Author: Phillips Funeral Home

Robert G. Sawyer

MT. AUBURN: Robert G. Sawyer died on Friday, March 3, 2017 at his home. Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM, Friday, March 10, 2017 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth Street in Vinton with Pastor Mike Ferguson officiating.  Interment will be in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday.  To honor Robert’s wishes the casket will remain closed at all times. Online condolences may be left at:   www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com. Robert Gale Sawyer was born November 10, 1921 in Dayton Township, Cedar County, IA to Elmer W. (Dewey) Sawyer and Mabel B. Sawyer (nee Christ). He was raised on a farm in Cedar County and graduated from Clarence High School. He married Della E. Burgess from Stanwood, IA on May 3, 1941 in Kahoka, MO. After serving in the Navy during World War II, the couple farmed together in Cedar and Benton counties. Besides farming his entire life, he enjoyed Biblical research and woodworking. He is survived by his son, Bob Sawyer and wife Jo of San Antonio, TX; his daughter, Betsy Sawyer of Bloomington, MN; his granddaughter, Christine Elkins and his great granddaughter, Karice Della Whitehurst, both of Spotsylvania, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of nearly 60...

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Robert and Allen Michalec

KEYSTONE:  Robert L. Michalec, 91 and Allen L. Michalec, 69 of Keystone died February 14, 2017 from injuries sustained in a house fire.  A joint memorial service will be held at 11:30 AM, Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 4401 – 42nd Street NE in Cedar Rapids with Pastor Scott Haakenson officiating.  Iowa Military Funeral Honors will provide graveside military rites for Robert at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery prior to the memorial service and for Allen at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery (Exit 113 Van Meter) 11 AM, Monday, March 13, 2017.  Memorials may be directed to the SDA Church or the family. Robert served his country in the United States Army from July 1946 – March 1947 where he received the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. Robert enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, studying about health and wellness and helping others in need.  He was an active part of his church family and often visited with his children and grandchildren. Allen also served in the United States Army from February 1968 to January 1970.  He received the National Defense Service Medal. Allen had a green thumb as a gardener and enjoyed growing fruit trees.  He loved all animals with a special affection for horses. Allen was a skilled builder of all things.  Like his father he spent much time helping others....

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Joan D. Evans

VINTON:  Joan D. Evans, 87 of Vinton passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospice Inpatient Unit in Cedar Rapids.  Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, March 3, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton with Rev. Stephen K. Preus officiating.  Visitation will be from 5 – 7 PM, Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth Street in Vinton.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.  A Memorial Fund has been established. Joan was born April 9, 1929, the daughter of Glen and Alma (Schmidthans) Goodell.  She married Harold L. Evans...

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Ralph Price Sr.

VINTON:  Ralph Price, Sr., 65 of Vinton died Saturday, February 25, 2017 at his home in Vinton.  Graveside Services will be held at 10 AM, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Oakhill Cemetery in Central City with Pastor Kurt Brubaker officiating.  Visitation will be from 4 – 8 PM., Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth Street in Vinton.  A Memorial Fund has been established. Ralph was born April 29, 1951 to Lewis and Rita (Ankeney) Price in Cedar Rapids. He graduated from Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids.  On June 8, 1970 he was united in marriage...

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Joelle RaeAnn Kent

Joelle RaeAnn Kent, infant daughter of Miranda Husted and Brandon Kent, was stillborn Feb. 21, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Miranda and Brandon live in Anamosa and are formerly of Vinton. A celebration of Joelle’s life will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. Sixth St. in Vinton. Committal services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Iowa City. In addition to her parents, Baby Joelle is survived by her brothers, Quinlan and Oliver Kent; her paternal grandparents, Jeff and Robin Kent...

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Georgia (Wilson) Thompson

VINTON:  Georgia Ann Thompson, 82 of Barnesville, MN and formerly of Vinton died Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota. Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Vinton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jessica Crane-Munoz officiating.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service time at the church on Saturday.  Interment will be in Westview Cemetery, LaPorte, Iowa.  Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton is in charge of arrangements. Georgia Wilson was born at home December 23, 1934 in Cedar Township, Benton County, to George and Charlotte (Baird) Wilson. ...

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David Elsworth Anthony

SHELLSBURG:     David Elsworth Anthony, Sr. 86, died at his residence February 18, 2017. A Celebration Of Life will be held at 1 PM., Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. 6th St. in Vinton with Pastor Duane Wilcox officiating. To honor his wishes, private Committal Services will be held on Friday the 24th at Streets Cemetery in Maquoketa.   In  Lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established. David was born November 16, 1930 to Leslie and Lida Viola (Moon) Anthony.  He was a Korean War Army Veteran.  He worked at Collins Radio, Boeing and was owner of several businesses throughout his lifetime. He was also a farmer and basically a jack of all trades. He told everyone he loved to go to “the bank” since fishing is where he would go to think and to be alone.  He was a very generous man and had an incredibly huge heart.  He gave the best “bear” hugs.  David was a deacon in his church, being involved in its ministries. He is survived by his sisters, Ruth Hite, Mary (Neil) Cantonwine and Martha Darling; his children, Elizabeth (David) Alison, Linda Anthony, Viola Hamilton, Margo (Robert) Domitrovish, Lisa (Benjamin) Coss, and David (LuCinda) Anthony; thirteen grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and a boatload of nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him, but they...

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Dorotha Lee Owings

VINTON:   Dorotha Lee Owings, 84, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 at St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids, following a sudden illness. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Vinton with Pastor Jared Cline officiating.  Private family interment will be held in Laredo, Mo.  Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church on Wednesday. Dorotha was born January13, 1933 in Laredo, MO. to Donald Clay and Allene (Tracy) Woolf. She graduated from Laredo High School and attended business college for two years.  She married...

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Donna J. Beggs

VINTON:  Donna J. Beggs, 87, of Brighton, MI and formerly of Vinton, died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 following an extended illness. A Funeral Service will be held at 2 PM., Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Vinton with Rev. Dr. Sue Thomas officiating.  Friends may register from 1 PM until service time.  Private Committal Services will be held in Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton.  Phillips Funeral Home – Vinton is in charge of arrangements. Donna was born July 1, 1929 in Lebanon, IA to Earl and Esther (Bonar) Johnston.  On May 14, 1950, she was united in marriage to...

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