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Tue
26
Dec

Franklin Wacker December 23, 1933-December 18, 2017

Franklin Wacker, 83, of Elkader, died Monday, December 18, 2017, at the Elkader Care Center. Franklin Delano Wacker was born December 23, 1933, rural Elkader, to Frank R. and Anna (Krieg) Wacker. He received his early schooling at Dry Run School and graduated from Elkader High School in 1952.
In 1954, he enlisted in the United States Army and was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was honorably discharged in April of 1956 and returned to farm the family farm with his wife Pat Schmelzer whom he married on July 11, 1955 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader. Three children were born to this union.
Next to farming, fishing was his ambition and then spending winters in Zapata, Texas.

Tue
19
Dec

Gary “Skinny” Larson

Gary “Skinny” Lee Larson, 65, of West Union, formerly of Elkader, passed away unexpectedly following complications from surgery on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Mercy Medical Hospital in Dubuque.

Gary, the son of Henry and Margie (Schuety) Larson, was born November 24, 1952, in McGregor.  On June 29th, 1990, Gary was united in marriage to Lynn (Hjelmeng) Gamm and became the step-father of Lynn’s four children, Blake, Scott, Erich and Jessica.

Tue
12
Dec

Randy Meyer

Randy Thomas Meyer, age 44, of Guttenberg, IA, died Saturday, December 2, 2017.  He was born on December 10, 1972 in Elkader, Iowa, the son of Roger and Patty (Phelan) Meyer.  

Tue
12
Dec

Lois Morarend

Lois Mildred Morarend, 84, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood. She was born on July 24, 1933, in Millville, the daughter of Martin Orville and Edna Katrina (Brandenburg) White. Lois attended Clayton County rural schools and graduated from Luana High School, where she was an outstanding basketball player. 

Tue
05
Dec

Joseph Spielbauer

Joseph Mathias Spielbauer, 90, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Volga and Prairie Du Chien, WI, died Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at New Aldaya Lifescapes Assisted Living, Cedar Falls. He was born on January 24, 1927, in Guttenberg, to George and Frances (Rohner) Spielbauer. Joseph attend St. Mary’s Catholic School through 12th grade. He then enlisted in the US Navy and was stationed in the Pacific during WWII. He worked at Flexsteel in Dubuque for several years before becoming a dairy farmer in Volga.

Tue
28
Nov

Corrine Schoien

Corinne Elizabeth Schoien, 91, of Elkader, Iowa, formerly of rural Elgin, Iowa, died Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Elkader Care Center. Corinne was born on August 13, 1926, in Monona, Iowa, to Herman and Alma (Torkelson) Schoien. She was baptized and confirmed at the Highland Lutheran Church, rural Elkader, where she was a faithful lifelong member.

Tue
28
Nov

Edmund “Lee” Glesne

Edmund “Lee” Glesne, 92, of Marion, Iowa formerly of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin died Monday, November 13, 2017 at Winslow House in Marion, Iowa. Lee was born June 1, 1925 to Oscar T. and Josephine (Lee) Glesne in St. Olaf, Iowa. He attended the Glesne School for grades 1-6 and graduated from Elkader High School. Lee received his B.A. in education from I.S. Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls and earned his Master’s in school administration from the University of Northern Illinois. Lee enlisted in the Army after graduating High School. He served overseas in the European Theater in the 76th Field Artillery Battalion Battery C. 

Tue
21
Nov

Pearl Schaefers

 Pearl Agnes Schaefers, age 77, of Guttenberg, IA, died Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Guttenberg Care Center. She was born on February 18, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Nicholas and Anna (Naber) Gaul.

Tue
21
Nov

Raymond Cousins

Raymond Clifford Cousins Jr., 84, died Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the V.A. Central Iowa Health Care System, Des Moines, Iowa. 

Ray was born in Elkader, IA to Raymond Sr. and Edith Cousins. He graduated from Elkader High School. After high school, he served in the Air Force from August 1953-July 1957, where he was stationed in Germany working in electronic communications maintenance. 

Tue
14
Nov

Delpha Bowman

Delpha Emma Matilda (Appel) Bowman, 94, of Garber, died Saturday, November 4th at the Edgewood Convalescent Home. She was born on April 27, 1923, in Clayton County to Frieda Appel. Frieda married Fritz Klinkenberg on January 30, 1924, and raised Delpha on a farm near Saint Olaf, Iowa.

Delpha graduated from Elkader High School and attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette where she studied normal training to become a schoolteacher. After graduation, she began teaching at Mecklenburg school in rural St. Olaf. During World War II she dispensed ration stamps to the rural people of the area as most goods were rationed during the war.

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