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June 23, 1931 - March 7, 2014
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Gulbranson, Doris "Dorie"
April 19, 1913 - February 26, 2014
Doris Dorie Gulbranson, age 100, passed away on February 26, 2014, at Sioux Rapids, Iowa.
Doris Clara Lucile Gulbranson was born on April 19, 1913,at Laurens. She was the daughter of Renn and Clara (Skogstrom) Gulbranson. Dorie was educated in Laurens Schools, graduating from Laurens High School in 1931. She later moved St. Louis, MO, where she was employed at the St. Louis Aircraft Plant, making parts for airplanes during the war. The later returned to Laurens to work for her brother Lee and sister Vernie at the Laurens Dry Cleaners. Dorie spent her retirement years enjoying her cats (Kitty and Buffy), her family, needlepoint, discussing politics, playing cards, vacationing at Lake Okoboji and her friends on Sadie Street. In August of 2005, Dorie became a resident of the Good Samaritan Home in Laurens. She later moved to the Sioux Care Center in Sioux Rapids, so she could be closer to her niece, Carol.
Survivors include her nephews and nieces: Clarence Morgan, Gary Gulbranson, Mary Hodges, Kathy Scheich, Richard Garner, Carol Valintine, Maureen Luchsinger, Judy Noma, Larry Garner, Dean Garner, Sandy Hudek, Pat Gulbranson, John Gulbranson, Tom Gulbranson, Julie Subbert and cousin, Mary Ellen Christensen, and her loving family at Sioux Care Center.
Dorie was preceded in death by her parents, Renn and Clara Gulbranson; brothers: Lee, Vernon and Lyle; sisters: Lois, Vernie and Leila; nephews: Jimmy Gulbranson and Robert Gulbranson, niece: Connie Kavanaugh and her beloved cats, Kitty and Buffy.
We will miss you, Aunt Dorie, you were the Matriarch of our family, your kindness to others, gentle humbleness and quiet disposition will live on through your family. Thanks for being a great Aunt!
January 25, 1922 - February 16, 2014
Ralph Jacob "Bud" Reining was born January 25, 1922 to Jacob Reining and Anna Marie (Murray) Reining in Armstrong, Iowa. He passed away on February 16, 2014 at the Altoona Rehab and Nursing Center in Altoona, Iowa at the age of 92. Services will be at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Laurens at 11:00 on Saturday, April 26 with Military Rites after at the Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Ralph went to Lake Center School in Terril and then to Silver Lake School in Ayshire.
On August 24, 1942, Bud was united in marriage to Dorothy Halder. Ralph and Dorothy had three children, Gloria, and twins Janice and Jimmy.
He very proudly served three years in World War II, receiving many awards including a Purple Heart. One of the great moments in his life was going on the Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2011. Daughter Jan accompanied him and it was a very special day for both of them.
After Bud returned from the war, Bud and Dorothy made their home in Laurens, Des Moines, Estherville and returned to Laurens in 1960. Through the years Bud had many jobs including construction and truck driver. As a barber, school bus driver, manager of the Laurens Theater and Postman, he touched many lives in the Laurens community.
For many years he and Dorothy were Mr. and Mrs. Santa in Laurens. He was very touched with some of the stories he heard from the local kids.
For several years he was a "Fashion Consultant" for the Des Moines Register Columnist Chuck Offenberger and was known as "Ralph of Laurens". He and Dorothy had a lot of fun with this and tried to bring back saddle shoes. He and Dorothy also drove the baggage truck for RAGBRI for many years and enjoyed all the folks they met on RAGBRI.
After Dorothy passed away in 2001 Bud took up fishing in ernest with Arlo "Doc" Samuelson, Dave Evans, Tom Kass and Ben Winkler. They became wonderful friends of Bud's until his passing.
Bud's greatest joy was his two Grandaughters Lauri Bloes Meneough and Jenifer Bloes Wolfe and his wonderful nine great-grandkids, Brandon and Blake Schmitt, Keegan and Kayleigh Meneough and Reed, Drew, Alea, Kate and Jack Wolfe. They brought many smiles to his face.
Bud was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy, daughter Gloria and son Jimmy and brother George, sisters Margaret, Mary, Shirley, Louise, Evagiline and Virginia.
He is survived by his daughter Janice (Larry) Bloes, of Des Moines, Grandaughters Lauri (Matt) Meneough Norwalk and Jenifer (Patrick) Wolfe of Altoona and Nine great-grandkids and sister Jackie of Hamilton, Texas, brother-in-law Julius (Marilyn) Halder, many nieces and nephews, and adopted daughter, Patty (Wayne) Bergquist of Tucson, AZ.
The Family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Unity Point Hospice and Altoona Rehab and Nursing. Bud would always say "you people are very special to me."
Memorial contributions may be made to the Laurens Library or a charity of your choice.
August 20, 1918 - February 15, 2014
Melvin Wile, a longtime resident of Pomeroy, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2014 at the age of 95 years. He was born on August 20, 1918 and raised on a farm near Fonda. Melvin attended country school with an older brother and younger sister during the depression years. In 1941, after the onset of World War II, Melvin was inducted into the US Army and chosen to serve in the Army Air Corps, fulfilling a life-long desire to fly! He trained as a waist gunner on a B-24 Liberator and was assigned to the 389th Bomb Group based in Norwich, England, where the crew flew a series of dangerous missions over occupied France and Germany. On December 22, 1943, on the crew's 10th mission, Melvin's plane was shot down by enemy fire and crash landed. Seriously wounded, he was taken prisoner. After treatment in German hospitals, he was transferred to Luft VI and then Luft IV where he endured forced marches, little food and horrific conditions as a POW. After being held for approximately 1 1/2 years as a POW, Melvin was among the soldiers enduring a forced 86 day, 500 mile Death March from Germany to Lucky Strike Camp in France. Ultimately, liberation came on April 26, 1945, a day Melvin said "I will never forget as long as I live!". Melvin married Benita Quinn on August 7, 1945 at OLGC in Fonda. They farmed near Varina, then Pomeroy until retiring from farming in 1980 and moving into Pomeroy. Melvin also did custom wiring for many years. They raised 4 children. For many years, Benita & Melvin wintered in Arizona and Texas until Benita's passing on May 28, 2001. Melvin married Margueritte Wile in 2002 and they moved to Ft. Dodge in 2009.
Melvin served as Butler Township Clerk, Director of Farmers Coop Elevator, Member and Commander of AMVETS and Vice Commander of State Ex-POW Chapter. Melvin was a long time member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Survivors include Melvin's second wife, Margueritte, children: Patricia (Damascus, Oregon), Coleen (Sioux Falls, SD), and Dean (College Station, Texas), 7 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.
He also leaves behind a sister Maxine Thieking.
Melvin was preceded in death by his first wife, Benita, son, Milton and daughter in law, Mickie Wile, as well as siblings: Lloyd, Vera Mae and Reuben.
In addition to family and friends, Melvin enjoyed reading, travel and fishing. Memorials in Melvins name may be made to Pomeroy Fire Department or Pomeroy Historical Society.
January 8, 1943 - February 13, 2014
Karlene A. Payer - age 71, of Pocahontas, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Pocahontas Community Hospital in Pocahontas, Iowa.
Karlene Ann Havlik was born January 8, 1943, at Pocahontas, Iowa. She was the daughter of Albert and Blanche (Blaha) Havlik. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Pocahaontas. On May 2, 1964, Karlene married Raymond Payer at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pocahontas. The couple settled near Pocahontas where they farmed and raised their family. In the 1980's Karlene began working as an aid at the the Pocahontas Residential Center and then the Pocahontas Manor until retiring. Raymond passed away in 2000.
Karlene was a member of the Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church, Catholic Ladies Society and the American Legion Auxiliary. Karlene enjoyed fishing and raising sweet corn. In her younger years she enjoyed playing the accordian.
Survivors include her children, Ken (Sara) Payer of Carroll and Brenda Skoland of Pocahontas and four grandchildren, Karli, Dalton, Kennedy and Collin. Karlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond and brothers, Ed and Jim Havlik.
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