Category Archives: Obituaries

Flora Mae Taylor


Flora Mae (Martinez) Taylor, 85, of La Porte City, died Thursday, November 24, 2016 at her home of natural causes. She was born September 16, 1931 in Colorado Springs, Colorado the daughter of James and Elisia (Lopez) Martinez.  She married Orlin Dee Taylor, Sr. on March 2, 1952 in Colorado Springs, Colorado; he preceded her in death on November 18, 2007.

Flora had worked as a nurse, factory worker at Mattel and in housekeeping.  She was a member of the V.F.W, A.B.A.T.E of Iowa District 16 and a Red Cross Volunteer. She enjoyed playing Bingo, yard sales and was a collector of all.

Survived by: two sons, Jim (Sandy) Taylor of Walker, Orlin (Sue) Taylor, Jr. of Waterloo; two daughters, Beverly (Lester) Griswold of La Porte City, Sharon (Lance) Husmann of Mount Auburn; 16 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Tony (Carmen) Martinez of Arizona, Victor (Patricia) Martinez of Colorado and three sisters, Mary Alice Peterson of California, Suzie Martinez of Colorado and Barbara (Jeff) Price of Colorado.

Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; one grandson, Richard C. “Ricky” Coleman, Jr.; one brother, Raymond Martinez and two sisters, Maryann Flanagan and PeeWee.

Services: will be held 11:00 a.m Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with inurnment in the West View Cemetery Saturday, December 3, 2016 following her Grandson, Richard C. “Ricky” Coleman, Jr.’s service.  Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Monday, November 28, 2016 at La Porte City Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at the church.

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

Richard C. “Ricky” Coleman, Jr.


Richard Charles “Ricky” Coleman, Jr., 30, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Mount Auburn, died Monday, November 21, 2016 in Cedar Falls from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.  He was born August 10, 1986 in Waterloo the son of Richard Charles and Sharon (Taylor) Coleman Sr.  He was a 2005 Graduate of Union High School in La Porte City. 

Ricky worked as a CNC Operator at HyPro, Inc. and also had worked at Casey’s General Store in La Porte City for many years.

Survived by: his mother, Sharon (Lance) Stone-Husmann of Mt. Auburn; his fiancée, Aleesa Meyer of Cedar Falls; one sister, Desiree Coleman of Lincoln, Nebraska; step sisters and brothers, Robyn Coleman of Cedar Rapids, Brett Coleman of Vinton, Brandon (Noelle) Husmann of Taintor, Michael Husmann of Grimes, Kimberly (Thomas) Gorton of Cedar Falls; one niece, Sophia Coleman of Lincoln, Nebraska; one nephew, Johnny Husmann of Taintor; maternal Grandmother, Flora Taylor of La Porte City; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceded in death by: his father, Richard Charles Coleman, Sr.; his step-father, Mike Stone; maternal grandfather, Orlin Taylor, Sr. and paternal grandparents, Charles (Betty) Coleman.

Memorial Services: will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2016 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City with inurnment in the West View Cemetery.  Family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church.

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

William J. Bagenstos

  William J. Bagenstos, 87, of La Porte City, went to be with the Lord Monday, November 14, 2016, at La Porte City Special Care, following a short illness. By his side were his niece Chris Wendel and his caregiver for many years, Debbie Barber.
He was born September 2, 1929, in Cedar Rapids, the son of William and Rachel (McCune) Bagenstos.
He married Sybil Skene March 19, 1955. He worked for the La Porte City school system for 21 years and retired in 1991. He also worked for the Waterloo Railroad for 15 years.
William enjoyed music and loved telling jokes. He always had a funny hand out of some sort to give to everyone. He loved to laugh and always was on a mission to make everyone else laugh right along with him.
He is survived by his sister, Geraldine Bogart of Baker City, OR; and a brother, Richard Bagenstos of OH; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his brother, Ray Bagenstos; a sister, Peggy Phillips; and his wife, Sybil.
The family will have a private graveside service at West View Cemetery, La Porte City at a later date.

Dale Louis Schreiber

 Dale Louis Schreiber, age 86, of Carlsbad, California died November 5 2016 in Encinitas, California. Mr. Schreiber, known locally as ‘Lou’ was born in La Porte City on December 6, 1929 to Louis and Dorathea Schreiber. His father was the station master for the Rock Island Railroad in La Porte. Dale and his family lived on 4th Street, and he was educated in the La Porte City schools through high school.

After serving in the Korean War effort (Army), Dale eventually moved to Long Beach, California and worked in aircraft manufacturing and maintenance. He met his wife, Donna Kosmoski, and they were married in 1959. In 1963, the family (with two small children) moved to the San Diego-area. Having success as a real estate investor and landlord, Dale also opened one of the first mini-storage facilities in San Diego area in 1974…which he managed until a few weeks before his death.

Dale was known as a successful and well-traveled man, who never lacked for a story. He authored two compilations of historical short stories about the Wolf Creek Basin and Black Hawk County.

Although he never moved back to Iowa after leaving his childhood home, La Porte City and his youth here never left his thoughts for long.

Dale is preceded in death by his parents, sister Joan Schreiber and his wife of 52 years, Donna. He is survived by his son Edward, daughter Karen, four grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

A graveside ceremony is scheduled at West View Cemetery on Monday, Nov. 21 at 11:00am.

Lois Jean Lange

Lois Jean Lange, age 88, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
She was born May 26, 1928 in Riceville, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Louise (Rosensweig) Nath. Lois graduated from St. Ansgar High School and Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls. She was united in marriage with Wayne Clifford Lange on May 31, 1947 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Toeterville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 14, 2012.
Lois began her teaching career at Geneseo and Jubilee Schools. She also taught at the Iowa School for the Blind in Vinton for 7 years, and retired in 1985. Lois and her husband owned and operated Lange Trucking and Feed in La Porte City from 1950-1985. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City and a former member of Eastern Star. Lois loved to read and enjoyed spending winters in Arizona with her husband.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda (Philip) Smith of La Porte City and Diane (Dave) Rogers of Elk Run Heights; three grandchildren, Justin Rogers of Bradenton, FL, Gail Huffman of Ft. Wayne, IN and Barb Hodges of Crown Point, IN; five great grandchildren; a special little friend, Willow Smith and a sister, La Vonne (Bert) Ferguson of Austin, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and a son, Stephan in infancy.
Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 11, 2016 at the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe Street in La Porte City with inurnment in West View Cemetery. The family will greet friends after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Church. La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
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