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SPARTA, Ill. - Dorothea "Dora" Boche Wilson, 73, of Sparta, passed away Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at her residence.

A private graveside service was held Jan. 15.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation [PKD Foundation, 8330 Ward Parkway, Suite 510, Kansas City, MO 64114-2000 or Hospice of Southern Illinois

She was born July 26, 1937, in Guscht, Germany, the daughter of Joseph Fritz and Babette Schoener Boche. She married Robert D. Wilson April 2, 1957, in Muscatine. He preceded her in death on June 3, 2003. She was the daughter-in-law of Hugh Cecil and Mary Easdale Wilson.

She was of Christian faith.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her daughters, Anita Tarkington and husband, James ‘Beau' of Jonesboro, Ark., Angela Wilson of Carbondale, Ill., Sonja Bailey and husband, Mark, of Carterville; her sons, Karl Wilson and wife, Sharon, of Tyler, Texas, Michael Wilson and wife, Sarah, of Big Sand, Texas, George Wilson of Sparta, Ill.; her grandchildren, Jessica, Laura, Jacob, Christine, Friedric, Sebastian, Xavier, Anastasia, Anamaria, Zedidiah, Annabelle, Elizabeth, and Isabelle; her sisters, Gertrude Day of Muscatine, Iowa, Regina Day of Muscatine, Heidi Hoppe of Muscatine, Chris Schoenig of Wilton, Iowa, and Franzi Yuhas of Yuma, Ariz.; and her brothers, Kurt Boche of Muscatine, Iowa, Herman Boche of Burlington, Iowa, Gary Boche of Muscatine, Iowa, Jurgen Boche of Muscatine, Iowa.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Martha Taylor and Wilma Morenings; one brother, George Boche; and one granddaughter, Megan Boche Wilson.
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MUSCATINE, Iowa – Robert “Bob” Thomas Walter, 90, of Muscatine, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at his home.

Dr. Bruce Ursin of the Wesley United Methodist Church will officiate the service.

Casket bearers will be Bruce Walter, Bob Willis, Ryno Olson and Randy Lear.

Memorials may be made to the local American Red Cross or the Muscatine Humane Society.

He was born Oct. 29, 1920, in Muscatine, the son of Edward A. and Carrie Cockerill Walter.

He married Dorothy Pearl Schwartz on Nov. 15, 1942, in Muscatine. She preceded him in death on Oct. 18, 1996.

He was a salesman and staff manager at Prudential Insurance Agency for more than 30 years, retiring in 1980.

He was a 1938 graduate of Muscatine High School, and was a member the Muscatine School Board of Education from 1963-72. He belonged to Trinity Episcopal Church, Eastern Iowa P.O.W.s, Caterpillar Club, and C & O Canal Association.

He was an avid flower gardener and always enjoyed showing his gardens to any and all who passed by.

Robert was a veteran of World War II, serving as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 15th Air Force, 515th Squadron, 376th Bomber Group, and a Bombardier on a B-24. He was shot down over Austria on May 24, 1944, and spent more than a year as a P.O.W. in Germany.

He is survived by his son, Brian H. (and Kay) Walter of Muscatine; a daughter-in-law, Kim Walter of Ottumwa; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Gerald D. Walter and Donald P. Walter, both of Muscatine.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, Thomas M. Walter on April 14, 2004; one sister; and three brothers.
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MUSCATINE, Iowa – Kenneth George Orr, 75, of Muscatine, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Trinity Muscatine Hospital.

The Rev. Steven Cauley of Zion Lutheran Church will officiate the service.

Casket bearers will be Steven McFadon, Terry McFadon, Howard Snider, Robert Wagg, Phillip Yerington and Tim McFadon. Honorary casket bearers will be Greg Orr, Brandon Hatcher, Cody Hatcher and Jennifer Miller.

He was born Jan. 5, 1936, in Muscatine, the son of Lenny and Marie Geltz Orr.

He married Jean J. McFadon of Muscatine on July 15, 1960, in Muscatine.

He first worked for Henderson’s Garage and then worked 41 years at GPC before retiring.

He is a member of Zion Lutheran Church and a former member of Moose Lodge No. 388.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, camping and loved going to the gambling boats.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Brenda (and Evan) Hatcher of Muscatine and Paula M. Miller of Muscatine; three grandchildren, Brandon Hatcher, Cody Hatcher and Jennifer Miller, all of Muscatine.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Orr; and a sister, Dorothy Phelps.
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New Boston, Ill. — Dwight L. Irwin, 80, of New Boston, Ill., passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at All-American Care of Muscatine.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to the Eliza Community Church or the Eliza Community Center in memory of Dwight.

Dwight Lemoine Irwin was born Oct. 26, 1930, in Louisa Township, Mercer County, Ill., the son of Paul J. and Ruth (Raush) Irwin.

He served with the U.S. Navy from January 1951 to November 1954.

He married Vivian C. Olson at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, on March 18, 1954.

Dwight sold Pioneer Seed Corn and worked with his dad from 1969-82, before taking over the farming operation from 1982-2011.

He was a member of the Eliza Community Church, V.F.W. in Aledo, Eliza American Legion, Eliza Lions Club, Moose of Muscatine and the Masonic Lodge of Buffalo Prairie.

Dwight enjoyed seeing his customers, being involved with the Eliza community, helping neighbors and taking drives around the countryside. But most of all, Dwight loved to spend time with his friends and family, especially the grandchildren.

He is survive by his wife; daughters, Paula Jane Steffen of Bloomington, Ill., and Sherry Lynn Kobitter of Libertyville, Ill.; five grandchildren, Julie (and Greg) Sturgis, Greg, Jenna Steffen, Nicholas Kobitter, Michael Kobitter and Christopher Kobitter; brothers, George W. (and Marguerite) Irwin of East Peoria, Ill., and Paul Irwin of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; sister, Ellen C. (and Paul) Burton of Congerville, Ill., and sister-in-law, Phyllis Irwin of Iowa City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Elsie I. Laeser-Irwin; a son, Steven Allen, in infancy; a grandson, Alex Kobitter; a brother, Robert E. Irwin; and a niece, Melinda Irwin.
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WAPELLO, Iowa - Doris Ann Strawhacker, 85, of Wapello, formerly of Oakville, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at the Wapello Nursing & Rehab Center.

The Rev. Dan Doolin will officiate.

A memorial fund has been established for the benefit of the Great River Hospice and the Edwards Cemetery Road Fund.

She was born Dec. 18, 1925, the daughter of Cecil A. and Laura Irene Gregory Hartman, in Mediapolis. She married Rex Reiman in 1946 at Oakville. He preceded her in death. She married Donald Strawhacker in 1951 in Oakville. They later divorced.

She attended school in Mediapolis and graduated from the Mount Union High School. She had worked at Sylvania, the Ordnance Plant, and Midwest Biscuit all in the Burlington area and later worked for Clara Wykert in the Oakville Restaurant.

She loved to dance and enjoyed playing cards and bingo. She was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by two sons, Craig Strawhacker and wife, Carol of West Burlington and Wendell Reiman of Burlington; a daughter, Brenda Strawhacker of Citrus Springs, Fla.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Hartman of Washington.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Rex and Donald; a daughter, Linda Wiley; a sister, Janaan; and three brothers, Leo, Jim and Clarence "Shorty".

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