Melissa Lambrecht

 

Dylan Woodard

DYLAN WOODARD, 35, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home with cremation following the service Private inurnment will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Bloomfield Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Monday with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday Memorials may be made to the family for his children’s education


Marcene Crouse

MARCENE CROUSE, 91, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Society Ottumwa Activity Fund


New Emergency Management Coordinator

Ottumwa Fire Chief Tony Miller said today that a new Emergency Management Coordinator for WapelloCounty has been hired, to replace the former coordinator, Josh Stevens, who moved to Minnesota. Miller said that 24 year old Nicolas Martini of Florida has accepted the offer in WapelloCounty, and will begin his duties in January. Martini will be coordinating response teams and equipment to handle a variety of natural disasters, should they occur in WapelloCounty. This would include weather hazards and flooding, chemical and/or toxic waste issues, and other natural disaster issues. MillerRead More


Bridge View Fundraiser

Ottumwa City Administrator Joe Helfenberger said that the current fundraising campaign for BridgeViewCenter has already netted $38,000.00 of its goal of $250,000.00 Bridge View has started a campaign to raise money to purchase some much-needed capital items for maintenance of the facility. Some of the items include a battery pack for a fork lift, a commercial carpet cleaner, and needed electrical work at the facility. Those interested in contributing to the fundraiser can send donations to P.O. Box 535, Ottumwa, Iowa52501. Contributions to Bridge View Center are tax deductible.


Pam Ruckman

PAM RUCKMAN, 71, of 223 E. Manning Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with cremation following the service. The family will be present one hour prior to the service Visitation is open at 1 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society or Hospice serving Davis & Wapello Counties


No more renters; American Gothic home to be ‘program center’

(Radio Iowa) – December 30, 2014 By O. Kay Henderson American Gothic House. State officials are turning the home that was the backdrop for one of the most famous paintings of the 20th century into a permanent “program center.” The state of Iowa has owned the American Gothic House in Eldon since 1991 and Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Mary Cownie says the last tenant who lived there has recently moved to California to be closer to her parents. “Beth Howard was the pie lady and she brought a lot of attentionRead More


Mark Ballard

MARK BALLARD, 63, of Eldon Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home with cremation following the service Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Monday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Gothic Trail Committee to benefit the Eldon Scouts


Phyllis Luthi

PHYLLIS LUTHI, 80, of Ottumwa Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with inurnment in Ottumwa Cemetery Memorials may be made to Hospice serving David & Wapello Counties


Jim Elliott

JIM ELLIOTT, 86, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery with military services conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Friday with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association


Richard D. Heater

Richard D. Heater, 85, of Keosauqua died at 5:11 P.M. Wednesday December 24, 2014 at Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua.  He was born September 11, 1929 in Burlington to Clyde and Jessie Edwards Heater and married Patricia Dunn November 20, 1949 at her parents’ home in the Sharon community north of Farmington.  She died August 20, 2013. “Dick” graduated from Fairfield High School and was employed 35 years by Iowa Electric Light & Power Company, working both in Fairfield and Keosauqua and retired in 1986. He was a member of Keosauqua UnitedRead More


Laura Walker

LAURA WALKER, 87, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Willard St. United Methodist Church with burial in the Pulaski Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Memorials may be made to the Tripp Foundation


Gerald Bonner

GERALD BONNER, 85, of 15826 Bluegrass Rd. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in Floris Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society


Esther Waddle

ESTHER WADDLE, 106, of Ottumwa Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church with burial in Calvary Cemetery Visitation begins at 12 noon Friday at Reece Funeral Home. A Christian Wake will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home followed by family visitation until 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church


Shirley Nickel

SHIRLEY NICKEL, 83, of Ottumwa Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with inurnment in Shaul Cemetery The family will be at the funeral home from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church


Ray Wise

RAY WISE, 86, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Friday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wapello County Sheriff Reserve


Mary Jeanne Erickson

Mary Jeanne Erickson, age 83 of Fairfield died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Friday, December 19, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Jeanne was born July 18, 1931 at Storm Lake, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Josephine Mernin Burns. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School at Storm Lake in 1950,and from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Sioux City in 1953. Jeanne married Kenneth R. Erickson on May 15, 1954 at Storm Lake, Iowa. She was a Registered Nurse and had worked in Fort Dodge, Las Cruces, NewRead More


Eva Mae “Effie” Droz

Eva Mae “Effie” Droz, age 89 of Stockport and formerly of Fairfield died Tuesday morning, December 23,  2014  at the Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield. She was born January 21, 1925 in Fairfield, the daughter of  Fay Ira and Leah Martin Heston. She grew up in Fairfield and graduated from Fairfield High School. Effie married Richard V. Droz on December 8, 1942 at Kahoka, Missouri. They moved to a farm south of Fairfield in 1963. They moved to Stockport and owned and operated the Ponderosa Tavern. They enjoyed riding their horses in parades and rode each year in the Fort Madison Rodeo parade. They also showed ponies and mules inRead More


Pedestrian struck by car

One person was injured following a single vehicle crash Tuesday night at the intersection of U.S. highway 34 and South 1stStreet in Chariton. The Iowa State Patrol says it received a report of a pedestrian walking in the middle of highway 34 near the east edge of Chariton and was struck by a van driven by Jamie Bermel of Lawrence, Kansas.  The victim struck identified as 46 year old Sherri Adams of Chariton. The Patrol says both Adams and the Bermel van were eastbound. Adams was transported by ambulance to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. The accident remains under investigation.


American Gothic House Center Acquires Grant Wood Lithograph

Eldon— The American Gothic House Center is pleased to announce the acquisition of their second original Grant Wood work.  The lithograph, titled Seed Time and Harvest (1937), is an important piece of Grant Wood history as it highlights his use of the print medium, which was a result of the difficult financial times of the 1930s. “We are thrilled to add this work to our permanent collection.  We hope this work will enhance visitors’ experiences and further connect members of the community to the American Gothic House Center” said Holly Berg, American GothicRead More


Kenneth E. Cronk Sr.

Kenneth E. Cronk Sr., 91, of Keosauqua died at 12:15 P.M. Monday December 22, 2014 under hospice care at Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua.  He was born March 13, 1923 in Weaver, IA to Samuel and Pearl Chestnut Cronk and married Guelda Peel on December 19, 1953 in Carthage, IL. Kenneth grew up in Weaver and moved to Keosauqua in 1968.  He enjoyed farming and working with his livestock, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family including his nieces and nephews. Kenneth is survived by his wife,Read More


Dale Kent Williams

Dale Kent Williams, 55, of rural Birmingham died at 11:48 P.M. Sunday December 21, 2014 under hospice care at Jefferson County Health Center, Fairfield.  He was born March 7, 1959 in Keosauqua to Rex and Evelyn Aringdale Williams and married Linda L. Ford March 8, 1980 in Birmingham United Methodist Church, Kent graduate from Van Buren High School in 1977, farmed and had been a truck driver for Waste Management, Fairfield.  He was active in Van Buren County Farm Bureau and served many years on the Birmingham Fire Department, including several yearsRead More


School Board says no to Nash Finch Building

On a vote of 5 to nothing, the Ottumwa Board of Education Monday night voted not to purchase the Nash Finch building for 325-thousand dollars. If approved, the building would have been used as an administrative building for the school district. Superintendent of schools Dr. Davis Idahl told the board there was a lot of misconceptions about the building and said over a 12 year period the school district has lowered property taxes by two dollars and 68-cents per thousand dollars while utilizing silo funds to make 35-million dollars worthRead More


Jeanne Erickson

Jeanne Erickson, age 83 of Fairfield died peacefully surrounded by her family Friday, December 19th at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 30th at St. Mary Catholic Church in Fairfield with Father Nick Adam officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield. The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until service time at 11:00 A.M. at the church on Tuesday. Memorials have been established to the Fairfield Public Library or to St. Mary Catholic Church in Jeanne’s name. Arrangements areRead More


Area lawmaker urges more funds for school transportation costs

(Fairfield)— A southeast Iowa legislator is hoping school transportation cost will be considered in the up coming session in Des Moines. Iowa House representative Curt Hanson of Fairfield has sent a letter to the school finance formula review committee urging it to consider more state aid for transportation costs. Hanson notes transportation costs to school district in southeast Iowa vary from over one thousand dollars per pupil and under 50-dollars per pupil.  When multiplied by the number of students in a district the budget available for the actual education of students in greatly affected by transportation costs.Read More


Ottumwa School District tries again

The Ottumwa Board of Education will hold its regular meeting next Monday Evening at 6:00 PM, in the Media Room at EvansMiddle School, 812 Chester Avenue. Interestingly, one item on the tentative agenda for the School Board is a recommendation to approve the purchase of the old Nash Finch Grocery Store in South Ottumwa, at a cost of $325,000.00. The School Board tabled the item at its last meeting, when it was determined that it would cost the district up to 6 million dollars to refurbish and remodel the building.Read More