Duane A. Burger, 85, of Fort Dodge, passed away into his Savior’s loving arms on Saturday, June 20, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services for Duane Burger will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Britt Evangelical Free Church, 810 2nd Avenue North West in Britt. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Britt.
Visitation for Duane Burger will be held one hour prior to the funeral services at the church on Saturday morning.
Duane’s wife of 62 years, Janice, died on April 3, 2020. He is survived by his children Tammy (Brian) Ball of Fort Dodge, Troy (Mary Beth) Burger, of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and Melody (Ferruccio) Zampa, of Fort Dodge; 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and siblings Bev Lewis, Mary Lou Biggins, Shirley Schultz, Judy Peterson and Tom Burger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Vienna Burger; a son, Gregory; and a sister, Carol Schroeder.
Duane Arthur Burger was born on a farm near Paton, Iowa on August 8, 1934. After helping on the farm and graduating from Paton High School, he joined the Army during the Korean War. He worked as a mechanic in the Army and as a civilian. He also worked for the railroad and on February 15, 1958, married Janice Newton. They made their home in Fort Dodge shortly after and he began working for United States Gypsum. He retired from USG in 1999.
Duane had a full life with his family, work, and serving the Lord. He and his wife helped charter the First Evangelical Free Church in Fort Dodge in 1965 and was a faithful member for many years, holding positions in the church and evangelizing in the community. In the 1980’s he became ill when his heart contracted a virus. He finally got to the point of needing a heart transplant and on June 26, 2003, he received one after only being on the list for three days. He lived almost 17 years after that and kept active until his last bout of skin cancer. He lived to serve others and to spread the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. He was attending First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, at the time of his death.
The family would like to thank the staff of Fort Dodge Health and Rehabilitation for their excellent care of Duane.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of Duane’s children and Ewing Funeral Home in Britt is serving the family. www.ewingfh.com Ewing Funeral Chapel, 178 Center Street West, Britt, Iowa 50423, 641-843-3839
Somers – Joyce A. Erritt 79, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society in Manson, Iowa. Private Family Services were held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City, with Pastor Allan Redenius officiating. Burial of casket was at Cedar Township Cemetery near Rinard. A Public Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 29, at the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.
Joyce is survived by her son Jeff (Dess) Erritt of Somers; daughter Teresa (Adam) Dickinson of Webster City; 9 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother Dennis (Judy) McKenney of Somers, and Kenneth (Kelly) McKenney of Otho; brother-in-law Andy Birkland of Somers; sister-in-law Janet Bird of Somers; brother and sister-in-law, John and Carole Erritt of Somers; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon “Gus” Erritt; parents, Myrl and Virginia Good McKenney; infant brother Duane; sister Janice Birkland; and brother-in-law Daniel Bird.
Joyce A. McKenney was born January 21, 1941 at Logan, Iowa. She graduated from Cedar Valley Schools. On February 24, 1962 she was united in marriage to Gordon “Gus” Erritt at the Somers United Methodist Church in Somers. The couple made their home on a farm near Somers and farmed for most of their lives. Joyce also worked at American State Bank, the JC Penny Co., and was a librarian for the Somers Library until her retirement. Gus passed away in 2018. Joyce was a member of the Eastern Star, and the Somers United Methodist Church.
Jill A. Moe, 67, of Cedar Falls passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
Private family services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Fulton Lutheran Church in Roelyn with Rev. Jim Davis officiating. The funeral service will be live streamed via the Laufersweiler Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will be at Fulton Lutheran Cemetery, Roelyn. A public visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday with a Prayer Service beginning at 7:00 PM all at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home in Fort Dodge. www.laufersweilerfuneralhome.com
Jill is survived by her husband, Steve Loonan of Cedar Falls; stepson, Clint Loonan of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Connor Loonan of North Carolina, Rhys and Shane Loonan both of Cedar Rapids; sisters, Cynthia (Joel) Seehusen and Kim (Dan) Jondle; nephews, Jared Seehusen and his son, Nick; Matt (Amanda) Seehusen and their children, Hayden, Marina, Grant, and Isaac; Mike (Elara) Jondle and their children, Brookelyn and Colin; Lee Jondle; niece, Erica (Jared) Suzie, Cecil and their children, Jason, Jackson, and Emma; and special friends, Mary, Judy, Caroline, and Deb.
She was preceded in death by her parents Clifford and Donna Moe.
Jill Annette Moe was born July 26, 1952 in Fort Dodge. She grew up and attended schools in Gowrie and graduated from Prairie Community High School in Gowrie in 1970. She was united in marriage to Barry Jacobson and the couple later divorced. Following her graduation, she attended Wartburg College and then transferred to UNI where she earned her bachelor’s degree and then her master’s degree in Psychology. She was united in marriage to Jerry DeBower and the couple later divorced. She worked for the University of Iowa for a short period of time and then worked in the Registrar’s office at UNI for many years. In 2005, she was united in marriage to Steve Loonan in Yellville, AR. The couple made their home in Cedar Falls. Jill enjoyed fishing and traveling including trips to Alaska. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes Fan and loved spending time with her family and friends.
Memorials may be left to family discretion.
By Shari Everhart
Gowrie’s July 4th, 2020 celebration, an on-going historic annual event, was held as usual albeit a more subdued and abbreviated version due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, the parade route was altered and extended somewhat. Beginning at the customary starting point of Church and Market Streets, it headed west on Market to the end of the street to County Road. From there, the route made a right turn north for one block before continuing on after making another right turn east on Main Street, traveling to the Wheels of G.Y.C. Skating Rink where the route ended. Parade watchers along the route adhered to the parameters of social distancing required due to the COVID-19 virus.
It was the first time the Pearl Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing Home residents were able to see the parade up close and personal. They were set up in an area in front of the facility with CNA’s caring for them as the parade passed by. Read More...
By Shari Everhart
There’s something new at the Gowrie Golf Course. A new sign made possible by numerous local area persons and groups.
The new addition was a project of the Men’s and Women’s Golf Leagues with labor donated by Vance Bauer, Philip Bauer, Karl Streit, Keith Streit, Kenny Streit, Dave Carlon and Kevin Black.
Landscaping enhancing the sign included decorative block and rock. The blocks were donated by Jim and Luann Suchan, with Luann Suchan, Paulette Carlson, Kathleen Johnson, Rose Mallison, Carson Suchan, and Spencer Suchan seeing to it the block was hauled to the course. The labor and rock were a donation from Collin Nordiin, owner of Proficient Property Management in Gowrie.
The main purpose of the new signage at the course is to serve as a visual invitation and a reinforcement that the public is welcome there.
Appreciation is expressed to everyome who made the project a reality.
Gowrie’s July 4th Celebration began at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 3rd, with the annual “Just Ride,” Tractor Ride in Webster County, sponsored by the Central Plains FFA. The participants rode thirty-one tractors traveling about 45 miles, celebrating the nation’s birthday(and farming). The tractor enthusiasts left Gowrie toward Rinard, headed north to Highway 20 for a stop in Moorland. Lunch was served in Moorland at the outdoor shelter house, after lunch, the group traveled back to Gowrie to end the ride.
By Sheridan Gealow
Southeast Valley softball had a long, victorious week of games.. The Jags started out on Monday night against the Indians from Pocahontas Area Community which was also the night the seniors (Cassi Berglund, Jaynie Ferrari, and Kenzie Crampton) were celebrated.
Monday night, the Jaguar offense started out hot plating three runs right away in the bottom of the first inning. That would be the story of the night as the jags would continue to score three runs each inning, through the fifth to win the game by a score of 12-2. Emily Jaeschke would be
a big hitter in the box for the Jags hitting a single and a double in the contest while scoring three times. Jaynie Ferrari and Emily Hemmestead also took advantage of the bases they were given, scoring three runs each. Kenzie Crampton was shooting straight fire in the circle, facing 20
batters and striking out 11 while the defense behind Crampton held solid. Read More...
By Bryan Bachel
@ MADRID Game 1: L 7-9 Game 2: W 5-3
The Jag JVR team started their season with a split to Madrid. Jesse Hansen pitched the first game giving up 1 hit and 2 runs in 2 2/3 innings of work. He had four strikeouts also. Hitting for the Jags was Justin Loseke with two hits and scoring two runners. Colby Russell had a monster game going 3 for 3 with two RBI’s. Pitcher Jesse Hansen did his job getting one hit along with freshmen Ethan Ackerson who also had a hit on the game. Game 2 went a little bit more favorably for the Jags as they pulled off the win. Colby Russell threw very well going the complete game only allowing two hits with seven strikeouts in 5 innings pitched. A great pitching performance from a young player we hope to see throw a lot in a few years. Hits for the Jags in the second game was spread out throughout the team. With Carl Berglund and Jesse Hansen getting a base hit along with fellow freshmen Caden Konecne getting one hit. Bryson Axness did his job at the plate getting two walks while Elias Field had one hit which scored two RBI’s on the hit. Hane Sorenson also had 2 RBI’s on the day.
Humboldt Game 1: 0-7 L Game 2: 4-3 W
The JVR baseball team started out their season with a tough loss to Humboldt losing 0 to 7. The bright spot of the game was Justin Loseke throwing 2 ⅓ innings while striking out six batters. Read More...