Lee Roland Sturtz, age 96, of La Porte City, died Thursday, February 16, 2017, at UnityPoint Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
He was born January 6, 1921, on the family farm six miles south of La Porte City, the son of Arthur and Alice (Van Fleet) Sturtz. Lee was united in marriage with Hila Betty Robson on June 7, 1943, in Independence, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 22, 1999.
Lee began his career at Rath Packing Co. in Waterloo and also farmed near Alburnett, Iowa. While working at Rath, he was inducted into the US Army and served for nearly four years in San Diego and the Pacific theater of operation. Lee later worked the family farm near Brandon. He also was employed by Steinbeck Trucking Co. in Brandon. He was a lifetime member of Brandon United Methodist Church and farming was his passion.
Survivors include his five children, Karen (Ronnie) Wilson of La Porte City, Terry (Julianne) Sturtz of Wickenburg, AZ, Steven (Elaine) Sturtz of Cedar Falls, Lee Jr. (Dawnye) Sturtz of Brandon, and Kimberly (Kimm) Pennell of La Porte City; eleven grandchildren, five step grandchildren; many great grandchildren and step great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Sturtz of Wisconsin.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hila; two sisters, Sandra Platt and Marilyn Fay Sturtz in infancy and three brothers, Donald, Allen, and Harold Sturtz.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Brandon United Methodist Church, 507 Main Street in Brandon. Burial will be in the Brandon Cemetery with Full Military Honors accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post 207 of La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 4-7 PM Tuesday, February 21 at La Porte City Funeral Home and an hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to Brandon United Methodist Church, PO Box 125, Brandon, IA 52210.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com