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A good source of obituaries from Mitchell County, Iowa is
at the following link, maintained by Kermit L. Kittleson:
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
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
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.
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,
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
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)
Paul Arthur Gilles, 05/20/1926 - 04/03/2019
Gilles, 92, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, April 3, at
He was born
May 20, 1926, in Stacyville, the son of Roy and Anna Seibert
Gilles. He married Gertrude Miller June 17, 1947, in
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.
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
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:
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.
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:
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