Page County, Iowa obituaries
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Carlson, Charles Bernice - Charles Bernice Carlson was born July 12, 1916 in Essex, Iowa, the eldest son of three children of Emil A. and Effie June (Nelson) Carlson. He passed away early Monday morning, September 12, 2011 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center in Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 95 years and 2 months.

Bernice grew up in the Essex area and graduated from Essex High School in 1933. On December 28, 1938, he was married to Lenora Althea Pearson in Buffalo, Minnesota. This union was blessed with two children, David and Judith. Later in life, they finished raising Connie and Christie Almquist, adopted children of the late Reynold and Gunhild Almquist.

Bernice’s entrepreneurial background started with selling Purina feed and bottled gas and eventually progressed into the “other half” of the Almquist-Carlson Trucking partnership. In later years, Bernice worked in the Randolph Elevator and as the general manager of Johnson Brothers Mills for ten years.

He was a long-standing member of the Faith Evangelical Covenant Church in Essex where he fulfilled many leadership roles and sang bass in the church choir. Bernice was an avid reader, fisherman, private pilot and volunteer firefighter in Essex.

Bernice was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Max Carlson; a brother-in-law, Delbert Pearson; four sisters-in-law, Lucille Carlson, Arby Pearson, Gladys Pearson and Dee Pearson; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Carlson and granddaughter, Rachel Carlson.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 73 years, Lenora Carlson of Essex, Iowa; his children, David Carlson and his wife Sandy of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, and Judith Fastenau and her husband Robert of Clarinda, Iowa; additional children Connie Almquist Buvollen and her husband Hans Petter of Guatemala City, Guatemala, and Christie Beckman of Dublin, California; five grandchildren, Joanne Sandage and her husband Randy of Atlantic, Iowa, Allen Fastenau and his wife Jana of Clarinda, Iowa, Deanne Marriott and her husband Scott of College Springs, Iowa, Ann Fischer and her husband Paul of Hastings, Minnesota and Elena Lenora Buvollen of Oslo, Norway; eight great grandchildren, Stacey Smith and her husband Andrew of Braddyville, Iowa, Jeremy Fastenau of Clarinda, Iowa, Kyle Sandage of Atlantic, Iowa, Luke Marriott of College Springs, Iowa, Jessica Fastenau of Clarinda, Iowa, Kari Sandage of Atlantic, Iowa, Hope and Rachel Fischer of Hastings, Minnesota; three great-great grandchildren, Lily and Macen Smith and Jayden Fastenau; a sister, Helen Mae Johnson and her husband LeRoy of Red Oak, Iowa; three brothers-in-law, Darrell Pearson of San Diego, California, Leland Pearson and his wife Doris of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Leonard Pearson of Minneapolis, Minnesota; a sister-in-law, Mona Pearson of Minneapolis, Minnesota; along with many other relatives and friends


Carlson, Earl Marvin Lawrence - Earl Marvin Lawrence Carlson, son of Lawrence A. and Anna E. (Hammergren) Carlson, was born on May 26, 1926 near Hepburn, Iowa on the family farm. He entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at the Goldenrod Manor Care Center in Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 85.
Earl’s early life was spent in the Bethesda, Iowa area where he grew up on the farm. He attended country school before attending Clarinda High School where he graduated with the Class of 1939. Following high school he farmed before honorably serving his country during World War II. He was inducted into the Army in July of 1945 and served through January of 1947 in the occupation of Germany.
On September 5, 1948, Earl was united in marriage to the love of life, Rosemary Rice, at the First Christian Church in Shenandoah. Following their marriage they farmed east of Essex for two years before moving to a farm north of Essex where they lived for 39 years until retiring to Essex in 1988. Earl and Rosemary moved to Fair Oaks Care Center in Shenandoah in 2007. Earl later moved to Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda in 2009.
With the exception of his time in the Army, Earl farmed all his life. He “retired” in 1988 when they moved to Essex, although he was never far from the action until his health prevented him from doing farm labor.
Earl was a longtime member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church and sang in the choir for many years. He was also a member of the Iowa Cattleman’s Association for many years and also served on the Page County Fair Board. He enjoyed wood working, hunting, spending time with the grandkids and playing cards.

Preceding him in death were his beloved wife Rosemary; his parents; and two sisters, Henrietta Carlson and Regina O’Malley. Earl is survived by his three sons, Steve Carlson and wife Phyllis of Clarinda, IA, Mike Carlson and wife Sandy of Essex, and Phil Carlson and wife Kendra of Valpariso, NE; eight grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; one sister, Ruthella Bersch of Essex, IA; other relatives and many friends.

Words of comfort were given by Pastor Jerry Lamb and Intern Steve Winsor. Family remembrances were given by Phil Carlson. Organist was Yvonne Johnson. Congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art" and "This Is My Father's World". Yvonne Johnson sang "Children Of The Heavenly Father" in swedish. Attending the memory register were Joan Setterburg and Lynn Meier. Ushers were Dennis Meier and Kent Setterburg. Honorary casket bearers were all of Earl's friends. Casket bearers were Todd Carlson, Aaron Zenti, Tom Billington, Tyson Carlson, Ryan Fichter, Larry Messerley, Michael Fort and Daniel Gray. Military rites were accorded by the American Legion Post #88 of Shenandoah. Interment was in the Bethesda Lutheran Cemetery


Carver, Leona Mae Halberg - Funeral services for Leona M. Carver, 84 of Maryland Heights, Missouri, will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be following the service at the Braddyville Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 6-7:00 p.m. Friday evening at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Leona Carver Memorial Fund

Leona Mae (Halberg) Carver was born on September 24, 1926 in Storm Lake, Iowa; the daughter of Leonard and Bessie Halberg. She attended and graduated from Jefferson High School in Jefferson City, Missouri and obtained her Bachelor's degree in Musical Education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Leona married Del Carver and to this union were born three sons: Craig, David and Timothy. Leona had a passion for music and enjoyed singing.

Leona passed away Friday, April 29, 2011 at the National Health Care Center in Maryland Heights, Missouri at the age of 84. She is preceded in death by her parents; sons Craig Carver and Tim Carver; and husband Del.

Surviving Leona is her son David of St. Charles, Missouri and sister Betty Artus of Louisiana, Missouri.

Funeral services for Leona M. Carver were held Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa. Burial was following the service at the Braddyville Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Leona Carver Memorial Fund. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


Castle, Alma Margaret Solon - Alma Margaret Castle, daughter of Swain and Annie (Lindquist) Solon, was born on July 28, 1913 in Shenandoah, Iowa. She passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Shenandoah Medical Center following a brief illness at the age of 97.
Growing up in Shenandoah, Alma attended the Shenandoah Community Schools, graduating from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1931.
On December 24, 1937, Alma was united in marriage to the love of her life, John Rex Castle at Rock Port, Missouri. To this union three children, Terry, Sue and John Robert were born. Following their marriage they made their home in the Shenandoah area.
Alma worked for the Earl May Seed Co. as a bookkeeper in Shenandoah prior to World War II. During the war Alma worked as a secretary for the Fog Nozzle Co. in California. Once the war was concluded, the family moved back to rural Iowa where Alma concentrated on being a farm wife and raising her children. Alma enjoyed sewing, gardening, playing Scrabble and baking.
Preceding Alma in death were her parents; husband, John Rex Castle; son, John Robert Castle; son-in-law, Paul Dusterhoft; three brothers, Cliff, Walter and Harry Solon; five sisters, Alice Royer, Clara Holmes, Ruth Campin, Edith Spear and Lily Spruell.
Survivors include her son, Terry Castle of Shenandoah; daughter, Sue Dusterhoft of Lone Tree, Iowa; two granddaughters, Rebecca and her husband Kevin Olson of Shenandoah and Christina Castle of Washington, D.C.; daughter-in-law, Karen Garner of Farragut, Iowa; many nieces & nephews; her dog, Izzy and her cat, Callie; other relatives and many friends

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


Chase, Martha Virginia - Martha Virginia was born December 19, 1934 at Clarinda, Iowa to Franklin and Marjorie Chase. She was educated in country schools and graduated New Market High School in 1953. Martha graduated in 1956 from Immanuel Lutheran School of Nursing, Omaha, Nebraska with a Registered Nursing degree. She started working in Clarinda and then moved to Missouri. She retired from Ray County Hospital in Richmond, Missouri as MDS Coordinator in 2001.
Martha passed away Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin and Marjorie; husband, Lowell Blank (father of her children); daughter Terri Blank and son Michael Blank.
Martha is survived by her husband, Harold Addington, New Market, Iowa; son David Blank, Kansas City, Missouri; Harold's son Dan Addington and wife Stephanie and their son Aedric Sabird, Chicago, Illinois; sister Carol Hutcheson, Norwalk, Iowa; brothers Maurice Chase and wife JoAnne, Round Lake, Illinois; Richard Chase and wife Rita, Council Bluffs, Iowa; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, with Rev. Leslie Traylor officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service and following the committal. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Presbyterian Church or The Gideon’s. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, is in charge of arrangements.


Christie, Richard James - Richard James Christie was born on July 19, 1926 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the son of Clarence Elmer and Bertha Thelma (Clayton) Christie. Dick entered into eternal rest on October 20, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dick was raised in the community of Shenandoah. He graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1944. Following high school he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country with pride. He was honorably discharge in 1946. He attended college at Omaha University and graduated in 1951 with a bachelors degree. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1951. He later went on to complete his Masters Degree.
On December 27, 1968 he was united in marriage to Deloris Laschansky in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Millard, Nebraska. The couple made their home in Omaha and Council Bluffs before returning to Shenandoah. The couple was blessed with 42 years of marriage.
During his working years Dick worked for Bellevue High School where he coached football and basketball. Dick was best known for his career at Omaha Technical High School. He served as the head football coach from 1958-1970, with an impressive record of 79-39-3. He also served as the head track coach from 1955-1958. He was responsible for implementing the “Dutch White Relays”, which through the 1960’s were one of the top track meets in Nebraska. He was also Tech High’s first golf coach and also coached swimming. Dick was made Athletic Director in 1971. During his tenure he was responsible for developing the girls athletic program. The number of young men and women who developed from his leadership can’t be measured. He was inducted to the Tech High Hall of Fame in 2001. He also served Tech High as an Assistant Principal.
Dick was a member of the American Legion and the Elks Club in Shenandoah. He enjoyed golfing, woodworking, oil painting, and tending to his flowers. He was a loving husband and a dear friend to many people.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ardythe Boehner and husband Bill, son Richard and daughter Markalynn. Those left to honor his memory include his wife Deloris, brother Keith Christie and wife Eloise, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends


Clark, Steven Lee - Steven Lee Clark, age 57, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at his residence in, Clarinda, Iowa. No services will be held. Condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa


Clayton, Lorayne Phipps - Lorayne Clayton went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ Sunday, Feb. 20 2011 at a care center in Boise, ID. She was born on June 17, 1919 to Thomas and Blanche (Posten) Phipps, in Shambaugh, Iowa. She had two older brothers, and three younger sisters. Lorayne’s school years were spent in Shambaugh, College Springs, and Clarinda, IA, graduating from high school in Pillager, Minnesota in 1936. Her love for learning took her to junior college for two years in Clarinda, IA, and her last two years at Simpson College where she graduated in 1942. Her teaching career began in Boxholm, Iowa in the fall of 1942.
She married Gaylan Clayton in 1946 and they had a son, Philip, and a daughter, Rebecca. The family lived in Iowa, So California, Brookings, Oregon, and Happy Camp, California. She moved to Antioch, California in 1956 after her divorce. There she raised her children and taught senior and junior high students until she retired in 1988. Lorayne was involved in family, church, school and community activities her whole life. She moved to Boise in 2002 to be near her daughter and family.
Lorayne loved learning and traveling and was so fortunate to travel to six of the seven continents from the mid 70’s to the late 90’s. She had wonderful memories, pictures, and artifacts from the many places she’d been.
She is preceded in death by parents and son, Phillip.
Lorayne is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Grace Johnson and Phyllis Cronin and their families; her daughter, Rebecca Best and her husband Michael Best; and two grandsons, Spencer Powell and Phillip Clayton.
A viewing was held Thursday, February24, 2011, at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, Boise, Idaho and private graveside services were held Monday, February 28, 2011 at Butler Cemetery, Shambaugh, Iowa.
Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, Iowa, was in charge of local arrangements.


Coodey, Katherina "Kathy" Ragsdale - Katherine “Kathy” Coodey, age 67, entered into eternal peace on November 23, 2011 at Shenandoah Medical Center.

Kathy was born December 16, 1943 in Sacramento, California to Jesse Joseph Lloyd and Aveia Ragsdale. She married Walter Lee Coodey, II on April 28, 1980.

During her working years she was employed by Yellow Cab as a taxi driver, a job she really enjoyed. Kathy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Shenandaoh, Iowa. She loved collecting figurines of angels and cooking for family and friends. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered.

Kathy was preceded in death by a step-son; William George Coodey.

Kathy is survived by sons; Richard Lee Trenkamp and wife Michille, Michael Scott Trenkamp, Kenneth Allan Trenkamp, and John Douglas Gregory, step-son; Walter L. Coodey, III and wife Connie, step-daughter; Lavena Louise Bonafield and husband Jeffery, fifteen grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends


Cooper, Barbara Ann Gery - Barbara 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


Copeland, William "Edgar" - Funeral services for Edgar Copeland, age 88, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Goldenrod Care Center in Clarinda, Iowa, was held at 2:30 p.m., Monday, October 17, 2011 at the College Springs Presbyterian Church with Reverend James Crapson officiating.
Interment will be held at the Blanchard Cemetery.
William Edgar Copeland was born May 4, 1923, in Colfax Township, Page County, Iowa the son of William Wallace Copeland and Margaret Elma Cabeen. He grew up attending Mount Hope Country School to the 8th grade, then he graduated with the Class of 1941 from the College Springs High School. Edgar was active in athletics in high school. His greatest accomplishment was winning first place at the Little Seven Track Meet in 1941, setting a school record that was only broken in 1973 by his son Jim!
After high school, Edgar helped area farmers due to the fact so many young men were gone fighting in World War II. In March of 1944, Edgar enlisted in the United States Navy faithfully serving his country until March of 1946. Edgar had been a Signal Man on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.
After his discharge from the U.S. Navy, Edgar returned home and on June 1, 1949, he was united in marriage to Aletha Monson at her parent's home following a tornado that passed only 600 feet from their home! Edgar and Aletha were blessed with the birth of two children, Barbara and Jim. Edgar was baptized and was a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Blanchard, Iowa until its closing in 1952.
He then joined the College Springs Presbyterian Church on July 4, 1954, and remained a faithful member until his illness in 2011 which caused him to be housebound. During those years he served as a Trustee and Elder for several terms. Edger was the Clerk of Colfax Township for over 30 years with his main focus being the repair and upkeep of the Blanchard Cemetery.
He also represented the Colfax Township for the Farm Bureau for many years. Edgar loved farming and the lifestyle it provided his family. He loved raising hogs, combining at harvest time and especially enjoyed working side-by-side with his neighbors. Being a farmer gave Edgar the ability to enjoy nature and all it had to offer while he was outdoors.
Left to cherish Edgar's memory is his loving wife of sixty-two years, Aletha Copeland of Clarinda; his daughter, Barbara Untiedt and husband Bill of San Antonio, Texas; and son, Jim Copeland and wife Barbara of Clarinda; two grandchildren, Matthew Untiedt and Megan Mungia and her husband Matt; three step-grandchildren, Jeff Williams and wife Donna; Wendy Baker and husband Jason; and Travis Kirchner and wife Liz; fifteen great-grandchildren; a sister, Alice Wheeler of Lake Bluff, Illinois who is 97; along with many other relatives and friends.
Preceding Edgar in death are his parents, William and Margaret Copeland; and a brother, Robert who died at infancy.
Edgar will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but his love and memory will live on in their hearts. May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn his passing


Croll, Joseph Leroy - Joseph 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


Cutler, Gerald Neil - Gerald Neil Cutler, son of Harvey H. Cutler and Grace (Patton) Cutler, was born on December 23, 1933 in Shenandoah, Iowa and lived most of his life on the Century farm near Northboro, Iowa. Neil entered into the arms of the Lord on July 16, 2011 at the Creighton Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska from complications due to an accident at his home.
Neil was a good natured man, loving to laugh and enjoyed life to the fullest. As a young boy, he enjoyed riding horses and was involved in the Northboro Rough Riders Club. He also enjoyed playing basketball and baseball in school. Neil very much enjoyed fishing and traveling with his wife Iva Jean to all of the United States. They most recently enjoyed trips to Alaska and the southern states. Neil loved the life of a farmer and being a steward of the land.
Neil graduated in the Class of 1952. After graduation he enlisted in the U S Navy of which he was very proud. He met his wife, Iva Jean Shirley of Randolph, Iowa and they were married on December 25, 1954. Neil was a lifetime member of the Northboro United Methodist Church, the American Legion, the Antique Tractor Assoc. and he recently received his fifty year membership certificate from the Emanuel Masonic Lodge of Blanchard, Iowa.
Neil was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Survivors include his wife Iva Jean of the home; daughter, Julie Graham and husband Ron of rural Northboro; son, Mark Cutler and wife Mary of rural Northboro; three grandchildren, Kyle Graham and wife Hannah of St. Joseph, MO, Kameron Johnson and husband Brandon of Council Bluffs, IA and Michael Cutler of Columbus, NE; and two great grandchildren, Tristyn Johnson and Kenna Graham.
Others left to cherish his memory include, brother-in-law, Max Miller and wife Kay of Ericson, NE; five nephews, Jeff Miller and wife Pam and family of Ericson, NE, Steve Miller and wife Rita and family of Graham, MO, Dan Miller and wife Denise and family of Red Oak, IA, Gene Taylor and Jourdan of Gaithersburg, MD, and Mike Griffes and family of Missoula, MT; two nieces, Cindy Taylor of Lake Stevens, WA, and Jeanne Koepplin and husband Bob and family of Iona, ID; sister-in-law, Patricia Griffes and husband Bob of Seeley Lake, MT; and cousin, Doris Messick of Graham, MO; other relatives and many friends.
Neil was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Jo Ann Miller and Chrystal Taylor; brother-in-law, Chet Taylor and a niece, Lori Miller


Dahlgran, Harold Robert - Harold Robert Dahlgran, 91, of Shenandoah was called home by his heavenly father on December 20, 2011. He passed peacefully in his sleep at Elm Heights in Shenandoah surrounded by immediate family members.

Harold, the youngest of three children born to Walter and Clara Lucinda Dahlgran, was born on a farm five miles east of Riverton, on September 20, 1920. He graduated from Riverton Community High School in 1938 and attended Iowa State University where he met Mary Elizabeth Henley, his future first wife. At the outbreak of World War II, Harold was called to duty in the U.S. Army Air Corp where he served in stateside logistics and troop relocation. After his discharge in 1945, he married Mary Elizabeth in October and moved to Ames and finished his bachelors’ degree.

After college, Harold and Mary Elizabeth returned to Riverton. They had six children while Harold was farming with his father, Walter. Harold and Mary Elizabeth were faithful members of the United Methodist Church in Riverton. Harold and family lived in Riverton until 1964. Upon the death of his father, Harold and the family moved to the family farm where he took over its operation. After Mary Elizabeth’s death in 1976, Harold married Margie Hoppe of Nebraska City in July 1978. They moved to Shenandoah in 1999 upon his retirement from farming. They are members of the First Presbyterian Church.
Harold was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Riverton, the Farm Bureau, Fremont County Extension Council and served as the mayor of Riverton for two years.

Harold was preceded in death by his first wife Mary Elizabeth, his brother Winfield and his sister Elfreda Hayes.

Harold is survived by Margie, his wife of 35 years, his six children and five step children: Carolyn (and Hugh) Berry, Edwin (and Jane), James (and Dava), Roger (and Janice), Elizabeth (and Marvin) Baldwin, Bill (and Tina); Roger Merritt, Steven (and Carol) Merritt, Kerry Merritt, Vona (and Bob) Parker, Robert (and Linda) Merritt. In addition, he leaves behind 21 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren


Davison, Charlotte Ulmer - Funeral services for Charlotte Davison, age 82, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, October 22, 2011 at Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, were held 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at the First Christian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Beckie Linn Gregory officiating. Visitation with the family were held 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Shearer Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or to the CAV/Page County Passengers (Clarinda Taxi Service).
Charlotte Davison was born August 29, 1929, to Opal Ulmer in Maryville, Missouri. Charlotte graduated from Hopkins High School, Hopkins, Missouri. She married Truman Davison, May 26, 1953 in Hopkins and they spent a couple of years in California and then made their home on a farm east of Braddyville where they raised their four boys. They moved to Clarinda in 1982.
Charlotte spent her time being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed family vacations, traveling with Niehart's Travel, water exercise, crocheting, reading, sewing, knitting, making baby blankets and her time spent with her coffee group.
Charlotte was an active member of the Pine Community Club, First Christian Church and active in the RSVP program, Chamber of Commerce, Glenn Miller Birthplace, Society, Page County Extension and Nodaway Valley Historical Society.
Preceding Charlotte in death were her mother, Opal and stepfather, Jerry Wiseman; grandson, Robert Davison and great grandson, Bryston Davison.
Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of fifty eight years, Truman Davison of Clarinda, Iowa; sons, Rick Davison of Maryville, Missouri, Randy Davison and wife Pat of Clarinda, Iowa, Steve Davison and wife Nancy from a suburb of Siam (rural Bedford, Iowa), Keith Davison and wife Shelly of Warsaw, Indiana; grandchildren, Dawn and B.J. Pirie, Trent and Elisha Davison, Ty Davison, Justin and Heidi Davison, Daniel Davison and fiancé Katie Ohrtman and Connor Davison; step grandchildren, Samuel Sellers and Desrah Stockberger; great grandchildren, Ethan Pirie and Wrigley Pirie; other relatives and many friends.
Charlotte will be greatly missed by her loving family and many friends but her love and memory will live on in their hearts. May God grant comfort and peace to al those who mourn her passing


Davison, Marian Stickelman

Graveside services for Marian Davison, age 95 of Clarinda who passed away Friday, May 27, 2011 at the Goldenrod Manor will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 10:30 AM at the Clarinda Cemetery. Open visitation will be held at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda on Monday from 3 to 5 PM. The family will greet friends Tuesday morning at the funeral home from 9:00 until service time. Memorials may be directed to the Shambaugh Church of God, Goldenrod Manor or Iowa Hospice. Memories may be shared at . Arrangements entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda.

Marian (Stickelman) Davison was born October 26, 1915 in Clarinda, Iowa the daughter of I.E. Stickelman and Jennie (Lister) Stickelman. She grew up attending school in Clarinda and was a member of the Church of God in Shambaugh, Iowa. On July 21, 1932 she was united in marriage to Wendell Davison. The couple spent their early years on the farm before moving to Clarinda in 1956. She worked at Clarinda Hardware, which was owned by her brother Keith for many years. She also assisted at the Walker Funeral Home. Marian loved to cook and was always trying new recipes. In 1954, she sent a cookie recipe to Better Homes and Gardens and it won a place in their Prize Tested recipes! After she was no longer able to cook, she enjoyed reading cookbooks.

Marian and Wendell enjoyed wintering in the south where they made many friends. Marian was an accomplished china painter and loved to knit, quilt, crochet and play cards with her friends. However, her favorite times were spent with her family.

Left to cherish Marian’s memory are her daughter Phyllis Kendall and husband Bob of Clarinda, Iowa; her son Dallas Davison and wife Connie of Garland, Texas; daughter-in-law, Ikie Lane of Shenandoah, Iowa; ten grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren; along with many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Marian in death were her parents, I.E. and Jennie Stickelman; her husband Wendell Davison in December of 2002; a son, Lyle Davison in January of 1974; a great-granddaughter Tracy; a great-great grandson Dalton; a sister Laura Hughes and three brothers, Orville, Howard and Keith.



Dowell, Thelma Elizabeth Carmichael - Thelma Elizabeth (Carmichael) Dowell was born on August 5, 1915 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Lon and Florence (Ault) Carmichael. Thelma entered into eternal peace on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at her home in Shenandoah, Iowa at the blessed age of 95 years.

Thelma’s early years were spent in Coin, Iowa where she attended school. She graduated from Coin High School with the Class of 1933. On March 22, 1936 she was united in marriage to Carl Milton Dowell in Coin. The couple resided on a farm outside of town.

Thelma was a dedicated wife and mother. She took on jobs outside of the home when needed. She worked as a Home Health-Aide, was a lunch lady at the Coin School, and later worked as an aide at Elm Heights. Caring for others, is what she did best.

She was a member of the Canasta Club, the United Presbyterian Church Women’s Group, served as the church pianist, enjoyed her apartment card group, and served as pianist for various other groups in the community. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women. Some of her hobbies included cooking, playing the piano, playing card games, and caring for others.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother; her husband Milton; a sister Helen Goodman; and brother-in-law Herb Goodman.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Dan and Linda Dowell of Littleton, CO and Dr. Peter and Kay (Dowell) Gibson of Lake Angelus, MI; 6 grandchildren Jim and Kristen (Gibson) Mauk of Valparaiso, IN, Donald and Kathy Gibson of Troy, MI, Tom and Kathy (Gibson) Joseph of Grand Rapids, MI, Jerry and Valeri (Gibson) Gidcumb of Panama City, FL, Darren and Terri Dowell of Lakewood, CO and Armando and Lindsey (Dowell) Gallegos of Littleton, CO; 20 great-grandchildren; other relatives and dear friends


Downing, Kenneth Irvin - Funeral services for Kenneth Downing, age 76 of Clarinda, will be held 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with The Rev. Doctor Richard Brown officiating. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs. There is open visitation until service time. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Kenneth Irvin Downing was born Dec 13, 1934 at Clarinda, Iowa to Walter Nunn Downing and Gertrude Leola (Craighead) Downing. The family lived on a farm south of Clarinda. After graduating Amity High he soon entered the United States Army serving in Berlin Germany.

Following his service in the US Army he returned to Iowa and worked for Henry Field Company in Shenandoah. After his employment at Henry Fields he was employed at Lisle Corp in Clarinda retiring there after nearly 20 years of service. He then spent his retirement years in Clarinda and recently lived at Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Gertrude Downing.

He is survived by his son, James Downing and family of Shenandoah, Iowa; siblings Dick Downing and wife Hilma of Sioux Falls, SD and Marilyn Gutierrez and husband Richard of Denver, CO; many cousins and other relatives and friends.
Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements


Driskell, Rose Mary Kelly - Rose Mary (Kelly) Driskell, age 81, passed away November 26, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Red Oak, Iowa.

Rose was born to Fred and Edith (Hill) Kelly on October 15, 1930 in Gillette, Wyoming. The family moved to southern Missouri and Rose attended a one room school up through the eighth grade.

On February 27, 1951, Rose married Hue Wayne Driskell in Salam, Arkansas, and to this union three daughters, Mary, June and Ellen were born. They resided in West Plains, Willow Springs, Cabool, and Tarkio, Missouri before moving to Shenandoah, Iowa in 1970.

For many years Rose worked for Rawlings in Willow Springs along with her sister Maggie. Rose also worked many years for Mount Arbor Nursery and at Farm Masters in Shenandoah.

Preceding Rose in death were her husband, Hue Wayne Driskell in 2005; her parents, Fred and Edith Kelly; her brothers, Ott, John and Holmer Kelly; sisters, Edna, Maggie, Fern, Edith and Eva; and son-in-law, George Buchta of Idaho.

Survivors include her three daughters; Mary Buchta of Boise, Idaho, June Carnes and husband Carl of Essex, Iowa and Ellen Houser and husband Jim of Coburg, Iowa, three sister; Gene, Betty, and Arley, two brothers; Roy and Ray, 14 grandchildren; Jody Purvis, Clay and Rick Tooley, Amanda Jermann, Dianne Humble, Tim, Scott, Chris and Michael Buchta, Sheila Kennedy and Carl Carnes, Jr., Wendy Moyer and Jimmy and Johnny Houser; 30 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends


Dunn, Eloise Freeland - Eloise Freeland Dunn, 84, of Wooster, Ohio and formerly of Clarinda, Iowa passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at Wooster Community Hospital.
She was born February 15, 1927 in Clarinda, Iowa, to Dr. E.W. and Ruth (Smith) Freeland. She married Lloyd G. Dunn on October 18, 1947, who survives.
Mrs. Dunn was a graduate of Stephens College, Columbia, Mo., and a devout member of the Presbyterian Church. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and homemaker and also devoted to her PEO sisterhood, Presbyterian Women, PTA’s and Meals on Wheels volunteer delivery.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three children, Stephen (Cindy) Dunn of Keokuk, Iowa, Jeffrey (Jamie) Dunn of Deer Park, Wash., Kristine (Stan) Burris of Wooster, Ohio; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Eloise was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.
A memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church, 621 College Ave., Wooster, Ohio, on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Jim Watt officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.
McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, Ohio, is assisting the family.
Those who wish may make contributions to the First Presbyterian Church, 621 College Ave., Wooster, Ohio 44691


Dunn, Lowell Graham - Mr. Dunn passed away October 11, 2011 in Wooster, OH. Memorials services will be held Saturday, Nov 5, 2011 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Clarinda. More information will be available closer to service date.

Mr. Dunn was born on May 15, 1924, in Clarinda, the son of William and Pearl (Black) Dunn. He married Eloise Freeland on Oct. 18, 1947, in Clarinda. She preceded him in death on May 4, 2011.

He was a graduate of Clarinda High School in 1941, serving as president of his senior class. He sang in the chorus, glee club and boy's quartet in high school and participated in the first Iowa State Vocal Chorus in Des Moines.

An avid golfer, he caddied as a youth at the Clarinda Country Club, usually walking at least 54 holes a day. He was the Clarinda Golf Club champion after high school and competed in the Iowa Masters Tournament at Iowa State University in Ames in 1942.

Mr. Dunn graduated from Iowa State University in 1951 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a member of the Pi Epsilon Chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, a national honorary mechanical engineering fraternity.

He worked for Alcoa from 1951 to 1983. His career included several positions in die-casting and development work in aluminum packaging, including design of the first easy-open beer can end in 1963.

He served in the U.S. Army as a private first class with the 103rd Infantry Division from February 1943 to May 1945. He was wounded in action in France in November 1944 and received a Purple Heart.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Wooster and helped deliver meals through Meals on Wheels.

Surviving are three children, including Stephen (Cindy) of Keokuk, Jeffrey (Jamie) of Deer Park, Wash., and Kristine (Stan) Burris of Wooster; six grandchildren, Amanda (Kyle) Mahannah, Leslie Dunn, Sam Burris, Lucas Burris, Wilson Shepherd and Beck Shepherd; and one great-grandchild, Kaylee Mahannah.

Besides his wife of 63 years, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Dorothy Dunn; three brothers, Harold, Howard and Larry; and one sister, Margaret