2013 Page County, Iowa obituaries
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Maedche, Lorraine Marcene "Marcie" Latham

Memorial services for Marcie Maedche, age 56, of Clarinda, who entered into peace Thursday, Feb. 13 at her home in Clarinda, were held 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda with Pastor Jerry Lamb officiating. Visitation with the family was held 10-11 a.m., Saturday prior to the service. Memorials may be given in her name. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda.
Lorraine Marcene Latham Maedche was born Aug. 12, 1956 in Fort Collins, Colorado to John D. Latham and Berniece (Miner) Latham. Marcie grew up in Montana and Iowa graduating from High School. In 1984, she made Clarinda her home where she raised her two sons, Andy and John. She graduated from IWCC with an Associates' degree. Marcie had worked for the past ten years at the Super 8 Motel.
Marcie enjoyed collecting antiques and displaying them. On most days you could find her sitting at her table visiting with family and friends. Her true happiness was all the precious time she spent with her granddaughter Bailey. Marcie was a very dedicated Grandma.
Preceding Marcie in death were her parents; brother, Mike Latham; sister-in-law, Denise Latham; husband, Michael Ernest Maedche.
Survivors include her sons, Adrian Latham of LeMars and John Maedche of Omaha, Nebraska; granddaughter, Bailey Latham of Clarinda; grandson, Riker of Clarinda; brother, Miles Latham of Springfield, MO; sister, Patricia Schmid of Livingston, MT; brother, Vernon Latham of Clarinda; brother, Robin Latham; nieces; nephews and friends.
Grandma Marcie will be missed by her Granddaughter, Bailey; family and friends. She will be forever in their hearts. May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn her passing


Maher, Carl Joseph

Carl Joseph Maher son of Leo Thomas Maher and Stella Elizabeth (Laughlin) Maher was born on March 1, 1931 in rural Imogene, Iowa. Carl passed away on May 10, 2013 at Shenandoah Medical Center at the age of 82.

Carl attended St. Patrick Academy. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to June Roenfeld on March 30, 1959 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Imogene, Iowa.

Carl farmed his entire life. He also owned and operated Standard Oil Service Station in Imogene and drove for Wynn's gasoline transport in Omaha. Carl was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Stella Maher, brothers: Tony Maher, Paul Maher, Kenny Maher and Jim Maher, sisters: Helen Carney and Mary Dinovo.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife June Maher of Shenandoah, sons: Brian Maher and wife Marcy of Union, Missouri and Blaine Maher and fiancée Dana Lilly of Essex, Iowa, sister Marcella Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, and grandchildren Morgan and Nick Maher of Union, Missouri

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Maher, Catherine Clarice Sloan

Catherine Clarice Sloan Maher daughter of Nicholas and Ellen Sloan was born in a snow storm in rural Imogene, Iowa on November 30, 1919. Clarice passed away April 5, 2013 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 93.

Clarice attended elementary school at Rice Country School in rural Imogene. She graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1938.

Clarice was united in marriage to Robert J. Maher on June 26, 1940 in Shenandoah. They resided in Shenandoah where they raised their eight children.

Clarice worked at Earl May Seed Company in her younger years. Later after raising her children she worked as an aide at Hand Community Hospital and did special duty nursing care in the community. She was a member of the Regina Guild and American Legion Auxiliary. She was also a member of several bridge clubs, one of her greatest loves. She enjoyed attending her children's athletic events. Also enjoyed social activities with her friends.

Clarice was preceded in death by her husband Robert J. Maher, son Tim Maher, parents Nicholas and Ellen Sloan, sisters Mary Ellen Gilmore and Maureen Hansen, and brother John Sloan.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Kathleen Rydberg and husband Ronald and their children Paul, Thad, and Mark; daughter Barbara Moers and her children Scott and Carrie; daughter Mary Clarice Knop and husband David and children Abby and Bo; son Tom Maher and wife Kathy and children Todd Maher, Nick Maher, Derek Stodden and Erica Spencer; daughter Jacque Nicholas and husband Joe and children Andy, Ben and Alison Beseda; daughter Paula Brown and husband Hal and children Whitney and Maggie; and son Michael J. Maher and friend Mandy Gillaspey, 19 great-grandchildren, and host of other family and friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa

Malmberg, Ronald Wayne

Ronald Wayne Malmberg of Shenandoah, Iowa was called home by his Lord and Savior on August 3, 2013 at the age of 72.
Ron was born to Harold Vincent and Hazel Jessie (Knight) Malmberg on October 30, 1940. He spent his youth on the family farm just outside Shenandoah, participating in 4-H and horsing around with his sister and brothers. He graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1959 and served in the Iowa National Guard for a few years thereafter.
Ron married Colene K. Ahrens on October 27, 1961 and had four children, Rhonda Renee, Patricia Ann, Jeffery Wayne and Julie Ann. They made their home in Shenandoah, where Ron was employed at Earl May Seed & Nursery, Shenandoah Sentinel, and eventually MidAmerican Energy Company where he made his career as a gas serviceman.
Following the death of his wife in 2002, Ron remarried to Diana (McKinnon) James in 2003. Ron and Diana enjoyed golfing, trips to Branson and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Ron was a very devoted and caring husband, father and grandfather. He was also an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church serving many roles including teacher, elder and president of the congregation. He had a very strong faith and was an inspiration to all as he selflessly served others. He frequently visited the local nursing homes, delivering portals of prayer and bringing joy to many of the residents with his stories of faith and family. In his retirement, he delivered drugs for Jay Drugs and served as vice president of the local food bank.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Paul and Stephen Malmberg, his wife, Colene, and daughter, Julie Malmberg, all of Shenandoah. He is survived by his wife Diana Malmberg; his daughter, Rhonda Elming, and her husband, Mark, of Johnston, Iowa; his daughter Patty Throne, and her husband, Steve, of Omaha, Nebraska; his son Jeff Malmberg, and his wife, Kelly, of Farragut, Iowa; his nine grandchildren, Storm, Taylor and Paxton Throne, Chelsea and Paige Elming, and Hunter, Dalton, Heidi and Dylan Kellogg; his sister, Shirley Hart, and her husband, Donnie, of Shenandoah, Iowa; his brothers, Glen Malmberg, and wife, Sandra, of Jacksonville, Florida; Roger Malmberg and his wife, Judy, of Audubon, Iowa; Darrell Malmberg of Omaha, Nebraska; and David Malmberg and his wife, Dana, of Omaha, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews.
Ron was also beloved by his extended family Kevin James and wife, Carrie, of Ames, Iowa; D'Andrea Cooke of Clarinda, Iowa; Victoria Glenn and husband, Doug, of Lincoln, Nebraska; Diana's grandchildren, Aubrey Behrhorst and Samantha Glenn, great grandchild, Kamdyn Norris; and Kelly Malmberg's children Tabitha, Meagan, Jack and Trey

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Martin, Delores Louise George

Delores Louise (George) Martin, daughter of James Weldon George and Vera Belle Stephens, was born March 10, 1931 in Blanchard, Iowa. She graduated from Blanchard High School in 1950 and then went on to further her education at Clarinda Jr. College and Simpson College where she received her degree in Education. Delores married Jim Martin on December 18, 1953 at the Red Oak courthouse. With Jim in the Air Force, both he and Delores were able to reside in a variety of locations. Their travels began in California and lead to Amarillo, TX and finally Northern Maine. After four years they decided to return to their roots near Blanchard to raise their sons.
Delores enjoyed collecting antique fruit jars and antique glassware. She helped organize the Blanchard High School alumni reunions for over 30 years. Delores also was an active member of the Blanchard United Methodist Church for most of her life. She was very involved and helped with many of their activities. Over the years, Delores did a lot of gardening and canning. She was a great teacher to her children and provided an excellent environment in which to grow and learn.
Delores passed away Friday, June 28, 2013 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Judy Ann, and two brothers: Floyd and Daisy (Berlin) George, and Leslie George.
Surviving Delores is her husband of 59 years, Jim of Shenandoah; sons: Dan Martin and wife Janice of West Des Moines and Kevin Martin and wife Laura of Jewell, Iowa; and grandchildren: Patrick and Emma.
Funeral services for Delores will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at the Blanchard United Methodist Church with burial following the service in the Blanchard Cemetery. Visitation, with the family greeting friends, is scheduled from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. The family suggests memorials be directed to Blanchard United Methodist Church.
Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements



Martin, Pauline Brown

Pauline Brown Martin passed away at the Fair Oaks Care Center on Wednesday evening.

Memorials may be directed to the Coin Fire and Rescue.

Pauline (Brown) Martin was born on October 26, 1922, the daughter of Earl B. and Bertha L. (Combs) Brown in rural Burlington Junction, Missouri. Pauline entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Pauline's early life was spent on the farm near Burlington Junction until her father passed away at which time she and her mother moved to Tarkio. She attended school in Tarkio and graduated from Tarkio High School with the Class of 1940. She went on to attend business school in Omaha and worked as a secretary in Omaha and Shenandoah before returning to Tarkio.

On December 29, 1943 she was united in marriage to Dean B. Martin at her mother's home in Tarkio. Following marriage the couple lived and farmed east of Tarkio. They moved to a farm near Westboro, Missouri in 1947. In 1960, they bought a farm near Coin, Iowa where they retired. During their marriage the couple was blessed with the birth of five children.

Pauline was a loving and dedicated wife and mother. She was a member of the Visit Awhile Club, State Line Club, the Blanchard United Methodist Church, the Coin United Methodist Church and the Memorial Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, quilting, crocheting, gardening and in later years traveling. Dean and Pauline enjoyed their winter travels to Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean; parents; three brothers and two sisters.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Ann Scholten of Corsica, South Dakota, Larry Martin of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Richard Martin of Hastings, Iowa, Roger Martin of Shenandoah, Iowa and Steve Martin of Coin, Iowa; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends

Hackett Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Mascher, Donald Fredrick

Donald Fredrick William Mascher was born August 12, 1923 north of Clarinda to Wilbert John Henry Mascher and Alma Sophia Marie (Henneman) Mascher. He graduated Immanuel Lutheran School and was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Don was married to Jean Ray July 28, 1946 at the Methodist Church, Bedford, Iowa. The marriage was blessed with four children: Chester, Maxine, Marvin and Judy. They moved to East River Township southeast of Clarinda to farm, then to Villisca to farm for the Tyler family, later settling in Nodaway Township north of Clarinda. Don farmed until his health declined a few years ago. He was active in the community serving on the Production Cr edit Association Board, Farmers Union Shipping Assoc. Board, and he served as Immanuel’s elder, president of the congregation and on the Immanuel school board. He and Jean enjoyed their grandchildren’s’ visits to the farm and the time spent with all the family.
Donald entered into rest Friday, January 18, 2013 at the age of 89 in Des Moines, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; parents; grandson Paul Mascher, infant granddaughter, three infant great grandchildren; sister Pauline Mascher; and brothers-in-law Robert Rasmussen, Kenneth Breach, and Clifford Nook.
He is survived by his four children: Chester Mascher and his wife Marilyn of Clarinda, Maxine Bohannon and her husband Bud of Norwalk, IA, Marvin Mascher and his wife Sherril of Clarinda, and Judy Straw and her husband Gene Sr of Sidney, IA; sisters Dorothy Otte and husband LaVern of Clarinda, Agnes Dunham and husband Duane of Omaha, NE, Martha Rasmussen of Omaha, NE, and Janice Nook of Creston, IA; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-eight great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clarinda, with Rev. Justin Whitmore and Rev. Michael Breach officiating. Interment was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Shut-In Recording Program. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Mattern, Hilda Margaret Voller

Hilda Margaret (Voller) Mattern, 80, of Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away on June 21, 2013. She was born on October 9, 1932, into a close knit farming community around Strasburg, North Dakota, to Sebastian and Mary (Volk) Voller. She married Elmer Mattern on April 16, 1952, and made her home in Shenandoah for 55 years. She was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church and enjoyed many years of robust health before passing from a sudden illness.

She is remembered best for her generous heart and strong spirituality. She was a hard worker and courageous learner. Her deep faith was never shaken, and touched those who came to know her even briefly. She was involved in many church, community and political activities. Among those were her helping to form Southwest Iowans for Life in 1973 and Birthright of Iowa in 1976. She also served as a CCD coordinator, an RCIA sponsor and as a member of the St. Mary's Guild. She loved her family and was deeply devoted to them, regularly traveling to their homes and contributing to the health and harmony at each. She was employed in retail sales, as a secretary and as a paralegal. She also ran a handyman business in her retirement years. She 'adopted' young people, international students, foster children, visiting clergy and patients who had come for medical care in Shenandoah; hers was a home and a heart that was open to others.

She is survived by her husband Elmer of 61 years, and three children: Jerome and wife Sarah Mattern of Attica, Indiana; Mark and wife Maria Mattern of Evergreen, Colorado; and Mary and husband David Lockwood of Kansas City, Missouri. She is missed by three sisters, Betty, Rose, and Theresa; 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; countless cousins, nieces and nephews; also several faith communities.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions could be made in Hilda's name to Compassion International (http://www.compassion.com/about/about-us.htm), a charity that helps children or to Birthright, a charity that helps women facing unplanned pregnancies, (http://www.birthright.org). Memories and condolences may be left at http://www.kirschfuneral.com under the obituary tab for Hilda Mattern.

The Rosary and visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Thursday June 27, 2013 at the Kirsch Funeral Chapel. On Friday the 28th, a funeral mass will be offered at 10:30 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. Mass will be followed by a luncheon provided by St. Mary's Guild, of which Hilda was a member for many years. A Rosary, Mass and Graveside service will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Strasburg, North Dakota, on Friday July 5th beginning at 3:00 PM and will be followed by a light supper served by the Guild. Burial at Strasburg, ND.

Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Maxwell, Thomas A.

Thomas A. Maxwell was born on June 1, 1954; a son to Albert J. and Ella Florence (Ryan) Maxwell in Clarinda where he spent his childhood.

On October 4, 1976, Tom married Janice Faye Young. This union was blessed with two sons: Thomas J. and Ryan L. and as a family, they lived in the Page and Taylor County areas until moving to New Market, where they currently reside.

Tom worked at the Page County Landfill as a heavy equipment operator and also spent time working as a farm hand, mechanic and construction worker. Tom loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed racing, fishing, playing jokes or pranks on anyone and spending as much time outside as he could.

Tom passed away Thursday, August 29 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center. He is preceded in death by his parents Albert and Florence Maxwell; brothers: Joseph, Randy and infant brother Eddie J.; and father-in-law Burt Young.

Surviving Tom are his wife of 36 years, Janice of New Market; children: Tommy Maxwell and wife Jill and their children: Caitlyn, Taryn, Makayla and Rylee of Clarinda and Ryan Maxwell and wife Maria and their son Jameson of Rock Valley, Iowa; brothers Howard, John and Ed all of Clarinda; sisters: Dorothy Maxwell of Clarinda and Mary Davison and husband Chris of Clarinda; sisters-in-law: Gloria Maxwell of Hartford, South Dakota and Deana Maxwell of Hollywood, Florida; along with an extended family and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Tom will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 2, 2013 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. Burial will follow the service in the Memory Cemetery in New Market. Visitation is scheduled from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Tom’s family.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home provided arrangements

McClish, Daniel

Daniel McClish was born June 29, 1972 in Ashland, Kentucky. He passed away early Saturday morning, July 6, 2013 at his home in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 41 years and 7 days.
Danny grew up in Shenandoah and attended school in Yorktown, Iowa. He graduated from Clarinda High School with the class of 1993. He enjoyed Tae-Kwon-Do, baseball and bowling. He was an avid fan of WWE wrestling and the Green Bay Packers. Danny was also a very proud member of the Shenandoah Lion’s Club. He was everybody’s friend and was always willing to lend a helping hand when he could.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his sister, Shondelle Hale; and a nephew, John Fiekama.
Survivors include his mother, Sue Johnson and her husband Ron of Shenandoah, Iowa; his brother, James Tysor of Westboro, Missouri; a step-brother, Shawn Johnson of Shenandoah, Iowa; a step-sister, Debbie Davis and her husband Julian of Shenandoah, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Megan Parkhurst and her husband Mike of Kaleen, Texas, Jennifer Mize and her husband Mike of Azle, Texas, Jesse Tysor of Missouri, Reno Johnson and Shyann Johnson of Shenandoah, Iowa, Brock Davis and Bryton Davis of Shenandoah, Iowa; aunts and uncles, Sandy Fiekama of Thurman, Iowa, Jim Baxter and his wife Roxie of Washington State, Lyle Baxter and his wife Joyce of Washington State; great aunt, Deloris Ondryka of Boulder, Colorado; along with many other relatives and friends

Buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa.

McComb, Samuel Arthur

Samuel Arthur McComb was born April 3, 1920 near Coin, Iowa, the son of William John and Anna (Walker) McComb. He passed away on Wednesday morning, February 20, 2013 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 92 years, 10 months and 17 days.
Art grew up in the Coin area and graduated from Coin High School in 1936. On February 3, 1940, Art was united in marriage to Wilda Geraldine Gillispie in Atlantic, Iowa. This union was blessed with three sons, Charles Dee, Jerel and Robert.
Art was a farmer for many years and owned two restaurants in Red Oak, Iowa and another one in Arizona. He was a member of the Essex Presbyterian Church and the Farm Bureau. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, air boating and traveling after his retirement. Art’s true love was his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Geraldine; his son, Robert; and four sisters, Dorothy Vawters, Ruth Miles, Ruby Boehm and an infant sister; two brothers, Merle McComb and Raymond McComb.
Survivors include his sons, Dee McComb and his wife Sheryl of Shenandoah, Iowa, Jerel McComb and his wife Gloria of Essex, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Nancy McComb of Shenandoah, Iowa; grandchildren, Jeremy McComb of Essex, Iowa, Tammy Brand and her husband Roger of New Virginia, Iowa, Brian McComb and his wife Regina of Aurora, Colorado, Melissa Whitcomb and her husband Dennis of Portland, Oregon, Tom McComb and his wife Karen of Portland, Oregon, Adam Lagerquist and his wife Jody of Hugo, Minnesota; step grandchildren, Bobbi Crowell of Essex, Iowa, Donelle Baldwin and her husband Cliff of Nodaway, Iowa, Machelle Stream and her husband Shawn of Norwalk, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends

Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa - Polsley Cemetery, Yorktown, Iowa

McComb, Sheryl Elaine Holms Bix

Graveside memorial services for Sheryl McComb, age 76, of Shenandoah, Iowa, who entered into peace Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska will be held 12:00 noon at Polsley Cemetery, rural Yorktown, Iowa with Reverend Jerry Lamb officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Polsley Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or to the American Lung Association. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Sheryl Elaine McComb was born February 1, 1937, in Clarinda, Iowa, to Wendell Holms and Ruth (Williams) Holms. She grew up in Clarinda and graduated from Clarinda High School in 1955 and from Barnes Beauty School, Omaha, Nebraska in 1956. Sheryl and Donald Bix were united in marriage in 1957. They were blessed with three daughters, Jody, Donelle and Machelle. Don passed away November, 1971. Sheryl and Charles "Dee" McComb were united in marriage August 8, 1976.

Sheryl was a beautician for over fifty years. She worked at Dorothy's Beauty Shop for many years and most recently at LaPetite Beauty Salon. Sheryl was a people person and enjoyed working with her clients and missed the fellowship when she retired. Sheryl enjoyed life and was a huge fan of stock car racing at Adams County Speedway and watching NASCAR. She also enjoyed going to the casino, gardening and playing cards. Her family was especially important to her and she loved to cook for them.

Preceding Sheryl in death were her parents and husband, Donald Bix.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Dee McComb of Shenandoah, Iowa; daughters, Jody Brown and husband Allan of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Donelle Baldwin and husband Cliff of Nodaway, Iowa and Machelle Stream and husband Shawn of Norwalk, Iowa; step children, Brian McComb and wife Reggie of Denver, Colorado, Adam McComb and wife Jody of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Tammy Brand and husband Roger of Ankeny, Iowa; grandchildren, Ian Brown and wife Amy of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Emily Brown and Nick Mettler of Ridgefield, Washington, Evan Baldwin of Nodaway, Iowa, Alexia Murillo and husband Joe of Indianola, Iowa, Ashton Stream of Norwalk, Iowa, Nicki Schira and husband Judd of Ankeny, Iowa, Kyle Brand of Des Moines, Iowa, Alec McComb of Denver, Colorado, Devon McComb, Krystle McComb, Kelsie McComb, all of Denver, Colorado, Alexis and Emma McComb of Minneapolis, Minnesota; great grandchildren, Cade Brown and Aubrey Murillo; sisters-in-law, Nancy McComb of Shenandoah, Iowa and Betty Jordan of Dallas, Oregon; brother-in-law, Jerel McComb and wife Gloria of Essex, Iowa; nieces; nephews and many friends


McCoy, Donnie Lee

Donnie Lee McCoy was born May 19, 1940 on a farm near Essex, Iowa, the 9th of 10 children of Harley and Pearl (Kimpton) McCoy. He passed away late Friday evening, April 5, 2013 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska after a six month battle with cancer at the age of 72 years, 10 months and 16 days.
Donnie was raised on a farm and his family later moved into Clarinda. As a teenager he worked for Anson Smiley as a hired man on the farm. He graduated from Clarinda High School in 1959. On April 23, 1960, Donnie was united in marriage to Rosalie Finlay. This union was blessed with four children, Tammy, Angie, Jim and Jeff.
He worked for Werts Locker in Clarinda for several years before he left to work for Farmaster in Shenandoah. In 1970 he purchased McGuire Locker in Northboro. He owned and operated McCoy Locker from 1970 until 2006. In addition to being a small business owner, he wore many hats. He was a past Coin Fire Chief, a Page County Deputy Reserves, president of the Iowa Meat Processors and treasurer of the IAMO Telephone Company. In 1997 he became the Page County Sanatorium, which he was still employed as up to his death. For many years while living in Northboro he was the mayor. During this time he led the town to get hard surfaced streets, a working ball field, a new town hall and he lit many fireworks at 4th of July celebrations among others. He was a member of the Northboro United Methodist Church and enjoyed fishing, camping, golfing and gardening. In the later years, he became quite the canner of his gardening crops.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul, Lowell, Roger and Frank; sisters, Dorothy Scott and Elsie Larson.
Survivors include his children, Tammy Braymen and her husband Glen of Shenandoah, Iowa, Angie Morris and her husband Scott of Fairfield, Iowa, Jim McCoy of Northboro, Iowa, Jeff McCoy of Coin, Iowa; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren with one on the way; brothers, Jerry, Robert and Glenn; along with many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa;


McElroy, Joyce Kathleen Mattes

Joyce Kathleen Mattes McElroy passed away on Wednesday evening at the Shenandoah Medical Center.

Joyce Kathleen (Mattes) McElroy, 84 was born September 23, 1928, on a farm southwest of Hamburg, Iowa and was the daughter of Alfred and Pearl (Cheney) Mattes. She entered into peace Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

Joyce attended schools in rural Farragut, graduating from Farragut High School in 1946. She was married to Robert Thomas McElroy on September 17, 1950. This union was blessed with one son, James Robert McElroy.

Joyce participated as a volunteer in many church, school, county and other worthwhile projects for a number of years. She enjoyed her 24 years as secretary/office manager for All-America Rose Selections. Her boss and AARS declared her work "exceptional". She was a life-long member of the Community of Christ Church in Shenandoah.

With many health concerns facing her, she developed a close relationship with God and felt led to write "On The Brighter Side", a spirit-lifting newspaper column, published first in the Evening Sentinel and later in the Valley News for nearly 19 years. Joyce organized and led the Shenandoah's area chapter for the American Diabetes Association for over 10 years. She served on the national ADA's board of directors and was vice-president of patient education. She was a 66-year survivor of Type One Diabetes (a rare feat indeed) and had been recognized several years ago with a special award from the American Diabetes Association.

Joyce had lived at Windsor Manor for the past 11 months. She thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship with the other residents and greatly appreciated all the loving care shown to her from the staff.

Her husband, son, parents and five siblings preceded her in death. Those left to cherish her memory include her sister-in-law Norma Mattes; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

As her parting gift, she willed her body to the Nebraska Medical Center for the purpose of training new doctors and for medical research

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa



McEntaffer, Lawrence James "Haunce"

Lawrence James:"Haunce" McEntaffer, 93, of Clarinda died peacefully at Goldenrod Manor on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

Lawrence was born in Clarinda, Iowa, on August 4, 1919, the first of two sons, to Mark Hann McEntaffer and Debra (Willits) McEntaffer. Haunce graduated from Clarinda High School and then from Southwest Iowa Community College. After serving for nearly three years with the United States Army in the South Pacific and Philippines, he married Blanche Edwards in Troy, Kansas on May 14, 1945 during a 45 day furlough. Upon discharge from the service, Haunce returned to Clarinda, Iowa where he and Blanche lived the remainder of their lives. Haunce, better known as "Shorty" to his friends and customers, worked as a delivery driver for Butternut Bread from the time of his Army discharge to his retirement.

Haunce was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the American Legion for 61 years and had been a member of the Nodaway Masonic Lodge #140 AF & AM. Haunce was an avid sports fan; especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and he enjoyed coaching Clarinda little league baseball. He bowled for many years and enjoyed going to the casino and the dog races. His family was very important to him and he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Haunce was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 53 years, Blanche McEntaffer; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Haunce is survived by his son James "Jim" McEntaffer and wife Elaine of Atlantic, Iowa; five grandchildren, Glenna Luin of Atlantic, Chuck Luin (Ali) of Olathe, Kansas, Ann Brownsberger (Scott) of North Liberty, Iowa, Jon McEntaffer (Jennifer) of Atlantic, Iowa and Mitch Strong of Mission, Kansas; eleven great grandchildren; brother Bill McEntaffer (Corkie) of Omaha, Nebraska; nieces; nephews and many friends


McQueen, Howard Burton

Howard Burton McQueen was welcomed home early Wednesday, June 19, 2013 as he was surrounded by loved ones at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 94.  Howard was born during the great flu epidemic on January 11, 1919 at the McQueen farm in Locust Grove Township, Fremont County.  His parents were Frank and Elsie (West) McQueen.

Growing up in Locust Grove surrounded by a large extended family, Howard attended Locust Grove Country School until the 8th grade when he then attended school at Northboro.  He rode his horse every day back and forth the 6.5 miles to Northboro during those two years.  He completed his high school education in Shenandoah graduating in 1937.  Driving his model A to and from Shenandoah while enrolled: he was able to pay for gasoline by taking others who contributed funds for expenses. 

Howard was united into marriage with Twyla Danielson in 1937 in Rockport, Missouri.   Howard worked as a farm hand for Ralph Pratt of rural Northboro until 1942 when he moved to the McQueen family farm to begin his own farming and dairy operation mainly due to the encouragement of his aunts, Ada and Maude McQueen plus a small loan.  Howard was a steward of the land and dairyman until 1976.  He then began employment at Farragut Community School where he worked as a bus driver and custodian.  He enjoyed his three years there being surrounded by the kids and faculty until his degenerating back and spinal issues forced his early retirement in 1979.  This change in life enabled he and Twyla to spend many winters in Arizona and Texas until Twyla's declining health and eventual passing in 2004 ended their adventures as snowbirds.

Howard married Marjorie Keys in 2005, allowing them to spend several happy years together on the farm in Locust Grove.  Howard is survived by his wife, Marjorie McQueen, Shenandoah, as well as his six children Joyce (Francis) Ward, Iowa City, JF (Barbara) McQueen, Farragut, Julia (Douglas) Kemper, Cameron, Missouri, Jeanette (Tom) Boehm, Silver City, Jeffery (Carrie) McQueen, Riverton, and Jada (David) Hallberg, Pocahontas.  His two step daughters Shirley (Kenny) Thrasher, Shenandoah, and Jennifer (Fred) Currier, Porrington, WY, in addition to 25 grandchildren and too many great grandchildren to count. He is also survived by sister in law, Mary Putnam, Shenandoah, Iowa and brother in law, Donald Broughton, San Antonio, Texas. 

Those who passed before Howard include his first wife, Twyla, his parents, Frank and Elsie McQueen, brother and sister in law, Richard and Caroline McQueen, Tempe, AZ, sister and brother in law, Beth and Wesley Christiansen, Northboro, special family members his aunts, Ada and Maude McQueen, and great grandson, Daniel Ward.

Howard was always quick with a smile, a happy greeting and took pleasure in a good joke.  He was a master of cribbage and enjoyed many other card games.  If he actually would have collected on all his "penny for a point" wins in cribbage he would have had a tidy sum.  He relished being the "Jolly Man in the Red Suit" for many years and delighted in listening to young ones tell of the Christmas lists  A devoted Kansas City Royals fan, he followed them on tv, radio and when possible in person. Camping and especially fishing not only allowed him to spend time outdoors but also have the company of others.   A father and grandfather his greatest pride and joy was his family.  He took satisfaction in preserving the family farm and passing on his knowledge of the McQueen family through stories to the younger generations.  His family will remember him for all of his quips of humorous statements that were his trademark which will be passed on to others - "Morning, Glory" upon rising in the morning: the typical telephone greeting of "you sure are looking good" and the admonishing of "go play in the road" if anyone happened to be bored of farm life.

It is in Howard's own words that we realize that those who loved him most "will feel better when it quits hurting" and on that you can surely "bet your boots

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Mealey, Sharon Carney

Sharon C. Mealey, 77, passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2013. A memorial service and a celebration of her life was held on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel of Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 804 Cherry Street, Macon GA 31201.

Mrs. Mealey was born in Clarinda, Iowa to the late Harry R. and Maxine M. Carney. She was a graduate of Iowa State (Bachelors) MATC (Nursing) and UW-Milwaukee (Masters). She was retired from the Medical Center of Central Georgia where she was a Director of Nursing as well as Information Technology. She was a member of the P.E.O. International.

The family would like to thank her close friends, Kathi Lake, Gayle Brown, Wendy Sheppard, for their care and support over the recent years as well as the staff at Zebulon Park Rehabilitation.

She is survived by her children: Jennifer J. Downard of West Allis, WI; Stephen R. (Sheryl) Mealey of Bloomington MN; grandchildren: Jessica (Michael) Swiderski, Paul Robert Mealey, Sarah Marie Mealey; brother, Alan (Sharon) Carney of Macon, MO; and her nieces, Michelle and Blair.

Memorial graveside service for Sharon will be held 12:00 p.m. Sunday, August 25, at the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society located at 804 Cherry Street in Macon, Georgia, 31201

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda is assisting with arrangements


Miller, Edward Dale

Edward Dale Miller was born in Clarinda, Iowa on January 19, 1925. He was the second of seven children born to Ross E. and Cassie F. Miller. He attended Olive Branch country school through eighth grade and graduated high school in 1942 from Clarinda Community Public School. He was a World War II veteran having served in Japan during the occupation. He married Geraldine "Gerry" Frist in June 1947. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service. In 1960 he was appointed rural route carrier for Route 3, which he continued until his retirement in the early 1980's. He was the father of four girls: Judy, Linda, Barbara and Shirley. He was an active member of the Trinity United Presbyterian Church where he sang in the choir, was a Sunday school teacher and served on the church board. He was active in community organizations, singing in a men's choir and quartet for many years. Along with his siblings he helped manage the family farm south of Clarinda after his parents' death. He and Gerry enjoyed camping and traveling. Together they spent 20 winter seasons in Yuma, Arizona, where they had a second home. Clarinda remained his home until he moved to Minneapolis, the Indianapolis to live with his youngest daughter, Shirley and her family. He died on Sunday, December 22, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Lawson and Leo; sister Elaine Stephan; wife Gerry; and daughter Judy Shoffit. He is survived by sisters Marilyn Ives, Norma Jean Hall and Joyce Warder; daughters Linda Amstutz, Barbara Akers and Shirley Roehl; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, December 30, 2013 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, with Rev. Leslie Traylor officiating. Interment was at Covenanter Cemetery, Clarinda.


Miller, Florence Mildred Darland

Florence Mildred (Darland) Miller was born on November 23, 1916 in Hastings, Iowa, the daughter of Don Leo and Florence May (Eacrett) Darland. Mildred entered into eternal peace on February 17, 2013 at her winter home in Mesa, AZ.
Mildred's early life was spent in the Hastings community where she graduated from high school with the Class of 1934. She later moved to San Fernando, California where she attended college and majored in Library Science. On April 14, 1940 she was united in marriage to Max Miller at the Farragut United Methodist Church. Following marriage, the couple resided on a farm near Norwich.
Mildred was a dedicated wife and mother. Mildred was a very social lady, and enjoyed many interests outside the home including belonging to the Shenandoah Hospital Auxiliary, PEO, Eastern Star, the Women's Society of Christian Service and the Norwich Social Hour. Mildred was a member of the Methodist Church in Norwich and later transferred her membership to the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. She also worked part time at Ladies Apparel in Shenandoah. Some of her interests included playing cards, quilting, baking, volunteering, reading and gardening. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Helen Richards, Carol Holmes and Ruth Chandler; two brothers, Warren Darland and Allan Darland; her husband Max; son, Jonathon Miller; and grandson, Zack Porter.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Ann Nelson and husband Harold Bruce of Bonner Springs, KS, Jane Gloede of Vinton, IA, Bill Miller of Shenandoah, IA and Mark Miller and wife Carolea of Lemars, IA; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Phyllis Ketcham of Shenandoah, IA; sisters-in-law, Kathryn Ketcham of Shenandoah, IA and Arline Darland of Dewitt, IA; other relatives and friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Miller, Richard Lee

Graveside memorial services for Richard Miller, age 53, of Clarinda, who entered into peace Monday, May 13 at his residence in Clarinda, were held 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 17 at Washington Cemetery, Gravity. Burial was in the Washington Cemetery, Gravity. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda.
Richard Lee Miller was born Oct. 22, 1959, in Corning to Edwin Miller and Esther (Ridnour) Miller. He grew up on a farm southwest of Sharpsburg. He attended school in Lenox and later obtained his GED.
Richard lived in Des Moines for many years working a variety of jobs as a handyman, returning to Clarinda about ten years ago and continued to be very helpful to friends and at his apartment complex. He enjoyed cleaning and collecting brass and restoring brass fixtures. Richard always had a smile on his face and had a willingness to help others. He was very knowledgeable about the Bible and the Lord.
Preceding Richard in death were his father; sister, Janice Peterson; brother, Darrell Miller.
Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Esther Miller of Bedford; sisters, Karolyn (Gary) Nelson of Creston, Joyce (Bruce) Majors and Karen Wiederholt of Bedford; step-mother, Marlene Miller of Fremont, Neb.; step-sister, Lori (Chad) Beemer of Elkhorn; step-brother, Brian (Tom) Ender of Fremont, Neb.; many nieces; nephews and many friends.
Richard will be greatly missed by all his loving family and friends. He will be forever in their hearts. May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn his passing


Milleson, Hope Armilda Radke

Funeral services for Hope Milleson, age 100, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Thursday, October 17, 2013, at Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Beckie Linn Gregory officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the funeral home prior to the service. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to First Christian Church or to Westridge Care & Rehab Center.

Almost one hundred and one years ago, at 708 East Stuart Street, Clarinda, Iowa, the first daughter of Ernest E. and Celesta Anna (Bartlett) Radke was born. Hope Armilda Radke would be joined by three sisters as years went by. Her sisters were: Alice Cade, Elizabeth Thompson and Ruth Tornholm. Alice and Ruth are deceased. Elizabeth lives near New Market, Iowa. The four girls were raised in Clarinda and all graduated from Clarinda High School. Hope graduated with the class of 1931.

Hope and John Sumner Milleson met and after several years of dating were married on January 25, 1933 in St. Joseph, Missouri. John worked for CB&Q Railroad for thirty seven years and Hope worked as a retail clerk at Spurgeons, Grahams and Clarinda Hardware for many years. Her final employment was for Tom Merrick at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home. She was eighty two years old when she retired.

Hope and John celebrated forty one years of marriage together. Hope lived at 622 North Ninth Street for over seventy years. She moved to Westridge Care & Rehab Center in 2005 following a fall in her home. John had died September 18, 1974. Although they had no children, they enjoyed their nieces and nephews. Their Pekinese dog, Lady, was a great companion to them.

Hope was an avid china painter. Many family homes have a piece of her talent. She was still actively working on family genealogy until shortly before her death and spent many hours reading and re-reading family information. In earlier years Hope and John were avid travelers, antique collectors and flower lovers. Hope celebrated her 100th birthday on December 27, 2012.

Hope passed away on October 17, 2013 at Westridge Care & Rehab Center where she had resided since 2005. Preceding Hope in death were her parents; husband, Johnny and her sisters, Alice and Ruth. Left to cherish her memory is her sister, Elizabeth Thompson of New Market, Iowa and many special nieces and nephews and friends


Millhone, Jim

Jim Millhone, a local attorney died in Omaha May 15. He had been associated with the A's program from its inception, except for a few years when in hes early career took him to other locations before returning to Clarinda to establish his law practice.
He was a member of the first high School tea when baseall was reinstated as a varsity sport in 1954 and won the Hawkeye 8 championship in its inaugural year and played with the A's until his college days were over, joining the team again when he came back to town. Folling his playin days, Millhone was a member of the A's board of directors, serving in many capaities, bein secretary until just two years ago.
He was inducted into the A's Hall of Fame in 1985 in recognition of his playing and support of not just the A's, but his involvement in many community and church activities


Mills, Erin Elizabeth Mortimore

Erin Elizabeth Mortimore Mills passed away November 3, 2013 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center in Clarinda, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the Riverton Cemetery.

Erin Elizabeth (Mortimore) Mills was born in Hamburg, IA on February 15, 1978 to Alan and Betty Mortimore. Erin passed away suddenly in the early morning of November 3, 2013 in Clarinda, IA.

Erin grew up in Shenandoah, IA. She attended Shenandoah High School. She later got her GED from Iowa Western Community College. She loved life and learning and was aspiring to be a veterinarian before her health started to decline. She had always loved animals and owned many cats, dogs, birds, ferrets, or any stray she could take in.

Erin had a very kind heart. Her nephew, Dustin Baker, was a major part of her life. She raised him for many years while he was young, and cared for him as if he were her own son. Erin stayed apart of his life as he grew up and started his own family. She also had two more sons, David Emilio Gomez and Randall Alan Howard who were also a huge part of her world. Family was something Erin cherished most and kept close to her throughout her life.
Erin's love knew no bounds, because she soon met Ryan Mills in Bedford, IA. They married on June 24, 2012 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Erin was preceded in death by her late brother David Baker, late sister Heather Nicole Mortimore, late Uncle Richard Andrews, and late grandparents Adolph and Sarah Mortimore.

Erin leaves behind husband Ryan Mills of Clarinda, IA, father and stepmother Alan and Kathleen Mortimore of Essex, IA, mother and stepfather Maurice and Betty Rogers of Shenandoah, IA, nephew and wife Dustin and Jasmin Baker of Shenandoah, IA, great nieces and nephew Isabella, Aubrey, and Luis Baker of Shenandoah, IA, sons David Emilio Gomez and Randall Alan Howard, sisters Megan, Kelly, and Holly Mortimore of Council Bluffs, IA, brothers Seth and Michael Mortimore of Essex, IA, sister Madeline Mortimore of Essex, IA, brother and sister-in-law Aaron and Becky Mortimore of Fremont, NE, nephews Dylan and Devin Davis of Clarinda IA, sister Darla Davis of Clarinda, IA, and a host of friends and other relatives

Hackett Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Morelock, Evelyn Marie Chapman

Evelyn Chapman Morelock passed away on September 1, 2013 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center in Clarinda, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed to the Northboro United Methodist Church or to the Shenandoah American Legion Auxiliary Post #88.

Evelyn Marie (Chapman) Morelock was born to Edd and Oralea Chapman on March 8, 1930. Evelyn had been in declining health for the past two years. She went to Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda last May and passed away September 1, 2013 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center.

Evelyn was the first of ten children. She graduated from Northboro High School in May of 1948. She played basketball and was in Glee Club. She attended Northboro Sunday school and church. She loved going to movies.

Evelyn married Dale Morelock on August 29, 1948 and they were married for 59 years. They moved to Conway, Iowa for six years; then moved to a farm in Northboro. Evelyn had two children David and Sandra. Evelyn and Dale owned and operated Morelock Feed Company. They were blessed to be able to travel with "Wayne Feed Company" to many places and countries.

Evelyn and Dale loved to dance. They square danced in their early life and then went on to ballroom dancing. She belonged to United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women of Northboro, W.W. Club, Visit Awhile Club, Pinnacle Club, and American Legion Post #88 Auxiliary.

Evelyn was always particular about her appearance and especially her nails. Her homemade noodles were a specialty that her family loved and looked forward to. Fried cabbage was also a special dish that she made. She was part of a large happy loving family that loved being together.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Dale, parents Edd and Oralea, and three month old sister Janice. Those left to cherish her memory are her son, David and wife Lena of Florida; daughter, Sandra of Coin; three grandchildren and five great-grandsons, Aaron Morelock and wife Michelle and their sons, Devin and Drew of rural Farragut, Alexis O'Hara and husband Tom and their son Patrick of Ohio, David Morelock and wife Ashley and their sons Cooper and Ethan of Yorktown; three brothers, Glen Dale (Bud) Chapman of Denver, CO, Donald Wayne (Don) Chapman and wife Beverly of Roseville, CA, James (Jim) Chapman and wife Loretta of Arvada, CO; five sisters, Elaine Ohnmacht and husband Bob of Essex, Jean Foxworthy of Omaha, Pat Farwell of Red Oak, Dianna Hall and husband Dean of Westboro, and Donna Yost of Henderson, NV; numerous nieces, nephews and friends


Murray, Naomi Ruth Kranning

Naomi Ruth (Kranning) Murray was born December 9, 1924 in Elnora, Indiana; a daughter to Edward Kranning and Hulda Rusher. She passed away Wednesday November 6, 2013 at the Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs.
Ruth married Wallace “Bud” Jasper Murray II on January 27, 1947 in Elnora, Indiana and to this union, four children were blessed: Wally, Gary, Debby and Denise.
Surviving Ruth are her children: Gary Murray of College Springs, Debby Murray of College Springs, Denise Herrera and husband Mario of Midwest City, Oklahoma; eleven grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; brother Paul Kranning of Sherman, Texas and sister Lucille Asdell of Odon, Indiana. Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, son Wallace Jasper Murray III and husband Bud.

Graveside service for Ruth Murray, 88 of College Springs, will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 8 at the Maple Hill Cemetery in College Springs. Visitation is schedule for one hour prior to the service ending at 1:30 to being the procession to the cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Ruth Murray Memorial Fund.

Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda is in charge of arrangements


Myers, Ila Sue "Susie" Long

Ila Sue "Susie" Long Myers, 82, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away at St. Luke's hospital on July 30, 2013, after a long illness.

Ila was born on June 2, 1931 in Coin, Iowa, the daughter of Russell and Myrtle (Stump) Long. Ila grew up in southwest Iowa. She attended Coin High School, graduating in 1949. Ila was united in marriage to Herbert Eugene "Gene" Myers at Bentonville, Arkansas on November 5, 1949. After their marriage they lived in Coin, Iowa. In 1957 Gene was transferred to Doon, Iowa, with the agronomy department of Iowa State University. They resided in Doon until Gene's retirement in 1991. They then moved to Rock Rapids, Iowa where Ila lived until she recently moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to reside with her daughter, Glenda.

Ila was a homemaker who dearly loved her family. During her life she also worked for Henry Field's Seed & Nursery and Otis Radio. She was a pioneer Interior Designer. She enjoyed refinishing and reupholstering furniture, making drapes, and decorating homes. She made floral arrangements and enjoyed counted cross stitch.

She is survived by her daughter, Glenda Schouten of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Lori Myers of Brandon, South Dakota; three grandchildren, Katy Schouten (Rick Mehmen) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Nathan (Kristina) Myers of Brandon, South Dakota, Tim (Summer) Myers of Baltic, South Dakota; four great-grandchildren, Dylan, Chantel and baby Myers of Brandon, South Dakota; and Sophia Myers of Baltic, South Dakota; three step-great-grandchildren, Nicole Fuson, Jacob Fuson, and Sabrina Thomas of Baltic, South Dakota; an aunt, Joyce Adams of Shenandoah, Iowa, brother-in-law, Robert E. Bain, Sr. of Rockwood, Tennessee; special friend, Bill Jones of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and her special granddog, Maggie, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Ila was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Myrtle; her husband, Herbert "Gene"; two sons, Glenn and an infant son; two sisters, Betta Lea Bain and Margaret "Joan" Myers, and a brother-in-law, Bernard Myers

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa