Category: Obituaries

Evelyn Parks Pauley

Evelyn Parks Pauley, 92, of La Porte City, died Friday, November 8, 2019 at La Porte City Specialty Care. She was born June 1, 1927 in Pasadena, California the daughter of Vernon and Eva Sawyer Ayers.
She was a 1945 graduate of Brandon High School; received her 2-year teaching certificate from Iowa State Teachers College in 1947, received her BA from State College of Iowa in 1966 and later earned a MA equivalent in Special Education.
She married Ralph Parks on March 6, 1947 in La Porte City, they were later divorced. She married William Pauley, Jr. in 2002 at Brandon United Methodist Church; he preceded her in death on April 12, 2007.
Evelyn had a total of 32 years of teaching at Brandon Elementary for four years, La Porte City Elementary, Orange Township, Devonshire and McKinstry as well as AEA7 in Waterloo. After retirement Evelyn and Ralph bought back the family home and acreage in rural La Porte City and started Turkey Ridge Orchard and Greenhouses. For 15 years they grew flowers, apples, vegetables, pumpkins and much more to sell at Farmers Markets in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale and Independence.
She played organ for many years at Trinity Wesleyan Church now Heartland Community Church in La Porte City as well as teaching Sunday School, Sunday School Superintendent and sitting on the church board. She was a founding member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a local Sorority where she was a past president and secretary. She served on the Preschool Board establishing Preschool Education in La Porte City and she was active in Farmer’s Market.
Evelyn is survived by: one daughter, Linda (David) Harris of Marshalltown; two sons, Ron (Flo) Parks of Evansdale, Greg (Peggy) Parks of La Porte City; eight grandchildren, Anna Harris, Luke (Jen) Harris, Ryan (Debbie) Parks, Ben (Jen) Parks, Emily (Adam) Clark, Michelle Myers, Jason Parks, Jackie (TJ) Versluis; twelve great grandchildren, Zach (Macie) Harris, Lauren, Emma and Sadie Oaks, Caid and Ian Parks, Myles Harris, Savannah Walvatne, Raine Campbell, Jessie Versluis and Eva Parks and Jazzmin and Autumn Wyant and one great-great grandson, Jeremiah Odenbach.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one grandson, Skyler Parks.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Brandon United Methodist Church with inurnment in the Brandon Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church.
Memorials may be directed to UnityPoint Hospice or La Porte City Specialty Care.
La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements 319-342-3131. Online condolences may be left at

Bonnie L. Nichols

Bonnie L. Nichols, age 90, of La Porte City, died Thursday, October 31, 2019 at UnityPoint Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
She was born May 22, 1929 in Waterloo, the daughter of Herbert and Esther (Sackett) Krantz. Bonnie graduated from Waterloo West High School as Salutatorian of the Class of 1947. She was united in marriage with Leland Nichols on December 31, 1948 at Washburn Community Church in Washburn, Iowa.
Bonnie farmed with her husband in rural La Porte City and worked as a bookkeeper for Nichols Aviation and Sears for many years. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, teaching children in Good News Club and flying, as she held a private pilot’s license. Bonnie always had a song in her heart and attended the Church of Promise in Buckingham.
Survivors include her husband Leland of La Porte City; two sons, John (Cynthia) Nichols of Fairfax, IA and Tom (Lori) Nichols of Anamosa, IA; a daughter, Kathy (Jim) Lee of Ankeny, IA; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and a sister, Patricia (Marty) Dickey of Waterloo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Mary (Don) Sawyer and Nancy (Gary) Lichty and a brother, Donald Krantz in infancy.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Church of Promise, with burial in West View Cemetery in La Porte City.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
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Paul W. Dickson

Paul Wayne Dickson, 86, of Cedar Falls passed away at NewAldaya Lifescapes on Monday, October 28, 2019. He was born in Bartlett, Ohio, son of Wayne and Dorothy (Smith) Dickson.
After graduating from high school, Paul worked as a pumpman for the Illinois Central Railroad in Waterloo until 1953 when he was inducted into the United States Army, serving two years in Germany. After an honorable discharge, Paul returned to Waterloo and was married to Mary Jean DeHaven on July 12, 1958, at Zion Lutheran Church of Waterloo. He worked various jobs until settling at John Deere at the Product Engineering Center, retiring in 1987 with 32 years of service.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife of nearly 61 years, Mary Jean.
He is survived by his 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; one great-grandchild, Carson Andrew; a brother, Edward Dickson of Waterloo; and a sister, Violet (Warren) Bown of Cedar Falls.
Services will be 10:30 am Monday, November 4, 2019, at St. John American Lutheran Church 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 the church on Monday.
Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or NewAldaya Lifescapes.
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Paul enjoyed going on big family vacations, reading at home, and watching football or the history channel. He always believed in fixing things and one of his biggest joys was doing car repair with his son-in-law, Jon. In later years, he was very devoted to his wife, Mary Jean, traveling to music festivals, Sturgis Falls, coffee shops, or just hanging around having snacks and tending to her needs while at the nursing home. His family was very important to him.
He had a unique sense of order within his home, but was much more care free on his many travels across the country. He was at his best while on coast-to-coast family tours to various historical sites, national parks, big cities, small cities, fishing holes, and obscure camping areas. His childhood sense of adventure was always with him through his enjoyment of amusement parts, canoe trips, white water rafting, horseback riding, or attempting to downhill ski. A trip with Paul always involved a bit of the unknown whether in destination or duration – wanderlust that he passed on to all of his children.

Sharon K. Keroff

Sharon Kay Keroff, 76, of La Porte City, died at Sunnycrest Nursing Center, Dysart on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from complications of a long illness.
She was born April 15, 1943 in Waterloo, daughter of Clyde and Ethel Gibson Kistner. She married Duane G. Keroff on November 17, 1963, at the First Presbyterian Church, Waterloo. She worked at Montgomery Ward’s Department Store, Whitaker Foods, Holiday Inn Downtown Waterloo and for short time at La Porte City Nursing Home retiring due to health reasons. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City, and active in the church circles.
She is survived by her husband, Duane; three sons: Steve (Kathy), St. Louis‚ MO, Stuart (Anne), St. Paul‚ MN, and Spencer (Lisa)‚ Urbandale; a step-daughter, Patty (Donny) Theisen‚ Fridley‚ MN; nine grandchildren: Philip, Maddie, Sam, Chloe, Josiah, Layla, Liliana, Nicole, and Ben; three great grandchildren: Brittany, Jordan, and Brileon; two sisters, Marilyn Haag‚ Waterloo and Debbie (Steve) Miller‚ Jesup; and two brothers, Ron Kistner‚ Omaha, NE and Mike (Margaret) Kistner‚ Minneapolis, MN.
Sharon is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marcella “Marcie” Peterson; two brothers-in-law, Howard Haag and Rich Peterson; and a sister-in-law, Kay Kistner.
Funeral services were held October 23, 2019, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at  Arrangements by Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo.

Leland E. Jesse

Leland Edward Jesse, 86, of La Porte City, died following a short illness on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at MercyOne – Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo.
Leland was born December 5, 1932, in Spring Creek Township, rural Black Hawk County, the son of Edward William Jesse and Amanda Elizabeth (Benorden) Jesse. He graduated from La Porte City High School with the class of 1950. He served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War as a secretary to a colonel. On March 2, 1957, he was united in marriage to Betty Lorraine Reimer in La Porte City. They made their home on the family farm between Jesup and La Porte City.
Leland was a lifelong farmer, even as he attended school and held other positions. He worked for Deere, Rath Packing, Wayne Lange as a truck driver, and was the La Porte City Postmaster. He began his teaching career in 1964 as a math teacher at Geneseo in rural Tama County, until 1966 when he started teaching in Waterloo. He became a principal at Janesville, in 1968 until he became the HS/JH principal in Jesup in 1972. He held this position until his retirement in 1995. Leland took a sense of pride in the good relationships he formed with the faculty and students at each of his schools. He knew every student by name and attended every school function as possible. In 1998, he was recognized by the Iowa High School Boys Athletic Association with an award given to principals that are top supporters of student activities.
Leland’s pride and joy were his grandchildren. He always made it a point to be at each one of their events. In his later years, he was an avid Union High School Volleyball fan. He was recognized at the state tournament as Union’s representative receiving the Sportsmanship Award. He was lovingly known by the volleyball teams as “Grandpa Jesse.” He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, Jubilee, serving many roles including deacon and cemetery board member.
Leland is survived by three sons, Brad (Reneé), Brian (Chris), and Barry, all of La Porte City; daughter, Traci (Felix) Stevens of Ashland, VA; six grandchildren, Mark, Eric (Shawna), Sara, Gabriel, Zachary and Jonah; brother, Willard (Lois) Jesse of La Porte City; sister, Margaret (Richard) Brust of Monmouth, OR; and sister-in-law, Donna Maas-Klug of Blairstown.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; brothers, Raymond, Virden, Melvin, Russell, and Edward; sisters, Florence McDonald, Wilma Marshall, and Winona Fehl.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 28, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church, Jubilee, rural La Porte City, with Pastor Michael G. Ashman officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with military rites conducted by Pump-Sheer American Legion Post 342 of Jesup.
Visitation will be 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Sunday, October 27th at White Funeral Home, Jesup. Visitation will continue for an hour before services, Monday, at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the family to be divided between The Black Hawk County Alzheimer’s Association and The Jubilee Zion Lutheran Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund.
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