Obituaries and service notices in the Courier.
Erma J. Colvin (1919-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Erma J. Colvin, 99, of Cedar Falls, died Monday, Feb. 25, at Western Home Communities Thuesen Cottage.
She was born May 3, 1919, in New Hartford, daughter of Johnnie and Agnes (Johnson) Christensen. She married Dean Colvin on March 15, 1940, at her parents’ home in New Hartford. He preceded her in death May 19, 1970.
Erma worked for many years at College Hill Lawn City Bakery and retired from Montgomery Ward.
Survived by: her son, Donald Colvin of Cedar Falls; her daughter, Jayne (Douglas) Wumkes of Marion; five grandchildren, Randy (Tammy) Bohan, Melinda (Gary) McNabb, Melanie Colvin, Douglas (Krystal) Wumkes and Becci (Jake) McCleary, seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; two grandchildren, Raymond Dean Colvin and Alyssa Rios; and her brother, Virgil Christensen.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at First United Methodist Church, Cedar Falls, with burial in Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to the Western Home.
Condolences may be left at www.DahlFuneralHome.com.
Scott Kevin Schauls was born to Mark and Berdell (Akkerman) Schauls on July 2, 1985 in Waterloo, Iowa. He graduated from Waterloo West High School in 2004 and attended UNI and Hawkeye Community College.
He worked locally at McDonald’s and after moving to Slidell, LA in June, 2010, he worked at STARC of St. Tammany Parish with developmentally disabled adults, as well as Rouse’s Market in Mandeville, LA. Scott started his own business, Slidell Railroad Company LLC, but had to give up his dream when the tumor returned in 2016.
He married Sandy Billiot in February, 2011, in Slidell.
Shortly after Scott’s 10th birthday he became ill with a pilocytic astrocytoma brain stem tumor. Over the next 23 years he endured four surgeries in the brain stem, as well as many rounds of radiation and different types of chemotherapy—all at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Through it all, he maintained a positive and upbeat attitude. He lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, February 23rd. He was 33 years old. Scott donated his brain and spine to the University of Iowa for brain tumor research.
Scott loved trains, football (especially the Carolina Panthers whom he began following the fall he became ill in 1995), tracking the stock market, living in Louisiana, and his beloved Dachshund, Jordi.
Scott is survived by his wife, parents, brother Kyle (Jessica) Schauls, nephew Casey Schauls, his grandmothers Dorothy Akkerman and Delores Schauls; his uncles Dale (Denise) Akkerman and Mike Schauls, and aunts Marjean (Bob) Taylor, Maureen (Greg) Bazan, and Madonna (Joe) Morrison, as well as numerous cousins and second cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents John & Elva Akkerman and his paternal grandfather, Norman Schauls.
Visitation for Scott will be held at the Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway in Waterloo on Saturday, March 2nd, from 3—5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be directed to the UI Center for Advancement, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244-4550 or made online at www.givetoiowa.org/cancer to support the Brain Tumor Research Fund. On the memo line please note Scott Schauls.
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Shortly after Scott died, his family heard train whistles off in the distance. They took it as a sign that he was where he wanted to be . . . Rest in peace, sweet boy . . .
Condolences may be left with www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Steven L. Sergeant (1954-2019)
WATERLOO — Steven L. Sergeant, 64, of Waterloo, died Monday, Feb. 25, at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital in Waterloo surrounded by his family.
Steven was born May 18, 1954, in Waterloo, son of Ed and Phyllis Sergeant. On Sept. 9, 1973, he married Debra Glanville at Good Shepherd Church in Waterloo.
Steven graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1973. He and his wife lived in Washington, D.C., for six years while Steven served in the U.S. Air Force. Upon returning to Waterloo and ending his Air Force career, he began his service for the National Guard Reserves, retiring in 2014. He worked as a letter carrier and supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service in Waterloo. After retiring from the Postal Service, he began working at Goodwill and cleaned for various clinic offices in the area.
Survived by: his wife; a son, Adam Sergeant of Sidney, Mont.; a daughter, Stacy Severson of Sidney; his father; three grandchildren, Gage and Halie Knight and Emma Severson; and a brother, Todd (Karen) Sergeant of Raleigh, S.C.
Preceded in death by: his mother.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Faith Lutheran Church, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, both in Shell Rock. Visitation will be for an hour before services Saturday at the church. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Shell Rock, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
In his free time, Steven enjoyed fishing, hunting and working outside in the yard. Above all, he cherished time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Richard Hanft (1942-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Richard Spencer “Dick” Hanft, 76, of Cedar Falls, died Friday, Feb. 22, at Ropers St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, S.C., of natural causes.
He was born Oct. 10, 1942, in Washington, Iowa, son of Lloyd and Irma (Spencer) Hanft. He married Marlene K. Limbrecht on Oct. 2, 1982, in Denver, Iowa.
Dick graduated from Decorah High School in 1960 and from the University of Northern Iowa in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing. He was a supervisor at John Deere Co. for many years until his retirement in 2001.
He was a member at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, where he served as board president and head of the maintenance committee.
Survived by: his wife; four sons, Brian (Trendy) Hanft of Nora Springs, Eric (Suzi) Hanft of Mount Gilead, Ohio, Jason (Laurin) Hanft of Columbia, Mo., and Tyler Hanft of Des Moines; six grandchildren, Mason, Kiley, Emily, Katie, Ayden and Savara; and a brother, Roger Hanft of Gilbert, Ariz.
Preceded in death by: his parents.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls. Visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Kearns Funeral Service, Kimball Chapel.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to the family; a memorial fund will be established.
Condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
Dick enjoyed spending time walking his dogs, listening to blues and jazz records and walking the beach hunting for shells and shark’s teeth with his wife on their home-away-from-home, Edisto Island. He brought his unique humor and joy to his family, friends and any strangers he happened to meet along the way.
Service Notice: Wayne H. Wiegmann
ALLISON -- Wayne H. Wiegmann, 84, of Allison, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, at UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital, Waterloo; services 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at the St. James Lutheran Church, Allison; visitation 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home, Allison, (641) 456-3232, with burial in the Allison Cemetery in Allison.
David L. Morgan, 77, of Waterloo, died Feb. 26 at Ravenwood Nursing Home in Waterloo.
He was born Sept. 30, 1941, to Willis R. and Helen P. Morgan in the Bronx, N.Y. His early years were spent in Montclair and Verona, N.J., graduating from Verona High School in 1959 with his lifelong friends, Laird Coates and Richard Fischer.
He received his BA in 1963 from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. He went on to attend graduate school at Washington University, St. Louis, where he received his MA in philosophy. There he met Carol Johnson of Rolla, Mo. They were married Aug. 24, 1968.
David taught for three years at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, before joining the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Northern Iowa in 1969. He remained in that position until his retirement in 2004.
In addition to teaching the introductory courses in philosophy, his major course offerings were in the areas of philosophy of science, Marxism, logic and medical ethics.
In his department, David played an important role in shaping the curriculum and offering support to his colleagues.
At UNI, he was a founder and and active member of the American Federation of Teachers. In the community, he was an officer and newsletter editor for the organization Citizens for Peace, and also supported other related causes.
David is survived by his wife; his sister and brother-in-law, Dianne and Alan Whitfield of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; one niece and two nephews, as well as grandnephews and -nieces.
A gathering in his memory will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to the American Friends Service Committee—Iowa, 4211 Grand Ave., Des Moines IA 50312, or the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, wcfcymphony.org.
David committed himself to progressive causes to ensure a better world for all, based on peaceful relations among nations; an end to the production of nuclear weapons; and the opportunity for all to realize a secure and prosperous livelihood. Many students valued the unique role his classes played in enhancing their understanding of the world around them.
Craig B. Glenn (1963-2019)
TRAER — Craig Brian Glenn, 55, of Traer, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City.
He was born Nov. 29, 1963, in Wichita Falls, Texas, son of Clinton Glenn and Mary Lou (Adamek) Gayler.
Craig graduated from North Tama High School in 1982. Though offered athletic scholarships for college, Craig remained in Traer working in construction.
Survived by: his parents; a sister, Veronica; a nephew, Jacob; four stepchildren, Andrew, Wes, Ariel and Fasha; and four grandchildren, Sebastian, Gabriella, Ezra, Emry and Keaton.
Preceded in death by: his grandparents, Edward and Lucille; his uncles, Tom and Gary; and a nephew, Little Eddie.
No services are planned, per Craig’s wishes. Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, an Overton Family Service, Waterloo, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to his family.
Craig had a big heart but was a private person and selective about who he let get close to him. Craig enjoyed cooking and being outdoors, especially motorcycling, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and gardening.
Wayne Sauerbrei (1933-2019)
SUMNER — Wayne Charles Sauerbrei, 85, of Sumner, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Arlington Place in Oelwein.
He was born Aug. 5, 1933, at the family home in Readlyn, son of Walter and Anna (Rathe) Sauerbrei. On July 26, 1959, he married Marilyn Petersen at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death Aug. 11, 2018.
Wayne graduated from Readlyn High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army from 1953, during the Korean Conflict, until 1955. Upon returning home from the war, Wayne farmed near Readlyn. He and his wife purchased a farm near Fairbank in 1964, and remained there until moving to Sumner in 1991. In addition to farming, Wayne also owned and operated Sauerbrei Construction. He retired from farming in 1998 and Sauerbrei Construction in 2009.
Wayne was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Readlyn, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Oran while living in Fairbank and upon moving to Sumner became a member of St. John Lutheran Church. He was an active member of the churches, serving on church council and participating in dartball. Wayne was also a longtime active member of Fortsch-Duffy Post 552, American Legion of Fairbank.
Survived by: three children, Michelle (Martin) Hendren of Persia, Iowa, Mitch (Jean) Sauerbrei of Fairbank and Suanne (Todd) Westpfahl of Sumner; six grandchildren, Lindsey Sauerbrei of Blairstown, Brandon Westpfahl of Des Moines, Trista (Andrew) Pattison of Altoona, John Sauerbrei of Sumner and Anna Sauerbrei and Katie Sauerbrei, both of Fairbank; two great-grandchildren, Cooper Sauerbrei and Sloan Pattison; four brothers, Warren Sauerbrei of West Union, Willis (Doris) Sauerbrei of Ames, Walter (Nanci) Sauerbrei of Aitken, Minn., and Woody (Cheryl) Sauerbrei of Waverly; four sisters, Verlaine (Delbert) Hayes of Norwalk, Virginia Sickles of Readlyn, Veronia Buhr of Denver and Valitha Dornbusch of Mason City; three sisters-in-law, Carolyn Sauerbrei of Springfield, Mo., Marlys (Roger) Deterding of Readlyn and Tricia Petersen of Clarksville; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; three brothers, Werner, who died in infancy, Willard, and Wes Sauerbrei; and a sister, Violet Jacobson.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 4, at St. John Lutheran Church, Sumner, with burial in the church cemetery, with military rites provided by Fortsch-Duffy Post 552, American Legion, Fairbank. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at St. John Lutheran Parish Hall, and also for an hour before services Monday at the church. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed in Wayne’s name to St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner.
Condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.
Wayne was able to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in 2013, a trip he enjoyed thoroughly. He enjoyed woodwork, fishing, golfing, and was an avid card player, playing in a card club with his wife and a group of friends for more than 50 years. Wayne’s greatest joy came from attending his grandchildren’s activities over the years.
Joan M. Thomas (1931-2019)
WATERLOO — Joan Marlene Thomas, 87, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
She was born Oct. 8, 1931, in Independence, daughter of Paul and Charlotte (Massingham) Fowlkes. She married Archie Thomas Sr. in St. Louis in 1954.
Joan worked for Adults Inc. as a job developer for the handicapped before retirement in 1995.
Survivors include: three children, Archie Thomas Jr., Harold (Diane) Thomas and Karrie Holt; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Dick Fowlkes and Edward Fowlkes.
Preceded in death by: her husband; two children, Sherry and Terry; two grandchildren, Adam and Justin; her parents; three brothers, Jim, Herby and Arthur; and a sister, Peggy.
Services: There will be no services at this time.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.iowacremation.com.
She enjoyed watching movies and TV shows and loved family gatherings.
Robert L Buttgen Sr.
Robert L. Buttgen Sr. was born April 30, 1935, in Waterloo, IA.
He was the son of Chester and Melba Buttgen. Bob worked at Rath Packing Co. until it closed and then worked for Bloom, Inc and Verbraken & Sons Painting. Bob married Marie Jones on Jan. 10, 1953. Bob loved camping, fishing, and metal detecting with family and friends. He spent hours pulling kids on skis, tubes and giving golf cart rides at the lake.
Bob is survived by his wife, son Rob (Linda) Buttgen and daughter Sheri (Scott) Crawford, three grandchildren Melanie (Chad) Thomas, Jess (Anthony) King, and Heather (Jason) Nesteby, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter, 2 brothers Jim (Marcia) Buttgen, Bill Buttgen, 2 sisters Pat (Larry) Albertson and Melva (Dick) Schmitz and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Shirley Miller, brother-in-law Gordon Miller and one sister-in-law, Carol Buttgen.