Rev. Danny Eugene Millwood

ST. JAMES CITY, Fla. — Memorial services will be held for the Rev. Danny Eugene Millwood, 70, of St. James City, Florida, Saturday, Dec. 17 in Pickens, South Carolina, in a private in-home service officiated by Dr. Randy Sprague of Fort Myers, Florida.

The Rev. Millwood died in his Florida home Nov. 24, 2016, of congestive heart failure.

He was born Feb. 6, 1946, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to J.T. and Elizabeth (Pace) Millwood (deceased) and is survived by his wife, Jeanne Workman-Millwood, St. James City; step-children, Rhonda Ryder, Lincoln, Nebraska, David Workman, Tiskilwa, Illinois, Dustin Workman, Lakeland, Florida, Scott Workman, Oviedo, Florida, 10 step-grandchildren; his former wife, Renee Dover, Arab, Alabama; their daughter, Angelique Martin and grandchildren, Zoe and Sage Martin, Weehawken, New Jersey; his father, J.T. Millwood; brother, Dale Millwood and sister, Elaine Metcalf, Greenville, South Carolina.

Rev. Millwood’s pastoral and evangelistic ministry spanned 50 years with the Churches of God and the Assemblies of God, during which time he recorded numerous gospel albums.

Rev. Millwood was associate pastor to the Reverend Tommy Barnett at Westside Assemblies of God Church, Davenport, and his last pastorate was in Savanna, Illinois.

His hobbies included baseball and golf, and traveling and camping with his wife, Jeanne, in evangelistic ministry.

Online condolences may be sent to martin.angelique@gmail.com or Jeanne_workman@msn.com.

Francisco ‘Frank’ Virgen Hernandez

SAVANNA, Ill. — Francisco “Frank” Virgen Hernandez, 84, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna. A Funeral Mass will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna, with Father Moises Apostol as Celebrant. Burial will take place in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Savanna. Visitation will be 11-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna, prior to the Mass. Memorials may be given to the Connections Memory Care Unit at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Frank’s memory. Friends and family are invited to share in Frank’s life at lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

Frank was born Oct. 10, 1932, in Del Rio, Texas, the son of Leonardo and Rosa (Virgen) Gutierrez. He attended San Felipe High School in Del Rio. Being the oldest of 10 children, Frank left school early and began working to help support his family as a migrant worker. He worked for the Savanna Army Depot and later the Milwaukee Railroad as a carman welder for many years until his retirement in 1995. Frank married JoAnn “Lena” Rivera Dec. 8, 1952, in Savanna. They would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary today.

Frank was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna. Frank loved spending time outdoors, especially flower gardening and landscaping. Frank was a great handyman and could fix anything. He also was a great cook, especially cooking Mexican food. He enjoyed watching western movies and the Andy Griffith Show. Frank also enjoyed watching sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Most of all, Frank loved spending time with his family.

Frank will be dearly missed by his wife, Lena; six children, Dan (Kris Plattenberger) Hernandez, Savanna, Kathy (Tom) Senneff, Savanna, Cindy Estrada, Sterling, Illinois, Pam (Ranulfo) Villalobos, Savanna, John (Yvette) Hernandez, Phoenix, Arizona, and Thomas (Michelle) Hernandez, Horse Shoe, North Carolina; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one brother, Ruben Gutierrez, Del Rio; and one sister, Pompella Saldaña, Burley, Idaho.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents, Leonardo and Rosa; and an infant son, Thomas; five brothers; two sisters; and one brother in-law, Saul Saldaña.

David Lee Cather Sr.

SHERRARD, Ill. — David Lee Cather Sr., 72, died peacefully at home Dec. 6, 2016, in Sherrard, Illinois.

Visitation is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, with service beginning at noon at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 4th Ave. E, Milan, with a lunch to follow at the Milan American Legion. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dave’s life. Memorials may be made in care of the family.

Dave Cather was born Aug. 23, 1944, in Oelwein, Iowa, to Ruth “Rusty” and Harvey Poston. He graduated from Sherrard High School in 1961. He married RaeJean Petterson, his high school sweetheart, on Oct. 26, 1962, and began working for John Deere Plow Planter that same year. The couple welcomed two sons, David Jr. and Robert. The boys have fond memories of their father teaching them to hunt and fish, and helping him at E-Z Livin’ Sports Center, which he founded in Milan in 1974 and owned and operated until 2015.

Dave was an avid outdoorsman and participated in many fishing tournaments, B.A.S.S. Anglers Sportsman’s Society events and enjoyed bow hunting. He was on the board of directors of ARRO — Archery Range and Retailers Association — for many years and was a member of the Milan Rifle Club, where he served as territorial governor for the Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting Club. He also co-founded the Bass Clubs for Charity fishing tournament. Dave had a passion for street rods and motorcycles. He served as crew chief for both his son, Robert and his grandsons, Bobby and Brandon, who raced go-carts for a number of years. Later in life, Dave established, owned and operated, with the help of his wife and sons, E-Z Acres Alpaca Farm in Sherrard.

He was extremely fond of and found comfort in the constant, loyal companionship of his many dogs.

The family will forever be grateful to his great-niece, Skylor Rowe, for her love, care and dedication to Dave during his final months. Dave's family would also like to express their thanks to Mary Freese and Hospice Compassus for their outstanding care.

Dave is survived by his wife of 54 years, RaeJean; children, David Lee Jr. (Michelle) Cather, Colona, and Robert Lee (Patricia) Cather, Sherrard; seven grandchildren, Nicholas Cather, Rebecca Graham, Nathaniel Cather, David Fink, Robert Cather Jr., Tabitha Cather and Brandon Cather; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Linda (Mike) Leonard, Matherville, Illinois, and several other siblings.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Ruth “Rusty” Cather; father, Harvey Poston; and siblings, Gregory Cather, Tina Poston and Charles Poston.

Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.

Margaret Catherine Dick

MUSCATINE — Margaret Catherine Dick, 96, of Muscatine, died Dec. 6, 2016, at Lutheran Living, Muscatine.

A private family graveside service will be held and burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Margaret’s family will greet friends from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at Lutheran Living, 2421 Lutheran Drive, Muscatine.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lutheran Living, where she enjoyed her later years. Esterdahl Mortuary and Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Ave., Moline, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Margaret was born Dec. 4, 1920, in Moline, the daughter of Samuel T. and Mary C. (Delaney) Easterly. She married Kenneth L. Dick Sept. 26, 1942, in Little Rock, Arkansas, and he preceded her in death March 2, 1992.

Margaret was the owner and operator of Modernistic Motel and Restaurant. She also was a member of St. Anne Parish in East Moline.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan (Rick) Smith, Muscatine; their two children, Shelley Smith and Brandon (Katie) Smith; son, Paul (Debbie) Dick, Orion, Illinois; and their children, Renè (Rob) Field and Kimberly (Jameson) Shannon; grandson, A1stC Joshua Dick, Pennsylvania; and four great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Joel Dick and sister, Laura Anderson.

Memories may be shared online by visiting esterdahl.com.

Lawrence B. 'Larry' Forari Jr.

BETTENDORF — Lawrence B. “Larry” Forari Jr., 75, of Bettendorf, and a 35-year veteran of the Bettendorf Police Department, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Davenport Memorial Park at a later date. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Child Abuse Council of the Quad-Cities.

Larry was born June 18, 1941, in Davenport, the son of Lawrence B. and Irma (Baumbach) Forari Sr. A graduate of Bettendorf High School, he served in the United States Army from 1960 to 1963. Larry served with the 504th Military Battalion of Fort Lewis, Washington, as a military policeman. He served in France, directing military conveys and had also participated in the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Following his discharge, he joined the Bettendorf Police Department in 1964 (Badge 4005) and retired in 1999, proudly serving the Bettendorf community for 35 years.

Larry was united in marriage to Shirley A. Sharp on Jan. 31, 1969, in Bettendorf. Larry also was employed with Brinks Armored Transportation for 19 years.

A fan of NASCAR and the St. Louis Cardinals, Larry enjoyed fishing, camping and the devoted time spent with his family.

Those left to honor Larry’s memory include his wife, Shirley; his daughters, Tamara Clark, Fort Myers, Florida, and Trudi (Roy) Steel, Bonita Beach, Florida; his sons, Jeff (Rhonda) Dittman, Holland, Michigan, Greg (Kathy) Forari, Camanche, Iowa, and Brad (Angela) Forari, Walcott, Iowa; his grandchildren, Brittany (Steve) Swift, Adrienne Lenahan, Katie Lenahan and her fiancé, Shawn Devine, Joe (Kristin) Forari, McKayla Forari, Katarina Forari, Keaton Forari and Jeffrey Dittman; and his great-grandchildren, Molly, Joseph, LillyAnn, Skylar and Kaylee.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Larry’s obituary at mcginnis-chambers.com.

Rev. Brian Shepley

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa — The Rev. Brian J. Shepley, 54, a priest of the Diocese of Davenport, died suddenly Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at his home in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

The rosary will be recited at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 607 S. Jackson St., Mount Pleasant. The family will greet friends following the rosary until the time of the Christian Vigil Service, which will be 5 p.m. at the church. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at the church, with Bishop Martin J. Amos celebrating. Interment will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Calvary Cemetery in Charles City, Iowa.

Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel, Mount Pleasant, assisted by Bentley Funeral Home, Durant, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that gifts of love and friendship be given to Immaculate Conception Elementary School in Charles City, or the Priest’s Aid Society, which offers assistance to retired priests. Online condolences may be directed to olsonpowell.com.

Born on Jan. 27, 1962, in Charles City, Brian John was the son of John D. and Eleanor C. (Ewen) Shepley. He graduated from Charles City Community Senior High School in 1980. A 1983 graduate of North Iowa Area Community College, Brian continued his education, receiving a B.A. degree in philosophy from St. Ambrose University in 1988. Honoring his love for the Lord, Brian obtained his master of divinity at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corner, Wisconsin, in 1992. Father Shepley was ordained June 12, 1992, by Most Reverend Gerald O’Keefe at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in DeWitt, Iowa.

Rev. Shepley’s first assignment in the Davenport Diocese was as parochial vicar at Church of All Saints, Keokuk, Iowa, along with teaching religion at Cardinal Stritch Catholic Schools, Keokuk. In July 1995, he was appointed parochial vicar at St. Mary’s Parish, Iowa City. Rev. Shepley was assigned as pastor for St. Mary’s Parish, Wilton, Iowa, and chaplain of Assumption High School, Davenport. He also has served as pastor for St. Bridget Church, Victor, Iowa, and St. Patrick Church, Brooklyn, Iowa, before his current assignment in Mount Pleasant. Rev. Shepley served on the Iowa Catholic Conference as a representative for the Diocese of Davenport. Most recently, on the Feast of St. Andrew, Nov. 30, 2016, he celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination as a deacon in the Catholic Church and was looking forward to his silver jubilee as a priest in 2017.

Rev. Shepley is survived by his sister, Barbara (Les) Graham, Eyota, Minnesota; a brother, Tom (Jennifer) Shepley, Chester, Virginia; four nieces, Erin (Lane) Johnson, Emily (Russ) Gehling, AnnaMarie Koehler-Shepley and Audrey Shepley; and two nephews, Andrew Graham and John Shepley.

Along with his parents, Rev. Shepley was preceded in death by aunts and uncles.

Elaine Boron

EAST MOLINE — Elaine L. Boron, 74, of East Moline, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at Trinity Rock Island, surrounded by her loving family.

Celebration of life services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111-1st St. A, Moline, with visitation from 11 a.m. until service time. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, Illinois. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association or Rock Island County Humane Society.

Elaine was born Nov. 30, 1942, in Chicago, the daughter of Harry F. and Helen (Stawarz) Zydek.

Elaine enjoyed gardening, her cats, but most of all she loved her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Ed (Anne) Boron, Willowbrook, Illinois, Deb (Tony) Carl, Muscatine, and Donna (Don) Kline, Lynn Center, Illinois; grandchildren, Scott and Katie Boron, Erin (Lorin) Gould, Jeff and Alex Carl, and Alek, Nick and Zach Kline; and sister, Dottie Zydek, East Moline.

Condolences may be left at raffertyfunerals.com.

Adele Marie Carlson

DAVENPORT — Adele Marie Carlson, 88, a resident of Davenport, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A private graveside service will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Adele was born July 15, 1928, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Frank and Phyllis (Merriman) Kernan. She was united in marriage to Eugene N. Burlingame. She was later united in marriage to Donald Richard Carlson on May 9, 1964, in Davenport. He preceded her in death Nov. 16, 2011.

Adele worked a variety of jobs in her lifetime, including at the Moose Lodge, Davenport, and loved the many friends she gained from them. She enjoyed playing bingo, going to movies with her sister and watching her beloved Chicago Cubs play. She was a wonderful mother who always provided for her children, sometimes in the most difficult of times. She loved her family more than many of us will ever know.

Those left to honor her memory are her son, D.J. (Linda) Carlson, Blue Grass; daughters, Jeanne (Bill) Dugger, Geneva, Alabama; Pat (Steve) Holgorsen, Morgantown, West Virginia; Kathy (Dan) Medina, Moline; Kim Brown, Eldridge; her brother, Mike (Coky) Powers, Davenport; her sister, Pat Zaerr, LeClaire; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; a daughter, Margaret Mary; a granddaughter, Teresa; a grandson, Blaine Dugger; a brother, Dennis Powers; and a niece, Christine Gahagan. May they rest in peace.

The family would like to thank all of the care providers for the compassion shown to their mother during her stay at Ridgecrest Village and Pearl Valley Rehabilitation Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to establish a memorial in her name at a later date, or to a charity of your choice. Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Adele’s obituary at hmdfuneralhome.com.

Brenda Kay Thiessen

BLUE GRASS — Brenda Kay Thiessen, 63, of Blue Grass, passed away Dec. 5, 2016, at University Hospitals, Iowa City, following a brief illness. Funeral services will be 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be 10-noon Friday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Buffalo, Iowa.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Grass Fire Department. Online condolences may be expressed at rungemortuary.com.

Brenda was born Nov. 29, 1953, in Davenport, the daughter of Richard and Shirley (Vinger) Thiessen. She graduated from Davenport West High School in 1972, and was employed at Von Maur. She was devoted to her dog, Peanut.

Survivors include her brothers and sisters-in-law, Brian and Rhonda Thiessen, and Bruce and Linda Thiessen, all of Blue Grass; niece, Courtney (Greg) Farber and their son, Ethan, Eldridge; and nephew, Cory Thiessen, Davenport. Several uncles, aunts and cousins also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Gary.

Walter Joseph Droll

CLARENCE, Iowa — Walter Joseph Droll, 91, of Clarence, Iowa, went to his final resting place Dec. 6, 2016, after a short illness. Funeral Mass services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Tipton, officiated by the Rev. Richard Okumu. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Tipton. Friends and family may call Friday, Dec. 9 from 4-7 p.m. at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton, with rosary starting at 3:30 p.m.

Walter was born on the home farm in Riverside, Iowa, June 20, 1925, to Jerome and Genevieve (Knebel) Droll. Walter attended country school and St. Mary’s High School, Riverside. After graduating, he helped his mother and uncle farm due to his father’s passing. He went on to operate a Texaco gas station in Hills, Iowa, and worked as a hired farm hand. In 1953, he moved to rural Cedar County, Iowa, and worked with Henry and Esther Von Muenster on the farm, which he later purchased.

Walter was united in marriage to Eleanor Ann Ruth October 11, 1948, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Riverside. They moved to rural Stanwood, Iowa, where they raised their seven children. Walter was very passionate about his farming and he was sharp with a great memory right up until his passing. If there were any dates that you needed to know, just ask Walter, as he would walk over to the corn crib or the machine shed door and it would be written right there. He had a knack for remembering dates. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tipton; Knights of Columbus, St. Mary’s Church Council, Tipton Moose Lodge and served on the Clarence Cooperative Board. One of Walter’s favorite hobbies was playing cards with his siblings and family. There was never a family event that he missed. Walter considered his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be his greatest blessings.

Walter is survived by his four daughters; Janet (Gary) Pasold, Clarence; JoEllen (Mark) Cook, Mechanicsville, Iowa; Julie (Mike) Tharp, Lowden, Iowa, and Jacqueline (Scott) Bohlen, Durant, Iowa; three sons, Jerry (Mary) Droll, Clarence; John (Deb) Droll, Ridgedale, Missouri, and James (Kay) Droll, Stanwood, Iowa. Also surviving are his sister, Veva (Droll) Jenn, Riverside, and his brother, Reno Droll, Tipton; 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eleanor; his grandson, Jayce; brothers, Vern and Ivo Droll; sisters, Evelyn Schnoebelen, Luella Beranek and infant sister, Delores.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to St. Mary’s Church, Tipton; Fr. Eugene Benda, Knights of Columbus Council 11468, Tipton or Clarence Assisted Living, Clarence.

Walter was a genuinely caring and giving person and will be missed by many family members and countless friends, especially his dear caregivers at Clarence Assisted Living.

The family would like to thank Clarence Assisted Living for their compassionate care.

Linda Harris

MUSCATINE — Linda Lea Harris, 69, of Muscatine, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at Trinity Muscatine.

Visitation will start at 10 a.m. and a celebration of life service will follow immediately after at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at the First Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to the family in care of William Harris.

The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences: wittichfuneralhome.com.

Linda was born Jan. 20, 1947, in Muscatine, the daughter of John Cohn and Mary Jane (Bromwell) Lane. She married William A. Harris Sr. June 13, 1965, in Muscatine.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, William A. Harris Sr., Muscatine; two sons, William A. Harris Jr. and Kelly Harris and wife, Leigh Ann, all of Muscatine; granddaughters, Mandy Harris and fiancé, Aaron Diers, Indiana, Samantha Martinez and husband, Robert, Muscatine, Mindy Pabst and husband, Eric, Connecticut, Sabrina Harris, Muscatine, and Zach and Jeremy Walker, Muscatine; several great-grandchildren; her mother, Mary Jane Lane, Muscatine; two sisters, Sharon Logel and husband, Ken and Peggy Iverson, all of Muscatine; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and a daughter-in-law, Tracy L. Harris.

David Arthur Swanson

HURDLAND, Mo. — David Arthur Swanson, 36, of Hurdland, Missouri, formerly of Muscatine, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at his home. Services were held Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Missouri. Sympathy notes may be left for the family at lewisfuneralhomes.com.

David Arthur Swanson was born May 23, 1980, in Iowa City, the son of Danny Arthur and Deborah (Blackwood) Swanson. On March 17, 2016, David was united in marriage to Rachel Mercer in Missouri. David was currently working as a slicer for Kraft Foods in Missouri. He enjoyed camping, hunting, four-wheeling, country music and the outdoors. His greatest love was spending time with his children.

David will be deeply missed by his wife, Rachel; children, Talon Burke, Muscatine, Davin Swanson, Muscatine, Lillian Williams, Muscatine, and Anastasia Swanson, Missouri; mother, Deborah Burke, Muscatine; father, Dan (Jane Ann) Swanson, Wapello, Iowa; maternal grandfather, George Blackwood; paternal grandmother, Virginia (Everett) Adams, Muscatine; half-brother, Tom (Anna) Ross, San Antonio, Texas; step-sister, Tara Coss; step-son, Logan West, and his father and mother-in-law, Charles and Anita Messer.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Wanda Blackwood; paternal grandfather, Don Swanson and one uncle, Dennis Blackwood.

Arthur L. ‘Art’ Hanssen

DAVENPORT -- Arthur L. “Art” Hanssen, 91, of Davenport passed away Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Davenport. Following cremation, a committal service will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Those wishing to attend should meet at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport, by 2 p.m. on Thursday. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.rungemortuary.com.

Art was born Oct. 8, 1925, in Davenport, a son of Arthur and Edith (Doty) Hanssen. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, surviving the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was present for the famous flag-raising on Mount Suribachi. Following that, he served as a member of the occupation force of Japan. On Nov. 12, 1949, he married Marilyn J. Winfield in Davenport.

He worked on the DRI and NW for 10 years. He retired from Oscar Mayer after 33 years of service, and then retired again from Emeis Park after 20 years.

Art was a member of American Legion Post 26, Davenport. His hobbies included carpentry, landscaping and traveling.

His survivors include his wife of 67 years, Marilyn; children, Deborah Neumann, Steven Hanssen and Cynthia Hanssen; and sister, Darlene Hanssen.

Art was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ivan

Gary M. Peterson

MILAN — Gary M. Peterson, 73, of Milan, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at Trinity Rock Island. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Reynolds.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Cremation rites will follow services. Memorials may be made in care of the National Parkinson's Foundation.

Gary was born Jan. 27 1943, in Moline, a son of Robert E. and Helen L. Dunlap Peterson. He married Diane McGinnis on Sept. 19, 1965, at the Reynolds United Methodist Church.

In Gary's earlier years he owned and operated his own painting business called, Peterson-Bowers Paint Co. He would later become a paint supervisor for J.I Case in Bettendorf and retire from Woods Equipment Company in Oregon, Illinois, after 20 years of service.

Gary was a member of the Reynolds United Methodist Church, Buffalo Prairie Masonic Lodge 679 AF & AM and the Reynolds American Legion Post 1166. Gary enjoyed doing yard work, fireworks and was considered an all-around handyman. He especially enjoyed his yearly vacations with family and friends to Daytona Beach, Florida.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Peterson, Milan; children (and spouses), Torri (Sean) Randolph, Matherville, Illinois, Todd (Sashel) Peterson, Las Vegas, and Tessa (Rob) Workman, Rochelle, Illinois; grandchildren, Alisa, Tarran, Taegan, Tatum, Avery, Isabella, Jace, Mark, Cale and Bane; mother, Helen Peterson, Reynolds; sister, LaJune Lindberg, Rock Island; and his best friend, Sophie, the yellow lab.

He was preceded in death by his father and grandson, Logan Pearson.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com.

Michael Dale Bewley

LeCLAIRE — Michael Dale Bewley Sr., 77, of LeClaire, entered eternal rest Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. A Celebration of Life gathering will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the LeClaire Civic Club, 127 S. Cody Road, LeClaire. Inurnment will take place at a later date.

Mike was born in 1939 in Galesburg, Illinois, to Dale and Vera Bewley. His claim to fame at this young age was that he was the only boy in the nursery.

Always athletic, he was a day camp director for the Davenport Parks and Recreation Department and the children would follow him from playground to playground because of his enthusiasm.

He caddied at Davenport Country Club for many years with fond memories of carrying clubs for Jack Fleck and John Lujack, among others.

He attended Davenport Central and was co-captain of the wrestling team with a highlight being able to take second in State. He was also an active gymnast. He attended University of Iowa and Morehead (Minnesota) University as a member of their wrestling teams.

He worked at the Rock Island Arsenal from 1966 until his retirement in 1998, and then worked at Olsen Engineering in Eldridge from 1998 to 2010. He enjoyed playing and talking golf, shooting 3-D archery and motorcycle riding. A favorite pastime included collecting golf balls of which he had hundreds!

He is survived by his wife, Cathy; sister, Bonnie (Frank) Fergusson of Davenport; brother Larry (Vickie) Bewley of Raleigh, North Carolina; son, Michael Dale Jr. (Jody) of Davenport; daughter Christine (Larry) Vonesh of Gainesville, Florida; grandchildren, Meagan Bewley of Davenport, Matthew, Ryan, Jonathan Vonesh and Marissa (Chris) Lucca, all of Gainesville; great-granddaughters, Abigail and Ryleigh Lucca of Gainesville; step-children, Jackie (Michelle) Haller of Muscatine, Kandi (Martin) McKenna of Erie, Illinois, Tim (Sheila) Haller of Davenport; 10 step-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House for their tender care at his passing, especially Laurie, Jenny, Patty and Mackenzie.

Online condolences and remembrances may be expressed to the Bewley family by visiting Mike’s obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.

Marilyn A. Sutton

DAVENPORT — Marilyn Sutton, 85, of Davenport passed away suddenly at her home Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. She was the only child of Ralph and Beulah (Betty) Hickey of rural Toddville, Iowa.

Marilyn was married to Raymond Sutton who preceded her into the arms of their Creator on March 10, 2016, after nearly 65 years of marriage. They resided on a farm just west of Davenport where they raised their six sons, Roger (Cathy), Eldora, Iowa, David (Andrea), Erie, Colorado, Phillip, Des Moines, Lyall (Sheila), Peoria, and Norman (Vickie), Omaha, Nebraska. They had 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Their grandson, Daniel also preceded them in death.

Along with raising their family, Marilyn was active in serving in the churches they attended. She was a member of Grandview Baptist in Davenport and also enjoyed fellowship at New Life Baptist, near their home. Marilyn served as secretary and board member of the Child Evangelism Fellowship Regional Board. She retired after working 13 years at the Good Samaritan Home. She enjoyed her family and many friends. Summers included gardening and canning. She was known and loved by many in the different circles they spent time in.

There will be an opportunity to share with the family, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Grandview Baptist Church, 4316 Ripley St., Davenport. A celebration of Marilyn's life will be at 3 p.m. followed by a luncheon reception at the church.

Memorials may be made to Grandview Baptist Church, New Life Baptist Church or Pine Lake Camps.

Russell S. Hoffman

MOLINE — Russell S. Hoffman Jr., 43, Moline, passed away Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at Kindred Specialty Hospital, Sycamore, Illinois. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, with visitation from 9 a.m. to service time, at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline, Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Online condolences may be left at www.vanhoe.com.

Adelaide M. (Adele) Diefenthaler

DUBUQUE — Adelaide M. (Adele) Diefenthaler, 89, of Dubuque, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at Finley Hospital, Dubuque. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Church of the Resurrection where visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Mausoleum, all in Dubuque. Survivors are her two sons, Dave (Judy) Diefenthaler, Madison, Wisconsin, and Pete (Vickie) Diefenthaler, Bettendorf. Condolences: www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Ruth Ann Thomas

DAVENPORT — Ruth Ann Thomas, 63, of Davenport, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church, Rock Island. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Rock Island. Burial will be at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made in care of the family.

Ruth was born Dec. 23, 1952, in Chicago, a daughter of Lawer Dixon Sr. and Mandie Shaw.

Ruth worked for the U.S. Postal Service, where she was the first African-American female postal carrier in Mount Prospect, Illinois. She was a member of Trinity Community Baptist Church, Moline.

Survivors include her children, Lu'Ciana Thomas, Hammond, Indiana, Linda Thomas, Chicago, and Willie Dee Thomas Jr., Davenport; grandchildren, Caitlyn and Courtney Thomas, Adaryll Kelly Jr., Gabriel Thomas, Elias Kelly, Curtis Westerfield Jr., Demetrious Lane, Stashay Lane and Suni Lane Jr.; siblings, Cornelius (Creabessie) Dixon, Chicago, Etheal Gore, Markham, Illinois, Ben (Ida) Dixon, Rock Island, Lawer (Deborah) Dixon Jr., Lynwood, Illinois, Rev. Larry (Loreida) Dixon, Rock Island, Patricia Downing, Texas, Joyce Dixon, Iowa, Michael (Michelle) Dixon, East Moline, and Marcus Dixon, Illinois; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Online condolences may be made for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com.

James A. Ragsdale

DAVENPORT — James A. Ragsdale, 61, a resident of Davenport, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at Genesis Medical Center West Campus, Davenport. He passed away following a very brief battle and complications with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

There will be a Celebration of Jim’s Life from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1111 W. 35th St., Davenport. There will be a time of sharing at 6:30 p.m. Jim’s wish was to have a casual celebration and enjoy fellowship and friends.

The Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements.

James Albert Ragsdale was born Feb. 18, 1955, in Wood River, Illinois, a son of Boyd Albert “Preacher” and Pearl Lillian (Brooks) Ragsdale.

Jim has been a hardworking man all his life and looked forward to retiring and relaxing someday, but his sudden diagnosis changed his life on a dime. He was a conscientious and detail oriented employee of the Hansaloy Corp., Davenport. He was a CNC Grinder and had been employed since Jan. 3, 1989. He took pride in his work at Hansaloy and told many of how the bread slicing machine was made in Davenport and used all over the world.

He had a great love for his little dogs, golfing, and singing, Discovery ID, "Star Trek" and "Star Wars." Singing Karaoke was a passion as well and he even made a business out of his passion.

Memorials may be made to his wife.

Those left to honor Jim’s memory include his wife of 16 years, Theresa, Davenport; children, Jeremy Sullivan, Joshua (Heather) Johnson, Matt (Summer)Thompson; grandchildren, Kavonne, Brandi, Kane, Akasha, Jack, Will, Kaleb, Kaden, Brealynn and Lucy; one great-grandchild on the way; beloved fur children, Little Mann and Tig E-Bop; special friend, “Boopie;” his brothers and a sister, Casey (MJ) Ragsdale, John (Ella) Ragsdale, Rick (Angie) Ragsdale, Dick (Teri) Ragsdale, Opal (Dennis) Couchman, Bobby (Brian) Ragsdale; father-in-law, Gene Dennis, Terry (Kathleen) Dennis, Travis (Tami Jo) Dennis, Troy Dennis, Tracy Dennis and Tammy Peña; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pearl and Boyd, brother, Jocko, brother-in-law, Joe Peña; mother-in-law, Margaret Dennis and his babies, Chil E. Dawg and Baby Goo.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Jim’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

Sara Rose (Kahler-Christner) Johnson

DAVENPORT — Sara Rose (Kahler-Christner) Johnson, 31 of Davenport, lost her battle with heroin addiction on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Funeral service will be noon Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at Zion Lutheran Church, Davenport. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Davenport. A luncheon will be held at the church following the burial. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.rungemortuary.com.

Sara was born June 9, 1985, in Davenport to Julie Kahler and Buck Christner. She married Randall Johnson on April Fool’s Day 2012.

She was known for her big heart and being friendly to everyone. Sara was a loving mom, sister and daughter.

Those left to cherish her memory include her mother, Julie Kahler; sisters, M.E. and KaDe; brother, Zion; husband, Randall; children, Buck, Bella and Ca$h.

She was preceded in death by Buck Christner and father-in-law, Wade Johnson.

Marjorie Nelson

MOLINE — Marjorie Nelson, 91, of Moline, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at Good Samaritan Society, Davenport.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, with a visitation one hour prior to the service, at Elim Covenant Church, 5201 18th Ave., Moline. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials may be made to Elim Covenant Church. Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., Moline, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Marjorie was born June 13, 1925, in Moline, the daughter of William and Mary Ann Nagel Enderton. She married Robert E. Nelson on Aug. 8, 1947, at Elim Covenant in Moline, and he preceded her in death on March 19, 2013.

Marjorie was a member of Elim Covenant Church.

Survivors include her children, Thomas C. (Darlene) Nelson, La Porte, Indiana, James R. Nelson, Moline, Nancy L. Vigus, Concord, California, Natalie J. (Mike) Hermann, Blue Grass, and David C. (Christine) Nelson, Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Matthew (Robin) Nelson, Mikey Nelson, Kari Nelson, Ryan (Allison) Vigus, Randy (Tana) Vigus, Rachel (L.J.) Cunningham, Adam Hermann, Leah Hermann; great-grandchildren, Brody and Braelyn Nelson, Daniel Vigus, Caroline Vigus, and Riley Vigus.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son-in-law, Daniel L. Vigus, and siblings.

The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff at Heartland Hospice and Good Samaritan Society in Davenport for their wonderful care.

Memories may be shared online by visiting esterdahl.com.

Bruno C. DeClerq

EAST MOLINE — Bruno C. DeClerq Sr., 65, of East Moline, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at his home. Memorials services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Christ United Methodist Church, Silvis Campus, 1301 2nd Ave., Silvis. Visitation is 1 p.m. until service time.

Bruno was born Aug. 4, 1951, in Moline, the son of Bruno and Ethel Declerq. He married Pamela Setser. He worked at the former Hasty's Mobil, and retired from Bills Service Center, East Moline.

Survivors include his children, Loretta Strauder, Minneapolis, and Bruno “Carl” DeClerq II, East Moline; step-children, Theresa Fisher, East Moline, Crystal (Ken) Fisher, Clinton, Alphonse (Jennifer) Vermast, Colona, and Jason Vermast, Moline; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorials may be made to the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vanhoe.com.

Nancy J. Smith

EAST MOLINE — Nancy J. Smith, 84, of East Moline, passed away Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, at Wendt Funeral Home in Moline. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at First Christian Church, 1826 16th St., Moline. Burial will be in Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church or MGT New Hope Church.

Nancy J. Scott was born Oct. 4, 1932, in Moline, daughter of Jesse and Effie (Carlson) Scott. On Nov. 6, 1955, in Moline, she married Charles Robert “Bob” Smith, who preceded her in death Dec. 4, 1997.

She graduated with the Moline High School Class of 1951 and was a life-long member of First Christian Church, and the Friendship Class at First Christian. She also attended New Hope Church (former Moline Gospel Temple) in Moline.

Survivors include sons, Thomas M. (Sherri) Smith of Trophy Club, Texas, and Timothy S. (Diann) Smith of Panola, Illinois; grandchildren, Whitney Smith of Carver, Minnesota, Tyler Smith of Austin, Texas, and Trevor Wolf and Shaina Wolf of Panola; sisters, Peggy Fosdyck of Silvis, and Mary Kay Cary of East Moline; and brother, James (Clevelyn) Scott of Silvis.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.wendtfuneralhome.com.

Irene Williamson

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Irene Williamson, 96, of Maquoketa passed away Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at Maquoketa Care Center.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Maquoketa. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Lahey Funeral Home, Maquoketa; with a Catholic Daughters rosary at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be  at Clinton Lawn.

Velma ‘Mandy’ E. Crandall

SHERRARD, Ill. — Velma "Mandy" E. Crandall, 82, of Sherrard, passed away on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at Trinity Rock Island. Services are 11 a.m., Friday at the Cable (Illinois) Community Church. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Milan. Casual attire is requested for the visitation and service. Burial will be in the Cable Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Cable Community Church.

Velma was born Oct. 2, 1934, in Cable, a daughter of Benjamin and Anna Peterson Johnson. She married James Crandall on June 12, 1954, in Rock Island. Velma had worked for Royal Neighbors of America for 27 years, retiring in 1994. She loved spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Velma was a member of Cable Community Church. She enjoyed campground fires and having her great-grandson, Andrew, who drove her around the farm in a golf cart.

Survivors include her husband, James; children, Brian Crandall, Sherrard, Patty (Larry) Burford, Sherrard, and Phillip Crandall, Coal Valley; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Vonda Kline, Rock Island, and a brother, LeRoy Johnson, Orion, Illinois.

Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.

Malvern ‘Mal’ Iles

BETTENDORF — Malvern “Mal” Iles, 93, of Bettendorf, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. Memorial services in celebration of his life will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady St., Davenport, where his family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. The Rev. Peter Marty will officiate. Inurnment will be at Davenport Memorial Park. Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting his family with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or to CASI.

Mal was born in 1923 in Davenport to Malvern Wells Iles III and Otillie Iles. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot and was honorably discharged in 1945. On May 15, 1945, he married Maxine Mae Keeffer. She preceded him in death Dec. 23, 1982.

He was an engineer in heavy equipment design and sales. A man of many talents, Mal will be remembered for his dry sense of humor and, in retirement, making golf clubs for family and friends.

Survivors include his daughter, Lisa (Randy) Paper of Pleasant Valley; granddaughter, Emily Paper of Fort Worth, Texas; grandson, Ben (Maggie) Paper and their son, Eli Paper, all of Bettendorf; Mal’s best friend, Ann Lannan of Bettendorf; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Maxine, Mal was preceded in death by his son, Malvern Keeffer Iles on May 19, 1983; his good friend, Loretta Breckenridge, and his two sisters, Mary Mathilde Iles Floberg and Otillie Elise Iles.

Remembrances and condolences may be expressed to Mal’s family by visiting his obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.

William B. Norton

LOWDEN, Iowa — William B. Norton, 88, of Lowden, passed away Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

Bill was born Dec. 8, 1927, in Wilton Junction to Charles W. and Ruby Whitmer Norton.

He graduated from Wilton High School in 1945 and then from Drake Law School in 1953. Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.

He married Judith A. Daehn on Oct. 14, 1972 in Grinnell, Iowa.

Bill founded Norton Law Firm in Lowden in 1953. He was still practicing law until the day he died, as an attorney with the Norton, Baumann & Surls Law Firm in Lowden.

Bill was on the initial board of directors of the Lowden Development Corporation and Little Home Day Care Center. He was a former member of the board of directors of First Trust and Savings Bank, Wheatland, Iowa, and the board of governors of the Iowa State Bar Association.

Bill was currently a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Lowden American Legion, Lowden Amvets, Lowden Retirement Housing Corporation, Lowden Lions Club, the Cedar County and the Iowa State Bar Associations.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lowden. Per Bill's request, please dress in casual attire supporting your favorite team, especially North Cedar Knights, Iowa Hawkeyes, Iowa State Cyclones or the World Champion Chicago Cubs.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lowden.

An additional hour of visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bill's grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be his granddaughters.

Interment will be in the Lowden Cemetery.

Bill is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Judith Norton of Lowden; children, William B. (Georgann) Norton of Kansas City, Missouri, Marla Norton (Alain) Taylon of Omaha, Nebraska, Bradley (Elizabeth) Norton of Lowden, Lori (David) Meier of Louisville, Kentucky, and Mark (Kelly) Norton of Lisbon, Iowa; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Christopher and Mary Hill (and their children, Adam, Pearl and Silas), Rachelle Cutshall (and her children, Savannah and Robert), William Bradlee "Will" and Rebecca Norton (and their children, Leah and Liam, Nathan Dittman), Jared and Monse Dittman (and their daughter, Mia), Madelynn and Jordan Sherrill (and their son, Lucas), Meredith Norton, Jacob and Mariah Meier, Jillian Meier, C.W. "Caleb" Norton, and Bryanna Norton; step-grandsons, Andrew and Eric Taylon; sisters, Lucille Yedlik of Vinton, Iowa, and Miriam Baumann of Grinnell, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Denise Hill, sisters, Florence Bates and Alice Mealy and brothers, C. Wesley and Harold Norton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bill's favorite charities: Little Home Learning Center or Trinity Lutheran Church both in Lowden.

Online condolences and remembrances may be left for the family at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com

Otto Clayton

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Otto Clayton, 92, of Kansas City, formerly of Moline, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at Liberty (Missouri) Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rose Lawn Memorial Estate. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Otto was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Bradleyville, Missouri, the son of William and Margaret Canfield Clayton. He married Irma L. Bacorn on Nov. 22, 1947, in Ava, Missouri, and she preceded him in death on May 6, 2001. He worked as a supervisor for Eagle Signal in Davenport.

Survivors include his daughter, Jan Turner-Theodore; grandchildren, Erica Maddox and Pam (Brian) Harrison; great-grandchildren, Madison Maddox, Jacob Maddox, Noah Harrison, Abby Harrison, Emily Medinger, Ashlynn Harrison and Alex Harrison.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, four sisters and a brother.

Memories may be shared online by visiting esterdahl.com.

Rev. Ronald H. Goodsman

 CLINTON — The Rev. Ronald H. Goodsman, 72, of Clinton, passed away, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at his home.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m, Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Clinton Chapel, Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory. Burial will be in Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Larry Henson, Lee Camp, Michael Henson, Steven Henson, Pastor Mark Schulz and Ray Schramm. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Barbara Henson, Tiffany Henson McEwan, Ally Henson, Bonnie Glendenning Huse, Casandra Jackson and Brenda Thorton. Visitation will be 2-7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting his obituary at www.snellzornig.com.

Ronald Herbert Goodsman was born Sept. 22, 1944, in Clinton, the son of Herbert and Elaine (Ehlers) Goodsman. He was a 1963 graduate of Clinton High School, graduated from Concordia College in Milwaukee in 1965 and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1971. He was ordained as a minister in service to the Lord at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton on June 13, 1971.

He served his Lord by shepherding congregations in Kennett, Missouri, and Guthrie Center, Panora, West Des Moines and DeWitt all in Iowa. He also spearheaded the creation of Grace Lutheran Camp on Highway 61 outside of DeWitt. It was his passion to have a place where "All kids are loved and accepted"

In 2000, the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod named him as that year’s recipient of the C.F.W. Walther Award in recognition of his commitment to students, parents, and continued support of Lutheran Admission Counselors. He also received recognition as one of the Outstanding Young Men in America in 1975.

His style, grace, commitment to his Savior and raucous laugh will never be forgotten.

He suffered from two terminal cancers and a heart attack. He was diagnosed with multiple myelomas in 2000 and with Larry Henson as his caregiver went thru two transplants at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In 2016, he was diagnosed with a blood cancer that was very aggressive.

He is survived by his mother, Elaine Ehlers Goodsman of Clinton; two brothers, Thomas (Bev) Goodsman of Clinton, and Keith (Debbie) Goodsman of Climax Springs, Missouri; five nieces and nephews; and his best friend and caregiver, Larry (Barb) Henson, who was his faithful support thru these illnesses.

He was preceded in death by his father; one brother, Allen Robert, and his grandparents.

Memorials may be given to Grace Lutheran Camp in DeWitt.

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