Obituaries and service notices in the Courier from today.
Sally Sjobakken (1943-2019)
NEW HAMPTON -- Sally Ann Sjobakken, 75, of New Hampton, formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, April 14, at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton.
She was born Nov. 16, 1943, in Minneapolis, daughter of A.J. and Grace (Treat) Schnurr. She married Paul Sjobakken on Aug. 6, 1966, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Hampton.
Sally was a 1961 graduate of New Hampton High School and began her career working for A & P Produce in New Hampton. She worked for the company for several years. She was a mother, spent many years as a school volunteer, worked in a day care and in retail sales. Sally spent her final working years revitalizing the Chickasaw Event Center.
Survived by: her husband; a son, Jon Sjobakken of Ames; a daughter, Julie Sjobakken of Waterloo; four grandchildren; a brother, J.C. (Tammy) Schnurr of Surprise, Ariz.; and two sisters, Jane Kraft and Leslie (Ron) Bumba, both of New Hampton.
Preceded in death by: her parents; a brother-in-law, Dave Kraft; and a niece, Amanda Bumba.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton, with a private family inurnment at a later date. Friends may greet the family from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Sally had a passion for raising flowers and always looked forward to summers spent tending to her garden. She enjoyed fishing in local waters and making an occasional trip to the local casino. Sally was the definition of love and kindness and would do anything for her family and friends.
Kevin L. Lampson (1957-2019)
CLARKSVILLE -- Kevin Lee Lampson, 61, of Clarksville, died Monday, April 15, at Rosewood Estate of Friendship Village, Waterloo, of cancer.
He was born June 25, 1957, in Waterloo, son of Charles J. and Alene I. Gillespie Lampson.
He graduated from Shell Rock High School in 1975. Kevin retired in 2011 after driving a semi-truck for 25 years.
Survived by: his children, Yvonne (Jerod Brimmer) Lampson of Evansdale‚ Kimberly (Justin) Cook of Sioux City, and Dustin (Katie) Lampson of Lee’s Summit‚ Mo.; a brother, Charles (Rachael) Lampson of Shell Rock; two sisters, Lorene (Mike) Fulks of Waterloo‚ and Linda Winther of Proctor‚ Texas; and four grandchildren, Adrik, Ian, Gabby and Gracie.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a sister, Penny Lampson; and a brother-in-law, Jamie Winther.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo, preceded by an hour of visitation, with burial in Poyner Township Cemetery, rural Waterloo.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Kevin enjoyed doing word finds, and loved his truck, coffee, watching classic movies and keeping busy.
Betty J. Morrison (1944-2019)
LA PORTE CITY -- Betty June Morrison, 75, of La Porte City, died Monday, April 15, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital of natural causes.
She was born March 27, 1944, in Waterloo, daughter of Ernest and Dorothy Sackett Dickinson. She married Ronald “Ron” Morrison on Sept. 21, 1963, in Waterloo.
She was a graduate of Waterloo East High School and also attended Hawkeye Community College. Betty worked as a nurse at Colonial Manor in La Porte City for many years. She was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterloo.
Survived by: her husband; a son, Kevin Morrison of Waterloo; two daughters, Sandra (Keith) Bushman of Colorado, and Melissa (Chad) Purdy of La Porte City; six grandchildren, Stallone, Carter and Gibson Purdy, Katelyn and Lindsay Bushman and Julian Harrington; and her dog, Oscar.
Preceded in death by: her parents.
Services: 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Garden View Chapel, Waterloo, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour before services.
Memorials: may be directed to Multiple Sclerosis Service League, 760 Ansborough Ave., Waterloo 50701.
Condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
Rose C. Duncan (1932-2019)
WATERLOO — Rose Catherine Duncan, 86, of Waterloo, died Saturday, April 13, at Ravenwood Specialty Care in Waterloo.
She was born June 24, 1932 in Sheldon, daughter of Henry and Annie Jungers Dittman. She married Robert Leonard Duncan on July 23, 1954, at the Marine Corps base in Opa-locka, Fla.; he died May 2, 2011.
Rose was a homemaker and also worked at St. Vincent de Paul. She was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church, formerly St. John Catholic Church.
Survived by: three sons, Michael (Mary) Duncan of North St. Paul, Minn., Patrick (Lora) Duncan of Wellsburg and Dan Duncan of Waterloo; three daughters, Barbara (Jeff) Smith of Davenport, Mary (Kent) Johannsen of La Porte City and Theresa (Dean) Aikey of Plainfield; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Dittman of Burbank, Calif.; and a brother, Richard (Mary) Dittman of Tennessee.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; a son, James Duncan; a grandson, Jeremy Duncan; four sisters, Virginia Holmes Sr., Mary Ruth Dittman, Geraldine Freeman and Joanne Robson; two brothers, Francis and Robert Dittman; and an infant sister.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour before services at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.LockeFuneralHome.com.
Donald W. Leisinger (1927-2019)
WAVERLY — Donald William Leisinger, 91, of Waverly, died Sunday, April 14, at the Waverly Health Center in Waverly.
He was born Sept. 23, 1927, in Waverly, son of Gustav and Marie (Mueller) Leisinger. On Jan. 15, 1950, he married Wanda Lageschulte at Faith United Brethren Church in Waverly. She preceded him in death.
Don attended Waverly High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947 in the Philippines. Don owned and operated Niewohner Hardware for 30 years. He then worked at GMT in Waverly until his retirement. He was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly where he served as elder on the church council and chairperson of the Christian/Lutheran School. He served as commander of the Waverly AMVETS and was a member of the State Rose Society.
Survived by: four sons, Gene (Patti) of Eagan, Minn., Rich (Sandy) of Denver, Ron of Waverly and Jim (Jenny) of Salem, S.C.; 10 grandchildren, Brittany (Charlie) Metzig, Blake (Stephanie), Matthew (Felisa), Michael (Erin), Ryan (Mahren), Nicole (Pete) McCleary, Andy (Mindy), Jason (Elizabeth), Jonathon (Audrey) and James; and a brother, Eldon (Bev) Leisinger of Independence.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; a sister, Wilma Westendorf; and a brother, Wilbert Leisinger.
Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School, Waverly, with burial in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by the Waverly Area Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, and for an hour before services Saturday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School.
Condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
He was very active as a Cub Scout Master, proudly seeing his sons through to the rank of Eagle Scout. He also enjoyed attending his sons’ school activities and going on family camping trips. Working on his acreage was one of his top past times.
Jerald E. Jorgensen (1930-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Jerald E. Jorgensen, 88, of Cedar Falls, died Friday, April 12, at Western Home Communities-Prairie Winds.
He was born July 23, 1930, in Harlan, son of Jens and Anne Petersen Jorgensen. He married Erna Thomsen on Sept. 6, 1952, in Racine, Wis. She died July 24, 2010.
He graduated from Harlan High School. He attended Dana College for two years and received his DVM from Iowa State University in 1953. He co-owned and operated Brookside Veterinary Clinic in Cedar Falls with his brothers, Harris and George. Jerry served on the Cedar Falls City Council, Cedar Falls School Board, Nazareth Lutheran Church Council and was a member of the Cedar Falls Rotary.
Survived by: two daughters, Laurie (Brent) Wightman of Waverly and Lisa (Martin) Schwab of Broomfield, Colo.; two sons, Jeff (Jacque) of Cedar Falls and Tom (Karen) of West Des Moines; nine grandchildren, Matt and Emily Wightman, Ben (Kelsey), Zach and Tim Jorgensen, Ellie and Danny Jorgensen, Conner and Olivia Schwab; a great-grandchild, Max Jorgensen; four stepgrandchildren, Stephanie (Adam) Geneser, Stacey (Brandon) Hall, Dr. Samantha (Travis) Schipull and Sabrina (Colton) Vosberg; nine stepgreat-grandchildren, Jacob, Brooklyn and Stella Geneser, Hudson and Hayes Hall, Noah and Landon Schipull, Mason and Ruby Vosberg; three brothers, Jim, Harris and George (Judy) Jorgensen, all of Cedar Falls; and a sister, Joan (Jim) Hoeft of Castle Rock, Colo.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 19, at the Diamond Event Center-Western Home Communities. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Richardson Funeral Service and also for one hour before services at the Western Home.
Memorials: may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or Fresh Wind Ministries at Western Home Communities.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Beloved father and grandfather. He was an avid ISU Cyclones and STL Cardinals fan. He was a devoted caregiver to mom in her battle with Alzheimer’s. He loved his children and adored his grandchildren. Last but not least, he will be fondly remembered for his cinnamon rolls.
Forrest G. Mixdorf (1918-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Forrest Glen Mixdorf, 100, of Cedar Falls, died Wednesday, April 10, at NewAldaya Lifescapes of natural causes.
He was born Sept. 19, 1918, on a farm south of Denver to Otto and Lena (Gielau) Mixdorf. He married Fern Rhea Barnard in 1945.
He graduated from Janesville High School in 1936. He served in the U.S. Army. Forrest worked as a mechanic for Tate Cadillac Olds until retirement. Forrest and Fern spent their winters in Orlando, Fla., for 25 years. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Survived by: a daughter, Nancy Mixdorf; a son, Glen Mixdorf; and a granddaughter, Stacey Conrad.
Preceded in death by: his wife; and a grandson, Jeffrey.
Services: No services are planned at this time. Burial will be in Garden of Memories. Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, an Overton Family Service, Waterloo, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to NewAldaya Lifescapes, 7511 University Ave., Cedar Falls 50613.
Condolences may be left at www.parrottandwood.com.
Forrest devoted his life to caring for his wife and family. He enjoyed fishing, woodwork and gardening. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caring staff at NewAldaya Lifescapes and St. Croix Hospice.
Patricia A. Junk (1938-2019)
INDEPENDENCE — Patricia Ann Junk, 81, of Independence, died Monday, April 15, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence.
She was born Feb. 6, 1938, in Iowa City, daughter of Charles S. and Elizabeth I. (Carroll) Henderson. On May 11, 1957, she married Robert Junk in Waterloo.
She was a 1956 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Waterloo. She was employed with Members Mutual Oil Co., the American Soybean Association and with John Deere Co. prior to her retirement in 1991.
Survived by: her husband of Independence; two sons, Joseph (Sandy) Junk of Independence and Michael (Carolyn) Junk of Hudson; four grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Jo Kershisnik of Rock Springs, Wyo.
Preceded in death by: her parents; a grandson, Justin Junk; a daughter-in-law, Jill Junk; and two brothers, Edward Monahan and James Henderson.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Independence, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Waterloo. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with a 4 p.m. rosary and a 7:30 p.m. parish vigil service and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, all at the Reiff Family Center in Independence.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to St. John’s Catholic School.
Condolences may be left at www.reifffamilycenter.com.
Pat enjoyed sewing, reading and especially spending time with her family.
Service Notice: Mary Stahl
WELLSBURG -- Mary Stahl, 98, of Wellsburg, died Saturday, April 13, at Cedar Valley Hospice Home; services 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wellsburg, with burial in the church cemetery; visitation will be for an hour before services at the church; memorials may be directed to the family to be donated to a local cause in memory of Mary; Abels Funeral And Cremation Service, Doyen-Chapel, Wellsburg, (641) 869-3336; condolences at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
Jerry L. Chapman (1937-2019)
WATERLOO — Jerry L. Chapman, 81, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, April 9, at Ravenwood Specialty Care.
He was born May 5, 1937, in Manly, son of Harley and Laurene Dunham Chapman. He married JoAnn Hurd on June 6, 1964, in Davenport. They later divorced.
Jerry owned Chapman Construction Co. building homes in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area until the late ‘70s, continuing in real estate as a private investor. He then worked with Witham Auto for 30 years in the finance and fleet sales departments before retiring in 2016. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Survived by: two sons, Todd (Cindy) Chapman of St. Francisville, La., and Scott (Nicole) Chapman of Boise, Idaho; two brothers, Harley Chapman and Richard Chapman; three sisters, Annette Crowe, Gloria Postel and Nancy Peterson; three grandchildren, Taylor, Connor and Christian Chapman; and two great-grandchildren, Keigan and Aiden McClelland.
Preceded in death by: two brothers, Roger and Chuck Chapman; and a sister, Laurel Chapman.
Visitation: 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, with burial to follow in Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery where full military rites will be conducted by Waterloo AMVETS Post 19, Evansdale AMVETS Post 31 and U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard.
Condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgraup.com.
Lela A. Janssen (1929-2019)
CEDAR FALLS – Lela Ann Janssen, 89, of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, April 14, at MercyOne-Cedar Falls Medical Center.
She was born Nov. 11, 1929, in Sheffield, daughter of Rollo J. and Nell G. (Murray) Patten. She married Veldon R. Janssen on Aug. 20, 1949, in Springville. He died Feb. 3, 2015.
She graduated from Springville High School in 1947 and attended a year at Iowa State Teachers College. She was a homemaker throughout her adult life.
Survived by: three daughters, Deb (Rick) Gerken of Cedar Falls, Barb (Bud) Chapman of Waterloo and Cathy (David) Swarts of Cedar Falls; a son, Jim (Jodi) Janssen of Cedar Falls; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Pat Newhard of Anamosa and Louise Raabe of Belle Plaine.
Preceded in death by: a son, Jeff; a brother, Lee Patten; and a sister, Donna Chaplin.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at Richardson Funeral Service, with burial in Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, both in Cedar Falls. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the funeral home and also for one hour before services.
Memorials: may be directed to the Western Home Foundation.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.