Category: Obituaries

Charles “Chuck” Lund

 Charles “Chuck” Oliver Lund passed away peacefully on September 23, 2020 at Mercy One Hospital in Waterloo surrounded by his family. He was born on December 21, 1926 in Audubon County, Iowa to Chris and Minnie (Rasmussen) Lund, the third of ten children. He attended school in Gray until he joined the Navy in 1944 and served during World War II. Following the war, he returned to Iowa and earned his high school diploma from Garrison High School. He met Ruth Bernice Utesch on a train to Waterloo in 1947, and each of them said that the other winked first. That sparked the flame that resulted in their marriage on February 6, 1948 that spanned 63 years until Ruth’s passing in 2011. Charles worked at John Deere Tractor Works, retiring in 1985 after 34 years of employment as a painter on the line. In 1950 they purchased a farm in Brandon where they lived until they retired in 1990 to a home in La Porte City. Charles loved to play cards, ping-pong, organize a pick-up game of any type, and still completed a crossword puzzle every day. He loved nothing more than to be surrounded by his family of five children, sixteen grandchildren, and twenty-one great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his children, Margie Smith of Independence, Bob (Peggy) Lund of La Porte City, Tom (Jennifer) Lund of Brandon, Karen (Jerry) Lesh of Marion and Janet (Dave) Harwood of Grimes; his grandchildren Michelle (Brian) Stevens of Cedar Rapids, Chad (Jill) Smith of Cedar Falls, Angela Lund Logan of Machesney Park, IL, Sheri Lund of La Porte City, Eric Lund of Ankeny, Mallori (Jonathan) Demildt of Marion, Dan Lund of Stout, Shawn (Leah) Lesh of Bettendorf, Ryan (Mediha) Lund of Waterloo, Beth Lesh of Marion, Sonya (Matthew) Harwood-Johnson of Tuscaloosa, AL, Ben Harwood of Ames, Kaylie Bowers of Brandon, Ryan Bowers of Brandon, Brooke Bowers of Colorado Springs, Co, and Jeffery Bowers of Dysart; twenty-one great grandchildren; his brothers Fred Lund of Loveland, CO, Larry (Beth) Lund of Cedar Rapids, and his sisters Gladys Hummel of Vinton, Shirley Jurgens of Keystone, Kathy Smith of Vinton, and Barb (Ross) Behel of Shellsburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his brothers Emmert and Russell Lund, and a sister Wilma Gutzeit.
Charles was a member of Heartland Community Church and the Mt. Auburn American Legion. Visitation will be held from Noon to 1PM Monday, September 28, 2020 at Heartland Community Church, 705 Bishop Avenue, La Porte City with the funeral service at 1 PM. Interment immediately following the service in the Brandon Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the La Porte City American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207. The wearing of masks is strongly encouraged.
Memorials may be directed to the La Porte City Fire & Rescue department.
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James “Jim” Rowe

 The Rowe family is sad to share that our favorite Crusty Old Fart James “Jim” Rowe passed suddenly and by his own rules on September 9, 2020 near New Hampton, Iowa.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Hugeback – Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton has been entrusted with arrangements.
Known to be crusty on the outside and a softie on the inside, he will be missed by those who knew him best. He was known for a wicked sense of humor and could zing anyone, anytime. He enjoyed the outdoors and hunting, fishing, camping, and enjoying warm fires with the Dilligaf crew. He was co-founder of the annual Rowe-Neal Fishing tournament and despite many offers (threats), he never dunked a single unruly fisherperson. He claimed he preferred alone time, but always had a twinkle in his eye when surrounded by his folks. He did claim alone time “putzing” in his garage woodcrafting and in his valued time as camp host at Airport Park.
The family will be privately honoring him by picking on loved ones; sharing warm, cozy fires; and visiting his favorite fishing hole. We’re sure his preference would be for you to honor him in the same manner. If you would prefer to share a memorial, please direct these towards the family. The family will direct funds to the Chickasaw County Conservation Foundation so that we can establish a gnarly old oak (just like him) in a place he so recently loved.
He is survived by his lovey Tina Rowe, and the targets of much of his humor–Hollie Morey (Mike), April Rowe Neal (James Neal), James Rowe, Jr., and Becky McCormick (Brian), as well as all of his “monsters” (many grandchildren who have special pet names bestowed by Crusty), and of course, his BFF, Wesson.

Oleen C. Arenholz

Oleen C. Arenholz, 90, of La Porte City, died Saturday, September 5, 2020 at the Waverly Heath Center due to injuries she sustained in a fall. She was born October 2, 1929 in Traer the daughter of Karl and Esther Bendickson Knutson. She was a 1949 graduate of Lincoln High School in Vinton.
She married Dale Wienands on November 9, 1946 in Des Moines; they were later divorced. She married William Arenholz on August 6, 1950 in Vinton; they were later divorced.
Besides being a homemaker, Oleen worked as a dispatcher for La Porte City Fire and Ambulance for 15 years. She made and sold wedding cakes and stuffed toys.
She was a member of the La Porte City American Lutheran Church, where she was active with the Women of the ELCA (WELCA), sang in the choir, and made many of the church banners. She was an avid bike rider, riding around La Porte City and the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, clocking over 75,000 miles. Oleen considered herself a “professional volunteer” – from delivering Meals on Wheels to planting flower gardens in La Porte City and the nature trail and giving away many of her stuffed animals and felt designs. She loved doing puzzles and sewing. She volunteered with the Girl Scouts for 15 years.
She is survived by a son, David (Verdina) Arenholz of Waverly; three grandchildren, Todd (Teresa) Arenholz of Waverly, Tiffany (Lucas) Miller of Spirit Lake, Angela (John) James of Florida, and twelve great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; a daughter, Ruth Esther Arenholz; a brother, Kenneth Knutson and a sister Elinor Hamilton.
Graveside Services will be held 11 AM Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the West View Cemetery in La Porte City.
Memorials may be directed “To the benefit of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail” at Cedar Trails Partnership, 6510 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls, IA 50613, or to the church – American Lutheran Church, La Porte City, 801 Monroe St. La Porte City, Iowa 50651.
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Lois I. Jesse

Lois I. Jesse, 92, of La Porte City, died Saturday, September 5, 2020 at the Vinton Lutheran Home. She was born March 12, 1928 in rural Benton County, the daughter of Porter and Bessie Huber Shaner. She was a graduate of La Porte City High School. Lois married Willard Jesse on June 13, 1948 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. She was a lifelong homemaker. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City. She enjoyed playing cards, Bridge and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
She is survived by her husband, Willard of La Porte City; a son, Duane Jesse of La Porte City; a daughter, Connie (Randy) Schiefelbein of Sumner; two step granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Kylee Schiefelbein; and nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; three brothers, Lowell, Delbert “Clare” and Robert Shaner; a sister, Maxine Benda; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held 11 AM Thursday, September 10, 2020 at the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City with a private family inurnment at a later date in the West View Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the American Lutheran Church Building Fund, 801 Monroe St. La Porte City, Iowa 50651.
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Donald E. Coller

Donald E. Coller, 87, of La Porte City, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at La Porte City Specialty Care.
He was born June 24, 1933 in La Porte City, the son of Hal and Mabel Castor Coller. He was a 1952 graduate of La Porte City High School. Donald was united in marriage with JoAnn Blanchard on October 27, 1957 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua; she preceded him in death on July 12, 2016.
After graduation he worked at Rath Packing Co. and farmed the family farm north of La Porte City. He was a longtime member of the La Porte City School Board, serving during the merger with Dysart to form the Union Community Schools.
Survived by: two daughters, Mabel (Bruce) Rempe of La Porte City and Sylvia (Brian) Otten of Terrebonne, Oregon; seven grandchildren, Brady, Ben and Laura Rempe and Evan, JoAnna, Jacob and Ezekiel Otten; and 2 nephews, Jim (Sharon) Coller of Center Point, IA and Frank (Jeanine) Coller of Bettendorf, IA.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; two brothers, Frank and Joe (Bonnie) Coller and one niece, Joan Morris.
Graveside Services: will be held 10:00 AM Friday, August 14, 2020 at West View Cemetery in La Porte City.
Memorials: may be directed to La Porte City Specialty Care 1100 Hwy 218 N. La Porte City, Iowa 50651.
La Porte City Funeral Home in charge of arrangements 319-342-3131. For more information visit


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