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Obituaries

Lawrence "Larry" McDonald

Lawrence "Larry" McDonald passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, at the age of 87.He is survived by three children, Kevin of Burns, Wyoming, Shawn of Cedar Rapids and Michelle (Shelly) and husband Donald Tuttle of Urbana/Center Point; five grandchildren, Beth, Joshua, Dustin, Nicole and Daren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rita (Elliott) Driscoll of Williamsburg and Margaret Yates of Sigourney; and a sister-in-law, Pauline McDonald of Cedar Rapids.

Patricia "Patti" Emma Ehmsen

Patricia "Patti" Emma Ehmsen, 77, died at The Bird House-Hospice Home on Saturday, April 24, 2021 She fought a courageous battle against cancer since November 2020.The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the caregivers of Iowa City Hospice and the Bird House-Hospice Home of Johnson County.A gathering to celebrate Patti's life will be held from 4 to 7 p.
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Barbara G. (Sherman) Boyles

Barbara G. (Sherman) Boyles, age 78, died at her Urbana home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, April 26, 2021..Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM, Thursday, April 29, 2021 at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) in Vinton.  Private interment will be held at Urbana Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation will follow the funeral service from 3:30 until 6:30 PM on Thursday.

KEVIN L. KILER

KEVIN L. KILERRowleyPlay Ball!!! April 21, 2021, the barefoot boy from Brandon/OBI, was called up to play centerfield for Heaven's Yankees.Kevin Lytell Kiler was born May 13, 1957, to Lytell and Barbara (Bowers) Kiler. He grew up in Brandon, Iowa, where he mowed lawns, baled hay and could be foundplaying ball at the park with his brothers and the Dudley boys.

Brent Lee Willcoxson

Brent Lee Willcoxson, 61, of Urbana, Iowa, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 24, 2021, at the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa. Per Brent's wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date. Private inurnment will take place in Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield, Iowa. Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion is assisting the family.

Tom J. Sima Jr.

Tom J. Sima Jr., 67, passed away January 16, 2021.Born Sept. 9, 1953, in Center Point, Iowa, as one of four boys, he graduated from Vinton High School. After working for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids following high school, he continued his career in South Florida, later returning to Marengo to run one of the two family Goodyear Tire stores. In later years, Tom joined other family members in the Indianapolis area, where he was living at his time of death.

Kathy Marie Woodman

Kathy Marie Woodman, 71, of Belle Plaine, IA passed away April 22, 2021 at her home, surrounded by family. Kathy was born June 17, 1949 to Pat Henle and Mabel Coleman in Marshalltown, IA. She grew up in Marshalltown, IA. She grew up in Chelsea, IA, attending St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Kathy worked as a seamstress, secretary and office manager.

Steven Raymond Cantonwine

Steven Raymond Cantonwine, age 64, passed away on December 26, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was born in Vinton, Iowa on January 30, 1956 to Phianna and Raymond Cantonwine. Steve lived in Vinton until 1970 and graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1974. Steve was active in football and basketball while in high school. Steve received a Master of Science in Business degree at the University of Iowa and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate at the University of Missouri School of Law in Kansas City, Missouri.

Robert Lee Swehla

Robert Lee Swehla, age 73, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha with his family by his side.Graveside services will be held for Robert and his wife Sharon at 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Mound Cemetery in Watkins.Robert was born on December 18, 1947, in Fayette, IA. the son of Robert Frank and Emma (Pavlovec) Swehla.

Junior Lavern Pritchett

Junior Lavern Pritchett, 86, formerly of Missouri and Vinton, passed away Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Keystone Nursing Care Center.Burial will be held at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Steele, Missouri.Junior was born on August 16, 1934 in Cooter, MO., the son of Oscar and Pauline (Grammar) Pritchett.  He had worked for D.C. Taylor and at the Iowa Ham Plant in Vinton prior to his retirement.
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