My Angel, my everything has left this world on Sunday, December 27, 2020, at his home in Embarrass peacefully in the compassionate care of his loving wife after a short battle with brain cancer.
Dwight D. Light was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Frank and Donna Light and was raised on the family farm in Gowrie, IA.
Dwight graduated from Prairie Community High School in 1977 and attended Westmar college in Le Mars, IA. He went back to school at age 50 to Mesabi Range Community College and graduated in May of 2012 from the Practical Nursing Program. He found his calling at Waterview Pines (St. Michaels). Dwight loved his residents and they loved him back. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading, writing, fishing, camping, horseshoes and gardening, but most of all he loved his family and friends. He was a kind and gentle man.
Dwight is survived by his wife Cathy; sons Troy (Stacy) Davidson of Babbitt, Dennis Davidson of Embarrass; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; mother Donna Light of Fort Dodge, IA; sister Duana Light of West Des Moines, IA; brothers Bruce (Sue) Light, of Gowrie, IA, Mark (Sandy) Light of Adel, IA; sisters-in-law Cindy (Steve) Vesel of Hibbing, MN, Sherry (Bob) Riddel of St. Michael, MN, Lori (Fred) DuFalt of Hibbing, MN and his two very special friends, Leslie Aubin and Kaitlen Flannigan of Virginia, MN and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father Frank Light; father and mother-in-laws Larry and Miriam Guderian; and father-in-law Tony Freshour.
Dwight loved Montana and wanted his cremains spread on Skalkaho Pass in Montana.
To keep everyone safe from Covid-19, there will be no funeral. A celebration of life will be planned for a later date. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.
Lohrville - Darwin Black 91, was born April 21, 1929 to Florence and Laurence Black and died December 20, 2020 in Laguna Beach, California. Darwin was a landscaper, which he enjoyed very much, until his retirement.
Darwin grew up in Lohrville, Iowa and revisited Iowa in the summer months for many years. Darwin enjoyed biking, hiking, traveling and visiting his friends and relatives in Iowa. He served in the Army from 1951-1953.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, and brother, Dennis and his wife, Jerry Ann. He is survived by his relatives and many, many friends.
A memorial service is pending in September, at Cedar Township Cemetery, Rinard, Iowa.
Deanna J. Otto, age 80, of Galva, passed away on Tuesday, December 01, 2020 at the Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy of Omaha. A funeral service was held on Sunday, December 06, 2020 at 1:30 PM at the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Galva with the Rev. Paul D. Egger officiating. Burial was held at the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery of Galva. A visitation was held on Saturday, December 05, 2020 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Galva. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Holstein is in charge of the arrangements.
Deanna Jean (Williams) Otto was born March 30, 1940 at home in Casey, Iowa to Delbert D. Williams and Wilma W. (Wilson) Williams. As a child she lived in Casey and Somers then moved to Calendar. She was a 1958 graduate of Gowrie High School. Upon graduation, Deanna attended UNI for one year, and then transferred to Buena Vista College where she earned a teaching degree in 1962. At Buena Vista, Deanna was a member of the BV Beaverette Dance Squad. She taught for one year at Clarion High School and started the girls sports program. She taught P.E. for two years in Gowrie and was involved in girl’s basketball, softball and cheerleading.
On June 9, 1963, Deanna was united in marriage to Virdene L.W. Otto in Gowrie, Iowa. They made their home in Fort Dodge, Gowrie and Harcourt before moving to a farm just outside of Galva, Iowa in 1970.
Over the years, Deanna worked part time at the DeKalb plant and Wal-Mart in Storm Lake in addition to helping run the farms. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Galva where she was active in the Ladies Aide. Deanna was a member of the Good Samaritan Auxiliary and the Fort Dodge Square Dance Club. She helped with the Dayton Labor Day Rodeo, was a member of the Galva Centennial Committee, a Galva Girl Scouts leader, volunteered at the Good Samaritan Society and was a member of a ladies and couples Bridge Club. She loved horses, and watching cowboy movies, especially ones starring John Wayne. She enjoyed playing basketball and softball, card games, and working outside, particularly in her flower garden. She cherished the time spent with family, including baking and shopping with her girls. Deanna could talk to anyone and accepted everyone into her heart and home. She often opened her home to those needing a temporary place to live and babysat a few special kids over the years. She often called friends and family to stay in touch, and enjoyed teasing and giving them a hard time when she did. Deanna hated goodbyes; it was instead, “See ya later.”
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Virdene Otto of Galva, IA; daughters, Tracy (Bryan) Terry of Holstein, IA and Sheri (Doug) Conover of Galva, IA; grandchildren, Kelli (Dustin) Hahn of Worthington, MN, Kody (Kayla) Terry of Holstein, IA, Kyle (Leann) Terry of Hudson, WI, Tori Conover (Paul Allerdings) of Alta, IA, Ashley (Sean) Bainbridge of Kinsgley, IA, Kegan Conover of Galva, IA and Daphne Conover of Galva, IA; 11 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bob Swanson of Latimer, IA; sisters-in-law, Ann Williams of Dayton, IA and Myrna Callison of Omaha, NE; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Deanna was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert and Wilma Williams; parents-in-law, Adolf and Lorna Otto; brother, Darrell Williams; sister, Pearl Swanson; brother-in-law, Darwin Otto.
Online condolences can be made at nicklasdjensenfh.com.
By Allison Bethel
Agriculture is important in many ways. Agriculture can provide employment, is very important in trading with other countries, brings food to the table, it also brings raw materials, and is the nation’s main source of income. Agriculture gives so many things to people that without it there would be a huge problem if it went around anymore. There are so many local farmers who work very hard to contribute to the importance of agriculture.
Iowa is the leading producer of corn, pork, ethanol production, and eggs. This is a lot of commodities that are produced from this single state alone. The United States is full of farmers young and old even though it only makes up 1.3% of the population. In 2017 the USDA survey said that there were only 86,900 farms in Iowa.
This number has been on a downward slope, so it is important to teach younger generations about agriculture to possibly spark an interest inside of them. This spark could lead to more production and prosperity from farms, not only in Iowa but everywhere in the United states.
FFA and 4-H are great organizations who inspire and teach young generations all about agriculture, leadership, and several paths to success. FFA and 4-H are great ways to get kids not only involved in agriculture, but to help shape them into fine young men and women.
Heartland Bank made it a December to Remember by helping our local community with grocery bills this holiday season! On Friday, December 18th, Heartland Bank handed out scratch-off tickets to use at Market on Market. During the month of December, participants were able to take their ticket to Market on Market and scratch off the ticket at checkout. Whatever the amount was on the card was subtracted from their grocery bill and Heartland Bank covered that amount for them! The bank donated $313 to Market on Market to help cover the expenses. We would like to thank Market on Market for helping make this possible. Heartland Bank is proud to serve our local community!
By Shari Everhart
It has become a tradition for the men of the Gowrie morning coffee group to name their ‘biggest loser” for the year. And so the announcement has been made for 2020.
The daily morning social gathering is a ritual several men from the community look forward to each and every day as they converge at the Gowrie Fire Station. Usually the group numbers approximately 17, give or take a few. Their initial roots in getting together harken back to the former Marv’s Market Street Grill and Bar before the men moved kitty-corner across the street to begin meeting at Jamboree Foods and now meeting at the Gowrie Fire Station.
The coffee drinkers usually meet every day of the week, enjoying the camaraderie, conversation, discussion and, of course, that cup of java. It has been customary to flip coins or draw a card with the day’s “loser” paying for everyone’s cup of Joe that day. It’s a gamble the men take in the anticipation they won’t be the one on the hook paying for everyone’s coffee. The winning ‘loser’ is calculated by the morning coffee guys after counting up the number of cups each pays for after matching.
For the third year in a row, Don Rasmussen was deemed the 2020 winner and received a trophy for first place and the title of “2020 Boys Coffee Winner”. He forked over the cash for 189 cups of coffee during last year for the group. Don also holds the overall record throughout the years with the grand total of paying for 297 cups. This beats the all-time record held by Dennis Tucker.
Coming in second place was Lonnie Carlson who was on the hook for 171 cups of coffee last year, and Dennis Tucker was named third who paid for 164 cups of coffee in 2020.
The “biggest loser” may attribute his luck to having none at all or could possibly blame it on just one of the many quirks of the year 2020.
Whatever the case, it is all in fun and decidedly worth the risk!
By Rick Vinsand
In an abbreviated game here on Friday, January 8, 2021. According to Coach Gutshall, the JVR boys captured a win by playing tough on defense, minimizing the turnovers, and grabbing the rebounds.
Leading the way - Andrew Miller with 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 steals. Dalton Crouse scored 4 points and dished out 1 rebound, 2 assists, and 2 steels. Hane Sorenson added 3 points and 1 rebound. Carter Ferry contributed 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. Ethan Ackerson, Oscar Hanson and Caden Konecne chipped in with 2 points apiece, with Ackerson also recording 2 rebounds and 1 assist in the game.
By Jeff Miller
The Jaguar wrestlers returned to the mat after Christmas break in a quad matchup with the Wheelers of Audubon, Bulldogs of Ogden, and Rams of Greene County at Burnside, January 7th. Prior to wrestling, three senior wrestlers and one senior cheerleader were honored in their first and last home meet of the season: 195 lb Jaxon Carlson, 152 lbs. Gabriel Killian, and 145 lb Jonah Siebert were recognized as well as Cheerleader Emma Pudenz. The Jags were eager to get back on the mat as over break they concentrated on improving controlling ties, upper body wrestling, and continuing to get out from underneath as well as many other positioning areas.
The Jags opened with the Wheelers winning 57-12, in the second dual the Jags bested the Bulldogs 57-21, and finished strong with a convincing win over the Rams of Greene County 53-24.
The coaching staff would like to thank the three seniors for their effort this year. They have been tremendous positive leaders in the room which in turn benefits our Juniors and underclassmen. Both Jonah and Jaxon started wrestling in 8th grade and have continually made strides in their wrestling careers. They struggled in their freshman and sophomore years but as seniors they have put together really nice seasons. Gabriel joined us this year and has fit right in his leadership role and has made great strides in his wrestling.
Seven wrestlers finished 3-0 for the night: 120 lbs Caelan Oakes, 132 lbs Max Miller, 160 lbs Zack Miller, 170 lbs Lathe Muench, 195 lbs Jaxon Carlson, 220 Mark Hughes, and 285 lbs Aaron Graves. 106 lbs Spencer Suchan, 145 lbs Jonah Siebert, 152 Gabriel Killian, and Harley Bryson finished 2-1. 138 lbs Ty Klatt competed in a tough weight bracket winning one match and Kaden Holder and Maddox Hanna also competed in the Varsity portion. 145 lbs Reed Andrews, 152 lbs Carson Joyce, and 160 lbs Rylie Ferrari also won three matches for Jags in extra competition as well as 132 lbs Julian Huglin and 138 lbs Kyle Johnson.
Overall, the coaching staff felt the guys wrestled well coming out of break. They wrestled aggressively on their feet scoring many more takedowns than their opponents.