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Obituaries

Walking in the rain

Food For Thought

I guess it’s a little late for April showers, but warm springtime rains remind me of many soggy days of my youth when I strolled home from school, more or less oblivious to my wet clothes and dripping hair. There was no lunch program at our schools, and just about everybody went home for lunch, and most of us walked, and we walked back again after eating what was, for most families, the main meal of the day.

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Robert D. “Bob” Parker

Robert D. “Bob” Parker, 63, of North Liberty, passed peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 18, at Lensing Funeral Home, Iowa City, with Father Ed Fitzpatrick officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The North Liberty Fire Fighters Foundation or to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society .

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Margaret A. Anderson

Margaret A. Anderson, 100, of North Liberty, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, at the Solon Care Center following a long illness. A celebration of life will be 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon. A time for food and fellowship will follow the services.

Wyatt A. Miller

Wyatt Alan Miller, infant son of Joseph and Pamela (Holte) Miller, was born into the arms of the angels on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.

Russell G. Krall

Russell “Rusty” Krall died Tuesday evening, April 26, 2016, in his Estes Park home in Colorado following a brief illness. He was 88 years old.
Russell George Krall was born on Sept. 3, 1927, at the family farm home off Highway 1 in Johnson County. His parents were George and Julia (Fuhrmeister) Krall. After graduation from Iowa City High School, Rusty enlisted, at the age of 17, in the U.S. Navy toward the end of WWII.

Kevin M. Hook

Kevin M. Hook, 53, of Riverside, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics of complications from esophageal cancer.
Visitation was held Saturday, April 23, at Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City. A memorial service will followed at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mission of Hope, Safeplace Foundation or The Kevin Hook Memorial Fund for his children’s education.

James (Jim) W. Calef

James (Jim) W. Calef, 79, of Latimer, previously of Solon, passed away Friday April 8, 2016, at Mercy Hospital in Mason City after a short illness. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at Faith Baptist Church in Hampton.

Velda Irene Dinse

Velda Irene Dinse, 88, of Solon and formerly of Tipton, passed away peacefully at Solon Nursing Care Center on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m. at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton. There will be a visitation from 1-2 p.m., with an inurnment and graveside service following the service at Woodbridge Cemetery, Buchannan. A memorial fund in Velda’s honor has been established. Online condolences may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com.

William Simm Peterson

William Simm Peterson, aka “Bill” or “the Colonel,” was born May 5, 1943, to Ann and Carl Peterson of Storm Lake. He passed away suddenly Sunday, March 6, 2016, at his home in Iowa City. A celebration of his life will take place Saturday, March 19, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Lensing Funeral Home in Iowa City, with longtime friend, the Rev. Jim McChesney, presiding. A visitation with the family present is scheduled from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Mary Jo Randall

Mary Jo Randall, 81, of Solon, died Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at the Solon Retirement Village. Funeral Mass was held Saturday, March 12, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation was Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church. Brosh Chapel in Solon is in charge of arrangements.

Fredrick F. Felton

Fredrick F. Felton, 79, of Cascade, Iowa, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.
Friends and relatives of Fred called Monday, Feb. 22, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade.
Services for Fred were held Monday, Feb. 22, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial was held in Calvary Cemetery with Flag presentation by the Cascade American Legion Post No. 528.
Casketbearers for Fred were Dennis Fitzsimmons, Gary Portz, Don Felton, Bob Felton, Loras Felton and Curt Main.

Mildred M Rittiger

Mildred Marie Rittger, 102, of Salina, Kan., passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016.
Mildred was born in Rural Saline County, Kan. on Jan. 31, 1914, daughter of the late Elizabeth Diehl and Adolph Lebert. In April of 1936, Mildred was united in marriage to Vernon L. Rittger. 
Mildred was primarily a homemaker, but was also a hairdresser and postal employee in North Liberty. An accomplished organist and pianist, she loved to play and we loved to listen.