James Larry Shortenhaus
BUFFALO CENTER —James Larry Shortenhaus was born in Buffalo Center on June 13, 1939, to John and Evelyn (Dearing) Shortenhaus. He grew up helping his parents on the family farm, which developed his passion for farming. He received his education from Buffalo Center High School and Iowa State University.
On Jan. 30, 1959, Jim married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Fisher. Together they raised three children on their farm near Buffalo Center. Jim loved to farm and lived a life that showed good morals, values and work ethic.
In addition to farming the land for 51 years, he was also involved with his cattle and hog operations at various times. In 1981, he became the area seed dealer for the Pioneer Seed Company and held that position for 27 years. Jim received awards in his seed business and for his farming practices. Jim was also involved with the community and served on the Buffalo Center School Board, Co-op Oil Board and Congregational Church boards for many years.
Jim participated in football during his school years and enjoyed sharing memories about the games and some amusing stories of his high school years during the ’50s. Jim appreciated his family and the many friendships he had. Jim was especially fond of his five grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them on the farm. Many special memories were made sitting next to Grandpa Jim in the combine and at his big desk in his office. Jim and Phyllis also enjoyed going to school and church events that their children and grandchildren were involved in.
Jim had a personal faith and commitment to Jesus Christ and trusted God to see him through every situation. Following a lengthy battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis he passed away on Oct. 23 at the Muse Norris Hospice Unit in Mason City and went to be with his Lord.
Jim is preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda Eisenhauer; sister, Catherine Johnson; and his parents.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Phyllis of Buffalo Center; daughter, Deb (Dan) Abels of Thompson; son, Steve (Martha) Shortenhaus of Rake; grandchildren, Adam and Andrew Abels and Kelly, Makeila and Esther Shortenhaus; sisters, Alma Jean Legried of Buffalo Center and Mary Jane (Dale) Anderson of Clear Lake; mother-in-law, Edith Fisher of Titonka; father-in-law, Russell Fisher of Algona; along with several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Jim will always be remembered for his sense of humor, his good work ethic, commitment to family and his desire never to give up.
Services for Jim will be Thursday, Oct. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Buffalo Center with burial at Olena Mound Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday evening, 5-8 p.m., at Winter Funeral Home in Buffalo Center.
Clarine K. ‘Claire’ Olson
CLEAR LAKE — Clarine K. “Claire” Olson, 66, of 213 Asbury Drive, Clear Lake, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, in Leland, Iowa.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Winnebago Lutheran Church, Lake Mills, Iowa, with the Rev. William Peters officiating. Interment will be in Olena Mound Cemetery, Buffalo Center, Iowa.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, and then one hour before the service on Thursday at the church. The family suggests memorials to the Humane Society of North Iowa.
Clarine was born Dec. 16, 1944, in rural Thompson, Iowa, the daughter of Casper and Tillie (Hofdmann) Olson. She graduated from Forest City High School in 1962. She worked in Minneapolis for Honeywell. She later worked at Winnebago Industries Stitch Craft, Chicago & North Western railroad and then for Curries Manufacturing prior to retiring in 2008. She also worked summers at the Muskie Lounge, Ventura.
Claire enjoyed her three cats and was compassionate about all animals. She enjoyed quiet time spent in the beauty of nature and all God’s creatures. She was an avid gardener and quilter. She loved making blankets for her grandchildren and spending time with her family and many close friends. Claire loved life and experienced her dream trip of a lifetime this year on an African safari.
Claire was a beloved mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed by her daughters and grandchildren.
She is survived by her two daughters, Dawn (Andrew) Serdiuk, Tampa, Florida, and Kelly (Mike) Kuhlemeier, Rockwell; four grandchildren, David and Peter Serdiuk and Jacob and Payton Kuhlemeier; two brothers, Dennis (Donna) Olson, Joice, and Robert (Martha) Olson, Jewell, Iowa; former husband Gary Thompson, Lake Mills; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Kenneth “Red” Olson and infant brother Duane Olson.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St., Clear Lake, Iowa. 641-357-2193. www.colonialchapels.com.
Douglas E. Garber
MASON CITY — Douglas E. Garber, 47, of Mason City, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.
Family will greet friends for a time of remembrance at the Mason City VFW Post 733, 1603 South Monroe, Mason City, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 1:30-3 p.m.
Douglas was a veteran of the United States Army and was honorably discharged in August of 1990.
He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Garber; brothers, Dale (Virginia) Garber, Estherville, Dennis (Rachel) Garber, Cresco, David (Alisa) Garber, Modesto, Calif.; sister, Linda “Kaila” Garber, Buffalo, Wyo., and many nieces and nephews.
Douglas was preceded in death by his parents, Ulysses and Loretta Garber.
Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City, Iowa. 641-423-2372. www.colonialchapels.com
Charles William ‘Chuck’ McGreevey
MASON CITY — Mason City lost a good man Saturday afternoon, Oct. 22, 2011, when Charles William “Chuck” McGreevey 67, Chief Building Official/Building and Neighborhood Services Director, passed away unexpectedly at Mercy Medical Center- North Iowa.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 302 Fifth St. S.E. Mason City, IA, with the Rev. Craig E. Steimel officiating. Inurnment will be in Riverside Cemetery in Charles City, Iowa.
Chuck’s family will greet family and friends Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 4-7 p.m. at Hogan-Bremer- Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City. Memorials may be directed to the North Iowa Humane Society. (There is no viewing.)
Chuck was born April 21, 1944, in Charles City, Iowa, the first and only son/child of Charles Robert and Mary (Deist) McGreevey. Charles R. was killed in the Battle of the Bulge in Germany in 1945 when Chuck was about 10 months old. Mary later married Wayne Skyrme. They had a daughter, Terri.
Chuck attended elementary and high school in Charles City where he excelled in tennis, track and wrestling. He was a “sprinter at heart” and in his freshman year he held the record (for several years) at Charles City High School in the 100-meter dash! His track team won the Drake Relays 400 meter in 1961 with a record that held for over 30 years! While playing high school football his junior year, his track career was cut short when he suffered a broken leg. Chuck lettered in tennis at the University of Northern Iowa, where he was team captain; he also won the singles in match in 1961. He was a third-degree brown belt in karate.
On July 12, 1969, Chuck was united in marriage to Karen Suzanne Miller from Des Moines, Iowa. They immediately moved to Cedar Falls so Chuck could finish his last semester of college at UNI. He graduated with a B.A. in Science. They then moved to Mason City and were blessed with a baby daughter, Tiffany Suzanne, March 16, 1971. Chuck worked briefly for the Department of Transportation, and then obtained employment, Jan. 4, 1971, with the City of Mason City.
His diverse career with the City spanned more than four decades. (In fact, if you’ve owned a restaurant, a tavern, built a house, a garage, a shed or an industrial building, Chuck had a hand in the process in some way.) His first position with the City was inspecting restaurants and taverns! Later, he was the Housing Inspector, then transitioned to the Building Inspector, the Building and Inspections Supervisor, and the Chief Building Official and Inspection Services Director, a position he held at the time of his untimely death.
He was a member of the International Conference of Building Officials, the Iowa Association of Housing Officials, and the Architects, Engineers and Building Officials Section of the National Fire Protection Association.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 42 years, Karen, Mason City; “The Boys” — three “Man cat” fur-babies, Jonny, Mikey and Billy; and a sister, Terry (Jambor) and her husband, Bob, Lake Geneva, Wis.; a cousin, Jackie (Hogan) and her husband, Dennis, and their children, Connor, Riley and Brady, West Des Moines; Nicholas Van Patten, Des Moines; Ed and Sue McGreevey, Keokuk, Tom and Karla McGreevey, Keokuk, Iowa; Maureen McGreevey, LeClaire; sister-in-law, Connie Lou Paulson and her daughter, Kathie Naylor, Des Moines, as well as numerous other cousins and their families. The staff in the Building and Neighborhood Services department are also an important part of Chuck’s legacy.
He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Tiffany, who died shortly after birth; his father, Charles R.; his mother, Mary; his step-father, Wayne; both maternal and paternal grandparents; some uncles and aunts also preceded Chuck as did three “Man cat” fur-babies, Daniel, Cody and Bowie!
Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City, Iowa 50401, 641-423-2372, www.colonialchapels.com
Charles ‘Charlie’ Arthur Fouts
FLOYD — “Charlie” Arthur Fouts, 69, of Floyd died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Gospel Lighthouse Church in Floyd with Pastor Paul Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Eden Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Rudd.
Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage.
Charlie was born June 6, 1942, in Waterloo, the son of Eugene and Lillian (Frazier) Fouts. He graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1960. On Nov. 15, 1975, he married Elaine (Brandau) Aschenbrenner at Eden Presbyterian Church.
Charlie was employed at Hawkeye Steel in Waterloo from 1962 to 1975 and at Winnebago Industries from 1975 until retiring in 2007. He was a member of the Gospel Lighthouse Church for 30 years, Northeast Iowa Square Dance Callers Association and Southeast Minnesota Square Dance Callers Association. Charlie enjoyed spending time with family and friends, high school sporting events, golf, square dancing and attending grandchildren’s events.
Charles is survived by his wife, Elaine Fouts of Floyd; children, Michelle and Barry Sweet and Charley of Charles City; Dana and Julie Aschenbrenner and Joe, Sam and John of Iowa City; Mike and Beth Aschenbrenner and Corey, Emma and Mikayla of Lake Mills; Steve and Kristi Aschenbrenner and Dylan, Claudia and Ally of Osage; sisters, Yvonne and Sheridan Knapp of Henderson, Ky., Beverly and Robert Mullan of Everton, Mo., Coral Williams of Puyallup, Wash., Lynda and James Baker of Waterloo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws, Edgar and Gertrude Brandau.
Information available and condolences accepted at www.champion-bucheitfuneralhome.com
Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage, 641-732-3706.
Robert F. Haugen
CLEAR LAKE — Robert F. Haugen, 86, of 1310 Village Road, Clear Lake, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at the Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at the Grace Lutheran Church, Hanlontown, with Pastor Linda Johnson Prestholt officiating. Burial will be in Brush Point Cemetery, Hanlontown.
Visitation will be Sunday Oct. 30, from 3-6 p.m. at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, and then one hour before the service on Monday at the church. Family suggests memorials to Grace Lutheran Church or Hospice of North Iowa.
Bob was born on Sept. 29, 1925, the son of Frank and Sylvia (Staaleson) Haugen on a farm near Miller. He attended country school and farmed with his dad.
Bob married Mabel Knudtson on March 15, 1946, in Forest City, and to this union three sons were born David, Dennis and Darrell. Bob farmed near Garner for a few years and moved to Hanlontown in 1951, where he continued farming along with a TV repair business, raising laying hens and broilers, and milking cows. In 1960 he formed Bob’s Sodding which covered many areas of landscaping including laying sod on Interstates 35 and 80 from Omaha to Des Moines and Des Moines to the Minnesota border.
In 1970 Bob and Mabel started the Petal Shoppe in Hanlontown with an expansion to Clear Lake in 1980. They spent 18 years serving the area with beautiful flowers for every occasion. Christmas time was their favorite and Bob enjoyed the Christmas tree part of the business, especially flocking and delivering.
On November 10th, 1990, Bob was united in marriage to Ardis Buckley. Bob enjoyed helping his wife Ardie with her catering business and coordinating the mystery motor home trips. He and Ardie enjoyed spending the last twenty years wintering in Arizona and traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Bob enjoyed many hobbies including square dancing, camping, hunting, fishing, playing bridge, softball and bowling with his family and friends in the early years, and later on golfing, traveling, playing 500 with winning the bid as the only option and a little casino donating from time to time. He loved to watch his Cubbies!
Bob is survived by his wife, Ardis Haugen, Clear Lake; three sons, David (Marilyn) of Hanlontown, Dennis (Janet) of Forest City and Darrell (Lorinda) of Mesa, Ariz., and three stepchildren, Terry Buckley, Waverly, Nebraska, Jeff Buckley, Glenwood Springs, Colo., and Rhonda (Brian) Dirksen, Mason City; grandchildren, Corey (Carla) Haugen, Prior Lake, Minn., Mandi (Cory) Lockwood, North Liberty, Megan (John) Atkinson, Minneapolis, Minn., Nathan (Carly) Haugen, Tacoma, Wash., Justin (Kim) Haugen, Omaha, Neb., Michelle Swenson and Dave, Des Moines, Michael (Amanda) Haugen, Forest City, Ashlee (Mark) Lewis, Tacoma, Washington, Bridget (Josh) McCloskey, Mesa, Ariz.; five step-grandchildren, Amber Buckley, Las Vegas, Alicia Bates, Las Vegas, Dillon Buckley, Phoenix, Ariz., and Paige and Tess Hanson, Mason City; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ronald (Linda) Haugen, Forest City; and several nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mabel, who died Sept. 15, 1989; granddaughter, Melissa Haugen, who died on March 27, 1975; and son-in-law Mark Hanson, Jan. 30, 2003.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St., Clear Lake, IA 50429, 641-357-2193, www.colonialchapels.com.
Jerrell E. (Jerry) Schoenbeck
LATIMER — Jerrell E. (Jerry) Schoenbeck, 68, of Coralville and formerly of Latimer, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at the Windmill Manor Nursing Home in Coralville.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Dugger Funeral Home, 320 East St. in Latimer.
MESERVEY — Donald “Donnie” Smith, 80, of Meservey passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the First Reformed Church in Meservey with the Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Interment will be at Meservey Cemetery with full Veterans Honors by William J. Schmale Post 171 American Legion, Meservey.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Retz Funeral Home, Meservey. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa or the Meservey American Legion in Donnie’s memory.
Donald Smith was born Dec. 26, 1930, in Ventura, a son of Clyde and Grace (Groen) Smith. He attended school in Ventura as his family farmed in the Clear Lake and Ventura area.
Donnie was united in marriage with Rakel Sand in Nannestad, Norway, on April 12, 1958. They were blessed with three daughters.
Donnie entered the United States Air Force and worked as a mechanic in the motor pools and was stationed in Norway, England and the United States. He retired in 1971 as a Master Sergeant.
After retiring from the Air Force, Donnie and his family moved to Meservey where he worked for the city, retiring in the mid 1980s.
He was a member of the First Reformed Church in Meservey, the American Legion and served on the Meservey Fire Department for 18 years. Donnie was very friendly and would talk with anyone he met. He loved to fish and had many memorable family fishing trips to Canada. Most of all, Donnie loved and admired his daughters and three grandsons. He loved spending time with them and was looking forward to the birth of his first great-grandson expected in December.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Elsie (Tim) Patrick, Post Falls, Idaho; Shirley Kaduce, Meservey; and Mary (Dave) Smit, Sheffield; grandsons, Christopher Kaduce and Derek and Ryan Smit; sister, Vivian (Kim) McCraken; brothers, Kenneth (Grace) Smith, Virgil Smith, Russell (Bobbie) Smith and Michael “Mickey” (Betty) Smith; aunt, Frances Groen, Clear Lake; best friend and former wife, Rakel Smith; and several nieces and nephews.
Donald is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Frances Rabe.
Retz Funeral Home, Meservey, www.retzfh.com.
SHEFFIELD — Duane Skretta, 76, of Sheffield died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield, with the Rev. Ken Livingston of First Grace Baptist Church presiding. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.
Duane Edwin Skretta was born May 27, 1935, at Fort Atkinson, Iowa, a son of August and Wilma (Sobolik) Skretta. He graduated from Ridgeway High School then worked in construction until moving to Sheffield in 1973.
Duane worked in the construction and manufacturing industry. He also owned his own concrete and general construction business. Among his larger projects was rebuilding the kilns at Sheffield Brick and Tile. Later he worked for IMI Cornelius in Mason City, retiring in 1993.
He enjoyed woodworking and gardening. He loved to read and is remembered by his family as being “One Hard Worker.”
Family members include his sons, Chuck (Linda) Percy, Sheffield; Dennis (Nori) Skretta, Seattle, Wash.; Darwin (Sue) Skretta, Glen Aubrey, New York; Dana Skretta, David City, Neb.; David (Lori Lea) Skretta, Lochbuie, Colo.; sister, Dolores (friend Charles Marlow) Donlon, Cresco; brothers, Donald (Fran) Skretta, Charles City, and Dale (Joan) Skretta, Cresco; and 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Duane is preceded in death by his parents and wife Geraldine.
Retz Funeral Home, www.retzfh.com.
Paul K. Morgan Jr.
OSAGE — Paul K. Morgan Jr., 68, of Osage died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at the Mitchell County Regional Health Center.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Iowa Cremation is assisting the family.
He is survived by wife, Judy Ann (Chrencik) Morgan of Osage, and two sisters, Ruth Bergstrom of Mt. Dora, Florida, and Cindy Byrd of Waterloo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Paul Kenneth Morgan Jr. was born May 24, 1943, to Paul and Mary (Wallace) Morgan in Fort Madison. He was an electrician for the U.S. Navy for 24 years and served in Vietnam. Paul married Judy Morgan on Nov. 5, 1994, in Nashua. He was a member of the American Legion and will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Online condolences may be left at www.iowacremtaion.com under obituaries.
Clifford George Powers
SAINT ANSGAR —Clifford George Powers, 74, of St. Ansgar died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Society Center in St. Ansgar.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Visitation Catholic Church, Stacyville, with Father Jack McClure, CPPS, officiating. Burial will be in St. Ansgar Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, 207 South School Street, St. Ansgar.
Clifford George Powers, son of George and Helena (Boehmer) Power, was born Jan. 8, 1937, at Elma. He attended Osage Schools and graduated from Osage High School in 1956. He was united in marriage to Suzanne Ziegler on Nov. 28, 1959, at the St. Ansgar Catholic Church.
Following high school, he served in the U.S. Navy for four years. After returning to the Osage area, he was employed by Don’s DX and Oliver in Charles City. In 1969, he and Sue purchased the East End Grocery Store in St. Ansgar. They later purchased Thirsty’s Lounge in Rockwell. After his years as a business owner he drove truck for International Transport, Young Trucking and Falk Construction. Cliff enjoyed visiting with family and friends, having coffee at the Sportsman’s and driving around town checking out the sites.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Sue; his parents; two brothers; a brother-in-law and a father-in-law.
Left to cherish his memory are his four sons, Eric and his wife Deb, Greg and his wife Annette, Troy and his wife Sandy, and Mike and his wife Ann, all of St. Ansgar; 13 grandchildren, Brian (Jenna) Powers, Bridget Powers, Brooke (Anthony) Weipert, Megan Hebrink, Andrew Powers, Darren (Amanda) Powers, Derrick (Amy) Powers, Damon (Megan) Powers, Darcy (Dustan) Knecht, and Ben, Abbey, Aaron and Alyssa Powers; and 10 great-grandchildren with two more on the way.
Cliff leaves one brother, Tom (Zoe) Powers; two sisters, Donna Mae Mobley and Sandra (Dallas) Bushbaum; mother-in-law, Eleanor Tracy; sister-in-law, Carol Power; brothers-in-law, Denny (Veronica) Ziegler and Steve (Candi) Ziegler; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar, is in charge of arrangements. 641-713-4920.
Alva V. Sorenson
LAKE MILLS — Alva V. Sorenson, 99, of Lake Mills died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at the Lake Mills Care Center in Lake Mills.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at Salem Lutheran Church in Lake Mills with the Rev. David E. Jordon officiating. Burial will take place in Salem Memorial Cemetery, rural Lake Mills.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
You can contact the family with online condolences at www.mittelstadtfuneralhome.com, 641-592-0221.
George Robert Artley (Bob Artley)
ARKON, Ohio — George Robert Artley (Bob Artley), 94, died in Akron, Ohio, on Friday, Oct.21, 2011.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Hampton United Methodist Church with inurnment in the Hampton Cemetery. Family will greet friends on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton.
BELMOND — Douglas Dana, 60, of Belmond died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at his home in Belmond.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane S. in Belmond; 641- 444- 3248.