Page County, Iowa obituaries
Pat O'Dell -

Abdin, Mary Marie Ritz Nardini - Mary Marie Abdin was born on November 16, 1935 in a country house in Davis County, Iowa, and passed away Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Olathe, Kan.

Mary Marie was the first of three daughters born to William DeMar Ritz and Anna Pauline Ritz. She graduated from Bloomfield, Iowa in 1954 and went on to become a registered nurse. She was wed to her high school sweetheart, James Nardini, in 1957. She had two children, James born in 1958 and Debra in 1961.

Mary took time away from nursing until her children were in high school. While being a great homemaker, she pursued her love of the arts making pottery and painting. She returned to work in the mid 70's when she and her husband separated. She utilized her nursing skills until she officially retired in December of 2010. Mary was an active artist at the First Art Gallery of Olathe, Kansas.

Mary is survived by her son James Nardini III, his wife Cindy, and their children Arthur James and Cole Joseph, her daughter Debra Wendorf and her husband Richard, her sister Jeannie Leyda and husband Max.

Preceding her in death are her parents, William DeMar and Anna Pauline Ritz, and her sister, Dorothy Koffman and husband John


Allbee, Shirley Ann Jones - Shirley A. Allbee, age 78, of Red Oak, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at her home after an extended illness. Shirley Ann Allbee was born January 17, 1933 in Shenandoah, Iowa the daughter of Hubert and Hazel (Rhoads) Jones. She graduated from Shenandoah High School and later married Cecil Travis. Two children were born to this union: Edward and Allen. Shirley was later united in marriage to Richard Allbee on October 8, 1967 in Shenandoah, Iowa. She worked at Woolworth’s while in Shenandoah. Shirley and Richard moved to Red Oak in 1975 where she worked for Spurgeons, Turner Trucking, Batten Sanitation, and most recently CDS. Shirley was a member of the First Christian Church and volunteered much of her time to making mittens for the school kids and other organizations. She loved knitting and crocheting and spending time with her family. She was known to be very loving and was a very generous person.

Preceding her in death were her parents and a sister: Janet Jones. Survivors include her husband: Richard Allbee of Red Oak, Iowa; sons: Ed Travis and wife Jonya of Shenandoah, Iowa and Allen Travis of Shenandoah, Iowa; granddaughters: Melody Ann Wells and husband Shon of Clarinda, Iowa and Tiffany Travis of Shenandoah, Iowa; great grandchildren: Alexus Willis, Miani Wells, and Cash Edward Harrold; brother: Martin Hale of Seattle, Washington; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM Friday, September 30, 2011 at the First Christian Church with Rev. JoAnn Thomas officiating. Burial will take place at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 1:30 PM. Visitation with the family will be held from 7-8 PM Thursday, September 29, 2011 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements


Anderson, Arnold Eugene - Arnold Eugene Anderson, the son of Simon and Alma (Carlson) Anderson was born December 29, 1925 in Essex, Iowa. He died on Friday, April 8, 2011 at the Stanton Care Center, Stanton, Iowa at the age of 85 years, 3 months and 10 days.
Arnold lived his early years near Essex and attended country school. The family later moved to Stanton where he completed his education. Arnold was united in marriage to Helen Kathryn Hoaglund on April 23, 1947 in Troy, Kansas. Arnold and Kathryn made their home in the Wallin, Sciola and Morton Mills area, where he farmed for many years. In 2004, Arnold retired from farming and he and Kathryn moved into Red Oak. Arnold was a member of Strand Lutheran Church, past board member of Tabor Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Brotherhood and Farm Bureau. He enjoyed farming, fishing and playing cards. Arnold and Kathryn loved to take car trips to visit family. Arnold loved his grandchildren dearly, spending as much time as possible with them and attending their many activities and events. In May of 2010, Arnold became a resident of Stanton Care Center.
Arnold was preceded in death by his parents; son: Dennis Anderson; daughter: Sharon Lewis and sister: Irene Johnson.
Arnold is survived by his wife: Kathryn Anderson of Stanton, IA; daughter: Patricia Powell and husband Terry of Valley, NE; son: Kevin Anderson and wife Trish of Stanton, IA; grandchildren: Mike Powell and wife Melissa, David Means and wife Ronda, Brian Means and special friend Polly Sproles, Katrina Sebeniecher and husband Jeff, Ashley Williams and husband Chris, Alyssa Anderson and fiancé Logan Mogler, Alexa Anderson; five great-grandchildren: Kyndra Means, Heather Means, Emily Sebeniecher, Kaleb Sebeniecher, Mollie Powell, other relatives and many friends.
May God bless his memory and give strength to those who mourn.
Funeral service were held Monday, April 11, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home, Red Oak. Burial in Essex Cemetery, Essex, IA. Rev. Jerry Lamb, Officiating. Visitation with the family present were held Sunday, April 10 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home
Memorials may be given to Strand Lutheran Church in Arnold's name.
Services entrusted to Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home

Anderson, Kay - Kathleen M. Anderson loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother was born on June 9, 1929 in Massena, Iowa, and completed her earthly journey at home on March 5, 2011.

Growing up in rural Massena, Kay graduated from high school in 1947, having been a cheerleader in a graduating class of 12. She met her husband Ted while working in Creston at the Ford dealership, and the couple was united in marriage on November 10, 1951. To this union, two sons were born, Mike and Ken.

Always a pillar of strength for her family, she settled with Ted and their two sons in Garden Grove, California where she worked for the public school system while actively participating in a variety of school, church, and community organizations. Kay was active in the Catholic Church, served as a Cub Scout Den Mother, was a member of the PTA, and was always the number one supporter at Mike and Ken’s athletic events.

Kay’s family was the most important priority in her life, and after moving with her family back to Iowa, she began a long working relationship at the Shenandoah Medical Clinic where she is still known by the community as the center of all communications for the doctors, nurses, and patients of Shenandoah. She was an avid Mustang booster, a supporter of the AFS program, all while helping to instill family values in her sons.

Preceding Kay in death was her devoted husband Ted who passed in 2003. She leaves behind a large and loving family that includes her two sons and their families who continue to feel her presence and guidance; Mike Anderson and wife Sherry of Omaha, NE and Ken Anderson and friend Dyan Kelly of Chicago, IL; 8 grandchildren Jeff (Tarah), Jake (Steph), Josh (fiancée Taryn Heishman), Jennifer, Cassie and Zach Anderson and Michael and Tim Stanek; 4 great-grandchildren Madelyn, Colton, Luke and Abigail; 2 sisters Pat Braun and Janie Opich from northern California; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of good friends


Anderson, Ruth Marie Grafft - Ruth Marie (Grafft) Anderson, daughter of Earl Crouch and Nellie May (Bearce) Grafft was born on July 18, 1917 in Lipscomb County, Texas. She passed away on Monday, May 2, 2011 in Elm Heights Care Center, in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 93 years.
Ruth started first grade in Shady Brook Country School located in Amity township of Page County and graduated from Amity High School in College Springs in 1935. She attended Monmouth College in Illinois from 1935-1936.
On January 18, 1939, Ruth married Lowell Kermit Anderson in the College Springs Presbyterian Church parsonage. Following their marriage, they lived and farmed in Colfax Township of Page County. To this union they were blessed with seven children: Judith, Joyce, Linda, David, Paul, Ellen and Lucinda. They celebrated 68 years of marriage.
Ruth was an active member of the College Springs Presbyterian Church and her community. She was the church organist and pianist, taught Sunday School and Bible School, was a member of the choir and held the office of Trustee. She sang or played the organ for many weddings and funerals and also sang with the Farm Bureau Chorus. She was a member of the Home Circle Neighborhood Club, and was a cook at South Page High School. Ruth and Lowell enjoyed taking soup to shut-ins and visiting rest home residents. Ruth enjoyed raising a large garden, chickens, flowers, and making cinnamon rolls, cookies, jams and jellies for family and friends. Ruth was well known for her poetry. Family and friends never knew when one of Ruth’s poems was going to show up. She would write them for birthdays, anniversaries, happy times, and sad. Ruth’s life was filled with love and devotion to her faith, her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and church family.
Preceding Ruth in death were her parents, her husband, Lowell in 2007, siblings Margaret Dickey, Ross Grafft, Dale Grafft, Charles Grafft, Dean Grafft, Vernon Grafft and Iris Browning; and granddaughter Susan Barlow. Those left to cherish her memory include her 7 children, 19 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Judith Nelson of Lake Barrington, IL, her son Samuel Nelson and daughter Melinda Nelson and her children Cassidy and Reese Axtman and Willow Nelson; Joyce Richardson of Cameron, MO and her son Donald Richardson; son Darien Richardson and wife Chontel and children Cameron and Marissa; daughter Krista Helton and husband Jim and children Jared and Josh Thompson; Linda Meyer and husband Keith of Shenandoah, IA and daughter Lisa Carlson and husband Terry, and children Jenna Steeve, husband Chad, and Jaimee Carlson; son Craig Barlow, son Chad Barlow and his child Chelsey Barlow; David Anderson and wife Jenell of Coin, IA, son Lee Anderson and wife Susan and children Evan and Maia Anderson; daughter Lori Ruscko and husband Jerry and children Claire and Elijah Wood; Paul Anderson and wife Karen of Coin, IA and son Matthew Anderson and wife Kerri and children Madalynn, Anna, Grant and Colin; son Mark Anderson and wife Meridith and children Emma and Graeme; son Eric Anderson and wife Dawn and children Emily and Elijah; daughter Kristin Fast and husband Dustin and children Cody, Evan and Mackenzie; daughter Jill King and husband John and children Nathan, Callie and Taylor; Ellen Jeselnik and husband Burke of Kansas City, MO and children Katrina and Ryan; Lucinda Goudie and husband Steve of Topeka, KS and son Patrick Petry and his child Zachary Petry and daughter Amy Petry; sister Lois Foster many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends


Ankeny, Henry Leo -

Graveside services for Henry Ankeny, age 83, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Sunday, November 20, 2011 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at the Clarinda Cemetery with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Visitation with the family will be held Wednesday, November 23, 1-2 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church, Clarinda, Iowa or to the Goldenrod Manor .Care Center.

Henry Leo Ankeny passed away quietly Sunday night at Goldenrod Manor Care Center in Clarinda, Iowa. He was born August 20, 1928 in Hawleyville, Iowa to Edward Milton Ankeny and Esther Hallene Vance Ankeny. He grew up in Hawleyville and then the Villisca area having graduated from Villisca High School in 1946. He married Betty Jean Malvern Ankeny in Clarinda on December 17, 1947. They lived in Creston and Atlantic, Iowa and later moved to Colorado where Henry pursued his interest in radio and served as chief engineer for several radio stations. He had his own radio shows and did some d'jaying. He was a quiet man but was able to be his funny self hidden behind the microphone.

Henry and family moved back to Clarinda in 1959. He worked as police dispatcher and volunteer fireman and later started working for Lisle Corporation. He retired from Lisle's in 1988. He and Betty then did some traveling and spent a lot of time visiting their children and grandchildren. They became involved with the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum and devoted much time volunteering with the museum. He especially like the one-room school house as it reminded him of the school he had attended in Hawleyville. He often told the story of riding his horse three miles to catch the school bus. Henry was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church of Clarinda.

Henry was devoted to Betty and helped her endure the difficulties of living with Multiple Sclerosis. He mourned her loss up to the day he died. He was an honest man and instilled in his children this sense of honesty as a foundation for their lives.

Henry was preceded in death by his father and mother; his sister, Rose Wellendorf and her husband Herb of Ida Grove, Iowa; his granddaughter, Molly Christine McAlpin and the love of his live, Betty.

Henry is survived by two children, Steve (Patricia Ann) Ankeny of New Castle, Indiana and Nancy (Keith) Beattie of Clarinda. Steve has five children, Steven David Ankeny, Susan Marie (Gabriel) Smith, Philip Andrew Ankeny, Angela Michelle Ankeny and Monica (Michael) Dowd. Nancy has two children, Cory (Marla) McAlpin and Molly McAlpin (deceased). Great grandchildren are Anna Grace and Naomi Rose Smith, Allie and Nicole Scott, Connor Dowd, Bryson McAlpin, Wyatt and Rylie McAlpin. Henry is also survived by sister-in-law, Helen Cherry of Perris, California; nieces; nephews; cousins and many friends


Annan, Agnes Gertrude "Peg" Harrison -

Funeral services for Peg Annan, age 90, of rural Coin, Iowa, who entered into peace Thursday, December 8, 2011 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 11, 2011 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Carl Phillips officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m., Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Polsley Cemetery, rural Yorktown, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Page County Extension-4-H Program or to the Polsley Cemetery.

Agnes Gertrude Annan was born January 27, 1921, at Tabor, Iowa to Walter Harrison and Lillian (Good) Harrison. She grew up in the Tabor area and graduated from Tabor High School. Peg continued her education at Peru State College and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State College at Maryville, Missouri. Peg was united in marriage July 8, 1943 to Melvin "Mick" Annan at Tabor, Iowa. They were blessed with four children; Maribeth, Bill, Nancy and George.

Peg met Mick when she began her teaching career at Yorktown school. She taught at Tabor and at camp Lejeune, North Carolina while Mick was in the Coast Guard. Upon their return, Peg taught at Coin and retired from South Page Community Schools after twenty eight years of teaching. Peg was a mentor to many young teachers. She was also very involved in 4-H. She guided generations of 4-H teams as they prepared their demonstrations. Her love for teaching truly lasted a lifetime as she thoroughly enjoyed tutoring a student during her stay at Westridge Care Facility.

Remembering Peg is to remember her love of cooking and sharing her meals with anyone that drove in the driveway. Her family especially remembers her wonderful fried chicken. She enjoyed gardening, canning the produce and filling the freezer so that she could make a meal at a moments notice. Peg was always grateful for the friendship of the close neighbors. She enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. Peg's family was very important to her and she loved bragging about her grandchildren.

Preceding Peg in death were her parents; husband, Melvin (Mick) Annan (02/17/2009); daughter, Maribeth Mellencamp; daughter-in-law, Vicki (Carlberg) Annan; son-in-law, Joel Wagoner; brothers, Bryce Harrison and Almor Harrison; brother-in-law, George Annan and wife Elsie; sister-in-law, Irene Moore and Rex Moore; brother-in-law, Jim Steigerwald.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Bill Annan and wife Sara of Shenandoah, Iowa, Nancy Wagoner of Clarinda, Iowa, George Annan and friend Julie of Coin, Iowa; son-in-law, Merle Mellencamp and wife Lynda of Clarinda, Iowa;grandchildren, Jeff Barlow and wife Stephanie of New Providence, New Jersey, Steven Mellencamp and wife Julie of Chicago, Illinois, Ashley Mellencamp of Tampa, Florida, Anne Wagoner and Elizabeth Wagoner of Kansas City, Maria Annan of Shenandoah, Iowa and Mitchell Annan of Des Moines, Iowa; great grandchildren, Megan and Matt Barlow, Victoria Beth and Charlie Mellencamp;; brother, Carlos Harrison of Shenandoah, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Harrison of Tabor, Iowa, Fern Steigerwald of Fallbrook, California; nieces; nephews and many, many friends


Apperson, Lyle Richard - Lyle Richard Apperson was born on August 13, 1934, the son of Claude O. and Lois Katherine (Bloom) Apperson in Northboro, IA. Lyle entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Lyle’s early years were spent on the family farm in Northboro. During his high school years in Northboro Lyle was active in basketball and track. Lyle was later drafted into the United States Army where he served his country with pride in the Marshall Islands. He was honorably discharged in 1956.

In August of 1956 he was united in marriage to Nancy Offerbacker. Their marriage was blessed with the birth of two children, Kimberly and Kerk. The couple lived and farmed in Northboro and later in Kellogg, IA for several years following their marriage.

In the mid-sixties Lyle obtained his fixed-wing pilot license and then his helicopter license shortly thereafter. He started Tri-State Helicopter service in Shenandoah where he did crop-dusting, aerial photography and power/pipeline patrol. He later moved to the Lake of the Ozarks where he gave tours of Bagnell Dam. He later moved to Omaha where he became an instructor and flew traffic patrol for KFAB Eye in the Sky and did traffic reporting for all three television stations. He also started Sky Med Air Ambulance, for University Hospital. Due to health problems, he was forced into an early retirement. He returned to his first love, which was farming. Lyle continued to farm in Northboro until 2000. He then moved to Sun Lakes, AZ for a short time and returned to Omaha to live with his sister Doris until recently.

Lyle was a member of the Elks Club and the VFW. Some of his passions included farming, flying, making people laugh and he always enjoyed having coffee with the boys.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-laws Clayton Ryan and John McColligan. Those left to honor his memory include his daughter Kimberly Long and husband Dale of Bennington, NE and son Kerk Apperson and wife Laurie of Omaha, NE; grandchildren Danielle Apperson of Omaha, Kyle J. Long and wife Natasha of Scottsbluff, NE and Jamison Long and wife Brenda of Omaha, NE; and great-grandchildren Cooper and Maxwell Long of Omaha, NE; brother Randall Apperson and wife Beth of Northboro; sisters Doris Ryan of Omaha, NE and Sharon McColligan of Plattsmouth, NE; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends


Arnold, Edgar L., Colonel - Edgar passed away on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at The Lighthouse in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 97 years.

There will not be any viewing or visitation.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to the Shenandoah Veteran's Chapel Maintenance and Improvement Fund

Hackett -Livingston Funeral home.

Edgar L. Arnold, Colonel, US Army, Retired, son of Raymond and Eva (Bennett) Arnold was born in Cheyenne, WY on April 2, 1913 and died at his home in Omaha, NE on February 17, 2011.
In 1917 the family relocated to Iowa and remained in the Shenandoah area where Ed attended the Shenandoah schools. He was a member of the Shenandoah Class of 1932. His companion of some 45 years including 28 year of active military service was his wife, Alice Anderzhon, who died in 1978 at their home west of Shenandoah. He later married Dorothy M. Spomer of Omaha, NE.
Colonel Arnold followed a military career beginning as 1st Sgt. of Co. E of the 168th Inf. Regt., 34th Inf. Div. Iowa National Guard. On February 10, 1941 Company E from Shenandoah was inducted into Federal Service and the unit was ordered to Louisiana. Ed attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. on July 3, 1942 and assigned as a Company Commander in the 28th Inf. Div. that moved to England in 1943. He was transferred to the 2nd Ranger Bn. in March 1944 and participated as a Company Commander during the D-Day invasion of Europe on Omaha Beach where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Ed remained with the 2nd Ranger Bn. as Executive Officer participating in five battle campaigns and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Presidential Unit Citation as well as receiving two battlefield promotions and ending the war in Europe as a Major, US Army, Reserve.
After graduating from Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, KS, he integrated into the Regular Army as a 1st Lt. Inf. in July 1946. Colonel Arnold has served in numerous positions and units throughout his military career in both Staff and Command assignments. His military duties have taken him to England; Germany; France; Trieste in Italy; Republic of China (Taiwan); South Korea; as well as several Posts, Camps, and Stations in the United States. His last duty assignment was at Deputy Inspector General, Fourth US Army, Ft. Sam Houston, TX where he was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to his country. He retired from active duty at Ft. Sam Houston in 1967.
In addition to aforementioned awards, Colonel Arnold was the recipient of several other awards and decorations including the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters. Most cherished of all to an infantryman, however, is the Combat Infantry Badge which Colonel Arnold wore with distinction.
In July 1973 Colonel Arnold was appointed to the office of Fremont County Judicial Magistrate. During his term in office he conducted Court proceedings in Sidney and Hamburg, IA. After serving the Judicial Magistrate System for almost 6 years he laid down his gavel in retirement in 1979.
Colonel Arnold was a life member of the Legion of Valor of the United States of America, the Retired Officers Association, and the American Legion. He served as Commander of the American Legion Post #88 in Shenandoah during 1973. He was also a member of the King of Kings Lutheran Church in Omaha, NE.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his first wife Alice, three brothers, three sisters, a granddaughter, and two great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Dorothy of Omaha; son L/C (Ret) Raymond L. Arnold and wife Rita of Williamsburg, VA; sister Leona Johnson of Red Oak, IA; brother Donald Arnold of Klamath Falls, OR; stepsons Dennis and Dwayne Spomer and wives Susan and Glenna of Omaha, NE; a stepdaughter Debbie Rabe and husband Richard of Grand Island, NE; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; numerous nieces & nephews


Auten, Wilma Rowe - Funeral services for Wilma Auten, 84 of Red Oak formerly of Stanton and Bethesda, will be held 10:30 Tuesday, April 19 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda with interment at Clarinda Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials in memory of Wilma may be given to a fund established in her name.

Wilma Rowe Auten was born Aug 11, 1926 in Sheridan, Missouri to Oakley and Anna Pearl (Barber) Rowe. She was married Dec 11, 1945 to Otis Auten. The couple farmed several places until settling in the Bethesda area.
During this time Wilma was active with the farm and chores. She helped Otis and she also tended the garden and canned the vegetables. Wilma took care of the chickens and cooked for the family. Her special interest was quilting.
Later in life she became a nurse’s aide and worked for several years at Stanton Care Center. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Wilma always made her grandchildren feel special, appreciated and loved.
Wilma passed away Friday, April 15, 2011 at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa, at the age of 84. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis; parents Oakley and Anna Rowe; daughter Barbara Jean Auten; great grandson Tre Auten; sister Donna Pearl Berg; brother Roy Rowe and sister-in-law Mona Rowe.
She is survived by children: Russell Auten of Topeka, KS, Dewain Auten and wife Lynne of Omaha, NE, Larry Auten and wife Vickie of Clarinda, Mary Ann Richardson and husband Bill of Yorktown, IA, Linda Stouder and husband Larry of Malvern, IA, and Rick Auten and wife Mary Jane of Bethesda, IA; nineteen grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren; brothers Dale Rowe and wife Barbara of Sheridan, MO, Wilbur Rowe and wife Patty of Bedford, IA, Raymond Rowe of Phoenix, AZ; and sister-in-law Marion Rowe of Sheridan, MO. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa.

Bailey, Robert Lee "Bob"

Robert Lee Bailey, Sr., (“Bob”) passed on June 29, 2011 Wednesday morning quietly at his home in Clarinda, Iowa, after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer.

Robert Lee Bailey, Sr., (“Bob”) was born October 9, 1938, at Edgar, Nebraska, to Leonard Ovid Bailey and Maude Bernice (Young) Bailey. He was united in marriage July 9, 1961, to Linda Ridgway at the Methodist Church, Fairfield, Nebraska.

Bob served as City Manager of Clarinda, Iowa, for 23 years. He also worked as Assistant Manager in the Business Office of the Mental Health Institute in Clarinda. Prior to that, Bob worked his way up from the Garden Department to the Management Office of Montgomery Wards Store. He also had experience with the Clay County Roads Department.

Bob was a member of Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Clarinda, Iowa, for many years. He enjoyed singing in the choir and serving as a trustee. Bob was an avid reader and author.

Bob is survived by wife, Linda Bailey of Clarinda, Iowa; siblings, Doreta Bailey of Clay Center, Nebraska; Ardith Bailey of Carter Lake, Iowa, Marilyn Mosier of Davenport, Nebraska; Joyce and Glenn Snell of Edgar, Nebraska; Bonnie and Roy Drapal of Superior, Nebraska; Kay Bailey of Plattsmouth, Nebraska; Gayle and Bill Peters of Edgar, Nebraska; Jay and Mary Bailey of Lincoln, Nebraska; Randy and Judy Bailey of South Bend, Nebraska; and Rex and Dawn Bailey of Fairfield, Nebraska; and several nieces and nephews; daughter, Rae Lynn Froggé of Papillion, Nebraska; son, Robert Bailey, Jr., of Council Bluffs, Iowa; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Corliss and son-in-law Jim Corliss of Red Oak, Iowa; and grandchildren: Molly Luna, Megan Bailey, Katelyn Bailey, John Froggé, James Froggé, Samantha Froggé, Brock Corliss, Sabrena Utley, Maura Corliss, Tyler Jones; and Peyton Elizabeth Jones, great-granddaughter.

Bob is preceded in death by parents, Leonard Ovid Bailey and Maude Bernice (Young); brothers, Max Bailey, Donald Bailey, and Richard Bailey; sister,Betty Ann Bailey (Uldrich); brother-in-laws, Leland Uldrich, Don Mosier; nephews, Doug Peters; Danny Peters; Timothy Baker; Leonard Baker; children, Andrew Bailey and Sandra Bailey.

Funeral services for Robert “Bob” Bailey, age 72, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at his home in Clarinda, will be held 9:00 a.m., Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Leslie Traylor officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m., Friday, July 1 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Edgar Cemetery, Edgar, Nebraska, 3:30 p.m., Saturday, July 2 with Reverend Jim Stark officiating.

I remember waiting for that time of day when
Mom would cook dinner and Dad had time to play.
We grabbed a peach from a tree – Dad’s favorite snack –
and walked gravel roads, carrying ball and bat.

Now Dad could tell stories to make me laugh,
he’d toss a few pitches, then hand off his glove
to cousins my age – to rest and sip coffee,
unwind at day’s end with a brother or sis.

When our visit was done, we’d hurry back home to
Mom’s homemade pie, bread, chicken and noodles, string beans, and milk.
Oh, those were the days! So care free and fun. But, wait . . .
there’s more to tell about this man . . . my Dad . . . Robert.

He liked to wrestle with my brother, Rob, and let
him win at checkers . . . Oops! I wasn’t s’pposed to tell.
Sometimes I caught Dad lost in thought, staring at Rob’s
toy soldiers, set for battle on Mom’s braided rug. (“Charge!”)

When my sister, Liz, came along, we all enjoyed
Dad’s version of a Fairy Tale – complete with sweet
and silly, or loud and deep voices, “Not by the hair
on my chinny, chin, chin.” Nothing sounded so good!

I remember a blizzard with snow so deep and cold,
Dad carried me on his shoulders – five blocks, I’m told,
to Grandma and Grandpa Ridgway’s house on Christmas day
so everyone could praise God, together.

Dad sang in church choir; settled city disputes; cut through red tape;
snow-plowed city streets; helped clear city sewers; built wooden book shelves;
pulled nails and screws from boards to reuse, he made our home
safe, secure, and full of life – a loving landscape.

He liked to write, enforce the peace, rake driveway sand;
He liked 50’s songs – enjoyed air shows – taught me to drive!
He made me walk that mile alone, gas can in hand,
So I’d remember to fill up the car next time. 

But my fondest memory of this man so great
is the example he set when, from scripture, he
chose to love my mother like no other, you see,
putting God first and focusing on family!!

[Written by Rae Lynn (Bailey) Froggé on June 18, 2011, for Father’s Day.]


Balster, Kathryne Renata Selvidge - Funeral services for Kathryne Balster age 86, of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of Shelby, Iowa, who entered into peace Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 7, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church, Shelby, Iowa with Pastor Brian Bontrager officiating. There will be open visitation at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa, Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the First Presbyterian Church, Shelby, Iowa. Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery.
Kathryne Renata Selvidge Balster of Shelby, Iowa and recently of Clarinda, Iowa was born on January 1, 1925 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Loyd and Fannie Davidson Selvidge. She gratefully entered into rest on a beautiful spring morning, Sunday April 3, 2011 at the age of 86.
Kay, as she was fondly called, grew up, attended school, graduated and was employed in Wichita Falls. After high school she was employed as a telephone operator. The United States had just become embroiled in World War II at this time and Kay was kept very busy connecting loved ones across the country. It was during this time she met a young Air Force soldier stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls. Kay and a friend double-dated: Kay’s date was a tall, handsome blonde Iowa farm boy by the name of Ted Balster. The two made a striking couple and both said they knew right away, “This is the one.” Kay and Ted were married at her parents’ home on August 8, 1944.
After Ted returned from serving in the Pacific the couple moved to Shelby, Iowa. Ted resumed farming and Kay began learning how to be a farmer’s wife. She unabashedly gave her mother-in-law credit for teaching her how to cook, bake, and garden. A city girl, Kay had preferred shopping and reading books to the more mundane tasks. She never lost her love of reading but it became a luxury in between all the duties of a housewife and mother.
Kay and Ted were blessed with five sons: Jim, Steve, Larry, Kennon, and David. So the gardens became larger, the cookies more plentiful as her sons grew.
Kay and Ted loved big band music and dancing to it. When the Glenn Miller Festival began in Clarinda they rarely missed attending. They loved parking their RV under the trees at Nodaway Valley Park and taking in all the concerts. The two traveled across the United States as well, visiting children and grandchildren.
Kay was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Shelby and also belonged to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
In 1999, due to health reasons, Kay and Ted moved to Clarinda to the Eiler House and to be closer to their son and daughter-in-law, Kennon and Kate. After Ted’s death in 2002, Kay moved to Goldenrod Manor and resided there until her death. Kay was grateful for all the care and kindness shown her at Goldenrod even though she couldn’t express her feelings except through a smile.
If fortunate enough to have known her, you spent time with a genuine southern lady. Genteel, polite and charming, she will be greatly missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Harold Selvidge, daughter-in–law Kathleen Nearman Balster, and her beloved Ted. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law: Jim of Atlanta, Georgia; Steve and Sherry of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Larry and Gretchen of Scottsdale, Arizona; Kennon and Kate of Blanchard, Iowa; and David and Barbara of Des Moines, Iowa. Eight grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren continue her legacy

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.


Barlow, Denzel LaVerne - Funeral services for Denzel Barlow, 87 of Clarinda, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with Rev. Robert Keefer officiating. Interment will be at Clarinda Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be one hour prior to services and following the service during lunch. Memorials are suggested to Westminster Presbyterian Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Denzel LaVerne Barlow, of Clarinda, entered into peace March 1, 2011 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa.
Denzel was born May 6, 1923 at Westboro, MO to Allen E. Barlow and Hallie Bell (Beck) Barlow. Denzel was the youngest of six brothers and one sister. He attended school in Atchison County, MO and graduated from Braddyville High School, Braddyville, IA. After high school he farmed. He and his wife Beverly Barlow had four sons: Denzel Jr., Ronald Dean, Gary Lee and Kevin Dee.
He married Betty Montz in 1962 and moved to Grundy Center, IA and later to Waterloo, IA. He was employed by Combined Insurance Co. He sold insurance for Combined for 30 years and retired in 1991. He was top salesman for Combined in 1970 and won various awards earning company trips to Canada, London and Paris. He developed many long term friendships during his career with Combined and loved the art of sales. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Elks, and Clarinda Country Club.
After retirement he enjoyed spending his summer time at the farm working, mowing, improving the landscape and he kept a well-manicured yard. He enjoyed wintering in Phoenix for several years. There he enjoyed his friends, socializing, golfing and making chocolate candy for which he was well known. Lucky family members and friends enjoyed his chocolates as Christmas gifts. He enjoyed playing gin rummy and watching the Phoenix Suns basketball games.
Preceding Denny in death were his parents, five brothers, one sister, son, Ronald Dean, and wife Betty.
He is survived by his sons, Dennie Jr. and wife Sharon, Gary Lee and wife Kathy and Kevin Dee and wife Teresa, all of Clarinda, IA; step-daughter Diane Wicks and family of Mission, KS; grandchildren Lisa Carlson, Craig Barlow, Chad Barlow, Jeff Barlow, Kayla Hagey, Kinsey Barlow, Karlee Barlow, Ethan and Emma Barlow; step grandson Jason Riley and family of St. Joseph, MO; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Behrmann, Robert E. - Memorial service for Robert E. Behrmann, 63 of Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 3:00 p.m. Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. Visitation is schedule one hour prior to the service starting at 2:00 p.m. at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the National MS Society.

Robert passed away Sunday evening at Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa. He is survived by his mother Charlote Behrmann of South Dakota; sons: Marhsall Behrmann and wife Carmen of York, Pennsylvania and Joshua Behrmann and wife Kari of Everett, Washington; cousin Jean Prazak of Menlo, Iowa; brothers Richard Behrman of North Carolina and David Behrman of South Dakota.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Robert Behrmann was born September 24th 1947. He is the oldest of three boys born to Byron and Charlote Behrmann. On May 27th 1977, Robert's first son Marshall Behrmann was born. His second son Joshua Behrmann was born January 8th 1982.

Robert lived with his two sons for many years in Shambaugh, Iowa. During this time he managed and owned his own business in Clarinda Iowa called Osborne Upholstery. Throughout these years he enjoyed his time with family and many friends.

Some of Bob's fondest memories included trips to Florida with his two sons. He also enjoyed Sunday drives to Maryville for bowling and eating. Although, most of his time was spent working at the upholstery shop, it was one his hidden pleasure in which he took great pride in making customers happy.

Bob was not much of a socialite. He was a man of few words and enjoyed his coffee and his red meat charred. He was always determined to do every job "right". His work was flawless much like his personal character.

Even though he had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis for 38 years he always tried his best to not let it affect his family and work. Bob passed away February 13, 2011 at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa.

He is preceded in death by his father Byron Behrman.

Remaining members to cherish Bob's memories are his two children: Marshall Behrman and wife Carmen of York Pennsylvania and Joshua Behrman and wife Kari of Everett, Washington; two brothers Richard of North Carolina and David of South Dakota; mother Charlote of South Dakota, two grandchildren Cindell and Isaac; favorite cousin Jean Prazak of Menlo, Iowa; nieces nephews and friends


Bellairs, Dale Allen - Funeral services for Dale Bellairs, age 80, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, August 13, 2011 at Bryan LGH East, Lincoln, Nebraska, were held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Visitation with the family were held 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 15, 2011 at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda.. Burial was at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday prior to the service, in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa with military rites by the American Legion Sergy Post 98. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, Glenn Miller Birthplace Society or to the Clarinda Foundation.
Dale Allen Bellairs was born on August 3, 1931 in Cherryvale, Kansas, the son of Drew and Irene (Allison) Bellairs. Dale lived in Grant City, Missouri from 1931-1944 and moved to Clarinda in 1944. Dale attended Clarinda High School and graduated from Boone High School in 1949. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. Following graduation he served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. On June 7, 1953, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Dolores Walker. They were blessed with two sons, Alan and David.
Dale worked in the business office and shipping and receiving at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute for thirty five years before retiring in 1993. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church for over 66 years, servings in many capacities including trustee and chairman of the board. Dale enjoyed carpentry in his basement shop and used his carpentry skills many times at the church. He also enjoyed gardening, specializing in tomatoes and his many travels. His favorite place to travel was to Hawaii and in recent years, he enjoyed going on cruises. Dale was a member of the American Legion and played taps for many graveside services.
Preceding Dale in death were his parents, Drew and Irene and his parents-in-law, Leslie and Mary Walker.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores of Clarinda; sons, Alan Bellairs and wife Carol of Clarinda and David Bellairs and wife Beth of Osage, Iowa; grandchildren, Rachel Bellairs of Tochigi, Japan, Jameson Bellairs of Clarinda, Jenny Bellairs of Pensacola, Florida, Natalie, Drew and Sam Bellairs of Osage, Iowa; cousin, Gary Hucke and wife Lou of Parsons, Kansas; niece, Rosemary Mullikin of Alton, Illinois and many friends.
Dale enjoyed visiting with his many friends and family. He will be greatly missed but his love and inspiration will live on in their hearts. May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn his passing


Benjamin, Ruth Marie Sims - Ruth Benjamin passed away on Monday morning at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah. Memorials may be directed to the St. John's Episcopal Church in Shenandoah. Sidney Cem.

Ruth Marie (Sims) Benjamin was born on May 2, 1920 in Corning, Iowa, the daughter of John and Vesta (Richey) Sims. Ruth entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 9, 2011 in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 91 years.

Ruth graduated from Farragut High School with the Class of 1937. She then attended the American School of Commerce in Omaha and returned to Sidney, Iowa to work in the AAA office. She married Jack Benjamin on April 13, 1930. The couple had two children, a son John Stanley and a daughter Luanne Marie.

They moved from Sidney to Shenandoah where Ruth worked for Mount Arbor Nursery and Economy Stock Powder Company. During World War II she worked in the Navy Yard at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as secretary to the Machinery Superintendent of the Navy Yard. When the war ended they returned to Shenandoah.

In 1950 they started, along with partners Frank and Kay Walden, the Shenandoah Printing Company. Later they bought the Walden’s interest in the printing company, and started Rodeo Printers. Both companies furnished rodeo advertising for rodeos across the United States and Canada. Due to Jack’s health problems, the shop was sold to their son John in 1972. During this time Ruth also worked at Central Surveys and Tidy House, before leaving work full time in the print shop.

After Jack died in 1974, Ruth started spending the winter months in Bullhead City, Arizona as long as her health permitted.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jack; and her daughter Luanne. She is survived by her son John Benjamin and wife Peggy; granddaughter Lori Stevens and husband Jim; grandson Todd Benjamin and wife Debra; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; special friend Lynda Dickerson; and several cousins

Bentley, Gene L. - Gene L. Bentley, age 74, of Fremont, died Friday April 1, 2011 in A.J. Merrick Manor, Fremont.
After a battle with cancer, Gene Bentley went home to be with the Lord on April 1, 2011. Gene was born in Blockton, IA on May 27, 1936, to George and Grace ‘Jennings’ Bentley. He grew up with a sister and four brothers, one of whom was his twin brother. He was married to Sharon Sue Waldeier of Bedford, Iowa in 1963. He received his B.A. from Westmar College in LeMars, IA. He went on to receive his Master’s Degree from UNL, and a Specialist Degree from UNO. His interests were: sports, history, music, and developing people. After teaching and coaching for nine years in Iowa and the Omaha area, he became an Administrator in Millard, Indianola and Carroll, Iowa and Fremont. After suffering a lengthy illness, he returned to education as a County Supervisor of Country Schools. Gene felt the Lord’s leading to go into Christian Education, as he became the Administrator of Trinity Christian School in Omaha. His last position was as a Superintendent at Omaha Christian Academy.
A great love of Gene’s was coaching. He coached winning teams on many levels: basketball, baseball and softball, for both boys and girls. In his later years, a great pleasure was attending his grandchildren’s many sports and music activities. He even coached some of their teams, much to his enjoyment.
Left to cherish his memory, is his wife of 47 years, Sue of Fremont, and two children, Brian Bentley (and wife, Kelli) of Omaha, and Heidi Melcher of Waterloo, NE. Gene and Sue have five grandchildren: Jacob and Amanda Melcher and Brendan, Grace, and Claire Bentley. Gene has one sister, Mary Sheeks of Omaha, and four brothers: Duane Bentley of Clarinda, IA, Dean Bentley (and wife, Melba) of Council Bluffs, Kenneth Bentley (and wife, Judy) of Omaha, and Terry Bentley (and wife, Rebecca) of Riverton, Wyoming. In addition, Gene has a brother and sister-in-law, Eddie and Peggy Long of Kansas City and several nieces and nephews. Gene had a multitude of friends and people whose lives he has touched.
Gene leaves a legacy of the thousands of lives he has touched through his years of interaction with teachers, parents and children.
Visitation for Gene were held Monday from 3 pm to 8 pm with the family receiving friends from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont.
The funeral was 10:30 am, Tuesday April 5, at Westside Church in Omaha (15050 West Dodge Road). Graveside services was 3:30 pm at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials are suggested to the scholarship fund for Trinity Christian School and Omaha Christian Academy. Online guestbook at

Binau, Betty Ann Black - Betty Ann Binau was born September 5, 1922 in Red Oak, Iowa, the daughter of Dotson Ira and Elsie Evelyn (Alton) Black. She passed away early Tuesday morning, November 8, 2011 at Elm Heights/Parkcrest Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 89 years, 2 months and 3 days.

Betty grew up in Red Oak and Omaha. She attended Creighton St. John Grade School in Omaha and graduated from Red Oak High School in 1940. In August of 1940, she was united in marriage to Albert Binau in Red Oak, Iowa. This union was blessed with a son, Doug.

After their marriage, Albert and Betty made their home in Shenandoah. She worked as an administrative assistant and later as secretary to the administrator at Hand Hospital in Shenandoah. She later worked as the bookkeeper for United Building Center until she retired. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shenandoah and the Shenandoah Hospital Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Albert.

Survivors include her son, Douglas Binau of Charleston, West Virginia; her siblings, Jean Parquet and her husband Don of McMinnville, Oregon, Ron Black and his wife Pat of Darlington, Wisconsin, JoAnne Crotty and her Jimmy of South Wayne, Wisconsin, Shirley McConnell of Darlington, Wisconsin, Mary Jane McDonald and her husband Jerry of Darlington, Wisconsin; along with many other relatives and friends


Blanchard, Charlene Elois Fox - Charlene Elois (Fox) Blanchard, daughter of Duane and Genevieve (Hopkins) Fox, was born, March 9, 1926 near Watson, Missouri and left this life on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at the Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Charlene graduated from the Clearmont High School in 1944. It was at Clearmont that she first met Dean Blanchard, her husband of 62 years. Charlene attended college at Tarkio for one semester and then worked as manager of the Brown's Shoe store in Shenandoah, Iowa until Dean returned from service.

They were married on June 15, 1947 at the Methodist Church in Shenandoah, IA and began farming near Clearmont. To this marriage five children were born: Gerald, Brenda, Alan, Brian and Lyle.

Charlene always had a love of horses and began riding her Grandfather's workhorses. She was delighted as a child when Grandpa bought her a spotted mare named Beauty. When Dean and Charlene's farming operation had grown, Charlene made sure that horses were included in the livestock raised on the farm.

Riding and going to horse shows was a fun family activity and Charlene raised many foals over the years. Charlene and Dean worked as partners on the farm in both the crop and livestock operation and rarely were apart. They were also active leaders in 4-H and the Nodaway County Extension Council.

Charlene loved to travel and planned trips to various part of the U. S. whenever she could get Dean off of the farm. Dean and Charlene shared a love of the Lord and were active in Baptist churches at Clearmont, Hopkins, and then Laura Street.

Charlene was preceded in death by her husband, Dean; sons Gerald and Brian; granddaughter, Correne Cox; and brother, Charles "Bud" Fox.

Left to remember her are: her daughter: Brenda (Ron) Cox, Bedford, Iowa; son: Alan (Kathy) Blanchard, Clearmont and son: Lyle Blanchard, Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren: Fletcher (Rachel) Cox Denver, Colorado; Troy Cox, Denver, Colorado; Dustin and Jesse Blanchard, Clearmont; Ashley Blanchard, Maryville; and Shelby and Nate Blanchard, Kansas City, Missouri; brother: Merle (Ruth)Fox, Rock Port, Missouri; brothers-in-law: Glenn (Jean), Widefield, Colorado; Raymond (Pat), Dolan Springs, Arizona; sisters�in-law: Cathleen McIntyre, Shambaugh, Iowa; and Helen (LeRoy) Morrison, Maryville, Missouri.

Visitation is 5-6 pm, Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Price Funeral Home, Maryville, Missouri. Funeral Services will be 2:30 pm Friday, February 18, 2011 at Price Funeral Home Chapel, Maryville with burial in Hopkins Cemetery, Hopkins, Missouri


Bonner, Janice J. - Janice (Ja-niece), 81, passed away late Friday, April 1, 2011 at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah. Private services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Rose Hill CemeteryRose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Book, Mary Rose Leahy - Mary Rose Book passed away on Tuesday afternoon at the Fair Oaks Care Center.

A memorial is currently being established. Rose Hill Cem Shenandoah.

Mary Rose (Leahy) Book died on May 10, 2011 at the Fair Oaks Care Center at the age of 90 years.

Mrs. Book was born on the Imogene farm to Alton and Rose (Higgins) Leahy on November 2, 1920. She graduated from Imogene High School and continued to keep house for her father on the farm until her marriage to Harold V. Book of Shenandoah in 1946.

They originally rented a farm near Shenandoah and were eventually able to buy the farmstead where Harold still resides.

As a farmwife, Mrs. Book provided many skills. She was an excellent cook and fed many farmhands. While Harold gardened, she canned and froze the produce. She started doing needlework as a young child and continued that throughout her life. She also enjoyed crochet and dominos. She traveled extensively with her husband, first trailering and later in Florida for the last 20 years.

Coming from the large Irish-Catholic Leahy family, she always enjoyed all the shenanigans of the Irish and Imogene. She particularly loved the newsletter, “The Imogene Hub”.

Mrs. Book loved her family and was a good mother. She doted on her children, grandchildren, and was thrilled by the newest great-grandchildren. She and Harold were married for 65 years.

Mrs. Book is survived by her husband Harold Book of the family farm; brother Donald Leahy of Los Angeles; son Jim Book and wife Vicki of Winterset; daughter Pat Demarest and husband Jim of Durango; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and infant daughter, Mary Virginia, and a brother Leo Leahy


Bowman, Carol Jean - Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, November 12th at Advent Christian Church, Villisca, with Pastor Darren Brisco officiating. Burial will be at North Grove Cemetery, Page County, Iowa. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to services. There is open visitation Friday at Wolfe Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the family. Wolfe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Carol Jean Bowman was born February 1, 1958 at Honolulu, Hawaii to Roy Allan Bowman and Rosie L. (Wasson) Bowman while her father was stationed in the military in Hawaii. She was raised in the Omaha area and received her elementary and secondary schooling in Omaha. Her career goal was working toward being a CPA with just a few credits left before earning her accounting degree. She worked at accounting firms over the years in Omaha and Arizona.
Carol returned to Villisca in early October 2011 to look for work in this area. Carol passed away unexpectedly in Red Oak, Iowa November 7, 2011.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, brother Carl, and step father Donald Bowman.
Carol is survived by three children: Trishea and her three children Brittany, Michael, and Nora, all of Maine, Christopher and his son Ryan of Florida, and Sherisa and her daughter Jasmine of New York; mother Rosie Bowman of Villisca, IA; father Roy Bowman of Oakland, NE; siblings Monte Bowman of Omaha, NE, Scott (Diane) Bowman, Cedar Falls, IA, Bryan Bowman of Shenandoah, IA, Pamela (Shawn) Graham of Council Bluffs, IA, and Donald (Sherrill) Bowman of New Market, IA, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends


Bradley, Delila Mae Webster - Delila Mae Bradley was born March 20, 1927 in Hamburg, Iowa, the daughter of Harry Vernon and Alma Morene (Schubert) Webster. She passed away on Monday afternoon, September 5, 2011 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 84 years, 5 months and 16 days.

Lila grew up in southwest Iowa and attended school at Shenandoah. She was married to Donald Tate after school. Following Don’s death, she was united in marriage to Marx F. Bradley. Lila worked as a machine operator for the Bristol Myers Company, was a bartender and for the nurseries. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shenandoah and was a member of the Eagles in Shenandoah. Lila enjoyed telling stories, spending time with family and friends and frequent trips to the shopping malls.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; her daughter, Jeannie Kaufman; sisters, Juanita Gibson and Maxine Foutch; and a brother, Harry Webster.

Survivors include her son, Ron Tate of San Diego, California; a son-in-law, Wayne Kaufman of St. Louis, Missouri; two grandchildren, Cindy Oberkirsch and her husband Marc of St. Louis, Missouri; David Kaufman and his wife Andrea of St. Louis, Missouri; great grandchildren, Jacob and Justin Oberkirsch and Nathan and Lila Kaufman all of St. Louis, Missouri; her sister, Eulah Beck of Essex, Iowa; along with many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends


Bramble, Edwin Gaylor - Edwin Gaylor Bramble was born September 17, 1938 in New Market, Iowa, the son of Ernie and Margie (Kendrick) Bramble. He passed away on Friday afternoon, August 19, 2011 at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 72 years, 11 months and 2 days.

Ed grew up in Fonda, Iowa and graduated from Fonda High School in 1957. During high school, Ed served in the Army Reserves. Following high school, he joined the United States Air Force and served for 20 years, retiring in 1977. On November 5, 1988, Ed was united in marriage to Betty Sullivan in Shenandoah, Iowa. The couple made their home in Shenandoah from then on.

Ed loved woodworking. He also enjoyed fishing and watching sporting events on TV. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Braves fan. He also looked forward to watching his grandchildren play in their school sporting events. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah and the Handyman’s Club.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ernie Bramble; his grandparents; his son, Patrick Bramble; and two brother-in-laws, Larry Hedlund and Kenny Adair.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Bramble of Shenandoah, Iowa; his children, Andy Bramble of Overland Park, Kansas, Rod Bramble and his wife Heidi of Storm Lake, Iowa, Angie Kinney and her husband Calvin of Essex, Iowa; four grandchildren, Courtney Kinney, Caleb Kinney, Colby Kinney, Cameron Kinney; 1 great granddaughter, Aalyiah Kinney; his mother and step-father, Margie and Wes Fritz of Fonda, Iowa; two brothers, Denny Bramble and his wife Jean of Overland Park, Kansas, Tim Bramble and his wife Pam of San Antonio, Texas; a sister, Tari Waterman and her husband Steve of Brookings, South Dakota; three sisters-in-law, Deloris Smith of Shenandoah, Iowa, Jo Hedlund of Shenandoah, Iowa, Virginia Smith and her husband Bruce of Papillion, Nebraska; along with many other relatives and friends

Burial Keokuk National Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa.


Bredensteiner, Evelyn - Evelyn, 82 passed away on Saturday morning, March 19, 2011 at Brookstone Village in Omaha.

Beloved wife, mom, grandma, friend and resident of Brookestone Village Care Center.

Proceeded in death by husband Kay Bredensteiner, parents Rev. Guy and Lucille Fansher, sister Marilyn Pickens and brother Russ Fansher.

Survived by son Jeff Bredensteiner and children AJ and Molly, daughter and husband Julie and Russ Barnes and son Grant and wife Jackie, dear friend Dan Quine.

Memorial Service Thursday March 24, 3:00 at Brookestone Village Chapel, 4330 So. 144th St. Omaha, Nebraska

Burial Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Briggs, Laverne Emory -

Graveside memorial services for Laverne Briggs, age 63 of Clarinda who passed away Saturday, December 24, 2011 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center will be held Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Guss, Iowa at 2:00 PM. There will be no visitation prior to services. Memorials may be given in Laverne's name. Memories may be shared at Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda.

Laverne Emory Briggs age 63 of Clarinda died Saturday evening December 24, 2011 at Clarinda Regional Health Center. He had been a resident of Westridge Care Center since 2006. He was born April 23, 1948 in Montgomery County, Villisca, Iowa the son of Emory E. and Frieda (Ziehe) Briggs. Laverne attended Villisca and Corning Schools and had been a laborer and over the road trucker. Laverne served in the United States Navy and Corning National Guard. He loved to hunt and fish.

Laverne is survived by four sisters Alice Bates and husband Warren of Clarinda; and Elaine Tuttle and husband Bob Quinter, Kansas; Ruth Siefert and husband Dick of Lead Hill, Arkansas; and Reva Oaks and husband Jim of Zearing, Iowa.

Preceding Laverne in death are his parents Emory and Frieda Briggs.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn Laverne's passing


Brown, Wilda Lucile Adelung - Wilda Lucile (Adelung) Brown was born on October 26, 1925 in Amherst, Nebraska, the daughter of Carl August and Anna Estelline (Peterson) Adelung. Wilda entered into eternal peace on April 3, 2011 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the blessed age of 85 years.

Wilda’s family farmed in Buffalo County, Nebraska where she attended local schools. She graduated from Miller High School in Nebraska. She worked for a local insurance office before moving to Shenandoah in 1950. On December 26, 1965 she was united in marriage to Kenneth Brown at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Shenandoah. The couple was blessed with 45 years of marriage.

Wilda worked for Townsend Wholesale Grocery and later for All American Rose Selection until her retirement in 1985. In her younger years she enjoyed times spent in the garden with her mother tending to the flower beds. As she grew older her hobbies included stamp collecting, traveling with her husband, spending time with family and friends, and caring for her beloved cats. She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Shenandoah.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Lois Rolf and Marie Beery; and a brother-in-law Gerald Beery.

Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved husband Kenneth Brown of Shenandoah; her niece Vernelle Beery of Mission, KS; nephew Brent Beery of Lombard, IL; brother-in-law Richard Rolf of rural Shenandoah; other family and friends.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn her loss

Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Brownlee, Virginia Marie Culver - Virginia Marie (Culver) Brownlee was born on May 16, 1924 in Rural Burlington Junction, Missouri, the only child of Lee and Neva (Combs) Culver. Virginia entered into the arms of her Lord on Saturday morning, August 27, 2011 at the Ambassador Care Center in Sidney, Iowa at the blessed age of 87 years.

Virginia graduated high school from College Springs and continued her education at Northwest Missouri State University, where she received her teaching certificate. She taught school at Blanchard, College Springs and Sidney. On February 23, 1947 she was united in marriage to James Brownlee in Troy, Kansas. The couple farmed for a short time in the Coin area before moving to the farm in Farragut in January of 1949. The couple was blessed with 56 years of marriage before Jim’s passing in June of 2003.

Virginia was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She assisted her husband on the farm, the children with their 4-H projects, and loved caring for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Virginia was also very active in the Farragut community. She was a member of the Garden Club, the United Methodist Women, the Centennial Club, the Farragut Senior Center, the Farm Bureau Federated Women, and enjoyed her afternoon Pitch Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband Jim.

Those left to honor her memory include her children; Glenn Brownlee and wife Helen of Shenandoah, Robert Brownlee and wife Jackie of Grand Island, NE, Rebecca Shull and husband Tom of Farragut, IA, Joy Hall and husband Conrad of Sidney, IA and David Brownlee and wife Paula of Farragut, IA; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends


Bryte, Irene Ann Laumann - Irene Ann Bryte was born October 18, 1918 in Farragut, Iowa, the daughter of Henry W. and Minnie (Ebert) Laumann. She passed away on Thursday morning, June 9, 2011 at Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 92 years, 7 months and 22 days.

Irene grew up in Fremont County, Iowa where she attended country school and graduated from Farragut High School. She worked as a sales clerk at George Jay Drug Store for many years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. She was also active in the B.P.W., American Legion Auxiliary, Christian Women and Angel Quilters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Ronald Bryte; her brother, Arnold Laumann and his wife Nina; her sisters, Dorothy Salfrank, Mildred Hensley and Vivian McLaren.

Survivors include her daughters, Marcia Allely and her husband Keith of Shenandoah, Iowa, Sherry Swenson and her husband Gene of Savannah, Georgia; two grandsons, Kevin Allely of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Lance Swenson and his wife Kristie of Warwick, Rhode Island; three granddaughters, Dawn Gore and her husband Kevin of Omaha, Nebraska, Michelle Morelock and her husband Aaron of Farragut, Iowa, Kari Pittman and her husband Andrew of Needham, Massachusetts, six great grandchildren, Devin and Drew Morelock, Riley and Kelsey Pittman and Melia and Ellie Swenson; a brother, Donald Laumann and his wife Kathy of Farragut, Iowa; two brothers-in-law, Leroy Hensley of Shenandoah, Iowa and J.F. McLaren of Farragut, Iowa; along with many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends


Burnison, Ruth Arleene Johnson - Ruth Arleene Burnison, 83, of Essex passed away on May 23, 2011 at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Arleene was born on November 29, 1927 in rural Essex, Iowa, the daughter of Perl C. and Violet E. (Holmes) Johnson. She was the second oldest of eight siblings. On Oct. 12, 1947 she was united in marriage to Glen Burnison in Shenandoah, Iowa. Glen passed away on March 21, 1985.

Arleene graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1944. She held jobs at such businesses as Henry Fields Seed Company, First National Bank in Essex, Burnison Cabinet & Supply (the family business), Central Surveys and Dutton Insurance in Red Oak.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Essex. She was also involved in several clubs such as the American Legion Auxiliary, where she was a 40 year member, the 20th Century Club, the Order of the Eastern Star, where she was a 50 year member, the Red Hat Society and various church organizations.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 37 years, Glen; two sisters Ruby Livingston and Shirley Bengtson; and two brothers Glen Johnson and Oren Johnson.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons Mike Burnison and wife Linda of Essex and Dave Burnison and wife Sharon of Orland Park, IL; grandchildren Amy (Tom) Comstock of Council Bluffs, Adam (Stephanie) Burnison of Essex, Alan (Mike) Burnison of Omaha, Jeffrey, Rachel and Amanda Burnison of Orland Park, IL; great-grandchildren Ciara and Lexi Burnison; sisters Eloise (Harold) Dinsmore of Farragut and Joann Bergman of Las Vegas; brother Gary (Peg) Johnson of Essex; brother-in-law Kenneth Livingston of Farragut; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends