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Obituaries

Lori Ann Hilmer

Lori A. Hilmer, 48, of North Liberty died Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids surrounded by her family, following a passionate fight against cancer.
Funeral services were held June 25 at First United Methodist Church in North Liberty, with burial at Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Lori’s memory. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Jerry Allen Klingaman

Jerry Allen Klingaman, 64, formerly of Solon, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2014, in New Richmond, Wisconsin. A celebration of his life was held at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home on June 27.

Steven Douglas Landuyt

Steven Douglas Landuyt, 67, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away on June 25, 2014, at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. Military honors were held June 28 at Bienhoff Funeral Home, Perry, Missouri. Private family interment services will be held at a later date.
Steve was born June 22, 1947, in Grinnell, the son of René Frank and Marge (Lyman) Landuyt. He was married to Marcia Sass and she preceded him in death. He then married Lori Barney on April 25, 2008, in Columbia, Missouri and she survives.

Barbara Olson

Barbara Olson, 63, died unexpectedly on the morning of Tuesday, June 17, 2014. A Celebration of Life was held on June 21 at Motley Cow Café in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Barbara Olson Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 5312, Coralville, IA 52241.

Walter Shaffer

Walter E. “Jake” Shaffer, 91, longtime resident of Iowa City, died Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held June 20 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, with burial following at Memory Gardens Cemetery where military honors were provided.
Memorial donations can be made in Jake’s memory to the Quad City Honor Flight Association. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Nadine Speer

N. Nadine Speer, 90, of Marion died Friday June 13, 2014, at Northbrook Manor. Services were held June 17 at Sharon United Methodist Church. The Rev. Hyeunmee Kang officiated. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Robert Vavra

Robert Dean Vavra, 66, of Roseville, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly June 6, 2014.
A son of Arnold and Agnes (Kriz) Vavra, he was raised in Ely and graduated from Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota. Robert was a longtime employee of Unisys.
He was patient, charitable and loved.
Surviving are his wife, Betty; sons, Matt (Sarah) and Nick; grandsons, Gabe and Max; brothers, Tom and Bill (Marian); nieces, Andrea (Mak) and Christy; and many friends and family worldwide.

Robert Wiederin

Robert “Bob” W. Wiederin, 77, of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, June 12, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital following a lengthy illness. Services were held June 17, at St. Jude Catholic Church by the Rev. Mark Reasoner. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery.

Marjorie Young

Marjorie Burge Young died June 14, 2014, at Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids. A memorial service was held June 20, at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories.
Born in 1925, Marge lived in Eastern Iowa all her life. She is survived by a daughter, Julanne Young (John) Sawyers; son John Burge (Connie) Young; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Marge graduated from nursing school at The University of Iowa and worked as an RN for many years, finishing her career as head nurse in Mercy Hospital’s ER. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and PEO.

Donald L. Brannaman

Donald L. Brannaman, 89, of Solon, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon, with burial to follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery with military rites provided by the Solon American Legion. Visitation was Wednesday at the church where a vigil service was held at 4 p.m. Brosh Chapel Solon is assisting the family.
Don was born on Oct. 31, 1924, in Cedar County to Bert and Lizzie (Kadera) Brannaman. He married Rita Randall on May 11, 1948, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Solon.

Esther Buterbaugh

Esther L. Buterbaugh, 100, Dallas Center, died on June 3, 2014. Services were held at the Dallas Center Church of the Brethren on June 9. Burial followed at the Brethren Cemetery, Dallas Center.

Sharon Clark

Sharon Marie Clark, 71, of Lisbon, died Saturday, June 7, 2014, with her family by her side, at St. Luke’s Unity Point Hospice, Cedar Rapids. Funeral services were June 12 at Morgan Funeral Choices, Mount Vernon. Private family burial was at Mount Vernon Memorial Cemetery.
Surviving Sharon are her husband Howard; a son Dan (Tina) of Sutliff; a daughter Carol Gasper of Lisbon and her daughters: Emily and Lindsey; and a sister Jean Lipcamon of Solon. Preceding Sharon in death were her parents.