Category: Obituaries

William J. Morris, Jr.

William Joseph Morris, Jr., 75, of Tappahannock, passed away on June 29, 2018. He was the son of the late William and Rosemary Morris and was preceded in death by his brother, Micheal Dean Morris. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and retired with 22 years of honorable service on many nuclear submarines. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and belonged to the Moose Lodge and VFW.
Bill is survived by his wife, Diane Morris; children, Cynthia Moreira (Carlos), William Morris III (Michelle), and Bridgett Mueller (David); grandchildren, Cameron, Felisia, Mason, Samantha, Abigail, Jude, Andrew, Michael, and Julia; great-grandchildren, Laila, Owen, and Aiden; sisters, Mollie and Jeanne and many nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.
A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, July 6, 2018 from 6-8pm at Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory – Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland, VA 23005. Interment will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Online condolences may be registered at www.nelsenashland.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the MCV Foundation or Knights of Pythias in Bill’s honor.

Dean Allen Lange

Dean Allen Lange, age 58, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of La Porte City died Friday, June 29, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.
He was born November 14, 1959 in Waterloo, the son of Marion “Bud” and Doris Walker Lange. He married Brenda Roney on August 8, 1992 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. She preceded him in death on August 8, 2014.
On June 23, 2015 Dean met Jackie Schropp and they fell in love, treasuring each moment spent together. During their travels they looked for great food finds by motorcycle, plane and car. Chasing down a lot of 80’s Hair Bands and three trips to Mexico were among their many adventures.
In his earlier years, Dean worked for the Utility Equipment Co. and then was a professional truck driver for Decker Trucking for 5 years, logging over a million miles. Dean later was transportation director for Union Community Schools in La Porte City and then worked for Ryder Trucking in the logistics department.
He is survived by his father, Marion “Bud” Lange of La Porte City; his wife, Jackie Schropp-Lange of Cedar Rapids; two sons, Cody (Donna) Ellis of La Porte City and Ryan Currie of Naples, FL; two daughters, Nickole (Matt) Stanford and Heidi (Brad) Burke all of La Porte City; a stepson, Thomas Williams; a stepdaughter, Cameron Williams, all of Cedar Rapids; ten grandchildren, Maddie, Austin, Morgan, Dakota, Jack, Gabe, Sierra “Sissy”, Liea, Isabel and Alivia; a great granddaughter, Willow; a sister, Julie (Orville) Miller of La Porte City and three nephews, James Frost of Waterloo, Justin (Janelle) Frost and Michael Frost, all of La Porte City.
Preceding him in death were his mother, Doris and his wife, Brenda.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2018 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main Street, La Porte City with inurnment in West View Cemetery.
Public visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at La Porte City Funeral Home with cremation rites to follow.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.

Bonney R. Wasson

On July 6 at 10:30 AM, a service remembering Bonney Wasson will be conducted at West View Cemetery. The service is open to the public and the Wasson family invites members of the community to join them as they celebrate the life of Bonney Robinson Wasson.
Bonney Robinson Wasson passed away peacefully on August 29, 2017 at Able Care Home in Concord California.
Bonney was born in Wilmington, Delaware along the banks of the Brandywine River on December 29, 1939. She attended Tower Hill School in Wilmington and will be missed by her classmates. While raising four children, she attended Lesley College in Cambridge Massachusetts, earning a degree in Elementary Education while minoring in Art.
Bonney was an accomplished stained-glass artist. She began her passion for the art medium in the 80’s and continued for the next 35 years, creating things of beauty and sharing her knowledge. Bonney attended the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood Washington where she studied under Dale Chihuly. She moved to San Francisco in 1987 and apprenticed under glass artist Narcissus Quagliata. Bonney established her own studio in Oakland in 1995 where she designed and fabricated beautiful stained-glass pieces. She also taught stained-glass at Studio One in Oakland, Berkeley Adult Education, and in her own studio.
Bonney loved to travel. When her children were young she spent a year traveling the U.S. with them. Later in life she traveled to Honduras, Cozumel, Belize and Europe. She loved Paris and Italy.
Bonney always supported the arts. She was a member of the Asian Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and she was a regular at the San Francisco Symphony.
Bonney moved to Rossmoor with her husband Jay in 2012. She has made many friends here and will be missed. She was a member of the Rossmoor Travel Club, The Rossmoor Autobiography Group and the Published Writers of Rossmoor. She also loved her French classes at Acalanes Adult Education. She loved the wildlife in Rossmoor and kept a journal of the animals she saw around her home.
She had a beautiful smile. Three of her favorite sayings were: “To thine own self be true”, “Tell the truth and shame the devil” and “What’s for Dessert?”.
Bonney is survived by her husband of 17 wonderful years, Jay Wasson; her four children, Reyn Snelling, Hayden Snelling, Emily Snelling and Laura Snelling; her two grandchildren, Ben Gerzevitz and Jessica Snelling and her two brothers, Bill and Campbell Robinson.

Alice M. Schroeder

Alice M. Schroeder, age 91, of Cedar Rapids and formerly of La Porte City passed away Saturday June 2, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
She was born on June 13, 1926 in Pleasant Valley Township Iowa, the daughter of Louis Frederick and Estella Irene (Peters) Becker. She graduated from Elgin High School and attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette.
She married Joseph Kjosa and they were later divorced. She married Cecil L. Schroeder on August 22nd, 1966 in Elgin and he preceded her in death on March 18, 1990.
Alice worked as a bookkeeper at Falb Chevrolet in West Union and Elgin and later at Clark Chevrolet in La Porte City for 16 years.
She was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Evansdale and also attended the Methodist church in La Porte City. Alice enjoyed dancing, painting, playing cards and bingo as well as going to the casino.
Survivors include a son, Keith (Bonnie) Kjosa of Fairfax; two daughters, Kathryn Hansen of Haines City, FL, and Susan (Dennis) Wierck of Redington Beach, FL,; two step daughters, Diana Westendorf of Sumner and Rebecca Skalsky of Des Moines; two step sons, Lonnie and Gary Schroeder, both of Des Moines; two sisters, Mary Lou Downey of Reinbeck and Judy (David) Larson of Ossian; two sisters in law, Ila Mae Becker of Clermont and Sharon Becker of Elgin; and survived by many grandchildren and step grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Cecil; two sons in law Paul Hansen and Arnold Westendorf; two brothers Charles Becker and Louis Becker Jr.; and a brother in law Sheridan Downey
Services will be held Thursday June 7th, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Evansdale
Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Wednesday June 6th, 2018 at the La Porte City Funeral Home.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com

Carol Ann Buck

Carol Ann Buck, age 73, of La Porte City, died Friday, June 1, 2018 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
She was born August 4, 1944 in the family home near Brandon, Iowa, the daughter of John and Ethel (Purdy) Bolton. Carol graduated from Brandon High School with the Class of 1962. She was united in marriage with Robert Applegarth in June 1962 at Brandon United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death in 1973. She married Walter I. Buck on March 14, 1975 at Brandon United Methodist Church.
Carol and her husband Walter farmed for many years. She had also worked at Tyson Fresh Meats in Waterloo. She was a long time member of the United Methodist Faith.
Survivors include her husband, Walter of La Porte City; 2 daughters, Amy (Rod) Marovets of Guttenberg, IA and Bobbi (Scott) Waller of Oskaloosa, IA; 4 stepchildren, Eric (Lisa) Buck of Independence, IA, Boyd (Roxanne) Buck of Cedar Rapids, IA, Loraina (Gary) Krop of La Porte City and Toby Buck of Cedar Rapids; 12 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and a sister, Sharon Noe of Brandon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Robert; and a stepson, Lowell Buck.
Memorial services were held on Monday, June 4, 2018 at Brandon United Methodist Church with inurnment in Brandon Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com.

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