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Obituaries

Clayton Henry

Oct. 14, 2014, at Country View Senior Living Center in North Liberty. Inurnment will be at a private service in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina, Kansas. Arrangements are by Iowa Cremation, Cedar Rapids.
Clayton was born in Scott City, Kansas, son of Edna Forrest Henry and Hiram Henry. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his brother, Cletous L. Henry.

Bobbie Joe Lake Sr.

Bobbie Joe Lake Sr., 85, of Iowa City, died peacefully Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, surrounded by his family at Mercy Hospice of complications related to Parkinson’s disease.

 Funeral Services will be Thursday, Oct. 23, at 1:30 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Iowa City, with Reverend Brent Hartwig officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Iowa City Hospice or Mercy Hospital Foundation for Mercy Hospice. 



Robert Louis Long

Robert Louis Long, 82, of Wallingford, Connecticut, adored husband of Kathleen Long, entered into eternal life on Thursday, Oct. 9, with his family at his side. Born on March 20, 1932, in Solon, he was the son of the late William Long and Anna Rohret Long.

James “Jim” Polaschek

ames H. “Jim” Polaschek, age 37, of North Liberty, formerly of Cresco, died suddenly from an unknown medical complication at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.
A funeral service was held on Oct. 17 at First Congregational Church in Cresco with Pastor Tim Sir presiding. Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 16, at the church. Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco, is in charge of arrangements.

Ray Shramek

Ray Shramek (“Sandy Beach Hoot Owl” / “Peezo”), 76, of Solon, died Thursday, Oct 16, 2014. Celebration of life services were on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with Deacon Phillip Saunders presiding. Burial followed at Anderson Cemetery, Swisher.
Ray was born May 7, 1938, at his home in Swisher. He married Leona Kadera on April 19, 1960, at the First Presbyterian Church near Ely. Ray was employed by F.J. Krob Co. in the Solon and Ely areas for 44 years, from August 1956 until his retirement in August 2000.

Edwin R. Hemphill

Edwin R. Hemphill, 89, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
Memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids. The Rev. Heather Hayes will officiate. Burial was conducted at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Paul Edwin Johnson

Paul Edwin Johnson, 87, of North Liberty passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at Oldorf Hospice House of Hiawatha. A Memorial Service was held Friday, Oct. 10, at First United Methodist Church, North Liberty. Burial was at Ridgewood Cemetery, North Liberty.

Fredrick L. Kitzman

Fredrick L. Kitzman, 68, of Swisher, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at his home. A celebration of life will be held from noon until 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, at the Swisher American Legion Post #671.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Kitzman of Swisher; sons, Timothy (Ann) Kitzman and Terrence Kitzman all of Cedar Rapids; brothers, Kenneth (Ilene) Kitzman of Swisher and Dallas “Skip” Kitzman of North Liberty; one granddaughter, Taylor; also surviving are his loving nieces and nephews; and his wiener dogs, Ginger and Murphy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant sister, Carleen.

Janice C. “Jan” Lee

Janice C. “Jan” Lee, 83, of Iowa City, died peacefully Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014, surrounded by her family.
 Funeral Service was Oct. 12 at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation, Iowa City Hospice or the Jan Lee Memorial Fund.

Victoria Jo Duensing

Victoria Jo Duensing, 60, of North Liberty, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City. A Funeral Mass was held Oct. 4 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in East Pleasant Plain with the Rev. Robert Striegel officiating. Burial was in the St. Joseph Cemetery.
She was born July 20, 1954, in Washington to Joseph E. and Jean I. (Miller) Stalder. Vicki grew up near Pleasant Plain, graduated from Fairfield High School in 1972 and from the Des Moines Area Community College as a medical lab technologist. She married David Duensing in 1978 and they later divorced.

Lisa Dawn Helle

Lisa Dawn Helle, 47, of Ely, and formerly of Denver, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids from complications of ovarian cancer. Funeral services were held on Oct. 3 at St. John Lutheran Church in Denver, with Pastor Larry Feldt officiating. Burial was at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo.

Emil J. Koval

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Emil J. Koval, 87, of Cedar Rapids, died Oct. 1, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids from sudden cardiac arrest. Funeral service was held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Oct. 8, with the Rev. Lloyd Brockmeyer officiating. Entombment with military rites was held at the Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.