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Obituaries

Donald “Don” Weatherwax, II

Donald “Don” Weatherwax, II of Belle Plaine, escaped this mortal realm early Thursday morning, ending his battle with Multiple Sclerosis on his own terms. He was 66 years old and 38 years sober. Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Don made many life-long friends while attending Arthur, Franklin, and Washington schools. His hobbies and interests were as varied as the Iowa weather, which is fortunate as he always preferred to be doing something outdoors.

Robert J. “Bob” Frimml

Robert J. "Bob" Frimml, 87, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Newhall, with Rev. Jacob Dunne as Celebrant. Interment with graveside military rites, will be held at St. John Cemetery in Newhall.
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Ronald "Ron" Dew

Ronald "Ron" Dew, 78, of rural La Porte City, died Saturday, February 17, 2024 at his home in the care of his family and Cedar Valley Hospice. He was born July 15, 1945, in Grundy Center, Iowa. Ronald was the son of LeRoy and Nadine (Norris) Dew. He graduated from Hudson High School and Served in the Army Reserves. Ronald married Shirley Ann Knipp in 1970, they were later divorced.

Terry Cranston

Terry Cranston, 84, passed away on February 18, 2024, at Kansas City Hospice House after a long illness. Terry was born in Vinton, Iowa on March 27, 1939, to Robert and Irene Cranston of Van Horne, Iowa. He was a big brother to Tom and Holly, and he cherished that role. When he was in the fifth grade the family moved to Atkins, Iowa. Terry missed Van Horne and always considered it his home.

Lillian Winslow

Lillian Winslow, age 96, went home to be with her Lord on February 19, 2024.Lillian was born on March 16, 1927, to Burdette and Jennie Koch Beck on the family farm north of Belle Plaine, Iowa. She was the oldest of 6 children. She graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1945 and attended Iowa State College in Ames for 2 years.On April 25, 1948, Lillian was united in marriage to Louis Winslow in the Christ United Methodist Church, Belle Plaine.
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Caleb Nicholas Enos

Caleb Nicholas Enos, 21, of Waterloo, passed away Friday, February 16, 2024.  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 24, 2024, at First Christian Church, Vinton, with Brad Shockley officiating.  Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 23, at Van Steenhuyse-Teahen Funeral Home, Vinton. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Jeffrey “Jeff” Joel Fisher

Jeffrey “Jeff” Joel Fisher, 73, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at Harmony Cedar Rapids. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, La Porte City, with Father Anthony Nketiah as Celebrant. Friends may visit with family from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 20, at Van Steenhuyse-Teahen Funeral Home, Vinton.

Duane John Yung

Duane John Yung, 84, of Toledo and formerly of Clutier, passed away Friday, February 9, 2024 at Unity Point Health-Marshalltown. A Mass of Christian burial was on held Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 10:30 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama. Interment will follow at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in rural Clutier. Visitation will be held Friday, February 16, 2024 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
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Walter Dale Cook

Walter Dale Cook, 87, of Walker, Iowa, died Wednesday, February 7, 2024. The family will host a Celebration of Life at a later date. Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Center Point, Iowa, assisted the family.Walter was born July 6, 1936, in rural Palo, Iowa, the son of Harold and Delores (Rouse) Cook. He graduated from Urbana High School, Class of 1955.

James Charles Chekal

James Charles Chekal, 89, passed away on Monday, February 5. A resident of Belle Plaine, Iowa, James was born on February 14, 1934, to James Chekal and Ella Bayzn.James obtained an associate's degree through the Air Force. From January 1954 to February 1974, he worked on ground support equipment that maintained aircraft. He also owned and operated Jim's appliance until his retirement.
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