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Tue
12
Sep

Rodger Sear Jr.

Rodger Cletus Sear, Jr., 75, of Garber, IA, died Thursday, September 7, 2017, at his home near Garber. He was the son of Rodger and Betty Sear Sr., and was born October 23, 1941, in Dubuque.

Rodger received his education locally, and served his country in the United States Army. He owned and operated the Sear Auto Salvage and Sear 66 Service for a many years. On November 26, 1976, he was united in marriage with Carla Hansel in Dubuque. Rodger enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and spending time with grandchildren.

Tue
12
Sep

Sherry O’Neal

Sherry Lynn O’Neal, 65, of Garnavillo, Iowa died Saturday September 9, 2017, at her residence in Garnavillo, Iowa.

Sherry was born May 13, 1952, at McGregor. She was the daughter of Clayton and Lucille Glawe, O’Neal. Sherry was under the care of Scenic Acres most of her life. She enjoyed watching television and listening to music. 

She is survived by four sisters, Donna Starkey of Luana, Diane (Milo) Doerring of Luana, Susan (Joe) Ludvick of Prairie du Chien, Linda Ambrose (Jim Schlitter) of Luana and a sister-in-law, Nancy (Chuck) Blong of Farmersburg. 

Tue
05
Sep

Harley Glawe

Harley Glawe, 90, of rural St. Olaf, died Thursday, August 31, 2017, at the Elkader Care Center. 

Harley Carl Henry Glawe, son of Herman and Louisa (Polkow) Glawe was born September 17, 1926, in Boardman Township, rural Elkader.  He was raised and educated in Clayton County, attending Pony Hollow School. He wanted his children to go to college because he didn’t get to graduate from high school

Tue
05
Sep

Roger Lee Glawe

Roger Lee Glawe, 64, of Volga, died on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at home, following a long illness. He was born January 9, 1953, in McGregor, to Lloyd and Ivanelle (Schuety) Glawe. He was baptized at Norway Lutheran Church, rural St. Olaf, and confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. Roger graduated from Central High School in 1971.

He was united in marriage to Phyllis Peterson on December 5, 1981, at Marion Lutheran Church, Gunder.   He lived and farmed on his family farm near St. Olaf. Roger worked at Korte Implement, Elkader Co-op and Leete Trucking until he started working at Corby’s Tire and Muffler in Elkader, where he worked for almost 30 years.

Tue
29
Aug

Irene Petsche

Irene Petsche, 85, of McGregor, Iowa died Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. Irene Catherine was born to Casper and Mary (Lucher) Schaefers on May 15, 1932, in Clayton, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, Iowa. Irene attended Garnavillo Catholic School through the eighth grade.

Tue
29
Aug

Louis Matt

Louis Matt, III, age 91, of Garnavillo, IA, died Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA. He was born on June 1, 1926, on the family farm near St. Olaf. 

Louis attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Garnavillo and later attended high school in Monona. On February 27, 1954, Louis was united in marriage with Armella “Amy” Frommelt at St. Mary’s Church in Guttenberg. Together Louis and Amy raised their children on the family farm near St. Olaf. Farming and feeding cattle were his passions. Louis and Amy enjoyed traveling, especially to visit family. In later years, Louis filled his days with long walks. 

Tue
29
Aug

Jeffrey Clinton

Jeffrey Lee Clinton, 53, of Chandler, AZ passed away July 30, 2017. Jeffrey was born May 29, 1964, in Rapid City, SD. 

As a result of a motorcycle accident, Jeffrey was a quadriplegic for 29 years. He coordinated and was a lone participant in “Wheels to the White House” in 1995. He wheeled himself from Chandler, AZ to the White House in Washington D.C., where he met with actor Christopher Reeve to bring attention to spinal cord injury and research. 

Tue
22
Aug

Larry Purman

Larry LaVern Purman, 72, of Elkader, died suddenly Sunday, July 23, 2017, at home in Elkader. He was born October 29, 1944, in Guttenberg, to Cecil Gayle and Wanda Mae (Stewart) Purman.  He graduated from Central High School in Elkader in 1962, and then attended school for diesel mechanics in Kansas City, MO.

Larry served in U.S. Navy at the Great Lakes Training Center and was honorably discharged.

On August 7, 1965, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Radabaugh at Hope Lutheran Church in Littleport. The couple was blessed with three children.

Tue
22
Aug

Betty McMahon

Betty Jean Orvis McMahon, 87, of Elkader, passed away Monday, August 14, 2017, at the Elkader Care Center. She was born September 22, 1929, to Vern and Lilly (Olson) Trudo in Postville. She graduated from Postville High School with the class of 1947.

She married Dean Orvis on November 2, 1947, at Norway Lutheran Church. One daughter was born to them. Betty worked as a medical transcriber for many clinics around the country. She enjoyed gardening and reading; however, spending time with her family was what she loved most of all.

Tue
22
Aug

Galen Griffin

Galen Walter Griffin, 92, of Manchester, Iowa, formerly of Elkader, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at Marietta’s Place in Manchester. He was born on February 12, 1925, in Masonville, the son of Walter and Hazel (Morehouse) Griffin. Galen attended rural country school near Masonville, graduating from Lamont High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, honorably serving his country during World War II. Following his service, he graduated from Upper Iowa University in Fayette. 

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