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Adeline M. Drenkhahn

1930 - 2022

    Adeline M. Drenkhahn, age 92, of Mapleton passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove.
    Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at Armstrong-Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton.
    A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2022, at the Mount Hope Cemetery of Mapleton.
    The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online
    Adeline M. (Kraft) Drenkhahn, one of ten children born to George H. and Cynthia Maude (Revel) Kraft, was born on July 17, 1930, on a farm 5 miles east of Mapleton.
    She loved growing up on the farm and graduated from Mapleton Public School with the class of 1948. After graduation, Adeline had the privilege of taking a few college classes to add to her already obtained clerical skills.
    On February 25, 1951, Adeline was united in marriage to Clifford C. Drenkhahn in the United Methodist Church of Mapleton. The couple made their first home on a farm outside of Oto where the couple commenced in farming. After five years in Oto the family relocated to a farm near Mapleton. Adeline started her career as the secretary at Mapleton Public schools, where she worked for 36 years before retiring in 1995.
    After retiring from the school, Adeline went to work as a bookkeeper and secretary for St. John's United Methodist Church in Mapleton. She also served as the church board secretary. Adeline also belonged to some professional organizations and was a past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved family history and photos, reading magazines and short stories, sewing, attending family reunions, and spending holidays with her family.
    Left to cherish Adeline's memory are her son Martin (Elizabeth "Liz") Drenkhahn of Lane, KS; extended family and friends.
    Adeline is reunited in heaven with her husband Clifford Drenkhahn; parents George H. and Cynthia Kraft; grandson Michael Jason Drenkhahn; siblings Warren, Thelma "Sally", Clarence "Dutch", Harriett, John F. "Hank", Gerald "Jay", Glen and two infant siblings.

Lou Ann Owens

1936 - 2022

    Lou Ann M. (Hupke Rowan) Owens, age 86 of Sarasota, FL (formerly of Norfolk, NE and Mapleton, IA) passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2022, surrounded by her loved ones at her home in Sarasota.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, September 2, 2022, at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Mapleton. Father William A. McCarthy will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery of Mapleton. A
    Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at the St. Mary's Catholic Church of Mapleton.
    The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online
    On July 13, 1936, Lou Ann was the sixth child, along with her twin sister, to be born to Frank and Helen Hupke of Danbury. Lou Ann graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School in 1950 and Mapleton High School with the class of 1954.
    Lou Ann married Raymond A. Rowan II on July 27, 1957. They had four children: daughters Lisa Ann and Mary Elizabeth and sons Raymond Andrew III and Timothy Michael. Their father, Raymond Rowan, passed away on July 18, 1980.
    On October 11, 1984, Lou Ann married Robert A. Owens, a career Navy man with 26 years of service. Of this union, Lou Ann gained five stepchildren: Norman, Eve, Andrew, David and Heidi. It was also during this time that she earned her nursing degree.
    Robert and Lou Ann lived in Norfolk, NE, where she had been living with her children since 1967. In 2001, they relocated to Sarasota, FL and have loved every minute of it. Both she and Robert loved to travel and went to many countries abroad.
    Living siblings left to cherish her memory include her twin sister Jo Ann Frahm of Galva and youngest sister Loretta Hupke of Council Bluffs.
    She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Helen Hupke; her first husband Raymond Rowan; daughter Lisa (Case) O'Connors; brothers Wilfred (Dottie) Hupke, Lawrence (Jerri) Hupke and Lester (Francis) Hupke; sister Berniece (Scott) Green; as well as her infant brother Herbert Hupke.
    Memorials in Lou Ann's name may be made to the St. Joseph's Indian School at

Fern E. Jacobson

1930 - 2022

    Fern E. Jacobson, age 92, of Mapleton passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at Maple Heights Nursing Home of Mapleton.
    Visitation and prayer service were held on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at the Armstrong – Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton.
    Private Funeral Services will be held with committal following in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Mapleton. Pastor Nathan Peitsch will officiate.
    The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online
    Fern Elaine Jacobson, daughter of William and Elsie (Bartels) Engelke, was born on May 2, 1930, on the family farm outside of Ute. She attended country school through eighth grade then helped on the farm.
    On June 6, 1948, Fern was united in marriage to Robert "Bob" Jacobson at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton where she was a faithful member. Together the couple owned and operated B & F Jacobson Construction where Fern was bookkeeper. They lived in Mapleton and raised their four children there.
    Fern demonstrated love and faith in her Lord with her church activities, including LCW (past chairperson), teaching Sunday school, braille making, Altar Guild (past chairperson) and making banners for the sanctuary. Fern was a gentle, quiet soul; family-centered, patient and loving. She also thoroughly enjoyed her flowers, creating craft items, playing cards, and camping and fishing with her husband. At the frequent family gatherings she was always the world's best gravy maker. When their children were younger, Fern and Bob operated the little league concession stand for many years.
    Left to cherish her memory are her children Bruce Jacobson of Mapleton, Pam (Bob Kaus) Clausen of Holstein, Pat (Denny) Petersen of Danbury, and Sheldon (Peg) Jacobson of Mapleton; grandchildren Jamie (Steve) Jacobson, Julie (Corey) Joy, Ryan (Candace) Jacobson, Tracey (John) Maynard, Toni (Jeff) Scott, Tera (Wayne) Spangler, Terri Sue (Craig) Kimberling, Justin (Steff) Clausen, Mike (Katie) Clausen, Scott (Andrea) Jacobson, and Brandon (Taylor) Jacobson; 44 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her parents William and Elsie (Bartels) Engelke; husband Robert "Bob" Jacobson; daughter-in-law Rose Jacobson; son-in-law Dale Clausen; grandsons Thomas Jacobson and Jon Jacobson; sisters Helen, Ruth, and Marie; brother Raymond.

Michael D. Dixon

1956 - 2022

    Michael Dennis Dixon, age 65, of Hoschton, GA, formerly of Anthon passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 22, 2022, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, GA.
    Michael was born on August 26, 1956 in Sioux City to Francis and Edna (Koehler) Dixon. He graduated from Anthon-Oto High School in 1975. In 1984, after several small jobs, Michael was employed as a courier driver at FedEx in Sioux City. He transferred to Spokane, WA, for a couple of years but returned to Sioux City. He then transferred to Gainesville, GA, as a Customer Service Agent (CSA) after meeting the love of his life. He returned to Sioux City in 2011 and worked his final six months as a courier at the location where he started his career. After 28 years, he retired in January of 2012. He continued to keep busy with working at a local landscape business part-time, keeping up his garden and flowers and working at their mountain home.
    Michael is survived by his wife of 20 years, Linda (Kirkpatrick) Dixon of Hoschton, GA (formerly of Mapleton); children Kimberly (Damien) Smith of Bronson; Kyle Dixon of Sarasota, FL and Stephanie Dixon of Gainesville, GA; step-son Scot (Mindy) McLean of Monroe, GA; seven grandchildren – Kendra (Stephen) Youtzy of Johnston; Gwen and Domenik Smith of Bronson; and Reagan, Aubrey, Blakelie and Kennedy McLean of Monroe, GA. He is also survived by his sisters: Helen (Lyle) Sapp of Omaha, NE; Joann Walsh of Sioux City; Alice (Fred) Straub of Spokane, WA; Patsy (Steve) Moseman of Sioux City, and Mary Diamond of Cheny, WA; sister-in-law Vicki Dixon of LeMars; brothers: Robert (Diane) Dixon of Largo, FL; Ralph Dixon of Jefferson City, MT; Nick (Jo) Dixon of Weatherby Lake, MO; John (Linda) Dixon of Anthon; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Donald Dixon and sister Debbie Dixon.
    A Celebration of Life will be held at the shelter house at Stahl Park in Anthon on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM.

Merle E. Schumann

1937 - 2022

    Merle Edward Schumann, age 85, of Ida Grove passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek.
    Visitation was held on Monday, August 22, 2022, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove.
    A Funeral Service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove. Rev. Richard A. Salcido officiated. Committal Services followed in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery of Ida Grove.
    The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove was in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at
    Merle Edward Schumann, the ninth of ten children of William and Clara (Eichorn) Schumann, was born on February 12, 1937, in Anthon. Merle attended a country school and helped on the family farm.
    On April 20, 1959, Merle married Clarissa Ann Ehrig at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ida Grove. The couple was blessed with five children: Peg, Jim, Rick, Doug, and Karen. At this time Merle worked doing various farm jobs helping family and friends. In 1966 Merle went to work for Hultgren Implement in Ida Grove. After 20 years of service for Hultgren's, Merle left for an opportunity to work for Gomaco Corporation in 1987 in Ida Grove. Merle worked for Gomaco 20 years as well and left in 2007 for retirement.
    During retirement Merle got tired of relaxing and took on the responsibility of mowing and caring for the grounds at the Ida Grove Cemetery. Merle worked there for four years before he finally gave up to full retirement at 79 years of age.
    Merle enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. One of Merle's favorite pastimes was going to tractor pulls. He also enjoyed music so much that you would find him out at some establishment where music and dancing was a part of his and Clarissa's "Boots" evenings. You would find Merle and Boots dancing to the band "The Next of Kin," relatives of theirs, anytime they were playing in the area. Merle was a devoted member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove.
    Left to embrace his memory includes his wife Clarissa Schumann of Ida Grove; children Peggy (Dean) Geerdes of Plano, TX, Jim (Connie) Schumann of Plano, TX, Rick (Linda) Schumann of Ft. Worth, TX, Doug (Mary) Schumann of Omaha, NE and Karen Schumann-Arbegast of Ida Grove; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sisters Irma Redenius of Ida Grove and Gladys Baker of Sheffield; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
    He was preceded in death by his parents William and Clara Schumann; siblings Wilfred, Marvin, Orville, John, Ronnie, Dellav, and Violetta.