Obituaries

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Tue
29
Sep

Reece J. Klink

Reece Joseph Klink, 72, of Guttenberg, was suddenly called home to his Lord and Savior on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Reece was born on Nov. 21, 1947, on the home farm near Communia, the son of Alvin and Irene (Storbeck) Klink.

Reece attended and graduated from the Elkader High School in 1966. On Nov. 3, 1968, Reece was united in marriage with Rita Allyn and together they were blessed with two children, Ryan and Leah. Reece not only was born on his family farm, but he grew up working on the farm and eventually lived on that same farm for many years, until he and Rita retired and moved to Guttenberg in 2013, where they enjoyed living by the river, biking, walking and enjoying the new friends they have made.    

Tue
29
Sep

Betty A. Landis

Betty Ardis Landis, 61, of Elkader, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at Copper Creek Assisted Living in West Union. Betty was born Dec. 12, 1958, to Albert and LaVon (Watson) Roepke in Manchester. She graduated from Oelwein High School.

Tue
29
Sep

Clifford L. Wiedenhoff

Clifford L. Wiedenhoff, 90, of Elkader, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at the Elkader Care Center in Elkader. Clifford Lee was born June 2, 1930, to Charles and Beulah (Becker) Wiedenhoff in Massillon. He attended High School in Lowden. Clifford joined and served in the United States Army.

Clifford was united in marriage with Phyllis Vincent on April 5, 1953. Along with being a farmer, Clifford was self employed with a farm supply and repair business. Clifford was an avid fisherman all of his life. In later years, he enjoyed spending time with his very special friend, Lucille Seeland, and they resided in Elkader.

Tue
29
Sep

Dale M. Anderson

Dale Mork Anderson, 93, of Postville, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society in Postville. Dale was born Dec. 20, 1926, to Christ and Rosina (Mork) Anderson. He was baptized and confirmed at Marion Lutheran Church in Gunder. 

Dale attended the Vellersen School and graduated from Postville High School with the class of 1944.

Tue
15
Sep

Sylvia J. Meyer

On Sept. 5, 2020, Sylvia Jane Webbeking Meyer, 83, died peacefully at Grand Haven Retirement Community and moved on to the next chapter of life by the hand of Jesus Christ, her life-long Lord and Savior. 

Sylvia graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1955 and had fond memories of her time growing up in Waterloo. She later graduated from the Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa) where she earned a teaching degree. That led to her teaching position in the Cedar Rapids school system until she moved to Elkader with her husband Don Leigh Meyer (died in 2006), where she assisted with running the family business, Meyer Equipment Co.

Mon
14
Sep

Samantha J. Dickens

Samantha Jo Dickens, 32, of Sutliff, formerly of Monona and Marquette, passed away Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. She was born on March 14, 1988, to Terry LeRoy and Darcy Ann (Mason) Dickens in La Crosse, Wis. Samantha was baptized and confirmed at Giard Methodist Church. She graduated from MFL MarMac High School in Monona in 2006 and received her culinary degree from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.

Fri
11
Sep

Kathleen M. Neylan

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, Kathleen Mary Neylan, loving sister and aunt, passed away at the age of 75.

 

Tue
01
Sep

Earl F. 'Spike' Olson

Earl F. “Spike” Olson, 97, of Ottumwa, passed away at 8:07 p.m. on Aug. 30, 2020, at Centerville Specialty Care  in Centerville.

He was born Aug. 9, 1923, in McGregor, to Severn and Frances Flatt Gutheil Olson. Spike moved to Ottumwa his senior year of high school and graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1942. He entered the Army Air Corps, where he learned to fly and became a flight instructor.

He married Deloris Kathryn Gustaveson on Dec. 25, 1945, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 26, 2018.

Spike worked for Neiderhauser Airway and the Ottumwa Municipal Airport as a flight instructor. He joined his father-in-law at Gustaveson Insurance, where he was an insurance agent. He sold the company to Noel Insurance, where he worked until his retirement.

Mon
31
Aug

Dale E. Dettman

Dale Edwin Dettman, 81, died at his home in St. Olaf on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. He was born Nov. 13, 1938, on the family farm near National, to Edwin “Eddie” and Lois Schmidt Dettman. Dale attended Pioneer Country School, then transferred to Monona High School, where he graduated with the Class of 1956. After high school, he joined the National Guard, where he served for a time. He was then transferred to the United States Army, serving his country for four years in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Fort Riley, Kan.

He was united in marriage to Mary Vorwald on July 6, 1968, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Garnavillo. Dale and Mary farmed together near St. Olaf. He loved grandchildren, farming for over 60 years, animals, especially his cats, daily routine visiting and keeping a notebook in his pocket.

Mon
31
Aug

Thomas J. 'Joe' Bergan

Thomas Joseph “Joe” Bergan, 85, of Elkader, passed away Aug. 28, 2020, at the Elkader Care Center. He was born March 6, 1935, in Fayette County, the son of Thomas Sr. and Nelly (Kelly) Bergan. He grew up in rural Elkader, graduating from St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957, reaching the rank of Specialist Third Class before discharging.

He was united in marriage to Phyllis Marilyn Walz on Sept. 17, 1957, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Volga. Together, they raised six children: Cindy, Jerry, Craig, Brad, Julie and Mary. Joe and Marilyn lived on their farm on Chicken Ridge, where they farmed for 40 years before retiring to a home in Elkader. Along with farming, he was a long-time Elkader Cooperative board member and a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

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