Dr. Robert E. Griffin, Jr

Dr. Robert E. Griffin, Jr., age 68, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1979, passed away on Monday, June 18, 2012 at a local hospital.  He was an endodontist, loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather.

Robert Edmund Griffin, Jr., was born on August 17, 1943 in Butte, Montana to the late Dr. Robert E. and Betty (Shaffer) Griffin.  He graduated from Sheldon High School in Sheldon Iowa in 1961 and graduated from dental school in Iowa City.  He then entered the United States Army, served in Vietnam, and later received his Masters from George Washington University in Washington D.C.  In late 1979, he resigned from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel to enter private practice as an endodontist.

He is survived by his loving wife: Patricia; and his children: Michael Griffin of Castle Rock, Colorado; Brian Griffin of Windsor, Colorado; and Patricia’s children: Brian Griffin of Colorado Springs; Samantha Drummond of Colorado Springs; and Michael (wife, Kelly) Drummond of Colorado Springs.  Bob has four sisters: Mary Lipsett of Rochester, Indiana; Patricia (husband, Larry) Murphy of Ankeny, Iowa; Sheila (husband, Greg) Benedict of Alexandria, Minnesota; and Connie (husband, Dick) Mataloni of Sibley, Iowa.

Bob has four wonderful grandchildren: Blair, Cole, Courtney, and Devon.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel.  Cremation is planned and private interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery.

Bob will be best remembered for his sense of humor, his kindness, and generosity.

Memorials in his name may be made to the American Lung Association, 5600 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Suite 100, Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111-2316.

He will be dearly missed.

Margaret Harper

Margaret Harper, age 81 of Sibley,IA died Sunday, June 17, 2012 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday June 21st, 2012 at United Methodist Church in Sibley with Rev. Shannon Pascual officiating.  Burial will follow at Lennox Cemetery in Lennox, SD.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 20th from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of  Sibley.

Rex Ditto

Rex Ditto, age 84 of Urbandale, IA, formerly of Sibley, IA died Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Urbandale Nursing & Rehab Center in Urbandale, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, June 19th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, IA, with Rev. Jim Berka officiating.

Burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church Tuesday morning at the church.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley is in charge of services.

Gerald Kreykes

Gerald Kreykes, age 89, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.

Memorial Services will be Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 1:30 P.M. at Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon. Pastor Troy Van Beek officiating.

Graveside Service will be Tuesday, June 19 at 12:45 P.M. at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Monday, June 18, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service of Sheldon in charge of arrangements for Gerald Kreykes.


Mr. Frank Katje

Mr. Frank Katje, age 89, of Orange City, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2012, at his residence.

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, June 20, at 2:00pm, at the Redeemer United Reformed Church in Orange City.  The Rev. Todd De Rooy will officiate.  Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.  There will be a prayer service on Wednesday, at 12:45pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

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

Clara Bonestroo

Clara D. Bonestroo, age 88, of Sheldon,Iowa passed away onFriday, June 15, 2012 at the Sanford Health Center Senior Care in Sheldon,Iowa.

Her service will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 19, 2012at the United Methodist Church in Sheldon with Rev. Marvin Lindley ~ Officiating. Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa.

Visitation will be after 3:00 P.M. Monday, June 18, 2012 with the family present from 6 to 8 P.M.at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

The Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon is in charge of arrangements. Online memorial condolences may be sent to: vanderploegfunerals.com

Clara D. Bonestroo was born November 18, 1923to Herman and Reintge (Hamstra) Dirksen on the family homestead near Ireton, Iowa. On October 28, 1943, she was united in marriage to Fred Bonestroo in Perkins,Iowa. After Fred was discharged from the service they resided inRock Valley,Iowa until 1956 when they moved to Sheldon where they raised their family. Fred and Clara enjoyed traveling together and wintering in California and Texas. They had worked together at the Christian Retirement Home in Sheldon. Fred preceded her in death on November 14, 2001 in Sheldon. Clara had made her home in the Christian Retirement Home, Fieldcrest and for a few days at Senior Care. Clara passed away on Friday June 15, 2012at Senior Care reaching the age of 88 years, 6 months and 27 days.

Clara was a member of theUnited Methodist Church and the V.F.W. Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting with other church members and was known for her beautiful crocheted afghans. She gave dozens away and all of her children and grandchildren have at least one of her afghans. She also made baby blankets for her grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as numerous friends. She also enjoyed bowling and reading.

Clara will always be remembered for her generous heart. She loved her family deeply and enjoyed spending time with them.

Left to cherish her memory are four daughters: Arlene and Bob Sterler of Sheldon; Lynn and Dean Seivert of Sheldon; Pat and Larry Snyder of Fremont, NE.; Pam and Darrell Kruger of Tea, SD; eleven grandchildren: Karen (Craig) Christians, Blue Earth, MN; Shelly(Russ) Palmer, Rock Rapids, IA; Bill (Renee) Sterler Sanborn, IA; Troy (Dawn)Seivert, Sheldon, IA; Robbie (Darrin) Korthals Rock Rapids, IA; Kerri (Bryan) Peterson, Lincoln, NE; Tim (Amy) Snyder, Lincoln, NE; Rachel (Adam) Jorgensen; Gilbert, AZ.; Dave (Sally) Snyder, Omaha, NE; Darrell Kruger Jr., Tea, SD; Elizabeth Kruger and fiancée, Zach Smith; Tea, SD; twenty one great grandchildren; Cody, Brandon and Courtney Christians; Travis and Ryan Sterler; Dayna and Dalton Korthals; Dominic and Sierra Seivert; Kirsten and McKinzie Peterson; Nick, Riley, Tyler Deubelbeiss, Eli Brown and Lily Snyder; Will and Sean Snyder; and Dale, Davis and Drew Jorgensen, a sister, Rena Niemeyer; brother-in-law, Gerald (Gert) Bonestroo; sister-in-laws, Anne Bonestroo, Agnes Bonestroo, Betty Bonestroo, Henrietta Bonestroo and Alberta Rozeboom, also many nieces, nephews and friends.

Clara was preceded in death by Fred, her beloved husband of 58 years, a great granddaughter, her parents, two brothers and three sisters.