Author: Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home

Ethel V. Milbrath Moen

VINTON – Ethel Vivian Milbrath Moen, 95, died Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the Vinton Lutheran Home. The family will greet friends and relatives from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 307 3rd St. NE, Elkader, followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m. with Pastor Susan Friedrich officiating. Committal will be held at the Elkader/Eastside Cemetery. Ethel was born January 16, 1922, in Winneshiek County to the late Herbert and Mabel (Gunderson) Milbrath, the third of six children. She was baptized January 26, 1922, and confirmed June 14, 1936, in the Lutheran...

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Alvin H. Witt

DYSART – Alvin H. Witt, 93, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at Keystone Nursing Care Center in Keystone, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church in Dysart with Rev. James Radatz officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Private family interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Vinton. Alvin was born September 29, 1923, in Benton County, Iowa, the son of Henry John and Emma Selken Witt....

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Ella Frances Peters

INDEPENDENCE – Ella Frances Peters, 96, of Independence, formerly of Vinton, died Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Prairie Hills Assisted Living in Independence. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Vinton with Rev. Sue Thomas officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. Frances was born June 15, 1920, in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of Fred C. and Julia...

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Katelyn Elizabeth Long

VINTON – Katelyn Elizabeth Long, 21, went to be with her Lord Friday, April 7, 2017, at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton due to complications of a long illness. Private family services will be held at a later date. Katelyn was born at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, on January 9, 1996, the daughter of Michael W. Long and Jaime Lynn Gihring. She attended Vinton-Shellsburg schools. Katelyn was a member of the Baptist church. She loved music, butterflies and balloons. Although she was blind, she picked up on noises, particularly deep voices. Her beautiful smile will be...

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Jon H. Fennern

GARRISON – Jon Henry Fennern, 76, died Friday, April 7, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids due to complications of leukemia. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton with Rev. Mark Leckband officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 10, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. Jon was born April 3, 1941, on the family farm near Garrison, Iowa, the son of Harry and Evelyn Bauer Fennern. He...

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Garry L. Gordon

VINTON – Garry Lloyd Gordon, 60, died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Hospice House of Mercy following a brave battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Vinton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jessica Crane-Munoz officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Vinton. Garry was born July 11, 1956, at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton, Iowa, the son of Earl James and Blanche “Micki” O’Donnell Gordon. He graduated from Benton Community High School in 1974. Garry worked many jobs through...

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Dr. Oran R. “Doc” Corbett

VINTON – Dr. Oran Robert Corbett, known and loved as Doc, passed away at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton on Thursday, March 23, 2017, following a sudden illness. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vinton with Rev. Mark C. Urlaub officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, March 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Committal services will be held 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Coralville with...

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Lori A. Smith Simon

VINTON – Lori Ann Smith Simon, 55, died Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Vinton due to a stroke. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 27, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Vinton with Father Ardel Barta as Celebrant. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the church. Following services, Lori’s body will be cremated and private family inurnment will take place in the Urbana Cemetery at a later date. Lori was born August 8, 1961, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Charles L. and Valeria Boies Smith....

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Ron Clemens

Vinton—Ron Clemens, 74, died peacefully at his home, Saturday, March 18, 2017 from natural causes.  A memorial visitation will be held from 3 to 6 pm Sunday, March 26, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home with a Celebration of Ron’s life at 6 pm led by Rev. Lexie Kirkpatrick. Ronald Dean Clemens was born March 3, 1943 in Waverly, IA, the son of Dallas and Marcelle Jackson Clemens.   He graduated from Dumont High School in 1961.  On March 3, 1962 he married Ruby Woodley in Dumont.  Ron and Ruby moved to Vinton in 1964.  Ron worked as an auto mechanic...

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Harold E. Rector

VINTON – Harold Edwin Rector, 83, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the Vinton Lutheran Home following a long illness with Parkinson’s disease. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 20, 2017, at Blessed Hope in Vinton with Rev. Matt Hantz officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Monday at the church. Private family interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. Harold was born May 25, 1933, in Bentonsport, Iowa, the son of Harry E. and Frances Ethel Sears Rector. In 1946, the family moved from Independence to Vinton, and Harold graduated from Lincoln...

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Robert L. “Bob” Bettinger

VINTON – Robert Leroy “Bob” Bettinger, 82, died Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Virginia Gay Nursing & Rehab due to complications of Parkinson’s disease. Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2017, at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton with Father Ardel Barta officiating. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 5, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, March 6, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton. Bob was born June 11, 1934, in Montgomery, Iowa, the son of Charles Wellington and Myrtle Thorn Bettinger. He attended school in Pine City, Minnesota. On...

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Daniel T. “Danny” Voss

SHELLSBURG – Daniel Thomas “Danny” Voss, 71, died Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha due to cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Vinton with Father Ardel Barta as Celebrant. Visitation will be held at the church prior to Mass from 8 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. Patrick & St. Paul Cemetery, Watkins, with military rites performed by Iowa Military Funeral Honors. Danny was born December 29, 1945, in Blairstown, Iowa, the son of Wilbert “Whip” and...

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