Dennis Larson - Mason City
     Dennis L. Larson, 59, of Mason City, passed away Friday, January 23, 2015, at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, January 27, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. 1st Street, Greene, with Pastor Cathy Belles of the First Presbyterian Church presiding. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will begin at Noon Tuesday and continue until the service at the funeral home. 

     Dennis had requested people attending his funeral be in blue jeans. Dennis Leslie Larson was born November 13, 1955, in Charles City, a son of Marvin Leslie and Doris Edna (Loomer) Larson. He was raised in Greene, attending and graduating from Greene High School in 1974. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greene where he was baptized and confirmed.

     Dennis worked for Fleetguard in Lake Mills and delivered motor homes for Winnebago. Later he drove truck for Mickelson Trucking in Mason City then Decker Trucking in Fort Dodge.

     Dennis met Joyce Kenward at her daughter's wedding, they began seeing each other and on November 11, 1998 they were united in marriage. He continued to drive over the road for several years until declining health required his early retirement.

     Dennis kept busy with hobbies of building model trucks, trains helicopters and anything that moved, including radio controlled models as well.

     Surviving family includes his wife; Joyce, her daughter: Sandy Steele and her daughters Jennifer Alyse Steele and Melanie Lea Steele; brother: Jack (Kathy) Larson, Mason City; nieces and nephews: Larz Larson, Ben (Keila) Larson, Sara (Dakota) Larson and Dylan Larson; and great-nephews: Easton, Gavin and Jaxon.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Richard Larson and grandparents: George and Isabelle Loomer.

Memorials may be directed to the Dennis Larson Memorial Fund, c/o Retz Funeral Home, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636

Betty DeVries - Fargo, ND

     Betty Lee DeVries, 67 of Moorhead, MN, died on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Rosewood on Broadway in Fargo, ND.
     Betty was born July 31, 1947 in Belmond, Iowa to William and Henrietta (Meinders) Vierkant of Meservey, Iowa. She belonged to First Reformed Church in Meservey and graduated from Meservey-Thornton High School in 1965. She went on to attend Hamilton Business College in Mason City, Iowa and joined Shepard Abstract in Mason City as a legal secretary.
     On December 20, 1969, she married Robert DeVries in a ceremony at First Reformed Church in Meservey, Iowa. The couple moved to Moorhead, MN in 1973. Betty was hired at Dakota Hospital in Fargo, ND where she worked in both Medical Records and Personnel. In 1977 and 1979, respectively, Bob and Betty adopted their two daughters from Korea, Denby Jean and Korly Anne.
     In 1989, Betty was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She started a support group in the Fargo-Moorhead area for newly diagnosed MS patients where she was able to provide people a place of understanding and strength. She continued to be an MS advocate by volunteering with the Upper Midwest Chapter of the MS Society where she enjoyed traveling across the country to other National MS Chapters to meet new people and hear their stories.
     Betty loved crocheting, handcrafts, traveling, Jeopardy, jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with Bob and her daughters.
     She is survived by her husband, Bob DeVries of Moorhead, MN; her daughters, Denby DeVries (Brent Lundstrom) of Harwood, ND and Korly DeVries of Brooklyn, NY; her grandson, Coragan Duncklee of Jefferson City, MO; her sisters, Marianne (Loren) Payne of Belmond, IA and Darcy Kolb of Clear Lake, IA; her brother, William (Kim) Vierkant, Jr. of Alexander, IA and many nieces and nephews.
     In lieu of flowers and memorial gifts, the family would prefer donations be made on Betty's behalf to the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
     Donate a gift to Betty's Fund online at:
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/MNM/Donate/Give-in-Honor-or-Memory
or mail directly to the chapter office, along with a note that designates that the gift is being made in honor of Betty DeVries:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Upper Midwest Chapter
200 12th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415

     Visitation will be from 4-7pm Sunday, with a prayer service following at 7pm, at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo. The funeral is 10am Tuesday at First Reformed Church, Meservey, IA with visitation being held one hour prior. Burial is in Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton, IA.

Esther Sprung - Sheffield
     Esther F. Sprung, 93, lifelong Sheffield resident, passed away Thursday, January 8, 2015, at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 13 at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield with Rev. Ken Livingston of First Grace Baptist Church presiding. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the funeral home.
     Esther Fae Sprung was born March 1, 1921, on the family farm at Sheffield, a daughter of August and Hannah (Heidkross) Sprung. She attended country school and graduated from Sheffield High School .
     Esther spent her life farming with her family and caring for her parents. She has lived in town since 1966. After moving to town, Esther worked in the school cafeteria for several years. Esther was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Sheffield, where she has been active with Bible Study Classes, Faith Mission Circle and Phliat Class. She enjoyed crocheting and beadwork.
     Esther is survived by her sister, Frances Wagoner, Greene; nephews: Edward M. (Cheryl) Miller, Cedar Rapids; Larry E. (Donna) Miller, Dubuque; niece: Marlys (Jerry ) Petznick, Northwood and their children: April (David) Mittag, parents of Skylar & Mariah; Jade (Lisa) Petznick, parents of Matthew (Amber), Logan and Brady; great great grandniece and nephew: (Matthew and Amber’s children) Presley and Parker. 
     She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Mildred and her husband Kenneth Miller, brother Delbert, brother-in-law Raymond Wagoner and one sister in infancy.

Joan Meyer - Greene  

     Funeral Services for Joan Elizabeth Meyer, 77, formerly of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 5, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Greene with Pastor Ann Donat officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.
     Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m., Sunday, January 4, 2015, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.
     Joan Elizabeth Crooks was born on September 19, 1937, in rural Greene, Dayton Township, Butler County, Iowa, the daughter of Samuel Leo and Alice (Menken) Crooks and passed away on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at the Windmill Manor in Coralville.
     She received her education in a Butler County country school and graduated from Greene High School in 1955. While attending high school Joan met her future husband Harold on a blind date. After graduation, Joan worked as a nurse’s aide at the Cedar Valley Hospital in Charles City, Iowa. She continued to correspond with Harold while he was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and Fort Richardson in Alaska.
     Joan was united in marriage on February 24, 1957, to Harold Meyer from Aplington, Iowa at the United Methodist Church in Greene. They made their home in rural Greene where they spent many years farming and raising a family; they remained on the farm until relocating to North Liberty in 2012.
     Joan loved living on the farm and especially enjoyed all the wildlife. She spent many years tending to her vegetable garden and kept her mother’s flowers growing on her farm for over 40 years. Joan and Harold enjoyed their annual fall trip to Gays Mills, Wisconsin. After her children were grown Joan enjoyed knitting, crocheting and other crafts. She was noted for her beautiful afghans, baby sweaters and quilts. Above all, Joan cherished time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. Joan was very proud that all her children received college degrees, something she was never able to do. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Greene.
     Joan is survived by her husband of 57 years, Harold Meyer of North Liberty; daughter, Deb Meyer of Indianapolis, IN; son, David (Cathy) Meyer of Flower Mound, TX; daughter, Jolyn (Al) Morgan, North Liberty, IA; daughter, Renae Meyer of Coralville, IA; grandchildren: Erik Nelson of Los Angeles, CA, Jessica and Yaxuan Meyer of Flower Mound, TX, and Andrea Morgan of North Liberty, IA.; Siblings: Ruth (Allan) Jacobson of Cedar Falls, Ronald (Bev) Crooks of La Porte City, IA, and Barbara (Robert) Lee of Rochester, MN; sisters-in-law: Esther Schipper of Parkersburg, Paulene Meyer of Allison, and Arlene Steinmeyer of Grundy, Center, IA; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by both of her parents; her in-laws, Edward and Flora (Valentine) Meyer; step mother, Blanche (Mather) Crooks; brother’s-in-law: Harvey Schipper, August Steinmeyer, and Ernest Meyer.
     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to Hospice Compassus, 610 32nd Ave Southwest Cedar Rapids, 52404.

Steven Floy - Rockwell 

     Funeral Services for Steven Gregory Floy, 61, of Rockwell, will be 10:30 a.m., January 2, 2015, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Rockwell with Pastor Rhea Evanson officiating. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City. Visitation will be from 4:00 -7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 1, 2015, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Rockwell. 

     Steven Gregory Floy was born April 29, 1953, in Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa, the son of Marvin Robert and Gladys Lucille (Davis) Floy and passed away Monday, December 29, 2014, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.

     He received his elementary education in Charles City. After moving to Thornton he attended and graduated from Meservey Thornton High School in 1971. Steve attended Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota where he majored in Elementary Education. He was employed for IMI Cornelius in Mason City.

     On September 11, 1976, he was united in marriage to Dawn Swenson in Swaledale, Iowa. This union was blessed with two children. Following their marriage Steve worked for Alexander Batteries in Mason City, and then for Larson Manufacturing in Clear Lake.

     Steve was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Rockwell. He enjoyed trout fishing, hunting, antiquing, woodworking, refinishing, and old cars. Steve was a kind and loving individual who enjoyed spending time with his family.

     Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 38 years, Dawn; one daughter, Jennifer (Rob) Benson of Rockwell; one son, Matthew Floy of Mason City; one grandson, Lucas Benson; one brother, Timothy Floy of Thornton; mother-in-law, Marjorie Swenson, Swaledale; brothers-in-law: Steven Swenson, and Keven (April) Swenson all of Rockwell; many nieces, nephews and friends.

     Steve was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Donald Swenson.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Steven Floy Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 306, Rockwell, Iowa 50469. Arrangements have been entrusted to Retz Funeral Home, 203 Maple Street, Sheffield, Iowa. 641-892-4241 www.retzfh.com

Lois Ann Hafermann - Thornton 

     Lois Ann Hafermann, 86, of Rockwell, formerly of Thornton, passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, at Sacred Heart Church in Rockwell with Fr. Rod Allers presiding. Interment will be in the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Monday, at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton with a Scripture Wake Service at 6:00 p.m.
     Lois Ann Hafermann was born December 25, 1928, in Hampton, Iowa a daughter of Anson Emmett and Ethel (O’Rourke) Avery. She graduated from Klemme High School and attended Drake University for 1 year receiving secretarial training. She then worked for a Civil Engineering firm in Garner until her marriage.
     On November 28, 1953 Lois was united in marriage with Daryl Elmer Hafermann at St. Francis Xavier Church in Belmond. They made their home on his family farm near Thornton and raised their three children.
     Family was very important to Lois and she kept the family centered around her faith and church. Family meal time was always kept and the daily prayers as a family. She home schooled her children in the Catechism and developed prayerful habits that her children still practice today.
     Lois lived on a farm her entire life and had a fondness for horses. Besides raising them, she also showed them in various horse shows. With Daryl, in their first few years of married life, they milked cows along with raising row crops. The remaining years were spent raising row crops, and continued enjoyment of bowling on mixed leagues, with Daryl. She had a large garden and canned and froze her produce every year. She was also known for her baking, especially her loaves of homemade bread that went so well with her homemade jams and jellys.
     An avid bowler, she also was in several leagues and numerous state tournaments. Also, many fond memories were made with her family at times they bowled together.
     Left to cherish her memory are her children: Sherri (Ron) Barnes, Rockford; David Hafermann, Thornton; Scott (Jo) Hafermann, Goodell; grandchildren: Melanie (Joe) Worley; Luke (Eun Jung) Dickerson; Jason Dickerson; Lyndsay (Rick) Dow; Caitlin Barnes; Jeffrey Hafermann, Samantha Hafermann; great grandchildren: Anson Dickerson and Bennett Dow.
     She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Daryl in 2010, grandson Matthew Hafermann and granddaughter Sarah Marie Hafermann.

Eugene Thomas Ewald - Marble Rock:

     Funeral Services for Eugene T. Ewald, 88, of Marble Rock, will be 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 15, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Marble Rock with Pastor Judy Wooton officiating. Burial will be in the Westside Cemetery, Marble Rock, with Military Honors conducted by Straud-Gates Post 387 American Legion of Marble Rock.
     Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, December 14, 2014, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St., Greene, followed by a Masonic Service at 7 p.m.
     Eugene was born May 4, 1926, on the family farm in Marble Rock to Edgar and Ruth (Thomas) Ewald and died Friday, December 12, 2014, at the Liebe Care Center in Greene. He received his education in public school graduating from Marble Rock High School in 1944.
     He was inducted into the United States Army where he served in Europe during WWII.Having been honorably discharged he returned to Rockford to live and farm on the Pribbenow farm and later moved to the family Century Farm.
     He was united in marriage to Norma Hinrichsen on October 3, 1948, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. This union was blessed with five children.
     Eugene was very interested in all aspects of farming with livestock and grain. He was active with the Iowa Pork Producers, the Masons, and the American Legion of Marble Rock. He liked to play cards, to go camping and spent 25 years traveling and wintering in Texas. He was very proud of his country and instrumental in establishing the current Veterans Monument in Marble Rock. Eugene was particularly proud to have taken part in an Honor Flight for WWII Veterans that flew in 2009.
     He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Marble Rock. He taught his children valuable life skills; and encouraged a strong work ethic reminding his children to “do things right the first time”. Eugene was extremely devoted to his family.
     Living family members include his wife of 66 years, Norma; his children: Vicki (Mike) Majewski, Greene; Patty (Larry) Schulte, Carmel, IN; Julie Ritter, Lake Mills; Sherri Yerkey, Cave Creeek, AZ; Gary (Chris) Ewald, Evansdale; 14 grandchildren; 21 great- grandchildren; one sister, Doris Evans, Solon; one brother, Mike (Maxine) Ewald, Rockford; many friends.
     Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Elaine (Jerry) Zilm; grandchild, Nicolas Ewald; great-grandchild, Elsie Ritter; son-in-law, Jim Ritter.
     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the United Methodist Church, 208 Iowa Street, Marble Rock, Iowa, 50653.


Lorena A. Landers - Greene: 

Funeral services for Lorena A. Landers, 94, of Greene, will be 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 2, 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 from 4-7 p.m., Monday, December 1, 2014, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Tuesday one hour before services.

     Lorena Heuer was born November 21, 1920, in rural Dayton Township, Butler County, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Wilhelmina (Schrage) Heuer and passed away November 27, 2014, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. She received her education in country schools through the 8th Grade. Lorena worked as a nanny for families in her community.

     Lorena was united in marriage to Carl Landers on July 4, 1940, in Vilmar. This union was blessed with 5 children: Earl, Verl, LaVern, Lyle, and La Donna. In addition to raising her own children, Lorena, cared her grandchildren and some of her great-grandchildren. She always put family first. Lorena will be remembered for her excellent cooking and baking skills, most notably for her Coffee Cake and German Potato Salad. She also enjoyed caring for her garden.

     Living family members include her children: Earl (Priscilla), LaVern (Marlene), Lyle (Marcia), LaDonna all of Greene; one daughter-in-law, Carol Landers, Greene; 10 grandchildren: Brandon (Trudy), Brendt (Karen),Barry (Daphne), Scott, Jason (Kayleen) Angela (Timothy) Christensen, Trace (Heather), Thad (Meghan), Mandy (William) Schmidt, Megan Schriver; 24 great-grandchildren: Tyler, Taylor, Trevor, Brylee, Owen, Cooper, Jude, Ashtyn, Josie, Mallory, Derek, Trent, Tonya, Courtney (Dustin) Bauman, Wyatt, Haley, Riley Christensen, Reed Christensen , Darby Christensen , Gavin, Tate, Leah, Kayden, Tegan.

     Lorena was preceded in death by her husband Carl; son Verl; and grandsons: Danny, Travis, and Steve; Parents; brothers: William and Alfred Heuer; Sisters: Ella Landers, Leona Landers, Mylinda Moser, and Lucile Heuer.

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


CW Zimmerman - Aredale 

     Funeral services for CW Zimmerman, 87, of Hampton will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at the Aredale United Methodist Church with Pastor Ann Donat officiating. Burial will be in the Dumont Cemetery.
     Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 17, 2014, at the Aredale Methodist Church with a Masonic Service at 7:00 p.m.
     CW Zimmerman was born in Rural Bennezette Township on August 19, 1927 to Fred and Ina (Wirth) Zimmerman and passed away November 15, 2014, at the Franklin Country View Nursing Facility. He attended Bennezette #5 Country School until the eighth grade. He attended High School in Aredale, Iowa, graduating from the class of 1945. Then He graduated from Hamilton Business College.
     CW worked as Butler County Assessor for 34 years. While being assessor he farmed and raised cattle.
     On April 6, 1957 CW was united in marriage to Glenora Clemens. To this marriage, were born 3 sons, Ross, Rex, and Ron.
     CW loved spending time with his family. His hobbies were wood working, golfing, collecting antiques and going to garage sales. He loved his 2 cylinder tractors. He was a member of the Aredale United Methodist Church and was on various church boards. He was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and 50 year member of Vulcan Lodge #498 Masons in Bristow, Iowa, where he was a past master and secretary for 25 years.
     CW is survived by his 2 sons: Ross (Diane) Zimmerman; Ron (Renee) Zimmerman, all of Aredale; brother: Warren (Helen) Zimmerman, Rochester, MN; grandchildren: Kaleb Zimmerman, Kiley Zimmerman, Alissa Zimmerman, Kelsey Wilding, Patrick Zimmerman and Hannah Zimmerman; great grandchildren: Aidan Hubka, Greyson Zimmerman, Henry Zimmerman, John Zimmerman, Colvin Zimmerman, and Colby Wilding.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Glenora Zimmerman and his son Rex.

Bev Slinger - Marble Rock 

     Funeral Services for Beverly LaVerne Slinger, 80, of Marble Rock will be 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 14, 2014, at the Walter F. Bohl Community Center in Marble Rock. A visitation will precede the service starting at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Joe Prainito will officiate. A private burial will take place at a later date. Bev was cremated at her request.
     Beverly LaVerne Wood was born on February 20, 1934, west of Clarksville on her grandparents’ farm and passed away Monday, November 10, 2014 at Muse Norris Hospice in Mason City.. She attended public school graduating from Marble Rock High School in 1951. Notably she was Band Queen Candidate for the Band Fest and Drum Majorette for the Marble Rock Rocket- Rockettes. Following graduation she moved to Waverly and worked for Lutheran Mutual until she married.
     Bev was united in marriage to Dale Glenn Slinger on June 8, 1952, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charles City. The marriage was blessed with two children. Bev moved various times throughout her life but remained steadfast in the Lutheran faith attending her local church.
     Bev was a member of the Marble Rock Auxiliary and the Mason City Moose.
     She enjoyed traveling, sewing, crafts, playing cards, bowling, cooking, and baking. Most of all she treasured the time spent with her children and grandchildren.
     Bev is survived by her daughter Rhonda (Jon) Sult, Marble Rock; grandchildren: Dena (Joe) Prainito, Fontana, California; Dustin (Mary Ann) Sult, Marion; great-grandchildren: Juliet and Gavin Prainito; one sister, Judy (Curt) Wallace, Charles City; one sister-in-law, Marlene Holthaus, Charles City; 3 nieces and 5 nephews; many friends.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale in 1987; son, David in 1982, and her parents.
     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Bev Slinger Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.


Larry Dale Ott Sr. - Greene 

     Funeral services for Larry Dale Ott Sr., 59, of Greene, will be Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., St. Peter Lutheran Church, Greene with Pastor Gary Hatcher officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
     Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Monday, November 3, 2014, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.
     Larry Ott was born on December 31, 1954, in St. Luccas, Iowa, the youngest son of Oscar Bernard and Thelca Lorraine (Wenthold) Ott and passed away on Friday, October 31, 2014, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. He attended Rockford High School.
     Larry farmed for Leo Martzahn in Dougherty for eleven years. He continued his interest in farming working for Drew Rogers Farming and Hog Operations for the next twenty-eight years. Larry retired due to declining health.
     He enjoyed NASCAR, playing cards especially Solitaire, and liked to work on anything with a motor. Larry was a quiet man, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Larry was especially fond of family gatherings, where he could be found spending time with the children.
     He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene
     Living family members include his loving wife of 40 years, Deb; his children and their families: Kaye (Tim) Blong, Tyler and Courtney; Shane Ott (special friend, Rachel), McKennah, Kaleb and Logan; Larry (Kristina) Ott, Natasha, Karson, Jaxson, Eian, and baby on the way; Crystal (special friend Chris) Ott, Wesley, Macabe, Colton, Maddie; many nieces and nephews; 8 siblings: Joyce (Jim) Foth, Jerry (Mary) Ott, Richard (Linda) Ott, Phyllis (Bill) Ritter, Dean (Ann) Ott, Sheri (Bernie) Larson, Sally Vanhooser, and Cindy (Rob) Scott; and the Select Specialty Hospital Staff in Des Moines.
     Larry was preceded in death by his parents; Pat Vanhooser, brother-in-law; Jamie Ott, nephew; Lee Hughes, father-in-law; Thomas Hughes, brother-in-law.
     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Larry Ott Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 234, Greene, Iowa 50636.


Dorothy Mae Yerkes, Greene 

     Funeral services for Dorothy Yerkes, 83, of Greene, will be 10:30am Thursday, November 6th, 2014, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Gary Hatcher officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 5-7pm., Wednesday, November 5th, 2014, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St., Greene, Iowa.
     Dorothy Mae Geater was born June 10, 1931, in Vinton, Benton County, Iowa, a daughter to Ray and Hazel (Edmonds) Geater and passed away on October 30, 2014, at Muse Norris Hospice in Mason City after a battle with cancer.
     Dorothy was one of seven children. When her mother died she was 12 years of age and took on the responsibility of raising her three younger sibling. Dorothy assumed the role of caretaker for the entire family. 
      After graduating from Vinton High School she was employed at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids.
      On June 30, 1957, she was united in marriage with Melvin Yerkes, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They made their home in Greene where they were blessed with five children.
      Dorothy was a homemaker who received her joy in caring for her family and home. She also worked at Lois Upholstery and frequently traveled to Vinton (down-home) spending time with her siblings and many relatives.
      Surviving family members include her children: Paul (Connie) Yerkes, Greene; June Yerkes, Greene; Bruce (Tanya) Yerkes, Greene; Mark (Melodie) Yerkes, Greene. Grandchildren: Samantha, Rachel, Casey, Carter, Bennett; step-grandchildren: Matt (Toni) Foy; Mike (Kathi) Foy; Tiana Schlosser-Putnam; great grandchildren: Mason, Jordan, Natalie, Gavin. Brothers: John (Irene) Geater; Lyle (Lillian) Geater; Sisters: Mary Ellen Rogers; Zelda Bower; sister-in-law, Joyce ‘Rusty’ Geator; and many nieces and nephews.
      She is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin J. Yerkes in 2012, infant daughter: Kay Fern Yerkes, sister: Betty (Charles) Linsey, twin brother: Donald Geater, son-in-law: William Hutchinson.
      Memorials may be directed to the Dorothy Yerkes Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.