Category: Obituaries

Sherman O. Smalling

Sherman O. “Sherm” Smalling, 76, of La Porte City, died Friday, February 17, 2017 at Covenant Medical Center. He was born November 30, 1940 in Waterloo the son of Sherman Paul and Ida (Whitehead) Smalling. He was a graduate of La Porte City High School.
Sherman lived his entire life on the family farm in La Porte City, and with the help of family and caregivers was able to spend his last years living at home.
He is survived by two brothers, Marlin (Mary) of Zion Crossroads, VA, Duane of West Fargo, ND; two nephews, Scott Smalling of La Porte City, Chris Smalling of Folsom, CA and one niece, Courtney Bernsen of Charlottesville, VA.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017 at La Porte City Funeral Home with burial in the West View Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday at La Porte City Funeral Home and also one hour before the service.
Memorials may be directed to La Porte City Historical & Ag Museum, 408 Main St, La Porte City, IA 50651.
Online condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.

Lee Roland Sturtz

Lee Roland Sturtz, age 96, of La Porte City, died Thursday, February 16, 2017, at UnityPoint Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
He was born January 6, 1921, on the family farm six miles south of La Porte City, the son of Arthur and Alice (Van Fleet) Sturtz. Lee was united in marriage with Hila Betty Robson on June 7, 1943, in Independence, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 22, 1999.
Lee began his career at Rath Packing Co. in Waterloo and also farmed near Alburnett, Iowa. While working at Rath, he was inducted into the US Army and served for nearly four years in San Diego and the Pacific theater of operation. Lee later worked the family farm near Brandon. He also was employed by Steinbeck Trucking Co. in Brandon. He was a lifetime member of Brandon United Methodist Church and farming was his passion.
Survivors include his five children, Karen (Ronnie) Wilson of La Porte City, Terry (Julianne) Sturtz of Wickenburg, AZ, Steven (Elaine) Sturtz of Cedar Falls, Lee Jr. (Dawnye) Sturtz of Brandon, and Kimberly (Kimm) Pennell of La Porte City; eleven grandchildren, five step grandchildren; many great grandchildren and step great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Sturtz of Wisconsin.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hila; two sisters, Sandra Platt and Marilyn Fay Sturtz in infancy and three brothers, Donald, Allen, and Harold Sturtz.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Brandon United Methodist Church, 507 Main Street in Brandon. Burial will be in the Brandon Cemetery with Full Military Honors accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post 207 of La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 4-7 PM Tuesday, February 21 at La Porte City Funeral Home and an hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to Brandon United Methodist Church, PO Box 125, Brandon, IA 52210.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com

Eleanor J. Appleton

Eleanor J. Appleton, age 90, of La Porte City, died Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
She was born July 19, 1926 in La Porte City, the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Martin) Fleisher. Eleanor was a graduate of La Porte City High School. She was united in marriage with Martin G. Appleton on July 28, 1947 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. He preceded her in death in 1975.
Eleanor worked as a cook at the La Porte City Nursing Home for many years until her retirement. She was a charter member of the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City, a member of the La Porte City VFW Auxiliary and volunteered at the La Porte City Community Center. Eleanor was an excellent cook and she enjoyed dancing and playing cards.
Survivors include three sons, Jerry (Jan) Appleton of Fairfax, Marty (Jan) Appleton of Marion, and Scott (Lisa) Appleton of La Porte City; two daughters, Penny (Butch) Dodd of La Porte City and Deb (Tom) Heffernen of Jesup; a daughter-in-law, Deb Weber of Dunkerton; 7 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Kent and Allen; and her brothers and sisters.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 at the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe St., in La Porte City with private family inurnment at West View Cemetery. The family will greet friends after 10 a.m. Friday at the church. La Porte City Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Memorials may be directed to the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe St., La Porte City, IA 50651 or La Porte City Fire Department, 202 E. Main St., La Porte City, IA 50651.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnFuneralService.com

Leslie B. Newton

Leslie B. Newton, age 96, of La Porte City, died Friday, December 30, 2016 at Keystone Place in North Liberty, Iowa.
He was born February 9, 1920 in Waterloo, the son of Albert C. and Eva (Romine) Newton. He graduated from Waterloo West High School with the class of 1937 and attended Iowa State University where he studied architecture until being drafted to serve in World War II. Leslie was united in marriage with Geneva Riley on September 10, 1942 in Waterloo. She preceded him in death on September 2, 2003.
Leslie was a veteran of the US Army, serving his country during World War II as a field artillery unit commander in the Pacific theater of operation. Following the war, Leslie and Geneva lived in Cedar Rapids for a time until returning to La Porte City to farm the family farm. Leslie followed and admired the prairie-style architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, designing and building the family home in that style. Their home was featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine in the early 1960’s
He raised and showed horses for many years; was actively involved in Black Hawk County 4H and served as a past president of the Black Hawk County Farm Bureau. Leslie was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City, the Iowa Paint Horse Association, and the American Legion.
Survivors include a daughter, Julie (Michael) McLaughlin of Coralville, IA; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Newton of Orlando, FL; a son-in-law, Judd Bristow of Adel, IA; 7 grandchildren, Blair (Merilee) McLaughlin, Blaine (Chris) McLaughlin, Ryan McLaughlin, Jessica Bristow, Emily (Jay) Kauffman, Sam (Fasha) Newton and Meghan (Kiley) Ferguson; and 8 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Geneva; a son, Joel Newton; a daughter, Cathie Bristow and 2 sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017 St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St., in La Porte City. Burial will be in West View Cemetery with Full Military Honors accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post 207 of La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 3 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main St in La Porte City and an hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials directed to a hospice facility of the donor’s choice; or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611, or the family.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com
The family would like to thank the staff at Keystone Place in North Liberty for their loving care.

James Hanna

James R. “Jim” Hanna, Sr., age 87, of La Porte City, died Monday, December 26, 2016 at his home.
He was born November 20, 1929 on the family farm near Onslow, Jones County, Iowa the son of John Manley and Helen E. (Harvey) Hanna. Jim attended Frozen Hill Country School and later graduated from Onslow High School Class of 1948. Following graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy and served for a year, returning home to help farm in 1950. He was united in marriage with Violet M. Shedeck and 2 sons and a daughter were born to this union. He later married Suzanne Grabanski and adopted her 2 daughters. He later married Marla McBride.
Jim farmed in the Onslow area for 10 years and then bought the Lasher farm south of La Porte City in Benton County. He was a Dekalb Seed Dealer and also worked as a rural mail carrier and a handyman. Jim painted many houses in La Porte City, repaired roofs and cut trees. He always dreamed of being a border patrol agent.
Jim was a member of the La Porte City Lions Club, the National Farm Organization, the National Rifle Association and the Easy Bleeders Wood Carving Club. He loved spending time outdoors hunting and fishing and his hobbies included wood carving, story-telling and gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Marla of La Porte City; 2 sons, James R. (Suzanne) Hanna Jr. of Middleboro, MA and Lynn (Tina) Hanna of La Porte City; a daughter, Krista (Mike) Mangrich of La Porte City; 2 adopted daughters, Nona Paige Sampson of New Zealand and Autumn Hayes of Oelwein; 4 grandchildren, Jason (Holly) Hanna, Jessica (Micah) Wilson, Nic (McKaila) Hanna and Kortney Brustkern and 6 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Johnny Hanna; and 3 sisters, Lorraine Herron, Mary Jane Hanna and Delores Kanda.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St. in La Porte City. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery with Full Military Honors accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post 207 of La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, January 6 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main St., La Porte City and an hour prior to the services on Saturday at the Church.
Memorials may be directed to La Porte City Fire & Rescue, 202 Main St., La Porte City, IA or Cedar Valley Hospice, PO Box 2880, Waterloo, IA 50704.

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