Obituaries

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Tue
02
Apr

Kenneth Nading

Kenneth Nading
August 6, 1925-March 28, 2019

Kenneth R. (“Kenny”) Nading, 93, of rural Elkader, died Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home. He was born in Littleport, IA, on August 6, 1925, to Merritt and Martha (Reick) Nading. Kenneth graduated from Littleport High School in 1943, at the age of 17. A few months later, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Oakland California and Mare Island where he served as a Pharmacist Mate Second Class. Following his Honorable Discharge on August 5, 1946, he started working for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, where he worked as a lineman. He then married Celia Robbins. They had six children. The couple later divorced.

In 1968, he married Marjorie Gentz. The couple lived in Mederville. Marjorie passed away in 2010. In 2013 he moved into the Swales Assisted Living apartments in Strawberry Point. When his health began to fail, he moved into the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home where he remained.   

Tue
02
Apr

Jerry Spykerman

Jerry Spykerman
November 1, 1942-March 24, 2019

Jerry John Spykerman, 76, Elgin, Iowa, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn, Iowa, following a short illness. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. at the Highland Lutheran Church, Elkader, Iowa on April 8, 2019.  

Jerry was born November 1, 1942 in Hull, Iowa, to Garret and Mable (Schlicht) Spykerman. He graduated from Sanborn High School in 1961 and in 1974 received his degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University. He served in the Army National Guard from 1964-970. He spent his life in Iowa, living in Sanborn, Storm Lake, Humboldt, Ames, Muscatine, Elkader and Elgin. He worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for 34 years as a fisheries biologist, retiring in 2004. His last duty station was at Big Spring Hatchery, Elkader,.

Tue
02
Apr

Ray Williams

Ray Williams
February 21, 1939-March 27, 2019

Ray Alfred Williams, 80 of Elkader, died March 27th, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center after a two-week stay. He was born February 21, 1939, to Floyd and Bertha (Willie) Williams.  

He was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Handke on December 12, 1959. Four children were born to this union. Together they made their home near Motor Mill where they farmed for many years. Ray also served in the Army before he enjoyed a lifelong career working at John Deere until his retirement. Ray loved to spend his days fishing, coon hunting, and cooking maple syrup.  He also enjoyed bluegrass festivals and traveling to National Parks to see the mountains. Above all he valued spending time in the outdoors surrounded by his family.

Tue
26
Mar

Diana Kitterman

Diana Kitterman

Diana Dee (Ivey) Kitterman, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away March 17, 2019 at her home in Sioux Falls, SD with her family by her side. She was 69 years old.

Diana was born October 4, 1949 in Wichita Falls, TX to Bobby and Betty Ivey. She graduated from Burkburnett High School before going on to attend Draughon’s Business College and Alladin Beauty College.

Tue
26
Mar

Donald Storms

Donald Storms
June 16, 1942-March 19, 2019

Donald Charles Storms, Jr., 76, of Clayton Center, IA, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals surrounded by his family. He was born on June 16, 1942 in Richland Center, WI, the son of Donald Sr. and Norma Storms. Don grew up in the Richland Center area where he attended the Pleasant Hill Country School through 8th grade and graduated from the Muscoda Public High School in 1960. On January 18, 1975, Don was united in marriage with Jean Stroschein in Richland Center.  
For many years Don worked in the agriculture industry in the area of genetic engineering for Tri-State Breeders and Select Sires. He also worked for Dairy Herd Improvement Association as DHIA supervisor. He enjoyed helping farmers with their dairy herd production needs but even more than that he loved and considered all his herd owners/families an extension of his own family.

Tue
19
Mar

John Hoth

John Hoth
January 21, 1935-March 9, 2019

John E. Hoth, 84, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Garnavillo, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019, at his residence. He was born January 21, 1935, in Read Township, to Edward and Viola (Schlitzer) Hoth. He was owner of a transportation trucking business that began in Garnavillo and then Cedar Rapids for many years. John lived for working and trucking.

He is survived by his daughter, Robyn (Mark Huston) Michael of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Tina (Jeremy) Powers, Angie Happel and Brad Hoth; 11 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, LaNida Landt and Ivanelle Henning; sister-in-law, Ivanelle Hoth; many nieces, nephews and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents; son, Bobbie Joseph; brothers, Harry, Duane (JoAnn) Hoth and Harold (Rachel) Hoth.

Tue
12
Mar

Gustav Lutz

Gustav Lutz

Gustav R. Lutz, 85 of Elkader, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at his daughter’s house under hospice care.

Gustav was born April 16, 1933, in Elkader, Iowa, to Gustav A. and Caroline A. Lutz. He received his education at Central Community School. Gustav was a golden glove boxer from the age of 12 to 14. Gustav was united in marriage to Marjorie Peterson in June 1953, and later divorced. He was united in marriage to Louise E. Phelps on June 16, 1956. He worked at the Lutz Locker and later owned the Locker until it closed in 2010.

Tue
26
Feb

Ida Mae Schultz

Ida Mae Schultz
January 20, 1925 to February 21, 2019

Ida Mae Schultz, 94, of Elkader, passed away Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Tower Living Center in Garnavillo. She was born January 20, 1925, eight miles south of Waukon in Allamakee County, Franklin Township, to Sankey and Minnie (Homan) Van Gorder. She was baptized and confirmed at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville. Ida Mae attended all rural schools.

She was united in marriage to Wilbur Schultz on April 19, 1944.  They had three daughters, Patsy (Mrs. Russ Belden), Shirley (Mrs. Wes Vanderiede) and Dianne (deceased.) They farmed part of their lives then she worked 8½ years as a waitress at the Pastime Café, then as checker at Dean’s and Kline’s Super Market for almost 15 years.

Ida Mae loved to dance, read and be with family, especially her grandchildren.

Tue
26
Feb

Linda Horns Kaspar

Linda Horns Kaspar
November 23, 1951 to February 13, 2019

Linda Irene Horns Kasper, 67, of Des Moines was born on November 23, 1951, in McGregor, Iowa, to William and Marianne (Ruff) Horns. She grew up in Clayton County and graduated from Central Community High School in Elkader in 1970 before moving to Des Moines to attend the American Institute of Business, where she earned a business administration degree. After an almost-20-year career with AT&T, she opened the UPS Store (originally Mail Boxes Etc.) in Beaverdale. In 2015, after 20 years as a successful small business owner, she sold the store and retired.

Tue
19
Feb

Keith Kobliska

Keith Kobliska
October 11, 1931 to February 10, 2019

Keith William Kobliska, 87, of Elkader, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids surrounded by his family. He was born October 11, 1931, to John Bernard and Camilla Mae (Timmerman) Kobliska in New Hampton, Iowa. He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Charles City, Iowa.

Keith married his high school sweetheart, Anita Joan “Billie” Wagner, on July 14, 1952, in Charles City. Four children were born to this union, Kathy, Cindy, Joni and David.

He worked as a cook in the family business, the Hilltop Café in Waverly, Iowa. Keith was drafted from Army Reserves and served his country during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged as a Sgt. in 1955.

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