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July 19, 2018

Obituaries (5-31-18)

Gerald Muilenburg, 88

Gerald Clifford (Jerry) Muilenburg, 88, of South Sioux City, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 31 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Jackson. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., with the family present at 6 p.m. and a Rosary and Scriptural Wake service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30 at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City.
Jerry was born in Ellsworth, Minnesota, to Bernard Abram and Martina (Korver) Muilenburg on April 28, 1930. He went to high school in Sibley, Iowa, and graduated in 1948. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Central College in Pella, Iowa. Jerry married Patricia deGraff in 1952. They later divorced. She passed away in 2017. He married Mary Jean Goodsell in 1974. She passed away in 2010. He married LeeAnn Parker in 2013.
Jerry proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict as a Private First Class and ran the PX in Cheorwon Valley, Korea. After returning home, he worked in construction and employment for many years in Sibley, South Sioux City, and Houston. He enjoyed gardening and working with horses. He participated in the local farmers market for many years and was well known for his fresh sweet corn, onions and tomatoes throughout the area.
Jerry is survived by his wife, LeeAnn; children, Gregory (Ann) of Iowa City, Iowa, Laurel (Charles) Southwick of Urbandale, Iowa, Anne Bentson (Mike Ellsworth) of Sioux City, Iowa, Peggy (Lyle) Marnach of Harrisburg, S.D., Jon (Melynn) of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and Susan (Jason) Tauzell of Hudson, Wisconsin; sister, Marlys (Barry) Metzger of Panora, Iowa; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Pat; and his second wife, Jean.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations may be made in Jerry’s name to a charity of your choice. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Hospice of Siouxland.

John Engel, 59

John Aloysius Engel, age 59, of Sammamish, Washington, formerly of Spencer, Iowa, passed away on Jan. 23, 2018.
Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 1 at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., with the family present at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2 at St. Michael’s Cemetery in South Sioux City.
John was born April 19, 1958, in Spencer, Iowa. After graduating from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa in 1981, he moved to Spencer, Iowa for a brief employment at the Spencer Beef Packing Plant before moving to Wichita, Kansas. In Wichita, Kansas he worked for a property developer before working at Midwest Drywall where he was part owner. In 2000 he moved to Seattle, Washington to work with Turner Construction. Since then he worked for a number of construction companies, becoming a senior project manager.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Ivy; his brothers, Luke and Scott Engel; and his father, Harold “Chuck” Engel.
He is survived by his sons, Jonathan (Molly) Engel of Bozeman, Montana, Grant and Charlie Engel, from the Seattle area; his grandchildren, Piper and Owen; his mother, Lavon Engel of Longmont, Colorado; brothers, Curt of Salina, Kansas and Craig (Kathy) Engel of Longmont, Colorado; and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
John’s proudest accomplishment are his sons as he loved his family very much.

Lonnie Parrill, 77

Lonnie L. Parrill, 77, of Hubbard, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Services were held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 25 at Mohr Funeral Home 1431 W. 29th St. in South Sioux City. Visitation began at 5 p.m., with the family present at 6 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held in Bloomfield Cemetery in Bloomfieldat a later date.
Lonnie Lee Parrill, was born June 25, 1940, on a farm near Bloomfield to Ross and Doris (North) Parrill. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1958 and attended Wayne State College for three semesters before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He was in the Army for two years with service in South Korea as a Helicopter Mechanic. After leaving the military Lonnie worked at the Farmers Union in Wausa.
Lonnie met Donna Mae Andree in Yankton, S.D., where they were united in marriage on Oct. 23, 1965. To this union two children were born, Wendy Sue and Douglas Allen. They moved to Sioux City in 1968 where Lonnie worked for Iowa Public Service (MidAmerican Energy) as a Computer Systems Analyst for 31 years retiring in 1999.
Lonnie and Donna were both Amateur Radio Operators and were both members of the Sooland Amateur Radio Association. Lonnie was also a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Through these two organizations Lonnie made a lot of cherished friendships and held conversations with hundreds of people via radio from around the world.
Lonnie lost his love Donna on May 13, 1997. He continued to be active with the Radio club and the Coast Guard and spent his retirement fishing and hunting with his best friend and son Doug.
Lonnie was blessed to find love again and married Janice (Nelsen) Byroad on June 17, 2002 in Las Vegas. They made their home together in Hubbard where they spent time gardening and enjoying their blended family. Their first years together were spent going camping, fishing, traveling to music festivals and taking a dream vacation to Europe. They also spent several winters in Mesa, Arizona, enjoying the warmth and retirement until Lonnie could no longer travel due to Parkinson’s Disease.
Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Janice of Hubbard; daughter, Wendy (Bob) Collins and his grandchildren, Sean and Erin Collins of Sioux City; son, Douglas (Melissa) Parrill of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; stepchildren, Paula (Steve) Eriksen of Homer, Brent Byroad of Homer, Pam (Marty) Hagge of Omaha, Mike (Dana) Byroad of Homer; nine step-grandchildren; six step-great grandchildren; his sister, Marian (Bruce) Bloomquist; and several sister and brothers-in-law.
Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Doris Parrill; his wife, Donna Mae Parrill;two sisters-in-law; and several brothers-in-law.

Patricia Irby, 81

Patricia E. Irby, the daughter of Enemzo and Esther (Buckland) Cool, was born May 12, 1937, in Escanaba, Michigan. Her childhood years were spent in Escanaba, where she received her education, graduating from Escanaba High School in 1956. After high school, she worked as a secretary for Triple A Auto Insurance for four years. She later attended a cosmetology school in Milwaukee for one year. Pat continued to live in Milwaukee for nine years until moving back to Escanaba, where she opened her own beauty shop.
Pat married Robert Irby on Aug. 29, 1967, in Escanaba. After their marriage, they moved to Jackson in 1967, where she worked in private medical care for five years. In 2002, they moved to Spencer, Iowa. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer, where she was active with the Catholic Daughters. Pat was also a hospice volunteer for 23 years and was volunteer of the year of the Sioux City Office. In her spare time, she enjoyed taking care of her grandkids along with reading, knitting and sewing.
She passed away at her home in Spencer on Monday, May 21, 2018, at the age of 81. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Robert, Roger and Russell Cool and three sisters: Beverly Schlaback, Barbara Gerhing and Bonita Wajrowski.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Robert of Spencer; two sons: Michael Irby and his wife, Julie of Boone, Iowa, and Mitchell Irby and his wife, Kayla of Spencer; one daughter, Michelle “Chelley” Plueger and her husband, Chad of Ankeny, Iowa; six grandchildren: one brother, Richard and his wife, Erma Cool of Escanaba; other relatives and many friends.

Violet Albrecht, 98

Violet Joy (Gutzmann) Albrecht, 98, of Thurston, passed away May 25, 2018, at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson with the Revs. Gary Harris and Dr. Daniel Schroeder officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 30 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.
Violet was born on Sept. 26, 1919, on her parents' farm South of Waterbury, Dixon County, Nebraska, the second of six children born to William H. and Ruby Violet (Rogers) Gutzmann. The family moved several times during her youth. They lived in Winside, rural Hornick, Iowa, rural Jackson, rural Waterbury, rural Dixon, rural Hubbard and last moved to a farm four miles east of Emerson where Violet graduated from Emerson High School in 1937. She attended Wayne State College where she received her associate degree in education. She taught in rural schools by Winnebago, Thurston, and Emerson before her marriage to Walter.
She was baptized on April 17, 1921, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Winside. She was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church on April 14, 1935, in Hubbard. On June 24, 1942, Violet was united in marriage to Walter G. Albrecht at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson. They purchased a farm next to his parents, eight miles southeast of Emerson. Six children were born to this family.
She and Walter lived on their farm for 73 years; shortly after his death she went to reside at Heritage of Emerson Nursing Home. She held many positions of responsibility during her lifetime. As a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, she was a Sunday school teacher and past president and circle chairman of the women’s group. Violet worked for many years on the election board of the Merry Township, Thurston County, was a federal census taker, 4-H Club leader, and a longtime member and leader of the Happy Hour Club. She served as board treasurer for rural School District 24. Walter and Violet were honored for being members of the Thurston County Farm Bureau for several decades. She was devoted to her family, loved her farm, garden, flowers, cooking, and crocheting. She liked taking nature walks with her children and grandchildren, while showing them and naming the birds and flowers, she also liked to take them fishing in the farm ponds. She shared her deep Christian faith with her children and grandchildren and taught them the importance of following the golden rule, keeping their word, and sharing work duties.
She is survived by her six children; Judy Ann (Herb) Barelman of Bellevue, Walter Richard Albrecht of Emerson, Michael David (Joni) Albrecht of Thurston, Robert William (Connie) Albrecht, Dr. James Loren (Kathy) Albrecht of Emerson, and Terry Lee (Julie) Albrecht of Thurston; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren; sister, Bonnie Dahms of rural Hornick, Iowa; many cousins, nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter G. Albrecht of almost 73 years; parents; daughter-in-law, Mary (Mike) Albrecht; grandson, Aaron Albrecht (Terry and Julie); great-grandson, Francis Albrecht (Tristan and Kara); brothers, William R. Gutzmann and his wife Elaine, Leslie Gutzmann and his wife Lavone, Lewis Gutzmann and his wife Eleanor, Leonard Gutzmann and his wife Donna Lou; brothers-in-law, George Albrecht and his wife Irene, Lester Albrecht and wife Joanne, Wayne Dahms; nieces, Patsy Gutzmann, Susan Dahms Streeter; nephews, Mark Dahms, Dennis Albrecht, and Larry Gutzmann.

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