Davild L. ‘Red’ Miller
MANLY — David L. “Red” Miller, 83, of Manly passed away Tuesday (Aug. 10, 2010) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday (Aug. 16, 2010) at Memorial Park Cemetery, Highway 122 West, Mason City, with the Rev. Jim Stiles of the First United Methodist Church in Mason City officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Iowa Military Funeral Honor Guard.
Visitation will be held today, Friday (August 13, 2010) from 5 until 8 p.m. at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City.
David Lee Miller was born Dec. 4, 1926, in Mason City to Lee D. and Hazel B. (Winacott) Miller. He attended Mason City schools until he enlisted in the Navy in March 1944.
He served in the South Pacific war zone on the supply ship U.S.S. Marl. During his service time in the Pacific he survived two of the worst typhoons in naval history.
Dave was honorably discharged from the Navy in May of 1946 at the Ottumwa Air Base. He remained in the Navy Reserve until he joined the National Guard in December of 1954. He served in the 1133rd Red Bull Division until December 1966.
Dave was united in marriage to Dorothea Lee on July 4, 1947, and to this union one daughter was born.
Dave worked in automotive as well as auto part sales for over fifty years in Mason City, Des Moines and Denver, Colo. In Colorado he was an area manager for Borg-Warner Auto Division and traveled many of the western states by car and plane.
The Millers returned to Mason City to be closer to their family. He then worked for Big A Auto Parts, Aer-Vac and Theobald’s in Stacyville.
Dave organized the Military Recruiter’s Color Guard. They took part in several parades in the area, including the North Iowa Band Festival which is held each year in Mason City, and also the flag raising before the home football games for the Mason City Mohawks as well as for the Newman Knights.
He was a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post 733 and was All American Commander of the post in 1991. He was also a member of the Moose and Elks Lodge.
Red worked for Fullerton Funeral Home in Mason City as a greeter for evening visitations. But his greatest joy was performing crossing guard duties with the Mason City Police Department at the corner of South Indiana and Highway 122 for Jefferson School. He performed that duty several years until his declining health forced him to retire at the end of the school year in June of this year.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Dave Miller Memorial Fund in care of his family.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothea, Manly; a daughter, Cheryl Miller, Mason City; grandchildren, Thomas (Robin) McCloskey Jr., Forest City, Kerri Jo McCloskey, Melinda (Joel) Elsbury and Jason Rewerts, all of Mason City; great grandchildren, Billy and Michael McCloskey, Forest City, Austin and Macie Jo Malotte, Lane, Chance and Kasey Elsbury, Darrion and Dean Rewerts, all of Mason City, and Kenyon Morrison of San Antonio, Texas; a step-sister and a step-brother; and nieces and nephews, including Carolyn (Merle) Hanson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, one brother, two sisters and a great-granddaughter.
Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel. Mason City, 641-423-2372. www.colonialchapels.com.
MASON CITY —Virginia Nannenga, 87, of Mason City died Wednesday (Aug. 11, 2010) at the Clarksville Community Nursing Home.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 714 N. Adams Ave. in Mason City, with Monsignor John Hemann as celebrant.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church.
Thoughts, condolences, and stories may be shared with the family through the www.Fullertonfh.com website.
Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 123 Second St. S.E., Mason City, 641-423-8676.
Virgil ‘Dutch’ Richtsmeier
HAMPTON — Virgil “Dutch” Richtsmeier, 81, of Hampton passed away Thursday (Aug. 12, 2010) at the Heritage Care Center in Iowa Falls.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Hampton United Methodist Church with burial in the Hampton Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Edward R. Peterson will officiate.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family for future disbursement.
Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home, Hampton, 641-456-3232.
MANLY— Joshua Servantez, 23, of Manly and formerly of Mason City, died Wednesday (Aug. 11, 2010) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 213 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Mason City.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, at Fullerton Funeral Home, 123 Second St. S.E. in Mason City and again one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in care of Amanda Cary at First Security Bank of Nora Springs for his two children. Thoughts, condolences and stories may be shared with the family through the www.Fullertonfh.com web site.
Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Mason City, 641-423-8676. www.Fullertonfh.com
Burton O. Cork
MASON CITY — Burton O. Cork, 81, of Mason City died Wednesday (Aug. 11, 2010) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday (August 14, 2010) at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City, with the Rev. Dennis Ganz officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by members of the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Iowa in Burton’s name.
Burton O. Cork was born on Sept. 21, 1928, in Colome, South Dakota, to Oral and Novella (Taylor) Cork. He received his education from the Mason City High School and graduated among the class of 1946, the year in which he was the winning pitcher at the state baseball tournament.
Burton played professional baseball for the McAllen Giants for two years and always enjoyed both watching and playing the game. He also had the opportunity to caddy for Patty Berg when she played at the Clear Lake Golf Course.
Burton entered the United States Army and served in the First Infantry Division in Germany.
He also enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden, oil painting, bird watching, bicycling and working word puzzles. He had a great love for nature.
Those grateful in sharing in Burton’s life are his siblings, Bill (Chris) Cork, Mason City, and Judy (Jack) Lowe, Emmetsburg; his nieces and nephews, Steven Cork, David Cork, John Cork, William Lowe, Richard Lowe, Jennifer Myers and Michael Groves; and 11 great-nieces and great-nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Meryl B. Cork; and a nephew-in-law, Tom Myers.
Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, Mason City, 641-423-2372. www.colonialchapels.com
Gordon William Nichols
CLEAR LAKE — Gordon William Nichols, 77, of 906 S. Third St., Clear Lake, died Wednesday (Aug. 11, 2010) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.
Due to his wishes, his body will be cremated.
A memorial service will be held at 1o:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St., Clear Lake, with the Rev. Dennis Ganz officiating. Inurnment will be at the Clear Lake Cemetery.
Visitation will begin one hour before the service.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, 641-357-2193. www.colonialchapels.com
Carlos L. Thompson
MASON CITY — Carlos L. Thompson, 82, of Mason City died Wednesday (Aug. 11, 2010) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 213 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with the Rev. James Magelssen officiating.
There will be no visitation. Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church.
Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, 641-423-0924.
Cheryl L. Soma
MASON CITY — Cheryl L. Soma, age 59, a native of Belmond and formerly of Eagle Grove, Charles City and most recently of the Good Shepherd Care Center, Mason City, died Thursday (Aug. 12, 2010) at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Mason City with her family at her side.
Funeral services for Cheryl Soma will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at Andrews Funeral Home, 516 First St. S.E. in Belmond with Carolyn Pflibsen, A.I.M., offciating. Burial will be in the Belmond Cemetery following the service.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home Saturday. Those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial in Cheryl’s name may wish to direct them in care of the family.
Cheryl was born June 3, 1951, in Belmond, the daughter of Elmer and Sylvia (Chapman) Soma. She was baptized and confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Belmond, and was a member there for much of her life.
Cheryl attended school in Belmond and Clarion. She lived in the Eagle Grove Group Home for 26 years, moving to Comprehensive Systems Group Home in Mason City in 2001, enjoying her new home and being closer to her sisters. She lived for a short time at Comp Systems in Charles City before being transferred to Good Shepherd.
Cheryl enjoyed going to concerts with her sisters, traveling to Florida to visit family, socializing with friends and dancing. Many will remember Cheryl’s humor, joking and outgoing way.
Cheryl is survived by four sisters, Phyllis (Roland) Jenison, Sandra (Glendon) Losen, Eloise (Robert) Davis and Kathy (Ronald) Schroder, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Sylvia Soma; sister, Audrey Elliott; brother, David Soma; and a niece, Kathy Richeter.
Andrews Funeral Home, Belmond, 641-444-4474.
Howard Allan Prather
MASON CITY — Howard Allan Prather, 50, of Mason City, died Tuesday (Aug. 10, 2010) at his home.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at the home of his mother, Veronica, 694 14th St. N.E., Mason City.
Howard was born Jan. 15, 1960, and passed away on Aug. 10, 2010.
He is survived by his mother, Veronica Prather; a brother, Michael (Candy) Prather; sisters, Jane Query, Kathryn Bledsoe and Susan (Mark) Janssen; and special friend, Dawn Roberts, as well as many uncles, aunts, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Howard is preceded in death by his father, William Prather, and brother-in-law, Steven Bledsoe.
Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, Mason City, 641-423-2372.
Eldon C. Peterson
MASON CITY — Eldon C. Peterson, 82, of Mason City, died Thursday (Aug. 12, 2010) at Heritage Care Center in Mason City.
Arrangements are incomplete with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, 641-423-0924.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.
Shirley Y. Doeden
ALLISON — Shirley Y. Doeden, 84, of Allison passed away Wednesday (Aug. 11, 2010) at the Community Nursing Home in Clarksville.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at the United Church of Christ in Allison with burial in the Lynwood Cemetery in Clarksville. Pastor Ralph Wedeking will officiate.
Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Allison, 641-456-3232