Obituaries

Wed
28
Aug

LaVerne Bushman

LaVerne Bushman

 

     LaVerne Arthur Bushman, 95, of Ossian, Iowa died Sunday, August 18, 2019 at his home in Ossian.  He was born August 6, 1924 to Bernard and Christina (Bodensteiner) Bushman in Ossian, Iowa.  Laverne attended country school. 

     LaVerne was united in marriage with Rita Brinks on November 20, 1951 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian, Iowa.  He farmed for 32 years near Festina, chopping and filling silos for the neighbors. After the barn burnt down in 1984, LaVerne retired from farming and moved to Ossian, Iowa.  LaVerne worked as a Janitor at De Sales Catholic School in Ossian, Iowa along with his wife Rita until their retirement in 2002.  He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters for 75 years. LaVerne enjoyed traveling with friends, square dancing, polka, listening to Daniel O’Donnell CDs, eating pie, tinkering in his garage, was a great story teller, loved telling jokes, and watching Dr. Phil.

Wed
28
Aug

Robert Johnston

Robert Johnston

 

Robert “Bob” Clay Johnston, 87, life-long resident of West Union, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, August 21st in the comfort of his home.

He was born in 1931, in West Union, son of Earl and Henrietta Johnston. He married Diane Schatz, December 20, 1950, at Bethel Presbyterian Church, West Union.

He graduated from West Union High School in 1949 and attended University of Iowa. Bob returned from the University of Iowa to help his father Earl and brother Bill run the Johnston Ice Cream Factory on South Vine Street. Bob also worked in the food distribution industry for many years. 

Wed
28
Aug

Keith Morgan

Keith Morgan

 

Keith W. Morgan, 79, of Strawberry Point and formerly of Hawkeye, died Saturday, August 24, 2019, at the Regional Medical Center in Manchester. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 31, 2019, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye with Mona Christie, Lay Servant officiating.  Inurnment will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Arnold-Rogers Post #312, American Legion of Hawkeye and Thomas E. Woods Post #223, American Legion of Sumner following the service will provide military rites at the funeral home. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. preceding the service at the funeral home in Hawkeye. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

Wed
28
Aug

Myron Nutting

Myron Nutting

 

     Myron Nutting, 80, of West Union, Iowa died Sunday, August 25, 2019 at his home in West Union, Iowa.  Myron Dean was born July 28, 1939 to Melvin and Verna (Odegard) Nutting in Iowa City, Iowa. He attended country school and also school in West Union.

     Myron was united in marriage with Jeanne Ellen (Thein) Murphy on September 21, 1968 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Throughout the years, Myron worked for the creamery in West Union as a milk hauler, he hauled gravel for almost twenty years, and then worked for Nieman Quarries in Sumner. He had to retire due to health issues. In his spare time, Myron enjoyed stock car races, mushroom and squirrel hunting, transporting grandkids, just driving around, smoking his pipe and having coffee with his friends at Guppy’s. He loved his Super M Farmall Tractor.

Thu
22
Aug

June Capper updated service notice

June Capper, 88, of Lansing, Iowa formerly of Elgin, Iowa died Friday, August 16, 2019 at Thornton Manor, Lansing, Iowa.

A Celebration of Life will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elgin, Iowa with a one hour visitation from 12:00 to 1:00 pm before services at the funeral home on Saturday.

Burial will follow at Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, Iowa.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elgin, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements.

Wed
21
Aug

June Capper

June Capper

 

June Capper, 88, of Lansing, Iowa formerly of Elgin, Iowa died Friday, August 16, 2019 at Thornton Manor, Lansing, Iowa.

A Celebration of Life will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, Iowa with a two hour visitation from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. before services at the funeral home on Saturday.

Burial will follow at Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, Iowa.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elgin, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements.

 

 

Wed
21
Aug

Delores Dummermuth

Delores Dummermuth

 

Delores Dummermuth, 87, of Elgin, Iowa died Monday, June 3, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society in West Union, Iowa.

  A Graveside Inurnment will be at noon on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, Iowa. A luncheon will follow at the American Legion Hall, Elgin, Iowa.

  Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elgin, Iowa is helping the family with arrangements.

Wed
21
Aug

Philip Lagerquist

Philip Lagerquist

 

Philip Lee Lagerquist, age 62, of Iowa Falls, Iowa died doing what he loved on Monday, August 12, 2019 following an accident at Boot Hill Auto.

A celebration of life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 10188 US Hwy 65 in Iowa Falls.  Stories will be shared and the celebration likely won’t end until he makes his final cruise to his resting place at Cedar Memorial cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where a burial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, 2019.  

 
Wed
14
Aug

Curtis Staff

Curtis Staff

 

     Curtis Stanley Staff, 76, of Monona, Iowa died Sunday, August 4, 2019 at his home with his loving family at his side, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 5, 1943 in West Union, Iowa to Alton and Lila (Larson) Staff. Curtis was baptized and confirmed at the Elgin Lutheran Church and attended Valley Community School. At an early age Curtis worked for farmers in Elgin area and also worked at Neiman Quarry. Curtis started his mechanical career working for Torkelson’s, Wilbur, and Owens Auto Dealerships.

 

Wed
14
Aug

Gary Smith

Gary Smith

 

Gary Linn Smith, 77, died August 7, 2019 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital after a short illness. He was born March 3, 1942 to Harold and Elsa (Scheelhasse) Smith in West Union, Iowa. 

After graduating from North high school in West Union, Gary attended Milwaukee Institute of Technology and became a baker, working in Iowa Falls for ten years. He joined his brother, Allan farming in partnership for fourteen years until 1987. He then worked as a home health aide in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin until his retirement in 2004. After a medical emergency, he spent the last three years at Great River Care Center Assisted Living in McGregor, Iowa. 

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