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Obituaries

Oliver M. Walkner

Oliver M. Walkner, 84, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at Solon Nursing Care Center following a long illness. Oliver’s wishes were to donate his body to science through the Deeded Body Program at the University of Iowa. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, followed by an open house from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4150 Bluejay Dr., Cedar Rapids. Brosh Chapel & The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids is serving the family.

Robert Lee Kalous

Robert Lee Kalous
Robert Lee Kalous, 79, of Cedar Rapids, passed away, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, surrounded by his loving family and the blessings of Jesus Christ.
Graveside services were held Friday, Jan. 6, at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Garden of the Heart.

Margaret Landuyt

Margaret Landuyt, 91, of Marengo and formerly of Victor, died on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Marengo with her family by her side.
Mass of the Resurrection was held Wednesday, Dec. 28, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn with Fr. Corey Close presiding. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Brooklyn. Visitation was Tuesday at the Smith Funeral Home.
Memorials may be designated to the Margaret Landuyt Memorial Fund, mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 485, Victor, IA 52347. Condolences may be shared with her family online at www.smithfh.com.

Loretta A. Miller

Loretta A. Miller, 100, of Solon, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at the Solon Nursing Care Center.
Funeral Mass was held at Wednesday, Dec. 28, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon, with burial at St. Mary Cemetery in Solon. Visitation was Tuesday at the Church, where a Forrester Rosary was recited and a Parish Vigil Service was held. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in her memory, in additions to masses that can be offered in her memory. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com.

Leo R. Beuter

Leo Raymond Beuter, 83, of Solon, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Mesa, Arizona. Funeral Mass was Saturday, Dec. 17, at St. Mary Catholic Church, in Solon, with Fr. Tim Sheedy presiding. Burial was in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, Dec. 16, at St. Mary Catholic Church.

Pamela J. Ferguson

Pamela J. Ferguson, 68, of Coralville, passed away peacefully Dec. 9, 2016, at Windmill Manor, in Coralville, after a long illness. In accordance with Pam’s wishes, no public services will be held. A memorial service will be held in the spring.
Pam was born Nov. 15, 1948; daughter of Jerry and Doris (Von Stein) Ferguson. She worked at the Pleasant View Lodge, in North Liberty, for many years.

Michael Lee Garvin

Michael Lee Garvin died on Nov. 28, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He was 65.

Gladys Marie (Panzer) Shriner

Gladys Marie (Panzer) Shriner, 91, Mount Vernon, Washington, passed away on Nov. 11, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Henry Shriner, deceased in Janunary of 2014.

Opal Joy Miller

Opal Joy Miller, 10 months, passed on Sunday Dec. 4. Opal had an amazing personality that could make the most frustrating situation seem light. 
She spent her time making sure everyone around her was happy. Opal was there if you needed to talk and she was there if you needed to cry. Opal you are truly loved and you will be forever missed.
Opal was the daughter of Katelyn Miller of North Liberty.

Larry Newell Taylor

Larry Newell Taylor passed away at his rural Solon home on Dec. 4, 2016. A Celebration of Life gathering will be at the Avacentre in Solon, on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Clara Irene Herman

Clara Irene Herman, 93, died Dec. 2, 2016, at the Solon Nursing Care Center in Solon. She was born May 12, 1923, near Harper, Iowa, to Walter Frank and Marguerite Agnes (Ollinger) Smith. She graduated from Sigourney High School in 1941. She taught at Stoney Point and Garibaldi #14 which were one room country schools in Keokuk County. On Aug. 28, 1945, she married John Omer Herman at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sigourney. Together they lived and farmed near Harper and Sigourney. Clara loved to cook and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Kay Bottenfield

Kay Bottenfield, 91, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Solon, where she had lived for the past five years. Funeral services were held Nov. 26 at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines, with burial in Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation with the family was held prior to the service.