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Tuesday 05/26/2015
Clorris Ellis Bonnett Death Notice
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 11:26 am

Cloris Ellis Bonnett, 96, of Bussey, Iowa, passed away Friday evening, May 22, 2015 at the Mahaska Hospice Serenity House of Oskaloosa.  Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the Bussey Methodist Church of Bussey. Cloris' family will be present at the church from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday evening.  A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2015 also at the Bussey United Methodist Church, with Pastor Rebekkah Shrimplin officiating.  Following services burial will be held at Greenlawn Cemetery of Bussey.  A memorial in Cloris' memory has been established to the Bussey Library.

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Thursday 05/21/2015
Maxine June Riggen
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 1:24 pm

Maxine June Milledge was one of nine children born to Ollie L. and Mary De Geest Milledge. She was born on May 23, 1923, at her parents’ home near Harvey. Maxine attended the Rock Island Country School near her home and graduated from Harvey High School in Harvey, with the Class of 1940. During high school Maxine was a member of the basketball team.

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Irl H. Clarke, Jr.
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Irl H. Clarke, Jr. age 78, of Knoxville, passed away Thursday morning, May 14, 2015, at the emergency room of the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics.

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Donna Maree Piagentini
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Donna Maree Piagentini was born December 1, 1935 in Ryder, North Dakota the daughter of Carl and Margret (Pettit) Hanchett.

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Death Notice - Terry Zickel
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 1:27 pm

Terry Zickel, age 72 of Knoxville, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at The Cottages in Pella. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 10:30 am at the New Covenant Church. The family will receive friends from 9:00 am until the services on Wednesday. There will be an open visitation on Tuesday, May 26, at Bybee & Davis Funeral Home from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Covenant Church.

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William Lee “Bill” Crozier
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 11:28 am

William Lee “Bill” Crozier age 80, of Melcher, passed away Monday morning, May 18, 2015, at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center of Des Moines.

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Tuesday 05/19/2015
William Lee "Bill" Crozier Death Notice
Posted: May 19, 2015 - 2:00 pm

William Lee "Bill" Crozier, 80, of Melcher, Iowa, passed away Monday morning May 18, 2015, at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center of Des Moines.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Celebrate Community Church of Knoxville.  Bill's Family will be present throughout the evening.  A Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will also be held from 9:00 a.m. until service time Thursday at Sacred Heart Church.  A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Melcher.  Burial with Military Honors will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery of Melcher-Dallas.  A memorial has been established to the Melcher-Dallas Athletic Department.

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Monday 05/18/2015
Death Notice - Bobbie James "Bob" Smith
Posted: May 18, 2015 - 10:15 am

Bobbie James "Bob" Smith, age 89 of rural Bussey, Iowa, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015, at the Mercy Medical Center of Des Moines. Visitation will begin at 2:00 pm, Monday May 18, 2015, at the Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville. Bobbie's family will be present at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Monday evening. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the Independent Bible Church of Bussey. A memorial in Bobbie's memory will be established to the Independent Bible Church. Condolences may be sent to www.winfieldfh.com.

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Friday 05/15/2015
Irl H. Clarke Jr. Death Notice
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Irl H. Clarke Jr., 78, of Knoxville, Iowa passed away Thursday morning, May 14, 2015 at the emergency room of the Knoxville Hospital & Clinic. Irl's wishes were to be cremated and a visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m., Sunday May 17, 2015 at the Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville.  Irl's family will be present at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday.  A memorial in Irl's memory may be given to the Knoxville Alcoholics Anonymous Chapter.

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Thursday 05/14/2015
Leo K. Willoughby
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 11:58 am

Services for Leo K. Willoughby, 88, of Melcher-Dallas were Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Pleasantville Church of Christ in Pleasantville. Family received friends at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Melcher-Dallas on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. 

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Margaret Ann Cooney
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 11:43 am

Margaret Ann Cooney was born Dec. 8, 1927, in Pleasantville, the daughter of Gail and Mary (Seifert) Forst.

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Wenda L. “Wendy” Comer
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 11:44 am

Wenda L. “Wendy” Comer age 52, of rural Knoxville, passed away Monday morning, May 11, 2015, at her home.

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Frank Laverne Dugger
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 11:42 am

Frank Laverne Dugger was born Feb. 16, 1927, in What Cheer, Iowa, the son of Donovan and Hazel (Colbert) Dugger.

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WAYNE HOWARD CLARK
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 11:40 am

WAYNE HOWARD CLARK

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Tuesday 05/12/2015
Death Notice - Maxine Riggen
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Maxine J. (Milledge) Riggen, 91 of Harvey, Iowa, passed away early Tuesday morning at the Oskaloosa Care Center in Oskaloosa. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 10:30 am at Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville. There will be a visitation on Saturday from 9 am until the time of service at the Williams Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville, Iowa. Memorial contributions may be designated for the Harvey Community Center.

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Death Notice - Wenda L. "Wendy" Comer
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 10:12 am

Wenda L. "Wendy" Comer, age 52 of rural Knoxville, passed away May 11, 2015, at her home. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, May 17, 2015, at her residence of 723 Quebec St. Wendy's family will be greeting friends and offering a luncheon Sunday from Noon until service time. Condolences may be sent to www.winfieldfh.com.

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Thursday 05/07/2015
Isaiah Matthew Dethrow
Posted: May 07, 2015 - 11:43 am

Isaiah Matthew Dethrow

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Marion L. Kingery
Posted: May 07, 2015 - 11:44 am

Marion L. Kingery, age 92 of Monroe, died Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Oskaloosa Care Center in Oskaloosa. Funeral services were held on Monday, May 4, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Monroe. Burial followed at Dunreath Cemetery. Visitation took place on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Coburn Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to Monroe Fire and Rescue and condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com

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Frank L. Dugger Death Notice
Posted: May 07, 2015 - 10:24 am

A Mass of Christian Burial for Frank Dugger will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church.  Burial with Military Honors, will follow in the Graceland Cemetery.  Visitation will begin after 2:00 p.m. Friday at the church where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made to the Knoxville Fire & Rescue Association.

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Wednesday 05/06/2015
Death Notice - Bo "Clyde" Gullion
Posted: May 06, 2015 - 2:56 pm

Bo “Clyde” Gullion, age 69 of Lovilia, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at the Monroe County Hospital in Albia.  

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Monday 05/04/2015
Death Notice - Margaret Cooney
Posted: May 04, 2015 - 12:44 pm

Margaret Cooney, age 87 of Knoxville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Knoxville Area Community Hospital, surrounded by her family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at St. Anthony Catholic Church at 11 am. Visitation will begin after 12:00 pm Tuesday at the Bybee & Davis Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and a Vigil Service will be held at 8:00 pm. Memorials may be made to H.C.I. Care Services.

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Friday 05/01/2015
Death Notice - Patricia Ann Brown
Posted: May 01, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Patricia Ann Brown, age 68 of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center of Des Moines, IA. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Monday May 4, 2015, at the Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville. Patricia's family will be greeting friends on Monday at the Winfield Funeral Home from 9:00 am until service time. A memorial has been established to Patricia's family. Condolences may be sent to www.winfieldfh.com.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Donald Edward Puffinbarger
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 12:14 pm

Donald Edward Puffinbarger, 66, of Melcher-Dallas, passed away on April 22, 2015, in Boonville, Mo.

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Kenneth Leon Crone
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 12:10 pm

Kenneth Leon Crone was born July 14, 1934, in Knoxville, the son of Leon and Wilma (Nutter) Crone.

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Dick Young
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Dick Young peacefully “took leave of his earthly presence” (Roger Ebert) on Friday, April 24, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. Dick was born to his loving parents Richard and Rhea Young on 4-16-47 and was welcomed by an older brother, Gerald.

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Monday 04/27/2015
Death Notice - Charlene Kay "Susie" White
Posted: April 27, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Charlene Kay "Susie" White, age 73 of Swan, passed away at her home Sunday, April 26, 2015, with her family in Swan, IA. A celebration of Susie's life will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the Pleasantville Memorial Hall. Burial will follow services at Swan Cemetery. Susie's family will be greeting friends on Wednesday at the Pleasantville Memorial Hall from 10:00 am until service time. A memorial in Susie's memory will be established by the family at a later date. Condolences may be sent to www.winfieldfh.com.

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Death Notice - Dr. Dick L. Young DDS
Posted: April 27, 2015 - 9:55 am

Funeral services for Dick Young, age 68 of Knoxville, will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 10:30 am at Celebrate Community Church. Visitation will begin after 2:00 pm Friday at Celebrate Community Church where family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Memorials may be made to the Knoxville Panther Scholarship Foundation or to the Guthrie Grove Retreat Center.

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Thursday 04/23/2015
Shirley Ann DeHeer Death Notice
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 10:57 am

Shirley Ann DeHeer, 80, of Knoxville, Iowa, passed away Wednesday morning, April 22, 2015, at Westridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Knoxville. Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville.  Shirley's family will be present at the funeral home from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville.  Following the services burial will be held at Ruckman Cemetery of rural Knoxville.  A memorial in Shirley's memory will be established by the family at a later date.

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Earl Dale Morgan
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 1:13 pm

Earl Dale Morgan was born Nov. 16, 1917, in Knoxville, the son of Clyde and Esta (Core) Morgan.

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Alberta Louise Morgan
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Alberta Louise Morgan was born on Feb. 21, 1932, in Knoxville, the daughter of Lewis Corbin and Mildred Etta (Roland) Brees. Alberta grew up in Pinchey and attended school in Pleasantville. She was united in marriage to Joe Orville Morgan on June 11, 1949, at the Assembly of God Church in Chariton. The couple moved to Adel for a short time where Joe worked on a farm. They would eventually settle in Knoxville which they made their home for the rest of their lives. Alberta was very happy being a farm wife and mother, and after her children grew up, she became an aid for the Knoxville Hospital and did at-home care in town.

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Mary Helen (Boothe) Hixson
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 1:11 pm

Mary Helen (Boothe) Hixson, age 95 of Knoxville, passed away Saturday morning, April 18, 2015, at the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics.

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Monday 04/20/2015
Death Notice - Gerald R. "Gary" Orr
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Gerald R. "Gary" Orr, age 55 of Ottumwa and formerly of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015, at his residence. A memorial service for Gary will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at the Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville. Gary's family will be greeting friends on Wednesday at the funeral home from 1:00 pm until service time. A memorial in Gary's memory has been established to this family for expenses. Condolences may be sent to www.winfieldfh.com.

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Death Notice - Mary Helen Hixson
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Mary Helen Hixson, age 95, passed away April 18, 2015, at the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics. Visitation will begin at 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville. Mary Helen's family will be present at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Tuesday evening. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at the Winfield Funeral Home. Following services burial will be held at Graceland Cemetery. A memorial in Mary Helen's memory has been established to the Marion County 4H Foundation and the Knoxville FFA. Condolences may be sent to www.windfieldfh.com.

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Earl Morgan Death Notice
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 1:53 pm

Graveside services for Earl Morgan, 97, Knoxville, will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the Graceland Cemetery.  Visitation will begin after 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 22, at Bybee and Davis Funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorials can be made to the Marion County Humane Society or the Knoxville Fire and Rescue Units.

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Friday 04/17/2015
Gertrude Wares
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 9:32 am

Gertrude Wares was born Aug. 19, 1932, in Schlowitz, Germany, the second oldest of nine children of George and Anna Baumgartl. On Feb. 4, 1958, she was united in marriage to Larry Dale Wares in Schwetzingen, Germany. The couple came to the United States in 1959 and lived in Virginia until moving to Pleasantville in 1961. Gertrude worked at Bare's Drug Store in Pleasantville for 40 years until her retirement. In her spare time, Gertrude enjoyed bowling, knitting, gardening and playing cards. She took great pride in following Central College softball with her son, George as the coach. Her greatest joy was spending time with family.

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Earl Pitt
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 9:31 am

Earl “Gene” Pitt, 78, of Oskaloosa died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. He was born July 4, 1936, in Knoxville, the son of Robert U. and Elizabeth Clark Pitt. He attended school in Knoxville. On June 18, 1955, he was united in marriage to Beverly Wymore at Knoxville. Gene worked in facility maintenance at the V.A. in Knoxville for 32 years in. In retirement he worked at Pleasant Care Nursing Home in Pleasantville for five years. Gene, his brother, and a friend that worked at the V.A. also built and remolded houses in Knoxville and the surrounding area. He retired for good in 1996. In retirement Gene and Beverly enjoyed many winters in Arizona. He took great pride in being in great physical shape and completed in the senior Olympics in Arizona. He also enjoyed tractor pulling, mountain trail hiking, woodworking and remodeling. He delighted in spending time with his family.

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Gary Jordan
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 9:30 am

Gary Wayne Jordan was born Sept. 9, 1956, in Knoxville, the son of Ellis and Frances (Brooks) Jordan.

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Emmett Shearer
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 9:28 am

Emmett Robert John Cheman Shearer weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces and was 21 inches long when he was born on Oct.18, 2014, at the Mahaska County Hospital in Oskaloosa. He was a bright-eyed baby boy born to Alyssa Kaley Cheman and Brandon John Shearer. Emmett’s personality was already evident in his smile and he was a happy, giggly little boy. On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, his short life here on earth was completed. Those saying goodbye are his parents, Alyssa and Brandon of Knoxville; his maternal grandparents, Theresa Kerr and John Cheman, IV of Oskaloosa; his paternal grandparents, Brenda (Brouwer) and Mark Horman, Brian and Tammy (Gray) Shearer all of Knoxville; and the following great-grandparents: Julia (Spaur) Kerr of Oskaloosa, Francis (Michalski) Cheman of Buffalo, N.Y., Jerry and Maryann (McFarland) Shearer of Ottumwa; and Uncle Brad Shearer of Knoxville. He followed in his death his maternal great-grandfathers, Robert Kerr and John Cheman, III; and his paternal great-grandparents, Janice (Klootwyk) and Duane Brouwer.

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Doris Piekema
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 9:29 am

Doris Darlene Piekema was born on April 9, 1927, in Knoxville, the daughter of Marion and Edna (McVey) Shappell. Doris grew up in Knoxville and graduated from Knoxville High School. She was united in marriage to Charles Piekema at the Knoxville Christian Church on June 18, 1950. The couple made their home in the Roland/Story City area for many years. Doris was a technician at the Bournes Corporation in Ames for 30 years, retiring in 1989. She had lived in Indianola for the last 15 years.

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Wilma Bowman
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 9:27 am

Wilma Mae Bowman, 77, of Pleasantville, died Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, of heart disease. Services were Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Fairview Christian Church, six miles south of Pleasantville on S-45. The family received friends one hour prior to the service.

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Gary Bigelow
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 9:25 am

Gary Charles Bigelow, age 71 of Knoxville, passed away on Thursday evening, April 9, 2015, at the Knoxville Rehabilitation Center.

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Henry "Hank" Showers Death Notice
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 9:19 am

Henry "Hank" Showers, 69, of rural Lovilia, Iowa, passed away Wednesday afternoon, April 15, 2015, at his home.  Memorial services for Henry will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville.  Military Honors will follow services.  Henry's family will be greeting friends Saturday morning from 9:00 am until service time.

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Tuesday 04/14/2015
Gary Charles Bigelow Death Notice
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 10:48 am

Gary Charles Bigelow, 71, of Knoxville, Iowa, passed away Thursday evening, April 9, 2015, at the Knoxville Rehabilitation Center.  A celebration of Gary's life will be held at 2:30p.m., Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Knoxville Rehabilitation Center of Knoxville.  A private burial was held at Eureka Cemetery of Marion County, Iowa.

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Friday 04/10/2015
Imogene Dorothy Hodges
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 9:23 am

Imogene Dorothy Hodges was born Feb. 24, 1921, in Tracy, the daughter of Ransom and Minnie (Culver) Hogate.

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Paisley Marie Colyn
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 9:25 am

Paisley Marie Colyn, 11-month-old infant daughter of Kevin and Chrystle Colyn of Monroe, went to Heaven with her Mommy & Daddy by her side on Friday morning, April 3, 2015, at the Mercy Medical Center of Des Moines.

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Monday 04/06/2015
Death Notice - Imogene Dorothy Hodges
Posted: April 06, 2015 - 11:34 am

Imogene Dorothy Hodges, 94, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at home at Yankee Hollow. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, April 7, at 5:30 pm at the Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum with food and beverages provided. Prayer and shared memories will begin at 6:00pm. Imogene's cremains will be laid to rest at a later date, during a private family burial at Bellefountaine Cemetery in Tracy, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or the Pony Express Riders of Iowa - Marion County Chapter.

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Death Notice - Paisley Marie Colyn
Posted: April 06, 2015 - 11:28 am

Paisley Marie Colyn, 11 months old, passed away Friday, April 3, 2015, at the Mercy Medical Center of Des Moines. Paisley's family will be greeting friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the First Baptist Church of Monroe. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, April 9, 2015, also at the First Baptist Church of Monroe. Following services burial will be held at Silent City Cemetery of Monroe. Memorials may be given to Paisley's family. Condolences may be sent to www.windfieldfh.com.

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Thursday 04/02/2015
Death Notice - Dr. Rebecca Westra
Posted: April 02, 2015 - 11:43 am

Dr. Rebecca L. Westra, D.D.S., 64, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday at her residence in Des Moines, IA. Dr. Westra was currently practicing dentistry in Des Moines. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Pella, IA. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery at Pella.

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
Death Notice - Heidi Holt Willis
Posted: April 01, 2015 - 2:50 pm

Heidi Holt Willis, age 49, of South Park, PA, formerly of Knoxville, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015, at home with her family by her side. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 10:00 am at the Graceland Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Heidi's memory to the Light of Life Ministries (www.lightoflife.org).

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Ruth Ann Walsh
Posted: April 01, 2015 - 11:48 am

Ruth Ann Walsh (nee Snow) was born July 16, 1939, in Knoxville. Upon graduation from Knoxville High she moved to Washington, D.C., and began working for the US Navy. After a few years, she returned to Iowa to raise her family and since has resided in Virginia, Florida and finally, Texas.

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