Author: Phillips Funeral Home

Boyd Dean Beatty

SHELLSBURG:      Boyd Dean Beatty passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on September 12, 2017. Boyd was born November 24, 1930, in Cedar Rapids, IA.  His parents were Frank and Hazel Beatty.  Boyd was the second of four sons. Boyd graduated from Shellsburg Consolidated School where he was the president of his high school graduation class.  He attended Colorado College and then transferred to UCLA where he earned his B.S. degree in business administration.  Boyd paid for college by working various and unusual jobs, including washing street lights in Beverly Hills and digging by hand a swimming...

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Craig D. Petersen

VINTON:  Craig D. Petersen, 67 died Monday, September 11, 2017 at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton with Rev. Stephen K. Preus officiating.  Interment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM, Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth Street in Vinton.  A Memorial Fund has been established. Craig was born May 22, 1950 in Waterloo to Donald and Ethel (Dengler) Petersen.  He graduated from Washington High School in 1968.  Craig served in the...

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Kenneth Allan Johnson

NEWHALL:     Kenneth A. Johnson, 77, died Monday, September 11, 2017 at Dennis & Donna Hospice House in Hiawatha following a courageous battle with cancer.  To honor his wishes Kenneth was cremated. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM, Friday, September 15, 2017 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Norway with Father Joseph Butz, C.S.S.R. and Father Robert Butz as Co-Celebrants.  Visitation will be from 9:30 until service time.  Interment will be held at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Norway with Graveside Military Rites. Kenneth was born in Waukon on April 20, 1940 to Earl and Norma...

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Brian Hart

VINTON:     Brian Hart, 56 died Wednesday, September 6, 2017 of a heart attack. A Celebration of Life will be held from noon to 3 PM on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth Street in Vinton.  Friends may share memories of Brian at 2 PM.  In Lieu of Flowers a Memorial Fund has been established.  Private committal services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton. Brian was born October 2, 1960 in Vinton to John B. and Virginia (Reed) Hart. He was a self-employed contractor and roofer who loved animals.  Brian belonged to...

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Ilene (Bevins) Strellner

VAN HORNE:  Ilene J. (Bevins) Strellner, age 87, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Living Center East in Cedar Rapids. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 8, 2017 at Phillips Funeral Home in Keystone, with Deacon Robert Hurych officiating.  The children will greet family and friends from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home in Keystone.  Private family interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery rural Keystone.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Abbe Center, Aging Services or Living Center East. Ilene was born on...

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Mardene H. Kelley

VINTON:    Mardene Francis (Hawley) Kelley, 90, died August 31, 2017 from cancer.  Mardene was born in Urbana on August 21, 1927, the daughter of Pansy P. Boyles and C. Everett Hawley.  Following her graduation from Urbana High School, she moved to Vinton to work for the telephone company.  In 1960 she married John Kelley, with whom she had a wonderful and fulfilling life.  John preceded her in death on March 3, 2015, just short of their 55th wedding anniversary. Mardene was a spirited personality whose motto was “I just want to have fun!”  And she had many fun adventures in her long life, especially in her travels across the country and double dates with her friend Marian, who also worked at the Vinton telephone company, and, after her marriage, with John and their friends.  Mardene and John, an accomplished trumpet player, especially enjoyed jazz festivals, from the Quad Cities to New Orleans.  Mardene’s one regret was that she didn’t get a red convertible.  But she did see herself in one when her niece Anne presented her with a cake for her 90th birthday featuring an image of Mardene speeding along in a shiny red convertible. A devoted daughter, Mardene retired early from the telephone company in order to care for her parents for many years when their health declined and until their deaths.    Mardene was also preceded in death by...

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Lyle Marter, Sr.

VINTON:     Lyle Marter, Sr., 87, passed away quietly at his home on Thursday,, August 24, 2017 following a long illness. Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 AM, Monday, August 28, 2017 at Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton with Pastor Matt Hantz officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10 AM until Service Time.  Interment will be at Bear Creek Cemetery north of Vinton with Graveside Military Rites conducted by Geo. G. Luckey American Legion Post #57 of Vinton and Iowa Military Funeral Honors.  A memorial Fund has been established. Lyle was born April 30, 1930 at Brandon to Albert...

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Kenneth “Ken” Hovey

ATKINS:     Kenneth “Ken” Hovey, 79, died Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids after a short illness. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, August 26th at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Atkins with Rev. Douglas Woltemath officiating. Interment will be held at St. Stephen’s Cemetery near Atkins.  Visitation will be held at the church from 4 – 7 PM on Friday.  A memorial fund has been established for St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church or Central Lutheran School. Ken was born August 12, 1938 to Philip and Hannah (Hanson) Hovey on the family farm...

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Dolores Mary Van Eschen

VINTON: Dolores Mary Van Eschen, age 89, died Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton with Father Ardel Barta as Celebrant.  Interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton.   Friends may call at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. 6th St. in Vinton from 4 to 7 PM, on Monday where a Virgil Service will begin at 4 PM. Dolores was born September 8, 1927 at St. Francis Hospital in Waterloo to...

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Scott Richard Covington

CROSSVILLE, TN     Scott Richard Covington, 49, formerly of Vinton passed away in his home in Crossville, TN. Scott was born in Bakersfield, CA to Burl and Vivian (Crow) Covington on July 12, 1968. He is survived by his daughter Joely, and his wife, Penny of Crossville, TN; his mother, Vivian Covington of Vinton; his brothers, Duane of Ottumwa and Darrell (Denise) of Cedar Rapids; his sister, Susan (Dave) Poplawski of Cedar Rapids; and seven nieces and nephews. Scott was preceded in death by a son, Joseph; his father and grandparents, Mae and Cecil Covington and Vernon and Effie Crow....

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Lynn E. Pender

BLAIRSTOWN:  Lynn E. Pender, 73, died Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at his home in Blairstown.    Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Norway Methodist Church with Pastor Crystal Oberheu officiating.  Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Blairstown.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 on Friday also at the Norway Methodist Church.  A Memorial Fund has been established.  Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton is in charge of arrangements. Lynn Edward Pender was born September 23, 1943 to Phillip and Velma (Carter) Pender in Milton, Iowa.  He graduated from Fox Valley High...

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James Boddicker

NEWHALL:     James L. Boddicker, 76, passed away August 8, 2017 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Newhall Saturday, August 12th at   10:30 AM, with Father Craig E. Steimel as Celebrant.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM on Friday at the church. Interment will be held at St. Patrick and St. Paul Cemetery near Watkins. Jim was born September 28, 1940, the son of Leroy and Geraldine (Hegewald) Boddicker in Cedar Rapids.  He graduated from Newhall High School...

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