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Richard “Dick” Condon, 4/2/1931 - 4/24/2020



Richard Doran “Dick” Condon died on July 24, 2020 at his home in Valley Center, California at the age of 89.

A gathering of family and friends will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2020, at the Champion Funeral Home in Osage with a 6:00 p.m. rosary with sharing to follow. Graveside inurnment services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2020, at St. Peter's Cemetery in New Haven. Following the service on Saturday, there will be a time for lunch and to greet the family at the Osage American Legion Hall.

Dick was born April 2nd 1931 to Maurice ‘Red' Condon and Isabel in New Haven, Iowa. He grew up in New Haven where he attended school until the age of 17 when he enlisted in the Navy. After four years spent mostly on aircraft carriers, Dick returned home, completed his GED and continued his education at Chicago Technical College. He met his wife Doris Johnson Condon at a dance near her family farm in Orchard, Iowa. They married on May 11,1957 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage, Iowa.

Dick began his career working as a Civil Engineer for the state of Iowa. Dick and Doris lived in the Iowa cities of Maquoketa, Decorah, and Ottumwa. After Dick went to work for the Federal Highway Administration, they moved to Bismarck, North Dakota, Pierre, South Dakota and Lakewood, Colorado. After retirement, they moved to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands for two years where Dick worked as a contract engineer. After their return to the States, they spent their summers at the family farm in Orchard, Iowa and winters in Chandler, Arizona. In 2014 Dick and Doris moved to Valley Center, California.

Dick was a fun-loving guy who particularly enjoyed things that moved fast. Armed with a quick grin, he was always up for a beer, or a trip to the Sturgis motorcycle rally or Oshkosh airshow. He earned his private pilot's license and built his own plane which he thoroughly enjoyed flying. He was a devoted husband, father, brother and grandpa.

Dick is survived by his daughter Doreen Wagner (Bill), and son-in-law, John Stewart of Olympia, Washington. His seven grandchildren Travis Miller (Chelci), Megan Wagner, Katie Delgado (Dylan), Beth Miller, Andie Wagner, Julie Wagner and Jake Stewart. His great-grandchildren Jaydon Haack, Rhett and Addyson Miller, and Marlow Delgado. He is also survived by his brother Jerome (Martha) Condon and sister-in-law, Betty Condon and many nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Doris, and their daughter Annette Stewart, his parents, and four of his siblings; Claire Condon and Colleen (Coke) Miles, Jack Condon and Bill Condon.

Everyone who remembers his smiling face and chuckle is asked to celebrate Dick's life in their own way. Raising a glass of their favorite drink in his memory would be quite appropriate.

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Champion Funeral Home, (641) 732-3706.




Doris Elaine Condon, 08/21/1936 - 09/30/2019



Orchard - Doris Elaine Condon, age 83, of Valley Center, California, and formerly of Orchard, died September 30, 2019, at her home in Valley Center, California.

A gathering of family and friends will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2019, at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage with a 6:00 p.m. rosary with sharing to follow. Graveside inurnment services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019, at St. Peter's Cemetery in New Haven. Following the service on Saturday, there will be a time for lunch and to greet the family at the Osage American Legion Hall.

Doris was born on August 21, 1936, in Osage, to Alvin and Ruth (Von Bergen) Johnson. She grew up on the family farm in Orchard. Doris graduated from Orchard High School in 1954. She was united in marriage to Richard "Dick" Condon on May 11, 1957, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage. Doris was a loving wife and moved with her husband to the Iowa cities of Maquoketa, Decorah and Ottumwa, Bismarck, North Dakota, Pierre, South Dakota, and Lakewood, Colorado, even though a big part of her always stayed home on the family farm. After Dick retired from the Federal Highway Administration, they moved to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands for two years. After their return to the states, they spent their summers on the family farm in Orchard and winters in Chandler, Arizona. In 2014, Dick and Doris moved to Valley Center, California. Doris was a homemaker and devoted mother. She volunteered and was president of the Pierre Hospital Auxiliary. Doris was always active in her children's lives, whether it was as their Girl Scout Leader, room mom or transportation provider to various sports and musical events, she was always in attendance. In addition to being a mother and homemaker, Doris was a committed shopper, always hunting for the best deals, no matter where life took her. Her smiling face and happy disposition will be missed by all that loved her.

Doris is survived by her husband of 62 years, Dick Condon of Valley Center, California; daughter, Doreen (Bill) Wagner of Valley Center, California; son-in-law, John Stewart of Olympia, Washington; seven grandchildren, Travis (Chelci) Miller, Megan Wagner, Katie (Dylan) Delgado, Beth Miller, Andie Wagner, Julie Wagner and Jake Stewart; great grandchildren, Jaydon Haack, Rhett and Addyson Miller, and Marlow Delgado; in-laws, Jerome (Martha) Condon, and Betty Condon; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Annette Stewart on October 22, 2018; her parents; in-laws, Claire (Ardy) Condon, Colleen "Coke" (John) Miles, Jack (Ruth) Condon and Bill Condon.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home (641) 732-3706



Paul Arthur Gilles, 05/20/1926 - 04/03/2019




Paul A. Gilles, 92, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, April 3, at Friendship Village. 

He was born May 20, 1926, in Stacyville, the son of Roy and Anna Seibert Gilles. He married Gertrude Miller June 17, 1947, in Johnsburg, Minn. 

Paul was employed by John Deere as a laborer for 37 years before retiring in 1983. Paul served our country honorably in the Navy during World War II.

Survived by: his wife, Gertrude of Waterloo; five sons, Don Gilles of Lime Springs, Randy Gilles of Waterloo, Gary Gilles of Raymond, Curt (Chris) Gilles, and Doug Gilles, of Waterloo; two daughters, Joyce (Dave) Dunn and Jayne Gulden, both of Waterloo; 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 

Preceded in death by: five brothers, Wilfred, Wilmer, Reuben, Vernon, and Danny; and four sisters, Marian, Theresa, Elizabeth, and Adeline.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 8, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery where full military rites will be performed by the Waterloo AMVETS Post 19 the Evansdale Post 31 along with the Naval Honor Guard. Public visitation will be from 2-5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway and for one hour before the service at the church. 

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or UnityPoint Hospice.

Published online at: https://www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com/obituaries/Paul-Arthur-Gilles?obId=4276429#/obituaryInfo



Annette Condon Stewart, 08/28/1962 - 10/22/2018














On Monday, October 22, 2018, Annette Condon Stewart, loving wife and mother of three, passed away at the age of 56.  Annette was born on August 28, 1962 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Dick and Doris Condon.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Black Hills University, after growing up in Pierre, South Dakota.  She taught continuously in public schools since 1985.  

 

Annette had a passion for teaching young students to read.  This was particularly true of students entering kindergarten.  She loved seeing them “get it,” as well as exposing them to the joy of owning their first book.  Her passion for her students extended beyond the school day as she maintained contact with many of them after they graduated from her classroom.  She has been part of the Olympia Public School community since 1990, and spent weekends, free time, and her energy finding new ways to engage her students.  Her pride in their accomplishments was evident in the way she spoke to and about them.  Her family estimates that she had direct contact and influenced nearly 1,000 young students beginning their academic careers.  Her colleagues simply say that “She was the best kindergarten teacher ever.”

 

Annette was a loving mother and faithful wife.  She relished her role as the grandmother of three and could hardly wait to teach her grandchildren to read.  She enjoyed time with her husband and children, including spending time in nature, traveling to her family homestead in Iowa, and returning to the site of her childhood in South Dakota.  In between her trips to the Midwest, she also enjoyed trips to Hawaii.

 

She maintained lifelong connections with her childhood friends, and thrived as part of the Olympia school community.  Her friends and family remember her as an extraordinarily sweet individual who also had learned how to be stern, especially when she had to point her teaching finger to get your attention.   She is a remembered as a quiet person who was not shy about calling her legislators to impress upon them the importance of any cause she thought mattered.

 

Annette had a passion for the environment and animals, especially elephants.  In recent years, she was proud of the fact that she had become an Ambassador for the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.  She felt strongly that her responsibility was to give voice to these magnificent animals who couldn’t speak for themselves and deserved better than a circus or a zoo.

 

In 1994, she met the love of her life, John Stewart.  She married him in 1999 after a rather long courtship.  They both said that they each had the great fortune of falling in love with their best friend.  Annette was a beloved wife, a loving mother, an adoring grandmother, and a faithful friend.  She will be missed by her husband, John: her children, Travis Miller (Chelci) of Ann Arbor Michigan, Beth Miller of Seattle, Washington, and Jake Stewart of Olympia; her grandchildren, Jaydon, Rhett, and Addyson; her parents, Dick and Doris Condon; her sister and brother-in-law, Doreen and Bill Wagner; and four dear nieces.  

 

In lieu of flowers, Annette had requested that donations be made to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, which can be found at www.elephants.com.


Published online at: https://funeralalternatives.org/tribute/details/109316/Annette-Stewart/obituary.html


Ruth A. Condon, 09/21/1934 - 09/19/2016



Ruth A. Condon, age 81, of Osage, and formerly of New Haven, died Monday, September 19, 2016, at the Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage. 

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 23, 2016, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in New Haven with Father Mark Murphy officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in New Haven. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage with Rosary at 7 p.m. 

Ruth was born September 21, 1934, in Riceville, Iowa, the daughter of Paul and Anna (Meyer) Mayer.She graduated from Riceville High School in 1952. Following graduation Ruth worked for Rath Packing Plant in Waterloo. Ruth