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Obituaries

Celebration of life for Janet & Diane Wheeler

 A Joint Celebration of Life for daughters/sisters, Janet Ann and Diane Marie Wheeler will be held on November 25th at the Blairstown, Iowa Community Center, 305 Locust Street.  Friends may drop by to visit with the family, Joyce, Joe (Meg), Mike (Susan), Sue (Bud) Moore, Jean (Jerry) Jurgens, Andy (Pat), Ann (Dennis) Junge, and John, from 11:00 a.

Terry Welton Shedenhelm

Terry Welton Shedenhelm, 83, of Belle Plaine, Iowa passed away Friday, November 18, 2022 at Unity Point St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, IA.Terry was born March 8, 1939 in Marengo, IA the son of Cecil and Maxine (Welton) Shedenhelm. He attended country school at Kona-Kona near Marengo. His family moved north of Belle Plaine where he attended country school in Irving, and graduated from Belle Plaine High School the class of 1957.
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Roger A. Wenner

Roger A. Wenner, age 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 6, 2022, at his rural Vinton home, with his family by his side.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, November 21, 2022 at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th) in Vinton.  Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, with graveside military rites.

Eudeana (Deana) Rae Larson

Eudeana (Deana) Rae Larson, 73, of Sheffield, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2022 at the IOOF Home in Mason City. A private ceremony will be held at the family farm near Brandon at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Sietsema-Atkinson Funeral Home in Hampton.Deana attended school in Brandon, Iowa and graduated from high school at Vinton, Iowa and Marshalltown School of Nursing.

Cynthia Louise (Benson) Blackburn

Cynthia Louise (Benson) Blackburn was born on September 5, 1955, in Waukon, Iowa. She was the first of 6 children born to William and Lois (Hertrampf) Benson. The family moved to Vinton in the early 60's where Cindy grew up, attended school, and graduated in 1974. She traveled to Minnesota to further her education as a Veterinarian's Assistant, a trade she loved and worked in for years after returning to Vinton.
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Darrell Gene Covington

Darrell Gene Covington, age 55, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 13, 2022, at his home in Vinton  Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, November 21, 2022 at Blessed Hope Community Church in Vinton, with Pastor David Condry officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until service time, Monday, also at the church. Darrell was born on August 1, 1967, in Bakersfield, California, the son of Burl and Vivian (Crow) Covington.

Scott Andrew Dye

Scott Dye, 60, passed away on November 10, 2022. Scott was born in Wayzata, Minnesota. He graduated high school from Vinton, Iowa. Scott attended Hibbing Community College where he made lifelong friends playing football and completed his Business Associates Degree. He then continued on to Concordia College to further pursue his football career.

Larry Philip Olson

Larry Philip Olson, 77 of Belle Plaine, Iowa entered the gates of heaven on November 14, 2022.Larry was born June 14, 1944 to Philip and Virgie (Plagman) in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from Churdan High School, class of 1962. Larry worked for the Iowa DOT as a bridge inspector.Larry is survived by his wife, Cathy of 32 years; sisters, Bonnie Schilling and Patty Oaks; stepchildren, Jerry (Jennifer) Hamilton, Tim (Katie) Hamilton, Joel (Tonya) Hamilton, Lisa (Terry) Williams, Ann (Michael) Yilek and Amy (Douglas) Zerba; children, Tina, Eric, and Aaron; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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Mary Evelyn Elsner Claypool

Mary Evelyn Elsner Claypool, 94 of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, November 14, 2022 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy following a short illness. Services: 11 a.m., Saturday at Teahen Funeral Home by Penny Ackerman. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday after 10 a.m. at Teahen Funeral Home.Mary is survived by her children, Renita Herman and Terry Claypool both of Cedar Rapids and Colleen Claypool (Terry) Graveman of Newhall; ten grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister in-law, Laurine DeWitte and many nieces and nephews.

Irma Jean McLaurin

Irma Jean McLaurin, 71, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at the Vinton Lutheran Home. Private family services will be held. Irma was born January 5, 1951, in Florida to Horace and Marion (Neely) Miller. Irma was a caregiver for most of her working career. Irma graduated from Rets Electronic School with a degree in electronics. She enjoyed dancing, bowling, R&B, funk music, and spending time with her grandchildren.
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