Sunday, April 9, 2023

Latest CRHS Class of 1957 passed away - Larry Turner

 Latest CRHS Class of 1957 passed away - Larry Turner


Visitation Friday in Atlantic for Larry Turner, 84

Larry Turner, 84, longtime Atlantic resident and businessman, passed away in his sleep on March 29, 2023, of complications from Alzheimer’s. He and his wife, Mary have been residents of Wesley Acres Senior Living Center in Des Moines since 2019, and he had recently been recovering from a broken hip.

Born February 25, 1939, in his grandparents’ farmhouse southwest of Coon Rapids, the son of Lawrence and Eleanor (Cretsinger) Turner, he attended elementary and high schools in Coon Rapids, graduating in 1957. That fall, he enrolled at the University of Iowa, joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity, and ultimately graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1963. While at Iowa, Larry paid for school by busing tables and taking a semester off to work back home for Garst and Thomas. It was during this time he had a face-to-face encounter with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in a field outside Coon Rapids during his 1958 visit to the United States. He moved to Omaha in 1960 to finish college and started working at the investment firm of Storz-Wachob-Bender.

In 1966 he accepted anoffer from Mal Livengood to move to Atlantic and join him in a newly opened branch office of First Nebraska Securities. In 2014 he retired as Vice President of Stifel Nicolaus & Company, serving as the Atlantic branch manager for over 40 years. Prior to Stifel, he served in the same capacity at the 301 Chestnut Street offices for First Mid America, Paine Webber, and UBS. For many years he provided the daily radio market reports for KJAN and KMA, and he appeared in financial columns in the Des Moines and Omaha newspapers.

On April 1, 1961, Larry was married to Mary Janss of Des Moines. Besides his wife of 62 years, he is survived by two sons, Pete Turner of Arvada, Colorado, and Stu Turner of Des Moines, his wife Janelle, and daughter Eleanor. He leaves a sister, Mary Fulton of Urbandale, schnauzer Heidi, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Janice O’Neil, his mother Eleanor Yager, father Lawrence M. Turner, and stepfather Clare Yager.

Larry learned at an early age the value of hard work and community, and this was demonstrated time and againby his civic engagement. He was a decades-long champion of Atlantic’s businesses, schools, and health facilities, and he served on the boards of the Atlantic Municipal Utilities and the Atlantic Industrial Development Foundation. He was the public address announcer for the Atlantic Football and Basketball games for many years and helped support the recent renovations to the Trojan Bowl and the Baseball/Softball complex. Along- side Mary, he was a key backer of the Atlantic Animal Shelter.

A firm believer in sports and physical fitness, he was a star athlete at Coon Rapids, a four-year letterman earning all-conference honors in football, basketball, and track. He’ll be remembered as a fierce competitor on the basketball court and the golf course. He loved to compete and was often his own worst critic. He was a longtime supporter of the Nishna Valley YMCA, coached Little League, and served as the equipment manager for several years. Most notable, however, is Larry’s time spent at the Atlantic Golf & Country Club with his friends and family, playing a sport he often loved and hated at the same time. On April 24, 1991, his game hit its apex when he scored a hole-in-one on #15.

There will be a visitation from 4-7 Friday, April 14, at the Atlantic Golf and Country Club in Atlantic. Family services will be held at the Atlantic Cemetery and the Orange Township Cemetery outside Coon Rapids later this year.

Memorials may be directed to the Atlantic Community School Foundation in honor of Larry. They may be mailed to the Schmidt Family Funeral Home P.O. Box 523, Atlantic, IA 50022.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

We have lost another member of CRHS Class of 1957


We have lost another member of CRHS Class of 1957


Services held for Gerald Palmer


Gerald Palmer, age 83 of Perry, passed away on Monday, February 13, at the Kings Garden Campus of Perry Lutheran Homes in Perry. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, February 17 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Perry.

Burial will be in the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry, IA. Memorials will be given to St. Pat’s Foundation and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Online condolences may be left at

Gerald Ray Palmer

Gerald Ray Palmer was born on June 7, 1939, in Iowa City, IA to Albert Wesley and Velma Grace (Pierce) Palmer. He attended school at Coon Rapids High School graduating with the class of 1957. He was united in marriage to Arlene Frances Terlisner at St. Patrick’s Church, Kandiyohi, MN on January 27, 1962. He worked at Central Dairy in Wilmar, MN, Iowa Pork then Oscar Mayer in Perry for 25 years, Pace Warehouse in Des Moines, Park View Mobile Home Park in Grimes and Waukee, valet at the Hotel Pattee and Dallas County Hospital.

He was a member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Perry and Honorary Life Member of Perry Elks Lodge, Knights of Columbus, treasurer for many years, member of local union 1149, Moose Lodge. He enjoyed camping, inventing in his garage, golfing, coaching sports, watching sports on TV, he loved watching his children and grandchildren, and going to the Boone Speedway. Gerald enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

In death he rejoins his parents, Albert and Velma Palmer, brother, Donald (Janice) Palmer, and a sister, Rita (Ernest) Knoll.

Left to cherish Gerald’s memory are his wife Arlene Palmer, children, Cheryl (Delbert) Moore, Steven (Shelley) Palmer, Patricia (Craig) Van Cleave, Sandra (Doug) Stone, and Brian (Beth) Palmer, grandchildren, Amanda (fiancé Shannon Kelley) Moore, Jacob (Jennie) Moore, Sharaya Palmer, Brandon (Kelsey Walters) Van Cleave, Daniel Moore, Savanna Palmer, Sydney Stone, Owen Palmer, and London Stone, great grandchildren, Aiden Moore, Wilson Moore, Sullivin Kelley, and Frances “Frankie” Kelley.

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Sunday Obituaries - Daniel Willard Smith

 Sunday Obituaries - Daniel Willard Smith

Another cousin passes. Dan was son of Toot's and Mary Smith. Toot's (Willard) was my Dad's older brother. All spent their lives near Coon Rapids. Dan has an older sister, Margaret. I received a personal, handwritten note from Dan just a few days ago and replied. So happy I did. 


Daniel “The Rev” Willard Smith, age 72, of Coon Rapids, IA, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2023 at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at the First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids with Rev. Bobbie Maltas officiating.  Lula Garnes will be the organist.  Burial will be in the Union Township Cemetery near Coon Rapids at a later date.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids and online condolences may be left for the family at

If a more detailed obit, appears, I'll add it here.

As Promised, from the Coon Rapids Enterprise:


Danny was born on January

25, 1950, at St. Anthony’s Regional Hospital in Carroll, IA, the son of Willard Ward and Mary Louise (Danielson) Smith. He at- tended Coon Rapids Community Schools graduating with the High School Class of 1968. In his childhood, he was a member of the local 4-H club where he raised and showed State Champion Sheep, and won many awards. During high school, Danny ex- celled in football, and enjoyed raising a ruckus with his friends. After graduation, he attended DMACC in Boone where he re- ceived his Associates Degree. In April of 1976, he was united in marriage to Lisa Grethen. They were blessed with two children, Jeannie and Michael. He was employed with Keister Lumber Company in Coon Rapids where he drove dump and concrete trucks for several years. In the 1980’s, Danny moved in with his mother to help care for her until the time of her passing. Danny enjoyed having lunch with his friends at Chuck’s Place, and loved reminiscing with them about their younger years. But most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchil- dren. You could often hear him say how fortunate he was to love and be loved by his community.

Danny is survived by a daughter, Jeannie (James) Dawson of Fort Dodge; a son, Michael (Lorena) Smith of Carroll; grand- children: Joseph, Katherine, Zen, and Amber Leigh Dawson; fur grand-puppy,Canelo;sister,Margaret(Rich)RogersofWood- ward; niece, Michelle (Michael) Wald of Ankeny; and his only true love, Lisa Grethen-Bohn of Des Moines; as well as many wonderful and kind friends.

Danny was preceded in death only by his parents.

Monday, August 8, 2022

Sunday Obituary - Cindy Kinnick Franzeen


Cynthia Lee Kinnick Franzeen

We lost another first cousin Kinnick this week...


Services for Cynthia Franzeen, 70, this Saturday 

Cynthia Lee Franzeen, 70, of rural Scranton, IA, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2022 at her home. 

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 6 at the Coon Rapids American Legion with Pastor Alan Miller of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. Casket bearers will be LaVerne Greenfield, Joe Bru, Adam Franzeen, Michael Lewis, Marcus Lewis, Cory Sanden, and Kory Kinnick. Honorary casket bearers will be Cameron Franzeen, Carter Franzeen, Reece Bru, Tylar Bru, Isaac Bru, Marcia Lewis, and Lon Kinnick. Burial will be in the Coon Rapids Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids from 5 – 7 P.M. on Friday evening. The casket will be moved to the Coon Rapids American Legion on Sat- urday at 9:30 A.M. where visitation will resume until 10:15 A.M. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids and online condolences may be left for the family at å


Cindy, as she was affectionately known, was born on September 7, 1951 in Carroll, IA, and she was the daughter of Edward “Buzz” and Colleen (Davis) Kinnick. She was raised on her family’s farm near Bayard and graduated from Bayard High School in 1969. Cindy was an exceptional basketball guard and was one of the leading rebounders in the state of Iowa her senior year. She then attended Mankato State University for two years and then to Iowa State where she joined the Delta Delta Delta Sorority and graduated with a degree in Child Development with honors. Cindy opened her own pre-school in Bayard and then Coon Rapids. She started hundreds and hundreds of children on the road to education. Cindy took a job with Community Opportunities where she was a regional director over several Head Start centers. On February 23, 1974, Cindy was united in marriage to her childhood sweetheart Sid Franzeen at St. John Lutheran Church in Des Moines. Cindy and Sid were married 48 1⁄2 years. They were in love from the third grade on. The couple made their home south of Bayard for a year then moved to their current location. Cindy was busy with her teaching until injuries from a car accident in 2004 forced her to retire. Cindy has been bravely fighting serious chronic pain for the last 18 years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Her hair had to be perfect before she went out. Wherever she went at least one person would say...”I Love Your Hair!” She enjoyed gardening, nature, flowers, reading books, and canning vegetables. She loved to help kids with 4-H projects, help Sid in the field, and help wean pigs. She was truly the all American mom, grandma, and wife. 

Cindy is survived by her husband Sid Franzeen of rural Scranton; her children and their families: son Dr. Blake Franzeen (Mindy) of Johnston, daughter Dr. Lexie Greenfield (LaVerne) of West Des Moines, son Brody Franzeen (Jenn) of Johnston, and daughter Tessa Bru (Joe) of Polk City; five very special grandchildren who Cindy adored and they affectionately called her “Nanny”: Cameron Franzeen, Carter Franzeen, Reece Bru, Tylar Bru, and Isaac Bru; a sister Marcia Lewis of Bayard; a brother Lon Kinnick (Donna) of Coon Rapids; a sister-in-law Cindy Kinnick of Bayard; a brother-in-law Craig Franzeen (Nancy) of Guthrie Center; many nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. 

Cindy was preceded in death by her parents Edward “Buzz” and Colleen Kinnick; her father and mother-in-law Curtis and Rebecca Franzeen; her brother Bryan Kinnick; and brother-in- law Neil Lewis. 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Planning for New Elementary School Building in Coon Rapids, Iowa

Planning for New Elementary School Building in 

Coon Rapids, Iowa

Here is a photo originally published January 14, 1955. It shows the CR CSD building committee, appointed to make recommendations on possible building a new community school building. At the time this photo was published, the committee had already met several times and this photo was taken at one of their final sessions. Pictured, in back around the table clockwise, were Laverne Smith, Myron Bundt, Elmer Stenstrom, Frank Clayburg, Al Headlee, Dean Lloyd and Glen Toyne. Also on this side of the table were Don Williams (head down), Mrs. Dale (Adalaide) Carpenter, and Mrs. Dale Betts. As part of their effort, members of this sub-committee visited new schools at Webster City, Eagle Grove, Humboldt, Lake View, Corning, Red Oak, Malvern, Avoca and Harlan for an idea of what a new school building should be like in Coon Rapids. According to a statistical report, the Coon Rapids enrollment was expected to be between 50 to 60 pupils in each elementary grade for the foreseeable future. Ultimately the committee recommended significant changes in the existing school building* while building a new elementary building to house kindergarten through sixth grades together with a lunch room. They suggested this new building should be erected on the two block area which was available to the district northeast of the existing school building. They recommended the new elementary building have one kindergarten classroom and two classrooms for each grade from first through eighth grade for a total of 17 elementary classrooms. *As far as changes made to the existing 1914 building, the committee concluded that the science room on the third floor was too small for a proper Physics or Chemistry course so they recommended removing the partition between the two English classrooms and making it into one science room. On the second floor the typing room was too small to handle as many students as could be supervised by the teacher, so they recommend- ed that the partition between the typing room and the principal’s office be removed to make one good classroom which would take care of typing class requirements as well as provide room for some tables for the bookkeeping students to work on. They also recommended turning over to the high school four elementary classrooms on the second floor. It should be noted the committee also recognized the need for an area for teachers to confer with parents when their classrooms are in use. Every school the committee members visited had a teachers’ lounge so they recommended that a small room on the ground floor be reserved as a teachers’ lounge.   


Thursday, February 17, 2022

Prepare now for the arrival of the 1950 Census


The following is a press release prepared by Family Search to alert folks to the 1950 Census release on April 1, 2022. It is time to prepare. Let us get at it...

Historic Census Sheds Light on People Living in 1950

What do John F. Kennedy, Aretha Franklin, Chuck Norris, and Bill Russell have in common?

They can all be found in the 1950 US census, newly released by the US National Archives and Records Administration. The exciting challenge is finding them in the hundreds of thousands of digital images online, which will be difficult until a complete and accurate searchable record is available. [GROUP NAME] is honored to help to refine the 1950 census records and encourages everyone to participate. 

Unless you know the state, county, and street address where they lived in 1950, locating family members without an accurate name index will be daunting. Fortunately, a dedicated army of online volunteers is tackling that challenge through a community effort hosted by FamilySearch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping each of us find our ancestors.

Will you consider the 1950 US Census Community Project when choosing your next service activity?

Supported by genealogy giants Ancestry and FamilySearch International, local and national genealogy and historical societies, and many other deeply committed organizations, this project is rallying hundreds of thousands of volunteers to publish a high-quality, searchable online index of every single name found in the 1950 census. But this grassroots approach is hardly new—volunteers also indexed every census from 1790 to 1940.

This time, rather than starting from scratch, volunteers will review Ancestry’s computer-generated index using groundbreaking handwriting recognition and cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies. So that no one slips between the digital cracks, this comprehensive human review of the automated index will verify that the data is accurate and complete. Volunteers can visit to review their own family’s information and then review other records to refine the index before publication.Once the census index is reviewed, researchers, family historians, and anyone else curious about their own family’s story will be thrilled to dig in. “Almost all of us are familiar with the recently completed 2020 census, but its most interesting details will be hidden in the dark until the privacy rights expire in 2072,” said David Rencher, Chief Genealogy Officer for FamilySearch. “That’s why the 1950 US census is so exciting,” Rencher added. “The wait is over.”

Finding our parents, grandparents, or even aunts and uncles in the records is the key to unlocking their stories, and the deployment of these new technologies will simplify the process of refining the index and allow even more people to participate.

“Once you’ve discovered someone in the 1950 census, you can use that information to find that person’s parents in the 1940 US census index, which is already published on multiple websites. You can then continue with 1930, 1920, and so on. You can even dive all the way back to the very first census taken in 1790. Right from your own computer or other device, you’ve traced your heritage back a century or more. Imagine uncovering information that shows your family’s roots are as old as America,” Rencher said. 

Can you imagine the ever-popular Chuck Norris as a 10-year-old? Wonder if he was already preparing for his tough-guy persona? Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris first appeared in the 1940 census about 3 weeks after his birth. Or how about Boston Celtics great Bill Russell? He would have been 16 years old in 1950, just 6 years before being drafted as the number 2 pick in the NBA. Then there’s the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, who would turn 8 that year. She may have already begun singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, but she wouldn’t leave home to pursue her career in music for another decade.

Other records suggest that Karen Carpenter, Julius Irving, William Hurt, and Cybill Shepherd should be included as babies born in 1950 prior to the census. The latest census also includes 14 people who were or have since become the President of the United States. 

Consider the treasure trove: The 1950 census provides a snapshot of more than 150 million people living in the United States at the time. In addition to name, age, gender, race, education, and place of birth, census takers also asked individuals for their level of education, occupation, and income. This historic census comes a few years after America had returned to work following World War II and just months before America would enter the Korean War. Many people in the 1950 census had lived through the flu pandemic of 1918, World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II. They had witnessed the birth of radio and television, as well as the devastation of the atomic bomb.

Together with the earlier census indexes (1790 to 1940) already available online, it will soon be easier than ever for family historians to extend their genealogical trees well beyond their memories. Over the next decade, the 1950 US census index will easily become the most searched online database—what a gift to the explosive consumer interest in genealogy.

For more information and to participate, go to You’ll soon be a valuable contributor to this exciting national service project. 


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Sunday Obituaries - August Edward 'Buzz' Kinnick


Sunday Obituaries - August Edward 'Buzz' Kinnick

My Uncle Buzzy, brother of my mother, the last of his generation... was always like a big brother to me, as I was the oldest of my mother's children. A fine man, lived a long and fulfilled life.

From the:


Services Saturday for Edward ‘Buzz’ Kinnick, 93 

August Edward “Buzz” Kinnick, age 93, of Coon Rapids, IA, passed away on Monday, November 15, 2021 at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids surrounded by his family. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids with Rev. Joyce Webb officiating.
Music for the service will be by Lula Garnes as organist and Cindy Seastrom as soloist. Military
honors will be given at the church by the Gurney Parker Post of the Coon Rapids American Legion.
Burial will be in the Coon Rapids Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids from 1 -2 P.M. on Saturday prior to the service. The family recommends facemasks to be worn at the church. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids and online condolences may be left for the family at 


August was born on August 18, 1928 in Coon Rapids, IA, and he was the son of Paul and Dorothy (Sorensen) Kinnick. Affectionately known as Buzz, he was a lifelong resident of Coon Rapids where he graduated from high school in 1946. He enlisted in the United States Army immediately following high school and served 2 years stationed in Japan. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Coon Rapids and he was married to Colleen Davis on June 23, 1948 at the First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids. Buzz was a farmer, realtor, fertilizer salesman, and a greeter at Walmart in retirement. He was an active member of the First United Meth- odist Church in Coon Rapids where he served on several boards over the years and he sang in the Choir. He enjoyed reading, col- lecting antique toy tractors, traveling, and making to-do lists. 

Buzz is survived by his children and their families: Marcia Lewis of Bayard, Cindy Franzeen (Sid) of Scranton, and Lon Kinnick (Donna) of Coon Rapids; a daughter-in-law Cindy Kinnick of Bayard; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

Buzz was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and fa- ther-in-law Wesley and Eunice Davis; a sister Eileen Smith-Olson; a brother Leo Kinnick (Ida Marie); his son Bryan Kinnick in 2015; a son-in-law Neil Lewis in 2015; and his wife Colleen in 2019. 

Families are Forever!! ;-)