Bette Klatt

Bette June Klatt age 91 of Sibley, IA died Monday, May 5, 2014 at Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 9that First Presbyterian Church in Sibley, IA, with Rev. Terry Simm officiating. Burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery of Sibley, IA. Visitation will be Thursday, May 8th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

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Bette June Klatt was born on June 15, 1922 at Ashton, Iowa, the daughter of John and Ida (Rahfalds) Schaa. She was raised in the Ashton area and attended Gilman Township Country School. She attended Ashton High School for two years and graduated from the Sibley High School in 1939.

She worked at various jobs Sibley prior to her marriage to Lloyd Klatt on September 11, 1940. They were united in marriage at the Presbyterian Parsonage by Rev. Rotschafer. Two children were born to this union, Judy Kay and Dennis Lloyd. She worked as supervisor at the Keith Merrick Company for 12 years, and was the office manager and bookkeeper at the Thermogas Company of Sibley for 22 years. She retired in 1985. They wintered in Texas for 2 years. When their daughter became ill they took care of her and her family until Judy passed away. They did a lot of volunteer work at their church and at dinner date. Bette was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley, the P.W, serving as Treasurer and also the Sarah Circle.

Bette is survived by her son, Dennis and wife, Cynthia Klatt of Sheldon, IA; her son-in-law, Jim and wife, Linda Hindt of Rockwell City, IA; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Jack Schaa of Folsom, CA; and special little friend, Jacob Nasers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ida Schaa; her daughter, Judy Kay Hindt; a sister, Irene Morgan; and two brothers, Marvin and Vernon Schaa; great-great-grandson, Joseph Blades; and two sisters-in-law, Darlene Schaa and Catherine Schaa.

Okoboji Takes Monday Siouxland Conference boys Golf Meet at Central Lyon

golf picOkoboji took the team title Monday in Siouxland Conference boys golf at Central Lyon. The Pioneers shot a 149 to Sibley Ocheyedan’s 153. Boyden Hull was third at 158 with Central Lyon at 160 and Sioux Center wining a tie breaker over West Lyon for fifth after both finished at 163.

Medalist honors went to Dylan Whalen of West Lyon at 35. Tyler Ohl of Okoboji, Ethan Mino of Sibley Ocheyedan and Ben DeMuth were all at 36.

Sheldon was led by Brennan Vote at 41. Garrett Lang carded a 42 with Dominic Seivert at 43, Benjamin Lichty at 44, Chris Jensen at 46 and Nick Bomgaars at 49.


Team Totals
1. Okoboji 149
2. Sibley Ocheyedan 153
3. Boyden Hull 156
4. Central Lyon 160
5. Sioux Center 163
6. West Lyon 163
7. MOC Floyd Valley 167
8. Sheldon 170
9. Rock Valley 182
10. George Little Rock 204


2014 Siouxland Conference Boys Golf – CL Team Results. 5-5-14pdf

Phyllis Dunn

Phyllis Dunn, age 87 formerly of Sibley, IA, most recently of Spirit Lake, IA died Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 12th at United Methodist Church in Harris, with Reverend Karl Watkins officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery at Harris.

Visitation will be Sunday, May 11 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the United Methodist Church in Harris.

In lieu of flowers memorial maybe directed to:  Sibley Library or Upper Des Moines.

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Harriet Reimers

Harriet Reimers, age 94, of Boyden, passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Sanford Health Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the United Presbyterian Church in Boyden. Burial will be at the Sheridan Township Cemetery in Boyden.

Visitation will be after 4 P.M. on Thursday, May 8, 2014 with the family present from 5 – 7 P.M. at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden.

Arrangements are under the care of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden.

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Sheldon RAGBRAI Committee Selects Logo

ragbrai logoSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon RAGBRAI committee has selected a logo and theme. The committee is making preparations for the bike riders to spend some time in the city during the first day of their ride July 20th. The logo will reflect the community’s slogan, “Where Families Come First”. It portrays a family riding a family-size bike with the theme, “That’s How We Roll”.

Sheldon will be a key stopover for the riders as this will be the place where they can meet with their support vehicles. The bike riders will enter Sheldon on Highway 18 from the west with the support vehicles using a different route to arrive from the south. The bicycle route will turn off Highway 18 to go around City Park where vendors and entertainment will be located. Vendor information is on the city of Sheldon website, Letters are also being sent to non-profit organizations in the city who may be interested in participating. No vendor permits will be issued until after the city council has passed the vendor ordinance which is expected at their meeting Tuesday, May 6th.

It has been announced that on June 1st there will be a route inspection pre-ride. This is a group of riders representing RAGBRAI who will ride the entire route from Rock Valley to the Iowa Lakes area. The purpose is to review the route and visit the communities along the way. Sheldon committee members will be available to inform them of Sheldon’s plans at that time. Residents of Sheldon will have several opportunities to find out what to expect on the day the riders arrive. This information will be presented at a public town meeting in addition to service club meetings and other events.

Richard W. “Dick” Rohwer

Richard W. “Dick” Rohwer, age 86, of Marcus and formerly of Primghar passed away on Tuesday April 29, 2014 at the Heartland Care Center in Marcus.

The funeral will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday May 3, 2014 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus, with Rev. Ron Rice officiating.

Burial will be at the Liberty Township Cemetery near Calumet.

Visitation with the family present will be from 5 to 7 P.M. Friday at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina, which is in charge of the services for Dick Rohwer of Marcus, formerly of Primghar.

Richard W. Rohwer, the son of Delbert and Dorothy (Williams) Rohwer was born January 28, 1928 in Primghar, Iowa. He attended 11 different schools graduating from Sutherland High School in 1947. He served in the United States Army Air Corp from 1948-1951 during the Korean Conflict. He was united in marriage to Lois Phipps on December 15, 1951 at the United Methodist Church in Sutherland, Iowa. After he and Lois were first married, they farmed in the Sutherland and Hartley area. Richard never shied away from hard work. He was a long haul over the road truck driver taking loads to Houston, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; and into northern Minnesota. He was a hog buyer for Armour & Co. in Sheldon for 15 years and in 1973 bought a farm in rural Primghar. He and his wife, Lois farmed until they retired to Primghar in 1982.

After his wife, Lois passed away on May 18, 1999; he made the decision to move to Cherokee to be closer to his family. He made many new friends and was able to spend precious time with his children and grandchildren touching their hearts forever.

He passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Heartland Care Center in Marcus, Iowa reaching the age of 86 years, 3 months and 1 day. Richard, Dick to his friends, had a special bond with his caregivers at both Careage Hills in Cherokee and for the last year at Heartland Care Center in Marcus. He loved to laugh and joke with anyone who took the time to get to know him and was spoiled with his favorites, vanilla ice cream and Oreos.

His smile, his laugh and his memory will forever be in the hearts of his children, Sandy Rohwer of Marcus; Diane (Randy) Hogan of Sanborn; Dean (Val) Rohwer of Sutherland; Danette (Brian) Cooper of Monmouth, IL and Donna (Gerard) Kohn of Cherokee. He is also survived by his grandchildren who were his special blessings, Ryan Rohwer and his special friend, Katie Carver, Brandon (Sunni) Hogan, Wesley Hogan, Krystal Hogan, Brittany (Curtis) Molitor, Jake Rohwer, Jeff Rohwer, John Rohwer, Joseph Rohwer, Alex Rohwer, Abrahm Rohwer, Breanne (Michael) Rapken, Bryce Cooper and special friend Marcy Ostroff, Dylan and Dustin Kohn. He was also blessed with 7 great grandchildren and one on the way. He is also survived by his sister, Rita Schoening Selk and a host of other nieces, nephews and family members.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois in 1999; a son, David in 2013 and his parents.