Obituaries in today's Courier
Robert Kuhrt (1925-2018)
TRIPOLI — Robert Henry Kuhrt, 93, of Tripoli, died Sunday, June 10, at Tripoli Nursing & Rehab.
He was born Jan. 12, 1925, in Tripoli, son of John and Mabel (Pries) Kuhrt. He married Irene Meier in 1949. The couple would later divorce. On May 28, 1977, he married Betty Destival Gaede at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli.
Bob graduated from Tripoli High School in 1942 and served in the U.S. Coast Guard from September 1943 to February 1946. He came back to Tripoli and opened a clothing and dry cleaning business with his brother. Later he sold his share to his brother and, in 1950, he opened an insurance agency and then earned his real estate brokers license. In 1990, he sold his insurance business but remained in real estate until his health no longer permitted.
Bob was a lifetime member of Grace Lutheran Church, where he served on church council and was president twice, was a member of Tripoli V.F.W., American Legion, Tripoli Community Club, Tripoli Nursing Home board of directors and president for 18 years, Bartels Nursing Home board of directors, school board secretary for 30 years, was an original board member of Maple Hills Country Club and original board member of Tripoli Public Library.
Survived by: his wife; a daughter, Teresa (Paul) Hunstiger of Eagle River, Alaska; stepchildren, Connie (Jerry) Lobeck of Denver, Michael (Dolores) Gaede of Grand Rapids, Minn., and Linda (Danny) Drewis of Denver; grandchildren, Moriah Hunstiger of Fairbanks, Alaska, Rebekah Hunstiger of Salt Lake City and Ethan Hunstiger of Eagle River, Alaska; 11 stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and four nephews, James, Jeffrey, Kent and Kevin (Cathy) Kuhrt.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a brother, Kenneth; and sister-in-law, Rose Kuhrt.
Services: 10:30 a.m. today, June 13, at Grace Lutheran Church, Tripoli, with burial in Grace Lutheran Cemetery, rural Tripoli, with military rites by Brandenburg-Krueger Post 4013 V.F.W. of Tripoli. Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli or Tripoli Nursing & Rehab.
Condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.
Bob enjoyed his annual fishing trip to Leech Lake in Minnesota, golfing, going to Chicago Cubs games and going to Las Vegas with friends. He also enjoyed going on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Bob thoroughly enjoyed time spent with his family and grandchildren.
Joy S. Adelmund (1945-2018)
WATERLOO — Joy S. Adelmund, 73, of Stronghurst, Ill., formerly of Waterloo, died at home Saturday, June 9.
She was born June 9, 1945, in Waldenburg, Ark., daughter of Frank and Chlora (Welch) Bolden. She married David Lewis Sr., and they were later divorced. She married Darrell Lee Adelmund on Feb. 21, 1979, in Waterloo. He died Oct. 31, 2011.
She attended school in Fisher and Weiner, Ark. Joy was a health aide with the Black Hawk County Health Department for 12 years until retiring in 1995. Joy was a past member of Cedar Terrace Church in Waterloo.
Survived by: a daughter, Chlora (Tim) Beiner of Stronghurst; a son, David (Diane) Lewis Jr. of Waterloo; stepchildren, Lisa (James Wagner) Poston of Effingham, Ill., Dean (Jill) Adelmund of Jackson, Mo., Don (Kristan) Adelmund of Lake Geneva, Wis., Dixie (Dave) Kroft of Estherville and Darla (Steve) Myers of Clear Lake; many grandchildren; two brothers, Alton (Maryline) Bolden of Harrisburg, Ark., and Gary (Faye) Bolden of Batesville, Ark.; and a sister, Bernie (Richard) Williams of Jonesboro, Ark.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; a great-granddaughter, Krystal Beiner; three sisters, Ocie Fortenberry, Vonnie Sawyer and Ozell Robinett; and a brother, Virgil Bolden Sr.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Memorials: may be directed to Henderson County Hospice, P.O. Box 220, 208 W. Elm, Gladston, IL 61437.
Condolences may be left at www.KearnsFuneralService.com.
Joy was a past member of the Waterloo Eagles Auxiliary where she attended many karaoke nights. She enjoyed gardening and making crafts.
Cleone Read (1918-2018)
WATERLOO — Cleone Marie “Shorty” Read, 99, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, June 12, at North Crest Specialty Care.
She was born Sept. 23, 1918, in Traer, daughter of Lyman and Mary (Martindale) Freet. On July 4, 1940, she married James Read. He preceded her in death in July 1980.
Cleone graduated from Cedar Falls High School. She worked for the majority of her life in the food service industry, was the cafeteria manager at Logan Junior High and retired after 27 years.
Survived by: a son, Allan (Questeen) Read of Waterloo; two grandsons, Dale (Mary) Read and Styles Read, both of Waterloo; two great-grandsons, Keagan and Liam Read; and a special friend, Barbara Draper.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; a sister, Aletha Norman; a son, T.J. Read; and nieces, nephews, and other family members.
Services: 10 a.m. Friday, June 15, at Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel, with burial in Waterloo Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, an Overton Family Service, Waterloo.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.overtonservice.com.
Cleone was an extremely loving mother. She loved to ride her bike and even went on a trip to Holland to explore the country on a bicycle. She also loved birds and reading.
Eldon N. Geber (1922-2018)
WATERLOO — Eldon Nicholas Geber, 96, of Bayport, Minn., formerly of Waterloo, died Saturday, June 9, at Croixdale Retirement Community, Bayport.
He was born May 26, 1922, on the family farm near Zwingle, in Dubuque County, son of Charles and Mary Even Geber. He married Lucille Catherine Reuter on Sept. 9, 1950, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Waterloo, and she preceded him in death Dec. 17, 2011.
He graduated in 1940 from St. John’s Catholic High School in Independence. He was a veteran of World War II as a sergeant with the U.S. Army 1226th Service Unit from 1944-1946. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church since 1951.
Survivors include: three sons, Steven (Mary) of Atascadero, Calif., Gordon (Emma) of Chatsworth, Calif., and Craig (Mary Anne) of Torrance, Calif.; a daughter, Beverly Petrie of Stillwater, Minn.; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Raphael (Gabe) of St. Paul, Minn.
Preceded in death by: his parents; two brothers; a sister in infancy; and a son-in-law, Dr. Jack Petrie.
Services: 10 a.m. Friday, June 15, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Full military rites will be conducted by the Waterloo AMVETS Post 19 and Evansdale AMVETS Post 31, assisted by the Iowa Army Honor Guard. Visitation one hour prior to services Friday at the church. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church or Cedar Valley Catholic Schools.
Condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Eldon was a longtime sports enthusiast, particularly baseball, and followed the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs. He was also was an accomplished bowler with a 300 game to his credit.
Wesley A. Jones (1947-2018)
CEDAR FALLS — Wesley A. Jones, 70, of Cedar Falls, died Saturday, June 9, at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
He was born Dec. 22, 1947, in Boone, son of Earl J. and Irene L. Hartman Jones.
Wesley graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1966, graduated from Hawkeye Technical Institute with an associate’s degree in electronic engineering technology and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Upper Iowa University. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968-71. Wesley began his working career as an electrician at Chamberlain Manufacturing and later joined John Deere & Co., where he worked as an electrician, a maintenance supervisor and retired as manager of procurement services.
Wesley was a life member of AMVETS Post 19, a member of the American Legion and had been elected to the Waterloo Optimist Hall of Fame.
Survived by: a son, Matthew (Christine) Porter of Janesville; his four “fur kids,” Bandit, Sky, Milo and Tennille; six grandchildren, Alex, Aubreigh, Kyler, Blake, Blayne and Keilee; his mother of Evansdale; and three siblings, Grace (Gary) Heit of Elk Run Heights, Leslie (Rosemary) Jones of Arvada, Colo., and Kathy (Troy) VanHorn of Mason City.
Preceded in death by: his father.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at First United Methodist Church, Cedar Falls, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo. Full military honors will be accorded by Evansdale AMVETS Post 31, Waterloo AMVETS Post 19 and the U.S. Navy Honors Detail. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel in Waterloo and an hour before services Saturday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the Humane Society of North Iowa, 2700 S. Birch Drive, Mason City 50401.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com.
Wesley treasured time spent following his grandchildren’s sports activities and sharing dinner each Sunday with his mother at her home. He volunteered as a foster home for Border Collie Rescue of Minnesota and also enjoyed working on antique clocks, woodworking, bowling and fishing.
Karla K. Kelley (1942-2018)
FREDERICKSBURG — Karla Kaye Kelley, 75, of Fredericksburg, died Thursday, May 17, at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton.
She was born Aug. 26, 1942, in New Hampton, daughter of Milton and Dorothy (Slick) Grummitt. On Feb. 24, 1972, she married William Kelley at the Brethren Church in rural Fredericksburg. Shortly after, William adopted her two children, Trudy and Todd.
Karla graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1960. She began working at Little Butch’s restaurant in New Hampton where she worked as a waitress. She then took a position with A&P in New Hampton, followed by employment with Ott & Forsman and Bodensteiner Oil. Karla then started working at Oster Communications in Cedar Falls, staying with the company for 28 years. She then began working as a secretary at the United Methodist Church in New Hampton.
Survived by: her husband; a daughter, Trudy (Everett Suhr) Fritcher of New Hampton; a son, Todd (Lacey) Kelley of Fredericksburg; five grandchildren, Trish (Randy Bartie) Sassmann, Katie (Brent) Olsen, Jacob Fritcher, Isac Kelley and Maeli Kelley; 11 great-grandchildren, Avery, Isabelle, Lillian, Josephine, Angelina, Aaron, Bradley, Ryan, Anna, Libbi and Elise; three sisters, Sharon (David) Isenhower of New Hampton, Randa (Randy) Harrison of Maynard and Brenda (David) Speicher of Fredericksburg; and a sister-in-law, Janice Grummitt of Allison.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her stepfather, Martin Griesert; a brother, Lurton Grummitt; and a niece, Corinne Martin.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Hillcrest Baptist and Brethren Church in Fredericksburg. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday before services. Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.
Teaching Bible school and Sunday school was something Karla really loved. She had a passion for gardening, sewing, quilting, and cooking for her family. She also loved helping raise her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.