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Funeral Notice: Violet ‘Vi’ Reason

Funeral services for Violet ‘Vi’ Reason, 98, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 31, 2023, at First Congregational Church, in Spencer. Rev. Sharon Britz will officiate the service. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m., with family present, at the Warner Funeral Home. Reason passed away Thursday, July 20, 2023, at St. Luke Lutheran Home Burial will be at North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer. Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.

Virgil Prather

Funeral services for Virgil Prather, 96, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at First Congregational Church in Spencer. He passed away Saturday, July 18, 2023, in Spencer.

Virgil was born to John Tinsley Prather and Elna Thomsen Prather on Feb. 22, 1927, in Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up in Newell and graduated from Peterson High School in Peterson.

Beverly Pearson

A celebration of life for Beverly Mary (Schultz) Pearson, 96, of Des Moines, formerly of Spencer, will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 29, 2023, at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji. Pearson passed away Monday, March 20, 2023, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Bev passed away peacefully on the first day of spring, March 20, 2023, with family by her side.

A private family burial was held in Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Linda Taylor

A celebration of life for Linda Christine Taylor, 75, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 22, 2023, at First Congregational Church, in Spencer. Visitation will take place from 5-7 p.m., Friday, with the family, at Warner Funeral Home. Taylor passed away Saturday, July 15, 2023, at Avera Heart Hospital, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Reinhold ‘Mike’ Meinke

Reinhold “Mike” Emil Meinke, son of Ervin and Klara (Kilber) Meinke, was born on April 11, 1943, in Storla, South Dakota. He grew up in Mitchell, South Dakota, and graduated from high school in 1961. He was united in marriage to Bennetta McAllister. She passed and he married Diana Pitkin. To this union three children were born: Rod, Ryan and Rusty.

Ellen Kimblad

Ellen Anna Meta (Jipp) Kimblad, 94, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, passed away on July 16, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones.

Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Axel; daughter, Susan; and her brother, Lester.

Surviving family members are her brother, Robert Jipp; her children: Jean, Peg and Thom. Ellen will be missed by many friends, family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral Notice: Doug Geerdes

Funeral services for Doug Geerdes, 70, of Everly, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2023, at Warner Funeral Home, in Everly. Rev. Dan Taylor will officiate the service. Visitation will take place from 2-4 p.m., with the family present at Warner Funeral Home in Everly. Geerdes passed away Thursday, July 20, 2023, at Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley. Warner Funeral Home of Everly is in charge of arrangements.

Guest Commentary: House File 732

Since my last newsletter, a special session was called to address a recent court decision regarding abortion.

Patty Tesch

Memorial visitation for Patty Sue Tesch, 74, of Everly, will be conducted from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at Warner Chapel in Everly. Tesch passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at St. Luke Lutheran Home, in Spencer.

Funeral Notice: Linda Taylor

A celebration of life for Linda Taylor, 75, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 22, 2023, at First Congregational Church, in Spencer. Visitation will take place from 5-7 p.m., Friday, with the family, at Warner Funeral Home. Taylor passed away Saturday, July 15, 2023, at Avera Heart Hospital, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral Notice: Donald Freeburg

Funeral services for Donald Freeburg, 78, of Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Spencer, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2023, at Warner Chapel, in Spencer. Rev. Kevin Richter will officiate the service. Freeburg passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2023, in Mesa, Arizona. Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.

Glen 'Skip' Vanderpool

Glen “Skip” Arthur Vanderpool, 78, was born July 6, 1945, in Orient, to Merle J. and Violet E. (Mensing) Vanderpool. He received his education in Greenfield Community Schools in Greenfield. After his education Skip served in the Iowa Army National Guard from 1964-70.

Funeral Notice: Patty Tesch

Memorial visitation for Patty Tesch, 74, of Everly, will be conducted from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at Warner Chapel in Everly. Tesch passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at St. Luke Lutheran Home, in Spencer. Warner Funeral Home of Everly is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Lathrop

A memorial service for Robert “Bob” Clarence Lathrop, 89, of Milford, was held on Thursday, July 13, 2023, at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnolds Park.

Donald Freeburg

We are sad to announce the passing of Donald “Don” David Freeburg of Mesa, Arizona. He passed at age 78 on June 24, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Don was born in Spencer on Sept. 19, 1944, to Bernard and Bernice Freeburg. Donald was a caring and loving husband to Georgia “Geordy” Freeburg for 50 years. He went onto have two children: Dominic and Hilary.

Donald Smith

Graveside services for Donald Milan Smith, 87, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 15, 2023, at Riverside Cemetery, in Spencer.

Donald passed away May 3, 2023, in Cameron, Missouri.

He was born on a farm north of Ruthven to Marion and Ruth (Thoreson) Smith. Don worked in grocery stores, mostly in the Spencer area in his early years; working 17 years at Spencer Dairy then 30 years at Pixler’s in the shop until retiring.

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