2013 Page County, Iowa obituaries
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Nelsen, Gerald Emery "Shorty"

Gerald Emery “Shorty” Nelsen was born August 19, 1919 to Thor and B. Marie (Nissen) Nelsen in the Jacksonville/Poplar, Iowa area. He married Shirley Nelson August 3, 1941 and they were blessed with three daughters: Connie, Sheryl and Jackie. He was a lifelong farmer in the Elk Horn-Shelby County, Iowa area with 47 years on the farm. After retiring from the farm, they lived in Elk Horn, Iowa for 23 years.
Gerald passed away January 23, 2013 at Clarinda, Iowa where he and Shirley had resided the last two years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thor and Marie Nelsen; brothers Earl and Lee Nelsen; sister Ruby Fiscus; and one nephew, Leland.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Shirley of Clarinda; daughters Connie (James) Jorgensen, Clarinda, Sheryl (Jerry) Myrtue, Maryville, MO, and Jackie (Dale) Marquart, Marysville, CA; eight grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda provided arrangements


Nelson, Wendell Robert

Funeral services for Wendell Nelson, age 90, of Villisca, Iowa, who entered into peace Friday, August 16, 2013 at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, Iowa, will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at United Methodist Church, Villisca, Iowa with Pastor Gordon Scott officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m., Monday, August 19 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial with military rites will be in the Bethesda Lutheran Church Cemetery, Bethesda, Iowa 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 20. Memorials may be given in Wendell's name and will be designated by the family.

Wendell Robert Nelson was born July 25, 1923, in Page County, Iowa to Erick Robert Nelson and Edna Viola (Wallin) Nelson. He grew up in the Hepburn/Bethesda area and attended the North Page Country School through the 8th grade and graduated from Villisca High School in 1941. Following graduation he engaged in farming. He served in the United States Navy Seabees division in Okinawa during World War II, 1944-1946. He was united in marriage to Alma Mae Johnson on July 29, 1950 in Clarinda, Iowa at the home of Earl and Genny Schenck. They were blessed with two children, Julie and Randy. Wendell and Alma were also blessed to have celebrated sixty three years of marriage.

Wendell was a life long farmer. In addition, he also worked at D & L Corporation, Red Oak, Iowa for twenty two years in various positions where ever he was needed. Wendell was a long time member of the V.F.W. and the United Methodist Church, Villisca. He was also a member of the American Legion Ker-A-Vor Post 251 for sixty eight years.

Wendell was an avid sports fan; he loved watching the St. Louis Cardinals, Creighton Basketball and Nebraska football. He bowled for many years and also enjoyed playing cards, horse racing and going to the casino. He loved his family and especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceding Wendell in death were his parents; brothers-in-law, Earl Schenck, Orvis Wagaman and Mervin Nelson; niece, Barbara Miller and great nephew, Kirk Nelson.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Alma Nelson of Villisca, Iowa; daughter, Julie Bangston and husband Bill of Wyanet, Illinois; son, Randy Nelson and wife Jona of Villisca, Iowa; grandchildren, Kristin Pereira and husband Cesar of Glendale Heights, Illinois, Eric Bangston of Wyanet, Illinois, Shane Ward and wife Kara of Kansas City, Missouri, Renae Sunquist and husband Steve of Emerson, Iowa, Melissa Dolph and husband C.J. of Villisca, Iowa; great grandchildren, Kaylie and Taylor Pereira, Hannah, Hayden, Clayton, Dylan, Sutton, Maddi and Payton; sisters, Genny Schenck of Clarinda, Iowa, Carolyn Wagaman of Omaha Nebraska, Nadine Nelson of Red Oak, Iowa; nieces; nephews; along with other relatives and many friends



Nielsen, Anna Belle Richardson

Anna Belle (Richardson) Nielsen was born on October 16, 1933 in Westboro, MO, the daughter of Ray and Iva (Smalley) Richardson. Anna entered into eternal peace on Friday, June 21, 2013 at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah she was 79 years old.

Anna was raised I the community of Shenandoah. It was here that she attended school, worked and raised her family. She worked doing commercial laundry and later for Henry Fields and also at Mount Arbor Nursery until declining health moved her into retirement.

On January 3, 1991 she was united in marriage to Robert Nielsen in Clarinda, Iowa. Anna attended the Church of the Nazarene when she was younger and was also a member of the Shenandoah Eagle's Club. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, playing BINGO at Garden View and on Sunday's at the Eagle's.

Her parents; brother Wayne Richardson; sons David and Daniel Good; and husbands George Good, William Mannasmith and Robert Nielsen preceded her in death.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters Janet Woodward, Cinda Carlson and Lori Pelster; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; other relatives and friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Nuckolls, Jackie Erickson

Jackie Nuckolls, the daughter of James Herbert and Ruth (Peebles) Erickson, was born December 13, 1932, in the Blanchard, Iowa area. She attended a one room country school, where she met her future husband, Huston, before graduating from Westboro High School, Westboro, Missouri, in 1950.

On April 13, 1952, Jackie was united in marriage to Huston Harold Nuckolls at the Westboro United Methodist Church. After Huston’s military discharge, they moved to Kansas City, Missouri, for a few years before moving back to Westboro where they made their home and farmed. Huston passed away June 20, 1990. Jackie passed away Friday, September 27, 2013 at Community Hospital-Fairfax, Fairfax, Missouri at the age of 80.

Jackie sold Avon for many years and enjoyed painting crafts, wooden decorations and saw blades. She was a member of the Westboro United Methodist Church and of the Westboro Merrill-Smith Legion Auxiliary.

Besides her parents and husband, Jackie was preceded in death by son, Huston H. “Duke” Nuckolls; two sisters, Barbara Wade and Francis Ballinger; and brother, Jim Erickson. Survivors include three daughters, Debbie Lynn Honan and husband, Phil, Elmo, Missouri, Teresa Zoe Hogue and husband, Mike, Westboro, and Melody Ann Barnett and husband, Jamie, Tarkio, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service:
10:30 A.M., Tuesday, October 1, 2013, Westboro United Methodist Church, Westboro, Missouri.
Interment: Center Grove Cemetery, Westboro.

Online obituaries and condolences at www.minterfuneralchapels.com
Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio


O'Connor, Maurice Griffin, III

Maurice Griffin O’Connor III was born at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, MO on June 3, 1947 to Maurice Griffin O’Connor and Ruby Elinor (Bickel) O’Connor. He entered into rest at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Villisca, IA on April 15, 2013. He was known to all by the name “Pat”. This name was given to him by a delivery nurse who thought he looked like a handsome Irish lad, and this name has stayed with him throughout his life.
Pat attended elementary school in Blockton, Iowa, Junior High at Conway Middle School, and High School in Bedford, Iowa. He graduated from Bedford in 1967. He loved to play football in high school, and even played one game with a broken leg. His senior year, he was awarded honorable mention All-Conference.
Pat served in the United States Army in Germany from 1967 to 1969. Following his discharge from the Army, Pat returned to the States and pursued a career training racehorses. His love for horses and rodeo took him all over the country, and allowed him to make many close friendships, which he cherished. Pat enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his great-nieces and nephews.
Pat is survived by his siblings, Maurine Jane & Gerald Larson of Grayling, Michigan; Norma Jean & Kelly Butler of New Market; James Edward & Selina O’Connor of Blockton, Iowa; several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law Michael H. Wilmes, and nephew Jason A. Wilmes.
Funeral services for Mr. Pat O'Connor, 65 of New Market, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, with interment at Memory Cemetery, New Market. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Memorials are suggested to the family



Oetken, Robert "Bob" Roy

Memorial services for Robert "Bob" Oetken, age 72, of Apache Junction, AZ, formerly of Clarinda, who entered into peace Wednesday, Jan. 30 at his home in Apache Junction, AZ were held 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda. Visitation with the family were 6-7 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Operation Blessing or Page County Animal Shelter. 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.
Robert Roy Oetken was born August 24, 1940 at the family home in Cook, Neb. to Roy Oetken and Leora (Ruhga) Oetken. He grew up in the Cook, Neb. area and graduated from Cook Community High School in 1958. On March 12, 1977 he was united in marriage to Kathy Ann Engstrand.
Bob worked for Andrew Trailer Sales for thirty two years flying planes and repairing trailers. In 1994, he opened Bob's Trailer Service in Clarinda. He retired in 2006 and moved to Apache Junction, Arizona.
Bob enjoyed going to Tortilla Flats to listen the Mark Lucas Band and other local bands. He especially enjoyed riding his motorcycle. Bob and Kathy enjoyed camping at the mountains, taking in the beautiful scenery and taking pictures. Bob enjoyed spending time with his puppies.
Preceding Bob in death were his father, Roy Oetken, mother and stepfather, Leora and Floyd Davis; parents-in-law, Martin and Sharlene Engstrand.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kathy Oetken of Apache Junction, AZ; son, William (Bill) Oetken and wife, Penny of Creston; daughter, Rebecca (Becky) Myers of Clarinda, daughter, Kendra Clark and husband Craig of Clarinda; seven grandchildren, Amanda Oetken, Morgan Oetken, Bailey Oetken, Jennifer Latham, Molly Myers, Cale Clark, Lexi Clark; two great grandchildren, Madilynn Moyer, Lillian Moyer; brother, Tom Oetken, Sr and wife Frances of Glenwood; sister Lynda Ferguson and husband Bob of Nebraska City, Neb.; nieces; nephews; and many friends.
Bob will be missed and loved always by all of his family and friends. He will be forever in their hearts. May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn his passing


Offenberger, Frances Newberg

Frances Offenberger, 82, passed away Feb. 13, 2013 at Shenandoah Medical Center in Shenandoah. Frances Alice Newberg was born on June 5, 1930 at the family home near College Springs, Iowa. Her parents were Frank Albert and Minnie Alice (Smith) Newberg. She graduated from Amity High School, College Springs, Iowa with the Class of 1949. Over the years she was employed at Squire's Ice Cream and was a sales clerk at McLellan's 5 and 10 Cent Store both in Shenandoah. She also worked in the kitchens at the Mental Health Institute in Clarinda and at Elm Heights in Shenandoah. She met William (Bill) Offenburger from Shenandoah and they were married on January 25, 1969 at St. Clare's Catholic Church in Clarinda. They lived in Clarinda working together at the Mental Health Institute. But their happiness was cut short when Bill got sick and died in 1970. They were blessed with a son, John William. After Bill's death she and John returned to Shenandoah to be closer to her and Bill's families. She enjoyed raising a garden, cooking, making many different crafts and helping her son with various jobs and activities.

Preceding Frances in death were her husband, Bill; parents, Frank and Minnie Newberg; brothers and sisters and their spouses, Mary and Carl Swim, Paul and Evelyn Newberg, Albert Newberg, Velma and Robert Patience, Agnes and Ernie Smith, Carl Newberg, Kenneth Ernest Newberg, Maxine and Arden Greishaber, Harvie Newberg, Sheldon Newberg; and brother-in-law, Loren Fischer. Her father and mother-in-law, Herman and Anna Offenburger and brothers and sister-in-law, Tom Offenburger and Dan and Mary Jean Offenburger and Robert Watson.

Survivors include her son, John of Shenandoah; brother, Arllie and Ruth Newberg of Buena Park, CA; sister, Delores Fischer of Shenandoah; sisters-in-law, Lois Knowlton of Temple City, CA and Peggy Burkhardt of Bellevue, NE; brothers and sister-in-laws, Beverly Watson of Johnston, IA, Quillie and Sue Polk of Omaha, NE, Chuck and Carla Offenburger of Jefferson, IA and Chris and Karl Werner of Cedar Rapids, IA; many cousins; other relatives and many friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Oline, Noral Robert

Norval Robert Oline was born March 16, 1937 in Yorktown, Iowa, the son of Kennard and Lavonne (Borden) Oline. He passed away on Monday morning, September 2, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital North in Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 76 years, 5 months and 17 days.
Norval grew up in the rural Page County and graduated from Shenandoah High School. Following high school he attended trade school and worked as a welder for Aliant Energy for many years. On March 5, 1961 he was united in marriage to Linda Louise Martin in Las Vegas, Nevada. This union was blessed with two children, Kory and Kody.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Linda in 2011; and a sister-in-law, Joy Jackson.
Survivors include his children, Kory Oline and his wife Angie of Kansas City, Missouri, Kody Green and her husband Lonnie, Jr. of Reunion, Florida; four grandchildren, Jakob and Jakson Green, and Jaeden and Tara Cordes; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Peggy and Dennis Otte of Clarinda, Iowa; a nephew, Darin Otte of Afganistan; a niece, Angie Wesselink and her husband Troy of Newton, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends

Graveside services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 at the Clarinda Cemetery at Clarinda. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery. There was no viewing or visitation. A memorial fund is being established in Norval’s name. Online remembrances or condolences can be left at www.kirschfuneral.com. The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah was in charge of arrangements




Olson, John Eldon

John Eldon Olson died peacefully on July 22, 2013 at Capitol Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee, Fla. Graveside service was in Albany, Ga., on July 27.
He was born in Shenandoah on April 27, 1927. His family moved to Clarinda in 1936. He graduated from Clarinda High School in 1945. He was in the Navy in WWII. He married Anne Curtis of Albany, Ga. They moved to Albany shortly after.
John worked for Georgia Electric for over 30 years. He was active in several service organizations in Albany. He was a faithful worshiper of our Lord always.
Survivors include a daughter, Nancy O. Hoffman (Rick) of Tallahassee, Fla., and a son, Steven C. Olson (Vicki) of Winston-Salem, N.C., two grandchildren, Jennifer Baltes (Jeff) and Andrew G. Hoffman, Ithica, N.Y.; two great-grandchildren, Caitlyn and Will Baltes; two sisters, Margaret Taylor, Clarinda, and Lavern Ranne, Naples, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vern and Ruth Lindquist Olson in Clarinda, and his wife, Anne in 2006


Otte, Doris Minnie Johnson

Doris Minnie Otte, 85, of Crystal Lake, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Woodstock, Illinois.
She was born on May 22, 1928, to LeRoy and Minnie Johnson, in Clarinda, Iowa.

Doris will be remembered as a loving and accomplished woman. She began working at the age of 12, at family-owned Cramer's Jewelry, where she remained from 1940-56. In 1947, Doris married Darrel P. Otte and they worked side-by-side to manage their farm in Clarinda. In 1947, she was crowned the 4H Queen of the state of Iowa.

From 1956-61, Doris was the director of volunteers at the Iowa Mental Health Hospital, before transitioning to the field of electronic typesetting with Clarinda Co., from 1961-67, followed by Black Dot, from 1967-93.

Doris' greatest passion was helping others, and she always made time to lend a helping hand to friends, family, and strangers. She was a creative soul who enjoyed china painting, jewelry making, sewing, and baking. Doris was always ready for her next adventure, and especially enjoyed traveling with her sister, Ruth.

Doris is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Darrel P. Otte; children, Curtis (Patricia) Otte, Marianne Otte; grandchildren, Rachel (David) Thompson, Courtney (Robbie) Bernard, Aaron (Catherine) Hoskins, Beau Hoskins, Cara Noverio and Nicholas (Amy) Noverio; son in law John Noverio; nephew, Tom Cramer; and great grandchildren Kalea, Marlee, Emily, Abigail, and Keegan.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth (Max) Cramer; nephew, Steve Cramer, and her parents.

Graveside memorial service will be held at 10:30am, Wednesday, June 26, at Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa.

Burial will be held in Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa


Otte, Esther Marie Nothwehr

Esther Marie (Nothwehr) Otte was born February 20, 1914 near Yorktown, Iowa to Henry and Amelia (Herzberg) Nothwehr. She attended St. Paul Lutheran Church and graduated St. Paul Lutheran School. She had three siblings: Clarence Nothwehr, Margaret Sunderman, and Anna Mejia.
Esther and Harold Otte were married November 22, 1934 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Yorktown, Iowa by Rev. G. Schaefer. The couple lived with Harold’s parents until their own house was completed in the mid-1930’s. Esther’s special interest was quilting. She was a member of the Immanuel LWML Quilting Group, the L.L.L., and the JHC Garden Club made up of neighbor ladies. Her special love was quilting. She quilted for her family and also for many other people.
Esther passed away Wednesday morning, July 3, 2013 at Prairie View Assisted Living, Creston, Iowa at the age of 99. She had lived in Creston for several years since Harold’s passing so she would be closer to her daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Tom.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, in June 1977, her parents; son Don Otte and his wife Bernice; granddaughter, Julie Braymen; and her siblings Clarence Nothwehr, Margaret Sunderman and her husband Emmett, and Anna Mejia and her husband Dick.
Esther is survived by two children: Eugene Otte and his wife Diane of Stockton, California, and Beverly Braymen and her husband Tom of Creston, Iowa; two grandchildren Lisa and Dave Carter of West Des Moines, IA and their two children Gabe and Jessica Carter, and Mike and Cathy Otte of Stockton, CA and their daughter Nicole Otte, Stockton; grandchildren by marriage Bambi, Danielle and Steve; also by marriage 5 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Leona Nothwehr, Clarinda, Iowa and brother in-law LaVern Otte and his wife Dorothy, Clarinda, Iowa.
Funeral services are 11 Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clarinda, with Rev. Justin Whitmore officiating. Interment at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Quilting Group c/o Immanuel LWML. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements


Overbey, Bill


Artist and long-time Advertising Manager of the Earl May Seed and Nursery Co.
Bill was born January 30, 1921 in Urich, Mo. to Will Noah (Red) and Grace (Langford) Overbey.
He received his education in central Missouri at Urich and graduated from high school at Appleton City High School in 1938. He then matriculated at the University of Missouri in Columbia. However, lack of funds caused him to leave after two years.
In 1940, he married Mary Louise Wallace of Holden, Mo. and they made their home in Warrensburg, where he was employed by Missouri Light and Power. In November, 1941, his oldest child, William (Sandy) was born. By 1942, the Overbeys had moved to Shenanadoah, Ia., where he was employed by the Nishna Valley Hatchery.
With World War II ongoing, he went to Omaha to enlist in the Marine Corp, however, since he had had some ROTC training in college, he was instead inducted into the Army and sent to Fort Sill, Okla. After Officers Training School he was assigned to an Artillery unit which was sent to the Pacific Theater, helping to liberate the Philippine Islands and Korea.
Following the war, the Overbeys returned to Shenandoah, where he eventually went to work at Earl May, where he remained employed until retirement except for a brief hiatus working in Puerto Rico.
Unfortunately, he lost Mrs. Overbey to an intestinal disease in 1978.
Following retirement he found more time to pursue special interests, especially Art, reading, and theater. He was a charter member of the Southwest Iowa Theater Group and enjoyed both performing and working behind the scenes.
A life-long avid reader, he especially enjoyed volunteering at the Shenandoah Public Library, and was honored with membership in the Iowa Volunteers Hall of Fame.
Another particular pleasure after retirement was working as a puppeteer for the Area Education Agency. In that capacity, he and a partner traveled throughout Southwest Iowa giving demonstrations on topics such as misuse of alcohol and domestic abuse in elementary schools.
However, his life-long love of Art was always his primary focus. He enjoyed all types of Art: cartooning, painting in oils and watercolor, and calligraphy, which he taught through Iowa Western Community College. He worked on art until he was physically unable to do so.
Mr. Overbey was preceded in passing by his parents, two sisters, Martha Merriman of Coronado, Ca., and Patricia Gilbert of Boulder, Co. and a granddaughter, Marisol Overbey of Kansas City. He is survived by his two sons, Sandy of Reston, Va., and Michael of Shenandoah, as well as three grandchildren, Christian Overbey of Denver, Michael Dean of Shenandoah, and Michelle of Dayton, Oh., and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for later

Hackett Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Parman, Harold

Harold Parman, 64, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Memorials are being directed to the family. Cremation will take place following the service Saturday and burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah at a later date.

Survivors include his two children, Tracey Anderson and Tim Parman; other relatives and many friends. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Parnham, Charlene Coates

Charlene Coates Parnham, 88, of Gravette, Ark. died Friday, Feb. 1 at Highlands Health and Rehab in Bella Vista. She was born on Sept. 9, 1924 in College Springs the 4th daughter of Charles and Della Coates.
She graduated in 1942 from Elmo High School in Elmo, Missouri. She attended Business College in St. Joseph, Missouri. She married Richard Parnham on Feb. 5, 1945. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Gravette and the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and her husband.
She is survived by one daughter, Sandra Kelley and husband Robert Kelley; two grandchildren, Michael Kelley of Orlando, Florida and Kathleen (Kent) Baker of Bentonville and two great granddaughters, Kentley and Kelsey.
Visitation were held on Monday, Feb. 4, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd. A Funeral Service were at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the First Christian Church in Gravette. Burial was at the Georgia Flats Cemetery in Gravette.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund. On line condolence may be made at www.funeralmation.com


Patience, Russell Douglas

Russell Douglas Patience was born September 30, 1927 to George Wesley and Cora Ester (Wood) Patience in Imogene, Iowa. He passed away December 14, 2013 at the age of 86.
He grew up in several Southwest Iowa communities and graduated from Coin High School in 1947. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1947. He was united in marriage to Patricia Mae Spies on December 9, 1948 in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Russell was a delivery man for Roberts Dairy Company from 1952 to 1991 and a custodian for Hartman Elementary School from 1991 to 2001. He always enjoyed puttering, socializing, and keeping a small garden. He was a member of the Community of Christ Church (RLDS) and Union Teamster in Omaha, NE. Family was very important and he loved visiting family. He was also a dear friend to many people.
He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Patience in 1993, parents George and Cora Patience, and several siblings. He is survived by his son Terry Patience and wife Cindy of Independence, MO, daughter Penny Udey and husband Mark of Stromburg, NE, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Patterson, David Renwick

David Renwick Patterson, 76, of Clarinda passed away at the VITAS Hospice Unit in Kansas City, Missouri on January 30, 2013.
David was born in Eskridge, Kansas on December 22, 1936, to James Renwick Patterson and Corinne (Kerr) Patterson. David attended grade school in Los Angeles, California and junior and senior high school in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Literature, Religious Education, and Philosophy. In 1962, he graduated from the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. On April 17, 1959, David married Patricia Jean Willson.
David was a lifelong member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America ("RPCNA"). He pastored congregations in Clay Center (Hebron), KS; Winchester, KS; and Clarinda, IA. He did supply preaching in Olathe, KS as well as in the Braddyville Christian Church in Braddyville, Iowa. For 14 years he operated the Patterson Press printing various publications associated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church including the Covenanter Witness, Christian Statesman, Blue Banner Faith and Life, Christian Patriot, and Minutes of Synod.
David has lived in Clarinda since 1973. In addition to being a pastor and operating the Patterson Press, he later farmed in the College Springs area and was manager and part owner of the Red Oak Printing Company in Red Oak, Iowa. He worked for a time at the Clarinda Company as well as Lisle Corporation. Later he drove a truck for Werner Enterprises in Omaha, NE and Carpenter Transport in Clarinda. He enjoyed KU basketball and his work on the complete restoration of a 1923 Maxwell coupe.
David was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Jeannie and Marilyn. He is survived by his three children, Ron and wife, Mary Lou, of Merriam, KS; Ken of Fairfax, VA; and Debbie Gum and husband, J.C., of Omaha, NE; seven grandchildren; brother, Paul and wife, Shirley, of East Palestine, OH; sister, Sheryl Biddle of East Palestine, OH; nieces; nephews and many friends.
Memorials can be directed to the Clarinda Reformed Presbyterian Church.


Perry, Garlen Eugene

Garlen Eugene Perry, son of Donald Wilbur and Wyona Mae (Mather) Perry, was born on December 11, 1944 at Hand Hospital in Shenandoah, Iowa. He entered into eternal rest on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 68.
Growing up, Garlen lived on the Woodbury Farm with his parents, two brothers and sister until the age of seven. At that time they moved to the Walt Nixon farm two miles east of Farragut, Iowa. At the age of 13, the family moved to Shenandoah where he finished school, graduating with the Shenandoah High School Class of 1962. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Army National Guard and was stationed in California at Fort Ord.
A few years after his discharge from the National Guard he married Kay Anderson and to that union Angela Dionne Perry was born on June 14, 1970. On November 2, 1982 he married Marlene (Burdick) Bair at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah.
Garlen and Marlene sold used furniture for several years and were also U-Haul dealers. Before that, he sold cars in Omaha and in Rock Port, Missouri. Garlen tore down the Tall Corn Motel building and he also did metal salvaging for a few years. Struggling with medical problems, he never let them get the better of him. Throughout it all, he always kept going. His wonderful sense of humor will always be remembered.
Among his favorite past times were: fishing, mowing the lawn, walking his Husky dog, Sadie, visiting with family and friends, watching cowboy westerns on TV, singing in a religious quartet for several years and singing with the Plainsmen group for a short time.
Preceding him in death were his parents and 15 year old grandson, Zak Porter. Survivors include his loving wife, Marlene Perry of Shenandoah; daughter, Angie Perry of Shenandoah; step-daughter, Teresa Bair of Shenandoah; two brothers, Richard and Ronald Perry, both of Shenandoah; sister, Lola Mae Carlsen and sister-in-law, Carleen Perry, both of Shenandoah; two step-sons, Charles Bair and wife Jody of Greensburg, PA and Gary Bair of Shenandoah; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Peterman, Arnold "Ray"

Arnold Ray Peterman was born January 19, 1924 at New Market, Iowa to Merrel and Edna (Thompson) Peterman.
Ray attended Lindsey Country School and graduated New Market High School. He served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946. After his discharge from the Navy he met and married Winona Faye MClarnon April 29, 1949 at the Clarinda Methodist Church. They were married just six months short of their 65th anniversary.
Ray was a carpenter for Hilton Grimes Carpentry for a few years. One project they worked on was building the Clarinda Drive-In. In 1951 the family moved from Shambaugh to Sharpsburg and farmed there for 25 years. In 1973 they moved to their farm west of Bedford and farmed there for 9 years.
He was in the Color Guard for the Taylor County Sheriff's Posse during most of the 60's. The Posse performed drills at fairs and rodeos and were called on for search parties using their horses to cover more territory. He always had horses, ponies and mules. Ray and Paul Oxley had the Little Britches Rodeo with mules. He was in many parades with his draft horses. He also had a display at Living History Farms in Des Moines. In 1982 Ray and his wife moved to Bedford. He took the Taylor County Weed Commissioner position for 8 years and retired from the County. Even though retired he wanted to help with the farming operations keeping his hands working.
Ray passed away Saturday morning, October 26, 2013 at Bedford Nursing & Rehab, Bedford, Iowa at the age of 89.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Pearl Pershin, Dale Peterman, Floyd Peterman, Kenneth Peterman, Dennis Peterman, and Verla Easter.
He is survived by his wife, Winona of Bedford; children Ron Peterman and wife Mary of Shambaugh, Iowa, Randy Peterman and wife Kitty of Gravity, Iowa, and Kenny Peterman and fiance Sarah of Bedford; grandchildren Tanya Strong and husband Josh, Matt Peterman and wife Kylee, Tanner Peterman and wife Melissa, all of Bedford, Iowa, Natasha Peterman and friend Kevin of Clarinda, Iowa, Morgan Peterman and friend Seth, Jake Peterman and Zach Peterman, all of Shambaugh, Iowa; great grandchildren Kole Thompson, Cal, Elle and Crewe Peterman, Kloey Saylor and Hannah Worl; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services will be 10:30 Monday, October 28, 2013 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Bedford, with Pastor Tim Maxa officiating. Military honors will be provided by American Legion John F Hardin Post 164 Bedford. Family visitation will be 4-6 pm Sunday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Camp Sunnyside


Peterson, Charles John "Chuck"

Dr. Charles John (Chuck) Peterson, son of George Grover and Ethel June (Almquist) Peterson, was born on August 25, 1944 at Red Oak, Iowa. He peacefully entered into the arms of his Lord on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 68.

Growing up in southwest Iowa, Chuck first lived on a farm near Stanton before moving to another farm near Bethesda at the age of four. In 1957, the family moved to another farm near Morton Mills. During this time, Chuck attended Page County country schools. He graduated from Villisca High School with the Class of 1962.

After high school graduation he attended North Park College in Chicago before returning to farm with his father on the family farm. During this time he also attended school at the Clarinda Community College. In October of 1964 he met Diane Miers and was engaged to be married. In July of 1965 he became ill and was rendered medical care for over a year. Chuck was united in marriage to Diane Miers on October 22, 1966 in Clarinda, Iowa. Due to the help of chiropractic care he left farming and entered Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa. He graduated in October of 1970 and began his practice in Shenandoah, Iowa on November 1, 1970. He practiced for over 42 years until his health prevented him from working in September 2012.

Of great importance to Chuck was his faith, he was a very active member of Fellowship of Faith Christian Center where he taught and volunteered. He was also a member of the Gideons International and Full Gospel Business Men having served as Area Director. He was also involved in the organizations of the National Rifle Association and Pheasants Forever.

For fun, Chuck enjoyed hunting, collecting and shooting guns, snowmobiling, snow skiing, water skiing, flying airplanes, motorcycling and raising hunting dogs. However, his greatest passion was sharing his Lord with others.

Preceding Chuck in death were his parents; brother, Duane Peterson; sister-in-law, Nina Peterson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Hazel Miers.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Diane of Shenandoah; three daughters, Cara Pinti and husband Steve of Bridgeport, WV, Caydee Bell and husband Jason of Sanford, NC and Cayla Peterson of Colorado Springs, CO; six grandchildren, Katelyn, Annamarie and Sophia Pinti and Nicholas, Samuel and Olivia Bell; brother, Verle and Jan Peterson; sister, Genevieve and Ray Duell; and other relatives and many friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Plucker, Ronald Ernest

Ronald Ernest Plucker was born July 25, 1940 in Chancellor, South Dakota, the son of Ernest William and Josephine Doris (Ridgeway) Plucker. He passed away on Tuesday morning, Feb. 12 at his home in Coin at the age of 72 years, 6 months and 18 days.
He grew up and attended school in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Following high school he served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 until 1960. On Feb. 10, 1979, he was united in marriage to Betty Ann Brown in Topoc, AZ.
The couple lived in Arizona and California before moving to Iowa. Ron worked in construction and as a heavy equipment mechanic for many years. After moving to Coin, he worked as shop foreman at Mt. Arbor Nurseries, worked for Turnbull Sandblasting and drove a hot shot truck for Keene Thummmel Trucking for ten years. He was a life member of the V.F.W. He loved to be outside, whether it was hunting, camping or taking care of his yard, Ron loved the outdoors. When Ron was young he liked to rodeo. He rode the broncs and bulls. He enjoyed his many friends and family members, not to forget his dog Buddy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Matthew Walker; son-in-law, Clarence Walker; and a nephew, Cullen Plucker.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Plucker of Coin; his children, Rhonda Wilkinson and her husband Tim of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Rochelle Rock and her fiancé Kip Schmidt of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jeana Walker of Shambaugh, Michael Brown of Wilcox, MO; six grandchildren, Nikole Walker, Wade Wilkerson, Jenna Wilkerson, Gage Smith, Marci Smith, Ashley Brown; one great grandson, Jakob Brown; two sisters, Joanne Redenius and her husband Ralph of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Nancy Gibbons of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; a brother, Larry Plucker and his wife Rita of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Celebration of life services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18 at the Assembly of God Church in Shenandoah with Pastor Dan Ver Woert officiating. There will be a private family inurnment held at a later date. Visitation with the family present was held Monday morning from 10 a.m. until service time. A memorial fund is being established in Ron's name. Online remembrances or condolences can be left at www.kirschfuneral.com. The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah is in charge of arrangements


Porter, Troy Duane

Troy Duane Porter, 52, of North Kansas City, Mo., passed away on Thursday, Nov. 21, at his home.
Troy was born on Feb. 15, 1961, in Clarinda. His parents are Don L. and Joyce (Brown) Porter. Troy and his family lived in Clarinda, as a child, and then in the Maryville area from 1973-80. He was of the Presbyterian faith.
Troy was a 1980 graduate of the Maryville R-II High School. He then spent 20 years in the US Army, retiring in 2000, as a Sargeant First Class. He had lived in Colorado before moving to the Kansas City area 12 years ago.
Survivors include his 4 children, Ryan Michael (Marci) Porter, Amanda Rose (Wesley) Helms, Corey (Jillian) Porter, all of North Carolina, and Brittany Porter; his granddaughter, Desiree, both of North Kansas City; his brother, Tracy (Julie) Porter, Kansas City, Mo., and his parents, Don and Joyce Porter, of Olathe, Kan.; numerous aunts, uncles and nieces.
Cremation has been completed under the direction of the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, Mo.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, the minister was Rev. Dale Stewart.
Inurnment with full Military Rites was in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, immediately following the memorial service.
The family received friends for one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials can be directed to the funeral home to help with final expenses.
For online condolences and guestbook, visit www.bramfuneralhome.com


Poston, Eloise Park Hendrix

Funeral services for Eloise Poston, age 91, of Overland Park Kansas, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Monday, December 2, 2013 at Rose Estates, Overland Park, Kansas, will be held 4:30 p.m., Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 12:30 p.m. ~ 2:00 p.m. at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Corydon Cemetery, Corydon, Iowa, 11:00… a.m., Friday December 6. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church or to the Clarinda Lied Library Foundation.

Eloise Park Hendrix Poston, a devout Christian woman, went to be with her Savior Lord Jesus on Monday, December 2, 2013.

Eloise was born November 5, 1922 in Idabel, Oklahoma, the daughter of Joseph Guy Hendrix and Polly Esther (Park) Hendrix. Eloise died in Overland Park, Kansas. She was the second of four sisters, including her twin sister Louise. She was baptized and grew up in Idabel, graduating from Idabel High School in 1940. In 1944 she graduated from Oklahoma College for Women (OCW) with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. In 1966 she graduated from the University of Iowa with a master’s degree in Library Science.

While at OCW, Eloise met the dashing Army airman that would win her heart. Eloise was married to William Eugene Poston on November 25, 1945, in Idabel, Oklahoma. They were blessed with two children, William Eugene, Jr., and Mary Louise. The couple moved frequently in the early years of their marriage, living in the states of Washington, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Iowa. In Iowa they lived in Iowa City, Corydon, and Greenfield before moving to Clarinda in 1966.

In addition to being a devoted wife and loving Mother, Eloise was often employed in her younger years as a business accounting clerk. In Greenfield she began her career as a librarian, first in the public library then as the Greenfield High School librarian. She was the Clarinda High School librarian from 1966 to her retirement in the mid 1980s. From 1966 to 2007, Eloise lovingly and capably cared for Bill, her husband, as he lived with his multiple sclerosis.

A life-long member of the Methodist Church, Eloise enjoyed being active in church and community activities. She was a member of PEO for over 60 years, serving in several leadership positions. Other activities included regular Bible study and church service groups, the Garden Club, and a founding member of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society. She loved to play bridge and cribbage, belonging to two bridge clubs, and even was the Clarinda champion cribbage player for one year. One of her lesser known attributes is she was a stamp collector. Eloise enjoyed traveling, both to see family in Oklahoma and across the nation, and with community outings to area sites. She engaged herself in her hometown, and right up to her death she kept herself informed about the people and events in her community. Each year she remembered hundreds of family and friends with a birthday card.

Left to cherish Eloise’s memory are son William Eugene Poston, Jr. and wife Colleen of Madison, WI; daughter Mary Louise Benson and husband Byron of Overland Park, KS; seven grandchildren: Dr. Stephanie Page and husband Evan of Overland Park, KS; Melanie Benson of Raleigh, NC; Capt. Bryce Benson and wife Heather of Travis AFB, CA; Lauren Benson of Overland Park, KS; Kevin Poston and wife Jennifer of Lannon, WI; Tanya Kraege and husband Chuck of Madison, WI; Michael Poston and wife Maria Rusert of Atlanta, GA; great grandchildren: Joshua, Jonah, Conner, Tyler, and Elliana (Ella) Poston; Ahzhaylia Lofdahl; Alexis Eloise, Ryan, and Kylie Page; Madelyn and Isaac Benson; sister Mary Nash and husband Capt. Norman of Alexandria, VA; sister Emilie Fulton of Sugar Land, TX; brother-in-law T.C. (Dode) Poston and wife Marjean of Corydon, Iowa.

Preceding Eloise in death were her husband, parents, and twin sister Louise Mott


Powell, Karen Elaine Stogdill

Karen Elaine Stogdill Powell passed away at her home on Wednesday morning. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Karen Elaine (Stogdill) Powell was born on November 22, 1945 in Thurman, Iowa, the daughter of Darrel and Eula (Baucom) Stogdill. Karen entered into eternal peace on Wednesday morning, September 18, 2013 at her home in Shenandoah following a brave battle with cancer.

Karen's early years were spent in Thurman and Imogene. In August of 1964 she was united in marriage to Donald Powell. This union was blessed with the birth of four sons Louis, Bradley, Brent and Donald.

During her working years, Karen was employed by Henry Fields, Mount Arbor, Blue Star, Good Samaritan Nursing Home and Vogel's Popcorn. She attended church at the Assembly of God and the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. She enjoyed watching her soap operas, putting together puzzles and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 11 brothers and 2 sisters. Those left to cherish her memory include her sons Louis, Bradley, Brent and Donald; sister Leona Chaney; brothers Alan Stogdill, Dale Stogdill and Jack Stogdill; 21 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends

Hackett Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Pratt, Velma Lorene Lowe

Velma Lorene Pratt was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado on May 16, 1923 to the late Arthur Myron and Thelma Arnetta (Nielsen) Lowe. She passed away on Sunday morning, January 13, 2013 at Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 89 years, 7 months and 28 days.
They homesteaded South of Stratton, Colorado where she grew up as a rancher's daughter. She herded cattle and helped on the ranch while attending country school and graduating Salutatorian of her class in 1940. After graduating she attended Barnes Business School in Denver while working as a Nanny for a family there. Upon graduation from that school she worked for an attorney in Denver. Velma loved to go roller skating with her friends and that is how she met Chester Glen Pratt whom she married October 8, 1944. They lived on a small farm Southeast of New Market, Iowa where her son, Gerald Allen Pratt, was born in Clarinda, Iowa on September 4, 1945 and later gave birth to Clara Jodelle Pratt on September 9, 1948. A little less than a year later they moved to Colorado where Leila Jean Pratt was born on August 20, 1950. The family later lived in Omaha, Nebraska and Waukegan, Illinois where Chester worked for Johnson Outboard Marine and a stock handler and Velma baby sat.
Velma loved children and reveled in the rearing of her three children, in addition to babysitting dozens more children, many of whom she had a great impact on their lives. She more than baby sat children she was a born teacher. At most times you could find her with several children around her kitchen table helping children to do homework. She would interest them in making crafts, listening to stories and learning about nature, which was another of Velma's passion. She gave freely, never expecting anything in return.
Velma and Chester retired to live in a small farm house South of New Market, Iowa where they raised a bountiful garden each year. Velma loved to be outside working in the garden, tending her flower bed and her different animal friends - cats mostly. At one time she was known as the cat lady because she always had a baby kitten for a child that was looking for one and they were so tame because she spoiled them so well. Velma participated in the WWCC (Women Who Care Club), a local card club, The Valley Sunshine Club and, with Chester, the New Market Civic Club. She was in the 4th of July Parade with the WWCC each year and enjoyed her friends there very much. She and Chester were members of the Siam Church of Christ, which they each attended until their health failed. Velma always loved to serve at church function dinners and never said no to a request for help from anyone. She would always take food to the sick and bereaved of the community.
Velma moved to New Market Housing after the doctors determined that Chester needed to be placed in a nursing facility and the farm house became too much for her to tend. Soon after her 88th birthday her health failed and, by doctor's order, she was moved to Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda where she passed away.
She will be remembered for her unending, unselfish love of her family and friends. She was a self-taught genius in her own right and knew the true meaning of unconditional love. She will be sorely missed by everyone who had their lives touched by her kindness.
Velma was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Thelma Lowe, her brother Alvin Lowe and one of her twin sister's Velva Pickard. Velma is survived by her Son and his wife, Gerald and Dorothy Pratt of Waukegan, Illinois; her Daughter, Clara Jodelle Pratt of New Market, Iowa and her Daughter and her husband, Leila and Michael Maresso of Winter Springs, Florida; 7 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great-Great Grandchild and innumerable children who will always remember her as Grandma; along with many other relatives and friends


Price, Desmond "Des"

Desmond Price, age 79, died Monday, May 6, 2013 at Omaha Methodist Hospital after a brief hospitalization. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 10, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosby Colonial Chapel in Omaha, Nebraska with Chaplain Tony Salamone officiating. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Memory Cemetery, near New Market, Iowa. Crosby Burket Swanson Funeral Home of Omaha is in charge of arrangements. Desmond Price was born to Herbert and Doris (Jenkins) Price in Cardiff, Wales. He graduated in Cardiff and served in the Royal Air Force of Great Britain. Des came to the United States in 1955 and joined his sister Jean in Omaha, Nebraska. Des worked at Mutual of Omaha from 1956 until his retirement in 1987. His final position there was as an events coordinator. Des took great pride in his work.
Des married Jane Laws of Omaha and this union was blessed with daughter Pamela in 1964. Des married Connie Ellison of Clarinda, Iowa, in 1974. Additional blessings for Des and Connie include grandson Andrew Roach of Omaha, Nebraska, granddaughter Sarah (Mike) Peschong, and great grandson Jace, Firth, Nebraska. Des dearly loved them all.
Des had a great interest in World War II history and memorabilia. He shared many amazing stories of his experience as a child during the war and was very proud of his heritage. Des was a hunting and gun enthusiast and was extremely knowledgeable about firearms and general world history. Des enjoyed his home and his yard. He had a great sense of humor and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Des is preceded in death by his parents, sister Jean Hampe and brother-in-law Jim, sister Nita Markevics, and brother-in-law David Andrews, all of Cardiff Wales, father and mother-in-law Harold and Marcella Ellison, of Clarinda, Iowa, and niece Julie Fallon.
Survivors include wife Connie Price, daughter Pamela Price, grandchildren Andrew Roach and Sarah (Mike) Peschong, great grandson Jace Peschong. Sister Dilys Andrews and brother-in-law Jan Markevics of Cardiff, Wales, sister-in-laws Janice (Ed) Fallon, Omaha and Marcia (Phil) Franchett of Shawnee, Kansas, and brother-in-law Lyle (Jeannie) Ellison of Clarinda, Iowa. Nieces and nephews surviving are Deborah (Piers) Ockenden and family, Simon (Anne Marie) Andrews and family, Gary (Kathy) Mackevics and family, Janet Mackevics and Paul (Alison) Hampe, all of Great Britian, Edd Fallon and family, Craig, Colorado, Michaelle (Kinser) Lancaster and family, Woodbridge, Virginia, Danielle Kinser and son, San Diego, California, Richard Kinser and family, Overland Park, Kansas, Stephen Kinser, Overland Park, Kansas, Megan Kinser, Shawnee, Kansas, Heath Ellison, Des Moines, Iowa, Heidi Fuccio and family, Omaha, Nebraska, Stacy Ellison and family, Oakland, Iowa.Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or a charity of choice


Price, Mary Lucille Vandevender

Memorial services for Mary Price, age 103, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Private burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Nodaway Valley Historical Society. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries.

Mary Lucille Vandevender Price was born at the Powers Hospital in Clarinda, Iowa, on March 4, 1910. She was the daughter of Lewis and Eva Glassgow Vandevender and grew up on the family farm attending the Vandevender School through 8th grade. After graduating from Clarinda High School in 1926 she attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri for two years and then transferred to Iowa State University where she graduated in 1930 with a degree in Home Economics.

On July 18, 1931 Mary Van married Russell Ruby Price of Winterset, Iowa; in her mother's flower garden on the family farm. For the next five years the Prices lived in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where Russ taught in the high school. They then moved in 1935 to Valley Township to engage in farming with Mary's father. To this union two children were born: Nancy Ellen on April 25, 1936 and Lewis Vandevender "Van" on January 17, 1939.

From childhood Mary loved riding horses and always had cats and dogs as pets. These were often her playmates as she was an only child. She also became an avid bird watcher and enjoyed raising large vegetable gardens.

Mary was proud of her pioneer ancestors. Her grandfather, Phillip Vandevender, established the Valley Township Farm in 1854. Her grandmother, Nancy Harris Vandevender, came to the Hepburn area from Indiana with her family in a covered wagon in 1856. Mary's maternal grandparents, Glassgows, settled in Hawleyville, Iowa as the area was first being settled in the 1850's.

Mary participated in numerous organization and their activities. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Carinda, a 76 year member of Chapter AE of PEO, a member of Eastern Star Chapter 214 since 1928, and a member of the Delta, Delta, Delta Sorority since college days.

A peaceful passing from life came to Mary on March 20, 2013, at the Goldenrod Care Center in Clarinda where she had resided for the past ten years. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, and a great granddaughter. Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Stevens and husband Marcus of Ashland, Montana; daughter-in-law, Janet Price of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren, William Stevens of Ashland, Montana, Mary Suzanne Notti of Otter, Montana, Cynthia Gratwohl of Laurel, Montana, Todd Price of Glenview, Illinois and David Price of Clarinda, Iowa; and ten great grandchildren


Pullen, Max E., Sr

Funeral services for Max E. Pullen Sr, 88 of Clarinda, will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with interment at Memory Cemetery, New Market.. Visitation with the family will be 5-7 pm Friday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to a family choice fund to be established. Casual dress is encouraged. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, is in charge of arrangements.

Max is survived by his son Max E Pullen Jr and wife Ann of Corning; sister Evelyn Graham of Clarinda; grandchildren Allan Searl, Sheila Wilcoxson, Corey Pullen, Jodie Bennett, Roy Pullen, Frank Pullen, Rachael Defriese, Ryan Pullen, Brittney Kasha, Courtney Pullen; step grandchildren Nick Zortman, Ryan Zortman, and Rebecca Zortman; 18 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by parents, Roy and Vera (Maley) Pullen; wife Dorothy New Pullen; son Kenneth; and sister Bernice Ely