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Duane 'Dewey' De Vries

Duane 'Dewey' De Vries

May 10, 1944 - December 30, 2017

OSADE | Duane De Vries, age 73, of Osage, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday January 6, 2018, at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage with Pastor Gary Gilbert officiating. Burial will be in the Osage Cemetery. Visitation is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage.

Duane was born May 10, 1944, in Aplington, Iowa, the son of Harm and Angeline (Smidt) De Vries. He graduated from Aplington Parkersburg High School in 1962. Duane married Carol Rykena on July 11, 1964, and to this union three children were born. They later divorced. On October 2, 1982, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Beyer at the First United Methodist Church in Osage. Duane drove truck for many years and was a proud member of the Four Million Mile Club. He loved NASCAR, collecting watches, visiting friends, and cowboy boots. Family was important to Duane, especially his grandkids. His kind heart, sense of humor and easy-going personality will be forever missed.

Duane is survived by three children, Troy (Wendy) De Vries of Ankeny, Tamera (Rod) Greiner of Reinbeck, and Todd (Lori) De Vries of Newton; step-children, Lisa Cheney of Mason City and John (Ann) Beyer of St. Ansgar; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Anna Mae Smiens, Freda Harms and Carol (Wendell) Luchtenburg; brother, Harold (Carolyn) De Vries; several close friends; and his dog, Lulu.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marilyn on July 14, 2017; and brothers-in-law, Eppogen Smiens and Orlynn Harms.

Information available and condolences accepted at

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage, 641-732-3706.

Mildred L. Eckhoff

Mildred L. Eckhoff

February 12, 1924 - December 28, 2017

Mildred L. Eckhoff, 93, of Alexander, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017, at the Franklin Country View Nursing Facility in Hampton, Iowa. She was born on February 12, 1924, in Winser Township, Alexander, Iowa, to George and Grace (Schmidt) Eckhoff. Mildred graduated from Alexander High School in 1941.

Mildred was a member of the First Reformed Church of Alexander and a member of the Church Ladies Guild. She also was a member of the Alexander Cemetery Society.

Mildred worked most of her life at the W.P. Aldinger Store in Alexander until retiring. She then worked part time at Rosie's Outpost and the Alexander Library.

Mildred is survived by her sister-in-law, Dorothy Eckhoff and nephew, Wayne (Jane) Eckhoff.

She is preceded in death by her parents, bothers Raymond and Harold, nephew Darrell and niece Marsha.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Reformed Church of Alexander in Alexander. Visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the Church. Burial will take place at the Alexander Cemetery in Alexander. Pastor Philip Arnold officiating.

Gary Duane Michaelsen

Gary Duane Michaelsen

MASON CITY: Gary Duane Michaelsen, 76, of Mason City, IA, passed away on January 1, 2018, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, January 6, 2017, at Faith Baptist Church, 1807 South Kentucky, with Pastor Tim Moore officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N Pennsylvania Ave. Interment will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Gary Michaelsen Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be left for the family at