Melissa Lambrecht


July 4 – Military Mama Network Booth

July 18 – Wapello Co. Fire Department Open House

Wapello Co. Rural Fire Department OPEN HOUSE located at 714 West Mary St. Ottumwa. Saturday, July 18th from 11-1!! Free Admission!! Funfor all ages!! Events include: Fire Extinguisher Training, Fire Station Tour, Emergency Vehilcles ondisplay, Fire prevention information, FOOD and music!!

Martha “Tina” Reid

              TINA REID OTTUMWA-Martha “Tina” Reid, 56, of Ottumwa, died at 10:15 a.m. June 29, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa. She was born April 4, 1959 in Ottumwa. Tina was raised  by and cared for by Thelma Rigler most of her life.  She lived at Crest Home prior to moving to Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa. She had attended Bethany Baptist Church. Surviving is her foster mother, Thelma Rigler and her family. Her body has been cremated. Graveside services and inurnment will be 1 p.m.Read More

Juanita Rose

              JUANITA ROSE OTTUMWA-Juanita Ellen “Nita” Rose, 103, of Ottumwa, died at 10:47 p.m. July 1, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa. She was born May 18, 1912 near Blakesburg to Roscoe and Rachel Tadlock Smith.  She married Ted V. Rose on November 19, 1931.  He preceded her in death on January 11, 1983. A 1931 graduate of Blakesburg High School, Nita was a homemaker.  She was a member of the First Christian Church and the Art Club. Surviving are her children, Larry (Judy)Read More

July 14 – Pinewood Derby Race

Cub Scout Pack 77 will be sponsoring a 5 oz and 8 oz Pinewood Derby Race open to all ages on Tuesday, July 14th at the Southern Iowa Fair on the Free Stage. Please “Like” and get notifications from Facebook page Pack 77 Pinewood Derby. Get official rules and preregister on the Pack 77 Pinewood Derby Facebook page. Entry fee of $5 and registration will be at 5:30 pm with racing to begin at 6:00 pm. Purchase your Pinewood Derby Car Kit at Kelderman Hobby Shack.

Phil Hannah

      PHIL HANNAH ELDON – Phillip D. Hannah, 65, of 3690 48th Ave., died at 9:18 p.m. June 28, 2015 at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. He was born July 25, 1949 in Ottumwa to Ernest A. and Leila Jane Winningham Hannah.  He married Mary Fridley on December 7, 1968. Phil retired from Iowa Beverage Co. after 27 years of service. Surviving is his wife, Mary; two sons, Mike Hannah  and Jason Hannah both of Eldon; five grandchildren, Chris Hannah, Corey Hannah, Lyssa Hannah,Read More

Susan “Susie” Crossmon

            SUSAN CROSSMON OTTUMWA- Susan “Susie” Crossmon, 73, of 401 S. Lillian, died at 6:35 a.m. June 29, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa. She was born November 20, 1941 in Duluth, MN to George Edsil and Alice Dorothy Ness Cooke.  She married Gerald James Crossmon on September 19, 1960.  He preceded her in death on August 17, 2013. A resident of Ottumwa since 1979, Susan had worked at Hotel Ottumwa for 15 years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving is aRead More

Ione Besco

              IONE BESCO OTTUMWA – Ione E. Besco, 96, of 131 N. Moore died at 10:56 p.m. June 26, 2015 at her daughter’s home in Burlington. She was born April 25, 1919 in Ottumwa to Frank and Laura Reed Hampshire.  She married James Besco on June 27, 1937.  He preceded her in death on March 30, 1974. A graduate of Ottumwa High School, she was a housewife and the family matriarch.  She gave many hours at the Knoxville Veterans hospital volunteering as a clown.Read More

Joe L. Lyberger

              JOE LYBERGER OTTUMWA – Joe L. Lyberger, 91, of 623 Winchester Rd. died at 9:33 p.m. June 27, 2015 from complications of multiple myeloma at Vista Woods Care Center. He was born May 27, 1924 in Glenwood, MO to Lewis and Clara Johnson Lyberger.  He married Velva G. Cowan on December 14, 1946.  She preceded him in death on September 27, 2011. He graduated from Glenwood High School in Glenwood, MO.  He served in the United States Army during World War II inRead More

Glen Dial

                      GLEN  DIAL OTTUMWA-Glen V. Dial, 89, of 9451 83rd St., died June 29, 2015 at his home. He was born March 18, 1926 in Davis County, IA to Grant Wilson and Ethel Minerva Bonney Dial.  He married VaDonna Marie Fullmer on March 31, 1952 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.  She preceded him in death on May 21, 2014. Having grown up in western Wapello County, Glen  served with the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He hadRead More

Helen Humphreys Brock

Helen Humphreys Brock, age 86 of Katy, Texas, formerly of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the Legend Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Katy, Texas. Funeral services are pending at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, Iowa.

Ervin Wilcoxson

        ERVIN WILCOXSON OTTUMWA-Ervin Eugene Wilcoxson, 81, of 827 Albia Rd., died at 6:24 p.m. June 29, 2015 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. He was born September 21, 1933 in Chillicothe, IA to Samuel J. and Ethel Chedister Wilcoxson.  He married Debra Comstock on March 6, 1976.  She preceded him in death on February 26, 2011. Ervin served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict.  He was a truck driver all of his life, driving for several different companies including EastlickRead More

Lane Rigler

        LANE RIGLER OTTUMWA-Lane A. Rigler, 74, of Belle Plaine, formerly of Ottumwa and Cedar Rapids, died at 5:38 p.m. June 26, 2015, peacefully at home with family after a brief bout with cancer. He was born August 21, 1940 in Ottumwa to Ernst Marvin and Thelma McLaughlin Rigler.  He married Doris Annette Hannah on February 10, 1977.  She preceded him in death on May 31, 2004. Lane was always a working man.  He worked in construction in Ottumwa with Union Local 566.  Lane worked in aRead More

Lisa Hawk

                    LISA HAWK OTTUMWA-Lisa Hawk, 48, of 2421 Northgate, passed away at 8:17 a.m. June 29, 2015 at  home. She was born July 22, 1966 in Ottumwa to Donald L. and Delores Reinier McSparen. Surviving is her son, Jesse Stafford of Des Moines; her mother and step-father, Delores and Ronnie Mills of Ottumwa; her father and step-mother, Donald and Mary McSparen of Oskaloosa; a special friend, Todd Smith of Ottumwa; two half-brothers, Travis and Donny McSparen of Oskaloosa; a step-brother, DougRead More

Phyllis Dahlstrom

July 25 – Unite Midwest

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Gean Elaine Fisher

GEAN FISHER OTTUMWA – Gean Elaine Fisher, 89, of Clinton , IA,  formerly of Ottumwa died at 1:10 p.m. June 22, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton. She was born September 16, 1925 in Ottumwa to Clarence E. “Buck” and Lenora Weirich McSparen.  She married Gilbert “Gib” F. Fisher November 14, 1943 in Washington, MO.  He preceded her in death November 12, 1996. A resident of Ottumwa most of her life, she had been a member of Willard St. United Methodist Church in Ottumwa and Trinity Living Faith MethodistRead More

Susan Kreutzbender

SUSAN KREUTZBENDER OTTUMWA- Susan Kreutzbender. 55, of St. Peters, MO, formerly of Ottumwa and Big Rock, IL, died June 22, 2015 at St. Peters, MO. She was born on July 12, 1959 to Jack and Evelyn Reardon Kreutzbender. A graduate of Ottumwa High School in 1977, Ottumwa Heights College in 1979 and Illinois State University in 1988, she worked as an X-Ray Technician. She was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock, IL. Her hobby was stamped card making.  She touched the lives ofRead More

James D. Allbright

      JAMES ALLBRIGHT OTTUMWA-James D. Allbright, 68, of Ottumwa, died at 3:58 p.m. June 23, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. He was born August 8, 1946 in Ottumwa to William D. and Margaret Marie Eaves Allbright Sr. A 1964 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Jim worked at John Deere Harvester in Moline, IL for 30 years, retiring in 1995.  He moved back to Ottumwa in 2000. Jim was a member of Fraternal Lodge #221 A.F. & A.M. in Davenport.  He enjoyedRead More

Carolyn Marie Van Dorin

Carolyn Marie Van Dorin, age 87 of Moravia, Iowa passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Monroe County Hospital in Albia, Iowa.   Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home in Moravia, Iowa with Reverend Cindy Finn officiating.  Interment will follow the service in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Moravia.  A visitation will be heldon Wednesday at Lange Funeral Home in Moravia from 10 AM-8 PM, with the family greeting friends from 6-8 PM.  Memorials have been established to either the GraceRead More

July 4 – Shrine Fundraiser

The Ottumwa Shrine Club Cycle Patrol and Hillbillies will have a fundraiser at the Dog House all day, Sat. July 4th starting at 11 a.m.  There will be a hot dog eating contest, watermelon eating contest and a live band.  

July 3 – Independence Day Celebration

Friday, July 3: Leighton Independence Day Celebration Schedule * 5:00-7:00 pm-Food at the church by Lions * 5:00-10:00-Concession Stand food available * 6:00-9:30-Inflatables for kids * 7:30-8:00-Parade * 8:00-9:00-Games for kids at ballpark * 9:00 to dark-softball for adults at ballpark * 10:00-FIREWORKS! * Interactive Educational Activities and Displays will be available throughout the evening Also, 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the town of Leighton.

Aug. 8 – Trojan Dash

July 4 – Family Fun Day

July 11 – 25 – Annual Used Book Sale