Category Archives: Obituaries

Diane K. Sheffler Calkins


Diane Kay Calkins, nee Sheffler, 68, passed away September 18, 2015, beloved wife of David Lee Calkins and loving friend of Wayne and Dottie Baxter, sister of David and Leroy Sheffler. She leaves behind many friends, relatives, and her beloved cats.
Born in Vinton, the daughter of Lloyd and Ruth (Stevenson) Sheffler. On August 24, 1968, she married David Lee Calkins and celebrated 47 years of marriage this past year. She was a loving, generous, kind-hearted person who loved the outdoors and her many trips to her childhood farm in Iowa.
She graduated from La Porte City High School and graduated from Wartburg College in Iowa. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Music at The University of Cincinnati. Diane was a teacher for 31 years for Norwood Public Schools and an organist for many local churches, most recently Groesbeck United Methodist. She was also the Treasurer of the Clifton Music Club.
Diane loved golf and played in five U.S. Amateurs, where she also qualified for the U.S. Open. She won four Met Championships and the state championship three times. She was a longtime member of Miami View Golf Club where she won numerous club championships. In 2005, she was inducted into the Legends of Golf.
Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd Sheffler and Ruth (Stevenson) Sheffler.
A funeral service was held September 22, 2015 at Groesbeck United Methodist Church with burial following in Venice Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Groesbeck United Methodist Church, 8871 Colerain Ave., Groesbeck, OH 45251, or to Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Donald T. Richards


Donald T. Richards, 91, of Clearwater, FL, passed on to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Don was in excellent health for most of his 91 years and after a short battle with cancer went peacefully in his sleep. He was cared for lovingly by his wife Natalie and was under the care of Suncoast Hospice.
Mr. Richards was born on May 6, 1924, in La Porte City, to Theodore and Dorothy Richards. He graduated from La Porte City High School in 1942 and served in the US Army Combat Engineers during World War II. He landed on Utah Beach on June 7, 1944, and was wounded while fighting in Belgium being awarded the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Don married Rosalie Bradfield of Waterloo, on July 12, 1946 and they later divorced. He married Natalie Williamson on December 28, 1978, in Spirit Lake, IA.
Don partnered with his father in the Richards & Richards Implement and Coal dealership on Main Street in La Porte City. He was one of the founding members of the LPC Golf Club, a volunteer LPC firefighter, Commander of the American Legion for some years and served on the Black Hawk County Republican Central Committee. Don was a very talented artist and musician, especially loving to draw portraits and play his ukulele. He was an avid baseball fan and was an umpire in the NICL in the 1960’s and for the American Legion league games in the 1950’s. After the shop closed, he became a carpet representative until he retired and moved to Florida. Don was a member of The Kirk of Dunedin Church and a lifetime American Legion member.
He is survived by his wife, Natalie, and his four children: Cynthia (Bruce) Gross of Odessa, MO; Reid (Cathy) Richards of Bloomington, IL; Cathy (Jerry) Siemens of Vinton; and Brad (Ann) Richards of Rochester, MN; two stepchildren: Ramona Frederick and Russ (Cherie) Williamson, both of Papillion, NE; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, great-granddaughter, DeAnn Gross and stepson, Rick Williamson.
Memorials may be sent to The Kirk of Dunedin Community Church, 2686 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Shannon F. “Pudge” Davis


Shannon F. “Pudge” Davis, 79, of La Porte City, passed Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at his home of cancer. He was born February 14, 1936 in La Porte City the son of Shannon L. and Marian (Kline) Davis. He married Marilyn Bonorden on February 18, 1955 in Jubilee, IA.
He worked as a machinist for John Deere for 24 years, retiring on June 30, 1998. He also drove semi for several years. Pudge was a volunteer at the La Porte City Senior Center where he helped deliver meals.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of La Porte City; three daughters, Ralette Davis, Sheri (Jim) Steffen, Penny Grigg all of La Porte City; three sons, Scott (Rebecca), Tony (Tara), Jeff (Heather) Davis all of La Porte City; sixteen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; three sisters, Phyllis Foster of La Porte City, Leslie (Leonard) Mullinex of Mt. Auburn and Ruthie (Chad) Howrey of Pinetop, AZ; one sister-in-law, Joyce Hilton of Casa Grande, AZ and one brother-in-law, Darel Timson of La Porte City.
Preceding him in death were his parents; three sisters, JoAnn Grove, Mary Francis “Dottie” Weich and Sharon Timson
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 La Porte City Senior Center (300 First St. La Porte City, IA 50651).
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Georgia A. Greek


Georgia A. Greek of La Porte City gave up her battle with cancer on September 11, 2015, with many family members by her side.
Georgia was born in Waterloo on March 13, 1945 to Maurice and Esther Tobiason Greek. She married Robert Scholl of Pennsylvania and later divorced. She married Harold Root and they later divorced.
Georgia worked most of her adult life as a truck driver and cement truck driver in the Phoenix area.
She is survived by her mother, Esther Greek of La Porte City and her daughter, Kerry Scholl (Jim) Beyette and the joys of her life, her grandchildren Kyle Beyette of Bahrain, Jessika Beyette of Des Moines and Kamren Beyette of Gilbert, AZ; brothers Roger (Judy) Greek and Terry Greek of La Porte City, Delbert (Joyce) Greek of Mesa, AZ, and sister Bernieta of Marietta, GA and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Her life will be celebrated at a later date.

William F. “Bill” Fratzke Sr.


William F. “Bill” Fratzke Sr., 68, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Covenant Medical Center following a heart attack.  He was born March 1, 1947 in Moline, IL the son of Frederick August and Madeline Rose (Penca) Fratzke.  He was a 1965 graduate of La Porte City High School. He married Mary Jean Niemeyer on June 22, 1968 in La Porte City.

Bill worked at John Deere for 30 years, retiring in 1999.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era.

He was a member of the La Porte City American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207 and St. Paul United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mary of La Porte City; one son, Billy Fratzke, Jr. of La Porte City; one brother, Tom (Sharon) Fratzke of West Linn, Oregon; one sister-in-law, Linda Fratzke of La Grande, Oregon and five special little girls, Ruby, Lucy and Annie Parson and Alex and Leigh McIntosh.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, David Fratzke.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 18, 2015 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City with military rites conducted by the La Porte City American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207. Family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church.  Inurnment will be held at a later date.

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