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Evelyn Westfall

Jul 24, 1923 - Nov 13, 2023

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Fort Madison, IA

Evelyn L. Klesener Westfall, 100, of Waukee, Iowa, formerly of Fort Madison, Iowa, passed away at 5:11 a. m. Monday, November 13, 2023, at Independence Village in Waukee. She was born on July 24, 1923, in Fort Madison, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Adelaide (Bendlage) Mansheim. On February 26, 1946, she married Erwin Klesener. He preceded her in death on November 7, 1987. On February 4, 1994, she married James Westfall. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2006. She is survived by her childre...Read More

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Carl Richard Proper

Oct 29, 1927 - Feb 28, 2024

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Fort Madison, IA

Carl Richard Proper, 96, of the Kensington, formerly of Donnellson and Bonaparte, Iowa, passed away at 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at the Kensington in Fort Madison.He was born on October 29, 1927, in Fremont, Nebraska, the son of Donald Harley and Clara H. (Johnson) Proper. On January 10, 1952, he married Barbara Jean Stevens in Farmington, Iowa. She preceded him in death on October 22, 1998.He is survived by one daughter: Cheryl (Donald) Folker of Farmington, Iowa; one son: Steven Proper of Bonaparte, Iowa; four grandchildren: Steve Junior (Cara) Proper, Derek (Miranda) Proper, Amy Folker, Heather Folker; four great grandchildren; one great - great grandchild and one brother: Donald Proper.He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Barbara; daughter: Ramona; four sisters: Dorothy, Virginia, Irene, Wannabelle and one brother: Worthy.Carl served in the United States Navy as a signalman during WWII. He worked as a linotype operator for Wallaces Farmer Magazine and the Ottumwa Courier. He also had worked at Blue Bird in Mt. Pleasant. After retirement, he and his wife Barbara moved to Branson, Missouri where he worked at Silver Dollar City. Carl was a member of the Bonaparte American Legion Sargent - Osweiler Post #563. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, visiting and spending time with family and friends.A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2024, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Farmington.A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2024, at Schmitz Funeral Home with Reverend Mark Caston officiating.Burial will be at the Bonaparte Cemetery with full military rites presented by the Bonaparte American Legion.A memorial has been established in his memory for PAW Animal Shelter.Schmitz Funeral Home of Farmington is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzfuneralhomes.com.

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Mary Irene Barnett

May 03, 1940 - Feb 27, 2024

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Fort Madison, IA

Mary Irene Barnett, 83 years, of Fort Madison, Iowa died Tuesday February 27, 2024 surrounded by her family. She was born May 3, 1940 at Unionville, Missouri, a daughter of Raymond and Mary Lavonne (Anders) Jones. She retired from Burrows Packaging. She made flower arrangements, always loved a bargain and enjoyed camping. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and the First Baptist Church, Fort Madison.She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Janssen of Atlanta, Georgia; one brother, Raymond Junior (Shirley) Jones of Oakland, Tennessee; three sisters: Emeline (Paul) Allen of Kahoka, Missouri; Angeline Lindsey of Jacksonville, Illinois and Betty (Ken) McWhorter of Fort Madison; four grandchildren: Heather, Todd, Dustin, and Rose; nieces and nephews; and her adopted daughter, Tracy Krebill. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Mary Jones; a daughter and son-in-law, Cindy (Hop) Funk; and her special friend, Jim Brockman.Visitation will be held 9:00 - 10:00 Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison. Her funeral service will follow and begin at 10:00 am Saturday at Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison, with Pastor Dean Graber and Pastor Steve Scott officiating. Burial will be at the Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the First Baptist Church, Youth Church Camp, contributions may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison. Barr Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the Barnett family, and an online guest book may be found at www.barrmemorialchapel.com.

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Charles Edward Bertlshofer, Jr.

Feb 07, 1942 - Feb 15, 2024

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Fort Madison, IA

Charles Edward “Chuck” Bertlshofer, Jr., 82, of Fort Madison, Iowa, passed away at 3:55 a.m. Thursday, February 15, 2024, at his home in Fort Madison.He was born on February 7, 1942, in Fort Madison, Iowa, the son of Charles, Sr. and Mary (Cormick) Bertlshofer. On April 14, 1962, he married Karen Sue Randell at Sharon Presbyterian Church in rural Farmington, Iowa.He is survived by his loving wife of sixty-one years: Karen; one son: Michael Charles (Angi) Bertlshofer of Galesburg, Illinois; one daughter: Tracy Lynn (Mike) Morrison of North Liberty, Iowa; grandchildren: Tyler Morrison, Haley (Tyler) Africa, Stephen Bertlshofer, Michael Bertlshofer, Kylee Bertlshofer, Bryan Bertlshofer; sisters: Carol (David) Faeth of Eldridge, Iowa, Judy (Ron) Hunsaker of Burlington, Iowa; brother: Edward Bertlshofer of Fort Madison, Iowa; brothers-in-law: Larry Reid of Burlington, Iowa and Aaron Burghoffer of Fort Madison, Iowa. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Joan Reid and Debbie Burghoffer.Chuck was a graduate of Donnellson High School, where he lettered in track, baseball and basketball for four years. He served in the United States Army Reserves for six years. He worked at Gleason Corporation for forty-four years, the last twenty-seven of which he was plant manager. Chuck was a member of the Sharon Presbyterian Church. He served on the Central Lee School Board for six years and was on the Fort Madison Community Hospital Board of Directors for twenty years. He coached little league baseball and YMCA girls grade school basketball. He enjoyed gardening, flowers, fishing and he was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Family was of utmost importance to him. Chuck’s favorite motto was “Always give more than you take.”A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 19, 2024, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Donnellson.A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 19, 2024, at Schmitz Funeral Home with Pastor Katrina Bergman officiating.Burial will be at Clay Grove Cemetery in rural West Point, Iowa.A memorial has been established for the Donnellson Fire & Rescue.Schmitz Funeral Home of Donnellson is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzfuneralhomes.com.

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Gary Paul Lake

Jul 26, 1946 - Feb 13, 2024

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Fort Madison, IA

Gary Paul Lake, 77, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away at 3:58 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in Fort Madison. He was born on July 26, 1946 in Fort Madison, IA to Paul & Lela Bernhardt Lake. He married Rosemary A. Klesner on August 29, 1970 in Fort Madison, IA. He retired from the Sheaffer Pen Company and was a member of Holy Family Parish and the Pastime Club. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing & mushroom hunting. He enjoyed his daily drives to check on the farmers’ fields.Gary is survived by: his wife: Rosemary Lake of Fort Madison, IA; 1-daughter: Paula (Chris) Azinger of West Point, IA; 1-son: Patrick (Karina) Lake of Omro, WI; 4-grandchildren: Brett, Kate & Leah Azinger & Rinn Lake; 2-brothers: John (Becky) Lake of Fort Madison, IA & Steve (Connie) Lake of Fort Madison, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1-sister in infancy.Cremation has been entrusted to the care of King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. A memorial service will immediately follow at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Gary Beckman officiating. Burial will be held at Gethsemane Cemetery. A memorial has been established for Gethsemane Cemetery Association. Online condolences may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.

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Lester Walter Strunk

Nov 24, 1948 - Jan 30, 2024

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Fort Madison, IA

Lester Walter Strunk, 75, of rural Donnellson, Iowa, passed away at 12:39 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in Fort Madison.He was born on November 24, 1948, in Fort Madison, Iowa, the son of Frank Adam and Laverne (Nolte) Strunk. On May 21, 2005, he married Christine Jeffers on their farm near Donnellson.He is survived by his wife: Christine; children: Stacey (Jeremy) Good of Burlington, Elizabeth (Gabe) Orth of Burlington, Sara Mills of Mt. Pleasant, Jenel Wesselink of Burlington; John Robert (Sarah) Howell of Mt. Pleasant; daughter-in-law: Kimberly Strunk of Dallas City, Illinois; twenty-two grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; siblings: Melvin (Jo) Strunk of Donnellson, Dorothy (Dennis) Copeland of Copperas Cove, Texas, Willis (Sheila) Strunk of Rockford, Ohio, Alice (Ben) Milander of Reno, Nevada, Louise Ballard of Fort Madison and Dennis Strunk of Fort Madison. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by his parents; son: Brian; brother: Marvin and brother-in-law: Ronnie Ballard.Lester was a 1968 graduate of Fort Madison High School. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He farmed all his life and worked at J.I. Case Company for thirty years. Lester was a member of the Donnellson American Legion Gillaspey - Moodie Post #474, the Southeast Iowa Beekeepers Association and he volunteered at the Donnellson Library and Lee County Speedway. He enjoyed gardening, being around his hound dogs and his beloved cat “Tipper”. Most of all, Lester enjoyed spending time with family and friends at everyone’s happy place “the farm”.A visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Donnellson.A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Donnellson with Pastor Mary Hart officiating.Burial will be at Oakland Sand Cemetery in Vincennes, Iowa, with full military rites presented by the Donnellson American Legion.Memorials have been established in his memory for the Donnellson American Legion or PAW Animal Shelter.Schmitz Funeral Home of Donnellson is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzfuneralhomes.com.

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Gerald Wayne Price

Feb 23, 1941 - Jan 27, 2024

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Fort Madison, IA

Gerald “Jerry” Wayne Price, 82 of Fort Madison, IA formerly of Keokuk, IA died Saturday, January 27, 2024 at The Kensington in Fort Madison, IA.He was born on February 23, 1941 in Eolia, MO the son of Daniel W. and Maizie May Sharp Price.Gerald proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy on the USS Ranger during the Vietnam War.On April 28, 1978 he was united in marriage to Donna Louise Wyrick Kay in Hamilton, IL. She preceded him in death on January 26, 2016.Gerald was a machine operator for Gregory Manufacturing in Ft. Madison. He had also worked various other jobs. He was a jack of all trades and could do about anything.He was a very talented guitarist and led several bands throughout his life. He was an outdoorsman at heart and spent as much time as he could hunting and fishing. Gerald had a very humorous side of his personality. Even though he seemed to be a crusty old person he was very loving and generous.He is survived by two sisters, Mildred Frederick and Juanita Axtell, a special nephew, Jeff Frederick, and a special niece, Terry Howell and other nieces and nephews.Gerald was also preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Charles, Daniel Jr., William and Robert Price.According to Gerald’s wishes, there will be no services.

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Robert Dean Muir

Sep 07, 1932 - Jan 27, 2024

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Fort Madison, IA

Robert Dean Muir, 91, of Fort Madison, IA and formerly of Keosauqua passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at River Valley Place in Fort Madison, IA.  Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at the Keosauqua United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Kathryn Hart officiating.  Burial will be in the Fellows Cemetery immediately following.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Masonic Rites by Keosauqua Lodge # 10 A.F. & A.M. will begin at 10:45 a.m. and last until the time of service.  Friends may leave online condolences at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.comA full obituary will follow when completed.

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Twila D. Parke

Nov 23, 1956 - Jan 23, 2024

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Fort Madison, IA

Twila D. Parke, 67, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away at 5:39 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in Fort Madison. She was born on November 23, 1956 in Fort Madison, IA to Dean & Anna Vice Glasscock. She was an emergency room nurse for more than 20 years and was active in the ABATE Motorcycle Club with her brother, Lonny Glasscock. She loved outdoor activities in nature like camping, canoeing and kayaking, but most of all, spending time with her family.Twila is survived by: 1-son: Levi (Brittany Klepzig) Parke of Des Moines, IA; 1-daughter: Megan (Trevor Walt) Parke of Cedar Rapids, IA and 1-sister: Julie Smith of Hills, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents & 1-brother, Lonnie Glasscock.A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. She will be cremated following the visitation. A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences to Twila’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.

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Lillian M. Helling

Aug 03, 1937 - Jan 23, 2024

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Fort Madison, IA

Lillian M. Helling, 86, of rural Fort Madison, IA, passed away at 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at her home surrounded by her family . She was born on August 3, 1937 in Houghton, IA to William & Loretta Hellweg Jacobsmeier. She married Stanley B. Helling on January 26, 1957 at Sacred Heart Church in Fort Madison, IA. In her early years, she was one of the first Candy Stripers at Sacred Heart Hospital in Fort Madison. She was a homemaker and helped her husband on the farm. She was a member of Holy Family Parish and enjoyed baking, singing, writing poetry, camping, square dancing, ballroom dancing. Her favorite dance of all was the waltz. Lillian was known for her famous cinnamon rolls, her infectious giggle & her sense of humor. She sang bass in the barbershop quartet with her sisters, the L-Aires. She was the biggest cheerleader for her children’s and grandchildren’s activities and her most joyful moments were being surrounded by her family.Lillian is survived by: her husband: Stanley Helling of Fort Madison, IA; 7-children: Marvin Helling of Fort Madison, IA, Steve Helling of Davenport, IA, Mark (Julie) Helling of Kansas City, MO, Darrel (Patrick Bell) Helling of Overland Park, KS, Margaret (Paul) Cooper of Montrose, IA, Patrick (Mike Rasso) Helling of Moline, IL & Marilyn (Brian) Dingus of Danville, IA; 11-grandchildren: Derek Helling, Brett Helling, Ryan Cooper, Dustin Helling, Addison Houston, Tanner Kruse, Aubrey Helling, Trenton Kruse, Teagan Kruse, Blain Dingus & Cami Rasso; 2-step grandchildren: Airanna Rasso & Bella Rasso; 1-great granddaughter on the way: Lyla Houston; 2-sisters: Luanne (Jim) Pruett & Laura Hyatt of Fort Madison, IA. She was preceded in death by: her parents, 1-step grandson: Michael Miller & 4-siblings: Wendell, Martin, Justin Jacobsmeier & Lorene Ellerhoff.A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2024 at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. At 6:00 p.m., Rev. Dean Graber will say a few words. The funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Gary Beckman officiating. Burial will be held at Gethsemane Cemetery. Memorials have been established for: Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Holy Trinity Catholic Schools. Online condolences to the Helling family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.

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Elizabeth A. “Betty” Harris

Dec 01, 1946 - Jan 23, 2024

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Fort Madison, IA

Elizabeth A. “Betty” Harris, 77, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at her home. She was born on December 1, 1946 in Fort Madison, IA, to Rosemary Bunker. She married Donald W. Harris on October 26, 1963 in Fort Madison, IA. She was a homemaker and baby sat for children for 20+ years in her home. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, crafting, spending time on her cell phone and tablet and especially spending time with her grandchildren.Betty is survived by: her husband: Donald Harris of Fort Madison, IA; 1-daughter: Kristine Parsons of Fort Madison, IA; 1-son: Ronald (Sandra) Harris of Mt. Pleasant, IA; 5-grandchildren: Aaron (Jess Danes) Harris, Sam Harris, Elissa (Austin) Menke, Sarah Harris & Teryn Parsons; 2-great grandchildren: Hudson & Logan Menke; 1-on the way: Hadlee Harris and 1-niece: Terry (Steve) Ruble of Fort Madison, IA. She was preceded in death by: her parents, 1-great grandson: Joseph Harris, 1-brother & sister-in-law: Robert (Connie) Bunker & 1-brother in infancy: Ron Bunker.A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2024 at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences to Betty’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.

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