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Obituaries

Kenneth Ray McIlrath

Kenneth Ray McIlrath, 78, of Dubuque, formerly of Marion, Iowa, passed away Friday, April 1, 2022, at the Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury, Iowa. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, at Marion Christian Church, 1050 McGowan Blvd., Marion, Iowa. Visitation will be held one hour prior, beginning at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Robert Wahlert

Robert Wahlert, 79, of Walford, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Visitation: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at Cedar Hills Community Church in Cedar Rapids. Funeral service: 11 a.m. Monday, April 11, at the church. Private family burial will take place at Linwood Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.
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Kurt K. Peters

Kurt K. Peters, 51, passed away to his heavenly home on Saturday, April 2, 2022 with his loving family by his side at the Donna and Dennis Oldorf Hospice House from complications of a stroke. Per Kurt’s request he was cremated. Private family burial at Urbana Cemetery.  A Celebration of Life will be held at the Monarch Room at Teahen Funeral Home on Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 1 to 3 p.

Devon Gene Ruchotzke

Devon Gene Ruchotzke, 54, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in Harmony House Health Center in Waterloo. Services were held at Hope Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids with burial at Inland Cemetery in Bennett, Iowa.Devon was born June 24, 1967, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Larry and Linda Ruchotzke. Devon loved everyone he met. Those that got to know him loved him just as much.

Mary Grace (Stull) Beck

Mary Grace (Stull) Beck, 83, of Belle Plaine, IA passed away on March 31, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.Mary Grace (Stull) Beck was born on Feb 27, 1939, in Tama County, IA to Ora Clyde and Florence (Hand) Stull. Mary was a compassionate, beautiful soul with a smile that would brighten any room. Mary graduated Capri Cosmetology in 1972 and spent most of her career as a hairdresser in Belle Plaine.
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Maybeth Graham

Maybeth Graham, 85, of Brandon, Iowa died Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at the Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab Center in Vinton, Iowa.Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2022 at the Reiff Family Center, Independence, with burial in the Brandon Cemetery, Brandon. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Kevin Jay Simnacher

Kevin Jay Simnacher, 61, of Cedar Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2021.A Celebration of Life for Kevin will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2022, 10:00 a.m. at the Blessed Hope Community Church with Pastor Matt Hantz officiating. He was born to Robert and Phyllis (Martin) Simnacher in Vinton, Iowa. He graduated from Vinton High School in 1979 and obtained a graphics art degree in 1981 at Hawkeye Community College.

Verlyn Wilfrid Rieck

Verlyn Wilfrid Rieck, 74 of Luzerne, IA passed away March 21,2022 at his home.Verlyn was born November 25, 1947, to Vernon and Helen (Duncalf) Rieck.  He graduated from Benton Community High School, Class of 1966.  Verlyn furthered his education by attending Iowa State University and received his bachelor’s degree in 1971 in Farm Operation.
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Wendy Chris Watson

Wendy Chris Watson passed away after a brief illness on March 3, 2022.Wendy was born Jan. 8, 1955, in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Winston and Lois Watson. Wendy was the oldest of four children. She grew up in Vinton, Iowa, where she graduated high school in 1973. She attended the University of Iowa. After college, Wendy managed Betty's Fashions in Vinton for her mom and Aunt Doris Meredith.

Dave Kelchner

Dave Kelchner, 64, of Luzerne, passed away March 22, 2022. A Celebration of Life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Swisher American Legion, Swisher, Iowa.Dave is survived by his daughters, Nicki (Ryan) Bulicek, Sara (Brett) Cahill, Tina Kelcher and Tara (Mike) Toyne; nine grandchildren; and nephews, Josh and Shannon Kelchner.
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