|Death: ||May 15, 1968|
WATERLOO DAILY COURIER, WATERLOO, IOWA
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 1968, PAGE FIVE.
Storm Victim Was Student At University
(Courier News Bureau)
CEDAR FALLS — One of the fatalities of the Charles City tornado has been identified as a University of Northern Iowa student who was doing student teaching in Charles City.
Robert Stotts. 22, of Gowrie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Stotts, was identified about 6 p.m. Thursday by his twin brother, Tom, and other UNI students who went to Charles City to search for him.
The other 23 student teachers from UNI at Charles City had previously been located.
Stotts had been teaching at Charles City since March 25 and had 1 1/2 weeks of student teaching left when the storm struck.
His body was identified at the Champion Funeral Home in Osage.
Stott's small foreign car was found across from the Trowbridge supermarket between the road and river. His car was off the road and badly beaten up with the key still in it.
Officials speculated that he came around a curve and tried to run to the supermarket or go near the river to lie in a ditch. He was found near the car still alive but died before identification was made. Stotts had lived at Shull Hall, UNI, with his brother.
Fatalities May 15, 1968
tornado at Charles City:
MRS. RAY (SADIE) CHAMBERS.
MRS. VIRVAL DAWSON.
MRS. JOHN (MINNIE) KNEISEL.
MRS. LeLANE (FLORINE) LEACH.
MRS. CHARLES (LELA) WOLFF.
Charles City tornado May 15, 1968
A Virtual Cemetery
Robert Stotts was a student teacher from the University of Northern Iowa and the youngest victim of the Charles City tornado on May 15, 1968, at age 22. Sarah (Sadie) Chambers was 77. The Kneisels — he was 89 and she was 83 — were killed in their Cedar Terrace apartment; Greenless, 82, also died at Cedar Terrace; Gault, 85, died in her north side home; Jacobs, 82, was killed in his office at Jacobs Elevator; Wolff, 77, died in her Freeman Street residence; Merten and Hall, both 67, were killed in Merten's shoe repair shop near Trowbridge and from debris that struck Hall's Sears van respectively; Leach, 54, died en route to a Waterloo hospital from her injuries; Dawson, 45, died at home on 19th Avenue; and Loomer, the oldest victim at age 95, died at home on Richings Street.
Dale B. Stotts (1912 - 1994)
Violet A. Stotts (1911 - 1996)
Gowrie Township Cemetery
Created by: Steven Tynan
Record added: May 15, 2010
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