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Obituaries

Robert “Bobby” J. Kriz

Robert “Bobby” J. Kriz, 62, of Solon, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, at his home. Celebration of life services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at St. John Lutheran Church in Ely with Reverend Erika Uthe presiding. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Solon. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Brosh Chapel in Solon, located at 100 S. Cedar Street.

Ronald Allen Nezerka

Ronald Allen Nezerka, 74, of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. A memorial gathering was held Monday, Nov. 3, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with private family inurnment in Czech National Cemetery.

Wenda Lee Brown

Wenda Lee Brown, 62, of Tiffin, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Funeral Service was Oct. 23, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Central City, by the Rev. Josh Hansen. Burial was at Mt. Clark Cemetery, Central City.
Survivors include her husband, Dennis; two sons, Duane Albin of Tiffin, and Kevin Osborn of Marshalltown; eight grandchildren, Cody Albin, Mykayla and Leah Osborn, and Mathew, Tyler, Jordan, Devin, and Dani Brown; and her mother, Donna Albin.
She was preceded in death by her father, Keith Albin; and brothers, Larry and Howard Albin.

David R. Carson

David R. Carson, 66, of rural Solon went to be with our Lord on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, after a lengthy struggle with congestive heart failure.
A Memorial Mass was held Tuesday, Oct. 21, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon with the Reverend Timothy Sheedy officiating. Private family graveside services were at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Solon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given in Dave’s memory to Iowa City Hospice. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Clayton Henry

Oct. 14, 2014, at Country View Senior Living Center in North Liberty. Inurnment will be at a private service in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina, Kansas. Arrangements are by Iowa Cremation, Cedar Rapids.
Clayton was born in Scott City, Kansas, son of Edna Forrest Henry and Hiram Henry. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his brother, Cletous L. Henry.

Bobbie Joe Lake Sr.

Bobbie Joe Lake Sr., 85, of Iowa City, died peacefully Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, surrounded by his family at Mercy Hospice of complications related to Parkinson’s disease.

 Funeral Services will be Thursday, Oct. 23, at 1:30 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Iowa City, with Reverend Brent Hartwig officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Iowa City Hospice or Mercy Hospital Foundation for Mercy Hospice. 



Robert Louis Long

Robert Louis Long, 82, of Wallingford, Connecticut, adored husband of Kathleen Long, entered into eternal life on Thursday, Oct. 9, with his family at his side. Born on March 20, 1932, in Solon, he was the son of the late William Long and Anna Rohret Long.

James “Jim” Polaschek

ames H. “Jim” Polaschek, age 37, of North Liberty, formerly of Cresco, died suddenly from an unknown medical complication at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.
A funeral service was held on Oct. 17 at First Congregational Church in Cresco with Pastor Tim Sir presiding. Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 16, at the church. Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco, is in charge of arrangements.

Ray Shramek

Ray Shramek (“Sandy Beach Hoot Owl” / “Peezo”), 76, of Solon, died Thursday, Oct 16, 2014. Celebration of life services were on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with Deacon Phillip Saunders presiding. Burial followed at Anderson Cemetery, Swisher.
Ray was born May 7, 1938, at his home in Swisher. He married Leona Kadera on April 19, 1960, at the First Presbyterian Church near Ely. Ray was employed by F.J. Krob Co. in the Solon and Ely areas for 44 years, from August 1956 until his retirement in August 2000.

Edwin R. Hemphill

Edwin R. Hemphill, 89, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
Memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids. The Rev. Heather Hayes will officiate. Burial was conducted at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Paul Edwin Johnson

Paul Edwin Johnson, 87, of North Liberty passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at Oldorf Hospice House of Hiawatha. A Memorial Service was held Friday, Oct. 10, at First United Methodist Church, North Liberty. Burial was at Ridgewood Cemetery, North Liberty.

Fredrick L. Kitzman

Fredrick L. Kitzman, 68, of Swisher, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at his home. A celebration of life will be held from noon until 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, at the Swisher American Legion Post #671.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Kitzman of Swisher; sons, Timothy (Ann) Kitzman and Terrence Kitzman all of Cedar Rapids; brothers, Kenneth (Ilene) Kitzman of Swisher and Dallas “Skip” Kitzman of North Liberty; one granddaughter, Taylor; also surviving are his loving nieces and nephews; and his wiener dogs, Ginger and Murphy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant sister, Carleen.