Obituaries and services notices in today's Courier
Henrik J. Petersen (1922-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Henrik J. Petersen, 96, of Cedar Falls, died Tuesday, May 14, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.
He was born Oct. 16, 1922, in Waterloo, son of Peter and Margaret (Jorgensen) Petersen. He married Patricia in October of 1976 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls.
He was a graduate of Waterloo East High School and served in the U.S. Naval Air Corps during World War II. Henrik was a florist, greenhouseman and owner/partner of Petersen & Tietz Florists and Greenhouses in Waterloo. He was active in both community and church organizations.
Survived by: his wife; two daughters, Lisa (Bill) Youngblut of Washburn and Linda (Dean) Weikert of Ackley; a son, Scott (Barbara) Peterson of Brook Park, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: his parents; an infant son, Peter Petersen; a daughter, Kristelle Petersen; a grandchild, Nehemiah Weikert; a great-grandchild, Gabriel Novak; a brother, Georgie Petersen; and a sister, Joan Tietz.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, Cedar Falls, with burial in Garden of Memories in Waterloo. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home.
Memorials: may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at www.DahlFuneralHome.com.
Leonard "Butch" Hunter Jr. (1946-2019)
INDEPENDENCE — Leonard “Butch” Hunter Jr., 72, died Monday, May 13, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
He was born Dec. 26, 1946, in Independence, son of Leonard Romaine and Margaret Ellen (Coons) Hunter Sr. On Feb. 10, 1968, he married Colleen Olivia Hickey at St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence.
He graduated from high school in Independence in 1965. He then joined the Army Reserves where he served until 1972. During that time he started Hunter Auto Sales which he owned and operated from 1968 until his passing. He also co-owned Len’s Wrecker Service with his father from 1972 through 1990, stepping away until 2006 when he and his son, Ray, purchased the business. From 1975 until 1981, he was also involved with stock car racing, owning and maintaining multiple stock cars.
Survived by: his wife; two sons, Ray (Gail) Hunter of Independence and John (Kristan) Hunter of North Liberty; a daughter, Tammara (Russell) Heidemann of Independence; 13 grandchildren, Shelbi Murphy, Michaela Kimmerle, Peyton and Brady Kohrs, Joshua and Justin Hunter, Blake, Bryceton, Makayla, and Noah Heidemann, and Lydia, Elise and Adelyn Hunter; three great-grandchildren, Jersi and Bentley Murphy and Freya Heidemann; his father of Independence; five sisters, Sharon (Wilbur) Main of Independence, Sandra (James) Lappe of Wellsburg, Judy Ball of Winthrop, Pam Monahan of Lakeland, Fla., and Rebecca (Robert) Norris of Queen Creek, Ariz.; and two brothers, Greg (Jenny) Hunter of Independence and Michael (Diane) Hunter of Chandler, Ariz.
Preceded in death by: his mother; and a brother, Gary Hunter.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at White Funeral Home, with burial in St. John’s Cemetery, both in Independence. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.
He enjoyed antique cars and was a member of the Alerton-Axtell Car Club. Butch had two passions throughout his life, his family and his cars. He put his all into making sure his wife, kids and grandchildren always knew how much they were loved.
Earl J. "E.J." Martin (1946-2019)
NASHUA — Earl Jay “E.J.” Martin, 72, of Independence, died at home Tuesday, May 14, of natural causes.
He was born Dec. 12, 1946, in Corwith, son of Wilbur Jr. and Dorothy (Wood) Martin.
He graduated from Nashua High School in 1966. That same year Earl joined the Army and served in Vietnam. He later graduated from Hawkeye Tech with degrees in the tool and die and horticulture programs. Earl worked at various jobs in the surrounding area throughout his life.
Survived by: his life partner, Susie Dreesman; a daughter, Mandy (Zak) Willoughby; his siblings, Berl Martin, Merl (Mary) Martin, Verl (Sherry) Martin, Crystal (Dennis) Wedeking, Jerl (Deb) Martin and Sherl Martin; his grandchildren, Zeza and Zayden Willoughby; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory—Olson Chapel in Nashua, with burial in Sunnyside Memory Gardens, rural Charles City. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the funeral home. Visitation continues an hour before services Saturday.
Condolences may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com.
Earl loved riding his Harley with Susie, spending time with his family, Mandy, Zak, Zeza and Zayden. He also enjoyed woodworking, fishing and enjoying the outdoors.
Virginia M. Creedon (1924-2019)
DENVER — Virginia M. Creedon, 94, of Denver, formerly of Waterloo, died Tuesday, May 14, at Willow Winds Assisted Living.
She was born June 11, 1924, in Grand Prairie, Texas, daughter of John S. and Virginia C. (Inman) Logan. She married Ralph E. Creedon on Jan. 6, 1946, in Harrison, Ark.; he died Feb. 22, 2012.
Virginia worked at Woolworth, Tots-to-Teens, Meyers Nursery and was a homemaker. She was a member of Hammond Avenue Brethren Church.
Survived by: two daughters, Betty (Ron) Steege of Harpers Ferry and Roberta “Bert” Meyers of La Porte City; a son, Joe Creedon of St. Paul‚ Minn.; six grandchildren, William Creedon of Washington‚ D.C., Kerrie (Stephen) Michael of La Porte City‚ Roy (Marisa) Meyers of Cedar Falls, Joanna (Jacob) Grote of Bismarck‚ N.D., Mindy (Pat) Giesler of Denver and Andrew (Amanda) Steege of Grundy Center; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; a son-in-law, Jack Meyers; two brothers, John Logan and Robert Logan; and a sister, Maxine Young.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, at Hammond Avenue Brethren Church, with burial in Orange Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until services at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the family later to be dispersed to Camp Pine Lake or Hammond Avenue Brethren Church.
Condolences may be left at www.lockefuneralhome.com.
The family would like to express their great appreciation to the staff at Willow Winds Assisted Living of Denver for the wonderful care given to Virginia.
Timothy J. Kramer (1949-2019)
WATERLOO — Timothy John Kramer, 69, of Waterloo, died at home Tuesday, May 14.
He was born Dec. 7, 1949, in Waterloo, son of John George and Mary “Rozella” Harrington Kramer. He married Diane Marie Koch on April 29, 1978, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raymond. She died April 2, 2011.
He graduated from Waterloo Columbus High School in 1968 and earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Hawkeye Community College in 1985. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War on the PG 84 USS Asheville and VF1 F14 Fighter Plane Squadron. Tim was a registered nurse at the Black Hawk County Health Department for 20 years and also worked as a part-time nurse at the former Parkview Gardens Care Center for three years. He was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church.
Survivors include: his son, Adam Kramer of Waterloo; three brothers, Mike (Becky) Kramer of Waukon, Paul (Robyn) Kramer of Apple Valley, Minn., and Mark Kramer of Farmington, Minn.; a sister, Mary Ann (Bill) Judd of La Porte City; numerous nieces and nephews; and his two cats, Marty and Sadie.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; and a nephew, Clay Kramer.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 20, at St. Edward Catholic Church, Waterloo, with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Raymond, with full military honors accorded by Evansdale AMVETS Post 31, Waterloo AMVETS Post 19 and the U.S. Navy Honors Detail. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel, with a 7 p.m. parish Scripture service. Visitation also an hour before services Monday at the church.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com.
Tim enjoyed working on home improvement projects, making stained glass and a good card game. In recent years he has enjoyed traveling all over the world.
Stanley H. Gano (1951-2018)
WATERLOO — Stanley Hes Gano, 67, of Bullhead City, Ariz., formerly of Montana and Waterloo, died at home Nov. 20, 2018.
He was born Feb. 12, 1951, in Waterloo, son of Jack Hes and Dorothy M. (Rhoads) Gano. He married his wife, Ramona, on Feb. 14, 2000, in Reno, Nev. She preceded him in death.
Stanley graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1969. While in high school he had worked for Matt Parrot Printing in Waterloo. He had worked at Wells Fargo and Federal Reserve in Helena, Mont., for many years, retiring in 2004.
Survived by: Ramona’s daughters, Patricia (Josue) Panameno and Olivia (Alex) Panameno, both of San Mateo, Calif., Rebecca (Michael) Martinez of Lathrop, Calif., Naomi Hernandez of San Jose, Calif., and Pearl Hernandez of Modesto, Calif.; 12 stepgrandchildren; a great-grandchild; a brother, Jungle Jim Gano of Cherokee; a sister, Fran (Larry) Myhre of Sioux City; and two close friends, Marvin Carroll and Tim Scheel of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and his wife.
Services: no services are planned; it was Stanley’s wish to be cremated. Boothby Funeral Home, Cherokee, is assisting the family with local arrangements.
Condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Stanley and Ramona just celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary in heaven on Feb. 14. They loved to play keno, and Ramona was the apple to Stanley’s eye. They will forever be dearly missed.
Sylvia K. Parmer (1925-2019)
WAVERLY — Sylvia Katherine (Smith) Parmer, 94, of Waverly, died May 10 at Waverly Health Center, Waverly.
She was born Jan. 1, 1925, in Bremer County, daughter of Neil Houston and Anna Clara (Leitha) Smith. On July 10, 1948, she married Howard Glendon Parmer at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Waverly. He preceded her in death.
She graduated from Waverly High School in 1942. She received her teacher’s training from Wartburg College. Sylvia taught school in the rural schools of Bremer County. She was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church, Women’s Fellowship and the Know Your Neighbor Club.
Survived by: two daughters, JoAnn (Russell) Hardy of Mason City and Nancy Huebner of Waterloo; two sons, Darrel (Connie) Parmer of Charles City and Randy (Kim Blair) Parmer of Dunkirk, Md.; 11 grandchildren, Lindsay (Jason) Cook, Landon (Amanda) Parmer, Logan Parmer, Jonathan, Jason and Cindy Huebner, Ryan (Mandy), Kevin (Jodi) and Adam (Adria) Hardy and Valerie and Carissa Parmer; and 14 great-grandchildren, Roman, Cadence, Jarin, Elias, Raina, Rowan, Aiden, Ella, Benjamin and Grace Hardy, Everett and Vaden Cook, Chloe Parmer and Kylie Moore.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; and two brothers, Neil Smith and her twin brother, Sylvester.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 20, at Heritage United Methodist Church, with burial in Harlington Cemetery, both in Waverly. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, and also for one hour before services Monday at the church.
Memorials: to the family to be distributed to area organizations.
Condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Sylvia enjoyed quilting, cooking, traveling, gardening and watching the birds and squirrels. She especially enjoyed her time with her family.
Service Notice: Robert L. Savereide
CEDAR FALLS -- Robert L. Savereide, 97, of Cedar Falls, died Monday, May 13, at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown; services 11 a.m. Monday, May 20, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Cedar Falls, with burial in Garden of Memories, Waterloo; family will receive friends for one hour before services at the church; Richardson Funeral Service, 266-3525; memorials to the Cedar Falls Schools Foundation, 602 Main St., Cedar Falls 50613.
Service Notice: Loren Pothast
SHELL ROCK -- Loren Pothast, 79, of Shell Rock, died Tuesday, May 14, at the Shell Rock Care Center in Shell Rock; services 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Faith Lutheran Church, Shell Rock, with burial in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Waverly; visitation 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Shell Rock, 885-4321, and also an hour before services Saturday at the church; memorials to Faith Lutheran Church in Shell Rock; condolences at www.kaisercorson.com.
Rex J. Betts (1951-2019)
TRAER — Rex Jon Betts, 67, of Traer, died at home Tuesday, May 14.
He was born Nov. 22, 1951, son of Louis and Elsie Betts.
Rex opened a cutlery company in 1979 with his partner Lou Rausch in rural Traer. Over the years the business expanded to include industrial blades and robotic metal finishing. The business is now located on the edge of Traer. In 2016, Rex was honored with the Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur Award. He was an active member at both Celebrations Christian Church in Waterloo and Abundant Life Church in San Antonio, Mexico.
Survived by: his wife, Janelle; two children, Daniel (Amber) and Jeniffer (Hassan); two adoptive daughters in spirit, Rachida and Saaida; three adoptive sons in spirit, James, Erik and Shawn; a sister, Deana (Tom); a granddaughter, Sky; three stepgrandchildren, Ethan, Chris and Jasmine; and his dogs, Tuffy and Matty.
Preceded in death by: his parents.
Services: 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Parrott and Wood Chapel of Memories, Waterloo, with burial in Dysart Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the funeral home in Waterloo.
Memorials: may be directed to the family
Condolences may be left at www.overtonfuneralhomes.com.
Rex will be forever missed and loved by all who got the opportunity to know him. Rex was well-traveled and was also a pilot and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Rex’s favorite place to be was enjoying the sunset on his patio overlooking Lake Chapala, Mexico.
Frank W. “Bud” Van Kerckhove (1921-2019)
WATERLOO — Frank W. “Bud” Van Kerckhove, 97, of Waterloo, died Sunday, May 12, at Lakeview Landing of Friendship Village.
He was born July 15, 1921, in Chicago, son of Frank A. and Frieda E. Schmidt Van Kerckhove. He married Betty L. Raisch in 1948; she died in 1984. He then married Betty M. (Jensen) Runyan in 1985; she died in 2016.
He graduated from Waterloo West High School 1939 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater. Bud owned and operated Display Sign Service until 1972, then sold to Blackhawk Broadcasting Co. He was a member of Trinity American Lutheran Church, past member of Martin Lodge No. 624 A.F. & A.M. and current member of Waterloo Lodge No. 105 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite, Waterloo High Twelve Club No. 46, Waterloo Elks Lodge No. 290 B.P.O.E. and the Waterloo American Legion Post 138. He went on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in 2014 and developed the Friendship Village Veterans Memorial.
Survived by: a son, Bruce (Cheryl) Van Kerckhove of Cedar Rapids; two daughters, Becky (Jim) McCarter of Columbia‚ Mo., and Barbara (Dean Teeter) Earles of Urbandale; two stepdaughters, Carol Wisniewski of Manassas, Va., and Suzanne (Michael) Luers of Loudon, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and wives.
Memorial services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Trinity American Lutheran Church, 605 W. Fourth St., Waterloo, with private burial in Garden of Memories, with military rites by Waterloo American Legion Post 138, Waterloo VFW Post 1623 and the Iowa Army National Guard Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Locke Funeral Home, with a 7 p.m. Masonic service.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.lockefuneralhome.com.
Ralph B. Tempel (1951-2019)
WATERLOO — Ralph Bruno Tempel, 67, of Waterloo, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 11, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital.
He was born Aug. 25, 1951, in Germany, son of Gerald and Ursula Tempel, and came to the United States at the age of 5. On Sept. 25, 1995, he married Mary Bandfield in Galena, Ill.
He graduated from West High School in 1970. He then attended Hawkeye Tech and received a degree in designer engineering. He worked for Hinson’s, Dorfer’s Engineering, Black Hawk Engineering, and was also as a “rent-a-bod,” where his employer could rent out his services. Ralph worked at home for several years before working at GMT in Waverly. Following a stroke in 2008, he was forced to retire.
Survived by: his wife; three stepchildren, Keith (Melissa) Coates, Michaela Kotz and Travis Schleusner; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Thomas Tempel; a sister, Sylvia Pflughoeft; and a niece and nephew.
Preceded in death by: his parents.
Burial: will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery at a later date. Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, an Overton Family Service, is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.parrottandwood.com.
He also volunteered at the Human Society and loved animals dearly. Ralph also loved his Camaro, and playing volleyball, softball and golf. He was an excellent painter, woodworker, yard landscaper, and did stained glass work. He was truly a jack-of-all-trades.
Marlene R. Torgerson (1933-2019)
WATERLOO — Marlene Rae Torgerson, 85, of Waterloo, died Sunday, May 12, at Rosewood Estates.
She was born Oct. 4, 1933, in Waterloo, daughter of Louis R. and Louella H. Ploog Buhmann. She married Wallace H. Torgerson on Aug. 7, 1976, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. He died June 13, 2009.
She graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1951. Marlene was a teacher with the Waterloo Community School district for many years.
Preceded in death by: a brother-in-law, Wayne Torgerson.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 17, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, with burial in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until services.
Memorials: may be directed to the Cedar Bend Humane Society or Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Donald D. “Don” Noble (1940-2019)
APLINGTON — Donald Dean “Don” Noble, 78, of Aplington, died Monday, May 13, at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital, Grundy Center, of natural causes.
He was born Oct. 6, 1940, in Ackley, son of Bert Edward and Tena (Rotgers) Noble. On Jan. 20, 1962, he married Darla Dekker at the First Reformed Church in Aplington. She preceded him in death on May 3, 2014.
Don attended Ackley High School. Don first was a truck driver. He then worked at John Deere Tractor Works in Waterloo for 30 years and retired in 1995. After his retirement, Don and Darla managed the Aplington Recreation Complex for seven years. He was an active member of the First Reformed Church in Aplington and was a former deacon.
Survived by: two sons, Jeff (Mindy) Noble of Aplington and Brad (Jackie) Noble of Storm Lake; a daughter, Kim (Scott) Sandell of Grundy Center; nine grandchildren, Aaron (Amanda) Noble, Mark (Jen) Noble, Greg (Allie) Noble, Brooke Noble, Chelsey (Kodi) Robinson, Myriah (Alex) Burditt, Bailey Sandell, Delaney (Malcolm) Sandell and Colton Sandell; eight great-grandchildren, Kaden, Aubree, Gavon, Lucas, Tucker, Evelyn, Maverick and Reign; and two brothers, Gene Noble of Evansdale and Gary (Linda) Noble of Aplington.
Preceded in death by: his wife; a great-granddaughter, Peyton Noble; his parents; a sister, Darlene Rowan; and a sister-in-law, Edythe Noble.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 17, at the First Reformed Church, with burial in Pleasant View Cemetery, both in Aplington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, and for one hour before services, both at the church. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel in Aplington is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com.
He loved camping in their RV and formed the Kampers Klub in Aplington. Don enjoyed golfing and loved to go to coffee with his friends at the golf course. Don and Darla enjoyed wintering in Arizona for several years. Jeff, Brad and Kim are sure mom and dad are now upstairs dancing together.