Kay Ramaekers, 1937 – 2020

Kathryn (Kay) Ramaekers, the daughter of Edward and Mary Bernadette (Arts) Holder, was born November 27, 1937, in Carroll,  and passed from this life March 16, 2020, at Mercy One Des Moines Medical Center at the age of 82 years, 3 months and 19 days.

Kay grew up in Carroll and was a member of the first graduating class from Kuemper Catholic High School in 1955. She then attended AIB Business College in Des Moines. Kay Holder met Walter (Ozzie) Ramaekers at the Starline Ballroom in Carroll and they were married Dec. 22, 1956, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Three children were born to this union. Kay was a stay at home mom and raised her family. Continue reading Kay Ramaekers, 1937 – 2020

Cynthia Bierman, 1953 – 2020

Cynthia Bierman, the daughter of Lee and Gladys (Hardaway) King, was born May 24, 1953, at Jefferson, and joined her sistren angels very unexpectedly on March 17, 2020, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She lived her life to the age of 66 years, 9 months and 23 days.

Cynthia was raised on a farm north of Churdan. She loved farm life and was active in 4-H. She fondly remembered the frequent visits from numerous cousins, and a family trip to Alaska. Cynthia attended Paton-Churdan High School and graduated in the class of 1971. She then attended AIB Business College in Des Moines and began her 48-year career in insurance and investments, retiring just a week before her death. Continue reading Cynthia Bierman, 1953 – 2020

Jim Gorman, 1933 – 2020

Francis Jimmy Gorman (Jim) was born April 2, 1933, in Lake City. He was the youngest of five children born to Alvin L. Gorman and Elma Zane Gorman. With his wife and son at his side, on March 19, 2020, he left this world a peaceful and celebrated man. He took his last breath on a rainy Thursday at 3:30 in the afternoon in Ames.

After a successful high school basketball career, Jim graduated from Otho High School in 1951. Due to an injury, he opted out of trying to play basketball for Iowa State University and took a job with Safeway in Fort Dodge. He served in the United States Army from 1953-1955 during the Korean Conflict. He was proud to serve his country and was very adept in his many assignments. Continue reading Jim Gorman, 1933 – 2020

Richard Mackey, 1939 – 2020

Richard (Dick) Mackey, the son of Joseph and Florentina (Tacke) Mackey, was born August 27, 1939, at Carroll, and departed this life March 14, 2020, at the Carroll Health Care Center in Carroll. He lived his life to the age of 80 years, 6 month and 17 days.

Dick grew up in Churdan and graduated from Churdan High School in the Class of 1957. During his high school years, Dick drove trucks for his father’s trucking company. After graduation, Dick joined the United States Army and served for two years. He returned to Churdan and continued driving truck for his father. Continue reading Richard Mackey, 1939 – 2020

Perry Jay Coil, 1960 – 2020

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Services will be held March 16 at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson for Perry Jay Coil, 59, of Jefferson.

Words of comfort will be offered by Mike Winger. Honorary bearers will be Stephen Coil, Robert Hadley, David Miller, Kenny Rosser, Abel Aguilar and David Reed.

Casket bearers will be Anthony Arbuckle, Robert Peterson, Jeffrey Peterson, Andrew Coil, Patrick Coil and Caden Etherton. Interment will be at the Jefferson Municipal Cemetery. Continue reading Perry Jay Coil, 1960 – 2020

Dale Ross, 1944 – 2020

Services were held March 11 at Gospel Open Bible Church in Jefferson for Dale Ross, 76, of Jefferson.

Pastor Chad Cummings and Denny Ross offered words of comfort. Honorary bearers were Corey Ross, Cole Ross, Kasey Ross, Allister Yeager, Asher Yeager and Paxton Yeager.

Casket bearers were Rick Ross, Rob Ross, Bret Ross, Jesse Ross, Anthony Yeager and Zac Ross. Military honors were provided by a United States Marine Corps honor guard, and the VFW and American Legions posts of Jefferson. Interment will be at the Wall Lake Cemetery in Wall Lake at a future date. Continue reading Dale Ross, 1944 – 2020

Thomas Hammel, 1945 – 2020

Thomas Quentin Hammel, son of Raymond and Betty Buresh Hammel, was born March 4, 1945, in Dickinson, ND. Tom died March 7, 2020, with his family by his side at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines at the age of 75 years.

Tom grew up on Jim Creek Ranch in Dunn Center, ND. Growing up he worked as a ranch hand on several ranches in North Dakota. He graduated from Killdeer High School in Killdeer, ND, with the Class of 1964. In 1966, Tom joined the United State Marine Corps. In 1967, Tom served in Vietnam and was later honorably discharged from the service in 1968. Continue reading Thomas Hammel, 1945 – 2020

David Redfern, 1944 – 2020

David Lee Redfern was born October 28, 1944, in Guthrie Center, to Lyle John and Margaret Breitenstein Redfern. He graduated from Guthrie Center High School in 1963 and went on to study at the University of Northern Iowa. He married Linda Horner on March 27, 1970, in Sioux Falls, SD. Together they had two children, Kimberly (Duane) Magee and Dana Redfern. Continue reading David Redfern, 1944 – 2020

Lloyd Richards, 1937 – 2020

Lloyd Richards, the son of Frank and Rose (Finger) Richards, was born August 31, 1937, at Scranton, and departed this life February 29, 2020, at Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson. He lived his life to the age of 82 years, 3 months and 8 days.

Lloyd attended and graduated from Scranton High School in 1956. He joined the National Guard and later attended a mechanic trade school in Kansas City. On Sept. 6, 1958, Lloyd was united in marriage to Shirley Tasler of Jefferson at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson. That fall, Lloyd started farming the Tasler farm near Churdan with his father-in-law, Rudolph Tasler. Continue reading Lloyd Richards, 1937 – 2020

William C. Ostlund, 1947 – 2020

William (Bill) Charles Ostlund, the son of John and Beverly (Juhl) Ostlund, was born April 5, 1947, in Hot Springs, AR, and left this life on January 29, 2020, in Des Moines. He lived his life to the age of 72 years, 9 months and 24 days.

Bill grew up in Webster City and graduated from Webster City High School in 1965. He was his class’ president. He attended and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1969. Bill received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wyoming in 1972. He remained a proud Hawkeye and Cowboy the entirety of his life. Continue reading William C. Ostlund, 1947 – 2020

Lola Dzuris, 1927 – 2020

Services were held Feb. 21 at First Baptist Church in Jefferson for Lola Mae Dzuris, 92, of Mora, MN, formerly of Jefferson.

Pastor Bob McNight offered words of comfort. Sheilah Pound was soloist, accompanied by Lois Last.

Casket bearers were Dick Dzuris Jr, James McCaffrey, Doug Smith, Valerie Anderson, Les Fister and Bill Allen. Interment was at the Jefferson Municipal Cemetery. Continue reading Lola Dzuris, 1927 – 2020

Glennie Costello, 1933 – 2020

Glennie Jean Costello, daughter of Benhardt and Marie (Ladehoff) Segebart, was born June 2, 1933, in Crawford County. Glennie passed away peacefully with her family by her bedside February 12, 2020, at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson at the age of 86.

Glennie grew up in Vail and graduated from Vail High School. On April 6, 1953, she was united in marriage to Raymond Costello at St. Ann Church in Vail. They were the proud parents of eight children: Brian, Jeanne, Mary, David, Karen, Denise, Gail, and Raymond Michael. Continue reading Glennie Costello, 1933 – 2020