Category Archives: Obituaries

Darlene R. Kalvig

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Darlene Rose Kalvig, age 80, of Mt. Auburn, died Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at her home.

She was born October 1, 1934 in Charles City, Iowa the daughter of Harry and Helen Burrier. Darlene graduated from Charles City High School with the Class of 1954. She was united in marriage with Leo Merlin Kalvig on September 26, 1954 in Charles City.

Darlene worked as a CNA for a number of years. She and her husband co-owned and operated the Short Stop convenience store in Traer where she worked as a cook and also later operated the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Des Moines.

Survivors include her husband, Leo of Mt. Auburn; 2 daughters, Connie (Steve) Graveman of Mt. Auburn and Nancy (Wade) Jacobs of Fort Dodge, IA; 3 sons, Douglas (Darlene) Kalvig of North Vernon, IN., Bryan (Michelle) Kalvig of Longmont, CO. and Tim Kalvig of Mt. Auburn; 9 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Betty, Florence and Verna and 2 brothers, Leonard and Harry.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson Scott Harmsen and a brother, Larry.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 Main St. in La Porte City with private family burial in Reinbeck Cemetery, Reinbeck, IA. Public visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the services on Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the family c/o La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main St. La Porte City, Iowa 50651.

Condolences can be expressed at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com

Herb M. Clark

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Herb M. Clark, 85, of Marion, formerly of La Porte City, died Monday, June 8, 2015 at The Villages at Marion of natural causes.  He was born October 2, 1929 in Brandon the son of Milfred and Ella Mae (Brallier) Clark. He married Nickolina “Nicki” Burch on May 15, 1948 in Pontiac, Michigan; she preceded him in death on August 30, 2014.

Herb had worked as a Tool & Die maker at John Deere for 36 years, retiring in 1985.  He was a member and Committeeman of the Local 838 and Past Chairman of The John Deere Council for eight years.

He is survived by one son, Tim (Denise) Clark of Johnston; one daughter, Pamela Clark of Coggon; six grandchildren, Matthew (Rachel) Clark, Emily Clark, Robert (Ruth) Hojka, Eric Hojka), Laura (Andrew) Wenger-Rommann, Lisa (Roy) Foster; twelve great grandchildren and one brother, Stanley (Judy) Clark of Independence.

Preceding hime in death were his parents; his wife, Nicki; one infant son; three brothers, Merlin, Floyd and Kessler Clark and two sisters, Leona Bourne and Deloris Kramer.

Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 12, 2015 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with inurnment in the West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City.  Family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday 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 can be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.

Eileen M. Buck

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Eileen M. Buck, 64, of La Porte City, died Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City following a short acute illness.  She was born August 16, 1950 in La Porte City the daughter of Merville W. and Margaret Eileen (Foss) Purdy.  She was a 1968 Graduate of Jesup High School.  She married Lee R. Buck on April 15, 1983; he preceded her in death on March 24, 2001.

She worked as a Machinist for Chamberlain Manufacturing for 20 years.

Survived by: two sons, Patrick (Lisa) Purdy and Frederick Purdy all of La Porte City; one stepson, Gary Buck of Fort Madison; one special daughter, Melisa Pullin of Waterloo; six grandchildren, Zach Purdy of Waterloo, Adam, Beau, Devin Purdy all of La Porte City, Leighton Pullin and Amya Joshua both of Waterloo; one sister,  Linda (Stan) Schneider of Cedar Falls; five brothers, Glen Purdy of Waterloo, Nicholas (Linda) Purdy of Waterloo, Robert (Rosie) Purdy  of Washburn, William (Cora) Purdy of Algoma, WI, Merville (Vicki) Purdy of Forestville, WI and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: her parents and her husband Lee.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 8, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in the West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City.  Public visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at La Porte City Funeral Home where there will be a 4:00 p.m. Rosary Service.  Visitation will also be held 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 www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.

Delbert Schmitz

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Delbert William Schmitz, 72, of La Porte City, Iowa passed away on May 24, 2015 peacefully in his sleep after a tough battle with cancer.

Delbert was born in La Porte City on September 16, 1942, the son of John W. and Nelle O. (Yarrow) Schmitz. He was one of 8 children, 6 boys and 2 girls. He spent much of his youth on Wolf Creek with his brothers and sisters.

He graduated from La Porte City High School where he was well respected and admired for his athletic talents in football, basketball, track, and baseball. He was Captain of the football team, class Treasurer, and Student Council President. Delbert went on to become Plant Manager of Supersweet Feeds, Monmouth, IL and then International Multifoods, LeMars, IA.

Delbert married Velma Ann Byers on September 12, 1962 and they raised one daughter Lorie Ann Mannon. Del was an avid fisherman and really enjoyed the outdoors. He especially loved the numerous fishing trips he took with his brothers. He also enjoyed golfing along with spending time with his family and friends. He had a passion for making people laugh and telling stories. His faith was very important to him as he was a devoted Catholic.

He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his sister Rozella Close.

Survivors include his daughter, Lorie (David) Mannon of Gilbert, AZ , his grandchildren: Jason (Shawna) Mannon of Erie, CO; Adam (Stephanie) Mannon of Chandler, AZ; and Ashley Ann Mannon of Gilbert, AZ; along with 5 great grandchildren: Faith, Carter, Piper, Isabella, and Beau Mannon. He is also survived by his sister, Marilyn (Dan) Dunkelberger; brothers; Dick (Melva) Schmitz, Ron (Linda) Schmitz, Dan (Pam) Schmitz, Larry (Kris) Schmitz, and Joe Schmitz; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 10 AM on June 13, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City. Burial to follow the funeral at Westview Cemetery. Thereafter, luncheon will be served at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Roger W. Thompson

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Roger W. Thompson, age 78, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Covenant Medical Center following a heart attack.

He was born July 1, 1936 in rural Clayton County, Iowa, the son of Kenneth and Effie Thompson.  Roger graduated from Monona (IA) High School and served in the Wisconsin National Guard.  He was united in marriage with Bonnie Wilkins on October 19, 1954 in Monona.

Roger worked for many years in agriculture including farming, delivering fertilizer, feed and seed and other duties.  He was a firefighter and an emergency medical technician (EMT) for over 30 years with the La Porte City Fire Department and also served as Chief of the Department for several years.  He was a member of the Iowa Fireman’s Association and the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City.

Roger never met a stranger.  He enjoyed visiting and he cared about helping others in his community.  He was fond of the outdoors, spending time working on projects and caring for his yard.  Roger loved children and treasured time spent with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie of La Porte City; a daughter, Denise (Jeff Gryczewski) Thompson of Schertz, TX; a son, Kevin (Julie) Thompson of Des Moines; 4 grandchildren, Amanda (Steve) Junkman of New Mexico, Ashley Thompson of Cedar Falls, Sadie Thompson and Steven Thompson, of Des Moines; 3 great grandchildren, Laney, Myra and Emery; 2 brothers, Virgil (Mary Lou) Thompson and Dick (Barb) Thompson all of Monona and a sister, Karen Severn of Roscoe, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe St. in La Porte City with burial with Full Military Honors at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in Council Hill Cemetery in rural McGregor, Iowa. Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday and an hour prior to the services on Saturday at the American Lutheran Church. La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the La Porte City Fire Department, 204 Main St., La Porte City, IA 50651 or the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe St., La Porte City, IA 50651.

Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com