West High School - Davenport, Iowa

Class of 1968

With Fond Memories - 2013
Our prayers go out to these families.

December 24, 2013
Brandt, Sandra Brandt Keckler

Sandra Brandt Keckler
Sandra Brandt 1968
Sandra Brandt 1968



October 21, 2013
Lake, Micheal brother of classmate David Lake

DAVENPORT — Micheal Lake, 67, of Davenport, passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Genesis West Medical Center. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at First Presbyterian Church in Davenport. A visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday at The Runge Mortuary. Cremation rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mayo Clinic for the research and study of Frontotemporal Dementia (F.T.D.) Online condolences may be left at rungemortuary.com.

Micheal was born Aug. 11, 1946, in Mason City, Iowa, son of Aaron and Virginia A. (Challis) Lake. He earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees from Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College and then earned his Specialist degree from Western Illinois University for Administration. He served as a principal for the Davenport Community School District for McKinley and Harrison elementaries from where he retired in 2001. He was once awarded Teacher of the Year. He also worked for Pioneer Seed Corn, leading detasseling groups during the summer and loved having his children work with him. He was very proud to escort his father on an Honor Flight to the World War II Memorial.

He was united in marriage to Margaret J. White on Aug. 26, 1967, in Davenport. Micheal loved life and had a wonderful, infectious laugh. He enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago sports teams. He, along with his wife and six other couples, participated in a gourmet group. He also loved to read, run, travel internationally, smoke cigars, and drink Scotch. He was always the first to arrive and the last to leave a party. He greatly loved his family and reading about history. Also, he was a youth sports coach when his children were young. He was an active member of his church where he served as an elder and a member of the choir. After retirement, he loved to winter in Florida. He loved his wife of 46 years dearly and was an A+ spouse. He was proud of his kids and grandchildren and encouraged them in their education. He was a well-dressed man who also loved to dance, being a member of the No Name Dance Group with his wife. He loved to bake, especially rolls and Christmas breads. He loved Christmas and was very sentimental. To sum it up, he enjoyed being with his family and friends, with a drink in hand and a game on in the background.

Those left to honor his memory include wife, Margaret; son, Kevin Micheal (Erin) Lake, DeWitt, Iowa; daughter, Meghan Lake, Denver, Colo.; grandchildren, Ellie, Kylie and Kourtney; brother, Dave (Pat) Lake, Davenport; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by parents and nephew, Matt Lake.
Courtesy of the Quad City Times

Micheal Lake
Micheal Lake
Brother, David Lake - 1968
Brother, David Lake



August 13, 2013
Hilmo, Arthur father of classmate Signe Hilmo Conover

DAVENPORT — Funeral services for Arthur J. Hilmo, 89, of Davenport, will be 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary chapel in Davenport. The family will greet friends from 3 p.m. until the time of services at the mortuary. Interment will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Hilmo passed away on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center–West Central Park Avenue, Davenport.

Arthur Johan Hilmo was born April 18, 1924, in Tydal, Norway, the son of Birger and Ingeborg (Myrmo) Hilmo. As a child, Arthur would cross-country ski five miles to get to school. He emigrated from Norway through Ellis Island in 1948 with his father and brother, Bjorn, relocating to Everett, Wash. His mother, sister, Inger, and brother, Per, came to the U.S. the following year. On April 16, 1949, he married Evelyn M. Lindstrom in Everett. She preceded him in death in 1992. In 1957, he relocated to Davenport, where he worked for 25 years as a journeyman carpenter and foreman for Leonard Ewoldt. Arthur retired in 1982. He was a quiet man who was knighted by the King of Norway for his courageous efforts to smuggle Jews and other persecuted people of Norway to Sweden during the Nazi occupation of World War II. He was a true hero. He loved volunteering his time, ballroom dancing, square dancing, skiing, hunting and fishing. Arthur had traveled to Norway about seven times and also had traveled to Hawaii, Europe, Egypt, China, Africa and Australia.

For more than 50 years, Arthur was a member of Carpenters Local 4, as well as numerous other organizations including: Vikings Club Thor Lodge 9 (Moline), Sons of Norway Storelva Lodge 1-655, CASI, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and St. Mark Lutheran Church. Retiring after 20 years of volunteer service at CASI, Arthur had logged 18,456 hours and was known best as the “bread man” for delivering day-old bread and pastries. Gov. Branstad presented him with the Volunteer of the Year Award.

He is survived by his three daughters, Signe (David) Conover of Macomb, Mich., Sonja Hilmo of Davenport, and Sylvia (Mark) Nyenhuis of Davenport; a son, Chris (Ellen) Hilmo of Davenport; a sister, Inger Hilmo Dow of Everett; a brother, Per (Mary Joy) Hilmo of San Francisco; nine grandchildren, Jeffery and Jim Conover, Jennifer Robinson, Chris and Bradley Nyenhuis, Nicole, Danielle, and Taylor Hilmo; nine great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Marvin (Rose) Lindstrom of Lanark, Ill., Liz Lindstrom of Delmar, Iowa, Lolly Lindstrom of DeWitt, Iowa, and Larry Fier of Maquoketa, Iowa. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bjorn.

Memorials may be directed to CASI, Davenport Lutheran Home or to St. Mark Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.Cunnick-Collins.com.

Courtesy of the Quad City Times

Arthur Hilmo
Arthur Hilmo
Signe Hilmo - 1968
Signe Hilmo



June 20, 2013
Pribble, Jay son of classmate Deborah K Williams

DAVENPORT — Funeral services to celebrate the life of Jay Pribble, 42, of Davenport, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, in the All Faith Chapel at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St., downtown Davenport. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport. The family will greet friends 10-11 a.m. Thursday. Pastor Dave Revelle will celebrate the service.

Jay died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at his residence in Davenport following a courageous battle with cancer.

Jay Christopher Pribble was born Jan. 23, 1971, a son of Donald E. and Deborah K. (Williams) Pribble. He graduated with honors from West High School Class of 1988; he received his associate degree from Scott Community College where he was on the Dean’s List.

He had been employed at WJM Plastics and Uncle Bill’s Pizza most recently. Jay was a trivia whiz, winning a trip to the Super Bowl and a large screen television at trivia nights. He was a movie and history buff, and an avid sports fan. He was a very independent, never asking anything from anyone; he was a compassionate and caring person, with a golden heart.

Memorials can be made to the family in Jay’s name.

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Debbie and Everett Strawhacker; his father, Don Pribble; brothers, Terry Pribble, Chad Strawhacker and Todd Strawhacker, all of Davenport; a sister, Chris Kane, Cambridge, Ill.; nephews, Cody Pribble, Zach Pribble and Ryan Strawhacker, all of Davenport, and Trevor Kane, Travis Kane, and T.J. Kane, all of Cambridge; his grandmother, Bobbie Dhaemers, Sun City, Ariz.; and aunts, uncles, cousins and good friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dwight and Betty Williams and Elvern and Erma Pribble, and an uncle, Bruce Williams.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Jay’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com
Courtesy of the Quad City Times

Jay Pribble
Jay Pribble
Deborah K. Williams 1968
Mother, Deborah K. Strawhacker1968



June 13, 2013
McKown, Mardelle Wulf

DURANT, Iowa — Mardelle M. Wulf, 64, of Durant, Iowa, died Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center- East Rusholme Street, Davenport.

Mardelle was born Nov. 7, 1948, to Delbert and Gladys (Kroeger) McKown in Davenport. She married Leroy E. Wulf on Oct. 12, 1973, in Davenport.

Mardelle and Leroy farmed in Scott County near Walcott, Iowa.

Mardelle collected salt and pepper shakers and enjoyed cross-stitch. She loved flowers, her cats and working in her garden.

Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at Bentley Funeral Home, Durant.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 17, at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Durant Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Terry Bodden, Victor Hansen, Tim Wulf, Eugene Wulf, Don Wulf and Mark Watt.

She is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband, Leroy of Durant; her daughter, Ginny and her husband Terry Bodden of Walcott; her son, Victor Hansen of Davenport; her granddaughter, Cory Hansen of Walcott; her great-grandson, Hunter Weaver, due June 29; her sisters, Marcia and her husband Steve Hummel of Lakeview, Iowa, and Marla and her husband Bill Vessel of Rowlett, Texas; and her brother, Marvin McKown of Kansas. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Mark McKown.

Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association in her memory.

Online remembrances and condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.
Courtesy of the Quad City Times

Mardelle McKown 1968
Mardelle McKown

Mardelle Wulf 2013
Mardelle Wulf



May 8, 2013
Kitzman, Ronald Kitzman Sr., father of Gordon and Neal

DAVENPORT — Ronald E. Kitzman Sr., 89, of Davenport, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Davenport Lutheran Home. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at The Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. until the service. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Davenport American Legion Post 26. Online condolences may be left at www.rungemortuary.com.

Ron was born Feb. 2, 1924, in Johnstown, Wis., a son of Edward C. and Anna (Maas) Kitzman. He served in the Navy Seabees, stationed in Okinawa, Japan, during World War II. Ron felt very privileged to have gone on the second Honor Flight of the Quad-Cities, escorted by his grandson, Zach.

He was employed as a machinist for 30 years at Case IH in East Moline prior to his retirement in 1989.

Courtesy of the Quad City Times

Ronald Kitzman St. 2013
Ronald Kitzman Sr.

Gordon Kitzman 1968

Gordon Kitzman

Neal Kitzman 1968

Neal Kitzman

January 29, 2013
Lake, Aaron, father of classmate David Lake

BETTENDORF -- Masonic services for Aaron Lloyd Lake, 90, of Bettendorf, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary, Davenport. Family will greet friends on Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at the mortuary. A private family inurnment will be at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.

Aaron passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at the Iowa Masonic Home, Bettendorf.

Cunnick-Collins Mortuary, Davenport, is assisting family with arrangements.

Aaron Lloyd Lake was born on February 13, 1922, in Hills, Iowa, to Aaron and Nellie (Stimmel) Lake. He married Virginia A. Challis on May 27, 1942, at First Presbyterian Church in Davenport. Aaron joined the Army in January 1943 and fought in the European Theater, where he was awarded two Purple Hearts. He was a proud veteran who in later life was thrilled to participate in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. He retired as Deputy Clerk of the District Court, Scott County. Aaron was a 50-year member of Davenport Lodge 37, Early Morning Lodge 672 and Davenport Order of Eastern Star. He was Past Master of Early Morning Lodge 672, Fraternal Lodge 221, Davenport Lodge 37 and Trinity Lodge 208, as well as serving multiple times as Worthy Patron of Davenport OES. Aaron was a gifted teacher of ritual and served as District Lecturer and Masonic Instructor. He also served as DeMolay Dad when his sons were active in the organization. His commitment to the Masonic organization and enjoyment of his friends continued up to the time of his illness as he was still attending the Tuesday "High Twelve" meetings.

The Lakes were 30-year members of Newcomb Presbyterian Church and Aaron served as Deacon from 1983 to 1986. He was a supporter of the local veteran's associations and a dedicated blood donor having given more than 40 gallons in his lifetime and after retirement participated in the apheresis program.

Survivors include his two sons, Micheal (Margaret) Lake and David (Pat) Lake, four grandchildren, Kevin (Erin) Lake, Meghan Lake, Libby Lake and Dawn (Kenny) Stone; and six great-grandchildren, Ellie, Kylie, Kourtney, Jak, Alaina and Ian. Also left to celebrate his life are two sisters, a wonderful group of extended family and special friends, Dee Dee Mueller and Cindi Lake. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Virginia, his parents, two sisters, and a grandson, Matthew Lake.

The family wishes to acknowledge the loving care Aaron received through the Iowa Masonic Home and Genesis Hospice. We are most grateful.

Memorials may be made to Genesis Hospice or the charity of your choosing.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.Cunnick-Collins.com.
Courtesy of the Quad City Times

Aaron Lake
Aaron Lake
David Lake 1968
Son, David Lake 1968



January 12, 2013
Brown, Michael

BETTENDORF -- Dr. Michael Brown, 62, of Bettendorf, died January 12, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport. Private funeral services will be held Saturday, January 19, at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Michael was born in 1950 in Davenport, a son of Alvin and Dorothy Brown. He graduated from West High School in 1968. Michael graduated from Iowa State University, Ames, in 1974 and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Mo., in 1980. Dr. Brown was a general practitioner throughout his medical career, practicing in Tucson, Ariz., Watervliet, Mich., and Kansas City, Kan. He retired in 2000 for health reasons and moved back to the Quad-Cities to be near family. He was a quiet, gentle man who loved his family. He was a great dog lover and rescued several throughout his life.
He is survived by his mother, Dorothy C. Brown, Bettendorf; sister, Linda K. Hirst, Moline, Ill.; his niece and husband Ashley and Brandon VanZetten and their children, Aunya and Beahr, Des Moines, Iowa; nephew, Michael A. Hirst, Moline, Ill.; and many cousins and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his father and stepmother, Alvin and Netta Brown, grandparents, two uncles and an aunt.
Online condolences may be expressed to Dr. Brown's family by visiting his obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.
Courtesy of the Quad City Times

Michael Brown 2013
Michael Brown
Michael Brown 1968

Michael Brown



June 7, 2013
Belz, Richard

Richard Belz
Michael Brown 2013
Richard Belz 1968