Page County, Iowa obituaries
Pat O'Dell -


Haldeman, John Carter - John Carter Haldeman, age 86, of Olathe, Kansas, formerly of Shenandoah, Iowa passed away May 10, 2012 at Santa Marta Nursing Home in Olathe, Kansas. John was born September 17, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska to John I. and Olivia B. (Carter) Haldeman.
Growing up in Shenandoah, Jack attended Central Grade School, Shenandoah Junior High and three years at Shenandoah High School. He attended Culver Summer Navel Academy and graduated from high school at Kemper Military Academy.
Jack joined the Navy B-12 program at Southeast Missouri State College followed by three years in the U.S. Navy. He was aboard the USS Pringle as a radio operator in the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. His ship was sunk off of Okinawa April 16, 1945.
Following World War II, Jack attended the University of Missouri and received a degree in Marketing.
Jack worked for his father at the Home Oil Company in Shenandoah from 1950-1957. He married Margaret Goodner of Shenandoah in 1953.
From 1957-1970 John lived in Cedar Rapids and worked for Collins Radio and Tommy Tucker Realty. In 1970, he moved Iowa City and worked for Roshek's Dept. Store. Prior to retirement, Jack was a dispatcher for the University of Iowa Security. Following retirement, John and Margarent returned to live in Shenandoah. They joined the First Presbyterian Church and First Congregational Church. He later moved to Olathe, Kansas to be closer to his daughter, Anne.
Throughout many years, Jack was active in PTA, Kiwanis and Amateur Radio.
Preceding John in death was his wife Margaret; his parents, John I. and Olivia Haldeman; a sister, who died at birth; brother-in-law, Thomas Goodner; sister-in-law, Helen Hawk and husband Kenneth; and his father and mother-in-law, William and Eva Goodner.
John will be sadly missed by his two daughters, Jane Haldeman and her husband Doug Price, and Anne Barcus and Mike Barcus; five grandchildren, Cameron Price, Mallory Price, Elizabeth Foster, Jennifer Kim, and Bradley Barcus; great-grandchildren, Mia and Miley Kim, Matthew and Andrew Foster; sister-in-law, Phyllis Goldberg; other relatives and friends


Hall, Richard N. - Richard N. Hall. 78, died May 17 at the Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth, NE.
Born December 25, 1933 in Clarinda to George and Gladys (Goff) Hall.
Richard graduated from Clarinda High in 1952. He later joined the United States Air Force serving from 1954 to 1974. He retired in Plattsmouth NE, becoming a part of the local business community and a member of the First United Methodist Church where services were held Monday, May 21.
He enjoyed working with the Kass Kounty King Korn Karnival helping line up the parade and watching the parade when no longer able to help. He was an avid player of dominos, card games, pool and Wii with friends and family.
Survived by: son Rex Hall, daughters, Ginger (Wes) Tuttle, of Plattsmouth, Kelly (Steve) Mass of LaVista, Mindy ( Gary ) Wemhoff of Columbus NE, grandchildren: Zachary and Samuel Wemhoff, Kari (Chris Chapin), Bobbi (Ethan Brown) and Garrick McCollum, Makayla (Kris) O'Neil, Charles Mass, Rex Hall Jr. and Ben Miles. Great grandchildren: Huckleberry, Sophia, Breea, Thor, Koen, borther-in-laws: Willard Andrews and Rudy Hron.
Preceded in death by: parents George and Gladys Hall, sisters Arlene Hall and Garland Andrews,nephew Tony Andrews, in-laws Ralph and Bessie McKee, sister-in-laws Shirley McCoy, Carol Hron many aunts and uncles.
Memorials to the First United Methodist Church, Plattsmouth or The Nebraska Masonic Home


Hamilton, Donna Jean Armstrong - Donna Jean (Armstrong) Hamilton was born on June 30, 1927 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Donald and Sara "Lois" Vera (Draper) Armstrong. Jean entered into eternal peace on Tuesday, July 2, 2012 at the Garden View Care Center.

Jean was the first of 8 children born to her parents. She grew up on a farm near Blanchard on the Missouri side of Atchison County known as Willow Place. She graduated from Westboro High School with the Class of 1945. She received her teaching certificate from Northwest Missouri State University, and later went back to school to finish her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Special Education.

On December 26, 1948 she was united in marriage to Arthur William Hamilton in Tarkio, Missouri. The couple made their home in Elmo where Art farmed. Jean's teaching career spanned 25 years and started in the Lone Star School House. She later taught at Conception School, Filmore School District and later at the Maryville R-2 High School.

You always knew where you stood with Jean. She was blunt and to the point and had a special kind of wit to her. She had a special bond with her father, and he would often refer to her as his "June Bug". Some of her hobbies included reading, journaling, gardening, reading the Bible, listening to the radio, watching television, learning about history, and being the ambassador at Garden View Care Center to the new residents.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Darlene Manes; brother Jim Armstrong; and husband Art Hamilton. Those left to cherish her memory include her children Donna Hamilton of Shenandoah, Mary Tuggle and husband Jim of Shenandoah, Mark Hamilton and wife Barbara of Winfield, IA, Jim Hamilton of Maryville, MO and Jay Hamilton and wife Denise of Omaha, NE; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; siblings Ardene Mullison and husband Dick of Casper, WY, Walter Armstrong of Coin, IA, Shirley Jo Braymen and husband Bill of Coin, IA, Beverly Delehant and husband Virgil of Shenandoah, Linda Hrbek and husband John of Omaha, NE; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends


Hamm, George Ellis - George Ellis Hamm was born July 22, 1913 in Shambaugh, Iowa, to Douglas and Ada Hamm. His childhood days were growing up near Shambaugh and Clarinda. He married Lula Rozella Spangler on August 17, 1933 in Shenandoah on KFNF Radio. They lived in Braddyville where he worked on a farm and later moved to College Springs and learned his carpentry trade in Clarinda. In 1961, they moved to Clarinda and he worked at Richardson Lumber until retiring in 1978. He spent his retirement living in Iowa City until moving to Davenport in 2006 living with his son Merlin.

He was a member of the Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Clarinda and the Bethany Baptist Church in Iowa City.

George, 98, of the Davenport Good Samaritan Center, died at the center on Sunday, March 11 after a long fight with cancer. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife; daughter and her husband Judy and Bud Glasgow; great grandson Ron Bowers; daughter in law Joyce Hamm; brothers and sister Eldon, Kenneth and Wanda Hamm.

Survivors include his two sons: Carl of Fairmont, NE and Merlin and wife Karen of Davenport; daughter Nancy Martin and husband Pete of Iowa City; granddaughter Candy Norris and husband Brett of Iowa City; 14 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren; 2 great-great-great grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; brother Robert Hamm of Clarinda and sister Marthelia Freeman of Shenandoah.

His life has touched many with his kindness and love. He has left his memoirs for his family to read and carry on his strong sense of family which he claimed his greatest reward in this life.

Visitation will be from 10 to 12 on Saturday, March 17, at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa with the service following immediately at 12:15. Rev. Gail Mitchell of Iowa City will be officiating. Burial will be in the College Springs Maple Hill Cemetery


Hamm, Ricky Jay - Ricky Jay Hamm was born September 13, 1949 at the Hand Hospital in Shenandoah, Iowa. His deceased parents, Clifford R. and Freda Blakesley Hamm, owned and operated Hamm's Appliance for many years. Rick's stepmother Dorothy Olmsted also preceded Rick in passing. Rick attended Shenandoah schools and then college at Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, where he majored in psychology.

Rick was by all accounts a talented drummer and this was his passion from an early age. He played for the high school concert and marching bands as well as with several local bands, once appearing on television in Omaha, Nebraska. At age 15 in 1965, he joined The Green Giants and traveled extensively throughout the Midwest. Their single release "Pity Me" and "You're Going to Lose That Girl" went to Number 3 in the St. Joseph, Missouri area. The Green Giants were inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in August of 2003.

After college, Rick moved to Nashville to pursue his music career. He played for a number of country stars including Waylon Jennings and Barry Sadler. About two years ago, and after the death of his father in Shenandoah, Rick and his old cat Buddy moved to his brothers' ranch near Collbran, Colorado. While there he drummed for the Al Reid (country) Band, which included his brother Jerry, and he really enjoyed that until health problems prevented him from continuing.

Rick's unexpectedly passed away at the ranch on April 21, 2012 at the age of 62. Due to various circumstances, his return to Shenandoah was delayed until August 15, at which time he will be laid to rest with his parents. He is survived by his half-brothers Jack and Jerry in Colorado, by three stepsisters, Kathy Olmsted Backus in Omaha, Nebraska, Judy Olmsted Byers in Des Moines, Iowa, and Darlene Olmsted Adams in Severville, Tennessee, and by other relatives and many friends. Everyone who knew Rick liked him; he was always described as "a really nice guy". He will be missed by all.


Harms, Lula Ann Peters - Lula Ann Harms was born September 29, 1943 at Maryville, Missouri to Clayton and Lela (Davis) Peters. She graduated West Nodaway High School. Lula worked at Ever Ready Battery in Maryville, retiring in 2004 after 26 years 3 months of service. Her favorite things were family activities, bird watching, giving out lots of Honey-Do’s, and quilting with the Sewing Club at the Police Station on Wednesdays. Among all these activities she was also a farm wife.
Lula passed away unexpectedly October 3, 2012 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Frank Peters.
She is survived by her husband, LaVern, of Clarinda; children Tony Dulin of Pickering, MO, Todd Dulin and wife Cindy of Bedford, IA, Tracy Dulin and fiancé Shelly Owens of Maryville, MO; step children Tina Hartman and husband Rick of College Springs, IA, Tammy Harms, College Springs, IA; grandchildren Jeston Dulin, Gage Dulin, Kanyon Dulin, Patrick Dulin and fiancé Andrea Hamilton, Kailer Barnthson, Emily Murphy and husband Jack, Rickie Hartman, Ryan Booher and fiancé Lindsey; and great granddaughter Brylee Jo Booher; brother Fred Peters and wife Carol of Maryville, MO; sister Alice “Peg” Campbell and husband Ray of Garden City, MO; sister-in-law Betty Kemp and husband John of Maryville, MO; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services for Lula Harms, 69 of Clarinda, will be 2 p.m. Friday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda. There will be a luncheon and visitation held Friday noon until service time. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society.
Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, is in charge of arrangements.


Hartman, Elva G. Grubb - Elva G Hartman, the daughter of Millard and Dora (Poston) Grubb, was born July 24, 1914 in rural Westboro, Missouri. She graduated from high school in Blanchard Iowa.

On October 8, 1935 Elva was united in marriage to Harold Hartman in Rock Port, Missouri. They made their home in Rock Port, Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington DC, where she was employed in the pentagon for the United States Army Department and later by the Woodward and Lothrup Department Store. In 1968 they moved to Forsythe, Missouri where Elva faithfully cared for Harold during his declining health. In 1976 they moved to Tarkio where she lived to the present time. Harold passed away in the late 1970’s. Elva passed away Friday, January 20, 2012 at Tarkio Rehabilitation and Health Care at the age of 97.

Elva was a dedicated member of the Tarkio United Methodist Church and the Mule Barn Guild.

Besides her parents and husband Harold, Elva is preceded in death by three brothers, Everett, Warren and Fairley Grubb and one sister Lena Mae Grubb. Survivors include one sister Ruby G Farley, Elmo, Missouri; sister-in-law, Pearl Grubb, Memphis, Missouri and numerous nieces and nephews

11:00 am, Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.
Interment: Blanchard Cemetery, Blanchard, Iowa


Havick, James - James Havick is survived by his wife Darlene Havick of Shenandoah, IA; sons: Scott (Brenda) Havick of Altoona, IA and Shane (Amy) Havick of Norwalk, IA; step-children: Julie (Roger) McQueen of Shenandoah, Diana (Dan) Dix of Humboldt, IA, Lourie (Steve) Petsche of Council Bluffs, IA, and Doug Stotts of College Springs, IA; 6 grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; 1 step-great-grandchild; and brothers Bruce (Kay) Havick of Harlan, IA and Steven (Jill) Havick of Urbandale, IA

Burial Harlan Cemetery. Died Jan 6, 2012 age 67.


Henstorf, Doris Louise DeLong - Doris Louise DeLong Henstorf was born on July 30, 1919 in Fort Morgan, Colorado. She was one of three children born to Oliver and Amy McGrew-DeLong. She graduated from high school in Fort Morgan and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Economics.

On April 13, 1941 Doris was united in marriage to Robert Harrison Henstorf. The couple was blessed with the birth of two children; Richard and Harriette. They made their home in Farragut, where both Bob and Doris enjoyed their involvement in a variety of professional and social activities.

Doris was active in PEO, Eastern Star, Delta Delta Delta alumnae, First Congregational Church, book clubs and bridge groups. She enjoyed people! Music was a special interest for her. She served as a substitute organist at the Congregational Church for many years. Doris was employed at the First National Bank in Farragut and later worked as a travel agent for Central Travel Service.

After Bob's death Doris moved to Lincoln where she resided at the time of her death. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob, her parents, Amy and Oliver; infant sister Jean Elizabeth and brother Dean. Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Richard of Clarinda, IA; daughter Harriette Woodward of Lincoln, NE; grandson Matthew Woodward of Seattle, WA; granddaughter Amy Woodward and husband Dan Gard of Nashville, TN; grandson John Woodward, Jr. and wife Sandy of Rochester, MN; granddaughter Emily Bennett and husband Bob of Chickasha, OK; great-grandson Robert Woodward and wife Allison of Lincoln, NE; great-granddaughter Trudy Woodward of Lincoln, NE; other relatives and a host of friends


Herzberg, Patricia L. Henry - Patricia L. Herzberg, 71, of Shenandoah, Iowa formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, died Sunday October 14, 2012 at The Ambassador in Sidney, Iowa following a hard fought battle with cancer. She was born on November 29, 1940 to Carl and Vera (Davis) Henry. On November 22, 1967 she was married to Lyle Herzberg in Essex at the home of Lester and Mabel Herzberg (Lyle’s parents).
Patricia was a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She was treasurer of Porter’s Lake Lutheran Center and ran many of the skating parties. Her family and Porter’s Lake activities were an immense source of enjoyment.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Lyle, parents Carl and Vera Henry, son Randall Clark, parents in law Lester and Mabel Herzberg, brothers Vincent Henry and Volley Henry and sisters Imojean King and Jewell Gray.
Patricia is survived by her sons Michael Clark of Council Bluffs, Timothy Herzberg of Harlan and Joseph Herzberg and wife Shiela of Harlan, daughters Lesli and husband Thomas Nordhues of Clarinda and Rebecca and husband Eric Dunkle of Farragut, 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, sister Mary and husband Ralph Pinkerton of Salem Oregon, Brothers Vernon and wife Prue Henry of Central Point, Oregon and Carl and wife Martha Henry of Shenandoah, sister-in-law Ruth (Mrs. Volley) Henry of Clearfield, many nieces nephews and friends.

Funeral services are 3 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clarinda, with interment at Immanuel Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to a fund in her name. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, Iowa


Hixson, Evelyn Ruth Geer - Our treasured Evelyn Ruth (Geer) Hixson left this life, but never our hearts on February 22, 2012. "Evie" was born on March 30, 1935 to Eddie and Alma Geer in New Market, Iowa. She married Lowell Deane Hixson on September 29, 1951. Together they had four children: Carolyn, Darrell, Ed and Richard. Later in life she was joined with the love of her life, Marvin Clark. Marvin and his two children, Steve Clark and Lisa Tiedt forever joined our family.

Evie had many talents and interests. She never failed to make us laugh and was unusually lucky at card games. Coloring Easter eggs with grandkids and great-grandkids was always a favorite activity. Other things she enjoyed were: bingo, bowling, dinner with friends, late night phone calls, dancing, practical jokes, shoes, reading, shopping, food and traveling.

Evelyn was proceeded in death by: Louise Lawger (Sister), Eddie and Alma Geer (Father and Mother), Lisa Tiedt (Step-daughter) and Steve Clark (Step-son).

She leaves behind: Marvin Clark and Molly (cherished dog), Irene Lewis (Sister), Carolyn Hixson, Darrell Hixson, Ed Hixson, Richard Hixson (Children), Eleven Grandchildren, Eleven Great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, many family and dear friends.

Upon her request there will be no services. Her memory will be celebrated in our hearts. Evie's grace and love was and still is immeasurable


Hobbick, Charles Edward - Charles Edward Hobbick was born March 26, 1949 in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Frank Edward and Nadine Noma (Noel) Hobbick. He passed away on Saturday morning, January 7, 2012 at his home in Creston, Iowa at the age of 62 years, 9 months and 12 days.

Charles grew up in Omaha and attended Omaha Public School. Following high school he served his country in the United States Navy. On February 2, 1977, he was united in marriage to Sherryll Simons. This union was blessed with two children, Christina and Charles Eric.

Following his tour in the Navy, Charles drove a truck for many years. He was a hard worker and enjoyed his work. The true love of his life was his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Noma; and his step father, Donald Lawver.

Survivors include his wife, Sherryll Hobbick of Creston, Iowa; his children, Christina Williams and her husband Mike of Creston, Iowa, Charles Eric Hobbick and his wife Michelle of New Market, Iowa; five grandchildren, Samantha Williams, Danielle Hobbick, Jonathan Williams, Mica Williams, Isabella Williams; siblings, Charlie Lawver of Valley, Nebraska, Denise Lawver and her husband Mike of Wahoo, Nebraska, Valerie Garcia and her husband Danny of Denver, Colorado, Frank Hobbick and his wife Paula of California; brother and sisters-in-law, Pat Graham of Clarinda, Iowa, Rita Adams and her husband Rod of Clarinda, Iowa, Gloria Brown of Clarinda, Iowa, Neil Henke of Clarinda, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends


Hodge, Ruby Allen - Funeral services for Ruby Allen Hodge , 68 of Clarinda, will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with interment at Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Iowa. Family will greet friends Thursday one hour prior to service. Memorials are suggested to a fund established to assist the family. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements


Hookham, Paul LeRoy "Pete" - Funeral services for Pete Hookham, age 90, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa, were held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Phil Jorgensen officiating. Visitation with the family were held 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at the Ritchie Funeral Home. Burial with military rites by the American Legion Sergy Post 98 were in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa.
Paul LeRoy "Pete" Hookham was born September 23, 1922 on a farm near Clarinda, Iowa. He was raised by Albert Hookham and Lula (Stiverson) Hookham. He grew up in the Clarinda area and graduated from Clarinda High School in 1940. Following high school he worked for area farmers and hauled coal. Pete then worked for the Coca Cola Plant in Clarinda and was transferred to the plant in Grand Island, Nebraska. While in Grand Island, he met his future wife, Jane. On June 14, 1943, he was united in marriage to Rhea "Jane" Farmer. Pete served his country in the United States Army 1943-1946 during World War II.
Following his discharge from the Army, Pete and Jane moved back to Clarinda where he worked again at the Coca Cola plant and then worked at Page & Hill Company. Pete then worked at the Lisle Corporation for thirteen years; retiring in 1985. He was a life time member of the Amvets and American Legion.
Pete and Jane loved to dance, enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling. He also enjoyed doing volunteer work and having coffee with friends. Pete and Jane wintered in Texas for twenty five years and enjoyed the activities and their Texas friends.
Preceding Pete in death were his parents; three sisters, Ruth Hookham, Esther Kent and Marjorie Johnson.
Survivors include his wife Jane Hookham of Clarinda; brother, Charles Hookham and wife Marcia of Clarinda, nephew Gary Hookham and wife Sandy of Clarinda; niece, Rosemary McCollum and husband Dave of Lees Summit, Missouri; niece, Phyllis Snyder and husband Richard of Arvada, Colorado; nephew, Richard Johnson and wife Joyce, Clarinda; nephew, Bob Kent of Lakewood, California; many grandnieces, grandnephews; other relatives and many friends.
Pete was very friendly and well respected. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. His memory will live on in their hearts. May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn his passing


Hookham, Roy Vernon - Roy Vernon Hookham was born January 18, 1941 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the son of Maxine Hookham Larson. He passed away on Saturday morning, June 2, 2012 at Jennie Edmondson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa at the age of 71 years, 4 months and 15 days.
Roy grew up in the Shenandoah area. Following his school years, Roy served his country in the United States Army for 6 years. On December 30, 1972, he was united in marriage to Peggy Marie Chaney in Tarkio, Missouri.
Roy was a hard worker. He worked for Mt. Arbor Nurseries and UBC Lumber in Shenandoah. He spent 28 years at Eaton Corporation where he worked in maintenance. Roy was a gun enthusiast. He enjoyed hunting, camping, traveling, participating in his black powder club. But his true love was his family. He would take his kids to Waubonsie Park every year to hike and they would attend numerous KC Royals baseball games.
He was preceded in death by his mother; a son, Stephen Wade Hookham; a sister, Jeanitta Brownfield; and two grandchildren, Angie and Brandon Grueber.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Hookham of Farragut, Iowa; his children, Roy Hookham, Jr. and his wife Laurie of Lincoln, Nebraska, Deanna Runyan and her friend Carl Fogle of Tarkio, Missouri, David Bartles and friend Patty Freer of Shenandoah, Iowa; Brian Bartles of Glenwood, Iowa; Jeffrey Bartles of Council Bluffs, Iowa; four brothers, Anthony Larson and his wife Marty of Colorado, Lesley Larson and his wife Karen of Blanchard, Iowa, Leonard Larson and his wife Lena of Bedford, Iowa, Darryl Larson and friend Terry Colbertson of Blanchard, Iowa; five sisters, Regina McBrien and her husband Larry of Maryville, Missouri, Wanitta Pratt of Blanchard, Iowa, Rochell Morris and her husband Jerry of Coin, Iowa, Rosalie Miller of Blanchard, Iowa, Dianna Klee and her husband Mark of Minnesota; 16 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren with one due in August; brother-in-law, Jack Chaney and Ruth Dawson of Carson, Iowa; and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah with Pastor Jack Langley officiating. Burial was in the Snow Hill Cemetery near Coin, Iowa. Visitation with the family present was held on Monday evening, June 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah. A memorial fund is being established. Online remembrances or condolences can be left at The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah is in charge of arrangements


Hooper, Charles Bethel -

Funeral services for Charles Hooper, age 76, of Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 5, 2012 at Ritchie Funeral Home with Reverend Leslie Traylor officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday March 5 at the funeral home prior to service. Burial will be 2:30 p.m., March 5, 2012, in the Maitland Cemetery, Maitland, Missouri.

Charles Bethel Hooper was born September 26, 1935, at Maitland, Missouri to Thomas Reid Hooper and Frances Ruth (Goodpasture) Hooper. He died Friday, March 2, 2012 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Charles grew up in the Maryville area, graduating from Maryville High School in 1953. He furthered his education obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri and his Master of Science at New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico. He was united in marriage February 23, 1962 in North Kansas City, Missouri to Jovita "Jo" Ortiz. They were blessed with three sons, Thomas, Michael and Richard.

Charles was a professor, chemist and scientist. He worked as a chemist for British Petroleum during his college years. Charles taught Chemistry, Science and Math at Iowa Western Community College, Clarinda, Iowa for several years; he then worked as a chemist for Nature's Plant Food, Inc, Red Oak, Iowa. His most recent job was with OSHA in Des Moines, Iowa as a safety officer for twenty three years. Charles was a member of the Hewlett Packard 65 Users Club and wrote over 100 programs for the HP65 calculator.

Charles was very intelligent and had a keen understanding of political and economic conditions. His family and friends were appreciative of his wise council. He enjoyed reading scientific journals, the Wall Street Journal and the local newspapers. In his retirement, Charles enjoyed playing cards at the Lied Center. Charles and Jo enjoyed many trips to Branson and a special trip for the family in 2006 was to Puerto Rico to see Jo's family. He was a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Preceding Charles in death were his father, Thomas Hooper and wife, Jovita Hooper.

Survivors include his sons, Thomas E. Hooper of Clarinda, Iowa, Michael R. Hooper and wife Heather and their children, Reid and Hannah of Topeka, Kansas, Richard A. Hooper of Silverthorne, Colorado; mother, Ruth Hooper of Maryville, Missouri; sister, Shirley Hooper McKee of Beaver Creek, Ohio and many friends


Houston, James Dean - James Dean Houston was born on August 3, 1957, in Shenandoah, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Velda (Shelby) Houston. James entered into eternal rest on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at his home in Tarkio, Missouri.

Jim's early years were spent in rural Shenandoah with his parents Raymond and Velda. James worked for Nishna Productions in Shenandoah and later for Northwest Industries in Rockport, Missouri.

Jim was a member of the First Christian Church in Tarkio, Missouri. Some of his interests included bowling, going out to eat, attending church, spending time with family and friends, and he always looked forward to celebrating Christmas and his birthday.

Jim was preceded in death of his parents; two brothers J.H. and George Houston and a sister Louise Shaw.

Those left to cherish his memory include his brothers Raymond Houston and wife Rozella of Shenandoah and Danny Houston and wife Fran of Tarkio; sister Pat Shaw of Shenandoah; Aunt Georgia Shelby of Lawrence, KS; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends


Howard, Robert - Robert Howard was born on June 30, 1925 to John and Nellie Danielson Howard in Clyde, KS. He grew up on the farm and went to a country school and then to Clyde town high school.
He attended Kansas University. He was drafted into the Army, returning after a stint in Europe to go to KU. He was recalled into the Army and returned to Europe once again finally coming back to KU and graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business in 1955.
He became a buyer for Sear Roebuck Catalog in Kansas City. He was there until 1978 when he was transferred to Dallas until 1987. He then went on to Sears’ headquarters in Chicago finally retiring in 1990 after 35 years of service.
He married Gwen Grove in Clarinda, IA on Nov.24, 1957 (almost 55years) who survives him along with son, Scott (Nikki and grandsons, Cy and Calvin); son Philip (Karen); son, Clark (Ginger and grandchildren, AJ and Ava).
He retired from the Army and Army Reserves after serving 35 years and earning the rank of Colonel.
The Army was one of his hobbies. He was an avid gardener, a great reader of books, enjoyed bowling on leagues in Texas and Illinois. He dabbled in refinishing furniture and upholstery.
He served on many committees as a member of the Methodist church in the town in which he lived, most recently serving at St. Mark’s in Overland Park, KS.
Through his generosity and desire to help medial education he donated himself to the Willed Body Program at KU Med Center in Kansas City , KS.
Memorial services will be held 1:30 p.m. Monday, October 15, 2012 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Overland Park, KS. Memorials are suggested to the church. Interment will be at the National Cemetery, Lansing, KS.
Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, Iowa


Hummel, Gary Lane - Gary Lane Hummel was born February 12, 1941 in Red Oak, Iowa, the son of Max Lane and Phyllis (Michaelson) Hummel. He passed away on Wednesday morning, March 21, 2012 at his home in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 71 years, 1 month and 9 days.

Gary grew up in Red Oak and graduated from Red Oak High School. He later received his LPN degree and attended GM Mechanics School in Denver, Colorado. Following high school, he served in the United States Air Force. Gary was married to Carole Wagaman in 1964. This union was blessed with one son, Lonnie. Carole passed away in 1990. He was then married to Judy Fuller who passed away in 2003. On December 5, 2005, Gary was married to Ethel May who survives.

Gary was an avid bowler and was a member of the American Bowling Conference. He also enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing. The true love of Gary’s life was interacting with his friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Max Hummel; a brother-in-law, Paul Wagaman; a sister-in-law, Jane Hummel.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel of Shenandoah, Iowa; his son, Lonnie Hummel of Sedalia, Missouri; Debra Engel and her husband Todd of Omaha, Nebraska; a grandson, Shawn Hummel of Kansas City, Missouri; step-grandchildren, Faith and Jared Engel of Omaha, Nebraska; his mother, Phyllis Hummel of Red Oak, Iowa; two brothers, Donald Hummel and his wife Kathy of Red Oak, Iowa, Richard Hummel of Red Oak, Iowa; brothers and sisters-in-law, Marcella Tomei of Yuba City, California, Kenneth May of New Mexico, Ida Reding of Harrison, Arkansas, Viola Gray of Bangor, Iowa, Charles May of Waterloo, Iowa, Alene Young of Washington, North Carolina; lifelong friends, Eddie and Ladonna Smith of Red Oak, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends


Huntsman, Beulah Irene Brown - Beulah Irene (Brown) Huntsman was born on April 13, 1912 in Shenandoah, Iowa. Beulah entered into eternal peace on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the Garden View Care Center, at the blessed age of 100 years.

Beulah's early years were spent in the community of Emerson. She attended school in Shenandoah. She was united in marriage to Clarence "Scotty" Huntsman on January 2, 1929 in Clarinda. Following their marriage they resided in Emerson, before moving to Shenandoah in 1935.

Beulah was a dedicated wife and mother. She was a member of the Full Gospel Church. Some of her hobbies included cooking, attending church and gardening. She loved to sing the old gospel favorites, whenever Pastor Marcia would come and visit at Garden View.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Clarence "Scotty" Huntsman; and sons Clarence "Junior" Huntsman and Edward "Eddie" Huntsman.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Clara Huntsman of Shenandoah, IA; granddaughter Valerie Glenn and husband Ivan of Farragut, IA; grandson Mark Huntsman of Shenandoah, IA; great-granddaughters Ashley Million of Farragut, IA and Allison Million of Shenandoah, IA; and great-grandson Jonathan Million of Farragut, IA; and 7 great-grandchildren


Huntsman, Inez Geraldine Robinson - Inez Huntsman, 93, entered into peace April 19, 2012 at Gold Country Health Center, Placerville, Ca. Services were held at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa Sat. April 28. Visitation 10:00 A.M., Service 11:00 A.M. Pastor Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Internment will follow at Old Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa. A luncheon was served at the New Market Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Methodist Church of New Market or a cancer charity of choice. Memories can be shared via Ritchie Funeral Home web site,
Inez Geraldine Huntsman was born Feb. 27, 1919 in Gravity, Iowa; the daughter of Clarence A. Robinson and Clara M. (Neville) Robinson. She attended Cottage Grove Country School and Gravity High School.
Inez married Jan. 25, 1939 Leonard L. Huntsman and moved with him to California. The first few years of their marriage was spent on the American River panning for gold. She moved with her in-laws to Central California and worked packing fruit while Leonard was away during WWII. After the war they settled in the Placerville area, where Leonard logged and Inez became a loving mother to two children. She was known for her baking and sewing skills as well as volunteering for PTA functions, Girl Scout, Boy Scout activities and any room mother duties.
She remained in the Placerville area until 1976 when she and Leonard returned to Iowa to care for her mother-in-law. They stayed busy gardening. Inez canned her fruit and vegetables. They also took their produce to the farmer's market in Bedford.
Inez was active in the Methodist Church of New Market until Leonard's failing health kept her close to home. She cared for him until his passing in 2008. Shortly thereafter she moved to Placerville, Ca to be closer to her daughter. For the next two years she stayed active, making new friends and as through out her life, being a good neighbor, with the welcome mat out, a smile on her face and something sweet to eat on a plate, she welcomed all.
Inez is survived by a daughter, Janet Ramos, son-in-law, Reve Ramos; half brother, Oren Robinson; grandchildren, Jason Huntsman and wife Danielle, Nathan Huntsman, Heidi Graham, Travis Ramos, Amber Ramos and husband Patrick Schafer; great grandchildren, Daniel and Brian Mullen, Alyson, Grace & William Graham, Jessica and Matthew Huntsman, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding Inez in death, her parents; husband, Leonard Huntsman; son, Dale Huntsman; brother Edwin Robinson; brothers-in-laws, Donald, Lloyd and Dick Huntsman; Sisters-in-laws, Madylene Huntsman, Eula Crew, Joan Robinson, and Linda Robinson; great grandson Timothy Graham


Hutt, Lena Ellen - Lena Ellen Hutt, the beloved daughter of Roy and Fleta (nee Baxter) Hutt was born on November 15, 1917, about 6 miles east of Shenandoah, Iowa. She found peace on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the age of 94 years in Mukwonago, Wisconsin.
Until the age of four, Lena lived on a farm, then her brothers, Raymond, Lloyd and her moved to west of Coin, Iowa. She started school in town, then they all moved south of Coin, from there they moved south of Blanchard, Missouri, where she continued in a country school named Eureka. Lena and her brothers used to ride ponies two miles to school, or at times had to walk. Her high school years were spent in Blanchard, IA and Westboro, MO. Following high school, Lena met her future husband William Christiansen, after three years of courtship, they were married on July 7, 1942 at Rev. Prather's home in Barnard, MO. Shortly after their marriage Bill had to go into the Army. After the war Lena and Bill lived in El Paso, TX.
Together Lena and Bill raised three children, Alan (Mary), Cheryl and Marcia Christiansen. She was the proud grandmother of Michael (Amanda) and Matthew (Samantha) Christiansen, KayLeigh (Matthew) Sockrider, Christopher (Brenda) and Anthony (Amy) Acker and Carla (Steven) Greve and great-grandmother of 11 great-grandchildren. Lena is also survived by her brother Raymond (Lois) Hutt and her sister-in-law Lillian Hutt. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Lloyd Hutt, she is further survived by loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family received friends at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home on Saturday, April 7, from 10 AM until the time of Funeral Services at 11 AM. Burial was private for the family at Southern WI Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove. Memorials in Lena's name may be directed to Linden Grove 837 County Road NN East, Mukwonago, WI 53149.
Lena loved gardening and was a talented artist, always creating beautiful works of art with her flowers and paintings. She loved playing the guitar, piano and singing. Lena enjoyed her outdoor space but her greatest love and joy was spending time with her family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Lena's family would like to thank the staff of Linden Grove for their loving care during her stay


James, Patricia Ann Murphy - Patricia Ann (Murphy) James was born November 21, 1928 in Maryville, Missouri to Laurence Travis and Ruth H. (Jones) Murphy. Her family lived in rural Quitman, Missouri where she attended the Butler Country School called “Buzzard Roost”. The family moved to Braddyville, Iowa in 1940. Pat graduated from Braddyville High School in the Class of 1946. She furthered her education in Maryville at the Teacher’s College in 1946, 1948 and 1949; spending 1947 in the Philippines caring for her aunt Esther. She married Ralph S. Fishell on May 29, 1949 in Shambaugh, Iowa. To this union were born two daughters: Terry Lea and Samm who grew up in Braddyville where Pat worked for the Union Gas Company for over 30 years. Pat married Loren Samuel James on January 17, 1970 in Clarinda, Iowa. Together they farmed west of Shambaugh from 1974 until moving to Clarinda in 1982. After Loren’s passing on June 1, 2008, Pat continued to work at the Clarinda Regional Health Center as the medical records clerk. She retired from the hospital in 2009 and soon after was diagnosed with cancer. Pat passed away August 2, 2012 at her residence in Clarinda under the care of her daughter Terry Lea. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Loren; brother Bill Murphy; and granddaughter Sarah Larinda Cox.
Surviving Pat are her daughters: Terry Lea Crowley of Clarinda and Samantha Ruth Henness and husband Alan of Schertz, TX; grandchildren: Tammy Lynn Christiansen of East Lynne, MO, Gabriel Patrick Baxter of St. Joseph, MO, Brian H. Cox and wife Lawanna of Aviano, Italy, Darrell Laurence Cox of New Market, IA, and Rachel Melinda Cox, DVM, of New Market, IA; great-grandchildren: Lily Marion, Logan H., and Lola Reese; sister-in-law Mary Lou Murphy of Braddyville, IA; nephews: Larry Murphy and wife Elaine of Braddyville and Merlin “Hap” Murphy and wife Becky of Clarinda, IA; cousins: James and Arthur Murphy, Phyllis Melchar, Beatrice Farnan, and Mary Lou Jones, many loved nieces and nephews and dear relatives on the James side.
Memorial services for Pat were held Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. Burial followed the service in the Ohio Cemetery in Burlington Junction, Missouri. Memorials are suggested to: Iowa Hospice, Clarinda Library or Braddyville Methodist Church.
Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


Jennings, Donald E. - Donald E. Jennings was born on January 27, 1931 in Alogona, Kossuth County, Iowa, the son of John and Florence (Smith) Jennings. He passed away on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the VA Hospice in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 81 years, after suffering with COPD and other conditions for many years.
Don grew up in Algona where he attended local schools and he graduated from Algona High School in 1948. Following high school he served two years during the Korean War. On July 13, 1952 he was united in marriage to Vera Patton. This union was blessed with four children, Ann, Beth, Caren and Don, II.
After his service in the Korean War, Don attended the St. Louis College of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1954. Don and his family lived in several towns in Iowa before moving to Shenandoah in 1961. In 1969 they bought the former Butz-Tawzer Funeral Home. They also opened up a funeral home in Elmo, Missouri. Don and Vera raised their children in Shenandoah. Don was a past member of the Episcopal Church, serving on the Vestry several years. Don was a 60 year member and past Commander of the American Legion in Shenandoah and also Tucson Estates, Arizona. He was also a past member of the Lion’s Club and Ambassadors in Shenandoah. In Tucson Estates where the Jennings retired he was president of the TE Men’s Golf Association for three years and past president of the Vagabond Golf Group.
Don was active in funeral service all his life, being licensed in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado and Arizona. He continued to work part time in Tucson and was still consulting up to the time of his death. After Don retired to Durango, Colorado in 1983, he and Vera joined the United States Peace Corps serving two years in Kenya, Africa and one year in Napal. They enjoyed traveling in Europe. One highlight was in Scotland where they both played the old and new St. Andrew golf courses. They traveled Mexico, Canada and Alaska in their 5th wheeler for a year. In 1993 they retired to Tucson Estates, a 55 years and older community near Tucson in Pima County.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and four sisters.
Don is survived by his wife, Vera of Tucson Estates, Arizona; his children, Ann (Steve) Shepard of Colorado, Beth (Chuck) Sparks of Georgia, Caren (Brad) Nixon of Colorado, Don (Gina) Jennings, II of New Mexico; 12 grandchildren; 7 great and 4 step-great grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends


Johnson, Donna Belle Walker - Donna Belle Johnson, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, passed away at the home of her granddaughter, Malina Dobson & her husband, Konal in Council Bluffs, Ia. She was under the loving care of her daughter, Vickie Plummer.

Donna was born in Elmo, Missouri on Sept. 7, 1930 to the late Donald & Helen Walker of Clarinda, Iowa. She married Ralph Johnson on Sept. 5, 1948 and they were blessed with five children. Donna helped Ralph in his business, Johnson’s Plumbing in Clarinda, Ia.

In their retirement, the couple was often on the go, pulling their fifth wheel visiting their many children & grandchildren, friends & extended family. Donna loved to play games or cards and was an avid reader who really enjoyed the new library in Clarinda.

In addition to her parents, she was succeeded in death by an infant brother, Charles Marvin Walker, her husband Ralph Johnson in 2009, and her grandson, Jeremiah Johnson in 2011. Donna is survived by her children, Vickie Plummer of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Teresa Chambers, James Johnson, Kirk Johnson & Kris Johnson, all of Slidell, La., and 12 grandchildren & 15 great grandchildren.

Memorial services for Donna Johnson, 82 of Council Bluffs and formerly of Clarinda, will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel


Johnson, Joyce Irene Sump - Joyce Irene Johnson was born March 25, 1943, in Clarinda, Iowa to Herbert & Clara (Herzberg) Sump. While growing up in rural Page County she attended country school at Immanuel Lutheran School and graduated from Clarinda High School in 1961. Upon graduating, Joyce began her working career at he Clarinda Company. She became engaged to Richard (Dick) Johnson, and they were married May 18, 1962. They moved to a small farm northeast of Clarinda and this is where the two daughters were born. Shortly after the birth of their second child they moved two miles west of Clarinda, the current home, where their three sons joined the family.
She loved being at her children and grandchildren’s activities and thought nothing of getting only a few hours of sleep before heading to work after an evening ballgame, horse show, or county fair. The grandkids all had special moments with Grandma, annual trips to the zoo and county fairs, dominos, cards, girls day out, and nail day. She not only had the love for her grandchildren, but was also Grandma Joyce to many other special family friends who had a special place in her heart.
Joyce spent many hours not only with her family but in helping others. One such love was that of horses. She thoroughly enjoyed weekly trail rides with the Saddle Club during the summer, but best of all she loved running the crows nest for the local horse shows and the Page County Fair, continuing on long after her kids had left the home. She and Dick were also very devoted to helping the children that attend Camp Sunnyside, and the Pony Express Riders of Iowa. When February came she would gather up her dedicated crew and let us know the agenda for the ride day. The fun we had! She and Dick were lifelong card players with the card club, and in recent years, she enjoyed getting together with her Mahjong group.
She is preceded in death by her parents Herb and Clara Sump, infant sister Audrey Sump, brother and sister-in law Leonard and Marie Sump, brother-in-law Lee Brown, and in-laws Orville (Skinny) and Marjorie Johnson. Left to cherish her memory are, husband Dick of the home; children Kristene (Rick) Castle of Louisburg, KS, Julie (Dave) Walters of Guss, IA, Mark Johnson (Lori Holmes) of Williamsburg, IA, Tim Johnson of Des Moines, IA, and Craig (Bobbi) Johnson of Newburg, MO; and grandchildren Eric (April) Castle, Brad Castle, Meghan Walters, and Bailie Walters. Also surviving her are siblings, Clythia Brown, Ron (Barb) Sump, Doris Prouty, and Morris (Shirley) Sump; sister-in-law Phyllis (Dick) Snyder; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, with Rev. Daryl Tompkins officiating. Visitation with the family will be 6-8 pm Monday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at Summit Cemetery, Yorktown, Iowa. Memorials are suggested to St. John Elevator Fund or Pony Express Riders of Iowa. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel


Johnson, Opal McFarland - Graveside services for Opal McFarland Johnson, 97 of Clarinda and formerly of the Guss area, will be 11 a.m. Monday at Hawleyville Cemetery with Rev. Loren Daly officiating. There is open visitation at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel Sunday 1-5 and Monday until service time.

Opal Fern McFarland Johnson was born April 10, 1915 in Taylor County near Guss, Iowa to James Ridnour and Ellazan King Ridnour. She graduated Kendrick Country School. Opal was united in marriage to Guy McFarland Dec 23, 1936. They had four children. The couple farmed near Guss and Opal was active in farm chores. She also loved to crochet and tend to her numerous houseplants. Opal was a founder of the H.E.O. Club ( Help Each Other club of neighborly farmwives ). Guy passed away and Opal married Warner Johnson in 1986. In recent years Opal lived in Clarinda until she passed away June 8, 2012 at Westridge Quality Care & Rehab at the age of 97.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Guy McFarland and Warner Johnson; son Guy Arnold McFarland; brother Leland Dale Ridnour and sister Mildred Stalcup and husband Carroll; son-in-law Francis Gardner; two grandchildren Terry Allen Gardner and Larry Gardner.
Opal is survived by three daughters: Wyline Gardner of Des Moines, IA, Alma King of Shenandoah, IA, and Judy Teeters and husband Bob of Siam, IA; six grandchildren Joline Butters and husband Mike of Phoenix, AZ, Daniel Gardner of Des Moines, IA, Giel King and wife Annabelle of Shenandoah, IA, Kelly King of Shenandoah, IA, Tina Strub and husband Gary of Kansas City, KS, and Cindy Crouchand husband Scott of Ankeny, IA; nine great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren