The Ottumwa Courier

Obituaries

January 14, 2013

Dean Stecker, 94, Mt. Pleasant

MOUNT PLEASANT — Harold Dean Stecker, 94, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of rural Hillsboro, died at 10:55 a.m. Jan. 11, 2013, at Sunnybrook Ashford Park, Mt Pleasant.

He was born March 29, 1918, at Yates City, Ill., to John and Nellie Meyer Stecker. He married Dorothy F. Elliott Feb. 22, 1947, in Keosauqua. She died May 4, 1986. He married Fern Thornburg in 1988. She preceded him in death in May 2009.

Dean grew up in and spent his entire life farming in Harrisburg Township Van Buren County until retiring to Mt. Pleasant.

He served in Army Air Corps during World War II and was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church, Van Buren County Farm Bureau, American Legion and an active member of the Christian Motorcycle Association. He enjoyed flying and obtained his pilot’s license.

Surviving are a daughter, Sandra Batten (Bob) of rural Hillsboro;  two sons, Ronald Stecker (Brenda) of Marion and Keith Stecker (Lori) of Williamsburg; a stepdaughter, Rosanna Grinstead (Roger) in Ohio; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Neva Carter of Stockport and Irma Elliott of Bonaparte; and a brother, Gilbert Stecker (Merial) of Keosauqua

In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lester Stecker; and a sister, Rhea Brombaugh.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Harrisburg Baptist Church north of Bonaparte. Burial with military rites by Sargeant – Osweiler Post #563 American Legion, Bonaparte, will be in Vale Cemetery.  Visitation will open at 2 p.m. today at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua, with the family present from 5-8 p.m.

Memorials to Harrisburg Baptist Church or Vale Cemetery may be left at the funeral home or the church or mailed to the family at 17192 Willow Ave, Hillsboro, Iowa 52630.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • 0423 OTT obit Dawn Smith photo -T -L -M Dawn Smith ALBIA -- Dawn Marie Smith, 33, of Albia, died April 19, 2014, at her home. The daughter of Michael Todd Smith and Sherry Lea (Hampton) Smith, she was born Nov. 18, 1980, in Albia. Dawn was baptized in 1991 at Calvary Baptist Church in Leon. She grad

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • David Heffron MELROSE — David Leo Heffron, 79, of Melrose, died April 21, 2014, at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Melrose; Fr. Patrick Lumsden officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary

    April 22, 2014

  • 0423 OTT obit Mickey Long photo -T -L -M Mickey Long OTTUMWA — Mickey Parker Long, 45, of 202 N. Hancock St., died at 7:05 a.m. April 21, 2014, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She was born December 10, 1968, and raised by Ernie and Mary Parker, Dave and Carol McCall. She met the love o

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Beverly Harris FAIRFIELD — Beverly Ann Harris, 78, died April 20, 2014, at Jefferson County Health Center, Fairfield. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Behner Funeral Home; Stephen Burns officiating. Following the service, the body will be cremat

    April 22, 2014

  • Russell Harward FAIRFIELD — Russell “Russ” Harward, 76, of Hot Springs Village, Ark., died Jan. 15, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Behner Funeral Home; Pastor Jerry Coughlin officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfi

    April 22, 2014

  • 0423 OTT obit Lydia Payne photo -T -L -M Lydia Payne BLOOMFIELD — Lydia Jean Payne, 80, of Pulaski, died April 22, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society in Keosauqua. She was born April 23, 1933, in Kossuth County to Nathan Alfred and Esther Ruth Kropf Banwart. She married Donald William Payne Oct. 3, 1954,

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0423 OTT Genevieve Sandegren photo -T -L -M Genevieve Sandegren OTTUMWA — Genevieve I. Sandegren, 85, of Ottumwa, died at 3:05 p.m. April 21, 2014, at The Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa. She was born April 11, 1929, in Iowa City to Floyd and Velma Martinache Wells. She married John Sandegren on June 21, 1947. H

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • MaryElla Harrelson OTTUMWA — MaryElla Harrelson, 74, passed away on April 11, 2014, in Alamogordo, N.M., after an eight-year battle with cancer. She was born on Nov. 23, 1939, in Ottumwa to Robert and Esther Morrison Howard. After graduating from Pulaski High School, s

    April 22, 2014

  • 0423 OTT obit Phyllis Whennen photo -T -L -M Phyllis Whennen OTTUMWA — Phyllis A. Whennen, 72, of 920 Boone Ave., died at 9:55 p.m. April 21, 2014, at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. She was born June 4, 1941, in Ottumwa to Fred and Mildred Walker Kopp. She married David Whennen on October 13, 1977. He prece

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0422 OTT obit Darrell Adams photo -T -L -M Darrell Adams OTTUMWA — Darrell E. Adams, 89, formerly of 110 E. Pennsylvania Ave., died at 9 p.m. April 19 at his home at Prairie Hills Assisted Living. He was born November 18, 1924, in Memphis, Mo., to James Thomas and Welda Mae Jewell Tanzy Adams. He married

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National