Category Archives: Milestones

Junior L. McBride


Junior L. McBride, 91, of La Porte City, died Friday, October 21, 2016 at La Porte City Specialty Care. He was born April 18, 1925 in Waterloo the son of Clifford and Eva (Goddard) McBride. He married Oma Jean Catt on April 2, 1950 at the First Methodist Church in Independence, Iowa. They had four daughters. She preceded him in death on February 28, 1979. He married Peggy Halbfass on May 24, 1985 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.
Junior graduated from Brandon High School in 1943. He served two years in the U.S. Army. He became a carpenter, starting his own business in 1953. He built and remodeled many homes in and around La Porte City. He also remodeled many buildings, including La Porte City Hall, Farmers State Bank, La Porte City Veterinary Office, La Porte City Post Office and the apartments at 6 corners.
He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207, Midwest Tool Collectors Association and Missouri Valley Wrench Club. Junior was a long time resident of La Porte City, he enjoyed the history and collection of La Porte City memorabilia, along with hammers, canes and antiques. In 1997 he received the Jesse Wasson award.
Survived by: his wife, Peggy of La Porte City; four daughters, Ellen Pursell of Citrus Heights, CA, Lurene (Jeff) Swalve of Estherville, Marla (James) Hanna, Sr. of La Porte City, June (Mike) Arbuckle of Georgetown, IL; two grandchildren, Katy Pursell of Sacramento, CA and Jesse Pursell of Citrus Heights, CA; one sister, Earlene McBride of Waterloo; five step grandchildren; five step great grandchildren and six step great-great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his first wife and two sons-in-law, James Turpin and Richard Pursell.
Services: will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 24, 2016 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with burial in the West View Cemetery both in La Porte City. Military Rites will be conducted by the La Porte City American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207. Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at La Porte City Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the La Porte City Fire and Rescue.
La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements 319-342-3131. Online condolences may be left at

Neil – 25

  Shane and Carrie Neil of La Porte City are observing their 25th wedding anniversary.
Shane Neil and Carrie Schmitz were married October 19, 1991, at the La Porte City Golf Club.
Shane Neil is a Community Service Technician for Black Hills Energy in Newton. Carrie is an Accounts Receivable Assistant at Martin Brothers in Cedar Falls. They also own Flying Eye Psychol Circus in La Porte City.
Their family includes one daughter, Paige and Tucker Johnson of Omaha, NE and one son, Vincent of La Porte City, as well as one grandson Karsen Neil also of La Porte City.

Lee D. Foss

  Captain Lee D. Foss, age 87, of La Porte City, died Sunday, October 16, 2016 at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
He was born June 26, 1929 in Spring Creek Township, rural La Porte City, the son of Ralph Aiden and Letha (Ashley) Foss. Lee graduated from La Porte City High School with the Class of 1947. He was united in marriage with Joanne Marie Thompson on March 7, 1954 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City. She preceded him in death on September 12, 2001.
Lee retired as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps in 1967 after 20 years of service, serving during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He also owned and operated Thompson’s Jack and Jill grocery store in La Porte City. Lee was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, USS San Diego American Legion Post #207, both of La Porte City; a life member of the Cedar Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League, League Mustang Association, 40/8 Fun and Honor Society of Legionaires, a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a 50 plus year member of the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his three children, Susan Selk of Shullsburg, WI; David T. (Kim) Foss of La Porte City and Melissa (Jerald) Sauer of La Porte City; eight grandchildren, Abigail (Jesse) Hoppe of Dysart, Allison Foss of La Porte City, Emily Sauer of Oelwein, Elizabeth Sauer and Erin Sauer, both of La Porte City, Elizabeth Ortiz of Dysart, Kristen Whitson of Hampton and Richard Whitson of San Bernardino, CA; ten great grandchildren, Bradley, Jacob, Carlie, Erica, Anthony, Raymond Jr., Nicholas, Breanna, Aydyn and Maxon; and a sister, Barbara Reinhardt of Chesapeake Bay, VA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son-in-law, Duane Selk; four brothers, Aiden “Bud” Ashley, Allen Foss, David and James in infancy; and a sister, Betty Cooper.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 20, 2016 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore Street, with burial in West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City with full military honors accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post #207 of La Porte City, the Marine Corps League and the Marine Corps Honors Detail. Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 19 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main Street and an hour prior to the service on Thursday at the Church.
Memorials may be directed to the family or a military charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences can be expressed at

Area Graduates Earn Degrees

  New alumni were added to the roster of Summer 2016 graduates of the University of Northern Iowa. Area graduates include:
La Porte City: Hannah Wilson, BA in Leisure, Youth & Human Services
Mt. Auburn: Tonielle Parizek, BA in Interior Design

Darian Powell of La Porte City has graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Darian received a BA in Social Welfare and Justice on May 22, 2016.

Shepard – 50

  Henry and Meri Kay (Miller) Shepard of rural La Porte City will mark their 50th wedding anniversary with an Open House on Saturday, October 15 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Veterans Memorial Hall, 302 Cedar Street in La Porte City. Friends and family are invited to celebrate the milestone with the couple.


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