West High School - Davenport, Iowa

Class of 1968

With Fond Memories - 2010
Our prayers go out to these families.

December 17
Marxen, Wayne
- brother of our classmate, Garald Marxen
BLUE GRASS, Iowa — Wayne R. Marxen, 66, of Blue Grass, Iowa, died Friday, December 17, 2010, in Ramsey, Minnesota. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 23, 2010, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 22, 2010, at the mortuary.
Online condolences may be made at www.rungemortuary.com.
Wayne was born May 28, 1944, in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Bernard and Eleanor. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was united in marriage to Virginia Petersen. She preceded him in death in 1988.
He was employed as a truck driver for Amhof Trucking and was a member of the Walcott American Legion.
Those left to honor his memory are his significant other, Joyce Steele, Blue Grass; three sons and daughters-in-law, Matthew, Davenport, Joseph (Michelle), Arrowsmith, Illinois, and Christopher (Carrie), Blue Grass; grandchildren, Kyle, Kelsey, Bethany, and Alex; and siblings and spouses, Dennis (Eileen), Gary, Judy Sloane, Jeanette (Gene) Furness, Jeraldine (Steve) Smith, and Joyce (Randy) Yaddof.
Published in Quad City Times

Wayne Marxen
Wayne Marxen
Garald Marxen

Brother Garald Marxen

October 10
ROCKFORD —Lorraine Hoover, 60, of Rockford died at 10:28 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, at home. Born July 25, 1950, in Davenport, Iowa, to Walter and Ardeth (Addyman) Hoover. Married Frank Ware on Sept. 14, 1989, in New Jersey. Lorraine was a graduate of Marycrest College (BS), and Boston University (MS). In her many years of professional care to individuals with substance abuse disorders and mental illness, she provided support and the hope of recovery. An expert educator and trainer in psychiatric rehabilitation, she encouraged her students to use their skills effectively in the service to others. Before her retirement from Rockford College, she provided guidance and support to many students in their education pursuits. To her many friends she was known as an advocate for social justice and peace in our world. To her family she was a pillar of strength, patience and caring. Survivors include mother, Ardeth; husband, Frank; daughter, Courtney Oertel; brothers, Michael Hoover and Terry (Jenny) Hoover; sister, Lavonne (Dan) Johnston; nieces and nephews, David Ware, Michael Ware, James Ryan, Crystal Dominico, Jim Hoover, Chris Kerr, Nikki Deaver and Mikaela Hoover. Predeceased by father, Walter II; and brothers, Jim Hoover and Walter Hoover III. Memorial visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to be given to selected organizations.
Published in Rockford Register Star from October 13 to October 14, 2010

Lorraine Hoover
Lorraine Hoover
Lorraine Hoover then

Lorraine Hoover then

September 17
Theodore, father of Tedi Heidgerken.
DAVENPORT — Funeral Services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Theodore “Ted” J. Heidgerken, 85, a resident of Davenport, formerly of Blue Grass, Iowa, will be 11 a.m. Monday, September 20, 2010, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, where the family invites you to join them in a prayer service at 4:30 p.m. Ted died Friday, September 17, 2010, at his son’s home.
Theodore John Heidgerken was born October 25, 1924, in Davenport, the son of Claude B. and Marguerite (Schebler) Heidgerken. He was united in marriage to Olive L. Reck on August 21, 1948, in Davenport. She preceded him in death on May 31, 2007. Ted proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the 11th Armored Division during the Battle of the Bulge.
Ted had worked as an auto mechanic with Strieter Motor Co. for over 26 years. He was also co-owner, with his wife Olive, of Ollie’s Ceramics in Blue Grass, for over 27 years. Ted loved the outdoors, especially canoeing and camping.
Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors include his children and their spouses; daughters, Tedi Heidgerken, Australia, Kitty (Loren) Stender, Eldridge; sons, Christopher (Bev) Heidgerken, Davenport, Michael (Suzanne) Heidgerken, North Liberty, Iowa, Bernie (Deb) Heidgerken, Long Grove, Iowa, and Albert Heidgerken, Davenport; 20 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren and one on the way; a sister-in-law, Mardelle (Cal) Kitzman, Davenport; brothers-in-law, Bill (Mary Lou) Reck, Prescott, Ariz., and Jerry (Sarah) Reck, San Diego, Calif,; a sister, Mary Rose Smith, Eldridge, Iowa; a stepsister, Shirley Fanning, Davenport; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ted was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two sisters, Claudine Belk and Marguerite Cambell, a brother, Gerard Heidgerken, stepmother, Helen Niemeyer, and two stepbrothers, Charles and Jerry Fanning.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Ted’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.
Published by the Quad City Times.

Theodore Heidgerken
Theodore Heidgerken
Tedi Heidgerken Then

Tedi Heidgerken

September 16
John Matthews
, husband of of Sharon McKean
HUNTSVILLE , Texas —John Henry Matthews, Jr., 73, of Trinity died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010.

The family held a private funeral service at a later date.
He was born Jan. 6, 1937, in Waxahachie, the son of John Henry and Helen Louise Matthews and was a resident of the Westwood Shores subdivision.

Mr. Matthews graduated from Elkins Radio Institute and began a career in television and radio as a broadcaster and weatherman.

He worked for Capitol Records for over 30 years as a promotional manager.

When he retired 12 years ago, he moved to Westwood Shores, to play golf and enjoy life with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Grant C. Matthews.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon McKean-Matthews of Trinity; a son, John Matthews III of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.; a sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Bill Pardue of Irving; a sister-in-law, Sandra Matthews of Waxahachie; and one grandson, John Matthews VI.

Published by Polk County Publishing Company .

Sharon McKean 1968

Sharon McKean

August 23
Virgil, father of Janet Kelting Engler.
DONAHUE, Iowa — Virgil W. Kelting, 87, of Donahue, passed away Monday, August 23, 2010, at the Davenport Lutheran Home. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday at The Runge Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to Donahue Fire Department or the Donahue Sportsmen’s Club. Online condolences may be made at www.rungemortuary.com.
Virgil was born June 3, 1923, in Davenport, to George and Hilda (Arp) Kelting. He was united in marriage to Alberta Rohwer on February 9, 1946, in Davenport at St. Paul Lutheran Church. They celebrated there 64th wedding anniversary this year.
Virgil and Alberta were dairy farmers their entire lives in Davenport and Donahue.
Virgil was a member of the River Valley Coop, Farmers Union, Foresters, and Swiss Valley Dairy. He was an accomplished welder and could fix almost anything.
Survivors include his wife, Alberta, Donahue; daughter, Janet (Darrell) Engler, Long Grove, Iowa; son, Jerry Kelting, Donahue; three grandchildren, Jim (Cheryl) Hinckley, Cassie Engler, and Daron Engler; great-grandchildren, Melissa, Landon, Devin, and Trever; and sister-in-law, Nadine Kelting.
Virgil was preceed in death by his parents and a brother, Lester, in 1972.
Published by the Quad City Times.

Virgil Kelting

Virgil Kelting

Janet Kelting Then

Janet Kelting Engler

July 10
Nadine, mother of Joe Vogt.
ROSWELL, Ga. — Nadine Claire Vogt, 87, of Roswell, Ga., formerly of Davenport, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2010, in Atlanta, where she and her husband have lived since 1992. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, at Pine Hill Cemetery, Eastern Avenue and East 39th St., Davenport. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mrs. Vogt was born in Wheatland, Iowa, the daughter of Edward J. and Phyllis Sampson. She graduated from high school in Calamus, Iowa, and later attended Scovill Business College in Clinton, Iowa. She worked at the Rock Island Arsenal during World War II and Nichols Wire before her marriage on August 14, 1946. She also earned her private pilot’s license that year. In 1949 she was hired as the secretary/receptionist for the newly formed Scott County Mental Health Clinic. She was a longtime member of St. John’s United Methodist Church and the former Mercy Hospital Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Joseph H. Vogt of Atlanta; her two daughters, Phyllis Best of Alameda, Calif., and Kathryn Dixson (Rogers) of Atlanta; four grandchildren with whom they enjoyed spending time, Alexander Best of San Francisco, Zachary Best of Los Angeles, and Francis Dixson and Joseph Dixson, both of Atlanta; and a sister-in-law, Pamela Sampson of Carlisle, Mass. She was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Edward Vogt, and her son-in-law, Gregory A. Best.
Published by the Quad City Times

Joe Vogt

Son, Joe Vogt

July 11
Virginia, mother of David Lake.
DAVENPORT — Funeral services for Virginia A. Lake, 87, of Davenport, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary Chapel in Davenport. Interment will be at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the mortuary, with Order of the Eastern Star services beginning at 7 p.m. Virginia passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2010, at Good Samaritan Health Nursing Center, Davenport. Cunnick-Collins Mortuary, Davenport, is in charge of arrangements.
Virginia A. Challis was born in Cedar County, Iowa, on July 29, 1922, the daughter of Ralph and Eva Lu (Werling) Challis. On May 27, 1942, she married Aaron Lloyd Lake at First Presbyterian Church in Davenport. She worked as an office manager for the Davenport Consistory. Aaron and Virginia were members of Newcomb Presbyterian Church for 30 years, where she served as deacon from 1983-1986. Aside from being actively involved in her children’s youth activities, she also served on various boards, including three terms as President of the Davenport DeMolay Mother’s Club, President of Hayes-Roosevelt PTA, coach for Dad’s Club baseball team, Masonic ladies groups, and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. Virginia also served the Davenport Chapter OES as Worthy Matron in 1975 and for 35 years as the Secretary. She was a 45-year member of Three Bridges Chapter ABWA, serving as President several times and named Woman of the Year. Virginia enjoyed being with her family and friends, particularly her schoolmates from Davenport High School. She served on several reunion committees and co-chaired the 65th class reunion for the Class of 1940.
Virginia is survived by her husband of 68 years, Aaron of Davenport; two sons, Micheal (Margaret) and David (Pat); four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a wonderful friend, Cindi. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and a grandson, Matthew.
Memorials may be directed to Good Samaritan Nursing Center, Davenport.
Published by the Quad City Times

Virginia Lake

Virginia Lake

David Lake

Son, David Lake

June 24
Natalie, mother of Cheryl Dose Cecil.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Natalie was born November 18, 1929, in Davenport, Iowa, and died June 24, 2010. She married Harvey Dose in 1948. While living in Iowa, she was actively involved with the Unitarian Church. They moved to Tucson in 1985 where she enjoyed her many friends and endless hours with her grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling and loved to cruise.
Natalie was preceded in death by her husband. Survivors include her daughters, Cheryl Cecil and Tricia Blankenbaker, and six grandchildren, Andrew, David, Bryan and Allison Cecil and Kate and Amanda Blankenbaker.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Tucson Estates Foothills Clubhouse at a later date. Arrangements are by Bring’s Memorial Chapel, 236 S. Scott.
Published by the Quad City Times

Natalie Dose

Natalie Dose

Cheryl Dose

Daughter, Cheryl Dose

June 16
Laurena, mother of Rebecca Coon Birks.
DAVENPORT — Laurena M. Coon, 86, of Davenport, passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at the Davenport Good Samaritan Society. Cremation rites will be accorded. Inurnment will be in Rock Island National Cemetery at a later date. The Runge Mortuary and Crematory is assisting the family with final arrangements. The family would like to express their gratitude for the care and kindness provided by the Davenport Good Samaritan Staff and Compasses Hospice for the past two years and three months. Memorials may be made to Davenport Good Samaritan Society.
Laurena was born June 24, 1923, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Norval and Laura Mae (Colony) Matthes.
Those left to honor her memory include her husband of 68 years, Gordon W. Coon, Sr.; son, Gordon W. Coon, Jr. and his wife, Mary Lou; daughter, Rebecca J. Birks; grandchildren, Carlton W. (Kristin) Coon, Ryan J. (Sarah) Coon, Amy J. (Mathew) Hassig; great-grandchildren, McKenna Coon, Ciara Coon, Bridget Birks, Nicole Birks and Bailey Hassig.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Arthur.

Published by the Quad City Times

Laurena Coon
Laurena Coon

Rebecca Coon
Rebecca Coon Birks

June 6
Ruth, mother of Deborrah Stroyan Andersen.
DAVENPORT —Ruth Lorraine Stroyan, 80, of Davenport, passed away at her home on Sunday, June 6, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 10, 2010, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at the mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Genesis Hospice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.
She was born October 25, 1929, in Davenport, the daughter of August and Margaret (Brown) Ackermann. She was married to Robert C. Stroyan from 1943-1980.
Mrs. Stroyan had been employed by the Rock Island Arsenal prior to her retirement in 1994. She was the first female auxiliary security officer on Arsenal Island.
Survivors include children and spouses, Deborrah and Don Andersen, Sandra Stroyan, Carol Stroyan, Steve and Mary Stroyan, and Sheila and Monico Vasquez; many loved grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and stepfather, Wilbur Witthoft.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Josephine Kohn.

Published by the Quad City Times

Ruth Stroyan
Ruth Stroyan

Deborrah Stroyan Andersen

May 6
Art, father of David Hurlburt.
DAVENPORT — Art Hurlburt, 91, of Davenport, Iowa, died Thursday, May 6, 2010, at Davenport Good Samaritan. Services in celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 10, at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge, Davenport. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois, where military honors will be presented by American Legion Post # 26, Davenport, of which he was a member. Memorials may be made to Genesis VNA or Good Samaritan.
Art was born in 1918 in Davenport, Iowa, to Byron E. and Inez B. Hurlburt. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and during that time he married Helen E. Beert, November 7, 1943, in Davenport. He worked as a system accountant for the Rock Island Arsenal, retiring in 1980 after 20 years. His memberships also included Elks Lodge, D.A.V., and the QC Computer Club. He enjoyed traveling as well.
Survivors include his wife, Helen; daughter, Barbara Ellen (William) Kobe of Crystal, Minn.; sons, David (Susan) Hurlburt of Lafayette, La., Steven (Nancy) Hurlburt of Phoenix, Ariz., and Robert (Diane) Hurlburt of Davenport; grandchildren, Jane Clark, Kristopher Kobe, Jessica Bryant, Aaron Hurlburt, Andrea Hurlburt, Justin Hurlburt, Samantha Hurlburt, Adam Hurlburt, and Sarah Evans; great-grandchildren, Hudson Bryant and Adalyn Hurlburt; and sister-in-law, Helen Hurlburt of Davenport. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ted Hurlburt, and a sister, Fern Hurlburt.
Online condolences may be expressed to Art’s family by visiting his obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.

Published by the Quad City Times

Art Hurlburt
Art Hurlburt

David Hurlburt
David Hurlburt