Category: Obituaries

Dorothy A. Meier

Our beloved Mother passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020 at MercyOne-Waterloo, at the age of 93. Her husband, our Father, Othmar (Ott) Joseph Meier, preceded her in death on March 23, 2012. Mom and Dad are once again in each other’s arms.
Dorothy Ann Nilles was born on December 12, 1926, to Charles and Mary Lucy Nilles on a farm near Webster City, IA, and grew up on a farm. She met our Dad through his sister, Ann. They married February 5, 1947 during a snow blizzard. They farmed their entire life together, on the same farm, for 65 years. She was there for 73 years.
Mom and Dad’s faith and love gave them eight children, four boys and four girls, Dennis (Patricia) Meier of Waterloo, Maureen (Chuck) Andrews of Waterloo, Lori (Gene, who is deceased) Burkhardt of Cedar Falls, Nick (Nancy) Meier of La Porte City, Jan (Hansie) Schutterle of Dysart, Mark (Barbara) Meier of Cedar Falls, Peg (Drew) Hennings of Dysart, Kevin (Dana) Meier of Adel, 31 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, and one on the way.
Mom loved our Dad, her family, her flower gardens and she loved to read. Mom and Dad prayed the rosary every day for their family and others. Mom was proud to say all her children stayed in their Catholic faith and go to Mass. She felt truly blessed for that treasure of her family’s faith that her and our Dad instilled in us.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Othmar (Ott), her parents, two grandsons, Jeff Tabor and Matt Schutterle and a son in law Gene Burkhardt.
A private service will be held with burial at St. Mary’s Mount Carmel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Cedar Valley Hospice.

Lorraine W. Geissler

Lorraine W. Geissler, 96, of Lisbon, formerly of Waterloo and La Porte City, died Monday, May 25, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
She was born November 19, 1923, in Cresco, the daughter of Harry and Anna Tabbert Beuhler. She was a graduate of Waterloo West High School, class of 1941.
She married Wilmond H. Geissler on June 27, 1943 in Los Angeles, California; he preceded her in death on August 17, 1982.
While living in California, Lorraine helped build the P-51 Mustangs during WWII. In Iowa, she worked as a keypunch operator in the offices of Rath Packing Co. and then at John Deere.
She was a member of the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City; formerly a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Waterloo and the V.F.W. Auxiliary.
She is survived by one son, Leo (Linette) Geissler of Lisbon; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband; one daughter, Nancy Brown; one son, Donald Geissler; two brothers, and four sisters.
A private family service was held with burial in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. A video of the service is posted to the funeral home website.
Memorials may be directed to American Lutheran Church 801 Monroe St. La Porte City, IA, 50651.
Garden View Chapel was in charge of arrangements 319-232-2222. Online condolences may be left at

Ruby Sides

Ruby Sides, 98, La Porte City, IA, died at La Porte City Specialty Care on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
She was born November 19, 1921, in Kings Mountain, NC, daughter of Butler and Fannie Whisnant Dixon.
Ruby married Warren Artman Sides on December 15, 1945, in Charlotte, NC. He died April 8, 1982.
She had worked at Southern Bell, Angel’s Cafe and Thompson’s Jack & Jill. She was also a schoolteacher.
Ruby was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City; Rural Carriers Auxiliary; American Legion Auxiliary; Golf Club and the Shrine Widows.
She is survived by a son, Richard (Sally) Sides‚ La Porte City; daughter, Helen (Patrick) Merchant‚ Bedford‚ IN; 5 grandchildren, Scott (Leigh) Sides, Jeff (Janell) Sides, Janan (Mike) Timmer, Zachary (Ashley) Merchant, and Lincoln (Katy) Merchant; 12 great-grandchildren grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Nell (Bill) Jones.
Ruby is preceded in death by her husband; 3 brothers, Holland (Ruby) Dixon, Hubert (Lucille, Katy) Dixon, and Basil (Mary) Dixon; 4 sisters, Evelyn (Frank) Herndon, Irene (Tom) Johnston, Goldie (Charles) Owens, and Ethel (Bud) Elwood; and a grandson, Nicholas Merchant.
Graveside Services: will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC
Memorials: St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City, IA or Bethlehem Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC
Condolences may be left at Cards sent to the funeral home will be forwarded to the family.

Mabel I purdy

Mabel I. Purdy, 95 of La Porte City, died Sunday, June 21, 2020 at La Porte City Specialty Care. She was born on August 30, 1924 in Iowa City, the daughter of Belle Riggle, raised by Amy and Ira Harmon.
She married Clifford L. Purdy on December 13, 1941 in Lancaster, MO. He preceded her in death on May 2, 1977.
Mabel worked at several places in La Porte City over the years including Byam’s Five and Dime, Foss’s Eggs, and the Coast to Coast. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, embroidery, and spending time with her family.
Survivors include one daughter, Diane Neuman of La Porte City; two sons, Lee Purdy of La Porte City, and Gary (Nicki) Purdy of Mount Auburn; eight grandchildren; sixteen great- grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and seven step great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister Shirley Buttolph; brother-in-law Donald Buttolph; son-in-law Jerry Neuman; and daughter-in-law Marilyn Purdy.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Friday June 26, 2020 at The American Lutheran Church in La Porte City with burial in Westview Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until time of services at the church.
Condolences may be left at

James Lee “Jim” Davis

James Lee “Jim” Davis, 58, of Grinnell, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at the Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines, surrounded by family.
A funeral mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Grinnell will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be designated to the Jim Davis Memorial Fund.
Jim was born on May 29, 1961, in Waterloo, the son of Jim and Connie Marie Lee Davis. He was raised in La Porte City and was a 1980 graduate of La Porte City High School. Jim loved sports and was active in football, wrestling, track, and baseball, throughout his high school years. During the summer months, he rode bulls in rodeos throughout the Midwest and continued bull riding in the Iowa rodeo circuit after high school.
On June 4, 1983, he was united in marriage, with his high school sweetheart, Linda Beth Kimble, in La Porte City. A union of nearly 37 years! The couple lived in Kansas City, where he was a Veterinarian Supply and Pharmaceutical Sales rep. In 1994, Jim and Linda moved to Grinnell and he was employed with Grinnell Implement. Later, in 2015, Jim owned and operated JD’s Boot & Shoe in Ankeny.
Jim was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Jim was a cowboy; he loved his life in the country, working with horses, and living the rodeo days. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. He especially enjoyed attending all his children’s sporting events and activities and hanging out with the parents. Jim loved his family and simply adored his children and grandson. He was a devoted, caring, and compassionate husband, dad, grandpa, and brother. His family and friends were certainly privileged to be a part of Jim’s life. He was a good man!
Survivors include his wife, Linda of Grinnell; two children, Lacey (Austin) Glick of Des Moines and Travis Davis of Grinnell; his grandson, Kingston Glick of Des Moines; two brothers, Rod Davis of Kansas City and Larry Davis of La Porte City; a niece and nephew, Bailey Kessler of Seattle and Jay Davis of Kansas City. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Smith Funeral Home, 1103 Broad Street, Grinnell, IA 50112 is in charge of arrangements.


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