Author: Phillips Funeral Home

Brandon Nash Patava

VINTON:     Brandon Nash “Baby P” Patava, 18, died July 24, 2017 at his residence. A Memorial Service will be held 2 PM, Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. 6th St. in Vinton with Pastor Mike Ferguson officiating.  Interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton.  Friends may register from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Brandon was born December 1, 1998 at Allen Hospital in Waterloo to Robert and Renee (Fiebelkorn) Patava and graduated from Vinton/Shellsburg High School.  He was employed as a machinist at Ideal Industries.  Brandon enjoyed working...

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Jean Redlinger

VINTON: Jean Redlinger, 71 of Vinton died Saturday, July 22, 2017 at her home following a brief illness. A Memorial Visitation will be from 4 – 7 PM, Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth Street in Vinton. Private Family Services will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. A Memorial Fund has been established. Jean was born May 2, 1946 in Pipestone, Minnesota to Jack and Irene (Steinhoff) Melcher. She devoted her entire life to working with children and for 20 plus years she was a house parent...

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William “Bill” Kramer

VINTON:      William “Bill” Kramer, 66, died July 19, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospice in Cedar Rapids. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be held at 11AM, Monday, July 24, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton with Father Ardel Barta as Celebran.  Interment will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Urbana.  Visitation will be from 2 to 6 PM, Sunday at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. 6th St. in Vinton. William, known to family and friends as “Bill” was born April 3, 1951 at Urbana to Harold and Marguerite (Mahoney) Kramer. On November 22,...

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James “Pat” Patrick Peacock

VINTON: James “Pat” Patrick Peacock passed away following a brief illness Monday, July 17th at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House, Hiawatha. Visitation will be Friday, July 21st from 4-6pm at Phillips Funeral Home, 212 E. 6th St. in Vinton, followed by a Celebration of Life at Golf Right (1011 W 3rd St, Vinton) from 7-10pm. There will be a private graveside service at Parkers Grove Cemetery, Shellsburg at a later date. Pat was born March 14th, 1946 to Harold “Bud” and Iris Peacock. He was employed by Iowa Manufacturing (Terex) for 42 years. Pat enjoyed camping, NASCAR,...

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Donald Selken

VINTON:  Donald G. Selken, 81, died from injuries suffered in a traffic accident on Highway 21 on Saturday, July 15, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Vinton with Pastor Mark C. Urlaub officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church the day of the service. Private committal services will be held at St. Stephen’s Cemetery near Atkins. Donald was born Jan. 29, 1936, in Keystone to Rudolph and Inez (Sindt) Selken. He graduated from Keystone High School in 1954. On June...

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Christopher “Fer” Railsback

FAIRFAX:     Christopher “Fer” Railsback, 30, died July 15, 2017 at his residence. A Memorial Service will be held at 7 PM, Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. 6th St. in Vinton with Pastor Bob Gaston officiating. Friends may register at the funeral home from 4 PM until service time.   Private Committal Services will be held. Christopher was born January 16, 1987 in Cedar Rapids to Steve and Ronda (Buchtela) Railsback. He was employed as an installer at Carpets Plus in Cedar Rapids and loved to play pool. He is survived by his fiancée,...

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Ronald Lee “Ron” Brehm

Shellsburg: Ronald Lee “Ron” Brehm, 78, died Thursday, July 13, 2017 at his residence following a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Shellsburg with Rev. Mark Leckband officiating. Interment will be held at Spencer Grove Cemetery near Urbana. Friends may call at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. 6h St. in Vinton from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday. Ronald was born at home in Garrison on December 19, 1938 to Louis and Elsie (Strellner) Brehm and his family later moved to Shellsburg...

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Rose Vesely Sass

SHELLSBURG:     Rose Vesely Sass, 93, died Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Northbrook Manor in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Services will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Shellsburg with Rev Mark Leckband officiating.  Interment will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Shellsburg.  Visitation will also be held at the church from 4 to 7 PM. On Wednesday.  The family request no flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established. Rose was born March 25, 1924 at Elberon to Joseph and Antonia (Kohoutek) Vesely. On December 8, 1946 she was united in marriage to Elmer W. Sass...

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Shannon M McDowell

BLAIRSTOWN:  Shannon M. McDowell, 42, of Hopatcong, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 7, 2017, at Morristown Medical Center.  She was born on August 11, 1974, in Marengo, Iowa, to Carole (Whitehead) Jensen and Bruce McDowell. After graduating from Benton Community High School (class of 1992) in Van Horne, IA, Shannon moved to Summit, NJ, to work as a nanny for a family she knew from IA.  Over the next several years, she continued to work as a nanny for many different families.  One child with autism under Shannon’s care touched her heart and inspired her to earn a degree in Special Education.  Shannon graduated from Kean University in 2005 and became a Special Education Teacher at Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington, NJ, where she worked for the past 12 years. Her life’s work was nurturing autistic and special needs children.  During the brief time of her illness, she tremendously missed the kids from her classroom and continued to send them special gifts. Shannon’s interests included traveling with her husband, Steve, spoiling her nieces and nephews, occasional trips to casinos, reading, shopping, baking, and cooking.  She was an avid fan of Willie Nelson and Blues Traveler, and attended several concerts with Steve.  Shannon started the Warren Hills Chapter of Best Buddies International, which is a wonderful mentor program for special needs children.  She was also...

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Marita Anne Irmiter

Marita Anne Irmiter, 67, died Sunday, June 25, 2017 in Pearland, Texas.  Memorial services were held in Texas. She was born in 1949 to Dr. Willard and Pearl Irmiter.  She graduated from Benton Community High School and received her law degree from the University of Iowa.  Marita was a practicing attorney for many years in the Pearland area specializing in adoptions. Marita is survived by loving and devoted husband, Ron Lauve; mother, Pearl Irmiter; daughter, Vienda Velasquez; sister, Marcene Maas; nephew Aaron Maas; niece Andrea Krambeer.  She is preceded in death by her father, Dr. Willard Irmiter. In lieu...

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Joyce (Franzenburg) Vargason

KEYSTONE:   Joyce (Franzenburg) Vargason, age 89, passed peacefully on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, after a long and wonderful life.      Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, July 8, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall with Rev. Steven Rempfer officiating.  Interment will be held at the Keystone Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 until 7 PM Friday also at the church.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.      Joyce was born on July 18, 1927 in rural Keystone, the daughter of Herman and Lena (Wiese) Franzenburg and graduated from Keystone High School...

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Robert E. “Gene” Thurman

VINTON:     Robert E. “Gene” Thurman, 76, died Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Monday, July 10, 2017 at the Vinton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jessica Crane-Munoz officiating.  Interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton.  Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 PM, Sunday at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. 6th St, in Vinton where rites will be conducted by Vinton Masonic Lodge No. 62 AF & AM.  Friends may also register at the church one hour prior to service time on Monday....

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