Obituaries

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Colleen Guenther

Colleen Guenther

 

Colleen Guenther, 83 gracefully passed away surrounded by her loving family on Monday, December 6, 2021 at Maple Crest Memory Lane in Fayette Iowa, near her home of West Union Iowa, after battling with dementia and memory loss for the past few years. 

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08
Dec

Albert Butikofer

Albert Butikofer

 

Albert Allen Butikofer, age 92, died November 29, 2021, at the Gundersen Palmer Hospital in West Union, IA.  Albert was born to Marie (Schupbach) and Albert Butikofer, Sr. on October 28, 1929.  He attended the Cheery Valley country school.  On April 2, 1950, he was baptized and joined the Apostolic Christian Church, where he served as a song leader for many years.  In 1951-52, Albert and his brother Bert served their country together in Korea as non-combatants in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  

     Albert married LaVerne Ida Fischer (Roanoke, IL) on August 7, 1966.  They farmed together on the Butikofer home place southeast of Elgin, IA for 33 years, producing crops, livestock, and honey.  In May of 2000, they moved to Elgin and lived there until moving to Copper Creek Senior Living in January of 2021. Albert will be remembered for his wit and strong convictions, both of which he retained to the very end. 

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08
Dec

Steven Peterson

Steven Peterson

 

Steven Henry Peterson, 71, of West Union, Iowa died Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at Gundersen Palmer Hospital, West Union, Iowa 52175.

Steven Henry Peterson was born on May 15, 1950, to Henry and Sylvia (Rogness) Peterson in West Union, Iowa.  He attended country school until the 8th grade and graduated from North High School in 1968. 

In 1970, he was drafted into the Army and spent two years in Heidelberg, Germany. Steve was honorably discharged in 1972 and returned home where he joined his father on the family farm where they milked cows and grew crops.  In 1979, his parents moved to town and he purchased the farm from them and continued farming.  

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08
Dec

Donald Webster

Donald Webster

 

 

Donald Dean Webster, 71, of Elgin, Iowa died Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Manor Care Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Donald was born April 1, 1950 to Robert and Tillie (Kubik) Webster in Cresco, Iowa. He graduated from Cresco High School in 1969 and attended Area One in Calmar for Autobody. Don proudly joined and served in the United States Army, serving in Viet Nam.

Don was united in marriage with Karen Landswerk. Three sons were born to this union. They later divorced. Throughout the years, Don worked for P & H Harnischfeger Cranes in Cedar Rapids, painted water towers and Eglin’s Auto Body and owned and operator of Elgin Tap for fifteen years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

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08
Dec

Ellen Halverson

Ellen Halverson

 

Ellen Irene Halverson, 86, of Elgin, formerly of West Union passed away, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital surrounded by loving family.

She was born March 24, 1935, to Eugene Ruben Nutting and Gladys Wilma Baldwin Nutting at their home rural route Wadena. Sometime later they moved to a farm near Brainard where Ellen attended school until the eighth grade. At an early age she began helping her father on the farm, babysitting, and cleaning homes. 

On August 28, 1953 at the age of eighteen, Ellen accepted Christ as her personal savior while attending Gospel meetings held by Henry Wah ls and William Warke.  Ellen married Kenneth Halverson on Dec. 3, 1955. To this union one daughter, Deborah Jean was born. Her first job in 1956 was at Elscheimers, then Tony’s sandwich division of Schwans, Atwood and she retired from H & H Food Service. 

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01
Dec

Mildred Lyons

Mildred Lyons

 

 

Mildred Lyons, age 96 of Ossian, died on Thursday, November 25, 2021. Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Bethel Presbyterian Church, 208 North Vine St., West Union, IA.  Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at the Wild Woods Event Center, 110 W Main ST, Ossian, IA and also after 10 a.m. at the West Union Church on Friday morning.

Schluter-Balik Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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01
Dec

Ellen Halverson

Ellen Halverson

 

Ellen Irene Halverson, 86, of Elgin, formerly of West Union passed away, Wednesday, November 24, 2021at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital surrounded by loving family.

She was born March 24, 1935, to Eugene Ruben Nutting and Gladys Wilma Baldwin Nutting at their home rural route Wadena. Sometime later they moved to a farm near Brainard where Ellen attended school until the eighth grade. At an early age she began helping her father on the farm, babysitting, and cleaning homes.

On August 28, 1953 at the age of eighteen, Ellen accepted Christ as her personal savior while attending Gospel meetings held by Henry Wah ls and William Warke.  Ellen married Kenneth Halverson on Dec. 3, 1955. To this union one daughter, Deborah Jean was born. Her first job in 1956 was at Elscheimers, then Tony's sandwich division of Schwans, Atwood and she retired from H & H Food Service. 

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01
Dec

Paul Bemiss

Paul Bemiss

 

Paul Bemiss, 71, passed away Saturday, November 20, 2021 in Spring Hill, FL after a sudden illness. 

He was born on December 17, 1949 to Robert and Frances Halverson Bemiss in West Union, Iowa.  He attended North High School and graduated on May 26, 1968.  After graduation he attended NIACC in Mason City and graduated with an Associate Degree in Business in 1970.  He moved back to West Union and was employed by John Havener pharmacy and was also employed by H & H Distributing.  In 1971 after his parents passed away, he owned Bemiss Distributing with his brother Gary until they sold it in June of 2020.  Paul had one son, Robert Michael and he was the joy in his life. He also loved his nieces and nephews and then his great-nieces and nephews.  He was a wonderful father and uncle. 

Paul was a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church and he was baptized on January 9, 1950 and confirmed in May of 1963.  

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01
Dec

Nancy Heller

Nancy Heller

 

Nancy Josephine Heller, 85, of Clermont, Iowa died Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Nancy Josephine was born August 3, 1936 to George and Matilda (Schmelzer) Pape in West Union, Iowa. She graduated from Clermont High School and went to work as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell in West Union, Iowa.

Nancy was united in marriage with Elmer Heller on July 22, 1956 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Clermont, Iowa. They lived and raised their family in Washburn, Iowa. As well as being a homemaker, Nancy worked at Kmart in Waterloo until her retirement in 2001. She enjoyed reading, gardening, baking and canning. Nancy loved spending time at the “Old House”, spoiling her animals and baking the best apple pies. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

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01
Dec

Arlene Pollock

Arlene Pollock

 

Arlene Ann (Schultz) Pollock, 89, of Elgin, Iowa died Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa. Arlene was born March 25, 1932 to Lloyd William and Aurelia M. (Heins) Schultz at the doctor’s office in Postville, Iowa. She graduated from Postville High School in 1949. During Postville’s Centennial Year, Arlene led the marching band for parades through town. After high school, Arlene worked for her family’s restaurant in Postville.

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