Category: Milestones

Hill – 50

Bob and Pat (Clark) Hill will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married August 23, 1969 in La Porte City.
Their family includes David and Tanya Hill of Dysart and Sarah Hill, also of Dysart. They have grandchildren: Brandon, Grant, Jacob, Madyson and Mallory.
Bob works for Hill Farms and entertains at fairs and festivals as Hillbilly Bob. Pat is retired from Maurices.
Please join Bob and Pat in celebrating their 50th anniversary at Geneseo United Methodist Church, rural Buckingham on Sunday afternoon, September 29th from 2 to 4 PM. No gifts requested.

Lee and Barbara (Foss) Reinhardt

Lee and Barbara (Foss) Reinhardt were born in La Porte City, Iowa and lived there until Lee’s retirement from John Deere. They were members of St. Paul United Methodist Church. The couple retired to Fruitland, Florida, where they lived until 2004, enjoying life on the St. John’s River. In 2004, they moved to Lake Gaston/Littleton, NC.
Lee was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a lifetime member of the American Legion. Barb was a homemaker and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. They were active members at Littleton United Methodist Church and lived in a very close-knit community, loving life on a beautiful lake.
Lee died on April 24, 2012, at home surrounded by family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Following his death, Barb moved to Chesapeake, Virginia to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law, Gwen and John Ertmann. She lived independently and was a beloved member of Lighthouse Pointe, a senior living community. Barb passed away, at home, on April 30, 2017. Lee and Barb’s wishes were to be cremated and for their ashes to be “married.”
A graveside celebration of their lives will be held on Monday, September 23, 2019 on what would have been their 63rd wedding anniversary. The service will be held at West View Cemetery in La Porte City, at 9:30 AM, with a luncheon/reception to follow at St. Paul United Methodist Church. All are welcome to join the family at the celebration and reception.
Survivors include their three children: Laura MacDonald (Alaska), Russell and Beverly Reinhardt (Indiana) and Gwen and John Ertmann (Virginia); seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a large family of friends in several states.

David L. Hild

David L. Hild, 90, a resident of Rosewood Estates in Waterloo, formerly of La Porte City died Monday, September 9, 2019 at his home in his sleep. He was born July 30, 1929 in Geneseo Township the son of Dale and Alice Yarrow Hild. He graduated from La Porte City High School.
David married Bonnie J. Sippel in 1951, they were later divorced.
He left La Porte City in 1951 to serve in the US Air Force in Yuma, Arizona where he learned electronics. After an honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1955, David moved to Evansdale, Iowa and worked at Rath Packing Company for many years. He later moved to Minnesota and worked before returning to Iowa to work as a Supervisor at John Deere Engine Works in Waterloo for 19 years. David lived in Fredericka, Iowa for many years. He retired from John Deere in May 1993.
David loved to camp and cook a big steak over the campfire. He was an avid coin collector and loved to share his collections with family. He was always supportive of the extended family and offered help generously. He loved to dance and spent many evenings dancing polkas and square dancing with friends. He was active in the La Porte City American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207.
He is survived by two daughters, Ann Hild of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Gail (Keats) Garman of Blaine, Washington; one brother, Harold (Lynette) Hild of Alamo, TX; one sister, Carol (Robert) Usher of Waverly and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters, Katherine Marie Hild in infancy, Shirley Juhl and one stepson Michael J. Witmer.
Graveside services will be held 10 AM Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Geneseo Township Cemetery with military rites conducted by the La Porte City American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207. A Memorial Gathering will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Friday at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel 3146 Kimball Avenue Waterloo, Iowa 50702
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: La Porte City American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207.
Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel in charge of arrangements 319-233-3146. Online condolences may be left at

Palmer – 50

Dr. and Mrs. Palmer will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an Open House from 1-4 PM, Saturday, September 21, at the La Porte City Community Center.
The high school sweethearts, Rick Palmer and Joan Schneider, were married September 19, 1969 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Traer. Their love and devotion for one another is, and will continue to be, a blessing and beautiful example to their children and grandchildren.
Dr. Palmer retired from Chiropractic in 2018 after practicing for 46 years.
Joan was a home maker and Rick’s office assistant. She also refereed volleyball for 29 years and worked at Cedar Valley Bank and Trust for 19 years, retiring in 2016.
They have three children: Aaron and Teri Palmer of Metamora, IL, Jennifer and Andrew Manes of Winona Lake, IN, and Jonathon and Mary Palmer of Whitefish Bay, WI. They have eight grandchildren.

Teresa Braack

Teresa Marie Gaston-Braack, 56, died August 29, 2019 of a sudden illness.
She was born January 13, 1963, the daughter of Roy and Betty (Brooks) Gaston. A graduate of La Porte City High School, Teresa married Leonard Landt on April 4,1990. He later died on June 15,1992. On March 30,1993, she married John Braack. He later died on October 31, 2010. Teresa was a waitress who took great joy in serving people. Before working at the 218 Café in Vinton, she waitressed in restaurants in Las Vegas. She later worked with her sister Adonna in a housecleaning business. Teresa loved being outdoors working in her yard and garden. She particularly enjoyed fishing and kayaking.
Teresa is survived by her parents, Roy and Betty; brothers Roger (Ginger) Gaston of Calhoun, Louisiana and Kevin Gaston of Waterloo; sisters Mary “Kathy” (Mike) Gardner of Evansdale, Adonna (Mike) Peters of Garrison; four nieces, Jessica (Matthew) Welch, Tabitha Gardner, Krystal Gaston and Katie Riggins; three nephews, Nick Gaston, Roy Gardner, Cameron Peters and ten great-nieces and nephews, Kaitlyn Gardner, Kyler Gardner, Justis Gaston, Autumn Luck, Abyl Luck, Collin Gaston, Colton Gaston, Kynley Gaston, Brinkley Riggins and Caden Riggins.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Leonard Landt and John Braack; a brother, Roy “Sonny” Gaston.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, September 14 from noon to 4 PM at AmVet Post 31, 706 Colleen Avenue in Evansdale.
Memorials may be forwarded to the family.


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