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Clark Larsen, 87
by Report submitted · April 27th, 2017
Clark D. Larsen, 87, of Grimes, formerly of Marion, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017. A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Marion American Legion Post #298, Marion. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.

Dr. Ashley Merritts, 32
by Report submitted · April 27th, 2017
Dr. Ashley Nicole Merritts, 32, of Marion, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, after a short bout with cancer. Ashley was born on July 10, 1984, in Geneseo, Illinois, and is the daughter of Scott and Diane (Skoff) Rink.

Edward Biggart, 76
by Report submitted · April 27th, 2017
Edward L. Biggart, 76, of Marion, formerly of Central City, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha. Services will be held at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, in Central City. Visitation will be on Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. The funeral will be Friday, April 28, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will take place at Mt. Clark Cemetery, Central City.

Marlene Ramsey, 85
by Report submitted · April 27th, 2017
Marlene M. Ramsey, 85, a lifelong resident of Marion, died Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral Mass is at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion by Father David O'Connor. Burial is to place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

Valvard "Val" Blazek, 87
by Report submitted · April 27th, 2017
Valvard "Val" L. Blazek, 87, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Chicago, died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Services were at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion by Pastor Vicki Standley. Burial took place at Oak Shade Cemetery in Marion.

William "Bill" Hall Jr., 72
by Report submitted · April 27th, 2017
William "Bill" Hall Jr., 72, of Cedar Rapids and formerly of Central City, died peacefully Monday, April 24, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids. Services will be held at Central City First United Methodist Church, Central City, Iowa, on Monday, June 5, at 11 a.m. Arrangements are being made by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.

Charles "Charlie" Quaas, 70
by Report submitted · April 20th, 2017
Charles "Charlie" Quaas, 70, of Alburnett, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017, at St. Lukes Hospital. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.

June M. Mead, 91
by Report submitted · April 20th, 2017
June M. Mead, 91, of Marion, left this earth to be with her Lord on April 12, 2017, at Winslow House Care Center. In honoring her wishes there will be no visitations. A private family memorial service will take place at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion, with Pastor John Albertson presiding. Inurnment will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Anamosa.

Ronald Lethem, 90
by Report submitted · April 20th, 2017
Ronald Allen Lethem was born to Faye Marie (Gifford) and Walter Roy Lethem, Sr. on October 27, 1926, in Walnut, Iowa. He was the fifth of six children. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Maryville, Missouri. There, he graduated from high school and attended college. In 1946 Ron entered the Army Signal Corps and served as a basic training TS (Battlefield Field Communications) Instructor. After being honorably discharged, he entered the retail business and spent the next 25 years managing and supervising department stores in Iowa and Wisconsin for the C.R. Anthony Company.

Sally M. Dundee, 82
by Report submitted · April 20th, 2017
Mildred "Sally" Marie (Carrel), Stalkfleet, Young, Keller, Curtis, Dundee, 82, of Marion, passed away Friday April 14, 2017, at Willow Garden Care Center, Marion. The family greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, and will from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral Service following at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial at Ridgewood Cemetery, North Liberty.

Vida Marie Vesey Engel, 89
by Report Submitted · April 20th, 2017
Vida Marie Engel, 89, of Marion, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at her home. Visitation was from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral Service was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Marion, officiated by Reverend Gregory R. Williamson. The family greeted friends one hour prior to service at the church. Graveside service followed at 2:30 p.m. at Pine View Cemetery, Delaware, Iowa.

Armella Dana, 68
by Report submitted · April 13th, 2017
Armella Dana, 68, of Marion, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Friends may greet family from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Marion, conducted by Reverend Dr. Howard Chapman and Reverend Elizabeth Hilkerbaum.

Lee Voelker, 77
by Report submitted · April 13th, 2017
Lee E. Voelker, 77, of Marion died Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa, following a lengthy illness. Visitation was from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion, Iowa, where a parish vigil service began at 1 p.m. Funeral Mass was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, by Father Steve Garner. Burial took place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

Marion Home School teams, individuals perform well at State
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · April 13th, 2017
All three of Marion Home School's mock trial teams qualified for the State competition and performed well.

Mitchell Bluml performs with Wartburg Choir at National ACDA conference
by Report submitted · April 13th, 2017
Mitchell Bluml, of Marion, was one of 79 Wartburg College students to perform with the Wartburg Choir at the National American Choral Directors Association conference in Minneapolis, on March 10 and 11.
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