by Brathjen on March 19, 2013

Richard Bryant, 59

Funeral service for Richard W. Bryant, 59, rural Oxford, was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Grace United Methodist Church, Tiffin. Military honors followed. He died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Iowa City.

A memorial fund has been established.

Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, Iowa City, was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Richard W. Bryant was born April 17, 1953, in Iowa City, the son of Jean and Eileen (Shebetka) Bryant. He grew up in Oxford and attended schools in the Clear Creek District, graduating in 1971.

He enlisted in the Iowa National Guard after graduation and retired from the Guard in 2005 after serving 34 years. Known as “Tank” to many, he was called into active duty in the Army during Desert Storm, serving in the Middle East as First Sergeant of the 209th Medical Company.

His fulltime job was working for the Johnson County Secondary Road Department, where he worked over 35 years. He taught motor grader skills through Iowa State University’s Master Grader program for nearly 20 years.

Having grown up in a farming family, this continued on both their own acreage and by assisting family with other farming operations. He was always willing to help in the field, machine shop or barn yard.

He was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he married Debra Ann Walker May 20, 1973. He served as a trustee for many years and was one of the go-to guys when something needed a little TLC. He could fix anything or knew the person who could.

He was very active in the Oxford American Legion, holding various offices, including Sargeant of Arms for many years, and most recently, served as the Post Commander.

As a youth, he attended Boys State, a Legion-sponsored event, and remained a strong supporter, serving as a board member and medical support staff.

Many will remember him as one of the “Chain Gang” at Clear Creek Amana football games, seldom missing a home game in over 30 years of serving. He was also a past president of the Clear Creek Booster Club.

He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting with his black powder shot gun, rifle or bow, and he had also enjoyed trapping and coon hunting in the past.

He was a longtime Green Bay Packer Backer and was able to see them play a game in St. Louis.

But near and dear to him was his family. He would do anything for anyone one of them and did it often.

Bryant is survived by his wife, Debbie; daughters, Dessie and Mike Myers, Tiffin, and Dena and Bryan Dietzler, Oxford; sons, Rex and Bart, both Oxford; grandchildren, Ian and Audrey Meyers and Cora and Jocelyn Bult; siblings, JoAnne and Dan Downes, Oxford; Janet Whaley, Stanwood; Jim and Cathlene Bryant, Parnell; Randy and Sandy Bryant, Oxford; Janelle and David Campbell, Oxford, and Keith Bryant, Williamsburg; his parents-in-law, Ivan and Nona Walker; brother-in-law, Mike and Liz Walker; sister-in-law, Linda and Roscoe Osbron, and numerous nieces, nephews, fellow servicemen and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Alex Richard Myers, and a brother-in-law, Victor Whaley.

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Joseph Haley, 86

Funeral service for Joseph H. Haley Sr., 86, Palo, were held Saturday, March 9, at the Salvation Army, Cedar Rapids. He died Monday, March 4, 2013, at his home following a long illness.

Lt. Michael Sjogren officiated at the service.

Burial was in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home, Cedar Rapids, was in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Harrison Haley Sr., was born Nov. 24, 1926, in Marion, Ind., the son of Benjamin and Cora Milford Haley. He married Nadine Marie Wood Primley Oct. 14, 1978, in Cedar Rapids.

He was a member of the Salvation Army. He loved going to church and was very involved with his faith. He served in the United States Army. He loved animals and enjoyed camping, horse shoes and playing cards. His favorite card game was cribbage.

Haley is survived by his wife of 34 years, Nadine Haley; his sons, William and Penny Haley, Joseph Haley Jr. and Kevin Haley; his daughters, Patty Meyers, Deb Doty and Robin Haley; stepchildren, William and Deanna Cook, Marengo; Gale and Christy Primley, Cedar Rapids; Sandy and Ron Barker, Columbia, Mo., and Marilyn Primley, Palo; stepgrandchildren, Keeley and Mark Welsh, Davenport; Mindy Barker, Columbia, Mo.; Leasa and Bruce Lantzky, Waverly; Amber and Lon Friederick, St. Olaf; Johnnette and Tim Kruse and Jeff Wade, all Williamsburg; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren and one stepbrother-in-law, Gale and Beverly Wood, Victor.

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Diana Lenton, 60

Memorial service for Diana L. Lenton, 60, Marengo, was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, at First Presbyterian Church, Marengo. She died Friday, March 8, 2013, at her home from a sudden illness.

The Rev. Diane Miller officiated at the service.

Inurnment will be in California.

A memorial fund has been established.

Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Diane L. Lenton was born Feb. 4, 1953, in Downey, Calif., the daughter of James and Christine Scott Routt. She graduated from Whittier High School in California in 1971.

She married Doug Lenton in Oroville, Calif. They later divorced.

She worked at Amana Refrigeration as an account manager and at Williamsburg Manufacturing for many years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Marengo; coordinator of the L.O.V.E. Network for 18 years and was actively involved with Walk to Emmaus.

She especially loved her grandchildren, fishing and reading.

Lenton is survived by two sons, Jason Lenton, Swisher, and Jeffrey Lenton, Dubuque; three grandchildren, Issabella Lenton, Coralville, and Alexander and Abbie Lenton, both Dubuque; a special daughter-in-law, Amy Lenton, and her significant other, Chris Cozad.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Lenton, and three brothers, David, Danny and Dennis Routt.

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Carl Selby, 95

Celebration of life memorial service for Carl W. Selby, 95, Williamsburg, will be held at noon Saturday, March 16, at Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Williamsburg. He died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at the Highland Ridge Care Center, Williamsbrg.

Visitation with the family present will be from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Messages and tributes may be left at

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