|001Crystal McNutt Gourley, 93, of Bedford, formerly of Diagonal, passed away June 30, 2011 at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center.
Crystal, the daughter of Mina Winemiller and Alpha Hayworth, was born December 30, 1917 at Sheridan, MO. Crystal graduated from Bedford High School in 1935. She married Charles Dean McNutt on August 19, 1935. They lived at Diagonal and Crystal worked in the office and the lunchroom at the Diagonal Livestock Auction. She also was a sales representative for Stanley Home Products for 30 years. Charles passed away in March of 1993. In May of 1994, Crystal married Willis Gourley. He passed away in August 2000. Crystal has lived in Bedford since 1995.
Survivors include her children Betty L. Miller of Creston, IA, Marvin McNutt of Bedford, IA, and Steve (Sherrie) McNutt of Trenton, MO; daughter-in-law Lucy McNutt of Marion, IA; 14 grandchildren Kevin Klejch of Creston, Charles Klejch of Diagonal, Curtis (Karen) Klejch of Creston, Rebecca (Brian) Keeney of Creston, Kristy Klejch of Creston, Larry McNutt of Diagonal, Jason McNutt of Clarinda, Brett McNutt of Bedford, Robert McNutt, Dana (Diego) Castillo of Ohio, Jeff (Stacie) McNutt of Solon, Lori (Corey) Hoskins of Springville, Alicia (Mark) Stogdill of Grand River, and Justin Berry of Kansas City; 24 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; sisters H. Rebecca Morehouse of Sarasota, FL and Anita Hayworth of Mount Ayr; sisters-in-law Mary Hayworth of Weston, MO and Helen Hayworth of Springfield, MO; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; sons Larry David McNutt and Kenneth McNutt; infant daughter Nancy McNutt; siblings Edwin, Ben, Kyle, Quentin, Ivan Dellano Hayworth, Elsie Thompson, and 2 infant sisters
|002Vera Inez (Henderson) Richardson was born July 25, 1918 in Forney, Texas to George Allen and Vernon (Carr) Henderson. While growing up, she lived in Texas until meeting and marrying Jack H. Richardson on February 10, 1959 in Athens, Texas. As a couple, they came to Iowa where they settled and started their own family with the birth of their only daughter Ruby.
Vera’s true calling in life and the thing that made her the most joyful was to be the best wife, mother and grandmother. She was of Cherokee Indian heritage and was proud to say so. Vera loved everyone unconditionally and was very kind hearted. She will be missed by many.
Vera passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Jack; grandson Earl Wilson; great grandson Christopher Byrd; sisters: Mary Ann and Ella Faye and brothers: Othel and Chester.
Left to cherish Vera’s memory is her daughter Ruby Hodge and husband Harry of Clarinda, Iowa; 15 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 33 great-great grandchildren; sister Clara Lee Mathews of Texas; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services for Vera Richardson, 92, from Shenandoah, previously of Clarinda, were held Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa. Burial followed the service at the Maple Hill Cemetery in College Springs, Iowa
|003Graveside services for Dean Weese, age 78, of Lenox who passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the Lenox Care Center in Lenox were Sunday, June 26, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. at North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Visitation was held Sunday, June 26, 2011 from 1 until service time, at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox. Please share you memories with the Weese family on our web page, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.
Dean Laverne Weese was born September 27, 1932, in Athelstan, Iowa, the son of William B. Weese and Zelma (Smith) Weese. The family lived at several different locations in Worth County Missouri and Taylor County Iowa during his early years until they finally settled on a farm north of Athelstan. Dean grew up attending rural schools and graduated from the Blockton High School with the class of 1950. After high school, Dean was drafted into the army in November 1952 and served 2 years in Korea. He received an honorable discharge in September 1954. On June 2, 1956, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Michael at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lenox. After their marriage, the couple lived in Lenox where Dean worked as a section hand for the CB & Q and Burlington Northern railroads maintaining the tracks between Conway and Lenox. During the periodic layoffs from the railroad, Dean worked as a farm hand for Harold Welch on Harold’s farms west of Lenox. Dean retired from the railroad in 1988.
Dean enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing with his sons and friends, gardening with his wife, and mowing yards and pastures at his sons’ acreages. Each fall Dean looked forward to the hours spent cooking rabbit, fish, popcorn and various other “delicacies” in the Boar’s Nest as he prepared for the return of his son’s and grandson’s deer and pheasant hunting parties.
Left to cherish Dean’s memory are a son, Mike and wife Jerolyn of Council Bluffs; a daughter, Deanna Sweeney and husband Vince of Lenox; a daughter-in-law, Patty Weese of Bedford; two brothers, Melvin Weese and wife Cathy of Camanche, Iowa and Gary Weese and wife Sue of Colorado; and seven grandchildren, Brandon, Benjamin, Victor, Elizabeth, Adam, Tyler and Michael; along with many other family members and friends in the community.
Preceding Dean in death were his wife Mary Ann, his parents William B. and Zelma; a son Mark and an infant brother Dwayne
|004Joseph Leroy Croll was born on March 21, 1955 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Lawrence LeeRoy and Alma Rebecca (Prohaska) Croll. Joe entered into the arms of his Lord on Monday evening, July 11, 2011 at his home in Shenandoah, Iowa surrounded by his loving and supportive family.
Joe’s early years were spent in Des Moines. He attended Oak Park Elementary School, Harding Junior High School and North High School where he graduated with the Class of 1973. He later went on to attend Iowa Western Community College.
On November 3, 1984 he was united in marriage to Annette Freemyer in Des Moines, Iowa. The couple made their home in Shenandoah. During his working days, he was a dedicated employee of Hy-Vee. He began his career with Hy-Vee in January of 1971, working in Des Moines. He later transferred to the Shenandoah store where he worked until April of 2010. Joe held a special place in his heart for all the teenagers that he taught the meaning of life to at Hy-Vee.
Joe was very active in the community. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Men, he was the Girl Scouts “Cookie King”, was the leader of Super Kids Club, served as a candidate to the Annual Methodist Conference where he served as Sergeant at Arms, was a member of the worship committee, certified lay speaker and was President of Storyland Pre-School in 1996.
Some of his passions included camping, attending his children’s events, flea markets, reading books regarding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, collecting baseball cards and coins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Norris and Fern Croll and Joe and Coral Prohaska and an infant sister Sharon Croll.
Those left to honor his memory include his devoted wife Annette of Shenandoah; children Valerie, Brenton and Whitney Croll of Shenandoah; parents Larry and Alma Croll of Des Moines, IA; brother Gary Croll and wife Lorraine of Clive, IA; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Mike and Shirley Good of Farragut and brother-in-law Duane Freemyer of Kemmerer, WY; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends far and wide
|005Benjamin Joseph Wardlow was born July 9, 1946 in Hamburg, Iowa, the son of Benjamin Joseph and Pansy Marie (Loghry) Wardlow. He passed away on Wednesday morning, July 6, 2011 at Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 64 years, 11 months and 27 days.
Benny grew up in the Clarinda and Shenandoah are most of his life. He attended school in Clarinda. On August 19, 1978, he was united in marriage to Beverly Keeler in Havelock, Iowa. This union was blessed with three children, BJ, Cassi and Carrie. They later became guardians to Candice and Cameron Long.
Benny worked for J.M. Steel at Hamburg, Iowa for several years. He then moved to Pocahontas, Iowa and worked for J&L Manufacturing in Laurens, Iowa. In 1980 he went to work for Iowa Industrial Hydaulics until he was forced to retire in 2001 for health reasons. In 2009, Benny and Beverly relocated to Red Oak, Iowa and in 2010 moved to Shenandoah.
Benny was a union member. He also enjoyed reading, playing volleyball and playing cards. The true love of his life was his family. He led a hard life and worked hard to provide for his family. His biggest loss was his father when he was 4 years old. He has always looked forward to reuniting with his father in heaven.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his step father, Mahlon Squires; two sisters, Fanny Strange and Alice Kalkas; step brother, Gerald Squires; step sisters, Carol Squires; great nephew, Andrew; along with many other relatives and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly Wardlow of Shenandoah, Iowa; his children, BJ Wardlow and his fiancé Lynn Nelson of San Diego, California, Cassi Wardlow and Mike Losee of Shenandoah, Iowa, Carrie Wardlow of Shenandoah, Iowa, Candice Long of Shenandoah, Iowa, Cameron Long of Shenandoah, Iowa; a sister, Verna Hoover of Havelock, Iowa; a brother, Melvin Wardlow and his wife Judy of Havelock, Iowa; a step sister, Sherry Terry and her husband Kim of Shenandoah, Iowa; two step brothers, William Squires of Shenandoah, Iowa and Chet Squires and his wife Sherry of Shenandoah, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends
Ronald Drew Ashley 76, of Maryville, MO, formerly of Hemet, CA, and Maitland, MO, passed away Monday, July 11, 2011 at the St. Francis Hospital, Maryville.
Born on March 27, 1935 to Drew and Lorena McKinney Ashley in Hemet, Ronald moved to Maryville in 2002. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Jody Lynn Ashley in February 2006, and his wife Valerie Jean Ashley in March 2006.
Ronald worked in production in the Aerospace industry in Southern California for all of his adult life. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his two sons, Bradley (Mickey) Ashley, and Steven Scott (Lynne) Ashley both of Maryville, his brother, Kent Ashley, Romaland, CA, and his sister Kay Meadows, Hemet, CA. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Ashley has been cremated under the direction of the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO. Memorial services will be at a later date
Philip Harold Spire, 86, Maryville, Missouri died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Living Community, St. Joseph, Missouri.
Born April 28, 1925 in Parnell, Missouri, he was the son of Charles and Emma Keever Spire. He married Mercedes Wilmes on February 11, 1953 in Maryville.
He was a graduate of Parnell High School and was employed by the Carpenter's Local Union #110, St. Joseph. Mr. Spire was a carpenter and farmer.
He was a US Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict.
He was a member of St Gregory's Catholic Church, Elk's Lodge, Eagle's Lodge, and the James Edward Gray American Legion Post #100, all of Maryville.
Surviving are his wife Mercedes Spire of their home, Maryville, son Mark (Delores) Spire, Bedford, IA, daughters, Joan (Fred) Contreras, Overland Park, KS and Beth (Wes) Parker of Maryville, MO, one sister Helen Farnan, Richmond, MO, five grandchildren: Travis Spire, Justin Valentine, Wesley Parker Jr., Colton Parker, and Beth Meek, 10 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by son James Spire, brother, William "Victor" Spire, sisters, Anna Goetz, Edith Shaw, Esther Gaukel, Faye Holmes, and Beth Komer, and son in law Craig Corrough.
A Family Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM Monday at the Price Funeral Home Chapel, Maryville. A Legion of Mary Rosary will be recited at 4:00 PM Tuesday at the Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at St. Gregory's Catholic Church followed by a Parish Prayer Service at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at St. Gregory Barbarigo Church, Maryville. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Maryville, with military services conducted by James Edward Gray American Legion Post #100.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association
Harriet Carol Jones, 77, Hopkins, Missouri, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Golden Living Community, Maryville, Missouri.
Harriet was born October 8, 1933, in Hopkins to Edward Cecil and Gladys Adelia (Smith) Appleton.
A 1951 graduate of Hopkins High School she then attended the University of Alaska and received her BS and Master of Education degrees at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville.
Harriet married Richard Kessler Jones March 10, 1972 in Hopkins.
A fifth grade teacher at Washington Middle School for 42 years, Harriet was also an active member of her community. She was a member of the Wray Memorial United Methodist Church, a fifty year member of P.E.O., Chapter K, Glen Ulmer American Legion Auxiliary and the Order of Eastern Star, all in Hopkins.
Preceding her in death were her parents, brother Edward Appleton and nephew Patrick Appleton.
Survivors include her husband Richard Jones, Hopkins, niece Stephanie (Michael) Dale, nephew Jamey (Angie) Appleton, great-niece Bethany Appleton, great-nephews Marshall Snyder and Michael Dale, Jr., all of Palm City, Florida and Matthew Dale, Stuart, Florida.
Visitation is Wednesday, July 13, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Wray Memorial United Methodist Church, Hopkins.
Funeral Services will be Thursday, July 14 at 10:00 am, also at the Church in Hopkins, with burial at Hopkins Cemetery
Dorothy Snowden, 95, Burlington Junction, Missouri died, Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Parkdale Manor Care Center, Maryville, Missouri.
Born Thursday, November 11, 1915 in Pickering, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late John Isaac and Hester Ann (Dockery) Emery. She married Marvin Drexel Snowden November 12, 1948.
A homemaker, Dorothy also managed Snowden's Antiques.
Dorothy was a member of Nodaway and Atchison County Democratic Committee, Rolla Dicks American Legion Auxillary, and the Maryville Women's Bowling Association.
She was preceded in death her husband Marvin Drexel Snowden on June 18, 1998, by son Edward Wallace, grandchildren Marjorie Jones and Burdette Royalty Jr., brothers Tom Emery, Charlie Emery, Elmer Emery, Joe Emery and Amil Emery, sisters, Cindy Weaver, Allie Gaskill and Mildred McClain.
Surviving are son Ralph Wallace, Burlington Junction, and daughters, Dora Jean Henry, Clearmont, MO, Velma Royalty, Council Bluffs, IA and Kay Christiansen, College Springs, IA., twenty two grandchildren and several great and great great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, July 12, at Price Funeral Home Chapel, Maryville. A visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 PM prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Nodaway Memorial Gardens, Maryville.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Clearmont Baptist Church and the "Little Red Schoolhouse".
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.pricefuneralhomemaryville.com
Dolores Cholene Motsinger, 82, Maryville,Missouri, formerly of Hopkins, Missouri, died on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Parkdale Manor Care Center, Maryville, Missouri.
Dolores was born October 11, 1928 in Hopkins. After her father, William Emerson Neff's death in 1930, she was lovingly raised by her mother and step father, Marie Logan DeMott and George DeMott.
Dolores was a 1946 graduate of the Hopkins High School, and
on June 18, 1947 she married Chester Riley Motsinger in Troy, Kansas. She was a retired agent and former owner of Motsinger Insurance Agency, Hopkins.
She was a member of the Wray Memorial United Methodist Church, Historical Society, and the Glen Ulmer American Legion Auxillary Post 288, all of Hopkins.
Preceding her in death were her husband "Chet" Motsinger, June 13, 2006 and brother Ronnie DeMott.
Surviving are daughters, Susan (Roger) Florea and Linda ("Skeeter") Cross, sister Norma Stites all of Hopkins, grandchildren Brian Florea, Keith Florea, Denise Rowen, Danielle Miller, Melissia Daly, and Coby Cross; great grandchildren Mitchell, Lauren and Garrett Florea, Alex and Gabriella Rowen, Zach Miller, Paige and Kaedance Daly.
The visitation will be 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday, July 10, 2011, at the Wray Memorial United Methodist Church with services to be held 10 AM, July 11, 2011 also at the church in Hopkins. Burial will be in the Hopkins Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wray Memorial United Methodist Church and the Historical Society, Hopkins, Missouri .
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.pricefuneralhomemaryville.com
Samuel Lee Hunt, 78, Ravenwood, Missouri passed away Monday, July 4, 2011 at Parkdale Manor, Maryville, Missouri.
Sam was born March 31, 1933 in Olathe, Kansas, the son of Samuel Bruce and Mary Margaret (Delmer) Hunt. After graduating from Olathe High School, he served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and he married Claudia Mae Chaffee on March 6, 1966 in Miami, Oklahoma.
He owned and operated ‘Hunt’s Rec Room’ in Maryville.
Sam was preceded in death by his wife, Claudia on February 11, 2003; a granddaughter: Cassara
Geller (August 16, 2006); a brother: Thomas Hunt and four sisters: Leota Springgate, Agnes Hunt, Irene Hunt and Betty Rippond.
Survivors include his children: Kimberly Ann Manthe, Kansas City, Kansas; Lynn (Joe) Geller, Maryville; Mike Hunt, Graham Missouri and Roger (Angela) Hunt, Pickering, Missouri; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother: Bob Hunt, Olathe, Kansas and two sisters: Mary Jones, Olathe, Kansas and Helen Ripptoe, Holdenville, Oklahoma;
Mr. Hunt is being cremated
|012Orville Dale Cerven was born January 17, 1926 near Gravity, Iowa to Marjorie (Akers) Cerven and Oscar F. Cerven. Dale entered eternal rest on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at the Stanton Care Center in Stanton, Iowa at the age of eighty-five years.
Dale attended rural school in Holt Township. After 8th grade he attended and graduated from Gravity High School in 1944. Dale always talked about how he and his brother and sister drove a Model A Ford back and forth to school. In the winter they boarded in town. Following graduation Dale started farming with his Dad. He continued this occupation for 61 years.
In 1954 Dale married Marcia Bycroft and they resided on a farm next to his father. After two years they moved to Adams County to a farm in Lincoln Township. This farm was one Marcia’s grandfather had acquired in the 1930’s. In 2005 Dale retired from farming due to poor health. Dale continued to have an interest in the farm following his retirement. Dale’s tenant Lowell Evans was very devoted in letting Dale share in decisions about the operation. Dale was a good steward of the land and loved his occupation. He served as an Adams County Soil Commissioner for many years. He installed many miles of terraces and practiced no till farming. His livestock included a small dairy herd in early years after which he concentrated on hogs and beef cattle.
Dale was very active in the community. He was a member and served on the board of the Adams County Farm Bureau. Also, he served on the Federal Land Bank Association board, a member of the Southwest Farm Business Association, Adams County Extension council and served as Lincoln Township trustee. In addition, he served as a 4-H leader of the local boys Busy Beavers club when his children were involved in 4-H. In later years he was a 30 year board member of Adams County Mutual Insurance.
Dale was an active member of his church, Redeemer Lutheran, where he served as treasurer for several years.
Dale and Marcia have four children: Edward Dale, Vicki, Judith and Diane. Dale was a devoted father teaching them many life skills. He enjoyed following his children’s church, 4-H and school activities. He was proud of their accomplishments and could always be found on the sidelines watching and encouraging them to do their best whether it was music, sports, 4-H or church. He especially loved his grandchildren and watching their activities.
Dale is survived by his wife Marcia; children: Edward Cerven of Ankeny, Iowa, Vicki (husband Charles) Astell of Troy, Michigan, Judith Cerven of Cedar Hill, Texas, Diane (husband Tom) Jenn of Iowa City, Iowa; brothers: Dean (wife Betty) Cerven of Weldon, Iowa, Duane (wife Evelyn) Cerven of Blanchard, Iowa; sister, Dorothy Hicks of Gravity, Iowa; brother-in-law, Ronald Bycroft of Fort Collins, Colorado; six grandchildren: Ryan and Cassie Jenn, Juleen and Jennifer Cerven, Danielle Joyce and Rochelle Cerven; many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Oscar and Marjorie Cerven; brother-in-law, Talton Hicks and his “special in-laws” Henry and Gladys Bycroft.
Dale will be greatly missed by all who knew him
|013Funeral services for Rudy Konegen, age 70 of Bedford, who died Sunday, July 17, 2011 were held Monday, July 25, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Bedford. Visitation were held Sunday at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford from 1 to 5 with the family greeting friends from 3 to 5. Interment with Military Honors were accorded by the Offut Air Force Base Honor Guard at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.
Rudolf R. Konegen of Bedford Iowa passed away on his farm on Sunday, July 17th.
Born June 22, 1941, in Summit, New Jersey, Rudy spent his childhood in Cranford and Freehold, New Jersey. He then completed both his B.S. and his M.S. in Engineering at Purdue University while in ROTC, and met and married his wife Karen (formerly Kraft) during his years there. He went directly from university into the Air Force, serving in Rome, N.Y., Hanscomb, MA, and Minot, ND, before his retirement as a major in 1987.
From the Air Force he went into the semiconductor industry, serving as Vice President of Reliability and Quality Assurance and then as Chief Operations Officer at Performance Semiconductor Corporation. He and wife Karen then retired to Reno, NV, in 2002, and within a few years moved to Bedford, IA, where he was able to pursue his lifelong interest in farming.
Rudy and Karen have been married for almost 48 years. He and Karen have seven children: Kurt, Keith, Rebecca, Steven, Elizabeth, Micheal, and Emily (now Wilkins). Their family also includes 3 daughters-in-law (Simona, Leonora, and Jennifer) and 2 sons-in-law (Wayne and Jason), as well as 13 grandchildren. Rudy is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Kenneth and Berta Konegen, of Milford, New Jersey.
Rudy was a family man, an outdoorsman, a risk-taker, and a patriot. Like many professionals, he worked long hours, but as a family man he also made a point of both playing and working alongside his wife and children, taking them fishing and playing Scrabble and Monopoly as well as teaching them the value of their contributions even as kids by expecting help in the family garden or filling out the woodpile for winter heating. At one point in his Air Force career he turned down a transfer to the Pentagon because he knew it would mean less time at home.
As an outdoorsman, he had a life-long love of hunting and fishing. Farming, first in Christmas trees in Ava, New York, and then in corn, soybeans, and beef cattle in Bedford, was to him a seamless and natural extension of these outdoor interests, all of which involve initiative, hard work, self-sufficiency, and an eye for opportunity, values he hoped to pass on to his family. One of his last big projects on the farm was starting a large garden, including large beds of blueberries and asparagus, and his hope was that his family would harvest from these beds for many years to come.
Rudy was willing to take risks. He loved playing the stock market, and was willing to invest in penny stocks as well as more traditionally "sound" investments. During stock market downturns he remained calm. When asked, he said that it was all part of the game, and that he had known that going in. If a person couldn't handle that, he shouldn't play. But Rudy could handle it, and he did play. He also, upon retirement from the Air Force, took the risk of choosing a job offer from a start-up company, in spite of good offers from well-established giants in his industry. He taught his children to know both the risks and the cost of a decision, and then to accept it and take the plunge whole-heartedly.
Rudy was also a patriot. He was proud to serve in the Air Force. More than once he impressed his children with his ability to recall moments in American history, and with his conviction of their continued relevance. Even after retirement his interest and pride were evident, not only in his reading--favorite genres were Westerns and American history--but in his love of RVing, which for him brought together both his love of the great outdoors and his pride in his country's history. He and Karen made a point of sharing many of these travel and learning opportunities with children and grandchildren when they could.
Finally, Rudy was a man of faith. He was quiet about it, but when questioned he was ready to answer. His last church was Bedford United Methodist, and the community there became very important to him in his years in Iowa.
Donations can be made to Bedford United Methodist Church or to the American Diabetes Association.
Rudy was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
His enthusiasm, humor, insight and strong patriotic honor will be missed by his family and many friends
|014Graveside services for Ethel May Geer, age 98, of Sunnyvale, California, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa who entered into peace Sunday, July 17, 2011 at Sunnyvale, California, were held Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa, with Reverend Harland Crane, Jr. officiating. Visitation with the family were held 5-7 p.m., Friday, July 22 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial was in the Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Women, Clarinda, Iowa. .Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.
In 1909 The Enlarged Homestead Act provided the spark for Raymond and Lena Yearous to take their two small children (Leslie 3yrs) and Margaret (6 wks) to Miller, South Dakota in pursuit of the American Dream. Due to devastating droughts and prairie fires, they were forced to return to southwestern Iowa to survive. Instead of a family of four, they were now a family of six. Gilbert had been born in Sept., 1910 and Ethel had been born August 16, 1912, only six weeks prior to the move. They moved almost annually the six years they lived in Page County. In 1918, they moved to a farm one and one-half miles northeast of New Market in Taylor County and lived there until 1939. During the years north of New Market, they attended a one-room country school where each attended one through eight. As Ethel was the youngest, they were able to send her to New Market High School from which she graduated in 1929. After graduation, she began teaching in a one-room rural school. She taught there until December 24, 1935 when she married Gurdon B. Geer (Shorty) in New Virgina, Iowa. She was married by Rev Clarence Moore, the husband of her cousin. The cousin and daughter of the Moore’s were the witnesses. After marriage, it was no longer permissible to teach so she became a devoted wife and mother. Her first child was born in 1938 and the second was born in 1941---both were girls. After the war started, Shorty sought work in the factories along the Mississippi River. He settled in East Moline, Illinois and Ethel bundled her girls and went by train to join him. It was always lonely for her there but by her mother's prompting she became active in the Methodist Church. She missed her close family and friends. Fortunately, several of Shorty’s family had also moved to the area so the family base just grew larger. When the war ended, they returned to southwest Iowa. They purchased and operated the Norwich store. In 1948, they sold the store and bought a farm two miles west of Bedford. While there, in addition to working. as an equal partner on the dairy farm.; she raised a huge garden, canned a year supply of fruits and vegetables, raised chickens and butchered and sold them to the local grocer, sewed clothes for her daughters and made sure her daughters knew how to swim (she had never learned and had a strong sense of fear when near the water). Her pastimes included needlework, playing hymns on the piano, playing board games, playing cards and dominos. She always enjoyed entertaining and at least once a week had guests for dinner.
Bedford suffered the droughts that had plagued South Dakota so it was decided to move back to East Moline. She was torn as her oldest daughter had recently married and had a new baby. She so desperately did not want to leave them or her family but she did make the move in 1955. She learned to camp, fish and ride in a boat. In 1959, she and Shorty were blessed with a son. Happy Days were here again only to be stifled when they discovered he had severe asthmatic attacks. After a particular harrowing attack, they relocated to Mesa, Arizona where they lived for ten years. When Shorty’s health began declining, they moved back to Clarinda, Iowa. Shorty lived in a nursing home prior to his death and she visited and cared for him every day that he was there. She resided in Clarinda until 1998 when she moved to California. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Gurdon (11/15/1979); brothers and sister, her daughter (Joyce Ellen Crane of Paris, Arkansas).
She is survived by two children: Marilyn of San, Jose, Ca. and Randall (Terrie) of Lincoln, Ne.; six grandchildren: Harland Crane Jr. (Dana), Thomas Crane (Tracy) of Paris, Arkansas, Raymond Crane (Nancy) of Platte City, Mo., Carol Leeper (Dale) of Trenton Mo., Jennifer Key of Scott, Arkansas, Lacey Lang of Lincoln, Ne; ten great grandchildren: Sara Fox (Paul), Hooter and Steven Crane, Troy Crane, Tommy Crane--all of Paris, Arkansas, Samantha Key and Jordon Key of Scott, Arkansas, Courtney and Elizabeth of Trenton, Mo.;Adam J Couglin of Lincoln, Ne., one great, great grandson, Wyatt Fox of Paris, Arkansas; many loving nieces and nephews
|015Byron Eugene Honan, 87, Elmo, Missouri died Monday, July 18, 2011 at his home in Elmo.
He was born June 8, 1924, the son of Chester and Beulah (Huff) Honan. graduate of Elmo High School, Byron was in the US Navy during World War II, having served on a submarine, the USS Medregal.
He married the love of his life, Inez Daise on July 7, 1947 in Savannah, Missouri. A second love and close rival was the "Century Farm" that had been in his family since 1881. Two days prior to his death he helped his Grandson, Nathan, put up straw there.
Mr. Honan was a member of the United Methodist Church, Blanchard, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his wife: Inez Honan, (February 24, 2008); his parents; two brothers: Homer and Lee Honan and a sister: Alene Ebert.
Survivors include his children: Phillip (Debbie) Honan, Elmo; Janet (Mike) Allen, St Joseph, Missouri and Marion (John) Kenagy, Clarinda, Iowa; six grandchildren; four great-grand- children; a brother: Robert (Martie)Honan, Richvale, California and two sisters: May Polsley, Blanchard, Iowa and Marjorie Campbell, Sun City, Arizona.
Mr. Honan's body has been cremated, according to his wishes.
A 10 am Memorial Service were held Thursday, July 21, 2011, at the United Methodist Church in Blanchard, Iowa. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, Post Office Box 1653, Topeka, Kansas 66601 or American Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 515, Northampton Massachusetts 01061-0515. Price Funeral Home, (www.pricefuneralhome.com) Maryville, Missouri
|016Funeral services for Delbert Walter, age 85 of Bedford, who died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at the Southern Hills Specialty Care in Osceola, Iowa were held Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Military rites accorded by the John F. Hardin American Legion Post No. 164 were held following the services. Visitation were held Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time. Interment were held in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Westboro, Missouri. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Central Iowa; Bedford American Legion or the Taylor County Museum. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.
Delbert Henry Walter was born on April 27, 1926 near Farragut in Fisher Township, Fremont County, Iowa the son of Ernest Walter and Alma (Sunderman) Walter. In 1938, Delbert was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church near Westboro, Missouri. He graduated from Westboro High School with the Class of 1943. Delbert faithfully served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. After his naval service, he started farming near Blanchard, Iowa. Delbert was united in marriage to Lois Elizabeth Nelson on April 25, 1948, at St. John’s Lutheran church near Westboro. Two daughters were born to them, Delonna Mae and Della Ann.
In 1950, the family moved to a farm by Farragut and farmed there until 1961, when they moved to Bedford, Iowa. They purchased a farm near Lake of Three Fires and Delbert farmed and worked as a technician for Iowa Breeders Co-op for five and a half years. Delbert continued to farm until 1992, when they retired and moved into Bedford.
After moving to Taylor County, Delbert and Lois became members of the Presbyterian Church and Delbert served several years on the church council. Delbert also served many years as a Clayton Township Trustee and as a Clayton Township Committee representative for the ASCS. Delbert has served on the Taylor County Museum Board; the Bedford Senior Citizen Board and on the Advisory Council of Area XIV on Aging in Creston. He has volunteered his time and talents for many projects.
Left to cherish Delbert’s memory are his two daughters, Delonna Hamilton and husband Ed of Lenox; Della Amdor and husband Ben of Osceola; four grandchildren, Amy McClintock and husband Mike of Indianola; Mark Hamilton of Shenandoah; Luke Amdor and wife Kate of West Des Moines, Iowa; and Nick Amdor and wife Crystal of St. Paul, Minnesota; two great-grandchildren, Noah and Hannah McClintock of Indianola; a brother, Don Walter and wife Mary of Creston; along with several in-laws, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Delbert is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Alma Walter; his loving wife Lois Walter in May of 2008; and his sister, Edna (Lonzo) Luttrell.
Delbert was a kind, loving and patient man. His family and friends will cherish their memory of him
|017Funeral services for Carol Williamson, age 71, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Sunday, July 24, 2011 at her home in Clarinda, Iowa, were held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 28, 2011 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation with the family were held 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 27 at the funeral home. Burial wwas in the Rose Hill Cemetery, rural Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be given in Carol’s name. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.
Carol Jean (Williams) Williamson was born March 5, 1940 at Hepburn, Iowa, to Chester Williams and Letha (Carmichael) Williams. She grew up in the Hepburn area, attending rural schools and graduated from Clarinda High School in 1958. She met Herman Williamson who was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base. The couple was united in marriage January 28, 1961 in Clarinda, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Dianna, Angie, Trina and Dwayne. After their marriage, the couple lived at Offutt Air Force Base for a number of years, moving to Ohio for several years coming back to Clarinda in the early 1970’s.
Carol worked as a typesetter at the Clarinda Company for 19 years. She later obtained and was very proud of her CNA license. She worked as a CNA at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda Mental Health and finishing her nursing career in home health care with Iowa Focus.
Carol enjoyed reading, watching TV and frequenting the casino from time to time. Her family was her passion and she enjoyed spending time with them playing games and going out to eat. Carol also enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens.
Preceding Carol in death were her parents; husband, Herman (3/1996); two daughters, Dianna Williamson and Angie (Williamson) Sohl; two brothers, Howard (Pete) and Jay Dee Williams.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Trina Dockweiler and husband Bill; son, Dwayne Williamson and wife Linda all of Clarinda; sisters, Joyce Martin and Kaye Claybaker of Clarinda; brother, Gale Williams and wife Edith of New Market, Iowa; five grandchildren, Christy and Sara Williamson, Phillip Smith and fiancé Kellie Ganley, Randy Smith and fiancé Chelsey Barlow and Heather Bell and husband Josh; three great grandchildren, Brandon Smith and Angel and Alice Bell; nieces; nephews and many friends.
Carol will be greatly missed by her family and friends But her loving memory will live on in their hearts. May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn her passing
|018Funeral services for Gordon Hill, age 85 of Denver, Colorado, formerly of Bedford who passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2011 in Denver were held Saturday, July 30, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford, Iowa. Visitation with the family greeting friends will be Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m. Interment were held in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials may be directed to Lutheran Family Servcies in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Memories may be shared at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to the Ritchie Fuenral Home of Bedford.
Gordon Clinton Hill was born June 24, 1926 in Gravity, Iowa, to C.C. Hill and Geraldine (Miller) Hill. He attended Gravity Public Schools. Upon graduation in 1944 he was inducted into the United States Navy in the South Pacific until 1946. After discharge from the Navy he returned to Gravity and worked with his father in the auto repair business. On June 17, 1949 he was united in marriage to Irma (Wheeler) Stephenson.
Gordon and Irma moved to Bedford in 1952 and in 1954 they purchased the Elmer T. Brice insurance agency. In 1963 they purchased two abstract companies in Taylor County and combined them into Taylor County Abstract Company, which they owned and operated for decades. Gordon did abstract work, he brokered auto, home, health and life insurance and he was a Realtor and an appraiser. He and Irma also purchased Page County Abstract & Title Company. Gordon was the president of the Iowa Land Title Association twice.
Gordon lived briefly in the Tampa, Florida area from 2000-2003 before relocating to Denver Colorado. He enjoyed all his friends at Harvard Square Retirement Center, reading the Bedford Times-Press and spending time with family, especially going out to eat Chinese. Gordon passed peacefully on July 26, 2011 in the presence of his dear friend Barbara Quinlan.
Preceding Gordon in death were his parents C.C. and Geraldine.
Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Bob Hill and wife Laura of Denver, Colorado and Todd Hill of Naples, Florida; his daughter Lynn Bishop and husband Mark of Denver, Colorado; four grandchildren, Kristi Meyer and husband Chris of Lafayette, Colorado; Lisa Merlino and husband Jim of Broomfield, Colorado; Catherine Millard and husband Craig of Denver, and Chase Hill of Naples, Florida; six great grandchildren, Justin, Jake, and Ryan Meyer; Maggie and Allison Merlino; Sam Millard; and many friends.
Gordon will be greatly missed by his family and friends who will be comforted by loving memories of him
|019Memorial services for George Simmons, age 55, of Corning, Iowa, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa who entered into peace Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at his home in Corning were held July 29, 2011, 2:00 p.m., at Greater Hope Community Church, Clarinda, Iowa, with Nathan Little, Ed Simmons and Mike Wheeler officiating. Visitation with the family were held at the Greater Hope Community Church July 29, 2011, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. service time. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa with a private burial at a later date. Memorials may be given in his name. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.
George Elvon Simmons was born at Clarinda, Iowa on December 24, 1955, to Roland Simmons and Hillis (Hayworth) Simmons. George entered into rest July 27, 2011 at his home in Corning, Iowa. George grew up in Clarinda and graduated from Clarinda High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army. After returning home from the service he worked various jobs, his favorite was working on the asphalt road crew. George married Tammy Schebaum on July 12, 1986. To this union two daughters were born, Amanda Ruth Simmons and Amber Rose Simmons. George love fishing, Adams County Speedway stock car races, cooking (especially fried chicken), spending time with his family and friends.
Preceding George in death were his parents; three sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include his wife, Tammy Simmons and daughters, Amanda and Amber all of Corning, Iowa; siblings, Jean Lawrence of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Larry Simmons and wife Debbie of Newburg, Missouri, Colleen Hines and husband Joe of Blanchard, Iowa, Ann Ridnour and husband Larry of Gravity, Iowa, Ed Simmons and wife Rose of Clarinda, Iowa; many nieces, nephews; multiple friends; and several self adopted children.
George is going to be missed by all who knew him, but his memory will live on in their hearts. May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn his passing
|020Mary Ann Dunkin passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on July 28, 2011, after battling Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.
Mary Ann Hendrickson Dunkin, first child of Marion C. Hendrickson and Graee E. Groff, was born Sunday, 14 July 1929, at the Hendrickson family farm north of Nodaway, Adams County, Iowa. She was baptized on Mothers' Day, 8 May 1932, with her sister, Deloris Jean, at the Nodaway Methodist Episcopal Church.
While her future husband, USAF PFC Ben Dunkin, was attending radar school in Florida, Mary Ann was enjoying her senior year at Nodaway High School. She was busy with classes, playing forward on the girls basketball team, was a cheerleader, editor of the school paper, and participated in music and drama. Mary Ann graduated from Nodaway High School on 11 May 1947.
After graduation she attended Iowa State Teachers Extension College, earning a Limited Elementary Teaching Certificate. She taught country school in Montgomery and Page Counties, Iowa for two years before she married. She attended Nodaway Consolidated School Nodaway all 12 years and had never attended a country school. It was different in her new job with all eight grades in one room! Teachers were needed after WWII. She was not too thrilled to be teaching though, because in her heart of hearts she wanted to go to the University of Iowa and study journalism.
Mary Ann, married on Sunday, 26 June 1949, Nodaway Methodist Church, in a double wedding ceremony with her sister, Deloris, to Benjamin Lee Dunkin, son of Fred B. Dunkin and Anna E. Linn. Mary Ann and Ben and Deloris and Marvin Peterson celebrated their double Golden Wedding Anniversary on 26 June 1999.
Ben served 26 years in the US Air Force on active duty. He retired as Chief Master Sergeant on 30 August 1972, to Fort Collins, having been stationed in Texas, Florida, Alaska, South Dakota, Kentucky, Mississippi, Newfoundland, California, Japan, Vietnam and Michigan.
Their first home was in Rapid City, South Dakota, where Ben was stationed. Their second home was at Marks AFB, Nome, Alaska, where they celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary.
Their first child, Ronda Lee, was born at Ladd AFB, Alaska. Their second child, Denese Ann, was born at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Their third daughter, Lisa Renee' was born in Sacramento, California.
Mary Ann found time to serve as a room mother in her daughters' various classrooms from Newfoundland to California and Japan, and was active in PTA, a Girl Scout Mother and leader, and taught Bible School at the Methodist Church in Nome, Alaska, which included children from the Eskimo Methodist Church, and in various Base Chapel programs. She loved spending her spare time sewing dresses, etc. for her three daughters. While stationed in Japan, she and Ben were active members with their Square Dance Club and again in Roseville, California, where they were members with the Lad and Lassie Square Dance Club. She became interested in genealogy in 1979 which turned into a very interesting hobby; she wrote several family history books.
Retiring to Fort Collins, Colorado, Ben was employed with the Poudre R-1 School District for 13 years, and Mary Ann was employed in the business office at LCVTC for 10 years. When fully retired, they enjoyed extensively traveling and visiting with friends and family. They also loved going to their grandchildren's many events.
Mary Ann and Ben were members of Christ United Methodist Church and the Adult Sunday School class since arriving in Fort Collins in August 1972. Mary Ann served a term as trustee, and was on the admin board and worship committee.
Mary Ann is survived by her husband of 62 years, Benjamin Lee Dunkin; three daughters, Ronda Rastler (Dan) of San Jose, CA, Denese Van Dyne (Brian Beasley) of Atlanta, GA, Lisa Martin (Scott) of Ft. Collins, CO; two sisters, Deloris Peterson of Villisca, IA, and Janis Davis (Lowell) of Ft. Collins, CO; four grandchildren, Eric Rastler (Jennifer De Rose) of San Jose, CA, Christina Seals (David) of Roseville, CA, Melinda Martin of Ft. Collins, CO, Lucas Martin of Ft. Collins, CO; one great-grandchild, Dylan Seals of Roseville, CA; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives; and numerous wonderful friends.
We, her family, are grateful to and thankful for the loving care Mary Ann received from the staff at Pathways Hospice at McKee Medical Center; the staff in the Oncology Unit and Infusion Center at Poudre Valley Hospital; and Dr. Miho T. Scott and other staff at the Cancer Center of the Rockies.
A funeral service were held Tuesday, 10 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 301 E. Drake Rd. Interment follow at Grandview Cemetery. A visitation were held 5-7 p.m., Monday at Bohlender Funeral Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church or Pathways Hospice in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Ft. Collins, CO 80524
|021Eulah Leigh Steffen, age 90, passed on the morning of July 29, 2011, at the Clarinda Regional Health Center Hospital in Clarinda, Iowa.
Her funeral service is planned for Monday at 1:30, August 1, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic. There were Open Visitation on Saturday morning from 8:00 to noon and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 when the Family will Meet with Relatives and Friends until 6:00 P.M.
The committal service will take place at Weirich Cemetery near Lyman, IA.
Eulah's survivors include her three children: Wesley (Mary Anna) Steffen of Wheaton, IL, Zelda Birge of Corpus Christi, TX and Eldonna Tiler and husband, Leonard, of Katy, TX; daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Steffen of Clarinda, IA; sister, Reba (Gerald) Maxwell of Villisca, IA; brother Darrell Schrader (Delores) of Nodaway, IA; and sisters-in-law, Maxine Schrader of Shenandoah, IA and Marge Schrader of Sidney, IA
She is preceded in death by her husband, Max Steffen; a son Valgene Steffen and her parents Henry and Lorena Schrader.
Roland Funeral Service is caring for Eulah's services and the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com
|022Lola Mae Hendrickson was born May 26, 1947 at Greenfield, Iowa to Lyle Richard Smith and Luella Pauline (Logue) Smith. Lola passed away Saturday, August 6, 2011 at her residence in Clarinda, Iowa.
Lola graduated Atlantic High School. After high school she worked at Van’s Chat & Chew. She was introduced to her future husband on a blind date. Lola and Ron were married Feb 14, 1969 at First Covenant Church in Essex, Iowa. Ron worked in Essex for a while then moving to Clarinda for his work. Lola and Ron began a family and she devoted her time to raising her three children: Lee Alan, David Lee, and Lisa Mae. She became a grandmother and she adored her two grandchildren: Lane and Gabe. When Lola had free time she would go to Bingo a couple of times a week or was reading as she was an avid reader.
Lola and Ron were near their 42nd wedding anniversary when he passed away in February 2011. She was also preceded in death by her father, Lyle; infant brother, Glen Franklin Smith; mother and father in law Raymond and Dorothy Hendrickson and niece Kim Erickson Leftwich.
Surviving are her children Lee Alan Hendrickson and David Lee Hendrickson, both of Clarinda, and Lisa Allumbaugh and husband Greg of Clarinda; grandsons Lane and Gabe Allumbaugh; her mother, Luella Smith of Atlantic, Iowa; and siblings Carl Smith and wife Rosie of Shenandoah, Iowa, Neil Smith and wife Trish of Blaine, Minnesota, Wade Smith and wife Teri of Atlantic, Iowa, and Ida Oles and husband Jeff of Hamlin, Iowa; in laws Charles and Sharon Hendrickson, Karen and Byron Erickson, Mary and Danny Whitehill, Jimmy and Sharon Hendrickson, Connie and Tim Sollars, Arlene and Lanny Woods, and DeLayne Hendrickson; many nieces, nephews and friends..
Funeral services for Lola Hendrickson will be 10:30 Wednesday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with Ed Simmons and Mike Wheeler officiating. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Clarinda.
Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to a fund established in Lola's name
|023Graveside service for John H. Kelso, Sr., 72 of Nodaway, were held on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at the Nodaway Cemetery in Nodaway, Iowa.
John Harley Kelso, Sr. of Nodaway, Iowa, passed away at his home on August 10, 2011, at the age of 72.
John was born April 28, 1939, in Yakima, Washington, to Clarence and Grace (Hiatt) Kelso. He grew up in the Glenwood, Tabor, and Pacific Junction area. During his teen years he worked and lived with Chris and Marge Detlef. On October 17, 1959, he married Karen Severn in Glenwood. To this union four children were born and one adopted.
John and Karen worked and lived in Glenwood until moving to Macon, Nebraska, in 1969. While living there John owned and operated Kelso Well Repair and Blacksmith Shop. In 1995 John retired and they returned to the Nodaway, Iowa area. He enjoyed his retirement on his farm in Nodaway raising a few farm animals until he became ill.
John was preceded in death by his mother Grace and his grandparents LeRoy and Irene Hiatt.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years Karen; five children: Debra Henkel (Bill) of Hastings, Nebraska, John Jr. (Tricia) of Fremont, Nebraska, Kelli South (Chip) of Sherman, Texas, Kristi Wiggington of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Tyler Kelso of Nodaway; eleven grandchildren; two step grandchildren; four brothers; four sisters; several aunts; cousins; nieces; nephews and friends.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Southwest Iowa, 703 Rosary Drive, Corning, Iowa 50841.
Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca in charge of the arrangements
024Funeral services for John Edgar Lamb, 43 of Clarinda, Iowa will be 10:30 Wednesday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Clarinda. Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to a fund in his name
John Edgar Lamb was born August 27, 1967 in Omaha, Nebraska to Gerald (Jerry) and Fama (Wehrkamp) Lamb. He entered into rest on August 14, 2011 in Clarinda, Iowa.
|025Barbara Ann Cooper, daughter of Wilson P. and Arlene M. (Weller) Gery, was born on March 22, 1939 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. She entered into eternal rest on Sunday, August 7, 2011 following an extended illness with her family at her side at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa. She was 72.
On October 22, 1955, Barbara was united in marriage to Kenneth W. Cooper in Las Vegas, Nevada. Following their marriage they resided in La Puente, California. To this union two sons were born, Steven and Jerry.
Barbara worked as an office controller for Livingston-Graham Construction for 26 years. She last worked for RMI Concrete before retiring in 1999.
Preceding Barbara in death were her parents; and her son, Steven Cooper. Survivors include her loving husband, Kenneth Cooper of Essex, Iowa; son, Jerry Cooper of Las Vegas, Nevada; and grandson, David Cooper of Cheyenne, Wyoming; other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be directed to her family
|026 Dawn Ella Rima, daughter of Clinton Dihel and Esther Dorothy (Dunn) Rima, was born on December 7, 1932 in Shenandoah, Iowa. She entered into eternal rest on Monday, August 8, 2011 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 78 following a brief illness.
Growing up in Shenandoah, Dawn attended the Shenandoah Community Schools, graduating from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1950. Following high school she went worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. She later worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone in Arizona and lastly for U S West Telephone Company before retiring in 1996 after 39 years of service.
In her spare time Dawn enjoyed word and number puzzles and a good book. She was a long standing member of the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Dawn was also a member of the Paralyzed Veterans Association.
Preceding Dawn in death were her parents; sister, Joan Inman; and numerous aunts and uncles. Survivors include her two children, Kelley Rima of Shenandoah and Shelley Basch of Council Bluffs; sister, Maryann Waggener of Shenandoah; three grandchildren, Jesse Basch, Stacy (Basch) Constant and Jennifer Basch; three great grandchildren, Zoe, Ayaden and Jazzmine and one more on the way; four nephews; one niece; other relatives and friends.
Memorials are being directed to the family
|027Clyda C. Willeman, 89, of Shenandoah, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, August 2, 2011 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah.
She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Willeman.
Survivors include her two sons, Conrad Willema of Wenham, MA and Ron Willeman and wife Marilyn of Shenandoah; daughter, Marda Walters and husband Sam of Flowery Branch, GA; other relatives and many friends.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or to the Huffman Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Joseph
|028 Sally Jo (Buckley) Johnson was born on June 18, 1936 in Davenport, IA, the daughter of Doyle Earl and Fama Ernestine (Wheeler) Buckley. Sally entered into the arms of her Lord on Thursday, July 21, 2011 surrounded by her loving family in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Sally’s early years were spent in Shenandoah. She attended Shenandoah Community Schools and graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1954. On September 2, 1956 she was united in marriage to Clair Johnson at the First Christian Church in Shenandoah. The couple was blessed with 54 years of marriage. Clair and Sally’s journey together began at the age of 4 when they were neighbors. Their relationship then turned to high school sweethearts and later into husband and wife. A true lesson in love to inspire us all.
During her working years Sally was employed as a florist for Shenandoah Floral for 25 years. She later worked for Central Surveys prior to her retirement.
Sally was a lifetime member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah, where she served as Deaconess, was a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship and served on the church board. For 15 years Sally served as co-chairperson of the local Red Cross Blood Mobile. She was an outstanding citizen who always put the needs of others ahead of her own. In 2010 she was recognized by the First Christian Church as “Mother of The Year”. Some of her passions included cooking, sewing, crafting, baking, reading cookbooks, spending time with her family, and tending to her plants. She was simply a lovely lady.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Jon Johnson; her parents Doyle and Fama Buckley and mother and father-in-law Carroll and Irene Johnson.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband Clair of Shenandoah; daughter Jan Scott and husband Vernon of Independence, IA and Jill Torres and husband Eddie of Austin, TX; son Jodie Johnson and wife Michelle of Hastings, NE; grandchildren Jessica Franzen of Evanston, IL, Kelsey Snyder and husband Cory of Gilbert, AZ, Remington Scott and wife Mikki of Urbana, IA, Mitchell Torres of Austin, TX and Maggie, Lacey and Allison Johnson all of Hastings, NE; other relatives and a host of friends