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Oren and Gwen Hoyt

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Joint memorials services for Oren and Gwen: will be held 5 PM, Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the American Lutheran 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.
Gwen Hoyt, 93, of La Porte City, died Monday, January 18, 2016 at La Porte City Specialty Care of natural causes. She was born August 15, 1922 in Mt. Auburn the daughter of Lawrence H. and Ramona (Jenks) Fehl. Her mother died in a tragic fire when she was a few weeks old. She was raised by her paternal grandparents until school aged then her father brought her to Racine, WI where she attended school. Gwen married Oren C. Hoyt on May 26, 1945 in Racine, WI.
She farmed with her husband and also worked as a clerk in several stores downtown La Porte City. She and her husband were Charter Members of La Porte City American Lutheran Church where she was very active in WELCA and the Church Choir. She was a 4-H Club Leader, bowled in the Church and Women’s League and was active in Card Club. She and her husband wintered in Texas for 21 years.
She is survived by one daughter, Marilyn (Elmer) Meyer of Dysart; two sons, Jim (Pat) Hoyt of Johnston, David Hoyt of Leicester, NC; six grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandson and one brother, Kenneth (Mary Ann) Fehl of Racine, WI.
Preceding her in death were her parents and step mother, Astrid Hansen Fehl.
Oren C. Hoyt, 94, of La Porte City, died Saturday, April 9, 2016 at La Porte City Specialty Care of natural causes. He was born May 7, 1921 in North Benton County the son of Clark and Sarah (Teller) Hoyt. He married Gwen I. Fehl on May 26, 1945 in Racine, WI; she preceded him in death on January 18, 2016.
Oren served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII. He farmed for 24 years, worked at Titus Manufacturing, Doerfer Machine Shop in Cedar Falls and the City of La Porte City. He and his wife Gwen were Charter Members of La Porte City American Lutheran Church; former member/officer of Benton County Dairy Association; Card Club; and bowled in Church League; was a member of VFW and the U.S.S San Diego American Legion Post 207. He and his wife wintered in Texas for 21 years.
He is survived by one daughter, Marilyn (Elmer) Meyer of Dysart; two sons, Jim (Pat) Hoyt of Johnston, David Hoyt of Leicester, NC; six grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his wife.
Memorials may be directed to the American Lutheran Church (801 Monroe St. La Porte City, Iowa 50651.)
La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.

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Oren C. Hoyt

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Oren C. Hoyt, 94, of La Porte City, died Saturday, April 9, 2016 at La Porte City Specialty Care of natural causes. He was born May 7, 1921 in North Benton County the son of Clark and Sarah (Teller) Hoyt. He married Gwen I. Fehl on May 26, 1945 in Racine, WI; she preceded him in death on January 18, 2016.
Oren served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII. He farmed for 24 years, worked at Titus Manufacturing, Doerfer Machine Shop in Cedar Falls and the City of La Porte City. He and his wife Gwen were Charter Members of La Porte City American Lutheran Church; former member/officer of Benton County Dairy Association; Card Club; and bowled in Church League; was a member of VFW and the U.S.S San Diego American Legion Post 207. He and his wife wintered in Texas for 21 years.
Oren is survived by one daughter, Marilyn (Elmer) Meyer of Dysart; two sons, Jim (Pat) Hoyt of Johnston, David Hoyt of Leicester, NC; six grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
Oren was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Joint Memorial Services for Oren and Gwen will be held at 5 PM Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City. Family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church. Inurnment will be held 10 AM Monday, May 2, 2016 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 the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe St. La Porte City, Iowa 50651.
La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.

Lorraine D. Van Vark

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Lorraine D. Van Vark, age 78, of La Porte City, died Friday, April 8, 2016 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
She was born March 1, 1938 in Rodman, Iowa the daughter of Carl and Velma Gilbert Lenz. Lorraine graduated from Rodman High School with the Class of 1956. She was united in marriage with Theodore “Ted” Rasmussen in July 1957 and the couple later divorced. She married Ronald W. Shissler on November 4, 1971 in Des Moines, Iowa and he preceded her in death on May 8, 1988. Later in life, she married Glen Van Vark and they later divorced after 10 years of marriage.
In early years, Lorraine worked as a keypunch operator and also in the banking industry. She was a longtime homemaker and enjoyed gardening and time spent with family. She was a member of the La Porte City Garden Club and the Knit Club.
Survivors include her 4 children, Dodie Lynn of Shoreline, WA, Ron (Monica) Shissler of Everett, WA, Kris Hart of Elkhart, IN and Bruce (Denise) Rasmussen of Earlham, IA; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; her brothers and sisters, Gary (Gisela) Lenz of Del Rio, TX, Mary Bruhn of Caldwell, ID, Susan Burch of La Porte City, Wayne (Janice) Lenz of Boise, ID and Bob (Peggy) Lenz of Rockford, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sons, Ronald and Donald Rasmussen; a daughter, Kathleen Rasmussen; 4 sisters, including her twin sister, Lois Peterson, Jeanne Larson, Judy Tisdale and Joanne Tripp and 2 brothers, Rich and Don Lenz.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main Street, with burial in West View Cemetery in La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, April 11 and an hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the Funeral Home.
Memorials may be directed to La Porte City Garden Club or the American Lung Association. Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com

Carol J. Becker

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Carol Jean Becker, 76, of Cedar Rapids died Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy.
Carol was born on June 20, 1939 in La Porte City the daughter of Henry and Mary Benda Frericks. She graduated from La Porte City High School in 1957. Carol married Francis “Fritz” Becker on June 29, 1957 in La Porte City. She retired in 2007 as Food Service Manager at Franklin Middle School after 25 years with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. She had worked previously for Collins Radio Company and The Progress Review newspaper in La Porte City.
Carol is survived by her husband Francis “Fritz”; six children, Rod (Kathy) of Davenport, Mark, Brian, Chris (Jeannie), Andrea (Doug) Dukes, and Doug (Paula) all of Cedar Rapids; ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; four brothers, Don (Sandy) Frericks of Blue Grass, Melvin (Mary Jo) Frericks of Cedar Rapids, Marvin (Dorothy) Frericks of Denver, and Irvin (Barbara) of Hesperia, CA; sister, Pat (Lee) Teachout of Greenville, WI; sister-in-law, CJ Frericks of Springville; close friend, Marsha Marchant; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her daughter, Elizabeth VanTomme, a brother, Glen, and granddaughter Mariah.
Services: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at Teahen Funeral Home by Rev. Stasia Fine of New Disciples Christian Church. Burial: Westview Cemetery, LaPorte City with a luncheon at the Rusty Pig following the graveside services. Friends may visit with the family on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday after 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Carol loved getting her family together during the summer and for holidays. She enjoyed antiquing, collecting depression dishes and salt and pepper sets.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences can be left at www.teahenfuneralhome.com.

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