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WEST BRANCH, Iowa - Kenneth P. Moore, 64, died Wednesday Jan. 26, 2011, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City from lung cancer due to exposure of agent orange.

He was born Oct. 16, 1946, in Iowa City the son of Tom Moore III and Regina Pfieffer Moore.

He was a graduate of West Branch High School and Bailey Technical College in St. Louis, Mo. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving with the 1st Calvary division in Vietnam. He married Patty Meyer in 1969 at St. Bridgets Catholic Church.

He had worked as a mechanic at UPS, custom farmed, drove truck and worked in pipeline business as a Teamster.

He was a member of the Morse Community Club. Enjoyed his Harley and riding with friends, spending time with his family and friends especially his granddaughter Victoria. He loved to hunt and had a great appreciation and love for his guns.

Survivors include two sons: Tim Moore and wife, Candice of North Liberty and Matt Moore and wife, Meagan of West Branch; granddaughter, Victoria Moore; the love of his life Patty Moore of Tipton; his father, Tom Moore III; sisters, Sharon Moore of Boone, and Martha Davis and husband, Steve of Des Moines; his faithful companion Gunner.

He was preceded in death by his mother and younger brother, John Edward.
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TAMPA, Fla. - Audrey Marie McMichael, 90, Tampa, formerly of Atalissa, died Jan. 13, 2011, in Tampa, after an extended illness.

She was born Nov. 18, 1920, in Atalissa, the daughter of Carl M. and Elsie Gatzke Phillips.

She graduated from Atalissa High School. She married Wayne T. White January 1942. They farmed until his death in 1950.

She married Vernon J. McMichael in 1953 and continued to farm until their move to Tampa. She was an accountant and loved meeting people.

Service was held Jan. 17 at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home in Brandon.

Survivors include her husband, Vernon McMichael, Tampa; three sons, Richard White and wife, Nancy, Muscatine, James McMichael and wife, Tammy and Kevin McMichael of Tampa; four daughters, Barbara Rock of Atalissa, Delores White, Carolyn Schuler and Rhonda Tuppe, all of Tampa; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Sterner and husband, Ray of Davenport and Donna Jehle of Durant.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; two brothers, Dalton and Delbert Phillips, and a son, Terry White.
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COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa - Dorothy Diane Pace, 66, Columbus Junction, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at the Washington County Hospital and Clinics.

Per her wishes, her ashes will be scattered in the ocean at a later date.

She was born Aug. 6, 1944, in Cleveland, Ohio; the daughter of LeRoy O. and Edna R. (Cady) Dilley.

She attended Muscatine Community College, receiving an Associate of Science and Associate of Arts.

She married Lester G. Pace Jr. on March 4, 1972, in Las Vegas.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Muscatine and enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She will be dearly missed by her husband, Lester, of Columbus Junction; her children, Velvet R. Hall and husband, Pat, of Columbus Junction, Dawn E. Grace and husband, Bill, of Muscatine, Harold "Gene" Pace of Wapello, William Robert Pace and wife, Jodi, of Ephrata, Pa., Lester G. Pace III and wife, Michelle, of West Branch, June L. Engle and husband, Dennis, of San Diego, Calif., and Mary E. Ernst and husband, Brian, of South Dakota; 23 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Sue Hurlbut and husband, Calvin, of Fredonia, Rose Gunther and husband, Ray, of California, Pat Lawson and husband, Dalton, of Seattle, Wash., Judy Arellano of Snoqualmie, Wash., Michael Dilley of California and Donna Dilley and her husband, Anthony, of Seattle, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Johnny and Marshall, and a sister, Carol DeVoe.
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WEST LIBERTY, Iowa - Betty Joan Cox, 86, West Liberty, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Simpson Memorial Home, West Liberty.

Corrine Welsch will officiate.

Pallbearers are Zach Bunker, Eric Daufeldt, Justin Niermeyer, Clay Keller, Joshua Cox, and Justin Cox. Honorary pallbearers are Jack Bunker, J.R. Bunker, Chris McCaw, John Amos, Chris Keller, Wayne Harvey, Paul Harvey, Andy Harvey, Mark Allison, and Dave Aragon.

She was born April 29, 1924, in Sigourney, the daughter of Ernest and Gladys (Bales) Hill. She graduated from Davenport Central High School in 1942. She married Jesse Russell Cox June 9, 1948, in Gainesville, Texas. He passed away July 11, 1978.

She was a certified nursing assistant most of her life, working at various hospitals and nursing facilities throughout the area. She was employed at Simpson Memorial Home for the last 26 years of her career. She was an Avon representative for many years as well, earning many "Mrs. Albee" awards. She was an avid Cubs and John Wayne fan. Her family was a major force in her life and she loved them deeply. She will be missed very much by those who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children, Rose Schraceo, Galesburg, Ill., Alice Daufeldt and husband, Harley, Tipton, Larry Harvey and wife, Josie, Burkburnett, Texas, Debra Merchant, North English, Ron Cox and Fay Cline, Atalissa, and Barry Cox, and wife, Rebecca Columbus Junction; a daughter-in-law, Cathy Cox, West Liberty, and two brothers, Ernest Hill and wife, Jean of Davenport, and Jack Hill and wife, Sue of Iowa City; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Cox; a son, Dennis Cox; a granddaughter, Jennifer Merchant; a brother and his wife, James and Fran Hill; and her parents.
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MUSCATINE, Iowa - Leonard Leroy Paul, 81, Muscatine, passed away Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Genesis East in Davenport.

Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services is handling arrangements for the family.

There will be no visitation.

Casketbearers will be Dick Buster, Bob Sharar, Andy Sharar, Nick Sharar, Denny Latimer, Matt Nichols and Wayne Thuman. Honorary casketbearers will be Allen Nichols and Matt Nichols.

Memorials may be directed to the Muscatine Humane Society in his name. Online condolences may be left at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.

He was born on Feb. 7, 1929, in Muscatine, the son of Clifford and Gladys (Hagens) Paul. He married Else Gaetke, in Muscatine, June 30, 1956.

He proudly served his country serving in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He had worked at GPC, capably doing various jobs. He owned and operated Paul's and Paul's Two in Muscatine for 35 years.

He was a Mason and a life member of the Elks.

He loved his family and close friends and will be deeply missed by his wife, Else of Muscatine; three sisters, Vivian Buster and husband, Richard, Bonnie Swick and Beverly Paul; a sister-in-law, Betty Paul and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Clifford, and two brothers in-law.
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KALONA, Iowa - Alta S. Mast, 65, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at her home following a brief illness.

She was born at the Mast family home. She was the daughter of Sam and Katie Gingerich Mast.

She attended rural school in the community.

She was co-owner and bookkeeper for the Community Country Store for many years.

She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was baptized in the Old Order Amish Church. She remained a faithful member until her end.

She is survived by 12 siblings and spouses, Eldora Yoder and husband, Chriss R. of Kalona, Alvin Mast and wife, Dorothy of Parsonsburg, Md., Lloyd Mast and wife, Vesta, Lizzie Yoder and husband, Melvin and Dorothy Mast, all of Kalona, Magdalena Bender and husband, David of Aylmer, Ontario, Clara Miller and husband, Elmer T., Fred Mast and wife, Mary Pearl, Freda Miller and husband, Monroe, Esther Mast, Edna Miller and husband, Henry T. and Mahlon Mast and wife, Ruth Anna, all of Kalona; 75 nieces and nephews, numerous great-nieces and great-nephews and four aunts and uncles, Cora and Mose Yoder, Ida Mullet, Pauline Schrock and Dorothea Gingerich.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, a stillborn infant and Verna, and three nieces and one nephew.
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MUSCATINE, Iowa - Juanita ‘Nita' E. Gauler, 83, of Muscatine, died on Thursday, January 27, 2011, at Trinity Hospital - Muscatine.

A private service will be held at a later date.

The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church.

She was born July 24, 1927, in Pekin, Ill., the daughter of Bate and Dortha Trainor Collins. Her first marriage was to Dr. John Wagner Nov. 27, 1949, in Burlington. He preceded her in death in 1965. She later married Raymond S. Gauler March 27, 1986, in Los Alamos, N.M.

She worked as a registered nurse for the Muscatine Community School Systems as a school nurse for 25 years.

She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, Lady Elks, Ladies of the Moose, and the Athenaeum Club. She was an avid reader and enjoyed ballroom dancing and traveling.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Raymond S. Gauler of Muscatine; two sons, Eric Wagner and wife, Robin of Hampton, and Kurt Wagner of Bishopville, S.C.; two daughters, Britt Wagner and husband, Bill Powell of Hope, Idaho, and Darcie Randleman and husband, Bill, of Solon; a stepson, Allen Gauler of Los Alamos, N.M.; two stepdaughters, Mary Knudsen of Santa Fe, N.M., and Marcia Stup and husband, Tom, of Los Alamos, N.M.; 11 grandchildren, Sarah, Ericka, Brendan, Lily, Libby, Tildy, Rose, Rachel, Ben, Christopher and Brian; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Debbie Collins of Delta, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; a stepson, John Gauler; and a brother, Bill Collins.
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MUSCATINE, Iowa — Kenneth Dale Egel, 76, of Muscatine, passed away on Jan. 28, 2011, at his residence.

Casketbearers will be Brian Egel, Kent Egel, Phil Forbes, Mark Armetta, Richard Brunk and Jerry Moreno.

Kenneth was born on Aug. 26, 1934, in Muscatine, the son of Roy and Minnie (Paul) Egel.

He was a 1953 graduate of Muscatine High School.

He married Carolyn Brei Geertz in West Liberty on Jan. 25, 1963. They later divorced.

Kenneth later married Lupe Quijas Brunk on April 20, 2002, in Muscatine.

Kenneth served his country in the U.S. Army. He owned his own farm where he grew grain and raised livestock. He also, had a grain trucking business for a short time. Later, he worked for Muscatine County Secondary Roads Department until his retirement in 1998.

He was a member of the Farm Bureau, Muscatine County Zoning Board, Mus-catine County Cattleman’s Association and a West Liberty Bowling League. He was an avid bowler, loved restoring classic cars and going to classic car shows, working in his shop and was an Iowa Hawkeye fan as well as the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs.

He loved helping his family and spending time with his grandchildren.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Lupe; his children, Brian (and Pam) Egel of Nichols, Kent Egel of Letts, Kelli (and Phil) Forbes of North Liberty; five stepchildren, Richard (and Bonnie) Brunk of Moline, Theresa (and Mark) Armetta of Coal Valley, Tammy Brunk of Moline, Frances (and Bob) Novero of Rock Island and Vic (and Sharilyn) Brunk of Thornton, Colo.

He is also survived by his sisters, Norma Grimm of West Branch and Nelda Lauser of Wilton; his grandchildren, Lucas and Alex Forbes; 8 step grandchildren and 10 step great-grandchildren.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Michelle Joan, in infancy; his brother, Duane Egel, and two sisters, Faye Harmsen and Janice Egel.
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MUSCATINE, Iowa – Darrell L. Sharar 81, of Muscatine, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at his home.

The Rev. Teressa Clark will officiate the service. Casket bearers will be Nick Sharar, Andy Sharar, Bob Sharar, Dean Dahms, Jim Hawkins, and Barry Manley.

A funeral luncheon will be held at Faith United Church of Christ following the committal service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to the Faith United Church of Christ.

He was born on Aug. 26, 1929, in Muscatine, the son of Fay and Emma E. Daedlow Sharar. He married Myung Kang on Nov. 29, 1989, in Las Vegas, Nev.

He started his law practice in Muscatine and also served as a Justice of the Peace. He then became a lawyer for the government, working in Korea and lastly at the Rock Island Arsenal before his retirement.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War.

He was a life-long member of the Faith United Church of Christ and a lifetime member of the Iowa State Bar Association.

He loved the Hawkeyes, traveling, and enjoyed music.

Darrell is survived by his wife and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert F. Sharar; and two sisters, Fern Hartman and Maxine Brugman.
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Iowa City, Iowa — John Allen Watson, Ph.D., 75, of Iowa City died peacefully Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at home surrounded by family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City, IA 52240. Arrangements are with Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, Iowa City.

He was born Aug. 24, 1935 in Fort Madison, the son of Henry and Margaret Hermes Watson.

Following his start as a teacher in Fort Madison, he served as an administrator in Oelwein, Muscatine and Cudahy, Wis., where he retired from educational service in 1996.

John is survived by his wife, Mary Jo (Krogmeier) Watson of Iowa City and their six children, Kevin (and Wen Ling) Watson of Cerritos, Calif., Cara (and Terry) Fuller and Dana (and Ken) LaRue, both of Muscatine, David Watson of Zionsville, Penn., Margaret (and Doug) Evans and Charles (and Kristin) Watson, both of Iowa City.

He is also survived by his sister, Virginia (and Jerry) Ludden of East Lansing, Mich.; 14 grandchildren, Justin, Kailey, Taylor, Jillian, Brittany, Aron, Rachel, Alex, Michelle, Johnny, Rochelle, Mollie, Amelia and Gwen; and a great-grandson.

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