Memorial for Cedar Falls Class of 75 members (whether or not they graduated with the class) who have passed on:

Please send any updates or corrections to Ron Nielsen, or email (   
Updated  3/23/202212pm 56 entries + 6 maybe

School and recent picture if available

Name (Married name)
date passed



List sorted by earliest to most recent deaths, uncertain entries are at the bottom of the list

FYI, we had about 410 members in our class, there are many that moved before graduating that we also will post here if we hear about them

Randy Campbell

1973 (before graduation)

Randy Campbell, 15, of Cedar Falls, fatally injured when he was struck by a car as he and two companions were walking on a Waterloo street during a heavy rain.


(also noted in 1973 yearbook)

Kirk Koch

2/19/1974 (before graduation)

(note in 1974 yearbook)

Sophomore class officer.

Parents: Karl and EthelAnn Beving Koch

John Henry Adams

Oct 1975

Born 1956. Mother: Jeanne Adams Father: Fred Adams. At the time of death he resided at 2422 Sunset Blvd, Cedar Falls. He is survived by his parents; a brother, Fred D. of Ames; four sisters, Audrey Adams of Lutsen, MN, Mrs. Greg (Julie) Hott of Anoka, MN, Sara Adams of Duluth, MN, and Amy Adams at home; paternal grandparents, Mr & Mrs Fred D. Adams of 121 Pershing Blvd., Waterloo; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Mabel Wildman of Seattle, WA. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather. He was a student. Buried Greenwood Cemetery, Cedar Falls.


(Track team photo, 1974 yearbook)

Leah Lohman


Services for Miss Leah Kae Lohman, 19, of 1303 W. Eighth St., will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home with burial in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home until service time.

Miss Lohman died early Tuesday in rural Independence of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

She was born July 12, 1957, in Waterloo, the daughter of Richard H. and Armina Ellison Lohman. She graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1975 and was employed in Winthrop.

Survivors include her parents of 1303 W. Eighth St.; two brothers, Mark at home, and Joseph of St. Paul, Minn.; a sister, Adrienne Lohman at home; her maternal grandmother Mrs. John Lohman of Melvern; her paternal grandmother Mrs. William Lohman of 2517 Grand Blvd.

Rick VerHeul  updated 5/8/21


Jazz Band, Football, Swimming, Orchestra, Marching Band, Symphonic Band


Funeral services were held for Richard Winston Ver Heul Sept. 23, 1977 at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. Ver Heul, 20, died Sept. 20, 1977 in an automobile accident. Casket bearers at the funeral were Duane Huyser, Darrell Groenendyk, Stephen De Kock, Willis Van Wyk, Daniel Ver Heul and Dennis Van Wyk. Burial was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Cedar Falls. Richard Winston Ver Heul was born Jan. 7, 1957 in Brookings, S.D. to Dick H. and Mary L. Ringelestein Ver Heul. After attending high school in Cedar Falls, Ver Heul attended the University of Northern Iowa and transferred to the Iowa State University where he was a student at the time of his death. He was a member of the ISU football team. He is survided by his parents; two brothers, Jeffrey and Gregory; one sister, Julie; his maternal grandfather, William A. Ringelestein, Oskaloosa; and his maternal great-grandmather, Elizabeth Van Ringelestein, Oskaloosa.

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Mellissa Woods


Cedar Falls - Services for Mellissa Woods McCulley, 21, of 700 W. Ridgeway Road, will be 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church. She died at 9:32 p.m. Monday at Allen Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, after a lengthy illness.

She was born Sept. 14, 1956, daughter of L.D. "Bud" and Noa Pedersen Woods. She married Michael J. McCulley Sept. 24, 2977, in Cedar Falls.

She graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1975 and attended the University of Northern Iowa for a year. She was employed at Hy-Vee and Woolco, both in Cedar Falls. She and her husband were youth counselors at the First United Methodist Church in Waterloo.

Survivors include her husband; her parents of 903 W. Fourth St., Cedar Falls; a sister Gertrude Ann Woods of 903 W. Fourth St., Cedar Falls; and maternal grandmother, Gertrude Pedersen of Larvik, Norway.

Friends may call at Kearns-Dykeman Chapel, Waterloo, after 7 p.m. Wednesday. Those who wish may make memorials to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Marvin Hammett

Marvin Hammett


Marvin Hammett, 23, of Cedar Falls was killed Monday when his car and a dump truck collided on a Butler County road two miles northwest of New Hartford IA.


Tony Hansen - added 11/2/2020, updated 5/8/21


(Brother of 75 member Denise Hansen)

Hansen, Anthony D. At the time of death he resided at 2428 Center Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Crystal and Tonette both at home; three sisters, Denise and Lacy Mae Hansen of 1615 East Dunkerton Road and Jacqueline Hansen of Schreveport, LA. He married Cathy I. Myers on October 26, 1973 in Memphis, MO. He worked at Deere & Co. and his father's junk yard. Service was held at Cedar Bible Baptist Church in Cedar Falls. The casket was not opened.

Mother: Phyllis Richmond Hansen Father: Dennis Hansen. DateOfBurial: Dec 17, 1981. Hillside Cemetary, Cedar Falls, IA

Jeffrey Wright


Born 10/19/1955. Following graduation, Jeffrey went to work for his dad for a year, managing the Valley Park gas station before moving to New Jersey where he worked for his Uncle in the meat business, managing several stores and meat lockers in the NJ area. Jeffrey was a member of Nazareth Lutheran church, and is survived by his mom, Lorraine Wright of CF and sister, Denise (Wright) Herron and family in Florida.


(picture at left with Denise’s daughter).

Mark Barnett

Mark Barnett       Added 7/4/2021

12/9/1956 - 9/6/1987

"The Fairfield (Ia.) Ledger" Tuesday, September 8, 1987; Page 15, Column 3

Mark BARNETT dies in Florida

Mark Edward BARNETT, 30, of Minneapolis, Minn., died Monday morning at Fort Myers, Fla., where he was vacationing.

The body was cremated. Arrangements for a memorial services are pending at Waterloo.

BARNETT was the son of H. Edward BARNETT of Tucson, Ariz., former Fairfield resident, and Arlene ADAMS of Minneapolis, Minn. Other survivors include a grandmother, Alvena BARNETT, an aunt, Ella Mae FLETCHER, both former Fairfield residents now of Waterloo; and a great-aunt, Berdina METZ of Fairfield.

BURIAL at Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, USA, PLOT 2nd.174


Barnett, Mark Edward, 30, of Minneapolis, Minn. Arrangements by Cape Coral Funeral Home and Crematory. (Fort Myers News-Press, 9 Sep 1987)

BIRTH      9 Dec 1956,  Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA

DEATH     7 Sep 1987 (aged 30),  Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida, USA

BURIAL: Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, USA

Son of Harley Edward Barnett, Jr. and Arlene Barnett.

Shares plot and inscription with his grandmother Alvena Barnett.


Father: 2020: He was preceded in death by his parents, sister: Ella Mae, and son: Mark Barnett.


Grandmother:  2012: Grandson Mark preceded her in death


Paula King

Paula King (Montes)


Paula King (Montes) was born Jan 30, 1957 and passed away from cancer December 7, 1988 in Waterloo IA. She was Married Dec 17, 1974 to Michael Maggio and had 3 children: Tamara, Michael and Angela. Parents Thomas and Donna (Klapp) King. Four brothers, William, Thomas, Donald, and Danny.  Services at Dahl-Van Hove home. Burial at  Garden of Memories Cemetery.

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David Svien

7/5/1992  (age 35)

CFHS Class of 1975, was born June 18, 1957 and died July 5, 1992 at age 35.

David's brother Steve died in 2007 at 55.

A sister, Barb Svien, survives.

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Judy A Lofstuen (Shafer)

3/31/1994 (age 37)

Judy A. Shafer, 37 of 2508 S. Union Road, Thursday, March 31, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, of a pulmonary embolism caused by cancer.

She was born Feb 21, 1957, in Rapid City S.D. daughter of Leonard and Dorothy Olson Lofstuen. She married Robert D. Shafer Oct. 9, 1976 in Waterloo.

Mrs. Shafer was a 1975 graduate of Cedar Falls High School.

Survived by: her husband; two daughters, Beth and Amber; a son, Jordan; all at home; her mother of Cedar Falls; her maternal grandmother, Pearl Olson of

Rapid City, S.D.; and two sisters, Dee Leopard of Madison, Wis., and Linda Wahner of Cedar Falls.

Preceded in death by: her father.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Nazareth Lutheran Church, with burial in Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Friends may call from 5 to 8pm today at O'Keefe & Towne-Grarup & Waychoff Funeral Home, and an hour before services at the church, where the casket will be closed.

Memorials: may be directed to the family.

(April 3, 1994 Waterloo Courier)

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Linda Nelson (Schatzberg, Staudinger)


 LINDA KAY STAUDINGER was born November 1, 1956 in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Harry and Darlyne (Kneeskern) Nelson. She married Michael W. Schatzberg on October 18, 1975 in Waterloo. He preceded her in death on October 16, 1985. Linda married Brett Staudinger on January 17, 1992. They were later divorced. Linda was a supervisor at Waterloo Tent and Tarp before her illness. She died Saturday, June 10, 2000, at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo, at 43 years of age. Linda is survived by her two daughters, Krista Schatzberg and Kari Schatzberg, both of Waterloo; two grandchildren, Kayla Schatzberg and Tyler Smith; her brother, Chris Nelson of Cedar Falls and her two sisters, Lori Navarro and Dawn Bogardus, both of Waterloo.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her step-father, Homer Lockwood.

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Debra Ann Boggs (Schares)


CEDAR FALLS - Debra Ann "Debbie" Schares, 48, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Cedar Falls, died Oct. 15, 2003; graveside inurnment services 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Greenwood Cemetery; Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, 266-7525, is in charge of arrangements; memorials to the family at 1432 E. Knoll Circle, Apt. 101, Mesa, AZ 85203.

Sheryl Bickford


She was born April 21, 1956, in Fort Knox, Ky., daughter of Ward W. and Phyllis I. Button Bickford. She graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1975; received a teachers associate degree from York College, York, Neb.; and furthered her education in horticultural science. She was a teacher’s associate in the Waterloo school system.

Survivors include: her parents of Cedar Falls; three sisters, Renae Kay (Curtis) Baker of Dallas, Texas, Marquisette A. Bickford of Kansas City, Mo., and Diana M. Hughbanks of Waterloo; and four nephews and nieces, Amanda and William Baker, Aaron and Madison Hughbanks.,

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Jeff Butler


He was born Sept. 30, 1956, in Newton to Ralph and JoAnn Butler. He married Kathy Wolf April 28, 1979, in Waterloo.

After 22 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard, he retired in 1998. He then worked with the Pascal County Office of the Sheriff for eight years. Survivors include his father, Ralph Gary and stepmother Lorraine of Clearwater, Fla. Wife Kathy (Wolf) and three children: son Andrew and daughters April and Beth of Port Richey, Fla. His three brothers Jim (Kelli) of Cedar Falls, John of Galveston, Texas, and Joseph (Kim) of Baltimore, Md


Russ Petersen


Russ was born April 21, 1956 in Waverly, Iowa, the son of Herman H. and Eleanor M. Frank Petersen.
Russell was a member of the 1975 graduating class from Cedar Falls High School.
Russ was currently employed with Wayne Industrial Holding, (Wayne Engineering). He had been employed with the company for the past twenty years.
Russ is survived by two brothers, Marvin (Karen) Petersen and Allen (Peggy) Petersen and a sister, Lori (Larry) Meyer, all of Cedar Falls, Iowa; seven nieces and nephews, Steven, Brian, and Ross Petersen, Aaron, Lisa, and Bradley Meyer, and Amy Shatek; and seven great nieces and nephews, Brandon, Brady, Bryce, and Katelyn Petersen, Conner Alexander, Elizabeth Shatek, and Dakota East.
Russell died Thursday, March 15, 2007 at Sartori Memorial Hospital ER, in Cedar Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Shelda Shorter (Miller)


SHELDA (SHORTER) MILLER CFHS class of 1975 was born on January 9, 1957 and died June 1, 2007 of cancer. She lived in Sheffield, IA. Her parents owned Shorter's Gala Midway.
SHEFFIELD — Shelda Sue Miller, 50, of 1092 210th St. in Sheffield, died Friday (June 1, 2007) at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

No public visitation or services are planned at this time, however, a memorial service may be held at a later date.

Cremation has taken place at Cremation Services of North Iowa in the care of Fullerton Funeral Home, 123 Second St. S.E. in Mason City.

Steve Howard


He attended Hawkeye Community College for two years. Roskamp Manufacturing had employed him for over 30 years. Steve was a great NASCAR enthusiast and loved to follow the Hawkeyes in football and basketball.!/Obituary

Susan Douglas(Risse)


SUSAN M. (DOUGLAS) RISSE, CFHS Class of 1975, was born May 22, 1957 in Pleasant Beach, NJ, and died Monday, March 24, 2008, at Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls. She is the daughter of Richard S. and Frances E. (Edwards) Douglas. Susan was a graduate of Cedar Falls High School.

Survivors include her husband, Gregory Risse, of Fern, Iowa; her father, Dick Douglas, of Cedar Falls, and two sisters, Lynn (Terry) Flynn of Zion, Illinois and Karen (Dave) Byerly of Exton, Pennsylvania

Greg Van Brocklin


Died of cancer February 15, 2009.

He was born September 9, 1956 in Waterloo, the son of Howard and Shirley (Roever) Van Brocklin. Greg married Lynn Janssen on July 29, 1979 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Falls.

He worked for 13 years at Home Depot in Waterloo, retiring in 2004 due to illness. Greg loved his family and friends, his two dogs, fishing, and was an avid football fan. He was a longtime member of the Waterloo Elks Club #290

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Teresa Minikus (Corwin)

TERESA (MINIKUS) CORWIN, CFHS Class of 1975, was born August 22, 1957 in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Arnold and Kathryn (Roark) Minikus.Teresa died from a brief illness after a courageous battle with leukemia May 30, 2009, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Teresa married Chester Corwin, and they later divorced. She was a mother and homemaker. Teresa also worked at Twin Oaks Print & Framing for many years and was a teller at US Bank. 

Denise Kay Hansen (Rich)  - added 11/2/2020


Denise K. Rich, 51, of Cedar Falls, died Wednesday, July 29, at Allen Hospital, Waterloo, of cancer.She was born Aug. 27, 1957, in San Diego, daughter of Dennis and Phyllis Hansen.Survived by her husband of 19 years, Vaughn Rich; a son, Ronnie Siebrands; a daughter, Tandi Siebrands; her mother; four grandchildren, Lillian, Emma, Angel and Sean; two sisters, Lacy and Jackie; nieces and nephews; and two brothers-in-law, Sean and Art.Preceded in death by: her father; and a brother, Tony Hansen. Services: Friends and family are invited for a celebration of life with a potluck from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Black Hawk Park, Cedar Falls. Her body has been cremated. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Did not graduate with class (moved?)

Mark Cox


Mark E Cox, age 53, of Butler, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010. Mr. Cox was born in Waterloo, Iowa the son of Shelia (Conway) Cox and the late Edwin Cox. He was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s RC Church in Butler and loved to vacation and spend time with his family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 22 ½ years, Deborah A (Norman) Cox, his dear mother Shelia (Conway) Cox, two cherished daughters, Sarah and Bethany, a loving sister, Jodie Cochran and many nieces, nephews and friends. Visiting hours will be Friday, March 19th 2010, from 2:00 -4:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm at The Morrison Funeral Home, 86 Bartholdi Avenue, Butler, NJ. A funeral mass will be offered Saturday 10:00am at St. Anthony's RC Church, Butler. Burial to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Butler.

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Dan Mechtel


DANIEL LEE "DAN" MECHTEL, CFHS Class of 1975, died March 29, 2010. “Big Dan” was born July 22, 1957, in Highland Park, Ill., to Norman F. and Dolores E. (Fruechte) Mechtel.

He attended schools in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Iowa, graduating from Cedar Falls High School in 1975.

Dan enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1975 to 1979 and was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas and in Germany.

He worked from 1980 until its closing at the Montgomery Ward store in La Crosse. Subsequently, he worked for many years at Riverland Retreading in La Crescent, Minn., and in recent years, he worked at Degenhardt Tires in West Salem.

Dan lived most of his life in Wisconsin. He loved hunting and fishing and simply spending time outdoors in the woods and fields and on the rivers. He also derived great enjoyment from photographing and filming the wildlife with which he shared his corner of the world.

Survivors include his mother, Dolores of Caledonia, Minn.; two sisters, Jacolyn Mechtel (Bruce Kuehmichel) and Jeannette (Hal) Barber, both of Caledonia; three nephews, Chris Barber of Caledonia, Pat Barber of Green Bay, Wis., and Aaron Kuehmichel of La Crosse; one niece, Leah Kuehmichel of Los Angeles, Calif.; and aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends.

Dan was preceded in death by his father, Norman in 1988 Doug Turnage (1956-2010)


Doug Turnage                          (added 6/7/2021)


Doug Turnage, 54, of Cedar Falls, died Monday, December 13, 2010, after an accident on I-80 near Cozad, Nebraska.  He was born May 2, 1956 in Blackwell, Oklahoma, the son of Nolen & Jacqueline (Schroeger) Turnage.  He married Diana Davis at First Lutheran Church In Waterloo on July 2, 1977.  Doug was a graduate of Cedar Falls High School.  He was a professional owner/operator.

Survivors include his wife, Diana, of Cedar Falls, and son, Jake, of Waterloo; one brother, Nolen (Judi) Turnage, of Anthem, Arizona; two sisters, Linda (Steven) Smith, of Cedar Falls and Jackie (Kevin) Berggren, of Cedar Falls.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Justin Turnage.


Randy Babcock


Randall was born on July 20, 1956 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the son of Richard (Jim) Babcock and Naomi (Thompson) Babcock.

Randy grew up in Cedar Falls, graduating with the Cedar Falls High School class of 1975. Following graduation Randy enlisted in the United States Army where he served from July 29, 1975 until March 22, 1978. He loved listening to all kinds of music especially if it was loud.

Randy passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at his home at the age of 54 years, 7 months and 25 days.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Randy is survived by his parents, Jim and Naomi Babcock of St. Pete Beach, Florida; sister, Sandi Jakel and niece, Melissa Jakel both of Cedar Falls, along with other relatives and many friends. — in Cedar Falls, Iowa.,

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Deborah Marie Schultz (HOLDER)

4/19/2011 (class of 74?)

Deborah Marie Holder, 55, of Cedar Falls, died from complications of diabetes on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at her home in Cedar Falls.  She was born October 22, 1955 in West Union, Iowa, the daughter of Milfred Otto and Lorraine “Peg” (Martin) Schultz.  Deborah married Blaine M. Holder on October 2, 1993 in Virginia City, Nevada.  She was a 1975 graduate of Cedar Falls High School and graduated from Hawkeye Institute of Technology with an Associate Degree.  Deborah worked with production systems at KWLO Radio.

Survivors include her husband, Blaine Holder, of Cedar Falls; four sons, Matthew and Christopher Reisinger, both of Reno, Nevada, Kyle Holder of Fairbanks, Alaska and Aaron Holder of Anchorage, Alaska; a daughter, Virginia Holder, of Cedar Falls; two grandchildren, Brandon and Kasey Reisinger; her mother, Lorraine “Peg” Schultz Borglum, of Cedar Falls; a brother, Gil (Dianne) Schultz, of Cedar Falls, and a sister, Gail (Bill) Corwin, of Cedar Falls.

Deborah was preceded in death by her father.

Tim Nielsen


He was born April 20, 1956, in Cedar Falls, son of Donald L. and Bernardine Heath Nielsen. He married Rochelle Rothfus on Aug. 12, 1989, in Cedar Falls.

Mr. Nielsen worked for Benton Sand and Gravel, Cedar Falls, for many years.

Survived by: his wife; a son, Nick of Janesville; a daughter, Madison (Dustin Kiefer) Nielsen of Cedar Falls; his father of Waterloo; two goddaughters, Nicole Bird and Samantha Highberger, both of Janesville; a godgrandchild, Brexton Bird of Janesville; a sister, Christine (Steve) Squires of Hudson; and three brothers, Mike and Tony (Erika), both of Waterloo, and Jeff (Julie) of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Preceded in death by: his mother,

Chuck Posekany


Charles August Posekany, 54, of Woodburn, formerly of Cedar Falls, died at home Tuesday, Dec. 13.

He was born April 11, 1957, in Waterloo, son of Robert E. and Anna Belle Posekany. He married Susan Kay Meier on Nov. 8, 1975, in Cedar Falls.

Mr. Posekany received an associate degree from Southwestern Community College, Creston, and was a project engineer at Merchandising Frontiers Inc., Winterset. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Survived by: his wife; two daughters, Anna Posekany of Reno, Nev., and Tesia Posekany of Storm Lake; his mother and stepfather, AnnaBelle and Roger Beck of Cedar Falls; a sister, Rhonda (Pat) Epley of Shell Rock; his stepmother, Darlene Posekany of Osceola; two stepbrothers, Tony (Marci) Beck of Evansdale and Jeff Beck of Hudson; and four stepsisters, Debra (David) Burbank of Goddard, Kan., Barbara Beck of Cedar Falls, Mary (Ed) Engler of West Des Moines and Susan (Ian) Lynch of New Orleans.

Preceded in death by: his father.

Theresa Shields(Randall?)


Theresa Ann Randall, 56, of Rogers, Ark., died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at her home. She was born January 12, 1957 in Waterloo, Iowa the daughter of Mary Heinen Shields and Eugene Shields.

She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Lowell for many years. She and her family moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1991 from Iowa. She loved helping others, working with flowers, scrap-booking, and enjoyed European traveling.

She was preceded in death by her father, Vincent Caldwell, and two brothers, Timothy Shields and Gene Shields.

Theresa is survived by her husband, Gary Randall, of the home, whom she married January 3, 1975; two daughters, Sharon Randall of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Beth Randall and her husband, Jacob, of Rogers, Arkansas; her parents, Eugene and Mary Shields, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; one brother, Mark Shields, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and two grandchildren, Amara Randall and Braxton Randall.

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Randy Fackler


(listed in Junior but not Senior yearbook)

RANDY FACKLER, CFHS Class of 1975 passed away March 2, 2013 at his residence in Mountain Home, AR. He was born April 3, 1956 in Des Moines, Iowa to James and Marilyn Uti Fackler.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Methodist faith. He was employed as a Journeyman Millwright, powering the world by building plants.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Fackler of Mountain Home; a son Cody Fackler of Mountain Home; a daughter, Christian and husband Brian Duffy of Litchfield, Minnesota; 4 grandchildren: Dillon Fackler, Cassie, Madison and Brianna Duffy; his father and step-mother, James & Sharon Fackler of Cedar Falls, Iowa; a brother, Jim Fackler of Davenport, Iowa and a sister, Kelly Sharnhorst of Waterloo, Iowa,

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Debra Miller (Hansen)


DEBRA "DEBBIE" SUE (MILLER) HANSEN, CFHS Class of 1975, and of Renton, WA, passed away in her home surrounded by her family on Monday, May 6, 2013. Debbie was born in Downey, CA on October 23, 1957 to Edward E. and Patricia S. Miller.

A public memorial service will be held Monday May 13, 2013 at 3:30 PM at the Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton, WA following a private family internment ceremony. Reverends Kevin Hopkins and Cal Ainley will officiate.

After growing up in California, Debbie moved with her family to Oklahoma at the age of 11. As the daughter of a preacher, this was the first of several moves that later took her from Tulsa, OK to Cedar Falls, IA where she graduated from high school in 1975. After returning to Tulsa, where she worked for Sears, Debbie followed her parents to Issaquah, WA, where her father was the pastor of the Issaquah Nazarene Church. It was here that she met and married the son of the former pastor of the same church, Rodney Hansen (longer obituary)

Gary Slick


He was born June 6, 1957, in Waterloo, son of Wilbur and Eloise Rave Slick. He married Michelle Van Dresar on Nov. 14, 1999, in Las Vegas.

He graduated from Cedar Falls High School and Hawkeye Tech before a 25 year career at Bob Mickey Chrysler Dodge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Survived by: his wife; a son, Joseph of Las Vegas; three daughters, Tracy (Dan) Mesmer of Bettendorf and Melissa (DD) Rizzio and Danielle Brockmeyer, both of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren, Sydney Slick, Amery and Kyla Mesmer, Eli Rizzio and Cayden Groves; two brothers, Steve (Pat) of Waterloo and Duane of Providence, R.I.; a sister, Lenora Slick of Cedar Rapids; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Proceeded in death by: his parents; two brothers, Paul Owen and Brian Kent; and a sister, Clarice Joy Slick.A traditional wake and a Native American church service took place Saturday at the Myron Wanatee residence on the Meskwaki Settlement, rural Tama. Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Tama-Toledo, is assisting with the arrangements.

Gary enjoyed fishing, camping, the Minnesota Vikings, and spending time with his family and friends.

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Marci Merner


MARCI LYNN MERNER, CFHS Class of 1975, died November 18, 2013. She was born March 10, 1957 in Puerto Rico to R. William and Geraldine Bender Merner.

She received a bachelors degree in criminology from Arizona State University. Marci worked as a probation parole officer for the State of Florida.

Survived by: her brother, David Merner of Clarksville; two nieces, Leah and Megan Merner of Cedar Falls; and her step mother, Shirley Merner of Cedar Falls. Preceded in death by: her parents

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Mark Haskell


Denver, CO

Jay Merfeld

12/28/2014, VERIFY obit:

Jay is survived by his wife of 35 years, Christy Merfeld of Cedar Rapids; three children, Sarah (Clint) Shriver, James Merfeld and Allyson Merfeld, all of Cedar Rapids; his father, Claire (Skip) Merfeld of Sun City, Ariz.; two brothers, Bruce (Peggy) Merfeld of Cedar Falls and Dan (Nancy) Merfeld of Elburn, Ill.; two grandchildren, Matthew and Madyson Shriver; father-in-law John (Shirley) Laflen of Buffalo Center; three sisters-in-law, Cindy (Christian) Miller of Buffalo Center, Cheri (Laflen) Morrison of Ames and Coral (Jerry) Jordan of Sigel, Pa.; good friends Wes Boothe of Des Moines and John McGrane of Cedar Rapids; and many hunting friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice (Folkerts) Merfeld.

Jay was born Aug. 4, 1957, in Waterloo, to Claire "Skip" and Alice Merfeld. He was united in marriage to Christy Laflen on Oct. 27, 1979. Jay worked 35-plus years in the temperature control business. He loved hunting pheasants, and his dogs, Ellie and Joy. Jay was always on the lookout for a new car for his children, friends and wife. If you knew Jay, you knew he told it like it was, didn't beat around the bush and his favorite saying, “It is what it is!” Jay will be missed deeply by his friends and family.

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Mark Arends


He was born March 17, 1957, in Cedar Falls, son of John and Mildred Hermansen Arends. He married Michele Olson on March 21, 1987, in Cedar Falls.

Mark was employed as a welder/fabricator at Bruns Machine in Cedar Falls.

Survived by: his wife; six children, Megan Arends of Babbit, Minn., Justin (Samantha) of Oakdale, Minn., Mardith (Clint) DeGroote of New Hartford, Jodi (Mike) Morse of Readlyn, Marcus of Eugene, Ore., and Nic of Ames; 10 grandchildren; and a brother, Ron (Janet) of Brooklyn, Iowa.

Preceded in death by: his parents.!/Obituary

Steve Fitkin


STEVE FITKIN, CFHS Class of 1975, died June 4, 2016, at his home following a battle with brain cancer. He was born October 2, 1956 in Cedar Falls, the son of Wayne & Maxine (Lehmkuhl) Fitkin. Steve married Joyce Brown September 11, 1981 in Cedar Falls. He was a dairy farmer most of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce, of Cedar Falls; his son, Brad (Stephanie) Brown, of Cedar Falls; two granddaughters, Ashley and Terri Brown; his parents, Wayne & Maxine Fitkin of Cedar Falls; two brothers, Jim (Deb) Fitkin of Cedar Falls and David (Cindy) Fitkin of Anamosa; and his sister, Susie (Joe) Cook of Cedar Falls.

Steve was preceded in death by his daughter, Jacki Lynn Brown and his grandparents.

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Charles “Chuck” R. Hanson  (moved from CF after 9th grade)


Charles "Chuck" R. Hanson, 60, of Rock Island, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 at his residence.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island.  Visitation will be held from 5 pm to 8 pm on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the River Music Experience (RME), Davenport, for the Chuck Hanson Fund.

 Chuck was born on December 7, 1956 in Moline, the son of Charles A. and Elizabeth Jean (Gordon) Hanson.  He was employed  in Buffalo, IA as a grain operator.  Chuck loved his family and enjoyed his work, which for over thirty years was at the grain-barge loading terminal Cenex Harvest States (CHS) near Buffalo, IA. Another activity was his bike riding on the bike path along the river. The Green Bay Packers were his favorite team for many years. His house was filled with Packer souvenirs. And then there was music. He was deeply into contemporary music his entire life. He grew up with the popular bands of his era, like the Grateful Dead and the WHO. He played their music. He went to their concerts. He became a very accomplished musician, writing his own tunes, playing the bass and guitar and even doing some vocals.

 He and his drummer brother, Terry Hanson, were in several bands together, starting early on with Moonshine in the 70s. In later years they united with John Harris and Dave Nicholson to form Country Blue. This band was so popular it played twice each weekend for five years at the Fleetwood Tap in Coal Valley and was honored to be the Grand Marshall one year at the Valley Daze parade.

 Chuck also played in a number of other bands such as Gypsy Blue, Smokehouse and the Hoot Gibson band in venues throughout the Quad cities and nearby communities. Blue Grass music was one of his favorites. He and Dave Maxwell played it a lot, including at the Davenport Farmers' Market.

 Chuck is survived by his parents, Charles A. and Jean Hanson, Rock Island; daughters, Catrina (Patrick) McGurk, Great Bend, KS, Jessica (Brennan) Seitz, Columbus, KS, and Melissa Knoeferl, Rock Island; grandchildren, Addison and Elsie Seitz, and Daylynn McGurk; siblings, Stephen (Joyce) Hanson, Louisville, KY, Pamela Hanson, Santa Cruz, CA, and Terry (Shelley) Hanson, East Moline; special friend, Dorine Knoeferl; and numerous nieces and nephews.


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Margaret J. Johnson (Wehling)

5/7/2018 (class of 76?)
former Cedar Falls student, She was born December 10, 1957 in Eldora, Iowa, daughter of James and Nielsine (Engelking) Johnson. She married Paul A. Wehling on March 22, 1980 in Waverly, Iowa.
Survived by: her husband of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Amanda Wehling of Cedar Falls; and a sister, Maren Sims of Ringsted, IA. Preceded in death by: her parents; and a brother, James M. Johnson.!/Obituary

Darrell “Buck” Oler


Darrell “Buck” Rollie Oler II, 61, of Blackfoot, Idaho returned to his heavenly home May 21, 2018. Born in Iowa City, Iowa to Lillian and Darrell Oler on April 12, 1957, Buck was a man respected and loved by many. Our “Papa” as he liked to be called by his grandchildren created a life overflowing with love and laughter with his beloved and eternal wife Cindy by his side every step of the way.

As the youngest brother to five older sisters, Buck was always finding ways to help his family through various jobs. He grew to love turning a wrench while working around his family’s taxi cab business, and would use those skills throughout his life. Buck graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1975, and soon after, with the support of incredible friends, was taught the gospel and was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 31, 1976. He always joked he had to go under three times to ensure that his conversion to the restored gospel was complete.

After moving to Salt Lake City, Buck met the love of his life while managing a Tunex and wasted no time in making sure that they would be together forever. Buck and Cindy were sealed for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls, Idaho LDS Temple on September 7, 1979. Soon after, they relocated back to the family farm in Blackfoot. When he wasn’t chasing after his four kids or working on the farm, he spent his spare time in the service of others. He spent many dedicated years to his career in agriculture with Diamond K Gypsum, Horizon Ag, and Bingham Cooperative. Along with working with the local farmers and communities, Buck also managed and owned Buck’s Service Center for many years alongside of his family. It was no surprise to catch him spending his nights working on someone’s vehicle, plowing another’s driveway filled with snow, or lending a listening ear and understanding heart.

Buck was overwhelmingly proud of all his children and never missed an opportunity to brag about their accomplishments. He insisted that there was no such thing as in-laws in the Oler family and had many “adopted” children that he welcomed into the family without hesitation. His biggest joy in life was the intense love he had for his grandchildren (Maleah, Kaitlyn, Kamden, Carter, Kalianna, BraLynn, and Kalani) who adored their grandpa beyond measure. He loved spending time outdoors in the mountains of Idaho with his family camping, covering the ATV trails, & snowmachine trails. He loved classic American muscle cars, and any gadget or tool he could find an excuse to use to tinker and build with.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Cindy LaRue Hebdon Oler; and his children; Darrell Marcus (Shylo) Oler, Sara (Clayton) Kappas, Sharon (Nathaniel) Benson, Shanon Oler, Christopher Young; and his many sisters and brothers; Susan (Ron) Hall, Dianna (Don) Finical, Sheila (Steve) Sitterly, Lavonne (Keith) Kearns, Colleen (Jay) Keller, Vicky (Dennis) Winans, James D. Hebdon, Bart (Traci) Hebdon.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Darrell Rollie & Lillian Oler, Arlie & Bonnie Hebdon, and two grandchildren (Oaklie Rose Oler & Darrell Paxton Oler).


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Kathy Trostel (Tellinghuisen)


Kathy was born March 3, 1957, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Jack and Joan (Cook) Trostel. She graduated from Janesville High School with the class of 1975.

She worked for Grand County Animal Control in Colorado from 1983-1987.

On November 26, 1988, she was united in marriage to Mike Tellinghuisen in Waverly.

She was a Humane Officer with Black Hawk County Humane Society from 1987-1994. She owned and operated Aalli Country Kennel from 1995 until her retirement in 2013.

Kathy enjoyed shopping, painting, working outside and of course her beloved dogs. Spending time with her family vacationing in Colorado was always a highlight for Kathy.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Mike, of Janesville, daughter Karie (Rich) Stampe of Dike, three grandchildren, Courtney, Cheri and Nicholas, one great grandchild, Bently, two brothers, Gary (Bitsy) Trostel of Twin Falls, ID and Tim Trostel of Shell Rock, three sisters, Becky (Richard) Brunotte of Kingman, AZ, Rhonda McDonald of Waverly and Barb (Mike) Dolan of Janesville.

She is preceded in death by her parents.


Jack Ratekin


He was born March 15, 1957, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, son of Ned and Ruth (O’Dean) Ratekin.

Jack received a B.A. degree in English from the University of Northern Iowa in 1984, and an M.A. degree in strategic communications from the University of Iowa in 2007. He served several agencies of the state of Iowa in carrying out communications needs of public relations, marketing, communications management, advertising, and consulting. Agencies served included the Department of Agriculture, Iowa Department of Economic Development, and the Iowa Lottery. He also served as a resource manager and project analyst for Principal Financial Group and director of development for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank. Jack established the consulting firm JG Ratekin Communications to serve communication needs of businesses in the Des Moines area.

Jack was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, serving as a ruling elder and deacon as well as leading group studies and providing committee service within the Central Iowa Presbytery.

Survived by: his father; his wife, Lori; two brothers, Kent Ratekin (Tricia) of Langley, Wash., and Joel Ratekin (Angie) of Nashville, Tenn.; nieces Shonee Hightower (Michael) of Bothwell, Wash., Lindsay Graham (Matt) of Noblesville, Ind., Elizabeth Reeves (Weston) of Chesterfield, Va., Stephanie Ratekin of Richmond, Va., and Hannah Ratekin of Lakewood, Colo.

Preceded in death by: his mother.,

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Gary Frohn


He was born April 12, 1957, in Cedar Rapids, son of Glenn Sr. and Elise (Schoenbeck) Frohn.

He moved to Faribault and began his career as a mason. He worked for various contractors, mostly in Minnesota, as was a member of the Union Local 10.

Survived by: his sons, Dylan (Samantha) Frohn and children, Corey and Abby, and Thad (Annie) Soy and children, Jack and Stevie, all of Faribault; his mother, of Cedar Falls; his brother, Glenn Jr. (Mary Ann) Frohn of Williford, Ark.; his uncle, Bob (Marion) Frohn of Cedar Falls; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by: his father; a sister, Sharon Frohn; and a brother in infancy, David Frohn.

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Lori Lentzkow (Kelly)


Lori Kelly, 63, of Eugene (Oregon) died July 28. Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Services in Springfield.


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Scott Bonney


SCOTT BONNEY, CFHS Class of 1975, died December 25, 2019. He was born on January 29, 1957 in Cedar Falls to Carroll and Eva Grace Bonney.

Scott received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Scott was united in marriage to Jolene Kasper in Des Moines, Iowa on August 25, 1984. They were blessed with two sons, Aaron and Matthew.

He was employed as a microbiologist with Woodson-Tenent Laboratories for 20 years and prior to his accident with the Iowa State University Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

Scott suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident in 2006. He resided at Harmony House in Waterloo.

He is survived by his wife Jolene of Ankeny; two sons, Aaron of Des Moines and Matthew of Nottingham, England; a sister Cathy (Robert) Cooper of Cedar Falls; seven nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

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Kay R. Miller


Kay R. Miller, 64, of Waterloo and formerly a long time resident of Cedar Falls, died Friday, March 13, 2020 at ManorCare Health Services. Kay was born January 28, 1956 in Cedar Falls, the daughter of Clark & Rosemary (Byers) Miller. She married Dennis Leitz on February 14, 1976 in Cedar Falls and they later divorced. Kay attended Cedar Falls Schools and was a homemaker. She also worked in the hotel and nursing home industries.

Survivors include her son, Neil Leitz of Waterloo; her daughter, Brandi (Dan) Nenow of Waterloo; her grandchildren, Makayla, Kya and Jayden Nenow; her mother, Rosemary Miller of Cody, Wyoming; one brother, Kent Miller of Cody, Wyoming; and two sisters, Karen (Steve) Wohlwend of Bettendorf, Iowa and Karol (Boone) Vuletich of Wyoming.

Kay was preceded in death by her father and a stillborn sister, Vicki Miller.

Private inurnment will take place in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.

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Bruce Carl Blakesley


Bruce Carl Blakesley, 63, of Cedar Falls, IA, passed away at home on Sunday, March 29, 2020 from heart issues. A memorial gathering will be held later this summer. A date will be announced after the current crisis has ended.

Bruce was born May 28, 1956 to William (Bill) and Lois Blakesley. He was born and raised in Waterloo, IA. Bruce graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1975. After graduation, Bruce served in the Army from 1975-1979. He worked as a pipefitter/welder for ACI, GM and UNI. He left UNI in 2007 and started Blakesley Enterprise, a home contractor/home maintenance service.

On October 22, 1999, Bruce was united in marriage to Kim (Kurth-Hoodjer) Blakesley. The mixed marriage collectively loved seven children and eighteen grandchildren. Bruce is survived by his wife Kim Blakesley; children Jaimie (Jake) Flanscha of Cedar Falls, William (Nichelle) Blakesley of Reinbeck, Laura (Matt) Trueg of Cedar Falls, Katie (Kyle) Buskohl of Cedar Falls, Josh (Melissa) Hoodjer of Ackley, Tylor (Gina) Hoodjer of Ackley, Katie (Seth) Quivey of San Diego; brothers Eric Blakesley, Roger Blakesley, Jim Lichman, Rick Lichman; siter Marsha (Terry) Moorman; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceeded in death by his parents and sister, Claudia Campbell. He was greatly loved and will be missed by all that knew him.

(Memorials may be sent to his family at 2512 Cedar Heights Dr., Cedar Falls, IA, 50613.)

 Timothy D. Blau

Tim Blau - added 11/2/2020


Timothy David Blau, 63, of Phoenix, Arizona, formerly of Cedar Falls, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at Chandler Regional Hospital after a short courageous battle with numerous internal infections.

Tim was born October 28, 1956 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, son of Jim and Ann (Stevenson) Blau. He grew up surrounded by family and friends in Cedar Falls. Tim graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1975 and immediately began attending University of Northern Iowa for three years. In 1978 he migrated with friends on an adventure to the great Southwest, landing in the Phoenix metro area. Tim continued his education attending Arizona State University and attaining a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Embarking on a career in radio and television advertising for a short span led to co-founding his first entrepreneur business, National Design and Graphics. After a few years, Tim branched off and began his own business, Continental Screenprinting. He proceeded to work for nearly four decades in the printing industry, specializing in pleasing all clients at all levels. These included youth leagues to the pros, especially catering to Major League Baseball, Cactus League, Phoenix Suns, ASU, among so many others in the Valley.

Tim was a presence in all our lives. He had a way about himself. He embodied a contagious, stunning way of reflecting his “larger than life” personality with a great heart. People enjoyed being around Tim because of his goodness, joy, and kindness which always radiated from his spirit for life. He would light up any room he entered.

Tim’s legacy will remain his unbridled love of living life for the moment, being a friend to all, and always having a generous heart and soul. He loved to sing the Beatles, collect sports memorabilia, enjoying life’s pleasures with LeAnn and their friends, but especially looking out for his beautiful daughter Jamie, which included many worldwide excursions and stateside vacations. These were excellent learning experiences only a father and daughter could realize and enjoy.

Tim is survived by his loving partner LeAnn Courbat along with their daughter Jamie Taylor Nicole Blau. Also surviving Tim are his sister Mary Ann (Russ) Blau-Toothman of Hackensack, Minnesota, two brothers, Richard of Shell Rock, Iowa, and Don (Linda) of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and many cherished nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ann Blau.


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Cindie Beattie (Scoles) - added 4/8/2021


NEW HARTFORD - Cynthia (Cyndie) K Scoles, 64, of New Hartford, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, March 25, 2021.


A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, April 25, 2021 at the Log Cabin Learning Center on Main Street in New Hartford, Iowa from 2 to 4 pm.


Memorials may be directed to the family at 1025 Main Street, New Hartford, Iowa 50660.


Cynthia (Cyndie) K Scoles, 64, of New Hartford, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, March 25, 2021.

She was born January 4, 1957 in Waterloo, lowa, daughter of Claude and Eileen (Thvedt) Beattie. She was united in marriage to John Scoles on

February 14, 1995 in Cedar Falls, lowa. Cyndie was a graduate of Cedar Falls High School. During her younger years she had a passion for gymnastics, dancing and music. She would play her guitar and sing for weddings.

She enjoyed a variety of occupations where she made many life-long friends prior to her retirement.

As she grew older, her love for music remained (the louder, the better). She loved spending time outside either gardening or soaking up the sun. Other interests were baking and making jewelry out of beads. Although she grew older, she always remained a kid at heart. She loved cartoons (especially The Simpsons and Looney Tunes), coloring and collecting toys. Cyndie is also remembered by her family for her love of tie die clothing and if it had tassels and/or beads it was even better.

She loved her children and grand children more than anything and always made sure to show her affection with a hug. She was always supportive of her children and never disappointed no matter what stupid stuff they (Tia) would do. She is fondly remembered by her grandkids as Grandma Pean. She always spoiled them with things like popsicles for breakfast, chocolate milk with whipped cream, english muffins, red Squirt and her amazing banana bread. She would pop a tent in the yard and have campouts with them. Her childlike spirit will definitely be missed by all.

Cyndie is survived by her husband John of New Hartford, a son Chris Wolters of Columbia, MO; two daughters: Kai (Jeremy) Scoles of Cedar Falls and Tia (Billy) Ackerson of New Hartford; eight grandchildren: Megan (Mark) Kern, Marissa (Tyler) Willingham, Nikole Scoles, Jason Wolters, Garrett Scoles, Jaelin Wilson, Blaise Ackerson and Ryker Ackerson; one great granddaughter Madeleine Willingham; one brother Neil Beattie of Waterloo; one sister Barb Bergen of Olathe, KS and one step sister Libby Aurand of St. Louis Park, MN.

Preceded in death by her parents: Claude Beattie, Eileen Aurand and Wayne Aurand and a great grandson Finn Willingham.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, April 25, 2021 at the Log Cabin Learning Center on Main Street in New Hartford, lowa from 2 to 4 pm.

Memorials may be directed to the family at 1025 Main Street, New Hartford, lowa 50660.


 Ann Marie Seavey

Ann Christiansen (Seavey) - added 5/7/2021


Cedar Falls – Ann Marie Seavey, age 63 of Cedar Falls went Home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 7, 2021 at MercyOne Waterloo.

She was born September 4, 1957 in Waverly, the daughter of Chris and Kamilla (Andersen) Christensen. Ann graduated from Cedar Falls High School in the class of 1975. On May 5, 1979, she was united in marriage to Leslie Seavey at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. Ann spent most of her time raising her children and grandchildren, but also worked in banking and retail, until her retirement in 2015.

Survived by: her husband, Leslie of Cedar Falls; two daughters, Heather (Sidney) Taylor of Cedar Falls, Kim (Loren) Meyer of Cedar Falls; five grandchildren, Isaiah Moore, Shania Seavey, Shannel Taylor, and Kamilla and Landon Meyer; a brother, Jerry (Sandy) Christensen of Dike; and close family friend, Eric Conerd of Cedar Falls

Preceded in death by: her parents; two sisters, Marlys Smith and Marilyn Christensen.

Memorial services will be 10am Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at Richardson Funeral Service in Cedar Falls. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place immediately following the service in Greenwood Cemetery, Cedar Falls. Memorials may be directed to the family.!/Obituary 

Bill Kahler - added 3/18/2022


Cedar Falls – James “Bill” Kahler, age 64, of Cedar Falls, died Monday, October 11, 2021 at his home in Cedar Falls.

He was born December 11, 1956 in Cedar Falls, the son of James F and Mae Louise (Bucknam) Kahler. He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in the class of 1975. In 1986, he was united in marriage to Teresa Larsen in Cedar Falls. They later divorced. Bill worked as an assembler at Viking Pump for 31 years until his retirement in 2008. Bill loved fishing and chasing trains, having breakfast with his “constituents” and spending time with family. He was a “talker” and couldn’t go anywhere without running into someone he knew.

Survived by: his daughter, Nicolette Vallejo of Cedar Falls; son-in-law Cornelio Vallejo III of Cedar Falls; grandchildren, Trenton Leemon, Ethan (Haille Noel) Leemon, Logan Vallejo, and Isabela Vallejo all of Cedar Falls; a great-grandson, Azrael Noel; a sister, Jane (Jim) Campbell of Dike; and a niece, Amy Ray of Euless, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents. A private family gathering is being planned for a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family.!/Obituary


A month ago we found out my dad had lung cancer and early this morning he passed away peacefully. Thank you to those who have come to visit and those who reached out with kind words. There won’t be a funeral as he is donating his body to Mayo Clinic for study and down the road we may have a celebration of life gathering. We will miss him and his quirky ways but he hasn’t lived a quality life in a while. RIP Catfish

Cindy Mae Nauman (Straight) - added 3/18/2022


WATERLOO-Cindy M. Straight, 64, of Waterloo, Iowa passed away in her sleep on Friday, February 4, 2022. She was born on September 5, 1957 in Waterloo, Iowa to Ernest and Jane Nauman. At the age of three, the family moved to Hot Springs, South Dakota before moving back to the family farm in Cedar Falls when Cindy was nine. While attending high school Cindy competed in and taught gymnastics. She was a 1975 graduate of Cedar Falls High School. Cindy loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed being silly and joking around. She had a beautiful smile and her laugh was infectious. Cindy was known for her long red hair which granted her the nickname of "Red". Cindy loved people for who they were. She had a big heart and was a loyal friend. Listening to music, watching game shows, and bowling were among some of her favorite past times.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Candeo Church, 1405 Greenhill Road, Cedar Falls at 12:30 PM.

Cindy is survived by her two daughters, Madison Straight of Cedar Falls and Murphy Straight of Waterloo, four grandchildren, Tristan, Mayona, Kaylena, and Detorion, four siblings, Ernest (Sandra) Nauman, Pam (Ron) Luders, Kevin (Lonna) Nauman, Tammy (Tom) Nicholson, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Published by Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier on Feb. 15, 2022.

Charles L. “Chuck” Yokem - added 3/232022


Charles L. “Chuck” Yokem, 66, of Cedar Falls, died Friday, March 18, 2022, at Manor Care in Waterloo.  He was born October 31, 1955 in Pittsfield, IL, the son of Jesse D. and Betty (Kattelman) Yokem.  Chuck married Julianna “Julie” Nielsen on March 12, 1983 in Cedar Falls.  She preceded him in death on February 4, 2019.  Chuck attended Cedar Falls High School and worked at Benton Sand & Gravel (Assink’s) for many years.  

He is survived by his children, Jeremy (Melissa Abernathy) Yokem and Shelby (Jasmine) Yokem, both of Cedar Falls, and Jennifer Dickens of Waterloo; eight grandchildren, Jonah, Mackenzie & Alina, Brayden, Keegan & Trayton, and Dorian & Royce; his sister, Grace “Amy” (Matt) Shook, of Janesville, IA; his brother, Carl Yokem, of Cedar Falls; his mother-in-law, Judy Nielsen, of Cedar Falls, and his sister-in-law, Susan (Richard) Booth, of Cedar Falls.

Chuck was preceded in death by his wife and parents; brothers, Jesse and Craig Yokem; a sister, Jodie Gutknecht; father-in-law, Allen Nielsen; sister-in-law, Vicki Yokem, and brother-in-law, Steven Nielsen.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2022, at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, with burial at Hillside Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls.  Visitation will be 4—7:00 p.m. Thursday, and one hour before service, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation.  Condolences may be left at



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