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Monty M. Lumsden, 77
by Report submitted · January 18th, 2018
Monty M. Lumsden, age 77, of Marion, Iowa, passed away peacefully, with his wife Karen at his side, on Friday, January 5, 2018, at his home.

W. Jack Peterson, 88
by Report submitted · January 18th, 2018
W. Jack Peterson, 88, of Springville, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion and one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral Services are at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018, at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Springville.

Bobbie Z. Gorman, 86
by Report submitted · January 11th, 2018
Bobbie Z. Gorman, 86, of Marion died suddenly on Monday, December 25, 2017, at his daughter's home. Services were at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017, at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories with military rites. Certified Celebrant Renee Lunemann officiated. Burial took place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends were able to call at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 28.

Brian White, 49
by Report submitted · January 11th, 2018
Brian Michael White, 49, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of the Alburnett area, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids. A Celebration of Life was held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion, where the family greeted friends. To honor Brian, guests were asked to dress casually. A private family inurnment will take place at Lafayette Cemetery, Alburnett, at a later date.

Dale 'Daytona' Cummings, 73
by Report submitted · January 11th, 2018
Dale F. "Daytona" Cummings, 73, of Marion, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family. The family greeted friends from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral service began at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home on Monday, conducted by Pastor Anthony Saul.

How can you improve your financial fitness this year?
by John A. Westfall · January 11th, 2018
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to get healthier, you may already be taking the necessary steps, such as improving your diet and increasing your exercise. Of course, physical fitness is important to your well-being - but, at the same time, don't forget about your financial fitness. Specifically, what can you do to ensure your investment situation is in good shape?

Lorna Caspers Messerli, 92
by Report submitted · January 11th, 2018
Lorna Mary Caspers Messerli, 92, died on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the Eastern Star Masonic Home in Boone, Iowa. Visitation was from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church, Marion. Funeral Service was at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the church, conducted by Reverend Dr. Howard B. Chapman. Graveside Service took place at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Cedar Memorial Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Services by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.

Catherine Brandt, 96
by Report submitted · January 4th, 2018
Catherine Ellen Brandt, 96, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at Linn Manor Care Center in Marion. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at Schluter & Balik Funeral Home, Fort Atkinson, Iowa. Funeral Services were held at Community United Methodist Church in Calmar, Iowa, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27. Burial will be at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Fort Atkinson.

Martha 'Ann' Oakley, 81
by Report submitted · January 4th, 2018
Martha "Ann" Oakley, age 81, of Holstein, passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017, at the Mercy Medical Center of Sioux City. A funeral mass was held on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church of Holstein. Burial took place at the Calvary Cemetery of Holstein. A visitation was held on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m., a recitation of the Rosary at 7 p.m., and a time of gathering following at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Holstein. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Holstein was in charge of the arrangements.

Sandra Carpenter, 78
by Report submitted · January 4th, 2018
Sandra Kay Carpenter, 78, of Marion, went home to God on Friday, December 22, 2017. A Parish Vigil Service was held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. The family greeted friends following the Vigil Service until 7 p.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday. Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marion, conducted by Father Mark Kwenin. Burial took place at Oak Shade Cemetery, Marion.

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.
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