West High School - Davenport, Iowa

Class of 1968

With Fond Memories - 2021
Our prayers go out to these families.

July 1, 2021
Rick Weasmer

MACKINAW, IL–Rick K. Weasmer, 71, of Mackinaw, passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born on January 25, 1950, in Davenport, Iowa, to Warren Keith and Geraldine (Malone) Weasmer. He married Chris Behnke in Pekin, Ill., on January 10, 1992.

Surviving are his wife, Chris Weasmer of Mackinaw; daughter, Jackie (Jim) Moss of Pekin; father, Warren Keith Weasmer of Davenport, Iowa; sister, Penny Turkle of Durant, Iowa; and nephews, Chris (Beth) Turkle of Davenport, Iowa, and Jeff (Pam) Turkle of Stockton, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Rick worked in construction equipment sales and was employed by Martin Equipment when he retired.

Rick enjoyed fishing and traveling, especially to Isla Holbox, Mexico. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. Rick was an animal lover and adored his pets.

Rick was a gracious donor through Gift of Hope.

Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. A Celebration of Life will be held in Davenport, Iowa at a later date.

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.

To leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.

Rick Weasmer 1968
Rick Weasmer

June 8, 2021
Sandra Gail "Sandy" Mullins Claussen

We are sorry to tell you that Sandra Gail "Sandy" Mullins Claussen has passed away following a lengthy illness.
Sandy lived for decades in Cabool, MO, though she had recently relocated to Oxford Junction, IA.

Sandy was born to Luther Mannon & Eva Mae Mullins on August 1, 1950.
She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother - and a friend to many throughout the years.
She had a lifelong talent for all kinds of handcrafts: quilting, crocheting, sewing, leatherwork, and cross stitch.

Sandy also loved raising small dogs, and every spring found her outside planting flowers and learning about nature's bounty.

Thank you for being a part of Sandy's life, and for taking a moment to mourn her passing.
Sandy Mullins Claussen 2021
Sandy Mullins Claussen
Sandra Mullins 1968
Sandra Mullins

April 28, 2021
Mary Jo Strouse Plumadore

On April 28, 2021, Mary Jo Plumadore began asking questions of our Lord after a battle with liver cancer. Mary Jo Strouse was born on November 26, 1949 to Larry Strouse and Alice (Kemble) Strouse in Davenport, Iowa. She was dedicated at First Baptist Church. She graduated from Davenport West High School in 1968. Mary Jo stayed close to home for a few years, attending Marycrest College. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1972, tending bar to earn money for her nursing degree. Mary Jo worked at the Cook County Hospital emergency room in Chicago and Osteopathic Hospital in labor and delivery and emergency. She married Dale Holder June 3, 1979, and when her daughter Amanda was born, she made the decision to stay home and cleaned houses once Amanda was in school. She entered the retail world, working at a Big and Tall/formal wear shops. Mary Jo also was a compassionate pharmacy technician. She was happily married to Mark Plumadore on February 12, 2011 at All Saints Lutheran Church (where they attended) and then retired to enjoy one of her favorite hobbies, quilting. Shortly thereafter, they adopted their dog Chopper. Currently, Mark and Mary Jo are members of First Baptist Church in Davenport. Among her favorite activities was volunteering at the Riverbend food Pantry, as well as other various charitable activities.
Mary Jo left behind no strangers- to her, everyone was a friend. She always had a hug ready for anyone who needed it. Mourning her deeply are her husband, Mark Plumadore, her daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Liam Smith, granddaughter Molly Smith, her sister and brother-in-law, Connie and John Denkmann, sisters-in-law Ruth Ann Downey and Theresa Kahle, and her brother-in-law, Glenn Kahle. Also mourning are eight nieces and nephews in Indiana and Ohio, and two nieces, three grandnieces, and four nephews in Iowa.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her older sister. Mary Jo’s visitation will be Friday, April 30, 2021 from 4 – 7 PM. Her celebration of life services will be on Saturday May 1, 2021, with a viewing from 10:00 to 10:30 AM followed by her funeral service at 10:30 AM, all held at Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport, IA. Service will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/weertsfuneral. Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church and King’s Harvest Pet Rescue, both in Davenport, IA. Online condolences may be expressed t www.weertsfh.com
Mary Jo Strouse 1968
Mary Jo Strouse
Mary Jo Strouse Plumadore 2021
Mary Jo Strouse Plumadore

February 9, 2021
Joanne Marsha Atzen Meyers

Davenport - Joanne Marsha Atzen Meyers, 71, of Davenport, Iowa passed away on February 9, 2021. The family will be holding a private service. She will be laid to rest at Davenport Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Joanne's name to Vera French. Online condolences maybe expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.

Joanne was born the daughter of Herbert and Margaret McKnight-Atzen in Davenport, IA on December 15, 1949. She graduated from West High School, class of 1968. She married Brad Meyers on September 1, 1973.

She lived most of her adult life in Vera French Community Housing, where she made many friends. She kept busy with her puzzles, books, and watching WWE Wrestling.

She is survived by her brother, Gary Atzen; sisters, Barbara Nelles and Terri (Tony) Hughes; and many nieces and nephews, who she always remembered with thoughtful cards.

Special thanks to Vera French and her good friend, Linda, for taking care of her.

Special Note to from Elizabeth Goodman Hallowell:

Gary, Barbara, and Terri,

I remember Joanne warmly and kindly as she was always those things to me when we talked…at West High…we both members of the Class of 68…I came from Williams, Wilson and Bettendorf Jefferson and have been a member of the reunion community all these years…on board since 2001 and along with others made a great effort to locate and stay in touch with all in our class to our recent 50th reunion.

I have 4 Goodman siblings along with myself who graduated from west and even more family extended…as does my married family…the Hallowell’s…also with 5 total siblings who graduated from West High. I know we have crossed paths with your Family there as well…and Joanne is well-remembered…

I want to extend my deepest condolences and see the loving extended family Joanne has…I left IA for MN where I was born in 1950…in 1972 when I graduated from Wartburg College with classmate Lyle Hallowell and our son Glenn Allan Hallowell…I am very familiar with the Vera French community and so glad for Joanne’s interests and friends throughout her life along with you her loving family.

Bless Joanne forever and each of you and all the family…Broadcast WWE wrestling…we even had Jesse Ventura as governor…a well-known wrestler…feel free to contact me if you would like…on behalf of our class…of 68…we wish you love and healing in memory of Joanne…
Published by Quad-City Times on Feb. 10, 2021

Joanne Atzen 1968
Joanne Atzen 1968

March 8, 2021
Robert Williams - Teacher

Robert Harold Williams, 96, of Long Grove, died on March 8, 2021, at Genesis Westwing in DeWitt, Iowa.
Bob was born on September 16, 1924, to Fayette and Cleo Fitch Williams in DesMoines, Iowa. He married Mary E. Blazer on September 9, 1944, in Ottumwa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on September 18, 2012.
Bob served in the United States Army in World War II and received the Purple Heart in 1945. He then attended Iowa State Teachers College, where he played football, graduating in three years with a Bachelor's degree in education. He earned a Master's degree from the University of Iowa. He started his teaching and coaching career at Iowa Falls High School and moved on to Davenport High School and later, to Davenport West High. Bob also taught social studies at Palmer Junior College. He had great respect for his students and colleagues, many of whom became lifelong friends.
Bob loved Hershey's chocolate, and he took great joy in giving large candy bars to family, friends, acquaintances and complete strangers.
Bob is survived by his children, Ann (Vern) Hill, Stillwater, MN; Jeffrey (Cathy Beltz) Williams, Cincinnati, OH; and Anthony (Mary) Williams, Davenport, IA; his grandchildren, Tyler (Kristin) Williams, Patrick (Kara Kesselring) Williams, Eli Hill, Josiah (Emily) Hill, and his granddaughter-in-law, Sarah Sadowski; great-grandchildren, Simon, Maxwell, Lucy, and Abram Hill, Daniel and Maren Williams, Iris Williams, and Grace, Cleo and Quinn Hill. Bob was preceded in death by Mary, his wife of 68 years.
At Bob's request, no services are planned. Memorials may be made to the Davenport Schools Foundation Friends of West High School Scholarship Fund, the Alzheimer's Association, or the Alan Shepard Elementary School in Long Grove, Iowa. Online condolences may be shared with Bob's family at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com.

Published on  March 22, 2021
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Robert Williams 1968
Robert Williams 1968
Robert Williams 2021
Robert Williams 2021