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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Obituary
Dennis Ford

Dennis was my first cousin, once removed, and in my graduating Class of 1957 at Coon Rapids, Iowa. [He outlived his doctor's 6-8 months by nearly two full years...]

Dennis Ford passed away May 18, 2015, at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson.  He was 76 years of age.  Per his wishes, no services are planned at this time.  A Celebration of Life will be held in the near future.  Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.
Dennis Kinnick Ford was born December 1, 1938, at Carroll.  He was the son of Lillian Kinnick Ford and Delbert Ford.  Dennis graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1957. Through his high school years, he participated in 4-H and FFA.  Dennis attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, studying accounting and business.
On August 28, 1960, Dennis was united in marriage to Sandy Fagan at the Glidden Methodist Church.  The couple farmed around Coon Rapids for a time, then farmed south of Glidden for 10 years, where they also had a small dairy herd.  They lived near Dunbar Slough for a few years and then moved to Lake View, and then back to Coon Rapids.  In 1973 they made their home in Jefferson where Dennis remained for the rest of his life.
Dennis worked as a welder at Parker Manufacturing in Jefferson, and then worked for 24 years in building maintenance and engineering for the Jefferson and Jefferson-Scranton School District.  He retired in November 2000.
Together, Dennis and Sandy mowed lawns and did snow removal in the Jefferson community for more than 30 years.  Dennis enjoyed playing cards and was an avid reader of western books.  He belonged to First United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee and was head usher for many years.  Dennis volunteered throughout the community by delivering congregate meals, working for the food pantry, Greene County Medical Center auxiliary, and securing  hosts for the seasonal operation of the Mahanay Bell Tower.
Dennis was a member of Morning Star Lodge #159 A.F. & A.M. (Masons), Za-Ga-Zig Shrine, and the Odd Fellows Lodge.  He loved being around people.  Comaraderie and service to others was important to him.
Surviving are his wife Sandy Ford of Jefferson; children Jeff (Terri) Ford and Deborah (Don) Wills of Jefferson, and Gene (Greg Lacey) Ford of Des Moines; grandchildren Jennifer (Brent) Oakes of Paton, James (Mindy) Ford, Josh (Jessica Wolf) Ford and  Megan Vaughan, all  of Jefferson,  and Jada Lacey of Des Moines,; six great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
The family is assisted by Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home of Jefferson, 515-386-2171.
Families are Forever! ;-)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hometown News - - 75 Years Ago - May 3, 1940

Hometown News
75 Years Ago
May 3, 1940

A rural school nearby in the late 1940s

From the Coon Rapids Enterprise - Thursday, May 7, 2015 Page 5:

75 Years Ago
May 3, 1940

Mildred Middleton, for the past nine years, a teacher in Union township rural schools and one of the most active workers in the Rural Teacher Association, will leave June 4 for Cedar Falls to enroll in Iowa State Teacher’s College for a two year Junior High teachers’ course.

After graduating from Coon Rapids High School, Mildred taught at the Heald School for six years and has been teaching the Richland Center School for the past three years. In 1931, Mildred and her sister, Mrs. Roswell Jordan, were prominent in organizing the Ten and Seven Teachers’ Club, one of the first such organizations in this part of the country.

Monday night Mildred entertained that group at a cooperative dinner at her home here with
county and state Rural Teachers Association officers as additional guests. The original organization included only 12 members: Irene Smith, L’Vene Smith, Mrs. Verle Thomas, Dorothy Barnoske, Clara Trullinger, Mrs. Alf Hetland, Mrs. Roland Drake, Elma Johnson, Mrs. Grant Ballard, Ineze Grohe, Mrs. Clarence Shirbroun, Mrs. Roswell Jordan and Mildred Middleton.

Now the group has a membership of 24. Honored guests at the dinner last Monday night were Mrs. Captolia Greteman, of Templeton, president of the state rural teachers’ association; Mrs. Mary Moore, of Carroll, assistant to the county superintendent; Helen Kuhn, of Manning, corresponding secretary of the county rural teachers’ association; Aurila Lamp of Manning, treasurer; and Edith Lund, president, who is also a member of the local Ten and Seven Club. Other members of the club attending were Erna Lund, Irene Smith, Mrs. Verle Thomas, Lorene George, Loretta Brannan, Pearl Brutsche, Eveleyn Schultz, Dorothy Schultz, Linette Cretsinger, Arlene Cretsinger, Virginia Gillespie, Mrs. Harold Pomeroy, Mrs. Roland Drake, Ethel Betts, and Mrs. Jordan. Edith Thomas and Irene Anderson served the dinner which had been planned by Mildred, Miss Brannan and Miss Brutsche. Places were laid at two long tables centered with potted flowers on table mirrors. Nutcups and favors were combined in handmade pots of artificial tulips.

The evening was spent in games, contests and singing, directed by Mrs. Jordan, Miss Betts and Mrs. Thomas. Mrs. Greteman also showed private movies.

My comments:

These women played key roles in early family life. Three of them were my aunts, and all were close family friends. They were teachers in local schools, in the town schools as well as rural schools over the years, and one, at least, Erna Lund, just retired a couple of years ago. Mildred Middleton went on to serve Education at the state level and elsewhere. Many of these ladies served many important community roles and leadership positions. A neat article. I haven't corrected any errors... just copied as it was printed. Dr. Bill

Families are Forever! ;-)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Hometown News - 75 Years Ago - March 29, 1940

75 Years Ago This Week
Hometown News

Coon Rapids, Iowa

From the Coon Rapids Enterprise, April 2, 2015, page 5:

75 Years Ago
March 29, 1940

In what almost might be called a photo finish, and with the vote tied until almost the last vote was counted, Mayor Alex nosed out Dale Carpenter in the mayoral race here Monday winning by ten votes. Out of a total of 551 votes cast, Mayor Alex received 273, Carpenter polled 263. Treasurer Paul Kinnick, running without opposition, polled 376 votes.
Ben Bowman was elected assessor, polling 306 votes; Mrs. Ethel Austin ran second with 173 votes; and B.M. Surridge, third with 33 votes. Elected to the town council and the number of votes polled:
Dwight Williams, 423; George Textor, 388; Freeman Mingus, 369; Wellman Kretzinger, 365; and John Tigges, 365. Defeated for town council were H.L. Cadden with 268 votes and C.A. Nelson with 186 votes. All members of the old council who ran were reelected. Dave Davis and Ralph Shannon were not candidates for reelection and Mingus and Williams will take their places on the board. Ben Bowman will be thenew assessor.

Leo Kinnick, employed by the First State Bank the past three months, has accepted a position
as book-keeper and teller of the Commercial Savings bank at Lanesboro [Note: This should say Lohrville, in Calhoun County - he stayed there for many years!]. Mr. Kinnick is already
at his work there and the family will move there the first of the week.

Note: Paul Kinnick was my maternal grandfather. Leo Kinnick is his oldest son, and my uncle.

Families are Forever! ;-)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

My Hometown News - 75 Years Ago This Week

75 Years Ago This Week
March 22, 1940

 From the Coon Rapids Enterprise, March 26, 2015:

Charles W. Thomas, Walter Buenneke, H.S. Keister, M.H. Galloway, Milo Roberts and Paul Kinnick drove to Omaha Wednesday night to see an ice hockey game.
[Paul Kinnick was my maternal grandfather.]

 [1939-1940 Season Ice Hockey game]

Families are Forever! ;-)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wordless (nearly) Wednesday - Mom and Dad's 77th Wedding Anniversary

Wordless (nearly) Wednesday
Mom and Dad's 77th Wedding Anniversary

This photo was taken on Mom and Dad's 25th Wedding Anniversary. 

Yesterday was the 77th Anniversary of their Wedding, St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1938.

Families are Forever! ;-)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday Obituary - Bryan Wesley Kinnick

Sunday Obituary
Bryan Wesley Kinnick

[Image added to obit]

Lost this first cousin way too soon. 54 years old, husband, father, and grandfather. This may be how he'd like to be remembered, courtesy of his daughter, on first seeing a grand-child...

Bryan W. Kinnick
(September 29, 1960 - February 4, 2015)

Bryan "Buzzy" Wesley Kinnick, age 54, of Bayard passed away unexpectedly at his home near Bayard on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids with Rev. Joyce Webb officiating. Friends may call at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids from 5 - 7 P.M. on Friday evening. The casket will be moved to the church at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday where visitation will resume until the time of service. Organist for the service will be Lula Garnes and soloists will be Cindy Seastrom and Peg Wiemers. Casket bearers will be Jeff McCool, Mark McCool, Tom Hoffman, Terry Hoffman, Justin Hein, Dave Wiemers, Keith Hilgenberg, and Doug Duff. Honorary casket bearers will be Bryan's grandchildren: Zoey, Hunter, and Jack. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids and online condolences may be left for Bryan's family at

Born on September 29, 1960 in Carroll, he was the son of Edward "Buzz" and Colleen (Davis) Kinnick. He grew up in Bayard on his family's farm and graduated from Bayard High School in 1979. Following high school he worked for Garst and Thomas Seed Company in seed production. Bryan has continuously worked for the company through its evolution which is currently Hartung Brothers. He was married to Cindy Snyder on March 20, 1982 at the First United Methodist Church in Yale by Rev. Art Hill. Bryan and Cindy met through the Bayard - YJB class share program in Jamaica. Bryan served on the Coon Rapids - Bayard School board for seven years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bayard and he was a member of Ducks Unlimited. Bryan enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, camping, farming, and the occasional Bud Light. But most of all, Bryan loved spending time with his three grandchildren.

Bryan is survived by his wife Cindy of Bayard; a son Kory Kinnick and his wife Rachael of Kellogg; a daughter Kyla Kennedy of North Liberty; three grandchildren: Zoey, Hunter, and Jack; his parents Edward "Buzz" and Colleen Kinnick of Bayard; his mother-in-law Roberta Snyder of Yale; two sisters: Marcia Lewis and her husband Neil of Bayard and Cindy Franzeen and her husband Sid of Bayard; a brother Lon Kinnick and his wife Donna of Glidden; three brothers-in-law: Ron Snyder and his wife Amy of Marshalltown, Gary Snyder and his wife Stacia of Altoona, and Roger Snyder and his wife Brenda of Lake Panorama; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bryan was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father-in-law Delbert Snyder. 

Family photo from after the funeral, from Lexie Franzeen, on Facebook:

“Celebrating the life of Bryan "Buzzy" Kinnick today, such an amazing man who will be missed more than words can say. We love you so much! We are so blessed with this amazing family” 

Note: Three men far back right are my three youngest brothers... nice they could be there!

Front row are Bryan's son, Kory (wife, Rachel, and son, Hunter, behind), Buzz, Colleen, Cindy Sun, Brian's wife, holding grandson, Jack, and Kyla, holding Zoey [Hope I got those all right!].

Families are Forever! ;-)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lon Kinnick - Coon Rapids - 100 Years Ago - My Hometown

 Lon Kinnick
Coon Rapids
100 Years Ago
My Hometown

From the 
Coon Rapids Enterprise - Thursday, January 29, 2015 - Page 5:

100 Years Ago
January 22, 1915

Three boys from town, who were hunting Wednesday on the Lon Kinnick farm with three dogs, came near causing Lon the loss of a valuable hog. The dogs, two of them bulldogs, chewed the sow up badly. The boys tried to beat the dogs off with the butt of their guns but were unable to do so though breaking the stock of their guns. Town dogs appear to have no sense about stock. If a hog or any other animal runs from them, they take after it. Country dogs, used to stock, know better. Lon has warned all hunters to keep off his place.

Photo of Lon Kinnick with his horse...

Alonzo Kinnick & prizewinning Percheron.jpg

Families are Forever! ;-)