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.


Lindsey Nicole (Jacobsma) Arens

Lindsey Nicole (Jacobsma) Arens, age 30 of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly of Rock Rapids, IA went to be with the Lord unexpectedly Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at her home in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, August 25th at the United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Rev. Marcia Sangel officiating.

Burial will be at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 25th at Union Cemetery in Harris, IA.

Visitation will be Friday, August 24th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, IA.

Lindsey Nicole (Jacobsma) Arens was born April 8, 1982 to Roger Jacobsma and Mary Immens in Rock Valley, IA. She was raised in Rock Rapids and graduated from Rock Rapids High School in 2000. She later graduated with top honors from Northwest Iowa Community College receiving her LPN nursing degree. She was united in marriage to Jon Arens on July 15, 2006. Lindsey made her home with her husband and three children in Sioux Falls, SD. She worked with Ultimate Nursing, a home healthcare firm based in Sheldon, IA specializing in pediatrics. Lindsey was a very caring person. She enjoyed her chosen profession and helping the people she worked with. She took great enjoyment from caring for and riding her horses. Another interest for Lindsey was TaeKwonDo. Even with her small size, she rose to the degree of black belt. Her mother liked to remind her that dynamite comes in small packages. Mostly, Lindsey loved her family. She was a devoted mother to her children, and a woman who would go through thick and thin with them. She was also a loving and devoted wife. Lindsey loved her husband Jon very much. She will be greatly missed.
Lindsey is survived by her husband Jon, and their children, Jenika, Aiden and Aislynn, all of Sioux Falls, SD; father, Roger (Lana) Jacobsma of Hull, IA; mother, Mary (Kurt) Huisman of Rock Rapids, IA; mother and father-in-law, Dave (Geri) Arens of Sioux Falls, SD; brother, Eric Jacobsma of Rock Rapids; sister, Amy Prins of Sioux Falls, SD; sister-in-law, Charity (Mike) Schrank of Baltic, SD; Step-brothers, Matt (Lorayne) Middendorp of Clinton, IA and Mike (Heidi) Middendorp of Fulton, IL; step-sister, Michelle Van Sloten of Clinton, IA; paternal Grandmothers, Effie Jacobsma of Sibley, IA and Betty Bonestroo of Hull, IA; many nieces, nephews Aunts Uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her paternal Grandfathers, Tom Bonestroo and Lynn Jacobsma; maternal Grandparents, Fred and Harriet Immens.

In Lieu of flowers memorials should be directed to family for later designation.


James B. Buckley

James B. Buckley, age 90 of Rock Rapids, IA died Sunday, August 12, 2012 at the Lyon Manor Nursing & Rehab Center in Rock Rapids.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, August 16th at Holy Name Catholic Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Father Jeff Schleisman as celebrant. Burial will follow at Holy Name Catholic Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 15th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.  There will be a Vigil service at 7:30 PM at the funeral home.

James Bernard Buckley was born July 14, 1922 on a family farm east of Rock Rapids, Iowa, the son of Thomas and Josephine (Campbell) Buckley. He graduated from Rock Rapids High School in 1940. In March of 1944 he entered the United States Navy where he served on the U. S. S. West Virginia battleship in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. After he received his honorable discharge on January 6, 1946 he returned to Rock Rapids.

Jim was united in marriage to Lois Wittrock on May 9, 1944 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Rock Rapids. They moved to a farm northeast of Rock Rapids. Jim farmed until 1976 when he moved to their home in Rock Rapids. He also sold seed corn and drove truck for many years. He enjoyed playing cards and taking rides in the country.

On November 13, 2004 Jim’s wife Lois died after 60 years of marriage. Jim entered Lyon Manor Nursing Home in April of 2008 and remained there until his death this past Sunday, August 12, 2012 at the age of 90.

He is survived by sisters-in-law, Velda Loger of Rock Rapids, IA and Arlo Buckley of Rantoul, IL; brother-in-law, Harold Wittrock of Rock Rapids, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Lois Buckley; a sister, Mary Jo Christiansen; a brother, Thomas “Pat” Buckley; and a nephew, Jim Buckley.


Harriet Driesen

Mrs. Harriet Driesen, age 96, of Hull, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at the Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 11, at 10:30am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull.  The Rev. Carl Klompien will officiate.  Interment will be prior to the service at the ValleyView Cemetery in Rock Valley.  There will be a prayer service on Saturday, at 9:15am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the funeral home.

Dr. Kenneth “Doc” Fertig

Dr. Kenneth “Doc” Fertig, age 79, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at the Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

His service will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 13, 2012 at the Sheldon United Methodist Church in Sheldon, with Rev. Marvin Lindley officiating. Burial with a graveside service will be held at 10:30 A.M. at the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation with the family present will be from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. Sunday, August 12, 2012 at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to:

Dr. Kenneth Olson Fertig, the son of Eugene and Hilma (Olson) Fertig was born April 21, 1933 in Odebolt, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed in the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt. He received his education in Odebolt, graduating from Odebolt High School in 1951. Ken then went on to Iowa State University in Ames and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1957. Ken served in the Army during the Berlin Crisis and Korean War. He set up his veterinary practice in Sheldon, where he practiced until 1993. On June 1, 1958, Ken was united in marriage to Janet Ogden in Odebolt, Iowa. To this union three children were born; Scott, Steven and Susan. Ken passed away at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 reaching the age of 79 years, 3 months and 17 days.

He was an active member in the Sheldon United Methodist Church. He served on the Sheldon Public School Board and held many offices (including president) in the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and was awarded the President’s Award in 1990. He served on the Village Northwest Board as president, and was on the committee to help found the Village. He also was president of the Sheldon Industrial Development Corporation. He loved his family, the Sheldon Orabs, and the ISU Cyclones. He also loved to travel, golf, fish and read. After retirement, the Fertig’s enjoyed their Spirit Lake Cottage, visiting their children and grandchildren and wintering in Mesa, Arizona.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; three children, Scott (Pam) of Midlothian, Texas, Steven of McAllen, Texas, and Susan (Darrin) Duffy of Gilbert, Arizona; eight grandchildren, Jillian and Jaime Fertig, Lauren and Mackenzie Fertig, Katelyn, Kyle, Austin and Allyson Duffy; also other relatives and friends.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Phyllis Hall and brother-in-law, Bob Hall and sister-in-law Judy Mandernach.

Claus Klingenberg

Claus Klingenberg, age 93 of George, IA died Sunday, August 5, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Center at George, IA.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 10th at Zoar Presbyterian Church at George, IA with Rev. Dale Lint, officiating. Burial will follow in the Zoar Presbyterian Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 9th 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.