Obituaries

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Barry Paige

Barry Paige

 

SSG (ret.) Barry Lee Paige, 73, of West Union, Iowa died Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Veteran’s Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Barry was born September 20, 1947 to Robert and Jeanette (Hulse) Paige in Waterloo, Iowa. He graduated from North High School in West Union, Iowa. In 1967, he joined the 101st Airborne Division and served honorably in the Vietnam War.  As a serviceman, Mr. Paige earned several awards and commendations, including the Combat Infantry Badge, the Vietnamese Cross for Gallantry, and a Purple Heart. 

On December 4, 1970, Barry married Diane Olson and out of this union they had three children. They divorced in 1991. Barry remarried in 1994, to Michelle Kneeland. Throughout the years when he wasn’t “playing Army” he pursued many trades. Once retired from the Army, he followed wherever the road took him, from Iowa to Louisiana.  He always had an avid love for farming and John Deere tractors.

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Leslie Thompson

Leslie Thompson

 

Leslie Ray Thompson, 70, of West Union, Iowa died Saturday, June 19, 2021 at his home in West Union, Iowa.  Leslie Ray was born January 24, 1951 to Floyd and Florence (Bergeson) Thompson in West Union, Iowa. He graduated from North High School in 1969.

On February 12, 1972, Leslie was united in marriage with Laurie Kazynski at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian, Iowa.  Throughout the years, Leslie drove semi for H&H for twenty-eight years and was District Sales Rep for Martin Bros for twenty-one years until his retirement.

Leslie was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed playing cards, golfing, bowling, washing his truck and going to coffee group.

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Mary Strong

Mary Strong

 

Mary Ellen (Enyart) Strong, daughter of Hollis and Velma Enyart was born February 1, 1930, in Postville, Iowa.  She passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021, at the age of 91.

Mary was baptized in the Presbyterian Church, which she later joined.  She eventually transferred to the Illyria Community Church.

She attended Grand Meadow County School through the seventh grade and finished eighth grade and graduated from Postville High School. 

On December 23, 1952, Mary was married to Myrten Strong.  To this union were born two sons, David and Robert, and a daughter, Cindy Sue (deceased).

Mary and Myrten farmed near Postville and Frankville, Iowa.  They later moved to Elgin, where they farmed until 1973.  While they were farming, they received a Farm Bureau Safety Award for Iowa. 

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Berdena Hoepfner

Berdena Hoepfner

 

Berdena M. Hoepfner, 95, of Hawkeye, died Sunday, June 20, 2021, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye with Rev. Ron Roberts officiating. Burial followed at Wilson Grove Cemetery, rural Sumner. Visitation was held on Wednesday, June 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Becker & Son Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the Church on Thursday. Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

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23
Jun

Leslie Thompson

Leslie Thompson

 

Leslie Ray Thompson, 70, of West Union, Iowa died Saturday, June 19, 2021 at his home in West Union, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 3- 7 pm on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in West Union, Iowa. There will also be a one hour visitation before mass at the church on Friday.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, June 25, 2021 at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Union, Iowa with Rev. Don Komboh as the celebrant.

Inurnment at West Union Cemetery at a later date.

Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in West union, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements.

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23
Jun

Duane Schmidt

Duane Schmidt

 

 

Duane A. “Schmitty” Schmidt, 81, of rural Arlington, Iowa, died on Saturday afternoon, June 19, 2021 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

Funeral Service:  2:30 p.m.. Friday, June 25, 2021 at St. John Lutheran Church in Arlington with Pastor Margaret Yackel-Juleen officiating.

Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Arlington and for one hour before the service at the church on Friday.

Military Graveside Service by the U.S. Army and the Arlington American Legion.

Interment: Taylorsville Cemetery, Arlington, Iowa.

Due to Covid 19, the church requests, inside the church, those that have been vaccinated may choose to wear a mask or not and highly recommends that those who have not been vaccinated to wear a mask for the safety of the entire group.

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Berdena Hoepfner

Berdena Hoepfner

 

Berdena M. Hoepfner, 95, of Hawkeye, died Sunday, June 20, 2021, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye with Rev. Ron Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at Wilson Grove Cemetery, rural Sumner. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 23 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Becker & Son Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the Church on Thursday. Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

 

 

 

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Jerry Smith

Jerry Smith

 

Jerry William Smith, 81, of Dubuque, died Monday, June 14, 2021, at Luther Manor in Dubuque, after several years battling cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

Visitation was held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., Monday, June 21, 2021 at Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Rd., Dubuque.

The funeral service for Jerry were immediately following the visitation at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the church with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. The service wAS live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

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Clarence Bock

Clarence Bock

 

Clarence Bock, 84, of West Union, Iowa died Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Karen Acres in Urbandale, Iowa. Clarence Paul was born October 21, 1936 to Paul Frederick and Anna Marie (Wenthe) Bock on a farm near Sumner, Iowa. He graduated from West Union High School in 1954 and continued his education at Barber School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After doing his apprenticeship in Charles City, Clarence opened shop in West Union and ran it from 1958 to 1972. 

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23
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Paul Hanson

Paul Hanson

 

Paul Bernard Hanson, 79, of Elgin, Iowa died Sunday, June 13, 2021 at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton, Iowa. He was born June 7, 1942 to Bernard and Alma (Opsand) Hanson in Postville, Iowa. Paul graduated high school in 1960 and attended college. 

Surviving Paul are his siblings, Harold, Randine, Margaret, Sylvia, Inga, Elsie, Enoch, Albert and Cora. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Public Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Elgin, Iowa.

A Private Service and Burial will be held.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elgin, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements.

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