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Gary Batterson

Jul 26, 1945 - Nov 30, 2023

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Ottumwa, IA

Gary Lee Batterson, 78, of Prairie City, formerly of Ottumwa, died at 2:44 p. m. November 28, 2023 at his home. He was born July 26, 1945 in Iowa to Walter and Olive Brooks Batterson. Gary married Barbara Swanson on December 27, 1963. A 1963 graduate of Fremont High School, Gary had served with the Iowa Army National Guard from 1963-67. He and his wife lived various places through their retirement, living in Prairie City for the last few years. Gary worked for 33 years at John Deere Ottumwa Work...Read More

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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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Theresa Anne Clark

Aug 10, 1955 - Feb 21, 2024

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Ottumwa, IA

Theresa Anne Clark, 68, of Ottumwa, died at 6:49 p.m. February 21, 2024 at Hospice House in Ottumwa.She was born August 10, 1955 in San Diego, CA to Charles “Gene” and Phyllis Rogers. She married A.J. Stevenson Clark on October 3, 1981.She was a wonderful, jovial spirit and a joy to all those who knew her. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, even to those who weren’t connected through blood. There was always room in her heart for bonus sons and daughters, of whom she had many.She lived a life full of love and spread that love to everyone around her. She loved a good book, she loved to laugh, she loved to spend time with animals. She was a saint, a beacon of light and a vigilant pillar of support for everyone around her. No words can express how much she will be sorely missed.She is survived by her husband, A.J. Clark, sons, Evan (Shannen) Clark and Luke (Elizabeth) Clark; daughter, Trinity (Bobby) White; grandchildren, Brandon, Jason, Daniel, Rowan, Ben, Annabell and Eleanor; great-granddaughter, Viktoria; brother, Charles Rogers and a sister, Brenda Rogers; and her beloved dog, Chichi.She was preceded in death by her parents.Her body has been cremated. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Bernitta Rochelle Tennyson

Mar 29, 1939 - Feb 21, 2024

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Ottumwa, IA

Bernitta Rochelle Tennyson, 84, of Ottumwa, died at 2:45 p.m. February 21, 2024 at her home.She was born March 29, 1939 in Culver, KS to George Leo and Bernitta Mae Briggs Martin. Rochelle married her high school sweetheart, Ivan D. Tennyson, on April 1, 1961 and he preceded her in death on June 22, 2012.Rochelle was a 1957 graduate of Minneapolis High School in Minneapolis, KS. Rochelle was a great supporter of her husband, Ivan, in all his business ventures, including Tennyson Enterprises.She always appreciated the Arts and enjoyed painting in her early years. Rochelle loved hosting and was known for serving her home baked chocolate chip cookies. She enjoyed traveling especially to watch her daughter, Michelle, show her horses. Rochelle loved shopping and buying fun gifts for others.Surviving is her sister-in-law, Jane Martin of Chanute, KS; her nieces, Amy (Wallace) Love and Stacy (Bill) Wagner both of Wichita, KS; and her husband Ivan’s nieces and nephew.She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Michelle Tennyson; her brother, John Martin; and her brother-in-law, Bill Tennyson.Visitation will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, February 23rd, at Reece Funeral Home.Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, February 24th, at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Mel Kendall officiating. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Serving Davis and Wapello Counties.

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Jacqueline J. Reinhard

Mar 15, 1930 - Feb 20, 2024

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Ottumwa, IA

Jacqueline J. Reinhard, 93, of Blakesburg, died February 20, 2024 at Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa.She was born March 15, 1930 in Ottumwa to Charles and Bessie Clancy McCurdy. She married Donald Eugene Reinhard on June 17, 1951 and he preceded her in death April 8, 2009.Jackie graduated from Blakesburg High School in 1948 as valedictorian. She attended Iowa Success Business College in Ottumwa then worked a few years at Wapello County Extension Service. After she and Donald were married, they moved to a farm in Davis County where they lived for 62 years and she helped him with the farming.She enjoyed cake decorating where she made many wedding cakes, birthday cakes, etc. for family and friends. Jackie always raised a big garden and did a lot of canning.Before entering the nursing home in 2020, she attended Hopewell Church where she played the piano or organ for 35 years. She was also a member of the Merry Mixer Club for many years.Surviving are her children, Rae Jean Bolin of Chicago, IL, Joleen Welker of Kansas City, KS and Daniel Reinhard of Blakesburg; 5 grandchildren, Josh Bolin, Jill Campbell, Shannon (Chris) Reinhard, Jeremy Doggett and Abby Welker; 6 great-grandchildren, Tyler Reinhard, Luke Reinhard, Grady Reinhard, Corbin Doggett, Quinn Settles and Davey Denk.She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Nathan Reinard; infant granddaughters, Amber and Tiffany Reinhard; great-granddaughter, Lauren Reinhard; sister, Faye Tomlin; brother, Jerry McCurdy; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Reinhard; and son-in-law, Dave WelkerPrivate funeral services will be held at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Eaton Cemetery near Unionville, IA.Memorials may be made to Hopewell Community Church.

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Charlotte Elaine Harter

Nov 29, 1939 - Feb 18, 2024

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Ottumwa, IA

Charlotte Elaine Harter, 84, of Ottumwa, died at 9:44 a.m. February 18, 2024 at her home.She was born November 29, 1939 in Ottumwa to Charles and Lucille Lane Ellis. She married Gerald Harter and they later divorced. She married Kenneth Sammons and they later divorced.Living in Ottumwa all her life, Charlotte worked for Cal’s Jack and Jill and at Fareway, retiring in the late 90s. Charlotte then came out of retirement and worked for South Side Drug for many years.Charlotte was a member of St. Mary of the Visitation. She loved flowers, collecting yard ornaments, and watching the Chicago Cubs. Most importantly, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.Surviving are her children, Michelle (Steve) Jennings of Scottsdale, AZ, Jerald (Karen) Harter of Hedrick and Mindy (Mike) Greene of Ottumwa; 12 grandchildren, Rodney (Shawna) Jennings, Whitney Jennings, Stephanie Jennings, Dyllan (Sara Jo) Greene, Dalton (Christina) Greene, Dakota Greene, Davis Greene, Nikki Greene and Justin Greene, Chelsea (Cory) Salter, Christopher Harter, Ashley (Brody) Long; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Larry Ellis of Ottumwa and Steve (Pam) Ellis of Plain City, OH; many nieces and nephews; and a special niece, Stacey (Jimmy) Tennison and their children that helped care for her.She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Dustin Sammons; siblings, Gene Ellis, Marsha Vincent, Carolyn Ellis and Charlene Ellis sister-in-law, Donna Ellis; and a brother-in-law, Lloyd Vincent.Visitation will be open 10 a.m. Friday, February 23rd at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, February 24th at Reece Funeral Home with Father Dale Mallory officiating. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.Memorials may be made to Whatsoever You Do Women’s Shelter.

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Carla Renea Inman

Oct 13, 1954 - Feb 19, 2024

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Ottumwa, IA

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Carla Renea Inman on the 19th of February, 2024. Born on the 13th of October, 1954, in Iowa City, Iowa to James and Marilyn Reed and helped raised by her grandparents, Marion and Dorothy Jackson. Carla was a woman of remarkable ambition, creativity, compassion, and love. Throughout her life, Carla radiated warmth and kindness, always investing her energies into the happiness and well-being of her family and community in Ottumwa, Iowa. Possessing an unwavering commitment to her family, Carla was a loving wife, having been married since the 28th of July, 1978. She was an accomplished homemaker, who took pride in managing her home and creating an environment of unconditional love and support. Carla was also an avid crafter, calligrapher, dancer, and an extraordinary cook who delighted in spending time with family and watching her grandchildren grow. Her love for music was infectious, particularly her affinity for Michael Bolton, which she enjoyed sharing with those around her. Carla was also an active member of her community, generously volunteering her time and crafting skills at Hillside Apartments. Her creative and compassionate spirit shone through in all her endeavors, leaving a lasting impact on all who had the privilege to know her. Carla is survived by her husband, Charles Inman of Ottumwa; children, Todd (Sarah) Stewart of Albia, Aimee Rainbolt of Ankeny, Diane (Tom) Bevins of Fairfield, Bryon (Crystal) Inman of Oskaloosa, Chris (Jenny) Inman of Ankeny; grandchildren, Cody Zaputil, Emma McConville, Crew, Bellami, Lucy Wetrich, Bryon Jr. and Kirstie (Matt) Bolton, Dalton and Dustin Sowers, Skylynn Inman, Michaela (Max) Garton, Mason Inman; two great grandchildren, Kinnick Zaputil, Kane Post; two sisters, Cherrie (Tom) Dekraai, Michelle Govoni. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Marilyn Reed. Carla's life will be celebrated with a visitation on Monday, the 26th of February, 2024 at 10:00 am at Sinnott Funeral Home in Ottumwa. The service will commence at 11:00 am with Pastor Craig Zuithoff officiating at the same location. Memorials may be directed to Mahaska Health, Serenity Hospice House. We invite all who knew and loved Carla to join us in remembering her vibrant life. To keep her memory alive, we encourage you to share your fondest memories and upload photos of Carla on her memorial page. Your shared stories and photographs will serve as a testament to Carla's rich life and enduring influence.

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