The Ottumwa Courier


August 16, 2013

Rebecca Bennett

OTTUMWA — Rebecca (Becky) Bennett, 63, formerly of Ottumwa, died of cancer on Aug. 14, 2013, at her home in Minden, Nev.

Rebecca Marion (Morrissey) Bennett was born Aug. 30, 1949, to Joseph and Rosemary Morrissey in Ottumwa, where she graduated from high school in 1967. In 1976, she graduated from the University of Oregon and taught elementary school in Eugene, Ore. She married Ralph Bennett in 1983, and they relocated to Tallahassee, Fla., in 1985. There she worked as a real estate broker and for the state of Florida as a public lands access specialist. She finished her career with the Federal Department of Transportation after positions in Washington, D.C., Carson City, Nev., and Sacramento, Calif.

She was a vibrant and sparkling person who enjoyed her work and excelled at it. She had a special connection with people and was adored by her family and friends. Becky loved nature, travel and her poodles (Jacque and Simon).

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Bennett; her daughter Caroline Davenport Riggs (Brian) of Seattle, Wash.; three stepdaughters, Karen Coury (Charley), Kathy McDonald (Brad) of Eugene, Ore., and Connie Roberts (Todd) of South Jordan, Utah; and 10 grandchildren, Andrew, Matthew, Peter and Luke Coury, Stephanie Rauch, Brady McDonald, Blair, Grant, Hannah Roberts and Aiden Riggs. She has seven surviving brothers and sisters, Joe Morrissey of Sacramento, Calif., Beth Johnston of Keosauqua, Vicki Marcel of Saco, Maine, John Morrissey of Ottumwa, Charles Morrissey of Ottumwa, Jani Little of Lyons, Colo., Stephen Morrissey of West Des Moines; and 31 nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Life Point Church at 1095 Stephanie Way, Minden, Nev. 89423.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army at

Text Only
  • 0801 OTT obit Royce Hemm photo -T -M Royce Hem OTTUMWA — Royce W. Hem, 76, formerly of Ottumwa, died at 8:35 p.m. July 30, 2014, at the Carlisle Care Center in Carlisle. He was born July 12, 1938, in Ottumwa to Fred and Margaret Hartley Hem. He married Marion Cleone Christy on December 20, 1959.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Daniel Willcoxson BLOOMFIELD — Daniel Lynn Willcoxson was born Feb. 1, 1947, in Ottumwa to John and Violet Gordy Willcoxson and passed away July 30, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Danny was close to his family and spent many years

    July 31, 2014

  • 0731 OTT obit Patrick Jurgensen photo -T -L -M Patrick Jurgensen ALBIA — Patrick Alan Jurgensen, 31, of Gretna, Nebraska, passed away July 15, 2014, at Creighton University Hospital due to injuries from an accident.Patrick was born on Oct. 13, 1982, in Des Moines, to Dan and Kris Sulentic Jurgensen. He was a 2001

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 OTT obit Donald Townsend photo -T -L -M Donald Townsend BLAKESBURG — Donald Ray “Don” Townsend, 77, of Blakesburg, passed away July 29, 2014, under the care of Monroe County Hospice at his home in Blakesburg. Don was born Oct. 13, 1936, in Monroe County to Arthur Raymond and Clara Elizabeth (McAllister) T

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 OTT obit Buddy Jones photo -T -M Buddy Jones OTTUMWA — Gary L. “Buddy” Jones, 80, of 933 W. Mary St., went to be with the Lord on July 30, 2014, at Ottumwa Regional Health Center after complications from his longtime battle with Sjogrens vasculitis. He was born March 17, 1934, in Shenandoah, Io

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Donnie Middleton OSKALOOSA — Donnie Middleton, 74, of Oskaloosa, died early in the morning July 30, 2014, at his home in Oskaloosa. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel; Mr. Jeffrey Morris officiating. As was h

    July 30, 2014

  • Nancy Tietsort CENTERVILLE — Nancy C. Tietsort, 79, of Sedona, Arizona, formerly of Unionville, Missouri, died July 25, 2014, near her home in Sedona. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Schmidt Family Funeral Home, Centerville. Burial will be i

    July 30, 2014

  • 0730 OTT obit Richard Glynn photo -T -L -M Richard Glynn OTTUMWA — Richard W. “Dick” Glynn, 67, of 11620 Rabbit Run Road, died at 5:48 p.m. July 27, 2014, at The Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa. He was born January 18, 1947, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Robert Douglas and Gladys Glynn. He married Donna Bil

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nancy Tietsort CENTERVILLE — Nancy C. Tietsort, 79, of Sedona, Arizona, formerly of Unionville, Missouri, died July 25, 2014, near her home in Sedona. Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Schmidt Family Funeral Home, Centerville. Burial will be in

    July 29, 2014

  • Gary Lindgren OSKALOOSA — Gary Lindgren, 66, of Oskaloosa, died July 28, 2014, at the MHP Emergency Room in Oskaloosa. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa; Pastor Alvern Boetsma officiating. Burial with milit

    July 29, 2014

AP National