Obituaries

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Elias Zweisamer

Elias Zweibahmer

 

Elias Zweibahmer, age 99, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at Accura Healthcare in Cresco, Iowa.

Elias Arnold Zweibahmer was born at home on July 6, 1922 to Clem J and Walburga (Huinker) Zweibahmer in rural Calmar.  He attended St. Aloysius School in Calmar through the eighth grade.  In later years, he worked as a hired hand for many families in the area.  During that time he met the love of his life, Dorothy Rothmeyer.  

He was drafted into the United States Army in 1944.  He trained as an infantry soldier, and soon found himself in the jungles of the Philippines, carrying a rocket launcher, known as a bazooka.  He was discharged in 1946 and returned to the Ossian area.

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James Baker

James Baker

 

James E. Baker, 80, of West Union passed away Friday, July 9, 2021 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, Iowa.  James Elwyn, the son of Howard and Eva (Reed) Baker, was born April 16, 1941 in Indianola, Iowa.  He was baptized in the Christian Church in Perry, Iowa. James graduated from Perry High School in 1959. James was united in marriage with Geraldine Williams in June of 1969. To this union, one daughter was born. James and Geraldine later divorced.

     Throughout his life, James worked for Iowa Turkey Products in Postville, Iowa; Sawyer Tie Lumber Company in Monona, Iowa; Spectrum Industries in Decorah, Iowa; and he was an half owner of a can redemption center in Decorah before his retirement in 2001.

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Gene Olson

Gene Olson

 

Gene Richard Olson, 75, of Camanche, Iowa passed away, Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Big Meadows Nursing Home Savanna, Illinois, after a long fight with Parkinson's. 

A Celebration of Gene's life was held Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Camanche where he was a member. A Private Burial was held at Rose Hill Cemetery. The Camanche Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory assisted in the burial.

Gene’s Sisters Grace Swenson and Carolyn Smith were presented with the American flag from the American Legion to fly in memory of Gene.

Gene Richard Olson was born to Richard and Evelyn (Dugstad) Olson in Clermont, IA on April 7, 1946. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. In 1964 he graduated from Valley High School, Elgin. Following high school, he joined the coast guard in Duluth, MN and Bayfield, WI from 1964 to 1968. 

Gene married Judy Shirley and later divorced. 

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21
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Karolin Lehman

Karolin Lehman

 

Karolin (Falb) Lehman, 89, of West Union passed away Monday, July 19, 2021 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Health Center, West Union. Grau Funeral Homes and Cremation Services of Elgin, Iowa are assisting the family with arrangements.

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David Manuel Johnson, Jr.

David Manuel Johnson, Jr.

 

David M. Johnson, Jr., 62, of Fayette, died unexpectedly, Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at 6 p.m. at Klocks Island Park in Fayette. Visitation will precede the service on Thursday starting at 5 p.m.. Becker & Son Funeral Home in Fayette is assisting David’s family. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

 

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LaVerne Koester

La Verne Koester

 

LaVerne J. Koester, 87, died Thursday, July 15, 2021. Services will be held Friday, July 23, 2021, 2 p.m. at the Saint Peter Lutheran Church, Eldorado.

Iowa Cremation, Cedar Rapids is assisting the family. 

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21
Jul

Robert Thompson

 

Robert Thompson

 

Robert “Bob” D. Thompson, 77, of rural Waterville passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. 

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Jul

Genevieve McNeil

Genevieve McNeil

 

Genevieve Frances McNeil went peacefully to her heavenly home on July 4, 2021 in West Union, Iowa after blessing us earth side for over 96 years. Genevieve was born to Anna (Hill) and Austin Charles Nesbit on November 2, 1924. Born prematurely at just 3 lbs. 9 oz, Gen has always been a tiny but mighty fighter.

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Ronald Smith

Ronald Smith

Ronald P. Smith, age 81, of La Porte City, died Sunday, July 4, 2021, at his home. He was born on August 19, 1939, in Muscatine, the son of Paul and Pauline Smith. He graduated from Waucoma High School and proudly served his country in the United States Army until his honorable discharge. 

He married JoAnn Ambrosy on April 16, 1966, at Mt. Caramel Catholic Church in Eagle Center; they were later divorced. Ronald worked as a pattern maker at John Deere for 38 years until he retired. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and La Porte City American Legion post #207. Ronald enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities, watching sports - especially St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Chicago Bears football, and Iowa Hawkeye Athletics.

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Laura Westendorf

Laura Westendorf

 

Laura Ida Westendorf, 102, of Alpha, died Monday, December 21, 2020, at Ossian Senior Hospice, in Ossian.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Westendorf’s Family Home,  25067 Johnsons Mill, Alpha, Iowa 52171.

 

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