John Clement Stortz, 1969

JOHN CLEMENT STORTZ, 65, of Waterloo, Iowa, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, at home of natural causes. He was born Dec. 16, 1946, in Decorah, son of John Edward and La Vonne Espeseth Stortz. He married NANCY “DIEBS” (DIEBALL) GALLOWAY ‘69 in Chicago. They were later divorced. He married Bridget Ann Dunbar in Cedar Falls on Aug. 21, 1989. He graduated from Decorah High School in 1965 and attended Luther College, Decorah. Mr. Stortz was a real estate appraiser at Valuation Services Inc. in Cedar Falls for the past 25 years. He was a self-taught musician. He played with a variety of regional bands, touring the United States and Canada, performing electric, acoustic, lap steel and dobro guitars. He was engaged in performing, writing and recording music, and was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Milford in 2009 for his work with The Deputy Dawg Band. For the last several years, Mr. Stortz played lead guitar in a local band with Raldo Schneider and Travis Smiley. Survived by: his wife; two daughters, Emily of Cedar Falls and Sarah, at home; a son, James, at home; his mother; a sister Susan (Ronald) Severson of Calmar; two nieces, Karen (Jesus) Keil-Arellano and Amber Severson; and a nephew, Dustin Severson. Preceded in death by: a sister, Janice Keil of La Crosse. Memorials: in lieu of flowers, may be directed to the family.