Obituaries

Mary White
B: 1930-10-15
D: 2019-04-17
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White, Mary
Patricia Junk
B: 1938-02-06
D: 2019-04-15
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Junk, Patricia
Mary Schmitz
B: 1931-03-21
D: 2019-04-09
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Schmitz, Mary
William Ciesielski
B: 1931-11-08
D: 2019-04-09
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Ciesielski, William
Merritt McCardle
B: 1933-08-12
D: 2019-04-08
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McCardle, Merritt
Dianne Miller
B: 1955-07-02
D: 2019-03-31
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Miller, Dianne
Dennis Hoefer
B: 1955-10-20
D: 2019-03-22
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Hoefer, Dennis
Sandra Smock
B: 1940-06-16
D: 2019-03-20
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Smock, Sandra
Jerome Nagel
B: 1937-11-28
D: 2019-03-09
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Nagel, Jerome
Mary Gritton
B: 1925-08-31
D: 2019-03-03
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Gritton, Mary
Charlotte Jones
B: 1948-12-22
D: 2019-03-02
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Jones, Charlotte
Christopher Bagley
B: 1987-04-19
D: 2019-03-01
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Bagley, Christopher
Dewey Millard
B: 1977-02-04
D: 2019-02-24
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Millard, Dewey
Leslie Leohr
B: 1927-10-19
D: 2019-02-24
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Leohr, Leslie
Linda Anderson
B: 1951-03-08
D: 2019-02-18
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Anderson, Linda
Marie Speer
B: 1942-04-17
D: 2019-02-16
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Speer, Marie
Barbara Yerkes
B: 1962-01-29
D: 2019-02-07
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Yerkes, Barbara
Maxine Leyendecker
B: 1931-02-14
D: 2019-02-06
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Leyendecker, Maxine
Elizabeth Hand
B: 1946-04-24
D: 2019-01-22
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Hand, Elizabeth
Betty Cannon
B: 1939-11-09
D: 2019-01-12
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Cannon, Betty
Kenneth White
B: 1928-01-19
D: 2019-01-06
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White, Kenneth

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Thomas Short

September 16, 1949 - - November 23, 2018

Thomas G. Short, 69, of Independence, Iowa died Friday morning, November 23, 2018, at the Veterans Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa Tom was born on September 16, 1949 in Independence, Iowa the son of Andrew T. and Lillian R. (Weber) Short. He attended the St. John’s Catholic Schools and graduated from the Independence High School in 1968. He served in the US Army in the 3 ...

Robert Breitsprecher

May 26, 1931 - - November 02, 2018

Robert William, Breitsprecher, 87, of Independence, Iowa died Friday, November 2, 2018, at Unity Point-Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, IA. Bob was born on May 26, 1931, in Postville, Iowa the son of William Henry and Vivian Amanda (Peyer) Breitsprecher. He graduated from the Canton High School, Canton, Minnesota in 1950 and served in the US Army from October 26, 1951 t ...

David Wessels

June 04, 1933 - - July 09, 2018

David A. Wessels 85, of Independence, IA died Monday, July 9, 2018 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, IA. David was born June 4, 1933 in Petersburg, IA, the son of Ralph B. and Martha K. (Koopman) Wessels. He attended school at St. Francis Catholic Schools Dyersville, IA. He enlisted into the United States Marine Corps on March 11, 1952 and served proudly until March 10, ...

William Ludwig

September 06, 1967 - - June 07, 2018

William “Bill” Craig Ludwig, Jr., 50, of Independence, passed away June 7, 2018. A visitation will be held Thursday, June 14th from 4-6pm with a memorial service following at 6:00pm, both at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, MO 64055. Bill was born September 6, 1967 in Mason City, IA to William Sr. and Patricia (Smith) Ludwig. He was a 1985 graduate ...

Mark Miller

March 26, 1961 - - May 15, 2018

Mark R. Miller, 57 of Independence, IA died Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at his home. He was born on March 26, 1961, in Orange County, CA, the son of Gerald and Beverly (Hewitt) Miller. He was a 1979 graduate of Independence High School. After High School he enlisted in to the United States Army, where he served with the Military Police until his discharge in 1982. Mark went on to ...

Thomas McNamara

September 30, 1937 - - March 20, 2018

Thomas W. McNamara, 80, of Independence, IA died Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City, IA. He was born on September 30, 1937, in Masonville, IA, the son of John and Marian (Caridas) McNamara. He is a graduate of St. John’s Catholic School in Independence, IA, and attended Gates Business College in Cedar Rapids, IA. On January 30, 1957 he enlist ...

Henry Snyder

March 05, 1938 - - February 13, 2018

Henry “Hank” L. Snyder, 79, of Independence, IA died Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, IA. He was born March 5, 1938, in Hawkeye, IA son of Charles and Nellie (Howell) Snyder. He was a graduate of the High School in Hawkeye IA., and he enlisted into the United States Marine Corp. He served proudly until his retirement in 1956. Hank owned Hank’s D ...

Donald Boies

September 11, 1926 - - January 03, 2018

Donald C. Boies, 91, of Cedar Rapids, IA died January 3, 2018 at the Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids, IA. Donald was born September 11, 1926 at the family home in Rowley, IA. He was the eighth of nine children born to H. Glen and Leta (Gaylord) Boies. He attended schools in Brandon, Independence, Aurora, and Winthrop. After graduating from Winthrop High School in 1944 he ...

John Baker

April 12, 1926 - - November 21, 2017

John H. Baker, 91, of Winthrop, IA, died at his home on Tuesday November 21, 2017. John was born on April 12, 1926 in Rodden, IL the son of Jacob S. and Clara M. (Sohler) Baker. He attended the Black Country School near Rodden, IL. He enlisted into the US Navy on April 17, 1943 and served proudly until his discharge in 1947. On November 18, 1945 in Galena, IL John married the ...

James Kelley

July 25, 1922 - - November 08, 2017

James E. Kelley, 95, of Independence, Iowa died Wednesday evening, November 8, 2017 at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence, Iowa. Jim was born on July 25, 1922 near Masonville, Iowa the son of Edward and Johanna (Farrell) Kelley. He was a 1941 graduate of the Winthrop High School, in Winthrop, Iowa. He served with the US Coast Guard for three years prior to h ...

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