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January 29th

Ronnie Richmond

Ronnie “Ron” L. Richmond, 74, of Swisher, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1013, surrounded by his loving family. Ron wanted nothing more than to have his friends remember him with a party, held at the Swisher American Legion Hall on Jan. 26. Private graveside services will be held at a later date at Anderson Cemetery, Swisher.

James Newman

James R. Newman, 87, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Meadow View Care Center.
James was born March 25, 1925, in Marion, to Delbert and Caroline (Schmit) Newman. James graduated from Roosevelt High School and soon after went to work at Quaker Oats, where he eventually met Esther Meyer. They were married Oct. 1, 1950, in Cedar Rapids.
Services were held Jan. 25 at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories.
Local survivors include his son, Randy (Misty) Newman of Ely.
Please leave a message or tribute to the family on the web page, www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.

Doris King

Doris Colbert King, 95, of Waterloo, formerly of North Liberty, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at the Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. Funeral services were held Jan. 23 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City with burial following at the Springfield Cemetery in What Cheer.
Memorial donations can be made in her memory to either Cedar Valley Hospice or Friendship Village of Waterloo.
Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Cheryle Hootman

Cheryle R. Hootman, 66, of Cedar Rapids, died early Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at the Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha. Celebration of Life was Jan. 25 at Papich-Kuba Funeral Home, Cedar Rapids.
Local survivors include her daughter Tamera (Bryan) Ballard of Ely.
Cheryle was born Nov. 18, 1946, in Cedar Rapids, and lived most of her life in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area. She was a very good cook and loved to paint, especially nature scenes.
Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Rosalie Hinshaw

Rosalie Hinshaw, 76, of Marion, formerly of Newton, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at her home. A funeral service was held Jan. 24 at the Wallace Family Funeral Home in Newton. Burial was at Our Silent City Cemetery in Kellogg.

Frances Dubishar

Frances “Fran” L. Dubishar, 86, of Amana, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the Solon Nursing and Rehab Skilled Center in Solon. Celebration of Life was Jan. 25 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with the Rev. Mike Townsley presiding. Burial followed in Czech National Cemetery.

Virgil Davis Jr.

Virgil E. Davis Jr., 61, of Washington, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Funeral services were held Jan. 21 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, with military honors following.
Virgil E. Davis Jr. was born Dec. 16, 1951, in Fairfield, the son of Virgil E. Davis Sr. and Lorraine M. (Shalla) Davis. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. For many years Virgil worked as a subcontractor for floor furnishing stores as a floor covering specialist. He later worked as manager for AutoZone in Washington.

Rita Brooks

Rita Rose Brooks, 90, a longtime resident of Coralville, died suddenly Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Mercy Iowa City.

Walkin'

Strangers on the beach

Sabra and I have been to the resort area of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, several times. We get there by flying from the Cedar Rapids airport, about a dozen miles from our house. I say we’re going to the land of the endless buffet because not only can you eat nearly around the clock under the all-inclusive package, but also the variety of food seems to go on into infinity as the workers switch out one sumptuous dish for another.

Food for Thought

The orphan trains

My friend and fellow writer Ethel Barker started out to write a novel, for young adult readers, about a piece of Iowa history that had fascinated her for years. Titled “For the Love of Pete,” the story is about three young children who were transported from New York City to the Midwest in an effort to give them a better chance in life. Commonly known as “orphan trains,” though a good many of the children were not technically orphans, the trains transported over 200,000 children from the slums of New York to 45 states, where they were fostered or adopted by families.