Category: Obituaries

Karen L. Borton

Karen L. (Hill) Borton, 77, of Waterloo, died Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Friendship Village Pavilion from complications of Alzheimer’s. She was born August 6, 1942 in Vinton the daughter of James Edwin and Vera Smith Hill. She was a 1960 graduate of La Porte City High School and attended Iowa State Teachers College receiving her Degree in Education.
She married Ron Borton on June 13, 1964 in Mt. Auburn; they were later divorced.
Karen worked as teacher for La Porte City Preschool and over 20 years for Covenant Medical Center in Transcription and Medical Records, retiring in 2004.
She was Waterloo Public Library Volunteer of the Year in 2001. She enjoyed gardening, walking and exploring the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Karen is survived by three children; Nancy (Richard) Bathen of La Porte City, Boyd (Julie) Borton of La Porte City, and Isaac (Heather Adams) Borton of Waterloo; five grandchildren, Melissa Bathen and Zachary Bathen of La Porte City, Hannah, Elizabeth and Jonathan Borton of La Porte City; one brother, James (Lori) Hill of Mt. Auburn; two sisters, Mary Ellen (Walter) Petersen of Waterloo and Jeanne (Myron) Dirks of Waverly and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be directed to the family, where a memorial fund will be established at a later date.
Memorial Services and Inurnment in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery are pending and will be held at a later date due to the Covid-19 circumstances.
La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements 319-342-3131. Online condolences may be left at

Timothy R. “Tim” Harkness

Timothy R. “Tim” Harkness, age 67, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly at 9:08 PM, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. Because of the unprecedented conditions in our country right now due to the COVID-19 virus, private family services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and online condolences left at
Tim was born on May 12, 1952, in Waterloo, Iowa, son of Robert A. and Rose L. (Herold) Harkness.
Tim graduated from La Porte City High School, Class of 1972. He would go on to join the U.S. Navy and honorably serve his country from 1972-1975. He was united in marriage to Cathy Parker on August 26, 1972, they would later divorce. Tim would be fortunate enough to once again find love, and would marry Sue Noack Freisinger on March 5, 2004.
He was always a hard worker and was employed with the Waterloo John Deere Works for several years, until the lay offs during the 1980’s. During that time he went to work for several area farmers before moving to Grand Prairie, Texas, where he found work as a welder at Gifford Hill. When the economy rebounded, Tim returned to La Porte City and his job at John Deere until his eventual retirement. In his free time, Tim enjoyed fishing with his parents, chasing after that elusive hole-in-one on the golf course or sitting quietly reading his latest book by his favorite author, Louis L’Amour. He was also a wiz in the kitchen, his delicious meals and baked goods were appreciated by all. Family was definitely the most important aspect of Tim’s life. He loved spending time with Sue and the children, building Lego creations with his son, Tommy, and everyone knew the grandchildren were no doubt the apples of his eye. We are deeply saddened at losing Tim in our daily lives, but are thankful for the countless memories we have made throughout the years and will cherish forever.
Those left to cherish Tim’s memory include his wife, Susan “Sue” Harkness, Dubuque, IA; his children, Christine (Jeffrey) McFarland, La Porte City, IA, Catherine (Steve) Twitty, Oelwein, IA, Jaime Harkness, La Porte City, IA, Jenni (Colton) Gaede, Tripoli, IA and Tommy Harkness, Dubuque, IA; his step-children, Chrissy (K.C.) Freisinger-Griffore, McFarland, WI, Robert Freisinger, Dubuque, IA and Joseph (Stephanie) Freisinger, Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren, Marrysa Harkness, MacKenzie (Devon) Spooner, Timothy McFarland, Nathan Harkness, Paige Dulin, Logan Dulin and Dalila Freisinger; his 1st great-grandchild expected in May; his siblings, Lorraine (Darryl) McFarland, La Porte City, IA, Ruth (Russell) Richards, Lorena, TX, Doris (Bruce) Parker, La Porte City, IA, Franklyn Harkness, La Porte City, IA, Kenneth (Elena) Harkness, Waterloo, IA, Tony (Kay) Harkness, Crowley, TX, Joseph Harkness, Bruceville-Eddy, TX, Robin (Mandy) Harkness, Cedar Falls, IA and David (Deborah) Harkness, La Porte City, IA; and a brother-in-law, Rick Arbaugh, Webster City, IA.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Marlene Arbaugh.
Tim’s family would like to thank the staff from UnityPoint Home Care, and all of the First Responders who helped care for Tim and assisted the family, your kindness is very appreciated.
Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

Shirley A. Dutler

Shirley Ann Dutler, 93, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Care Initiatives – La Porte City Specialty Care. She was born January 31, 1927 in Burt, Iowa, the daughter of Ira and Elva (Fox) Hansen.
Shirley married Lloyd R. Dutler on February 3, 1947 at First Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. He preceded her in death on September 3, 2018. Shirley graduated from Burt High School and Pitze’s School of Beauty in Waterloo. She was a hairstylist for many years and bookkeeper at Lloyd’s DX Station in La Porte City. Shirley was a member of American Lutheran Church and the Eastern Star. She and Lloyd enjoyed golfing, bicycling, boating and travelling together.
Shirley is survived by her two sons, Kim (Nancy) Dutler of Cedar Falls and Kevin (Cheryl) Dutler of La Porte City; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers, James Hansen and Ira Hansen, Jr.
Services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, March 14, 2020, at American Lutheran Church, with burial at Westview Cemetery, both in La Porte City. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the church.
Online condolences may be left at

Shirley C. Hedrington

Shirley C. Hedrington, 83, of La Porte City, died Thursday, March 5, 2020 at La Porte City Specialty Care. She was born April 21, 1936 in Beloit, Wisconsin the daughter of Ralph and Dora Magill Busjahn. She attended Beloit Memorial High School. She married L. “Pat” Hedrington, Jr. on October 4, 1952 at St. Jude’s Rectory in Beloit, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on October 2, 2019.
Shirley was a homemaker and worked as a beautician at KJ and Company. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City.
She is survived by four sons, Jeff of Davenport, Michael of La Porte City, Matthew of La Porte City, Joseph (Dolly) of The Colony, Texas; three daughters, Jeri Hedrington of Cedar Falls, Jeanne (Gary) Spettel of Rochester, MN, Maureen (Todd) Meyer of Wellsburg; ten grandchildren, Holly, Zach, Nikki, Keith, Amelita, Ampy, Steven, Nina, Jordan and Cody; ten great grandchildren, Hope, T.J., Tanner, Hudson, Bennett, Lance, Isaac, Angelene, Claire and Arthur; one sister, Barbara (Duane) Gretschmann of Darien, WI and two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Busjahn of Beloit, WI and Anita Riphahn of Cambria, WI.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband and one brother, David Busjahn.
Private family services will be held at a later date with inurnment in the West View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Care Initiatives Hospice 6915 Chancellor Dr, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Condolences may be left at

Ronald Hayungs

Ronald “Big Ron” Gene Hayungs, 74, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center. He was born May 24, 1945 in Greene the son of Arthur and Virginia Foutz Hayungs.
He married Shirley Houser on November 7, 1964 in Waterloo; she preceded him in death on November 20, 2015.
Ron served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1971.
He worked as a maintenance supervisor at John Deere Co., retiring after 30 years.
Ron was a member of the V.F.W., Masonic Lodge, and U.A.W. He always had a smile and never met a stranger. He enjoyed stained glass work, coffee with his buddies at Panera and most importantly spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by one daughter, Tonja (Mindy) Hayungs-Goldstein of Prairie Village, Kansas; two sons, Paul (Beth) of Eldridge, Chuck (Danee) of La Porte City; five grandchildren, Sarah (Ryan) Hackbarth, Emily (Brad) Meyer, Sophie, Alex and Jonah; four great-grandchildren, Claire, Jackson, Caleb and Kate; one brother, Robert (Karleda) Hayungs of Clear Lake; one sister, Jan Green of Waterloo and two sisters-in-law, Judy Hayungs of Monticello, Minnesota and Sandy Hayungs of Waterloo.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley; two brothers, Harlan and his twin Donald.
A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel followed by a prayer service at 4 p.m. Military Rites will be conducted by the Iowa National Guard Honors Detail, Becker-Chapman American Legion Post #136 and the VFW Post 1623. The family suggests casual attire.
In Lieu of Flowers, memorials may be directed to the Cedar Valley Hospice.
Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel is in charge of arrangements 319-233-3146. Online condolences may be left at


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