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Archive - Jan 24, 2012

Date

Merrill Aubrecht

Merrill “Shorty” Aubrecht, 79, died on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at VAMC following a long illness.
Funeral Services with military honors were held Jan. 17 at Lensing’s Oak Hill in Coralville with the Rev. Alecia Williams officiating. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Coralville. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

Terry Amspoker

Terry Lee Amspoker, 67, of Fort Collins, Colo., formerly of Cedar Rapids and Clarion, passed away suddenly on Dec. 31, 2011, at Pouder Valley Hospital, Fort Collins. Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.
Local survivors include daughter, Teri Anne (Dean) Billick of Ely.
Terry was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Loren and Catherine Amspoker; father- and mother-in-law, Richard Sr. and Jeanne McGonigle; and brother-in-law, Rick McGonigle.

Walkin'

To get back to my story about finding a skeleton in the basement of my office, I need to flesh out the list of suspects as if the victim had been me instead of some yet to be revealed personage.
As detailed earlier, Solon was and is a great town filled with wonderful people, but it is a small town nevertheless. As the owner and operator of the newspaper for some 20 years, it was inevitable that I angered at least a few people along the way, and more than once I saw murder in their eyes.
One such citizen was Dick the insurance agent.

Food For Thought

It was the late 1950s when we moved into a big, turn of the century house in the Goosetown section of Iowa City. My neighbor’s house next door had been built at the same time as ours and was almost a twin to it. We even shared a garage that straddled the property line. It had been built as a carriage house and had doors at both ends, so that one could drive the horses and carriage straight into it, unhitch the horses and lead them out the other door. The two halves of the garage were separated by a masonry wall.