Our Obituaries

Arlene Johnson

March 4, 1923 - June 22, 2017

Arlene Hoffert Johnson, 94, of Grinnell, died on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the Mayflower Health Care Center in Grinnell. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church. Organist will be Juli Bey. Casket Bearers will be Chad Agnew, Jack Johnson, Kaden Moore, Marty Hoffert, Jamie Hoffert and Jeff Rose. Honorary Bearers will be...
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Donald L. Weaver

April 13, 1931 - June 19, 2017

Don Weaver, age 86, of Grinnell, died on Monday, June 19, 2017, at his home in Grinnell under the care of Grinnell Regional Hospice. A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 23rd in the Lakeview Section of Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson officiating. Following the service a reception will be held at the Newburg-Chester Congregational Church in Newburg....
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David L. Good

December 24, 1957 - June 18, 2017

David L. Good, 59, of Grinnell, Iowa, died on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the Grinnell Christian Church with Anthony Nieuwsma officiating. Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell beginning 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 23, 2017 and the family will be present at...
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Brenda Sue Slaven Thorn

June 10, 1959 - June 14, 2017

Services for Brenda are pending at this time.
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Robert Parrish

December 10, 1932 - June 10, 2017

Robert (Bob) Parrish, 84, passed away in Denver, CO on June 10, 2017. Born on December 10, 1932 in Des Moines, IA, Bob was the son of Robert and Irene (Gannon) Parrish. Bob was raised in Victor, IA and graduated from St. John's High School. He served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1955 at bases in Colorado and San Francisco, and separated from the Air Force as a staff sergeant. He attended St....
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Barbara A. Aszman

August 29, 1927 - June 10, 2017

Barbara A. Aszman, 89, of Grinnell, Iowa, died on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Mayflower Health Care Center. She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Aszman Stone of Grinnell and Sue Aszman of Blue Lake, CA. A graveside service will be held 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Chester, IL. A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. John...
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Riley J. Ely

July 9, 1996 - June 8, 2017

Riley J. Ely, age 20, of Kellogg, died on Thursday, June 8, 2017, in rural Poweshiek County north of Malcom. A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 23, 2017, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church with Pastor Dave Crow officiating. Interment will follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery northwest of Grinnell. A reception will follow at the Grinnell Eagles Club. ...
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Donna Puls

October 16, 1930 - June 4, 2017

Donna J. Puls, 86, of Grinnell, died on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A prayer service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson, chaplain of Grinnell Regional Hospice, officiating. The family will be present at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Should friends desire, memorial...
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Marilyn Hammen

May 27, 1936 - June 3, 2017

Marilyn June Hammen, 81, of Grinnell, Iowa, passed away on June 3, 2017 at Saint Francis Manor in Grinnell. Marilyn was born in Manson, Iowa on May 27, 1936, the daughter of the late Carvel and Evelyn (Johnson) Ferrand. She was the eldest of four siblings and grew up on the family farm near Pomeroy, Iowa. In 1954, she graduated as salutatorian of her class from Pomeroy High School. On...
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Donald L. Pederson

February 17, 1925 - May 27, 2017

Don Pederson, 92, of Grinnell died peacefully the evening of May 27, 2017, at the Mayflower Community Health Center. Don was born February 17, 1925, in Grinnell, Iowa to Leonard and Augusta (Mehlin) Pederson. He was raised in Grinnell and was a 1942 graduate of Grinnell High School. Following his high school graduation, he enlisted in the army and fought in WWII. During WWII, Don served...
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Barbara Zager

June 27, 1961 - May 27, 2017

Barbara Zager, 56, of Grinnell, died on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Grinnell Health Care Center. She is survived by her mother and step-father, Alicia and Ryan Intlekofer of Grinnell. Services are pending at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell.
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Donald J. Louden

June 24, 1945 - May 27, 2017

Donald J. Louden, Jr., age 71, of Grinnell died on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at University Park Health Care Center in Des Moines. A public graveside service with military honors will be held on 11:30 a.m., Friday, June 9, 2017, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Grinnell with Rev. Christine Tinker officiating. A public visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the...
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Robin Lucas Elliott

September 16, 1973 - May 23, 2017

Robin Joan (Lucas) Elliott, 43, of Grinnell, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Mercy Hospice House in Johnston. Robin courageously fought breast cancer for five years carrying her through a crusade of traditional treatments and ultimately two clinical studies in the hopes of not only prolonging her own life, but those of other cancer patients in the future. A memorial...
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Velna Kolodziej

May 14, 1932 - May 20, 2017

Velna Jane Kolodziej (nee Lewis) was born on May 14, 1932, to Jackson and Helen (Hunt) Lewis in Chicago. She passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the age of 85. She was raised in Norwood Park, Illinois and graduated Taft High School in 1950. She attended Northern Illinois University where she attained a teaching degree. She was an elementary school teacher in Arlington Heights, Illinois...
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Alice "Tootie" Shuler

October 28, 1940 - May 20, 2017

Alice "Tootie" Shuler, 76, of Kellogg died May 20, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 25th, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson, Grinnell Regional Hospice Chaplain, officiating. Pallbearers will be Dan Beals, Mason Shuler, Camiel Landuyt, Levi and Garrett Cordes and Johnny Shultz. Honorary bearers...
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Barbara Fisher

August 11, 1927 - May 17, 2017

Barbara Joan Fisher, a longtime resident of Grinnell, died Wednesday the 17th of May in the comfort of her home in the Mayflower Community. Born on August 11, 1927 in Paris, Illinois to Harvey and Lyte Morris, Barbara is survived by her sister Murelann Mucha (Butch) of Terre Haute, Indiana, son Jim Fisher of San Francisco, California, daughter Jennifer Fisher Jones (Brian) of Decorah, Iowa,...
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Randy J. Paul

February 27, 1986 - May 12, 2017

Randall J. Paul, 31, of Oskaloosa and formerly of Grinnell, died May 12, 2017. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 19th, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson, Grinnell Regional Hospice Chaplain, officiating. Pallbearers will be Tim Brown, Shane Dittmer, Anthony Engelbarts, Derek Fisk, Tony Lang, Daniel McPherren, Scott Shook and Mike Sokol....
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Betty L. Brubaker

May 28, 1940 - May 11, 2017

Betty L. Brubaker, age 76, of Gilman, died on Thursday evening, May 11, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A celebration of her life will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor Dave Crow, Grinnell United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be at Prairie View Cemetery in Gilman. Visitation will begin at 3...
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Violet House

June 2, 1928 - May 11, 2017

Violet House, 88, of Marshalltown, died on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the Iowa Veterans Home. A Celebration of Life service will be held 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Richard Riggs officiating. Casket Bearers will be Mike Boyd, Eric Boyd, Michael Boyd, Matthew Boyd, Anthony Meyer, Greg Meyer and Justin Boyd. Honorary Bearers will be Sherry Meyer...
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Leonard W. Hendrickson

October 5, 1925 - May 11, 2017

Leonard W. Hendrickson, age 91, of Grinnell, died on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, May 15th, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery northwest of Grinnell with Pastor John Epperson officiating. Pallbearers are Mike Kriegel, Ross McDonough, Jeff Hendrickson, Tony Arrowood, Bill Mason and Ben Louden. ...
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Tom Lynch

September 12, 1943 - May 6, 2017

Tom Lynch, 73, of Albertville, Minnesota, died on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo, Minnesota. A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Perry Hunter officiating. Interment will be at the Sheridan Cemetery near Grinnell. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Tom...
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Helen Stephanie Wauters

July 23, 1921 - May 5, 2017

Helen S. Wauters, 95, of Victor, died May 5, 2017, at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Marengo. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 11th, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor with Rev. Cory Close, St. Bridget Catholic Church and Rev. David Wilkening, St. Mary Catholic Church in Williamsburg, officiating. Pallbearers will be Brad, Lori, Matt and Mark Collum and Aaron,...
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Eileen LaEtta Omer

February 6, 1928 - May 5, 2017

Eileen LaEtta Omer, 89, of Grinnell died May 5, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Funeral services are scheduled 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 10th, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. David Crow, Grinnell United Methodist Church, officiating. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Jeremy Omer, Jessica Virgadamo, Andrew, Aaron and Alex Logan, Matthew Stewart, and Jamie, Tyler...
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Carl J. Klenk

July 14, 1930 - May 4, 2017

Carl Klenk, age 86, of Grinnell, died on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 8, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Titus Lehman and Dennis Hause officiating. Pallbearers are Brandon, Brant and Loren Klenk, Justin McIlrath, Bryden Jones, and Justin Goodlaxson. Honorary bearers are Breanna McIlrath and...
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Bill Tish

August 4, 1960 - May 3, 2017

Bill Tish, age 56, of Grinnell, died on Wednesday May 3, 2017, at Grinnell Health Care Center. A celebration of life gathering will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the Grinnell Eagles Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve and mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. ...
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Donald E. Weedon

March 24, 1945 - May 2, 2017

Donald Ellis Weedon, 72 of Grinnell died on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Burial will be held at a later date in California. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Donald E. Weedon Memorial Fund and mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Don was born April 24, 1945, in Fullerton, California, the son of Ellis Rodney...
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Aiden James Williams

April 30, 2017

Aiden James Williams, was stillborn April 30, 2017, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton. A celebration of life service has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Visitation with the family present will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Aiden James Williams Memorial Fund. ...
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Gary F. Criswell

August 24, 1942 - April 30, 2017

Gary F. Criswell, 74, of rural Malcom, died on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at his home. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to PALS, and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Gary was born on August 24, 1942, in Kansas City, Missouri to William Freeman and Mildred Keller Criswell. The family moved to...
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Lyle Jess Routier

February 17, 1930 - April 24, 2017

Lyle Routier, age 87, of Grinnell, died on Monday, April 24, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A celebration of his life will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor John Epperson officiating. Pallbearers are Bryce Doane, Chad Dye, Kevin Lamb, Tyler Routier, Jason Weldon, and Justin Weldon. Honorary bearers are Webb Anderson,...
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Karla Kae Deppe

May 28, 1947 - April 17, 2017

Karla Kae Deppe, 69, of Grinnell, died on Monday, April 17, 2017, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 21st, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson, Grinnell Regional Hospice Chaplain, officiating. Pallbearers will be Ed Davidson, Eric, Logan, Mariah and Shannon Deppe and A.J and Joe Sawyer. Burial will be in...
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Horace & Gretchen Hegg

February 1, 1929 - April 13, 2017

Horace B. Hegg died on Thursday, April 13, 2017, and Gretchen T. Hegg died on Thursday, April 20, 2017, both were residents at the Mayflower Health Care Center in Grinnell. Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017 St. Timothy Lutheran Church -- Hudson. Horace donated his body to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Visitation: will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m....
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Duane M. Bissen

April 6, 1951 - April 11, 2017

Duane M. Bissen, age 66, of Grinnell, died on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at his home. Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Grinnell. Interment will be in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell and his family will receive friends from 4:30 p...
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Harry Alvin See

April 12, 1927 - March 24, 2017

Harry A. See, 89, of Grinnell died March 24, 2017 at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. A graveside service and burial has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29th at Westfield Cemetery, south of Grinnell. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m.to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the Smith Funeral Home with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 Tuesday evening. Memorial contributions may be...
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Elizabeth "Ann" Smith

March 11, 1935 - March 21, 2017

Elizabeth "Ann" Smith, 82, of Grinnell and formerly of Malcom, died March 21, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A Celebration of Life service has been scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson, Grinnell Regional Hospice Chaplain, officiating. Vocalist will be Patty Lang. Pallbearers will be Felica Bridges, Heather Cline,...
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Roger L. Folkerds

December 8, 1947 - March 18, 2017

Roger L. Folkerds, age 69 of Grinnell, died on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A celebration of his life will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 22nd at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor John Epperson officiating. Interment will follow the service at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. Visitation will be held prior to his service on Wednesday...
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Richard L. Brignon

June 6, 1939 - March 18, 2017

Richard Brignon, age 77, of Grinnell, died on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. A funeral service will be held 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor Dave Crow officiating. Interment will follow the service at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Smith Funeral Home...
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Scott D. Kingery

June 25, 1960 - March 16, 2017

Scott D. Kingery, 56, of Newton and formerly of Gilman, died on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Accura Health Care Center in Newton. A private family service will be held on Monday, March 20, 2017, at Prairie View Cemetery near Gilman. Terry Collins has been invited to share words of comfort. The Smith Funeral Home of Grinnell is handling arrangements. The Kingery/Ashing family requests...
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Katherine Jones

April 5, 1957 - March 12, 2017

Katherine Ann Jones, age 59 of Grinnell, Iowa, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, March 12, 2017. A private family graveside service will be held at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. Memorial donations are encouraged to P.A.L.S. (Poweshiek Animal League Shelter) P.O. Box 123, Grinnell, IA 50112. The youngest of four children, Kathi was born April 5, 1957, in Grinnell to Harold...
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Richard Darrell Ebert

August 24, 1938 - March 11, 2017

Richard D. Ebert, 78, of Grinnell died March 11, 2017, at the Mayflower Community Health Care Center. Funeral services have been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15th, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. Keith Morrison officiating. Organist will be Kathy Vander Ploeg. Pallbearers will be Glen Mikel, Jarrid Mikel, Justen Rice, Jeffrey Ebert, Dwight Laidig and Richard Weiss....
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Catherine "Ruth" Price

June 9, 1919 - March 10, 2017

Catherine "Ruth" Price, 97, of Victor, died March 10, 2017, at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Marengo. A memorial service has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22nd, at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor with Pastor Dorothy C. Banzhaf, Kent Union Chapel, near Holiday Lake north of Brooklyn, officiating. Organist will be Vera Beth Bricker and vocalist, Anna Upah. Visitation with the...
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Charles M. Manly III

July 18, 1950 - March 7, 2017

Charles M. Manly III, 66, of Spirit Lake and formerly of Grinnell, died March 7, 2017, at the Hawkeye Care Center in Spirit Lake, due to complications of M.S. A reception gathering in celebration of his life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 18th, at the Buckley Hall Dining Room of the Mayflower Community in Grinnell. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis...
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Eva Mae Proudfit

June 7, 1935 - March 6, 2017

Eva Proudfit, age 81, of Grinnell and formerly of Sully, died on Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Mayflower Community Health Care Center in Grinnell. A private family service will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Interment will follow the service at Sully Cemetery in Sully.
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Margaret Stemsrud Tubaugh

May 17, 1922 - March 4, 2017

Margaret Stemsrud Tubaugh, age 94, of Grinnell, died on Saturday, March 5, 2017, at Windsor Manor in Grinnell with her family by her side. A celebration of her life will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 8th at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor John Epperson officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Township Cemetery in Ewart. Visitation will be held prior to her...
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Lyle E. Muckler

March 18, 1928 - March 4, 2017

Lyle Muckler, 88, of Grinnell, died on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 17, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson, Chaplain of Grinnell Regional Hospice, officiating. Casket Bearers will be his grandchildren. The Iowa Funeral Honor Guard of Camp Dodge will perform the military...
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Florence Maria Cooper

January 22, 1935 - February 25, 2017

Florence Maria Cooper, 82, of Kellogg, died on February 25, 2017, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 1st, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson, Grinnell Regional Hospice Chaplain, officiating. Pallbearers will be Donald and Jerry Henning, Hannah and Sarah Kielly, Dale Lenz and Chuck Van Thournout. Burial...
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Maxine Thompson

May 24, 1924 - February 23, 2017

Maxine Thompson, 92, of Grinnell, died on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. A memorial gathering will be 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 2017, in the Social Center of St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. Rev. John Epperson has been invited to share some memories of Maxine. Memorials may be directed to PALS or to Grinnell Regional Hospice and sent in care of the Smith...
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Eric Jon Van Zee

June 19, 1962 - February 22, 2017

Eric Jon Van Zee, 54, of Holiday Lake, near Brooklyn, died February 22, 2017, at his home. Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Sunday, February 26th, at the Victor United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Davis officiating. Pianist/organist will be Fred Stiefel accompanied by Betty Stiefel on flute. Pallbearers will be Tom Boyle, Bart Bucklin, Roger Nearmyer, Dennis Robinson, Scott...
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Jeffrey Davis

June 30, 1949 - February 22, 2017

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

November 2, 1955 - February 21, 2017

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

October 26, 1928 - February 21, 2017

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

May 26, 1944 - February 14, 2017

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

July 4, 1923 - February 12, 2017

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

November 10, 1937 - February 11, 2017

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

March 9, 1929 - February 10, 2017

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

December 6, 1924 - February 10, 2017

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

February 8, 1939 - February 7, 2017

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

December 5, 1940 - February 6, 2017

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

March 24, 1935 - February 5, 2017

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

February 3, 1922 - February 5, 2017

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

June 5, 1947 - February 4, 2017

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

June 3, 1929 - February 4, 2017

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

November 25, 1948 - February 1, 2017

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

January 28, 1952 - January 29, 2017

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

February 27, 1929 - January 27, 2017

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

September 14, 1933 - January 25, 2017

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

March 4, 1920 - January 24, 2017

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

August 3, 1936 - January 23, 2017

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

December 13, 1934 - January 23, 2017

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

October 2, 1926 - January 22, 2017

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

August 11, 1932 - January 17, 2017

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

April 18, 1920 - January 17, 2017

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

December 2, 1933 - January 16, 2017

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

September 26, 1978 - January 15, 2017

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

June 27, 1945 - January 14, 2017

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

October 6, 1923 - January 6, 2017

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

February 17, 1920 - January 5, 2017

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

February 10, 1923 - January 3, 2017

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

September 8, 1922 - December 31, 2016

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

March 25, 1949 - December 30, 2016

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

April 8, 1927 - December 30, 2016

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

October 18, 1926 - December 23, 2016

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

July 30, 1931 - December 23, 2016

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

January 20, 1925 - December 21, 2016

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

February 22, 1925 - December 17, 2016

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

April 29, 1932 - December 14, 2016

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

June 1, 1951 - December 10, 2016

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

August 26, 1928 - December 8, 2016

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

September 26, 1937 - December 6, 2016

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

March 4, 1944 - December 4, 2016

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

April 1, 1929 - December 4, 2016

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

May 3, 1919 - December 3, 2016

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

August 12, 1957 - December 1, 2016

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

June 22, 1927 - November 28, 2016

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

August 15, 1949 - November 24, 2016

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

August 5, 1926 - November 22, 2016

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

May 10, 1930 - November 18, 2016

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

July 18, 1942 - November 14, 2016

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

June 10, 1958 - November 13, 2016

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

February 12, 1957 - November 13, 2016

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

December 15, 1932 - November 11, 2016

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