Obituaries

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Memorial service held June 9 at Traditions

 

Memorial service held June 9 at Traditions

Raymond C. Jespersen, 89, of West Union, formerly of Viborg, S.D., died Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Palmer Lutheran Health Center, West Union. 

A memorial service was held Sunday, June 9, at Traditions Senior Living Center in West Union. The Rev. Dale Rausch officiated.

A private family inurnment will take place at a later date.

Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Clermont assisted the family with arrangements. 

Raymond Christian Jespersen was born July 15, 1923, in Viborg, S.D., to Niels and Ludevikke (Buck) Jespersen. He graduated from Viborg High School with the Class of 1941.  

Raymond served in the United States Army during WWII, attaining the rank of corporal. He was honorably discharged at Fort Dix in New Jersey. 

On June 8, 1946, Raymond was united in marriage with Ann Marie Kirkland at Watertown, N.Y. Six children were born to this union.

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12
Jun

Services held for sister of Kate Ungerer

 

Services held for sister of Kate Ungerer

Marilyn Niemann, 76, of Fredericksburg died Tuesday June 4, 2013, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo. 

Funeral services were held Monday, June 10, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg with Pastor Ronnie Koch officiating. 

Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Fredericksburg, with Jason Byrne, John Ficcadenti, Dave Ungerer, Darren Corson, Larry Kuecker and Ray Armbrecht as casket bearers. 

Arrangements were handled by Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in Fredericksburg.  

Marilyn Ann (Weidemann) Niemann was born May 30, 1937, in Sumner. She was the daughter of Arthur and Florence (Lempke) Weidemann. 

She received her education in Hawkeye, graduating from the Hawkeye High School in 1956. After high school she worked in Waterloo for Rath Packing Co.

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Dianne Parker dies June 4

 

Dianne Parker dies June 4

Dianne T. Parker, 53, of Cedar Rapids died of pneumonia Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.

Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank, was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Brent (Bridget) Parker of West Union.

 
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Jun

Dedor services held Tuesday in Fredericksburg

 

Dedor services held Tuesday in Fredericksburg

Arthur H. Dedor, 98, of Fredericksburg died Thursday evening, June 6, 2013, at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 11, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fredericksburg, with Pastor Ronnie Koch presiding. 

Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery. 

Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home, Fredericksburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Arthur Henry Dedor was born Oct. 10, 1914, in Tripoli to George and Mary  (Krueger) Dedor. 

At a young age, Arthur and his family moved to Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., where Arthur received his education in rural country schools. The family later moved back to Iowa to live in the Sumner area. 

Arthur met his future wife at Walther League, and on Dec. 26, 1939, he married Leona Gitch at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg. To this union three daughters were born. 

Wed
05
Jun

Services held at St. Peter, Eldorado

 

Services held at St. Peter, Eldorado

Funeral services for Steven K. Meyer, 54, of Eldorado were held Friday, May 31, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Eldorado with the Rev. Ginny Olson officiating.

Interment was in the church cemetery.

Burnham-Wood & S.K. Rogers Funeral Home, West Union, was in charge of the arrangements.

Steve died of natural causes on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at his family farm, where he resided his entire life. 

Steven Kenneth Meyer, son of Kenneth L. and Eileen A. (Pape) Meyer, was born June 29, 1958, in West Union. 

He was baptized on July 20, 1958, and confirmed on March 26, 1972, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Eldorado.  

He graduated from North High School in West Union in 1976.

On Oct. 1, 1977, Steve was united in marriage with Jody Vagts at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Eldorado. To this union, four children were born. The couple were later divorced. 

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05
Jun

Visitation Thursday for Don Reeder

 

Visitation Thursday for Don Reeder

Robert D. “Don” Reeder, 89, of Elgin, died May 28, 2013, at his home following a short illness. 

A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Legion Hall in Elgin. 

A private family graveside service will be held later.

Assisting the family with arrangements is Iowa Cremation of Cedar Rapids.

Don was born Aug. 3, 1923, in West Union to Robert and Anna (Sorenson) Reeder.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the 75th Infantry during the Battle of the Bulge.  

On May 12, 1948, Don married Eva Verna Boyer in Brainard, Ia. 

He farmed in the Elgin area all of his adult life and was also the postal custodian in Oelwein for many years. 

Don was a member of First Baptist Church in West Union and American Legion Post 352 in Elgin. 

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05
Jun

Lamphier services set for Friday, June 7

 

Lamphier services set for Friday, June 7

Harry D. Lamphier, 78, died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at his home in Fayette.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 7, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon. 

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6, also at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon.

Hanson Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family with arrangements.

Harry Del Lamphier was born March 23, 1935, in Lima to Joy and Bonnie (Knoebel) Lamphier. 

After his graduation from Fayette High School in 1953, he served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955, spending most of his enlistment in Germany. 

Following his military service, Harry attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette, graduating in 1959. Upon completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in education, he attended Winona State University in Mankato, Minn., where he earned his master’s degree in administration.

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05
Jun

Former Fayette man interred in Atlantic

 

Former Fayette man interred in Atlantic

Everett G. Faust, 87, of Atlantic, formerly of Fayette, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Heritage House in Atlantic. 

Funeral services were held Friday, May 31, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic.

A private family burial was in the Atlantic Cemetery.

Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Atlantic was in charge of arrangements.  

Everett George Faust, or “Red” as he was known to friends, was born April 8, 1926, in Wessington Springs, S.D. He was the fourth son of William and Alvina (Begalske) Faust. 

At the age of 10 he moved with his family to a farm near Fayette. He attended and graduated from Fayette High School in 1943. 

Everett entered the armed services and spent the next three years traveling throughout California, the Philippine Islands and Japan with a special service entertainment division of the U.S. States Army. 

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05
Jun

Celebration of Life service held Saturday

 

Celebration of Life service held Saturday

A Celebration of Life service for Eula Lee Larson, 76, of West Union was held Saturday, June 1, at West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont.  

Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Clermont, Iowa is handling the arrangements.

Eula Lee Larson, 76, of West Union died Monday, May 27, 2013, at her daughter’s home in West Union.  

Eula Lee, the daughter of George and Lula (Nading) Weyant, was born March 11, 1937, on a farm near Edgewood.  

She attended school in Fayette.  

She was united in marriage with Laverne Thomas Larson on Sept. 15, 1956, at West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont.  

Eula and Laverne owned and operated the Clermont Café, a grocery store in Earlville, the Humboldt Hilton in Humboldt, Ariz.. In addition, Eula babysat in her home for many years in Prescott, Ariz.

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Fox services held Monday in Fayette

 

Fox services held Monday in Fayette

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Fox, 86, of Oelwein, formerly of Randalia, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Oelwein Healthcare Center in Oelwein.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 3, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette.

Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, rural Westgate.

Geilenfeld Funeral Home, Oelwein, handled the arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth (Woods) Fox was born Nov. 9, 1926, in Delaware County to John and Sadie (Burke) Woods.

She graduated from Randalia High School in 1945.

On Nov. 29, 1945, Betty and Sheldon Fox were married at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette. 

Betty was a farm wife and a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, fishing and playing cards.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a daughter, Debra Nefzger; a great-granddaughter; and two brothers, Don Woods and Paul Woods.

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