Obituaries and service notices in today's Courier.
Steven Kwikkel (1962-2018)
WAVERLY — Steven Kwikkel, 55, of Clear Lake, formerly of Waverly, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, at home.
He was born Nov. 11, 1962, in Boone, son of Arnold and Donna (Boeyink) Kwikkel. He married Jill Jacobs on June 14, 1986, in Rock Rapids.
A graduate of Central Lyon High School, Steve received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota, and later earned his master’s degree from UNI. He began teaching and coaching in Rockwell City before joining the Eastwood Community School District, later serving as middle school principal at Tipton, Spencer, Hickory, N.C., Waverly-Shell Rock and Clear Lake.
He was a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and School Administrators of Iowa. He founded the Local Ed Camp for Educators, Catch the Spirit Award at Waverly-Shell Rock Schools and received the Iowa Administrator of the Year Award in 2011.
Survived by: his wife; three children, Ally (Jody) Fisher of Cedar Falls, Christian Kwikkel of Spencer and and Holly (fiance Jesse Munger) Kwikkel of Rochester, Minn.; his parents of Rock Rapids; three siblings, A. Douglas (partner Dylan Arellano) Kwikkel of Heartland, Wis., David R. (Julie) Kwikkel of Storm Lake and Mark Kwikkel of Decatur, Neb.; many nieces and nephews; and his best friend, Roger Hornby of Spencer.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at E.B. Stillman Auditorium, 1601 Third Ave. N., Clear Lake, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Rock Rapids. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake.
Memorials: may be directed to the Steven Kwikkel Memorial Fund to benefit children.
Condolences may be left at ColonialChapels.com.
Steve was dedicated to his career in education. He was always a family-first man and prided himself in setting a good example for his children. He enjoyed the outdoors while fishing, hunting and boating. He also was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and liked making up funny songs to entertain his family.
Joyce M. Doepke (1931-2018)
WATERLOO — Joyce M. Doepke, 86, a resident of the Denver Sunset Home, formerly of rural Waterloo, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital.
She was born Sept. 26, 1931, in Waterloo, daughter of Theodore and Anita (Cobb) Crawford. On Feb. 14, 1954, she married Arnold Doepke at the First Methodist Church in Jesup. He preceded her in death Feb. 19, 2005.
She graduated from Jesup High School in 1949. Joyce and her husband farmed north of Waterloo their entire working lives. After Arnold’s death, Joyce continued to live on the farm until becoming a resident of the Denver Sunset Home.
She was a member of St. Paul’s UCC-Mount Vernon Township where she served on the women’s guild, was a Sunday school teacher and the church historian.
Survived by: two sons, Steven (Loretta) Doepke of Waterloo and Mark (Michelle) Doepke of Waterloo; six grandchildren, Christopher (Becky Davis) Doepke of Denver, Andrea (Brian) Wester of Waterloo, Luke (Cortney) Doepke of Denver, Audrey (Luis) Lujan of Des Moines, Erin (Kevin) Bergthold of Davenport and William (Madi Dahlhauser) Doepke of Slater; eight great-grandchildren, Kaylee Wester, Mitchell, Holland, Jillian and Samuel Doepke, Iris Lujan, Harrison and Penelope Bergthold; and a sister, Beverly King.
Preceded in death by: her parents; and her husband.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at St. Paul’s UCC-Mount Vernon Township, rural Cedar Falls, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Denver, and for an hour before services Monday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to St. Paul U.C.C.-Mount Vernon Township or UnityPoint Hospice.
Condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Zelma Fink (1942-2018)
FAIRBANK — Zelma Fink, 75, of rural Fairbank, died at home Thursday, Sept. 6.
She was born Dec. 14, 1942, in Waterloo, daughter of Raymond and Emma (Jefferson) Miller. She married Gary Fink on June 9, 1963, at the United Methodist Church in Dunkerton.
She graduated from Dunkerton Community School. Zelma and Gary made their home in rural Fairbank where she was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Fairbank and a 30-year member of the Fairbank American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
Survived by: her husband; a son, Kevin (Darice) Fink of Center Point; two daughters, Connie (Tim) Westpfahl of Center Point and Rhonda (Ross) Erickson of St. Louis; eight grandchildren, Zachary Westpfahl of Hamburg, Germany, Jakob Westpfahl of Mankato, Minn., Taegan and Terra Fink, both of Center Point, and Hannah (Sam) Lackner, Elijah, Abby and Grace Erickson, all of St. Louis; a brother-in-law, Larry Lundry; two sisters-in-law, Linda Miller and Bess Spicknall; and her dog, Buster.
Preceded in death by: her parents; two brothers, Don and Dick Miller; and a sister, Kay Lundry.
Services: were 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, with burial in Fairbank Cemetery, both in Fairbank. Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank, assisted the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.woodsfuneralhome.net.
Jeffrey 'Butch' Ragsdale (1954-2018)
CLARKSVILLE — Jeffrey “Butch” Alan Ragsdale, 64, of Clarksville, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Waverly Health Center.
He was born July 24, 1954, in Waverly, son of Lillian G. (Janssen) and Raymond R. Ragsdale.
Butch graduated from Waverly-Shell Rock High School in 1973. He worked at John Deere Waterloo Works for many years driving a fork lift, and also worked at Sky Tech.
Survived by: Pamela Swanton of Clarksville; his children, Joe (April) Dorman of Winthrop, Cory (Jessica) Ragsdale of Independence, Noah (Patricia) Ragsdale of Charles City and Tasha, Tanya and Tristan Swanton of Clarksville; five grandchildren; three brothers, Mark (Rena) Ragsdale of Janesville, Burton Ragsdale of Waverly and Darryl (Danell) Ragsdale of Leavenworth, Mo.; two sisters, Kimberly Ragsdale of Waterloo and Virginia Holtkamp of Waterloo; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and a sister-in-law, Pamela DuVall.
Memorial service: 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. Burial of cremains will follow in West Point Cemetery, rural Janesville. Family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the funeral home.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Butch was a man who really enjoyed helping others. He also liked fishing, antiques, gardening, canning and cooking, and collecting eagle figurines.
Jan (Jeanette) M. Davis (1934-2018)
CEDAR FALLS — Jeanette Marie Davis, 84, of Cedar Falls, died at home Tuesday, Sept. 11.
She was born July 6, 1934, in New Hampton, daughter of Arnold and Gladys Schneider Bremer. She married David Berry Sr. in 1952 and divorced in 1970. She married Merle Davis in 1971.
Jan graduated from New Hampton High School in 1952. She was a Kmart employee from 1970 to 1994.
Survived by: her husband, Merle Davis of Cedar Falls; three sons, David (Debra) Berry of Cape Coral, Fla., Bruce (Cindy) Berry of Cedar Falls and Todd (Pamela) Berry of Denver, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Jenny, Jerad, Aaron, Andrew, Crystal, Maghan, Auburn and Siena; and eight great-grandchildren, Hayden, Hollie, Austin, Ethan, Grayson, Delaynee, Annabel and Charlotte.
Preceded in death by: her parents; a brother, James Bremer; and a sister, Patricia Thorne.
Celebration of Life: 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home on West Ridgeway, and also for an hour before services on Friday.
Memorials: may be sent to UnityPoint Hospice.
Condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Jan was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to bake. She made a mean batch of spaghetti and ice cream bars. Jan loved to spend the winters in Texas and play cards with friends. Jan and her husband loved to travel and fish; her prize fish weighing over 16 pounds.
Nanette "Nan" Sash (1942-2018)
CEDAR FALLS — Nanette “Nan” Sash, 76, of Cedar Falls, died Monday, Sept. 10, at Western Home Communities Elizabeth E. Martin Health Center.
She was born Aug. 29, 1942, in Cedar Falls, daughter of Carl and Doris (Perin) Thierman. She married David Sash on May 29, 1964, in Cedar Falls, and they later divorced.
Nan graduated from Teachers College High School in 1960 and attended Iowa State Teachers College. She was an administrative assistant in the math department at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, retiring in January 2007.
Survived by: two daughters, Karla (Randy) Blackford of Cedar Falls and Kelly Galano of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sons, Kevin (MaryJo) Sash of La Porte City and Jason (Linda) Sash of Ankeny; and nine grandchildren, Megan and Dalton Blackford, Payton, Olivia and Rylee Sash, Nicholas, Mikayla, Isabelle and Anna Sash.
Preceded in death by: her parents.
Private family services: will be held. Family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls. Richardson Funeral Service is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the church.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Service Notice: Hattie H. Schmitz
GILBERTVILLE -- Hattie H. Schmitz, 91, of Gilbertville, died Monday, Sept. 10, at Thalman Square of the Western Home Communities; services 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, both in Gilbertville; visitation 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, 234-6274, where there will be a 4 p.m. Catholic Daughters of the Americas Jesup St. Pius X No. 1714 rosary and a 6 p.m. vigil service; visitation also one hour before services at the church on Friday; memorials to the church or the Bosco System; condolences at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Service Notice: Warren Harden
WATERLOO -- Warren R. Harden, 91, of Illinois, formerly of Waterloo, died Saturday, Sept. 1, in Normal, Ill., of natural causes; memorial services at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Ill.; visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Calvert and Metzler Memorial Homes Home, Bloomington, (309) 828-2415; condolences and obituary at www.calvertmemorial.com.
Susan K. Patterson (1943-2018)
CEDAR FALLS — Susan K. Patterson, 75, of Polo, Ill., formerly of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, Sept. 9, at KSB Hospital in Dixon, Ill., after a brief illness.
She was born April 11, 1943, in Cedar Falls to Ray E. and Geraldine “Gerry” (Madsen) Nelson.
She graduated in 1961 from Price Lab School in Cedar Falls and had a variety of jobs, including insurance sales for Mutual of Omaha Insurance, advertising sales for Sauk Valley Newspapers, the Freeport Journal Standard and her own painting business, Brush Inc. Before her stroke 12 years ago, Sue was an active member of the Polo Church of the Brethren in Polo.
Survived by: her children from her marriage to Jerry Patterson, Kelly (Brian) Duncan of Polo, Jack (Crystal) Patterson of Bloomington, Ill., Adam (Winona) Patterson of Aurora, Ill., and Amy (Jason) Mallory of Largo, Fla.; her grandchildren, Levi (Lydia) Duncan, Sarah (Carl) Sundquist, Emma (Danny) Campton, Molly Duncan, Kate (Klaus) Kulicke, Hannah (fiancé Josh Millmore) Patterson, Sam Patterson, Megan Patterson and Alexander Patterson; her great-granddaughters, Lilliana and Everleigh Kulicke; her sisters, Peggy Leeds-Hoover of Morris Plains, N.J., Barb (Ken) VanHeiden of Cedar Falls and Julie (Pete Rodriguez) Finley of Hurst, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceded in death by: her parents; and a brother, Phillip Ray Nelson.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Polo Church of the Brethren, preceded by an hour of visitation. Polo Family Funeral Home in Polo will be handling cremation arrangements.
Memorial contributions: may be directed to Pinecrest Manor, Mount Morris, Ill.
Condolences may also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sue was also a devoted mother and an accomplished homemaker, seamstress, cook, baker and gardener. She loved strong coffee and rooting for the Chicago Cubs. Sue had put her faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and therefore is enjoying Heaven with no walker or wheelchair, worshiping her Savior.
Marla M. Heath (1958-2018)
WATERLOO — Marla M. Heath, 59, of Waterloo, died Sunday, Sept. 9, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital.
She was born Nov. 3, 1958, in Waterloo, daughter of Glen and Doris Gnade Niedermann.
Marla was a 1977 graduate of Waterloo East High School and attended Hawkeye Community College. She worked as a sterile processor for Allen Hospital for the last 10 years.
She was a member of Raymond United Methodist Church.
Survived by: a daughter, Stacy (Ryan) Phillips of Evansdale; two granddaughters, Morgan and Lauren Phillips of Evansdale; a brother, Rick Niedermann of Waterloo; two sisters, Becky (Tom) Nehl of Waverly, and her twin sister, Karla Niedermann of Waterloo; her dogs, Scoobie and Chatzie; and her granddog, Peanut.
Preceded in death by: her parents; and a sister-in-law, Debbie Niedermann.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel. Visitation will be from noon until service time.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
Marla was a supporter of many programs for animals and regularly visited the Cedar Valley Humane Society to care for and play with the animals.
Roland J. “Rollie” Winter (1953-2018)
SHELL ROCK — Roland J.”Rollie” Winter, 65, of Shell Rock, died Saturday, Sept. 8, at Waverly Health Center in Waverly.
He was born Aug. 4, 1953, in Oelwein, son of Virginia (Waterman) and Theodore Winter. On Sept. 25, 1999, he married Delia “Dee” Manross in Shell Rock.
He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1971. Roland worked for Henke Manufacturing from 1970 until 1972, when he went to work in the maintenance department at John Deere Waterloo Works. While at John Deere, Roland helped implement the in-house machine training program and served as committeeman and steward for the United Auto Workers. He retired from John Deere in 2002 but continued working at Hawkeye Community College as a CNC programming instructor until 2014. He was a golden glove boxer and coached and served as treasurer for Cedar Valley Boxing.
Survived by: his wife; a daughter, Darcy (Matt) Ballard of Blockton; a son, DJ Gaede of Shell Rock; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, John (Candy) Winter of Shell Rock and Roger (Julie) Winter of El Paso, Texas; a sister, Carol (Mike) Hamilton of Oelwein; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and a brother, Ralph.
Celebration honoring Roland’s life: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Boyd Building, with burial of cremains at 3 p.m. in Riverside Cemetery, both in Shell Rock. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Shell Rock is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to Shell Rock First Responders or the Shell Rock Library.
Condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Roland was multi-talented and had many different interests. He loved playing the stock market and was a certified scuba diver. He raised race horses and provided horses for the chuck wagon races. He also enjoyed bowling and was a competition pin shooter.
Service Notice: Richard "Dick" Carley
WATERLOO -- Richard "Dick" Carley, 86, of Fort Dodge, formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, Sept. 9, at Fort Dodge Villa Care Center; services 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge; visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Bruce Funeral Home, Fort Dodge, (515) 576-5117; condolences at www.brucesfuneralhome.com.
Arlyn R. Billerbeck (1934-2018)
REINBECK — Arlyn Ray Billerbeck, 84, of Reinbeck, died Monday, Sept. 10, at Parkview Manor in Reinbeck.
He was born Jan. 24, 1934, on a farm in Tama County, son of Alfred and Norma (Meggers) Billerbeck. He married JoAnn Schreck at the Union Congregational United Church of Christ Church in Reinbeck.
He graduated in 1952 from Reinbeck High School. During the Korean War, Arlyn served in the U.S. Army. Arlyn was a lifelong farmer and also sold farm-related products. In 2014, he attended an honor flight to the Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the U.C.C. Church in Reinbeck. His memberships also included the Circle R’s Square Dancing Club in which he was involved for more than 32 years, serving twice as state co-chairman and attended 30 conventions, 40 & 8 Club, Barn Quilt committee and was a former Grundy County Fair Superintendent.
Survived by: his children, Denise (David) Freeseman of Parkersburg, Kevin Billerbeck and Glenda Billerbeck, both of Reinbeck, Brent (Laura) Billerbeck of Yukon, Okla., and Craig (Mary) Billerbeck of Waterloo; his grandchildren, Melissa (Kyle) Henrichs, Jason (Pam) Freeseman, Ashley (Shane) Oltman, Cory Snyder, Ryan, Noah and Ben Billerbeck, Hope (Kevin) Miller, Samuel and Pete Billerbeck; his great-grandchildren, Colton, Abby Jo and Jack Henrichs, Matthew Freeseman and Aaron Oltman; and a brother, Gaylord “Gig” Billerbeck of Reinbeck.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; a daughter, Colleen; and a sister-in-law, Gladyce Billerbeck.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Reinbeck, with burial following the luncheon at Reinbeck Cemetery with graveside military rites conducted by the American Legion Post 242 of Reinbeck. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the church. French-Hand Funeral Home in Reinbeck is assisting the family.
Condolences may be left at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
Arlyn’s hobbies included square dancing, farming, watching football and baseball games. He especially enjoyed attending all of his children and grandchildren’s activities, including 4-H.
Douglas L. Brown
Douglas Lee Brown, 64, of St. Francis, MN, passed away on Sunday, Sept 2, 2018.
He resided in Waterloo IA, for many years.
Survived by his wife Nancy; children Jamey, Jeff, Phil, and Katie. Grandchildren; Ashlee, Alec, Jamison and Harris. Great-grandson Elden; mother Marilynn Peters; brothers Dave, Steve, and Kevin Brown.
Services to be held at Hagerman Baptist Church 1105 Knoll Ave, Waterloo IA, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at 11 AM.
Memorials will go to the family.
Rolf Brende (1941-2018)
JANESVILLE — The Rev. Dr. Rolf Victor Brende, 77, of Colorado, formerly of Janesville, died Monday, Sept. 10, in Greeley, Colo.
He was born Feb. 3, 1941, in Austin, Minn., son of G.I. and Beldora (Olson) Brende. He married Julie Gryting in 1963.
Rolf graduated from Luther College in 1963 and received a master of divinity in 1967 from Luther Seminary; over 20 years later, he earned his doctor of ministry. He served as a pastor in churches in Janesville; South Milwaukee, Wis.; and Decorah. He later served as director of pastoral care at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo and was director of pastoral care at North Colorado Medical Center. He helped build a night chaplaincy program with area pastors; wrote a book, “Gentle Heart Primer”; and was a frequent contributor to the Lifeline publication in Waterloo.
He sang in church choirs and the Greeley Chamber Choir.
Survived by: his wife; children, Heidi (Jonathan) Leathwood of Denver, Colo., Peter Brende of Falcon, Colo., and Lisa (Joseph) Martin of Brighton, Colo.; grandchildren, James Carter Young, Emma Young, Anthony Brende, Sadie Brende Nys, Cory Brende, Chloe Martin and Grace Martin; great-grandchildren, Eli Nys and Lilly Nys; two brothers, Joel Brende and Blaine Brende; extended family; and many friends.
Preceded in death by: his parents.
Life Celebration: 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Greeley.
Memorials: may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or the North Colorado Medical Center Foundation with the word “Chaplaincy” on the memo line. Checks can be sent in care of Adamson Life Celebration Home, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, CO 80634.
Condolences may be left at www.AdamsonCares.com.
Rolf was a devoted family man, involved closely along with his wife in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed hiking and camping trips and building magnificent treehouses and other projects around the home. Music was a part of his life until the end. He and Julie created beautiful butterfly gardens.