Franklin E. Weltzin, 77, of La Porte City, died February 11, 2013, at his home of cancer. He was born January 9, 1936, in rural Jesup, the son of Ruben and Edna Kern Weltzin. He married Donna Jean Noe on September 1, 1957, in Brandon.
He farmed most of his life and also had worked at Vicker’s Gas Station and Town & Country Home Improvements. He was a volunteer driver for the VA Hospital in Iowa City for many years, volunteered at the La Porte City Nursing Home and had been a Trustee for the Spring Creek Township Cemetery. He was also very devoted to his church.
He is survived by his wife Donna Jean of La Porte City; one son, Daniel (Karen) Weltzin of Brandon, three daughters, Ruth (Douglas) Frush of Jesup, Pamela (Bud) Jones of Waterloo, Nancy Weltzin of La Porte City; 20 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; four step grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; one step brother, Stanley Phillips; three sisters, Audry (Willie) Henson of Evansdale, Michele Daniels of Waterloo, Shirley June Roberts of Evansdale; one foster brother, Lyal (Nancy) Bauer of Marion; one foster sister, Geraldine Bauer Remmers of Rantoul, IL; sisters-in-law, Karen Weltzin of Marshalltown and Terry Phillips of Waterloo.
Preceding him in death were his mother and stepfather, Edna (Louis) Phillips; his father and stepmother, Ruben (Maxine) Weltzin; his foster parents, Harold and Beunah Bauer; one brother, Delbert Weltzin, two sisters, Alberta (Louie) Winslow, Deloris DeBoey; Foster sisters, Maxine (Bauer) Buchsteiner and Barbara (Bauer) Rosen; a son-in-law, James Sorrell and a grandson, Justin VanderSchel.
Services were held February 15, 2013, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jubilee, rural La Porte City with inurnment at a later date in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jubilee, La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center or Cedar Valley Hospice.
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