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Tue
18
Jun

Viola Mae Dennler

Viola Mae Dennler
October 17, 1938-June 6, 2019

Viola Mae Dennler, 80 of Volga, died Thursday June 6th, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center.

Viola was born October 17, 1938, at Coggan, Iowa. She was the daughter of Raymond and Lela (Grapes) Schanbeck. She received her education graduating from the Dundee High School. On January 11, 1959, she was united in marriage to Virgil Dennler at the United Methodist Church at Masonville, Iowa. After raising her family, Viola worked at the filling station in Volga, Norby’s and volunteered at the Elkader elementary school and Osborne Visitors Center. She was a member of the Chit-Chat Club and a member of the Ladies Circle at Peace Church.

Tue
18
Jun

Angela Elaine Gyorko

Angela Elaine Gyorko
February 24, 1959-June 4, 2019

Angela Elaine Gyorko, 60, of Hawkeye, passed away, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at her home in Hawkeye.

A Celebration of Life was held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

Tue
18
Jun

Betty Ione Puffett

Betty Ione Puffett
October 24, 1930-June 5, 2019

Betty Ione Puffett, 88, of Volga , Iowa, died Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on October 24, 1930, in Oelwein, the daughter of Glen and Beulah (Sloan) Oldfather, Betty attended country school and went to Volga School until she graduated with the Class of 1948. She received her teaching certificate from Upper Iowa.

Betty was united in marriage to Melvyn Wayne Puffett on December 30, 1950. They adopted a daughter, Artella, on July 21, 1955. Together they made their home in Volga.

Betty was an active member of the Volga United Methodist Church. She was president of the United Methodist Women, taught adult Sunday school, and children’s Sunday school. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 55 years.
Betty owned Puffett and Scotty Upholstery shop for many years, clerked many sales for her husband and worked at the Volga Opera House until May 1999.

Tue
18
Jun

Kevin Robert Dennler

Kevin Robert Dennler
April 24, 1959-June 5, 2019

Kevin Robert Dennler, 60, of Elkader, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at MercyOne Hospital in Elkader. He was born April 24, 1959, in West Union, Iowa to Robert (Bob) and Jane (Neylan) Dennler.  Kevin attended Central Community High School and graduated in 1978. He was baptized, received his first communion, and was confirmed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader.

Kevin lived his entire life on the family farm and was a part of the land. As soon as Kevin was old enough to help, he was out working on the farm alongside his best friend and mentor; his father. Kevin would rather be on a tractor doing field work than anywhere else. When he was not farming, he could often be found working on equipment and numerous projects. Even though Kevin did not attend any type of training, his mechanical and carpentry skills were exceptional along with a deep pride in his work and the quality with which it was completed.

Tue
11
Jun

Iva McClimon

Iva McClimon
Iva McClimon

Iva McClimon, 82, of Channahon, IL, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 3, 2019, at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center. Iva was born on the family farm in Clayton County, IA, where she lived for almost 30 years, before residing in Channahon for over 40 years. She retired from Rittof’s Restaurant in Channahon in 2003 and was formerly employed as a dental assistant in Muscatine, IA. Iva is a founding member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Channahon, where she was actively involved. She also made blankets and pillows for active duty service personnel as well as veterans, and was a member of TOPS Illinois #297. She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking and sewing.  

Tue
11
Jun

Deloris Lorraine Olson

Deloris Lorraine Olson
July 5, 1925-May 31, 2019

Deloris Lorraine Olson was born on July 5, 1925, at home, to Willie and Lena (Kjosa) Bergan in rural St. Olaf, Iowa.  She was baptized and confirmed at Norway Lutheran Church. She graduated from Postville High School in 1944 after having taken a year off due to a lack of transportation to school. Deloris passed away on May 31, 2019, at All Saints Assisted Living/Memory Care in Madison, WI at the age of 93.

Deloris was a social, cheerful person who always saw the best in everyone. She enjoyed dancing, especially the waltz and polka. She accepted a marriage proposal from Olvin Olson at White Springs Dance Hall in McGregor, Iowa on a lovely evening in 1945 when he was home on leave from the Army/Air Force. They were married on October 22, 1950, at Marion Lutheran Church, Gunder, Iowa.  They had one daughter, Vicky, and a son, Bradley, who was stillborn at birth.  

Tue
11
Jun

Charles “Chuck” Holmes

Charles “Chuck” Holmes
September 25, 1934-May 22, 2019

Charles (Chuck) A. Holmes, 84, of Elkader, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, surrounded by his family. Charles was born in Ames, Iowa on September 25, 1934, to Robert and Grace (Sowerwine) Holmes.  

He graduated from Ames High School in 1952. Following high school, Chuck attended Iowa State University. In 1954, Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Army serving until 1956 as an artillery fire controller in Augsburg, Germany. After service, he attended the University of Iowa where he graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1960. After practicing pharmacy, he enrolled in the College of Dentistry graduating in 1968. Charles practiced dentistry from 1969 to 2004, primarily from his North Main Street office in downtown Elkader, Iowa.  

Chuck was united in marriage to Winnafred Thiessen of Clinton, Iowa, on August 13, 1968, in Downers Grove, IL.

Tue
04
Jun

Wayne Allan Bacon

Wayne Allan Bacon
February 21, 1955-May 24, 2019

Wayne Allan Bacon, 64, was born on February 21, 1955, the last of five children born to Walter and Wanda (Sandhagen) Bacon. He passed away peacefully at home on May 24, 2019. The family moved around quite a bit in Wayne’s younger years, finally setting up home on a farm just South of Garnavillo. He graduated from Garnavillo High School with the class of 1973. On August 17, 1974 Wayne married Becky Werges. Two daughters were born to this union.

Wayne had a place for everything and everything had a place. This was true of the dishwasher, his tools and the ever-favorite pen, which was tied to his desk. He shared his smart-wit ways with his daughters who loved to torment him a little, cutting the string of his pen shorter and shorter until he couldn’t use it. Wayne’s love for carpentry began as a high schooler. He enjoyed being a carpenter all of his working years. Wayne was a member of the Garnavillo Fire Department for 38 years.

Tue
04
Jun

Mary Kay Torkelson

Mary Kay Torkelson
September 13, 1929-May 21, 2019

Mary Kay Torkelson, 89, of Elgin, Iowa died Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Gundersen Palmer Hospital in West Union, Iowa. Mary Kay was born September 13, 1929 to Wilbur and Helen (Peyer) Thornton in Postville, Iowa. She graduated from Postville High School. After graduation, Mary attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, now known as University of Northern Iowa, earning her two-year teaching certificate.

Tue
28
May

Cletus Bissell

Cletus Bissell
June 12, 1945-May 15, 2019

Cletus Bissell was born on June 12, 1945, in Edgewood, Iowa and fell asleep in death on May 15, 2019, in Aurora, CO as a result of injuries incurred by a car accident in Meeker.

Throughout his life, Clete was an entrepreneur, making a success out of combining his personal interests with hard work, ranging from flipping homes in his 20s in Iowa, to raising a variety of birds and livestock in Colorado into his 70s. He never knew a stranger; everyone he met became and remained his friend.

Clete is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Margret Bissell, his brother, Curtis Bissell and his daughter, Shawn. He is survived by his wife Cheryl, children, Kim (Cook) of Iowa, Chris (and Kristi) Dye of Oregon, Stacy (and Stuart) Grauberger of Eckert, Kody Reader, Kasey Bissell and Jade (and Taylor) Bissell of Delta, Colorado along with 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, a sister, Jane Glawe and a brother Chris Bissell of Iowa.

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