WATERLOO -- Donald Lee Brockway, 78, of Waterloo, died Saturday, Jan. 26, at Iowa Veterans Home, Marshalltown; services 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, an Overton Family Service, Waterloo, 232-3235, with burial at Garden of Memories Cemetery, with military honors at the cemetery by Iowa Army National Guard Honor Guard; visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at the funeral home; memorials directed to the family; condolences at www.parrottandwood.com.
A compilation of obituaries and service notices in the Courier Jan. 27- Feb. 1, 2019.
Service notice: Donald L. Brockway
Jerry D. Griffith (1959-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Jerry D. Griffith, 59, of Cedar Falls, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Covenant Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 27, 1959, in Washington, son of Ted and Delores Krotz Griffith. He married Susan Groff on Aug. 14, 1982, in Wellman.
Jerry was employed with John Deere for 38 years as a product marketing manager. He was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church, Hudson School Board for 11 years with seven of them being the president, former University of Northern Iowa football player and supporter of the UNI Panther Scholarship Club and former Boy Scout.
Survived by: his wife; two sons, Ian (Whitney) Griffith of Waterloo and Zachary (Chelsea) Griffith of Madison, Wisc.; a daughter, Olivia Griffith of Ames; three brothers, Dennis (Brenda) Griffith of Iowa City, Scott (Ellen) Griffith of St. Louis and Neill (Mary Ann) Griffith of Chicago; a sister, Peggy (Don) Mason of Tennessee; his aunt, Pat Dusenbery; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at St. Edward Catholic Church, with inichement at Mount Olivet Cemetery at a later date. Public visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. today, Feb. 1, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, where there will be a 4 p.m. rosary and 7 p.m. vigil. Visitation will continue for one hour before services at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at: www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com
Jerry was a beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend. Married for 36 years, his favorite pastime was spending time with the ones he loved, often through traveling, playing games, dancing and all his kids’ activities. No. 99 was a mentor to so many, and he will be cherished forever.
Rita A. Allen (1947-2019)
WATERLOO — Rita A. Allen, 71, of Waterloo, died Saturday, Jan. 19, at NorthCrest Specialty Care of natural causes.
She was born Aug. 6, 1947, in Waterloo, daughter of Willie Robert Allen Sr. and Betty Mattie Allen.
Rita graduated from East High School in 1965. She also attended Gates College. Rita was employed for many years at Younkers Department Store, Control-O-Fax, Jesse Cosby Center and Hy-Vee Food Store. She was a member of the Waterloo Women’s Civic Club and the Order of Calanthe.
Survived by: five siblings, Marquita J. (Alvin) Allen-Pearson of Illinois, Willie R. (Valerie) Allen Jr. of Texas, Frederick D. Allen of Indiana and Michael T. Allen and Clifford S. Allen, both of Waterloo; a nephew, Victor (Gina) Allen of Davenport; six nieces, Denise Allen of Waterloo, Katina Pearson of Illinois, Shannon (Prosper Jr.) Williams of Texas, Lisa Allen of Texas, Yasmine Allen of Virginia and Chena Jenkins of Waterloo; four great-nieces, Anisia Smith of Waterloo, C’yana Allen of Davenport, Niya Allen of Virginia and Keimyjah Jenkins of Waterloo; and four great-nephews, Kahlil Pearson of Illinois, D’yanta Allen of Davenport, Nathaniel Allen of Virginia and Prosper Williams III of Texas.
Preceded in death by: her parents; and a great-nephew, Victor Michael Allen.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Antioch Baptist Church. Visitation at the church will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Feb. 1, and for one hour before services Saturday. Sanders Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to the family at 411 Candlewick Road, Waterloo 50703, where they will be receiving friends.
Rita’s infectious smile warmed everyone she encountered.
Service Notice: James J. "Jim" Kremer
WATERLOO -- James J. "Jim" Kremer, 85, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home; services 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, where full military rites will be conducted by Evansdale AMVETS Post 31, Waterloo AMVETS Post 19 and the U. S. Navy Honor Guard; visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, 234-6274, where there will be a 5 p.m. Third- and fourth-degree Knights Of Columbus rosary and a 7:30 p.m. vigil service; visitation will continue at the church for an hour before services Friday; memorials may be directed to the church or Cedar Valley Hospice; condolences at www.hagartywaychoffgraurp.com.
Evelyn Moeller (1925-2019)
TRIPOLI — Evelyn Moeller, 93, of Tripoli, died Monday, Jan. 28, at Tripoli Nursing Home.
She was born March 2, 1925, in Freemont Township, daughter of William and Hulda (Schellhorn) Zander. On Nov. 28, 1943, she married Virgil Moeller at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Crane Creek. He died Nov. 4, 1998.
She attended school at Freemont No. 2 and German School at Crane Creek. She was a farmer’s wife working together with her husband on the family farm.
Evelyn was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Crane Creek.
Survived by: a daughter, Bonnie Steege of Waterloo; a son, Larry Moeller of Sumner; eight grandchildren, Rhonda (Rich) Gilbert, Brian (Marcy) Moeller, Scott (Sonja) Steege, Roxanne (Brad) Paulsen, Kristie (Kyle) Kuhse, Becki (Mike) Embretson, Darin (Jenny) Steege and Deann (Matt) Dietz; 20 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and a brother, Amos (Marilyn) Zander of Tripoli.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; a son-in-law, Charles “Chuck” Steege; three brothers, Harold, William and Willard Zander; and a sister, Doretta Seegers.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Crane Creek, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Denver, and for an hour before services Monday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Crane Creek, Tripoli Nursing Home or St. Croix Hospice.
Evelyn enjoyed family activities, social gatherings, sewing, crocheting, word search and tending to her garden.
Gordon Bentley (1926-2019)
FAIRBANK — Gordon Bentley, 92, died Jan. 25, at Royal Oaks Nursing Home in Dade City, Fla.
He was born Dec. 16, 1926, at Mercy Hospital, Oelwein, son of Earl and Helen (Lacy) Bentley. On Oct. 13, 1955, he married Patricia Joerger at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fairbank.
Gordon graduated from Fairbank High School in 1944. He then served in the U.S. Army. Gordon began working at the Chevrolet dealership that his dad founded. In the late 1950s, Gordon bought the dealership and operated it until 1986. Gordon and his wife owned and operated Bentley Chevrolet for 60 years. In 1986, they started spending five months each year in Florida where he continued to sell used cars until 2018.
Survived by: his wife; two sons, David and Duane, both of Fairbank; a daughter, Mary (Joe) College of Earlham; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Fink of Fairbank and Betty Sturm of Estelline, S.D.; and a brother-in-law, Charles (Cleo) Joerger of Fairbank.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a sister, Mary Jo (Arnold) Coffin; two brothers-in-law, Darwin Fink and Bill Sturm; and a granddaughter, Lou Ann Bentley.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbank, with burial in church cemetery. Military rites conducted by Fairbank American Legion Fortsch-Duffy Post 552. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank, with a 3:45 p.m. parish rosary.
Memorials: may be directed to the family for later designation.
Gordon’s love for racing began after returning home from the Army. He would go to Daytona Beach to watch stock car racing back when they were still racing on the sand. Gordon also enjoyed building and racing stock cars in Iowa. Gordon passed his love for racing down to his children.
Service notice: Dana Eckhoff
WAVERLY -- Dana Leigh Eckhoff, 50, of Shell Rock and formerly of Waverly, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Waverly Health Center from health complications; memorial services 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, 352-1187; Dana has been cremated, and burial will be at Harlington Cemetery; gathering of family and friends from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at the funeral home; memorials directed to the family; condolences at www.kaisercorson.com.
Richard P. Halstead (1933-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Richard P. Halstead, 85, of Indianola, formerly of Waterloo, died Monday, Jan. 28, at the Good Samaritan Society in Indianola.
He was born April 28, 1933, in Union Township in Fayette County, son of Herbert and Mary (Tillman) Halstead. He married Bonnie Kay Head on Aug. 2, 1958, in New Hampton. She died Nov. 23, 2013.
He graduated from West Union High School in 1951; earned his bachelor of science in ag education from Iowa State University in 1956, and his master of science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1973. He served in the Army National Guard; taught voc ag and science across Iowa for over 60 years and was a substitute teacher in the metro area from age 62 until age 84. After retiring in 1996 from teaching full time, he was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 17 years as a loan administrator with the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA).
Survived by: three sons, Kevin (Monica) Halstead of Muscatine, Kent (Laurel) Halstead of Indianola and Kregg (Araks) Halstead of Almaty, Kazakhstan; a daughter, Kandice (Jeff) Tjebkes of Muscatine; 11 grandchildren, Taylor (Emily), Zachary (Casey), Zane (Anna), Nathan (Maggie), Danny, Madison, Mark and Elizabeth Halstead, and Kaelen, Kamryn and Kason Tjebkes; a great-grandchild, Sawyer Halstead; a brother, John Halstead of Loup City, Neb.; and a sister-in-law, Helen Halstead of West Union.
Preceded in death by: a brother, George Halstead; and a sister, Clara Kleiman.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at First United Methodist Church, with burial in Fairview Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Richardson Funeral Service, Cedar Falls, and also for one hour before services at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the church.
Melinda S. "Linda" Hayward (1957-2019)
INDEPENDENCE — Melinda Susan “Linda” Hayward, 61, of Independence, died Sunday, Jan. 27, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, due to complications of a stroke.
She was born Oct. 14, 1957, in Independence, daughter of Dwight John Corkery and Gladys Martha (Grover) Corkery. On Sept. 12, 1981, she married Michael James Hayward in Rowley.
She graduated from St. John High School in 1976. Linda was a daycare provider for more than 20 years and later cleaned houses. She was a member of the St. John Catholic Church.
Survived by: her husband; her sons, Justin Hayward of the Washington, D.C., area, Blake (Jessica) Hayward of Independence and Cameron (Briana) Hayward of Evansdale; two grandchildren, McKenzie Hayward and Logan Hayward; seven brothers, Dan (Mary) Corkery of Rowley, Ric (Debbie) Corkery of Independence, Craig (Vicki) Corkery of Independence, Dave (Brenda) Corkery of Rowley, Dennis (Tami) Corkery and Gary (Theresa) Corkery, both of Independence, and Rob (Corrine) Corkery of Walker; five sisters, Cathy Struchen of Toddville, Pat (Bill) Offerman of Independence, Mary Gallagher of Fairfax, Janette (Andy) Hopkins of Brandon and Shelly (Dave) Tilley of Independence; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her parents; two brothers, Johnny Corkery and Steve Corkery; and two brothers-in-law, Cal Struchen and Gary Gallagher.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at St. John Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at White Funeral Home, Independence, where there will be a 4 p.m. parish rosary and a 7 p.m. parish vigil service. Visitation will continue for an hour before services Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials: will be directed to Linda’s favorite causes, including the church, Camp Courageous and Cedar Valley Hospice.
Condolences may be left at www.White-Mthope.com.
Linda had a deep love of family and service to others. She always put others before herself and she loved to put a smile on everyone’s face. She enjoyed trips to the casino and bargain shopping — she had a knack for finding exactly what you needed.
Susan M. “Susie” Beenken (1952-2019)
HAZLETON — Susan “Susie” Marie Beenken, 66, of Hazleton, died at home Saturday, Jan. 26.
She was born June 7, 1952, in Iowa City, daughter of Edward and Neola (Bloxam) Beenken.
She attended the Dunkerton High School and Hawkeye Community College. She worked at John Deere in Waterloo as a forklift operator.
Survived by: her spouse, Beryl Latham of Hazleton; a brother, Joseph (Sheryl) Beenken of Cherokee Village, Ark.; a niece, Valorie (Tom) Wilson of Auburn, N.H.; five great-nieces and nephews, Olivia, Chloe, Benjamin, Andrew and Ethan; special granddaughters, Tiffany (Eric) Zeiser and Nichole; her in-laws, Joan Stolfus and Carol Nielsen, both of Oelwein, Kenny (Marilyn) Latham of Catlin, Ill., Bea (Ted) Leonard of Winterset, Linda (Mike) Steil of Fairbank, Jon (Bev) Latham, Mary (Harry) Ritter and Lowell (Dawn) Latham, all of Oelwein; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her parents; and several aunts and uncles.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home, with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, both in Oelwein. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the funeral home.
Memorial fund: has been established.
Condolences may be left at www.geilenfeldfh.com.
Susie enjoyed the Hawkeyes, garage sales, pro wrestling, traveling and especially her family. The last few years of her life were very special, filling a lot of her bucket list with the help of her family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
James F. Puhl Jr. (1934-2019)
WATERLOO — James Francis Puhl Jr., 84, of Waterloo, died Monday, Jan. 28, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital.
He was born Sept. 9, 1934, in Waterloo, son of James Sr. and Mildred Hildebrand Puhl. He married Betty Bandy in Galena, Ill., and she preceded him in death in 2010. He married Peggy Wheeland on Feb. 12, 2012, in Hawaii.
Jim served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was employed as a machinist at John Deere for 29 years. After retirement, he was employed as a truck driver with Stuber and Wheeler Autobody. He was past commander of VFW Post 1623 and was able to participate in the Honor Flight.
Survivors include: his wife; a son, Jamie of Waterloo; a daughter, LouAnne (Mike) Kielty of Waterloo; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Linda (Dennis) Heiser of Waterloo, Paula Floyd of Jesup and Delores Steiner of Waterloo; three stepchildren, Vickie (Bryant) Baker and Chad (Crystal) Nicholson, both of Volga, and KinDee (Eric) Durnan of Wadena; several stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his mother-in-law, Clara Bohonek of Platteville, Wis.
Preceded in death by: a brother, Doug Puhl; two sisters, Annette Crinigan and Sandy Biretz.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, with inurnment at a later date in Waterloo Cemetery. Full military rites will be conducted at the funeral home by the Waterloo AMVETS Post 19 and Evansdale AMVETS Post 31, assisted by the Naval Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and also one hour before services Saturday.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Margaret L. "Margie" Tarrants (1933-2019)
WATERLOO — Margaret L. “Margie” Tarrants, 85, of Waterloo, died Friday, Jan. 25, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital.
She was born Aug. 31, 1933, in Louisiana, Mo., daughter of Clarence and Bessie Worsham Branstetter. She married Jack Tarrants, and they were later divorced.
Margaret worked as a CNA at Country View for 27 years.
Survived by: her grandson, Justin Tarrants of Waterloo; two great-granddaughters, Justine Tarrants and Jacklyn Tarrants, both of Charles City; and a sister, Carolyn Lovelace of Elsberry, Mo.
Preceded in death by: her daughter, Janet Tarrants; two brothers, John Branstetter and Jimmy Branstetter; and five sisters, Betty Branstetter, Sue Liggett, Rachel McCormack, Sarah Branstetter and Jane Mugent.
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Paul M. Smith (1936-2019)
HUDSON — Paul “Pa” Merlin Smith, 82, of Hudson, died at home Sunday, Jan. 27.
He was born April 7, 1936, in Albany, Ill., son of Guy J. Sr. and Vera Reedy Smith. He married Betty L. Cook on Aug. 2, 1959, in Hudson.
Paul worked as an electrician and was the owner and operator of Paul’s Electric. He formerly worked for Land O’ Lakes from 1983-1995.
Paul was a member of IBEW Local 288. He was a member of the Hudson Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years and served as a Boy Scout Leader for several years.
Survived by: his wife; five children, Jim (Nancy) Smith of Waterloo, Lisa Smith of Parkersburg, Vince (Mindy) Smith of Glidden, Melinda (George Gerlach) Smith of Hudson and Travis (Julia) Smith of Waterloo; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; four sisters, Barbara Hoveland of Pasco, Wash., Karen Flynn of Fairfield, Mont., Roberta Anderson of Iowa City and Sue (Mark) Orfield of Osceola; two brothers, Guy (Ruth) Smith Jr. of Iowa City, and Darrell (Elaine) Smith Williamsburg; a brother-in-law, Rich Schmidt of Iowa City; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and a sister, Carolee Schmidt.
Services: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. before the service Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.LockeFuneralHome.com.
Paul enjoyed fishing, woodworking, gardening, playing cards and hanging out with the guys at Dan’s building.
Edward Jerome Knebel
Edward Jerome Knebel died Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Blake Ranae Knebel on March 20, 2016; his father Edward Elmo Knebel in December 2017; his sister, Christy in March 2017; his mother Patricia in November 1985; his father-in-law, Donald Sickman; and his dog, Rufus.
He was survived by the love of his life, his wife, Sonja Ranae; his stepmother, Jacquita Knebel; a mother-in-law, Linda Sickman; his stepdaughter, Isabella (Izzy) Ranae Eichenberger; two sons, Duke Knebel and Chance Knebel; four sisters, Michele Ackley, Teresa (Tom) Adamson, Tina (Daniel) Haskenhoff, and Nicole Knebel; a brother-in-law Scott Garbes; a sister-in-law, Shawn (Wayne) Barfels; several cousins, nieces, and nephews; two dogs, Princess and Thor; and countless friends. Nothing was more important to him than the people in his life.
Eddie was born and raised in Dunkerton, never straying far from home. He worked for a time at Young Plumbing and Heating, ending up securing a position at John Deere in Waterloo, where he remained until his death.
He loved the outdoors and used every opportunity available to camp or fish with friends and family. He often described himself as an expert mushroom hunter though pictures comparing his total find of two or three morels with a companion’s bagful told the real story. Eddie enjoyed cooking, often sharing pictures of his creation of the day, always including an invitation to join in.
If you knew Eddie, you also knew that the tough exterior was an illusion, barely concealing the compassionate and caring person he truly was. If you were lucky enough to REALLY know him, you called him Boog. He is greatly missed already.
Please join us in a celebration of Eddie’s life on Sunday, February 3, from 1-3 p.m. at the Dunkerton Community Hall.
Jeannette M. Achenbach (1956-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Jeannette Marie (Dana) Achenbach, 62, of Chandler, Ariz., formerly of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, Jan. 27, at Hospice of the Valley-Dobson Home, Chandler.
She was born April 3, 1956, in Waterloo, daughter of Bob and Donna (Blacksmith) Dana. She married Bill Achenbach on July 3, 1988.
Jeannette graduated from Columbus High school in 1974. She had worked at Cedar Falls Utilities since 1998, retiring in May 2018.
Survived by: her husband; family, Ron (Gloria) Achenbach of Aurora, Colo., Chris (Becky) Achenbach of Lasella, Colo., Nate (Patty) Achenbach of Great Falls, Mont., and Julie (Bob) Escudero of Newbury Park, Calif.; sisters Kathleen (Joe) Begley and Kris (Scott) Begley; a brother, Leonard (Chris) Dana; nephews and nieces, Zac (Jennifer) Barclay, Lindsey (Jack) Allen, Dana (Julie) Begley, Kayla Begley, Bart Hansen; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and many great-nieces and -nephews.
Preceded in death by: her parents; a brother, John Dana; and a nephew, Jason Barclay.
Celebration of Life: at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Casey’s 218, Waterloo.
Jeannette was Bill’s adventurous partner. They made a great team. She enjoyed life and spending time with her family, friends and her cat Duchess. She will be missed dearly.
Karen A. McLaughlin (1941-2019)
INDEPENDENCE — Karen Ann McLaughlin, 77, of Independence, died Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha, of cancer.
She was born Aug. 12, 1941, in Waterloo, daughter of Francis Clement Vogel and Adeline Katherine (Holbach) Vogel. She married Lewis A. Nabholz on April 15, 1961, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup. He died Dec. 14, 1987. On July 1, 1995, she married Loy M. McLaughlin in Independence.
Karen graduated from Don Bosco High School, Gilbertville, and Humboldt Airline School, Minneapolis. She moved to New York City, where she was employed by the airlines as a reservationist. Following her employment in New York, she was employed as a bookkeeper for Frost Oil Co. in Jesup and then in the city clerk’s office in Independence. She also was a billing clerk at Independence Light & Power, Telecommunications for many years, before retiring in 2003.
Karen was a member of the St. John Catholic Church, the church Rosary Society, where she served as treasurer, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court 495, and the Buchanan County Health Center Auxiliary.
Survived by: her husband; three sons, Rod (Donna) Nabholz of Independence, Brad (Susan) Nabholz of Sterling, Alaska, and Chris (Stacy) Nabholz of Brandon; a daughter, Jodi (Jeff) Mace of Grand Junction, Colo.; a stepdaughter, Heather (Jeremy) Crawford of Palo; nine grandchildren and two stepgrandsons, Aubrey, Emma, Avery, Colin, Kale, Vaughn, Ellie, Jacob, Addie, Cora and Tanner; three brothers, Donald (Diane) Vogel of Peoria, Ariz., and Jim (Kathy) Vogel and Larry (Linda) Vogel, both of Jesup; a sister, Diane Youngblut of Jesup; and a sister-in-law, Doris Vogel of Dubuque.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her first husband; a sister, Marlene Wienands; a brother, Gary Vogel; and two brothers-in-law, Richard “Smokey” Youngblut and Dean Wienands.
Services: noon Friday, Feb. 1, at St. John Catholic Church, with burial at Mount Hope Cemetery, Independence. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, where there will be a 4 p.m. Catholic Daughters rosary and a 7 p..m. parish vigil service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home for an hour before services Friday. White Funeral Home, Independence, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: will be directed to the church.
Condolences may be placed at www.White-MtHope.com.
While Karen had many titles over the years, the most important were, wife, mom and grandma. She enjoyed planting flowers and traveling with Loy. She spent many hours quilting and caring for her grandchildren — she simply loved being with her family.
David S. Bremer (1947-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — David Stanley Bremer, 71, of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.
He was born March 28, 1947, in Tripoli, son of Paul and Elvira (Holm) Bremer. He married Shirley Dyrda on Dec. 29, 1983, in Chicago.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was a supervisor in the John Deere Foundry in Waterloo, and later with Caterpillar in Decatur, Ill.
Survivored by: his wife; a son, Scott Bremer of Merrillan, Wis.; three daughters, Sarah (Troy) Eastman of Cedar Falls, Beth Bremer of Allison, and Carolyn Bremer of Denver, Colo.; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; three brothers, Harlan (Donna) Bremer of Osage, Paul (Betty) Bremer and Duane (Becky) Bremer, both of Tripoli; four sisters, Mary (Rich) Wirt and Julie (Gary) Martin, both of Minnesota, Darla (Al) Bock and Carol (Bernie) Smith, both of Sumner; and a sister-in-law, Micki Bremer of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: a brother, Don Bremer.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, with burial in Grace Lutheran Cemetery in Tripoli. Military honors will be conducted by Tripoli VFW Post 4013 and Sumner American Legion Post 223. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, and one hour before services at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or the church.
Condolences may be left at www.DahlFuneralHome.com.
Rollis G. Jensen (1922-2019)
DENVER — Rollis Gunder Jensen, 96, of Denver, died Friday, Jan. 25, at the Denver Sunset Home.
He was born July 30, 1922, in Oran, son of Oscar and Josephine (Rueckert) Jensen. He married Velda Pipho on June 25, 1950, at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.
He graduated from Bremer-Fayette Consolidated High School in 1939. He served in the U.S. Navy Seebees from 1943 to 1946. Rollis began his career as a carpenter. In 1963, he served as interim postmaster in Denver, later being appointed as postmaster there. He served in that capacity from 1963 until his retirement in March of 1990. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church. He served on the Denver Public Library Board, the board that established the Denver Sunset Home, along with various city and church boards. He was a member of the Denver American Legion Post 653 for more than 60 years.
Survived by: three daughters, Bonny (Merlin) Nuss of Overland Park, Kan.; Barbara (Dan) Andrew of Sedgwick, Kan., and Becky (Greg) Jensen Tissier of Danville, Ill.; a son, Brian (Beth) Jensen of Clarendon Hills, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Ann Olander, Arlene McLaren, Jane Meyer and Kay Schwarz; and his brothers, Lee, Kenneth and Jim Jensen.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a sister, Grace Albrecht; and his brothers, Dale, John, Paul, Bob and Tom Jensen.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Denver, with burial in the church cemetery. Military rites at the grave will be conducted by Acker Matthias American Legion Post 653. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Denver, and for one hour before services Saturday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, His Hands Oran Food Pantry or to the donor’s choice.
Rollis enjoyed woodworking and making grandfather clocks for each of his children and grandchildren. He was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling. He is remembered by a large extended family, including many nieces and nephews; and teaching his children and grandchildren to golf and enjoying golf with friends and family.
Vernon Christensen (1927-2019)
CEDAR FALLS -- Vernon James Christensen, 91, of Cedar Falls, died Saturday, Jan. 26, at Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo.
He was born May 13, 1927, in Dike, son of Peter and Christine Christensen. He graduated from Dike High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1947. On Oct. 25, 1952, he married Marian Chapman in New Hartford. She died April 21, 2003. Vern owned and operated Vern’s Phillip’s 66 Service Station on La Porte Road in Waterloo for more than 40 years, retiring in 1988.
Survived by: his daughter, Cheryl Christensen of St. Charles, Ill.; his son, Robert Christensen of Waterloo; three grandchildren, Rob Christensen of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Jeremy Christensen of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Emily Christensen of Burlington, Wis.
Preceded in death by: his wife; and his brother, Harold Christensen.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at First United Methodist Church in Waterloo. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Richardson Funeral Service in Cedar Falls and also one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will be Thursday at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens.
Memorials: may be directed to Cedar Falls AMVETS Post #49 Honor Guard.
John F. Lambert
John F. Lambert, 88, of Johnston, IA, passed away in the company of his family on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Mercy Hospice of Johnston.
John was born December 6th, 1930 in Keokuk, Iowa. He graduated from St. Peters High School where he excelled on the men’s basketball team.
John had an accomplished 60 year career in the meat packing industry including serving as Executive Vice President for the Rath Packing Company in Waterloo, Iowa, and President of Peer Foods, Chicago, IL. John’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to found Perishable Distributors of Iowa where he served as the company’s first president. Not one to idly retire, he continued consulting for many large companies into his early 80’s.
John married Mary Jane (Hechler) on April 17th, 1956 and raised three children in the Cedar Falls, Iowa community. He enjoyed golfing and fishing but his greatest joy and happiness was the time shared with his family, particularly those memories made on summer vacations in Galena, Illinois.
John was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, sons Bruce Lambert of Des Moines, Iowa and David (Julie) Lambert of Geneva, Illinois as well as a daughter, Linda (Kurt) LaCoste of Fort Worth, Texas; his cherished grandchildren, Samantha, Jackson, Tanner, William and Addison; his sister, Norma (Lambert) Murphy and numerous nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
A memorial service will be held on April 5th at St. Mary of Nazareth in Johnston, Iowa at 11:00 AM with a visitation two hours prior to the service. A second service will be held on April 6th at All Saints Church in Keokuk, Iowa at 1:00 PM with a visitation two hours prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Mercy Hospice-Johnston at https://foundation.mercydesmoines.org/donate/.
Robert H. Bouman (1947-2019)
TRIPOLI — Robert Henry Bouman, 71, of Tripoli, formerly of Dike, died Thursday, Jan. 24, at Grandview Health Care Center in Oelwein.
He was born April 16, 1947, in Tyler, Minn., son of Henry and LaVon (Stevens) Bouman. He married Sandra Jean Bunkers on Sept. 7, 1968.
Bob graduated from Ruthton High School in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1967-1973. He worked at Members Mutual Co-op and Sam Annis and Co.
Survived by: his wife; a son, Jeff (Stacey) Bouman of Lakeville, Minn.; a daughter, Kris (Mark) Franzen of Decorah; seven grandchildren, Bryce, Drew, Gabby, Tate, Matthew, Annika and Luke; a sister, Carol (Bernard) Juliar of Surprise, Ariz.; and a brother, Bernie (Jan) Bouman of Ruthton, Minn.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and a granddaughter, Megan Franzen.
Celebration of Life: will be held at the end of March. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes in Denver is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 676, Tripoli 50676.
Charlotte E. Kirchhoff (1946-2019)
WATERLOO — Charlotte Elaine Kirchhoff, 72, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, due to complications of congestive heart failure.
She was born Nov. 25, 1946, daughter of Lavern and Jackie (Cook) Kirchhoff, and was raised by her aunt, Dorothy Kirchhoff in Buck Creek.
Charlotte graduated from Sumner High School and received an associate’s degree from Hawkeye Tech. After graduation, she continued her clerical work with the department secretary for the Agriculture Program at Hawkeye Community College.
Survived by: a son, Andy (Amanda) Kirchhoff of Waterloo; a brother, Lee Matthews; two sisters, Lynn (Greg Ragsdale) Folkers of Janesville and Colleen (Michael) Rosberg; a grandson, Anthon; and many friends, including her friend for more than 40 years, Tonia Kruse of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: her parents; a brother, Scott Matthews; and a sister, Delores “Dee” Pruisner.
Services: 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, an Overton Family Service, Waterloo, with burial at a later date. Visitation will be for an hour before services Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.parrottandwood.com.
Charlotte was a fantastic artist and made beautiful unique crafts. She also enjoyed reading and spending time with her family, especially her grandson. Charlotte was an amazing friend to many and had a forgiving spirit that she was willing to share with everyone. She will be greatly missed.
Service Notice: Charles E. “Charlie” Riek
GRUNDY CENTER -- Charles Edward “Charlie” Riek, 91, of Coralville, formerly of Grundy Center, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Lantern Park Specialty Care in Coralville; services 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the United Methodist Church, with burial in Rosehill Cemetery, both in Grundy Center; visitation 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Abels Funeral & Cremation Service-Engelkes Chapel, Grundy Center, (319) 824-3319; memorials may be directed to the family, where they will donate to a charity of their choice at a later date; condolences at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
Dean Lee (1941-2019)
WATERLOO -- Dean Lee, 77, of Waterloo, died at home Friday, Jan. 25.
He was born May 14, 1941, son of Ernest and Pearl Dahl Lee. He married Lucille Kelly on June 23, 1974, in Waterloo. She died Dec. 28, 2006.
Dean was employed as a truck driver with Wayne Engineering for 18 years. After retiring, he worked in lawn care until 2000.
Survived by: a daughter, Dawn Ford of White Bear Lake, Minn.; six grandchildren; and a special caregiver, Melanie (Michael) Nieman of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: his wife; a daughter, Darcy Huttle; a brother, David Lee; and two sisters, Bonnie Wendelbow and Delores Olson.
Visitation: will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway. Private burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Tamara "Tami" Fintel (1964-2019)
WATERLOO — Tamara “Tami” Fintel, 55, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital.
She was born Jan. 5, 1964, in Cedar Falls, daughter of James and Sandra (Schrag) Demro. She married Douglas Fintel in Janesville, and they later divorced.
She graduated from Cedar Falls High School and was self employed in housekeeping.
Survived by: three children, Lindsey Fintel of Cedar Falls, Braden Fintel of Reno, Nev., and Brooke Klemz of West Palm Beach, Fla.; four grandsons, Kodi Torticill, Kameron Wireman, Aiden and Landon Fintel; two brothers, Chad (Jennifer) Demro of Pittsburgh and Jaydon Schrag of Cedar Falls; and significant other, Fong “AL” Phanhnao of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: her parents; and biological father, Glenn Morrison.
Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Richardson Funeral Service in Cedar Falls.
Memorials: may be directed to the family in care of Richardson Funeral Service, 615 Main St., Cedar Falls 50613.
Condolences may be directed to www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Eugene Shea (1942-2019)
WAVERLY — Eugene L. Shea, 76, of Waverly, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly from multiple myeloma.
He was born Oct. 21, 1942, in Volga, son of Cornelia (Srstka) and James Shea. On Aug. 19, 1961, he married Mary Ellen Smith at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Gene graduated from Volga High School in 1960. He worked for Volga Creamery, Maquoketa Valley Creamery in Arlington, and then Carnation in Waverly from 1966 until his retirement in 1998. Gene was also the former owner and operator of Waverly Cycle and Supply, an Indian Motorcycle dealership.
Gene was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Waverly.
Survived by: his wife; three children, Christine (Dean) Robbins of Clarksville and Rick (Veronica) Shea and Brenda (Shane) Pothast, both of Waverly; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Pat Shea of Volga and Joan (Bob) Kauten of Cedar Rapids; a brother-in-law, Leland (Roberta) Smith of Arlington; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a granddaughter; a great-granddaughter; four brothers, Jim, Bud, Bill and Dan; a sister, Mary Lou McTaggart; three sisters-in-law; and a brother-in-law.
Services: 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with burial at Harlington Cemetery, both in Waverly. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today, Jan. 27, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly, and also for an hour before the service Monday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the family for later designation.
Gene was an adventurous man. He piloted his own airplane and enjoyed flights with his family and friends. He was a collector of antique tractors and gas engines and loved old cars. Gene enjoyed spending winters in Arizona with his wife, where they had adventures four-wheeling in the desert and mountains.
John Robert Miller
John Robert Miller passed away peacefully on January 21, 2019 at the age of 81.
John was one of two children born on November 1, 1937, to Earl and Vera (Hood) Miller.
Upon graduating from the Cedar Falls Campus School in 1955, John went on to study education and biology at Iowa State Teachers College (UNI). He completed his studies in 1959 and started working as a Junior high science teacher in Burlington, Iowa.
In 1961, John began farming. Farming was not only his career, but his passion. He enjoyed working the land and seeing the seasons change. He considered his business partners and associates as some of his best friends. Beyond planting and harvesting grain, John made conservation practices a priority. He implemented the usage of water ways, terraces and tiling. He viewed tall grass prairies as not just a means of conservation, but as a preserve which depicted the natural heritage of Iowa.
On June 14, 1959, John married Mary Lou Mamminga in Grundy Center. They moved into the main farm house on Strayer Road in 1966. They were the fourth generation of the family to occupy the house which was built in 1871.
While living on the farm, John and Mary raised their three children, Julie, Brad and Brian.
After a very rewarding and successful career in farming, John and Mary moved to Cedar Falls to become members of the Western Home Communities. As WHC residents they enjoyed socializing with the many friends they had made over the years.
John was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary in 2013. He is survived by his daughter Julie (Jay) Hinrichs of Overland Park, KS, Brad (Paula) Miller of Ormond Beach, FL and Brian (Jill) Miller of West Dundee, IL. Surviving grandchildren are Jared Hinrichs, Sam and Caroline Votaw and Quinn, Olivia and Kevin Miller. John loved his children and grandchildren dearly and was always interested in their activities and adventures.
John served the community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cedar Valley Arboretum and the State of Iowa as a member of the Soil Conservation Commission. He was also a member of the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair Foundation. John received honors as Wallace’s Master Farmer and Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year. John and Mary were honored as Host and Hostess of the Sturgis Falls Celebration parade. John was passionate about UNI athletics and the fine arts. He and Mary established scholarships endowment in their names to reflect their support of the university.
John was an avid and talented writer and photographer. Utilizing his quick wit and storytelling abilities, he composed the “Old Guy Newsletter” for 126 consecutive weeks. He loved to point out that there was a difference between “you are good looking and you’re looking good.”
Donations in John’s memory may be directed to the John and Mary Lou Mamminga Miller Endowed Biology Scholarship or Friends of the Tallgrass Prairie Center, UNI Foundation 204 Commons Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614.
A celebration of life is being planned for this summer in Cedar Falls.
Barbara Pepin Glaw
WATERLOO — Barbara Jean Pepin Glaw, 98, passed away peacefully on Jan. 14 in hospice at Sartori Memorial Hospital.
She is survived by a son, Norman (Janet) Glaw of Sumner, and a daughter, Linda (Terry) Glaw Meier of Waterloo; six grandchildren, Jeff Glaw of Maquoketa, Todd Glaw of Washburn, Jim Glaw of Geneseo, Ill., Kim Coulter of West Des Moines, Lisa Roeding of Reinbeck and Matthew Dauschmidt of Los Angeles, Calif.; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Barbara had a long career as a stenographer for the Chicago Great Western, Iowa Public Service and Winterbottom Supply and at Blackhawk Mental Health Center as office manager, all in Waterloo. In later years her husband, Robert, was transferred to Chicago, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert David Glaw, and by a grandson, Greg Glaw.
A private memorial service will occur at a later date.
John F. McFadden (1930-2019)
RANDALIA — John Francis McFadden, 88, of Randalia, died Thursday, Jan. 24, at Hillcrest Home in Sumner.
He was born Feb. 28, 1930, in Randalia, son of Fred and Irene (Thamert) McFadden. He married Mary Jo Brunkhorst in Lamont on July 3, 1954. She died Dec. 27, 1998. John married Alyce Woltzen in Fayette on June 21, 2008. She died Sept. 23, 2018.
John graduated from Randalia High School and farmed near Randalia until he recently retired. He was involved in many organizations and boards and was a lifelong member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette. In 2018 John’s farm received the Heritage Award for being in the family 150 years.
Survived by: two daughters, Pam Morales of Marion and Anne Huey of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two sons, Michael (Cindy) of Randalia and Vincent (Paula) of Waterloo; a son-in-law, Todd Hertog; 11 grandchildren, Shane, Megan, Collin, Erin, Sean, Marissa and Ryan McFadden, Alexandra and Jack Huey, Jessica Brownell and James Gibbons; great-grandchildren, Jaxson Brownell, Jonny Gibbons and Joey Gibbons; two sisters, Patricia (Jim) Rederer of Bloomington, Minn., and Kathleen (Dave) Van Wart of Richardson, Texas; and in-laws, Mary McFadden, Dr. and Mrs. John Brunkhorst, Patricia Maas and Joe Green, Marlene Goetschel, Dr. and Mrs. Joe Brunkhorst, Phillip and Ann Brunkhorst, and Jim and Monica Piersall.
Preceded in death by: a son, Thomas; a daughter, Patricia; a son-in-law, Dave Morales; and a brother, Vernon.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Fayette, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, rural Fayette. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today, Jan. 27, at S.K. Rogers Funeral Home, Fayette, and for an hour before services at the church on Monday.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to the American Cancer Society or St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette.
Condolences at www.skrogersfuneralhome.com.
Sally Hermanson (1943-2019)
WATERLOO -- Sally Mildred Hermanson, 75, of Waterloo, died Friday, Jan. 25.
She was born Jan. 28, 1943, in Waterloo, daughter of Carl and Alice (Jacobsen) Sherwood. She married Erling Hermanson on Sept. 5, 1959, in Spring Grove, Minn. He preceded her in death.
Sally attended West High School. She had worked at LaPole’s Root Beer Stand, was banquet manager at the ConWay Civic Center in Waterloo and tended bar at the VFW.
Survived by: two daughters, Alisa (Richard) Butts and Melissa (Sean) Burnell, both of Waterloo; a son, Curtis (LeeAnn) Hermanson of Spring Grove; seven grandchildren, RandyJohn and Ryan Butts, Jordan, Dakota (Emily) and Haley Wandro, and Levi (Kate) and Kelsey Hermanson; four great-grandchildren, Jasmine, Kacie, Kaily and Wyatt with another baby girl on the way; three brothers, William (Darlene) Sherwood of La Porte City and Tim and Steve Sherwood, both of Waterloo; and a sister, Vicki Sherwood of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; three brothers, Robert "Bob," Vincent and James Sherwood; and a sister, Mary Jebe.
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, with burial at Fairview Cemetery, Waterloo. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, an Overton Family Service, Waterloo, and for an hour before services Tuesday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.parrottandwood.com.
She and Erling shared a love for the outdoors and would take their children on an annual vacation, camping along the way. Sally enjoyed playing cards, creating Halloween costumes and was a very good bowler. She was sassy and loved spending time with family and friends. Sally was a great cook.
Darlene K. Walton (1923-2019)
CEDAR FALLS -- Darlene K. Walton, 95, of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, Jan. 20, at Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls.
She was born Dec. 14, 1923, in Ames, daughter of Michael Frederick and Mary Emma (Parsons) Knuths. She married John W. Walton on March 27, 1943, in Burlington. He died March 29, 2002.
Darlene graduated from Ames High School and after raising a family, was a circulation clerk at the University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library.
Survived by: three daughters, Judith D. Walton of Brownsville, Texas, Jacquie (Chris) Knievel of Red Wing, Minn., and Jessica (Ron Myklestad) Walton of Prescott, Ariz.; two granddaughters, Jill (Troy) Bartels-Lovell and Melinda (John Hulsey) Walton; five great-grandchildren, Brienne (Ryan) Grant, Bailey Bartels, Luca Hulsey, Caleb and Kyle Lovell; and a sister, Anne (Bob) Buck of Ames.
Preceded in death by: a daughter, Janet Lewis; 12 brothers and sisters.
No services: are being planned at this time. Richardson Funeral Service is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the family for inclusion in the John and Darlene Walton Memorial Scholarship to be awarded at the University of Northern Iowa.
Darlene loved having a good meal with her family and friends, working in her garden, taking camping trips with John, watching birds at her backyard feeders, and watching old movies on TV -- especially John Wayne flicks. But by far, her favorite activity was reading, reading, and reading some more.
Bart L. Fisher (1947-2019)
PARKERSBURG — Bart Lee Fisher, 71, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Jan. 24, at Creekside Living in Grundy Center.
He was born Oct. 2, 1947, in Spirit Lake, son of Vernon L. and Marguerite Jeanne (Simon) Fisher. On Nov. 21, 1969, he married Lois Ann Meester at Stout Reformed Church, Stout.
Bart graduated from Mason City High School in 1965 and attended Mason City Junior College for two years. He worked for Claassen Engineering, then Construction Machinery. Bart later worked at John Deere and retired after he had been employed there for 30 years.
He was a member of Hope Reformed Church in Parkersburg.
Survived by: his wife; three daughters, Shawna (Terry) Sikkema of Fulton, Ill., Bobbi (Karen) Davidson-Fisher of Omaha, Neb., and Jacqueline Fisher of Waterloo; a grandson, Jason Sikkema; a stepgranddaughter, Clare Sherman; and a sister, Deborah Staley of Detroit.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and an infant brother, Vernon Fisher Jr.
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Hope Reformed Church in Parkersburg, with burial in Stout Reformed Cemetery, Stout. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and for an hour before services Friday, all at the church. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Parkersburg is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com.
Bart enjoyed hunting, fishing and his dogs. He loved spending time with his family.
Van D. Hare (1945-2019)
WATERLOO — Van Hare, 73, died at his home Saturday, Jan. 19. He battled with cancer for five months.
He was born Jan. 29, 1945, in Waterloo, son of Ivan and Dorthy (Turner) Hare. He married Lylia Geiger on June 24, 1972, and they lived most of their years in Waterloo. They had two daughters.
Van grew up in the Elk Run Heights and Evansdale areas. In 1973 Van was employed at John Deere in Waterloo; he had many positions and worked at each plant at some point, the last one at the Northeast site on the cab assembly line. He retired in 2005 after 30 years of service.
Survived by: his wife, Lylia, of Waterloo; two daughters, Laurie Hare; and Shellie Hare of Waverly; five grandchildren, Jonny and Brandon Howell of Marshalltown, Kortnie Hare of Waverly, Jimmy Reese of Waverly and Emily Reece of Clutier; a great-granddaughter, K’Marionna Chambers of Waverly; a brother, Ivan (Carol) Hare of Pensacola, Fla.; a sister, EvLynn Hare of Independence; a sister-in-law, Vi Hare; a brother-in-law, Gary (Jo) Kaune; sisters-in-law, Karen (Gary) Eliason, Brenda Rand and Judy Petersen; all of Waterloo; and dozens of beloved nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents; two brothers, Danny and Tim Hare; and a brother-in-law, Jim Geiger.
Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Local 838 UAW Hall, 2615 Washington St., followed by a luncheon, with inurnment at a later time. There will be no visitation. The Rev. Mike Andersen of Bethel Baptist Church, Independence, will officiate the Celebration of Life service.
In lieu of flowers memorials: may be directed to Bethel Baptist Church, Independence.
Van enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, walking, biking and traveling. He was a man of faith and loved helping people when needed. He was devoted to his church and family.