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Obituaries John Dornon

John G. Dornon, 86, Sioux City, IA, died Saturday, May 1, 1999, at the Sioux City hospital of a sudden illness.

Services were May 5 at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Allen D. Call officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery. Christy-Smith Funeral Home, Sioux City, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Dornon was born Dec. 29, 1912, in Vinton, IA, the son of Alexander Milligan McCloud and Grace (Gray) Dornon. He moved with his family to Des Moines, IA when he was six months-old.

He married Francis Olson on June 9, 1938, at Dalesburg Baptist Church, rural Beresford.

He taught school in Sioux Rapids, Harlan and Camanche (Iowa) high schools. He served as a business teacher and for 13 years as the coordinator of vocation education.

The couple moved to Sioux City on April 18, 1994. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.

He served on the Harlan School Board for two terms, was a member of the Harlan City Council and served on the Clinton County Humane Society for several years.

Survivors include his wife of Sioux City; a son and his wife: Dr. Robert and Nancy of Bellville, TX; a daughter and her husband; Mary and Arthur Verdi of Lafayette, IN; a daughter-in-law: Sharon Dornon of Sioux City; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son: John R.; three brothers: Joe, Robert and Donald; and two sisters: Mary Work and Betty VonHerr.

Helen Iverson

Helen "Ida" Iverson died Friday, April 30, 1999.

Helen was born July 31, 1920, the daughter of Lilbert and Harriet Burrus, on a farm in Bloomfield, Knox County, NE. She was the youngest of six children, three brothers and two sisters, all of whom have preceded her in death.

In November of 1938, she married Leslie Iverson who was a captain in the U.S. Army Air Force and retired in 1981 after 34 years as a teacher and coach. Her husband Les preceded her in death on Aug. 3, 1987.

Helen and Les raised four children, all of whom reside in Oregon: Steve Iverson (wife Sandy) of Grants Pass, Jeanne Carrillo (husband Richard) of Tualatin, Greg Iverson (wife Nen) of Tigard, and Gayle Cookus (husband Larry) of Roseburg. Helen is also survived by 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren whom she loved and enjoyed very much.

Helen's beginning in life on the rolling hills of a northern Nebraska farm were during the difficult times of the depression. As a result she seemed to enjoy most the simple blessings of life such as family gatherings and celebration.

In her later years, her most treasured hours were invested in the participation of the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In Helen's last days, she was surrounded and embraced in the love of her family.

A memorial service for Helen was held Friday, May 7, at Faith Lutheran Church in Roseburg. Any memorials offered are requested to be forwarded to the Mercy Hospital Rehabilitation and Care Center, 525 W. Umpqua St. Roseburg, OR 97470

Margaret Lathrop

Funeral services for Margaret Elizabeth Lathrop, 93, Aberdeen, were held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 3, 1999 at First United Methodist Church, Aberdeen, with Rev. Dennis Gellhaus officiating. A second service was at First United Methodist Church, Murdo, at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 4. Burial was in the Murdo Cemetery, Murdo. Mrs. Lathrop died Friday, April 30, at ManorCare Health Services, Aberdeen.

Visitation was at the funeral home from 2 to 9 p.m., Sunday and one hour prior to the service at both churches.

Spitzer-Osthus Funeral Home, Aberdeen, was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Elizabeth Judd was born on May 20, 1905 at Fullerton, NE to Raymond and Hattie (Orr) Judd. In 1908 the family got a grant from the federal government to buy 160 acres of land 10 miles north of Murdo. In 1913 a severe drought hit South Dakota and the family loaded up their belongings in a covered wagon and headed back to Nebraska. In 1916 the drought had ended in South Dakota so they returned to their homestead. This is the area where she attended school and she graduated from Murdo High School with the class of 1924.

During the summer of her junior and senior years she attended Black Hills College in Spearfish where she received her teaching certificate. Margaret taught in Boyle and Highland rural school for two years. She then worked for the Murdo School System for three years and then attended Northern State College in Aberdeen. Margaret received a contract to teach in the Belle Fourche City School System where she worked for nine years.

On April 6, 1939 she married Harold H. Lathrop in Sturgis. They made their home in Murdo where her husband owned and operated a barber shop and in those days married women were not allowed to teach. Mr. Lathrop died on May 2, 1982. She continued to work at the school library in Murdo School until she retired in 1984. She moved to Vermillion and then moved to Aberdeen where she lived at the Gellhaus Care House.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Murdo, where she was past board member, she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and church women's organizations. In 1940 she joined the Woman's Society of Christian Service where she was past president and past conference promotion secretary. She was nominated to receive the "Spirit of Dakota." She was a member of Black Hills Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. In 1960 she was selected to have her name include in the Who's Who in South Dakota. She attended the First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen and the Angler Sunday School.

Grateful for having shared her life are her son: Robert (Libie) Lathrop of Aberdeen; two sisters: Marian Green of Watertown, Edith Jarvi of Belle Fourche; and two grandsons: Jeff Vance and John Vance.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son and three sisters.

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