Author: Phillips Funeral Home

Patrice Marie (Pickart) Strellner

VAN HORNE:      Patrice Marie (Pickart) Strellner, 50 died Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Van Horne with Father Craig Steimel, Father Brian Dellaert and Father Jim Miller as Co-Celebrants.  Private Family Committal Services will be held at Calvary Cemetery near Van Horne.  Visitation will be from 3 – 7 PM, Friday at the church in Van Horne. Patrice was born March 7, 1967 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids to Richard and Dianne (Pickering)...

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Daren William Witham

VINTON:     Daren William Witham, 52, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha following an extended illness. A Celebration Of Life will be held Saturday, June 3rd at Lakeside Pavilion at Ellis Park in Cedar Rapids from 9 AM to 3 PM. Daren was born February 12, 1965 in Cedar Rapids to George and Joyce (Longfellow) Welch.  On November 20, 2016, he married Tracey Baird in Cedar Rapids.  He was employed by Kim and Otto Maclin in Waterloo. He is survived by his wife, Tracey; his children, Joshua Witham, James...

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Millie Jane Carrier (nee Kimm)

Millie Jane Carrier (nee Kimm) of Winter Haven, Florida, formerly Vinton, Iowa, passed on to a much gentler after-life on May 7, 2017, as she listened to her granddaughter softly sing ‘Amazing Grace’ to her. Graveside services will take place at 11am on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Evergreen Cemetery, in Vinton, IA. There will be a private viewing one hour prior at Phillips Family Center, 605 Second Avenue, Vinton, Iowa.   Millie was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Hoyt; and her infant great-granddaughter Carla Marie Carrier.   Millie is survived by her sons Hoyt E Carrier II (‘Skip’) and his wife Kathy, Mark D Carrier, and Joel C Carrier. She is also survived by her grandkids Elizabeth A Dzwonek (Luke), Hoyt E Carrier III, Evan C Carrier (Brianna); and great-grandson Henry Dzwonek. Also special friend Bill Hogan of Winter Haven, FL.   A graveside service is planned for Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 11am, at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton, Iowa. A private viewing will take place at the Phillips Family Center, 605 Second Avenue, Vinton, Iowa one hour prior and a light luncheon will be served at the Vinton Country Club following the graveside service.   Many thanks to Aurora & Nilo Morales and their loving staff at Wedgewood of Winter Haven; All About Aging; the many wonderful care-givers from Comfort Keepers; and Compassionate...

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Pauline (Sanders) Schirm

NEWHALL:  Pauline (Sanders) Schirm, 96 died Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton.  Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM, Friday, May 12, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall with Rev. Steven Rempfer officiating.  Visitation will be from 4 – 7 PM Thursday also at the church.  Interment will be in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church or the Brazil Christian Mission.  Phillips Funeral Home, Vinton is in charge of arrangements. Pauline was born February 22, 1921 in rural Benton County to Claude and Fanny (Nabholz)...

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Ronald Mikoda

VINTON:  Ron Mikoda, 68 of Vinton died Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Belle Plaine Nursing and Rehab Center.  Graveside services will be held at 1:30 PM, Monday, May 15, 2017 at National Cemetery, Vining with Pastor Josh Graber officiating. Ronald Lee Mikoda was born May 10, 1948 to Dallas and Shirley Ann (McMillin) Mikoda at Belle Plaine.  He graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1966.  Ron worked as an assembler at Amana for seven years. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Vinton. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Randy Dean Mikoda.  He is survived by many friends. Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton is in charge of arrangements,...

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Glenn E. Werning

NEWHALL:  Glenn E. Werning, age 75, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall with Rev. Steven Rempfer officiating.  Interment will be at St. John Cemetery, Newhall.  Friends may call from 4:00 until 7:00 pm, Tuesday at the church.  A memorial fund has been established.  Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton is in charge of arrangements. Glenn was born on March 14, 1942 in Eden Township, the son of Lloyd and Viola (Knuth) Werning.  He lived his entire...

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Lorna (Jurgens) Allers

KEYSTONE:  When one passes away at the age of 95, you have not died. Rather, you have won the game of life. Lorna (Jurgens) Allers was born on December 7, 1921, on a farm east of Van Horne to John and Namie (Klappholz) Jurgens and died, Apri1 30, 2017. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 3, 4 – 7 PM at Phillips Funeral Home, 92 5th Ave, Keystone. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Thursday, May 4, 2017 at St John’s Lutheran Church with Rev. B. Andrew Wright officiating.  Interment will be in the Keystone Cemetery. She was...

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Warren K. Gulick

VINTON: Warren K. Gulick, 93 of Vinton died Saturday, April 30, 2017 at Windsor Manor in Vinton. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the Vinton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jessica Crane-Munoz officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 PM, Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth Street in Vinton. Memorials may be directed to the Vinton Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be left at: www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com. Warren was born February 28, 1924 in Plainfield to Jess and Grace (Smith) Gulick. He graduated from high school...

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Walter Leroy Blackburn

DYSART:  Walter Leroy Blackburn, 80, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Sunrise Hill Care & Rehab Center in Traer. Funeral Services will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Dysart with Pastor James Radatz officiating.  Interment will be held at the Dysart Cemetery with Graveside Military Rites conducted by the Myers-Gordy-Pippert American Legion Post #335 of Dysart and Iowa Military Funeral Honors.  Visitation will be held at the church in Dysart from 3 to 7 PM, on Friday.  Memorials can be left for  Hospice Compassus Walter...

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Karen C. (Schulte) Martin

VINTON:  Karen C. (Schulte) Martin, age 66, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Sunnycrest Nursing Center in Dysart with her twin sister by her side. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) in Vinton with Chaplain Dwayne Potter officiating.  Military rites will be held at the conclusion of the service, conducted by the AMVETS post #218 and the Walter J. Meyocks American Legion post #264 of Urbana.  Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  A memorial fund...

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Barbara Ann (Butterfield) Sumner

VINTON:  Barbara Ann (Butterfield) Sumner, 80 of Vinton and formerly of Newhall died at her home Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Funeral services will be held 11 AM, Monday, April 24, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall with Rev. Steven W. Rempfer officiating.  Visitation will take place 2:00-5:00 PM Sunday also at the church in Newhall.  The casket will remain closed at all times to honor Barbara’s wishes.  Interment will be in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established. Phillips Funeral Home – Vinton is in charge of arrangements. Barbara was...

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Virginia B. (Brehm) Bistline

BRANDON:  Virginia B. (Brehm) Bistline, 90 of Brandon died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha. Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM, Monday, April 24, 2017 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth Street in Vinton with Pastor Mark Dieter officiating.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.  Visitation will be from 2 – 5 PM, Sunday also at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established. Virginia was born June 14, 1926 the daughter of Walter and Hazel (Gray) Brehm in rural Benton County.  She graduated from Urbana High School and later worked at Independent Meat and Grocery in Vinton. Virginia was united in marriage to Don Bistline on March 21, 1954 in Vinton.  The couple farmed in the Brandon are since 1959.  Don preceded Virginia in death on May 23, 2015. Virginia was a dedicated farm wife and enjoyed spending time tending to her garden and chickens. She is survived by her children:  Roger Bistline of Walker and Roxann Bistline of Brandon; her brother, Conrad (Della) Brehm of Vinton and her sister, Patty (Russell) Abernathy of Waverly, Mary Richart of Urbana and Marcella (Bob) Caslaska of Clutier. In addition to her parents and husband, Virginia was preceded in death by her three brothers, Bob, Richard and Jerry and one sister, Shirley. Phillips Funeral Home...

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