Eugene Steere - Greene   

     Funeral services for Eugene R. Steere, 87, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 5, 2014, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Gary Hatcher officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.
     Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 4, 2014, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, followed by a Public Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church one hour before services on Friday.
     Eugene Roger Steere was born on November 29, 1926, on the family farm in Coldwater Township, Butler County, Iowa, the eleventh child of William and Sophia (Drogemuller) Steere and passed away on September 1, 2014, at his residence in Greene. He received his education in the Coldwater Township Country School # 7. Following school Gene worked on the family farm.
     On January 28, 1951, Eugene was united in marriage to Anna Mae Siemons at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. The couple moved to their farm on March 1, 1951, there they made their home and raised six children. He and his family are members of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene.
     Gene was an avid spectator at his grandchildren’s sporting events, enjoyed auctions, watching and feeding birds, attending to his big gold fish and watching “The Price is Right” on T.V. He made many trips to interstate pond with his grandchildren to fish and on the way home would take them out for sandwiches. Gene took his family to various spots in Minnesota for Labor Day fishing trips for the past 24 years. He looked forward to weekly Sunday dinners on the farm surrounded by family. Gene was devoted family man, a supportive friend, and a kind individual whose sense of humor and big smile will be missed.
     He is survived by his faithful wife of 63 years, Anna Mae; six children: Doug (Faith) Steere, Stout, John (Cynthia) Steere, Clarksville, Jean Ann (Dennis) Wedeking, Greene, Robin (Russ) Kock, Greene, Jacque (Neal) Nordmeyer, Greene, Jason (Lisa) Steere, Clarksville; grandchildren: Jessica (Kevin), Joshua, Kara, Bridget(Adam), Nathan (Nikki), Trace, Gretchen(Matt), Ryan (Holly), Lucas (Alesha), Reese, Riley, Ramsey, Rainy, Levi, Landon (Susan), Logan, Layton, Bailey (fiancé Alex) and Tyron; 13 great-grandchildren; many friends.
     Gene is preceded in death by his parents, 4 sisters: Leona, Lela, Sophia, Dorothy; 6 brothers: John, William, Leo, Henry, Vernon, brother in infancy.
     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Eugene Steere Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636



Bertha Shaw  -  Meservey  

     Berth Jean Shaw was born January 4, 1943, to the late Wayne and Ardis (Janssen) Shaw in the rural Dows area and passed away August 30, 2014 at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa. Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, September 2, at Salem United Methodist Church in Meservey with Pastor Crystal Oberheu presiding. Interment will be in the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Monday at Retz Funeral Home, Meservey.

     Bertha graduated from Meservey High School in 1961. She graduated with her bachelors in Home Economic Education from Iowa State University in 1965 and received her Master’s Degree in Textiles and Clothing in 1971 from Iowa State University.

     Bertha taught Home Economics in Holstein, Iowa, from 1965 – 1968, and Vinton from 1968 – 1969. She was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at ISU from September 1970 – March 1971.  She was an assistant professor in Textiles and Clothing from the spring of 1971 to 1975. She then started with ISU Extension and worked with the extension service in Cherokee, Plymouth, Wright and Hamilton Counties for 25 years. She retired in June 2003.

     During her years with the Extension Service she received many awards and recognitions for projects and accomplishments. She enjoyed judging at the Iowa State Fair and several county fairs, especially with 4-H projects.

     She also enjoyed quilting, travel, and visiting friends and family. She took pride in putting together the raffle quilt for the Hamilton County 4-H Extension fundraiser for the past 15 years. All the money went to the Hamilton County 4-H Foundation.

     Bertha is survived by her brothers: Kenny (Linda) Shaw, Thornton; Arnie (Doreen) Shaw, Meservey; sister: Lucinda (Dave) Zieman, Meservey, Nieces and Nephews: Michelle (Rob) Duff; Kendra (Doug Rodemeyer) Shaw); Chad (Ranae) Shaw; Nikki (Jay) Thompson; Krista (Joey) Dickman; Kelly (Sean) Arthur; Michael (Karina) Zieman; Brian (Abby) Zieman; 6 great nieces; 10 great nephews; 2 great-great nieces; 1 great-great nephew; many aunts, uncles and friends.

     She is preceded in death by her parents: Wayne and Ardis Shaw; grandparents Joe and Sadie Shaw and Heiko and Grace Janssen, and 1 niece: Stacy Shaw.

Carlota Philpott - Swaledale 

     Carlota L. Collins Philpott died in Sioux Falls, SD at Avera Prince of Peace on August 14, 2014 at the age of  94. Services will be Saturday, Aug. 23 at Swaledale Methodist Church 1:30 with visitation 12-1:30. Interment will be at Old Chapin Cemetary where she will join Howard Philpott who preceded her in death in February 1998. 
     Carlota Lucille Philpott, daughter of Clyde and Daisy (Ingham) Collins was born October 7, 1919 near Swaledale, IA. She had four older brothers, Claude, Harry, Maynard, and Jesse. She received her education in the Chapin Schools, graduating from Chapin High School in 1937. 
     On October 17, 1937, Carlota was united in marriage with Howard Vernon Philpott on the Philpott family home in rural Chapin. The couple farmed in the Chapin area where children Maxine, Roger and Gary were born. Howard and Carlota left the farm in 1956 and purchased the Swaledale elevator. In 1971 Howard began working for the Iowa State Department of Agriculture and they lived in Independence and then Sumner. Carlota continued to live in Sumner after Howard's death in 1998 until moving to Monona to be closer to Gary and his family. In 2009 she moved to Sioux Falls, SD where Maxine was able to care for her with the help of the caregivers at Avera Prince of Peace.
     Carlota was a loving, caring wife and Mother. She was a PTA president, 4-H leader, member of the garden club, study club and she was active in the Methodist Women's Society. Carlota and Howard provided their children and grandchildren Christian recreation by owning a cabin at United Methodist Camp on Clear Lake for 20 years. Carlota found great joy and laughter in cooking meals for the campers with her good friend Marilyn Just.
     Grateful for having shared her life are her children, daughter Maxine Hawke, Sioux Falls, SD, Roger and his wife Maralyn, Atwood, KS, Gary and his wife Dianne, Monona, IA. Grandchildren Kim Hawke Enebo, Todd Hawke, Cynthia Philpott Brady, Deanna Philpott Stupka, Greg Philpott, Kristin Philpott Morrissey, Michael Philpott, Scott Philpott, and Brittani Philpott DaSilva. Great-grandchildren, Jessica Carmody, Mitchell Enebo, Lyndi Hudson, Alex Hawke, Chelsey Steen, Cody Gronewold, Caitlyn Gronewold, Carsten Brady, Chuck Stupka, Tyler Stupka, Bailey Philpott, Tory Philpott, Brayde Miller, Hunter Miller, Deklan Morrissey, Chase Strub, and Hunter Strub. Great-great-grandchildren Dylan White, Emersyn Hudson and Wyatt Hawke. 
     Carlota was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, son-in-law Alan Hawke and granddaughter Annette Hawke.

Gerald Stephenson - Greene 

Funeral services for Gerald Stephenson, 89, of Greene, will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at 10:30am, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, with Pastor Gary Hatcher officiating. Burial will be held in Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene, after lunch at the church, following services.

Gerald Eugene Stephenson was born July 2, 1925, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Lena (Lanz) and Doyle Stephenson. He passed away on August 14, 2014, in North Iowa Hospice in Mason City, having just been transferred there from Mercy Medical Center, also in Mason City.

Gerald's first year was spent in Ottumwa. His family moved to Hayesville, where his father farmed. After Gerald graduated from the eighth grade, the family moved to Sigourney, where his father had a position with the DOT. Gerald graduated from Sigourney High School.

Gerald attended Iowa State Teachers College, now the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, majoring in Business. He graduated in 1947 and his first job was at the Winfield (Iowa) High School, where he taught business subjects.

It was while he was attending college that he met Clarice Erbe, also a student at ISTC. She graduated in 1948 with a degree in Home Economics.

Gerald and Clarice were married on August 1, 1948, in Waterloo. The couple moved to Greene where both had positions teaching at Greene High School, she in Home Economics and he in Business, where he taught typing, shorthand and bookkeeping. The couple had two children, Mark and Cathy. Family trips to many sites around the U.S. were enjoyed during summer vacations. He recieved a scholarship in 1963, so a summer was spent in the state of Washington where Gerald took more business classes and earned his masters degree. Gerald furthered his education at the University of Northern Iowa, by earning his certification in Guidence. Gerald's career emphasis changed to that of Guidance Counselor, a position he held until the end of his teaching career in 1989.

Gerald and Clarice traveled a lot over the years to visit and help their children, Mark in Indiana and Cathy and her family in Colorado.

Gerald was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and attended Sunday services as long as he was able.

Music was always important to Gerald. He was a member of the church choir and sang in the Greene Community Chorus from the time it began some 40 years ago. He took part in the Community Chorus cantatas and often was one of the narrators. He enjoyed attending concerts at Wartburg and Luther Colleges.

Gerald had a strong artistic side, he was a master at needlework and created copies of famous paintings, both large and small, as well as other creations such as caning chairs. Gerald and Clarice enjoyed square dancing with friends in several communities.

Gerald was also a long-time bowler, and attended the Iowa State Tournament in 1979 and 1981. When he was 50, Gerald went on the Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) for the first time, on his own, using his plain old regular (heavy) Schwinn bicycle. He came home thrilled by the experience. His daughter Cathy joined him several times when she was a teenager. Then in 1981, he convinced his son Mark to try it and this became a yearly tradition for nearly 20 years. He wore out several bicycles riding those thousands of miles and going up and down those big hills.

Gerald will be long remembered for his service to the community of Greene throughout many years. He was one of the instigators of Greene Betterment and the Greene Teen Betterment organizations, in which he worked tirelessly, having new ideas which he helped carry out. One of these was the I Love Greene Town and Country Meeting, which is held every February. Greene Spirit Awards were given to outstanding volunteers at these meetings, and he encouraged many to write nominations so many others could be recognized and honored. Gerald received his own Greene Spirit Award in 1994 and was Grand Marshall for Good Ole Riverdays in 1999.

He started and worked with the teens on the local oral history project where senior citizens were interviewed on tape. He worked with them on decorating Perrin Park for Christmas each year and turning the basement of the old community center into a teen center. He helped with the memorial walk in Perrin Park, and planted and tended flowers in the park along the river and Rose Hill Cemetery.

He was at the heart of most community projects for many years. Gerald received the Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteerism.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister and brother-in-law Rosella and Eugene Kane.

Gerald is survived by his wife Clarice of Greene; his son Mark of Mishawaka, Indiana; and his daughter Cathy, her husband Alan, and their children, Brittany, Cody, Brooke, and Allison, of Longmont, Colorado.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family address Box 111, Greene, IA 50636

Irven Tegtmeier - Marble Rock 

A Memeorial Service for Irven Henry Tegtmeier, 82, of Marble Rock, will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Walter Bohl Community Center in Marble Rock with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. A time of fellowship will follow the service at the Community Center. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Marble Rock, Iowa.

Irven Henry Tegtmeier was born May 12, 1932, outside of Charles City, Iowa, a son of Henry and Emma (Hesse) Tegtmeier and passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at his home in Marble Rock while under the care of Hospice of North Iowa and his family.

Irven Tegtmeier attended Marble Rock School and at a young age began working for the Weedy Western Railroad, an electric train between Charles City and the Rock Island Line in Marble Rock.

On November 17, 1951 Irven was united in marriage with Elizabeth Arends at the Baptist Church in Marble Rock. This union was blessed with one son,

Jim. In the spring of 1951 he began working for Oliver in Charles City and worked as a painter for over 33 years. After his retirement from White Farm Equipment, Irven worked part time for Floyd County Ag and began his own business as Tegtmeier Backhoe and Trucking. He was active in the businesses until being diagnosed with cancer in 2012.

Family was very important to this hard working man. A devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Irven lived the last 2 years to see his great-grandchildren. He enjoyed riding and hitching his horses.

Surviving family include his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth; son: Jim (LuAnne) Tegtmeier, Marble Rock; granddaughters: Kristy Tegtmeier and daughter, Elizabeth; Chelsie (Tracy) Purchase and daughter, Kenzie; sisters: Lois Fisher, Marbler Rock; Janice (Ken) Beznoska, Mason City; nieces and nephews.

Preceding Irven in death are his parents, three brothers: LeRoy, Paul and Alan.

Mary Stark     -     Greene    

      Mary Elaine Stark Greene: Funeral services for Mary E. Stark will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor John Bates officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Friday, August 8, 2014, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene. 

     Mary Elaine Husen was born March 10, 1929 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to James and Esther (Masters) Husen. She passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014 at Liebe Care Center in Greene, Iowa. Mary’s family moved to Denver, Colorado, and then to Harrison, Arkansas, where she graduated from the eighth grade at the Alpena Public School, Boone County, Arkansas, in 1943. Shortly after, her family moved back to Denver. In 1945, Mary was initiated into the Order of Job’s Daughters, Bethel No. 7 of Denver. Mary attended South High School in Denver and was employed at Montgomery Ward Farm Store as a clerk. After her mother passed away at the end of her sophomore year, she left school to work full time in the mail order department of Montgomery Ward. She later attended night school in Denver and earned her High School Equivalency Diploma.

     Mary worked as a key punch operator and receptionist in the divisional office of Lerners Shop in Denver. She accepted a position in the check clearance department of the Federal Reserve Bank in Denver, running I.B.M. machines. At the request of a previous employer, she began working at Red Comet Fire Extinguisher Company in Littleton, Colorado, operating I.B.M. machines. She moved with her father to Council Bluffs, Iowa and began working at World Insurance Company of Omaha, Nebraska, as an I.B.M. machine operator.

     While in Council Bluffs, Mary was an avid roller skater and attended the Congregational Church where she met Harold Stark. They were married February 5, 1956, in Council Bluffs and began their married life in Emmetsburg, Iowa. While there, two sons were added to the family: Steven in 1956 and Douglas in 1958. The family then moved to Rodman, Iowa before settling in Packard, Iowa. Mary worked for a time as the bookkeeper at Packard Elevator. Harold and Mary were happily married for 58 years.

     Mary was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greene. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. Mary enjoyed painting and drawing. Her artwork was displayed in her home and created for family. She was an exhibitor at the Big 4 Fair in Nashua, frequently receiving ribbons for her work. She also enjoyed crafting, crocheting, doing needlework, and making jewelry and often gave her finished work to family and friends. Reading and growing flowers and plants were some of her favorite pastimes. She had a special place in her heart for animals and was especially fond of a family pet Boxer named Musty. Mary loved shopping with friends, enjoyed conversation over lunch, and loved to win big at the casino.

     Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; her parents and father and mother-in-law; one brother, Earl Husen; two brothers-in-law, Howard Gebow and Kenneth Stark; one sister-in-law, Mary Stark and one nephew.

     Mary is survived by her sons, Steven (Ann) Stark, Greene and Douglas (Sara) Stark, Greene; one sister, Bonny Gebow, Colorado Springs, CO; four grandchildren, Amy (Luke) Johnson, Story City, IA, Emily (Will) Schuldt, Waverly, IA; Nathan Stark, Iowa City, IA; Collin Stark, Conrad, IA; one great-grandson, Leo Johnson; one step-great-grandson, Landon Johnson; one brother-in-law Dean (Helen) Stark, Riceville; and many nieces and nephews.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Mary Stark Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, IA 50636. 
   

Victor Groh   -   Thornton  

     Victor P. Groh was born June 24, 1924 in Ventura, Iowa, to parents Henry and Sena (Fuls) Groh, and was the fifth of twelve children. He attended Mason City High School and at age 17 entered the US Navy and served in WWII, primarily on the USS Murray in the Pacific Theatre. On August 6, 1944, Vic married Mary Ellen Plonsky. They were blessed with eight children, and were foster parents to many.
    After returning from the war, Vic worked at Central Show Printing in Mason City. In 1950 he and Mary Ellen moved to Thornton and bought the weekly newspaper, the Thornton Enterprise, which later became the Southern County News and The Printing Office. Over the years Vic took on many community responsibilities including Justice of the Peace, town Mayor, school bus driver for 30 years, and owner of the Thornton Cafe. Vic was instrumental in founding the Pleasant Valley Golf Course, Ingebretson Park, the Pleasant View Apartment complex and the Thornton EMT’s. He was also a long-time member of the Thornton Lions and American Legion.
     Vic followed the greatest commandment, to love one another, and his children knew how very much he loved each of them. He demonstrated this love on a daily basis by always encouraging, believing in and displaying a positive attitude. As the cornerstone of his family, Vic was a good and Godly man, and an amazing father. He was steadfast in faith and was ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Church in 1985.
     After losing his beloved wife, Mary Ellen, to Alzheimer’s, Vic had the rare opportunity to find the second love of his life, and married Ruth Timm on October 24, 2009. This union joined together two families that have been life-long friends.
     Vic died at the age of 90 as he entered God’s arms on the morning of Sunday, August 3, 2014. His legacy will live on through everyone who knew him – his family, his friends, and those whose lives he has touched. We hope for having known him, people will be a little more kind, thoughtful, selfless, patient, and laugh a little more.
     Forever loved as a husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend, Vic will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Ruth, children and step-children, Kristie (Mel) Pope, Middleton, WI; Polly (Robert) Nordman, Savage, MN; Barry (Kim) Groh, Thornton, IA; Steve (Nancy) Solum, Franklinton, NC; Amy Kuhlers, Pleasant Hill, IA; Janet Steen, Nashville, TN; Jean (Mark) Ostrander, Clear Lake, IA; and Mary Ellen (Ron) Monson, Clear Lake, IA; his 21 grandchildren and step-grandchildren: Christopher Green; Tom (Angelica) Green; Brian Pope; Brad (Maria) Pope; Michelle (Fred) Bartman; Derek (Susan) Nordman; Cory (Bethany) Nordman; Nicholas (Kristin) Nordman; Angela (Kyle) Fogt; Scott (Heather) Groh; Ashley Groh; Randy Groh; Kody Kuhlers; Kasey Kuhlers; Phillip (Laura) Steen; Ben Steen; Michael (Jennifer) Ostrander; Laura (Ostrander); Anna (Javier) Vela; Hanna Monson; Derek DeBell; and his great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren: Grant and Reagan Pope; Quinn and Alana Pope; Teagan and Molly Bartman;Ethan, Evan and Elizabeth Nordman; Noah and Jonah Nordman; Elliot and Luke Fogt; Caroline Steen; Aaron and Kaylee Ostrander; Teddy Vela; and Dawson and Deondrea DeBell. He is also survived by sisters Pauline Bull, Dorothy (Harry) Larkin, Rosie Redman, Delores Miller, brother-in-law Robert Plonsky, and many nieces and nephews.
     Victor was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary Ellen; children: Vickie, Randy and Lisa; siblings Elmer, Melvin, Esther (Solum), Harvey, Lorraine (King), Donald and an infant brother; and sisters-in-law, Margaret (Plonsky) (Schmolke) Fangman; Imogene (Plonsky) (Varvel) Berg; and brother-in-law, John Plonksy.
     A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 on Thursday, August 7 at Sacred Heart Church, Rockwell, Iowa. Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 6 from 5 – 7, at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton, concluding with a prayer service at 7 PM. Visitation prior to the service on Thursday will begin at 9:30 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center.



Ivan Wagner  -  Thornton       

     Ivan Wagner, 84, of Thornton, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday at First United Methodist Church in Thornton with Pastor Crystal Oberheu presiding. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton.

     Ivan Eugene Wagner was born on the family farm at Thornton a son of Leon and Alice (Nicolet) Wagner, March 23, 1930. He passed away in the same home after living on the farm for his entire life. Ivan graduated from Thornton High School and was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church in Thornton.

     The family farm was Ivan’s home and his care for the land was second to none. He recently hosted a party for the Century Farm being in his family for 125 years. Ivan was a gentle God fearing soul who spent much of his spare time caring for people who were sick or old. He visited many people in the care centers and made certain to continue to visit them, especially if they had little or no family.

     Ivan was active in sharing the Gospel with people as long as his family can remember. His sharing and work for the Gospel included writing letters with Pen-Pals, especially with prison ministries, he also supported many children with his gifts and letters in other countries.

     He was active in his church and community holding offices in both, including the Pleasant View Apartments in Thornton. He thoroughly enjoyed hearing old Gospel music that made people think they were in heaven. He liked repairing cars and tractors and at times sold tires and seed corn.

     Surviving family members include his brother: Virgil (Margaret) Wagner, Charlottesville, VA; nephew: Daryl Wagner, Tacoma Park, Maryland; nieces: Kara (Wilson) Brown, Bedford, VA and their children: Kate, Daniel and Nick; niece: Kristin Wagner, Oakland, CA; close friend: Dale Hatfield and many cousins and friends.

     He is preceded in death by his parents Leon and Alice Wagner.

Lawrence Hansen   -   Sheffield 

     Lawrence Hansen, 84, of Sheffield, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Sheffield Care Center. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield with Rev. G. Kim Wills presiding. Interment will be at the Alexander Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Wednesday, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

     Lawrence Hansen was born April 22, 1930, at Alexander, Iowa, a son of Merle and Dena (Dorenkamp) Hansen. His family moved to Chapin in 1944 and settled on the family farm. Lawrence graduated from Chapin High School in 1947.

     Lawrence lived on the farm for 63 years until entering the Sheffield Care Center in 2007. In addition to farming he drove school bus for Sheffield, Chapin, Meservey, and Thornton students for 34 years. After retiring from farming Lawrence also drove for Access Inc., for several years.

     He was a member of Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield. He enjoyed bowling, playing cards and visiting with friends and spending time with his family. One of his fondest memories was his first airplane ride with his friend and pilot Jack Christensen.

     Lawrence is survived by two sisters: Delores (Howard) Cooper, Mason City; Vicki (John) Phillips, Newton; brother-in-law: Marvin Deam and several nieces and nephews.

     Preceding him in death are his parents and a sister, Norma Deam.

Memorials may be directed to the Sheffield Care Center or Zion St. John Lutheran Church in memory of Lawrence Hansen.

Harold R. Stark - Greene   

     Funeral Services for Harold R. Stark, 83, of Greene, will be 10:.30 a.m., Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Galen Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 18, 2014, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Harold Roy Stark was born July 14, 1931, on the family farm east of Riceville in Howard County, Iowa to Roy and Myrtle (Torney) Stark and died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the Liebe Care Center in Greene. Harold was educated in a one room schoolhouse graduating from the eighth grade in 1945, Riceville High School in 1949, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1953 with a B.S.C. degree.

     Harold was employed by the International Harvester Sales Office in Davenport. His team performed a tractor square dance using a new Super C Farmall tractor that demonstrated a new hitch system. His next job involved the insurance and credit investigating field in the Des Moines and Boone areas. He then worked for the Iowa State Employment Service while looking for work in the agriculture field. In 1955 he began working for Van Nostrand Grain Co in Avoca.

     While working in Council Bluffs, the highlight of his life occurred when he met his future wife, Mary Husen, in a church group at the Congregational Church in Council Bluffs. They married February 5, 1956, in Council Bluffs. They moved to Emmetsburg to begin their married life and a job with Quaker Oats Company as an assistant manager from 1956-1959. While at Emmetsburg, two sons were added to the family: Steve in 1956 and Doug in 1958. In 1960 they moved to Rodman where Harold was manager of the Quaker Oats Elevator until it was sold in 1964.

     After searching the entire state for a job, he accepted the one where he would spend the rest of his working career, the manager of Packard Elevator. From 1964-1981, Harold managed Packard under the ownership of Persis Pooley and Phyllis Rottler. Under his leadership, Packard expanded in the grain, feed, fertilizer, seed, farm chemicals, and Hormel Packing hog buying areas to become one of the leading suppliers and service supporters to area farmers. In 1980, Harold joined Gary Rottler in purchasing the Packard Elevator and continued to manage daily operations. In 1995, he and his two sons, became owners of Packard Elevator. Harold retired in 1996 and in 2007 the elevator was purchased by Innovative Ag.

     Harold was active in many area organizations including Dealer Council for Golden Sun Feeds, Butler County Beef Producers and Pork Producers, Food Resources Bank, 4-H and Iowa State Extension Council serving as Butler County Director. He was a member of the Iowa State Advisory Council, and a member and state director of the Iowa Grain and Feed Association. When the Rock Island Railroad ceased to operate, he was active in organizing a group of shippers to purchase the track and start the Iowa Northern Railroad. Harold served as chairman of the Board of Directors until it was sold to its current owners.

     He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and served on many committees including being an Elder of the Church. He was active on the Greene Public Library Board, was a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of I.O.O.F. (Odd Fellows). His most memorable times were spent with his family. He loved taking trips to see the country and playing golf. Harold was a loyal supporter of the Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball programs.

     Harold is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary; two sons: Steve (Ann) Stark, Greene; Doug (Sara) Stark, Greene; four grandchildren: Amy (Luke) Johnson, Story City; Emily(Will) Schuldt, Waverly; Nathan Stark, Coralville; Collin Stark, Newton; one great- grandson, Leo Johnson; one step-great-grandson, Landon Johnson; one brother, Dean (Helen) Stark, Riceville; six nieces and two nephews; sister-in-law, Bonny Gebow.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth (Mary) Stark; two brothers-in-law, Earl Husen and Howard Gebow; and one nephew.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Harold Stark Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636

Eldon Zieman - Meservey      

Eldon Zieman, 76, of Meservey, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at the First United Methodist Church, Thornton with Pastor Crystal Oberheu presiding. Interment with Veteran’s Honors will be at the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday at Retz Funeral Home, 107 N. 2nd Street, Thornton.

            Eldon Harold Zieman was born September 2, 1937 at Thornton, Iowa, son of Harold and Mabel (Pual) Zieman. He attended school in Meservey, graduating in 1955. Eldon enlisted in the Army and served for 3 years being discharged in 1959.

            On September 22, 1957, Eldon was united in marriage with Beverly Williams. They lived in Hampton where Eldon worked at A.C. Benton John Deere Implement until 1969 when they moved to the family farm in Meservey. In addition to farming Eldon drove over the road trucks for Ruan & Dahlen in Clear Lake, traveling all over the United States.

            Eldon enjoyed family camping vacations with his family. Any time spent being outdoors and farming gave him pride and joy. He is remembered as a man who would help anyone who needed help.

            Family members include his wife: Beverly Zieman, Meservey; sons: David (Lucinda) Zieman, Meservey; Doug (Tina) Zieman, Clarion; daughter: Deb (Bob) Wiebusch, Mesa, AZ; grandchildren: Kelly (Sean) Arthur, and their children Brody and Cooper; Michael (Karina) Zieman, and their son Zander; Brian (Abby) Zieman and their son Easton; Beth (Dane) Holmgaard, and their children Connor, Kaden & Katrina; Jason Zieman and daughter Amarantha; Kendra Zieman; Brett Zieman, Nicole (friend Brett) and son Canyon; sisters: Shirley (Bub) Katuin, Goodell; Betty (Richard) Jolly, Gilbert, IA; Myra Frohling, Meservey; brother: Duane (Sandy) Zieman, Oregon; many nieces and nephews.

            Eldon is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mabel Zieman and a son, Daryl Zieman.

Clancy Wiebenga - Thornton  

     Clarence ‘Clancy’ Wiebenga, 72, longtime Thornton resident, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at the First Reformed Church, Meservey, with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton.

     Clarence ‘Clancy’ Jake Wiebenga was born July 28, 1941 in Yankton, South Dakota a son of Clarence and Hilda (Hento) Wiebenga. He attended country school and graduated from Avon High School in 1959. Clancy then attended and graduated from Southern State Teacher’s College in Springfield, SD.

     In 1963 Mr. Wiebenga began teaching Industrial Technology at Thornton High School. He liked Thornton and stayed in the school for 33 years teaching most of the time in Thornton. He also taught Building Trades in Sheffield following consolidations of the schools. Clancy also served as mayor of Thornton for several years.

     On September 3, 1965, Clancy was united in marriage with Mary DeVries at St Paul Lutheran Church in Thornton. They raised their two sons in Thornton, and he taught them his work ethic and techniques he had worked out over the years. His son Greg passed away in 1993 and Mary died in 1996. On May 28, 2005 Clancy married Julie Zirbel in Clear Lake.

     Clancy was always industrious, while growing up he kept busy on the farm gladly doing less desirable jobs to keep busy. While living and teaching in Thornton he kept busy as a carpenter, building many homes in the area and remodeling many others.

     An avid fisherman Clancy had many fishing trips to South Dakota and Minnesota with friends and family. He loved kids and had patience in his teaching. A good natured man with great humor he loved to laugh with his friends. Most will remember him with his red pickup truck.

     Surviving family members are his wife, Julie, Clear Lake; Son, Doug (Sara) Wiebenga, Cedar Rapids and their sons Landon and Colton; step-children: Cali (Spencer) Klooster, Garner, and their children Jordan and Logan; Jesse (Sarah) Reimer, Aurora, Colorado; mother-in-law, Lena  Peyton, Belmond; brother, David (Elaine) Wiebenga, Springfield, SD; sister, Shirley Wiebenga, Clear Lake; brother, Robert (Joyce) Wiebenga, Springfield, SD.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Mary, and son Greg.

Dean Schmitt - Greene   

     Dean Schmitt, 77, formerly of rural Greene, passed away June 30, 2014, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 7, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating.  Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Greene.

      Dean Martin Schmitt was born January 14, 1937, on the Sinnwell place, rural Marble Rock, a son of Leo John and Florence Marie (Martin) Schmitt.  He was raised a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene and graduated from Greene High School with the class of 1955.  In school he played football and basketball.  He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa.

      He worked for many years at the John Deere plant in Waterloo and ran his family farm.  In addition he operated a small campground, gaining many longtime friends in the process.  Dean enjoyed basketball, golf, and football as well as music and his flower gardens.  After his retirement he spent winters in Austin, Texas.

      Dean is survived by many cousins and is preceded in death by his father in 1960, his mother in 1983, and his brother, Lee in 1997.

James R. Nettleton      Greene      

     Funeral services for James R. Nettelton, 90, of Greene, will be 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 28, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Greene. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Friday, June 27, 2014, at Retz Funeral Home 519 N. First St., Greene, with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m.

  James R. Nettleton was born on December 29, 1923, in rural Greene, Iowa, a son of Louis and Katherine (Loughren) Nettleton and died Sunday, June 22, 2014, at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison of natural causes. He received his education in the Coldwater Twp. Country School.
     He married Grace Wildman in 1960. She died in 1999. Jim married Marilyn McInroy in June of 2000. Jim was self-employed as a dairy cattle buyer and seller.
     Jim was a life-time member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene. His hobbies included raising calves, going to the sale barns and attending the fall festivals of the local churches. The Twins and Vikings have lost a loyal fan with the departure of Jim.
     He is survived by his wife Marilyn and 2 step-sons-in-law, Joe Cochran and Fred Nordmeyer; 3 sisters: Marge (Jim) Mayer, Ellie (Jim) Hebert and Mary Ann (Jack) Aurand; his loving and loyal cat, Spottie.
     Preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers: Gerald ‘Gene’, Bill and Clair; an infant sister, Mary Eileen; two step daughters: Joan Cochran and Jean Nordmeyer.
      In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be sent to the Greene Fire Department or Greene Ambulance.


Junior Allen -  Sheffield  

 Clifford ‘Junior’ Allen, 80, of Sheffield, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hampton with Fr. Mike Tauke presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield with Veteran’s Honors by Harlow Ray Massee Post 277, American Legion, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 pm Tuesday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

     Clifford Junior Allen was born February 9, 1934 on a farm near Chapin, Iowa, a son of Clifford Milo and Florence (Oehlert) Allen. He graduated from Chapin High School and attended Iowa State University. In 1954 Junior entered the United States Navy, serving on the USS Hornet in the Pacific. After his term in the Navy, Junior returned to Sheffield and worked at Levitt’s Garage.

     On February 27, 1960 he was united in marriage with Geraldine Ann Morehouse at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rockwell. They made their home in Sheffield and raised their two daughters, Julie and Janice.

     Junior began working at the Massey Ferguson dealership in Hampton and spent many years as Part’s Supervisor, later being transferred to the Mason City location. Prior to retirement Junior drove bus for Access Inc. in Hampton.

     Junior was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. His life revolved around working in the flower garden, watching TV and attending church when he was able. 

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Geraldine; daughters: Julie (Dennis) Lane, & Janice (Jay) Jackson, all of Sheffield; grandchildren: Matthew and Marcus Lane, Sheffield; Jeremy Hansen and friend, Lindsay, Hampton; Haley Hansen, Chicago; great grandchildren: Isaiah, Connor and Hunter.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Dorothy Scarcello & Margaret Lang and son-in-law, Ron Hansen.