Imsande was born June 14, 1931, in rural Grass Range, Montana. He was proud to say that he was born in the house that his mother and father built on his mother’s homestead. John was a graduate of the University of Montana. He served in the U.S. Army. In 1956, he received a Master’s of Science at Montana State University in chemistry and in 1960, he received a Ph.D. from Duke University in Biochemistry. Dr. Imsande did postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley and Princeton University before accepting a position at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1969, John came to Iowa State University. He served as professor in the Departments of Biochemistry, Genetics, and Agronomy. His most recent research focused on nitrogen and sulfur metabolism in soybeans. His published data strongly suggested that rapid nitrogen fixation during pod fill increased net photosynthetic output and seed yield of the host plant. Thus, to increase farm profitability and help lower the use of manufactured nitrogen fertilizers, the field-grown plant should preferentially be nodulated by high nitrogen fixing strains of Bradyrhizobium. To maximize nitrogen fixation, one must overcome the nitrate-induced repression of nodulation and nitrogen fixation in soybeans. To maximize seed protein concentration and quality one must understand how the soybean plant regulates the uptake of both nitrogen and sulfur, as sulfur amino acid content is a strong measure of seed protein quality.

Dr. Imsande and his colleagues published 50+ peer-reviewed scientific papers. Dr. Imsande was an instructor and advisor for both undergraduate and graduate students.

John travelled extensively, especially enjoying ancient civilizations in Cambodia, Thailand, Egypt, Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Americas. John’s non-scientific persona included a skill in woodworking, an appreciation of fine art, a passion for playing bridge, and a penchant for writing poetry. He loved nature, especially the wildlife and natural beauty of Australia, where he spent two sabbaticals. He could been seen daily walking in Moore Park in Ames.

John is survived by his wife, Marcia; children, Carol (Larry) Braden, Louis (Deborah) Imsande, Karen (Edward) Chu, and Kevin (Lori) Doerschug; as well as 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.


George Jackson

December 24, 1940 – July 3, 2016

(Listen to tribute by Tony Jackson-Lampley)

Dr. George A. Jackson, of Ames, departed peacefully from this life on July 3, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. After serving 31 years at Iowa State University, Dr. Jackson retired as graduate college dean and professor in the College of education in 2009.


Bruce Janke

February 10, 1948 – June 25, 2016

(Listen to tribute by Ellen Janke)

Dr. Janke was born on February 10, 1948 and passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

Dr. Janke was a resident of Ames, Iowa at the time of passing.

He graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1966 and attended Iowa State University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Zoology in 1970 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1975.

Dr. Janke was married to Ellen.

A gathering of friends and family will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday June 28 at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care 414 Lincoln Way Ames IA. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday June 29 at Bethesda Lutheran Church 1517 Northwestern Ave Ames IA. Burial will be at Ames Municipal Cemetery.

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Dr. Bruce H. Janke passed away June 25, 2016 due to complications related to hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia. Dr. Janke’s laughter could often be heard through the halls of the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab (ISU VDL) for 22 years…it lifted spirits and promoted feelings of camaraderie among his colleagues…a sound and an individual that will surely be missed.

After graduating with his DVM from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1975, Dr. Janke started his veterinary career as a practitioner at Cottonwoord Veterinary Clinic in Windom, MN. In 1978, he returned to academia at the University of Missouri-Columbia’s College of Veterinary Medicine to pursue a Masters and PhD in Veterinary Pathology. After receiving his PhD in 1984, Dr. Janke moved to South Dakota State University’s Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory to serve as an Assistant Professor and diagnostic pathologist in the Department of Veterinary Science. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988. In 1991 we were fortunate to recruit Dr. Janke to Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as an Associate Professor and Diagnostic Pathologist at the ISU VDL. He was promoted to Professor in 2006. Dr. Janke served as the Interim Director of the ISU VDL from 2004-2006, and Section Leader of Pathology from 2006-2007. Her retired from his position at ISU in 2014 due to illness.

Living the “Land Grant Mission in Real Time” perhaps best describes Dr. Janke’s career at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine according to Dr. Pat Halbur, Professor and Chair of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine. Dr. Janke was very good at assisting livestock producers with identifying and solving problems that threatened the health, welfare and profitability of their herds through coordinating cases submitted to the ISU VDL. He was also highly successful at using that case material to identify gaps in our knowledge…whether that turned out to be a new disease or re-emergence of an old disease in a new way and turning questions into funded research projects often involving multidisciplinary teams of scientists. Dr. Janke was particularly talented at utilizing knowledge gained from the diagnostic case coordination process and the many applied research projects he was involved with to educate veterinary students, graduate students, livestock producers, veterinarians and colleagues about livestock diseases. “No one was better at taking complicated information and boiling it down to what a particular audience needs to know. I had many “Now I Get It Moments” over the years with Bruce. Some of them across the microscope from him while getting his input on a case and others while in the audience at a national meeting hearing him summarize things like what all those variants of swine influenza really mean to animal and human health” said Halbur.

Dr. Janke was an internationally distinguished pathologist. His applied research advanced the College’s efforts in “One Health” by collaborating with experts in both animal and human health. A prime example of these efforts is when Dr. Janke served as the lead pathologist on a multi-institutional team of influenza virus researchers from Iowa State University, the National Animal Disease Center, Kansas State University and St. Jude’s Research Hospital from 2005-2010 funded by the National Institutes of Health. His efforts to advance our understanding of the pathogenesis of Rotavirus, coined the term “influenza of the gut”that helped shape current understanding of the ecology of enteric diseases in modern pig production. He conceptualized and helped to define organism diversity, quasispecies, ecology, microbiome, etc. long before they became common terminology. Dr. Janke also had a great interest in fish and wildlife pathology and was a great resource for the diagnostic lab in these areas for 22 years.

Dr. Janke was passionate about being highly involved in the role and impact of organizations such as the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, North Central Conference of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, Iowa Pork Producers Association, and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. Dr. Janke frequently served as a reviewer for the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation and for Veterinary Pathology which is evidence of the national recognition he earned in the research and diagnostic academic communities. He was co-author of the chapter on “Clinicopathological features of swine influenza” that was published in a special volume on influenza in Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology in 2013.

It is true that Dr. Janke’s laughter will be missed in the hallways here at ISU’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab; however, the fond memories we share of his friendship and professionalism and the remarkable contributions he made in advancing animal and human health will live on in his former students, his colleagues and collaborators that had the great fortune of knowing and working with Bruce.

Tribute by his wife, Ellen Janke

Bruce H. Janke was born on February 10, 1948.  He passed from this earthly life at the age of 68 on June 25, 2016 due to complications of Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT), a rare and progressive familial disorder of the vascular system.

Bruce was a veterinary pathologist for ISU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, VDPAM from February 1991 until his retirement in February 2014.  Bruce used his God given talents as a gifted diagnostician and researcher for more than 30 years to aid animal production specialists in the safety, care, and profitability of their industry.  In addition, his research in influenza and rotavirus, particularly in swine, contributed to the medical understanding of the health effects of these viruses in both food animal and human medicine.

Married in 1978, Bruce and I were blessed with nearly 38 years together and with two wonderful sons, Benjamin (Minneapolis, MN) and Brian (Madison, WI).  Bruce was always such a great role model for our sons in his work ethic as well as in his love for family and his strong dedication to his Christian faith. He was an active member of Bethesda Lutheran Church serving the church and community in several different capacities.

Bruce’s love of our sons was always evident when observing his interactions with the boys, no matter what their age, from infanthood to adulthood, and no matter the activity. He spent many hours with them as young boys, showing them the joys of all things outdoors, especially fishing-always the teacher. He was proud of the young men they have become. Bruce’s unique sense of humor lives on in them.  

Bruce had a great love of fishing and being outdoors. He especially relished his two annual fishing trips to Canada, one with friends and one with family including his brother Doug and all of the sons. He enjoyed his men’s summer golf league. For year’s he played pick-up basketball. As an avid ISU men’s basketball fan, Bruce and I enjoyed following the Cyclone’s and attending ISU games together.  

His love of music ran the gamut from classical to country.  Together we enjoyed attending the performing arts. For my sake, he learned ballroom dancing. Though, except for the swing, I’m quite sure he never truly enjoyed it as much as I did! It was just one of the many things he did to please me.

Bruce will be fondly remembered by his family and friends for his character, his loving, kind, and gentle nature, his sense of humor, deep faith in Christ, and for his ready smile. I consider myself so blessed to have been able to call him my husband, the love of my life, my “gentle doctor”.  I have always been proud of the man he was and the work he was able to accomplish in this life. He is gone too soon and missed greatly. 

Tribute by his son, Ben Janke

I learned a lot from my father, both from what he said and from how he lived his life. He was a warm and kind-hearted person, devoted to his family and friends, and a devout Lutheran. As a child, I remember seeing the statue of the Gentle Doctor and thinking that surely it had been modeled after him; all the sculpture needed was a piglet in his arms instead of a puppy. He always showed a keen interest in science, and in particular the animal world. And while the apple fell some ways from the tree (I became a civil & environmental engineer, despite Dad’s best efforts to show me the wonders of large animal pathology), later in life I came to appreciate his genuine interest in my own research, and the conversations that came out of that. Dad also passed on his love of basketball and fishing, and of experiencing the outdoor world, activities that will now always remind me of him. He was loved dearly by his family and friends, and we miss him greatly, but he set a wonderful example of a life well-lived.

Tribute by his son, Brian Janke

Throughout my life, my father was a constant source of encouragement and an endless font of knowledge. I will forever be in awe of the humility he displayed in all aspects of his life, never touting his own accomplishments and acknowledging that he was simply a part of the whole. A lifelong student, my father taught me to never stop asking questions because there is always more to learn. All children are born with an innate sense of curiosity and a desire to learn, and my father was particularly gifted at fostering and nurturing that curiosity. I have fond memories of going on nature hikes as a child to streams, rivers, and ponds to observe and learn about the different types of wildlife that we would find. There never seemed to be a question he didn’t have an answer to, never a simple response of “Just Because.” If we found something he wasn’t familiar with we would go home and look it up in one of the many Audubon Field Guides he had in his study. I still remember much of what I learned on those hikes and often times find myself reflecting on those experiences when I go for a walk or a hike, and if I find something I’m not familiar with I go home and look it up.


Julie Ann Jarvinen

December 15, 1943 – November 30, 2016

Julie Ann Jarvinen age 72 of Rochester died on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, St. Marys Campus. No services are planned for Julie.

Julie Ann Jarvinen was born on December 15, 1943 in Red Wing, MN to Everette and Ordelia (nee Baker) Jarvinen. As a young child her family moved to Eveleth, MN. Her family moved back to a small farm in rural Zumbrota and Julie graduated from Wanamingo High School in 1961. Julie graduated from the University of Minnesota with her PhD in Zoology and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Julie started working for Iowa State University in Ames, IA. She was an associate professor of Veterinary Medicine, working mainly in the research department. She had many articles published in Veterinary publications and she retired in 2014 and moved to Rochester. Julie enjoyed spending time with her pets and watching Mixed Martial Arts.

Julie is survived by her niece, Skylee Jarvinen of Wanamingo; sister, Marie Page of Kenyon; nieces and nephews, Jennifer Moreland of Annandale, VA, Jessica Page of Wanamingo, Jerad Page of Faribault, Jon Page and Jason Page, both of Pine Island; sister-in-law, Darla Jarvinen of Wanamingo and special friend Bill Hedberg of Alma, WI. Julie was preceded in death by her parents, Everette and Ordelia; brother, David Jarvinen and nephew, Jeffrey Page.


Beverly A. Kalvik

August 17, 1933 – June 11, 2016

Beverly A. “Nany” Kalvik, 82, of Story City died June 11, 2016, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, at Bethany Manor in Story City. Burial will follow in Story City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Soderstrum Funeral Home in Story City.

Beverly A. “Nany” Kalvik, 82, of Story City died June 11, 2016, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, at Bethany Manor in Story City. Burial will follow in Story City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Soderstrum Funeral Home in Story City.

Beverly was born on Aug. 17, 1933, in Story City to Charles and Annerine (Knutson) Knouse. She married Fred Kalvik on April 11, 1954. He died Dec. 15, 2004. She worked as a nurse’s aide at Bethany Manor and then as a head cook at Iowa State, retiring in 1986. Beverly was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and enjoyed taking care of children, croqueting, going to country music shows in Branson, Mo., cooking and her grandchildren.

Beverly is survived by her three sons, Rich (Luella) Kalvik and Bob (Kim) Kalvik, both of Story City, and Jon (Lori) Kalvik, of Des Moines; a daughter, Janice (Mark) Burns, of Cleveland, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred; and a sister, Charlene Gummert.


Mary Kearns

January 9, 1917 – May 8, 2016

Mary M. Kearns, 99, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa. A visitation will be held Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 6:00-7:00 p.m., at Stevens Memorial Chapel (607 28th St., Ames, IA 50010) with the Rosary said at 6:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2016 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church (2900 Hoover Ave., Ames, IA 50010). Burial will follow in the Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Mary was born on January 9, 1917 in Ames, Iowa to Clarence "Curly" and Imogene (Harbaugh) McNabb. She grew up in Ames, graduating class of 1935 from Ames High School before attending Iowa State College. She met the love of her life James "Bud" Kearns while working in the printing department on campus, and were married on June 20, 1940 in the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fort Dodge. They were united in marriage for 60 years before Bud passed away. Mary and Bud were blessed with two daughters, MaryAnn and BettyJane.

Mary was mainly a housewife and mother, loved life on the farm and she was a vivacious reader including cookbooks. Mary enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing, as well as card games of pitch, hearts, or 31. She loved music, and playing the piano. She was a local 4-H leader for many years and was involved with her local Catholic Church. Mary was active in the Federated Women's Club, a member of Ames High School Alumni Association, and a Lifetime member of the Iowa State University Alumni Association, Ames Historical Society, and along with Bud, held the longest state membership in the Farm Bureau Association. Mary spent several years traveling around the country with Bud in what Mary called "Pickup Campers." She was a fan of ISU sports and filled many leadership roles in livestock-related women's groups that promoted the beef and pork industries.

Mary is survived by her daughters; BettyJane Kearns of Kelley, Iowa and MaryAnn (Robert) Gardner of Nevada, Iowa, grandchildren; Deb (Mike) Mitchell of Collins, Iowa, David Heintz of Loveland, Colorado, Becky McIntosh of Urbandale, Iowa, Dan Heintz of Nevada, Iowa, Sandra Heintz of Ankeny, Iowa, and Mark (April) Heintz of Nevada, Iowa, as well as 11 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded by her husband; James F. "Bud" Kearns in 1999, parents; Clarence "Curly" and Imogene, brother; Rawland "Bud" McNabb, sister; Florence McNabb, son-in-law; Sam Heintz, and great-granddaughter; Melissa (Flynn) Viers.


Patricia Kay Kirkman

October 29, 1935 – November 6, 2016

Patricia Kay Kirkman, 81, of Gardner, KS passed away Nov. 6, 2016 at Sharon Lane Health Services. Private graveside service at Gardner Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.

Patricia was born Oct. 29, 1935 in Coffeyville, KS to Howard Elton and Mildred Joy (Bridenstine) Williams. She graduated from Wichita East High School in 1953; received a BA from Park College in 1978 and an MFA from Wichita State in 1985. Kay married William Phillip “Bill” Kirkman, Jr. on April 23, 1954 at First Presbyterian Chapel in Wichita. She was an English teacher, writer, college professor in Joplin, MO and Rogers, AR and Sr. Vice President of Development at Iowa State in Ames, IA. Kay was a member of DAR and the Presbyterian Church. She did extensive research in genealogy; was a published author and taught creative writing at Joplin MSSC. Kay will be dearly missed by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Kay is survived by her husband, Bill; daughters, Kathleen Kirkman, Olathe, KS, Deanna and husband Doug Townsend, Asheville, NC; sons, Phillip and wife Amy Kirkman, St. Peters, MO, Paul and wife Shawn Kirkman, Independence, MO; six grandchildren: Amy Townsend Hall, Timothy and Joseph Townsend, Mariam and Samir Yousef and Shannon Kirkman; great grandson, Elliot Hall; brother, Richard Williams, Memphis, TN and sister, Karen Umscheid, Olathe, KS.

Tribute by her husband, William Kirkman

Patricia “Kay” Kirkman was the Senior Vice President of Development for the College of Liberal Arts.

She played a key role in raising funds for the Carrie Chapman Catt Center and helping establish the Plaza of Heroines.

Kay was very proud of the work she did for Iowa State, helping to raise millions of dollars for the college. She was an avid gardener, loved the Reiman Gardens, working to raise funds to improve and expand them.

Kay was a loving wife of 62 years to Bill, a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a dedicated genealogist, a member of the DAR, a published author, and taught creative writing and English as an adjunct professor in both Joplin, Missouri and Rogers, Arkansas. Kay spent many years striving for her MFA degree, all while working and raising her family. She was a lifelong learner, teacher, and promoter of higher education.


Julia Kiyoguchi

July 29, 1937 – March 17, 2015

Julia, 77, died March 17, 2015, after an extended illness.  She was born to George and Katsuko Kiyoguchi in Salt Lake City on July 29, 1937.  She is survived by her brother, Dennis.  She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and a brother.

Julia graduated from the University of Utah in education and taught from junior high to university levels.  She retired at Iowa State University.  She loved to go to lunch with friends after retirement.

Viewings Friday, March 20, from 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 21, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple.  Graveside services start at 11 a.m. Saturday at Salt Lake City Cemetery.


Louis Koeneke

October 21, 1929 – May 1, 2016

Louis Arthur Koeneke, 86, of Nevada, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Louis was born October 21, 1929, in Greeley, Iowa the son of Harold and Grace (Binning) Koeneke. He graduated from Greeley High School in 1948 and in 1951 was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, serving two years in Germany in the Big Red 1 Division.

On May 5, 1955, he was united in marriage to Carol Comes at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.

Louis worked for Armor & Company in Atlantic for three years and started with the Ames Lab at Iowa State University in 1963, working as the Manager of Materials Handling until his retirement in 1992.

Louis was a devoted member of the Nevada First United Methodist Church, the William F. Ball Legion Post #48 and the VFW. He served eight years on the Nevada Volunteer Fire Department and had also served on the Nevada Planning and Zoning Board. Louis was past president and treasurer of the Senior Citizens of Nevada and was instrumental in getting the Senior Citizen Center built.

Louis enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family. He loved supporting the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa State Cyclones. He loved his country and was very patriotic. Louis was honored to be selected as this year’s Grand Marshall of the Memorial Day Parade in Nevada.

Louis is survived by his son, Steve (Stacy) Koeneke of Ames; his daughter, Sue (Jamey) McCaskey of Colo; his grandchildren: Lindsey (Aaron) Good of Clive and Calista Koeneke of Ames; and his sister, Shirley (Terry) Chapman of Allen, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife Carol in 2009 and his parents.


Patricia Kopp

December 12, 1947 – January 6, 2017

Patricia A. Kopp, 69, of Dayton, Iowa, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2017, at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home in Fort Dodge.

Pat's wishes were to be cremated. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Carson – Stapp Funeral Home in Dayton. Rev. Gary Snook, Chaplain Hospice, will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service, at the funeral home. For online obituaries and condolences please visit: www.carsonstappfuneralhome.com

Patricia Ann Pigman was born on December 12, 1947, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the daughter of John Edward and Mary Belle (Andrews) Pigman. She graduated with the Central Webster High School class of 1966, and then attended La James School of Cosmetology in Fort Dodge.

On October 18, 1969, Pat was united in marriage to Donald Kopp. Pat worked at Central Lab in Fort Dodge for 15 years and later worked at Iowa State University for 10 years.

Pat enjoyed TV cooking shows and was an excellent cook. She also loved gardening, growing houseplants, and mushroom hunting with Don.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Don Kopp of Dayton, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, and two brothers, Dale Pigman and Larry Pigman preceded her in death.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.


Delores Ann Kyle

March 25, 1930 – May 29, 2016

Delores Ann Kyle was born March 25, 1930 to Alfred J. and Irene M. (Nelson) West in Story City, Iowa. She graduated from Story City High School. On October 7, 1950, Delores married Howard John Kyle at Grace United Methodist Church in Story City. Delores worked as a secretary in the Agronomy Department at Iowa State University for 27 years, retiring in 1994. She was a member of Heartland Baptist Church in Ames, the Ames Unit #37 American Legion Auxiliary, and Women of the Moose Lodge Chapter #733. Delores enjoyed baking, bowling, sewing, shopping, singing, and playing the piano. Deloress greatest love was spending time with her family and friends. Delores is survived by her husband, Howard Kyle of Ames; her son, Mike (Lori) Kyle of Bondurant; her daughter, Naylene (Donald) Crispin of Madrid; her grandchildren, Aaron (Jana) Kyle, Brianne Carl, Matthew Crispin and Jacquelyn (Zach) Schrader; her great-grandchildren, Aiden Carl, Micah Kyle and Addison Schrader; her sisters, Shirley (Richard) Warren and Joyce (Robert) Larson; her brother, Gene (Jodi) West; and many nieces and nephews She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Pamela Kyle; and her son, Steven Kyle. Memorials may be designated to Heartland Baptist Church, 3504 Grand Avenue, Ames, IA 50010.


Clarence Lacey

October 10, 1927 – December 1, 2016

No information is available about Clarence Lacey.


George W. Ladd

April 28, 1925 – May 22, 2016

(Listen to tribute by Lisa Ladd)

George Wells Ladd, 91, of Ames, Iowa, died May 22, 2016, at Green Hills Retirement Community. He was born on April 28, 1925, in Brookings, South Dakota, to Leonard L. Ladd and Helen Johnston Ladd. He lived on the family farm until moving to Mitchell, S.D., in 1933, where his mother died after an extended illness. He moved to Huron, S.D., in 1936, and graduated from Huron High School in 1942. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946, after which he attended college, earning a B.S. degree from South Dakota State College (now University) in 1950, an M.A. from Michigan State in 1951, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1955. He taught economics at Iowa State from 1955 to 1992, when he retired as Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture. During these years he carefully mentored over 60 graduate students and compiled a substantial and innovative record of scholarly publication. In 1979 he received an award from the American Agricultural Economics Association for an outstanding journal published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. In 1987 he was named a Fellow of that association.

In his retirement he continued his devotion to fishing and to reading histories and mysteries. He gave generous support to favored charities. He also courted occasional controversy with his letters to the editor of this newspaper.

One of his fondest memories was of his wedding to Marlys Elaine Schulz on September 11, 1948, in Brookings, S.D. She survives him, as do his daughter, Lisa Ladd and her husband, David Michael of Ames; his son, Brian and his wife, Louise Burkhart and their daughter, Clare of Guilderland, N.Y.; his sister, Marian Jean Golic of Overland Park, Kan.; and two nephews and a niece.

He was a member of Collegiate United Methodist Church for many years. He will be buried at the Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

George Wells Ladd, emeritus professor of economics and Emeritus Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, died May 22, 2016, at Green Hills Retirement Community in Ames at the age of 91.

George Ladd was born April 28, 1925, in Brookings, South Dakota. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946, after which he began his collegiate education. He earned a B.S. with a double major in economics and mathematics from South Dakota State University in 1950, an M.A. with a major in economics from Michigan State University in 1951, and a Ph.D. with a major in economics from the University of Illinois in 1955.

In 1955 George joined the Iowa State University faculty as an assistant professor of economics. He was promoted to associate professor in 1958 and to professor in 1962. He became a distinguished professor in 1985 and was named a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association in 1987, before retiring in 1992.

George Ladd was an outstanding and nationally recognized scholar in agriculture economics, particularly in the areas of marketing and price analysis. Although his research efforts produced high quality empirical findings, he also made important contributions to quantitative research methods and methodologies used by general economists, as well as agricultural economists. He was an econometrician in that his research efforts usually involved the combined use of mathematics, statistical methods, and economic theory to tackle important practical agricultural economic problems and to produce quantitative findings. And he often made seminal contributions to econometric methods.

During the course of his career, George was the author or co-author of 46 refereed journal articles. Most of these articles appeared in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics but his research output also appeared in a wide range of other journals, including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Econometrica, the Journal of Dairy Science, and the Journal of Animal Science. His paper “Artistic Research Tools for Scientific Minds” received the American Agriculture Economics Association’s award for the most outstanding article published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics in 1979. George was also the author of two scholarly books: Agricultural Bargaining Power and Imagination in Research: An Economist’s View, both published by the ISU Press. The second of these two books was particularly widely read and cited by agricultural economists.

George’s teaching was mostly at the graduate level, including courses in quantitative methods in research, econometric statistics, and linear economic models. Over the course of his career, he was major professor for 30 M.S. students and 35 Ph.D. students. Three of his students won outstanding thesis or dissertation awards from the American Agricultural Economics Association.

In 1948 George married Marlys Elaine Schulz, who survives him. The couple’s two children, Lisa and Brian, and their spouses and children also survive him.

Respectfully submitted by Dennis R. Starleaf

Tribute by his spouse, Marlys Ladd, and his daughter, Lisa Ladd

George came to I.S.U. in 1955 & retired in 1992 from the Agriculture Economics Dept. For the 1966 spring semester he was a visiting professor at the University of California @ Davis. During the course of his career, George was the author or co-author of 46 refereed journal articles. Most of these articles appeared in the "American Journal of Agricultural Economics" but his research output also appeared in a wide range of other journals, including the "Journal of the American Statistical Association", "Econometrica", the "Journal of Dairy Science" & the "Journal of Animal Science". His paper "Artistic Research Tools for Scientific Minds" received the American Agricultural Economics Association's award for the most outstanding article published in the "American Journal of Agricultural Economics" in 1979. He was also the author of two scholarly books: "Agricultural Bargaining Power" & "Imagination in Research: An Economist's View", both published by the ISU Press. The second of these two books was particularly widely read & cited by agricultural economists.

In 1985 he was awarded the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor In Agriculture. George's teaching was mostly at the graduate level, including courses in quantitative methods in research, econometric statistics & linear economic models. Over the course of his career, he was major professor for over 50 M.S. & Ph.D. students. Some of his students came from Lebanon, the Netherlands & West Germany. Three of his students won outstanding thesis or dissertation awards from the American Agricultural Economics Association.

George enjoyed writing letters to the editor of the "Des Moines Register" & the "Ames Tribune".

George was born & raised in South Dakota before joining the U.S. Marine Corps from which he served from 1943-1946. George enjoyed fishing. While fishing it was a time to think & to ponder what to tell his graduate students. George is survived by his spouse, Marlys & his two children, Lisa Ladd & Brian Ladd as well as his sister, Marion Golic.


Roger Lawrence

July 13, 1921 – April 19, 2017

Roger Lee Lawrence was born July 13, 1921 at Boughtinville, (Huron County) Ohio, the son of Arthur W. and Kathleen (Line) Lawrence. He married Pauline Hilborn at Perry, Ohio on November 2, 1944. As a youth, he was a 4-H Club award winner and a state officer in the FFA. He received degrees from Ohio State University, George Washington University and Iowa State University. Roger served in WWII as a flight trainer, and in the Army Reserve for 32 years in a unit specializing in Middle East intelligence, retiring as a Colonel and receiving the Legion of Merit.

After serving as a staff member at Ohio State University, he moved to Ames and Iowa State University in 1950, retiring as an Emeritus Professor of Agriculture and of Education in 1986. At Iowa State, he served as major Professor for 70 MS and 16 PhD students, taught 140 international students from 43 countries, was Chair of the Faculty Council, and the Student Affairs Council.

Roger grew up with a clear sense that if the community could be improved by your efforts you should get involved. That led him to extensive volunteer work with Kiwanis, Youth and Shelter Services, and his church. He was Governor of the Nebraska-Iowa Kiwanis District, Chair of the Board of YSS, and on almost every committee at Collegiate Methodist Church and Green Hills. Roger was very active in both leadership and support work. His sharp mind and informed ideas and opinions made him a thoughtful contributor to each organization, and an engaging and active member of his community.

He and his wife traveled all over the country and world. The family took long camping trips across the United States, and later he and Pauline participated in Elderhostel programs, focusing on many different interests. He was an avid reader, especially interested in history and politics, loved to garden, and volunteered until his very last days.

Roger died at 95 years of age on April 19, 2017 at Green Hills, the residential community in Ames where he lived for many years.

He is survived by his son, Ted (Myra) Lawrence of Oak Park, Illinois; his daughter, Janet (Jeff) Mount of Blair, Nebraska; his grandchildren, Josh (Stefanie) Lawrence, Alana (Andrew) Stothert and Ryan Mount; his great-grandchildren, Magnolia and Abraham Lawrence; and his sister, Mary Jane (David) Elsass of Bowling Green, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pauline; and his sisters, Nancy and Margaret.

Roger left a legacy of learning, love and friendship to his family, his students and his friends, and will be sorely missed.


Wilbur Layton

March 1, 1922 – April 14, 2017

(Listen to tribute by Fred Borgen)

Wilbur (Bill) Layton, age 95 and resident of Walker Place, Minneapolis peacefully passed away April 14 after several years of ill health.  

After leaving the family farm in Iowa he graduated from Iowa State University. He served in WWII in both Europe and Japan. After the war, he completed his PhD in Psychology at The Ohio State University. He served as director of the Statewide Testing Program at the University of Minnesota, as well as held a faculty appointment in the Psychology Department. In 1962 he became head of the Psychology Department at Iowa State University, then served for several years as Vice President for Student Affairs. He was passionate about equal rights and civil rights and led the effort to integrate the campus at Iowa State. After his retirement from the Psychology Department, he and his wife Gloria moved to White City, Oregon, where he became very active in politics. He chaired the county Democratic Party, and when they returned from Oregon became active in the DFL Party in Edina. He treasured the many friendships he developed both academically and politically.

Bill found joy in flying his own small plane, as well as gliding and being the tow pilot for other gliders. He spent many happy hours on the Rogue River fishing with family members. He made  it his mission to replant their property with hundreds of trees. He was famous within the family for his sourdough bread and pancakes and for starting the charcoal grill with a flamethrower designed to kill weeds. Bill loved the 1969 GMC truck that he inherited from his father, and drove it with an antenna made of barbed wire so he could "pick up country music." An avid reader, he was often found with a book in his hands.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Gloria, his son Gregory, daughter Patricia (Brad Engdahl), and son Charles. Also survived by grandchildren: Jon, James and Jesse Layton, Katharine and Kristin Engdahl, Alexander, Emily and Ian Layton; and by great-grandchildren Carys, Cooper and Olivia Layton and many nieces and nephews; and beloved brother-in-law and sister-in-law Alan and Pat Madsen. Preceded in death by parents Charles and Helen Layton of Atlantic, Iowa, sisters Beverly Rossmann Thompson and Helen Bryson.

An open house celebrating his life will be held April 29, 2:30 to 4 pm at the chapel at Walker Place, 3701 Bryant Ave. So., Minneapolis. Memorials preferred to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, or the charity of donor's choice. We are grateful to the wonderful staff at Walker Place and Walker Health Center for their devoted and loving care.

Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

Wilbur (Bill) Layton, age 95, resident of Walker Place, Minneapolis, peacefully passed away April 14, 2017, after several years of ill health.

After leaving the family farm in Iowa he graduated from Iowa State University. He served in WWII in both Europe and Japan. After the war, he completed his PhD in Psychology at The Ohio State University. He served as director of the Statewide Testing Program at the University of Minnesota, as well as held a faculty appointment in the Psychology Department. In 1960 he moved to Iowa State as Head of the Department of Psychology. As a condition of becoming the Psychology Head, he had been promised by President Hilton, the provost, and the dean of the college that a doctorate in psychology would be approved. A proposal to offer the doctorate was submitted in October of 1961 and was approved in April 1964. The first doctoral degree was awarded in 1966. Under Bill’s leadership, the department was given resources to expand and broaden the faculty expertise, implementing a vision of psychology as an applied science. Bill was passionate about equal rights and civil rights and led the effort to integrate the campus at Iowa State, serving as the Vice President for Student Affairs from 1967-76. Bill served another stint as Department Head from 1984-88 and retired in 1990.

Bill and his wife, Gloria, moved to White City, Oregon, where he became very active in politics. He chaired the county Democratic Party, and when he returned to Minnesota from Oregon, became active in the DFL Party in Edina. He treasured the many friendships he developed both academically and politically.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Gloria, his son Gregory, daughter Patricia (Brad Engdahl), and son Charles, and many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents Charles and Helen Layton of Atlantic, Iowa, and sisters Beverly Rossmann Thompson and Helen Bryson.


Bruce Leuschen

November 16, 1957 – April 14, 2017

Bruce Lawrence Leuschen was born November 16, 1957, in Harlan, Iowa to William and Mildred (Schwery) Leuschen. He grew up on a farm in the Portsmouth/Panama area and graduated from Woodbine High School. Bruce then attended Iowa State University and obtained his DVM degree from Iowa State University Veterinary School in 1983. Bruce married Kelly Clayberg on August 21, 1983. Bruce practiced as a veterinarian in Cascade and LaMotte, Iowa until 1992, when the family moved to Decorah where Bruce worked for the Postville Vet Clinic. In 2006, Bruce and Kelly moved to Story City in order for Bruce to join the staff at Iowa State University in Ames. In 2014, Bruce accepted a position at Braum’s Dairy in Tuttle, Oklahoma. Due to his declining health, Kelly and Bruce returned to Story City in late May of 2016.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Kelly of Story City; one daughter, Jessica (Jonathan) Bolton of Niceville, FL, two sons, Jordan (Hannah) Leuschen of Waterloo and Jackson Leuschen of Cedar Rapids; five brothers, Ron (Evelyn) Leuschen of Antioch, CA , Dennis (Elizabeth) Leuschen of Rolla, MO, William (Linda) Leuschen of Silvis, IL, Paul (Michelle) Leuschen of Nashua, IA, and Bennett (Lana) Leuschen of Council Bluffs, IA; six sisters, Sue (Dean) Hager of Shawnee, KS, Patricia (John) Hruska of Omaha, NE, Faye (Richard) French of Randolph, IA,Annette (Peter) Dunlop of Woodbine, IA, Carol (Mike) Robertson of La Vista, NE and Betty (Cary) Saar of Treynor, IA.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, one sister (Marla), and one brother (Michael).

Tribute by Pat Halbur, Professor and Chair, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine
                                                                              
Dr. Bruce Leuschen passed away April 14, 2017 at his home in Story City, Iowa. Dr. Leuschen was a caring and competent veterinarian that loved to teach in the process of delivering the best possible healthcare to his patients.  

After graduating with his DVM from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. Dr. Leuschen joined a private mixed animal practice in Cascade and LaMotte, Iowa where he specialized in dairy medicine and surgery. In 1992, he and his family moved to Decorah, Iowa and Bruce joined the Postville Veterinary Clinic. In 2006, we were fortunate to recruit Dr. Leuschen to Iowa State University as the “University Veterinarian”, a joint appointment in the Veterinary Diagnostic and Animal Production Medicine (VDPAM) and the Animal Science departments. Bruce brought a wealth of clinical and business experience with him to ISU. That experience was integral in growing the ISU Veterinary Field Services unit into the thriving practice it is today serving the University farms and private producers over a 40-50 mile radius from Ames.

Dr. Leuschen took great pride in using each farm call to teach veterinary students essential skills to prepare them for becoming competent and confident veterinarians. Dr. Leuschen also utilized his enthusiasm for engaging the public as the Iowa State Fair veterinarian. His team worked around the clock to ensure the health of animals exhibited as well as those brought in for special events. Bruce facilitated many of the activities in the Animal Learning Center at the Iowa State Fair, working to promote animal agriculture and the role of the veterinarian in animal and human health. Dr. Leuschen also contributed lectures and to teaching a number of hands-on labs related to animal health and production in the Animal Science department at ISU.

Dr. Leuschen was engaged in organized veterinary medicine through active membership and various leadership roles in the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the National Mastitis Council. He was the past president of the Jackson County and Dubuque County Veterinary Medical Associations, presented various demonstrations at the Eastern Iowa Spring Clinics, and was involved in county extension events for dairy producers.

In 2014, Dr. Leuschen retired from ISU and accepted a position at Braum’s Dairy in Tuttle, Oklahoma. Due to his declining heath, Dr. Leuschen returned to Story City, Iowa in May of 2016. Dr. Leuschen is survived by his wife Kelly of Story City, one daughter Jessica (Jonathan) Bolton of Florida, and two sons, Jordan (Hannah) Leuschen of Waterloo and Jackson Leuschen of Cedar Rapids.

Tribute by Kelly

Bruce Leuschen, born November 16, 1957, was the eighth child in a family of 14 children. He grew up on a dairy farm in western Iowa and attended Woodbine High School. Bruce completed his undergraduate work at ISU and graduated from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 and took his first veterinary position with Tri-Vet Associates (Holy Cross/Farley/Dyersville, IA). He became a partner with Rolling Hills Veterinary Service (Cascade/LaMotte, IA) and later with Postville Veterinary Clinic (Postville/Calmar, IA). After 20+ years in private practice, Bruce returned to Iowa State as university veterinarian and later as a clinician in the Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine field services unit. Bruce was extremely proud to have been employed by ISU from 2006-2014. For seven of those years he also served as the Iowa State Fair Veterinarian. While at Iowa State, Bruce created D-PIKE, a 10-week Dairy Immersive Knowledge Experience for students in the dairy industry. He also accompanied veterinary students on several mission trips to Nicaragua and enjoyed meeting and helping the people in that country. Bruce loved being a veterinarian and working with clients and impacting their lives. He was passionate about working with students and teaching them clinical skills, practical application of course knowledge, and problem-solving. He was an honest, loyal, hard-working, fun-loving man, devoted to his family and friends. Bruce lived out his faith on a daily basis, sharing it with others in his actions and his words.

Bruce was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in April of 2016 and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in April of 2017. He passed away at the age of 59 at home in Story City on April 14, 2017.


Robert Lewis

December 1, 1929 – January 18, 2017

Robert E. Lewis passed away on Jan. 18, 2017, at Green Hills Heath Care Center. We honor his life with his story. I was born on December first, 1929, in Richmond, Ind. I received the bachelor’s degree with departmental honors in biology from Earlham College in 1952 and shortly thereafter married Joanne Hauschild. After two years in the United States Army as the post entomologist at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., I joined the graduate staff in entomology at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign where I received a master’s degree in 1956 and a doctorate degree in 1959.

That autumn we boarded a freighter for Beirut, Lebanon, where we remained until 1967. During our tenure there, in addition to teaching courses in genetics, vertebrate natural history, introductory entomology, evolution and invertebrate zoology I established a natural history museum and survey and conducted studies in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Afghanistan, Turkey and Nepal, as well as traveling extensively in Europe and studying at the British Museum at Tring, Hertfordshire.

I retired in Ames on Jan. 1, 1996. Professional interests include ectoparasitic arthropods, zoography and Pleistocene geology. Hobbies include bird watching, butterfly collecting, orchid culture, classical music and reading. No children were had in either marriage with Joanne Hauschild or Nancy Bailie.

At ISU, I had a number of graduate students from the US, Zambia and Malaysia and taught insect morphology, aquatic insects and insect systematics as well as being responsible for the Iowa State Insect Collection. Joanne passed away in February of 1994 and Nancy in June of 2015.

Tribute by Sue Blodgett, Chair – Department of Entomology

Robert ‘Bob’ Lewis (1929-2017) retired from the Entomology Department in 1996. In retirement Bob was able to complete a major work on the Siphonaptera of North American and has published extensively on world flea taxonomy, systematics, and host/parasite relationships. He worked with international collaborators at the British Natural History Museum the United States National Museum of Natural History and with collaborators throughout the world.


David Linstrom

October 2, 1938 – September 29, 2016

David Linstrom, 77, of Boone, formerly of Waterloo, died Thursday, Sept. 29, at Eastern Star Masonic Home.

He was born Oct. 2, 1938, in Waterloo, son of Earl and Ella Bowman Linstrom. He married Arlene Hein on Nov. 23, 1962, in Preston, Minn.

David attended public schools in Waterloo. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1955 and served for 23 years, retiring from full-time service with the rank of master chief in 1978. He continued in the U.S. Navy Reserve until 1985. David worked at Iowa State University from 1978 to 1995.

Survived by: his wife; two sons, Corey (Yuko) and William; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild; two brothers; and two sisters.

Preceded in death by: his parents; and two sisters, Mary and Ella.


Maxine Long

September 28, 1928 – August 31, 2016

Maxine Ann Long of Ames died Wednesday August 31 at Green Hills Retirement Center in Ames.

Maxine was born September 28, 1928 in Ames, Iowa to Dominic and Margaret (Jennett) Malliet. She grew up on the family farm near Kelley. Maxine graduated from Kelley High School in 1946. She worked and retired from the University Book Store as a buyer of ISU clothing and gifts. Mom will be remembered by those that knew and loved her for her compassion for her family both immediate and extended.

She enjoyed many things: hosting family dinners (as she was a very good cook), grandchildren, the Cubs, anything Cyclones, shopping and collecting many different things, Tom's dog, and desserts. Not necessarily in that order.

Maxine is survived by her children; Tom (Nancy) of Gilbert, Mike (Becky) of Ankeny, Patti (Mike) of Cypress CA and Gary (Deb) of Ames, sister; Marie Hogan of Bartlesville, OK, sister in laws; June Malliet of Des Moines, Joan Mattingly of Boone and Lois Long of California, 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Maxine is preceded in death by her husband; William "Bill" Long, her parents; Dominic and Margaret Malliet, her brother Richard and brother in law Norm Long.


Huong Thi Lund

April 14, 1945 – February 14, 2017

Huong Thi Lund (Do) went home to be with the Lord on February 14, 2017, 3 ½ weeks after her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. She was also known as Lan, Mom, Grandma, and to her husband of 48 years, Lover.

Huong was born in the village of Dien Hong, near the city of Da Nang, Vietnam, on April 14, 1945. She met the love of her life, Eugene S Lund, Jr., an Iowa farm boy, during the Vietnam War. They married in Saigon in 1968 and raised their family in Ames, Iowa. She left Vietnam not knowing if she would ever see her Vietnamese family again, but was eventually able to visit several times reconnecting with her siblings.

Family was everything to Huong. She raised two daughters, one son, and a nephew, Yung Do. Her eight grandchildren will always cherish memories of walks to Dairy Queen, a bounce house and wading pools in the backyard, sleepovers in the family room, and Grandma’s Vietnamese meals. She extended her family by sponsoring numerous people from Vietnam after the war, helping them transition to life in the states.

Huong loved to sew which led to her business, Lan’s Sewing and Alterations. She was fondly known for her warm and inviting home, her amazing green thumb, and her delicious egg rolls and pho. All who entered her home were family when they left.

She and Eugene were two of the original members of Stonebrook Community Church. She lived her life as a shining example of Christ’s love. She had a loving influence on many people all over the world.

Huong was preceded in death by her dad, Do Thanh Tuu; her mom, Tran Thi Tuu; and one sister, Do Thi Thiet.

Huong is survived by her husband, Eugene S. Lund, Jr.; her children, Linda (Dave) Swift of N.Y., Marylin (Mike) Mosinski of Nevada and Eugene (Jenifer) Lund III of Kansas City; her grandchildren, Matthew Swift, Marisa Swift, Natalie Swift; Connor MacVey, Jacob MacVey, Nicole MacVey, Ana-Le Lund and Jonas Lund; and her step-grandchildren, Sydney and Payton Mosinski. She is also survived by her brother, Do Lam Tuyen; her sisters, Do Thi Tuu, Do Thi Hoa and Do Thi Nga; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Ruth Lyon

January 1, 1926 – August 13, 2016

Ruth Grace Lyon, 90, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at Crest Healthcare, Davenport. Memorial services in celebration of her life will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at Koning Memorial Chapel, Ridgecrest Village, 4130 Northwest Blvd., Davenport, Iowa 52806. Memorial visitation will be 10 a.m. till the time of service. Lunch will be served in Oakwood Country Kitchen. Burial will be 2 p.m. at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.

There will also be a memorial visitation 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport.

Ruth Grace was born in 1926 in Dow City, Iowa to Martha (Weiss) and Merton Thomas. She grew up on the Dow City farm with her five beloved brothers, Jack, Bob, Jimmy, Richard and Bill. Ruth Grace graduated from Dow City High School in 1944, where she enjoyed playing on the girls’ basketball team. She attended Iowa State University and later obtained her BA in primary education from Augustana College. Ruth Grace taught first grade for 33 years at Madison Elementary School in Davenport.

Ruth Grace married Robert Lyon Sept. 4, 1945. They lived in Des Moines, Sac City, Storm Lake, Iowa and Laurel, Nebraska before they moved to Davenport in 1961. Ruth Grace was a member and past president of the Blackhawk Hiking Club. She was an avid walker. Daily, she walked on the Duck Creek bike path where she met her best friend, Mary Ann Maxwell. Ruth Grace embraced life and people with her enthusiastic smile. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Davenport. She led “Sit and Be Fit” in Ridgecrest. She organized family and friends to explore local day trips, theater, concerts on the levee, Bridge and book clubs. Ruth Grace enjoyed travel, especially the Fourth of July Thomas family reunions at Thomas Angus Ranch in Baker, Oregon.

Surviving are: brother, Bill Thomas, Seattle, Washington; children, Jim and Martine (Spagnol) Lyon, Dubuque; Ron and Debbie (Kelly) and their children, Spokane, Washington; Judy Lyon and Ron Bloom, Atlanta, Georgia; and best friend , Mary Ann Maxwell, Davenport; and grandchildren, Keen Heinzelman, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Robert Lyon, Meredith Lyon and Jacqueline Lyon, all of Spokane, Washington. She was preceded in death by her son, Tommy, her husband, Robert, her parents and four of her brothers.


JoAnn Masterson

November 18, 1942 – January 6, 2017

JoAnn Masterson was born in Buffalo, New York on Nov. 18, 1942 to her parents, Frank and Anne Salamone. She grew up in Buffalo and continued to live there for some years before later living in Washington, DC. She later moved to Ames, Iowa where she lived for 25 years until moving to the Des Moines area in 2011. While living in Ames, she earned both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Sociology and worked at the Brunier Museum, as well as for the city of Ames. After completing her education, she had a long, enjoyable and fulfilling career as a social worker and therapist, including working at LSI in Ames, and for many years at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.

JoAnn was a longtime member of the UUFA church in Ames, as well as Ames Kiwanis, and a lover of both visual art and all of the performing arts. She married her husband Tom McGiverin, on Sept. 18, 1999. Together they enjoyed dancing, attending concerts and live theater, as well as going out to sing karaoke at bars. JoAnn retained her sense of humor and enjoyment of the company of friends all throughout her years of suffering from dementia.

JoAnn died at 74 years of age on Jan. 6, 2017 at Trinity Center in Des Moines from Primary Progressive Apraxia (a rare form of dementia).

She is survived by her husband, Tom McGiverin of Ankeny; sister, Margaret Salamone of Buffalo, NY; niece, Katrina Gammel of Ackworth Georgia; nephew, Michael of Charlotte, NC; and sister-in-law, Joan Salamone of Fort Pierce, FL; along with her longtime friends, Christine Wagstaff of Ormond Beach, FL, Kay Tierney of Ames and Val Shedd of Roland.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Michael and Leonard Salamone.


Phyllis McDonald

November 19, 1931 – December 2, 2016

Phyllis Marie (Huskamp) McDonald, age 85, was born on November 19, 1931 on a farm near Fenton, Iowa. Her family moved to a farm north of Swea City, Iowa on March 1, 1942. Phyllis attended Grant Township High School.

On June 1, 1950, Phyllis married Dennis John McDonald of Ledyard, Iowa. They had seven children. After the kids had grown, Phyllis taught nutrition education for Iowa State University up until her retirement. Her interests were family, gardening and sports.
Phyllis is survived by her sons William Thomas (Barbara) McDonald of Bushwood, MD; John Dennis McDonald of Des Moines, IA; Michael James (Lisa) McDonald of Ballwin, MO; Patrick Lynn (Julie) McDonald of Des Moines, IA; Joseph Allen McDonald of Altoona, IA; daughters Sandra Kay McDonald (Thomas) Boyle of Johnston, IA; and Denise Alice McDonald (Steven) Fest of Altoona, IA; 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Janice (Mal) Pavik of Baltimore, MD.

A mass of christian burial will be Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 10:30am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3300 Easton Blvd., Des Moines, IA 50317.

Visitation on Tuesday at Grandview Park Funeral Home, 3211 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines, IA, beginning at 5:00pm. The family will greet friends from 5 to 7pm, with the rosary starting at 7:00pm.

Burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Des Moines, following the funeral mass.


J. Patrick McDonnell

April 28, 1943 – November 8, 2014

J. Patrick (Pat) McDonnell R.Ph., 71, of Charles City, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at his winter home in Chandler, Arizona.

A funeral Mass for Pat McDonnell will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 14, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Rev. Gary Mayer, Rev. Bernie Grady and Rev. Tom Braak will concelebrate the Mass.  Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Charles City.

Friends may call at the Hauser Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, where the Rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. and a Scripture Service will begin at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Friday.

Pat was born on April 28, 1943, to Amy Jo (Donlon) McDonnell and John J. McDonnell in Northampton, Massachusetts.  Seventeen days before his birth, Pat's father passed away suddenly.  Pat moved with his mother to her hometown of Elkader, Iowa, where he spent his early life.  Among his fondest memories were the summers he spent helping on the Donlon family farms near Elkader.  He and Amy Jo moved to Clinton, Iowa, where he graduated as valedictorian from Clinton Saint Mary's High School and Clinton Community College.  He studied at the University of Iowa, earning a bachelor's degree from the College of Pharmacy in 1966.  After graduation he was hired as an industrial pharmacist by Salsbury Animal Health in 1966.  He worked in several capacities for the company's many corporate names for the next 40 years, retiring in 2006. On December 9, 1972, Pat married the love of his life, Sue Caudill, and together they set out on an almost 42 year journey filled with love, laughter and family.  In 1975 they welcomed their son, Jason, and daughter, Sara, followed in 1979.  In 1983 Pat and Sue purchased the Nashua Pharmacy, which he and Sue managed until 1985.  Pat was a licensed pharmacist for 48 years and continued to practice pharmacy part-time in both Iowa and Arizona.  Pat was generous with his time and leadership skills, volunteering at Immaculate Conception Church and St. Andrew's Church (Chandler, AZ); Knights of Columbus, Elks, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, Heart-to-Home Hospice, Floyd County Board of Health and the Fossil & Prairie Park.  He was a life member of the University of Iowa Alumni Association and active on the College of Pharmacy advisory board.  In his free time he enjoyed golfing, jogging, and reading.  Pat looked forward to his annual deer hunting trips to Elkader with Jason.  Pat enjoyed traveling with Sue, especially cruises to historic sites.  He treasured spending time with Jason, Sara and Lannie.

He is survived by his wife, Sue, son, Jason, of Iowa City, and Sara McDonnell-Lukesh and her husband Lannie Lukesh, of Omaha, Nebraska.  He is also survived by several cousins in Elkader and Iowa City, along with brothers-in-law, Dean (Madonna) Caudill, Chris (Nadine) Caudill, Bill (Vicki) Caudill, and Dan (Rhonda) Caudill and mother-in-law Catherine Caudill, of Albia, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

In passing, Pat has joined his father and mother in Heaven along with his father-in-law, Clair Caudill; sister-in-law, Rose Ann Caudill; and niece, Nicole Caudill.  He will be missed by family and many friends in Charles City and Chandler, Arizona.  Pat had a joyous laugh that family, friends and co-workers recognized from afar.

Memorials may be directed to the Immaculate Conception Educational Development Fund or the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy Scholarship in Pat's name.


Marion McKeown

June 29, 1923 – September 29, 2016

Marion Geoffroy McKeown, long time resident of Ames, died peacefully on September 29, 2016, with family by her side at Bickford Cottage in Urbandale.

Marion was born on June 29, 1923, in Glendale, California to Wilfred and Helen (Leonard) Geoffroy. A self-described "General Motors brat," she grew up in various cities; including Dallas, Des Moines, Los Angeles, and Springfield, Missouri where she graduated from high school in 1941.

Marion attended Stephens College in nearby Columbia and then Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, graduating in 1945. From there she went on to graduate school at the University of Illinois, where she met Donald McKeown. They were married in 1947.

After living briefly in Denver and Omaha, they moved to Ames where Don joined the faculty of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Iowa State University. Marion was a member of the League of Women Voters, served on the Board of Trustees at Collegiate Presbyterian Church, was a member of P.E.O., the ISU Faculty Women's Club, Pi Beta Phi Sorority, and a volunteer with the Camp Fire Girls. She was also an ardent bridge player.

After her children were grown she studied accounting and spent many years doing tax work for the Newbrough Law Firm. She and Don were avid travelers, visiting countries in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. They were long time residents of Green Hills Community.

Marion was preceded in death by her husband Don in 2014. She is survived by her children: Roger of Annandale, NJ, Nancy (Gary) Hayden of Spokane, WA, and Lesley (Joe) Olsasky of Urbandale, IA, her grandchildren: Andrew, Ben, Courtney, Robyn, and Alexandra, and great-grandchildren: Olive, Lucas, and Lola.

Marion's family would like to thank the caring staff at Bickford Cottage Assisted Living and Memory Care of Urbandale.


Bud Meador

December 21, 1929 – January 18, 2017

(Listen to tribute by BJ Meador)

Bud Joseph Meador, 87, passed away Jan. 18, 2017, with his wife, Dorothie at his side. Bud was born on Dec. 21, 1929, in Vandervoort, Ark., to Delta Louise (Meyers)) and George Wilson Meador. Bud married Dorothie Ann Brown on June 8, 1949. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in mathematics and was a statistician at Iowa State University. His hobbies included fishing, hunting and running.

Bud is survived by Dorothie; his children, Dean (Sarah), Margaret, Vince (Jenny), Tom, Mary, Kern (Becky), Gary and Eric (Corrie); his grandchildren, Erin, Danielle, Gavin, Justin, Merideth, Timothy, Amy, Amanda, Gabriel, Cristian, Ryan, Alexandria and Avery; his great-grandchildren, Katie and Grayson; and his siblings Harry, Sybil, Pierre, Parker and Bill.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, G.W., Gerald, Geraldine, Joyce and Patricia.

Bud’s final resting place will be Daniels Cemetery in Wickes, Ark. It will be the final call for “Bud’s home.” Cards may be sent to the family in care of Fountain West Care Facility, 1501 Office Park Road, West Des Moines, IA, 50265.

Tribute by his daughter, Mary Meador

Bud Joseph Meador, 87 passed away January 18, 2017. Bud was born on December 21, 1929 in Vandervoort, Arkansas to Delta Louise (Meyers) and George Wilson Meador. Bud married Dorothie Ann Brown on June 8, 1949. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Mathematics and was a Statistician at Iowa State University. His hobbies included fishing, hunting and running. Bud is survived by Dorothie, his children Dean (Sarah), Margaret, Vince (Jenny), Tom, Mary, Kern (Becky), Gary and Eric (Corrie); his grandchildren Erin, Danielle, Gavin, Justin, Merideth, Timothy, Amy, Amanda, Gabriel, Cristian, Ryan, Alexandria and Avery; his great-grandchildren Katie and Grayson; his siblings Harry, Sybil, Pierre, Parker and Bill. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings G.W., Gerald, Geraldine, Joyce and Patricia.


Morris Mericle

March 26, 1925 – January 23, 2017

Tribute by his wife, Eileen Mericle

Morris worked thirty years for the Electrical Engineering Department (now ECE).

The highlight of his employment was wonderful colleagues and coworkers.

Morrie chaperoned a busload of women engineering students to Kansas City and was surprised that all but one brought along a stuffed toy for the trip.

Under Warren Boast and George Town the electrical engineering department flourished and grew. The dean he worked for also inspired Morrie and others with his integrity.


Brian Mennecke

April 16, 1960 – July 9, 2016

(Listen to tribute by Jackie Rees Ulmer)

Brian was born on April 16, 1960 and passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016.

Brian was a resident of Ames, Iowa.

Brian Mennecke, 56-year-old College of Business professor, was found dead in Hagerman Lake late Wednesday night by the Michigan State Police Diver Team, according to the Iron County Reporter.

Mennecke had been missing since July 9, after his driverless boat was found crashed into a dock around 3:40 p.m.

The professor's body was recovered on July 13 around 8:30 p.m., close to where the boat had been found. The investigation remains open, and the Iron County Sheriff's Office said they have no reason to suspect foul play at this point.

"We are deeply saddened at the College of Business to lose a colleague and friend. Brian was a professor of information systems and had been with the college since 1999. He will be greatly missed by those who worked with him, and by students who learned so much from him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brian’s wife, Joyce; their two children and their extended families,” said David Spalding, College of Business dean, in a release.

Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

The College of Business suffered a great loss this summer with the untimely death of Brian Mennecke, 56, professor of information systems. Brian passed away July 9, 2016 during a boating accident while on vacation in Michigan.

During Brian’s 17 years at Iowa State, his research focused on technology issues that included the influence of social and digital media on consumer decisions, security and privacy concerns related to mobile commerce and facial recognition systems, as well as collaboration in virtual worlds. He taught courses in Iowa State’s MBA program, and mentored many graduate students during his career.

Brian was known for engaging students with real-world problems, such as live cases, corporate or real-world speakers, current news or events, as well as applications, problems, and ideas that are derivative of his research.

He worked with many graduate students and served on 30 doctorial committees and was involved in a number of curriculum development activities. For example, he was appointed by Dean Hira to serve on the PhD Taskforce. This high-profile taskforce was charged with examining the feasibility of starting a PhD program in the College of Business, identifying program content, and writing the proposal. The PhD program was approved by the Board of Regents in 2007.

“We were deeply saddened at the College of Business to lose a colleague and friend,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding. “Brian was a professor of information systems and had been with the college since 1999. He will be greatly missed by those who worked with him, and by students who learned so much from him.”

An MBA scholarship has been established in Brian’s name. Gifts to support this fund can be made by visiting www.foundation.iastate.edu/mennecke.


Morris Mericle

March 26, 1925 – January 23, 2017

Morris H. Mericle died Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Santa Clara, Calif.

He was born in Toledo, Iowa, on March 26, 1925. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Iowa State University and taught there in the electrical engineering department for 30 years. He was commissioned from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1944 and served in World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Vida; and one daughter, Margaret (1968-2006). His sister Carolyn (b. 1929) died in Ames in March 1976.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Eileen; one daughter, Maureen “Mickey” (Ken); and one granddaughter, Annabelle. He is also survived by one brother, Robert (Mary Ann), of Murrieta, Caif.; nieces, Kathleen, Laureen and Linda; and two nephews, James and Thomas.

Tax-deductible memorial contributions in Morrie’s name may be made to the EE-CPE Dept., Coover Hall, ISU, Ames, IA, 50011.

Burial of the cremains will be in Iowa State University Cemetery. A memorial service will be at a later date.


Beverly Meyer

March 6, 1932 – September 21, 2016

Beverly Josephine Meyer, 84, of Ames, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the Israel Family Hospice House. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon, and is survived by her sister, Dona Hays, of Phoenix, Arizona, her four sons, Gordon (Jane) of Ames, Bradley (Brita) of Windsor Heights, Steven (Jolene) of Gilbert, and Douglas (Bee Tin) of Stillwater, Minnesota, her thirteen grandchildren and her soon-to-be ten great-grandchildren.

Bev loved her family, cooking & baking, grocery shopping, scratch-offs & pull-tabs, greeting at church, and pretty much everyone else she met. On more than one occasion, she said, "If you don't bring me flowers when I'm alive, don't bring them to me when I'm dead and can't enjoy them." So in lieu of flowers, her family suggests restaurant gift cards, to be collected and distributed to the universally kind and gentle professionals who cared for Bev physically, mentally, and spiritually at the various facilities where she spent the last few months of her life here on earth.

A viewing will be held between 2 and 4 pm, on Sunday, September 25th at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way, Ames. Bev's memorial celebration will be held on Sunday, October 2, beginning at 2 pm at Stonebrook Community Church, 3611 Eisenhower Ave, Ames, with a private interment to follow at a later date.


Jack Mickle

February 3, 1929 – January 30, 2017

Funeral Services for Jack Mickle, 87, of Boone, Iowa will be 10:00 am Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Augustana Lutheran Church, 309 South Greene Street, Boone, IA with the Rev. Dan Solomon officiating. Interment will be at Linwood Park Cemetery, Boone, IA. Visitation with the family present to greet friends will be from 5 pm to 7 pm on Friday, February 3, 2017 at Schroeder-Stark-Welin Funeral Home, 609 7th Street, Boone, IA. Memorials are suggested to Westhaven Community or Augustana Lutheran Church.

Dr. Jack L. Mickle of Boone, went to be with his Lord Monday, January 30, 2017 at Westhaven Community, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hazel and Mel Mickle and his son, Thomas Jack Mickle.

Jack was born and raised in Boone, attended Boone High School, enlisted in the Army and spent his tour of duty in South Korea. After his return from the Army, he became a student at Iowa State where he progressed and which led to a long and fruitful career and tenure where he retired as Professor Emeritus in 1992 in the Civil Engineering Department. His desire was to be known as a “teacher’, and in that capacity he touched many lives. He was well known in his field and had developed a course and written a book on excavations, trenches and soil mechanics which he taught nationally in the Construction Safety Trades in many states for many years. He loved to travel both in his teaching work and for pleasure. His hobbies were varied and many.

 He loved his family, his home, his friends and his work and was always known by his loving, friendly smile which won him many friends. He very much loved being a part of his community where he served his church in many capacities through the years, serving on the local Library Board, the Civil Service Commission, the Planning & Zoning Commission and other endeavors. He loved gardening, photography, cooking, reading, and building.

Jack is survived by his wife Kathleen and two daughters: daughter Linda Stepp (husband Dr. Robert) of Oklahoma City, OK; grandson Luke Skidmore of Nashville, TN; granddaughter Lindsey Skidmore of Oklahoma City, OK; grandson Jonathan Stepp of Oklahoma City, OK; and daughter Julia Phillips (husband Dwight) of Delta Junction, AK; granddaughter Rachel John (husband Reuben) of Fairbanks, AK; granddaughter Angela Glass (husband Joe) of Delta Junction, AK; granddaughter Dr. Amy Seegers (husband Jake) of New Hampshire; daughter-in-law Barbara Mickle of Fernandina Beach, FL; granddaughter Kimberly Cross of Newport, RI; grandson Kyle Cross of Kankakee, IL; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Jack was a true “hometown boy” who was taught very young to love the Lord and others, and will be missed.


Charles Mischke

March 2, 1927 – September 10, 2016

(Listen to tribute by Tom Mischke)

Dr. Charles Russell Mischke, aged 89, passed away quietly on September 10, 2016 at the Bickford of Ames assisted living facility in Ames, Iowa.

Charles was born in New York City on March 2, 1927 to Reinhardt Charles Mischke and Dena (Scholl) Mischke. After graduation from Brooklyn Tech high school, Charles earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, through NROTC and commissioned an officer in the US Navy upon graduation. After serving his initial two-year active duty obligation, Charles continued in the Naval Reserve for another 29 years.

He resumed study at Cornell University, completing his Master of Mechanical Engineering (MSME) degree in 1951. During this time he met and married fellow graduate student Margaret R. Bubeck, they wed on August 4, 1951. In 1953, Charles graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering (PhD, ME) with Honors.

During a 42-year academic career, Charles taught and researched at University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas (1953-1957), Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where he was also appointed mechanical engineering department head (1957-1964); and Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa (1964-1995). His work in computer-aided design opened new horizons by providing engineers refinement and innovation of formerly complex, time-intensive preliminary design work. Amongst various recognitions for his expertise by industry and his peers, Charles published several mechanical engineering textbooks including the widely used textbook Machine Element Design and co-wrote the comprehensive, multi-disciplinary reference work, The Handbook of Machine Design.

Charles led Boy Scout Troop 269 in Ames as scoutmaster. His lifelong interest in electric interurban railways drew him to the hobby of model railroading. After retirement from ISU, he became involved with the Boone & Scenic Valley (B&SV) railroad at Boone, Iowa as a certified conductor, trolley motorman and diesel locomotive engineer for 15 years. His interest and research in trains treated his passengers to a wealth of technical information and anecdotes.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by a brother Roland Alan Mischke of Talhequah, Oklahoma, his wife Margaret, two sons Thomas and James, and two grandchildren Karl and Anna Marie.

No formal viewing or reception is planned. Burial will occur at sea, conducted by the U.S. Navy - in honor of the service which made his college education and opportunities possible.


Charles Mischke

March 2, 1927 – September 10, 2016

Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

Professor Emeritus Charles Mischke passed away September 10, 2016 at the age of 89.

Charles Mischke, a previous professor in mechanical engineering and former Division Leader of the Machines and Systems Unit in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, passed away September 10, 2016 at Bickford of Ames assisted living facility in Ames. Charles Russell Mischke was born in New York City in 1927 to Reinhardt Charles Mischke and Dena (Scholl) Mischke.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) and served a two-year stint as an officer in the U.S. Navy upon graduation. He continued on in the Naval Reserve for 29 years after his active duty. In 1951, Charles earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University where he met and married fellow graduate student Margaret R. Bubeck that same year. Charles completed his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1953. His 42-year academic career began at the University of Kansas in 1953 before moving to the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 1957 where he served on the faculty and eventually the department head of mechanical engineering.

Charles came to Iowa State University in 1964 and served on the faculty in mechanical engineering until his retirement in 1995. During his three-decade career in Ames he contributed to advancements made in the field of computer-aided design. He also published several mechanical engineering textbooks during his tenure, including the widely-used Machine Element Design. Outside of academia, Charles was active as a scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 269 in Ames and also served as a certified conductor, trolley motorman and diesel locomotive engineer for the Boone & Scenic Valley (B&SV) railroad for 15 years after his retirement from ISU. Charles is survived by his brother, wife, two sons, and two grandchildren.


Harlan Moody

October 26, 1944 – May 30, 2016

Harlan “Butch” Moody Jr., 71, of Cambridge, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston.

Butch was born October 26, 1944, in Marshalltown to Harlan Sr. and Ruth (Coleman) Moody. He graduated from Nevada High School and was united in marriage to JoAnn Campbell on April 18, 1964, in Nevada. Butch worked 39 years for Iowa State University as a caretaker at the Swine Nutrition Farm. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Elkhart, served on the Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department and the Cambridge City Council. Butch enjoyed fishing, farming and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones. He loved to attend and support his grandchildren in their various activities they were involved with.

Butch is survived by his wife of 52 years, JoAnn of Cambridge; his sons: Bruce (Brenda) Moody, Brian (Maggie) Moody and Todd (DeAnn) Moody all of Cambridge; his grandchildren: Jaden, Jenna, Austin, Mitch, Drake, Samuel, Jacob and Easton; and his sisters: JoAnn (Dieter) Butzloff of Melbourne, Judy (Warren) Vickers of Loveland, CO and Janice (Midge) Ferris of Nevada. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 3 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Elkhart. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4 also at the church. Private family burial of cremated remains will be at the Cambridge Cemetery in Cambridge.

Tribute by his wife, JoAnn Moody

Harlan (Butch) started working at the Swine Nutrient Farm in 1965! He retired in 2004! Just shy of 40 yrs. He passed away of a painful and a 3 year painful lung disease.

He loved his job and the people he worked with! He grew up on a farm so working there was something he enjoyed!

He was an avid "ISU Cyclone" His 3 sons, 6 grandchildren, and I miss him so much!


Ronda Moore

August 13, 1947 – May 9, 2016

Ronda Ann Moore, daughter of DeRonda D. and Ann A. Moore, was born on Aug. 13, 1947, in Creston. She died at Mercy Hospice in Johnston following a short illness, on May 9, 2016.

Ronda graduated from Creston High School in 1965 and received a bachelor of science degree from Iowa State University in 1973. For a short time, she worked for ISU in the agronomy department and then for the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory until her retirement.

Ronda enjoyed swimming, quilting, cross stitch, knitting and reading, as well as sailing. She took a class from the Coast Navigation School, Annapolis, Md., in 1980. Her favorite place to vacation was the southwest, where she spent time with her brother and friends.

She is survived by her brother, John D. Moore, of Chandler, Ariz., and her sister, Yvonne J. (Jon) Alsip, of Des Moines; her nieces, Erica J. Moore, of Los Angeles, and Rebecca A. (Justin) Papian, of Clive, along with their children, Abby Gross, Dominic Papian and Margaret Papian.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Robert (Bob) R. Moore; and her nephew, Christopher (Chris) J. Moore.

A private family service was held following her death.

Tribute by Yvonne Alsip

“Every blade in the field
Every leaf in the forest
Lays down its life in its season
As beautifully as it was taken up.” – Henry David Thoreau

Born in Creston, Iowa, August 13, 1947

Attended ISU, graduated in sciences in 1973
 
Employed at ISU, first in agronomy, then much longer as a lab technician in the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab until her retirement

Died May 9, 2017, after being moved from Ames Medical Center to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, with her final day at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa

Ronda Moore enjoyed working at the vet medical lab, telling relatives of her work on various projects, where she was one of many researchers listed in published papers and books. Although she received unsolicited job offers in the southwest, her favorite area of the country in which to vacation, she repeatedly turned those down, professing her loyalty to Iowa State’s lab.

She enjoyed reading and had a large collection of books, including many biographies and books on birds. She completed boating navigation classes in Annapolis, MD. Her hobbies included sailing; knitting baby blankets and creating cross stitch projects as gifts for friends and family; baking decorated cakes for birthdays of lab colleagues; and looking through her telescope at American Eagles and other birds in the area lakes, especially during migration seasons.

As with the other relatives and friends of ISU employees who have passed away, we can say

            Her life was a blessing,
            Her memory a treasure.
            She was loved beyond words
            And will be missed beyond measure.


Robert Moorman

October 21, 1917 – March 9, 2017

(Listen to tribute by Kris Moorman)

Dr. Robert B. Moorman, 100, of Ames, died March 9, 2017, at the Green Hills Health Care Center of natural causes.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 13 at 1:30 at Adams Funeral Home, 502 Douglas Avenue. A private family inurnment will be at the Iowa State University Cemetery.

Bob was born October 21, 1916 to L.L. “Chief” and Merle (Moore) Moorman in Chadron, Nebraska, the second of three children. He graduated from high school in Missouri Valley, Iowa, in 1934. He received all three of his academic degrees from Iowa State College, a B.S. in Zoology & Entomology in 1939, an M.S. in Wildlife Management in 1941, and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Biology in 1953. He married Ruth Wasson at Blairsburg, Iowa on July 25, 1943.

After receiving his M.S., Bob worked as an entomologist with the U.S. Public Health Service. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Philippines as a medical entomologist heading a team working on malaria control. In 1946 he worked for the Iowa Conservation Commission as a biologist, returning to ISU to pursue his doctorate. In 1953 he accepted an assignment as an Assistant Professor of Zoology at Kansas State College in Manhattan. However, in 1956, he was asked to come back to Iowa State for the newly-created position of Extension Wildlife Conservationist in the Zoology and Entomology department, later to become Animal Ecology.

During his thirty years at ISU, Bob authored numerous Extension bulletins and many other articles on fish and wildlife, but he spent most of his time out of the office, traveling the state. He gave conservation education programs to schoolchildren of all ages, worked with farmers developing farm pond projects, and taught them methods for increasing conservation habitat for wildlife on their land, especially for pheasants and quail. He appeared on television and radio programs all over the state, and was a regular on the early children’s show on WOI, “The Magic Window”. In his work he was often asked to take live traps to homes and businesses to capture skunks, groundhogs, raccoons, bats, and other critters, and answered the public’s questions on all manner of wildlife issues. But his most favorite activity was going to youth camps, where he spent most of his summers, instilling a love of the outdoors in thousands of children.

In the early 1960s Bob helped to start the Iowa Wildlife Federation, where he served on their executive council, and they awarded him as their Iowa Conservationist of the Year in 1980. This was followed in 1983 by a Conservation Service Citation from the National Wildlife Federation, where he was a life member. In 1978 he served as consultant to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, providing assistance to an aquaculture project in the Philippines. He also gave much time to the Iowa Conservation Education Council, the Izaak Walton League, Iowa 4-H, the Wildlife Society, the Fisheries Society, and was a longtime member of the Ames Kiwanis. He belonged to the Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames, and was a life member of the ISU Memorial Union.

Bob enjoyed fishing, gardening, reading, and puttering around the house. He was especially happy during the annual family summer vacations at a cabin near the Rocky Mountain National Park. He and Ruth also went on several Elderhostel trips before her stroke in 1995. In 2012 Bob moved to the Lindens assisted living unit of the Green Hills Retirement Community in Ames, where he got a big kick out of showing off his vast wildlife, funny quote, and ‘Bob’ tee-shirt collection, and heading up the Sunday movie nights. He knew his own mind to the end, always showing great compassion for others, and expressing sincere gratitude to those who helped care for him.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Kris, of Ames; his daughter, Roberta, of St. Paul, MN; and his son, Jim (Ann), of Schaumburg, IL; his grandchildren Elizabeth and Aaron (Kim); and his great-grandson, R.J. Moorman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth; and a brother and sister.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the Iowa Wildlife Center, 328 Main St. Ste. 208, Ames, IA 50010 or the Emergency Residence Project, 225 S. Kellogg Ave., Ames, IA 50010.

Tribute by Sue Blodgett, Chair – Department of Entomology

Dr. Robert ‘Bob’ Moorman set a high standard for Wildlife Extension programming in Iowa during his 30+ year ISU career that ended in his retirement in 1985.  He took a renaissance approach, providing research-based information about such diverse topics as wildlife habitat, farm ponds, edible wild plants, Iowa birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and fish to a variety of youth, school groups, college students, campers, Scouts, county groups, and school teachers across Iowa.  I venture to say there are few corners of the state where Bob’s influence has not been felt. His presentations emphasized natural history, environmental awareness and appreciation of natural resources, themes that continue to be relevant today.

Tribute by his daughter, Kris Moorman

Bob Moorman was Iowa State’s first Extension Wildlife Conservationist. He was 100-and-1/2-years-old when he passed away in March – so old, in fact, that he knew Ada Hayden well, among many others of ISU’s ‘greats’.

He’d always said that he just wanted to “die out in the woods or the backyard”, but instead he was at Green Hills when he decided it was finally his time to go.

Many of you may remember him from his frequent appearances from the ‘50s through the ‘80s on radio, TV, and newspapers, or may even have gone with him on a hike out in the woods or on a spring wildflower walk.

Dad was born in northwestern Nebraska in 1916, but grew up in Missouri Valley, Iowa. The family moved to Ames in 1934 so the three kids could enroll at Iowa State College.

When in his sophomore year Dr. Gilman gave him a ‘C’ in organic chemistry, he decided that if you got a ‘C’ in your major, you were in the wrong major, and he switched over to zoology and entomology, graduating in 1939, the same year as my mother, Ruth, who was a Home Ec Ed grad.

He did his masters research on bobwhite quail in 1941, got drafted and married in 1943, and was then sent to the Philippines as a parasitologist working on malaria control.

After the war, he came back to ISU and got his doctorate in fisheries biology in 1953, and then headed to an appointment at Kansas State. But ISU came calling in 1956, when he was asked to return to start up the new Extension wildlife position, and he gladly stayed on in his Animal Ecology office in Science II, until he took late retirement in 1986.

As full-time Extension, Dad didn’t teach classes, or have grad students, or get big research grants. His was an entirely different path, that of the fairly new field of conservation education – what is now called ‘environmental education’. He answered myriad questions from the public – and plenty of other professional naturalists, too – about the critters of all shapes and sizes that they had come in contact with, sometimes none too happily.

Many was the time that he was urgently requested to drive three hours to help rid an old opera house attic of hundreds of bats, or shoo a family of skunks or a groundhog out from under someone’s home, or babysit red fox roadkill pups or a young badger in our backyard until some better solution could be found for them.

Dad spent many of his days traveling all over the state, in classrooms teaching kids the wonders of the natural world, and working with farmers who wanted to expand their conservation habitat or build a farm pond. His summers were filled to overflowing with going to every 4-H, Boy and Girl Scout, church and etc., camp, leading young people out in the woods, getting them excited about becoming connected to nature. He always enjoyed sharing his bountiful knowledge with those around him.

Dad left many legacies behind him – his three kids, two grandchildren and a great-grandson, of course. You could even say that his message was spread a hundred times further than ten distinguished professors altogether, because he’d made such an unforgettable impression on thousands upon thousands of people all over the state, young and old alike.

There weren’t many like him, that’s for sure. He’s gone now, but his contributions to conservation education will live on in the lives he touched so gently, as will his kindness and generosity of spirit. Thanks, Dad, for everything you gave us. You’ve inspired all our lives.


Woodrow Myers

January 13, 1918 – July 26, 2016

Woodrow "Woody" Wilson Myers, age 98, of Boone, passed away on July 26, 2016, at Westhaven Community after a brief illness. A Celebration of his life will be held Monday, August 1, 2016, at the Westhaven Chapel. A time of visiting with the family and light refreshments will be from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by a formal service at 11 a.m. conducted by Chaplain Jeff McDowell. The casket will be closed. A private family graveside service, followed by burial, will be in the Bass Point Cemetery, north of Boone. Woody was a lifelong resident of Boone. He farmed east of Boone and in earlier years drove a cab for Yellow Cab Co. in Boone. He later worked at the Physical Plant at Iowa State University for 15 years before retiring in 1973. He bought and sold real estate, both residential and agricultural, extensively. Woody's favorite pass-time was attending auctions. He was well known by area auctioneers. He maintained an interest in Boone County history as his family had been among the first settlers in this area. He enjoyed playing cards: pitch, pinochle, and solitaire. His favorite game was cribbage and he seldom lost. Woody was born in Boone on January 13, 1918, to Charles and Louise (Sebring) Myers. He graduated from Boone High School in 1935. Woody married Jeanne Morrison on June 15, 1940. They divorced in 1963. Woody served in the United States Army during World War II, stationed in the Philippines, Korea, and Japan. On September 8, 1964, he married Betty Lou (Sharp) Tiller. They were married 49 years before her death in 2013. Woody is survived by his sons Craig Myers and Carl (Lynn) Myers; daughter Claudia Bell; stepsons Jack (Dale) Tiller and Fred Tiller; stepdaughter Sarah Kerridge; grandsons Brian Myers, Eric Myers, Gordon Bell, James Kerridge, and Michael Tiller; granddaughters Leslie Murphy, Shannon Davis, Riley Tiller, and Emily Kerridge; 10 great grandchildren; a sister Ruth Lawton; and numerous nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty Lou, brother Ed Myers, sisters Doris Morris and Violet Price, and a nephew. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Hantesa, Boone, Iowa.


Romie Orr

September 23, 1928 – July 9, 2016

Romie Orr passed away peacefully on July 9, 2016, at Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines, Iowa. She was 87. Romala (Romie) Robinson was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 23, 1928, the oldest child of John F. Robinson and Averil Arnote Robinson. She graduated from Northeast High School and attended Beloit College in Wisconsin, where she met her future husband. She graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1949, and married the love of her life, John Orr, on June 18, 1949. While Johnny pursued his dream of becoming a basketball coach, they lived in several cities. She taught physical education in Milton, Wisconsin, and Dubuque, Iowa, until they started their family. Daughters Jenny, Robin and Leslie were born in Dubuque. Their next move was to Madison, Wisconsin, where daughter Becky was born. Johnnys first head coaching job took them to Amherst, MA, where she substitute taught. When Johnny was hired at the University of Michigan, she taught full time Junior High Physical Education for 13 years in Ann Arbor, at Forsythe, Scarlett, and Tappan Junior Highs. She held the Romie Orr Girls All Sports Camps in the summers. Romie was very active in Michigan basketball and Michigans biggest fan as she traveled with the team to Egypt and Europe and many NCAA basketball tournaments. In 1980, she and Johnny moved to Ames, Iowa. She was thrilled to be in Ames, closer to her mother and her Kansas City roots. The Iowa State Cyclones became her favorite team and she visited all the Big 8 campuses when ISU played away games. Aside from being a basketball coach's wife, she was active in P.E.O, becoming President of Chapter HN. She served on the Board of Directors at the Octagon Center for the Arts. Romie was a member of Faculty Womens Club, Questers, Embroiderers Guild, various sewing groups and rug hooking guilds and the United Church of Christ, first in Ames, then in Ankeny. She became a teacher of traditional rug hooking. She had her own business, Romies Heritage Rugs, and dyed wool and made kits for her students. She taught rug hooking classes at the Octagon in Ames and at Living History Farms in Des Moines. Romie also taught Rug Hooking at camps in Decorah, Iowa, and West Virginia. In 2002, she was diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease. She and Johnny became active in the fight against Alzheimers and opened the Orr Center for Healthy Aging & Memory Loss. She went to Washington, DC, to speak at a Senate Hearing about funding for Alzheimers research. Romie enjoyed her winters in their beautiful homes in Savannah, Georgia, and later in Estero, Florida. She also kept beautiful homes in West Des Moines and at the Harvester Golf Course in Iowa. Her most recent residence was Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail in Ankeny, Iowa, where she lived in assisted living and memory care. She and Johnny shared a love of people and entertaining. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Romie is survived by her daughters, Jenny Davis (John), of Lemont, IL, Leslie Boylan (Craig) of Ames, Iowa, and Becky Montgomery, of Ankeny, Iowa; and one nephew, Scott Robinson of Missouri. She was preceded in death by daughter, Robin (Sam Hill), in 2010; and her husband, Johnny, in 2013; her father in 1976; her brother, John Robinson in 1989; and her mother in 1994. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Susan Davis Riedel (Ron) of Lockport, IL, and their children Dan and Angie; John Henry (Sarah) Boylan of Iowa City, Iowa, and their daughter, Emilia; Rachel Boylan of Ames, Iowa; and Jamie Montgomery and Lex Montgomery of Ankeny, Iowa. The wonderful support and love from family and friends brought smiles every day to Romie's life. Our family thanks each and every one of you. Burial will be in the Iowa State University Cemetery in Ames. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Alzheimers Association Greater Iowa Chapter 1730, 28th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266.


Richard L. Overland

July 8, 1942 – June 17, 2016

Richard Dick Laurenz Overland was born July 8, 1942 to Joseph and Eva (Beach) Overland in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Dick was a 1961 graduate of Ames High School. In 1963, Dick was united in marriage to his high school sweet heart, Janice Corbin, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Dick was employed for 32 years with Alliant Energy. After retiring in 1999, Dick enjoyed spending time at the Mississippi River with his family. He especially enjoyed time with his grandchildren. Dick spent many hours on the golf course with a group of great friends. Dick passed away at 73 years of age on June 17, 2016, with his family by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Dick is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jan Overland of Boone; three children, Ian (Sally) Overland of Madrid, Dusty (Marnie) Overland of Madrid and Aaron (Pam) Overland of Gilbert; nine grandchildren, Jordan (Koby) Pritchard, Mitch Overland, Carrie Overland, Joaquin Brannan, Lane Overland, Cody Overland, Avery Overland, Joseph Overland and Kaylee Overland; his brother, Don (Sandy) Overland of Nevada; his sister, Mary Jo Overland (Mark Corner) of Ohio; his sister-in-law, Marsha (Jim) Linder of Ames; and his mother-in-law, Hilda Hilker of Boone. Dick was preceded in death by his parents.


Ida Patten

July 29, 1928 – September 7, 2013

Ida Patten, age 85, of 1104-8th Street, died September 7, 2013, at her home. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at the Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall. Burial will be in the Boone Memorial Gardens. Ida Irene Patten was born on July 29, 1928, in Boone County on a farm between Boone and Luther, the daughter of Robert and Editha (Stumbo) Williams. On November 15, 1946, she married Warren Patten at Kansas City, Missouri. Ida was an assembly worker for 25 years at Bourns in Ames. She then was a housekeeping supervisor for nine years at the former Ledges Manor in Boone. Lastly, she was employed with Genesis Development in homecare. Ida also was a seasonal worker at DEKALB for 17 years. She was a member of the Women of the Moose Boone Chapter #209, and enjoyed crocheting, playing games on computer, and listening to country music and Elvis. Ida was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant daughter, three brothers, John, Donald, and infant Charles, and a sister Pearl Larson. She is survived by four sons: Dennis and wife Bonnie, Bob and wife Connie, and Warren Jr., all of Boone, and Phillip and wife Jenny of Ogden; two daughters, Pat Medearis and husband Ron of Boone, and Teresa Bryant and husband Royce of Milton, Florida; three brothers, LeRoy Williams of Stratford, LaVerne Williams of Boone, and George Williams of Rice Lake, Wisconsin; a sister Mabel Smith of Ankeny; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Friends may call at the Schroeder Memorial Chapel on Friday from 2 until 8 p.m. where the family will be present from 6 until 8 p.m. Visitation continues Saturday from 8 a.m. until service time. In memory of Ida, memorials may be directed to the family


James Edwin Pearson

August 18, 1934 – April 3, 2016

Dr. James Edwin Pearson, 82, died Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Des Moines following an extended battle with Alzheimer’s. He leaves his wife of 42 years, Patricia Pearson; his children, Sharon Litchfield, Mark Pearson and Beth Coronelli; step children, Cindy Horn, Dave Johnson and Amy Keng; as well as 14 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Born in Springville, he was the son of Ralph and Bertha Pearson. Dr. Pearson attended Iowa State University. After graduating with a degree in agriculture, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served as a navigator and radar intercept officer flying in jet fighters. He later became involved in the Iowa National Guard, where he served until 1984, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

After his early service in the military, he returned to his family farm for a short time before attending Iowa State, where he graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine, and later went on to earn a master’s degree. After graduation, he worked in a veterinary practice in Fort Madison for several years. In 1968, Dr. Pearson started his career as a research virologist at National Animal Disease Center in Ames. He then went on to serve for three decades at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL), also in Ames. In 1970, he became head of the avian, equine and ovine viruses section. He worked there until 1987, when he was named chief of the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory. He served as the director of NVSL from the mid to late-1990s. After retiring, he and his wife, Pat, moved to Paris, where he worked with World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), which focuses on the research, surveillance and control of animal diseases around the world. He headed the OIE Scientific and Technical Department and served as vice president of the OIE Standards Commission.

Dr. Pearson was truly committed and immersed himself in his work to safeguard animals against disease. With his focus on diagnosing diseases, he provided support for the Department of Agriculture’s and international animal-health efforts. He was widely recognized for his work, including as a world’s foremost authority on the diagnosis of the bird virus, Newcastle. Along with numerous other honors, he was recognized with 11 USDA awards, was presented the E.P. Pope Award for Excellence by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, and was a recipient of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Stange Award for Meritorious Service, the college’s highest honor for alumni. He also coauthored more than 115 publications.

Dr. Pearson was active in the Ames community and enjoyed leisure time with family and friends at Lake Panorama in Panora. He was a longtime member of the Ames Kiwanis Club and, with his wife, was active at Collegiate United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine.


Mary Jane Pearson

July 25, 1933 – September 4, 2016

(Listen to tribute by Jane Beeman)

Mary Jane Pearson, 83, of Ames, Iowa passed away peacefully at her home Sunday, September 4, 2016, of pancreatic cancer. Visitation is 4 to 6 pm Thursday at the Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way in Ames. Funeral services will be at 10 am Friday, September 9 at Bethesda Lutheran Church with the Reverend Bryan Simmons officiating. Burial will be at Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Mary Jane was born July 25, 1933, the only child of Dorothy Dannatt and Henry Barlow in Buffalo, New York where Henry worked as a chemist for DuPont. Henry passed away from nephritis at an early age when Mary Jane was only 2 years old. Dorothy supported herself and Mary Jane at a time when single mothers and latch-key children were uncommon. Mary Jane learned at an early age from her mother to be strong, independent, and to value the importance of a good education. She worked in a library during high school and college and broadened her love of reading. Mary Jane attended Iowa State University where she obtained her mathematics degree. Two post college jobs included mathematical graphing of thorium testing during the Cold War as well as work on early computers at MIT. Mary Jane met Phillip Pearson at Iowa State University and they married on August 28, 1954, in Davenport, IA. They lived in Boston, MA and Columbia, MO, but spent most of their years in Ames raising their family. In May 2002, Mary Jane sadly lost Phillip after 47+ wonderful years of marriage. On August 18, 2008, she married a long-time dear friend Ramon Runkel in a celebration uniting the Pearson and Runkel families. Mary Jane and Ramon spent 6+ years together enjoying their golden years traveling and visiting family and friends. Ramon sadly passed away in August 2015.

Mary Jane was a devoted wife, mother, and woman of God. She was a breast cancer survivor! She was a volunteer at heart, serving others through Bethesda Lutheran Church, PEO, Mary Greely Oncology department, Bethany Manor in Story City, Kappa Delta Sorority and many other organizations. She loved her bridge groups, gourmet clubs, and Faculty Women's Club. She loved to travel and attend plays, concerts, football and basketball games and was an avid supporter of everything Iowa State. Thank you, Lord, for letting Mary Jane be a part of our lives!

Survivors include two daughters, Jane Beeman of Des Moines, IA and Julie (Joel) Utterback of Deerfield, IL; two sons, Bryan (Kim) Pearson of Polk City, IA, and Todd (Bethanne) Pearson of Winterset, IA; three granddaughters, Morgan Pearson, Monica Pearson, and Kelsey Utterback; six grandsons, Scott (Sheryl) Beeman, Joel (Jessica) Beeman, Erik Pearson, Griffin Pearson, Phillip Pearson, Dylan Utterback; and three great grandchildren, Teddy Beeman, Elliott Beeman, and Annabel Beeman. Mary Jane is also survived by her Runkel children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.


George Peisen

January 24, 1924 – August 3, 2016

George F. Peisen was born in Des Moines, Iowa on January 24, 1924 to Dean William Peisen and Jesse Mae (Foote) Peisen. While working in North Dakota, he met and married JoAnne C. Blanke and they enjoyed 51 years of marriage until her death in 2003. Together they raised two sons, Bill and John. George was a loyal and loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was hard-working, honest and fair-minded. He had little patience for those who did not share these traits. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps and his community through years of service as a county extension director. In his later years, he enjoyed the fellowship of his Sunday School class and the people he met playing bridge.George's family and many friends will miss his keen intelligence, sound judgment and unique turn of phrase. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Dana Yourd, and his son, Bill. He is survived by his son, John and wife Mary; his daughter in law, Val Peisen; grandchildren, Marty, Grant, Lisa Marie, Matt, Alexandra, Katie and Jessica; and many adoring nieces and nephews.A memorial service celebrating George's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church, 4200 N. McColl, McAllen, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church, McAllen, Texas or to the Saint Joseph's Indian School, 1301 N. Main Street, Chamberlain, South Dakota. The family wishes to offer its special thanks to the caregivers who provided him with exceptional care, particularly Tina Rigney, Juanita Tellez and Justin Castillo.

Tribute by his son, John Peisen

George Peisen was the County Extension Director serving first Decatur County and then Marion County.

George Peisen loved people and he enjoyed the relationships with his colleagues, and members of the community. He developed great friendships with the farmers, 4 H leaders and others in the community.

Dad took a great interest in other people and their problems. People came to him for all sorts of advice. He would always take the time to listen and offer a reasoned answer. He was proud to be able to help bring the resources and expertise that Iowa State could offer to the people in Decatur and Marion County.

After serving our country in World War II, George Peisen graduated from Iowa State in 1946 with a degree in Agriculture. While a student at the University, he held a number of jobs, including feeding the hogs. The good news was he received his room and board, the bad news was he had to bunk at the hog barn.


Helen Perkins

May 6, 1923 – April 11, 2016

Helen Perkins was born on May 6, 1923, in Swanville, Minnesota. Helen grew up on a dairy farm and attended high school in Swanville where her cousin introduced her to Don Perkins. After graduating from high school she attended Sauk Center Community College where they continued their courtship. Helen completed her undergraduate degree in Home Economics at the University of Minnesota. They were married in June 1944 before Don left for World War II.

Two years later Helen found a job as the first Lutheran student counselor at Iowa State University where Don later received a degree in Veterinarian Medicine. They moved to Mediapolis, Iowa, where Don started his veterinary practice.

In 1969 Helen was hired as the Howard and Winneshiek Home Economist, where she spent the next 20 years. Helen retired in 1990 from the Extension Service and enjoyed horseback riding with her husband, family, and many friends.

During retirement she wrote a grant to start the first public child care center – Kessel Kids. She also was active in Friends in Council, First Lutheran Church, and numerous city activities and programs. Helen spent the last five years as a resident of Evans Memorial Home where she always had a smile and encouraged everyone to play cribbage.

Helen is survived by six children and their spouses/significant others: Robert Perkins and Joni Evans of New York, Ann and Lanny Fields of Knoxville, IA, Carin Perkins and Richard Webb of Spooner, WI, Teresa Beckham of Sheridan, WY, Ed and Rhonda Perkins of Excelsior, MN, Faye Perkins and Joe McIntosh of River Falls, WI, and Gretchen White and Lonnie Steenhard, of Cresco, IA; 10 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. Helen is proceeded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Don; a son Donald Richard; and her brother Nick Truog.

Helen leaves behind many friends and family who will miss her smile, her love for family, her independent spirit, her amazing cribbage talents, and her organizational abilities.

Tribute by her daughter, Carin Perkins

Helen Perkins' first work experience at ISU was as a Lutheran Student Counselor after my father returned from WWII and began veterinarian school at Iowa State. Living in Pammel Court, they had three children before Dad graduated in 1951, and went on to have four more. After many years of being active in 4H and countless other community services, Helen was hired in 1969 by ISU Extension to be the Howard/Winneshiek County Home Economist, a position she excelled at until her retirement in 1990. In 1988, she was awarded the RK Bliss Extension Citation for Distinguished Service for her work on energy and housing. She was committed to meeting the needs of families in her two counties, and gave or organized countless programs on WIC, nutrition, family finances, childcare, leadership, cooking, sewing, quilting -- any subject that was needed. After retiring, she had time to focus on meeting one of the most challenging unmet needs she had identified -- childcare, especially for low income women.

Helen wrote a grant to start the first public childcare center in Cresco (Howard County seat) -- Kessel Kids Childhood Development Center. Although it didn't reach fruition until after she retired, her efforts to create Kessel Kids flowed from everything she had seen and learned in her years as the County Home Economist. Kessel Kids thrived and outgrew two locations. With Mom’s help, enough funds were raised to build the Cresco Early Childhood Development Center, a modern, spacious and well-equipped facility, which housed Kessel Kids. It remains a hub of activity.

My mom was a woman of optimism, energy and intelligence, heart and faith. All of us were blessed to have been loved by you, Mom. We miss you every day.

Mom and Dad were great partners. They loved to be busy, loved to dance, and loved to ride their horses. Their hearts were full of camaraderie, generosity and good will. You always wanted them on your team. They were proud of and maintained their ISU connections, and were tremendously proud that four of their children and three grandchildren graduated from ISU.


Karen Peterson

April 25, 1943 – November 17, 2016

Karen Fink Peterson was born April 25, 1943 to Wendell and Angeline Fink at Nevada, Iowa. Karen had lived in Nevada until 1991 when she moved to Ames with her partner and love of her life, Al Deaton. Over the years, Karen had worked at Bourns, Graphic Forms, GFS, and Iowa State University until her retirement in 2005. She loved to quilt, travel, put together puzzles, and her family.

Karen passed away peacefully with her family at her side on November 17, 2016 at 73 years of age.

Karen is survived by her daughter, Nita (Herman) Moeller; her son, Doug Peterson; Al Deaton and his children, Kevin (Robin) Deaton and Kristin Deaton; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her brother, Carl Fink.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Marty Peterson and George Peterson; Al's son, Jim Deaton; her first husband, Raymond Peterson; and her brother, Eugene Fink.


Colleen Pfrimmer

April 3, 1936 – October 22, 2016

Colleen Pfrimmer, age 80, of 1272-130th Street, rural Boone, died October 22, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Following her wishes, she has been cremated.

A Memorial Service will be Friday, October 28, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., at the Central Christian Church at 803 Greene Street with Rev. Loren Strait officiating. Burial of Colleens cremains will be in the Mineral Ridge Cemetery.

Colleen Jean Pfrimmer, was born in Boone, Iowa on April 3rd 1936, the daughter of Dale and Bernice (Morris) Walters.

On May 29th 1955, Colleen married Dean Pfrimmer in Boone, Iowa.

Colleen worked for the telephone company in Boone, Iowa and then for Iowa State University before retiring after20 years. She enjoyed listening to old country music, especially Loretta Lynn, attending mule shows, trail rides with Dean and their friends, watching the Iowa State Cyclones and cooking for anyone who would walk through the door. .Most of all Colleen loved being with family, her children and grandchildren were everything to her. She also enjoyed going to the casinos.
Colleen is preceded in death by her parents, husband Dean, one brother Dick and a sister, Donna.

She is survived by; two sons, Dale Pfrimmer and Jim “Peggy” Pfrimmer, both of Boone; a sister, Janet “Jerry” King of Boone and brother Larry “Judy” Walters of Boone; two grandchildren, Jarrett “Ashley” Pfrimmer, Karli Pfrimmer and fiance Jasper Pickett and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Schroeder Memorial Chapel on Thursday, from 3 until 8 p.m., where the family will be present from 6 until 8 p.m. On Friday, friends may call from 8 a.m. to service time.

In memory of Colleen, memorials may be directed to the family.


Richard Pilgrim

April 24, 1928 – May 2, 2016

Richard “Dick” Dale Pilgrim, 88, of Nevada, passed away peacefully Monday May 2, 2016, at the Story County Medical Center in Nevada.

Dick was born April 24, 1928, in Grinnell, Iowa to C. Morey and Nellie (Cooper) Pilgrim. He attended a one-room school through eighth grade and graduated from Grinnell High School in 1945. Dick served in the United States Navy, stationed in Doane College, Crete, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Washington, D.C. Following military service, Dick attended Iowa State College and graduated with a degree in Farm Operations. Dick met his future wife, Shirley Hesson at Iowa State and they were married January 2, 1949. Dick and Shirley raised three children: Lynne, Jeff and Melanie.

Dick was an active farmer served on numerous boards: Colo Cooperative Board, Nevada School Board, Story County Farm Bureau Board, member of the American Legion, Habitat for Humanity, an elder at the Central Presbyterian Church and had served many years on the Building and Grounds Committee at CPC. He shared his wife’s passion for 4-H having been a member, leader and parent.

Dick and Shirley visited all 50 states and more than 15 countries. He was an avid reader, enjoyed men’s coffee and liked sharing military stories and farming experiences.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 67 years, Shirley; his daughter, Lynne (Mark) of North Carolina; his son, Jeff (Rose) of Sioux City; and his daughter Melanie of Nevada; his grandchildren: Lindsay (Derek) Jackson and twin sons, Toni (Josh) Warren, Cassie Pilgrim, Haley Barker, Casey (Claire) Barker, Chris (Sherry) Zook and sons Brandon and Jace, Lynn (Terry) Slagg and daughter Talia and Alejandro Barker-Ortiz; his brother, James of Clinton; and many special nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters: Marilyn and Fran; his brother-in-law, Keith Barker; and sister-in-law, Doris Pilgrim.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 6 at Rasmusson-Bacon Funeral Home in Nevada. Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at Central Presbyterian Church in Nevada with Pastor Caleb Suydam officiating. Inurnment will be 2:30 p.m. at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.


Richard Poore

July 4, 1942 – September 4, 2016

Richard A. Poore, 74, of Story City, passed to his heavenly home on September 4, 2016, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. He was born in Blockton, Iowa, on July 4, 1942, to Guy and Nina Campbell Poore. He married Evelyn Carolyn Jipsen on July 10, 1966. To this union three children were born: Jeanna Lynne Schwendinger (Michael) of Eagan, Minnesota, Deanna Lou Jacobs (Erik) of Golden, Colorado and Richard A. Poore II (Samantha) of Waterloo, Iowa. Evelyn passed away in 1992.

Richard subsequently married Linda Winship Olson in 1993 and he was a loving and caring stepfather to Rebekah Mitchell of Winterset, Mike Olson (Julie) of Brainerd, Minnesota and Brenda Henderson (Jason) of Story City. He was delighted to be known as Grandpa Rich or Grandpa Poore or Papa Iowa or Papa Rich by ten grandchildren, Lucy, Rachel, Ryan, Oliver, Maxwell, Bradley, Moriah, Torran, Saydie and Kayden; and three great-grandchildren, Karsyn, Jaxson, and Everly.

During his career Rich worked in the insurance industry; as a supervisor in custodial care at Iowa State University; and recently as a driver for NAPA in Ames. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ames and traveled several times with the Appalachia crew to repair homes in the Appalachian Mountains. He loved hunting, fishing, and reading.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents; and his half-sisters, Kathryn Lane and Norma Poore.

Rich is survived by his wife, Linda; his children, children-by-marriage, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary (John) Howell from Glenwood; his half-sisters, Anna Barker of Colby, Kansas and Neva (Robert) James of Council Bluffs; his half-brother, Ernest Poore; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Richard asks that gifts may be directed to the charity of your choosing.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Ames on Saturday, September 10, with visitation at 9:30 am, and the Celebration of Life at 11:00, followed by lunch at the church.

On September 11, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Bedford United Methodist Church in Bedford with visitation at 1:00 pm and the service at 2.00. There will be no burial.

Blessed was the life of Richard Poore.


Ronald Prescott

August 30, 1956 – May 14, 2016

Ronald (Ron) Prescott passed away Saturday May 14, 2016.

In October 2012, during a routine aortic heart valve replacement, a MAC Chimera Bacteria was introduced into Ron’s bloodstream via heart bypass machine. In spite of heroic efforts of doctors across the country, the bacteria won and Ron passed away at Israel Hospice House in Ames on May 14, 2016.

He was born in Hampton on Aug. 30, 1956, to Alfred and Marilyn (Neely) Prescott and raised on a farm in Popejoy. He graduated from Alden Community High School in 1974. He enjoyed the next six years of his life in the U.S. Navy as an instructor at the Nuclear Training Facility in Idaho Falls, where he met and married Debra Bouchard in 1977. Ron served on the USS Parche CGN683 (nuclear submarine,) the most decorated military vessel in military history. After his naval career, Ron returned to Iowa to farm and raise his family. He graduated salutatorian from Ellsworth Community College. Farming led to a banking career, as president of the Farmers State Bank, in Dows, and IA Young Bankers president. He graduated from Boulder, Colo’s, Graduate School of Banking. Serendipity led Ron into the next phase of his life, and for 17 years, Ron had the privilege of coordinating the Center for International Agricultural Banking with Dr. Neil Harl at ISU. He traveled extensively around the world making incredible friendships and leaving the people better equipped for the challenge to change and grow their new emerging economies. His last foreign address was a two-year project in Ghana, Africa, for USAID.

Ron leaves his wife of 38 years, Debra, and four children, Renald Bouchard III and his wife, Darcie, and their three sons, Ronald IV, Etienn and Blaise, of Zearing; son, Robert Bouchard, his wife, Rebecca, their three sons, Zayne, Noah, Kaden, of Bay City, Mich.; son, Paul Prescott, and his wife, Hannah, three children, Lucy, Arlo and Crosby, of Waterloo; and daughter, Catharina (Prescott) Tibbles, husband Jeffry, their daughters, Elizabeth and Olivia, of Ankeny; father Alfred Prescott, of Ackley; in-laws, Robert and Catharina Dodson, of Story City; sister, Carol Hilz, and husband, Mark, of Argyle, Texas; and three nieces and one nephew. Preceded in death by mother, Marilyn (Neely) Prescott; and two granddaughters, Alayna and Michaela Tibbles.


Susan Proescholdt

December 6, 1948 – April 3, 2017

Sue Proescholdt, music aficionado, raconteur and ambassador for good humor in the face of cancer for two years, died April 3. Services for her will be held Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames, with a visitation starting one hour earlier.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and Fort Dodge, she graduated from Iowa State University in 1971, where she met Terry Proescholdt, who would become her husband of 45 years starting later that year. Together they also lived in Bremerton, Washington, Sioux City, and Frederick, Maryland, but Ames was always their long-term home.

Any experience worth having Sue did with aplomb, if not necessarily tidiness. She left behind a collection of gardening pants with grass-stained knees, shelves full of books with creased covers, empty containers of quickly eaten goodies she made and a fur-lined house from years of long-haired pets.

A born helper, Sue threw also herself into projects that benefitted others, including fostering children, working at a mental health institution as an undergrad, community radio and the Box Project. She received a Superior Service Award from Iowa State University in 2001, for her work as Music Hall secretary. She was active in the Presbyterian church throughout her life and locations, singing in the choir, playing handbells and serving as a deacon and on Session, among others.

Sue also loved flowers. She invites everyone to buy themselves a bouquet, garland or plant to enjoy. She asked that any donations go to charities for reproductive health or the arts.

Sue is survived by husband, Terry; sons Andrew of Sacramento, and James of Minneapolis; brother Bill McCarroll of Spencer; sisters Pat Buck (Ken) and Diane (Ronnie) Killam of New Brunswick, Canada; foster son Dan Thompson (Kara) of Lawton; a large extended family of loved ones; and all “my kids,” as she called them, that she was tickled to know while at the ISU Music Department. She was pre-deceased by parents Gus and Helen McCarroll of Fort Dodge.


Lynette Reed

September 16, 1943 – January 11, 2017

Lynette Burton Reed, 73, passed away on Wednesday January 11, 2017 at her home in Champaign, IL. She was born on September 16, 1943 in Omaha, NE to Clifford and Mildred (Johnson) Burton. Lynette is survived by her daughters Valerie (Shea) Hickman and Sylvia (Scott) Schreiner; granddaughter Ellen Schreiner; siblings Larry (Connie) Burton, Carolyn Wells, Bruce (Kim) Burton, and Byron Burton; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; former husband Lawrence Reed; and brother Charles Burton.

Lynette was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her family. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1965 and her Master of Arts degree in 1995 from Iowa State University. Visitation and Service will be held at Forest Lawn Funeral Home 7909 Mormon Bridge Rd, Omaha, NE 68152. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made in Lynette's name to the Nature Conservancy or the National Wildlife Federation.


Richard Riker

April 13, 1949 – February 10, 2017

Richard Leroy Riker, 67, of Jewell, passed away February 10, 2017. Following his wishes, he has been cremated.

A Gathering of Friends and Family will be Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 4 until 6 p.m. at Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall in Boone.

Richard was born on April 13, 1949, in Boone, Iowa, the son of John and Ilamae (Klousia) Riker. He was an avid music fan and car enthusiast. Richard enjoyed going to concerts, especially Lynyrd Skynyrd. Richard and his children made seeing Lynyrd Skynyrd a yearly memory. In the latter years, adding his brothers, nieces and nephews made it a regular Riker family outing. Richard loved meeting new people, visiting his friends and brothers, fishing, and watching/attending NHRA Drag Races. He enjoyed going to casinos, socializing and entertaining friends with inappropriate jokes and lively stories. Those inappropriate jokes and lively stories are how most people remember meeting Richard, especially friends of his children. Richard was also well known for his Hawaiian shirts and bib overalls. It didn't matter the time of the year, Hawaiian shirts were always appropriate to wear.

Richard drove truck for Land O Lakes for many years and continued to drive until he was hired at Iowa State University, where he eventually retired.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Tom and infant daughter, Nicolette. He is survived by his wife Denise (Kimberley) Riker of Jewell; son, Rusty Riker of Ames; daughter, Casey Riker of Ankeny; three brothers, Donald, John Irving and Stephen and many nieces and nephews.

Tribute by his wife, Denise Riker

Richard started as a custodian at ISU. He enjoyed working out at Vet Med and also the Library. He eventually joined Transportation Services where he enjoyed working around and with the campus vehicles.

Richard married Denise Kimberley in 1983 and they had two children, Rusty and Casey. They made their life together in Jewell, Iowa.


Donald Robertson

June 27, 1921 – December 24, 2016

Donald Sage Robertson was born June 27, 1921, to Milton S. Robertson and Helen (Playter) in Oakland, Calif. Donald served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. from July 1942 to February 1946. Donald and Roxana Ruth Sidensol were married September 13, 1942, in Campbell, Calif. Donald was Emeritus Professor of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology at Iowa State University, retiring in 1991. He received his A.B. in 1947 from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1951. Donald was a member of the Genetics Society of America; Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society; and received the Governor’s Science Award in 1984. He loved his work in genetics.

Outside of work he had a strong relationship with Jesus Christ and loved his family unconditionally. He was a long-time member of Christ Community Church in Ames. He loved to paint, doing landscapes and whatever his wife requested. He and Roxana worked closely with international students, and were sponsors for students through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Donald passed away at 95 years of age on December 24, 2016, at Bethany Manor in Story City.

Donald is survived by his wife, Roxana, of Story City; daughter, Leanne (Jerry) Alexander of Ames; four grandchildren, Jessica (Scott) Sommers of Mission Viejo, Calif., Laura Alexander of Minneapolis, Minn., John (Debbie) Alexander of Ankeny, and Sam Robertson of Ames; two great-grandchildren; his brother, William Robertson of Portland, Ore.; and his sisters, Charlotte Cresswell of Portland, Ore. and Margaret Ciraulo of Saratoga, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, William Robertson and Mark Robertson.

The family requests no flowers.

Memorials may be directed to International Students, Inc. at http://www.isionline.org or Christ Community Church, 5501 GW Carver Ave., Ames, IA 50010.

Burial will be privately held at Ames Municipal Cemetery.


Donald Robertson

June 27, 1921 – December 24, 2016

Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

Donald Sage Robertson, professor emeritus of genetics, development and cell biology at Iowa State University, died on Dec. 24, 2016, at Bethany Manor in Story City. Robertson, 95, was formerly of Ames.

Born on June 27, 1921, to Milton S. Robertson and Helen (Playter) in Oakland, Calif., Donald received his A.B. from Stanford University in 1947 and his doctorate from the California Institute of Technology in 1951. He was a member of the Genetics Society of America; and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. He received the Governor’s Science Award in 1984. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. from July 1942 to February 1946.

Donald loved his work in genetics. He retired from ISU in 1991.

Donald and Roxana Ruth Sidensol were married Sept. 13, 1942, in Campbell, Calif. He loved his family unconditionally.

A longtime member of Christ Community Church in Ames, Donald had a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. He loved to paint landscapes and whatever his wife requested. He and Roxana worked closely with international students, and they were sponsors for students through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Donald is survived by his wife, Roxana, of Story City; daughter, Leanne (Jerry) Alexander, of Ames; four grandchildren: Jessica (Scott) Sommers of Mission Viejo, Calif., Laura Alexander of Minneapolis, John (Debbie) Alexander of Ankeny, and Sam Robertson of Ames; two great-grandchildren; his brother, William Robertson of Portland, Ore.; and his sisters: Charlotte Cresswell of Portland, Ore., and Margaret Ciraulo of Saratoga, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons: William Robertson and Mark Robertson.


John Robyt

February 17, 1935 – February 25, 2017

John F. Robyt, 82 of Ramsey, Minn., formerly of Moline, Ill., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at Stony River Assisted Living in Ramsey.

John was born Feb. 17, 1935, in Moline, Ill., to Francis and Mary (McFadden) Robyt. After graduating from Alleman High School in Moline, he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Louis University in 1958 and married Lois Teft Kennedy that same year. After earning a doctorate in carbohydrate chemistry and enzymology from Iowa State University in 1962, he received a teaching postdoctoral at Louisiana State University. In 1963, John received a research fellowship at the Lister Institute of Preventative Medicine in London, England. He returned to Iowa State in 1964, and in 1967 became an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology until he became a full professor in 1982.

John’s groundbreaking research led him to be featured in numerous professional publications and two textbooks, including “Essentials of Carbohydrate Chemistry.”

In his leisure time, John enjoyed coaching hockey and baseball. In addition to being the student advisor for the Iowa State hockey team, he served as president of the Ames Minor Hockey Association for many years. John also enjoyed gardening, watching Chicago Cubs baseball and many activities with his family, including extensive travel.

John is survived by his wife, Lois (nee Kennedy) Robyt; daughter, Clare Robyt; son, William (Michelle) Robyt; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home, 2005 Branch Ave., Anoka. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Ames Minor Hockey Association, P.O. Box 1492, Ames, IA, 50014.

Tribute by his colleague, Adam Barb

John Robyt was a Professor in the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

John was a tireless researcher and staunch proponent of carbohydrate chemistry and biochemistry. John had clear expectations of his students and worked to help them realize their full potential.


Annette Rowley

  – March 20, 2016

Annette McArthur Rowley, 79, passed away on March 20, 2016 at the Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine after a long illness. She was born in Price, Utah to Rhea Wakefield and Perry L. McArthur. Annette is survived by her husband of 59 years, Wayne A. Rowley of Saco, Maine, a daughter, Kimberly Gillingham (Peter), of Arundel, ME, sons, David Scott Rowley of Atlanta, GA, and Val Stuart Rowley (Marilyn) of Concord, OH, two grandsons, Austin Carr of Auburn, ME and Matthew Carr of Windham, ME, a step-grandson, Josh Janeck of Concord, OH, two brothers, Gregg McArthur (Marlene), of Riverton, UT, Kent McArthur (Louise) of Ogden, UT and a sister, Mary Kukahiko (Glenn) of Orem, UT and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and father and by three older brothers, Hampton, Rex and Nedd McArthur.

Annette grew up in Price, Utah, a small city in Southeast Utah where she attended Carbon High School. She earned a B.A. degree in English at Utah State University and an M.A. in English and Speech at Washington State University. After graduate school she taught English at Middletown High School in Frederick County, MD. In 1968 she moved with her family to Ames, IA where she taught speech, English and British literature for 26 years. Annette retired from Ames High in 1996 and devoted much of the next ten years to serving on the board, organizing and teaching at OLLI, the college for seniors at Iowa State University. In 2008, she moved with her husband to a retirement community in Saco, Maine, a costal suburb or Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, School St., Saco, Maine on Thursday, March 24th. Following the memorial service a reception will be held at the Inn in the Atlantic Heights Retirement Center, Harbor Street in Saco. Another memorial service will be held in the late spring or early summer in Ames, Iowa.

Annette will be laid to rest in the Iowa State University Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Ames Iowa High School Foundation’s Annette McArthur Rowley Scholarship Fund.


Darlene Ruby

February 6, 1932 – February 15, 2017

Darlene Clarice Ruby died on February 15, 2017, at the Israel Family Hospice House.

Darlene was born on February 6, 1932, in Lemon, South Dakota, to Earl and Ruby Lambourn. Darlene graduated from high school. Darlene moved to Ames in 1954 and married Robert Ruby on October 12, 1957. The couple spent a year in Spain while Bob was in the Air Force. Darlene loved Spain. They lived in Ames, Clinton, and Marshalltown, Iowa, over the span of their marriage prior to moving back to Ames in 1980s. Darlene worked in Food Service in Ames and Marshalltown and most recently at Iowa State University, retiring in August 1995. She came out of retirement in 2005 to work part-time for Ames Public Schools and Culvers until December 2017.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother, and two sisters.

She is survived by her children Kevin (Susan) Ruby of Roland, Iowa, Kurtis (Cindy) Ruby of Rochester, Minnesota, and Carmen (Roger) Vidgal of Spirit Lake, Iowa, one sister Joan Maske of Montrose, Colorado, and several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren: Nicholas (Kristina) Ruby (great-grandchildren Allison and Jacob Ruby); Nicholas Sayre (Tanya Nunn) (great-grandchildren Kali Walker and Virginia Sayre); Christal Sayre; Jason (Shannon) Sayre (great-grandchildren Matthew Johnson, Alan Fisher, Chase Sayre, Stormy Sayre, Paige Castell, MacKenzie Sayre); Andrew (Sarah) Ruby (great-grandchildren Autumn and Anna Ruby); Allison Ruby; Charles Vigdal (great-grandchild Eden Vigdal); Stephanie Vigdal (great-grandchildren Mya and Marshal Vigdal); Joseph Vigdal (Laura Citron); Emily Loth; Andrew Loth; Laura (Dave) Ness (great-grandchildren Jared, Logan Ness); Trish (Chad) Raap (great-grandchildren Trae, Caden, and Bella).


Laurel Russell

November 16, 1956 – November 9, 2015

(Listen to tribute by Alan Russell)

Laurel Joan Russell was born November 16, 1956 to James and Joan (Hahn) Fritz in Ames, Iowa. Laurel passed away November 9, 2015 at 58 years of age. Laurel is survived by her husband, Alan Russell of Ames; her three children, Jeffrey (Ellis) Russell of Austin, Texas, Mark Russell of Ames and Kristen (Brian) Springer of Denver, Colo.; and three sisters, Lisa Sollami of San Diego, Calif., Julie Wolf of Wilmette, Ill. and Margaret Scott of Lincoln, Neb. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Tribute by her husband, Alan Russell

Laurel was an instructor in Microbiology Dept. and laboratory technician in Veterinary Medicine.

Laurel (Fritz) Russell was the daughter of two chemists: Joan Fritz and ISU Distinguished Professor James Fritz. She earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in microbiology from Iowa State. In 1980 Laurel married Alan Russell, an engineering professor at Iowa State. She worked in the laboratories of ISU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and as a temporary instructor in microbiology but soon became a full-time homemaker for her three children. She took great joy in teaching and playing with her children. Laurel performed volunteer work to help disadvantaged children learn to read and to assist with office and lab work at the Ames Planned Parenthood Clinic.

Laurel was an outstanding athlete, earning varsity letters in tennis at both Ames High School and Iowa State. She was also an enthusiastic outdoorswoman who climbed mountains in Alaska, the western U.S., and Peru. In 1981 she made the first ascent of 17,100’ Rurec 4 in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. She also enjoyed kayaking, canoeing, backpacking, taekwondo, cross-country skiing, and ran several marathon races. In 1993 she won the USATF national championship in the 5000-meter run in the 35-39 age group. During the final two decades of her life, Laurel faced major medical challenges that gradually took away her ability to participate in the sports that she loved, but even in her final year of life she could sometimes be seen performing what she jokingly called “wimp workouts”, race-walking up the hills of Emma McCarthy Lee Park.


Elizabeth Schabel

December 2, 1941 – June 12, 2016

Elizabeth Schabel, challenging English teacher at Iowa State University and energetic matriarch, died on June 12th at age 74, due to an illness that lasted more than a half century. Née Elizabeth Anne Smith in Richmond, Indiana, a "town of culture," according to her mother (née Marguerite Henrietta Rottet) of Swiss and German descent, Elizabeth grew up in Toledo and Cleveland in Ohio and in Rochester and Buffalo in Upstate New York, cities that, aside from the penultimate, are now affectionately referred to, along with Erie, Pennsylvania, as the "Mistakes on the Lake." Her father, R. Ashby Smith (on whom see http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/sketch/vol46/iss3/5/), of English and via Canada Irish extraction, was a hands-on itinerant business executive with Beechnut and hands-off sedentary cattle rancher in Western New York. An alumna of famed Amherst High School, Elizabeth's attendance at private (Green Mountain College, Vermont) and public (University of Buffalo) universities corresponded with the ups and downs of the cattle business, until in 1963 the attractive young woman dropped out and used State funds to elope (on which see http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/sketch/vol47/iss2/11/) to Detroit with the dashing Frank Edward Schabel, then a minor, and almost simultaneously to conceive her first son, Christopher (on whom, see http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/sketch/vol46/iss2/2/), born in the late Millard Filmore hospital, named after the most humble of American presidents. After a period in public housing in Buffalo and private housing in Potsdam, New York, her second son, Bradley, was also born in Millard Filmore (in 1967), while Elizabeth was en route to Charleston, Illinois, where her third son, Bryan, was born (in 1971). The family moved briefly to Bloomington, Indiana, where Frank began his PhD, then Fredonia, New York, and finally Ames, Iowa, in 1976. Later, in 1993, after her sons had gone out on their own, Elizabeth and Frank relocated to Boone, Iowa, wisely purchasing a much larger home (Bilgewaters, built ca. 1870) to accommodate and Schabelize future daughters-in-law and grandchildren each summer. The family slide photo archive reveals that Elizabeth, early on, waffled on the issues of abortion rights, gun control, children's proximity to the television, and hair color. By the time her sons were safely in elementary school, however, she was firmly liberal, reentering the work force at the cooperative First National Bank in Ames while earning (despite an A-) her BA and MA at the public land grant university of Iowa State. Faced with the rising publish-or-perish culture of academia, she did little of the former and none of the latter (until now), accepting a teaching position at the poor inner-city Valley High School in West Des Moines and eventually returning to Iowa State, where she taught for decades with a salary nearly twice that of a typical McDonald's employee. Award-winning teacher of honor's freshperson English and of honourable business communication, she was much loved by many and much hated by few, since she forced her students to examine their hitherto unexamined lives. Relaxing after retirement, she taught philosophy and drama to male inmates at prisons around Iowa. As a mother, Elizabeth joined her husband in hauling her boys to and fro events tied to baseball, basketball, football, soccer, wrestling, golf, sticks & melons, and tennis. In tennis, she wished that in their temperament they had mirrored Borg, rather than McEnroe, especially her eldest son. A lifelong atheist, Elizabeth was born Lutheran, converted to Catholicism, and taught the occasional CCD class at St Thomas, until her boys left the Church. She was a prominent member of various subversive left/right-leaning organizations, such as the Serendipity Book Club, founded during the remilitarization of the Rhineland, and the Good Food Group, established at the time of Miloevi's resignation. She was herself an avid reader of morbid literature and non-fiction and a gourmet chef, as well as a passionate equal-opportunity gardener. She listened to Sinatra and Led Zeppelin, among other musicians. Elizabeth raised her three sons to be independent, so that they chose foreign women as partners, from such exotic places as Transylvania, São Paulo, and Chicago, and in her house in Boone one often heard and hears phrases in Greek, Portuguese, Japanese, Romanian, French, and medieval Latin, with some Spanish, Italian, and even Mandarin. Elizabeth's mötley family facilitated her indulgence in travel to seas, mountains, and world heritage sites. Indeed, she was an inveterate traveler during her veterate years, hitting all fifty states of the United ones (plus Puerto Rico), all ten provinces of Canada (including Manitoba), and a couple dozen countries ranging from Chile to China and India to Ireland. Known variously as Lizabethy, Betsy, Liz, Mom, Granny, Nonna, Wibie, and Wien, Elizabeth is survived by her husband of 53 years, her three sons and their partners (Alex, Claudia, and Monica), her four grandchildren (Alex, Zeno, Max, and Cezara), and her four siblings (Judy, Jeff, Virginia, and Nikki), 75% of whom were still in contact with her at the time of her passing. Profoundly saddened, we shall "endeavor to persevere" and "continue with style."

Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

Elizabeth Schabel, challenging English teacher at Iowa State University and energetic matriarch, died on June 12th at age 74, due to an illness that lasted more than a half century. Née Elizabeth Anne Smith in Richmond, Indiana, a "town of culture," according to her mother (née Marguerite Henrietta Rottet) of Swiss and German descent, Elizabeth grew up in Toledo and Cleveland in Ohio and in Rochester and Buffalo in Upstate New York, cities that, aside from the penultimate, are now affectionately referred to, along with Erie, Pennsylvania, as the "Mistakes on the Lake." Her father, R. Ashby Smith (on whom see http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/sketch/vol46/iss3/5/), of English and – via Canada – Irish extraction, was a hands-on itinerant business executive with Beechnut and hands-off sedentary cattle rancher in Western New York.

An alumna of famed Amherst High School, Elizabeth's attendance at private (Green Mountain College, Vermont) and public (University of Buffalo) universities corresponded with the ups and downs of the cattle business, until in 1963 the attractive young woman dropped out and used State funds to elope (on which see http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/sketch/vol47/iss2/11/) to Detroit with the dashing Frank Edward Schabel, then a minor, and almost simultaneously to conceive her first son, Christopher (on whom, see http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/sketch/vol46/iss2/2/), born in the late Millard Filmore hospital, named after the most humble of American presidents. After a period in public housing in Buffalo and private housing in Potsdam, New York, her second son, Bradley, was also born in Millard Filmore (in 1967), while Elizabeth was en route to Charleston, Illinois, where her third son, Bryan, was born (in 1971). The family moved briefly to Bloomington, Indiana, where Frank began his PhD, then Fredonia, New York, and finally Ames, Iowa, in 1976. Later, in 1993, after her sons had gone out on their own, Elizabeth and Frank relocated to Boone, Iowa, wisely purchasing a much larger home (Bilgewaters, built ca. 1870) to accommodate and “Schabelize” future daughters-in-law and grandchildren each summer.

The family slide photo archive reveals that Elizabeth, early on, waffled on the issues of abortion rights, gun control, children's proximity to the television, and hair color. By the time her sons were safely in elementary school, however, she was firmly liberal, reentering the work force at the cooperative First National Bank in Ames while earning (despite an A-) her BA and MA at the public land grant university of Iowa State. Faced with the rising publish-or-perish culture of academia, she did little of the former and none of the latter (until now), accepting a teaching position at the poor inner-city Valley High School in West Des Moines and eventually returning
to Iowa State, where she taught for decades with a salary nearly twice that of a typical McDonald's employee. Award-winning teacher of honor's freshperson English and of honourable business communication, she was much loved by many and much hated by few, since she forced her students to examine their hitherto unexamined lives. Relaxing after retirement, she taught philosophy and drama to male inmates at prisons around Iowa.

As a mother, Elizabeth joined her husband in hauling her boys to and fro events tied to baseball, basketball, football, soccer, wrestling, golf, sticks & melons, and tennis. In tennis, she wished that in their temperament they had mirrored Borg, rather than McEnroe, especially her eldest son. A lifelong atheist, Elizabeth was born Lutheran, converted to Catholicism, and taught the occasional CCD class at St Thomas, until her boys left the Church. She was a prominent member of various subversive left/right-leaning organizations, such as the Serendipity Book Club, founded during the remilitarization of the Rhineland, and the Good Food Group, established at the time of Milošević's resignation. She was herself an avid reader of morbid literature and non-fiction and a gourmet chef, as well as a passionate equal-opportunity gardener. She listened to Sinatra and Led Zeppelin, among other musicians.

Elizabeth raised her three sons to be independent, so that they chose foreign women as partners, from such exotic places as Transylvania, São Paulo, and Chicago, and in her house in Boone one often heard and hears phrases in Greek, Portuguese, Japanese, Romanian, French, and medieval Latin, with some Spanish, Italian, and even Mandarin. Elizabeth's mötley family facilitated her indulgence in travel to seas, mountains, and world heritage sites. Indeed, she was an inveterate traveler during her veterate years, hitting all fifty states of the United ones (plus Puerto Rico), all ten provinces of Canada (including Manitoba), and a couple dozen countries ranging from Chile to China and India to Ireland.

Known variously as Lizabethy, Betsy, Liz, Mom, Granny, Nonna, Wibie, and Wien, Elizabeth is survived by her husband of 53 years, her three sons and their partners (Alex, Claudia, and Monica), her four grandchildren (Alex, Zeno, Max, and Cezara), and her four siblings (Judy, Jeff, Virginia, and Nikki), 75% of whom were still in contact with her at the time of her passing. Profoundly saddened, we shall "endeavor to persevere" and "continue with style." A memorial party will take place in the Butternut Shelter at Emma McCarthy Lee Park in Ames on July 9th from 4-8pm.


Frank Schaller

March 20, 1914 – March 24, 2017

Frank W. Schaller was born in Holmen, Wisconsin on March 20, 1914, the son of Frank J. and Edna M. (Anderson) Schaller. He was raised on his parents' dairy farm, the second of five children. Following his father’s death at an early age, Frank took responsibility for much of the farm work, while attending elementary and high school. Frank’s mother, managed the farm while teaching school, and later rented it out in order to accept a position at the LaCrosse (WI) County Library.

He attended LaCrosse Teachers College and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1937. Frank then moved to Morgantown, West Virginia to do graduate work at West Virginia University. He served on the Agronomy faculty from 1939 to 1943 and, following the war, went back to WVU to finish his Ph.D. While in Morgantown, he met his wife, Catherine. They were married in August of 1942, raised two children, and enjoyed 44 years together until Catherine’s death in 1986.

In December of 1943, Frank joined the U.S. Navy and served as Communications Officer aboard a destroyer escort in the Pacific. He was honorably discharged in April 1946. Following the war and upon completing his Ph.D., he accepted an assignment at Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames, Iowa as Associate Professor of Agronomy and Research Project Leader for the Soil Conservation Society. In 1954, he joined the ISU Extension Service in soil management and forage crop production. From then until his retirement in 1980 as Professor Emeritus, he edited three books and authored or co-authored many research and informational publications. Following this, Frank did instruction and consulting work in Iowa, Costa Rica, and Botswana, Africa.

Frank was a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society, and the Soil Conservation Society. He served as president of the Soil Conservation Society and in 1978 was awarded the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for distinguished service and accomplishments in the conservation of natural resources. He also received merit awards for his work with the Iowa Department of Conservation, the Iowa Conservation Educational Council, the Iowa Land Rehabilitation Advisory Board, and the American Forage and Grassland Council. For over 25 years, he served as a judge for the Forage Crops competitions at the Iowa State Fair.

Frank was a long-time member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Ames, Iowa, the American Legion, and the Ames Noon Lions Club. He enjoyed participating in family activities, fishing, gardening, golfing, playing bridge, and traveling in his Scamp trailer.

In 1988, Frank moved to a town house in the Green Hills Retirement Community where his contributions included managing the Green Hills gardens for over 25 years. Following health problems, he moved into Green Hills Care Center in 2012 and continued to be involved in many activities.

Frank passed away at 103 years of age on March 24, 2017 at the Green Hills Retirement Center in Ames, Iowa.

Frank is survived by his daughter, Marie (Bruce) Johnson of Jewell, Iowa; his son, Carl (Barbara) Schaller of Ames; his grandson, Erik (Naomi) Schaller and great-grandchildren, Claire and Connor, all of Clive, Iowa; his grandson, Paul Schaller of Georgetown, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Catherine; his sisters, Helen, Dorothy and Lydia; his brother, Vincent; and an infant brother, Raymond.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Andrew's Lutheran Church or the Memorial Fund at the Green Hills Retirement Community.

Burial will be at the Iowa State University Cemetery.

Tribute by his daughter, Marie Johnson

Following his honorable discharge from the Navy and upon completion of his Ph.D, in 1948 Frank accepted an assignment at Iowa State University as associate professor of agronomy and research project leader for the Soil Conservation Society. In 1954 he joined the ISU Extension Service in soil management and forage crop production. From then until his retirement in 1980 as professor emeritus, he edited three books and authored or co-authored many research and informational publications. Following this, Frank did instruction and consulting work in Iowa, Costa Rica, and Botswana, Africa.

Frank was a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society, and the Soil Conservation Society. He served as president of the Soil Conservation Society, and in 1978 was awarded the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for distinguished service and accomplishments in the conservation of natural resources. He also received merit awards for his work with the Iowa Department of Conservation, the Iowa Conservation Education Council, the Iowa Land Rehabilitation Advisory Board, and the American Forage and Grassland Council. For over 25 years, Frank served as a judge for the Forage Crops competitions at the Iowa State Fair.

Throughout his life, Frank had an enduring interest in all things agricultural. He enjoyed rides around the countryside so he could check out the crops. He had to keep an eye on the progress of the planting and harvesting. Frequent trips were also made to the ISU Research Farms.

Frank lived a long life, and he lived it well. He taught us the value of hard work, the land, friends, and family.


Harold Schiel

August 4, 1926 – October 18, 2016

Harold C. Schiel passed away peacefully on October 18, 2016 at home in Ames. He was born on August 4, 1926 to Walter and Barbara (Carl) Schiel in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York.

In 1939, Harold's father moved the family to Thompson, Illinois so he could complete seminary training at the University of Dubuque. Two years later the family moved to Manchester, Iowa, where Harold graduated from High School.

In 1944, Harold enrolled at Iowa State College, interrupting his education in February 1945 to enlist in the Army Air Corps. He resumed study in 1946 with the help of the GI Bill and graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering in August 1949. In September, Harold accepted a job with the Iowa State Highway Commission in Manchester, Iowa in Construction and about that time began to date Elma Kehrli, his sister's good friend.

In 1953, Harold moved to Ames to take up a position in Traffic and Safety. He and Elma married in November 1953, beginning nearly 62 years of married life.

During a career spanning more than 40 years with the ISHC/IDOT, Harold served as Programming Engineer, Traffic and Highway Planning Engineer, Traffic Engineer, Urban Systems Engineer and, until retiring in 1991, Director of the Bureau of Transportation Safety. He enjoyed being active in Collegiate Presbyterian Church, community service and politics, was an avid reader and loved travel.

Harold was preceded in death by his beloved wife Elma, parents and brother Walter E Schiel Jr.. He is survived by his brother Don and sister Bea Buzard, 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 Harold will be held at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames at 3.30pm on November 12, 2016. Please join the family prior to the service at 2pm in the Social Hall for refreshments. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Collegiate Presbyterian Church (Harold Schiel memorial), Ames Emergency Residence Project, or Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.


Donald Schoof

March 9, 1922 – December 18, 2016

Donald Duane Schoof, was born March 9, 1922 in Waverly, Iowa. He was the son of Herman John Schoof and Irene Sophia Ann Seaman Schoof. Donald died December 18, 2016 at the Eastern Star Masonic Home in Boone, Iowa at the age of 94 years.

Don grew up in Waverly, Iowa and graduated from Waverly High School in 1940. He then studied for two years at Wartburg College before enlisting in the United States Army. While in the Army he served as part of the Italian Campaign of World War II. He was honorably discharged having received two purple hearts and a bronze star. On completion of his military service he returned home to Waverly, Iowa.

On November 28, 1948, Donald was united in marriage to Verna Matilda Buhrow. They were the parents of five children: Rebecca, Judith, Katherine, John and Lynn. They made their home in Waverly, Iowa until moving to Boone, Iowa in 1964 where Don began working for Iowa State University. He retired after 25 years of service in various positions at the university.

Don was very involved in the Masonic Lodge where he held several positions, including several state positions. He was also very active with the American Legion, the Boone County Historical Society and the Wolcott Foundation. In addition, he was a devoted member of the Augustana Lutheran Church.

Don was preceded in death by his wife Verna Schoof; his parents Herman and Irene Schoof; his sisters Marjorie (Bo) Ellison and Verla (David) Lucas; his grandson Jeff Backer; his granddaughter-in-law Debbie Backer; and his great-granddaughter Nicole Backer. He is survived by his children: Rebecca (Charles) Backer of Clarksville, Iowa, Judith Schoof of Clear Lake, Iowa, Katherine Majors of Johnston, Iowa, John (Patricia) Schoof of San Francisco, California, and Lynn (Michael) Lauer of West Union, Iowa; one brother Merwin “Sam” (Lois) Schoof of Cedar Falls, Iowa; five grandchildren: Todd (Sheila) Backer, Corey (Jamie) Backer, Carolyn (David McConnell) Majors, John Lauer, and Morgan Lauer; five great-grandchildren: Mackensie Backer, Dylan Backer, Chase Backer, Kennedy Backer and Ashley (Kyle) Lorenz; two great-great-grandchildren: Tanner Lorenz, and Jace Lorenz; other relatives; and friends.

Funeral Services for Donald Schoof, 94, of Boone, IA will be 10:00 am Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Augustana Lutheran Church, 309 South Greene Street, Boone, IA. Graveside services will be at 3:00 pm Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Harlington Cemetery in Waverly, IA. Visitation with the family present to greet friends will be Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Schroeder Funeral Home on the corner of 5th and Story Street from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. A Masonic Service will follow at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue at the church on Thursday from 9:00 am until the time of the service. Memorials are suggested to the Eastern Star Masonic Home or Boone Historical Society.

Tribute by his daughter, Judith Schoof

My father started out his employment at Iowa State University in 1964 as a building inspector in the Physical Plant Department during the construction of the Storms Towers. During his 25 year career at the university, he held various positions in the Physical Plant eventually becoming Director of Maintenance for Residence Halls, Helser Hall.

The highlight of his employment was his service as Director of Maintenance for Residence Halls.

My personal memory of my father is his dedication to his work and his commitment to supporting the educational endeavors of the university.

Dad was proud to be a member of the Iowa State University community.


Verna Schoof

March 19, 1922 – September 24, 2005

Verna M. Schoof, age 83 of Boone and the Eastern Star Masonic Home of Boone, entered into rest on Saturday, September 24, 2005 at the Eastern Star Masonic Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at the Augustana Lutheran Church of Boone with burial to follow at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, in the Harlington Cemetery in Waverly, Iowa with Rev. Daniel W. Solomon officiating.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 at the Schroeder ~ Walter Funeral Home, Fifth & Story Streets of Boone from 1:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Family will be present to greet friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., visitation will continue on Wednesday at the church from 8:30 A.M. to the time of service at 10:00 A.M.

Memorials may be given to the Iowa Hospice, 5650 N.W. Johnston Dr. Suite E, Johnston, Iowa 50131 or the Eastern Star Masonic Home.

Verna was born on March 19, 1922 in Westgate, Iowa to William and Matilda (Bartels) Buhrow. She graduated from Waverly High School in 1939.

After Verna graduated from high school she started working with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Waverly, Iowa. She then worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Santa Barbara, California, and later at Paris Island Telephone Company at Paris Island, South Carolina.

Verna was married to Donald Beebe in 1945 in Waverly, Iowa.

Following his death in 1947, Verna married Donald D. Schoof at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Waverly, Iowa on November 28, 1948. Donald and Verna lived in Waverly until 1964 when they moved to Boone.

After she moved to Boone Verna worked for the Montgomery Ward Catalog Store.

Verna was a member of the Augustana Lutheran Church of Boone, 50-year member of the Eastern Star No.353 of Waverly, American Legion Auxiliary of Boone and a lifetime member of the Boone County Historical Society. She enjoyed playing cards, bridge and 500.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Raymond and Lloyd; first husband, Donald Beebe; grandson, Jeff Backer; great-granddaughter, Nichole Backer; granddaughter-in-law, Debby Backer; two brothers-in-law, Alfred Meyer and F.C. Grawe.

Verna is survived by her husband, Donald D. Schoof of Boone, Iowa; daughter, Rebecca Backer and her husband Charles of Clarksville, Iowa; daughter, Judith Schoof of Clear Lake, Iowa; daughter, Katherine Majors of Boone, Iowa; son, John Schoof and his wife Pat of San Francisco, California; daughter, Lynn Lauer and her husband Michael of West Union, Iowa; 5 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; sister, Arlene Meyer of Waverly, Iowa; sister, Ruth Grawe of Waverly, Iowa; sister, Helen Platte and her husband Harlan of Waverly, Iowa; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.


Georgene Shank

1926 – September 20, 2016

Georgene Shank, 90, died peacefully on Sept. 20 at Northcrest Retirement Community after a long illness. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., to George H. and Eugenie McNett Morrison, she was raised there and then earned a bachelor’s degree in library science and education at State University of New York at Geneseo. She went to the San Francisco Bay Area with the Veterans Administration as a medical librarian. There in 1949, she married Wesley Shank and had three children. When the family came to Ames in 1964, she worked as school librarian and teacher and earned a master’s degree in English at Drake University. Later, she worked for the YWCA, owned and operated a small business, and served on the Ames City Plan Commission. Elected to the Ames City Council, she served several terms as representative-at-large. She was active in the League of Woman Voters and the American Association of University Women and played bridge avidly.

She is survived by her husband; her daughter, Jennifer Casstevens, of Muscatine, her son, Matthew Shank, of Sacramento, and their respective spouses, David Casstevens and Florence Clautier. Also in Muscatine are her granddaughters, Jessica (Jeremy) Hill and Amanda Casstevens, and three great-grandchildren. In Denver is her grandson, James Casstevens. Also in Sacramento are her grandchildren, Michelle (Shank) Douglas and Jonathan Shank, and one great grandchild.

Her younger son, Edmund Shank, died in Eureka Springs, Ark., in 2000.

The family will host a memorial open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Northcrest Retirement Community, 1801 20th St. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Israel Family Hospice House, 400 South Dakota Ave., Ames, 50014, or to Ames Public Library Friends Foundation, P.O. Box 1832, Ames, 50010.


George Simmons

March 30, 1932 – November 5, 2016

George Stanley Simmons finished his race on earth on Saturday, November 5, 2016, in Story City, Iowa, at the age of 84. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the Boone Open Bible Church, 1224 Hancock Drive, Boone, IA 50036. Interment will be at Linwood Park Cemetery, Boone, Iowa with Full Military Honors. Visitation with the family present to greet friends will be Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the Boone Open Bible Church from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm.

Stanley was born on March 30, 1932, to his parents Dale and Margaret Inez Nygren Simmons in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was a member of the Boone High School Class of 1950. He served four years in the US Navy and is a veteran of the Korean War. He referred to himself as "Chicken of the Sea". He married the cute young woman he met at the Daniel Boone Tavern and fell in love with at first sight, Doris Krug, on October 7, 1955, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boone. He said it was a good thing he married her, because she was chock full of babies. He worked for Thriftway Food Stores, Archway Cookies, Carl Thorngren Contractor, Eldon Krug Builders; was a partner in Underberg and Simmons Tiling; and is most well-known as a master carpenter for Stan Simmons Construction building unique fireplace mantles, cabinetry, and other finish carpentry pieces. He built two homes for his family - one in 1969 and one in 1979. In 1992 he officially passed his boards, was declared "Outstanding in His Field" and received his Doctorate of Carpentry degree from his former boss, Eldon Krug. He closed the doors of his shop in 2007 at the age of 75.

He received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in 1971 during the Lowell Lundstrom Crusade at DMACC in Boone. That decision forever changed his life not only on earth, but also his eternal destination. Stanley was currently a member of Boone Open Bible Church where he served as an elder and in recent years an aisle monitor where he received his payment in candy bars, and the Boone County Family YMCA where he mastered the NuStep, ate tootsie rolls and donuts, and flirted with all the young desk staff. He fell "in like" with many. Over the years he was a member of two square dancing clubs, bridge clubs, and area coffee klatch crews. He enjoyed snowmobiling, raising chickens and children, but mostly studying the scriptures and teaching others. He was a learned man of God's Word. Some adjectives that would describe Stanley are faithful, compassionate, humorous, unassuming, unique, wise, generous, loving, and a firm believer in discipline, as his children would testify.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Margaret Inez Simmons, his parents-in-law, Martin and Lydia Mindeman Krug, his two brother and sisters-in-law James and Leona Krug Boyd, and Don and June Krug.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris Krug Simmons of Boone; his three sons: Timothy (Janet) Simmons of Coalville, Stephen (Cherri) Simmons of Madrid, Paul (Brenda) Simmons of White Oak; his two daughters: Joan (David) Dearborn of Grand Junction and Lisa (John) Hoffman of Boone; his eleven grandchildren: Christopher (Kelly) Simmons of Fort Dodge, Aaron (Lacey) Simmons of Fort Dodge, Jared Simmons and girlfriend Jess Kuhlman of Madrid, Eric Simmons and fiance Becky Walters of Waterloo, Austin (Alison) Dearborn of Ramstein AFB Germany, Zachary (Meagan) Dearborn of Eielson AFB Alaska, Marta Hoffman of Altoona, Mischa (Jorden) Elsberry of Boone, Quentin Hoffman and girlfriend Alli Malloy of Huxley, Emerson Hoffman of Eugene Oregon, Janae (Quentin) Erickson of Nellis AFB Las Vegas; his six great grandchildren: Finley Simmons of Fort Dodge, Elijah, Lincoln and Violet Dearborn of Germany, Merrick Hoffman of Altoona, and Lucy Dearborn of Alaska; and numerous other relatives.


Virgil Wayne Spear

November 2, 1926 – December 17, 2016

Virgil Wayne Spear was born November 2, 1926 to Virgil A. and Irene (Rhoades) Spear in Melcher, Iowa. He graduated from Eddyville High School. Wayne served in the U.S. Army from February 1945 to October 1946, during WWII attaining the rank of Corporal. Wayne and Ethel Jean Donnelly were married June 18, 1949. He worked as an electrician and held the position of Manager Electric Services at Iowa State University.

Wayne was a member of Ames American Legion Post #37, the Antique Automobile Club of America (A.A.C.A.), and enjoyed working as a judge of classic cars, and fishing.

Wayne passed away December 17, 2016 at 90 years of age.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Spear of Ames; his daughter, Pamela Spear (Greg Evans) of Jacksonville, Fla.; his granddaughters, Missy (Jammie) Price and Heather Harris; his great-grandchildren, Brittany Price and David Price, Kendra McEwin and Brayden Quinn; and his brother, Larry (Mary) Spear of Ames.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Craig Spear; his daughter, Loretta McEwin; his sister, Virginia Stickley; and his brothers, Gerald Spear and Kenneth Spear.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Opportunity Village, 1200 N. 9th St. West., Clear Lake, IA 50428

Burial is in Ames Municipal Cemetery.


Jerry Lee Spicer

January 26, 1947 – December 27, 2016

Jerry Lee Spicer, 69, of Ames died December 27, 2016 at Mary Greeley Medical Center.

A gathering of friends and relatives will be Friday, December 30 at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way in Ames, from 4 to 6 p.m. with a short service at 6 p.m.

Jerry was born January 26, 1947 in Cedar Falls, Iowa when his dad, a World War II Coast Guard veteran, was in college. Jerry's parents were Carmi Neal (Spike) Spicer and Betty Lavonne Smith. In Jerry's early years, his family lived in Racine, Wisconsin and in Texas. When his dad was called up by the Navy for the Korean War, Jerry, little sister Pam and his mother returned to Ames where Betty's and Spike's mothers lived. Both of Jerry's grandfathers died long before he was born.

Jerry graduated from Ames High School in 1965. He served in the US Coast Guard on buoy tenders, patrol boats and cutters from 1966 to 1970, with longest assignments off shore in Vietnam; American Samoa and the LORAN station in Jupiter, Florida.

Jerry loved the outdoors, had a scientific mind with amazing recall and could be really creative crafting art out of discarded computer parts. He had two Iowa State University degrees: Associate in Applied Science in Mechanical Technology and Bachelor of Arts in Leisure Studies. He worked at Hach Chemical, owned Leisure Laundry and then purchased his uncle Kenny Smith's wood floor business operating it nearly 20 years as Jerry Spicer Floor Sanding, Finishing and Installation.

Jerry married Lynette Jones, daughter of Orlie Jones and Fern Steinhoff, on June 4, 1972 beneath the campanile on the Iowa State University campus.

Jerry is survived by his wife and children and their families: Foy Spicer and Jeff Diesburg in North Manchester, Indiana; Clarissa Spicer in Baudette, Minnesota and Carmi and Linsay Spicer in Newton, North Carolina. He is survived by grandchildren Fern Spicer Diesburg and Lark Spicer Diesburg. He is also survived by his sister Pam Travis and her husband Mark of Maxwell, Iowa and their children and families: Sean and Darcy Travis with children Jordan and Dylan of Altoona; Ryan and Anna Travis and their children Treyton and Cainan of Collins; and Deanne and Mark Sandbulte with children Elias, Lydia and Paizley of Elkhart.

Some of his cremains were interred in the Ames Municipal Cemetery; some will be scattered at sea. The family prefers memorials rather than flowers. Direct memorials to the family who will donate the money to Iowa veterans groups.


Elsa Sreenivasam

November 6, 1926 – March 15, 2017

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Elsa M. Sreenivasam of St. Paul, Minnesota, passed away March 15, 2017, in Arizona. She is survived by Dharma, beloved husband of 47 years, 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Born in Duluth, MN, in 1926 and educated at St. Scholastica, she taught textile arts at several universities and was awarded Fulbright and India government grants to study textiles in India. A memorial in MN will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

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Elsa Marie Sreenivasam, passed away March 15, 2017 in Green Valley, Arizona. She is survived by Dharma, her beloved husband of 47 years, five children (Patrick, Brigid, Hallie, Fanchon, and Rakesh), and three grandchildren (Briana, Robyn and Ryan).

Elsa Sreenivasam grew up in a small community in Duluth, Minnesota. There was great freedom for her to explore the surrounding areas, enjoy nature, use her imagination, and sketch her impressions of the world around her. Her interest in art continued to grow through the years. She graduated from St. Scholastica College in Duluth with a degree in art. She discovered the vitality and promise of fabric art, which led to further study and a graduate degree in textile arts.

Elsa loved teaching. At the University of Kansas, she taught textile art classes. After realizing the need for more communication between artists and industry, she co-founded the Surface Design Association and helped organize the first surface design conference in the United States. Today, it is an active, international organization.

At Iowa State University, as Art and Design Professor, she continued teaching textile art courses and pursued her passion for textile art history. She was awarded two
Fulbright Research Grants to study the traditional textile print, dye, and embroidery processes in India. It was a happy, eye-opening, cultural learning experience, providing opportunities to learn ancient techniques and to collect antique fabrics, which became a museum-quality collection. She also collected craftsmen carved woodblocks that her students were able to use with unique effects. Her research resulted in the publication entitled “The Textiles of India: A Living History.”

Elsa enjoyed teaching courses on Textile Arts and sharing her love of textiles. She supported the Textile Center, a national center for fiber arts, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which hosted an exhibition of her vast Indian textiles collection in 2010.

She received the “Spun Gold” award from the Textile Center in 1999. Her alma mater, St. Scholastica, also honored her with a lifetime achievement award in 2012.

She actively pursued her own expressive, colorful artwork until the end of her life. She used a variety of methods and techniques, including screen-printing, batik, discharge, block-printing, dyeing, shibori, appliqué, embroidery, and other techniques in her work. She drew upon her memories, nature, travel, cultural interactions and life experiences for inspiration.

She loved her family and friends and was deeply loved in return. A memorial will be held at a later date in Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choosing.


Robert Stewart

May 6, 1924 – April 11, 2017

Robert Murray Stewart Jr., of Ames, passed away on April 11.

Bob was born in Washington, D.C., to Robert Murray Stewart Sr. and Emily Smith Stewart. He was raised in Salt Lake City and later attended the University of Utah, where he met his future wife, Patricia Mary Ellerman.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy and attended the V-12 program at Iowa State College.

After completing his degree at Iowa State College in 1945, Bob became an instructor in electrical engineering. In 1954, he completed his doctorate in physics at Iowa State College and became a faculty member in the Physics and Electrical Engineering departments.

In the early 1960s, Bob directed the design and construction of the Cyclone Computer at Iowa State. As faculty and student interest in computing grew, Bob, along with the Computations Center and faculty from various departments, established the Computer Science department at Iowa State University, where he became the founding chair of the department in 1965. Bob retired from Iowa State University in 1988 as professor emeritus.

Best childhood memories from Bob’s two children — shooting off Estes rockets, constructing a theater in the basement, camping every summer in the Rocky Mountains, making wood boats to float down the gutters in rainstorms, learning to ice skate on the backyard rink, building and flying kites, and reading out loud an endless stream of great books, including the tales of “Narnia,” “Watership Down” and “The Hobbit.”

Bob was preceded in death by his mother and father; his wife, Patricia; and his two younger sisters, Martha Hatch and Shauna Larson.

Bob is survived by his children, Martha Murray Stewart (Russ Hoffman), and granddaughter, Maggie, of Ames, and Scott Robert Stewart (Roberta Autorino) and grandsons, Michael and Mathew, of Southbury, Conn.

No memorial service is planned at this time, however, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s name to these community organizations that were near and dear to his heart: Youth & Shelter Services, 420 Kellogg Ave, Ames, IA 50010, and Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA 50010.


Mary Stieglitz

January 22, 1940 – May 17, 2016

Dr. Mary Grace Stieglitz transitioned to a new life on May 17, 2016 at home in Boise Idaho. Mary was born in Fairbanks, Alaska on January 22, 1940 to the late Peter and Apolonia Menden. The family later returned to Wisconsin where Mary went on to earn a BS, a PhD and a post-doctoral degree from the UW- Madison, and a Masters from Indiana University. She met & married the late John Stieglitz at IU, where he completed his DDS and she joined the art faculty. After the birth of their twins, they all settled in Wisconsin where John established a dental practice and Mary joined the faculty at UW- Madison. Mary's family was her greatest pride and personal passion and teaching art was her professional passion. Mary won many awards for her creative art work, teaching, and research. Mary was widely published, and had 350 national & international exhibitions to include the National Gallery of Art in London. During her time at the University of Wisconsin, she was recruited by the University of Minnesota to head their Design Department and the Goldstein Gallery. Mary finished her career as DEO of Art & Design at Iowa State University, where she was appointed as Distinguished Scholar of Arts & Humanities.  Her favorite way of seeing Idaho was on the back of her Tennessee Walking horse, Duchess. Mary is survived by her son Kurt Stieglitz and daughter Alison (Clint) Tate, grandchildren Anna & Samuel Tate all of Boise Idaho. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara (James) Drascic of Sturgeon Bay and their children and families. She was preceded in death by both parents and a sister, Patricia Ann. Pursuant to Mary's wishes, a family memorial service will be held in Racine at the Calvary Cemetery Chapel.


Jimmie Stone

January 28, 1923 – November 16, 2016

Jimmie M. Stone, age 93, of Nevada, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at Story County Senior Care Center.  Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, with Pastor Myron Herzberg officiating.  Burial will follow in the Nevada Cemetery, with military honors conducted by William F. Ball Post No. 48 of the American Legion.  Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday one hour prior to services.

Jimmie Marvin Stone was born on January 28, 1923, at home in Maxwell, Iowa, to I.R. Stone and Leona (Wood) Stone.  He grew up and attended school in Nevada, Iowa, graduating from high school in 1942. He then served in the Coast Guard during World War II--protecting the eastern shores and playing trumpet in the highly regarded Coast Guard Band to raise funds and troop morale.

On August 8, 1945, Jimmie was united in marriage to Thelma Caltvedt at Bethany Lutheran Church in McCallsburg. The couple was blessed with three children, Denny, Lana, and Debra. Jimmie and Thelma were married for 69 years, and they were a model of love and commitment for their family and community.  They served as each other’s strength in a marriage filled with love and friendship.

Jimmie's life focused on family, church, work, friends, and music.  At Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, he served as secretary of the church council, and he was active in the building of the church in the 1960s. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, and the Masonic Lodge.  He often served on honor guards at veterans’ funerals, and he eagerly participated in a military honor flight to Washington, D.C., in 2009. Jimmie participated in many local activities, and with his positive, hard-working attitude, he was a true asset to his community.

Jimmie was a dedicated worker, and during his years running Stone’s DX Gas Station in Nevada, he put the true meaning into the concept of "full service." After selling the gas station, Jimmie worked at Ace Hardware in Nevada, and part-time as a greeter at McFarland Clinic in Ames.  In work--as in his social and family life--Jimmie always treated others with respect and love. This beautiful attitude meant he was loved and respected in return by all who knew him.

Survivors include two daughters, Lana (Dan) Gogerty of Ames, and Debra (John) Milligan of Washington, D.C.; four grandchildren, Nicole (Joe) Spradling of Des Moines, Nathan (Andrea) Stone of Clive, David (Jessica) Gogerty of Ankeny, and Ellen (Austin) Hames of Ankeny; nine great-grandchildren, Kevin, James, Isabelle, Katherine, Tyler, Madison, Callan, Savannah, and Eliana; and brothers, Paul and Bill Stone.  Jimmie was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma; his son, Denny; his parents; and his brother, Robert.

Our family extends our heartfelt gratitude to Story County Senior Care and the Story County Hospital for all their wonderful care through Jimmie's last years.
Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Jimmie and his family.


Jean Torgeson

July 5, 1925 – October 9, 2016

Jean Crovisier Torgeson was born to Thomas L. and Alma J. Anderson on July 5, 1925 in Knowlton, Wisconsin. She was the third of eight children. Jean lived most of her life in central Iowa and graduated from Clarion High School in 1943. She married Richard (Dick) K. Crovisier on November 8, 1945 and they had three daughters. Except for a short time in Des Plaines, Ill. and Kelley, Iowa, Jean and Dick made their home in Ames. They were active members of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Jean and Dick had been married for fifty years when Dick passed away on November 30, 1995.

On March 9, 1998, Jean married Jesse N. Torgeson. They were married for almost twelve years when Jesse passed away on February 23, 2010. In September 2011, Jean moved to Fort Collins, Colo. to be near her daughter, Patricia. Jean passed away on October 9, 2016.

Jean spent her life in the secretarial field with various companies, but retired from Iowa State University in 1988 after over fourteen years of employment. Jean was very active in professional secretarial organizations during her employment. In 1988, Jean was awarded the ISU Alumni Superior Service Award for non-alumnus staff during an Iowa State University ceremony, having been nominated by her colleagues. She also received training in Toastmasters and Stephen Ministry.

Jean leaves behind three daughters, Nancy L. (Michael) Rickard of Traer, Iowa, Patricia K. (Gregg) Walters of Fort Collins and Judy J. (James McRae) Crovisier of McKinney, Texas; as well as five grandchildren, Jeremy Rickard, Jessica Rickard, Rene Walters Hansen, Joel Walters and David Walters; and four great-grandchildren. Also left are four step-children, Linda (Roger) Hudgins of Dunkerton, Iowa, Craig (Ida) Torgeson of Radcliffe, Iowa, Kevin (Linda) Torgeson of Radcliffe and Brent (Angie) Torgeson of Story City, Iowa.

She also leaves behind three beloved sisters, Darlene Bierl of Clarion, Iowa, Karen (Gary) Hobbie of Clarion and Bonnie (Gerald) Sinkler of Nevada, Iowa; and a beloved sister-in-law, Vesta Anderson of Corwith, Iowa.

A memorial slideshow may be viewed online at forevermissed.com; enter Jean LaVonne Crovisier Torgeson.


Charles Townsend

November 21, 1930 – January 5, 2017

Charles Lee Townsend passed away on January 5, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Cornerstone Church in Ames. A visitation will take place from 9-10:30AM, also at the church.

Charles was born on Nov. 21, 1930, in Oklahoma City, OK, to Floyd R. and Nellie V. (Steeds) Townsend. Charles attended schools in Oklahoma City, OK, and graduated from Oklahoma City Central high school. He worked his way through the University of Oklahoma at Norman graduating in 1953 with a degree in electrical engineering. He joined the Marine Corps and participated in a special basic program. He became a lieutenant in artillery and served in Japan and Korea. He married Verna Lou Frye on August 10, 1955, and they were married for 25 years. To them, 3 daughters were born.

Charles did graduate work at Iowa State University, in Ames, IA, obtaining a master's and PhD degree in electrical engineering. He was on the faculty at ISU for 37 years, and retired as an emeritus professor in 1992. His university activities included considerable committee work at the department, college and university level. He received the Award for Creativity, National University Extension Association, 1969. Charles was recognized as an Outstanding Professor in Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, 1986. Charlie married Mary K. Williams on May 6, 1983 in Zearing, Iowa. They are members of Cornerstone Church in Ames.

Charlie always had a strong interest in politics. He was active in the Republican party, serving first as a precinct committee man and then for 6 years as the Story County Republican chairman. He enjoyed sports throughout his life. He played baseball and basketball as a youth, and later, took up golf. He achieved 'life master' in duplicate bridge.

He leaves behind his wife, Mary; 3 daughters: Jennifer (Jeffrey) Korb of Fishers, IN, Sarah (Gregory) Stevenson of Ames, and Margaret (William) Graff of Barrington, IL. In addition, he leaves 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

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Charles Lee Townsend passed away on January 5, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Cornerstone Church in Ames. A visitation will take place from 9-10:30AM, also at the church.

Charles was born on Nov. 21, 1930, in Oklahoma City, OK, to Floyd R. and Nellie V. (Steeds) Townsend. Charles attended schools in Oklahoma City, OK, and graduated from Oklahoma City Central high school. He worked his way through the University of Oklahoma at Norman graduating in 1953 with a degree in electrical engineering.

He joined the Marine Corps and participated in a special basic program. He became a lieutenant in artillery and served in Japan and Korea.

He married Verna Lou Frye on August 10, 1955, and they were married for 25 years. To them, 3 daughters were born.

Charles did graduate work at Iowa State University, in Ames, IA, obtaining a master's and PhD degree in electrical engineering. He was on the faculty at ISU for 37 years, and retired as an emeritus professor in 1992. His university activities included considerable committee work at the department, college and university level. He received the Award for Creativity, National University Extension Association, 1969. Charles was recognized as an Outstanding Professor in Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, 1986.

Charlie married Mary K. Williams on May 6, 1983 in Zearing, Iowa. They are members of Cornerstone Church in Ames.

Charlie always had a strong interest in politics. He was active in the Republican party, serving first as a precinct committee man and then for 6 years as the Story County Republican chairman. He enjoyed sports throughout his life. He played baseball and basketball as a youth, and later, took up golf. He achieved 'life master' in duplicate bridge.

He leaves behind his wife, Mary; 3 daughters: Jennifer (Jeffrey) Korb of Fishers, IN, Sarah (Gregory) Stevenson of Ames, and Margaret (William) Graff of Barrington, IL. In addition, he leaves 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Cornerstone Church in Ames.

Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 11, 2017


Kimberly Townsend

May 28, 1965 – May 23, 2016

Beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister died peacefully and serenely at the family home early Monday afternoon after a courageous battle with brain cancer. She is survived by her husband, Anthony M. Townsend, Ph.D; son, Harrison; daughter, Kate; and son, Phillips. She is also survived by her mother, Ruth Harrison; brothers, Richard and John, of Texas; and beloved in-laws, Max and Florence Townsend, of Virginia.

Born to Ruth and Jim Harrison in Houston, Kim spent the majority of her youth there and was a 1983 graduate of Memorial Senior High School. She earned a bachelor’s of music degree in vocal performance in 1987 from Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, La. After college, Kim earned a master’s of science degree in human resources/industrial relations from Virginia Tech in 1992. Most recently, she earned a doctorate degree in higher education leadership at Iowa State University in May 2016. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Kim’s indomitable spirit allowed her to attend a special graduation ceremony dressed in full academic regalia.

While being a full-time wife and a mother, Kim pursued her career passion as an educator, molding young minds. Specific endeavors include Academic Success Center at ISU from 2012-15; adjunct instructor at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Boone Campus, from 2008-12; adjunct instructor at University of Delaware, Newark, Del., from 1999 to 2001; adjunct instructor at University of Phoenix, Las Vegas, from 1996-99; adjunct instructor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from 1995-98; and adjunct instructor at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., in 1993.

Even while pursuing these professional interests, Kim was a wonderfully supportive wife and helpmate, and a devoted mother to her three children, supporting them through their myriad of sporting and scholastic activities. She was an active member of Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Ames, and sang in the choir for many years. Kim loved both the visual and performing arts and served as Trustee on the Board of the Octagon, Center for Art and Design in Ames from August 2008 through June 2012. As a survivor of cancer, Kim took an active interest is cancer advocacy and volunteerism working as an Above and Beyond Cancer volunteer and with the Reach to Recovery breast cancer survival network group. It was because of her cancer recovery that she traveled to Nepal and saw firsthand the appalling poverty of many of the children in Katmandu. There, she discovered the miraculous work of the Regina Amoris School. Upon her return to the United States, Kim co-founded and served as a director of a relief fund that provides funds to the school and the children.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at St. John’s Episcopal Church with Fr. Al Aiton officiating. Immediately following the service, a reception will be in the parish hall at which time friends will have the opportunity to share their memories of Kim.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Regina Amoris School Relief Fund and mailed to the Fund in care of Wells Fargo Bank, 414 Main St., Ames, IA, 50010.


Mavis Varland

February 9, 1918 – May 5, 2016

Mavis Loraine Varland was born February 9, 1918 to Herman O. and Minnie I. (Dubburke) Hendrickson in Hamilton County, Iowa. Mavis graduated from Radcliffe High School and attended Iowa State Teachers College (UNI) in Cedar Falls. She taught country school for 4 years. Mavis and Richard Varland were married May 20, 1939 in Kohoka, Mo. They lived in Iowa Falls for 8 years and moved to Ames in 1959. Mavis worked in the purchasing department at Iowa State University for 25 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member at First United Methodist Church in Ames. Mavis passed away at 98 years of age on May 5, 2016. Mavis is survived by her daughter, Jane (Charles) Taylor of Iowa Falls; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; her siblings, Eugene "Bud" Hendrickson of Radcliffe and Iris Anderson of Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard, on May 25, 1977; her sisters, Leone Carstens and Vivian Nickerbocker; and her brother, Kent Hendrickson.


Mary Voorhees

September 11, 1919 – October 10, 2016

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Mary Peck Voorhees passed away on Oct. 10. Mary was born on a farm near East Pleasant Plain on Sept. 11, 1919, to Dorothy and Ed Peck. A life-long proponent of education, Mary attended a one-room school house in Hawkeye through sixth-grade. In 1929, her family moved off the farm to Fairfield. She graduated from Fairfield High School in 1936. She earned an associate’s degree in business education from Ottumwa Height Community College in 1938.

Mary worked at the USDA Farm Security Offices in Fairfield and Washington, Iowa, where she met her husband-to-be, Roy Dale Voorhees. She resigned and traveled to Mesa, Ariz., where she married Dale, a soon-to-be commissioned officer and pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps on Sept. 10, 1942. When he went overseas to fly bomber missions, Mary worked at the Douglas Aircraft office in Los Angeles. Upon his return in 1944, they started their family which grew to five children.

Mary raised the family through military tours in the Pentagon, Vienna, Austria, Hawaii and Scott Air Force Base, Ill. While at Scott, Mary went back to school at nights and on weekends, all while raising the family and serving as an officer’s wife. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a teacher’s certificate from McKendree College in Lebanon, Ill., in 1962. Through subsequent tours in Hawaii and again at the Pentagon, Mary worked as a substitute teacher.

“I taught everything but driving,” she said.

When Dale retired and started a second career as a professor at Iowa State University, Mary went back to school and earned at master’s degree with honors in industrial relations from Iowa State University in 1977. She worked at the Commission on Aging for several years as a training officer, before she retired.

A strong-willed, independent woman, Mary was an avid, tenacious bridge player and close follower of politics. Her favorite expressions were, “Respect one another” and “If you can do something you need to do, do it.”

She was proceeded in death by her parents, a brother, a sister, her eldest son, Van, and her husband of 66 years, Dale.

Mary is survived by children, Kristin MacRae, and her husband, Roderick, of Chicago, Mary Green and her husband, Michael, of Bella Vista, Ark., Rox Dale Voorhees and his wife, Christa, of Denver, Colo., Bret Voorhees and his wife, Jennifer, of West Des Moines, and Van’s widow, Carol Fowler Voorhees, of Virginia Beach, Va.; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rita Redlinger, of San Diego, Calif.

Donations can be made to Envision Unlimited, Van J. Voorhees fund, 8 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL, 60603, or to Israel Hospice of Ames.


Roy Dale Voorhees

March 21, 1921 – May 24, 2009

(Listen to tribute by Clyde Walter)

Roy Dale Voorhees, 88, of Ames, died May 24, 2009, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. The body has been cremated and memorial services will be held at a later date in Washington, IA.

Roy Dale Voorhees was born in West Chester, IA, on March 21, 1921, the son of Carl G. Voorhees and Margaret (Bauer) Voorhees. He graduated from Washington High School in 1939 and joined the Air Corps in December 1941. He married Mary Peck, September 10, 1942. He was commissioned and, as a pilot, was sent to England in the spring of 1943 where he flew 55 bombardment missions against occupied Europe and participated in the 1944 invasion. Neither he nor members of his crew ever claimed a purple heart. After the war he continued in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Colonel USAF on September 1, 1971. When he left the service, he had received many citations including the Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Legion of Merit.

Upon completion of his highly successful military career, Dale began his academic career as an associate professor at Iowa State University in 1971. As a teacher, Professor Voorhees was well known for linking theory with practice. Besides sharing his own experiences, he frequently called upon his network of friends in industry to speak in his classes. Dale's classes were informative, thought provoking, and integrative. He cared about his students, wanting them to develop as individuals both professionally and personally.

Professor Voorhees was an accomplished researcher who published in the leading transportation and logistics management journals, including Journal of Business Logistics and Transportation Journal, as well as in marketing and business strategy journals. His research focused on strategic logistics management, logistics integration with other business disciplines, the role of logistics in the global economy, and telecommunications.

Voorhees was a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and George Washington University. Throughout his life, he maintained an active interest in farming.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by Kristin (Roderick) MacRae , Chicago, IL, Mary Gretchen (Michael) Green, Fort Worth, TX, Rox (Christa) Voorhees, Denver, CO, Bret (Jennifer) Voorhees, West Des Moines, IA, Carol Voorhees, daughter-in-law, Virginia Beach, VA. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; a brother Donald (Berta) Voorhees, Orlando, FL; and a sister, Mary (Martin) Hanzlik, Novato, CA; and many friends and colleagues. His oldest son, Van J. Voorhees, predeceased him in 1996.The family requests donations to Israel Family Hospice House, 400 S. Dakota Avenue, Ames, Iowa 50014 or the Van Voorhees Fund, CARC, attention CEO Kristin MacRae, 8 S. Michigan Ave, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL, 60603.Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.


Phyllis Ward

January 25, 1928 – January 13, 2016

Phyllis B. Ward, age 87, passed away on Jan. 13, 2016, Temple Terrace. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Ira J. Ward; two daughters, Linda S. Taylor, (husband, Jim); and Janet L. Oppedal, and (husband Darrel); her sister, Donna Stegemann; four grandchildren and their spouses; and her eleven great-grandchildren. Service Jan. 23, at 2 pm, at Univ. Village Retirement Community auditorium, 12401 N. 22nd St., Tampa.


Russell M. Watson

February 25, 1928 – July 11, 2016

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Russell Myers Watson, Jr., was born February 25, 1928 to Russell M. and Edith (Palmer) Watson, Sr. in Kansas City, Missouri. Russell served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington. Russ and Donna were married in Denison, Iowa in 1948. He worked as an insurance investigator for Retail Credit Co. for 25 years. Russ was a member of Civitan International, Toastmasters and First Baptist Church. He enjoyed golfing, fishing at Leech Lake, playing cribbage, woodworking and cooking. He loved to make people laugh. He was a patient listener, kind-hearted and loved life. The family has many treasured memories of summers spent with him at Leech Lake. Russ passed away at 88 years of age on July 11, 2016 at Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.   Russ is survived by two sons, Jeff (Kris) Watson of Urbandale and Rick (Marcia) Watson of Lake Orion, Michigan; and two daughters, Ann (Bob) Koch of Phoenix, Arizona and Lisa Watson of Boston, Massachusetts. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Donna. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.


Walter Wedin

November 28, 1925 – April 11, 2017

Walter Wedin, aged 91, passed away on April 11, 2017, at his home in Golden Valley, MN (Minneapolis). Born in Frederic, Wisconsin, on November 28, 1925, he led a life devoted to family, teaching, science, and community. His compassion, wisdom, and humor will be greatly missed by his family, former students, and colleagues. Growing up as the fifth child of eight siblings, to parents Reuben and Ruth Hane Wedin, he attended a one-room country school. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1946, and was stationed with the occupation forces in Germany. After his military service, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he majored in Agronomy and received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. During those years, he was a member, resident, and advisor for Delta Theta Sigma (DTS), a professional agricultural fraternity. He served on the UW Horticulture faculty from 1953 to 1957 and with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service in St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1957 to 1961. From 1961 to 1991, he was on the Agronomy faculty at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where he also served as the first director of the World Food Institute from 1973 to 1977. After retiring as Full Professor in 1991, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he served as Adjunct Professor of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the U of M, and as an agricultural consultant for Land O'Lakes Inc. During his academic career, he served as faculty advisor for more than 40 graduate students, many of whom have had distinguished careers, both in the United States and internationally. His students remember him fondly. His research, teaching, extension, and international technical assistance involved pasture and forage management in support of ruminant animal production. He traveled widely, participating in conferences and consulting in Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Walt authored and co-authored over 150 publications, recently editing the book "Grassland: Quietness and Strength for a New American Agriculture," and authoring his memoir, "A Foraging Journey: It Only Takes a Seed." His many awards included Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and Distinguished Iowa Scientist (Iowa Academy of Science). Wherever he lived, he was active in community organizations such as his church, PTA, youth sports organizations, and other civic groups. He enjoyed singing and was a member of the American Swedish Institute's Male Chorus for over 15 years. He is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons, Randy (Jeanette) and David (Nancy); one sister, Carolyn (Tony); seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be Tuesday, April 18, at 11 AM, with visitation one hour prior at the church--Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis (5025 Knox Ave S). Memorials may be made to the American Swedish Institute.

Tribute by his son, Randall Wedin, PhD

Walter Wedin, aged 91, passed away on April 11, 2017, at his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Born in Frederic, Wisconsin, on November 28, 1925, he led a life devoted to his family, his teaching and research, and his community. His compassion, wisdom, and humor will be greatly missed by his extended family and his many former students and scientific colleagues.

He served on the University of Wisconsin faculty in Madison from 1953 to 1957 and with the Agricultural Research Service of USDA at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus from 1957 to 1961. For nearly thirty years, from 1961 to 1989, he served on the faculty of Iowa State’s Agronomy Department.  He also served as the first director of ISU's World Food Institute from 1973 to 1977. After retiring as Full Professor in 1991, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he served as Adjunct Professor of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota, and as a forage consultant for Land O’Lakes and several other agricultural companies.

During his academic career, he served as faculty advisor for 21 Ph.D. students and 38 M.S. students. Many of his graduate students have gone on to have distinguished careers in academic and government research, both in the United States and internationally. His students remember him fondly, saying “his sense of humor and curiosity were infectious,” “he was one of the most effective academic mentors in the field of agronomy,” and “he was a role model for balancing work and family.”
His research, teaching, extension, and international technical assistance involved pasture and forage management/production in support of ruminant animal production. He traveled widely participating in conferences and consulting internationally in dozens of countries in Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Australia.  

Wedin authored over 150 scientific publications, served as senior editor for the book, Grassland: Quietness and Strength for a New American Agriculture, and authored a memoir, A Foraging Journey: It Only Takes a Seed. Among his many academic honors and awards are being named Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and being named Distinguished Iowa Scientist by the Iowa Academy of Science.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, who also served on the Iowa State faculty; two sons, Randy (Jeanette) and David (Nancy); seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Margaret Welch

April 30, 1929 – January 11, 2017

Margaret Louise McGilliard Welch, Ponca City, passed away peacefully with family by her side Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Oklahoma City. She was 87 years old. Margaret Louise was born April 30, 1929, in Ponca City, the daughter of Glenn G. and Margaret Ann Mason. Margaret Louise loved spending time with family and friends. She spoke her mind leaving no doubt where you stood with her. At the same time, she had a heart of gold and would do anything for people she came to know and trust. Margaret Louise grew up in Ponca City attending Ponca City schools and Oklahoma State University. She met A. Dare McGilliard of Stillwater while attending Oklahoma State and they were married on July 7, 1951, in Ponca City. She and Dare moved to Ames, Iowa in 1956, spending the next 30 years working at Iowa State University and raising a wonderful family. She was a records analyst for the registrar's office at Iowa State University. Upon retirement in 1987, she and Dare moved to Bella Vista, Ark., where they enjoyed golf, fishing and the local flavor. She was widowed in 1998 and would eventually marry a former Ponca City High School classmate,

Donald C Welch, on March 11, 2006. She and Don were able to spend nine plus wonderful years together which included their return to Ponca City in 2012; residing at Via Christi Village. She is survived by four children, Lance McGilliard and wife Kathy, of Chicago, Ill., Dr. Lee Ann Kelley, of Phoenix, Ariz., James Welch, of Ponca City and Barbara Welch Rollins, of Wichita, Kan.; six grandchildren, Matthew, Mitchell and Morgan McGilliard, of Chicago, Ill. and Casey, Caitlin and Conley Kelley, of Phoenix, Ariz. She was preceded in death by husband, Dare McGilliard; by husband, Don Welch; daughter, Laurann Ranker; four sons, baby boy McGilliard, Len McGilliard, David Welch and John Welch and her parents. Condolences may be offered via email to Lmac9@comcast.net. Cremation has been arranged under the care of the Cremation Society of Oklahoma in Tulsa. Those who wish to make a memorial contribution in her name may do so to the charity of your choice. There will be no service at the request of Margaret Louise.

Tribute by her son, Lance McGilliard

Margaret McGilliard Welch was a Record Analyst in the Registrar's Office (26 years).

She served as President of the Executive Committee ISU Parents' Association (along with husband, A.D. McGilliard ISU Professor).

Margaret loved her family, friends, and life in Ames, Iowa. She was always there to support her husband, children, and community. I will forever cherish her commitment to providing her family with a meaningful life.

Margaret was a firm supporter of education. Accordingly, she worked at Iowa State University for 26 years...always promoting it and trying to make it a first class institution.


Charles Wengert

May 16, 1928 – February 4, 2017

Chuck Wengert, 88, of Montezuma went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday evening, February 4, 2017 at the Montezuma Specialty Care. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the Montezuma United Methodist Church. Burial will be held in the Jackson Township Cemetery in Montezuma. Visitation will begin after 12 p.m. (Noon) Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Holland-Coble Funeral Home in Montezuma with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heifer International or the Montezuma United Methodist Church. Holland-Coble Funeral Home of Montezuma is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Stanley Wengert II, the son of Charles and Daisy (Woolfolk) Wengert was born on May 16, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Webster Groves High School in Webster Groves, Missouri in 1946. Following high school, Chuck enlisted with the United States Marine Corps during WW II and the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1949. Chuck continued his education at Iowa State University receiving his BA degree in Agronomy and Masters Degree in Adult Education. Chuck was united in marriage to Jeanette Berry on November 26, 1953 at Grundy County, Missouri. They moved to Oskaloosa where Chuck worked at the Mahaska County Extension Service for six years. He then bought and operated a service station in Oskaloosa for several years before moving to Bettendorf in 1965 where he was a salesman for IMC Fertilizer Company. They moved to Montezuma in 1970 where he was the Poweshiek County Extension Director retiring in 1992. While Poweshiek County Extension Director, he had a daily report on KGRN with Frosty Mitchell and always started these reports with a corny joke.

Chuck was a member of the Montezuma United Methodist Church where he served as State President of the Methodist Men and also was a member of the Montezuma Lions Club. Chuck's interests included his family, travel, golf, gardening, puzzles, and he enjoyed flying after receiving his pilot's license. He was instrumental in starting the Rural Water Association in Poweshiek County and was also very involved with the Historical Society and genealogy as well as Community Development. Chuck also rode RAGBRAI for several years and enjoyed canoeing and white water rafting through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. After retirement, he worked a short time at Sig Manufacturing and also drove a school bus.


Shirley Williams

April 8, 1939 – March 17, 2017

Shirley Ann Williams, 77, longtime resident of Ames, IA, passed away on March 17, 2017 at Woodlands Creek Active Living Community in Clive, IA. The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 on Wednesday, March 22nd at Adams Funeral Home in Ames. A short service will follow. Shirley Ann Buck was born April 8, 1939 to Ruth (Sweeney) and K. Stanley Buck in Newton, MA. She graduated from Averill Park High School in 1957. After graduating high school, Shirley attended Wellesley College, majoring in Chemistry. While attending college, Shirley met her husband, Stanley A. Williams, a graduate student in Physics at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and they were married on June 22, 1958. In the summer of 1962, following Stan's graduation from RPI and honorable discharge from military service, the Williamses' moved to England for Stan's post-doctoral work. Upon returning to the United States in 1964, they moved to Ames, IA, where Stan joined the faculty of the Physics Department at Iowa State University. Shirley's hobbies included crossword puzzles, sudoku, and numerous other name and number puzzles. She also enjoyed knitting and needlepoint. And for many years, Shirley and Stan grew vegetables and fruit in their garden at home. Shirley is survived by her daughter, Connie (Tom) Hilts of Ames, IA; her son, Mark Williams of New York; her sister, Dawn (Michael) Castaldi of West Chester, PA; two brothers, Dennis Buck of West Sand Lake, NY, and Irwin Buck of Toms River, NJ; granddaughters, Kristin (Bill) Uknes of Clive, IA, Milly (Todd) Versteegh of Oxford, IA and Hilary (Andrew) Williams of Tiffin, IA and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Iowa Chapter at www.alz.org/greateriowa.


Stanley Williams

May 14, 1932 – August 29, 2016

Dr. Stanley Williams, 84, long time resident of Ames, passed away August 29, 2016. Stan was born May 14, 1932 to T. Ray and Doris (Brown) Williams in Lawrence, Kansas. He graduated from North Platte High School in 1950. After graduating high school, Stan attended Nebraska Wesleyan University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in June of 1954. After college, Stan enlisted in the United States Army and during active duty Stan received his Doctorate degree in Philosophy with an emphasis in Physics from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (RPI). While at RPI, he met his wife, Shirley Williams, and they were married in June 1958. Following Stan's honorable discharge from the military in May of 1962, the Williams' moved to England where Stan held a teaching position at Oxford University. Upon returning to the United States in 1964, Stan took a position with Iowa State University (ISU) as a professor of Physics. He remained at ISU until his retirement in 1997. Stan enjoyed fishing, golfing, photography and spending time with his family. Stanley is survived by his wife, Shirley Williams of Ames; his son, Mark Williams of New York; his daughter, Connie (Tom) Hilts of Ames; three granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Susie (Bob) Guy of Nebraska, Jeannie (Gerry) Wright of Colorado and Kay (Gene) Berrodin of Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Stanley and Shirley Williams

Stanley: May 14, 1932 – August 29, 2016
Shirley: April 8, 1939 – March 17, 2017

Tribute by their daughter Connie Hilts

Dr. Stanley Williams was a teacher of Physics.

My dad enjoyed his 106 class and the ideas he could come up with for presentations to WOW students.

My dad was really smart but yet really grounded. He could make, fix or self-teach anything to himself which is what I think made him a great teacher.

My mother Shirley Williams passed away on 3-17-2017. She was born 4-8-1939 after losing her husband and partner of 58 years. Both of them left my brother and me the gift of being lifelong learners.


Fred M. Wright

September 29, 1923 – August 28, 2016

Dr. Fred Wright, 93, of Ames, died peacefully Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Bickford Cottage of Ames.

Fred Marion Wright was born September 29, 1923 to Fred and Frances (nee Lane) Wright in Aurora, Illinois. Dr. Wright graduated from Yorkville High School, Yorkville, Illinois in 1941. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942. He graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1944 and was elected to membership in the Phi Beta Kappa society. Fred married Mary Louise Drenckpohl in Chicago, Illinois on December 27, 1947. He graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Masters Degree in 1948 and a PhD in 1953. Dr. Wright was the father of two sons, James Wright and Thomas Wright. His sister, Patricia Lowery of Farmerville, Louisiana survives him. His parents; his brother, Roy Wright; his sisters, Virginia Keller and Devona Wright; and an infant brother, George Wright, precede him in death.

Dr. Wright was selected by the Marines to be trained as a Japanese code breaker. His service was curtailed when he contracted tuberculosis while in a Marine hospital. After being bedridden for a year, he went on to complete his education. He joined the faculty of Iowa State University in 1953 and was promoted to Professor in 1964. Dr. Wright loved teaching and working with students. He was PhD advisor to a number of students during the 1960's, and then shifted his focus to undergraduate education. He authored several textbooks. He was named a "most effective instructor" for three years running in the early 2000's. He was dedicated to doing his best to help students learn Mathematics and to helping each student reach his or her goals. He was a long time member of the Faculty Bowling League. He retired in 2006, and was conferred the honor of Professor Emeritus with an office in the Mathematics Department where he continued to advise and mentor students. After retirement, Fred and Mary Lou established the Fred Wright Mathematics Endowed Scholarship at Iowa State University. The scholarship is awarded to mathematics students who hold at least a sophomore standing, demonstrate leadership qualities, and earn a 3.0 GPA or above. Fred and Mary Lou have been very active members of Collegiate Presbyterian Church since their arrival in Ames in 1953.

Inurnment will be in the Collegiate Presbyterian Church Columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Fred Wright Mathematics Scholarship at Iowa State Foundation, c/o Fred Wright Mathematics Scholarship, 2505 University Blvd., Ames, Iowa 50010.

Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

Fred M. Wright passed away August 28, 2016. Fred was born in Aurora, Illinois. In the 1940’s he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was selected to be trained as a Japanese code breaker. His service was cut short after contracting tuberculosis. After a year of being bedridden he went on to complete his education, earning his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics from Northwestern University.

Fred joined the Iowa State Mathematics faculty in 1953 and was promoted to Professor in 1964. Fred loved teaching and working with students. He was Ph.D. advisor to a number of students during the 1960’s, before shifting his focus to undergraduate education. He was named a “most effective instructor” for three years running in the early 2000’s. Fred was dedicated to doing his best to help students learn mathematics and to helping each student reach his or her goal. He also authored several textbooks and was a longtime member of the Faculty Bowling League.

Fred retired in 2006 but continued to advise and mentor students. After retiring, Fred and his wife, Mary Lou, established the Fred Wright Mathematics Endowed Scholarship for mathematics students of at least sophomore standing who show leadership qualities and earn a 3.0 GPA or above.


Connie Rex Younger

July 18, 1939 – August 1, 2016

(Listen to tribute by Lisa Kuehl)

Connie Rex Younger, 77, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2016 at his home in rural Madrid, Iowa, surrounded by family and close friends.  

Connie was born July 18, 1939 on the family farm southwest of Elmo, Missouri to Rex and Margaret (Henn) Younger and graduated from Maryville High School in 1957. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years as a Naval Musician with Unit Band 182 based at Yokosuka, Japan, and at the Charleston Naval Base.  Following his service, Connie graduated from Northwest Missouri State College in 1965 with a degree in Music Education.

In May 1963 he married Linda Sue Owens, daughter of Paul and Marie Owens of rural Hopkins, Missouri.  They had two children: son Keith and daughter Susan.  

Connie was a lifelong educator with a love for aviation, music and carpentry. His career began as music director at the Nodaway-Holt School District in Maitland and Graham, Missouri. He played saxophone in a dance band, performing frequently at the 169 Club in Grant City.  He also helped his dad build homes in the Maryville area and became a full-time carpenter after leaving music education in 1968.

After earning a Masters Degree in Aerospace Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, he taught glider flying and pilot training at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1971 through 1975.  In 1976, he began his 21-year career at Iowa State University serving as Chief Flight Instructor and a transportation pilot. He logged thousands of hours in the Aero Commander and King Air 200, transporting sports teams and coaches, professors, and state officials.

In 1990, Connie launched CY Aviation, managing the Boone Municipal Airport in Boone, Iowa. Upon retirement from Iowa State in 1997, Connie devoted his full time efforts to making it “The Friendliest Little Airport In Iowa.” He continued to instruct flight students of all levels there, as well as serve as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. Connie taught seaplane flying on the Mississippi and Rock Rivers in the Quad Cities area as well as on Saylorville Reservoir. He flew aerobatics in his Citabria and enjoyed flying his 1946 Aeronca Champ on skis. One of Connie’s greatest aviation highlights was flying for nine summers in Denali National Park, Alaska, providing sightseeing tours around Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) for both Kantisha Air Taxi and Denali Air.  He proudly and humbly logged over 20,000 accident-free pilot hours during the course of his aviation career and taught hundreds of students to fly.

Connie continued his love of music as a member of the Boone Municipal Band for 35 years as lead alto saxophonist, as well as managing his recently-formed 17-piece Boone Big Band. He also kept up his carpentry and woodworking skills, including building his own home on a timbered acreage which he shared with his wife of 22 years, Lisa, and their assortment of rescued pets.

Connie is survived by his wife Lisa Kuehl, former wife Linda Younger of Boone, Iowa, son Keith Younger of Jay, New York/Boone, Iowa and daughter and son-in-law Susan and James Gauvin of Oakland, California. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles Younger and sister Wanda Stoddard.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m. at the Boone Municipal Airport in Boone, Iowa. Friends and family are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the Navy Musicians Association, the Boone Municipal Band or the Mayo Clinic.


Sharon Koski Youngquist

April 3, 1938 – September 14, 2016

Sharon Koski Youngquist, 78, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Born on April 3, 1938, on Minnesota’s Iron Range, Sharon was the daughter of the late Philip and Sylvia Koski. She is survived by her ex-husband Gordon; and three daughters, Lynn Youngquist, of Minneapolis, Chris Riley, her husband, Glenn, and two grandchildren, Ashley and Andrew, of Pepperell, Mass., and Lisa Schedin, her husband, David, and two grandchildren, Annika and Alexa, of Edina, Minn. We’ll all remember Sharon for her love of family, friends, animals and especially children. A private remembrance will be, held and she will be buried with her parents in Biwabik, Minnesota.

Faculty Senate Memorial Resolution

Sharon Koski Youngquist grew up in a close-knit Finnish community in northern Minnesota. Saturday nights found family and neighbors gathered at Sharon’s home for the sauna ritual: fathers first, then mothers and children, followed by a rinse-off, and a shared supper. After high school, Sharon completed her undergraduate work in elementary education at the University of Minnesota. She moved to upstate New York when her husband accepted a faculty position at Rennsalaer Polytechnic University. She completed her graduate work while raising their three daughters.

She worked with the Head Start program for many years, first as a teacher and home visitor, and later as the Education Coordinator. Sharon developed a deep respect for her Head Start families. She greatly admired their strength and resourcefulness. She often reflected that her greatest lesson during this time was that it is always possible to rise above difficult circumstances and find some joy in every day. She maintained this philosophy throughout her life. Working with children and their low income families in the Head Start program, she encountered numerous challenges. She shared these real world experiences with students to help them explore and examine their future role as educators. Many stories spoke to the resilience of the families and children she taught. Others were quite humorous. For example, during one home visit, she shared that a child proudly showed her the family garden where rows of thriving marijuana plants were interspersed with rows of vegetables. Sharon worked with the mother to understand the legal consequences of their entrepreneurial efforts. Next week the marijuana was gone.

Sharon joined the Child Development Department on August 21, 1991 when her husband became a professor at Iowa State University. She traveled the state working with Head Start teachers, helping them to earn credits in child development, guidance, and student teaching courses. Later, drawing upon her extensive experience working with diverse families, she taught courses in parenting and family-community relationships on campus. She ended her teaching career at Iowa State coordinating placements for student teachers and senior practicum students in Child Development. She listened thoughtfully to each student in order to match their interests and career goals to the appropriate placement. Sharon loved working with students, observing them teach, and giving them the feedback needed to improve their teaching skills. She kept a sign on her door that said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff. P.S. it’s all small stuff!” Sharon retired from ISU on May 15, 1997.

Following retirement, Sharon spent time traveling to interesting Midwest locations, and to see family and friends. She loved to share stories of her adventures. Sharon also made time to volunteer in the community and often chose opportunities that involved children. Favorite volunteer activities included pen-pal writing with school-age children and “Speak Up!” (a program that helps children develop communication skills). Her “Speak Up! presentations were very popular with children and usually included hilarious stories about her cat, Sweetie.

Sharon Koski Youngquist, 78, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. She is survived by her ex-husband Gordon; and three daughters, Lynn Youngquist, of Minneapolis, Chris Riley, her husband, Glenn, and two grandchildren, Ashley and Andrew, of Pepperell, Mass., and Lisa Schedin, her husband, David, and two grandchildren, Annika and Alex.

Submitted by Sue Hegland, Linda Ritland, and Lesia Oesterreich.

 

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