2013 Page County, Iowa obituaries
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Tompkins, Opal Dorine Means

Opal Dorine Tompkins, 97, Maryville, Missouri, died Friday, September 27, 2013, at Parkdale Manor Care Center, Maryville.

Opal was born April 16, 1916, in Corning, Iowa to Harrison Henry and Rosa Agnes (Hardisty) Means.

Opal was a graduate of the Corning Iowa High School, class of 1933. She was a Homemaker.

She married Bernard Wilson Tompkins on December 25, 1937, in Grant City, Missouri.

Opal was a member of the First Christian Church, Maryville.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bernard (August 20, 1997), son Harrison Tompkins (August 2010), a brother Elmo Edward Means and sister Dorthea May Miller.

Survivors include her son, Stephen (Bonnie) Tompkins, Maryville, daughter-in-law Marjorie Tompkins, Fountain, Colorado, one sister Violet Antisdel, Creston, Iowa, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren.

Friends may call after 9 AM on Sunday. Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at Price Funeral Home, Maryville with burial in the Miriam Cemetery, Maryville


Vest, Mary Ellen Dailey Weil

Mary Ellen Dailey Weil Vest passed away on Monday, April 8, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska, following an extended illness.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Mary Ellen (Dailey) Weil Vest was born on December 22, 1941 in Clarinda, Iowa, the daughter of Guy and Doris (Welch) Dailey. Mary entered into eternal peace on Monday, April 8, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Mary was born and raised in the community of Clarinda. She was united in marriage to Ronald Weil on December 23, 1959 in Guss, Iowa. Since Ron was in the military, the couple lived in several locations before settling in Shenandoah.

Following Ronald's passing, Mary was united in marriage to Paul Vest in 1993 in Shenandoah, Iowa. The couple later moved to Oklahoma where they made their home until Paul's passing. Mary then returned to Shenandoah. Mary held various jobs throughout her life, but her favorite job was staying home and caring for her family. She enjoyed doing crafts, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She had recently been attending church with her sister at the Family Harvest Church.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Ronald Weil and Paul Vest; parents Guy and Doris Dailey; son Donald Weil; and brother Sonny Dailey.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Gaylen Weil and wife Susan of Shenandoah, Barbara Ethridge and husband Scott of Omaha and Michael Weil and fiancé Val Knepp also of Omaha; grandchildren Kevin, Melissa and Tony Weil, Nick and Alissa Ethridge and Thalia Gonzales; sister Ida Strange and husband Robert of Shenandoah; brothers Wendell Dailey and wife Sheila of Shenandoah and Larry Dailey of Clarinda; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa

Webb, George Merrill

George Merrill Webb was born June 29, 1919 near New Market, the son of George Robert and Grace Ann (Shore) Webb. He passed away on Monday afternoon, Aug. 5 at his home in Shenandoah at the age of 94 years, 1 month and 7 days.
Merrill grew up in the New Market area and graduated from New Market High School in 1936. He later attended Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, MO for two years. On March 29, 1941, Merrill was united in marriage to Darlene Faye Webb in Troy, Kan. This union was blessed with a daughter, Leesa.
Merrill farmed his entire life and finally retired when he was 85 years old. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Nishna Valley Saddle Club and the Elks Lodge. He enjoyed working with his horses and cattle on the farm. His true love was his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Darlene; great grandson, Zackery Porter; a sister, Genevieve Miller and her husband Roy Miller; as brother-in-law, Ben Davison.
Survivors include his daughter, Leesa Miller and Wally Teten of Shenandoah; grandchildren, Chris Porter and Sandy Hedlund of Thurman, Fred Miller and April Crawford of Red Oak, Melissa Fritz and her husband Josh of Oakland; three great grandchildren, Moriah Miller of Charles City, Jackson Miller of Red Oak, Clayton Fritz of Oakland; a sister-in-law, Betty Davison of Oakland; a niece, Renee Olhausen and her husband Tom of Sioux City; a nephew, Danny Davison and his wife Lois of Clarinda; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 at Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah with Pastor Carl Phillips and Father Vern Smith officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Shenandoah. Visitation with the family present took place on Wednesday evening, Aug. 7 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah. Memorials are suggested to the New Market Civic Club in New Market. Online remembrances or condolences can be left at www.kirschfuneral.com. The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah was in charge of arrangements


Werntz, Jane Marie Downing

Jane Marie (Downing) Werntz was born May 19, 1953 at Hemet, California the daughter of John Wilber Downing and Ruby Mae (Reed) Downing. She attended elementary school in Warrensburg, Missouri and graduated high school at Grandview, Missouri. Jane graduated cum laude from Drake University, Des Moines, and earned a degree in occupational therapy from University of Kansas. She worked at Truman Hospital, Lakewood, in the mental health unit with patients suffering from brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease. She was acknowledged for her work with students following in her footsteps.
Jane passed away unexpectedly at her home in Overland Park, Kansas November 12, 2013 at the age of 60. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ruby Downing; husbands Dale Hall and Randy Werntz; and son Clark Werntz.
She is survived by a son, Reed Hall of Overland Park, Kansas; brother David Downing and wife Cammie of Overland Park, Kansas; brothers Greg Werntz and his wife Vicki and Mark Werntz and his wife Debbie, all of Warrensburg, Missouri.
Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, with interment at Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Iowa. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Maple Hill Cemetery. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, is in charge of arrangements


Westerkamp, John "Jack"

Funeral services for John "Jack" Westerkamp, age 65, of New Market, Iowa, who entered into peace Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at his residence in New Market, Iowa, will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 28, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 2-4 p.m., Sunday, January 27 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa Burial will be in the Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa. Memorials may be given in his name.

Jack Westerkamp, age 65, died peacefully and comfortably on the morning of January 23, 2013 surrounded by his family in New Market, Iowa. Jack was born the oldest of five children on November 6, 1947 to John and Mary Ellen Westerkamp

Jack grew up in Chicago, IL with his family. He met his wife, Laurel, and proposed to her in front of the fountain in a crowded mall. They settled in Davenport, IA and raised a family of four kids: Lindsay, Steven, Peter, and Rebekah.

Jack had always been a family man, and was a provider in every sense of the word. He was committed to doing whatever it took to take care of his family, working a variety of jobs­ (often at the same time) including among others youth counselor, shoe salesman, stock boy, car salesman, school bus driver, church janitor, and factory lineman. Some of the kids' memories of Jack include him going on little or no sleep after working third shift so that he could attend their athletic events or recitals before returning to work.

Jack truly was a hero to many, and passed on the characteristics of intense work ethic, passion, empathy, determination, and faithfulness to his children, and inspired the same in his friends and neighbors. He never complained, regardless of the hardships he was facing or the staggering tasks that lay ahead of him. Having lived a life putting God and family above all, Jack passed away embraced in the loving presence of his wife and kids.

Jack also had a great sense of humor, which he kept with him even in his last few days. He kidded the hospice nurses, joked with his children, and made a tremendous impact on those around him simply from one brief interaction.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Rebekah, and is survived by his siblings, Mary Ann (Karl), Thomas (Diane), Diane (Roger), and Julie (Randy). His legacy is carried on by his wife, Laurel, and children, Lindsay (Cody), grandson William, Steven (Krista), and Peter


Wetmore, Gwendolyn V. Greenway Trumbo Prather

Funeral services for Gwen Wetmore, age 94, of Lincoln, Nebraska, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Thursday, February 28, 2013 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska, will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 4, 2013 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. Robert Keefer officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 1-2 p.m., Monday at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Fairview Cemetery, Bedford or to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Clarinda.

Gwendolyn V. Wetmore, 94, of Lincoln, Nebraska, died after a great day on Thursday, February 28, 2013. She was the daughter of Joseph Walter and Mabel (Cooper) Greenway. She was born January 15, 1919 in rural Taylor County, Iowa. Gwen grew up in the Bedford area and graduated from Bedford High School. She worked for over 25 years as the financial secretary for the First United Methodist Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa and was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Vern L. Trumbo, husband of 7 years, Harland Prather and husband of 10 years, Frank "Bud" Wetmore, her parents and brother, Walter "Chub" Greenway.

Gwen enjoyed traveling, shopping, golf, embroidery, reading and old Western movies on television. She loved life, her family and was delighted when surrounded by her great grandchildren. She always addressed life in a positive, gracious manner with poise and dignity.

Gwen is survived by her daughter, Joyce (Judson) Douglas of Lincoln, Nebraska and her son David (Vicki) Trumbo of Lafayette, Colorado. Grandchildren Justin (April) Douglas of Lincoln, Nebraska, Megan (Greg) McDonald of Broomfield, Colorado and Andrew Trumbo of Richmond, Texas. Great Grandchildren include Alexandra and Jacquelyn Douglas, Tate, Hayden and Clare McDonald and Alexander, Presley and Barrett Trumbo. Step sons, Frank Wetmore of Bellevue, Idaho, Daniel (Cindy) Wetmore of Mission, Kansas and Victor (Sue) Wetmore of Tucson, Arizona with their children and grandchildren

Wetzel, Loretta Sue Lawrence

Loretta Sue (Lawrence) Wetzel was born November 28, 1950 to Virgil Leo and Sybil Lorraine (Proffitt) Lawrence in Maryville, Missouri. Loretta grew up on a farm South of Bedford, Iowa where she attended country school and later graduated from Bedford High School in 1969. She then graduated from The American Institute of Business (AIB) of Des Moines in 1970.
On September 12, 1970 she was united in marriage to Robert Wetzel and to this union was blessed with three children: Christina Lynn, Jason Charles and Nicholas James. Robert and Loretta raised their three
children on a farm south of Corning. Together in 2010, they were able to build their dream home which is where Robert still resides.
Beginning in 1974, Loretta worked at National Farmers Organization for 16 years in Corning. When NFO closed she took a job at Red Star Mills in 1990, working in the office. For the past 19 years, Loretta was the office manager at the Corning Municipal Utilities.
All throughout her youth, she was an active participant of the Loyal Legion 4-H club in Taylor County. She instilled the importance of 4-H into her three children. After her three children graduated high school, Loretta volunteered countless years for the Adams County 4-H and Youth Fair Committee. Loretta also enjoyed reading numerous books since she was a child. She could often be found sitting on the deck of her
new house enjoying the summer day while reading a book and watching Rob farm and taking care of his cattle. She also enjoyed cooking for her family and spending time with her grandchildren.
After a lengthy battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Loretta passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Select Specialty Hospital in Omaha with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her parents, father-in-law Cleo Wetzel and brother-in-law Ron Wetzel.
Left to cherish Loretta's memory are her husband, Robert Wetzel of Corning; children: Christina (Charlie) Simmons, Jake, Jared, Chase and Lea of Unionville, MO; Jason (Lindsay) Wetzel, Gavin and Griffin of Corning; Nick (Allie) Wetzel of Clarinda; brother, Donald (Jenny) Mozier of St. Joseph, MO; sister Lorraine (Gary) Crecelius of Ankeny, IA; brother-in-law, Dwight(Glenda) Wetzel of Bedford, IA; sister-in-law Marcia (Galen) Nickell of Gravity, IA and mother-in-law Dorothy (Hays) Wetzel of Clearfield, IA formerly of Gravity, IA; along with many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held at 10:00AM on Monday, December 16,2013 at Pearson Family Funeral Home in Corning with Reverends Ken Rummer and Andrew Bardole officiating. There was an open visitation from 2-7 PM with the family receiving friends from 5-7PM on Sunday, December 15,2013 at the funeral home. Interment was at Prairie Rose Cemetery South of Corning, in Adams County. Memorials may be directed to the Corning Public Library and/or the Adams County 4-H Youth and 4-H Committee. On-line condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com . Pearson Family Funeral Service of Corning is in charge of the arrangements for Loretta Wetzel.

Whitehead, Sue Carole Underwood

Funeral services for Sue Whitehead, age 70, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 8, 2013 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. Beckie Linn Gregory officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 7, 2013 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to any organization in Clarinda, Library Foundation, Hospital Auxiliary, Nodaway Valley Museum, Clarinda Foundation or Glenn Miller Foundation; she loved Clarinda and those organizations. 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.

Sue Carole Whitehead was born April 1, 1943, at Fresno, California to Carroll Underwood and Betty (McCoy) Underwood. She lived in several states while growing up until the death of her step father. In 1958, she moved with her mother, brothers and sisters close to Siam, Iowa. Sue graduated from South Page High School in 1961 and Barnes Beauty School in 1962. Sue and Dusty Whitehead were united in marriage on July 4, 1963 at Siam, Iowa. They were blessed with one son, Mike.

Sue was a beautician for forty six years at Dorothy's Beauty Salon. She and Dorothy Kent became close friends and partners. Sue became owner and operator of the salon after Dorothy's death; she loved her job and all the customers and the many co-workers. Sue loved people and never knew a stranger; she treasured the friendships and fellowship that she had over the years. She always had a cause to take care of and people to look after. She looked after Lavon Schantz and they formed a close and loving friendship.

Sue had many passions and hobbies including antiques and flowers. She enjoyed being a member of the Shenandoah Antique Study Club. Sue loved to attend sales and had many collections that she enjoyed. She always had a good time and was ready to go when ever the occasion arose and loved to gather sticks and rocks to enhance her beautiful flower gardens. Sue was a very generous person and had a true passion for helping and taking care of others.

Sue loved life and had a happy and good time and made everyday a good day. She loved being with her family, visiting and eating. Sue met many good and caring people everywhere she went and especially on her cancer journey. She was very thankful for the love and support of family, friends and the community. Sue's church was very important to her and she was an active member of the First Christian Church, Clarinda, Iowa

Preceding Sue in death were her father, step-father and mother; infant sister.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Dusty Whitehead of Clarinda, Iowa; son, Mike Whitehead and Dawn Derry of Clarinda, Iowa; grandsons, Lucas Derry of Shenandoah, Iowa and Levi Derry and wife Nicole of Clarinda; great grandchildren, Gabby and Crayton Derry; brothers, Dr. James Underwood and wife Roxie of Centralia, Illinois, Larry Baldwin and wife Connie of Clarinda, Terry Baldwin and wife Cathy of Denver, Colorado; sisters, Molly Buss and husband Bob of Des Moines, Iowa, Becky Baldwin of Clarinda, Iowa, Connie Osbahr and Larry of Denver, Colorado, Debbie Baldwin of Clarinda, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Kay Rock of Clarinda, Iowa and Faye Whitehead of Omaha, Nebraska, much loved nieces and nephews and many, many friends


Whitehill, Ada Barrett

Ada Whitehill, the daughter of Taylor and Maley (Collett) Barrett was born November 30, 1933 in Essie, Kentucky. She passed away May 17, 2013 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 79 years, 5 months and 17days.

Ada grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Southeast Kentucky with three brothers and three sisters. Growing up as a coal miners daughter was difficult. She met Eldon Duane Whitehill in 1953 and moved to Shenandoah, Iowa. They were united in marriage on August 9, 1953.

For the first couple of years they lived east of Shenandoah on Ferguson Road in a remodeled chicken house. Then they brought 240 acres Southeast of Shenandoah where they both lived out their lives.

Ada had many jobs over the years. In the 60's she worked as a fountain girl at Jay Drug and Woolworth, she was also a cook/waitress for the Shenandoah Country Club and Elks Club. In the 70's, she owned and operated Ada's Cafe. In the 80's and 90's she owned and operated over 30 apartments and she was also a nurses aide at Garden View Care Center. She was a member of the Summit United Methodist Church. She loved to cook, take long walks and collect rocks from different states when traveling.

Preceding Ada in death were her husband Eldon, brothers Joe and Harrison, sisters Elizabeth and Bernice, and grandson Michael. Those left to cherish her memory include sons Randall Whitehill of Kentucky, Rick Whitehill of Coin, Iowa, and Bryan Whitehill of Shenandoah, Iowa, nine grandchildren Traci, Joni, Ashley, Alexa, Andrew, Aaron, Jennifer, Dustin and Jessica

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa

Wilcoxson, Eleanor "Bernice" Conaway

Eleanor Bernice Wilcoxson was born November 28, 1934 in Sidney, Iowa to William Alman Conaway and Eleanor Hope (Woods) Conaway. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, Joseph Richards. Bernice grew up in Red Oak, Iowa where she attended school and graduated from Red Oak High School. She resided in Clarinda where she was blessed with three boys, Richard, William, and Daniel. Bernice worked at Hy-Vee in Clarinda for 40+ years where she enjoyed visiting with the customers and creating lasting friendships. In fact, customers would line up at her checkout just so they could swap stories about their lives. Even after she retired, she still spent a lot of time in the aisles of Hy-Vee chatting up friends and former co-workers. After retiring she volunteered at the Clarinda Community Center, which she called the local Macy’s, and The Canteen for five years. Bernice enjoyed many activities, especially dancing! On Saturday nights, she could be found shaking her booty to country music at TK Grahams and Miss Kitty’s. Bernice also enjoyed taking care of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Whenever family would visit, she would always have goodies to give away. Bernice loved to cook, and her collection of cookbooks was endless.
Bernice danced her way through the gates of Heaven on January 27, 2013.
Preceding Bernice in death are her parents, Joseph and Eleanor Richards and William Conaway, and her two sisters, Connie Funderburk and Lillian Watson. Bernice was loved by many, and known by all.
Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend are her three sons, Dick Wilcoxson of Columbus, NE; Bill Wilcoxson of Clarinda, IA; and Dan Wilcoxson and wife, Sheila, of Clarinda, IA; four granddaughters, Nikki Wilcoxson-Stevens of Jacksonville, NC; Calyn Wilcoxson of Council Bluffs, IA; Shauntae Dasovich and husband, Josh of Council Bluffs, IA; Krystal Crowley and husband, Steven of Shenandoah, IA; one grandson, Kassidie Runyon of Clarinda, IA; four great grandchildren; many other family members and too many friends to mention.
Celebration of Life Services for Berniece Wilcoxson, age 78 of Clarinda will be 5 p.m. Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family fund.
Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda in charge of arrangements.


Williams, Juanita Laura Tally

Juanita L. Williams, 91, Clarinda, entered into peace Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda. A private interment was held in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda. Memorials may be directed to Juanita L. Williams Memorial and may be sent to David Williams, 12873 Eagle Road, Clearmont, Mo. 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.
Juanita Laura (Tally) Williams was born on Oct. 11, 1921 in Clinton, Mo., to William Dow and Mary Jane (Hamilton) Tally. She was the fourth from the youngest of ten sisters and six brothers. As a young child, she moved from Clinton, Mo., to a farm near New Market, with her family. Juanita attended school in Clarinda and New Market. During her senior year she completed her Teachers Training and took her teaching test to get her certificate. She taught in Rural Page County schools for four years before her marriage.
On July 31, 1942, she was united in marriage to Ernest Rogers Williams. After World War II they returned to Southwest Iowa to farm and in 1955 moved to the family farm near Clearmont, Mo.
Ernest and Juanita retired from farming in 1978 and moved to their home in Omaha, Neb. Juanita moved to her current home in Clarinda in 2000.
Juanita loved being out gardening, tending her roses and other flowers around her home. Her love of family and God kept her busy with sewing, quilting and crocheting projects most of which she gave to her loved ones as gifts.
Juanita is survived by a son, David E. Williams and wife Judy of Clearmont, Mo.; a daughter, Irene Mesterhazy of Omaha, Neb., and a daughter-in-law, Mija Williams of Alexandria, Va.
Juanita was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest Williams; son, Lt. Col. Erwin L. Williams; and son-in-law, John J. Mesterhazy


Williams, Ronald

Funeral services for Ronald Williams, age 79, of Clarinda, who entered into peace Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, were held 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda with Pastor Leslie Wright and Pastor Ed Fidler officiating. Visitation with the family was held 10 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda. Memorials may be directed to Heartland Hospice, Red Oak. 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.
Ronald was born on Oct. 18, 1933, the older son of Charles Orel (Barney) Williams of Clarinda and Zeta Estella (Clayton) Williams formerly of Coin. He was born at 308 West Main Street, Clarinda. The family moved to 410 East Main Street shortly after Ronald began attending kindergarten and he resided there until his illness caused him to move to the Goldenrod Manor about one month ago.
As a child, Ronald’s family referred to him as "Ronald Lee", but as a paper boy, and a junior high student, he became popularly known as "Speed". Ronald received his entire education in the Clarinda School System, graduating from Clarinda High School in 1952. He later attended Clarinda Junior College where he graduated in 1960.
Ronald was a member of the Clarinda Church of God for 63 years. During that time he served as an Assistant Sunday School teacher and a Sunday School teacher. He had also worked with the boys group at the church helping them learn how to craft different things out of leather. One of the things that he took great pleasure in was visiting the nursing homes in town, which he did very often.
Ronald was a 15 year member of the Iowa American Legion Post #98 and a faithful participant of the Honor Guard.
Ronald enjoyed genealogy and tracing his ancestors. He could recall many memories about events and family from "way back". He and his sister-in-law (Norma) were creating a Williams-Noblet scrapbook for the family.
Preceding him in death were his father, Orel Williams and his mother, Zeta Alexander.
Surviving are brothers, Charles Williams (Norma) of Stilwell, Kan. and Leroy Alexander (Jerri) of Bentonville, Ark. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families and many friends


Wilson, Jack LeRoy

Jack LeRoy Wilson , son of Albert G. and Lois D. (Rhoads) Wilson was born at Shenandoah, Iowa Hand Hospital on June 23, 1938. Jack passed away early Thursday morning, December 19, 2013 at the age of 75 years, 5 months, and 26 days. This followed a lengthy illness, and he passed away at his home with his wife per his wishes. Iowa Hospice provided support in his final days.
Jack's early years were spent in Shenandoah where he went through all his years of school graduating with the class of 1956. He worked some summers at Mt. Arbor Nursery while going to high school. He attended a two year program in Commercial Extension in Omaha, NE where he specialized in accounting.
Returning home to Shenandoah, he began working at Henry Fields while living at home with his parents in order to save money to buy his first home. On June 10, 1961 at Farragut United Methodist Church, he was united in marriage to Julia A. (Judy) Hines. Jack and Judy spent their entire married life in or near Shenandoah. Three children completed their household: Lisa Annette, Kevin Lee, and Timothy Michael.
Jack worked a total of 24 years for Henry Fields as a merchandizing supervisor and in shipping and receiving. When Fields left Shenandoah, he worked a year and a half at Beecher's Chevrolet before beginning his job at Eaton Corporation where he worked for over twenty years. He was proud to receive a perfect attendance award at Eaton's for twenty years of service.
Jack and Judy enjoyed some bus trips as well as other travels on their own before his health kept them close to home. He played a little golf and especially enjoyed watching sports from his arm chair. Jack was a big fan of Nebraska Corn Huskers. His favorite past time though was spending time with family and enjoying his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Jack enjoyed going to church and was faithful to go every Sunday working with the bus ministry, and serving as a deacon and treasurer at Memorial Baptist Church for years. He also used his accounting knowledge as treasurer of Jaycees. He served as a volunteer EMT on the ambulance service. In recent years, Jack has been a member of Nishna Valley Christian Church. Jack loved life and people. He had a hearty laugh that let others know he was around.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents Albert G. and Lois D. Wilson: sister-in-law Carmaleta Wilson, and niece Marjorie Martin. Those left to cherish his memory include Judy his beloved wife of 52 years; children Lisa French and friend Dave McEvoy of Glenwood, Kevin (Chastity) Wilson of Midlothian, TX, and Timothy (Amy) Wilson of Bullard, TX; grandchildren Joshua Rodgers, Colin and Summer French, and Cory (Karly) Archer; step grandchildren Cody, Tristan, Cayden, Destiny, Jake, Bailey, and Zackory Evans: great grandchildren Kyrsten, Zeven, and Zakcory.
Jack is also survived by siblings Donald E. Wilson of Annandale, VA and Patsy (Charles Edward) Martin of Shenandoah as well as nieces and nephews Joel (Debra) Wilson, Wendi (Allen) Bridge, Brett Wilson, Kerri Wilson Vallela, Charles Martin, and Holly Martin. A host of other relatives, fellow employees, and close friends will miss Jack from a life time of living in the small town of Shenandoah

Hackett Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Winger, Hazel Pauline Groff

Funeral services for Hazel Winger, age 95, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Friday, January 18, 2013 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa, will be held Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Open visitation will be held Monday from 3-7 p.m. with no family present. Open visitation will also be held Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the EMS Services at the Clarinda Hospital. 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.

Hazel Pauline Winger was born December 17, 1917, in Guss, Iowa the daughter of John and Vonie (Olson) Groff. As a girl she attended Weston Country School east of Guss. She was baptized in the Methodist Church at Villisca and graduated from Villisca High School with the Class of 1937. After graduation, Hazel taught at Weston School where she had been a student years before. She was united in marriage to Donald Winger on February 3, 1940 in Hannibal, Missouri. To this union, five children were born: John Henry, Joan, Donna, Donald Jr. and Betty.

Along with raising a family and helping on the farm, Hazel had a big garden from which she canned and froze food. Hazel and Don's home was always open to their nephews and grandchildren, in their early childhood years for security and care, and in later years with their families for laughs and an abundance of wonderful memories to cherish. She enjoyed visiting for hours with family, friends and neighbors on the telephone.

Preceding Hazel in death are her parents, John and Vonie Groff; her husband Donald Winger in 2004; two sons John Henry and Donald Jr., a daughter Donna, great-grandson Scotty Sederburg; a sister Eva Otstott, half brother Harold Groff; and two son-in-laws Jerry Calame and Robert Simpson.

Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Joan Calame of New Market; Betty Simpson of Clarinda; three grandchildren, Jeff Sederburg and wife Robyn of Clarinda; Jackie Sederburg of New Market; Tracy Harper and husband Tyler of Grimes; two great-grandchildren, John Sederburg of Clarinda; and Amber Larabee and husband Skyler of Bedford; a great-great-granddaughter, Kylie Larabee; along with several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends


Winger, Mary "Leone" Ropp Duncan

Mary "Leone" Winger, age 98, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Friday, June 28, 2013 at Kennybrook Village, Grimes, Iowa. After a private burial in Clarinda Cemetery, her memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Leslie Traylor officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, July 1, 2013 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa or to the charity of your choice. 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.

Mary Leone (Ropp, Duncan) Winger was born in Hazelton, North Dakota on June 26, 1915, the daughter of LeRoy Ropp and Mary Grace (Cabbage) Ropp. Later her family lived in Minnesota before moving to Iowa. She graduated from Clarinda High School with the class of 1933 and later attended Findlay College in Findlay, Ohio.

On August 31, 1937, she was united in marriage to Lowell Keith Duncan and they were blessed with four children; Mary Elayne, Beverly Ann, Karen Sue and Royce Eugene. Lowell was deceased on April 23, 1955. After his death, the family moved to Clarinda where she was employed at Clarinda Bakery, the Clarinda School Superintendent's Office, the law firm of Stevens, Thornell and Millhone, before serving as Assistant Manager for Page County Savings and Loan.

Leone was elected as Deacon at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clarinda and also served as Treasurer. She served as Regent for three years in Waubonsie Chapter of DAR and volunteered at Nodaway Valley Museum in her retirement. Her hobbies included china painting, bridge, canasta, pitch and pinochle with her many friends. She enjoyed traveling to different parts of the world, knitting and crocheting, solving puzzles and most of all spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In fact, she helped host the Cabbage Family Reunions and enjoyed being with family and friends.

Leone later married Ernest A. Winger on June 1, 1963 in Clarinda and she welcomed new step-daughter, Charlene Scheerer of Joplin, Missouri and step-grandchildren, Vicki Fitzgerald and Steve Scheerer, as well as step great-grandson, Tyler Fitzgerald.

Leone is preceded in death by: husband, Lowell Duncan; mother, Grace Ropp; father, Roy Ropp; sister, Mildred Holste; brothers, Clifford and Wayne Ropp; husband, Ernest Winger; and step-daughter, Charlene Scheerer.

Left to cherish Leone's memory are her children, Elayne Redfearn and husband Mike of Richardson, Texas, Beverly Odom and husband Andy of Galveston, Texas, Karen Carlson and husband Kenny of Waukee, Iowa, and Royce Duncan and wife Jan of Maryville, Missouri; ten grandchildren, Jeff, Kyle (Cheryl) and Todd (Schelle) Redfearn; Kelly (Taylor) Schwab, Scott (Kim) and Mark (Leslie) Odom; Brent (Shannon) Carlson and Cortney (Dave) John; Stacey (John) Evert and Stephanie (John) Higley; two step grandchildren, Vicki (Dennis) Fitzgerald and Steve Scheerer; eighteen great grandchildren, Daren, Payton, Mitchell, Logan, and Ryan Redfearn; Ashley and Austin Schwab, Will, Luke, Charlie and Harris Odom, Emma, Bo, and Stella Carlson, Grace and Duncan Evert, Jack and Ben Higley; one step great grandson, Tyler Fitzgerald; sister, Nola Grace Campbell of Montella Wisconsin and sister-in-law, Ann Ropp of Omaha, Ne braska as well as many other relatives and friends


Wissler, Albert Cliffton

Albert Cliffton Wissler was born Dec. 27, 1940 in Rawlins, Wyo., the son of Jess Albert and Alice (Brazell) Wissler. He passed away on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 at his home in Clarinda at the age of 72 years, 8 months and 4 days.
On Jan. 12, 1961, Albert was married to Sharon Eileen Reid in Murray, Utah. The couple was blessed with three children; Michael, Gordon and Heidi. Albert worked as a welder and mechanic for Kennicott Copper for many years. For the past 14 years the couple has lived in Clarinda where Albert worked maintenance for Super 8 Motel.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen Wissler of Clarinda; his children, Michael Wissler and his wife Therease of Denver, Colo., Gordon Wissler and his wife Deon of Salt Lake City, Utah, Heidi Bates and her husband Dan of Clarinda; six grandchildren, Tessa Carlson and her husband Jeremy of Denver, Colo., Cassi Roberts and her husband Shane of Denver, Colo., Apryl Wissler and her fiancé Paul Brown of Salt Lake City, Utah, Amber Wissler of Salt Lake City, Utah, Samantha Pringle of Clarinda, Jacob Reid of Clarinda; three great-grandchildren, Cadence, Gavin and Spencer; along with many other relatives and friends.
A memorial gathering was held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Clarinda. There will be a private inurnment held at a later date. A memorial fund has been established in Albert’s name. Cards and memorials may be sent to Eileen Wissler, 122 N. 18th Street, Clarinda, 51632. Online remembrances or condolences can be left at www.kirschfuneral.com. The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah is in charge of arrangements


Wolfe, Dean Miller

Dean Miller Wolfe was born on June 11, 1932 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the son of Miller and Velma (Sweeten) Wolfe. Dean entered into eternal peace on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah.

Dean lived his entire life in the Shenandoah community. During his working years he was employed at United Hagie, Dekalb Corn and the Page County Courthouse, where he retired from in 1994. He was a member of the Congregational Church, the Eagles Club and the 22 Club in Riverton.

Some of Dean's passions included playing golf, watching golf tournaments of television, woodworking, taking fishing trips to Canada, working in the yard, gardening and traveling in his younger days. Dean was also an avid gun enthusiast.

He was preceded in death by his parents Miller and Velma Wolfe; aunts and uncles George and Helen Wolfe and Marland and Ruby Peterson; and cousins Clair Peterson and Gene and Margaret Peterson. Those left to cherish his memory include his cousins John and Linda Wolfe of Shenandoah, Jim Wolfe of Omaha, NE, Joe Wolfe of Shenandoah and Beverly Peterson of Des Moines, other relatives and a host of friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Woods, Dolores "Kay" Cramer

Dolores "Kay" (Cramer) Woods was born on March 30, 1939 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Warren and Donna (White) Cramer. Kay entered into eternal peace on Friday evening, December 20, 2013 at her home in Shenandoah surrounded by her loving and supportive family.

The majority of Kay's life was spent in the Shenandoah Community. She attended Shenandoah Community Schools and graduated with the Class of 1957. In 1977 she was united in marriage to Merle Woods in Shenandoah. Kay worked for Hy-Vee and later went to work for Eaton Corporation until her retirement in 1994. She was a member of the Eagles Club in Shenandoah.

Some of her interests included oil painting, quilting, attending painting classes at IWCC, crocheting, reading,going to the cabin, attending flea markets, playing BINGO on Sunday, playing cards on Monday and Keno.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters; Sharon Rice and husband Mark of Loveland, CO, Debra Leach of Shenandoah, IA, Michelle Rhodes and husband Chris of Glenwood, IA, Tina Sunday and husband Greg of Spencer, IA and Teresa Sapp and husband Joe of Omaha, NE; sons Jeff Smith of Shenandoah, IA, Jon Smith and wife Shannon of Richmond, MO and Chris Woods and wife Jennifer of Glenwood, IA; sisters Ev Cole and husband Colin of Leonard, MN and Barb Jones of Council Bluffs, IA; brothers Larry Cramer of Omaha, NE and Jerry Cramer of Mesa, AZ; 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends.

Kay passed away on Friday evening. Celebration of Life Services will be held at a later date.No formal services will be held at this time.

Hackett Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Wynn, Wanda Eileen Hughes

Funeral services for Wanda Wynn, age 81, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Westridge Care & Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 11, 2013 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m., Thursday, January 10 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Clarinda Regional Health Center Foundation or to the United Methodist Church. 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.

Wanda Eileen Wynn was born March 23, 1931, the daughter of Milo and Ola (Lawson) Hughes near Clarinda, Iowa. She was a graduate of Clarinda High School in 1949 and completed coursework in business and bookkeeping. While still in high school, she began assisting her parents with their bookkeeping and taxes. Growing up, she was active in church events, and in Rainbow, where she served as Worthy Adviser and later as a Mother Adviser. She also participated in musical activities including becoming drum majorette of the marching band her senior year. Following graduation, Wanda was employed at the Clarinda MHI, serving as the Business Manager's secretary. Wanda married her high school sweetheart, Norman Wynn, June 11, 1950, and they were blessed to have celebrated 62 years of marriage. From their union were born three daughters, Cynthia Rae, Debra Janine and Patricia Anne.

In 1951, they moved to a farm near Hawleyville where they resided until 1971 when they moved into Clarinda. Wanda did the bookkeeping for the farm and continued to do so when she and Norman opened their own agricultural business. She was an active farm wife and homemaker. She greatly enjoyed family time and "spoiling" her two granddaughters. Wanda & Norman were fortunate to travel in the U.S. and several foreign countries. They enjoyed traveling, but still loved being at home with family most of all.

Wanda was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church. She served as a Sunday School teacher, was on the Memorial Committee, sang in the choir and was a member of Rachael Circle. She and Norman were charter members of the Together Sunday School Class where they made many lifetime friends. She served on the Red Cross board, had been a member of Eastern Star and was a member of the NY Chapter of PEO. She was also actively involved with her daughters' 4-H activities while they were growing up. While on the farm, she helped form a new farm woman's club called the Good Neighbor's Union (GNU). After moving to town she also enjoyed meeting with a group of neighborhood ladies to celebrate birthdays.

After retirement, Wanda and Norman spent many happy years in Yuma, Arizona. They enjoyed hosting their family for yearly winter visits as well as friends visiting from home.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, Milo and Ola Hughes, as well as one brother and three sisters. She and Norman lost their eldest daughter Cindy in 2003, and Norman passed away in July of 2012. Survivors include daughters Deb (Phil) Tornholm of Clarinda and Pat Wynn of Iowa City. She is also survived by granddaughters Erin (Andy) Baldwin of Oskaloosa, Iowa and Megan Tornholm of Omaha, Nebraska, niece Linda (Carl) Farrar and their family of Lawrence, Kansas as well as many cousins and friends


Young, Doris Pearl Greene

Doris Pearl (Greene) Young passed away peacefully in Anaheim California at the age of 92 on Monday, January 28, 2013 surrounded by her family. She was born in Clarinda, Iowa to Earl and Bessie Greene on May 22, 1920. She married Jack Young of Clarinda on October 30, 1940, and moved to California soon thereafter. After the war, she and her husband settled down in Anaheim, California where Jack was a painting contractor. One of her favorite past times was writing poetry.

Doris is predeceased by her husband Jack; her parents Earl and Bessie Green; her brother Melvin Green and her sisters: Margaret (Greene) Dukes and Violet (Greene) Alvarez.

Doris is survived by her four children: Jack Young of Anaheim, CA, Mark Young of Council Bluffs, IA, Christie Young San Jacinto, CA, and Clarinda Young and Jack Sanders of Anaheim, CA; seven grand children and four great grandchildren; in addition to nephews: Buddy Hakes of Clarinda, Phillip Greene of Santa Barbara, California and Gary & Michael Greene of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Memorial services for Doris will be held at a later date. She was interred in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa


Young, Duane Burdett

Duane Burdett Young was on born July 12th 1935 in Creston, Iowa. He attended country school north of Prescott and graduated from Prescott High School in 1953. During his school years Duane was active in basketball, baseball and drama. After graduation he went to work for the Creamery in Corning. He married Phyllis Jean Gearheart on September 18th, 1955. He held jobs at Spring Oil and then Lavely and Reedhead Insurance.
Duane stayed very active in town team basketball and baseball. He was also active in the community as a member of the Junior Chamber. Weekends often involved pulling the Nimrod pop-up camper to a local lake for a weekend around the campfire. He organized, printed and circulated the "News From Around the Square"  dance schedules for many years. Duane also spent countless hours teaching and calling Square Dances for the youth and adult groups in Corning. He also attended State and National Square Dance conventions far too many to mention.
In 1972 he moved to Shenandoah and went to work for KMA radio in advertising sales. Shortly after that Duane moved his family to Sidney and worked for Pullman Insurance. Duane's love for basketball was still strong as he spent many an evening down at the school playing ball with the high school players as well as Sunday afternoons playing makeup games in the gym. The years were full of high school sports during the week and most weekends there was a Square Dance to call. In 1976 he returned to KMA to work.
In 1987 he married Merna Blackburn. Duane and Merna lived in Shenandoah until 1989 at which time they moved to Glenwood, Iowa. In Glenwood they owned and operated Midwest Lanes Bowling Center. They remained in Glenwood until 1998 when Duane retired and they moved back to Shenandoah. Duane kept busy with golf, bowling and attending the grand-kids school events.
There was also time to travel with Merna including a winter spent traveling the southwest after she retired. He also enjoyed spending afternoons on the tractor mowing the sod field.
Duane enjoyed being a salesman, calling square dances, camping, golfing, bowling & especially going to the grand-kids sporting events. Through all of his travels he never knew a stranger wherever he went and whatever he was doing.
Duane is preceded in death by his wife Merna; parents Lloyd and Marjorie (Hill) Young; brother-in-laws Vernon Lawrence, Gerald Murphy, Jimmy Murphy (at birth), Clifford Shankel, Jack Hutt, Jerry Hatch, Don Coursey and Gratis (Trigger) Nuckolls; sister-in-law Jean Shankel, father and mother-in-law Ralph and Alice Murphy as well as Ellie Myers infant daughter of Justin & Jennifer Myers.
Duane is survived by his sister, Carmelita Lawrence; son Bruce Young and wife Brenda; daughter Brenda Myers and husband Pat; and son Scott Young; step-daughter LeAnn Farnsworth and husband Ryan; step-son Jeff Blackburn and wife Tina; grandchildren: William Young and wife Karen, Kenny Young, Justin Myers and wife Jennifer, Jeremy Myers and wife Monica, Joshua Myers an wife Kay-Leigh, Jared McManis and wife Erin, Clayton Young, Brad Young, Melissa Farnsworth, Jennifer Blackburn, Austin Blackburn; great-grandchildren: Vanessa Young, Hank Myers, Lacey Myers, Xander Myers, Zane McManis and Kenley McManis

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa