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In Memory of Bill Osborne

Bill Ackerman and Don Rinehart let us know that Walt Osborne’s dad Bill had passed away. Walt gave us permission to share his father’s obituary as a tribute to his life.

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Bill Osborne

James William (Bill) Osborne, age 87, passed away on Saturday December 5, 2015 at the Lantern Park Care Center in Coralville.

Visitation was Friday December 11 from 4 Ð 7 PM, with a memorial service Saturday December 12 at 11 AM, both to be held at the Coralville United Methodist Church.

Bill was born on January 17, 1928 in Pana, Illinois, the son of Ruby (Ireland) and Fred Osborne. His quest for knowledge in the sciences began in Edinburg, Illinois, leading to a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1955, and continued through his appointments in the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Bill retired from the U of I in 2002 having served as Professor and Director of the Radiation Research Laboratory and Radiation Biology Program.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son, Walter (Nancy), son, David (Cindy); and five grandchildren, Jessica (Kevin), Sean (Lianne), Lindsay, James David (JD), and Berke.

Through his research work and teaching at the U of I, his dedication to the Coralville United Methodist Church, and the Radiation Research Society, Bill had a great impact on many lives. He enjoyed all sports – especially basketball Ð and Hawkeye athletics.

Memorials may be directed to the Coralville United Methodist Church or the J.W. Osborne Endowment Fund through the Radiation Research Society. Arrangements are with Gay & Ciha Funeral Service.

Paul Roberts Update

Its that time of year again (already!). We will be having the program at our church as usual but not at Amana this year. Instead, we will have one performance at the Ainsworth Opera House in Ainsworth, Iowa (south of Iowa City just off of Hwy 218 or East of Washington on Hwy 92).

Fliers for both programs are attached. Hope you can make it to one, or even both, shows.

Merry Christmas and have a blessed holiday season!

Paul and Julie for the Great Bluegrass Herons

Don Rinehart Update

Hi Dave :

Once again, thanks for all you do to keep the ’73ers together! Sounds like a great party coming…wish we could be in IC for…hope to make the next reunion.

Just a quick update from Arizona for anyone interested. Tami (Thompson ’74) and I have purchased a small home near Prescott, AZ (el. 5100 ft). The Phoenix summers were starting to get to us and playing golf in 110 degree heat really sucks! The Prescott house is within 5 minutes of 3 great golf courses and only about an hour’s drive from our home in New River (north of Phoenix). We will still keep that house and son Chris will run his vehicle repair business there and take care of the property. Plan to stay there more in the winter months, but Prescott will definitely be home during the heat! Email and home address to stay the same for contact info.

I have also officially retired from “Phoenix’s Favorite 50’s Band – Come Back Buddy” after nearly 12 years. The travel and wear and tear on this 60 year old was getting to be too much 125-150 gigs a year (especially without roadies)! Lots of great memories from playing on Fremont Street, the Strip and Convention Centers in Las Vegas, the Whiskey a Go Go in L.A., corporate gigs in Phoenix/Tucson and plenty of sock hops from San Diego to Austin, Texas…but time to retire the drumsticks.

Spending the rest of our time baby sitting and spoiling our granddaughter (almost 2 yrs old). Daughter Nicole and husband both have great jobs at USAA Insurance in Phoenix.

If any ’73ers are out this w…look us up! Here’s to good health for everyone…after all, we are now getting “up there” in age! Steve Riggan, you know who you are!

Don and Tami Rinehart

Sara Muller Update

Hi Dave,

Have an item to publish in the West email, purdy please. Bon and I are having a little soiree for the local “almost 60 and 60+ers” guys and gals (Steve Riggan you know who you are) similiar to what Deb Persons had awhile back (fun!).

Bring whatever you fancy to share. We will have some libations to get the party started.

All (boys, girls, West, City, Regina, U, friends of Bonnie and Sara) are welcome via this invite and word of mouth.

Saturday, October 17th, 6pm.

1350 Burry Drive, Iowa City, Iowa

Thanks as always for your efforts, updates, movie reviews and wonderful insights! Hope all remains well with you and yours.

Best regards,

~ Sara

In Memory of Jack Bagford

Jeff Bagford let us know that his father Jack passed away recently. Jeff gave us permission to share his father’s obituary as a tribute to his life.

Jack Bagford

Jack Bagford, 86, of Iowa City, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Oaknoll Retirement Residence. Funeral Services was held at 11 am on Saturday, August 29 at First United Methodist Church, 214 E. Jefferson Street, Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Jack Bagford Elementary Scholarship Fund, c/o The University of Iowa Foundation, 1 West Park Road, PO Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244.

Jack was born on April 1, 1929 in Clarksville, OH, the son of John and Gracie (Day) Bagford. He grew up in and around Clarksville farming, fishing and getting into trouble with his only sibling, his older brother, Larry. Jack earned his B.S. degree from Wilmington College, his M.A. degree from Miami University (Ohio), and his Ph.D. degree from Indiana University. He served as a helicopter mechanic instructor in the Army, which was a perfect fit for an engineering-minded teacher. He started his family when he married Mary Catherine “Katie” Farmer and they had Jack’s two oldest children, Jeff and Becky. Katie passed away, leaving Jack raising two small children while finishing his degree. It was at this time he met Ann Jane McNamara and just a short 4 months later (June 5, 1962), made her his wife. The new family set off for his new job at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and they never left.

Jack was a beloved professor in the College of Education from 1962 until his retirement in 1991. Professor Bagford served with distinction as an elementary teacher, an elementary principal, a director of student teaching and a college professor. An active member of the International Reading Association, he was founder and president of the Iowa Council International Reading Association. A scholarship was established by a former student in honor of Dr. Bagford.

It is an absolutely impossible task to summarize all of the hobbies he enjoyed over the course of his lifetime. On the very top of his list, you would find: GOLF, fishing, gardening, hunting, horse-shoe pitching, IOWA sports, mushroom hunting, ‘coffee with the boys’, arrowhead hunting, bridge, bird-watching, teaching anyone anything, crossword puzzles and story-telling. Jack was a master at all these things and for the most part (golfing excluded), incredibly humble as well. Even in the last several years, he was able to share story after story and enrich the lives of those he met while at Oaknoll. He was tenderly cared for by so many special people and truly brightened the day of those around him.

Above all else, he was the very happiest when he was with his family. He led the Bagford Bunch on many adventures and shared his talents and love of life with his wife, children and most especially, his grandchildren. He was a ‘one of a kind’ who spent his time on this earth caring for it, learning and teaching for a lifetime and loving his friends and family. Jack is survived by his wife Ann, their son Jeff Bagford, his wife Michelle and children Lisa and Travis of Scottsdale, Az; their daughter Becky Page, her husband Tracy and children Katie, Amy, and Molly of Lubbock, Tx; their daughter Jane McCrill, her husband Mark, and son Thomas of North Andover, Ma; and their daughter, Pamela Page, her husband Roger and children Sarah Dougherty, Megan Dougherty, Garrett, Natalie and Arianna Page of Overland Park, Ks.

In Memory of Arden Svoboda

Arden “Eddie” Svoboda let us know that Jane and Eddie’s father Aden passed away recently. Eddie gave us permission to share his father’s obituary as a tribute to his life.

Arden Svoboda

Arden E. Svoboda Sr., 87, longtime resident of Coralville, died at his home surrounded by his family Saturday, September 12, 2015.

Burial services with military honors will be held at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Coralville, followed by a gathering for family and friends to remember and share their Arden stories at the Moose Lodge in Iowa City On October 17th, with time to be announced. Memorial donations can be made in his memory to Mooseheart and Moosehaven. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web @

Arden Edmund Svoboda was born September 8, 1928, in Prague, NE, the son of James S. and Emma M. (Krondak) Svoboda. Following graduation from high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force serving as a cook during the Korean Conflict. On November 27, 1952, he married Erma Jane Steyer in Tulsa, OK. The couple moved with their family to Coralville in 1960. Here Arden worked as an electrician for the Iowa City Community School District for nearly 35 years before retiring. Arden has always been good with his hands, from electrical work to carpentry skills, he could do anything he put his mind to. Which included donating his time and talents to many local charities and the Moose Lodge over the years. He was also a former member of the American Legion.

His family includes his four children, Elanda “Jane” Ahrens (William) of Montezuma, IA; Arden E. Svoboda Jr. (Carol) of Coralville; Robin S. Svoboda of Marion; and Kathrine Ferrie (Patrick) of Lakeville, MN; 18 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and his sister, Delia Story of Ft. Collins, CO. Arden was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Erma; grandson, Samuel Ahrens, 2 sisters and a brother.

In Memory of Heather Shank

Bonnie let us know that Leanne’s younger sister Heather passed away recently. Leanne gave us permission to share Heather’s obituary as a tribute to her life.

Heather Shank

Heather Lane Shank died at her home following a long illness on Thursday, August 6, 2015.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Heather’s life will be held at 6PM, Thursday, August 20th at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Heather was born on April 21, 1956 to James Ronald Shank and Ruth (Pinky) Beye in Iowa City, Iowa.

She graduated early from West High School in 1973. In 1980, Heather graduated from Saint Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was a traveling nurse in New Orleans, LA, Miami, FL, Reno, Nevada, San Luis Obispo, CA and Wharton, TX, but she worked the majority of her nursing career at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics until 1986. Heather was a graduate of the College of Law at the University of Iowa and worked for Kinnamon, Kinnamon, Russo and Meyer Law Firm. In August of 1994 Heather was hired by the City of Iowa City as the Human Rights Coordinator.

Heather had a compassionate approach to the protection of human rights and to anyone who faced discriminatory practices. As coordinator, Heather implemented policies to prevent discrimination in areas of sexual orientation, gender identity and challenged the discriminatory practice of bullying. Because of this, Iowa City became a model for other communities located inside and outside the state of Iowa that sought films or programs on human rights issues. Heather has received numerous honors in the past, including the City’s own Human Rights Award (2002), the Iowa City Pride Committee Legacy Award (2005), and the annual Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Award (2005), among others. She was to receive the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the Iowa City Human Rights Commission which, has been since been named to the Heather Shank Lifetime Achievement Award, in October 2015. Heather retired from her position as Human Rights Coordinator in December 2005 due to her illness.

Heather’s passion was to give voice to the powerless, and to fight human right abuses. She practiced this at work and in life. She was an avid reader and loved talking about books until she could no longer see well enough to read. She also enjoyed going to movies and out to dinner, especially Joseph’s, with her friends and family. Heather, being primarily confined to her home, enjoyed identifying birds and making her back yard a bird sanctuary.

Survivors include two sisters; Brigitte Sliger (Wayne Sliger) of Iowa City; Leanne Bissell of Bloomington, Indiana, four nieces; Madeline, Olivia, Stephanie and Shanetta, three nephews, Jordan, Caleb and Gabriel, her grandfather Floyd Vesely and three grandnieces and three grandnephews. Survivors also include Heather’s many treasured and beloved friends. Heather was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ruth (Pinky) Shank, her maternal grandparents and paternal grandmother.

Deb and Kim Persons’ 20-40-60 Party

Deb and Kim’s daughters threw them a 20, 40, 60 party this summer:

  • 20 years in each of their careers
  • 40 years anniversary of marriage
  • 60 years of life on the planet

Deb also hosted a “Big Six Oh Party” for any and all of the Women of Troy who share the same number of years on earth.

Persons’ 20-40-60 Party

Deb had a great turnout, and here is who attended:

Back row from left to right:
Deb Nortmann Tyer, Jackie Dague Nicholson, Mary Kay (Gorius) Kray, Sara Muller, Brenda (Schrock) Bradley, Karen (Peak) Lenth, Laura (Reddick) Hershberger

Middle row from left to right:
Deb Persons, Deb Dee, Karen Villhauer Michalec

Front row:
Bonnie Weldon, Katie Collins Bretz