Roman Citurs, 78, Northwood, Iowa

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Roman Allan Citurs, 78, of Northwood, Iowa, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Northwood United Methodist Church, 1000 First Ave. N., Northwood, with the Rev. Wendi Gillan officiating. Burial will be in the Sunset Rest Cemetery in Northwood, with flag presentation and taps by members of Our Buddies VFW Memorial Post #6779 of Northwood. Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday at the Conner Colonial Chapel, 1008 First Ave. S., Northwood. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

The family of Roman Citurs has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Northwood United Methodist Church, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Hospice of North Iowa, or to the charity of one&8217;s choice in Roman&8217;s memory.

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Roman Allan Citurs was born Sept. 24, 1929, to Roman Citurs Sr. and Bessie (McAnally) on the family farm east of Northwood, Iowa. He grew up working on the family farm, and attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Deer Creek Township. In 1952, he volunteered for service in the U.S. Army.

After completing his training in Camp Croder, Missouri and Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, he was stationed with the American occupation forces in Frankfurt, Germany where he was a microwave radio specialist at the headquarters of the U.S. Army Europe, located in the I.G. Farben Building in Frankfurt. After completing his military service in 1954, he returned to Northwood, and resumed farming on the family farm. On Aug. 27, 1961, he married Wanda Lee Engen in St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. The couple lived on the Citurs&8217; family farm where they raised two sons, Alex and Arnel.

During his lifetime, Roman was a Deer Creek Township trustee for 30 years and served on various Deer Creek Watershed committees. Roman was a member of the Meltonville and later Northwood Methodist churches, where he served at various times as head of the Broad of Trustees, on the Administrative Board and Sunday School Superintendent. Roman and Wanda retired from farming and moved to Northwood in 1995, after which Roman held several &8220;retirement&8221; jobs with Northland Construction, the Joyce Elevator, and Rognes Brothers Excavating. He finally retired for real in 2002.

Roman enjoyed farming, metal and wood working, rural living, pheasant hunting, skeet, collecting toy tractors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by wife, Wanda; sons Alex and Arnel; sisters, Mary Johnson and Ruby Harmon; brothers, Earl and Karl Citurs; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and many extended family members and friends.

Roman Citurs was preceded in death by his parents; Roman Sr. and Bessie Citurs; brothers Leon and Ray Citurs; and sister Esther Flatness.