GRINNELL, Iowa — Madison Marrow Tomfeld, 86, passed away Jan. 6, 2011, at Kavanaugh House in Des Moines with his loving family present.
Burial will be in Hazelwood Cemetery at a later date.
Mr. Tomfeld was born July 24, 1924, to J. Frederick and Jean (Darrow) Tomfeld in Iowa City.
He graduated from Muscatine High School in 1943 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. A rifleman and corporal, he and his First Marine Division fought in Okinawa and Saipan, and then in China after the end of the war.
With the help of the GI Bill, he attended Muscatine Junior College and Iowa State, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in farm operations.
He married Mary E. Whitmer in 1951. A true Iowan with a deep love and knowledge of agriculture, he worked for Kent Feeds for 27 years as a district manager, retiring in 1985. He was also an avid gardener, trapshooter and musician.
He was a two-time Iowa State Fair Harmonica Champion and placed fourth in a national contest. He was a popular performer at many regional events and care facilities.
He was active in many community and state organizations.
He was a 60-year member and Past Master of Hermon Lodge No. 273 of Grinnell and was a member of the Newton York Rite Bodies. In 2004, he was awarded a high Masonic honor, the T.S. Parvin Award from the Grand Lodge of Iowa AF and AM. He was also a member and Past Master Councilor of G.A. Riemcke DeMolay Chapter of Muscatine and honored with the degree of Chevalier from DeMolay International. He was a member of the Newton Chapter No. 100 Order of Eastern Star and Past Patron of Onyx Chapter No. 360 in Gilman.
He also was a member of the American Legion, VFW, First Marine Division Association, Amateur Trapshooter Associations of Iowa and America, and Boy Scouts of America. He was also an active member of the Grinnell United Methodist Church for 51 years.
A man of many talents and interests, he was known and loved for his wit, keen intelligence, kindness, and selfless devotion to his family, friends, and ideals.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Tomfeld, of Grinnell; two daughters, Alice (Steve) Andersen, Des Moines and Deborah (Tim) Twito, Northfield, Minn.; five grandchildren, Diane Preston (Doug), Russell Andersen, Christopher and Sarah Graham, Sam, Isaac, and Emma Twito; one great-grandson, Roland Preston; a sister Marion Michael; a niece Kathy (Ken), nephew Matthew, and great-niece and nephew Megan and Brandon.
He is also survived by his loving friend and caregiver, Betty Johnston, and many cherished friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, George Michael.
MUSCATINE, Iowa — Mary Elizabeth Hagens, 92, of Muscatine, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at her home.
The Rev. Sharon Phillips of the Jesus Mission will officiate. Casketbearers will be Paul Hagens, Toby Hagens, Torrey Hagens, Joshua Hagens, Pete Henke and Aaron Auberg.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Muscatine Hospital Auxiliary.
She was born June 1, 1918, in Muscatine County, the daughter of Joseph and Lois Darting Martin. Her first marriage was to Donald Beatty. She later married Hubert Hagens on Aug. 3, 1951, in Muscatine.
She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose for more than 50 years. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting, and she dearly loved her cross-country rides.
Those left to honor her memory include four sons, Richard Beatty and wife, Shirley, of Cedar City, Utah, Thomas Beatty of Muscatine, Timothy Hagens and wife, Barb, of Muscatine, and John Hagens of Muscatine; four daughters, Norma Titus and husband, Danny, of Muscatine, Mary Lou Gomez and husband, David, of West Jordan, Utah, Vicki Mott of Muscatine, and Ruth Phillips and husband, Charley, of Colona, Ill.; two stepsons, Ronald Hagens and wife, Pat, of Muscatine, and Jerry Hagens and wife, Judy, of Aledo, Ill.; one step-daughter, JoAnn Brauns and husband, Barry, of Muscatine; 29 grandchildren; more than 80 great-grandchildren; more than 20 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, William Martin and wife, Elaine, of Spartanburg, S.C.; and four sisters, Lucille Mieresonne of Wilmette, Ill., Josephine Rostenbach of Moline, Ill., Vera Dale Martin of Coralville and Ann Jean of Buena Park, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; one son, Donald Beatty; two stillborn babies; one grandson; three sisters; and two brothers.
WILTON, Iowa —Larry A. Witmer, 72, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, at home in Durant.
Memorials may be made to the Durant Ambulance Service.
Mr. Witmer was born Dec. 15, 1939, the son of Albert and Mildred (Yerington) Witmer. He grew up in Rochester and attended grade school in a small, country school. He attended three years of high school at Springdale.
When that school closed, he finished his high school education at Atalissa High School which was the last year for that school.
Larry met Beverly Cale during the summer of 1955, when he was 15. They were married Nov. 23, 1957, at the Little Brown Church in the Vale at Nashua. They celebrated 53 years of marriage in 2010.
He went to work in 1957 for Stanley Engineering in Muscatine, as a draftsman. In 1966, he and his brother, Gary, got into the lumber business when they started a sawmill at Rochester. Eventually, he left Stanley’s and went full-time in the business. The brothers spent more than 30 years cutting down trees and making lumber. They had a very special bond which will never be broken.
He and his wife built a home in Durant in 1994. He had many good friends in Durant and after retirement made it his special duty to give them a hard time at The Creamery. It was a special challenge to him to always have the last word. He had a great sense of humor and you might find yourself laughing hours later at something he said.
He was a talented furniture maker. He had a love for wood all his life.
He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his wife, Beverly; a son, Chris Witmer and wife, Deb, West Liberty; a brother, Gary Witmer and wife, Peg; sister-in-law, Jackie Terry and husband, Daryl; aunts, nieces and nephews, cousins and his cats, Riley and Jake.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Dick and Gertrude Cale, with whom he enjoyed a very close relationship.
ALEDO, Ill. - Leonard W. "Bud" Thomas, 90, Aledo, Ill., died Wednesday Jan. 5, 2010, at the Aledo Rehab and Health Care Center.
Memorials may be made to New Kingdom Trail Riders or Antioch Baptist Church.
He was born June 4, 1920, in Whitetail, Mont., the son of Ithel and Margaret Garber Thomas.
He graduated from Reynolds High School where he excelled in track and field. He married Frances S. Sparling in Moline, Ill. She died Dec. 24, 2004.
He farmed in the Marston area for many years and owned Bud Thomas Construction Co.
He was instrumental in developing Soil and Water Conservation Practices and his bulldozing operation constructed numerous ponds, lakes and dams throughout the area. He was awarded the 1984 Mercer County Conservation Farmer of the Year.
His memberships include the Antioch Baptist Church, the NRA and he was a 50 year member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He loved to hunt, fish and fly.
Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Holle and husband, Michael of Taylor Ridge; three sons, John Thomas and wife, Joyce, David Thomas and wife, Sarah, Paul Thomas and wife, Leanne, all of Aledo; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and a sister, Ruth.
DURANT, Iowa - Lurena Alice West, 91, Durant, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Cedar Manor Nursing Home in Tipton.
Serving as casketbearers will be her sons and son-in-laws Bill West, Jack West, Willard West, Frank Juarez, and Tom Compton.
Memorial donations may be made to Durant Ambulance Service or the Durant Education Foundation in her memory.
She was born June 13, 1919, the daughter of Willie and Alma (Lindemann) Moeller in Scott County. She married Ira E. West June 6, 1945, in Davenport. He preceded her in death June 22, 1994.
Prior to her marriage, she worked as a hired hand. She and her husband farmed in Scott County for more than 30 years, retiring in 1978. They moved to Durant in 1980.
She was a member of the Walcott American Legion Auxillary Post No. 548, where she was a past president. She was also a member of the Scott County Farm Bureau.
She is survived and lovingly remembered by two daughters, Linnea and husband, Frank Juarez of Davenport, and Sheila and husband, Tom Compton of Durant; three sons, Bill West of Sterling, Ark., Jack West of Unionville, Mo., and Willard West of Durant; five grandchildren, Leslie Juarez, Winter and Brita West, Mackenzie, Paige and Mason Compton; a brother, Allen Moeller and wife, Jane of Davenport.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, Jay in 1958 and a grandson, Forrest West in 2003.
MUSCATINE, Iowa – Helen Greiner, 99, of Musca-tine, died on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at Carrington Place.
Chaplain Mary Arnold of Hospice Compassus will officiate the service.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Compasses and Carrington Place.
She was born on March 28, 1911, in Sweetland Town-ship, the daughter of Lee and Sophia A. Anderson Freise.
She married Karlton H. Greiner on Aug. 9, 1930 in Rock Island, Ill. He preceded her in death on July 10, 1991.
She was a 50-plus year member of the Lady Elks.
Helen is survived by a niece, Janna G. Wilson of Deerfield, Ill.; two great-nephews, Jeff (and Jacqui) Wilson and their children, Emeline, Anya and Wade, of Raleigh, N.C.; and Doug (and Jennifer) Wilson and their children, Maddie, Ellie, and Reid of Deerfield, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Emeline Gottschalg; and her niece’s husband, Lary Wilson.
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Alexis Noel Bassett, 7, of Muscatine, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at her home.
Memorials may be left to the University of Iowa Dance Marathon.
She was born Dec. 29, 2003, in Muscatine, the daughter of Delbert and Lindsey McGreer Bassett.
She attended Illinois City Elementary School. She participated with the River City Allstar's, where she enjoyed cheering and dancing. She was the Miss Muscatine 2010-11 Ambassador.
Those left to honor her memory include her father, Delbert Bassett of Muscatine; her mother, Lindsey Bassett of Muscatine; a brother, Hunter Bassett at home; two sisters, Hannah Bassett and Lily Bassett; her paternal grandparents, Tom and Vallory Larson of Muscatine; her maternal grandparents, Doug and Sandi Hoag of Muscatine, and Brian and Tammy McGreer of Illinois City, Ill.; an uncle, Adam Bassett and wife, Courtney, of Muscatine; and four aunts, Becky Jones of Muscatine, Tricia Sours and husband, Zach, of Illinois City; Melissa McGreer and fiancé, Ryan Robinson of Illinois City, and Samantha McGreer of Illinois City.
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Joseph Bryant Lawrence, 89, Muscatine, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at Lutheran Homes.
Chaplin Vicki Pedersen of Lutheran Homes will officiate the service.
Casketbearers will be Mark Lawrence, Jon Lawrence, Michael Cassabaum, Shane Cassabaum, Jason Ewers, Bryan Ewers, Landon Ewers, Sam Wagner and Jacob Wagner. Honorary bearers will be Karen Mohwinkle, Amy Lawrence, Viola Wagner, Lisa Ewers, Nolan Ewers, and Wendy Holtzapple.
A funeral luncheon will be held at Calvary Church following the committal service.
He was born Oct. 30, 1921, in Muscatine, the son of George and Annie Elizabeth Bryant Lawrence. He married Marie Joyce Stelzner July 27, 1950, in Muscatine.
He was a farmer and sold seed corn. He also had worked for Thatcher Plastic retiring in 1983. He later worked at Wal-Mart.
He enjoyed writing poems, wood working, professional wrestling, hunting, fishing and trapping.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Marie Lawrence of Muscatine; two sons, Steven Lawrence and wife, Betty, of Muscatine, and David Lawrence of Wapello; three daughters, Patricia Cassabaum and husband, Lee of West Branch, Barbara Ewers and husband, Joe of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Janet Wagner of Muscatine; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; two brothers; and a son-in-law, Mike Wagner.
FAIRFIELD, Iowa - Tina Lynn McIntosh-Harris, 40, Sigourney, passed away Jan. 7, 2011, at her home.
The body has been cremated.
She was born Oct. 26, 1970, in Bloomfield, the daughter of John William and Wava Lyndale Luko Jarr. She married Jarrod McIntosh and they later divorced. She then married Ronald Harris Oct. 22, 2010.
She lived most of her life in the Jefferson, Keokuk counties. She graduated from Fairfield High School. She was a homemaker and enjoyed fishing, camping, dancing and collecting Indian artifacts.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald of Sigourney; a son, Jacob McIntosh, Keosauqua; a daughter, Brittney McIntosh, Sigourney; her parents, John W. and Wava L. Jarr, Fairfield; a sister, Linda Jarr of Fairfield; her grandparents, Lavern and Virginia Jarr of Bloomfield and Merlene Oge of Dallas, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Robert Luko and her grandmother, Helen Skipton.