Dean Lewis Obit
Dean A. Lewis, age 72, of Howard passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 with his family by his side. The son of the late Donald and Florence (Devroy) Lewis, he attended Annunciation Grade School and Green Bay West High School. He met the love of his life, Betty Armstrong, whom he married on June 19, 1965, at Annunciation Catholic Church. Dean served in the U.S. Navy Reserves for three years. He then loved driving truck for Red Owl and received many awards for safe driving. After Red Owl closed, he taught many new semi drivers as a "White Knuckled Driving Instructor" for Schneider Transport.
Dean enjoyed fishing with his family and friends. He loved four wheeling with his daughter and grandchildren and bow hunting. Dean had a passion for "putzing" in his garage; he could fix anything. Dean and Betty wintered in Texas for 11 years where Dean loved finding "good deals" at flea markets.
Dean is survived by his wife, Betty; three daughters, Sharla (Darrell) Filtz of Cedarburg, Annette (Joe) Wilmet of Howard, Merry (Steve) Scully of Green Bay; grandchildren, Zachary, Brianna, and Joshua Filtz; Nicole, Amanda and Becky Nowak; Dakota Dean Wilmet; Meghan (Craig) Nooyen; Stephanie and Grace Scully; his "bonus daughter" Rhonda Hill; godchildren, Julie Splawski, Ann Marie Schroepfer and Carrie Zakowski; two brothers, Marvin (Shirley) Lewis, Dale (Kathy) Lewis; his sister Barb Lewis; sister-in-law, Pat Denissen; former son-in-law, Dave Nowak; his life-long friend Tim O'Neil, and his four-legged friends, Pepper and Buddy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Ralph and Gertie Armstrong, sister and brother-in-law, Shirley (Ken) Derpinghaus; brother-in-law, Don Denissen; and good friend, Dick Van.
Visitation for Dean will be held on Sunday, December 18, at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. with a funeral service at 4 p.m. Entombment will be in Fort Howard Memorial Park. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
Special thanks are extended to Dr. Rank for giving Dean and Betty an extra ten years together. He will be greatly loved and missed by his family.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Dec. 15 to Dec. 16, 2016
Kitty Foster Obit
Billy Hodges Obit
Billy was born on January 12, 1931 and passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
Billy was a resident of Brookport, Illinois at the time of his passing.
Bill was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and held his Master's License as a Captain on the River.
He was married to Kathryn.
Bill is to be cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held on November 5th 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Calvert City First Baptist Church at first and Ash Street in Calvert City KY. for family and friends.
Capt. Billy Lewis Hodge, 85 of Brookport, IL died October 5, 2016 in Paducah, KY.
He worked for 63 years on the rivers, starting in 1952 as a deckhand for his father, Capt. George Hodge, on the paddle-wheeler Haddie R of the Lewis Igert Barge Line.
He worked his way up to the Pilothouse and worked for several companies, ultimately retiring from Ingram Barge Company in 1994, although he continued to trip until 2014.
He had three brothers who worked on the river, and his son Craig Hodge is currently a pilot for Ingram.
Vera Salmon says about Nancy:
"Jim and Nancy Baker lived in Kansas City until their retirement and then moved to Gravois Mills Missouri by the Lake of the Ozarks. Nancy was well known in Magnolia Park for her beautiful Quilts,and many craft items; like making teddy bears out of fur coats. It was an honor to become an owner of one of Nancy's bears. Jim and Nancy returned to magnolia to visit after selling to the Ferrells."
Nancy R. Baker
In loving memory of Nancy R. Baker, who passed away on November 9, 2016, with her husband of 64 years by her side. A Life Celebration for family and friends will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14. Please contact (913) 433-6397 or (816) 853-3757 for details. Nancy is survived by husband, James Baker; son, Steve and his wife Stephanie; two grandchildren, Rachelle and Brian; and good friends. In lieu of flowers, Nancy and her family request that donations be made to Kansas City Hospice Palliative Care or Wayside Waifs Animal Shelter in Nancy's name. Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery, (816) 761-6272, www.longviewfuneralhome.com
Published in Kansas City Star on Nov. 11, 2016
Jerry Walker Obituary
Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay, Oklahoma, 918-253-3222. Jerry E. Walker, 68 year old resident of Jay, Oklahoma, went to be with his Lord and savior on October 16, 2016 after a long illness.
Jerry was born on April 21, 1948 in Sunnyside, Washington. He was the son of Kenneth and Margaret (Smith) Walker. Jerry graduated from Jay High School in 1966; he then earned his Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. Jerry proudly served in the United States Army during Vietnam. Jerry was united in marriage to Kathy Dixon in Miami, Oklahoma in 1984. Jerry served on multiple conservation and fair boards throughout the state of Oklahoma. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gigging, team roping, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren. Jerry was a member of the Triple Cross Ranch Church.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Margaret Walker and his daughter Hayley Hughes. Left here to miss him dearly are is wife; Kathy Walker of the home, daughter Ashley Treadwell of Tulsa, Oklahoma, son Matt Walker and his wife Whitney of Jay, Oklahoma, granddaughter Pyper Handley of Tulsa, Oklahoma, grandson Gage Walker and his granddaughter Chayse Walker of Jay, Oklahoma and his sister Janie Charbonneau and her husband Harvey of Eucha, Oklahoma.
Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Triple Cross Ranch Church with Pastor Dewey Stanford officiating. Honoring Jerry’s life serving as Honorary Bearers will be Buddy Baker, Jeff Charbonneau, Terry Combs, Keith Culver, Jeff Lindly, Matt Matthews, Terry Morrow, Robert O’Bryan, Brad Price, Clark Richie and Gene Woods. Family and friends can leave online condolences and share precious memories by visiting Jerry’s Book of Memories at www.honoringmemories.com.
Kitty (LaVonne) Foster passed 6/6/2016
Rose Eileen Lowrance
(September 22, 1922 - May 10, 2016)
Mass of Christian Burial for Rose Eileen Lowrance, 93, of Farber, will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 13, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vandalia with Father Paul Hartley officiating. Burial will be in Farber Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Bienhoff Funeral Home.
Mrs. Lowrance passed away at 7:30 a.m., May 10, 2016 at Tri County Care Center in Vandalia.
She was born September 12, 1922 in Rutland, Illinois, the daughter of William and Rose Ehrnthaller Schmillen.
She was married to Gerald Lowrance on March 6, 1943 in Oklahoma and he survives.
Other survivors include: three sons, Michael Lowrance of Farber, Gerard (Laura) Lowrance of Osage City, Kansas, and Timothy (Maria) Lowrance of Vandalia; two daughters, Mary (John) Wallace of Vandalia, and Susan Sheridan of Greenwood, Mississippi; three brothers, Gene Schmillen of Normal, Ill., Donald Schmillen and Gaylord Schmillen, both of Toluca, Ill.; two sisters, Delores Tapay of Los Gatos, California, and Colette Rogers of Peoria, Ill.; ten grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one grandson, Tanner Lowrance; and three brothers, Tom Schmillen, Bill Schmillen, and Frances Schmillen.
Mrs. Lowrance moved to the Vandalia area in 1962 with her family as they set up a farming operation. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church Altar and Rosary Society, and Homemakers Club. During her life, she enjoyed gardening, embroidery work, and working with crafts. When they spent the winters in Texas, she pursued her artistic talent including many mediums of painting.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Steven Sheridan, Scott Sheridan, Chad Wallace, Patrick Lowrance, Aidan Lowrance, and Tyson Lowrance.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church Altar and Rosary Society.
Obituaries in 2016
Rose Marie Wingert
1942 - 2016
Rose Marie Wingert passed away April 14, 2016. She was 73.
Rose Marie Konda was born on July 11, 1942 on a farm near Montrose, SD to John and Grace (O'Hara) Konda. She graduated from Parker High School in 1960. After graduation, she started her career in the medical field as a secretary. She worked first as an x-ray secretary at McKennan Hospital and began her career as a lab secretary for the next 40 years at LCM. She retired from Sanford Labs in August 2013. Her hobbies were square dancing, line dancing, knitting, crocheting and other crafts.
Rose Marie was united in marriage to Alvin Wingert on May 22, 1965 at St Joseph's Cathedral in Sioux Falls. She enjoyed camping, bus tours and square dancing with Alvin. She was a member of Christ the King Church, Shirts & Skirts Square Dance Club, and Active Generations.
Grateful for sharing her life are her brother, Francis (Judy) Konda; nephews, Jim (Kris) Konda of Jackson, MN, Mike (Amy) Konda, Sioux City, IA; niece, Cindy Konda, Sioux Falls, SD; brothers-in-law, Ron (Elaine) Wingert, Francis (Tuny) Wingert; sisters-in-law, Eilene (Cecil) McCoy, Mary Lou (John) Tunender, and Pat (Ron) Leber; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; her parents; and brother, James.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am Monday, April 18, 2016, at Christ the King Catholic Church. Burial will follow at 1:30pm at St. Patrick Cemetery, Montrose, SD. Visitation begins at noon, Sunday, with the family present to greet friends from 2:00 to 4:00pm and a prayer service beginning at 4:00 Sunday afternoon at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Avenue.
Published in The Argus Leader on Apr. 16, 2016
Virgil J. Koob
Virgil J. Koob, the son of Glen and Gertrude (Tibben) Koob, was born April 28, 1930, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, and passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic.
Virgil was baptized while in the service at MacDill Airforce Base and was confirmed in 1955 as an adult at the Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic. Virgil attended Brayton School through the 6th grade and graduated from Exira High School in 1949. In 1951, Virgil served in the Air Force for three years, nine months and 10 days and was deployed to England for temporary duty for three months from July through October 1953. He was early released from the Air Force as Staff Sargent.
On June 29, 1952, he was united in marriage to Catherine Elma Byrum at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Adair, and moved to Tampa, Fla., where they lived from June 1952 until October 1953. To this union two daughters were born: Linda and Rhonda. They returned to Brayton, where he worked at the Brayton Produce until August 1957 and then moved to Anita where he worked with Harold Herren on the egg and milk route for six years. Virgil then went to work for Frito-Lay for 28 years as a route salesman, before retiring in 1991.
After retiring, Virgil enjoyed wintering in Texas until 2007. He enjoyed traveling, with one of his favorite trips being Branson, Mo. He also enjoyed camping with family members and playing cards. He always appreciated having new cars.
Preceding Virgil in death were his parents; brothers-in-law, Lloyd Mertes and Jack Schwab; and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Schwab.
Virgil is survived by his wife, Catherine of Anita; his children, Linda (Max) Smith of Anita and Rhonda (Bob) Davidson of Colfax; his grandchildren, Andrea (David) Wanner of Ottumwa, Kenneth (Brooke) Smith of Bellevue, Neb., Kimberly (Kevin) Lange of Bondurant and Kathryn (Jake) Wasko of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; five great-grandchildren; and two great-granddogs; aunt, Dorine Koob; sister-in-law, Alice Mertes; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation with family will be from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21 at Hockenberry Family Care in Anita.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, Feb. 22 at Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic. Private family burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Anita.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to family's wishes is preferred.
Hockenberry Family Care in Anita is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.hockenberryfamilycare.com.