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Obituaries

Lavonne Boddicker

LaVonne Boddicker, 73, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Newhall, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on March 5, 2014.

John Kottman

John Kottman, 88, died peacefully Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the Solon Care Center surrounded by his family. Funeral Services were held March 17 at Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jennifer Lutz officiating. Graveside committal with military honors was conducted at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church or to the Metropolitan Opera.

John “Jack” Loucka

John “Jack” Loucka, 78, of North Liberty, passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014, at the Parkview Manor in Wellman. Graveside services will be held at a later date in the Lone Tree Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at the funeral home in memory of Jack. Online condolences may be sent to the Loucka family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.

Gary Dimmitt

Gary Lee Dimmitt, 65, of Solon, formerly of Pittsfield, Ill. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at his home after fighting a courageous battle with multiple myeloma bone cancer.
Gary was born Nov. 24, 1948, in Pittsfield, Ill., son of Daniel “Dannie” and Marjorie “Marge” (Kolberer) Dimmitt. After graduating Pittsfield High School in 1967, Gary attended college in Louisville, Ky. He then went on to work for Motorola in Quincy, Ill. In 1975, Gary was recruited to work for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids. Gary was employed by Rockwell Collins for 38 years as a project manager.

Robert (Bob) Ernst

Robert (Bob) Ernst, 78, of Solon, died Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Private family services will take place. Burial will be at Cedar Memorial in Cedar Rapids. There will be no visitation.
Bob is survived by his wife of 55 years, Delores (Fritze); their five children, Sue (Corey) Schoenfelder of Newhall, Julie (Mark) Divoky of Solon, Jim (Kim) Ernst of Newhall, Tonia (Brett) Cox of Iowa City and Bobbi Ernst (Chuck Williams) of North Liberty; 14 grandchildren and six great-children.  Bob is also survived by his brother, James (Linn) of Shady Side, Md.

Kathryn Grabin

Kathryn Gunnette Grabin, 94, passed peacefully away on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Lantern Park Nursing and Rehab Center, Coralville, due to complications of congestive heart failure. Funeral services were held March 12, at Lensing Funeral Home in Iowa City. Burial was at the Grabin Cemetery north of Oxford.

Wayne Holub

Wayne Joseph Holub, 67, of Coggon, died peacefully, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, following an extended illness. Funeral Mass was held March 15 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Central City. A vigil service was held March 14 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Central City. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery, Prairieburg. Please sign the online guest book for Wayne at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

Dennis Jones

Dennis D. Jones , 68, of Solon, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at his home. Family, friends and musicians gathered at the Mill in Iowa City on March 15 for a memorial and jam session. Burial with military honors was held at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City on March 15. Dennis Dale Jones was born on Feb. 9, 1946, to Iola P. Carpenter Jones and James “Dale” Jones in Spirit Lake. He received his education in Milford, graduating from Milford High School in 1964. While in school, Dennis played in the band, was on the wrestling team and ran track. Dennis attended the University of Iowa.

Magdalen B. “Mag” Kasper

Magdalen B. “Mag” Kasper, 89, of Morse, died peacefully with her family at her side on Friday, March 14, 2014, at Solon Nursing Care Center.
Visitation was Tuesday at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City. Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, March 19, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon, with Father James Vrba officiating.
Burial followed at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Iowa City.
Memorials may be directed to The Morse Community Club, St. Mary Church in Solon or The Mercy Foundation– The Legacy Award for Outstanding Nursing Care.

Mary Main

Mary Main, 89, of Walker, died peacefully Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Living Center West, Cedar Rapids. Services were held on March 15 at Zion Presbyterian Church, Coggon. Burial was at Coggon Cemetery, Coggon.
Survivors include her son, Terry (Julie) Main of Muscatine; sister, Alice Quint of Marshalltown; and grandchildren, Leslie (Chuy) Cardoza of Grimes, Michael Main of Urbandale, Molly Main (Travis Heuton) of North Liberty, and Megan Main (Nick Filipi) of Ames.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clifford “Lee” Main; granddaughter, Andrea Main; and sister, Emma Bacon.

George Leon Meyer

George Leon Meyer, 89, of Solon, died Friday, March 14, 2014 at home, surrounded by his loving family. Services were held Tuesday, March 18, at the Solon United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation was Monday at Brosh Chapel in Solon.

Mary Ryan

Mary Ryan, a resident of Emerson Point in Iowa City passed away March 10, 2014, at Windmill Manor Skilled Nursing Facility. A celebration of her life will be held in Kansas at a later date.