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Obituaries
Betty Jean Farghum

Betty Jean Farghum

November 4, 2017

Betty Jean Farghum, 90, of Mason City, IA, died Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the IOOF Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue. With Pastor Dave Byrd Chaplin of the IOOF home officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N Pennsylvania Ave. Interment will take place in Oak Lawn Cemetery – Cresco, IA at 10:00 AM on Monday, November 13, 2017. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa, 232 2nd Street S.E., Mason City, Iowa 50401. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons James (Barbara) Farghum of Mason City, IA, and Terry (Colleen) Farghum of Katy, TX; grandsons Christopher (Holly) Farghum of Mason City, IA, Nicholas (Kayla) Farghum of Everly, IA, and Matthew Farghum of Beverly Hills, CA; great-grandchildren Emma and Ava Farghum of Mason City, IA, and Payton and Sutton Farghum of Everly, IA; sisters Hazel (William) Walker of Cresco, IA, and Helen Fuller of Waterloo, IA; a brother Roger Wentworth of Cresco, IA; and special friend Dale Schmitz of Basset, IA. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in in death was her husband Elmer M. Farghum; parents Arthur and Lydia Wentworth; sisters Dorothy Slifka, Mary Walton and Eleanor Tupy; brothers Floyd and Franklin Wentworth; sisters-in-law Alma Wentworth and Lorrine Wentworth; and brothers-in-law Robert Walton and Daniel Tupy.

Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, Iowa 50401, 641-423-0924, www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com


Death-notices
Melvin Ammerman

Melvin Ammerman

SHEFFIELD | Mel Ammerman, 81, of Sheffield, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the Sheffield Care Center. A Service of Remembrance will be held 5:00 p.m., Sunday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Visitation will be 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Sunday at the Funeral Home. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Sheffield.

Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.


Death-notices
William 'Bill' Newhouse

William “Bill” Newhouse

OSAGE | William “Bill” Newhouse, age 92, of Osage, died Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage with Pastor Roy Ott officiating. There will be a luncheon and time to greet the family at the Osage V.F.W., 3693 Hwy 218, following the Celebration of Life Services. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Osage Cemetery, with full Military Honors conducted by the Osage V.F.W. Post 7920.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements, (641) 732-3706.


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Funerals Saturday, Nov. 11

FARGHUM, Betty J., 90, Mason City, 1 p.m. at Major Erickson Funeral Home, Mason City.

GROEN, Frances A. (Schmidt), 10:30 a.m. at the First Reformed Church in Meservey.

MEYERS, Stephen, 66, of Mason City, 10:30 a.m. at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake.

NEUBERGER, William "Bill" J. Jr., 81, a lifelong Klemme area resident and farmer, 10:30 a.m. at the Klemme United Methodist Church.

NEWHOUSE, William “Bill,” 92, of Osage, 11 a.m. at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage.

SIEFKEN, Donald E., 90, of Mason City, 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mason City.

STUDER, Leona M., 89, Clarion, 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clarion.

WALROD, Dale J. “Pinkie,” 90, formerly of Belmond and Clear Lake’s Apple Valley, 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Belmond.

WARWICK, Gerald (Jerry) Edwin, 81, Urbandale, 3 p.m.at Covenant Christian Church, Urbandale.


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AP
China, US sign more business deals during Trump visit

BEIJING — China on Thursday signed business deals it said totaled $253.4 billion with American companies during President Donald Trump's visit in a tradition aimed at blunting criticism of Beijing's trade policies.

The agreements, some of which were less than firm contracts, signed at a ceremony attended by Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, included the purchase of U.S.-made chipsets, jetliners and soybeans. The two sides agreed to cooperate on a gas project in Alaska they valued at $43 billion and a shale gas demonstration project valued at $83.7 billion.

Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said deals signed Thursday totaled $253.4 billion. That was on top of $9 billion in agreements signed Wednesday at an event attended by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Such contract signings are a fixture of visits to Beijing by foreign leaders and are intended to defuse foreign complaints about China's trade surpluses and market barriers. They often represent purchases Chinese mobile phone makers, airlines and other customers already planned to make that are collected for the visit, which would mean they do little to change the trade balance.

Trump has made narrowing the U.S. trade deficit with China — $347 billion last year — a priority. Ross said Wednesday that was a "central focus" of his talks with Xi.

The American Chamber of Commerce in China said ahead of Trump's visit that it welcomed such contracts but expressed concern Trump's focus on trade in goods might mean he pays less attention to equally important issues such as complaints about restrictions on access to finance, health care and other industries in China's state-dominated economy.

Following the signing ceremony, Xi promised a more open business environment for foreign companies after Trump vowed to change unfair trade relations.

Xi said China is committed to further opening its economy to foreign investment, though he gave no details.

"China will not close its doors and will open even wider," said Xi. He said American and other foreign companies would find China's market "more open, more transparent and more orderly."

Previous administrations have celebrated similar market-opening promises only to be left disappointed.

Contracts signed Thursday included the Chinese purchase of Boeing Co. jetliners for $37 billion, mobile phone chipsets from Qualcomm for $12 billion, $1.6 billion of soybeans and vehicles and parts from General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. for a total of $11.7 billion.

Other agreements included memoranda of understanding on liquefied natural gas sales and industrial development cooperation.

Contracts signed Wednesday included a commitment by China's biggest online retailer, JD.com., to buy $1.2 billion of American beef and pork.

China's trade surplus with the United States in October widened by 12.2 percent from a year earlier to $26.6 billion. The total surplus with the United States for the first 10 months of the year rose to $223 billion.

China is the No. 3 export market for the United States after Canada and Mexico. U.S. exports to China rose 77 percent from 2007 to 2016 but Washington reported a $347 billion trade deficit with China last year.

Trump's administration also is investigating whether Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.

Xi said China is willing to expand imports of LNG, crude oil and other U.S. energy products and would explore "the potential" of more imports of American beef, cotton and other agricultural products.

It was also unclear if these pledges extend beyond a U.S.-China trade agreement announced in May that featured LNG and beef exports to China, which trade experts called a modest fulfillment of past assurances made by China.


Obituaries
Donald Edwin Siefken

Donald Edwin Siefken

May 8, 1927 - November 6, 2017

MASON CITY: Donald Edwin Siefken, 90, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on November 6th, 2017. Don was a devoted family man, dedicated educator and coach, and caring friend. A service to celebrate his life will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 11th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City, Iowa, with Pastor Kathy Graves officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Mason City Veterans Association. Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com

Don was born in Morrison, Illinois on May 8th, 1927. Don was the fourth of five boys born into the family of John and Pearl Siefken. Don loved and excelled in athletics throughout his life. He was a high school standout in basketball, track, and football, being named to the Illinois All-State Basketball team, and inducted into Morrison Athletic Hall of Fame.

Don attended Drake University where he had an exceptional athlete career. Don lettered in 4 varsity sports, an unprecedented accomplishment. His varsity letters were in basketball, track, football, and golf. His sporting highlights included playing in Madison Square Garden and the Drake Relays.

Don joined the army in 1946, believing it his duty to serve. While in the military, Don was named to the All Army Basketball team. Following military service, Don continued his Drake athletics and scholastics, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree.

While at Drake, Don met the love of his life, Inez Miller, and they were united in marriage on June 24th, 1950 at Peace Lutheran Church in Rock Valley, Iowa. They lived in Postville, Iowa where Don taught and coached and Inez substituted. In 1957, they moved to Clear Lake where Don taught and coached basketball and track and Inez tutored. In 1961, they moved to Mason City where Inez taught reading and Don taught science, drivers education, coached track and cross-country, and led the MCHS FCA chapter. Don also earned his Master's Degree from Drake.

Don and Inez were blessed with two children; Lydia and Benjamin. Don loved playing golf with Lydia at the Iowa Father-Daughter Golf Tournament and playing basketball and racquetball with Ben at the YMCA. Don and Inez had great love for their four granddaughters and enjoyed trips to Minnesota and Missouri to visit and attend sporting events.

An excellent golfer, Don played in many tournaments, with his favorite being Husband-Wife Golf tournaments with Inez. For 20+ years, they played in tournaments every summer, winning numerous times and enjoying time with special friends.

Don enjoyed road trips and took his family on many ‘See America' adventures. After Don retired from teaching, he traveled the U.S. delivering motor homes with Inez accompanying him on many cross-country deliveries, including Alaska.

In recent years, in addition to spending time with his family, Don enjoyed the comradery of friends at morning coffee and the Senior Center, where he liked played cribbage, eating lunches, and attending dances. Trinity Lutheran Church and Sunday services continued to be important to Don. At home, Don enjoyed his projects and relaxing with Ivy, his faithful canine companion.

Don was a special person with a kind soul, strong intellect and wonderful life perspective. He was known for his quick wit, easy laugh, and storytelling. Most of all, Don was known for treating others with kindness and respect. As one of his nephews wrote “I know of no man who I admired more than Don. He was the ideal father, caring and loving husband, and gentleman nonpareil. I cherish his influence, character, and contributions to our country, communities, and families.”

Those left to cherish Don's memory include friends, former students, colleagues, golfers, and family; children Lydia (Siefken) and Mark Fitzgerald, Benjamin and Stacey Siefken, grandchildren Rachel (Fitzgerald) and Marcus Malloy, Rebekah (Fitzgerald) and Joseph Kollar, Kennedy and Delaney Siefken, great-grandchildren Theodore Tank Malloy and Vivian Inez Malloy, sisters-in-law Katie (Miller) Munday and Neva (Miller) Johnson, brother-in-law John Miller and wife, Mary, wonderful nieces and nephews, and dear friend, Darlene Oppedahl and her special family.

Family members preceding Don in death were his parents, John and Pearl (VanDeVentor) Siefken, wife, Inez Miller Siefken, brothers, Gene Hurless, Arnold Siefken, Ralph Siefken and Merlyn Siefken, parents-in-law Edwin and Emma (Tank) Miller, sisters-in-law Ruth (Miller) Franken and Joan Hurless, brothers-in-law Joe Franken, Jim Munday and Paul Johnson, nephew Philip Franken, and nieces Rachel Franken and Dorcas (Franken) Donovan.

Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, Iowa 50401, 641-423-0924, www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com


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Funerals Friday, Nov. 10

ENTNER, Timothy Alan, 57 of Clear Lake, 10 a.m. at Harvest Bible Church, Clear Lake.

FISHER, Marvin F., 88, Riceville, 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Osage.

FULGHUM, Charlotte M., 93, 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, Clear Lake.

MEYER, John Charles, 83, Northwood, 10:30 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church, Northwood.


Obituaries
Rudolph “Rudy” Hildman

Rudolph “Rudy” Hildman

June 5, 1915 - November 7, 2017

Britt, Iowa - Rudolph “Rudy” Hildman, 102, of Britt passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Hancock County Memorial Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 139 3rd Street Southeast in Britt with Fr. Jim Dubert officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery outside Britt, Iowa.

A Scriptural Wake Service will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 12, 2017, followed by a Rosary. Visitation will be begin immediately following the Rosary and will continue until 4:00 PM at Ewing Funeral Chapel, 178 Center Street West, in Britt.

Rudolph Boniface Hildman was born on June 5, 1915 to John and Ottilie (Richter) Hildman on the family farm in rural Wesley. When Rudy was one, his father passed away. Rudy attended St. Joseph's Catholic School in Wesley, Iowa until the eighth grade with the class of 1931.

Rudy worked for 50 cents a day when he was young. When his mother passed away, he bought the family farm and harvested his first crop in 1954, and continued farming for many years.

Rudolph was united in marriage to Bernadine Hilbert on February 21, 1950. They were married 61 years and raised three boys on the farm until they moved to town in 1969. Rudy was able to stay at his own home until October 25, 2017 when he entered the hospital.

Rudy was very active, riding his exercise bike until the last few months; there is no telling how many miles he put on that bike. He loved to fish, go on short rides and watch The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune.

In 1969 Rudy sold his Allis Chalmers CA and WD at his farm sale. In 2016, his son Luke purchased the same model of tractor Rudy had sold. This brought back many memories that Rudy cherished. Another memory Rudy cherished was a surprise birthday ice cream in the mail from his nephew, Gene Hildman from Texas.

Rudy was the oldest member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Rudolph is survived by his three sons: Luke Hildman, Tom Hildman (special friend Starla Vega), and Michael “Mike” Hildman; grandchildren Michelle Hildman (and special friend Raymie Luse), Todd (Erika) Hildman; great-grandchildren Logan Brown, Kasey Brown, Cole Hildman, and Autumn Poncin; great-great grandchild Blake Eugene Lee Brown; Tom's step-children Lonnie Friesenborg, Laura Kudej, and Rhonda Newby and Tom's step grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.

Rudolph is preceded in death by his wife Bernadine (August, 7 2011), his brothers John (Florence) Hildman and Alf (Lenora) Hildman and daughter-in-law Valjean Hildman.

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