Miscellaneous Benton County, Iowa Deaths
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KEYSTONE - Edward Clarence Donnelly, age 82, died Saturday, January 24, 2004 at the Keystone Nursing Care Center of a lingering illness. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Van Horne with Rev. Joseph McGuire as Celebrant. Committal Services will be held at 3:30 P.M. at St. Joseph Cemetery in Casey, Iowa, with Military Rites. Friends may call at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Keystone from 4 to 7 P.M., on Tuesday where a Scripture Service will begin at 7 P.M. Edward was born on September 22, 1921 to William and Floretta (Lillie) Donnelly at Casey, Iowa and graduated from the Casey High School in 1939. He enlisted as a Navy Aviation Cadet in February of 1943 and served his nation as a Navy Fighter Pilot during World War II and during the Korean Conflict. Stationed aboard the aircraft carrier Lexington, he flew strikes near Japan and as air patrol for the carrier. Edward was on the Lexington in Tokyo Bay when the treaty was signed with Japan and he returned home in January of 1946. He returned to active duty in April of 1951 as a crypto officer decoding secret messages during the Korean Conflict until September of 1952. Prior to his retirement, Edward was the General Sales Manager for Lowe Seed Co. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Van Horne, the Keystone Turners, and Merkel Bockholt American Legion Post #107 of Keystone. On April 18, 1964 he married Margret Schagunn at Madison, Nebraska. He is survived by his wife, Margret of Keystone; his children, Richard Donnelly and wife, Debi of LaPorte City, Bruce Donnelly and his wife, Brenda of Overland Park, KS, and Patricia Rufer and husband, Lou of Ft. Myers, FL, his grandchildren, Shannin Cartwright of Chicago, Chad Rufer of Colorado Springs, CO, and Megan and Ryan Donnelly of Overland Park, KS; and two brothers, William Donnelly and wife, Joyce of Omaha, NE, and Robert Donnelly and wife, Joan of Atlanta, GA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Secord.
PALO - Robert E. “Bob” Drake, age 78, of Vinton and formerly of Palo, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at his residence following a short illness. Private Family Services will be held. Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton is in charge of arrangements. He was born June 30, 1924 at Cedar Rapids to Karl and Clara (Shaw) Drake and entered the U.S. Army on April 12, 1941. He became an Airplane & Engine Mechanic as well as an Airplane Maintenance Technician. He earned the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon and was Honorable discharged April 12, 1948. On November 6, 1950 he married Neva Madeline Readnour at North Liberty. They were avid motorcyclists and traveled the nation extensively. A longtime Ham Radio Operator (WDGEYP), they belonged to a Ham Club in Northern California. His wife preceded him in death in 1998. In recent years “Bob” was a “Work Kamper” at Adventure Land in Des Moines. He is survived by two sons, Glenn Drake and wife, Nola of Vinton, and Lenny Drake and wife, Dawn of Palo; grandchildren, Cory, Kelly, Sarah, Emily and Molly Drake; and his sister, Rita Harvey and husband, Del of Illinois.
VINTON - Kathryn Amelia Jewel Driscol, age 89, died Thursday morning, April 29, 2004 at Virginia Gay Annex following a lingering illness. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.m., Monday, May 3, 2004 at the First Christian Church in Vinton with Rev. David Gates officiating. Interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may call at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday. A Memorial Fund has been established. Kathryn was born October 9, 1914 at Maywood, NE to Clate and Effie (Fisher) Jewel. Her family moved to the Vinton area and she graduated from the Lincoln High School in Vinton in 1933. On August 28, 1933, she married L. Wallace Driscol . He preceded her in death in 1987. She was a member of the First Christian Church and enjoyed reading to children as a volunteer at Head Start . Because of her volunteer work there and also at HACAP, she was honored with the State Of Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award in 1992. In her leisure she loved crocheting and doing needle work. Kathryn is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Sandra Driscol of Vinton; her daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and David Anthony of Vinton, and Stephanie and Lawrence Cyr of Bedias, TX; five grandchildren, Deborah Corlew, Rebecca Walker, Kimberly Riffey, Kathryn Cyr and Emily Cyr; and seven great grandchildren, Chance Walker, James and Peggy Corlew, Lincoln and Amanda Riffey, Kamah Angle, and LaShaun Baker. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Jewel, who died in infancy, and Charles Jewel.
VINTON - Elsie F. Dufresne, age 92, died Tuesday evening, October 12, 2004 at Virginia Gay Annex following an extended illness. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, October 16, 2004 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton with Rev. David Gates officiating. Interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:30 to 7 P.M. on Friday. A memorial fund has been established. Elsie was born January 27, 1912 at Aberdeen, SD to Bey and Alice (Haines) Mease. On June 10, 1931 she married Ray O. Dufresne in Vinton where the couple lived all of their married life. Ray preceded his wife in death on June 13, 1987. Elsie was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #57 of Vinton and she loved playing cards with family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Mae Kerman of Vinton; two grandchildren, Bryan Kerkman of Vinton and Craig Kerkman and wife, Sue of Columbia, SC; her great- grandson, Eric Kerman of Columbia, SC; and her brother, Bey Mease and wife, Mary Ellen of Salem, OR. In addition to her husband, her parents preceded her in death.
VINTON - Darrell D. Dvorak, age 69, died Monday, September 20, 2004 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids following a brief illness. Memorial Services will be held at 1 P.M., Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton with Pastor M. D. Howe officiating. Interment will be held at Maplewood Cemetery in Vinton with Graveside Military Rites conducted by Geo. G. Luckey American Legion Post #57 of Vinton. Darrell was born December 14, 1934 at Belle Plaine to Charles and Rose (Peska) Dvorak and graduated from the Belle Plaine High School in 1951. During the Korean Conflict he served his nation in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged on September 18, 1958. On September 26, 1966 he married Sandra Tharp at Preston, MN and the couple have made their home in Vinton all of their married life. Darrell was a welder at the former Hawkbilt in Vinton prior to his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Sandra of Vinton; four sons, Edward and Michael Saey, both of Cedar Rapids, Darrell Dvorak, Jr. and Danny Dvorak, both of Vinton; daughters, Angela Wacha and Diana Dvorak, both of Vinton; thirteen grandchildren; one great grandchild; and two sisters, Rose Wickwire and Evelyn Viall, both of Belle Plaine. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and two sisters.
VINTON - Margaret Egge, age 92, died Sunday evening, January 5, 2003 at the Vinton Lultheran Home following an extended illness. She was born June 12, 1910 at Novelty, MO to Floyd and Winnifred (McCarty) Rogers and graduated from the Novelty High School. She later attended Culver-Stockton College in Missouri. In 1927 she married Norman Taylor and the couple moved to Vinton in 1934.. He preceded her in death in 1949. On December 21, 1951 she was united in marriage to Paul Egge at Iowa City and Paul preceded her in death on June 22, 1995. Margaret was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #57 of Vinton. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Kent Stufflebeam of Vinton; her son, Dana Egge of Vinton; granddaughter, Susan Hansen of Phoenix, AZ; two great grandchildren, Elisabeth and Jeff Hansen of Phoenix; her sister, Leota Moubry of Edina, MO; and her brother, Carroll Rogers and wife, Anna, of Kirksville, MO. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton with Rev. Mark C. Urlaub of Bethlehem Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 7 P.M., Tuesday. A memorial fund has been established.
VINTON - Thelma Eells, age 84, died Friday, January 24, 2003 at Virginia Gay Hospital following an extended illness. She was born July 30, 1918 at Lancaster, PA and was adopted and raised by Lizzie Wenger. On June 18, 1941 she married Herbert O. Eells at Macon, Missouri and the couple moved to Vinton in 1956. From 1962 until 1972 they operated the “Dog & Suds” in Vinton. Herbert preceded her in death on April 20, 1987. During the 1980’s Thelma was employed in the office at Virginia Gay Hospital. Thelma was a member of the Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School and served as a leader for the Youth Group. She loved to swim and for several years she spend her summer months as an instructor at the Vinton Pool. She also enjoyed membership at the Vinton Country Club. She was a talented artist and in her leisure loved playing cards. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Don J. and Gwen J. Eells of LaCrescenta, CA, and her daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Michael Ford of Shueyville; and three grandchildren, Andrew Cody Eells and Rebecca J. Eells of LaCrescenta, CA, and Annette Ford of Shueyville. In addition to her mother and husband, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Michael R. Ford in 1981. Funeral Services will be held at 2 P.M. on Thursday, January 30, 2003, at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Blair officiating. Private Committal services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4 to 7 P.M., on Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.
VAN HORNE - Ruby Emma Wiese Engelking, age 95, died Friday, September 12, 2003 at St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids following a sudden illness. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, September 15, 2003 at Salem United Methodist Church in Van Horne with Pastor Norm Bennett officiating. Interment will be held at the Salem Cemetery in Van Horne. Visitation was held at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Keystone from 3 to 7 P.M. on Sunday. A memorial fund has been established. Ruby was born January 15, 1908 near Keystone to Louis and Anna (Mussman) Wiese and graduated from the Keystone High School. On December 23, 1926, Ruby was united in marriage to Lester Engelking. Ruby was a housewife and worked for several families in the area throughout her life. She was a long time member of Salem United Methodist Church in Van Horne and enjoyed membership in the Van Horne Senior Citizens group and coffee club. She is survived by three daughters, Kathleen Fett of Van Horne, Ramona Jacobs and husband Daniel of Congress, AZ, Jane Hausman and husband John of Waukon; five grandchildren, Jeffrey, Randall and Timothy Fett, Doug Jacobs and Fred Hausman; three great grandchildren, Aric, Adam and Amy Fett; three great great grandchildren, Abby, Cameron and Trey; and two sisters, Lavanda Grantham of Belle Plaine and Audrey Olson of Vinton. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lester in 1978; one brother, Harold Wiese; and four sisters, Frances Burfield, Mabel Roth, Norma Wilde, and Lois Sherwood.
URBANA - Pearl I. “Pie” Evens, age 80, died Friday evening, May 14, 2004 at Virginia Gay Annex in Vinton where he had been a resident the past two and a half months. Graveside Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, May 17, 2004 at the Urbana Cemetery in Urbana, Iowa, with Pastor Ray Leach officiating. Pearl, known to his family and friends as. “Pie’ friends as “Pie”, was born April 25, 1918 at Shellsburg to Daniel and Hazel (Soden) Evens. During World War II, he served his nation in the U.S. Army. On August 25, 1937 he married Mary Zahn at Davenport and the couple have always made their home in the Shellsburg and Urbana communities. For twenty-nine and a half years, Pearl was employed as a welder at Evergreen Company and he retired in 1980. His immediate survivors include his wife, Mary, and his children, Ivan Evens of Urbana, David and Gene Evens, both of Cedar Rapids, Doris Pugh of Springville, Evelyn Donley of Urbana, Betty Thompson of Palo, Rose Anderson of Shellsburg, and Anna Seebach of Urbana. Also surviving are his in-law children and numerous grand and great grandchildren.
VINTON - Clarence W. “Shorty” Fee, age 85, died Wednesday, August 27, 2003 at Crestview Acres Nursing Home in Marion following an extended illness. There will be no public funeral services. Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton is in charge of arrangements. “Shorty” was born December 13, 1917 at Courtney, to Vernon and Zora (Robinson) Fee. During World War II he served his nation in the U.S. Army Air Corps. “Shorty” worked as a handyman throughout his life and loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He is survived by his children, Philip Fee and wife Kay of Smyrna, TN, Mary Martensen and husband Virgil of Anamosa and James Fee and wife Jeanne of Center Point; six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and three brothers, Dale Fee of Cedar Falls, Earl Fee and wife Bernita of Urbana and John Fee and wife Delores of Brandon. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Charles Fee.
VINTON - Hertha M. Fennern, age 95, died early Saturday morning, August 21, 2004 at the Vinton Lutheran Home where she had been a resident since 1997. Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 P.M., Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton with Rev. Clarke E. Frederick officiating. Interment will be held at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Mount Auburn. Friends may call at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday. A Memorial Fund has been established. Hertha was born August 14, 1909 at Avoca, IA to Rudolph and Meta (Schaaf) Peters and graduated from the Avoca High School in 1926. On October 1, 1930 she married Walter F. Fennern. The couple farmed in the Avoca and Shelby area in western Iowa until moving to Benton County in 1942. Walter preceded his wife in death on November 20, 1984. Hertha was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she enjoyed membership in the Mission Circle, Fireside Club, and had served as a Sunday School teacher. She was also a memer of the Mt. Auburn American Legion Auxiliary, the Vinton Lutheran Home Auxiliary, the Vinton Garden Club, Farm Bureau Women and the Republican Party. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Deane and Bonnie Fennern and her daughter and son-in-law, Lorna and Harry Arp, all of Vinton; seven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her great-grandson, Timothy Walter Fennern; and three brothers, Hugo, Lloyd, and Everette Peters.
VAN HORNE - Loretta Jane Ferree, age 65, died Monday, January 19, 2004 at the Belle Plaine Nursing and Rehab Center, following an extended illness. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 22, 2004, at Central Presbyterian Church in Newhall with Rev. Diane Bishop officiating. Interment of cremains will be held at Raetz Cemetery in Newhall. Friends may call from 5:00 until 8:00 P.M. today at the Phillips Funeral Home in Keystone. She is survived by her husband Steve of Van Horne; one daughter, Renee Harvey and husband Kenneth and granddaughters, Erin and Hannah Harvey of Copperus Cove, TX; one son, Terry Ferree and granddaughters, Breanna and Taylor Ferree of Leander, TX; her mother, Lydia Heath of Floris, IA; five sisters, Jean LeClair of Canyon, TX, Gladis McCrimmon and husband Roger of Dallas, TX, Gloria Bailey and husband John of Floris, IA, Iris Rieck of Hubert NC, Elizabeth Buchwald and husband Guy of Ames, IA, and many cousins, nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her father George and sister Rosalee Curry. Loretta was born on July 31, 1938, in Harper, Iowa, the daughter of George and Lydia (McMillan) Linder. She attended schools in New Sharon and Sigourney, graduating from Sigourney High School in 1956. She attended William Penn College, graduating in 1964. On May 29, 1960, she was united in marriage to Steve Ferree at the Presbyterian Church in Oskaloosa. Loretta taught elementary school in Miles, Vinton, Irwin, Shellsburg and Keystone. She was a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Newhall and a Life member of the National Education Association. In her spare time, she liked to sew and read. A memorial fund has been established.
VINTON - Mildred Fitzgerald, age 90, died Monday evening, January 6, 2003 at the Vinton Lutheran Home following an extended illness. She was born July 6, 1912 near Vinton to Phillip H. and Mary (Fuehrer) Staab. On June 9, 1937 she was united in marriage to Don “Fitz” Fitzgerald at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton. The couple lived in, or near, Vinton most of their married life and Don preceded his wife in death March 10, 1995. Mildred was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Sociey. During her marriage she enjoyed dancing with her husband and in her leisure she loved gardening, raising flowers., sewing, needlework baking (and eating) sweets. Her greatest pleasure came from visiting with family and friends. She is survived by two sons, Jack Fitzgerald of Hackensack, MN, and Jerry Fitzgerald of Vinton; and her nephew, Ray Williams, whom she helped to raise following the death of his mother, and his wife, Lila of Fairfax; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Alma Williams; and her brother, Leonard “Doc” Staab. A Mass Of The Resurrection wil be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton with Rev. Joseph McGuire as Celebrant. Private Committal Services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may call at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday where a Scripture Service will begin at 7 P.M. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, The Vinton Lutheran Home or the Memorial Fund established in Mildred’s name.
KEYSTONE - Nola M. Franzenburg, age 83, died Monday, February 16, 2004 at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton following a brief illness. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, February 19, 2004 at St. John Lutheran Church in Keystone with Rev. Bruce Kaltwasser officiating. Interment will be held at the Keystone Cemetery. Friends may call at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Keystone from 4 to 8 P.M., on Wednesday. A memorial fund has been established. Nola was born August 4, 1920 at Keystone to William "Mike" and Mary (Junge) Feuerbach and graduated from the Keystone High School in 1938. On November 11, 1942 she married Robert L. Franzenburg the St. John Lutheran Parsonage in Keystone. The couple farmed and raised their family in the Keystone area. In 1974 they retired and moved to town in 1978. Robert preceded his wife in death on October 19, 1992. Nola had served as a 4-H Leader and was an active member of the Farm Bureau Women for many years. Nola was a Past President of the Keystone American Legion Auxiliary where she enjoyed membership for over forty years. A life long member of St. John Lutheran Church, Nola had been a member of the Ladies Home Missions, now re-named, Dorcas Guild. She is survived by two sons, Donald L Franzenburg, and Dean Franzenburg and wife, Tracey, all of Keystone; two daughters, Joan Millen and husband, R. Allen of Bloomington, IL, and Janet Tracy of Norwalk; nine grandchildren, Ida and Raymond Millen, Matthew, Luke and Emily Franzenburg, Michelle, Christine and Craig Tracy, and Melissa, and husband, Chris Perrin; one great grandson, Blake Perrin; one step-granddaughter, Lee Ann Burnett; one step-great grandchild, Cortney Heldenbrand; her brother, Kenneth Feuerbach and wife, Evelyn of Van Horne; her sisters-in-law, Leona Feuerbach, Genevieve Franzenburg, Dorothy Brecht, and Joyce Vargason; and her brother-in-law, Herbert Franzenburg and wife, Dixie. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Ed Tracy; and her brother Luverne C. Feuerbach.
VINTON - Michael Edward Fuehrer, age 51, formerly of Garrison, died Monday, May 12, 2003, at his home in Vinton following a sudden illness. He was born on April 9, 1952 in Vinton, the son of Myron E. and Grace E. Sanders Fuehrer. Mike had worked as a painter prior to his retirement. He had a strong faith in Christ and attended the United Methodist and The Church of the Brethren in Garrison. His grandchildren held a special place in his heart. He is survived by his daughter, Farrah Fuehrer of Cedar Rapids; three grandchildren, Shelby, Gavin and Fallon; three sisters, Marion Campbell of Marion, Jeri Smalley of Mt. Auburn, Junda Fuehrer of Kansas City, MO; one brother, Mark Fuehrer of Waseca, MN and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Colleen Butts. Friends may call from 10:30 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. on Thursday, May 15, 2003 at the Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, at the Garrison Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established.
ATKINS - Elizabeth C. “Betty” Gallo, age 78, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at the Vinton Lutheran Home from complications of alzheimer’s disease. Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, March 27, 2004 at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Atkins with Rev. Douglas Woltemath officiating. Interment will be held at St. Stephens Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 A.M. until service time at the church on Saturday. Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton is in charge of arrangements. She is survived by her husband Philip of Atkins; two daughters, Linda Wilson (Norm) of Winterset, Vicki Whipple (Don) of Van Horne; two sons, Gary Gallo (Deb) of Fairfax, Larry Gallo (Toni) of Cedar Rapids; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; three brothers, Robert Greene (Gwen), William Greene (Jeanine), Richard Greene; and one sister, Lucille Fairley (Jack), all of Marion. She was preceded in death by her parents. Betty was born on September 22, 1925, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Aloysius and Irene (Morey) Greene. On August 13, 1945, she married Philip Gallo in Cedar Rapids. Betty worked in sales at Armstrong’s Department Store in Cedar Rapids for 19 years, retiring in 1987. She was a member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Atkins. In her free time, she enjoyed knitting, crafts and reading. A memorial fund has been established.