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DAVENPORT, Iowa - Beverly A. Heston, 81, Davenport, passed away Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at her home.

Mrs. Heston was born Nov. 23, 1929, in Rock Island, Ill., the daughter of George and Madeline (Hauman) Wise.

In 1950 she married Basil Christner. She later married Jessie Heston in 1985. He preceded her in death in 1986.

She was a Sunday School teacher for 40 years. She loved the Lord and enjoyed cooking and embroidery. Her last church membership was with Jesus Mission Church in Muscatine.

Survivors include her children, David Christner, Karen Hebbeln and husband, Dennis, Sandy Swanson and husband, Tim, and Robert Christner; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Wise; two sisters, Phyllis Sutton and Shirley Moore.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Linda Kittell; a son, Dennis Christner; and a sister, Delores Wannemacher.
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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Carl A. Schmidt, Jr. died at his home in Rancho Mirage, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011.

Per his wishes, he has been cremated and burial service will be in Keokuk, Iowa July 22, at the National Cemetery.

He was born July 24, 1925, in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Carl A. Schmidt Sr. and Ella Leu Schmidt. He married Beverly Bennett Dec. 21, 1946, in Fort Madison, Iowa. She passed away Dec. 8, 2000 in Amsterdam, N.Y.

He was a graduate of Keokuk High School, the University of Iowa, and the St. Louis College of Mortuary Science. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was honorably discharged as a lieutenant JG in 1946.

After 10 years in business with his father at the Schmidt Memorial Home in Keokuk, he worked in the corrugated box business, beginning with the Hoerner Box Co., in Keokuk, and Tupelo, Miss., the Weyerhauser Co. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the General Fibre Box Co. in Amsterdam, N.Y. After the death of his wife, he retired and moved to the Palm Springs, Calif. area.

He was a very civic minded man and served on the Boards of the Montgomery Country Economic Development Corp., the Industries for Amsterdam, the Sanford Home for Elderly Women, Amsterdam Memorial Hospital, the Amsterdam Center for Teens, the Fulton-Montgomery Economic Development Corporation, Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency, Amsterdam Urban Renewal Agency, Amsterdam YMCA, Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corporation, Montgomery County Association for Retarded Children, National Board of the Food Services and Packaging Institute, the Amsterdam Savings Bank and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry and the Amsterdam Rotary Club. He received many awards for his business acumen and volunteer efforts.

He had a strong faith in God and was a member of and past Senior Warden of St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Amsterdam. He had been a member of the Masonic Order since 1958.

He is survived by daughters, Deborah Julander and husband, John of Greenwood Village, Colo.; Kristin Dallos of Schenectady, N.Y.; Lori Carroll and husband, Paul of Muscatine, Iowa; and son, Jeffrey Schmidt and wife, Valerie of Colorado Springs, Colo.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marilyn Peper of Dallas, Texas and Judy Huiskamp of Morning Sun, Iowa, and two sisters-in-law, Joyce Pappas and husband, James of Fort Madison, Iowa and Carol Beck of Colchester, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Bev, and his grandson, Tyler Schmidt.
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BETTENDORF, Iowa - Delbert E. Blunk, 86, Bettendorf, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at his home.

McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home of Bettendorf is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mr. Blunk was born Jan. 11, 1925, in LeClaire, the son of Walter & Mabel (Boeh) Blunk. He married Jeannette L. Kuehl Dec. 11, 1946, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport.

He was a life-long farmer in Scott County and devoted his life to his family, farm and friends. The Blunk farm was a Century Farm having been in the family for 130 years and is the site of the former Forest Grove School, a one-room schoolhouse where he received his early education. After graduating from Forest Grove School, he attended and graduated from Davenport High School in 1943.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Davenport, a member of the Scott County Farm Bureau and Scott County Pork Producers. He was a long-time member of the Scott County Zoning Board and an elected member of the Pleasant Valley School Board. Delbert was a 51-year member of the Pleasant Valley Fire Department where he was the assistant chief in later years. In earlier years he and his family were active in 4-H and enjoyed their involvement with the Mississippi Valley Fair each summer.

Farm life was a joy of his and he was fortunate to spend his final days there. Although he will be sadly missed, his memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Jeannette; his daughter, Barb Andersen and husband, Ric of Muscatine, and their children, Meredith Andersen and Liam Andersen; his son, David Blunk of Santa Barbara, Calif.; his son, Larry Blunk and wife, Judi and their children, Roger Blunk, Kyle Blunk, Lisa Blunk and Allison Schmitz and husband, Jeremy; his son, Rod Blunk and his children, Laura Blunk, Austin Blunk, Ryan Blunk and Landry Blunk; and his son, Bob Blunk and wife, Michelle and their children, Carter Blunk, Cameron Blunk and Cara Blunk; and his former daughter-in-law, Annette Blunk of LeClaire.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mildred (Blunk) Schnekloth.
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MUSCATINE, Iowa - Phillip "Lee" Danielson, 70, Muscatine, passed away Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Jeffrey S. Nichols - Garden Ridge Funeral & Cremation Services is caring for the arrangements.

Mr. Danielson was born June 12, 1940, in Burlington, the son of Irvin and Ruth Pounder Danielson. He married Audrey J. Shoemaker Oct. 21, 1969, in Monmouth, Ill.

He retired from the maintenance department at Hon Oak Steel. He was a taxidermist and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Audrey; sons, Steven Howerton of Davenport, Phillip Lee "Phil" Danielson Jr. of Fort Madison and Thomas Larry Howerton of Muscatine; daughters, Patricia Marlene Whitmer of Muscatine, Diana Lee Bixby of Madison Wis., Leah Lynn Mansheim of Nito, Ill., Shela Kay Howerton of Muscatine, and Leann Jane Danielson of Muscatine and Deann Jean Ganzley of Muscatine; 21 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; brothers, Jerry (Martha), Denny, Rick (Robin), Pete (Cindy); sisters, Lynn Tobias and Rhonda Chrisman; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Larry and Lanny; and a sister, Judy, in infancy.
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COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa - Helen Luella Aringdale, 87, Columbus Junction, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

The Rev. James Braden will officiate.

Casketbearers will be John Carpenter, Dan Bausch, John Chapman, Gary Bausch, Leonard Chatfield and Sam Braden. Following the committal services there will be a time of food and fellowship held at the Hope Bible Church.

Ms. Aringdale was born April 10, 1923, at her parents' home near Cairo, rural Columbus Junction, the daughter of Roy and Nellie Lillian (Pierce) Aringdale.

She attended the Cairo Evangelical Church and the Amity rural school and graduated from Columbus Junction High School in 1941. From October 1942-February 1943, she was employed at the Louisa County Rationing Office in Wapello and from February until May at Smithcraft in Columbus Junction. On Nov. 20, 1943, Helen and her mother moved to Columbus Junction which had since been her home.

On the afternoon of February 7, 1944, she started working at the Columbus Gazette Feb. 7, 1944, until Jan. 19, 2010. From 1945-50 She was the church typist for the Rev. J. B. Pooley. She was a part-time librarian at the Columbus Junction Public Library since the spring of 1982, and on June 16, 1990, she was honored as the first Volunteer of the Year at the library.

She became a member of the Columbus Junction Methodist Church and served more than 25 years as the Sunday School treasurer. On April 2, 1972, she left the Methodist Church and attended the Independent Bible Church, and Dec. 31, 1972, she was baptized by immersion at the Faith Baptist Church in Iowa City by The Rev. W. LaRoy Anderson and joined the membership. She had been the Sunday School secretary there for many years, serving on various church committees and helping with church services at the nursing homes.

During the years she had attended 17 of the IFCA National Conventions since 1980. She was interested in local history and genealogy, presenting historical slide programs for school children and other groups.

She enjoyed visiting with older people and doing errands and other kindnesses for them. She was a member of the Louisa County Historical Society, and was honored by the Columbus Junction community Oct. 10, 1998, as the Distinguished Citizen for Columbus Day.

She will be dearly missed by her cousin, Robert Aringdale of Burlington; and many church and local friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Oct. 2, 1943; her mother = April 29, 1973; and her 18-day old brother, Dale LeRoy June 14, 1918.

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