Fall 2022 Courier Obituaries



Ruth Lenore Bice Arnold, 98, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 29. Ruth graduated from Franklin High School in Cedar Rapids in 1940 at age 16, where she enjoyed music, dance and academics. After that she attended Coe College and married Robert C. Arnold in 1946 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ruth was very devoted to her family. She was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids. Together, Ruth and Bob enjoyed ballroom dancing, RAGBRAI, attending live theater and playing Scrabble. Ruth also inspired in her family a passion for travel, and she was able to visit 48 states in her lifetime as well England, Scotland, Wales, Canada and Mexico. Ruth is survived by her sons, John Martin Arnold and Steven Robert Arnold.


Patricia “Pat” Ann Owens Ilten, 95, of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, on April 17. Pat received her bachelor’s degree in commerce and finance from Coe College in 1947. After graduating, Pat taught high school for one year in Blairstown, Iowa. Pat met her husband Robert “Bob” Ilten ’48 while studying at Coe College, and they wed in Cedar Rapids on December 26, 1947. After teaching, Pat worked as a secretary until giving birth to her son, Mark, in 1950 in Cedar Rapids. Pat and Bob’s family grew with the births of subsequent children, Marsha, Joel and Joanie. Over the years, Pat volunteered with many organizations including Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Lutheran Braille Workers, the Women’s Guild of Valparaiso University (where three of her children graduated) and the board of Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries (MLM) for over a decade, as well as each of the churches she and Bob attended through the years. She loved Jesus and enjoyed studying the Bible. After her children moved out on their own, Pat worked for several years as the bookkeeper at her son Joel’s Ilten Brass store. Pat’s life was full of music, and she began playing piano and cornet at a young age. She played in bands at Coe College and church. Pat has also been in numerous choirs, including the Leawood Singers from 1970 to 2013. While in Kansas City, Pat directed her church’s choir. She continued to play piano past her 95th birthday. Pat traveled the world with Bob to Argentina, China, Russia, the Holy Land, Europe, Canada and Turkey, as well as all around the United States. She is survived by her four children, Mark (Karen), Marsha (Mike), Joel (Teresa) and Joanie (Dave), ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.


Everett D. Hendricks, 100, of Prescott, Arizona, on December 3, 2021. Everett served in the United States Navy from 1943-1946, ending the war as a lieutenant in command of a sub-chaser in the Pacific. He returned to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, completing a bachelor’s degree and marrying Florence Churchill ’48 in 1948. They made their first home in Chicago, where he completed medical school at Northwestern University. In 1955, Everett and Florence moved with their two sons to Pasadena, California, where he joined a urology practice of Mayo-trained doctors and became an associate professor of urology at the University of Southern California Medical Center. The family camped extensively in the Mojave Desert and enjoyed many weekends water-skiing on Lake Mohave. In 1973, Everett and Florence moved to Prescott, where Everett became the first to practice urology in northern Arizona, consulting at the VA hospital and in private practice at Yavapai Hospital. Upon retirement, Everett took up tennis, traveled to Europe and Mexico and became an avid whitewater rafter with Florence, with whom he challenged many rivers of the west until Florence sadly passed away in 2001. At 75, Everett hiked up 20,000 ft. at Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In his later years, Everett continued his travels with family and friends.  He became a resident of Las Fuentes in Prescott in his early nineties, was active in book clubs and bridge games, reading extensively about the west, the polar explorations and Mount Everest expeditions. Everett is survived by his sweetheart and companion of nearly 20 years, Phoebe Whittington; his sons and their wives, Jeff (Pam) and Craig (Kris), four grandchildren and one great grandson.


David Mitchell, 97, of Solon, Iowa, on April 16. David earned an economics degree from Coe College. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Varsity as a member of the 17th Airborne Division. For his service he was awarded three bronze stars, initial assault arrowhead, the good conduct medal and the combat infantryman badge, of which he was the most proud. David was united in marriage to Madeline Hunter on August 2, 1952, at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua. He worked as a branch manager with the Insurance Services Office of Iowa for over 32 years. David enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Bears and New York Yankees. He and Madeline spent their winters in Val Vista Village in Mesa, Arizona, for over 26 years. David is survived by his children, Bill (Cheryle) Mitchell, Lizzie (Dave) Riedesel, Jim (Suzanne) Mitchell and Robert (Michele) Mitchell; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.


Elinore “Elly” Lepird Lent, 94, of Cockeysville, Maryland, on May 3. Elly graduated from Coe College where she met her husband of 48 years, John William Lent ’50, who died in 1999. Elly was a science major and wannabe veterinarian, filling the house with dogs, cats and gerbils, often bringing them camping with the family in a small trailer. Elly and John lived in California, Ohio, Colorado and Maryland as John followed his career in aerospace marketing. Elly raised her children and managed her boundless energy by exploring creative pursuits including needlepoint, mystery reading, embroidery, birding, gardening and tutoring. She typically delegated housework to her kids. Later, she used this energy to advocate for women at the Hannah Harrison Women’s Employment Center. This experience fueled her passion for women’s issues and until retirement, she served in leadership roles at the Fairfax County Women’s Re-entry Center and the Fairfax County Commission for Women. Elly was not shy about sharing her opinions about politics and women’s issues and will be remembered for her intelligence, strong will and overall feistiness. After retirement, she and John settled in Savannah, Georgia where she remained after John's death, adopting feral cats and her beloved dog, Daisy. Elly spent her time consuming the news, Starbucks coffee, mystery novels and crossword puzzles. Elly is survived by her daughters, Kathleen (Peter) Becker and Barbara Lent (John Koch), four grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.


Roland “Lars” Martin Larsen, 91, of  Fort Myers, Florida, on September 7, 2021. Lars and his spouse, “the love of his life” Winifred Lee Larsen ’53, graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. From there he pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. Together they welcomed their three children, Lorene, Craig and Tracy, during their 22 years as a military family. During his service, Lars saw action throughout the United States, Europe and Vietnam. After his retirement in 1975, they relocated to Lee County, Florida, where his parents lived. His interests included boating, golfing, bowling, photography and state-of-the-art technology. Lars served as commodore of the Royal Palm Yacht Club in 1985 and became commodore of the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs in 1995. Lars was a devoted and loyal son, brother, cousin, husband, uncle, Grampy and friend to many. He is survived by his wife “Win” of 69 years, his brother Carl, daughters Lorene and Tracy and three grandchildren.


JoAnn Katherine Gabriel Peremsky, 90, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on April 20, 2021. JoAnn was the matriarch to her family, as well as the mother superior at Hawkeye Fire and Safety where she worked until she was 83 years old. She loved her vodka with three olives, and a splash of water. She was the best co-pilot for an adventure, one to make people laugh, a mentor throughout her many years and therapist to all who crossed her path. She was always meeting new friends at the many ball games and swim meets during her smoke breaks. She always was around to “loan” out cigarettes, and never complained when they went missing, which happened quite often. JoAnn had an extreme sweet tooth and never let anything go to waste, with jars of snacks always available. She loved to sit on her porch at Clayton, have good conversations about anything and everything and watch for trains. She was a ferocious bridge player back in the day and a crossword enthusiast. She enjoyed many haircuts (some even on that porch at Clayton by a water gun) and getting her nails cut and painted by her grandkids. She was a slipper connoisseur, the master of matching socks and a laundry specialist. There was never a color of duct tape she didn’t like or want to use to fix anything. She would always tell people how proud she was of her grandkids and family. 

James “Jim” Hastings Redel, 90, of Anamosa, Iowa, on June 25. Jim earned his bachelor’s degree from Coe College and his master’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University. He was a standout, multi-sport athlete. Jim enjoyed a long, successful career as a teacher, coach and overall life mentor to so many. He enriched the lives of everyone who knew him, including students, players, fellow teachers and coaches, friends, community members and his enormous blended family. He married his “high school sweetheart,” Joann L. Pinckney, in September 1951 and together they had four beautiful children, Denny, Gary, Roxy and Connie. He then married the “love of his life,” Margaret M. Woodley, in December 1983, which added five more beautiful children, Nancy, Tim, Jeff, Danny and Kristi. He was an active member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Anamosa and attended Gulf Shores United Methodist Church in Gulf Shores, Alaska, regularly as a seasonal snowbird. Hearing the glorious music of the choirs was always a favorite. He was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, found great pleasure in life and had immense pride in his 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He loved all sports, whether he played or watching others compete. He was a brilliant bridge player and had the pleasure of teaching and mentoring many in his community. He will long be remembered for his strategic competitiveness. He was an avid golfer his entire life and made great memories on beautiful golf courses across Iowa. He rarely missed a Hawkeye football or basketball game and followed his beloved Kohawks faithfully. Jim loved his beautiful home “on golden pond” and looked forward to the geese coming back every spring. He expressed how fortunate he was daily. His memory will last forever. 


Louis David Rosenberg, 89, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on March 22. Dave’s athletic achievements were unique in the variety of sports he participated in and coached. Before graduating from high school, he won nine state and regional smallbore rifle tournaments. Dave started college at Mankato State in Mankato, Minnesota, but transferred to Coe College, where he started the wrestling program in 1951-52 as a wrestler and student coach. His team won five of eight dual meets and placed third in the conference. He coached Coe’s first individual conference wrestling champion, his brother John. Before leaving Coe, Dave was the leading shooter on the most outstanding rifle R.O.T.C. team in the nation. In October 1992, Dave was inducted into the Coe College Athletic Hall of Fame. In May 1955, Dave joined the United States Air Force. He was a jet pilot who flew for Air Tech Intelligence out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1958. After his Air Force service, he returned to Cedar Rapids, where he coached track and field for 21 years and produced six state track champions. He also coached wrestling for 14 years, eight of them as varsity coach at Cedar Rapids Washington High School. His Warriors won the Mississippi Valley Conference Championship five of those eight years and were state champions in 1970. In wrestling, he also had six individual state champions. Three times he was named Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches, and he served as president of the Iowa High School Coaches and Officials Association in 1971. To top off his sports interests, Dave raced two seasons as a speedboat driver, winning nine first place trophies. When he retired from coaching, he began the Cedar Rapids Building Trades program in 1972, in which seniors in high school build a single family residence each year. This program has led many students into their own businesses in construction and related fields and has produced more than $125,000 for scholarships and tool grants from the sale of the homes. Dave built 21 homes with the students before he retired in 1994. As a coach, educator and athlete, Dave has left an indelible mark. Dave is survived by his wife, Harriet; his children, Mike (Pam), Marty (Sloane) and Heidi (Hal); six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Joan E. Swanson Paulsrud, 89, of Sioux City, Iowa, on April 1. Joan graduated from Coe College and married David Paulsrud in Cedar Rapids in 1955. Joan taught first grade at Lincoln Elementary School in Iowa City while her husband attended medical school at the University of Iowa. While her husband was in the Army, they lived in Fort Lewis, Washington; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Colorado Springs, Colorado and Fairbanks, Alaska, before returning to Sioux City in 1970. During that time, Joan gave birth to three children, Steven, Eric and Ann, all of whom have been successful in their own lives. She managed three different households and all the family would return for marvelous cooking and a beautifully decorated home on all the holidays. What gave Joan the most pleasure was travel, bareboat sailing, beautiful needlework, several bridge clubs, American Girls Book Club, P.E.O. Chapter DH, two or three weeks every winter in Acapulco where she worshiped the sun, hosting her two granddaughters from Paris all summer from age four to 17 and being a loving grandmother. She is survived by her husband Dr. David Paulsrud; son Steve (Kay); daughter Ann (Michel); daughter-in-law Deborah Paulsrud and five grandchildren.


Maurita Ann Blencoe Haldy, 87, of Traer, Iowa, on April 11. At the Coe library, Maurita met her husband, Dr. Willard Haldy ’56, D.D.S., and they were married in 1956. In their early marriage, they lived in Iowa City while he attended the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and she taught at Horace Mann Elementary School. Later, they settled in Traer, Iowa, where they raised their family and became active members of the community. After her children were grown, Maurita re-entered the workforce as a teacher in area schools. She participated in many community projects, including renovating the Traer movie theater, revitalizing the public library and establishing the new Traer Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum. She was an active member of the Traer Iowana Club and St. Luke Lutheran Church. Maurita was a voracious reader, a lover of cooking and a lifelong Iowa Hawkeye Sports fan. She enjoyed traveling, quilting and attending and cheering at North Tama Redhawks sporting events. Her other interests included gardening, bird watching, decorating and taking road trips. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. Although her life may have appeared ordinary to some, she was extraordinary to her family and she will be greatly missed. She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Haldy Hoselton ’83, son Dr. Glenn Haldy ’84 and two granddaughters.

Dr. Willard Fred Haldy, D.D.S., 91, of Traer, Iowa, on April 17. After high school, Willard enlisted in the United States Navy as a seabee and served in the Philippines and the Aleutian Islands during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge in 1952, he attended Coe College, where he met the love of his life and future wife, Maurita Blencoe Haldy ’56. After their marriage in 1956, Willard enrolled in the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. While Willard attended dental school, Maurita taught third grade at Horace Mann Elementary in Iowa City, Iowa. After earning his doctorate in 1959, he and Maurita settled in Traer, Iowa, and he opened his own dental practice. Willard would serve as the town dentist for 57 years before his retirement in 2016. Willard had the privilege of serving as the dentist for some Traer families across four generations. Willard’s interests and skills were so diverse that many would call him the last of the Renaissance men. He owned and farmed a small farm of 80 acres. He was fluent in German, having been raised by German parents and spent time during his childhood in the Amana Colonies. He loved to endeavor on large-scale hobby projects such as refinishing his 16-foot sailboat, redoing his prized 1929 Model A Ford and helping renovate the Traer Theater and St. Luke Lutheran Church, all the while still practicing dentistry full time. His hands were never idle. In his spare time, he enjoyed raising Arabian horses, chickens and exotic birds. He had an artistic eye and a natural talent for photography. He and Maurita loved to travel and their favorite place in the world was Coronado, California. Of the many things he enjoyed, he loved spending time with his family the most. Willard is survived by his daughter Elizabeth Haldy Hoselton ’83, son Dr. Glenn Haldy ’84, two granddaughters and his sister, Carol “Susie” Wilson.

Gordon Denny Hanson, 88, of Coralville, Iowa, on May 22. Denny attended Coe College for undergraduate studies and the University of Iowa for his graduate degree. At Coe he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and in retirement was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. Throughout his life, he demonstrated a love for humanity, willingness to care for others and steadfast devotion to the next generation. He was a high school science teacher for 38 years, including tenures at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, Albert Lea Senior High in Albert Lea, Minnesota, Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, Hawaii and James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, Wisconsin. Denny spent his summer months directing Ridgewood Pool in Madison, Wisconsin. Under his watchful eye, several generations learned to swim, dozens earned collegiate scholarships in swimming and diving and a few even became national and world-record holders. Denny’s time in Honolulu and Madison led to life-long friendships with many fellow educators, their spouses, neighbors, “pool people” and the many students who passed through his classroom. When he wasn’t helping students learn chemistry and pursue their dreams, he took to paper and canvas and created a multitude of art, which adorns the homes of his children, friends and art-buyers. Denny was a practical joker — never malicious, but mischievous, clever, and fun. He had a prank for every season and occasion. For Denny, the only thing worse than being teased was not being teased. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Janette Manny Hanson ’57, daughters Kristin (Mark) Gonzalez and Holly (Kurt) Bergman, son Justin (Tiffany) Hanson, eight grandchildren, sisters-in-law Laverna Hanson and Mary O’Reilly, brother-in-law John VanFleet and many remarkable and loved nephews and nieces.

Jon Renner, 88, of Marshalltown, Iowa, on April 29. Jon attended Coe College and went on to receive his master’s degree at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. On September 3, 1955, Jon was united in marriage to the love of his life, Carolyn Quinby ’56, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Together they began a family of their own raising their three children, Biff, Jeff and Brock. Jon worked for Blairstown High School and then later became the athletic director and basketball coach for Marshalltown Community College for 27 years. In his free time, Jon was a proud member serving on the committee boards for Ducks Unlimited. He was a founding member of the FLA Fishing group and was involved with the Iowa State Education Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association. He enjoyed playing tennis, hunting trips, going fishing and serving on the Marshalltown City Council. Those left to remember and cherish his memory are his children: Biff (Cindy) Renner, Jeff (Janice) Renner and Brock (Lori) Renner; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his sister, Dona (Cliff) Lottery and numerous other extended family members and friends.

Carolyn Lee Quinby Renner, 87, of Marshalltown, Iowa, on May 5. Carolyn attended Coe College, where she met her husband Jon Renner ’56. She was united in marriage to Jon in 1955. Carolyn worked for Century Engineering, MCC, Lennox and Hoglan Elementary School from 1963 until 1995. She enjoyed traveling, reading and collecting Beanie Babies. Carolyn also enjoyed taking walks, tanning, Christmas shopping, traveling to Minnesota every summer with her family and going to Siesta Key, Florida, during January and February. Those left to remember and cherish her memory are her children: Biff (Cindy) Renner, Jeff (Janice) Renner and Brock (Lori) Renner; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and her brother Bill Quinby.


Rowe C. Zehms Jr., 86, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on August 9. Rowe was a 32 degree Mason, president of Iowa Wanders, co-owner of Mckern Security Agency, employee at Cherry Burrell, member of UAW and the American Legion, sergeant in the Army reserves and a member of Grace Episcopal Church, serving God for almost 80 years. Rowe’s love of nature was so contagious that his influence can be seen in multiple generations of youth across several states, within the areas of ornithology, fishing, camping and ecology. Rowe and Joan Lee Koucky Zehms ’58 were the first husband-and-wife Girl Scout leaders in Iowa. Rowe is survived by his children, Margaret (Dave) Stephen, Mary (Justin) Smith, Linda (Randy) Hanover and John Zehms; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Judith “Judy” Lattner Dows, 92, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on June 1. Judy married Sutherland (Sud) Dows in 1948 in Cedar Rapids. Together they raised four daughters: Julie, Francie and Laurie and Tris Dows Junge ’81. Judy attended Coe College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and education, followed by a master’s degree in education from the University of Iowa. Judy always remembered with fondness her years at Coe College and teaching her many wonderful students at Tyler Elementary and Adams Elementary. During the years she and Sud lived in Cedar Rapids, Judy loved playing viola in the Cedar Rapids Symphony and volunteering with several local organizations. They also enjoyed time spent on the Mississippi at their cabin, the Shady Rest in McGregor, water skiing, fishing, golfing and annual trips to Colorado. Judy and Sud moved to Aspen, Colorado, in 1970 and enjoyed many years there skiing, hiking, horseback-riding and listening to music. Judy served on the board of the Aspen Music Festival and studied in Japan as a fellow of the Aspen Institute. Along the way, she developed a passion for weaving, studying in Haystack, Maine, and learning the Gobelins Tapestry technique during a summer in France. She kept a weaving studio in Aspen where she created many beautiful works of art. During this time, Judy also served as a trustee of the American Arts and Crafts Council and was involved with the Aspen International Design Conference. Following Sud’s death in 1997, Judy lived in Colorado and Arizona before returning to Cedar Rapids in 2018 to be closer to her family. In the past four years, she enjoyed time spent with her beloved great-granddaughter, Ava Isolde, daughter Tris and son-in-law Steve, holidays with extended family, attending the symphony and playing bridge with her friends at Cottage Grove Place. Judy is survived by her four daughters, Julie Dows (Doug) Coffman, Francie Dows, Laurie Dows and Tris Dows (Steve) Junge; niece and goddaughter, Judy Maher Meli; her cousin, Paul Phelan; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Gary Williams, 83, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on June 14. In 1960, Gary married the love of his life, Diane Teigen ’59, in Rochester, Minnesota. Gary received his bachelor’s degree from Coe College and his master’s degree in administration and physical education from the University of Iowa in 1969. He was a longtime teacher in the Cedar Rapids public school system and coached many sports at Cedar Rapids, Kennedy and Cedar Rapids Washington high schools. He was the coach of the 1979 Iowa State Championship girls volleyball team. Gary continued to coach at Coe College, where he won a conference title. He was voted the “Most Popular Teacher” several times from the students at Kennedy High School. He is a member of the Iowa Coaching Hall of Fame, the Iowa Teachers’ Union and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for many years. Gary was an avid fisherman, hunter and beloved family man. He made everyone feel important from his students to his grandchildren. Gary is survived by his wife Diane; children Todd (Sharon) Williams and Tami (John) McIntyre; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


Gary Ahlberg, 84, of Marengo, Iowa, on May 15. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1961 from Coe College, where he played on the football team for four years. Gary was united in marriage to Jane Gundacker ’61 in 1961. He worked as a sales manager for Patriot Seed and McCubbin Seed. Gary was competitive in nature and loved to play card games and bridge with Jane. He enjoyed camping trips and was very proud of being Swedish. Gary was a member of First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years and served multiple terms on the session. He welcomed everyone with open arms and was loyal to Marengo and Iowa Valley sports. Faith, family, friends, football and food were a priority to Gary, and he will be missed by many. Gary is survived by his loving wife Jane; three sisters-in-law Kaye Ahlberg, Donna Koch and Sandy Gundacker; his children, Ann (David) Blackhurst and Andrew Ahlberg; granddaughter Roxanne Blackhurst and her fiance, Nick Taylor, and many nieces and nephews.

Allen Verne Haworth, 82, of Williamsburg, Iowa, on June 2. Allen is survived by his wife, Betty; sister Judith Wit; son Bradley (Marsha) Haworth; four granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.

Stephen E. Marrs, 84, of Paris, Texas, on  July 15. By trade, Steve worked at Mead Johnson Nutritionals for 27 years as a salesman, district manager and government sales manager. Steve was a Mason, a member of the Elks Lodge, an elder at Chicota Presbyterian Church and a member of the Chicota Volunteer Fire Department. He volunteered at the Paris Community Theater, acting and building sets. Steve perfected the art of baking mini pecan pies. He was currently a member of Blossom United Methodist Church. Steve is survived by his brothers, John (Ruth) Marrs and Dave Marrs; his two sons, Jeff (Dianne) Marrs and J.D. (Tracey) Marrs and four grandchildren.

Jack Gilbert Sedlacek, 89, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6. Jack served four years (1953-57) in the U.S. Air Force as a weatherman with duty in Japan and Korea. Jack will be remembered by many as a gifted musician, beginning with his first public appearance at the age of 5 playing his accordion on the steps of Brucemore. He continued his musical career playing accordion, tuba, trombone and piano with many local and area bands, as well as a pianist at the Roosevelt Hotel, Von Maur and the Lighthouse until his health forced his retirement in 2015. Jack was an instrumental music teacher at Alburnett and Benton Community Schools. After leaving teaching, he was employed by several contracting and home improvement businesses in the Cedar Rapids area and provided a handyman helping hand to many. Jack loved people and never forgot a name in all his years. He loved the outdoors, spending many years in the Cottage Reserve Area of Lake McBride and later at the Johnston family farm near Hopkinton, Iowa. He was active as a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, serving as an elder, deacon, choir member, Men’s Breakfast organizer and participating in Mission Work Trips. Jack married Connie Becker in 1959 and later divorced. They were the parents of Jeffrey, John, and James. Jack married Joyce Johnston in 1989. Jack is survived by his wife Joyce; sister Patricia Sedlacek Metcalf ’56; sons, Jeff (Teresa) Sedlacek, John (Maria) Sedlacek and Jim Sedlacek; four granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.

Arlene Adeline Barta Thompson, 84, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, on May 1. Arlene grew up on the farm in Fairfax, enduring pulled ponytails and skinned knees under the watchful eyes of four brothers. A young, well-dressed and ambitious Max Clifford Thompson charmed his way into her heart and they married in 1958. Arlene attained her associate’s degree cum laude from Mount Mercy College in 1957, bachelor’s degree cum laude from Coe College in 1961 and master’s degree in education from the University of Iowa in 1966. Guided by a shared belief in the importance of family, Arlene and Max remained in Cedar Rapids to work in the College Community and Cedar Rapids Community School Districts. An Orton-Gillingham adherent, Arlene taught thousands of children how to read. She continued to teach until her retirement. Arlene enjoyed the family’s summer cottage in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. She was an ambitious fisherman and an even better cook. She was known to wake up early to make a full country breakfast for her son and any number of his friends before they headed out for a sunrise fishing trip. Following retirement, Arlene moved with Max to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, where they developed a brisk residential real estate business, volunteered for Teen Challenge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and actively participated in their churches. They enjoyed golfing and playing cards with Arlene’s brother Ron and sister-in-law Darlene. After Max’s passing, Arlene relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and enjoyed life with her daughter Gwen and family. Arlene attended most of the sporting events in which her grandsons participated and became an ardent Broncos and Rockies fan. Arlene participated in many of the family activities and particularly enjoyed hiking and travel. Since October 2021, Arlene was able to spend precious time with her only great-grandchild, Jackson Drew Stimple Jr. Arlene will be remembered for her gardening, apple and rhubarb pies, biscuits and gravy, singing, organ and piano playing, an unwavering, lifelong faith and commitment to the Catholic church and selfless help offered to others. Arlene was the matriarch of the Barta-Brecht family, keeping records of births and deaths and sharing regular family updates with everyone. Arlene is survived by her twin brother, the Rev. Ardel Barta of Dubuque, Iowa; brothers, Msgr. James Barta and Ron (Darlene) Barta; sister-in-law Patty Edmondson; her children, Gwen (Doug) Stimple and Kenton (Shannon) Thompson; five grandchildren; great-grandson and one large, close-knit Barta-Brecht clan.


Larry Goodenough, 81, of Palatine, Illinois, on April 12. In 1961, Larry married his high school sweetheart, Leanne Ward ’61. He graduated from Coe College, where he played football. He then went on to the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and Bishop’s College in Canada to continue his business education. His dedication to his education, combined with his personal qualities of integrity, honesty and determination culminated in a successful business, KGK Group LTD. While he managed this business, he always had an abundance of time to focus on what mattered most to him — his family and his faith. The unwavering love and commitment he showed to Leanne throughout the years, only became stronger as his family grew. He was blessed with two daughters, two sons-in-law and six grandchildren that were lovingly referred to as “Papa’s six-pack.” He, above all else, depended on his faith and relentless belief in Jesus Christ his Savior. 

Lynn Thoresen Haakenson, 81, of Osage, Iowa, on May 1. Lynn attended Coe College and the University of Iowa, graduating in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in education. She moved to Osage later that summer to start her first teaching job as a high school literature teacher, where she remained until she retired in 2000. Soon after arriving in Osage, she was introduced to the love of her life, Richard (Dick) Haakenson. They married in 1964 with family and lifelong friends Pam (Waller) Franzen and Tom Cox at their sides. After a honeymoon road trip in the Midwest, they made their first home on Ash Street in Osage. They later welcomed two children into their lives, Scott in 1970 and Julie in 1975. Both Lynn and Dick were only children, so they developed a vast network of friends with whom they enjoyed countless rounds of golf, bridge, concerts, trips, annual get togethers and many more activities. Lynn was an active member in community, school and church affairs. She served on the Osage Library Board, Mitchell County Concert Association Board, Osage Food Bank and the Osage Education Foundation. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was active as the historian, organist and church circle. Lynn joined the P.E.O. Sisterhood in 1977, where she nurtured a close relationship with her fellow sisters, and participated in the initiation when daughter Julie and granddaughters Miranda and Madison joined. Dick introduced Lynn to golf early in their marriage, which became one of their favorite pastimes together. She was a long-time member of Sunny Brae Country Club and scored two hole-in-ones, enjoyed ladies’ day on a regular basis, updated the scrapbook and volunteered in many other activities. She also played bridge, bowling with the ladies and book club. She enjoyed the Iowa Hawkeyes, especially football and basketball. Lynn loved to hear from past students about their successes, learning the impact she had made in their lives and kept up with many by email, Facebook and visits. In 2018 she attended a 50th Class Reunion for the Class of 1968, which brought so much enjoyment. She continued to read countless books until her passing. Lynn will forever be remembered as a devoted and loving wife, caring and compassionate mother, trusted and cherished friend, memorable and passionate educator and thoughtful and supportive grandmother. Lynn was most proud of her five grandchildren, following all of their activities and adventures and enjoying visits for birthdays, Christmas and simple long weekends. Lynn is survived by son Scott (Lara) Haakenson ’93, daughter Julie (Spencer) Potter, five grandchildren, cousins and a host of friends.

Michael E. Jermier, 82, of Mesa, Arizona, on July 17. Mike grew up in Charles City, where he attended school and met and married his high school sweetheart Sharon Hanson in 1959. Mike attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids and was a member of the wrestling team. Following college, Mike and Sharon moved to Waukon, where he taught biology and coached wrestling, football and golf. They remained there until 1984, when he gave up teaching and moved to Urbandale to work for Pioneer Hi Bred, officially retiring in 2006. Mike and Sharon enjoyed raising their five children and spending time as a family camping and fishing. They also took pleasure in get-togethers with their friends, playing the guitar and singing late into the evening. They had 46 wonderful years together until Sharon passed in 2005. Mike enjoyed golfing, playing the guitar and watching the Chicago Cubs. He was an avid crossword puzzler and enjoyed the hunt of metal detecting all over the United States. Mike is survived by his children: Jenny (Steve) Clark, Jay (Caryl) Jermier, Andy (Pam) Jermier, Dusty (Catherine) Jermier and Amy (Mike) Wearmouth; his brother John “Jersey” Jermier; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

Ronald Moon, 81, of Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 4. “The judiciary has lost a legend. Chief Justice Moon was a visionary leader and trailblazer in the legal profession. But he never forgot his roots growing up in Wahiawa, and wanted every person to be treated fairly and with respect when they came into our courtrooms,” said Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, in a statement. “Under his leadership, the Supreme Court decided landmark cases ranging from same sex marriage, to protecting native Hawaiian rights and the environment. He also worked tirelessly to make the judiciary more effective and accessible, and shaped us into the institution we are today.” Born on September 4, 1940, in Wahiawa, Hawaii, Moon came of age during Wahiawa’s plantation era and graduated from the Mid-Pacific Institute. After his graduation, Moon attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before earning his law degree from the University of Iowa. He started out in public service when former Hawaii Gov. George Ariyoshi appointed him to serve as a circuit judge. In 1990, Gov. John Waihee elevated Moon to associate justice on the Supreme Court. Moon, who spent 45 years working the law (28 years of which were spent on the bench), declined a lifetime appointment to the federal court because it meant returning to the trial court level. Three years later, Waihee appointed Moon chief justice, making him at the time the first and only chief justice of Korean ancestry in the country at the time.


Philip Dixon VanDaff, 79, of Anchorage, Alaska, on September 30, 2021. Phil obtained his bachelor’s degree from Coe College. He headed north for his first job teaching and coaching basketball in Mill City, Oregon. During his four years there he attended graduate school at the University of Oregon, completing his master’s degree and doing post-graduate work. He was a school psychologist in Longview, Washington for two years.  A friend living in Alaska convinced him to come for a year in 1970, and he never left. He met Jackie Kenny when he arrived in Alaska; they married in 1978 and became the proud parents of two daughters, Karen and Dyann. He was a school psychologist for the Anchorage School District for over 30 years. In addition to attending his daughters’ soccer games, dance recitals, swim meets and school events, he was active in the community. Phil was a member of AEA and NEA Boards, Hope Community Board, University Kiwanis, Keystone Kops and Pioneers of Alaska, and he served as president of the Fur Rendezvous Board in 1990, as well as precinct chairman of elections and the Brentwood Homeowners Association. He enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, traveling, Christmas in Hawaii, the cabin at West Lake, the ducks and his morning coffee group. He is survived by his wife Jackie; daughters Karen (Lance) VanDaff and Dyann (Max) Urish; three grandchildren and four nieces and nephews. 


James A. “Jim” Knapp, 77, of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, on May 4. Jim attended the University of Iowa and was a graduate of Coe College.  Jim retired from IBM in 1993, and in 2000 he and his wife moved to Pawleys Island from Atlanta. He was a member of the Reserve Golf Club and was an avid fan of the University of South Carolina. Jim also enjoyed attending and watching all types of car races. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Cecilia (Cissy) Knapp; his daughter, Amy (Kevin) Branca; his son, Jeff Knapp; his brothers, Craig Knapp and Steve (Sue) Knapp and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lynne Watson Potter, 75, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, on February 16. Lynne resided in West Chester, Pennsylvania, over the past few years after spending most of her adult life in Yardley, Pennsylvania. She was a devoted wife to her husband of nearly 53 years, William Potter.  She was a loving mother to Jen (Jeff) Heckman, Tom (Kara) Potter and Liz (Nathan) Bodin (Nathan), and she was a proud grandmother to eight grandchildren. Lynne graduated from Coe College and shortly thereafter married Bill. They had three children and one of Lynne’s greatest joys in life was being a mother. When all the kids were off to school, she began a career working at the front desk of an orthodontic practice, which she did for 27 years. She worked with so many people and served as a vital connection to the community, always making life easier for busy families. It seemed that anywhere you went, somebody knew and loved Lynne. Above all, Lynne was dedicated to her family. She was a strong supporter of those she loved, a great listener and created a warm and inviting home that was always welcome to all. Lynne showered her grandchildren with love, affection and little surprises. Lynne is survived by her sister Connie (Scott) Nagel and brother John Watson.  


James Foley, 73, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 8. Jim lived in Albuquerque for all but the first year of his life. He attended Coe College and graduated from the University of New Mexico. He and Susan were married in 1972, raised their two daughters in the family home built by his grandfather and almost made it to their 50th wedding anniversary. He was fiercely devoted to his family. His passion was music and all things guitar. He played in bands, groups and weddings, playing everything from bluegrass, jazz, blues, rock, flamenco and classical. His other passion was fly-fishing, especially in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. He began a 30-year career in appraising real estate and formed his own business, Shipman Foley and Associates. He was a well-respected member of the appraisal community. He is survived by his wife, Susan; his sister Denise (Steve) Pierce; his daughters Jessica (Casey) and Lauren (Neil) and six grandchildren.

Roger G. Thomas, 73, of Ottumwa, Iowa, on July 5. Roger earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Coe College and a master’s degree. in physical education from the University of Iowa. Roger’s teaching and coaching career spanned over 30 years, teaching and coaching in Illinois, Arizona and Iowa, with the last 13 years in Ottumwa. He married Nancy Lea Dalager in 2002. Roger was a member of First Lutheran Church. In his retirement, he enjoyed coaching youth basketball, doing yard work and gardening. He loved watching sports, especially the Oakland A’s and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Roger also enjoyed sitting in his chair in front of his home and attending his grandchildren’s events. He is survived by his wife Nancy; brother Spencer (Jackie) Thomas; sister Amy Thomas; two daughters, Kacy Thomas and Kortny (Aaron) O’Brien; stepson Travis (Katie) Roberts; six grandchildren and two nephews.


Dr. Dallas Brozik, PhD., 71, of Huntington, West Virginia, on May 15, 2021. Dr. Brozik was a retired professor emeritus from Marshall University and a nuclear polaris submarine Navy engineer veteran. He is survived by his wife, Doris, of 47 years. 

Sally Cleaver Slough, 85, of Alexandria, Virginia, on April 17. Sally studied English at Connecticut College from 1954 to 1958. She was married in 1958 and excelled at the job of Navy wife until the mid-1970s, when she and Cdr. Slough divorced in Alexandria. As a single mom, she set about single-handedly raising three unruly teenagers, finishing her bachelor’s degree at Coe College and a master’s degree in library science at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She was a librarian at O’Connell High School for about ten years in the 1970s and ’80s, and then at several public schools in Alexandria, finishing her career as head librarian at Minnie Howard Middle School in the early 2000s. Sally enjoyed athletics throughout her life. She was a rec-league soccer player in her 40s and 50s and an avid tennis player. She moved to Goodwin House Alexandria in 2014, where she had many friends and made many new ones. She struggled with Alzheimer’s disease in her later years and last lived in “Stonebrook,” the memory-care house at Goodwin House. She is survived by her three children, David (Colleen), Stephen (Emily) and Kelly (Bill) Slough; five grandchildren and many dear cousins and friends.

James Kohlhaas, 73, of Easton, Maryland, on May 19. Jim graduated from Coe College and later studied fine arts at the University of Maryland. After meeting Jill Jacobson, the two moved to Haddonfield, New Jersey, where he loved sailing and racing his dinghy, a GP 14, and became friends with Jill’s hometown friends. Later, while living in Annapolis, Maryland, he and Jill spent weekends sailing on the South River. His desire to be on the water led to many fun-filled trips to Long Beach Island, New Jersey, and influenced the later decision to buy a home in Sarasota, Florida. His work career was in residential and commercial construction as a project manager, in Haddonfield and Washington, D.C. Self-taught, Jim could fix anything and became an expert at home renovation. While in Sarasota, he became a project manager for Bank of America, a years-long remote assignment that took him to bank branches around the country. In 2006, Jim and Jill moved to Easton, Maryland to be closer to and care for his mother, who lived in Bethesda. This move enabled him to reconnect with dear childhood friends. Jim will be remembered for his wit, a creative spirit, a love of art, intelligence and thoughtfulness. A kind soul, his annual holiday greeting always included a wish for tolerance and world peace. He is survived by sisters Anne (Fred) Cummings and Susan (Rick) Jerome and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. 


Sarah Lynn Nyquist, 67, of Scottsdale, Arizona, on May 5. Sarah graduated from Washington High School and Coe College in Cedar Rapids. She was employed by Rockwell Collins in the finance organization until moving to Scottsdale, Arizona. She was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids and a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association. Sarah’s passion was owning and showing championship Quarter Horses, where she won multiple awards. She loved her animals, especially her horses and her dogs Buffy, Petie, Alexander and Theo. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, where she spent many hours decorating with her Byers’ Choice carolers and drinking coffee from her Starbucks Christmas coffee mugs. She is survived by her cousins, G. Richard (Jackie) Johnson, James (Susan) Schmidt, Randy (Judi) Johnson and Mary Ann (Pete) Shields, as well as many close friends too numerous to name.


Marilyn McConkey Boyles, 65, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 15. Marilyn attended the University of Iowa and graduated from Coe College. She moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and worked for Miller Brewing Company for a time. She returned to Cedar Rapids and worked for Life Investors/Aegon, now Transamerica, retiring three years ago. Marilyn was a member of Toastmasters International and became the Third Ranking Officer in District 19. Marilyn and her husband Roger loved spending time together biking, fishing, having adventures and quiet moments. Roger knew instantly he would forever be in love with Marilyn. Her bubbly personality was always welcoming and genuine. She loved connecting with people, both friends and family, her puzzles and her cats. Marilyn’s faith was her cornerstone; she was a light to many. Marilyn was passionate about reaching out and connecting to her biological family, and she was blessed to meet them. Marilyn is survived by her husband Roger; Roger’s sons, Jason (Laurie) Boyles and Josh (Shannon) Boyles, who she considered her own; and five grandchildren.


Douglas Joseph Clark, 63, of O’Fallon, Missouri, on May 23. In 1987, Douglas married Denise, and they spent 34 wonderful years together. They spent time together going to high school football games, bicycling, traveling with friends and going to bed and breakfasts. They especially enjoyed vacations to historical sites, and Douglas even surprised Denise with a trip to Hawaii on their 25th wedding anniversary. Douglas loved sports. He played baseball as a pitcher and shortstop his entire life. Douglas loved playing golf and watching football games, especially when his brother was playing one of his professional football games. He was a Chicago fan, rooting for the Bears, Blackhawks and Cubs. Douglas is survived by his wife Denise; father, Byron Clark; his siblings, Randy (Paula) Clark, Dennis (Lisa) Clark and Sandy Clark; his children, Marcus and Amber; two grandchildren and many more family members and friends.

Jeff Robert Scofield, 62, of Seattle, Washington, on May 28. Jeff graduated from Coe College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Jeff married Hettie Allee in 1991 in Pedernales Falls State Park in Blanco County, Texas. Jeff’s career was devoted to financial aid and helping students achieve their goals of attending college. He served as dean of financial aid at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. Previously, he was assistant vice president of student financial services for Seattle University and served in a number of director of financial aid posts. Jeff spent a year abroad in college, living and studying in Tokyo, Japan, which sparked a lifelong interest in Japanese literature, language and culture and resulted in several trips with family and friends. Both his daughter and son studied Japanese language and spent semesters in Japan. Jeff also enjoyed bluegrass music, nature walks, weekend visits to the farmers market and rhubarb pie. He loved sharing his well-stocked selection of Japanese and Murchie’s teas with friends, coaching his son’s soccer team, playing in badminton tournaments with his daughter, relaxing at the beach and reading the Sunday edition of The New York Times. Jeff is survived by his wife Hettie; mother, Marilyn Scofield; his children, Camille and Carter; siblings, Janice (Lee) Phillips, Christy Scofield and Mark (Sue) Scofield; brother-in-law Travis (Patricia) Allee; sister-in-law Nancy Allee; and many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.


Kathryn Margaret “Kathy” Ripperdan Duncan, 82, of Vinton, Iowa, on July 4. Kathy attended Tarkio College for two years, then left to begin a family, moving to Vinton in 1960.  Kathy went back to college to finish her education and graduated from Coe College in 1984.  She was united in marriage to Marlyn Duncan in 2008. Kathy taught private piano lessons in Vinton for many years, before becoming a music teacher in the Vinton-Shellsburg Schools. She retired in 2000. She was deeply devoted to Wesley United Methodist Church as a choir member, director and accompanist for more than 50 years. Recently, she was the accompanist for the “Senior Ambassadors” in Mission, Texas, where she and Marlyn wintered. Kathy had an adventurous spirit and took many trips near and far. Her love of horses was lifelong, and her week-long trail rides with friends was an annual ritual. She traveled to Europe several times, visiting Israel and Egypt, where she rode a camel around the Great Pyramid in Giza. After their marriage, she and Marlyn were constant companions and enjoyed their winter home. She is survived by her husband Marlyn; children, Robert (Kathy) Ripperdan, Cynthia (Keith) Kerstetter, Judith (Jerry) Staab, Janet Gerhart and Jon (Claire) Duncan; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


Carron Bungum Rickels, 59, of Anamosa, Iowa, on July 1. In her adult years, Carron attended Coe College and the University of Iowa and held several jobs around the area.  She was a proud member of the Class of 1981 and was involved in their reunions. Carron is survived by her children, Wesley and Ellyn Rickels, her brother Bradley and her father Peter.


R. Steven Glessner, 66, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on August 5, 2020. Steve was a 1975 graduate of Kirkwood Community College. He had bachelor’s degrees in business administration from the University of Northern Iowa in 1978 for management and Coe College in 1987 for computer science. Steve had a quick wit and a twinkle in his eyes. Even when wearing a mask during the pandemic, it was hard to miss that mischievous twinkle. Steve took the time to talk to everyone and would say something guaranteed to make them smile. During his teen and young adult years, he raced cars. His car racing was a well-kept secret until he won at a track in Cedar Falls. His win made the local paper, read by one of his uncles, who then called Steve’s parents to congratulate them on Steve’s win. They were shocked, and that was the end of his racing days. The eyes always twinkled when he was asked about car racing. Steve also enjoyed refinishing furniture and was an avid reader. Steve is survived by his sister, Mary (John) Bouse; brother, William (Bill) Glessner; niece, Anne Bouse; nephew, Charles (Susi) Bouse and three great-nieces and -nephew.


Roger A. Oberfoell, 55, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on June 16. Roger received his bachelor’s degree from Coe College. Roger worked for Quick Trip, Souvenir, John Deere and Ingredion. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and Holy Name. He was united in marriage to Amy Hasken in 1991. Roger was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. He was kind, devoted, funny, hardworking, giving, humble, faith-filled and a friend to all. He positively impacted everyone’s lives. He enjoyed biking, spending time with his kids, card games, fishing, weightlifting, trivia, walking his dogs Hank and Cordelia, mowing his lawn, bird watching and had a love of desserts. Roger is survived by his wife, Amy; daughters, Morgan (Erik) Chapman, Allysia Oberfoell, Olivia Oberfoell, Madeline Oberfoell and Jacqueline Oberfoell; mother, Joan Oberfoell; siblings, Angie (Ken) Botsford, Gloria (John) Monk, Bill (Victoria) Oberfoell, Ruthann (Jim) White, Bob (Becky) Oberfoell and Ron (Cathe) Oberfoell and a large extended family.


John Manson, 60, of Anamosa, Iowa, on August 2. John earned his bachelor’s degree from Coe College. John had a varied employment history including selling shoes at his parent’s shoe store, owning Overhead Door Co. in Cedar Rapids and finally becoming a legal assistant. He married Lori Bock in 2012. John enjoyed woodworking, kayaking and taking care of his home. He loved watching various sports and was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs. He attended multiple Packers games over the years. He is survived by his wife, Lori; mother, Claudia Manson; mother-in-law, Katie Bock; sister, Jill (Doug) Henry; stepdaughter, Hannah (Jon) Olson; nephew, Jordan (Crystal) Skilling and niece, Annie Skilling.


Dr. John Edward Ernst, 44, of Olathe, Kansas, on June 13. John graduated from Coe College, the alma mater of his dad, uncle and sister, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Education was John’s vocation and passion. He earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from Baker University, where he was recognized as a Wall of Honor Inductee. John held multiple roles in education over 15 years, most recently the principal of Rolling Ridge Elementary in Olathe. John earned the National Distinguished Principal of the Year award in 2016 and was named to the Leadership Olathe Class of 2017. While teaching in Desoto, Iowa, John met Heidi Ann Hilleman at an Iowa State football game. John and Heidi loved and supported each other for nearly two decades, marrying in 2004 in Kansas City. John and Heidi welcomed a son Joseph Michael in 2007 and a daughter Carlie Elizabeth in 2009. Family was of utmost importance to John, and he generously considered many of those around him, whether by birth, marriage, work or neighborhood, as family. John loved his school family. He greeted kids each day and knew all 400 of their names within the first week. He spent lunchtimes in the cafeteria and scraped windshields for staff in the winter. John’s commitment to “service over self” was visible throughout John’s personal and professional life. Even as he battled cancer and the exhausting treatments, he continued to serve those around him. John was never happier than when he was boating and water-skiing with family and friends. He looked forward to snow skiing in Copper Mountain and watching his kids progress each year. He passionately loved the Iowa Hawkeyes and rode the emotional rollercoaster well-known to true Hawkeyes fans. Above all, John adored his children Joe and Carlie. He spent virtually all of his free time coaching, assisting or watching their teams. He took them boating, skiing, hunting and fishing, and never passed up an opportunity to tell stories of their adventures. Joe and Carlie were his proudest accomplishment. John’s dedication to a positive attitude regardless of what life threw at him motivated everyone who learned his story. John is survived by Heidi, Joseph and Carlie; Jim and Kathy Ernst; sister, Amy (Dan) Muessel and their two children; adored aunts and uncles; beloved cousins; the Ketelsen family, the Hilleman family and a community who loved him.


Kirsten Noelle McClendon, 47, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Aug. 11. Kirsten graduated from Kennedy High School Cedar Rapids in 1993. In high school, she played first violin in the orchestra, participated in the color guard, played piano and performed in several plays with the drama department. Kirsten also volunteered in the autism room and is honored for that with a plaque posted in the school. She completed her undergraduate work at Coe College and went on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Northern Iowa in 2002 with a Master of Education. Kirsten was a wonderful, caring, loving, smart, fun and funny person. She had a talent for creative writing, which served her well during her education. Her children were her pride and joy and she considered them to be her greatest accomplishment. Kirsten is survived by her life partner, Tim Mackey; her mother, Karen (McClendon) Johnson; her children, Noelle, Jude and Sloane Seebeck; her paternal grandmother and many aunts, uncles and cousins.


John Matthew Johnson, 40, of Burlington, Iowa, on April 3. During his time attending Coe College, John was very active on campus. He participated in intramural basketball and soccer, winning the soccer championship three years in a row. John was the president of his fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha for a year and was influential in shaping and growing the chapter. He made countless lifelong friends/brothers during his time there. After Coe, John went on to receive his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and was employed with Jabil Manufacturing, working with purchasing and human resources. Despite his time in Wisconsin, John was a Hawkeye fan through and through. He enjoyed traveling, cooking, trying new cuisine, playing pool, the Browns and spending time with his family and friends. John has left many meaningful and happy memories for those who knew and loved him that will last their lifetimes. He truly brought life to the party. John is survived by his mom Pam Johnson (Tim Clark); dad Doug Johnson; sister Sarah Lewis; brother Tim Johnson; three nephews and one niece.


Dr. Allan Dean Kellar, 88, of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, on April 9. Allan attended Grinnell College, graduating in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in music and as a member of two national honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda. He was drafted into the US Army and served in this country and Italy during 1955 to 1957. Following discharge from the army, he taught high school and junior high choral music for four years in Chariton, Iowa, where he met and married Linda Bricker, with whom he celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in 2021. They raised two daughters, Beth and Holly, who later became executives with different non-profit musical organizations. He completed his master’s degree and doctorate in music at the University of Iowa. He directed the choral music program at the university laboratory school from 1962 to 1965. Allan was invited to join the faculty at Coe College in 1965 as chair of the music department, teacher of music history and director of choral activities. During his years at Coe, he led Coe choirs on seven concert/study tours to Europe, during which the Choir performed in western Europe and behind the then-Iron Curtain. During his years at Coe, he also directed the choir at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids. In 1975, he was named to the Pearl M. Taylor Chair in Music, Coe College’s first-ever endowed professorial chair. In 2010, Grinnell College presented him with an Alumni Award for his work as a teacher and humanitarian. The Kellars moved to Lake Elmo, Minnesota, in 1999, following the birth of their first grandchild. They immediately became active in musical and community activities, and Allan was named director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater. Allan enjoyed performing and appeared in several Cedar Rapids Opera Theater productions. Following his retirement from Coe, he spent a number of months touring and performing one of the lead roles in a new opera, “The Shoulder.” He also performed in Broadway-style musical productions in the Stillwater Community Theater. He was a member of the Minnesota Chorale, Actors’ Equity and life member of the American Choral Directors Association. Allan loved baseball, traveling, reading and taking photographs, but most of all he loved his family: his beloved wife Linda; his daughters Beth (son-in-law Nathan) and Holly; and his grandchildren, Grace and Sam. He was extremely proud of all their achievements. The 20-plus years of family vacations together were the highlights of every year. He is survived by his wife Linda; daughters Beth Kellar-Long and Holly; two grandchildren and brothers Donald and Lorrence. He is remembered by many friends, relatives and former students.

Phoebe Deborah Rachel Smith, 91, of Jackson, Mississippi, on September 19. Phoebe Deborah Rachel Smith graduated from Elgin High School and went to work at Sherman Hospital as the first African American nurse’s aide and phlebotomist where she met her husband. She married the late Vernon P. Smith Sr. in 1950. Mrs. Smith was a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to many. Following a late-in-life diagnosis of multiple myeloma, she remained on the go. By mid-January 2021, 80 percent of her cancer had been eliminated, and her resilience inspired the treatment team. She and her husband raised their family in Cedar Rapids on the homestead property of her husband’s parents. There they grew beautiful gardens, hosted international students and mentored the African American students at Coe College and Kirkwood Community College, as well as many dignitaries over the years. She and her late husband were leaders in the civil rights movement in Iowa and encouraged interdenominational churches in the area to participate in the civil rights movement and social justice. Vernon and Phoebe were among the founders of the African American Museum of Iowa, as well as campaign committee managers of the Jessie Jackson presidential campaign in Iowa and many Democratic statewide campaigns. In Cedar Rapids she worked at Collins Radio, Jane Boyd Community House and Coe College. She volunteered for the Indoor Sports Club, American Business Women’s Association, Religious Book Study Club, Criterion Club, African American Museum of Iowa, Mercy Hospital Cancer Center and St. Dominic Hospital of Jackson, Mississippi. She was a member of Bethel AME Church and the former Knox Presbyterian Church Cedar Rapids. Phoebe is survived by her children, Ruby Smith Love (Earnest Young, Jr.), Vernon Smith, II (Phoenix), Deborah Smith-Shields (Phil Shields), Phoebe Smith-Porter (Walter Porter) and Katherine Smith; her brother, Emil Downs; Benjamin Downs; Gloria Gibson; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sharon Kay Stang, 82, of Iowa City, Iowa, on July 10. A prodigy and a professor of piano; known as a mentor, guide and accompanist to generations of musicians at Coe College and a “beautiful mother” of two, Sharon Kay is celebrated for her quick and wicked wit, her movie star smile and her metronomic devotion to faith, friends, family and students. Sharon Kay took her first piano lesson at the age of 5. Eighteen months later — not yet able to reach an octave on the keyboard — she reportedly was already playing at a high-school level. As a young piano soloist, she earned 10 consecutive superior ratings in National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festivals. She won commendations and awards from the National Guild of Piano Teachers Auditions and at the Guild’s International Recording Festival. Sharon Kay went on to receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree in piano performance and literature at the University of Iowa. In 1963, Sharon Kay married the love of her life, Alan “Al” Vick Stang, whom she had met at the University of Iowa School of Music. After Al enlisted in the US Navy, the couple was first stationed in Long Beach, California and Newport, Rhode Island. In the 1970s, they returned to Eastern Iowa. Sharon Kay was hired as a first-ever part-time instructor of music at Coe College, having been encouraged to apply there by faculty member Allan Kellar. Sharon Kay soon became involved in administration as well as instruction. In addition to being named the inaugural Velma J. MacMillan Endowed Professor of Piano, she served 22 years as the recruiting coordinator for the music department. Commemorating her retirement from Coe in 2014, after more than 40 years of teaching, Kellar wrote, “Sharon Kay is one of those salt-of-the-earth strong mentor-and-teacher figures that students and faculty come to depend on for constancy and consistency.” Throughout her career, Sharon Kay served as an active collaborator for hundreds of recitals, masterclasses and auditions, an adjudicator for regional and state piano competitions and the senior auditions chair for the state of Iowa Music Teachers National Association. She also regularly maintained private studios in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. She was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society in 1999 and became a nationally certified teacher of music in piano by the Music Teachers National Association in 2015. One of Sharon Kay’s favorite professional memories involved touring and performing in China, Hong Kong and Japan as part of the three-person Kedron Konsort at Coe College. Sharon Kay was a longtime member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Iowa City, Pilot Club of Iowa City, the P.E.O. Chapter E and the Sons of Norway Restauration Lodge. She loved to garden and dance, and she and Al were active in multiple community dance groups. Sharon Kay is survived by daughter, Kristin Kay Stang (Gordon Capp); son, Jeffrey Alan (Lisa) Stang and three granddaughters.


John Milton Sagers, 97, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on May 7. John was born in Maquoketa, Iowa, and graduated from Maquoketa High School where he played football and basketball, and participated in band, glee club and dramatics. He attended Maquoketa Junior College. John spent three years in the service with the United States Coast Guard specializing in radar and electronics work at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., followed by his service on the West Coast during World War II. Afterward he received a bachelor’s degree in general engineering from Iowa State College and a law degree from the University of Iowa. John joined Peoples Bank and Trust Company in Cedar Rapids as assistant trust officer and retired as president and CEO after 40-plus years. He was a life member of the Coe College Board of Trustees where he served on the executive, finance and investment committees. He was active in the Greater Downtown Association, United Community Services, Cedar Rapids Estate Planners, Chamber of Commerce, Linn County and American Bankers Associations, American Institute of Banking and the Optimist Club. He served as president of the Iowa Trust Association and Elmcrest Country Club and a board member of the Cedar Rapids Country Club. John was also a member of Mizpah Masonic Lodge, Cedar Rapids Scottish Rite, El Kahir Shrine, Royal Order of Jesters, Elks Club, Presidents and I Club at the University of Iowa and the First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids for many years. Since retirement, John enjoyed many winters in Naples, Florida, and he loved participating in activities such as tennis, golf, fishing, hunting and sporting events in Iowa. He is survived by his two daughters, Janit (Kenneth) Strother and Margit (Robert) Verdoorn; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.