Katherine Birely - 88
4/11/1929 - 7/5/2017
Clinton, IA Katherine V. Birely, age 88 of Clinton,...
Phyllis Luckritz - 88
11/13/1928 - 6/30/2017
Clinton, IA Phyllis Luckritz earned her wings as she passed...
Gary F. Nixon - 75
10/27/1941 - 6/29/2017
Clinton, Iowa Gary F. Nixon, age 75, of Clinton, passed away...
Robert E. Null - 84
10/22/1932 - 6/25/2017
Camanche, Iowa Robert E. Null age 84 of Camanche, passed away...

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Ralph W. Thompson - 86

2/15/1931 - 3/20/2017
Clinton, Iowa Ralph W. Thompson, age 86 of Clinton, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017 at his home. In following his wishes cremation rites will be accorded. There are no services planned. Burial will be at a later date in Clinton Lawn Cemetery. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Ralph was born in Spring Valley, IL on February 15, 1931, the son of Ralph L. and Alma (Wiese) Thompson. Ralph married Helen Morton on February 17, 1952 in Chillicothe, OH. He served with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, receiving the Purple Heart for wounds received in action. He was employed at Northwestern Bell retiring in 1984. Ralph and Helen enjoyed spending winters in Arizona before finally moving there for 17 years and returning to Clinton in 2015. They had traveled to every state but Hawaii and Alaska. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren and was a jack of all trades who enjoyed photography and woodworking. Ralph is survived by his wife Helen; two sons, Marvin (LaVonne) Thompson of Clinton and Ray (Sandra) Thompson of Washington, IL; three grandchildren, Jessica Craig, William Thompson and Taylor Thompson; six great grandchildren, Brecken, Broden, Zachery, Marin, Liam and Guinevere and a nephew, David Christiansen of Blue Island, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Doris Christiansen. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.

Cleora J. Adams - 89

11/15/1927 - 3/17/2017
Rockford, IL formerly Clinton, IA Cleora J. Adams, age 89, of Rockford, IL, formerly of Clinton, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Pape Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. until the service time Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Steve and Danniel Kooi, Drew Reese, Tyler Brown, Ken Dann and Charly Bigwood. Cleora was born on the family farm near Miles, Iowa on November 15, 1927, the daughter of Clarence and Melinda (Roeh) Petersen. She graduated from Miles High School. Cleora married Harold Adams on January 31, 1953 in Clinton. Harold passed away on June 17, 2012. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her and Harold enjoyed traveling and spending time in Arizona. Cleora is survived by her daughter, Lynne Reese of Machesney Park, IL; two grandchildren, Michele (Justin) Weide of Phoenix, AZ and Drew (Nikki Johnson) Reese of Rockford; a sister, Myrna (Ken) Dann of Camanche and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a great niece, Brynn. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.

Helen M. Christiansen - 96

2/21/1921 - 3/16/2017
Clinton, Iowa Helen M. Christiansen age 96 of Clinton, passed away Thursday March 16, 2017 at Mercy Living Center South. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held Saturday 10:00 AM until the service hour at the church. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Genesis Hospice or to Zion Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. Helen was born on Feb. 21, 1921 in Miles, IA, the daughter of Jerry and Anna (Gelsen) Petersen. She married Gilbert Christiansen on June 12, 1946 in Clinton; he died in 2007. She owned and operated Helen’s Beauty Shop on Main Ave. for many years. Helen was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Moose Lodge, and Odeon Club. She enjoyed bowling and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Helen is survived by her two sons, Allen (Nancy) Christiansen of Fulton, IL and Reynold (Marcia) Christiansen of Clinton; four grandchildren, Angela (Doug) Tegeler, Robert Christiansen, Kelly (Quentin) Stark, and Tracy (Corey) Bredekamp; five great grandchildren, Shawn, Allison, Dylan, Rowan, and Lincoln; and a sister, Esther Petersen of Miles, IA; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and two sisters.

Violet M. Reimer - 87

12/28/1929 - 3/11/2017
Clinton, Iowa Violet M. Reimer, age 87, of Clinton, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Mercy Living Center North. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Pape Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. until the service time Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Violet was born in Sabula, Iowa on December 28, 1929, the daughter of Arthur and Helen (Jess) Huebner. She married Melvin Reimer on March 1, 1953 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clinton. Melvin passed away on July 1, 2011. Violet had been employed at Sears and later with J.C. Penney. She enjoyed reading Danielle Steel books, gardening, watching the birds in her yard, collecting owls and following the Iowa Hawkeyes. Most of all she loved her family dearly. Violet is survived by a son, Marlin (Carol) Reimer of Brownsburg, IN; a daughter, Vicky (Dennis) Kroymann of Miles; five grandchildren, Mark (Shari) Reimer of Flower Mound, TX, Sara (John) Diekelmann of Des Moines, Rebecca Kroymann of Clinton, Stephanie (Jason) Jacobsen of Riverside, IA and Jessica (Sahand Faghihi) Kroymann of Fishers, IN; three great grandsons, Brilan and Bakstin Reimer, Logan Jacobsen, with baby Diekelmann on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Donald Huebner and a sister, Ruby Huebner. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.

Stephen O. Cooley - 72

1/2/1945 - 3/10/2017
Clinton, Iowa Stephen O. Cooley age 72 of Clinton, passed away Friday March 10, 2017 at his home. Memorial services are planned for 2:00 PM Sunday March 19th at the Pape Funeral Home. Gathering of friends and family will be held Sunday 12:00-2:00 PM at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial will be held at Clinton Lawn Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. Stephen was born in Clinton, IA on January 2, 1945, the son of Orville and Enid (Hoeft) Cooley. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1964. He was married to Rosie Judge for 22 years and the couple raised three children. He was then married to Lisa Schrader for 19 years and the couple later divorced. Stephen was employed in the Litho Department as a Pressman at International Paper for more than 30 years, retiring when the plant closed in 2001. He was employed at Mufflers, Inc. for many years as well as a Security Guard with Wild Rose Casino for more than five years. Stephen was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was an avid NASCAR fan. Stephen is survived by two sons, Mark (Heather) Cooley and their children JT, Makenzie, Maddux & Cooper of Clinton and Tony (Kristine) Cooley and their children Drew, BJ and Brooklyn of Clinton; one daughter, Laurie Soesbe and her children Abby, Libby and Erin of Clinton; four brothers, Jeff (Ellen) Cooley of Clinton; Charles (Barb) Cooley of Clinton; Tom (Jeanette) Cooley of Norcross, GA; Paul (Lorine) Cooley of Auburn, GA; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Also, special friends, Jon Abbott and MaDonna Chase both of Clinton, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorials may be made to the family.

Paul E. “Bing” Nielsen - 84

12/29/1932 - 3/8/2017
Low Moor, Iowa Paul E. “Bing” Nielsen age 84 of Low Moor, passed away Wednesday March 8, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Monday at the Pape Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Sunday 2 – 5 PM at the Pape Funeral Home. Burial will be held at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery. Casket bearers and honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren. The Moline American Legion will conduct military honors. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. Paul was born on Dec. 29, 1932 in Low Moor, IA, the son of Alvin and Ethel (Hall) Nielsen. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1951. He served with the US Air Force from 1952-1956 and retired from the Reserves in 1960. Paul married Bernice Latimer on Jan. 27, 1955 in Low Moor. He worked as a machine operator with E.I. DuPont, Clinton. Paul enjoyed collecting HO Scale Trains, reading, and working on lawn mowers. Paul is survived by his wife, Bernice Nielsen of Low Moor; five children, Brenda Jo (Brian) Melby of Tarpon Springs, FL, Bruce (Tami) Nielsen of Clinton, Brent Nielsen of Low Moor, Teresa Rowson of Low Moor, and Grant (Darla Hoerner) Nielsen of Grand Mound; 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Paul was the last surviving member of the Alvin and Ethel Nielsen family. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and two sisters.

Steven J. Cox - 60

12/28/1956 - 3/6/2017
Clinton, IA Steven J. “Coxy” Cox, age 60, of Clinton died Monday, March 6, 2017 at his home. Cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Pape Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 3:00 P.M. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. Steve was born in Clinton on December 28, 1956, the son of Joseph and Verda (Kubert) Cox. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1975. Steve married Becky Weburg in Prophetstown, IL in 1985. He later married Linda King on December 9, 2005 in Clinton. Linda passed away on December 6, 2015. Steve was employed with ESB at Ralston Purina. He was a member of the Eagles Club. Steve was a fan of the Chicago Cub’s and Bear’s and the Iowa Hawkeyes. He enjoyed socializing with his many friends. Steve is survived by five sisters; Deb (Glenn) Plummer of Camanche, Holly (Dave) Cale of Clinton, Wendy (Larry) Hoertz of Savanna, Laurie (Randy) Pierce of Altoona, IA and Karla (Bryon) Sheker of Clinton; a brother, Terry Cox of Clinton and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Linda and a niece, Kaitlyn.

Carol Ann Jensen - 73

3/29/1943 - 3/4/2017
Clinton, Iowa Carol Ann Jensen age 73 of Clinton, passed away Saturday March 4, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center North. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be 11:00 AM Thursday March 9th at the Pape Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Thursday 10:00 AM until the service hour at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. Carol was born on March 29, 1943 in Clinton, the daughter of Francis and Marian (Fletcher) Marn. She graduated from Clinton High School in 1962. She married Kenneth Jensen on May 4, 1963 in Clinton. Carol worked as a nurse’s aide at the former Jane Lamb Hospital, Clinton and also worked at Homer’s Deli. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, shopping, watching soap operas, and riding motorcycle. She was an avid Isabel Bloom and Precious Moments collector. Carol is survived by her husband, Kenneth Jensen of Clinton; three sons, Joseph (Christine) Jensen of Savanna, IL, Jason Jensen of Greeley, CO, and Jared Jensen of Old Hickory, TN; three grandchildren, Justin (Erica), Jazzlyn and Will; and a great-granddaughter, Brielle. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Todd M. Allen - 44

10/29/1972 - 3/4/2017
Camanche, Iowa Todd M. Allen age 44 of Camanche, passed away Saturday March 4, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 4 – 7 PM Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Pape Funeral Home, Clinton. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 10th from 5 – 8 PM at the Moose Lodge in Clinton. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. Todd was born on Oct. 29, 1972 in Iowa City, the son of Dan and Kim (Langfitt) Allen. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1990. He married Deb Sterbenz on Sept. 2, 2000 in Clinton. He had worked as a cook. He loved to play billiards and spending time with his friends and family. Todd was an avid Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks fan; and an Iowa Hawkeye fan. Todd is survived by his wife, Deb Allen of Camanche; a son, Bram Judge of Clinton; a grandson, Dawson Judge; and a sister, Michelle (Adam) Wirth of Rome, GA; two nephews, Zach and Zane and a niece, Zoe. He was preceded in death by his mother and his grandparents.

Ruth M. Luckritz - 95

9/10/1921 - 3/1/2017
Clinton, Iowa Ruth M. Luckritz age 95 of Clinton, passed away Wednesday March 1, 2017 at Mercy Living Center South, Clinton. According to her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM Monday March 6th at the Pape Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Monday 10:00 AM until the service hour at the funeral home. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be given to Mercy Hospice. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. Ruth was born on Sept. 10, 1921 in Savanna, IL, the daughter of Charlie and Lena (Otten) McMahon. She married Ervin Luckritz in 1942 in Manhattan, KS; he died in 1984. She touched many lives and was loved by all who knew her. Ruth loved to travel to California to visit her daughters and to Minneapolis to visit her sons. She enjoyed gardening; she had a marvelous green thumb, which was envied by many. Ruth had a wonderful sense of humor and had an infectious laugh. Ruth is survived by her five children, Linda (Bob) Irby and Paula Kavanaugh both of San Rafael, CA, Rita (Kathleen) Jones of Novato, CA, Gary (Shirley) Luckritz of Morrison, IL, and Ellen (Tim Bannister) Luckritz of Walla Walla, WA; five grandchildren, Leslie, Eric, Lena, Clint, and Josh; five great grandchildren; and two sisters, June Orsi and Dolores Snyder. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Keith, and two brothers.

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