Obituaries

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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. 

Tue
22
Aug

Randall Dennler

Randall Dennler, 58, of Lincoln, NE, formerly of Elkader, Iowa died Sunday, August 13, 2017, at Monarch Hospice House in Lincoln. Randy was born September 19, 1958 to LaVern L. and Ivanelle E. “Ivy” (Erickson) Dennler and grew up in Elkader, Iowa. He graduated from Central Community High School, Elkader, and earned an Ag Business degree from Kirkwood Community College. Randy enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and was an avid Chicago Bears football fan. His greatest joy was his daughter, Randi, who he dearly loved.

Tue
15
Aug

Jacqueline Moon

Jacqueline Jane Moon, age 87, of Omaha, NE and formerly of Elkader, Iowa and Harlan, Iowa passed away in August 6, 2017.

Jackie was born in Guttenberg, IA on December 18, 1929, to Merrill and Myrtle (Cassutt) Smith. She wed Ronald Moon on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1954, and lived in Elkader until 1974. Jackie and Ron moved to Harlan, IAwhere Jackie worked for the Kohorst Law Firm for approximately 20 years. In 2010, she moved to Omaha to be closer to family.

Tue
08
Aug

Charles Chase

Charles Joseph Chase, 72, of Volga, Iowa died Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at Regional Medical Center in Manchester, Iowa. Charles was born August 3, 1944, to Lester and Dorothy (Hermen) Chase in Oelwein, Iowa. He graduated from Central High School and also graduated from Universal Trade School of Omaha, Nebraska. 

Tue
08
Aug

Maxine Matthews

Maxine Loraine Matthews, 91, of Elkader, Iowa, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Friday, August 4, 2017, at the Elkader Care Center. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids. 

Tue
01
Aug

Paula Everitt

Paula Noel Everitt, 62, of Volga,Iowa died Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Palmer Hospital, West Union, Iowa. She was born September, 6, 1954, to Helmer and Ruby (McClane) Peterson. She attended Elkader schools and received her G.E.D in Calmar. Paula continued her education and received her Associates Degree in Medical Transcription. 

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