Category Archives: Obituaries

Gregory J. Wagner

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Gregory J. Wagner, 55, of La Porte City, died Friday, August 26, 2016 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born April 7, 1961 in Waterloo, the son of Robert J. and Doris (Wendling) Wagner. He was a graduate of La Porte City High School.
Greg was a handyman who could fix anything. He was currently working as an estimator at Menard’s in Cedar Falls, and he loved his job as well as the people he worked with. Greg loved to cook and experiment with new recipes, he enjoyed attending Prairie Lakes Church every Sunday, and he adored his two dogs, Charley (Chuck) and George.
Greg is survived by his mother, Doris Wagner of La Porte City; two daughters, Whitney Lamb and Christy Wagner, both of Cedar Falls; his significant other, Cindy Herman of La Porte City; two step children, Skyler Hager of Nampa, Idaho and Ashley Hager of Phoenix, AZ; one brother, Steve (Kristi) Wagner of La Porte City; one sister, Diane (Steve) Roberts of La Porte City; nephews and nieces, Jessie Tharp, Jill Buckingham, Kirk Mahood, Lauren and Lexi Wagner, and Josh and Sarah Roberts.
Greg is preceded in death by his father and a nephew, Justin Roberts.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls. Family will meet with friends one hour before the service at the church. Inurnment will be held at a later date at the West View Cemetery in La Porte City.
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.

Ronald R. Turner

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  Ronald “Ron” Ray Turner, 74, of Dysart died on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Ron was born on March 3, 1942, in Waterloo, the son of Ray and Marjorie D. Turner. Ron graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1960. He then attended the University of Dubuque for two years, majoring in Biology, and transferred to UNI for a year, majoring in Industrial Arts. In between his last year of high school and college years, Ron worked on Leech Lake (Pine Point Resort) as a dock boy, getting bait, taking care of boats, cleaning fish and guiding. He started working at John Deere Component Work in 1962 and retired as a production supervisor in 1993 after 31 years of service.
Ron was also in the Army Reserves for six years. He belonged to the 404th Signal Company with basic training in Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. His AIT training came at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Ron married Karen Wilson in 1962. They later divorced. He then married Sue Hult. They later divorced. Ron then married Kathleen Jo Larson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ron is survived by his wife, Kathleen, of Dysart; two daughters, Ronda (Russ) Egbert and their children, Ellie and Emerson, of Texas and Tristi (Cory) King and their children, Dakota, Silas Jr., and Lucas, of Cedar Falls; a son, Travis (Anne) Turner and their children, Elizabeth and Jackson, of Dysart; and a sister, Judy (Jim) Burton of Waterloo.
A Celebration of Life will take place at Turner’s Whitetail Hollow (Hwy. D65) on Saturday, August 6 from 1-5 PM. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial at the Whitetail Hollow pond.
Condolences may be left at www.overtonservice.com.

Logan J. Wiebbecke

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Logan James Wiebbecke, born March 16, 2016 passed away on Monday, July 11, 2016 at his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. He was dearly loved by his parents Rob and Michelle (Kruger) Wiebbecke, two sisters, Ayanna, 10, and Eden, 9 and his brother, Derek, 5, who was eagerly waiting for his little brother to become his playmate in the sand pile their Dad had made for them.
Other surviving family members include his grandmother Barbara (Burkgren) Wiebbecke of Hendersonville; grandfather Steve Wiebbecke and his wife, Cheryl of La Porte City; grandmother Martha Kruger of Nashville, Tennessee; grandfather Steve Kruger of Cedar Rapids; great grandparents Robert and Clarice Burkgren of La Porte City; great grandmother Lucille Wiebbecke of Jesup and great grandmother Lola Kruger of Cedar Rapids.
Preceding Logan in death were great grandparents Dale Wiebbecke of Jesup, Max and Mary Gradwell and Amos Kruger of Cedar Rapids.

“Butterflies are the heaven sent kisses of an angel.”

Bertha Robb Miller

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  Bertha Florence Robb Miller, 96, died Sunday, July 17, 2016, at La Porte City Specialty Care.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church with Pastor Mike Ferguson officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton. Interment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Mt. Auburn, Iowa.
Bertha was born May 2, 1920, in Arlington, Iowa, the daughter of James and Genoa Jumper Briddle.
On May 4, 1941, Bertha was united in marriage with Carroll J. Robb in Lancaster, Missouri. He preceded her in death in September of 1982. She married Carl D. “Bud” Miller on June 1, 1991, in Mt. Auburn. He preceded her in death in 2005.
Bertha worked at the canning factory in Vinton and as a cook for La Porte City schools. She was also a nurses’ aide in Vinton and at Schoitz Hospital in Waterloo.
Bertha was a member of the Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church, Rebekah Lodge and the Mt. Auburn American Legion Auxiliary. She loved horses, traveling, reading and playing Bingo. Her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bertha is survived by four sons: Jim (Sherry) and John (Joleen) Robb of La Porte City; Kevin (Janet) Robb of Delhi; and Kendall (Kammy) Robb of Vinton; one brother, Charles (Darlene) Briddle of Oran; 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; and one brother, Paul Briddle.
Memorials may be directed to the Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church.
Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home of Vinton is caring for Bertha and her family. Condolences may be left at vsrfh.com.

Nancy A. Hospodarsky

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  Nancy Ann Hospodarsky, age 65, of Washington, Utah and formerly of La Porte City, passed away Monday, July 11, 2016 in St. George, Utah.
She was born July 23, 1950, in Waterloo, the daughter of Edwin and Ruth Haskin Hospodarsky, the third of five children. Nancy grew up on the family farm where she enjoyed all the animals, especially the dog and cats.
Nancy graduated from the University of Iowa. When her parents left the farm they moved to Iowa City, until after Edwin passed away. Then she and her mother moved to Creighton, Nebraska and lived there until 1999, when they moved to Washington, Utah. She resided there until her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Judy.
Survivors include three brothers, Donald (Teri) Hospodarsky of Washington, UT, Ralph (Cheryl) Hospodarsky of Indianapolis, IN and James (Cindy) Hospodarsky of Conyers, GA.
A funeral service wes held July 13, 2016 in Washington, Utah. Additional funeral services were held Saturday, July 16, 2016 at La Porte City Funeral Home, with interment in West View Cemetery, also in La Porte City.
Condolences may be shared at www.KearnsFuneralService.com

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