Category Archives: Obituaries

Leslie B. Newton

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Leslie B. Newton, age 96, of La Porte City, died Friday, December 30, 2016 at Keystone Place in North Liberty, Iowa.
He was born February 9, 1920 in Waterloo, the son of Albert C. and Eva (Romine) Newton. He graduated from Waterloo West High School with the class of 1937 and attended Iowa State University where he studied architecture until being drafted to serve in World War II. Leslie was united in marriage with Geneva Riley on September 10, 1942 in Waterloo. She preceded him in death on September 2, 2003.
Leslie was a veteran of the US Army, serving his country during World War II as a field artillery unit commander in the Pacific theater of operation. Following the war, Leslie and Geneva lived in Cedar Rapids for a time until returning to La Porte City to farm the family farm. Leslie followed and admired the prairie-style architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, designing and building the family home in that style. Their home was featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine in the early 1960’s
He raised and showed horses for many years; was actively involved in Black Hawk County 4H and served as a past president of the Black Hawk County Farm Bureau. Leslie was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City, the Iowa Paint Horse Association, and the American Legion.
Survivors include a daughter, Julie (Michael) McLaughlin of Coralville, IA; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Newton of Orlando, FL; a son-in-law, Judd Bristow of Adel, IA; 7 grandchildren, Blair (Merilee) McLaughlin, Blaine (Chris) McLaughlin, Ryan McLaughlin, Jessica Bristow, Emily (Jay) Kauffman, Sam (Fasha) Newton and Meghan (Kiley) Ferguson; and 8 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Geneva; a son, Joel Newton; a daughter, Cathie Bristow and 2 sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017 St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St., in La Porte City. Burial will be in West View Cemetery with Full Military Honors accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post 207 of La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 3 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main St in La Porte City and an hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials directed to a hospice facility of the donor’s choice; or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611, or the family.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com
The family would like to thank the staff at Keystone Place in North Liberty for their loving care.

James Hanna

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James R. “Jim” Hanna, Sr., age 87, of La Porte City, died Monday, December 26, 2016 at his home.
He was born November 20, 1929 on the family farm near Onslow, Jones County, Iowa the son of John Manley and Helen E. (Harvey) Hanna. Jim attended Frozen Hill Country School and later graduated from Onslow High School Class of 1948. Following graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy and served for a year, returning home to help farm in 1950. He was united in marriage with Violet M. Shedeck and 2 sons and a daughter were born to this union. He later married Suzanne Grabanski and adopted her 2 daughters. He later married Marla McBride.
Jim farmed in the Onslow area for 10 years and then bought the Lasher farm south of La Porte City in Benton County. He was a Dekalb Seed Dealer and also worked as a rural mail carrier and a handyman. Jim painted many houses in La Porte City, repaired roofs and cut trees. He always dreamed of being a border patrol agent.
Jim was a member of the La Porte City Lions Club, the National Farm Organization, the National Rifle Association and the Easy Bleeders Wood Carving Club. He loved spending time outdoors hunting and fishing and his hobbies included wood carving, story-telling and gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Marla of La Porte City; 2 sons, James R. (Suzanne) Hanna Jr. of Middleboro, MA and Lynn (Tina) Hanna of La Porte City; a daughter, Krista (Mike) Mangrich of La Porte City; 2 adopted daughters, Nona Paige Sampson of New Zealand and Autumn Hayes of Oelwein; 4 grandchildren, Jason (Holly) Hanna, Jessica (Micah) Wilson, Nic (McKaila) Hanna and Kortney Brustkern and 6 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Johnny Hanna; and 3 sisters, Lorraine Herron, Mary Jane Hanna and Delores Kanda.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St. in La Porte City. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery with Full Military Honors accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post 207 of La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, January 6 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main St., La Porte City and an hour prior to the services on Saturday at the Church.
Memorials may be directed to La Porte City Fire & Rescue, 202 Main St., La Porte City, IA or Cedar Valley Hospice, PO Box 2880, Waterloo, IA 50704.

Amos John Turner

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  John Amos Turner, 92, of Waterloo died Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at La Porte City Specialty Care. He was born May 3, 1924 in Paola, Kansas the son of William Arthur and Ruby (Clapham) Turner. He was a 1942 graduate of Waterloo East High School. He married Wanda Jacobs on June 5, 1949 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua; she preceded him in death in November of 1983.
Amos worked as an Industrial Engineer for Rath Packing Company. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of the Waterloo AMVETS Post #19, Waterloo Elks Club, Waterloo Bowling Association, Rath Management Club and Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church.
He is survived by a daughter, Teri Klockner of La Porte City; four grandchildren, Carrie (Chad) Walker of Cedar Rapids, Hollie (Nate) Hegdahl of La Porte City, Jennie (Corey) Lorenzen of La Porte City, Michael Turner of Lebanon, Tennessee; seven great grandchildren, Cameron, Casey and Coleman Walker, Henry and Haylee Hegdahl and Ty and Lily Lorenzen.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife; a son, Bob Turner; a son-in-law, Paul Klockner; two brothers, Chuck and Ralph Turner and three sisters, Margaret Fetters, Jane Niedert and Hazel Geist.
Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2017 at Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church with burial in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Waterloo AMVETS Post #19, Evansdale AMVETS Post #31 and the Iowa National Guard Honors Detail. Public visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, January 5, 2016 at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel and also one hour before the service at the church.
Memorials may be directed to Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.

Knox Owen Palmer

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Knox Owen Palmer, 3 month old son of Mark and Elisha Palmer, died Tuesday, December 20, 2016. He was born September 5, 2016 in Waterloo, Iowa.
He is survived by his parents; one brother, Hunter Klima; one sister, Gracie Klima all of La Porte City; paternal grandfather, Tim Palmer of Forest City; maternal Grandparents, Deb Williams of Kingsland, Georgia, Larry (Deanne) Benorden of Knoxville, Tennessee, Ron Payton of Angola, Indiana; Paternal great grandmother, Shirley Everding of Titonka; maternal great grandparents, Ken and Ann Hamer of Kingsland, Georgia; maternal great-great grandmother, Irene Grimm of Dysart and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Knox was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Barbara Palmer; paternal great grandparents, Hazel (Don) Palmer; maternal great grandparents, Beverly (Aaron) Benorden, Luella Bergmeier.
Knox impacted so many lives with his infectious smile and laugh. In his short time he blessed their lives and they will be forever changed by him.
Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls, with family receiving friends from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the church. A private family burial will be held in the West View Cemetery in La Porte City.
Memorials may be directed to Sing Me to Heaven Foundation.
Online condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.

Gloria Jean Stout

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Gloria Jean Stout, age 70, passed away on December 6, 2016 in St. Louis following a lengthy illness.
Gloria was born in Waterloo on June 17, 1946, the daughter of Walter and Donna Neuman. In 1965, she married Tom Howard. They were later divorced. On July 5, 1982, Gloria married Ed Stout.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; and two brothers, Jerry and Michael.
Gloria is survived by her children: Tim Howard of Springfield, Missouri; Karen Chace of Fort Worth, Texas; and Paul Stout of St. Louis, Missouri; brothers Lawrence of Independence, Iowa, John (Susie) Neuman of Athens, Michigan, and Tom (Kim) of Waterloo; sisters Nancy (Cliff) McFarland of La Porte City, Carol Pettengill and Patty (Monty) Martin, both of Sabin, Minnesota.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 16 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Memorials may be directed to the family.

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