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.