Barbara Schwarten, 87

Barbara J. (Larson) Schwarten, 87, of Elkhorn passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at Life Care Center of Elkhorn. Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church, 153 S. McKenna Ave., Gretna, with the Rev. James Sells officiating with lunch immediately following. The visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gretna. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson. Following the burial, there will be a reception at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson.

Barbara was born Sept. 15, 1931 to Archie and Gladys (Renander) Larson. She graduated from Pender High School. On June 23, 1951, Barbara married Delmar Schwarten of Emerson. She worked as a city clerk in Emerson for over 36 years. In 1992, Barbara moved to Ashland and was a city clerk before becoming the mayor for eight years. She enjoyed baking cookies, especially Christmas cookies, and playing cards, especially pitch.

Barbara is survived by her sons, Steven (Cheryl) Schwarten of Loma Linda, Missouri, William “Bill” (Debra) Schwarten of Omaha; sister Bette (Earl) Wilke of Omaha; brother, Larry Larson of Omaha; six grandchildren, Ami, Jon (Nikki), Josh, Dustin (Jyll), Joshua (Michaela), Adam; 10 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Delmar; parents; infant son, David; sister, Sharon Larson, and sister-in-law, Karen Larson.

Cory Tomlinson, 38

Cory Raymond “Buddy” Tomlinson, 38, of Allen passed away Dec. 1, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City due to heart failure. A funeral service will be Thursday, Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Allen United Methodist Church in Allen with the Rev. Lee Weander officiating. The visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Allen United Methodist Church in Allen from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Private family burial will be in Eastview Cemetery in Allen. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield.

Cory was born April 12, 1980, in Sioux City to Timothy Tomlinson and Donna (Strong) Tomlinson. He was diagnosed with Down Syndrome shortly after birth. Cory was baptized in June of 1980 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Lawton, Iowa. His first years were filled with speech and physical therapy. Cory’s sister, Kristin was born when he was four years old. He attended public schools in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, Clinton, Missouri, and Sioux City. When Cory was 14, he began school at Allen Consolidated School after his mother was remarried to Richard Roland. The family moved to an acreage outside of Allen. At the age of 15, his brother Dylan was born. Cory completed school at 21 and began attending adult day services at Northstar in South Sioux City until his passing. Cory made countless friends in his lifetime. He touched so many people with his infectious belly laugh, hysterical dance moves, and his never aging, child-like innocence. He loved watching movies, listening to music, twirling his rope and going to Northstar Services. Most of all, he loved spending time with his friends, family, and pets.

After his passing, Cory gave the greatest gift, the gift of life, to two donor recipients. He has left this life as a hero. He will be missed more than words can express.

Cory is survived by his mother, Donna (Richard) Roland of Allen; father, Tim (Kari) Tomlinson of LeMars, Iowa; sister, Kristin (Derek) O’Riley and their children, Brecklan and Elise of Harrisburg, South Dakota; brother, Dylan Roland of Allen; step-brother, Derek Tomlinson of Sioux City; maternal grandmother, Dorothy “Mamaw” Strong of Bronson, Iowa; paternal grandparents, Max and Patricia Tomlinson of Moville, Iowa, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was welcomed to his heavenly home by his maternal grandfather, Raymond Strong, and his infant niece, Aslyn O’Riley.


Scot Ford, Sr., 68

Scot E. Ford Sr., following a brief illness, passed away in his home in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018.

Scot is survived by his wife of over 40 years (Catherine Ford), his three sons (Parrish Giddings, Thomas Ford and Scot Ford Jr.), his daughter (Carla Knecht) as well as two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Scot was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from the South Sioux City Police Department in January 2016 after 42 years of service including 26 years and four months as police chief, making him the longest-serving police chief in South Sioux City history.

He is loved and shall be sorely missed.