Obituaries and service notices in today's paper.
Irene Grimm (1919-2018)
DYSART — Irene Ellen Grimm, 98, of Dysart, died Wednesday, May 16, at Sunnycrest Nursing Center, Dysart.
She was born Aug. 22, 1919, in Dunn County, Wis., daughter of Henry and Martha (Lubbs) Austreng. On Jan. 13, 1940, she married Merle “Doc” Hamer in Ionia. Doc died in 1973. On Jan. 5, 1985, she married Roy Hoskins in Plainville, Kan. Roy died in 1992. On July 15, 2000, she married Melvin Grimm in Washburn. Melvin died in 2016.
Irene worked as an embroidery specialist for many years at Powers Manufacturing. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Waterloo and most recently attended Calvary Baptist Church in Dysart.
Survived by: two sons, Ken (Ann) Hamer of Kingsland, Ga., and Lee (Diana) Hamer of Dysart; a daughter, Arlene Loerch of Marion; a sister, Ruth Bock of Sterling, Ill.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: her parents; three husbands; two sisters; a brother; a son, Larry; and a son-in-law, Bud.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Calvary Baptist Church, with burial in Orange Township Cemetery, south Waterloo, prior to the funeral service. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Overton Funeral Home, Dysart.
Memorials: may be directed to Hospice Compassus.
Condolences may be left at www.overtonservice.com.
Irene enjoyed needleworking, quilting, traveling, camping and gardening.
Wilma J. Bahlmann (1938-2018)
CLERMONT — Wilma Jean- ettee Bahlmann, 80, formerly of Clermont, Tripoli, Waterloo and Frederika, died Tuesday, May 15, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.
She was born Feb. 26, 1938, in Sumner, daughter of Everett Mudderman and Bena Raske Bird. She married Virgil Bahlmann on May 4, 1958, at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center; he preceded her in death on Sept. 23, 2017.
She graduated from Sumner High School in 1955. Wilma worked at the Maid-Rite on Logan Avenue in Waterloo for many years. She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Waterloo.
Survived by: two sons, Terry (Janet) Bahlmann of Marshall, Minn., and Michael (Sharon Stone) Bahlmann of Franklin, Wis.; a daughter, Diane Carman of Howell, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Allison (Kent) Bass, Dani (Jay) Frederickson, Brad Bahlmann, Brock Bahlmann, Bryce Bahlmann, Amanda Carman and Alyssa Carman; three great-grandchildren, Brayden Bass, Harper Bass and Marley Frederickson; three brothers, Ron (Georgena) Bird, Bill (Nancy) Bird and Russ Bird; and a sister, Donna Schoeberl.
Preceded in death by: her husband; her parents; a brother, Harlan “Ed” Mudderman; a sister, Minnie (George) Andorf; and her stepfather, Lyle Bird.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, at Locke Funeral Home, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be for an hour before services at the funeral home.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.LockeFuneralHome.com.
Service Notice: John R. Henrichs
SHELL ROCK -- John R. Henrichs, 85, of Allison, formerly of Shell Rock, died Wednesday, May 16, at Rehabilitation Center of Allison; private family graveside services at the Allison Cemetery; visitation on Friday, May 18, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Shell Rock, 885-4321, with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 p.m.; memorials directed to John's family; condolences left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Linn Larson (1958-2018)
DOWS — Linn Larson, 59, of Dows, died Tuesday, May 15, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa in Mason City.
He was born July 18, 1958, in Eagle Grove to Robert and Irene (Steffen) Larson. On Dec. 22, 1989, he married Judy Klave.
He graduated from Eagle Grove High School. He attended United Electronics Institute in West Des Moines and the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston. His education continued with many certification classes from various law enforcement centers. Linn’s law enforcement career began in 1978 working as a patrolman for the city of Belmond. There he worked his way through the ranks and was promoted to sergeant and became chief of police in 1983, serving for 23 years. Linn left Belmond Police Department after serving 28 years. In 2006, he accepted a position with Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. In 2008, he was offered and accepted the chief deputy position. In 2016, he was elected as Franklin County Sheriff.
He was involved in many organizations, including Iowa Law Enforcement Intelligence Network, NCINTF’s Special Operations Group, and Sheriffs’ and Deputies’ Association.
Survived by: his wife; a daughter, Heidi Larson of Waverly; a brother, Tim Larson of Des Moines; three nieces, Janet (Carly) Larson of California, Jamie (Will) Holmes and Jodi Larson, both of Des Moines; three aunts, Nelda (Ernie) Kiley, Betty Conaway and Sonia (Joe) Martini; and great-nieces and -nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a nephew, Joel Larson; and aunts and uncles.
Celebration of life services: 1 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Church of the Living Word in Hampton. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, May 17, at the church. Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home of Hampton is assisting the family.
He enjoyed kayaking, fishing, amateur radio and spending quality time with his daughter, Heidi. Linn was devoted to his work of law enforcement.
Service Notice: Dean Dickson
WATERLOO -- Dean Todd Dickson, 67, of Anita, formerly of Waterloo, died at home Saturday, May 12; memorial service at 10:30 a.m. today, May 17, at Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home, Anita, (712) 243-4111, preceded by visitation with family beginning at 9:30 a.m.; condolences may be left at www.hockenberryfamilycare.com.
Jerry Dykes (1940-2018)
WATERLOO — Jerry Donald Dykes, 77, of Waterloo, died at home Monday, May 14.
He was born Oct. 9, 1940, son of Sebert and Rosa (Jennings) Dykes. He married Donna Rebik on May 20, 1983, at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church.
Jerry attended schools in Waterloo. He worked for John Deere in maintenance and repairs, retiring in 1994.
Survived by: his wife; his sons, Charles “Chaz” Dykes of San Diego and Rick (Christine) Dykes of Jesup; stepsons, Dr. James (Sue Ellyn) Rebik of Arlington, Texas, and Dave Rebik of O’Fallon, Ill.; stepdaughters, Karen (Michael) Lawrence of Ocala, Fla., and Janis (Dr. Joseph) Hamm of St. James, Minn.; sisters, Gladys Pichelmann of Dysart and Helen Owens of Waterloo; three grandchildren, Skylar (Aubree), Dawson and Gracie; 14 stepgrandchildren, Christopher, Kristin (Lawrence), Johnathan, Jennifer (Sal), Jessica, Sharon (Karl), Lori (Todd), Sara (Neal), Amy (Edwin), Rachel (Josh), Nathan (Mindy), Andrew, Abigail and James; two great-grandchildren, Zoey and Jonah; and 20 stepgreat-grandchildren, Aliandra and brother Alexandria, Samuel, Emmalina, Lillyanna, Joshua, Christian, Claire, Brandt, Blake, Andrew, Dave, Danika, Kianna, Aubryn, Cole, Gavin, Kaylee and Taylor.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a stepgrandson, Robert; a brother, Eldon Dykes; and a sister, Rosalee Schwartz.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, an Overton Family Service, Waterloo, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.overtonservice.com.
Jerry was a passionate musician and taught Dave Schake to play guitar. The two started performing at nursing homes, concerts in the parks and other venues to witness to others about the Lord and called their group “The Pilgrims.” Jerry played until his health no longer permitted in 2017.
Romaine R. Schwem (1937-2018)
WATERLOO — Romaine R. Schwem, 80, died Sunday, May 13, at Covenant Medical Center.
He was born July 15, 1937, in Fredericksburg Township, son of Loraine and Elnora Niemeyer Schwem. He married Shirley J. Malloy on March 4, 1957, in Waterloo. She died Sept. 23, 2002.
Romaine worked at Rath Packing Co. for 29 years while also working at Quick Delivery & Transfer. He later worked at McGregors Furniture as a warehouse foreman, while also caring for his wife who suffered with Parkinson’s disease. He retired in 2010.
Survived by: two daughters, Teresa (David) Murray and Marla Newman, both of Waterloo; two grandchildren, Shane (Kristi Thomas) Murray and Blaire (Daniel) Lund; a great-granddaughter, Pieper Thomas-Murray; two brothers, Jerry (Lucy) Schwem of Gays Mills, Wis., and Steven Schwem of Viroqua, Wis.; and two sisters, Myrna Costa of Waterloo and Marlene (Steve) Knapp of Westgate.
Preceded in death by: his wife; an infant son, Jonathan; a sister, Margaret DeLong; and two brothers, Dennis and Mark Schwem.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, May 17, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street and will continue for an hour preceding services at the church Friday.
Memorials: may be directed to Parkinson’s research and the American Cancer Society.
Romaine was a caregiver for his wife, family and anyone who needed a helping hand. He also took time for himself by regularly working out at Covenant, reading mystery novels and playing games and cards with his family.