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Obituaries

Terry Meder

Terry Lynn Meder, 65, died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, after a valiant fight with cancer, surrounded by his family at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Iowa City.

Joseph Pettit

Joseph Dewayne Pettit, 69, of rural Iowa City, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.
Memorial services were held Dec. 27 at the American Legion Post #17 in Iowa City; Military honors were provided. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Joseph’s memory to Iowa City Hospice, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, or Operation Once in a Lifetime at P.O. Box 797052, Dallas, TX 75379 or on the web at onceinalifetime.com. Online condolences may be sent to his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

William Sibley

William “Bill” Sibley, 60, of North Liberty, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The funeral service was at Oak Hill Funeral Home in Coralville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

Vernon Smith

Vernon E. Smith, 81, of Solon, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Mercy Iowa City. Funeral Mass was held Dec. 24 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. Burial was at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, with full military honors provided by the Solon American Legion.

Ronald Baldwin

Dr. Ronald F. Baldwin, 88, of Vinton, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at his home in Vinton. Private family services were held Dec. 13 with interment in Maplewood Cemetery, Vinton.
Ron was born March 2, 1935, in Charles City, the son of Fred M. and Irene L. White Baldwin. Ron served in the United States Army from 1957 until 1960, in the Army Security Agency. He was employed by Vinton Community Schools as an educator for more than 30 years, retiring in 1996. He also taught at Marble Rock School and Williamsburg Community Schools.

Daniel Besler

Daniel J. Besler, of Milpitas, Calif., passed away at his home in Milpitas on Dec. 2, 2012, surrounded by family and loved ones.
Dan was born in Dubuque, on Oct. 5, 1950, a twin to brother Dick, son of Margene (Reiff) and Urban J. Besler of Hopkinton. He grew up in rural Hopkinton, graduated from Western Dubuque High School, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1971. He spent much of his adult life at sea and living on land in California. In 1989, Dan met the love of his life, Trina Villicana and they married in 1991. After 21 years of service, Dan retired from the Navy in 1992.

Edwin ‘Ted’ Choate Jr.

Edwin James “Ted” Choate Jr. of LeClaire, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Rock Island, Ill.
Ted was born on Sept. 12, 1932, in Chicago, to Edwin J. and Ruth (Sharky) Choate. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in pharmacy. He worked as a pharmacist for over 50 years and was president of Mays Drug Inc.
Earlier in life he served in the United States Navy, stationed in Cuba, where he met his wife of over 57 years, Lois Rose Pin.
Ted and Lois were members of Our Lady of the River Catholic Church in LeClaire.

Elmer Grissel Jr.

Elmer Grissel Jr., 91, of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Living Center West, Cedar Rapids. Private services were held at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Cedar Rapids. Burial was at Rogers Grove Cemetery.
He was almost a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Local survivors include his son Timothy (Gayle) Grissel of Solon.

Marjeane Lynne Easley

Marjeane Lynne Easley was born on July 16, 1954, in Jacksonville, N.C., the daughter of Margaret Kunkel and Eugene Kunkel.  She passed from this life on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Payson, Ariz., having reached the age of 58.
A prayer service for the family will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the family at hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com.

Jan Hieber

Jan Louise (Berry) Hieber, 71, of rural Iowa City, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at the Solon Care Center.
Funeral services were held Dec. 19 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Iowa City with burial and grave dedication at Oakland Cemetery, Solon.
Online condolences can be sent to her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Kathleen M. Wright

Kathleen M. Wright, 50, of Swisher, passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics due to injuries sustained from a car accident on Oct. 4.
Funeral Mass was held Dec. 12 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Hiawatha, with Father Mark Ressler and Deacon Dennis Mulherin officiating. Burial followed at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Kathleen Marie Wright was born on March 1, 1962, to Caroll and JoAnn (Murphy) Clauson in Cedar Rapids. She was united in marriage to Bruce David Wright on June 3, 1989, in Cedar Rapids.

David M. Burnhardt

David M. Burnhardt, 58, of Solon, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, from a brief illness. Funeral services were held on Dec. 4 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery, Solon.
David was born July 7, 1954, in Iowa City, the son of Robert and Patricia (Ehl) Burnhardt. He graduated from Solon High School in 1972, and from Kirkwood College with a degree in computer programming. David was most recently employed by Worley Warehousing/Kenwood Records Management. David enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, golfing and his yearly trip to Las Vegas.