Obituaries

Thu
10
Aug

Lydia Murphy

Lydia Murphy

 

 

 

Lydia Murphy, 88, of Clermont, Iowa died Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Stoney Brook Village in West Union, Iowa. Lydia Crystal was born December 4, 1928 to Clarence and Lydia (Anderson) Thorson at the family home in Clermont, Iowa. She graduated from Clermont High School in 1947.

Lydia was united in marriage with Gerald Schneider on February 27, 1949, six children were born to this union, and they later divorced. She was then united in marriage with Eugene Murphy on March 1, 1975.

While young, Lydia worked for Baechlers Dry Goods. Lydia was always busy on the farm and would haul can milk. Throughout the years she worked as a CNA at Methwick Nursing Home in Cedar Rapids, Home Health in Cedar Rapids, for Nordec, in Waukon, Iowa and Good Samaritan Society in Postville, Iowa. She enjoyed writing in her journals, making comforters for her grandchildren and traveling, especially her trip to Turkey. 

Thu
10
Aug

Townsend "Ted" Cass

Townsend Mills "Ted" Cass

 

 

Townsend Mills “Ted” Cass, born in Waterloo Iowa in 1934, died peacefully July 30 at a health care facility in Brewer, Maine.  

He spent part of his childhood in Tulsa OK, and   was for many years a resident of Sumner IA where the family owned the Cass Family dairy and crop farm.

He and his former wife Nuna moved to Sullivan ME in 1986 from Clermont, Iowa.

Ted was a remarkable individual who left a strong impression on everyone who knew him. He spent at least one college summer as a merchant mariner (oiler and wiper,) working as a deckhand on a Texaco oil tanker, little knowing that a coasting trip from Texas, which included jumping into Portland Harbor on a dare, (and getting out of the water as fast as possible) and a stop at Brewer, would be first glimpses of his last home state.

Wed
26
Jul

Duane Martin

Duane Wander

 

 

Duane Wander of Springfield, Ore., died Wednesday evening, July 19, 2017, at his home.

He is the brother of Linda (Jerry) Anderson and Keith Wander of Clermont.

No funeral services have been set at this time.

Wed
26
Jul

Michael Fielding

Michael Fielding

 

 

Michael “Mike” Fielding, 77, died peacefully on Monday, July 17, 2017 in Royal Blackburn Hospital. 

Much loved husband of Val and father to Andrea and Louise, granddad to Jack, Ben, Emma and Mattias, Fielding was a former teacher for over 30 years at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School. 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 28, 2017, at Accrington Crematorium, followed by cremation. 

Memorials, if so desired, in memory of Mike may be given to: The Alzheimer's Society and/or British Heart Foundation, c/o Clitheroe Funeral Service, 10/12 Whalley Road, Clitheroe, BB7 1AW. 01200 443045.

Mike Fielding was instrumental in establishing the British Exchange program at North Fayette High School. 

Wed
26
Jul

Willys Fritz

Willys Fritz

 

 

Willys “Willie” Fritz, 83, of West Union, Iowa died Monday, July 17, 2017 in West Union, Iowa from injuries sustained in a car accident. 

He was born on Father’s Day on a farm near Alpha, Iowa to Alfred and Elsie (Borcherding) Fritz on June 17, 1934. He was the oldest of two children. 

He was baptized at St. Peter (Richfield) on July 8, 1934 in Sumner, Iowa and confirmed on March 21, 1948 at St John Lutheran Church in Sumner. 

Willie learned the value of hard work at the young age of 13, when he lost his father. His first job was at the Sumner Bakery. He also worked for Sumner Tire where he fixed a tire for 75 cents and cleaned a car inside and out for $1.50. 

He graduated from Sumner High School in 1952. 

Wed
19
Jul

Dorothea Odekirk

Dorothea Odekirk

 

 

Dorothea M. Odekirk, 89, of Fayette died Monday, July 10, 2017 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

 

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017, at the United Methodist Church in Fayette with Rev. Mee Kang officiating. Interment will follow at Dunham Grove Cemetery rural, Randalia.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 14th at Becker-Milnes Funeral home in Fayette and for one hour preceding services at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be made in her name to the United Methodist Church in Fayette or Palmer Lutheran Hospice. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

 

Wed
19
Jul

LInda Becker

Linda Becker

 

 

Linda L. Becker, 68, of Sumner, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, following a sudden and unexpected illness.

 

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. Cheryl Szabo officiating. Burial will follow at Union Mound Cemetery in Sumner. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 18th at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Wednesday. Memorials may be given to the family for designation at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

 

Wed
19
Jul

Harold Frick

Harold Frick

 

 

Harold Albert Frick, 96, of Elkader died peacefully at his sons’ home, Monday, July 3, 2017, in Manchester, Iowa.

He was born August 27, 1920 in Plain, WI to Alfred and Rose (Nachreiner) Frick.

Harold was united in marriage to Letha Marie McManus on May 18, 1946, in Pontiac, MI. The couple was married for 62 years and blessed with four children. They spent their winters in Winter Haven, FL. for over 25 years.

He proudly enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in August of 1942 and wounded in action on the 8th day of the Battle of Iwo Jima on Feb. 26, 1945. He was discharged as a Private First Class in August 1945 after recovering from his wounds. Harold was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a local member of the VFW Post 106 and American Legion Posts: Elkader, IA Post #0106 and Sebastopol, CA Post #3919. 

Wed
19
Jul

Diane Fay

Diane Fay

 

 

Diane M. Fay, formerly of Sumner, died Friday, May 12, 2017, at her home in Des Moines.  

On Sunday, July 23, a rosary will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. The family will then greet friends and relatives until 8 p.m. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 24. 

All events will take place at Immaculate Conception Church in Sumner.

Wed
19
Jul

Robert Proctor

Robert Proctor

 

 

Robert W. Proctor, age 91, passed away at Manor Care Nursing Home in Waterloo, Iowa on July 5, 2017. 

Robert was one of two children born to Ralph and Wanda Proctor of Alpha, Ia.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, his sister, Lorraine (Rollin) Krueger, stepchildren Roger Huschen of Alpha, IA and Lucinda (Vernon) Schmitz of West Union, IA, and three children, Luanne Douglas of Forest City, IA, Charlie Proctor of Boone, IA, and Tim (Jenny) Proctor of Patton, MO. 

Robert proudly served his country as a Private in the United States Army and was a cook during the WW II campaign in the Pacific. He was a member of the American Legion for 70 years. 

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