Notice in the 19 May 1927 Ida Grove paper:
TOWNSHIP HALF CENTURY
John Stoneberg Dies Sunday, May 8 at Age of 82 After Illness of Few Hours
Kiron, Iowa, May 16 John Stoneberg, a prominent resident of Hayes township and this locality for nearly fifty years is dead at the age of 82 years. He expired at 6 p.m. Sunday evening 8 May 1927 at the home of his son George after having been sick only since the same morning. Provious to that he has been very well and hearty. He complained of not feeling well the morning after he arose and did not want any breakfast. A doctor was called and relieved his pain. His ailment, intestinal obstruction was so severe that no treatment availed and death came quietly at eventide.
The last rites were held at the Arthur Baptist church at 2 oclock on Wednesday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. P. Lovene. The pall bearers were old friends and neighbors, John Nordeen, A. S. Teaquist, K. J. Palm, Gust Bilsten, B. A. Samuelson and C. J. Linhult. Burial was made by the side of his wife in the cemetery at the church.
Mr. Stoneberg was born September 14, 1844 in Salby parish, county of Skaraborg Lan, Sweden and at his death was in his eighty-third year. He grew to manhood in the homeland and in 1871 came to the United States. He lived in Illinois until 1876 when he came to this locality and his home has been on the homestead in Ida county since that time. On July 18, 1879 he was united in marriage with Miss Clara Lindquist who proceded him in death. She died in February 1911.
Mr. Stoneberg was a man of strong character, living honorably among his fellow-men. He was of a quiet undemonstrative nature, showing the kindness of his heart by his deeds, rather than by words. he was a good father, neighbor and citizen. He lived a long and useful life.
He was the father of six children, one dying in infancy. Those left to mourn his death are: Alfred of Chandler, Minnesota; Oscar, Nellie and George of Odebolt; and Mrs. Milton Nagel of Arthur. He leaves six grandchildren, and one brother, Louie, of Slayton, Minnesota.