Obituaries and service notices in today's Courier
Service Notice: Dennis Kacher
WATERLOO -- Dennis Francis Kacher, 88, of Waterloo, died at home Sunday, July 8; services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12, at St. Edward Catholic Church, with entombment at Mt. Olivet Mausoleum; military rites conducted by Gilbertville American Legion Nugent Demuth Post 714, assisted by the Iowa Army Honor Guard; visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. today, July 11, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, 234-6274, with a 5 p.m. 3rd and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus rosary and 7 p.m. vigil service; visitation also for an hour before services at the church; memorials to St. Edward Catholic Church or Knights of Columbus; condolences left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Charles A. “Charley” Gifford (1948-2018)
WATERLOO — Charles Arthur “Charley” Gifford, 70, of Waterloo, died at home Monday, July 9, following a short illness.
He was born May 7, 1948, in West Union, son of Charles and Doris (Finnegan) Gifford. He was married to Sandy “No. 1” Scoggin in 1970. The couple later divorced. He also was married to Phyllis Jean Getz in 2002, and they later divorced.
He attended school in West Union. After high school, Charley got involved selling cars, eventually owning Gifford Chevrolet where you could call him on the “Duck Phone.” He lived in Texas for many years but returned to Waterloo to be closer to family.
Survived by: his daughter, Sheila (Dan Schares) Gifford of Waterloo; a brother, Geoff (Jean Grace) Gifford of Allison; a sister, Michele Hallberg of McGregor; three grandchildren, Kelcey (Travis Scott) Gifford, Kayla (Jeremy) Zwanziger and Carson Jordan, all of Waterloo; two stepgrandchildren, Gracy and Lilly Schares; two great-grandchildren, Lexie Gifford and Landon Scott; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and two brothers, Greg and Marc Gifford.
Services: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at the chapel.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.parrottandwood.com.
Charley enjoyed dirt track racing, classic cars, driving limousine, wheeling and dealing and fishing.
Jimmy L. “Jim” Getting (1947-2018)
GRUNDY CENTER — Jimmy Lee “Jim” Getting, 70, of Grundy Center, died Saturday, July 7, at the Creekside Nursing Home in Grundy Center.
He was born Oct. 22, 1947, at Allen Hospital in Waterloo, son of Virgil and Iva Dell (Meyer) Getting. He married Mary Abels in 1975 and later divorced. He married Brenda M. Geiken on May 16, 1986, at the Christian Reformed Church in Austinville.
He graduated from Grundy Center High School in 1965. Jim worked at the Spokesman and Wright Tree Co. and as a foreman for 36 years at NCM (Plastronics) in Grundy Center. He served in the Navy from 1967-1973. While on the USS Hornet, Jim was part of the lunar recovery mission, picking up Apollo 11 and 12. He was stationed in Hawaii, the Philippines and San Diego. He was a lifetime member of the Grundy Center AMVETS.
Survived by: his father of Grundy Center; his wife; a daughter, Lisa (Joseph) Weyhmiller of Franklinville, N.J.; three grandchildren, Sierra, Savannah and Joseph Jr. “Joey” Weyhmiller, all of Franklinville; a sister, Ila (Dale) Weirsma of Zeeland, Mich.; his mother-in-law, Madeline Geiken of Aplington; three brothers-in-law, Dennis (Velda) Geiken of Aplington, Larry Geiken of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Roger (Cheryl) Geiken of Davenport; and 10 nephews and nieces.
Preceded in death by: his mother.
Memorial services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Colfax Center Presbyterian Church, rural Holland, preceded by a memorial gathering at 9 a.m. Private inurnment will be held at a later date. Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the church.
Condolences may be made at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
Jim’s hobbies included camping, boating and fishing. He was a huge Hawkeye fan, as well as being an avid Purple Martin enthusiast, but he cherished time spent with his grandchildren the most.
Jerald "Jerry" Quibell (1937-2018)
WAVERLY — Jerald William “Jerry” Quibell, 81, of Waverly, died Monday, July 9, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital, Waterloo, of natural causes.
He was born Jan. 14, 1937, in Los Angeles, of Wilfred H. and Emma B. (Pichelmann) Quibell. On April 21, 1963, he married Karen K. Hoth at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. She preceded him in death in 2015.
Jerry graduated from school in Waverly in 1957. He had a bread route from 1954-56, worked for Richie Pontiac from 1957-59, and John Deere Tractor Works from 1960 until he retired in August 1993.
Jerry was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Waverly and the Waverly Archery Club.
Survived by: a grandson, Kyle Quibell of Waverly; and other relatives.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his son, Todd; and his wife.
Services: 10 a.m. Friday, July 13, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, with burial at Harlington Cemetery, both in Waverly. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly.
Memorials: may be directed to the family for a fund to be established later.
Condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
In his spare time, Jerry enjoyed hunting, guns, fishing, swimming, roller skating, ice skating and classic/antique cars. But most of all he dearly loved taking rides in his truck with the love of his life, Karen. Their only grandson, Kyle, meant the world to Jerry and Karen; they really enjoyed time spent with him.
Raymond T. “Bert” McGuire (1923-2018)
WATERLOO — Raymond T. “Bert” McGuire, 94, of Waterloo, died Monday, July 9, at the Martin Center of the Western Home Communities in Cedar Falls.
He was born July 26, 1923, on his family farm in Dunkerton, son of Edward and Marguerita Harn McGuire. He married Eileen Kay Welter on July 22, 1947, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Waterloo. She died March 27, 2013.
Bert was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a platoon sergeant in the European Theater during World War II. After his service, he became employed with Rath Packing, he worked there for 20 years until moving on to a position at John Deere where he remained for 25 years, retiring in 1986. Raymond was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church since 1948.
Survived by: five children, Colleen (Richard) Nolta of Brandon, Dennis McGuire of Portales, N.M., Kevin (Kandace) McGuire of Bradenton, Fla., Mary Sucre of Rome, Ga., and Janet Udelhofen of Solon; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Joan Hill of Las Vegas; a sister-in-law, Amalia McGuire of WoodBridge, Va.; a cousin, Maurice “Dutch” Harn of Waterloo; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: a sister, Anna Belle Hundley; three brothers, William and Raleigh McGuire and Donald Hundley; a son-in-law, Alberto Sucre; and a sister-in-law, Betty Hundley.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 13, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, both in Waterloo, with full military rites conducted by the Iowa Army Honor Guard and Cedar Falls AMVETS Post 49. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway. Visitation will continue for one hour before services at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
Condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoff grarup.com.
Bert enjoyed participating in sports his entire life, excelling in most. In retirement, he and Eileen participated in many church activities and delivered Meals on Wheels for many years. During the winter, they enjoyed spending time at Gulf Shores Beach. In the later years when Eileen required extensive care, Bert was there for her.
Garrett Michael Matthias
My name is: Garrett Michael Boofias
My birthday is: I am 5 years old
My address is: I am a Bulldog!
My favorite color is: Blue ... and Red and Black and Green
My favorite superhero is: Batman … and Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk and Cyborg
When I grow up: I’m going to be a professional boxer
My favorite people are:
Mommy, Daddy, my sister ‘Delcina’ (Delphina),
The grandparents with the new house (Fredric and Cheryl Krueger),
The grandparents with the camper (Daniel and Nita Matthias),
My cousins: Grady, ‘that guy I took down that one time’ (Luke), and London Marie,
My Auntie Janette and Stinky Uncle Andy (Andrew and Janette Krueger),
Those two guys, you know, my uncles (Kristopfer Krueger and James Taylor)
The things I love the most: Playing with my sister, my blue bunny, thrash metal, Legos, my daycare friends, Batman and when they put me to sleep before they access my port
Things I hate: Pants!, dirty stupid cancer, when they access my port, needles, and the monkey nose that smells like cherry farts … I do like the mint monkey nose like at Mayo Radiation and that one guy that helped me build Legos (Randy)
When I die: I am going to be a gorilla and throw poo at Daddy!
Burned or Buried: I want to be burned (like when Thor’s Mommy died) and made into a tree so I can live in it when I’m a gorilla
Big or Small Funeral: Funerals are sad: I want 5 bouncy houses (because I’m 5), Batman, and snow cones
Emilie and Ryan Matthias will honor Garrett’s final wishes by having a Celebration of Life on Saturday, July 14th from 5pm – 11pm at 2377 132nd Ct Van Meter, Iowa
Note: Symbolic Asgardian burial ceremony and fireworks will be held just after sunset
A private burial of Garrett’s ashes will be held at a later time once his parents figure out how the hell to get his ashes made into a tree and locate a nature preserve, so his tree resides in a protected area.
Donations can be made directly to the family https://www.gofundme.com/garrett-mathiasmathias-family or in Garrett’s honor to a few of the many non-profits that helped Garrett along the way: The Little Al Foundation (https://www.littleal foundation.com), The Pink Tractor Foundation (https://www.facebook.com/PinkTractorFoundation) and the University of Iowa Dance Marathon (https://dancemarathon.uiowa.edu)
We are so grateful to the many doctors, nurses, child life specialists, musicians, art therapists, and volunteers that worked tirelessly to cure Garrett of his cancer. The reality for Garrett and so many other children is pediatric cancer is an ugly, nasty beast that leaves a path of destruction. For Garrett and many others before him – cancer kills. Those that are ‘lucky’ enough to survive endure long term debilitating side effects and the constant fear of relapse. We will fight for a cure until no other kids are robbed of their childhood, no other siblings lose their best friends, and no other parents have to bury their babies.
Garrett endured nine months of hell before he lost his battle with cancer. During that time he never lost his sense of humor and loved to tease the doctors and nurses. From whoopy cushions and sneaking clothes pins on their clothes to ‘hazing’ the interns and new staff doctors, he was forever a prankster. Nothing caught people off guard as his response to ‘see ya later alligator’:
See ya later, suckas!—The Great Garrett Underpants
Service Notice: Coltin "Jr" J. Carolus
WAVERLY -- Coltin "Jr" James Carolus, 18, of Waverly, died Sunday, July 9, , at Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, Iowa, following an accident at his home; services 11 a.m. Friday, July 13, at Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School Auditorium, with burial at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Waverly; visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12, and for an hour before services at the school; Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, 352-1187, is assisting the family; memorials in lieu of flowers directed to the family for later destination; condolences left at www.kaisercorson.com.