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Tue
29
Jan

Arlene Thurn

Arlene Thurn
March 26, 1919-January 21, 2019

Arleen Mae Thurn, 99, of Littleport passed away on Monday, January 21st, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center. Arleen was born March 26, 1919, in rural St. Olaf, Iowa, to Lloyd and Lucy (Schmidt) Nelson. She was baptized on June 8, 1919, at the parental home and was confirmed at the Norway Church on August 20, 1933, by Rev. Strandjord.

Arleen married Harlan James Thurn on March 4 in Galena, Illinois. They farmed in the Littleport area for a number of years. They raised five children. Arleen worked for the Elkader school system as a cook and later for the Elkader Wire Plant for 18 years.

She was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church in Littleport and donated the land for relocating this church after the flood of 1999. She loved to cook making everyone’s favorite dishes and always had the coffee pot on for any visitors.

Tue
29
Jan

Robert Dennler

Robert Dennler
February 15, 1931-January 18, 2019

Robert William Dennler (Bob), 87, of Elkader, died Friday, January 18, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center. He was surrounded by family and friends. Bob was born February 15, 1931, in Volga, Iowa, to Elmer and Amanda (Mueller) Dennler. Bob attended country school until 8th grade. He served in the US Army as a medic from 1953 to 1954. During that time he was stationed in France and Germany.

On November 10, 1956, Bob was united in marriage to Jane Neylan. Five children were born to this union. He and Jane, along with their children, farmed outside of Elkader until 2003. During this time and their retirement they enjoyed playing cards, visiting the boat, and sharing in their grandchildren’s various activities. In 2014, Bob and Jane moved to the assisted living in Elkader where they enjoyed having visitors and getting to know the staff. Bob served as a Boardman Township trustee for over 30 years.

Wed
23
Jan

Outdoor fun Event addresses joining, starting clubs

 Outdoor fun Event addresses joining, starting clubs
Outdoor rock climbing was one of several recreation topics discussed last week at a special event at Osborne Conservation Center. Participants were given information on joining and starting clubs along with reminders of recretional opporunties in area parks.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Two local groups last week teamed up to share information on enjoying the great outdoors year-round.

Clayton County Conservation and Turkey River Recreational Corridor hosted an event at Osborne Conservation Center that gave representatives of several outdoor recreation clubs a chance to recruit members and to share suggestions for starting new clubs. Participating groups included Dubuque Paddlers, Tri-State Mountain Bikers, Mississippi Valley Running Association and Climb On (a climbing group).

An overwhelming response to other presentations was one reason for hosting the event.

Wed
23
Jan

Adeline Meier

Adeline Meier
January 5, 1931-January 12, 2019

Adeline Meier, 88, of Clermont, Iowa, died Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital, West Union, Iowa. Adeline was born January 5, 1931, to Arthur and Reta (Nace) Wilken in Strawberry Point, Iowa. She graduated from Strawberry Point High School in 1949 and went to work at Union Bank and Trust in Strawberry Point. While working there Adeline met Lloyd Meier, who worked at Security State Bank in Guttenberg, Iowa.

Wed
23
Jan

Cyrenus Elsinger

Cyrenus Elsinger
March 7, 1930-January 10, 2019

Cyrenus W Elsinger, age 88, of Guttenberg, IA, died Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg, Cyrenus was born March 7, 1930, to Andrew and Irene (Miller) Elsinger in Guttenberg, the oldest of eight children.

Wed
23
Jan

Gary Helgerson

Gary Helgerson
August 28, 1946-January 15, 2019

Gary Herman Helgerson, 72, of Elkader, died Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Patty Elwood Center, Country Winds Manor in Cresco following a brief illness due to dementia. He was born August 28, 1946, in West Union, to Herman and Marian (Schatz) Helgerson.

Gary graduated from Valley High School in 1964. He went on to UNI at Cedar Falls, where he earned his Industrial Arts Education degree, graduating in 1968. Later he attended Central Missouri State where he earned his Master’s Degree in 1970.  Gary went on to teach Industrial Arts and Drivers Ed at Tripoli and Denver, Iowa, for 10 years, before moving to Elkader to become a State Farm Insurance Agent, a position held for 39 years until he retired in 2017.

He married Kae Jeanne Thompson. Three sons were born to this union. They later divorced.

Wed
23
Jan

Douglas Kennedy

Douglas Kennedy
May 27, 1955-January 14, 2019

Douglas Scott Kennedy, 63, of Altoona, IA, died on Monday, January 14, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines after complications from a cardiac arrest. A memorial service will be forthcoming in the spring.

Doug was born May 27, 1955, the son of William T. Kennedy and Emma Jean (Smith) Kennedy in Manchester, Iowa, the third of four children. He was active in the arts, liked to draw, and was a standout wrestler, graduating from Central High School in Elkader, IA.

He was dedicated to his work and drove a semi-truck for many years, enjoying his routes for Midwest Transport, Inc. as a U.S. Postal contractor for the past 17 years. He would tell stories about his adventures, listening to satellite radio as he saw the country.

Doug enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and playing disc golf. He always was a bit of a rebel, fun-loving, and was known for his sense of humor. He liked debating politics, playing cards, and wearing shorts in the winter.

Wed
16
Jan

Good Neighbor Award Honor goes to Betty and Roger Buchholz

Betty Buchholz
Betty Buchholz has been a long-time Carter House Board member. Her husband, Roger (green jacket) has worked on many community projects, including installation of the playground equipment in Founders Park. Both will be honored at Elkader’s Annual Awards Banquet.
Her husband, Roger

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

An Elkader couple whose involvement in the community has touched everything from the Founders Park playground to the Carter House Museum will be the latest recipients of the Register’s Clayton County Good Neighbor Award.

Roger and Betty Buchholz will be honored Monday, January 21, as part of the annual Elkader Community Awards banquet. The Register award was launched four years ago as a way to recognize people in the community for their “untiring, selfless acts of compassion, generosity and caring spirit.”

Elkader residents for 50 years, Betty and Roger moved to the area when Roger was offered a teaching job at Central.

Wed
16
Jan

Ronald DeShaw

Ronald DeShaw
April 5, 1962-January 2, 2019

Ronald Francis DeShaw, 56, of Elkader, passed away suddenly January 2, 2019, at home. Ron was born in Manchester, on April 5, 1962, to Francis and Donna (Hilbert) DeShaw.

He was united in marriage to Kandi Pattison on October 3, 1998. Over the years, Ron worked at Cabela’s, Bergan Pork and farmed. In his most recent years, he was a feed truck driver for the Edgewood Feed Mill.

Ron always had a smile on his face and possessed a quick wit and response – aka something smart to say! He loved deer hunting with the Chicken Ridge group. He was a member of “the chain gang” for Central Football – a “job” he truly enjoyed. Ron was a diehard Green Bay Packers fan. He also enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and Milwaukee Brewers. He enjoyed playing cards, washing his truck – he did not like to see it dirty. But most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Wed
16
Jan

Dennis Horn

Dennis Horn
November 19, 1941-January 6, 2019

Dennis Michael Horn, 77, of Elkader, Iowa died Sunday, January 6, 2019. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Norway Lutheran Church in St. Olaf, Iowa. A visitation was also held at the church on Monday, January 14, from 3-6 p.m.

Survivors include his wife, Marcia Horn; son, Michael (Shelly) Horn; daughter, Autumn (Al) Hall; four grandchildren, Brandon, Bailee, Ryann and Austin; and two great-grandchildren, Leslee and Charlee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Viola Horn, and brother, Bill Horn.

Dennis was born in Independence, Iowa on November 19, 1941. He graduated from Independence High School and was a veteran of the US Navy serving from 1959 to 1963. Dennis was a member of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, American Legion and NRA.

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