McCASKEY, JAMES R. was born October 4, 1938 in Clifton Township, Monroe County, Wisconsin, the son of James Lloyd and Vella (Hanson) McCaskey. He married Elaine Hoag on April 12, 1958 at Oakdale, Wisconsin. James was a 1957 graduate of Tomah High School in Tomah, Wisconsin and attended LaCrosse State College in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He owned and operated The Hilltopper Gas Station and Restaurant during 1958 in Oakdale. James was a salesman for Mastic Tile Corp. of California, Green Grass Incubators of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Electric of Madison, Wisconsin and Electrical Materials Co. of Ft. Dodge, Iowa. He later worked for the Green County R.E.C. and owned and operated a partnership, Stair-Fold Scaffolding Co. of Staton, Iowa. James then worked as a salesman for M. C. Sales, Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin and later started The McCaskey Co., Inc. of Cedar Falls, Iowa, which he recently sold and was working towards his retirement. He died Saturday, February 20, 1999 at Guttenberg, Iowa, at 60 years of age.
James is survived by his wife Elaine, of Cedar Falls; his mother Vella McCaskey, of Oakdale, Wisconsin; his son James Bryan, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; his three daughters, Sheila Bergen of Traer, Iowa and Kathy Cory and Susan Wiebers, both of Hudson, Iowa; ten grandchildren and his two sisters, Shirley Hefner of Oakdale, Wisconsin and Mary Jane Bennett of Charlotte, North Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his father, his brother, William Thomas and a sister, Susan Mary McCaskey.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 24, 1999 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, both in Waterloo, Iowa. A memorial fund has been established.
McCULLOUGH, EDNA SUZANNE "SUZY" , 67, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, died Thursday, October 14, 2004, at the Western Home Communities Stanard Family Assisted Living Center in Cedar Falls. She was born March 9, 1937 at Tarkio, Missouri, the daughter of Elbert “Alex” and Edna (Yoder) Hamilton. Suzy married James McCullough in March of 1957. They were later divorced.
Survivors include her two sons, William H. McCullough of Sacramento, California and John A. McCullough of Burbank, California; her mother, Edna Hamilton of Cedar Falls; and her sister, Dargy (Harold) Baxter of Cedar Falls.
Suzy was preceded in death by her father.
Private funeral services were held at the Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, with interment at Fairview Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or The Western Home Communities.
McCULLOUGH, JEAN GILLAN was born June 25, 1898 in a farm home near Ballymena, Northern Ireland, the fifth child of James and Mary (Compton) Gillan. Her parents were God fearing people and in assembly fellowship. Her father was a blacksmith as well as a farmer. At an early age, through the influence of her parents and Sunday School teachers, Jean was made to understand her need of salvation in order to be in heaven. Just before her 10th birthday, on March 31, 1908, she trusted Christ as her personal Saviour through the words of Isa. 53:5. After finishing her schooling, she assisted a teacher in a country school for some time. Later she studied as a tailoress and moved to the city of Belfast to work. There she met James McCullough, an evangelist. They were married September 28, 1921 and immigrated to Nova Scotia, Canada in 1924 to labor for the Lord. After a few years they moved to Connecticut where they resided for many years.
After the death of her husband, she moved to Cedar Falls in 1967 and lived alone until she was over 100. On March 13, 1999 she moved to the Western Home and then to the Martin Health Center on February 20, 2003 where she was lovingly cared for until her death at the age of 105 years.
Survivors include her two sons, Eric (Jean) of Cedar Falls and James (Helen) of Odessa, Florida; seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, four sisters and two brothers.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 13, at the Cedar Falls Gospel Hall, 13th & Walnut St., Cedar Falls. Memorials may be directed to the Cedar Falls Gospel Hall Missionary Fund.
MEHMEN, ANNA ELIZABETH 79, of Cedar Falls died Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at her home. She was born September 24, 1924 in Finchford, Iowa the daughter of William Uptegrove & Mary Elizabeth (Bradford) Mabry. She married Henry G. “Hank” Mehmen February 18, 1945 at St. John Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. He preceded her in death December 26, 1991. Anna was a housekeeper and head of the laundry department for the Cedar Falls Western Home for eighteen and one half years. She also had worked at Meadow’s Café, the Diamond Brothers Store, and was a receptionist for Adam & Eve Beauty Salon. Anna was a member of Happy Thought Rebekah Lodge #256 for over 50 years and was a member of the Miner Mothers Club.
Survivors include three sons, James A. Mehmen, Gary D. Mehmen, and Jeffrey L. Mehmen, all of Cedar Falls; two grandchildren, James Franklin (Lorri) Mehmen of Cedar Falls and Jason James Mehmen of Scottsdale, Arizona; two great grandchildren, Austin James Mehmen and Elizabeth Lynn Mehmen. Anna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her daughter-in-law, Sharon Mehmen, her brother, Frank Mabry, and her sister, Jennie York.
Funeral services were 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17, 2004 at the Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home with burial at Finchford Cemetery, Finchford, Iowa. There was a 7:00 p.m. Rebekah service Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family.
MEIER, WILLARD J. was born December 16, 1913 at Waverly, Iowa, the son of William and Mary (Kreger) Meier. He married Alice H. Schatzberg on July 25, 1936 at Waverly, Iowa. She preceded him in death on August 1, 1991. From 1959-1976 Willard worked for Waterloo Industries in Waterloo, Iowa. He was also a farmer in Butler, Bremer and Black Hawk County, retiring in 1986. He died Thursday, December 26, 2002, at the Bartels Lutheran Home in Waverly, at 89 years of age.
Willard is survived by two sons, Russell A. (Ilse) Meier of Copperas Cove, Texas and John M. (Jackie) Meier of Shell Rock, Iowa; a daughter, Joan M. Gunnel of Franklin, Tennessee; ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents; a son, Thomas Paul Meier and a sister, Rose Welter.
Funeral Mass was 11:00 Monday, December 30, 2002, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waverly. A memorial fund will be established.
MEINDERS, ESTHER LILLIAN was born May 18, 1905 the daughter of Edward and Ione (Thompson) Wiese at Lincoln, Iowa. She married Richard F. Meinders August 18, 1928 at Storm Lake, Iowa. He died March 19 1980. Esther retired from the University of Northern Iowa as a housekeeper in 1971. Esther died Friday May 9, 2003 at the Cedar Falls Health Care Center at the age of 97 years.
Esther is survived by one son, Thomas R. (Melanie) Meinders of Las Vegas, Nevada; two daughters, Lois Jean (William) Slaba of Waverly, Iowa and Joell (Don) Hansen of Cedar Falls, Iowa; nine grandchildren, William Edward Slaba, Debra Pressley, Diane Larson, Denise Reuther, Doyle Hansen Douglas Hansen, Thomas Rex Meinders, Whitney Rose & Robert Thomas Meinders; twelve great grandchildren, Bri, Alli & Ben Pressley, Mitch & Emmie Larson, Cam & Kirby Reese, Kyle Reuther, Olivia Hansen, Amy, James & Ken Slaba. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, Robert & Gilman Wiese and one grand daughter, Linda Slaba.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at the Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls.
MELICHAR, MARY MARGARET was born March 20, 1905 in Nechanice, Czechoslovakia, the daughter of John and Frances (Carda) Kos. She married James A. Melichar on December 12, 1927 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He preceded her in death on January 22, 1994. Mary was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Falls, the Cedar Falls Woman’s Club and the Association of Bandmasters Wives. Mary died Saturday, September 21, 2002, at the Edina Care Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at 97 years of age.
She is survived by her daughter, Sonia Callahan and her husband Hugh of Piedmont, California; her two sons, Edwin J. Melichar and his wife Carol, and Dr. Paul J. Melichar, both of Edina, Minnesota; fourteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband and parents; two brothers, Joseph and Jerry Melichar and a sister, Bessie Gallas.
Funeral services were 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 26, 2002, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with burial in Greenwood Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. A memorial fund will be established.
MERNER, R. WILLIAM "BILL" , 73, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, died at home on Tuesday, April 20, 2004. Bill was born January 11, 1931 in Cedar Falls, the son of Roland and Jane E. (Eccles) Merner. He married Shirley Lechner on July 17, 1972 in Cedar Falls. Bill was a 1949 graduate of Cedar Falls High School and graduated from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He served with the U.S. Army from 1956-57. Bill received his law degree in 1958 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and joined his father and grandfather at the law firm of Merner & Merner in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Bill is survived by his wife, Shirley Merner, of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Marci (Paul) Merner Ferra, of Newport Richey, Florida; a son, David W. Merner, of Cedar Falls; two grandchildren, Megan and Leah Merner, of Cedar Falls; a sister, Marianna Trerotola, of Waverly and a nephew, John Joseph Trerotola, of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services were 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2004, at First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls. Private interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Cedar Falls Municipal Band or the Cedar Falls Historical Society.
MICHAELSEN, GILBERT R. was born January 18, 1920 in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of August and Mildred (McCoy) Michaelsen. He married Mary Jane Reihsen on July 9, 1944 in Des Moines, Iowa. Gilbert served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WW II. He fought in the Pacific Theatre of Operations, seeing action at Midway, Saipan, Okinawa and Guam. Gilbert was a 1938 graduate of Orange Township High School and farmed for 40 years in Black Hawk and Grundy Counties. He also owned and operated the Paradise Park Retirement Community in Pharr, Texas for 22 years. Gilbert was a member of the Cedar Falls AMVETS Post 49, the Dike American Legion Post 471 and St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Falls. He died Tuesday, September 10, 2002, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, at 82 years of age.
Gilbert is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, of Cedar Falls; two sons, Ron Michaelsen and his wife Marcia of Waterloo and Jon Michaelsen and his friend Polly Loveland of Dike, Iowa; a daughter, Jane Doddema and her husband Dale of Cedar Falls; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, William A. Michaelsen and his wife Frances and Robert C. Michaelsen and his wife Esther, all of Waterloo, and two sisters, June Hansen and her husband Roy of Jesup, Iowa and Norma Jean Bohlman and her husband Dorsey of Dallas, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 13, 2002, at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, with burial at Fairview Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 705 Main St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613.
MIKKELSEN, ASTA H. was born January 2, 1926 in Grundy County, Iowa, the daughter of Andrew and Thora (Peterson) Jacobsen. She married Vernon Mikkelsen on June 27, 1948 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Asta worked in the office, at Viking Pump Company in Cedar Falls, for 48 years. She died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Windsor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cedar Falls, at 75 years of age.
Asta is survived by her husband, Vernon Mikkelsen of Cedar Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Harry H. Jacobsen.
Funeral services were 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. Interment was at Fredsville Lutheran Cemetery in rural Cedar Falls.
MIKKELSEN, VERNON was born March 29, 1922 in rural Cedar Falls, Iowa, the son of Niels Juhl and Anna Kristine (Jensen) Mikkelsen. He married Asta H. Jacobsen on June 27, 1948 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. She preceded him in death on April 7, 2001. Vernon served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was employed as a baker and later employed at Simpson Furniture in Cedar Falls. He died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at Windsor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cedar Falls, at 79 years of age.
Survivors include his sister, Evelyn Knapp of Cedar Falls, and many nieces and nephews.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two brothers, L.S. Mikkelsen and Elmer Mikkelsen, and five sisters, Erna Jacobsen, Oda Knapp, Selma Johnson, Helga Mikkelsen, and his twin, Virginia Harrington.
Funeral services were 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church with burial in Fredsville Lutheran Cemetery, rural Cedar Falls with military rites conducted by Cedar Falls American Legion Post #237. A memorial fund will be established.
MILLER, AUGUST "ED",was born August 2, 1907 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of August P. and Anna Marie (Jensen) Miller. He married Catherine J. “Jo” Kroll on May 25, 1945, in Brownwood, Texas. Ed served with the U. S. Army during WW II and was a shipping clerk for many years with Universal Industry in Cedar Falls, retiring in 1969. Ed died Sunday, January 7, 2001, at Grandview Care Center in Oelwein, Iowa, at 93 years of age.
He is survived by his wife Jo, of Oelwein; a son, Tom A. Miller and his wife Marge of Hazelton, Iowa; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Clara Schwantes of Waterloo, Iowa.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Nancy Miller; six brothers, Bill, Lee, Charles, Erick, Howard and Henry Miller, and four sisters, Minnie, Evelyn, Anna Marie and Adah.
Funeral services were Wednesday, January 10, 2001, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Falls, with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in New Hartford, Iowa. A memorial fund will be established at a later date.
MILLER, BRUCE HAYDEN was born July 3, 1985, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Richard and Jan E. (Harp) Miller. He graduated from the 2004 class of Cedar Falls High School on Friday, May 21, 2004, in a special ceremony held at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo, Iowa. He enjoyed following the Iowa Hawkeye football team and the Waterloo Black Hawks hockey team. Bruce died Sunday, May 23, 2004, at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo, Iowa, at the age of 18 years.
He is survived by his father, Richard Miller, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; one sister, Carly Miller, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; maternal grandparents, Arlene and Vern Nunnally, of Sequim, Washington and his paternal grandfather, Kenneth Miller, of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Bruce was preceded in death by his mother, Jan, in 1999, paternal grandmother, Dorlene Miller, in 1997 and his maternal grandfather, Jack Harp, in 1961.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa, with burial in Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa. Memorial may be given to Cedar Valley Hospice Home.
MILLER, CAROL MAY (ALBRIGHT) BRANDHORST was born September 3, 1918 on a farm near Liscomb, Iowa the daughter of Clarence & Grace (Melick) Albright. She married Earl Brandhorst in 1938 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 1953. She was united in marriage to Koert Miller on June 27, 1981 at St. John Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. Carol was a graduate of Gates Business College in Waterloo and was employed as a secretary at the University of Northern Iowa for many years. She sung with SAC’s on 218 and was involved with the Ladies Aid group at church. Carol died Monday, February 3, 2003 at Sartori Memorial Hospital at the age of 84 years.
Survivors include her husband, Koert, of Cedar Falls; one son, Ken (Donna) Brandhorst of Waverly, Iowa; one daughter, Pat Brown of Cedar Falls; one stepson, Stanley K. (Joan I.) Miller of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; seven grandchildren, three step grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, three step great grandchildren and two brothers, Merritt Albright of Vero Beach, Florida and LeRoy Albright of Salem, New Hampshire. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, one granddaughter, and her sister, Doris Petersen.
Funeral services were 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 6, 2003 at St. John Lutheran Church with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the church.