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Victor F. Lahn

Services were held on Monday, June 28, 2010, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa, for Victor F. Lahn, 79, Sioux City.

Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, Morningside Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences to

Victor Lahn was born Feb. 11, 1931 at Belle Plaine, the son of Alfred and Evelyn (Johnson) Lahn. He graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1949. He then entered the U. S. Army and served two years during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, he attended the University of Iowa, studying Aeronautical Engineering. He had learned to fly at age 17, so he began his aviation career in 1955, working as a charter pilot/instructor for seven years for Wathan Flying Service, Cedar Rapids. He then was a corporate pilot for Shaeffer Pen Company, Fort Madison, from 1962 to 1967. He completed his career at MidAmerican Energy (Iowa Public Service Company), Sioux City, as a corporate pilot for 28 years, retiring in 1995. He loved flying, working with his fellow pilots, and serving his co-workers.

He married Donna Mae Newton on June 7, 1953, at Grace Lutheran Church, Blairstown, Iowa. He was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, skiing, reading, cooking and traveling, which he enjoyed sharing with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Donna; two sons, James of Hinton, Iowa, and David of Sioux City; five grandchildren, Lauren Lahn, Denver, Colo., Elliot (Jennifer) Lahn, Olathe, Kan., Zachary Lahn (his fiancé, Lauren Stephens), Fort Collins, Colo., Kathryn Lahn, St. Bonifacius, Minn., and Scott Lahn, Sioux City; one great-grandson, Hunter Lahn, Olathe; his brother John (Beverly) Lahn, Kissimmee, Fla., his sister-in-law Jean Lahn, Bay Shore, Long Island, N.Y., his mother-in-law Neoma Newton, Blairstown, his in-laws Wayne (Nancy) Newton, Blairstown, Char (Bill) Majewsky, Huntington Beach, Calif., and Marvin (Carole) Newton, Solvang, Calif., and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roger J. Lahn.

The family suggests memorials to Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Myrtle E. Brooks

Myrtle Eileen Brooks, 85, of Belle Plaine passed away on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids. Per Myrt’s wishes her body has been cremated. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home.   

Survivors include two daughters, Linda J. Neels (James G. Tafolla) of Montezuma, and Dawn E. (Charles G.) Farmer of Gainesville, Va.; four grandchildren; Bill (Kim) Thompson, Sheryl (Todd) Freeborn, Tony (Nancy) Neels, Teresa L. Allbee; eight great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; and a sister Margie Lacy of Star, Id.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband R. Blair Brooks, two sisters, Evalena Sands and Dorothy Wellborn, and two brothers, Ival and Ivan Bowen. 

Myrt was born Aug. 14, 1924 in Central City, the daughter of Clark and Orra (Palmer) Bowen. Myrt married Robert Dean Akers May 16, 1942. They were later divorced. She married R. Blair (Bummer) Brooks in June 1964.  She owned and operated a sanitation company with her husband R. Blair. Myrt was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary for many years and was a past president of the Blakely-Steven Post #8876. Myrt also enjoyed crocheting, knitting and playing cards.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Montezuma Fire Department.

Online condolences may be left by visiting under obituaries.

Lanny Rae Fintel

Funeral services for Lanny Rae Fintel, 65, Belle Plaine, were Monday, June 28, at First Lutheran Church, Belle Plaine. He died Thursday, June 24. Ministers officiating were Pastor Dean Duncan and Paster Richard Osslund.

Organist was Jolene Blanchard. Vocalist was Anne Osslund. Casket bearers were Jeff Purk, Joel Smith, Jerry Stamp, Dave Kramer, Don Prichard and Russ Prichard.

Lanny Rae Fintel was born June 6, 1945 to LeRoy and Letha Schroeder Fintel at the Corn Belt Hospital in Belle Plaine. He graduated from Belle Plaine High School with the class of 1963. He then attended Westmar College, receiving a Bachelors Degree. Lanny taught for five years at English Valleys.

After teaching he went to work with Orville Garling and Garling Construction until 1978, when he formed his own business as Fintel Construction. He was a general contractor, specializing in remodeling projects.

Lanny was very active in Cub and Boy Scouts. He received the “Scout Master of the Year” in 1991 and again in 1998. He received the Award of Merit in 1993. Under his tenure as Scout Master, he graduated five boys to the rank of Eagle Scout.

He was an avid woodworker and scroll saw artist. He won various awards for his work. He started to attend craft shows and began selling his work. His business was “Fret ‘N Thing” referring to his scrollwork and furniture building.

Lanny is survived by his wife of 35 years, Karen; son, Shawn (Karen); daughter, Sherri (Aaron) Hrabak; brother, Rick (Pam); and three grandchildren, Dakota, Eriq, and Jazmynn Fintel. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his parents.

Lanny’s untimely death was due to cancer. He will be dearly missed.

Final resting place is Oak Hill Cemetery, Belle Plaine.


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