Funeral notices

Herbert Drachenberg, 88, of Jefferson. Graveside services are pending. Survivors: children Diane and her husband Kevin Gooch of Jefferson, Trisha and her husband Dan Easton of Bagley, and  Richard and his wife Jill Drachenberg of Marietta, GA. Also surviving are grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Christopher and his wife Andrea Masciocchi and their sons Landon and Nathan of Greencastle, PA, Daniel Masciocchi of Westminster, MD, Elizabeth and her husband Scott Graham and their children Patrick, William, Ada, and Scarlett of Jefferson, and Amalia Easton of Ankeny. Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, Jeferson, 515-386-2171.

Dwight Ozbun, 89, of Perry. Services: Saturday, Oct. 20, at 3 pm at Hastings Funeral Home,Perry, 515-465-4691. Interment: Dawson Township Cemetery west of Paton. Visitation: Saturday after 1 pm at the funeral home.

Charles Radke, 86, long-time resident of Grand Junction. There are no services planned at this time; a joint Celebration of Life will be held upon the death of his wife Virginia. Survivors: wife Virginia Lee Radke; children Ruthanne (Jeffrey) Douglas, Susan Miller, and Steve (Cindy) Radke; grandchildren Steven Douglass, David Douglass, Peggy Hall, Brent Miller, and Sebastian Radke; and great-grandchildren Trenton and Lucas Hall. To continue their passion for music, memorial contributions can be made to the Charles and Virginia Radke Memorial Scholarship Fund and mailed to Peoples Bank, c/o Charles and Virginia Radke Memorial Scholarship Fund, 205 Main Street E, Grand Junction IA 50107. Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, Jefferson, 515-386-2171.



Travis Crouse, 1979 – 2018

A funeral service was held Oct. 18 at St Brigid Catholic Church in Grand Junction for Travis Dale Crouse 39, of Dana.

Words of comfort were offered by Deacon Luke Tieskoetter of the Basilica of St John in Des Moines. Lectors were Connie Burkett and Brayton Crouse. James Cory gave the eulogy. Music was provided by Basilica choir friends directed by Lois Brookhart and accompanied by Sheilah Pound.

Casket bearers were Brayton Crouse, Colton Crouse, Megan Smith, Jason Richards, James Cory, Andy Krieger, Chad Stoline, Dwight Marshall, Steve Hillman and Rod Hogueison. Interment was at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Grand Junction. Continue reading Travis Crouse, 1979 – 2018

Larry Tourte, 1937 – 2018

A celebration of the life of Larry Dean Tourte, 81, of Paton was held Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Salem United Methodist Church with Rev. David Arulnathan officiating. Doyle Carlson was soloist and Danille Curtis as organist. Honorary casket bearers were Gordon Roese, Wilber Schumaker, George Ziehm and Ron Delance.

Serving as casket bearers were Roger Wessling, James Sandberg, Daniel Johnson, Darwin Grow, William Clarke and Jack Fredrickson. Burial with Navy military honors were made in the Paton Township Cemetery near Paton. Continue reading Larry Tourte, 1937 – 2018

Charles Radke, 1932 – 2018

Charles (Chuck) Radke, age 86, was born October 7, 1932, in Sterling, IL, the only child of Gladys and Dillard Radke. He died October 12, 2018, in Jefferson.

Charles had a great passion for music. He majored in music at Drake University where he met his spouse of 64 years, Virginia Ann Lee, who shared a great love of music. Together they settled in Grand Junction and had three children: Ruthanne, Susan, and Steve.
Charles was the band director for East Greene Community Schools. Continue reading Charles Radke, 1932 – 2018

Paul Pope, 1941 – 2018

A Celebration of Life was held at The Dwelling Place in Jefferson for Paul Pope, 76, of Jefferson.

Words of comfort were offered by the Rev Rod Block, pastor of the church. Music was provided by The Dwelling Place worship team. Honorary casket bearers were Jordyn Glienke, Madisyn Taute, Camryn Glienke, Tristyn Paup and Corbyn Paup. Continue reading Paul Pope, 1941 – 2018

Maria Lynch, 1951 – 2018

Maria Cristina Ghirardelli Lynch, 67, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018 at her home.

Maria was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on April 21, 1951, to the late Alfredo Ghirardelli Camiruaga and María Elida González Fruniz. Maria graduated from Deutsche Schule German in Montevideo. She was a foreign exchange student at Jefferson Community High School in Jefferson in 1970. Continue reading Maria Lynch, 1951 – 2018

Duane “Riley” Towers, 1933 – 2018

Services were held Monday, Oct. 8, at St Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan for Duane “Riley” Towers, 85, of Churdan.

Father Jeff Schleisman celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial. Lois Last will be organist with Rochelle Guess, and selected songs were sung by members of the Carey family.

Interment was at St Patrick Catholic Cemetery with full military honors. Continue reading Duane “Riley” Towers, 1933 – 2018

Delores Jean Adams – 1931 – 2018

Services were held Oct. 5 at St Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan for Delores Jean Adams, 86, of Churdan.

Father John Gerald officiated. Greg Carey was cantor with Lois Last as organist. Honorary casket bearers were her grandchildren Kevin Wilson, Bradley Wilson, Corey Squibb, Darby Squibb, Justin Squibb, Adam Squibb, Brandon Squibb, Tonya Rhiner and Robert Squibb.

Interment was at Highland Township Cemetery.
Continue reading Delores Jean Adams – 1931 – 2018

Rose Mary Burke, 1932 – 2018

Services were held Friday, Sept. 21, at St Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson for Rose Mary Burke, 86, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Jefferson.

Mass of the Resurrection was concelebrated by Fr Roger Linnan, Fr John Gerald, and Fr Bill Brunner. Mary Beth Burke Neal gave the eulogy.

Music was provided by the St Joseph guitar group, pianist Rick Morain and oboist Elena Burke. Continue reading Rose Mary Burke, 1932 – 2018

Landon Martin, 2005 – 2018

Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 27, at Abundant Life Ministries in Jefferson for Landon Martin, 12, of Jefferson. Interment was at the Jefferson Municipal Cemetery.

The family was assisted by Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home of Jefferson, 515-386-2171.

Landon Jacob Martin, 12, of Jefferson passed away in his parents’ arms Aug. 23, 2018, at 5:03 am at Greene County Medical Center. Landon fought an aggressive brain cancer identified in March, and ultimately won his wings and the keys to heaven. Continue reading Landon Martin, 2005 – 2018

Thomas Duncan, 1957 -2018

A Service of Remembrance was held Aug. 21 at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson for Thomas Merritt Duncan, 60, of Jefferson.

Words of comfort were offered by the Rev Charles Thompson. Gary Haupert was soloist and Sheryl Sloan was organist.

Casket bearers were Bob Bills, Tom Shearman, Ray Tucker, Randy Graven, Jack Bucklin and Rick Pearce. Interment was at the Jefferson Municipal Cemetery. Continue reading Thomas Duncan, 1957 -2018

Gene Venteicher, 1967 – 2018

Funeral services were held Aug. 20 at St Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson for Eugene Francis Venteicher, 51, of Coon Rapids.

Father John Gerald was celebrant of the Mass of the Resurrection. Lector was John Short, Amy Roberts was soloist, accompanied by Rhena Lane.

Casket bearers were Tom Scheffers, Johnny Hamilton, Jason Moore, Jim Funcke, Steve Hunter and Bryan Gibson. Interment was at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery with military rites by an Iowa Army honor guard. Continue reading Gene Venteicher, 1967 – 2018