Obituaries

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Gaylord Guyer

Gaylord Guyer

 

 

Gaylord Lawrence Guyer, 74, of West Union, Iowa, passed away on March 19, 2018 at Allen Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. 

Services were held Saturday, March 24, at West Union United Methodist Church.

Inurnment will be held at a later date. 

Gaylord was born on Oct. 1, 1943, to Lawrence and Rosina Guyer. He grew up on the farm with his siblings Leona Harris, Mary Jacobsen, James Guyer, LaVanda Meyer and LaVonne Bemiss. 

He attended the Dover #5 one-room schoolhouse – the last existing schoolhouse in Iowa – and North High School in West Union, Iowa.  After high school, Gaylord earned his Lab Tech Certification at Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Minn. 

On Oct. 11, 1964, he married Patricia Carol Paulsen.  They were blessed with two children, Christopher James and Trisha Ann Davis. 

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Mar

Lavanda Vagts

Lavanda Vagts

 

 

Lavanda Vagts, 95, of Eldorado, Iowa died Friday, March 2, 2018 at Maple Crest Manor, Fayette, Iowa.

Lavanda Angeline Olson was born April 18, 1922 to Arthur and Louise (Skaien) Olson in rural Postville, Iowa. 

She was baptized May 28, 1922 and confirmed May 17, 1936 at East Clermont Lutheran Church, Clermont, Iowa. 

Lavanda graduated from Clermont High School in 1940. 

She remained home to help care for her grandparents and worked in Clermont at Dr. Jerde’s office until 1950. She then moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was employed in the sales office at Quaker Oats until May 1958.

Lavanda was united in marriage with Richard Vagts on May 4, 1958 at East Clermont Lutheran Church. They moved to their home in Eldorado, where they lived their 60 years of marriage. 

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14
Mar

Harold Diemer

Harold Diemer

 

 

Harold W. Diemer, 88, of Sumner and formerly of Hawkeye, died Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church- Richfield with Rev. Wayne Ellingson officiating. 

Interment followed at Richfield Cemetery with military rites provided by Arnold-Rogers American Legion Post #312 of Hawkeye. 

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home, Sumner, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church-Richfield, Richfield Cemetery, or given to the family for later designation. 

Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

Harold Walter Diemer, son of Rev. Herman and Marie (Arndt) Diemer, was born on Dec. 17, 1929, in Belle Fouche, S.D. 

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14
Mar

Carol Brandt

Carol Brandt

 

 

Carol Margaret Brandt, 70 years old of Prairie du Chien, WI, formerly of Fairbank, IA, died Thursday, March 8, 2018, at home. 

She was born Aug. 2, 1947 in Waterloo, IA, the daughter of Norbert and Leona Meier Schares. 

She graduated from Dunkerton High School with the class of 1965. 

On May 25, 1968, she was united in marriage to Lauren Brandt at St. Francis Catholic Church – Barclay, rural Dunkerton, IA. 

Carol retired from ICBP in Independence in 2003; previous to that she worked for both the Dunkerton & Hawkeye Coop’s as a bookkeeper. 

Following her retirement she became a Winter Texan and spent many warm winters at Lemon Tree Estates in Mission, TX where she always provided a smile and a helpful hand to many friends. 

When not in Texas she spent many hours with family and friends and enjoyed following her grandchildren proudly in various activities and sports. 

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14
Mar

Dr. Douglas Fay

Dr. Douglas Fay

 

 

Dr. Douglas Paul Fay, 74, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 3, 2018, and his legacy shall live on in his family. God’s ordained instrumental plan was to send him off to heaven in a very loving and reverent way at the Kline Hospice House in Mt. Airy, Maryland, being surrounded by his loving family singing, praying and reading God’s word to him.

He is preceded in death and is now reunited with son John Douglas Fay, parents John and Opal Fay, parents-in-law Elzo and Iola Powell, sister-in-law Harlo Fay and a nephew Michael Fay.

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14
Mar

Wally Wolfe

Wally Wolfe

 

 

 

Wally D. Wolfe, 101, of Maynard, Iowa died Tuesday evening, March 6, 2018 at the Oelwein Health Care Center in Oelwein, Iowa.

 

Funeral Service:  10:30 A.M. Saturday, March 10, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Maynard with Rev. Dennis Frank officiating.

Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Friday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Maynard and for one hour before the service at the church on Saturday.

Interment: Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, rural Oelwein, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed in her name to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Choir.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

 

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14
Mar

Geraldine Hyman

Geraldine Hyman

 

 

Geraldine M. Hyman, 96, of Ankeny and formerly of Hawkeye, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner with Rev. Donald Komboh officiating. 

Interment followed at the Hawkeye Cemetery. 

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home, Sumner was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

Geraldine Mary, daughter of James and Margaret (Costello) Meighan, was born Nov. 3, 1921, in Sumner. 

She received her early education in the rural Sumner country schools and graduated from Sumner High School. Following graduation, Geraldine attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette where she received her Teaching Certificate. 

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14
Mar

Mari Molseed

Mari Molseed

 

 

Mari J. Molseed, 67, of West Union, Iowa, died Friday, March 2, 2018, at her home in West Union. 

Mari, the daughter of Harry and Delphine (Germann) Watembach, was born June 14, 1950, in Beach, N.D., lived in Wibaux, Mont., and later moved to Ipswich, S.D. 

She earned her B.A. from Northern State College in Aberdeen, S.D.; her master’s at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D.; and her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, in August 1990.  

Mari was a professor of sociology and criminology at Upper Iowa University in Fayette. She retired in 2015.

She loved to travel with her children and grandchildren. 

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14
Mar

Eldred Kilcher

Eldred Kilcher

 

 

Eldred E. Kilcher, 97, of Alpha, Iowa, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society, West Union.

Eldred Elmer Kilcher was born July 24, 1920 in Hawkeye, Iowa, the son of Elmer and Laura (Niewoehner) Kilcher. 

On Nov. 15, 1947 he married Adelaide E. Hovden at Nashua, IA. Eldred and Adelaide farmed in the Alpha area for many years.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

  Eldred enjoyed dancing, playing cards and entertaining friends at their private pond.  He proudly answered to the name “Hotrod” and will be missed dearly by his family.

Survivors include his son, Greg (Marcia) Kilcher of Alpha; daughters Kay Frevert of Taylorville, Ill., Susan Gould of Houston, Texas, Debra (Everett) Gambrell of Dallas, Texas, Jan (Kevin) Kleve of Waucoma; a stepson, Don (Marcia) Aspenson of Jenks, Okla.; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

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Clarence Durscher

Clarence Durscher

 

 

Clarence John Durscher, 88, of Fayette, Iowa, formerly of West Union, Iowa, died Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Maple Crest Manor, Fayette.

Clarence was born on Nov. 5, 1929 in West Union, Iowa, the son of John and Celia (Frieden) Durscher. 

He attended school in the West Union area.  

In 1951 he entered the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War. 

In 1956 Clarence married Delphine Rothmeyer at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Clarence and Delphine farmed east of West Union for many years.

Clarence loved fishing, car racing, watching his four sons playing sports, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

He was a 50-year member of the American Legion, served many years as a volunteer fireman and on the city council.

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