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Pomeroy, IA 50575
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February 16, 1922 - October 1, 2014
March 31, 1935 - September 25, 2014
Arlen Ross Garton was born March 31, 1935, in Ware, Iowa. He was the son of Ross and Edith (Johnson) Garton. Arlen attended Ware Grade School for several years before moving to Marathon with his family. He graduated from Marathon High School and went on to attend business college in Salt Lake City, UT. Arlen served in the Iowa Army National Guard. On December 17, 1957, Arlen married Carolyn Kruckman in Sterling, CO. The couple settled in Laurens. Arlen worked as a salesman for the Ford Garage in Laurens and then for Mefferd Industries as a bookkeeper and Treasurer. He then worked as a rural mail carrier in the Laurens area, retiring in 2006.
Arlen was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Laurens Sportsman Club and the Rural Letter Carriers Association. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was an avid coin and gun collector.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Garton of Laurens; children, Cindy (Greg) Beekman of Humboldt; Greg Garton of Sioux City and Jeff (Sondra) Garton of Council Bluffs; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Arlen was preceded in death by is parents and a sister, Dorothy Friis.
April 14, 1923 - September 20, 2014
Lloyd Almond Thoren was born on April 14, 1923, at Steamboat Rock, IA. He was the son of Heiko and Dena (Miller) Thoren. Lloyd began country school in Steamboat Rock until his family moved to Rodman when he was about 7 or 8 years old. From there, the family moved outside of Rolfe and Lloyd attended country school, around the corner, just a two mile walk that he spoke of often. After a few years, the family moved to Mason City and Lloyd attended country school only a mile from home.
In 1941 there was a fire at the family home which took the lives of his mother and sister, Edna. A few years later, the family moved to the Pocahontas area and then to the Brinkman farm north of Rolfe to farm for H.D. Brinkman and later for David (H.D.s son). Lloyds father was killed in an automobile accident in 1947. After his father passed away, Lloyd moved to Minnesota, working in Hollandale for farming marketing. It was there that he met his sweetheart, Harriett, and they were married on November 11, 1950. Lloyd and Harriett moved to Rolfe, where they made their home until entering the Pocahontas Manor in August 2014. Lloyd worked for Carl Hansen, hauling cattle and shelling corn until Mr. Hansen retired in 1953. At that time, Lloyd bought him out, creating his own business, Thoren Trucking, hauling cattle to Omaha, Sioux City and Chicago for many years. In 1955, Lloyd and Harriett were blessed with their only child, Barbara Ann. Lloyd sold his livestock trailer in the late 60s and purchased a grain trailer. He started hauling grain for the Rolfe Co-op and continued to do so until retiring at the young age of 83.
Lloyd loved to be with his family and was a caring, thoughtful, selfless, and loving man. He did his best to provide for everyone, right to the end of his life. His love for Harriett was unmistakable and he was extremely proud of his daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always embraced and enjoyed work in any form, from trucking, to lawn work, to tinkering in the garage.
Lloyd will be forever in the hearts of his wife, Harriett; daughter, Barbara Burns; granddaughter, Jennifer (Randy) Trenary and their children, Shelby and Spencer; and grandson Jarrod Burns and his children, Chanse and Sidney.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Edna and Sophie Thoren, and brothers Fred, Leslie, Wayne and Alvin Thoren.
February 14, 1932 - September 18, 2014
Leroy Dennis Becker was born on February 14, 1932, at Knoke. He was the son of Otto and Tina (Kleen) Becker. Leroy was educated in Pomeroy schools. After he completed his education, he worked at Tobin's and IBP in Fort Dodge. Leroy served in the US Navy during the Korean War. Leroy married his first wife Eloise in 1952, and she passed away in 1973. Leroy was the chief of Police in Pomeroy for eight years and was later the water and sewer superintendent for the city of Pomeroy. He married Carolyn in 1982, at Fort Dodge. Leroy retired in 1999 and had served as the Mayor of Pomeroy for two years. Leroy also helped Ron Hanson on the farm for over twenty years.
Leroy loved fishing, gardening and nature. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always enjoyed visiting with his neighbors and many friends. He especially loved just being with his wife of thirty-two years.
Leroy is survived by his wife: Carolyn; children: Alan Becker of Reno, NV, Amy Kuebler of Webster City, Pegge Hutchinson of Fort Dodge, Diane (Don Meyer) Carlson of Sac City, Linda (Doug) Zinnel of Pomeroy and Glenda Lynch (Henry Garcia) of Green Valley, AZ; eleven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister: Lorna Kozel of Des Moines; brother: Duane Becker of Statesville, NC and many nieces and nephews.
Leroy was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter, Ellen, grandson, Steven Hutchinson, his first wife, Eloise, sister Eileen, brothers, Harold, Ray and Don and brother-in-law, Mel Kozel.
September 17, 2014 - September 17, 2014
Jazmine is survived by her parents: Kent and Candace (Dameron) MacRunnel of Mallard, sisters: Kirstin Runyan and Amber Moen; grandparents: Harold "Buddy" and Susie MacRunnel of Rolfe and Whitmore and Lori Dameron III of Hampton, VA; great-grandmother: Donna Peterson of Humboldt; aunts and uncles: Christy MacRunnel, Tom and Katie MacRunnel, Tammi and Chad Norman, Tanya MacRunnel, Laura Dameron, Allie Dameron, Crystal Dameron, Ray Milligan, Randall Milligan and Chris Milligan.
Jazmine was preceded in death by her great-grandfathers, Ray Peterson and Whitmore Dameron II and great-grandparents, Betty Dameron and Harold and Lenore MacRunnel.
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Planning a Funeral
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Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to pre-plan their own arrangements.
Please call us at 712-335-3334 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional.
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Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress.
Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.
When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today's funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.
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We understand that making the many decisions which come at a time of loss can be difficult. We offer our support by providing you with options as you consider making immediate arrangements.
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Powers Funeral Home
502 4th Ave. NE
Pocahontas, IA 50574