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Jerry Taylor

September 9, 1930 - June 10, 2013


Jerry Ray Taylor, 82, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 10, 2013. He was born in Nevada, Iowa on September 9, 1930, the son of Ray and Ruth Patten Taylor. He was raised in Iowa and went to the Iowa School for the Deaf. He graduated with a Bachelor Degree from Gallaudet College in Washington DC.

It was while he was attending Gallaudet College that he met his “Dearest” Nancy. Jerry and Nancy were married on August 23, 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jerry and Nancy moved to Ogden in 1958 to pursue his teaching career, and in 1972 they moved to South Ogden where they resided at the time of his death.

He was a faithful member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Jerry was a teacher at the Utah School for the Deaf for 29 years, retiring in 1987. He was very proud of his work in the development of the Athletic Department at the school where he served as Basketball, Track and Cross-Country Coach, as well as the Athletic Director. He dedicated many years of service to the deaf community, including the Utah Association for the Deaf, the National Association of the Deaf, and the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf.

He was an avid sports fan and especially loved the Jazz and Cubs. Jerry and Nancy enjoyed traveling, camping and gardening. Jerry was an animal lover and he leaves behind his beloved Scooter and Mesa.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; sons, John and James Taylor; daughter, Ruth Taylor; 2 grandsons, Joshua (Nicole) Taylor and Alyxander Taylor; 1 great-grandson, Mason Taylor; and sister, Dixie Brekke.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Taylor and his parents.

Funeral services was held on Monday, June 17,  at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3329 Harrison Blvd., Ogden.

Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Harry Senekjian and the ICU nurses and staff at McKay Dee Hospital.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to either St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Ogden or the National Kidney Foundation.

Thanks to Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary, Ogden, Utah and Marlene Kautzky for the information.

Mary Stokes

November 2, 1932 - June 10, 2013

Mary J. Stokes, age 80, passed away Monday, June 10th, 2013, at her home.

Mary was born November 2, 1932, in Neola, Iowa, to John J. and Ursula E. (Ring) Green and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1950. She worked as a Receptionist for Dr. Murray's office for over twenty two years and later at the Pottawattamie County Attorney's Office and the Iowa School for the Deaf Lied Center. Mary formerly worked at JC Penney's and was a longtime member of St. Peters Church and their Altar and Rosary Society, where she served as past president.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Jack L. Stokes on March 27, 1996.

Mary leaves to mourn her children and spouses, Mary Kay Hetmanek and Jerry, of Omaha, Neb., Carolyn Cool and John, of Council Bluffs, Susan Hall and Mark, of Marion, Kan., John Stokes and Dianna, of Charlotte, N.C., David Stokes and Mary, Martin Stokes and Diane, and Christopher Stokes and Jackie, all of Omaha; 18 grandchildren; sisters, GeorgeAnne Prusa and Joseph, of Omaha, Catherine Ward, of Overland Park, Kan., Helen Sahulka, of Omaha; brothers, Terry Green and Sondie, of Apache Jct. Ariz., Dennis Green and Fran, Michael Green and Joyce, all of Omaha; many nieces and nephews.

Rosary recitation Thursday, 6 p.m., followed by visitation until 8 p.m., at the Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial Friday 1 p.m., at St. Peters Church. Interment Ridgewood Cemetery followed by a luncheon at Fr. Chuck Kottas Hall at St. Peters. Memorials to St. Albert Schools and American Diabetes Association .

Thanks to Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Funeral Home, Council Bluffs, Iowa and Shirley Hicks for the information.





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Anna Lee Swaim

May 30, 2013

Anna Lee Swaim, wife of Dean Swaim, passed away on May 30, 2013 after a long illness.  They lived in Surprise, Arizona.

She used to be a teacher and a coach at Iowa School for the Deaf in early 1950's.  Her husband used to teach at ISD, too.

Her funeral services is pending.  We will post it when the information is available.

Thanks to Dora McHugh, Shirley Hicks and Cathy Hardy for the information.




Martin Belsky

1937 - May 27, 2013

Martin Belsky, 76, of Burton, Michigan, a well-known member of the Deaf community died on May 27th in Sunrise Florida of an aggressive brain tumor. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1937 to Fannie and Morris Belsky. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Marilyn (Dunnington of ISD), his two daughters Marta (BC) Belsky and Marianne Belsky. He is also survived by his sisters Irene Bess and Barbara (Ben) Rabin. He was predeceased by two sisters Audrey Sens and Janet Belsky. Marty was a 1955 graduate of New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood), a 1959 graduate of Gallaudet University and a 1964 graduate of Eastern Michigan University. He spent his career as a teacher, principal, and coach at the Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint. He served as the Secretary and President of the Central Athletic Association of the Deaf and as the Secretary and President of the American Athletic Association for the Deaf. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the CAAD and AAAD. He was also inducted into the Fanwood Hall of Fame.

 Marty was an avid tennis player who enjoyed playing tennis at the Flint Tennis Club during the summers and at the Sunrise Lakes Tennis Club during the winters.

Marty was an animal lover. He enjoyed walking, reading, watching movies on DVD and playing and watching sports especially basketball and tennis. He was a long time member of the Flint Association of the Deaf and Senior Citizens.

 Memorial services will be planned at a later date in Flint and in South Florida. Memorial contributions may be made to: The Michigan School for the Deaf Athletic Fund, The Humane Society of Genesee County, or the Gallaudet University Alumni Association.

Thanks to the United States Deaf Basketball Association and Shirley Hicks for the information.




LaVonne Cook

April 11, 1929 - May 14, 2013

Gretna. Survived by husband, Eugene Cook; children, Roy Cook, Tony (Julie) Cook, Danny (Linda) Cook, Larry Cook; grandchildren, Adam, Ian, Taylor, Kasey, and Lewis; great granddaughter, Taryn; brother, Mort (Joan) Tunender; sister, Patty Christensen; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Preceded in dea8th by parents, Samuel and Frances Tunender; brother, Darrell Tunender; brother-in-law, Denny Christensen.

She was a Sou26th Dakota School for the Deaf product.  She married a Nebraska School for the Deaf guy.  She used to work for Western Electric of Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska.  They made their home in Gretna.  They both were an avid campintg couple.  Many Deaf Midwesterners know them well.

Funeral Mass 10am Friday, May 17, 2013, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 508 Angus Street, Gretna, NE. Graveside Service Friday 2:30pm at Lincoln Memorial Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. Roeder Mortuary, Gretna Chapel, Gretna Nebraska, handled her funeral.

Thanks to Roeder Mortuary for the information.




Opal L. Redden

March 26, 1924 - May 8, 2013

Opal L. Redden, age 89 years, of Council Bluffs, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, at Midlands Living Center in Council Bluffs.

Opal was born in Omaha, Neb., on March 26th, 1924, to the lathe Roy and Gladys Sohm.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, 3 sisters and her beloved husband, Robert E. "Bugs" Redden.   Bugs Redden was the former Iowa School for the Deaf Dean of Boys.  They used to live in Miss Melba Alber's house (that ISD bought to allow te Reddens live there.).

Opal is survived by her son, Robert and wife, Shelly Redden, of Council Bluffs; daughter, Lori and husband, Kenny Heman, of Lone Grove, Okla.; 4 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

Funeral services Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 1 p.m., at Westlawn Hillcrest Funeral Home. Interment at the Westlawn Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Thanks to the Daily Nonpareil and Shirley Hicks for the information.




Ruth Aileen Messerli

January 10, 1927 - May 5, 2013 

Ruth Aileen (Goodman) Messerli, age 86, of Council Bluffs, passed away May 5, 2013.

She was born in Dunlap, Iowa, on January 10, 1927, to the late Lester and Bernice (Madison) Goodman. Ruth worked for Iowa School for the Deaf, and retired after 23 years of service (the ISD Laundry or Housekeeping Department). She married Paul Messerli on October 2, 1946, at the St. Francis Church in Council Bluffs.

 In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her brother, John Goodman; and sisters, Bette Hunter, Audrey Wheeler and Nadine Watson.

 Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Paul Messerli, of Council Bluffs; son, Mike Messerli and wife, Linda, of Bella Vista, Ark.; daughter, Connie Lauver and husband, Steve, of Council Bluffs; grandchildren, Tammi Martin (Mike), of Council Bluffs, Todd Messerli (Becky), of Leawood, Kan., Michelle Schaeffer (Brent), and Renee Lauver, all of Council Bluffs; great grandchildren, Erick, Alex and Chad Martin, Marie, Mitchell, Peter and Claire Messerli, Jordan and Allison Schaeffer and Emily Frieze; sister, Virginia Carberry; aunt, Ruth Eleanor Carberry; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Father Joel McNeil, officiant. Interment in Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Council Bluffs.

Thanks to Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Shirley Hicks for the information.




Bobby Gene Fisher

May 30, 1932 - April 27, 2013

Bobby Gene Fisher, 80, was found dead in bed in his apartment in Topeka, Kansas, by his landlord on April 27, 2013.

He was born May 30, 1932 and attended Iowa School for the Deaf, Council Bluffs.  He graduated there in 1952.

Autopsy results from the Shawnee County, Kansas, Coroner's Office showed that he died of clogged arteries.

Dove Cremation and Funeral Service in Topeka has been entrusted with final arrangements.  There will be no services and cremains will be interred in Rochester Cemetery, Topeka, Kansas.

Thanks to Laverne Hayes and Karen Reed for the information and the picture. 




Odis H. Landsverk

April 30, 1929 - April 22, 2013

Odis H. Landsverk, 83, passed away Monday, April 22, 2013, at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, MN.

A Celebration of Odis' life washeld at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Ankeny Funeral Home with burial to follow at Oralabor Cemetery.

Odis Harlan Landsverk was born April 30, 1929, in Hayward, MN, to Orval and Sena (Anderson) Landsverk. He grew up in Chickasaw County, IA, attended the Detroit Lutheran School for the Deaf where he met Dorothy, and later graduated from East High in Waterloo in 1948. On January 23, 1954, Odis was united in marriage to Dorothy K. Meyer. The couple made their home in Ankeny where Odis worked as a sign painter. Odis enjoyed wood working, antiques, and his many friends.

Survivors include his children, Ivan (Bonnie) Landsverk of Ankeny and Sally Nickerson of Burnsville, MN; grandchildren, Chloe Landsverk and Michael Nickerson; sister, Helen (Romaine) Krueger of Waverly, IA; brothers-in-law, Herbert Meyer of Burlington, KS and Louis (Betty) Meyer of LeRoy, KS. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy in 2011; and his parents.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.

Thanks to Ankeny Funeral Home,Des Moines, Iowa, and Hal Poch for the information.




Velma Meeks

March 17, 1924 - April 18, 2013 

Velma Meeks, 89, of Olathe, Kansas, passed away April 18, 2013 at Evergreen Community.

She was born on March 17, 1924 in Anamosa, Iowa to Leslie J. and Mildred M. (Leinan) Meeks Phillips. She attended Iowa School for the Deaf and graduated in 1944.  Velma was a dorm supervisor at Kansas School of the Deaf. A brother, Jim Meeks, survives. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Russell and Garrett Meeks.

A memorial Service will be held at 1 pm, Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Evergreen, 11875 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery, Anamosa. Memorial contributions may be made to Deaf Cultural Center, 455 East Park, Olathe, KS 66061, 913-782-184

Thanks to Cremation Center of Kansas City, Shawnee Mission, KS, Stanley and Dora McHugh and Shirley Hicks for the information.




Dennis Wallace

1936 - April 16, 2013

Born to Eternal Life, Tuesday April 16, 2013 at the age of 77 years. Beloved husband of Judy (nee Ried) for 48 years. Loving dad of Becky (Joe) Ehrman and their children Taylor, Nathan and Emily and Lisa (John) Vollrath and their children Allison and Grant. Son in law of Evelyn Ried. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday at EMAUNEL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE DEAF, 2306 S. 98th Street, West Allis, April 20, 2013, at 1PM. In lieu of flowers memorials to the family appreciated. Thank you to Dr. Staudcher and staff and Allison Mengl for all their care and compassion. Dennis loved his job as a type setter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He enjoyed woodworking, landscaping and golfing. Dennis was a member of the Waukesha Deaf Organization and Greaer Miwaukee Association of the Deaf.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Dennis Wallace please visit our Sympathy Store.

 Thanks to Heritage Funeral Home, Greenfield, Wisconsin and Marlene Kautzky for the information.




Roger Massey

February 15, 1936 - April 12. 2013

Roger Massey was born on February 15, 1936 to Robert and Dorothy Massey. He passed peacefully at Bright Kavanagh House on April 12, 2013 at the age of 77.

Roger graduated in 1956 from The Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, IA. He participated in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Wrestling, Track and Football. During his time there he made many life long friends.

Roger enjoyed reading, making friends with anyone who took the time to chat, and researching subjects of interest. One area of interest was learning about his family history. It was during this research he learned he had roots in the historical town of Buxton, IA, a coal mining town that flourished in Monroe County in the early 1900’s.

Roger leaves behind his brother, Jackson Massey; several nieces, nephews and many friends who will miss him deeply.

Memorial Services for Roger will be at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17 at Brooks South Town Chapel at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 7601 Fleur Drive, Des Moines.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Central Iowa.

Thanks to Brooks South Town Chapel, Des Moines, Iowa, Elaine & Richard Pudans, Stanley McHugh and two other persons for the information. 




Darrell Edwin Adams 

May 13, 1932 - April 3, 2013

Darrell Edwin Adams, age 80, of Council Bluffs, passed away April 3, 2013, at his home.

He was born on May 13, 1932, in Council Bluffs, to the late Roy and Gertrude Adams. Darrell served his country in the US Army. He worked for Iowa School for the Deaf for 22 years and the Union Pacific Railroad for 18 years.

In addition to his parents, Darrell is preceded in death by his wife, Mary; 4 infant children; 2 brothers, 1 sister and 3 grandchildren.

He had a deaf brother, the late Versel Adams.

Darrell is survived by his children, Jon Adams, Nick Adams, Jerry Adams (Sammy Elliott), Melissa Brown (Claude Jr.), Christopher Fichter (Dawn), Andrew Fichter Sr. (Michelle), Aaron Fichter (Libby Braun) and Michelle Sund; 32 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Visitation is Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home. Funeral service was Saturday, 11 a.m., at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home, Council Bluffs, Iowa.. Interment iwas in the Garner Township Cemetery.

Thanks to Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home and Shirley Hicks for the information.




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Alice L. Doucette

November 6, 1935 - February 19, 2013

Alice L. Doucette, age 77 of Council Bluffs passed away February 19, 2013 at Mercy Hospital.

She was born on November 6, 1935 in Waltham, MA to the late James R. and Mabel (Melanson) Doucette. She was the 8th on nine children. Alice Grew up in Cambridge and Weston, MA and attended school at Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Revere, MA.

Alice moved to Council Bluffs permanently in 1969 after many long term visits. She lived with her sister, Helen Morrison until her death in 1999. She then resided with her niece and nephew, Gary and Helena young.

Alice was a member of the Omaha Association for the Deaf where she enjoyed the company of others fro the deaf community and loved winning at bingo and cards.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers, Arthur, Frank, and Joseph Doucette; sisters, Mary New and Helen Morrison.

She is survived by her brother, James Doucette of Council Bluffs, IA, sisters, Barbara Dououglas of St. Petersburg, FL, Ann Forrest of West Borough, MA; niece and nephew, Helena & Gary Young; many other nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews; great-great nieces and nephews.

Many thanks to the angels of Mercy Hospital for keeping her comfortable during her last stay there.

Memorials Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday February 25, 2013, 1030AM at Corpus Christi Queen of Apostles.

In lie of flowers memorials are suggested to the Omaha Association for the Deaf, 4050 Hillsdale Ave Omaha, NE 68107

Thanks to Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home, Council Bluffs, IA, Jean Luedtke and Shirley Hicks for the information.




Fred Krohn

March 2, 1919 - February 17, 2013

Fred Henry Krohn, age 93, passed away February 17, 2013, at Risen Son Christian Village.

 Fred was born, March 2, 1919, in Walnut, Iowa, to Detlef and Augusta (Sievers) Krohn and attended school in Walnut Iowa. He was united in marriage to Willetta Wild on November 6, 1940, and to this union five children were born. Fred began farming in 1944, on a farm midway between Treynor and Council Bluffs, and lived on the same farm until about three months ago. He retired from farming in 1982 and went to work the next ten years at Iowa School for the Deafand later at Area Thirteen. He was active in community affairs, Zion Congregational Church and entered into the Masonic Amber Lodge # 569 on January 14, 1944. Fred also belonged to the Tangier Shrine in Omaha and their Arab Patrol. He was kind to all, and kept his wit and humor to the end.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Willetta "Willie" in 2008; grandsons, Baby Ryan Kuster and Christopher Feller; son-in-law, Ronald Pape; sister, Elaine Nielsen; brothers, Harry, Eugene and Robert Krohn.

 Fred is survived by his 5 children, Caroly Pape, of Persia, Iowa, Lynda Madden, of Redondo Beach, Calif., Fritz Krohn and wife, Cathy, of Council Bluffs, Jeanine Larsen and husband, Scott, of Harlan, Iowa, Sheila Bradley, of Omaha; 18 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

 Masonic services Thursday, 6 p.m., followed by visitation until 8 p.m., with the Arab Patrol Honor Guard to stand guard. Funeral services Friday, 11 a.m., all at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Luncheon to follow immediately at the Masonic Lodge adjacent to the Funeral Home. Cortege to Hardin Township Cemetery to leave at 1:15 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Tangier Shrine or Treynor Fire and Rescue.

 Thanks to Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Homes of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Shirley Hicks for the information.




Marion Van Manen

July 18, 1937 - February 14, 2014

Marion passed away peacefully at home at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

Marion John Van Manen was born July 18, 1937 on the family farm in Kellogg, Iowa to John William Van Manen and Leona DeZwarte. Marion attended the Iowa School for the Deaf from 1943 until his graduation in 1957. While at Iowa School for the Deaf Marion was the senior class president, was active in football, basketball and track in 1954-1956 and was in Young Men's Literary Society. He then attended Gallaudet University for the Deaf in Washington, D.C. where he studied chemistry. While at Gallaudet, he met Janice Sperring. They married November 26, 1960. They set up their home in Pella, Iowa where Marion worked as a printer. While in Pella their first son, Mark Walter Van Manen was born March 20, 1962. Later, Marion and family moved to California where their son, James William Van Manen was born August 2, 1966. In 1967, Marion and family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On May 28, 1970 Marion graduated from the Lutheran Lay Training Institute of Concordia College of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduation, Marion accepted a call to St. Luke Lutheran Church, Sunnyvale, California. In 1972, Marion became first president of ILDA (International Lutheran Deaf Association). In 1975, he agreed to move the family to Detroit, Michigan where he and Janice both worked as house parents at the Lutheran School for the Deaf. In 1978, Marion accepted a call to Word of God Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Following Marion and Janice's divorce in 1982, Marion moved to Des Moines, Iowa to work at the Post Office Bulk Mail Center. In spring of 1984 Marion began working at the Main Post Office where some deaf friends played "Cupid" and introduced him to Jacqueline "Jackie" Minor, a mail clerk. They were married December 1, 1984. Marion and Jackie enjoyed traveling, camping, gardening, pets, Bible Studies, watching captioned DVD movies, reading different Bibles translations, eating out with friends, and church activities. In April 2000 they both retired from the post office.

In 2001, Marion started to have tremors in his hands and in 2002 Marion was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. From 2002-2008, Marion's Parkinson's was controlled with medicine and he lived symptom free. In winter of 2008, Marion started have sleeping problems and problems with medicine that required hospitalization. In December 2009, Marion had a partial colectomy. In 2010, Marion started to have weakness in his legs, and he started to have falls. He did not want to use his walker, only a cane, so Jackie made him use a transport chair. On December 23, 2012 Marion had flutters in his chest. Jackie took him to the hospital where they determined that his heart was fine but a chest scan showed spots on his liver. Further tests showed he had stage four pancreatic cancer and Liver cancer.
Marion is survived by his wife, Jackie; two sons, Mark Walter Van Manen and his wife, Lena of Indianapolis, Indiana and James William Van Manen of Chicago; grandchildren, Lindsay Van Manen and Jared Van Manen of Farmington Missouri and Amanda Van Manen and Julius Van Manen of Mundelein, Illinois; and former daughter-in-law, Lisa Van Manen of Farmington, Missouri. He is also survived by three brothers, Ron Van Manen (Trudy) of Kellogg, Iowa, Richard Van Manen (Karen) of Reasoner, Iowa and David Van Manen of Pleasant Hill, Iowa as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and sister-in-law, Martha Hunt and her family of Des Moines. Marion was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be sent to Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf or Iowa Health Hospice - Taylor House.

Funeral services for Marion Van Manen will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf, 3909 East 42nd St., Des Moines, IA.  Visitation will be held on Friday, February 22, 2013, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Grandview Park Funeral Home, 3211 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines, IA.   Burial will follow in Sully Cemetery, Sully, IA, on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

The webmaster wants to thankIles Funeral Homes, Des Moines, Iowa and several Deaf persons for this information.




Iola (Price) Cosner

December 4, 1926 - February 11, 2013

Funeral services for Iola Mae Cosner was held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2013 at St. Mathew's Catholic Church with Father Raymond Canete officiating. Burial follwowed in Wright Cemetery. 

Iola Mae Cosner, age 86, of Wright, Wyoming, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2013 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home.
Iola was born on December 4, 1926 in Arcadia, Nebraska to John Commodore Price and Goldie Edna Price. They lived on a farm and at 18 months of age, she contracted meningitis, which resulted in her becoming deaf. When Iola was 12 years old she was enrolled in the Nebraska School for the Deaf in Omaha, Nebraska where she eventually met Dean Cosner. Upon graduation, Dean brought Iola to Wyoming. They were married on September 3, 1950, settling on the Cosner Sheep Ranch south of Wright. Together they raised four sons. Dean and Iola were great supporters of the 4-H youth program in Campbell County and were instrumental in forming the Deaf Association of Wyoming. Together they enjoyed traveling, camping, attending the Wyoming State Fair annually and visiting with all their many friends across the nation. One of their favorite camping groups was the Wyoming Talking "N" Flying Hands Camping Club. Iola enjoyed living on the ranch, she was a founding member of the Thunder Basin Belles homemakers club. She spent quality time doing specialty embroidery, going to craft fairs and trying her hand at different craft projects. She enjoyed playing Bingo at Pioneer Manor. Iola was adept at reading lips and loved to visit with people; always willing to teach sign language to anyone who was interested in learning. Iola worked at the Gillette News Record while her boys attended high school in Gillette. She retired in 1984 and remained on the ranch until 2006 at which time she moved into the Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Gillette.

 Iola is survived by her four sons and four grandchildren: Barney of Riverton, Wyoming and (Patrice) of Allen, Texas and their son, Zackery; Danny (Carleen) of Buffalo, Wyoming; Marv (Thelma) of Wright, his daughters: Michelle and Candace and John (Maggie) their daughter Anna of Gillette, Wyoming; 2 sisters: Louise Cornelius of Grant, Nebraska and Vivian (Vickie) Hayden of Hayward, California and 2 brothers: Ervin Price of San Leandro, California and Robert Slocum of Shelton, Nebraska; two brother–in-laws: Jim Cosner (Bernice) of Akron, Colorado and Ted Cosner (Dianna) of Wright, Wyoming, plus numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Dean, brother, Carlos Price of Bonita, California and sister, Edna Walz of Ogallala, Nebraska.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials in Iola's name have been set up for educational sign language materials or the Wyoming State Fair Legacy Tree program. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or condolences via the internet at

Thanks to Gillette Memorial Chapel, Gillette, Wyoming and several Deaf persons for the information.





Ricky Rowray

February 16, 1946 - Feburary 11, 2013

Rickie Norman Rowray, 66, of Cedar Rapids died Monday February 11, 2013 following a stroke and a short illness at Bishop Drumm in Johnston, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 13 from 4:30 PM to 7 PM at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Service will be held on Thursday at 11 AM at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Burial will be held at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. A luncheon will be held at Edgewood Family Fellowship, 621 Edgewood Road, Cedar Rapids, following the committal.
Rickie was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Richard E. Rowray and to the late Augusta Rowray (Kohl). Rickie graduated from the Iowa School for the Deaf in 1965. He was married to Patricia Ann Rowray (Ewoldt) in Spencer, Iowa on November 23, 1968. They lived for 44 years in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children Randall (Jenifer) Rowray of Des Moines, Robina Criteser of Gulf Shores, Alabama; his grandchildren Miranda (20), Ben (13), Nate (11) and Brooklyn (9).
Rickie worked for Rockwell Collins for 37 years and retired in December of 2002. He was an active member at the Word of God Lutheran Church for the Deaf. He held various positions with the National Fraternal Society for the Deaf. He belonged to the World Deaf Magician Organization, and was a magician for 47 years. He was a balloon artist providing smiles and entertainment for the VSA Iowa at the Iowa State Fair for over 24 years. Rickie was a member of the IBEW Local #1362 for 35 years.

One of Rickie’s favorite sayings was “Can Do”. He lived his life with an optimistic attitude in everything that he did. He accomplished so much within his family, community, state, and his travels. His antics and talents brought joy to children and adults alike. His deafness never limited his imagination and creativity. He strived to do the best in all that he did and brought you a smile with his “Can Do” attitude.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VSA Iowa or to the family.

Funeral services for Rickie Rowray was held at 11 a.m.., Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Burial followed in Cedar Memorial Park  Cemetery.

Thanks to Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Neil Fox and Theresa Legg for the information.




Richard Hagen

November 1, 1932 - January 28, 2013

Richard H. Hagen of Bellevue, Nebraska, passed away on January 28, 2013. He was born on November 1, 1932, in Ames, Iowa, to George and Mary Hagen. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jerry Hagen and grandson Jason Hagen. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth Hagen, and his children, Pat (Ken) Martin, Dave Hagen, John (Pamela) Hagen, Liz (Jeff) Thompson, Chas (Janis) Hagen, Mark (Alicia) Hagen, Kathryn (Nina) Hagen, Margaret (Blaine) Carbis; 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; sisters Sharon (Jim) Mott and Carolyn Mehus; many nieces and nephews, in-laws and out-laws; and many friends who may not have been related by blood, but were a part of the family. Family, first and foremost, was one of his many legacies.
Dick Hagen grew up in Ames, Iowa, and joined the U. S. Marine Corps right after he left high school and served in the Mediterranean aboard ship as a radio operator during the Korean Conflict. During this time, he had many enlightening experiences, not the least of which was meeting and being blessed by Pope Pius XII. Upon leaving the Marine Corps, Dick went to telegrapher school for the Milwaukee Railroad and became a telegraph operator. As automation was eliminating jobs, he enrolled in college in Illinois and received a degree in Theology. He went on to serve the deaf community in many roles; i.e. interpreter, friend, counselor. He became a sought-after mentor throughout the country for his expertise and experience. He eventually took a job in the State of Iowa Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as a counselor. This job led him to be given the privilege of being a part of the creation of the Interpreter Training Program at Iowa Western Community College, where he taught until he retired as Professor Emeritus due to health issues in 1992. This program is still in existence today. He was very proud of his students! Dick and Ruth retired to the Ozarks for several years and returned to live in Council Bluffs at Harmony Court where they made many friends; then moved to the Bellevue Harmony Court.

Dick was instrumental in establishing services for the deaf in compliance with the new laws of National Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities working closely with state and federal officials, including Congressmen. He served the Crossroads Rehabilitation Center for the Deaf. He held certification through the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and served the organization in many ways, including National Publication Committee of Registry of Interpreters and National Evaluation Study Committee for the National Registry of Interpreters. He also worked with the Omaha Community Playhouse to bring the stage alive to the deaf community, the first of which was A Christmas Carole, opening the doors to other plays. Dick continued in his role of serving people after retirement by being Resident Manager at Harmony Court and serving as President of the Resident Association for several years.

Memorials are suggested to IWCC Foundation or Food Bank of the Midlands.

Visitation with the family, Friday, 6-8 p.m. at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel.
Funeral service, Saturday, 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with military honors tendered by VFW Post #737.

Thanks to Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home, Council Bluffs, Iowa for the information.






Merel Edward Jarchow

September 28, 1932 - January 11, 2013

Merel Edward Jarchow, age 79, of Shell Rock, died Friday, January 11, 2013, in Maquoketa, Iowa due to respiratory problems.

 Merel was born on September 28, 1932, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Walter and Hazel (Foot) Jarchow. Merel attended the School for the Deaf at Council Bluffs, Iowa. He lived with his parents at Waverly Junction, Iowa.

 In 1947, they purchased a home at 918 North Public Road in Shell Rock, Iowa. In 2008, Merel moved to the Meadows Assisted Living in Shell Rock and in July of 2012 to Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa. He worked for Brooks Sand and Gravel Company for many years and also plowed gardens, mowed lawns, and kept his neighbors driveways clear of snow in the winter.

Merel was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Shell Rock. His enjoyments included driving his tractor in the 4th of July parade, gardening, his dogs, and providing a home to the neighborhood cats.

Merel's memory is honored by a sister, Jeanette Vossberg of Janesville, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Harrison and Richard Jarchow, and a sister, Geraldine Roberts.

Funeral services will be held at 1 P.M. on Tuesday, January 15th, at the Faith Lutheran Church in Shell Rock. Burial will follow at West Point Cemetery Southeast of Shell rock. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 14th, at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Shell Rock where the family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Merel's family and online condolences may be left at

Thanks to Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Shell Rock, Iowa and Marlene Kautzky for the information.








Mervin D. Garretson

July 25, 1923 - January 9, 2013

In Memoriam: Mervin D. Garretson, 21st NAD President & 5th Executive Director

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) mourns the loss of one of its greatest leaders – the only person to have served the organization both as a President and as an Executive Director. Mervin D. “Merv” Garretson passed away at the age of 89 on January 9, 2013 in Summerfield, Florida. He was born on July 25, 1923 in Sheridan, Wyoming. The love of his life, his wife Carol Jean Kaull Garretson passed away less than two months earlier, on November 28, 2012. They are survived by their five daughters (Randee, Shelley, Kyrie, Kaja, and Kelsi), seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Born to a cattle ranching family in northern Wyoming, Merv became deaf from spinal meningitis at the age of five. He attended the Colorado School for the Deaf and earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1947 at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, his Master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in 1955, followed by pursuit of doctoral studies in English at the University of Maryland in College Park. He also received honorary doctorate degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York (1993) and his alma mater, Gallaudet (1974).
Merv began his professional career as a teacher at the Maryland School for the Deaf (1948-1949) and went on to become principal at the Montana School for the Deaf (1949-1962). From there, he became a professor at Gallaudet University where he served as teacher, advisor and mentor to many deaf students who went on to become educational leaders at schools for the deaf across the country. When the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) was established, he was asked to be its principal. While there, he became dean for Pre-College Programs (now known as the Clerc Center) and later served as special assistant for four Gallaudet University presidents. At Gallaudet he chaired the highly acclaimed Deaf Way international cultural festival, which had a huge impact on deaf arts, especially the birth of the De’VIA movement.
Long active in the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Merv was elected as the 21st president (1976-1978). He had the distinctive honor of having known George Veditz, the seventh NAD president, who influenced him as a young boy. He worked with Byron B. Burnes, the 17th NAD president and his wife Caroline Burnes on the concept for Junior NAD, which became reality with Merv as its first national director in 1960.
While Merv was in Montana, the Montana Association of the Deaf sent him to what is now known as the original Fulton Tontine at the Missouri School for the Deaf in 1956. This meeting of leaders from across the nation developed a proposal that led to the restructuring of the NAD as a federation of state organizational affiliates, which continues to this day. At the Tontine, the group agreed that the last surviving person would uncork and drink from a bottle of wine preserved in a specially labeled wooden box. Merv had the distinct honor of carrying out this mandate at the 2006 NAD Conference in New Orleans, which was highlighted by his saying the wine was sour!
During his time in Washington, DC, Merv served as executive director of the Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf (1960-1967), working closely on educational policy, research and accessibility issues with Boyce R. Williams at the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare.
Merv was also involved with many national and international organizations dealing with education of the deaf. His involvement in the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is known to many, having served as a member of the WFD Board (1967-1971) and as an expert on pedagogy for a number of years - among several WFD roles. He was instrumental in encouraging deaf expert involvement in the WFD, and was an accomplished international traveler, giving presentations and meeting with deaf leaders worldwide.
At the NAD, Merv filled in as interim executive director (1989-1990) at the behest of the Board of Directors. He is perhaps one of very few persons who has attended every biennial NAD conference since 1957. Many viewed him as the “great thinker” – always coming up with ideas and strategies for accomplishing seemingly impossible tasks.
Merv later served as editor of the NAD Deaf American Monograph 1990 to 1996. An accomplished poet (Words from a Deaf Child) and prolific writer (Unwritten Curriculum), his works were loved by deaf and hearing people alike. In 2010, he published My Yesterdays: In a Changing World of the Deaf, an engrossing chronicle of his life.
“I am deeply saddened at the loss of Merv Garretson,” said NAD President Chris Wagner.  “He was a true pioneer, paving the way for all who followed. We will be forever grateful for the service and commitment he gave so generously to the national and international deaf communities. I have had the pleasure of knowing Merv and Carol while they spent their remaining years in Florida, and I am proud to say Merv was one of my mentors.” 
“Merv was not only my friend, but also my mentor and motivator,” said Gertrude S. “Gertie” Galloway, the 23rd president of the NAD and the first woman elected to this office. “He was the one who encouraged me to run for the presidency. I am forever grateful to him for his confidence in me. And I hope to carry on as NAD President Emeritus with grace and wisdom. I shall miss him greatly and his good-natured ‘Hi, Grandma!’ salutation. Rest in peace, Merv and Carol – we shall carry on!”

Thanks to the National Association of the Deaf for both obituary and pictures.




Betty (Durns) Hundley

January 3, 1935 - January 4, 2013

Betty (Durns) Hundley formally of Le Grand, entered into eternal life on January 4th at MMSC surrounded by her family. Betty was born January 3, 1935 to John and Nora (Anderson) Durns in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Betty was raised in the Sioux Falls area until the family moved to Cedar Falls. Betty attended school at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs. Betty married Donald Hundley of Cedar Falls August 14, 1953. They moved to Marshalltown in 1955 and in 1969 moved to Le Grand and raised five children.

Betty was a homemaker. Betty later went to work for DeLongs Sportswear until she retired in 2002. Betty loved to sew and do crafts, spend time in her sunroom and grow plants, spend time with her dog Woody, watch Soap Operas, horror movies, and cooking shows, loved to play jokes on people, and spend time with her children and grandchildren. Betty had a wonderful sense of humor and shared it as often as possible. 

Betty leaves behind four children: Dean Hundley, Linda (Les) McCargar, Gordon (Karen) Hundley, and Kevin (Tracy) Hundley five grandchildren, her brothers John and Jerry Durns of Tucson, Arizona.She was preceded in death by husband Don, son Randy, parents, and siblings.

Funeral services celebrating her life was held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2012, at the Mitchell Funeral Family Home in Marshalltown with burial at the Haverhill Catholic Cemetery.  A Memorial Fund has been established.

Thanks to Mitchell Funeral Family Home, Marshalltown, Linda McCargar and Marlene Kautzky for the information.




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Joey W. Hatley

1956-December 17, 2012

Joey W. Hatley, 58, of Logan passed away Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

No services will be held at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Logan Memorial Chapel in Logan.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene of Logan; son, Charlie Hatley and Laralyn McWilliams of Marina Del Ray, Calif.; his mother, Bettina Perkins of Anthon, Iowa; sister, Nora Chunn and husband, Glenn of Cyrus, Texas; brother, Blake Perkins and wife, Kelli of Anthon, Iowa; and mother-in-law, Bonnie Creek of Ruthven, Iowa.
Joey was preceded in death by his father, Billy Joe Hatley; brother, Kevin Perkins; nephew, Hunter Chunn; and father-in-law, Charles Creek.

Webmaster's note:  Joey W. Hatley was a cousin to Ronald, Ricky and Pam Herbold.  His mother, Bettina Perkins is a sister to the late Eva Herblold.  Joey was a well-known to Deaf Sioux City people.

The webmaster understands that his family plans a memorial service for him later in about two months.

Thanks to Logan Memorial Chapel, Logan, Iowa and Ruth Hayworth for the information.




Delores Nickel

December 17, 1933 - December 12, 2012

Delores Ann Nickel was born December 17th, 1933 and ascended to heaven to be with her youngest son Joseph Schumacher on December 12th, 2012.  She passed away at Ebenezer Nursing Home in Minneapolis.  

Delores attended Iowa School for the Deaf.

Delores was a woman of compassion, understanding, grace and love.  She spent her life socializing with the deaf, playing poker in the Chicago/Minneapolis Deaf communities and traveling. 

She is survived by her older son, John Schmacher and her grandchildren Janna Licona, Jamie Angelos and Nicholas Schumacher. 

Delores's Life Celebration was held at the Bread of Life Church in Minneapolis, MN on the 17th of January 2013 where she was lovingly remembered for her grace.

Thanks to John Schmacher and Janna Licona for the information.




Lola M. Armstrong (nee Rose)

January 13, 1925 - December 9, 2012

Lola M. Armstrong, 87, of Ogden, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2012, at the Boone County Hospital.

 Funeral services was held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at Carson – Stapp Funeral Home in Ogden, Iowa. Rev. Gary Hoyt officiated. Burial was held at Maple Grove Cemetery, northwest of Ogden.

 Lola Margaret Rose was born on January 13, 1925, in Boone, Iowa, the daughter of John Raymond and Clovia (McCaskey) Rose. She graduated from the Iowa School for the Deaf at Council Bluffs in 1944.
 Lola was united in marriage to Chester Armstrong on November 10, 1956, in Eagle Grove, Iowa.

 Among the survivors are her sister, Iona Buteaux of Port Arthur, Texas; brother, Howard (Norma) Rose of Des Moines, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Shirley Rose, Beverly Rose, both of Ogden, Iowa, Veeny Rose Jefferson of Fairfield, Iowa, and Mary Kerch of Clarion, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chester Armstrong on January 17, 2005; and three brothers, Raynold, Clifford, and Julean Rose.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

Thanks to Carson-Stapp Funeral Home, Ogden and Dorene Sell for the information.




Kathryn Baumann-Reese

February 14, 1965 - December 2, 2012

Kathryn passed away on December 2, 2012, at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, IA after losing her battle with breast cancer. The family will greet friends at Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines for a Memorial Gathering on Sunday, December 9, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. She is survived by her husband, Jeff; child, Jared of Des Moines; birth-mother, Marsha Smith of Clinton, IA; and brother Craig of Iowa City, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents Doris and Elroy Baumann of Merrill, WI. Kathryn spent her life and career in service to the Deaf Community first as a licensed Sign Language Interpreter and later as both administrator of Deaf Services Commission of Iowa and deputy director of the Iowa Department of Human Rights. She will be remembered as a devoted mother; loving wife; and loyal friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Memorial contributions may be made to the Iowa Association of the Deaf (IAD) Home Office, 531 First St., Story City, Iowa 50248-1129 in loving memory of Kathryn.




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Edward Biccum

November 28, 2012

The webmaster received a word that Edward Biccum, 69 years old, passed away last night at ten o'clock in an Omaha hospital.

His body was brought to Fort Dodge, Iowa, for a burial.

He attended Iowa School for the Deaf and graduated from there in 1963.  He lived in Omaha most of his adult life.

There was a memorial service for him at Omaha's Bethlehem Deaf Church, 5074 Lake St., Omaha, Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 1 p.m.

More information about him will be posted later.




Jerry Beek

September 7, 1964 - November 14, 2012

Jerry Beek, 48, of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away last November 14, 2012.

There are very few details about him.  He attended Iowa School for the Deaf and graduated there in 1985.  We understand that he was an avid fisherman. 

Good Shepherd Funeral Home, South Omaha, handled his funeral.

We will post more information about him once we know more.




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Darlene Biggerstaff Switzer

December 26, 1926 - October 31, 2012

According to the Social Security database, Darlene Biggerstaff Switzer passed away last Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Loveland, Colorado.

She attended and graduated from Iowa School for the Deaf in 1943.

Darlene is survived by her husband, Harold Switzer (ISD 1945).

Will post information about her when he learns more.

Thanks to Arlene Van Hemert and Shirley Hicks for the information.






Darlene F. Franks

January 7, 1935 - October 27, 2012

Darlene F. Franks, age 77, of Council Bluffs, passed away October 27, 2012, at Mercy Hospital.

 Darlene was born January 7, 1935, in Council Bluffs, to the late Adolph and Mayme (Ott) Mass. She married Alfred Franks on November 26, 1952. They were blessed with six children. Darlene worked as a night counselor at Iowa School for the Deaf; was a sales clerk for JF Bloom Monument Company and for two years worked at Main St. Café. She loved country music, NASCAR and all sports.

 In addition to her parents, Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Franks, in 2001; grandson, Chris Bauer, in 2007; three sisters and one brother.

 Darlene is survived by her children, Valerie (Robert) Andersen, of Glenwood, Iowa, Dianne (Earl) Bauer, of Council Bluffs, Lori Franks, of Harlan, Iowa, Dan (Jean) Franks, Wesley (Sandra) Franks, Tracy (Michelle) Franks, all of Council Bluffs; 24 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild; siblings, Clay Mass, of Council Bluffs, Frances (Ralph) Smith, of Logan, Iowa, Jean (George) Hollins, Harold (Mary) Mass, all of Council Bluffs; many nieces and nephews.

 Visitation with the family, Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Funeral service, Thursday, 1 p.m., at Victory Fellowship Church, 2111 23rd Ave. Pastor Lonnie Parton will officiate. Interment Ridgewood Cemetery with a lunch following at Victory Church. The family will direct memorials.

Thanks to the Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa for the information.




Edwin Spatz

January 13, 1913 - October 25, 2012

Edwin J. Spatz, 99, of David City, passed away on October 25, 2012 at St. Joseph's Villa in David City.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10:00 am at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Abie with Father Ronald Homes officiating. Interment will follow at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Viewing will be on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at Chermok Funeral Home from 5 until 7 PM with a 7 PM Rosary. Viewing will resume one hour before mass on Wednesday.

Edwin J. Spatz was born January 13, 1913, in Abie to James L. and Marie Rose(Voboril) Spatz. As a young man he helped his parents on the family farm. He attended school at Nebraska School for the Deaf, in Omaha, where he participated in playing basketball. Being the top scorer, he led the team on to a state championship and was the last living member.

Edwin enjoyed his new cars, fishing and boating. He always studied every little gadget and could always make something just a little bit better. After moving to St. Josephs Court in 2007, he enjoyed going on trips and participating in the group activities with people his age. After transferring to the Villa he kept active and for this his family is very grateful. Although he could not hear or speak, he was a man who was greatly loved and respected by his family, brothers, sisters, and nieces. He lived his life to the fullest and was an example of how life should be lived. A big smile and thumbs up was a good sign that everything met his approval.

He is survived by his brother: Robert R. Spatz of Mission, TX; nieces: Phyllis(Joe) Byers of Fordland, MO, Virginia (Yindrick) Stratmann, of West Point, NE, Betty (Yindrick) Betzen, of David City, NE, and Elizabeth Spatz of Redundo Beach, CA; ten great nieces and nephews, and fourteen great-great nieces and nephews.

Edwin is preceded in death by his parents, brother: James Jr., sisters: Marian Spatz, and Gladys Yindrick, brother-in-law: Lee Yindrick, and sister-in-law: JoClare Spatz.

Thanks to Chermok Funeral Home, David City, NE, for the information.





Carl Noel Reed

September 9, 1935 - October 16, 2012

Carl Noel Reed, 77, of Carson City, Nevada, died of stroke at a nursing home on October 16, 2012.  He lived there for five years after having problems with his health in the same city.

He was born on September 9, 1935 at Crescent, Iowa to Wesley Reed and Frances (Vinson) Reed.  He attended Iowa School for the Deaf and graduated in 1956.  After his graduation, he worked for Breeder Supply Co., Council Bluffs, Iowa.  He eventually married to Lillian Karen Reed.  From their union, they produced a son, named David H. Reed.  He later worked for Mastercraft Co., Omaha, Nebraska.  After the dissolution of their marriage, he moved to Carson City, Nevada.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, brothers (William Reed and Lloyd Reed), sisters (Mildred Reed, Virginia Reed and Wonate Hailstone).

He is survived by his son and three grandsons (Corey Reed, Nicklaus Reed, Robin Reed), one granddaughter (Elizabeth Reed), one step-grandson (Patrick Adkinson), four sisters (Barbara Davidson, Joyce Goins, Mary Reed, Ruby Reed), two brothers (Pete Reed, Lawrence Reed) and many nephews and nieces.

There was no record of his funeral services or an obituary.  Will add more information about him when it is available.

Thanks to Lillian Karen Reed for the above information.




Evelyn (Sullivan) Coleman

March 25, 1929 - October 8, 2012

Evelyn Coleman, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2012 at the age of 83. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf, 3909 E. 42nd Street, Des Moines with burial following at Sunset Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2012 at Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street.

Evelyn Mary Coleman was born March 25, 1929, in Anthon, Iowa, to Maurice and Cecile (Martin) Sullivan. She attended the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, where she was a star basketball player. In 1957, she was united in marriage to Loren D. Coleman and together they raised five children. As a young woman, she worked as a seamstress and then a homemaker upon her marriage. She enjoyed spending time with friends at the deaf club and especially enjoyed big family get-togethers.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband; parents; siblings, John Sullivan, Walter Sullivan, Margaret Schultz, Leo Sullivan, Verla Richardson; Karen Gerdes and grandson, Derek Hutchins.

Left to cherish her memory are daughters, Marilyn (Tom) Hutchins; Camilla (Jim) Smith; sons, Derwin (Ruth Collins) Coleman, Barney Coleman, Maurice (James Riepe) Coleman; grandchildren, Corey Hutchins, David Hutchins, Michelle (Michael) Gossen, Travis Gable; five great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren and sisters, Patty Pauley, Shirley Uber and Arlene Sullivan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf in loving memory of Evelyn.

Published in Des Moines Register on October 11, 2012





Eleanor Froehle

February 3, 1929 - October 6, 2012 

Eleanor Froehle,83, passed away Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Timberland Village in Story City. Eleanor will be cremated and a memorial visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Ankeny Funeral Home.

She was born to Walter Ellsworth Adams and Elva Miller Borop on February 3, 1929 in Perry, Iowa. Eleanor retired from the US Post Office and she loved doing genealogy research.

Survivors include her six children; Tom Froehle (Kathy Schuett), Ed (Peggy) Froehle, June Froehle, Gary Froehle, Nancy (Paul) Wissink, Margie (Rick) Knoll, thirteen grandchildren, Kim (Roger), Tracy, Dustin (Tammy), Karamee (Nick), Kayla (Joseph), Tim, Mary, Sara (Marshall), Kris, Jenna, Lindsay, Jackie (Brad), Carly, sister; Shirley Walker, brother; David Adams, and twelve great grandchildren.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Froehle.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Iowa Association of the Deaf or Timberland Village

Thank you to Timberland Village for all the care and friendship you gave to our mom.

Thanks to Ankeny Funeral Home, Ankeny, Iowa, for the information. 






Theda Mae (Classon) Hans

September 15, 1918 - October 2, 2012

Theda, age 94, died Tuesday, October 2 at Regency Care Center in Norwalk.

A Funeral Mass was held 11 a.m. Thursday, October 4 at All Saints Catholic Church, 650 NE 52nd Ave Des Moines. Caldwell-Raddatz Funeral Home, 8201 Hickman Road Urbandale, handled her funerals. Burial was held in Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Theda was born September 15, 1918 in Radcliffe, IA to Raymond Classon and Anna Olson Classon. Theda grew up in Ellsworth, IA and graduated with a Cosmetology license. She married Edward Hans on October 15, 1949. They lived on the north side of Des Moines from 1949 to 2006. She lived with her daughter, Cathy for 2 years before living at the Regency Care Center in Norwalk. She belonged to the Iowa Association for the Deaf, and enjoyed watching soap operas, Twix candy bars, and playing bingo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 2001; and her son, Joseph in 1987. Theda is survived by her daughters, Catherine Olson (Stephen) of Prole, IA and Rayanne Porter (Bob) of Ankeny, IA; 3 grandchildren, Jeremy Olson, Anna Mauro (Dan), and Brianna Olson; 4 great-grandchildren, Blake Schroeder, Cody Olson, Connor Olson, and Alayna Olson.

Online condolences may be left at

Thanks to Caldwell-Raddatz Funeral Home, Urbandale, Iowa and Arleen Van Hemert for the information.




Vera (Bryan) Johnson

 July 21, 1929 - September 25, 2012

Vera Maxine Johnson, 83, of Libby, Montana, passed away on Sept. 25, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital after a brief illness.

Vera was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 21, 1929. While growing up she attended the Council B Iowa School for the Deaf.

Vera was married to Harry Bryan, who later passed away. In 1948, she married Frederick Johnson, and they were married for 55 years.

Vera was a homemaker her whole life. She enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed knitting, gardening, cooking, and all her family and friends.

Vera is survived by her son, Cliff Johnson, of Libby, nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Harry Glenn Bryan and Stella Bell Bush Bryan, husband Frederick Johnson, son Joe Johnson, daughter Ella Stravens, sister Zela Bryan Pascio and brother-in-law Kenneth Pascio.

Services will be held at a later date. The funeral arrangements are being handled by Schnackenberg-Nelson Funeral Home.

Thanks to Western News Co., Libby, Montana and Shirley Hicks for the information




George Bryce Kerr

November 20, 1935 - September 14, 2012

G. Bryce Kerr, Father, grandfather, brother and retired school teacher, loyal Husker fan and Rockies fan, passed away from complications of pneumonia on Friday, September 14, 2012.

He was born on November 20, 1935 to Marvis Wilder Kerr and George Bryce Kerr.  He was raised in Rocky Ford, Colorado and attended Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind in Colorado Springs.  After graduating from high school he attended Gallaudet University in Washington, DC where he earned a bachelor of science.

After graduating in 1959 he spent the summer running a printing press for a printing company in Quincy, California.  He then took a job teaching printing and graphic arts at Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, Missouri.  After six years in Missouri he took a teaching position at Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs where he also taught printing and graphic arts until his retirement in 1996.

He was an excellent father, always supporting his children in all their activities.  He traveled all over southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri to catch sporting events.  He was patient, a good listener, and slow to offer advice.  His children were never denied the opportunity to learn a lesson the hard way. 

In 1998 he returned to Colorado to be closer to his children and grandchildren.  He was a full service chauffeur for his two grandchildren.  He took them to daycare, elementary school and their various other activities.

He enjoyed visiting with family and friends, especially if the visit involved a sporting event.  He always enjoy a good road trip.  The destination was seldom as important as the drive.

He is survived by his children:  daughter Vicki Kerr and her husband Stephen Ramsey of Denver, son Rick Kerr and his wife Kara Kerr and two grandchildren, Riley Kerr and Amanda Kerr all of Denver, his ex-wife Sharon Kerr of Aurora, Colorado, sister Barbara Grooms of La Junta, Colorado, and brothers Guy Kerr and his wife Sandy of Mission, Texas, Frank Kerr and his wife Marlene of Omaha, Nebraska and Casey Kerr and his wife Loretta of Golden Colorado.

A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. this Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the home of Vicki Kerr and Stephen Ramsey, 1835 South Pennsylvania St., Denver, CO 80210.

In lieu of flowers Bryce would no doubt be pleased by donations to:  Office of Development, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002.  Please specify "The Class of 1959" account.

Thanks to and Sharon Kerr for the information.




Ernest Anderson (Updated)

September 12, 2012

Ernest Anderson, 69, Henderson, formerly of Albia, Iowa, died Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at his home after a long battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; and his parents, John and Helen Anderson of Albia; four brothers, Mason Anderson of Des Moines, Lloyd Anderson of Albia, Harold Anderson of Moline, Ill., and Donald Anderson of Albia; and two sisters, Evelyn Barker of Des Moines, and Virginia Sims of Butterfield, Mo.

Survivors include three sisters, Audrey Post of Clayton, N.C., Ida Collins of Henderson and Margaret Mary Darrah of Defiance, Ohio; three brothers, Gerald Anderson of Albia, John Anderson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Richard Anderson of Altuna, Iowa; nieces and nephews.

There will be no services.

Ernie chose to give the gift of his body to science and his remains will be buried in a memorial park outside of Denver.

Thanks to Henderson, Kentucky's newspaper, Henderson Gleaner, and Gerald Meyer for the information.




Geraldine Carmel

August 21, 1924 - September 9, 2012

Geraldine Armel of Sanborn, Iowa passed away on September 9, 2012.  According to her Social Security records, she was born on August 21, 1924.  She attended Iowa School for the Deaf.  She used to live at Sanborn, Iowa.  There was no record if she had her funeral services.




Robert Looft

February 3, 1925 - August 13, 2012

Robert D. Looft, age 87, passed away August 13, 2012, at Bethany Lutheran Home.

Bob was born February 3, 1925, in Kossuth County, Iowa to Nicholas E. and Lizzie (Nissen) Looft. In 1943, he graduated from Armstrong High School and earned a B.A. in Science from DePauw University while serving in the Navy V-12 Program. On March 19, 1948, Bob and Marylin Jacobson were married in Story City andenjoyed 62 years of marriage until Marylin's deathin 2010. They were blessed with three daughters, Nanci, Salli, and Diane. After teaching and coaching in Boxholm and Roland, he served as superintendent of schools in Volga, Ruthven, and Clarinda. In 1966, Bob received his doctorate from Iowa State University and accepted the position of Superintendent of the newly formed Area XIII Community College, now known as Iowa Western Community College. He retired as President of the College in 1987 and Authored a History of Iowa Western lucky 13: Genesis Of A Community College. He was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Bob served as President/Chairman of Mercy Hospital Board of Directors, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the Midlands, Iowa Association of College Presidents, Community College President's Association of Iowa, and various other state professional organizations. He was a recipient of the Mercy Heritage Award for Education, the Iowa Jaycees Pride of Iowa Award, the Deaf Association Award for Service to the Deaf of Iowa, SertomaInternational Service to Mankind Award, Children's Square Jason Award, and the Chamber of Commerce President's Award for Community Leadership.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marylin; brothers, Howard, Randall, and Leon; sons-in-law, Rodney Jahn and Jim Harmon.

He is survived by daughters, Nanci Jahn, of Orange City, Iowa, Salli Harmon and Diane (Bob) Machmuller, all of Council Bluffs; grandchildren and spouses, Matthew (Suzanne) Jahn, of Bay Point, Calif., Kyle (Lynne) Jahn, of Sioux Center, Iowa, Andrew (Colene) Jahn, of Ireton, Iowa, Emily (Robbie) Cundy, of Sioux Center, Luke (Lisa) Harmon, of Moscow, Idaho, Christopher (JoAnn) Machmuller, of Omaha, Neb., Sarah (Jonathan) Kramer, of Red Wing, Minn., Amy (James) Waggoner, of Council Bluffs; 16 great grandchildren; sister, Betty (Effner) Opsal, of Armstrong, Iowa; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services Friday, August 17, 10:30 a.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Pastor Nathan Sherrill, officiant. Interment RidgewoodCemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #2. Luncheon will follow back at St. Paul's. Memorials may be given to Bethany Lutheran Home, St. Paul's Lutheran Early Childhood Center and Marylin Jacobson LooftEndowed Scholarship Fund at Iowa Western Community College.

Thanks to Council Bluffs Nonpareil (August 15, 2012) and Shirley Hicks for the information.




Betty (Maisel) Ginger

September 24, 1935 - August 13, 2012


Betty L. Ginger, 76, of Britt, Iowa, formerly of Moorland, Iowa, passed away Monday, August 13, 2012 at the Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa. Services will be 10:30 AM Friday, August 17, 2012 at Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church, 1023 S. 27thSt., Fort Dodge, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Konkel officiating. 

Betty is survived by her husband, Delbert; their two children, Debra Jo Rauhauser and Delia (Brad) Hoffman; five grandchildren, Justin Ferry (Stacy Eger), Callin Ferry (Teal Hulsebus), David Hoffman, Megan Hoffman, and Danielle Rauhauser; seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-laws, Darrell and Sandra Rehder, Delbert Ginger, Randy (Goose) Ginger andArlene Stevenson. Betty is preceded in death by her parents; a son, Dean Ginger in 1971; and two sisters, Darlene and Jennie.

Betty Lou Maisel, the daughter of Howard and Mathilda (Fleck) Maisel, was born September 24, 1935 in Hubbard, Iowa and grew up on the farm. At the age of five, Betty became deaf and started attending the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs. On June 20, 1959, she married Delbert Ginger. Betty worked at Globe Union, Central Labs and for a short time worked at the Hancock County Hospital. For the past 13 years they traveled southfor the winter. She enjoyed puzzle books, Britt Hobo Days, gardening, spending time with her kids and grandkids, andbaking goodies for Christmas gatherings. Betty loved camping with the deaf community and being part of the Iowa Deaf Campers.

She was a member of the Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church’s Deaf Congregation.

Thank to Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services and Stan and Dora McHugh for the information.







Marlin R. Wiebold

March 17, 1946 - August 1, 2012

Marlin R. Wiebold, age 66, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, formerly of Marshalltown, Iowa, passed away August 1, 2012, at Midlands Living Center in Council Bluffs.

Marlin was born March 17, 1946, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to the late Arnold and Elsie (Pegum) Wiebold.  He attended Iowa School for the Deaf.   He retired in 2003 from the U.S. Postal Service.

In addition to his parents, Marlin was preceded in death by his brother, Melvin Wiebold.

Marlin is survived by his son, Stacy Wiebold; stepchildren, Shelly Owens, Lee Good, Sherry Timmer; 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Memorial service Sunday, August 5, 3 p.m., followed by visitation with the family until 6 p.m., at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Entombment, Monday in Ridgewood Mausoleum. The family will direct memorials.




Leland Kuehne

1959 - July 26, 2012

We received a word that Leland Kuehne, 53, was found dead last Thursday, July 26, 2012 at his place in Ennis, Texas.

He was son of Leonard and Ruth (Rose) Kuehne.

Leland attended Iowa School for the Deaf until 1973 then he transferred to Texas School for the Deaf.  He graduated in 1977.

He is survived by his four children.

More information about him will be posted at a later date.

Thanks to Stanley and Dora McHugh for the information.




Patricia A. (Patty) Froehle

April 3, 1928 - July 21, 2012

Patricia A. (Patty) Froehle, 84, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Winterset Care Center South in Winterset, Iowa. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2012, at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church, 510 E. First St., Ankeny, Iowa, with burial to follow in Oralabor Cemetery.

Patty was born April 3, 1928 in Mitchell, South Dakota. She went to the Iowa School for the Deaf where she played basketball and was on the swim team. She retired from the Vocational Rehabilitation Department for the State of Iowa. Patty loved to quilt, garden and travel to visit family and friends. She was very active in the deaf community andbelonged to both the Des Moines and Iowa Association Deaf Clubs.

Survivors include her daughter, Janice (Jerry) Reese of Davenport, Iowa; three sons, David (Suzanne) Froehle of St. Charles, Iowa, Roger (Patricia) Froehle of Ankeny, Iowa and Danny Froehle of Eagan, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, John (Mary) Iliff of Waukee, Iowa and Mike Iliff of Beaver City, Nebraska. Patty was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis and her mother, Mary.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Iowa School for the Deaf. Online condolences may be sent to

Thanks to Ankeny Funeral Home, Ankeny, Iowa and several Deaf people for the information.




Lenoa (Brainard) Stubbenrud

October 1, 1944 - July 16, 2012

Leona Stubberud, age 67, of Webster City, died Monday, July 16, 2012 at Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City. Funeral services were 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the Community Church of Kamrar. Burial was held at Graceland Cemetery in Webster City.

Leona Opal Brainardwas born in Richmond, California on October 1, 1944 to James Arthur and Hazel Alice (Miller) Brainard. The family moved to Webster City. In 1965 Leona graduated from the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs. On July 20, 1968 Leona married Merwin Stubberudat Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Webster City. They resided in Waterloo for a time then moved back to Webster City in 1975. Leona loved to laugh, visit with other deaf friends, andinteracting with animals. She also enjoyed working crossword puzzles.

Leona is survived by her sons, David (Danielle) Stubberud and Richard (Nicolette) Stubberud; granddaughters, Sierra and Palyn all of Webster City.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merwin in 1997; a brother, Elmer Curtis; and grandchildren, Noah and Hannah.

Thanks to Becker Funeral Home, Jewell and The Daily Freeman Journalfor the inmformation.





William (Bill) Albert Meis, Sr.

November 23, 1919 - June 16, 2012

William (Bill) Albert Meis, Sr., age 92, passed away at his home on Monday, July 16, 2012, with his family at his side.

 Bill was born November 23, 1919, in Council Bluffs, to Nick and Hazel (Humes) Meis. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1938 and enlisted in the Marines in March of 1942. Bill was honorably discharged in December 1943, and was a proud Marine during World War II, stationed in the South Pacific Islands. Bill was united in marriage to Rosemary Wells on June 1, 1948. Bill worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 17 years, farmed most of his adult life and retired in 1981 from Iowa School for the Deaf after working 10 years. Memberships include VFW, American Legion Post 725, Treynor, Iowa, Rifle Association, the Appaloosa and Paint Horse Associations.

 Bill cherished his family andkeeping up with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren's activities. He loved his horses, hitch ponies and especially his "Halflinger" team. He was an avid woodworker and made several hitch wagons and over 100 bird houses from old barn wood. Bill was a huge Hawkeye fan in football and wrestling and had a love for Harley Motorcycles.

 Bill is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ann Wilson, Mary McDonald; and infant grandson, Pake William Lane.

 Survivors include wife of 64 years, Rosemary; 6 children, Diana (Reid) Andersen, of Council Bluffs, Judee (Skip) Jacobs, of Princeton, Mo., Mary Kay (John) Hearn, Bill, Jr. (Laura), all of Council Bluffs, Bob (Jan), of Treynor, Jolisa (Lamar) Lane, of Amarillo, Texas; grandchildren, Morey (Tim) Mecklenburg, Amilee (Corby) Laube, Nick (Liz) Andersen, Kiley (Jim) Jenson, Joni (Bryan) Williams, Shawn Hearn, Michaela (Andy) Berg, Gabe and Nevada Meis, Brock and Connor Meis, Kale and Keely Lane; step grandson, Tom E. (Sara) Jacobs; great grandchildren, Cade and Clay Mecklenburg, Mia, Kayba and Brayson Laube, Jack and Will Andersen, Maura, Brinley and Rhett Jenson, Brylee Williams; step great grandchildren, Brooke and Rory Jacobs; brother, Nick (Jane) Meis, Hilton Head, of South Carolina; one niece and 4 nephews and many friends.

Funeral service Thursday, 10:30 a.m., all at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Pastor Arlyn Norris, Officiant. Interment St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Treynor, with military rites by Treynor American Legion Post Lamar Hartje Post 725

Thanks to the Council Bluffs Nonpareil and Shirley Hicks for the information.




Rosemary C. Roland

August 5, 1939 - July 6, 2012

Rosemary C. Roland, 72, passed away Friday, July 6, 2012, at Iowa Lutheran Hospital.

Rosemary was born August 5, 1939, in Waukee, Iowa, to Nicholas and Helen Born. She lived in the Des Moines area her whole life, andmarried Donald Roland on December 7, 1957. She was the private confidential secretary at Deaf Services of Iowa for 17 years. She was a Civil War buff, and was active in the Civil War Preservation Trust. Rosemary enjoyed sewing, knitting, camping, reading andmade the best apple pie around. She was also involved in various charities. Her family and friends will remember her for her strong will and determination.

Rosemary is survived by her loving husbandof 54 years, Don; sons, Tom Roland andTed Roland (wife, Sandy Tarrant); and sisters, Margaret Trapp, LavonaMiller (husband, Fritz) andCarol Hunt. She was preceded in deathby her children, Eric Roland and Wendy Bowman.

Funeral services was held at 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, Des Moines, Iowa, followed by burial at Altoona Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ruth Harbor Home, 534 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312.

Online condolences may be expressed at:

Thank to several people and the funeral home for the information.





Leonard Kuehne

June 2, 1937 - June 26, 2012

Leonard Kuehne, 75, of Ennis, Texas, passed away unexpectedly on June 26, 2012.

He was a widower of Ruth Rose Kuehne.

Leonard is survived by his five children:  Leland, Daniel, Blaine, Leonard, Jr., and Denise, his mother and three siblings.  He also has 18 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

His body was cremeated.  The family is planning his memorial service at a later date.

Thanks to Stanley & Dora McHugh for the picture and information.



Marion Franklin Burroughs

February 1, 1937 - June 19, 2012

Funeral services for Marion Burroughs, age 75, of Corning, Iowa, who died Tuesday, June 19, 2012 were held, June 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM at the Roland-Ritchie Funeral Home in Corning. Visitation was held Friday, June 22 from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Interment was held at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Corning. Memorials may be directed in Marion's name. Memories can be shared with the family at Arrangements were entrusted to the Roland-Ritchie Funeral Home of Corning.

Marion Franklin Burroughs was born February 1, 1937, in Siam, Iowa, Taylor County, to Jesse Wallace Burroughs and Ethel Frances (Elkins) Burroughs. He grew up in the Clarinda area. He attended the Iowa School for the Deaf from 1954-55, graduating from the Clarinda High School with the Class of 1957. After graduation, he went to work for the Clarinda Herald Journal, a position he held for 18 years. He also worked for the Denison Bulletin Review for 2 years and 30 years for the National Farmer's Organization (NFO) in Corning and Ames as a printer. On June 25, 1961, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Jean Calek in Clearmont, Missouri. To this loving union, four boys were born, Marty, Tracy, Bruce and Kelly.
Marion was a member of the Corning United Methodist Church. He had been a Cub Scout Master in Corning, Iowa. He was a member of the Jayces in Clarinda, Iowa. He also was a member of Boots and Bows square dancing in Corning, Iowa.
Marion enjoyed square dancing with Carolyn, playing cards and country western music. He liked to stay busy working on cars, chores and maintaining his farm. He always put other people's needs ahead of his own, whether it was his own family, or strangers. Marion was very proud of his large family and was very engaged in his kids and grandchildren's lives.

Left to cherish the memory of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend are his loving wife of over 50 years Carolyn Burroughs of Corning; Marty Burroughs and wife Michele of Oskaloosa, Iowa; Tracy Burroughs and wife Michaeleen of Byron, Minnesota; Bruce Burroughs and wife Kitty of Bowling Green, Ohio; and Kelly Burroughs and wife Danielle of Blaine, Minnesota; seven grandchildren, Brian, Peter, Regina, Jack, Alricxander, Alaric, and Elise; sisters Geraldine Major of Creston, Iowa; Shirly Thomas of Coin, Iowa; Rose Harms of Shanandoah, Iowa; Leona Clark of Richland, Iowa; Jeanne Williams of Shanandoah, Iowa; and brother Vincent Burroughs of Wellman, Iowa.

Preceding Marion in death are his parents Jesse and Ethel Burroughs, sister Patty Baker, and brother Jesse Burroughs.

Marion was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. His enthusiasm, humor, insight and kindness will be missed by everyone..

Published in Clarinda Herald-Journal, Clarinda, Iowa from June 23 to July 14, 2012

Thanks to Patrick and Dorene Sell for the information.




LaVern Rauterkus

March 26-1925 - May 26, 2012


LaVern J. Rauterkus, 87, of Mapleton passed away May 26, 2012, in Mapleton.

Services was held 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton, with the Rev. Brian Danner officiating. Burial was be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Armstrong Funeral Home, Mapleton, Iowa arranged his funeral. Online condolences can be made at

LaVern Joesph Rauterkus was born on March 26, 1925, near Mapleton, to Frank and Rose (Zeimen) Rauterkus. He grew up in the Mapleton area, working many years as a pin-setter at Mapleton Lanes Bowling Alley and was also a farm hand.  He attended Iowa School for the Deaf and he left the school in 1944.

Later in life, he enjoyed working withwood, playing cards withthe coffee shop bunch, searching second-hand shops for bargains, andspending time with family and friends. LaVern was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

LaVern is survived by one sister, Mary Lown of Estherville, Iowa; many nieces and nephews; and many good neighbors and friends.

LaVernis preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Al and his wife, Justine Rauterkus, Gilbert and his wife, Helen Rauterkus, Silven and his wife, Irene Rauterkus, Frank, and Lester; and a brother-in-law, Frank Lown.

 Thanks to Armstrong Funeral Home, Mapleton and Coleen P. Chase for the information.




Gerald "Jerry" Hagen

September 8, 1937 - May 19, 2012

Gerald “Jerry” Hagen, age 74, of Lamar, passed away Saturday May 19, 2012 at Barton County Memorial Hospital.

Jerry was born September 8, 1937 in Ames, Iowa to George and Mary (Lindner) Hagen. He attended Ames Elementary and High Schools. He participated and excelled at sports, hunting, and fishing all his life. Jerry served in the United States Air Force from 1954-57 as a propeller mechanic for B51’s and B36’s. He later worked for Oscar Mayer, as a regional supervisor for Eagle Foods in Chicago, IL. He owned and operated Hagen’s Meat and Grocery in Lockwood, MO, worked at G & W Supermarket in Mt. Vernon, MO, and as a supervisor at Thorco Industries in Lamar. Jerry was a member of the Lamar Eagles Lodge andhada life-long passion for fishing with family and friends.

Jerry is survived by his wife Carolyn of the home; four sons, Chris Hagen of Blue Springs, MO, Alex Hagen of Republic, MO, Todd Mossholder, and Michael Mossholder; two daughters, Debbie & Ben Pugh of Lamar and Jeri & Darin Miller of Mt. Vernon, MO; one brother Richard & Ruth Hagen of Council Bluffs, IA; two sisters, Sharon & Jim Mott of Ames, IA and Carolyn Mehus of Waterloo, IA and eleven grandchildren, Indigo, Madison, Isabella, William, James, Angel, Patrick, Camren, Zachary, Kennedy, and Raymond. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews whom he regarded as his own children.

Preceding him in death were his parents and an infant daughter, Dawn Hagen, in 1968.

Funeral Service was held 10:00 am Saturday May 26, 2012 at Daniel Funeral Home with Military Honors.

Contributions are suggested tot he Jerry Hagen family or Eagles Lodge in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

The Iowa Deaf Community knew him well for his association with them in 1940s and 1950s in different activities along with his brother, Dick.

 Thanks to Dorene Sell and Daniel Funeral Home, 1201 Broadway St., Lamar, Missouri, for the information.




Frieda E. A. Kahle

January 24, 1908 - May 17, 2012

Frieda E. A. Wahle, age 104, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, formerly of Treynor, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at her residence.

Frieda was born on January 24, 1908, in Treynor, to the late William and Mary (Koehler) Eitmann. Frieda attended Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Neb., and was a Teacher for many years. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Treynor; Phi Sigma Alpha Sorority and Iowa Alpha Epsilon Chapter.

She was preceded in deathby her husband, John A. Wahle, in 1955; 3 sisters; 3 brothers; and 6 children.

She is survived by 13 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; numerous great great grandchildren; sons-in-law, Brad Johnson and Donald Johnsen; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home handled her funeral.  Funeral Service on Monday, May 21, 2012,  at 10 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Treynor, with Reverend Arlyn Norris, officiating. Burial St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church and Iowa School for the Deaf.

(She taught at Iowa School for the Deaf in 1930s-1940s.)

 Thanks to the Council Bluffs Nonpareil for the information.




Glenn Brower

March 27, 1926 - May 8, 2012

Glen Edward Brower, age 86, died May 8, 2012. Preceded in death by wife, Joann Brower; son, Stuart Edward Brower; parents Edward and Hazel Brower. Survived by sons, Scott Glen (Marta Tecglen) Brower, Shawn Nathaniel (Victoria) Brower; daughter, Susan (Bruce) Arnold; eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be planned for a later time.

Madison Funeral Home, 219 Old Hickory Road, Madison, Tennessee, is handling his funeral service.

Online tributes 615-868-9020

(He attended Iowa School for the Deaf and he did not complete his education there.)

Thanks to Dorene Sell and Madison Funeral Home for the information.





Martha Rachel Wrage

November 15, 1947 - May 2, 2012

Martha Rachel Wrage, 63 years, of Davenport, Iowa and formerly of Fort Madison, Iowa died unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 near Wilton, Iowa from injuries sustained in a car accident. She was born November 15, 1947 at Fort Madison, Iowa, a daughter of Toribio and Pabla (Sanchez) Garcia. She married Christopher Wrage, Sr. at Fort Madison, Iowa. He survives.

Martha was deaf and was a graduate of the Iowa School for the Deaf, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She worked at SheafferPenfor many years. She was a member of the Word of God Lutheran Church for the Deaf, in Davenport, Iowa. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, andspecial times with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Christopher Wrage, Sr., of Davenport, Iowa; one daughter, Melissa Garcia, of Arizona; two stepsons, Christopher (wife Valerie) Wrage, Jr., of Davenport, Iowa and Ricky Moore, of Davenport, Iowa; two stepdaughters, Kathy Wrage and Cherly Moyer; one brother, John P. (wife Lupita) Garcia, of Rock Falls, Illinois; andonesister, Amelia (husband Matthew) Estrada, of Fort Madison, Iowa; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, andcousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, three sisters, and one son, Joseph Lee Garcia.

A funeral service for Martha was held at 1:00 pm Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison, Iowa, with Reverend Tim Eckert, officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa. A memorial has been established, contributions may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel.

Thanks to Barr-Holtkamp Funeral Home, Fort Madison, Iowa for the information




Marian D. (Boldt)  Edwards

January 19, 1924 - May 1, 2012

Marian D. Edwards, 88, of Westerville, OH formerly of Davenport, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Columbus Colony, Westerville, OH

Funeral services was held 10am, Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Davenport. Burial was held at Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport. Memorials can be made to Iowa School for the Deaf Foundation or Iowa Association of the Deaf Home Office Fund.

Marian was born January 19, 1924 in Davenport, the daughter of Harry and Florence (Freymann) Boldt. She married MyrlinEdwardson June 27, 1947. He preceded her in death.

Marian retired from the former Brammer Manufacturing Co, Davenport as master cabinet maker for 34 years.

Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Hampton, Davenport; grandchildren, John Hampton and William (Shanna) Hampton and 2 step great grandchildren.

Funeral Services

Saturday May 5, 2012, 10:00am at Trinity Lutheran Church,1122 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport, IA.




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Ann (nee Lindsay) Lankford

February 20, 1940 - March 24, 2012 

Ann (nee Lindsay) Lankford passed away last March 24, 2012 of cancer at a hospice in Fullerton, California.  She was 72 years old.

She was born February 20, 1940.

Ann, as we remembered, was always a radiant girl withabig smile at Iowa School for the Deaf.  She graduated from the school in 1958.  We do not know her biography after the graduation but she stayed being a friend with Viola Hildreth.

We know that she was married to a hearing guy named Lankford.  He passed away some time ago and his body was buried in Missouri.

We could not findanynewspaper article or any funeral article about her on the Internet but her friend said that her body was moved to Missouri andbeburied along withher husband.




Janice Kay Letner

November 16, 1947 - March 23, 2012

Janice Kay Letner, age 64, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passed away Friday, March 23, 2012, at Risen Son Christian Village.

Jan was born November 16, 1947, in Logan, Iowa, to Gerald and Virginia Ellison Potter and graduated from Underwood High School and Iowa Western Community College. Jan worked as nurse for over 35 years at various hospitals in the Omaha – Council Bluffs area, including Jennie Edmundson and Iowa School for the Deaf, and she also volunteered at Mohm's Place.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon, in 1993; and father, Gerald "Jerry" Potter, in 2011.

Survivors include sons, Walt Nichols and Debbie, Michael Nichols and Estelle, Troy Nichols and Trisha; 5 grandchildren, Robert, Devin, Mia, Miles and Cole Nichols; mother, Virginia Potter; sister, Karen Potter-Maxwell and Terry; all of Council Bluffs; brother, Randy Potter and Lu, of Treynor, Iowa; nieces andnephews. Visitation with the family Monday, 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral service Tuesday, 2 p.m., all at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Ann Marie Aita, Officiant. Interment Lewis Township Cemetery. Family has suggested memorials to Mohm's Place, 1435 N. 15th Street, Council Bluffs.

Thanks to the Council Bluffs Nonpareil (March 25, 2012) for the information.




Mary T. Howard

March 17, 2012

Mary T. Howard, of Nelson Street, Providence, died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Golden Crest Nursing Center in North Providence. She was the wife of Wyman C. Howard.

Born in Ionia, Michigan, she was a daughter of the late William and Carrie (Sczybo) Rohal. Before moving to Providence twelve years ago, she had previously lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa for forty-five years.

Mrs. Howard was a member of Providence PFLAG, the Providence Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind, the Omaha Association of the Blind, and the Council Bluffs CB Club. She loved gardening and reading.

Besides her husband, she is also survived by her children: Gwendolyn Howard of Providence, Renée Smith of San Antonio, TX and Susan Howard of Des Moines, Iowa; grandchildren, Jason and Patrick Smith and Brianne Payne, great grandsons, Jack and John Smith, and a daughter-in-law, Patricia Falcon of Providence. She was the sister of the late William Rohal, Jr., Michael and John Rohal, Frances Yeasley, Helen Supp and Ann Cohn.

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 2 p.m. in Beneficent Congregational Church, 300 Weybosset Street, Providence.

Thanks to Shirley Hicks for the information.




Kathryn Lorena (Billings) Meyer

December 7, 1943 - March 11, 2012

Kathryn Lorena Meyer, 68, of Britt passed away Sunday, March 11, at Hancock County Memorial Hospital in Britt, Iowa.

Funeral services for Kathryn Meyer washeld at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the Ewing Funeral Chapel, 118 Center Street West, in Britt. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Britt

One cannot capture in so few words the strength of character and courage she possessed. This was demonstrated by the battle she fought for 17 years against emphysema, living the best life she could, while maintaining her “one of a kind” sense of humor. We cherish the memories of the countless hours she spent playing cribbage and chatting with her Deaf family and friends via the video phone.

Through it all, Kathryn remained resolute in her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In the end, she said that Jesus was with her and that she was ready to go home.

Kathryn, the daughter of Raymond and Juanita Billings was born December 7, 1943, in Des Moines, Iowa. She attended the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Kathryn was united in marriage with Gerald C. Meyer on December 30, 1962 at the Britt Lutheran Church. She is survived by her three children, Duane and his wife Dixie of Iowa City, IA, Joseph and his wife Julie of Columbus, NB, and her daughter Patty of Tempe, AZ; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Marjorie Thompson of Des Moines, IA and Candace Broveak of Sioux City, IA, and a brother James Billings of Carlisle, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Darrell in 2010.

Her wish in life was, “to make sure her name was in the Lamb’s Book of Life”

Thank to Ewing Funeral Home, Britt, Iowa, for the information.





Robert G. "Sandie" Sanderson

 Feburary 20, 1920 - Febuary 25, 2012

Robert Gordon Sanderson, Ed.D, passed away on Saturday February 25th2012 just 5 days after his 92nd birthday.  He was born in Las Vegas, NV on February 20, 1920 to George and Fern Sanderson.

 At the age of 11 he andasister were stricken with Spinal Meningitis and became deaf as a result.  Although his deafness was a shock to the family, he resolved to finish his education and did so at the Utah State Schools for the Deaf and Blind.  After graduation he went on to win a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from Gallaudet College in Washington DC.  He also went on to win advanced degrees in leadership training from California State University and a Doctorate in educational administration from Brigham Young University.  He was most proud of his Doctorate of Humane Letters (Honorary) conferred by Gallaudet university in 2009 as it recognized his lifetime of work in the advancement of the hearing impaired.

 He spent 20 years in the office of Vocational rehabilitation engaged in helping the hearing impaired find jobs, education, and purpose.  Thousands of lives were touched and improved by this amazing man.  He was the first director of the first of its kind Community Center for the Deaf and hard of hearing.  He was honored in 2003 when the State of Utah officially re- named the Utah Community Center for the Deaf as the Robert G, Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  He was also was an adjunct professor of sign language at the University of

Utah and Weber State University as well as Utah State University.

 He met and married the love of his life, Mary Margaret Antonietti in 1946 and they enjoyed 62 years of marriage before she passed away in 2008. They had two sons, Gary R. Sanderson of Pasadena, CA, who passed away in 2011 and Barry J. Sanderson (Teresa) of Layton, UT. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Robert B. Sanderson (Nicole) and McKalle P. Sanderson.

 He loved working with his hands and built the family home in Roy from drawing the plans to making the beautiful knotty pine cabinets.  He enjoyed fishing with his grandson and long, lively political discussions with his deaf friends.

 Special thanks to Val Kinney, Dr. Chris Merkely, and the staff of the medical surgical and rehab floors at McKay-Dee hospital.

 A memorial service will be held on March 31st 2012 at 11:00am at the Robert G. Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Taylorsville, UT.

 In keeping with his life-long theme of serving others, his body was donated to the University of Utah so that medical Students may learn from him.

Thanks to Gallaudet University for the information.





Mildred (Beery) Cavender

April 7, 1918 - February 21, 2012


Mildred M. Cavender age 93 of York, NE died Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at York. She was born April 7, 1918 at Lenox, IA to Lester and Gertrude Hunt. Mildred was employed at the Iowa School for the Deaf and then at Epworth Village as a secretary for many years. She was a member of the Eagles and the V.F.W. Auxiliary. Mildred loved to go fishing, camping, andplaying cards with her friends. She also loved to cook and spendtime with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. On October 24, 1969 she was married to DeWayne P. Cavender at York.


She is survived by her two sons: LaWayne and his wife Anita Beery of Longmont, CO and Ted and his wife Joann Beery of Minatare, NE, her two step daughters: Jeanette Schinzel of Stromsburg, NE and Denise andher husband Barry Morris of Vail, AZ; 17 Grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; and 25 great great grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister Darlene Johnson of Malvern, IA. She was preceded in deathbyher parents, husband, her brother Harold, her sister Doris and two step sons; James Cavender and Daniel Cavender.


Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the MetzChapel in York with burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery west of Benedict. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Thanks to Metz Mortuary, York NE, for the information.




Dennis L. Evans

August 12, 1941 - February 10, 2012

Dennis L. Evans, 70, of Walcott, Iowa passed away at his home on Friday, February 10, 2012. Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will follow until 7 pm. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be made at

He was born August 12, 1941 in West Liberty, Iowa, the eldest son of Charles and Ruth (Seaman) Evans. Dennis was a jack-of-all-trades. He attended the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He loved fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, bowling andallother sports. He was a very giving person, willing to help anyone fix anything. He was a very loving husband, father, and grandfather who remained in good spirits until the end.

Survivors include his wife Jeanette; daughter Dana Evans; granddaughters Kassidy, Kaitlin, Kloe, and Isabella; andstepdaughter Tabbie Day. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Daniel and David Evans

Thanks to the Runge Mortuary & Crematory, Davenport, Iowa for the information.




Rodney James Visser

April 9, 1959 -January 24, 2012 


Rodney J. Visser (RJ), 52, of Waukee, Iowa, formerly of Rock Valley, died Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2012 at Trinity Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley, with Pastor Al Kuiper officiating. The family will greet friends at the church following the service during a luncheon.

Rodney James (RJ) Visser was born April 9, 1959 in Manhattan, Montana, the son of Cornie and Nellie (Alphenaar) Visser. In 1967, the Visser family moved to Rock Valley andstayed with Margaret Van Otterloo Teunissen. RJ went to Hope Haven School for the Deaf and attended the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, Iowa before going on to graduate from Gallaudet College in 1983. RJwasunited in marriage with Jean O'brien on August 13, 1994. In 2007, RJ moved to Waukee, Iowa. He graduated from the Iowa Department of Blind orientation in 2008. RJ worked at Panera Bread in the Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines, Iowa. He was the best dishwasher they ever had. RJ was an avid Iowa Hawkeyefan. He was very good with statistics and could name every stat from every Super Bowl game, dating back to the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967. Friends were important to RJ and he would always make the best of every situation. He enjoyed his life in Iowa to the fullest.

RJ is Survived by his son Christopher Visser and daughter Colleen Visser of West Chester Pennsylvania; parents, Cornie and Nellie Visser of Rock Valley; brothers, Mike (Debbie) of Redfield, SD; Ivan (Sharon) of Brandon SD; Bruce of Seattle WA; and one sister, Debra (Paul) Kahn of Yakima WA; Best Friends, Kay Munneke, Brandon (Shannon) and Aaron DeWeerd, Bobby Karau all of Waukee Iowa and Travis (Larscina) DeWeerd of Doon Iowa; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. RJwaspreceded in death by his grandparents.

The funeral service was held on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 2020 - 8th St. SE, Rock Valley, IA.  Porter Funeral Homes, Rock Valley, IA directs the service.

Thanks to Porter Funeral Homes for the information.




John Griffon Fisher

June 19, 1929 - January 20, 2012

John Girffon Fisher, 82 years old, passed away on Friday, January 2012 at 9:26 a.m.

John was born on June 19, 1929 at Moulton, Iowaq to Carl Samuel and Mary Margaret (Hughes) Fisher.  He attended Iowa School for the Deaf.  He married to Joann Tigart, a Kansas School for the Deaf product.  They loved in Overland Park, Kansas.  They had two girls and three boys.  He worked for Safeway Supermarket as a baker for many years.  He retired in 1995.  His wife passed away in 1980.

He was a member of Greater Kansas City Association of the Deaf, Iowa Association of the Deaf, and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Olathe, Kansas.

He enjoyed socializing with Deaf people.  He loved to bowl and throw darts.  During his free time, he enjoyed visiting casinos.

Survivors include five children, brother, Bobby Gene Fisher, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

His memorial service is pending sometimes this spring or summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial can be made to Iowa School for the Deaf (Space Camp or Close-Up program).







Larry K. Manley

August 4, 1939 - January 1, 2012

Larry K. Manley, 72, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Larry’s wishes were to be cremated. A memorial visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 5, 2012, at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue. A private family burial was held at Highland Memory Gardens on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

He was born August 4, 1939, in Des Moines, to parents Paul and Mae Manley. Larry and his wife, Carol Ann, graduated from the Iowa School for the Deaf in 1959. They were later married, and in October 2011, Larry and Carol Ann celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Larry retired as a machinist for Delavan and was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf. He enjoyed woodworking, carpentry, andclassiccars, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Larry is survived by his wife, Carol Ann; daughter, Molly (Scott) Myers; son, Mark (Lisa) Manley; two brothers, Terry (Carol) and Jerry; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Frank Miller; and sister, Diane.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Mercy Hospice in Johnston.

Online condolences may be made at:

Thanks to Hamilton Funeral Homeand Des Moines Register for the information.




Steven Gaines

January 19, 1949 - December 27, 2011


Steven Robert Gaines, 62, of St. Charles, Missouri, formerly of Mount Vernon, died December 27, 2011, at St. Joseph Health Center, St. Charles from a sudden illness.  A service will be held on a later date.

Surviving Steve are his wife, Irene of New York; a daughter Rebecca (Tim) Melan of O’Fallon, Missouri; his parents Robert and Dorothy Krumm Gaines of Mount Vernon; a brother Gary of Lisbon, two sisters: Pam (Jonathan) Sabin of Iowa City, and Cindy (Mike) Hall of Carpenterville, Illinois; and 4 nieces and nephews.

Preceding Steve in death were a daughter Sharon and his grandparents.

Steve was born January 19, 1949, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Bob and Dorothy Gaines.  He graduated from the School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs and attended Gallaudet College in Washington D.C.  and National Technical Institute in Rochester, NY.  Steve lived in Rochester New York for many years before moving to Missouri to be near his daughter.

A memorial fund in Steve’s honor has been established.  Cards and condolences may be sent to: Bob and Dorothy Gaines, 420 Third Ave S.W., Mount Vernon, IA 52314.

On-line condolences: www.morganfuneralchoices

Thanks to Morgan Funeral Choices, Mount Vernon for the information.




Louis George Ryg

1925-December 24, 2011

Louis George Ryg age 86, of Mpls. Beloved, remarkable, gentleman and husband, father, uncle, grandfather andgreat- grandfather, answer the call of Jesus on Dec. 24, 2011. Preceded in death by parents, John and Randine Ryg; son, Michael Anthony Ryg; sisters, Marvis Ryg, Maxine Ethart; and brother, John Ryg. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Josephine; his sons, Louis of Mpls., Timothy (Hannah) of Wahpeton, ND, Jeff of N. Mpls.; 6 grandchildren, Marshall, Jennifer, Nicholas, Samantha, Jaden and Jayce; 4 great-grandchildren, Aidan, Nathan, Aira and Elise; other family and friends. Louis was the founder of the Metro Deaf Bowling League, a board member of the Metro Deaf Council, and President for 5 years of the Metro Area Deaf Lions International. Louis was an avid bowler, softball player (fast pitch andslowpitch). Louis worked for many years at Juster Brothers Men's Clothing.  Memorial service was held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 4, with visitation one hour prior to the service at: Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Editor's Note:  He attended Iowa School for the Deaf and left there for Minnesota in 1944.

Thanks to Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels, Minneapolis for the information.




Grant Eric Janssen

July 18, 1956 - November 16, 2011

Grant Eric Janssen of Aurora, Colorado passed away November 16, 2011 at his home in Aurora at the age of 55.  Grant was born on July 18, 1956 in Sac City, Iowato parents, Reinard B. and Sylvia A. (McKinney) Janssen.

Grant grew up in Odebolt, Iowawhere he was baptized and confirmed in the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt.  He attended the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, Iowa graduating in 1974.  After graduating, Grant worked with his dad in the implement business until he moved to Aurora, Colorado in 1980 where he resided until his death. 

Grant enjoyed fishing and camping in the mountains of Colorado.  He was an avid sports fan, with his favorite college team being the Nebraska Huskers and pro team the Pittsburg Steelers. 

Those left to cherish his memory are parents: Reinard and Sylvia Janssen, Yuma, Colorado; sisters: Gail (Greg) Cranston, Yuma, Colorado; Marsha (Bill) Belt, Aurora, Coloradoand Dick (Kay) Bloyer of Odebolt, Iowa.  Nieces and nephews: Tracy (Mark) Bohm and family of Windsor, Colorado; Leslie (Rick) Whitehead and family of Yuma, Colorado; Kadie Cranston and friend,  Randy Stippick, Evans, Colorado; Jody (Kurt) Fritch and family, Windsor, Colorado; Troy (Cindy) Belt and family, Aurora, Colorado; Jamie (Mary) Belt and family, Greeley, Colorado; LeAnn (Mike) Guntren and family, Sergeant Bluffs, Iowa; Jeanette (Brad) Skinner and family, Yale, Oklahoma; Paul (Tasha) Bloyer and family, Onalaska, Wisconsin; Julie Bloyer and fiance Nate Voss, Algona, Iowa; Kevin (Tiffany) Bloyer and family, Ankeny, Iowa; Elizabeth Bloyer, St. Louis, Missouri; and Christine Bloyer, Iowa City, Iowa along with extended family and friends. 

Grant was preceded in death by his sister, Cathy Bloyer; grand niece, Anna Marie Skinner; and grandparents, Reinard and Francis Janssen, Helen Beck and Addison McKinney.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Yuma, Colorado with Pastor Marcia Muir officiating.  Interment followed at the Yuma Cemetery.  Baucke Funeral Home directed the service. 

Thanks to the Yuma Pioneer, Yuma, Colorado for the information.




Allen Ray Love, Sr.

April 10, 1943 - November 21, 2011

Allen R. Love, Sr., 68 of Oelwein, died Monday morning, November 21, 2011 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

There will not be a memorial service. Visitation: 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 27, 2011 at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein. Inurnment: At a later date. Online obituary at

Allen Ray Love, Sr. was born April 10, 1943, at Davenport, Iowa, the son of Harvey and Betty Love, Sr. In 1961, Allen graduated from the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs. He was employed for 30 years as a welder at the Rock Island Arsenal. He was a member of the Deaf Club Fraternity. Allen enjoyed bowling, playing cards, basketball and fishing.

Allen is survived by his seven children, Vickie (Scott) Heiser of Costa Rica, Vida (Robert) Long of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Allen Ray Love, Jr. of Clermont, Iowa, Beverly (Don) Robbins of Oelwein, Iowa, Lee Love of Anamosa, Iowa, Ray Love of Illinois, and April Love of Illinois; one step-son, John Ketelson of Des Moines, Iowa; 15 grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; seven great grandchildren; mother, Betty Love of Texas; and a brother, Harvey Love, Jr. of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Thanks to Jamison Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein, IA for the information.





Eva Herbold

February 11, 1927 - October 15, 2011

 Eva Herbold was born on February 11, 1927.  She attended Iowa School for the Deaf and graduated there in 1943.  She married Max Herbold.  They produced three children:  Ronald, Ricky and Pam.  She moved to Gresham, Oregon, to be near her daughter, Pam.  She passed away on Friday, October 14, 2011.

We understand that her body was cremated. 

Her family plans to have a memorial service for her at Des Moines, Iowa, in the spring of 2012.

We wish to extend our sympathies to her immediate family.




Patricia Ann Knox

July 14, 1930 - October 12, 2011

Patricia Ann Knox passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Pat moved to Wesley Acres in 2006 after living in the house that she and Don built on King Ave. for over 45 years.

Pat was born on July 14, 1930, in Des Moines to Ralph and Amanda Clayton. She attended Jefferson Elementary School. Pat attended Lincoln High School from grades 7 – 12th and graduated in 1948. She was united in marriage to Don Knox, Jr. in 1950. Don and Pat were happily married for 49 years.

Pat began work at Banker’s Life in stenographic pool and as a secretary for the Vice President. Pat became a stay at home mom until returning to work to help with college expenses for Cindy and Donnie.

Pat most rewarding work experience was serving as sign language interpreter for young children in Des Moines Public Schools. Pat was a Certified Sign Language Interpreter who did freelance work for doctors’ visits, court cases and Des Moines Police.

Pat enjoyed teaching sign language, Wesley Church activities including the concession booth each year at Iowa State Fair, spending time at Lake Ponderosa, traveling to Virginia spending time with Cindy’s family, andattending numerous police organization events withDon around the country.

Pat is survived by, a daughter, Cindy (Steven) Burton of Herndon, VA; and a son, Don (Shelley) Knox III of Des Moines, IA ; four grandchildren, Amanda Connelly (Dave), Kris Burton, Rachel Burton and Sarah Knox; one great-grandchild, Owen Connelly; and her sister, Darlene Morgan.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Donald Knox, Jr.

Visitation was held from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, October 16, 2011, at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street. Funeral services was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 17, 2011, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 800 E. 12thStreet, withburialto follow at Highland Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley Acres or to Wesley United Methodist Church in loving memory of Patricia.

Thanks to Hamiltons Funeral Home for the information.





Eleanor "Elly" (Cuscaden) Propp

March 20, 1927 - October 2, 2011

Eleanor E. "Elly" (Cuscaden) Proppwentto join her husband George and son Conrad early Sunday morning, October 2, 2011, after a long illness. Elly was born March 20, 1927, in Omaha, Nebraska, to a family of Deaf parents, a Deaf brother and sister, one hearing sister, and was Deaf herself from infancy.

Elly is survived by daughter Margie Propp, daughter and son-in-law Lorelei and Gary Waldron, son and daughter-in-law Greg Propp and Kathryn Jarvis, two grandsons, three granddaughters, several nieces and nephews and great grandchildren, and by her beloved schnauzer dog, Simba. She was preceded in deathby husband George Propp, son George Conrad Propp, two sisters and one brother.

A wonderful wife, mother, advocate for the Deaf, and sign language educator, Elly raised four children, tended several beautiful homes, and worked for many years representing and advocating for the Deaf in Nebraska as a Nebraska School for the Deaf and Gallaudet College (now University) alumnus andCommunity Liaison with the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Through her work at NCDHH and teaching sign language classes at Southeast Community College for many years, she is responsible for educating hundreds of people as to the beauty and complexity of American Sign Language and for the sign language skills and integrity of a generation of professional sign language interpreters in and outside of Nebraska. The unparalleled beauty and expressiveness of her language that shone through in her storytelling and keen sense of humor was a testament to her strong Deaf family and culture and a legacy cherished and passed on through her children, colleagues, and friends who knew her well.

A memorial service with family and close friends of Elly will be held Friday morning, October 7, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Lincoln Heritage Presbyterian Church, 880 So. 35th St., to be followed by a graveside service and reception at Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 6800 So. 14thSt. Visitation with family greeting friends, 6 pm to 8 pm Thursday at the funeral home; One hour before services at the church. Memorials may be given in Eleanor's to Eleanor Cuscaden ProppMemorial Fund. Condolences may be left at

Thanks to the Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home for the information.




Eloise Locke

March 20, 1924 - September 20, 2011 


Eloise M. Locke, 87, of Webster City, died Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at the Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Foster Funeral andCremation Center with Rev. Dennis Konkelofficiating. Burial will follow in the Graceland Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Friday from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service at Fosters.

Eloise Marie Martinson daughter of Albert and Mabel Castner Martinson was born on March 20, 1924 in Harcourt, Iowa. She received her education from the Council Bluffs School For The Deaf. On March 27, 1948 she married Harold Richard Locke in Harcourt. The couple resided in Harcourt for 2 years before moving to Webster City. She had worked at the Hamilton County Public Hospital for several years in housekeeping until her retirement. Mr. Locke died on June 16, 1993.

Survivors include her son, Rodney (Mary) Locke of Glenwood, IA; grandsons, Jason and Jay Locke; great granddaughters, Cassie and Savanah JoJo Locke; brothers, Philip (Evon) Martinson of Fort Dodge, IA; and Gordon (Eunice) Martinson of Perry, IA.

In addition to her husbandHarold, she was preceded in death by her son Robert O. Locke; brother, James Martinson and her parents.

Eloise was a member of the Missionary Alliance Church in Blairsburg, IA; and the Fort Dodge Deaf Club. Memorials may be given to the discretion of the Locke family.

Write a personal tribute or light a virtual candle for the Locke family at

Thanks to The Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, Iowa (September 21, 2011 for the information.

We wish to express our sympathies to Rodney and Mary Locke of Council Bluffs and their family and extended families.




Sharon Ruth (nee Specht) Moon

November 7, 1943 - September 16, 2011

Born 11-7-43 in Blair, NE & died unexpectedly in her sleep. She married Colin Moon on July 10, 1965 & had their first son Jason in 1969. They moved to Phoenix in 1970 & had 2 more children Cole in 1973 & Lisa in 1978. Her secondlovewas all the lifelong friendships she made at the Nebraska School for the Deaf & being a member of the Phoenix Association for the Deaf. She was a dedicated wife, mother & friend who loved to watch her kids & grandkidsplaysports. Her family was her world. She also loved bowling, playing cards, watching Manchester United soccer with Colin & having a good time. Her laugh was infectious & her smile endearing. She will be dearly missed by all.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years Colin & 3 Children Jason (Renee'), Cole & Lisa, grandchildren Braxton, Devin, Jasmine & Calon, sister Phyllis McGonigle, brothers Gordon Specht & Stanley Misfeldt, extended family & many friends. Services will be held on Friday, September 23rd at 5:00 pm at Hansen Mortuaries/Desert Hills Mortuary, 6500 E. Bell Rd, Scottsdale. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Albert Couthen, President, Phoenix Assocation of the Deaf, Inc, 1545 W. Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ 85015

Thanks to The Arizona Republic (9/21/11) for the information. 




Jerry Lee Wolcott

April 4, 1955 - August 27, 2011

Jerry Lee Wolcott, 56 formerly of Gilmore City was the son of Robert and Doris (Jensen) Wolcott and was born April 4, 1955 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was raised in the Gilmore City and Bradgate area and graudated from the Iowa School for the Deaf, Council Bluffs, IA in 1973. Jerry worked at IIH in Pocahontas and later moved to Colorado where he worked for SulzerPumps for 23 years. He recently relocated to New Jersey to be closer to his daughters. When Jerry was not working he would spendhisfree time with his three daughters and doing odd jobs whenever he could; that was his true passion. He would take the time to help anybody in need; no matter how much they needed they would be helped. Survivors inlcude his daughters Martha, Belva and Greta all living in Washington DC, his beloved companion of 5 years Nancy Brockney, his mother Doris WolcottofGilmore City, sisters Deb (Marv) Almond of Gilmore City, IA, and Barb Carlin in New Jersey, nieces and nephews: Mindy(Dave) Bohumolski, Jeff (Melissa) Almond, Dan Almond, Sabra Carlin and Selima Carlin, 3 great nieces andonegreat nephew. Jerry was preceded in death by his father Robert Wolcott, sister Diane, and Grandparents Ray and Belva Wolcott and Harry and Cornelia Jensen. Everyone relied on Jerry's generosity, his heart was always there to help others, now it may finally rest the eternal rest; you've done your part here for us.

Services for Jerry Lee Wolcott was held Friday, September 2, 2011, 10:00 AM at First Lutheran Church, Gilmore City. Harris Funeral Home, Gilmore City, Iowa arranged his funeral services.

Thanks to John Matthews and Harris Funeral Home for the information.




Phyllis Tuininga

March 15, 1921 - August 26, 2011

Phyllis Bloemendaal Tuininga was born to Annetta and Joe Bloemendaal on March 15, 1921, in Orange City, Iowa.

Phyllis attended Northwestern Junior College in Orange City and graduated from Valparaiso University in 1943, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She received further degrees in the Teaching of the Deaf from San Francisco State and Northwestern Universities. She also received her Master of Arts Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Nebraska in 1973.

Phyllis was a life long educator, teaching in the United States and Germany. She also taught at the Nebraska School for the Deaf. She loved working with children, and her occupation as a teacher brought her great joy.

Phyllis married the love of her life, Adolf Tuininga, on August 4, 1965. While they were married, they did extensive traveling andlovedliving in Omaha, Nebraska, until “Dolf’s” death on January 13, 1984.

Phyllis eventually moved back to Orange City, where she resided at the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community and most recently at the Heritage House Nursing Home.

She passed away on Friday, August 26, 2011, at the Heritage House, reaching the age of 90 years.

Phyllis loved teaching children, traveling, which she did extensively, listening to music, and helping others.

Phyllis was preceded in deathbyher parents, her husband, and two sisters, Marge Bloemendaal Freriks and Gladys Bloemendaal Mulder. Her remaining sister, Myrtle Bloemendaal Vandenberg, of Orange City, three nieces, and a nephew survive her.

There was a memorial service on Monday, August 29, at 10:00am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. The Rev. Paul Bakker officiatee. Interment followed at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.

Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army or the Heritage House Nursing

Memorial Service

Monday August 29, 2011, 10:00 a.m. at Oolman Funeral Home - Orange City

Thanks to the Oolman Funeral Home, Orange City, Iowa for the information.




Margaret Mougey Daggett

April 7, 1911 - January 2, 2011

KEARNEY - Margaret H. Daggett, 99, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 at Mother Hull Home.
Funeral services was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at FaithUnitedMethodist Church with Rev. Michelle Reed officiating. Interment happened in Rose Hill Cemetery in Callaway at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. Rev. Roger Gillming officiated at graveside.

Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church in Scottsbluff or Faith United Methodist Church in Kearney.

Margaret was born April 7, 1911, in Lodi(Custer County) to Illa Raymond andMay Elizabeth (Nichols) Mougey. On March 28, 1959, she married Elmer O. Daggett of Scottsbluff in Kearney.

Margaret was the oldest of six children and was raised on the Mougey homestead located at Lodi (between Callaway and Oconto). During her high school years she lived with her grandparents in Kearney and graduated from Kearney High School in 1930. Margaret attended the Normal School in Kearney. After school she taught at the Iowa School for the Deaf for 15 years (1931-1946?). She then returned to Kearney and worked as a dental assistant at the Nebraska State Tuberculosis Hospital. When the hospital closed Margaret worked at J.C. Penny's and George's Market. During these years she was a member of Faith United Methodist Church where she served as Sunday school secretary, a member of the choir and education secretary of the Women's Society.

She moved to Scottsbluff withher husband in 1959 and resided there until 2001 when she returned to Kearney. While in Scottsbluffshewas a volunteer with Hunts Acres and the Regional West Medical Center. Margaret was active in Eastern Star (Bethel no.10) and was an honorary member of Job's Daughters. Gardening was one of her passions and each year she grew beautiful beds of roses and other flowers. Margaret was a member of the Scottsbluff First Christian Church andenjoyedvolunteering in many church activities. After moving to Kearney she again joined the Faith United Methodist Church. She was a life member of the Buffalo County Historical Society.
Survivors include her sisters Marian Wisch of Kearney and Jean Russell of San Diego; nieces, Sharon Mason of Kearney, Cynthia Marrow of Lincoln, Phyllis Day of Mackay Idaho, Carole Annas of Castro Valley, Calif., Janine Stone and Liane Aigner of Montesano, Wash., Margaret Treinen of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and nephews, Roger Wisch of Kearney, David Wisch of Lincoln, Vinton Mougey of Portland, Ore., Charles Mougey of North Platte, Philip Mougey of Montesano, Wash., Dennis Russell of San Diego and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Her husband, parents and three brothers preceded her in death.

Published in Kearney, NE's The Star-Herald from January 11 to January 13, 2011