Category Archives: Obituaries

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.

Memorials may directed to the family. Online condolences can be expressed at

Oddie J. Hook


Oddie J. Hook, age 69, of La Porte City died Saturday, April 11, 2015 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City from complications following heart surgery.

He was born August 22, 1945 in Cedar Falls, the son of Anno and Jeannette Card Hook. Oddie was united in marriage with Kay Moody on May 1, 1965 at Trinity Wesleyan Church in La Porte City.

Oddie worked as a lineman for the La Porte City Utilities for 33 years. Following his retirement he was a driver for Wheeler Auto Supply. Oddie was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Kay, of La Porte City; 3 sons: Jim (Tammy) Hook of La Porte City, Scott (Laurie) Hook of Dysart and Shawn (Jessica) Hook of Waterloo and a daughter, Kelly (Lonnie) West of La Porte City; 14 grandchildren: Ashley, Cody, Tyler, Beau, T.J., Jillian, Alex, Joshua, Colton, Morgan, Brodie, Maria, Stefan and Benjamin; 8 great grandchildren; and a brother, Larry (Marsha) Hook of Vinton, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Public visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14th, and an hour prior to the funeral service. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15th, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City with burial in Westview Cemetery. All visitations and services will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church. La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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Lois K. Flickinger


Lois K. Flickinger, age 96, of La Porte City, died Saturday, April 11, 2015 at La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center.

She was born February 1, 1919 in Atkins, Iowa, the daughter of Lewis and Agnes Hegewald Schirm. Lois graduated from Garrison (IA) High School. She married Dean Flickinger on May 16, 1943 in Leesville, Louisiana. He preceded her in death on July 20, 2011.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Vicki (Leonard) Fowler of Rosemount, MN and Luann (Jeff) Elliott of La Porte City; 5 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and a brother, David Schirm of Vinton, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and 2 brothers, DuWayne Schirm and Richard Schirm.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the American Lutheran Church, 806 Monroe Street in La Porte City. Inurnment will be at a later date in Westview Cemetery. Public visitation will be held an hour prior to the services at the church. La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to the American Lutheran Church, 806 Monroe Street, La Porte City, IA

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Robert B. Rottinghaus


Robert Bernard Rottinghaus, 91, formerly of Jesup died Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the Western Home Communities Assisted Living in Cedar Falls.
Mr. Rottinghaus was born May 22, 1923, on the family farm near Lacona, Iowa, twin son of John and Ella (Dittmer) Rottinghaus. He married Doris Cavanaugh on October 29, 1946, in Blessing, Iowa. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Gilbertville since his family moved to the area when he was six years old. He graduated from Immaculate Conception Grade School and attended Sacred Heart High School in Waterloo for part of his freshman year. He left school to help on the family farm. He was a member of the 4-H Club for 10 years. He served in Okinawa in the Navy during WWII, along with his identical twin brother, Roderick, who passed away in 1949. Robert belonged to the church choir for over 65 years, was a member of American Legion Post 714, a member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree, and a past member of Catholic Order of Foresters.
Robert and Doris lived and farmed in the Gilbertville/Jesup area until December 2011 when they moved to Western Home Communities Assisted Living in Cedar Falls. Along with farming, feeding livestock, and raising 13 children, Robert started CleverTech, Inc. in the early 1980’s a business to sell his farm aid inventions. This business resulted in several U.S. Patents.
He is survived by his wife, Doris of Cedar Falls; four daughters, Janice (Don) Sherman of Morton, IL, Donna (Tim) Cunningham of Cedar Rapids, Patty (Gene) Brandt of Dike, Kay (Wally) Riney of Newton; nine sons, Dennis (Marleen) of La Porte City, Joe (Sherry) of Mesa, AZ, Bob (Darleen) of McGregor, Kevin (Fiancé, Terry Corder) of Callender, Rick (Mona), Chuck (Rhonda), and Stan, all of Waterloo, Keith (Jane) and Lee (Deb) all of Jesup; 33 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; 15 step-great grandchildren; one brother, Alvin (Colletta) and one sister-in-law, Marie Rottinghaus.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one stillborn son, Raymond; three brothers, Roderick, Firmin (Alma) and Gilbert; two sisters, Alice Rottinghaus, Mercedes (Robert) Schrier; one grandson and one great-grandson.
Services were held April 1, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Gilbertville with burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Gilbertville. Nugent-Demuth American Legion Post 714 of Gilbertville conducted military rites.
Memorials may be directed to the Bosco System, Immaculate Conception Church or Cedar Valley Hospice. Online condolences may be posted at