Obituaries 2017

Obituaries from 2017

Obituary for Ronald Thurman Hunter

Ronald Thurman Hunter, Sr., age 74, of Hot Springs Village passed away on August 12, 2017 at 4:04 a.m. with his wife at his side. He was born on December 4, 1942, in Hot Springs, Arkansas to the late Thurman H. Hunter and Hannah Lois (Johnson) Hunter.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a step-son. Survivors include his wife, Linda Hunter, five children, three bonus children, one step-son, a brother, a sister, twelve grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three furry friends; Pooh Bear, Angel Pooh, and Sugar Pooh.

Ronnie proudly owned and operated Hunter Construction for many years and retired at age 62. Ronnie loved traveling, making friends and crafting fine made jewelry from freshwater pearls and leather. He was a faithful member of AA and promoted the organization every chance he got.

A visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Caruth Village Funeral Home Chapel in Hot Springs Village, memorial service immediately following at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Jim Johnson will be officiating.
Char Wolfrom

CHARLOTTE WOLFROM age 78, born December 15, 1939, in Owosso Michigan, the daughter of Llyod and Verna Morgan, peacefully passed away Sunday evening at her home in Laingsburg, with her family by her side.  She is survived by her husband "Tuffy" Wolfrom and immediate son Lloyd Dezess, stepdaughter Ann and Rex Helms of Sheridan Mi., Julie and John Sellinger, of Darnstown Md. stepson Kevin Wolfrom, Dewitt Mi. grandson Micheal Dezess, step-grandsons Kennedy Wolfrom, Forest Wolfrom, step-granddaughters, Julian and Chad Giles, Kady Helms, Helena Sellinger, and Hanna Sellinger. Great-grandchildren, Carter, Megan Giles and Kaydence Helms.
She was predeceased by her parents, brother Leonard Morgan, nephew Micheal Morgan, stepson Rollie Wolfrom.
Charlotte retired from the banking business with 25 years at Bank of Lansing and 11 years at Motor Wheel Credit Union.
She enjoyed watching her grandkids play many different sports over the years, she really enjoyed the years her and "Tuffy" spent travelling and all the years at their home in south Texas at Magnolia Park, playing pool, and the numerous activities that are available, and especially the great friends they have at Magnolia Park, she will be missed by  many.
Charlotte enjoyed playing many different sports, she played co-ed softball until age 55, Rode horseback, loved to fish, bowl, cards, play pool, she won 6 Gold medals in 1 yr. Shooting pool in Texas, She played the guitar and sang at many music jams in Michigan, She was the jam Host at Magnolia Park where she and Tuffy spent the past 20 winters, enjoying the many friends that will greatly miss her.
There will be a memorial service at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Laingsburg, Thursday, December 28, at 11:00 AM, Visitation Wednesday, December 27, 2-4 and 6-8 PM, luncheon immediately following the Memorial.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Heartland Hospice for the care given Char and the comfort of the family.

Marilla Heidebrink

Obituary for Marilla Heidebrink
Marilla Heidebrink, 89, of Spirit Lake passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. Burial will be in the Lake View Gardens Cemetery in Spirit Lake. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake.

Marilla Mae (Gontjes) Heidebrink was born November 15, 1927, to Hazel (Park) Gontjes and John F. Gontjes in Sibley, IA. She graduated from Sibley High School. Marilla was united in marriage to Jake Heidebrink on June 27, 1948, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, IA. The couple later moved to Spirit Lake. She retired after 31 of service to Pure Fishing.

She loved to cook and will be fondly remembered for making the best potato salad. She also enjoyed sewing, making crafts, traveling, gardening and always loved helping out wherever she could. She had a deep passion and a great deal of pride being a lifetime member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary where she would often be found lending a hand whenever it was needed.

She is survived by her son Terry (Mary) Heidebrink and their children Ryan (Shawn) and their children McKayla and Emma; Molly and Jimmy; Son Paul (Deb) Heidebrink and their children Kyle Heidebrink and Kori (Eric) Clouse; sister Barbara (Roy) Marinchek; brother Leonard (Phyllis) Gontjes and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband.

Vernon F. Wendt, 84, of Flandreau, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at the Arlington Care and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, November 26, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Brookings. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Saturday, at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings.

Vernon Fred Wendt was born on March 20, 1933, the son of Arthur and Esther (Runck) Wendt, who were modest farmers near Springfield, MN. He was the middle child of three boys and remained in Springfield until he graduated from Springfield High School in 1951. From his humble beginnings, Vern accomplished many things. He joined the U.S. Army at the age of 18 and traveled Europe during his time in the Korean War as a Military Policeman. Upon his discharge from the Army, he graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. During his college years, he met the love of his life and lifelong companion Dorothy Shelden. The couple was united in marriage on September 1, 1957, in Brookings, SD. They were blessed with five children and his family will always remember him for being a loving and devoted father and husband. He worked very hard to provide for his family, working as an Industrial Engineer for a number of companies including Univac, Lake City Industries, Control Data and Gopher Signs. Vern retired from engineering in 1998.

Vern was proud of his service to the country and was a member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the American Institute of Industrial Engineering, served as chapter President in the Twin Cities and later formed the Hiawathaland Chapter in Winona, MN. He enjoyed dancing, woodworking, and playing cards. His greatest joy was being able to live out his dream to travel the country with Dorothy, in their later years, living full time in their motorhome.  They are grateful for the many friendships they were able to form through their travels. More than anything, Vern cherished his family and the time he was able to spend with them.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Wendt, of Flandreau, SD; his four children, Rhonda Wendt, of White, SD, Renee (Guy) Hanlon, of Verdon, SD, Rochelle (Ted) Clucas, of St. Louis, MO and Richard Wendt, of Sioux Falls, SD; seven grandchildren, Krystal (Brent) Ripperda, Kevin (Julianna) Hanlon, Keith Hanlon, Dominic, Dylan, Daria and Damian Clucas; four great grandchildren, Hunter Hanlon, Grady and Gabriella Ripperda and Lucas Hanlon, with two more great grandchildren due to arrive soon; one brother, Virgil (Karen) Wendt, of Chicago, IL and many nieces and nephews.

Vern is preceded in death by his parents; son, Randall Wendt and one brother, Leroy Wendt.
Nellie L. Oswald Obituary

Nellie L. Oswald 1923—2017
Nellie L. Oswald, 94, of Rockford, passed away Nov. 2, 2017, after a long illness. She was born in Rockford on October 27, 1923, to Isadore and Gerda Olson. After graduating from Harlem High School, Nellie worked as a secretary to the principal until her marriage to Jack in April 1945. They lived in San Diego for a short time when Jack was in the Marines, and then returned to the Rockford area to build a home on the river and raise their three children. Nellie is survived by her children, Lynn (Cathy) Oswald, Gayle (Ellwyn) Englof, and Julie (Richard) Harvey; grandchildren, Jason (Missy) Oswald, David (Lindsey) Oswald, Ila (Marco Bernasconi) Englof, Carla (Andrew) Ladd, Nicole (Scott), and Dustin (Lauren) Fiepke; 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jack, and brothers, Norman and Gordon Olson. Nellie's parents were founding members of Grace Lutheran Church in Loves Park, where she spent her entire life. She was active in women's circles and sang in the church choir. "Oney" cherished her family and was a devoted grandmother, as all of her grandkids will attest. The family is grateful that Oney can now be at peace and join Papa in Heaven.
Nellie's life will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 16, at Grace Lutheran Church, 343 Grand Ave., Loves Park, with visitation from 9 a.m. until time of service. Officiated by Rev. Brent Dahlseng, with a lunch afterward. Memorials to Grace Lutheran Church or Wesley Willows Good Samaritan Fund. Arrangements by Anderson-Long-Klontz Funeral Home & Cremation Services Ltd. To light a candle or leave a condolence, please go to
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Anne Person, 96, of Monticello and formerly of Fort Dodge passed away Thursday, April 6,2017 at the Jones County Medical Center in Anamosa.
Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 12,2017 at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home and then 10:30 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be at Corpus Christi Church with Msgr. Kevin McCoy officiating. Burial will be at Corpus Christi Cemetery. A visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. TODAY at the funeral home.
Anne is survived by her sons, Tom Beadle and his wife Dee of Monticello and Dan Beadle and his wife Virginia of Gold Canyon, Arizona; 9 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and sister Virginia Archer of Cedar Falls.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Cecil (Haggerty) Heman; husband, Thomas Beadle in 1967; husband, Eugene Person in 2012; and brothers, Sumner, Richard, John and Robert.
Anne L. Heman was born on February 12, 1921 in Fort Dodge. She was raised and educated in Fort Dodge and graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School. Anne was united in marriage to Thomas Beadle in 1940 and established their home in Fort Dodge. Thomas passed away in 1967. In 1974, she was married to Eugene Person. The couple lived in Fort Dodge and spent 30 years at Twin Lakes. She had been active in the Democratic Party, Swedish Club and has enjoyed sewing, quilting, and crocheting.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.
Dorothy Florence Brandes 

Dorothy Florence Brandes
(October 19, 1933 - June 20, 2017)

Dorothy Florence Brandes, the daughter of Archie and Anna (Laursen) McCrory, was born at Anita, Iowa on October 19, 1933 and died on June 20, 2017 at the Oakland Manor Nursing Home, at the age of 83 years, 8 months, and 11 days.

Dorothy attended country schools in Shelby and Cass counties. She graduated from Anita High School with the class of 1951 and then attended Nurses Training in Atlantic. On December 7, 1952, Dorothy and Richard “Dick” Brandes were united into marriage at the Christian Church in Atlantic, Iowa.  To this union four children were born, Kenneth, Delmar, Carol Jean (Jeannie), and Sharon Jo Ann (Shari).  In 1955, they lived and rented a farm near Oakland and eventually bought the family farm in 1970.  She moved from there in 2009.

Dorothy and Dick were members of Oakland United Methodist Church, the East Pottawattamie County Farm Bureau and the Pottawattamie Pork Producers. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and the Neighborhood Club. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, bingo, cards and traveling. Dorothy and Dick loved spending their winters in Texas and summers in Minnesota.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Dick; her parents; and her brothers Donald and Glenn.

Dorothy is survived by her children: Ken Brandes and wife Jane, of Hancock, IA, Delmar Brandes and wife Stephanie, of Oakland, IA, Jeannie Lawrence and husband Jim, of Meriden, CT, and Shari Engle of Millard, NE; her grandchildren: Nicole Marie, Brianne, Benjamin, Jeremy, Christopher, Richard, Brittany, Sydney, Seth, and Sabrina; and her great grandchildren:  Caitlin, Aiden, Noah, Hannah, Leah, Christian, Evie, Justin, Levi, Elaina, Konnor and Trenton. She is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Rieken Vieth Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


May Gehman's obit
Obituary for Florence May Gehman (Pincher Creek)

Kind, loving, and sincere… these are a few words that describe May Gehman, who passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Crowsnest Pass Hospital.

May was born on May 23, 1940 to Arthur and Verda Wright of Cowley, Alberta. Being raised on the farm, May appreciated hard work and healthy farm living. After completing her high school education, she moved to Calgary and attended secretarial college for a year and gained employment at an insurance company for three years. She decided that city life was not for her and in 1961, at the age of 21 years, May moved to Coleman and worked as a secretary for the Alberta Forest Service. It was at her place of employment that May met the love-of-her-life – Allan Gehman, a forest officer.

It was in the fall of 1962 when May bought a new car. Now this car got Al’s attention. When families were told of May and Al’s engagement at New Years, Al’s mother was sure that he was marrying May for her money. Little did she know that you don’t marry someone for money after they have bought a new car! May and Al were married on February 16, 1963 in the Foothills United Church in Cowley.
Six months later they moved to an Alberta Forestry Ranger Station home, which was 30 miles from the nearest town. Three years later the government decided to centralize all their “Ranger” staff, and everyone was moved back to Blairmore, Alberta. It was here that May obtained secretarial employment with the Alberta Government Welfare Services and retired in 1995 after 28 years of service.

May was a 42-year member of the Royal Purple of Canada Lodge and held the office of “Secretary” for 24 years. She volunteered in all their charitable projects.
After retirement, May and Al enjoyed spending their winters in Magnolia Park, their second home where they had made some wonderful, lasting friendships over the years. She enjoyed traveling with Al and camping with her family and friends.

Left to mourn her loss is her loving husband of 54 years -- Allan Gehman of Coleman, AB; Eric and Myrna Wright & family of Pincher Creek, AB; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members; her friends from the Royal Purple of Canada Lodge and her friends from Magnolia Park.

Memorial Contributions for the late May Gehman may be made to the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Foundation, Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0.

A Graveside Service will take place for the late May Gehman at the beautiful Cowley Cemetery on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 11:30 am, followed by a reception at the Cowley Community Hall, sharing their stories of May with Allan, their family, and friends.

Snodgrass Funeral Home in Pincher Creek assisting the Gehman family with funeral arrangements, (403) 627-4864.


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Michael Lee Key, age 71 entered into rest April 13, 2017 at his Festus residence. He had worked as a heavy equipment operator at Millstone Banger and was a member of US National Guards; he enjoyed fishing, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Born May 4, 1945, in St Louis, Missouri, to the late William and Mabel (Gillam) Key.

Survived by his family which includes his wife: Dorothy "Dottie" (Ware) Key; sons; Michael (Anita) Key of Park Hills, MO, Matt Key of Fulton, MO, Jason Key of FL and Donald Hurtgen of Dittmer, MO; daughters: Lisa Key of Fulton, MO, Shelly Key of Cape Girardeau, MO, Jessica Key of FL, Pamela Hurtgen of Festus, MO and Debbie Redwine of Festus, MO; brothers: Frank (Gensey) Key of FL and Edward (Pam) Key of Festus, MO; sister: Ruth Ann Meyer of Festus, MO; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by son-in-law: Mark Redwine; brother-in-laws: Frank Meyer and Paul Sperry; and great grandson: Oliver Caldwell.


Monday, April 03, 2017

Madison Walker Obit

   Madison Elwood Walker, 92, of Macon, formerly of Mexico, died at 4:30 a.m., Monday, March 27, 2017, at Loch Haven Nursing Home in Macon.
   Funeral services will be at 2 p.m.Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Pickering Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Keeling officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from Noon until service time. Burial with Military Honors will follow at East Lawn Memorial Park.
   Mr. Walker was born on August 8, 1924 in Toledo, Ill. His parents were Berle and Effie Herren. On October 5, 1944, in Mexico, he married Dorothy Davidson who preceded him in death on May 25, 1984. On July 23, 1996, in Mexico, he married Joann Jennings who preceded him in death on April 26, 1998.
   Madison graduated from High School in Stoutsville. He was a veteran having served in the US Army during World War II. He had worked several places including Oliver Trucking, Holsum Bakery, A.P. Green, A.B. Chance, and for the City of Mexico.
   He was a member of Centennial Baptist Church, Lions Club, Moose Lodge, and Mexico VFW Post.
   Survivors include one daughter, Phyllis Ratliff and husband Cliff, of Shelbina; one brother, Bob Herren and wife Mary Lou, of Peculiar, Mo.; three sisters, Betty White and husband Jerry, of Moore, OK, Jean Stoy, of Wellington, KS, and Moeta Escareno, of Eureka, KS; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great grandchildren.
   In addition to both wives he was preceded in death by one daughter, Dorita Donaldson; two brothers, Bill and Morris Herren, one sister, Doris McCarty, and one great-grandson, Bryson Jones.

In Memory of

Loni Lowry Barton_

July 28, 1917 - February 14, 2017

My memories of Loni.
She was very secretive about her age.
She played Bridge (the card game) and in her last years playing she was told she had to wear her glasses if she wanted to play- so she did- on top of her head.
She walked all the way across the park to put her garbage in the dumpster right up to the time she left the park and that was last year.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Rose Hendry's Obit

Mrs. Marvel Rose Hendry
Mrs. Marvel Rose Hendry
June 15, 1933 - February 15, 2017
Marvel “Rose” Hendry, 83, of Croswell, passed away on February 15, 2017.
She was born on June 15, 1933, in Jeddo, daughter of the late Thomas and Mae McLane.
After graduating from Croswell High School, she married Robert Hendry on October 20, 1951.
Rose was a proud member of KOPS (Keep off Pounds Sensibly) for 18 years. She was a lifelong member of Community of Christ (RLDS) church, serving as an ordained Elder for 28 years, some of those years as Pastor. Rose was, also District Women’s Leader, for Community of Christ, Sunday School teacher and an especially beloved director of Vacation Bible School for many years. She worked at Tru-Value for 27 years, served as a 4-H and Girl Scout leader, and worked tirelessly on behalf of Outreach International. Rose loved singing, dancing, roller skating, playing cards, swimming, traveling (to all 50 states), and especially walking every day. Another of “Rosie’s” favorite things to do was faithfully donating blood (17 gal.) with Robert.
She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Robert, whom she called, “her life,” three children, Cleo (John) Barrett of MI, Laurie (Tim) Decker of MO, and Crystal (Bill) Embry of MO; grandchildren: John and Jared Barrett, Rachel Green, Harmony Crocker, Christopher Decker, Julia Schubert, Billy Embry II, Rebecca Vipperman, and greatgrandchildren: Olivia and Annabelle Barrett, Henry Crocker, John Patrick Barrett, Ben and
Elliot Embry, Jackson and Jace Schubert, and two sisters, Helen Badgerow and Sylvia Erbe.
Rose was preceded in death by a daughter, Jody Lynn; grandson, Timothy Decker; brothers: Joe, Tom and George McLane and a sister, Grace Kraft.
A Celebration of Life service will take place March 4, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at Valley Center Community of Christ.
Inurnment will be in Croswell Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations/memorials be given to Outreach International or Marlette Hospice, who provided such loving compassionate care in her final days.
Arrangements are in the care of Jowett Funeral Home, 1634 Lapeer Ave., Port Huron. To view obituary and share memories visit,

I remember all the fun times we had together on the way and in the park at CedarPoint with our beloved Aunt Rose :).
We went down for a couple days with Uncle Bob and my parents & my brother,
Scott. U. Bob would grab us from behind in the roller coasters & say "Now you're in for it!! There's no going back now!!! " And he'd laugh so loud. Aunt Rose & my Mom (Rose's sister Sylvia ) would both scream all the way down the first big hill...!
We'll miss your laughter, A. Rose... Love you lots!!
Paul A. Erbe & family - (Sylvia's son) - Mason, MI
Heather, Alexandra, Sebastian & Atticus.
Paul A. Erbe - 19 hours ago


Williamson - White Funeral Home and Cremation Services

Elmer Otto Will

( August 28, 1943 - January 27, 2017 )
Elmer Will age 73, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Amery Hospital and Clinic in Amery, Wisconsin.
Elmer was born on August 28th, 1943 to Otto and Margaret (Arndt) Will in Wausau, Wisconsin. As a child the family moved to Amery. He was a plumber in Amery for many years. He loved Nascar, camping, traveling and doing crafts.
Elmer is survived by his friend Gail Lubinsky; four children, Melody (Larry) Schaffer, Tammy Allen, Justin “Bucky” (Jenny) Will and Jen (Kenny) Johnson; 13 grandchildren and 9 great- grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Violet (Bill) Pauls and Daphne (Virgil) Ness.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 5 to 8 PM at the Williamson-White Funeral Home, 222 Harriman Avenue North Amery, Wisconsin 54001.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Amery Hospital for all their kind and compassionate care given to Elmer and Family.

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