Obituaries

Wed
29
Jan

Shirley Biermann

Shirley Biermann

 

Shirley Biermann, 91, of West Union, Iowa died Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at her daughter’s home in West Union, Iowa.  She was born February 5, 1928 to Otis Chicken and Mabel Weston in West Union. Shirley graduated from West Union High School.

Shirley was united in marriage with Harlan Biermann on June 14, 1947 in West Union. Three children were born to this union. Shirley was a homemaker and also helped her husband as a bookkeeper at Biermann Plumbing and Heating in West Union. She was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church. Her hobbies included sewing, cooking, golfing, bridge club and playing cards. Shirley enjoyed her time spent at the cabin in Harpers Ferry.

Wed
22
Jan

David Hackley

David Hackley

 

David LeRoy Hackley, 77, of West Union passed away Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital with his family at his side. David LeRoy, the son of William Howard and Doris Elaine (Bates) Hackley, was born September 26, 1942 in Rowan, Iowa. He attended Rowan School. At the age of seventeen, David enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for twelve years. David was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida before transferring to the Naval Base in Rota, Spain. While in Rota, David met the love of his life, Lucy.

David and Guadalupe “Lucy” Medina were united in marriage on June 3, 1965 in Porta de Santa Maria, Spain. To this union seven children were born. David would later move his family to West Union, Iowa where he served as the Chief of Police. He served the public for thirty years in Rolfe, Clermont, and West Union, Iowa before his retirement. 

Wed
22
Jan

John Halstead

John Halstead

 

 

John H. Halstead 85 of Loup City, NE died Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Rose Lane Home in Loup City. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, 2020 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City. Father Richard L. Piontkowski will officiate the Mass.  Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the church with a 7:00 p.m. Vigil at the church. Cremation will follow the service and burial of the ashes will be held at a later date at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City. Memorials are suggested to the Halstead family or donor’s choice. Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements. Condolences for John’s guest book can be left at higginsfuneralhomelc.com.

Wed
22
Jan

Shirley Guyer

Shirley Guyer

 

Shirley Jean Guyer, 79, of Luana, Iowa, passed January 14, 2020.  She was born September 29, 1940 to Henry Paul William Mueller and Viola Clarice (Thompson) Mueller.  Shirley married Harold LeRoy Guyer October 5, 1963. Shirley went to a one-room country school near St. Olaf for kindergarten through 6th grade.  She attended 7th through 12th grade at the Luana High School and graduated in the class of 1959.  After marriage she lived on a farm near West Union as a farm wife, then moved back to her home farm by Luana in 1971. Worked a summer at the Elgin Corn Factory. She loved working at the McGregor Ceramic Shop for 17 years before retiring in 1995. 

Wed
15
Jan

Margaret Bohr

Margaret Bohr

 

Margaret Bohr, age 89, of Ossian, Iowa, died on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

Visitation was from 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian and also after 10 a.m. at the church on Tuesday. There was a prayer service at 7 p.m. following the visitation on Monday. The Schluter-Balik Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian with Rev. Donald Hertges presiding. Burial will be in the church cemetery following the service.

Wed
15
Jan

Meghan Powers

Meghan Powers

 

Meghan Elizabeth Powers, age 34, of Wilton, Iowa, passed away at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Monday, January 13, 2020, after a courageous battle with Breast Cancer.  A gathering will be held from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Grace United Church of Christ, Wilton.  A memorial service will be held at 10:30, immediately following the gathering.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for the benefit of her children.  Condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com

Wed
15
Jan

Kenneth Vagts

Kenneth Vagts

 

Kenneth Lawrence Vagts, 86, of Eldorado, Iowa died Friday, January 3, 2020 at his home in Eldorado. He was born September 14, 1933 to Lawrence and Mabel (Scheelhaase) Vagts in Eldorado, Iowa. Kenneth graduated from West Union High School, West Union, Iowa and attended college for one year at Area One, Calmar, Iowa.

Kenneth was united in marriage with Evelyn McIntyre on May 29, 1955 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Eldorado, Iowa. Seven children were born to this union. 

Wed
15
Jan

Duane Nefzger

Duane Nefzger

 

Former Iowa resident Duane C. Nefzger, 93, died peacefully January 5, 2020 at Apache Junction Health Center in Apache Jct., Arizona.

At his request, no service will be held.

Mr. Nefzger was born August 18, 1926 in Albany, Iowa to Elmer and Eva Pearl Nefzger.  Bud has always had a great sense of humor and enjoyed life to the fullest.  He farmed in Lima, worked with his brother Doyle in the creamery, and held various other jobs before being employed with John Deere.  Bud loved to go fishing and coon hunting during his younger years.  Bud resided in Oelwein, Iowa most of his life.  He retired after 25 years with John Deere and shortly afterwards he and his wife Ardath moved to Apache Jct., Arizona.  In Arizona, Bud managed a mobile home park for several years.   He enjoyed collecting John Deere memorabilia, tinkering with garage sale items, cracking pecans, visiting, and drinking a coke during his later years.  

Wed
08
Jan

Wayne Ruroden

Wayne Ruroden

 

Wayne A. Ruroden, 73, of Waukon, IA, died Friday, December 27, 2019, in rural Waukon. A private family gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate Wayne’s life. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Wed
08
Jan

Betty Lou Ott

Betty Lou Ott

 

Betty L. Ott, 78, of Fayette, died Sunday, January 5, 2020, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, with her four daughters at her side.

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