Category Archives: Milestones

Ronald R. Turner

  Ronald “Ron” Ray Turner, 74, of Dysart died on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Ron was born on March 3, 1942, in Waterloo, the son of Ray and Marjorie D. Turner. Ron graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1960. He then attended the University of Dubuque for two years, majoring in Biology, and transferred to UNI for a year, majoring in Industrial Arts. In between his last year of high school and college years, Ron worked on Leech Lake (Pine Point Resort) as a dock boy, getting bait, taking care of boats, cleaning fish and guiding. He started working at John Deere Component Work in 1962 and retired as a production supervisor in 1993 after 31 years of service.
Ron was also in the Army Reserves for six years. He belonged to the 404th Signal Company with basic training in Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. His AIT training came at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Ron married Karen Wilson in 1962. They later divorced. He then married Sue Hult. They later divorced. Ron then married Kathleen Jo Larson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ron is survived by his wife, Kathleen, of Dysart; two daughters, Ronda (Russ) Egbert and their children, Ellie and Emerson, of Texas and Tristi (Cory) King and their children, Dakota, Silas Jr., and Lucas, of Cedar Falls; a son, Travis (Anne) Turner and their children, Elizabeth and Jackson, of Dysart; and a sister, Judy (Jim) Burton of Waterloo.
A Celebration of Life will take place at Turner’s Whitetail Hollow (Hwy. D65) on Saturday, August 6 from 1-5 PM. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial at the Whitetail Hollow pond.
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Steven and Alicia Heinen

  Alicia Aldrich and Steven Heinen, both of Indianapolis, IN were married May 21, 2016 by The Canal in downtown Indianapolis.
Parents of the bride are Rodger and Debbie Aldrich of Dysart. Alicia’s grandparents are the late Melvin and Mary Sheffler of La Porte City. The groom’s parents are Duane Heinen of La Porte City and Roxanne Heinen of Waterloo.
The bride is a 2006 graduate of Union High School. She is currently a supervisor of pet grooming at Petco in Indianapolis.
The groom graduated from Union High School in 2004. He then served four years active duty in the US Army. He graduated from Coe College in 2012 and went on to receive his Masters in Library Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He is employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The couple reside in Indianapolis with their dog and best pal, Sookie.

Logan J. Wiebbecke

Logan James Wiebbecke, born March 16, 2016 passed away on Monday, July 11, 2016 at his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. He was dearly loved by his parents Rob and Michelle (Kruger) Wiebbecke, two sisters, Ayanna, 10, and Eden, 9 and his brother, Derek, 5, who was eagerly waiting for his little brother to become his playmate in the sand pile their Dad had made for them.
Other surviving family members include his grandmother Barbara (Burkgren) Wiebbecke of Hendersonville; grandfather Steve Wiebbecke and his wife, Cheryl of La Porte City; grandmother Martha Kruger of Nashville, Tennessee; grandfather Steve Kruger of Cedar Rapids; great grandparents Robert and Clarice Burkgren of La Porte City; great grandmother Lucille Wiebbecke of Jesup and great grandmother Lola Kruger of Cedar Rapids.
Preceding Logan in death were great grandparents Dale Wiebbecke of Jesup, Max and Mary Gradwell and Amos Kruger of Cedar Rapids.

“Butterflies are the heaven sent kisses of an angel.”

Chandler Mangrich Earns Degree

  Clarke University in Dubuque awarded degrees and honors at its 173rd Commencement Ceremony on May 7, 2016. Chandler (Zeien) Mangrich of Dysart was awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at the ceremony.

Wyatt Samuelson Wins National FFA Scholarship

  The National FFA Organization awarded a $1000 Theisen’s Home-Farm-Auto scholarship to Wyatt Samuelson of the La Porte-Dysart FFA. Samuelson plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at Iowa State University.
The 2016 scholarship recipients were selected from 8,383 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on the applicant’s leadership, academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural or work experience in agricultural education and future goals.


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