Melissa Lambrecht


Patricia Farrell

              PATRICIA FARRELL OTUMWA-Patricia Ann Lewis Farrell, 78, of Ottumwa  passed away at 4:45 p.m. July 2, 2015 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. She was born January 18, 1937 to Warren A. and Fern E. Hemm Lewis.  On April 3, 1959, she married William F. Farrell Sr. Patricia was a graduate of Agency High School and later  graduated from Business College.  She worked at Sunnyslope Care Center as a secretary for Dr. Smiley.  Patricia worked at Farm Bureau, and also worked at several nursingRead More

Donna B. Richmond

              DONNA RICHMOND OTTUMWA- Donna B. Richmond, 83, of 1600 Stellar died at 3:15 p.m. July 3, 2015 at Hospice House. She was born October 5, 1931 to  Roy and Erma Flanagan Shaver.  She was raised by her grandparents, Ora and Fanny Shaver.  She married William “Bill” Richmond on January 1, 1949 in Livonia, Missouri. He preceded her in death on March 28, 1994. To this union were born three children, Brenda Roberts, Sheila Rogers and William Richmond Jr. Donna was a former memberRead More

Gayle Collett

              GAYLE COLLETT OTTUMWA- Gayle Christine Collett, 76, of Ottumwa died at 6:25 p.m. July 3, 2015 at Vista Woods Care Center. She was born May 9, 1939 in Minneapolis, MN to Herman and Hazel Lindberg Olson.  She married Phillip Collett on June 5, 1959. A graduate of Des Moines North High School in 1957, she had worked as secretary at John Morrell & Co.  As her children began to grow, she went back to school earning a teaching degree from William Penn CollegeRead More

Charmian Rucinski

                      CHARMIAN RUCINSKI OTTUMWA-Charmian Rucinski, 88, of Ottumwa, died at 12:05 p.m. July 3, 2015 at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. She was born December 27, 1926 in Ottumwa to Ernest E. and Irene M. Meadows Day.  She married Michael M. Rucinski Sr. on June 9, 1947 in Albia.  He preceded her in death on April 10, 2006. A 1944 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Charmian had been a resident of Ottumwa all of her life. She was aRead More

Robert Taylor

              Robert Lynn Taylor age 46, passed away at home on Wednesday, July 2, 2015. Per his wishes he has been cremated. Visitation for family and friends will be 4:00 p.m. till whenever, Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at the VFW, Fairfield, IA. Any donations to the family would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be given at the service or can be mailed to: Kelly Taylor, 101 E. Lynn St. Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 52641. Robert was born on August 9, 1968 to Ronald and EmmaRead More

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

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

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

Aug. 8 – Trojan Dash

Bill Atwell

William “Bill” Lee Atwell, age 76 of Sigourney, Iowa passed away Monday, June 22, 2015 at Keokuk County Health Center in Sigourney.   Graveside services with military rites will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the Confidence Cemetery with Pastor John VanWeelden officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to either the Keokuk County Hospice, the Sigourney Fire Department, or to the Brushy Community Church and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544.  Condolences mayRead More

Kenneth Warren Foreman

Kenneth Warren Foreman age 73 of Fairfield, Passed away June 21, 2015 at his home. Per Kenneth’s wishes the body has been cremated. No services are planned and burial of cremains will be at a later date. Mr. Foreman was born June 15, 1942 in Batavia, Iowa, son of Earl and Helen Francis Foreman. He married Judy Wharton on September 16, 1961 in Batavia, Iowa. He was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. Kenneth is survived by, his wife Judy, three sons, Robert Foreman of Fairfield, James (Josefina) Foreman ofRead More

City council discusses the Market Street Bridge

The Market Street bridge was a topic of discussion during a special meeting held late Monday afternoon at Bridge View Center.  Design engineers and contractors were on hand to bring the council up to date on the slow progress of getting the project completed.  The bridge was expected to be completed last year but several problems prevented that. The council was told the main reason for delays this year has been the river stage.  Contractors and engineers said there is no way to work around this year’s  river levels. ContractorsRead More