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Obituaries

Wayne A. Simnacher

Wayne A. Simnacher, age 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 23, 2021, at his home in Vinton.Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 PM, Sunday, December 26, 2021 at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) in Vinton.  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, December 27, 2021 at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton.

Walter J. Nelson

Walter J. Nelson, 90, of Vinton, formerly of Springville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, from a long illness.Born the son of Fred and Katherine (Nyman) Nelson on Jan. 15, 1931. Walt worked for years in construction with his father until he left for the U.S. Army in 1950. He served his country in the Korean War 1951-52. He married Doris Lee White on July 9, 1955 in Rutland, Vermont.
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Patricia Marie Conway Baldridge

Patricia Marie Conway Baldridge, age 93, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at the home of her daughter Kathie in Phoenix on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Patricia was born on May 25, 1928 in Iowa City, Iowa. In 1950, she married Robert Baldridge and moved with him to their farm near Vinton where they lived for 62 years.Patricia was deeply devoted to the Holy Family, especially the Virgin Mary.

Joyce Mae (Stueck) Andresen

Joyce Mae (Stueck) Andresen, age 80, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 20, 2021, at the Keystone Nursing Care Center. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, December 23, 2021, at St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. B. Andrew Wright officiating.  Interment will be held at the Keystone Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 PM, Wednesday at the Phillips Funeral Home in Keystone.

Bao V. Tran Lam

Bao V. Tran Lam, 92, of Iowa City, passed away at his home on December 15, 2021.Burial will be at 2:00pm on Monday, December 20, 2021, at Memory Gardens Cemetery Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bao’s name to the charity of your choice.Bao was born May 5, 1929, in Viet Nam. On December 25, 1953, Bao married Quang Thi Vi in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
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Holly M. Henry

Holly M. Henry, 45, of Walker, IA, died on Friday, December 17, 2021, at the Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids after a long battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).Holly was born on December 12, 1976, in Vinton, IA, the daughter of Carl E. and Rosalie J. (McNeal) Zeller. She was raised on her family farm in rural Walker, IA the youngest of five children.

Donald “Butch” Povlick

Donald “Butch” Povlick, 83, of Newhall, Iowa, went to see Jesus on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Graveside Service: 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids, assisted the family.Butch was born January 20, 1938, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Charles and Dorothy (Ring) Povlick.

Dixie Lynn (Eastwood) Davis

Dixie Lynn (Eastwood) Davis, 67, of Vinton, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 15, 2021, after a long battle with cancer.Honoring Dixie’s wishes, there will be no formal services.Dixie was born to James and Lois (Wilson) Eastwood, Sr. on March 23, 1954.Dixie met Wayne Lee Davis and they were married March 23, 1973.  The couple made their home in the Cedar Rapids/Vinton area for years.

Howard Franklin Garton

Howard Franklin Garton, son of Keiffer G. Garton and Madge (Dunn) Garton, was born December 22, 1933 at home in Wayne County, Iowa and passed away December 5, 2021 at the age of 87 years.Howard attended primary school at Clay Center, a one-room schoolhouse near the family farm. With encouragement and tuition support from Coy (Fry) Garton, his father's second wife, he commuted with his Aunt Mardelle (Boyd) Southard to Corydon for junior high.

Donald A. “Don” DeKlotz

Donald A. “Don” DeKlotz, 91, passed away on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at Unity Point St. Luke’s Hospice in Cedar Rapids.Private family services will be held with interment at Raetz Cemetery, Atkins, with graveside military rites.  A Celebration of Don’s life will be held at a later date.  Memorials may be directed to the family a 2583 71st Street, Newhall, IA 52315.
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