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December 11, 2018

Obituaries (8-9/16)

Allen Madsen, 69 

Allen Madsen, lately of Charlotte, North Carolina, left his shell at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House in North Carolina on July 24, 2018.

He was born July 21, 1949, in Sioux City, Iowa, son of Nadine and Alfred Madsen (deceased) and eldest of three sons. He attended Winnebago Public School in Winnebago, Nebraska, and University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He is survived by his two younger brothers Mark and his wife Mary of LaCrosse, Wisconsin; Kenny and his wife Patty of St. Albans, Vermont; an uncle (Rodney) of Winnebago; an aunt (Pat) of Homer; an aunt (Ellen) of Winnebago; and many, many cousins spread throughout the country.

He served his country (Army-Airborne) for 20 years with honorable discharge. He then worked several more years for Piedmont Utilities of North Carolina (IT Tech) until retirement to the city of Charlotte, North Carolina.

If you talked at all about Allen to the neighbors the first if not the second sentence out of their mouths was that Allen was a dog whisperer. His love of Siberian Huskies was well known up and down the street by all the neighbors. This love of his own Huskies wasn’t limited to his household as everyone up and down both sides of his street would and did ask him to watch their pets while they were gone.

Everywhere you looked you could find evidence of his patriotism. From the flag flying proudly outside his apartment to the starched uniform and shirts he kept from his time in the Army, and of course the Army hat.

Allen will be sorely missed; by the loving neighbors where he lived and his many family members throughout the states. Services will be held at an undetermined date at Winnebago.

Willis Stading, 84

Willis R. Stading, 84, of South Sioux City, formerly of Ponca, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, while surrounded by his family at Regency Square Care Center in South Sioux City.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Salem Lutheran Church in Ponca officiated by the Rev. Deb Valentine. Burial was in Graceland Park Cemetery in Sioux City. Visitation was at 5 p.m., with the family present at 6 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6 at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City.

Willis was born on Dec. 22, 1933, in rural Ponca, the son of Raymond and Ellen (Nelson) Stading. He attended grade school at West Union Rural School near Ponca and graduated from Ponca High School in 1951. He worked on the family farm until serving in the U.S. Army where he served on active duty from 1955 to 1957, then inactive reserve from 1957 to 1963. After returning to Ponca, Willis worked for Knoepfler Chevrolet before he returned to farming north of Ponca until his retirement. Willis married Janet K. Lane on July 30, 1972 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sioux City. The couple moved to South Sioux City in 1990.

Willis was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Ponca, where he served as Church Council Chairman for many years and as Chairman of the Building Committee for the new church building. He served on the Ponca Rural Fire Board for over 25 years and was a member of VASA (a Swedish fraternal organization).

He enjoyed farming and spending time with his family. He was also passionate about Ponca news and history.

Survivors include his wife Janet K. Stading of South Sioux City; daughters, Lori A. (David) Ayers of Champaign, Illinois, and Beth J. (Bill) Herr of Omaha; grandchildren, Carrie (Craig) Dunwoody, Kayleigh (Tyler) Frerichs, Brian Herr, James Ayers and Timothy Ayers; great-grandson, Connor Dunwoody; and a niece, Kim (Tom) Donahue of Sioux City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Ellen Stading; a sister, Shirley (Gene) Rupp; and a niece, Lori J. Steenhoven.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Salem Lutheran Church in Ponca.

Maxine Thornton, 94

Maxine M. "Mickey" Thornton, 94 of Moville, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at her home.

Services were held 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 at Waterbury Funeral Service of Sioux City, 4125 Orleans Ave. Private burial will be noon Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation began at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mickey was born on July 31, 1924, in South Sioux City, the daughter of Edwin and Nellie Franke. She graduated in 1942 from the South Sioux City High School. On Feb. 9, 1945 she was united in marriage to Daniel Thornton. They owned and operated Thornton Plumbing in South Sioux City from 1974 to 1985 and later moved the business to Sioux City. Upon their retirement, the business was sold to their sons Lon and Ron.

Over the years Mickey was an avid Nebraska Football fan. In her youth she enjoyed boating and water skiing. She loved doing yard work over the years (summer and winter) until her health delegated that to others.

Mickey is survived by her sons, Dan (Bonnie) Thornton of Sioux City and Ronnie Thornton of Hornick, her daughters Sandy (Mike) Tompkins of Melbourne, Florida, Linda Edwards of Melbourne, Dianne (Ron) Andersen of Nixa, Missouri, Patti (Mike) Murphy of Moville and Jo Ann Andersen of Sioux City, 25 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Daniel, a daughter Jana Lee Thornton and a son, Lonnie Thornton.

Rita Freeman, 85

Rita A. Freeman, 85, of South Sioux City, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at Regency Square in South Sioux. Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 at the South Ridge Golf Course in South Sioux City. Mohr Funeral Home of South Sioux City is in charge of arrangements.

Rita was born Oct. 25, 1932, in Elyria, Nebraska, the daughter of Floyd and Alma (Krahulik) Wozniak. She graduated from Ord High School and continued her education at Kearney State University. Over the years, Rita worked different retail and secretarial jobs.

Rita was an avid 4H member. She loved gardening, animals, reading, visiting and spending time with family and friends.

Rita is survived by a son, Tim (Amy) Freeman of Hubbard, and a daughter, Marchell (Mick) Matney of South Sioux City; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and very special nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; great-granddaughter, Olivia A. Freeman; sister, Patricia M. Grove and a brother, Floyd Wozniak.

The family would like to send heartfelt thanks to staff and friends at Regency Square Nursing Home, Hospice Of Siouxland, nurse Becca, social worker Amy and volunteer, Doris.

Robert Sullivan, 86

Robert E. Sullivan D.D.S., M.S.D. age 86 of Lincoln, passed away Aug. 7, 2018.

He was born May 28, 1932 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Joseph A. and Daisey B. (Stanieforth) Sullivan. Bob received his B.A. from Morningside College in 1954, attended Creighton Medical School from 1954 until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1956. When his military commitment was complete, Bob resumed his academic career, receiving his D.D.S. from UNL College of Dentistry in 1961 and his M.S.D. in 1963 in Pediatric Dentistry. In 1967, he was a Diplomat for the American Board of Pedodontics. Bob was a member of the American Dental Association and Nebraska Dental Association from 1961 until present time. During his time with the American Dental Association he was an accreditation consultant for the Pediatric Dentistry Program from 1980-1988. Bob was a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post #131 & #3606.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Sullivan of Lincoln and was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln.

Visitation was on Friday, Aug. 10 beginning at 12:30 p.m. Interment was at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to Donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left at

Ronald Dahlman, 77

It is with great sadness the family of Ronald (Ronnie) Dahlman announces his passing after a brief illness, with family at his bedside; he passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2018. Services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, South Sioux City, with Military Honors provided by the 185th Refueling Wing. Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

He was born Feb. 3, 1941, in Geddes, South Dakota to Howard and Evelyn Dahlman. He was a life-long South Sioux City resident and is fondly remembered for his engaging and entertaining personality. Ronnie was a veteran of military service. Shortly after high school, he joined the US Air Force, serving four years from 1959-1963. In addition, he retired after 22 years of service from the Air National Guard Base (185th Air Refueling Wing) in Sioux City.

Ronnie was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He included family and friends in recreational activities involving pheasant hunting and training AKC (American Kennel Club) Registered hunting dogs. He achieved success and recognition as a dog trainer/handler; participating as a member of the AKC sanctioned “German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Iowa”. His successes include two AKC “Field Trial Champions” (dogs). Family and friends remember one of his dogs AKC Field Trial Champion “Brown L” was recognized nationally through AKC Field Trial Hall of Fame. Later in life, Ronnie enjoyed success and recognition in Western Cowboy Shooters Association competitions involving old west era shooting and horsemanship.

He is survived by his wife and family including the following: wife Stacy Dahlman and all five children: Michelle Schroeder; Jennifer Raynor (Mike); Jeff Dahlman (Kindra); Rick Dahlman (Renae) and Rod Dahlman (Tracy) in addition to his sister, Marilyn Lake (Lanny), 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

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