Obituaries

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Brenda Johnson

Brenda Johnson

 

 

Brenda J. Johnson, 62, of Ossian, Iowa, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, December 7, 2021, at her home surrounded by loved ones.

A Celebration of Life was held at  11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 11, 2021, at the Ossian Lutheran Church, 305 Jesse Street, Ossian, Iowa, 52161, with Rev. David Lenth officiating.

Relatives and friends greeted the family at the Ossian Lutheran Church for two hours before the service. Military Graveside Servicewas held by the Brockman-Hammersland American Legion Post #503 of Ossian. Final Resting Place is Greenwood Centennial Cemetery, rural Ossian, Iowa.

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LaVonne Anfinson

La Vonne Anfinson

 

LaVonne Cecil Anfinson, 91, of Ossian, Iowa died Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa. 

LaVonne Cecil was born on February 21, 1930 to William and Olivia (Hegland) Schwinefus in West Union, Iowa. She graduated from West Union High School.

On December 13, 1947, LaVonne was united in marriage with Kermit Anfinson at Stavanger Lutheran Church in Ossian, Iowa. Three children were born to this union.

LaVonne’s favorite pastime was spending time with her family. She also enjoyed spending time in her yard and working with her flowers. She belonged to a bridge club for many years. She was active over the years in many church groups and activities at Stavanger.

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Jonathan Brooks

Jonathan Brooks

 

Jonathan Charles Brooks, 76, of Milton, FL, passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at his home after a long battle with cancer. Jon was born February 6, 1945, in West Union, Iowa, the son of Joseph Armand and Ruth Hidinger Brooks. He was a member of North High School’s class of 1963.

Jon married Linda Wickham February 15, 1964, before he enlisted in the Navy. He was trained as an aviation machinist’s mate at NAS Millington and NAS Pensacola, then stationed at NAS Oceana, where he served on the USS Forrestal, which burned in 1967 off the coast of Vietnam. Jon received commendations for his actions during the crisis.

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Marvin Noska

Marvin Noska

 

Marvin “Marv” William Noska, 63, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2021 at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines after battling leukemia and complications of COVID-19. He was surrounded by the love of his family when he passed.

Marv was born December 6, 1958 in West Union, Iowa to Eugene and Helen (Schmitt) Noska. He graduated from North High School in 1977, working briefly in construction then later as a mechanic and service manager for Moss Service Center for 43 years.

On August 27, 1983, he married Shirl Jackson and their family was complete on November 6, 1989 when twins, Justin and Jared were born. They later divorced.

On August 17, 2007, he married Sheila (Eilers) Roach and they thoroughly enjoyed their life together. Marv loved camping, boating on the Mississippi river, July 4th kayaking trips on the Turkey river, Sunday afternoon drives, his classic cars, and spending time with his family.

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Colleen Guenther

Colleen Guenther

 

Colleen Guenther, 83 gracefully passed away surrounded by her loving family on Monday, December 6, 2021 at Maple Crest Memory Lane in Fayette Iowa, near her home of West Union Iowa, after battling with dementia and memory loss for the past few years. 

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Dec

Albert Butikofer

Albert Butikofer

 

Albert Allen Butikofer, age 92, died November 29, 2021, at the Gundersen Palmer Hospital in West Union, IA.  Albert was born to Marie (Schupbach) and Albert Butikofer, Sr. on October 28, 1929.  He attended the Cheery Valley country school.  On April 2, 1950, he was baptized and joined the Apostolic Christian Church, where he served as a song leader for many years.  In 1951-52, Albert and his brother Bert served their country together in Korea as non-combatants in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  

     Albert married LaVerne Ida Fischer (Roanoke, IL) on August 7, 1966.  They farmed together on the Butikofer home place southeast of Elgin, IA for 33 years, producing crops, livestock, and honey.  In May of 2000, they moved to Elgin and lived there until moving to Copper Creek Senior Living in January of 2021. Albert will be remembered for his wit and strong convictions, both of which he retained to the very end. 

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Steven Peterson

Steven Peterson

 

Steven Henry Peterson, 71, of West Union, Iowa died Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at Gundersen Palmer Hospital, West Union, Iowa 52175.

Steven Henry Peterson was born on May 15, 1950, to Henry and Sylvia (Rogness) Peterson in West Union, Iowa.  He attended country school until the 8th grade and graduated from North High School in 1968. 

In 1970, he was drafted into the Army and spent two years in Heidelberg, Germany. Steve was honorably discharged in 1972 and returned home where he joined his father on the family farm where they milked cows and grew crops.  In 1979, his parents moved to town and he purchased the farm from them and continued farming.  

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Donald Webster

Donald Webster

 

 

Donald Dean Webster, 71, of Elgin, Iowa died Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Manor Care Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Donald was born April 1, 1950 to Robert and Tillie (Kubik) Webster in Cresco, Iowa. He graduated from Cresco High School in 1969 and attended Area One in Calmar for Autobody. Don proudly joined and served in the United States Army, serving in Viet Nam.

Don was united in marriage with Karen Landswerk. Three sons were born to this union. They later divorced. Throughout the years, Don worked for P & H Harnischfeger Cranes in Cedar Rapids, painted water towers and Eglin’s Auto Body and owned and operator of Elgin Tap for fifteen years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

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Ellen Halverson

Ellen Halverson

 

Ellen Irene Halverson, 86, of Elgin, formerly of West Union passed away, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital surrounded by loving family.

She was born March 24, 1935, to Eugene Ruben Nutting and Gladys Wilma Baldwin Nutting at their home rural route Wadena. Sometime later they moved to a farm near Brainard where Ellen attended school until the eighth grade. At an early age she began helping her father on the farm, babysitting, and cleaning homes. 

On August 28, 1953 at the age of eighteen, Ellen accepted Christ as her personal savior while attending Gospel meetings held by Henry Wah ls and William Warke.  Ellen married Kenneth Halverson on Dec. 3, 1955. To this union one daughter, Deborah Jean was born. Her first job in 1956 was at Elscheimers, then Tony’s sandwich division of Schwans, Atwood and she retired from H & H Food Service. 

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Mildred Lyons

Mildred Lyons

 

 

Mildred Lyons, age 96 of Ossian, died on Thursday, November 25, 2021. Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Bethel Presbyterian Church, 208 North Vine St., West Union, IA.  Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at the Wild Woods Event Center, 110 W Main ST, Ossian, IA and also after 10 a.m. at the West Union Church on Friday morning.

Schluter-Balik Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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