Category: Obituaries

John Frank Carey

John Frank Carey, 84, of Independence, and formerly of Oelwein, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 at Cedar Valley Hospice House in Waterloo.
John was born January 13, 1934 in Staceyville, Iowa, the son of John Hobson Carey and Bessie Lambert Carey. He graduated from Charles City High School. He married Cheryl Corbin and they later divorced. John graduated from Marion College and then from Drake University. He majored in accounting and worked for several accounting companies before buying Johnson Accounting in Oelwein, which became known as John Carey Co.
John served on many local and district boards for different organizations and was a very social and kind-hearted person. He married Suzanne E. Hanna on November 29, 1997. He loved his family and animals, as well.
Survivors include his wife Suzie Carey, children, Steve (Pam) Carey of Oelwein, Debbie (Mark) McClain of Foley, Alabama, DeeAnn (Erik) Crandall of Janesville, Scott (Lori) Carey of New Hampton; stepchildren, Autumn (David) Hayes of Oelwein, Nona (Richard) Sampson of Ashburton, New Zealand, James (Missy) Gregory of Billings, Montana, Kelly (Dave) Campbell of San Diego, California; as well as 28 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his parents and a grandchild Daniel Trust Gregory.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. at Heartland Community Church, 705 Bishop, in La Porte City, where visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Burial will be at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to the Cedar Springs Wesleyan Camp at 1260 River Rd., Floyd, Iowa 50435.

Charles “Gary” Lichty

Charles “Gary” Lichty, 82, of rural La Porte City, died Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo.
Charles Gary Lichty was born September 11, 1935, in Waterloo, the son of Buel J. “Bud” Lichty and Charlotte Romaine (Turner) Lichty. He graduated from Orange Township High School with the class of 1953. On September 24, 1955, he was united in marriage to Nancy Lee Krantz at the Grace Brethren Church now Grace Fellowship Church, in Waterloo. Gary’s passion was farming and he never really retired. He was also a seed corn dealer and active in the Farm Bureau for many years.
Gary is survived by his wife, Nancy of La Porte City; four sons, Gregory (Vicki) Lichty of Lime Springs, Bradford (Karen) Lichty of Cedar Rapids, Timothy (Kathy) Lichty of Lime Springs, Michael (Kimberly) Lichty of La Porte City; also 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; one sister, Rebecca (Robert) Stillwell of Waterloo; one sister in law, Sharon Lichty of Waterloo.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter, Lacy Lichty and one brother, Gene Lichty.
Funeral services were held February 5, 2018, at Grace Fellowship Church in Waterloo, with Pastor Tim Sir officiating. Music was by Pastor Rob Ely. Casket bearers were Gregory, Bradford, Timothy, Michael, Joshua and Dallas Lichty. Burial was at Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery, Waterloo.
Memorials may be directed to the family, Cedar Valley Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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Ervin R. Krug

Ervin Ray Krug passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Arlington Place of Grundy Center at the age of 90. He was born January 23, 1928 in Dysart, the son of Edward and Bertha (Urmy) Krug. He grew up on the family farm and attended a one room schoolhouse through 8th grade, and graduated from Dysart High School. Ervin first worked for his brother, Marvin, as a hired hand.
He met Darlene Sturtz on a blind date at the roller skating rink, and they were married on September 17, 1950, at the Presbyterian Church in Vinton. He was drafted into the United States Army serving in the Korean Conflict and didn’t meet his daughter, Becky, until she was 18 months old. Following an honorable discharge, Ervin got started farming, raising all types of livestock. He and Darlene loved to travel, square dance, camp and spend winters in Texas. Ervin was well liked as a school bus driver; helping with 4-H, serving on the Tama-Benton Board and as President of the Urmy Pioneer Cemetery Association. He liked stock car races and Allis Chalmer Tractors and could proudly report that he never received a speeding ticket during his 90 years. He was a member of the Garrison American Legion Post 475, and a highlight of his life was going on the Honor Flight in 2013 with Becky.
Ervin is survived by his children: Becky Bonnette of Grundy Center, Jeanie (Scott) Sampson of Orlando, Florida; Steven (Annette) Krug of Weldon, Iowa and Dan (Colleen) Krug of La Porte City; eight grandchildren: Amy, Megan, Scott, Wyatt, Anna, Macy, Laura Rae and Samantha; eight great-grandchildren: Avery, Savannah, Addison, Jaxon, Willow, Dominic, Shelby, Thea, with one more on the way.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Darlene; his brothers: Gale (Esther) Krug, Marvin (Nadine) Krug, Kenneth (Marjorie) Krug; his sister, Vera (Elmer) Nissen; and a son-in-law, Bill Angell.
Visitation will be held at Dysart United Methodist Church, 602 Tilford, Dysart on Monday, February 5, 2018 from 4-7:00 pm
Services at Dysart United Methodist Church, 602 Tilford, Dysart on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 10:30 am with Military Rites graveside at Dysart Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
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Bonnie J. Kline

Bonnie Joyce Kline, 88, of Fayette formerly of La Porte City, died Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette of natural causes. She was born April 17, 1929 in Marquette, the daughter of Joy and Bonnie Knoebel Lamphier.
She married Bruce Kline on May 25, 1952 in La Porte City; he preceded her in death in 1987.
Bonnie worked as an Elementary School Teacher in La Porte City, retiring after 52 years. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Business and Professional Women’s Club and the Hawkins Memorial Library Board. She enjoyed playing cards and was an avid Hawkeye fan.
She is survived by three sisters, Mabel (Frank) Garcia of Oelwein, Carol Niles of Fayette, Rebecca (Bruce) Ingersoll of Fayette and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; one son, Bruce Robert; three brothers, Bob, Jack and Harry Lamphier and one sister, Beverly Edwards.
Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with burial in the West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at the church.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the donor’s choice.
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Babs E. Jessen

Babs Elinor Jessen, 91, of Independence and formerly of La Porte City, died at Lexington Estate of Buchanan County Health Center on Friday, December 22, 2017 of natural causes.
Babs was born on December 31, 1925 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the daughter of Lauritz and Signe (Bunde) Andersen.
Babs graduated from Fuglevangsvej School in Copenhagen in 1941. She then attended apothecary trade school and apprenticeship for three years. She worked in that field for nine months and then moved to Stockholm, Sweden where she was a nanny for a year and a half.
In 1948, Babs went to California and lived with an aunt and uncle for two years. She returned to Denmark by ship and met her future husband, Borge, aboard the ship.
Babs came back to the United States in 1950 and worked various jobs in Waterloo and La Porte City. Babs and Borge were married on October 16, 1953. He preceded her in death.
She is survived by a nephew, Rolland Andersen and two nieces, Lene Bjorn and Hanne Hansen all of Denmark.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Borge Jessen; two sons, Casper and Claus Jessen; and a brother, Jorgen Andersen.
No services will be held; burial in West View Cemetery, La Porte City.
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