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Burton Eugene Shanks

Burton Eugene Shanks

June 28, 1927 - November 11, 2017

Mason City - Burton Eugene Shanks, 90 of Mason City, died Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

A memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St. NE, Mason City, with Pastor Beverly Butler officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Family suggests memorial contributions to the Burton Shanks Memorial Fund.

Burton was born June 28, 1927, the son of Leonard and Gladys (Anderson) Shanks in Mason City. He married Jeanne Potter on December 10, 1950, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.

A graduate of Nora Springs High School, Burton worked for a lumber company where he created blueprints for farmers and contractors while also remodeling properties in Mason City and the surrounding area. For over 50 years he farmed in Mason City raising hogs, dairy cattle, and crops. He also worked at the ASCS office, American Crystal Sugar and completed claims for Cerro Gordo Mutual Insurance Company.

Burton was a member of the Rock Falls Old Stone Methodist Church. He enjoyed traveling often, including visits to Hawaii, Mexico, Florida, and California.

Burton is survived by his wife, Jeanne Shanks of Mason City; four children, Patricia Swoboda of Arizona, James Shanks, Sr. of Mason City, Susan (Brian) Wood of Mason City, and Charlotte (Kurt) Huntington of Cleveland, NC; nine grandchildren, James (Meghan) Shanks, Jr., Angela (Zane) Kantaris, Billie Sue (Jake) Hiatt, Jennifer (John) Eckart, David (Kristen) Huntington, Jackie Huntington, Christopher Swoboda, Kellie Marie Swoboda, Brian Wood, Jr.; eight great-grandchildren; and three of his siblings, David, Larry, and Glenn Shanks.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and five siblings, Esther Ford, Dorothy Frank, George Shanks, Howard Shanks, and Earl Shanks.

Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St. NE, Mason City. 641-423-2372.

Roger Emmanuel Edwards

Roger Emmanuel Edwards

October 31, 1939 - November 10, 2017

Businessman, world traveler, ironworker, traveling magician, and entertainer of all, Roger Emmanuel Edwards, 78, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died on Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Oldorf Hospice House, Hiawatha, Iowa. Visitation 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Friday, November 17. Memorial Service on Saturday, November 18 at 11:00. Visitation and Services will be at First Church of the Open Bible, Cedar Rapids.

Roger was born on October 31, 1939, in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Richard & Alpha (Bagne) Edwards. In elementary school he began to do magic shows everywhere he could. He graduated from Mason City High School in 1958 and immediately went on the road as a traveling magician with Kara Kum. In the early 1960s he and his brother Harold formed the Magical Jokers. He met June Shaw at a barn dance and married her on December 29, 1963 in Orchard, Iowa. He went to work for Water Tower Paint and Repair and enjoyed going from town to town with his family painting water towers. In 1969 Roger moved to Cedar Rapids where he worked for Iron Worker's Local #89. In 1983 Roger and his wife June opened the Cellar Door and then later acquired the Stable on the Alley. After nearly 40 years of marriage June died on November 18th, 2003. Roger continued to run both the Cellar Door and the Stable in the Alley with the help of his friends, especially his constant companion Margaret Scheffert. He was proud of the many times the Cellar Door was recognized as the Best Antique Store in Cedar Rapids. Roger traveled to over 50 countries and shared his love of dancing with many.

Roger is survived by his children, Melody Williams of Miles, Iowa, Christopher (LaDawn) Edwards of Huntsville, Alabama, and Michael Edwards of Cedar Rapids; six grandchildren, Andrew, Steven, Nicholas, Kamille, Elizabeth and Hannah; a brother, Harold Edwards of Hot Springs, Arkansas; his close companion, Margaret Scheffert, many honorary family members and friends.

Roger was preceded in death by his wife, June, in 2003; his parents, Richard & Alpha Edwards; and siblings, Richard Edwards and Barbara Dutcher.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Mercy and all of Roger's friends for the ways they cared for him.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Mercy. Online condolences may be directed to the family at under Obituaries.

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CHARLES CITY | Floyd County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. in the courthouse.

FOREST CITY | Forest City Airport Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the airport terminal.

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