Obits for 7/25/2014

Helen “Pat” (nee Barbre) Lodwick died on July 16, 2014 at age 92. She was born on June 26, 1922 in BaltimoreMD, the daughter of the late Clarence and Helen (nee Wescott) Barbre and the sister of the late Robert W. Barbre. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Seeley G. Lodwick.

Pat is survived by her daughters Barbara (Edwin) Rossow, Margery (Jerry) Tuttle, and Helen (Gary) Gerber. She leaves behind four grandchildren Christopher (Amanda) Brown, Latitia Brown, J. Eli Tuttle, Benjamin Tuttle and a great-grandson Seeley G. Brown. She was a loving aunt to several nieces and nephews.

Pat graduated from Webster GrovesHigh School, Webster GrovesMO in 1940 and from Iowa State College in 1944 with a B.S. degree and a major in applied art and home economics education. While at IowaState, she held leadership positions in Mortar Board, Delta Delta Delta, and Union Board.

She had a career as a teacher and taught a wide variety of subjects, including art, sewing and clothing construction, biology, general science, English and history.   She taught at KirkwoodJunior High School, KirkwoodMO; OakStreetJunior High School, BurlingtonIA; and Ft.MadisonHigh School, Ft. Madison IA.

Pat was an active participant in these clubs and organizations: P.E.O. (president of chapters in Ft. Madison IA and Washington D.C. and served as chair of the annual convention in Washington D.C.); Monday Afternoon Study Club, Ft. Madison IA; The White House, Washington D.C. (volunteer for 10 years); Independent Agency Women, Washington D.C. (president); Welcome to Washington, Washington D.C. (chair of History and Culture Division); Lee County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee (president); and Carousel Nursery School, Ft. Madison IA (president of executive board). Pat was “hostess extraordinaire,” making people in her midst feel comfortable and always adding an unexpected flair to any event.  She was a life-long learner and challenged herself to expand her interests in art, music, literature, and travel. Her creative sparkle and wit was a breath of fresh air.

A reception celebrating Pat’s life will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Ivy Downtown, 622 7th Street in Ft.Madison (319-372-9939). Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to IowaWesleyanCollege, 601 N. Main Street, Mt. PleasantIA52641.   Barr Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


Robert L. Hinkle Sr., 88 years, of Fort Madison, Iowa died at 8:50 pmSaturday, July 19, 2014 at the FortMadisonCommunityHospital, Fort Madison, Iowa.  He was born March 1, 1926 near Trenton, Iowa, a son of Peter S. and Laura A. (Clawson) Hinkle.  He married Marvoleene Bunker.  They later divorced.  He then married Alice Bell Brockett.  She preceded him in death.

Bob worked several places throughout his life including: Kennedy Dairy, Mt. Pleasant; Sheaffer Pen, Mt. Pleasant location; IAAP, Middletown; Sacred Heart Hospital, Fort Madison; and Fruehauf, Fort Madison, Iowa.  He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II.  He was a 68 year member of the Mt. Pleasant American Legion, Post 58.  He enjoyed visiting with friends and was known as “Dancing Bob.”

He is survived by one son Robert L. Hinkle, Jr., of Tucson, Arizona; two daughters, Beverly (David) Humphrey, of Wheaton, Illinois and Patricia Patrick, of Indianola, Iowa; five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews; and good friends, Janice and Bill Abel, of Fort Madison.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Alice, one son Kenneth Hinkle, one son-in-law Donald Patrick, two brothers, John and Peter Hinkle, three half sisters: Georgiana Fredericks, Carmen Barr, and Marcella Graber, and one half brother Richard Canaris.

His body has been cremated.  A graveside service and burial with full military rites will be held at 10:30 amWednesday, July 30, 2014 at Soldiers Circle, Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa.  Pastor Bill Willis will officiate.  A memorial has been established, contributions may be left at the Barr Memorial Chapel.  Online condolences to the Hinkle family may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel website,