Category Archives: Milestones

Shirley Juhl – 80


The family of Shirley Juhl invites friends to help celebrate her 80th birthday on Sunday afternoon, March 8 from 2:00-4:30 at the Rusty Pig (212 Main Street, La Porte City). Happy Birthday Grandma!

John “Jack” Bailiff


John “Jack” Bailiff, age 82, of La Porte City, died Monday, February 23, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
He was born July 15, 1932, in rural Adams County, near Corning, IA, the son of Charles “Ross” and Clara (Reed) Bailiff. Jack was united in marriage with Joyce A. Johnston on June 29, 1952, in Corning. He was a U.S. Army Veteran.
Jack was an Ag Technology instructor at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo for 31 years, retiring in 1997. He formerly operated a John Deere Implement dealership in Corning, worked for the Corning Community School District and served on the Corning Fire Department. Jack was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City.
Jack loved to teach, enjoyed tinkering with motors and other equipment and was a gifted small engine repairman. He collected B.B. guns, enjoyed attending auctions, and was fond of stock car racing and hunting.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce of La Porte City; his four children: Barbea McCrary of Portsmouth, VA, Jerry (Ranelle) Bailiff of Elk Run Heights, Judy (Mark) Hora of La Porte City and Julie (Dale) Franzen of Hastings, MN; eight grandchildren: Meg Newsom, Patrick McCrary, Erica Burger, Candi Yoder, Brandy Hora, Neil Hora, Matthew Franzen and Kelly Franzen; 14 great grandchildren; a sister, Rosemary Teel of Columbus, MO and a brother, Nicholas (Sheila) Bailiff of Prescott, IA, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Nancy Domonico.
Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. Friday, February 27, 2015 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore Street in La Porte City. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery in La Porte City with Full Military Honors accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post 207. Public visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26 and after 10:00 a.m. on Friday, all at St. Paul United Methodist Church.

La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be expressed at

Sharon Marie Timson


Sharon Marie Timson, 81, of La Porte City died Saturday, February 21, 2015 at La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born February 14, 1934 in La Porte City the daughter of Shannon and Marian (Kline) Davis. She married Darel Dean Timson on January 13, 1951 in La Porte City.

She worked in Housekeeping Schoitz Hospital and Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo for 21 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of the St. Paul Presbyterian Church and the Moose Lodge both in Washburn.

She is survived by her husband Darel of La Porte City; two sons, Arthur (Lynn) Timson of La Porte City, Clayton (Connie) Timson of Arvada, CO; two daughters, Bonnie (Robert) Tripp of Colville, Washington, Dee (Paul) Westburg of Vista, California; nine grandchildren, Wendy (Kevin) Mishler of La Porte City, Marty (Dennis) Kramer of Mt. Auburn, Wade (Christi) Tripp of Colville, Washington, Joni (Rick) Hepler of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, J.C. Timson of Denver, Colorado, Walker (Nicole) Timson of Denver, Colorado, Ryan (Debbie) Parks of Davenport, Ben (Jen) Parks of California, Emily (Adam) Clark of Brandon; seventeen great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; one brother, Shannon “Pudge” (Marilyn) Davis of La Porte City and three sisters, Phyllis Foster of La Porte City, Leslie (Leonard) Mullinex of Mt. Auburn and Ruthie (Chad) Howrey of Pinetop, Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one great grandson, Skyler and two sisters, JoAnne Grove and Mary Weich.

There will be no services or visitation. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the West View Cemetery in La Porte City.
Memorials may be directed to the Grout Museum (503 South St. Waterloo, IA 50701) or La Porte City Parks and Recreation (202 Main St. La Porte City, IA 50651)

Online condolences may be left at

Davis – 60


Shannon and Marilyn Davis will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner.
Shannon Davis and Marilyn Bonorden were married February 18, 1955. Mr. Davis is retired from John Deere and Mrs. Davis is retired from La Porte City Schools.
They have six children: Ralette Davis-Card, Sheri and Jim Steffen, Penny Grigg, Scott and Rebecca Davis, Tony and Tara Davis and Jeff Davis and Heather Rose. They have 16 grandchildren and six great grandchildren, with two on the way.
Cards may be sent to 706 4th Street, La Porte City, IA 50651.

Dean’s Lists Honor Area College Students

Brittany Appleton of La Porte City has been named to the Coe College Dean’s List for the fall 2014 term.
The following students have been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake:
Dysart: Garrett Woodson, Seth Woodson