Obituaries and service notices in today's Courier.
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.
Hattie H. Schmitz (1927-2018)
GILBERTVILLE — Hattie H. Schmitz, 91, of Gilbertville, died Monday, Sept. 10, at Thalman Square of the Western Home Communities.
She was born Jan. 22, 1927, in Protivin, daughter of Joseph and Mary Stika Hruska. She married Harold Schmitz on June 3, 1950, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Cresco. He died Dec. 17, 1999.
Hattie and her husband owned and operated Schmitz Trustworthy Hardware Store in Gilbertville for 28 years, retiring in 1989.
Survivors include: three sons, Randy (Cindy) Schmitz of Evansdale, Howard (Debbie) Schmitz of Janesville, and Tim Schmitz of Waterloo; three daughters, Janan (Randy) Weber of Raymond, Lori (Gary) Skillings of Vergas, Minn., and Paula (Ron) Firth of Moline, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren and one on the way.
Preceded in death by: a sister, Helen (Ray) Rowley; a brother, Edward (Rita) Hruska; a sister, Mary Ann in infancy.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, both in Gilbertville. Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, Waterloo, 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: may be directed to the church or the Bosco System.
Condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Hattie enjoyed traveling with her husband to their ancestral roots and National Parks. She enjoyed bowling, bicycling on the nature trails and initiated the greeting card recycling group at IC parish. She also enjoyed the many family gatherings.
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.
Gene A. Hultman (1929-2018)
HUDSON — Gene Alford Hultman, 89, of Hudson, died Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital.
He was born Jan. 11, 1929, in Albia, son of parents Paul and Laura (Cox) Hultman. He married Anna Jean Glasener on Dec. 20, 1947.
Gene graduated from East High in Waterloo in 1947 and served in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He worked for John Deere as a mechanic before leaving to farm west of Hudson alongside Ann. Gene farmed for many years before retiring in 1990 and eventually moved off the farm into Hudson.
Survived by: his wife; children Rebecca (Warren) Schildroth of Reinbeck, Debbie (Mark) Gordon of Council Bluffs, Cynthia (Dean) Fondahn of Weldon Springs, Mich., and Scott Hultman of Hudson; grandchildren Malissa Martin, Rhett Schildroth, Jennifer Mytty, Molly Gordon, Paul Fondahn and Emily Fondahn-Rowe; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Evan Hultman of Waterloo; and a sister, Joyce Jensen of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and a daughter, Sara Dawn.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Community Church of Hudson, with burial at 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Township Cemetery west of Voorhies. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. French-Hand Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to a charity of donor’s choice.
Condolences may be made at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
Gene was a woodworker and stock car racing enthusiast. He enjoyed playing cards and cribbage. Gene enjoyed traveling with Ann, and they wintered in Florida for many years. His best time was spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was known to visit with anyone who would hold a conversation with him.
Eugene M. Schmit (1922-2018)
GILBERTVILLE — Eugene Martin Schmit, 96, of Rosewood Estates in Waterloo, formerly of Gilbertville, died at home Saturday, Sept. 8.
He was born Jan. 15, 1922, at home on the family farm in Fox Township of Black Hawk County, near Jesup, son of Valentine Schmit and Matilda (Mangrich) Schmit. On Nov. 12, 1960, he married Beverly Mae Takin in Waterloo. She preceded him in death.
Eugene attended Fox Township school and then Immaculate Conception School in Gilbertville. He then began farming with his father at a young age and later purchased the farm in 1969. He retired from farming in 1987.
He was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and a member of Catholic Order of Foresters and the Knights of Columbus.
Survived by: two daughters, Angela McClain of Ames and Carla (Curt) Chorpening of Rowley; two sons, Dana (Becky) Schmit of Jesup and Thomas Schmit of Denver; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Schmit of Elk Run Heights; 11 grandchildren, Brian (Sue) McClain, Sean McClean, Derek Schmit, Cole Schmit, Kayla (Jesse) Hahn, Tucker Chorpening, Mitchell (Jill) Schmit, Austin Schmit, Olivia Schmit, Tyler Schmit and Alexis Schmit; a sister, Laurene Weiers of Phoenix; and two sisters-in-law, Marcella Schmit of Gilbertville and Mary Lou Schmit of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; two sons, Charles Ray Schmit and Patrick Michael Schmit; a grandson, Dillon Charles Schmit; a son-in-law, Mike McClain; five sisters, Martina Schmit in infancy, Marcella Sadler, Irma Kresser, Viola Frost and Agatha Thome; and five brothers, Lawrence, Arnold, Irvin, Edwin and Cletus Schmit.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Gilbertville, with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the White Funeral Home, Jesup, with a 4 p.m. Catholic Order of Foresters rosary. Visitation will continue for an hour before services Thursday at the church.
Memorials: will be directed to Catholic Charities Adoption Service in Waterloo, Cedar Valley Hospice and to the Bosco System.
Condolences may be posted at www.White-MtHope.com.
He enjoyed the outdoors, Cubs baseball and bowling, but his church and family were most important. Time spent with his children and grandchildren held a special place in his heart.
Casey R. Nichols (2014-2018)
WATERLOO — Casey Nichols, 4, of Waterloo, died Sunday, Sept. 9, at Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo.
He was born March 12, 2014, in Waterloo, son of Colton Nichols and Kelsey Rindels.
Survived by: his parents of Waterloo; maternal grandmother, Tonja (Jay) Thomas of Waterloo; maternal grandfather, Douglas (Crystal) Rindels of Waterloo; paternal grandparents, LeAnn (Chris) Even of Jesup, Dave (Morgan Thiesen) Nichols of Waterloo, and Anize Mamodaly of Buckingham; great-grandparents, Patricia and Jerome Nagle of Raymond, Marlin Nichols of Waterloo, Jim and Linda Baruth of Grundy Center, Gene and Paula Even of Gilbertville and Leslie Rindels of Waterloo; two aunts, Kyleigh Nichols of Des Moines and Kierston Nichols of Waterloo; and an uncle, Gage Riggle of Washington, D.C.
Preceded in death by: two great-grandmothers, Dianne Nichols and Delores Ahlhelm (Baruth).
Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Locke Funeral Home. Visitation will be for an hour before services at the funeral home.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
Condolences may be left at www.LockeFuneralHome.com.
Casey loved Dr. Seuss books, especially Sneetches and The Grinch. He also enjoyed going to the pumpkin patch. He loved and will be greatly missed by his two dogs, Lucy and Benny. Casey and his family loved and appreciated all of the nurses who helped care for him.
Sharon Fitz (1960-2018)
WATERLOO — Sharon Marie Fitz, 58, of Waterloo, died Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home of cancer.
She was born July 10, 1960, in St. Louis, daughter of Ronald E. Landmann and Brenda Jean Hucks Landmann.
Sharon had attended Our Lady of Sorrows School. She was a member of Bethany Bible Chapel.
Survived by: a daughter, Jennifer Schirm of St. Louis; a son, Lewis Schirm of Waterloo; her father, Ronald E. Landmann of St. Louis; her grandchildren, Kayde Alan Escobedo, Haylei Jo Escobedo and Aleah Jo Schirm; and three sisters, Cynthia (Mike) Kaspar of St. Louis, Karen (Ray) Glenn of Panama City, Fla., and Christine Yokel of Tampa, Fla.
Preceded in death by: her mother, Brenda Jean Biondo.
Services: 2 p.m. today, Sept. 11, at Bethany Bible Chapel.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to Jennifer and Lewis Schirm or to Cedar Valley Hospice Home.
Sharon liked fishing, crafting, sewing, gardening, church activities and spending time with her grandchildren.
Keith L. Epp (1957-2018)
OELWEIN — Keith L. Epp, 61, of Clive, formerly of Oelwein, died Friday, Sept. 7, at Mercy Medical Center.
He was born July 20, 1957, in Henderson, Neb., son of Wendell and Marie (Huebert) Epp.
Keith graduated from Oelwein High School and Iowa State University.
Survived by: his wife, Debra (Svoboda); and his daughter, Grace, both of Clive; and his sister, Lori (Martin) Rich and aunt Dorotha Sundquist, both of Jesup.
Preceded in death by: his parents; two sisters, Mary Jane Epp and Imogene Morcombe; and father-in-law Joseph Svoboda.
Services: 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Des Moines, with burial at 2 p.m. at St. Wenceslaus Church Cemetery, rural Clutier. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Iles Westover Chapel. A prayer service will follow.
Condolences may be left at www.IlesCares.com.
Keith loved to cook and watch ISU football and basketball games with friends and watch his daughter’s sport activities.
Service Notice: Alicia Caley
CEDAR FALLS -- Alicia Caley, 85, of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Western Home Communities Deery Suites in Cedar Falls; services 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at First United Methodist Church, with burial at Fairview Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls; visitation for an hour before the service at the church; in lieu of flowers memorials directed to the Cedar Falls Public Library or Cedar Valley Hospice. Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, 266-7525, is assisting the family.
Wayne E. Herzog (1930-2018)
CEDAR FALLS — Wayne E. Herzog, 88, of Cedar Falls, died at home Monday, Sept. 10.
He was born Feb. 12, 1930, in Eldora, son of Fred W. and Anna W. Roll Herzog. He married Darlene Grapp on Jan. 6, 1950, in Grundy Center.
Wayne graduated from Grundy Center High School and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was employed in Quality Control at Viking Pump for 32 years, retiring in 1992.
Survived by: his wife; a daughter, Rebecca (Bill) Van Beylen of Leonard, Mich.; two sons, Brian Herzog of Cedar Falls and Bradley Herzog of Denver, Colo.; four grandchildren, Anna Ford, Abby Johnston, Chad Herzog and Jordan Worthington; nine great-grandchildren, Chy Gorney, Cade and Thea Johnston, Giana, Glen Jr., Gucci and Gun-Po Ford, and Kymora and Leila Jones; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: a daughter, Rhonda Lynne Herzog; five brothers, Paul, Elmer, Herb, Irvan and Fred Herzog; and two sisters, Nori Russell and Gladys Meinert.
Services: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Trinity Bible Church in Cedar Falls, with inurnment in the Fairview Cemetery at a later date. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Richardson Funeral Service in Cedar Falls and also for an hour before services at the church, with military honors by Cedar Falls AMVETS Post No. 49.
Condolences may be left at: www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Memorials: may be directed to UnityPoint Hospice.