James Joseph Rottinghaus
LaPorte City – James Joseph Rottinghaus of rural LaPorte City, IA, died at the Cedar Valley Hospice House, Waterloo, IA, surrounded by his loving family on his 80th birthday, Wednesday, February 24, 2021, of natural causes.

James Rottinghaus was born February 24, 1941, in Waterloo, IA, the son of Firmin Henry Rottinghaus and Alma Rose (Gales) Rottinghaus. On September 9, 1963, he was united in marriage to Karen Ann Nie at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilbertville. He graduated from Don Bosco High School with the class of 1959. Karen and Jim have farmed near LaPorte City for many years. He was also a mechanic, welder and had worked in town at Construction Machinery for a time. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Catholic Order of Foresters in Gilbertville and was a past member of the Don Bosco School Board.

James is survived by his wife, Karen of LaPorte City; three daughters, Kris (James) Kayser of Independence, IA, Michelle Rottinghaus of Cedar Falls, IA, Pam (Aaron) Kies of LaPorte City; two sons, Jeff (Lori) Rottinghaus of LaPorte City and Greg (Pam) Rottinghaus of LaPorte City; 17 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; three brothers, John E. Rottinghaus of Waterloo, Steve (Karen) Rottinghaus of Brighton, MI, Gerald Rottinghaus of Waterloo; one sister-in-law, Patricia Rottinghaus of Waterloo and one brother-in-law, Robert Kolar of Cedar Rapids, IA.
His parents; one grandson, Jeremiah Kayser; one brother, Mike Rottinghaus; 2 sisters, Sandra Kipp Franken and Cheryl Kolar; one sister-in-law, Dessie Rottinghaus; and two brothers-in-law, James Kipp and Bennett Franken, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 1, 2021, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Gilbertville, IA, with Fr. Henry P. Huber and Fr. Ralph E. Davis concelebrating the mass. They were assisted by Deacon Kevin J. Hagerty. Music was by Sue Reiter, organist with Laurie Thome and Nicole Knepper, vocalists. Lectors were Jacob Schons, Matthew Schons and Amber Rottinghaus. Honorary casket bearers were Ethan, Luke and Austin Kayser. Casket bearers were Steve Begle, Garrett Rottinghaus, Trevor Rottinghaus, Braxton Rottinghaus, Hunter Kies, Matthew Schons, Jacob Schons and Bennett Schons. Burial was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Gilbertville. A live stream of the funeral was made available on the church Facebook page.

Visitation was held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, February 28, 2021, at Immaculate Conception Church, Gilbertville, where there was a Catholic Order of Foresters Rosary at 4:00 p.m., led by Ken Thoma and a Vigil service at 6:30 p.m., led by Deacon Kevin J. Hagerty. Visitation continued for an hour before services Monday at the church.

Memorials will be directed to Immaculate Conception Church and the Bosco System in Gilbertville and to Cedar Valley Hospice in Waterloo. Online condolences may be posted at www.White-MtHope.com

White Funeral Home, Jesup, IA, was in charge of the arrangement.
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