Area Obituaries

PHILLIP OWEN KELLER
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PHILLIP OWEN KELLER Phillip passed away May 16, 2017 at the age of 81 years, 2 months and 23 days. Phillip was bon February 23, 1936 in Clearfield, Iowa to Gerald and Ariel (Greene) Keller. He attended Diagonal Community School. He married Mary Pine on June 9, 1957. Phillip lived and farmed on the family…

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LILA JANE BRADLEY
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LILA JANE BRADLEY Lila passed away peacefully on June 12, 2017 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born to Vane Lillian (Paxson) Olney and Carl Eugene Olney, Jr. at home on a farm near the small rural community of Redding, Iowa. She is survived by her husband, James R. Bradley, whom she…

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LARRY ALLAN CORLL
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LARRY ALLAN CORLL Larry Allan Corll was born on June 12, 1941 in Mount Ayr, IA and passed away on June 8, 2017, in Mount Ayr. Larry graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School and then attended Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, MO, where he graduated with a degree in business. After college, Larry…

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ARDIS RETA LANZILOTTA
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ARDIS RETA LANZILOTTA Ardis Reta Lanzilotta, age 81, passed away peacefully in her home at Prairie Vista Village in Altoona on Monday, June 5, 2017. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Bethel Cemetery in Diagonal, Iowa. Ardis was born to Clarence and Hazel (Anderson) Morrison on May…

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KENNETH F. KNAPP
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KENNETH F. KNAPP Kenneth F. Knapp, 73, of Lenexa, KS, formerly of DeSoto, went home to be with the Lord on June 3, 2017 and was reunited with Beth, his wife of 42 years. He was born in Redding, Iowa and was the son of Gifford and Evelyn (Cochran) Knapp. He graduated from Redding High…

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DARREL D. WILCOXSON
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DARREL D. WILCOXSON Darrel D. Wilcoxson, 90, of Creston, formerly of Lamoni, died Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston. No public services are to be scheduled. Private burial will be at the Trinity Christian Cemetery near Decatur, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Trinity Christian Church near Decatur. Online…

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MERL EDWARD DRAKE
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MERL EDWARD DRAKE Merl Edward Drake, son of Warren and Mary (Ferber) Drake, was born July 23, 1937 at Mount Ayr, Iowa. Merl graduated from Mount Ayr High School and served his country in the armed forces. On July 22, 1960, Merl married Thelma Lea Maudlin in Ottumwa, Iowa.  Merl farmed and drove a truck.…

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BERNARD ANDREW SOBOTKA
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BERNARD ANDREW SOBOTKA Bernard Andrew Sobotka passed away peacefully on May 26, 2017 at Otterbein Lebanon Senior Lifestyle Community. He was born on March 8, 1927 in Diagonal, Iowa to Andrew Joseph and Eva Marie (Driskell) Sobotka. Bernard grew up in Diagonal and graduated from Diagonal High School in 1945. During high school he was an…

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JERRY JAMES “JIM” GEORGE
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JERRY JAMES “JIM” GEORGE Jerry James “Jim” George was born in Union County, Iowa on October 26, 1939 to Arthur James and Geraldine (Strange) George.  His family lived in Parkville, Missouri and Illinois before moving back to Diagonal, Iowa area where he started kindergarten and graduated with his class of 1958.  During his high school years…

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VIRGINIA DOLORES POWELL
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VIRGINIA DOLORES POWELL Virginia Dolores Powell, 90, of Mount Ayr, formerly of Blockton, died May 20, 2017, at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. Virginia was born October 9, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York to Lloyd and Lillian Waldron.  After graduation from high school, she worked in a military defense plant during World War II.  Two…

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ELIZABETH J. WELSH
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ELIZABETH J. WELSH Elizabeth J. Welsh was born May 6, 1937 in Creston, Iowa and passed away on May 8, 2017 at the age of 80 in Blair, Nebraska. Elizabeth was preceded in death by husband, Robert Welsh, brother Jim Jobe, and sister, Judy Pottorff. She is survived by daughter, Cindy Lewis, Alvin, TX, son,…

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BUDDY DEAN POWELL
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BUDDY DEAN POWELL Buddy Dean Powell was born April 19, 1958 at home in Mount Ayr, Iowa to Nina Ruth (Holtzman) Powell and Rolland Dean Powell. He graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1976. Buddy worked in maintenance for Worth County Convalescent Center in Grant City, Missouri, Clearview Home in Mount Ayr and Mount…

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