Remembering the Victims

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By Aaron Hepker

This information was compiled from funeral homes and information gathered from The Gazette, Waterloo-Cedar-Falls Courier & The Mason City Globe-Gazette.

Norman Beuthien

Norman Beuthien, 48, New Hartford

NORMAN BEUTHIEN DIED WHEN THE TORNADO THAT STRUCK PARKERSBURG DECIMATED HIS HOME IN NEW HARTFORD. HE WAS HELPING HIS GIRLFRIEND TAKE GROCERIES INTO THEIR HOME. WHEN THE TORNADO STRUCK, THE COUPLE WAS UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO THEIR CELLAR. NORM ENJOYED SPENDING TIME WITH HIS FAMILY & FRIENDS, BUT HIS GRANDCHILDREN WERE THE LIGHT OF HIS LIFE. HE WAS A FATHER OF TWO DAUGHTERS AND A GRANDFATHER OF FOUR.

-- READ NORMAN BEUTHIEN'S FULL OBITUARY --

Leasa Bleeker

Leasa Bleeker, 71, New Hartford

LEASA BLEEKER DIED WHEN THE TORNADO THAT STRUCK PARKERSBURG HIT HER HOME IN NEW HARTFORD. FAMILY MEMBERS TOLD TV9 THEY BELIEVE THAT LEASA WAS ASLEEP WHEN THE TORNADO STRUCK HER HOME. ACCORDING TO HER FAMILY, SHE LIVED ALONE BUT KEPT ACTIVE BY GARDENING AND VISITING WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. LEASA WAS THE MOTHER OF TWO SONS, GRANDMOTHER OF TWO, AND GREAT-GRANDMOTHER OF THREE.

-- READ LEASA BLEEKER'S FULL OBITUARY --

Bertha Eckhoff

Bertha Eckhoff, 85, Parkersburg

BERTHA ECKHOFF DIED OF INJURIES SHE SUSTAINED IN THE PARKERSBURG TORNADO. FAMILY MEMBERS TOLD TV9 THAT EVEN IN THE CONFUSION AFTER THE STORM, BERTHA'S SPIRIT SHINED AS RESCUERS PUT HER ON A STRETCHER WORRYING ABOUT HER NEIGHBORS RATHER THAN HERSELF. BERTHA WAS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE FIRST REFORMED CHURCH IN APLINGTON AND ENJOYED WATCHING THE IOWA HAWKEYES & UNI PANTHERS. BERTHA WAS THE MOTHER OF SIX CHILDREN, GRANDMOTHER TO SEVENTEEN AND GREAT-GRANDMOTHER TO FIFTEEN.

-- READ BERTHA ECKHOFF'S FULL OBITUARY --

Charles Horan

Charles Horan, 72, Parkersburg

CHARLES HORAN DIED OF INJURIES HE SUSTAINED IN THE PARKERSBURG TORNADO. CHARLES WAS INJURED WHILE HE WAS HELPING HIS WIFE TAKE SHELTER FROM THE STORM. HORAN'S WIFE BETTIE SAID THAT THE COUPLE HAD ENDURED SEVERAL HEALTH-RELATED PROBLEMS OVER RECENT YEARS, BUT WAS IN GOOD SPIRITS THE DAY THE TORNADO BLEW THROUGH. CHARLES WAS A FATHER OF SIX, A GRANDFATHER OF FIVE. ACCORDING TO HIS WIFE BETTIE, "THEY BROKE THE MOLD WHEN THEY MADE HIM ... HE LOVED WHAT HE HAD IN LIFE, AND WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR ANYBODY."

-- READ CHARLES HORAN'S FULL OBITUARY --

Ruth Knock

Ruth Knock, 61, Parkersburg

RUTH KNOCK DIED FROM INJURIES SHE RECEIVED IN THE PARKERSBURG TORNADO SIX MONTHS AFTER THE STORM HIT. FAMILY MEMBERS SAY THAT RUTH & HER HUSBAND HAD LIVED IN THE AREA SINCE 1979. RUTH WAS A MOTHER OF TWO, AND A GRANDMOTHER OF ONE.

-- READ RUTH KNOCK'S FULL OBITUARY --

Shirley Luhring

Shirley Luhring, 71, Parkersburg

SHIRLEY LUHRING WAS KILLED AS SHE & HER HUSBAND, HERMAN, TOOK SHELTER IN THEIR BASEMENT AS THE STORM TOOK AIM ON PARKERSBURG. FAMILY MEMBERS SAY THAT SHIRLEY & HER HUSBAND RAISED FOUR CHILDREN ON A HOG FARM JUST SOUTH OF THE CITY. FAMILY MEMBERS SAID THE COUPLE WORKED SIDE BY SIDE, WAKING AT THE CRACK OF DAWN TO TEND TO THEIR LIVESTOCK. DAUGHTER JOANIE WRIGHT SAID, "SHE WAS THE PERFECT MOTHER; THE PERFECT GRANDMOTHER."

-- READ SHIRLEY LUHRING'S FULL OBITUARY --

Ray Meyocks

Ray Meyocks, 74, Parkersburg

RAY MEYOCKS DIED OF A HEART ATTACK AS A FRIEND PULLED HIM FROM THE RUBBLE OF HIS HOME THAT WAS DESTROYED BY THE PARKERSBURG TORNADO. MEYOCKS SERVED IN THE AIR FORCE, SERVING IN THE KOREAN WAR. ONCE MEYOCKS RETURNED TO CIVILIAN LIFE, HE WORKED IN AGRICULTURE AND WAS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH IN PARKERSBURG. MEYOCKS WAS THE FATHER OF THREE DAUGHTERS AND GRANDFATHER OF EIGHT. HIS DAUGHTER KRIS LANGE TOLD THE MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, "HE TREATED EVERYONE LIKE FAMILY ... HE WOULD PROTECT YOU AND HELP YOU AND EXPECT ABSOLUTLEY NOTHING IN RETURN."

-- READ RAY MEYOCK'S FULL OBITUARY --

Richard & Ethel Mae Mulder

Richard, 80, & Ethel Mae Mulder, 80, Parkersburg

RICKARD & ETHEL MAE MULDER WERE KILLED AS THE TORNADO RIPPED THROUGH PARKERSBURG. FAMILY MEMBERS SAID THAT MULDERS CELEBRATED THEIR 60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY IN DECEMBER OF 2007. FAMILY MEMBERS SAY THE COUPLE SPENT THEIR FINAL DAY GOING TO CHURCH IN THE MORNING & SPENDING THE AFTERNOON WITH MUCH OF THEIR FAMILY. THE COUPLE WAS SURVIVED BY FOUR SONS & 12 GRANDCHILDREN. SON ROD MULDER SAID, "MOM AND DAD ALWAYS TOOK CARE OF EACH OTHER ... AND THAT'S HOW THEY LEFT, TOGETHER."

-- READ THE MULDER'S FULL OBITUARY --

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