George Tanner

George Tanner, age 84, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon. Rev. Ken Snyder officiating. Burial in East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Sunday, September 22 from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. with the family present from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.

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The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in charge of arrangements for George Tanner.

Jay De Jong

Mr. Jay De Jong, age 77, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City.

There will be a funeral service on Monday, September 23, at 10:30am, at the Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. John Klompien will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Jay Bertram was born on March 14, 1936, in Orange City, the son of Orville and Elizabeth (Mouw) De Jong. He attended school in Orange City and graduated with the Class of 1953.

He began working with his dad at the Orange Motor Company in Orange City, the local Oldsmobile dealership, eventually going into sales. He married the love of his life, Gloria Marra, of Alton, on November 17, 1954, in Orange City. They lived in Orange City, where they raised three children. When the dealership was sold in 1991, Jay became a jailor at the Sioux County Jail, retiring in 2002.

Jay enjoyed golfing, had a great sense of humor, and enjoyed teasing his family. His children and grandchildren were the joy of his life. He was a member of the Calvary Christian Reformed church. He was a charter member of the Orange City Jaycees, and he helped with sets at Tulip Festival night shows. He was a history buff and enjoyed reading about World War II.

Jay and Gloria entered the Heritage House, nursing home, in Orange City, in February of 2013, where they resided until Gloria passed away on April 25, 2013, after more than 58 years of marriage. Jay continued to live there and enjoyed visiting with many of the residents. He liked to give the staff a hard time and kept them on their toes.

He is survived by his three children, Sherry De Jong, of Carlsbad California, Sheila (Timothy) Cowles, of Sioux City, and Brian De Jong, of Orange City; two granddaughters, Brooke (Jared) Donnelly and Audra (Ronald) Scott; and two great-grandsons, Gavin and Evan Donnelly, all of Omaha, Nebraska; a brother, Hallard (Shirley) De Jong, of Orange City; two sisters-in-law, Olva (Lambert) Hollinga, of Orange City and Mary Marra, of Cedar Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

His family is grateful to the staff of the Heritage House and the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice for their excellent and loving care.

Memorials will be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice.

Wayne W. Loerts

Funeral-male candleWayne W. Loerts, age 84 of Sibley, IA died Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at the Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21st at First Reformed Church of Sibley, with Reverend Bruce Wilterdink officiating.  Burial will follow at the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 20th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

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Robert M. “Bob” Pietz

Robert M. “Bob” Pietz, age 76 of Sibley, IA died Monday, September 16, 2013 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 20th at First Reformed Church in Sibley with Rev. Bruce Wilterdink officiating. Burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 19th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley.

Robert Melvin Pietz was born September 6, 1937 at the family farm near Parkston, South Dakota, the son of Carl Anton and Sophia (Bertch) Pietz. He attended country school and helped his family with the daily operation of the farm. Later he worked for various farmers near Valley Springs, SD, as a hired hand.

On August 11, 1963 Bob was united in marriage to Marlys J. Korthals in Luverne, MN. They lived in Luverne for a short time while Bob worked at a dairy farm. They moved to Lake Park, IA until moving to Ralph, IA, where he continued working as hired hand. In 1964 the family was blessed with twins Julie, and Jean. Another year later in 1965 he was fortunate enough to have another daughter, Sandra. In 1969, they moved back to Luverne where Bob and Marlys worked at Luverne High School. They then moved to a farm near Bigelow, MN, where he worked for Dick Lowe. In 1975 they moved to Sibley, IA and worked for Harold and Paul Feldkamp for over 37 years. Bob and Marlys also worked as custodians at First Reformed Church for 24 years, before retiring in 2011.

Bob was a member of the First Reformed Church of Sibley. He enjoyed fishing, walking, playing cards with friends and working outside in the yard. He also enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Bob will be missed for his sense of humor, loyalty towards his family and friends and his unconditional love. Although, throughout Bob’s life he faced several health struggles, he always remained positive and vigilant. On Thursday, September 12th he was admitted to the Avera Heart Hospital due to his failing health and remained there until this past Monday, September 16, 2013 where he died, surrounded by family and friends, at the age of 76.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marlys Pietz of Sibley, IA; three daughters, Julie Ann (James) Fritz of Rochester, MN, Jean Marie Kolbeck (Jay Packman) of Milford, IA, and Sandra Kay (Joe) Schilling of Little Rock, IA; six grandchildren; five brothers, Herb (Pamela) Pietz of Milwaukee, WI, Elmer (Georgia) Pietz of Edgerton, MN, Vilo (Marlys) Pietz of Sioux Falls, SD, Verlyn (Camille) Pietz of Mesa, AZ and Donald (Lynette) Pietz of Brookings, SD; six sister, Leona (LeRoy) Baltzer of Parkston, SD, Violet (Verlyn) Fuerst of Tripp, SD, LaVerna (Darel) Magstadt of Tripp, SD, Venetta (Melvin) Smith of Freemont, NE, Mary (Keith) Thrift of Bridgewater, SD and Carol Stockes of Sioux Falls, SD; three brothers-in-law, Richard (Velma) Korthals of Marion, SD, Darwin (Jolene) Korthals of Rock Rapids, IA and Gene Korthals of Sioux Falls, SD; two sisters-in-law, Janice Besta of Beresford, SD and Carla (Todd) Meyers of Sioux Falls, SD; and many nieces, nephews , cousins and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Sophia Pietz; and his sister, Viola Zobel.

Lawrence J. DeWild

Lawrence J. DeWild, age 91 of Sheldon, Iowa and formerly of Boyden, Iowa passed away on Monday, September 16, 2013 at Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 20, 2013 at the First Reformed Church in Boyden, Iowa with Rev. Matthew Draffen ~ officiating. Burial will be at 10:15 A.M. Friday, September 20, 2013 in the Hope Cemetery ~ Hull, Iowa with Military Graveside Services by the: Hull American Legion Wegman-Koele Post #380

Visitation will be after 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 19, 2013 with the family present from 5:00-7:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden, Iowa.

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Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Boyden, Iowa.

Lawrence John DeWild was born on November 4, 1921 in Boyden, Iowa the son of Albert John and Henrietta (Werkman) DeWild. He attended school in Boyden and remembers riding his tricycle to school; in fact he came home once because the flag wasn’t flying and he thought the teacher wasn’t there. He enjoyed helping his dad on the farm. He graduated from the Boyden High School in 1939. On December 18, 1942, he joined the United States Army-Air Corp and was stationed in Saipan. After his discharge in January of 1946, he came home to help with the farm. Lawrence was united in marriage to Elnora VerSteeg on February 8, 1946 in Hull, Iowa. They farmed near Boyden until he retired in 1977 and they moved into Boyden. He then worked at the Co-op for a few years. His wife, Elnora preceded him in death on July 25, 1994. Lawrence remained in his home until 2001, when he moved into the Christian Retirement Home in Sheldon and then to Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in May of 2008. Lawrence passed away there on September 16, 2013 reaching the age of 91 years, 10 months and 12 days.

     Lawrence was a member of the First Reformed Church in Boyden; serving as an Elder on the Consistory; (he may not have taught Sunday school, but he did teach by example), he was a member of the Hull American Legion Wegman-Koele Post #380 for 69 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and being on the farm. Lawrence will be remembered for his kind and gentle heart and unlimited patience.

     Lawrence is survived by his 9 children and their spouses, Ardis (Earl) Bonestroo of Sheldon, IA; Arlyn (Donna) DeWild of Hull, IA; Lonna (Merlyn) Smeenk of Harrisburg, SD; Denice (Gary) Brunsting of Centennial, CO; Carleen (Verlyn) Nyhuis of Rock Rapids, IA; Coral (Bill) Moulder of Tacoma, WA; Jarvis (Shari) DeWild of Hull, IA; Laryl (Brenda) DeWild of Boyden and Eldon (LuAnn) DeWild of Hull, IA; twenty-two grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren; a sister and her husband, Evelyn (Dean) Lloyd of Coon Rapids, IA; along with many nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Elnora; a daughter and her husband, Barbara and Larry Lyells; his parents, a sister, Esther Koedam and a son-in-law, LeRoy Foreman.

Herman B. Kramer

Herman B. Kramer, age 74 of George, IA died Monday, September 16, 2013 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 19, 2013 at First Baptist Church in George, IA with Pastor Steve May officiating. Private family burial will take place at a later date.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George, IA.