Obituaries and service notices in today's Courier
Bernard Tapke Jr.
Bernard Tapke Jr., 85, of Luxemburg, passed away Monday, July 9, 2018, at Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2018, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Holy Trinity.
Survivors include his five children: Steve (Karen) Tapke and Alan Tapke, both of Dyersville, Mark (Audrey) Tapke of Peosta, Gary (Lori) Tapke of Waterloo and Diane (Rick) Steffen of Luxemburg; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Bev Shafer of Waukon, a sister, Doris Bierman of Epworth, and in-laws: Donald (Janice) Rohner of Guttenberg, David (Pat) Rohner and Dorothy Wendell, both of Garnavillo.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.
Barbara Hahn (1935-2018)
LAMONT — Barbara Ann “Barb” Hahn, 82, of Minnesota, formerly of Strawberry Point and Lamont, died Sunday, July 8, at Evergreen Lodge assisted-living in Northfield, Minn.
She was born Oct. 13, 1935, in rural Manchester, daughter of Granville and Edith (DeLancey) Myers. On Oct. 27, 1954, she married Herbert M. Hahn. He preceded her in death.
Barb graduated from high school in Strawberry Point in 1953. She farmed with her husband on the farm near Lamont where he grew up and worked as a nursing assistant at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home. She moved to the Northfield Retirement Community in 2013.
Survived by: her children, Belinda (Keith) Peterson, Rhonda (Paul) Larson, Daniel (Ann) Hahn, Shiela (the late Tom Schwarz) and DeLancey (Lori) Hahn; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rosalie Smith and Julia (Charlie Daisy) Faust; a brother, John (Patricia) Myers; a sister-in-law, Carol Myers; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; two brothers, Gifford Myers and James Myers; two sister-in-laws, Ada Myers and Billie Myers; two brother-in-laws, Linford Smith and Gordon Faust; and a son-in-law, Tom Schwarz.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Methodist Church in Lamont, with burial at Union Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church Saturday. A memorial service at Northfield Retirement Community Chapel also will be observed at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Fawcett Funeral Home and Cremation services of Lamont is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the Northfield Retirement Community, Salvation Army, and Oelwein Mercy Hospital.
Condolences may be left at www.fawcettsfuneralhome.com.
Barb was a hard worker. She’d do chores in the barn, work an eight-hour day and then help with chores again. She loved to cook meals for family gatherings and bake all kinds of cookies, bars, pies and breads.
Steven M. Murphy
Steven Michael Murphy of Waterloo (55) passed away at home on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 15, 1963 in Elkader, son of Michael and Dorothy (Welsh) Murphy.
He graduated from Columbus Catholic High School in 1981. Steve married his high school sweetheart, Jane Carr, on August 10, 1985 after completing a degree in finance at Loras College. Steve was an avid musician through high school and college, performing on the alto saxophone.
He got his start in insurance as a claims adjuster for Progressive. Earlier this year he completed a career of over twenty years at Encompass Insurance. As a Sales Education Manager, Steve traveled around the country teaching and was known and loved for his colorful storytelling and sense of humor.
Steve was always generous with his time and talents and volunteered for many local organizations over the years. He was a past treasurer and chair for more than one chapter of Ducks Unlimited; he loved to help organize the parade for My Waterloo Days; and West High’s choir, marching band, and theatre department often benefited from his skills and advocacy. Steve was also a past president of the Sunrise Exchange Club.
Boy Scout Troop 1 had a special place in Steve’s heart. While bringing up his sons, both of whom earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Steve spent many weekends and weeks camping in all weathers with the boys and dads of Troop 1. He traveled as a scoutmaster to Philmont Scout Ranch and Boundary Waters with his sons and other scouts. Steve loved to be outdoors, whether it was hunting, fishing, or hiking with the many close friends he shared laughs with throughout the years.
More than anything else, Steve was a family man. He worked tirelessly on behalf of his family, and still always had time to care, teach, and laugh. He also always had time to throw his tools in the back of his truck and help anybody who needed a hand.
Preceded in death by: his parents.
Survived by: his devoted wife Jane (Carr) Murphy and his three children, of whom he was exceptionally proud — Kevin, Daniel (Narmina) and Hannah. His special mother-in-law, Donna “The Biddy” Carr. Also, his three siblings, William (Shelley) Murphy, Colleen (Chuck) Knapp, and Cathy (Andy) Mills; four sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. Lastly, Steve is survived by three very well-behaved Labradors: Faith, Hope, and Joy.
Memorial Mass: 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 14, at St. Edward Catholic Church. The family will greet friends from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Friday at Locke Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.LockeFuneralHome.com. Memorials can be directed to Do Better Be Better (dobetter-bebetter.blog spot.com) or the Waterloo Public Library Digital Collections.
Emogene M. "Jeanne" Yeager (1921-2018)
WAVERLY — Emogene Marie “Jeanne” Yeager, 96, of Waverly, formerly of Waterloo, died Tuesday, July 10, at the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly.
She was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Whiting, daughter of Perry Monroe and Nora Olive (Pratt) Miller. She married Walter G. Yeager on May 2, 1943, in Whiting.
She worked with her husband in his dental practice as a dental assistant. After Walter passed away she worked as a bookkeeper at Grange Plumbing and Heating and retired in November of 2016 from Fiberworks Needlework Shop in Waverly.
Survived by: a son, Larry W. (Jessica Levy) Yeager of Vinton; a daughter, Karol (Kenneth) Simmer of Waverly; five grandchildren, Danelle (Pete) Fowler, Larry W. (Kelly) Yeager Jr., Rachel (Chris) Bienemann, Jennifer (Arend) Miller and Alan Simmer; and 11 great-grandchildren, Greg, Matt and Amy DeVries, Taylor, Jordan, Derek and Sydney Bienemann and Griffin and Ainsley Miller.
Preceded in death by: her husband; and her sister and brother-in-law, Marge and Ervin Mander.
Services: 11 a.m. Monday, July 16, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School in Waverly, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery in Waterloo. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, and for one hour before services Monday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran School Endowment Fund.
Dennis J. Ott (1959-2018)
DENVER — Dennis John Ott, 59, of Denver, died Monday, July 9, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
He was born Jan. 31, 1959, in Waterloo, son of John and Rosemary (Burgess) Ott. He married Marcia Henn Ebaugh on Feb. 14, 2001, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Denver.
He graduated from East High School in 1977. Dennis worked at Wagner Auto Repair in Waterloo and had recently retired from Terex Cranes in Waverly after 38 years. He was a member of the Willow Run Country Club in Denver and the U.A.W. Local No. 411 in Waverly.
Survived by: his wife; a son, Chris (Molly) Ott of Buckingham; a stepdaughter, Lora (Dennis) Carter of Cedar Falls; two stepgrandchildren, Jack and Molly Carter; his mother-in-law, Suzanne Henn of West Union; two brothers, Tim Ott of La Porte City and Steve Ott of Waterloo; and his nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his maternal and paternal grandparents; and a brother, Rick Ott.
Celebration of his Life: noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, at Dennis and Marcia’s home. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
His number one love was his wife, kids and grandkids. He always made people laugh and was quick to make a joke out of anything with his great sense of humor. In his spare time, he enjoyed restoring classic cars, golfing, woodworking, tinkering in our shop and splitting wood. Dennis adored his puppy Peanut.
James K. "Jim" Cable (1941-2018)
HUDSON — James K. “Jim” Cable, 77, of Ames, formerly of Hudson, died Tuesday, July 10, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.
He was born June 4, 1941, at St. Francis Hospital, Waterloo, son of Earl and Helen Cable. He married Jeanne A. Putsch on June 21, 1964, in Blue Mound, Ill. She died in 1995. Jim married Elizabeth A. Wilt on May 22, 1999, in Ames.
Jim graduated from Dike High School in 1959, received a BSCE in civil engineering from Iowa State University in 1964 and a MSCE in transportation from ISU in 1976. In 1994 he completed a Ph.D. in transportation engineering from the University of Illinois. Jim worked for the Iowa DOT in Waterloo, then served with the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Vietnam. Returning to the USA, he worked for the Iowa DOT again and also the Reith-Riley Construction Co. in Indiana on interstate highway construction. He spent 20 years with the Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department at ISU in teaching, research and extension.
Survived by: his wife; children, Matthew J. Cable (Val Camparo) of Ankeny and Stephen K. Cable (Courtney) of Riverside; grandchildren Silas Cable and Theda Cable of Riverside; stepchildren, Melissa Wilt of Oak Park, Ill., Dustin Wilt of Plymouth, Minn., and Josepth (Erikka) Wilt of Minnetonka, Minn.; stepgrandchildren, Lars and Soren Olson of Oak Park, Hugh Wilt of Minnetonka, and Seth, Nate and Matthew Garland of Ankeny; two sisters, Cathy (Jim) Porter of Urbandale and Patricia (Steve) Felix of Sioux City; along with nieces and other relatives.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his first wife; and a brother, Edward Cable.
Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Collegiate United Methodist Church, Ames, with burial at 3 p.m. July 14 at the Hudson Cemetery in Hudson. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Adams Funeral Home in Ames.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to the Bliss Cancer Center, 1111 Duff Ave, Ames 50010, or the Israel Family Hospice House, 400 South Dakota Ave., Ames 50014.
Jim’s research and his love shall always remain close to a bulldozer or slip form paver. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed trapshooting and reloading all types of guns. He could sit for hours and watch wildlife at home or in the woods and never pull the trigger.
Richard E. Lantz (1936-2018)
WATERLOO — Richard E. Lantz, 82, of Country View, died Friday, July 6, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital.
He was born March 23, 1936, in Waterloo, son of George and Viola Henderson Lantz. He resided at Country View most of his life.
Survived by: a brother, David Lantz of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a brother, George Lantz; and a sister, Mary Lantz.
Services: 11 a.m. Monday, July 16, at Country View, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be for an hour before services at Country View. Hagarty- Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at: www.hagartywaychoff grarup.com.
Dorothy Tyson (1924-2018)
WATERLOO — Dorothy Augustine Tyson, 93, of Glen Allen, Va., formerly of Waterloo, died at home Friday, June 29.
She was born in 1924 in Waterloo, daughter of Robert Ben Burt and Fannie Mae Rockett. On Nov. 21, 1941, she married James L. Tyson in Waterloo; they were married for 56 years.
Dorothy was educated in the Waterloo school district. She managed the Logandale Apartments in Waterloo before managing several housing complexes in Dallas, Texas. She served as a cafeteria chef at an elementary school and as a dietician for her church’s day-care center.
She had been a member of Payne Memorial AME Church, served on the Mother’s Board and in the church choir. Dorothy also was a member of the Palestine Chapter 28 Order of Eastern Star, where she served as a grand worthy matron.
Survived by: a daughter, Alice Tyson-Garner of Glen Allen; a sister, Aretha White of Waterloo; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceded in death by: her husband; her parents; a daughter, Janice Strong; and two sons, Keith and Lamar Tyson.
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Friday, July 13, at Payne Memorial AME Church, with burial of cremains at Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be for an hour before services Friday at the church. Sanders Funeral Service is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the family in care of Alice M. Tyson Garner, 2803 Murano Way, Glen Allen, VA 23059.
Dorothy was a Christian woman who dearly loved the Lord and her church. She was a creative and generous person. For many years Dorothy sewed her own clothing and made items for family and friends. She often drew pictures inside greeting cards to send to family.