Category: Obituaries

Marilyn Ann Purdy

Marilyn Ann Purdy, 76, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at La Porte City Specialty Care. She was born May 25, 1943 in Waterloo, the daughter of Leland and Elizabeth Bottema Raymond. She was a 1961 graduate of La Porte City High School and attended Gates Business College.
She married Lee Purdy on May 25, 1963 in La Porte City.
Marilyn worked for six years as a Secretary for La Porte City School Board and was Bookkeeper for La Porte City CO-OP/ECIC for 32 years, retiring in 2012.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City, Benton County Porkettes, West View Cemetery Board and Bruce Township Trustees.
She enjoyed traveling with family, playing cards and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Lee of La Porte City; two daughters, Andrea (Jeff) Philyaw of Winchester, VA, Malinda (Shawn) Hansen of La Porte City; one son, Chad (Missie) Purdy of La Porte City; seven grandchildren, Zachary (Kelsey) Morris of West Liberty, Daniel (Anna) Philyaw of Clear Brook, VA, Teal (Kyele) Ludemann of La Porte City, Stallone, Gibson and Carter Purdy all of La Porte City, Ashlyn Philyaw of Winchester, VA; one great granddaughter, Rayna Philyaw; four step grandchildren, Amanda Hansen of Manchester, Taylor (Kyle) Robbins of Edgewood, Bryan (Alexandra) Eriksen of Cedar Rapids, Carson Hansen of Manchester; five step great grandchildren; one sister, Linda (Everett) Young of Marion.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 AM Friday, July 12, 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. Thursday at La Porte City Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at church.
Memorials may be directed to La Porte City Ambulance Service or Care Initiatives Hospice.
Online condolences may be left at

Terry A. Dugan

Terry A. Dugan, 53, of La Porte City, died Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at MercyOne Hospital-Waterloo of natural causes.  He was born March 3, 1966 in Oelwein the son of Raymond and Henrietta Smith Dugan. 
He married Rae Marticoff on August 23, 1997 in Tripoli.
Terry owned and operated Dugan Construction. 
He loved classic cars, football and spending time with family and friends. He was a patient of the Iowa Donor Network, giving families hope and healing from his gift of donation.
Terry is survived by his wife, Rae of La Porte City; his children Devin and Alexis “Lexie” Dugan both of La Porte City; one brother, Danny Dugan of Oelwein; one sister, Rita Dugan of Oelwein and one sister-in-law, Janet Dugan of Maynard.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Carl and David Dugan.
Memorial Service: will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City.  Family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church.  Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Hazelton.
In Lieu of Flowers memorials may be directed to the family, where a memorial fund will be established.
La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements 319-342-3131.  Online condolences may be left at

Bill R. Brown

Bill R. Brown, age 88, died Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center.
He was born June 11, 1931 in La Porte City, the son of Ralph and Mabel Hartz Brown. Bill was a graduate of La Porte City High School. He was united in marriage with Esther Marie Girsch in 1951. She preceded him in death on February 27, 2015.
Shortly after High School, Bill began working with his father at the family owned business Brown Transfer. Following his father’s retirement, Bill ran the business for many years. He was a licensed private pilot who loved Cessna planes and flying. Bill was a member of the Quiet Birds Pilot Club, La Porte City Lions and the Elks Lodge. He loved boating and spending time at his cabin on the Cedar River.
Survivors include two daughters, Angie Turner-Wilcox of Covina, CA and Marybeth Brown of Tempe, AZ.; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Esther; two sons, Jeff and Danny Brown and a brother, Ben Brown.
A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2019 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main St. in La Porte City with a visitation the same day 2:00-4:00 p.m. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Westview Cemetery in La Porte City.

Mary Jean Dickson

Mary Jean Dickson, 83, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2019, at NewAldaya Lifescapes of Cedar Falls. She was born October 23, 1935, in Independence, the daughter of Marley and Marion (Dunlap) De Haven. Mary Jean married Paul Dickson on July 12, 1958 at Zion Lutheran Church of Waterloo. She was a graduate of West High School in Waterloo and earned her teaching degree from the Iowa State Teacher’s School (UNI). Mary Jean taught in the Manchester and La Porte City School Districts until 1961 when she became a full-time mother and homemaker. In 1985, she earned another degree from UNI in Women’s Studies. Once her children were grown, Mary Jean worked at the Lutheran Home, as a substitute teacher at Kinder Care and for St. John Lutheran Church as a Preschool assistant and in the front office. She was an active member at St. John until moving into NewAldaya Lifescapes where she faithfully attended Sunday services and continued to explore her faith.
Mary Jean is survived by her husband of nearly 61 years, Paul; her son, David (Lisa Sundell) Dickson of Boulder, CO; two daughters, Lynda (Jon) Loy of Waterloo and Janet (Gary) Martinson of La Porte City; five grandchildren: Audra (Chip) Andrew of TX, Madison DeWitt of La Porte City, Hannah and Natasha Dickson of Boulder, CO, and Collin Loy of Waterloo; and one great-grandchild, Carson Andrew.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Services will be held 11:00 am Monday, July 1, 2019 at the NewAldaya Lifescapes Chapel in Cedar Falls with burial at Garden of Memories in Waterloo. Visitation will be 3:30-5:00 pm on Sunday at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home in Cedar Falls and one hour prior to services at NewAldaya on Monday.
Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice.
Online condolences may be left at
Mary Jean enjoyed keeping busy with many interests and hobbies. She loved gardening, canning and crafting with her children. She was an avid sewer making clothing for her kids, dolls and Barbies. Mary Jean kept an active home and loved decorating for all the holidays throughout the year and served an elaborate Holiday buffet during Christmas time. She was an avid letter writer to all who knew her and collected inspirational messages and poems to include with each letter. She had a passion for making custom calendars for her family with special heart-felt messages and pictures.

Shirley I. Juhl

Shirley I. Juhl, age 84, of La
Porte City, died Friday, June 21, 2019 at UnityPoint Allen Hospital in

She was born March 8, 1935 in La
Porte City, the daughter of Dale and Alice Myrtle Yarrow Hild.  Shirley was united in married with Eugene A.
Juhl on September 24, 1953 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  They were later divorced and he preceded her
in death on June 25, 2010.

Shirley was a lifelong homemaker
who loved caring for her family.  She
worked as a cook at the La Porte City Schools and the La Porte City Nursing
Home and was a bus driver for the school district for nearly twenty years.  She loved being with the youth of the
community, especially driving the wrestling team to matches.  She had an open door policy and welcomed
young people into her home for a kind word, support, a meal or whatever was
needed.  Due to her generous care and
concern for others she was known by many as “Ma Juhl”.

She was a member of the American
Lutheran Church in La Porte City and was a charter and 50 plus year member of
the VFW Auxiliary.  Shirley loved to cook
and enjoyed playing card games with her family.

Survivors include 5 sons, Tony
Juhl of Cedar Falls, Tom (Glenda) Juhl of La Porte City, Roy Juhl of Waterloo,
Gary (Patricia) Juhl of La Porte City and Tim Juhl of Waterloo; a daughter, Helen
(Steve) Adair of Reinbeck; 11 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and 1
great-great grandchild; 2 brothers, David Hild and Harold (Lynette) Hild, all
of Waterloo and a sister, Carol (Robert) Usher of Waverly.

She was preceded in death by her
parents; her husband, Eugene; a great grandson, Jamal Reed and
a sister, Kathryn.

Funeral Services will be held at
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe
Street in La Porte City with burial in Westview Cemetery.  Public visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00
p.m. Tuesday, June 25 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main Street in La
Porte City and after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Church.

Memorials may be directed to the

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