Lauren McBride

Lauren McBride, 93, of Storm Lake passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m. at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established.

Lauren McBride was born Oct. 25, 1924 in York, Neb. 

After a short time, he moved to western Nebraska; then back to the Bradshaw area. Lauren attended a country school until he was in high school. He was a student in Polk his freshman and a portion part of his sophomore years. He also attended some of his high school years in Norfolk, Mapleton and Underwood. 

Lauren lived in Norfolk, Neb. while his dad worked at a flour mill. The next move took him to an Iowa farm, north of Mapleton, where his dad was employed. His dad was then offered a chance to farm so they moved to McClelland. 

Lauren was united in marriage to Frances McElroy on Feb. 12,1949.  They had four children: Dianne, Kathy, Larry and Theresa.

In 1952, Lauren was accepted by the Iowa Highway Patrol, but chose a sales job with Gooch Feed as a territory man in Sheldon. He worked for Gooch Feed Mill for seven years calling on hatcheries, feed and grain elevators and private feed dealers. The last two years of this job were spent attracting new dealers and facilitating informational meetings to promote feed sales to farmers.

In 1959, Lauren moved his family to Storm Lake and became a partner in Adams Feed and Hatchery. Lauren served on the volunteer fire department and was the assistant chief for three years.

In 1966, he began employment with Hubbard Milling. In 1971, Lauren moved to Orange City and worked for K Products.  1985, he retired from K Products and moved to Omaha. While in Omaha, Lauren worked for Job Search and U. S. Checkbook. Lauren and Frances moved back to Storm Lake and lived on Lake Creek Golf Course. Frances passed away in Oct. 21,1991.

On Dec. 19,1997, he married Doris Currie. They lived on a farm south of Storm Lake for ten years until Doris’ passing. In May 2007, Lauren purchased a small home in Storm Lake.  In 2014, Lauren sold his home and moved into Lake Pointe Villa. When his eyesight declined in September 2017, he moved to Methodist Manor.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children: Dianne (Randy) Hoffman of Nora Springs; Kathy (Jim) Gearhart of Council Bluffs; Larry (Rachel) McBride of Clinton, Mo.; Theresa (Pat) Phipps of Moville; grandchildren: Paige (Kelly) Daughenbaugh; Jeremy (Kelly) Gearhart; Heather (John) Miller; Amanda (Brigham) VanAuken; Adam Hoffman; Michelle (Jensen) Tyler; Jay (Jessie) Phipps; Mike Phipps; Tonya (Chris) Wisner; Matt McBride; Kasey (Travis) Walters; 23 great-grandchildren; several nephews and nieces; four step-children and their families; and sister-in-law, Donna Caricaburu.

Lauren was preceded in death by his wives, Frances and Doris; parents, Herman and Verna McBride; brothers: Ernest (Laura) McBride; Junior McBride; Bob (Hilda) McBride; and sister, Dorthy (Leonard) Girardin.