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home : obituaries : obituaries August 17, 2017

Obituaries (5-18-17)

John Twyford, 89

John H. Twyford, 89, of Walthill died on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender.  

Funeral services were held Friday, May 12, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Walthill with Pastors Steve Breazier and Dean Ross officiating. Bur-ial with military honors will be in the Evergreen Cemetery of Walthill. Memori-als are suggested to the family for future designation.

John was born in rural Walthill on May 27, 1927 to Troy and Emma (Jensen) Twyford. He lived his whole life in rural Walthill, except for the time he served as a medic in the armed forces from March 1946 to July 1947.

John married Della Elizabeth Fisher on August 2, 1953 at the home of Troy and Emma Twyford. John and Della had three children – Ken, Emma Jean and Rita – who gave them 12 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

John farmed west of Walthill all his life, first helping his dad until he bought his farm. This was where he raised his family.  

John loved farming, his family and sharing his knowledge and history through stories. He had a wonderful, dry sense of humor that showed in all areas of his life. He also loved to read, play pool, bake bread for friends and neighbors, grow strawberries and roses, Norman Rockwell artwork, horses and, most important-ly, spending time with his family.  

John served many roles throughout his life: District 31 school board member, Sunday school teacher, Walthill Senior Center board member, Lester E. Stew-art American Legion Post 89 member and Walthill Evergreen Cemetery board member. Most importantly, he was a person his family could depend on.

John is survived by his son, Ken Twyford (Alice Cruse); daughters Emma Jean Schultz (Warren) and Rita Dunn (John Grolmus); 12 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; sister Gladys Washburn; sis-ters-in-law Irene Schlotman and Elaine Bedford (David) and brother-in-law Gene Cram (Sonya). 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Della; parents Troy and Emma Twyford; sister Shirley Kuhn; sisters-in-law Lela Groff and Hattie Metz; brothers-in-law Harold Kuhn, Ray Washburn, Don Fisher and Thomas Cram; son-in-law Steve Dunn and great-great-grandson Rayshawn.

 

Alvin Skow, 75

Alvin R. Skow, 75, of Emerson died on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Emerson with Pastor Gretchen Ritola officiating. Burial was in the Omaha Valley Cemetery in Homer.  

Alvin Roy Skow was born June 21, 1941 in Homer, the son of Harry and Violet (Georgesen) Skow. He graduated from Homer High School in 1959 and then served in the Iowa State National Guard. He farmed southwest of Homer until retiring in 1996.  

Alvin married Theresa Flannery on April 8, 1989 in Sioux City, Iowa. The cou-ple resided in Emerson where he worked as a bee keeper and owned and operat-ed his own vineyard.  

Alvin was a member of the Mid-America Museum, Siouxland Fly Fishing, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, a square dance club and sold vegetable’s and honey at the farmers market. He also enjoyed camping and traveling.  

Alvin is survived by his wife, Theresa Skow of Emerson; sister Irene (Virgil) Rasmussen of Emerson; niece Ilene (Mike) Hofmeister of Dakota City; nephews Troy Rasmussen of Emerson and Dean Wallwey of Aurora, Colo., and brother-in-law Dennis Wallwey of Centennial, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Donald Skow and sister Jane Wallwey.  

 

Roy Barclay, 77

Roy Arnold Barclay, 77, of Walthill died on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at his home in Walthill. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Homer with Vicar David Hawkins officiating. The visita-tion will be Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Taylor Cemetery in Homer. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender. 

Roy was born November 10, 1939 to Walter and Kathlyn (Matney) Barclay in South Sioux City. He attended school in South Sioux City. 

Roy married Sharon Rose on February 27, 1964 in Luverne, Minn. They were married for 48 years until Sharon’s death on June 3, 2012. Roy was the owner of Barclay Salvage after working in the logging business and farming for many years. Roy enjoyed attending farm and truck auctions and was a lifelong resi-dent of Dakota and Thurston County.

Roy is survived by his sons, David (Carrie) Barclay of Homer and Joe Cain of Akron, Iowa; daughter Tammy (Philip) Meyer of Storm Lake, Iowa; sisters Kath-lyn Holgate of Winnebago, Eva Cain of Homer, Mary Wingert of New Denim, La., and Sandra Chamberlain of Homer; brothers Carol Barclay of Homer, Donald Barclay of Homer, Robert Barclay of Homer and Duane Barclay of Homer; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon, parents, son Patrick Barclay and brother Walter (Bubs) Barclay.

 

Gerele Johnson, 63

Gerele E. Johnson, 63, of Wakefield died on Saturday, May 13, 2017 as the re-sult of a farm accident near Wakefield.  

Funeral services for Gerele will be held Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Cornerstone World Outreach Church in Sioux City, Iowa. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at the Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield. Burial with military honors will be in the Wake-field Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home of Wakefield is in charge of the arrangements.

Gerele was born on June 12, 1953, in Wakefield, the son of Ephraim S. and Leona C. (Peters) Johnson. He graduated from Wakefield High School in 1971. 

After graduation, he went to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Fingerprint Technician in Washington, D.C. On April 8, 1974, he entered the United States Army. 

On January 14, 1975 he was united in marriage to Ruth Smidt in Fremont. The couple moved to Hawaii where Gerele was serving in the Army. After leav-ing the U.S. Army in 1977, the couple made their home on the Johnson family farm where he farmed until his death. Gerele was also a master welder and fab-ricator and had worked for the past 12 years with Emerson Manufacturing in Pender.  

Gerele enjoyed the time he spent gardening, fishing and playing pinochle. He also liked to read and watch westerns, but most of all, he loved the time he was able to spend with his family.

Gerele is survived by his wife, Ruth of Wakefield; daughters Heidi (Josh) Meyers of Wakefield, Amy Johnson of Franklin, Maine, Renee Sanchez of Ft. Worth, Texas, Keli (Tomas) Gonzalez of Sioux City, Iowa, Alisha (John) Ludemann of Norfolk, Sofia (Jesus) Reyes of Hartington and Erin (Ben) Crosthwaite of Durham, N.C.; sisters Jean Ping of Wayne and Laurie (Carey) Rhodes of Wake-field and 14 grandchildren.  

Gerele was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter Franchesca John-son, sister Karen (Johnson) Rogers and infant brother David Johnson.







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