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April 16th, 2014

James Shaddox

James Douglas “J.D.” Shaddox, 70, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center. Celebration of Life services were held, April 10 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. A private family inurnment will be at a later date.
J.D. was born Dec. 5, 1943, in Harrison, Ark., the son of Marion Douglas and Edith (Spencer) Shaddox. He married Carolyn Horn on Aug. 2, 1961, in Fort Madison. He was self-employed since 1970, and was the owner and operator of U-Haul on 16th Avenue SW since 2001. He was a member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge and the Moose Club.

Harry Seelman

Harry Seelman, 92, of Oxford died Friday, April 11, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 14 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Cosgrove. Father Edmond Dunn and Father Stephen Ebel officiated. Burial was at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Harry Seelman Memorial Fund.

Darrell Ophaug

Darrell Phillip Ophaug, 76, of Marion, went home to be with the Lord April 8, 2014, after a brief illness. Funeral Service was held April 14 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Marion. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.
Darrell is survived by his wife of 53 years, Norma; daughters, Gwen (Dale) Fangman of North Liberty, and Kari (Todd) Duncan of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren; one brother Francis (Grace), his sister-in-law Annette, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ruth, and brother Roger.

Amanda Hook

Amanda passed away surrounded by her family on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at her grandparents’ home in Williamsburg after a four-year courageous battle with cancer at the age of 32 years. Amanda Lea Hook, was born Dec. 26, 1981, in Maryville, Ill., the daughter of Thomas and Denise (Huedepohl) Hook. She was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsburg. Celebration of Life Service was held on April 11 at Powell Funeral Home, Williamsburg. The Rev. Carl Cloeter officiated. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Williamsburg.

Lorena Gray

Lorena Gray, 92, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Mechanicsville Care Center. Funeral Services were held April 12 at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa. Interment was in the Lisbon Cemetery. Pastor Barb Krueger officiated. Thoughts, Memories and Condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

Donal Gordon

Donal R. “Don” Gordon, 71, of North Liberty, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Lantern Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Coralville surrounded by his family.
Funeral services were held April 14 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Don’s memory to Iowa City Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to his family at www.gayandciha.com.

Surprises

Walkin'

Life has been full of surprises lately.
Like the other day when Sabra beckoned with a come-hither voice from the bedroom, “will you please come here?”
It was quite the surprise. After 14 years of marriage, she calls me to the back yard to rake leaves, to the basement to lift salt into the water conditioner or to the kitchen to unfreeze her computer. Calls to the boudoir are mostly distant memories along with a 38-inch waist size and hair on my head in places other than eyebrows and ears.

Just wondering

Food for Thought

It’s been 10 or more years since I heard anything about the results of a discovery involving the gene responsible for speech in humans. It seems that gene involved the fine control of the organs and muscles that made it possible for humans to develop, in a period involving about 100 generations, a workable spoken language. At the time this discovery was announced, scientists were anticipating some experiments that seemed rather far out to me. For one thing, they were hoping to implant the gene in laboratory mice.

Tiffin mayor helps raise awareness of elderly hunger issues

IOWA CITY– For many elderly people, a hot meal can be difficult to come by.
That’s why Elder Services, Inc., (ESI) of Iowa City, has been delivering meals to Johnson County homebound residents through its Meals on Wheels program since 1980. To raise awareness of senior hunger and nutrition issues, ESI participated in March for Meals, a national campaign held last month initiated by the Meals on Wheels Association of America.

April 9th

Loras College fall 2013 dean’s list DUBUQUE

Loras College fall 2013 dean’s list
DUBUQUE– Loras College Provost Cheryl Jacobsen, Ph.D. announced that Thomas S. Bonner of North Liberty was named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2013 semester. A student must earn a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours to be recognized.