Pastor Tom Lewis will officiate. Visitation was from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Boothby Funeral Home with the family present from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. There is family prayer service at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home today. Following the services the body will be cremated and burial will be in Pilot Township Cemetery, rural Cherokee at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Helen Ruby Sturm was born Sept. 11, 1930 in Baltimore, Md. She attended school in Maryland. She was married to James W. Draper Sr. on Feb. 2, 1948 at Baltimore, Md. She had lived in Cherokee since 1987, prior to this lived on farm near Sutherland from 1947 until 1987. She was a life member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary. She enjoyed Bingo, collecting jokes, playing the one-arm bandits, time spent with her two dogs Babe and Harley and helping people.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on April 25, 2007, a daughter Linda Marie Draper, a grandson Mark Draper, a great-granddaughter Jocelyn Draper and a sister Emma West
She is survived by her five children: James W. Draper Jr. and his special friend Sue Grienke of Cherokee; Joseph W. Draper and his wife Dixie of Cherokee; Jeffrey W. Draper of Fort Dodge; Wanda Evajean Vodehnal and her husband Dennis of Lincoln, Neb.; Jon M. Draper and his wife Diana of Marcus; 11 grandchildren: Michelle (Brian) Rupp, Jessica (Clint) Jorgenson, Erica (Phil) Bell, Billie Jo (Dan) Struefert, James Draper, Christopher Draper, Katina Wiese and special friend Donald Houdek, Austin Wiese, Andrew (Karen) Wiese, Amber (Luke) Martin, Jacinda Draper, 16 great-grandchildren: Mercedes and Jordan Draper, Nicole, Trysten, Madison and Taryn Rupp, Calleigh Jorgenson Aaron Clay and Gideon Bell, Samuel Streufert, Jake Novak, Stephanie and Andy Wiese Jr., Kylie, Tanner and Hunter Martin; three brothers: Joseph (Mary) Sturm Jr. of Essix, Md., William (Jearlene) Phillips of Darlington, Md.; Albert ( Carole) Phillips of Shepherdstown, W.V., two brothers-in-law: Ralph (Eleanor) Draper of Mt. Pleasant; Gordon West of Baltimore, Md.; one sister-in-law: Margaret Draper of Clarinda.