Linn County Obituaries


  • HANSON, William Charles
    Contributed by, Kelly Loveless
    William Charles Hanson
    68 retired tool maker, died in a Independence Hospital Thursday after a long illness. Born Feb. 28 1877 in Cedar Rapids Ia. He had lived here most of his life. Surviving are a son, Laurence Hanson in Oregon. Five brothers H E Hanson, Leon, and Louis of Cedar Rapids. Walter and George of Palo. Three sisters Mrs. A j Kemper, Mrs. R F Smith of Cedar Rapids Ia and Mrs. James Bradley of Nashua Ia. and three grandchildren.
    Funeral service will be held in Moen Chapel at 11am Monday. Burial will be at Spring Grove Cem. Friends may call at Chapel.

  • SMITH, Mrs. Lillie
    Contributed by, Kelly Loveless
    Mrs. Lillie Smith Feb. 19 1965 Lillie May Smith 82 of 1049 F Ave N W. Widow of Robert F Smith and lifelong resident of Cedar Rapids area died Friday morning following a brief illness. She was born May 24th 1882 in Cedar Rapids Ian. Mr. Smith died in 1952.
    Surviving is a daughter Beulah Anderson of Alexandria, Minn. Two sons Teron S Smith
    And Verlan R of Independence, Ia. Three brothers Harry, Leon and Louis Hanson all of Cedar Rapids, Ia eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Memorial service Turner Chapel 10:am Monday by Rev Fred T Miller of Edgewood Baptist Church. Burial Cedar Mem. Cem.

  • HANSON, Walter Carl
    Contributed by, Kelly Loveless
    Walter Carl Hanson Dec 14 1963
    Walter Carl Hanson 72. a resident of rural Palo died at 3:15pm Saturday following a sudden illness. He had operated the East Lawn Dairy for 20 yrs. And farmed in the area all his life. Born Dec 31 1890 in Benton Co. He was married to Edith Rawson Sept 6th 1915 at Waterloo. He was a member of the Covington Church.
    Surviving his wife are three daughters Mrs. Roy (DeElda) Andrews of Toddville. Mrs. Lloyd (Ruth) Phelps of Cedar Rapids Ia and Miss Lois Ellen Hanson at home.
    Two sons Marvin W. Hanson and Edwin J Hanson. Three brothers Leon, Louis, and Harry Hanson all of Cedar Rapids Ia. One sister Lillie smith of Cedar Rapids, Ia.
    12 granchildren 8 great grandchildren. Memorial services Turners at 10:30 Tuesday by Rev Forrest E Whitlatch of the First Church of the Nazarene of Cedar Rapids. Burial at Spring Grove Cem.

  • HANSON, George F.
    Contributed by, Kelly Loveless
    George F Hanson June 21, 1955
    George Frederick Hanson, of route one Palo. A life time resident of Linn County and W W 1 veteran died at his home at 3:30 am Tuesday following a sudden illness.
    He was born June 14 1889 at Fairfax and was married to Margaret M Haberle on June 22 1920 at Iowa City. Surviving in addition to his wife are a son Herbert Allan Hanson of Cedar Rapids Ia. Two sisters Mrs. Violet Usher Evan of Nashua and Lillie Smith of Cedar Rapids Ia Four brothers and two grandchildren Julianne and Joel Kessler also of Cedar Rapids Ia.
    Mr. Hanson attended the Covington Church. Services will be conducted in Turner Chapel at 1:30 Thursday by Rev Hugh Orchard. The V. F. W. will conduct military service Spring Grove Cem.

  • KEMPER, Laura Carol
    Contributed by, Kelly Loveless
    Laura Carol Kemper July 11 1954
    Laura Carol Kemper, widow of A J Kemper 1910 Williams Blvd S W, a lifetime residence of Cedar Rapids Ia and vicinity died in a Cedar Rapids nursing home at 11:50 am. Sunday following a lingering illness. She was Jan 12 1879.
    Surviving are a son Harold Kemper of Marion, a daughter Vera Cecil Kemper and Mrs. Marlys Rich and step-son Glenn Kemper all of Cedar Rapids. Two sister Violet Evans of Nashua, Lillie Smith of Cedar Rapids five brothers Walter, George, Harry, Leon, and Louis of Cedar Rapids. Seven grandchildren and three grandchildren.
    Mrs Kemper was a member of Salem Evanglical United Brothers Church.
    Service will be conducted in the Turner Chapel 10:30 am ( DST) Wednesday by the Rev Leonard Deaver and Rev. Peter Acherman. Burial at Oak Hill Cem.

  • BREMER, Mrs. Louise
    Contributed by, Kelly Loveless
    Mrs. Louise Bemer, 80, County Dies
    Mrs. Louise Bemer 80, wife of Louie Bemer , died at the home family residence on rural route No. 1, at 10:10 pm. Sunday following a brief illness. Born Aug 8, 1858 at Iowa City, she had lived there and in this vicinity all her life and for 54 years in the home where she died.
    In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons William L and Charles, both of Palo; three daughters, Mrs. William Hopper and Mrs. Leo Pickerill, both of Shellsburg and Mrs. Orlie Mason of Cedar Rapids Ia. She leaves 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services will be held in the Turner Chapel at 2 pm Wednesday conducted by Chester Ainsworth and burial will be made in Linwood Cem. The following grandsons will be honorary pallbearers James Charles Bemer and Donald and Robert Hopper. Friends may call at the Turner Chapel.

  • BREMER, Louie
    Contributed by, Kelly Loveless
    Louie Bemer farmer living on E avenue road W. died at his home at 7pm Monday following a prolonged illness. Born Aug 24 1861, at Habersleben, Denmark, he came to this country 61 years ago, settling in Linn County where he lived since that time.
    Surviving are three daughters Mrs. Mary Hopper and Mrs. Elizabeth , both of Shellsburg and Mrs. Rose Mason of Cedar Rapids. Two sons William L and Charles Bemer, both of Palo, one brother Theodore Wendler of Cedar Rapids Ia: 16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. His wife preceded him in death in August 1938.
    Funeral services will be held in Turner Chapel at 2 pm Thursday. Burial will be made in Linwood Cem. Friends may call at the chapel.

  • RAWSON, Mrs. Emma E
    Contributed by, Kelly Loveless
    Mrs. Emma E Rawson Jan 22 1940
    . Mrs. Emma E Rawson wife of Carl Rawson died at the family residence three miles Northwest of Cedar Rapids Ia at 1:15 am Monday. Death following a prolonged illness. Born 2 May 1886 two miles South west of this city. Had been a life long resident of Linn Co. She was the daughter of Lawrence W and Mary Hanson pioneer residents of Linn Co.
    In addition to her husband by her husband she was survived by one daughter Mrs. Lillian Conrad of Palo, five sons Lee, Joseph, Dale and Virgil all at home. One daughter preceded her at death. Three sisters Mrs. Laura Kemper, Mrs. Laura Smith both of Cedar Rapids and Mrs. Violet Usher of Nashua Ian, also survives her . Six brothers William, Harry, George, Walter, Leon and Louis Hanson all of Cedar Rapids Ian. 5 grandchildren.

  • HANSON, Fred
    Contributed by, Kelly Loveless
    Fred Hanson Dec 1 1962
    Fred L Hanson Penick and Ford employee 38 years until his retirement April 1
    Died Friday. Born in Cedar Rapids Dec 11 1895, he lived here most of his life.
    Surviving are a daughter, Alice Rosetta Wright of Hawthorne, Ca; a son , Robert L Hanson of Toms River N. J.; a sister Alice Hanson Fair of Cedar Rapids; a brother George A. Hanson, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
    Service: Beatty – Beurle funeral home at 1:30 Tuesday
    Burial: Linwood. Friends may call at the chapel after 1 Sunday.

  • WERNER, Anna Hanson
    Contributed by, Kelly Loveless
    Mrs Anna Hanson Werner
    Mrs. Anna Werner, 87, widow of Henry Werner who died Nov. 1 1927, died at her home, 1546 A avenue N E at 11am Sunday after a two weeks illness. She was born in Denmark Nov 9 1851, and came to America in 1875. She and her husband lived on a farm near Louisa for more that fifty years. For the last 8 years she has made Cedar Rapids her home.
    She is survived by three sons, and three daughters, Charles E of Heppner Ore. Edward A. of Central City, Harry H. of walker, Mrs. John Bard of South Milwaukee, Wis. Mrs. R. H. Turner of Winthrop and Martha Werner at home. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 4 great –grandchildren. She was a member of the Evangelical Church at Buffalo.
    Funeral services will be held in the Beatty Chapel at 1:30 Wednesday with burial in the family lot in the Buffalo Cem. The Family requests no flowers. Friends may call at the Beatty Chapel from 7 to 9 pm Monday and Tuesday.

  • WERNER, Henry
    Contributed by, Kelly Loveless
    Henry Werner ,74, Long Time Residents Of County Dies.
    Henry Werner,74, a residence of Linn County for more than half a century and assessor for Cedar Township for many years, died at his home, near Louisa, at 6am. today following a short illness. He was born in Salem N. C., April 13 1853
    When a lad of 6 he accompanied his parents to Germany where he received the advantages of a high school education. At 18 years of age he went to New York returning later to Linn Co to engage in farm work. Later he purchased a tract of 15 acres, which he operated as a truck farm. He had been township assessor for more that twenty –five years and secretary of the Buffalo School board for more that thirty years, holding this position at the time of his death. Since coming to Cedar Township he had been a devoted member and active worker in the Evangelical Church. His acquaintanceship included practically every person in the township.
    Mr. Werner was united in marriage to Anna Hanson in Oct 1895. and was the father of twelve children.
    Beside his wife Anna, he is survived by seven children: Charles , Lark N D Edward , Cedar Rapids , Harry of Marion, Mrs. John Bard, south Milwaukee, Ws. Mrs. R H. Turner, Quasqeton, Mars G W Albright, Watertown, S D and Martha at home. He is survived by a brother Edward A. Werner, all of Cedar Rapids , beside thirteen grandchildren.
    Funeral service will be held in New Buffalo church at 2:15pm Thursday preceded by private services in the home at 1:30pm Burial will be held the New Buffalo Cem. The family requests no flowers

  • LEWIS, Charles Wesley
    Contributed by, Kelly Loveless
    DEATH COMES TO LEWIS BOTTOM PIONEER
    Charles Wesley Lewis Succumbs at Age of 80 (1942)
    Charles Wesley Lewis, 80 years of age and a resident of Linn county all his life, passed away Thursday forenoon November 12th at his home in Center Point. Mr. Lewis had been in failing health for some time, and several weeks ago entered the the hospital at Iowa City, for surgical treatment to obtain relief. He recovered rapidly from the operation which was performed and a week before his death he was returned to his home. Several days prior to his death he began to fail rapidly however and Thursday morning he returned to his Maker.
    Funeral services were held in the Center Point Evangelical church Sunday afternoon, with rites conducted by the pastor Rev. Robert A. Dennert and Rev. E. H. Heverly a former pastor and long-time friend. Mr. Dennert and L.J. Dennis accompanied by Mrs. T.E. Condon sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Rock of Ages." The pall bearers were Robert Watson, Ernest Martin W.M. Mounce, Silas Wilsey, D.C. Snyder and C.H. Paul. The body was conveyed to the Lewis Bottom cemetery near Palo for interment in the family plot.
    Charles Wesley Lewis, was born in Fayette township, Linn county, Iowa October 20, 1862. He was the yougest of three children born to William J. and Johanna Blackburn Lewis, both natives of Ohio.
    His grandparents Mr. and Mrs. John Lewis emigrated to Indiana from Ohio in 1832 when hs father was six years old, and six years later John Lewis came to Iowa, settling in Linn County, He was one of the first settlers west of Cedar Rapids, coming in the spring of 1839. He broke the first furrow in the township and planted corn. In the fall of that year the remainder of the family came to the territory of Iowa. Mr. Lewis" father W.J. Lewis, carried the chain for the surveyor who laid out much of the land in this section of the county and the locality where they settled became know as Lewis bottom. The settlers hauled their wheat eighty miles to Muscatine and got sixty cents a bushel for it.
    The Blackburn family of which Mr. Lewis' mother was a member, located here in 1849 about ten years after the Lewis family located here.
    Mr Lewis spent the days of his boyhood and youth upon his father's farm and acquired a good practical education in the district school at West Bottome. When he was about 18 years of age his father died and the management of the home farm devolved upon him.
    He was married to Miss Amy D. Mather on December 28, 1887 and they became the parents of four children, all of whom survive their father. The children are Mrs. Ruth Andrews of Palo; Mrs. Nellie Notbohm of Center Point; Karl Reuben Lewis and Samuel B. Lewis, also of Center Point. there are also eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a sister-in-law Mrs. Isabel Lewis and a nephew Walter Lewis, both of Los angeles, Calif surviving him.
    Mr. and Mrs. Lewis retired from their farm about ten years ago and came to Center Point to spend their decling years amid familiar scenes and old friends. Here Mrs. Lewis passed away on January 15, 1937.
    Mr. Lewis was a member of the Evangelical church.
    Active in his younger years and willing to go through the hardships of pioneering in order to acquire holdings which would assure family comfort in declining years, Mr. Lewis continued to be a busy person all his life, so long as his health would permit.
    He was always deeply interested in preservation of historical data and knowledge of early-day customs and events for posterity. It was he who was largely insturmental for a historical display held at the Evangelical Church a little more than a year ago and he himself, had made a reproduction of an early-day lantern which had for it's light a candle in the center and with thin slits in the metal case to permit rays of light to shine through.
    The Lewis family have in their possession letters exchanged by members of the family in the years 1830 and 1831 when some of the family were heeding the call to "go west young man, go west." These letters were not exclosed envelopes, for they were unknown at that time, but they were folded and sealed with sealing wax. On one of them is written this notation "With care and speed this letter sen, Mr. Postmaster, please." Sometimes they would send letters with other people who might be going to the new country.
    With the passing of Mr. Lewis there has gone from us another one of those early pioneers, who did so much toward bringing civilization to a new territory, the like of which we shall never see again.
    Card of Thanks:
    Our recent sad loss leaves us with grateful hearts toward neighbors and friends who in so many beautiful and practical ways manifested, their goodness to us. Their comforting expressions of sympathy and thoughtful acts will always be remembered.
    The Chidlren of C.W. Lewis


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