Everett Kruse, age 79, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away April 26, 2015.
Everett was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Company beginning as construction lineman in 1956, then as an installation technician in Spencer and Estherville. After six weeks of #5 crossbar training he was relocated to Storm Lake as a #5 switchman. In 1963 he was promoted to crossbar technician and relocated to Mason City. While there he designed and installed the first Stuck Sender Tracer for the Master Test Frame location in the Iowa Area. In 1966 Everett was promoted to management and supervised the last Iowa Northwestern Bell Telephone office conversion from manual to dial in Corydon. In 1967 he was transferred to the Cedar Rapids office first as service foreman, then test center foreman and finally as central office foreman. He managed the installation of several new offices to allow direct distance dialing in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Waterloo and Des Moines. Everett retired from Northwestern Bell/U S West in March 1986.
Obituary and further information at Teahen Funeral Home: http://www.teahenfuneralhome.com/?p=4761
Karen S. Rodgers Sinclair, age 73, of Chariton, Iowa, passed away April 19, 2015.
Karen took pride in providing excellent customer service at US WEST Communications. She held several jobs over the 22 years while employed at US WEST and received many customer accommodations. She had a great work ethic and was respected by her peers & management.
Karen was very proud to be a union member of the Communication Workers of America Local 7102 while employed at US WEST.
Obituary and further information at Des Moines Register | Obituaries: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/desmoinesregister/obituary.aspx?n=Karen-Sinclair&pid=174702901
Johnny Kennedy Kling, age 86, of Baxter, Iowa, passed away April 14, 2015.
Johnny worked as a telephone engineer for many years for the telephone company in Des Moines, retiring in 1983 from Northwestern Bell.
Obituary ad further information at Wallace Family Funeral Home: http://www.wallacefamilyfuneralhome.com/index.php/obituaries/1971/Johnny-Kennedy-Kling
Doris Irene Cook (Bruner), age 86, of Gilmore City, Iowa, passed away October 22, 2014.
Doris was employed by Bell telephone as an excellent, friendly and efficient telephone operator.
Obituary and further information at Harris Funeral Homes:
(Published online on April 15, 2015 courtesy of Harris Funeral Home – West Bend)
Ruth B. Hanson, age 95, of Mason City, Iowa, passed away March 18, 2015.
Ruth worked for Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator for 30 years before her retirement in 1969.
Obituary and further information at the Globe Gazette: http://globegazette.com/news/local/obituaries/ruth-b-hanson/article_696c300a-04ba-5eae-a694-7a479bf75512.html
Cecile Y. “Cec” Barnes, age 76, of Ottumwa, Iowa, passed away February 11, 2015.
Cec worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. in the Ottumwa office.
Obituary and further information at the Ottumwa Evening Post: http://www.ottumwaeveningpost.com/9437/108472/a/obituaries-cecile-barnes
Marian Eilene Cox, age 90, Ottumwa, Iowa, passed away February 2, 2015.
Marian worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. for 37 years and 3 months, retiring in 1980 when the Ottumwa office closed.
Obituary and further information at the Ottumwa Evening Post: http://www.ottumwaeveningpost.com/9437/106924/a/obituaries-eilene-cox
Loretta C. Hendricks, age 83, of Ames, Iowa, passed away March 26, 2015.
Loretta moved Des Moines in 1949 and worked for Bell Telephone.
Obituary and further information at Adams Soderstrum Funeral Home: http://www.adamssoderstrum.com/obituaries/Loretta-Hendricks/#!/Obituary
Beverly Jane Love, age 88, West Des Moines, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
Bev retired from Northwestern Bell/US West after over 25 years of service.
Obituary and further information at Hamiltons Funeral Home: http://www.hamiltonsfuneralhome.com/services/services_detail.aspx?rid=18105
Thomas “Tom” Edward Finnerty, Jr., age 96, of Clive, and formerly of West Des Moines, Iowa, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015.
In 1946, after the war, Tom returned to Iowa and went to work for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. where he worked until his retirement in 1978.
Obituary and further information at Iles Funeral Homes: http://www.ilesfuneralhomes.com/obituary/Thomas-E.-Finnerty-Jr./West-Des-Moines-IA/1493178