Category Archives: Obituaries

Donna A. Minard


Donna Ann Minard, 55, of Waterloo died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Covenant Medical Center. She was born March 23, 1960, in Sumner, the daughter of Daryl and Theresa (Halfman) Minard.
She worked as a dishwasher at Steamboat Gardens and also Goodwill Industries.
She is survived by her mother, Theresa Minard of Gilbertville; three brothers, Alan (Lety) of San Diego, CA, Brian (Michelle) of Chesapeake, VA, Steve (Vickee) of Pearland, TX; four sisters, Carol (Rick) Weisert of La Porte City, Janet (Gary) Thiele of La Porte City, Karen (Dan) Ostrem of Stratford, IA, Teri (Tim) Davison of La Porte City; many nieces and nephews; a special friend Don; and her cat, Timmy.
Preceding her in death were her father and twin brothers, Darwin and Duane in infancy.
Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Kearns Funeral Service. Public Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Inurnment will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Waterloo Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Kearns Funeral Service is in charge of arrangement 319-233-3146. Online condolences may be left at

Ella B. Pettengill


Ella Belle Pettengill, 81, of Beaconsfield, formerly of La Porte City, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 16, 2015, at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr. She was born July 19, 1933, in Davis City, Iowa, the daughter of Jesse James and Roberta (Dunbar) Burrell. She married LeMar F. Pettengill on June 20, 1949, in Knoxville; he preceded her in death on February 26, 2012.
Ella and LeMar owned and operated LeMar’s Welding & Repair for over 40 years, retiring in 1996. After their retirement they moved to Beaconsfield. She enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Florida with LeMar, spending time with her family and her dog Spike, her flowers and going to lunch with Connie.
She is survived by four sons: Chris (Bridget) of Goodyear, AZ, Galen (Bobbie) & Raymond all of La Porte City, Ron of Logansport, IN; two daughters, Connie (Mike) Neessen of Beaconsfield, Sis (Rob) Leeper of Eunice, NM; ten grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and one sister, Jenny Gray of Evansdale.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; three brothers, Ovid, Jim and Francis Burrell and her dog Spike.
A private family graveside inurnment will be held in the West View Cemetery in La Porte City.
Memorials may be sent to the family at 1617 Washington St. Beaconsfield, Iowa 50074.
La Porte City Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Melvin Robert Pollock


Melvin Robert Pollock, 85, died March 11, 2015. He was born May 27, 1929 in Mt. Auburn, Iowa, son of Hiram Arthur and Dorothy Margaritte Wiegand Pollock. He attended several Cedar Township rural schools and the Mt. Auburn School, Benton County, IA. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Vinton, IA. He enlisted in the Navy and served in the Far East during the Korean War.

He married Ila Mae Brandt in Vinton, IA, Feb 10, 1956. She preceded him in death in 1992. He married Catherene C. Friedly, in Jesup, IA, August 10, 1996.
He is survived by his wife, Catherene Friedly-Pollock, Evansdale, IA, one daughter, Patricia (Brian) Pollock-Moulds, Marion, IA, two granddaughters, Jennifer (LB) Hurley, Curlew, IA, Amanda (Jeff) Kistner, Hiawatha, IA, Kathyrn Jones, Marion, IA, three step daughters, Carie Hansen, Edina, MN, Kristine Brandt, Cedar Rapids, IA, Jeanie (Terry) Fisher, St. Charles, MN, two stepsons, James Whitford, Fayetteville, AR, Don (Sandy) Brandt, Loomis, CA, step-granddaughters, Debbie (Byron) Bailey, Kelly (Dale) Jensen, Morgan Friedly, Candi Fisher, step-grandsons, Lonnie Whitford, Scott Brandt, Eric Brandt, Jason (Chris) Cline, Wes (Val) Friedly, Travis (Amy) Fisher, Chris (Stephanie) Fisher, and Chad (Stephanie) Fisher, as well as many step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Roy (Carilyn) Pollock, Cedar Rapids, IA, Gene (Maxine) Pollock, Kailau, HI, sisters, Marilyn Oliver, Cedar Rapids, IA, Beverly Ohm, Center Point, IA, and sister-in-law, Laura Pollock, Walker, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram and Dorothy Pollock-Sallee, his stepfather, Earnest Sallee, stillborn infant twin children, one brother, Lowell Pollock, two brothers-in-law, Wendell Oliver and Jerry Ohm, two step-daughters, Linda Cline and Deb Friedly, and one stepdaughter-in-law, Patsy Brandt.
He was employed by Rockwell International-Collins Avionics for 37 years, retiring in 1990.

Funeral arrangements with Memorial service at La Porte City Funeral Home. Military rites will be administered by Emil H. Dutler Post 177 of Mt. Auburn, IA, during a private family inurnment at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Research at Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

Keith A. Riggins


Keith Alan Riggins, 90, of Marshalltown, formerly of Waterloo and La Porte City, died Monday, March 2, 2015 at the Iowa Veteran’s Home in Marshalltown of natural causes.  He was born April 8, 1924 in Davenport the son of Clarence Stewart and Esther (Lockwood) Riggins.  He was a graduate of Hampton High School.  He married Mabel Virginia Taylor on May 1, 1947 in Waterloo; she preceded him in death on June 23, 1994.

Keith worked as a Bagger for Kent Feed retiring after 21 years.  He was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City.  He served in the U.S. Army during WWII.

Survived by: two sons, Veryl A. Riggins of Waterloo, Orlin D. (Cheri) Riggins of La Porte City; three grandchildren, Alicia (Cory) Wilson of Dunkerton, Tessa Riggins of Dunkerton and Taylor Riggins of La Porte City; six great grandchildren; two brothers, Stuart Riggins of Hampton, Glenn Riggins of Albuquerque, New Mexico and one sister, Jean Enders of Hampton.

Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife, Mabel and several brother and sister-in-laws.

Services: will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2015 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City with burial in the Spencer Cemetery, rural Geneseo. Military Rites will be conducted by the La Porte City American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207.  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 the family.

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

Esther Marie Brown


Esther Marie Brown passed away at Banner-Baywood Hospital in Mesa, Arizona on February 27, 2015. She was 82.
Esther was born on a farm near Gilbertville, on July 24, 1932, to Christopher and Genevieve Girsch. She graduated from La Porte City High School in 1950. Esther married Bill Brown in 1951 and had four children. Esther and Bill resided in La Porte City and have lived there throughout their 64 years of marriage.
Esther enjoyed her summer flower garden, sitting at her cabin on the Cedar River, and spending three months each winter with Bill in Mesa. She also took pleasure in her church circle, St Anne’s, and her Bridge club. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Esther is survived by her husband Bill, daughters Angie Brown-Turner and Marybeth Brown-Lohbeck, and son Danny Brown. Esther had four grandchildren, Quisha, Tabetha, Christopher and Hannah, and two great grandchildren, Kylie and Koda. Esther was also survived by her three sisters, Pat Milne, Joan Bookmeier and Luanne Haigh.
Esther was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey Brown.
A memorial service was held on March 1, 2015, at the Sonoran Skies Chapel in Mesa, Arizona. Her ashes will travel home with Bill when he returns to La Porte City this spring.