2003-10-02T00:00:00Z PUBLISHED THURSDAY, OCT. 2, 2003. Mason City Globe Gazette
October 02, 2003 12:00 am

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KLEMME — James R. Austin, 58, of Klemme died Tuesday (Sept. 30, 2003) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.

His funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Garner with the Rev. David Wagner officiating. Burial will be in Concord Township Cemetery in Garner.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, 160 E. Fourth St. in Garner, and will continue one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

James Robert Austin, the son of Cecil Robert and Florence Juanita (Ward) Austin, was born Feb. 3, 1945, at Mason City.

He attended school at Easton, Minn., and then worked as a mechanic in the North Iowa area.

On Feb. 21, 1970, he married Joyce Marie Steenblock at Rockford, Ill. They made their home near Klemme.

In 1986, Jim joined the family of Yohnco Ready Mix where he was employed as the head mechanic for all of the plants in North Iowa.

He enjoyed his grandchildren, his job and car racing.

Jim is survived by his wife, Joyce, of Klemme; daughter, Tina Miller and husband, Danny, and their children, Cody, Logan and Kaitlin, all of Garner; brothers and sisters, Hazel Raprager of Plymouth, Harvey Austin and wife, Dorothy, of Cartersville, Mildred Brooks of Morris, Ill., Lyle Austin and wife, LaDonna, of Kellerton, Ethel Endress and husband, Glen, of Mason City, Delores Rinnels of Michigan and Thelma Beightol and husband, Rick, of Plymouth; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Delores Wiemann and husband, Orville, of Wisconsin, Alan Steenblock and wife, Dee, of Mitchellville, Betty Beck and husband, Virgil, of Northwood, Darwin Steenblock of Britt, Mary Hinders and husband, Roger, of Belmond, Raymond Steenblock and wife, Carla, of Des Moines, Darrell Steenblock and wife, Jackie, of Ankeny, Leo Steenblock and wife, Jo Ann, of Forest City, Janice Krug of Fort Dodge and Marvin Steenblock of Des Moines; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great-nephews; and friends at Yohnco, Bill Yohn, Linda Dockwell and all of the rest of the employees.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Tommy and Richard Austin.

Cataldo Funeral Home, (641) 923-2841.


CLEAR LAKE — Larry Lee Baker, 46, of 1613 N. 8th St., Clear Lake, died Tuesday (Sept. 30, 2003) of congestive heart failure at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Clear Lake Cemetery.

Larry is survived by his parents, Robert and Marion (Kelck) Baker, of Clear Lake, a son, Shane Baker of Sacramento, Calif.; a sister Dianne (Dan) Abbott, of Waterloo; a brother, Denny (Patti) Baker, of Clear Lake; and nine nieces and nephews.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St. in Clear Lake, is in charge of arrangements.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, (641) 357-2193.


MASON CITY — Clement F. "Clem" Platt, 69, of 408 S. Tennessee Place, died Monday (Sept. 29, 2003) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Hogan-Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E. in Mason City, with the Rev. Kenneth Gehling, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, where full military honors will be conducted by members of Mason City Veteran's Memorial Association.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today and until time of services Friday at the funeral chapel.

Clement Francis Platt was born Nov. 21, 1933, at Algona, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Marking) Platt. He married Ileene Earles in 1957 at Mason City, and later married Rosemary Neuberger in 1986 at Sarasota, Fla.

Clem was a 1951 graduate of St. Cecelia's Academy in Algona. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

He was employed at Interstate Power Company for over 31 years as a serviceman.

Clem and Rosemary enjoyed traveling in their RV, visiting 46 states. Clem made friends where ever he went.

He was a former member of the Moose Lodge in Mason City.

Clem is survived by his wife, Rosemary E. Platt, of Mason City; four daughters, Debbie Hrubes and her husband, Ron, of Britt, Kim Higgins, of Normal, Ill., Mariam Severson and her husband, Mark, of New Concord, Ohio, and Cindy Questionati and her husband, Joe, of Montgomery, Ala.; three sons, Kenneth Platt and his wife, Renate, of Muscatine, Jeff Platt, of Decatur, Ill., and Tim Platt, of Des Moines; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Rich, of Ames, Rose Sprout and her husband, Jim, of Algona, and Sister Mary Hermann Platt, of Algona; three brothers, Frances Platt and his wife, Maxine, of Algona, Herman Platt, of Algona, and Michael Platt and his wife, Donna, of Mankato, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Jean Platt, of Albuquerque, N.M.; a brother- in-law, Gale Leek, of Blooming Prairie, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leo and Matthew Platt; a sister, Martha Leek; a grandson, Ryan Platt; a great-granddaughter, Surrender Peace Cox ; sisters-in-law, Mae and Harriett Platt; and a brother- in-law, Ed Rich.

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


LAKE MILLS — Dorris A. Knutson, 83, of Lake Mills, and longtime Arizona winter resident, died Monday (Sept. 29, 2003) at the Touch Of Desert Class Home in Phoenix, Ariz.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Emmons Lutheran Church in Emmons, Minn., with the Rev. Julie Fiske officiating. Burial will take place in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Emmons, Minn.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Mittelstadt Funeral Home in Lake Mills and again one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Best Funeral Home, Peoria, Ariz.

Dorris Arlene Knutson was born March 26, 1920, in Leland, the daughter of Eddie and Alma (Vold) Carlson. She attended school in Leland.

On March 24, 1940, she was united in marriage to Albert K. Knutson.

Albert and Dorris operated the Emmons Café for many years.

Dorris enjoyed a full life with Albert until he passed in 1994. They enjoyed trips to Norway, Alaska and throughout the U.S.

Winters in Arizona were always special to them being with family and friends they had there. Dorris thought so much of so many people.

The past few years she also enjoyed trips to Norway, Canada and a cruise with her daughter, Deb. She will be missed by many. Dorris did not want to be the center attraction, but always part of the action.

Dorris is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Deb and Terry Anderson, of New River, Ariz.; son-in-law, James Doffing of Sun City, Ariz.; grandchildren, Shannon and Jeremy Anderson, Daniel Moe, Jodi and Jimi Doffing all in Arizona; and grandson, Dennis and wife, Loretta, of Las Vegas, Nev.; great-grandchildren, Asa and Ariel Anderson, Samantha and Billy Moe, Jaini Fabrizio, Kendra, Cassonova, Amber and Tyler Kalsow, all in Arizona; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruby and Luther Okland of Lake Mills, Lois and Raymond Schmidt of Chico, Calif.; along with many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Dorris was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert; son, Dennis; daughter, Donna; three brothers, Vernon, Dean and Richard; along with several nephews.

Mittelstadt Funeral Home, (641) 592-0221.


BANDON, Ore. — Memorial services for H. Herbert "Herb" Klewitz, 84, of Bandon, Ore., will be held at 11 a.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church in Bandon, with Pastor John Hubbard officiating. Cremation rites have been held. Inurnment will be at Sunset Memorial Park in Coos Bay, Ore.

H. Herbert Klewitz was born Nov. 7, 1918, in Berlin, Germany, the son of Max Oscar and Emma Anna (Kaulfuss) Klewitz and passed away Sunday (Sept. 28, 2003) in Coos Bay, Ore.

Herb was raised and educated in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and attended one year at the University of Wisconsin on a football scholarship. He played for the Green Bay Packers before being drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. He graduated from Platteville Teachers College in Platteville, Wis., and taught high school at Colesburg, Iowa. He also taught and coached at Bristow, Iowa.

He married Madelyn Baker on Aug. 14, 1949, in Mason City.

They made their home in Millersburg, Iowa, where he taught and coached.

In 1953 they moved to Lemoore, Calif., and then in 1960, they moved to Garden Grove, Calif., where he taught and coached football at Bolsa Brande High School until re-tiring in 1979.

They moved to Bandon from Garden Grove, Calif., in 1979.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bandon.

Herb enjoyed carpentry and remodeling, he loved pets and pets loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Madelyn Klewitz, of Bandon, Ore.; two sons, Donn and wife, Virginia Klewitz, of Bandon, Ore., and Kent Klewitz, of Salem, Ore.; daughter, Mischelle Klewitz, of Bandon, Ore.; four granddaughters, Emma Klewitz of Langlois, Ore., Jean Klewitz, of Bandon, Ore., Katie Klewitz and Kimberly Klewitz, both of Coquille, Ore.; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by grandson, Kyle Klewitz.

Contributions may be given in Herb's memory to the Klewitz Education Fund at Oregon Federal Credit Union, Bandon Branch, P.O. Box 609, Bandon, OR 97411.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nelsons Bay Area Mortuary in Coos Bay, Ore., (541) 267-4216.


KIESTER, Minn. — Joseph P. Endris, 75, of Kiester, Minn., died Tuesday (Sept. 30, 2003) at St. John's Lutheran Home in Albert Lea, Minn.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Vinje, with the Rev. Dani Jo Ninke-Greaver officiating. Burial will be at the Bethel Lutheran Cemetery in Vinje.

Mittelstadt Funeral Home in Lake Mills is in charge of arrangements.

Mittelstadt Funeral Home, (641) 592-0221.


NORA SPRINGS — Sarah "Ruth" Auck, 92, of Nora Springs, died Wednesday (Oct. 1, 2003) at the Nora Springs Care Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Sheckler Colonial Chapel, 114 N. Hawkeye in Nora Springs.

Sheckler Colonial Chapel, (641) 749-2210.


CLEAR LAKE — Fern M. Boyle, 98, of 304 S. Third St., died Wednesday (Oct. 1, 2003) at the Heritage Care Center, 501 S. Kentucky Ave. in Mason City.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St. in Clear Lake.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, (641) 357-2193.


FOREST CITY — Evelyn M. Severson, 82, of Leland, died Wednesday (Oct. 1, 2003) at the Hancock County Memorial Hospital in Britt.

Private family graveside services will be held at Forest Home Cemetery in Leland.

There will be no visitation.

Petersen Lund Funeral Home, 505 N. Clark St. in Forest City, is in charge of arrangements.

Petersen Lund Funeral Home, (641) 585-2685.


MASON CITY — Ruth E. DeGraw, 83, of 1037 19th St. S.W., died Tuesday (Sept. 30, 2003) at the IOOF Home.

Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with the Rev. Jim Stiles, of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour before services Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to the Ruth E. DeGraw Memorial Fund.

Ruth was born July 5, 1920, in Cedar Falls, the daughter of Glenn Allen and Lyda D. (McWilliams) DeGraw. Her family moved to Mason City in 1924.

Ruth graduated from Mason City High School in 1938. She was employed by Iowa Kemper Insurance Company for 47 years retiring in 1985.

Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and enjoyed sewing and reading.

Ruth is survived by three nephews, Jim Wilmot of Dallas, Ga., Dan Wilmot of Pahoa, Hawaii, and Dr. Barclay Bakkum of Aurora, Ill., niece, Bonnie Carnes, of Olympia Fields, Ill.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister.

Major Erickson Funeral Home, (641) 423-0924.


PHOENIX, Ariz. — Jane Lee Fockler of Phoenix, Ariz. passed away Thursday (Sept. 18, 2003).

She was a devoted mother and grandmother whose kind spirit and sparkling sense of humor will be remembered by all who knew her.

She was born May 2, 1921, in Mason City, the daughter of Clayton and Frances (Sherwood) Berner.

Jane led a very fruitful and interesting life. Prior to marrying Jerry, her husband of 53 years, she taught eight grades in a one room rural school house.

Her first 21 years of marriage was spent in northern Iowa primarily being a home maker and raising four children.

Her husband's work then caused them to move to new locations. First they spent 11 years in Boulder, Colo. There she became interested in women's clothing; at one time she had her own Ladies Ready to Wear store.

Work assignments then caused a move to Shannon, Ireland, for three years. Life there fueled many trips to England and other European destinations. After that came an assignment of five years in Palo Alto, Calif., with a home in the village of Half Moon Bay.

Phoenix has been her home for the past 13 years.

She will be missed by many who dearly loved her, including husband, Jerry; son, John Fockler of England; daughter, Susan Lavelle of Lafayette, Colo.; daughter, Zoe Tancreti of Brookfield, Ohio; son, Bob Sandler of Denver, Colo.; brother, Dick Berner of Mason City; sister, Mary Holder, of San Diego, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Donations may be made to St. Mary's Food Bank, 2831 N. 31st Ave. Phoenix. AZ. 85009.


MASON CITY — Hattie "Lucille" Alvarez, 59, of 205 Fourth St. N.E., died Wednesday (Oct. 1, 2003) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit.

No visitation or funeral service is planned in Mason City. Memorial services will be held at a later date in South Dakota.

Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, (641) 423-8676.

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