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Obituaries

James “Jim” E. Blomme

James “Jim” E. Blomme, 66, of Belle Plaine, IA passed away Friday, December 3, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA.James was born April 12, 1955 to Vernon and Mary Ellen (Collum) Blomme in Newport, Rhode Island while his father was serving in the U.S. Navy. Upon honorable discharge, the family moved home to Belle Plaine, where Jim was raised and enjoyed wrestling for Belle Plaine High School until he graduated in 1974.

Richard "Dick" Raymond Baker

Richard "Dick" Raymond Baker was born on Feb. 24, 1941, in Vinton, the son of Raymond and Joy (Latting) Baker. Dick graduated from Dysart High School in 1959. On Oct. 9, 1960, he was united in marriage to Nancy Waller. The couple made their home in Traer and Cedar Rapids before settling in Dysart.Dick worked at Rockwell Collins, Waller's Phillip 66 gas station, and the Farmer's Coop Telephone Co.
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Dorothy Nadine (Close) Schrader

Dorothy Nadine (Close) Schrader, age 86, died peacefully at Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab in Vinton on Friday, December 3, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, December 9, 2021, at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) in Vinton.  Interment will be held at Bear Creek Cemetery, rural Vinton.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 PM, Wednesday, at the funeral home.

KEVIN K. WRIGHT

Kevin K. Wright, 71, of Rocky Mount, N.C., passed away Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in his home surrounded by his loving family. No services will be held in accordance with Kevin's wishes.Kevin was born May 28, 1950, in Cedar Rapids to Russell and DeLores Wright and grew up on the family farm outside of Van Horne. He graduated from Benton Community High School in 1968.

Gary L. Reiss.

Gary L. Reiss., 73, of Washburn, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Mercy One in Waterloo.Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) with Pastor Matt Magee officiating.  Interment with graveside military rites will be held at the Mt Auburn Cemetery.
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Jerry Lee Rabik

Jerry Lee Rabik, 72, of Shellsburg, Iowa, formerly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away peacefully after a courageous 16-year battle with cancer on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, at the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa, with his wife and children by his side. A visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Cedar Rapids.

Morris N. Miller

Morris N. Miller, 78, of Oskaloosa, formerly of Belle Plaine, drove to his heavenly home on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, at the Northern Mahaska Specialty Care Center in Oskaloosa under hospice care after a battle with cancer.Morris was born July 6, 1943, in Bourbon, Mo., the son of Elvin "Eugene" and Martha (Stroup) Miller. He attended school in Bourbon until the eighth grade.

Ryan Noe

Ryan Noe, 49, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 26, 2021, while doing farm work near Vinton.Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 3, 2021 at the Vinton Presbyterian Church. A visitation will be held from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) in Vinton.  Interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton.

Frances “Joan” Herring

Frances "Joan" Herring, 87, of Belle Plaine, IA passed away Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Belle Plaine Specialty Care, Belle Plaine following a long battle with dementia.Memorial Service is 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Christ United Methodist Church, Belle Plaine, IA with Pastor Thomas Petersen officiating. Burial will take place at Beal Cemetery, Belle Plaine.

Diana K. (Mason) Usher

Diana K. (Mason) Usher, age 73, died peacefully at her home in Vinton on Friday, November 26, 2021. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, December 3, 2021 at Oak Grove Christian Church in Shellsburg with Pastor Matt Magee officiating.  Interment will be held at the Urbana Cemetery at a later date.  Friends may visit with the family from 10 AM until service time at the church on Friday.
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