IOWA COUNTY OBITUARIES – Week of Sept. 11, 2013

by Brathjen on September 10, 2013

Robert Michalek, 86

Funeral Mass for Robert Michalek, 86, Victor, was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, Victor. He died Aug. 31, 2013, at Brooklyn Community Estates.

The Rev. Brian Shepley officiated at the service.

Burial with military honors was in Calvary Cemetery, Victor.

Memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 354, Victor, Iowa 52347.

Smith Funeral Home, Victor, was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Michalek was born April 27, 1927, the son of Vincent and Emma Nowotny Michalek, in Victor. He was raised in Victor and graduated from St. John’s Catholic School. He served in the United States Navy following graduation.

He married Lorretta McDonald May 8, 1954, at St. Bridget Church, Victor. The couple were married for 59 years, until her death in May of 2013.

He was a lifetime farmer but also served as the mayor of Victor for 22 years. He held other jobs during his career with Mohr Oil Company as a tank driver and Rohrer Brothers. He was active with the Victor City Council, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and was a volunteer for the Victor Fire Department.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards, but what he cherished most was spending time on his farm.

Michalek is survived by his children, Robert J. Michalek, Overland Park, Kan.; Timothy and Jileane Michalek, DeSoto, Kan.; Terry and Dawn Michalek, Hinkley, Minn., and Sarah and Ken Kaplan, Victor; one sister, Mary Pilcher, Bettendorf; in-laws, Bernadine Roushar, Cedar Rapids; Mary and Don Sumpter, Brooklyn; Katherine and Laverne Dietrich, Newton, and Jeanette and Bill Holtz, Cedar Rapids; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Charles Michalek, Lucille Crump, Margaret Masteller, Joan Walcher and Catherine Ingrassia.

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Linda Powell, 61

Funeral service for Linda M. Powell, 61, Victor, formerly of Belle Plaine, were held Saturday, Sept. 7, at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, rural Williamsburg. She died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in Cedar Rapids following a sudden illness.

The Rev. Eric Nygren officiated at the service.

Inurnment will be at a later date.

Hrabak Funeral Home, Belle Plaine, was in charge of arrangements.

Linda Marie Powell was born Nov. 9, 1951, in Independence, the daughter of Cletus and Leona (Berns) Friedman. She graduated from Belle Plaine High School.

She married Doug Powell March 10, 2000, in Marengo. She moved to her present home in 2001.

She had a varied career, which included working at Amana, Main Street Cafe, Victor Manufacturing and PCS Homecare. She was active in many church activities, including VBS, delivering meals to shut-ins on Thanksgiving and various mission programs.

Powell is survived by her husband, Doug, victor; step-children, Jessica and Bryan Kimble, Frederick, Md., and Don Mull, Kansas City, Mo.; her mother, Leona Harris, Belle Plaine; brothers, Robert Friedman, Austin, Texas; Dave and Sheryl Friedman, Blakesburg; Dan and Monica Friedman, Belle Plaine; Gary and Jo Friedman, DeWitt; Dennis Friedman and Vicki Waterbury, Jefferson, and sisters, Judy and Terry Van Tomme, Brooklyn; Sandy and Jim Scott, Fayetteville, Ga.; Margaret and Darrel Johnson, Marengo, and Mary and Mike DeRycke, Victor.

She was preceded in death by her father, Cletus Friedman, in 2012.

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Tucker Morrison, 25

Celebration of life service for Tucker W. Morrison, 25, North English, was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the Powell Funeral Home, North English. He died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, after a motorcycle accident.

Rick Gerard officiated at the service.

Honorary casket bearers were Tanner Morrison, Nick Cox, Travis Gensley, Nick Frazier, Kyle Yoss, Kile Knipfer, Brad Vercande and Sarah Zieser.

A general memorial fund has been established.

Messages and tributes may be left at

Tucker William Morrison was born April 27, 1988, in Iowa City, the son of Lynn D. and Pamela J. (Quick) Morrison. He graduated from English Valleys High School in 2006 and attended Iowa State University.

He lived in North English and worked for M and M Auto Body as a technician. He was an avid ISU Cyclones fan and Chicago Bears fan. He enjoyed spending time with his dad working on cars, loved Ford Mutangs and spending time with his niece, nephew and girlfriend.

Morrison is survived by his parents, Lynn and Pam Morrison, North English; one brother, Tanner and Jess Morrison, Iowa City; one sister, Sabrina and Nick Cox, Ankeny; one niece, Brylee Cox; one nephew, Breckin Morrison; his girlfriend, Deanna Bryant, Ladora; his best friend, Travis Gensley; two grandmothers, Janet Morrison, North English, and Sylvia Quick, Newhall, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, James Morrison and Bill Quick.

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Raymond Schulte, 58

Funeral service for Raymond M. Schulte, 58, Marengo, was held at 10 a.m. Sept. 4, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Norway. He died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in Des Moines.

The Rev. Craig Steimmel officiated at the service.

Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established.

Brosh Funeral Service, Norway, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Raymond M. Schulte was born Feb. 16, 1955, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Ray and Barbara Schulte.

He married Donna Traut Oct. 10, 1992. He worked at Midland Forge and was a truck driver.

He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing cards and pool, watching sports and raising animals.

Schulte is survived by his wife; his children, Kent and Jodi, Scott, Renee, Ashley, Brock and Derek; seven grandchildren; his mother; his siblings, John and Linda, Deb and Leland Wink, Connie and Gary Deal, Mark and Lori, Lisa and Tim Kilpatrick, Pam and Todd Beatty and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and one daughter, Melinda.

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Laurine Gorsch, 83

Funeral service for Laurine E. (Tillie) Gorsch, 83, Millersburg, was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Millersburg. She died at her home Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.

The Rev. Paul Nus officiated at the service.

Burial was in Community Cemetery, rural Deep River.

A general memorial fund has been established.

Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, North English, was in charge of arrangements. Messages and tributes may be left at

Laurene E. Gorsch was born June 22, 1930, in Iowa City, the daughter of Casimar and Mathilda Koen Dhondt. She grew up in Williamsburg and attended school there.

She married Lornie E. Gorsch March 15, 1948, in Williamsburg. They made their home in Millersburg until 1988, when they moved to Williamsburg, later moving to Marengo and then back to Millersburg.

She worked in food service in the Millersburg and Williamsburg schools and for many years at the Hometown Cafe and Dew Drop Inn. She enjoyed baking, gardening, eating ice cream and pudding.

Her husband died in December 2003.

Gorsch is survived by two sons, Donald and Phyllis Gorsch, Millersburg, and Bill and Mary Lou McFadden, Cedar Rapids; one daughter, Barbara Adix, Belle Plaine; six grandchildren, Heather Iburg, Joe Gorsch, Jimmy Gorsch, Christina McFadden, Jimmy Meade and Shannon Almendinger; four great-grandchildren, Bentleigh, Tavian, Jaxon Gorsch and Colby McFadden; one sister-in-law, Nedra Dhondt, Parnell, and her best buddy, “Ty.”

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Catherine Gorsch; one grandson, Brian Gorsch, and one brother, Marvin Dhondt.

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Ruby Holden, 90

A celebration of life memorial service for Ruby E. Holden, 90, Williamsburg, was held Monday, Sept. 2, at the First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg. She died Aug. 26, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after a brief illness.

The Rev. Kirk Statler and the Rev. Kip Murphy officiated at the service.

Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Iowa City; First United Presbyterian Church and Highland Ridge Senior Living Community.

Peterseim Funeral Home, Kalona, was in charge of arrangements.

Ruby E. Holden was born Oct. 28, 1922, near Millersburg, the daughter of John F. and Irene E. (Montross) Voelkel. She attended school in Millersburg and Marengo before graduating from Millersburg High School. She received her Normal Training Certificate from Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls. She taught elementary education in two country schools near Millersburg for two years.

She married Roland W. Holden Aug. 19, 1944, in Millersburg. They resided in the Williamsburg community where they raised their family and operated Holden’s Foundation Seeds, Inc.

After 1966, she accompanied her husband to Molokai, Hawaii, where he founded Hawaiian Research Ltd. For 30 years, their winters spent in Hawaii were filled with aloha spirit. Throughout the 60 years of the seed research business, many friends were made with employees and customers. All became part of her extended family.

Ruby participated in many community activities. She sang in the First Presbyterian Choir, was a Past Worthy Matron of OES Williamsburg Chapter 151, past president of Chapter CN P.E.O. and founding member of the Town and Country Bridge Club.

The couple enjoyed playing duplicate bridge, golfing, bowling and traveling. After her children entered college, she began taking art lessons, producing watercolor and oil paintings. Throughout her life, she was proud to have been a guard on the Millersburg basketball team, Iowa County Health Girl and part of choral and performance groups.

Ruby continued to generously support the Williamsburg community through the Ruby and Roland Holden Foundation. In addition, she contributed to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and Roland and Ruby Holden Research Laboratories. Her greatest contributions and enjoyment were with family and friends. Her friendly, outgoing, energetic and mischievous personality was endearing and brought smiles to all who knew her.

The family is truly grateful for the wonderful care provided by Christine (Bub) Folkmann for the past 11 years, Anita Gorsh for the last year and the entire staff at Highland Ridge Senior Living Community. In addition, they would also like to thank Drs. Hohl, Hussain and Kaleem and the entire nursing staff at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center for their tender care.

Holden is survived by one son, Ronald and Arlene Holden, Williamsburg; two daughters, Susan and David McCurry, Naples, Fla., and Karol Holden, San Diego, Calif.; five grandchildren, Mary and Curt Blythe, Williamsburg; Kathy Holden, Williamsburg; Jennifer McCurry, Joseph McCurry and Sveta McCurry, Naples, Fla.; four great-grandsons, Trenton and Molly Blythe, Holden and Kelly Blythe, Austin Blythe and Corbin Blythe, and one sister-in-law, Alma Voelkel, Phoenix, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Roland; her parents; one brother, Benjamin Voelkel; one sister, Naomi Lortz, and one brother-in-law, Charles E. Lortz.

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Larry Hoth, 68

Funeral service for Larry D. Hoth, 68, Marengo, formerly of Oelwein, was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral home, Oelwein. He died Friday evening, Aug. 30, 2013, at his home with his family at his side.

The Rev. Connie Markle officiated at the service.

Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Oelwein.

Memorials may be made to Essence of Life Hospice, Amana.

Larry Dean Hoth was born Jan. 9, 1945, at Oelwein, the son of William Albert and Carrie (Barnes) Hoth. He graduated from Oelwein Community High School in 1963.

He married Jeannette Arlene Duffy Feb. 7, 1965, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oelwein. He was a plumber for 30 years. He worked at Chandler Co. in Oelwein, Chamberlain’s in Waterloo, Swiss Valley Farms for nine years and then at Lagerstrom’s Plumbing and Heating in Oelwein from 1976 to 1994. He then continued his work at Northwest Furnace in Fort Dodge, Rork Furnace in Otho and retired in 2007 from Henniger Plumbing and Heating in Clarion.

He continued to work after his retirement, doing handiman repairs and also working at the printing company in Marengo.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Oelwein. He enjoyed remodeling, woodworking, refinishing furniture, fishing, storytelling, spending time with family and relaxing on the Mississippi.

Hoth is survived by his wife, Jeannette, Marengo; three children, Jodi and David Allen, Des Moines; John and Madonna Hoth, Marion, and Jennifer Hoth and Bob McMurrin, Independence; five grandchildren, Lauren Hoth, Austin Hoth, Desiree Allen, Blake Hoth and Brady Clark; one sister, Lois Boies, Oelwein; his mother-in-law, Mert Duffy, Guttenberg; one sister-in-law, Carolyn and Jeff Minnich, Carroll; one brother-in-law, David Duffy, Marengo, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Eugene; one sister, Doris Carolan, and his father-in-law, Raymond Duffy.

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Dorothy Dillon, 92

Celebration of life service for Dorothy A. Dillon, 92, North English, was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Powell Funeral Home, North English. She died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at the English Valley Care Center, North English.

The Rev. Luke Caster officiated at the service.

Burial was in White Pigeon Cemetery, rural Webster.

Memorials may be made for the English Valley Care Center, North English; Keswick First Responders or Essence of Life Hospice.

Messages and tributes may be left at

Dorothy Ann Dillon was born March 28, 1921, in Greenville, the daughter of Cloyd Clarence and Jessie (Mather) Chute.

She married Harold S. Dillon Aug. 10, 1942, in Lancaster, Mo. She had lived in the Keswick and North English communities most of her life. She attended the Keswick United Methodist Church and was active in various neighborhood clubs.

She liked to quilt, work on jigsaw puzzles and word puzzles and loved entertaining her grandchildren.

She became a resident of the English Valley Care Center in December 2006.

Dillon is survived by her three children, Karolyn “Kay” Grove, South English; Patricia and George Stanich, Clive, and Ron and Karen Dillon, West Chester; seven grandchildren, Chris and Rich Baumert, Cindy and Larry Deitrich, Matt Dillon, Anne Dillon, Beth Dillon, John Dillon and Michael Dillon; five great-grandchildren, Jackie, Mattie and Luke Dillon and Travis and Ashley Baumert; one sister-in-law, June Caskey, North English, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1971; her parents; two sons, Charles “Chuck” Dillon and David Dillon; one grandson, Brian Dillon; two sisters, Leona Glanz and Phyllis Anselmo, and three brothers, Arnold, Harold and Bob Chute.

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Donald Klenk, 85

Funeral service for Donald G. Klenk, 85, Middle Amana, was held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Oxford United Methodist Church. He died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at his home following a brief illness.

Burial was at the Oxford Cemetery with military honors.

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

Donald Gene Klenk was born Aug. 1, 1928, the son of Earl and Louise (Benzinger) Klenk.

He married Eileen Himes Dec. 27, 1958, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua.

He worked at Amana Refrigeration as an engineer for 42 years. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He enjoyed reading, working on crosswords and sudoku puzzles.

Klenk is survived by his wife of 54 years, Eileen; daughters, Pam and Mike Kely, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lori and Bill Ballard, Marengo; daughter-in-law, Linda Stoakes-Daseke, Mason City; seven grandchildren, Ryan and Kortney Kelly, Carrie and Shaun Moore, Kevan and Cary Kelly, Meggan Deseke and Ben Provin, Scott and Jessi Ballard, Jeff Ballard and Shelby Usher and Christine Ballard, and eight great-grandchildren, Katelynne, Lindsay, Wyatt, Garrett, Max, Troy, Trevor and Mercedes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Bob; grandson, Nicholas, and two sisters, Ellyce and AnnaMarie.

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Mary Hall, 80

Celebration of life service for Mary C. Hall, 80, Iowa City, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, North English. She died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at the Lantern Park Nursing and Rehab Center, Coralville.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time.

Burial will be in the North English Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Association or Safe Haven of Iowa County animal shelter.

Messages and tributes may be left at

The family wishes to thank Lantern Park and Iowa City Hospice for the care and compassion they provided her in her final days.

Mary Catherine Hall was born March 31, 1933, on the family farm near Ainsworth, the daughter of Glenn A. and Hazel Mae (Kelsey) Anderson. She graduated from Crawfordsville High School and Mercy School of Nursing in Iowa City.

She married Daniel L. Hall June 19, 1955. The couple were blessed with two children. The couple later divorced.

She later met Russell Prandy, with whom she enjoyed spending the rest of her life. Together, they enjoyed camping, being a Good Sams member and spending the winters in Mesa, Ariz.

She worked as a registered nurse at the University of Iowa Hospital and Oaknoll. She especially enjoyed reading, caring for her dachshunds  and her years living in and visiting Hawaii.

Hall is survived by her significant other of 37 years, Russell Prandy, Iowa City; one brother, John and Claudia Anderson, Pierre, S.D.; one daughter, Sharon Hall and Kirk Reeder, Ankeny; one son, Greg and Karen Hall, Scottsdale, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Michelle Hall-Trotter, Daniel Hall, David Hall, Steven Hall and Andrew Hall, and Russell’s children, Donald Prandy, Russell Prandy Jr., Michael Prandy and John Prandy, and many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Margaret Gipple.

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Mary Alice Carter, 90

Memorial service for Mary Alice Carter, 90, West Des Moines, formerly of North English, was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Powell Funeral Home, North English. She died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Waukee, following a short illness.

The Rev. Luke Caster officiated at the service.

Burial was in the North English Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the North English Library or Dollars for Scholars.

Messages and tributes may be left at

Mary Alice Carter was born Feb. 7, 1923, in North English, the daughter of Edward G. and Addie S. Butler Harber. She lived most of her life in North English. After graduating from North English High School, she attended Parson’s College, Fairfield.

She married Arthur B. Carter Dec. 24, 1941, in Kirksville, Mo. She worked eight years at Farmers Savings Bank and 28 years as the board secretary and business manager for English Valleys Schools.

She was a member of the North English Christian Church, a charter member of the VFW Auxiliary, the Fortnightly Club and volunteered at the North English Library.

She moved to West Des Moines in September 2001 and lived in the Lodge at Ashworth for 12 years.

Carter is survived by one daughter, Peg L. and Larry Bell, West Des Moines; one son, Thomas E. and Jane Carter, Bettendorf; five grandchildren, Curtis Bell, Jason Bell, Carrie Smith, Elizabeth Carter and Andrew Carter; eight great-grandchildren, Katie, Ian, Addie and Jamie Smith, Nate and Jay Bell and Ted and Charlie Bell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, in July 1999; her parents and one son, John Arthur Carter.

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