Category: Milestones

Karen L. Borton

Karen L. (Hill) Borton, 77, of Waterloo, died Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Friendship Village Pavilion from complications of Alzheimer’s. She was born August 6, 1942 in Vinton the daughter of James Edwin and Vera Smith Hill. She was a 1960 graduate of La Porte City High School and attended Iowa State Teachers College receiving her Degree in Education.
She married Ron Borton on June 13, 1964 in Mt. Auburn; they were later divorced.
Karen worked as teacher for La Porte City Preschool and over 20 years for Covenant Medical Center in Transcription and Medical Records, retiring in 2004.
She was Waterloo Public Library Volunteer of the Year in 2001. She enjoyed gardening, walking and exploring the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Karen is survived by three children; Nancy (Richard) Bathen of La Porte City, Boyd (Julie) Borton of La Porte City, and Isaac (Heather Adams) Borton of Waterloo; five grandchildren, Melissa Bathen and Zachary Bathen of La Porte City, Hannah, Elizabeth and Jonathan Borton of La Porte City; one brother, James (Lori) Hill of Mt. Auburn; two sisters, Mary Ellen (Walter) Petersen of Waterloo and Jeanne (Myron) Dirks of Waverly and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be directed to the family, where a memorial fund will be established at a later date.
Memorial Services and Inurnment in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery are pending and will be held at a later date due to the Covid-19 circumstances.
La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements 319-342-3131. Online condolences may be left at

Timothy R. “Tim” Harkness

Timothy R. “Tim” Harkness, age 67, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly at 9:08 PM, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. Because of the unprecedented conditions in our country right now due to the COVID-19 virus, private family services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and online condolences left at
Tim was born on May 12, 1952, in Waterloo, Iowa, son of Robert A. and Rose L. (Herold) Harkness.
Tim graduated from La Porte City High School, Class of 1972. He would go on to join the U.S. Navy and honorably serve his country from 1972-1975. He was united in marriage to Cathy Parker on August 26, 1972, they would later divorce. Tim would be fortunate enough to once again find love, and would marry Sue Noack Freisinger on March 5, 2004.
He was always a hard worker and was employed with the Waterloo John Deere Works for several years, until the lay offs during the 1980’s. During that time he went to work for several area farmers before moving to Grand Prairie, Texas, where he found work as a welder at Gifford Hill. When the economy rebounded, Tim returned to La Porte City and his job at John Deere until his eventual retirement. In his free time, Tim enjoyed fishing with his parents, chasing after that elusive hole-in-one on the golf course or sitting quietly reading his latest book by his favorite author, Louis L’Amour. He was also a wiz in the kitchen, his delicious meals and baked goods were appreciated by all. Family was definitely the most important aspect of Tim’s life. He loved spending time with Sue and the children, building Lego creations with his son, Tommy, and everyone knew the grandchildren were no doubt the apples of his eye. We are deeply saddened at losing Tim in our daily lives, but are thankful for the countless memories we have made throughout the years and will cherish forever.
Those left to cherish Tim’s memory include his wife, Susan “Sue” Harkness, Dubuque, IA; his children, Christine (Jeffrey) McFarland, La Porte City, IA, Catherine (Steve) Twitty, Oelwein, IA, Jaime Harkness, La Porte City, IA, Jenni (Colton) Gaede, Tripoli, IA and Tommy Harkness, Dubuque, IA; his step-children, Chrissy (K.C.) Freisinger-Griffore, McFarland, WI, Robert Freisinger, Dubuque, IA and Joseph (Stephanie) Freisinger, Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren, Marrysa Harkness, MacKenzie (Devon) Spooner, Timothy McFarland, Nathan Harkness, Paige Dulin, Logan Dulin and Dalila Freisinger; his 1st great-grandchild expected in May; his siblings, Lorraine (Darryl) McFarland, La Porte City, IA, Ruth (Russell) Richards, Lorena, TX, Doris (Bruce) Parker, La Porte City, IA, Franklyn Harkness, La Porte City, IA, Kenneth (Elena) Harkness, Waterloo, IA, Tony (Kay) Harkness, Crowley, TX, Joseph Harkness, Bruceville-Eddy, TX, Robin (Mandy) Harkness, Cedar Falls, IA and David (Deborah) Harkness, La Porte City, IA; and a brother-in-law, Rick Arbaugh, Webster City, IA.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Marlene Arbaugh.
Tim’s family would like to thank the staff from UnityPoint Home Care, and all of the First Responders who helped care for Tim and assisted the family, your kindness is very appreciated.
Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

2019-2020 Union High School SECOND TRIMESTER HONOR ROLL

9th Grade
Becky Bagenstos*, Rylee Berry, Kaitlyn Brustkern*, Jaidyn Bush, Matt Carlson, Amy Caughron*, Magdaline Erdahl, Aubrey Gates*, Taylor Hedeman*, Toby Hopkins*, Ella Johnson, Kate Jolley*, Trinity Kies, Sam Klein, Ty Lorenzen*, Conner Prestemon, Zak Reed*, Kerrigan Satterlee, Victoria Sherrer, Chase Taylor*, Miya Uchiyama-Hansen*, Devin Vaughn*
10th Grade
Joshua Bechthold, Grant Behrens, Abigail Bonner, Grant Brehm, Dru Brockway, Landon Brustkern, Jack Carlson*, Megan Clapp*, Ava Corpman, Kaylyn Davis, Mary Deaton*, Alex Dulin*, Max Eikamp, Haven Ellsworth*, Alexis Folkerts, Bailey Foulk*, TJ Freeland*, Jocelyn Gates*, Nate Gibson*, Asia Hemmer*, Sadie Hennings*, Alana Higgins*, Elle Hookham*, Emma Jenkins*, Gabe Jesse*, Chloe Juhl*, Cora Klein*, Cheyenne Loeb, Dacoda Marvets, Caleb McGuffey, Codey Merchant, Sarah Michael, Michael Niebergall, Alexis Nolan, Isabella Oleson*, Daniel Petersen, Kylee Peterson*, Tristen Prouse*, Ellie Rathe*, Gracelynne Rathe*, Laura Rempe*, Christian Ryan*, Josef Schmitz*, Stone Schmitz*, Zian Seuser*, Jackson Slater*, Corey Smith*, Haylee Sparks, Carlie Spore*, Ava Stock, Catarina Timm*, Alexa Weber*, Josie Werner*, Hunter Worthen, Caitlyn Wylie*, Madelyn Zak*
11th Grade
Adam Ahrendsen*, Ellie Behrens*, Dallas Blackburn, Cameron Bruess, Dolores Cicio, Kolten Crawford*, Emma Deaton*, Reece DeVries, Allie Driscol*, Sterling Fisher*, Tyson Fleshner*, Michael Frisbie, Kadi Grace Gasco, Sunshine Gray*, Jordan Haas, Landon Haas, Alyssa Hatch*, Jonah Hayungs, Tristen Heth, Jacob Hill*, Grace Johnson*, Jariayah Johnson*, Audrey Kline*, Abigail Liddle, Madison Millard, Gavin Moore, Alivia Mulligan, Kylea Neuendorf*, Nicholas North*, Daelyn Powell*, Madelon Rathe*, Aleah Reisinger, Sarah Roberts*, Alina Rodriquez*, Rylee Sash, Cade Shepard, Johnothan Sherrer, Ella Smith*, Cybil Timm*, Brandon Tompkins, Grace Walker, Belle Weber*, Breanna Weltzin*, Elliana Wilson, Sophia Winkelpleck
12th Grade
Grace Asmussen*, Hailey Bathen, Brooke Boleyn, Madeline Bonner*, Jonathan Bronner, CJ Brustkern, Kaylin Brustkern, Jasmyn Bush, Emma Carlson*, Emma Corpman, Noah Damro*, Trevor Davis, Alana Eastman, Jadelyn Elliott*, Madison Frush*, Altankhishig Gagaa*, Samantha Glenn*, Brayden Grosse, Gracie Hall, Emma Hansen, Hunter Heitmann, Rachel Hellman*, Lane Hennings, Jordan Holman, Carlie Hoppe*, Leah Kaufman, Grace Keegan, Grant Keegan, Carlie McNeal*, Ethen Meyer, Jon Millard, Molly Niebergall*, Perangelo Nocentini, Tessa Pearson, Rhett Peters*, Kerstin Peterson, Tanner Porter, Henry Powers*, Kendall Putz*, Caleb Reel, Devin Reel*, Lucian Rockhold*, Riley Rosauer*, Aubrey Schmidt*, Emma Shirk, Brandon Stech, Natalie Tecklenburg*, Jack Thomsen, Lauren Wagner*, Lexi Wagner*, Piper Wiedenhoff*, Parker Wilson
*A Team designation: Student has earned A’s in all academic courses

McKenna – 45

Joe and Eileen (Brandhorst) McKenna were married on April 12, 1975 at St. Mary’s of Mt. Carmel Church in Eagle Center.
They will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary with an Open House at St. Mary’s of Mt. Carmel Church hall on Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 2-4 PM.
Joe and Eileen are the parents of Nathan and Jen McKenna of Hudson, Lisa and Clint DeBuhr of New Hartford and Jason and Kim McKenna of La Porte City.
They are blessed with seven grandchildren: Mikayla, Madison and Macey McKenna, Tate and Tanner DeBuhr and Erika and Jared McKenna.
Please, no gifts.

Shirley A. Dutler

Shirley Ann Dutler, 93, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Care Initiatives – La Porte City Specialty Care. She was born January 31, 1927 in Burt, Iowa, the daughter of Ira and Elva (Fox) Hansen.
Shirley married Lloyd R. Dutler on February 3, 1947 at First Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. He preceded her in death on September 3, 2018. Shirley graduated from Burt High School and Pitze’s School of Beauty in Waterloo. She was a hairstylist for many years and bookkeeper at Lloyd’s DX Station in La Porte City. Shirley was a member of American Lutheran Church and the Eastern Star. She and Lloyd enjoyed golfing, bicycling, boating and travelling together.
Shirley is survived by her two sons, Kim (Nancy) Dutler of Cedar Falls and Kevin (Cheryl) Dutler of La Porte City; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers, James Hansen and Ira Hansen, Jr.
Services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, March 14, 2020, at American Lutheran Church, with burial at Westview Cemetery, both in La Porte City. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the church.
Online condolences may be left at


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