Melissa Lambrecht


Mavis Cormeny

Mavis Cormeny, age 84 of Centerville, Iowa passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Homestead Of Centerville, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville.  Interment will follow in the Hilltown Cemetery, south of Moulton.  A visitation will take place at the funeral home on Monday from 10 AM-8 PM, with the family greeting friends from 6-8 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Homestead Of Iowa and may be mailed toRead More

Pella teacher faces charges

A former Pella high school teacher and assistant band director has been charged in a sexual exploitation case. 31 year old Benjamin Thompson no longer works at Pella Community high school where he was an assistant band director for three years.  Thompson taught and tutored a student who graduated last May from the school. The student and Thompson reportedly talked for several months in person and over the phone during which the conversation went from professional to aggressive and talking about sex. According to documents Thompson reportedly drove the studentRead More

Crash injures three people

Three people were injured following a two vehicle crash Wednesday evening at the intersection of highway 63 and 180th Street north of Bloomfield. The Iowa State Patrol says a pickup truck driven by 23 year old Brody Carlberg of Eldon was northbound on highway 63 while a Chevy suburban driven by 36 year old Daniel Myers of Fairfield was attempting to pass the Carlberg pickup truck on the shoulder of the highway. Both vehicles made contract causing the Carlberg truck to cross the center line and go into a westRead More

Shirley Champ

                        SHIRLEY  CHAMP OTTUMWA – Shirley M Champ, 89, formerly of #5 Hackworth Dr. died at 1:48 p.m. June 9, 2015 at Ridgewood Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born March 31, 1926 in Seattle, WA to William and Hazel Allen Pederson.  She married Robert Champ November 11, 1945.  He preceded her in death January 26, 2003. Having grown up in Washington and working at the Bremerton Navy Yard, she was a resident of Ottumwa most of her life. Read More


Ottumwa, IA, June 10, 2015: Ottumwa Leadership Academy celebrates its 3rd year with a graduation ceremony Thursday, June 11, 2015.  In order for the participants to graduate from the program they were required to attend a full-day session one day per month, participate in a team project, and attend one community meeting. The graduates from Ottumwa Leadership Academy include:  Brent Baker, Dawn Benedict, Jill Budde, Leila Disburg, Sheila Fetter, Allie Gardner, Brandon Gee, David Howard, Ashley Johnson, Branndi Kraushaar, Wes Krenz, Amanda McBirnie, Shane Molyneux, Ashley Noreuil, Barbara Sandstrom, EricRead More


Des Moines, Iowa – After a month of overtime, Iowa lawmakers wrapped up the 2015 legislative session and State Representatives Curt Hanson of Fairfield and Mary Gaskill of Ottumwa said some progress was made this year to help working families. “We opened the 2015 session with a plan to strengthen Iowa’s working families, build a vibrant economy, and re-vitalize rural Iowa,” said Hanson. “Some progress was made, but there is more we must do for working families and Iowa kids.  I’ll keep working to make Iowa a great place toRead More

McDanel trial delayed

A high profile Ottumwa murder trial has been delayed once again. The first degree murder trial of Dustin McDanel is not expected to begin until December 1st in Wapello County district court. McDanel is charged in connection with a dispute he had with another man that resulted in a death.  Following the incident McDanel fled the area and was eventually found in Missouri. McDanel was scheduled to go on trial next month.  He remains in the Wapello County jail.

Aug. 3 – 28 – Summer Aquatic Classes

Summer Aquatic Classes Fairfield Park & Rec Roosevelt Aquatic Center Fairfield

July 6 – 31 – Summer Aquatic Classes

Summer Aquatic Classes Fairfield Park & Rec Roosevelt Aquatic Center Fairfield

Leona Parks

              LEONA PARKS OTTUMWA – Leona Fern Parks, 81, of Ottumwa died at 4:30 p.m. June 6, 2015 at Vista Woods Care Center. She was born October 7, 1933 in Ottumwa to Lester and Caroline Vannoy Murphy. She married George S. Parks June 28, 1953. A graduate of Ottumwa High School in 1951, she and her husband had owned and operated The Agency Dairy Deluxe.  Leona enjoyed collecting antiques, sewing, crocheting, and traveling in the motor home. Surviving is her husband, a daughter, CindyRead More

Bill Wilt

BILL  WILT OTTUMWA-William E. Wilt, 91, of 226 S. Shuyler, died 7:40 a.m. June 7, 2015 at Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa. He was born November 2, 1923 in Ottumwa to John and Mamie Worth Wilt. He married Thelma M. “Pug” Skinner July 23, 1949. She preceded him in death July 27, 1998. A resident of Ottumwa most of his life, Bill served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He had worked 31 years for John Morrell and Co. and 12 years for Clow Valve, retiring in 1985.Read More

Shirley Joanne Sigman

  JOANNE SIGMAN OTTUMWA-Shirley Joanne Sigman, 87, of 745 Grace Street, died at 7:15 p.m. June 6, 2015 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. She was born April 18, 1928 in Charles City, IA to Theodore and Esther Cary Chisman. She married Robert Max Sigman January 11, 1952.       He preceded her in death December 6, 2013. A 1946 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Joanne had worked for Northwestern Bell, Answer Iowa and Tony’s Flowers. She was a member of Deeds of Kindness, Circle of Kings Daughters and heldRead More

July 4 – Oskaloosa July 4th Events

Sat., July 4 Events to be held at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds in Oskaloosa Iowa. Details to be announced.  Visit www.facebook/osky4th.

Nadine McDonald

Nadine McDonald, age 96 of Unionville, MO died Saturday, June 06, 2015, at the Putnam County Hospital, Unionville, MO. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the First Assembly of God Church in Unionville, Missouri with Rev. Howard Luscan officiating.  Interment will follow in the Unionville Cemetery.  A visitation will take place on Tuesday at the First Assembly of God Church from 1 PM until time of service.  Online website condolences may be shared at  Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville hasRead More

Emmet Davis

Emmet Davis, age 78 of Centerville, Iowa passed away Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Centerville Nursing and Rehab Center. There will be a Celebration of Life on June 11th, 2015 at 3:00pm at the Faith United Methodist Church, 23851 Hwy5 in Centerville, IA.  There will be refreshments to follow.Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville has been entrusted with caring for the Davis Family.

Thomas C. Forth

The soul of Thomas C. Forth of Centerville, Iowa left this earth to be with his Lord on Friday, June 5, 2015. Family will greet friends from 2-4 PM, Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the FirstUnited Methodist Church in Centerville.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Newell-Fay Funeral Chapel in Manlius, New York.  A visitation will take place prior to the service from 1-2 PM on Thursday at the Newell-Fay Funeral Chapel.  Interment with military rites will follow in the Watervale Cemetery, Watervale, New York.  In lieuRead More

Birmingham Homecoming 2015

Margie broadcasting from Birmingham.

Donald Umphress

            DONALD UMPHRESS OTTUMWA-Donald Dean Umphress, 83, of 102 W. Finley, died at 11:05 p.m. June 4, 2015 at the VA Central Health Care System in Des Moines. He was born August 26, 1931 in Osceola, IA to Earl Raymond and Lelah Louise Marvin Umphress. He married Rosemary McGregor on August 21, 1953.  They later divorced.  He married Ilene Mae Davis on April 1, 1977 in Rock Island, IL. Donald served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  He had worked for Acco CableRead More

William H. “Bill” Payne

                      BILL PAYNE OTTUMWA-William H. “Bill” Payne, 84, of Ottumwa, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center. He was born January 11, 1931 in Centreville, MD to Romie and Clara Anderson Payne. Bill married the love of his life, Anola Boulton on May 6, 1955.  They had just celebrated 60 years of love together. Bill served in local ministries in the Ottumwa area for 45 years, includingRead More

Linda Kay Ritz

Linda Kay Ritz, 73, of rural Fairfield, formerly of Douds, died at 2:50 A.M.  Wednesday June 3, 2015 at Sunnybrook Living Care Center, Fairfield.  She was born October 21, 1941 in Polk County, Iowa and named Lorene Maxine Uhlman.  She was adopted by Kenneth and Lucile Emmack September 28, 1945 and grew up on the family farm in Jefferson County northwest of Fairfield.  Linda married Jack Lefever Ritz December 31, 1960 in the chapel of First Methodist Church, Fairfield, Rev. J. Roland Carandall officiating.  Linda and Jack lived in Douds-LeandoRead More

Mary Faye Clingman

          MARY FAYE CLINGMAN HEDRICK-Mary Faye Clingman, 94, of Ottumwa, formerly of Hedrick, died at 8:15 a.m. June 3, 2015 at The Haven in Ottumwa. She was born April 26, 1921, north of Ottumwa to Roy and Ethel Spurgeon Harter.  She married Merle Arthur Clingman on March 16, 1940 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.  He preceded her in death on November 28, 2014. She was a 1938 graduate of Fremont High School, and played in the State High School basketball tournament. Mary Faye andRead More

Raymond Rupe

Raymond Gene Rupe, 94, of Eldon passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at the Jefferson County Heath Care Center in Fairfield.  Visitation, with the family present, will be held Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the Eldon Christian Church.  A luncheon at the church will be served immediately following the visitation.  Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 6, 2015 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Eldon Christian Church with burial to follow in the Fiedler Cemetery.  Kremer Funeral Home of Eldon is in charge ofRead More

Chris Maddaleno

Chris Maddaleno, age 68 of Centerville, Iowa passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Monday June 8, 2015 at 11AM at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, Iowa, with Reverend Dennis Gilbert officiating.  A visitation will be held on Sunday June 7, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville from 12-7 PM, with the family greeting friends from 5-7 PM.  A fellowship gathering will be at the First Methodist Church in Centerville, following the service.  InRead More

Keith A. Smith

   Keith A. Smith, 91, of rural Douds died at 2:30 PM Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at University Hospital, Iowa City. He was born August 19, 1923 in rural Douds to          Kermit A. and Ruth Nedrow Smith and married Marilyn Rose Gire December 26, 1948 at Zion Lutheran Church, rural Douds.    Keith graduated from Douds High School with the class of 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In the navy he traveled around the world          andRead More

Ernest L. Clark

Ernest L. Clark, age 79, of Centerville, passed away Monday, June 1, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville, Iowa. A Graveside Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Haines Cemetery, north of Centerville at a later date.  Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville has been entrusted with caring for the Clark Family.