Category: Milestones

Dorothy A. Meier

Our beloved Mother passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020 at MercyOne-Waterloo, at the age of 93. Her husband, our Father, Othmar (Ott) Joseph Meier, preceded her in death on March 23, 2012. Mom and Dad are once again in each other’s arms.
Dorothy Ann Nilles was born on December 12, 1926, to Charles and Mary Lucy Nilles on a farm near Webster City, IA, and grew up on a farm. She met our Dad through his sister, Ann. They married February 5, 1947 during a snow blizzard. They farmed their entire life together, on the same farm, for 65 years. She was there for 73 years.
Mom and Dad’s faith and love gave them eight children, four boys and four girls, Dennis (Patricia) Meier of Waterloo, Maureen (Chuck) Andrews of Waterloo, Lori (Gene, who is deceased) Burkhardt of Cedar Falls, Nick (Nancy) Meier of La Porte City, Jan (Hansie) Schutterle of Dysart, Mark (Barbara) Meier of Cedar Falls, Peg (Drew) Hennings of Dysart, Kevin (Dana) Meier of Adel, 31 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, and one on the way.
Mom loved our Dad, her family, her flower gardens and she loved to read. Mom and Dad prayed the rosary every day for their family and others. Mom was proud to say all her children stayed in their Catholic faith and go to Mass. She felt truly blessed for that treasure of her family’s faith that her and our Dad instilled in us.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Othmar (Ott), her parents, two grandsons, Jeff Tabor and Matt Schutterle and a son in law Gene Burkhardt.
A private service will be held with burial at St. Mary’s Mount Carmel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Cedar Valley Hospice.

Donald V. “Don” Casbon

Donald V. “Don” Casbon, 74, of La Porte City, died Friday, July 3, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics of a stroke.
He was born June 30, 1946 in Dysart, the son of Vilah and Pauline Marie (Raub) Casbon.
Don graduated from Geneseo High School in 1965.
He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from October 25, 1965 until his honorable discharge on October 25, 1968.
He married Jorja Rae Harder on August 20, 1966 in Dysart.
Don was a member of the American Lutheran Church and the La Porte City U.S.S. San Diego American Legion Post #207. He and Jorja enjoyed wintering at their home in Arizona. Don loved spending time with his kids and grandkids.
Survivors include his wife, Jorja Casbon; two daughters, Denise (David) Schultz and Darcy (Keith) Keegan; three grandchildren, Madelyn, Grace and Grant all of La Porte City; and a sister, Marcia (Larry) Luze of Dysart.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, James.
Per Don’s request, a private family service will be held with burial in West View Cemetery, La Porte City.
Memorials may be directed to Wounded Warrior Project,
Condolences may be expressed at

Lorraine W. Geissler

Lorraine W. Geissler, 96, of Lisbon, formerly of Waterloo and La Porte City, died Monday, May 25, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
She was born November 19, 1923, in Cresco, the daughter of Harry and Anna Tabbert Beuhler. She was a graduate of Waterloo West High School, class of 1941.
She married Wilmond H. Geissler on June 27, 1943 in Los Angeles, California; he preceded her in death on August 17, 1982.
While living in California, Lorraine helped build the P-51 Mustangs during WWII. In Iowa, she worked as a keypunch operator in the offices of Rath Packing Co. and then at John Deere.
She was a member of the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City; formerly a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Waterloo and the V.F.W. Auxiliary.
She is survived by one son, Leo (Linette) Geissler of Lisbon; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband; one daughter, Nancy Brown; one son, Donald Geissler; two brothers, and four sisters.
A private family service was held with burial in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. A video of the service is posted to the funeral home website.
Memorials may be directed to American Lutheran Church 801 Monroe St. La Porte City, IA, 50651.
Garden View Chapel was in charge of arrangements 319-232-2222. Online condolences may be left at

Making the Grade – July 1, 2020

University of Iowa
Spring 2020 Graduates
La Porte City – Dante Benjegerdes, BA-Theatre Arts; Bailey Bruce, BA-Health and Human Physiology
Kirkwood Community College
Spring 2020 Dean’s List
La Porte City – Devin Dugan, Kayla Grigg
Mount Auburn – Mikia Stegner-Key
Iowa State University
Spring 2020 Dean’s List
Buckingham – Will Reiter, Zane Seuser, Zeke Seuser
Dysart – Megan Carty, Kody Crawford, Anna Garwood, Tori Hadachek, Jadin Hennings, Nicole Lowe, Cole Moody, Taylor Short, Anna Smith, Carter Spore, Hallie Spore
La Porte City – Ryan Connolly, Daniel Johanningmeier, Elizabeth Klein, Courtney Powell, Olivia Sash, Hunter Stwalley, Mitchell Wilson, Samantha Jo Wordehoff

Ruby Sides

Ruby Sides, 98, La Porte City, IA, died at La Porte City Specialty Care on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
She was born November 19, 1921, in Kings Mountain, NC, daughter of Butler and Fannie Whisnant Dixon.
Ruby married Warren Artman Sides on December 15, 1945, in Charlotte, NC. He died April 8, 1982.
She had worked at Southern Bell, Angel’s Cafe and Thompson’s Jack & Jill. She was also a schoolteacher.
Ruby was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City; Rural Carriers Auxiliary; American Legion Auxiliary; Golf Club and the Shrine Widows.
She is survived by a son, Richard (Sally) Sides‚ La Porte City; daughter, Helen (Patrick) Merchant‚ Bedford‚ IN; 5 grandchildren, Scott (Leigh) Sides, Jeff (Janell) Sides, Janan (Mike) Timmer, Zachary (Ashley) Merchant, and Lincoln (Katy) Merchant; 12 great-grandchildren grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Nell (Bill) Jones.
Ruby is preceded in death by her husband; 3 brothers, Holland (Ruby) Dixon, Hubert (Lucille, Katy) Dixon, and Basil (Mary) Dixon; 4 sisters, Evelyn (Frank) Herndon, Irene (Tom) Johnston, Goldie (Charles) Owens, and Ethel (Bud) Elwood; and a grandson, Nicholas Merchant.
Graveside Services: will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC
Memorials: St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City, IA or Bethlehem Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC
Condolences may be left at Cards sent to the funeral home will be forwarded to the family.


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