Page County, Iowa obituaries
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Keith, Delmar Raymond - Delmar Raymond Keith was born June 30, 1939 in Adams County, Iowa near Quincy, the son of Cecil Raymond and Helen Virginia (Moore) Keith. He passed away on Sunday morning, February 13, 2011 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 71 years, 7 months and 14 days.

Delmar grew up in rural Adams and Montgomery Counties and graduated from Red Oak High School in 1958. On June 15, 1962, he was united in marriage to Betty Jean Nupp in Shenandoah. Delmar worked as a production manager at Imperial Chemical in Shenandoah for over 40 years. He attended the Memorial Baptist Church and enjoyed bowling, playing cards, camping and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Betty Jean.

Survivors include his children, Raymond Keith and his wife Della of Shenandoah, Iowa, Mike (Davis) Keith and Christina Herr of Essex, Iowa; grandchildren, Joshua Thompson, Nate Hoyt, Tyler Hoyt, Paige Wigley, Destiny Archer, Vanessa Archer; a brother, Bob Keith and his wife Vicki; a sister, Vicki Mosier and her husband Roy; along with many other relatives and friends

Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa, Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Kelley, Leonard Harvey - Leonard Harvey Kelley was born February 10, 1912 in Montgomery County, Valley Township, the son of J.H. (Dick) and Bessie Kelley of Villisca. He lived in Villisca most of his life with the exception of 20 years that he and his family moved to Illinois 1944 . During this time he managed the Sieg Co. Automotive Parts stores in Champagne, Urbana, and Peoria, Illinois.
Leonard was in the National Guard from 1927 to 1938 and the Iowa State Guard until 1942. He attained the rank of 1st Sergeant in the National Guard and 1st Lieutenant in the State Guard. He moved back to Villisca in 1964 where he worked for the Lisle Corporation of Clarinda until his retirement in 1978. Leonard worked for the City of Villisca and the Villisca Elevator for several years after his retirement from Lisle’s. He was active in community service and was a frequent visitor at the Senior Citizens Center.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marjorie in 2000, his daughter Marcia Ann, and one sister Vivian Hart. He is survived by his daughter Karen Sue Meyer of Clarinda and grandchildren: Jadon (23), Gideon (22), Abram (21), Kidron (20), Malachi (16), Chloe (12) and Jonah (12).
Leonard passed away Monday, August 1, 2011 at Westridge Quality Care and Rehab in Clarinda. Private family services were held. Wolfe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


Kemery, Norma Dean Bradley - Norma Dean Kemery died Thursday, October 20, 2011, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, after a brief illness. Visitation were held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2011, at the Villisca Presbyterian Church. Funeral services follow, at 2:00 p.m., at the Church, with the Rev. Sandy Wainright-Rossander presiding. Burial at Snow Hill Cemetery in Coin, Iowa, will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Villisca Public Library or the Villisca EMTs. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at under obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa
Mrs. Kemery was born Norma Dean Bradley on September 1, 1924, on a farm near Gravity, Iowa, to Leah (neé Monahan) and Lloyd Bradley. She attended country school near Gravity until the family moved into the town of Gravity. She graduated from Gravity High School in 1941. She continued her education at Northwest Missouri State Teachers College and completed a teachers' certificate program.
She taught in country schools in Taylor County, Iowa, both before and after her marriage to John B. Kemery on January 30, 1943. During the early years of their marriage, they lived in Bedford, Iowa, and their two children were born there. They moved their family to Villisca, Iowa, in 1952. Mrs. Kemery stopped teaching after World War II, and she worked as a homemaker while her children were young. She later worked at the Villisca Public Library for several years. While she was working at the Library, she accepted a part-time position with the Nodaway Valley National Bank in Villisca. Over the years, she became a full-time employee and rose through the ranks to become an officer and member of the board of the Bank. She retired from full-time employment when the Bank was sold to Citizens State Bank (now Bank Iowa) in 1989.
Mrs. Kemery enjoyed life in the small-towns of Iowa. Long after her own children were grown, she followed the activities of her friends and their children in the community and the local schools for many years. They in turn looked after her, and she was able to remain in her own home until her health seriously deteriorated in 2008. In 2009, she moved to an independent retirement apartment near the homes of her children in St. Louis, Missouri, and she continued to live there until her death.
Mrs. Kemery was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Kemery, Sr., her granddaughter, Rebecca Lynne Kemery, and her parents.
She is survived by her son, J. Barton Kemery, Jr., (and his wife, Barbara) and her daughter, Barbara Kemery, both of St. Louis. In addition, she is survived by her grandchildren, Elizabeth Kemery Sipes (Brian) of Denver,Colorado, Jennifer Kemery Couch (Gary) of Atlanta, Georgia, and Michael D. Kemery (Kelli) of Seattle, Washington, and by her great-grandchildren, Tennyson D. Sipes, Mackenzie A. Couch, Jayden A. Kemery, Madelyn A. Kemery, Huxley A. Kemery, and Baby Kemery due in November


Kenagy, Karl Wesley - Karl Wesley Kenagy was born August 19, 1939 in Page County, Iowa, the son of Arthur B. and Ethelen (Knowles) Kenagy. He passed away at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday evening, December 28, 2010 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 71 years, 4 months and 9 days. Covenanter Cemetery near Clarinda, Iowa.

Karl grew up in Page County and attended College Springs schools. He graduated from Amity High School in 1958. Following high school, Karl was united in marriage to Terri Lynn Wilson. This union was blessed with three children; Duane, Eleia and Kevin.

Karl attended Maryville State Teachers College for one year then went to work for Greenwod and Orth Motors in Clarinda. Karl and Terri moved to Des Moines where Karl worked for Sumner-Ramsey Pontiac from 1964 until 1977 when they returned to College Springs to help with the family farm. He opened his own auto repair shop and operated it until his health would not allow him to. He served on the South Page School Board and the Amity Hall Board. He was a member of the College Springs Presbyterian Church where he served as a trustee and most recently as an Elder. He enjoyed drag racing, farming, cattle, especially the bottle and bucket calves with his grandchildren; and he enjoyed helping with various 4-H projects. Karl also made scrapbooks for all of the members in his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Terri; a sister, Evelyn Lortz; and a brother-in-law, Robbie Wilson.

Survivors include his children, Duane Kenagy and his wife Brenda of Clarinda, Iowa, Eleia Sunderman and her husband Rich of Clarinda, Iowa. Kevin Kenagy of Clarinda, Iowa; five grandchildren, Ashley and Amber Kenagy, Cheyenne and Chanda Sunderman, and Jenna Kenagy; a sister, Elaine Cobb and her husband Chuck of Arkansas; two sisters-in-law, Tammy Mather and her husband Gary of Burlington Junction, Missouri, Jean Wilson of Shambaugh, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Kip Wilson of Kansas City, Missouri; along with many other relatives and friends

Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Kinman, Wayne W. - Wayne W. Kinman passed away October 28, 2011 at Liberty Terrace Health Care and Rehab. He was born in Elmo, MO, to Vilas and Orpha (Ecker) Kinman on February 25, 1928. His parents and infant brother, Robert, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary; son William of Liberty, MO; brother Connie Kinman, Clarinda; sister Delpha Pugh, Shambaugh; several nieces and nephews.
Following graduation from Clarinda High School in 1946, where he excelled in football, basketball, and track, Wayne served two years in the Marine Corp at Oceanside, Calif. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1952 and has been elected into the “M” Club Hall of Fame in football and track. Wayne retired from the City of Liberty, MO, in 1990 after serving 28 years as Building Inspector, Director of Parks and Recreation and Park Supervisor.
Wayne was cremated, and services will be held at a later date


Kinsey, Shirley Borwn Kaderavek - Funeral services for Shirley Kinsey, age 79 of Clarinda, who passed away peacefully Thursday, August 18, 2011 at Goldenrod Manor due to respiratory complications were held Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Clarinda. Visitation was held at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Interment was held in the Marengo Cemetery in Marengo at 4:30 p.m. Memorials can be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Marengo.
The youngest of four, Shirley was born to parents Fred & Ina Brown on May 8, 1932 in Marengo, Iowa. She graduated from Marengo High School in 1950 and went on to work for the FBI Identification Division in Washington D.C.
She married Ed Kaderavek in 1951 and moved to Atlanta, GA. While living in Atlanta, Shirley worked for the Federal Reserve Bank. They moved to Texarkana, TX in 1952 where their daughter Debbi was born.
After Ed’s army discharge in 1954, they returned to Marengo where both sets of parents resided. Daughter Laura was born in 1959. Shirley was widowed in 1962. When both girls were in school, she worked at Merle’s Jewelry in Marengo. She married Tom Kinsey in 1966. Together they had one daughter, Karla.
During her time in Marengo, she worked for Marengo Memorial Hospital; the office of Drs. Byram & Friedrichsen; and Social Services. In 1980, Shirley & Tom moved to Clarinda, Iowa where they purchased the Coast to Coast Hardware Store. After the store’s closing in 1989, she worked at the Clarinda Regional Health Center until her retirement in 1998.
Shirley was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church. She was a member and state officer of TTT and a member of PEO. She enjoyed volunteering in the Sew & Share Room at church, was a member of Circle, and took pleasure in joining Pastor Andy delivering Communion to local nursing homes. Volunteering in the community was also important to her. She was an avid bridge player and was a member of several bridge clubs. Sewing, reading, entertaining, and telling jokes were several of the ways Shirley enjoyed life.
Preceding Shirley in death were her parents; hubands Ed & Tom; and two sisters, Dorothy and Marylois.
She is survived by daughter Debbi Haduch and husband Lee of Fort Mohave, Arizona; daughter Laura Smith and husband Larry of Kansas City, Missouri; and daughter Karla Nordland and husband Andy of Kansas City, Missouri; and granddaughter Jennifer Smith, daughter of Laura Smith of Overland Park, Kansas; step-daughter Sherry Magee and husband Mike of Leawood, Kansas; and her three sons, Max, Ben and Gavin; step-daughter, Lori Miller and husband Van of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and her daughter Savannah


Klepinger, Gwenevere Iris Wiley - Gwenevere Iris Wiley Klepinger was born to William Alfred and Ida McLaughlin Wiley on January 29, 1908, in Diagonal, Iowa. In 1921, Gwen moved with her family to Clarinda, Iowa, where she graduated from Clarinda High School and Clarinda Junior College. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, in 1931, and taught elementary school for six and a half years in Thurman, Riverton, and Council Bluffs, Iowa.

She married Forest H. Klepinger on August 27, 1935, in Clarinda, where Forest was manager of the Brown's Shoe Fit Co. store. The couple had two children, Brian and Linda.

In 1945, Gwen and Forest moved with their family to Shenandoah, where they lived until 1998. Gwen was active in Christian education at the First United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, Athenaeum Study Club, and Chapter JA of PEO, of which she was past president. She also volunteered at Elm Heights and Park Crest Care Centers, and enjoyed reading, travel, and researching family history.

Over the years, Gwen and Forest entertained numerous guests from Japan in their home, including chaperones and members of student groups from Kagoshima, who visited Shenandoah each summer for many years during the 1960s and 1970s sponsored by Kagoshima’s MBC-TV and the Shenandoah Rotary Club.

Gwen and Forest moved to the Immanuel Village retirement community in Omaha in 1998. Since January 2005, Gwen has resided at the Oak Hills residence of Comfort Care Homes of Nebraska in Omaha.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years Forest H. Klepinger; her sister Evelyn W. Wolfe; and her parents W.A. (Fred) and Ida Wiley. She is survived by her son Brian Klepinger and his wife Cyndy of Denver, Colorado, and daughter Linda and her husband John Keenan of Newport, Vermont. She leaves four grandchildren: Eric Klepinger of Denver, Colorado; Lisa Jones of Ridgefield, Connecticut; Daniel Keenan of Norton, Vermont; and Melanie LeGeros of Somerville, Massachusetts; and five great-grandchildren —Kara Klepinger, Jennifer and Robert Sharpe Jones, Zoe LeGeros, and Elizabeth Keenan.


Kling, Margaret Greenwalt - Margaret Kling, 87, of Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in her home surrounded by her loving family. Margaret was born June 20, 1923 in Shenandoah, Iowa to Howard and Cecil Greenwalt. Margaret graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1942 and worked at Colonial Poultry Farms Hatchery. Margaret married Norman Kling June 12, 1946 in Shenandoah where they proudly raised their family.
Margaret was a very outgoing individual who loved to laugh and was especially proud of her children and family. Throughout all of her adversities with Spina Bifida, Margaret was determined to live life to its fullest and truly believed she was blessed to have such a rich and full life. She had that rare gift to make others feel good about themselves.
Margaret enjoyed many, many hobbies including woodworking, crafts and fishing with Norman at the 22 Club. Margaret was a member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah.
Margaret is survived by her husband, Norman; her children Benny Kling of Bloomfield, New Mexico; Bob Kling of Indianola; and Carol (Miller) of Le Mars; one brother, Harley Greenwalt of Shenandoah; 6 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; nieces, nephews, in-laws and many, many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Miller (Bub) Greenwalt, Harold (Bill) Greenwalt, Larry Greenwalt; sister Mildred (Sis) Spies and one great grandchild, James Kling.
Memorials may be made to Asera Care Hospice of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Visitation for friends and family is from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 21 at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. The funeral is 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 22 also at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home followed by graveside services at Rose Hill Cemetary. A luncheon will be held afterward at the Congregational Church


Koger, Ronnie Lynn - Celebration of Life services for Ronnie Koger, age 56, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Shenandoah, Iowa, will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday , June 27, 2011 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Larry Dozier officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 9:30 a.m. to service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Clearmont Cemetery, Clearmont, Missouri.

Ronnie Lynn Koger was born February 10, 1955 to James Eldon Koger and Bula May (Callahan) Koger at Maryville, Missouri. He grew up on a farm west of Hopkins, Missouri and graduated from North Nodaway High School in 1974. Ronnie married Shari Wheeler and they had two children, Michael and Jamie. The couple later divorced. He later married Donna Ware. She passed away in 2006. Ronnie and Dawn Pedersen were united in marriage February 13, 2009.

Ronnie spent most of his working life in packing plants. He was an outdoorsman enjoying camping, fishing, and horse riding when he was younger. Ronnie had an extensive knife collection that he was proud of. He had a special spot in his heart for his dog, Faith also loving called Pudden Head.

Preceding Ronnie in death were his parents and sister, Linda Koger.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Dawn Koger of Clarinda, Iowa; son Mike and wife Liz; daughter, Jamie of Hamburg, Iowa; two grandsons and one granddaughter; sister, Ruthie Owens and husband Wayne of Hopkins, Missouri; nephews, Kevin Owens and wife Kelly of Maryville, Missouri, Bruce Owens and wife Polly of Muscatine, Iowa and Daryl Owens and wife Cindy of Maryville, Missouri; cousins and many friends


Kuehn, Willard G. "Bill" - Memorial services for Dr. Willard G. “Bill” Kuehn, age 89, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa were held Wednesday March 30, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Robert Keefer officiating. Visitation with the family were held 5-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial with military rites by American Legion Post 98 was in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to a memorial scholarship fund for a healthcare student, Clarinda Regional Health Care Foundation or to the donor’s choice.
Dr. Willard George “Bill” Kuehn was born June 20, 1921, to George G. Kuehn and Doris E. (Bailey) Kuehn in Watertown, South Dakota. He grew up in Carpenter, South Dakota, graduating from Clark High School, Clark, South Dakota. He continued his education graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Huron College, South Dakota and a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Dakota in 1945. Bill graduated from the University Of Nebraska College Of Medicine in 1947 and completed his residency at the University and Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska in March, 1949.
Bill was united in marriage July 1, 1949 to Grace Marilyn Kennedy in Avoca, Iowa. They were blessed with six children, David, Steven, Sandra, Susan, Cathryn and Linda. The couple moved to Clarinda and Bill established his medical practice in Clarinda in 1949. He served in the United States Navy as a medical officer on the USS Sperry in San Diego, California, 1952-1954 during the Korean Conflict. After serving in the Navy, Bill returned to his medical practice in Clarinda until he retired in 1989.
Bill was an active member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, serving as elder several times and in other capacities. He was an active member of the community, supporting Clarinda in many ways. He served for fifteen years on the Clarinda Community School Board, served two terms on the Iowa State School Board Association, and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Nodaway Valley Museum board since it was established. Bill was a sixty plus year active member of the Clarinda Lions club and past president, always there to help with the pancake suppers. He was a very active retiree volunteering with the Clarinda Chamber Ambassadors, the R.S.V.P. group, the Nodaway Valley Museum.
Bill was an avid collector especially enjoying collecting Indian artifacts. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed attending and rooting on the Nebraska football team and working in his workshop.
Preceding Bill in death were his parents, George and Doris Kuehn; brother and sister-in-law, Vernon and Joan Kuehn; granddaughter, Pamela Combs.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marilyn of Clarinda, Iowa; sons, David Kuehn and wife Pam of Wausau, Wisconsin, Steven Kuehn of Clarinda, Iowa; daughters, Sandra Combs and husband Mike of Gordon, Nebraska, Susan Moore and husband Daryl of Clarinda, Iowa, Cathryn Moore and husband Randy of Beatrice, Nebraska, Linda Lynch and husband Rick of Boone, Iowa; grandchildren; Jennifer Thackray, Melissa McGowan and husband Matt, Christina Breach and husband Kris, Shawn Combs, Dana, Ryan, and Evan Moore, Tyler and Daniel Lynch; great grandchildren, Zoe and Gage Thackray, Hayden and Asa Breach; nieces, nephews and many friends

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

Lamb, John Edgar - Funeral services for John Edgar Lamb, 43 of Clarinda, Iowa will be 10:30 Wednesday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Clarinda. Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to a fund in his name

John Edgar Lamb was born August 27, 1967 in Omaha, Nebraska to Gerald (Jerry) and Fama (Wehrkamp) Lamb. He entered into rest on August 14, 2011 in Clarinda, Iowa.
He was married to Rosalie Wilson on August 29, 1992. They later divorced. There were no children of this union.
John was a very giving man. He loved all types of music. His pride and joy was his stereo. He would call different family members to visit and tell them he was kicked back, drinking coffee, listening to his stereo. Then he would ask “Can you hear it?” If you were smart you would say “Yes” otherwise he would turn it up until you told him how nice it sounded. He also spoke to family about going to Red Oak and dancing with his “Dancing Queen.” We never met his dancing queen or knew her real name, which was probably a blessing for her for who would want to be quested by all his family?
He always called to find out when the next family dinner was as he loved getting together and home cooking. He would call his Mom often to tell her what he had for supper if he had eaten a particularly fine meal. He would then ask her what she had eaten. Even if she had only had popcorn that night she would say steak, baked potato and a salad. John would laugh and say “Wow!” I should have eaten with you. John had to think Mom was sure eating a lot of steak.
John’s greatest dream was to be a D.J. and he would help one of the local D.J.’s from time to time.
He also loved listening to Jerry Dietz. He took great delight in calling the radio station and asking if Jerry would announce his family’s birthdays. He would then call the person whose birthday it was and very excitedly tell them he had put their birthday on the radio. You could picture him grinning from ear to ear as he told you. He always put his sister Mary as Mary Lamb even though she had been a Karr for years.
He enjoyed football and his favorite team was the Minnesota Vikings. He also liked the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys. He would call family who enjoyed football and discuss the latest game and brag about the team he had picked.
He was a happy optimistic person who lived a simple life. He was always laughing or smiling.
John loved his family very much and would call when he heard one was sick, to inquire how they were doing and state he would pray for them.
John may not have attended church regularly but he loved his Lord.
John always ended his calls by saying with meaning, “I love you.”
The family truly hopes John’s sudden, unexpected death at an early age will make people question themselves such as, “Am I taking care of my health?” If not for you do it for those who would be devastated by your loss. Ask yourself “Have I called my family or friends lately?” When you do call make sure you say with great meaning, “I love you” when you hang up.
We hope you remember death can come unexpectedly.
Preceding him in death were parents Gerald Lamb, Fama Rogers, and Robert Gray. Grandparents: Glee and Ocle Lamb, Henry and Mary Wehrkamp.
Surviving him is his mother Juanita Gray. Brothers: Danny Lamb, Robert (JR) (Amanda) Gray all of New Market, Ron Gray Clarinda, Jody Husted Red Oak. Sisters: Deb Stanley Bedford, Mrs. David (Donna) Shum Villisca, Mrs. Anthony (Mary) Karr and Mrs. Bill (Diana) Roberts both of Clarinda. Also many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, family, and friends who will greatly miss him.
Funeral services for John Edgar Lamb, 43 of Clarinda, Iowa will be 10:30 Wednesday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Clarinda. Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to a fund in his name. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements


Laning, Ruth Woolson - Ruth Woolson Laning, 79, died Wednesday, March 23, at home in Indianola, Iowa. A Celebration of Life service were held 3 p.m., Sunday, April 3, at the First United Methodist Church in Indianola.
Ruth was born Nov. 8, 1931, in Clarinda, Iowa, the daughter of George D. and Lucile Ransom Woolson. She is a 1949 graduate of Clarinda High School and completed her education degree at Simpson College in Indianola in 1953. She taught at Altoona for one year before her marriage to Everett Laning of Chicago, Ill., on Sept. 4, 1954. She defined her job as ‘homemaker – non-retired’, but did teach as a substitute in Warren and Marion County schools until retiring with Ev.
After his graduation from Garrett Biblical Institute (now Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) in Evanston, Ill., the Lanings served United Methodist churches in Milo/Greenplain and Luther/Napier, Iowa. Left without appointment for one-year to complete his Ph.D. at Iowa State University, the Lanings moved to Indianola where Everett was a professor at h is and Ruth’s alma mater, Simpson College, until retirement in 1996. Since 1999 they have lived at The Village, a United Methodist continuing care retirement community where her father, George, had been one of the first residents prior to his death in 1994.
Ruth and Ev were active Volunteers In Mission, spending up to two weeks each year in domestic and international United Methodist churches or agencies until Ruth’s health prevented doing so. The only known tears she shed as her health worsened were for not being able to continue these occasions of sharing her Christian faith. They served as host family for a number of Everett’s international students at either Rust or Simpson colleges, and the Rotary International youth Exchange to which they gave over 25 years of dedicated service.
She was a member of the Indianola United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, the Delta Delta Delta sorority, the Simpson Guild, and was a 60-year member of P.E.O.. She volunteered at the Balloon Museum. Helping Hand, Carousel Theater Board, Warren County Habitat for Humanity, Camp Fire Leader, and delivered Meals on Wheels in Indianola and Bidwell Riverside in Des Moines. One of her last gifts was to make burial garments to accompany the caskets made by Ev for the Precious Angels Ministry. She sang in the choir, then played handbells in the church for many years. Her final music ministry occurred on Sunday, March 20, 2011 when she played chimes for the afternoon Vesper Service at The Village.
She is survived by her husband Everett; children, Yvonne (Gary) Oyler of Chardon, Ohio, Brent (Lynn) Laning of North canton, Ohio, and Jolene (Ken) Huen of Norwalk, Iowa; brother, John (Anna) Woolson of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren, Lora (Matt) Muilenburg, Kristen Hansen, Kathryn and Kara Huen, and Samantha and Nicholas Read; and great-grandchildren, Kate and John Muilenburg. She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Paul Ransom Woolson, in 1938.
Visitation with family were held one hour prior to services in the church hospitality room. Memorial gifts made to Bidwell-Riverside Center are welcome in lieu of flowers.
Overton Funeral Home of Indianola is in charge of services. On-line condolences may be made to

Larson, LaVon Elaine Nelson - LaVon Elaine Larson, the daughter of Abner and Leona (Proehl) Nelson was born November 9, 1934 in Montevideo, Minnesota. She passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 76 years, 10 months and 25 days.
LaVon was raised in Montevideo, MN. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior Lutheran Church of Montevideo. In 1952, LaVon graduated from Montevideo High School and attended Jr. College at Rochester, MN, earning a medical secretary certificate. She moved to Omaha, NE and worked in the radiology department at Methodist Hospital for three years. On June 8, 1957 LaVon was united in marriage to Kenneth D. Larson in Montevideo, MN. Kenneth was a farmer and they lived on farms near Bethesda and Essex before 1964, when they bought and made their home on a farm north of Bethesda, IA. Along with helping Kenneth, LaVon worked at the Stanton Care Center for 15 years, as an aide and with laundry, but for most of the time with the dietary department. She was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir, serving as a Sunday school teacher, and quilting with the ladies of the church. LaVon enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning, sewing and playing cards. She was also involved in many neighborhood clubs and was still a regular with the Merry Mixers. LaVon treasured her family and loved to attend and support her grandson's school activities, along with other local events.
LaVon was preceded in death by her father, Abner; husband, Kenneth on July 23, 2005 and sister, Wanda Flickinger.
LaVon is survived by daughters: Lori Miloni and husband Tony of North Little Rock, AR; and Lynn Meier and husband Dennis of Villisca, IA; grandsons: Daniel Meier and special friend Jackie Carlson; and David Meier; mother, Leona Nelson of Clarkfield, MN; nephews: Ronald Falk and wife Connie of Columbus, NE; and Scott Flickinger and wife Debbie of Andover, MN; nieces: Carol Falk of Tucson, AZ; and Sheryl Bednar and husband Paul of Imperial, PA; other relatives and a host of friends.
May God bless her memory and give strength to those who mourn.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Bethesda, IA. Burial was in the Bethesda Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Lamb, Officiating.
Visitation with the family present on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home.
Family requests memorials in lieu of flowers to the Bethesda Lutheran Church. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in charge of arrangements


Leacox, Betty Lou McCrea - Betty Lou (McCrea) Leacox was born on February 5, 1927 in Bedford, Iowa, the daughter of Claude James and Faye (Swearingen) McCrea. Betty entered into eternal peace on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Betty attended school in Shenandoah and graduated from Shenandoah High School. Following graduation she attended Creston Community College for one year. On June 15, 1946 she was united in marriage to John Edward Leacox in Shenandoah, Iowa. This union was blessed with the birth of three children; William, James and Janie

During her working years Betty was employed by the Chamber of Commerce as a secretary until the couple purchased Shenandoah Monument Company in 1962. She worked along side her husband until 1980, assisting with the daily duties of the lettering company. She was a loving wife, dedicated mother, and caring grandmother.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah, a 50 plus member of PEO, Assistant Director of Southwest Iowa Theater Group and President of the Greater Shenandoah Historical Society. She enjoyed being part of the Sweet Adeline’s and Bell Choir at church. Some of her hobbies included playing bridge, reading and doing crossword puzzles in ink. For over 60 years Betty cherished her Saturday coffee with her dear friends.

She was preceded in death of her parents; husband John Leacox; and brother Robert Claude McCrea.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children William R. Leacox of Stocton, CA, James G. Leacox and wife Karin of Overland Park, KS and Janie Leacox Casteel and husband Chris of Atlantic, IA; grandchildren Christin Casteel Blume and husband Chris of Cleveland, MS, Ms. Marcia Casteel of Council Bluffs, IA, John Leacox and Marc Leacox both of Overland Park, KS; other relatives and friends.

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


Leighton, Bob - Bob Leighton passed away at the age of 86 on his and Doris’s 64th Wedding Anniversary, Tuesday, April 5th at the Westridge Nursing Home in Clarinda, Iowa. He was born on august 18, 1924, in Gravity, Iowa, to Chester Leighton and Berniece (Brooks) Leighton. He was raised and attended school in Gravity, Iowa. He served in the Navy as a member of the flight deck crew aboard the aircraft carrier, the USS Ticonderoga in the South Pacific from March 1943 until he was honorably discharged in January 1946. After leaving the Navy, he returned to Omaha where he was united in marriage to Doris Westfall on April 5, 1947.
Bob was employed as a welder and steel fabricator for many years. He eventually started his own steel fabrication business in 1968 and retired in 1987. In 1972 he bought an 80 acre farm at Ladoga which is located just west of Gravity. After retirement he sold that farm and bought another 100 acre farm north of New Market where he raised miniature horses and later, Angus cattle.
Bob enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and working with his livestock. He was very creative and enjoyed working with his hands. He also enjoyed working with Doris in her ceramics studio, B&B Ceramics.
Preceding Bob in his death were his parents, Chester and Bernice, brothers William Keith, Harold Dwayne, and Vernon Clark.
Bob is survived by wife, Doris Mae (Westfall) Leighton, three children, Rodney B. Leighton (Connie) of Logan, IA, Gregory H. Leighton (Marion) of New Market, IA, Susan M. Larson (Patrick) of Omaha, NE; sister Martha Freeman (Herbert) of Villisca, IA, five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.
A Celebration of Life service for Bob was held Monday, April 11, 2011 at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation was from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 3:00 p.m. Pastor Dan Wiebesieck officiated. Nephew, Mike Freeman will also share his thoughts.
Burial with military rites was at the Clarinda Cemetery.


Lembke, Marion Wayne - Marion Wayne Lembke was born February 11, 1925 in Griswold, Iowa, the son of Francis Joseph and Susie Fern (Freeman) Lembke. He passed away on Monday morning, September 5, 2011 at the Red Oak Nursing and Rehab Center in Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 86 years, 6 months and 25 days.

Marion grew up in Griswold and graduated from Griswold High School in 1942. On March 8, 1953 he was united in marriage to Charlene Seeley in Griswold, Iowa. This union was blessed with one daughter, Paulette.

Marion was a self employed blacksmith and welder and had his shop in Essex for many years. He had a love for antique tractors. He also enjoyed making ornamental objects out of iron. He was also an avid woodcarver and gardener.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Dale Lembke, Lorraine Edwards, Guinevere Hemphill, Elton Lembke, Thelma Lembke and Muriel Hooker.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene Lembke of Essex, Iowa; his daughter, Paulette Marsh and her husband Donald of Shenandoah, Iowa; three sisters, Velma Powers of Griswold, Iowa, Belma Dorsheimer of Griswold, Iowa, Gale Edwards of Kerman, California; along with many other relatives and friends


Lint, Russell Allen - Funeral services for Russell Lint, 53 of Villisca, Iowa, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2011, at the Wolfe Funeral Home. Visitation is scheduled one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the North Page Cemetery south of Villisca.
Russell Allen Lint was born January 10, 1958 in Red Oak, Iowa to John Wesley Lint and Clara Leona Pierson. He graduated from Villisca High School in 1976 and moved to Anita and worked several years in masonry construction. Russell returned to the Villisca Red Oak area and worked as an electrician for twenty years. He is preceded in death by his grandparents; great niece Angel Kern; several aunts and uncles.
Surviving Russell are his parents John and Clara Leona Lint of Villisca, Iowa; sister Peggy Larsen and husband Randy of Atlantic, Iowa; brother James Lint and wife Teresa of Bedford, Iowa; uncle Richard Pierson and wife Charlotte of Red Oak, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephew and friends.

Wolfe Funeral Home in charge of arrangements


Lippert, Clarence Samuel - Clarence wrote his own obituary before he died because he wanted to have the final word. Clarence Samuel Lippert of Sabetha, Kansas died on Monday, October 31, 2011 at Sabetha, Kansas. He died of an apparent heart attack. Now admit it, you always wanted the obituary to list what caused the person to die.
Clarence was the fourth of four boys born to Lloyd and Martha Lippert on a farm near Delmont, South Dakota. He was born on August 30, 1939. Two days later Hitler invaded Poland, but there is no known connection.
Clarence attended elementary school in Delmont, South Dakota. After graduating from high school at Mitchell, South Dakota in 1957, Clarence enlisted in the United States Army. He served 29 months in Germany and became a Sergeant, tank commander.
After the Army, he lived in Columbus, Nebraska. In 1962, Clarence somehow convinced Glennis Smith to marry. She proved to be the nicest person he ever met.
Clarence earned Bachelor and Master degrees from Wayne State College (1964 & 1968) and taught high school social studies for eight years. To qualify as a school administrator, he earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of South Dakota. For a total of 29 years he served as Superintendent of schools at Niobrara, Nebraska; Clarinda, Iowa; and Iowa's South Tama County Schools. He retired in 2002, he and Glennis moved to Sabetha, Kansas and traveled extensively.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Lester (Doris) Lippert of Torrance, California and Harvey (Velma) of Mount Ida, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife, Glennis and children, Brad (Kathy) of Sabetha, Kansas and Noelle (Mark) Stoffel of West Bend, Wisconsin. Also surviving is his brother, Norman (Mavis) Lippert of Richland, Washington. From oldest to youngest, his Grandchildren include; Bradlee Fretschel, Nicholas Stoffel, Payton Lippert, Keenan Lippert, Luke Stoffel, Logan Stoffel and Hayden Lippert.
Those who knew him well detected that the deceased had a keen (read "warped") sense of humor. Notice that the word "deceased" sound so much better than words such as croaked geezer, corpse, or dead old man.
Clarence wanted it said that he loved his God, his family and his country. He believed that the words: "trust, honor, responsibility, love, respect, and duty"… have a special meaning. He wanted these words as his legacy, even if he had to write it himself.
Memorial service was on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the NorthRidge Church in Sabetha. Visitation was from 1:00 p.m. to service time at the church. A private inurnment ceremony was in the community cemetery of Genoa, Nebraska. Using the term "inurnment" is just showing off. It means his ashes will go into the ground. There are no jokes on his headstone. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a Clarence Lippert Memorial that will be used for charities designated by his family


Livengood, Barbara Lucille Watts - Barbara Lucille Livengood was born October 10, 1942 in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Howard Edward and Mary Lucille (Barrett) Watts. She passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 68.
Barbara grew up in Topeka, Kansas and then later moved with her parents to the Bazine, Kansas area. Her high school years were spent at Enterprise Academy which is a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school in Enterprise, Kansas. On April 23, 1966 she was united in marriage to Kenneth Ronald Livengood. Ron and Barbara have three sons, Brian, Bret and Tim.
Barb was the owner/operator of a beauty shop in the Braddyville, Iowa area then later owner of the Clarinda Greenhouse in Clarinda, Iowa. She enjoyed quilting with groups in the Iowa/Missouri area and was a member for many years of the Scrap Happy Quilt Guild. She especially enjoyed attending quilting retreats with the different quilt groups and spent many enjoyable hours at the quilting retreat at the Wildbird Retreat at Mt. Ayr, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her father, Howard Edward Watts.
Survivors include her husband Ron of Clarinda, Iowa; her mother Lucille of Clarinda, Iowa; three sons Brian Barker and friend Sharla of Taos, New Mexico, Bret Livengood and friend Jodi of Radcliffe, Iowa and Tim Livengood and fiancé Wendy of Ames, Iowa.; five grandchildren Joram Livengood of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jerrah Livengood of Kansas City, Missouri, Alykk Livengood of Clarinda, Iowa, Kayliss Livengood of Radcliffe, Iowa, Connor Livengood of Ames, Iowa; a sister Patricia Trayer of Denton, Texas; a brother Jerry Watts and wife Patricia of Wichita, Kansas; a brother-in-law Tom Livengood and wife Margaret of Braddyville, Iowa; a sister-in-law Ann Keever and husband Jim of Olathe, Kansas; along with many other relatives and friends.
Celebration of Life services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda with Jason Watts offering words of comfort. There is open visitation Friday & Saturday at the Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Braddyville Christian or Braddyville Methodist churches. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, is in charge of arrangements.

Livingston, Wayne Rogers - Funeral services for Wayne R. Livingston, age 81, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa, were held 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 3, 2011 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Visitation with the family were held 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date.
Wayne Rogers Livingston was born July 6, 1930 to Alexander Livingston and Madge (Rogers) Livingston at North, South Carolina. He had seven siblings. He grew up in Orangeburg, South Carolina and graduated from Orangeburg High School. He continued his education and received a business degree. Wayne was a member of the Army Reserves. He was united in marriage July 13, 1952 in Gainesville, Georgia to Jean Garrick.
Wayne was a Certified Public Accountant working for Hygrade Company during the time he was in Clarinda and continued to work for the Sara Lee Corporation. He worked for forty five years, retiring in 1995. Wayne lived in several places including Clarinda until 1977, Livonia, Michigan, Phoenix, Arizona and returning to Clarinda in June of 2011, living at the Eiler House.
Wayne was a very caring, giving, quiet man who enjoyed the simple life and his family was very important to him. He was a very hard worker, conscientious of his responsibilities. Wayne loved sports and enjoyed rooting for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and the Seattle Seahawks and with encouragement from his Clarinda family was becoming an Iowa State Cyclone fan. In earlier years, while living in Clarinda, Wayne was a member of the Lion's Club and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Preceding Wayne in death were his parents; wife, Jean (12/2/1975); siblings, Alec Livingston, Christine Wiggins, Doris Proveaux and Allen Livingston.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Deborah McKenzie and husband Louis of Dallas, Texas, Renee Williams and husband Mike of Clarinda, Iowa, Sheri Smith of Phoenix, Arizona; sons, Jason Livingston of Livonia, Michigan and David Livingston of Seattle, Washington; grandchildren, Jennifer Wagoner and husband Nick of Clarinda, Iowa, Chris Williams and wife Ashley of Bondurant, Iowa, Jordan Harstad and wife Kassidy of Phoenix, Arizona, Austin Smith of Phoenix, Arizona, Grant Smith of Phoenix, Arizona, Allyson McKenzie of Dallas, Texas, Kristyn Sessom and husband Darren of Dallas, Texas; eight great grandchildren; brothers, Donald Livingston of Marion, South Carolina, Dean Livingston and wife Grace of Orangeburg, South Carolina; sister, Phyllis Hutson and husband Rodney of Tomball, Texas; sisters-in-law, Earline Livingston of Tomball, Texas and Audrey Livingston of Norco, Louisiana; nieces; nephews and many friends.

Loutzenhiser, Robert Drexel - Services for Robert D. Loutzenhiser, 86, will take place at the First Presbyterian Church of Villisca, Iowa, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011 with Rev. Sandra Wainright Rossander officiating. Lodge services conducted by Masonic Lodge Iroquois 590 F.M. and A.M. will follow the funeral service. Graveside services will be conducted by Scott Marcum at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton, IA with military rites by the American Legion Post 443, Blockton, IA.
Robert Drexel Loutzenhiser was born December 9, 1924 at Blockton, Iowa, the son of Robert David and Bertha (Warden) Loutzenhiser. He passed away on May 14, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Villisca, Iowa.
Robert graduated from Blockton High School in 1942 and attended Western Michigan University from 1942-1945. This is where he met his wife to be, Margaret (Peggy) Locke, the sister of his roommate, Harry Locke. They were married February 20, 1946 while Robert was an Ensign in the Navy. After Robert was discharged from the Navy in 1946, he and Peggy returned to Western Michigan University where he finished his studies for a B.S. degree in Industrial Arts. They moved to Lake Odessa, Michigan where Robert had accepted his 1st teaching position. During subsequent years Peggy and Robert lived in Saranac and Gladwin, Michigan, where he taught. In 1956 Peggy and Robert returned to the family farm in Blockton. Peggy was killed in 1965 in an automobile accident.
In 1972, Robert married Sharon Fisher from Bedford. They moved to the Fisher Family Farm in 1975 which is where Robert lived until he was moved to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Villisca in September, 2010.
Robert was always fond of teaching his Industrial Arts students and took great pride in seeing his students doing their woodworking projects. He enjoyed farming and in later years his own woodworking projects and refinishing antiques. He liked doing things for other people and was always willing to help. He liked making homemade ice cream, fudge, and peanut brittle and sharing it at the nursing home and church events; one of his specialties was rhubarb ice cream.
Robert was a member and an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Villisca, a 50+ year member of Masonic Lodge Iroquois 590 F.M. and A.M., and a 60+ year member of the American Legion Post 443 in Blockton, Iowa.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife Peggy; his mother and father, Bertha and Robert; his brothers Warden and Paul; his sisters Marjorie Graham and Idalee Brown; his brothers-in-law Bill Graham, Harvey Brown and Don Locke; and his sisters-in-law Edith (Warden), Faith (Paul), and Agnes (Harry) Locke.
His survivors include his wife Sharon of Villisca; son David (Mary Kay) of Blockton; daughter Dee Anne (David) Qualls of Long Beach, CA; son Greg of Des Moines; son Gary (Martha) of Santee, CA; granddaughters Tammy (Vincent) Jorgensen, Cindy (Chet) Brandenburg, Crystal Loutzenhiser, Peggy (Ben) Roed; grandsons Jorge, Kevin, and Alan Loutzenhiser; and three great granddaughters Viola, Elana, and Aubrey; sisters-in-law Joanie Locke and Dorothy Tucker as well as many nieces and nephews.

Robert will be missed by his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Blockton Christian Church of Blockton, IA, First Presbyterian Church of Villisca, IA, or the Good Samaritan Society of Villisca, IA.

Wolfe Funeral Home in charge of arrangements


Loutzenhiser, Sharon Lynn Fisher - Sharon Lynn Fisher Loutzenhiser was born September 3, 1938 at Fort Dodge, Iowa and passed away at the Longview Farm near Villisca, IA, on November 3, 2011. Her parents were Frederick and Icle Fisher. Sharon graduated from Villisca High School in 1956 and then attended Aurora University for 1 year. She worked 4 years for an oral and plastic surgeon. Working with the plastic surgeon got her interested in speech therapy so she went to the University of Nebraska and received her BS in 1966 and then worked for the Omaha Public Schools for 3 years. Sharon started a program in Taylor and Adams Counties and during the summers did MTI work at the University of Nebraska where she received her MS degree in 1974. While teaching in Bedford she met Robert Loutzenhiser. In November, 1972, they were married at the Villisca Presbyterian Church. They made their home in Blockton until 1975 when they moved to the Fisher Family Farm near Villisca. Sharon had a real fondness for four legged animals especially Tristan, her Siamese cat, as well as Snoopy, Pal, Stinker 1 and 2 and most recently Mugs, the dogs. She liked being outside helping Robert with the farm and working in her flower beds. When Sharon married Robert she also got 4 kids, David, Dee, Greg, and Gary.
Sharon is survived by her four stepchildren, David (Mary Kay) of Blockton, Dee (Dave) Qualls of Long Beach, CA, Greg of Des Moines and Gary (Martha) of Santee, CA; four granddaughters: Tammy (Vincent) Jorgensen, Cindy (Chet) Brandenburg, Crystal Loutzenhiser, Peggy (Ben) Roed: three grandsons: Jorge, Kevin and Alan Loutzenhiser (fiancé, Danielle), three great granddaughters: Viola, Aubrey, and Elana, and one great grandson Kepler. She also has a sister, Dorothy Tucker of Blair, NE: a sister-in-law, Bonnie Fisher of Bettendorf, IA; nieces: Sandra Gray, Stacey Fisher-Meyers and Kate Fisher; great niece Elizabeth Myers; nephews Duane Gray and Frederick Gray and many cousins.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Charles F. Fisher, and her husband Robert Loutzenhiser.
Sharon was a member of the First Presbyterian Church Villisca, IA for 60 years after joining in 1951. She served as deacon for 16 years and taught junior high Sunday school some of those years. She served as secretary for almost 30 years - keeping the office going during times when the church was without a pastor. Both she and Robert had been members of the choir. She was active in the Presbyterian Women when her health allowed, serving for a time as President.
Sharon was also a member of PEO Chapter CH in Villisca, serving as President for a period of years. Honorary Pall Bearers: Jim Kasha, Henry Kasha, Jim Waldron, Mark Herzberg, Ray Reineke, Elmer Grashorn, Chris Nelsen, Carol Wilhelm, and Lynn Wiechman.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov 10th, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca. Private burial rites will be Friday morning. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Presbyterian Church, 109 S 3rd Ave. Villisca, IA 50864 or the Good Samaritan Center Society (nursing home) 202 Central Ave, Villisca, IA 50864. Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca is in charge of arrangements.

Luther, Katherene Marguerite Shoemaker - Katherene Marguerite Luther was born October 27, 1924 in Knoten, Iowa, the daughter of Charles Henry and Marguerite Morene (Parr) Shoemaker. She passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at the Nebraska Medical Center at the age of 86 years, 2 months and 24 days. Clarinda Cemetery

Katherene grew up in Southwest Iowa and graduated from New Market High School in 1941. On August 21, 1945 she was united in marriage to Carroll Luther in Troy, Kansas. This union was blessed with two children, Sue and Donald.

Katherene worked as the office manager for the Appleman Manufacturing Company in Nebraska City, Nebraska for 17 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah and was an active member of C.W.F. She was also a member of the Mary-Martha Circle, the Bricker Senior Citizen Center and the G.T.G. Club in Clarinda.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Carroll; and a brother, Charles Shoemaker.

Survivors include her children, Sue Lieber and her husband Darrell of Sioux City, Iowa, Donald Luther and his wife Robin of Spokane, Washington; a sister, Delores Renander of Bethesda, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Shoemaker of Clarinda, Iowa; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa.