Arlyn Peter ‘Pete’ Boman

ROCHESTER, Minn. —Arlyn Peter “Pete” Boman passed away on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at St. Marys Hospital, Rochester, Minn., after several weeks of ongoing illnesses.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at First Baptist Church, Forest City, Iowa. Burial will take place at First Baptist Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the church.

Pete was born Oct. 6, 1931, at the farm home of his parents, Albert and Leonore (Gettis) Boman, in Mount Valley Township, Winnebago County. Pete attended Forest City Schools, graduating with the class of 1950. On March 20, 1951, Pete entered the United States Navy, serving in the Philippines, Guam and Kwajalein as part of the Seabees, a construction battalion, until his discharge on March 7, 1955.

Pete returned to his parents’ home that fall to farm with his father while also working as a butcher at Jacob E. Decker and Sons Packing Plant. He worked in the Armour processing plant, later known as Con-Agra, retiring in 1994. After retiring, Pete was hired by Arlyn Rauk and Mark Egesdal to help with planting and harvesting for many years.

Pete’s father farmed with horses until Pete’s return from the Navy and at his urging bought a tractor. But the love of horses never left either father or son. Pete was given his first pony at age 4.  Field work was done with teams of Belgian or Percheron horses which were raised on the farm.

On June 3, 1961, Pete married Elizabeth Fredrickson at First Baptist Church. They lived in their first home in Mason City 11 years. They moved to an acreage northeast of Forest City, residing there for 35 years. In December 2007, the couple moved to a new home right beside the house where he was born.

Pete taught his children so much about life on the farm and lived before them a testimony of faith in a God they could trust. Pete accepted Christ as Savior and was baptized by immersion. He became a member of First Baptist Church serving on the Board of Trustees. Over the years he became increasingly thankful for the way the Lord blessed his life. He loved his family of 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and enjoyed being with them as often as possible.

Family members anxious to join Pete who is now in the presence of the Lord are his wife, Elizabeth; son, Tom (Julie), children Breeanna (Kevin) Erickson and Arlyn Peter Boman II (all of Des Moines), son Theo (Teri) (Webster City), children Elizabeth (Clear Lake), Barb (Matt) Etcher (Lovillia), Peter, Michelle and Samuel (Webster City), daughter, Nancy (Matt) Gjerde (Dunnegan, Mo.), children Sonja (Columbia, Mo.), Mason (U.S. Navy) and Jamison (Dunnegan, Mo.), great- grandchildren, Kinnick and Kloe Etcher, sister, Vinita Cady, nephews David and Steven Cady, brother-in-law, David and his wife, Shirley, and his family, Tim and Karen Fredrickson, Lynnea and Danika, Carol and Doug Tweeten, Ryan, Drew and Luke, Sue and Jeff Port, Josh and Zach, and several cousins.

Greeting him are his parents, brother-in-law Carl Cady and sister-in-law Charlotte Fredrickson.

Elmer A. Arthur

Mason City — Elmer A. Arthur, 79, of Mason City, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St. N.E., Mason City, with Pastors Mark and Cassie Hicks presiding. Military honors will be provided by members of the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association.

Elmer Arnut Arthur was born on June 4, 1933, in Clarion, Iowa, the son of Gaylen Earl and Bertha Alice (Lundy) Arthur. He attended and graduated from Clarion High School amongst the class of 1950 before enlisting in the United States Air Force. Elmer honorably and faithfully served his country during the Korean War where he attended Intelligence School at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado, before being stationed in London, England, where he worked in Air Force Intelligence. On August 6, 1955, he was honorably discharged from the Air Force at Manhattan Air Force Base in New York.

Following his time in the Air Force Elmer attended Luther College as well as the University of Iowa, majoring in history.

On December 29, 1957, Elmer was united in marriage to Phyllis Ann Wigg in Clarion; this union would be blessed with six children.

For over 27 years Elmer served the communities of Mason City, Clinton, Marshalltown and Webster City as a claims specialist with the State of Iowa Employment Services, he served twenty of those years as an assistant manager before retiring in October of 1983.

Elmer had a gift of compassion and was always willing to help others in need to the best of his ability. He had a true sense of caring that was evident to everyone he met.

In his free time Elmer enjoyed fishing, gardening, NASCAR and collecting a little bit of everything! He cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren and could always keep his family entertained with the stories he would tell.

Those grateful in sharing in Elmer’s life are his children, Sheryl Arthur, Mason City, Joel Arthur, Mason City, Sandra (Doug) Neuberger, Clear Lake, Jim Arthur, Mason City, and Jeff (Jacquelyn) Arthur, Mason City; and their mother, Phyllis Arthur, Mason City; his grandchildren, Rachelle, Spencer and Elliott Neuberger, Kyle and Andrew Arthur, and Dylan McLaughlin; his siblings, Leo (Carole) Arthur, Clarion, Lelon (Carol) Arthur, Clarion, Gale Arthur, Alexander, and Wayne (Barb) Arthur, Alexander; his sisters-in-law, Maureen Arthur, Donna Arthur, Aileen Arthur and Judy Weir; as well as his extended family and many friends.

Elmer is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter in infancy, Linda Sue; granddaughter, Olivia Neuberger; sister, Sadie Scott and her husband, Ed; brothers, Alvin Arthur, Eldon Arthur and Archie Arthur; sister-in-law, Gloria Arthur; and nephew, Robert Arthur.

Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel., 641-423-2372,

E.D. ‘Red’ Buntenbach

GARNER — E.D. “Red” Buntenbach, 85, of Garner, Iowa, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the United Presbyterian Church in Garner. Private family inurnment will be at a later date in Concord Township Cemetery in Garner. Cataldo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Duane “Red” Buntenbach, the son of Edward C. and Martha (Rockow) Buntenbach, was born November 9, 1927, at Klemme. He graduated from Klemme High School in 1945. He continued his education at Upper Iowa University and the University of Iowa. During his time at Iowa he was a member of the Hawkeye football team.

On August 28, 1949, he married Patricia Phillips at Immanuel Reformed United Church of Christ in Klemme. They lived in Garner where they raised their family.

Red worked with his father, Ed, in the family cattle business in Garner from his early childhood years until his retirement in 1982. In his later years, Red worked at Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood as a part-time black jack dealer. He enjoyed flying his airplane, golfing, playing cards and was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Garner, Garner Rotary Club and a thirty- year member of the Garner Volunteer Fire Department.

Red is survived by his four children, Mary Pat Hastings and her husband, Steven, of Blaine, Minn., Edward P. “Phil” Buntenbach of Des Moines, Brian Buntenbach of Klemme and Andrew Buntenbach and his special friend, Teresa, of Mason City; four grandchildren, Benjamin Hastings, Adam (Rachel) Buntenbach, Eric (Brandi) Buntenbach and Wesley Buntenbach; four great-grandchildren, Naiya and Jaeda Hastings and Gavin and Kennedy Buntenbach; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patricia, Feb. 18, 2009; and two sisters, Lorraine Rygh and Elaine Keraus.  

Cataldo Funeral Home, 641-923-2841,

Sgt. Joseph A. Richardson

ALGONA — Sgt. Joseph A. Richardson, 23, of Booneville, Ark., and formerly of Algona, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Oakcrest Funeral Services in Algona. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church with Father Edward Girres officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Indian Mound Cemetery in Humboldt.

Oakcrest Funeral Services — Algona, 515-295-3731,

Larry Romig

Manly — Larry Romig, 76, of Manly died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, Mason City.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City, 641-423-2372.

J. Steve Shook

Clear Lake — J. Steve Shook, 64, of 2307 1st Ave. S., Clear Lake, Iowa, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Open Bible Church, Clear Lake, with Pastor Will Hunsaker officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, with military honors provided by the Clear Lake V.F.W. Family suggests memorials to Steve Shook memorial fund.

Steve was born June 4, 1948, in Charleston, West Virginia. He graduated from high school in Hayward, Calif.  He enlisted in the United States Navy serving in a patrol squadron during the Vietnam War; he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He married Michele Groth on May 23, 1991, in Turlock, Calif. He worked in Human Resources for Orchard Supply Hardware in California until 2003 when due to health issues he retired and moved to Clear Lake.

He enjoyed riding motorcycles, boating, fishing, backpacking, playing guitar and the last nine years with his involvement in A.A. He was a member of A.A.

He is survived by his wife, Michele Shook, Clear Lake; three sisters, Sue (Fred) B., Toni (Anthony) B. and Tina C. all of California; two stepchildren, Steven Groth, Minnesota, and Dianne (Stephen) Daignault, R.I.; step-grandson, Dylan Daignault, Rhode Island,  and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law William C. and two sons, John and Michael Shook.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, Iowa 641-357-2193,

Iva Marcita ‘Marty’  Chipman

Bancroft — Iva Marcita “Marty” Chipman died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at the Heritage Nursing Home, Bancroft, at the age of 101.

A graveside inurnment will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Bancroft, with Father Sonny Dominic officiating.

Her family will greet friends on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Oakcrest Funeral Services of Bancroft with a scripture prayer service beginning at 7 p.m.

Lila Ellingson

Glenville, Minn. — Lila Ellingson, 93, of Glenville, passed away on Nov. 27, 2012.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m.  Saturday, Dec. 1, at the First Lutheran Church in Glenville. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea, as well as one hour prior to the service at church.

Louis J. Vavrik

Ventura — Louis J. Vavrik, 84, of Ventura died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St., Clear Lake, 641-357-2193.

James B. ‘Jim’ Parks

Manly — James B. “Jim” Parks, 67, of Manly died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.

A private graveside service will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Bride Colonial Chapel, 110 E. Spring St., Manly.

Bride Colonial Chapel, Manly, 641-454-2242,

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