Obituaries and service notices in today's Courier.
Joyce C. Hopp (1937-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Joyce Corrine Hopp, 81, of Mason City, formerly of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Good Shepherd Health Center.
She was born Aug. 7, 1937, in Cresco, daughter of Albert and Helen (Curtis) Smith. She married Harold Hopp on Aug. 10, 1958, at the Wesley Foundation in Cedar Falls.
She graduated from Ridgeway High School in 1955. She attended Luther College for a year before moving to Cedar Falls where she attended Iowa State Teachers College. Joyce was a homemaker while finishing her teaching degree. She then worked for the Mason City schools and later at A.C. Nielson. She volunteered for many organizations over the years and was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church.
Survived by: her husband; three daughters, Brenda (Doug) Arjes of Kansas City, Mo., Mona (Doug) Follmann of Stanhope and Dana (Wade) Torkelson of Forest City; six grandchildren, Sam (Fiona) Arjes, Michael Arjes and Reese Walley, all of Kansas City, Andrew (Kylie) Follmann of Ankeny, Nicole Follmann of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Ethan Torkelson of Iowa City; two great-grandsons, Huxley Arjes and Quincy Follmann; two sisters, Jean Childers of Pembroke, Mass., and June (Larry) Belz of Cedar Falls; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1405 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, with inurnment in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City.
Memorials: may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa.
Condolences may be left at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.
Joyce enjoyed long walks at the Lime Creek Nature Center with good friend Barb Hasfjord. Above all, Joyce loved spending time with her grandchildren, taking them to MacNider Art Museum, the public library, parks and attending as many of their activities as possible.
Ruth Anne Leymaster (1926-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Ruth Anne Leymaster, 92, of Cedar Falls, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Western Home Communities Nation Cottage.
She was born June 4, 1926, in Stockham, Neb., daughter of Austin and Annie (Hartnell) Medaris. She married Homer N. Leymaster on June 11, 1947, in Aurora, Neb.
Ruth attended country grade school, Aurora High School, and the University of Nebraska, graduating with a B.S. in food and nutrition. After raising her family, she worked as a Realtor at the Peterson Agency for 13 years, retiring in 1984.
She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter R and First United Methodist Church, both in Cedar Falls.
Survived by: her husband; three children, Bruce Leymaster of Upton, Mass., Sherry (James) Buhrmann of Gretna, Neb., and Ted (Cheryl) Leymaster of Jesup; three grandchildren, Kara (Randy) Steffen, Nick (Joni) Leymaster and Lee Buhrmann; and 10 great-grandchildren, Alex, Max, Sophia, Henry, Timothy, Lucas and Neil Steffen, Kale, Brady and Zac Leymaster.
Preceded in death by: a brother, Maurice Medaris; a great-granddaughter, Justina Steffen; and a daughter-in-law, Sharon Leymaster.
Private graveside services: will be held at Greenwood Cemetery, Cedar Falls, in the spring. Richardson Funeral Service is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the Western Home Foundation.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Ruth would say, “I had a great wonderful life.”
Service Notice: Patricia Coughlin
WATERLOO -- Patricia C. Coughlin, 71, of Waterloo, died Nov. 21 at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital; Celebration of Life from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Comfort Suites, 7402 Nordic Drive, Cedar Falls; Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, 234-6274, is assisting the family; condolences may be left with www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Service Notice: Daniel E. "Dan" Sink
WATERLOO -- Daniel Earl "Dan" Sink, 73, of Waterloo, died at home Tuesday, Jan. 15; service 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with inurnment at Mount Olivet Cemetery; full military rites conducted at the church by the Waterloo AMVETS Post 19 and Evansdale AMVETS Post 31, assisted by the Naval Honor Guard; visitation from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the church; no visitation prior to services Monday. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, 234-6274, is in charge of arrangements; memorials directed to Columbus Catholic High School or Cedar Valley Hospice.
Delores M. Boger (1939-2019)
DENVER — Delores Mae Boger, 79, of Denver, formerly of Steamboat Rock, died at home Tuesday, Jan. 15.
She was born Oct. 21, 1939, in Ackley, daughter of Winfred Alonzo and Lena Mae (Lloyd) Crosser. She married Donald Lee Boger at her parents’ farm in rural Ackley on Jan. 25, 1958.
She graduated from Steamboat Rock High School in 1957. Dee worked at Unique Cleaners. She later was a bookkeeper for Uban Oil Co. and Mama Nicks in Waterloo. She retired from JC Penney in 2015 and from Mama Nicks in 2017.
Survived by: her husband; two sons, Dan Boger and Doug (Jeni) Boger, both of Denver; a daughter, Debbie (Mike Kittleson) Stevenson of Cedar Falls; nine grandchildren, Tammy Stocks, Chris (Trusha) Shimp, Angie Shimp, Andy Shimp, Nickie (Adam) Kingdon, Shelly (Jamie) Masker, Chrissy (Justin) Laws, Melissa Boger and Alivia Boger; 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Crosser and Bob (Shirley) Crosser, both of Steamboat Rock; and a sister, Karen Krull of Nashua.
Preceded in death by: her parents; a sister, Barbara Colleen O’Brink; two brothers, Richard and Kenneth Crosser; two brothers-in-law, Bill O’Brink and John Krull; a sister-in-law, Ella Crosser; a great-grandson, Tanner; and a great-great-grandchild, Oakleigh.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church, Waterloo, with burial in Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, Cedar Falls. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Denver, and also for one hour before services Monday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
While in high school, Dee played on the State Championship Girls Basketball team for Steamboat Rock. Dee enjoyed camping, fishing, shopping and going to the casino. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
Merlyn D. Mennen
Merlyn Dean Mennen, age 82, of Grundy Center, Iowa, passed away Monday, January 14th, 2019 at Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.
Merlyn was born on March 15th, 1936 in Butler County near Parkersburg.
Services will be Saturday, January 26th at 10:30 a.m. with a visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. at Colfax Center Presbyterian Church in Holland, Iowa.
Steven Allen Andersen
Steven (Steve) Allen Andersen, born August 18, 1949, passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo, Iowa after a battle with cancer.
Steve was the son of Bonnie and Robert (Red) Andersen of Waterloo, graduated from West Waterloo High School in 1968 and served with the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. He was very proud of his military service and was a lifetime member of Am Vets Post #49.
Steve worked at John Deere for a few years and then at Viking Pump in Waterloo for more than 20 years.
His passions were flying small engine aircraft and camping. He was also gifted in drawing and music.
Steve is survived by his daughter, Chelsee Thomas; sister, Annette Wilson and brother, Bob Andersen. He was also grateful for the friendship of Jim Markussen and for the care he received from Cedar Valley Hospice Home.
Rodney L. Jensen (1927-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Rodney L. Jensen, 91, of Cedar Falls, died Friday, Jan. 11, at NewAldaya Lifescapes in Cedar Falls.
He was born Sept. 25, 1927, in Forest City, son of Paul and Evelyn (Tang) Jensen. He married Mavis Nielsen on March 5, 1950, in Mason City.
Rodney served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to the end of World War II. He graduated from Forest City High School, Waldorf College and the Wisconsin School of Banking. Before moving to the Cedar Falls area Rodney worked for First National Bank in Mason City and as a regional credit manager for Allied Mills Feed Co., also in Mason City. He worked for Wells Fargo Bank in Cedar Falls for 33 years as a cashier and vice president, retiring in 1987.
He was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church and Sertoma Club, served on the Cedar Falls Planning and Zoning Commission and was a Cedar Falls Ambassador.
Survived by: his wife; a daughter, Tracie (Bert) Cantu of Cedar Falls; four grandchildren, Stacy and Josie Rhoades, both of Chicago, Charles “Chip” Thurston III of Cedar Rapids and Jocelyn (Jamey) Meyer of Cummings; four great-grandchildren, Charles Thurston IV, Harrison Thurston, Graham Meyer and Colby Meyer; and a sister, Sharon Juhl of Winter Springs, Fla.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and a daughter, Krisanna (Todd) Rhoades.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Nazareth Lutheran Church, with burial in Fairview Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. Visitation will be for an hour before services at the church.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to the church, Cedar Valley Hospice or Christian Crusaders.
Rodney loved to golf at Pheasant Ridge and Beaver Hills golf courses.
Service Notice: Judi Kikendall
WATERLOO -- Judi K. Kikendall, 72, of Waterloo, died Monday, Jan. 14, at Rosewood Estate of Friendship Village; graveside services in Garden of Memories Cemetery will be at a later date; memorials made to the family for a fund to be established at a later date; Locke Funeral Home, 233-6138, is in charge of arrangements; condolences may be left at www.LockeFuneralHome.com.
Russell B. Schmidt (1940-2019)
NASHUA -- Russell Brace Schmidt, 78, of Nashua, formerly of Waverly and Charles City, died Saturday, Jan. 12.
He was born May 28, 1940, on a farm near Sac City, to Lyle and Mamie (Vauble) Schmidt. He married Karen Hartman in 1965 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly.
He graduated from Lakeview High School in Iowa. He then went to work for North Central Line Service in Alta, constructing electrical power lines and then in 1963 joined the Army National Guard. After basic training he came to work in Waverly as an electrical lineman for Waverly Power and Light. Russell began employment with Iowa Public Service in Clarksville in 1973, retiring in 2002. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Nashua.
Survived by: his wife; two sons, Todd (Karen Russell) Schmidt of Little Rock, Ark., and Michael (Jennifer) Schmidt of Evansdale; a daughter, Dawn Adrian of Spartanburg, S.C.; five grandchildren, Addison, Christian, Alana, Chloe and Haley; five siblings, Ann Strock of Storm Lake, LeRoy (Charlotte) Schmidt of Cherokee, Gary (Connie) Schmidt of Rippey, Janice (Jim) Curry of Des Moines and Mark (Julie) Schmidt of Sac City; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a son-in-law, Ken Adrian; and a brother-in-law, Roger Strock.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Nashua. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Friends may greet the family from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home, Nashua, is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com.
He loved spending time with family. He enjoyed playing dartball with the church team. He liked watching the Western channel and football games. Russ and Karen watched the old Match Game shows from the 1970s and tried to see how often their answers would match the contestants and celebrities.
Charles "Chuck" Backerman (1924-2019)
WATERLOO — Charles George “Chuck” “Fa” Backerman, 94, of Waterloo, died Jan. 1 at Ravenwood Specialty Care of natural causes.
He was born April 15, 1924, in Breckenridge, Minn., son of Herman and Ida Mae (Davis) Backerman. He married Verna Mae Hansen on April 15, 1947, in Cedar Falls; she died July 25, 1999.
Charles served in the U.S. Air Force from 1943-45 during World War II and again from 1950-51 during the Korean Conflict. He worked in set-up at John Deere Co. for 32 years until his retirement in 1974.
Survived by: his son-in-law, Richard Hinz of Cedar Falls; two grandchildren, Katharine (Jeremy) Fortier of Indianapolis, Ind., and Kara (Mike) Nordberg of Palo; and four great-grandchildren, Reagan and Gunther Fortier and Kale and Maia Nordberg.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; a daughter, Christie Hinz; a sister, Margaret Holm; and four brothers, Harold, Harvey, Jack and Jim Backerman.
Memorial services: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Kearns Funeral Service, Kimball Chapel. Visitation will be for an hour before services Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
Cera A. Laughlin (1921-2019)
WATERLOO — Cera A. Laughlin, 97, of Waterloo, died Sunday, Jan. 14, at Ravenwood Specialty Care.
She was born Jan. 20, 1921, in Fellingsboro, Sweden, daughter of Emil and Victoria Celinder Johanssen. She married Loren L. Laughlin on Feb. 17, 1940; he died March 13, 2000.
Cera graduated from East High School in 1939. She was employed as a cook at Pinky’s Tap for many years.
Survived by: four sons, Victor (Carolee) Laughlin of Jesup, and Robert, Gene and Donald Laughlin, all of Waterloo; a daughter, Dawn Laughlin of Waterloo; and 19 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: her parents; a brother, Emil F. Johanssen; a son, William J. Laughlin; a granddaughter, Debra O’Hara; a great-grandson, Jordan V. Laughlin; and a son-in-law, Richard Hinton.
Celebration of life: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, with inurnment at a later date.
Condolences may be at www.hagartywaychoffgraurp.com.
Cera was a world-class diver on the East High Shark swim team.
Annie M. (Spates) McNealy (1944-2019)
WATERLOO – Annie Mae (Spates) McNealy, 74, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Campus.
She was born March 6, 1944, in Starkville, Miss., daughter of Odie and Annie Patris Outlaw. She married William McNealy on Nov. 23, 1970, in Waterloo.
Annie sold Avon and had been a foster parent for many years and a homemaker.
Survived by: her husband; five sons, Kim (Laura Brown) Spates of Waterloo, James (Heather) Spates of Champlin, Minn., and Ricky (Patricia) Spates, Ulanda (Tina) Spates and William McNealy Jr., all of Waterloo; two daughters, Martisha (Alexander) Martin and Miyisha (Dontavius Wise) McNealy, both of Waterloo; 35 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Willie (Mary) Outlaw and John A. (Patricia) Spates, both of Waterloo; five sisters, Rose Spates-Cooper, Leenora (Eddie) Spates, Betty Spates and Darlene Spates, all of Waterloo, and Barbara (Pat) Magee of Haltom City, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceded in death by: her parents; three brothers, Andrew, John and Felix Spates; a sister, Clara Spates; and her dog, Button.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, with burial in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Jan. 16, at the church, and for an hour before services on Thursday. Sanders Funeral Service is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to 605 Keystone St., where the family will receive friends.
Annie was a loving, open-hearted, giving and caring person. She enjoyed embroidering and cooking. Family was everything to her.
Jane G. Mayer (1941-2019)
WATERLOO — Jane G. Mayer, 77, of Waterloo, died Monday, Jan. 14, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home.
She was born May 4, 1941, in Waterloo, daughter of Wayne and Josephine Kettman Royer. She married Dick Mayer on Nov. 28, 1964, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Jane was a longtime member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Eagle Center and more recently a member of St. Edward Catholic Church.
Survived by: her husband; two sons, Steve (Renee) Mayer of Green Bay, Wis., and David Mayer of Cedar Rapids; a daughter, Amy Mayer of Omaha, Neb.; five grandchildren, Kasey, Koy, Rob, Brandon and Erin; five great-grandchildren, Vyvyan, Clarke, Lily, Levi and Liam; two brothers, Tom (Kay) Royer and Joe (Bev) Royer; a sister, Carolyn (Merlin) Bauer; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her parents; and a son, Eric Mayer.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at St. Edward Catholic Church, with burial in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Eagle Center. Visitation will be for an hour before the service at the church. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
Condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Rebecca "Becky" Schroeder (1957-2019)
NEW HAMPTON — Rebecca “Becky” Schroeder, 61, of New Hampton, died Monday, Jan. 14.
She was born Aug. 18, 1957, daughter of Richard and Joyce (Crowder) King in Ottumwa. She married Steven Adams in May 1975 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Waterloo; they later divorced. She married Dean Schroeder on May 12, 2017.
She graduated from Waterloo East High School. Becky worked for Osco Drug in Waterloo for several years before working at O’Neal Steel. Most recently, she worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Frederika.
Survived by: her father of Waterloo; her husband; her children, Steffanie (Greg) Brunson of Evansdale and Jacob (Jess) Adams of Waterloo; a stepson, Andrew Schroeder of Waterloo; two granddaughters, Hailey and Britley; her siblings, Joni (Jim) Florey of Elk Run, Sandy (Joe) Soldwisch of Waverly, Teressa (Donny) Scoggin of Evansdale and Rich (Julie) King of Waterloo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her mother, Joyce; and a sister, Cynthia, in infancy.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Harvest Church, New Hampton, and at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls. Burial will follow services Friday at Waterloo Cemetery. Visitation will be held for an hour before services Thursday at Harvest Church, New Hampton, and will continue from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com.
Becky enjoyed quilting and sewing, being outdoors, traveling and especially sight-seeing with Dean on the Harley. Her granddaughters were the greatest joy!
Joe Bovy (1934-2019)
FAIRBANK — Joe Bovy, 84, of Fairbank, died Monday, Jan. 14, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital, Waterloo.
He was born Nov. 16, 1934, in Waterloo, son of Albert and Loretta (Schmitz) Bovy. He married Colleen Shannon on June 28, 1955, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fairbank.
Joe and Colleen started farming in the La Porte City area after they were married. In 1965, they moved to their farm near Oran, where they raised their six children and continued farming. Joe was also employed at John Deere; he retired after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Iowa National Guard for seven years. He served on the Wapsie Valley School Board for a number of years and was a longtime member of the Fairbank Knights of Columbus.
Survived by: his wife; six children, Sue (Steve) Schneider of Oelwein, Diane (Bob) Biver of Sioux Falls, S.D., Linda (Rick Sebetka) Tjelmeland of Jesup, Mary Ann (Peter) Green of St. John, Ind., Joe (Gail) Bovy of Middleton, Wis., and Sharon (Jay) Maxwell of Gaithersburg, Md.; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joan (Richard) Reiter of Waterloo and Alberta Keough of Cedar Falls; a sister-in-law, Mardeen Bovy; and a brother-in-law, Marvin Lund.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a brother, Raphael “Ray” Bovy; a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Lund; and a brother-in-law, Jim Keough.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbank, with burial in Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank, with a 7 p.m. Knights of Columbus rosary.
Memorials: may be directed to the family for later designation.
Condolences can be left at www.woodsfuneralhome.net.
Joe enjoyed working on and driving his 2 cylinder John Deere tractors and was quite proud of them. Most of all, Joe was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He truly enjoyed spending time with his family. Joe always had a smile for anyone he came in contact with.
Randy Hile (1963-2019)
WATERLOO — Randy Lee Hile, 55, of Waterloo, died Sunday, Jan. 13, at ManorCare Health Services following a battle with multiple myeloma.
He was born May 18, 1963, in Waterloo, son of Melvin and Lillian Sterner Hile.
Randy graduated from Central High School in 1981 and attended Hawkeye Community College. He was employed at Bossard North America Inc. in Cedar Falls prior to his illness.
Survived by: his mother of Waterloo; a brother, Scott Hile of Waterloo; an aunt, Iva Hall of Waterloo; and his cousins, Steve (Katrina) Grosse of Oklahoma, Debra Grosse of Des Moines, Sheri Davis of Waterloo, Julie Grosse of Cedar Falls, Michael (Heather) Hall of Dysart, Susan (Brian) Sayer of Waterloo, and Jan Grogan and Mark (Linda) Kuhn, both of Tulsa, Okla.
Preceded in death by: his father; paternal grandparents, Albert and Kathlyn Hile; maternal grandparents, George and Agnes Sterner; aunts, Charlotte Hile Grosse and Lois Sterner Kuhn; and a cousin, Gail O’Connor.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation is from 9 a.m. until services at the church.
Memorials: to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, 52242, or Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church, 1207 Kimball Ave., Waterloo 50702. Locke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be left at www.LockeFuneralHome.com.
Randy liked the Chicago Cubs, John Wayne movies, trains, his red Ford Mustang and old Ford trucks.