Obituaries and service notices published in the Courier today.
Dr. Donald J. Ahrenholz
WATERLOO — Dr. Donald J. Ahrenholz, 85, of Wheaton, Ill., formerly of Waterloo, died Tuesday, Sept. 17.
He was born May 16, 1934, in Waterloo.
He attended Drake University and Wheaton College and graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School. After residencies at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines (general surgery) and Medical College of Wisconsin (plastic surgery), he entered practice in West Point, N.Y. (U.S. Military Academy) and Cedar Falls and Waterloo, until retiring to the Wheaton vicinity in 1998.
Don served as an elder of churches in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and Wheaton, and on the board of the Cedar Falls Bible Conference. In concert with other leaders, he helped bring Logos Bookstores to Cedar Falls and was a founding member of Young Life Committee in Cedar Falls/Waterloo.
Survived by: his wife of 59 years, Lynne; his sons, Steve (Carol), Mark (Nancy) and Kevin (April); 16 grandchildren, Maggie (Thomas) Yates, Timothy (Kaitlin) Ahrenholz, Matthew Ahrenholz, William Ahrenholz, James (Andi) Ahrenholz, Amy Ahrenholz, Joshua Ahrenholz, Sara Ahrenholz, George Ahrenholz, Tess (Jake) Dyson, Samuel Ahrenholz, Adam Ahrenholz, Sean Noeller, Annebeth Ahrenholz, Aspen Ahrenholz and Wren Ahrenholz; two great-grandchildren, Ezra and Finley Yates; a sister, Anne (the late Albert) Nesbit; and a brother-in-law, Doug (Jan) Dunkerton.
Preceded in death by: his brothers, Andrew (the late Katherine), Henry (the late Catherine) and Marion (Doreen).
Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Hultgren Funeral Home, Wheaton, with burial at Wheaton Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to Cedar Falls Bible Conference, 439 N. Division St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613. To donate online, go to https://www.aplos.com/aws/give/CedarFallsBibleConference/3 or make checks payable to Cedar Falls Bible Conference and include “In Memory of Donald Ahrenholz” in the memo line.
Condolences may be left at hultgrenfh.com.
Don enjoyed fishing and Iowa Hawkeye football, and he never tired of singing the praises of his Lord Jesus Christ.
Walter R. Cochran
WATERLOO — Walter R. Cochran, 94, of Lakeview Landing, died at home Wednesday, Sept. 18.
He was born April 26, 1925, in Iowa Falls, son of John Walter and Juanita Bynum Cochran. He married Marjorie Kremenak on Nov. 24, 1951, in Grace Brethren Church, Waterloo. She died June 19, 2014.
Walter graduated from Waterloo East High School, attended Iowa State Teachers College, received his B.A. in accounting from University of Iowa and his Master in Business from Harvard. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was employed as controller and as an executive at John Deere Tractor Works and Deere & Co., Moline, retiring in 1982. After retiring, Walter worked several jobs, with the last as director of development of Allen Hospital Foundation.
Walter was a member of the Toastmasters Club, Knife and Fork Club, Lions Club, Investment Club, Chamber of Commerce, Republican Committee, Supervisors Club, and member of the Conway Civic Center Board, Allen Hospital Board, and Friendship Village Board.
Survived by: two sons, John A. (Jamy) of Henderson, Nev., and Don P. (Judy) of Apple Valley, Minn; a daughter, Janet (Floyd) Rawleigh of Strasburg, Pa.; six grandchildren, Jennifer Cochran, Jack Cochran, Lucy Murphy, Paul Cochran, Seth Rawleigh and Joshua Rawleigh; and six great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife, Marjorie; a brother, Roger Cochran.
Services: 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, with burial in Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be for an hour before services at the funeral home Friday.
Walter was a member of Burton Avenue Baptist Church, Grace Brethren Church and Hagerman Baptist Church, where he was active as church choir director, youth group leader and played his trombone. He was a generous supporter of missionaries. Walter enjoyed fishing, hunting, attending symphony concerts and musical theater, but truly enjoyed spending time with family.
Wilhelmina "Willie" Van Hove
STEAMBOAT ROCK — Wilhelmina “Willie” Van Hove, 86, of Steamboat Rock, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Grand JiVante in Ackley.
She was born June 12, 1933, in rural Grundy County to Harm and Fannie (Engelkes) Vander Holt. She married Ben T. Van Hove on Aug. 5, 1955.
Willie graduated from Parkersburg High School. She and her husband made their home in Steamboat Rock, and she was a homemaker and mother for most of her children’s lives, but then went to work at Infant Seat in Eldora. Later in life she took many part-time jobs to keep busy.
Willie attended First Presbyterian Church in Steamboat Rock and served on the Steamboat Rock Library Board.
Survived by: her husband; daughters Shirlee (Steve) Orr and Lori (John) Appleby; granddaughter Ashley (Brian) Johnson and grandson Johnny (Leah) Appleby; great-granddaughters Ella, Emme and Riley; sister Harriet Onnen; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her parents; brothers John and Willard Vander Holt; and a sister, Agnes Meyer.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at First Presbyterian Church in Steamboat Rock, with burial at Steamboat Rock Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Sept. 19, at Abels Funeral and Cremation Service, Creps Chapel in Eldora.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
She loved to garden and kept many African violets. Willie also was an avid baker and was known for her pies. Willie and Ben loved to travel on bus trips, and together they saw much of the country. Her true joy life came from her family, especially her children and grandchildren.
Betty Ann Marion
CEDAR FALLS — Betty Ann Marion, 95, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Rockford, Ill., died Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Western Home Communities – Thuesen Cottage.
She was born Jan. 31, 1924, in Rochester, Minn., daughter of Roy R. and Blanche L. (Bricker) Baker. She married Craig L. Marion on July 5, 1952 in Elkhart, Ind. He preceded her in death on Aug. 24, 2005.
Betty and her husband founded C.L. Marion, CPA, in Rockford, Ill., in 1962. Together they operated the business until retiring in 1982.
Survived by: a daughter, Janice (Scott) Bittner of Janesville; three sons, Jeffery Marion of Newport Richey, Fla., Jerrold (Martha) Marion of McCormick, S.C., and John (Ada) Marion of Mandeville, La.; and seven grandchildren, Keeley and Craig Bittner, David Marion, Rebecca (Drew) Marion-Flesch, Andrew Marion, Ada Kathryn and Matthew Marion.
Services: Private burial will be in Kent Chapel Cemetery in Brooklyn, Iowa. Richardson Funeral Service is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the Western Home Foundation or Kent Chapel.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralser vice.com.
Betty and Craig experienced an active retirement. They lived in Louisiana, Florida, Wisconsin and Georgia, with a sailboat close by at each location.
Margaret R. "Peggy" McKinstry
WATERLOO — Margaret R. “Peggy” McKinstry, 79, of Waterloo, died Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Martin Health Center in Cedar Falls.
She was born Oct. 5, 1939, in Waterloo, the daughter of John and Eunice Connell Kehoe. She married Donald McKinstry. They later divorced.
She was the purchasing director for Santa Clara University in California for many years before returning back to Iowa. She was a longtime member of St. Edward Catholic Church.
Survived by: two sons, Scott McKinstry of Redding, Calif., and James (Arlene) McKinstry of Elk Grove, Calif.; two brothers, Jerome (Pauline) Kehoe of Waterloo and Joseph (Cathy) Kehoe of Eau Claire, Wis.; two sisters, Monica (Jim) Artes of Fort Myers, Fla., and Melanie Jensen of Chandler‚ Ariz.; and four grandchildren, Michael and Melanie McKinstry of Elk Grove, Calif. Shelby McKinstry of California and Monika (Shawn) Blofsky of California; two great-grandchildren, Nolan and Shawn Blofsky; and two sisters-in-law, Rita and Nancy Kehoe.
Preceded in death by: her parents; three brothers, James, John and Justin “Dusty” Kehoe; and a sister, Carmen (Mark) Skyles.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at St. Edward Catholic Church, with inurnment to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday at the church. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to the Diabetes Foundation.
Condolences may be left at: www.hagartywaychoffgrar up.com.
Donald J. “Don” Hurst
WATERLOO — Donald J. “Don” Hurst, 90, of Waterloo, died Friday, Sept. 13.
He was born July 11, 1929, in Waterloo, son of George and Grace Stafford Hurst. He married Marilyn King. Don married Gloria Mae Keough in 1958; she died Feb. 7, 1990. He married Elma Rogers Tyson in 2012; she died Feb. 12, 2016.
Don graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1948. He was a master plumber, and owner of Hurst Plumbing, Hurst Excavating and Hurst Holding Company with his twin brother, Richard.
Survived by: two daughters, Cheryl (Tom) Willoughby of Richmond Hill‚ Ga., and Sandra Alexander of Waterloo; three sons, James (Deborah) Hurst of Denver‚ Brett (Kim) Hurst of Waterloo and Steven (Lori) Hurst of Renwick; 10 grandchildren, Sean Hurst, Cody Hurst, Dane Hurst, Michael Willoughby, Ryan Willoughby, Sara Don Willoughby, Stefan Hurst, Christian Hurst, Crystal Stone and Pearl Alexander; seven great-grandchildren; his brother, Wesley Hurst of Pittsburgh; and a sister, Colleen (Harold) Brown of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a son, Michael Hurst; twin brother and his business partner of over 60 years, Richard; and a sister, Norma Kirkland.
Visitation: from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Locke Funeral Home, with inurnment to take place in Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at lockefuneralhome.com.
Don was an excellent tennis player for most of his life. He was also a nationally renowned antiques collector.
Service notice: Robert J. "Bob" Oberbroeckling
WATERLOO -- Robert James "Bob" Oberbroeckling, 85, of Waterloo, died at home Monday, Sept. 16; services 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at St. Edward Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery; full military rites by the Waterloo AMVETS Post 19 and Evansdale Post 31, assisted by Offutt Air Force Honor Guard; visitation from 3-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, 233-3393, with a 3 p.m. rosary and 6 p.m. vigil service; visitation also one hour before services Tuesday at the church. Memorials directed to Cedar Valley Hospice, Wounded Warriors or St. Edward Catholic Church.
Jean M. Fischels
WATERLOO — Jean Marie Fischels, 84, of Waterloo, died Monday, Sept. 16, at home.
She was born Nov. 11, 1934, in Waterloo, the daughter of Phillip and Cecilia Schares Welter.
Jean graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Gilbertville in 1952 and was employed in the office of Midwest Pattern, until her retirement.
Survived by: her daughter, Tamara Schmit of Evansdale; two sons, Scott Fischels of Des Moines and Kurt (Paula) Fischels of Cedar Falls; four grandchildren, Tara Mauer, Kelsey (Derek) Bass, Dustin Fischels and Ryan (Cassandra) Fischels; five great-grandchildren, Madison Mauer, Lake Mauer, Charlotte Fischels, Henlee Bass, and Dallas Bass; three sisters, Alma Schmitz of Denver, Margie Guild of Waterloo and Linda (Jim) Hughes of Independence; a brother, Lloyd (Shirley) Welter of La Porte City; a sister-in-law, Marie Jean Welter of Jesup; and a brother-in-law, Leo Delagardelle of Gilbertville.
Preceded in death by: her longtime companion, Tom Summerhays; two sisters, Irma Delagardelle and Bernice Schmitz; her two brothers, Ralph Welter and Leo Welter; three brother-in-laws, Burt Schmitz, Kenny Schmitz and Whitey Guild.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with inurnment in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, where there will be a 4 p.m. rosary. Visitation will also be one hour before services Friday at the church.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Online condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoff grarup.com.