Category Archives: Obituaries

John “Jack” Bailiff


John “Jack” Bailiff, age 82, of La Porte City, died Monday, February 23, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
He was born July 15, 1932, in rural Adams County, near Corning, IA, the son of Charles “Ross” and Clara (Reed) Bailiff. Jack was united in marriage with Joyce A. Johnston on June 29, 1952, in Corning. He was a U.S. Army Veteran.
Jack was an Ag Technology instructor at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo for 31 years, retiring in 1997. He formerly operated a John Deere Implement dealership in Corning, worked for the Corning Community School District and served on the Corning Fire Department. Jack was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City.
Jack loved to teach, enjoyed tinkering with motors and other equipment and was a gifted small engine repairman. He collected B.B. guns, enjoyed attending auctions, and was fond of stock car racing and hunting.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce of La Porte City; his four children: Barbea McCrary of Portsmouth, VA, Jerry (Ranelle) Bailiff of Elk Run Heights, Judy (Mark) Hora of La Porte City and Julie (Dale) Franzen of Hastings, MN; eight grandchildren: Meg Newsom, Patrick McCrary, Erica Burger, Candi Yoder, Brandy Hora, Neil Hora, Matthew Franzen and Kelly Franzen; 14 great grandchildren; a sister, Rosemary Teel of Columbus, MO and a brother, Nicholas (Sheila) Bailiff of Prescott, IA, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Nancy Domonico.
Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. Friday, February 27, 2015 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore Street in La Porte City. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery in La Porte City with Full Military Honors accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post 207. Public visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26 and after 10:00 a.m. on Friday, all at St. Paul United Methodist Church.

La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be expressed at

Sharon Marie Timson


Sharon Marie Timson, 81, of La Porte City died Saturday, February 21, 2015 at La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born February 14, 1934 in La Porte City the daughter of Shannon and Marian (Kline) Davis. She married Darel Dean Timson on January 13, 1951 in La Porte City.

She worked in Housekeeping Schoitz Hospital and Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo for 21 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of the St. Paul Presbyterian Church and the Moose Lodge both in Washburn.

She is survived by her husband Darel of La Porte City; two sons, Arthur (Lynn) Timson of La Porte City, Clayton (Connie) Timson of Arvada, CO; two daughters, Bonnie (Robert) Tripp of Colville, Washington, Dee (Paul) Westburg of Vista, California; nine grandchildren, Wendy (Kevin) Mishler of La Porte City, Marty (Dennis) Kramer of Mt. Auburn, Wade (Christi) Tripp of Colville, Washington, Joni (Rick) Hepler of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, J.C. Timson of Denver, Colorado, Walker (Nicole) Timson of Denver, Colorado, Ryan (Debbie) Parks of Davenport, Ben (Jen) Parks of California, Emily (Adam) Clark of Brandon; seventeen great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; one brother, Shannon “Pudge” (Marilyn) Davis of La Porte City and three sisters, Phyllis Foster of La Porte City, Leslie (Leonard) Mullinex of Mt. Auburn and Ruthie (Chad) Howrey of Pinetop, Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one great grandson, Skyler and two sisters, JoAnne Grove and Mary Weich.

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 Grout Museum (503 South St. Waterloo, IA 50701) or La Porte City Parks and Recreation (202 Main St. La Porte City, IA 50651)

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Orville Clinton Jensson


Orville Clinton Jensson, 94, of La Porte City, died Saturday, February 7, 2015 at La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center.  He was born November 9, 1920 in Holt Township, MN the son of Ole R. and Clara (Anderson) Jensson.  He was a 1939 graduate of Peterson High School in Peterson, MN.  He married J. Ione Iverson on June 8, 1947 in Lanesboro, MN; she preceded him in death on May 24, 2008.

He served under General Patton in the U.S. Army during WWII, where he drove a half-track.  Orville farmed for many years in Lanesboro, MN and after moving to La Porte City he worked as a Maintainer Driver for Black Hawk County Secondary Roads Department, retiring after 20 years.

Survived by: two sons, Glen (Julie) of Lanesboro, MN, Jim (Kyle) of La Porte City; five grandchildren, Shayn (Terri) Jensson, Melanie (David) Haugen all of Lanesboro, MN, MaKaila (Jamie) Kelly of Canton, MN, David Jensson of Grundy Center, Melana Jensson of Pleasant Hill; seven great grandchildren, Lea and Logan Jensson, Madelyn and Dayton Haugen, MaKenzie, Hunter and Hailey Kelly and one brother, Gordon (Marian) Jensson of Riceville.

Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife, Ione; a brother, Robert Jensson and a sister, Myrna Johnson.

Services: will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the American Lutheran Church with burial in the West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the La Porte City U.S.S. San Diego American Legion Post #207 and V.F.W. Normandy Post 3983.  Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the American Lutheran Church (801 Monroe St.  La Porte City, Iowa 50651)

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

Curtis D. “Curt” Wellman


Curtis D. “Curt” Wellman, age 78, of La Porte City, died Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

He weighed only 3 lbs when born at home, in rural Black Hawk County, Iowa, during a blizzard on February 9, 1936, son of Arthur C. and Elsie (Harting) Wellman. Curt attended the former Jubilee School and then graduated from La Porte City High School in 1954 and served in the US Army from 1955-1957 and received several accolades. He was united in marriage with Leona Steffens in 1959 and they later divorced. Julie Simons has been his life partner for the last 16 years.
After returning from the Army, Curt started farming with his father and his brother Ray. Curt was President and owner of Wellman Farms Inc. for many years, which was a large grain and livestock farm with interests across several counties. He was co-owner of W & W Livestock Enterprises, Inc., a hog farm and buying station and was most recently president and owner of W & W Farms Inc. His love for cattle and the farm continued throughout his life. Due to the death of a business partner and friend, he became sole owner of Estep Motors in La Porte City and operated the business from 1981-1986. Following the sale of the dealership he worked for a large grain elevator and agricultural dealership. He then worked at Cardinal Motors in Vinton and was a sales representative at Witham Auto in La Porte City for over 10 years. Curt was a man of high integrity and was loved dearly by his family, friends and community. He will be sincerely missed by all.

Survivors include his 5 children, Greg (Becky) Wellman, Lanell (Darryl) Maser and Kim (Danny) Reiter, all of La Porte City, Jodi Moré of Houston, TX and Rod (Karla) Nielsen of Brandon; 15 grandchildren, Jason (Libby), and Ethan (Megan) Wellman, Cassandra and Alexandria Sturtz, Mikayla Allen, Dillan and Zach Maser, Nick (Brooke), Brock (Jessica), and Cheyne Reiter, Chase and Brock Kruckemeyer, Julian Moré, Cayden and Riley Nielsen; 2 great grandchildren, Cael and Peyton Reiter and another great grand baby Wellman on the way; a brother, Rayfield (Jean) Wellman of Traer, IA; Julie’s 3 children, Krystal (Kerry) Hines of La Porte City, Kori (Lance) Hulin of Jesup and Kari (Robert) Thompson of Waterloo; 8 grandchildren, Alanna, Gabriel, Joshua and Theodore Hines; Tiffany and Matt Hulin and Blake and Ryley Thompson.

Curt was preceded in death by his parents and his former wife, Leona.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church – Jubilee, rural La Porte City with burial in the church cemetery. Full Military Honors will be accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post #207 of La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 27 at La Porte City Funeral Home and an hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the family or Zion Lutheran Church – Jubilee Memorial Fund, 12007 Jubilee Road, La Porte City, Iowa 50651.
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Robert “Bob” Wilson


Robert “Bob” Wilson died in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 4, 2015, due to complications following surgery. He was 88.
Mr. Wilson was born on March 21, 1926, in Waterloo, to Gerald and Nellie (Gail) Wilson. He graduated from West Waterloo High School and then joined the Army after the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. He married Arlene Wilder in 1949. Bob and Arlene had four children. They resided in Waterloo and later in La Porte City. Bob retired from John Deere in 1982 as the Warranty Claims Administrator. Bob enjoyed playing golf and had a winter home in Beaver Dam, Arizona so he could play golf year round. Arlene preceded Bob in death in 2000.
Bob remarried in 2005 to Joanne Sale and moved to Michigan where he enjoyed a beautiful view of Lake Michigan daily. They continued to live in Arizona in the winter months.
Bob loved to watch sports of all kinds and especially loved to talk about wrestling and remembering his state championship title of 1944.
Bob is survived by his wife Joanne Wilson, sons Reece (Judy) Wilson, Todd (Molly) Wilson, daughter Mary (Chuck) English and two-step sons Ryan (Peggy) Peterman, Jeff Peterman and sister Maryhelen Miller. Bob also left four grandchildren Ryan, Leigh, Melissa and Jeffrey and six great grandchildren Nathan, Kyle, Samantha, Ava, Cohen and Delaney.
Bob was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey, brother, James (Jim) Wilson, and his parents.
A memorial service will be held on future dates in both Beaver Dam and La Porte City. His ashes will be placed with his first wife and son at Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery.