Obituaries and service notices in the Courier.
Harold V. Swartzrock (1927-2019)
CHARLES CITY — Harold V. Swartzrock, 91, of Charles City, died Tuesday, May 21, at MercyOne North Iowa in Mason City.
He was born Sept. 5, 1927, at home on the farm in Charles City, son of Gilbert and Margaret (Pint) Swartzrock. On Aug. 9, 1947, he married Darlene (Schoolcraft) Swartzrock at Calvary Baptist Church. She preceded him in death in 2002.
Harold attended school, then went into the military and served as a mechanic during World War II. Harold sold Shell gas, worked on cars and worked third shift at Oliver Tractor Plant. He later began Swartzrock Implement Co. in Charles City, which he has owned and operated for 69 years. He never officially retired.
Harold was one of the founding members of Cedar Valley Engine Club and contributed to the Floyd County Museum.
Survived by: a son, Steven (Diana) Swartzrock of Charles City; grandchildren, Benjamin Swartzrock, Leah Swartzrock and Daniel Swartzrock; a brother-in-law, Edgar (Rosemary) Schoolcraft; a sister-in-law, Doris Bettesworth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his wife; his parents; a son, Vernon Swartzrock; and a brother, Robert Swartzrock.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Calvary Baptist Church, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Charles City. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today, May 24, and for an hour before services Saturday, all at the church. Fullerton-Hage Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Charles City, is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the Floyd County Museum or Cedar Valley Engine Club.
Condolences may be left at www.Fullertonfh.com.
Harold loved Minneapolis Moline tractors and collecting pedal tractors; if you come out to the shop you can see his collection.
Royal C. Abram (2001-2019)
WATERLOO — Royal Ceiz Abram, 18, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Waterloo, died Saturday, May 18.
He was born March 27, 2001, in Cedar Rapids, son of Christopher Abram and Ethel Brown.
Royal was a current student at Metro High and had been a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church. He was a past member of Crown Point Boxing Club, as well as a counselor-in-training at Wildwood Hills.
Survived by: his parents; his grandmothers, Joan Blackmon and Sandra Nickelson; his grandfather, William “Willie” Brown; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.
Preceded in death by: his grandfathers, the Rev. John Blackmon and Franklin Abram; grandmother Ida Brown; aunts Chatta Martenia and JoAnn Roberts; and great-grandmother Valrie Wortham.
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 27, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.broshchapel.com.
Royal and his father started a Peace Zone Project, which supplied fresh fruits and vegetables to community members in Waterloo. He became a surrogate big brother to many young boys and girls in the community. He was a very selfless and giving young man who will be greatly missed.
Rebecca J. "Becky" Church (1936-2019)
WATERLOO — Rebecca J. “Becky” Church, 83, of Waterloo, formerly of Hudson, died Tuesday, May 21, at Lakeview Landing of Friendship Village.
She was born May 13, 1936, in Indianapolis, Ind., daughter of Raymond George and Eljeannetta Ruth Airhart Hobbs. She married Jason Frederic Church on Aug. 4, 1956, in Sheffield.
She graduated from Shortridge High School, Indianapolis, in 1955, earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1972 from the University of Northern Iowa, and later her master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa. Becky was a kindergarten teacher for Hudson Community Schools for 26 years until retiring in 1998.
Survived by: her husband; three sons, Bryan (Karmen) Church of Grimes, David (Barb) Church of Tomah‚ Wis., and Thomas (Carla) Church of Panora; and seven grandchildren, Kelsey (Zach) Miner of Pleasant Hill, Jason (Bella Barbosa) Church of Hudson, Wis., John Church of La Crosse, Wis., Jake Church of Fort Benning, Ga., Abraham Church of Greenwood, Ind., Anna (Caleb) Humberg of Creston and Abigail Church of Panora.
Preceded in death by: her parents.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, Waterloo, with burial in Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Adel, at a later date. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Locke Funeral Home and for an hour before services at the church.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to Walnut Ridge Baptist Church or Friendship Village.
Condolences may be left at www.lockefuneralhome.com.
Becky was a member of Walnut Ridge Baptist Church where she was very active in the Golden Walnuts. She loved her family and loved her God.
Jerry H. Suhr (1940-2019)
WATERLOO — Jerry Hugh Suhr, 79, of Waterloo, formerly of Harpers Ferry and Readlyn, died Wednesday, May 22, at Pinnacle Specialty Care, Cedar Falls.
He was born March 2, 1940, in Stanley, son of William and Goldie Menuey Suhr. He married Sandra Clark on Aug. 18, 1962, in St. Peter Lutheran Church, Denver.
Jerry graduated from West Union High School and was employed with John Deere for 34 years. He was also employed with the city of Harpers Ferry for 10 years. He was a member of the Old East Paint Creek Church, Waterville, for 20 years, serving as a deacon, trustee and board member.
Survived by: his wife; a son, Jeff (Carmen) of Marion; a daughter, Lisa (Tom) DenHartog of Cedar Falls; four grandchildren, Tommy, Mitchell, Amanda and Amber (Mason); a great-grandson, Jerry “JD”; three brothers, Henry (Diane) Suhr of Las Vegas, Aelvin (Julie) Suhr of Waverly and Melvin (Holly) Suhr of Knoxville; five sisters, Judy (Jim) Hoyt, Anna (Dale) Ungerer and Lois (Jake) Kocher, all of Hawkeye, Marlene (Al) Bradley of Readlyn and Goldie Platte of Brashear, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Betty Suhr of Bloomer, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: four brothers, William Jr., Marvin, Robert and Louie Suhr; a brother-in-law, Howard Platte; and two sisters-in-law, Peggy Suhr and Janis Suhr.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, with burial in Waterloo Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until services Friday at the church. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to UnityPoint Hospice and Zion Lutheran Church on Kimball Avenue.
Condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Jerry enjoyed woodworking, fishing, golfing, playing cards and watching his “Steelers.”