Funeral notices

LeRoy Miller, 76, of rural Churdan. Services: Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 10:30 am at Churdan Methodist Church. Interment: Highland Township Cemetery. Visitation: Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm at the church. Survivors: wife  Marlene; sons Mark and David of Churdan and Jeff of Waukee; daughter Jodi Van Bell of Des Moines; nine grandchildren; brother Duane of Churdan; and sisters Deloris St Clair of Des Moines and Diane Howe of Johnston. Memorials are suggested to Churdan Methodist Church.  Brown Funeral Home, Jefferson, 515-386-4125.

Orville “Bub” Van Gundy, 87, of Jamaica. Services: Friday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 am at Hastings Funeral Home, Perry, 515-465-4691. Visitation: Friday after 9 am until the service. Survivors: wife Charlene; daughter Jill Van Gundy of Perry; son Joel (Amy) Van Gundy of Lone Tree, CO; grandchildren Rachel and Blake; brothers Vernon (Patty), Robert (Kathy), and Gordon (Patty), all of  Jamaica, and Ron (Debbie) of Perry; sister Martha (Don) Stracke of Perry; and many nieces and nephews.

Linda Overturf, 70, of Fonda, formerly of Grand Junction. Services: Friday, Dec. 7, at 11 am at Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Atlantic, 712-243-4111. Interment: Junction Township Cemetery Friday at 2 pm. Visitation: Friday after 9:30 am at the funeral home. Survivors: children Nathanial Overturf, Shawn Miers, Shannon Miers-Crozier, Sarah Edmunds and Stephanie Johnson-Miers. Memorials are suggested to Habitat for Humanity.

Gretchen Fosket, 87, of Des Moines, Jefferson High School class of 1949. Going Home Celebration Sunday, Dec.9, from 2 to 4 pm at Marquisville and Amor y Paz United Methodist Church, 5345 NE 14th St Des Moines. Survivors: children Jennifer (Gary) Parker, Rod (Kiera) Ladman, Cynthia (Jerry) Brookshire, Donald (Lex) Johnson, Ann (John) Agans and Keith Johnson; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and extended family.  Hamilton’s Funeral Home, Des Moines.

LeRoy Miller, 1942 – 2018

A remembrance of the life of LeRoy Miller will be held Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 10:30 am from the United Methodist Church in Churdan with the Rev. David Arulnathan officiating. Burial will be made in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan.  Military honors were conducted by the Camp Dodge Honor Guard.

LeRoy E. Miller, the son of Harold G. and Darlene (Carrick) Miller, was born Aug. 17, 1942, in Bayard. LeRoy died peacefully on Dec. 5, 2018, at his rural home southwest of Churdan,  surrounded by his family. He lived his life to the age of 76 years, 3 months and 18 days. Continue reading LeRoy Miller, 1942 – 2018

Bob Frederick, 1926 – 2018

Funeral services for Robert Frederick, 92, of Panora, formerly of Jefferson, will be held Dec. 5, 2018, at the Bagley United Methodist Church in Bagley. Pastor Larry Monthei and Pastor Charlene Wolfe will officiate.

Casket bearers will be grandchildren Dan Frederick, Sarah Borgeson, Carolyn Renshaw, Elizabeth Pierce, Karen Tungesbik, Mary Hinton and Bill Frederick. Interment will be in Richland Township Cemetery, Guthrie County. Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson is in charge of services. Continue reading Bob Frederick, 1926 – 2018

Jack Teagarden, 1948 – 2018

John Charles Teagarden was born in Jefferson, IA, Oct. 18, 1948, son of the late Wilbur and Gladys Potter Teagarden. He was welcomed by sister Ruth and brother William. Soon brother Joel joined the gang, followed 10 years later by Baby Janna. John was soon nicknamed Jack, or fondly, Jackie, by his mother.

Growing up in Grand Junction, Jack, a red-haired, left-handed tyke, joined his brothers and friends in many adventures. Sports were an early love, especially baseball. He played from morning until night on the local diamond and every Little League team available.
In 8th grade Jack met Frani Norgren. High school sweethearts, Jack and Frani were married Oct. 22, 1966. Continue reading Jack Teagarden, 1948 – 2018

Dean McAtee, 1932 – 2018

Funeral services will be held Nov. 29 at Central Christian Church in Jefferson for Dean McAtee, 86, of Jefferson.

Words of comfort will be offered by the Rev Sheldon Henderson, pastor of the church. Honorary casket bearers will be members of the Jefferson Kiwanis Club.

Casket bearers will be Dean’s grandchildren. Military rites will be presented by a U.S. Navy funeral honor guard. Interment will be at the Jefferson Municipal Cemetery at a later date. Continue reading Dean McAtee, 1932 – 2018

Doug L. Walker, 1947 – 2018

Douglas Lorn Walker, the son of Roy and Phyllis (Clements) Walker, was born January 31, 1947 at Jefferson, Iowa and left this life November 4, 2018 at the Iowa University Hospital in Iowa City. He lived his life to the age of 71 years, 9 months and 3 days.

Doug grew up in the Jefferson area and attended and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1965. He helped his father with the family farm during his youth. He later attended Iowa State University in Ames. On September 14, 1968, Doug Walker was united in marriage to Kathy Grow at the Lutheran Church in Hudson. Two sons were born to this union. Continue reading Doug L. Walker, 1947 – 2018

Billie Wind, 1932 – 2018

Memorial services for Billie Wind, 86, of Jefferson, were held Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Gospel Open Bible Church, Jefferson.

Interment was in the Greenbrier Township Cemetery.

Billie Jean Wind, daughter of Peter and Bessie Anfinson, was born on April 24, 1932, in Perry. She was the sixth of nine children born into a very close, loving family.
She attended Perry schools, graduating with the class of 1950. Continue reading Billie Wind, 1932 – 2018

Betty Schaal, 1932 – 2018

Betty Schaal was born on the solstice, June 21, 1932, at home in Indianola, to Roy and Ethel (Lane) Whitehead. She passed from this life October 26, 2018, at the Greene County Medical Center long term care facility in Jefferson She lived her life to the age of 86 years, 4 months and 5 days.

Betty was the youngest of four girls in her family. She graduated from Indianola High School in 1951 and worked for brief time for United Airlines prior to her marriage. On June 21, 1954, Betty Whitehead was united in marriage to Carroll (Bill) Schaal Jr. of Jefferson at the Methodist Church in Indianola. To this union were born three children. Betty and Bill settled in Jefferson and raised their family. Betty helped Bill in his business but was mainly a wife and mom. Continue reading Betty Schaal, 1932 – 2018

Sylvene Hatfield – 1945 – 2018

Mary Sylvene Hatfield, daughter of Edward and Mary (Coan Connelly) Geisler Jr., was born on October 12, 1945, in Carroll and left this life surrounded by her family on October 20, 2018 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.  She lived her life to the age of 73 years and 8 days.

Sylvene grew up in the Churdan area and graduated from Churdan High School in 1963. She attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge and completed her bachelor of science in industrial psychology from Buena Vista University in 1993. Continue reading Sylvene Hatfield – 1945 – 2018

Herbert Drachenberg, 1929 – 2018

A graveside funeral service for Herbert Drachenberg, 88, of Jefferson will be held  Saturday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 am at the Jefferson Cemetery. Pastor Dennis Martins of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson will officiate.

Herbert was born on Nov. 6, 1929, in Bristol, CT, the second of four children of Emily and Robert Drachenberg, three of whom preceded him in death. Herbert graduated from Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis, MO, in 1955, and later received a Master of Sacred Theology, also from Concordia. Continue reading Herbert Drachenberg, 1929 – 2018

Travis Crouse, 1979 – 2018

A funeral service was held Oct. 18 at St Brigid Catholic Church in Grand Junction for Travis Dale Crouse 39, of Dana.

Words of comfort were offered by Deacon Luke Tieskoetter of the Basilica of St John in Des Moines. Lectors were Connie Burkett and Brayton Crouse. James Cory gave the eulogy. Music was provided by Basilica choir friends directed by Lois Brookhart and accompanied by Sheilah Pound.

Casket bearers were Brayton Crouse, Colton Crouse, Megan Smith, Jason Richards, James Cory, Andy Krieger, Chad Stoline, Dwight Marshall, Steve Hillman and Rod Hogueison. Interment was at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Grand Junction. Continue reading Travis Crouse, 1979 – 2018

Larry Tourte, 1937 – 2018

A celebration of the life of Larry Dean Tourte, 81, of Paton was held Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Salem United Methodist Church with Rev. David Arulnathan officiating. Doyle Carlson was soloist and Danille Curtis as organist. Honorary casket bearers were Gordon Roese, Wilber Schumaker, George Ziehm and Ron Delance.

Serving as casket bearers were Roger Wessling, James Sandberg, Daniel Johnson, Darwin Grow, William Clarke and Jack Fredrickson. Burial with Navy military honors were made in the Paton Township Cemetery near Paton. Continue reading Larry Tourte, 1937 – 2018