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January 16, 2018

Obituaries (12-14-17)

Lois Meyer, 80

Lois M. (Denker) Meyer, 80, of Wayne, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 at Providence Hospital in Wayne. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wakefield, with Pastor William Bertrand officiating. Burial was in the Wakefield Cemetery.  

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield.

Lois was born December 23, 1936 to Leonard and Twila (Sherer) Denker in Wakefield. She graduated from Emerson High School in May of 1953. 

Lois married Gerald D. Meyer on Dec. 9, 1962 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wakefield and the couple had three children. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church for 54 years and the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved tending to her rose bushes, completing word puzzles, cooking and listening to polka music.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Meyer of Wayne; son, Kenny (Julie) Meyer of Pender; daughter, Lori Meyer of Wayne; sisters, Linda (Jim) Rychly of Little Rock, Akansas, Judy (Gene) Voss of New Hampton, Iowa, Barb (Terry) VonSeggern of Emerson, Jackie (Warren) Steele of Thurston, Kay Denker of Wayne; brothers, Roger Denker of Heyburn, Iowa, Don (Shelly) Denker of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, Rick Denker of Hubbard; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, two brothers and a son, Merlin.

Billy Powell, 74 

Billy Wayne Powell, 74, of South Sioux City passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at his residence. Respecting Billy’s request, the body will be cremated and there will be no funeral service. Becker – Hunt Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.

Iris Jump, 85

Iris J. Jump, 85, of Homer went peaceably to be with our Lord Jesus on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at a local nursing home.

Services for family and friends were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City. Burial was in Omaha Valley Cemetery in rural Homer. Visitation with the family present will began at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Iris was born to Leo and Inez (Oakley) Church on Feb. 27, 1932, in Walthill. She attended school in Macy and lived her later life in Homer. She married Tony Jump Aug. 11, 1950, in South Sioux City. He died Jan. 11, 2007.

Iris enjoyed spending time with family and friends, camping, cooking, fishing, baking, sewing, gambling and watching Nebraska Football, and most of all her special love was raising her grandson, Keith.

Survivors include two sons, Stanley Jump and special friend, Karen Fox of North Sioux City, South Dakota, and Larry Jump of Dakota City; three daughters, Linda and husband, Donald Hightree of Homer, Debbie Williams of South Sioux City, and Gaylynn Jump of South Sioux City; a special grandson, Keith Jump of Dakota City; two sisters-in-law, Edna Church of Macy, and Shirley Church of Wakefield; 19 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Jump; two sons, Gerald and David Jump; grandson, Gage Jump; granddaughter, Kristy Matney; daughter-in-law, Lou Ann Jump; her parents, Leo and Inez Church; five brothers, Donnie, Willard, Maynard, Arid (Chub) and Cleo Church; four sisters, Glendora McCulloch, Maxine Oakes, Lola Butcher and Irma Church.

LaRae Smith, 79 

LaRae Smith, 79, of South Sioux City, formerly of Ponca, died Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at a Sioux City hospital following complications from surgery in July.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at United Methodist Church in Dakota City with the Rev. Jaime Farias officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City.

LaRae was born Aug. 28, 1938, in Hawarden, Iowa. She moved to Ponca at an early age. She graduated from Ponca High School in 1956. She married Robert J. Smith on May 3, 1957. Bob and LaRae raised four children, Jim, Lynn, Cheri and Vince. LaRae was a Girl Scout Leader and along with her husband were Junior bowling coaches. LaRae held various jobs until she returned to school to complete a degree and start her career at IBP Inc in Dakota City. She retired in 2004.

LaRae was a member of United Methodist Church in Dakota City. She enjoyed playing cards at the Senior Center in Ponca and with several groups in South Sioux City, watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and going to the casino.

LaRae is survived by her four children, Jim (Diane) Smith of Ponca, Lynn Smith of Kelseyville, California, Cheri (Dave) Bracht of South Sioux City, and Vince (Tamara) Smith of Paw Paw, West Virginia; grandchildren, Allison (Joey) Stansberry of Omaha, DJ Smith and special friend, Kristin Schmiedt of Ponca, Traci (Matt) Swisher of South Sioux City, Chance Bracht and special friend, Courtney Madsen of South Sioux City, Amanda (Danny) Varela of Columbus, Georgia, and Rob (Ashley) Smith of Aberdeen, Maryland; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob (Kay) Schwiesow of Seattle, Steve (Deb) Schwiesow of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Rick Schwiesow of Berthoud, Colorado and Landy (Bianca) Schwiesow of Montgomery, Alabama; sisters, Myrna (Gary) Sullivan of Grand Island, and Susan (Ross) Udey of Blair; and many nieces and nephews.

LaRae was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; parents, Elmer and Millie Schwiesow; and brother, Doug Schwiesow.

Marilyn Peters, 89

Marilyn Louise Hartnett Peters, 89, passed away on Dec. 1, 2017, at Regency Park Place in Corvallis, Oregon. She was born on July 19, 1928, in Hubbard to Otto Peters and Helen Barber Peters.

Marilyn grew up South Sioux City and was a 1946 graduate of South Sioux City High School. She married William Patrick “Pat” Hartnett on Feb. 14, 1948, and together they had seven children. Pat was the love of her life. He passed away on Dec. 12, 1954. She later married Lloyd Barker and they had one son.

Marilyn’s children were the light of her life. She had unconditional love for all of them. She was truly an incredible woman. Her children were blessed to learn from the best. How different the world would be if everyone could have learned from and been cared for by her. She made so many of her children’s friends feel like family.

Marilyn moved to Corvallis in 1978 and was soon employed by the Benton County Records and Elections Department until her retirement in 1994. In 1995 she met Eldon Gifford and he had been her partner for the past 22 years until her death.

Marilyn is survived by her eight children including five daughters, Barbara (Dave) Beermann of Bend, Oregon, Patty Standage of Eugene, Oregon, Janis Hartnett, Connie (Steve) Muff, Jackie (Kevin) Potts, all of South Sioux City; and three sons, Raymond Hartnett (Christine Moore), Randy (Lori) Barker of Corvallis and Jim (Cindy) Hartnett of Tucson, Arizona. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; brother Milt (Elsie) Peters and sister-in-law Ginger Kennelly both of South Sioux City and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in South Sioux City. You may leave your condolences for the family at

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