West High School - Davenport, Iowa

Class of 1968

With Fond Memories - 2004

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December 10, 2004
Greg Bader's wife
, Susan L. Bader, 53, of Eldridge, Iowa, passed away Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, at her home, following her inspirational fight with pancreatic cancer. Celebration of Life services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Eldridge United Methodist Church, Eldridge. Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Susan L. Bader Foundation of Hope, www.SLBFoundationofHope.org, which supports pancreatic cancer research at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine.
Susan L. Conner was born Nov. 15, 1951, in Princeton, Ill., to Walter Duane and Nancy (Jackson) Conner. She graduated from Davenport West in 1970. Susan married her high school sweetheart, Gary G. Bader, June 6, 1970, in Davenport. She was co-owner of Bader Painting Co. with her husband. They worked side by side for twenty-eight years where she was accomplished in interior painting, wallpapering, and interior design. She attended Eldridge United Methodist Church and belonged to Girls Night Out Club of Eldridge. Sue was a member of Springbrook Country Club and active with the North Scott Athletic Boosters for ten years. She enjoyed traveling with Gary to LPGA tournaments, spending time with her daughters, and Muffin, playing golf, and decorating her home. The family wishes to thank Heartland Hospice for the excellent care and compassion Sue received.
Sue is survived by her husband, Gary; daughters, Amy Sue Bader, of Eldridge, and Beth Ann Bader, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; her father, W. D. Conner, of Missoula, Mont.; sister, Pam (Conner) Stenberg, of Antioch, Calif.; brother, Michael Conner, of Missoula; and her precious dog, Muffin.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Jackson Conner.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 12/12/2004.

November 15, 2004
Roberta Guldner's
grandmother, Frieda M. Guldner, 101, of Davenport, left this life to be with her loving husband and son on Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at Crest Health Center, Davenport. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. today at the mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Frieda loved flowers, please feel free to send bouquets in lieu of memorials.
Frieda was born Feb. 10, 1903, to Lewis and Elizabeth (Mohler) Spitzmiller. She was united in marriage to John J. Guldner on Oct. 25, 1922, in Davenport. He died on May 21, 1958.
She was a lifetime member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Davenport.
Frieda worked as a custodian for many years with the Davenport schools (Monroe and Roosevelt). Frieda enjoyed the outdoors, especially when spending time with her son on the Wapsi. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and working in her garden, and of course, playing bingo.
Frieda was a huge sports fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren's baseball games and hardly ever missed a game. She worked hard her entire life and purchased her very first home at age 88.
Those left to honor her memory include her grandchildren, Mike Guldner, Kurt Guldner, Roberta Murphey, and Roxy Dankert, all of the Quad-City Area; daughter-in-law, Betty Guldner; nine great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, son, Warren "Mike" Guldner, sister, Viola Jorgensen, and brother, John "Lee" Spitzmiller.
Online condolences may be made to www.mem.com.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 11/17/2004.

October 13, 2004
Donald Jones
, 73, a former resident of St. Charles, Ill., and Foley, Ala., died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004, at Westbury Care Center in Lisle, Ill., after an extended illness.
Visitation is 2-6 p.m. today at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 East Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, Ill., (one block east of Naperville Road). A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, at St. Petronille Church, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Donald Dean "Pinky" Jones was born Dec. 5, 1930, in Beemer, Neb., to Marvin F. and Rose R. Jones. He graduated from St. Ambrose Academy in Davenport and enlisted in the Navy. In 1952, he wed J. Kathryn "Katie" Hatchitt, also from Davenport, and the couple resided in Pensacola, Fla., where Don was stationed. In addition to his military duties, Don was a member of the Pensacola Air Station's baseball team.
After being honorably discharged, Don was a catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies baseball organization. From 1956 to 1960, he attended college to acquire his teaching credentials. A lifelong educator, Don received his B.A. degree from St. Bonaventure University and an M.A. from the University of Georgia. He taught at various schools in New York, Iowa and Illinois. At West High School in Davenport, Don taught science classes and coached baseball. His teams were led to several state championships. His teaching expertise was recognized with notable honors and awards, including the National Science Foundation Summer Institute for Teachers.
In 1975, he accepted a faculty position at St. Francis High School in Wheaton. He taught biology and headed the science department. Don played a key role in securing the donation of an electron microscope for the school's science lab.
Throughout his career, Don dedicated many years to coaching various sports. The St. Francis High School baseball program flourished under his leadership. In 1998, the baseball field at St. Francis was named "Don Jones Field" in his honor.
After 36 years of teaching, Don Jones retired and moved with his wife, Katie, to Foley.
Survivors include sons, Robin D. Jones, of Davenport, Matthew M. Jones, of Wenona, Ill., Kevin D. Jones, of Austin, Texas; daughters, Pamela J. Aloisa, Monument, Colo., Karen T. Catella, Centreville, Va., Mary K. Herwaldt, Glen Ellyn, Ill., Theresa Stolt, Wheaton, and Patricia L. Jones-Ward, Glen Ellyn; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers, Robert M. Jones, of Monmouth, Ill., and Joseph "JJ" Jones, of Davenport.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, J. Kathryn Jones, and a son, Anthony F. Jones.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 10/17/2004

November 1, 2004
John Heaton's wife
, PAMELA GILES HEATON Mrs. Pamela Giles Heaton, 59, of Atlanta, died Monday, November 1, 2004, of breast cancer. Following aggressive treatment in 1993 of her initial cancer, she remained free of symptoms until early 2002 when the cancer returned in metastatic form. Since then her brave struggle to live a normal life while undergoing continuous chemotherapy treatment was an inspiration to all who knew her. Her wonderful smile and loving spirit will be missed by her family and friends. Originally from Lancaster, Ohio, she graduated from Lancaster High School and earned her B.S. in Nursing from The Ohio State University in 1968. Following her initial work in pediatric hospital nursing, she earned her M.S. at Georgia State University and taught nursing at the Grady Hospital School of Nursing and at Brenau University. Shortly afer her marriage in 1982, she moved to Hong Kong for 3 years with her husband, and her son was born there in 1984. Returning to the U.S., she became active as a Cub Scout leader and as a Sunday school teacher at Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Only one year after her initial cancer treatment, she enthusiastically relocated to Vienna, Austria for 4 years. She taught nursing part-time at the prestigious Rudolfinerhaus nursing school and pursued her passion for opera and travel. After moving back to the U.S. she bacame a library volunteer at The Westminster Schools and served as Ensemble Mom for the Westminster Ensemble choir during 2002-2003. She dedicated her life to helping children through pediatric healthcare, education, religion, music and her own loving motherhood. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband of 22 years, John W. Heaton III, her loving son, John W. Heaton, IV, both of Atlanta, her brother and sister-in-law, Max and Dorothy Giles her brother, Greg Giles, nieces, Elizabeth Giles, Natalie Guseman, Kayla Giles, nephew, Bradley Giles, all of Lancaster, Ohio; and niece Victoria Alssid of Wantagh, New York. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 8 at 2 o'clock in the Chapel at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road NE. Interment, at Arlington Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 until 8 o'clock at H.M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill Chapel, 1020 Spring St. (404)876-1022. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or telephone 1-888-888-3317 or www.komen.org on line.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from 11/4/2004 - 11/5/2004.

September 27, 2004
Cindy Reynold's father
, Louis Reynolds, 83, of Davenport, will be 11:30 a.m. Friday in the All Faith Chapel, Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal, with Graveside Military Rites conducted by the American Legion Post No. 26. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. today and Friday from 10:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded.
Lou died Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at Genesis Medical Center-West Campus, Davenport, after a brief illness.
Lou was born Feb. 14, 1921, in Hamilton, Ohio. He was raised by his aunt and uncle, Barney and Sue Hacker of Lombard, Ill.
Lou was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He served on the USS Yorktown, USS West Virginia, and the USS Longshaw. He was awarded the American Defense Medal, American Area Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal, Purple Heart, Victory Medal, and 13 Battle Stars.
He married Ruth E. Kucharo on Oct. 10, 1948, in Des Moines.
He retired in 1987 as a Food Inspector for the State of Iowa Department of Agriculture. He also owned and operated the Snack Bar at the Scott County Courthouse and operated the restaurant at The Elks Club and Thirty Lanes, retiring in 1984.
He was past president of the Quad City Baseball Fans Association and a member of KAABA Shrine, Davenport Masonic Lodge, The Mohassan Grotto, The Elks, AARP, and the Quad-City Times Plus 60 Club. He was also a proud member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post No. 26, Order of the Purple Heart, Tin Can Sailors, and U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation and served as secretary of the USS Longshaw Survivors since 1998.
Memorials may be made to the Transportation Fund of KAABA Shrine or to the family.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth; a daughter, Representative Cindy L. Winckler (Joseph), Davenport; a son, Stephen M. Reynolds (Pat), Davenport; grandchildren, Angela, Joseph, Jessica, Jacob, and Courtney; and two great-grandsons, Cory and Dylan.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Louis' obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Quad-City Times from 9/29/2004 - 9/30/2004.

September 23, 2004
Michael Orton's mother
, Mary Jane Orton, 82, of Davenport, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, in Greenbrae, Calif. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Davenport, with visitation one hour prior to service time at the church. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Memorials may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church or the Waves National Mississippi Valley Unit.
Mary was born July 21, 1921, in Davenport, the daughter of Ward and Cora (Richardson) Foss. She was united in marriage to Morton Orton on June 12, 1948, at Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport. He preceded her in death on Sept. 29, 1997.
She served three years during World War II in the United States Navy Waves.
Prior to her retirement she worked at Western Casualty Insurance for 23 years.
Those left to honor her memory include her daughter, Marjie Orton, of California; son, Michael Orton, of California; and granddaughter, Angela Marie Orton, of California.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Morton, four brothers and a sister.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 9/29/2004.

September 23, 2004
Greg Whitaker's mother
, Evelyn V. "Evy" Whitaker, 79, of New London, Mo., formerly of Davenport, died 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at her home.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at First Baptist Church in New London. The Rev. Jay Stinson and the Rev. Greg A. Whitaker will officiate. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until time of services Monday at First Baptist Church in New London. Burial will be in Barkley Cemetery in New London. The James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Whitaker was born May 28, 1925, in Brainerd, Minn., to Raymond S. and Esther (Swanson) Bourquin. She was married to Albert "Bert" Whitaker on Sept. 8, 1946, in Davenport. He preceded her in death May 11, 2002.
Mrs. Whitaker was a retired school secretary at Adams Elementary School in Davenport. She was a member of First Baptist Church in New London, where she taught Sunday school class as well as working as a custodian there.
Survivors include two daughters, Marsha "Kay" Stinson (Jay), of New London, and Carol L. Adkins (Robert), of Lebanon, Mo.; two sons, Greg A. Whitaker (Cheryl), of Rockport, Ill., and David R. Whitaker, of New London; a sister, Marilyn Boldt (Jim), of Davenport; sister-in-law, Beverly Bourquin, of Davenport; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Raymond C. Bourquin.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of New London, Mo.
Pallbearers will be Brian Troutt, Christopher Luck, Bob Adkins, Bradley Stinson, Ben Stinson, Tom Stinson, Eric Scott, and Mark Biwersi.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 9/25/2004.

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September 21, 2004
Robert Badtram's mother
, Margaret J. Badtram, 82, of Davenport, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, at Riverview Manor in Pleasant Valley, Iowa. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at the mortuary. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Davenport. Memorials may be made in her honor of the donor's choice or Riverview Manor Nursing Home.
Margaret was born Dec. 31, 1921, in Dayton, N.D., to John and Minnie (Horstmeyer) Watkinson. She was united in marriage to Robert Badtram on April 3, 1946, in Davenport. He died on Jan. 18, 1995, in Knoxville.
She loved waking each morning and getting right to all the yard work. Margaret enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family.
She was a past member of N.W. Turner Hall and the American Legion in Dixon.
Those left to honor her memory include her son and daughter-in-law, Robert "Ace" and Linda Badtram, Davenport; daughter and son-in-law, Ruth Ann and Bob Dallow, San Clemente, Calif.; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and brother and sister-in-law, Calvin and Margaret Watkinson, Hazeltown, N.D.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Online condolences may be made at www.mem.com.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 9/23/2004.

August 19, 2004
Virginia Lohmiller
, 90, formerly of Bettendorf, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, at Crest Health Care Center, Davenport. Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, at First Presbyterian Church, Davenport. Private burial will have taken place prior to the services. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Vera French Mental Health Center, the Clarissa Cook Home, or to the Quad City Senior Olympics. In accordance with her wishes, she was cremated. Weerts Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mrs. Lohmiller was born June 17, 1914, in Davenport, to Frederick J. and Wanda A. (Schafer) Bode. She married Waldo John Lohmiller June 17, 1939, in Davenport. He died July 17, 1965. She earned her BA from the University of Montana where she was a member of Mortar Board, and her MA from Columbia University where she was an Augusta Larned Scholar.
She was a teacher in the Davenport public high schools, Rock Island Senior High School, and St. Katherine's in the 1950's through the 80's, as a physical education teacher, as a tennis and golf coach, director of secondary physical education for the district, and a champion of fitness for everyone, particularly girls. After her retirement, she served as commissioner and executive secretary for the Mississippi Athletic Conference and as a part-time instructor at St. Ambrose University. In all, she spent 54 years in coaching and education, and in 1990, became the first woman to be inducted into the Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Davenport. She served on the Vera French Community Mental Health Board, the board of the Clarissa C. Cook Home for the Aged, the Iowa State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Quad Cities Senior Olympics, and was a member of P.E.O., Delta Kappa Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, and the Iowa Athletic Directors Association. Among her awards, she received the "Joy of Effort" from the National Association of Sports and Physical Education in 1983, and the Outstanding Services Award in 1992 from the Iowa Athletic Directors Association.
Survivors include sons John Frederick (Penny) Lohmiller, of Crosslake, Minn., Charles Herbert (Kristin) Lohmiller, of Englewood, Colo.; and grandchildren, Beckie Catton, Chip Lohmiller, Amy Owens, Jill Lohmiller, Jim McCloskey, and Megan McCloskey.
Online condolences may be expressed to Mrs. Lohmiller's family by visiting her obituary at www.weertsfh.com.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 9/17/2004.

August 19, 2004
Steve Richter's father
, Glenn Richter
Funeral services for Glenn Richter, 81, of Davenport, will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 23, at the Cunnick-Collins Mortuary Chapel in Davenport. Burial will follow at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until service time at the mortuary. Mr. Richter died on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, at his home in Davenport.
Glenn W. Richter was born on Oct. 12, 1922, to Alois and Mae (Wittstock) Richter in Dubuque, Iowa. He married Betty J. Klouda on July 10, 1948, in Davenport.
During World War II Mr. Richter served as an engineer in the United States Army. Following his military service, he was employed as a Bank Teller at Northwest Bank in Davenport for 29 years retiring in 1977. He then worked additionally at the Rock Island Arsenal for AMCCOM as a clerk retiring in November of 1984. His memberships include the Davenport American Legion Post No. 26, the Davenport Moose No. 28, AARP, and the Quad-City Times Plus 60 Club.
Survivors include, Betty, his wife of 56 years; two sons, Steven Richter, of Gainesville, Fla., and Joseph and his wife Retta Richter, of Davenport; two grandchildren, Diane and Joseph "Jody"; four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Lucille and Eleanor.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart Association or Genesis Hospice.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 8/22/2004.

July 28, 2004
Marjorie Ellison Spehar's
mother, Doris L. Ellison, 80, a resident of Davenport, died Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at her home following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 31, at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Chapel, Bettendorf. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Genesis VNA Hospice or the A.L.S. Foundation.
She was born Jan. 17, 1924, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Charles H. and Isal Rea (Vest) Clifton. On Aug. 3, 1946, she was united in marriage to Harold W. Ellison in Davenport.
In earlier years, Doris was employed in sales at Sears, Roebuck and Co. and as a salad maker at the former Bishops Cafeteria in downtown Davenport.
Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Harold; her daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and Thomas Olsen, of Davenport, Patricia and Charles Holm, of Geneseo, Ill., Marjorie and Timothy Spehar, of Grand Junction, Colo., Deborah and Joseph Banaszek, of Davenport, LaVonne Banaszek, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Connie Bailey, of DeWitt, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and her sisters and brothers-in-law, Louise and Kenneth Spranger, of Davenport, and Carolyn and Harold "Ike" Hofstetter, of Jacksonville, Ark.
Doris was preceded in death by her grandson, James, her great-grandson, Brandon, her sisters, Marge Clifton and Roma Barricklow, and by her brothers, Charles, Bill, Mason, Bob and Jason Clifton.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Doris' obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 7/29/2004.

May 30, 2004
Greg Hoover's
mother, Doris. Funeral services Celebrating the Life of Doris M. Hoover, 78, a resident of Davenport will be 10 a.m. Thursday in the All Faith Chapel of the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation will be on Wednesday at the funeral home from 4 until 6 p.m. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association.
Mrs. Hoover died on Sunday, May 30, 2004, at Iowa Masonic Home in Bettendorf following an extended illness.
Doris Marion Madsen was born Sept. 14, 1925, in Doran, Minn., a daughter of Hans P. and Jennie (Robertson) Madsen. She was united in marriage to Charles E. "Coke" Hoover on July 3, 1943, in Quincy, Ill. He preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 2001.
She retired in 1987 from M.A. Ford, where she had been a supervisor in the Shipping and Receiving Department for many years. Her memberships included St. Matthews Lutheran Church, where she had been a very active member and assisted with the Greeter Fellowship Committee in previous years. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose.
Doris enjoyed gardening and tending her flowers; she loved people and cherished her many friendships. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Survivors include her children and their spouses; Charlene and David Jones, Omaha, Neb., Nancy and Patrick Mitchell, Bettendorf, Greg hoover, Grand Forks, N.D., Dyann Hoover, Jonesboro, Ga., Carolyn and Mike Vee, Lakeville, Minn., and Julie and Alan Tucker, Snellville, Ga.; thirteen grandchildren who she adored, Steve Dustin (Heather) Jones, Stacie (Ryan) Jantzi, Joe Mitchell, Matthew, Stephanie, Kate and Ashley Hoover, Nichole and Aaron Wilson, Ryan and Nora Vee, and Trey Tucker; four great-grandchildren, Blake Carr, Haylie Jones, Calvin Jantzi, and Tateum Park.
In addition to her husband and parents, two grandchildren, two sisters and four brothers also preceded her death.
The family would like to extend a sincere thanks to the staff at the Masonic Home for their wonderful care as well as to all of Doris' friends.
Online condolences and remembrances may be extended to the family online by visiting www.hmdfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 6/1/2004.

May 9, 2004
Robert "Bob" House
, custodian. Funeral services for Robert "Bob" House Sr., 76, of Davenport, will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary. Family will greet friends on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery where there will be military rites conducted by the American Legion No. 26.
Bob went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 9, 2004, at Genesis Medical Center-East Campus, Davenport. Bob Carl House Sr. was born July 19, 1927, in Davenport, the son of Glynn and Leona (Pierce) House. He married Helen Libberton Roper on Nov. 14, 1981, in Davenport. He worked as Head Custodian for West High School, Davenport, retiring in 1989.
Bob was a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 90 for many years. He was well known for his baked goods in the Quad-City area. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Helen; sons, Robert House Jr., and his wife, Annette, of New Mexico, Daniel J. House, and his wife, Missy, of Davenport, and Kevin S. House, and his wife, Joni, of McCausland, Iowa; stepson, Randy Roper, of Davenport; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; and one sister, Jean Ann Wulf, of Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Donny.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 5/12/2004.

May 9, 2004
Stan Kiser's
mother, E. Jean Kiser, 78, of Palm Harbor, Fla., formerly of Davenport, died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at Kindred Hospital, Tampa, Fla. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church, Oskaloosa, Iowa. Visitation will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Memorials may be made to Florida Sun Coast Hospice.
She was born July 11, 1925, in Oskloosa, the daughter of Sam and Nellie (Kimes) Raley. She was united in marriage to Ira Kiser in 1941. He preceded her in death in 1996.
She was a homemaker.
E. Jean served on the Iowa Legislature from 1972 to 1974. She was also a member of the Presbyterian Church of Palm Harbor and DAR Dunedin Chapter, a member of Clearwater Women's Republican Club, local president of the TB Association in Davenport and past president of Young Republicans in Davenport and enjoyed genealogy.
Those left to honor her memory include four sons, Sen. S. Curtis "Curt" Kiser, Lamont, Fla., S. Craig Kiser, Tallahassee, Fla., Stanley C. "Stan" Kiser, Palm Harbor, and Stewart C. "Stu" Kiser, Palm Harbor; brothers, Kenneth Raley, Davenport, and Richard Raley, Minneapolis, Minn.; sister, Alma Utterback, Davenport; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 5/12/2004.

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March 28, 2004
Carol Nagel Bishop's
mother, Viola Devine Nagel, of Davenport, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2004, at Davenport Lutheran Home. Celebration of Life services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 2, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Runge Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Viola was born Dec. 31, 1921, in Buena Vista, Iowa, the daughter of Winfield and Sophie (Bahnsen) Devine. She was united in marriage to Leon L. Nagel on April 2, 1940. Viola had been an active member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church Davenport since 1954. She served as an Election Official for 35 years in Scott County and had operated a wedding cake baking business out of her home for many years. Those left to honor her memory include her husband of 63 years Leon, Davenport; daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia (Uriah Orr) Nagel, Prince Rupert, B.C., Carol (Bradley) Bishop, Tampa, Fla., Vicki (Richard) Atzen, Davenport, and Lorrie (Bradley) Williams, Mt. Gilead, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Julian Orr, Craig Atzen, Bridget Valleroy, Nicholas Atzen, Brittney Bishop, Sarah Williams and Aaron Williams; great-grandchildren, Olivia Atzen, Mathew Valleroy and Alyssa Atzen; and sisters-in-law, Janet Kuttler, Davenport, and Verna (Bob) Hamann, Davenport. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Al Anderson and Garfield Devine, great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Atzen.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 3/31/2004.

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March 15, 2004
Janet Morton

Funeral services for Janet Morton, 56, of Bettendorf, will be 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary, Davenport. Family will greet friends Tuesday from 1 p.m. to service time at the Mortuary. Burial will be at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Janet died on Sunday, March 14, 2004, at the Bettendorf Health Care Center, Bettendorf. Janet Morton was born on July 21, 1947, in Davenport, the daughter of Glen and Jean (Scott) Morton. Janet liked to go bowling, walking and spending time with her friends and family.
Survivors include her brother James Morton and sister-in-law Beth, of Bettendorf.; nephew Christopher Morton, of New York City; niece Kathryn Cervantes, her husband Luis, and son Maker, all of Davenport; also survived by five very special Aunts. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be made to Bettendorf Presbyterian Church or the Bettendorf Health Care Center, Bettendorf.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 3/15/2004.

March 1, 2004
Robert Gates Slattery

Read a special note from Debi Oertle who attended the services.
Here is the obituary from the Quad City Times:
Robert Gates Slattery, 53, of Albuquerque, N.M., fomerly of Davenport, died Monday, March 1, 2004.
Robert was born in 1950 in Washington D.C., son of Richard and Majorie Slattery. He graduated from West High School, Davenport, in 1968 and then from the University of Iowa. Robert was a well known and well liked and respected homebuilder in Albuquerque.
Survivors include his wife, Marianne Dickinson, of Albuquerque; a son, Brendon Slattery, at home; his parents Richard and Majorie Slattery, of Davenport; his brother and sister-in-law, Edwin and Mary Slattery; and his nieces and nephew, Emily, Benjamin and Hannah, all of Urbandale, Iowa.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at mdickinson8@comcast.net.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 3/3/2004.

February 28, 2004
Nancy Underdonk Hogren's
brother, Larry Underdonk passed away. Here is the obituary from the Quad City Times:
The world lost a gentle hero with the death of Larry Underdonk. Larry died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 63 at his home in Davenport on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004. Memorial services will be Saturday, March 13, at the Unitarian Church, Davenport. Visitation is 9:30 a.m. Services start at 11 a.m. A lunch will follow. Memorials for the family may be made to his widow, Lana Long Underdonk. Runge Mortuary, Davenport, is in charge of arrangements.
Larry was born Oct. 9, 1940, in Davenport, to Eugene Underdonk and Anne (Bell) Burdt. He was united in marriage to Lana Long on Nov. 29, 1978, in San Antonio, Texas.
Larry led a very active and giving life. He started his first career as an ordained priest in 1954, attending specialized schooling in theology. During that time he became involved in the peace movement and social action activities that involved change for the migrant workers. Since that time he maintained the values of non-violence and justice.
Larry left the priesthood in 1965 and obtained a master's degree in psychology at Texas A&I. He returned to his home state of Iowa in 1973 and started his second career in social work with the Department of Human Services in Clinton, Iowa, retiring in 2002. He served the needs of adults, children and the community during his time at DHS in the roles of direct service worker and supervisor of the case management unit that dealt with foster care, adoption, adult services and the protection of children.
Larry was deeply involved in the community by serving on many community boards and committees that includes: Homeless Coalition; Legal Aid Board; Pathway Living Center Board; Clinton County Council Against Child Abuse; and Peace Coalition, creating an environment of fairness and justice. The Clinton Community proclaimed Feb. 20 as Larry Underdonk Day to honor his positive influence in the community. Early in his Social Work Career he was involved with the AFSME Union serving as a Steward and taking a role at the negotiation table with the State of Iowa on behalf of the employees.
Larry belonged to the Unitarian Church in Davenport. Larry was a Life Master Duplicate Bridge Player, earning the Silver Level. He belonged to the Duplicate Bridge Clubs in Clinton and Davenport. He was also an avid camper and canoer, taking many trips into the Boundary Water Wilderness as well as local rivers and various state and national parks around the United States. If you did not find Larry watching the Bears on TV, you would find him in his organically grown garden.
His greatest pleasure was his children. Larry was very dedicated to each of them and gave his energy, love and resources to be sure their lives would be the best possible. Many will miss Larry, which is a tribute to his ability to live his life with conviction and strong values, even if it was not the most favored opinion of others.
Survivors include his wife, Lana, Davenport; daughters and sons-in-law, Anh and Thanh Le, and their children, Stephanie, Andrea and Christopher, all of Oceanside, Calif., Darcie (Ruggeberg) and Lance Eversoll, Davenport, and Cori Underdonk, Clinton, Iowa; son, Paulo Underdonk, Dubuque, Iowa; sisters and brothers-in-law, Beverly McCarty, Davenport, Nancy and Tony Hogren, Davenport, Pat Call, Davenport, and Becky and Bill McClellan, Davenport; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Audrey Underdonk, Bolingbrook, Ill.; father and stepmother, Eugene and Aida Underdonk, Daytona Beach, Fla.; mother, Anne Burdt, Davenport; and 10 nephews, six nieces and numerous great nephews and nieces. His stepfather, Don Burdt, preceded him in death.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 3/10/2004.


February 16, 2004
Donna Hein Stickling's
mother, Myra Hein passed away. Here is the obituary from the Quad City Times:
Myra Hein 02/19/2004 DAVENPORT -- Private graveside services and burial for Myra D. Hein, of Davenport, were held Wednesday at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Cunnick-Collins Mortuary and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Hein died on Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at Genesis Medical Center East Campus in Davenport. Myra Dean Chance was born May 15, 1929, to Hubert and Doskie (Hargett) Chance in Spruce Pine, Ala. She married Paul D. Hein on July 21, 1945, in Davenport at St. Mary's Catholic Church. In her earlier years, Mrs. Hein worked at the Rock Island Arsenal but spent the majority of her married years as a homemaker and devoted Mother and Grandmother. Mrs. Hein enjoyed sewing, embroidery, and crotchet work. She also loved to garden, especially growing flowers. Most special to her were her two grandsons, they were the light of her life. Survivors include her husband: Paul Hein, of Davenport; one daughter, Donna (Mrs. Robert) Hein-Stickling, of Blue Grass; one son, Paul (and his wife Audrey) Hein, of Blue Grass; four sisters, Shellie Thorn, of Tescumbia, Ala., Mae Lawler, of Spruce Pine, Ala., Ruby Nell Williams, of Huntsville, Ala., Evelyn Rountree, of Rock Island; two brother, Fawney Chance, of Rock Island, and Wallace Chance, of Milan, Ill.; two grandsons, Timothy and Chad; five step- grandchildren, Stephanie, Erin, Margaret, Patricia and David; and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

February 16, 2004
Douglas Beck

passed away in Davenport of a heart attack. Here is the obituary from the Quad City Times:
Douglas Beck 02/19/2004 DAVENPORT -- Douglas J. Beck, of Davenport, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at the Genesis Medical Center-East Campus, Davenport. Celebration of Life Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and noon until 1 p.m. Saturday. Masonic services will be conducted Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. by Fraternal Lodge No. 221, A.F. & A.M., Davenport. Burial will be at Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport. Doug was born Nov. 19, 1949, in Davenport, the son Charles G. and Betty Beck. He married Debbie L. Kulbieda on June 5, 1971, in Davenport. Doug was owner of Resource Accounting & Tax Services, Davenport since 1992, and CFO of the Quad-City Steamwheelers. He was a member of Fraternal Lodge No. 221, A.F. & A.M., Davenport; St. Paul Lutheran Church; Scottish Rite; KAABA Shrine; Royal Order of Jesters; Mohassan Grotto; and High Twelve. Doug loved golf and making his yearly motorhome treks to see his son and daughter-in-law in Las Vegas. Survivors include his wife, Debbie; son, Stuart (Michele) Beck, Las Vegas, Nev.; sister, Jeannette (Dr. Thomas) Hower, Greensburg, Pa.; brother, Dr. Ronald (Judy) Beck, Clinton Township, Mich.; parents, Charles and Betty Beck, Davenport; and many nieces and nephews. Douglas was preceded in death by an infant sister, Elizabeth, and an infant brother, Roger. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Mr. Beck's obituary at www.weertsfh.com.

February 8, 2004
Coach Richard Colson
passed away in Davenport. Here is his obituary from the Quad City Times:
Richard Joseph Colson 02/10/2004 Davenport -- Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Richard Joseph Colson, a resident of Davenport, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park, with graveside military rites conducted by American Legion Post No. 26. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. today at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, where a prayer service will be offered at 7 p.m. Dick died on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at Genesis Medical Center-East Campus following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 6, 1927 in Davenport a son of Bruce and Pearl (Dean) Colson. He was united in marriage to Audrey Jean Echols on June 14, 1952, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Davenport. Dick graduated from the former Davenport High School in 1947; received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from St. Ambrose College in 1952, where he was both a player and coach on their wrestling team, and a member of the 1949 and 1950 Champion Football Teams. He then received his Masters from Kirksville Teachers College, Kirksville, Mo., in 1964. He entered and served our country in the United States Navy from 1945 until 1947. He began a 37-year career in education, teaching at Bettendorf High School from 1952 until 1958, Dubuque Senior High School from 1958 until 1960. Mr. Colson or “Coach” then joined the Davenport Public School System teaching and coaching at West High School from 1960 until his retirement in 1989, after 29 years of service. He had been both a teacher, teaching history and sociology and coach at West High School, where he coached and officiated wrestling, football and golf. He also had the honor of officiating for over 10 years for the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament, Des Moines. Dick was proud to have been inducted into the Iowa State High School Wrestling Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame. His memberships include the Davenport Retired Teachers Association and Honorary Teaching Fraternity Phi Delta Kappa. He enjoyed golfing and had two hole-in-ones to his credit, enjoyed playing pool, and spending time outdoors especially fishing. Memorials can be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, the American Cancer Society or the Scott County Humane Society. Those left to honor his memory include his wife of over 51 years, Audrey; daughters and sons-in-law, Terry and Manuel Camarena, Bettendorf, and Susie and Todd Zimanek, Sherrard, Ill.; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Deb Colson, Boise, Idaho, and Rob and Kim Colson, Sherrard; 10 grandchildren, Brandon Franklin, Rick, Dan, Tony and Tim Camarena, Jodi and William Colson, Kyle and Taylor Colson, and Jacob Zimanek; one great-granddaughter, Autumn Franklin; a brother, Cyril Parker; sister-in-law, Janet Echols-Gomez, and a brother-in-law, Robert Echols. His parents and a brother, Bob Colson, preceded him in death.

January 8, 2004
Scott Steele's
mother, Virginia Steele, passed away in Davenport. Here is the obituary from the Quad City Times:
Virginia Steele 01/10/2004 DAVENPORT -- Virginia Steele, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at the Kahl Home for the Aged, Davenport. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the mortuary. Burial will be in Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport. Virginia Hansen was born Jan. 30, 1923, in Bettendorf, to Gustav and Clara Hansen. She was united in marriage to Leslie J. Steele on April 21, 1946. He died on Jan. 14, 1988. Virginia worked as a bank secretary and a commercial artist. She attended St. Ambrose College and was mentored by Father E. Cattich, who greatly encouraged her talent. She was a respected area artist and a member of the Iowa Watercolor Society. She received numerous awards for her artwork. Virginia loved her family and was always a positive influence in their lives. She loved the outdoors, enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. Those left to honor her memory include son and wife, Scott and Christine Steele, Belleville, Ill.; daughter and husband, Laura and Loren Peterson, Sugarland, Texas; daughter and husband, Martha and Troy Thein, Elkader, Iowa; son and wife, Mark and Barbara Steele, Blue Grass, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sisters, Dorothy Boland, of Arizona, and Phyllis Peterson, of California. For the past seven years, Virginia was a resident of the Kahl Home. Her family greatly appreciated the care and love she received there. The family suggest that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Kahl Home.