Jim Houghton wrote (December 30, 2013)
Jim and Judy Houghton’s son David passed away while home for the holidays, and they gave us permission to post his obituary as a tribute to his life.
David Houghton, 32, of Iowa City, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep Saturday morning, December 28th, 2013.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 4th at First United Methodist Church in Iowa City. Visitation will be held Friday, January 3rd from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, Iowa City. Memorials may be directed in David’s name to Eastern Iowa Honor Flight, P.O. Box 10704, Cedar Rapids, IA 52410 or to the Nebraska Humane Society, 8929 Fort Street, Omaha, NE 68134.
David was born in Iowa City on February 3, 1981, the son of Jim and Judy Houghton. He was halfway finished with law school at Creighton University in Omaha with plans to work with Jim in his law practice. He graduated from City High School in 1999 and had a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in philosophy from the University of Iowa.
David was tender-hearted and compassionate with an easy grin and a wry sense of humor. He deeply valued family, including long time girlfriend, Allie Brunn, of Cedar Rapids. His beloved chihuahuas, Gizmo and Halle accompanied him everywhere. David loved to spend time at the family “home away from home” in Door County, Wisconsin, and working on “special modifications” to his car and motorcycle. He was passionate about photography, rescue animals, cooking a new recipe, and World War II, particularly the veterans. He loved to send handwritten notes to people.
Winning the state doubles tennis title with cousin Jon Houghton, as well as the team title at City High in 1999 was a thrill for him. David carried a persevering spirit into all of life’s adventures; from flying model helicopters, to exploring new places, to studying law, and to all the smaller adventures in between.
David is survived by his parents, Jim and Judy Houghton, his grandmother, Joan Houghton, his grandparents, Calvin and Betty Lavely, his two sisters, Laura Houghton and Heather Houghton, all from Iowa City, Allie Brunn of Cedar Rapids, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.
David is preceded in death by his grandfather, Clark “Bud” Houghton.
I wanted to share this with you. Our mother, Mirriel Bedell, is 94 years old and living out here in Seattle at my brother’s house. I visit with her every Sunday, and usually take my guitar. We sing old Weavers songs, Woody Guthrie, Roy Rogers tunes, what ever strikes our fancy. Last week, my sister stopped by and took some pictures of us singing. Some of the class may have had Mrs. Bedell for Science at Northwest Junior High. She’s still pretty spritely.
Bonnie (Tappan) Weldon told us that Doug Hetzler’s mother Martha passed away on Friday December 13th. We reached out to Doug to express our sympathy for his loss, and got his permission to post his mother’s obituary on our bulletin board as a tribute to her life.
Martha L. Hetzler, 83, of Muscatine, died on Friday, December 13, 2013, at Trinity Hospital-Rock Island.
Funeral Service were held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 16, 2013, at the Sweetland United Methodist Church. Private burial took place in Greenwood Cemetery. Reverend Richard Sebeniecher officiated.
Memorials may be made to the Friends of the Pine Creek Grist Mill.
Martha was born on September 27, 1930, in Muscatine, the daughter of Edgar E. and Beulah French Kemper. She married Herbert Hetzler on July 19, 1953, at Sweetland United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on April 19, 2012.
She was a member of the Sweetland United Methodist Church. She graduated from Muscatine High School in 1948 and attended Iowa State Teachers College. She was an Iowa Hawkeye fan. She enjoyed her family and helping with family gardening.
She retired from Procter and Gamble in 1990.
Those left to honor her memory include two sons, Doug Hetzler and wife Suzanne, of Santa Cruz, California, and Byron Hetzler of Granby, Colorado; one daughter, Deb Keely and husband Stan of Longwood, Florida; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Keely and husband Leo, Patrick Keely and wife Leslie, Jeffrey Keely, Connor Hetzler, Emily Hetzler, and Erik Hetzler; two great grandchildren, Kaylyn Leon Ramirez and Darcy Keely; three brothers, Paul Kemper of Muscatine, Edward Kemper and wife Judy, of Muscatine, and Mark Kemper and wife Carol, of Elmwood, Illinois; three sisters, Mary Hauck of Bluegrass, Gladys Mittman of Muscatine, and Catherine Root of Muscatine.
She was preceded in death in by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Ruth Denison and Doris Kruse.
First off, thanks again for all you are doing with keeping us informed. Your updates are one of the highlights of my week.
After 1.5 years in Alaska, we’ve moved back down to the lower 48. I accepted a job in Baltimore, MD and we live downtown in Harbor East, about 2 blocks from my office. I miss Alaska, but we are very happy here, and are much closer to family and friends. The move coincided with the 40th reunion, which I was sorry to miss. I do enjoy the pictures and videos you’ve posted.
Thanks again Dave, and all the best to you and your family.
Miles Robert McCleish joined us on Aug 31 @ 6:24 pm (Saturday right after the Hawkeye loss to NIU, which softened the sting), coming in at 7lbs 11 oz, 19-½” long. Our daughter, Krista and her husband Nick survived the 24 hour labor. Because the baby’s head got cocked in the birth canal, Krista had a C-section. Everyone is home and doing well.
Thanks, Dave for posting this great news.
Mark Ferguson wrote (Aug 30, 2013)
In a Facebook message, late in the evening:
News item. Our daughter Krista and husband Nick are heading to the hospital tonight to deliver our first grand kid, a boy.
Ruth shared a bit of news and a photo from her trip out west that included a stop in Sedona, Arizona, where she met Don and Tammy Rinehart for lunch. Ruth said:
We had a lovely time. It was like old home week – Don hasn’t changed a bit. We had a great time for nearly 3 hours.
I mosied up to Rhinebeck, NY this afternoon to see this great show, the Rhinebeck, NY Country Living Fair, full of lots of artists, antiques & fun! Pat Vaughan was here and his booth of specialty cargo bags made from Midwestern feed & grain sacks was truly spectacular!
(Webmaster note: if you are interested in seeing the bags, make sure you click on the “sold items” on the Etsy site.)
Looking forward to the reunion in July!
Deb Dee called me from the road late Sunday afternoon, and said she was 2 exits away from me on the interstate. Deb and I have both lived in Massachusetts for over 20 years, have corresponded by email, and had some nice long phone conversations, but had never managed to meet face to face.
Deb was driving back home from a workshop/training seminar in Providence RI taught by a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Brennan Healing Science is system of healing that combines hands-on healing techniques with spiritual and psychological processes touching every aspect of a person’s life.
When Deb called, Bobbi, Bessie, Isaiah and I were at McDonald’s, where we often take Isaiah to run, jump, and play on Sunday. I invited Deb to join us at the McDonald’s play place. Deb got to meet Bobbi, Bessie and Isaiah, and we had a lovely time talking energy healing, co-housing, and other topics that we were all interested in. Um, well, not Isaiah. He was having fun on the climbing, sliding, and jumping structures.
We were glad we finally were able to get together after all these years, and I was delighted to have her meet my family. We even made some tentative plans to get our moms together for a visit the week I’m out there for the reunion.
Susan and I are in Austin this weekend for the last of the cousins’ graduation. We are lucky to be staying with our oldest daughter, Krista and her husband. They are expecting a son in early September about Susan’s birthday. It will be the first grand child for both sides of the family. We are very excited!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion, that is I’d the water levels stay out of the Iowa River Power restaurant.
This week they have already closed down Dubuque Street in front of the Mayflower. By next week they are predicting the water to top the emergency spillway again by over a foot. Shades of 1993 all over again.
If we could just get someone to turn off the faucet.
How things going? Thank you for keeping everyone informed on what is going on with the class of 73, I enjoy your updates.
I received this from the new athletic director at West. I’m hoping that you can pass it on to everyone else or add it to the web site. The tournament proceeds go back to Club West and helps it athletes. It is open to anyone who wants to enter.
Jackie wrote to us to let us know that there is a bluegrass festival the weekend before our reunion in Kalona. Paul Robert’s band The McPunk Brothers, and his family band The Great Bluegrass Herons are playing at the festival.
Jackie sent us the flier which we have posted below. It looks like it will be a lot of fun.
I wanted to give you another hearty thank you for all you do in keeping us, the class of ’73 up to date. I always look forward to your e-mails.
I thought I would give you a news bit in our household. My oldest daughter, Elizabeth and her husband had their first baby on May 13. Their son, Wyatt Alan Dressen weighed in at 9 lb 1 oz he was delivered without any pain medicine or epidural! Enclosed is a picture of Liz, her husband Nic with Wyatt and the grandparents. I am the bald one in the back.
Look forward to seeing you all in July.
Not sure this is really news, but in case I don’t get back for the reunion, people will know what I’ve been up to for the past 34 years!
Chamber president announces October retirement
He’s been the president of Glendale Chamber of Commerce since March 1, 1998. At the end of October, Don Rinehart is retiring. But, for someone who has been so actively involved in the communities where he has served, it is likely he will take time off for golf, music and reading, then find himself right back in the social scene.
The transplant from Iowa will turn 58 in August, and he has been in the chamber business 34 years. From his first position in Atlantic, Iowa, where he served seven years, to Glendale, Rinehart has managed to organize and coordinate major projects. From developing a community’s long-range plan to negotiating the acquisition of a $16 million riverboat gaming project, and creating and staffing a bi-lingual minority business counseling program, the accomplishments run two pages of single type.
But his last stop in Glendale marked perhaps Rinehart’s most visible and lasting contribution to his community.
He assisted with the development of the sports and entertainment complexes for the Phoenix Coyotes and Arizona Cardinals. He assisted with preparation of the 2006 NHL All-Star Game and 2008 NFL Super Bowl bids awarded to Glendale.
He coordinated the Glendale transportation tax initiative campaign that resulted in passage of a referendum to fund the city’s transportation projects to the year 2025.
He spearheaded formation of North and West Valley Chamber Alliance with eight participating chambers of commerce representing more than 4,000 businesses to affect public policy on a regional and state level.
He provided ongoing marketing and support services for Glendale tourism, economic development and special events.
For all of that, Rinehart cites unfinished business, programs and projects he would like to complete before he retires.
“The last couple years, we’ve been looking at building a diverse chamber board, trying to upgrade board members to change the culture to blend and fit with members” he said.
The latest move is truly that, a move out of the old chamber building to a new 4,000-square-foot office on the second floor of the Bank of America building. Rinehart said it was an easy decision.
“The building is nice, but it’s 30 years old” he said. “It was worth more to sell it and lease office space somewhere than it was to repair it.”
The new office in Suite 260 is turnkey, no tenant improvements needed, with built-in granite-top desks, a large conference room, and an office for the SCORE business counseling representative. Rinehart said the chamber would provide phone service and a receptionist for non-profits interested in leasing space. Also with the move comes a joint venture with the city’s economic development department, which calls on the chamber to serve as an incubator for start-up or established businesses.
Rinehart hopes the move will reenergize the chamber. He hopes his retirement and new leadership will help with member recruitment as well.
Finances are good, especially with the sale of the building at 59th Avenue and Glenn Drive.
“We survived a tough economy, and sponsorships have recovered” Rinehart said. “The change, new energy, (hopefully) boosts membership, the one area where the chamber has not improved.
“Pretty much everybody, except Surprise, over the last four or five years lost 30 to 40 percent of their membership. A lot of people went out of business and those who didn’t were just surviving.”
Rinehart has been approached to run for Arizona Legislature, and he is entertaining the idea of a potential run. He lives in New River, a rural area north of Anthem. As natives of small towns in Iowa, Rinehart and his wife, Tami, like the rural lifestyle they’ve enjoyed the past 15 years.
“I’m sure, after a while, I’ll get the itch to do something again” he said.
But before he thinks about a political future, Rinehart said he has a “lot of family stuff we have to take care of, a lot of work around the house.”
He said the chamber plans to conduct a national and regional search for a new chamber president. Resumes will be advertised this month and next, and applications will be accepted through the end of August and into September. A new president would be hired in October, and Rinehart will be there to help with the transition.
Then, he’s off to the golf course.
Article about West ranking best in the state.
After receiving Brenda’s last email I decided to get off my duff and make some decisions. I have made plans to go to the 40th reunion. Unfortunately, Julie will not be able to attend due to office politics and vacation time. I missed the last one, so I am looking forward to seeing everyone and how they have changed.
Our family is doing great. Julie and I are about 5 years from retirement and are counting the days. We both have seen our respective careers change so much and generally not for the better. Public education is all about standardized testing with little time for anything else. I fully believe there is a need for accountability but this is just gone too far. I think the kids know less now than before all this began. Nursing is about the bottom line and patient care is well down the list.
Our oldest son in in DC working as an Engineer Specialist for the FDOT. He does a lot of research about federal shipping containers and on occasion helps with inspections of manufacturing plants. He is enjoying the single life, with a new sports car and money in his pocket. I could think of worse things. Our youngest is an Assistant Manager with Petsmart and slowly working his way up. He started out partime in high school and continues with them. The pay is not great but he likes what he is doing and they seem to like him and his work ethic.
I recently e-mailed Don Rinehart about coming, and he is a maybe. Tami’s dad passed recently and they have made a number of trips to IC to deal with estate issues. If things work out for him with regards to their estate dealing they will plan on being there.
Looking forward to July,
Thanks for all of your continued updates. We want to pass along that due to work commitments, we won’t be able to come back for the reunion this summer, but will miss seeing everyone.
We are living in Montreal since last Autumn, and plan to be here for another 4 years probably. Alan works for Bombardier Aerospace and starting flight testing on a new airliner. Janelle continues her work for a travel meeting and incentive travel company in West Des Moines, ITA, and is on the road for a week or two each month.
We have four children and all are doing well. Our sons, Nathan & Peter, both work in Chicago. Nathan works as a product liability attorney and Peter is a construction Engineer. Both are married to lovely women and have or are about to give us grandchildren to brag about.
Our two daughters both recently graduated. Meg from Grinnell College, and Liz from Iowa Law along with a masters in health admin. Meg is now doing Teach for America at a turn around school in Huntsville, Alabama, and Liz has accepted a position at Northwestern University Medical Center.
We are both enjoying life and continue to plan for new vistas to explore. If anyone has Montreal in their travel plans in the next few years, be sure to drop by or feel free to crash for a few days. Guests are always welcome.
Alan & Janelle
I’m directing a play in Iowa City this spring.
Blackbird opens April 5 and runs April 5-21, Thurs-Sundays.
This beautiful play on a painful subject opens new windows to the souls of your neighbors and perhaps family and friends. Who among us can deny abuse, or cast the stone? Harrower writes from a deep well of human compassion and, Iowa City peeps, I hope you will be able to see it.
Tickets are available at Riverside theater Iowa city box office, open afternoons and before the show. Check the home page of the Riverside theater for more information.
This is the obit and tribute to my wife Tami Thompson’s (Class of 74) dad, Tommy. A lot of our classmates new him.
Here is Tami’s dad’s obituary, offered as a tribute to his life:
George Edward “Tommy” Thompson III, of Iowa City, Iowa, passed away Monday, March 18, 2013, at his home.
Tommy was born October 13th, 1926, in Waterloo, Iowa; son of George Edward II and Maria “Mary” (Koloc) Thompson. He married Charlotte K Thompson on June 6th, 1950, at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Iowa City. He and K raised their two children, Tami and Stephen in Iowa City.
Tommy was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, attending 751 football games since his first game in 1938. He was a great supporter of the Iowa Wrestling Team and crafted numerous championship belt buckles over the years. Tommy loved Hawkeye athletics, football, basketball and wrestling! He was inducted as an honorary letterman in 1986.
Tommy grew up and attended Catholic School Cedar Rapids, IA. He joined the Ice Capades in his late teens, skating until a fall that broke his shoulder, putting an end to his skating career. After skating, Tommy served stateside in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist mate during WWII.
He was a pro golfer and attempted to join the pro tour. In the early 1950’s Tommy and K owned and ran Tommy’s Golf Range, next to the Iowa City airport, until a required airport expansion forced their closing.
Tommy joined the Cherry Burrell Corp. in Cedar Rapids as a toolmaker/welder and worked with them until his retirement in the early 1990s.
Tommy is survived by this two children, Stephen Thompson and his wife Molly (Shannon) of Eagle River, AK, Tami Rinehart and her husband, Don of New River, AZ; four grandchildren, Michael Thompson and Stephanie Powell and husband, Edward, Christopher Rinehart and Nicole Irving and husband, Nicholas; two great- grandchildren, Lawrence “Holden” and Shayla Powell, his sister, Patricia Eichenberg of Albuquerque, NM; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Charlotte K Thompson (Fisk) in 2001.
One news item to share …. Wednesday I had minor knee surgery to fix a torn meniscus on my right knee. I am already putting full weight on it, but still walking with a cane for extra stability.
Old news now but West Boys repeated as State Basketball Champs. Two undefeated seasons in a row.
I am in Iowa City for my mom’s 84th birthday today. My flights were delayed last week due to the snow storms raging in this area. But once I got here, I was able to go x-country skiing with Jean, Jay, Beth and Victoria a few days later. Pictures below, sent from my sister, Beth’s iPhone.
All 7 siblings are here! Great times. We drove past 704 – 12th Ave house the other day and thought of you.
Hope all is well with you and yours, weather and otherwise :). I have been enjoying your emails and updates so much!
Betsy (Elliott) Stough shared a story from Sports Illustrated about a wonderful thing she will be doing for her brother Bob in February. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers the first week in February.
Just writing to let you know my mother, Melva, passed away early Friday morning, January 11th. She was going strong at 93, and lived alone in the same house my parents bought in 1951. We are so grateful she was in no pain and did not linger. Her visitation is this Tuesday, January 15th, at Lensing’s on Kirkwood from 4 to 7 and the funeral mass starts at 10am at St. Mary’s. She was an inspiration to us all, as she lived life to the fullest until she died.
Bill gave us permission to post his mother’s obituary as a tribute to her life.
Melva Eileen Petrak, 93, of Coralville, died at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City on Friday January 11, 2013, surrounded by her family, under the care of Iowa City Hospice. Visitation was Tuesday January 15 from 4 -7pm at Lensing Funeral Home, 605 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 am Wednesday, January 16 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Iowa City. Burial followed at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either St. Mary’s or to Iowa City Hospice.
Melva was born Sept. 3, 1919 in Oxford, IA. She was the daughter of James and Winifred Cooney Leeney. She was the second of five Leeney daughters; Vivian (Hedges), Bernice (Kron), Mary (Kallaus) and Marge (Thormann). She graduated from Oxford high school in 1938 where she also played basketball. Melva obtained a nurses aide certification through the U of I where she worked in pediatrics for two years.
Melva moved to Detroit, MI. where she got a job at Chrysler as “Rosie the Riveter” working on airplanes during the war. When the war ended she worked on Chrysler cars.
Melva married Richard Petrak, of North Liberty on April 29, 1944. After eight years in Detroit they returned to Iowa City in 1951 and purchased a home in Coralville the only home they ever lived in. They had three children; Ann, Bill and Mike. She worked at Oaknoll for ten years and worked at Hillcrest Dormitory for 14 years.
Melva enjoyed bowling and also liked playing cards, especially Euchre. She liked the Cubs and the Hawkeyes. She was a member of the Coralville Rec Center’s exercise group and she lived independently until recently. At age 81 she traveled to Ireland with family to celebrate her Irish heritage. At 85 she went to Scotland. At 90 she celebrated with a large party at St. Mary’s. Melva recently traveled to Denver with family to celebrate Thanksgiving with all of her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed her Coralville neighbors, including longtime friend Julie Weidner.
Survivors include her children Ann (Kevin) Satterly of Coralville; Bill (Cindy) Petrak of Waukee, IA; and Mike (Missy) Petrak of Denver, CO. Grandchildren include Ryan and Nicole Satterly, Jacob and Nate Petrak, and Hannah and Nick Petrak. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard and her four sisters.
Lawrence Edward McCabe, 81, longtime Coralville resident died at home Tuesday, January 8th surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:30am, Friday, January 11th at St. Thomas More Catholic Church with Reverend Edmond Dunn and Reverend Thomas Doyle officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to the Lawrence McCabe Memorial Fund or to St. Thomas More Church.
Larry was born June 23, 1931, in Cosgrove, Iowa, the son of Edward F. and Mary E. Murphy McCabe. He attended school in Cosgrove and in 1946 the family moved to Coralville. Larry was a 1949 graduate of Iowa City High School. He married the love of his life, Janet Webster on June 30, 1952 in Oxford.
Larry was a mechanic and then became the service manager at Burkett-Rhinehart Motors. In 1967 he purchased the John Deere dealership, McCabe Equipment Inc, which he owned and operated for 34 years.
Following his retirement in 2001 Larry drove a school bus for First Student in Iowa City and Regina schools and was a driver and greeter at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service.
Larry was a Coralville volunteer fireman for many years and was a member of Iowa City Rotary and Knights of Columbus. He served on the Coralville Recreation Commission and had been on the board of directors at Uni-Bank & Trust.
His greatest joy in life was his children and grandchildren. He was a tremendous husband, father, and grandfather. He loved summer vacations boating with them all at the Lake of the Ozarks and winters snow skiing in Colorado.
Special thanks to Iowa City Hospice, especially Angelika for her tender care and support.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Janet, their two daughters, Cheri (Kim) Hochstetler of Tiffin and Julie McCabe of Coralville, seven grandchildren: Abby, Ashton, & Cameron Kacena, Rachel (Jesse) Rohret, Damon (Gina) Knowling, Shelly (Tyler) Kopriva, Steve Hochstetler, and 2 great granddaughters Elsa and Lena Kopriva; his sister Betty Donohue; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family; and Angel (nicknamed Rooster), his beloved maltese who never left his side.
He was preceded in death by 5 brothers, Clem, Joe, Frank, Bill, & Bob; four sisters, Connie Leeney, Marie and Regina McCabe, & Eleanor Donohue.