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Linda Anderson

Linda Lee Anderson

1949 – 2020


Linda Anderson, the daughter of Robert M. and Helen E. (Ryan) Anderson, was born May 15, 1949 at Jefferson, Iowa and departed this life following a lengthy illness on November 29, 2020 at the Brio of Johnston Senior Living & Care Center in Johnston, Iowa. Linda lived her life to the age of 71 years, 6 months and 14 days.

Linda’s parents lived in Des Moines and Linda attended Saydel High School in Des Moines. In the early 1970’s, she moved to Churdan. On May 28, 1977, Linda Anderson was united in marriage to Larry Adams at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan. They made their home in the Churdan area and raised three children together, Shawn, Shane and Shannon. Linda and Larry were later separated.

Linda moved to Granger, Iowa where she and her best friend and partner of 22 years, Sid Hoyle, purchased a horse ranch together. She always had a passion for horses, family and holidays. She showed, raised and owned horses her entire life. She won awards on the state and national levels with some very outstanding Quarter horses that she raised and owned. She loved getting families started in the horse business and was a firm believer in the responsibility and maturity that it brought to their children. She was given the Adult Sportsmanship Award from the Iowa Quarter Horse Association for her generosity towards families and children in the horse industry. She dedicated several hours a day to teaching adults and children to care for and ride horses.

Linda was known to every child she ever met as grandma Linda. She also loved her own family very much and enjoyed everything in which her children and grandchildren participated. She supported horse shows, go karts, motorcycles, basketball, remote control cars, wrestling and school plays. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t be our biggest fan. She loved her family so mush and that is what I think gave her, her loved of holidays. They were her favorite times of the year and she always had the most beautifully decorated tree I’ve ever see. (Notes from Shannon)

Linda is survived by Sid, her three children; Shane Adams and his wife, Gwen, of Plymouth, Wisconsin, Shawn Adams and his wife, Leslie, of Terril, Iowa and Shannon Vroegh and her finance, Brent Walker, of Grimes, Iowa five grandchildren; Mallory Vroegh, Brandon Adams and his wife, Alana, Elya Adams, Nolan Adams and Mason Adams, great-grandchild, Cadence Adams and a brother, Ed Anderson and his wife, Dena, of Churdan. Those who preceded her in death were her parents and a brother, Bob Anderson.

Mass of the Christian burial was held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at Assumption Catholic Church in Granger, Iowa with Rev. Dominic Assim officiating and Dennis Wright serving as Deacon. The organist was Kathy Wade and cantor was Larry Evans. Burial was made at the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan, Iowa.

Casket bearers were Chris Anderson, Dylan Weidner, Josh Hoyle, Jake Hoyle, Kai Decklever and Brandon Adams.


Carl Juergensen

Carl Andrew Juergensen, the son of Conrad and Emma (Wittfoth) Juergensen, was born April 27, 1935 on the family farm north of Churdan, Iowa and departed this life November 25, 2020 at Regency Park Nursing & Rehab Center in Jefferson, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 85 years, 6 months and 28 days.

Carl attended country school at Highland #1, grades (1-7) and graduated from the Churdan High School in 1953. After graduation, he farmed with his father and brother.

On June 9, 1963, Carl was united in marriage to Betty Rynearson at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Farnhamville, Iowa. Three daughters, Carol, Beth and Andrea, were born to this union. Carl and Betty lived and farmed on the family farm which was recognized as a Century Farm and Betty taught school in Churdan.

Carl farmed his entire working life raising crops and livestock. His daughters actively helped on the farm when they were young. In early years, he did custom (corn) shelling with his father and brother. Carl was active in his community and church. He was a longtime member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and served as an elder and trustee. In later years, he attended church at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson. He was a member of the Churdan Lion’s Club, Greene Co. Fair Board, Greene Co. Historical Society, Farm Bureau, Four County Antique Tractor Club and Farmer’s Lumber Coop. Carl enjoyed bowling and he and Betty enjoyed traveling, wintering in Arizona and taking part in tractor rides. His wife of 39 years passed away in 2002. He remained in his home on the farm and later moved to the Garden’s Retirement Community in Jefferson. Due to failing heath, Carl moved to Regency Park in October of 2019.

Carl was very proud of his grandchildren and attended their activities and was a proud great-grandpa.

Carl is survived by his three daughters, Carol (Mike) Christensen of Jefferson, Beth Jass of Garner and Andrea (Lew) Nedved of Britt, five grandchildren; Spencer (Eric) Hink, Ryanne (Adam) Connell, Courtney Jass, Kiersten Jass and Nathan Nedved, three great-grandchildren; Aurora Hink, Christian Hink and Hannah Connell, a brother, Calvin (Erma) Juergensen, three sisters-in-law, Ilene, Jean and Pearl and nieces, nephews and cousins. Those who preceded him in death were his parents, wife, twin infant brothers, father and mother-in-law, Ivan and Thelma Rynearson, son-in-law, Mark Jass and granddaughter, Kaylee Jass.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson with Pastor Dennis Martens officiating. Burial was made in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan. Musical selections played at the service were “Shine Jesus Shine”, “Beautiful Savior”, “I Will Rise” and “Amazing Grace”. A visitation was held prior to the service.

Serving as casket bearers were Cale Juergensen, Connor Juergensen, Perry Parker, Lew Nedved, Nathan Nedved and Mike Christensen.

Lil Wirt

Lillian “Lil” Wirt, 88, the daughter of Lorenzo and Elatia “Hilary Navorro” Rosales was born July 19, 1932 in Libertyville, Illinois and departed this life October 14, 2020 at the Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

Lil was raised in Fort Dodge and attended Catholic school. Lil was united in marriage to Curtis Wirt on April 12, 1958 in Fort Dodge. They continued their life in Lohrville raising their two sons Gene and Jeff. After the boys were older, Lil worked at Air Electric and the Lohrville Locker.

Lil loved to garden and enjoyed planting flowers in the yard around her home. Lil and Curt both enjoyed playing golf and they were members of the Gowrie Golf Country Club. Curt passed away in 2016, Lil continued to make her home in Lohrville with help of Gene and Jeff. Lil lost her oldest son, Gene, in 2019.

Lil is survived by her son, Jeff, two grand-children; Heather Taylor and Cody (Amada) Wirt, three great-grandchildren; Ava, Kinley and louis and three sisters; Angelina Fair, Fran Rosales and Shirley Nelson. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, husband, son, one sister, Rorie Tuel and brothers; Gilbert, Ralph and Leo Rosales.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, October 23rd, from the United Methodist Church in Lohrville with Pastor Lorinda Hoover officiating. Burial was made in the Evergreen Cemetery near Lohrville. A lunch was served by the Lohrville Methodist Women following the graveside service at the Lohrville Fire Department meeting room. Masks are required at the Church.

Janice Ham

Janice P. Ham, the daughter of George and Vera (Osborn) Hudson, was born June 13, 1935 in Winterset, Iowa and departed this life October 13, 2020 at the Greene Co. Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 85 years and 4 months.

Janice attended school in Winterset and graduated in 1953. After graduation, she worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone. On October 29, 1955, Janice Hudson was united in marriage to Donald Ham at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Winterset. Janice and Don adopted two children into their family, David and Jolene.

During their marriage, Janice and Don lived and worked in many communities. Janice was a bookkeeper at Olson Produce in Manilla, Farner-Bocken in Carroll, Union Trust and Saving Bank in Fort Dodge, Jack Moritz Management in Omaha and Wadsworth & Smith CPA firm in Boise, Idaho for 22 years. She retired in 1997. She was also an instructor for AARP 55 Alive Mature Drivers.

Janice and Don moved to Jefferson in 2000 and were members of Central Christian Church.

Janice liked to draw different subjects and listen to soft older music and religious music. Janice and Don both enjoyed traveling.

Janice is survived by her husband of 65 years, two grandchildren and a half-brother, Steven Reese Igo of Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her two children, David and Jolene Hoisington, parents, step-father Wilbur Igo and a grandson Allen.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 20th, at 10:30 A.M. at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson with Rev. Norman J. Alexander of the Central Christian Church officiating. Recorded songs, “How Great Thou Art” and Amazing Grace” was played. Burial was made in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.


Doris Batcheller


Doris M. Batcheller, the daughter of Ralph and Mary (Gobel) Granger, was born November 21, 1923 at Alma, Michigan and passed from this life September 29, 2020 at the Fort Dodge Villa Care Center in Fort Dodge, Iowa at the age of 96 years, 10 months and 8 days.

Doris attended and graduated from Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Michigan. After graduating, Doris worked as a clerk for the Bigelow Company in Saginaw. In October of 1944, Doris joined the U.S. Navy and served as a Seaman first class in the Waves (Women accepted for voluntary service). While in the service Doris met Harley Batcheller, who was also serving in the Navy. On August 25, 1945, Doris Granger was united in marriage to Harley Batcheller in Rockville, Maryland. Two children, James and Peggy, were born to this union. After their marriage and discharge from the Navy, the couple moved to Paton where Harley operated a service station. Doris raised her family and later worked as school secretary at Paton for several years. Starting in 1975, Harley and Doris enjoyed spending their winters in Florida. Harley passed away in October of 2001 and Doris continued to make her home in Paton. Later she moved to an apartment in Fort Dodge to be near her son and after a fall she became a resident at the Fort Dodge Villa.

Doris was a member of the Paton Presbyterian Church and the Eastern Star.

Doris is survived by her two children; Jim and his wife, Sandy, of Fort Dodge and Peg Whitmore and her husband, Paul, of Laurie, Missouri, 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, two sisters, Esther LeGrow of Michigan and Betty O’Deray of Florida and a brother, Dan Granger of Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one brother Dick Granger.

Graveside services were held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, October 3, 2020, at the Paton Township Cemetery with Glenn Rohden officiating. Full military honors were conducted by the Navy Honor Guard.

Russ Johnson

A public visitation with his family for Russell Johnson, 69, of Jefferson will be held Friday, September 11, from 5 to 6 PM at Brown Funeral Home and followed by a Elks Memorial Service. Private burial will be held at the Jefferson City Cemetery. Public visitors are requested to wear face masks. Russ passed away August 28th at his home.

He is survived by his wife, Dee, five children, Martin (Kim) Johnson of Wisconsin, Phillip (Jama) Johnson of Grundy Center, Tammie (Doug) Carey of Hampton, Dawn (Chad) De Vries of Waukee and Julie Gunderson of Hampton, two brothers Steven and Gregory and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to hospice or two of Russ’s favorite Jefferson Elk’s Projects; “Dictionaries for grade schools” or “Books for Reading”.