Obituaries

Wed
16
Nov

Kenneth Knutsen

Kenneth Knutsen

 

 

S. Kenneth “Ken” Knutsen, 85, of Blaine, Washington, formerly of Ossian, Iowa, died Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at St. Francis of Bellingham in Bellingham, Washington.

Stanley Kenneth was born April 6, 1931 to Knut and Amanda (Osterhus) Knutsen in rural Ossian, Iowa.

He was baptized at First Lutheran Church in Ossian, Iowa.

When Ken was two the family moved to Seattle, Washington where his father was a deep sea fisherman.

He was confirmed at Salem Evangelical Church in Seattle.

The family moved back to Iowa when his was fourteen, Ken graduated from West Union High School with the class of 1949. He then attended Iowa State University where he was in ROTC and graduated in 1953.

  Ken served in the Air Force as a Lieutenant and he was last stationed in Tacoma, Washington.

Wed
09
Nov

Lila Mae Kappmeyer Glass

Lila Mae Kappmeyer Glass

 

 

Lila Mae Kappmeyer Glass, 83, of Westgate, Iowa died on Saturday evening, November 5, 2016 at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence.

 

Funeral Service:  10:30 A.M. Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Westgate, Iowa with Rev. Herbert C. Mueller, III officiating.

Visitation:  4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Maynard and for one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.

Interment:  St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Westgate, Iowa.

A Memorial Fund Has Been Established.  Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

Wed
09
Nov

Verla Amdahl

Verla Amdahl

 

 

Our dear Mom, Verla Arlene Amdahl, 90, of West Union, Iowa died Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital, West Union, Iowa.

Verla, the daughter of Frank and Maria (Howe) Hull, was born January 11, 1926 at University Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. 

She graduated from West Union High School in 1944. 

Verla was united in marriage with Russell Amdahl in April of 1947, in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  They were the parents of four children. Russell preceded her in death on June 12, 1961.

Verla worked at Interstate Power Company and several businesses. After Russell’s death, Verla worked at the Good Samaritan Center in West Union and went to school at Northeast Iowa Community College. She became an RN in August of 1979. She worked at the Good Samaritan Center for 37 years, retiring in November of 2000. 

She enjoyed travelling to see her children and grandchildren.

Wed
09
Nov

Betty Bond

Betty Bond

 

 

Betty L. Bond, of West Union and formerly of Maynard and Oelwein, Iowa answered her Savior’s call to come Home on November 5, 2016, at the age of 92 years, 6 months and 5 days at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, Iowa.

Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Friday, November 11, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church in Maynard with Rev. John Kerr officiating.

Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein and after 10:00 A.M. Friday at the church.

Interment: Madison Cemetery, rural Aurora, Iowa.

Memorials may be given in Betty’s name to the Maynard Presbyterian Church, Fayette County Community Foundation, or the Oelwein Coliseum Restoration Fund.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com.

Wed
02
Nov

Scott Berger

Scott Berger

 

Scott Alan Berger, 60, of Shorewood, IL and formerly of Waterloo and Denver, IA passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

 

Scott was born on December 6, 1955 to Dallas and Patricia Berger.  He graduated from Denver High School in 1974.  As a young man he was an Eagle Scout and often told stories of his outdoor adventures with the scouts. He worked as a Cement Mason and later an Operator Engineer in the Chicago area; retiring in 2011. Scott enjoyed spending time with family, especially with his two grandsons, playing golf, traveling, landscaping (he had a green thumb), and playing with his dog, Dino.

 

Wed
02
Nov

Christopher J. Gruver

Christopher J. Gruver

 

 

Chris Gruver, 45, of Hawkeye, died Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at Unity Point/Allen Hospital in Waterloo.

 

Celebration of life services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 4, 2016, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye with Rev. Jim Harbaugh officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

 

Christopher James, son of Terrance and Carol Morf Gruver, was born August 18, 1971, at Waterloo, Iowa. He received his education in the Cedar Falls Schools. Chris was a self-employed tractor mechanic and lived in Hawkeye for several years.

 

Wed
02
Nov

Rolland Lauer

Rolland Lauer

 

 

Rolland William Lauer passed away quietly on September 8th after suffering a stroke. He was born on May 27, 1930, in Eldorado, Iowa to Harold P. and Evelyn Granger Lauer. Growing up in small-town Iowa, he was active in both music and sports, did farm work from an early age, and helped his father in his farm implement business. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Wartburg College in 1951. From 1952 – 1954 he served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Puerto Rico. After leaving the army he earned two more degrees, a bachelor’s degree in music education from Drake University, and a master’s degree in music from the Chicago Conservatory of Music. He became a music teacher in the Chicago suburbs, primarily in Waukegan, where he taught at Jack Benny Junior High School for 28 years. He had a lifelong love of music and was not only a teacher but also a director, performer and listener, attending the Lyric Opera in Chicago for 57 years.

Wed
02
Nov

Rolland Lauer

Rolland Lauer

 

 

Rolland William Lauer passed away quietly on September 8th after suffering a stroke. He was born on May 27, 1930, in Eldorado, Iowa to Harold P. and Evelyn Granger Lauer. Growing up in small-town Iowa, he was active in both music and sports, did farm work from an early age, and helped his father in his farm implement business. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Wartburg College in 1951. From 1952 – 1954 he served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Puerto Rico. After leaving the army he earned two more degrees, a bachelor’s degree in music education from Drake University, and a master’s degree in music from the Chicago Conservatory of Music. He became a music teacher in the Chicago suburbs, primarily in Waukegan, where he taught at Jack Benny Junior High School for 28 years. He had a lifelong love of music and was not only a teacher but also a director, performer and listener, attending the Lyric Opera in Chicago for 57 years.

Wed
02
Nov

Vernon Hartson

Vernon Hartson

 

 

Vernon G. Hartson, 83, of Clermont died Sunday Oct. 30, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Society in Postville.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Clermont Opera House in Clermont. Visitation will be held there from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with the service to follow at 11 a.m.

Burial will be held at a later date.

 

Wed
02
Nov

Michael Clarkson

Michael Clarkson

 

 

Michael Roy Clarkson of Midland, Texas died October 23, 2016 at Midland Memorial Hospital surrounded by friends and family after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Mike was years 61 years young and was diagnosed with cancer in March of 2015.

Mike was born in Genesee, Michigan September 26, 1955, son of Doyle and Juanita Clarkson, who both preceded him in death.

Upon graduating high school, Mike attended the University of Michigan and worked in the family restaurant. Mike also enjoyed a short career in boxing. 

A passion of Mike’s was to master the art of cooking and he attended culinary school prior to moving to Midland in 1981 and secured a job with Permian Distributing, also known as Coors.

On July 5, 1986 he married Janis “JJ” Johnson. 

At the time of Mike’s diagnosis he was employed as a realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Midland, TX.

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