Melissa Lambrecht


July 31 – Brews and Brushes

Hotel Ottumwa presents “Brews and Brushes” fundraiser for the American Gothic House Center   Ottumwa— Join Hotel Ottumwa for the “Brews and Brushes” fundraiser on Friday, July 31 from 6-9 p.m. in the hotel’s grand and spacious ballroom. Spend an evening painting alongside local artist Chris Abigt as she provides step-by-step instructions to complete your own masterpiece. The painting is an original work by Abigt titled “American Gothic Flowers”, which will make a lovely addition to any home. All paint and supplies will be provided. Doors open early at 5 p.m. with food and full-bar available forRead More

Helen Eva Moore

                    HELEN MOORE OTTUMWA-Helen Eva Moore, 103, formerly of 425 N. Hancock, died at 7:46 p.m. July 20, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa. She was born June 18, 1912 in Avery, IA to Charles W. and Effie Eloral Pyle Stewart.  She married Galen E. Moore on January 27, 1945.  He preceded her in death on April 21, 2001. A graduate of Colfax High School and Ottumwa Beauty Academy, Helen was a hairdresser in Ottumwa for 29 years.  She had workedRead More

Charles Patrick Kaake

              PAT KAAKE OTTUMWA – Charles Patrick Kaake, 65, of 722 Lee Ave. died July 18, 2015 at his home. He was born May 31, 1950 in Amarillo, TX to Charles Hamilton Kaake and Irene Paris. A resident of Ottumwa most of his life, he worked as a forklift operator for John Deere Ottumwa Works, retiring in 2003. He had been a devoted bell ringer and volunteer for the Salvation Army. Surviving are two sons, David Yeoman (Stacey Harland) of Ottumwa, Jim Kaake (AmandaRead More

Susan Ellingson

Susan Ellingson, age 68 of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Tuesday July 21, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville. Services are pending at this time.  Condolences may be shared online at or mailed to Lange Funeral Home 1900 S. 18th St. Centerville, Iowa 52544

Cornelius “Neil” Harriss

 NEIL HARRISS OTTUMWA-Cornelius “Neil” Harriss, 94, of Ottumwa, passed away July 21, 2015 at Vista Woods Care Center. He was born October 3, 1920 in Du Quoin, IL to James Cornelius and Mary Evelyn Whitlock Harriss.  He married Mary I. Harriss on July 25, 1945.  She preceded him  in death on March 20, 2015.  This Saturday they will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in the presence of their Lord. A graduate of Du Quoin Township High School in 1939, Neil served with the Army Air Corps 487th Heavy Bomber GroupRead More

Aug. 8 – Davis County Rural School Reunion

Davis County Iowa Rural School Reunion Drakesville City Park Shelter Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. Bring covered dish Drinks are furnished

July 31 – Aug. 1 – Trains, Planes, Boats, and Automobiles

Aug. 8 – BaconTown

Topsy Ogden

 TOPSY OGDEN OTTUMWA-Nellie Marie “Topsy” Ogden, 84, of 1220 Lillian St., passed away at 12:05 p.m. July 20, 2015 at Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield. She was born September 10, 1930 in Ottumwa to Charles and Nellie Yates Rupe.  She married the love of her life, Herb H. Ogden on January 9, 1950. A 1948 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Topsy was a homemaker. She was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #114 Auxiliary. She gave 54 years of dedication and service to the Working Man’s Christmas PartyRead More

Owanda Blakley

 OWANDA BLAKLEY SIGOURNEY- Owanda Blakley, 68, of Sigourney, formerly of Ottumwa, died July 17, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. She was born on March 25, 1947 in Ottumwa to Orlo Arthur and Emily Rebekah Brando Penrod. Owanda was a 1965 graduate of Ottumwa High School and had been a resident of Sigourney for over 20 years.  She had worked as a nursing assistant at several  nursing homes and had been employed at First Resources in Sigourney. She was a member of the WashingtonRead More

Roger McElderry

Roger McElderry, age 69 of Exline, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the Comfort Hospice House in Pella, Iowa. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 pm, Friday, July 24, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville. An open visitation will follow the service at the funeral home until 5 pm. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Exline Cemetery, Exline, Iowa. Memorial contributions have been established to the Roger McElderry Family and may be mailed to Lange Funeral HomeRead More

Yvonne Wardrip Kirsch

Yvonne Wardrip Kirsch, age 80 of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville. Private services will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to HCI Hospice Care Services and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at  Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville has been entrusted with caring for the Kirsch Family.

Ruth Esther Haifley

 Ruth Esther Haifley, age 88 of Fairfield, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Jefferson County Health Center, Fairfield, IA. Visitation for family and friends will be 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, July 23, 2015 at Church of the Nazarene prior to the service. Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Howard Innis officiating.  Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery,  Fairfield, IA. Memorials can be made to the family or Church of the Nazarene.  Cards and memorials can be sentRead More

Leah J. Pilkenton

Leah J. Pilkenton age 87 of Mystic, Iowa, passed away Monday, July 20, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 PM, Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville.  Inurnment will take place in the Highland Cemetery, Mystic, Iowa at a later date.  Memorial contributions have been established to the family of Leah Pilkenton and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544.  Condolences may be shared onlineRead More

Sheri Guthrie

 SHERI GUTHRIE OTTUMWA – Sheri Lynn Guthrie, 57, of Ottumwa died at 2:31 p.m. July 17, 2015 at her home surrounded by loved ones. She was born September 20, 1957 in Ottumwa to James Oscar and Vetra Melrose Padget Covert.  Growing up in the Ottumwa area, she had a happy and loving c  childhood.  Sheri had four children, Wendy (Jess) Covert Mills, Shannon Smith, James (Dawnie) Smith and Joshua Ware.  Sheri was also blessed with six  grandchildren. Sheri was a kind and loving mother, grandma, aunt and sister.  She wasRead More

Kimmie Fiedler

 KIMMIE FIEDLER OTTUMWA- Kimmie Lou Fiedler, 47, of 4680 118th Ave. died at 4:32 p.m. July 17, 2015 at her home. She was born January 3, 1968 in Iowa City to James and Bonnie Brooks Sellwood.  She married Henry Eugene Fiedler August 8, 2008. A resident of Ottumwa all of her life, she had worked at the Canteen and Casey’s on W. Second Street.  She loved her animals, enjoyed fishing and taking nature  walks. Surviving is her husband; a son, Gregory S. (April Rowe) Guffey of Ottumwa; two step-daughters, KristiRead More

Aug. 4 – Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social Lebanon UMC, Lebanon, IA  Rte J40 & V 64 west of Keosauqua August 4 at 5:00 8 flavors homemade ice cream, pie and cake. Free will offering.

Aug. 8 – Ft. Bloomfield Family Rodeo

Ottumwa Leadership Academy announces 2015-2016 Dean

Ottumwa, IA, July 20, 2015: Ottumwa Leadership Academy is excited to announce Tom Rubel as Dean for the 2015-2016 academy year. This volunteer position, appointed annually by the Advisory Board, directs the curriculum and facilitates the learning sessions for Ottumwa Leadership Academy. “I’ve been part of the Advisory Board since the inception of Ottumwa Leadership Academy,” stated Rubel. “Leadership development is not some skill you just check off, it’s a lifetime endeavor and I’m pleased that I have the opportunity to be engaged in developing leaders for our community.” RubelRead More

Aug. 8 – Baseball & Softball Tournament

Aug. 4 – Blood Drive

Back by popular demand! What Color Do you Bleed? Give blood, save lives and show support for your favorite college! Bloomfield Blood Drive – August 4, 2015 from 10:30am to 3pm at the Davis County Hospital. Schedule your lifesaving appointment and redeem your donation points for a can koozie in your choice of school colors at the LifeServe Online Store for 200 points! make an appointment

Joy Neil

            JOY NEIL OTTUMWA – Joy B. Neil, 87, of 910 W. Second St. died at 7:30 a.m. July 5, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa. She was born July 28, 1927 in Fremont, IA to John T. and Bessie Grove Baker.  She married Floyd “Johnny” Mason.  They later divorced.  She married John H. Neil June 22, 1971.  He preceded her in death February 17, 2012. A graduate of Ottumwa High School, she earned a degree in accounting.  She had worked as anRead More

Berkley Wiggins III

              BERKLEY WIGGINS OTTUMWA – Berkley Wiggins III, 33, formerly of Ottumwa, died unexpectedly June 18, 2014 at his home in Paris, France. He was born June 2, 1981 in Houston, TX, the son of Devora Denise and Manuel Cantu Jr. Having grown up in Ottumwa, Berkley was a member and altar server at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and at St. Patrick Catholic Church.  He played many sports growing up including basketball and varsity football.  He graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1999 andRead More

James Gilbert

JAMES GILBERT Keosauqua  James G. Gilbert, 75, of Bellmont, IL, formerly of Kilbourne and Keosauqua died Saturday July 4, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes, IN. He was born March 15, 1940 near Kilbourne to Gordon and Evelyn Ramsey Gilbert, graduated from Birmingham High School in 1959 and was a professional trainer and driver of harness race horses. He married Donna Horras. They later divorced.  Surviving are his special friend Martha Eads of Bellmont, two daughters, Debbie Gilbert of Fairfield and Liz Hickenbottom (Bob) of Packwood, a brother, Roy GilbertRead More

William “Bill” Johnson

                WILLIAM JOHNSON OTTUMWA-William J. “Bill” Johnson, 94, of Ottumwa, died July 1, 2015 at his home with family at his bedside. He was born February 14, 1921 at Buxton 18, IA, son of John F. and Mary E. Stegeman Johnson. He was united in marriage to Helen C. Mellick on February 3, 1947 in Albia, IA.  Helen preceded him in death April 25, 1980.  He married Margaret Dimmitt Pettit on December 4, 1982 in Lancaster, MO.  Margaret preceded him in death AprilRead More