Category Archives: Obituaries

Arlene Mae Schlotfelt


Arlene Mae (Lassen) Schlotfelt, 86, of Cedar Rapids died Saturday, May 23, 2015 at her home following a short illness. Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Teahen Funeral Home by Chaplain Joe Kane, with burial at 2:30 PM at Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. Friends may visit with the family after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arlene is survived by her son Bryan (Elizabeth Cwik) of Cedar Rapids; daughter Janeen (Mike) Schultz of Fairbault, MN; five grandchildren John (Gina), Ben, Caitlin, Derek and Daniel (Priscilla) and brother Merlin (Gerene) Lassen of Dysart.

She is preceded in death by her husband Roger, parents and sister Lois Klink.

Arlene was born on September 16, 1928 in Benton County the daughter of Severt and Margaret Gill Lassen. She married Roger Schlotfelt on April 19, 1950 in LaPorte City. She worked at the Teamsters Credit Union for 30 years before retiring in 1991.

Arlene loved to quilt and was a strong musician and piano player.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Mercy.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Beth A. Keegan



Beth Ann Keegan, 54, of Waterloo, formerly of La Porte City, died peacefully, Monday, May 11, 2015 at Unity Point Heath Allen Hospital from complications of breast cancer.  She was born March 11, 1961 in Davenport the daughter of John and Clarice (Reiter) Keegan.  She was a 1979 graduate of La Porte City High School.

She was working as an Executive Administrator for EPA Midwest in Waterloo for the last 23 years.

She is survived by two brothers, Daniel (Susan) Keegan of Gilbert, AZ, Kenneth (Cheryl) Keegan of Davenport; two sisters, Jan (Cliff) Pint of Brandon, Kathy Keegan Schares of Atlantic; eleven nieces and nephews, Jessica (Nathan) Longwisch, Joslyn (Jordan) Truax, Kim Nielsen, Lee Schares, Aaron (Deena) Schares, Rebecca (Andrew) Oldridge, Nathan (Poppy) Keegan, Matthew (Erin) Keegan, Brittany Keegan, Mitchell (Kya) Keegan, Kendall Keegan and fourteen great nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother-in-law, Kent Miller.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with inurnment in the West View Cemetery.  Family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

“Our Loss is Heaven’s Gain”

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



Kenneth Kruse


Kenneth Kruse dearly loved his country, his family. and above all, God. Colonel Kenneth Kruse, United States Air Force (RET), peacefully peased away at home on February 28, 2015, after a brief illness. Ken was born in La Porte City, Iowa, on October 5, 1923. He graduated from La Porte City High School where he met and eventually married his beloved wife, Emmooene Kruse.

After high school, Ken joined the Air Force and enjoyed a long career as a command pilot with over 5,000 flying hour. With an unrivaled passion for flying, Ken claimed he never “worked” a day in his entire career. Ken’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Alr Force Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, World War II American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star Device, and the Republic or Vietnam Campaign Medal.

During his career, Ken also completed his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his Masters Degree from George Washington University, where he studied International Relations. Ken retired in 1974 with 31 years of active duty. After retirement, Ken moved to Redlands, California, and spent many years in property management.

Ken was an active member of the Redlands United Methodist Church and Order of Daedalians, the national fraternity of commissioned military pilots. He participated in Redlands Meals on Wheels for 25 years with his wife, Em. He was also a member of the Military Officers Association of America and a member of the Redlands Horticulture Society consistently producing First Place Blue Ribbons for navel oranges, blood oranges and lemons. His hobbies included fishing, golfing and playing cribbage. He also was an avid car collector. Ken loved attending garage sales and restoring and and selling almost anything. His passion for tending his garden and citrus orchard, and yard maintenance were daily rituals. Always leading by example, Ken aspired to instill within his children and grandchildren the importance of a strong work ethic, impeccable integrity, goal setting and loyalty. He touched the hearts of many with his loyal friendship, heartfelt stories, and willingness to always lend words of wisdom or a helping hand. Ken was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife of seventy years. Emmogene Kruse; his son, Jerry, and Alice Kruse or San Antonio, Texas; his grandchildren, Mason and Kelly Kruse of Fort Worth, Texas, and Mary Emma and Matt Hawthorne of Dallas, Texas; his great-grandchildren, Ellie and Kaleb Kruse, and Oliver and Greta Hawthorne; his son, David Kruse of San Jacinto, California; his grandchildren, Courtney and Robert Lewis of Gill, Colorado, and Chelsea and Adam Tenney of Oceanside, California; his great-grandchildren, Robert and Ellee Lewis, and Everson Tenney; his daughter, Jennifer Kruse of Redlands, California; his grandchildren, Christopher Lebel of Redlands, California, and Katie Lebel of Atlanta, Georgia; brother Dean Kruse of Sequim, Washington, and sister Cleo Hackerson of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Emma and Cecil Teeter


Emma Elizabeth Teeter died May 3, 2010. Emma was born Nov. 11, 1915, in Clear Lake, IA, to Christian and Martha (Salling) Larsen, both natives of Denmark who emigrated and became citizens of the USA.
She graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1934, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Mason City, for nine years, as Chief Evening Operator and Commercial Office Representative.
She married Cecil Glenn Teeter on June 23, 1942, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Emma lovingly raised their three children, moved their household nine times over the years, and volunteered in their local communities, including church Women’s Circle, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, day care for physically disabled children, and Head Start.
After a granddaughter was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue in 1982, she founded the Celiac Sprue Association of Greater Kansas City, and assisted chapters in Phoenix, Omaha, and Des Moines. During their retirement in Mesa, AZ, she volunteered with the Phoenix area Celiac Sprue Association and the Child Crisis Center of Mesa.
Cecil Glenn Teeter died December 16, 2014. He was born Oct. 29, 1918, in La Porte City, to Glenn and Margaret (Sawyer) Teeter.
He graduated from La Porte City High School in 1936, attended Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa), and was a member of Alpha Delta Alpha fraternity.
He married Emma Elizabeth Larsen on June 23, 1942, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Cecil served in the US Army from 1941 to 1946, as Second Lieutenant, Signal Corps, and Captain, Officer Reserve Corps. During WW II he served in campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany, attached to the Air Corps. He was recalled to active duty from 1950 to 1952 during the Korean Conflict, serving as Company Commander at Camp Gordon, GA, and Camp Cooke, CA.
Cecil became a manager for AT&T in several departments during his 38-year career. He worked in Iowa City, Kansas City, New York City, Washington, DC, and again in Kansas City.
He was a life member of American Legion Post #207 in La Porte City, a member of the church Men’s Club, and served three years as an elected officer of the Retired Telephone Pioneers. During retirement they lived in Roeland Park, KS, Mesa, AZ, and Lawrence, KS.
Survivors include a son, Steven Teeter (Sharon); two daughters, Marilyn Teeter and Patricia Zara (George); Cecil’s brothers Clare, Truman, and James (Maria); Cecil’s sister, Dorothy Frericks (Marvin); a sister-in-law, Ann Larsen; grandchildren Jessica Romaine, Alice Teeter, Kellie Kandybowicz, and Glenn Teeter (Maria); step-grandchildren Elizabeth Alexandre and Michael Zara; great-grandchildren Adrian and Rhiannon Romaine and Aristeo and Javier Teeter Rangel; and many nieces, nephews, their children and grandchildren.
They were preceded in death by their parents; a grandchild, Patricia’s daughter Ann Kandybowicz; a step-grandchild, Katherine Zara; Emma’s sister and her husband, Marie & Barney Kogan; Emma’s brother, Carl; Cecil’s brothers and their wives William & Cecile and Robert & Maxine; a sister-in-law, Juanita (Mrs. Clare) Teeter; and two nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City. Family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church. Inurnment will be held in the West View Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by the La Porte City American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207.
Memorials may be directed to Grace Hospice or Disabled American Veterans in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. Lawrence, KS 66044
La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements 319-342-3131. Online condolences may be left at

Darlene Krug


Darlene June Krug was born October 19, 1931 in rural Garrison, Benton County, Iowa: the daughter of Floyd and Alvina (Grau) Sturtz. She graduated from Vinton High School. Darlene was united in marriage to Ervin Krug on September 17, 1950 at the Presbyterian Church in Vinton, Iowa. She lived in Vinton while Ervin was in the Army. Darlene was a member of the Dysart United Methodist Church, officer of the Porkettes of Benton County and volunteered at Virginia Gay Hospital. She was also a part-time cook at Geneseo School, enjoyed working on the farm with her husband, Ervin and spending time at their winter home in Texas and camping. Darlene was very special and loved her family dearly and she was everyone’s “favorite aunt”.

Darlene passed away on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Sunnycrest Nursing Center at the age of 83. She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers: Melvin and Malin Sturtz; 3 sisters: Nadine Staggs, Elieen Koehn and Irene Lundahl and a son-in-law Bill Angell. Darlene is survived by her husband Ervin of LaPorte City; 2 sons: Steven (Annette) Krug of Weldon, Iowa and Dan (Colleen) Krug of LaPorte City, Iowa; 2 daughters: Becky Bonnette of Grundy Center, Iowa and Jeanie (Scott) Sampson of Orlando, Florida; 8 grandchildren: Amy, Megan, Scott, Wyatt, Anna, Macy, Laura Rae and Samantha; 5 great-grandchildren: Avery, Savannah, Addison, Jaxon and Willow; a brother Darrell (Joan) Sturtz of Marion, Iowa and a sister Jan (Leo) Brown of Bull Head City, Arizona.

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF VISITATION: Overton Funeral Home in Dysart, 707 Clark Street, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 4 to 7 pm.

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF SERVICE:  Dysart United Methodist Church on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:30 am.

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