Obituaries and service notices in the Courier.
Robert L. Pratt (1928-2019)
WATERLOO — Robert Lee Pratt, 90, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Cedar Valley Hospice.
He was born Aug. 31, 1928, in Lime Spring, son of Robert E. and Nonia F. (Morris) Pratt. He married Marilyn Reese at the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Aug. 20, 1950.
He graduated from Lime Spring High School in 1946 and moved to Waterloo in 1947. After marriage, Robert joined the military and served in the Korean War. He retired in November 1984 after working 36 years as a supervisor at Rath Packing Co. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and United States Golf Association.
Survived by: his wife; a son, Robert Pratt Jr.; a granddaughter, Lindsey Pratt; and a great-grandson, Gunner Pratt.
Preceded in death by: his parents.
Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, with military rites at 4 p.m.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.parrottandwood.com.
Robert enjoyed fly fishing for trout and golfing.
Laurence M. “Larry” Johnson (1927-2019)
WATERLOO — Laurence “Larry” M. Johnson, 91, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Lakeview Landing, Waterloo, of natural causes.
He was born July 26, 1927, in Frederika, son of John and Clara (Pike) Johnson. On Nov. 3, 1947, he married Norma West in Republic. On Oct. 19, 2002, he married Merna Keniston in Nashua.
He graduated from Frederika High School in 1945 and served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947. Laurence started working at Johnson Farm Dairy delivering milk. He then worked as a supervisor at Carnation in Waverly until his retirement. Laurence was an active member of Grace Reformed Church in Waterloo. He volunteered with Boy Scouts, the Waverly museum and the Alzheimer’s Board.
Survivors include: two daughters, Sandra Steffeney-Stark of Seattle and Marilyn (Steve) Grice of Spirit Lake; two sons, Rod (Jane) Johnson of Knob Noster, Mo., and Jeff (Julie) Johnson of Rochester, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Chad (Leah) Nordman of Cedar Falls, Anna Steffeney (Mike Brandimarte) of Seattle, Brian (Ann) Grice of Maple Grove, Minn., Sara (Richard) Halse of Lenexa, Kan., Shannon (Max) Okounghae and Ian (Diana) Johnson, both of Kansas City, Mo., and Ben Johnson of Rochester; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife, Norma; his wife, Merna; two brothers, Veryl and Everett Johnson; a sister, Patricia Zubak; and two sons-in-law, Dennis Steffeney and Frank Stark.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Grace Reformed Church, where full military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 138, VFW Post 1623 and the Iowa Army Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway and at the church for an hour before services Saturday.
Memorials: may be directed to the church or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Laurence enjoyed fishing and his trips to northern Minnesota with lifelong fishing buddies. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed gardening and many wonderful weekends with the “camping group.”
Vera L. Merry (1927-2019)
WATERLOO — Vera L. Merry, 91, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Friendship Village Pavillion.
She was born Aug. 27, 1927, in Detroit, daughter of James and Caroline Richie Cochran. She married Clifford Merry on June 20, 1947, in Kansas City, Kan. He died Aug. 12, 1993.
She graduated from Dubuque High School. Vera was a dental hygienist, worked at Hawkeye Foods, owned and operated Airline Café, and was a hostess at Kwik Star in Waterloo. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Cedar Falls and attended Friendship Village Chapel.
Survived by: four children, Cathy (Louis) Hoffert of Cresco, David (Kathy) Merry of Waterloo, Becky (Roger) Gage of Lawler and Jeff (Lisa) Merry of Plymouth, Minn.; two brothers, Jerry Cochran of California and Donald (Jeanne) Cochran of Cedar Falls; a brother-in-law, Ray Payette of New Hampshire; a sister-in-law, Judy Cochran of Harlan; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: her husband; a son, James Merry; and nine siblings, Bruce, Eugene, Kenneth, Marilyn, Richard, Junior, Helen, Bob and Virginia.
Services: noon Saturday, Feb. 16, at Kearns Funeral Service, preceded by an hour of visitation.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences can be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
Vera loved to garden, read, play bingo and watch “Wheel of Fortune.” She also loved spending time with her family, sharing music with the children.
Roger L. Batchelder (1938-2019)
LA PORTE CITY — Roger L. Batchelder, 80, of La Porte City, died at home Tuesday, Feb. 12, of kidney failure.
He was born May 8, 1938, in Waterloo, son of Ted and Anna Mae Beasley Batchelder. He married Patty Allison on Sept. 23, 1961, at Central Christian Church in Waterloo.
Roger was a 1958 graduate of Waterloo East High School. He was a Waterloo firefighter and equipment operator for 25 years, retiring in 1993. He was a cannoneer for Civil War re-enactments and 3rd degree black belt in karate.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1967.
Survived by: his wife; two daughters, Carolyn (Larry) Formanek of Ankeny and Penny Clark of La Porte City; two sons, Jim (Jackie) Batchelder of La Porte City and Matt (Lynn) Batchelder of Walford; 10 grandchildren; and two brothers, Richard (Julie) Batchelder of Cedar Falls and Gary (Deb) Batchelder of Florida.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a son, Mark Batchelder, in infancy; and a daughter, Joanna Batchelder.
Memorial services: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Orange Township Cemetery. La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St., La Porte City 50651.
Condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
Darlene M. Boose Robinson (1929-2019)
WATERLOO — Darlene Mae Boose Robinson, 90, of Kountze, Texas, formerly of Waterloo, died Saturday, Feb. 9.
She was born Feb. 4, 1929, in Waterloo, daughter of Hazel Irene Smith and Ernest F. Griefnow.
Darlene was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagle 764 in Waterloo, Vidor Chapter 914, Kountze-Sour Lake 724 and Beaumont 71 Order Eastern Star.
Survived by: a daughter, Susan (Jack) Huebner of Lumberton; two sons, Curtis (Susan) Tomkins of Waterloo and John (Val) Tomkins of Iron River, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Gordon A. Robinson; a daughter, Judith Mullen; two brothers, Kenneth and Robert Griefnow; and a great-granddaughter.
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Broussard’s, 530 W. Monroe, Kountze, preceded by a gathering of family and friends beginning at 10 a.m. A private family burial was held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont. There will also be a memorial service in Waterloo at a later date.
Condolences may be left at broussards1889.com.
Andrew Schaefer (1986-2019)
WATERLOO — Andrew J. Schaefer, 32, of Haven, Kan., formerly of Waterloo, died Feb. 2 of natural causes.
He was born May 28, 1986, in Waterloo, son of David J. and Teresa J. (Moeller) Schaefer.
Andrew graduated from Columbus High School in 2004. He earned his bachelor’s degree in animal ecology from Iowa State University in 2009 and his master’s in fisheries and aquatic sciences from the University of Florida in 2016. He worked as a fisheries biologist for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, Cheney District.
Survived by: his parents of Waterloo; a brother, Matt (Alli) Schaefer of Springfield‚ Mo.; two sisters, Sara (Colin) Krantz of Cedar Falls and Megan (Joe) Rubendall of Hudson; and six nieces and nephews, Lauren and Nora Schaefer, Jacob, Jenna and Carter Krantz and Jackson Rubendall.
Preceded in death by: his paternal grandparents, Peter and Rosetta Schaefer; and maternal grandparents, Leslie and Loretta Moeller.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Edward Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, with a 7 p.m. vigil service at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo. Visitation also for an hour before services Saturday at the church.
Memorial in Andrew’s honor: has been set up with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism for the benefit of fisheries in the Cheney District. Checks may be payable to Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, with “Andrew Schaefer Memorial” in the memo line. Address — Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, KS 67124.
Condolences may be left at www.lockefuneralhome.com.
Andrew had a genuine kindness to his laid-back personality. He was a passionate outdoorsman with a wisdom about nature that extended way beyond his professional degrees. Fishing, hunting and spending time with his family are some things he enjoyed most.
Keith Alan Menken of Panora, formerly of Cedar Falls
Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 15, at Iles-Westover Chapel in Des Moines. Graveside services will be held 2:30 p.m. Friday at Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.
Keith was born August 6, 1930, in Greene, IA, to Otto and Esther (Crosby) Menken. He married Jean Byers on September 3, 1950, in Greene. They made their home in Cedar Falls where they raised their three daughters.
Keith worked as a Customer Service Engineer for IBM for over 25 years, retiring in 1992. He collected G-Scale trains, loved woodworking and was an avid sportsman.
Keith is survived by his three daughters, Linda Kinkade of Iowa City, IA, Kim (Jeffrey) Leer of Fairbank, IA, and Sandy (Bob) Train of Nicholasville, KY; five grandchildren, Kyle Kinkade of Clive, IA, Sam (Jessica) Train of Poughkeepsie, NY, Kara (Marcus) Seaton of Iowa City, IA, Shannon (Jennifer) Train of Louisville, KY, and Sara (Sean) Raymond of Lexington, KY; and six great-grandchildren, Kalea, Grayson, Maya, and Alana Seaton, and Zoe and Ziggy Train; He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Jean Menken.
The family will receive friends from 5—7 p.m. Thursday at Iles-Westover Chapel. Contributions may be made to EveryStep Hospice. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.
Kasey A. Hines (1996-2019)
WATERLOO — Kasey A. Hines, 22, of Center Point, died Monday, Feb. 11, at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Iowa City.
She was born Sept. 4, 1996, in Cedar Rapids.
Kasey was a 2015 graduate of Center Point-Urbana Community Schools.
Survived by: her father, Todd Hines, and special friend Jane Oglesby, of Center Point; her mother, Michelle Hines of Arizona; siblings, Mitchell (Megan) Hines and their children, Kaelyn, Harper, Beckett, Liam and Micah, all of Georgia; Justin Hines of Arizona; Kirstyn Hines (Spencer Osborn) of Kansas City; grandparents, James and Patricia Hines of Waterloo and Rod and Monica Zabel of Arizona; an aunt, Dawn Hines and her daughter Hailey Hines of Hudson; an uncle, Aaron Zabel of Arizona; and an aunt, Alicia Zabel and her daughter, Ashlyn Wilson.
Services: 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Center Point United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the church. Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Center Point, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to Give Kids the World Village, 210 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746.
Condolences may be shared at www.murdochfuneralhome.com.
Kasey loved Winnie the Pooh and traveling. She had an infectious laugh and beautiful smile. Kasey touched many lives and her memories will be cherished forever. She had an amazing support system throughout her life, including her family, school, community, doctors and nurses.
James "Jim" Oltmann
James “Jim” Oltmann, 63, of Grimes, IA passed away in an automobile accident due to a cardiac event on Sunday, February 10, 2019 near Grimes.
He was born on April 5, 1955, to James R. and Barbara (Williams) Oltmann. Jim graduated from Allison-Bristow High School. Jim was united in marriage on May 2, 1980 to Diane Kellner. To this union, two children were born, James “Jimmy” and Jamie.
Jim’s career began at the Kesley locker. His dream came true when he bought the Shell Rock Locker and Poultry. In 1987, the family was transferred to the Des Moines metro area and have lived in Grimes since. In 2011, He began working at 3M in Ames until his passing.
The family had a lake home on Sun Valley Lake where he spent many days enjoying life. Jim loved to fish, hunt and spend time outside with Jimmy and watching TV and movies with Jamie. His family was his pride and joy including his dogs. His only grandchild, Brinley was born in 2012. He loved being a grandpa.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Diane of Grimes; son Jimmy (Kate Flater-fiancée) of Ankeny; daughter Dr. Jamie of Waterloo; father, James R.; brothers Joel (Deb), Jon (Diane) and Sister Mary (Mike) Hall all of Allison; brother-in-laws Charles, Leroy and sister-in-law Cindy (Mason Larson) Kellner and many nieces and nephews and the family’s four legged companions.
He was preceded in death by mother Barbra, father and mother-in-law John and Lorraine Kellner and brother-in-law Craig Kellner.
Visitation will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church of Grimes, Grimes, IA from 4 pm-7 pm. Service will be at 2 pm at the Trinity Reformed Church in Allison, IA with a visitation from 12 pm-2 pm. Burial at the Allison Cemetery will be immediately following the service.
Marian Luchtenburg (1928-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Marian Faye Luchtenburg, 90, of Kennybrook Village in Grimes, formerly of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, Feb. 10, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
She was born Sept. 28, 1928, in Holland, Iowa, daughter of Richard and Dena (Sealman) Kiewiet. She married Frank John Luchtenburg on Aug. 12, 1948, at Colfax Presbyterian Church in Holland. He preceded her in death Nov. 19, 2015.
Marian graduated from Grundy Center High School and taught at a one-room school house. She also worked at John Deere and was an Avon consultant. Marian also loved flowers and sold floral arrangements at the Farmers Market.
She was a charter member of Orchard Hill Reformed Church in Cedar Falls.
Survived by: her son, Mark (Cindy) Luchtenburg of Cedar Falls; her three daughters, Carol Weaver of West Des Moines, Kim (Kerry) Shackelford of Grimes and Lisa (Peter) Mueller of Ankeny; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: her parents and husband; a brother, Don Kiewiet, and two sisters, Wilma Wolthoff and Joyce Robertson.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Orchard Hill Church, with burial at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, both in Cedar Falls. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home and for an hour before the service at the church.
Memorial fund: will be established.
Condolences may be left at www.DahlFuneralHome.com.
Marian loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She cherished holidays with her family.
Geraldine (Geri) Koch
Waterloo — Geraldine (Geri) Koch, 98, died on February 8, 2019, at Manor Care Nursing Home.
She was born in Waterloo to parents Lee and Helen Goodenbour on June 8, 1920.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stan, three brothers and two sisters.
Geri is survived by her son, David Koch, and her daughter Ginny (Tom) Thorson, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to Parrott & Wood Chapel, 965 Home Plaza, Waterloo, 50701, or (319) 232-3235.
The Honorable Leonard D. Lybbert
The Honorable Leonard D. Lybbert, 90, of Waterloo, a retired Judge of the First Judicial District of Iowa, passed away on February 10, 2019.
Judge Lybbert was born April 26, 1928, in Cresco, son of Edward and Genevieve Bacon Lybbert.
He graduated from Cresco High School in 1945. Judge Lybbert and Jean Mick were married June 26, 1951 in Pocahontas, Iowa. They both graduated from the University of Iowa with B.A. degrees and Judge Lybbert followed up with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1951. He started private practice with Elwood, Lyons and Elwood in Cresco. After one year Judge Lybbert served for five years as a staff officer with the Air Force Judge Advocate Staff. The first half of his service involved serving in trial and defense capacity before general courts martial at Clark Air Base, the Phillipines. The second half of his service was a judge advocate and law officer of general courts martial at several bases but much of the time at Whiteman Air Base, Sedalia, Missouri, a Strategic Air Command jet center.
After leaving the Air Force Judge Lybbert and his wife settled in Waterloo, Iowa and were proud parents of two sons, John and Chris, both of whom have passed away. Judge Lybbert joined the law firm of Kildee, Keith and Gallagher in 1956 and became a partner in 1960. The firm later became Gallagher, Lybbert, Martin & Burk. Over the next several years Judge Lybbert was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court (1956), acquired a commercial pilots’ license (1965), served as an assistant city attorney and regular city attorney (1966-1974), was an officer and member of the Waterloo Sertoma Club, and supporter and participant (1989) in National Cancer Survivors Day activities.
He was widely respected and received (great sense of humor) as a judge. Three complicated and high-profile cases bear his mark. Judge Lybbert denied a Motion for New Trial for Jerry Mark, convicted of killing his brother and his brother’s family in 1975.The Lawrence Hartman case involving the murder of Hartman’s spouse was one of the first televised trials in Black Hawk County and was a subject in a September 1982 edition of the New Yorker as well as in a book entitled “Ten Famous Trials.” Judge Lybbert also presided over a bench trial of Lori Jean Malloy whom he found guilty of first-degree murder of her four-year old. Judge Lybbert’s ruling advised social services of the need to make “periodic visual observations” by other adults when an abused child is returned home. In retirement he enjoyed golfing, hunting, telling stories and serving as a Senior Judge.
Survivors include: his wife, Jean; a brother, Gene Lybbert of Cedar Falls; many nieces and nephews, special friends, Jeff and Debbie Foulk of Waterloo and families, Scott (Laura) Foulk of Burnsville, Minnesota and Sara (D.J.) Loerzel and Hank Loerzel of Littleton, Colorado.
Preceded in death by: two sons, John and Christopher Lybbert; three brothers, Elton, Edward and Donald Lybbert; and three sisters, Marian Wright, Josephine Tyrell and Helen Seargent.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at First United Methodist Church. Private family inurnment will precede the service, where full military rites will be conducted by Evansdale Amvets Post 31, Waterloo Amvets Post 19 and the U. S. Air Force Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway.
Memorials may be directed to Waterloo First United Methodist Church or Cedar Valley Hospice.
Condolences may be left with www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Leilani S. “Lani” Brandeland (1951-2019)
WATERLOO — Leilani Sue “Lani” Brandeland, 67, of Waterloo, died Friday, Feb. 8, at MercyOne Waterloo (Covenant) Medical Center.
She was born July 5, 1951, in Kankakee, Ill., daughter of Howard and Ardella (Kempf) Brandeland. She married Robert Chamberlain; he died Feb. 2, 2017.
She graduated from high school in Burlington. She continued her education at Southeastern Community College to study art. Lani and her husband, Robert, owned and operated an antique store in Waterloo. She was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Burlington.
Survived by: a sister, Lily (Jon) Sereda of Burlington; a nephew, Jonathan (Elise) Sereda of Schaumburg, Ill.; a niece, Liz (Juston) Hauck of Fort Madison; and several other extended family members.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; and a brother, Howard Alverne Brandeland Jr.
Family directed celebration of life services: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Waterloo Eagles Club, 202 E. First S., Waterloo. Burial will be in Iowa Veterans Cemetery at a later date. Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel assisted the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
Lani was an artist and had a great talent for drawing and painting.
Carl E. Schneider (1924-2019)
FAIRBANK — Carl Edward Schneider, 94, of Fairbank, formerly of La Porte City and most recently of Jesup, died Jan. 28 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home, Waterloo, of congestive heart failure.
He was born March 31, 1924, in rural Warren County, near Milo, to Harry and Isabel (Dittmer) Schneider. On Sept. 13, 1948, he married Dolores (Lori) Mangrich at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Gilbertville. She died Aug. 23, 2015.
He attended school at Rosemount and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. After the war Carl moved to the Gilbertville-Jesup area to work for a local farmer. Carl then farmed near La Porte City for many years prior to moving to rural Fairbank in 1971. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Fairbank American Legion Fortsch-Duffy Post 552 both in Fairbank.
Survived by: two daughters, Linda (Norm) Delagardelle of Jesup and Joyce (Gary) Weber of Raymond; two sons, Bob (Jackie) Schneider of Fairbank and Jim (Jody) Schneider of Readlyn; 17 grandchildren, Shelly MacConnell, Tina McGill, Robin Travis, Sheila Seelhammer, Gwen Kuper, Eric Weber, Wendy Daiker, Luke Weber, Brook Kaufman, Lee Schneider, Kirk Schneider, Christie Zwanziger, Katie Schneider and Jason, Jenna, Justin and Jacee Schneider; 25 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; two sisters-in-law, Marlene Mangrich and Pat Mangrich; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his wife; his parents; a brother, Wilfred (Augie) Schneider; two sisters, Lucille (Albert) Greubel and Lenore (Bernard) Graham; his in-laws, Ken Mangrich, Irv (Lorretta) Mangrich, Don (Agnes) Mangrich, Kathleen (Fritz) Weber, Lavern Mangrich, Roman (Toni) Mangrich and Jerry Mangrich.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbank, with burial in the church cemetery, with military rites by Fairbank American Legion Fortsch-Duffy Post 552. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Woods Funeral Home, with a 5:15 p.m. Scripture service.
Memorials: may be directed to the church, Fairbank American Legion or Winding Creek Assisted Living.
Condolences may be left at www.woodsfuneralhome.net.
Irma B. Duncan (1923-2019)
CEDAR FALLS – Irma Belle Duncan, 96, of Cedar Falls, died Thursday, Feb. 7, at Good Samaritan Society-Forest City.
She was born Feb. 3, 1923, in Dundee, daughter of Charles and Marie (Dillon) Otterbeck. She married Albert Duncan Jr. on March 6, 1943, in Bethany, Mo. He preceded her in death on Nov. 11, 1995.
She graduated from Volga High School, was a homemaker, and worked in retail sales at Slumberland in Cedar Falls. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church for 65 years.
Survived by: three children, Nancy (Jack) Anderson of New Hampton, Michael (Tina) Duncan of Cedar Falls and Debi (Kim) Smith of Polk City; three grandchildren, Michelle (Kevin) Bunger of Forest City, Jason (Karissa) Miller of Bradenton, Fla., and Sean Smith of Des Moines; four great-grandchildren, Kailey (Logan) DeVries of Urbandale, Nicholas Bunger of West Des Moines and Hannah and Zoey Miller of Bradenton; a great-great-grandson, Elliott DeVries; a brother, Charles (Becky) Otterbeck of Bonita Springs, Fla.; a stepgranddaughter, Natalie Howe of Kansas City, Mo.; and three stepgreat-granddaughters, Tabitha, Zoey and Mia Ruff, all of Kansas City, Mo.
Preceded in death by: three sisters, Gertrude McMillan, Genevieve Weber and Irene Fliehler; and a grandson, George Michael Duncan, in infancy.
Services: 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Richardson Funeral Service, Cedar Falls, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Waterloo. Visitation will be for one hour before services at the funeral home.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Sidney Thede (1947-2019)
WATERLOO — Sidney R. Thede, 71, of Waterloo, died Monday, Feb. 11, at Cedar Valley Hospice Home of cancer.
He was born Feb. 28, 1947, son of Walter and Ethel (Bern) Thede. On April 21, 2001, he married Kathryn S. (St. John) at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls.
Sidney graduated from Reinbeck Community Schools and in 1966 was drafted into the U.S. Army, reporting to Fort Campbell, Ky. He retired from John Deere Tractor Works in December 1997 after 31 years of employment.
Sidney was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 242 of Reinbeck.
Survived by: his wife, Kathy; Dusty and Chelsey Miller of Shell Rock; Joshua Miller, Brogan and Bronson of Waukee; Philip and Rose Wernert of Galesville, Wis.; Jayne Thede (Jack Miller) and W. Scott Thede of Reinbeck; Kevin and Barb St. John of Shell Rock; Jill (St. John) and Denny Wiegmann of Dumont; Bernita St. John-Wiebke of Allison; several nieces, great-nieces; nephews and great-nephews; and lifelong friends.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a sister, Beryl Ann (Thede) Harberts; a father-in-law, Kenneth D. St. John; and a family friend, Annabelle Ward.
Celebration of Life: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, with burial at a later date. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday before services. Military rites will be conducted immediately following the Celebration of Life by Reinbeck American Legion Post 242. Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to Bethlehem Lutheran Church; Cedar Valley Hospice, Waterloo; Norway Evangelical Lutheran Church Food Pantry, Wind Lake, Wis.; or the family.
Condolences may be left at www.parrottandwood.com.
Sidney loved conversation, adventure, traveling, fine dining in the city, road trips, picnics, spur-of-the-moment excursions, fishing without a pole, riding his motorcycle, convertibles with the top down, farmers markets, roadside vegetable stands, adventures in Wisconsin, a good party, card game, food, ice cream and going to the races and beach.
Service Notice: Carolyn Gavalas
VINTON -- Carolyn Gavalas, 70, of Vinton, died Monday, Feb. 11; memorial visitation 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home, Vinton, (319) 472-2233; condolences at vsrfh.com.