Iowa Obituaries

Iowa man susceptible to virus, dies in breakthrough COVID-19 infection

MOUNT AYR, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman’s husband died from a breakthrough COVID-19 infection. Ardith Keplinger husband Gary Keplinger, of Mount Ayr, was buried this month. In his obituary, the family wrote that his life was “unnecessarily cut short.” They described the retired school superintendent as “one of several victims recently infected from an unmasked, unvaccinated person.”
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International Business Times

Iowa Widow Blames Unvaccinated Americans For Fully Vaccinated Husband’s Death

A woman in Iowa has expressed her anger toward Americans who refuse to get inoculated or wear masks in public, indoor spaces after she lost her fully vaccinated husband to COVID-19 last month. Ardith Keplinger's 77-year-old husband, Gary Keplinger, of Mount Ayr, died of a "breakthrough" COVID-19 infection on Aug....
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Widow: Unvaccinated to Blame for Vaccinated Iowa Man's Death

An Iowa woman whose husband died from a breakthrough COVID-19 infection is blaming Americans who refuse to mask or get vaccinated. “It’s that kind of attitude that killed my husband,” Ardith Keplinger, whose husband, Gary Keplinger, of Mount Ayr, was buried this month, told the Des Moines Register. In his...
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Paul Allen Johnson, 74, Arnold's Park, Iowa

Location:Okoboji View Cemetery With Military Honors. Funeral Home:Schuchert - Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Notes:A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date.
Independent Record

WWII vet killed at Pearl Harbor laid to rest in Iowa

SMITHLAND, Iowa (AP) — Nearly 80 years after he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Wesley Brown has been laid to rest in Iowa. Dozens of people who never had the chance to know Brown gathered Saturday to honor him as he was buried in the Little Sioux Township Cemetery in Smithland. His final resting place is a site near the graves of his mother and sister who both died long before his remains could be identified through DNA testing, according to the Sioux City Journal.
Storm Lake Times

Film ‘Storm Lake’ makes Iowa premiere at Vista

The nationwide theatrical release of the acclaimed documentary “Storm Lake” will begin with a two-night showing in The City Beautiful. The film, which follows the staff of The Storm Lake Times and chronicles their work in the lead-up to the 2020 Iowa caucuses and struggles faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, will air nationally Nov. 15 on PBS.

George M. Davidshofer, 82, Salem, Iowa

Location:Faith Christian Outreach Church-Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Visitation Location:Faith Christian Outreach Church. Visitation Day and Date:Saturday, September 11, 2021. Memorials:In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Davidshofer family. Funeral Home:Walker-Merrick-Billings & Wolfe-Billings Funeral Chapels. Cemetery:No burial at this time George donated his body to the Carver College of...

Dr. Douglas W. Larche, Iowa City

Services for Dr. Douglas Wayne Larche, 72, who passed away Friday, August 27, 2021 at home, will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola with burial following in the Indianola I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Dr. Douglas Wayne Larche, MFA, PhD was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas,...
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Dorothy Sprau 'Dot' Gay

Gay, Dorothy Sprau "Dot" Was born an identical twin April 28, 1939. She grew up in Storm Lake, Iowa and enjoyed every minute of her college education at Iowa State University, where she picked up her nickname. Her degree in Dietetics nurtured her inquisitive mind for the rest of her life. Dot's volunteerism started with her sorority, Chi Omega when she became president of her chapter. She died on August 17, 2021. Dot married Dick Sprau, her college sweetheart on May 28, 1961, the day after they both graduated from Iowa State University. They had 3 wonderful children, Julie, Jeff (Angela) and Tim, the continuing joys of her life. Dot leaves her special grandchildren Lauren, Nicole, Annelise, Colin, Erik, Finn, Sloan and Owen and her great grandson Elijah, all wonderful legacies. Dot is also survived by step-daughter Michelle Rogers (Sam), granddaughter Sarah Rogers and stepson Michael Gay. Dot and Dick moved from Wayzata, MN to Rio Verde, AZ in 1993 to retire and play lots of golf. Dot served on two country club boards and the Minnesota Women's Golf Association board where she was twice president. She also served on the board of Rio Verde Country Club including a term as president. Several years later, Dot was introduced to Roger Gay, also widowed. They married in June 2008 and began spending time in "Dot's house" in Rio Verde, AZ and "Roger's house" in Minnetonka, MN. Their goals were lots of golf, travel and happiness, all of which they accomplished. Dot loved her family and the great memories they created. She had the rare experience of carding two hole-in-ones during her lifetime. She made many dear friends through all of her adventures. She will be missed by all. Dot was preceded in death by her husband Dick in 2003, her twin sister Donna in 2010, and her parents Omer and Mae Roth. She also leaves brother Steve Roth (Ann), sister Becki Drahota (Dick), nieces and nephews. Dot's memorial service will be September 18, 2021, at 11:00 AM at Wayzata Community Church, 125 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata, MN 55391. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577