Area Obituaries

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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Jean Helen Lively Melton Curtis, 83, Oklahoma City, OK

 After a brief but brave battle, Jean Helen Lively Melton Curtis passed away on April 26, 2021. Jean was born August 7, 1937 in State Center, Iowa to Kenneth and Helen Lively. She attended Freelove Country School through 4th grade. She continued her education in the State Center school system, graduating in 1955. In high…

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Patricia “Pat” “Patsy” Ferneau, 83, formerly State Center

Patricia “Pat” “Patsy” Ferneau, 83, of Gilman, formerly of State Center, returned to the arms of her heavenly Father on Thursday, April 8, 2021 after her passing at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.  A funeral mass for Pat will take place on Saturday, April 17 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in…

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Vernon James Phillips, “Bud”, the son of Alice (Rodden) and Fred Phillips was born July 13, 1929  in State Center, Iowa.  He passed away at the Iowa Veteran’s Home in Marshalltown, Iowa on March 31, 2021. Bud grew up in rural Melbourne where he learned about farming from his dad.  He attended the Melbourne school…

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John W. Sparks, 85, State Center

John W. Sparks, 85, of State Center, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 under the exceptional care of Iowa River Hospice. Per the wishes of John and his family, cremation rites have been accorded and there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Animal Rescue League in…

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Judith Barbara Goodman, 81, State Center

Judith Barbara Goodman, 81, beloved wife and mother, passed away on March 15, 2021, surrounded by her family at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa. There will be a public visitation at Anderson Funeral Home in Marshalltown, Iowa from 4-6 pm on Sunday, March 21. (The family requests that masks be worn for…

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Marjorie Wengert, 101, Marshalltown

Marjorie Wengert, age 101 years, 10 months and 10 days, went home to her Lord and Savior on Saturday morning, February 20th, 2021 at the Southridge Nursing and Rehab Center in Marshalltown. Funeral services for Marjorie will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshalltown. Visitation will…

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Joann Hartwig, 90, State Center

Joann Hartwig, 90, of State Center, formerly of Colo, passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa.  Funeral services for Joann will take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in State Center, with burial following at St. John Lutheran…

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Dale T. Dunn, 72, Marshalltown

Dale T. Dunn, 72 of Marshalltown, IA passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021 at his residence under the care of Iowa River Hospice. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 25, 2021, at St. Francis of Assisi Parrish – St. Henry Catholic Church of Marshalltown. Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. until the…

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Jay Edwin Coble, 87

Jay Edwin Coble, 87, was released from his earthly bonds and entered into glory on Monday, February 1, 2021. Born May 13, 1933, to John Ira and Anna Mae Meckley Coble on the Coble family homestead in rural Hershey, Pennsylvania, Jay was a 1950 graduate of Hershey High School. After a couple of years working…

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