Carl Leroy Christensen was born December 15, 1948 in a hospital corridor in Jefferson, IA, the son of Romayne (Archie) and Joyce Mundt Christensen. He grew up on a farm near Paton, IA where he lived most of his life. Sadly for all who knew him, Carl passed away July 16th 2022 in Hospice in Johnston, IA with his daughter Karli constantly at his side.
Carl and Rebecca (Becki) Carlson married in Houston, MN in April 1975 and had two children, Cody and Karli. Though Carl and Becki later divorced, they remained close and were devoted to supporting their kids and grandkids, Cael and Layna.
Carl graduated from Paton-Churdan High School in 1967 and enlisted in the Army in 1969. After completing Special Forces Medic training, he was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone. He had many stories to tell about the jungle training and snorkeling he did with his buddies while in Panama. He received an honorable discharge in 1972 and then received a BS in Animal Science from Iowa State University. He then went on to farm, raise livestock, and retired from Iowa State University as an animal caretaker (and handyman) at the ISU Dairy Farm.
Carl was known for his love of raising animals and his silly antics, like always having a toothbrush and dental floss with him wherever he went. He and Becki gave their children a richly unique upbringing, allowing them to raise a pet raccoon one summer, and a pet crow another year. His grandchildren were always excited to visit him because he often had new unique critters on his acreage, and because of his fun and silly approach to life. Even in recent years, he wasn’t afraid to jump on the trampoline with the kids, and not too long ago he surprised many of his friends with Christmas cards that had a recent picture of him standing on the back of his two horses like a stunt man in a wild west movie.
For the past 20 years, Carl lived like a hermit, but he was actually quite social. After retiring, he would travel far and wide to visit extended family and old acquaintances. He loved to dance, and often traveled across the state to attend dances with his network of friends.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Madelyn Pegg. He is survived by Becki, Cody (Tiffany), Karli, Cael and Layna Christensen, sisters Nicky Wynne and Jean Hodge, and many cousins and friends.
Though Carl didn’t care to be the center of attention, his family is holding a casual celebration of life for him at 209 Main in Paton, IA on August 13th from 3:00pm-6:00pm where they look forward to visiting with friends and family and hearing any Carl stories people are willing to share.
Memorial donations can be made to MercyOne Johnston Hospice Care, the William R Bliss Cancer Center in Ames, or any organization supporting animals. Cards can be sent to Carl’s family at:
4811 Wisconsin Ave
Des Moines, IA 50317
GOWRIE – Raymond J. Norine, 92, died Monday, July 11, at Friendship Haven, Fort Dodge.
Memorial services will be 2 PM Tuesday, July 26, 2022 (NOTE THE DATE) at Zion Lutheran Church, Gowrie, with Pastor Denise Berns officiating. A visitation will be 1 PM until the start of the service at the church. Private family burial will be at Gowrie Township Cemetery. Memorials may be left to family discretion. Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie, is in charge of arrangements.
Ray is survived by five children: Gregg (Martha) Norine, Gowrie; Ron (Bernita) Norine, Fort Dodge; Shelley VanZelderen, Scranton; Brian (Karen) Norine, formerly Rockwell City; and Lori (Rick) Peterson, Cottonwood AZ. Also 12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren with one more on the way, and brother Russ Norine, Friendship Haven. He was preceded in death by his parents Albin and Hannah Norine; wife Phyllis Norine (2007); sisters Helen Magnusson and Florence Targgart; and son-in-law Cornelius “Case” VanZelderen.
Ray was born July 5, 1930, in Gowrie. He was raised and educated in Gowrie, graduating from Gowrie High School in 1948. He attended one year at Fort Dodge Junior College and one year at the Art Institute of Chicago. He married Phyllis Richardson of Dayton on Sept. 15, 1950, and the couple established their home in Gowrie. Among his jobs, Ray was employed by the Gowrie bank, Johnson Lumber Co. and Wendell Electric. In 1972 he and Phyllis opened Norine’s Variety Store in Gowrie, which they owned and operated until retiring in 1995.
Ray was very active in the community, including the Gowrie Historical Society, and at Zion Lutheran. He was an avid golfer, a lifelong Cubs fan, and a handyman who spent countless hours helping his grown children and others in the community.
Pomeroy - Delores A. “Dee” Buske, 89, formerly of Farnhamville passed away Monday July 25, 2022 at Accura Healthcare of Pomeroy.
A public visitation was held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday July 28, 2022, at Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie. Burial will be at a later date in Galt Cemetery in Galt, Iowa.
She is survived by sons Brian (Lisa) Buske, Gilmore City, Paul Buske of Oklahoma City, OK, Kent Buske of Maryville, TN, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents George (Earl) and Dora (Leonard) Nelson, son Blake Buske, three sisters, brother, and nephew Ricky Nelson.
Delores A. Nelson was born August 13, 1933 in Galt, Iowa. She graduated from Clarion High School in 1950. She then attended Saint Joseph’s School of Nursing in Fort Dodge. She was employed at HOTLINE and Truck Trader in Fort Dodge. Delores was a caretaker of several area residents. Delores was a member of New Covenant Church in Fort Dodge and loved to read and garden.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.
Written by Brian Gleason
Most everyone’s life has been affected in one way or another by alcohol. This is a short story of how it took away almost everything from my daughter, Audrey Gleason Short, but just when it looked like it would take the only thing left, her life at the age of 36 and drag her into hell, God had other plans for her. He gave her the victory through His precious blood just as she approached the finish line of her mortal life. It is the greatest comeback victory I have ever witnessed in my life.
I have had more than one friend in my life that alcohol tried to destroy, but they were able to stop and turn their lives around. The many attempts that Audrey made all ended up in failure, it had too tight of a grip on her. I am not going to get into the past other than to say alcohol left her one step out of a cardboard box and tore apart a lot of lives along the way.
God’s call out of darkness to Audrey began with a flying rock on August 12th, 2021. Audrey worked at our family business, Visions Auto Glass, by my side for 14 years. She was awesome at her job and great with people. On this date, Tammy Short was in our shop getting a rock chip fixed in her windshield. Audrey greeted her and made a comment about how they had the same last names and went back to her work at her desk, unusual for her not to engage in conversation with a customer while they waited. After sitting for a bit, Tammy was moved to go over to the counter and ask Audrey if she could pray for her. This caught Audrey off guard to say the least and she said “sure”. After that prayer, the door was opened and the wall of resistance I could never crack began to crumble ever so slightly day by day, as Tammy is a warrior for Jesus Christ and a relationship between the two of them developed. I was actually reminded by Tammy when she was visiting the hospital that God had to throw 2 rocks at her windshield to make this happen. She had been in the shop just 2 weeks prior getting a chip fixed in the same windshield and Audrey was not there that day. I have been driving 20 miles a day back and forth to the shop since 1983 and never gotten a rock chip in a windshield.
In this story, I want to share with you the incredible journey God has taken my family on and the unmistakable miracles that occurred all along the way. We owe God everything for restoring our family and most of all, for being merciful and forgiving, and rescuing our daughter from the gates of hell.
Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Read More...
By Shari Everhart
This is the second in a series of weekly articles featuring the women leaders and business owners in Gowrie, with this week featuring Mindy Swieter, Vice President/Compliance Officer at Security Saving Bank, Gowrie branch.
Mindy began employment at Security Savings Bank in February of 2008, originally hired as an Administrative Assistant with no banking experience.”Over the past 14 years, I have been promoted to Assistant VP, to Compliance Officer, to a VP,” she notes. “Working at Security Savings Bank, a small community bank, has me wearing a variety of different hats.” Along with staying up-to-date on the ever-changing compliance, and regulatory requirements for the bank, she also supervises the customer service representatives at the bank’s eight branch locations. She adds, “And of course, I am also the official popcorn popper on Fridays!” Read More...
By Shari Everhart
Vacation Bible School at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Farnhamville, was held Monday, July 25th to Thursday, July 28th with approximately 35 to 40 youth attending on any given evening with youngsters ranging in age from 3 years old through the 6th grade.
This year’s VBS theme was, “You are a treasured child of God.”
The evening sessions began at 6:00 p.m. with the Opening, which included a prayer and group singing, after which, students were separated into age groups and on to their Bible lessons. Crafts, recreation and snacks were also enjoyed with everyone coming back together for the Closing for singing and ending the evening with a prayer.
On the final day of VBs, a supper was served with family members invited to attend. After the meal, all gathered in the church sanctuary where the students presented a concert of songs they had learned followed by a slide show presentation of the week’s activities. At the conclusion of VBS, students were able to participate in a “Discover God’s Love”Treasure Hunt.
The theme for the first day was “Chosen by God” with the second day, “Heard by God and comforted by God.” On Wednesday, the theme was “Forgiven by God” with all lessons led by Pastor Aaron Zimmerman.
Leader of ages 3 to 6 years old was Jennifer Zimmerman with helper Sophia Gutshall; leading the 7 to 8 year olds was Lisa Wiederin; and for ages 9 to 10, Laurel Newell.
Jill Alliger had charge of music and crafts assisted by Brylee Alliger. Tonya Harrison ran recreation along with Bryce Harrison, Mason Newell and Pam Gutshall. Serving as the Poem Reader was Phyllis Ann Frohllich.
Diane Grant headed the kitchen committee. Tonya Harrison served as the video person with Brylee Alliger, the video pictures.
The overall scripture for the week was from Isaiah, 43:1 - “I have called you by name, you are mine.”
By Shari Everhart
Kolson Kruse, a 2022 graduate of Southeast Valley High School, has been presented with the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-District Award, Class 2A for the year 2022.
Kruse was given the award in recognition of his selection to the position of Utility on the First Team of the Northwest District.He also was selected for the 2022 Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) Academic All-State Team. Selection is made by a panel of coaches who base their decision of senior player’s who demonstrate outstanding academic, moral and athletic characteristics.
Nomination for this award was by Kruse’s coach and a committee of coaches. Guidelines for selection include 1.) a senior; 2.) a starter in 90% of games or a pitcher in the starting rotation; 3.) a grade point average above 3.40; and 4.) have outstanding moral character and are involved in school/community activities.
Kruse was a guest at a banquet honoring the Academic All-State Baseball Team in conjunction with the All-Star Series Banquet which was held in Mason City at the NIACC Activities Center.
Congratulations on your honor, Kolson!
By Shari Everhart
Congratulations to Jordyn Rowley, a Sophomore at Southeast Valley High School, who has been named to the 3A All-District Softball Team!
Coach of the year is Megan Anderson of Estherville Lincoln Central.