Genielle Marie Henry was born in Albert Lea, MN on November 8, 1933 to Philip and Mabel (Stoen) Henry.
She graduated from Albert Lea High school and attended Hamilton Business college in Mason City. She was employed as a telephone operator and supervisor with Northwestern Bell for 30 years. Genielle retired from Northwestern Bell and went on to work another 20 years for ShopKo stores. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and worked in the church nursery for several years.
Genielle, or “Jen” as she liked to be called, met her husband, Peter Mariner, shortly after moving to Mason City. They were married on June 19, 1954 and celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary this year. They were an adoring couple who delighted in working together to build their home and family life. Jen and Pete were blessed with two children, Debra and Michael. Jen was a whirlwind as a young wife and mother, maintaining an immaculate home and cooking scrumptious meals while working full-time. She doted on her husband and children and poured her heart and soul into creating a warm, loving family life. Jen was delighted when she became a grandmother. She was a dedicated grandma who loved spending time with her granddaughters, lavishing them with attention and affection. “Grandma Jen” imparted a lasting legacy that will live on through memories of her stories, signature recipes, and boundless energy.
Jen is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Pete Mariner; her children Debra (Dennis) Orpen and Michael (Judy) Mariner; her granddaughters, Jennifer (Noah) Lighthall, and Stephanie (James Pytlak) Henderson; Six great-grandchildren: Natalia, Ethan, and Ava Lighthall, Emily and Jacob Henderson, and Madison Pytlak; her sisters, Pat Dollum, Sue Troska, and Sarah (Dave) Eikenberry, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Phil, Bob, and Tom Henry; sisters Phyllis Kedziora and Sharon Offenhauser.   

Roland J. “Frenchy” Callais, 96, of Sioux City, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Private family services will be
 held. Burial will be at Graceland Park Cemetery.
Roland was born the son of Edville and Oceana (Guidry) Callais on June 24, 1924 in Cuff Off, Louisiana. He graduated from Cutt Off High School before enlisting in the United States Air Force. He completed his flight schooling in Morehead, North Dakota. He met the love of his life, Blanche Sakariason while stationed in Sioux City. They married on April 28, 1945. Roland worked as switchman for NW Bell Telephone Company for 38 years until his retirement.
After retiring, Roland enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Las Vegas, and Louisiana. He was a tremendous athlete, and undefeated amateur boxer while in the Air Force, an avid golfer, and had multiple hobbies including bowling, gardening, and visiting casinos. Roland enjoyed his 5 o’clock cocktails with family and friends. Roland will be missed by many.
Roland is survived by his children, James Callais of Sioux City, Mary Ann (Scott) Longstreth of Sioux City, and Jane Calais of Dakota Dunes; siblings, Calvin (Shirley) Callais of Slydell, Louisiana and Betty (Walter) Birdsell of Cutt Off, Louisiana; brother-in-law, Maurice Seger of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Neva Callais of Golden Meadows, Louisiana; 8 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews who adored him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Blanche, and brother, Irwin.   
Barbara Jean Derby, age 92, of Ames, Our beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, died peacefully of natural causes on Saturday November 14, 2020.

Barbara was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa on July 18, 1928 to Walter and Emma (VanTuyl) Anderson. She graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School and the American Institute of Business in Des Moines. Barb was employed by Northwestern Bell/US West as a supervisor. After time off to raise her family, she retired in 1986.
She married Dale Elmer Derby on September 26, 1954. They were happily married for 36 years, upon his death. They were parents of three children, Jana, Karla, and Michael.
Barb was a volunteer for many years for First United Methodist Church Women’s Circle, Meals on Wheels, Mary Greeley Hospital, and Planned Parenthood "Book Works”. Having a somewhat rare blood type, she gave blood upon request many times for the American Red Cross.
Barb was an avid Cubs and Cardinals fan and enjoyed watching all sports. She also enjoyed reading, golf, bingo, crossword and Sudoku puzzles, and
playing card games with her grandchildren. Barb also loved driving fast. She earned the nickname “Gus” by her high school friends, after celebrated race car driver Gus Schrader of the 1930’s era. In Barb and Dale’s early years together, they fixed up a large room in their basement for dancing. They had an instructor from Arthur Murray Dance Studio, drive down from Des Moines on Sunday afternoons, welcoming neighborhood couples to learn ballroom dancing. Barb also knew how to blow perfect cigar smoke rings. It became tradition for her to teach this skill to her grandkids at the time of their high school graduations. Barb was lucky to have granddaughter Indyca, a cosmetologist, visit her weekly for the past ten years, to do her hair and nails. She will also be remembered as the beer and pizza grandma, and the grands always looked forward to her homemade mac and cheese.
Upon retirement, to enjoy sunny warm winters, Dale and Barb bought a home in Arizona. They enjoyed golf, happy hours, game nights and meeting new friends. Barb enjoyed spending time in the pool after overcoming her lifelong fear of water. That home became the gathering place for their children and families. Barb spent many hours driving the golf cart with the grandchildren on her lap, teaching them “how to drive”. Barb continued going to Arizona every winter for 21 years after Dale died.
Barb was preceded in death by her husband Dale, parents Walter and Emma Anderson, siblings Frances Anderson and Robert Anderson, granddaughter Christie Blackwood, and life-long friend Beverly Love.
Barb will be greatly missed by her children, Jana Allfree, Karla (Bruce) Blackwood, and Michael Derby; grandchildren, Indyca and Dakotah Allfree, Benjamin and Jacqueline Blackwood, Kaleena and Seth Derby; and great-grandson, Izaiah Derby; many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She will also be missed by cherished friends, who were considered family, the Love’s and Pauley’s of Des Moines.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, and out of respect for the health and safety of family and friends, there will be a private graveside service for immediate family
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Adams Funeral Home and online condolences may be left to Barb’s family at    

DAYLE RICHARD MOYER Cedar Rapids Dayle Richard Moyer, 77, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, surrounded by his family.  I'll be brief. I've left this happy trail called life. Along the way I met many great people. Many of them were at the phone company where I was fixing phones for little old ladies that gave me coffee and cake, and many more that were down some of the back roads that I had to move some road closed signs to get to. So, I'm off on my next big trip. Just remember, not all who wander are lost, and I'll see you soon. . Survivors include his wife, Betty; children, Marc Moyer, Michael Moyer and Michelle (Marc) Eby; and granddaughter, Amanda Moyer. Dayle was born April 3, 1943, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Dayle K. and Annie L. (Burks) Moyer. After high school, he served in the U.S. Marines and was a non-combat veteran. Upon arriving home, he worked for 38 years at Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. Dayle will be remembered for his orneriness, but he always had a twinkle in his eye. His favorite saying was, "live your life and forget your age." He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and "brother," Noel Motter. There will be no services at this time. Arrangements are with Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids. Please share your support and memories with Dayle's family on his tribute wall at under obituaries. Cards may be mailed to the family's homes addresses.   11/22/20

ROBERT FRANK ZINK Cedar Rapids Robert Frank Zink, 96, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, originally from Winterset, Iowa, passed away Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital. A public visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories. A private family service will take place at the Chapel of Memories with burial to follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. As mandated by proclamation, social distancing must be practiced, which requires a limited number of people to be allowed into the visitation at one time. The use of face masks or shields is required. Robert was born Oct. 14, 1924, in Boone, Iowa, to Simon and Georgia (Neel) Zink. He lived in Winterset and graduated from Winterset High School. After high school, he attended one year at the University of Iowa. In 1943, he enlisted into the U.S. Navy, and served three years in the Pacific theater onboard the destroyer escort USS Suesens. After his honorable discharge in 1946 he returned home and met the love of his life, Marcelene Estel. He went to work at Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. as a lineman, where he would advance to retire as a senior manager after 38 years. He volunteered and served many years for several organizations: St. Luke's Hospital, Hospice, First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids and American Legion Post 727 Honor Guard. He also was an active member of the Masonic Lodge, Civitan and Telephone Pioneer's of America. He had many hobbies including wine making, cooking, hunting, fishing, golf, gardening and traveling. Robert is survived by his children, Robert (Sheree) Zink of Lafayette, Colo., and Marcia (John) Newmeister of Tulsa, Okla.; grandchildren, Joy (Sean) Flanagan of London, England, Julie (Joe) Newman of Bixby, Okla., Katie Zink of Portland, Ore., and Rachel Zink of Los Angeles; great-grandchildren, Jackson Newman of Bixby, Okla., and Iyla Flanagan of London, England; and his sister, Gigi Nichols of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marcelene; and siblings, Charles Zink, Bernadine Hager, Doris Pearson, Bill Zink and Harold Zink. Memorial donations may be directed to St. Luke's Hospice in Cedar Rapids. Online condolences may be directed to the family at under obituaries.To   Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.    11/22/20

James Renwick Perry was born in Red Oak, Iowa on February 5, 1929.
He went to Red Oak High School, graduating in 1947. He was senior class president, National Honor Society member and active in sports. He set a 440 yd. dash record which lasted almost 20 years.
Jim graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1951 and was drafted that fall. He served 2 years, 18 months at a large ordnance depot near Munich, Germany. While there he went to church at the Dachau Concentration Camp, walking under the sign: “Arbeit Mach Frei”.
After discharge, he met his wife-to-be, Eleanor Miquelon, in Webster City, where she was teaching school. They were married in 1954 and lived in several Iowa towns as he worked for Northwestern Bell. They moved to Des Moines in 1963 and retired there in 1986.
He was active at Central Presbyterian Church, was a longtime volunteer at the State Historical Society and enjoyed playing handball at the Riverfront YMCA. He enjoyed carpentry in his home shop, making much of his families' furniture.
With Eleanor, he made many bicycling trips around the Midwest. For 25 plus years, Jim and Eleanor spent January/February on the Alabama Gulf Coast (Gulf Shores), having a wonderful time.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, of 66 years, and four daughters, Susan (Steve) Buck of Winfield, IL, Barbara (Tony) Lutz of Waverly, IA, Linda (Walt) Abercrombie, of Oriental, NC, and Sarah (Joe) Gilliam of Jefferson City, MO and nine grandchildren.
The family will greet friends from 10:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Dunn’s Chapel, 2121 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312.
A memorial service will begin at 12:00pm on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Central Presbyterian Church, 3829 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312. Jim’s service will be live-streamed from the church that afternoon around 12:00pm. A link will be shared shortly before 12:00pm at the top of his obituary on the Iles Funeral Home website
Interment of Jim’s cremains will be at a later date at Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Van Meter, Iowa.
Memorials in Jim's honor may be made to Central Presbyterian Church as he requested no flowers.    

Duane Henry Hagen, of Guttenberg, IA, died Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital at the age of 90.
He was born on December 8, 1929 on the family farm three miles outside of Osterdock, the son of Alfred and Alvina Hagen. Duane received his education locally, attending one year of high school in Colesburg and finishing his last three years in Guttenberg. As a youth Duane was active in 4-H and sports, and continued to play baseball as an adult in the town league. He was a pitcher of some skill, and even got a tryout with the Chicago Whitesox. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army from 1952 until he received his honorable discharge in January 1954. During the Korean Conflict he served in the Signal Corps and was able to visit Japan on leave.
Shortly after leaving the army Duane was united in marriage with Marie Lundt on February 5, 1954 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Guttenberg and together they had four children. After briefly farming near Ceres Church Duane began working for Northwestern Bell, first as a lineman and later in the Guttenberg central office as a troubleshooter. After retiring from there he worked on his own, fixing telephone problems for people around Guttenberg and installing phone systems for local businesses. A lifelong sportsman, Duane enjoyed fishing, trap shooting and hunting making many trips to the Black Hills and Wyoming with friends. He also enjoyed playing cards and caring for the many dogs and cats he and Marie took in. One special aspect of Duane's life was how excited he was to have grandchildren so that he could take them fishing on the Mississippi River in his boat.
Duane will be forever loved and cherished by Marie, his wife of 66 years, and three children: Daniel (Kim) Hagen, Carol (Safwan) Hagen-Ibrik, and Roger (Debbie Meyer) Hagen; four grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents; one-and-a-half-year-old daughter Debra Lynn; two brothers, Carson and Leland Hagen; and a grandson, Jacob Hagen.  Masks will be required at church as well as the practice of social distancing.    

Lawrence “Larry” S. Larson, age 93, of Slater, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020, at Rolling Green Village in Nevada, due to Alzheimer’s.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Larry was born on August 23, 1927 at home near Randall, Iowa, to Clarence and Jennie (Nordskog) Larson. He was the youngest of five children. Larry joined the United States Maritime Service (Merchant Marine), July 17, 1945 and was discharged on October 10, 1945. On December 4, 1951, he joined the United States Army and was stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict. He was discharged on November 6, 1953. After returning back to the United States, he resumed working for Northwestern Bell until his retirement in 1990.
Larry was united in marriage to B. Joan Boysal and had three children, Cindy, Tim and Sherri. They later divorced. Larry was united in marriage to Joanie Glasnapp on June 9, 1984, at the Fjeldberg Lutheran Church in Huxley, Iowa, welcoming step-children Roxanne and Mark.
Larry was a big ISU fan, he and Joanie attended as many games as possible. He also enjoyed participating in all sports. Larry enjoyed riding motocross, horseback riding, golf, bike trips and skiing. He enjoyed skiing in Colorado, well into his 80’s.
Larry participated in the 1989 Iowa Senior Olympics, winning Gold in the 50 and 100 meter dashes, earning a trip to the National Senior Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri.
Larry is survived by his wife, Joanie; children, Cindy Walker, Tim (Cindy) Larson, Sherri Larson, Roxanne (Bill) Bassett and Mark (Tere) Glasnapp; ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; two sisters and one great-grandson. The family would like to thank all the staff at Rolling Green Village for the care and patience they gave Larry during the difficult times.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Adams Funeral Home and online condolences may be left to Larry’s family at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association
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Jeanne V. Vermie, age 100, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at her home at Valley View Village
Jeanne was born May 18, 1920 in Runnells, Iowa. She was born and raised on a 400 acre grain and dairy farm by her parents, Hildred and Walter Bivans. Her childhood revolved around the community of Runnells, IA. She married Marvin Vermie and they had four children. She retired from Northwestern Bell (now US West) in 1982. Her family attended Capitol Hill Christian Church, and later joined Grant Park Christian. She was always very involved in her church helping in numerous capacities and sitting on many boards and committees. She was honored with the titles of Elder, Deaconess, and Elder Emeritus. Jeanne was a member of Eastern Star at East Gate Lodge, serving as Worthy Matron, Grand Representative of Iowa Hawkeye Links, and was president of this group. While living at Valley View, Jeanne helped serve refreshments for entertainment groups, was chairman of the group of volunteers, headed Guild Bazaars and rummages sales, and was president of the VVV Guild. She loved to cook, and was always taking special homemade treats to people. Jeanne was a selfless and giving person, always volunteering her time and helping others in need.
She is survived by her daughter, Beth Ann and son, John (Cynthia), several grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and her nieces and nephews.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, two daughters, Cyrene Rae and Sue Ellen, her parents, two brothers, two sisters, and son-in-law, Ron.
Services will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. There will be a visitation at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a graveside service at Powers-Warren Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Valley View Village in loving memory of Jeanne.  

Beverly “Bev” Jane (Moran, Tucker) Swalley, 88, of Marion, formerly of Springville,
passed away after an extended illness on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. Funeral Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Family will greet friends from 9 – 10 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Bev was born May 1, 1932, in Osage, Iowa, the daughter of Cornelius and Helen (Cook) Moran. At age 16, and as a senior in high school, she started her 32 year career at Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Cedar Rapids where she worked as a supervisor. Bev married Lee Tucker Jr. in July of 1950. They had one son, Philip and later divorced. She married Henry “Hank” Swalley on September 13, 1980, in Springville, Iowa. He passed away January 26, 2011. After her retirement, Bev took care of her three grandchildren until they went to school. She later became a caregiver for many years – caring for her parents, brothers and husband. She was a former member of Hillside Wesleyan Church of Cedar Rapids where she was involved in many church activities, mainly children’s Christian education. In recent years Bev regularly attended Squaw Creek Baptist Church in Marion.
Bev is survived by her son, Phil (Mary) Tucker of Marion, Iowa; step-children, James (Maria) Swalley of Henderson, Nevada, Christina Swalley of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Dean Swalley of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren, Susan (Kay) Tucker of St. Louis, Missouri, Melissa Wroblewski of Pella, Iowa, Matt (Kimberley Merta) Tucker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; four great-grandchildren, Teagan, Anthony and Liam Wroblewski of Oskaloosa and Pella, Iowa and Aria Tucker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; step-grandchildren, Jacob Swalley of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jaime Swalley and her children, Lea (Joel) Lin and their children, all of Henderson, Nevada; a step-great-great-grandchild, Eevee Kottemann; a sister-in-law, Mary Swalley; and her faithful cat, Puff.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hank; and brothers, Murland and Richard Moran.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Grand Living at Indian Creek, words cannot describe how much your loving care of our Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma meant. Bev loved it there. You made her “locked in” 88th birthday so special. Her Mariachi Band Party meant the world to her. The family would also like to thank the staff at Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. You made Bev’s final journey one of dignity and peace. Your loving care was beyond wonderful. Thanks to everyone that touched Bev’s life. You will be loved and remembered always.

Beverly Colleen (Miller) Lohr passed away May 20, 2020, at Ramsey Village in Des Moines
After a long battle with Alzheimers. She was born in Humeston, IA, March 30, 1930, to William Arthur Miller and Hazel Alta (Cornett) Miller. She was the widow of Delmar Ried Lohr. They were united in marriage on May 11, 1947 in Humeston, IA. To this union was born three children, Robert (Pam) Lohr of Foley, AL, Melody Lohr of Papillion, NE, and Stanley (Teri) Lohr of Des Moines.
Bev, widely known as Mimi, started out her working career as a nurses’ aide at Mercy Hospital. From there she became a long-time employee of Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, retiring after 35 years of service, where she had many, many friends.
In their retirement years Mimi and Del wintered in Mission, Texas. They made friends from all over the country there and enjoyed traveling the area and visiting all the historical and beautiful places that Texas had to offer.
Mimi was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Delmar in 2014; brothers, Donald Brown and Kenneth Miller; sisters, Madolyn Courtney and Virginia Lyons, as well as grandsons, Kristoffer and Gideon Ripperden. She is survived by her children; grandchildren, Rob (Shannon) Lohr, Julie (Heath) Waddell, Jake (Jamie) Lohr, Andy (Stephanie) Lohr, and Tyler Lohr and many great and great-great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Animal Rescue league are suggested. Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the Humeston City Cemetery, Humeston, Iowa.       

Virginia Wright Beach died Sunday, May 24, 2020, at her home in Pleasant Hill. She was 104.
She was among Iowa's oldest residents,  She was born May 9, 1916, in Des Moines to James and Evelyn Wright. Virginia graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1935 and shortly thereafter was hired by Northwestern Bell, where she worked until retiring.
May 24, 1941, she married Philip Ross Beach. December 5, 1944, they had their only child, Douglas Wright Beach.
Virginia and Philip were avid world travelers, visiting Europe, Japan, China and Hong Kong, as well as Australia and New Zealand, often for Elder Hostels or as members of the Friendship Force. Their favorite destination, however, was Britain, where they first visited to explore their roots. They made numerous friends there and returned almost every year until Philip's death in 2004. Later in life, Virginia enjoyed traveling to Sarasota, FL with her family.
Virginia was an active member of Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church until it disbanded in 2014. She sang with the choir, often as a soloist, and participated in several church organizations.
She also volunteered at the Pleasant Hill Public Library until she was 99.
In her final years, her grandson Robert Beach lived with Virginia and cared for her.
In addition to Philip, Virginia was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Wright.
Virginia is survived by her son, Douglas, and his wife, Lynne Carlson, of Cedar Rapids; three grandchildren, Robert; Nancy Beach and her husband, Peter Nyboer, of San Jose, CA; and Douglas M. Beach and his wife, Shannon Toohey, of San Francisco, CA; a great-grandson, Samuel Beach-Nyboer, of San Jose; a nephew, William Wright, of Des Moines; and a niece, Sherri Wright, of Canon City, CO.
Dunn Funeral Home is handling arrangements.  A memorial gathering is planned at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Unity Point Hospice of Des Moines, Doctors Without Borders, the Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa.    

Ronald James Peters, the son of Carl E. and Sophie C. (Schneider) Passed away on March 19, 2020
Peters was born October 21, 1940, in Hawarden, Iowa. His childhood years were spent in Hawarden where he attended school and graduated from Hawarden High School in 1957. Ron served in the Army stationed at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City from 1962 until his honorable discharge in 1965.
On July 28, 1967, Ronald was married to Sally May Brouillette. They lived in Sioux City, IA before moving to Cherokee in 1971. He worked for Northwestern Bell (Century Link) for many years and was known as “the phone man” until his retirement in 1998.
Ronald enjoyed gardening, bowling, jigsaw puzzles, crafts, spending time in the Black Hills, and watching football, especially rooting for the underdog. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.
On March 19, 2020, Ronald passed away at his residence in Cherokee. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Sophie Peters; one sister, Jean Peters Von Seggern; and brother-in-law, Harlan Seggern.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Sally Peters of Cherokee, IA; sons, Jay (Rubi) Peters of Laverne, MN, Todd (Corrine) Peters of Cherokee, IA, and Marc Peters of Orange City, IA; beloved daughter, Apryl Peters of Cherokee, IA; one brother, Raymond and Pat Peters, from Sioux Falls, SD; and grandchildren, Cara, Nicole, Joshua, Anthony, and Elizabeth.    

Lois V. Donaldson, 90, of Sioux City, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020, after a short battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Private family services will be held at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation. Online condolences may be directed to
Lois was born in Sioux City on July 3, 1929 (always wishing she had been born on the 4th of July). Her parents were Anders and Lucretia Knudsen.
Lois started working for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company at a very young age and worked there for 36 years. She was extremely proud of that fact and that she had graduated from Central High School at the age of 16.
Lois married Norman R. Donaldson in September 1954. They were married for 55 years before he passed away on March 25, 2010.
Lois was very social and took great pride in her children and grandchildren's activities. She was a proud member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Young at Heart Club of the Church as well as the Telephone Pioneers of America.
She is survived by her children, Kathleen A. Donaldson of Sunnyvale, Calif., and her children Nick Roan, C J. Roan, and Stephanie Roan-Lilienthal (Brett); Karen Baker (Bill) of Sioux City and their son Brett; and Jeff Donaldson (Carmen) of Sioux City and their daughter Brittni.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman; her brother, Earl; her mother-in-law, Donnie Lund; and many of her beloved friends.
Rest in eternal peace, Mom, we love you very much.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran School.        


Carole Kay Reeves passed away April 12, 2020 at Hospice Kavanagh House in Des Moines.
Carole was born July 8, 1943 in Milton, IA. She lived in Des Moines for many years before moving to Jamaica, IA and finally to Perry, IA. Carole retired from Qwest after 30+ years. Not one to burn daylight, she started a part time job a few days after retirement trying her hand at sewing machine repair and finally becoming the front desk clerk at the local motel, a job that brought many friendships over the years.
Carole was known for her independence, generosity, kindness, and creativity. She carried her cross-stitch with her wherever she went and spent hours teaching herself to quilt. She donated many quilts and other handmade items to various organizations over the years. She enjoyed time with her friends and family. There were many memorable road trips enjoyed with her sisters filled with shopping, more shopping and laughter wherever they went. But her best days were the ones she spent enjoying her grandchildren, with crafts, science experiments, movies, outings for ice cream and special snacks always stocked and ready for their arrival, no matter that they were grown well past the age of juice boxes.
She leaves behind Brian Gobeli (Sharon) of Chatsworth, CA (Nick, Cheynne, Brian II), Joni Reeves of Perry, IA, Bill Reeves (Dawn) of Norwalk, IA (Logan, Erin, Jake, Luke, Abby and Ben) along with 5 great-grandchildren (Rafe, Rory, Raiden, Scarlett and June.) She is also survived by brothers Phil Younker, Donnie Younker (Shirley), Bruce Younker (LuAnn), Sisters Mina Robertson and Martha Sullivan along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband William Reeves, parents Cleo and Esther Younker, Brothers Jerry and Steve Younker.
Special thanks to Dr. Freeman, Carissa Thompson, A.P.P and Angie for giving us an extra 4 years with mom. As much as she hated cancer, she came to love the three of you. Thank you for taking such good care of her through her journey. And to Every Step Hospice for helping her through her final days at home and at Kavanagh house.

There are no services planned. Donations can be made to Every Step Hospice.   

Phillip D. Letz, age 87, longtime Iowa City resident died Friday, February 21, 2020,
at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Services celebrating Phillip’s life will be held at 7 pm, Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, where visitation will be held from 4 -7 pm. Burial with military honors will take place at the Winterset Cemetery, Winterset, Iowa at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his memory to the Wounded Warriors Project. To share a thought, memory or condolence with his family please visit the funeral home website @
Phillip Duane Letz was born January 4, 1933, in Patterson, Iowa the son of Donald and Mildred (White) Letz. Following graduation from high school he went to work for Northwestern Bell Telephone. At the age of 19 he was drafted into the United States Army serving during the Korean Conflict. Prior to leaving for Korea he married Marvyl M. Black in Adel, Iowa on January 5, 1953. In 1965, Phillip and his family moved to Iowa City where he continued his career with the former Northwestern Bell Telephone that spanned over 30 years before his retirement. Phil was the jack of all trades, pretty good at most, but willing and able to tackle all! He for many years had a business out of his home called “Let’s Fix It” a small engine repair service.
Phil loved going to work; he enjoyed his coworkers, customers, friends and even strangers who became friends. The recliner was always a good place to end up for a nap, HyVee was the place to meet his buddies for breakfast, he was known to have hit a few jackpots at the casino, and his favorite places to relax was at a friend’s tree-farm or with a fishing pole in his hands. He liked his simple life, and dearly loved those around him!
His family includes his two children, Martin “Marty” Letz and Carisa Letz and her sweetheart, Dale McCreedy; his granddaughter and her husband, Tara Jo and Mike Turechek; a sister, Margaret Caskey and his brother, Larry Letz.
Phillip was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marvyl in 1999, twin sisters, Frances and Francine and a brother, Dwight.  


James L. Briar, age 86, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on November 1, 1933 in Des Moines, Iowa and resided in High Bridge, NJ since 1999.
He was the son of the late Jack Briar and Josephine (Anderson) Briar Whitten.
James is predeceased by his first wife, Mary Sue (Rinehart) Briar, who passed away in 1978. In addition, are two sisters; Nancy Joan Briar (d. 1929) and Helen (Briar) Cameron Findling (d. 2017).
James was the husband of Marisa L. (Rossi) Briar, celebrating 38 years of marriage.
James served with the US Navy during the Korean War from 1952 to 1955 aboard USS “The Sullivans”.
For most of his career James worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Iowa and Minnesota. He also worked for AT&T in Basking Ridge, NJ and NEC in Melville, NY.
Survivors in addition to his loving wife include three children; Carol (Briar) VanZandt and her husband John David of Manville, NJ, John Briar and his wife Barbara of Pilesgrove, NJ and David Briar and his wife Erin of Tok, AK. Two step-children; Reneé (Picasso) Anderson and her husband John of Annandale, NJ and Paul Picasso of Whitehouse Station, NJ. Sixteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. James is also survived by two siblings; Charles Briar and his wife Barbara of Ankeny, IA and Josephine (Briar) Hunt of Solon, IA.
Calling hours will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 1-5pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Additional calling hours will take place in Iowa on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 10am-12pm at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 121 NW 60th Avenue, Des Moines, IA followed by burial at Highland Memorial Gardens.
Memorials can be made to a charity of one’s choice or World Apostolate of Fatima USA, P.O. Box 976, Washington, NJ 07882.  

Thomas J. Howard, 78, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at his home in Hinton.
Services will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, Morningside. Private burial will take place at a later date. Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Thomas Joseph Howard, the son of Joseph Thomas and Mary (O’Brien) Howard, was born Sept. 23, 1941, in Mitchell, S.D. He attended St. Michael's school and graduated from Bishop Heelan Catholic High School. After high school Thomas then worked a few years for his father, until 1963 when Thomas enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served until his honorable discharge in 1966.
On April 27, 1968, Thomas was united in marriage with Judy Ann Hoguewood in Sioux City. He was employed with US West Telephone Company for many years, working his way up into management before his retirement.
After retirement, Thomas began to refinish and build furniture. This soon became one of his favorite hobbies, and he did beautiful work. He also worked for several years at Boys and Girls Home in the maintenance department. He and his wife, Judy, enjoyed playing cards with friends, fishing/camping trips and going out to eat every week with the Friday night gang. Thomas was a huge NASCAR fan and enjoyed watching westerns and listening to music. His greatest love was spending time with his family.

Thomas is survived by his children, Troy (Heidi) Howard of Holstein, Iowa, and Julie (Darrell) Taylor of Hinton; six grandchildren, Ethan, Austin, Bailey, Shawna, Ben, and Sara; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Judy; and siblings, Richard Howard, Mary Lee Collins, and Mary Lou Washburn.
The family has requested that memorials be directed to Disabled American Veterans.