Lavonne (Story) Kleaveland, the daughter of John and Ethel (Phillips) Ginger, was born February 6, 1930 in Primghar, Iowa. Her childhood years were spent in Sutherland, Iowa, where she received her education, graduating from Sutherland High School in 1948. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church in Sutherland. She worked at the telephone office in Sutherland during high school.
Lavonne married Charles Virgil Story on January 22, 1949. To this union two daughters were born: Julee Marie and Janice Elaine. After their marriage, Lavonne worked at the State Bank of Peterson for 23 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Peterson, where she served many positions including the Building Committee for the new church. She also served on the Peterson Town Council. Charles passed away on February 22, 1992. Lavonne married Rodney C. Kleaveland in 1995 and he passed away May 9, 2015.
Lavonne enjoyed traveling including trips to Europe, Asia, Africa & South America and winters in McAllen, Texas. She also enjoyed fishing, playing cards and golfing. Lavonne cherished most of all the time she spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Lavonne passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018 at the age of 88. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles and her 2nd husband, Rodney; her daughter, Julee on January 13, 1984 and three sisters: Darlene Einerwold, Irene Warburton and Marjory Engelke.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Janice (Brian) Drzycimski of Alta, IA; a son-in-law, LeRoy (Rosita) Hieb of Carlsbad, CA; four grandchildren: Staci (Steven) Mullinnix of Dallas, TX, Dustin (Stephanie) Drzycimski of Alta, IA, Andrew (Tami) Hieb of Ramona, CA, Melissa Wolfinger of Torrance, CA; great grandchildren: Warren, Elaine, Harvey and Luther Mullinnix, Emily and Kramer Drzycimski, Aubri, Andrew, Jr, Seraphina and Scarlett Hieb and Alexis, Madeline and Trevor Wolfinger; a stepson, David Kleaveland of Pierre, SD and a step son-in-law, Jim Wischmeyer of Webb, IA; other relatives and friends.
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