Obituaries

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Doris Speer

Doris Speer

 

 

Doris Ann Lauridsen Speer was born Aug. 18, 1943 in Storm Lake, IA to Lloyd and Lorna Lauridsen.

She passed on to her eternal home on Sept. 26, 2017, after being diagnosed with cancer in 2016.

Her body has been donated to Mayo Clinic. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

She moved with her family to a farm south of Grand Meadow, MN when she was four years old and resided there until she married in 1961.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Robert Speer, Rochester, MN; a daughter, Teresa Speer Bishop (Paul), Burlington, IA; two sons, Neal Speer (Ann) Albuquerque, NM, and Dean Speer (Lori) Powder Springs, Ga.; and one foster daughter, Joni Graves (Dean) Osage, IA. 

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04
Oct

Michael Hackley

Michael Hackley

 

 

Michael Richard Hackley, 42, of Ocala, Florida (formerly of West Union, Iowa) died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 along with his longtime love and mother of his children, Josephine “Josie” Schwirtz.  

Michael Richard, the son of David and Guadalupe “Lucy” (Medina Gallardo) Hackley, was born Aug. 3, 1975 in West Union, Iowa.

He graduated from North Fayette High School in 1993. 

After graduation, Mike worked for H&H Distribution and Martin Brothers as a Truck Driver. He was currently working at E-One Fire Truck Assembly in Ocala, Florida.

Mike and his longtime love, Josie, had five children. He was a devoted father.  He loved his five children dearly.  

Outside of spending every available moment he could with his children, his interests included racing, going to the casino, playing cards with his family, fishing, Iowa Hawkeyes and San Francisco 49ers football, and country music, especially Garth Brooks.  

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04
Oct

Duane Langerman

Duane Langerman

 

 

Duane Langerman, 60, of West Union passed away Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at his home with his family at his side. 

Duane Kent, the second child of Larry and Sandra (Thomas) Langerman, was born March 28, 1957 in West Union, Iowa.  

He attended Maywood Elementary and McKinstry Jr. High in Waterloo, and graduated from Fayette High School in 1975.  

He was baptized and confirmed at United Methodist Church in West Union. 

Duane was united in marriage with Diane Copp in 1978, who passed away. Later he was united in marriage to Edith (Edie) Behnken at United Methodist Church in 1987. 

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04
Oct

Linda Larson

Linda Larson

 

 

Linda Lou (Winter) Larson, 67, of Liberty, Mo., passed away peacefully on Sept. 27, 2017, at her home surrounded by family. She died following complications from ALS. 

Linda was born Nov. 14, 1949, in West Union, Iowa. 

Linda worked 20 years as a customer service representative for Farmland Industries. 

Linda was a member of Liberty Christian Church, its Manna Class and was an active volunteer for Johnny's Cafe. She was also a volunteer grandma at Lewis and Clark Elementary in Liberty and Hawthorne Elementary in Kearney, Mo.  

Linda was also an avid bird watcher and her yard welcomed and fed many. 

She and her husband Larry traveled throughout the United States and especially enjoyed visiting national parks.  

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04
Oct

John Gass

John Gass

 

 

John Charles Gass, 80, of Clermont, Iowa died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at Strawberry Point Lutheran Home, Strawberry Point, Iowa. 

John was born on Nov. 16, 1936 to Herbert Hugo Alphonso and Flossie (Fay) Gass in Postville, Iowa. 

He graduated from Clermont High School in 1955.  

John was united in marriage with Vivian Mae Easler on Feb. 2, 1958 at West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont, Iowa. Three children were born to this union. 

In his younger years, John hauled milk and started what became an over 40 year career of driving a school bus.  He later became head custodian at Valley Community Schools as well. 

John joined the National Guard in 1956 and served until 1962. 

He joined the Clermont Fire Department in 1970 and was fire chief for at least 18 years. He also became an EMT in 1977.  

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04
Oct

Robert Holm

Robert Holm

 

 

Funeral services for Robert A. “Bob” Holm, 83, of West Union were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in West Union.

Burial was in the West Union Cemetery.

Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service assisted the family with arrangements.

Bob’s death occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Winfield, Ill.

Robert Allen Holm was born Sept. 25, 1934, in Bremer County, Iowa. His parents, ReVern and Anna (Fitz) Holm, were blessed with three sons, Robert, Jerry and Randy.  

Bob was baptized and later confirmed at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denver, Iowa.  

Robert graduated from Denver High School in 1952.     He attended Wartburg College, where he and his wife, Marlene, met in 1954.  

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04
Oct

Dick Williams

Dick Williams

 

 

Richard R. Williams, 71, of Decorah went home to be with the Lord, family, and his friends on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 after a hard battle with Glioblastoma.

Richard Williams was born Oct. 27, 1945 at St. Mary's Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., to Earl and Mary (Goodlet) Williams. He grew up in a house on Lake Minnetonka with his father, mother, and sister Carolyn. 

In 1964 he graduated from Minnetonka High School. Shortly after, Richard proudly joined and served in the United States Army Reserves for 15 years. 

He was hired by Northwestern Bell in 1967 where he met his soulmate and best friend Suzanne Bury. 

On Oct. 4, 1969 they were united in marriage at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fridley, Minn. Officiating was Reverend Oliver “Ollie” Olson. 

Richard and Sue chose their son Bradley. Richard loved Bradley unconditionally and it showed over the years. 

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27
Sep

Richard Williams

Richard Williams

 

 

Richard R. Williams, 71, of Decorah, formerly of West Union, died early Wednesday morning, Sept. 20, 2017, after a hard battle with cancer. 

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

 
Wed
27
Sep

Shirley Schmitt

Shirley Schmitt

 

 

Shirley Ann (Croatt) Schmitt, age 76, of St. Lucas, IA died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at the Barthell Eastern Star Nursing Home in Decorah from complications of Parkinson’s. Her husband and children were with her by her side.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Rev. Kyle Digmann on Thursday, Sept. 14, at St. Luke Catholic Church in St. Lucas.

The casketbearers were Shirley’s grandsons, Darren Schmitt, Alexander Schmitt, Justin Fonley, Hunter Baumler, Caleb Kuennen, and           Riley Schmitt.

Interment was held in St. Luke Catholic Cemetery, St. Lucas, Iowa.

Arrangements were handled by Schluter-Balik Funeral Home in Decorah. 

Shirley Ann (Croatt) Schmitt was born on April 7, 1941 to John and Blanche (Tierney) Croatt on the family farm near Waucoma, IA. 

Shirley graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Waucoma in 1959. 

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27
Sep

Bill Corkery

Bill Corkery

 

 

William “Bill” Vincent Corkery, 86, of Marion, formerly of Wadena, passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at his home. 

The family was to greet friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, in Marion. 

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at the funeral home. 

Burial will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Wadena Cemetery, Wadena.

  Bill was born May 1, 1931, in Wadena, Iowa, the son of William and Nica (Fay) Corkery. 

He graduated from Wadena High School. 

Bill served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.

On Oct. 1, 1957, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Bachman in Iowa City. 

Bill was employed with Rockwell in the Tool and Die Department until retiring in 1989.

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