Obituaries and service notices in today's Courier.
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.
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.