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Evelyn Frost

October 24, 1926 - February 19, 2014

Evelyn Frost, 87, of Oskaloosa died Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. She was born October 24, 1926, in What Cheer, Iowa, the daughter of John Jasper and Eva Lution Harris Garrett. Following high school Evelyn went to work at a factory in Waterloo, Iowa. On July 3, 1945, she was united in marriage to (John) Jack Frost in Oskaloosa. Following their...
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Doyle McKinley Milligan

February 12, 1928 - February 11, 2014

Doyle M. Milligan Oskaloosa. Doyle M. Milligan, 85, of Oskaloosa died Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Des Moines. He was born Sunday, February 12, 1928, in Grinnell, the son of William McKinley and Elsie May Wertz Milligan. He graduated from the Montezuma High School with the class of 1947. In 1953 he entered the United States Army, he received an honorable...
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Marten Visser

August 13, 1932 - February 3, 2014

Marten Visser,81 , of Oskaloosa died Monday, February 3, 2014 at his home in Oskaloosa. He was born Saturday, August 13, 1932 in Jefferson Township in Mahaska County, the son of William and Cornelia Hol Visser. Following school, He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Marten worked at Pella Corporation for most of his working life. Marten was a simple guy, he enjoyed listening to...
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Harris L. Van Wyk

October 10, 1957 - February 2, 2014

Harris L. Van Wyk, 56, of Oskaloosa, died suddenly on Sunday Evening, February 2, 2014, at the Mahaska Hospital. He was born October 10, 1957 at Oskaloosa, the son of Bernard and Dora M. Duinink Van Wyk. He graduated from the Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1976, and later attended Indian Hills Community College. In the 1980's and 1990's, Harris worked at Supersweet Feeds. Later, he...
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Susan Saunders

February 25, 1963 - February 2, 2014

Susan Saunders Oskaloosa. Susan W. Saunders, 50, of Oskaloosa, died unexpectedly on Sunday, February 2, 2014, at her home. She was born February 25, 1963 at Iowa City, the daughter Raymond and Ann Wakus Wise. She graduated from the Ottumwa High School with the class of 1981, and received her B.A. degree from Central College in 1985. In 1998, she received her Master's Degree in Elementary...
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Fay Boyd

October 23, 1942 - February 1, 2014

Fay Boyd Tracy. Fay Boyd, 71, of Tracy, died Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Hospice Comfort House in Pella. She was born Friday, October 23, 1942, in Tracy, the daughter of Raymond and Gertrude Marshall McCombs. She graduated from Twin Cedars High School with the class of 1961. She then attended D.M.A.C.C. for two years to become a C.M.A. On September 1, 1960, Fay was united in marriage to...
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Gabriel Finken

February 2, 1950 - January 28, 2014

Gabriel Finken, 63, of Oskaloosa died Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at her home in Oskaloosa. She was born February 2, 1950, in Germany, the daughter of Ingaborg Schmid. She was raised by her mother Ingaborg and her step father Alexander Akiona. On February 21, 1969, she was united in marriage to Michael Finken in Norfolk, Virginia. She worked for many years as a fabric cutter at Lincoln...
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Roger L. Molenburg

March 28, 1969 - January 27, 2014

Roger Lynn Molenburg, 44, of Oskaloosa died Monday, January 27, 2014 at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born Friday, March 28, 1969 in Iowa City, Iowa. He attended school in Oskaloosa. Following school, Roger worked various jobs including landscaping and hanging dry wall. He later moved to Missouri where he owned and operated his own business cleaning and refinishing floors. He...
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Russell Wayne LaRue

September 21, 1965 - January 25, 2014

Russell Wayne LaRue, 48, of Sri Lanka and formerly of New Sharon, died from complications with pneumonia on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Central Hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was born September 21, 1965, in Greenville, South Carolina the son of Charles and Joan Van Heukelom LaRue. He graduated from North Mahaska High School with the class of 1984. Shortly after graduation Russell's...
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Ava Ritenour

August 1, 2012 - January 24, 2014

Ava Ritenour. Oskaloosa. Ava Ritenour, 17 month old daughter of Alicia Ritenour of Oskaloosa died Friday, January 24, 2014, at her home in Oskaloosa. She was an energetic beautiful and intelligent baby girl. She would smile and dance to any song that she heard. Her family includes her mother: Alicia Marie Ritenour; maternal grandparents, Tina and Bryan Ritenour of Oskaloosa; aunts and...
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Fred Burdock

October 28, 1924 - January 23, 2014

Fred J. Burdock, 89, of Pella and formerly of Oskaloosa, died Thursday, January 23, 2014, at the Hearthstone Cottages in Pella. He was born Tuesday, October 28, 1924, in Oskaloosa, the son of Joseph B. and Olivia Dooms Burdock. He attended school in the Fairview country school in Harrison township of Mahaska County, and graduated from the Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1942. Fred later...
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Dan Rhodes

June 6, 1950 - January 22, 2014

Dan Rhodes, 63, of Fremont died Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at his home in Fremont. He was born June 6, 1950, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Forrest and Ruby Hart Rhodes. He attended high school in Fremont, Iowa. After graduating from high school, Dan attended Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa and received his 2 year Associates degree. Dan worked at Vermeer in Pella for a time and later...
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Jeanne Lindahl

October 14, 1940 - January 21, 2014

Jeanne Dixon Lindahl Oskaloosa. Eugenia "Jeanne" Lindahl, 73, of Oskaloosa, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. She was born October 14, 1940, at Oak Park, Illinois, the daughter of Kenneth and Doris Bailey Moore. She graduated from LaGrange High School in Illinois. She furthered her education earning her B.S. in Child Development in 1961, and her...
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Mary Phillips

September 18, 1930 - January 21, 2014

Mary Phillips, 83, of Oskaloosa died Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at her home in Oskaloosa. She was born September 18, 1930, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the daughter of George and Edna Fritz Phillips. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1949. Following high school she moved to California. After a year in California, she returned to Oskaloosa and went to work for Northwestern Bell...
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Eleanor Ellie Veldhuizen

May 19, 1938 - January 19, 2014

Eleanor "Ellie" Veldhuizen Oskaloosa. Eleanor Veldhuizen, 75, of Oskaloosa died Sunday, January 19, 2014, at the Mahaska Health Partnership Hospital in Oskaloosa. She was born May 19, 1938, in Oskaloosa the daughter of Edward and Bernice Brummel Goemaat. She graduated from Rose Hill High School with the class of 1956. Following high school she worked at the old Continental Overall Factory in...
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Larry Wilson, Jr.

February 2, 1962 - January 17, 2014

Larry Wilson, Jr. Barnes City. Larry Wilson, Jr., 51, of Barnes City died Friday, January 17, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He was born February 2, 1962, in Newton, Iowa, the son of Larry and Dixie O'Brien Wilson, Sr. He attended school in Oskaloosa. In July of 1984, he was united in marriage to Verda Elder at...
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Allan Gonzalez

December 1, 1957 - January 11, 2014

Allan R. Gonzalez, 56, of Oskaloosa, died Saturday, January 11, 2014, at his home in Oskaloosa. He was born December 1, 1957, in Indianola, Iowa, the son of Milton Al and Charlotte Lucille Throckmorton Gonzalez. He attended school in Indianola. He was united in marriage to Nancy Champeau, they later divorced. Allan did construction work most of his life for various contractors. He worked for...
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Rena Van Donselaar

January 19, 1916 - January 8, 2014

Rena Van Donselaar, 97, of Oskaloosa died Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. She was born Wednesday, January 19, 1916 in Pella, the daughter of Gerrit F. and Maria D. Valster Van Zee. Following school, Rena farmed with her family. On March 16, 1938, Rena was united in marriage to Albert Van Donselaar in Leighton. Albert died on February 9, 2001. Following...
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Imogene Fisher

May 17, 1921 - January 5, 2014

Imogene Fisher, 92, of Oskaloosa died Sunday, January 5, 2014, at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. She was born May 17, 1921, in Oskaloosa the daughter of Henry and Jeanette Cowan Ross. On June 19, 1943 she was united in marriage to William B. Fisher in Lancaster, Missouri. Following their marriage they lived in Wright, Iowa. In 1963 they moved to Oskaloosa. Imogene worked as a...
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(Urbin) Dale Grace

July 3, 1925 - January 4, 2014

(Urbin) Dale Grace, 88, of Oskaloosa died Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. He was born July 3, 1925, at Rose Hill, Iowa, the son of Emery and Mildred Simpkins Grace. He graduated from Rose Hill High School with the class of 1943. Following high school he served in the United States Navy as a member of the Sea Bees. Following his discharge he returned...
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Nina Vande Weerdhof

November 25, 1955 - January 3, 2014

Nina Vande Weerdhof, 58, of Oskaloosa died Friday, January 3, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. She was born Friday, November 25, 1955 in Hugo, Oklahoma. She married Richard Vande Weerdhof and they later divorced. Nina was a homemaker mainly, but also had various jobs throughout her life. She was lastly employed at Dooley's in Oskaloosa. She enjoyed listening to music, keeping...
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Shirley "Short" Drost

October 9, 1927 - January 2, 2014

Mr. Shirley James "Short" Drost, age 86, of Republic, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2014, in his home, with family at his side. He was born on October 9, 1927, in Mahaska County, Iowa, the son of James and Cora (DeRooi) Drost. Short served his country during World War II, in the United States Air Force. He was united in marriage to Mary Franklin on December 6, 1947, and had...
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Janice Henning

March 21, 1939 - January 1, 2014

Janice Henning, 74, of Oskaloosa died Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. She was born March 21, 1939, in Otley, Iowa, the daughter of Peter and Dorothy Verwers Van Gent. On June 27, 1958, she was united in marriage to Carl L. Henning in Sully, Iowa and Carl passed away September, 29, 1989. She taught piano and organ lessons in her home for 40+ years. ...
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Debra Mason

October 29, 1955 - December 26, 2013

Debra L. Mason, 58, of Oskaloosa, died Thursday, December 26, 2013, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. She was born October 29, 1955, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the daughter of Earnest and Joan Ingraham Mason. She graduated from North Mahaska High School with the class of 1973. She furthered her education at William Penn College earning her teaching degree in 1977. Following graduation...
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Dorothy Grubb

December 21, 1922 - December 24, 2013

Dorothy Grubb, 91, of Pella died, Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at the Pella Hospice Comfort House, in Pella. She was born December 21, 1922, at Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Earl and Elizabeth Elsloo Thompson. She graduated from Northeast High School in Kansas City with the class of 1939. Early on Dorothy worked at an ice cream shop and later a dry goods store in Kansas City. She and...
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Billie Van Dyke

June 24, 1931 - December 17, 2013

Billie Van Dyke was a ray of Texas sunshine. You could hear it when she bragged about being from the panhandle and you could feel it when she smiled at you or gave you a good ol' pat on the arm. On the morning of Tuesday, December 17, 2013, the ray of Texas sunshine went dark. She was being cared for at Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab Center. The ray of sunshine first shone on June 24,...
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Julie Lewis

September 1, 1961 - December 15, 2013

Julie Lewis University Park. Julie Lewis, 52, of University Park, Iowa, died Sunday, December 15, 2013, at her home in University Park. She was born September 1, 1961, in New Martinsburg, West Virginia, the daughter of James and Janet Ransford Tewell. Following school she went to work at Pleasant Park Nursing Home in Oskaloosa. Later she worked for Pella Corporation, the Mahaska Hospital and...
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William Livezey

March 4, 1943 - December 11, 2013

William Livezey, 70, of New Sharon died Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at the Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, Texas. He was born March 4, 1943, in Mahaska County, the son of William Howard and Mabel Augusta Wilcox Livezey. On March 4, 1961, he was untied in marriage to Jean Wellman at the Baptist Church in Oskaloosa. Early in life Bill worked at Farm Hand Inc. in Grinnell. Throughout...
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Clarence Buck Schwab

November 28, 1950 - December 11, 2013

Clarence "Buck" Schwab Moberly, Missouri. Clarence "Buck" Schwab, 63, of Moberly, Missouri and formerly of Oskaloosa died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at North Village Park in Moberly. He was born Tuesday, November 28, 1950 in Oskaloosa, the son of Marion F. and Georgia Gibson Schwab. Buck graduated from Oskaloosa High School. Following school, Buck worked various jobs one of which was working...
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Ernest Dilley

December 31, 1924 - December 9, 2013

Ernest Dilley, 88, of Oskaloosa died Monday, December 9, 2013 at Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa. He was born Wednesday, December 31, 1924 in What Cheer, the son of Carl W. Sr. and Jessie Inman Dilley. He graduated from the What Cheer High School with the class of 1943. Following graduation, Ernest attended Iowa State University. On September 5, 1945, Ernie was united in marriage to Bette...
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George Burk

December 16, 1950 - December 8, 2013

George Burk, 62, of Oskaloosa, died Sunday, December 8, 2013, at his home in Oskaloosa. He was born December 16, 1950, in Lovilla, Iowa, the son of Harold "Doc" and Maxine Louise Burk. He graduated from Albia High School with the class of 1969. Following graduation George served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Following his discharge he returned to Iowa and went to work for...
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Joan Carrie Long

February 24, 1939 - November 30, 2013

Joan Long Knoxville, Tennessee. Joan Carrie Long, 74, of Knoxville, TN and formerly of Oskaloosa went to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, November 30, 2013 in Knoxville. Joan was born February 24, 1939 in Oskaloosa to James & Edna Courtney. She attended and graduated Oskaloosa High School in 1957. There she met Loren Long and they were united in marriage on March 31, 1958. ...
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Marguerite Mert Burch

November 4, 1931 - November 30, 2013

Marguerite "Mert" Burch Oskaloosa. Marguerite Marie Burch, 82, of Oskaloosa, died Saturday, November 30, 2013, at the Pella Hospice Comfort House in Pella. She was born November 4, 1931, in Oskaloosa, the oldest of nine children born to John and Opal Keeran Fleener. Mert worked as a cashier in the concession stand at the old Rivola Theatre in Oskaloosa. Later she worked as a cashier at the...
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Edward Moore

January 12, 1933 - November 28, 2013

Edward Moore Oskaloosa. Edward E. Moore, 80, of Oskaloosa died Thursday, November 28, 2013, at the MHP Emergency Department. He was born January 12, 1933, at Wright, Iowa, the son of Elmer and Minnie Wymore Moore. He graduated from Searsboro High School, with the class of 1952. Following high school he served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Upon his honorable...
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Lottie L. Longcor

August 26, 1916 - November 26, 2013

Lottie L. Gray Longcor was born in 1916 near Oskaloosa in a farmhouse known by her family as "the home place" which is now known as the Cedar Bluffs Natural Area. The Indian Sandstone bluffs bordered the timber where Lottie (and her siblings) played as a child, gathering wild flowers, berries, and mushrooms; activities which she later shared with her own children. She married John Franklin...
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Beverly Russell

December 24, 1971 - November 26, 2013

Beverly Russell Des Moines. Beverly Russell, 41, of Des Moines and formerly of Oskaloosa, died Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines. She was born December 24, 1971, in Oskaloosa the daughter of Donnie and Karen Thompson McAdoo. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1990. Following graduation she attended Indian Hills Community College and A.I...
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Louise Spurgeon

March 6, 1916 - November 21, 2013

Louise Spurgeon, long-time resident of Oskaloosa and active community member, died Thursday, November 21, 2013. She was 97 years old, and had been residing at Grinnell Health Care Center for the past nine years. An Oskaloosa resident from 1947-2004, Louise's interests and talents focused on family, neighbors, church and her children's schools. As a member of Central United Methodist Church, she...
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Pat L. Graham

March 30, 1959 - November 16, 2013

Pat Leon Graham, 54, of Oskaloosa died at the University Of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. He was born March 30, 1959, at Sigourney, Iowa, the son of Capt and Sunshine Chrisman Graham. Pat worked as a dietary aide at several area care facilities for many years. Later he went to work at Riverside II Restaurant in Oskaloosa, he was employed there until ill health forced his retirement in April of...
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Larry Whipple

February 2, 1938 - November 10, 2013

Larry Whipple Oskaloosa. Larry Whipple, 75, of Oskaloosa, died Sunday, November 10, 2013, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. He was born February 2, 1938, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the son of Leonard and Rosella Schultz Whipple. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1956. Following high school he served four years in the United States Navy. He was honorably...
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Nicholas Abbott

November 5, 1994 - November 4, 2013

Nicholas Abbott Oskaloosa. Nick Abbott, 18, of Oskaloosa, died Monday, November 04, 2013, at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born November 5, 1994, in Amarillo, Texas, the son of Bryan Abbott and Cindy Herr. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 2013. While in high school he was involved in soccer and choir. He was currently studying engineering...
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Bette J. Wright

July 22, 1922 - November 3, 2013

Bette J. Wright of Oskaloosa died Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa at the age of 91. Bette was a resident of Maple Ridge Assisted Living in Oskaloosa. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 11 A.M. at Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa. A private burial service of the cremated remains will be held at a later date at Greencastle Cemetery...
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Sandra L. Coder

July 16, 1951 - October 30, 2013

Sandie Coder, 62, of Oskaloosa, died Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. She was born July 16, 1951, in Ottumwa, the daughter of Ira and Violet Adams. When she was a young girl she was adopted by Ralph and Lila Dickerson. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1969. Following graduation she worked as a waitress at Perry's Café and...
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Donna Minter

February 16, 1940 - October 29, 2013

Donna Minter Oskaloosa. Donna Colleen Wills Minter, 73, of Oskaloosa, went home to be with the Lord peacefully on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. She spent her final days at the Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab. Center surrounded by her family and a host of friends. She was born February 16, 1940, in Oskaloosa, the daughter of Willis W. and Matilda "Tillie" Smith Wills. On February 2, 1957,...
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Ruby A. Sterling

April 25, 1929 - October 24, 2013

Ruby A. Sterling, 84, of Rose Hill died Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa. She was born Thursday, April 25, 1929 in Buffalo, Kentucky, the daughter of Arthur and Lydia Davis Shipp. After school, Ruby stayed with her parents to help raise her sister while her mother was ill. On February 15, 1948, Ruby was united in marriage to Charles G. Sterling and he died on...
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Bob Wells

July 26, 1945 - October 4, 2013

Bob Wells New Sharon, Iowa. Bob Wells, 68, of New Sharon died Friday, October 4, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. As an infant Bob was adopted by Charles Osie and Dorotha Adalee Gibson Wells. He graduated from Harrah High School in Harrah, Oklahoma with the class of 1963. He furthered his education at Oklahoma State University earning his B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural...
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Leora Schuelka

September 1, 1931 - October 3, 2013

Dr. Bessie Leora Schuelka, 82, of Cedar, Iowa, died Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. She was born September 1, 1931, in Fort Madison, Iowa, the daughter of Theodore and Nora Brodsky Davis. She graduated from Montrose High School with the class of 1949. Leora furthered her education, obtaining her B.S. degree from Simpson College, her M.S. degree in...
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Elizabeth Rhoads-Roiland

December 7, 1979 - September 21, 2013

Elizabeth Anne Rhoads- Roiland, 33, of Oskaloosa died Saturday September 21, 2013 at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. She was born Friday, December 7, 1979 in Oskaloosa, the daughter of Jeffrey Rhoads and Anna Rios Olsasky. Beth graduated from the Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1998. Following high school, Beth went to work at Younkers in Des Moines for a couple years. She then...
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Jessie Reed

May 19, 1929 - September 12, 2013

Jessie M. Reed, 84, of Oskaloosa, died Thursday September 12, 2013, at MHP Hospital in Oskaloosa. She was born May 19, 1929, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Antonio and Maria Gonzalez Garcia. Early in life she worked at Chamberlin's in Waterloo, as they had modified their production to help support the war effort. On April 30, 1971, she was united in marriage to Donald M. Reed, he died in...
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Karol "Greyhound" Chitwood

April 19, 1945 - September 7, 2013

Karol "Greyhound" Chitwood, 68, of Oskaloosa, died Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Mercy West Lakes Hospital in Des Moines. He was born April 19, 1945, at Collinsville, Illinois, the son of Howard and Lora Mae Miller Chitwood. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Pyle and later divorced. On December 8, 1990, he was united in marriage to Debra Hartsock at Oskaloosa, she died December 19, 2004...
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John BeDillon

December 4, 1917 - September 5, 2013

John BeDillon Oskaloosa. John BeDillon, 95, of Montezuma and formerly of Oskaloosa, died Thursday, September 5, 2013, at the Montezuma Nursing and Rehab. Center in Montezuma. He was born December 4, 1917, at Beacon, Iowa, the son of Abraham Addison and Bridget Catherine Quirk BeDillon. He graduated from the Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1936. He served in the United States Navy,...
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Warren E. McBurney

July 10, 1929 - August 23, 2013

Warren McBurney Oskaloosa. Warren E. McBurney, 84, of Oskaloosa, died Friday, August 23, 2013, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. He was born July 10, 1929, in Oskaloosa, the son of Charles and Mabel Brown McBurney. He graduated from the Cedar High School with the class of 1947. Shortly after high school graduation, his father passed away and Warren took up the reins of the farm...
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Max Riley

September 27, 1932 - August 18, 2013

Max Riley, 80, of Oskaloosa, died Sunday, August 18, 2013, at the Mahaska Health Partnership Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. He was born September 27, 1932, at Moulton, Iowa, the son of Chet and June Evans Brinegar. At an early age, Max's mother died and he was adopted by his aunt and uncle Cleve and Art Riley. He graduated from the Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1951. On...
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Cleda Dugger

April 4, 1915 - August 13, 2013

Cleda Dugger Oskaloosa. Cleda I. Dugger, 98, of Oskaloosa died Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. She was born April 4, 1915, at Cantril, Iowa, the daughter of Homer C. and Dora Mae Adams Wells. She graduated from the Cedar High School with the class of 1934. Following graduation Cleda worked as a home health provider for an elderly couple in Oskaloosa....
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Ronald J. Burch

November 14, 1931 - August 10, 2013

Ronald J. Burch, 81, of Oskaloosa died Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the Griffon Nursing Center in Knoxville. He was born Saturday, November 14, 1931 in Iowa City, the son of Walter and Lolita Doller Burch, Sr. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School. In 1950, Ron joined the Marines and served during the Korean Conflict. Following his discharge in 1954, Ron worked for Merle Boughton and Herman...
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Willis Jay Groenendyk

June 18, 1933 - August 7, 2013

Willis Jay Groenendyk, 80, of rural Oskaloosa died Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at his home east of Oskaloosa. He was born June 18, 1933, at his parent's home in Cedar. Willis and his family were charter members of the Christian Reformed Church of Cedar; they started attending there when he was eight years old. He made his profession of faith at a young age and was still an active member of that...
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(Erma) Ruth Van Wyk

April 6, 1931 - August 3, 2013

Ruth Van Wyk, 82, of Leighton, died Saturday, August 3, 2013, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. She was born April 6, 1931 in Mahaska County the daughter of Henry and Irene Andringa Nieuwsma. On February 2, 1950, she was united in marriage to John G. Van Wyk at the First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa. Ruth was a homemaker who had a servant's heart, and she gave of her...
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(Emma) Marie Hibler

March 24, 1917 - July 28, 2013

Marie Hibler, 96, of Oskaloosa died Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab Center in Oskaloosa. She was born Saturday, March 24, 1917 in Keokuk County, the daughter of Fred Ervin and Janet Elizabeth Martin Rice. She graduated from the Fremont High School with the class of 1935. On December 29, 1940, Marie was united in marriage to Lawrence L. Hibler at Lancaster, Missouri...
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Curtis Howard

May 13, 1930 - July 27, 2013

Curtis Howard Oskaloosa. Curtis L. Howard, 83, of Oskaloosa died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. He was born May 13, 1930, west of Lacey, Iowa, the son of Elvan "Russ" and Edith L. Bishop Howard. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955. On December 10, 1955, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Davis at Lancaster, Missouri. Dorothy died...
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Mike Melcher

July 25, 1941 - July 22, 2013

Michael Melcher Ankeny. (David) Michael Melcher, 71, of Ankeny, passed away peacefully after a brief battle with cancer on Monday, July 22, 2013, at his home in Ankeny, surrounded by his family. He was born July 25, 1941, in Oskaloosa, the son of Howard and Bernice Heyland Melcher. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1959. On January 6, 1962, he was united in marriage...
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Earl DeBoef

June 2, 1929 - July 17, 2013

Earl L. DeBoef, 84, of rural New Sharon, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at the Mahaska Heath Partnership ICU. He was born June 2, 1929, at the old Abbott Hospital in Oskaloosa, the son of Lester and Gertrude Hooyer DeBoef. He attended school at Lacey. He made his profession of faith at the age of eleven. Following school he went to work helping his dad on the family farm. On January 21, 1949...
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Tom Willemsen

December 21, 1957 - July 16, 2013

Thomas Jeffrey Willemsen, 55, of rural Rose Hill died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. He was born December 21, 1957, in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Peggy McKibbin Willemsen. Tom was educated in the Grinnell School System until 7th grade when the family moved to Oskaloosa. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1976. He...
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Shirley Jordan

November 4, 1935 - July 14, 2013

Shirley Jordan Oskaloosa. Shirley Jordan, 77, of rural Oskaloosa, died Sunday, July 14, 2013, at her home west of Oskaloosa. She was born November 4, 1935, at Oskaloosa, the third oldest daughter of seven children born to James and Thelma Gorman Rodgers. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1953. Early on she worked at Dean's Cigar Store in Oskaloosa. On December 6,...
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Lael Mary Pierson

June 22, 1921 - July 12, 2013

Lael Mary Pierson, 92, of Oskaloosa, died Thursday, July 12, 2013, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Lael was born June 22, 1921, in Wheatfield, Indiana, the second of six children born to William and Myrtle Custard. She attended school in Indiana, Colorado, and graduated from Buffalo Center, Iowa. On Friday, September 13, 1939, she was united in marriage to Merritt W. Pierson in...
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Paul Messerli

May 28, 1926 - July 11, 2013

Paul Messerli Oskaloosa. Paul Messerli, 87, of Oskaloosa died Thursday, July 11, 2013 at the Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. He was born Friday, May 28, 1926 in Monticello, Iowa, the son of John and Ethel Haigh Messerli. On July 14, 1949, Paul was united in marriage to Benita Mead. When he turned 18, Paul moved to Manchester, Iowa, and farmed there until he and Benita moved to Mason City in...
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Morris Sonny Comstock

September 13, 1937 - July 5, 2013

Morris Steven "Sonny" Comstock, 75, of Oskaloosa died Friday, July 5, 2013 at the Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. He was born Monday, September 13, 1937 in Oskaloosa, the son of James Lewis and Mildred Stella Sproul Comstock. He attended Oskaloosa High School. On December 8, 1956, Sonny was united in marriage to Peggy Ann Sparks at Oskaloosa and she died Thursday, July 30, 2009. In 1955...
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Leo C. Denburger

August 29, 1928 - June 29, 2013

Leo C. Denburger Oskaloosa. Leo Cal Denburger, 84, of Oskaloosa, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. He was born August 29, 1928, in Oskaloosa the son of Fred and Avis DeLong Denburger. He attended Union Country School through the 8th grade and went on to graduate from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1946. He furthered his education at A.I.B. in...
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Donna Lambert

May 11, 1933 - June 23, 2013

Donna De Reus Lambert, of Indianola and formerly of Oskaloosa, died at age 80 on June 23, 2013 in Mercy Hospital, Des Moines, IA after a final struggle with congestive heart failure. Donna was born on May 11, 1933 in Oskaloosa, the daughter of James and Maxine Parker De Reus. She attended Grant Elementary School and Oskaloosa High School, graduating from there in 1951. Donna attended Iowa...
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Peggy Dulin

March 15, 1929 - June 10, 2013

Peggy Dulin, 84, of Manassas, Virginia and formerly of Oskaloosa, Iowa, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at the Fairfax Nursing Center in Fairfax, Virginia. She was born March 15, 1929, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the daughter of Glenn T. "Pete" and Anne Shaw Peterson. She graduated from the Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1947. Peggy worked at the Mahaska County Sheriff's Office in the late 1940's...
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Mary Ann Moore

May 8, 1932 - June 10, 2013

Mary Ann Moore Oskaloosa. Mary Ann Moore, 81, of Indianola and formerly of Oskaloosa died Monday, June 10, 2013 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. She was born Sunday, May 8, 1932 in Iowa City, the daughter of George and Florence Waldschmidt Schreiber. She graduated from St. Mary's High School in Iowa City with the class of 1950. Mary Ann then attended the Mercy College and...
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Gladys Evelyn Bloem

June 4, 1919 - June 8, 2013

Gladys Evelyn Bloem, 94, of Oskaloosa died Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab in Oskaloosa. She was born Wednesday, June 4, 1919 in Marion County, Iowa, the daughter of Dirk G. and Hattie Jansen DeJong. She graduated from the Rock Island School in Mahaska County. On February 28, 1940, Gladys was united in marriage to Elmer John Bloem in New Sharon, Iowa. Together, they...
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Frederick L. Davis

July 22, 1927 - June 7, 2013

Frederick L. Davis, 85, of Oskaloosa died Friday, June 7, 2013 at the Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. He was born Friday, July 22, 1927 in New Sharon, Iowa the son of Thomas and Ethel Hyatt Davis. Following school, Fred joined the Coast Guard. While in the Coast Guard he was united in marriage to Genevie Nance on June 19, 1945 in Key West, Florida and she died February 27, 2009. Fred worked...
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Marie Simmons

April 19, 1938 - June 2, 2013

Marie Simmons Oskaloosa. Marie Simmons, 75, of Oskaloosa, died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at the Oskaloosa Care Center in Oskaloosa. She was born April 19, 1938, at Bussey, Iowa the daughter of William M. and Ethel A. Gray Hols. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1956. Marie worked various places throughout her life including: the old Putt's Drive-In, the old Continental...
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Sandra Kay Moody

February 11, 1959 - May 31, 2013

Sandra Kay Moody Oskaloosa. Sandra Kay Moody, 54, of Oskaloosa, died at her home in Oskaloosa. She was born February 11, 1959, in Oskaloosa, the daughter of Robert Laverne and Shirley Ann Smith Moody. While in high school Sandra started working for local nursing homes. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1977. Following graduation she continued to work at area nursing...
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Ronald D. Richards

November 1, 1941 - May 28, 2013

Ronald D. Richards Eddyville. Ronald D Richards, 71, of Eddyville died Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the Mahaska Health Partnership Hospital in Oskaloosa. He was born November, 1, 1941, in Mahaska County to Delbert and Leona Shipp Richards. As a child, Ron resided in rural Eddyville. He graduated from the Eddyville High School with the class of 1959, and later earned his bachelor degree from Buena...
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Albert W. Stewart

July 12, 1923 - May 24, 2013

Albert Stewart Oskaloosa. Albert Stewart, 89, of Oskaloosa died Friday, May 24, 2013, at his home in Oskaloosa. He was born July 12, 1923, at the Stewart Corner in Mahaska County the son of Charles Emory and Alice Marie Clayworth Stewart. As a boy Albert worked the family farm with horses. He attended school at the Spring Valley one room school house. He took a few years off from school and...
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Robert William Moffet

July 16, 1929 - May 23, 2013

Robert Moffet, 83, of Oskaloosa died Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the MHP Emergency Room in Oskaloosa. He was born July 16, 1929, in rural Mahaska County the son of Albert and Bertha Wassenhoven Moffet. Early in life he worked on the family farm. On January 3, 1951, he was united in marriage to Barbara Dunsmoor in Oskaloosa, Iowa. In 1951, he joined the United States Army and served until 1953....
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John Eberline

April 14, 1940 - May 21, 2013

John Eberline, 73, Oskaloosa, IA died Tuesday, May 21, 2013. A memorial service will be held Friday May 24, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa. A burial service of the cremated remains will be held at a later date in the Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa. John was born April 14, 1940 in Oskaloosa, IA to Marion L. and Lois V. Clark Eberline. He was a graduate of...
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Florence Lillian Voss

September 16, 1924 - May 19, 2013

Florence Lillian Voss, 88, of Oskaloosa, died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. She was born September 16, 1924, in Estherville, Iowa, the daughter of Fredrick and Lavina McFadden Newman. She attended school at Ottumwa High School and The Open Bible Institute in Des Moines. Following school she moved to California. On May 3, 1957, she was united in marriage...
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Vardena Belle Pontello

March 8, 1921 - May 19, 2013

Vardena Belle Pontello, 92, of Oskaloosa died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. She was born March 8, 1921, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the daughter of Robert and Vera Bell Hammond Boystun Wilder. On September 8, 1943, she was united in marriage to Samuel J. Pontello at Los Angles, California, they later separated. In 1943, Vardena moved to Los Angles and...
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Judith Mausser

February 13, 1956 - May 15, 2013

Judith Mausser Knoxville. Judith Mausser, 57, of Knoxville, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the Westridge Nursing and Rehab Center in Knoxville. She was born February 13, 1956, at Summit, New Jersey, the daughter of Louis and Carmella Albertino Martinelli. She graduated from Summit High School with the class of 1974. On November 19, 1983, she was united in marriage to Frank Cortez. To this...
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James "Jim" Tylkowski

February 19, 1939 - May 10, 2013

James "Jim" Tylkowski, 74, of Oskaloosa, died Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born February 19, 1939, in Farewell, Nebraska, the son of Maximillion and Anna Kizlor Tylkowski. He graduated from the Farewell Nebraska High School with the class of 1956. He entered the United States Army in 1958, and served six years as a Morse Code Interceptor. On May 4,...
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Edith Rice

October 9, 1923 - May 4, 2013

Edith L. Rice Oskaloosa. Edith L. Rice, 89, of Oskaloosa, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab. Center in Oskaloosa. She was born October 9, 1923, at Armstrong, Missouri, the daughter of Stephen P. and Margaret E. Black Garner. She graduated from the Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1941. Following graduation she worked as a bookkeeper at Blackford's...
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Terry McMillian

January 6, 1951 - April 30, 2013

Terry A. McMillian, 62, of Rose Hill died Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Mahaska Health Partnership E.R. in Oskaloosa. He was born Saturday, January 6, 1951 in Oskaloosa the son of Gentry and Rosemary Evans McMillian. Terry graduated from the Oskaloosa Senior High with the class of 1969. Following graduation he attended a tech school in Milwaukee to study drafting. On December 31, 1987, Terry was...
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Mary Carter

November 8, 1951 - April 28, 2013

Mary Carter, 61, of Oskaloosa and formerly of Fremont passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013, peacefully at her home in Oskaloosa after a ten year battle with cancer. She was born Mary Jean Vandello on Thursday, November 8, 1951 in Ottumwa the daughter of Richard and Mary Hammond Vandello. Mary graduated from the Walsh High School in Ottumwa with the class of 1970. On September 23, 1972, she was...
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Bertha "Birdie" Boyer

June 6, 1911 - April 24, 2013

Bertha "Birdie" Boyer, 101, of Grinnell and formerly of Oskaloosa died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at the Grinnell Health Care Center in Grinnell. She was born Tuesday, June 6, 1911 in Oskaloosa, the daughter of Walter and Anna Bruinsma Dingeman. Following school see worked for a short time at a chicken farm. In 1936, Birdie was united in marriage to Raymond Boyer in Oskaloosa and he died December...
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Arthur Mitchell

January 5, 1929 - April 22, 2013

Arthur Mitchell, 84, of Oskaloosa, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. He was born January 5, 1929, in Albia, Iowa, the son of Elmer and Rena McClean Mitchell. Art worked for Goodwin Brick and Tile in Des Moines for over 30 years. On September 14, 1976, he was united in marriage to Ruth Hoffman at Des Moines. In retirement Art worked for A.A.R.P. He...
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Charles C. Whitaker

August 18, 1917 - April 19, 2013

Charles C. Whitaker, 95, of Oskaloosa died Friday, April 19, 2013 at Oskaloosa Care Center in Oskaloosa. He was born Saturday, August 18, 1917 in the Monroe Township of Mahaska County, the son of Walter and Clara Corns Whitaker. He graduated from the Rose Hill High School. Following graduation, Charles was accepted at Central College in Pella but chose to join the Navy instead. On January 6, 1940...
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Mardell L. Allgood

June 7, 1915 - April 17, 2013

Mardell L. Allgood, 97, of Oskaloosa, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. She was born June 7, 1915, at Newton, Iowa, the daughter of George Clinton and Minnie Broderson Preston. On June 14, 1934, she was united in marriage to Arthur W. "Tod" Allgood, at Newton, Iowa; Tod died June 12, 1995. Mardell worked for many years as a telephone operator for...
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Virginia V. Sytsma

February 23, 1928 - April 16, 2013

Virginia Violet Sytsma, 85, of Oskaloosa, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Northern Mahaska Care Center in Oskaloosa. She was born February 23, 1928, in Oskaloosa, the daughter of Adam Edmund Crile and Vida Violet Hawkinson Crile. Early in life, she worked at the old Continental Overall Factory in Oskaloosa. On February 20, 1947, she was united in marriage to Rodney Price Sytsma, at the...
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Nina Current

December 14, 1917 - April 10, 2013

Nina M. Current Barnes City. Nina M. Current, 95, of Barnes City, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa. She was born December 14, 1917, near Montezuma, Iowa, the daughter of John and Effie Tolles McKee. On December 10, 1934, she was united in marriage to Perry Current in Oskaloosa; Perry died February 12, 1990. Together they farmed near Montezuma,...
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Martin Beal

December 2, 1942 - April 8, 2013

Martin Beal, 70, of Oskaloosa died Monday, April 8, 2013, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. He was born December 2, 1942, at Oskaloosa, Iowa, the son of Harold and Ila McGriff Beal. He served in the United States Army. On May 11, 1963, he was united in marriage to Shirley Mabee at Showlow, Arizona. Shirley died on December 12, 2011. Early on Martin ran heavy equipment doing...
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Julianna Joy Fash

May 5, 1987 - April 7, 2013

Julianna Joy Fash Oskaloosa. Julianna Joy Fash, 25, of Oskaloosa, died April 7, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. She was born May 5, 1987, the daughter of Charles and Debra Fash. She earned her diploma through home schooling and attended college at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa. She worked at the Y.M.C.A. for the after school program and as a beauty...
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Harry "Butch" Hewitt II

October 17, 1947 - April 6, 2013

Butch Hewitt Des Moines. Harry "Butch" Hewitt, 65, of Des Moines, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born October 17, 1947, at Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Harry and Lois Greiner Hewitt. He graduated from the Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1966. He was recruited and signed with New York Yankees right out of high school to play catcher...
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Ed Zimmerman

May 24, 1935 - April 6, 2013

Ed Zimmerman, 77, of Oskaloosa, died Saturday, April 6, 2013 at his home in Oskaloosa. He was born Friday, May 24, 1935, in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Horace Alton and Lela Bonita Conrey Zimmerman. Ed graduated from the Knoxville High School with the class of 1953. In 1953, Ed joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean Conflict. Following his discharge he went to work at Iowa Power and...
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LaVerne Fleck

February 1, 1945 - March 27, 2013

LaVerne Fleck, 68, of Oskaloosa, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. He was born February 1, 1945, at Oskaloosa, the son of Ray F. and Irene Chilcote Fleck. LaVerne attended Eddyville Schools. Early on he worked for various farms in the area. He moved to Wellman, Iowa and went to work for a nursing home there. His next move was to Ottumwa where he...
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Bonnie Lou Adams

March 31, 1927 - March 26, 2013

Bonnie Adams Oskaloosa. Bonnie Lou Adams, 85, of Oskaloosa, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at her home in Oskaloosa. She was born March 31, 1927, at Oskaloosa, Iowa, the daughter of Grover and Ethel Mae Sparks Musgrove. On April 14, 1946, she was united in marriage to Virgil Adams, they later divorced. Early on Bonnie worked for the school district hot lunch program. Later she worked at the...
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Terry Oaks

July 17, 1952 - March 24, 2013

Terry Dean Oaks Oskaloosa. Terry Dean Oaks, 60, of Oskaloosa, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, with his wife Carol by his side at his home in Oskaloosa. He was born July 17, 1952, in Denver, Colorado, the son of George and Dorothy Hoschouer Oaks. Terry entered the United States Marine Corps in December of 1969. He began his Marine Corps career as a grunt. As he furthered his training and...
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Eva Breuklander

August 16, 1918 - March 22, 2013

Eva Breuklander Oskaloosa. Eva Breuklander, 94, of Oskaloosa, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. She was born August 16, 1918, at Sigourney, Iowa, the daughter of Roy and Lena Fuhs Butcher. She graduated from the Sigourney High School. She was married to Paul Hale, and later divorced. On April 9, 1955, Eva was united in marriage to Harold L....
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Donald Beason

November 13, 1953 - March 13, 2013

Donald Eugene Beason, 59, of Oskaloosa, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at his daughter's home in Oskaloosa. He was born November 13, 1953, at Oskaloosa, the son of Kenneth and Henrietta Hite Beason. He served in the United States Army. On September 23, 1977, he was united in marriage to Kyong Cha Chon in South Korea. Don worked at several places throughout his life including, driving semi...
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Everett J. Northway

October 6, 1930 - March 12, 2013

Everett J. Northway, 82, of Oskaloosa and San Angelo, Texas, went to be with his Lord and savior Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at his residence in Texas. He was born October 6, 1930, at Madrid, Iowa, the son of Everett and Dolly Walker Northway. Early in life he worked at a hardware store in Des Moines. On June 21, 1953, he was united in marriage to Mary K. Wren in Pella, Iowa. Later he worked at...
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