Obituaries

Wed
11
Aug

Randy Lauer

Randy Lauer

 

 

Randy Allen Lauer, 66, of West Union, was called home by our heavenly father on Sunday, August 8, 2021. He was born January 3, 1955 in West Union to Leslie and Frances (Wolfs) Lauer. He was baptized at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, West Union, and confirmed at St. Peter Lutheran, Eldorado. Randy graduated from North High School with the class of 1973. After graduation he began farming and working for his dad running heavy equipment.

Randy was united in marriage to Connie Upton on March 15, 1975. One son was born to this union. He was a charter member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, West Union.

Randy loved his family, especially  his grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his grandsons going to sales and teaching his granddaughter how to drive the uni loader and tractor. He also enjoyed spending time with his dog, Ted.

Wed
11
Aug

Arleta Stensland

Arleta Stensland

 

 

Arleta Ann (Kleppe) Stensland, 88, of West Union died Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Stoney Brook in West Union, Iowa. She was born in West Union, Iowa on December 29, 1932 to Elmer John and Henrietta Martha (Paulson) Kleppe. They lived on a farm about ten miles northeast of West Union until 1945, when a move to West Union was made.

Arleta attended Dover #7 country school until this move. After graduation from high school in West Union, she entered the Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota, finishing in 1954. Her career took her from Rochester to California back to Rochester. In 1980, Arleta gave up nursing to stay with her mother in West Union, until her death in February of 1981. In 1983, Arleta was united in marriage with Floyd Arlie Stensland and they lived on Floyd’s home farm west of Eldorado, Iowa. She thoroughly enjoyed country living. 

Wed
04
Aug

Monte Martin

Monte Martin

 

Monte Martin age 69, of Ossian, Iowa died on Friday, July 23, 2021 at Gunderson Health Systems in La Crosse, WI. 

Mass of Christian Burial was held 11 a.m., Friday, July 30, 3031 at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Ossian, IA. Interment was in the St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, Ossian, IA. Arrangements were by Schulter-Balik Funeral Home.

      Monte Edward Martin was born December 4, 1951 in Iowa City, Iowa. He grew up in Calmar, where he would graduate from South Winneshiek High School in 1970. Following high school, Monte went to Area 1 in Calmar to become an electrician. 

Wed
04
Aug

Velma and Eugene Moorhead

Velma and Eugene Moorhead

 

A joint memorial service for Velma (Thorson) and Eugene Moorhead will be held at East Clermont Lutheran Church on Saturday, August 7, at 1:30 p.m.

Velma (1930-2020) was raised in Clermont, and was a long-time resident of Arizona. She was married at East Clermont Lutheran Church in 1952 to Eugene Moorhead (1926-2001). 

They are survived by 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

Velma was the daughter of  Alphie and Myrtle Thorson, and sister to Eugene Thorson and Minerva Bacon (all deceased), and Charles Thorson of Clermont.

Gene and Velma were also preceded in death by an infant son.

A luncheon and time of visitation will follow the service at the church.

Wed
28
Jul

Lucille Holthaus

Lucille Holthaus

 

Lucille Bertha Holthaus, 95, of Ossian, Iowa died Thursday, July 22, 2021, at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa. Lucille was born on January 20, 1926, on the family farm near Festina, Iowa, to Joseph and Edwina (Lechtenberg) Thuente. Following her schooling, Lucille worked for a brief time at the New Hampton Hospital.

Wed
28
Jul

Glenn Janssen

Glenn Janssen

 

Glenn H. Janssen, 90, of Arlington, Iowa, died on Friday morning, July 23, 2021, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, Iowa.

Funeral Service were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at the Community Bible Church in Strawberry Point, Iowa with Pastor Bruce Klett officiating.

Visitation was 4-8 p.m.. Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Arlington and for one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.

Interment:  Taylorsville Cemetery, Arlington, Iowa with military honors.

Memorials may be directed to the Arlington Ambulance Service and Fayette County Historical Society.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com 

Wed
28
Jul

Joyce McFarlane

Joyce McFarlane

Joyce Ann McFarlane 64, of Randalia, IA, passed away on July 21, 2021 with her loving family at her side. Joyce was born in Dubuque, IA on October 6, 1956 to Earl Joseph Streif and Leona Catherine (Fah) Streif. Joyce graduated from West Union High School in 1975.

Joyce was united in marriage to Robert McFarlane on November 24, 1979; they were married 42 years.  To this union brought four wonderful children, Melissa, Matthew, Monica, and Megan.

Wed
28
Jul

David Johnson Jr.

David Johnson Jr.

 

David M. Johnson, Jr., 62, of Fayette, died unexpectedly, Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. at Klocks Island Park in Fayette. Visitation preceded the service on Thursday starting at 5:00 p.m. Becker & Son Funeral Home in Fayette is assisting David’s family. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

David Manuel, Jr., son of David Manuel, Sr. and Mary (Mansell) Johnson was born December 1, 1958, at the hospital in Lexington, Missouri. He received his education in the Napoleon-Wellington R-9 Schools. 

Following his education, he served in the Missouri National Guard. Duke worked as a welder for many years in Missouri, prior to working at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, which he retired from in 2015. 

Wed
28
Jul

Karolin (Falb) Lehman

Karolin (Falb) Lehman

 

Karolin (Falb) Lehman passed away peacefully at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital, West Union on July 19, 2021 at the age of 89. She was born June 15, 1932 to George and Myrtle (Kerr) Falb at the family home on Pleasant Street in Elgin, IA. 

Karolin attended Elgin Public School graduating with the class of 1949. Following graduation she attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, IA. She began her teaching career in first grade in Tripoli, IA. 

Wed
28
Jul

Edward Havens

Edward Havens

 

A former West Union resident Edward A. Havens, 78, died May 10th, 2021, in his home in Scottsdale, AZ.

Mr. Havens was born August 12th, 1942, in Hannibal, MO., to Glenn M. Havens and Pauline A. Miller Havens.

He lived a ‘true love and basketball’ life. As a young boy, he scrambled around the same tunnels that Mark Twain famously wrote about. He grew up in Galesburg, IL, where he excelled in sports. He was a member of the Hall of Fame inducted 1959 Silver Streaks Illinois State tournament basketball team and a starter on the 1960 state team. 

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