Author: Phillips Funeral Home

Josephine “Jo” Mae Phelps

BLAIRSTOWN:  Josephine “Jo” Mae Phelps, 83 died Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at the Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, December 23, 2017 at St. John Catholic Church in Blairstown with Rev. Craig Steimel as Celebrant.  Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Blairstown.  Visitation will be from 4 – 7 PM, Friday at Phillips Funeral Home, 108 Fremont Street NW in Blairstown and one hour prior to service time at the funeral home on Saturday.  Memorials may be directed to the Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha....

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Glenn Van Wechel

VINTON:  Glenn Van Wechel, 81, died Monday, December 18, 2017 at his home following a sudden illness.  A Memorial Service will be held in June at the Vinton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jessica Crane-Munoz officiating.  Further details will be published at that time.  Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery.  A Memorial Fund has been established. Glenn was born June 22, 1936 in Primgar, Iowa to Ray and Lillian “Lee” Van Wechel.  Glenn graduated from Vinton High School in 1954 and attended Iowa State University for two years where he studied Ag Economics and Meteorology and was a member of...

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Helen A. Stoddard

WATKINS:    Helen A. Stoddard, 93, died Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Colonial Manor of Amana. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Phillips Funeral Home in Blairstown with Pastor Crystal Oberheu officiating. Interment will be held at Mound Cemetery, rural Watkins. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Helen was born September 29, 1924, in Lingo, MO., the daughter of Frank and Hermina (Chervenka) Sebol.   She graduated from Bucklin High School in Bucklin, MO., with the class of 1942.   On June 1, 1942, she was united...

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Lois Catherine Dietrich

VAN HORNE:     Lois Catherine Dietrich, 98, died Friday, December 8, 2017 at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton following a sudden illness.      Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Van Horne with Rev. David Lingard officiating.  Interment will be held at the Keystone Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at the church in Van Horne from 4:00 until 7:00 pm on Tuesday.  Memorials may be designated to St. Andrew Lutheran Church.      Lois was born June 10, 1919 in Van Horne to Roy and Anna (Brehm) Husted and graduated...

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John Henry Stien

NEWHALL:  John Henry Stien, 73, passed away suddenly on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Newhall with Rev. Craig Steimel as Celebrant.  Interment will be held at St. Michael Cemetery in Norway with graveside military rites by the John Ward McGranahan American Legion Post #167 and Iowa Military Honors.  Visitation will be held at St. Paul Church in Newhall from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 11th. John was born March 22, 1944,...

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Dan Heeren

VAN HORNE:     Dan Heeren, 46, died Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Dupont Industrial Bioscience in Cedar Rapids following a workplace accident. Memorial Services will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church in Blairstown with Rev. David Rempfer officiating.  Interment will be held at a later date.  Visitation will be held from 4 – 8 PM on Friday at Grace Lutheran Church.  In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established. Dan was born April 30, 1971 in Burlington, Iowa.  He graduated from Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids and attended Luther and...

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Banks Powell Flickinger

Anamosa: Banks Powell Flickinger, five month old son of Brent and Jenni Flickinger went to Heaven at University Of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics on Monday November 27, 2017. Baby Banks was born June 22, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids. In addition to his parents he is survived by his brother, Briggs; his Paternal Grandparents, Bret and Cora Flickinger; his Maternal Grandparents, Keith Slusher and Susan Arnet; his Paternal Great Grandparents, W.B. “Bart” and Nancy Flickinger, Mary Lee Vogt and Jerry Usher, and Duane and Donna Cook; his Maternal Great Grandparents, Emilie Slusher, and Don and Mary Thomas; and...

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Gale M. Barkdoll

VINTON:  Gale M. Barkdoll of Vinton died Sunday, November 19, 2017 at his home in Vinton following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth Street in Vinton with Rev. Mike Ferguson officiating.  Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4 – 7 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the family. Gale was born October 7, 1934 to Gerald and Isabelle (Arthur) Barkdoll in Garrison.  He drove a gravel truck; worked as a painter for Clayton...

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Lillian Rose Schirm

DYSART:  Lillian Rose Schirm, 94, of Dysart passed away peacefully of natural causes on November 17, 2017 at the Affinity House in Waterloo. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Tuesday, November 21, 2017  at St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Garrison with Rev. Mark Leckband officiating. Interment will be held at Keystone Cemetery. Friends may call at the Phillips Funeral Home in Keystone from 4 to 7 PM on Monday. Lillian was born December 30, 1922 near Keystone to John and Elizabeth (Lizzie Boehmke) Meyer. She attended school at Keystone graduating in 1940. Lillian was baptized and confirmed in...

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Kenneth “Kenny” William Fischer

VAN HORNE:  Kenneth “Kenny” William Fischer, 99, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at the Keystone Nursing Care Center. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at  Salem United Methodist Church in Van Horne with Pastor Crystal Oberheu officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service starting at 10 a.m..  Graveside Military Rites will be conducted by Thomas F. Bevins American Legion Post #148 of Van Horne and Iowa Military Funeral Honors. A memorial fund has been established. Kenneth was born August 15, 1918, in Williamsburg to William  and Ollie (Bear) Fischer. He served in the...

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Master Sgt. Retired, Carroll W. Hilmer

VINTON:     Master Sgt. Retired, Carroll W. Hilmer, 86, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Sunnycrest Nursing Home in Dysart following an extended illness. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Wesley United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Sue Thomas officiating.  Interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery with Graveside Military Rites conducted by Geo. G. Luckey American Legion Post #57 of Vinton and Iowa Military Funeral Honors.  Visitation will be held from 4 t0 6 PM on Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home, 212 E. 6th St. in Vinton. Carroll Hilmer was born February...

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Delores Wanda Pickering

NEWHALL: Delores Wanda Pickering , age 78, died Monday, November 13, 2017 from injuries suffered in a traffic accident on highway 30 in Benton County. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 17, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall with Rev. Steven Rempfer officiating.  Interment will be held at St. John Cemetery, rural Newhall.  Friends may call from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the church in Newhall.  Memorials may be left for St. John Lutheran Church or Central Lutheran School. Delores was born on November 18, 1938 in rural Newhall, the daughter of...

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