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Robert Lathrop

Aug. 14, 1933 - July 9, 2023

A Memorial Service for Robert Lathrop, age 89, of Milford was held Thursday, July 13, 2023 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnolds Park.

Duane Marlen Heerdt

Sept. 1, 1932 - May 27, 2023

A memorial service for Duane Marlen Heerdt will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29 at Calvary Methodist Church in Arnolds Park, with a visitation starting at 1 p.m. Duane Marlen Heerdt passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at the age of 90 in Apache Junction, Arizona, and grew up on a farm in Ringsted. A headstone is also in place at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Ringsted, for those who wish to pay tribute.

Gerald “Jerry” Irlbeck

Oct. 6, 1943 - Sunday, July 9

Gerald “Jerry” Irlbeck, age 79, of Spirit Lake, formerly of Carroll, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2023, at Lakes Regional Health Care in Spirit Lake.

Arnold McIntosh

Aug. 15, 1946 - July 14, 2023

Arnold “Arnie” McIntosh, age 76, of Spirit Lake passed away on Friday, July 14, 2023, at Lakes Regional Health Care in Spirit Lake.

Carl Wohlenberg

July 30, 1926 - Oct. 23, 2023

A celebration of life service for Carl Wohlenberg was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 13, at the United Methodist Church in Spirit Lake. Carl passed away Oct. 23, 2023, at his home in Florida.

Carl Lipton Wohlenberg was born July 30, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Carl Christoph and Mary Cecelia Lipton Wohlenberg. His family lived in Holstein, the town which his paternal grandfather helped to found in 1882.

Donald F. Rodawig

June 26, 1927 - July 5, 2023

Jackie Lee Norman

Nov. 21, 1938 - June 12, 2023

Jackie Lee was born to L.R. (Babe) and Vera June Norman on the snowy afternoon of Nov. 21, 1938, joining Morris, Stan, Jim and Bill, known thereafter as “The Norman Brothers.” As the youngest, Jack tried to measure up to the high standards and ethics he admired in his brothers. When he fell short, Vera June was quick to come to his defense — “Oh, no, not my Jackie Lee!”

Austin (Max) MacMillan

Jan. 19, 1952 - July 1, 2023

Austin “Mac” MacMillan, age 71, of Spirit Lake passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at his home in Spirit Lake.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Robinson Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Online condolences may be left at

Matt Hunefeld

Dec. 12, 1961 - July 3, 2023

Matt Hunefeld, age 61, of Graettinger, formerly of Spirit Lake, passed away Monday July 3, 2023, at Avera McKennan Hospital with family by his side.

Roger Heimensen

Dec. 31, 1941 - July 6, 2023

A funeral service for Dr. Roger Heimensen, age 81, of Largo, Florida, and formerly of Spirit Lake, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 17, 2023, at the United Methodist Church in Spirit Lake. Interment will be at Lakeview Gardens in Okoboji. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m., Sunday, July 16, 2023, with the family present from 4-7 p.m. at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake.

Gwendolyn Dressel

June 11, 1943 - July 2, 2023

A funeral service for Gwendolyn Dressel, age 80, of Spirit Lake was held on Monday, July 10, 2023, at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Interment was at Round Lake Cemetery in Round Lake, Minnesota.

Gwendolyn Faye Dressel, a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, passed away on July 2, 2023, at the age of 80. Gwen was born on June 11, 1943, in New Ulm, Minnesota, to Marvin and Gladys Bakken.

Mary Jean Baker

Sept. 24, 1926 - July 7, 2023

Mary Jean Baker, age 96, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2023, in Des Moines. She was born in Casper, Wyoming, to Calvin Brown & Alice (Stevens) Brown on Sept. 24, 1926.

Following the death of her father, her mother raised her and a sister in Nebraska.

Edwin Spieker

1951 - 2023

A graveside service for Edwin "Ed" Spieker, age 72, of Milford was held Thursday, June 29, 2023, at Milford Cemetery in Milford.

Edwin Anthony Spieker died of esophageal cancer on June 26, 2023, at Accura Healthcare in Milford.

Edwin was born in Estherville, to Lambert and Leona Spieker. He attended grade school and middle school in Milford and went on to do farm work, odd jobs and worked for Handy Andy Yard Service for 15 years.

Spencer Smith

Sept. 20, 1989 - June 18, 2023

A celebration of life visitation for Spencer Smith, age 33, of Arnolds Park and formerly of Missouri Valley was held Friday, June 23, 2023, in Missouri Valley.

Spencer James Smith was born on Sept. 20, 1989, in Council Bluffs, the son of Joe and Amy (Baird) Smith. Spencer was raised and educated in Missouri Valley, where he graduated from Missouri Valley High School.

Janice Skram

Oct. 8, 1941 - June 27, 2023

A Mass of Christian Burial for Janice Skram, age 81, of Spirit Lake and formerly of LeMars, will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, July 7, 2023, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake.

There will be a Rosary Service at 9:15 a.m., followed by a visitation until service time. Interment will be at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery in Spirit Lake. To view the livestream please, go to

David Eric Kindwall

April 14, 1971 - May, 2023

David Eric Kindwall, age 52, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away Memorial Day Weekend, 2023 due to undetermined causes. A private family burial will be held at Lakeview Garden Cemetery in Spirit Lake.

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