Category Archives: Obituaries

Brian Steine, 73

Brian Lee Steine, 73, of Grinnell, died Sept. 19, 2021, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. U.S. Navy flag presentation ceremony was at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, at Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Brian was born Jan. 26, 1948, in Geneseo, IL, the son of Norman Gerhart and Elsie Mae...
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Allen Smith, Jr., 56

Keith Allen Smith, Jr., 56, of Malcom, passed away Sept. 12, 2021, at UnityPoint Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A visitation gathering was held from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. A private family committal service, including some close friends, was held at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Malcom following the visitation at...
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JR Wilcox, 62

Gerald Vernon “JR” Wilcox, Jr., 62, of Newton, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at his home. A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, at First Christian Church in Newton. JR, the son of Gerald Vernon and Lois Caroline (Leavens) Wilcox, Sr., was born Aug. 25, 1959, in Newton. He graduated from Newton...
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Lloyd Brand, 89

Lloyd Henry Brand was born May 29, 1932, to Jacob and Mabel (Renaud) Brand. He passed away at age 89 at Park Centre in Newton on Sept. 16, 2021. Jan. 1, 1952, he was united in marriage to Arlene Beyer in The Little Brown Church in Nashua. To this union they were blessed with three children:...
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Eileen Johnson, 68

Eileen D. Johnson, 68, of Newton and formerly of Monroe, passed away on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, at UnityPoint Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 3, at First Baptist Church of Monroe with burial at Silent City Cemetery, Monroe. The daughter of Lloyd and Katherine (Ver Heul) Nolin, Eileen was born Sept....
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Melvin Ratcliff, 87

Melvin Ratcliff, 87, of Lynnville, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. A luncheon followed in the Heritage Room of Smith Funeral Home. Interment will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at...
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Dennis Ashby, 65

Dennis Ashby, 65, of Grinnell and formerly of Des Moines, passed away Sept. 7, 2021, at UnityPoint Taylor House in Johnston. A funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Grinnell. Interment will be at Bethel Cemetery north of Lynnville. A luncheon will follow at Elks...
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