Category Archives: Obituaries

Curtis D. “Curt” Wellman

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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.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com

Robert “Bob” Wilson

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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.

David D. Zea

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David D. Zea, age 80, of La Porte City, died Thursday, January 1, 2015 at La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center.

He was born February 1, 1934 in Union Grove, Wisconsin, the son of Howard L. and Geraldine June (Wheeler) Zea.  Dave graduated from St. Ansgar (IA) High School with the Class of 1952.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Business from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Dave was united in marriage with Sylvia F. Steinberg on June 1, 1952 in Mason City, IA.  She preceded him in death on March 26, 1994.

Dave began his career after High School working for the FBI in Washington, D.C. for a year and then he entered the U.S. Army, serving from 1954-1956.  He taught school in Geneva, Iowa for a year and came to La Porte City in 1961 where he taught Junior High School Government and Civics.  He later left teaching and pursued a successful career selling insurance for Life Investors.  Dave became a rural U.S. Mail carrier in 1980, retiring in 1995.

He was a former member of the Union Community School Board and was instrumental in the consolidation of the school district. Dave was a past school board president and volunteered his services for many years at the school, announcing football games for 31 years and serving as Boys’ Basketball equipment manager for more than 20.  He was recently recognized and awarded a plaque by past and present Boys’ Basketball coaches for his many years of dedicated service.

Dave was keeper of the keys for the La Porte City Community Center for many years, a job he truly enjoyed.  He was an active member of the American Lutheran Church, serving on the church council and as choir directior for many years. He was a past recipient of the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism and the La Porte City Jesse Wasson Award. Most of all, Dave loved time spent with his family and his “granddogs.

Survivors include his four children, Becky (Bob) Smith; Jeff (Gwen) Zea; Mary (Glenn) Delagardelle, all of La Porte City; and Steve Zea of New Hartford; 5 grandchildren, Jason (Amanda) Smith, Jakob Zea, Nick (Brooke) Reiter, Dr.  Brock (Jess) Reiter and Cheyne Reiter; 3 great grandchildren, Willow Sue Smith, Cael Reiter and Peyton Reiter and a sister, Betty (Derwyn) Blanchard of California.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sylvia; grandson, Jarrod Zea, and a brother, Richard Zea.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe Street in La Porte City.  Private family inurnment with full military honors will be held at a later date in West View Cemetery. Public visitation will be held from 4:00 to7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 Main Street, and an hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com

Erna L. Miller

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Erna L. (Schmidt) Miller, 97, of La Porte City, died Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center.  She was born April 28, 1917 in Klinger, Iowa the daughter of Oswald E. and Bertha (Poock) Schmidt.  She married Ivan V. Miller on June 20, 1942 in Tullahoma, TN; he preceded her in death on October 8, 2006.

She was a homemaker.  Erna was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church; a longtime member of the Dorcas Society and enjoyed quilting.

Survived by: two sons, David Miller of La Porte City, Phillip (Paula) Miller of Cedar Rapids; two daughters, Janice Miller of Cass City, MI, Sandra (Ken) Long of Blairstown; five grandchildren, Scott (JoAnn) Long of Blairstown, Rob (Meredith) Long of Bondurant, Kristi (Al) Wright of VanHorne, Jami Miller of Cedar Rapids, Travis Miller of Missouri; seven great grandchildren two step great grandchildren;  and a sister-in-law, Doris Schmidt of Waterloo.

Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; one son, Mark Steven Miller; six brothers, Otto, Richard, Wernold, William, Arnold and Eldo Schmidt and three sisters, Martha Bronner, Marie Schutte and Norma Kohn.

Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 5, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church in Waterloo with burial in the West View Cemetery in La Porte City.  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 Immanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund or Valley Lutheran School.

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

Edward L. “Red” Marshall

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Edward L. “Red” Marshall, age 91, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Northcrest Specialty Care in Waterloo.
He was born February 16, 1923 in Eagle Center, Iowa, the son of James Aloyious and Anna Stacia Bridget (O’Flaherty) Marshall. Red graduated from La Porte City High School with the Class of 1940. He was united in marriage with Roberta M. Berryhill on June 3, 1950 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City. She preceded him in death on December 13, 2014.
Red was a tool and die maker with John Deere and Co. for 41½ years, retiring on October 31, 1983. He was a World War II Army Air Corps Veteran. Red was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City, a member of USS San Diego American Legion Post and a past member of the board of directors for the Hawkins Memorial Public library. Red was an avid hunter, fisherman and a skilled story teller who loved classical and big band music. Most of all he treasured time spent with his family.
Survivors include two sons, Larry (Debbie) Marshall of Davenport, IA and Tim (Jill) Marshall of Blue Grass, IA; 3 daughters, Ramona “Moni” (Harvey) Hodges of Jansen, NE, Theresa (Mark) Jenkins of Floyd, IA and Joan (Jeff) Havel of Grinnell, IA; 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and a sister, Elizabeth Lois Kalvig of Evansdale.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Roberta and 9 siblings.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1021 Poplar Street in La Porte City with burial in West View Cemetery. Full military Honors will be accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post. Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, January 2, 2014 and an hour prior to the services at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hawkins Memorial Public Library, 308 Main Street, La Porte City, Iowa 50651.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com.