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Our Obituaries

Maxine Thompson

May 24, 1924 - February 23, 2017

Maxine Thompson 92, of Grinnell, died on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Should friends desire, memorials may be directed to PALS or to Grinnell Regional Hospice and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112.
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Eric J. Van Zee

June 19, 1962 - February 22, 2017

Eric J. Van Zee, 54, of Brooklyn, died suddenly on Wednesday morning near his home near Holiday Lake. Services are pending at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor.
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Jeffrey Davis

June 30, 1949 - February 22, 2017

Jeff L. Davis, 67, of Grinnell, died on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at his home, with his family by his side. A celebration of his life will be held 10:30 a.m., on Monday, February 27, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Burial will be at Prairie View Cemetery in Gilman. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, from 12 noon until 5:00 p.m. His family will be...
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Daniel Eugene Provin

November 2, 1955 - February 21, 2017

Daniel Eugene Provin, 61, of Brooklyn and formerly of Guernsey died February 21, 2017, at the Brooklyn Estates. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 25, at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor, with the Rev. Doug Dauenbaugh, pastor of the Guernsey United Methodist Church, officiating. Pallbearers will be Shane Brown, Derek Hall, Anthony, Jeremy and Kyler Provin and...
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Ida Starnes

October 26, 1928 - February 21, 2017

Ida Starnes, 88, of Grinnell, died on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson officiating. Casket Bearers will be Jason Conn, Don Fleener, Trent Fleener, Brandt Fleener, Jack Conn, Kyle Conn and Glenn Baker. Honorary Bearers will be...
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Ken D. Pearce

May 26, 1944 - February 14, 2017

Ken Pearce, age 72, of Grinnell, died on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. A celebration of his life will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 17th at St. John's Lutheran Church in Grinnell with Pastor Kathryn Roys officiating. Interment with military honors will follow the service at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m....
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Donald L. Franklin

July 4, 1923 - February 12, 2017

Donald Lee Franklin, 93, of Grinnell, Iowa passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Windsor Manor. Don was born July 4, 1923, the son of Grafton and Arvilla (Sewell) Franklin. After graduating from Verdel High School, Don entered the U.S. Navy on June 2, 1941 and served during World II aboard the SC 709. Don was honored by a special citation for his Bravery and Coolness Under Perilous...
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Betty J. Bettenga

November 10, 1937 - February 11, 2017

Betty J. Bettenga, age 79, of Grinnell, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. A celebration of her life will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 16th at the Calvary Baptist Church in Grinnell with Pastor Don Johnston officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Hudson Cemetery in Hudson, Iowa. ...
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Robert Schnell Brierly

March 9, 1929 - February 10, 2017

Robert S. Brierly, 87, of Grinnell, died February 10, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 18, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Crow officiating. Organist will be Juli Bey. A private family burial will be held prior to the memorial service at St. Andrews Cemetery near Sully. In lieu of flowers,...
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Ethel Taylor

December 6, 1924 - February 10, 2017

Ethel Wright Taylor, 92, of Brooklyn, died on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Brooklyn Community Estates in Brooklyn, Iowa. A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Little Mt. Baptist Cemetery, near Montezuma, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Ethel Taylor Memorial Fund and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. ...
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Judith C. Lumm

February 8, 1939 - February 7, 2017

Judith Catherine Lumm (Jedlicka) was granted her Angel Wings on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 77 years young. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Judy had touched throughout her very memorable life. Judy was born February 8, 1939, in Chicago, IL to Edward and Irene Jedlicka and later moved to San Diego, CA, where on one fateful day she met a dashing United States...
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Terry K. Gross

December 5, 1940 - February 6, 2017

Terry Gross, 76, of Grinnell died February 6, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 11, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Grinnell with Rev. Ron Hodges officiating. Organist will be Marilyn Kriegel. Pallbearers will be his nieces and nephews: Cody Bales, Mike Bales, Jr., Jennifer Fane, Shane Gross, Eric Murphy, Niki Nenmac,...
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Marlene M. Sloan

March 24, 1935 - February 5, 2017

Marlene M. Sloan, age 81, of Victor, died on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at Colonial Manor in Amana, Iowa of a sudden illness. A memorial gathering will be held from 3:00p.m.until 8:00p.m. on Tuesday, February 7th at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor. Her family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. Memorials may be designated to the Marlene M. Sloan Memorial...
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Margaret W. McCulley

February 3, 1922 - February 5, 2017

Margaret W. McCulley, 95, of Grinnell died February 5, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Funeral services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. Kirsten Klepfer, Grinnell Presbyterian Church, officiating. Pallbearers will be Vance Clayton, Linda Hays, Dan, Greg, Jeff and Randy McCulley and Jonnie Rupe. Burial will be in...
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Edwin Jahlas

June 5, 1947 - February 4, 2017

Edwin C. Jahlas, age 69, of rural Deep River, Iowa, died on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at his home. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 10, 2017, at St. John's Lutheran Church south of Victor with Pastor Stuart Rethwisch officiating. Interment with military honors will follow the service at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery. A luncheon will be held at St. John's Lutheran...
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Don Parker

June 3, 1929 - February 4, 2017

Donald Parker, age 87, of Malcom, died on Saturday, February 04, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A celebration of his life will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 8th at the Sheridan United Methodist Church north of Grinnell with Rev. Len Garrison officiating. Pianist will be his daughter,Peggy Parker. Pallbearers will be Mark Allen, Brian Graham, John Kiwala, Bill and...
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David M. Steffen

November 25, 1948 - February 1, 2017

David M. Steffen, 68, of Malcom, died on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at the Boone County Memorial Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Catherine Burroughs, pastor of the church, officiating. Honorary Bearers will be Leo Altemeier, Dave Billman, Larry Billman, Roger Gardner, Mike Steffen...
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Rickie Stahl

January 28, 1952 - January 29, 2017

Rick Stahl, 65, of Grinnell, died on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at his home with his wife by his side. As per his wishes, he was cremated and scattered. There will be a gathering in his honor at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Rick Stahl Memorial Fund and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Rickie Lee Stahl was born on January 28, 1952...
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Jean Roberts

February 27, 1929 - January 27, 2017

Jean G. Roberts, 87, of Victor died on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Marengo. A celebration of her life will be held 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor. Burial will follow in Victor Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12 noon until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 30, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor. Her...
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Doyle Edward Burkett

September 14, 1933 - January 25, 2017

Doyle E. Burkett, 83, of Grinnell died January 25, 2017, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. Funeral services, with military rites, are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 30th, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson officiating. Pallbearers will be Marvin and William Burkett, Ryan Duncan, Mark Sanders, John Schultz and Kevin Schultz. Burial will be in Hazelwood...
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Ruth G. Higdon

March 4, 1920 - January 24, 2017

Ruth Higdon, 96, of Grinnell, died on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at the Mayflower Health Care Center. Mass of the Resurrection will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Grinnell with Rev. Ron Hodges, pastor of the church, officiating. Music will be provided by Marilyn Kriegel and St. Mary's Choir. Casket Bearers will be her grandsons, Patrick...
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Mary B. Hatch

August 3, 1936 - January 23, 2017

Mary B. Hatch, 80, of Grinnell, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 23, 2017, at the Mayflower Community Health Care Center in Grinnell with her daughter and husband by her side. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 29, 2017, in the Carmen Center of the Mayflower Community. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Mayflower Community. Mary was...
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Barbara Ann Franz

December 13, 1934 - January 23, 2017

Barbara Ann Franz, 82, of Grinnell, Iowa died Monday, January 23, 2017, at the Mayflower Community Health Care Center in Grinnell, after a courageous battle with cancer. A celebration of life service will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday, January 28th, at the Carman Center of the Mayflower Community with the Rev. Dr. Mitchell E. Otto, pastor of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Coralville,...
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Everett Gerrish

October 2, 1926 - January 22, 2017

Dr. Everett Gerrish, age 90, of Grinnell, died on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center with his family by his side. A celebration of his life will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 27, 2017, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Grinnell with Pastor Kathryn Roys officiating. Interment with military rites will follow in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. Visitation will...
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Mary Grandstaff Curry

August 11, 1932 - January 17, 2017

Mary L. Curry, 84, of Grinnell and formerly of rural Deep River, died on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. Stuart Rethwisch, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church of rural Victor, officiating. Casket Bearers will be her grandchildren, Sarah Hay,...
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Mary B. McClelland

April 18, 1920 - January 17, 2017

Services for Mary B. McClelland, age 96, of Grinnell will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017, in the Carman Center of the Mayflower Community, 600 Park Street in Grinnell.
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Verlan "Shorty" Tinkle

December 2, 1933 - January 16, 2017

Verlan "Shorty" Tinkle, age 83, of Malcom, died on Monday, January 16, 2017, at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor John Epperson officiating. Casket bearers are Dean Mabeus, Ray Ward, Bill Tinkle, Roger Tinkle, Tim Lindeman, and Roy Story. Burial will be in Ivy...
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Victoria Ekwall

September 26, 1978 - January 15, 2017

Victoria Ekwall, 38, of Cedar Rapids, died on Sunday, January 14, 2017. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the Bali Hai Recreation Center in Hiawatha, Iowa. She is survived by her three children, Destiny, Justice and Phoenix; as well as her father's family and her mother's family. Smith Funeral Home of Grinnell is handling arrangements.
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Sherilee Rae Smith

June 27, 1945 - January 14, 2017

Sherilee Rae Smith, 71, of Malcom, died January 14, 2017, at Brooklyn Community Estate in Brooklyn. A Celebration of Life service will be held 12:30 p.m. Thursday, January 19th, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell, with Rev. John Epperson of Grinnell officiating. Pallbearers will be Dennis Bennett, Dell Coleman, Don McDowell, Craig Sieck, Bill Simonton and Phil Smith. Burial will be in Ivy...
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Lucille Anderson

October 6, 1923 - January 6, 2017

Lucille Anderson, age 93, of Grinnell, died on Friday, January 6, 2017, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell with her family by her side. Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at St. Mary's Church in Grinnell with Fr. Ron Hodges officiating. Pallbearers will be John, Charles and Richard Anderson, Robin Broders, Chris Brandt and Bruce Tokle. Burial...
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Jean Simpson

February 17, 1920 - January 5, 2017

Jean Simpson, age 96, of Marshalltown and formerly of Gilman, died on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Hawkeye Care Center in Marshalltown. A celebration of her life will be held 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 9, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor Cheryl Ridenour and Pastor Ron Rice officiating. Interment will be at Prairie View Cemetery in Gilman. Jean's family will greet...
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Joann Orr

February 10, 1923 - January 3, 2017

Joann Y. Orr, 93, of Grinnell, died on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, with friends by her side at Mayflower Community Health Care Center. A celebration of her life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 22 at the Carman Center at Mayflower in Grinnell. Friends are welcome to gather prior to the service beginning at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell at a later...
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Mim Peters

September 8, 1922 - December 31, 2016

Mim Peters, 94, of Grinnell, died on Friday, December 31, 2016, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. David Crow, pastor of the United Methodist Church in Grinnell, officiating. Pianist will be Juli Bey. Interment will be at the Lower Blue Point Cemetery south of Grinnell. ...
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Linda J. Mullins

March 25, 1949 - December 30, 2016

Linda J. Mullins, age 67, of Grinnell, died on Friday, December 30, 2016, at her home. A private family graveside service will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2016, at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson officiating. Memorials may be designated to the Linda Mullins Memorial Fund and mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Memories...
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V. Joyce Stone

April 8, 1927 - December 30, 2016

Joyce Stone, 89, of Grinnell died December 30, 2016, at Windsor Manor in Grinnell. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson of Grinnell officiating. Pallbearers will be Richard Stone, Daniel Haynes, Doug See, Paul Rasmussen, John Horsley, Jeremy Smith and SFC. Tim McGlynn. Honorary bearers will be...
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Marvin Billman

October 18, 1926 - December 23, 2016

Marvin E. Billman, 90, of Grinnell, died on Friday, December 23, 2016, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson officiating. Casket Bearers will be Greg Billman, Joshua Billman, Robert Billman, Brad Billman, Chris Billman, Dan McCarty, Jeff McCulley, Joe Schmidt, Scott...
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Donald J. Shearer

July 30, 1931 - December 23, 2016

Donald J. Shearer, 85, of Grinnell, died on Friday, December 23, 2016, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A memorial gathering will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Don was born on July 30, 1931, in Morland, Kansas to Ray and Mary Plumb Shearer. He was raised in Plainville, Kansas, and attended public school there. ...
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Margaret L. Landuyt

January 20, 1925 - December 21, 2016

Margaret Landuyt, age 91, of Marengo and formerly of Victor, died on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Marengo with her family by her side. Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Brooklyn with Fr. Corey Close presiding. Pallbearers are her grandchildren, Russell Landuyt, Brian Herzberg,...
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George Casimir Kolodziej

February 22, 1925 - December 17, 2016

George C. Kolodziej, 91, of Grinnell and formerly of Oak Park, Illinois, died December 17, 2016 at the Mayflower Community Health Care Center in Grinnell. A celebration of George's life has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the Mayflower Community Carman Center, located above the Health Care Center, 600 Park Street. Memorial contributions may be directed to the...
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William "Bill" Johnson

April 29, 1932 - December 14, 2016

Bill Johnson, 84, of Gilman, died on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 19, 2016, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson officiating. Casket Bearers will be his grandchildren: Jody Lynn Eldridge, Angela Marie Johnson, Melinda Sue Bennett, Justin Tyler Johnson, Cody Blaine...
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Patty Haines

June 1, 1951 - December 10, 2016

Patty Haines, age 65, of Grinnell, died on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at her home while under the care of Grinnell Regional Hospice and with her family by her side. A visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 14th at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. A private family graveside service will be held at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. A reception will be...
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Gerald "Bill" Dimit

August 26, 1928 - December 8, 2016

Bill Dimit, 88, of Ottumwa, died on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at the Ottumwa Hospice serving Davis and Wapello Counties. A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 12, 2016 at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson officiating. Casket Bearers will be David McCluskey, Greg Dimit, Randy Cantrell, Greg Cantrell, Mark Dimit and Paul Dimit. Interment will be...
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Jack H. Larimer

September 26, 1937 - December 6, 2016

Jack H. Larimer, 79, of Grinnell and formerly of Newton, died on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. A memorial gathering will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. A private family interment will be at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. Should friends desire, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society,...
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Edith Christine Rasmussen

March 4, 1944 - December 4, 2016

Edith C. Rasmussen, 72, of Grinnell died December 4, 2016, at her home. A memorial service has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 14th at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grinnell with Pastor Fred Berry officiating. A private family burial will be held at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell following the service. Visitation with the family present will be held one hour prior to...
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Neta Stoakes

April 1, 1929 - December 4, 2016

Neta Stoakes, 87, of Grinnell, Iowa, died on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at Grinnell Health Care Center. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 8, 2016, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Music will be provided by Juli Bey and Rhonda Minner. Interment will be at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m...
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Orville Bloethe

May 3, 1919 - December 3, 2016

Orville William Bloethe was born in his parent's farmhouse in rural Victor in 1919. His father, William, died when Orville was 3, leaving his mother, Lena, to raise 3 young boys on her own during the Depression. Orville and his brothers learned at an early age to milk cows, plant corn with a horse-drawn plow, and harvest crops by hand. The family nearly lost the farm to "The Equitable Man," but...
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Mollie Beth "Buff" Sumner

August 12, 1957 - December 1, 2016

Mollie Beth "Buff" Sumner, 59, of Kellogg died December 1, 2016, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. A Celebration of Life Service has been scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 5th, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with the Rev. John Epperson officiating. Visitation with the family present will be held from 11:00 to 1:00 prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial...
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Janell Luebben

June 22, 1927 - November 28, 2016

Janell Luebben, 89, of Grinnell died on November 28, 2016, at the Mayflower Community Health Care Center in Grinnell. A graveside service and burial will be held 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 29, at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell with Rev. Kathryn Roys, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to Grinnell Regional Hospice, Mayflower...
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Michael "Mick" Reavis

August 15, 1949 - November 24, 2016

Michael "Mick" Reavis, age 67, of Newton and formerly of Grinnell, died on Thursday, November 24, 2016, in Newton. A celebration of his life will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 28, 2016, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. Tom Lloyd officiating. Interment with military rites will be at Lower Blue Point Cemetery southeast of Grinnell. In lieu of flowers, memorials may...
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John "Jack" Dawson

August 5, 1926 - November 22, 2016

John C. "Jack" Dawson, 90, professor emeritus of economics, died on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at his home in the Mayflower Community. A celebration of life service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 3, 2016, in the Carman Center of the Mayflower Community with Deanna Shorb, Dean of Religious Life at Grinnell College and Christina Tinker, Chaplain of the Mayflower Community,...
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Raymond George Larsen

May 10, 1930 - November 18, 2016

Raymond Larsen, 86, of Grinnell, died on Friday, November 18, 2016, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Per Raymond's request there will be no funeral or visitation. A private family service will be held. Memorials may be directed to Grinnell Regional Hospice or to St. Jude's Hospital. Raymond was born on the family farm south of Grinnell on May 10, 1930. He attended country school for...
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Hedy Moore

July 18, 1942 - November 14, 2016

Hedy M. Moore, 74, died peacefully on Monday, November 14, 2016, with her family by her side. A private family service will be held at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. The family would like to invite you for a time for sharing memories from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at the Prairie Lakes Church, 105 West Street in Grinnell. Memorials may be directed to the...
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Brian L. Porath

June 10, 1958 - November 13, 2016

Brian L. Porath, 58, of Grinnell, died on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Mass of the Resurrection will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 18, 2016, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. Ron Hodges, pastor of the church, officiating. Music will be provided by Marilyn Kriegel, organist and St. Mary's Choir. Casket Bearers will be Colman Ditzler, Geoff Dietz...
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Lowell Pickhardt

February 12, 1957 - November 13, 2016

Lowell Pickhardt, age 59, of Grinnell, died on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church northeast of Grinnell with Pastor Catherine Burroughs and Pastor John Epperson. Honorary bearers are Larry Johnson and Jim Henderson. Private family interment will be at...
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Ramona McCaw

December 15, 1932 - November 11, 2016

Ramona McCaw, age 83, of Grinnell, died on Friday, November 11, 2016, at the Mayflower Community Health Care Center in Grinnell. A celebration of her life will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church in Grinnell with Pastor Kirsten Klepfer officiating. Memorials may be designated to the Mayflower Community Human Needs Fund and mailed in care of...
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Laurma J. Manatt

April 16, 1930 - November 8, 2016

Laurma J. Manatt, 86, of Malcom, died on Monday, November 7, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 11, 2016, at the First United Presbyterian Church in Malcom with Rev. John Reynolds, pastor of the church, officiating. Pianist will be Denise Baustian. Casket Bearers will be her grandchildren, Traci Rennacker, Robert...
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Velma Mae Nelson

March 3, 1933 - October 31, 2016

Velma Mae Nelson, 83, of Grinnell and formerly of Searsboro, died October 31, 2016, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. A memorial service has been scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 7th at the Friends Church in Searsboro with the Rev. Mike Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Searsboro Community Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Velma Mae Nelson Memorial...
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Darlene Smith

April 14, 1921 - October 31, 2016

Darlene Smith, 95, of Ladora, died on Monday, October 31, 2016, at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Marengo. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016, at the United Methodist Church in Victor with Rev. James Davis, pastor of the church, officiating. Music will be provided by Verabeth Bricker, organist and Caitlin Smith, Brianna Erickson and Patty Lang, vocalists. ...
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George McConnell

January 15, 1936 - October 24, 2016

George C. McConnell, 80, of Hartwick, died October 24, 2016, at Brooklyn Community Estates in Brooklyn. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 27th at the Victor Baptist Church with Pastor Dan Andrews and John Shaull as the officiants, and Carol Alba as the organist. Pallbearers will be Bill McConnell, Lynn Sleeuwenhoek, Mark Dursky, Joe Simmons, Derek Sleeuwenhoek...
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Larry H. Cook

December 15, 1942 - October 23, 2016

Larry Cook, age 73, of Grinnell, died on Sunday evening, October 23, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A celebration of life gathering will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016, at St. Mary's Catholic Church Religious Education Center in Grinnell. A celebration of life service will be held at 4:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Religious Education Center. ...
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Velda Irene Boss

February 28, 1931 - October 22, 2016

Velda Irene Boss, 85, of Grinnell and formerly of Hudson, Iowa died October 22, 2016, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A celebration of Velda's life will be held Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Grinnell. Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church in Grinnell or to Grinnell United Methodist Community Meals. ...
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Norma Kaisand

October 21, 2016

Norma J. Kaisand, age 87, of Grinnell, died on Friday evening, October 21, 2016, at Beebe Hall of the Mayflower Community in Grinnell. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church with Rev. Dave Crow, pastor of the church, officiating. Casket Bearers will be her grandchildren. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery near Lynnville....
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Lois M. Weiss

October 15, 1938 - October 20, 2016

Lois Weiss, age 78, of Victor, died on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 24, 2016, at St. John's Lutheran Church in rural Victor, Iowa. Pallbearers will be Steve and Jerry Sanders, Dustin and Ayden Gensley, Mark Roberts, and Ben Martin. Honorary bearers are Chase...
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Elaine M. Bigbee

December 8, 1928 - October 17, 2016

Elaine M. Bigbee, 87, of Grinnell, died on Monday, October 17, 2016, at the Mayflower Health Care Center in Grinnell. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 21, 2016, at the Carmen Center of the Mayflower Community with Rev. Christine Tinker, chaplain of the Mayflower, officiating. Pianist will be Ann Buchmeier. Inurnment will be at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. ...
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Gene Berry

March 27, 1925 - October 8, 2016

Gene Berry, 91, of Malcom, died October 8, 2016, at Montezuma Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 12th at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor Brian Chitwood of the Madison Church of Christ, near Brooklyn, officiating. Pallbearers will be Kirk and Kole Berry, Tim Brown, Brad and Brian DeLong, Anthony Engelbart, Tony Lang,...
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Vada M. Wille

August 13, 1921 - October 2, 2016

Vada Mae Wille, 95, of Brooklyn, died October 2, 2016, at Brooklyn Community Estates. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday, October 7th, at St. James Lutheran Church in Victor with the Rev. Michael Kolesar officiating. Organist will be Pam Cronbaugh. A private family burial with military honors will be held prior to the service at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery near Victor. ...
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Catherine A. Wendel

August 26, 1952 - September 24, 2016

Catherine A. Wendel, 64, of Grinnell, died on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 29, 2016, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rick Magstadt, pastor of the Grace Community Church, officiating. Interment will be at the Westfield Cemetery south of Grinnell. Friends may call at the funeral...
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Margaret Caroline Ringler

February 17, 1920 - September 22, 2016

Margaret C. Ringler, age 96, of Rock Island, Illinois and formerly of Victor, died on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at St. Anthony's Nursing Home in Rock Island. Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor with Fr. Ron Hodges presiding. Pallbearers are Justin Belden, Levi Stevens, Johnny DeSmet, Jim DeSmet, Bill...
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Hoa My Nguyen

December 14, 1937 - September 20, 2016

Hoa My Nguyen, 78, of Grinnell, died on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, surrounded by her family at her home. Her final days were spent with her family and friends, whom Hoa had a significant impact on throughout her memorable life. A Buddhist service will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 26, 2016, at the Smith Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to the Hoa Nguyen Memorial Fund and...
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Ruby M. Cowman

June 27, 1922 - September 18, 2016

Ruby M. Cowman, 94, of Malcom, died on Sunday, September 18, 2016, surrounded by her family at her home in Malcom. A service will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Malcom with Rev. Len Garrison, pastor of the Malcom Methodist Church, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Grinnell Regional Hospice or to Make-A- Wish Foundation. ...
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Charles "Chuck" Edward Wakeley

July 20, 1951 - September 17, 2016

Chuck Wakeley, 65, of Malcom died September 17, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. An open house has been scheduled from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 22, at the Malcom Auditorium with Pastor Craig Johnson, Calvary Baptist Church in Grinnell, speaking at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Calvary Baptist Church in Grinnell,...
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Vern Russell Brooke

July 24, 1919 - September 14, 2016

Vern Brooke, 97, of Grinnell died September 14, 2016, at St. Francis Manor. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 19th, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. Shane Estes of Grinnell officiating. Pallbearers will be Mark Dimit, Nicholas Doud, Ron Edgington, Brian Haskell, Tim Kibbee and Chris Sheets. Burial will be in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. ...
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Victor T. Wilson

October 17, 1939 - September 12, 2016

Dr. Victor Thomas Wilson, 76, of Grinnell, Iowa, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2016, at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado from complications of cancer. Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Grinnell with Fr. Ron Hodges presiding. Interment with military rites will be at Hazelwood...
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Carol Eileen Elliott

December 4, 1942 - September 12, 2016

Carol Eileen Elliott, 73, of Grinnell died September 12, 2016, at Grinnell Health Care Center. A private family service and burial was held Wednesday morning, September 14, at Rock Creek Cemetery near Kellogg with Jerry Hawkins, a family friend from Bloomfield, officiating. Pallbearers were Ralph, Daine, Tim and Ed Elliott, Roby Douglas and Bill Noel. Memorial contributions may be directed...
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Mark Chvala

October 22, 1956 - September 11, 2016

Mark A. Chvala, 59, of Iowa City and formerly of Victor, died on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at his home in Iowa City. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 16, 2016, at St. John's Lutheran Church near Victor with Rev. Stuart Rethwisch, pastor of the church, officiating. Organist will be Marna Mohr. Casket Bearers will be Jeff Gryp, Ed Healey, Steve Huedepohl, Todd...
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Rita Agnes Kaiser

December 10, 1924 - September 8, 2016

Rita Kaiser, 91, of Grinnell died September 8, 2016, at Grinnell Health Care Center. A graveside service and burial is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 14, at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell with Rev. Ron Hodges, St. Mary's Catholic Church in Grinnell, officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Rita Kaiser Memorial Fund. Rita was...
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Edna I. Badger

January 18, 1922 - September 7, 2016

Edna I. Badger, 94, of Fort Dodge and formerly of Malcom, died on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at the Bickford Cottages in Fort Dodge. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 17, 2016, at Ivy Hill Cemetery near Malcom with Barbara Stumbo, Chaplain of Bickford Cottages, officiating. The family will greet family and friends following the service at the Malcom...
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Marilyn Patterson

August 14, 1930 - September 7, 2016

Marilyn Patterson, age 86, of Austin, Minnesota, and formerly of Gilman, Iowa, died on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at her home with her family by her side. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 12, 2016, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church. A reception will be held after the service in the Friendship Center of the church. Interment will be held privately on...
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Viola Blanche Sleeuwenhoek

May 1, 1923 - September 4, 2016

Viola Sleeuwenhook, age 93, of Grinnell, died on Sunday, September 4, 2016, at Windsor Manor in Grinnell. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 10, 2016, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor Matt Oleson, Newburg-Chester Congregational Church officiating. Pallbearers will be Jason and Justin Halverson, Jeff Renaud, Dirk and Lynn Sleeuwenhoek and Todd...
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Adam J. Healey

September 1, 2016

Adam J. Healey, age 32, of Cedar Rapids, and formerly of Victor, died on Thursday, September 1, 2016, near Palo, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 9, 2016, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor with Fr. Corey Close presiding. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Victor. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Victor American...
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Warren R. Miller

February 21, 1922 - August 31, 2016

Warren R. Miller, 94, of Grinnell, died on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at University Hospitals in Iowa City. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. David Crow, pastor of the Grinnell United Methodist Church, officiating. Casket Bearers will be Danny Carroll, Kenneth Goreham, Aaron Johnson, Matthew Miller, Scott...
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Mabel Esler Madill

February 5, 1916 - August 27, 2016

Mabel Esler Madill, 100, of Grinnell died August 27, 2016, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 3, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. Jim Dotson of Montezuma, officiating. Pallbearers are Ashley Anderson, Briana Goodenbour, Steve, Curt, Tim and Hugh Ritter. Honorary bearers are Tamara, William and Kenneth Esler,...
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Donna Sloan Rempp

January 17, 1955 - August 25, 2016

Donna Rempp, 61, of Grinnell and formerly of Monroe, died on Thursday, 25, August, 2016, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Iowa Companion Animal Support Association, a non-profit she co-founded, and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Donna was born on 17,...
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Verl E. Shook

November 17, 1946 - August 19, 2016

Verl E. Shook, 69, of Montour and formerly of Grinnell, died on Friday, August 19, 2016, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson, chaplain of Grinnell Regional Hospice, officiating. Casket Bearers will be Tim Brown, Anthony Engelbarts, Roger Engelbarts, Mike...
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Jeffrey P. Knobloch, DO

August 17, 1977 - August 13, 2016

Dr. Jeffrey P. Knobloch, age 38, of Grinnell, died on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at his home. Two services will be held to honor Jeff's life. A service will be held in Lester, Iowa near his hometown of Rock Valley, Iowa and a service will be held in Grinnell. Jeff's family will be in attendance at both services and visitations. Lester, Iowa service details: A visitation will be held on...
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Mary Louise Andes

May 23, 1919 - August 11, 2016

Mary Louise Andes, 97, of Grinnell died August 11, 2016, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. A graveside service and burial are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 16th at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell with the Rev. Dondrea Walker, pastor of the Grinnell First Baptist Church officiating. The family will receive friends for lunch and fellowship at St. Francis Manor Social Center following...
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Danny Hathaway

January 9, 1946 - August 6, 2016

Danny L. Hathaway, 70, of Grinnell, Iowa, died on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at his home in Grinnell. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 11, 2016, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. James Dotson officiating. Casket Bearers will be his grandsons, Tanner Hathaway, Josh Kriegel, Nick Kriegel, Tyler Hathaway, Brennen Dodd and Jacob Prowett. Honorary Bearers...
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Janice Reimers Kriegel

September 8, 1951 - August 4, 2016

Janice A. Reimers Kriegel, age 64, of Grinnell, died on Thursday, August 4, 2016, at Select Specialty Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. A celebration of her life will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Monday at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell and...
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Abigail Bohstedt

March 19, 1991 - August 1, 2016

Abigail Anne Bohstedt, 25, of Highland, Indiana and formerly of Grinnell, Iowa was killed in a multi-vehicular traffic accident on Monday, August 1, 2016 near Ottawa, Illinois. Her fiancé, Darrell Scott, Jr. was killed in the same accident; they were to be married November 12. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church with...
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Marvin Milo Roshek

December 6, 1937 - July 29, 2016

Marvin Milo Roshek, 78, of Victor passed away July 29, 2016, at the Urbandale Healthcare Center in Urbandale, Iowa. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 1, at St. James Lutheran Church in Victor with Rev. Michael Kolesar officiating. Organist will be Pam Cronbaugh and soloist will be Richard Huedepohl. Pallbearers will be Matthew and Mark Facile and Rodney, Raymond,...
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Scott R. Goetzinger

March 10, 1961 - July 29, 2016

Scott Goetzinger, age 55, of Grinnell, died on Friday, July 29, 2016, at home with his family by his side. A celebration of his life will be held 1:00 p.m., Monday, August 1, 2016, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor Mike Sereg officiating. A private family interment will be held at Rock Creek Cemetery west of Grinnell. Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday at the...
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Dennis Triplett

December 27, 1946 - July 25, 2016

Dennis Triplett, 69, of Grinnell, died on Monday, July 25, 2016 at his home. As per his wishes, he was cremated and no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Dennis Triplett Memorial Fund, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Dennis is survived by his sisters, Linda (Norman) Hunter of Grinnell, Diane (Ronnie) Pickens of Grinnell and Teresa (Mike Thompson...
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Isaac "Bob" Jones

May 3, 1932 - July 24, 2016

Isaac "Bob" Jones, 84, of Grinnell, died peacefully from cancer at his home on Sunday, July 24 2016. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson officiating. The Grinnell Veterans Ceremonial Unit will provide military honors. Casket Bearers will be Michael Fleming, Nicholas Fleming, Isaac Fleming, Eric...
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Lorraine M. Hawn

July 14, 1925 - July 23, 2016

Lorraine "Rainie" Hawn, 91, of Grinnell, died on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A celebration of her life will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Hawn Center of St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. Interment will be at a later date in Hazelwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Francis Manor Hawn Center or to the Grinnell...
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Vynn Cipolla

January 13, 1949 - July 20, 2016

Vynn E. Cipolla, 67, of Marengo, died on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. A memorial gathering will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor. Vynn was born on January 13, 1949, in Long Beach, California to Harriet Tanner Adcock and Vincent Bohlman. She has lived in the Marengo area since 1984. Vynn enjoyed...
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Michael R. Glotfelty

August 26, 1965 - July 18, 2016

Michael was born on August 26, 1965, in Marengo, Iowa to Vern and Joanne Webb Glotfelty. He was raised in Victor and graduated from HLV High School with the Class of 1984. Following his education he lived in Cedar Rapids, Chicago and Colorado before moving back to the Ames area. For the past several years he worked at Cyclone Liquors in Ames.   Michael was an avid fan of the Iowa State...
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Patrick Allen Thomas

January 1, 1950 - July 15, 2016

Patrick A. Thomas, 66, of Grinnell, died July 15, 2016, at the Grinnell Health Care Center. Visitation will be held beginning at 9:00 a.m. Monday, July 18, at the Mills Christian Church in New Sharon. A graveside service and burial will follow at the Pleasant Corners Cemetery in Eddyville. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Patrick Thomas Memorial Fund. Patrick was born...
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Maxine Florence Wilson

May 4, 1922 - July 15, 2016

Maxine Wilson, 94, of Grinnell died July 15, 2016, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell, surrounded by her family. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 20th, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson officiating. Pallbearers will be Bruce Potter, Brian and Carmon Wilson, Joshua Potter, Larry Deppe and Rick Springer. Burial will be in Hazelwood Cemetery...
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Joan McCurry

November 27, 1923 - July 10, 2016

Joan L. McCurry, 92, of Grinnell, Iowa died on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 16, 2016, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson officiating. Casket Bearers will be Richard Berman, Brynjar Brynjarsson, Chris Collum, Mike Jones, Joe McCurry, Kenny McCurry, Mike McCurry, and Jim Stevenson...
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Dennis Ray McNurlen

March 11, 1946 - June 29, 2016

Dennis R. McNurlen, 70, of Grinnell died June 29, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson officiating. Pallbearers will be James McNurlen, Jeff McNurlen, Andy Walter, Jacob Schmitz, Jed Van Zante, Ryan Gersdorf, Dennis "Pee Wee" Whannel and Brad Nelson. Honorary...
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