JERRY CARPENTER OTTUMWA – Jerry Carpenter, 72, of Ottumwa died at 8:20 a.m. May 31, 2015 at Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab Center in Oskaloosa, IA. He was born September 22, 1942 to Paul and Artie Campbell Carpenter. He married Norma Ware on December 27, 1975. She preceded him in death on August 8, 2012. A graduate of Ottumwa High School, Jerry was a well known auctioneer in the area for over 50 years. Jerry had been a member of the Odd Fellows LodgeRead More
BETTY CROWE OTTUMWA – Betty Jean Crowe, 86, of 101 N. Willard St. died at 4:26 p.m. May 30, 2015 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. She was born July 4, 1928 in Ottumwa, IA to Alonzo “Lonnie” and Laura J. Swope Best. She married Floyd N. Clark on July 15, 1945. He preceded her in death on October 28, 1995. She married Richard K. Crowe on April 24, 1998. She was a foster parent for infants through Ottumwa Home Finding. She was a member of DavisRead More
Ernest L. Clark, age 79, of Centerville, passed away Monday, June 1, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville, Iowa. Services are pending at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, Iowa.
WILLIAM FREDRICKSEN OTTUMWA – William “Fred” Fredricksen, 91, formerly of 1604 Albia Rd. died at 2:35 a.m. May 31, 2015 at Ridgewood Nursing & Rehab Center. He was born September 4, 1923 in St. Paul, Nebraska to William C. and Iva Z. Myers Fredricksen. He married Thelma M. Carter on November 25, 1949. A graduate of Cushing High School in Cushing, NE, he served in the U.S. Navy abroad the USS Chandeleur in the Pacific during World War II from 1943-45. A resident of Ottumwa most ofRead More
TIMOTHY McKAY OTTUMWA-Timothy J. McKay, 64, of Ottumwa died at 4:25 p.m. May 29, 2015 at Hospice House in Ottumwa. He was born June 10, 1950 to Charles A. and Lucille D. Pechacek McKay. Tim was a 1968 graduate of Ottumwa Walsh High School, a Summa Cum Laude graduate of University of Notre Dame in 1972 and a graduate with high distinction from the University of Iowa Law School in 1975. He was a member of the Coif and the Iowa Law Review. He worked as a law clerk forRead More
MARTHA MERRINGER OTTUMWA-Martha M. Merringer, 93, of Ottumwa, died at 8:01 p.m. February 16, 2015 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. Her body was cremated. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jane Martinez officiating. Inurnment will be in Ottumwa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church. Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
FRANK AKERS OTTUMWA-Frank Lee Akers, 75, of Ottumwa, died at 7:43 p.m. May 27, 2015 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. He was born October 1, 1939 in Indianola, IA to Harvey Lee and Nola Gladys Ellson Akers He married Linda Marie Vandello on August 15, 1964. She preceded him in death on May 26, 2014. Frank attended Des Moines East High School, and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Frank was a route salesman for Schlitz and Coca Cola. He owned and operated Morrow’s Bakery, and had worked securityRead More
WANETA HILL OTTUMWA-Waneta Ann Hill, 84, formerly of Ottumwa and Fairfield, died at 1:40 a.m. May 19, 2015 at the Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk. Her body has been cremated. Graveside services and inurnment will be 1 p.m. Friday at Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PHILLIP PENNISTON Sr. OTTUMWA-Phillip A. “Dolly” Penniston Sr., 78, of 831 W. Main St., died May 26, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa. He was born August 24, 1936 in Ottumwa to Loren H. and Elsie M. Johansen Penniston. He married Jeraldine L. “Jerry” French on June 28, 1959. She preceded him in death on March 29, 2001. He had worked at People’s Plumbing, John Morrell & Co., and worked at the power plant in Chillicothe. Dolly loved animals and gardening. Surviving are his children, Phillip (Sherry) Penniston Jr., JohnRead More
David Ray Fenton, age 84 of Fairfield, passed away, Monday, May 25, 2015 at Jefferson County Health Center, Fairfield, IA. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Friday, May 29, 2015 at Behner Funeral Home. A Masonic service will be held 5:30 pm, prior to the visitation. Funeral service will be 10:30 am, Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Bladensburg Christian Church, Bladensburg, IA with Pastor Larry Smith officiating. Burial will be at Batavia Cemetery, Batavia, IA. Memorials can be made to Bladensburg Christian Church. CardsRead More
C.R. JACQUINOT OTTUMWA – Clarence Robert Jacquinot, 90, of 15497 Rock Bluff Rd. died at 10:55 a.m. May 25, 2015 while in rehab at the Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa. He was born January 18, 1925 in Ottumwa to Jesse L. and Agnes Hartley Jacquinot. He married Betty Maxine Hoover on August 24, 1946. She preceded him in death on April 12, 1997. A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, he worked for 38 years for the Burlington Northern Railroad, retiring in 1988. He was a member ofRead More
JAMES WOOD OTTUMWA-James L. Wood, 75, of 205 W. Keota St. died at 12:11 a.m. May 23, 2015 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. He was born April 25, 1940 in Ottumwa to Delbert and Effie Elaine Ashmead Wood. He married Peggy Rupe October 29, 1958. She preceded him in death August 7, 2008. A resident of Ottumwa most of his life, James served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958-1977, having served two tours in Vietnam and two in Okinawa, Japan. He had worked for McCurdy Seed in Fremont andRead More
TED McNULTY OTTUMWA – Theodore Joseph McNulty, 76, of 16303 74th St. died at 3:45 p.m. May 23, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He was born December 21, 1938 in Chicago, IL to Michael and Helen Devine McNulty. He married Kathleen Hobin April 4, 1959. A graduate of DeLaSalle High School in Chicago, he served in the U.S. Army. He worked for Canfield Beverage in Chicago. Working his way up in the company, he was transferred to Iowa Beverage Manufacturing Inc. inRead More
KENNY KEITH OTTUMWA-Kenneth L. Keith, 88, of 3305 142nd Ave., died at 9:10 p.m. May 21, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born October 7, 1926 in Cascade, IA to Lewis and Goldie Brazelton Keith. He married LaRue Jean Miles on June 30, 1946. She preceded him in death on February 12, 2010. He married Lori DeJarnette on May 11, 2013. A 1944 graduate of Delhi High School, Kenny served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. While in the Navy, he attended the UniversityRead More
John Michael Thompson II, age 35 of Milton, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015. Per his wish he has been cremated. There will graveside memorial service 12:00 pm, Saturday, May 30, 2015 with words of comfort by John Thompson III at Sunnyside Cemetery, Milton, IA. Memorials can be made to the family. Cards and memorials can be mailed to: Bradd Thompson, 309 E. Harrison Street, Milton, IA 52570 John was born March 14, 1980 in Torrance, CA to John and Gloria (Lawing) Thompson. He has lived the last two yearsRead More
MADELINE DAVIDSON OTTUMWA-Madeline E. Davidson, 88, of Ottumwa, passed away at 2 a.m. May 19, 2015 at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, CO. She was born August 28, 1926 in Wapello County, IA to Paul and Golda Gullett Day. She married Leonard “Lad” Davidson on May 18, 1947 in Ottumwa. They were married for 55 years. He preceded her in death on January 2, 2002. A graduate of Hedrick High School, she attended the Iowa Success School. Madeline had worked at Union Bank & Trust and at Ottumwa HighRead More
RONNIE RYALS OTTUMWA-Ronnie Marion Ryals, 77, formerly of Ottumwa, died at 10:30 p.m. May 20, 2015 at Davis Center in Bloomfield. He was born September 29, 1937 in Ottumwa to Otis Andrew Thomas and Marjorie Elizabeth Gee Ryals. Ronnie had lived in Ottumwa until 1947 when his family moved to Davis County where he helped on the farm. He also had worked in Iowa City at a restaurant. He attended and accepted the Lord at Mark Baptist Church in Mark, IA. Surviving is a sister, Sandra Marie (Jack) Cook ofRead More
CARL CARR Douds Carl L. Carr, 73, of Douds died at 5:21 P.M. Tuesday May 19, 2015 at University Hospital, Iowa City. He was born April 6, 1942 in rural Douds to Stephen P. and Melva Pearson Carr and married Carol Ann Williams November 20, 1966 in Ottumwa. She died November 27, 2008. Carl graduated from Douds High School and served as a artillery instructor in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He farmed the family farm south of Douds, worked at the Libertyville School and retired from BarkerRead More
JOYCE WATERS BLAKESBURG-Joyce A. Waters, 76, of 6931 230th Ave., went to meet her Lord at 2:13 p.m. May 17, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. She was born August 13 1938 in Chicago, IL to Lee and Dorothy Boehnke McMurray. She married Wayne Waters on March 9, 1973. Joyce was a graduate of Munford High School in Munford, TN, of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL and of Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Memphis, TN. Joyce was a registered nurse at MethodistRead More
THRESSIA MURPHY OTTUMWA-Thressia A. Brandt Murphy, 71, of 11620 Rabbit Run Rd., died at 1:42 a.m. May 18, 2015 at the Knoxville Rehab Center in Knoxville. She was born March 10, 1944 in Iowa to Frederick William and Mary Ann Thomas Brandt Sr. A graduate of Blakesburg High School, Thressia had worked as a CNA at Ottumwa Regional Health Center for 21 years, retiring in 2006. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and had been a volunteer for Hospice serving Davis and Wapello Counties. Surviving is herRead More
LINDA MURPHY BLOOMFIELD-Linda Sue Murphy, 58, of 22756 160th St., died at 5:46 p.m. May 17, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. She was born July 17, 1956 in Anniston, AL to Wayne and Emma Collins Heckethorn. She married Daniel James Murphy on August 26, 1977. Linda enjoyed working with crafts and her plants. She was an animal lover, having adopted many, but most importantly loved spending time with her family. Surviving is her husband, Dan; a son, Jacob, of Ottumwa; her parents, Wayne and Emma Heckethorn ofRead More
BEARDA STILES OTTUMWA – Bearda M. Stiles, 86, of Ottumwa died at 12:27 p.m. May 15, 2015 at Ridgewood Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born November 16, 1928 in Queen City, MO to Shirley W. and Eudora Lovekamp Yearns. She married Floyd Stiles July 20, 1947 in Kirksville, MO. He preceded her in death February 21, 2015. A graduate of Queen City High School, she had been a resident of Ottumwa since 1948. She worked at St. Joseph Hospital, Ottumwa Regional Health Center, and from 1966-76 at South OttumwaRead More
Ottumwa High School Class of 2015 will graduate May 24th at Bridge View Center at 2:00 P.M. Dr. Davis Eidahl, Superintendent of the Ottumwa School District said today on the KBIZ Dialogue Program that the class of 2015 represents another step forward in the improving graduation rate in the Ottumwa District. Eidahl noted that this year’s rate is 90% of the high school seniors, the highest it has been in years. Only a few years ago, the graduation rate at OHS was 69% of seniors. Also, Eidahl noted, there has beenRead More
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