GOWRIE- Robert W. Proctor, 79, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021 at Aspire of Gowrie.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 4, 2021 at Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie. Burial was in Gowrie Township Cemetery with military rites presented by the American Legion Peterson Post #431 of Gowrie.
Robert is survived by wife, Wilma Proctor of Gowrie; 6 daughters, Penny Graves; Kandy Proctor-Robinson, Melissa Smits of Lehigh; Patti Alfred of Fort Dodge; Allison Pingel of Stratford; Suzette (Ben) Dwight of Fort Dodge; 24 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob Graney and Clara Proctor
Robert W. Proctor was born August 7, 1942 in rural Clear Lake, Iowa. He graduated from Clear Lake High School and Hamilton Business College. He served in US Marines from 1959 till 1962. He was united in marriage to Wilma Gregerson July 3, 1986 in Fort Dodge. Robert drove truck most notably for 15 years for Smithway.
Memorials may be left to the family’s discretion.
Harcourt – Donna J. Sytsma 85, of Ottumwa, formerly of Harcourt passed away Sunday, October 3, 2021 at Ridgewood Specialty Care in Ottumwa. Graveside Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Lost Grove Township Cemetery, Harcourt with Pastor Jim Davis and Pastor Kay Christie officiating.
Donna Jean Sytsma, daughter of Andrew and Eva (Miller) Sytsma, was born July 10, 1936. Donna’s family lived near Albia, IA when she was born and moved to a farm north of Harcourt in 1938, where they lived until 1969. Donna attended School in Harcourt through eighth grade. In 1969, they moved into Harcourt where she lived with her parents. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Harcourt. In 1993, Donna moved to Albia, IA where she lived in a private home for 7 years. In 2000, she moved to Jim and Sharon Brown’s home in Ottumwa. That is where she has resided until the last months of her life.
Survivors include her sister-in-law Phyllis Sytsma of Harcourt; nieces and nephews, Phyllis Hoover (Doug) of Roland, IA, Darlene Light (Dean) of Kansas City, KS, Kim Breen (Dan) of Waterville, OH, Kris Atkins of Dallas, TX, Kevin Sytsma (Mi) of North Las Vegas, NV, Karen Sandberg (Jim) of Gowrie, Kendra Sytsma of Smyrna, TN, and Keith Sytsma (Dena) of Harcourt; thirteen great nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Andrew and Eva Sytsma; and her brothers and sister-in-law, Elvin Sytsma and Floyd and Lillian Hoover.
Gowrie – Leon B. “Rusty” Skoglund 98, passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at the Gardens Retirement & Assisted Living Community in Jefferson. Funeral Services were held Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church, Gowrie, with Pastor Jim Davis and Pastor Denise Berns officiating. Burial was at Gowrie Township Cemetery. Wearing masks are appreciated by the family. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family. Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie is in charge of arrangements.
Rusty is survived by his children, Anita (Scott) Brayton of Easton, MD, Kenneth (Marilyn) Skoglund of Farnhamville, and Laurie (Nik) Telleen of Gowrie; 4 grandchildren, John (Abby) Skoglund, Christine (Michael) Lavender, Amanda (Andrew) Krieger, and Ashley (Joe) Brown; 8 great-grandchildren, Aidan, Reagan, Ella, Taylor, Carter, Lydia, Kenley, and Isla; and sister Joyce Goforth of Callender. He was preceded in death by his wife Marlys; parents, Bert and Bernice (Rydman) Skoglund; and infant brother Richard.
Leon Bernard Skoglund was born June 21, 1923 at Dayton, Iowa. He graduated from Dayton High School. On April 20, 1947 he was united in marriage to Marlys Hedman. The couple established their home on a farm in Gowrie and farmed until 1972. Rusty and Marlys owned and operated the Canteen Café from 1971 until 1979. Rusty then worked as a Food Inspector for the State of Iowa for 10 years, spending three of those years in Hospers, Iowa. In 1982, Rusty and Marlys moved back to Gowrie and he continued to work for the State of Iowa until his retirement in 1989. From 1988 until 1997, Rusty and his grandson John worked as the caretaker for the Gowrie Township Cemetery. In 1999, he was a courier for West Central Coop. Marlys passed away in 2002. Rusty was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, Stephen’s Ministry, Elderbridge Community, Kiwanis Club, and Svenska Klubben Club. He also was a volunteer for the care center and meals on wheels.
The Skoglund Family appreciates very much the exceptional care Rusty received from The Gardens and from Unity Point Hospice.
By Shari Everhart
Five names will officially appear on the November election ballot as those seeking council seats. They include Kim Young, Aaron Chalstrom, Phil Goedken, Austin Promes and Terry Willardson.
Aaron Chalstrom has been a Gowrie resident since 2012. He and his wife, Laura, are the parents of three boys: Riley, Lucas and Nathan. He says that during his time living in Gowrie he’s “come to realize I should do more than just live here” and adds, “I was asked by some friends to run for city council as they mentioned I could do some good for this community through bringing a younger perspective.” He noted he was in military service for 22 years where he “is a flight nurse out of Minneapolis.’’ During that time he learned that communication is critical for success whether managing a medical crew in the air or making decisions that will affect the success of a community, both today and in the future.
Phil Goedken moved from Waterloo to Gowrie about 6 years ago and says he is happy to be back in a small town, since that’s the type of community in which he grew up. He says, “Gowrie has been very good to my family and especially my son, Caleb.” He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 26 years and have 7 children and 10 grandchildren. This year, he joined the Southwest Webster Ambulance crew and the Sons of the V.F.W. He has been employed with the Department of Human Services for 25 years and states he is willilng to serve the community he now calls home. Read More...
By Shari Everhart
Roger Bloomquist grew up in Gowrie and had been told somewhere along the way that Gowrie’s name had been named for a town/area in Scotland.
During a trip to Scotland in 2004, he decided to look into this and seek to visit the original area. He noted it “was a terrific trip” and wrote an article about it, which, at some point, was published in “The Gowrie Newspaper”. He had a cousin that thought it should be shared and posted the piece on the Internet, which can currently be accessed by Googling “Roger Bloomquist Scotland.”
During that trip to Scotland, Bloomquist was presented with a book titled, “The Fair Land of Gowrie”. Wanting to share this book with the people of Gowrie and the surrounding area, he made a stop in Gowrie last week to donate the book to the Gowrie Public Library as an addition to the library’s shelves.
By Rick Vinsand
On August 14, 2021, We were returning home from Waterloo headed to Fort Dodge. On the Highway 20 Freeway west of Cedar Falls is a lovely stop we call the Mill. The service station has an Arby’s, Godfathers Pizza, clean bathrooms, and shopping. While leaving the service station, we noticed a pink fire truck with signatures all over it at the diesel pumps. We figured that it had something to do with breast cancer awareness and thought it might make a good story for the news.
We saw the young man who had just finished filling the vehicle and asked, what was the story about the pink fire truck with signatures all over it. He said the truck delivers support to those who are needing a lift up. He said that the Firefighters, EMS, and Police help do good deeds to lift the spirits of those fighting a major illness or disease. Dennis Bramow and his wife, Diana, who is a breast cancer survivor, accompanied him. He explained the vehicle is a part of the Pink Heals Eastern Iowa Chapter. The signatures are those who have and are battling illness. Read More...
Gowrie, IA ~ The Southeast Valley Jaguars defeated the Titans of GTRA (Graettinger) with the scores of 25-18, 25-22, and 25-19. In the first two games, the ladies were behind but rallied back to win both games.
Leading the offense was Breck Mills having 12 kills and with a hitting proficiency of .27 for a season high. Addi Hindt was right behind her with 12 kills and a proficiency of .25. Other girls contributing kills were Alex Kitchen with four, Ellie Nolte with two, Maddie VanSickle with three, and Paige Weiland with three. Ellie Nolte had 25 assists for the night. Madison Lane led the girls with nine digs followed by Maddie VanSickle having five. Others contributing digs were Alex Kitchen with two, Kenna Scott with two and Lauren Johnson with three.
The team served at 91.8% efficiency with Madison Lane being perfect behind the serving line with nine. Alex Kitchen was 96% with her serving with two aces out of 25 attempts. Ellie Nolte had two ace serves at 92% efficiency. Maddie VanSickle had one ace serve. The team served below 85% the first game but improved the next two game serving above 92%.
The team finishes the regular season with a record of 7-18 and 2-9 in conference play. The girls open Regional play on Monday, October 18th here in Gowrie. They will face the Cadets of Iowa Falls-Alden.
By Rick Vinsand
In a dual meet, the Fort Dodge Dodger Girls swim team captured the win over Marshalltown on October 12, 2021.
The Dodger team’s Julia Eastman Freshman at Southeast Valley High School turned in another strong performance competing in four events contributing 12 points toward the 109 to 71 victory.
Southeast Valley’s Julia Eastman competed in the Women’s 200 yard Medley Relay, her team placing first with a time of 2:01.40. Julia swam the Women’s 100 Yard Fly, placing first with a time of 105.17. She competed in the Women’s 100 Yard Back Stroke, putting up another first place with a time of 106.86, and also competed in the Women’s 400 Yard Free Relay, her team placing first with a time of 4:02.49.
In a conference meet, the Dodger Swim Team will be on the road at Marshalltown on October 21, 2021.