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Obituaries

Ella Neumann

Ella Ann Rebecca Neumann, 95 of Solon, died Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Services were held Thursday, July 3, at St. John Lutheran Church in Ely. Brosh Chapel in Solon was in charge of arrangements. 

Ella was born April 2, 1919, in rural West Union, the daughter of Albert and Minnie (Haller) Stahr. On June 6, 1941, she was united in marriage to Donald J. Neumann in Oregon City, Oregon. They were blessed with three children, Daryl, Diane, and Dale. 


Steven Parris

Steven W. Parris, 59, of North Liberty, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at his residence. Funeral Services were held Thursday, July 3, at Lensing’s in Coralville with Alecia Williams officiating. In lieu of flowers the Steven Parris Memorial Fund has been established.


Mildred Taylor

Mildred J. Taylor, 85, of Le Claire, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
A service celebrating Mildred’s life was held Monday, July 7, at the First United Methodist Church in North Liberty. Memorials in Mildred’s memory can be made to the Mildred Taylor Memorial Fund.

Delores A. Becicka

Delores A. Becicka, 76, of Cedar Rapids, died June 22, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. A celebration of life gathering was held June 26 at The Avacentre at Brosh Chapel in Solon.
Delores was born Aug. 12, 1937, in Des Moines, the daughter of Kenneth L. and Doris (Slaymaker) Robertson. She married Frank Becicka, her high school sweetheart, on Aug. 18, 1956. They were married 56 years. Delores was employed at IPC of Iowa and along with her husband Buzz owned and operated motels in Kingman, Arizona, El Campo, Texas and also in Marion. She retired in 2012.

Lori Ann Hilmer

Lori A. Hilmer, 48, of North Liberty died Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids surrounded by her family, following a passionate fight against cancer.
Funeral services were held June 25 at First United Methodist Church in North Liberty, with burial at Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Lori’s memory. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Jerry Allen Klingaman

Jerry Allen Klingaman, 64, formerly of Solon, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2014, in New Richmond, Wisconsin. A celebration of his life was held at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home on June 27.

Steven Douglas Landuyt

Steven Douglas Landuyt, 67, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away on June 25, 2014, at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. Military honors were held June 28 at Bienhoff Funeral Home, Perry, Missouri. Private family interment services will be held at a later date.
Steve was born June 22, 1947, in Grinnell, the son of René Frank and Marge (Lyman) Landuyt. He was married to Marcia Sass and she preceded him in death. He then married Lori Barney on April 25, 2008, in Columbia, Missouri and she survives.

Barbara Olson

Barbara Olson, 63, died unexpectedly on the morning of Tuesday, June 17, 2014. A Celebration of Life was held on June 21 at Motley Cow Café in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Barbara Olson Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 5312, Coralville, IA 52241.

Walter Shaffer

Walter E. “Jake” Shaffer, 91, longtime resident of Iowa City, died Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held June 20 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, with burial following at Memory Gardens Cemetery where military honors were provided.
Memorial donations can be made in Jake’s memory to the Quad City Honor Flight Association. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Nadine Speer

N. Nadine Speer, 90, of Marion died Friday June 13, 2014, at Northbrook Manor. Services were held June 17 at Sharon United Methodist Church. The Rev. Hyeunmee Kang officiated. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Robert Vavra

Robert Dean Vavra, 66, of Roseville, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly June 6, 2014.
A son of Arnold and Agnes (Kriz) Vavra, he was raised in Ely and graduated from Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota. Robert was a longtime employee of Unisys.
He was patient, charitable and loved.
Surviving are his wife, Betty; sons, Matt (Sarah) and Nick; grandsons, Gabe and Max; brothers, Tom and Bill (Marian); nieces, Andrea (Mak) and Christy; and many friends and family worldwide.

Robert Wiederin

Robert “Bob” W. Wiederin, 77, of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, June 12, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital following a lengthy illness. Services were held June 17, at St. Jude Catholic Church by the Rev. Mark Reasoner. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery.