Obituary: Michael Dean Sobotka

    Michael Dean Sobotka, of Van Meter, passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 28, 2020. A visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 with family receiving friends from 1-4 p.m. at Zachary Williams Jensen Fieldhouse, 1010 Dickinson Ave., Ames. A funeral service will be held at the fieldhouse starting at 4 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at the fieldhouse following the funeral service.
    Mike was born Jan. 19, 1965 to Jerry Sobotka and Rebecca Graf in Mount Ayr. Mike graduated from Van Meter High School where he participated in football and basketball.
    He built his own company, Seamus Excavating, and was a hard worker, generous and full of life and energy. Mike had various groups of friends, whether it was golfing, hunting, fishing or playing cards, and he loved them like family. He was sometimes called “Happy Mike or Smiley Mike”, but his favorite nickname was Papa Mike given to him by his grandkids. One of Mike’s favorite passions was golfing. He also enjoyed bow hunting for deer, fishing with his sons, country music concerts with Summer, occasionally smoking a fine cigar and being a loving and protective father.
    Mike is survived by his wife, Robin; children, Jacob (Bridget), Summer, Robbie and Beau; grandchildren, Jade, Cohen and Rush; parents, Jerry (Deb) Sobotka and Rebecca Graf; siblings, Brad (Sherri) Graf, Jason Graf and Erin Graf; Robin’s parents, Diana Hoy and Terry Hoy; Robin’s siblings,, Toby (Nicole) Hoy, Angie (Steve) Mague, Ginger (Darren) Lindstrom, Leslie Young, Sarah (Brian) Sheehy, Amber (Andrew) Apple and Lacey (Devan) Standley; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
    He was preceded in death by his grandparents and cousin, Robbie.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to ChildServe. Online condolences may be left at

Obituary: Travis Shane Evers

    Travis Shane Evers, of Adel, passed away unexpectedly on July 23, 2020, at the age of 45. A visitation was held Monday, July 27 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, at New Hope Church, east of Adel. Burial will follow the funeral service at Oakdale Cemetery in Adel. Those in attendance are asked to please follow social distancing guidelines by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Masks are recommended for the services. Live streaming of the funeral service will be available to watch on Travis’s tribute wall at starting at 10:30 a.m.
    Travis was born Aug. 30, 1974, to Stan and Connie Evers in Ottumwa. Travis was a long time resident of Adel and worked at Hy-Vee in Waukee. Travis previously worked as a manager at McDonald’s, and before that, as a journeyman in the sheet metal union. When not at work, Travis could be found playing pool, games on his phone, watching his favorite seasonal sports teams the Cowboys, Hawkeyes, and Cubs or spending time with family. As a child, he enjoyed playing all sports and loved vacations on the beach at Lake Michigan. When Travis was back at home, he was not a fan of the heat!  In fact, he loved winter and would listen to Christmas music all year long. Travis was known to make people laugh and was a loving friend to all creatures great and small. Everyone who met Travis was touched by his kind and generous heart, and he was referred to by many as the “gentle giant.”
    Travis is survived by his three children, whom he adored: Lizzy (Steven Steinick), Wesley, and Caitlyn Evers, and his beloved grandson, Jason. Travis will be dearly missed by his best friend and wife of 20 years, Pam, as well as his sister, Shannon, and loving parents, Stan Evers and Connie Smith, and stepfather, Gary. Travis will be missed by many other extended family members, colleagues, and the many friends and acquaintances who were touched by his kindness.
    He was preceded in death by his Nana and Grandpa Evers of Pella and Grandma and Grandpa Miller of Ottumwa.
Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at

Funeral notices

    • Cindy Nelson, 61, of Polk City, passed away July 25, 2020.
    • Ronald Toney, 71, of Polk City, passed away July 25, 2020. Ron’s full obituary and details about the livestream can be found at
    • Betty Ann Brown, 85, of Polk City, passed away July 24, 2020. A visitation will be held 1-2 p.m., Aug. 8 at Lakeside Fellowship Church (1121 W. Bridge Road, Polk City). A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. also at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lakeside Fellowship Church or MercyOne Hospice (5820 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA 50131). 
  • Craig Kruger
, 63, of Grimes, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020. A private service was held Thursday, July 23. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for monetary donations to be made to AHeinz57, Furry Friends Refuge, and Animal Rescue League.
   • Andy Eugene Long, 55, of Johnston, passed away on  July 17, 2020.
    • Military internment will take place for Allen Meacham on July 31, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. in the Van Meter Veteran’s Cemetery, 34024 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Adel, Iowa.
    • Gene Paul Jackson, 68, of Polk City, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 25, 2020, at 5 p.m. at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). Following the service, a visitation will continue until 7 p.m.
    • Penny Gordon, 60, of Polk City, passed away July 14, 2020.  A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be given to her family, to be divided among charities she supported.
    • Betty Mae Lopeman, 93, of Waukee, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Per Betty’s request, there will be no services. Condolences may be expressed to the family at
    • Elizabeth Ann Strong, 77, of Waukee, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020. The family received friends on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at Iles-Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center. In honor of Ann’s love of animals the family has asked memorial contributions be made to AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport. Online condolences will be welcomed at

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