Category Archives: In Memorium

Obituaries for past members

Kenneth Miller

Kenneth Miller, 88, of Waverly, Iowa, passed away on July 5, 2020, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly. 

Kenny was born on December 8, 1931, in Rock Island, Illinois, the son of Clifford and Lois (Rounds) Miller. He was raised on farms and attended country schools, and graduating from Aledo High School, in 1949. He attended Western Illinois University in Macomb from 1949-1951. Kenny enlisted in the US Army during the Korean War and served from 1952-1954. He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Fern Stone, on December 18, 1954 in Aledo, Illinois. Kenny continued with his education at the University of Illinois, graduating in 1955. 

Ken and Fern relocated to Waverly in 1955 when he started his career as a salesman for Agrico Fertilizer. He worked for Prudential Insurance Company from 1960-1975. In 1975, he became the owner of his own insurance agency, Ken Miller Insurance Agency, retiring in 1997. Kenny was a member of the AmVets, American Legion, VFW and the Waverly Country Club. He enjoyed hunting, playing cards, piloting his Cessna airplane, golf, travel, and most of all, visiting with friends and family In his later years, meeting at HyVee for coffee with his buddies was an important part of his day. 

Ken is survived by a daughter, Sandra (Dave) Lahr of Waverly; a son, Monte (Trish) Miller of Edwardsville, Illinois and a daughter, Shelley (Derek Fiore) Miller of Aurora, Colorado. There are six grandchildren, Justin (Cara) Miller, Lisa (Rob) Ham, Jenae (Travis) Waters, Laura (Ryan) Negen, Dillon Fiore and Katelyn Fiore. He also has three step-grandchildren, Nate (Linda) Lahr, Elizabeth (Chad) Smith, and Stacy Lahr. There are ten great grandchildren, Camden, Sawyer, and Easton Miller, Norah and Alexandra Ham, Carter and Avery Negen, and Gentry, Callen, and Weston Waters. In addition, he has eight step-great grandchildren, Jake, Brandon, Zachary, and Amanda Lahr, Gracie and Gage Smith, Jesse Friest, and Luna Lahr. Ken is survived by a brother, Lytle Miller of Jackson, Michigan. Ken was preceded in death by his wife Fern Miller (2007), his parents, and two brothers, Dale Miller and Glen Miller. 

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Betty Bernice Porter

Betty Bernice Porter, 96, of Denver, Iowa, and formerly of Waverly, Iowa, died Sunday, May 24, 2020, at her home at Willow Winds in Denver. 

Betty was born on October 6, 1923, in Plainview, Nebraska, the daughter of Christy and Lessie (Phipps) Thomas. She graduated from Rock Rapids High School, then attended Iowa State Teachers College for 2 years. She then taught in country schools. She was united in marriage July 3, 1943 to Howard Thomas Porter in San Luis Obispo, California, prior to Howard being shipped to the South Pacific while serving in the Army during WWII.  She returned to Iowa when he was stationed in the South Pacific for 3 years.  They raised their family in Waverly, Shell Rock, Traer, then rural Waverly. She was widowed in 1965. She completed her BA in Education at Wartburg, graduating in 1969, and then taught at the W-SR Junior High. Her son, Tom, was KIA in Vietnam in 1970, and she moved to Waverly. 

Betty was active in the church and was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Waverly and the Trinity Quilters. She was a member of the Amvets Ladies Auxiliary.  

Betty is survived by three daughters, Nancy Edwards of Waverly; Patricia (Tony) Ogden of Waldport, Oregon; and Linda (Lyle) Judas of Denver; her grandchildren, Daniel (Lisa), Brian (MegAnn), Christopher, Jeffrey Edwards; Boone (Ellie), Briton, Max (Machiko) Ogden, Tom (Lisa) Diesburg, Kerri Hobson; sixteen great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren and a sister, Connie (Marlyn) Dieken of Mason City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, son Thomas; sister, Helen Winter, brothers, Chris Jr. and Richard Thomas. 

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Robert Donald Maxfield

Robert Donald Maxfield, 91 of Waverly, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, May 24, 2020, at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa.  

Bob was born on March 30, 1929, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Pearl Louise (Bowser) and Eddie Herbert Maxfield.  Bob attended Waverly High School until entering the United States Army where he completed his GED.  Bob was an army chef and served food on trains and in the barracks from Ft. Leonard Wood, MO to San Francisco, CA.  He earned an E7 rank in 18 months and was later honorably discharged.  Bob was baptized on May 24, 1951, in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO and was confirmed on September 5, 1954 at Peace United Church of Christ in Waverly.             

On December 2, 1953, Bob was united in marriage to Phyllis Ruth Pavelec in Waverly.  Bob and Phyllis, with their family, owned and operated Maxfield’s Tavern, Cafe and Lounge in Waverly until 1984. Bob worked for Carnation and retired from Nestle’s after 30 years. While working at Carnation, Bob also worked part-time as a car salesman for Downtown Chrysler Plymouth and Ritchie Pontiac and Olds. He also worked with Phyllis as a Real Estate Broker selling real estate until 1983. The past ten years he has helped at his daughter’s dental office greeting patients and making them feel at home in the reception area. After over fifty-three years of marriage, Phyllis passed away in 2007.  Bob continued living in Waverly until he recently moved to the Sumner Nursing Home due to poor health.           

As a boy, Bob was a charter member of Trail Riders of Bremer County.  Other memberships include a lifelong membership of Waverly AMVETS Post #79, Waverly Area Veterans Post and Peace United Church of Christ. For enjoyment, Bob liked to hunt, play cards and spend time with his family.             

Bob is survived by two daughters, Janet Maxfield Lahr (Sue) of Waverly and Dr. Karen Maxfield Wolf (Bruce) of Swisher; two grandchildren, Anjanette Benning (Corey) of Farmington, MN and Nicholas Nolte of Los Angeles, CA; two great grandchildren, Cedar and Ansel Benning; and two sister-in-laws, Vera Bergan of Waterloo and Verdeen Pavelec of Readlyn. He was preceded in death by Phyllis; his parents; and two brothers, Derwood in infancy and Edward J. Maxfield.

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Shirley Rose Wehrhan

Shirley Rose (Schneider) Wehrhan, age 86, of Waverly, Iowa, died Monday, April 20, 2020, at her home.

Shirley was born on March 1, 1934, in Harvard, Nebraska, the daughter of Rev. Edward Karl and Viola W. (Linnert) Schneider. Shirley attended grade school in Donnellson, Iowa, and finished her schooling in Waverly, graduating from the Waverly High School in 1952. Following her schooling, Shirley worked for the Belle Telephone Company from 1952-1954. On September 11, 1953, Shirley was united in marriage to Darrell Dean Wehrhan at Peace United Church of Christ in Waverly. The couple made their home in Waverly. In 1965, Shirley went to work for the Waverly Publishing Company, retiring in 1995 after 30 years of service. Darrell died on August 17, 1993, and Shirley continued to live in her home in Waverly.  

Shirley was a faithful member of Peace United Church of Christ and the Amvets Post #79 Auxiliary. Shirley was very active in volunteering not only at her church but the Waverly Health Center and Cedar Valley Hospice. Shirley loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and enjoyed taking trips with her friends.            

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Karon (Rick) Rubendall of Muscatine, Iowa; her son, Tracy (Glenda) Wehrhan of Webster City, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Philip (Jackie) Hathaway, Jeni (Joe Roling) Hathaway, Shawn Rubendall, Melinda (Chris) Green, Alicia (David Wada) Rubendall,  Nathan (Linda) Lahr, Elizabeth (Chad) Smith, Stacy Lahr and Andrew (Karmen) Wehrhan; sixteen great-grandchildren, Tyler (Amanda Mosley) Fowler, Samantha (Nathan) Ornsby, Zachary Rubendall, Treyton Sulzberger, Kammeri Sulzberger, Summer Rose Hathaway Cameron, Jesse Friest, Gracie Smith, Gage Smith, Jacob Lahr, Brandon Lahr, Zachary Lahr, Amanda Lahr, Elliot Wehrhan, and baby girl Wehrhan; a great-great-grandson, Theodore Fowler; one sister, Katherine Clements of Brookwood, Alabama; a sister-in-law ,Peg Schneider of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. E.K. and Viola Schneider; her husband, Darrell; a daughter, Sharon Lou (Wehrhan) Hathaway on December 20, 1980; and a brother, Edward Schneider.

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George Edward Green

George E. Green, 72, of Waverly, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at the Waverly Health Center in Waverly.     

George Edward Green was born on December 18, 1947, the son of Royal Clayton and Frances Irene (Brown) Green in Jacksonville, Illinois. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1966 and then received his Associate Degree in Arts from Springfield Junior College in 1968 and his BSME from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois in 1971. He served with US Army Reserve and the Iowa National Guard from July of 1971 until July of 1977. On March 25, 1972, he was united in marriage to Vivian Therese Haislar at the Little Flower Church in Springfield, Illinois. George was employed at Koehring Corporation (Bantam and Terex) from June of 1991 until retiring on June 28, 2008. He was then self employed as a consultant for Terex from July 2008 until June of 2017.     

He was a member of the Registered Professional Engineers and Society of Automotive Engineer (SAE). He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and shooting. George was a Boy Scout leader for Troop #90 from 1989 until 1999.     

A special note…     My dad wasn’t a man of many words, but he was always selfless and cared deeply for his family.  He remained selfless and caring to the end.  Our world seems a little less bright today.  Even though the last few days have been difficult, we always managed to find humor and love in them.  We told stories, shared memories, shared tears, and remembered to laugh from time to time even when things were hard.  My favorite was probably a day or two ago.  Dad sitting up on the edge of his bed – tired, but smiling – looked at Joe and I and said, “Well, this is probably our chance to make a run for it!”     

We are grateful beyond words to have so many loving people in our lives, and your kind words and deeds have been very much appreciated by Dad and the whole family.      

We would leave you with this request. As would be appropriate for Dad’s side of the family, shed a tear if you choose, but then take some time to share a happy memory or funny story and enjoy time with each other.     

On behalf of the entire family, thank you for being on this journey with us.     

Survivors are his wife, Vivian (Vicky) Green of Waverly, Iowa; two sons, Joseph (Sarah) Green of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and Patrick (Brenda) Green of Hastings, Minnesota and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

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Helen Louise Burman

Helen Louise Burman, 87, of Waverly, Iowa passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020 at her residence in Waverly. 

Helen Louise (Seele) Burman was born in Waterville, Iowa, on August 6, 1932, the daughter of Helen (Hermanson) and Oscar Seele. She was baptized and confirmed in the Waterville Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the Choir and Luther League. 

Graduating in 1950 from W.H.S., Helen moved to Waterloo, and in January 1952, became employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, a job she held until retiring in 1992. Helen loved her job -one she wanted as a young girl- during the summers and after school she helped at the local telephone office in Waterville.  

October 22nd, 1954, Helen and John Clark Burman married, and they had four children; John, Mark, Ann and Sue. Mark died July 27, 1983 as a result of a motorcycle accident. Her husband John died September 29, 2000 the result of a car accident. 

Helen was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, Secret Pals group and Beta Sigma Phi. She took pride in caring for her home, was a great cook and shared with her family and friends. She also enjoyed crocheting. Above all, she enjoyed the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. 

Helen is survived by her son, John of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, two daughters; Ann (Jim) Luebbers of Aplington and Sue (Dan) Demuth of Waverly, four grandchildren, Bailey (Anthony) Miller, Ella Luebbers, Dani (Jason) Hoerman and Drew (girlfriend Whitley) Demuth, two great grandchildren, Anthony Miller II and Wren Hoerman, and a sister-in-law, IvaMae Roettjer of Seward, Nebraska. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband John, son Mark, three brothers; DeForest, Lyle and Les, one sister; Dorothy Butler.

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Patricia Ann Howell

Patricia Ann Howell, 63, of Waverly, Iowa, passed away on March 31, 2020, at the Waverly Health Center in Waverly. 

Pat was born on April 20, 1956, in Waverly, Iowa, the daughter of Murel “Bud” and Josephine (Weires) Dorman. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. She graduated from Waverly-Shell Rock High School in 1974 and from Wartburg College in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She received her master’s degree from Viterbo in Lacrosse, Wisconsin in 1998. Pat was united in marriage to Mike Howell on June 30, 1979 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Pat taught second grade in the Waverly-Shell Rock Schools for 33 years, retiring in 2012. In her time teaching she touched so many lives and loved her students as her own. Her second career she was a grandma. Her true love were her grandkids, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. She loved reading books too them, loved snuggles, loved playing games with them and FaceTiming her kids. She also loved shopping, finding the best deals and was always ready to tell everyone about her deals.  

Pat is survived by her husband, Mike Howell of Waverly; a son, Nick (Amy) Howell of Tiffin; and a daughter, Megan (Joe) Hoskins of Waterloo; grandchildren, Nolan and Myles Howell and Norah and Hazel Hoskins; her two sisters, Mary (Bonnie) Winninger-Dorman and Susan (Douglas) Bast all of Waverly and a sister-in-law, Denise (Dennis) Book of Freeport, Illlinois. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Thomas and her twin brother, Michael Dorman.

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John F Raap

John F. Raap, 74, of Waverly, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, March 13, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.            

John was born on April 25, 1945, in Brisbane, Australia, the son of Doris (Melrose) and Ralph Raap. He attended school and graduated from Oak Lawn High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois. On August 31, 1965, John enlisted into the United States Navy where he served until his honorable discharge on August 20, 1969. On April 6, 1974, John was united in marriage to Jo Ellen Daly in Chicago, Illinois. The couple moved to Waverly where they raised their family. John worked as an electrician and retired from CUNA after 15 years of service. John then worked part-time at Miller True Value in Waverly, where he was currently employed.            

John was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Waverly AMVETS Post #79. John loved spending time with his family and friends. He loved attending and coaching his children’s sporting events. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife Jo Ellen until her passing in 2015. Most recently he enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters in North Liberty and visiting his daughter in Grimes.            

John is survived by a daughter, Renee Raap of Grimes, Iowa; a son, Scott (Lauren) Raap of North Liberty, Iowa; two granddaughters, Lydia and Natalie Raap; two sisters, Christine Raap and Linda (John) McClenahan; and four nieces and nephews.   He was preceded in death by Jo Ellen; and his parents.             

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James “Jim” Earl Wheeler

Jim was born June 26, 1932, in New Hampton, Iowa, the son of Clarence and Jennie (Hill) Wheeler. He attended school in New Hampton for several years before moving to Waverly. He graduated from Waverly High School with the class of 1950. He then entered the United States Army and served in the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Waverly where he would work for the Waverly Street Department. In 1966 he began working for Carnation and continued there for 30 years, retiring in 1996. On July 29, 1971, he was united in marriage to Karen Hoeper at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly. The couple made their home in Waverly and enjoyed traveling throughout the area to casinos. Karen passed away March 18, 2015. 

Jim was very proud of his service in the Army and enjoyed time spent among his friends at the Waverly Area Veterans Post. He was a lifetime member of both the Waverly AMVETS and VFW. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Waverly Fire Department for 19 years. He loved to gamble, especially at Tama and to Mystic Lake to celebrate their anniversary. Over the past five years he enjoyed taking many trips with his son, Jason.  

Jim is survived by his son, Jason Wheeler of Waverly and several cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Karen and a daughter in infancy, Nicole Lynn Wheeler in 1974. 

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Loretta Marie Davidson

Loretta Marie Davidson, 85, of Waverly, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at Unity Point Health-Allen Hospital in Waterloo. 

Loretta was born on February 2, 1935, at her childhood home in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the daughter of Homer Hilton and Lauramae Marie (Neuenkirk) Towsley. She attended Cedar Falls schools until she married Robert Davidson on August 11, 1952, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They later divorced after 30 years.  Loretta graduated from Vista High School in Vista, California in 1953. Robert and Loretta spent two years in California and returned to Waverly, IA after the Korean War. She worked for Control-O-Fax in Waterloo for 31 years until retirement in 1997. She then went to Hawkeye Tech and got a CNA license. For five years, she worked for Cherry Street Home Health Care in Shell Rock. Afterwards, she volunteered at the Waverly Senior Center at which time she was awarded the Governors Volunteer Award in 2010.  

She was a member of the Amvets Ladies Auxiliary where she served as the past president. She enjoyed her family the most, but also enjoyed reading, crocheting, gardening, playing 500 cards and bingo at the Waverly Senior Center. 

Loretta is survived by her two daughters, Debra (Erwin) Mills of Waterloo and Lorie (Robert) Huffman of Waverly; her granddaughters, Dana Heath Taylor of Longview, Texas; Lorna (Sean) Huffman Acker of Britt; Lisa Huffman of Des Moines; and a grandson, Ryan Ebaugh of Longview, Texas; six great-grandchildren, Brittany and Jacob Taylor, Ryan Ebaugh Jr., Jonah Ebaugh, and Nicholas and Lucas Huffman; and two great-great-grandchildren, Brayden and Clarity Taylor. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers, Edward and Robert Pittman. 

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