Joey Weihs, 46, of Marne, Iowa, died Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. Joseph Dean was born on November 28, 1973, in Atlantic, Iowa, the son of Harold "Sonny" J.J. and Letha L. (Ward) Weihs. He grew up in the Atlantic and Marne areas and attended Atlantic High School. As the youngest child he enjoyed spending time with his siblings snowmobiling and hunting rabbits and squirrels. His love of fishing started at an early age and he looked forward to fishing with his father around the area and also on the Red River in North Dakota. He worked for Thielen Trucking for many years during the annual wheat harvest, starting in Texas and working his way up through North and South Dakota. While in the Dakota’s he was able to find some great fishing spots that he and his family were able to return to. Joe most recently work as a farmhand south of Marne for Winn Winston, and was looking forward to getting in the combine this fall. Joey and his brother, Jeff were two peas in a pod; they planted a large garden each spring and also spent hours hunting for mushrooms. These outings were sure to create a few memorable moments; one being Joey barrel rolling down a hill, somehow missing all the trees, and coming to rest right next to a patch of mushrooms. His favorite colors were red and white and this was no surprise as he was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan and rooted for the Earnhardt’s in NASCAR. Joey looked forward to tipping back a few beers with family and friends; a few of his favorite outings being the annual Cattlemen’s Golf Tournament and getting together for a game of Euchre. Joe will be missed by his brothers, Doug Weihs of Manson, Dennis Weihs of Marne, John Weihs of Walnut; sister, Suzy (Sara Ferrell) Weihs of Overland Park, Kansas; sister-in-law, Amy Weihs of Walnut; beloved dog, Riley; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dan Weihs and Jeff “Animal” Weihs; and niece, Whitney L. Weihs. A Celebration of Life graveside service will be held at 5:30 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2020 at Brighton Township Cemetery, northeast of Marne, with Pastor Jerry Neal of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Roland Funeral Service is caring for Joey’s family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.
Max DeWitt, 90, of Casey, Iowa, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at the Guthrie County Hospital in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Max Earl was born on March 21, 1930, north of Guthrie Center, Iowa, the son of Charley and Hazel (Duke) DeWitt. The family moved south of Guthrie Center where he attended Thompson Township Country School and helped with daily chores on the farm. He and his brother, Eldon later moved to Omaha and mowed many cemeteries throughout the city. His love of farming brought him back to the area and he and his brother, Charles began farming south of Guthrie Center. Max loved life on the farm! He raised cattle and also planted row crops. His favorite mode of transportation around the farm was on his four-wheeler. On November 19, 1950, he was united in marriage to Dorthy Slater at the Methodist Church in Guthrie Center. In 1952, they moved to the homeplace in Thompson Township, where they raised their family and were still living. Max served as trustee for Thompson Township for several years. Besides spending time with family, especially his grandchildren, nothing was better than a good trip to the casino. Max was adamant that there was no use for city life unless you were headed to the casino! While there, they usually enjoyed the buffet and then headed off to the slots; he always seemed to have good luck by keeping a keen eye on machines that would reward you the most. Horseshoe Casino was his preferred place but he also enjoyed the horse races and the Winners Circle house slot machine at Prairie Meadows. Max frequented local auctions, rarely missing one, and always found something he needed even if it was just junk in his family’s eyes. Max is survived by his wife, Dorthy; children, Betty Christensen, Bobby (Carolyn) DeWitt, Barbara DeWitt, and Beverly Larson; grandchildren, Michelle (Ellen) DeWitt and Randy (Melissa) DeWitt; and great-grandchildren, Michael, Anna, Allie and Alyse DeWitt. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Jack Larson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathleen (Lyle) Stewart and Ila (Bill) Lassek; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles (June) DeWitt, Eldon (Gladys) DeWitt and Donald DeWitt. A private family graveside service will be held at the Dalmanutha Cemetery, northwest of Casey, Iowa. In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the family for later designation to the Guthrie County Hospital in Guthrie Center, Adair Fire and Ambulance, or the Casey Fire Department. Roland Funeral Home is caring for Max’s family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.
Delbert Kirchhoff, 92, of Atlantic, Iowa, died Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at his home. Delbert Walter Kirchhoff was born on February 14, 1928, in Bear Grove Township, Cass County, Iowa, the son of Walter McKinley and Marie Hattie (Beisser) Kirchhoff. He grew up with two brothers and there were multiple and varying accounts on who got picked on the most. He started helping on the farm at an early age and the first tractor he learned to drive was a John Deere D. Delbert graduated from Lewis High School in 1945 and following graduation, he continued helping on the family farm. He was united in marriage to Darlene Williams on August 1, 1950; throughout their lives, the couple farmed southeast of Lewis and south of Atlantic. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1951, and received basic training in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and was later stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. There were friendships he made in the service that lasted throughout the years. Upon his honorable discharge in 1953, he returned to life on the farm. Agriculture was Delbert’s passion and all he ever knew. Taking pride in working the land for over 70 years, he had expressed a deep desire to stay well long enough to bring in the harvest this fall. He was happiest behind the wheel of his equipment in the field and likely looking super relaxed with his shirt unbuttoned; not something his kids were fond of. John Deere was the only brand of equipment that was acceptable in his eyes besides the few Allis-Chalmers he had in his younger days. During harvest time he enjoyed the countless meals that were delivered to the fields. Delbert sold seed corn for Jacques, McCubbin and Producers; taking many business trips through the years with Darlene. In addition to having crops he also had livestock including cattle, hogs and sheep. Delbert was quiet, had a dry sense of humor and was possibly a bit ornery at times. He looked forward to attending farm shows, the county and state fairs, and taking car rides around the state to check crops and visit the Freedom Rocks. His love of people and his family was evident to all that knew him. Time with family was full of food, laughter and wonderful memories. Many of the grandchildren will remember how he would let them play with his hair, from combing it to putting it in pigtails or rollers; don’t forget the makeup to finish off the look. He always had Collie dogs and there was an extra special bond with his current dog, Daisy. Delbert is survived by his children, Darla Conn of Atlantic, Donna (Rodney) Cook of Lewis, Darrell (Becky) Kirchhoff of Atlantic, Danny (Kim) Kirchhoff of Lewis, Delilah (Jeff) Heuton of Atlantic, David (Michele) Kirchhoff of Lewis, and Dwaine (Jennie) Kirchhoff of Atlantic; 18 grandchildren, Angie Brockman, Rachel (Breck) Chambers, Mike (Russell Neal) Cook, Brian (Lisa) Cook, Jason (Trisha) Cook, Amber (Kevin) Jipsen, Jared (Jen) Kirchhoff, Mallory Kirchhoff, Ryan (Erika) Kirchhoff, Mindy (Aric) Bullington, Heather (Ashton) Seffron, Nick Anderson, Cal (Makayla Mikesell) Heuton, Stephanie (Anthony) Drogo, Derek (Becca Taylo) Kirchhoff, Kayla (Drake) Roller, Cortnie (Brandon) Taylor, and Cody (Abbie) Kirchhoff; 31 great-grandchildren and one on the way; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Kirchhoff of Griswold; nephews, Jeffrey (Teresa) Kirchhoff and Drue (Karen) Kirchhoff; four-legged companion, Daisy; and many extended family and friends near and far. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Marie Kirchhoff; parents-in-law, John “Pat” and Nelsie Williams; wife, Darlene; and brothers, Glenn and Wayne Kirchhoff. Open visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday, September 18, 2020, at Roland Funeral Home followed by visitation with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A private service for immediate family will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at Hillside Hope Assembly (formerly First Assembly of God) in Atlantic. Extended family and friends are invited to watch the service via livestream at 2:00 p.m., Saturday at Roland Funeral Home. A link for the livestream will be available at www.rolandfuneralservice.com prior to the service. Immediately following the service, burial with military honors by the Atlantic Color Guard, will be held in the Atlantic Cemetery; everyone is invited to the committal service. Memorials may be directed to the family for designation at a later date. Roland Funeral Service is caring for Delbert’s family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com Slideshow and Funeral Service with Cemetery Highlights: IN REMEMBRANCE Delbert Kirchhoff BORN February 14, 1928 - Bear Grove Township, Cass County, Iowa DIED September 15, 2020 - Atlantic, Iowa At the age of 92 Years, 7 Months & 1 Day OFFICIANT Pastor Dave Beroth IMMEDIATE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICE Saturday, September 19, 2020 Hillside Hope Assembly - Atlantic, Iowa PIANIST Sherry Davis MUSICAL SELECTIONS “The Old Rugged Cross” “Amazing Grace” By Rick Lienemann “Why I Farm” recorded by the Henningsens CASKET BEARERS Jeffrey Kirchhoff Drue Kirchhoff Corey Kirchhoff Kelly Kirchhoff Paul Harry Chris Williams HONORARY CASKET BEARERS Roy Smith Gail Conn Mike Cook Brian Cook Jason Cook Jared Kirchhoff Ryan Kirchhoff Nick Anderson Cal Heuton Derek Kirchhoff Cody Kirchhoff Rick Lienemann FLOWER COMMITTEE Mary Ann Kirchhoff Lorane Smith Connie Kirchhoff INTERMENT Atlantic Cemetery - Atlantic, Iowa MILITARY HONORS Atlantic Color Guard - Atlantic, Iowa
Colleen M. Shumaker, 61, of Des Moines, Iowa, and formerly of Atlantic, died Thursday, September 3, 2020, at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, following health complications due to COVID-19. Colleen Marie was born on July 10, 1959, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the daughter of Raymond and Mildred (Stuetelberg) Kerr. While she was a child, the family moved to Atlantic. Colleen enjoyed reading and participating in school band where she played the flute. She graduated from Atlantic High School in 1977. Colleen married Scott Steffens on St. Patrick’s Day in 1978. The couple started a family and lived on a farm near Norway Center where they raised hogs and Colleen began gaining experience in food service at the Anita Care Center. The family later moved to Adair; then, Colleen and her children ultimately relocated to Des Moines in 1990 after separating from Scott. She was blessed with another son a few years later. In 2000, Colleen was united in marriage to William (Bill) Shumaker. Since then, she worked various jobs in food service management, customer service, and most recently was a Mary Kay consultant. Colleen was happiest when she was with family or friends and had a pool cue in her hand. She loved spending time with family, especially during the holidays such as Christmas. Preparing food for the family and giving gifts brought her much joy. Colleen cherished any time she could attend her kids and grandkids various sporting activities, including football games, wrestling matches, and dance recitals. Anyone that knew Colleen knew there was one thing that was on her calendar every week: pool league. She was a member for over 20 years, and was captain of the Black Widows and many other teams throughout this time. She also was a passionate Kansas City Chiefs and Iowa Hawkeye fan. Colleen loved to shop and had a keen eye for decorating, making her house a home. Colleen loved St. Patrick’s Day and looked forward to dressing in green and waking up early to celebrate it each year (although the family would tease her that she was Scottish, not Irish). Really, any time she had the chance to be out with friends and family she took it. Colleen loved coffee and never met a cold beer she didn’t like. Colleen is survived by her children, Matthew (Jennifer) Steffens of Atlantic, Lindsey (Kenneth) Manderson of Des Moines, Natalie (Jeffry) Saltzman of Omaha, Joshua (Linda Merez) Green-Kerr of Des Moines; grandchildren, Cameron, Makynzie, Ethan, Mariah, Hailey, Quintin, Trenton, Asascia, Jaliyah, Kaylynn and Annabella; grandpuppy, Bo; siblings, Charlene (Don) Bates of Council Bluffs, Sharon (George) Hatjinos of Omaha, NE, and Ron (Marci) Kerr of Fresno, CA; and very special person in her life, William (Bill) Shumaker and his children, Benjamin, Joyce, and Amanda. She is preceded in death by her parents and best friend, Rachel (Charlie) Blake, whom she played pool with and considered not only her best friend but “soul sister.” Visitation with the family present will be held from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Thursday, September 10th at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic. A graveside service will be held following the visitation at 12:00 p.m., Thursday at the Atlantic Cemetery. Roland Funeral Home is caring for Colleen's family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuenralservice.com. IN LOVING MEMORY OF Colleen Shumaker BORN July 10, 1959 - Colorado Springs, Colorado DIED September 3, 2020 - Des Moines, Iowa At the age of 61 years, 1 month & 24 days GRAVESIDE SERVICE 12:00 p.m. Thursday, September 10, 2020 Atlantic Cemetery - Atlantic, Iowa OFFICIATING Pastor Garry DeGeest RECORDED MUSCIAL SELECTIONS “I’ll Call Mama” by Tim McGraw “Come Sail Away” by Styx “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas CASKET BEARERS Matthew Steffens Joshua Green-Kerr Jeffry Saltzman Kenneth Manderson Trenton Steffens Ethan Steffens Quintin Steffens
Mark Johnson, 63, of Atlantic, Iowa, died Thursday, September 3, 2020, at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines. Mark Alan Johnson was born on October 30, 1956, in Creighton, Nebraska, the son of Kenneth Arland and Charlene Ann (Moore) Johnson. As a kid Mark was a little mischievous and schemed up ways to get his younger brothers in trouble. It was obvious at an early age that his intellectual level was beyond his years and was one who could soak up new knowledge quickly in addition to retaining what he had previously learned. At the age of 14, he won a Citizenship Award for his intelligence and character which in turn led to him receiving a scholarship at Lake Forest Academy Boarding School in Chicago, IL. He attended there starting his sophomore year in high school and graduated in the Class of 1973. Following graduation, he received a full scholarship to Grinnell College where he majored in Russian and Political Science; graduating with his bachelor’s degree in those fields. While in college he hosted an early morning radio show for the local station. His goal after graduation was to be a Russian Interpreter, but chose instead to settle in Walnut, Iowa where he worked at a local restaurant. He later took a job at the Danish Inn in Elk Horn and little did Mark know his cooking creations as a child would lead him on a new career path that he grew to love and took great pride in. He later accepted a Chef position at The Green Lake Resort in Green Lake, Wisconsin as their Manager of Catering; giving him a chance to share his skills on a larger scale. While there he met his future wife, Sandy, and the couple married in 1985, and moved to Florida for two years where he was a Chef at a local Christian school. They later returned to Green Lake, Wisconsin returned to Green Lake, WI to continue working at the resort. In the early 1990’s Mark moved to Atlantic, and started plans to open up his own restaurant, The Farmer’s Kitchen. In 1992, the restaurant opened its doors and continued to prosper the next 12 years. From awards for his creations, hosting politicians to being featured in many food publications; Mark’s dedication to his work was evident. He was never one to use a recipe; why not create your own? He would add a little of this and a little of that until it was just right; this level of perfection in the kitchen led to many free meals for the employees as they tried his newest dish. He loved the instant gratification he was able to see in the food he served to his customers. Mark’s chili recipe won numerous awards throughout not only Iowa, but also the world. He entered chili contests coast to coast and won the World People Choice Chili Award. His other specialties included his homemade gravy, that was so tasty people started putting it over everything, his tenderloin which received an award from the Iowa Pork Association, and his Cy-Hawk Burger that won a contest on WHO-TV. Mark & Farmer’s Kitchen were highlighted in Michael Stern’s various food books. One was “500 Things To Eat Before You Die”. In 1995, Mark began having health issues and started receiving dialysis. He was determined to keep his dream going and did everything he could to make that happen. He would make the assignments for his workers early in the morning, jump in the car for Des Moines to receive dialysis, and back by lunchtime to serve his loyal customers. In Christmas of 2012, the Farmer’s Kitchen, with great sadness, closed its doors after serving customers from the area and around the world for over 12 years. The closing left Mark with an enormous void in his purpose for life not knowing how he could still serve others. Even after the restaurant closed that didn’t mean people stopped talking about the delicious food that was served and was recently featured in an article by the Food Critic, Cliff Strutz. It wasn’t long before Mark discovered a new passion; he began advocating for himself and others with kidney issues. Mark attended numerous meetings and met with senators and representatives, really anyone he could that would listen, at different times sharing his views on how to better help those in renal failure. A few of his main focuses in conversation were issues regarding individuals with his condition obtaining life insurance due to preexisting conditions and working with Medicare on benefits. Mark was an avid reader and a member of the Atlantic Public Library Board. He had a good sense of humor even through his trials; this also giving him an appreciation for others and their struggles. He was an Iowa Hawkeye fan through and through and never hesitated to heckle the Iowa State fans. In 2017, he was baptized and welcomed Jesus Christ into his life at the First Church of Christ in Atlantic; this acceptance brought a new-found joy to him. He was a greeter and helped at the church whenever it was needed. Mark became active in the various children’s programs, including vacation bible school. It was probably a toss-up on who had more fun, Mark or the kids, he loved working with them to grow their faith. Mark is survived by his mother, Charlene; siblings, Elizabeth Miller, Arden (Carol) Johnson, Nathan Johnson, and Sara Johnson; nieces and nephews; and great-nephew, George Johnson. He is preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Johnson; brother, Christopher; and grandparents, Raymond and Myrtle Johnson and Art and Bessie Rohwer. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for October 31st at the First Church of Christ in Atlantic. The family would like to thank everyone at the First Church of Christ in Atlantic for their examples of sincere love, and for the care and support given to Mark by the staff of the DeVita Clinic. Roland Funeral Home is caring for Mark's family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.