Category: Obituaries

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

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.

Marlys E. Buck

Marlys E. Buck, 94, of La Porte City, died Monday, September 2, 2019 at La Porte City Specialty Care of natural causes. She was born December 22, 1924, in La Porte City the daughter of Ivan Walter and Vera Marie Mosley Buck.
She worked as a House Cleaner for both private residence and business.
Marlys was a member of Heartland Community Church in La Porte City. She enjoyed latch hooking, embroidery, going on walks and being outdoors.
She is survived by one sister, Lois (Wendell) Boone of Stone Lake, WI; two brothers, Russell (Carol) Buck of Brooksville, FL, and Walter Buck of La Porte City; one brother-in-law, Marvin Yarrington of La Porte City and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; one sister, JoAnn Yarrington and one nephew, Lowell Buck.
Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Heartland Community Church with burial in the West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to Heartland Community Church 703 Bishop Ave., La Porte City, Iowa 50651.

Ryan Patrick Keegan

Ryan Patrick Keegan, 43, of La Porte City, died Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at MercyOne Medical Center Waterloo as a result of injuries sustained in an accident. He was born November 16, 1975 in Waterloo the son of Richard “Dick” and Constance “Connie” Schmit Keegan.
He was a 1994 graduate of Union High School in La Porte City and attended Hawkeye Community College for Agriculture Technology.
He married Audra Jean Schmitz on August 29, 1998 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City.
Ryan worked at P&K Midwest in Keystone as a Service Technician and owned and operated Ryan’s Repair Inc. in La Porte City.
He is survived by his wife, Audra of La Porte City; two daughters, Alexa Jean and Alivia Katherine, both at home; one son, Jace Ryan at home; his parents, Dick and Connie Keegan of La Porte City; three brothers, Kevin (Michelle), Keith (Darcy), Neal (Katy) all of La Porte City; three sisters, Denise (Todd) Clark of La Porte City, Leta (Dan) Schmit of Jesup, Angi (Todd) Fischels of La Porte City; father and mother-in-law, Dan (Donna) Schmitz of La Porte City; one brother-in-law, Lance Schmitz of Grand Junction, Colorado and two sisters-in-law, Annette (Ryan) Franzen of Grand Junction, Colorado, Alicia Schmitz of La Porte City and many nieces and nephews.
Ryan was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Robert (Kathryn) Keegan; maternal grandparents, John (Sally) Schmit and one nephew, James Keegan.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 AM Wednesday, August 28, 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. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1021 Poplar St. La Porte City, IA 50651 and one hour before the service.
Memorials may be directed to the family, where a memorial fund will be established at a later date.
Ryan was a quiet young man who so loved his wife and kids very much. Given a natural talent for mechanical repairs and tech knowledge, he would often be called upon seven days a week to put that talent to work.
He would always answer that call with enthusiasm as this was his second “love.” He also enjoyed the outdoors, riding tractors, tending to his cows, and sitting around a fire pit. He was a hardworking, helpful man who reminded us not to worry about the small stuff.
Ryan will be lovingly and sadly missed by his family, friends and co-workers.
La Porte City Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements 319-342-3131. Online condolences may be left at


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