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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013 3:38 pm


Robert John Wiebers was born September 17, 1922, the son of Otto H. and Dora L. Backhaus Wiebers. He died at the Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton, Iowa, on July 11, 2013, at the age of 90 years. He was baptized on January 14, 1923, in Deloit, Iowa, and was confirmed on April 10, 1938, at Friedens Evangelical and Reformed Church in Schleswig, Iowa. He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Schleswig where he had served on the church board and also on the building committee.

As a child, he attended school in Deloit and Morgan Township country school. As a young adult, he and his brother became known about the neighborhood for their ability of picking corn by hand. One year he achieved the honor of winning the county record and was proud of that achievement. Robert served his country from 1943-1945 in the U.S. Army, a part of the 257th Ordinance Company. They landed on Utah Beach, Normandy, on June 14, 1944. He earned the rank of a D-8, earned five battle stars, a silver battle star and three overseas service bars. His years of service in the European Theatre provided countless stories over the years for his children and grandchildren.

On December 16, 1945, Robert was united in marriage to Dorothy Asmus at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig. They settled on a farm in Charter Oak township where he farmed with horses due to the fact that there were no tractors available after the war. They then moved to the Max Hollander farm in Soldier township where they lived for twenty years, during which time they were blessed with the birth of four children, Lynelle, Janeal, Allan and Dale. Later, they purchased the Brandenburg farm in Charter Oak township where they continued to farm and raise their family. During these years there were times when the neighbors would wonder if he was OK as they could hear him singing louder than the tractor and wondered if it was singing or a cry for help. As time passed, they just knew that if he was in the fields, he would either be whistling or singing. Dorothy passed away on October 26, 1999.

Robert was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who enjoyed farming with his sons, wintering in the south, camping, bank trips, and in later years time spent with his special friend Burenett Krohnke.

In addition to his wife, Robert was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter Lynelle Jean in infancy; and two brothers, Ernest and Donald. He is survived by his special friend, Burnie and her family; one daughter, Janeal and her daughters and families, Dorian and husband, Bill, and their children, Alexx and Zachary; Kris and her husband Jason, and their children, Jenna, Cole, and Jayda; Julie and her husband, Brian, and their children, Ellie and Max; son Allan and his wife, Karen; and their family, Cody and fiancé, Bridget, and his son, Briar; Matthew and his wife, Linda; Mary and her husband, Darryl; and Michael and his wife, Trish; son Dale and his wife, Lynda, and their family, Arin and her husband, Joshua and their son, Jonah; Kaci and her husband, Dustyn and their son, Kyler; and Neal. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held 10:30 A. M., Monday, July 15, 2013, at the United Church of Christ in Schleswig, Iowa.

Rev. Chris Burtnett officiated the service and graveside rites held at Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig. Organist Wendy Bumann provided accompaniment for congregational hymns, “On Eagles’ Wings,” and “Lift High The Cross.” Honorary Pallbearers were Dorian Aldag-Bird, Matthew Keating, Michael DeLong, Kris Pomrenke, Arin Hummel, Cody Wiebers, Julie Bruning, Mary Pickett, Neal Wiebers, and Kaci Behm. Serving as Pallbearers and providing Military Honors were VFW Post 3930 and American Legion Post 645 of Schleswig. The family invited everyone to return to the church for fellowship and lunch provided by Staley’s and the Women’s Guild. The Huebner Funeral Home in Schleswig was in charge of arrangements.


Annetta Minnie Petersen was born September 21, 1929, the daughter of Adolph and Gerhardine Brünssen Petersen. She passed away July 7, 2013, at the Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison, Iowa, at the age of 83.

Annie was born in Dow City, Iowa, Paradise Township, and moved with her family as a child to Ricketts, Iowa. As a child she was baptized in the Christian faith and later confirmed at St. Luke Lutheran Church on April 6, 1955. Annie received her education in the Schleswig and Ricketts schools. After she finished her schooling she continued to make her home in Ricketts and helped the family by babysitting for nieces and nephews. She also helped with chores, walking beans, and set pins at the bowling alley in Ricketts. Later Annie helped her sister with the janitorial work at St. Luke Lutheran Church. When her home caught fire in 2001 Annie went to live with her sister until 2005 when she moved to Eventide.

Annie was a gentle and a good-natured woman that always had a smile on her face. She loved spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews and never expected to be repaid for her kindness. Christmas and Thanksgiving were very special holidays to her. Annie liked watching the birds in the aviary at Eventide and working word search puzzles. She enjoyed church music and was a faithful member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Ricketts.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Vernon and Melvin; two sisters, Ruby and her husband, Don; and Phyllis and her husband, Lester; one nephew, Dennis; and one brother-in-law, John. Survivors include two sisters: Irene, and Diann and her husband, Vernon; and one brother, Leonard; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Ricketts, Iowa.

Rev. Timothy Frank officiated the service and graveside rites held at Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig, Iowa.

Caitlyn Jepsen played the hymns “The Old Rugged Cross” by Alan Jackson, “How Great Thou Art” by Carrie Underwood,” and “Silent Night” by Third Day on CDs. Serving as Pallbearers were Kathy Berens-Brownmiller, Brenda Schmid, Todd Jepsen, Kim Jepsen, Lori Jepsen, and Jerry Jors. The family invited everyone to the Ricketts Community Building for fellowship and lunch provided by Staley’s and the Ladies Aid. The Huebner Funeral Home in Charter Oak was in charge of arrangements.


Dennis Maynard Ohl, 66, passed away July 9, 2013. He was born August 15, 1946, in Denison, Iowa, the son of Maynard Ohl and Dorothy Kuhlman (Ohl) Brown.

He attended Denison Elementary and graduated from Dow City High School in 1965. Dennis was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corp. in 1966, serving his country in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged in 1968.

On August 9, 1969, Dennis married his lovely bride, Cynthia Lampe. Together, they raised four beautiful children on an acreage near Dow City, Iowa. Dennis worked with heavy equipment most of his life. He owned his own bulldozing company and finished with Malone Bulldozing. Dennis served on the Dow City Volunteer Fire Department and Dow City Community Club Board for several years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 444.

Dennis cherished his family. Nothing brought him greater joy than building memories with his children and grandchildren. He loved cheering them on at their musical, sporting and academic events. Other treasured moments were shaped through County and State Fairs for pleasure and 4-H, riding horses on several camping excursions, exploring Americana on cross country road trips, banter around the pinochle table and the many extended family reunions.

He was a “good guy” with a gritty sense of humor, who was always available to lend a helping hand. His vices were candies of all colors, “sodie pops,” ice cream with the grandkids, Vitamin C, elusive bargains at the sale barn, classic old westerns, and Ace’s card room.

Dennis was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Dorothy and Gus and paternal grandparents, Emma and Nick; his stepfather, Donald; and one brother-in-law, Bill. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia (Cindi); four children: Shelly and her husband, John; Colette and her husband, Brent; Kara and her husband, Jeremy; and Nathan and his significant other, Tara; 10 grandchildren; his mother, Dorothy; his father, Maynard and his wife, Adlyn; 14 siblings, Lynnette; Sheryl and her husband, Larry; and Sandra (Sandy); Maynard, Jr. and his wife, Joy; Melanie; Nick and his wife, Ali; Mark and his wife, Jodi; Hollie and her husband, Rick; Julie and her husband, Chris; Ronald; Pam and her husband, Randy; Tammy and her husband, Kyle; Myron; and Debbie and her husband, Randy; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial Services were held 10:30A.M., Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at the Huebner Funeral Home in Denison, Iowa.

Dennis Huebner officiated the service and Shelly Ellett served as Eulogist. Selections played on CD included “Amazing Grace,” “Borning Cry,” “Come To Jesus,” and “Happy Trails.” Serving as Honorary Pallbearers were Sydney Friest, Lauren Ellett, Chase Friest, Devri Ellett, Lainey Friest, Katrin Ellett, Rylan Friest, Lexi Ohl, Cambrie Sloan, and Kyler Sloan. Military Honors were provided by American Legion Post 444 of Dow City. The family invited everyone to the Dow City Community Building for fellowship and lunch after the service. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.


Andrew James Hicks was born March 1, 1983, to Bill and Gail (Schwanz) Hicks in Denison, IA. He was raised in Dunlap and graduated from Boyer Valley High School in 2001. He then attended Iowa Western Community College and graduated in 2003 from the Automotive Mechanics Program. Andrew worked at Anderson Auto Group in Missouri Valley, the Dunlap Livestock Auction, Dunlap Farmers’ Coop, and most recently at Ampride where he operated the tire truck service. Andrew married Cassie Swenson on September 24, 2011, at the Ocheyedan United Methodist Church. The couple lived in Dunlap.

Andrew was a member of St. John Luthera Church. He loved auto racing and he drove a stock car at the Harlan and Denison tracks. He also enjoyed golfing and hunting.

Andrew died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison at the age of 30 years, four months, and two days.

Andrew is survived by his wife, Cassie Hicks; parents, Bill and Gail Hicks all of Dunlap, IA; two brothers, Will (Stephanie) Hicks of Waukee, IA; Chad (Tina Rudd) Hicks of Dunlap, IA; grandmother, Ila Hicks of Dunlap, IA; parents-in-law, Steve and Lisa Swenson of Ocheyedan, IA; four siblings-in-law, Amanda (Matt) Travaille of Minneapolis, MN, Maggie (Tyler) Lloyd of Sheldon, IA, Stephanie Swenson of Minneapolis, MN, Robert Swenson of Ocheyedan, IA; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:30 am at the St. John Lutheran Church in Dunlap, IA with Clergy Rev. Carla Johnsen ~ Pastor Steve Swenson officiating. Music – Jean Dommer ~ Laurie Steinkueher “What I Know”. Recorded selections – “Go Rest High on that Mountain”, “My Best Friend”. Congregation hymns – “Amazing Grace”, “This Little Light of Mine”. Honorary Pall Bearers; Colton Kahl, Gary Kahl, Tyler Lloyd, Jeff Nelson, Dave Plowman, Mark Plowman, Matt Travaille. Pall Bearers; Will Hicks, Chad Hicks, Robert Swenson, Jonathan Plowman, Tim Plowman, Quinton Hicks, Nathan Rudd, Ryen Rudd.

Final resting place Pleasant Hill Cemetery ~ Dunlap, IA. Services entrusted to Fouts Funeral Home.


Scott Chapman was born in Denison, Iowa, February 6, 1964, the son of Harold and Elaine Namanny Chapman. He was raised on the Chapman Dairy Farm in rural Arion and received his education in the Denison Public Schools from which he graduated with the class of 1982. Following high school he attended Iowa State University in Ames for one year.

Upon completion of his education Scott was employed with PDI in Des Moines, Iowa, for one year before returning to Denison. In 1987, Scott began his career as a technician with the NRCS in Denison where he was currently employed.

On September 9, 1995, Scott was united in marriage with Gayle Renee Moore at the United Presbyterian Church in Denison, Iowa. Their union was blessed with one daughter, Maggie. They made their home on their farm south of Denison where, in conjunction with farming, Scott continued his employment with NRCS. He loved anything and everything to do with farming having a great passion for his cattle herd that began with his first 4-H calf. He took great pride in everything he did and considered farming to be as important to him as his family.

In his spare time he enjoyed attending farm sales, watching bull riding and attending Maggie’s activities.

He was an active member of the United Presbyterian Church in Denison where he was an Elder, Deacon, served on the Finance, Nominating and Property and Maintenance Committees, Youth Group Leader and attended multiple Mission Trips. Other memberships he enjoyed include 4-H and FFA in his youth, Crawford County Pork Producers and Cattleman Association.

Scott died Monday evening, July 15, 2013, from injuries suffered in a tractor accident on his farm. He died doing what he loved, driving the tractor he loved, on the farm he loved. At the time of his death he had been blessed with 49 years, 5 months and 9 days. Scott’s generosity in life continued in his death with his gift of life to others through organ donation.

Scott will lovingly be remembered by his wife Gayle Chapman and daughter Maggie Chapman, of Denison, Iowa; parents Harold and Elaine Chapman of Arion, Iowa; brothers: Bill and wife Shelly Chapman of Storm Lake, Iowa, Stacy Chapman of Denison, Iowa and Tim Chapman of Des Moines, Iowa; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Steve and Sandra Moore of Overland Park, Kansas; brother-in-law Greg Moore of Lenexa, Kansas; nephews: Josh and Nick Chapman of St. Joseph, Missouri; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2013, at the United Presbyterian Church, Denison, Iowa, with the Rev. Paul D. Seefeldt officiating. Music for the service was provided by Glenn Freese singing “On Eagle’s Wings” and the congregation singing “God Of the Ages” with Ann Voggesser serving as organist. Recorded selections included “Amarillo By Morning” and “Till We Meet Again”. Tim Baughman served as Honorary Pallbearer. Pallbearers included Scott Claussen, Karen Claussen, Allen Olson, Joe Henkelman, Kurt Chapman and Bob Chapman. Interment was at Crawford Heights Memory Gardens, Denison, Iowa. Following the interment everyone was invited to join the family at the church for fellowship and a luncheon prepared and served by the United Presbyterian Women. A scholarship fund for Maggie has been established and donations may be left at Bank Iowa in Denison. A visitation was held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the United Presbyterian Church in Denison. The Pfannebecker Funeral Home, www.pfannebecker.com, Denison, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.