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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

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

Joyce L. Hilton


Joyce L. Hilton, 82, of La Porte City, died Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at her daughter’s home in St Petersburg, Florida, after a 6 year battle against cancer.  Joyce was born on August 25, 1934, in Black Hawk County, Spring Creek Township, Iowa, the daughter of Carl and Donna (Murphy) Bonorden.  She married George M. Hilton, Jr. at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, on March 22, 1950; he preceded her in death on December 6, 1996.  Joyce was a clerk at Jack-n-Jill grocery store for 20 years and was an emergency services dispatcher for the La Porte City police and fire departments until her retirement in 1990.

She is survived by five children, Susan (Dean) Middagh, Sun City Center, Florida, Shirley Hilton, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kenneth (Pam) Hilton, Red Wing, Minnesota, Gary (Lori) Hilton, Wichita, Kansas, and Mary (Robert White) Hilton, St Petersburg, Florida; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Marilyn Davis, La Porte City; and three sisters-in-law, Carole VanHorn, Vinton, Iowa, Anne Hilton, Santa Ana, California, and Jane Wood, Britt, Iowa.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, George (Jr.); daughter, Sandra Hilton; long-time friend and companion Fred Stenke; and sisters, Phyllis Bonorden and Nadine Bruns.

Services will be held Friday, October 7, 2016, at 10:30 am at the American Lutheran Church with interment in the West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City.  Visitation will be held one hour before services from 9:30 – 10:30 am.  Memorials will be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Charles F. Dawes

  Charles Franklin Dawes, 88, died Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the VA Hospital in Iowa City.
He was born on June 10, 1928, in Vinton, the son of Ray Dawes and Jeanetta (Karr) Dawes Willson. He married Louise (Robins) Clark on July 25, 1960, in Leon, Iowa, who died of cancer on August 7, 1991.
In addition to Louise, he was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Eugene Dawes; a son, Darrell Dawes, from a previous marriage; and a great-grandchild.
He is survived by a sister, Lucille Ary of Vinton, and seven children: Linda (Tom) Wester of Virginia Beach, VA; Gary Clark of La Porte City; Susan (Mike) Weatherford of Hartselle, AL; Denise (Greg) Staker of La Porte City; Dale (Meri) Clark of Lead Hill, AR; Terry (Lori) Dawes of Waterloo; Donna Dawes of Arlington, VA; 20 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be directed to the VA Hospital in Iowa City.

Cathie Newton Bristow

  Cathie Jane Newton Bristow has done almost everything a person can do in a lifetime. She has been a life guard, daughter, fiber artist, cheerleader, fashion merchandiser, mother, scuba instructor, wife, computer application trainer, grandmother, database and accounting system designer, builder, and developer, artist, the president of two companies, horseback rider, swimmer, design manager for a high-end Des Moines-based clothing manufacturer, spinning and weaving demonstrator and instructor, and a 4-H county council member for Black Hawk County.
Cathie was born in Waterloo on July 5, 1944 to Leslie Berry Newton and Geneva Mae Riley Newton. They lived in Cedar Rapids before moving to a farm in rural La Porte City about 1950. In 1960 the family, including brother Joel Leslie Newton and sister Julie Ann Newton McLaughlin moved to their new home at Newton Farms on Foulk Road also in rural La Porte City. Cathie attended Iowa State University and graduated in 1966, marrying Juddson La Verne Bristow of Mount Auburn on June 18, 1966. The couple moved to Des Moines where she worked at Younkers in the downtown location and became extremely active in the Des Moines Weaver’s Guild.
In 1970 Cathie and Judd started a family with Jessica Erin Bristow and followed in 1973 with Emily Jane Bristow Kauffman. In 1978 they moved to the family home south of Adel which allowed them the freedom to roam and enjoy a rural life similar to her childhood. While her daughters called her the second meanest mom in the world, she was secretly known by them as the most amazing, bestest mom in the world. Family life included swimming, horseback riding, gardening, spinning and dyeing homespun yarns, weaving, sewing, and a variety of artistic pursuits that she passed on to at least one of her daughters. Creativity was a major part of Cathie’s individuality.
As the daughters grew up and moved on, Cathie and Judd flourished as travelers and scuba instructors. They traveled to Cuba, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Roatan, Honduras, Dominica and a variety of other dive locations. They often traveled with Julie and husband Mike and also went to western states for hiking excursions. In the 1990s Cathie and Judd began their own computer consulting business where Cathie necessarily acted as president, accountant, and human resources director while Judd looked pretty and did as he was told.
More recently Cathie and Judd doted upon their three granddaughters, Jenna Riley Kauffman, Cora Jane Kauffman, and Geneva Catharine Bristow, spoiling them rotten. This close family traveled together as frequently as possible joining Emily Jane on her honeymoon, traveling to Chicago, Colorado, and Disney World and spending every major holiday together between Iowa and Michigan. The love and respect Cathie instilled in her family made them closer than most other families could ever hope to dream of becoming.
Diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis, Cathie continued her generous spirit by participating in drug studies and not letting the disease stop her from enjoying travel and fun with her family. The strength of her spirit led her to survive well beyond her original prognosis, bringing joy to her granddaughters through much of their childhood. Cathie was surrounded by her husband, sister, brother-in-law, and daughters when she passed from this life to the next on September 23, 2016.
Cathie was preceded in death by mother Geneva and brother Joel. She is survived by father Leslie, sister Julie with husband Michael, sister-in-law Nancy, husband Judd, daughters Jessica and Emily with husband Jay and granddaughters Jenna, Cora, and Geneva as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A private family celebration of life service is being planned for a later date.


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