Todd J. Lentz

todd lentz

November 6, 1963 ~ May 14, 2023

Born in: Alta Vista, Iowa
Resided in: Alta Vista, Iowa

Todd Lentz, age 59, of Alta Vista, IA passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2023 at Unity Point Hospital in Waterloo, IA with his family by his side.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, May 18, 2023 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista, IA with Fr. Jerry Kopacek celebrating.  Burial will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Alta Vista.

Visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, IA with a 2:45 PM Scriptural Wake Service.  Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Thursday.  Online condolences may be left at  Memorials may be directed to the family.

Todd Joseph was born November 6, 1963, in New Hampton, IA, the son of Louie and Kay (Carney) Lentz.  He attended and graduated from New Hampton High School.  After completing his education, Todd drove truck for Warren Transport and began his lifelong excavating career with his father.  He temporarily worked for Chickasaw County running a motor grader before purchasing his own equipment and returning to Lentz Excavating, later joined in business by his son, Travis in 2006.  On November 6, 1985, while making a birthday beer run, Todd met a bartender who caught his attention that would eventually share his last name as well as his birthday.  Todd was united in marriage to Diane Gerleman at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church on November 20, 1987.  He welcomed Diane’s son, Zac as his own.  The family made their home in Alta Vista, adding two more sons, Travis and Nathan.  They settled on Todd’s childhood acreage, home to “Louie’s Cat House.”

While Todd worked hard, he played even harder.  He enjoyed riding his Harley, relaxing at their cabin on the Mississippi, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.  You could find him manning the grill at the St. Patty’s Day pork chop dinner or spending time at “The Oaks.”

Those left to cherish Todd’s memory are his wife of 35 years, Diane of Alta Vista; his sons, Travis (Dana) Lentz of Alta Vista and Nathan (Jordan) Lentz of West Chester, PA; his grandchildren, Brianna, Trevor, Connor, Mya, Waylon, and Charlie; his siblings, Deb (Randy) Brooks of Sedalia, MO, Sue (Tony) Monson of Leland, IA, and Julie (Shep) Lentz of Britt, IA; his mother-in-law, Marlys Gerleman of Charles City, IA; his siblings-in-law, Jeanne (Jim) Minder of Hastings, MN, Ken (Judy) Gerleman of Iowa City, IA, Connie (Lynn) Hilgendorf of Sumner, IA and Gary (Terry) Gerleman of Cedar Rapids, IA and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louie and Kay Lentz, his brother, Tony; sister, Pam; stepson, Zac; his parents-in-law, Matt and Rosemary Gerleman and Jim Gerleman.


Visitation: May 17, 2023 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Conway-Markham Funeral Home - Elma
508 Maple St.
Elma, IA 50628

(641) 393-2461

Scriptural Wake: May 17, 2023 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Conway-Markham Funeral Home - Elma
508 Maple St.
Elma, IA 50628

(641) 393-2461

Visitation: May 18, 2023 9:30 am - 10:30 am

St. Bernards Catholic Church
114 E Washington Street
Alta Vista, IA 50603


Mass of Christian Burial: May 18, 2023 10:30 am - 11:30 am

St. Bernards Catholic Church
114 E Washington Street
Alta Vista, IA 50603


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  1. Very sad to here of this, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Todd will be very missed by those that had the opportunity to know him. Mike and Deb Tenge

  2. Light a CandleVery sad news to read of Todd’s passing. He was very nice to my family and we appreciate his help over the years in excavation work. He was such a hard worker! He’d get so much done so quick on the excavator it was amazing to watch. I remember seeing him daily working when they cleaned up the old Elma school. He surely left surrounding farms and the community look nicer from his efforts. My sincere prayers to all of his family. He will be great missed!

    Sincerely, Russ Brincks

  3. Light a CandleDiane, Travis, Dana, Nate and families,
    Our deepest condolences to you all at this difficult time, may you all find peace and comfort in the days ahead. Todd was a great guy who would do anything for anyone and lend a helping hand in any way. May you all cherish all the memories you had with him.
    RIP Todd
    The Zweibohmers,
    David, Carrie and Hayley

  4. Diane – I am so sorry for the loss of Todd. We grew up with the Lentz kids in Alta Vista and remember them fondly. My deepest sympathy to you and the entire Lentz family.

  5. Diane and Family, so sorry to hear of Todd”s passing. Sending prayers to you and the Family.

  6. Light a CandleOur deepest sympathies Diane & family. Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers.
    Dan & Cathy Shatek

  7. Diane and family,
    We send our prayers and condolences. Todd was such a nice person. He’s gone too soon; will be missed by many. May God hold you all in his hands throughout this trying time.
    Our sympathies, Carolyn and family

  8. Light a CandleMy deepest sympathies to Diane, Travis, Nate, and their families. The loss of Todd will be forever missed. The memories last a lifetime. He was a wonderful man. Prayers and hugs go out to all of you. I’m sorry I won’t be able to be there to celebrate his life.

  9. Sending prayers to Todd’s family. May his memories console you today. Jeanne and David Roder

  10. Diane and family, we are so very sorry for your your loss of Todd. May your wonderful memories of Todd give you comfort now and forever. Sending hugs and prayers to you all.

  11. Light a CandleNate and family, we are very sorry for the loss of Todd. Your Cat family will all be thinking and praying for you all during this time. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do for you all.

    Dave Lang

  12. Light a CandleSo sorry Diane and family for your loss of Todd. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Diane and family you have our deepest sympathies. Cherish all your wonderful memories.
    John and Ann White

  14. Diane and boys, you have my deepest sympathy. Todd was such a great guy. Hold on to all those great memories you have. Thoughts and prayers to you all during these tough days ahead. Love ya

  15. Light a CandleLentz family, Very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Linda & Dale Rosonke family

  16. Our sincere sympathy to Diane and family. Know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Light a CandleOur deepest condolences to the families of Todd. My his warm memories continue to shine through each of you.

  18. Sending our condolences to you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  19. Diane and family: My sympathy to you and your family.
    My prayers and thoughts to all of you. God Bless

  20. Light a CandleDiane & Family – I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all that Todd’s memories bring you comfort. Hugs to you all.

  21. Light a CandleI’m so sorry to hear about Todd. My thoughts and prayers are with Diane, family and all my Lentz cousins. Take care. Jolene Billings

  22. Light a CandleDiane & Family you have our deepest sympathies and prayers 🙏
    Todd was a great guy and school classmate.

  23. Light a CandleOur deepest sympathy to Diane and family. I met Todd while working at the New Hampton NRCS Office many years ago. He was a great guy to work with and will truly be missed.

  24. Our sympathy to Todd’s family, Dennis remembered working with Todd at Chickasaw County and has great memories. So sorry to hear about him at such a young life. Dennis & Diane Shurtleff

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