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Obituaries

Ruth Scheetz

Ruth Scheetz, 95, of Luzerne, IA passed away Monday, May 24, 2021 at Windsor Manor, Vinton, IA.Ruth was born October 24, 1925 to August and Elizabeth (Kranz) Janssen on the family farm near Vinton, IA. She graduated from Newhall High School in 1943 and worked for a short time following school. Ruth married Elmer Scheetz on January 4, 1948 at St. John Lutheran Church, Newhall.

Charlotte Fye

Charlotte Fye was ten days shy of her 94th birthday when she passed away on May 18.Charlotte was married to David Fye in 1947. The couple had six children: Mona (Pytr) Knoll, John (deceased), Peg (David) O’Rourke, Robbie (Leon) Fye Leach, Tammy (Ron) Carolan and Lissa (Loren) Lippmann. She found joy in her eleven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
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Donald Joseph Skalsky

Donald Joseph Skalsky Jr., 64, of Norway, died Thursday, May 20, 2021. Celebration of life services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 24, 2021, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling St. SW, with burial to follow in Linwood Cemetery, near Norway. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 23, 2021, at Brosh Chapel.

William Lyle “Bill” Benson

William Lyle “Bill” Benson, 93, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday May 29, 2021 at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) in Vinton.  Interment will be held at Maplewood Cemetery in Vinton. with graveside military rites by the Geo.

Patricia Ann Hepker Hopper

Patricia Ann (Hepker) Hopper, age 76, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at her home with her family by her side.Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, May 24, 2021 at the First Christian Church in Vinton with Rev. Dick Jumper officiating.  Interment will be held at a later date at Maplewood Cemetery in Vinton.  Friends may call from 9:30 AM until service time on Monday at the church.

Joseph “Joe” Lynn Balvin Sr.

Joseph “Joe” Lynn Balvin Sr., 63, of Elberon, Iowa passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, IA, surrounded by family.Joe was born September 26, 1957 the son of Leonard and Florence (Kalinay) Balvin. He attended St. Joseph Catholic School and continued his education with South Tama High School where he graduated the class of 1976.

Grace Milroy

Grace Milroy, 103, passed away peacefully May 18, 2021 at the Vinton Lutheran Home of natural causes.Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Vinton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jessica Crane-Munoz officiating. Visitation will be 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the church on Saturday. Honoring Grace’s wishes, the casket will be closed to the public.

Larry Dean Woolison

Larry Dean Woolison, 74, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 16, 2021 at the Hospice of Mercy in Hiawatha from complications of diabetes.Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 21, 2021 at the Vinton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jessica Crane Munoz officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. Masks are optional.Larry was born January 1, 1947 in Vinton, the son of James and Mardene Grimm Woolison.

Paul Willard "Bud" Mealhow

Paul Willard "Bud" Mealhow, 97, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021, at the Shellsburg Farm surrounded by family.Paul was born on Feb. 19, 1924, the son of Paul Mealhow Sr. and Freda Fuehrer (Schlingman), in a farm house near Shady Grove, Iowa. Paul married Evelyn Eleanor McDermott Andorf on Dec. 5, 1953, in Waterloo. She was the love of his life.Paul attended Vinton High School where he was a Golden Gloves Boxer.

Robert J. “Bob” Phillips

Robert J. “Bob” Phillips, 81, passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at the Vinton Lutheran Home, where he had been a resident for the past three years. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 16, 2021, from 2:00 until 5:00 PM at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) in Vinton.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 17, 2021, at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton with Rev.
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