Category Archives: Obituaries

Donald Edward Kramer

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Donald Edward Kramer, 64, of La Porte City, died Friday, Aug. 21, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home, Waterloo.

He was born Feb. 23, 1951, in Independence, son of Henry and Deloris Kramer.

On March 11, 1971, he married the love of his life Joy Linn Sterling.

Donald graduated in 1970 from Mayo High School, Rochester, Minn. and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was employed in various machining and industrial careers before retiring for medical reasons in 2007.

He is survived by his wife, Joy; sons Christopher of La Porte City and his children, Kayla of Waterloo and Tatum and Ryan Kramer of New York; son Kasey (Emily) of Waterloo; daughter Dawn (Jason) Burns and their children, Adrean, Isaiah, Elijah, Zoe, Zach and Zeke of Waterloo; two great-grandchildren, Ayvah and Joseph; two sisters, Rita (Bud) Murphy of Ozark, Mo., and Linda (Bob) Wood of Rochester, Minn.; and three brothers, Kenny of Jesup, Richard of Rochester, MN and David (Susan) of Coralville.

Donald was preceded in death by three infants and his parents.

A Celebration of Life service and meal in remembrance of Donald will be held at 1 PM in the City Park shelter house in La Porte City on Saturday, September 5th. Friends and family are invited to bring a dish to share.

Condolences may be sent to the family of Donald Kramer, 207 8th Street, La Porte City, Iowa 50651.

LaVonne E. Sheffler

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LaVonne E. Sheffler, age 90, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center.
She was born November 26, 1924 in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of George and Mildred Clancey Bradstream. LaVonne graduated from Mt. Auburn High School.
She was united in marriage with Roger Sheffler on August 21, 1943 in Dubuque, IA. He preceded her in death in April, 2008.
LaVonne worked as a secretary in the scheduling department at Rath Packing Co. in Waterloo and at the ASCS Office in Waterloo. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City and enjoyed playing cards and dancing.
Survivors include three sons, James (Sue) Sheffler of Seattle, WA; Gary (Sherry) Sheffler of La Porte City and Randy (Bev) Sheffler of Blakesburg, IA; seven grandchildren, Chris (Jane) Sheffler of Drexel Hill, PA; Kenny (Jenny) Sheffler of Bellevue, WA; Shawn (Amanda) Sheffler, of La Porte City; Josh Sheffler, of Charlotte, NC; Jason Sheffler, of Little Rock, AR; Michele (Mike) Schmuecker of Mt. Auburn; Jamie Kotouc of La Porte City; 12 great grandchildren and a brother, George J. Bradstream II of Rapid City, SD.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a granddaughter, Courtney Sheffler.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City with burial in Westview Cemetery. Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, September 7, 2015 at La Porte City Funeral Home and an hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the Church.
Memorials may be directed to the American Lutheran Church, 806 Monroe Street, La Porte City, IA 50651.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com

Timothy D. “Tim” Kalvig, 47

Timothy D. “Tim” Kalvig, 47, of Mount Auburn, formerly of Fort Dodge died Friday, August 21, 2015 at his home. He was born July 4, 1968 in Waterloo the son of Leo and Darlene (Burrier) Kalvig. He graduated from Sergeant Bluff High School and received his AA Degree from Hawkeye Community College.
Tim is survived by: his father, Leo Kalvig of Mount Auburn; two sisters, Connie (Steve) Graveman of Mount Auburn, Nancy (Wade) Jacobs of Fort Dodge; two brothers, Douglas (Darlene) Kalvig of North Vernon, IN, Bryan (Michelle) Kalvig of Longmont, CO and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and a great nephew, Scott Harmsen.
Tim’s wishes were to be cremated with no services.
Memorials may be directed to his family.
La Porte City Funeral Home assisted family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.

Lawrence Leland “Larry” Bright

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Lawrence Leland “Larry” Bright, 87, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home after a long battle with Interstitial Lung Disease. He was born April 5, 1928 in Humeston, IA the son of Willard L. and Etta Mae (Leeper) Bright. They moved to Waterloo when he was 8 years old.
In 1945 Larry enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII. While in the service he was on board the USS Sylvania in the Operation Crossroads Marshall Islands, Bikini atomic bomb testing’s. They decommissioned his ship due to radiation contamination and he then served on board the USS Boxer. He was honorably discharged in 1947 as Seaman 1st Class. While in the service he married Joyce Hinton and had two son, they were later divorced. He married Yvonne Jones and had a son and two daughters, they were later divorced. In 1973 he married Louise Smock Messingham.
Larry worked for several businesses including John Deere Tractor Co., Borden Soybean Co., managed Tripoli Lanes and later Maple Lanes under Harry & Bruce Strom and Cadillac Lanes under Adrian Erickson and Milt Horak. In 1989 Larry and Louise moved to West Union to take over Lilac Lanes purchasing it from Roy and Evelyn Granneman in 1990. He had a 300 bowling game while a Lilac Lanes. Due to his health they later sold it and moved to La Porte City, closer to his families. He was inducted into the Greater Cedar Valley Bowling Hall of Fame in 2008 in Waterloo.
Amongst his many interests was golfing with his cancer card friends and son Ron every Tuesday, pool three times a week, playing cards with Louise in two card clubs and previous camping when his health permitted it. Larry was baptized in 1944 at the Waterloo City Church of the Brethren. He joined New Beginnings First Wesleyan Church in 2014.
Survived by: five children, Larry Jr. (Emily) of Geneva, MN, Ronald (Shari) of Waterloo, Calla (Wayne) Schoville of Cedar Falls, Shane (Debbie) of Waterloo and Dee Bright of Cedar Rapids. He helped raise two step-sons, Dennis (Jane) Messingham of Waterloo, Courtney (Carol) Messingham of Bloomington, IN; two nephews, Gary (Ginny) Bradshaw of Arizona and Jett Doane of Nebraska; twelve grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: his parents and a sister, Grace Miller and two granddaughters, Tina and Candace in infancy.
A memorial service will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at New Beginnings First Wesleyan Church, 205 Hammond Ave., Waterloo with a inurnment at West View Cemetery in La Porte City. Military Rites will be conducted by Waterloo AMVETS Post 19 and Evansdale AMVETS Post 31. Family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel, 3146 Kimball Ave., and also one hour before the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.
Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel is in charge of arrangements 319-233-3146. Online condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.

Marjorie A. Runyan

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Marjorie A. Runyan, age 87, of La Porte City died Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center.
She was born February 28, 1928, on the family farm south of La Porte City, the daughter of Grover and Anna Fredrickson Kahler. Marjorie was a graduate of La Porte City High School. She was united in marriage with Wilbur “Huck” Runyan on April 3, 1948, in La Porte City. He preceded her in death on April 13, 2003.
Marjorie and Huck farmed the family farm south of La Porte City for many years, retiring and moving into town in 1985. After retirement, Marjorie was an active volunteer for many years at the La Porte City Senior Center. She was a former 4-H leader and enjoyed playing the piano and listening to music. Marjorie was a lifelong member of Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Steve (Jama) Runyan of La Porte City; two daughters, Andrea (Dale) Petersen of Vinton and Beth Runyan of Springfield, MO; seven grandchildren, Morgan Mahood, Emily (Corey) Oldfather, Eric Petersen, Evan Petersen, Terra (Beau) Wood, Brook (Steve) Skram and Kristin (Ryan) Lensing; and nine great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two brothers, James and Judd Kahler.
Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church with private inurnment at a later date in Westview Cemetery in La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main Street in La Porte City and an hour prior to the services on Saturday at the Church.
Memorials may be directed to Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com