Category Archives: Obituaries

Larry B. Craft


Larry B. Craft, 63, of La Porte City, died Monday, July 27, 2015 at his home of colon cancer.   He was born July 30, 1951 in Waterloo the son of Raymond and Patricia (Condon) Craft.  He was a 1969 graduate of La Porte City High School at attended NIACC for two years receiving a degree in Heating and Air.   He married Debra A. Dyball on April 28, 1973 in Waterloo.

He owned and operated Craft Heating & Appliance in La Porte City for 30 years retiring in 2014. Larry also had worked as a Service Technician for Casey’s General Store for the last 10 years.

Larry had been a member of the La Porte City Fire Department, Lions Club and Chamber.

Survived by: his wife Deb of La Porte City; two sons, Joe (Autumn) Craft of North Liberty, Marc Craft of Waterloo; one daughter, Emily Craft of La Porte City; two grandsons, Holden and Quinn of North Liberty; two brothers, Michael (LeAnn) Craft of La Porte City; Bob (Teri) Craft of Marshalltown; one sister, Susan Kahler of Des Moines and a brother-in-law, Steve Miller of La Porte City.

Preceded in death by: his parents and one sister, Pamela Miller.

A Family Directed Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at the Rusty Pig (212 Main St – La Porte City) from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015 with a private family inurnment in the West View Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials: may be directed to the family.

La Porte City Funeral Home assisted family with arrangements 319-342-3131.  Online condolences may be left at

Mary M. Keune


Mary M. Keune, 77, of Mt. Auburn, died Thursday, July 16, 2015 at La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center of natural causes.  She was born February 4, 1938 in Minot, ND the daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Leintz) Degenstein.  She married Earl Keune on November 29, 1970 in East Dubuque; he preceded her in death in September of 2001.

She was a homemaker and also had worked as a waitress at Larry’s Restaurant in La Porte City and Cedar Valley Egg for many years.  Mary was a member of the Mt. Auburn American Legion Auxiliary and the Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church.

Survived by: one son, Kenny Keune; one daughter-in-law, Tami Keune  and one granddaughter, Haylee Keune all of La Porte City.

Preceded in death by: her parents and five brothers, Christ, Eddie, Harry, Virgil and Jerry Degenstein.

Services: will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at La Porte City Funeral Home with burial in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Public visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday and also one hour before the service at La Porte City Funeral Home.

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

Robert S. Richardson


Robert Stanley Richardson, 66, of Independence, died Friday, June 19, 2015, at the Buchanan County Health Center, Independence, IA.
Robert was born on December 28, 1948, in Salina, KS, the son of George and Helen (Steaphens) Richardson. At an early age he moved with his family to the La Porte City area where he graduated from High School in 1967. He was employed with the John Deere Company in Waterloo for 30 years prior to his retirement. Robert was married to Donna N. Cook on May 4, 1985, in Waterloo. He was a past member of Grace Lutheran Church, Waterloo.
He enjoyed collecting John Deere memorabilia, going to car shows, car modeling, and most of all spending time with his family and fishing with his grandsons.
Robert is survived by his wife; a stepdaughter, Denise (Danny) Scott of Sumner; six step grandchildren, five step great grandchildren; his stepmother who raised him, Ann Richardson of La Porte City and two sisters, Diane (Steve) Camarata of Cedar Falls and Debbie (Randy) Rippel of La Porte City.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother.
Funeral services were held June 23, 2015, at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence.

Kay J. Ramirez


Kay Bagenstos Ramirez, 78, formerly of La Porte City, died July 2, 2015, at Simi Valley Care Center in Simi Valley, CA.
She was born November 16, 1936, in La Porte City, the daughter of Bud and Ella Bagenstos. Kay graduated from La Porte Consolidated Schools with the Class of 1956.
She is survived by a sister, Gloria Dunkelberger of La Porte City; two daughters, Dana Shields of Simi Valley and Angie Davis of Mission Viejo, CA; one son, Jeff of Colorado; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother Herb, her husband Rudy and an infant nephew, Kenny Dunkelberger.
Services are pending at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills, CA.
Memorials may be directed to the family in care of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Shields, 982 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065
Kay will be remembered as a generous and caring friend and loving family member. She lived a wonderful married life with her family and will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Darlene R. Kalvig


Darlene Rose Kalvig, age 80, of Mt. Auburn, died Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at her home.

She was born October 1, 1934 in Charles City, Iowa the daughter of Harry and Helen Burrier. Darlene graduated from Charles City High School with the Class of 1954. She was united in marriage with Leo Merlin Kalvig on September 26, 1954 in Charles City.

Darlene worked as a CNA for a number of years. She and her husband co-owned and operated the Short Stop convenience store in Traer where she worked as a cook and also later operated the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Des Moines.

Survivors include her husband, Leo of Mt. Auburn; 2 daughters, Connie (Steve) Graveman of Mt. Auburn and Nancy (Wade) Jacobs of Fort Dodge, IA; 3 sons, Douglas (Darlene) Kalvig of North Vernon, IN., Bryan (Michelle) Kalvig of Longmont, CO. and Tim Kalvig of Mt. Auburn; 9 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Betty, Florence and Verna and 2 brothers, Leonard and Harry.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson Scott Harmsen and a brother, Larry.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 Main St. in La Porte City with private family burial in Reinbeck Cemetery, Reinbeck, IA. Public visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the services on Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the family c/o La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main St. La Porte City, Iowa 50651.

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