January 29, 2015 - 11:04 am - Posted in Obituaries

candle2Gerald “Jerry” Bird, 76 years old, of Alton, IA, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at his home in Alton, IA.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton with Rev. Terry Roder officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Alton. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, 2012. There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. & a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton.

Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.

Jerry was born October 20, 1928, at Sanborn, IA, the son of Marion & Ellaine (Franck) Bird. He was raised in the Marcus IA, area where he graduated from Holy Name Catholic School in 1956. He then enlisted in the navy from June 1956 to September 1959 graduating from the Hospital Corps School in 1957, then stationed in Jacksonville, FL.

After being in the service he worked various jobs including being a bartender at the Triangle Lounge in Remsen. He married Mary Kay Kinney on June 19, 1965 and they lived in Remsen before moving to Alton in 1971. He worked for ten years at Russell’s Ready Mix in Remsen/Orange City. He worked at Ray Mohrhauser in Le Mars, IA for a short time and then worked at Joe’s Ready Mix in Sioux Center, IA for 25 years until his retirement in 2005.

Jerry was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed playing cards, bowling, fishing, and going to watch his grand children at their various activities. During retirement, he could be seen going for his spins throughout the day, reading westerns, and watching sports or game shows on the television.

Survivors include: his wife, Mary of Alton; one daughter, Ann (Mark) Pottebaum of Alton, IA; one son, Jim of Des Moines, IA. 7 Grandchildren; April Pottebaum (Shawn Keizer) of Sioux Falls, SD, Autumn (Rick) Oolman of Alton, IA, Crystal Pottebaum of Cedar Falls, IA, Dalton Pottebaum, of Alton, IA, Molly Bird of Evanston, IL, Elizabeth and Jenny Bird both of Des Moines, IA; 2 great grand daughters, Avah Oolman and Sasha Bird; 2 sisters Margaret (Ken) Gengler-Kohler of Remsen, IA, Molly (Roger) Florke of Brookville, KS; one brother Larry (Donna) Bird of Marcus, IA. In-Laws, Jean Bird (Roger Vanfossen) of South Sioux City, Dennis (Lois) Kinney of Le Mars, IA, Pat (Burleigh) Jurgensen and Dave (Cindy) Kinney all of Sioux City, IA, Dick Kinney of Denver, CO, Jan (Kev) Budden of Granville, IA.

Preceded by: his parents, 2 brothers, Edward and Peter Bird, one sister in infancy, Nancy, Father & Mother-in-law, James (Maybelle) Kinney, one brother-in-law, Al M. Gengler, sister in-law, Lois Bird, niece Kathy Canup.

Casket Bearers will be, Bob and Randy Gengler, Corey Phillips, Jason Budden and Mickey Kinney.

January 28, 2015 - 7:58 am - Posted in Obituaries

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Mr. Raymond Van Pelt, age 97, of Orange City, passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, January 31, at 11:00am, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Michael Hardeman and the Rev. Elizabeth Hardeman will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a family prayer service on Saturday, at 10:00am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the funeral home.

Arrangements are being completed by the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

January 26, 2015 - 8:12 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Marion Menning, age 97, of Sheldon, formerly of Newkirk, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at the Orange City Area Health System in Orange City.

There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, January 28, at 10:30am, at the Newkirk Reformed Church near Hospers. The Rev. David Powers will officiate. Interment will follow at the Newkirk Cemetery in rural Hospers. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

January 23, 2015 - 1:21 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Agnes Elizabeth Vonderharr, 99 years old, of Granville, IA, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon, IA.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville with Rev. Terry Roder officiating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Granville.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral on Wednesday.

Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.

Agnes was born Dec. 12, 1915, at rural Alton, IA, the daughter of Anton J. and Mary (Steichen) Klein. She was raised in the Alton area and started her education at a country school and finished at St. Mary’s Academy in Alton, IA. She worked for several local families before marrying Edward Vonderharr on September 10, 1935 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton, IA. After their wedding they moved to a farm north of Granville, IA and spent the next 53 years there before retiring and moving to their home in Granville. Edward died Dec. 16, 2005.

Agnes was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Church Guild.

Survivors include: four sons John “Jack” and wife Pauline Riverside CA, Edward L. and wife Cheryl, Buena Park CA, David L. and wife Sarah of Austin, TX, Warren F. and wife Marcia of Powhatan VA; 10 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren and one brother George Klein.

Preceded in death by: her parents, one daughter, Mary Kay in 1975, one grandson, Michael Allen, three sisters Anna M. Budden, Esther Ahlers and Marian Klein, two brothers, Gerald and Anton Klein.

January 3, 2015 - 4:09 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Dawn Eason, age 61, of Orange City, passed away on Friday, January 2, 2015, at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

There will be a memorial service on Thursday, January 8, at 11:00am, at the Alton Presbyterian Church in Alton. The Rev. Harlan De Jong will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hospers Cemetery. There will be a family prayer service on Thursday, at 9:45am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

January 3, 2015 - 4:06 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Arthur Dykstra, age 89, of Hull, passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, January 6, at 2:00pm, at the Hope Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Todd Zuidema and the Rev. Dr. Michael Hagan will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the First Baptist Cemetery in rural George. There will be a family prayer service on Tuesday, at 12:00noon, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Monday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, at the funeral home.

December 29, 2014 - 8:15 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Fred De Jong, age 84, of Hull, passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2014, at the Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, January 2, at 11:00am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Loren Kotman will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a family prayer service on Friday, at 10:00am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Thursday, with the family present from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, at the funeral home.

December 28, 2014 - 5:57 am - Posted in Obituaries

Judith “Judy” Elin Sheffield, age 77 of Boyden, Iowa who passed away on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.Her arrangements are pending with the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden, Iowa.

Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Boyden, Iowa.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to: vanderploegfunerals.com

December 27, 2014 - 5:17 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Peter Karssen, age 87, of Orange City, passed away on Friday, December 26, 2014, at the Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center.

There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, December 30, at 11:00 am, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Nassau Township Cemetery near Alton. There will be a family prayer service on Tuesday, at 9:45 am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

 Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Monday, with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the funeral home.

December 23, 2014 - 3:14 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Edward “Ed” Riepma, age 89, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Sanford Sheldon Hospital in Sheldon, Iowa.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa. Rev. Dave Van Kley officiating.

Graveside Services will be Saturday, December 27, at 10:00 A.M. at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Friday, December 26, from 2:30 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in charge of arrangements for Edward Riepma.