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Smelser Obituaries


Waterloo Sunday Courier, Waterloo, Iowa - July 25, 1950

La Porte City - Funeral services for Harry GARDNER, who died suddenly in an Independence hospital Sunday, will be at the Johansen funeral home Thursday at 1:30 p.m., was the son of Charles and Mary (GOOD) GARDNER of La Porte City; grew to manhood here and attended local schools; married in 1913 to Miss Cleo SMELSER; to this union five girls and three boys were born; one preceded him in infancy; wife preceded him several years ago; there were also two brothers and two sisters; burial in West View cemetery here.

Waterloo Sunday Courier, Waterloo, Iowa - March 14, 1951.


Word has been received that Clarence Smelser, 26, of 327 1/2 Dane street, died at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday of carcinoma in Des Moines Veterans hospital.

He was born May 1, 1924, in Waterloo, the son of Jessie and Elsie Smelser.

Educated in West Waterloo public schools, he served in the army signal corps in the Aleutian islands during World War II.

In 1946, he married Patricia Callahan in Waterloo.

Survivors are his mother at 2235 Grand avenue; his wife; one son, Joel; three brothers, William, Hudson; Eugene, 629 Newton streeet, and Melvin, in the navy at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and one sister, Mrs. Genevieve Fairbanks, 530 Power street.

He was preceded in death by his father.

The body will be brought to Waterloo Thursday.

Waterloo Sunday Courier, Waterloo, Iowa - March 15, 1951.


The body of Clarence Smelser, 26, of 327 1/2 Dane street, who died in the Veterans administration hospital in Des Moines, Ia., Wednesday of carcinoma, will be brought to the O'Keefe & Towne funeral home Thursday evening.  The remains will be at the funeral home until time of services at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart church.  Burial will be in Calvary cemetery.  Becker-Chapman post No. 138, American Legion, will have charge of military rites at the grave.

The Bulletin Journal, Independence, Iowa - October 21, 1955

Mrs. H. Schmeltzer Funeral Rites Held

Mrs. Henrietta Schmeltzer, 85, died Saturday at the Day Nursing home in Oelwein.  She was born Oct. 2, 1870 in Blackhawk county, the daughter of John and Julia Traeyer Kinzley.

She is survived by a son Edd; a daughter, Sister Mary Georgia; and a twin brother, Henry Kinzley of Mohall, N. Dak.

Services were held Tuesday at Sacred Heart church in Oelwein with burial in the church cemetery at Fairbank.  Pallbearers were Earl Chase, Edd Manion, Joe Durnan, Herb Albrecht, Louis Kane and Raymond Fettcether.