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Claudia Connolly

Apr 17, 1948 - Nov 28, 2023

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Ottumwa, IA

Claudia M. Connolly, age 75, passed away November 28, 2023 in Omaha, Nebraska. Claudia was born on April 17, 1948 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Cyril and Angela Gaul. She lived for many years in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jeremiah, on November 28, 2015. Claudia leaves behind daughters: Angela Day, Alice Jones, Andrea Burkhart, Amy (Perry) Fox; son, Jim Connolly; grandchildren: Brad, Josh, Kylee, Brett, Brooke, Trevor, Alex, Ethan, Ashley,...Read More

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Randy Lee Van Dalen

Sep 18, 1953 - Feb 26, 2024

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Ottumwa, IA

Randy Van Dalen, 70 died Monday, February 26, 2024 at the Good Samaritan Society in Ottumwa, Iowa. A Memorial/Visitation will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Holland-Coble Funeral Home in What Cheer. Burial will be held privately in the Tioga Cemetery near Rose Hill. Memorials may be directed to the family. Randy Lee Van Dalen was born on September 18, 1953 in Oskaloosa, Iowa to Bob and Shirley Rockwell Van Dalen. Randy attended school in Oskaloosa and graduated in 1971. He then lived in Ft. Worth, Texas for the majority of his life as a truck driver. He was the father of three children, Channa, Shandy and Shad. Randy moved back to Iowa in 2000 to care for his mother and be closer to his family. Randy was onery, loved to pick on people, respected his parents, and most of all loved his children and grandchildren. Like every man, Randy made mistakes in life he later regretted. What set his apart was the fact he learned lessons from those mistakes and shamelessly helped other in his life not to make those same mistakes. Randy preferred not to lay his burdens on others. He took pride in his appearance and never shied away from helping those in need. He really enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears, loved ACDC music and had fun collecting dragons, knives, whips and swords. Randy was very devoted to his best friend and companion, his dog Taz. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at the Good Samaritan Society. They have loved and cared for him the last few years even though he was Mr. Sassy Pants. We really appreciate the love and care he received there. Randy is preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Olivia Van Dalen; his sister-in-law, Lori Van Dalen; and his best friend, Taz. Randy is survived by his children, Channa (Gary) Daniels, Shandy (KC) Crook, and Shad (Hajar) William; his grandchildren, Waiverly (Scott) Sesterhenn, Randy (Alicen) Daniels, Kaylee (Traton) Daniels, Dalton Daniels, Serenity McDonald and Aven Crook; two great grandchildren, Stefan and Maxime Sesterhenn; his brothers, Terry Van Dalen and Bobby Van Dalen; his sisters, Vicki (Dean) Tomlin and Connie Van Dalen; as well as many other friends and relatives.

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Colby Allen Rysdam

Jul 12, 1997 - Feb 28, 2024

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Ottumwa, IA

Colby Allen Rysdam, 26, of Ottumwa, died February 28, 2024 at his home.He was born July 12, 1997 in Ottumwa to Freel Max and Amy Haynes. He married Faith Ann Knedler March 19, 2022.A 2015 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Colby attended Indian Hills Community College. He worked for Winger Contracting Co. for a short time and the past 6 years at Parks Livestock, currently as assistant manager.Colby enjoyed fishing with his dad, younger brother, Jake and best friend, Will. He loved camping with his family and spending time with his kids and nieces and nephews.Surviving is his wife, Faith; their children, Riley Luke, Oliver Rysdam and Noah Rysdam; his adoptive kids, Ary and Avery; his mother, Amy (Joe) Garrett of Ottumwa; siblings, Jake Rysdam, Zoey Rysdam and Amisha Rysdam; several nieces and nephews; in-laws, Mike Knedler and Tracy Watterson both of Ottumwa; grandmother, Brenda (Patrick) Kirk of Ottumwa; grandfather, Dennis (Lisa) Rysdam of Arkansas; grandmother, Kelly Williams; grandpa, Kelly Haynes; step-mom, Tiffany McNeal; and his best friend, Will Meyer.He was preceded in death by his father, Max Rysdam and his great-grandparents.Visitation will be open at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 3rd at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 4th at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Schlotter officiating. Cremation will take place after the service.

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Lee Alan Lukehart

Apr 11, 1970 - Feb 27, 2024

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Ottumwa, IA

Lee Alan Lukehart, 53, of Ottumwa, died February 27, 2024 in Wapello County.He was born April 11, 1970 in Downey, CA to Donald Wayne and Karen Marie Haga Lukehart. He married Kathy Sue Hazelwood MacQueen April 14, 2012 and she preceded him in death July 13, 2014.A graduate of Ottumwa High School, Lee earned a degree from Indian Hills Community College in machine technology. He worked for John Deere Ottumwa Works for 27 years and was a Master Machinist.Lee owned Lukehart’s Landing. He enjoyed riding side-by-sides and 4-wheelers, boating, shooting and disc golf. Most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his friends.Surviving is his son, Westley Larson (fiancé, Katelyn Replogle) of Ottumwa; good friends, Bruce Severson and Kevin McIntosh.He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father, Charles Wilt.His body has been cremated.Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Friday, March 8th at Reece Funeral Home. The family will be present to greet friends one hour prior to the service.

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Terry Ray White

Nov 16, 1952 - Feb 28, 2024

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Ottumwa, IA

Terry Ray White, 71, of Ottumwa, died February 28, 2024 at Hospice House in Ottumwa.He was born November 16, 1952 in Bloomfield to Raymond and Berdena Prevo White. He married Mary Ann Cosgrove on March 13 1977.A graduate of Bloomfield High School, Terry had worked for 17 years for Burlington Northern Railroad and for 12 years at Excel. He did many odd jobs from roofing to fixing someone’s house or vehicle.Terry enjoyed riding his motorcycle and hunting.Surviving are his children, John (Sara) Turner, Lewis Turner and Jaime White, all of Ottumwa; 10 grandchildren, Brandon Aldridge, Brittany Aldridge, Dekota Aldridge, Samanatha Turner, Jonathon Turner, McKenzie Turner, Shaylyn White, Terry M. White, Taytum McGraw and Nevaeh White; 2 great-grandchildren, T.J. Aldridge and Weston Barlow; and his sister, Sheryl (Jim) McClain of Cantril.He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Kellie Cosgrove.His body has been cremated and services are not planned.

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Marjorie Lucille O’Dell

Oct 01, 1939 - Feb 26, 2024

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Ottumwa, IA

Marjorie Lucille O’Dell, 84, of Ottumwa, died at 7:50 p.m. February 26, 2024 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center.She was born October 1, 1939 in Wapello County to Glen and Bernadena Sutton Renfrew. She married her high school sweetheart, William “Bill” Michael O’Dell August 8, 1958 and were married for 52 years before his passing on September 17, 2010.Marjorie attended Copperhead School through 8th grade (walking up hill both ways each day) and graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1957. She was secretary for Ottumwa Schools for 8 years, order typist at Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. for 3 years, secretary/treasurer for Wapello Chief Bowmen Club for 14 years, secretary for Mid-American and Central Fantail Clubs for 15 years and worked at O’Hara Hardware in the housewares department for 12 years. Marjorie also made custom draperies and clothing alterations for over 60 years. She was a proud member of the Red Hat Society, Bunco and Women’s Club and AARP.Surviving are her sons, Steven O’Dell (Lori Farrier) of Preston, MO, Gary O’Dell of Hudson, CO, Glen (Jodi) O’Dell of Ottumwa; her daughters, Lori (Dennis) Jones of Grove, OK and Aschere Hime of Ottumwa; 13 grandchildren, Corey (Courtney) O’Dell, Kylie (Ken) Hall, James and Joshua O’Dell, Amanda (Rasoul) Daoud, Abigail O’Dell, Justin Pfaff, Jessica (Chad) Covert, Josie O’Dell (Jarrett Mattly), Linna (Dave) Matthews, Ryan O’Dell, Talon and Taryn Hime; 22 great grandchildren, Luxy, Megan, Nicole, Piper, Caleb, Cayden, Jordyn, Ally, Remington, Thea, Desmond, Jeffrery, Bo, Rylee, Trae, Addy, Greyson, Lincoln, Ainsley, Kooper, Brantley and Bryer.She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; parents; grandson, Jeffrey James O’Dell; sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Jim Hopkins; and brother-in-law, John Anderson.Visitation will be open 10 a.m. Friday, March, 1st at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2nd at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Ed Matthews officiating. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.Memorials may be made to Mars Hill Log Church.

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Michael James Vitko

May 11, 1965 - Jan 20, 2024

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Ottumwa, IA

"Michael James Vitko, age 58, of Ottumwa unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2024. Michael was born May 11, 1965 in Albia, Iowa to James John and Ruth Ann (Hayes) Vitko. Michael graduated from Highland High School in Hardy, Arkansas in 1983. He continued his education at Indian Hills Community College where he received an associate’s degree. After college Michael worked as a medical transcriptionist at Monroe County Hospital in Albia. During his lifetime Michael served in several hospitality roles as a bartender, waiter and host at several resorts throughout the United States. Most recently Michael worked at the Snowshoe Ski Resort in West Virginia. In his free time Michael enjoyed hiking, gardening and cooking. He was a music enthusiast and enjoyed listening to all types of music, especially Barbara Streisand. Michael enjoyed volunteering at the Food Bank of Iowa in Ottumwa and attended church at St. Mary of the Visitation. He is survived by his mother, Ruth Ann Vitko of Ottumwa, two sisters, Barbara (Jeff) Ackles of Friendswood, TX, Teresa (Juan) Barajas of Garland, TX and one brother, John (Deborah) Vitko of Ottumwa, IA. Also surviving Michael are an aunt Helen (Ronald) Allen of Syracuse, NE and many cousins, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. Michael is preceded in death by his father James Vitko. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Michael’s family present to greet family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia. Burial will follow services at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Albia. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in his name and sent to his family c/o John Vitko, 3326 Lake Road, Ottumwa, IA 52501."

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Patricia Ann Marlin

Mar 19, 1948 - Feb 26, 2024

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Ottumwa, IA

Patricia Ann Marlin, 75, of Ottumwa, died at 9:08 a.m., February 26, 2024 at Sylvan Woods.She was born March 19, 1948 in Centerville to Kenneth H. and Marjorie J. Worthy Cloyed.Patricia graduated from Ottumwa High School, where she played the cello and piano. She attended American Institute of Business, Indian Hills Community College, Buena Vista College and William Penn University.She had been a member of Willard Street United Methodist Church since the 1950’s where she was actively involved in their crafting ministries, knitting prayer shawls and selling greeting cards for missions.Patricia had worked at Sorden Music in Ottumwa.Surviving is her daughter, Laura (Danny) Carrell of Ottumwa and her sister, Karen (David) Lull of Claremont, CA.She was preceded in death by her parents.Per Patricia’s wishes, her body has been donated to the University of Iowa Department of Anatomy.No services are planned at this time.Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Randy Lee Van Dalen

Sep 18, 1953 - Feb 26, 2024

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Ottumwa, IA

Randy Van Dalen, 70 died Monday, February 26, 2024 at the Good Samaritan Society in Ottumwa, Iowa. A Memorial/Visitation will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Holland-Coble Funeral Home in What Cheer. Burial will be held privately in the Tioga Cemetery near Rose Hill. Memorials may be directed to the family.Randy Lee Van Dalen was born on September 18, 1953 in Oskaloosa, Iowa to Bob and Shirley Rockwell Van Dalen. Randy attended school in Oskaloosa and graduated in 1971. He then lived in Ft. Worth, Texas for the majority of his life as a truck driver. He was the father of three children, Channa, Shandy and Shad. Randy moved back to Iowa in 2000 to care for his mother and be closer to his family. Randy was onery, loved to pick on people, respected his parents, and most of all loved his children and grandchildren. Like every man, Randy made mistakes in life he later regretted. What set his apart was the fact he learned lessons from those mistakes and shamelessly helped other in his life not to make those same mistakes. Randy preferred not to lay his burdens on others. He took pride in his appearance and never shied away from helping those in need. He really enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears, loved ACDC music and had fun collecting dragons, knives, whips and swords. Randy was very devoted to his best friend and companion, his dog Taz.The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at the Good Samaritan Society. They have loved and cared for him the last few years even though he was Mr. Sassy Pants. We really appreciate the love and care he received there. Randy is preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Olivia Van Dalen; his sister-in-law, Lori Van Dalen; and his best friend, Taz.Randy is survived by his children, Channa (Gary) Daniels, Shandy (KC) Crook, and Shad (Hajar) William; his grandchildren, Waiverly (Scott) Sesterhenn, Randy (Alicen) Daniels, Kaylee (Traton) Daniels, Dalton Daniels, Serenity McDonald and Aven Crook; two great grandchildren, Stefan and Maxime Sesterhenn; his brothers, Terry Van Dalen and Bobby Van Dalen; his sisters, Vicki (Dean) Tomlin and Connie Van Dalen; as well as many other friends and relatives.To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Randy Lee Van Dalen, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Loretta Leonard

Oct 10, 1939 - Feb 23, 2024

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Ottumwa, IA

Loretta Leonard, age 84, born on October 10, 1939, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2024 at Ridgewood Specialty Care in Ottumwa. A compassionate, dedicated, empathetic, and generous soul, she was a beacon of light in the lives of those who knew her. She was a resident of Ottumwa, Iowa, where she lived a life filled with love, laughter, and grace. Loretta was a devoted wife, homemaker, and an ardent lover of animals and nature, especially cats and deer that frequented her backyard. Married on April 12, 1976, Loretta and her beloved husband, Bob Leonard, shared a unique bond of love, respect, and mutual understanding. Their happy home was a testament to Loretta's dedication and selfless love. She was also a wonderful cook, and her culinary skills were enjoyed by all who had the pleasure of dining at her table. She was an active member of the Pentecostal Church and cherished the moments she spent watching WWE wrestling with her husband. Above all, what mattered most to Loretta was her husband, son, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her husband, Bob Leonard of Ottumwa, son, Lee McCalester; 2 grandchildren, Zack and Joel, and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dean and Lucille Kruse, son, Mitchel, 1 infant brother, and brother, William Kruse. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 10:00 am at the Sinnott Funeral Home in Ottumwa, Iowa. A graveside service will follow at 11:30 at the Ottumwa Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to family. As we remember Loretta, let us celebrate the love she embodied and the lives she touched. We encourage all who knew her to share their memories and upload photos to the memorial page. Her legacy will live on in the beautiful memories she has left behind, and she will continue to inspire us with her compassionate spirit.

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Donald Richard Christy Jr.

Sep 29, 1960 - Feb 23, 2024

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Ottumwa, IA

Donald Richard Christy Jr. 63, of Ottumwa, died at 5:37 a.m. February 23, 2024 at home.He was born September 29, 1960 in Gloversfield, NY to Donald Richard Sr. and Zelma Lucille Skinner Christy.A graduate of Blakesburg High School, Donald worked in tiling and carpentry and for a company in New York making golf balls. He moved back to Iowa in 2013.Surviving are his siblings, Mary Allen of Bloomfield, Penny McLamore of Missippi and Richard (Shelly) Christy, Ronald (Jeff Bowley) Christy and Thomas Christy all of Ottumwa; a niece and 2 nephews.He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Richard Christy Sr. and his mother, Zelma Bradt.His body has been cremated and no services are planned.Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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