Obituaries and service notices in today's Courier.
Sharon L. Harpster
CEDAR FALLS — Sharon Lou Harpster, 82, of Ankeny, formerly of Cedar Falls and Waverly, died Friday, Aug. 9.
She was born Oct. 17, 1936, daughter of M. Donald and Dorothy (Burman) Repp. On March 26, 1955, she married Ronald Dale Harpster at the Baptist Church in Ekalaka, Mont. He preceded her in death in March 2012.
She graduated from the Waverly High School in 1954. Sharon then attended Omaha Baptist Bible Institute for a half year. Sharon and her husband made their home north of Waverly and later in Cedar Falls. Sharon spent her time as a homemaker until the girls were in junior high and high school. She then worked at Stone’s Dry Cleaning and later at GNC Health Store, both in Cedar Falls, until she was forced to retire to take care of Ron, due to his health problems. She was a member of Ankeny Baptist Church in Ankeny.
Survived by: two daughters, Lylia (Waldo) Schrenk and Diane Harpster, both of Ankeny; and a sister, Mary Hammer of Cedar Falls.
Preceded in death by: her husband; and her parents.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, with burial in Hillside Cemetery in Cedar Falls. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until services Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials: may be directed to Ankeny Baptist Church.
Her enjoyments included cooking, sewing, playing piano, attending craft shows, and spending time with her family and friends.
Peacefully departed on Saturday, August 10, 2019, David R. McManus, husband, brother and father of five children. Dave passed away at the age of 78 surrounded by his wife and children. Dave was born October 10, 1940 in Waterloo Iowa to James and Kathleen (Clabby) McManus. The second eldest of five children, he graduated from West High in Waterloo in 1959. That same year he married his first wife Sharon Fettkether. Together they had five children — Lisa (Gill), Lynne, David, Laurie (Neice) and Ryan. Dave met his second wife Jo Nelson in 1983 and would spend the rest of his life with her. Dave had a passion for people, football (particularly the Fighting Irish), golf, dogs and humor. Dave loved to travel and as a master joke teller he loved to make those around him laugh. Laughter followed Dave from La Quinta, Ca thru many places in the US, Mexico and Ireland. He was a remarkable friend to many people for over 30-40 years and enjoyed making new friends. Dave was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile and his kind and compassionate spirit. Dave was preceded in death by his father Jim, his mother Kay and brothers Michael and Stephen. He is survived by his wife Jo, five children, sisters Mary Ann and Susan, fourteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Peacefully departed on Saturday, August 10, 2019, David R. McManus, husband, brother and father of five children. Dave passed away at the age of 78 surrounded by his wife and children.
Dave was born October 10, 1940 in Waterloo Iowa to James and Kathleen (Clabby) McManus. The second eldest of five children, he graduated from West High in Waterloo in 1959. That same year he married his first wife Sharon Fettkether. Together they had five children — Lisa (Gill), Lynne, David, Laurie (Neice) and Ryan. Dave met his second wife Jo Nelson in 1983 and would spend the rest of his life with her.
Dave had a passion for people, football (particularly the Fighting Irish), golf, dogs and humor. Dave loved to travel and as a master joke teller he loved to make those around him laugh. Laughter followed Dave from La Quinta, Ca thru many places in the US, Mexico and Ireland. He was a remarkable friend to many people for over 30-40 years and enjoyed making new friends. Dave was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile and his kind and compassionate spirit.
Dave was preceded in death by his father Jim, his mother Kay and brothers Michael and Stephen. He is survived by his wife Jo, five children, sisters Mary Ann and Susan, fourteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Paul M. "Milt" Dobbs
JANESVILLE — Paul Milton “Milt” Dobbs, 84, of Janesville, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Shell Rock Health Care Center in Shell Rock.
He was born March 5, 1935, in Gap Creek, Ky., son of James and Matie (Humble) Dobbs. In 1965, he married Joan Kay Becker at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. The couple would later divorce.
He attended the Janesville Consolidated School. Milt served in the U.S. Army 31st Transportation Division in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1957 to 1959. During his life Milt worked in masonry laying brick for Marquartickleman, J.G. Miller, Jens/Olsen, then went into partnership with Lyle Thomas and Kenny Fisher laying brick in Iowa during the summer and in Missouri during the winter months. Milt then started his own construction company, Paul Dobbs Masonry, and would later bring in his son, forming Paul & Steve Dobbs Construction, retiring in 2012.
Survived by: two sons, Steve (Cindy) Dobbs of Janesville and Kent Dobbs of Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Kim (Jeff) Crowe of Prophetstown, Ill., and Diana (Zak Siela) Nation of Cedar Falls; five grandchildren, Trevor (Rachel) Richmond, Amanda Dobbs, Zachary (Jessica) Dobbs, BreeAnn (Ben) Lane and Elaina (Brent Kolder) Atchinson; 10 great-grandchildren, Aiden, Kennedy, Taylor, Leah, Ayden, Kynsley, Mekenna, Luke, Becca and Tanner; and a brother, Howard (Karen) Dobbs of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a sister in infancy, Ruth Dobbs; and two brothers, Leland and Kenneth Dobbs.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at United Methodist Church, Janesville, with burial in Cedar Valley Memorials Gardens, Cedar Falls, with American Legion Post 522 of Janesville giving honors. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly.
Memorials: may be directed to American Parkinson Disease Association.
In his spare time Milt enjoyed building and repairing things and spending time in the outdoors, hunting and fishing with family and friends.
Deborah Dill Roster
Deborah Ann Dill-Roster went home to Jesus, at the age of 56, on August 10th, 2019 after a 14 year battle with leukemia.
Debbie was born on June 7th, 1963 in Charles City, IA. Daughter of Henry “Jack” & Marjorie Dill, Debbie married Roger Roster at the age of 18 and they had four children. They later divorced.
Debbie was a homemaker and loved her children deeply. She was an avid journaler and a free spirit. Debbie always tried to help when she was around, especially with her grandchildren. She had a special way about her that touched many lives.
Debbie was survived by her children: Josh Roster, Joey (Jenny) Roster, Matthew (Amber) Roster, and Lisa “Shantell” Roster.
Her 10 grandchildren, Chloe, Maddelynn, Henry, Kyler, Branden, Quincy, Kaeden, Malachi, Gavin and Lilian. Her siblings Steve (Theresa) Sullivan, Kim (Clyde) McDaniel, Kathy (Kiffin) Coggins, Julie (Kenny Gardner) Dill, Kevin (Tammy) Dill, and Deann (Kenny) Backen. Uncles Edward Dill and Gary (Becky) Usher; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a lot of friends.
Meeting her at the gates of Heaven are her father, mother, grandparents, uncles, aunts, a cousin, and her nephew, Scotty.
Debbie will be remembered for her strong love of Jesus Christ, always having her Bible in hand and sharing the wisdom of our Lord and her giving heart.
Celebration of Life: 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Countryside Vineyard Church, Evansdale.
Randall K. “Hubba” Ehmen
DIKE — Randall Kent “Hubba” Ehmen, 58, of Dike, died Sunday, Aug. 11, at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital in Waterloo after a short battle with cancer.
He was born Feb. 7, 1961, in Grundy Center to Richard and Mary Ann (Siems) Ehmen. Randy met Pam Carpenter and together they welcomed a daughter, Krista. He then married Dawn Brubaker in August 1998. Randy brought his daughter, Krista, and Dawn brought her son, Evan, and together they welcomed their children Riley and Stevi into their new family.
He graduated from Dike High School in 1979. Randy began his career as a farmer at Kruger Farms. He worked there for 39 years until illness led to his retirement. As a young man Randy was involved in auto racing and won many trophies.
Survived by: his wife; his mother; four children, Evan Brubaker, Krista Zahner, Riley Ehmen and Stevi (Brandon) McDivitt; three grandchildren, Jaxson, Wesley and Jonathan; a brother, Rick (Karen) Ehmen; a sister, Shari (John) Hill; many nieces and nephews; and many close friends.
Preceded in death by: his father.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Dike United Methodist Church, with a private burial in Elmwood Cemetery in Dike. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the Dike United Methodist Church.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be made by visiting www.abelsfuneral homes.com.
Randy enjoyed his career as a farmer, it was his true passion in life. He loved vintage Westerns, John Deere tractors and Dale Earnhardt. Randy’s true joy in life came from spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.
Service Notice: John A. Kincaid
WATERLOO -- John A. Kincaid, 77, of Waterloo, died Saturday, Aug. 10, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital; memorial services 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Waterloo; family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church; Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel, 233-3146; condolences at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
Barbara Dotson 91, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 in West Des Moines. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, August 15, 2019 at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines with a visitation from 10:30 a.m. until service time at McLaren’s. Interment will be at Highland Memory Gardens.
Bobbie was born November 7, 1927 in Amarillo, TX to Harry and Miriam True. She graduated from Perry High School before going on to work for Bankers Life, Santa Claus Industries in Waterloo, and the U of I Foundation. Bobbie and her husband, Bob also owned and operated the Mr. Steak Restaurant in Coralville. She loved her Hawkeyes and Cubs and enjoyed spending time with the Red Hats, Knee Knockers, and her many wonderful friends.
Bobbie is survived by her three daughters, Denie Dotson, Karen (Raymond Jr.) Smith, and Laurie (Mike) Wirth; five grandchildren, Coree Smith, Matthew (Katherine) Smith, Aaron Smith, Megan (Scott) Mohr, and Kelly (Jaden) Vos; cousin, Jan Lee Brookes; and twelve nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Dotson; and sister, Mary Mumgaard.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Iowa Chapter or a charity of the donor’s choice.
John R. Klahsen
APLINGTON — John Richard Klahsen, 87, of Aplington, died Saturday, Aug. 10, at Mayo Clinic-St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., following complications from surgery the day before.
He was born June 10, 1932, in Hardin Township, Hardin County, son of Klaas and Pearl (Frey) Klahsen. On Feb. 4, 1959, he married Francine Faye Billerbeck at the Congregational Church in Reinbeck. She preceded him in death.
He was a 1950 graduate of Aplington High School. After graduation, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Kingsley Construction. John then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War until February 1955. He worked at Rath Packing Plant in Waterloo before moving to his current farm where he began farming for the next 50 years, retiring in 2008, yet continuing to live there until his death.
John was a member of Washington Reformed Church, rural Ackley, his entire life, where he served as both elder and deacon for various terms and where he taught Sunday school for many years. He also served as RCYF leader with his wife and currently was a member of the Pastoral Search Committee. He served as a Butler County REC board director for 28 years. He was a trustee for Washington Township and a member of the Aplington Lions Club. John was a member of the Aplington AMVETS Post 102, where he served as past commander. He participated in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in September 2016.
Survived by: two daughters, Teresa (Troy) Feldman of Greene and Sue (Bob Moran) of West Des Moines; six grandchildren, Amanda (Chris) Kehe of Aurora, Ill., Alisa Roth of West Des Moines, Lisa Feldman of Rochester, John Roth of Cedar Falls, Austin Roth of Cedar Rapids and Jared Feldman of Greene; two great-grandchildren, Kenzie Kehe and Kellan Kehe of Aurora; two brothers, Bill (Shirley) Klahsen and Hank Klahsen, both of Aplington; a sister-in-law, Frances (Russell) Lorenzen of Clear Lake; a sister-in-law, Ann Rae Billerbeck of Reinbeck; multiple nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Preceded in death by: his wife; his parents; his sisters-in-law, Patty Klahsen, Eunice Neil, Leora Neil, Reva Billerbeck and Myrne Billerbeck; two brothers-in-law, David Neil and Donald Billerbeck; and a son-in-law, David Roth.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Washington Reformed Church, with burial in the church cemetery, both in rural Ackley. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home, Parkersburg, and one hour before services Thursday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com.
John liked “tinkering” in his machine shed and fixing things. He also enjoyed working on and driving older cars and tractors. On Aug. 3, 2019, he completed the Aplington Tractor Ride and enjoyed telling of the fun he had. Above all, John enjoyed attending — along with Francine — all his daughters’ and grandchildren’s sports/extra-curricular activities.
Steven C. Burman
WATERLOO — Steven Craig Burman, 66, of Waterloo, died Saturday, Aug. 10, at Mayo Hospital and Clinic in Mankato, Minn.
He was born on July 29, 1953, in Waterloo, son of Robert and Genevieve (Casbon) Burman. He married Grace Sharp on Oct. 7, 1972, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bennington, rural Waterloo.
Steve attended school in Denver and graduated in 1971. He attended Hawkeye Tech for drafting and later took agronomy courses through Iowa State. While attending school he farmed, then while farming full time, Steve worked at John Deere for 13 years. He was also a longtime seed salesman and later a district seed salesman.
Survived by: his wife; a daughter, April (David) Bovy of Parkersburg; a daughter, Lisa (fiance Denton Meier) Burman of Adel; and a son, Ben Burman of Denver; two grandchildren, Tristan (fiancee Elisabeth Folkerts) Bovy and LeeAnn Bovy, both of Parkersburg; a sister, Jane (Jim) Patten of Des Moines; and three brothers-in-law, Doug (Harriet) Sharp of Lansing, William Paul Sharp of San Diego and Mark (Kathy) Sharp of Cedar Falls.
Preceded in death by: his parents.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at St. John Lutheran Church, Denver, with burial at Garden of Memories in Waterloo. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver and also for an hour before services Friday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the family for a later designation.
Steve’s family was very important to him and he enjoyed spending time at Lake Elsyian. He loved farming, the seed business, boating, water skiing, snowmobiling and was an avid car enthusiast.
Marcia D. Lashbrook
CEDAR FALLS — Marcia Donnell Lashbrook, 53, of Cedar Falls, died Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.
She was born April 6, 1966, daughter of James J. and Nancy (Kretzschmar) Lamos in Waterloo. On May 23, 1987, she married Bret Lashbrook at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Denver.
She graduated from Denver High School in 1984 and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids in 1988. Marcia worked for Superior Home Health for a couple of years, Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community for 10 years, Waverly Hospital for three years in the birthing center, med-surg and emergency room before working for the State of Iowa Inspections and Appeals from 2006 until the present time. She was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls.
Survived by: her husband; two sons, MJ Lashbrook of Waterloo and Zach Lashbrook of Savage, Minn.; a daughter, Stephanie Lashbrook of Iowa City; her mother of Denver; three brothers, Robert (Wendy) Lamos of Waverly, Barry (Wendy) Lamos of Hampton and Bryan (Linda) Lamos of Snoqualmie, Wash.
Preceded in death by: her father.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Denver, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, and also an hour before services, both at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the Lashbrook family for a later designation.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home of Denver is assisting the family. Condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Marcia enjoyed hanging out with her husband and children, going to different restaurants and tasting different beers. She was a devoted wife and mother and loved shopping, collecting boots, handbags and scarves.
Warren Ronald Grapp
CEDAR FALLS – Warren Ronald Grapp, 82, of Cedar Falls, died Saturday, Aug. 10, at MercyOne Cedar Falls Medical Center.
He was born July 28, 1937, in Waterloo, son of Elden and Edith (Fenner) Grapp. He married Nancy Richard on May 5, 1990, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.
He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1956 and served in the U.S. Army. He worked for John Deere in Waterloo and then was employed with the Cedar Falls Fire Department as a firefighter, then assistant fire marshal and later a fire inspector, retiring in 1994.
Survived by: his wife of Cedar Falls; three sons, Michael (Stacy) of Waterloo, Martin (Paula) of Polk City, and Todd (MaryAnn) of Ames; two stepsons, Todd (Sharon) Richard of Chandler, Ariz., and Mark (Jodi) Richard of Plymouth, Minn.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Rudy Grapp of Cedar Falls; and three sisters, Geraldine (Kenny) Hansen and Darlene Herzog, both of Cedar Falls, and Marjorie Marchal of Parkersburg.
Preceded in death by: six sisters, Vearl, Violet, Ethel, Alice, Rose and Edith; and four brothers, Robert, Donald, Lyle and Gerald.
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Richardson Funeral Service with private burial in Hillside Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Iowa Army National Guard and AMVETS Post #49.
Memorials: may be directed to Sullivan Hartogh Davis Cedar Valley Honor Flights (P.O. Box 182, Cedar Falls, IA 50613).
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.