Category: Milestones

Loveless – 80

Former La Porte City Mayor Darrell Loveless will celebrate his 80th birthday with a celebration at the Moose Lodge in Washburn on Saturday, November 24 from 5-8 PM. Those unable to attend are encouraged to send birthday wishes to 930 McCoy Road, Evansdale, 50707.

Allen E. Blocker

Allen E. Blocker, 73, of La Porte City passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.
He was born on August 30, 1945 to Herman A.J. and Sylvia (Raymond) Blocker on a farm in rural La Porte City. Allen attended La Porte City School and was involved in the FFA. He served in the Marine Corps, discharged in 1964. Allen worked for Chamberlain’s Manufacturing in Waterloo, IA for 28 years. Following that he worked for the City of La Porte in the maintenance department until August 2018. Allen was united in marriage to Linda Hansen in May of 1988, she passed away in 2016.
He is survived by: two children, Tammy (Derek) Vopelak, Dysart, Iowa and Chad (Stephanie) Hansen, La Porte City; five grandchildren, Clayton and Coleton Vopelak, Allie and Eden Hansen, DJ Adams.
Preceded in death by: his wife, his parents, his siblings, Delbert, Gary, Billy Blocker and Bettye Wester.
Memorial service: 4 -7 pm Tuesday, November 13th at American Lutheran Church with burial at a later date in West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City.
Al enjoyed many years at the cabin by the Cedar River where family and friends would gather. He loved the outdoors which including fishing and teaching the grand kids how to fish also. Al liked helping out around his son-in-law’s farm. From driving tractors to moving cows, Al wanted to be in the middle of it.
Memorials may be directed to the family.

Phillip T. Winther

Phillip T. Winther, age 74, of La Porte City, died Friday, November 9, 2018 at Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer from complications due to Parkinson’s disease.
He was born September 14, 1944 in Mason City, Iowa, the son of A.W. and Nellie Frey Winther Christensen.  Phillip graduated from Thornton (IA) High School with the class of 1963.  He then went on to Mason City Junior College to play baseball and attend classes, later transferring to the University of Iowa.  Phillip completed his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Coaching and Master’s degree in Guidance Counseling at the University of Northern Iowa.  He was united in marriage with Elizabeth A. Renner on November 19, 1966 in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Phillip worked as the K-12th grade Guidance Counselor and was a coach at La Porte City Schools, later Union Community Schools for 39 years, retiring in June 2008.  He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City where he taught high school Sunday school classes.  Phillip was a volunteer for the La Porte City Fire Department and Ambulance for 30 years; he was a member of the Hawkins Memorial Library Board and helped start the new library and also helped establish the Dollars for Scholars program at Union High School.
Phil’s love of his family, his students and sports’ teams, his dedication to serving his community and his strong faith in Christ, has left a legacy and model for his family, his students, and for all who knew, worked and cared for Phil. 
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Winther; two daughters, Lynne (Randy) Peters and Laurie (Robert) Driscol, all of La Porte City; five grandchildren, Brady, Maggie and Allie Driscol and Emma and Rhett Peters; and a brother, Don (Betty) Winther of Waterloo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St. In La Porte City with private family burial in Westview Cemetery.  Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 13 and an hour prior to the services on Wednesday, all at St. Paul United Methodist Church.  La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City Fire Rescue, Hawkins Memorial Library or Dollars for Scholars through Union Community Schools.
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Ann E. Williams

Ann E. Williams, age 74, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
She was born July 15, 1944 in Waterloo, the daughter of Clifford and Toots Elliott Niemeyer. Ann graduated from La Porte City High School with the Class of 1962. She was united in marriage with John Ensign Williams, Sr. on August 20, 1966 in Galena, Illinois. He preceded her in death on December 26, 2005.
Ann was a longtime daycare provider in La Porte City. She also had worked at Hinson Manufacturing in Waterloo for several years. Ann was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, where she was a past commander. She served as a foster parent for many years.
Survivors include three sons, Robert (Kathy) Williams of La Porte City, John Williams Jr. of Onawa, IA and David (Aida Betancourt) Williams of Richfield Springs, NY; two daughters, Shari Timm and Stacy Williams, both of La Porte City; seventeen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Fratzke of La Porte City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Peggy McIntosh and a brother-in-law, Bill Fratzke.
Private family graveside services have been held with burial in Westview Cemetery in La Porte City. A celebration of Ann’s life is being planned for spring 2019. La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to the family or La Porte City Fire Rescue.
Condolences may be expressed at

Johnson: Five generations

Raymond Johnson of La Porte City certainly loves holding his great great granddaughter, Charlee Sietsema, 4½ month old daughter of Kaitlin Purdy (kneeling next to Raymond). Pictured behind Raymond are his daughter, Judy Frush, and granddaughter, Mindi Buseman. Photo courtesy of Mindi Buseman.


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