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WAGNER, Emma Jean Williams

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Erma Jean Wagner, 76, St. Louis, formerly of Columbus Junction, died Oct.  23, 2001, in St. Louis.  Graveside Memorial Services are 9 a.m. Saturday at Conesville Cemetery.   Local arrangements are under the direction of the Stacy-Lewis Funeral Home, Columbus  Junction.

Mrs. Wagner was born Sept. 28, 1925, in Columbus Junction, the daughter of Eben and Marie Bebb Williams. She married Kenneth Wagner Sept. 5, 1954, in Waterloo.

For many years she was a nurse and the last of these years as a private nurse in the St. Louis area. She trained as a nurse through the University of Iowa Foundation, Iowa City.

Survivors include three daughters, Christine M. DeLuca and husband John, Kathleen R.  Solomon and husband John and Sandra K. Carpenter; four grandsons; a granddaughter; friend, Kenneth R. Wagner; two sisters, Margaret Smith of Columbus Junction and Frances Curtis of Tempe, Ariz.; and a brother, Donald Williams of Conesville.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Source: Muscatine Journal  April 03, 2002
Contributed by webmaster


WAINSCOTT, Mabel Haise

Mabel Wainscott, 82, Route 3, Box 516, died Monday evening at her home.  Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Ralph J. Wittich Funeral Home. The Rev. William Keller will officiate.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

The daughter of Ferdinand and Ida Hoffman Haise, she was born June 28, 1900, in Rib Falls, Wis.  Her marriage to Clarence Wainscott took place Feb. 23, 1930, in Rock Island, Ill.

Survivors include one daughter, Jacqueline Maylone of Muscatine and one sister, Ida Garrison of Austin, Texas.  She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother and two sisters.

Muscatine Journal Wednesday March 9, 1983 page 2A
Submitted by Carolyn Hidlebaugh


WALDSCHMIDT, Lewis
Retired Farmer Dies at Riverside

RIVERSIDE--Lewis Waldschmidt, 75, a retired farmer who lived his entire life in this community, died early this morning at his home.  Death was apparently caused by a heart attack.

Mr. Waldschmidt was born near Riverside March 12, 1885, the son of Michael and Eva Streb Waldschmidt.  He married Alice O'Brien at Stuart April 15, 1913.  He was a member of St. Mary's church here.

Survivors include his widow, three sons, the Rev. Donald Waldschmidt of Muscatine, Harold Waldschmidt of Iowa City and Francis Waldschmidt of Riverside; two daughters Mrs. Dorothy Gilroy of Riverside and Mrs. Geraldine Chamberlin of Corpus Christi, Texas; and three sisters, Sister Mary Novilla of Chicago, Mrs. Margaret Duwa, pf Lone Tree and Mrs. Albert Duwa of Riverside.  He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's church with the Rev. Walter Boeckman officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet cemetery here.  The rosary will be recited at 7pm and at 8 p.m. at Sorden and Adams funeral home in Riverside.

Iowa City Press Citizen 18 Apr 1960



WALKER, Arthur E.

Arthur E. Walker 77, died at 4:20 a. m. today at Muscatine General hospital, after an illness of several months.  He had resided at 211 E. 8th St.  He was born Nov. 15, 1897, the son of William and Nellie Washburn Walker.

Survivors, include two brothers, Sidney Walker, Moscow Iowa, and Robert Walker, Muscatine; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a. m. Wednesday at the Geo. M. Wittich Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Greenwood cemetery.  Visitation will begin at the funeral home after 3 p. m. Tuesday.

Muscatine Journal Monday Nov. 18, 1974
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WALKER, Arthur S
Retired Muscatine Man's  Body Recovered at Lock

The body of Arthur S. Walker, 71-year-old retired machinist from Muscatine, was found in the Mississippi river at lock and dam 16 Friday night.

This morning his fishing boat and gear were found in brush along the Illinois bank of the river a short distance above the lock and dam.

Walker who lived with sons and a daughter in Muscatine and Moline, had been spending most of his time at the family's cottage on an island near Fairport.

A son, Lloyd A. Walker, 126 Walters street said there was no evidence on the boat to indicate an accident of any kind.  Three fishing nets which the man had pulled from the river to relocate were in the boat.  His eyeglasses were on a seat and there was an open pocket knife nearby.

It was presumed he suffered a heart attack and fell into the water.  Lloyd Walker said a friend told him he had seen a boat without an occupant bobbing along in the river a half mile or so above the dam Friday evening.

Lloyd Vance a lockman, discovered the body after towboat and barges had been locked through.  He notified the Rock Island county coroner, Leslie H. Banning, and the sheriff's department shortly before 10 p.m.

A resident of this community most of his life.  Mr. Walker was born Nov. 19, 1892, in Drury Township, Ill., the son of Lee Andrew and Laura Howard Walker.

He was married Sept. 30, 1916, in Muscatine, to Permelia T. Davidson.
He was of the Methodist faith, and was a member of Moose Lodge.  He had been employed by the Harvester Co.

Surviving are four sons, Lloyd Walker of Muscatine, Wayne Walker of East Moline, Benjamin Walker of Manhatten, KS., and Arthur Walker of Muscatine, one daughter, Mrs. Stanley Werner of Muscatine; three sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Bunker, Mrs. Cella M. Weiersheuser and Mrs. Albert Lake Sr., all of Muscatine; fifteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three daughters and a sister.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the George M. Wittich Funeral home, with Rev. T. Ray Crews officiating.
Interment will be at the Illinois City cemetery.

From, Muscatine, IA, Journal, July 25, 1964
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
 
1920 Muscatine City, Muscatine County, IA page 14A;
Arthur Walker 29 born IL;
Permelia 22 wife born 22;
Lloyd 1 son born IL;
Manford Davidson 17 brother-in-law 17 born IL;
1930 Fruitland Township, Muscatine County, Iowa 
Arthur Walker 36 born IL;
Permelia wife 38 born IL;
Lloyd son 9 born IL;
Beatrice G. daughter 7 born IL;
Wayne son 6 born IL;
Benjamin son 3 born IA;
Arthur son 2 born IA;



WALKER, Calvin B.
Calvin B. Walker Called in Death
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Resident of Muscatine for 24 Years Succumbs to Long Illness
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Calvin B. Walker, 62, died at his home 206 East Fifth street, at 11:10 a.m. today after a three year illness with a complication of ailments.  He had been a resident of Muscatine for 24 years, formerly making his home at Ashton, Ill.

Mr. Walker was born in Garret, Pa., Sept. 14, 1873.  He married Sarah Kline on June 14, 1906, at Chicago.  He was a member of the Masonic lodge at New Boston, Ill., and of the Modern Woodmen camp No. 38 at Moline.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Sarah Walker, a son, Edward Walker of Belle Plain, Ia., a sister, Mrs. Cora Emmert of Muscatine, a brother, Harry Walker of Alta, Ia., and a  half-sister, Mrs. Hazel Wilkinson of Chelsea, Ia.  His parents, William and Mary Walker, a son and a daughter preceded him in death.

Funeral arrangements are indefinite.  The body is at the George M. Wittich Funeral home.

Muscatine IA, Journal, Friday April, 17, 1936 front page.
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WALKER, Charlotte (nee Rahan)
OLDEST RESIDENT IS CALLED BY DEATH
Mrs. Charlotte Walker At The Age Of 102, Active In Church

Mrs. Charlotte Walker, for many years the oldest resident of Louisa county, and perhaps the oldest woman in the state, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.A. Knott, Monday morning, May 7th, a few minutes before six o'clock after a brief illness of only a few days.

Grandma Walker as she was known to a wide circle of friends, was born in Kentucky June 23, 1820. Her maiden name was Charlotte Rehan, and  when she was quite young, her parents, Thomas and Nancy Rehan, moved to Indiana.

In 1840 at the age of twenty years, she was united in marriage to Jesse Walker and eleven years later they traveled down the Ohio river by boat to its  juncture with the Mississippi near Cairo, Ill. They came up the Mississippi to the mouth of the Iowa which they followed upstream as far as Toolsboro  where they landed the same year, 1851. Soon afterward they moved to Fredonia in which community they made their home until both were called to their heavenly rest.

Mr. Walker was an earnest, consecrated Christian man and feeling the need of religious instruciton in this pioneer country he took an active part in religious services, and later became a regularly ordained minister. In this work he was most ably assisted by his good wife, who took a great interest in the spiritual welfare of others and was always ready and willing to minister to their physical needs.   Mr. Walker passed away many years ago but his memory is still cherished and revered by many who were inspired to a better life by his kindly admonition.

For many years after his death, Mrs. Walker maintained her interest in the work of the church and until her 100th year she was a regular and active communicant of the Methodist church at Fredonia.

Her life spanned a most wonderful period of modern world history. Born while Napolean still lived a prisoner on the lonely isle of St. Helena, she witnessed the world emerge from its 18th century slumber into one of the most wonderful periods of invention history has ever recorded. She maintained a keen intereest in the affairs of life but her greatest source of comfort was her Bible and it alone afforded her assurance of a home beyond  when the death angel came.

Every president that the United States has ever had with the exception of George Washington, has died since the birth of Mrs. Walker and to few indeed in modern times have so many years of usefulness and service been granted.

Mrs. Walker is survived by four daughters, all of this immediate community. Mrs. Wm. Cassabaum, of Columbus City, Mrs. Robert Dunahoo and  Mrs. W.H. Wilson, of Fredonia and Mrs. E.A. Knott who lives a short distance south of Fredonia.   She is also survived by eleven grandchildren. Twenty nine great grandchildren and three great-great grandhcildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock at the Methodist church at Fredonia conducted by Rev. W.S. Knight of Des Moines.

Interment was made in the Indian Creek cemetery.

Columbus Gazette  10 May 1923
Contributed by: Rachelle Curtis



WALKER, Cynthia
Two deaths under investigation

County and state authorities today were investigating deaths of two women this morning south of Muscatine to determine whether or not they may be related.

The body of a young woman was found in the middle of a gravel roadway known as Brent Road approximately two miles south of the city limits at about 6:30 a.m. today.  She was believed to be Cynthia Walker, 19, Rt. 6, Muscatine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Walker, Rt. 6.  Services for her pending at the Ralph J. Wittich Funeral Home.

The road on which her body was found is approximately a quarter mile east of Stewart Road on Brent Road in the vicinity of the L & M Ready Mix Concrete Co.

Although an autopsy was being conducted on her body today, there were reports the body showed signs of gunshot wounds.

Approximately an hour later the body of another woman was found in a vehicle parked in the Eisele Hill area south of the city.  Observers said a firearm was found in the vehicle, indicating suicide.

Investigating officers of the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Bureau of Criminal Investigation would not comment on either of the deaths as they continued their investigations. They would not confirm that Walker was one of the victims or reveal the name of the woman found in the car.

Taken from the Muscatine IA, Journal Feb 23, 1979 front page
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
Note from June Brewer Welsch the other woman shot was Carol Willits.



Graveside services for Cynthia Walker, 19, Rt. 6, Muscatine, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ralph J. Wittich Funeral Home.  The casket will remain closed.

Miss Walker was found dead on a road on Muscatine Island Friday morning.

A daughter of Arthur L. and Martha A. Stanton Walker, she was born Nov. 9, 1959, in Bethesda, Md.  She had resided here 14 years.

Surviving are her parents; one brother, Scott Allen Walker, and one sister, Cathryn Ann Walker, all of Muscatine.

Muscatine IA, Journal Feb. 24, 1979 page 24
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WALKER, Lloyd A. "Heavy"

Lloyd A. "Heavy" Walker, 78, of 404 Lee St., died early Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Iowa City.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home.  The Rev. Loretta Wade of Pine Bluff United Methodist Church will officiate.  Pat Dilts will be organist.  Pallbearers will be Mike Walker, Chester Walker, Dion Walker, Jamie Walker and Ryan McGrew.  Burial with military rites by the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will be at the Muscatine Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Walker was born Nov. 11, 1918, in Drury Township, Rock Island, ILL, a son of Arthur S. and Permilla Davidson Walker.  He married Alma Collison on Oct. 30, 1946, in Iowa City.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1939-45, during which time he was a prisoner of war.  He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

He was employed by the Russelloy Foundry in Durant, Iowa and later by McKee Button Company, retiring in 1989.

Survivors include his wife Alma; three sons, John W. Walker of Muscatine, Gary L. Walker of Ohio, and Michael L. Walker of Oakville; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Teresa) Seiler of Muscatine, and Mrs. Dennis (Dianna S.) McGrew of Buffalo; 16 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren; and three brothers Wayne Walker of Springfield, Mo., Benjamin Walker of Leonardsville, Kan., and Arthur Walker of Muscatine.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Gail Walker and Beatrice Werner.

Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WALKER, Nola

Nola Walker Is Called in Death
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Funeral Services Will Be Held at Fairbanks Home Tuesday Afternoon
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Nola Walker, 514 East Fourth street, died at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hershey hospital after being critically ill for a week.  She had been in poor health for several years.

A daughter of Frank Ousley Walker, she was born in Muscatine Feb. 21, 1885 and attended St. Mathias school.  Her father and two brothers, Edward and James W. Walker, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her mother and one brother, Fred Walker, of Chicago.  An aunt, Maud Ousley Clay, of Muscatine, also survives.

The Rev. W. F. Ogleton, pastor of the Bethel A. M. E. church will have charge of funeral services at the Fairbanks funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Muscatine Iowa Journal, Monday 4 May 1936
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
Note from June Welsch:  Nola died 2 May 1936.



WALKER, Permelia T. (nee Davidson)

Mrs. Permelia T. Walker, 66, of 516 East Fifth Street died at 5:55 a. m. today at the Hershey convalescent home after an
extended illness.

Born May 6, 1897, at Illinois City, she was the daughter of George B. and Roxanna C. Cunningham Davidson.  She had been a resident of Muscatine for 50 years.

She was married Sept. 30, 1916, at Muscatine, to Arthur S. Walker.  She was a member of the E. U. B. church.

Surviving are four sons, Lloyd of Muscatine, Wayne of East Moline, taff Sargent Benjamin Walker stationed at Munich Germany and Arthur Walker of Sacramento California, one daughter Mrs. Stanley (Beatrice) Werner of Muscatine, three brothers Leonard Davidson of Muscatine, Manford Davidson of Rock Island and Lyle Davidson of Muscatine, three sisters Mrs. Samuel (Effie) Johnson of Dexter Michigan, Mrs. Rudolph (Dora) Stender and Mrs. Kenneth (Mabel) Canarr of Muscatine, 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday at the George M. Wittich funeral home, with Rev. J. Arthur Eveland in charge.  Interment will be at the Illinois City cemetery.

Taken from the Muscatine Journal March 25, 1963 page 10.
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WALKER, Thomas Hubert

Service Is Held For Walker Baby

Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. today at the grave in Greenwood cemetery for Thomas Hubert Walker, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Walker, Jr. 308 Green street, whose death occurred at birth at Bellevue hospital about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.  The Rev. David M. Funk, pastor of the Grace Lutheran church, was in charge.

The child was the son of Arthur and Colleen Powell Walker who survive along with the grandparents, Arthur Walker, Sr., Rock Island; Mrs. Permila Walker, Muscatine; Hubert Powell, Davenport; and Mrs. Verlee Powell, Muscatine.

The Fairbanks Home for Funerals was in charge of arrangements.

Taken from the Muscatine IA, Journal, Nov. 10, 1948, page 14
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WALTER, Minnie Paetz Curtis

Minnie Walter, 75, a resident of the Hershey Convalescent Home, died there Sunday morning.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ralph J. Wittich Funeral Home. Rev. Gary Howse will officiate. Burial is in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation is today and until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

The daughter of Albert and Bertha Paetz, she was born March 31, 1906, in Muscatine. She was a life resident of the Muscatine area.  Her first marriage to Clement Curtis Sr. took place Sept. 26, 1929, in Aledo, Ill. She later married Harvey Walter on Sept. 28, 1942, in Missouri. Mrs. Walter was a member of the Foursquare church.

Survivors include two sons, Clement E. Curtis and James J. Curtis, both of Muscatine, 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by both husbands, one son, three brothers and one sister.

MUSCATINE JOURNAL, MAY 17, 1981
Contributed by Rachelle Curtis



WALL, Elsie O'Brien (Mrs. John)

Funeral Rites Conducted for Mrs. John Wall
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Columbus Junction -- Funeral rites for Mrs. John Wall, 66, of Fredonia, whose death occurred at her home Saturday night following a several months illness, were held at 2 p.m. today at the Fredonia Methodist church.  The Rev. W. L. Sanford officiated.

Pallbearers were Harry Jarrard, Robert Diller, Albert Diller, Eugene O'Brien, Dale Wall and Norman Wall.  Mrs. Naomi Morrison, Mrs. Alice Edmondson and Mrs. Melia Drake had charge of flowers.  The Stephens Funeral home directed arrangements.

Mrs. Wall, the former Elsie O'Brien, daughter of William and Augusta O'Brien, was born in Muscatine Nov. 27, 1894 and was married to John Wall on Sept. 17 1930.  She was a member of the Lutheran church.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Solomon of Fredonia; four brothers, Louis of Muscatine, Randall and Jess of Tacoma, Wash., and William of Stillwater, Minn., and two grandchildren.
 

From the Muscatine IA Journal Aug. 14, 1951
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WARD, Laura M. Fix

Mrs. Laura M. Ward, 61, former resident of Muscatine county, died Wednesday at St. Luke's Hospital in Davenport. She resided in Davenport, which was her home for 40 years. She was born at Pine Mill, Muscatine  county, on January 12, 1884. She married Chester O. Ward on June 26, 1929 at Davenport. Mrs. Ward was of  the Lutheran faith.

Surviving are her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Mildred Karns, of DeWitt; one sister, Mrs. William W. Wunderlich, Muscatine county; four brothers, Ralph Fix, Davenport, Ray and Will Fix, Muscatine  county, and Harvey Fix, Muscatine. Her parents, two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday by Runge Mortuary in Davenport. Interment will be in Fairmont cemetery in
Davenport.

Muscatine Journal Friday, 07 Dec 1945, p2
Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott



WARFIELD, Margaret (Mrs. Charles)

Died, On Wednesday last, at the residence of her husband, two miles east of Bloomington, Mrs. Margaret, consort of Chas. A Warfield.

Davenport Gazette Davenport Scott IA Thurs., Sep 23, 1841
Courtesy of Elaine Rathmann at the Scott Co IA GenWeb Project
Note: Muscatine was originally called Bloomington



WARNER, Clara Sanford

MT MORRIS--(Special)--Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Warner, 84, Mt Morris, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in Finch Funeral Home here with the Rev. Dean Frantz, pastor of Church of the Brethren, officiating.  Burial will be in Grand Detour Cemetery.

Mrs Warner died Tuesday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Price Alter, after a long illness.  She was born in Polo Dec. 20, 1869, the daughter of Homer and Jane Sanford. She married James W. Warner in Dixon, July 5, 1894.  Mrs. Warner has lived in Mt. Morris the past 10 years.

Survivors are the daughter, Mrs. Alter. a brother, Walter Sanford, Muscatine, Iowa; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Dixon IL Telegraph 14 Oct 1954



WASHBURN, Gilbert Lee

Services for Gilbert Lee Washburn, 74, were held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home. The Rev. M.W. DeWitt of the Church of God officiated. Mrs. Richard Dilts was organist.
Pallbearers were James Hinbaugh, Charles Staley, Lyle Colberg, Raymond Albers, Clarence Whisler and John Cromer. Honorary pallbearer was Orville Hubbard.
Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Washburn died Saturday at Muscatine General Hospital.

Muscatine Journal Wednesday Nov. 14, 1984 page 2A
Submitted by Carolyn Hidlebaugh



WATSON, Elizabeth M Herlein

Elizabeth M. Watson, 82, of Grandview, died Friday evening at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home.  The Rev. Jay Tuner will officiate.  Visitation will be at the funeral home this afternoon and evening.  Burial will be in Memorial Park.

Mrs. Watson was born April 27, 1902, at Muscatine, a daughter of Edward and Lillian Welsch Herlein.  She was a lifelong resident of the area.  She married Newton B. Watson, Nov. 24, 1926, at Rock Island.  They had farmed in Muscatine County all their married lives.

Survivors include four sons, Blaine Watson, Grandview; Donald E. Watson and Albert E. Watson, both of Muscatine; and David L. Watson, Frankfort, Germany; one daughter, Mrs. Donald (Mary) Schantz, Washington; 25 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Howard Jim Herlein and Clifford Herlein, both of Muscatine; one sister Mrs. Glen (Viola) Reifert, Muscatine.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1974; three brothers, two sisters and three grandchildren.

Taken from the Muscatine IA, Journal, Sept. 17, 1984
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WATSON, Newton B.

Funeral services are pending at the Riley Funeral home for Newton B. Watson, 76, who died Monday afternoon at the Hershey Convalescent home following an extended illness.

Mr. Watson of rural Letts was born April 8, 1898, the son of William E. and Martha Gilliam Watson.  He had resided in this area for the last 48 years.

He married Elizabeth Herlein Nov. 24, 1926, in Rock Island, Ill.  He was employed at Huttig Mfg. Co. for several years prior to his retirement in 1962.

Surviving are his wife; four sons, Blaine, Donald and David, all of Muscatine, and Albert of Cedar Rapids; two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Mary) Schantz of Washington, and Mrs. Werner E. (Meredith) Schwalm of Pittsburg, Pa.; 25 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, three sisters, three grandchildren and his parents.

Taken from the Muscatine IA, Journal, Aug. 13, 1974 page 3.
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WATSON, Shawn Ray

Graveside services were held at 2:30 p.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery for Shawn Ray Watson, stillborn infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Watson, 896 Climer St.

The baby was stillborn at 9:40 a.m. Saturday at Muscatine General Hospital.

The Rev. E. C. Wolfe officiated. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetary with the Riley Funeral Home in charge.

The parents are Phillip Wade and Dretha Joyce Parkhurst Watson. Surviving are his parents, maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Parkhurst, Wapello; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Watson, Tulsa, Okla.; maternal great grandparents, Mrs. W. M. Tull, Hatfield, Mo.... (page ends here)

Muscatine Journal? : unknown
CONTRIBUTED BY: John Michael O'Melia


WATTERS, Dora

(item regarding her illness)
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Watters were called to Muscatine Sunday by the illness of his mother, who makes her home with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Watters.

Iowa City Press Citizen 27 Sep 1951

item regarding her death found in a column of South Prairie items:

Willard Watters received word Tuesday morning that his mother, Mrs. Dora Watters died at the home of her son, Fred, where she had been ill for several months.  Services were held at the Presbyterian church with burial at the Oakridge cemetery in Atalissa.  A number from this community attended the services.

Iowa City Press Citizen 06 Feb 1952



WEAVER, Johnny
Fell Overboard and Drowned

We learn from the Muscatine Journal, that Johnny Weaver, aged 12 years, one of DeHaven's Circus troupe fell overboard and was drowned. His parents were on the boat at the time. They reside at Freeport, Ill.

The Daily Gazette Davenport, Iowa, Monday Morning August 11, 1862 under "Local Matters"
Courtesy of Elaine Rathmann of the Scott Co IA GenWeb Project



WEBB, William W

William W. Webb, 81, Muscatine, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2002, at  University Hospitals, Iowa City. There will be no services. Burial will be  at a later date. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Ralph J.  Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home, Muscatine.

He worked as an electrical engineer for Grain Processing Corp. for 32 years, retiring in  1982. He was born Feb. 27, 1921, in Oakville. He married Pauline Reichert in 1950 in Muscatine.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be  made to the William Webb Memorial Fund.

Survivors include his wife,  Pauline, Muscatine; a son, Bob, West Liberty; daughters, Bonnie Duncan, N.M., Donna Ritz, Boise, Idaho, and Bonnie Jo McKnight, Sand Springs, Okla.; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Audria Cheely of Oregon.

Quad-City Times 21 Oct 2002 



WEBER, Karl Arthur

KARL ARTHUR WEBER, 74
LEADING MAN ON `SEARCH FOR TOMORROW'

Karl Arthur Weber, former president of the New York Screen Actors' Guild and a onetime Woodcliff Lake resident, died Monday of heart failure in a Boston hospital. He was 74.

Weber, best known as leading man Arthur Tate on the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" and for his voice-over television commercials, was born in Columbus Junction, Iowa, in 1916.

He broke into acting on Chicago radio during the 1930s, before moving to the New York stage and Hollywood.
Weber bought a large tract in Woodcliff Lakes in the early 1960s, built a home, and subdivided the rest into smaller lots.

"Aside from being a very successful actor, he knew real estate and he knew agriculture," said former Freeholder Eugene Francis of Washington Township, a longtime friend. "He had the greenest thumb of anyone."

Weber directed several plays at the Valley Community Theater in Hillsdale in the early 1960s, including "Come Back, Little Sheba" in 1962.

He was president of the New York branch of the Screen Actors' Guild from 1968 to 1969 and a member of the guild's national Board of Directors from 1965 to 1984.

Soon after arriving in New York in the 1940s, Weber helped found New Stages on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, one of the first off-Broadway theaters in the city. He played the lead in Sartre's "The Respectful Prostitute," and later appeared in such Broadway shows as "Tea and Sympathy" and "The Best Man."  He appeared in the film "Walk East On Beacon" and several episodes of the "Perry Mason" TV show.

Weber did the voice-over for a number of television commercials, including Lyndon B. Johnson's spots in the 1964 presidential election and Nelson Rockefeller's campaign for governor. His voice can still be heard as the Beck's Beer spokesman on television.

When Weber and his wife, Marjorie, moved full time to their Martha's Vineyard house in the late 1970s, they donated land for what is now Mill Pond park in Woodcliff Lake.

Weber is survived by two brothers, a sister, three children, and four grandchildren. His wife died last year.
A memorial gathering for family and friends will be Sunday at noon at Weber's house in Edgartown, Mass.

Source: The Record, Northern New Jersey  d10 : August 04, 1990



WEBER, Louise Carolina Keck

WAPELLO---Mrs. Louse Carolina Keck Weber, 99, of Wapello, died at her home about 6 p.m. Sunday.

She was born Jan. 28, 1868 at Wapello, the daughter of the late John Phillip and Christina Tuffensammer Keck. She was a lifelong resident of the community.   She married Henry Albert Weber on May 13, 1886 at Wapello. He died on Jan. 27, 1920.

Surviving are; one son William of Hinsdale, Ill.;  four daughters, Mary Margaret Weber of Brooklyn, N.Y., Flora C. Weber of Wapello, Mrs. Emma Kirkland of El Paso, Tex. and Lola Weber, of Wapello; and five grandchildren.   She was preceded in death by her husband and three sisters.

 Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dudgeon-McCulley funeral home, Wapello, with Rev. Robert Dodder officiating. Burial will be at Wapello cemetery. The family will meet friends at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Muscatine Journal Monday Sept. 25, 1967
Submitted by Carolyn Hidlebaugh


WEBSTER, Leonard L.

APOPLEXY FATAL  TO L. L. WEBSTER
LOCAL GROCER FOUND UNCONSCIOUS
IN KITCHEN OF HOME
Asphyxiation First Feared and Pulmotor Summoned
Had Suffered  Paralytic Stroke

Leonard L. Webster, 60, 206 West Sixth street, for the past seven years the proprietor of a grocery store on Iowa avenue, died suddenly Friday evening after 6 o'clock.  Death came as the result of apoplexy, following a stroke of paralysis suffered 10 weeks ago.

Mr. Webster was found unconscious in the kitchen of his home by Mrs. Webster a few minutes after 6 o'clock.  Due to his proximity to a gas stove, and the odor of gas in the room, asphyxiation was feared and the pulmotor summoned from the central fire station.

Physicians summoned detected a faint heart beat, and the pulmotor was applied, but Mr. Webster died within a few minutes.

Doors and windows of the kitchen were found open, and it was stated by the attending physician, Dr. A. Weaver, that apoplexy had caused death.  Mr. Webster, who had been in failing health for a number of years, was in the habit of preparing supper for Mrs. Webster upon her return from the store, and it is supposed that he was stricken while doing so Friday evening.

He had consulted Dr. Weaver earlier in the afternoon, complaining that he was feeling badly and unable to see clearly, and was advised to return to his home and rest.

Obituary

Mr. Webster was born in Muscatine county Jan. 7, 1868, the son of George and Sarah Webster.
His entire life was spent in Muscatine and Louisa counties.  For the past seven years, Mr. Webster conducted a grocery store on Iowa avenue.  Prior to this he was a foreman at the Hahn Brothers company and before that was a mail carrier at Letts.

Mr. Webster married Miss Lulu E. Coder of Fruitland township Oct. 28, 1891.

He was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal church and of the Modern Woodmen of American.

Surviving, in addition to his widow, are one son Fern Webster and one daughter, Mrs. Gail Chamberlain both of Muscatine, one granddaughter, Marjorie Chamberlain and one brother D. D. Webster also of Muscatine.

Funeral services will be held at the First Methodist Episcopal church at 2:30.  Burial will be at Greenwood cemetery.

From Muscatine, IA, Journal, August 10, 1928
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WEBSTER, Lulu E.  Coder

Mrs. Lulu Webster, 95, died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday at the Hershey Nursing home following an extended illness.  Before entering the home she resided at 206 W. 6th St.

She was born at Letts, October 28, 1872 the daughter of Thomas and Ellen Wagner Coder, and had been a life resident of this community.

She married Leonard Webster Oct. 28, 1891, in Muscatine County.  She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist church and the W.S.C.S. of the church.  For many years she operated a grocery store on Iowa Ave.

She is survived by one son, F. L. Webster, Muscatine; one daughter, Mrs. Gail (Blanche) Chamberlin
Muscatine; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Her husband, seven sisters, three brothers, and one grandson preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 P.m. at the Ralph J. Wittich Funeral Home with Rev. Dave Higdon officiating.  Burial will be at Greenwood cemetery.

From, Muscatine, IA, Journal, July 1968
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
Note, She died July, 14, 1968,  Ref m/cer said she was 19 and he was 23.



WEDEKIND, Pearl M Bieri

Pearl M. Wedekind, 72, died at 12:30 a.m. Friday at her home, 17818 322 St. West, Muscatine.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Robert Bieri, Ronald L, Bieri, Rolly Terrill and Chris Wilson.

A daughter of Chris and Emma Oldenberg Bieri, she was born June 5, 1912, in Rock Rapids.  She spent most of her life in Drury Township.  Her marriage to John A. Wedekind took place March 27, 1930, in Galesburg, Ill.  He died in 1978.

Surviving are two sons, James Wedekind of Drury Township and Leo Wedekind of Eliza Township, three daughters, Mrs. Don (Barbara) Curtis and Mrs. Don (Betty) Kranz, both of Muscatine, and Mrs. Ronald (Patricia) Sterner, Davenport, 18 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two brothers, Harvey Bieri and Leo Bieri, both of New Boston, and one sister, Mrs. Melva Wilson, Washington.

Preceding her in death were one daughter and one sister.

Muscatine IA, Journal Saturday April 13, 1985
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WEED, Thompkin
Thompkin Weed Called in Death at West Liberty

 West Liberty - Tompkin Weed, 81, died suddenly at 7:30 pm Tuesday in his home here. He had been in poor health for the past three years but death was unexpected.

Mr Weed was born Dec 12, 1856 near Moscow, the son of David and Rebecca Neasil Weed. He married Jennie Boynton in 1895 and she died one year later. A daughter, Elsie Weed Clark also preceded him in death in 1926.

On Feb. 22, 1899, Mr. Weed was united in marriage to Etta Turner, and the couple moved to Gettsburg, S.D., in 1906 where they engaged in farming. They returned to West Liberty in 1920, and have continued to reside here since that time.
Mr Weed was a member of the masonic lodge at Gettysburg and of the Baptist church at Farmington, Ia.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Ira Stover of Iowa City and Mrs. Donald Peacock of West Liberty; and four grandchildren, Joan, Geraldine and Gary Stover and Donald Peacock, Jr. One daughter, Stella, born to the second union, died in infancy.

Mr. Weed was the last member of his family, four brothers and one sister preceding him death.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 pm from the S. C. Snider funeral chapel, with the Rev. F. W. Sutton in charge.

SOURCE: Journal News Service DATE: Not provided
CONTRIBUTED BY: Don Turner
NOTE:  His second wife, Etta Turner is the half sister of my g-g-grandfather, William Reed Turner, born 1851 in Cedar County, Iowa.



WEHMEYER, Frieda (nee Stratton)

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Frieda Wehmeyer, 82, of Muscatine, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at the Unity Hospital in Muscatine.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home. The Rev. Wade  Duroe of Hillcrest Baptist Church. Burial will be at the Conesville Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dennis  Wehmeyer, Mike Wehmeyer, Robert Wehmeyer, John Murray, Doug Bunn, Brian Dusenberry, and  D. J. Bunn Jr. A luncheon will be held at the Hillcrest Baptist Church following the service.

Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home. A memorial fund has been established in memory of Frieda Wehmeyer.

Mrs. Wehmeyer was born April 7, 1918, in Conesville, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Stratton.  She married Henry Otis Wehmeyer on June 20, 1936.

She enjoyed her family, grandchildren and flower gardening. She was an excellent cook.

Survivors include her spouse, Henry Wehmeyer of Muscatine; three sons, Richard Wehmeyer and his wife, Carolee, of Muscatine, James Wehmeyer and his wife, Jeanne, of Davenport and Jeff Wehmeyer and his wife, Laura, of Muscatine; a daughter, Delores Bergen of Muscatine; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and a great great-grandchild; two brothers, Fred Stratton and his wife, Leota, of Sacramento, Calif. and Harold Stratton of Davenport; a sister, Betty Stinson of Muscatine.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Reta in 1963; a grandson, Rick Wehmeyer;  three sisters, Romell, Vera and Mildred; and two brothers, Raymond and Gerald ''Boots''.

Muscatine Journal 01 Jun 2000
Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott
Note: am not related to this person-I have no other information. I saved the obit  for my research on Conesville Cemetery



WEIERSHAUSER, Erma Reeves

Mrs. Erma Weiershauser, 87, a resident of the Hershey Convalescent Home, died Tuesday morning at Muscatine General Hospital.  Services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Friday at the Ralph J. Wittich Funeral Home.  Pastor Dan Schoepf will officiate.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Visitation is today.

Erma Weiershauser was born Aug. 27, 1891, in Fairport, the daughter of A. J. and Ella Howard Reeves.
She was a life resident of Muscatine. Her marriage to Harry Weiershauser took place May 19, 1917, in Muscatine.
She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Keith D. of Muscatine; two daughters, Mrs. John (Kathleen) Allen of Muscatine and Lucille Weiershauser of Chicago; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, four brothers and five sisters.

Taken from the Muscatine Iowa Journal Thursday July 3, 1979 page 10.
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



Services for Erma Weiershauser 87, were held at 1:30 p. m. today at the Ralph J. Wittich Funeral Home.  Rev. Dan Schoepf officiated Herbert Grebing was the organist and Charles Sabbath the Vocalist.  Pallbearers were Jim Allen, Tim Weiershauser, Jeff Weiershauser and Hollis Dollman.  Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Erma Weiershauser died Tuesday Morning at Muscatine General Hospital.

Muscatine Iowa Journal Friday July 6, 1979
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WEIS, Nathan

Word has been received here of the death of Nathan Weis, 56, Wednesday evening at his home in Shawnee Mission, Kans.  Funeral services are pending at Shawnee Mission.

Nathan Weis was the son of Dr. and Mrs. L.L. Weis. He lived in Muscatine from 1936 to 1941.  He married Grenythe Rosemond in Muscatine in 1941.

He was owner of Interstate Construction Company, Kansas City.

Surviving are his wife; a son, Lynn, Lawrence, Kans.; one grandson; and brothers and sisters including Homer Weis, Muscatine.

Muscatine Journal Thursday August 7, 1975 page 8
Submitted by Carolyn Hidlebaugh



WELCH, Edgar Donnelly

Edgar Donnelly Welch died March 26, 1989 in Tucson, Arizona. Funeral Mass and interment of ashes will be Sat. Oct. 6, 1990, 1:30 p.m., at Rose Hill Cemetery Chapel.

Mr. Welch was  born Dec. 25, 1909 in Rock Island, Illinois, the son of Frank P. and Lucy Donnelly Welch.  Mr. Welch graduated with a BS from OCU, Doctorate of Law from SMU and Master of  Library Science from Emporia State University in Kansas. He is survived by a son, Anthony of Daytona Beach, Fl.; a daughter, Mrs. Teresa (Eiler) Foss of Redwood City, Ca.; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Charles A. (Helen) Rehwaldt,  Sr. of Muscatine, Iowa.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

The Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City OK, October 05, 1990, p 27



WELLS, Mrs. Anna Mabel (nee Fry)

Mrs. Anna Mabel Wells, 82, route 1, Letts, died at 1:45 a. m. today in Muscatine General Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. (dst) Wednesday at the Fairbanks funeral home., Rev. Leo Spiker will officiate.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 tonight.

Mrs. Wells, the daughter of Peter and Matilda Fry Brookhart, was born in Cedar township Feb. 13, 1880.  She was married at Letts June 2, 1909 to Arthur Wells, who died July 15, 1948.  She was a member of First Methodist church of Letts.

Surviving are two sons, Richard Brookhardt, Letts and Arthur P. Wells, of Pomona, California, three daughters, Mrs. Alice Sodeman and Mrs. Norma Tadlock, Moline Illinois, and Mrs. Ruth Lieberknecht of Letts, one brother Joseph Brookhart, West Liberty, 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.  A sister, three brothers and two grandchildren are dead.

Muscatine Iowa Journal Monday May 21, 1962.
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



Mrs. Mabel Wells
Funeral services for Mrs. Mabel Wells, 82, were held at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the Fairbanks chapel, with Rev. Leo Spiker of Letts in charge.  Mrs. Eva Kramer was the organist, William Fahy was the vocalist.  The body was taken to Davenport for cremation.    Mrs. Wells died May 21 at the Muscatine General hospital.

Muscatine Iowa Journal Wed. May 23, 1962.
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WELLS, Arthur
Arthur Wells Is Taken By Death
Services Pending
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Arthur Wells, 66, a resident of Letts for the past 16 years, died at 5 a.m. today at his home rural route 1, Letts.

He was born Sept. 8, 1880, in Dallas county, Iowa, the son E. T. C. and Josephine Hull Wells.  He moved to Letts in 1932 prior to that time he lived in Cranston and near Davenport

He married Mabel Brookhart on June 2, 1909 in Letts.  He was a retired Railroad employee.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, Arthur P. and Richard D. of Letts; three daughters, Mrs. Alice Sodamon, Moline, Ill., Mrs. Ruth Lieberknecht, Letts, and Mrs. Norma Tadlock, Moline; two brothers Earl Wells of Portland, Ore., and Marcus Wells of Seattle Wash.; one sister Mrs. Opal Fry of Muscatine; 10 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

The body is at the Fairbanks Home for Funerals with services pending.

From Muscatine, IA, Journal, July 1948
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
Note he died July, 15, 1948



WELLS, David Roy

David Roy Wells, 55, of 1009 Lincoln Blvd., Muscatine, died  Tuesday (Nov. 19, 1996) at Muscatine General Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home, 2907 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine,
with the Rev. Hal Pearson of the Walnut Park Baptist Church officiating.  Burial will be in Muscatine Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral  home.

Pallbearers will be Phil Yocum, Terry Peterson, Roy Brown, Leroy Land, Charles Shook and Harold Cross; and honorary pallbearer, Don Rinehart.

A memorial fund has been established at the funeral home.

David Roy Wells was born June 16, 1941, at Floyd, the son of John V. and Ruth R. (Shorey) Wells.   He was united in marriage to Betty Arlene Brewer on Nov. 17,  1962, in Mason City, and they renewed their vows  at the Church  of the Nazarene  on Nov. 20, 1987, in Muscatine.

David liked to keep himself busy and he was a ``Jack of All  Trades.''
He was employed at Bandag of Muscatine for 28 years as a banbury operator.
He took great pride and enjoyment in working on cars.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene, at home; one son, Steven  Roy Wells; two daughters, Jodi Lynn Fulfs and Patsy Doreen Land;
five grandchildren, Sarah Wells, Brittney Land, Levi Land, Natasha Elam and Ashley Elam; his mother, Ruth Wells of Mason City; four  brothers, Robert John Wells and his wife, Beth, of Mason City,  Johnnie Michael Wells and his wife, Beverly, of Mason City, Richard Allen Wells and his wife, Dorothy ``Dottie,'' of Nashua and Roger Dean Wells and his wife, Betty, of Northwood; and one sister, Dorothy Kay Grossmann and her husband, Michael, of Davenport.

He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Marilee Scott.

Mason City Globe Gazette, Mason City IA  20 Nov 1996



WELLS, Marjorie Wulf

Mrs. Harold (Marjorie) Wells, 44, died at 3:10 a.m. today at Muscatine General hospital following an illness of three years.  Her home was at 716 1/2 Woodlawn Ave.

She was born November 18, 1923, in Wilton Township, the daughter of Harry and Hazel Bennett Wulf.  She lived in the Pleasant Prairie area until February, 1967.

She married Harold Wells, March 2, 1941, at Pleasant Prairie.  Mrs. Wells was a member of the Pleasant Prairie Presbyterian church.

Survivors include her husband, Harold; two sons, Harold Jr. and Kenneth J., both of Muscatine; one sister, Mrs. Robert Wince, Davenport; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wulf, Muscatine and three grandchildren.

One brother preceded her in death.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wells will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Fairbanks Chapel.

Rev. W. Larry Mitchell of Blue Grass will officiate.

Interment will be at the Blue Grass cemetery.
Taken from the Muscatine IA, Journal, Dec. 15, 1967 page 13
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WELSCH, Bessie L. Sylvester Hunn
Death Summons Mrs. Welsch, 50
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Short Illness Fatal To Muscatine Woman;
Funeral to Be Thursday.
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Mrs. Bessie L. Welsch, 50, of 308 East Third street, died at 3 a.m. today after a short illness with complication of ailments.

She was born at Havannah, Ill., on Nov. 10, 1884, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alpbonso Sylvester.  Mrs. Welsch had made Muscatine her home for the past 20 years.

She was first married to William Hunn and later on June 9, 1921 in Rock Island to Julius Welsch.  Mrs. Welsch was a member of the First Baptist church and of the M. B. A. lodge.

Surviving are her husband; two sons Walter and Paul Hunn, one daughter, Ione Welsch; one grandson, Paul Hunn, all of Muscatine.

The body is at the Fairbanks Home for Funerals and will remain there for funeral services to be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday by the Rev. Vernon L. Shontz, pastor of the First Baptist church.  Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

Muscatine IA, Journal, Aug. 20, 1935
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WELSCH, Billy P.

DAVENPORT --- Services for Billy P. Welsch, 62, of 7171 W. 60th St., will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Runge Mortuary, Davenport.  The body will be cremated.  Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday.

Mr. Welsch died Tuesday at Mercy Hospital Davenport.

He married Donna Keller in 1952 in Moline.

He was a warehouse man for more than 23 years at Ralston Purina Co.
During  World War II, he served with the Army in the Pacific Theater and Japan.
His memberships included the Moose Lodge, Muscatine, Iowa.

A memorial fund has been established.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Michele (Mrs. Rick) Sharp, Bettendorf; Sally (Mrs. Donald) Pettyjoin, Woodbridge, Va.; Nancy (Mrs. Karl) Faul, Hollywood, Fla.; and Valerie (Mrs. Steve) Foster, Milan, Ill.; six grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth (Mrs. Don) Tietge, Muscatine; a half sister, Ruth Walker, Muscatine; brothers Ralph "Bob" Welsch, Muscatine; and Jack Welsch, Montgomery, Ala.; and a half brother, Paul Barringer, Marshalltown, Iowa.

From, Muscatine, IA, Journal, June 1992
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
Note, he died June 16, 1992 and he was my husband's brother.



WELSCH, Clarence J.

Clarence J. Welsch, 60, 221 Mulberry avenue, died at 6:55 a.m. Sunday in Muscatine General hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the George M. Wittich funeral home.  Burial will be in Memorial home.  Burial will be in Memorial Park cemetery.  Rev. Emmett Barnes will officiate.

Mr. Welsch, a native of Fairport, was born Dec. 27, 1904.  His parents, were Julius and Mary Brossart Welsch.  He was a life resident of Muscatine and was employed for 43 years at the St. Clair Bottling Works.

On Jan. 12, 1924, he married Felma G. Bridges at Muscatine.

Surviving are his wife; a half-sister Mrs. Adrian Markle, Buena Vista, Calif.; five sons, Dean, Ronald, and William Welsch, Muscatine, Robert Welsch, Los Angeles, Calif., and Phillip Welsch, Marion, Iowa; one daughter, Mrs. Leslie (Bonnie) Edgington, Riverside, Calif., 10 grandchildren.  One sister and a granddaughter are dead.

From Muscatine IA, Journal Dec. 1965
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
Note Clarence died Dec. 19, 1965



WELSCH, Clayton D.

Clayton D. Welsch, 83, of 2959 Highway 22, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at his home.

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Muscatine Memorial Park Cemetery.  The Rev. James Trosen of Faith United Church of Christ will officiate.  There will be no visitation and the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the Unity Home Care.

Mr. Welsch was born on June 13, 1916, in the Montpelier Township.  He married Twyla M. Jarrett on Dec. 9, 1935, in Davenport.

He enjoyed his family, camping, fishing, traveling, wood working and helping his children and grandchildren.

He worked at HON INDUSTRIES, Inc., retiring after 30 years as a corporate equipment engineer.  He was a member the Founders Club at HON.

Survivors include his wife Twyla Welsch of Muscatine, a son Clayton R. Welsch and his wife Corrine of Muscatine, five daughters Sandra Bishop of Muscatine, Dorothy Barlett and her husband Ralph of Illinois, Susan Grosjean and her husband George (Doc) of Nichols, Julie Welsch of Muscatine, and Brenda Skorcz and her husband Brent of Green River Wyoming, nine grandchildren Warren, and Vickie Bishop, Bryan Barlett, Shawn and Heather Grosjean, Brandon, Travis, and Dustin Welsch, and Kiaya Skorcz, two great grandchildren and one sister Juanita Zeltner of Donna Texas.

He was preceded in death by one brother Fred Welsch, one sister Leila Anderson, and a son in law Leonard Bishop.

Taken from the Muscatine Journal July 1999.
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
1930 Bloomington Township, Muscatine County, IA; Clayton Welsch 13 born IA;Living with Katherine Welsch age 74 wd. born IA; Clayton was listed as a grand nephew



WELSCH, Donna Keller

MUSCATINE, Iowa—Donna Mae Welsch, 68, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and  Clinics of Iowa City.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Rock Island Arsenal at a later date. A luncheon will be held in the Community Room of the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home, immediately following the services.  Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Muscatine Center for Strategic Action.

Mrs. Welsch was born May 30, 1932, in Muscatine, the daughter of Donald and Margaret Durst Keller. She married Billy Pence Welsch on June 21, 1952.

She was an avid bingo and keno player and also enjoyed knitting.  She was employed by the Muscatine Center for Strategic Action.

Survivors include four daughters, Michelle Sharp and her husband, Rick, of Muscatine, Sally Pettyjohn and her husband, Donald, of Woodbridge, Va., Nancy Smith and her husband, Jerry, of Miramar, Fla., Valerie Foster of Milan, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Dona, Brian and Paul Sharp,  Amanda and James Pettyjohn, Jennifer Bishop, and Joshua Hollers; three sisters, Dorothy Briggs of Muscatine, Patricia Keller of Muscatine and Judy Mundy of Port Charlotte, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Source: From the Muscatine, IA, Journal, June 2000.
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch who notes Donna was her sister in law



WELSCH, Elizabeth Catharina Eis (Mrs. Fred)

Mrs. Fred Welsch Has Passed Away
Well Known Muscatine County woman Passed Away
Leaves Sixty Living Descendant to mourn her loss---Death due to complication of Ills.

Leaving sixty living descendants, Mrs. Fred Welsch, a well know Muscatine county resident passed away at 10:30 o'clock last evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Hocke, in Sweetland township.  Her death was due to a complication of diseases and followed an illness of about two weeks.  Nine children, forty grandchildren and eleven great grand children mourn her loss.

Mrs. Welsch took sick about two weeks ago and her condition rapidly grew worse until death relieved her.  She has been a resident of this county since 1868 and was well known and highly respected by all.  Deceased was born in Germany and had she lived until the 15th of this month would have been 78 years of age.

She  came to  America in 1848 and twenty years later removed to Iowa.  Her husband preceded her in death six years ago and since that time has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. George Hocke of Sweetland township.  The following children survive her: Mrs. John Eis of Nebraska, Frederick Eis of Keota Iowa, Charles of Elliott Iowa, John of Keota Iowa, Mrs. Mary Carter, of Sweetland; Mrs. Fred Mavis of Muscatine, Mrs. George Nyenhuis of Sweetland; Mrs. Edward Herlein of Seventy-Six and Mrs. George Hocke of Sweetland.

A brief service will be held at the Hocke home at 1 o'clock on Sunday afternoon, after which the remains will be removed to the New Era church, where the funeral will be conducted.  Burial will be made in the Harker Cemetery.

Taken from the Muscatine Journal Feb. 2nd 1912
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
Note: Nowhere in her obituary is her given name mentioned, which was Elizabeth Catharina Eis. Harker Cemetery records indicate born February. 15, 1834.



WELSCH, Felma Glendora Bridges

Felma Glendora Welsch, 88, formerly of Muscatine, died early today, Thursday, Feb. 24, 1994, at Crestview Care Center in West Branch.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral Home.

Mrs. Welsch was born Oct. 31, 1905, at Wapello, a daughter of William and Daisy Dean Buffington Bridges.  She was a life resident of the area.

Her marriage to Clarence Welsch took place Jan. 12, 1924, in Muscatine.

Survivors include five sons, Robert Welsch of Los Angeles, Calif., Dean Welsch of Atalissa, Phillip Welsch of Marion, Ronald Welsch of Millboro, Va., and William Welsch of Cayce, S.C.; one daughter, Bonnie Edgington of Rose Hill, Kan.; 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers, three sisters and one granddaughter.

From the Muscatine IA, Journal, Feb. 24, 1994
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WELSCH, Fred

Fred Welsch, 79, 2017 Lincoln Blvd., died this morning at the Muscatine Care Center.  Services will be held at 10:30 a. m. Saturday at the Ralph J. Wittich Funeral Home.  Rev. Keith Sorenson will officiate.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.  Visitation is after 3 p. m. Friday at the Funeral home, where a memorial fund has been established.

Fred Welsch was born Jan. 20, 1901 in Muscatine County, the son of Julius and Catherine Funk Welsch.  He was a life resident of the Muscatine area.  His marriage to Leora Haley took place June 6, 1953 in Cranston.

He was a member of the Baptist Church.  Mr. Welsch was a retired farmer and at one time had owned a grocery store on Lincoln Boulevard.

Survivors include his wife, one step-son, Paul Haley of Muscatine; nine step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; one half-brother, Clayton of Muscatine; and one half-sister, Leila Anderson of Owen, Wis.  He was preceded in death by one step-sister and a half-sister.

Source: Muscatine Iowa Journal Thursday Oct. 16, 1980
Contributed by: June Brewer Welsch


Services for Fred Welsch, 79, were held at 10:30 a. m. Saturday at the Ralph J. Wittich Funeral Home.
Rev. Keith Sorenson officiated.  Barbara Bartelt was the organist and Bethany Keiser the vocalist.
Pallbearers were John Bryant, Morris Littrell, Bill Hines, Clayton Welsch Jr., Ward Rushing and David Freers.
Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Mr. Welsch died Thursday morning at the Muscatine Care Center.

The Muscatine Journal Monday Oct. 20, 1980
Contributed by: June Brewer Welsch



WELSCH, Frederick

A VETERAN GONE
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Frederick Welsch Passed Away
Sunday Afternoon at Sweetland Home
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WAS BORN IN GERMANY IN 1834.
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Came to This Country Before The Civil War
and Served As a Soldier in the Union Army
Lived in County Forty Years.
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Fred Welsch, a veteran of the civil war and one of the oldest residents of Muscatine county, passed away Sunday afternoon at 4:30 at his home in Sweetland township.  He had been in poor health for the past year and his death was due to ailments brought on by injuries sustained while serving as a soldier in the Union army during the civil war.  The deceased was in the seventy-second year of his age, having been born in Germany in 1834.  He came to this country before the civil war and shortly afterwards enlisted and served several years in the Union army.  After the close of the war he settled in Muscatine county and soon became one of the foremost citizens of Sweetland township.  Besides his wife he is survived by five daughters and two sons.  Mrs. Fred Mavis of this city is a daughter.  He lived a consistent Christian life, having united with the German Lutheran church early in life.

No arrangements have as yet been made for the funeral.

From Muscatine, IA, Journal, March 1906
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
Note he died March 25, 1906
He was in Company C 189th Ohio Inf. (other men from this Co to come to Muscatine Co include Nicholas Eis and Daniel Grimm)
Harker Cemetery list said he was born May 16, 1832.
 
1880 Census; Sweetland, Muscatine County, Iowa Page 105B 
Fredrick Welsch, head, 47, b Prussia, both parents b Prussia, Farmer
Elizabeth, Wife, 45 b Prussia, Keeping House, both parents b Prussia
Fredrick, Son, 22 born OH, Farm Laborer, both parents b Prussia
John, Son, 15 born OH
Mary, Dau, 13 born OH
Lizzie, Dau, 9 born  OH, School
Becky, Dau, 7 born  OH, School
Lilly, Dau, 5 born OH
Louisa, Dau, 3 born OH
1900 Sweetland Township, Muscatine County IA, census;
Fredrick Welsch b June 1834  Germany; both parents b Germany married 46 years;
Elizabeth wife b Feb. 1835 Germany; both parents b Germany ; 10 children 9 living;
Louise born June 1877 in IA.



WELSCH, Gladys Pierce

MRS. WELSCH, 43,  CALLED in DEATH;
 RITES THURSDAY
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Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys Welsch, 43, who died at her home 130 West Fulliam avenue, early this morning, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Richie and Orris Funeral Home at Columbus Junction.  The Rt. Rev. Msgr. W. L. Hannon will be in charge, and burial will be in the Columbus City cemetery.

Mrs. Welsch had been ill about nine weeks.  She was born on Jan. 5, 1900, in Columbus City; the  only daughter of Mary Elizabeth and Hiram Elton Pierce.  She married Ralph Welsch on Sept. 30, 1928.

Surviving are the husband, three sons Billy Pence Welsch, Ralph Robert Welsch and Jackie LeRoy Welsch, one daughter Elizabeth Mae Welsch, and two children by a former marriage Paul Marion Barringer of the Navy, Mrs. Harold Tisor of Muscatine and one grandson Lowell Michael Tisor.

From, Muscatine, IA, Journal, Dec. 1943
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
Notes, She died Dec. 14, 1943 she was my husbands mother



WELSCH, Hattie Rowena "Roie" Coder

Mrs. Roie Welsch,  Former Resident  Here, Succumbs.

Relatives here have received word of the death of Mrs. Roie Welsch of Galva, Ill., former resident of Muscatine and Louisa counties, which occurred Friday night at a nursing home in Galva.  Mrs. Welsch had been in failing health for several months.

The body was removed to a funeral home in Moline, Ill., and funeral arrangements are pending there.

Mrs. Welsch was born March 5, 1870, the daughter of John and Eliga Fry Coder.  Her marriage to John Welsch took place Dec. 22, 1892.

Survivors include 3 sons, Ralph Welsch of Muscatine and Harry and Robert Welsch of Moline; four  daughters, Mrs. Ada Veeder of Bandon, Ore., Mrs. Clella Thompson of Columbus Junction, Mrs. Viola Lind of Kalona, Ill., and Mrs. Donnie Nixon of Galva;  one brother Chester Coder of Muscatine; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceding in death were her parents, husband, one son, three sisters and one.

From the Muscatine IA, Journal Feb. 1953
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
Note from June Brewer Welsch, Roie was my husbands grandmother her given name was Hattie Rowena Coder she was called Roie, Roy. She was the daughter of John and Eliza Fry Coder.  She is buried in the Roselawn Cemetery in Moline, Illinois.



WELSCH, Jessie
BRIEGEL, Clinton

Two Drive Over Ice To Death In Mississippi
Jessie Welsch and Clifton Briegel of Montpelier Victims of Tragedy
One Is A Bridegroom

Wife of less than a year mourns for Welsch - Discover of submerged
automobile and body of one of the occupants confirms fears of families.

Death rode with Jessie Welsch, 27, and Clifton Briegel, 15, two well known residents of Montpelier, yesterday when they embarked on an automobile trip across the frozen waters of the Mississippi at a place.  The discovery of the submerged automobile and the lifeless remains of the former today verified the fears of the community aroused late yesterday when the young men failed to return from their trip made perilous by soft ice along the Illinois shore.

Body In Car

From daylite until noon, the searching parties which had gone from Montpelier to hunt for the missing pair toiled to remove the car from the icy waters, succeeding only a few minutes before noon.  Welsch's body was found in the back seat, hands over the bow of the top evidently drowning as he made his last desperate effort to release himself from the car.  The boy's body was not in the car and had evidently been washed out by the swift current which flows at
this particular point of the casualty and which was its direct cause.  The drowning occurred at Morehouse Gap, the point where the Mississippi unites before Morehouse Island near the Illinois shore.  At this point the river current sweeps with exceptional swiftness around the point of the island and the water is about 14 feet deep.  It is stated that about a week ago, the current had prevented the ice from freezing but since then a thin sheet of ice formed through which the car broke and sank to the bottom with its human cargo.

It is stated that Welsch and the Briegel boy started from Montpelier shortly before two o'clock yesterday afternoon intending to go to the Welsch farm on the Illinois shore for a short trip as Jessie intended to Cultivate the Illinois farm during the coming summer.  Welsch's dog was taken along and rode the running board of the car.  The top
was up and curtains were hung on the left side next to the steering wheel handled by Welsch.

About an hour after they had started the dog returned to the Welsch home in Montpelier, wet and trembling with cold.  The circumstance was considered most unusual but that tragedy connected to his return was not thought of at the time.  As hours passed, however, and the two did not return as expected, fears were aroused and the return of the dog was looked upon with greater significance.

As evening drew on, a definite Alarm was sent out and searching parties were formed.  Throughout the greater part of the night the islands were searched and the trail of the auto was found.  The tracks of the car indicated that Welsch had driven directly across the stream to the road on the Illinois shore.  The Welsch farm lies about a mile and a half below Montpelier on the Illinois shore.  After following the Illinois road which was rough and difficult to travel for a time, the car had evidently been turned about and driven to the river again.

The dangers of searching over the soft ice in the darkness caused a cessation of the activities of the hunting parties but the Schmidt Brothers, well know fisherman and trappers of the vicinity who lived on the Illinois shore were notified about Midnight.  With the coming of daylight, George Schmidt volunteered to take the searching party on the island to the spot where the accident was believe to have occurred.  He led them down to the Velie cutoff along the Illinois shore until the Morehouse Gap was reached.  Here a long narrow slit in the ice at the end of which was a larger air hole was visible.  "The ice was very thin there" Schmidt stated, "if they broke through that's the mostly place.

A cautious advance was made on the air hole where a recently repaired inter tube was found floating on the water.  Long poles were thrust into the hole and the top of the auto was reached.  By a pre-arranged signal, a volley was fired to indicate that the auto had been found and all other searching parties immediately came to the spot.  As the ice was most treacherous, a boat was secured and a large section of the ice around the spot where the auto had sunk was cut away.

The car evidently cut through the ice, causing the narrow slit in the ice and then broken through sinking directly to the bottom in an upright condition.  Large nets were strung from the car to within a few feet of the shore to prevent the bodies from being carried downstream in case they slipped from the car while the rescuers were at work.  The car sank about sixty feet from shore.

Long ropes with large anchors and hooks attached were dropped into the water around the car but only after several hours of efforts did the men succeed in getting a good grip on the submerged auto owing to the depth of the water at the point of sinking.  At about 11:20 o'clock the car had been pulled to within a few feet from the shore when it was hoisted slowing.  The unmistakable figure of a man in the back seat caused the cutting away of the top of the car which had prevented his escape and Welsch's body was brought to view.  The scene which followed was a pathetic one.  The stiffened body was taken from the car and laid on the bank while a search was made for the body of the Briegel boy.  The car was hoisted entirely to the surface of the water but there was not a trace of the boy.  As he sat on the open side of the car it is believed that he either jumped or fell out of the vehicle as it sank or was washed from the car by the swift current later.

That no more lives were lost in the accident is said to have been due to the fact that Welsch and the lad started on their trip a few minutes earlier than they had anticipated as the former had excepted to take his father, Julius Welsch and his own wife with him on the journey at two o'clock.  However he started a few minutes before the time set for his father and wife to accompany him.

Jessie Welsch the son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Welsch of Montpelier was born in Montpelier township, residing there throughout his life.  He was born January 21, 1890, and had but recently celebrated his twenty-seventh birthday.  He was united in marriage March 21, 1916, with Miss Florence Franklin of Montpelier township.

Since the marriage he has been proprietor of a grocery store at Montpelier but previous to that time had followed the vocation of farmer with his father.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his father, step mother, two brothers and five sisters.

Clifton Briegel was also a native of Montpelier and had resided there through his entire life.  He was fifteen years old and was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. August Briegel.

With the discovery that Clifton's body was not in the car, Welsch's body was brought back to Montpelier and plans were made for dynamiting the river near the scene of the accident in the hope of recovering the youth's body.  No plans for burial services or an inquest over Welsch's body has been made this noon.

Taken from the Muscatine Iowa Journal Feb. 26, 1917
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WELSCH, John

John Welsch, 84, of 1578 Thirty-first avenue, Moline, a retired farmer and resident of the city for the past 25 years, died at 10:30 p.m. Monday at the Lutheran hospital following an extended illness.  He was of Lutheran faith and had spent his earlier years farming around Muscatine.

Mr. Welsch was born April 8, 1861 in Ohio and married Hattie Rowena Coder, Dec. 23, 1893 in Muscatine.  The family moved to Moline 25 years ago.

Surviving are: the widow; four sons, Harry and Robert Welsch of Moline; Ralph Welsch of Letts, Ia., and Lawrence Welsch of Peoria; four daughters, Mrs. Paul Lind of Moline; Mrs. George Nixon of Galva; Mrs. Albert Thompson of Columbus Junction, Ia.; and Mrs. Ada Veeter of Oregon; three sisters and a brother; 25 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. His parents, four sisters. and a brother preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday from the Esterdahl funeral home with Rev. E. C. Munson officiating.  Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park cemetery.

From Unknown Newspaper, Sept. 1946
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch


John Welsch Died  At Moline
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John Welsch, aged 86, resident of Moline, Illinois, died in Lutheran hospital September 30, 1946 at 10:30 p.m.

John Welsch was born in Ohio, April 8, 1861.  His parent's moved near Muscatine where as a young man he worked many years on a farm for John Idle.

December 23, 1892 he was united in marriage to Hattie Rowena Coder at Muscatine.

They were engaged in farming for several years near Cairo, later moving to Columbus Junction where Mr. Welsch worked as a mechanic in local garages and was later an efficient town marshal.

During the 1st World War he moved to Moline, Illinois, where he worked in the Rock Island arsenal and a shell plant at East Moline.  After the war he was employed many years as a mechanic at the Troy Laundry Machine company in East Moline until he was forced to retire.

Mr. Welsch was a man of sterling character, honest and efficient in his work, a good neighbor and a friend to all who knew him.  He will be especially missed by the neighborhood children for whom he always had a kind word and a cherry smile.

He is survived by his wife, four sons and four daughters.

The daughters are Mrs. Arthur Veeder of Oregon; Mrs. Albert Thompson of Columbus Junction, Iowa; Mrs. Paul Lind of Moline and Mrs. George Nixon of Galva Illinois; the sons Ralph of Letts Iowa, Lawrence of Peoria, Illinois, Harry and Wayne of Moline Illinois.

He is also survived by two sisters Mrs. Mollie Carter and Mrs. Elizabeth Mavis of Muscatine, a number of grandchildren and a host of neighbors and friends.

Burial at Roselawn cemetery in Moline.

Those from a distance attending funeral services were Lawrence Welsch of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. George Nixon, Galva, Illinois; Mr. Will Coder, Ottumwa, Iowa; Mrs. Mollie Carter, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Coder, Muscatine, Iowa; Mr. Ralph Welsch, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hackett and Mr. and Mrs. William Hackett of Letts; Miss Mary Catherine Thompson, Burlington; and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thompson of Columbus Junction.

From Unknown Newspaper, Sept. 1946
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
Note , He was married Dec. 22, 1892. John Welsch was my husband's grandfather.  His given name was Johannes  Dick Welsch.  He had a beautiful voice and was also a good wood carver.

He was in the 1900 Grandview Township, Lettsville Town, Louisa County Iowa;
John Welsch born Apr. 1866 in OH, both parents born Germany married 8 years;
Roie H. wife born Mar. 1870 in IA, father born OH, mother born PA, she had 3 children and 3 still living,
Ada G. daug. born Sept. 1893 in IA;
Ralph son born Apr. 1895;
Lawrence son born Mar. 1898.



WELSCH, Julius

Julius Welsch, 78, one of the old pioneer residents of this vicinity, died at his home at Pine Creek, 10 miles east of Muscatine, at 12:10 this afternoon.  Mr. Welsch had not been well for about five years and his death came as a result of apoplexy.

Mr. Welsch was born in Ohio, Oct. 18, 1848, but came to this vicinity when still a boy.  Practically all his life has been lived near Pine Creek.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  A. Ernest Hoffman, funeral director, is in charge of burial arrangements.

Taken from the Muscatine IA, Journal, March 30, 1926 page 8
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch


Funeral services for Julius Welsch were conducted from his home in Montpelier township this afternoon by the Rev. Mark Getzendaner of the English Lutheran church of Davenport.  Burial was in Parr cemetery at Pleasant Prairie.

Mr. Welsch died Tuesday noon after an illness extending over a period of five years.  Apoplexy caused his death.  He was one of the oldest settlers in Montpelier township, coming to that vicinity from Ohio in 1867.  Mr. Welsch was born in Tuscarawas county, Ohio, Oct. 18, 1847, and followed the occupation of farming all his life.

Besides his wife, he is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Kathryn McElroy of Pleasant Prairie; Mrs. Lizzie Grete, Sweetland township; Mrs. Ora Camiezell, Stockton; Mrs. Bessie Camiezell, Davenport; Mrs. Mary Dubois, Ottumwa; two sons, Julius, Jr., of Muscatine; and Frederick at home; and adopted son, Clayton; 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Taken from the Muscatine IA, Journal, April 2, 1926 page 7
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WELSCH, Julius

Julius Welsch, 79, 419 Mississippi Drive, died at 10 a. m. today.  He suffered a sudden heart attack and succumbed at Neal's Vacuum Cleaner Sales and Service where he had been employed for a number of years.  He formerly had been employed at the J. H. Heinz Co. plant.

A life resident of Muscatine county, he was born Aug. 4, 1881, the son of Julius and Mary Phoebe Irwin Welsch.  He was married to Mary Brossart, Bessie Sylvester Hunn, and Georgia Phillips.

Survivors include one son, Clarence Welsch of Muscatine; 2 stepsons, Paul Hunn of Muscatine, and Walter Hunn of Los Angeles, Calif; one daughter, Mrs. Adrain Markle of Buena Park, Calif.; three sisters, Mrs. Kate McElroy of Muscatine, Mrs. Bessie Cawiezell of Davenport and Mrs. Mary Dubois of Ottumwa;  nine grandchildren and 10 great g/children.  He was preceded in death by his parents one daughter, two sisters, and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Monday at the George M. Wittich funeral home.  Burial will be at Greenwood cemetery.

Taken from the Muscatine Iowa Journal May 4, 1961
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WELSCH, Katherine H. Funk Wunderlich

Death Summons Mrs. Julius Welsch
Complication of Ailments Fatal to Woman Residing Near City.

Mrs. Julius Welsch who resides near Muscatine on highway No 38, died at her home at noon today after an illness with complication of ailments. Funeral arrangements and other details will be announced later.

Mrs. Welsch was born Dec. 7, 1855 at Lisbon, IA.  She was married to Henry Wunderlich in 1872.  In a second ceremony she was married to Julius Welsch in 1898.  Mrs. Welsch was a member of the first Methodist Episcopal Church.

Surviving are an adopted son, Clayton Welsch, five children, Mrs. Mary Grelle, William and Fred Wunderlich, Mrs. Addie Stahl and Fred Welsch all of Muscatine.  Three children preceded her in death.  Eight grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters also survive, Mrs. Miller, Moscow, Mrs. Leach, Montpelier, Mrs. Mary Huchendorf, Los Angeles, John Funk, Muscatine, and Fred Funk, South Dakota.

Funeral arrangements are indefinite.  The Fairbanks Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.

Taken from the Muscatine Journal Feb. 11, 1933
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
Notes:  Clayton was Julius and Lavina Teitsch son and Fred was Julius and Katherine's son
Note from webmaster: during our research of Krell Cemetery in Sweetland Twp, we discovered that Katherine is apparently buried with the WUNDERLICH family with a marker reading "Mother Wunderlich" and the appropriate dates.  It is not clear why the name Welsch is not on her marker or if she is actually buried at Krell or if someone in the Wunderlich family had this marker placed as a memorial.



WELSCH, Mary Phoebe Irwin (Mrs. Julius)

Death of Mrs. Julius Welsch.

Yesterday morning about eight o'clock Mrs. Julius Welsch, residing in Montpelier township, breathed her last, leaving a most devoted husband and seven little children, child-birth being the cause of death.

It was a fearful blow to the beloved husband, who is one of the best citizens of Montpelier township, and he will have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

Deceased was born in Montpelier township, about one mile from the place of her death, her maiden name being Mary Phoebe Irwin, and would have been 39 years of age had she lived till July 29th next.  She was a good wife, mother and neighbor.

The funeral is appointed for tomorrow afternoon, with services at 1 o'clock at the home followed by the regular service at 2 o'clock at Pleasant Prairie church, with interment in the Pleasant Prairie cemetery.

Taken from the Muscatine Journal April 13, 1898
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
Note: Pleasant Prairie Cemetery is  PARR Cemetery



WELSCH, Ralph Robert

COLUMBUS JUNCTION --Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at the Stacy-Lewis Funeral Home for Ralph Robert Welsch, 78, 607 Liberty Street, Muscatine, who died Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Arthur Alloway, Muscatine.  Rev. Paul Hasel, pastor of the United Methodist church, will officiate, and burial will be in the Columbus City cemetery.

Born in Columbus Junction April 29, 1895, he was the son of John and Roycle (sic)Coder Welsch.  He married Gladys Lucille McCoy in Muscatine Sept. 30, 1928.  She died in November, 1943.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Elizabeth) Alloway, Muscatine, Ruth Eileen Dunaway, Cicero, Ill.; four sons, Ralph Welsch, Muscatine, Billy P. Welsch, Taylor Ridge, Ill., Jackie L. Welsch, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Paul M. Barringer, Chicago; 14 grandchildren, three sisters Mr. Paul (Violet) Lind, East Moline, Mrs. George (Donnie) Nixon, Council Bluffs, Mrs. Ada Townsley, Oregon, Wash.;  and one brother, Harry Welsch, Moline.

Mr. Welsch was a World War I veteran and a member of the V.F.W. Post in Muscatine.

Visitation is being held at the Stacy-Lewis funeral home.

From, Muscatine, IA, Journal, April 1973
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
Note, He died April 30, 1973 on his birthday.  He enlisted in the service February. 22, 1918 to May 24, 1919. He was in W.W. I Company C. 307th Ammunition Train as a Wagoner.  He was my husband father.  He was a wonderful person.  He raised all of his children by himself after his wife died. He moved to Letts Iowa a small town so he could keep a closer eye on them.  All of his children grew up to be nice people.  Ralph Albert Welsch mothers name was Hattie Rowena Coder not Roycle. Paul Barringer and Ruth Dunaway were his step-children as his wife was married before.

RALPH WELSCH
SSN 485-03-8180 Residence:  52761  Muscatine, Muscatine, IA
Born 29 Apr 1895
Died Apr 1973 Issued:  IA (Before 1951)



WELSCH, Ronald E

CLIFTON FORGE, Va. - Ronald E. Welsch, 62, of Clifton Forge died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at his home.
Graveside services were Sunday in Clifton Forge.

Mr. Welsch was born March 7, 1939, in Muscatine, the son of Clarence J. and Felma Bridges Welsch. He married Rosalee Curtis in 1961. He later married Alice Townsend in 1990 in Niagra Falls, N.Y.

He attended school in Muscatine and graduated in 1957. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served as a medic.

He worked for Grosjean’s Home Oil. He later became an electrical engineer and worked at Monsanto for several years.
Survivors include his wife, Alice; a daughter, Ronda Brown of Iowa City; a son, Randy Welsch of Peru, Ill.; seven grandchildren; two stepsons, Ernie Townsend of Covington, Va. and Jamie Townsend of Martinsburg, W. Va.; a stepgrandson; two brothers, Dean of Atalissa and Phillip of Marion; and a sister, Bonnie Edgington of Rose Hill, Kan.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William and Robert; and a niece, Kathi Welsch.

Muscatine IA, Journal Jan. 24, 2002 page 5.
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WEST, William L.

William L. West, 88, died early Monday morning at Muscatine General Hospital. He had been living at Valley View Manor since 1976.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ralph J. Wittich Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Schoepf will officiate. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery. Visitation is today and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

William West was born Dec. 7, 1890, in Beacon, Iowa, the son of William and Hattie Ansel West. He had lived most of his life in Muscatine.  His marriage to Eva Stineman took place Oct. 6, 1918, in Muscatine. She died in 1951.

He was a charter member of the Calvary Baptist Church where he had served on various church boards and also was a member of the Triune Lodge A.F. and A.M.

For a number of years he had been a partner in the Waltman & West Meat & Grocery Store located in the 400 block of Mulberry Avenue. From 1942 to 1951 he owned and operated the W.L. West Market in the 500 block of Mulberry Avenue.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Helen June) Weiershauser of Muscatine; one grandson; and one brother, L.E. West of Tucson, Ariz.  In addition to his wife, two half-brothers and two half-sisters preceded him in death.

Muscatine Journal Dec. 26, 1978
Submitted by Carolyn Hidlebaugh



WHERRY, Thomas
Death of Thomas Wherry

Thomas Wherry, an old resident of Rock Island county, Illinois, died at his home last night at 9:30. The deceased was 70 years of age and had been an invalid for the past two years on account of dropsy. Mr. Wherry had been a resident of Drury township, Rock Island county for the past 40 years. He leaves a wife, three sons and four daughters to mourn his loss.
The funeral will take place at the home tomorrow at 11 o'clock a.m.

 Muscatine Journal  Friday, March 1, 1901
SUBMITTED BY: mfiedler@muscanet.com



WHITE, Elnora Zukasty

MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Services for Elnora White, formerly of 1609 N. Isett Ave., will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home, Muscatine. Burial will be in Muscatine Memorial Park. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. White died Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998, at Crescent Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  She had worked at Hawkeye Button Co. before she began farming with her husband.

Elnora Zukasty was born May 9, 1906, in Muscatine. She married Harry White in 1926 in Muscatine. He died in March 1998.

Memorials may be made to Hayes Catholic Elementary School.

Survivors include a son, Marlyn "Bud," Wilton; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and a sister, Dorothy Graves, Muscatine.



WHITE, Hiram A.

Hiram A. White, a member of Captain Mason's Company A of the First Iowa Infantry, and of Company G, Eleventh Iowa Infantry, died at the soldiers hospital at Marshalltown, Feb 10, according to word received here. He had attained the age of 92 years. Mr. White was a drummer in the first Iowa and Drum Major in the Eleventh Iowa.

Muscatine Journal & News Tribune Tuesday, February 14, 1928 p4



WHITE, Ruth I

WHITE, RUTH I., 89, of Clearwater, died Friday (Jan. 22, 1999) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. She was born in Stockton, Iowa, and came here in 1973 from Moline, Ill. She worked as a data processor for the federal government. She was Methodist and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, George; three sons, John A., Honolulu, George Jr., Palm Harbor, and Robert K., Dallas; two grandchildren, Stacie Hall, Safety Harbor, and Steven White, Naples; and two great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

Source: St. Petersburg (FL) Times : January 24, 1999



WHITSEL, Lois Croy

Mrs. Lois Whitsel, 69, of Muscatine, died Saturday, January 16, 1999, at her home. Services were held Tuesday, January 19, at the George M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home, Muscatine. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Muscatine. A memorial fund has been established.

Lois Croy was born April 9, 1929, in Dallas. She married James “Hack” Smith in 1945. He preceded her in death. She married Robert Whitsel in 1958.

Survivors include daughters, Rhonda Grady of Muscatine and Shirley Lathrop of Fruitland; sons Rick Whitsel and Berry Smith, both of Muscatine, and Johnny Smith of Nichols; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Virgil Croy of Des Moines.

West Liberty Index Jan 21 1999 



WILKERSON, Elise

Services for Elise Wilkerson, 86, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home.
The Rev.. George Allsup, pastor of the Nichols United Methodist Church, officiated. Mrs. Richard Dilts was the organist.
Pallbearers were Rick Ash, Danny VanAcker, Jerry VanAcher, Rad Swearingen, Marvin Wilkerson and Evan Clemmens.
Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Wilkerson died Wednesday at the Mercy Hospital, Iowa City.

Muscatine Journal Jan. 16, 1984
Submitted by Carolyn Hidlebaugh



WILLIAMS, John Franklin
J. Williams Succumbs to Brief Illness
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John Franklin Williams 77, well known Muscatine county man, died suddenly at 8:15 a.m. today at his home, 1102 Cedar street.  Mr. Williams became ill suddenly Monday night after eating his evening meal.  Acute indigestion was given as the cause of death.

He was born in Indiana on Oct. 28, 1957, but came here when six months of age and and had resided in the county since.  He married Miss Wilametta Epperly near Cranston on March 6, 1881.  He was a thirty-second degree Mason and a member of the United Brethren church.

Surviving are the widow; three children, Mrs. Edith Uhr and Harley Williams, both of Cranston and I. J. Williams of near Muscatine; two brothers, Sam Williams, Hesidsburg, Calif., and Monroe Williams, Manley Ia.; four sisters, Mrs. Della Summers, Cedar Rapids, Mrs. Mary Shellabarger, Letts, Mrs. Berta Miller, Galesburg, N.D., and Mrs. Ina Meeker, Cedar Rapids; 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  Four sisters preceded him in death.

The body is at the Ralph J. Wittich Funeral home, 216 West Third street, where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. at the Oak Grove church near Cranston by Dr. David L. Berger, pastor of the First Presbyterian church.  Burial will be in the Oak Grove cemetery.

Taken from the Muscatine, IA, Journal, Nov. 27, 1934
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WILLIAMS, Lyle Russell Sr.

Lyle Russell Williams Sr., 95, of Clearwater, FL, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at Drew Gardens Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Clearwater, FL.

He came to Clearwater in 1970 from Marked Tree, AR where he had lived for 60 years. He was born in Stanwood, Cedar County, Iowa and lived in  Moscow, Muscatine County, Iowa.

He was retired from the auto parts and used automobile sales business which he owned in Marked Tree, AR.
While living in Marked Tree, AR, he was a member of the Methodist Church where he served as a steward. He also served as city councilman and was a   member of the Lion's Club and the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include a son, Lyle Russell Williams Jr. of Van Buren, MO; a grandson, Scott Russell Williams of Van Buren, MO; two granddaughters, Jennifer Cecile Williams of Ellington, MO, and Rebecca Lynn Williams of New Orleans, LA; one great-grandson Andrew David Williams of Van Buren, MO; one brother Paul Williams of Marked Tree, AR; his second wife, Mary Martin Williams of Clearwater, FL; one step-son Donald Williams of Vale, NC; two step-daughters, Diana Williams Jones of Hickory, NC and Susie Williams Dent of Saltillo, MS; four step-granddaughters, Wendy Pate of Tupelo, MS, Alison Dent and Alissa Dent of Collierville, TN, Erica Byers of Vale, NC; two step-grandsons, Brian Williams of Hickory, NC and Jeffery Alan Jones of Lexington, KY; two step-great granddaughters Ashton Mackenzie Pate of Tupelo, MS and Katelyn Byers of Vale, NC; two step-great grandsons Alexander Daniel Williams of Hickory, NC and Jacob Byers of Vale, NC, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Delsa Dee "Dee Dee" Waskom Williams of Marked Tree, AR., two sisters, Lucile Williams Crow of Jacksonville, Alabama, Alberta Irene Williams of Moscow, Iowa, and a brother Ralph Williams of Trumann, AR.

The National Cremation Society of Clearwater, FL and Murphy's Funeral Home in Marked Tree, AR are in charge of arrangements. The Rev. Joe Sparks will officiate. Services are 11a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000 at Murphy's Funeral Home Chapel in Marked Tree, AR with interment at Marked Tree Cemetery.

Contributed by: Susie Dent


WILSHIRE, Sadie
MRS. WILSHIRE, WEST LIBERTY, DIES, AGED 88
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Resident of Community Seven Decades Summoned by Death
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 West Liberty, Ia., July 13.--- Mrs. Sadie WILSHIRE, aged 88 years, died at 5 a.m. Sunday in her home here after a long illness. Her death was hastened by injuries incurred a month ago when she fell and broke her hip.

Mrs. WILSHIRE was born Oct. 26, 1844 in Little Rock, Ark., and came to this community 70 years ago, making her home in the Atalissa community where her marriage to John WILSHIRE took place. After his death 30 years ago she moved to West Liberty where she had since resided. She was a member of the Pythian lodge, Presbyterian church, and the D.A.R. Two daughters preceded her in death and she has no immediate surviving relatives.

Funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the S.C. Snider chapel with the Rev. H.A. LARSEN officiating. Burial will be in the Overman cemetery, Atalissa.

SOURCE: THE DAVENPORT DEMOCRAT AND LEADER, p. 13  13 JUL 1936
CONTRIBUTED BY: John M. O'Melia



WILSON, Harold F

MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Harold F. Wilson, of 9931 County Road G44X, died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at his home.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Island Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home, Muscatine, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Wilson farmed all of his life. He was born April 20, 1924, in Louisa County. He married Maxine Franklin in 1944 in Iowa City.
During World War II, he served in the Army in the European theater.
Memorials may be made to Genesis Hospice Program or Island United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Marci Stephens, Wapello, and Annette Townsley, Letts; a foster daughter, Susan Conaway, Letts; sons, A. Morris and David, both of Muscatine, and Denis, Scotts Bluff, Neb.; 14 grandchildren; a foster grandson; three step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

Quad Cities Times 21 Jul 1999



WILSON, Leroy M

Graveside services for Calimesa resident Leroy M. Wilson, 54, will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Mountain View Cemetery in Beaumont. He died of cancer Saturday at his home. Friends may call from 3 until 8 p.m. today at Weaver Mortuary in Beaumont.

Mr. Wilson, who was born in Columbus Junction, Iowa, lived in Calimesa 12 years. He previously lived in Beaumont for 20 years, and worked 26 years for the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1961 and was an airman second class. He was a reserve officer for the Beaumont Police Department.

Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Rosaline; a son, Leroy S. of Calimesa; two daughters, Victoria Cammack of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Billie Post of Beaumont; his mother, Carrie Wilson Bergen of Banning; four brothers, Edward of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Charles of Cabazon, David of Letts, Iowa, and Raymond of Wapello, Iowa; and four sisters, Mina Grover of Riverside, Sally Reyes of Aguanga, Grace Ferrell of Killeen, Texas, and Betty Nelson of Columbus Junction, Iowa.

 The Press-Enterprise Riverside, CA Page: B4 : December 07, 1993



WILSON, Lily M. Harrison

MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Services for Lily M. Wilson, of 2646 Stewart Road, will be 1:30 p.m. today at Island United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Island Cemetery.

Mrs. Wilson died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Unity Hospital, Muscatine.

Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home, Muscatine, is in charge of arrangements.
She worked at W.T. Grant, Spiegel's and the Sheltered Workshop. After her retirement, she was employed as a greeter at Wal-Mart.

Lily Harrison was born Jan. 11, 1920, in Blackhawk Ontario, Canada. She married Robert Wilson Sr. in 1938 in Kahoka, Mo. He died in 1990.

Memorials may be made to the church.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Horrick, Willits, Calif.; sons, Kevin D. and James B., both of Muscatine; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a son, Robert C. Jr., in 1999

Quad Cities Times 03 Dec 1999



WILSON, Robert C. Jr.

MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Services for Robert C. Wilson Jr., of 9075 172nd St., will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Island Cemetery, with military services by the combined squads of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today at Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home, Muscatine.

Mr. Wilson died Monday, March 8, 1999, at Community Health Resources formerly Muscatine General Hospital. He was a member of Millwright Union 2158 and had worked at Doane Products.

He was born June 1, 1939, in Muscatine. He married Lois Goddard in 1968 in Aledo, Ill.

He served four years in the Air Force.
Memorials may be made to ARC.

Survivors include his wife; his children and stepchildren, DeWayne Dusenberry, Illinois City, Doug Dusenberry, Wilton, Kent Wilson, Iowa City, Bobbi Timimi, Lincoln, Neb., and Denise Arnold and Robbin Wilson, both of Muscatine; 10 grandchildren; his mother, Lily Wilson, Muscatine; a sister, Barb Horrick, Willits, Calif.; and brothers, Jim and Kevin, both of Muscatine.

Quad Cities Times 10 Mar 1999



WINGERTER, Bernard
B. Wingerter  Age 18 Years,
Goes In Death

Bernard Wingerter, 18 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wingerter, Sr. 1097 Lucas street, died at Hershey hospital after at 4:50 p.m. Sunday after a three week illness.

The youth had swallowed a round toothpick which he had in his mouth when he fell asleep.  Surgery was performed to remove the object and his condition was believed to be satisfactory until complications developed.

Bernard, the son of Harold and Viola Wingerter, was born in Muscatine on Jan. 6, 1934, spending his entire life here.  He attended St. Mary's school and had recently been learning the bricklaying trade.  He was a member of St. Mary's church and of Company C of the Iowa National Guard.

Surviving are his parents, four brothers, Harold, Douglas, John and Michael, all at home; a sister, Mrs. Robert Froehner and two nieces and one nephew.  One sister preceded him in death.

The body is at the Riley Funeral home and the Rosary will be recited there at 8 p.m. Tuesday.  Services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's church.  Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

From the Muscatine, IA, Journal Nov. 10, 1952
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WINGERTER, Harold F

Funeral services for Harold F. Wingerter, 64, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Seventh Day Adventist church with Rev. Mauritz Peterson officiating.  Interment will be at Greenwood cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Riley Funeral Home.  The body will be taken to the church Friday an hour before time for the service.

Mr. Wingerter died at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at 509 Cedar St., of a sudden heart attack.

The son of Fred and Kate Kuriger Wingerter, was born June 21, 1908, at Muscatine and had been a life resident of this community.

He married Viola Hill, Sept. 17, 1927, at Muscatine.  He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church; and a cement mason by trade.

Survivors include his wife Viola four sons Harold, Michael, John, all of Muscatine, and Douglas, of Davenport;  one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Ramona) Froehner, Cedar Falls, Iowa; two sisters Mrs. Marlyn Hayes, and Mrs. Irene Dilley, both of Muscatine; and 26 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Bernard, one sister and two brothers.

From the Muscatine, IA, Journal Dec. 21, 1972
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WINGERTER, Nancy
Services Conducted For Wingerter Babe

Funeral services were held at St. Mary's cemetery at 1:30 this afternoon for Nancy Wingerter, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold F. Wingerter, 523 Grover street.  The child, born Friday afternoon, lived only three hours.  Arrangements were under the direction of Myers Funeral home.

Taken from the Muscatine IA, Journal, April 24, 1937 page 6;
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WINGERTER, Viola  Josephine Hill

MUSCATINE--Viola Josephine Wingerter, 82, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1995, at the Muscatine Care Center.
Services were today at the Nichols-Chapel Hill Funeral Home.  The Rev. Brian Saunders of Our Savior Lutheran Church officiated.  Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.

Mrs. Wingerter was born March 3, 1913, in Muscatine, a daughter of Thomas and Carrie Bailes Hill.  She married Harold F. Wingerter in 1927.

She was a member of the church and a life member of Herb Pals.

Survivors include four sons, Michael, Harold and John, all of Muscatine, and Douglas of Davenport; one daughter, Ramona Froehner of Cedar Falls; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, Bernard, and one daughter, Nancy

From the Muscatine IA, Journal Oct. 26, 1995
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
Ref; b/cer. m/cer.  I June Welsch had a nice visit with Viola she is a lovely lady.  She gave me alot of information.  When I was a child I played with her children and never knew I was relation.  She also remembered my Grandfather and my father she said they used to come to her Grandmothers and Mothers house to visit.  Without her help alot of relatives would have been lost.  Thank you Viola.



WINNING, Eva Herlein

Pneumonia, following influenza caused the death of Mrs. Sam Winning, 25, years old, who died late yesterday afternoon at her home on the Burlington road, in Seventy-Six township.  She had been ill about a week.

Mrs. Winning was formerly Eva Herlein, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Herlein, and was born in Sweetland township, August 25, 1894.  She lived there the greater part of her life, and was united in marriage with Sam Winning, March 24, 1914.  Several children were born to this union, two of whom survive.

Those who mourn her demise are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Herlein; her husband, two children, Ione and Esther; three sisters, Elizabeth, Viola and Florence, and five brothers, Harold, Clarence, Howard, Clifford and Ernest Herlein, all of Muscatine county.

Definite funeral plans have not been made.

Taken from the Muscatine IA, Journal, Feb. 11, 1920, page 8
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WITTER, Kent E.

Muscatine, Iowa, resident Kent Edward Wittler, 43, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, due to natural causes.

Services were Wednesday at St. Mathias Catholic Church in Muscatine with the Rev. John P. Gallagher officiating. Burial was in the Muscatine Memorial Park Cemetery. Nichols Chapel Hill  Funeral Home and Crematory in Muscatine was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Wittler is survived by his wife, former Hastings resident Karen A. (Theisen) Wittler.

Hastings Tribune, Hastings NE; Friday, June 1, 2001


WOLF, Fred

Fred Wolf, 89, Retired Farmer, Dies Tuesday At West Liberty Home

WEST LIBERTY--Fred Wolf, 89, died at this home here Tuesday following a lingering illness.

A retired farmer, he had lived most of his life in the West Liberty community.

Mr. Wolf was born April 65, 1862 at Lyons, Iowa, the son of Magdalena and Christian Wolf.
He married Ina Peters February 25, 1891.  The couple observed their golden wedding anniversary in 1941.  His wife and one son preceded him in death.

He is survived by one son, Wilbur, Charlotte, N.C., three daughters, Mrs. Mariam Boden and Mrs. Ethel Schiele, West Liberty, and Zona Scott, Davenport and one grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Snider funeral home in West Liberty with burial at Oakridge Cemetery.

Iowa City Press Citizen 02 Apr 1952



WOOKEY, Mary J. Hooper

MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Services for Mary J. Wookey, of Muscatine, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at George M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home, Muscatine. Burial will be in Muscatine Memorial Park. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Wookey died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1998, at Muscatine General Hospital. She was employed 22 years as a laboratory technician at Grain Processing.

Mary Hooper was born Aug. 2, 1926, in Athol, Kan. She married Lewis Wookey in 1949 in Muscatine.

Memorials may be made to American Lung Association for emphysema research.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Cheryl Miller, St. James, Minn., Vickie Shesler, Sarasota, Fla., and Patricia Adams, Muscatine; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. 



WORKMAN, Wanda Geraldine

ILLINOIS CITY, Ill. - Wanda Geraldine Workman, 75, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at the Unity Hospital Muscatine.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home. The Rev. Paul Brooks of Providence Baptist Church will officiate.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Monday. Burial will be at Drury Reynolds Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lance Workman, Ryan Workman, Derek Workman, Thomas Watson Sr., Wayne Beverlyn and Keith Irwin. Organist  will be Betty Lincoln. A memorial has been established in Wanda’s memory.

Mrs. Workman was born June 22, 1924, in Muscatine, the daughter of Henry and Hazel Snyder Miller. She married William Rodney Workman on Oct. 8, 1949, in Nashua.

She was a member of the Providence Baptist Church, the Eliza American Legion Auxiliary and the Retired Teachers Association.

She was an elementary school teacher in New Boston, Ill., before retiring.

Survivors include three sons, Donald Workman and his wife, Janice, of Illinois City, Stephen Workman and his wife, Peggy, of Henderson N. C. and William H. Workman and his wife, Linda, of Clarksville, Ind.; six grandchildren, Lance, Melissa, Ryan, Carrie, Derek, and Terri; four great grandchildren; a sister, Betty Bauer and her husband, Jesse, of Memphis Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Henry Miller; and twin grandchildren at birth.

Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WOODWARD, Richard

Funeral rites for Richard Woodward, Kewanee resident, who died Friday were held at the Seifert and Smith Funeral Home at 3:30 p.m. Monday.  Rev. Oren Baker, pastor of the Nazarene Church, officiated.  Musical numbers were given by Mrs. Millie Arnold and Mrs. Betty Cosner.

Bearers were James Hardy, Jr., Harold Moon, Merle Huff, Paul Skrinski, John Martin and Carlus (sic)  Woodward.  Burial was in Pleasant View cemetery.

Attending the funeral from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. John Martin and family, Lone Tree, Iowa; Mrs. Vesta Minor, Muscatine, Iowa; Thomas Martin, Muscatine, Iowa; Mrs. Elva (sic) Hamilton, Conesville, Iowa; Mrs. Glenn Yotter, Silvis; Mr. and Mrs. Owen Nickerson, Miss Mae Nickerson, Miss Sarah Nickerson, Mrs. Eleanor Hoburg, Mrs. James Woodward, Atkinson; Mr and Mrs. Dewey Woodward and family, Moline; Mr. and Mrs. Merle Huff and family, Pottstown, Ill; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Moon and Jerry Huff, Annawan.

Source Kewanee Star Courier, Kewanee IL  Tuesday, Jan 14, 1944
Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott  and  Tracy Johnson
NOTES: While Mr. Woodward was not a Muscatine Co resident, I have included his obituary on this page because of the list of people attending his funeral who were from the Muscatine area.  These were Richard's grandchildren via his daughter Alice Woodward Martin (see her obit under M) Mr. Woodward's sister Lydia Calista Woodward Dutro was also a Muscatine resident and is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery.
* Carlus should read Carlos, a son of Dewey Woodward; Mrs. Elva Hamilton should read Mrs. Elza Hamilton (Myrtle Martin).



WORRALL, Emma

Mr. and Mrs. Willard Watters attended funeral services for Mrs. Emma Worrall at the Snider funeral home in West Liberty Saturday afternoon.

Mrs. Worrall had lived at Atalissa.

Burial was at the Overman cemetery.

Iowa City Press Citizen 27 Sep 1951
note the next paragraph in this column indicated that Mr. & Mrs. Watters had been summoned to Muscatine from Iowa City due to the illness of his mother, so it appears they attended Mrs. Worrall's services while in Muscatine on other matters. (see WATTERS, Dora)



WRIGHT, David
DAVID WRIGHT IS DEAD AT WILTON
He was a pioneer resident of Cedar County-
Death is caused by age.

David Wright, a pioneer resident of Cedar County passed away this morning at 1 o'clock at his home in Wilton after a prolonged illness due to old age.

He was born in Salem County, New Jersey in the year 1821 and settled in Cedar County in 1855, later moving to Wilton, where he has since resided.  On January 1, 1851 he was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Ford, who preceded him to the grave.

Surviving him are six children, Mrs. Elizabeth Hall of Peabody, Kans., Jay Wright of Kellogg,Ia., David Wright of Tipton,Ia.,Chas. Wright of Atalissa, Ia., Lincoln Wright of Wilton, and Mrs. Theodore Kistenmacher of Davenport. The funeral will probably be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Davenport Daily Times, March 18,1907. Times Special Services Wilton, Iowa
Submitted by Kenneth Wright, Maquoketa,Iowa



WRIGHT, Ferne Ulferts

Ferne U. Wright, 86, West Liberty, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002, at  Simpson Memorial Home, West Liberty, after an extended illness.  Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at West Liberty Christian Fellowship Church. Burial will be in North Prairie Cemetery, West Liberty. Visitation  is 5-8 p.m. Friday at Barker Funeral Home, West Liberty.

Mrs. Wright  was a teacher and high school principal in Winfield from 1939 until 1945.  From 1945 to 1949, she taught school in Chariton. She later taught  English in West Liberty from 1960 until her retirement in 1974.

Ferne  Ulferts was born May 21, 1916, in Clara City, Minn. She married Joseph  Wright in 1934 in Kahoka, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the church.

Survivors include daughters, Marsha Linder, Iowa City, Mary Maxson, West Liberty, and Jeanie Wright-Sniffin, Waterloo; five grandchildren;  sisters, Pearl Martin, Santa Barbara, Calif., Hazel Haesemeyer, Hudson,  Wis., Leone Olson, Hibbing, Minn., Joan Mills, Carlisle, Iowa, and Roma  Petersen, St. Paul, Minn.; and brother, Raymond Ulferts, Tempe, Ariz.

Quad-City Times  10/23/2002



WRIGHT, Ralph
West Liberty Man Succumbs

WEST LIBERTY--Ralph Wright, 68, a resident here since 1934, died Sunday night at a nursing home in Muscatine.

He was born in West Liberty August 8, 1891, the son of Fred and Alice Windus Wright, and he resided in Des Moines for a number of years before returning here in 1934.

He was married to Edith Walker, of Lone Tree, in 1911, and she died in 1937.  He was married to Edna Ohls in 1952 and she survives as do (sic) a daughter, Mrs. Norma Indra, of Des Moines, and a brother, Harry, of West Liberty .

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Snider funeral home in West Liberty with burial in Oakridge cemetery.

Iowa City Press Citizen 02 May 1960



WULF, Harry Lee

Funeral services for Harry L. Wulf, 71, 1517 Washington St., Muscatine, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fairbanks Chapel with Rev. E. B. Meyer officiating.   Burial will be in Blue Grass cemetery.   Visitation is being held at the funeral home.

Harry Wulf was born in Muscatine county, Oct. 15, 1900 and was a life resident here.  He married Hazel Bennert, Feb. 21, 1922 at Muscatine.  He was of Lutheran faith.

Mr. Wulf was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, and Muscatine Power Boat Club.  He was a retired farm machinist.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Hazel Wulf, Muscatine; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Dorothy) Wince, Davenport; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one daughter and one son.

 From The Muscatine, IA, Journal, Nov. 23, 1971;
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch
 
HARRY WULF 
SSN 479-34-0858 Residence:  52761  Muscatine, Muscatine, IA 
Born 15 Oct 1900 
Died Nov 1971 Issued:  IA (Before 1951) 

Name: Harry Lee Wulf
Death Date: 04 Mar 1926
Cemetery: Blue Grass
Town: Blue Grass
Comment: lot 124



WULF, Hazel Marie Bennert

Mrs. Hazel Marie Wulf, 74, died Friday at her home, 1517 Washington St.  Funeral services have been set for Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Fairbanks-Lamb Chapel.

Officiating will be Rev. Showalter.  Burial will be in the Blue Grass cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Chapel.

Mrs. Wulf was born Nov. 22, 1899, in Muscatine county, the daughter of Robert and Mary Eis Bennert.  She married Harry L. Wulf Feb. 21, 1922.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Dorothy) Wince of Davenport, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, one son and a sister.
 

From the Muscatine, IA, Journal, Aug. 3, 1974;
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WUNDER, Robert H.

STOCKTON--Robert H. Wunder, 68, rural route Stockton, Pleasant Prairie, died at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday in Muscatine general hospital.  He had been in failing health for some time.

He was born Aug. 11, 1898 in Blue Grass township, the son of Henry and Emma Wunder.  He married Sadie B. Bennert June 30, 1920 in Davenport.

Mr. Wunder was a rural mail carrier and recently was an agent for the Iowa Mutual Insurance Co. of Dewitt.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Wilton Junction, the Loyal Order of Moose of Muscatine and the Kaaba Temple Shrine.

Surviving are; one sister, Mrs. Henrietta M. Plett of Muscatine; and four nieces, Mrs. Vernon (Marie) Franklin and Mrs. Robert (Dorothy) Wince of Davenport, and Mrs. Robert (Carol) Richardson of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Runge Chapel in Davenport with burial in Blue Grass cemetery.  Friends may call at the Runge funeral home after 4 p.m. today.

From the Muscatine, IA, Journal Aug. 3, 1967;
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



WUNDERLICH, Nellie Frances Fix

Mrs. Nellie Frances Wunderlich, 59, died Saturday at Hershey Hospital after an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at the Fairbanks Home for Funerals on Tuesday. The Rev. August Aden, pastor of Ziegler Memorial Lutheran church at New Era, will be in charge and interment will be in the Blue Grass cemetery.

She was the daughter of Charles and Parmelia Reeves Fix. She was born on August 13, 1888 and been a resident of Muscatine County all her life. She married William Wunderlich on January 12, 1916 in Muscatine. She was a member of Ziegler Memorial Lutheran church and the Aid Society of that church.

Surviving are her husband; a son, Harlan, route 3; a daughter, Mrs. William Kock, Blue Grass; three brothers, Ray, Harvey and Will Fix, all of Muscatine; two granddaughters. Preceding her in death were her parents, three sisters and three brothers.

Muscatine Journal ,  Monday, 31  May  1948, p 5
Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott



WUNDERLICH, William

William Wunderlich, 88, Route 2, died at 7:55 a.m. today at Muscatine General Hospital following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Fairbanks chapel.  Burial will be in the Blue Grass cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Born Nov. 23, 1882 in Muscatine County, he was the son of Henry and Katherine Funk Wunderlich.

He married Nellie Fix Jan. 12, 1916 in Muscatine County.  Mr. Wunderlich was a member of the Ziegler Memorial Lutheran church and was a retired farmer.

Survivors include a son, Harlan, Route 3; a daughter, Mrs. William (Hazel) Kock, Blue Grass; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Addie Stahl, Petersburg, Ill.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers and two sisters

Muscatine, IA, Journal, March 1, 1971
Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott
(Thanks to June Brewer Welsch for saving this for me)


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