Obituaries

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David Smith

David Smith

 

 

David J. Smith, 66, of Randalia, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at his rural Randalia home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye with Rev. Jim Harbaugh officiating.  

Interment followed at the Hawkeye Cemetery. 

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home, Hawkeye, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to the family for designation at a later date. 

Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

David Joseph, son of Robert and Elizabeth “Betty” (Holtzman) Smith was born Sept. 13, 1950, in Peoria, Ill.

He was baptized in the Lutheran Faith in Illinois and would later be confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein. 

In 1955, the Smith family moved to rural Oelwein.

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Sep

David Gage

David Gage

 

 

David Lee Gage, 41, of West Des Moines passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in Des Moines. 

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at a later date.

  Known to friends and family as “Gage,” he was born Jan. 17, 1976, in Waterloo. 

He received his education from North Fayette High School in West Union. He loved playing football in high school and was part of the 1992 state championship team. 

Gage enjoyed working as assistant manager at Ace Hardware, helping customers for many years. 

He loved sports, especially the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears and the Iowa Hawkeyes. 

Gage was a kind, gentle and caring man who could not turn away a stray animal. He loved music and spending time with his wife and friends. Gage loved making people laugh and believed his sense of humor was a gift from God.

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Sep

Berniece Walsh

Berniece Walsh

 

 

Funeral Services and Mass of Christian Burial for Berniece E. Walsh, 100, of Bettendorf will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 4097 18th St. Bettendorf. 

Visitation will be Wednesday at St. John Vianney from 9 a.m. until service time.   

Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.

Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. 

Mrs. Walsh died Sept. 16, 2017 at Kahl Home in Davenport, surrounded by her loving family.

Berniece E. Stelzmiller was born Sept. 2, 1917 in Arlington, IA, the daughter of Henry and Nellie (Manson) Stelzmiller.  

Berniece was united in marriage to John R. “Dick” Walsh on June 20, 1945 in Boise, ID. She cherished her 66 years with Dick. He preceded her in death on May 8, 2012. 

She was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church. 

Wed
13
Sep

John Murray

John Murray

 

 John T. Murray entered this world on August 25, 1926. The son of Madge (Cline) Murray and Thomas F. Murray, John spent his childhood in and around Wadena, Iowa. Four younger sisters and three younger brothers were added to the family over the following years.

He entered the US Navy on August 24, 1943, just 1 day before his 17th birthday. He claimed that since he had no birth certificate, the recruiter simply made up a birth date on his paperwork, enabling him to enlist. According to John while he was still in high school, he was encouraged by a navy veteran to enter submarine service because the pay was better and subs had the best food in the Navy. “It was a thousand times better than I expected. It was as good as home cooking,  maybe better”, said John. It is probably a good thing his mother didn’t hear that.

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13
Sep

Joann Vanover

Joann Vanover

 

 

Joann Laurene Vanover, 76 years of age, of Beatrice, Nebraska,  passed away at the Goldcrest Retirement Center in Adams Monday night, September 4, 2017.

She was born on October 22, 1940 in Beatrice to David and Hazel (Danks) Wherry. She lived in Beatrice most of her life, and was a graduate of Beatrice High School in 1959.

At age 10, she was baptized and became a member of the West Side Baptist Church in Beatrice and later had been a member of the choir and helped clean and decorate the church.  

As a teenager, she had worked as a babysitter, and at A&W Root Beer, Hested’s, and Montgomery Wards. Later she worked for Formfit Rogers, and McDonalds for 13 years. Joann married her high school sweetheart Billie Vanover on June 4, 1959 at the West Side Baptist Church in Beatrice. To this union two daughters were born, Pam Ray and Lori Wagers. They lived in Springfield, MO from 1988 until moving back home in 1999. 

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Sep

Donald Chevalier

Donald Chevalier

 

 

Donald O. Chevalier, 89, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics in West Union. 

He was born on June 21, 1928, at home in Dundee, the son of Freeman and Hattie (Goranson) Chevalier.  Don attended country school near St. Sebald and then graduated from Strawberry Point High School in 1946.  He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country honorably during WWII.

On April 30, 1949, Don was united in marriage to Evelyn Pfrommer in Strawberry Point. The couple began their married life in Strawberry Point. 

Wed
06
Sep

Karen Hemesath

Karen Hemesath

 

 

Karen Ann Hemesath, 73, of Castalia, Iowa passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the Ossian Senior Hospice surrounded by her loving family, after suffering a series of strokes. Karen Ann was born on August 27, 1944 to Philip A. Schmitz and Florence A. Miller in Decorah, Iowa.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, where she remained a member her entire life.  Karen attended De Sales Catholic High School and graduated in 1962.  Following her education, she attended the Paris Academy of Cosmetology in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  After receiving her cosmetology license, Karen was employed at Althea’s Beauty Salon in Waukon, Iowa and then Brannon’s Beauty Salon in Ossian, Iowa.

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06
Sep

Justin "Skip" Baker

Justin "Skip" Baker

 

 

Justin “Skip” Duane Baker, 79, of Clermont, Iowa, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital, West Union, Iowa.

Skip was born on May 18, 1938, to Joe and Alvira (Amundson) Baker in the Postville hospital. 

He was confirmed at Marion Lutheran Church, Gunder, Iowa. 

In the late 1950s, he served in the Army National Guard for three years.

Skip was united in marriage with Beverly Bennett on Feb. 17, 1957, at West Clermont Lutheran Church.

He was very active in community ventures. He served on many community boards and committees. He was a member of the Clermont Development Corporation, A&J Retrieval Service, Clermont City Council (12 years), Community Club (president), Pleasant Valley Golf Course (president), Marion Cemetery Board (treasurer), Marion Church Council (treasurer), and Marion Sunday School (superintendent).

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Sep

Ronald Bengfort

Ronald Bengford

 

 

Ronald “Grog” Virgil Bengfort age 62 of Postville, IA, formerly of St. Lucas, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at his home of natural causes.

A Funeral Mass was held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas with Rev. Kyle Digmann celebrating the Mass. Inurnment was held following the Mass at the church cemetery.  

Online condolences for Ronnie's family may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com.

Ronald “Grog” Virgil Bengfort was born Jan. 5, 1955 in West Union, Iowa, the son of Virgil and Linda (Wichman) Bengfort. 

He attended Turkey Valley Schools and was a 1973 graduate from Turkey Valley High School. It was in high school that Ronnie’s love for sports began. He was a remarkable athlete and excelled in football and basketball during his high school years. 

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Sep

Bryce Biederman

Bryce Biederman

 

 

Bryce J. Biedermann, age 32, of Decorah, IA, died Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in Boulder, Colorado with his fiancée Joy, at his side. 

Memorial Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont, IA with Pastor Nancy Solomonson officiating. 

Honorary Casket Bearers were Karin Martin-Hiner, Andrew Rowland, Claire Thompson, Seth Rowland, Bridget Berns, Kirstin Lerch, Nathan Rowland, and Chad Nelson.

A private burial will be held at a later date.

Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah assisted the family.

  Online condolences may be made at www.fjelstul.com.

  Bryce James Biedermann was born in Decorah, Iowa to James and Laurie (Nelson) Biedermann on Nov. 24, 1984.  

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