Page County, Iowa obituaries
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Macrander, Max E. "Tood" - Max E. "Tood" Macrander, 83, of Ashland, NE died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at the Oxbow Living Center, Ashland, NE.

Max was born on April 2, 1928 in Westboro, MO to Ross and Alpha (Hartley) Macrander. He graduated from Westboro High School and served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He married Patricia (Rucker) on November 2, 1953 in Clarinda, IA.

Max was a life long trucker. He retired from driving truck for Great Plains Service in Ashland after 27 years. After retiring he worked as a salesman for Wild Bill's Beef Jerkey. Max was a member of the Ashland American Legion Post #129.

Survivors are his wife Pat of Ashland, NE, children and spouses, Terry and Pat Macrander of Sioux City, IA, Sherry Campbell of Lincoln, NE, Bryan and Theresa Macrander of Fremont, NE, Julie and Dan Smith of Ashland, NE, 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, brother and sister in law, Melvin and Shirley Macrander of Fremont, NE.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb/ 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM at Marcy Mortuary, Ashland, NE. Burial was private. Visitation was held Monday, 4-8 PM with family receiving friends from 6-8 PM and l hour prior to service, all at the Mortuary. Memorials in care of the family. Marcy Mortuary, Ashland, NE was in charge of arrangements


Maher, Evelyn Bernice - Evelyn Bernice Maher was born January 25, 1928 in Imogene, Iowa, the daughter of Thomas Patrick and Catherine (Sweeney) Maher. She passed away on Tuesday afternoon, May 1, 2012 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 84 years, 3 months and 7 days.

Evelyn grew up in the Imogene area and graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1946. She later attended college for a year. She was a certified CNA, CMA and a pharmacy tech. She worked in purchasing at the hospital for over 35 years. She also worked for many years at Montgomery Wards. She had been a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church for many years and was currently a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shenandoah. She loved to work. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting and dancing. But, her true love was her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Patricia Veronica Maher, Mary Anderson and Myrtle Woosley; and a sister-in-law, Ruby Maher.

Survivors include her two brothers, Thomas Maher of Shenandoah, Iowa, Patrick Maher and Carolee of Imogene, Iowa; along with many nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends


Maher, Ruby Charlene Lincoln - Ruby Charlene Maher was born April 13, 1935 in Savannah, Missouri, the daughter of Charles and Emma (Webster) Lincoln. She passed away early Friday morning, February 17, 2012 at her home in Shenandoah, Iowa surrounded by her husband and three children, at the age of 76 years, 10 months and 4 days.

Ruby grew up in Shenandoah and graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1953. On July 10, 1956 she was united in marriage to Thomas Jerome Maher in Shenandoah. This union was blessed with three children; Trent, Sheila and Patrick.

Following her marriage, Ruby and Tom moved to Gravity and farmed for 55 years and moved back to Shenandoah in 2010. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the American Legion Auxiliary for more than 47 years where she served as secretary/treasurer for many years. She was also a member of the Gravity Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Glen Lincoln; sister, Darlene Nesmith; and sister-in-law, Susie Lincoln.

Survivors include her husband Tom Maher of Shenandoah, Iowa; her children, Trent Maher of Ankeny, Iowa, Sheila Hahn and her husband Myron of Nebraska City, Nebraska, Patrick Maher and his wife Megan of West Des Moines, Iowa; four grandchildren, Brett Hahn, Brianne Maher, Riley Maher, Blake Maher; a brother, Leon Lincoln of Overland Park, Kansas; a sister, Doris Moore of Eugene, Oregon; a sister-in-law, Alice Lincoln of Llano, Texas; along with many other relatives and friends


Maher, Thomas Jerome - Thomas Jerome Maher was born October 1, 1931 in Imogene, Iowa, the son of Thomas Patrick and Catherine M. (Sweeney) Maher. He passed away on Monday morning, October 22, 2012 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 81 years and 21 days.
Tom grew up and attended school in Imogene. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. On July 10, 1956 he was united in marriage to Ruby Charlene Lincoln in Shenandoah. This union was blessed with three children, Trent, Sheila and Patrick.
Tom built a house and moved to the Gravity area in 1956. He farmed for over 55 years and worked for 27 years at the Bedford Post Office. Tom was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shenandoah. He was also a member of the Gravity American Legion and the Gravity Fire Department where he held various offices for many years. He was a hard worker who liked to tinker and could fix or build anything. His true love was his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby in February 2012; and four sisters, Evelyn, Myrtle, Mary and Patricia V.
Survivors include his children, Trent Maher of Ankeny, Iowa, Sheila Hahn and her husband Myron of Nebraska City, Nebraska, Patrick Maher and his wife Megan of West Des Moines, Iowa; four grandchildren, Brett Hahn, Brianne Maher, Riley Maher, Blake Maher; a brother, Pat Maher and Carol Lee Hamblin of Imogene, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Doris Moore of Eugene, Oregon, Alice Lincoln of Llano, Texas; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Leon Lincoln of Overland Park, Kansas, along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends


Major, Gerald Frances Burroughs -

Funeral services for Geraldine Major, age 82, of Creston, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Monday, October 22, 2012 in Creston, Iowa, will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Mark Clark officiating. Open visitation will be held 5-7 PM, Friday, October 26, 2012 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery, Northboro, Iowa. Memorials may be given in her name. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Geraldine Frances (Burroughs) Major was born October 2, 1930, the third of nine children born, to Jesse and Ethel (Elkins) Burroughs in Shambaugh, Iowa. Geraldine attended country schools in the area and graduated from Clarinda High School with the Class of 1949. On May 14, 1954, she was united in marriage to Edison Major and they had two children, Nancy and Eddie.
Geraldine worked at Peerless Laundry and hung wallpaper for many people in the area. In 1975, she started working at NSK Corporation (Hoover NSK at that time) and worked there for 19 years, retiring in December of 1992. Geraldine and Edison moved to Creston in October of 2001 to be closer to family as Edison's health was failing. He passed away in January of 2009. Geraldine entered Creston Nursing & Rehab in April of 2011, after suffering a stroke.
Geraldine enjoyed cooking and baking for family and friends, going to family gatherings, camping, balloon days, going to yard sales, (where she always found a bargain) going to church and church functions, but most of all, she loved being around her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Geraldine enjoyed life to the fullest and she fought a hard fight to the very end.
Preceding Geraldine in death are her parents, Jesse and Ethel Burroughs; her husband Edison Major; a grandson, Cory Morrison; a sister, Patty Baker; two brothers, Jess and Marion Burroughs; a sister-in-law, Irene Major; eight brothers-in-law, Alvin Baker, Winfred Harms, Charles Williams, Robert Clark, Clem Major, Clarence Major, Vernon Major and Jim Major.
Left to cherish Geraldine's memory is her daughter, Nancy (Ernie) Morrison of Creston; her son, Ed (Bobbie) Major of Bellevue, Nebraska; six grandchildren, Traci (Blade)Martwick, Michelle (James) Allen, Cody Morrison, Renee (Glen) Hoyt, Amy (Kevin) Sharp and Sammi Sink; eleven great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Owen Allen, Makenzi, Gunner, Joslyn and Axel Martwick, Kacie and Kayleann Bishop and Jake Hoyt, Sterling and Adrianna Sharp, all of Creston; five sisters, Rose Harms, Shirley (Vernard) Thomas, Leona Clark and Jeanne Williams; a brother, Vince (Junell) Burroughs, four sisters-in-law, Dixie Major, Terry Major, Carolyn Burroughs and Florence Major; a brother-in-law, Don Major along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends


Marburger, Anna Marie Stalder - Anna Marie Marburger, age 98, passed away February 14, 2012 at the Shenandoah Medical Center. Anna was born on December 8, 1913, in Humboldt, Nebraska to Henry and Adelia (Gunzenhauser) Stalder.

Anna was raised in Humboldt, Nebraska and graduated from Humboldt High School. After graduation, she went to Peru State Normal and taught country school for two years.

On June 30, 1932, Anna married Harold H. Marburger in Humboldt, Nebraska. Harold worked for a light company and was transferred many times throughout Nebraska and Missouri before settling in Shenandoah, Iowa in the early 50's.

Anna was a lifelong and active member of the Presbyterian Church. She also was a member of Rebekah Lodge and Eastern Star P.E.O. Anna enjoyed playing bridge, flower gardens, sewing and reading.

Preceding Anna in death were her husband, Harold, in 1979; her parents; granddaughter, Jodi Hockenberry; and brothers-in-law, Charles, Willard, and Lee Marburger.

Anna is survived by her daughter, Janet Lee Hockenberry and husband Duane of Spicer, Minnesota; and sister-in-law Virginia Marburger of Humboldt, Nebraska


Marquart, George, 95, passed away early Wednesday morning, February 15, 2012 at Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda. Kirsch


Maxwell, Leonard "Joe" - Leonard Joe Maxwell, 65 years old, of Hartford, SD, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2012, at his home with his loving family at his side. Memorial services were held Saturday, March 17, at 2:00 pm, Miller Hartford Chapel, Hartford, SD. Visitation begin at 12:00 pm, Saturday, also at Miller Hartford Chapel.
Leonard "Joe" Maxwell was born Aug 6, 1946 in Bloomington, IL to Albert and Florence (Ryan) Maxwell. At an early age, Joe moved with his family to Clarinda, IA, where he received his education from Clarinda Public School system. In 1964, Joe enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, and served his country during the Vietnam Warr. Joe was united in marriage to Gloria Ann Williams in Clarinda, IA on January 16, 1966. To this marriage, the couple was blessed with two children, Marcus Matthew and Charnette Ann. Joe was employed at Hy-Vee as a Meat Cutter for over 37 years, and retired in 2004, due to ill health.
Joe loved his family and getting to spend time with his children and grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoyed working in his gardens, fishing , hunting, and sitting on his porch. Joe was known for his strong work ethic and family values. He treasured his wife, who cared for him at home through his battle with cancer. Joe cherished his relationship with his children, grandchildren, siblings, and friends. He truly enjoyed being outdoors working on his acreage. Joe will be remembered for his sense of humor, and his love of laughter. He was a very loving and caring Dad, a "fun" and comforting Grandpa, and a devoted and adoring husband.
Those left to cherish Joe's memory include; his wife of 46 years, Gloria; daughter, Charnette (Chris) Mitchell; son, Marc; Joe's beloved grandchildren, Katherine Ashley Maxwell, Tanner Joseph Maxwell, Jake William Maxwell, and their mother, Lynn Marie Schartz, Emilee Ann Mitchell, Hannah Mae Mitchell, and Maggie Jo Mitchell; sisters, Dorothy Maxwell, and Mary (Chris) Davison, of Clarinda, IA; brothers, Howard Maxwell, John Maxwell, Ed Maxwell, all of Clarinda, IA, and Tom (Janice) Maxwell of New Market, IA; Joe's mother-in-law, Lota C. Beery of Clarinda; sister-in-laws, Jeannie (Lyle) Ellison of Clarinda, Kathy (John) Iddings of Lake-In-The-Hills, IL; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nephews and great-nieces.
Joe was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Randy Maxwell; infant brother, Eddie J. Maxwell; and sister-in-law, Sue Maxwell.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests all memorials be directed to Dougherty Hospice House, 4509 Prince of Peace Trail, Sioux Falls, SD 57103


McClarnon, Wilda Marie - Wilda Marie McClarnon was born April 14, 1930 east of Shambaugh, Iowa to Donald Arthur and Mable Clair (Houston) Richardson. She lived all of her life in the Shambaugh vicinity. She attended Shambaugh elementary school and graduated Braddyville High School in 1948. She was married to Wendell McClarnon August 23, 1948 in Clarinda. Wilda helped her father at his Hilltop Service Station in Shambaugh. She also worked at Super Valu, Clarinda’s community college student union, and the Lied Center’s lunch program.
Wilda passed away January 26, 2012 at Westridge Quality Care & Rehab in Clarinda, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wendell; brothers John and Jerry Richardson; sister Elma Van Fosson.
She is survived by her son Kendell Lee McClarnon and his wife Debbie of College Springs, Iowa; grandchildren Tim McClarnon and wife Lola of Republic, Missouri, and Brenda Sand and husband Jeffrey of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and great grandchildren Dillon and Nicholas McClarnon and Savannah, Carter and Aiden Sand; brother Leonard Richardson and wife Sheryl of College Springs, Iowa; brother-in-law David Van Fosson of Forsythe, Missouri, sister-in-law Shirley Richardson of Manly, Iowa
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, February 3, 2012 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda with Pastor Buck officiating. Interment will be at Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Shambaugh Methodist Church. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements


McComb, Robert Darwin - Robert Darwin McComb was born May 9, 1943 in Clarinda, Iowa, the son of Art and Geraldine (Gillespie) McComb. He passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at his home in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 69 years, 4 months and 25 days.

Bob grew up in Page County and graduated from Essex High School in 1961. On September 30, 1961 he was united in marriage to Berna Franks in Essex, Iowa. This union was blessed with two children, Melissa and Thomas. On April 22, 2000, Bob was married to Nancy Cosand at McComb Park in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Growing in the Essex area Bob enjoyed playing football with the guys. Following high school he farmed with his dad and brother, Dee. He operated the Legion in Essex, Iowa for over 25 years and did seasonal work with Farragut Ag. He enjoyed socializing with his patrons at the Legion and playing cards. He also enjoyed watching golf on tv. Bob’s true loved was his family.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Geraldine McComb.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy McComb of Shenandoah, Iowa; his children, Melissa Whitcomb and her husband Dennis of Portland, Oregon, Thomas McComb and his wife Karen of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren, Caitlyn and Aaron Whitcomb, Nicholas and Jacob McComb, Hunter and Danielle Dupuis; step children, Lesa Shaw of Westboro, Missouri, Jamie Walker and her husband Chuck of Helena, Missouri, Tony Schaefer and his wife Laura of Tarkio, Missouri; step grandchildren, Brandon Shaw and his wife Alyssa, Telesa Lundy and her husband Josh, Charlie and Catelyn Walker, Payton and Olivia Schaefer; step great grandchildren, Morgan, David and Breanna Shaw; his father, Art McComb of Shenandoah, Iowa; two brothers, Dee McComb and his wife Sheryl of Shenandoah, Iowa, Jerel McComb and his wife Gloria of Essex, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends. Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Ia


McDonald, Ruth Mary McDonald - Ruth Mary (McDonald) McDonald was born on November 5, 1929 in Neola, Iowa the daughter of William and Grace (Good) McDonald. Ruth entered into eternal peace on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the Stanton Care Center.

Ruth's early years were spent in the communities of Neola and Underwood. She attended Underwood High School and graduated with the Class of 1949. She was voted Homecoming Queen her senior year. On June 22, 1955 she was united in marriage to James P. McDonald in Westin, Iowa. The couple made their home in Imogene, Iowa.

Ruth was a dedicated wife and mother. She worked alongside her husband Jim and oversaw the daily operations of the farm. She was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Altar Society.

Some of her passions included cooking, she was an accomplished seamstress, enjoyed gardening, crocheting, doing needlepoint, and spoiling her grandchildren. Ruth was famous for making the "best" lemon meringue pie! She was an inspiration to her family and will be deeply missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her granddaughter Mary Grace McDonald; son Michael McDonald, Sr.; brother Bernard McDonald and wife Iris; sister Rose Kathryn Leonard and husband Edward; brother Raymond McDonald and wife Beverly and sister Patricia Gridle and husband James.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband James McDonald of Emerson, IA; son Thomas McDonald and wife Susan and their son Levi; daughter-in-law Suzanne McDonald of Emerson, IA and her children Megan Kendrick and husband Josh of Glenwood, IA, Michael McDonald, Jr. of Emerson, IA and Katie McDonald of Emerson; great-grandchild Mason Kendrick of Glenwood, IA; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends


McGraw, Roy Edward Jr - Dr. Roy Edward McGraw, Jr., son of Roy Edward, Sr. and Dorothy Leona (Stevenson) McGraw, was born on February 16, 1930, at Rockford, Illinois. He entered into eternal rest on Friday, February 17, 2012 at the Hospice with Heart facility in Glenwood, Iowa at the age of 82.
Born and raised in Rockford, Roy attended the Rockford Community Schools, graduating from Rockford High School with the Class of 1947. Following graduation, he attended the University of Illinois for one year.
In September of 1948, Roy enlisted in the Army Air Force and served at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska. Doc was a medical laboratory technician and surgical technician. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and was discharged in August of 1952 as a Staff Sergeant.
It was during his time at Offutt that Roy met and married the love of his life, Wilma Lee "Mickey" McMillin. They were united in marriage on September 8, 1951 on the Offutt Air Force Base. To this union four children were born, Diana, Cheryl, Dean and Chuck.
Upon receiving his honorable discharge in 1952, Doc enrolled at Iowa State University and received his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1957. Doc worked at the veterinary clinic in Creston for one year following graduation.
In 1959, Doc moved his family to Essex where he went to work for Dr. Gene Lloyd until taking over his practice. He retired in 1996. Roy and Mickey then worked at Yellowstone National Park in 2000 for the next nine years for four months out of the year.
Doc was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Essex and served as the Mayor of Essex for 12 years. He also hosted an informational Veterinary radio program on KMA for several years.
In his spare time he enjoyed family gatherings, cooking, fishing, gardening, stamp collecting, wood working and bird watching.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Barbara Hamm; granddaughter, Jane Elder; and grandson, Brent Maher.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Wilma McGraw of Essex; four children, Diana Elder and husband Bill of Essex, Cheryl Tyner and husband Mick of Essex, Dean McGraw and wife Nancy of St. Louis, MO, and Chuck McGraw of Farragut; two brothers, Gary McGraw and wife Karen of Montrose, CO and Bob McGraw of Rockford, IL; other relatives and many friends


McIntyre, Jesse Arthur Jr - Jesse Arthur McIntyre, Jr., passed away on September 13, 2012 in Shenandoah, Iowa. Jesse was the son of Jesse A. McIntyre, Sr., and Flora Elizabeth McMahon McIntyre. He was born on January 23, 1919. Jesse married Irene LaVonne Watkins on May 18, 1942 at the Presbyterian Church in Tarkio, Missouri. Irene, Jesse's wife of 62 years, passed away in May 2004. He is survived by his three daughters, Star Ann Kloberdanz (and her husband, Ed Kloberdanz) of Shenandoah, Janell McIntyre of Shenandoah, and Amelia McIntyre of Kansas City, Missouri. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Mark, Matthew (his partner Adrienne Hart), Amy and Luke(his wife Letha) Kloberdanz, David (his wife Kristy) and John (his wife Teri) York, and Andrew and Benjamin Carlson; ten great-grandchildren, Ryan and Haley Kloberdanz, Conan, Dane and Brogan Kloberdanz, Ayla Fern Hart, Katie and Bryan York, and Savanna and Conner York. He is also survived by his sister and her husband, Patricia and Willie Johnson of Red Oak.
Jesse graduated from Tarkio College June 3, 1941, with a business degree. On June 18, 1941, he went into the Air Force, where he obtained the rank of Major. He was discharged March 1946. After his military service, Jesse went to auction school at Creston, Iowa. Jesse spent six decades as an auctioneer and Realtor in Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri. In addition, he farmed in Fremont County, Iowa, and had a lifelong appreciation for the demands of farming.
Jesse received the Meritorious Service to 4-H Award in 1955, the Alumni Award in 1968, the Honorary 4-H pin in 1973, and was inducted in the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2004. Jesse received the Outstanding Service to Agriculture award from the Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce in 1990 and the Small Businessman of the Year award from Southwest Iowa SCORE in 1995.
Private graveside services were held at the Farragut Cemetery.
Jesse always said that 4-H had been good to him. The family is honoring his belief by requesting memorials be made to the Iowa 4-H Foundation, designating the Jesse A. and Irene W. McIntyre Scholarship Fund and sent to 117 South Elm Street, Shenandoah, Iowa 51601


McKelligan, Maxine D. Peterson - Maxine D. (Peterson) McKelligan was born October 24, 1918 in Eldon, Iowa, to Emer and Florence Cahill. For those who knew her, she will be best remembered as a wonderful giving friend and neighbor who never gave up on life. Maxine was a devoted mother and will be missed by all.

Maxine peacefully passed away on January 20, 2012 at Milder Manor in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her husbands: Norman Peterson in 1975, and John McKelligan in 1996; sisters: Patricia Cahill, Katherine Rope and her husband Darrell and Eva Foster and her husband Boyd; brothers: Ralph Cahill and his wife Madelyn and Donald Cahill and brother-in-law Charles Maier.

Maxine is survived by her two children: Larry Peterson and wife Shelia and Norma Peterson both of Lincoln, Nebraska; grandson Bret Peterson of Long Beach, California; granddaughters Amy of Dubai A.E., and Alyssa Montgomery of Fresno, California; great grandchildren, Austin and Devin of Fresno, California; sisters: Betty Maier of Omaha, Nebraska and Martha Williams of Clarinda; brother Richard Cahill and wife Katherine of Fairfield, Arkansas; sister-in-law Mary Cahill of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services for Maxine (Cahill) Peterson will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 26, 2012 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa with burial to follow the service in the Clarinda Cemetery. Open visitation is scheduled Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home


McKinley, Mary Isabell Edgar - Mary Isabelle Edgar McKinley was born March 25, 1927 in Sterling, Kansas to Robert Metheny Edgar and Sarah Margaret Isabelle Dougherty Edgar.
Mary was a daughter of the Great Depression, eighth of nine children living on a small farm in central Kansas. Although she had a rich life full of loving immediate and extended family in Sterling, the major events of her earliest years included the crash of the world economy, the dust storms of the 1930s, and World War II. These experiences led her to continue through life emphasizing the simple important basics of living rather than any frills or extravagance. Her priorities were family, church, and community, thinking of service to others instead of herself. The experiences also left her frugal, avoiding waste of anything.
Her parents lived out their faith in the Lord, being examples of how to trust the Lord through every circumstance in life. This way of life gave her a foundation that would serve her well for eighty-five years.
She attended both a one room rural schoolhouse and later, Sterling High School, notably with the same six neighbor girls through these years. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology at Sterling College. She loved nature and was privileged to live where she could fully enjoy it all her life.
She came to College Springs in 1948 to lead Youth Club at the United Presbyterian Church. There she met Joseph "Joe" Allison McKinley, and they were married on April 7, 1950. The couple had four children: Sarah "Sally" Louise, Brian Edgar, Ellen Jane, and Helen Marie. She performed many tasks on their farm such as feeding livestock, helping with harvest, helping rake and bale hay, and walking beans. Those were added to her cooking, cleaning, preparing meals, working in the yard, gardening, and caring for children.
Mary was an active participant in the community as a 4-H leader, Cub Scout den mother, volunteer for school events, and Farm Bureau women’s leader.
Mary supported the church throughout her life, leading Youth Club, Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, Deacons, Bible studies, Prayer Circle meetings, nursing home sing-alongs, ministering to shut-ins, all based out of a daily, personal Christian devotional life.
She was creative, arranging flowers, enjoying calligraphy, crafts, gardening, basket making, costume design, and needlework.
She lived on the farm in the same house for 62 years. Widowed for 25 years, she remained independent on the farmstead until her death. In later years with worn out knees, she depended on neighbors and family for some major tasks, but continued to mow her own large yard, plant, dig, and weed her own flower and vegetable gardens, and manage the household. She asked for help only very reluctantly.
In later years, Mary was known throughout the community as a mother, grandmother, surrogate grandmother and great grandmother, caring for children in her home and at the daycare in College Springs. She was a committed member of the neighborhood OK Club and a regular attendee at Wednesday morning coffee at the College Spring Community Building.
Mary continued to enjoy life, family, travel, church, and community, even making plans for the future until the time of her death. She was ready to depart this life and reach the goal of receiving the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, for which her whole life had been geared.
She was preceded in death by her parents, six siblings, husband Joe, and daughter Sally Penner.
She is survived by three children: Brian (Marsha) McKinley of Boise, Idaho; Jane (Jon) Stimson of Clarinda, Iowa; Helen (Doug) Quarnstrom of Prairie Village, Kansas; and son-in-law Bob (Dawn) Penner , Ralston, Nebraska. Surviving grandchildren include: Allison Penner, Erin Penner, Lisa McKinley, Lori (Kevin) Donovan, Seth (Heather) Stimson and their daughter McKinlee, Jesse (Tasha) Stimson, Jordan (Elizabeth) Stimson, Andrew (Halee) Stimson, Mary Quarnstrom and Joel Quarnstrom. Surviving siblings include Howard (Betty) Edgar of Hutchinson, Kansas and sister Carol (Reed) Hindman of Minneola, Kansas. Surviving brothers-in-law include: Robert (Barbara) McKinley of Siler City, North Carolina and Donald (Joyce) McKinley, Quincy, Illinois. Numerous cousins, nieces and nephews survive as well.
Celebration of Life service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2012 at United Presbyterian Church in College Springs with interment at 10 a.m. at Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Iowa. Visitation with the family greeting friends will be 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to United Presbyterian Church in College Springs, Reformed Presbyterian Church rural Clarinda, or Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. www.EFC.c


McLaren, Honor Elizabeth Scott - Honor Elizabeth McLaren, daughter of James Blockley and Margaret Louise (Cole) Scott, was born on November 22, 1918 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She passed away on Sunday, August 12, 2012 surrounded by her loving family at the Shenandoah Medical Center following a brief illness.
Her early life was spent in Philadelphia. Her family later moved to Chicago, Illinois were she attended the Chicago Public Schools. On January 15, 1944 Honor was united in marriage to the love of her life, John McLaren, in Chicago. Following their marriage they made their home in Belvidere, Illinois. Honor worked for awhile as a secretary in Chicago until becoming a full-time homemaker to her husband, John and two sons, Ian and Rob. The family eventually moved to Shenandoah, Iowa, where John worked with Lake's Nurseries.
She was a member of the St. John's Episcopal Church in Shenandoah. Honor loved her Scottish Terrier dogs. She also enjoyed bird watching and a keen interest in lighthouses. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family as her family was her greatest joy and treasure.
Preceding Honor in death were her parents; brother, Peter Scott; two brothers-in-law, Hank Herula and Jim Gillono; sister-in-law, Grace McLaren; daughter-in-law, Valerie Smith McLaren; and a nephew, Jimmy Herula.
Survivors include her loving husband, John McLaren of Shenandoah; two sons, Ian McLaren and wife Beverly of Shenandoah and Rob McLaren and special friend Diana of Farragut; four grandchildren, Danielle Hoover and husband Joe of Albia, IA, Antonio Alvarez and wife Raelle of Mount Sterling, KY, Laure Dupin-Alary and husband Olivier of Marthod, France and Maria Skog of Vantaa, Finland; four great grandchildren, Zachary Louis Hoover, Deandre Nicholas Alvarez, Pauline Anne Alary and Arthur Joseph Alary; sister, Margaret Herula of Chicago, IL; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Scott and Christine Gillono, both of Chicago, IL; brother-in-law, Bill McLaren of Ripon, WI; and sister and brother-in-law, Alison and Denny McMillan of Ivins, UT; granddogs Dakota, Morgan, Woody, Sadie and Ferguson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends


Meyer, Arnold Herbert - Funeral services for Arnold Meyer, age 90 of Clarinda, will be held 10:30 Saturday, Feb 11, 2012 at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, with Pastor Tompkins officiating. Interment will be at Clarinda Cemetery with military honors provided by Clarinda American Legion Sergy Post #98. Family visitation will be at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel Friday 4-6 p.m. Memorials are suggested to St. John Lutheran Church or Page County Fairboard.
Arnold Meyer
Arnold Herbert Meyer was born November 12, 1921 in Harlan Township, Page County, Iowa, to Fred and Esther (Steeve) Meyer and passed away February 7, 2012 at Westridge Care Center, Clarinda, where he had resided the last three years. He was baptized November 27, 1921, at St. John Lutheran Church Clarinda, Iowa, by Pastor O. Nieting and confirmed on May 31, 1936, also at St. John by Pastor T.J. Vogel. He attended elementary school at Lee Grove and graduated from Clarinda
High School, the Class of 1940.After graduation from high school Arnold worked on the family farm southwest of Clarinda and also as a tractor mechanic. On August 19, 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp serving as an airplane and engine mechanic with the 433D Army Air Force Base unit.
Upon returning to Clarinda in the spring of 1946 Arnold began establishing his own farm operation. On December 15, 1946, he was married to Ella Meier at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Yorktown, Iowa. Meyer was a life-long member of St. John Lutheran Church and served as an elder, trustee, vice-chairman and was instrumental on the building committee for the educational wing. Meyer also served as a 4-H leader and a member of the Page County Fair Board for many years. Agriculture was a passion, and Arnold spent his farming years raising corn, soybeans, hogs and cattle. Arnold also enjoyed carpentering and working with wood, making everything from M&M dispensers to quilt holders. Family was of utmost importance to Arnold; he and wife Ella were blessed with five children: Duane (Barb) Meyer, Arlen (Ann) Meyer,
Kathy (Lyle) Kent, all of the Clarinda area; and Brenda (Al) Pickering of Papillion, Nebraska, and Brian (Kathy) Meyer of Independence, Iowa. He loved his 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Wilma Harms of Clarinda, nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a sister Edith, a brother Wendell, brothers-in-law Reinold Harms and Lyle Williams, and a niece. His quiet, unassuming ways and keen sense of humor will be greatly missed.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 11, 2012 at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, with Rev. Daryl Tompkins officiating. Interment was at Clarinda Cemetery with Clarinda American Legion Sergy Post #98 providing military honors


Meyers, Betty June Cass - Betty June Meyers, age 92, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, formerly of Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away April 4, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Betty was born June 27, 1919 in Shenandoah, Iowa to the late Clarence and Ruth (Van Kirk) Cass.

Betty graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1937. Betty married Wayne M. Meyers on November 11, 1939 in Grand Island, Nebraska. Betty was a housewife, raising two children Bill and Marci. Through the years Betty and Wayne have call many places home. They have lived in Shenandoah, IA, McAllen, TX, Mesa, AZ and Council Bluffs, IA. They also had a summer home in Okoboji.

Betty was very active; she was a member of Bridge Club, Shenandoah Booster Club, Band Mothers, and United Methodist Women and taught Sunday school at First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing bridge, golf, going to church, cooking and sewing.

Preceding Betty in death are her son Bill Meyers, parents, sisters: Maxine Hartman and Wilma (Bill) Piller.

Betty will be sadly missed by her husband of 72 years Wayne Meyers of Council Bluffs, daughter Marci Ludington and husband Charlie of Council Bluffs, grandsons; Luke Martin and wife Amber and their children Kylie, Tanner, and Hunter of Le Mar, Iowa, Seth Martin of Council Bluffs, Ryan Ludington and wife Jodi and their children Chloe, Payton, and Eli of Council Bluffs, and Michael Ludington and girlfriend Shannon Ballinger of Glenwood, sisters; Pat Pimental and husband Don of Pinedale, CA, bother-in-law Gene Goecker of Clarinda, IA and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sharon and Dick Holt of Tibbetts, MO, numerous niece and nephews

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah,Iowa


Meyers, Wayne Maurice - Wayne Maurice Meyers was born on May 1, 1920 in Yorktown, Iowa, the son of William H. and Ruth (Mace) Meyers. Wayne entered into eternal peace on Tuesday morning, September 18, 2012 at the Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Wayne's early years were spent in the community of Yorktown. He was a 1938 graduate of Coin High School. On November 11, 1939 he was united in marriage to his best friend and lifelong companion, Betty Cass in Grand Island, Nebraska. During their marriage they resided in Shenandoah, Iowa, McAllen, Texas, Mesa, Arizona and Council Bluffs, Iowa. They enjoyed their summer home in Okoboji, Iowa.

In 1942 Wayne enlisted in the United States Army and served his country in the South Pacific. He received an honorable discharge in 1945. Wayne worked for Paxton and Gallagher and as a salesman for Wright and Wihelmy in Omaha, Nebraska for 35 years. He enjoyed his work and visiting with his clients.

He was a member of the Shenandoah American Legion, was a member of the Shenandoah United Methodist Church and served on the board at the Shenandoah American Legion Country Club. Some of his hobbies included golfing, woodworking, and playing bridge with their "Saturday Night" bridge club.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother Richard; sister Phyllis Goecker; son Bill Meyers; and his devoted wife of 72 years, Betty.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter Marci Ludington and husband Charlie of Council Bluffs; grandsons Luke Martin and wife Amber and their children Kylie, Tanner and Hunter of LeMars, IA; Seth Martin of Council Bluffs, Ryan Ludington and wife Jodi and their children Chloe, Payton and Eli of Council Bluffs and Michael Ludington and Shannon Ballinger of Glenwood; sister Sharon Holt and husband Dick of Tibbetts, MO; brother-in-law Gene Goecker of Clarinda; and sister-in-law Pat Pimental and husband Don of Pinedale, CA; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends


Miles, Ruth Ann McComb - Ruth Ann Miles was born December 14, 1917 near College Springs, Iowa, the daughter of Will and Anna (Walker) McComb. She passed away on Thursday morning, August 2, 2012 at the Shenandoah Medical Center at the age of 94 years, 7 months and 19 days,

Ruth grew up in the Coin, Iowa area attending school and graduating from Coin High School in 1936. In September 1940, she and Edgar Miles were married in Maryville, Missouri. This union was blessed with one son, Bill, in 1942.

Ruth lived most of her married life in the Farragut area. After Edgar retired, they moved into Farragut in 1978. They enjoyed many winters as snowbirds in Prescott Valley and Bull Head City, Arizona. She was active in the Fremont County Farm Bureau. She was a member of the Neighborhood O.K. Club and None Such Club. She volunteered at Hand Hospital and did seasonal work at Henry Fields in Shenandoah. After moving to Farragut, she transferred her membership from the Coin Methodist Church to the Farragut Congregational Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edgar in 2000, infant sister Georgia Mae, sisters Dorothy Vawter and Ruby Boehm; brothers, Merle and Raymond McComb, grandaughter, Rozanne Miles; sisters-in-law, Geraldine McComb, Frances McComb, Audra Davison, Dorothy Miles-Harris; nieces Marilyn Ann Goldsberry, and Betty Sherod, brother-in-law, Edwin Boehm and Melbern Vawter.

Survivors include her son, Bill Miles and his wife Suzanne Morgan Miles of Overland Park, Kansas; a brother, Art McComb of Shenandoah, Iowa, grandaughter, Louis Morgan Hoefer of Wichita, Kansas; grandson, Brandon Morgan of Dallas, Texas, two great grandchildren, Clayton and Alexandria Morgan of Dallas, Texas, along with many nephews and nieces and countless friends

Miller, John "Jack" Dean - John “Jack” Dean Miller, Jr. was born November 28, 1932 in Atlantic, Iowa; a son to John and Rena (Caton) Miller. Jack attended Griswold High School and graduated from there in 1951. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in January of 1953 and served for his country in the Korean War. Jack was discharged from the military on January 14, 1957.
Jack married Dorothy Louise Eilers on June 23, 1957 and to this union were born two daughters: Julie and Jennifer. He worked for the State of Iowa D.O.T. as a Heavy Equipment Operator for 30 years. Jack also farmed land southwest of Clarinda for many years along with raising livestock. During his life, Jack enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting.
Jack passed away Monday, June 18, 2012 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife Dorothy.
Surviving Jack are his daughters: Julie Boehmer and husband Stephen of Lee’s Summit, MO and Jennifer Hopkins and husband Patrick of Jefferson City, MO; grandchildren: Stephen Boehmer, Jr. of Springfield, MO, Seth Boehmer and wife Kristyl of Lee’s Summit, MO, Samuel Boehmer of Springfield, MO, Jackie Klumper and husband Matthew, Joseph Hopkins, Jacob Hopkins and wife Sara, Jeanne Hopkins, John Hopkins and Joshua Hopkins all of Jefferson City, MO; five great grandchildren; sister Connie Kirchoff of Atlantic; brothers: Jim Miller and wife Chris of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Orlan Miller of Colorado; and nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral serivces for John "Jack" Miller, 79 of Clarinda, will be held 3:00 pm. Thursday, June 21, 2012 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Clarinda. Burial will follow the service at the Clarinda Cemetery with Military Honors provided by American Legion Sergy Post #98 of Clarinda. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to the start of the service at 3:00 at St. John's Lutheran Church. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Soceity or the Dorothy Miller Library Fund.

Jack passed away Monday, June 18 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center. He is survived by his two daughters: Julie and Jennifer.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements


Miller, Phyllis Charlene Orme

Funeral services for Phyllis Miller, age 83, of Hepburn/Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Bettie Hull officiating. Open visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday. Burial will be in the North Grove Cemetery, rural Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.

Phyllis Charlene Miller was born April 6, 1928 to William Delford Orme and Hettie Jane (Van Alstine) Orme at Clarinda, Iowa. Phyllis was one of eight children. She grew up in the Hawleyville area attending the Orme rural School and Clarinda High School. Phyllis was united in marriage on August 15, 1948, at Clarinda, Iowa to Donald Miller. They were blessed with four children, Ernie, Linda, David and Roger.

Prior to her marriage, Phyllis worked at the J. C. Penney store. She was a long time employee of Lisle Corporation, starting in the factory and working for over thirty years in the office. Phyllis enjoyed gardening, canning and cooking for her family. They especially remember her wonderful cinnamon rolls, noodles and raisin cookies. She enjoyed cooking special holiday dinners for all of her family. Phyllis and Donald enjoyed camping and fishing. Her family was very important to Phyllis and she enjoyed all of the times they were together. She enjoyed cooking and laughing and was quite a jokester.

Preceding Phyllis in death were her parents; husband, Donald Miller; brothers, Marvin Orme, Delford Orme and two infant brothers; sisters, Mae Parsons, Amy Buchanan, Velma Lofgren and Arlene Fulton.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Ernie Miller and wife Jacquie of Spearville, Kansas, Linda Rose and husband David of New Market, Iowa, David Miller and wife Jeanette of Braddyville, Iowa, Roger Miller and wife Lisa of Clarinda, Iowa; ten grandchildren, Rex Miller and wife Shanda of Kansas, Ken Miller and wife Billie of Kansas, Mike Rose and wife Tuesday of Clarinda, Iowa, Melissa Hull and Craig of Clarinda, Iowa, Bobbie Wallace of Atlantic, Iowa, Jodi Miller of Maryville, Missouri, Justin Miller of Braddyville, Iowa, Billie Poland and husband Aaron of Ames, Iowa, Erin Henderson and husband Kelly of Norwalk, Iowa and Jamie Criswell and husband Adam of Ankeny, Iowa; fifteen great grandchildren; brother, Charles Orme and wife Shirley of Clarinda, Iowa; sister-in-law, Cleva Herzberg and husband Ted of Clarinda, Iowa; sister-in-law, Joan Miller of Urbandale, Iowa; sister-in-law, Norma Orme of Northboro, Iowa; brother-in-law, Hal Fulton of Villisca, Iowa; nieces; nephews; and many friends.

Phyllis will be missed by her family but her memory will live on in their heart.
May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn her passing


Minard, Michael J. - Michael J. Minard, 38, Omaha, Neb., was born March 18, 1974, in Clarinda, Iowa, and passed away May 1, 2012.
Michael enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors, and most of all he enjoyed his family.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Minard; grandparents, Bibs and Irene Minard, and Sport and Kathryn Hummel.
He is survived by wife, Stacy; children, Stasia, age 8, and Parker, age 5; mother, Teresa Minard; sister, Lisa (Curtis) Hull; nephew and niece, Jacob and Anna; parents-in-law, Mike and Joan Novacek; brother-in-law, Lance (Kristy) Novacek; niece and nephew, Kenadee and Landon; brother-in-law, Dana Novacek (fiancé, Amanda Wertz); numerous other family members and friends.
Memorial Mass was held on Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 508 W. Angus St., in Gretna, Neb. Private Interment took place in Primrose, Neb. Visit to leave a condolence

Mowry, Cleeo Coralyn Crussell

Cleeo Mowry, age 83, of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of Shenandoah, Iowa, entered into peace Monday, April 9, 2012 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., June 16, 2012 at Rose Hill Church, rural Clarinda, Iowa. . Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Cleeo Coralyn Mowry was born June 2, 1928 at Villisca, Iowa to Jasper H. Crussell and Amy (McNeil) Crussell. She grew up on a farm in the Bethesda area, attending rural schools; North Page Country School to 8th grade then attended Clarinda High School graduating in 1945. She continued her education at a business school in Omaha. She met Walter Mowry in 1948; when he returned from Korea they were united in marriage on April 6, 1952 at Rose Hill Church, Clarinda, Iowa.

Walter and Cleeo lived in Washington D.C. where he was stationed. Cleeo worked for Army Intelligence decoding Korean and Chinese codes. They later moved to Omaha where she worked as a stenographer for five years for Cudahy Packing Plant. In 1957, Walter reenlisted in the Air Force and they traveled to many countries and states. Cleeo enjoyed their life in the service and made many friends. In 1973, Walter retired from the Air Force and the couple moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1996, they moved to Shenandoah, Iowa. Walter and Cleeo spent many winters at their home in Phoenix, Arizona. Cleeo suffered a stroke November 2011 and her health declined until her death.

Cleeo was very active and a member of the Gideon Society, American Legion Auxiliary, and Kiwanis International. She was a people person and always willing to give of herself. Cleeo was a fine Christian woman; she loved to grow spiritually and she led Bible studies in her home. She had a special gift of working with children.

Cleeo was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Clemmeth Crussell.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Walter Mowry of Shenandoah, Iowa; sisters, Millicent Copelin of Villisca, Iowa and Frankadene Nicholas of Coral Gables, Florida;sister-in-law, Pauline Crussell of Clarinda, Iowa; a special nephew, David Crussell and wife Paula of Clarinda, Iowa; nephews, Robert Powell, Jack Powell and Rick Powell of St. Louis, Missouri, John Powell and wife Michelle of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; nieces, Denise Copelin of Villisca, Iowa and Deborah Ashton of Denver, Colorado; many grandnephews and grandnieces and many friends


Myers, Maxine Mable Morelock - Maxine Mable (Morelock) Myers was born on January 11, 1922 to Jacob and Rena (Smith) Morelock in Fremont County, Iowa. Maxine entered into rest on February 20, 2012 in Shenandoah, Iowa following a brief illness.
Maxine attended Maple Grove Country School through the 8th grade, graduating from Shenandoah High School in 1939. Maxine joined the Fisher Loyal Workers 4-H Club at 10 and noted its positive influence on her life. Maxine was united in marriage to Clifford Harry Myers on September 20, 1942 at the Summit Methodist Church, south of Shenandoah. Maxine and Clifford were blessed with four children; twins--Larry and Harry, Keith and Sharon. Clifford and Maxine spent their life farming until their retirement in 1992 when they moved to Shenandoah.
Maxine celebrated her 90th birthday in January and to her delight was honored with a well attended Open House at Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah on January 15th. Maxine enjoyed journaling for over 30 years, crossword puzzles, educating others on the history of Shenandoah, Page and Fremont Counties and playing the piano. Spending time with family and friends brought joy to her life.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clifford in 1995, her brothers; Earl Morelock and Elza Morelock, sister-in-law Geraldine Morelock and daughter-in-law Carole Myers.
Those left to cherish her memory include son Larry Myers of Sacramento, CA, Harry Myers and wife Debbie of Shenandoah, IA, Keith Myers and wife Diana of Shenandoah, IA, and daughter Sharon Green and husband Mike of Westboro, MO, six grandchildren; Sara Griffith of Abilene, TX, Katie Huston of Sacramento, CA, Kelly Myers of Oak Hills, CA, Stephanie Demanett of Shenandoah, IA, Clinton Myers of Phoenix, AZ, Rachel Myers of Omaha, NE, Kevin Green of Westboro, MO and Angela Johnson of North Kansas City, MO, 14 great-grandchildren, brother Glen Morelock of Shenandoah, IA, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, as well as her Gardenview Care Center family


Naico, Robert Powell - Robert Powell Naico was born on January 14, 1937 in Essex, Iowa, the son of Harry Kondrat and Lois (Swalley) Naico. Bob entered into eternal rest on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa.

Bob was a lifelong resident of Essex. He attended Essex Community Schools. In 1955 he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served his country as a sharp shooter and a marksman in the signal core. He was stationed in Germany. In 1958 he received an honorable discharge.

On June 19, 1959 he was united in marriage to Betty Ann Grebert in Clarinda, Iowa. The couple resided in Essex following their marriage. While in school, Bob began working for Mount Arbor Nursery. He later worked as a butcher at Johnson Grocery in Essex, as a salesman for McNess, served as a Deputy for the Page County Sheriff's Department and finished his career as an officer with the Shenandoah Police Department, where he retired in 1997. He then worked part-time as a security officer for Earl May.

Bob was a member of the Essex Commercial Club, the Essex Fire and Rescue, and "The Fuzz that Was". Some of his interests included fishing, gardening, hunting, telling stories, and drinking coffee at Jay Drug. He enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandchildren. Going to breakfast with his best friend Loren Pierce for the "fuzz that was" meetings were highlights of his day.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Joe, Jim and Jerry Naico; sister-in-law Mary Naico; brother-in-law Al Grebert; and father and mother in-law Hilbert and Frances Grebert.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 53 years Betty Naico; sons Rodney Naico and wife Cathey of Blanchard, OK and Kevin Naico and fiancé Kim of Shenandoah, IA; daughter Stacy Nelson and husband Josh of Essex, IA; grandchildren Tchana, Corianna, Ryan, Dylan, Branson, Ethan, Carson, Keegan, Kendall, Kooper, and Chelsey; brothers Donald and Kenny Naico; sister Maralyn, Judy, Donna and Kay; best friend Loren Pierce; the Grebert family; other relatives and many friends


Nelson, Carmalita Maxine - Carmalita Maxine Nelson passed away on Sunday evening, March 18, 2012 at her home in Shenandoah. Inurnment services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family. She is survived by her brother Marvin Savage of Shenandoah

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah,Iowa


Nelson, Donna Joyce Stambaugh - Donna Joyce Nelson, the daughter of Ray and Fern (Brown) Stambaugh, was born December 30, 1932, near Coin, Iowa on the Stambaugh family farm. She passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at the Select Specialty Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 79 years, 7 months and 26 days.

Donna was raised on the family farm near Coin. She graduated from Coin High School with the class of 1950. Donna continued her education at Iowa Western Community College, Clarinda, Iowa, receiving her teaching certificate. Her first several years of teaching were at Macedonia, IA, and then at Exira, IA. Donna was united in marriage to Dwight G. Nelson on February 12, 1955 in Coin, IA. For 30 years, they made their home and raised their family on a farm south of Red Oak. During this time, she taught school at Coburg, Essex, and in Red Oak at the Junior High School, and later at Inman Elementary School. While teaching, in the summer months, she attended Northwest Missouri State University earning her Bachelor's degree in Education and Master's degree in Special Education. In 1991, Donna and Dwight moved to the Lindquist Nelson century farm at Nyman and she retired from teaching in 2007. She was a member of Fremont Lutheran Church in Nyman. Donna was active with the Order of Eastern Star in Red Oak, having served as Worthy Matron, Grand Representative to Arkansas in 1970, and was a District Grand Deputy for the Order of Rainbow for Girls. She was a past member of White Shrine in Shenandoah, IA. Family was central to Donna's life; she treasured her parents, children and grandchildren and spent as much time as she could with them, nurturing and providing guidance. She also enjoyed reading and embroidery sewing, along with researching and studying local history and genealogy.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Christopher Douglas Nuckolls.

Donna is survived by her husband, Dwight G. Nelson of rural Red Oak, IA; children: Dwight Nelson Jr. and wife Dawn of rural Red Oak, IA; Mary Auten and husband Rick of rural Clarinda, IA; and Karen Nelson and husband Tom Mahr of Washington, D.C.; seven grandchildren: Joseph Nelson, Jennifer Nelson, Jeremy Nelson and wife Nichole, Dustin Nuckolls and wife Becky, Ashlee Nuckolls, Aaron Mahr and Nicholas Mahr; 6 great-grandchildren: Emma and Macey Nuckolls, Brayden and Caydence Johnson, Jaykob and Lillie Nelson; and brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Lois Stambaugh of Denver, CO; nieces and nephews, along with other relatives and friends.

May God bless her memory and give strength to those who mourn.

Funeral Service will be held
Friday, August 31, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
at Fremont Lutheran Church, Nyman
Burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Nyman
Rev. Jerry Lamb, Officiating

Visitation with the family present Thursday evening August 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home

A memorial is being established in Donna's name.

Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in charge of arrangements


Nelson, Ronald Gene - Ronald Gene Nelson was born February 8, 1954 in Fairfax, Missouri, the son of Keith Eugene and Beatrice May (Stover) Nelson. He passed away on Monday, October 1, 2012 near Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 58 years, 7 months and 23 days.

Ron grew up attended school in Shenandoah. He graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1972. He later attended C.E. School of Commerce in Omaha, Nebraska. On June 17, 1995, Ron was united in marriage to Cindy Lou Riley at the Baptist Church in Tarkio, Missouri. This union was blessed with two children; R’Donya and Torrey.

Ron worked for John Deere in Clarinda and later for Athen Implement in Hamburg, Iowa. For the past 14 years he worked for Pella Corporation in Shenandoah. He was a member of the Coin Fire & Rescue for many years and later joined the Shenandoah Rescue where he worked as an EMT. He loved to video tape church and school activities. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, welding and gardening. His true love was his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law, Darrin Riley and Donald L. Riley, II.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy of Imogene, Iowa; his children, R’Donya and Torrey of Imogene, Iowa; Mother and father-in-law, Donald and Connie Riley of Tarkio, Missouri; a brother, Charles Nelson and his wife Ilona of Northboro, Iowa; two sisters, JoAnn Pollman and her husband Gary of Northboro, Iowa, Jerilyn Smith and her husband Raymond of Clarinda, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends. Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Ia


Nielsen, Blanche Jirka - Blanche Jirka Nielsen was born November 14, 1912 in Swanton, Nebraska, the daughter of Adolph and Frances (Zednik) Jirka. She passed away on Saturday afternoon, March 31, 2012 at Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 99 years, 4 months and 17 days.

Blanche grew up in Swanton, Nebraska and graduated from Swanton High School. On February 23, 1935, she was married to Richard Nielsen in Glenwood, Iowa. This union was blessed with one daughter, Elna.

Blanche had a love for all animals, but she especially enjoyed dogs. She also enjoyed horse races. She worked numerous jobs throughout her life and even help build two houses. Her true love was her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard; an infant daughter, June; four brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, Elna Kidder of Shenandoah, Iowa; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends


Nye, Bernice Irene Rice - Bernice passed away on April 1, 2012 at the Shenandoah Medical Center.

Bernice Irene (Rice) Nye was born on December 23, 1911 in Lebanon, Kansas. She died at home on April 1, 2012. Bernice was 100 years old. She was the daughter of Sidney Charles Rice and Della Hester (Upp) Rice, and the oldest of eleven brothers and sisters.

Bernice spent her childhood in Lebanon, Kansas. She graduated from the Lebanon High School in 1932. After high school, Bernice worked as a housekeeper for a short time before moving to Shenandoah, Iowa to help her aunt, Helen Upp, who was about to have a baby. She also worked as a housekeeper for a local doctor.

While living in Shenandoah, Bernice met Norvin Nye. They were married on June 28, 1939 in Rock Port, Missouri and moved to a farm near Shenandoah. Bernice and Norvin spent most of their married life on the Nye Family farm, a Century Farm, in rural Page County. Bernice took great pride in her work as a homemaker. Their daughter, Juneil Kay (Nye) Gibson was born on March 8, 1948.

Bernice was active in local clubs, including the Beacon Club and the Domestic Science (DS) Club. She was a 4-H leader, and helped her daughter and granddaughters with many 4-H projects over the years. Bernice was active in the Shenandoah Methodist Church, and cared for children in the church nursery. She had several hobbies, including stamp collecting, crocheting, sewing, cooking, gardening, and card making. Her favorite activity was spending time with family.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Norvin Nye, who died in 1999, her parents, and siblings Thelma Rice Dilley, Donna Rice Fleiger, Dorothy Rice Layland, Eli Rice, Richard Rice, Pauline Rice, and Margaret Rice.

Bernice is survived by her daughter, Juneil Gibson and her husband Roger who live in a home they recently built on the Nye Family farm. Bernice is also survived by two granddaughters; Kerry Jewell Agnitsch, and her husband Brian of Ames, IA, and Kristi Mixdorf of Ankeny; five great grandchildren, including Jake and Brayden Agnitsch of Ames, Iowa and Andrew, Natalie, and Jay Mixdorf of Ankeny, Iowa; and three sisters, including Kathleen Rice Steiner of Manhattan, Kansas, Virginia Sikorski of Wichita, Kansas, and Betty Voboril of Esbon, Kansas

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah,Iowa


O'Donnell, Donna Jean Forbes - Donna Jean O'Donnell was born November 10, 1933 at Ottumwa, Iowa to Noble and Doris (Patrick) Forbes. She graduated West Bend High School and attended Junior College at Fort Dodge and later graduated with a Licensed Practical Nurse degree from Iowa Western in Clarinda. Donna was united in marriage to Kenneth G. O’Donnell at West Bend, Iowa April 12, 1953. They have four children: Dennis, Kathryn, Daniel, and Debra. Donna worked at ALCO in Clarinda and following that she worked many years at Westridge Quality Care in Clarinda as an LPN. After years of giving to and serving others through her nursing Donna retired in 2005 for health reasons.
While she and Kenny lived in Rolfe, Iowa Donna ran the Sunny Brook Cafe and worked at the Pocahontas Community Hospital as a nurse aide. Donna enjoyed her flower garden and flower baskets with roses as a favorite. She loved making ceramics and afgans. Donna and Kenny would travel and recently went to Ireland. She enjoyed those trips with the Prestige Club seeing Canada, Europe, Hawaii and the Mystery Trips. When gathering with her family card games were always a must. Keeping her company over the years were her teddy bears. They came in all sizes and shapes.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth of rural Clarinda; children Dennis O'Donnell of Bradgate, Iowa, Kathryn Kuhlman and husband Neil of Omaha, Nebraska, Daniel O'Donnell and wife Joan of Elkader, Iowa and Debra Scalise and friend Rod Smith of O'Neill, Nebraska; grandchildren Gary, Vanessa, Elizabeth, Christina, Amber, Jennifer, Ross, Trevor, Shea and Rachel; seven great grandchildren; brother Charles Forbes and wife Lenore of Nora Springs, Iowa; and many friends.
After many years of failing health Donna passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 78. She was preceded in death by parents and daughter-in-law Beverly O’Donnell.

Funeral services will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with Scott Davison officiating. Family visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday in Clarinda. For friends and family near Rolfe there will be a visitation 1 – 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 30 at Powers Funeral Home in Rolfe with interment following at Clinton Garfield Cemetery, Rolfe, Iowa. Memorials are suggested to a fund established in Donna’s name. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is providing arrangements.

Olson, Darwin Eugene - Darwin Eugene Olson was born on October 27, 1947, in Red Oak, IA the son of Frederick Eugene and Betty Mae (Henderson) Olson. Darwin entered into eternal peace on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at the Nebraska Medical Center surrounded by his loving and supportive family.

Darwin was raised on a farm near Essex, Iowa and attended Coburg School through his Junior High years. He then attended Essex High School and graduated with the Class of 1965. He went on to further his education at Peru State College, where he received his Bachelors Degree in 1970. In 1981 he received his Master's Degree in Administration from Kansas State University.

On June 14, 1969 Darwin was united in marriage to his best friend, Nancy Burke in Stanton, Iowa. Following their marriage they resided in Peru, Nebraska until they finished college. They then moved to Seneca, Kansas, Onaga, Kansas, Mankato, Kansas, Wamego, Kansas and finally to Augusta, Kansas where the couple has made their home for the past 9 years.

Darwin's career in education began as a history teacher and coach at the Nemaha Valley Jr. High in Seneca, Kansas where he taught from 1970 until 1981. He then took his first Principal position for the Onaga School System in Onaga, Kansas where he served from 1981-1995. While in Onaga he also was a beloved coach at Onaga High School. He later accepted a Principal position with Mankato Elementary School where he served for 4 years. His final Principal position before retiring was with Riley Grade School where he served from 1999-2003. He had most recently been a bus driver for Butler County Transportation.

Darwin was a longtime member of the Kansas Association for Elementary Administrator's and was very active in many church, school and community activities. He enjoyed gardening, sports and helping others. Spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren brought him much joy. Darwin was a very compassionate and caring person.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Delores. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Nancy of Augusta, KS; daughters Jill Grimmett and husband Michael of Augusta, KS and Brenda DeHass and husband Mike of Andover, KS; grandchildren Gretchen and Hannah Grimmett and Derek, McKenzie and Danielle DeHass; brothers Tom Olson and wife Jennifer of Shenandoah, IA and Bob Olson and wife Susan of Essex, IA; sister Sharon Buckminster and husband Kim of Falls City, NE; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends


Pace, Judy Marie - Judy Marie Pace was born in Bakersfield, California on July 17, 1943 to John and Lillian (Hall) Pace. Judy entered into eternal peace on October 22, 2012 in Shenandoah, Iowa, at the age of 69 years.
At the age of two Judy's family moved to Shenandoah when her father was discharged from the Army. She grew up in Shenandoah and was a member of the graduating class of 1961.
Judy was a loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Judy had a great love for her nieces and nephews and enjoyed watching them grow up. She attended many basketball, softball, volleyball, baseball and football games that they participated in. Always going home with a sunburn after softball games.
Judy was a loving Mommy to her dogs. She loved her pets. Her new puppy J.J. is a real go-getter, as most of her family and friends will agree. And before J.J., her love of her poodles, Gunnar, Spike and Bridgett remained within her heart.
Early in life Judy enjoyed music and dancing, ceramics, fishing, riding horses and mushroom hunting. She also enjoyed her vacations with her sisters and family to Okoboji, South Dakota and Canada. Later in life Judy still enjoyed fishing when her health permitted and cookouts with family. She loved going to the casino and also eating out at El Portal with Karen, Joyce and Connie. Judy also enjoyed television, especially on football day with Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska, mainly rooting for her Hawkeyes.
Judy was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah.
She was preceded in death by her parents John and Lillian Pace, sister Patty Pace, nephew at birth Troy Todd Berrier and brother-in-law Ron Slauter. Those left to cherish her memory include her sisters Joyce Slauter and Connie Berrier and husband Tom; nieces and nephews Reggie Slauter, Gina Slauter and Matt Tomkinson, Wendy Palmer and husband Lyle, Kim Burns and husband Randy, and Tommy Berrier and Ashley Dumler; great nieces and nephews Rachel Morton and husband Scott, Koreen Polsley, Brooke and Tori Burns, Tyler, Aaron and Regan Burns, Mikayla, Courtney and Katelyn Palmer, Nickolas and Lucas Berrier; great-great nephews Aidan Morton and Hayden Burns and many other relatives and friends.
We were blessed to have Judy in our lives and we miss her already


Parrott, Jonnie Allen - Jonnie Allen Parrott was born September 26, 1954 in Page County, Iowa, to LeRoy and Doris Marie (Schollian) Parrott. As his mother was hurried to the hospital in labor, Jon got a tad impatient and arrived in the back of a 1948 Plymouth, near the old dump bridge. Having dirt, straw and various other items stuck to him from the car delivery, he was denied entry into the hospital nursery for fear of contaminating the ‘clean’ babies. His mother was told he would have to room with her. After a bit of ‘discussion’ it was decided he would indeed be allowed to occupy the sterile nursery and life began! He lived his entire life in Clarinda, Iowa, and graduated from Clarinda High School with the Class of 1972.
Shortly after graduating high school, Jon was employed by the Clarinda Community School District as a custodian and later drove a school bus for special needs children. He loved the students and they could always count on him to look at most any situation from their point of view. He had your back. Because after all, Jon’s motto has always been, “If the cops didn’t see me… I didn’t do it”. He retired from the school after 35 years.
Stock car racing was in his blood. It started with his father and then was passed down to Jon and his brother Ermal. They raced for several years before handing over the reins to their nephew, Shannon Walter. When Shannon quit racing, Jon’s nephew Rick Ritchie decided to buy a car and give it a whirl. With Jon’s help, they purchased another car, which Rick is still racing to this day and is currently tied for 3rd in points at Adams County Speedway. Through the years, the #10 car is still speeding around the track!
He loved his family and he loved family gatherings. He was especially close to his many nieces and nephews and was famous for making up fun and silly games the kids would beg to play again and again. Old Blind Horse was always a favorite. Jon was a kind and generous man, both to his family and to strangers. He enjoyed going to the casinos on occasion, even though, more often than not, he came home with less money than he went with!
One of Jon’s greatest assets was his wonderful sense of humor. He was fun loving and easy to visit with and you could always count on him for a laugh. Jokingly known by his family for his ability to retain “useless information”, Jon was the go-to-guy for those perplexing questions that had everyone else stumped. He would have definitely been the “friend to phone” for the million bucks!
Jon peacefully passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska at Bryan LGH Medical Center West. He is preceded in death by his father LeRoy; paternal grandparents: Everette and Ora Parrott; maternal grandparents: Harold and Elsie Schollian; baby sister Goldie Parrott; sister Marilyn Walter; uncles: Marvin, Bert and Pete; brother-in-law Raymond Mick; and niece Dara Dalene.
Left to cherish Jon’s memory is his mother Doris Parrott of Clarinda; sisters: Marian Mick of Skidmore, MO, Joann Crawley of Clarinda and Jeannie Ritchie of Bedford; brothers: Ermal Parrott of Clarinda and Kelly Parrott and wife Sharon of New Market; brother-in-law Marty Walter of Clarinda; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for Jonnie 'Jon' Parrott, 57 of Clarinda, Iowa will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2012 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. Burial will follow the service at the Clarinda Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Thurday, July 26, with the family greeting friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers to Relay For Life.

Per the families request, they are encouraging a casual dress code or to wear your favorite racing shirt if available. Jon passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska at Bryan West Hospital. He is survived by his mother Doris and siblings: Marion Mick, Joann Crawley, Jeannie Ritchie, Ermal Parrott and Kelly Parrott. Jon graduated from Clarinda High School in the Class of 1972 and will be missed by all who knew him.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements


Pester, Thomas "Tommy" Dean - Thomas (Tommy) Dean Pester, age 49, passed away at his home on Monday, April 16, 2012.

He was born March 18, 1963, in Denison, Iowa to Thomas & Janice Pester. He attended school in Craig, Missouri, and graduated in 1981. On March 6, 1982, he was united in marriage to Leisa (Bradley) Paris in Craig, MO. They had two children, Crystal Lynn and Robert Joseph. Following his divorce from Leisa in 1987, Tommy remarried to Pam (Johnson) Meier. They had four children, Brandy Marie, Cody Wayne, Nicole Lee.

Tommy lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Tarkio, Missouri for most of his life. He started his own construction business & loved to be outdoors. Recently, he moved to New Market, Iowa and met his companion, Susan Harding. They resided together in Clarinda, Iowa and Tommy started working at the Clarinda Co-op where he finally found his place. He often talked to friends and family about how much he loved his job and fellow workers. He also attended church regularly and often visited his children and grandchildren in Shenandoah & Council Bluffs.

Tommy is survived by his daughter Crystal & husband Bert Mick of Shenandoah, Iowa; his son, Robert Pester of Maryville, Missouri; his daughter Brandy Pester and her fiancé, John Hinkel of Logan, Iowa; his son Cody & wife Codie Pester of Council Bluffs, Iowa; his daughter Nicole Pester & significant other Brett Beverage of Council Bluffs, Iowa; six grandchildren, Dylan Michael Fuller, Braeden Allen Mick, Brayden Kermit Hinkel, Austin Kyle Hinkel, Riley Marie Pester, & Bentley Renea Beverage; his parents, Tom & Janice Pester of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and one brother, Todd Pester of Council Bluffs, Iowa. He is further survived by a niece, nephews, & many other relatives.

Funeral services for Thomas Dean Pester will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 19, at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. The Rev. Bob Smith, pastor, will officiate. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery following the services. Relatives and friends are welcome at Ritchie Funeral Home, 222 E. Washington Street, on Wednesday, April 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. until the services.

We would like to thank the staff of Ritchie Funeral Home, everyone at the Clarinda Co-op, Amy Gardner, and our friends and family for their help and support during this most difficult time.


Peterson, Kathryn Joan Narigon - Funeral service for Kathryn Peterson of Villisca, Iowa, will take place Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, Iowa. Visitation will be Tuesday evening, March 27th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Kathryn passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2012.

Kathryn Joan Narigon Peterson was born on August 21, 1923, in Nodaway, Iowa; the daughter of Harold Rider and Olive Ameila (McCain) Narigon. She graduated from Nodaway High School in 1941where she was active in basketball and band. She entered into marriage in on April 11, 1942 in Maryville, Missouri to Roy Elmer Peterson. During the war years she lived in Creston, Iowa, with her parents where she worked in the ration office. After the war they farmed 160 acres northeast of Villisca. During these years Kathryn was a mother and homemaker who participated as a Room Mother, Cub Scout Leader and 4-H Leader to support her children’s activities. In 1969, Roy and Kathryn moved to Villisca where Roy continued his carpentry business. During this time she worked for Parker Insurance as a secretary for 12 years before becoming the Director of the Villisca Housing; a position she served for 12 years. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, cake decorating and painting crafts. She had a love of the NY Yankees and enjoyed watching baseball, feeding the wild birds and flying the United States Flag. She was a member of the Methodist Church and the V.F.W. Auxiliary and had a great love of Pekingese dogs and all cats. Kathryn passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012 at the Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Harold Keith Narigon.
Surviving Kathryn are her children: Susan Marie Behn (Steve) of Gettysburg, PA, Edward Lee Peterson (Virginia) of Omaha, NE, Fred Eugene Peterson (Janet) of Essex, Iowa and James David Peterson (Michele) of Lake Zurich, IL; grandchildren: Scott Behn (Dixie) of Lake Stevens, WA, Stacy Watts (Adam) of Maryland, Charles R. Peterson (Marcie) of Omaha, NE, Kristi Jefferson (James) of Omaha, NE, Cori Feller (Mark) of Shenandoah, IA, Mike Brown (Lisa) of Corning, IA, TJ Peterson (Peggy) of Northboro, IA, Charles W. Peterson (Bev) of Oxnard, CA, Nick Peterson (Brooke) of Elk Grove, IL, Amanda Peterson of Stansburry, MO, Chad Brown (Andrea) of Olathe, KS, Adam Brown of Clarinda, IA, Scott Brown (Courtney) Clarinda, IA and Heather Matheny (Josh) of New Market, IA; eleven great grand children; two great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Carol Eichelberger of Aurora, IL.

Wolfe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements


Pitman, Donald Dean - Graveside services for Donald Pitman, age 47, of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, formerly of New Market, Iowa, who entered into peace Monday, May 7, 2012 at his home in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, were held 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.
Donald Dean Pitman was born July 13, 1964 in Clarinda to Lyle and Marie (Cameron) Pitman. He passed away on May 7, 2012 at Pleasant Hill.
He graduated from New Market High School with the class of 1982. Later he attended Iowa Western Community College at Clarinda. He worked at the Lil' Duffer while in school. Later on he worked at the Iowa Department of Revenue in Des Moines, Prairie Meadows in Altoona and Wal-Mart in Windsor Heights. He enjoyed leather-working and photography.
Don was preceded in death by his father Lyle, and his grandmothers.
He is survived by his mother, Marie of Pleasant Hill; brothers, Dave (Denise) Pitman of Indianola, Iowa; Doug (Rhonda) Pitman of Granger, Iowa; nieces and nephew: Michelle, Julie, Lisa, and Samuel Pitman. May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn his passing.


Plummer, Anna Margaret Daugherty -

Anna Margaret (Daugherty) Plummer, 96, Tarkio, Missouri, died Sunday, October 14, 2012, at Tarkio Rehabilitation Center and Healthcare in Tarkio.

Anna was born March 6, 1916, in Burlington Junction, Missouri to Sam and Annie (Ward) Daugherty.

Anna was a 1933 graduate of Burlington Junction High School. She worked in Food Service at Tarkio College.

She was united in marriage to Philemon (Fid) Plummer on April 24, 1937.

Anna was a member of the Burlington Junction, United Methodist Church.

Preceding Anna in death were her parents, husband, two brothers Fred and Buford Daugherty and one sister Bessie Daugherty.

Her survivors include; one daughter Janet (Fred) Schiersch, Kingston, Washington; two grandchildren Annaliese Schiersch, Hollywood, California and Steffen Schiersch, Kingston, Washington.

Friends may call anytime at the Price Funeral Home, Maryville.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, October 18, 2012 in the Blanchard Cemetery, Blanchard, Iowa. A memorial service is being planned for the weekend of November 3, 2012 in Tarkio.

Memorial: Atchison County Nutrition Center, 412 Main Street, Tarkio, MO 64491


Porter, Zackery Dillon - Zackery Dillon Porter was born July 24, 1996 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the son of Chris Porter and Angie Perry. He passed away on Tuesday morning, April 10, 2012 at his home in Shenandoah at the age of 15 years, 8 months and 17 days.

Zack was a sophomore at Shenandoah High School and he loved to go fishing. He would also help anyone who needed assistance whether it was moving or mowing the yard. He was also an avid country music fan and enjoyed going to concerts. He also loved playing hacky sack.

He was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Floyd Anderson, Darlene Webb, and Don and Wyona Perry.

Survivors include his mother, Angie Perry and her fiancé Jerome Runyon of Shenandoah, Iowa; his father, Chris Porter and his wife Renee of Shenandoah, Iowa; his sister, Karly Archer and her husband Cory of Shenandoah, Iowa; a nephew, Zeven Archer of Shenandoah, Iowa; an aunt, Melanie Finchem of Shenandoah, Iowa; grandparents, Kay Engleman and her husband Joseph of Shenandoah, Iowa, Leesa Miller and Wally Teten of Shenandoah, Iowa, Garlen and Marlene Perry of Shenandoah, Iowa, Stephen Porter of Thurman, Iowa, Bill Miller of Shenandoah, Iowa; Great Grandparents, Lois Anderson of Shenandoah, Iowa, Merrill Webb of Shenandoah, Iowa, Mildred Porter of Sidney, Iowa; great aunt, Linda Watkins of Dallas, Texas; his girlfriend, Kelsey Lewis of Farragut, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends


Prentis, Vicki Lou - Funeral services for Vicki Prentis age 61, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Bryan LGH East, Lincoln, Nebraska, were held 10:30 a.m., Thursday March 8, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5-7, Wednesday, March 7 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mt. Ayr, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Vicki Prentis Memorial Fund which will be distributed to the Faith Food and Fellowship and to a fund for Garfield students. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.
Vicki Lou Prentis was born October 21, 1950, the third daughter of Richard and Marjorie (Webb) Prentis in Creston, Iowa. She was welcomed home by big sisters, Ellen and Kathy. Vicki passed away March 4, 2012 at Bryan Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. Vicki graduated from Mount Ayr High School with the Class of 1968 and from Ottawa College in Ottawa, Kansas with the Class of 1972 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. After teaching for many years she furthered her education with a Master's Degree in Counseling from Northwest Missouri State University in 1987.
Vicki taught third grade in McCook, Nebraska and moved to Clarinda, Iowa in 1976, where she taught fourth grade for the Clarinda School System. In 1989, she became the Elementary Guidance Counselor, retiring in 2010.
Cindy Wynn became a close friend when Vicki moved to Clarinda. When Cindy built a new home, she invited Vicki to reside with her. Cindy passed away suddenly in 2003. Clarinda friends were as close as family to Vicki. She was active in her church, Faith, Food & Fellowship, PEO, Red Hats, Card Dolphins, working with the Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop, ISEA and NEA, American Cancer Society, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, B & B Bridge Group and she also enjoyed singing in the church choir. Vicki loved telling Sven & Oie stories, and was known as the "Pun Queen"!
Preceding Vicki in death were her parents, Richard and Marjorie Prentis; both sets of grandparents; best friend Cindy Wynn; and beloved cat Dezi.
Left to cherish Vicki's memory are her two sisters Ellen Powell and husband Everett; and Kathryn Wittmann; nephews Randy Gregg and wife Marcy; Curtis Wittmann and wife Lauren; and Michael Wittmann; nieces Chandra Timlin and husband Robb; Christine Wittmann-Brady and husband Roscoe; great-nieces Leah Clymer; Rebecca and Rachel Gregg; Elinore and BeatriceWittmann-Brady; great-nephews Ryan Gregg; Jordan Clymer; Henry Nentwich-Wittmann; a great-great nephew, Jace Bryant and a cat named George; Vicki is also survived by hundreds of students she taught and counseled along with many beloved friends.
Vicki's family, friends and the community of children will miss her wit, humor and love of life. She will live on in our hearts forever


Pugh, William "Garfield" - Memorial services for William "Garfield" Pugh, age 80, of Creston, Iowa, formerly of Shambaugh, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Crest Haven Care Center, Creston, Iowa, will be held at a later date in Kingston, Tennessee. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.
William Garfield Pugh was born October 1, 1931 at Huntington, Tennessee, to Luther Pugh and Eva Mae (McAlexander) Pugh. Garfield grew up in Tennessee and also lived in Oregon and other places before moving to Shambaugh, Iowa where he lived for forty years. On July 2, 1970, he was united in marriage to Delpha (Kinman) Savage at Maryville, Missouri.
Garfield was employed at Lisle Corporation for twenty nine years as a machinist and in the shipping department. He retired in 1993 and enjoyed helping local auctioneers Clark Crawford and Jim Hutchinson. Garfield also enjoyed his retirement years with his interest in gardening. He shared his garden produce with many neighbors, friends and family.
Preceding Garfield in death were his parents; brothers, J.D. Pugh, Horace Pugh; sisters, Wilma Clark, Jesse Davis, Hallie Dee.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Delpha Pugh of Creston, Iowa; daughter, Nancy Smotherman of Kingston, Tennessee; sons, Billy Pugh and Jerry Pugh of Oregon; step sons, Clark Savage and Larry Savage of Creston, Iowa; grandchildren, Tonia Taylor and Lisa Coe; great grandchildren, Eva Britany, Kayla Ann, Billie ray, Moses, Dakota Elizabeth, Taylor Wayne, Brandon and Brady; great grandchildren, Dustin and D.J.; step grandchildren, Jessica Savage and Dillon Savage of Creston, Iowa; sister, Annie Mae Holland of McLemoresville, Tennessee; nieces; nephews and many friends.
Garfield will be missed by his family and friends; his memory will live on in their hearts. May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn his passing


Pullen, Lowell Wendell - Funeral services for Lowell Pullen, age 90, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Westridge Care and Rehab Center, Clarinda, was held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Hillside Missionary Church, Clarinda with Pastor Brian Bontrager officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5-7 p.m., Monday, June 25, 2012 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery, with military rites by American Legion Sergy Post # 98. Memorials may be directed to Nishna Productions, Shenandoah.
Lowell Wendell Pullen was born December 2, 1921, near Clarinda, to Allie Pullen and Fern (Royer) Pullen. He grew up in the Clarinda area attending Shambaugh schools. Lowell served his country honorably in the United States Navy serving during World War II in the South Pacific on the Bristol. He was serving offshore Japan at the time of the nuclear attack. Lowell and Gloria Rector were united in marriage on October 17, 1944 at Troy, Kansas. They were blessed with four children, Gary, Randy, Kim and Gina.
Lowell lived most of his life in the Clarinda area with the exception of seven years in Omaha and one year in Fontana, California. He was an excellent carpenter and was maintenance foreman for Lisle Corporation for twenty five years. Following retirement he worked as a funeral assistant for Walker-Merrick, Wolfe and Barr-Merrick Funeral Homes and most recently for Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda for twenty six years, retiring again at the age of 90. Lowell was a hard worker and trusted employee also known by "Termite" and "Pulley".
Lowell was very proud of his family and enjoyed being with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A highlight for Lowell was a trip with his sons to Washington D.C. to view the World War II Monument. He was a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. Lowell was an active member of the Church of God, Shambaugh and most recently attended the Hillside Missionary Church.
Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, Allie and Fern and sister, Juanita Crabtree.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of over sixty seven years, Gloria Pullen of Clarinda; sons, Gary Pullen and wife Shirley of Clarinda, Randy Pullen and wife Shilia of Clarinda, Kim Pullen and wife Mary of Johnston, Iowa; daughter, Gina Pullen of the home; grandchildren, Ericka Johnson and husband Phil of North Liberty, Iowa, Dareth McAlpin and husband Josh of North Liberty, Iowa, Randy Pullen II and wife Trulla of Clarinda, Tonya Maxwell and husband Jason of West Des Moines, Iowa, Ryan Pullen and wife Terrin of Lees Summit, Missouri, Ragan Pullen of Des Moines, Iowa, Brice Pullen of Ferndale, Montana, Andy Pullen of Des Moines, Iowa, Jesse Pullen of Dubuque, Iowa, Trevor Pullen of Ames, Iowa and Quincy Pullen of Johnston; eleven great grandchildren; two great, great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Gene Rector and wife Norma of Denver, Colorado; sister-in-law, Beatrice Rector of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces; nephews and many, many friends.
Lowell will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends. His memory will live on in their hearts. May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn his passing