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Obituaries
Elinor "Ellie" Myrene Witwer
by Report submitted · December 14th, 2017
Elinor "Ellie" Myrene Witwer, of Marion, formerly of Cedar Rapids, went to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at her home. The family greeted friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Marion. A private family committal service took place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Iris Tuttrup Smith, 99
by Report submitted · December 14th, 2017
Iris Edna Tuttrup Smith, age 99, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca.

Retirement Announcement
by Report submitted · December 14th, 2017
After more than 42 years in the financial services business, I have decided to retire effective December 31.

Robert "Bob" Wheeler, 85
by Report submitted · December 14th, 2017
Robert C. "Bob" Wheeler, 85, of Hiawatha, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha. Per Bob's wishes, his body has been gifted to the University of Iowa Department of Anatomy. The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Memorial Service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017, at the funeral home conducted by Bob's son, Commander Dennis Wheeler, US Navy Chaplain. Military honors will be provided by Marine Corps League-Cedar Valley Detachment of Cedar Rapids.

Vernon Pickering, 79
by Report submitted · December 14th, 2017
Vernon J. Pickering, 79, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly Monday, December 4, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. The family greeted friends from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, December 8, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral services followed at noon at the funeral home on Friday officiated by Reverend Becky High. Burial took place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Verdi "Kirt" Curtis, 77
by Report submitted · December 7th, 2017
Verdi "Kirt" Curtis, 77, of Marion, Iowa, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. Visitation was held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. Celebration of Life began at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Don Chalstrom, 88
by Report submitted · November 30th, 2017
Don Eugene Chalstrom, 88, of Marion, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017, at UnityPoint - St. Luke's Hospital. Visitation was from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, November 24, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. Funeral Services were at noon on Friday at the funeral home, conducted by Rev. Mike Morgan. Burial took place at Oak Shade Cemetery in Marion.

E. Wayne Scott, 84
by Report submitted · November 30th, 2017
E. Wayne Scott, a true Renaissance man, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017, in Spring Hill, Florida, formerly of Marion, Iowa. The family greeted friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, located at 3855 Katz Drive, Marion. Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at the funeral home with Reverend Rebecca Hinds officiating. Burial followed at Prairie Chapel Cemetery, at rural Marion, Iowa.

Loren Netz, 84
by Report submitted · November 30th, 2017
Loren C. Netz, 84, of Marion, passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids following a sudden illness. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Faith Lutheran Church, Marion. Funeral Service was at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Faith Lutheran Church, officiated by Rev. John Albertson. The family also greeted friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Burial took place at Oak Shade Cemetery, Marion with military honors.

Merle Menzel, 92
by Report submitted · November 30th, 2017
Merle F. Menzel, 92, of Marion, passed away Monday, November 27, 2017 at his home. The family will greet friends from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. Funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. conducted by Father David O'Connor. Burial will take place with military honors provided by American Legion Post #298 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.

Bruce Miller, 69
by Report submitted · November 22nd, 2017
Bruce Kenneth Miller, 69, of Marion, passed away Friday, November 17, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. The family greeted friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Marion.

Donald Heald, 91
by Report submitted · November 22nd, 2017
Donald R. Heald, 91, formerly of Marion, passed away November 13, 2017, at St. Luke's Living Center West in Cedar Rapids. A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church in Marion, where family greeted friends at 9:30. A private family committal service will take place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Gordon "Gordy" Gott, 88
by Report submitted · November 22nd, 2017
Gordon "Gordy" Gott, 88, of Marion, Iowa, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospice Unit, Cedar Rapids. A gathering for family and friends to celebrate and honor his life was held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, in Marion.

Jacqueline Smith Taylor, 89
by Report submitted · November 22nd, 2017
Jacqueline M. Smith Taylor, 89, of Marion, entered her heavenly home on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Unity Point Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Visitation was from noon - 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 20, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Marion. Funeral Service: 2:00 p.m. at the church by Rev. Dr. Jerry Springston. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion.

Harry J. Stomp Jr, 73
by Report submitted · November 9th, 2017
Harry J. Stomp Jr, 73, of Marion, died Sunday, November 5, 2017, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. A celebration of his life will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the home of Adam and Ana Stomp.
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