July 11, 2016


Muir Family Reunion Celebrate July 4th, 2016

Family and friends gathered at the rural Washington Township home of Eugene and Iva Jo Muir on Monday, July 4, 2016.  The highlight of the morning was enjoying the ceremony conducted by four staff members of Hospice of Central Iowa Care Services of Hospice of Central Iowa, as well as Veteran Partner, Wes and his wife, Marilyn Bode.  After the Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer of thanks was given and several patriotic readings.  Eugene was given a Veteran Service Flag pin by Veteran Partner, Wes Bode and the group sang God Bless America. Concluding the program, Wes presented Eugene with a certificate of recognition and thanked him for his service.

A life-long resident of rural Washington Township and Rippey graduate of 1951, Eugene married Iva Jo Dagit October 11, 1952. Eugene entered the service in March of 1953 and was honorably discharged in March of 1955, earning the rank of Corporal. They continued their farming operation and raised their three children, Steve, Cheri, and Curt.

Eugene Muir

Eugene and Iva Jo were blessed to have their children, Steve and Trudy Muir, of Wayne NE; Cheri Kersey, of Grand Junction; and Curt and Kelley Muir, of Rippey, and several of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren at the ceremony.

Their grandchildren and great-grandchildren attending, included Travis Kersey and fiancé Laura Tronchetti of Clive, Rachel, and Adam  Vogel, and their children Kori and Jaxon of Panora, and  C. J. and Kayla Muir of Rippey.

Muir ceremony

Brothers and sisters-in law, Lloyd and Gloria Dagit, of Jefferson and  Ray and Charlotte Dagit, of Paton, as well as nieces, Shelley Naeve, Fort Dodge, and Teresa Lansman and children, Christopher and Savannah, of Grand Junction, rounded out the family members who were able to share their day with them.

Friends of the family, Dennis and Carla Smith, Minburn, Steve and Diana Vogel, of Yale, LaVere and Beverly Derry,of Rippey and their daughter Terri of Ames, as well as Jean Borgeson, of Rippey, were also part of the group.

After the services, two long tables were suddenly filled with lots of food!  The group ate well, visited and parted with a good feeling about what Hospice of Central Iowa had provided to make the day so special.

Eugene died July 11, 2016 at his home. Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 18, 2016 at the Rippey United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Sunday after 1:00 p.m.with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Hastings Funeral Home in Jefferson.

Rippey Lions Club Community Picnic Well Attended. 

Lion's Club Picnic                                      

Over 40 folks gathered at the second annual Rippey Lions Club Community Picnic. The event was held at Osborn Park on Saturday, July 9, 2016. All ages attended and even a grandma from the state of Virginia.  Thanks to all who came and, of course, the Rippey Lions Club members who volunteered their time and effort for this event.