WATERLOO – Gladys A. Bartlett, 83, of Waterloo, died Saturday, May 30, at Friendship Village-Lakeview Landing. A private family service will occur at a Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway. This is a change from the previous arrangements. A memorial Mass is being planned for a later date. www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com, (319) 233-3393.
Obituaries and service notices in the Courier today.
SERVICE NOTICE: Gladys A. Bartlett
Harold “Dean” Tisue
SUMNER — Harold “Dean” Tisue, 90, of Sumner, died Monday, June 1, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.
He was born Nov. 12, 1929, at the family home in Monroe County, son of Harry and Carrie (Neuman) Tisue. Dean graduated in 1947 from Moravia High School. After high school, he began his 36-year career at John Deere & Co. in Waterloo. On Jan. 7, 1950, he married Velma “Vel” Overturf in Appanoose County. Dean put his working career on hold when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952 during the Korean Conflict. His military service took the couple from Kansas to North Carolina to Utah before Dean was honorably discharged in 1954. Upon his discharge, the couple moved to Waterloo. In 1956, they moved to an acreage near Oran before purchasing their farm north of Westgate in 1967.
He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Westgate.
Survivors: his wife; a son, Lon (Barb) Tisue of Sumner; three grandchildren, Corey (Patty) Tisue of Cedar Rapids, Crystal (Jason) Lange of Sumner, and Chad (Jessica) Tisue of Cedar Falls; five great-grandchildren, Kyle, Jacob, Alivia, Emerson, and Alec; sisters-in-law, Rosalee Tisue of Denver, Wilma Scieszinski of Des Moines, Jewell Strong of Cedar Rapids, Karen Overturf of Altoona, Kay White of Lincoln, and Judy Ballanger of Moravia; a special nephew, the late Don (Sharon) Tisue; and many other nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents; nephew, Don, two brothers; four sisters; three brothers-in-law; and a sister-in-law.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Westgate. The service will be limited to 100 people to properly social distance. Call (563) 578-3451 to attend. Burial will follow at Union Mound Cemetery in Sumner with military rites provided by Thomas E. Woods Post 223, American Legion of Sumner. Visitation will precede the funeral service at the church starting at 9 a.m.. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner is assisting the family.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials to the family.
Online condolences at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.
Dean had a passion for raising horses, enjoyed square dancing, playing cards (was involved in several card clubs), traveling with his wife, Vel (traveled to all 48 contiguous states and Canada), but his greatest times were those spent with his family.
Rita M. Engelken
CEDAR FALLS – Rita M. Engelken, 90, of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, May 31, at The Deery Suites at Western Home Communities.
She was born Jan. 10, 1930, in Petersburg, daughter of Henry and Rose Lammers Engelken. Rita was raised in Petersburg before moving to Waterloo, where she was employed by Rath Packing Co. as a secretary for more than 35 years. Later in life she was employed by O.M.J.C. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Survivors: three brothers, Hugo Engelken of Dyersville, Daniel (Dee) Engelken of Seminole, Fla., and Martin (Joyce) Engelken of Orange Park, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her parents; three sisters, Cyrilla Jane in infancy, and Elva Engelken and Arlene Baker; a sister-in-law, Catherine Engelken; and a brother-in-law, Edward Baker.
Memorial Mass: 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with inurnment to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the church. For those attending the funeral, we ask you to wear a mask in the church. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials: to the family.
Ryan J. Roth
Ryan Jordan Roth, 26 of Norman, passed away May 24, 2020. Ryan was born on December 21, 1993, in Waterloo, Iowa to Dave Roth & Cayann (Roth) Patterson. Ryan was raised in Norman, Oklahoma, and graduated from Norman High School. He briefly attended the University of Oklahoma before leaving to pursue several business ventures. Ryan had a brilliant mind — he was an entrepreneur, an athlete, and an artist. Ryan was very infectious to all he encountered and liked, loved by so many. Ryan loved his family and always put family first.
Ryan was a very talented visual artist, some of his artwork is still on display at the University of Oklahoma. He used his talents as an artist to start up a graphic T-shirt business, Galaxy Collective. Ryan was also a gifted athlete. As a child he excelled in many sports, especially hockey and later he found his love of skateboarding. He was a competitive skateboarder. He assisted in the creation of an indoor skate park in Norman, Oklahoma.
Ryan loved the outdoors and being in nature. Ryan and his father had a common love for a variety of sports teams including NHL Dallas Stars hockey, the Minnesota Vikings NFL team, and Ryan of course loved the OU Sooners.
Ryan is survived by his father, Dave Roth, and stepmom, Diane Roth; siblings Nick Roth, Brett Roth, Bradley Roth, Ashley Roth; stepbrothers Brent and Blake Coffey; and grandmother Charlotte Patterson.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Cayann (Roth) Patterson, grandfather Jim Patterson, grandfather Marvin Roth, grandmother LaVonne Roth and sister Brandi Roth.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Blue Springs, Missouri, with some of his family & friends. In lieu of flowers or cards, a memorial donation may be made in Ryan’s honor to Mental Health America @MentalHealthAmerica. Please select “Donate” on the upper right hand corner of the webpage. Ryan is in the care of Tribute Memorial Funeral Home in Norman, Oklahoma. Condolence messages may be shared with the family at www.tribute.care.
DEATH NOTICE: Marian L. Quandt
WATERLOO — Marian Louise Quandt, 70, of Waterloo, died Monday, June 1, at Rosewood Estates. Parrott and Wood is handling arrangements. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 8, at Grace Lutheran Church, with visitation taking place one hour prior at the church. Burial will take place at Elmwood Cemetery following a luncheon. Memorials to the family or Cedar Valley Hospice. Online condolences at www.parrottandwood.com.
DEATH NOTICE: Lola Gwen Moore
WATERLOO – Lola Gwen Moore, 61, of Grand Forks, N.D., formerly of Waterloo, died Wednesday, May 27, at home. Services will be noon Friday, June 5, at Ambassadors for Christ Church, Waterloo. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until services Friday at the church. Memorials directed to the family at 356 Halstead St., Waterloo. Sanders Funeral Service is assisting the family.
Gladys A. Bartlett
WATERLOO – Gladys A. Bartlett, 83, of Waterloo, died Saturday, May 30, at Friendship Village-Lakeview Landing.
She was born May 19, 1937, in Waterloo, daughter of Orville and Christina Knipp Kettman. She married Donald Bartlett on June 29, 1957, in Gilbertville, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He died Jan. 18, 2020.
Gladys graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1955 in Gilbertville, where she was the valedictorian of her class. She was employed by John Deere before becoming a homemaker. Later, she was employed in food service. She was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church.
Survivors: a son, Michael (June) Bartlett of Waterloo; two daughters, Brenda (Mark) Knutson of Waterloo and Nancy (Glenn) Ivers of Northfield, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Louis Kettman of Waterloo; and a sister, Joyce Pelton of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: her parents; a son, David Bartlett; a sister, Marce Schmitz; and a brother Merle Kettman.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at St. Edward Catholic Church with burial at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Public visitation is 4 o 7 p.m. Friday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, where there will be a 4 p.m. rosary and a 7 p.m. vigil service. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to services at the church. For those unable to attend the funeral service, you are invited to join online with the family to pray for Gladys through St. Edward’s YouTube channel, www.sted.org.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials to Cedar Valley Hospice or St. Edward Catholic Church.
Ronald Stuber, 84, of Palm Coast, Florida, passed away May 30, 2020. He was born September 17, 1935, to Donald and Grace Eunice Stuber. He married Lucrettia Holms on November 26, 1955, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He graduated from West High School in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1953.
He worked at John Deere’s for 32 years retiring in 1987. The next 33 years he spent traveling, enjoying family, and his hobbies.
He is survived by his wife Lucrettia, daughters Julie and Jill of Florida, a brother Jim, sister Ann, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, and a son.
His most precious asset was his family, and he will be missed dearly.
A memorial service will be held in Waterloo, Iowa, at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to www.craigflaglerpalms.com.
Alice Van Hoozer
WATERLOO — Alice Van Hoozer, 102 of Friendship Village in Waterloo, died Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at Friendship Village of COVID-19.
She was born May 20, 1918, in Reinbeck, daughter of Noah and Myrtle (Hildebrand) Ritchey. Alice graduated from Reinbeck High School. She married George Charles Van Hoozer on Sept. 28, 1935, in Marshalltown; he died Aug.10, 1977. Alice worked in sales at Q & T Pharmacy for more than 12 years.
She was a member at Unity Presbyterian Church.
Survivors: a daughter, Marilyn (Rick) Kacher of Ada, Mich.; a son, Scott (Pam) Van Hoozer of Nikolaevsk, Alaska; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her parents; husband, George; two brothers, Harvey and Robert Ritchey; and four sisters, Ruth Brubaker, Ethel Thompson, Maxine Reynolds, and Donna Brown.
Services: Private family graveside services will be held at Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Memorials: the family.
Condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
Alice’s favorite pastime was dancing, followed closely by playing cards, Scrabble and other games. She loved the challenge of a thousand-piece puzzle. She enjoyed watching and collecting birds, especially cardinals.
WATERLOO — Lynette Graves, 56, of Waterloo, died Friday, May 29, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital.
She was born Aug. 4, 1963, in Iowa City, daughter of Prince “Printis” Graves and Minnie Collins.
Lynette was employed by John Deere as a forklift driver.
Survivors: her mother of Waterloo; three sons, Damareus (Helena) Sykes of Waterloo, Dontavius (Stormy) Sykes of Minneapolis, Minn., and Rashaun (Sarah) Graves of Waterloo; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ray Graves of Long Beach, Calif., and Glen (Susan) Wilder of Waterloo; a stepbrother, Michael Graves of Waterloo; three sisters, Patricia Graves of Minneapolis, Minn., and Bessie Wilder and Latonya Wilder, both of Waterloo; and a stepsister, Tina Ross of Milwaukee, Wis.
Preceded in death by: her father.
Services: A private family memorial service will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 6. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials: to the family.
Jaden H. Miller
REINBECK — Jaden H. Miller, 44, of Reinbeck, died Saturday, May 30, at Unity Point-Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines.
He was born Feb. 9, 1976, in Waterloo son of Walt and Connie (Peters) Miller. He was in Boy Scouts and earned Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow. Jaden graduated from Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School in 1994. He majored in electronic media at the University of Northern Iowa and became a radio DJ for The Hog 98.5, known as “Big J!” and KCRR 97.7 in Waterloo.
He married Lanette McHone on Aug. 6, 2005. He then worked in annuities and the 401(k) department as a team lead representative at VOYA for 10 years, before he became disabled.
Survivors: his wife; a son, Quaid of Bondurant; his parents of Reinbeck; a sister, Ferron (Steve) Anderson of Beaman; a niece, Felicia (Max) Rasmussen of Spirit Lake; nephews, Sawyer Anderson and Shadner Anderson of Beaman; his mother- and father-in-law, Roger and Diane McHone of Bondurant; a sister-in-law and niece, Lori and Madeline Schieltz of North Liberty; and many other family members.
Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Union Congregational United Church of Christ with burial in Washington Township Cemetery in Morrison. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Abels Funeral and Cremation Service, French-Hand Chapel in Reinbeck. A Masonic service is 7 p.m. Tuesday conducted by the Reinbeck Masonic Coin Lodge #394.
Online condolences at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com
Jaden’s favorite hobbies were swimming, watching sports, playing cards, and drinking craft beer. Jaden was an avid sports fan who loved the Iowa Hawkeyes, Green Bay Packers, and the Minnesota Twins. A big teddy bear who loved life! He adored his son, Quaid, more than anything on this earth.
Marilyn A. Thurm
SUMNER — Marilyn Ann Thurm, 85, of Sumner, died Sunday, May 31, at Hillcrest Living in Sumner of Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born Feb. 28, 1935, in Waverly, daughter of Fredrick and Viola (Hay) Boevers. She graduated from Readlyn High School in 1953. On Oct. 31, 1953, Marilyn married Vernon Thurm at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. They retired from farming in 1996, and the couple moved Sumner in May 1998. Vernon died in February 2000.
Marilyn has been a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Buck Creek. She worked at Thermogas Co. of Sumner, H & R Block and Kid’s N Kompany. She volunteered at Sumner Community Hospital, Hillcrest Living and delivering meals on wheels.
Survivors: five children, Debra (Robert) Westendorf of Oro Valley, Ariz., Bill (Marilyn Michels) of Asbury, Doug (Sandy) Thurm of Cedar Rapids, Cindy “CJ” (Sam) Combs of Kingston, Okla., and Tom (Lisa) Thurm of Blanchard, Okla.; 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Judisch of Sumner; and a brother, Ronald Boevers of Cape Coral, Fla.
Preceded in death by: her parents, her husband, Vernon; and a brother, Jerald Boevers.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, June 5, at St. John Lutheran Church-Buck Creek, rural Sumner; burial in the church cemetery. Contact the funeral home at (563) 578-3451 to attend. The funeral service will be livestreamed on Becker-Milnes & Rettig Facebook Page. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the funeral home in Sumner and for one hour preceding the service on Friday at the church.
Memorials: to the family for later designation.
Online condolences at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.
Marilyn enjoyed genealogy searches, bowling, Sumner Investment Club, Red Hat Ladies, card games, gardening, refinishing antiques and laughing. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many, with a strong faith in God and someone who was an incredible nurturer and encourager.
Ger A. Edwards
URBANA — Ger A. Edwards, 62, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020, exploring the river he loved. Ger was born in Spencer May 20, 1958, to Gerald and Gloria (Pullen) Edwards. Ger graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in Des Moines. He began his college education in Yankton, S.D., and went on to earn Bachelor of Arts degrees in English as well as Radio and TV at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. There he connected with his soulmate, Tara Johannsen. They were married at Palisades Kepler State Park on May 19, 1990.
Ger was a life-long learner and after finishing his 25-year career in local TV news, his interests turned to reading and researching the wonders of the world and outer space. Photography continued to be his passion, as it had been from an early age, and he documented the great outdoors with his outstanding photography. Ger was also passionate about the care of his aging mother so he, along with Tara, lovingly cared for her in their home for five years until her passing in 2018.
Tragically the river took our extraordinary husband, brother, uncle and friend. Ger’s brilliant humor and compassionate conversation brought laughter and smiles to everyone who was fortunate to know him. Ger’s friends say he was kind, funny, opinionated, wild, crazy, loving and lovable. He never met a stranger. Ger was known for his laid-back demeanor as an award-winning photojournalist. He shot video that was recognized with a George Foster Peabody Award in 1994.
He is survived by his wife Tara Johannsen and her mother, Sonia Johannsen, brother Terry (Janet) Edwards of Waukee, sister Sherry (Vidar) Andresen of Katy, Texas, sisters-in-law Jodi (Gary) Shearer of Eddyville, Barb (Dave) Williams of Boise, Idaho, Diane (Ed) Emmel of Boise, Idaho, and Susie (Mike) Butler of Grimes. He is also survived by nephews Jan-Michael (Holli) Andresen, Kristofer (Aubrey) Andresen, Nick (Courtney) Edwards, Joe (Marc) Edwards, Mike Edwards, Matt (Jamie) Butler, Eric (Ashley) Butler, Neal (Stephanie) Williams, Jesse (Nicole) Shearer and niece Olivia (Chad) Cooper, long-time friends, Dave Towne, Scott Hytone, Trace Mossman, Jim Grawe, Wade Wagner, Cary J. Hahn, Doug Skonord, Cindy Skonord, Coby Skonord, faithful dogs Spencer and Vicki, cat Chesterfield, and so many others that touched his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew Aaron Williams, faithful dogs Tasha, Buster, Audrey, Boo and Chiclet and crazy cat Kizzy.
Ger loved his pets dearly and was very proud of the forest he had created from nothing on his property. Please send memorials to the Humane Society, plant a tree in his name or just do a deed to make the world a better place. He will forever be loved and missed.
Due to the virus outbreak, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be left at www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com.
Benjamin E. Sullivan
WATERLOO — Benjamin E. “Ben” Sullivan, 43, of Waterloo, died Friday, May 29, 2020 at his home. He was born November 15, 1976, in Waterloo the son of Fred and Karen Kent Sullivan.
Ben was a 1994 graduate of San Bernardino High School in California. He worked as a tattoo artist for Omega Red Piercing and Tattoo.
Survived by: his parents, Karen (Julie Holland) Sullivan of Grimes, Fred Sullivan of Waterloo; one brother, Gabe Sullivan of Waterloo; one sister, Sarah (Derek) Smith of Hinton; his girlfriend, Heather Murr of La Porte City; nieces and nephews, Ethan and Reagan Baker and Tyler and Rilee Smith all of Hinton and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceded in death by: his maternal grandparents, Gilbert (Berniece) Kent and paternal grandparents, Edward (Marge) Sullivan.
A family directed celebration of life service will be held at a later date.
Memorials: may be directed to the family. Cards sent to the funeral home will be forwarded to the family.
Ben was a free-spirited person. He loved art, music, restoring cars, family, and cherished his alone “creative” time. He worked as a tattoo artist for Omega Red Piercing and Tattoo.
Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel assisted family with arrangements (319) 233-3146. Online condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.