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Obituaries

Viola Kolars

Viola Kolars, 99, of Belle Plaine, IA passed away May 11, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA.Viola was the daughter of Frank and Tillie (Valek) Krhounek. She was born on July 25, 1921 on the farm near Wayne, KS; the youngest of five children. Viola attended White and Eureka Country schools in Kansas. She often talked about walking to school in all sorts of weather and, being the youngest, would lag behind.

Jerry Reifenstahl

Jerry Reifenstahl, 83, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Sunday, May 9, 2021, at UnityPoint St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Private family services will be held. Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids, assisted the family.Jerry was born April 29, 1938, in Vinton, Iowa. He graduated from Vinton High School and served his country honorably in the United States Marines.
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Bruce Alan Flickinger

Bruce Alan Flickinger, age 56, passed away April 28, 2021.  He is survived by his wife Stephanie (Davitt/Perry) Flickinger,Bruce is survived by his parents Wayne and Wanda (Van Wechel) Flickinger, sister Leigh (Shaun)Bradbury, stepchildren Daniel(Guy)Perry, and Kathleen (Erik)Walker, nephews Matthew and Theodore, niece Josephine and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Blanche Viola (Bentrott) Garwood

Blanche Viola (Bentrott) Garwood, age 88, passed away Friday, May 7, 2021 at her home at Garnett Place in Cedar Rapids with her daughter by her side.Private family graveside services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton later this summer.Blanche was born on September 21, 1932 in Wheatland, Iowa, the daughter of William and Esther (Ihns) Bentrott.

Robert Eugene Hale

Robert Eugene Hale, 73, of Fredericktown, died Monday, April 26, 2021 at ClaRu DeVille Nursing Center in Fredericktown. He was born on December 13, 1939 in Bell Plain, Iowa.In 1976, Mr. Hale married Dona Marye Neve in Vinton, Iowa. She preceded him in death May 19, 2014.Mr. Hale is survived by his children Ronnie (Karen) Hale, of St. Mary's, Missouri, Bill Hale of Cherokee Pass, Missouri and Patricia Jo Harris of Fredericktown; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Lorna Anna Johanna (Lorenz) Rieck

Lorna Anna Johanna (Lorenz) Rieck, 93, of Luzerne passed away peacefully at the Vinton Lutheran Home on February 17, 2021 after a brief illness.A celebration of Lorna’s life will be held from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the Blairstown Community Center in Blairstown.Lorna was born May 10, 1927 in Williamsburg, Iowa to Arnold & Emma (Huedepohl) Lorenz.

Douglas "Whitey" Metz

Douglas "Whitey" Metz, 60, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Friday, April 23, 2021, at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids. Visitation: 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 3, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids, with the funeral service to immediately follow at the funeral home. Burial: Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. All guests are respectfully requested to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Mary and Dennis Tappan Thorn

MARY THORNApril 16, 1944 - June 11, 2020DENNIS TAPPAN THORNJanuary 13, 1939 - April 10, 2021Mary Thorn, 76, peacefully entered Heaven on June 11, 2020, in Bakersfield. She was born April 16, 1944, in Vinton, Iowa. Mary was the third child out of four and leaves behind her only living sister Linda Sutherland (We all love you Aunt Linda). She left behind her spouse Dennis Thorn and their four children Rebecca, Debbie, Jeff, and Connie.

Michael M. Wood

-Michael M. Wood, 72, went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at UIHC, Iowa City, Iowa.Funeral services will be 11:00 am Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Palo United Methodist Church with Rev. John Howerton and Pastor Steve Pudinski officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until service time at the church on Saturday.

William Richard Huggins

William Richard Huggins, 85, of Atkins, Iowa, passed away on April 26, 2021, at the Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.Bill led an incredibly full life. A loving husband, wise father, loyal brother, and proud grandfather, Bill was a wonderful storyteller. Whether it was sitting among family and friends or fishing with anyone willing to join along, his keen mind and quick wit entertained multiple generations.
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