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Obituaries Myron Cleaver

Myron "Ron" David Cleaver, 68, Modale, IA, died Nov. 1, 2001 at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair, NE.

Funeral services were held Nov. 5 at the United Methodist Church in Modale, with the Rev. Robert Dagit officiating. Burial was in the Blair Cemetery. Hennessey-Aman Funeral Home, Missouri Valley, IA, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Cleaver was born Sept. 8, 1933 in Harrison County, IA to Maurice and Beatrice (Baldwin) Cleaver. He graduated from Missouri Valley High School in 1951.

He married Carol Middleton on Feb. 21, 1953. In 1960 they moved to LaMirada, CA where Ron worked as a real estate broker. 1970 found them moving to Vermillion, where Ron was an auto dealer for GM.

The 1980s brought another move, this time to Modale, IA, where they purchased a home and commuted between Vermillion and Modale to oversee the family farm. In January of 2000 they built a new home and moved to Modale permanently.

Mr. Cleaver was a member of the Eastern Star, Masons, Shriners, American Legion, Eagles and Lions Club. He was an active member in the Chamber of Commerce in Vermillion, a member of the Auto Dealers Association, a Scout leader and head of the Senior Housing Development in Modale.

Survivors include his wife Carol; children, Kevan and wife Terri of Vermillion, Kim and husband Kal Kletschke of Sioux City, IA, Pookie and husband Bob Solomon of Burbank; a brother, Carl Cleaver and wife Alicia of Irvine, CA; special friend Bill Jones of Tulsa, OK; faithful companion "Bonnie"; grandchildren Nicki and Chris Solomon, Korey and Kami Kletschke, Ethan and Gavan Cleaver; and one great-grandchild, Nate Martinson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers.

A Masonic service was held at the Hennessey-Aman Funeral Home and military honors were conducted graveside by the Modale American Legion.

Arthur Anderson

Arthur "Mark" Anderson died Monday, Nov. 5, 2001 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.

He was born June 29, 1950 in Vermillion, son of Philip D. and June (Jacobson) Anderson. Mr. Anderson attended Vermillion public school and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1968. In 1973 he graduated from USD with a B.A. in psychology. While at the university, Mark enjoyed being a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and the Strollers Organization.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Vermillion.

"Andy" farmed in Clay County for 25 years; he felt there was no better life. He will be remembered for his dry sense of humor, and his kind, caring heart. Mr. Anderson's life passions included his son, Graham, music, the Missouri River, the USD Coyotes, the sports page of any newspaper, his many loyal friends and his dog Breaker.

Grateful for having shared his life are his son, Graham and wife Jamie of Hooper, UT; two brothers, Dean Anderson and his wife, Carol of Montevideo, MN, and Grant Anderson and his wife, Cheryl, of Littleton, CO; a sister, Christine A. Rasmussen of Waterville, ME; four nephews, Todd Kelly, John and Darren Anderson; and a niece, Karina Novak.

At his request, there were no visiting hours. He will be cremated. A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Vermillion with the Rev. Sandy Aakre officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Timothy's House of Hope in care of Arlene Thoms, 2725 S. Carolyn Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57105.

Joe Maher

Joe Maher, 61, died Oct. 25, 2001, in his Hawarden, IA home after a lengthy illness.

The funeral was held Oct. 27 at St. Mary's Church in Hawarden with Bishop Daniel N. DiNardo as the main celebrant. Bishop Lawrence D. Soens, Father LeRoy Seuntjens and other priests of the diocese concelebrated. A Christian wake service was held Oct. 26 at the church. Burial was in Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden.

He was born June 28, 1940, in Carroll, IA, the son of Neda and the late Martin Maher. He attended St. Lawrence Grade School and graduated from Kuemper High School, Carroll, in 1958. He attended Creighton University in Omaha, NE, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

He married Connie Mikkelsen on Dec. 28, 1963 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Atlantic, IA.

Maher was ordained to the permanent diaconate of the Diocese of Sioux City, IA, at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City on May 26, 1980 by Bishop Frank H. Greteman. He was involved in parish ministry at St. Mary's in Hawarden since that time. In addition to assisting at liturgies, his ministry included parish religious education, marriage preparation, and ministry to the sick and terminally ill.

In March of 1981, Maher was named editor of The Globe, the Catholic newspaper of the Diocese of Sioux City. He also served as director of communications for the diocese. Maher was a longtime newspaperman, having worked at newspapers in Charles City, IA, Council Bluffs, IA, La Porte, IN, Denison, IA, and Vermillion. In 1970 he bought The Independent in Hawarden, The Bee in Rock Valley, IA, and The Triangle in Beresford. He sold these papers in 1983.

Under his 20-year leadership at The Globe, the newspaper received numerous national awards for reporting, layout, photography and advertising. In 1983, the paper won a prestigious first place national award for general excellence.

In the summer of 2000, Maher's diaconal ministry was recognized when he was awarded by the Iowa Knights of Columbus for outstanding parish and community ministry.

Maher loved to fish and read.

Survivors include his wife, Connie, of Hawarden; two sons, Marty and Ryan, both of Sioux City; his mother, Neda, of Carroll; three sisters and their husbands, Mary and Virgil Baumhover of Carroll, Margaret and Dr. Michael Collins of Omaha, and Rose and Timothy Greenwood of Polk City, IA; three brothers and their wives, John and Peggy of Cedar Rapids, IA, Bill and Nancy of Albuquerque, NM, and Tom and Connie of Dallas, TX; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Gerald DeJong

Dr. Gerald DeJong, 79, of Orange City, IA, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at his son's home in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Roste Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, with Rev. Dave Sterk officiating. Burial with military honors was at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City, IA. Visitation was Friday at the funeral home with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Dr. DeJong was born Nov. 16, 1921 in Carnes, IA, to Otto and Hattie (Douma) DeJong. He graduated from a one room country school in 1935, and in 1939 graduated from Northwestern Academy in Orange City, IA. In 1942, Dr. DeJong enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a navigator's assistant on the USS G.O. Squire for about three years, bringing and returning troops in both the Pacific and European Theaters of Action.

Upon returning from the Navy, Dr. DeJong attended Northwestern Junior College, graduating in 1948. He then spent a year at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and graduated with high honors the following year from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. He then attended the University of Wisconsin to do graduate work in European history.

On June 5, 1950 he married Jeanette "Jean" Masselink of Edgerton, MN. In 1952 he was awarded a Fullbright Scholarship to the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, and graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1955 receiving the highest honors given in the history department.

After graduation he taught European history at Indiana Central College, Emporia Kansas State College, and North Dakota State College in Fargo. For five years, Dr. DeJong served as academic dean at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. Upon resuming teaching, he taught at Midwestern College at Denison, IA and The University of South Dakota at Vermillion. In 1988, Dr. DeJong retired to Orange City and was a member of the First Reformed Church.

Dr. Dejong is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jeanne DeJong, of Orange City; six children, Owen Dejong of Wakonda, Dr. Jerry DeJong and his wife, Dr. Renee of Urbana, IL, Drew DeJong and his wife, Mel of Rock Rapids, IA, and Karl DeJong and his wife, Kristal of Spring, TX.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Antoine, Collette, Audrey, Kristen, Max, Luke and Emily; two sisters, Ethel Aberson of Orange City, and Betty Lou Alberts of Grand Forks, ND.

Preceding Dr. DeJong in death were his parents and a sister, Esther Muilenburg. A brother, Tom DeJong, died on Wednesday, Oct. 31, the day after Dr. DeJong died.

Donald Johnson

Donald Lloyd Johnson, 74, of Irene, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, at Sunset Manor Avera Health in Irene.

He was born July 25, 1927 at Hooker to Henry and Anna (Husby) Johnson. He was baptized and confirmed in the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Centerville. He grew up in the Hooker area and attended school in Centerville and Hurley. He graduated from Hurley High School in 1946.

He lived and farmed in the Hurley area and worked construction until he was involved in a life-threatening accident while working construction in December of 1960. He then lived in the Canton area for 20 years until moving to the Wakonda Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Prairie Homes in Yankton and to Sunset Manor in Irene in November of 2000.

He is survived by two daughters, Donilyn (John) Brennan, Huntsville, AR, and Barbara (Morad) Rahmani, Mankato, MN; four sons, Michael, Omaha NE, Larry (Kelly) Mapleton, MN, Roger (Barbara) Council Bluffs, IA, and Ted (Lori) Fairmont, MN; one brother, Roy (Mary), Yankton; three sisters, Evelyn Rennich, White, Esther (Byron) Hendry, Madison, and Hazel Harting, Burlington, IA; and five grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

His parents, one brother, one sister and one grandchild preceded him in death.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Hansen Funeral Home in Irene. Burial followed in the Riverview Cemetery, Centerville.

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