Area Obituaries

Kathryn “Katie” Hayes, 92, State Center

Kathryn “Katie” Hayes, 92, longtime resident of State Center and Baxter, Iowa, gained her angel wings on the morning of July 12, 2021 at State Center Specialty Care. Services for Katie will be held on Friday, July 16, 2021 beginning at 2:00 P.M. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home. A visitation for family and friends…

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Velma Louise (Huff) Arnold, 92, Appleton, WI

Velma Louise Arnold (nee Huff) passed away peacefully on April 17, 2021, surrounded by family and friends. Velma was born in State Center, Iowa, on September 9, 1928, to the late Cecil Maynard and Hattie Riemenschneider Huff. She married Glen Richard Arnold on October 15, 1949, in Marshalltown, Iowa. They moved from Iowa to Milwaukee,…

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Wilma Jean Townsend Eckhart, 97, State Center

Wilma Jean Townsend Eckhart, of State Center Iowa, peacefully passed away surrounded by family on June 25, 2021. She was born on September 12, 1923 in rural Jasper County Iowa to Henry and Mary (Carson) Townsend. She attended school in the area. On March 1, 1937 Henry moved his family to a farm in Marshall County.…

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Beverly J. Griswold, 85, Altoona

Beverly J. Griswold, 85, of Altoona, Iowa passed away on June 7, 2021 at Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Janelle (Tony) Hepner of Scottsdale, AZ, Jeffrey Griswold of Lee’s Summit, MO, Grant Griswold of Oklahoma City, OK, Scott Griswold of Bondurant, IA and Jason (Michelle)…

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Mark Maurice Wycoff, 73, Fayetteville, AK

Mark Maurice Wycoff was born July 29, 1947 in Ames, Iowa to Maurice and Laurine Day Wycoff. He lived and went to school in Shipley, Iowa until his 7th grade when schools consolidated and then went to Nevada High school for 3 years until he moved to Melbourne, Iowa and finished his last 3 high…

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Merline “Mert” Klaas, 87, Rhodes

Merlin “Mert” Klaas, 87, of Rhodes is forever fishing after his peaceful passing at home on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 under the care of Mary Greeley Hospice. Funeral services for Mert will take place on Monday, June 14 at 11:00 A.M. at Mitchell Family Funeral Home, 1209 Iowa Ave W., Marshalltown, with burial following at…

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Frank Richard “Dick” Needs, 79, Laurel

Frank Richard “Dick” Needs, 79, of Laurel, Iowa, passed away suddenly on the evening of June 7, 2021 at UnityPoint Health in Marshalltown surrounded by his family. Services for Frank will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. at the Ferguson Bible Church. A visitation for family and friends will be held…

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Gloria Pfantz, 75, State Center

Gloria Pfantz, 75, of State Center, went to be with her Lord and Savior on the morning of May 22, 2021 at the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown, surrounded by her loving family. A visitation for family and friends will be held for Gloria on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the Mitchell Family Funeral…

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Rex E. White, 92, & Marilyn White, 92, Rhodes

Together more than 67 years in life, Rex and Marilyn White are now together forever in eternity. Rex E. White, age 92, longtime Rhodes resident and proud U.S. Veteran, passed away early in the morning of Tuesday, May 18, 2021. His wife, Marilyn, 92, passed away only three short days later on Friday morning, May…

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James “Jim” Montgomery, 85, State Center

James “Jim” Montgomery, 85, of State Center, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on the evening of May 8, 2021 at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa. Services for Jim will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 beginning at 10:00 A.M. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in State Center. A visitation…

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