Category: Obituaries

Jack E. DeNeut

Jack E. DeNeut, son of the late Clair and Sophie DeNeut was born on September 26, 1928 in Newton, Iowa. He departed this life to join his Savior Jesus on May 4, 2019, at his home in West Plains, Missouri.
Jack was united in marriage to his beautiful bride and the love of his life, Juanita Louise Carlisle, on September 1, 1950, in LaPorte City, Iowa. To this union was born two children, Michael Craig and Jackie Lynn. Jack was a journeyman plumber for most of his working life. He retired from the St. Louis plumbers Union after many years of service and later settled in West Plains, Missouri. Jack accepted Jesus as his Savior and was a Christian. He enjoyed woodworking, visiting friends at the West Plains Senior Center, and watching his grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events. He was an avid gardener and was well-known for giving away his produce, selling his vegetables to local businesses and maintaining his stand at the farmer’s market. He enjoyed growing various flowers and vegetables, often spending hours a day working in his greenhouses and garden. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren dearly, and enjoyed sharing his knowledge of life and gardening with his family. This poem was written by Jack’s granddaughter-in-law about Jack and his great-grandson: “I’m Great Grandpa’s garden buddy. We don’t care if it’s dry or muddy! We dig in the ground and plant the seed; we pick all the vegetables we need! We love to watch the flowers grow! Great Grandpa’s plants are the best you know! I visit his farmer’s market stand; Great Grandpa’s produce is in high demand! The smell of a tomato, the taste of a pepper, from Great Grandpa’s garden there’s nothing better! Great Grandpa loves me, he tells me so. His seeds of love in my heart do grow. Great Grandpa and me we’re two peas in a pod. The love we share is a blessing from God!”
Jack is preceded in death by his father, mother, and two brothers, Richard and Jean.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita of West Plains, Missouri; a sister, Merle Carlisle of Kirksville, MO; a son, Michael DeNeut of Alaska; a daughter, Jackie Douglas and husband Carl of West Plains, Missouri; three grandsons, Lucas Douglas and wife Amanda of West Plains, Missouri; Brent Douglas of Springfield, Missouri; Nathan DeNeut of Ohio; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jack will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.
A Celebration of Life service will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Roger Higgins

Roger William Higgins, 77, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at MercyOne in Waterloo from complications of a vehicular accident.
Funeral services will be held 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church with Rev. Annette Ruhs Kruse officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton and for an hour before services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be at a later date.
Roger was born September 19, 1941, near Garrison, Iowa, the son of Richard and Maxine Sutton Higgins. He graduated from Washington High School in Vinton in 1959. On June 9, 1962, he married Donna Lewis in Vinton. Roger first worked construction and helped build the foundation for the West Elementary addition in Vinton. He also worked at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids before he started farming full time. Roger specialized in raising hogs and was recognized as an Iowa Master Pork Producer. He was also a Master Corn Grower and Soybean Award recipient. He was a member of the Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church and enjoyed farming, fishing, Hawkeye football and basketball and the Chicago Cubs; however, his greatest passion was his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Donna, of Mt. Auburn; his children: Danny (Deenie) Higgins of La Porte City; Dawnye (Lee) Sturtz of Brandon; Kevin (Dawn) Higgins of Mt. Auburn; and Mardy Higgins of Waterloo; grandchildren: Amy (Kyle) Kriz, Mark (Alisa) Higgins, Alan Sturtz, Clay Sturtz, Jacob Higgins and Alana Higgins; great-grandchildren, Kash and Addison Kriz; brothers, Dennis (Roxanne) Higgins and Morris (Ida) Higgins, both of Vinton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family will direct memorials to the Mt. Auburn Fire Department and the FFA Historical Museum in La Porte City.
Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home is caring for Roger and his family. Condolences may be left

Kevin L. Sammons

Kevin Lee Sammons, 56, of La Porte City, died Monday, April 29, 2019 at his home of natural causes. He was born December 8, 1962 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina the son of Timothy E. and Patricia Rothmeier Sammons, Jr.
He was a 1981 graduate of La Porte City High School and received a degree in Aviation Mechanics from Hawkeye Community College.
Kevin had worked for numerous auto body shops in the area.
He is survived by three brothers, James (Brenda) Sammons of Muscatine, Thomas (Nancy) Sammons of La Porte City, Jeffery Sammons of Washburn; his half-sister, Karla Hoffman of Arizona and seven nieces and nephews, Michael (Rachel) Sammons, Steven Sammons, Keith Sammons, Chad Sammons, Erica (Garrett) Flickinger, Melissa (Joe) Lake and Jordan (Tonya) Gaffney.
Preceding him in death are his parents and one sister-in-law, Brenda Sammons.
Private family inurnment will be held in the West View Cemetery, La Porte City, at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
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Duane Haberichter

Duane Haberichter, 84, of Oskaloosa, died Sunday, April 28, 2019, at his home in Oskaloosa. He was born January 7, 1935 in La Porte City, the son of Edna Haberichter. He graduated from the La Porte City High School with the class of 1953. After graduating high school, Duane joined the United States Air Force and served his country from 1953-1957 and remained on the active reserves until 1961. On March 15, 1957 he was united in marriage to Kay Murray at the First Methodist Church in Topeka, Kansas. To this union three daughters were born, Renee, Denise, and Pam. Together Duane and Kay shared 62 years of marriage.
Duane moved to Waterloo in 1958 and took a job at John Deere until moving to Iowa City. He attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a pharmacy degree in 1964. He worked for May’s Drug in Cedar Rapids for a year before moving to Oskaloosa in March of 1965. He worked for Stapp’s Purity Drug Store for 25 years and later worked for Mahaska Drug for 30 years until retiring in 2016. He was recognized by the Iowa Pharmacy Association for being a registered pharmacist for over 50 years.
Duane was a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Oskaloosa, the American Legion and the Elks Lodge. He enjoyed reading, camping, and traveling with Kay. He was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and held season tickets for several years to attend the home football games. His real joy in life was spending time with his family and friends.
His family includes his wife, Kay Haberichter of Oskaloosa; his children, Renee (Kurt) Sager of DeWitt, Denise (Jim) Hudson of Gilbert, AZ and Pam (Mark) Blom of Phoenix, AZ; his grandchildren, Elizabeth, Joe and Gretchen Sager, Aaron Hudson, Ryan (Taylor) Blom and Austin (Ashley) Blom.
Duane was preceded in death by his mother; a sister, Ardeth Kirschbaum; his grandparents and his special sister, Maryann Schlofelt.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 10:30 AM at the Central United Methodist Church in Oskaloosa with the Reverend Bruce Wittern officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery at Oskaloosa. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin at the Bates Funeral Chapel on Friday after noon, and the family will be present Friday 5-7 PM to greet friends and relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Central United Methodist Church in Oskaloosa.

Noël Robitaille, M.D.

ROBITAILLE, NOËL, M.D. (December 22nd, 1929 – April 21st, 2019)
The Robitaille family, in its grief, announces the death of their father, Dr. Joseph Noёl Antoine Robitaille.
He was the beloved son “La couenne” of Augustin Robitaille and Yvonne Denis; born in Ste-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Québec, and died in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Cherished sibling of: predeceased Camille “Pataud” (late Yvonne Denis); Carmelle “Corneille” (late Laurent Marcotte); predeceased Marie-Alice “Teta” (late Paul-Émile Beaumont); predeceased Alcide “Bidon” (late Yvonne Langis); predeceased Jean-Louis “La Suce” (late Adrienne Tremblay); predeceased Roland “Tiguann” (late Pauline Martel); predeceased Raymond “Cacoune” (Gabrielle Genois); Magella “Cacotte” (Pierrette Ranger); predeceased Charles-Auguste “Ti-Charles”; predeceased Damas “Pochu” (Micheline Turgeon); predeceased Jean-Guy “Ticoune” (Claire Linteau), predeceased Madeleine and predeceased Joseph. Predeceased by his first wife, Jacqueline Roy, his grandson Maximilien and his great-grandson Raphaël.
He is survived by his 10 children: Christine, Hélène (Gervais Bédard), Pierre-Marie (Patricia Helgeson), Chantal, Jeanne (Fredrick Brohart), Patrice (Manon Ratté), Lucie (Ronald Raymond), Lydia, Stéphanie, and Mireille (John McNeil); 27 grandchildren (Roxane, Alexandre, Sonia, Karl, Geneviève, Jacob, Christophe, Luc, Cassandre, Matthieu, François-Xavier, Véronique, Samuel, Joseph, Myriam, Jean-Sébastien, Katéri, Anika, Zachary, Marie, Sarah, Étienne, Jean, Gilles, Fabienne, Louis, Gabrielle, Ambroise) and 13 great-grandchildren (Megan, Théogènes, Anne-Claire, Olivier, Florent, Simone, Daniel, Benoît, Mikai, Liliane, Eva, Noah, Samuel); his second wife Bernice Brock and her three children: Beverly (Cindy Masson), Cathy (Jim Varrin) and Jo-Anne, and 7 grandchildren (Jeff, Jennifer, Matthew, Mark, Danny, Trish, Tanya) and 15 great-grandchildren (Liam, Bryce, Evan, Rylan, Aston, Riley, Emma, Jake, Tori, James, Allison, Justin, Kyla, Malcolm, Presley) and 1 gr-gr-granddaughter (Lynkinn).
He is also survived by a large extended family in the Québec City/Montréal area.
Alumnus of the historically recognized Séminaire de Québec, he earned his Bachelors in 1953. He then graduated from Université Laval with a Doctor of Medicine, Cum Laude in 1959. He served Her Majesty as a physician in the Royal Canadian Air Force, then as an Ontario Provincial Coroner. Moving on to private practice, he worked with passion and dedication for more than 50 years, delivering over 800 babies.
He arrived in Iowa in 1978, and practiced at St. Francis and Allen Hospitals in Waterloo, and finally in La Porte City—the town and people he came to love. He retired from medicine in 2013. He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. On November 13, 2013, he was thanked by the Office of Governor Branstad and Lt Governor Kim Reynolds for his service to the people of Iowa.
Among his most notable accomplishments: on February 6th, 1964, he became the first white man in Canadian history to be designated honorary Grand Chief . The ceremony was led by Chief Sissenah and took place in Sagamok, Ontario, part of the Three Fires Confederacy of the Ojibway Nation. He took the name Ke-chu-twa-ghizhigud [Holy Day], in recognition of his dedication to and respect for the Ojibway community. He fluently spoke their language. An avid aviator; a fisherman; a hunter; a true naturalist; a hobby photographer; an amateur organist; an around-the-house handy-man; a man of science and technology; a brilliant linguist; a competitive chess player; a folklore violinist: forever proud of his French-Canadian heritage and family history.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet at Sacred Heart Church in La Porte City on April 25th, 2019 from 6:30-8 PM with recitation of the Most Holy Rosary at 7 PM. A Roman Catholic funeral Mass will be held at the same location on Friday, April 26th at 11 AM. Lunch will be provided.
Donations in his name can be made to the Sagamok-Anishnawbek School Board (4007 Espaniel Street, P.O. Box 610 Massy, Ontario P0P 1P0).
Interment will take place at a later date in Espanola, Ontario, Canada. Requiescet in pace


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