Category: Obituaries

Vincent F. Pulkrabek, Jr.

Vincent F. “Vince” Pulkrabek, Jr, 81, of Solon, formerly of La Porte City, died Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Solon Nursing Care Center. He was born April 22, 1937 in Traer, the son of Vincent F. and Bernadine McNeal Pulkrabek, Sr. He married Shirley McDowell on October 6, 1957 in Waterloo.
Vince worked from 1955-1958 at National Tea Co. as a meat cutter. He was hired by John Deere Co. in 1959 and was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving from 1960-1962. Vince returned to John Deere Co, retiring in May of 1986 as a Supervisor.
He was a member of the La Porte City U.S.S. San Diego American Legion Post #207 and a member of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association. He enjoyed trail riding and horses.
He is survived by his wife Shirley of Solon; two sons, Torrey (Laurie) of Mahomet, Illinois and Lonny (Julie) of Iowa City and three grandchildren, Allison (Abigail) Pulkrabek of Royal, Illinois, Nicholas Pulkrabek of Mahomet, Illinois and Samuel Pulkrabek of Cedar Rapids.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Nancy Nottger.
Services will be held 3 PM Friday, May 25, 2018 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City. Burial will be held in the West View Cemetery with military rites conducted by the La Porte City U.S.S. San Diego American Legion Post #207. Visitation will be held from 1 PM until service time Friday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the Iowa City Hospice 1025 Wade St. Iowa City, IA 52240.
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Daryl B. Erdmann

Daryl Bernard Erdmann, 65, of Dysart passed away on May 8, 2018 at Sunnycrrest Nursing Center in Dysart.
Daryl was born on November 2, 1952, in Waterloo, the son of Harlan and Hazel (Saunders) Erdmann. Daryl attended Denver High School. On September 25, 1971, he was united in marriage to Freda Boyd in Waterloo.
Daryl worked at John Deere in Waterloo for 36 years. He also farmed north of Dysart for 40 years and organized the fireworks during the Dysart Fourth of July Celebration for 35 years. Daryl enjoyed woodworking, participating in many Dysart community organization and most of all, spending time with his grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; his father; a granddaughter, Pepper; and two brothers-in-law, Jerry Kaleas and John DeGraffenried.
Daryl is survived by his mother; his wife, Freda of Dysart; a son, Jeremy (Kristan) Erdmann of Murray, Kentucky; a daughter, Mindy (Ty) Blain of Bigfork, Montana; four siblings, Karen (CR) Wilson of Missouri, Diana DeGraffenried of Missouri, Reynold (Joyce) Erdmann of Washburn, and Peggy Kaleas of Denver; three grandchildren, Joselyn Erdmann and Malina and Jacek Blain; and a grandchild on the way.
Services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Dysart on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 11:00 AM with a luncheon to follow at Union Middle School, also in Dysart.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the City of Dysart Park Fund.
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James D. “J.D” Butler

James D. “J.D.” Butler, 79, of Milford, IL passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL. He was born July 31, 1938 in Baxter, IA, the son of Fred and Florence Crawford Butler and they preceded him in death in addition to one brother, Gale.
He married Elaine Johannsen on November 8, 1959 in Baxter and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Linda Sims of Murfreesboro, TN and Lisa (Dale) Henrichs of Woodworth, IL; two sons, Lyle (Peggy) Butler of Nevada, IA and Larry (Tiina) Butler of Lees Summit, MO; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
J.D. was a member of the United Methodist Church in Milford where he helped with the maintenance of the church and parsonage. He started out in farming and the transportation business before moving to Illinois to work for Crow’s for 30 years. When he retired from Crow’s as the Production Manager, he went into the real estate business with Bob Nielsen. He enjoyed gardening, yardwork and wine making. He also enjoyed making people laugh and smile, took great pride in his yard, and enjoyed sharing his wine with visitors.
A memorial visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford, IL.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Milford, IL. Pastor Gail Meyers will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Milford United Methodist Church or Milford Ambulance.
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Donald “Don” G. Lee

Donald “Don” G. Lee, 80, of rural Clarksville, Iowa and formerly of Washburn, Iowa, died at his home on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 of lung cancer and dementia.
He was born December 25, 1937, at Camp Arkansas, Arkansas, the son of Elzie Sr. and Viola Cochran Lee. His mother died when he was 2 years old and Don was raised by Ruby (Robbins) Lee, his father’s second wife and whom he thought of as his mother.
He graduated from La Porte City High School in 1956. Don served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was an expert rifleman. He married Joan Drilling Beatty on July 3, 1964, in Cedar Falls.
Don worked at Clean Towel, Hostess Cupcake, and Orkin Pest Control and then worked at John Deere & Co for 30 years, retiring in 1997. After retirement he worked for Ryan Exterminating until April 2017. He had been a member of UAW Local 838.
Don is survived by his wife; a daughter, Diane (Steven) Hostetler of Waterloo; two sons, Jeffrey (Sue) Lee of Wisconsin and Curtis (Vawn Greany) Lee of Washington; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Elzie Jr. (Linda) Lee of La Porte City; and a sister, Shirley (Jerry) Tompkins of La Porte City.
He is preceded in death by his parents and Ruby; brothers, Lindy Lee and Gene Lee; and a sister, Joan Bruce.
Private graveside services were held at Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo.
Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice of Butler County.
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Carla K. Kennedy

Carla K. Kennedy, 61, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She was born September 4, 1956 in Waterloo, the daughter of Arthur and Pearl Marshall Jungling. She was a graduate of La Porte City High School.
She married Kenneth L. Kennedy on April 16, 1977 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. He preceded her in death on February 8, 2008.
Carla worked as a clerk for Greyhound Park and also had been a teller at the Kentucky Derby. She attended Heartland Community Church in La Porte City.
She is survived by two sons, Jeremy (Beth) of La Porte City, Justin (Kendra) of Luana; a daughter, Kayla (Trent Clapp) Kennedy of La Porte City; four grandchildren, Tyler, Alex (Amanda), Cadynce and Noelle; five brothers, Cliff (Nancy) McFarland of La Porte City, Dennis (Marie) McFarland of Brandon, Darryl (Lorraine) McFarland of La Porte City, Jim (Deb) Jungling of La Porte City, Bill (Deb) Jungling of La Porte City; one sister, Sue (Tim) Kelly of Waterloo and her mother-in-law, Geraldine Kennedy of Waterloo.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; one brother, John McFarland and her father-in-law, Donald Kennedy.
A family conducted Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:30 AM, Friday, May 4, 2018 at Heartland Community Church in La Porte City with inurnment in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church.
La Porte City Funeral Home assisted family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at


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