Kathy Varner, age 62 of Mystic, Iowa passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at her home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4 PM, Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home & Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Holly Oden officiating. A private inurnment will follow at a later date in the Highland Cemetery in Mystic, Iowa. A visitation will take place on Saturday, November 21st at Lange Funeral Home from 2-4 PM. Memorials have been established to the Mystic American Legion, Post #340 and may beRead More
HELEN BATES OTTUMWA – Helen J. Bates, 89, of Ottumwa died at 3:15 a.m. November 14, 2015 at Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa. She was born June 15, 1926 in Marysville, IA to Paul D. and Ella Wagaman Pottorff. She married James Gordon Williams on December 22, 1946 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. He preceded her in death on October 3, 1980. She married Robert Bates on December 23, 1989 in Ottumwa. He preceded her in death March 9, 2010. A graduate of Ottumwa High School inRead More
KENNETH YOUNGKRANTZ HEDRICK-Kenneth G. Youngkrantz, 70, of 205 Brooks died November 14, 2015 at his home. He was born November 2, 1945 in Willmar, MN to Carl and Ida Walsh Youngkrantz. He married Roxanne Spilman. They later divorced. He married RaNae Sandrini on January 28, 2004. He resided in Hedrick from 1973 to 2000 then moved to Bakersfield, CA, returning to Hedrick in March 2015. A graduate of Mankato State University at Mankato, MN, he served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He managed Kaiser Fertilizer Plant in Hedrick, wasRead More
Ernest “Cowboy” William Haines, age 86 of Fairfield, passed away Friday, November 13, 2015 at Van Buren County Hospital. Visitation for family and friends will be 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Behner Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Behner Funeral Home with Pastor Earl Swigart officiating. Burial will be at Lockridge Cemetery, Lockridge, IA with military rites. Memorials can be made to HCI Hospice, Lockridge Cemetery or VFW. Cards and memorials can be mailed to: Bill Haines, 2118Read More
Bonnie Jean Opperman, age 83 of Centerville, Iowa passed away Thursday, November 12, 2015 at her home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 AM, Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville. A visitation will take place on Saturday at Lange Funeral Home from 10:00-11:30. A memorial has been established to HCI (formerly known as Hospice of Central Iowa) and may be given to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.
RUTH MUNLEY OTTUMWA-Ruth Viola Merrill Munley, 93, formerly of 233 W. Williams, died November 13, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa. She was born December 18, 1921 in Old Buxton, IA to Charles Atlas and Martha Helen Fry Merrill. She married Martin Munley on April 6, 1942. He preceded her in death on November 5, 1984. Ruth was a member of St. Mary of the Visitation and the Altar and Rosary Society. Surviving are two daughters, Sue Ann (Dick) Burton of Davenport, Marti Maryjane (Rex Jr.) Larson of Ottumwa; aRead More
ANNIE STIPP OTTUMWA-Annie Mauricette Yvonne Stipp, 71, of 2002 N. Court, died at 9:46 p.m. November 12, 2015 at her home. She was born June 10, 1944 in Verdun, France to Rene and Odette Wittenhove Frederich. She married Edgar Hubert Stipp on October 8, 1967. Annie grew up in France. She and her husband lived in Gibson City, IL before moving to Ottumwa in the 1970’s. She was an active volunteer for Babe Ruth baseball and had served as president of the league. Annie loved to bake and cook, andRead More
HAROLD GIPSON OTTUMWA-Harold M. Gipson, 92, of Ottumwa, died at 5:48 a.m. November 11, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He was born February 12, 1923 in Estherville, IA to Ora and Mary Evelyn Given Gipson. He married Virginia A. Rill on February 28, 1943. She preceded him in death on June 20, 1998. A 1940 graduate of Estherville High School, Harold served with the U.S. Navy during WWII. He had worked for the Ottumwa Police Department and Wapello County Sheriff Department. Harold wasRead More
Helen Lucille Frakes, age 85, of Centerville, Iowa passed away Monday, November 9, 2015 at the Centerville Nursing and Rehab Center in Centerville. There will be no scheduled services at this time. Memorials have been established to the 18-80 Club and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 South 18thCenterville, Iowa 52544. Online condolences may be shared at www.langefh.com. Lange Funeral Home of Centerville has been entrusted with caring for the family.
Willa Eleanor Moore, age 92 of Moravia, Iowa, passed away Sunday, November 08, 2015 at the Centerville Nursing and Rehab Center in Centerville, Iowa. Private services will be held at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville. A graveside service will take place at 1 PM, Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in McLeansboro, Illinois. Memorials have been established to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.
Corey Gayland Nelson age 44, of Fairfield passed away Saturday, November 7, 2015 at his home in Fairfield. A Celebration of Life Service will be 2:30 pm, Sunday, November 15, 2015 at Elks Lodge. Private burial of cremains will be at Spencer Cemetery at a later date. According to his wishes the body was cremated. Memorials can be made to The Lords Cupboard. Cards and memorials can be sent to: Cheriel Fleig, 10804 Willow Road, Stockport, Iowa 52651. Corey Gayland Nelson was born June 13, 1972 to Alan Keith andRead More
JACK ARNOLD OTTUMWA- John S. “Jack” Arnold, 78, of Ottumwa passed away November 9, 2015 at Hospice House in Ottumwa after a short battle with lung cancer. Jack was born May 25, 1937 in Council Bluffs to the late Dottie and D.B. Arnold and moved to Ottumwa at the age of 9 months where he enjoyed the many joys of his life. Jack was married to the late Linda Graham and later married his wife of 46 years, Ruth. He is survived by his wife Ruth; brother, Robert “Bob” (Beverly)Read More
JON WINGER OTTUMWA – Jon Carter Winger, 75, of Iowa City and formerly of Ottumwa passed away November 6, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Iowa City after a brave battle with lung disease surrounded by loved ones. He was born April 1, 1940 in Kalamazoo, MI to Henry and Eva Greenley Winger. He married Mary Hagen December 14, 2014. Jon attended Missouri Military Academy and Iowa State University before serving in the U.S. Army. He drove a semi-truck for different companies including Dickey’s Transport. He was a Real EstateRead More
DONNA JOHNSON OTTUMWA-Donna Ruth Johnson, 79, of 1646 Locust St. died at 12:07 a.m., November 8, 2015 at her home. She was born April 3, 1936 in Rathbun, IA to Stanley and Rosetta Wickline Posovich. She married Edgar J. “Snowball” Johnson August 7, 1954. He preceded her in death September 19, 1993. She had worked in the culinary department for St. Joseph Hospital from 1972-2001. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Surviving are two sons, Samuel Johnson (Terry Belzer) and Charles (Sue) Johnson, both of Ottumwa; andRead More
JUDY JOHNSON AGENCY-Judith E. Johnson, 61, of 219 S. Hazel, died at 6:12 p.m. November 8, 2015 at home. She was born February 20, 1954 in Ottumwa to Melvin J. and Dorothy Jean Hinkel Barnett. She married Jerry Johnson on April 29, 1973. A 1972 graduate of Cardinal High School, and of Indian Hills School of Nursing, Judy was a registered nurse at Ottumwa Regional Health Center for 38 years. She was a member of St. Mary of the Visitation and T.O.P.S. Judy enjoyed gardening and taking care of herRead More
WAYNE WAGNER OTTUMWA – Wayne L. Wagner, 78, of 11355 Bladensburg Rd. died November 7, 2015 at his home. He was born April 2, 1937 in Ottumwa to Homer F. and Irene M. Tomlin Wagner. He married Patricia A. Gantz October 3, 1959. A graduate of Ottumwa High School in 1955, he attended Parsons College. He, along with his father, owned and operated Wagner Trucking and Albia Road Car Wash where he washed, waxed and detailed cars. He also worked for Hardees. He was a member of Bible Baptist ChurchRead More
Marilyn Ann Goodell, 76, of Batavia, IA passed away Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Ottumwa Hospice House in Ottumwa. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kremer Funeral Chapel in Batavia. Burial will be in the Batavia Cemetery following the service. Visitation will begin at noon on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Kremer Funeral Chapel in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her honor may be directedRead More
Sharon Kay Glasgow, 73, of Eldon died at 8:39 PM Saturday, November 7, 2015 in the emergency room of Ottumwa Regional Health Center. She was born November 1, 1942 in Eldon to Monte and Mildred Black Stagers and married Ronald Glasgow. Sharon grew up in Eldon and graduated from Eldon High School. She and Ron lived most of their married life in Eldon. She attended Eldon Christian Church, was a volunteer at the Eldon Opera House, and had worked at Benson’s Hardware Store and Eldon Public Library. Sharon enjoyed goingRead More
Pauline Sumpter, age 100 of Claremont, California, formerly of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Pilgrim Place in Claremont, California. Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM, Friday, November 13, 2015, at the Lange Funeral Home in Centerville with Deacon John Tullius officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, Friday, from 1PM-2PM. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery, Centerville, Iowa. A Memorial donation in her name can be made to the Union Rescue Mission, 545 San Pedro Street, Los Angeles,Read More
BLAKE NICHOLS OTTUMWA-Blake Robert Nichols, 15, of 316 Oakwood, died November 4, 2015 at home. He was born May 8, 2000 in Ottumwa to Guadalupe Coronado Jr. and Jessica Nichols. Blake was an 8th grade student at Eddyville-Blakesburg High School. He enjoyed racing and working on slot cars and riding 4-wheelers. Surviving are his parents, Jessica (Brent Harryman) Nichols and Guadalupe Coronado Jr.; sisters and brothers, Bella Rivera, Jolie, Quaid and Nolan Harryman; grandparents, George and Diana Nichols, Barbara and Raymond Shaw; great-grandmothers, Evelyn Williams and Roberta Brown; uncles andRead More
RUTH HANCOCK OTTUMWA-Ruth Vivian Hancock, 94, of Great Oak Estates, died at 8:45 p.m. November 5, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa. She was born January 18, 1921 in Keokuk County, IA to Edward and Selma Swanstrom Schwartz. She married 2 Lt. Walter E. Hancock on August 24, 1943 in Des Moines, IA and he went overseas for three years. On his return, they lived in several states near or on Air Force bases, plus 3 years at Ramstein AFB in Germany. They lived in Springfield, VA for 16 yearsRead More
BARBARA SMITH OTTUMWA-Barbara E. Smith, 89, of Ottumwa, died at 9 a.m. November 2, 2015 at Vista Woods Care Center. She was born October 1, 1926 in Farson, IA to Walter “W.R.” and Rachel Boyden Hedges. She married Hubert L. Smith on November 7, 1948. He preceded her in death on April 11, 1988. A graduate of Hedrick High School, she earned a B.S.N. from Coe College and also graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing in 1948. She worked at St. Joseph Hospital, was the Director of Health ServicesRead More
ABEL LEWIS OTTUMWA- Abel Alan Philip Lewis, 4 month old son of Makenna Louise Nicholson and Sidney Wood Lewis, died November 1, 2015 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. He was born June 29, 2015 in Haymarket, VA. Surviving are his parents; grandparents, Marika Krause, Ken Krause, Sean Lewis, Maurica Lewis, Troy Nicholson; an uncle, Nicholas Daugherty; aunts, Dakhota Nicholson and Kristen Krause. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Roger Hemmings officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Visitation with the family present will beRead More
BEAR NEILL OTTUMWA-Charles Orren “Bear” Neill, 62, of 118 Bryan Rd., died at 6:08 a.m. October 29, 2015 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. He was born September 3, 1953 in Davis County, IA to Vernon Irvin and Audrey Mae Brown Neill Sr. He married Barbara Essary on June 10, 1972. A resident of Eldon most of his life, Bear had attended Indian Hills Community College. He had worked for Rockwell International for 30 years. He was a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, and had served as State Captain. BearRead More