June M. Ives


June Marie Ives, 79, of Oelwein died October 3, 2013 at University Hospitals, Iowa City, following a short illness. 

Services will be Monday, October 7th  at 2:00 pm at Rettig Funeral Chapel in Tripoli with Rev. Connie Markle officiating. Inurnment will follow at Faith Church of Christ Cemetery in rural Tripoli.  Memorials may be directed to the funeral home in her name. Friends may call for one hour preceding service at the chapel on Monday.

June was born June 23, 1934 in Tripoli, Iowa, the daughter of Arthur and Ada (Whitman) Lau.  On April 7, 1956 she was united in marriage with Ronald Ives in Galena, Illinois, and they later divorced.  Mrs. Ives was a housemother at ARC in Oelwein, retiring in 1999. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Oelwein.  In her spare time she enjoyed spending time with her family, Chicago Cubs baseball, Iowa Hawkeyes sports, bingo games, and traveling.

She is survived by six children: Steven of Des Moines, Scott(Sally) of Oelwein, Sheila (David) Simon of Hawkeye, Richard (Beth) of Rapid City, South Dakota, Randall(Ronda) of Grinnell, and Michael (Michelle) of Cedar Rapids, 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Melva Walsh and Wilma Wydeven, and one brother, Henry Lau. 


SL on November 1, 2013 at 6:17 PM said:

The passing of a loved one is one of the most difficult things for a family to have to endure. June's family was no different. It was so heartening to see the tributes to her from her caring family members. She was a terrific lady and will be dearly missed. Her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren that honored her memory at the beautiful service can take comfort in the fact that she is now at peace.
Bridget on October 14, 2013 at 1:49 PM said:

My deepest sympathies to June's family. June told me a long time ago that she was "a tough old broad" and that she wasn't going to let anything stand in her way. I knew this last year was especially hard on her healthwise but she told me when she was ready to go, she would let God know. I guess she told him. I'll miss her honesty, her strength but most of all her sense of humor.
Scott Ives on October 9, 2013 at 4:54 PM said:

Dear Mom,
I couldn't attend your Memorial on Monday, but not for the reasons people may think. You always taught me to stand up straight and be strong, so I didn't want to disrespect your Memorial Service in that way. I could never say good-bye to you, so I hope that you can forgive me. I always wanted you to be proud of me; you taught me so many things, I can't even begin to mention. Most importantly, you taught me how wonderful it is to love and be loved. I know you are in a better place now, where you don't hurt anymore and you will receive the eternal rest that you so richly deserve; that belief gives me great comfort. They say there is a special bond between a mother and her son, that can never be broken, and how very true that is.
Going forward, I will try to follow your examples of strength and dignity; I'll try to be more patient with others; more tolerant of people I don't understand; and I might even start cheering for the Cubs . . . well, okay, that one might be stretching it a little bit.
I pray our Heavenly Father will one day lessen the heartache of losing you, but I know the enormous pride of being your son, will only grow stronger . . . each and every day.
I love you, Mom!
Courtney Schnack on October 7, 2013 at 6:15 AM said:

RIP Grandma June. I'll always remember all the sleep-overs at your house, playing BINGO, cruising around town and getting ice cream, watching Wheel of Fortune and Lawrence Welk, and all of the Hawkeye games. I know you'll be smiling down today when you see all of us together. Give Great Grandma a kiss for me, till we meat again. Love you!!!

Courtney June
Kevin & Dori Frana on October 6, 2013 at 7:48 PM said:

We will be forever grateful for your presents at most of our children's life events though out the years. May you rest in peace and know you will be forever missed by our family. God bless you June.
Geri B on October 6, 2013 at 8:20 AM said:

Steve: So sorry to hear of your mom's death. I know you and she had a very special, close relationship. It's never easy to lose a parent. My thoughts are with you and your brothers and sister.

Geri, an old friend
Sheila(Ives)Simon on October 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM said:

Enjoy the beautiful reunions with Grandpa and Grandma your sisters and brother and know you raised 6 strong and independent kids...I hope you find everlasting peace...and know we all loved you in our own way.....
Steven Ives on October 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM said:

I love you, Mom. I miss you so much already. You were an amazing life force and I feel so privliged to have been able to call you "Mother". Be at peace in the heavens. I cherish each and every moment I got to spend with you!

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