February 22, 2018

Evelyn Uhlmeyer

Evelyn “Babe” Uhlmeyer, 98, of Kahoka died January 19, 2018 at the Clark County Nursing Home in Kahoka.

She was born August 18, 1919 in Gregory Landing, Missouri the daughter of Edward and Elsie Ort Otte.  On November 30, 1939 she was united in marriage to John Uhlmeyer at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Keokuk.  He preceded her in death on August 17, 1997.

Evelyn was a member of St. Martha’s Catholic Church and St. Martha’s Alter Society in Wayland since 1946.  She was a member of the Carnation Club in Wayland from 1946 – 2005.  Evelyn was also a member of the Extension Club and the Valley Ladies Aid Society in Keokuk.

She enjoyed playing cards, making rag rugs and laughing.  Most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends.

Evelyn is survived by four daughters, Maxine (Eldon) Bourgeois of Kahoka, Carolyn (Kent) Johnson of Hamilton, Linda (John) Althoff of Quincy, and Brenda (Mark) Kleinert of Keokuk, one son, Larry (Patty) Uhlmeyer of Taylor, eleven grandchildren, twenty one great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren, two brothers, Chester (Helen) Otte and Robert (Mary Ann) Otte, a sister in law, Marilyn Otte of Kahoka and several nieces and nephews.

Besides  her husband she was also preceded in death by her parents, two grandchildren, Sheila Bourgeois and Timothy Kraus, one great grandchild, Kennedy Rose McNally, two sisters, Irene Smith and Dorothy Kirchner, one brother, Junior Otte, along with her in laws, Roy Smith, Lester Kirchner, Leo and Dorothy Uhlmeyer, Francis and Leota Ball and Lester Uhlmeyer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Wayland.  Burial will be in the Kahoka Cemetery.

Visitation will be held after 9 a.m. Friday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka with the family meeting with friends from 5 – 7 p.m. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Kahoka Cemetery or St. Martha’s Catholic Church.

On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com

Roger Ray Stice

Roger Ray Stice, 61 of Hamilton, IL died Monday, January 15, 2018, at Unity Point Health-Keokuk in Keokuk, IA.

He was born January 4, 1957 in Kirksville, MO the son of Arlene and Robert “Bob” Stice of Downing, MO.

Roger grew up in Downing, MO and attended the Schuyler R-1 Schools, where he graduated with the Class of 1975. It was there that he met and later married his sweetheart, Margie Applegate on July 23, 1976. She survives.

Roger and Margie have five children, Jessica (Darrell) Schrapf of Hamilton, IL, Megan (Troy) Mann of Keokuk, Justin Stice and friend Jessica Kelso of Alexandria, MO, Mitchell (Chelsea) Stice of Carthage, IL and James (Amber) Stice of Clarksville, TN, fifteen grandchildren, Zack, Logan, Tyler, Nathan, Savannah, Allison Rae and Emmy Ellen Schrapf, Makayla and Maisy Mann, Eli Stice, Landis and Edward Stice, Nick and Josh Kelso, his parents, Robert “Bob” and Arlene Stice of Downing, MO, one brother, Mickey (Lurene) Stice of Downing, MO, one sister, Brenda Swedburg Bruner and friend Randy Whitlow of Lancaster, MO, his grandmother, Virginia Stice of Rulo, NE and many aunts, uncles, including a special uncle DeWayne Mullinix, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, also surviving are his brother and sisters-in-law, John and Barbara Applegate, Jim and Debbie Applegate, Joy and Larry Mitchell, and Paul and Carolyn Applegate.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Raymond and Alta Maude Mullinix, Clifton and Vera Smith and Otho Stice, one granddaughter, Molly Jacklyn Mann, nephew, Dakota Swedburg and three brothers-in-law, John Wall, Dean Swedburg and Donnie Bruner.

Roger started a long and successful career working for the railroad in May 1975, following his high school graduation. During his career he worked for Burlington Northern and the Keokuk Junction Railway. He worked many years as Roadmaster for the KJRY. Railroading was not only his job, but was also his passion. He retired on February 1, 2017.

He loved his family immensely. There was always a gathering of children and grandchildren along with other family and friends at his house.

Roger enjoyed gardening, canning, coon hunting, and watching Cardinal baseball and westerns with his dog Rylee. He loved to travel, told great stories, and was always up for a good road trip.

But his greatest love was God. He was a faithful member of New Testament Christian Church in Keokuk. Since his retirement he enjoyed helping with the many church dinners. He even won the Christmas Caroling Chili Cook off this year.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday at the New Testament Christian Church in Keokuk with Pastor Doug Campbell officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton, IL.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., Thursday at New Testament Christian Church with family meeting with friends at that time.

Memorials may be made to the New Testament Christian Church or Keokuk Christian Academy.