Obituaries

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13
Aug

Lloyd Carl Ernest Drahn

Lloyd Carl Ernest Drahn, 100, of Monona, died July 26, at Good Samaritan in Postville. 

He was born March 27, 1918, on the family farm near Froelich, to parents Fred and Emilie Kaiser Drahn. He was the ninth of eleven children and his mother stated, he was the only one to wait for the doctor to arrive for delivery. Thus began a lifelong love of farming and stewardship of land and farm animals. Lloyd was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona. Lloyd attended the Drahn Country School and graduated from Monona High School in 1935. This education began a love of reading and poetry in particular. Lloyd would be referred to as a “farmer poet” and was known to recite poetry from these days until the end of his life.

Wed
08
Aug

Ruth Andresen Bickel

Ruth Andresen Bickel, a resident of Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids, died peacefully on Aug. 6, after a short illness. She was surrounded by family at her death.

Ruth was born Sept. 12, 1920, in Flensburg, Germany to Antonia Panitz Andresen and Claus August Andresen. Her father was a violinist and landscape painter who, with Antonia and Ruth, immigrated to the United States aboard the Westphalia. They arrived at Ellis Island July 4, 1923. Shortly thereafter they made their way by train to Dysart, Iowa where Claus Andresen’s brother owned a house painting company. 

Thu
02
Aug

Stephen Warner Towle

Stephen Warner Towle, 81, of Paw Paw, passed away July 13, at his home. 

He was born in McGregor, Iowa, on Feb. 9, 1937, to the late William Irving and LaVonne (Prouty) Towle. On Nov. 7, 1959, he was united in marriage to Virgene (Berns) Towle.

Tue
29
May

Erwin Ruff

 

Erwin Ruff, 92, of McGregor, died Friday, May 25, at his home in McGregor, in the care of his family. 

 

He was born on May 28, 1925, to Edmund and Clara (Berns) Ruff in National. Erwin joined the U.S. Army, served in World War II and was honorably discharged.

Fri
25
May

Rebecca Erin Springsteen

 

Rebecca Erin Springsteen, 16, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday, May 15, at her home in Marquette. 

 

Rebecca was born Nov. 13, 2001, to James and Trina (Shaffer) Springsteen in Prairie du Chien, Wis. She was a sophomore at MFL Mar-Mac in Monona, and played volleyball. Rebecca was a member at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Mon
14
May

Dawson Brown

 

Dawson Brown, 20, of Cedar Rapids, passed away surrounded by his family, Sunday, May 6, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

 

A celebration of life was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 10, at First Methodist Church of Marion.

 

Fri
11
May

Marylu Sauer

 

Marylu Sauer, of Madison, had the soul of a gypsy, the spirit of a hippie and the heart of an angel. She passed away unexpectedly on May 5.  

 

Thu
10
May

Henry L. “Hank” Nelsen

Henry L. “Hank” Nelsen, 94, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, May 9, at Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

 

Tue
24
Apr

Robert O. Hinkel

Robert O. Hinkel, 89, of Marquette, passed away Sunday, April 22, at his home.

 

He was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Wadena, the son of Oscar and Mae (Voshell) Hinkel. He married Wanita Bruehahn on Sept. 20, 1948, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in McGregor. She later preceded him in death on Feb. 10, 2000. 

Tue
03
Apr

Neil James Hampton

 

Neil James Hampton, 85, of Bloomington, died on Saturday, March 31, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. 

 

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