Author: Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home

Janice Kay “Jan” Franks

VINTON – Janice Kay “Jan” Franks, 71, died Thursday, August 10, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids from complications of surgery. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 14, 2017, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton with Pastor Matt Hantz officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. Jan was born December 4, 1945, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Alvin and Helen Marie Srajhans Divoky. She graduated from Solon High School in 1964.  On May 18, 1996,...

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Duane E. Belknap

VINTON – Duane Edwin Belknap, 85, died Saturday, August 5, 2017, at West Ridge Care Center in Cedar Rapids following a short illness. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton with Pastor Mike Ferguson officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 8, at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.  Interment with military rites will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. Duane was born April 30, 1932, in Tipton, Iowa, the son of Ralph Leroy and Elma Bucknell Belknap. He...

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Colleen Janko

Shellsburg—Colleen Marie (Melcher) Janko, age 49, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Vinton with Father Ardel Barta as celebrant.  Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home, Vinton, and after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church.  Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Shellsburg.  A memorial Mass will also be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 22 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Monona. Colleen Marie Melcher was born May 23, 1968 in Prairie du Chien, WI,...

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Curtiss P. Dart

VINTON – Curtiss Phillip Dart, 57, died at his home in Vinton on Friday, July 7, 2017, following a courageous battle with ALS. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Curtiss was born December 21, 1959, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Phillip Leroy and Jean Lois Barnts Dart. He graduated from Linn-Mar High School in Marion in 1978. Curtiss proudly served his country as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. Curtiss was united in marriage with Lorie M. Wille Curfman on April 7, 1991. He was an area supervisor for Cedar...

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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 military rites conducted by U.S. Navy Funeral Honors. Doc was born in rural Benton County, Iowa, on March 29, 1932, to John LuVern and Wilhelmina Isabelle McMillian Corbett. He grew up on the family farm where his love of animals became evident at an early age. He attended Vinton schools and graduated in 1949. He enlisted in the Navy, serving on the USS Wasp during the Korean War. He attended Coe College and Iowa State Veterinary College, graduating in 1960. There he met Shirley “Lee” Nelson. They were united in marriage on August 20, 1956. They moved back to Vinton where he set up his veterinary practice and found great joy in caring for animals until his death. Dr. Corbett was a member of the American Legion, Lions Club, and...

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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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