Obituaries

Wed
07
Jul

Marie Swale

Marie Swale

 

  A celebration of life service for longtime West Union resident Marie Swale will be held at the United Methodist Church on Thursday, July 15.

  Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. with a service at 10:30 a.m.

Wed
30
Jun

Betty Morse

Betty Morse

 

Betty "Beth" Morse, 73, of Hawkeye, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

  Funeral services wereheld at 9 a.m. on Saturday June 26, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye with Rev. Ron Roberts officiating. Burial followed in Alpha Cemetery near Alpha, Iowa.

  A public visitation was held from 4 until 7 p.m. on Friday June 25, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye.

  Beth was born in Paletine, Illinois on March 26, 1948 to Lee and Lois Mae (Suess) Wilkie. Beth attended grade school in Alpha and North High in West Union.

  Beth was a member of the Lions Club, Hawkeye Community Club Member and worked as the manager of Tex’s Bar & Grill. She enjoyed fishing and going out to eat.

  Beth enjoyed being with her family, especially her grandchildren. Family meant a lot to her. 

Wed
30
Jun

Laverne Butikofer

Laverne Butikofer

 

Laverne Ida (Fischer) Butikofer, age 85, died June 22, 2021, at Copper Creek Senior Living in West Union, IA. She was born December 5, 1935, to Samuel and Ida (Rechkemmer) Fischer and was raised near Roanoke, IL. LaVerne was baptized in the Apostolic Christian Church and remained a faithful member. After high school, LaVerne worked as a bookkeeper at several area car dealerships. 

LaVerne was united in marriage to Albert Butikofer on August 7, 1966. Together they farmed southeast of Elgin for 33 years. Al and LaVerne moved to Elgin in May of 2000, where they lived until their move to Copper Creek in January of 2021. LaVerne will be remembered for her compassion and interest in others. 

Wed
30
Jun

Barry Paige

Barry Paige

 

SSG (ret.) Barry Lee Paige, 73, of West Union, Iowa died Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Veteran’s Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Barry was born September 20, 1947 to Robert and Jeanette (Hulse) Paige in Waterloo, Iowa. He graduated from North High School in West Union, Iowa. In 1967, he joined the 101st Airborne Division and served honorably in the Vietnam War.  As a serviceman, Mr. Paige earned several awards and commendations, including the Combat Infantry Badge, the Vietnamese Cross for Gallantry, and a Purple Heart. 

On December 4, 1970, Barry married Diane Olson and out of this union they had three children. They divorced in 1991. Barry remarried in 1994, to Michelle Kneeland. Throughout the years when he wasn’t “playing Army” he pursued many trades. Once retired from the Army, he followed wherever the road took him, from Iowa to Louisiana.  He always had an avid love for farming and John Deere tractors.

Wed
30
Jun

Leslie Thompson

Leslie Thompson

 

Leslie Ray Thompson, 70, of West Union, Iowa died Saturday, June 19, 2021 at his home in West Union, Iowa.  Leslie Ray was born January 24, 1951 to Floyd and Florence (Bergeson) Thompson in West Union, Iowa. He graduated from North High School in 1969.

On February 12, 1972, Leslie was united in marriage with Laurie Kazynski at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian, Iowa.  Throughout the years, Leslie drove semi for H&H for twenty-eight years and was District Sales Rep for Martin Bros for twenty-one years until his retirement.

Leslie was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed playing cards, golfing, bowling, washing his truck and going to coffee group.

Wed
30
Jun

Mary Strong

Mary Strong

 

Mary Ellen (Enyart) Strong, daughter of Hollis and Velma Enyart was born February 1, 1930, in Postville, Iowa.  She passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021, at the age of 91.

Mary was baptized in the Presbyterian Church, which she later joined.  She eventually transferred to the Illyria Community Church.

She attended Grand Meadow County School through the seventh grade and finished eighth grade and graduated from Postville High School. 

On December 23, 1952, Mary was married to Myrten Strong.  To this union were born two sons, David and Robert, and a daughter, Cindy Sue (deceased).

Mary and Myrten farmed near Postville and Frankville, Iowa.  They later moved to Elgin, where they farmed until 1973.  While they were farming, they received a Farm Bureau Safety Award for Iowa. 

Wed
30
Jun

Berdena Hoepfner

Berdena Hoepfner

 

Berdena M. Hoepfner, 95, of Hawkeye, died Sunday, June 20, 2021, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye with Rev. Ron Roberts officiating. Burial followed at Wilson Grove Cemetery, rural Sumner. Visitation was held on Wednesday, June 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Becker & Son Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the Church on Thursday. Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

Wed
23
Jun

Leslie Thompson

Leslie Thompson

 

Leslie Ray Thompson, 70, of West Union, Iowa died Saturday, June 19, 2021 at his home in West Union, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 3- 7 pm on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in West Union, Iowa. There will also be a one hour visitation before mass at the church on Friday.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, June 25, 2021 at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Union, Iowa with Rev. Don Komboh as the celebrant.

Inurnment at West Union Cemetery at a later date.

Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in West union, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements.

Wed
23
Jun

Duane Schmidt

Duane Schmidt

 

 

Duane A. “Schmitty” Schmidt, 81, of rural Arlington, Iowa, died on Saturday afternoon, June 19, 2021 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

Funeral Service:  2:30 p.m.. Friday, June 25, 2021 at St. John Lutheran Church in Arlington with Pastor Margaret Yackel-Juleen officiating.

Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Arlington and for one hour before the service at the church on Friday.

Military Graveside Service by the U.S. Army and the Arlington American Legion.

Interment: Taylorsville Cemetery, Arlington, Iowa.

Due to Covid 19, the church requests, inside the church, those that have been vaccinated may choose to wear a mask or not and highly recommends that those who have not been vaccinated to wear a mask for the safety of the entire group.

Wed
23
Jun

Berdena Hoepfner

Berdena Hoepfner

 

Berdena M. Hoepfner, 95, of Hawkeye, died Sunday, June 20, 2021, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye with Rev. Ron Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at Wilson Grove Cemetery, rural Sumner. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 23 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Becker & Son Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the Church on Thursday. Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

 

 

 

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