Poweshiek County, Iowa — Obituaries for August 8, 2012

by dhayes on August 7, 2012

Earl C. Engelbarts, 99

Earl C. Engelbarts, 99, of Malcom, died July 30, 2012, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, August 2, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor Keith Morrison, Grinnell Regional Hospice Chaplain, officiating. Pallbearers were Brandon Braaksma, Jeff DeWitte, Anthony Engelbarts, Andy Flander, John McNulty and Scott Shook. Honorary bearers were Keith McMains and Rich Thorson. Burial was in Ivy Hill Cemetery in Malcom.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Earl Engelbarts Memorial Fund.

Earl was born Aug. 28, 1912, in Malcom, the son of Louis and Julia Grabenstein Engelbarts. He was raised on the family farm near Malcom and attended rural school near his home.

On June 28, 1943, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Genevieve Minear, in Grinnell and they continued to live on the Engelbarts farm, recently honored by the State of Iowa as a Century Farm. Earl lived his entire life on the farm, a span of almost 100 years!

Earl enjoyed the day to day activity and held lots of ideas in maintaining a successful farm operation. He knew the value of hard work. He was an avid reader, enjoyed solving puzzles and fixing things. His travels took him to many fairs including local and state and he enjoyed taking day trips driving through the countryside near his home. He especially enjoyed attending school functions of his children and grandchildren. Earl never knew a stranger and welcomed family and friends to his home.

Survivors include four children, Bonita (Bob) Martin of Mitchell, S.D., and Barbara (Verl) Shook, Roger Engelbarts and Dennis Engelbarts, all of Malcom; eight grandchildren, Wendy Minear, Christopher Young, Heather Brown, Scott Shook and Anthony, Krista, Amber and Katie Engelbarts; eight great-grandchildren, Eric and Cruz Casados, Jesse and Lacey Young, Dylan Carter, Joslyn Allen, Reece Brown and Addison Lee Engelbarts; and two great-great-grandchildren, Xiah and XaraLynn Casados.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 2007; and two sons, Carl in 1987 and Gene in 2005.

Clara Louella Larsen Ryan, 88

Clara Ryan, 88, of Grinnell, died on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center.

A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 4, at the Grinnell Christian Church with the Rev. John Epperson officiating. Music was provided by Jolene Jones, organist and Bob Toney, Marlene Toney, Merle Doty and Kristi Dana. Casket Bearers were T.J. Ryan, Ashley Ryan, Scott Slagle, Clint Morris, Kim Morris, Kate Goodall, Kristen Cotton and Robert Wiedermann. Interment was at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.

Should friends desire, memorials may be directed to the Grinnell Christian Church or to Grinnell Regional Hospice.

Clara was born on Wednesday, April 30, 1924 in Grinnell, to Knudt and Olga Figland Larsen. She was raised in Grinnell and graduated from Grinnell High School with the Class of 1942. Following her high school graduation, she received a teaching certificate and taught in a rural school locally.

On May 24, 1944, she was united in marriage to Warren Edgar Ryan in Grinnell. The couple operated a grain and livestock farm near Grinnell and Malcom. Following their retirement, they moved to Grinnell and wintered in Arizona.

Clara had a strong commitment to her family, friends, her church and to God. She reveled in gardening and her floral arrangements were Iowa State Fair award winners. She also loved family gatherings and was active in various functions in her community and her church. She enjoyed playing cards and traveling and life with her late husband. She continued to love and socialize with her family and friends from her hospice room until a week before her death.

Survivors include her children, Marilyn Kay (Joseph) Krause of Sedona, Ariz., Judith Ann Ryan (Wiedermann) of Pasadena, Calif., and James Warren (Pam) Ryan of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Doty and Gladys Larsen, both of Grinnell; and three brothers, Raymond (Shirley) Larsen and Delmar (Evelyn) Larsen, both of Grinnell, and Roger Larsen of Littleton, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one brother, Kenneth Larsen; and one brother-in-law, Melvin Doty.

Thomas E. Selle, 87

Thomas E. Selle, 87, of Grinnell died Aug. 2, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor Todd Follette, First Friends Church, officiating. Organist was Kathy Vander Ploeg. Pallbearers were Duane and William Morrison, Jonathan Kramka, Joshua Burnham, Melvin Stoker and Steve Dudley. Burial was in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Eastern Iowa Honor Flight, a non-profit organization dedicated to sending local veterans to Washington D.C. to visit historical sites.

Tom was born March 28, 1925, in Grinnell, the son of Henry and Clara (Thomas) Selle. He was raised in Grinnell and was a 1942 graduate of Grinnell High School. Following high school, he attended Iowa State University and then enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II.

On May 23, 1948, he was united in marriage to Lois Isabel Harvey, in Delta, Colo., where both were employed with Western Union. The couple moved to an acreage near Grinnell in 1959. He was employed with the Highway Commission for several years and then as a carpenter at Grinnell College. He retired in 1988.

Tom was a 50 year member of the Grinnell Odd Fellows and a member of the Isaac Walton League. He enjoyed family activities, camping, fishing and gardening. He held a passion for woodworking and enjoyed making toys and puzzles.

Survivors include two children, Connie (Duane) Morrison of Malcom and Michael (Dorine) Selle of Holland, Mich.; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Jonathan) Kramka, Joshua (Angela) Burnham, William Morrison, and Eric and Renee Selle; one great-grandchild, Philip Burnham; and one sister, Shirley (Melvin) Stoker of Grinnell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Ernest and Charles Selle; and one daughter, Catherine Jane Selle.

Leonard F. Cline, 86

Leonard F. Cline, age 86, of Guernsey, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, with Fr. Brian Shepley and Fr. Philip Ryan officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery with military honors. A memorial fund has been established.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; his children, James Cline of Guernsey, Carolyn Ashby (Dennis) of Des Moines, Kathleen Baetsle (Chuck) of Hartwick, Beverly Archuleta (John) of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo., Loretta Cline of Grinnell, Robert Cline (Lynette) of Cedar Falls, and Rita McVey (Jerry) of Grinnell; six grandchildren, Staci Andrick (Ken) of Greenfield, Ind., Joe Baetsle (Amy) of Brooklyn, Margo Cline of Cedar Falls, Kyle Cline of Cedar Falls, Angelina Willard (Greg) of Des Moines, and Elizabeth Ashby (fiancé Scott Fuchser) of Alexandria, Va.; nine great-grandchildren, Dylan Cheshier and Wyatt Andrick, Bobbi Jo, Brandi, Emma, Charlie and Anna Baetsle, Perpetua and Felicity Willard, and baby Willard on the way. Also surviving are his siblings, Mildred Moyer and Evelyn Wiley, both of Grinnell, and Bernadette Cline and Paul Cline, both of Brooklyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Darold in infancy, Harold, Joe, Francis, and Manus; and a sister, Dorothy Cline.

Leonard Frederick Cline was born Aug. 31, 1925 in Brooklyn, the son of George Andrew and Margaret Theresa Kriegel Cline. He attended the Poweshiek County schools. He was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn. He served in the U.S. Army for two years. When Leonard returned home, he married Doris Lucille Neitzel on April 19, 1950 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn. Leonard spent his life farming. He was a member of the Brooklyn American Legion Post #294, and the Farm Bureau. His interests in life were his faith, his family, farming, fishing and reading. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Leonard especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family, attending family events, going to dances, sitting on the front porch with Doris, and making noodles.

Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.klosterfuneralhome.com.

Connie Smith, 70

Connie Smith of Victor died at her home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at the age of 70. A private family graveside service will be held with Mr. Dennis Smith officiating.

Connie was born on March 21, 1942, in rural Keokuk County. She was raised in Ladora, and graduated from Ladora High School with the class of 1960.

She was united in marriage to Merle Smith on June 26, 1960 at St. James Lutheran Church in Victor. The couple owned and operated a grain and lifestock farm south of Victor.

She enjoyed cooking for her family, gardening, and raising Sheltie puppies. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo.

She is survived by her mother, Darlene; sons, Neal (Paula) Smith and David (Tara) Smith; sister, Bonnie (Jim) Newville; brother, Jim (Edith) Smith; grandchildren, Jonathan, Caitlin, Jack, Jonah; and good friend of Connie and her family, Connie Sue Boerjan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle; and her father, George Smith.

A memorial fund has been established.

Smith Funeral Home of Victor is in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn Fern Audrine DePauw, 77

Carolyn Fern Audrine DePauw, age 77, of Marshalltown, passed away July 29, 2012, at home after a short battle with cancer, surrounded by family.

Mrs. DePauw was born Nov. 21, 1934 to Earnest and Florence Johnston Armstrong in Brooklyn. She resided in Brooklyn most of her life until 1985 when she moved to Galena, Kan. In 2012, she moved to Marshalltown. Carolyn was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church of Brooklyn, the Sixth Street Baptist Church in Galena, Kan., the Baptist Women’s group in Galena, Western Star in Brooklyn, Sweet Adeline’s, Marshalltown, and a member of the East Poweshiek Ambulance. She had several hobbies including, needle point, quilting, crocheting, and her biggest passion, cooking. Carolyn was married to Marvin Edmond DePauw on November 21, 1954, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; one child, Marvette; and her brother, Richard Armstrong.

Survivors include one daughter, Christina Gilliland, (husband, Darvin) Parsons, Kansas; son, Curtis DePauw, Marshalltown; her beloved dog, Mickey; 11 grandchildren, Carrie DePriest, (husband, Jason) Galena, Kan., Shelia Robison, (husband, Tyler) Oswego, Kan., Brandon, Johna, Tim, Matt, Laura, Deana Gilliland from Oswego, Kan., Carissa Townsend, (husband, Cory) Marshalltown, Brittany and Steven DePauw, Marshalltown; and 7 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, with a luncheon following the service.

Dale Wolfe Sr., 81

Dale Wolfe, 81, of El Cajon, Calif., formerly of Malcom, died Saturday, July 28, 2012 in Sharp Hospital in San Diego, Calif. of throat cancer.

A private family service will be held in the near future. Burial, with military rites, will follow at Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego.

Dale was born April 20, 1931 at the family home in Malcom to Harley and Mabel Wolfe and he graduated from Malcom High School with the class of 1948. He served in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1952 and was stationed at Ft. Meade, Md. On June 26, 1963, he and Mary Geneva Phillips were married in El Cajon, Calif. Dale held many positions while working at Solar Turbines in San Diego and retired in 1989.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harley and Mabel; brothers, William and Robert; and sisters, Dessie Jenkinson, Doris Davis, Betty Puls, and Cora Hansen.

He is survived by his wife, Geneva; son, Dale Jr. of El Cajon; and daughters, Dena Aguilar of El Cajon and Danielle Garcia of Las Vegas, Nev.; six grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, several who live in the Poweshiek County area.

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