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Tue
16
Oct

Billy Butikofer

Billy Butikofer
December 31, 1940-September 30, 2018

Billy Gene Butikofer, 77, of Elkader passed away Sunday, September 30, 2018, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. He was born December 31, 1940, in Elkader, to Walter and Lydia (Dennler) Butikofer. Bill was confirmed at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Elgin. He graduated from Elkader High School with the Class of 1958.  He served in the United States Army in Germany.

He was united in marriage to Marcia C. Metzger on October 10, 1964. They had three children.

Bill was a devoted farmer, milking dairy cows until the fall of 2001. During his early years, he enjoyed being a member of 4-H and FFA. For a time, he worked at Walch Ford; then Bill and brother Norbert operated the Sinclair gas station, both in Elkader. Bill was a loyal member of Bethany Church, American Legion, and the Farm Bureau.

Tue
16
Oct

MaryAnn Gray

MaryAnn Gray
February 12, 1932 to October 2, 2018

MaryAnn Gray, 86, of Elkader, Iowa, died Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at the Elkader Care Center. MaryAnn Seeland Gray, daughter of Louis and Florence (Drallmeier) Seeland, was born February 12, 1932, in Boardman Township at her family home. She was baptized May 15, 1932, at Lutheran Lions Lutheran Church at Clayton Center, Iowa.

She went to Boardman country school through junior high and then Elkader High School where she graduated on May 21, 1950. She met Arlyn Gerald Gray through mutual friends, Merlin and Lenora Mae Anderson, and they married on December 7, 1950 at Peace Evangelical Church of Christ, Elkader. She was confirmed March 18, 1951, by Rev. Paul Kitterer, Peace Evangelical Church of Christ, Elkader.

Four children were born to this marriage, Cheryl, Jay (Lynn), Dean and Duane. MaryAnn and Arlyn raised and provided for their children on her home farm, that now is 140 years in the Seeland/Gray family.    

Tue
16
Oct

George Oliver Miller

George Oliver Miller
October 27, 1921- October 4, 2018

George Oliver Miller, 96, passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha.

He was born October 27, 1921, in Wadena to Adrian Lewis and Eva (Spore) Miller.

He was united in marriage to Marjorie Ann Berse on November 26, 1940. One son was born to this union. He served in the United States Army. George was the barber in Volga from 1948, retiring in 1999. He also drove school bus for Central Community Schools, Elkader from 1956-1989.

He was a member of the American Legion, enjoyed playing blackjack, pool, bowling and dancing. Making wine was a favorite pastime.

Tue
09
Oct

Betty Reeg

Betty Reeg
November 11, 1930 to October 5, 2018

Betty Reeg, 87, of Monona, Iowa, went to be with her Lord on October 5, 2018. Betty Jean was born November 11, 1930, at the McGregor Hospital to Alfred Flexman and Alice Henrietta (Carlson) Siegele. She was baptized (sponsors were Betty’s grandparents, Carl and Emma Carlson) on January 18, 1931 and confirmed September 9, 1945 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural McGregor, Iowa.
Betty attended rural McGregor schools through the eighth grade, graduating from McGregor High School in 1949. Betty then moved to Cedar Rapids to attend the Hunter Business School, after which she secured employment in Savannah, Illinois as a clerk-typist in the Ordnance Depot office. There she met her love, Carlyle Vincent Reeg, being united in marriage December 24, 1954, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bellevue, Iowa. Two children were born to this union, Steven Carlyle and Sandra Jean.

Tue
09
Oct

Carl Wessel

Carl Wessel
June 30, 1931 to September 26, 2018

Carl Irving Wessel, 87, of Elkader passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. He was born June 30, 1931, in Wood, Iowa, to Irving John and Mildred (Brockmeyer) Wessel. He graduated from Edgewood High School in 1950.

Carl served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. He received the Korean Service Medal W/1 Bronze Service Star, a Combat Infantry Badge and a United Nations Service Medal.

Tue
09
Oct

Meet Utoni Ruff Feeding Clayton County for 30 years

Utoni Ruff
Utoni Ruff, supervisor at the Clayton County Food Shelf, was recently honored for her service by the members of St. John’s Ministry, Luana and Farmersburg.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Utoni Ruff sits behind a well-worn desk that most days she’s too busy to use and surveys her modest office. Located in the basement of a church that ceased holding worship services decades ago, the rented space is clean and cluttered, cozy and cramped. The office extends into a larger room with a scarred meeting table covered with stacks of mandated paperwork. The area also has a new in-floor scale (more on that later).
Behind the office are two equally crowded rooms, the largest of which is lined with shelves where like items stacked together for ease of gathering and distributing. A few carts and piles of large grocery bags complete the décor.

Tue
02
Oct

Leo McNally

Leo McNally
January 13, 1914 to September 21, 2018

Leo Francis McNally, 104, of Monona, Iowa died Friday, September 21, 2018, at Garden View in Monona, Iowa. Leo Francis was born January 13, 1914 to Richard Eli and Flora (Zieglar) McNally in Postville, Iowa. He was baptized on January 17, 1914, at St. Peter’s Church in Clermont, Iowa by Rev. J.J. Hefuir. He received his education in the country school in Clayton County, known as Pixler School. Leo spent his younger years working as a hired hand for neighbors. In 1930 he went out to North and South Dakota and followed the harvest.

Tue
02
Oct

Aileen Renkel

Aileen Renkel
December 3, 1923 to Septembr 6, 2018

Aileen Elizabeth Renkel, 94, of Fountain Hills, Arizona, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2018, in Scottsdale, Arizona.  

Tue
02
Oct

Warriors are state-ranked

Girls Volleyball
Central’s Lizzie Gifford hits the ball over the net in a volleyball match against North Fayette Valley. A stellar season has led to a state ranking for the team. They are 13th in Class 1A. See story and another photo on page 7.

By Pat McTaggart
Freelance Writer

On September 25, the Central volleyball team defeated South Winn by 3 games to1.
“We knew that it would be a tough night playing against SW for the third time,” Coach Derek Bergan said. “We had played them twice in tournaments and we knew they would be hungry to try and take one from us. The first two sets we felt that we had full control as we won 25-14 25-18. In the third set, however, we really struggled to keep that momentum as we spotted SW a lead and couldn’t climb back into it. In the fourth set we kept SW at bay enough to win 25-23.” 

Tue
02
Oct

Forumin Volga Candidates introduce platforms

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor
    
Some of the most intriguing information presented Tuesday night at a political forum in Volga came from a candidate running unopposed for re-election.
Clayton County Attorney Alan Heavens (R) talked about his aggressive prosecution of methamphetamines cases. He has 50 successful felony prosecutions, which he feels has contributed to decreases in usage and the number of labs in Clayton County.

“We’re making a difference but it’s still out there,” Heavens told the crowd. He also briefly touched on his prosecution of vehicular homicide cases, community outreach efforts, and a fines collection system that has returned almost $100,000 to the community.

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