Obituaries

Wed
19
Apr

Jerry Hutchens

 

Jerry L. Hutchens, 82, of Kalispell, Mont., formerly of West Union, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017.

A Celebration of Life was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Conrad Cemetery in Kalispell with the Rev. Stan Rog of Risen Christ Catholic Church officiating.

Jerry was the son of O.C. and Ruby (Clemens) Hutchens.

He graduated from West Union High School in 1952.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1956.

Jerry worked 17 years for Kleen Maid Bread Co. and later for West Union Auto.

He is survived by his daughter, Deborah Ann (Gary) Amdahl, and a grandson, Morgan, all of Kalispell; and a sister, Ann Hutchens of West Union.

Preceding Jerry in death were his parents; a grandson, Dustin Amdahl; Barbara Hutchens and Gladys Hutchens.

Buffalo Hill Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to Deb Amdahl, 1740 Haven Court, Kalispell, MT 59901.

Wed
19
Apr

Kathy Schmelzer Sowder

Kathy Schmelzer Sowder

 

 

Kathryn Marie Sowder, 62, of Vadnais Heights, Minn., formerly of West Union, died Saturday, April 8, 2017. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, in The New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, 180 West County Road F., Vadnais Heights, Minn. 

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Honsa Family Funeral Home, 2460 East County Road E., White Bear Lake, Minn., and for one hour prior to the service at church. 

Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park, Minneapolis, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Schmelzer, and her brother, Edward Schmelzer. 

She is survived by her husband, David Sowder; her son, Eric (Becky) Sowder; grandchildren Maddy and Lucy; her mother, Virginia Schmelzer of West Union; siblings Teresa Koch and Mary Schmelzer.

 

 

 

 

Wed
19
Apr

Olivia Drewes

Olivia Drewes

 

Olivia Drewes, 72, of West Union, Iowa passed away Good Friday morning, April 14, 2017 at Arlington Place Memory Care in Oelwein, Iowa.  Arlington Place was her home away from home for 14 months and 14 days.  

Olivia Thelma, the daughter of Aubrey and Mable (Christensen) Guyer, was born Feb. 28, 1945 in West Union, Iowa.  

She was baptized and confirmed at West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont, Iowa.  

She graduated from North High School in 1963. 

Olivia was united in marriage with Steven Drewes on July 10, 1965 at Zion Lutheran Church in West Union. To this union three children, Dawn, Gregory, and Stephanie, were born.

Olivia devoted her life to caring for her family, preparing meals, sewing and mending clothes, healing scrapes and scratches, and making sure all of the needs for her family were being met.  

Wed
12
Apr

Margaret Halse

Margaret Halse

 

 

Margaret Halse, age 59, of Ossian, IA, died Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse WI.

Wed
12
Apr

Arnold Suhr

Arnold Suhr

 

 

Arnold Suhr, 84, of Arlington passed away on Tuesday April 4, 2017 at Arlington Place in Oelwein.  Visitation will be from 3-6 PM on Sunday April 9, 2017 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 AM on Monday April 10, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Oelwein.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.  A memorial fund has been established.  For condolences, please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com.

Wed
12
Apr

Larry Riley

Larry Riley

 

 

Lawrence M. Riley, 80, of Fayette died Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Oelwein Health Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:30 a.m. Saturday April 8, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette with Rev. Dale Rausch officiating.

Interment followed at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Cemetery. 

Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

Lawrence Matthew, son of John H. and Edna C. (Sloan) Riley was born Jan. 12, 1937, at the hospital in West Union, Iowa.

He was baptized and confirmed at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Union.

Larry received his education at St. Mary’s in Waucoma and Donnan country schools before graduating from West Union High School in 1954.

Wed
12
Apr

Carolyn Havenstrite

Carolyn Havenstrite

 

 

Carolyn Havenstrite, 77, of West Union, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse, Wis.

Carolyn Jean, the daughter of Clair and Evelyn (Paulson) Anderson, was born June 22, 1939, on a farm northeast of West Union.

She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in West Union.

She graduated from North High School in 1957.

Carolyn was united in marriage with Wayne Havenstrite on Oct. 18, 1957, at the Wesleyan Church in West Union.  To this union four children, Nancy, Jeff, Teresa, and Tim, were born.

Wed
12
Apr

Leo Lehman

Leo Lehman

 

 

Leo Max Lehman, 86, of Elgin passed away Friday, April 7, 2017, at Mayo Health System, La Crosse, Wis.

He was born on the family farm southeast of Elgin on June 3, 1930, to Max and Lillian (Frieburghaus) Lehman.

Leo was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church, Elgin, where he was dedicated and baptized. He spent time each day reading his Bible. In his early years he taught Sunday school, and he served as chairman of the finance committee, was a member of the advisory board, and was always available to assist with various jobs around the church.

Leo attended Elgin Public High School, graduating with the class of 1948.

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he trained in the Fleet Marine Force – 3rd Marine Brigade. At this time he was handpicked with 250 other men for a raiding party and trained under General Chesty Puller.

Wed
12
Apr

Larry Clipperton

Larry Clipperton

 

 

Larry Dean Clipperton, born on Jan. 10, 1942, in West Union, IA to Clifford and Beth (Zeller) Clipperton, died on March 7, 2017 at age 75, in LaCrosse, WI, due to complications from a heart attack. 

His passing was preceded by his mother, father, sister Nancy, and daughter Cari Lynn. 

Larry is survived by his wife Hildegard of Bloomfield, IA, his brother Gary (Marge) Clipperton of Ventura, CA, his children Mark Clipperton of Kansas City, MO, Penny Hertges of Ossian, IA, Paula (Brad) Johnson of Clayton, IA, Joel Clipperton of Denver, CO, grandchildren Dillon Knox of Elgin, IA, Harmony Clipperton of Kansas City, MO, Matthew and Sarah Hertges of Ossian, IA, and one great grandchild, Presleigh Clipperton of Kansas City, MO.

A graduate of North High School in West Union, Larry lettered in football, ran track, and wrestled. 

Wed
12
Apr

Kenneth Amundson

Kenneth Amundson

 

 

Edwin Kenneth (Kenny) Amundson of Clermont, Iowa, passed away on April 5, 2017, at the age of 87.

He was born on the family farm outside of Clermont on July 11, 1929, to Ole and Nina (Loftsgard) Amundson.

He was a lifetime member of West Clermont Lutheran Church where he was baptized, confirmed, and married.

Kenny graduated from Clermont High School where he played basketball. His senior five-member team came up one game short of going to the State tournaments that year.

Kenny served his country oversees in Korea during the Korean War as a Corporal Army Medic in the 25th Division Medical Company 35th Infantry Regiment. He was drafted in January 1952 and was honorably discharged on October 1953.

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