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Robert William Arpino

Robert William Arpino, 78 of New Ulm, MN, formerly of Keokuk, died Friday, August 5, 2022 at his home in New Ulm, MN.

    He was born February 4, 1944 in Ottumwa, IA the son of William Vincent and Nellie Mae Morgan Arpino.  On June 30, 1973 he was united in marriage to Mary Ester Whitmore at the Montrose Methodist Church in Montrose, IA.  She preceded him in death on March 14, 2018.

     He graduated from Keokuk High School and attended Southeastern Community College.  

     Robert proudly served his country during the Vietnam War in the United States Army.   He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.  He was honorably discharged on August 9, 1968.  

     He was a member of the Bel Air Baptist Church. 

     When his son, Michael was in Boy Scouts, Robert was the Boy Scout leader for his troop.  He enjoyed Native American culture and dance. 

     He is survived by his son, Michael Arpino (Heather) of New Ulm, MN and his grandchildren Adeleide, Isaac and Pearl, half-brother, Steve Gabel (Cathy) of Oronko, MN and his step father, Dale Gabel of Keokuk.

     Besides his wife he was also preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Simon Arpino. 

     A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk with Pastor Mike McMillen officiating.  Burial with military rites will be held in the Keokuk National Cemetery. 

     Visitation will be held after 1 p.m. Wednesday with the family meeting with friends from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bel Air Baptist Church. 

     Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com

Donald "Zip" Lee Hall

Donald “Zip” Lee Hall, 87 of Keokuk died Friday, August 5, 2022 at his home in Keokuk.

     He was born September 3, 1934 in Lancaster, MO the son of Roy Edmund and Nellie Opal Grossclose Hall.  He graduated from Lancaster High School.

     On May 19, 1957, he was united in marriage to Grace Happs in Keokuk, IA.  For just over 65 years they shared a love which saw them through the joys and sorrow of life.

     He was a member of First Baptist Church in Keokuk.

     Donald was employed with the City of Keokuk Water Works/ Water Pollution Control Plant until his retirement in 1995.

     He enjoyed going to auctions and horse sales.

     He is survived by his wife, Grace Hall of Keokuk, one son, Ronald Hall (Vicki Randolph) of Revere, MO, one daughter, Brenda Hall (Jay Peters) of Keokuk, four grandchildren, Ryan Shannon, Kristy Shannon, Jeremy Hobbs and Tyler Hobbs and seven great grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, a sister, Thelma Spees and her husband Richard Spees, a nephew, Larry Spees and a daughter in law, Veva Hall.

     A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Keokuk with Reverend Bob Brandhagen officiating. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery in Keokuk. Family wishes everyone to wear casual attire. 

     Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the church with the family meeting with friends at that time.

     Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice.

     The Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk is in charge of arrangements.

     Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com

Jan B. Knipe

Jan B. Knipe, 76, of Hamilton, passed away at 7:15 AM Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

 

Jan was born February 13, 1946, in Keokuk, Iowa the son of Albert and June (Skyles) Knipe.  He graduated from Hamilton High School and went on to be a pilot for Britt, Continental Airlines and Titan International.  He served in the U. S. Army receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1967.

 

Jan will be dearly missed by his loving companion, Sandra Brown Hamilton and her family and a special friend, Lucas Hall.  Jan is also survived by three sisters, Mary, Trudy and Julie; two step-sons; and a step-daughter.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Per Jan’s wishes private services will be held at a later date.  Printy Funeral Home of Hamilton is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Beulah I. (Glines) Stephenson

Beulah I. (Glines) Stephenson passed away on August 4, 2022, in St. Louis, Missouri.  At 86 years old, she was the last survivor of the family of Merle O. Glines and Ada O. Evermon Glines of Hamilton.  She attended Hamilton schools and the Faith Assembly of God Church in Hamilton and the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Carthage.  She was married to Allen Devon Stephenson (deceased in 1993).  

 

Survivors include three children: Mark Stephenson (and Vicki Schafer), Matthew Stephenson (and Kelly Berquam), and Melody Stephenson; grandchildren, Eric Stephenson, Travis & Kara Stephenson, Ryan & Brianna Stephenson, Elija & Abby Stephenson, Rebecca Schafer, and eight great grandchildren.

 

She loved family and music, played piano and guitar, and worked at several factories in the area, retiring from Chrysler Corporation in St. Louis where she lived since 1994 with her daughter.  

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Monday, August 8, 2022, at Printy Funeral Home in Hamilton, Illinois, with burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton, Illinois. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 to 11 am on Monday directly before the service.

 

Tributes and condolences may be left at www.printyfuneralhome.com.

 

Printy Funeral Home of Hamilton, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.

Janice Louise Moore

'How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?' -Satchel Paige 

Janice Louise Moore was born August 15, the first-born child to Faye and Frank Moore in Keokuk, Iowa. Little did she know the next 4 generations would include 4 first born daughters. Janice was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Marla Faye Walton.

Twenty-three years ago, Janice married her forever love, Larry Moore. They found it humorous that they both had the same given last name. It was meant to be! Together they traveled, met with many friends, boated and enjoyed each other's company tremendously. And they laughed. They laughed a lot. Together they made memories in Keokuk, Quincy, IL and later Iowa City to be closer to their daughter, Cindy. 

In Janice's early years she was a kick ass secretary, played lots of bridge, raised her 3 children. Janice was always ready for some good music and dancing to the wee hours like the Night Owl she was. Her entire life she was spunky, sassy and went after what she wanted. And she laughed. Oh, her laughter. Her laughter is unique. Her laughter was contagious. Her laughter... I'll miss that the most. 

Janice's last 5 years were 'the happiest I've ever been!'- direct quote 3 days prior to her passing. Before she passed unexpectedly, while residing at Brown Deer Place in Iowa City, she spoke of her growth, the love of the staff and how she enjoyed their stories and their loving company. A big thank you from our family!

This tiny little lady was always busy. Her days consisted of reading, crocheting for family and her loves where she lived and running Bingo games for others. She loved baking cookies, babies, eating lemon desserts and decorating her Holiday Tree outside her door. Other loves include shoes, babies again, crazy wild yoga pants and funky jewelry to compliment her spikey hair. Her favorite place to be was on her couch crocheting with, Keelie, her pup next to her while Larry was close by watching TV. Her Happy Place. 

Janice is survived by her husband, Larry Moore, the love of her life. Her living children include daughter Cindy Taylor Wilson (Iowa City) son Kerry Taylor (Gulf Shores, AL) son Matthew Moore (Michigan) son Brad Moore (Michigan) and daughter Monica William (Moore) (Michigan). Janice has 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 2+1 on the way great great grandchildren. 

 

'You are allowed to weep until the moon falls down and the sun rises'-April Green

 

August 6,2022 Printy Funeral Home will be the location of Janice's visitation at noon, Memorial Service at 1pm. Pastor, Nick Pumfrey, her grandson, will be leading us in prayer and celebration. 

Feel free to speak and share stories during her service. Let's laugh and remember her laughter. 

Janice will be buried next to her beloved daughter, Marla Walton, in the Riverside Cemetery, Nauvoo, IL. Feel free to follow with the family!

In lieu of flowers...Pay It Forward, Be kind. Give that hug. Say I LOVE YOU. 

Joseph A. Kraus

Joseph A. Kraus, 96, of Keokuk, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at his home in Keokuk, Iowa. 

 

Joseph was born on April 3, 1926, in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of William J. and Valeria M. (Wilkens) Kraus. He graduated from St. Peter’s High School in 1944, and served in the United States Army from 1944 until 1946 during World War II. He achieved the rank of Sergeant and was honorably discharged. He participated during the occupation of France and served Mass as a faithful Catholic. On May 13, 1950, he was united in marriage to Lillian F. Grogan. She preceded him in death on October 21, 2020. 

 

Joseph was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Keokuk and spent his entire working career at the family business, William J. Kraus and Son. He was a man characterized by honesty, a strong work-ethic and a fierce love for his family. He was a devoted husband and father and was well-respected by his community as a gentleman and craftsman.  

 

Joseph is survived by seven children: Joseph M. Kraus of Iowa City, Iowa, Timothy J. (Jan) Kraus of Cape Coral, Florida, Nancy J. (Randy) Derr of Keokuk, Mary Jo (Rick) Gray of Keokuk, Michael J. (Kim) Kraus of Lakemoor, Illinois, Teresa J. (John) Phillips of Kansas City, Missouri, and Christopher J. (Laura) Kraus of Bermuda Dunes, California; his sister Mary Carmen (John) Ritter of Texas; two daughters-in-law: Sarah and Terry Kraus, both of Keokuk; thirty-two grandchildren; fifty great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  

 

Joseph is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Lillian; two sons: Gregory E. and Daniel J. Kraus; and five siblings: Ann Kamps, William Kraus, Carroll Kraus, Mary Constance Hoxie and Gerald Kraus. 

 

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at All Saints Catholic Church in Keokuk. The service will be live-streamed at www.allsaintskeokuk.org/live. Burial with military honors will be held in the Catholic section of Oakland Cemetery in Keokuk. Military honors will be rendered by the United States Army and the American Legion Post #41. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 5, from 2 to 6:30 pm, with family meeting friends from 4 to 6:30 pm at DeJong-Greaves-Printy Funeral Home in Keokuk. A Christian Vigil service will be held at the funeral home at 6:30 pm on Friday directly following the visitation. The Vigil service will be live-streamed at www.dejongsfuneralhome.com

 

Memorials may be directed to All Saints Catholic Church or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Georgia "Kay" Adams

Georgia “Kay” Adams

1948-2022

 

     Georgia “Kay” Adams, 73 of Keokuk, IA died Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

     She was born July 17, 1948 the daughter of Vernon Joseph and Alice Lucille Steenberg Swift.  Kay graduated from Keokuk High School with the class of 1965.

     On September 3, 1966 Kay was united in marriage to William L. “Bill” Adams in Keokuk. He preceded her in death on December 26, 2020.

     Kay was a homemaker and a loving wife to Bill.

     She was a faithful member of First Christian Church in Keokuk and an active member of the Southside Boat Club in Keokuk.

      Over the years, Kay loved to travel and go on vacations with Bill.  She enjoyed country music, collecting tea pots and doing word search puzzles.  She was gifted in arts and crafts and enjoyed drawing pictures and coloring with colored pencils.  Kay loved to bake and decorate cakes and also loved cherry tomatoes fresh from the garden.

     She is survived by two brothers, Larry Swift and Lonnie Swift, one sister, Sandra Rummans, two sisters-in-law, Ruth Ann Dickerson and Leona Clendaniel, several nieces and nephews and special friend and caregiver, her “Girl” Stacie Claus and her husband Bill and their children, Nicole, Caylee and Cody.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill.

     A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 8, 2022 at the Keokuk National Cemetery in Keokuk with Rev. David Turner officiating.  Friends can meet with the family after the service for food and fellowship at First Christian Church in Keokuk.

     Memorials may be made to First Christian Church Kids Camp.

     Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com

Joshua William Heitman

Joshua William Heitman

1978 – 2022

 

     Joshua William Heitman, 44, of Keokuk, died Friday, July 29, 2022 at Blessing Health Keokuk.

     He was born on June 23, 1978 in Keokuk, the son of Terry and Susan (Amann) Heitman.  He graduated from Hamilton High School with the Class of 1997.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Western Illinois University.  He then attended Culver Stockton College in Canton, Mo and received his Teaching Degree.

     On December 26, 2006, Joshua was united in marriage to Cindy Graham Pollitt in Keokuk, IA. She survives.

     He is also survived by three sons, Jack, Erik and Mark Heitman of Keokuk, his step-son, Joshua Pollitt of Keokuk,  his mother, Susan Bolton (Greg) of Hamilton, IL his father, Terry Heitman (Sherry) of Hamilton, IL, one half-sister, Jessica Dowdall (Jeff) of Elvaston, IL, three step-brothers, Jason Runge, Brian Runge and Danny Bolton and many other extended family members.

     He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

     Joshua’s career as a history teacher began in Canton, MO where he also was the golf coach.  He then taught at Keokuk Christian Academy and currently was teaching at Burlington Notre Dame.

     He was of the Catholic faith.

     Joshua enjoyed weight lifting, riding his bike and watching football, especially the Chicago Bears.  He also enjoyed taking his dog, Izzy, to the park to run and spending time with his best friend, Chad.  Most of all Joshua loved his family.  His boys were the apple of his eye and one of his favorite things to do was to pull his kids in a wagon all over town.

     A Gathering of Remembrance will be held from 2 pm – 4 pm on Friday (Aug 5) at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk with family meeting with friends at that time.

     Private family burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton, IL.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to P.A.W. Animal Shelter or Burlington Notre Dame School.

     Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com

Terry "TA" Lee Allen

Terry “TA” Lee Allen

1956-2022

 

     Terry “TA” Lee Allen, 65 of Keokuk, IA died Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at the Montrose Health Center in Montrose, IA.

     He was born November 20, 1956 in Keokuk, IA the son of Norman Dean and Maxine Bird Allen.  Terry graduated from Keokuk High School with the class of 1975.  

     Terry was first united in marriage to Becky Nixon in 1977. To this union, two children, Jackie and David were born. They later divorced.  On October 17, 2010 Terry was united in marriage to Tammy Gibson.  She survives.

     Other survivors include one daughter, Jackie Allen of Iowa City, IA, one son, David Allen of Keokuk, one grandson, Darren Blickhan of Keokuk, one step-son, Eric Shearer (Ashley) of Keokuk, and one step-daughter, Tia Christy (Allen Harrison) of West Point, IL and several step-grandchildren.  He is also survived by two brothers, Larry Allen of Quincy, IL and Rick Allen (Theresa) of Keokuk and several nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his father.

     Terry had been employed by Roquette in Keokuk for thirty-seven years, until his retirement.

     In his younger years, he attended the Emmanuel Methodist Church in Keokuk.

     Terry was an outdoorsman at heart and enjoyed hunting dove, deer, ducks and rabbits.  He also enjoyed fishing, especially at his favorite spot, Bennett Springs.  Terry was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and New Orleans Saints and liked watching Motocross races.  Terry never met a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone.   He loved to attend bike rallies and enjoyed nothing more than a good, cold Budweiser beer.  

     A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA with Rick Kent officiating.  Following the service there will be a memorial bike ride to the Southside Boat Club.

     Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home with family meeting with friends at that time.

     Memorials may be made to the Keokuk Animal Shelter.

     Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com

Beverly Ann Ruhs

Beverly Ann Ruhs, 83, of Hamilton, passed away at her home, Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 10:00 AM.

 

Beverly was born October 28, 1938, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Bughman) Yetter in Carthage, Illinois.  She graduated from Hamilton High School.  On October 26, 1958, she was united in marriage to Robert Ruhs.  He preceded her in death in 2006.  Beverly had worked as the secretary for the family business, Ruhs Plumbing and Heating, for fifty years.

 

Beverly is survived by her son, Greg (Joan) Ruhs of Hamilton; grandchildren, Danielle and Nicholas Ruhs; a niece, Terri Bodecker; and special friend, Jerry Hale of Hamilton.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; a sister, Jean Bodecker; and a brother, Bob Yetter.

 

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, August 1, 2022, at Oakland Cemetery in Hamilton with Pastor Larry Mulch officiating.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Sunday evening at Printy Funeral Home in Hamilton.

Elizabeth "Betty" Steele Houston

Elizabeth “Betty” Steele Houston

1941 – 2022

 

     Elizabeth “Betty” Steele Houston, 80, of Quincy, IL formerly of Keokuk, died Sunday, July 24, 2022 at the Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

     She was born November 19, 1941 in Canton, MO the daughter of Thomas Fredrick and Kathryn Ruth Morton Price.

     She graduated from the Keokuk High School with the Class of 1960.

     On November 19, 1961, Elizabeth was united in marriage to Russell “Blackie” Steele, Jr. in Canton, MO. He preceded her in death on January 6, 1988.  She then married Lloyd Houston.  He preceded her in death.

     Elizabeth was employed at Ayerco in Alexandria, MO for over four years and then Lee County Home in Keokuk for over 13 years.

     When living in Keokuk she attended the Calvary Foursquare Church.  She enjoyed attending Bible studies and the fellowship.

     Elizabeth enjoyed listening to Christian music, working in her flower garden, and watching the sun rise, sun set and star gazing.  She enjoyed the beauty of rainbows and appreciating anything that God created.  The glistening of the sun on the water was like seeing diamonds on the water.

   She is survived by four daughters, Corrina Steele of Quincy, Rose Taylor (Timothy) of Alexander, ND, Marla Earnst of Quincy, and Tanya Steele-Bennett (Chris) of Quincy, eleven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by one sister, Edith Filz of Bowen, IL, two brothers, John Price of Eden Prairie, MN and Tom Price, Jr. of Hamilton, IL, along with many nieces and nephews.

     Besides her husbands, she was also preceded in death by one grandchild and one sister, Margaret Newberry.

     Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA with Pastor Dan Davis officiating.  Burial will be in the Keokuk National Cemetery.

     Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with family meeting with friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

     Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the family.

     Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com

Alice Marie Schrader

Alice Marie Schrader, 92, a long time resident of Warsaw, Illinois passed away at
12:15 PM, on July 20, 2022 at Silver Maple Assisted Living in Carthage, Illinois.
Alice was born February 13, 1930, the daughter of William J. and Clara Sharpe
Grunewald in Keokuk, Iowa. She lived all her life in the Warsaw area. She
attended Warsaw Grade School and graduated from Warsaw High School in 1948.
She was united in marriage to Wilfred Carl Schrader October 14, 1949, at the
Warsaw Episcopal Church. He preceded her in death on December 19, 1997. She
enjoyed working in the yard and flower garden and helping her husband on their
farm. She was a member of the Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Sutter and
the Hamilton V.F.W. Auxiliary, where she helped with bingo many years.
Alice is survived by two children, Marlene (David) Schwarz of Keokuk and Brett
(Paula) Schrader of Warsaw; grandchildren, Melissa Seastrand Zedrick, Kimberly
(Satakal Khalsa) Schwarz, Jeffrey (Cara) Schwarz, Whittney Vigen, Dylan (Corbyn)
Schrader, Chad Sparrow, Kristy (Adam) Johnson and Jared (Lisa) Sparrow; and
several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wilfred; a daughter, Dianne
Zedrick on May 15, 2008; and a brother, William V. Grunewald in 1944.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 30, 2022, at the
Bethlehem United Church of Christ Cemetery in Sutter, Illinois. Memorials may
be directed to the Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Sutter. Printy Funeral
Home in Warsaw is in charge of arrangements.

Carol (Walton) Snyder

Carol (Walton) Snyder, 81, formerly of Carthage passed away at 1:45 p.m. on July 7, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family and friends in Massillon, Ohio. 

Carol was born on July 10, 1940, the daughter of Arthur and Olive (Kelly) Walton in Carthage, Illinois.  She was the sixth child of eleven children in her family. Carol spent many years working for cleaning company’s, handmade services, and local churches. She was a companion for many as she would sit and comfort people whenever she got the chance. Carol loved the Lord very much and attended the Assembly of God church in Carthage for many years and then later attended the Church of the Nazarene in Montrose, Iowa. She was an active participant at the Sarah Care of Belden Village where she met many new friends and created lots of fond memories. Carol loved to walk and enjoyed walking through the country looking at nature. Carol’s love of music and dancing, as well as her famous “dough dodgers,” will be missed greatly by her loved ones.

Carol is survived by her children, Scott (Robin) Thompson of Massillon, OH, Larry (Debra) Thompson of Rock Falls, IL, Stacey (Kenneth) Owens of Massillon, OH and granddaughter Carol (Jon) Post of Peoria, IL; her grandchildren Shea Roberts, and Rebecca Burgdorf; her great grandchildren, Chase (Kylie) Coleman, Grace Post, Owen Post, Aiden Post; a brother Pat Walton of Lyndon, IL and many other great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Teresa Deck; her brothers Bill Walton, Marion Walton, Bobby Walton, Chris Walton; and her sisters, Rena McIntyre, Ruby Walton, June Riley, Annie Conover, and Sue Walton.

A memorial service will be held at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage at 11:00 a.m. on July 30, 2022. Memorials can be made out to Sarah Care of Belden Village, Ohio. Printy Funeral Home of Carthage is in charge of arrangements.

Alta Marie Reynolds

Alta Marie Reynolds, 93, of Warsaw, passed away at 3:18 PM, Saturday, July 16, 2022, at the Keokuk Area Hospital.

 

Alta was born April 28, 1929, the daughter of Francis Michael and Laura Ellen (Alberts) Ward in St. Louis, Missouri.  On June 13, 1966, she was united in marriage to William James Reynolds.  He preceded her in death in 2021.  Alta had worked at the Salvation Army Thrift Store for many years where she got to know many people.  She never met a stranger and she became known as “Grandma” to everyone.  She was of the Catholic faith.

 

Alta is survived by her children, William James “Bill” Reynolds, Jr. of Decatur, Illinois, Elizabeth Lowman and Grayland Bigelow, both of Keokuk, and Ernie (Beth) Bigelow of Eureka, Illinois; grandchildren, Bradley and Steven Reynold, Patricia Householder, Anthony and Tiffiny Atterberg, Samantha Robertson, Jake Bishop, Christopher, Kimberly, Lee and Brandon Bigelow and Windi Wierather; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; a son, Kenneth Bigelow; and siblings, Mary, Ruth and John Johnson, Frances Smith, Laura Zavala, and George and Joseph Ward.

 

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, July 25, 2022, at the Keokuk National Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the Sisters of Charity or All Saints Catholic Church.  Printy Funeral Home of Warsaw is in charge of arrangements.

Glenn E. Barbe

Glenn E. Barbe

1938-2022

 

     Glenn E. Barbe, 83 of Keokuk, IA died Monday, July 18, 2022 at Blessing Health Keokuk. 

     He was born August 8, 1938 in Keokuk, IA the son of Glenn C. and Lucille Pfeiferling Barbe.  Glenn graduated from Argyle High School with the class of 1956.

     Glenn was a veteran of the United States Army and proudly served his country from 1963-1967.

     On September 7, 1965 Glenn was united in marriage to Karen Griffith at the Alexandria Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, MO.  She survives.

     Other survivors include several cousins and his beloved dog.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, Roe Bradley and his step-mother, Helen Barbe.

     He had been employed by Hubingers/Roquette for thirty-seven and a half years, until his retirement in 1996.

     Glenn enjoyed spending time in his garage tinkering on old cars.  He was a dog lover and loved having his four legged companions by his side. 

     A graveside service with military rites will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday at the Keokuk National Cemetery in Keokuk, IA.

     Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00-11:00 a.m., Friday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA with family meeting with friends at that time.

     Memorials may be made to the Animal Protection League, in care of Barb Bryant.

     Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com

Judy Ann Martens

Judy Ann Martens

1943-2022

 

     Judy Ann Martens, 78 of Keokuk, IA died Monday, July 18, 2022 at her home. 

     She was born October 23, 1943 in Keokuk, IA the daughter of William Edward and Roberta Ann Hedden Ferguson.  She graduated from Keokuk High School with the class of 1963.

     On October 5, 1963 she was united in marriage to Roger Dean Martens in Keokuk.  He survives.

     Other survivors include one son, Joseph “Joe” Dean Martens, Sr. (Kim Bricker) of Keokuk, three grandchildren, Steph Riddle (Matt), Joey Martens (Amber) and T.J. Martens and three great-grandchildren, Jackson Riddle, Grayson Riddle and Wyatt Martens.  She is also survived by one brother, Bill Ferguson (Mary Ellen) of Quincy, IL and one sister, Carol Miller (Ray) of Keokuk and many nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, her grandparents, one sister-in-law, five brothers-in-law and several aunts and uncles.

     Judy had been employed at Spurgeons, Lexington Square and then retired from Walmart after seventeen years of employment.

     She was a faithful member of New Testament Christian Church in Keokuk.  She participated in the New Testament Women’s Group for many years also helped prepare funeral dinners.

     Judy enjoyed bird watching, embroidery, and playing the organ.  She also enjoyed bowling, watching Iowa Hawkeye football and St. Louis Cardinals baseball games.  She loved traveling on church trips and to her grandchildren’s sports activities.

     A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 25, 2022 at the New Testament Christian Church in Keokuk with Pastor Derek Olsen officiating. 

     Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00-11:00 a.m., Monday, July 25, 2022 at the church with family meeting with friends at that time.

     Memorials may be made to the New Testament Christian Church or St Jude Children’s Hospital.

     Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com

Vernon "Skip" Garner

Vernon “Skip” Garner

1943-2022

 

     Vernon “Skip” Garner, 78 of Donnellson, IA died Thursday, July 14, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

     He was born November 22, 1943 in Quincy, IL the son of Charles and Neva Chambers Garner. 

     On February 18, 1972, Skip was united in marriage to Letha Bender in Kahoka, MO.  She survives.

     Other survivors include two daughters, Shelly Curran of Keokuk and Melissa Mays of Fontana, CA, three sons, Troy Garner (Joanne Dixson) of Belton, MO, Kevin Garner (Stevie) of Argyle, IA and Chuck Garner (Jess) of Dysart IA, four grandchildren, Tyler Mueller (Jenny) of Farmington, IA, Caylie Cherry (Angel) of Montrose, IA, Jordan Mays of Fontana, CA and Alexis Garner of Dysart, IA, and two great-grandsons, Ian Martin of Farmington, IA and Rowan Cherry of Montrose, IA.  He is also survived by one sister, Patty Campbell of Marion, IL and many nieces and nephews.  

     He was preceded in death by his parents.

     Skip had been employed at Holland Trucking as a diesel mechanic and later at St. Louis Gear in quality control.  He was the owner and operator of L&L Kart Mart and S&L Collectibles.

     In his younger years, Skip enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing at the family cabin in Meredosia, IL.  He loved rebuilding motors in his garage, was an IKF tech specialist and had built hundreds of motors for karters.  He was passionate about anything that had to do with racing.  He was the IKF National Champion in the senior sportsman class.   He especially enjoyed attending racing events.  Most of all, nothing was more important to Skip than his family.

     A Gathering of Remembrance will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 19 at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA with family meeting with friends at that time.

     Memorials may be made to Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice.

     Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com

Jacob Roy Esterday

Jacob Roy Esterday, 40, of Lincoln, California, formerly of Hamilton, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Roseville, California.

 

Jacob was born November 11, 1981, in Carthage Illinois, the son of George Charles and Sharon Kay (Huls) Esterday.  He held various jobs in construction, agriculture, and industry.  Jacob was an outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing.

 

Jacob was a registered organ and tissue donor in the state of California.  His gifts have already saved the lives of several people and will help to improve the lives of countless others.

 

Jacob is survived by two sons, Camren and Ethan Esterday, both of Hamilton; his mother, Sharon (Chuck) Anderson of Hamilton; a sister, Jessica Esterday of Keokuk; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, a niece, and two nephews.

 

Jacob was preceded in death by his father, George, paternal grandparents, Clifford and Kathryn Esterday, and maternal grandparents, Myron and Virginia Huls.

 

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at Printy Funeral Home in Hamilton with burial to follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton.  The family will meet with friends from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Tuesday evening, July 19, 2022, at Printy Funeral Home in Hamilton.


 

Memorials may be directed to Gift of Hope (organ and tissue donor network).

Henry George Shipman

Henry George Shipman, age 83, of Dallas City, Illinois, passed away Monday, July 11, 2022 at Countryview Care Center in Macomb, Illinois.  He was born October 7, 1938 in Webster, Illinois, the son of Cecil and Margie Klossing Shipman Sr.  On November 18, 1962, he married Sonja Maynard in Pontoosuc, Illinois.

Henry worked as a farmhand earlier in life, then was employed at US Borax & Dial Corporation for 38 years.  He coached baseball and basketball when his children were younger.  He enjoyed hunting, camping, taking photos and collecting rocks and Farmall equipment, and was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball Team.  He was a member of the Grace Bible Church of Dallas City.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years: Sonja, one son: Steve (Mary) Shipman of Basco, IL, one daughter: Rhonda (Tony) Francis of Clarksville, MO, nine grandchildren: Jeremy, Josh, Jennifer, Colten, Ethan, Amanda, Steven, Lexis, and Arianna, eighteen great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, two sisters: Shirley (Paul) Gorrell of Burlington, IA, Carolyn Read of Macon, MO, two brothers: Cecil (Iola) Shipman of Ferris, IL, Clifford Shipman of Blandinsville, IL, and one sister in law: Janet Shipman of Blandinsville, IL. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son: Rodney Shipman, one brother: Carl Shipman, one sister: Mildred Lewis, one sister in law: Jeannie Shipman, and two brothers in law: Vernon Read and Marion Lewis.

The funeral service for Mr. Shipman will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 15, 2022 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City.   Burial will follow in the Webster Cemetery. Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Banks & Beals, where the family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.  Memorials have been established for Grace Bible Church and Beacon of Hope Hospice.  Please visit Henry’s obituary at banksandbeals.com to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

Roline Ann Fenton

Roline Ann Fenton, 81, of Urbandale, IA, formerly of Keokuk, IA, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at her home in Urbandale.

 

Roline was born March 24, 1941, the daughter of Charles Ambrose and Grace Ann (Varner) Sapp in Keokuk, Iowa.  She attended Keokuk High School, graduating in 1958, and was united in marriage to Clarence Curfman, Jr. on May 9, 1959 in Whittier, Alaska. He preceded her in death in 1999.  

 

On February 5, 1977, she was united in marriage to James Richard Fenton. He preceded her in death in 2012.  

 

Roline was employed in the Keokuk area for several years before taking a job with Northwestern Bell. While working at Northwestern Bell, a job transfer took her to Spencer, IA, where she then worked as a bank teller, hospital employee, and served as the Cash Office Manager for Walmart in Spencer from 1998 until her retirement in 2008. She then moved to Ankeny, and eventually to Urbandale. 

 

After her retirement, Roline spent time enjoying family gatherings and spending hours with her children and grandchildren, who she loved more than anything. Her most frequent wish was that her grandchildren would “just grow up to be happy.” Seeing pictures of her grandchildren and having family and friends visit was what brought her the most joy. She also loved to travel, her favorite spots being Florida and the Keokuk area.

 

Roline is survived by her children, Staci (Scott) Mead of Waukee, Iowa, Julie (Tyrone) Rowse of Warsaw, Missouri and Kevin (Mary) Curfman of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a son-in-law, Kevin Slayton of Des Moines; fourteen grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great grandchildren; five step great grandchildren; and siblings, Melvin Sapp and Roy (Pam) Sapp, of Keokuk, Iowa, Charles Sapp of Oklahoma City and Dave (Von) Sapp of Keokuk; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

She was preceded by her parents; husbands, Clarence and James; two daughters, Jamie Fenton and Linda Slayton; and siblings, Jim Sapp, Ruth Gooding, Mary Moeller, Betty Boyer, Esther Kehler, Bob Sapp and Lydell Sapp.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Printy Funeral Home in Hamilton with burial to follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 until Noon at Printy Funeral Home in Hamilton.  Memorials may be directed to The ALS Association Iowa Chapter 3636 Westown Parkway - Suite 204 - West Des Moines, IA 50266.  Printy Funeral Home of Hamilton is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary O. Woodworth

Mary O. Woodworth

1947 – 2022

 

     Mary O. Woodworth, 75, of Nauvoo, IL, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2022 after a battle with cancer surrounded by her friends and family.

     She was born on March 20, 1947, the daughter of the late Lynn and O’Dean Felgar of Hamilton, IL.

     Mary had several interests throughout her life.  Spending time outdoors and walking through the woods was a very peaceful time.  She enjoyed feeding the birds, photography, gardening, hunting mushrooms, making projects from barn wood and going to auctions.  She grew up singing gospel music with her siblings and later on with her daughter.  Mary had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh.

     Her faith was very important to her and she was bold to share her love for Christ.  Peace is not found in material things in this world but through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

     She is survived by her daughter, Kristin Young of Ottumwa, IA, special daughter Lisa Leazer of Keokuk, IA, brothers, Bob Felgar (Marti) of Madison, AL, Stan Felgar (Brenda) of Argyle, IA, one sister-in-law, Ginny Felgar of Warsaw, IL, three grandchildren, Joel (Taylor) Murdock, Kody Murdock and Briana Murdock (Yoshi), one great-grandchild along with nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by close friends, Barb McNally, Lois Mallott, Peg Webster and very special friend Susi Fisher and the special family at Lee County Hospice.

     Besides her parents she was also preceded in death by her sisters, Judy Lewig and Madeline Jean Felgar, brothers, Claire, Gary and Vance Felgar.  And not to forget her best fur babies, Annie, Babe and Lexi.

      Per Mary’s wishes there will be no services.

     Memorials may be sent to PAWS Animal Shelter or 2x4’s For Hope in Ft. Madison, IA.

    The Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jim E. Dennis

Jim E. Dennis

 

Jim Everett Dennis, 73, of Quincy, formerly of Warsaw, IL passed from this life at home surrounded by his family on July 4, 2022.  

 

Jim was born on August 31, 1948 in Pea Ridge Township, Brown County, to George W.  and Fern (House) Dennis. He married Sharon Green in 1967. Later he married Margaret F. Johnson (Casady) on June 24, 1989.

 

He graduated from V.I.T. high school in 1966 and from Western Illinois University in 1970. Jim was the first in his family to earn a college degree.  He had been an educator, teaching in the classroom, substitute teaching, and working in various special education roles for many years. After 22 years with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, where he worked as a child welfare specialist, abuse and neglect investigator, and in licensing foster homes, Jim retired in 2008 to focus on his ever-growing family, hobbies and volunteer work. He had a passion for service in his local community and beyond. Jim was an ordained elder in the Warsaw Presbyterian Church and a deacon in the Table Grove Community Church. He had been a Cub Scout leader, hospice and Blessing Hospital volunteer. Jim was unapologetically liberal and religiously progressive and had a diversity of friends.

 

Jim loved people, games, and competitions, frequently gathering people together to participate in trivia, quiz bowl, croquet, fantasy football, and family poker games. He created many competitions just to get “his people” together.  He read thousands of books, tried his hand at writing one himself, bowled in local and national tournaments, coached softball, umpired, and loved watching women’s basketball. He sponsored 3 on 3 teams for over 20 years, paying entry fees and buying matching shirts for the youth who participated. As a young adult, Jim managed his own slow pitch softball teams and tournaments for several years. He loved babies, holding them on his lap and making sure to count each of their toes.

 

His wife, Margaret Johnson-Dennis, of Quincy, survives. He is also survived by children David Dennis (Ruthie) of Plymouth, Randall Dennis (Tracy) of Chelsea, MI, Jonita Brunier (Chris) of Quincy, Amy Dennis-Morton (Thomas) of Bloomington, William Casady (Barbara) of Warsaw, Debra Casady-Roskamp (Max) of Sutter, and Paul Casady of Keokuk, IA.   One brother, Ted Dennis (Linda) of Belleville, special “pseudo-son”, Kevin Moon of Adair and a very special nephew that was like a little brother, Carl Beebe (Robin) and his Beebe crew of Vermont also survive. Grandchildren include Jeremiah (Karen), Phillip, Danielle, Colton (Michelle), Victoria, Elijah, Payton, Hannah, Taylor, Alexander, Adalyn, Isabella, Jenna (Steve), Megan, Rachel (Kevin), John (Christy), Justin, Janelle, Joel, and Jessica, and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by dozens of nieces and nephews who have looked to Jim as the family patriarch.  


 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Lyndelle Dennis, George C. Dennis, Linda Dennis Sheets, Johnny Dennis, Benny Dennis, Nancy Dennis Beebe, Erma Dennis, infant sister Peggy Dennis; his infant daughter Ann Marie Dennis, and grandson Gavin Roskamp. 

 

Jim had survived the many health challenges of a genetic disorder, Marfan Syndrome, most of his adult life and lost several siblings and nieces to this disease.  He survived multiple open-heart surgeries, but could not defeat the cancer that took his life.

 

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church of Warsaw or to CASA Advocacy Network for Children, 1420 Harrison St., Quincy, IL 62301.

 

Visitation will be from 3 pm to 8 pm on Friday, July 15, with family meeting friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Printy Funeral Home in Warsaw, Illinois. Services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Warsaw on Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m. with family meeting friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. Interment of the ashes will follow services at Oakland Cemetery in Warsaw.

 

Tributes and condolences may be left at www.printyfuneralhome.com.

 

Printy Funeral Home of Warsaw is in charge of arrangements.

Cynthia P. Walker

Cynthia P. Walker, 71, of Hamilton, passed away at 1:15 PM Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

 

Cynthia was born May 17, 1951, in Keokuk, Iowa, the daughter of William and Dorothy (Miller) Mill.  On September 1, 1968, she was united in marriage to Robert Walker at the Presbyterian Church in Keokuk.  Cynthia has worked Flowers by Daryl in Keokuk for many years and was the manager of Whitey’s Bar in Hamilton from 1994 to present.  She enjoyed her dogs and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s fan, but her family and spending time with them was the center of her life. She was especially good with her grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and all children.

 

Cynthia is survived by her husband, Robert, of Hamilton; two sons, Robert “Whitey” (Angela) Walker of Burlington and Brian “B.J.” Walker of Hamilton; step-daughter, Kathy Evans of Orlando, Florida; three grandchildren, Stephanie (Conner) Brockett, Evan Walker and Gavin Walker; two step-grandchildren, Tripp and Katy Evans; a brother, Bill Mills of Keokuk; a sister, Barb Gassaway of Keokuk; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

She was preceded by her parents; and three siblings, Leitha, Debbie and Randy.

 

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 P.M. Saturday afternoon, July 9, 2022, at Printy Funeral Home in Hamilton.  Family will meet friends from 1:00 P.M. until time of services at 4:00 at the funeral home.  Printy Funeral Home of Hamilton is in charge of the arrangements.

CeCelia Ann Bunch

CeCelia Ann Bunch, 89, of Muscatine, formerly of Keokuk, passed away Saturday,
July 2, 2022, at Premier Estates in Muscatine.
CeCelia was born August 14, 1932, in Burlington, Iowa, the daughter of Michael
and Myra (Younkin) Kuhn. On February 14, 1956, she was united in marriage to
Kenneth L. Bunch in Burlington, Iowa. CeCelia had worked as a secretary for
Hoerner Box Company, Keokuk Area School District and Hy-Vee. She was a
member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. CeCelia enjoyed sewing,
quilting, and traveling to Eureka Springs, Arkansas twice a year. She was an avid
St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved hunting for geodes.
CeCelia is survived by her son, Kirt (Jena) Bunch of Muscatine, Iowa; two
grandsons, Kevin and Kristopher; two great granddaughters; and one great
grandson.
She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth; two sons, Michael Joseph
and Kyle Edward; and a sister, Cynthia Lundgren.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at
DeJong-Greaves-Printy Funeral Home in Keokuk with burial to follow in Oakland
Cemetery in Keokuk. Memorials may be directed to the Spondylitis Association of
America, 16430 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 300, Encino, CA 91436. DeJong-Greaves-Printy
Funeral Home of Keokuk is in charge of the arrangements.

Kenneth LaVern "Kenney" Soper, Sr.

Kenneth LaVern “Kenney” Soper, Sr.

1946-2022

 

     Kenneth LaVern “Kenney” Soper, Sr., 75 of Keokuk, IA died Saturday, July 2, 2022 at his home. 

     He was born October 12, 1946 in Kahoka, MO the son of John Norman and Hazel McDonald Soper. 

     On December 22, 1973 Kenney was united in marriage to Carolyn Wheatley in Kahoka, MO.  She survives.

     Other survivors include two daughters, Shawna M. Graves (Shon) of Keokuk and Dalean G. Soper of Keokuk, one son, Kenneth L. Soper, Jr. of Keokuk, four grandchildren, Kurtis L. Soper (Alicia) of Keokuk, A’Kaysion Y. Soper of Columbia, MO, KeyShawn I. White (Jaelyn) of Keokuk and Karter L. Soper of Keokuk, three great-grandchildren, Baylor Craine of Keokuk, XZayvien K. Soper of Columbia, MO and Zaelei M. White of Keokuk.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, Charlie Stevenson, five brothers and several nieces and nephews.

     Kenney had been employed by several different manufacturers through the years including Wagner Solutions and Sheller Globe and had also worked as a truck driver. 

     Kenney enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing, working on trucks, tinkering around the house and watching sports on television.  Above all else, Kenney loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

     A Celebration of Life will be held from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 9, 2022 in the Meierotto shelter house at Victory Park in Keokuk.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

     Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com

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