H. Ruth Tidball
H. Ruth Tidball, 87, of Denver, Colorado, and formerly of Independence, Iowa died Monday, October 11, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.
Ruth was born on December 31, 1922 in Champagne, Illinois, the daughter of Tom and Esther (Hansen) Wooters. She received a dietician degree from the University of Illinois, Champagne, Illinois. She moved to the Independence, Iowa area and become employed as a dietician with the Mental Health Institute in Independence. She was united into marriage to John H. Tidball on July 25, 1975.
She is survived by four children; Pam Bentzinger, and Phillip Tenney both of Denver, CO., Laurie Tidball, San Jose, CA., and David Tidball, Bull Head City, AZ., nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and a sister Alice of Virginia.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John in 2007, a son Thomas Tenney, and a brother Joe Wooters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. Saturday, October 16, 2010 at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence with Rev. John Hogen officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Independence. Friends may call from 9 A.M. till services Saturday at the funeral home.
Shirley A. Simmons
Shirley A. Simmons, 83, of Walker, Iowa died Thursday evening, October 7, 2010 at the West Village Care Center, Independence, Iowa.
Shirley was born on August 31, 1927, in Independence, Iowa the daughter of Raymond R. and Irene E. (Weber) Strang. She was a 1945 graduate of the Walker High School, and received her Register Nursing Degree from the Mercy School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids in 1948. She was employed with Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids for a couple of years. On June 26, 1950, she was united in marriage to Jay W. Simmons in Walker, Iowa. In 1971 Shirley became employed with the Peoples Memorial Hospital in Independence until her retirement in 1992.
She is survived by her husband; Jay Simmons, Walker, Iowa, three children; Jeanie (Roger) Sturtz, Urbana, Iowa, Barbara Simmons, North Wales, PA., and Jake Simmons, Walker, Iowa, two granddaughters; Peggy Coleson, Cedar Rapids, IA., Amelia Wood, North Wales, PA., a great grandson; Carter Coleson, two sisters; Mary Jane Gustoff, Center Point, IA., and Sharon Drahozal, Solon, IA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Tony Simmons, and a sister; Patricia Frederick.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, October 11, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Walker, Iowa with Rev. Ardel Barta officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Spencer’s Grove. Friends may call from 3 to 8 P.M. Sunday at the Reiff Funeral Home, Quasqueton, Iowa where a rosary will be recited at 4 P.M. Sunday.
Denise Anne Arthaud Smock
Denise Anne Smock, 45, of Jesup, IA died Wednesday, February 15, 2006, after a valiant struggle with cancer.
Survivors include her husband; her mother; her mother-in-law, Jody Smock, of Wadena; one stepdaughter, Emily (Chad McCoskey), of Independence; two sisters, Dianne (Mike) Loughren, of Hazleton and Donna (Bill) Worst, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; one brother, Douglas and his fiancée Loreann Stepp, of Iowa City; two sisters-in-law, Denise Benson of Marion and Deb (Dan) Mathews, of Walker; one brother-in-law, Gordy Joe (Brenda) Smock of Waterloo; nieces, Madeline Worst, Alexandra Arthaud, Ricki Benson, Amanda (Jason) Henderson, and Nicole Smock; nephews, Bradly Loughren, Ian Worst, Cory (Char) Mathews, James Mathews, Jesse Benson and fiancée Samantha Campbell, Daniel Smock, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousin, friends and co-workers.
Services were held at the White Funeral Home in Jesup at 10:30 AM on Monday, February 20, 2006. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hazleton.
Memorials may be made to a scholarship fund in her memory, Cedar Valley Hospice, or the American Cancer Society.
Charles James Kennicott
Charles James Kennicott, 54 years old of Dysart, IA, died Friday, February 10, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, from complications of ALS.
He is survived by his wife, Kathi; one son, Joshua, and his wife Michelle, of Madison, WI; twin daughters Kaitlin and Josie Kennicott, both at home; his parents, James and Ann Kennicott of Jesup; two brothers, Michael, and his wife Karla of Santa Fe, NM, and Tony, and his wife, Susan of Solon; two sisters, Roxanne Masteller, and husband Dean of Jesup, and Beth Kennicott of Houston, TX; and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church in Traer on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at 10:30 AM. Celebrant will be Father John Tilp. Burial will be in Dysart Cemetery with a lunch following at the Dysart Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.
Harold G. Ohman
Harold G. Ohman was born May 15, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Harry and Dolly (Hunter) Ohman. Harold received his education in Chicago where he graduated in 1938. He remained in Chicago where he operated a machining company, Chicago Fabricated Products. He married Dorothy Hopper on April 10, 1943. Harold then entered the US Army where he served his country during WW II. Following his discharge they returned to Chicago for a time before moving to Iowa. Harold and Dorothy made their home in the communities of Belle Plaine, Prescott, Arizona and Toledo where he operated body shops in those communities. Harold was also a police officer for the City of Toledo. After his retirement in 1982 they continued to make their home at 704 S. Broadway Street in Toledo. Harold became ill suddenly at this home and was taken to the Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center where he died Thursday, April 3, 2003 at the age of 82 years. In his spare time he enjoyed playing golf and restoring antique cars. He was a member of the Tama-Toledo Country Club, Toledo American Legion, and the Marshalltown Restorers Club. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife Dorothy of Toledo, two sons, Daniel Ohman and wife Beverly of Ames, Iowa and Dr. David Ohman and wife Barbara of Glenbuelah, Wisconsin, one daughter, Debra Raue and husband Robert of Toledo, Iowa, 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
William A. Michaelsen
William August Michaelsen was born or October 17, 1921 in Waterloo, Iowa; the son of August & Mildred (McCoy) Michaelsen. William graduated from the Orange High School and then made his home in Waterloo. On June 8, 1946 he was united in marriage to Francis Traeger in Waterloo and, they have made the area their home for their entire married life. William was a truck driver and remained one his entire working career. Recently William has been a patient at the Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, and it was there that he passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2003, at the age of 81 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother; Gilbert. William is survived by his wife of 56 years; Francis, 3 daughters; Kay (Vince) Lopez of Kansas City, MO, Karen McCoy of Waterloo, Karla Kramer of Cedar Falls, 1 brother; Robert (Esther) of Waterloo, 2 sisters; June (Roy) Hanson of Jesup, Norma Jean (Dorsey) Bohlman of Grand Prairie, TX, 5 grandchildren; Christopher Holton of Waterloo, Jennifer Braden of Anamosa, Benjamin Torrez of Iowa City, Kari McKinzie of Kansas City, MO, Jason Kramer of Cedar Falls, and 3 great granddaughters.
Marie Edna Magee was born December 27, 1911 in Dunkerton, the daughter of Mary Ann (Boyle) Magee and Edward W. Magee Jr. She graudated from Dunkerton High in 1928, and Iowa State Teachers College in 1930. She taught first and second grades at Brandon, Mediapolis and Dunkerton, meeting her future husband in Brandon wehre he was serving as the school principal. She was united in marriage to Lynford Bower on August 1, 1934 in Dunkerton. They were the proud parents of a son, Richard Edward and a daughter, Cathy Lynn. Marie resumed teaching in 1960 and received her B.A from University of Northern Iowa in 1968. The last nine years of her teaching career were spent in the Wapsie Valley District, teaching Kindergarten in Oran and Readlyn, and she retired in 1975. Marie and Lynford also owned and operated Magee Drug, which was established by her father in 1897, until 1974. She was also active in community activities, helping to organize and then serving as first president for Dunkerton's Federated Women's Club. She was also past president of the Dunkerton PTA, past chairman of the Dunkerton Library Board, and was active in the First United Methodist Chrch and the Community Center Board. Marie and Lynford had lived at Friendship Village in Waterloo since 1993. Marie died Friday, May 23, 2003 at the age of 91. She is survived by her 4 grandchildren, Lynn Gilroy (Jason), Michael Bower (Amy), Jeff Anderson (LaVonna), and Julie Anderson; as well as 2 great-granddaughters, Daisy and Ella Bower, son-in-law Kurt Anderson, daughter-in-law Marilyn Parchert, and special family friend Judy Wrage. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Warren Magee, a sister Elma Bennett, her husband Lynford in 2002; her daughter Cathy Anderson in 1990, and her son Richard 'Dick' Bower in 1991. Marie will be greatly missed.
Lanny Len Vest was born October 12, 1969 at Waterloo, Iowa the son of Larry and Jean (McKinley) Vest. He was raised on a farm south of Dinsdale and attended North Tama High School, graduating in the Class of 1988. Lanny continued his education in electronics at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. He then began working for K & W Electric, where he has been employed for eleven years as a licensed electrician. On May 23, 1998 he was united in marriage to Catherine Potter and they made their home in the Waterloo area and more recently on a farm northwest of Traer. Lanny enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the North East Iowa Motorcycle Club. He also enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family and friends. On Monday, of this past week Lanny became ill was admitted to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo and then air lifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals where his death came on Thursday, May 22, 2003 at the age of 33 years. Lanny was a member of Amity Presbyterian Church. He is preceded in death by his grandfather Wilbur Vest. He is survived by his wife Catherine of Traer, IA, his parents, Larry & Jean Vest of Traer, a step son Timothy Phillips of Traer, a step daughter Christina (Mrs. David) Burton of Evansdale, IA, two sisters, Teresa (Mrs. David) Francis of Marshalltown, IA and Tammy (Mrs. Butch) Wendt of Traer, a step grandchild, Dayton Burton, his paternal grandmother, Leona Vest, and his maternal grandparents, Allen & Pearl McKinnley, all of Traer.
Michael Beehner, known as Mike to family and friends, was born on June 30, 1913 on his family's farm near Dunkerton, Iowa; the son of Otto & Anna (Schmidt) Beehner. As a young man he joined the US Army and served his country during WW II. Mike served in the European Theatre of combat with the Red Horse Brigade and was awarded the Purple Heart. Upon returning from the service he farmed near Jesup. Then in 1954 he moved to Madison, WI and worked in his brother Peter's excavating company. He retired to Marshall, WI and then in 1997 moved back to Iowa and resided in Evansdale near his niece, Patricia Skillings. This past year Mike has resided in the Sunnycrest Care Center in Dysart, and just recently moved to the Parkview Nursing and Rehab Center in Waterloo, where he past away the evening of Friday, May 23, 2003, at the age of 89 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers; Otto, William, Francis & 1 in infancy, 4 sisters; Margaret Cameron, Agnes Atkinson, Josephine Levendusky and Marie Kelley. Mike is survived by 1 brother and his wife; Peter & Flora Beehner of Laurel, MT, 1 sister and her husband; Elizabeth & William Hein of Dysart, and many nieces and nephews.
Floyd Cutler Sr.
Floyd F. Cutler Sr. was born October 9, 1917 at Le Grand, IA, the son of Willis and Frances (Jubeck) Cutler. Floyd attended school in Le Grand and graduated from high school in 1936 and then attended MCC College Marshalltown for 1 year. On January 6, 1940 he was married to Vivian Hall at the home of her parents in rural Garwin. They made their home in Rock Island, IL for a time and in 1944 he entered the US Navy where he served his country during WW II. Following his discharge he returned to Garwin where he farmed. In 1953 he moved to town and served as town Marshall, operated a grocery store and later was a salesman for Swift feed where he retired in 1980. Floyd was an active member of the Carlton Brethren Church where he had served as Sunday School Superintendent Deacon and Song Leader. He also was active in the Garwin community where he has served as Mayor and was a member of the Garwin American Legion, Commercial Club member and had served as the “Voice” of the Wolverines for many years. He had also served on the Tama County Board of Adjustment. An important moment in Floyd’s life is when he received the Outstanding Citizenship award present by the University of Iowa for his 40 years of service to his community. Floyd’s death came at his home on Sunday, May 25, 2003 at the age of 85 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Kenneth and 13 half brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife Vivian, his children Cheryl Hill of Garwin, Floyd Jr. and wife Cindy of Garwin, Craig and wife Helen of Colona, IL, Vickie LeMaster and her husband Lowell of Wonder Lake, IL, and Julie Upah and husband Dan of Garwin, a twin brother Lloyd and wife Gay of Marshalltown and 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Elva A. Delfs
Elva Agnes (Raub) Delfs was born on a farm near Little Cedar, Iowa, July 10, 1912. She was the only daughter of Hart and May (Robb) Raub. The family moved to the Von Lacum farm near Dysart when Elva was six years old. She attended school in Dysart and graduated valedictorian of the Class of 1930. She married Raymond Delfs on March 25, 1937. Because Elva cared for her invalid mother, the families lived and farmed together near Dysart. Ray and Elva are the parents of four children, Rhoada Molleston of Davenport, Richard of Dysart, Stanley of West Hollywood, CA, and Galen of Dysart. They have four grandchildren Jenelle Bruchor of Waterloo, Jeninne Delfs, West Lake, OH, Robert Molleston (deceased) and Melissa Molleston of Iowa City, IA. Elva was a caregiver. She cared for her mother, her family and was always willing to lend a helping hand. She was a life long member of the EUB, United Methodist Church and was chair or co-chair of the funeral kitchen committee for 20 years. She helped in the kitchen at community dinners when she was old enough to be eating at them. Like other farm wives of her generation she milked cows, fed chickens, gathered eggs, planted a big garden and did whatever necessary to get work done. Elva died Sunday, May 25, 2003 at the Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo at the age of 90 years. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Elva was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson.
Dick Webrand was born on February 3, 1930 at the Sartori Hospital in Cedar Falls, Iowa; the youngest son of Dick & Beatrice (Force) Webrand. Dick was raised in New Hartford and attended the local high school where he participated in basketball and baseball. On May 15, 1971 Dick was united in marriage to Georgia 'Jo' Kemp at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Dick and Jo made their home in the community of Waterloo and together they owned and operated a professional long haul semi driving operation. Dick was very proud of the fact that he was accident free throughout his career and was the recipient of numerous safe driving awards. Dick was also proud of his involvement in the Teamster's Union. He retired from driving on February 3, 1992 after 39 years of trucking, and spent more time enjoying his hobbies of gardening and woodworking. Dick was a patient at the Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo when he passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 25, 2003 at the age of 73 years. He was preceded in death by his parents. H is memory is cherished by his wife; Jo, 4 daughters and their husbands, Debra & Duane Miller of Cedar Falls, Pamela & Larvin Houston of Riverside, CA, Terrie & Greg Boatright of Austin, TX, Patty & Carl Fish of Charlotte, NC, 1 son; Michael Fuqua, 1 sister; Maxine Rasmussen of Cedar Falls, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Dorothy B. Schlotterback was born July 6, 1917 in Pella, Iowa the daughter of John and Martha (Taminga) Clark. She received her education in Pella and on March 12, 1939 she married Robert Schlotterback in Knoxville, Iowa were he worked in the newspaper business. In l951 they moved to Dysart and purchased the Dysart Reporter which they operated for 25 years. They also operated an antique business and enjoyed attending antique and coin shows. Dorothy also enjoyed crocheting and camping with Bob. Following Bob's death on May 19,1981 Dorothy continued to make her home in Dysart where she volunteered for the congregate meals program for 15 years. She also received the Dysart Lions Club Citizen of the Year award. Recently Dorothy was a resident of Sunrise Hill Care and Rehab Center in Traer where her death came Thursday, May 29, 2003 at the age of 85 years. She is preceded in death by her husband Bob, two sons, Mike and John and one brother Wilfred Clark. Dorothy is survived by one son Terry Schlotterback of Dysart; one daughter-in-law Connie Schlotterback of Dysart; one sister, Ann Bosveld of Pella; three grandchildren, Mike, Jr., Mark and Michelle; and, five great grandchildren.
Lena Tena Lambert was born January 20, 1919 in Fern, Iowa, the daughter of Adolph and Hilkalena (Stickfort) Hippen. She was united in marriage to John Carson Lambert II on November 30, 1936 at Burton Avenue Baptist Church in Waterloo. Lena loved the Lord and her beloved family. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, camping, traveling, hunting, and fishing. She was a great cook and did a lot of canning, which she passed to her girls. Lena especially loved going for rides. She had received the title of Mother of the Year. Lena passed away Friday May 30, 2003 at the Covenant Medical Center at the age of 84. She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband of 53 years, and 3 brothers; Adolph, Harm and Harvey Hippen. She is survived by a son John Carson Lambert III and his wife Bev of Dunkerton, 2 daughters; Joan Kay and her husband Larry Wasserfort, and Judy Ann and her husband Duane Boyles all of Waterloo, 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers; Raymond Hippen and his wife Marge, and Oliver Hippen and his wife Betty, all of Waterloo, 2 sisters; Trudy and her husband Don Mitchell of Traer, and Janette and her husband Art Brown of Tucson, AZ. Lena will be greatly missed.
Alice Bernadene Lyons, 86, of Van Horne passed away on June 29, 2003, at the Virginia Gay Annex in Vinton, Iowa, where she has resided the last 2 ½ years. Bernadene was born on October 25, 1916, in Vinton, Iowa, to Charles Gallaher and Electa Dine Gallaher. She graduated from Brandon High School in 1933, and married Glenn (Bud) Lyons on October 8, 1934. Bernadene and Bud ran a service station in the Vinton and Van Horne areas for over twenty-eight years. She was always his partner in work and in life. In 1965, they moved to an acreage north of Vinton, and later retired to Blairstown, Iowa in 1984. During their years in Van Horne, Bernadene was a long time member of the Pythian Sisters Lodge. Following the passing of Glenn on February 8, 2000, she resided in the Senior Citizens Apartments in Van Horne which she enjoyed very much. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Blairstown at the time of her death. In her free moments, Bernadine enjoyed fishing and playing cards. She will always be known for her crocheting of afghans, and making beef & noodles and chocolate chip cookies. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bud, a brother Murray Gallaher, a sister Ila Kulhavy, a son-in-law, Robert Dimmer, a great granddaughter Keely Lyons, a grand nephew Steven Gallaher. She is survived by two sons, Richard and his wife Beverly of St. Charles, IA, & Donald and his wife Janice of Dysart, a daughter Mary and her husband Peter Oakley of Cedar Rapids, a special nephew Murray Gallaher and his wife Gloria of Waterloo, 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.