Obituaries

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Wed
25
Nov

Don R. Schmidt

Don R. Schmidt passed away peacefully on Nov. 21, 2020. Don was born in Elkader to Agnes Eleanor (Johnson) Schmidt and George Harold Schmidt Sr. on June 26, 1925. In his early years, the family business was a hometown pharmacy, where George Sr. was the proprietor and pharmacist and Agnes worked the books. Many of Don’s longest, strongest and dearest friendships were formed from his years growing up in Elkader and working with his father. 

Wed
25
Nov

Eldean Wilke

Eldean August William Wilke, 86, of Elkader, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, at the Elkader Care Center. He was born Aug. 22, 1934, in Read Township, rural Elkader, the son of Eldo and Marie (Staack) Wilke. He received his education at a country school. Eldean served in the United States Army for two years, stationed at Bitburg, Germany.

He was married Feb. 2, 1960, to Ivanelle Boehm at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkader by Pastor Harold Heupel. To this union, two daughters were born, Linette (James) Langhus and Lisa (David) Pope.

Eldean worked for Grau Logs and Lumber for 40 years; following his retirement, he worked 12 years for the city of Elkader. Eldean enjoyed camping, wood carving, ginseng hunting, listening to music and spending time with his family.

Tue
24
Nov

Donald D. Blaker

Donald Dean Blaker, age 89, entered into his eternal rest on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at his home near Arlington. He was diagnosed with stage four melanoma in mid-October. 

Don was born in Colesburg on July 12, 1931, the son of Dale and Vera (Shaw) Blaker. He graduated from Fayette High School in 1949 and served in the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Army. Following his military service, he attended Upper Iowa University and later received his master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. On June 4, 1960, he married Anita Van Horn at the Fayette Methodist Church.

Tue
24
Nov

JoAnn R. Whittle

JoAnn R. Whittle, 87, of Elkader, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at the Elkader Care Center. She was born Dec. 25, 1932, in rural Geddes, S.D., to Andrew and Adela (Bartekoske) Shea. The family moved to Iowa when JoAnn was very young.

She was united in marriage with Malcolm Whittle on Nov. 8, 1952, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader. The couple was blessed with five children. Throughout the years, JoAnn worked as a telephone operator, did babysitting in her own home, worked at the Elkader Wire Factory and, lastly, was a cook at Scenic Acres. She was a very hard worker, always putting family first. She enjoyed family gatherings, especially getting to see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered by all as someone with a quick smile. JoAnn was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Tue
24
Nov

Chad E. Klatt

Chad E. Klatt, of Minneapolis, Minn., went to be with our Lord on Nov. 5, 2020, after a lengthy illness. Chad was born in Waterloo, to Ernie and Luanne (Orvis) Klatt on June 11, 1979. Early in his childhood, his grandparents, Richard and Karen Orvis of Elkader, became his legal guardians and he spent his childhood and youth with them. He graduated from Central Community High School in Elkader in 1997, and played football and basketball and was an outstanding student. He had a love of music and played the drums, following in the footsteps of his father, a drummer and member of the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He then attended the University of Northern Iowa where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2001 as the valedictorian in his finance major.

Tue
24
Nov

Margaret A. 'Peggy' Duart

Margaret Ann “Peggy” Duart, 91, of Strawberry Point, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at her home. Margaret, who was affectionately called Peggy, was born on July 10, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., to George and Clarice Penning. She was an only child to this union. Her mother died at the age of 29 when Peggy was 2 years old. After her mother’s death, she went to stay with relatives until the age of 18. Peggy graduated from Lamont High School in 1947. She went on to teacher-training college in Lamont to become a school teacher. After her graduation, she taught school for one year in a one-room school house outside of Masonville.  

Fri
20
Nov

James R. Schultz

James Schultz, 83, of McGregor, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at Great River Care Center in McGregor, after a long illness. James Richard was born March 28, 1937 at the McGregor Community Hospital in McGregor, the son of Earl and Maude (Pare) Schultz. The family lived in the small town of Giard while his dad worked as a hired man for the Gold Mine Farm. In 1947, Jim’s parents purchased their own farm west of McGregor where Jim attended country school through the eighth grade. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1955. Jim helped his dad on the farm and also worked for other area farmers. He also drove a canned milk truck route for the McGregor Cooperative Creamery. He then joined and served six years in the Army National Guard.

Fri
20
Nov

Dennis L. Beck

Dennis Lee Beck, 83, of Elkader, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in the comfort of his home.

 

Dennis was born Sept. 26, 1937, on the Carl Dietrich Beck farm north of Elkport to Homer and Violet (Duwe) Beck. 

 

Fri
20
Nov

Duane P. Dittmer

Duane Perry Dittmer died peacefully at the age of 81 on Nov. 6, 2020, during a brief hospitalization in West Palm Beach, Fla.

 

Fri
20
Nov

Petrene A. Kelleher Poss

Petrene Ann Kelleher Poss, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., formerly of Elkader, died peacefully at home on Nov. 17, 2020. She was 84 and the cause was a recurrence of throat cancer. 

 

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