James F. Beierschmitt

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Fairbank: James Franklin Beierschmitt, 81, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017, at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown after a brief illness. He was born March 27, 1935, in Waterloo the son of Ralph and Frances (Barlow) Beierschmitt. Through high school graduation he attended Fairbank schools and graduated from Loras College in Dubuque in 1956 with a degree in sociology. He served in the United States Armed Forces from 1957 to 1959 where he worked as a Doppler and radio repairman and enjoyed participating in intramural basketball and baseball leagues. Jim worked in pharmaceutical sales, retail, and most recently at the Dunkerton Co-op. He served on the Goodwill Board and volunteered at St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Jesup for several years. While living at the Veterans Home the past eight years he also volunteered in the chapel and enjoyed various field trips and outings. Jim was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed playing golf and fishing and was a loyal Iowa Hawkeye fan, traveling to bowl games in Florida several years. He also enjoyed following UNI and ISU sports, cheering for the Panthers and Cyclones whenever they weren’t playing against the Hawkeyes. Jim also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his five grandchildren.

Jim is survived by three sons: Bob (Caryn) Beierschmitt of Rockford, IL; Dan (Susan) Beierschmitt of Johnston, and Jeff Beierschmitt of Sanford, FL. Five grandchildren: Rachel and Shannon Beierschmitt of Iowa City; Christian and Kaley Beierschmitt  of Apopka, FL, and Danielle Beierschmitt of Rockford, IL. Two brothers: Don (Brenda) Beierschmitt of Jesup and Bill (Mary) Beierschmitt of Fairbank. One sister-in-law: Judy Beierschmitt of Quinlan, TX. Nieces and nephews: Tom (Serena) Beierschmitt, Cindy Simmons, Susie (Johnny) Williamson, LuAnne Aaron, Edward (Michele) Beierschmitt; Brandon (Erin) Beierschmitt, Nicole (Jeramy) Siems, Heather (Jason) Brodie, Eric (Carissa) Beierschmitt, and Kathy Beierschmitt; 34 great nieces and nephews and 11 great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Robert, John, and Howard; sister, Mary Sue; two nieces, and two nephews.

Services: 10:30 am Friday January 27, 2017 at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup, Iowa.

Rosary: 3:45 pm Thursday at the Funeral Home

Visitation: 4:00-7:00 pm Thursday January 26 at Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank and for one hour before services at the church on Friday.

Burial: Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, Fairbank with Military Rites conducted by Fairbank American Legion Fortsch-Duffy Post 552

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Ruth Gallup Love

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Fairbank: Ruth Isabelle Gallup Love age 100 passed away January 7, 2017 at Lexington States in Independence, Iowa. Ruth was born September 28, 1916 the daughter of Frank and Nellie (Washburn) Dewees in Fairmount, North Dakota. Ruth graduated from Jesup High School with the Class of 1934. Ruth married Loren Gallup on February 23, 1947, they made their home at the Gallup home farm near Littleton. This farm was near the Amish families and they befriended many of their good neighbors over the years. Ruth and Loren farmed until his death in July of 1987. Ruth was an accomplished pianist and played on Sunday’s for the Littleton Presbyterian Church, she also taught Sunday School. The Gallup’s spent their winters in Florida for many years. Ruth married Harvey Love of Aurora, with whom she and Loren were good friends on July 14, 1989. They lived on a farm near Aurora in the summer and spent winters in Florida. When Ruth began having difficulties with her health she chose to move to Prairie Hills Assisted Living in Independence and eventually to Lexington Estates also in Independence. Always thinking of others, she chose to donate her body to the medical school at the University of Iowa. Ruth is survived by her husband Harvey Love of Independence, 3 nieces; Mary Lou Poggenpahl of North Liberty, Laura Ott of Fairbank and Arlene Zumbach of Marion and a nephew Frank Gallup Sr. of Independence. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, a nephew; Donald Peterson and a niece, Norma Palmer Kunkle.

Services: 11:00 am Wednesday January 11, 2017 at Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank.

Visitation: 9:30-11:00 am Wednesday January 11 at the funeral home.

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Lyle John Etgeton

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Fairbank: Lyle Etgeton age 81 passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Unity Point Allen Hospital, Waterloo following a brief illness. Lyle was born February 19, 1935 in rural Oran, Iowa the son of John and Sophie (Reese) Etgeton. He attended and graduated from Fairbank High School, Lyle married Leona Zander on April 24, 1960 at Zion American Lutheran Church in Oelwein, IA. He worked at Rath Packing in Waterloo for 26 years after that he worked at John Deere and IBP for a period of time and for many years right up until the time of his illness he transported members of the Amish Community. Lyle is survived by his two sons, Jeff of Fairbank and Chris (Terace) of Sumner, six grandchildren; Nathan, Alex (Savana), Kloyee, Reggie, Brad and Shyla. A niece, Gayle Culbertson of Des Moines and two nephews, Don (Victoria) Etgeton of Florida and Mitchell Etgeton of Texas along with other great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one brother; Bob Etgeton and three sisters; Marlene Culbertson, Darlis Barta and Alice Weaver.

Services: 11:00 am Saturday January 7, 2017 at Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank

Visitation: 5:00-7:00 pm Friday January 6, 2017 at the funeral home and for one hour before services, Saturday at the funeral home.

Interment: Fairbank Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials: to the family

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