Natalie Ann Carter, 56 of Des Moines, passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at Mercy One in Des Moines.
Natalie was born on August 12, 1965 to Norman & Charlene (Cooper) Vote in Ft. Dodge. Natalie grew up in rural Farnhamville area and attended Cedar Valley School District, where she graduated. After high school, Natalie continued her education at Iowa State University earning a specialty degree in school psychology in 1988. After graduation, Natalie was employed at Eldora Boys State Training School.
Natalie was united in marriage to Ronald Allen Comegys in 1992. To this union came two children: Jeffery Allen and Jacob Wesley. Natalie was a loving mother to her sons and enjoyed spending time with them. She was a passionate person with a warm heart who had an ability to listen and empathize with her loved ones. Natalie was later married to Scott Carter and they divorced.
Survivors include a son, Jeffery Allen Comegys of Des Moines, father, Norman Vote, step mother, Joyce Vote, both of Melrose, sisters: Valerie Castle (Randy) of Promise City, Melanie Vote (Julien Gardair) of Brooklyn and a fiancée, Tim Burris. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ronald Allen Comegys, son Jacob Wesley Comegys and her mother, Charlene Vote.
A memorial service will take place, 11:00 am, Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Iconium Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior from 10-11:00 am. Interment will take place at a later date at the Lincoln Cemetery in Alleman, Iowa. Memorials may be given to the family and condolences may be shared at www.thomasfh.com or facebook.com/thomasfuneralhome.
Gowrie - Francis R. (Sonny) Carlson, 87, passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Fort Dodge Health and Rehab.
Memorial services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Palmer Funeral Home in Gowrie with Ronald and DeAnne Dundson officiating. Burial will be in Dayton Cemetery with military rites presented by the Greenfield-Harquist American Legion Post #699. Palmer Funeral Home in Gowrie is in charge of arrangements.
Sonny was born on May 30, 1934, on his family farm a mile north of Harcourt to Mildred and Francis Carlson Sr. He graduated from Harcourt Consolidated School in 1952. Sonny was united in marriage to Marilyn J. Mann on November 8, 1953, and happily married for 65 years before her passing in 2018.
Sonny enlisted in the Army in May 1954. After completing basic training in Fort Bliss, Texas, he completed automotive and anti-aircraft weaponry training before being stationed in North Folk, Virginia. Following his discharge from the Army, he made deliveries for numerous companies before driving a semi-truck with Smithway Motor Xpress for 30 years where he reached the prestigious four-million-mile mark.
Sonny and Marilyn lived in or around Harcourt for their entire marriage before moving to Gowrie in 2017. They spent twenty-four years as snowbirds in Arizona making lasting friendships with people across the country.
Sonny was known for his love of trains and created elaborate displays for his extensive model train collection. He was a talented artist who enjoyed creating Swedish weave, painting rocks, and leading classes on sand and zipper art. If you knew Sonny, chances are you played a game or two with him. He was an avid card player who also enjoyed bocce ball, dominoes, and cribbage. His favorite hobby, however, was taking trips with his sweetheart and spending time with his family.
Sonny is survived by his son Randy Carlson of Walker, Minnesota; daughter Lori (Larry) Rankin of Pleasantville, Iowa; foster daughter Tammy Buriak of Florida; grandchildren Jennifer (Justin) Lee, Jason (Jenna) Ekstrom, Mat (Ashley) Spicer, Aaron (Chong) Carlson, Hayley Rankin (Mitchell), Michelle Pennington and family, Eric (Leah) Rankin and family; as well as four great-grandchildren: Austin, Avery, and Aiden Lee, and Oliver Ekstrom
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Marilyn and daughter Barbara Lyn, his parents Mildred and Francis Sr, and his sisters Dorothy and Ramona.
Memorials may be left to the Community of Christ Church in Coalville and Southwest Webster Ambulance.
Gowrie– Star L. Havard 99, passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Avenue at Medina Care Rehabilitation in Medina, Ohio. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 25, 2021, at the Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie, with Pastor Susan Rohden officiating. Burial will be at Gowrie Township Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.
Star is survived by her daughters, Marilyn (Howard) Bratt of Medina, OH, and Janelle Wines of Wentzville, MO; 5 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and nieces and nephews. She is proceeded in death by her parents, Stephen and Emma (Gilleland) Ergish; her husbands, Walter A. Chinberg and Ellis Havard; sisters, Fawn Borer, Ivis Sharkey; and great-grandsons, Joseph Little and Noah Wines.
Star Lorraine Ergish was born January 31, 1922 at Gowrie, Iowa. She was raised in Gowrie. She moved to Somers her senior year where she graduated from Somers High School. She attended Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis. She lived most of her adult life in Minneapolis and St. Louis. Following her retirement, she moved back to Gowrie in 1989. She was a long-time member of the Methodist Church. She is remembered as an avid reader and lover of music. She taught her grandchildren how to escape into novels at a young age. She showed them that sometimes getting the punch line wrong is just as funny and that good friends and family will take you pretty far in life but a good perm will get you even farther.
By Shari Everhart
Many know that when retelling a fish story, the tale tends to be embellished somewhat. A small fish can become larger and larger with each time the story is told. Thus, “a fish tale”. It just so happens with this story, there were witnesses!
Eighteen local fishermen and five boats made the trek to Lake Winnibigoshish, Minnesota for a week of angling Tuesday, September 7 to Sunday, September 12, to attend the 25th annual “Crash Classic’. Home base was the Cut Foot Sioux Resort located there.
According to Andy Cathcart , the fishing tournament is named the “Crash Classic” in honor and memory of the late Dick Dean, a well-known fishing enthusiast of Gowrie, who once had a bad day, which resulted in an unforgettable incident decades past at the location. It seems when he was leaving the dock in rough water one particular time, he unfortunately collided with another boat just off the dock where another group was fishing. Cathcart related that Dean was able to get his vessel back to the shore before it was totally filled with water. Since that time, Gowrie’s local area avid fishermen have made the trip up north to no doubt, recount the incident and swap tales of successive trips, sharing memories of their fishing buddy, Dick Dean, oh, and yes, to catch that ‘big one’. Read More...
By Shari Everhart
Kevin Diehl of Dayton was the recent recipient of the Dayton Community Service Award presented at the Tuesday, September 14th meeting of the Dayton Community Club.
Diehl has been a very active and involved member of the Dayton Community Club Committee, the Dayton City Council, the Dayton American Legion and in the past has served on the Dayton Fire Department for 10 years. In addition, he has performed many acts of volunteerism behind the scenes in the Dayton community.
Annually, individuals are chosen by the Dayton Community Club who have been involved and are a genuine asset to the community of Dayton.
At the Tuesday, September 14th presentation, John Skoglund, President of the Community Club, awarded Diehl a plaque in honor and recognition of his community service. The plaque read: The City of Dayton Recognizes Kevin Diehl for Outstanding dedication and tireless service to the citizens of this community. September 2021.
By Shari Everhart
Fall harvest season is one of the busiest, and unfortunately, the most dangerous times of the year for the agricultural industry.
As harvest begins in full swing, this year’s theme for 2021 is: “Farm Safety Yields Real Results”. This theme reminds us that it is in everyone’s best interest to invest in the health and safety of those who work so hard to provide our abundant supply of food, fiber and fuel, and through critical safety messaging and storytelling, strive toward ensuring the safety and health of the present and future generations of farmers and their families.
This 78th observance of Farm National Farm Safety and Health Week follows a most challenging year of 2020 that included a pandemic, drought and the derecho windstorm of August 2020. By making safety and health a priority and keeping it at the forefront of all farm-related tasks, we all have a role in reducing preventable accidents and incidents.
The most dangerous industry in the United States is still agriculture and the busy harvest time is when many of the injuries occur. It’s critical to make safety a personal priority during harvest. It is well documented that in comparison to other sectors in the economy, farming has one of the poorest safety records out of the main industrial sectors. Various steps are being taken by the farming community to try and improve the safety record in agriculture with one such step, the observance of Farm Safety Week, this year September 19 to September 25.
Several safety practices and a quick ‘refresher course’ when encountering farm equipment and machinery makes these agriculture safety days of September 19 to September 25 imperative for the well-being of all out and about during this season. Read More...
By Shari Everhart
Visiting Odebolt-Arthur, Battle Creek- Ida Grove (OABCIG) met a formidable opponent when the Falcons took to the Southeast Valley athletic field in Gowrie Friday evening, September 17, against the Southeast Valley Jaguars football team. The Falcons, ranked #2 in their division, had not lost in 28 straight wins and 2 straight state championships until they came up against the #3 ranked Jaguar high school football team of Southeast Valley. Both teams entered the game 3 and 0 making this contest one of the biggest games in the state to watch.
The Southeast Valley football squad had their hands full with an opposing team coming here with that much success and that long of a winning streak dating back to 2018. But few remember the Falcons last loss was to the 2018 Southeast Valley Jaguars in the playoffs. So the Jags were the last team to beat them and the Jags wanted to be the next team to give them that loss. Read More...
By Rick Vinsand
Fort Dodge Swim Team places third in The Gary Winkler Invitational behind a Southeast Valley Freshman Student’s strong showing.
September 18, 2021, Student of Southeast Valley Julia Eastman was a standout in the Gary Winkler Invitational Swim meet at the Fort Dodge High School swimming pool.
Julia’s team placed second in the 200 Yard Medley Relay and also in the 400 Yard Freestyle Medley Relay where she was lead off leg. She earned first place in the 100 yard Backstroke with a time of 1:05.19 and another first in the 100 yard Butterfly with a time of 1:04.38. The Dodger swim team will be in action at home again Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 5:30 p.m