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July 18th, 2012

Lady Spartans in championship game

FT. DODGE– The Lady Spartans needed that first run.
It turned out to be the only one of the game.
Emily Bransky doubled in the bottom of the first inning to begin Solon’s Class 3A semifinal and Alyssa Rickels singled the run home against No. 5 Estherville Lincoln Central Thursday afternoon in Ft. Dodge.
The rest of the game was a pitcher’s duel, with Arran Weeces striking out five and scattering three hits in a 1-0 shut-out that landed the Lady Spartans in the 3A championship game for the first time.

July 16th

Food For Thought

On a recent visit to the Amanas, friends and I were driving around the different villages and Madeline, who grew up in Amana, was pointing out interesting sights and telling us some of the local history interspersed with her childhood memories.

Walkin'

(This is one of a series written about a recent visit to the southwest)

While this portion of the southwest is even more bone dry than usual, the area is awash in the confluence of the spirituality of two separate cultures.
It goes all the way back to when Hernán Cortés led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought large portions of mainland Mexico under Spanish control in the early 16th century.

Joel Belew

Joel Devon Belew, 42, of Jesup, died Sunday, July 8, 2012, at home.
He was born March 17, 1970, in Elkhart, Ind., the son of Joe and Madeline Hall Belew. He married Melanie Diedrich on Aug. 20, 2004, in Waterloo.
Joel was employed with TransAmerica in Cedar Rapids as an IT project manager. He worked for 20 years in communications in Cedar Rapids including MCI, Verizon and Rockwell Collins. He was a member of Mount Olive Lodge #17, A.G. Clark Consistory #68 in Cedar Rapids and Bashir Temple #156 in Waterloo.
Local survivors include a daughter, Brittany Thornton of North Liberty.

David and Phyllis Craft

David, 60, and Phyllis, 57, Craft of North Liberty, formerly of Dewitt and Davenport; died in the comfort of each other’s company Sunday, July 8, 2012. Visitation was July 12 followed by a service at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service.

Jack Hall

Jack E. “Gentleman Jack” Hall, 59, of Council Bluffs, formerly of Swisher, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at his residence. Memorial service was held July 14 at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home in Council Bluffs. No visitation. Body has been cremated.
Jack was born July 18, 1952, in Cedar Rapids, to Jackie and Kathryn (Kane) Hall. He was a member of American Legion Rainbow Post 2, AMVETS, Eagles Aerie No. 104 and SAL, was a former chaplain of American Legion Post 2 and former commander of American Legion Post 641.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era.

Paul Kepler

Paul Preston Kepler, 87, of Lisbon, died Friday, July 6, 2012, at Hallmark Care and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services were held July 9 at the Lisbon United Methodist Church, by the Rev. Tom Mattson. His burial was in Lisbon Cemetery, with military honors.
Local survivors include his children Corrine and Charles Waters of North Liberty.

Andrew Lown

Andrew Steven “Andy” Lown, 26, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, July 8, 2012. Service was held July 13 at Teahen Funeral Home by Pastor Darran Whiting. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery. Andy’s body was cremated.
Local survivors include his father, Steve (Karen Mutchler) of Swisher and his brother Michael (Teresa) of North Liberty.
He was born Oct. 20, 1985, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Steven Lown and Terry (Franck) Lown. Andy was a graduate of Washington High School. He served in the Army in Korea and in El Paso, Texas.

Amy Neustrom

Amy Neustrom, 52, of Coralville, chose to be with her Lord on Friday, July 6, 2012. A celebration of Amy’s Life was held July 11 at Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City.
Instead of flowers, her family requests that memorials be directed to the Friends of the Animal Center Foundation.
Amy was born July 7, 1959, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Michael Richard and Doris “Jackie” (Jackson) Finn. Amy married Kirk Neustrom on Oct. 10, 1987, in Iowa City.
Local survivors include her daughter, Sarah (Josh) Poggenpohl of North Liberty.

Diana Sokol

Diana S. Sokol, 67, formerly of Coralville, died peacefully on Sunday, July 8, 2012, at her home in Marion. Graveside Services were held July 11 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Coralville.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
Diana was born April 10, 1945, in Iowa City, the daughter of Wayne and Mildred (Abbott) Rowe. She attended City High School. On Feb. 14, 1970, Diana married Victor Sokol; they later divorced. Victor died in 2002. Diana was employed for 34 years at Sheller Globe, retiring in 2002. She volunteered at the Iowa City Animal Shelter.