August 6, 2023 - 5:01 am - Posted in Obituaries

Jack D. Black, age 82, of Rock Rapids, formerly of Primghar passed away on Friday, August 4, 2023, at Lyon Specialty Care in Rock Rapids.

His celebration of life will be at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, August 11, 2023, at the United Church of Primghar with Pastor Mike Cooper officiating.

Burial will be at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Primghar.

Visitation with the family present will be from 5 – 7 P.M. on Thursday, August 10, 2023, at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Primghar.

August 4, 2023 - 3:08 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Helen Fiihr, 94, of George, Iowa, died Sunday, July 23, 2023, at the Good Samaritan Society of George.

Memorial Service will be 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2023, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in George with Rev. Ernest Gardner III officiating.

A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow.

Private family inurnment will be at Evergreen Cemetery prior to the service.

Porter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at




August 3, 2023 - 11:21 am - Posted in Obituaries

Kenneth Doeden, 77 of Slayton, MN passed away at his home on Wednesday, August 2, 2023.  Memorial services will be on Thursday, August 10, 2023, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lake Wilson, MN at 10:30 a.m.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at the church in Lake Wilson from 4-7 p.m. and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday.  Interment is at First Baptist Cemetery in George, IA.  Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is entrusted with arrangements.  To view the online obituary and send condolences, visit

July 24, 2023 - 12:33 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Joyce Kramer, age 68, of George, Iowa died unexpectedly Friday, July 21, 2023 at Osceola Regional Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 26th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2023 at the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, with Reverend Dale Lint officiating.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George.

The Jurrens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Joyce Kramer.

July 23, 2023 - 8:12 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Sandra Johnson, age 71, of Sheldon, died on Saturday, July 22, 2023, at Sanford Health Sheldon Care Center in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Thursday morning, July 27th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, both at Faith Community Church in Sheldon, with Rev. Kevin Gingerich officiating.

A private family committal will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock, IA.

Jurrens Funeral Home of George is in charge of services for Sandra Johnson.

The family of Sandy Johnson would like to invite everyone for a light lunch following the service to show our appreciation for all your love and support.

In lieu of flowers, Sandy has requested donations be given to her 3 grandchildren, Christian & Kamryn Walters and Amber Johnson to assist with furthering their education.

Born on September 29th, 1951 in Sibley, IA, Sandy was the cherished daughter of Elmer and Gertie (Kruger) Christians, both of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband Graig; her daughter Tracy (Dan) Walters of Bakersfield CA; daughter Tonya Johnson of Sioux Center, IA; three grandchildren Christian Walters, Kamryn Walters, Amber Johnson. Sandy’s memory will also be treasured by her brother Larry (Karen) Christians; step-sister Donna (Ron) Van Iperen; sister-in-law Lois Christians; brother-in-law Jeff (Ellen) Johnson; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Sandy was raised in George, IA from 1951 to 1978. She attended country school as a young girl and then George Community School, Graduating in May of 1969. She continued her education and graduated from Northwest Community College in 1970. Sandy then became employed by the USDA Rural Development in October of 1970 in Sibley, Iowa.

On August 21st, 1971, she was united in marriage to Graig Allen Johnson in Little Rock, Iowa. Sandy moved to Storm Lake, Iowa in 1978 with her husband, Graig, and daughter, Tracy. A home was established and after many years of praying for another child, Sandy and Graig were blessed with their second daughter, Tonya.

She continued her work with the USDA Rural Development and retired after 34 years of dedicated service. They moved to Sheldon, Iowa in 2019 to be closer to family and were members of Faith Community Church of Sheldon.

Sandy had a strong work ethic and found solace in being a part of many organizations. She was a member and president of BPW (Business and Professional Women); involved with S.C.O.R.E, Housing Authority,

Gingerbread House, and the Alta, Iowa Speedway. Sandy ran for the Board of County Supervisors of Buena Vista County and the City Council of Sheldon, Iowa. She had a passion for the county and state Republican Party Associations. She loved anything to do with the American Flag, USA, and Bald Eagles. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going to craft shows, planning family events, and gardening. Sandy loved her family, especially her grandchildren with all her heart.

The family has found comfort in knowing Sandy has been reunited with her parents and her brothers Don and Roger Christians.

July 6, 2023 - 8:05 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Michael Gross, age 51, of Little Rock, Iowa, died on Thursday, July 6, 2023, at Sibley Specialty Care in Sibley.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, July 10, 2023, at the First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, with Pastor Steve Anderson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 9th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Little Rock.

Arrangements are in the care of the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley, for Michael Gross.

July 5, 2023 - 4:09 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Teresa Popkes age 63, of George, Iowa, died on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at her home in George, Iowa.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 15, 2023, from 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in George.

Memorial services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, July 15, 2023, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in George with Pastor Chad Duffy officiating.

The Jurrens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments.

July 5, 2023 - 9:08 am - Posted in Obituaries

Oct. 13, 1925 – June 22, 2023

Howard William Haan passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 22nd, at the age of 97. He was born October 13, 1925, in Rock Rapids, Iowa to William McKinley Haan and Lydia (Amend) Haan.

He was the grandson of German immigrants, the firstborn of four sons. From an early age, he was a hard worker and devoted to family. A World War II veteran, he was assigned to COM SERV PAC at Pearl Harbor from 1944 to 1946 and served a total of six years in the U.S. Navy. He worked in the oil industry for thirty years in New Mexico and West Texas. He was a wonderful husband and father, and known for his sense of humor and love of the outdoors, fishing and camping.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers Richard, Dale, and Romain, loving wife Erma and grandson Jason Borage. He is survived by two daughters: Stephanie Borage and her husband Clarence of Aurora, CO and Theresa Haan of Sutherland Springs, TX; son, Bruce Haan and his wife, Beth, of Jourdanton, TX; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Howard will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Erma, at Staff Community Cemetery near Lake Leon in Eastland County, Texas, where they lived in retirement for many happy years prior to relocating to Jourdanton, Texas, to be closer to their family.

The Haan family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at the Heights of Atascosa for their kind and compassionate care provided in the last several years of his life.

July 1, 2023 - 2:31 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Wilhelmina “Mina” DeVries age 98 of Rock Rapids, Iowa died Friday, June 30, 2023 at Lyon Specialty Care.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 5, 2023 at the Christian Reformed Church in Rock Rapids with Pastor Doug DeGroot, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery at Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Jurrens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

June 29, 2023 - 4:25 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Helena (De Bruin) Niemeyer, 91, of Doon, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at Lyon Specialty Care in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

A funeral service will be held Monday, July 3, at 1:30 PM at the First Reformed Church of Doon with Rev. Peter Kolb officiating. The service can be livestreamed at

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery of Doon.

Visitation, with the family present, will be held Sunday, July 2, from 2:00-4:00 PM at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley. Condolences may be left for the family at

The Porter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Helena Niemeyer.