Karen J. Pingel Gano

Karen J. Pingel Gano 71 of Sheldon and formerly of Primghar passed away on Sunday September 30, 2012 at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Services will be 10:30 A.M. Friday October 5, 2012 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Primghar Rev. Trudy Peterson will officiate with burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Primghar.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 P.M. Thursday with the family present at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Primghar.

Willis Voss

Willis Voss, age 80 of Little Rock, IA died Friday, September 28, 2012 at his home in Little Rock, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Wednesday, October 3rd at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, IA, with Rev. David Vanderlaan officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 2nd from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Salem Reformed Church of Little Rock.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Little Rock is in charge of services.

Willis was born August 22, 1932, in Ward, South Dakota and grew up on a farm in Little Rock, IA. Willis attended a rural elementary school and graduated from high school in Little Rock, IA in 1950. He continued his education at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA, before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He served for 2 years spending 18 months in Korea as a Chaplain’s assistant. After his discharge he returned to his parent’s farm to help his family.

He returned to college at South Dakota State University and pursued a double major in Poultry Science and Agricultural Education and graduated in 1959. During this time he married Twila Russman on May 27, 1958 at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, IA.

After graduation he accepted a position with the Dekalb Poultry Division. Together Willis and Twila moved to several communities across the Midwest working for Dekalb. He was also privileged to work in Lohne, West Germany which was a most enjoyable experience. When the poultry operation closed in Fremont, NE he transferred to the Corn Research department. He was employed for Dekalb 26 yrs. before retiring.

Willis was an active member of the American Legion, Buss Johnson Post #316, served on City Council, was a church chairman and deacon, and a lifelong Sunday school teacher at various churches.

He was greatly loved by his family, and touched many lives with his love. Willis was a true example with his words and actions as to what a Christian man should be. He believed in hard work, honesty, and the power of prayer. He lived a Godly example for not only his wife whom he cherished, but also to his children and grandchildren. He left a legacy for all letting the light of Christ shine through him. We can celebrate the life he lived, and know with all certainty that he is now in Heaven with the Lord.

Survivors include his wife Twila of 54 years of Little Rock, Son Nathan and Shari Voss of Little Rock, IA., Daughter Melody and Jake Kehr of Davey, NE., Daughter Marilea and Troy Thiem of Crete, NE., Son Mark and Shawna Voss of Fremont, NE., Daughter Vonda and Thomas Brown of Fremont, NE., Daughter Angela Spencer of Noblesville, IN., Daughter Sara and Scott Aschoff of Omaha, NE., Daughter Misty Hansen of Lincoln, NE., Daughter Courtney and Timothy Wilson of Springfield, MO., Daughter Kaitlyn Voss of Valley, NE., Son Zachary Voss of Sioux Falls, SD. Willis was a grandfather to 24 grandchildren. Brothers Russell Voss of Little Rock, IA., Harris and Lois Voss of Ellensburg, WA., and sister Marge and Ron Buysman of Canton, SD., Aunt Nina Voss of Little Rock, IA., and Uncle Hermie and Aunt Mable of Sheldon, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother Arnie Voss.


Donald Christians

Donald D. Christians, age 69, of Milford, passed away Monday, September 24, 2012, at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30A.M. Friday, September 28, 2012, at the Schuchert Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials, may be given in Don’s name.

The Schuchert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 69 year old Donald Christians of Milford.


Jay Raymond

Jay Raymond, age 87 of Sanborn, IA, passed away at his Home in Sanborn, IA on Sunday, September 23, 2012.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 29th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Sanborn.  Rev. Thomas A. Connors will be officiating.

Visitation will be at the Sanborn Funeral Home Chapel in Sanborn beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28th with the family present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday evening. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn, IA.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is in charge of the arrangements for 87 year-old Jay Raymond of Sanborn. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sanborn-hartleyfuneralhomes.com

George Eben

George Eben, age 79 of George, IA died Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society in George, IA.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 27th at First Baptist Church of George with Rev. Steven May, officiating. Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery at George.

Visitation will be Wednesday September 26th from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

George Eben was born May 16, 1933, at Ellsworth, MN, the son of Alice (Winter) and Andrew Eben. George grew up on the family farm and attended country school. He served his country for two years in the United States Army. On March 25, 1955, he was united in marriage to Genola Klaahsen at the Zoar Presbyterian Church parsonage at rural George, IA. He and Genola made their home in Waynesville, MO, while George was stationed at Ft. Leonardwood until 1956, when they moved to a farm northeast of George. On this farm is where they raised their family, worked the land and raised livestock until he retired in 1998. After moving into George he continued to actively help on the farm. George was a devoted husband and loving father to his children and grandchildren. His care and concern was felt by many over the years with his kind heart and his generosity. In August of 2012, George became a resident of the Good Samaritan Center in George where he died this past Sunday, September 23, 2012, at the age of seventy-nine.

He is survived by his wife, Genola, of George; children, Sharilyn and husband, Paul Reemtsma of Rock Rapids, IA; Marlene and husband, Stan Fluth of George, IA; Brenda and husband, Blair Wetzel of Waverly, NE; Jan and husband, Paul Ritter of Sioux Falls, SD; and Glenn and wife, Darcy Eben of George, IA; along with thirteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Andrew (Irene) Eben of Avon, SD; Henry Eben of George, IA; John (Florence) Eben of George, IA; and Harold (Helen) Eben of George, IA; sisters, Ann (Gordon) Larson of Mission, TX; and Mary (Ray) Burnette of Rapid City, SD.

George is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Alice Eben; brother, Martin Eben and sister, Tillie Weber.

Marcia Oldenkamp

Mrs. Marcia Oldenkamp, age 80, of Hospers, passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the Sioux Center Community Hospital.

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, September 26, at 11:00am, at the First Presbyterian Church in Hospers.  The Rev. Dr. Brian Janssen will officiate.  Interment will be prior to the service at the Hospers Cemetery.  There will be a prayer service on Wednesday, at 10:00am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the funeral home.