Page County, Iowa obituaries
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Abbott, Gladys Ola -

Gladys Abbott, age 96, of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of Nodaway, Iowa entered into peace Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Westridge Care & Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa. No services, will be held. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Roland-Ritchie Funeral Home of Corning, Iowa.

Gladys Ola Abbott was born in Putnam County, Missouri on October 23, 1916 to John and Delpha (Barnhouse) Abbott. She moved to Iowa at a young age where her parents farmed in Mills, Montgomery and Adams County Iowa.

Her father died at a young age and left Gladys and her siblings to carry on. Gladys and her mother farmed near Corning many years and later moved to Nodaway, Iowa. Gladys was able to do many jobs, such as cut hair, plow garden plots; she drove the school bus for Nodaway and Villisca schools for many years. She loved to dance and just have fun.

Gladys is survived by her nephew, Bill Miller of San Jose, California; sister-in-law, Cecilia Abbott of Wisconsin and many friends.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, brother and a nephew.

Condolences may be sent to Bill Miller, 1719 Bevin Brook Drive, San Jose, California 95112


Alexander, Freddie Leland, son of Leland and Edith Fern (Farnsworth) Alexander, was born on July 29, 1939, at Grant City, Missouri. He entered into eternal rest on Friday, March 9, 2012, at the Clarinda Regional Medical Center in Clarinda, Iowa, at the age of 72.
His early life was spent in the Grant City area. At the age of five, his family moved to Farragut, Iowa. Fred attended the Farragut Community Schools, graduating from Farragut High School with the Class of 1958. Fred was known for his athletic prowess and was a star running back for the Farragut Admiral Football Team. He also participated in Track, Basketball, Band, Choir, FFA, Student Council and Drama. Upon graduation from high school, Fred attended Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri, where he also played football. In 1954, at the young age of 15, Fred joined the National Guard. He was a reserve until 1963.
On November 27, 1958, Fred was united in marriage to the love of his life, Dorothy Rae Kruse, at the Congregational Church in Farragut. Following their marriage they resided in Tarkio and Sabetha, Kansas before moving to Essex, Iowa.
Throughout his high school and college years, Fred graded and delivered eggs for Howard's Feed and Produce in Farragut. He would grade the eggs and then give the customer a price slip, which they would take to the local grocery store to trade for food goods. The summer following graduation from high school, Fred went to Walla Walla, Washington to work for Green Giant. Upon returning from Washington and marrying Dorothy, Fred worked as a farmhand in Tarkio before moving to Sabetha, Kansas, where he worked on a dairy farm. Fred and Dorothy moved to Essex in 1963, where he went to work at Johnson Brothers Mills until his retirement in 2006.
Fred was a volunteer fireman in Essex for several years. He also served 16 years on the Essex City Council. He also played Santa Claus for several years, which he enjoyed very much. His last year of playing Santa, he was wearing a cast on his foot, and some children at the day care center asked him, "What happened?" He told them Rudolph had stepped on his toe. In his spare time, Fred enjoyed woodworking in his garage and spending time in his vegetable and flower gardens. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Preceding Fred in death were his parents; two brothers, Rufus and Bobby; three sisters, Mary Naico, Laura Johnston and Edna Mae Alexander; and a granddaughter, Jodi.
Those left to honor his memory include his loving wife of 53 years, Dorothy; five children, Jim Alexander and wife Rhonda of Essex, Shari Meier and husband Steve of Essex, Barb Greever and husband Phil of College Springs, Rhonda Summers and husband Mike of Clarinda, and Kathy Brown and husband Ted of Essex; seven grandchildren, Jason Meier and wife Tiffany of Glenwood, Jame Greever and fiancé Corey Vaughn of Nebraska, Kayla Kraeger of Essex, Cassie Sunderman and husband Levi of Clarinda, Bobbi Jo Kraeger of Essex, Karli Jo Cox and husband Zachary of Iowa, Tanner Summers and friend Chandal of Clarinda; five great grandchildren, Brittany Meier, Courtney Meier, Brayden Kraeger, Carson Sunderman and Kaedyn Summers, who will be arriving in May; three sisters, Vonceille Simmerman of Nebraska City, Minnie Brown of Hamburg and Sharon Naico of Texas; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Allison, Donna - Memorial services for Donna Allison, 59 of rural Clarinda, will be 4 pm Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Clarinda. Interment will be at Memory Cemetery, New Market. Memorials are suggested to the family's use. Time of fellowship will follow the interment at the church.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda is in charge of arrangements


Allumbaugh, Lee Ellen Fike - Lee Ellen Allumbaugh passed away September 27, 2012 at her home in Essex, Iowa. Lee was born the daughter of Floyd and Thelma (Homan) Fike on January 10, 1935. She was born and raised in Shenandoah. Besides living in Essex and Shenandoah she had also resided in Omaha, NE, California and Michigan.

Lee worked 16 years for Lewis Cleaners, 8 years for Earl May and 6 years for Henry Fields. Some of her hobbies included camping, playing cards, fishing, crocheting, crafts, her flower gardens and spending time with family and friends. She was a member of the Eagles Club.

Preceding Lee in death were her parents, husband Jack V. Allumbaugh, Sr. and sister Patricia Ann Carlson.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children; Jack Allumbaugh, Jr. and wife Pam of Essex, Greg Allumbaugh and wife Jody of Lewis, Iowa and Rhonda Gray and husband Joe of Shenandoah; six grandchildren Mindi York and husband Gary, Brad Allumbaugh and wife Jessica, Gregory Allumbaugh and wife Lisa, Emma Allumbaugh, Lucas Gray and Jeanna Crabs and husband Trent; nine great-grandchildren; Keely and Samantha York, Brady and Jonah Allumbaugh, Gabe and Lane Allumbaugh, Zander, Bryce and Frances Crabs; brother Floyd Fike, Jr. and wife Sandra of Essex, sisters Mary Jo Smith and husband Verlin of Essex and Pranda Hale and husband Otis of Essex


Almquist, Wayne Carl - Wayne Carl Almquist was born on June 18, 1919 in Essex, Iowa, the son of Carl Luther and Nora Matilda (Peterson) Almquist. Wayne entered into the arms of his Lord on March 27, 2012 at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 92 years.

Wayne grew up on a farm southeast of Essex. He graduated from Essex High School with the Class of 1936. On November 28, 1941 he was united in marriage to Phyllis Nadine Anderson. The couple resided on a farm east of Essex where they raised their family.

During his working years Wayne farmed until his health required a change and it was then that he started working for a Home Oil Company in Shenandoah doing rural deliveries. In 1950 he began his own company and had one of the first convenience stores east of Essex. The company name was changed to Almquist Gas Company in 1963 when he moved into Essex.

Wayne was baptized and confirmed in the St. John's Lutheran Church where he was an active member. He served as a Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, served several terms on the church council and on various committees as needed. He was a member of the Essex Commercial Club, was active in Saddle Club in both Shenandoah and Essex, and the Essex Golf Club.

Wayne enjoyed fishing and hunting and was an avid sports fan. He rarely missed an Essex High School ball game of any sport. He loved playing softball and continued to pitch until the age of 61 years. He also was an avid runner and ran his last race at the age of 70, but continued biking as his means of exercise. At the age of 65, he rode across Iowa on RAGBRAI. What at remarkable man!

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Rozanne Renander; sons-in-law Jon Malloy and Craig Hesson; brothers Howard Almquist and John Almquist; and sister Donna Jean Rhodes.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Phyllis Almquist of Shenandoah; daughter Judi Malloy of Council Bluffs, IA and Linda Hesson of Essex, IA; son-in-law Dennis Renander of Galesburg, IL; sister Eldora Gowing of Shenandoah, IA; brother Donavon Almquist and wife Jere of Evergreen, CO; sister-in-law Elaine Lindberg of Essex, IA; brothers-in-law Robert Anderson of Clarinda, IA and Don Rhodes of IL; grandchildren Angela Albright of Fayetteville, AR, Michael Malloy and wife Stace of Chicago, IL, Gina Primmer and husband Chad of Council Bluffs, IA, Deana Renander of Jacksonville, FL, Jennifer Leiras and husband Marait of Dubai, UAE, Bradley Hesson of Nebraska City, NE and Andrew Hesson of Lincoln, NE; great-grandchildren Blaise, Jon, Doris, Lucille, Lillian, Audrey, and Max; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah,Iowa


Anderson, Clark Allen, 79, passed away Sunday evening, July 15, 2012 at the Quail Run Care Center in Cameron, Missouri. Clark was born and raised in Clarinda, Iowa, and was a former City of Clarinda employee. On October 12, 1962, Clark was united in marriage to Myrna Miller at the Church of Christ in New Market, Iowa. They made their home in Clarinda. To this union was born a son, Lee Allen. Upon Clark's retirement in 1994, they moved to Shenandoah.

Survivors include his son, Lee Allen Anderson; sisters, Donna Rulon and Beth Ann Anderson; brothers, Howard and Richard Anderson; other relatives and many friends.

Anderson, Dale Maynard - Dale Maynard Anderson, formerly of Martelle, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2012, at Kingswood Senior Living Community, Kansas City, MO, surrounded by his family after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Dale was born February 27, 1928, to J.J. and Hilda Anderson, on a farm near New Market, Iowa. He graduated from New Market High School in 1945. After high school, he graduated from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in 1951 with a Commerce Degree, and a 2nd Lt. Commission from the U.S. Army ROTC program. Dale then served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 10 years.
On June 17, 1951, he married Doris Evelyn Andrew. They began farming with his parents northeast of New Market. In 1960, he and Doris moved from the farm and began Dale’s 32 year career in banking. He initially worked at the First National Bank, Logan, Iowa, and then moved to Martelle, Iowa in 1963, where he was the manager and then President of the Farmers Savings Bank until his retirement in 1992. Doris worked with Dale at the Martelle bank for many years. Dale was also a real estate broker, appraiser, and insurance agent serving the Martelle community.
Dale was very active in the Martelle community, including being a 48 year member of the Martelle United Methodist Church, serving as Martelle City treasurer, numerous years on the board of the Anamosa Community Hospital and member of the Masons, Knights of Pythias, and Martelle Volunteer Fire Department. In 1972 he served as the Chairman for the Martelle Centennial Celebration, at which over 10,000 people attended the 3 day event, including Governor Robert Ray, Senator John Culver, and numerous other state and local officials.
After retirement, Dale and Doris continued their love of travel, including making several trips to Sweden where he located his family ancestral records, played golf at St. Andrews, Scotland, visited numerous European countries, and experienced the Holy Land.
Throughout his adult life, Dale was a proud alumni and passionate supporter of the Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball teams; including attending all home games and following the Hawks to tournaments in Alaska, Hawaii, and games at all Big Ten schools. He maintained his season football tickets for 45 consecutive years and loved to talk about the days the Hawks were able to beat those Cyclones.
Dale was preceded in death by his wife Doris in 2009, parents, brothers Duane and Ronald Anderson, sisters-in-law Helen and Ethel Anderson, and brother-in-law Wayne Kerr. He is survived by his sisters Lois (Kenneth) Garrett, Clarinda, IA, and Elynor Kerr, Leesburg, VA; children, Denean (Mark) Smith of De Pere, WI, and Dean (Marcia) Anderson of Overland Park, KS; granddaughters Kristin and Sarah Smith and Katie Anderson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dale’s family appreciates all the care and support provided by the staff of Kingswood Senior Living Community. Memorials may be directed to the Martelle United Methodist Church, Anamosa Regional Hospital, City of Martelle Senior Center, Kingswood Spiritual Care Program, or charity of your choice.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa; followed by funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11th. Internment will be at Memory Cemetery, New Market


Anderson, Rachel M. Day - Rachel M. Anderson, the daughter of Tom and Glydia (Kelley) Day was born July 13, 1917 at Villisca, Iowa. She passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the Stanton Care Center, Stanton, Iowa at the age of 94 years, 9 months and 9 days.
Rachel grew up on the Day Farm near Hepburn, Iowa, but lived most of her life in Stanton. She graduated from Villisca High School in l934 and went to Northwest Missouri State College for two years. She began her teaching career at rural Gridley School. In 1938, she started teaching in Stanton. Rachel was united in marriage on August 31, 1941 to Randolph (Bus) Anderson of Stanton and eventually became the mother of four daughters. During World War II, Rachel lived in Villisca, while Bus spent three years in the Army stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines. After his return, they moved back to Stanton. Rachel returned to full time teaching in 1952 and continued her education and earned her teaching degree. She taught 2nd grade in Stanton for many years and retired in l982. Besides her teaching career and raising four daughters, Rachel always felt one of her greatest accomplishments was having all four daughters married in a 13 month span at Mamrelund Lutheran Church. Rachel was an avid Cubs fan, enjoyed playing cards and reading. She was active in the Stanton Senior Citizens, American Legion Auxiliary, the 20th Century Club and various other organizations. She was a long time member of Mamrelund Lutheran Church. Rachel lived in the house she and Bus purchased in 1952 until January 2011, when she fell and broke her femur. Rachel had been a resident of the Stanton Care Center since February of 2011.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Glydia (Kelley) Day, husband Randolph on January 17, 1986, grandson, Karl Hundtofte, four brothers, and one sister.
Rachel is survived by four daughters: Sara (Chet) Worm of Omaha, NE; Martha (Vern) Hundtofte of Council Bluffs, IA; Linda (John) Nyquist of Chicago, IL and Teresa (Rick) Arrington of Dubuque, IA; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
May God bless her memory and give strength to those who mourn.
Funeral Service were held Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Mamrelund Lutheran Church, Stanton, Iowa. Burial in Mamre Cemetery, Stanton, Iowa, with Rev. Dr. Eric Kutzli, Officiating. Open Viewing at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home
Memorials may be made to the Mamrelund Lutheran Church, Stanton Fire & Rescue or the Stanton Swedish Cultural Center.
Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Anderson, Wayne Leeland - Wayne Leeland Anderson, son of Edwin and Anna (Johnson) Anderson, was born December 15, 1918, in Page County, near Essex, Iowa, and passed away on January 7, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Villisca, Iowa.
Wayne was raised on a farm near Essex, Iowa. He was a confirmed member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church. The family moved to a farm in the Red Oak area where he attended Red Oak High School through his junior year. Then the family moved to the Nodaway area where he graduated from Nodaway High School in 1936 and started farming north of Nodaway.
He was married to Elsie Bixler of Carl, Iowa on February 23, 1941, at the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church parsonage in Villisca, Iowa. They moved to a farm in Douglas Township near Corning, Iowa in 1941 where they raised three sons and, together they managed and worked a diversified farming operation for 50 years before moving to Corning, Iowa.
He was a good steward of the soil and used good conservation practices on the farm where he raised registered Hereford cattle, hogs and diversified crops. His life centered around family activities, vacations, neighborhood soup suppers, card parties, square dancing and country school activities. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He was an active member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church and after moving to Corning, he became a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Corning.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Gary Anderson and sister Geraldine Bloom. He is survived by his wife Elsie; children Leland Anderson and wife Billie of Corning, Iowa, Howard Anderson and wife Deanna of Nodaway, Iowa, daughter-in-law Carol Anderson of Rochester, Minnesota; eight grandchildren Richard Anderson and wife Amy of Omaha, Nebraska, Kelly Carlson and husband Tim of Omaha, Nebraska, Kim Meunier and husband Jeff of Deerfield, Illinois, Brian Anderson and wife Jana of Rochester, Minnesota, Jeff Anderson of Corning, Iowa, Betsy Stormer and husband David of Corning, Iowa, Emily Anderson of Nodaway, Iowa, Blake Anderson of Nodaway, Iowa; great grandchildren Hannah and Liam Anderson, Ty and Reagan Carlson, Dylan and Dayna Stormer, Erica and Alyssa Meunier, Lars, Liesl and Luke Anderson; brother-in-law Wayne Bloom of Villisca and many nephews, nieces and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Corning, IA with interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak, IA. Wolfe Funeral Home in charge of arrangements


Annan, Wilma Semmons - Funeral services for Wilma Annan, age 78, of Gladstone, Missouri, who entered into peace Sunday, June 24, 2012 at NorthCare Hospice House, Kansas City, Missouri, were held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa . Visitation with the family was held 1-2 p.m., at the funeral home prior to the service. Burial was in the Polsley Cemetery, rural Yorktown, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Research Hospital.
Wilma Annan was born April 27, 1934, in Clarinda, Iowa to Harvey Semmons and Sadie Viola (Miller) Semmons. Wilma grew up in the Clarinda area attending country schools, later attending Clarinda Schools and nursing school. She was united in marriage on August 5, 1954, in Kansas City, Kansas to Vernon "Ross" Annan. The couple lived in Kansas City for two years moving back to Shenandoah, Iowa until 1961, returning to Kansas City where they have continued to reside.
Wilma enjoyed being active with her children's activities. She was involved with her daughter's in Girl Scouts and a Den Mother for her son's Cub Scout troop. She loved to bowl and roller skate. Wilma enjoyed cooking, especially enjoyed baking and making candy for friends and family. Wilma was active in the church circles of the First Baptist Church of Shenandoah and the Lutheran Church of Kansas City.
Preceding Wilma in death were her parents; infant daughter, Linda Louise; sisters, Lillian and Rose.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Ross of Gladstone, Missouri; daughters, Deborah Gramlich and husband Christopher of Oakview, Missouri, Twyla Cochran and husband George of Kansas City, Missouri; son, Steven Annan and wife Jean of Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren, Kamell Clauson, Melanie Cochran, Connor Annan; sisters, Darlene Roberts and husband Dennis of Birmingham, Iowa and Minnie Marriott and husband Garland of Clearmont, Missouri; nieces; nephews; and many friends.
Wilma will be missed by her family and friends. Her memory will live on in their hearts. May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn her passing


Armstrong, Earl "Sonny," age 80 passed away on Tuesday morning at The Ambassador in Sidney.

Earl "Sonny" Armstrong was born on February 6, 1932 in Carbon, Iowa, the son of Orlo "Butch" and Daisy (Sterns) Armstrong. Earl entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at The Ambassador in Sidney, Iowa surrounded by his loving family. Earl had a long battle with many different chronic medical conditions, but he is now safe at rest, with his Lord.

Earl's early years were spent in the Carbon area where he attended school. He loved the sport of horseracing from an early age, a passion which he passed along to his children. He also enjoyed attending the Adams County Speedway.

In September of 1949 he was united in marriage to Betty Thompson and to this union four children were born; Kenneth, Betty Jo, John, and Bert. When Betty passed Earl remarried and this union was blessed with the birth of a son Troy. Earl served his country as a soldier with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

During his working years Earl worked in the coal mines near Carbon and Centerville, this was work which he was very proud of and really enjoyed. In the late 1950's Earl relocated to the Shenandoah area, where he began working in the local nursery's. He eventually became a supervisor for a local nursery until the late 70's. Earl eventually made his home in Essex where he continued to live until his illness forced him into a nursing home.

Some of Earl's passions included fishing, riding horses, attending country music shows, playing cards and spending time with his family. In most recent years, Earl came to love his recent weekly visits from his dear friend Jerry Crandall.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty Armstrong; sister, Leona Walford; son, John Armstrong; and granddaughter Claire McKinney. Those left to honor is memory include his children, Kenneth Armstrong and wife Michelle of Essex; Betty Jo Phillips and husband Terry of Shenandoah; Bert Armstrong and Troy Armstrong both of Shenandoah; 5 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends


Auffert, A. Robert - A. Robert Auffert was born May 26, 1930 at Parnell, MO. He graduated Parnell High School and received a bachelor’s degree in education from Peru Teachers College, Peru, NE. He taught at Clarinda High School being the instructor in Industrial Arts and Driver’s Education. Many years he filled his spare time helping local farmers and driving cars for Shore Motor Company. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korea War.
He was married July 10, 1954 at Parnell to Patty Chapman. She preceded him in death. Robert passed away Thursday, October 4, 2012 at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He is survived by his children: Michele Peterson (Jim), Lake Zurich, IL, Luke Auffert (Linda) Clarinda, IA, Jay Auffert (Abby) Griswold, IA, Susan Thummel (Keane) Clarinda, IA, John Auffert (Sarah) Texas, and George Auffert (Mary) St. Paul, MN; grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Robert Auffert will be held 11 a.m. Monday, October 8, 2012 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda. Interment will be at Clarinda Cemetery.
Visitation with the family present will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Shenandoah Memorial Hospital


Baker, Jackie Allen - Memorial services for Jack Baker, age 73, of Wyoming, Michigan, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace April 6, 2012 at his residence in Wyoming, Michigan, were held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa.
Jackie Allen Baker was born March 5, 1939, in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Bertha Baker. Jackie (Jack) passed away on April 6, 2012 in Wyoming; Mich. Jack attended the Clarinda Public Schools. He enjoyed playing basketball, softball, checkers, dominos, marbles, croquet and riding his bicycle and scooter. Jack attended the Second Baptist Church. He enjoyed reciting poems and acting in plays during Christmas and Easter programs, and finding colored eggs during Easter egg hunts. Jack’s hero was his blind uncle, Merrill Griggs.
Jack married Cynthia Shirley, who was a nurse. They had two daughters, Amber and Andrea. Jack was a very private person. He was an avid reader of history, western and mystery novels. He was a great basketball and football fan. The University of Iowa Hawkeye’s were his favorite team. He enjoyed watching Mad Men, Borgias, Deadwood and Boardwalk Empire on television and the computer. Jack liked playing canasta, poker and dominos.
Jack was employed at the Lisle Corporation, the Mental Health Institute, and the Metz Baking Company in Clarinda, and was a caregiver to elderly people in Michigan.
Jack enjoyed cooking his favorite dishes of baked beans, ham loaf, scalloped potatoes, round steak, marble squares and lemon meringue pie.
Jack is survived by his daughter, Amber Baker Sar and Andrea Baker Caverty; two grandsons, Westin Sar and Grayson Caverty; his sister, Sally Joan Baker; two aunts, Mary Baker and Charlene Baker; cousins, Vernon Washington, Vunita Iske, Darlene Baker, Barbara baker, Patrick Baker, Janice Clarke, Lora Lee Turner; friends, Brian and Staci Redd, Beverly Fountain; many cousins and many friends.
Preceding Jack in death were his former wife, Cynthia Shirley Baker; mother, Bertha Baker; grandmother, Symblean Baker; aunt Darlene Washington; uncles, LeRoy, Vernon, and Gerald Baker and Ebert Washington.
Jack will be missed by many. May God grant comfort to those who mourn his passing


Balster, Leon "Lynn" - Memorial services for Leon "Lynn" Balster, age 54, of New Market, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, May 19, 2012 as the result of a tractor accident at his residence were held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa.
Leon (Lynn) Francis Balster was born May 22, 1957 to Bernard & Elizabeth Balster in Iona, Minnesota. Lynn grew to adulthood on a farm near Iona. On February 14, 1993 Lynn married his soul mate, Karen Brown, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Together they farmed and raised hogs in Minnesota. A few years later, Lynn and Karen bought a farm near Webster City, Iowa. While at Webster City, Lynn farmed and worked at a hog confinement facility. The couple then moved to their present home outside of New Market, Iowa in 2005.
Lynn had a great love for the farm life, and he and Karen started raising limousine cattle which gave them much enjoyment. He was always busy working around the farm and taking care of his cattle. Lynn also worked at NSK in Clarinda, Iowa.
Preceding Lynn in death were his parents and a sister.
Left to mourn his death are his wife, Karen, New Market, Iowa; daughter, Ashley Balster of Minnesota; step-son, Dave Brown, Creston, IA; step-granddaughter, Jamie Brown.


Bashaw, Herb Charles - Herb Charles Bashaw, age 81, of Villisca, Iowa passed away Friday, April 20, 2012 at the Villisca Good Samaritan Society. Herb Bashaw was born February 25, 1931 near Stanton, Iowa the son of Harry H. and Ethel Marie (Lofgren) Bashaw. He graduated from Villisca High School in the class of 1948 and was united in marriage to Wilma Lynam on August 5, 1951 in Villisca, Iowa. Herb served in the Iowa Army National Guard from 1948 until 1957 becoming Master Sgt and serving on the Drill Team. He started farming in 1948 and moved back to the home farm in 1974. His son Tom now lives on the home place. Herb was involved in many community activities including being a 4-H leader in East Township for 9 years, Vice President of the Farm Bureau, President of the Coop for two years, Villisca City Council member, member of the school board for many years serving as President for two years, was a member of the Red Oak Elks Lodge, and long time member of the Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, SPPR, and the Nominating Committee. He enjoyed playing golf, reading history, traveling, especially their trip to Paris, and he always enjoyed coffee with his friends at the elevator.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brother: John; and sister: Mary Jo. Survivors include his wife: Wilma of Villisca, Iowa; children: Joel Bashaw and wife Marlene of Shenandoah, Iowa; Jeanne Jones of San Antonio, Texas; and Tom Bashaw and wife Carolyn of Villisca, Iowa; grandchildren: Elizabeth Bashaw of Omaha, Nebraska; Heidi Eide and husband Eric of Alexandria, Virginia; Todd Bashaw of Shenandoah, Iowa; Brent Jones of San Antonio, Texas; Megan Lukes and husband Herb of Naperville, Illinois; Brittany Bashaw and special friend Josh Wiig of Red Oak, Iowa; and Josh Bashaw of Villisca, Iowa; great grandson: Grayson Eide of Alexandria, Virginia; and many other relatives and friends.
A celebration of life service were held at 5 PM Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the Villisca United Methodist Church with Pastor Gordon Scott officiating. Visitation with the family were held from 3:30 until 5 PM Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the Villisca United Methodist Church prior to the celebration of life service. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Villisca United Methodist Church Trustees or the Montgomery County Relay for Life.
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel, Red Oak, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements


Baxter, Romona June Gitchell - Romona June (Gitchell) Baxter was born on June 26, 1932 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Robert Bruce and Sylvia Leona (Browning) Gitchell. Romona passed away on Monday, May 28, 2012, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Romona spent her entire life in the community of Shenandoah. It is here where she attended school, and as her family says, she received her "Masters in Motherhood." On September 13, 1948 she was united in marriage to Donald Lee Baxter in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Romona worked many jobs throughout her life. From shining shoes, serving ice cream at Spencer's Grocery Store and as a young girl she ran an elevator for her aunt and uncle in Minneapolis one summer. Even as a young girl she helped her mother run errands downtown and get the ice from the ice house. She also worked at Mt. Arbor Nurseries, Henry Fields, the Liquor Store, Safeway, and cared for her mother and father. In her later years she began working as a respite caregiver, caring for many in the community. She will be greatly missed.

Romona was a caring, loving and respectful woman. Her passion was her children and taking care of others. She was always there for her friends and family when they needed her most. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she was currently serving as deacon. She enjoyed reading, learning about history and entertaining family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Margie, Frances and Corrine; a brother Ronald; and a great-grandson Paul Daniel.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Jack Baxter and wife Jacque of Shenandoah, IA, Danna York and husband Perry of Waverly, NE, John Baxter and wife Julie of Shenandoah, IA, Darla Bowers of Shenandoah, IA, Debra Baxter of Waverly, NE and Jay Baxter and wife Tracy of Platte City, MO; her grandchildren Joel Baxter, Jennifer Baxter, Carrie York, Amy McDonald, Megan Haring, Anna Baxter, Scott Gilbert, Robert Baxter, Madison Gilbert, Camron Gilbert, Jaymie Bowers, Chris Bowers, Cole Adkisson, Chase Baxter, Kate Baxter and Sam Baxter; great-grandchildren Lily York, Grace, Faith, Hope and Mercy McDonald, Jordyn Bowers, Jacob Bond, Jersey Bowers, Ella Baxter, Aubrey Roloff and Nathan Miller; other relatives and friends


Bayless, John Franklin -

John Franklin Bayless was born in Northboro, Iowa on December 15, 1924, to Floyd and Zelma (Cain) Bayless. John entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 in Shenandoah, Iowa, at the blessed age of 87 years.

As a child, John made his own games. They used to use a stick to throw mud balls at the big church door. Of course, they always had to clean them off. They made arrows, sling shots and rubber guns. A favorite was push the hoop, using a small metal hoop and stick. He also enjoyed sleigh riding. They never bought toys. A rubber car cost five cents, but they never had money to buy one.

When John got older he trapped to make spending money and also delivered newspapers. He attended all twelve years of school in Northboro. After graduation, he went to San Diego, CA where he worked at the Consolidated Vultee Bomber Plant to assist with the war effort When he came back, he worked at General Mills in Omaha, he helped his dad as a carpenter (until his dad took a job as a school janitor) and worked at Browns Shoe Fit. After his father had a stroke, John took over as school janitor.

On December 31, 1947 John was united in marriage to Dorothy Rosenbohm in Kolona, Iowa. The couple made their home in Northboro, until moving to Shenandoah in 2009. The couple was blessed with the birth of three sons, Daron was killed while attending college. The couple enjoyed 65 years of marriage.

Following his marriage to Dorothy, John began working full time as a carpenter, working with his brothers; Rex and Dee. He later worked with his sons Dale and Dennis until his retirement in 1989, at the age of 65 years. He built many homes around Southwest Iowa and completed numerous remodeling projects. Dale and Dennis continue the family tradition of Bayless Construction.

John enjoyed collecting things; coins, guns, political buttons, marbles, ect. He said "I'm like the city dump, I collect everything!" His love of nature began at an early age when he hunted ground squirrels along the railroad tracks and trapped animals and sold their fur for spending money. Through out his years he enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to auctions. He and Dorothy would have a booth at a couple of antique shops. John also enjoyed reading, doing word games and working crossword puzzles


Beran, Joseph Ronald - Joseph Ronald Beran was born April 26, 1950 in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Joseph Francis and Lucille Marion (Fortin) Beran. He passed away on Tuesday afternoon, September 4, 2012 at Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg, Iowa at the age of 62 years, 4 months and 9 days.
Joe grew in Grand Island, Nebraska and graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1968. On January 9, 1971, he was united in marriage to Barbara LoAnn Bredensteiner in Lincoln, Nebraska. This union was blessed with four children, Joe, Jeff, Danny and Kerri.
He worked for Union Pacific Railroad before going to work at Sperry’s New Holland for 25+ years. He lived his entire life in Grand Island until he moved to Northboro, Iowa to care for his mother-in-law in 2008. Joe enjoyed sports, especially playing baseball and fast pitch softball. He also liked umpiring American Legion Baseball. Joe also served as an Assistant Scout Leader for Troop 120 in Grand Island and was a member of the Order of the Arrow. Joe loved the outdoors, fishing and finding the big buck while deer hunting. Joe also attended the Locust Grove Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws; a son, Timothy; and two sisters, Marge and Karla.
Survivors include his wife, LoAnn Beran of Northboro, Iowa; his children, Joe Beran and his wife Kim of Grand Island, Nebraska, Jeff Beran and Danielle Garcia of Omaha, Nebraska, Danny Beran and his wife Karla of Grand Island, Nebraska, Kerri Beran of Shenandoah, Iowa; five grandchildren, Blake Beran, Alexis Zito, Kinsley Beran, Ryan Gill and Justin Gill; a brother, Doug Beran and his wife Cindy of Grand Island, Nebraska; a sister, Pam Kendall and her husband Randy of Grand Island, Nebraska; brothers-in-law, David Bredensteiner of Bedford, Iowa, Scott Bredensteiner and his wife Sandy of Pflugerville, Texas; along with many other relatives and friends. Kirsch Funeral Chapel.


Bettis, Harold DeLyle - Harold DeLyle Bettis was born August 25, 1942 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the son of Lyle & Ethel (Carl) Bettis. He passed away on Saturday morning, April 14, 2012 at Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 70 years, 4 months and 11 days.

Harold grew up in the Farragut area and graduated from Farragut High School. Following high school, Harold was united in marriage to Joyce Thompson in Shenandoah, Iowa. This union was blessed with four children, Harold, James, Mary and Connie.

Harold worked for many years at Farm Master in Shenandoah. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and helping people. He true love was his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Joyce; daughter Connie Sue; and a sister, Sheryl Jean Pena.

Survivors include his children; Harold Bettis and his wife Mary of Georgia, James Bettis of Clarinda, Iowa, Mary Binau and Davyd Krog of Shenandoah, Iowa; grandchildren, Charles Binau III of Shenandoah, Iowa, Jessica Binau of Shenandoah, Iowa, Christopher Thompson of Shenandoah, Iowa; great grandchildren, Xavier, Davin and Carson Binau; a brother, Carl Bettis and his wife Barbara of Shenandoah, Iowa; a sister, Sherry Slemp and her husband Wesley of Shenandoah, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Sharon Greedy and her husband Dale of Sidney, Iowa, Diane Resh Miller of Oklahoma, Theresa Schluter and her husband Alan of Maryville, Missouri, Susan Foster of Omaha, Nebraska; along with many other relatives and friends


Bettis, Joyce Roberta Thompson - Joyce Roberta Bettis was born March 2, 1945 in Shenandoah, Iowa the daughter of Morris Richard and Charlotte Rose (Collings) Thompson. She passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 66 years, 11 months and 21 days.

Joyce grew up in Shenandoah and attended Shenandoah Public Schools. She was later married to Harold Bettis in Sheandoah and this union was blessed with three children, Harold Allen, James Walter and Mary Ellen. Joyce enjoyed cooking and gardening. She was known for her beautiful rose gardens. Her true love was her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Richard and Michael Thompson; and two sisters, Dorothy Stevens and Jacqueline Thompson.

Survivors include her children, Harold Bettis and his wife wife Mary of Georgia, James Bettis of Clarinda, Iowa, Mary Binau of Shenandoah, Iowa; grandchildren, Charles Binau III of Nebraska City, Nebraska, Jessica Rose Binau of Shenandoah, Iowa; three great grandchildren, Exavier, Davin and Carson; two sisters, Sharon Greedy and her husband Dale of Sidney, Iowa, Diane Resh Miller of Oklahoma, Susan Foster of Omaha, Nebraska, Theresa Schluter and her husband Alan of Maryville, Missouri; along with many other relatives and friends


Binns, Lloyd L.

Lloyd L. Binns, age 81 of Clarinda, IA passed away on Saturday; September 29, 2012 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center in Clarinda, IA.

Lloyd was born on October 8, 1930 at Hamburg, IA; the son of Clifford L. and Ada (Garrett) Binns.  He attended school in Fremont County, IA and graduated from high school.

He was united in marriage to Marjorie Marie Cavner on February 9, 1951 in Hamburg, IA.  She preceded him in death on October 29, 2003.

Lloyd owned and operated his own Tree Trimming Business in Clarinda.  He also owned and took care of several rental properties in the Clarinda area.  Lloyd built numerous terraces and moved many yards of dirt with his bulldozer in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri.

He is survived by his son Eddie Binns and wife Anne of Clarinda, IA; three grandchildren:  Wendy, Dustin and Austin; one great-grandchild; siblings:  Betty Wolford of Red Oak, IA, Joyce Albricht of Hamburg, IA and William Binns of Manteca, CA; other family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by three sons:  Wesley, Leslie and David and a brother Carl.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held Thursday (Oct. 4) at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Zion  (Utterback) Cemetery northeast of Hamburg, IA with Dale Owen officiating.  Burial will follow the services. Rash-Gude Funeral Home.


Bond, Audrey Dean Bartlett - Celebration of Life services for Audrey Bond, age 91, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Friday, March 30, 2012 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda Iowa, will be held Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the First Christian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Beckie Linn Gregory officiating. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Audrey Dean Bond was born January 9, 1921, in Decatur City, Iowa to Leo Bartlett and Nellie (Norman) Bartlett. She grew up around Burlington Junction and Clearmont, Missouri and Bartlett and Tabor, Iowa. Following her graduation from Clarinda High School, she obtained her teaching degree and taught in rural schools. On May 25, 1941, she was united in marriage to Ralph Bond in Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. They were blessed with two sons, Dennis and Terry.

Audrey's face was a familiar one in the retail businesses around Clarinda. She was a helpful friendly sales clerk, working at Coast to Coast, Kit N Kaboodle, Johnny Appleseed until she was 75. Her working career also included working as a cook at Clarinda High School and the Depot. She was an active member of the First Christian Church.

Audrey and Ralph enjoyed golfing, camping and fishing. They were supporters of the Clarinda A's and were house parents for the boys of summer. Audrey was very involved with her son's school activities and sports and continued to enjoy her grandchildren's activities, traveling to many games. She also enjoyed traveling with friends on vacation trips.

Audrey was a very social, happy person and enjoyed being with the people while she resided at Westridge Care & Rehab Center. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were most important to her and thoroughly enjoyed their visits.

Preceding Audrey in death were her parents; husband, Ralph Bond (9/5/1974); brother, Dallas Bartlett (Idell); daughter-in-law, Deb Bond; a niece.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Dennis Bond of Summerville, South Carolina; Terry Bond and wife Sue of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren, Kyle Shupe and wife Dennice of Ankeny, Iowa, Scott Bond and wife Renee of Shambaugh, Iowa, J. J. Bond and wife Nola of Clarinda, Iowa, Annie Bond and Darrick Smith of Clarinda, Iowa, Timothy O'Grady and wife Annie of Dallas, Texas, Jess Bond and wife Amanda of Bellevue, Nebraska, Molly Kennedy and husband Zach of Platte City, Missouri, David Furst and Emily Witthoft of Clarinda, Iowa, Katie Burns and husband Cody of Clarinda, Iowa, Brian Bond of Omaha, Nebraska, Brent Bond and wife Sara of Atlanta, Georgia and Brittany Bond of Summerville, South Carolina; fourteen great grandchildren with one on the way; other relatives and many friends


Book, Mary Virginia Pearce

Funeral services for Mary Book, age 96, of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of Griswold, Iowa, who entered into rest Sunday, July 8, 2012 at the Eiler House, Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 13, 2012 at the United Methodist Church, Griswold, Iowa with Reverend Dwight Grosvenor officiating. There will be open visitation at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda with family visitation 10:00 – 11:00 at the United Methodist Church, Griswold prior to the service. Burial will be in the Flint Cemetery, Griswold, Iowa.

Mary Virginia Book, a long time resident of the Griswold area, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, July 8, 2012, at the Eiler House, Clarinda, Iowa.

Mary was born December 8, 1915 in Wright Township, Pottawatomie County, Iowa near Griswold, to Orin Cephas Pearce and Ruth Read Pearce. Mary graduated from Griswold High School in 1933. Following graduation from High School she was united in marriage to Ralph Owen Book. They were married for sixty five years. She became an adept farm wife and mother of four. Mary was also active as a 4-H leader, gardener and secretary of Waveland Township School Board.

Mary became a member of the Griswold Methodist Church in 1947. In her later life she was an active member of the quilting group of the church creating beautiful heirlooms for family and community members.

Mary will always be remembered for her talents in sewing, needlework and famous apple pies.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Book; sister, Kathleen Samson; and daughter, Virginia Phillips.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Nancy Fuhs and Sara Lu Aberle and son, James Book; Mary is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and many great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren along with host of other relatives and friends


Bredensteiner, Barbara Caroline Gruber - Barbara Caroline Bredensteiner was born was born April 15, 1926 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Oscar and Ida Fern (Mackoy) Gruber. She passed away on Saturday morning, February 18, 2012 at Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 85 years, 10 months and 3 days.

Barbara grew up and lived her entire life on the family farm in Locust Grove Township near Shenandoah, Iowa. She attended Locust Grove Country School and graduated from Farragut High School in 1944. On December 20, 1946, she was united in marriage to Duane Bredensteiner at the Locust Grove United Methodist Church. This union was blessed with three children, LoAnn, Scott and David.

Barbara helped with the dairy and farm operation. She also worked at Henry Fields in Shenandoah and at the Hamburg Public Library. During the farm crisis of the 80’s she and her husband worked for the Waubonsie Mental Health as farm crisis counselors. Barbara was a lifelong member of the Locust Grove United Methodist Church, Farm Bureau, D.A.R., Antique Club and U.M.W.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Duane; 2 sisters, Anna Marie Gruber and Louise Gruber; and one grandson, Tim Beran.

Survivors include her children, LoAnn Beran and her husband Joe of Northboro, Iowa, Scott Bredensteiner and his wife Sandy of Pflugerville, Texas, David Bredensteiner of Bedford, Iowa; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three step sisters, Carol Barnes of Westboro, Missouri, Laurel Craven of Tarkio, Missouri, Coral Elandt of Simi Valley, California; along with many other relatives and friends


Brenneman, Orval Henry - Orval Henry Brenneman was born March 1, 1926 at Lewellen, Nebraska to Orval Henry and Rhoda Mae (Sparks) Brenneman. The family moved to Goshen, Indiana where Orval graduated high school. He served in the United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. After serving in the Navy he came to Shambaugh, Iowa. His mother, Rhoda, was there staying with Orval’s sister, Beth, who was married to Rev. Kenneth Miller, the pastor of the Shambaugh Missionary Church. Through this church connection he met and married Edna Huddle on March 1, 1947 at the Shambaugh Missionary Church parsonage. Orval and Edna were devoted members of the Shambaugh Missionary Church now known as Harvest Fellowship.
Orval worked on a dairy farm for a time and at Hope Hall in the Clarinda Mental Health Institute. He and Edna began farming together with a dairy herd and row crop. They lived near Braddyville on this farm until Edna’s health failed in 2003 and soon after they resided at Westridge Quality Care in Clarinda.
On January 24, 2012 Orval, at age 85, was called to his heavenly home. Preceding him were his wife, Edna on April 26, 2004; parents; sister Beth and her husband Rev. Kenneth Miller; sister-in-law Ann Brenneman, brothers-in-law Donald Hoskins and Sam Shuttlesworth.
Surviving are his children: Joy Stanley and husband Paul of Lansdale, PA, sons Jon Brenneman, Clearmont, MO, Kenny Brenneman and wife Kim of Albany, MO, and Gaylan Brenneman of Clearmont, MO; grandchildren Jennifer and Jill Brenneman of St. Joseph, MO; step grandchildren Paul Stanley, Jr., Amanda Stanley, Christine Stanley, Allison Runnels, Matthew Krieg, and David Zeik; brother Joe Brenneman of Walton, KY; and sisters-in-law Thelma Hoskins of Shambaugh
Funeral services for Orval Brenneman will be 10:30 Saturday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with interment at Shearer Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday. A memorial fund will be established. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements


Briggs, Evelyn Murren - Evelyn was born August 27, 1931 at Hepburn, Iowa to Earl and Edith (Riggle) Murren. She graduated Clarinda High School in 1949. Evelyn was united in marriage to Edwin Briggs January 1, 1959. Beginning in 1952 until 1965 Evelyn worked in the telephone office in Clarinda. After the telephone job she sewed at O’Brien’s in Bedford from 1965 until 1974. She was an Avon representative for 20 years retiring in 1993. She was active in the New Market Church of Christ and very much enjoyed the job of sending cards and gifts to church members. She served on the election board many years and was the chairwoman of the New Market Centennial in 1981. Evelyn was a member of Women Who Care and Birthday Clubs.
She is survived by husband Edwin Briggs of New Market; step-daughter Linda Baedke of Ankeny; grandson Jeffrey Baedke and wife Stephanie and their daughter Olivia, all of Ankeny; sisters Maxine Anderson of Bellevue, NE and Charlotte Mallott and husband Sheridan of Omaha, NE.
Evelyn passed away Wednesday Sept 5, 2012 at Oakland Manor, Oakland, Iowa following an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Edith; sisters Lorraine Miller and Velma Snodgrass; and brothers Clifford, Cleo and Larry Murren.
Funeral services for Evelyn Briggs, 81 of New Market, will be 10 a.m. SaturdaySeptember 9, 2012 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Pastor Russ Clark officiating. Family visitation will be at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday evening. Interment will be at Guss Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Gus Cemetery, New Market Rescue, or New Market Church of Christ. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements


Brinkley, Mabel Elizabeth Hollowell Coddington - Mabel was born Dorothy Elizabeth Hollowell December 5, 1919. Her parents were Jess and Nora (Crump) Hollowell of Roundup, Montana. Upon the death of her father she was adopted by William and Edith Mae (Cave) Coddington from Schaller, Iowa. Her name was then changed to Mabel Dorothy Coddington. She was accepted, raised and loved as a member of the family. Her adopted mother passed away when Mabel was 12 years old. She then made her home from family to family. She graduated from Spencer High School in 1937. In December 1937 she married Wesley Brinkley of Spencer. To this union three children were born: Marilyn, Weldon and Sandra.
She was baptized April 2, 1944 and was confirmed into the Lutheran faith on March 30, 1947 at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa. Mabel and Wes raised their children in the Spencer community both urban and rural.
She was active in Clarinda St. John Lutheran Church with the Sewing Guild and putting together the “Reporter”.
She worked at Spencer Municipal Hospital for 16 years retiring in 1990. Since 1992 she has made her home in Clarinda, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers. Her husband passed away in 1967.Surviving are two daughters and a son: Marilyn Wilbur and husband Norman Wilbur of Clarinda, Iowa, Pastor Weldon Brinkley and wife Barbara Brinkley of Cleveland, Mississippi, and Sandra Dunigan and husband William Dunigan of San Diego, California. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Mabel’s sweet disposition will be missed by many

Services will be held 10:30 Friday, August 17, 2012 at St. John Lutheran Church in Clarinda with Rev. Daryl Tompkins officiating. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, August 16, at Riverside Cemtery, Spencer, Iowa. There is open visitation Tuesday and Wednesday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. Memorials to St. John Library or sewing guild.


Brownlee, Glenn Allen - Glenn Allen Brownlee was born on December 12, 1947 in Clarinda, Iowa, the son of James and Virginia (Culver) Brownlee. Glenn entered into eternal rest on Monday, June 4, 2012 in Shenandoah, Iowa following a brave battle with cancer.

Glenn resided in Coin, until the age of 3 when the family moved to Farragut. He attended Farragut High School and graduated with the Class of 1966. He then went on to further his education at Northwest Missouri State University, where he graduated from in 1970.

On August 15, 1970 Glenn was united in marriage to Helen Gutschenritter at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Imogene, Iowa. The couple made their home in Shenandoah. Glenn was employed at the Farragut Elevator, Farragut Ag, and most recently the UFMC in Farragut.

Glenn was active in many organizations including the Elks Lodge #1122, the Knights of Columbus, Agribusiness Association of Iowa, where he served on the active membership committee from 1997-2002, was a NCAE Committee Member, a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a devoted Parrott Head! Some of his passions included woodworking, traveling. golfing, spending time with his family, and driving his corvette.

He was preceded in death by his parents James and Virginia Brownlee; mother and father-in-law George and Cecelia Gutschenritter; nephews T.J. Gibson and Donald Gibson, Jr.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 41 years, Helen Brownlee of Shenandoah, IA; son, Kevin Brownlee and wife Paige of Omaha, NE; grandsons, Brayson and Rogan Brownlee of Omaha, NE; brothers, David Brownlee and wife Paula of Farragut, IA; Bob and Jackie Brownlee of Nebraska; sisters Joy Hall and husband Conrad of Sidney, IA and Becky Shull and husband Tom of Farragut, IA; sister-in-law, Rita Gibson and husband Don of Shenandoah, IA; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of dear friends


Brunk, Anita Charlene Coston

Anita Charlene Brunk 82, of Shenandoah, IA and formerly of the Skidmore, MO area passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at a hospital in Omaha, NE.

Anita was born on May 20, 1929 in Skidmore, MO to Charles L. and Sara E. (Johnson) Coston. She was a longtime resident of the area and moved to Shenandoah in 1991. On May 20, 1946 she was united in marriage to Roy L. Brunk in Troy, KS. Roy passed away in 1996; she was also preceded in death by both her parents in 1991, and her sister, Lois Bowenkamp in 2008.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, Skidmore, MO and she was a homemaker.

Left to mourn her passing are her children, Gailian (Jerry) Kellison, Shenandoah, IA, Wayne (Alice) Brunk, Westboro, MO, Tracia Brunk-Long, Lincoln, NE, and Stephanie Brunk, Shenandoah, IA; her sister Donna Johnson, Shenandoah, IA; 7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and burial will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Hillcrest Cemetery, Skidmore, MO.

The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 PM Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO


Buller, Shirley Lee Bartles - Shirley Lee Buller (Bartles), age 31, passed away February 15, 2012 at Hospice with Heart in Glenwood, Iowa. Shirley was born May 5, 1980 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Shirley graduated from Shenandoah High School with the class of 1999. She went on to Southwestern Community College and received her LPN license. During her teen years she worked at McDonalds in Shenandoah. She also worked at Pella Corporation in Shenandoah, Good Samaritan in Red Oak and Glen Haven in Glenwood. Shirley enjoyed to read, draw and visiting with her friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her father, paternal and maternal grandparents.

Shirley will be missed by her husband Jason Buller, children: Shayla Duplain, Anelisa, Lexi and Luc Buller, mother: Susie Bartles, uncle Jim and Aunt Karen, several other aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends


Bunker, Dorothy "Gwen"dolyn Beer

Funeral services for Gwen Bunker, age 88, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at Westridge Care and Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Beckie Linn Gregory officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa.

Dorothy Gwendolyn Bunker was born June 23, 1923 in Centerville, Iowa to William Earl and Dorothy Frances (Stille) Beer. Her dad was a depot agent for the CB&Q Railroad for 50 years, so she moved a lot during her childhood and went to various schools across southern Iowa and northern Missouri. She moved to New Market the last half of eighth grade till her senior year then moved to Diagonal and graduated from high school there in 1941. Gwen and Jim Bunker were united in marriage July 18, 1942 in Maryville, Missouri. They were blessed with two sons, Bill and Kerry.

She and Jim moved to Clarinda in 1952 and Gwen was a long time member of the First Christian Church, Semper Fidelis Study Group, Church Circle, Hospital Auxiliary, Legion Auxiliary, Museum, and Lied Center. Gwen was an avid collector and loved to go to auctions and garage sales.

Preceding her in death were her parents and husband Jim Bunker (2007).

Left to cherish her memory are two sons: Bill Bunker of Coralville, Iowa; son Kerry Bunker and wife Cindy of St. Joseph, Missouri; three grandchildren: Karen Fink and husband Jody of North Liberty, Iowa; Aaron Bunker and wife Sara of Sioux City, Iowa; Haley Bunker of St. Joseph, Missouri; and three great grandchildren: Aryana Spry, St. Joseph, Missouri; Kamryn Fink, North Liberty, Iowa; Kyler Fink, North Liberty, Iowa


Burch, Dorothy Maye Carpenter - Dorothy Maye (Carpenter) Burch was born on August 29, 1924 in Elmo, Missouri, the daughter of Dana O. and Pearl (Goodwin) Carpenter. Dorothy entered into eternal peace on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah.

Dorothy's early years were spent in the Elmo community, where she graduated from high school. On January 11, 1944 she was united in marriage to Lawrence Burch in Hiawatha, Kansas. The couple made their home in Shenandoah, following their marriage.

During her working years, Dorothy was employed by Henry Fields Nursery and later at Eaton Corporation, where she retired from. She was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church. Some of her interests included reading, doing crossword puzzles, playing card games, attending family outings, reading the Bible, and being involved with church activities. Dorothy had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed making conversations with those she met.

She was preceded in death by her parents and nine siblings Charley, Byron, Galen, Landis, an infant brother, Wilma, Velma, Lois and Minnie Lee.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Max Burch and wife Barb of Bonner Springs, KS and Twila Larson and husband Chuck of Sidney, IA; step-daughter Donna Harper of Weatherford, TX; brothers, Doyle Carpenter and wife Rosie of Elmo, MO and Calvin Carpenter and wife Bonnie of Essex, IA; sister, Joan Sloan of Burlington Jct., MO; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah,Iowa


Burch, Edna Catherine Romer - Edna Catherine Romer Burch was born May 4, 1920 in Corning, Iowa, the daughter of August and Mary (Bauer) Romer. She passed away early Wednesday morning, January 4, 2012 at Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg, Iowa at the age of 91 years and 8 months.

Edna grew up in Corning, Iowa and attended Corning Schools. On October 19, 1946, she was united in marriage to Roland Eugene Burch in Troy, Kansas. This union was blessed with five children; Leland, Carla, Lonnie, Kimberly, Peggy.

Edna was a homemaker until her children were all raised. She then cleaned houses for more than 35 years. She enjoyed gardening and raising flowers; go out to eat, shopping and watching her favorite television shows. But the true love of her life was her family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roland Eugene; her son, Leland Burch; two grandchildren, Melina Barker and Eugene Jeffrey; and a brother, Harold Romer.

Survivors include her children, Carla Barker and Carroll Shaffer of Red Oak, Iowa, Lonnie Burch and his wife Connie of Red Oak, Iowa, Kimberly Burch of Clarinda, Iowa, Peggy Van Syoc and her husband Tom of Sidney, Iowa; five grandchildren, Gloria Smith and her husband Dave of Tarkio, Missouri, Nicole Barker and Andy Falk of Red Oak, Iowa, Skylar Barker of Red Oak, Iowa, Craig Lee of Omaha, Nebraska, Heather Lee and Chris Brown of New Market, Iowa; four great grandchildren, Cameron Eshelman, Cataya Barker, Payton Brown and Devin Brown; three step great grandchildren, Sheldon, Madison andChance VanSyoc; many other relatives and friends; and special pets, Daisy Duke, Molly, Buttons and The Cat

Kirsch Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Buttry, Brandon L. - Pfc. Brandon L. Buttry, age 19 of Shenandoah was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 5, 2012 in Kandahar Province Afghanistan.

Brandon Lucas Buttry was born into the hearts of Don and Pam Buttry. God placed him in their family in August 1996. His birthday is January 10th, 1993.
Brandon was raised on an acreage south of Shenandoah, Iowa. Brandon was homeschooled and completed his GED before enlisting in the Army in 2011.
Brandon had an infectious smile and did not know a stranger.He was all about family and truly enjoyed spending time with his five brothers and eight sisters. Summer vacations to Colorado and California were special to him.He liked fishing,playing video games,was an avid reader and liked history. But most of all back yard sports and board games with his family.Brandon was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in.He accepted Jesus into his heart and loved the Lord with a deep passion.He was very involved with his church at Memorial Baptist. He had a big heart and liked helping with the "Special Adults" VBS and the Awana Programs in his church. He was a great Uncle to his nephews and nieces and loved spending time with them, wrestling, sword fighting and sharing stories with them.
Brandon's childhood dream was to be a U.S. soldier. He loved the Army and was so Proud to serve his country. He graduated from boot camp in April 2012 from Fort Benning, Georgia. His Dad said, "He left a boy and came back a Man." He was stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington Alpha Company I-23 Infantry. He was deployed to Afghanistan in July 2012.
PFC Buttry's award's include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon ,NATO Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge. Brandon was a soldier in the 1st Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division JBLM, Washington.
Brandon is survived by his parents Don and Pam Buttry of Shenandoah, Iowa. Five brothers Luke and (Kathy) Buttry of Riverton, Iowa, Zach, Austin, Noah and Moses. Eight sisters Mandy and (Matt) Poulter of Pella, Ia, Missy and (Andrew) Rock of Prior Lake, Minnesota, Macey, Shantelle, Shamilia, Micah, Savannah, and Shanya. 9 nephews Ethan, Shay, Denzel and Keaton Poulter, Andreas, Carter, Brody and Landry Buttry, and Isaiah Rock. 5 nieces Whitley, Maya and Chelsea Poulter, Halie Buttry and Athulya Rock. Grandparents Sandra Kuntzweiler of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Harry Albright of Cherokee, Iowa, Harriet Buttry of Kansas City, Missouri. He was proceeded in death by his grandfather Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Lucas Buttry and his favorite cousin Patrick Devlin. Brandon leaves behind a host of relatives, many friends and His Army Brothers and Sisters.
"Brandon was loved deeply, will be missed greatly and will never be forgotten. He was a very brave soldier. Thank you for the sacrifices you made for all of us. You made us and the USA PROUD!" "God has said,"Never will I leave you never will I forsake you."Hebrew 13:5



Byerley, Richard D. "Slim," - Richard D. “Slim” Byerley, age 90, of 7905 Mt. Monroe Road, Cuba, and formely of Somerset, New Jersey, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2012, in Cuba Memorial Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit after a brief illness.
Born on November 7, 921, in Essex, Iowa, he was a son of Fey Q. and Mary Ann Simons Byerley. On June 3, 1944, atSt. Peters of the Apostle Church, in New Brunswick, New Jersey he married the former Rosalind M. Shulas who predeceased him on November 5, 2003.
Mr. Byerley served in the United States Army Air Force from 1942 until 1946.
After his military servicehe returend to the Somerset New Jersey area and owned and operated Slims Somerset Disposal Service in Somerset, New Jersey for over 50 years, a business which still remains family, owned and operated today.
Mr. Byerley was very active in Fire Departments in New Jersey as well as throughout Southwest Iowa. He was a life member of the East Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, in Somerset, New Jersey for over 45 years and was also a lifemember of the Nodaway Volunteer Fire Department, in Nodaway, Iowa, since 1983. He had served as master of ceremonies numerous times for Nodaway Volunteer Fire Department Celebrations and was instrumental in acquiring fire trucks and equipment necessary for the fire department to operate. Mr. Byerley and his wife, Rosalind, also had donated a fire truck to the Nodaway Fire Department.
He enjoyed fishing, and traveling with his wife in their motor home and was able to visit the lower 48 states twice.
Surviving are two sons, Richard J. (Nancy) Byerley of Cuba, and David F. (Elizabeth) Byerley of Flemington, NJ; one daughter, Valerie R. Mont of Pennington, NJ; seven grandchildre; fourteen great grandchildren; a half brother, James Byerley of Tennessee; a half sister, Jeanine Siler of Bremerton, Washington; and a dear sister-in-law, Elaine Byerley of Glendora, California.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church


Carlson, Martha Anna Muller - Some day you will read in the newspaper that Martha Carlson has died. Don’t you believe it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now! I have gone to join loved ones in Heaven and out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal! Thanks be to God!
Martha Anna Carlson was a woman of steadfast and unshakable faith. She believed that the Lord would provide for her needs and the needs of her church, and He did!
She was a regimented woman who wrote in her diary daily for 78 years. Oh the stories those diaries tell! Mart enjoyed cooking and canning for her family, quilting with her twin sister, Dort, and playing cards with her friends. She graced her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren with the fruits of her labor including one or more quilts made especially for each one.
Before the era when it was common for women to work outside of the home, Martha held positions in a curler making factory and a capacitor factory, served patrons at the Clarinda Bowling Alley, and shared her opinion with those buying yard goods at Petersen’s Mercantile on the square. In her retirement, she took pride in her immaculate flowers and bountiful garden.
She was a life-long member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Yorktown, Iowa. Her dedication to St. Paul’s was evidenced by her involvement in Ladies Aid, Laborers for Christ, LWML, sewing for World Relief, and fundraising efforts including quilt raffles for both the church and the Clarinda Lutheran School.
Martha was born on the Muller farm southwest of Yorktown, Iowa on January, 27, 1917. On April 12, 2012, the Lord called her home to join her husband, Norman, twin sister Dorothy Sump, and her beloved daughter Patricia (Carlson) Koller. She will be celebrating in heaven with other family including her parents, Henry and Emma Muller, four brothers: Walter, Herbert, Francis and Arthur Muller, sister Ada Mueller, and son in law Bernard Fastenau.
Her legacy and our fond memories will be cherished by her family: son Jerry(Barbara)Carlson of Austin, TX, daughter Jeanette Fastenau of Chillicothe, MO, son in law, Tim (Fran) Koller of Mahomet, IL, son Ken (Karen) Carlson of Waukee, IA, 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and devoted extended family.
Celebration of Life service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2012 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Yorktown, Iowa with Rev. Nathan Dudley officiating. Interment will be at Polsley Cemetery, rural Yorktown, Iowa. Memorials are suggested to Lutheran Educational Assistance Fund (L.E.A.F.) (P.O. Box 318, Clarinda, IA 51632) at the Lutheran school in Clarinda. Family visitation will be held 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel.
Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda was in charge of arrangements. 712.542.4200

Casteel, Kathleen "Kay" Lantz - Kathleen (Kay) Casteel was born April 16, 1932 in Blockton, the daughter of Gay and Ruby (Morris) Lantz. She passed away on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 at the age of 80 years, 4 months and 2 days.
In February 1949, she and Robert Casteel were married in Maryville, Missouri. This union was blessed with two daughters, Pamela and Kira and one son Tiran.
Kathleen, as she went through life, never met a stranger and always had open arms to everyone that surrounded her. While working at Henry Fields as a bookkeeper for a few years, she decided that being a homemaker would allow her to be with her family more. Having more time to spend with her family, she enjoyed, gardening, cooking, and of course down time for her puzzle books.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Casteel; brother's, Dean Lantz and Bill Lantz ; sister's, Vonnie Fletchall and Virginia Walker.
Survivors include her daughters, Pamela (Bill) Lowry of Georgia, Kira (John) Slater of Missouri, son, Tiran Casteel of Coin, Iowa ; sisters, June (Gary) Cotter of Missouri and Charlotte (Pete) Belokonny of Missouri; sisters-in-law, Joan Lantz of Missouri, Stella Lantz of Missouri. ten grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 at Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah with Pastor Roy Nelson officiating. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery at Clarinda. Open visitation was held at Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hands of Hope Hospice in St. Joseph, Mo. Online remembrances or condolences can be left at The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah is in charge of arrangements


Clark, Leann - Leann Clark, age 51, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, died Monday, May 21, 2012 at Methodist Diagnostic Hospital, Houston, Texas. Leann is formerly of Clarinda, Iowa. She is the daughter of Verlin and Janice (Welch) Clark of Clarinda. A memorial service were held in Houston, Friday, May 25.

Graveside service and burial were in the Hawleyville Cemetery, Hawleyville, Iowa immediately following the Eastern Star service. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Leann Jean Clark was born October 6, 1960, at Clarinda, Iowa, the daughter of Verlin Clark and Janice (Welch) Clark. Leann grew up in the Clarinda area, attending Clarinda schools and graduated in 1979 from Clarinda High School. She continued her education at Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda receiving her Associate's degree.
Leann's first employment was as a secretary at the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce. She continued her employment as a legal secretary in various states including Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Kansas. Her most recent employment was legal secretary for fifteen years with Looper, Reed, & McGraw Law Firm of Houston, Texas. Leann enjoyed her work and was a valued dependable employee of the law firm.
Leann had a great love for country western dancing, the outdoors, horses and riding. She and Royal were part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo from 1998-2012 riding twenty consecutive nights per year; riding for Jay Cannon Rodeo productions, Servi Championship Rodeo and Sammy Catalena Rodeo Company . Leann also enjoyed going to the Houston Astro's games with her friends and co-workers. Her family was very important to Leann and she was a special aunt to her many nieces and nephews. Living in other states never prevented her from coming home for all the special events including Christmas, graduations, and other family gatherings.
Preceding Leann in death were her father, Verlin Clark and her grandparents, Carl and Myrtle Clark and Darrell and Joye Welch.
Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Janice Clark of Clarinda, Iowa; brother, Troy Clark and wife Sharyn of Yorktown, Iowa; sister, Diane Barr and husband John of Clarinda, Iowa; sister, Jayne Holste and husband Curt of Atlantic, Iowa; brother, Craig Clark and wife Kendra of Clarinda; nieces and nephews, J.W. Barr, Jodi Barr, Beth Nelson, Richard Clark, Coddy Clark, Samantha Hansen, Stephanie Holste, Cale Clark, Lexi Clark; great nieces and nephews, Haylee, Kaiden, Kayedance and Madi; numerous aunts, uncles, other relatives and many friends.
Leann will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends; her memory and love will live on in their hearts. May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn her passing


Clary, Delores Maxine Johnson

Graveside services for Delores Clary, age 87, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at the Clarinda Cemetery with Kris Davies officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Delores Maxine Clary was born May 22, 1925, in Clarinda, Iowa to George A. Johnson and Grace (Morris) Johnson. She was a life long resident of Clarinda and attended Clarinda Schools. Delores was united in marriage to Cedric E. Clary and they later divorced. Two children were born to this union; Danny and Patricia.

Delores' working career included working at Bishops, Super Value, Clary's Shoe Repair as co-owner with her husband and she retired from the Lisle Corporation. She enjoyed watching television, playing cards and eating out with her friends.

Preceding Delores in death were her parents, George and Grace Johnson and brother, Cecil Johnson.

Survivors include her children, Danny Clary of Clarinda, Iowa; Patricia Gray Roberts and husband Randy of Glenwood, Iowa; brother, Wayne Johnson and wife Lois of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces; nephews and many friends


Collins, JoAnn Gray - JoAnn (Gray) Collins was born on March 11, 1950 in Fayette, Missouri, the daughter of Richard Jewel and Marion Alice (Collins) Gray, Sr. JoAnn entered into eternal peace on Sunday afternoon, April 1, 2012 following a brave battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving and caring family.

JoAnn's early years were spent in Roanoke, Missouri. The family later moved to Omaha, Nebraska. JoAnn graduated from South High School with the Class of 1968. She later moved to Shenandoah.

During her working years she was employed by Eaton Corporation in Shenandoah, until her retirement in 2005. She was active in the Relay for Life events. Some of her passions included spending time with her children and grandchildren, playing BINGO, going to the casino, reading, and fishing.

Those left to cherish her memory include her parents, Richard Gray Sr., and Marion Gray both of Salisbury, MO; her children, Jim Collins and wife Lea of Blair, NE and Mike Collins and wife Kristin of Kansas City, MO; 7 grandchildren; brother, Richard Gray, Jr. and wife Karen of Armstrong, MO; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah,Iowa


Cox, Marvin Leroy - Marvin Leroy Cox, was born on January 19, 1924 on the family farm three miles west of Northboro, Iowa, the son of John M. and Mary Willard (Bates) Cox. Marvin entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at his home in rural Northboro.

On June 6, 1954, Marvin was married to Lorane Rowe at the Assembly of God Church. To this union two children were born; Roger Dale born November 26, 1955 and Arlene Gale born November 17, 1958.

Marvin spent his entire life on his farm and working the ground, for as long as his health permitted him to.

Marvin spent his leisure time playing his guitar and singing. He attended the Church of the Nazarene most of his married life.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Laverne and Willard Cox and two sisters, Velma Keep and Cleo Phelps.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife of 57 years, Lorane Cox; son; Roger Dale and his family of Northboro, Iowa; daughter Arlene Gale Shavlik and her family of Elkhorn, NE, 13 grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Marvin Leroy Cox, was born on January 19, 1924 on the family farm three miles west of Northboro, Iowa, the son of John M. and Mary Willard (Bates) Cox. Marvin entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at his home in rural Northboro.

On June 6, 1954, Marvin was married to Lorane Rowe at the Assembly of God Church. To this union two children were born; Roger Dale born November 26, 1955 and Arlene Gale born November 17, 1958.

Marvin spent his entire life on his farm and working the ground, for as long as his health permitted him to.

Marvin spent his leisure time playing his guitar and singing. He attended the Church of the Nazarene most of his married life.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Laverne and Willard Cox and two sisters, Velma Keep and Cleo Phelps.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife of 57 years, Lorane Cox; son; Roger Dale and his family of Northboro, Iowa; daughter Arlene Gale Shavlik and her family of Elkhorn, NE, 13 grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah,Iowa


Cozad, Stephen Earl

Funeral services for Stephen Cozad, age, 64, of Clarinda, Iowa, who passed away as the result of an automobile accident, Friday, July 6, 2012, rural Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating . Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Sergy Post 98 during the service.

Stephen Earl Cozad was born February 27, 1948 to Mildred Jane (Drabes) Cozad and Edson Bill Cozad in Clarinda, IA. He grew up on a farm near Blanchard, Iowa and kept his parents busy being a very active and creative boy. Steve attended South Page Schools and ended his schooling in Clarinda School District. At age 17, Steve, enlisted in the United States Navy. This began his 14 year military career in which he served very proudly! During this time he completed 3 world tours including the Vietnam War on the USS Enterprise, Hancock and Forrestal, also on the plank crew of the USS Eisenhower.

Shortly after enlisting Stephen met and married Ann Wilson of Clarinda in 1969 and they had 4 children, Brandon, Charles, Catherine and Kevin Cozad. During his enlistment in the US Navy, Stephen and his family were stationed many places including Italy. After completing his career the family came back to Clarinda and made a home. Stephen then went to Iowa Western Community College and graduated with his Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering, thus starting his career at NSK and continuing on to self- employment in plumbing/electrical.

In 1986, Stephen relocated to Des Moines, IA area and became employed through the State of Iowa as a Rehabilitation Technology Specialist where he designed and fabricated adaptive equipment to meet the needs of disabled Iowans. There he met Laura Moon and was married shortly after in 1986. They had 3 children, Jesse, Brian and Chad Cozad. They continued to live in the Des Moines area until 1995. During these years Stephen was active as a scout leader and soccer coach with his sons. A favorite pastime was bicycling with his family.

He moved his family to Adel, IA and operated his canoe and bicycle rental business on the Raccoon River and bike trails from 1995 to 1998.

In 2000 he and his family moved to Creston, IA and pursued other interests.

In 2009 Stephen returned home to Clarinda, IA until his untimely departure to Heaven. Stephen had a strong faith in Christ. He had many hobbies including fixing computers, TV's, radios, anything electrical. He loved to tinker with anything that needed fixed. Stephen also loved fishing and camping, hobbies which he had passed down to his children. But Stephen most loved his family and took extreme pride in all his children and grandchildren and loved to take time to teach all of them lessons of life. He loved telling stories to his children and grandchildren about his childhood and his time spent in the US Navy.

Stephen was preceded in death by his father Bill Cozad and son Charles Christian Cozad. Left to cherish his memories are his mother, Jane Cozad of Clarinda. Sister Jean and Ed Miller of Clarinda. Sister, Vera Moore of New Market. Children: son, Brandon and Keely Cozad (US Army/ Tennessee); daughter, Catherine and Michael De Anda of Clarinda; son, Kevin and Kendra Cozad (US Air Force/ Azore Islands) and their mother Ann Wilson of Clarinda. Son, Jesse Cozad of Des Moines, IA; son, Brian Cozad of Omaha, NE and son, Chad Cozad of Creston, IA and their mother Laura Cozad of Creston, IA. Many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and Cousins!

A Naval Hymn Verse:

And when at length her course is run,
Her work for home and country done,
Of all the souls that in her sailed
Let not one life in thee have failed;
But hear from heaven our sailor's cry,
And grant eternal life on high!
Author/date Unknown


Crain, Jac Alan -

Funeral services for Jac Crain, age 53, of Clarinda, Iowa, who died suddenly Sunday, February 19, 2012 as the result of a plane crash in rural Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the Hillside Missionary Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation with the family will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Hillside Missionary Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Midwest Opportunities.

Jac Alan Crain was born September 2, 1958, at Clarinda, Iowa, to James G. Crain and Marilyn (Fulk) Crain. Jac grew up in the Clarinda area and attended Clarinda schools graduating from Clarinda High School in 1977. During high school, Jac was an active Cardinal student and athlete. He continued his education graduating from the Iowa Western Community College Mechanical Technology program and from Buena Vista College with a Bachelor of Science degree. Jac was united in marriage November 29, 1980 at Clarinda, Iowa to Marcy James. Jac and Marcy adopted their son, Blake from Lima, Peru in 1989.

Jac started his working career with Honeywell Corporation in Freeport, Illinois and with Rockford systems in Rockford, Illinois. He returned to Clarinda and worked with his father in the construction business and became owner and operator of the Crain Construction Company and Page Plumbing.

Jac was active in the community and was a member of the Clarinda Economic Development Committee, the Clarinda Country Club and the United Methodist Church Building Committee. He was also a member of the Wind Riders Experimental aircraft Club Chapter 1355. Jac had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed life to the fullest. He enjoyed numerous activities including boating, bowling, flying, skydiving, scuba diving, NASCAR, sail boating, golfing, their lake house, traveling, designing his own home, yoga classes and he especially enjoyed being with friends and family.

Preceding Jac in death were his father, James G. Crain; sister, Candee Crain and nephew, Cole Stanton.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Marcy Crain of Clarinda, Iowa; son, Blake Crain of Creston, Iowa; mother, Marilyn Crain of Clarinda, Iowa; brother, Jay Dee Crain and wife Denise of Orange, California; sisters, Cindee Crain of San Diego, California and Cheri Crain of Clarinda, Iowa; parents-in-law, Ray and Martha James of Clarinda, Iowa; sister-in-law, Suzi Stanton and husband Jerry of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Abby and Josey Stanton and Chelsee and Chad Crain; aunts; uncles; cousins and many friends


Crawford, Joyce Ann Woodruff Parrott - Joyce Ann Woodruff was born in Shambaugh, Iowa to Henry Woodruff and Lucille (Linebaugh) Woodruff. She was married to Darrell Parrott July 11, 1954 until his death in 1980. Joyce was a member of the First Christian Church, Clarinda, and a deacon there for 15 years. She was a phone operator at the Clarinda State Hospital and a member of the D.A.R. Joyce was married to Ralph Crawford in 1982 and divorced in 2004. She enjoyed her special dog companions, Ceasar and Sophie
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Darrell Parrott, son Terry Parrott, and sister Ruth Haley.
Joyce is survived by four children: son Dennis Parrott and wife Nancy of Newton, Iowa, daughters Debra Reed and husband Dennis of Clarinda, Tamara Branigan and husband Mike of Emerson, Iowa, and son Randall Parrott of Clarinda; brother Richard Woodruff of Des Moines, Iowa, sisters Mary Eberly of Cheney, Washington and Florence Cross of Claremore, OK, brothers Claire Woodruff of Moscow Mills, MO, Sam Woodruff of Shambaugh, IA, sister Vicki Lasley of Clarinda; 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren with 2 on the way; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Joyce Crawford, 75 of Clarinda, will be 10:30 Thursday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with interment at Clarinda Cemetery.
Visitation with the family present will be 6-8 pm Wednesday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Clarinda Humane Society


Crawford, Pauline H. Westendorf - Graveside memorial service for Pauline H. (Westendorf) Crawford, 69 of Rochester, Minnesota will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Memory Cemetery in New Market, Iowa

Pauline passed away Sunday, July 8, 2012 at Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. She is survived by her husband Leonard Crawford of Rochester.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements