Effie Dorothea Wristen


Effie Dorothea Wristen, known affectionately as Dorothea to her friends and family, passed away peacefully from natural causes on June 9, 2024, in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Born on Sept. 16, 1933, in Linden, Dallas County, Iowa, to the late Jennie Parton Knapp and Carl Knapp, Dorothea’s life was a tapestry woven with love, dedication and a passion for the simple joys of life.

Dorothea’s journey began in the heartland of Iowa, where she was raised on a century farm that would shape her love for nature and the outdoors. Her formative years in Linden were marked by the strong bonds she formed with her family, who remember her as a spirited and thoughtful presence in their lives.

Throughout her life, Dorothea was known for her culinary talents, which she shared generously with those around her. Her career included stints as a cook at the former Oscar Mayer plant in Perry and at the police academy in Des Moines. Dorothea’s delectable treats were the highlight of family gatherings, and her knack for creating warmth and community around the dinner table was unparalleled.

Dorothea was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She is survived by her son-in-law, Dave Shelley; daughter, Gina DeLong; granddaughter, Nicole Ford; granddaughter, Shaelynn Shelley; and her brother and sister-in-law, George and Judy Knapp. She was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Audrey Knapp; her sister, Joan Pottroff; and her ex-husband, Robert Wristen. Her legacy will also live on through her numerous nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews, who will forever cherish her memory.

Dorothea’s interests were as varied as they were heartfelt. In her later years, she relocated to Sierra Vista to live with her niece, where she became the beloved lap of special needs and foster cats and dogs. Her recliner by the window became her sanctuary, a place where she could indulge in her love for the natural world, observing the beauty of the yard with its trees, flowers, birds, and the antics of an ornery squirrel. Dorothea’s caregivers often marveled at her keen eyesight and remarkable memory, as she meticulously counted and reported on the various avian visitors, with a particular fondness for the cardinals, pyrrhuloxia, and the numerous hummingbirds that frequented her view.

The words that best describe Dorothea are spirited, thoughtful and gentle. Her spirit was a beacon of joy and kindness, touching the lives of all who knew her. She approached life with a thoughtfulness that endeared her to many, always taking the time to listen, to care, and to offer a helping hand. Her gentle demeanor was a testament to her inner strength and grace, qualities that remained with her until her final days.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m., Sunday, June 16, 2024, at West Linn Cemetery, near Linden. Visitation will be Sunday, June 16, 2024, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Twigg Funeral Home, Panora.

Cory Robert Beer 


Cory Robert Beer passed away in a car accident on June 4, 2024, at 35 years old. Visitation was on Monday, June 10 at 9 a.m. with funeral services at 10 a.m. located at Twigg Funeral Home in Panora. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Guthrie Center. Following the graveside service, there will be a luncheon at the activity center in Guthrie Center (209 State St., Guthrie Center, IA 50115)

Cory was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Helen Beer, Yolanda Howell and Eddie Tallman; his sister, Emily Beer; his uncle, Kevin Tallman; and his cousin, Clint Kirkpatrick.

Cory is survived by his parents, John and Tracy Beer; and sons, Bryan and Koltyn Beer. Others surviving him are Gabe and Brogan Littlejohn; sister, Whitney (Cody) Zickefoose; nephews, Tucker Beer, Micheal and Owen Zickefoose; nieces, Heather and Liberty Zickefoose; grandparents, Tolly (Pam) Howell; aunts, Connie (Todd) Kirkpatrick, Stephanie Tallman and Angela (Terry) Schnoor; uncles, Larry (Nancy) Tallman and Chad (Meghan) Howell; cousins, Matt (Amanda) Kirkpatrick, Sarah (Clay) Ivonavitch, Matt Tallman, Tyler (Allison) Howell, Alex Howell, Kylee Howell, Maci Schnoor and Dylan Bowling.

Cory was a free spirit in life. He was always there to give a helping hand. Cory held no judgment or prejudice for anyone. No matter who you were or where you were, Cory was there to help in any way he could. Cory’s passion was working on vehicles, any shape and size. Cory also loved the small things in life like fishing, hanging out with his friends, and, most especially, spending time with his boys. Cory loved to cheer for his favorite teams such as the Miami Dolphins and the Carolina TarHeels. 

Cory’s death has left a deep hole in the hearts of the ones who loved him. Cory will be forever loved and missed, and his memories will be cherished.

Darcy Jo Gliem


Darcy Jo Gliem, 52, daughter of Norman and Diane (Elliott) Downing, was born June 24, 1971, in Guthrie Center. She passed away Monday, May 20, 2024, at UnityPoint Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines.

Darcy was raised in the Panora area and graduated from Panora-Linden High School in 1989. She went on to graduate from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, being the first in her family to graduate from college. In December of 1994, she married Travis Gliem and, to this union, two sons were born, Shane and T.J. They made their home around the Panora area. Darcy worked as an accountant for various companies and also did some consulting work. For the last few years, she enjoyed writing books.  

She also enjoyed crocheting, knitting and gardening.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, Panora.

Darcy is survived by her husband, Travis Gliem of rural Panora; sons, Shane Gliem of Panora and T.J. Gliem of Council Bluffs; her mother, Diane Arganbright of rural Guthrie Center; brothers, Scott Downing of Panora and Troy Downing of Fort Dodge. She was preceded in death by her father, Norman Downing, and step-father, Richard Arganbright.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at the First Christian Church, Panora. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial of her urn will be held following the services in Morrisburg Cemetery, near Stuart.

Twigg Funeral Home, Panora, is entrusted with her services.

Joann Reil


Joann Reil, daughter of Rob (RJ) and Ione (Muller) Carothers, was born Jan. 10, 1939, in Jefferson. Jo, as she was affectionately known, grew up on the family farm south of Bayard where she attended country school through the eighth grade and then graduated from Bayard Community School in 1957. As a kid, she was active in 4-H and showed her dad’s home-raised Angus cattle, played basketball and was in marching band.  

Jo dated Robert (Bob) Reil, the love of her life, all through high school, and they married at St. Patrick’s Church in Bayard on Aug. 31, 1957. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Thomas and Ann. Jo worked in banking and finance her entire life, starting her career with Bankers Trust in downtown Des Moines. After moving to Guthrie Center, Jo worked at Guthrie County State Bank before taking a program technician position at FSA, specializing in the farm loan program. In 1977 while still working full time, Jo assisted Bob to launch Bob and Jo’s Trailer Town in 1977 during the farm crisis. The business, which thrived despite the financial challenges of the time, became a successful family enterprise largely due to their hard work and sacrifice. Many of their customers and business associates became lifelong friends. Bob and Jo’s love of the RV business led them to wintering for several years in Yuma, Arizona, and then in Pharr, Texas, before Bob passed away in 2019. After Bob’s death, Jo proudly continued to live on and manage the south Carothers farm, which has been in the family since 1881. 

Over the years, Jo was an active member of St. Mary’s Church, the Guthrie Center Firemen’s Auxiliary, Harmony Hour, and was a long-time volunteer election worker. Jo’s passion was sewing, and she was a skilled seamstress. Over her lifetime, family members were gifted doll clothes, wedding apparel, tailored clothing, quilts, bags and other items. She was often asked to do alterations, which were completed with a smile. In retirement, Jo worked for a time at Grandma’s House of Quilting in Audubon. As a member of several quilting groups, including Memory Makers, Bayard Busy Quilters and the Audubon Quilters, Jo found not only a place to hone her skills but also a group of women who were her best friends. She loved quilting retreats where everyone teased her that she talked much more than she quilted! 

Loved ones claim that her butter horn rolls, potato salad and chocolate chip cookies were legendary. Family dinners always ended as everyone fought to take home the left-over rolls and complained that only the grandkids got the chocolate chip cookies. As the oldest Carothers clan member, Jo became the family genealogist, locating a whole branch of long-lost family members and expanding family history.   

After struggling with chronic illness for almost a year, Jo passed from this life on May 2, 2024, at Iowa Lutheran Hospital. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She is mourned by son, Thomas (Serita) Reil, and daughter, Ann (Rick) Chalfant; grandchildren, Christopher Reil, Kassandra Reil, Kelsey (Chase) Gehrke and Nick Chalfant; great granddaughter, Timber Svendsen; brother, John (Elaine) Carothers and sister, Mary Jane Carothers; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.  

Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, and her parents.  

A luncheon will be served Monday, May 6, 2024, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Center, Guthrie Center, with funeral services following at 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Guthrie Center. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Guthrie Center. Visitation will be Sunday, May 5, 2024, from 3-6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Center.

Twigg Funeral Home, Guthrie Center, is entrusted with her services.

Richard W Friedrich 


Richard W Friedrich, 82, was born to Paul and Mildred Friedrich in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on April 3, 1942. He was later joined by his sister, Mary. As the son of a Lutheran pastor, Rich and his family moved from Colorado to northwest Iowa. He graduated from West Sioux High School and went on to study education at West Mar College in Le Mars. His teaching career brought him to Guthrie Center where he taught junior high history and pursued his master’s degree at Drake University. He would not be alone on those commutes to Des Moines for long. Soon enough, he was joined by Vicki Laughery, who was also working toward a teaching degree at Drake University. 

Rich and Vicki were married on a very hot day, July 22, 1972, at the United Methodist Church in Guthrie Center. In their young married years, they enjoyed their church family, card club, gardening and traveling. Their son, Eric, was born six years later, followed by their youngest son, Christian, in 1984. Rich had a passion for education, which led him to teach 40 years as a history, civics and social studies teacher while also serving as principal at Guthrie Center Junior High. Rich is remembered by countless students and colleagues as a caring influence who was well respected. 

Rich and his family spent summers traveling (often on short notice) to Minnesota, National Parks, Civil War battlefields, and other historical sites (marked and unmarked). He loved to find locations less traveled via his famous Friedrich shortcuts. He enjoyed making Eric and Christian pose for pictures in front of the National Park and historic site signs. Rich appreciated time outdoors, fishing and relaxing on Silver Lake, and never missed a Clay County Fair. He enjoyed stamp-collecting, coin-collecting, sports and his favorite team, the Iowa Hawkeyes. His grandchildren always brought the biggest smiles to his face. He enjoyed all stages of their lives including holding them in his arms, bouncing them on his knee, gardening, hiding their pickle in the Christmas tree (a German tradition), picnics at Springbrook, and cheering them on in all their activities. 

Rich modeled his love for Christ in all areas of his life, from his many leadership roles at Immanuel Lutheran Church to his work with Lions Club and school activities. He was a faithful servant to the Lord, and it was important to him to bring other people to Christ. 

Rich will continue to be loved by his wife of 53 years, Vicki; son Eric Friedrich (Melissa) of Mount Ayr, and grandchildren Tatum, Alba and Morgan; son Christian Friedrich (Sarah) of Waukee and grandsons Joseph and Jacob; sister Mary Campbell of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and nephew Chris Campbell (Claire) of St. Paul, Minnesota;  sister-in-law Debbie Ashman (George), brother-in-law Jim Laughery (Jody), sister-in-law Jan Mitchell (Scott); nephews and nieces George Ashman (Shannon), Heather Minarich, Anne Folkers (T.J.), Beth Laughery, Molly Johnson (Matt), Meggie Widholm (Jordan); and many great-nieces and nephews. We will greatly miss his smile and sense of humor.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 7 from 5-7 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Guthrie Center. Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church followed by burial in Union Cemetery in Guthrie Center and luncheon at the church.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8

Duane L Clark 


Duane L Clark was born July 11, 1937, to Clarence and Florence (Otto) Clark at their rural Lake City home. He passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at the New Homestead in Guthrie Center. Duane was baptized at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake City and grew up on the family farm south of town. He attended school in Lake City, graduating in 1955. Duane loved the farm and helped his dad and brothers with everything. He was especially fond of the horses and that fondness was with him his entire life.

In November 1960, Duane married Susan McCrea. They had five children, Matthew, Michael, Jennifer, Scott and Chadd. Duane and Susan later divorced, and Duane moved to the Guthrie Center area. This is where he met and married Janet Nickel. Duane and Janet had one daughter, Cassandra.

Duane worked for farmers before he found his perfect job. He worked 25-plus years at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Youth Camp at Lake Panorama. Besides being the all-around maintenance man, he gave horse rides three days a week. This he enjoyed very much, and so did the campers. He and several camp counselors became close friends. Those friendships have lasted several years. Duane retired from St. Thomas Moore in 2011. He continued to give horse rides for another five years and fully retired in 2016. He kept the horse herd until 2022.

Duane is survived by his wife, Janet; children, Matt (Angie) Clark of Glidden; Jennifer (Scott) Helle of Rockwell City; Scott (Linda) Clark of Early; Chadd (Kirstin) Clark of Park Rapids, Minnesota; Cassandra (Matthew) Fronapfel of Guthrie Center; stepchildren, Alicia (Richard) Ciesielski of Guthrie Center and Curtis Nickel of Thailand. Duane had 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death are his parents, Clarence and Florence; infant son, Michael; daughter-in-law, Linda Clark; son-in-law, Scott Helle; and grandson, Anthony Clark.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2024, at Twigg Funeral Home in Guthrie Center. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guthrie Center. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Lake City. Online condolences may be left at wwwtwiggfuneralhome.com.