Category: Milestones


Kyele Clapp and Teal Ludemann were married June 1 at Kyele’s papa’s pond.
Parents of the couple are Sarah and Aaron Leeper of Center Point, Trent Clapp of La Porte City, Malinda and Shawn Hansen, also of La Porte City, and Kurt and Tiffany Ludemann of Oelwein.
Taylor Clapp, sister of the bride, was Maid of Honor. The bridesmaids were Maddy Reincheld, Madyson Chapman and Claire Clapp.
Vince Neil, friend of the groom was Best Man. The groomsmen were Shannon Timson-Koger, Stallone Purdy and Raymond Sagasta Jr.
The bride works for the U.S. Postal Service and the groom works for Sides & Bown Construction, La Porte City.

Making the Grade – July 10, 2019

University of Northern Iowa
2019 Graduates:
Dysart: Tate Hadachek, BA Management:Organizationl Leadership; Ted Tecklenburg, BA Finance: Investments, Real Estate
La Porte City: Megan Gloede, BA Family Services; Jess Larison, Magna Cum Laude, BA Social Science; Jaden Rausch, BA Communication Disorders; Grace Sparks, MA Post-Secondary Education: Student Affairs; Josie Vaughn, BA Marketing: Advertising & Digital Media
2019 Spring Semester Dean’s List:
Buckingham: Abigail Johnson
Dysart: Jonathan Hellman, Payton Hellman, Bobbie Hilmer, Abigail Ollendieck, Audrey Powers, Krystal Putz, Emily Schmidt, Heather Vaughn, Madison Winter
La Porte City: Hunter Flreshner, Megan Gloede, Jacob Holschlag, Jaden Rausch, Max Thomsen, Austin Timmer, Ethan Wellman, Morgan West
Mt. Auburn: Jacob Higgins, Ryan Miller
Buena Vista University
2019 Dean’s List and Graduate:
Cedar Falls: Travis Heth, BA Graphic Design – Visual Communication
Kirkwood Community College
2019 Spring Semester Dean’s List:
Dysart: Jared Rice
Gilbertville: Victoria Corkery, Madison Frost, Maddy Kayser, Shane Schellhorn
La Porte City: Susan DeVries, Kayla Grigg
Mount Auburn: Allissa Hendryx
Upper Iowa University
2019 Spring Semester Dean’s List:
La Porte City: Chelsea Scott, Tabitha Stwalley, Stephanie Sparks
Des Moines Area Community College
2019 Dean’s List and Graduate:
La Porte City: Peyton Parker, Business Administration and Liberal Arts

Marilyn Ann Purdy

Marilyn Ann Purdy, 76, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at La Porte City Specialty Care. She was born May 25, 1943 in Waterloo, the daughter of Leland and Elizabeth Bottema Raymond. She was a 1961 graduate of La Porte City High School and attended Gates Business College.
She married Lee Purdy on May 25, 1963 in La Porte City.
Marilyn worked for six years as a Secretary for La Porte City School Board and was Bookkeeper for La Porte City CO-OP/ECIC for 32 years, retiring in 2012.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City, Benton County Porkettes, West View Cemetery Board and Bruce Township Trustees.
She enjoyed traveling with family, playing cards and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Lee of La Porte City; two daughters, Andrea (Jeff) Philyaw of Winchester, VA, Malinda (Shawn) Hansen of La Porte City; one son, Chad (Missie) Purdy of La Porte City; seven grandchildren, Zachary (Kelsey) Morris of West Liberty, Daniel (Anna) Philyaw of Clear Brook, VA, Teal (Kyele) Ludemann of La Porte City, Stallone, Gibson and Carter Purdy all of La Porte City, Ashlyn Philyaw of Winchester, VA; one great granddaughter, Rayna Philyaw; four step grandchildren, Amanda Hansen of Manchester, Taylor (Kyle) Robbins of Edgewood, Bryan (Alexandra) Eriksen of Cedar Rapids, Carson Hansen of Manchester; five step great grandchildren; one sister, Linda (Everett) Young of Marion.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 AM Friday, July 12, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in the West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at La Porte City Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at church.
Memorials may be directed to La Porte City Ambulance Service or Care Initiatives Hospice.
Online condolences may be left at

Millie Mitchell – 90

Millie Mitchell will celebrate her 90th birthday with a card shower. She was born on July 19, 1929 in Luzerne, Iowa, to Otis and Hilda Wright. She has three children: Connie and Larry Wilken of Iowa City, Jackie and David Beyer of Eagan, MN, and Bill and Janet Mitchell of Brandon. She has nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Millie’s love of lifelong learning and new experiences has kept her a young 90!
Cards may be sent to her at 7529 University Ave., Apt. 202, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Terry A. Dugan

Terry A. Dugan, 53, of La Porte City, died Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at MercyOne Hospital-Waterloo of natural causes.  He was born March 3, 1966 in Oelwein the son of Raymond and Henrietta Smith Dugan. 
He married Rae Marticoff on August 23, 1997 in Tripoli.
Terry owned and operated Dugan Construction. 
He loved classic cars, football and spending time with family and friends. He was a patient of the Iowa Donor Network, giving families hope and healing from his gift of donation.
Terry is survived by his wife, Rae of La Porte City; his children Devin and Alexis “Lexie” Dugan both of La Porte City; one brother, Danny Dugan of Oelwein; one sister, Rita Dugan of Oelwein and one sister-in-law, Janet Dugan of Maynard.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Carl and David Dugan.
Memorial Service: will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019 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 at a later date in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Hazelton.
In Lieu of Flowers memorials may be directed to the family, where a memorial fund will be established.
La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements 319-342-3131.  Online condolences may be left at


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