Gill W. Fletcher, 81
FORT DODGE — Gill W. Fletcher, 81, of Fort Dodge, died Nov. 9, 2006, at Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge.
Services are pending.
He is survived by his daughter Julie (Michael) Schlesinger of Marshalltown.
William O. Burnett, 75
STAMFORD, Conn. — William O. Burnett, 75, a resident of Stamford, Conn., died from complications of Parkinson’s Disease on the day of his 75th birthday, at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield, Conn., surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 628 Main St., in Stamford. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Visitation was Monday at Bouton-Reynolds Funeral Home, 2900 Summer St. in Stamford. In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163.
Mr. Burnett was born on Nov. 11, 1931, in Marshalltown, Iowa, the son of the late Buford and Ila Burnett. In 1949, he graduated from Marshalltown High School, where he lettered in three sports and was captain of both the football and basketball teams. He graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Engineering in 1954. While at Northwestern, he was president of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Upon graduation, Mr. Burnett was employed as an engineer for International Business Machines in Chicago. From 1958 to 1976, he was a stockbroker and institutional research analyst with Goodbody & Company, Jesup and Lamont, and Shaw and Company. In 1976, he co-founded Shaw Data Services, where he was chairman and CEO. Shaw Data Services was an industry-leading financial services software firm, and was acquired by Sungard Data Systems. He also was chairman and president of Shaw Data Securities, a leading provider of soft dollar brokerage solutions to the institutional investment advisory community.
Mr. Burnett was a member of the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute and served on the board of directors of several firms, including Carvel Ice Cream. More recently, he was a member of the board of SoundWaters in Stamford, a non-profit organization specializing in education about the beauty and preservation of Long Island Sound. He was very active in the Episcopal church, serving on the vestries of both Saint Peter’s Church in Mountain Lakes, N.J., and St. John’s Church of Stamford.
An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Burnett enjoyed hunting in his early years and was an accomplished fresh and saltwater fisherman. He enjoyed traveling and took numerous trips to Europe, Africa and Asia.
Mr. Burnett is survived by his wife Penney “Poppe”; his former wife Lee (Quicksell) of Jacksonville, Fla.; sons Bradford (Judith) Burnett of Montville, N.J. and Peter (Mary Kay) Burnett and their children Andrew and Allison of Cohasset, Mass.; daughters Jennifer (Jonathan) Hu and their children Courtney and Holley of Jacksonville, Fla. and Kathryn Siri of Jacksonville, Fla.
William D. Eberhardt, 92
William D. Eberhardt, 92, died Oct. 14, 2006, at Life Care Center in Phoenix, Ariz.
Private interment was held Monday in Rose Hill Cemetery in Grundy Center. Private family services will be held later this spring. Johnston Funeral Home in Conrad is caring for William and his family.
He is survived by two sons James L. Eberhardt of Marion and William Eberhardt of Phoenix, Ariz.
John F. Prescott, 69
TOLEDO — John Forest “Jack” Prescott, 69, of Toledo, died Nov. 13, 2006, in his home in rural Toledo under the care of Iowa River Hospice with his family at his side.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama, with Pastor Rod Block officiating. Interment will be at a future date at Woodlawn Cemetery in Atkinson, Neb. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
Survivors include his wife Eve of Toledo; their children Jack Jr. (Melody) Prescott of Jamesport, Mo., Bob (Kathy) Prescott of Goldsby, Okla., Mike (Joan) Farrier of Lindsay, Neb., Shelley (Bob) Garlick of Alda, Neb., Kurtis (Lisa) Prescott of Jefferson, and Leigh (Brian) Fox of Lemont, Ill.; 26 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister Dora Prescott of Spring Valley, Calif.; one brother Frank (Charlotte) Prescott of Coon Rapids; one step-brother Dick (Melba) Wilcox of Jefferson; and one step-sister Betty (Dwight) Middleton of Okmulgee, Okla.
Lillie Paxton, 95
Lillie Paxton, 95, of Marshalltown, formerly of Sacramento, Calif., died Nov. 12, 2006, at 1903 Edgebrook Dr., the home of her son, under the care of her family and Iowa River Hospice.
Pursel-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory is caring for Lillie and her family.
Lauren Peak, 66
Lauren “Shorty” Peak, 66, of Marshalltown, died Nov. 12, 2006.
Services are pending at Mitchell Family Funeral Home.
James L. Schmudlach, 54
GRINNELL — James Lee Schmudlach, 54, of 1924 Sixth Ave., Grinnell, died Nov. 12, 2006, in Newton.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 229 11th Ave. W. in Grinnell. There will be no visitation. Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for James and his family.
Marjorie McColgan, 90
GLADBROOK — Graveside services for Marjorie McColgan, 90, were held Tuesday afternoon at Maple Hill Cemetery in Gladbrook, with Pastor William Spencer or Our Savior Lutheran Church officiating.
Estel-Perrin-Avey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Betty B. Breckel, 81
GARWIN — Betty B. Breckel, 81, formerly of Garwin, died Nov. 12, 2006, at Sunny Hill Care Center in Tama.
Funeral services and a celebration of her life will be 11 a.m. Friday at Pursel-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment will follow in Rock Valley Cemetery, east of Marshalltown. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Pursel-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory, where the family will be present to greet friends. Memorials may be directed to the family in her name.
Margaret Moeller, 88
GLADBROOK — Funeral services for Margaret Moeller, 88, were held Tuesday morning at Peace United Church of Christ in Gladbrook, with Pastor Robert Doner officiating. Interment followed at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Ron Moeller, Jay Moeller, Lynn Moeller, Mark Moeller, Jon Moeller and Matt Moeller. Honorary bearers were Susan Martens, Mona Barfels, Jessica Putnam and Jo Arbuckle.
Groups attending represented Cedar Valley Hospice and Westbrook Acres residents and staff.
Goettsch-Perrin Funeral Home in Gladbrook was in charge of arrangements.
Steven P. Sayer, 39
NEW PROVIDENCE — Steven P. Sayer, 39, of New Providence, died in Eldora on Nov. 12, 2006.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Honey Creek New Providence Friends Church in New Providence, with Pastor Arlen Daleske officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Chapel Cemetery near New Providence. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Creps-Abels Funeral Home in Eldora.
He is survived by his wife Nancy; son Nicholas Sayer of Eldora; step-children Emely Shore of New Providence and Loyde Allen of Iowa Falls; father and step-mother Philip and Jan Sayer of Nevada; mother and step-father Cindi and Dennis McCabe of Roland; step-mother Jerri Newman of Iowa Falls; sister Angela (Wes Moler) Sayer of Zearing; half-brothers Shawn (Maria) McCabe of Jacksonville, N.C. and Michael (Rachelle) McCabe of Hubbard; grandparents Dale and Marjorie Schwarck of Iowa Falls; and one step-granddaughter.
Lida M. Seth, 82
TOLEDO — Lida May Seth, 82, a resident of Grandview Acres in Toledo, died Nov. 13, 2006, at the center following a lengthy illness.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Toledo. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama. A memorial fund has been established.
Lida was born on Nov. 1, 1924, in Eveleth, Minn., the daughter of Albert and Lucy May (Osborn) Peterson. She graduated from high school in Mountain Iron, Minn., and junior college in Virginia, Minn. She then graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with a degree in Home Economics. During the war Lida went with a group of girls to California to work in an aircraft factory that was building B12s.
Lida left Minnesota to teach home economics at Warren Wilson High School and Junior College in Swannanoa, N.C., which was at the time a mission school under the Presbyterian Board of National Missions. It was there that she met her future husband LaVern Seth. LaVern and Lida were married on July 26, 1952, in Virginia, Minn. After they were married they lived in Dubuque for about a year and a half before moving to Clarksville, Iowa, where LaVern was a student pastor. Lida and LaVern left Clarksville to go as missionaries to Brazil. Arriving in Brazil they spent a year studying Portuguese in the language school in Campinas and the rest of their five-year term in the interior village of Sito do Mato. Returning to the United States in 1960, they accepted a call to serve as missionaries to the
Meskwaki Settlement near Tama. They lived at the mission house at the edge of the settlement until 1975. Since that time they continued to live in Tama and Toledo.
Survivors include her husband LaVern; five sons Floyd (Shelly) Seth of Chelsea, Daniel (Jyotsna) Seth of Canyon, Texas, David (Susan) Seth of Coffeen, Ill., Timothy Seth of Waterloo and Paul (Theresa) Seth of Fairview, N.C.; 10 grandchildren Eric (Honda) Seth, Rebecca Seth, Michael Seth, Nathaniel Seth, Jennifer Seth, Mike (Tracy) Sieck, Brad Sieck and Kimberly Sieck; five great-grandchildren Korbin Seth, Isabel Seth, Nathan Clemann, Brayden Clemann and Abigail Sieck; a sister Mary (William) Clayborn of Denver, Colo.; and two sisters-in-law Doris Peterson and Evelyn Foster.
Lida was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Thomas Peterson.