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In Memory of Ames Anglers

Hobart (Jack) Riney

March 24, 1932 – December 10, 2018
Jack Riney Smallie

Member Jack Riney died suddenly at his home the evening of December 10th, 2018. Jack’s wife, Shirley, was with him at the time of his death. Jack leaves two children, Belinda Ann and Shawn Alan Riney. He worked for the Iowa DOT for 42 years. He was a member of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ames.

Jack had a particular passion for fishing, regularly frequenting not only Iowa Lakes but various lakes in Canada with friends and fellow members of Ames Anglers. Among Jack’s singular accomplishments was landing a largemouth bass weighing 10.5 pounds, for which he received a Master Angler Award from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Jack served on the Story County Conservation Board from 1986-1989. Besides being a member of Ames Anglers, he was a member of the Izaak Walton League, Golden K Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus and various volunteer projects in and around Ames.

If you ever shared a boat with Jack it was fun and memorable. May you rest in peace Jack and we hope you are still pursuing the “big one” in Paradise.


David James Larson

November 11, 1942 to November 14, 2017


Ames Anglers have lost a good friend and member, David Larson. David died at Mary Greeley Hospital on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. A celebration of his life and a burial of cremated remains will be held in the spring of 2018.

David was born on November 11, 1942 in Riverside, California to Merle and Marjorie (LaBounty) Larson.  He graduated from Kanawha High School in Kanawha, IA in 1960.  He continued with his education at Iowa State University earning his Bachelor Degree in 1964 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1968.   He then obtained his Masters of Science degree in 1975 from the University of Missouri.  David worked as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, specializing in Veterinary Pathology for Iowa State University until his retirement in 2004.

David met his wife Kathleen Kielusiak in Minneapolis, MN. They were married November 7, of 1970.  Their daughter, Laura, was born in 1974 in Columbia, Missouri.

David enjoyed his time traveling with Kathleen chasing down historical sites, and fishing and hiking at Gunflint Lake in Minnesota where the family spent summers. David was an avid reader with a thirst for history – knowledge which resulted in numerous wins at Trivial Pursuit through the years.  He was a very attentive and caring person and was devoted to his friends and family.  He had a sense of humor that would brighten up the room.  He was a member of the 500 Card Club, a local Gourmet Group, the Ames Anglers and the Gunflint Trail Historical Society.

David is survived by his wife; Kathleen Larson, daughter; Laura Schafbuch, granddaughters; Madelyn and Rachel Schafbuch, brother; Michael (Judith) Larson of Kanawha, Iowa, sister; Terry (Michael) Hyzer of West Des Moines, Iowa, and ten nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made in David’s name to the Gunflint Trail Historical Society:  28 Moose Pond Dr., Grand Marais, MN. 55604 Phone: 218-388-9915, Web:

Dick Ealy

Member Richard Ealy passed away May 19, 2016 of ALS. He was born in Belle Plaine, IA on November 2, 1943. He graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1961. On October 24, 1964 he was united in marriage with Bonnie Wallace. He is survived by his wife Bonnie of 51 years, three sons, Don, Eric and Tim and six grandchildren.
Richard worked in the hybrid corn industry all his working life. He began his career in the research department of Funk Bros. Seed Company at Belle Plaine, was a district sales manager and production manager for Peterson-Biddick Seed Company located in Wadena, MN. He finished his business career working for Crop Production Services and Leaf River Ag. in Wadena. In retirement he spent several winters in Puerto Rico reading hybrid corn grow-outs for several seed companies to ascertain production quality.
Richard was a member and elder of St. John’s Lutheran Church, a Rotarian, a member of the Wadena Deer Hunters, Ames Anglers and the Knob Hill Sportsmen Club of Wadena.
He was an avid angler fishing with Bonnie, his family and members of Ames Anglers on trips to Ashland, WI., Minaki, ON. and other Canadian destinations. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We all look forward to seeing Richard again on a lake in another place and time. Rest in Peace!

Keith A. Barnes


Member Keith Barnes passed away September 30, 2013. Keith was born July 11th, 1940 in Grinnell, IA. He grew up in Malcolm, IA. He graduated from Parsons College with a BS and received his MBA from Syracuse University in 1963. He served in the Coast Guard where he had the privilege of standing in the JFK Honor Guard.   Keith worked in the feed, packing and animal by products industries retiring in 2003 as President and CEO of Proliant, Inc.

He served in many community activities and was a member of the Ames First Methodist Church.   Keith was a life-long fisherman. After retirement, Keith spent most of his free time fishing near his lake home near Brainerd, MN. He also travelled to and fished many times in Canada, on lakes in Texas and Missouri and in Florida. He was an early member of the Ames Anglers.   Keith was married to wife Karen, had two sons, David and Andy, and seven grandchildren. He really enjoyed fishing with his sons in Canada and with his grandchildren on Gull Lake, Minnesota.   Keith will be greatly missed by his family and friends. May he fish through eternity.

Dr. Dean M. Harms

Member Dean Harms passed away August 15th, 2010.  He was born October 25, 1942 in Alden, Iowa.  He grew up on a farm, attended Iowa State University and the University of Iowa where he graduate from the College of Medicine in Opthalmology.  He served as a medical officer in the United States Air Force.  In 1975 he began his opthalmology practice in Ames and retired from the respected Wolfe Eye Clinic. 
Dean was a member and served on the Board of Councilors of the American Academy of Opthalmology.  He held leadership positions in the Iowa Academy of Opthalmology, the Story County Medical Society, and the Ames Morning Rotary Club.  He was a member of the Collegiate United Methodist Church and Ames Anglers.  Dean enjoyed gardening, travel, and, of course, fishing for walleye.

Dean enjoyed doing volunteer work at the Central Christian Opthalmology Clinic in Progresso, Honduras where he did eye surgery and was on the board of the L. D. Perry Memorial Scholarship Fund, which he helped establish.  A library serving the high school and community in El Porvinier, Honduras has been named in his honor.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, his 3 children and three grandchildren.  Dean is greatly missed by his family and friends.


William Boyd Stoner

William Boyd "Bill" Stoner, Jr., 72, of Ames, entered his heavenly home Tuesday , July 30, 2013 while a patient at Mary Greeley Medical Center . Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Saturday , August 3, 2013 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 610 15th Street, Ames with visitation beginning at 9:30 am. Burial will follow the funeral at South St. Petri Cemetery in Gilbert, Iowa.   Bill was born on November 5, 1940 in Ames; the son of William and Lucilla Gildersleeve Stoner. He graduated from Ames High School in 1959 and attended Iowa State University for a time. Bill worked for the Iowa Department of Transportat ion where he served in many capacities. At the time of his retirement from the DOT in 2002, Bill was a property manager. He married Joyce Leggett on April 5, 1975 in Monticello, Iowa.   Bill was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where he was a long time usher, lector and helped count offerings . Bill's passion in life was enjoying the outdoors. He was a member of the NRA, Ames Anglers and Izaak Walton League.

Don Toms (Jan. 28, 2013):
  Don Toms, born May 11, 1942 and died on January 28, 2013, was a native son of Story County and enjoyed nature’s resources throughout his lifetime.  As an avid fisherman, he spent many happy hours enjoying nature first hand.

In later life Don served, not only as a dedicated member of the Story County Conservation Board (2006-2010), but also a member of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Association of Conservation Boards.


Now Therefore Be It


Resolved that the Board of Story County Conservation in gratitude for Don’s substantive contributions to conservation, honor the memory of Donald ‘Don’

Toms as a colleague and friend


And Be It Further


Resolved that the Story County Conservation Board expresses its deepest condolences to the Toms family


And Be It Further


Resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to Paula Toms.

Terri Heinrich (May 24, 2012):

We are sad to post the following from Dan Burden, an Ames Angler and Terri’s husband:

Terri G. Heinrich, 53, of Ames, and the Iowa State University, passed away May 24, 2012.

Terri was born October 22, 1958, Greenfield, Wisconsin, to Richard and Julie Heinrich.  Terri was a 26-year employee of the Iowa State University Parks Library; and was a 1981 graduate of the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.  She met her husband-to-be Daniel Burden (ISU Extension Value-Added Agriculture Program) while attending Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, in 1978.

On Thursday, May 24, Terri tragically lost a decades-long battle with bi-polar disorder.   She was a beautiful kind person who brought incredible joy to countless hearts.  She is greatly missed by her countless friends in Ames and her Parks Library co-workers.

Terri loved books and working in the Parks Library was a blessing to her.  She loved music and was an avid concert goer who supported various Central-Iowa music organizations, particularly the Ames Chamber Artists.  For decades she was an outstanding instructor and highly active in the regional Yoga scene.  Additionally, she served on the Board-of-Directors of the Ames Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, was a certified hunter-safety instructor; and a long-time member of the Nature Conservancy, Story County Pheasants Forever, the National Rifle Association, and the Ames Anglers.

Terri is survived by her husband Daniel Burden (Ames, Iowa); father, Richard Heinrich (South-Milwaukee, Wisconsin); three sisters, Geri Heinrich and husband Matt Bovino (Westport, Connecticut); Sue Tippet and her husband Chet Tippet (Shelby, Michigan); and Mary-Jo Pierce and husband Doug Pierce (Plymouth, Wisconsin); one brother, Joseph Heinrich and his wife Donna (Trauscht) Heinrich (San Juan Capistrano, California).  Terri was preceded in death by her mother Julie (Witkowski) Heinrich.

At the time of her death, considerable memorials in Terri’s name were directed to the Ames Animal Rescue Shelter and the Ames Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America.  Those institutions and her family and friends and express their heartfelt thanks to all who contributed.   Recently, additional memorials have been put in place with BringChange2Mind, a national bi-polar and mental health awareness organization, the Des Moines Civic Music Association, and the Ames Anglers.
Gary E. Downs (July 17, 2010):
Gary E. Downs, age 71, of Ames, Iowa died Saturday, July 17, 2010.  He was born August 15, 1938 in Rushville, Illinois. On July 7, 1956 he married Norma Rebman at Rushville. Gary earned his BS and MS from Western Illinois University and his Doctorate in Education from Northern Colorado University.  In 1975 he joined the faculty of Iowa State University, retiring in 1999 as Professor of Curriculum and Instruction.  Gary was a member of Ames Lions Club, NSTA, Iowa Academy of Science, First United Methodist Church, The Izaak Walton League and Ames Anglers.
When Gary was young and lived in Illinois he hunted and fished on the Illinois River.  After coming to Iowa he hunted ducks and deer in southern Iowa.  He loved fishing in Canada and went there many years.  He also fished at Big Creek and many other lakes in Iowa.