Category Archives: Milestones

Larry B. Craft


Larry B. Craft, 63, of La Porte City, died Monday, July 27, 2015 at his home of colon cancer.   He was born July 30, 1951 in Waterloo the son of Raymond and Patricia (Condon) Craft.  He was a 1969 graduate of La Porte City High School at attended NIACC for two years receiving a degree in Heating and Air.   He married Debra A. Dyball on April 28, 1973 in Waterloo.

He owned and operated Craft Heating & Appliance in La Porte City for 30 years retiring in 2014. Larry also had worked as a Service Technician for Casey’s General Store for the last 10 years.

Larry had been a member of the La Porte City Fire Department, Lions Club and Chamber.

Survived by: his wife Deb of La Porte City; two sons, Joe (Autumn) Craft of North Liberty, Marc Craft of Waterloo; one daughter, Emily Craft of La Porte City; two grandsons, Holden and Quinn of North Liberty; two brothers, Michael (LeAnn) Craft of La Porte City; Bob (Teri) Craft of Marshalltown; one sister, Susan Kahler of Des Moines and a brother-in-law, Steve Miller of La Porte City.

Preceded in death by: his parents and one sister, Pamela Miller.

A Family Directed Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at the Rusty Pig (212 Main St – La Porte City) from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015 with a private family inurnment in the West View Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials: may be directed to the family.

La Porte City Funeral Home assisted family with arrangements 319-342-3131.  Online condolences may be left at

Benda – 50


Ken and Pat (Brown) Benda of La Porte City will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner.
The couple was married July 30, 1965, at the Brethren Church in Orange Township.
Their family includes two daughters, Chris and Brian Jesse of La Porte City and Pam and Dave Steinick of Dallas Center and one grandson, Gabriel Jesse of La Porte City.
Ken and Pat are retired from Ken’s Electronics, a La Porte City business the couple operated for over 30 years.

Dean’s List Honors for Area Students Announced

The University of Dubuque recently appointed Mariah Scott of La Porte City to the Spring Semester 2015 Academic Dean’s List. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for that semester.

Wartburg College has recognized area students who were named to the 2015 Winter/May Term Dean’s List. Those honored include:
Dysart: Andrew Heckroth, Haley Peters
La Porte City: Kamryn Kronschnabel, Austin Pauling

Mary M. Keune


Mary M. Keune, 77, of Mt. Auburn, died Thursday, July 16, 2015 at La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center of natural causes.  She was born February 4, 1938 in Minot, ND the daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Leintz) Degenstein.  She married Earl Keune on November 29, 1970 in East Dubuque; he preceded her in death in September of 2001.

She was a homemaker and also had worked as a waitress at Larry’s Restaurant in La Porte City and Cedar Valley Egg for many years.  Mary was a member of the Mt. Auburn American Legion Auxiliary and the Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church.

Survived by: one son, Kenny Keune; one daughter-in-law, Tami Keune  and one granddaughter, Haylee Keune all of La Porte City.

Preceded in death by: her parents and five brothers, Christ, Eddie, Harry, Virgil and Jerry Degenstein.

Services: will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at La Porte City Funeral Home with burial in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Public visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday and also one hour before the service at La Porte City Funeral Home.

Memorials: may be directed to the family.

La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements 319-342-3131.  Online condolences may be left at

Robert S. Richardson


Robert Stanley Richardson, 66, of Independence, died Friday, June 19, 2015, at the Buchanan County Health Center, Independence, IA.
Robert was born on December 28, 1948, in Salina, KS, the son of George and Helen (Steaphens) Richardson. At an early age he moved with his family to the La Porte City area where he graduated from High School in 1967. He was employed with the John Deere Company in Waterloo for 30 years prior to his retirement. Robert was married to Donna N. Cook on May 4, 1985, in Waterloo. He was a past member of Grace Lutheran Church, Waterloo.
He enjoyed collecting John Deere memorabilia, going to car shows, car modeling, and most of all spending time with his family and fishing with his grandsons.
Robert is survived by his wife; a stepdaughter, Denise (Danny) Scott of Sumner; six step grandchildren, five step great grandchildren; his stepmother who raised him, Ann Richardson of La Porte City and two sisters, Diane (Steve) Camarata of Cedar Falls and Debbie (Randy) Rippel of La Porte City.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother.
Funeral services were held June 23, 2015, at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence.