Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Obituaries

May 3, 2013

Walter Lankford

Walter M. Lankford

Walter M. Lankford, age 89, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at the Hospice Comfort House of Pella.

Walter was born at home in Lucas County, during a snow storm, on March 6, 1924, the child of Frank and Sally Florence (West) Lankford. Walter was raised in rural Lucas County until he enlisted in the United States Navy at age 17. Walter served from 1941-45, during WWII. He served as an airplane mechanic on the Kalinin Bay Aircraft Carrier and participated in the Leyete Gulf Battle.

After his service in the Navy, Walter returned home and in 1947 Walter and Coleen Alley were united in marriage. Walter and Coleen were blessed with two children, Jerry and Renae. They later divorced.

On Nov. 1, 1969, in Princeton, Mo., Walter and Karen Raye Dye were married. They shared their home with Karen’s children Dale, Steven and Sherry, and in 1970, Walter and Karen were blessed with one child, Deb. Walter and Karen shared 43 years of marriage before Walter’s passing.a

Walter enjoyed working all his life. Walter worked for 30 years with the VA Hospital in Knoxville as a nurse’s assistant and always had a second job. He worked around Knoxville doing carpentry work, plumbing work, roofing, and worked in tire service at the Knoxville Firestone and Goodyear stores. After his retirement from the VA Hospital, Walter began his own plumbing and heating and cooling business.

Walter owned and operated his business for several years in the Knoxville area. Walter also enjoyed spending time with his family. When their children were younger they would go fishing, hunting, mushroom hunting and cook outs after his retirement. Walter was also a member of the Pleasantville American Legion, Post #108.

Walter is survived by his wife of 43 years, Karen; their children, Jerry (Meredith) Lankford of Gardner, Ill., Renae Lankford of Nevada, Mo., Dale Sharp of Knoxville, Steven Sharp of Knoxville, Sherry (Millard) Gist of Knoxville, and Deb (Ed) Cross of Knoxville. Walter is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 15 great great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Florence; three sisters, Gladys Richards, Ellen Lampkin and Elsie Louwsma; and two brothers, John and Robert Lankford.

Text Only
Obituaries
  • McClatchey obit pic Robert McClatchey Robert James McClatchey, age 80 of Knoxville, passed away Saturday morning, July 5, 2014, at the Knoxville Hospital.Robert was born at home on May 10, 1934, in Mapleton, Iowa, the son of Christy William and Mary (Carroll) McClatchey. He was raised in

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Moore obit pic Raymond D. Moore Raymond D. Moore, 92, died at The Village in Indianola on July 6, 2014. His body has been donated to science. A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Indianola on Saturday, Aug. 2.Raymond was born June 4, 1922,

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Erna Crane Erna Crane, age 89, of Bussey passed away Sunday morning, July 6, 2014, at the Pella Hospice Comfort House.Erna was born Feb. 1, 1925, in Rodenbach, Germany, the daughter of Albert and Louise (Riese) Simosky. Erna was raised and attended school in Ge

    July 11, 2014

  • Death Notice-Erna Crane

    July 8, 2014

  • Death Notice-Ila Heidenwith

    July 8, 2014

  • Death Notice-Raymond D. Moore

    July 7, 2014

  • Death Notice-Robert McClatchey

    July 7, 2014

  • Frank J. Wadle

    July 3, 2014

  • Death Notice-Arthur Thomas

    June 30, 2014

  • Jones obit pic Teddy Mac (Ted) Jones Ted was the beloved husband of Judy: father to Jeff (Cindy), Jennifer (Daniel), Linda (Dave) and Shane (Kristin); grandfather to Alicia, Johanna, Anna Sophia and Kyle; and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Ted was born in Knoxville, and relocated to

    June 30, 2014 1 Photo

Features
AP Video
Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Obama Advisor Skips House Hearing Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

Yes
No
     View Results