John “Johnny” Metzger was born on June 1, 1921 to George and Louisa (Martie) Metzger at rural Elgin, IA. He attended school at Lime Kiln Country School, rural Elgin.
John passed away March 9, 2014 at Palmer Lutheran Hospital, West Union, IA.
John married Viola Howard on May 1, 1942 at the parsonage of the First Baptist Church, Elgin, Ia. Six children were born to this union. John farmed and drove livestock truck for his brother Ervin at Metzger Livestock, Elgin. He also worked at Hygrade Plant, Postville. In 1954 he started working for Interstate Power Company, West Union. He was employed there until retirement in 1984. He also had a tree cutting business with Bob Hanson, Elkader during those years. In 1966 John’s son, Steve and him started the Metzger Bait Shop in West Union which he still ran until 2013. Johnny mowed lawns for the elderly in Clermont until the age of 90.
Marian Stammeyer, age 93, of St. Lucas, Iowa, died on Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Nick March at St. Luke Catholic Church in St. Lucas at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, March 19).
Mass servers will be Brooke and Nathan Herold. Music will be provided by organist Kathy Meyer and St. Luke’s Choir, which will sing “Amazing Grace,” “On This Beautiful Day,” “Softly and Tenderly,” and “How Great Thou Art.” The lector will be John Stammeyer. Eucharistic ministers will be Darlene Schwamman, Barb Reicks, Richard Nienhaus, and Cora Lynch. Offertory gift bearers will be Dan Stammeyer and Mary Leah Johns.
Interment will be in St. Luke Catholic Cemetery in St. Lucas. Casket bearers are Jeff Stammeyer, Tony Stammeyer, Mike Tallman, David Stammeyer, Matt Johns and Matt Herold.
Wally Oxley, age 83, of Ossian, died on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at Ossian Lutheran Church in Ossian with the Rev. David Lenth officiant.
Interment was in Greenwood Centennial Cemetery in Ossian.
The family was assisted with the arrangements by Schluter-Balik Funeral Home of Decorah.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be given to the Patty Elwood Center, 21668 80th Street, Cresco, IA, 52136 or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Anthony Walter “Wally” Oxley, Jr, was born on Dec. 28, 1930, the son of Anthony “Tad” and Clarissa (Rovang) Oxley, Sr., on the family farm, rural Ossian. Wally was baptized and confirmed at the Ossian Lutheran Church.
James “Jim” Henry Koch was born on January 30, 1944, to Fred and Mildred (Wetherbee) Koch at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union, Iowa. He graduated from North High School in West Union, Iowa in 1962.
Jim passed away at the age of 70 on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Jim was united in marriage to LaVonne Knief on November 15, 1964 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Klinger, Iowa. Five children were born to this union. The couple farmed near Hawkeye for 8 years and near West Union for 41 years. Jim was recognized for his farming achievements earning the Lutheran Young Farmer Award in 1974 and Jim and his family were selected as KWWL Farm Family of the Week.
Janet M. Buschhaus (nee Ritchie) found peace February 26, 2014 at the age of 78.
Born in LeMars, she grew up in West Union. In 1953, she graduated from West Union High School, where she participated in many activities. To stay in touch, she and seven of her classmates began a round-robin letter over 60 years ago, and it continues to this day.
Janet married Rolf Buschhaus on June 23, 1957, at United Methodist Church in West Union.
Preceded in death by her husband Rolf and her brother Fred Ritchie. Dear mother of Ann (Allan Ries) Buschhaus, and Karl Rosemary). Loving Grandmother to Anke, and Soren Ries-Buschhaus, Octavia, Kenneth, Roland, and Torsten Buschhaus. Dear sister of Karen (Stephen) Hessl. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.