August 26, 2013


Leroy Vonnahme, 86, of Arcadia, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 at St. John Catholic Church in Arcadia. The celebrant will be Father Gary Snyder. Con-celebrants will be: Fathers Richard Remmes, John Thomas, William Schreiber and Clair Boes. Music will be by Darlene Leiting and the St. John choir. Mass servers will be Leroy's grandchildren Luke Schulte and Noah Schulte. Lectors will be Leroy's grandchildren Ashten Vonnahme, Kerry Lengeling, Rachel Kitt and Julie Podey. Gift bearers will be Leroy's grandchildren Kyle Julin and Krystal Schulte. Casketbearers will be Leroy's grandchildren Jason Vonnahme, Mike Bierl, Aaron Vonnahme, Dan Julin, Jeff Bierl and Leroy Schulte. The Arcadia American Legion will form an honor guard for the Mass. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery, Arcadia, with military honors conducted by the Arcadia American Legion.

Visitation will begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at St. John Catholic Church in Arcadia where there will be a Knights of Columbus rosary at 4 p.m. and a Christian wake service by St. John Parish at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be left at the church to be directed to St. John Catholic Church.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. Online condolences may be left for Leroy's family at

Leroy Henry Vonnahme was born May 14, 1927, in Arcadia, a son of John and Leona (Otto) Vonnahme. He grew up on the family farm west of Arcadia. He attended St. John Catholic School and Arcadia High School. Following his school years Leroy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1946 to 1949.

Upon returning to the area he worked for H.F. Schroeder Construction, and then he started his own dozer company, Leroy's Dozer Service.

On Oct. 9, 1951 he was married to Norma Jean Wolterman at St. John Catholic Church in Arcadia by Father Stork.

Leroy was a member of the Arcadia American Legion, Woodman of the World, Knights of Columbus and St. John Parish.

Over the years he enjoyed fishing, bowling, golf, playing cards and slow-pitch softball, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Leroy is survived by his wife of 61 years, Norma Jean, of Arcadia; his children, Allen (Diane) Vonnahme of Arcadia, Bruce (Mae) Vonnahme of Arcadia, Sharon (Ron) Bierl of Westside, Linda (Steve) Julin of Arcadia, Joyce (Dale) Bierl of Arcadia and Ann (Pete) Schulte of Carroll; 25 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; siblings Alice Schmitz of Arcadia, Vera Booth of Des Moines, Gladys Steinkamp of Arcadia and Lyle (Lorraine) Vonnahme of Carroll; and in-laws Bob (Shirl) Wolterman of Mesa, Ariz., Arden (Betty) Wolterman of Lexington, Ky., Milo (Mary) Wolterman of Arcadia, Betty Moore of Norwalk and Larry (Deanne) Wolterman of Carroll.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Adam Julin; great-grandson Chance Julin; brothers Leon Vonnahme and Duane Vonnahme; and in-laws Vincent and Frances Wolterman, Connie Wolterman, Jerry Moore, Roland Booth, Leo Schmitz and Loren Steinkamp.