Obituaries

Wed
26
Feb

Tom Durnan

 

Thomas Durnan

 

Thomas Joseph Durnan, 70, of West Union, passed away at his home on Thursday, February 20, 2014. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.

Thomas Joseph Durnan was born on March 21, 1943 in Ossian, IA, the son of Philip and Lena (Sanquist) Durnan. He proudly served his country in the US Navy after high school. He married his wife, Karen on October 24, 1990 in Woodstock, IL.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter, Christina “Tina” (Randy) Nau of Tipton; son, Thomas Joseph “T.J.” (Jenny) Durnan of Seattle, WA; grandsons, Corey Nau of Avondale, AZ, Garrett Nau of Tipton; sister, Marilee Jensen of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Laurence Durnan of Waterloo; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Beverly Reeves and Phyllis Marsden; brothers, Jerald, Daniel, and David Durnan.

Wed
19
Feb

Rita Bushman

Rita M. Bushman

 

 

Rita M. Bushman, 88, of Ossian, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Gunderson Health Systems in LaCrosse, Wis. 

Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home in Ossian and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday.  There will be a 3:30 p.m. Catholic Daughters Rosary Service and a 6:30 p.m. Scripture Service at the funeral home on Tuesday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian with Monsignor Cletus Hawes as celebrant.

Inurnment  will be held at a later date in the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery in Ossian.

Online condolences may be left with: www.graufuneralhomes.com.

Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Ossian, assisted the family with the arrangements.

Wed
19
Feb

Robert Robinson

Robert Robinson

 

 

Robert W. Robinson, 91, of Creston, died Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Creston Nursing and Rehab Center in Creston. There will be no visitation or funeral service at this time.  There will be a private committal service at the Hawkeye Cemetery at a later date. Powers Funeral Home in Creston is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given in Robert’s name to either the First United Methodist Church in Creston, or the Bella Vista Community Church in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Online condolences can be given at www.powersfh.com.  

Wed
19
Feb

Rosemary Hyman

Rosemary Hyman

 

 

Rosemary Annette Hyman was born in Utica, Illinois on January 28, 1922.  She died February 8, 2014. She was the daughter of Thomas and Anna Nelson Pfund.  She attended Hawkeye Public School graduating in 1939.

On May 13, 1943 she married Raymond Hyman in San Rafael, California.  After Ray’s discharge from the Air Force, they returned to farm the home place in Hawkeye, Iowa until their retirement.

She was preceeded in death by her husband Ray Sr., her son Ray Jr., her brother Tom and her sisters Norma, Jean and Jane, and Margaret.  Her survivors include her daughters Diane (Harlan) Fels of Bloomington, IL, Susan (Dana) Rauch of Toddville, IA, and Martha Koch of Kittredge, CO.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren.

Wed
19
Feb

Robert "Glen" Medberry

Robert "Glen" Medberry

 

 

Robert “Glen” Medberry, 89, of Elgin passed away Monday, February 10, 2014 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, Iowa.  Robert Glen, the son of James and Agnes (Kerr) Medberry, was born September 23, 1924 at Volga, Iowa.  Glen was baptized April 12, 1936 at Illyria Church, Elgin. He graduated from Volga High School in 1943.  Glen was united in marriage with Verna Gross in 1949 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Eldorado, Iowa.  Glen and Verna farmed north of Volga, until their retirement in 1988.

Glen was a leader in land conservation, he enjoyed forestry and livestock farming, especially Shorthorn Cattle.  The Clayton County Cattlemen’s Association presented him with the 1997 Cattleman of the Year Award.  He served on the Clayton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for several years and was a Highland Township Trustee.  Glen was an active member of the Elgin Lutheran Church.  Glen was a kind and considerate man.

Wed
19
Feb

Leo Buchtela

Leo Buchtela

 

 

Leo James Buchtela was born on March 16, 1923, to James and Anna (Plower) Buchtela in Churchtown, Iowa.

Leo worked for Rath Packing Plant in Waterloo, Iowa and Wardell Case in Oelwein, Iowa as a mechanic. He also worked as a farm hand and did custom farm work for several years. On March 17, 1962, Leo was united in marriage to Avis Hayes Lauer at the First Presbyterian Church in Hazleton, Iowa. The couple farmed in rural Fayette for many years.

Leo passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He loved dancing, farm sales and watching westerns on television. His prize possession were his mules and horses and he was a member of Saddle Club.

Wed
19
Feb

Eugene Perry

Eugene Perry

 

 

Eugene Albert Perry, 86, of West Union, Iowa died Monday, February 10, 2014 at his home in West Union, Iowa. He was born on June 20, 1927 to Albert Roy and Edna (Manderfield) Perry in Castalia, Iowa. Eugene was baptized on October 7, 1946 at the United Brethren Church in Castalia, Iowa.

Eugene was united in marriage with Mary Limkemann on October 7, 1946 in Castalia, Iowa. Six children were born to this union. Mary passed away on February 16, 1983. He then married Geneva Daily on January 1, 1984. Eugene farmed until 1952, after that he delivered gas, fuel and LP from 1952-1974 and then owned Perry Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning from 1974-2002.

Wed
12
Feb

Bertha Bark

Bertha L. Bark

 

 

Bertha L. Bark, 96, of rural Maynard, died on Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 2014, at the Palmer Lutheran Health Center at West Union.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Maynard with the Rev. James A. Adix officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.

Interment will be in the Long Grove Cemetery in Maynard.

A memorial fund has been established in her name.

Bertha Lillie Bachle was born on Jan. 28, 1918, at Lamont, the daughter of August and Katharine (Kerchner) Bachle. The family moved to the Maynard area in 1921. She graduated from Maynard High School in the Class of 1935. 

She was united in marriage to Floyd Oliver Bark on Aug. 8, 1943, at Maynard. She was a homemaker and also worked in professional food service at Upper Iowa University at Fayette, Iowa for 23 years, retiring in 1990. 

Wed
12
Feb

Brenda Rodenberg

Brenda Rodenberg

 

 

Brenda Kay (Berns) Rodenberg of Hawkeye passed away suddenly in West Union, Iowa, on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at the age of 42. She was born on November 13, 1971, in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, to Gary Berns and Carol (Blume) Berns. She was raised in rural Elkader.

Brenda graduated from Central Community High School in 1990, and Hamilton Business College in 1991. She began working at Pattison's in Clayton, Iowa, and then moved to Norway, Iowa, where she was employed by Benton County Co-op.

In 1996, Brenda moved back to the area and began working for Pattison's in Fayette, Iowa. She then worked for Hawkeye Renewable until finally working for Innovative Ag. Brenda became a Grain Originator where she touched many lives in the agriculture world and will be greatly missed in the grain industry. She also spent many hours working and coordinating events at the Community Hall in Hawkeye.

Wed
12
Feb

Clarence Amundson

Clarence Amundson

 

 

Clarence E. Amundson, 88, of Clermont died Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Center in West Union.  Clarence Edward, the son of Ole and Nina (Loftsgard) Amundson, was born July 29, 1925 in rural Clermont, Iowa.  He was baptized and confirmed at East Clermont Lutheran Church, rural Clermont. Clarence graduated from Clermont High School and graduated from lineman school training in Chicago, Illinois.  Clarence was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He farmed for several years east of Clermont before becoming a lineman and manager for ACE telephone.  He retired from ACE in 1987.  Clarence was united in marriage with Johanna Anderson on September 18, 1954 at a Baptist Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  To this union, three children were born.

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