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Pomeroy, IA 50575
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We serve every family in our community with great pride. We are able to offer a wide range of services to meet your family's needs and customs. We will listen to you and your wishes to help plan a celebration consistent with your expectations. We will take the time to plan every detail and help to relieve the burden on your family during your time of loss.
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July 30, 1929 - July 29, 2014
Irvin Gerald Seehusen was born on July 30, 1929, on the farm near Pomeroy, in the house he lived in until 2001. He was the son of William and Lena (Behrends) Seehusen. Butch was Baptized on August 25, 1929 and Confirmed on April 18, 1943. He was educated at Lutheran Parochial School thru the eight grade and graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1947. Butch served in the US Army from May of 1951 to July of 1953, after his discharge, he returned to farm at Pomeroy. On August 10, 1958, Butch married Patricia Consier at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge. The couple made their home on the farm until 2001, when they moved. Butch retired a few years after they moved.
Butch was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, having served in many capacities within the church. He had been a Butler Township Trustee. Butch loved farming and feeding cattle.
Survivors include his wife: Pat; daughters: Sheri (Jim) Simpson of Minneapolis, MN, Karen Gore-Pandolfo (Tony) of Orlando, FL and Jill (Rick) Neese of Tampa, FL; grandchildren: Tom, Marcus, Jeff, Dan and Kirstin; sister: Joyce Eichelberger of Wilmer, MN, Norma (Roland) Pillack of Des Moines and Janet (Don) Buenting of Antioch, CA and brother Vernon "Bonnie" (Carol) Seehusen of Pomeroy.
Butch was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Loretta Janssen and brother Louis.
May 19, 1922 - July 28, 2014
January 10, 1929 - July 28, 2014
Lenore Shirley Craig was born January 10, 1929, at Emmetsburg, Iowa. She was the daughter of Rose (Broderson) Craig. She attended Pocahontas High School. On September 4, 1948, Lenore married Ernest Pierce in Jackson, MN. The couple lived in Emmetsburg for several years before settling in Pocahontas. Lenore worked as a waitress at various restaurants in Pocahontas. She later worked as a secretary for the Pocahontas Lutheran Brotherhood and as a receptionist at the Powers Funeral Home. Ernie passed away in January of 1998 and Lenore continued to make her home in Pocahontas. In 2011, Lenore moved to Golden Meadows in Manson and recently to the Pocahontas Manor.
Lenore was a member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church and the church circle. She was an avid reader, she enjoyed raising both flower and vegetable gardens and she was an amazing cook. Her family meant the world to her and she was especially proud of her children and grandchildren.
Lenore is survived by her children, Mike (Gale) Pierce of Omaha, NE; Kevin (Cheryl) Pierce of Prior Lake, MN; Kathy (Don) Kirsch of Laurens and Jill (Kenny) Powers of Pocahontas; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, James Craig of Pocahontas; brother-in-law, Robert Gruver of Winterset and many nieces & nephews. Lenore was preceded in death by her mother; husband, Ernest; son, Jim; sister, LaVonne Gruver and sister-in-law, Mildred Craig.
September 20, 1987 - July 27, 2014
Travis Loren Francis was born on September 20, 1987, at the Pocahontas Community Hospital. He was the son of Brian and Joann (Tiernan) Francis. Trav attended Pocahontas Catholic Grade School and graduated from Pocahontas Area Community High School in 2006. He went on to the Iowa Lakes Community College taking the Automotive Technology course.. He started his career as a mechanic at Pocahontas Sales and Service and was currently employed at Pro Co-op, a job he loved. His favorite things to do were to ride his Harley or drive his shiny red Chevy pick-up. Uncle Travy also enjoyed spending time with his nephews, giving them rides on the go-kart he restored or on the 4-wheeler. Travis was currently working on restoring his grandpa Loren's 1940 M Tractor. Trav was hoping to fully restore it and loved riding on it, just a month ago, he participated in the "Ride 4 Ryan" tractor ride.
You may have met Trav as a stranger, but by the time the conversation ended, you were friends. He loved to go to "The Rose" to gamble, but also just to hang out and visit with the people there. Everyone loved him and he loved everyone he met.
He will be greatly missed by his parents, Brian and Joann of Pocahontas; sister, Lindsey (Brandon) Schaecher of LeMars; nephews, Carson and Owen and a baby due in October; grandparents, Loren and Grace Tiernan of Pocahontas and Leo and Lavon Francis of Palmer and many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and co-workers.
October 30, 1921 - July 21, 2014
Islea was born October 30, 1921 near Gilmore City, Iowa to her parents, John George Ricklefs and Myrtle Christina Bendixen Ricklefs. They moved to the Palmer area where Islea attended country school until third grade. They then moved to a farm south of Rolfe and she attended country school in Garfield Township. She attended high school at Rolfe, graduating as valedictorian in 1939. She graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls (now UNI) and taught first and second grades at Rembrandt and Rolfe as well as served as a substitute teacher many years. On August 5, 1942, she married Gerald Graeber at Foster Field Army Air Base Chapel in Victoria, Texas. They lived in Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona while Gerald was stationed at air bases and trained fighter pilots during World War II. They returned to Rolfe, Iowa in 1947 to farm. In 1959, they moved to the farm at West Bend, Iowa and upon retirement in 1983, moved to Spencer, Iowa. Throughout her life Islea was an advocate for the importance of education and leadership. In
addition to her teaching profession, she demonstrated this by being a scout leader, Sunday School and Bible School teacher, 4-H leader, and school Music Mother. Her organizational skills and attention to detail were unmatched. She will be remembered for her creativity which was evidenced in her stylish
entertaining, the clothes she expertly sewed for the family, the crafts she made, the flower arrangements and décor that graced her home, and her clever word-smithing of special messages to those she loved. Her favorite pastimes were accounting, gardening, cooking, playing bridge, couples dancing, attending Okoboji Summer Theater, music events, traveling in the motor home, and parenting.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Gerald (Jerry) Graeber of Spencer, IA; son, Steven Graeberof Evergreen, CO; daughter, Marsha and Dick Swanson of Spirit Lake, IA; granddaughter, Heather Swanson of Denver, CO; sister, Berniece Sedlacek of Elkhorn, NE; brother, Virgil Ricklefs, of
Gilmore City, IA; brother, Merlin and Karen Ricklefs, of Rochester, MN and many nieces and nephews.
Islea was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bernard and wife, EDeane Ricklefs; Brother-in-law, Albert Sedlacek; and Sister-in-law, Dorothy Ricklefs.
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Powers Funeral Home
502 4th Ave. NE
Pocahontas, IA 50574