Page County, Iowa obituaries
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Johnson, Howard Kenneth - Howard Kenneth Johnson was born on December 6, 1932 to Bettie and Harold (Hallie) Johnson in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away on February 21, 2015 at the age of 82. He graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1950. He graduated from Iowa State College in 1954 and entered the army, spending 2 years in active duty and several years in the reserves.

Howard was known for many things in Shenandoah. He participated in Boys State and All-State Chorus; and as a basketball player was named to All-Conference, All-Southwest Iowa, and All-State teams. One of his amazing feats was his record of 133 consecutive underhanded free throws at the Shenandoah Old Armory. He received a scholarship to play basketball for Iowa State and later played on a traveling team while in the Army.

At Iowa State, Howard met his bride, Mary Alice, a Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln High School grad. They were married in 1955. After his service in the Army, Howard returned to Shenandoah to work alongside his father and mother to manage a men's clothing store, which his father had purchased in 1949. That well-regarded retail store became known as Johnson Clothing, a family business where the community loved to gather to hear one of Howard's infamous stories - and to occasionally purchase men's clothing! This is also the location where Howard performed many stunts, one with mirrors that led Shenandoah kids to truly believe he could "fly." A third generation - his son Mark - joined the family business after Hallie passed away. Howard, Mary Alice, and Mark worked together until 1997, when Howard chose to retire and close the store.

Howard was an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and he served on two chamber of commerce boards and numerous retail committees. He made almost daily visits to the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association, where he was a valuable resource for business history and community knowledge. He served on the Forest Park Manor Board, Meals on Wheels Board, Walk of Fame Committee, Museum Board, Ambassadors, Shenandoah Booster Club, and as a Kiwanis member. He was rewarded for his community service when he and Mary Alice were selected to be Grand Marshals of the Shenfest Parade in 2011.

Preceding Howard in death were his parents, Harold & Bettie Johnson. Living are his wife, Mary Alice of Shenandoah, IA; daughter Robin Kiser and her husband Ned of Lake Lure, NC; son Mark Johnson and wife Marcia of Shenandoah, IA; son Jeff Johnson and wife Joy of West Des Moines, IA; grandchildren Jason Kiser and wife Tiffany of Roanoke, IN; Aaron Kiser and wife Kelly of Villa Park, IL; Mackenzie Johnson; Casey, Carly and Cameron Johnson; great granddaughters Gwyneth and Estella Kiser; Camila Kiser; cousins and many friends.

The family will greet friends and relatives with visitation and viewing Tuesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shenandoah.

A graveside service at Rose Hill Cemetery will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 prior to the Celebration of Life Memorial service.

Memorials in Howard's name are being directed to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund or to the Page/Fremont Relay for Life


Johnson, June Walter - June Johnson, age 98, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Westridge Care & Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. April 27, 2015 at the Calvary Baptist Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Shearer Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa.

June Rosina Johnson was born July 13, 1916 at Prescott, Iowa to Charles Fredrick Walter and Emma Louise (Moser) Walter. She grew up in the Prescott area. She moved to Braddyville, Iowa when she was 22 years old where she met and married Bob Johnson. They were united in marriage June 24, 1943 at her parent’s home near Braddyville, Iowa. They were blessed with four children, Robert, William, Daniel and Ruth.

June was a teacher in rural Star School. After the war, they moved to Oregon and lived there fifty years, in Klamath Falls and Tygh Valley. June taught school in Wamic, Oregon. They had a wonderful life with many dear friends.

June was a kind, gentle and fun loving person with a strong Christian faith and was treasured by her loving family and friends.

Preceding June in death were her parents; husband, Robert Allen Johnson; grandson, Steven Charles Johnson: brothers, Alfred Walter, Russell C. Walter, Clair Walter, Fred Walter, Earl “Ray” Walter; sister. Dorothy Van Pelt;

Left to treasure her memory are her children, Robert C. Johnson and wife Lois of East Bernstadt, Kentucky, William C. Johnson and wife Maria of Westminster, Colorado, Daniel Johnson and wife Lillian of Winslow, Arizona, Ruth Ann Welch and husband Gerard of Portland, Oregon; along with grandsons and great grandchildren and many nieces; nephews and friends.

June’s family would like to give special thanks to Gary and Michelle Walter and Truman Davison for the many kindness and care for their dear Aunt June.


Jones, Gordon McCrary - Gordon McCrary Jones was born at the family farm home in rural Shenandoah, IA on November 28, 1926 to Ernest R. and Grace (McCrary) Jones. He spent his childhood there on the farm with his brother Sheldon. He attended La Prairie Country School and graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1944.

He met Carol Ruth Allen in March of 1952 and married on June 21, 1953 at Climax, IA. Over the next few years they were blessed with two children, Roger and Denise, and later in life four grandchildren.

Gordon began his adult life helping on the family farm. In the early 1960s he began diversifying into real estate and insurance with his own office. He built custom homes and two office buildings in Shenandoah. In the early 1970s he became manager of Home Savings & Loan helping many Shenandoah families purchase their first home. Farming though was always his favorite occupation. He always enjoyed going back out to the farm with Roger and Cale, spending much of his free time in retirement there.

Gordon and Carol were active lifelong members of the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. He especially enjoyed serving with Helping Hands program and ushering at church. Gordon was also a board member of the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital at the time the current facility was built. Gordon enjoyed summertime family road trips to Colorado.

Gordon is preceded in death by his wife Carol; parents; and infant brother, Hershel. He is survived by his children, Roger and Sonya Jones of Shenandoah IA, Denise and Carl Jardon of Randolph, IA; four grandchildren, Cale Jones of Shenandoah, IA, Rachel Jones of Grimes, IA, Ryan Jardon of Johnston, IA, Rebecca Jardon of Ames, IA; brother, Sheldon Jones and sister in-law Opal of Coin, IA, sister-in-law Mary and Wayne Donohue of Red Oak, sister-in-law Carolyn (Clint) Allen of Red Oak; and many other family and friends.

Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Men's Helping Hands or to the Shenandoah Medical Center Healthcare Foundation.

Gordon's wish was for his body to be donated for medical research and scientific purposes


Keep, Lois Louise Headley - Lois Louise Keep, daughter of Carl Madison and Abba Otilia (Carlberg) Headley, was born on August 19, 1935 at Brownville, Nebraska. She passed away on Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas at the age of 79.

Her early life was spent growing up in Brownville, where she attended the Brownville Public Schools. At the age of 10, the family moved to Farragut, Iowa, where Lois graduated from Farragut High School with the class of 1954.

On February 21, 1954, Lois was united in marriage to George Keep, Jr. in Rock Port, Missouri. Following their marriage they resided in rural Coin, Iowa. They were blessed with two children, Randal Douglas and Patricia Kay. Her and George made the move to Shenandoah in 1998.

Through the years, Lois worked at the Murphy Insurance Company and the Page County State Bank both in Coin. In her later years, Lois worked as an Associate at Wal-Mart in Shenandoah until retiring. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah and also active with the Retired Wal-Mart Associates monthly get-togethers. In her spare time, Lois loved to do embroidery and scrapbooking.

Preceding Lois in death were her beloved husband George; parents, Carl and Abba Headley; and two brothers, Edwin and Larry Headley. Survivors include her two children, Randy Keep and wife Karen of Oskaloosa, IA and Patty Jessup of Peculiar, MO; two grandsons, Ryan Keep of Oskaloosa and Jeffrey Keep of Oskaloosa and his fiancé Hannah Klein of Reasonor, IA; special grandson, Joseph Smith of Oskaloosa; sister, Faye Rolf and her husband Donnie of rural Shenandoah, IA; two brothers, Carl (Sonny) Headley of Shenandoah and Delbert Headley and his wife Myrna of Council Bluffs, IA; numerous nieces and nephews; special grand dogs, Samson and Fagan; other relatives and many friends.

Memorials in Lois' name are being directed to the Shenandoah First Christian Church. Burial will be in the Farragut Cemetery


Keesecker, Roger - Roger Lee Keesecker battled liver cancer which he had for about two years, and passed away on Jan. 14 at Goldenrod Manor Nursing Home in Clarinda.

Roger was born Aug 9, 1957 in Munich, Germany, and later came to America with his mother.

He is survived by his mother, Hannarose Keesecker, his brother Thomas Keesecker, and Roger’s two daughters, Johanna Keesecker, age 17 and Riccianne Keesecker, age 15.

Roger was raised in Woodbridge, Va., and later moved to Iowa to drive his own 18-wheeler for Wagaman Trucking in College Springs for four years until Feb., 2005.

He later worked for Pella Windows in Shenandoah from Feb. 2006-Feb. 2010.

Roger’s father died of cancer in 1982.

Roger’s grandparents lived in Germany and had visited them several times and they adored him.

Roger and his two daughters had lived with his mother in College Springs for the last three years.

His mother, as well as his two daughters, miss Roger very much.

Roger had many friends in the area and all will miss him as well. May he rest in eternal peace


Lair, Wade Eugene - Wade Eugene Lair, son of Elliott Wade and Betty (Fletcher) Lair, was born September 2, 1944 in Hamburg, Iowa. He passed away January 7, 2015 at the Shenandoah Medical Center in Shenandoah, Iowa. He was 70 years old.

Wade was born and raised in Hamburg, Iowa. He graduated from Hamburg High School with the class of 1962. Following high school he served his country in the United States Army from 1963 thru 1966. After his service he attended and graduated from Peru State College with a B.A. in Education.

Wade was united in marriage to Alexa Ann Snyder on January 20, 1968 in Sidney, Iowa. They resided in Hamburg, Iowa.

Wade began his teaching career in Hamburg, Iowa from 1976-1977. He then taught and coached for one year at Mondamin-West Harrison High School. In 1979, he moved his family to Shenandoah where he taught and coached the Mustangs for 30 years until his retirement in 2008.

His passion was coaching. He loved attending the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa where he was a fixture on Turn 1 for many years. He was a voracious reader, of all literature and was an Iowa State Cyclone fan. He was a fantastic artist, could free-hand anything! He was a member American Legion Post 88.

Wade was preceded in death by his wife, Alexa, in 1987 and his mother-in-law Ruby Snyder.

Wade is survived by his parents Wade and Betty Lair; four children, Damon Driskell and wife Mindy of Lincoln, Nebraska, Deidra Lanphier of Omaha, Nebraska, Marc Lair and wife Karmen of Bella Vista, Arkansas, and Matthew Lair of Shenandoah, Iowa; sister Claudia Stenzel and husband Mike of Hamburg, Iowa; brother Ray Lair of Las Alamos, New Mexico. Also survived by nine grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and other close friends.

Memorials may be directed to the Infusion Center at the Shenandoah Medical Center or the Shenandoah Booster Club.

Burial of cremated remains will be held at the Mt.Zion/Utterback Cemetery in rural Riverton.

The family request that if you are going to attend the memorial service to please wear your Shenandoah Mustang or Fillies attire


Lininger, Wilbur Leroy - Wilbur Leroy Lininger was born July 2, 1926 at Quitman, MO to Lester Lee and Minnie Aleyne (Harris) Lininger. Wilbur was married to Eddie Lou Gray March 12, 1947. He was a lineman for Iowa Power & Light and became a carpenter for Page N Hill in Clarinda and then worked on his own. Before retirement he was on the maintenance crew at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute.
Wilbur served in the United States Navy during World War II as a Seamen First Class aboard the USS Hornet.
Wilbur passed away Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Eddie Lou Lininger, infant son Danny, brother Donald and sister Edna and her husband Joe.
He is survived by his three sons: Gary and wife Lea of Merriam Woods, MO, Jay and wife Sherry of Clarinda, and Les and wife Mary of Kirbyville, MO; 12 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren; and a very special friend, Frances Robinette of Clarinda; brothers Bill Lininger of Galveston, TX, and Russell and wife Margaret of Easton, KS; sisters Ruby and Lena both of Texas; and sister in law Aletha Lininger of Hawthorne, NV.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, with interment and military rites by American Legion Sergy Post #98 of Clarinda at the Clarinda Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel. Memorials are suggested in Wilbur's name


Lundin, Wilda E. Anderson - Wilda E. Lundin, age 81, died Thursday Jan. 8 at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Wilda was born on Aug. 2, 1933 near Shambaugh.
She is the daughter of Martin Anderson and E. Esther McKee Anderson. Wilda was baptized at Shambaugh Methodist Church in Shambaugh.
She graduated from Clarinda High School in 1951. She attended Clarinda Junior College in Clarinda and taught for a short time in Stanton. She was married to Leland Roger Nelson on Sept. 1, 1954 in Shambaugh. They lived and farmed near Bethesda. They had three boys, before Leland passed away in March, 1964. She then went to Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. and taught at a parochial school in Yorktown before marrying Everett Edward Lundin on May 25, 1968 in Bethesda Lutheran Church. She moved to Mt. Morris, Ill. where they had a girl. She was very actively involved in many various church and community activities including Ladies Aide, Naomi Group, Church Board, TLCW where she was currently serving as the President, the quilting group, LSSI Nachusa Campus, Home extension, the summer reading program at the Mt. Morris Public Library, WRE, and currently enjoying her time reading to students in the Byron School District and working with children in the summer at LOMC. Wilda enjoyed many activities during her lifetime including gardening, traveling through many of the National Parks across the USA, sewing and baking
Wilda is survived and will be greatly missed by her four children: Larry (Nancy) Nelson, Mt. Morris, Ill., Kevin Nelson, Mt. Morris, Ill.; Clair Nelson, Clarinda; Laura (Jonathan) Gabriel, Gordon, Wis. Six grandchildren: Emily (Nathan) Clements, Lakeside, Mont.; Erica (Randy) Bocker, Mt. Morris, Ill.; Amy Nelson, Dennison; Andrea Nelson, Cedar Falls; Aaron and Jacob Gabriel, Gordon, Wis. Three great grandchildren: Levi, Adalyn, and Kasen Bocker, Mt. Morris, Ill. She is also survived by many nieces, nephew, cousins and sister-in-laws .
Wilda was preceded in death by first husband Leland Nelson, her second husband Everett Lundin, her parents and a sister, Phyllis Anderson Hartstack.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, Ill. with Rev, Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mt. Morris, Ill. Visitation was held Sunday Jan. 11 in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, Ill. from 4-6 p.m.
Memorial to Trinity Lutheran Church, Rockford Rescue Mission, and American Cancer Society Ogle County Chapter


Mason, Samuel "Bate" - son of S.B. Mason, 12 yrs old - kicked by vicious pony... Buried in Coin Cemetery... CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Sep 1, 1893


Matthews, Dale Edward - Dale Edward Matthews was one of seven children born to Eugene and Nora (Buckingham) Matthews. He was born February 28, 1920 and he passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014, at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah. He was 94 years old.
Dale grew up in Tabor. He obtained a degree in accounting at the University of Iowa in 1941. After working as an accountant in Chicago for nine months, he volunteered to serve in the Army during World War II at age 22. He was a forward observer with the 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion that saw action in France, Belgium, Germany and Czechoslovakia.
His unit landed on the Normandy beaches shortly after D Day and they fought on the front lines in Europe until the end of the war in 1945. Dale earned five battle stars for Normandy, Ardennes, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He earned a bronze star and a purple heart after being shot by a sniper in March 1945. He was discharged as a First Lieutenant and later was promoted to Captain while in the reserves.
After earning his CPA from Drake University in 1954, Dale moved to Shenandoah to start an accounting practice. Today this firm is known as Miller Shearer Lashier and Company and they recently celebrated their 60th anniversary.
On January 25, 1974 Dale and Clara Jane Gottsch were married. Dale and Clara Jane enjoyed traveling all over the world. They especially enjoyed the ancient world and climbing over archaeological sites. They also loved to explore museums and to visit military battle fields.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his daughter Rebecca Matthews, three sisters Marjorie (an infant), Pearl Warin and Mable Georgesen, and three brothers David, Maurice and Earl. He is survived by his daughter Nancy Borchert and husband Jim of Fort Collins, Colo., and by 17 nieces and nephews and many great nephews and nieces.
Visitation was held at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 16, from 5 until 7 p.m. Dale was a longtime member in the United Congregational Church of Shenandoah. His life was celebrated there on Wednesday, December 17, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Jenny Folmar as officiate.
Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 88.
At the memory register was Marsha Miller and Sherry Shearer. The ushers were Terry Miller and Dave Lashier. Congregational hymns were “Holy, Holy, Holy”, “In The Garden”, O’Come , O’Come Emmauel”, and “The Doxology” with Carol Lee Rees as the pianist. Casket bearers were Terry Miller, Dave Lashier, Kirk Shearer, Edward Bonifus, Bruce Baldwin, and Mike Warin. Honorary casket bearers were Jim Borhert, Matthew Hall, Gene Hall, Eric Hall, Stewart Hall and Christopher Pillow.
Memorials may be directed to Disabled American Veterans or Wounded Warrier Project. Remembrances and condolences may be shared at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in charge of arrangements


McAndrews, Thomas Owen - Thomas Owen McAndrews was born March 24, 1940 at Maquoketa, IA to Peter Gilbert and Bernice Elizabeth (Guyer) McAndrews. He received his education in the elementary and high schools in Lost Nation, Iowa and St. Ambrose College at Davenport and Iowa State University at Ames. Tom was united in marriage to Patricia Marie Carraher on September 23, 1961 at Lost Nation, IA. The couple have five children.
Following his education he began farming with his father, Gilbert. He then went into banking and credit moving to Clarinda in 1974 working at the Production Credit Association. He left Production Credit in the mid'80's and began consulting in the banking, insurance and financial areas. He remained active and involved with the Spectrum company. Tom enjoyed traveling, hunting and fishing, golfing, playing cards, car racing and NASCAR. He was a supporter of Clarinda, serving his community in the economic, tourism, and social areas. His family was of the utmost importance and he loved his grandchildren's activities.
Tom passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 74. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kim Limond, sister Joyce O'Connor, and parents, Bernice and Gilbert.
He is survived by his wife, Pat, of Clarinda; children Mark (Mary Frances) McAndrews of Des Moines, IA, Greg (Barb) McAndrews of St. Louis, MO, Steve (Julie) McAndrews of Clarinda, Shawn (Barbara) McAndrews of Clarinda, and Angie (Brad) Scheib, Plymouth, MN; son-in-law Phil Limond, Clinton, IA; grandchildren Nicole and Greg Braun and their son Gabriel, George and Phillip McAndrews, Macy, Tommy and Mara McAndrews, Chase, Ethan and Kolby McAndrews, Alexia, Aaron, and Michaela McAndrews, Blake, Bennett, and Brenna Scheib; siblings Jeneane (John) Sebolt of Eldridge, IA, Pat (Dennis) Pelan of Logan, IA, and John (Ruth) McAndrews of Davenport, IA; many nieces, nephews, and sisters and brothers-in-law.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 at St. Clare Catholic Church, Clarinda, with interment at Clarinda Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda. Memorials are suggested to Clarinda Foundation or Clarinda Lied Library


McClarnon, Darlene Lucile Jeffers - Darlene Lucile McClarnon, age 95, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Westridge Care & Rehab Center in Clarinda, Iowa. Celebration of Life Services will be held 10:30 AM, Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation will be held 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Ritchie Funeral Home with the family greeting friends. Interment will be in the Clarinda Cemetery.

Darlene Lucile (Jeffers) McClarnon was born February 19, 1919, in Page County, Iowa the daughter of Floyd Dennis Jeffers and Ocie Jane (Bashor) Jeffers. She grew up on the family farm west of Siam where she attended rural schools, graduating from Clarinda High School with the Class of 1937. She met Harold McClarnon at a dance and on December 18, 1937, they were united in marriage. To this loving union, six children were born, Hobart, Terry, Sheryl, Michael Debra and Tamara.

The family lived in the Shambaugh area until moving to Braddyville in the middle 1950’s. In 1965, they moved to Council Bluffs, returning in the mid-1970’s to her family farm west of Siam. The couple moved to Clarinda in the mid-1980’s. Harold passed away in February of 1991.

Harold and Darlene loved to travel, having covered most of the United States, Canada and Mexico. She enjoyed fishing, playing cards, making pies and doilies. Her family was most important to her and she truly enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Darlene was an active volunteer at Westridge, she enjoyed helping people out, driving them to doctor appointments and grocery shopping when she could. She also was active in helping with the Glenn Miller Days and the Clarinda Band jamboree. She was a member of the Shambaugh Methodist Church and the Neighborhood Club.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful mother and grandmother are her six children, Hobart McClarnon of Clarinda; Terry McClarnon and wife Carol of Petaluma, California; Sheryl Shum and Lloyd of Clarinda; Michael McClarnon and wife Ginny of Council Bluffs; Debra McClarnon and Tamara Reiter, both of Clarinda; a sisters-in-law, Toots Peterman of Bedford; and Sharron Graham of Shambaugh; cousins Wanda Updike and Pay Hoyt of Clarinda; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren; relatives and friends.

Preceding Darlene in death are her parents, Floyd and Ocie Jeffers; her husband Harold McClarnon; a daughter-in-law, Rosie McClarnon; two sisters, Elvina Woods and Betty Lovelady; a granddaughter, Lisa Roberts; and three great-grandchildren.

McClarnon, Janice Elaine Clark - 28 Nov 1945 - 04 Jan 2015

Janice McClarnon, age 69, of Braddyville, entered into peace Sunday, Jan. 4 at Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Neb. Celebration of Life services were held 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda with Calvin Hull officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Shearer Cemetery, Braddyville at a later date.

Janice Elaine McClarnon was born Nov. 28, 1945, in Clarinda to Seth John Clark and Emsy Pearl (Smith) Clark. She grew up in Clarinda, graduating from Clarinda High School in 1964. Jan married and started a family while living in Southwest Iowa. On Jan. 25, 1974, she was united in marriage to Howard McClarnon and brought her three boys and Howard’s three boys into the union. The family resided in Braddyville.
After the boys were in school, Janice worked at NSK for twenty years. Following her retirement from NSK, Janice worked at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital for five years and spent the last ten years at home.
Jan was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a very caring person and put the needs of others ahead of her own. Jan loved to ride on the back of Howard’s motorcycle as they traveled around the United States. Jan was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed watching Dale Earnhart and Dale Earnhart, Jr. She also enjoyed reading and always had a book in her hands. Her family was her passion and she was very supportive of their activities. Jan had a forgiving heart when it came to her boys.
Preceding Jan in death were her parents; sons, David McClarnon and Matthew Kraig McClarnon; brother, Darwin Clark and sister, Joyce Allene Newberg.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Howard McClarnon of Braddyville; sons, Kevin McClarnon and wife Diane of Ardmore, Tenn., Marvin McClarnon and wife Suzi of Clarinda, Marty McClarnon and wife Lisa of Huntsville, Ala., Matthew Steven McClarnon and wife Tina of Braddyville; grandchildren, Kristina Pitts and husband Jesse, Crystal Kronschnabel and husband Ryan, Megan McClarnon, Destinee Fusard and husband Matt, Brilee McClarnon, Mistary McClarnon and Mason McClarnon; three great grandchildren, Maddie Pitts, Anthony Fusard, Matthew James McClarnon; brother, Marvin Clark of Apache Jct, Ariz.; nieces; nephews other relatives and many friends.


McElhose, Robert - died at his home in Pawnee City, Neb., on Wednesday, Aug 16th, and was buried on Friday of the same week. The family have the sympathy of their many friends around Page Center. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Sep 1, 1893


McIntyre, Barbara June Neff - Barbara June McIntyre, 84, Maryville, Missouri, formerly of Elmo, Missouri died Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at Village Care Center, Inc, Maryville, Missouri.
Barbara was born June 2, 1930, in Elmo, Missouri to Galen and Nora Horn Neff.
Barbara married Kenneth McIntyre October 16, 1948, at Blanchard, Iowa. Kenneth preceded her in death October 17, 2010.
A 1948 graduate of Elmo High School, she had been a CNA at Golden Living Care Center, Maryville, and a member of the Elmo United Methodist Church.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, sons John Henry McIntyre and Larry Wayne McIntyre, brothers Richard and Henry Neff and sister Gladys Beckel.
Survivors include: daughters Joyce (James) Smith, Irma Copeland, Carol L. McIntyre, all of Maryville, and Dianna (Les) Linville, Skidmore, Missouri, and son George McIntyre, Kimallton, Iowa, sisters Loeva Brown, Ephrata, Washington and Carolyn Hamm, Yakima, Washington, 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Barbara’s body has been cremated.
A Memorial Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, January 9, at Price Funeral Home, Maryville. There will be a luncheon and time of visitation after the service at 622 West Edwards, Maryville.
Memorials may be made to SSM Hospice and Homecare, 2016 South Main Street, Maryville, Mo. in Barbara’s name.

Mildward, Malaki Xavier - Malaki Mildward, age 7, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Thursday, January 22,, 2015 at Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Ritchie Funeral Home with Scott Davison officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Monday, January 26, 2015 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery.

Malaki Xavier Mildward was born August 3, 2007 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the son of Amber A. Braymen and Xavier Mildward. He lived most of his life in Clarinda, Iowa, most recently living in College Springs, Iowa. Malaki attended Junior Kindergarten with Mrs. Marilyn Wagoner, Kindergarten with Mrs. Alisha Jobe, first grade with Ms. Cassie Wittler and Mrs. Rita Degrout, sometimes visited Jennifer Peters, SN (special nurse) and Mrs. Whitham and Mrs. Opperman, SP (special principals) at the Clarinda Garfield Elementary School. Malaki was a vivacious youngster with a curious mind and active imagination, who could baffle those around him one minute and charm them the next. He loved his teachers and was full of hugs for them and his classmates.

His favorite pastimes found him playing T-ball in the summer, soccer in the fall, fishing in the family pond, riding the pet ram, stopping at Casey’s after school, visiting grandparents in Maryville, helping Mom work on vehicles, shadowing Grandpa Brian, directing Grandpa Joe’s driving the combine, almost anything that happened out-of-doors and being involved in every conversation and project. He was a good little student but would readily tell you that recess was his favorite subject. A highlight of one summer was showing a goat at the Nodaway County Fair at Maryville and beaming with big pride at earning a trophy.

Malaki is surrounded by a good-sized family, who love him and whom he loved very much. Malaki passed from his families’ his friends’ and his teachers’ loving arms into Jesus’ arms on January 22, 2015. Besides his mother and father, remembering him with love are his family of Jeremiah, Emma and Blaine Hicks of College Springs; grandparents, Scott and Kim Mildward and their son, Hayden of Maryville, Missouri, Sarah Graham and sons, Ethan, and Ryan, her friend John of Maryville, Missouri, Brian and Gail Braymen of rural Shambaugh, Iowa, Merlin and Susan Hicks of Clarinda, Iowa; great grandparents, Lenda Kling and Nancy Garton of Maryville, Missouri, Ray Henggeler of Ravenwood, Missouri, Jim and Mary Asher of Clearmont, Missouri, Joe and Lois Braymen of rural Clarinda, Iowa, Roy and Joan Hughes of Clarinda, Iowa; aunt, Lacey Le, husband, Tom and children, Anthony and Raina of Neligh, Nebraska; uncle Jacob Hicks of Clarinda, Iowa; great aunts and uncles, Jeff Braymen, Allison and Rod Vogel of Clarinda, Joel and Kelly Braymen of Leshara, Nebraska, Lori and Mac Freeman of Airmont, New York; cousins, Stephanie Reiter, Elmo, Missouri, Beth Reiter of Clarinda, Iowa, Kaitlyn Elliott and Nash Braymen of Leshara, Nebraska, Hannah Brady of Neliegh, Nebraska, Zane Townsend of New York and Cody Townsend of Chicago, Illinois and many extended family members and family friends.

Preceding Malaki in death were grandmother Leasa Fallmer, great grandmother, Dorothy Henggeler and great grandfather Zane Smith


Miller, Angela Jean Jackson - Angela Jean Miller was born April 27, 1962 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of William and Nancy (Feil) Jackson. She passed away on Monday evening, January 5, 2015 at Jennie Edmondson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa at the age of 52 years, 8 months and 9 days.
Angie grew up and attended school in Shenandoah. Following high school she moved to Oklahoma for a short time where she worked in construction. She later moved back to Shenandoah where she worked for Oakview Construction. On March 25, 1992 she was united in marriage to Dave Miller and the couple made their home in Shenandoah. Angie worked in nursing homes for a while and for the past 7 years she has worked as an RTW at the Glenwood Resource Center.
Angie was an active and loyal member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 20 years. She enjoyed riding her Harley-Davidson and spending time with her family and many friends. Her true love was her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother and a granddaughter, Tascha Brown.
Survivors include her husband, Dave Miller of Shenandoah, Iowa; her children, Wesley Miller (Jennifer) of Red Oak, Iowa, Jeff Miller (Marcy)of College Springs, Iowa, John Miller (Shannon) of Clarinda, Iowa, Jesse Goodman of Texas, Amanda O’Neill (Tyler) of Meeker, Colorado, Angie Goodman of Newton, Iowa; many grandchildren, Luke, Joshua, Holly, Joseph, Drew, Devon, Ethan, Isaiah, Kristin, Dayton, Matthew, Max, Harris, Wyatt, Paislee, Angelica, Brooklyn, Carson, Cayden, Aubry, Kylie, Gage, Hannah, Connor and Myra; her father, William Jackson of Cripple Creek, Colorado; two brothers, Bill Jackson of Colorado, John Vanderpool of Colorado; two sisters-in-law, Jennie Miller (Frank) of Hannibal, Missouri, Joan Decker of Iowa City, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 9, 2015 at Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah with Pastor Greg Young officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Shenandoah. Visitation with the family present took place on Thursday evening, January 8, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah. A memorial fund was established in Angie’s name. Online remembrances or condolences can be shared at The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah was in charge of arrangements.

Miller, Pauline Annis Phipps - Pauline Miller, age 99, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Russ Clark officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa.

Pauline Annis Miller was born November 6, 1915 in Clarinda, Iowa to Will Albert Phipps and Stella May (McIntyre) Phipps. She was a lifetime Clarinda area resident and received her education in the Clarinda Schools. She was united in marriage April, 1935 to Merwin Miller. They were blessed with two sons, Phillip Edward and Randy Kevin.

Pauline and Merwin farmed in the Clarinda area where she enjoyed growing flowers and raising gardens and she was also a seamstress at the Mental Health Institute for many years.

Pauline was a long time and active member of the First Christian Church. Pauline enjoyed cooking and baking and working in various areas of the church. She was a very special Christian lady. Her family and friends were very important to her; she loved them all and enjoyed visiting with them.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Merwin Miller; sister, Jean Kelley and brother-in-law, Curtis Kelley; niece, Karen Sue Seilkin.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Phillip Edward (Eddie)Miller and wife Robin of Sahuarita, Arizona and Randy Miller of Lees Summit, Missouri; grandchildren, Lynn Miller and wife Melanie, Tim Miller and wife Betsy, David Miller, Angela Owen and husband Chris, Jason Miller and wife Candice, Ryan Miller, Kyle Miller and wife Jessica, Shannon (Miller) Taboban and husband Trevor, Kelly Peterson and fiancé Bo Bailey, Sean Peterson; eleven great grandchildren; nephew, Michael Kelley of Tucson, Arizona; Connie Miller of Shawnee, Kansas, and many nieces and nephews and many dear friends.


Newcomb, Paul David - Paul David Newcomb, son of James Joseph and Margaret (Priebe) Newcomb was born on July 26, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. He passed away on January 9, 2015, at the age of 71, at the Shenandoah Medical Center Emergency Room following an accident at his home in Shenandoah.

Growing up, Paul's early life was spent in East Detroit. He received his education from the Detroit Public School System, graduating from East Detroit High School with the Class of 1961. Following high school, Paul enlisted in the United States Army on July 28, 1961 and served until receiving his Honorable Discharge on May 23, 1964.

Upon his return to Detroit from the Army, Paul worked for the Chrysler Corp. for a period of time. He later moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he worked for the Wilson Packing Plant. It was after working at Wilson's that he began his career as a Prison Guard. He worked many years in the Iowa Prison System, starting at the prison in Anamosa and later transferred to the Clarinda Correctional Facility. Following his retirement from being a prison guard, Paul went to work at the Eaton Corp. in Shenandoah before "officially retiring" after five years.

On December 30, 1999, Paul was united in marriage to Barbara (Brown) Shaw in Shenandoah. They made their home in rural Shenandoah until health problems forced them to move into town.

Paul was an avid reader, always having two to three books at a time, being read. He also loved word puzzles and playing cards.

Preceding Paul in death were his parents. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 15 years, Barbara Shaw-Newcomb of the home; a daughter, Gwen of East Berne, NY; a son, Paul, Jr., of Cedar Rapids, IA; and a daughter, Mona, of Winterhaven, FL; seven grandchildren, including Anthony P. Newcomb, Adam D. Newcomb and Aaron L. Newcomb; one great grandchild; three brothers, John, James and Edward Newcomb; a sister, Margaret Johnson; other relatives and a host of friends.

As per his wishes, Paul was cremated and private inurnment was held in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah with military rites accorded by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88


Norris, Dora "Juanita" Schrodt - Juanita Norris, age 84, of Braddyville, Iowa, entered into peace Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Westridge Care & Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Ritchie Funeral Home with John Smith officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Friday, February 13, 2015 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Braddyville Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa.

Dora Juanita Norris was born July 31, 1930 in Adams County, Iowa to Charles Henry Schrodt and Rena H.E. (Houchin) Schrodt. She grew up in the .Shambaugh/Clarinda area graduating from Clarinda High School in 1947. Juanita met Gene Norris at the Harold Grimes skating rink; she fell down and he picked her up and that was the start of their love for one another. They were united in marriage May 1, 1949 in Shambaugh. They were blessed with four children, Terry, Tommy, Timothy and Tammy.

Juanita and Gene farmed in the Braddyville area. Juanita had worked at Obrien Brothers in Bedford and also at East Side Hardware in Clarinda along with helping with the farm responsibilities. In 1964 Juanita and Gene and their family started the Norris Fireworks business which is still operating after fifty years!

Juanita attended both the Methodist and Christian Churches in Braddyville. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society and the American Legion Auxiliary. Juanita was a wonderful seamstress, sewing for the family and others. She had many interests and activities. Juanita collected miniature lamps which numbered over 500; she collected musical carousels and enjoyed listening to the music. Juanita also enjoyed making greeting cards and meeting people, making many friends through the fireworks stand. Juanita and Gene enjoyed volunteering as clowns; entertaining and making balloon animals for many children at schools and parties. They also enjoyed square dancing and traveling in their motor home and later wintering in Arizona. Juanita’s family and friends will remember her for her wonderful angel food cakes, corn dish, ice cream desert, and other special dishes.

Preceding Juanita in death were her parents; brothers, Lewis and Jim Schrodt; sisters, Ida Ellen Goff and Sue Sollars.

Left to cherish the memory of a wonderful, wife, mother and grandmother are her loving husband, Gene Norris of Braddyville; children, Terry Norris of Lawson, Missouri, Tommy Norris of Scottsdale, Arizona, Timothy Norris and wife Judy of Braddyville, Tammy Norris of Clarinda; grandchildren, Starla Yarbrough, Michael Norris, Chad Norris, Stacy Nolker, Brian Norris, Angela Lane, Richard Norris; fourteen great grandchildren; nieces; nephews and many friends.

Otte, Letha Blume - On December 15, 2014 Letha Otte passed away at Three Crowns Park, Evanston, Illinois, surrounded by family and held by love. She was 96 years old.

Letha was born at home on the family farm near Lenexa, Johnson County, Kansas on January 12, 1918. She was the fourth child of eleven, and the first daughter of Ora Floray and John Herman Blume.

Letha spent most of her childhood years on the farm, helping her Mom raise eleven children and learning to be a very good cook and baker. The family regularly attended church and were members at Salem Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Lenexa. Letha was confirmed and married in this church. It is here that she first began teaching Sunday school, a role she cherished and maintained throughout her life, creating lessons for young children for as long as she was able.

Letha attended Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg [Kansas], gaining her degree in Elementary Education. She taught elementary-age children, including her younger siblings, in rural Lenexa and Olathe, often in one-room schools. During World War II, however, she joined other women who became “Rosie the Riveters” supporting the war effort by working in a munitions factory in Kansas City, Kansas.

It was on a trip to visit cousins living in the Clarinda, Iowa area that Letha met Wendell Willis Otte. They began a courtship, loved dancing and each other, and eventually married upon his return from military service in the Pacific on April 28, 1945. After Wendell’s year of school in St. Louis, they settled at 408 East Tarkio in Clarinda, building a house there with the support of the GI Bill. In 1950, they exchanged homes with Wendell’s parents, moving to 714 North 15th Street, where they remained through their marriage of 59 years. Here they raised their four children: Janith Maureen [later: Claire Rose], Gwendolyn Gail, Randall Fredric, and Gaylord Wendell.

Letha’s found joy in expressing love in many ways: Being a mother and wife. Creating holiday costumes and decorations, making cookies and candies that she shared with everyone. Sewing everything for her family including dresses, coats, jackets, pants and blouses. Driving her children to lessons, band practices, sports events, church outings and sleep-overs. Being an inveterate photographer, leaving a legacy of thousands of family pictures and dozens of albums and movies. Writing weekly letters to distant children. Baking pecan rolls, especially when introducing newly-arrived international residents to American ways. Delighting in gardening and flowers.

Letha loved connecting with people and participating in Clarinda’s community life. She loved her adopted church, St. John Lutheran (LCMS), where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir with Wendell, and participated in Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Circles her entire adult life. She was a member of the Clarinda International Club, welcoming and sharing with people from many cultures. In middle age she learned to golf, enjoying leagues and tournaments as well as giving Wendell a run for his money on the links. Playing piano, listening to and singing hymns, and entertaining visitors brought comfort and delight to her later years. These things always made her smile.

Letha was preceded in death by her husband Wendell, parents Ora and John Blume, brothers Orville (the late Dorothy), Howard (the late Lucy), John (the late Irene), Donald, Raymond, Kenneth, and Glenn, nephew Gary Lingier, and by Wendell’s family: parents Alma and William Otte, Marie Otte Sump (the late Alfred).

Letha is survived by her children Janith (now: Claire Rose) of Oakland, California; Gwen (David Edwards) of Anchorage, Alaska; Randall (Peg) and Gaylord (Lynn) of Evanston, Illinois and by grandchildren Nicholas, Erin (Justin Johns), Caitlin, Gregory, Douglas, Jeffrey [Otte]; Patrick (Robin), Michael (Lizz), Lizabeth (Todd) and great-granddaughter Amanda [Murphy]. She is also survived by siblings Anna Jean Lingier, Eleanor Beene and Paul Blume (Jewel) and sisters-in-law Bernie, Edna and Vivian [Blume], as well as many nieces and nephews.

A committal service was held at the Clarinda Cemetery December 22, 2014 with Rev. Claire Rose and Rev. Peg Otte officiating. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held following this at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Daryl Tompkins and Rev. Bob Schaedel officiating. Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church LWML or Nodaway Valley Historical Museum in Clarinda. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, provided arrangements.


Pearson, Vandelin "Van" Elizabeth Almquist 09 Oct 1917 - Jan 15, 2015 sld

Vandelin “Van” Elizabeth Pearson, was born October 9, 1917 on the family farm near Essex, Iowa. She was the last surviving sibling of six children born to Franz Elmer and Mabel (Skalberg) Almquist. She passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Stanton Care Center, Stanton, Iowa at the age of 97 years.

Vandelin was united in marriage to Harold T. Pearson on October 21, 1936. They were blessed with three children: Darrel, Shirley and Gerald “Jerry” Vandelin and Harold farmed in the Essex area until 1964, when they moved to a farm north of Stanton. In 1992, they made their home in Red Oak. Van retired from Union Carbide after 25 years, and then worked at the Stanton Care Center for three years as a CNA. She later volunteered at the Stanton Care Center and Christ Cupboard Food Bank in Red Oak. Van enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, cooking, entertaining, conversation, along with playing cards and board games. She attended the First Covenant Church in Red Oak. Vandelin has resided at the Stanton Care Center since 2010.

Vandelin was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold on May 13, l996; son, Darrel; granddaughter, Lynn Lawson; one great-great-grandson; sisters: Myra Livingston, Leola Morhain Freeman and Phyllis Fienup; brothers: Merrill and Marvin; and daughter-in-law, Denise Pearson.

Vandelin is survived by her children: Shirley Lawson and husband Charles of Dallas, TX; Gerald “Jerry” Pearson of Brandon, MS; and daughter-in-law, Delores Pearson, wife of Darrel of Denver, CO; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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

Private Family Graveside Service will be held
Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Essex Cemetery, Essex, Iowa at 2:00 PM
Rev. Alan Dean, Officiating

Open viewing will be held Sunday at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home.

Family requests memorials in lieu of flowers to the First Covenant Church 207 E. Hammond St. Red Oak, Iowa 5l566.

Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements


Perkins, Jeraldyne Lea Haines - Jeraldyne Lea Perkins was born December 6, 1943 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the daughter of Orville and Edith (Hauger) Haines. She passed away on Wednesday morning, December 3, 2014 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 70 years, 11 months and 27 days.
Jeraldyne grew up in Oakland, Iowa and graduated from Oakland High School. Following high school she was married to Haeven Pedersen. This union was blessed with three sons, Tab, Todd and Haeven, Jr. She was later married to Bill McKinley and that union was blessed with one son, Jimmy. On December 3, 1988 she was married to Jerry Perkins in Essex, Iowa.
Jeraldyne was a homemaker raising her four sons. After her marriage to Jerry, she worked as a cook at the Essex School for several years. She enjoyed collecting clowns and clown artifacts. She has a love for people in general. Her true love was her family, especially Jerry and her grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Jerry.
Survivors include her four sons, Tab Pedersen and his wife Laurie of Oakland, Iowa, Todd Pedersen and Kristin Moore of Clarinda, Iowa, Haeven Pedersen, Jr. and his wife Kristi of Lincoln, Nebraska, Jimmy McKinley and his wife Dawnette of Harlan, Iowa; step children, Cory Perkins and his wife Aime of Shenandoah, Iowa, Tyson Perkins and Michelle Tillman of Shenandoah, Iowa; 10 grandchildren, Landen Pedersen and his wife Taylor, Michael Pedersen and his wife Morgan, Keisha Maher and Jeremy Fichter, Colby Pedersen and his wife Michala, Channing Pedersen, Makenzie Pedersen, Brennan Pedersen, Caleb Rihner, Dalton McKinley, Brody McKinley; step grandchildren, Devon, Sienna, Donovan, Steven and Delaney Perkins; a brother, Terry Haines and his wife Cyndy of Oakland, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.

Phipps, Richard Keith - Richard Keith Phipps was born May 30, 1930 in Hamburg, Iowa the son of Wayne A. and Hazel Dean (Gillam) Phipps. He passed away early Tuesday morning, December 30, 2014 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 84 years, 7 months.
Richard grew up in the Farragut area and graduated from Farragut High School in 1948. He later attended Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville for two years. He served his country in the United States Air Force from January 1951 until October 1954. On September 25, 1955 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Ann Lorimor in Shenandoah, Iowa. This union was blessed with two children, Roger and Lisa.
Richard was a 50 year member of the American Legion in Shenandoah. He lived for the farm, everything he did revolved around his farm. He enjoyed spending time with his many friends, but his true love was his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Jeannine Ouren; and a nephew, Steven Parr.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Phipps of Farragut, Iowa; his children, Roger Phipps and his wife Beth of Farragut, Iowa, Lisa Connell and her husband John of Harlan, Iowa; grandchildren, Chris Phipps and his wife Lindsay of Shenandoah, Iowa, Stephanie Connell of Underwood, Iowa, Craig Connell of Ankeny, Iowa; great grandson, Carter Phipps of Shenandoah, Iowa; two nieces, Diane Sorenson and her husband Dan of Clarion, Iowa, Janet Leinen of Gilbert, Arizona; along with other relatives and friends.

Farragut Cemetery, Farragut, Iowa. Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Pierce, Donna Jean Pulsifer - Donna Jean (Pulsifer) Pierce, the beautiful daughter of Juanita (Jolly) and Claude Pulsifer, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 15th 2015.

Donna Jean (Pulsifer) Pierce was born on July 4th 1932 in McFall, Missouri. She graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1950. On September 2nd 1950, she married Rex Pierce in Shenandoah where they spent the 58 years of their marriage. To this union, three daughters were born; Cindi, Linda and Kelli.

Donna and Rex were the owners of Rex's T.V. and Appliance for many years and farmed near Farragut. More recently, Donna enjoyed working at Shenandoah Floral, as a salesperson for E.K. Premium Seed Company and at Iowa Western Community College.

Donna often referred to herself as a "pioneer woman" who enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. She loved reading western novels, sitting in the sun and being on the go. Donna loved people and you could often find her going on outings with her sisters-in-law, having dinner with old school mates or immersing herself in the wonderful chaos of the large and loving Buttry family. In her later years, she truly embraced her independence. She served as a muse for her granddaughter, Stephanie, an artist who has written songs and plays based upon her life and stories. She frequently visited her daughters in Omaha, moved into her own apartment and took her first flight to New York City. She was also thrilled to take on the role of great grandma with the birth of Lennon. Donna will be remembered for her energy, charisma, kindness and love of family.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband, Rex, along with many other beloved family members.

Donna is survived by her daughters; Cindi Dodd and husband Steve of Fremont, NE, Linda Whitehill and husband Al of Omaha, NE and Kelli Nesmith of Omaha, NE; three granddaughters; Stephanie Dodd and husband Justin Badger of Boulder, CO, Shelby Owens and husband Rob of Fremont, NE, Allison Wertz and husband Adam of Omaha, NE; great granddaughter; Lennon Olivia Wertz of Omaha, NE; one sister; Sandra Kuntzweiler of Fayetteville, AR; brother-in-law; Code Pierce and wife Wava of Sidney, IA and sister-in-law; Colleen Pierce of Malvern, IA. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families and friends who are too numerous to name, but were truly loved by Donna.

Memorials are being directed to the family.

Burial will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa


Piester, Dorothy Lucile Danielson - Dorothy Lucile (Danielson) Piester, 93, of rural Shenandoah, passed away December 14, 2014 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Clarkson in Omaha. She was born on October 16, 1921 in rural Page County, Iowa to Roland H. and Ruth A. (Dugan) Danielson.
Dorothy spent a few of growing up years at the Iowa Soldiers Orphans Home in Davenport. She started her schooling at College Springs, Iowa. She graduated from 8th grade from Shenandoah. She spent 9th grade at SUDLOW Junior High in Davenport and then went to High School at Sioux Rapids, Iowa.
Following high school Dorothy went to a two year nursing training program and worked at the Shenandoah Hospital during World War II. While she was in training her co-students gave her the nickname of “Danny” that she was called the rest of her life.
She also met one of her patients whom was to be her future husband. Walter E. Piester and Dorothy were united in marriage on November 8, 1943. To this union two daughters were born Sandra Kay and Judith Ann.
After Walt’s passing Dorothy worked a summer for Waldorf Café. Then she worked from Henry Fields. She then worked at Vet-A-Mix for 13 years until retirement.
Dorothy and Walter joined several card clubs around town. They also enjoyed spending time at Izack Walton. Dorothy was a member of Friendly Circle Club, Visit-a-While, Christian Women, and Locust Grove Methodist UMW.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Walter Piester, her parents, sisters Florence Gleason and Betty Kell, brother John Kent Danielson, step-daughter Jacquelyn Dearmont, step-son Robert Piester and half brother Raymond C. Danielson.
Dorothy is survived by her daughters Sandra K. Sloan of Omaha, and Judith Ann (Sal) Mercurio of Moreno Valley, Calif., grandchildren Carrie (Bob) Meyer of Omaha, Ashley Mercurio of Kansas City, MO., Bryan (Jane) Piester of Columbia, MO. and Linda (Bill) Braun of Sequim, Wash., great-grandchildren Drew Piester of Columbia, MO. and Claire Piester of Missoula, Mont., sisters Maxine Danielson of Sacramento, Calif. and Hazel (Ralph) Bartelt of Polson, Mont., half-brother Roland , Jr. (Sue) Danielson of Lake Isabella, Calif., several extended family and many friends.
Funeral services were held 1 p.m., Tuesday, November 16, 2014 at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home with Pastor James Buckhahn officiate.
Visitation was held one hour prior to service at the the funeral home. The musical selections were “Amazing Grace” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Casket bearers were Bryan Piester, Drew Piester, Bob Meyer, John Whipple, Trevor Whipple and Roger Jones. Burial was held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.
Memorials are being established. Remembrances and condolences can be shared with the family at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Pine, R.H., Mrs - The sad news of the death of Mrs R.H. Pine, who went from College Springs to Dade county, Mo., recently has reached this section and is a shock to her many friends. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Aug 4, 1893


Pugh, Joy - Joy Pugh, age 53, of Kirksville, Mo., formerly of Clarinda, entered into peace Monday, Dec. 15 at her parents home in Clarinda. A memorial service were held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 at the First Assembly of God Church, Kirksville, Mo. with Pastor Robert Fredricks officiating and 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at the New Life Assembly of God Church, Clarinda with Pastor John Heth officiating. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or to the First Assembly of God Church, Kirksville, Mo. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda.

Joy Pugh, born Oct. 10, 1961 in Smith Center, Kan., passed away from this life Dec. 15 at her parents’ home in Clarinda, following a brief illness with melanoma.
Joy was the eldest of three children, born to John A. and Marjorie (Thomas) Pugh at Smith Center, Kan. Over the years, growing up she and the family lived in several places, including Kensington, Kansas, Salina, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, Raytown, Missouri, Elmer, Missouri and Clarinda.
Joy graduated as Salutatorian from Clarinda High School in 1979, then graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Dakota in 1983. She then worked at Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda until 1984 when she enrolled as a student at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University), studying forensic science. Upon completion of those studies in 1985, she was employed at Truman State University as a criminalist and as an instructor in Criminal Science. Joy held her job at Truman until her death. She was passionate about her job and especially loved taking grade school students on tours of the crime lab. She also enjoyed the opportunity to help her nieces conduct experiments in the lab. Joy was an active member of the First Assembly of God Church in Kirksville, Missouri for many years where she served as board member, Sunday school teacher, VBS volunteer and various other capacities.
At an early age, Joy gave her life over to Jesus Christ and she loved the Lord and her church family.
Joy loved to read and owned an extensive and eclectic library. She also pursued artistic endeavors such as painting, drawing, etc. She enjoyed going to movies and interacting with her Bible Club. However her greatest passion was her family, especially her beloved nieces and nephew, Jessica, Amy, Hannah, Jeremy and Karista.
She was preceded in death by her cat and constant companion of seventeen years, Jamie.
Joy is survived by her parents, John and Marjorie Pugh of Clarinda; brothers, Jon Pugh of Clarinda and David Pugh and wife Nita of Phillipsburg, Kan.; nieces, Jessica Pugh of Clarinda, Amy Pugh, Hannah Pugh, and Karista Pugh of Phillipsburg, Kan.; nephew, Jeremy Pugh of Phillipsburg, Kan.; uncle, Charles Thomas of Kansas City, Mo.; numerous cousins and many, many friends.

Racine, Alpha Marlene Foster - 05 Jul 1931 - Jan 31, 2015 Alpha Marlene Racine, 83, of Coin, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at The Sidney Ambassador in Sidney, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed to Coin Fire and Rescue or the Coin Library

Alpha Marlene Racine, the daughter of Hamilton J. and Flora C. (Jordan) Foster was born in Riverton, Iowa, on July 5, 1931. She entered into rest on January 31, 2015 at the Ambassador Care Center in Sidney Iowa. She was 83 years old.

Marlene spent most of her life in the Fremont and Page County areas. Marlene attended school in Riverton, Iowa, graduating from Riverton High School in 1950.

Marlene was united in marriage to Lester L. Racine at the United Methodist Church in Riverton, Iowa on May 12, 1951. To this union two sons were born; Ron and Randy.

Marlene worked for Mount Arbor Nurseries and for Weaver & Overholster Optometrist. Marlene was a member of the United Methodist Church in Coin, Iowa, active at the Coin Library, member of the Women's Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 88 of Shenandoah and a former Lady Elk. Marlene enjoyed gardening, canning, embroidering and helping out at the library. Marlene was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and great-grandmother and enjoyed her friends which she had many.

Marlene was preceded in death by her husband Lester Racine, her parents, six brothers and five sisters.

Marlene leaves to morn her passing her two sons Ron Racine and fiancé Cindy of Papillion, NE and Randy Racine and wife Kathy of New Market, Iowa, four grandchildren; Wade, Amber, Cole and Anthony; ten great grandchildren Isabelle, Donavon, Ezekiel, Eli, Grayson, Carson, Kimberly, Hallie, Jenna, and Brett. Also surviving is her brother August Foster and wife Opal and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be directed to Coin Fire and Rescue or the Coin Library.

Burial will be at a later date at Riverton Cemetery.

Marlene donated her body to Medical Science to help further research


Roberts, Boy, 14 - Unfortunate - A man by the name of Roberts and two sons, hailing from Denver, stopped at the residence of Will Hunter in Valley township Sunday. On Monday the 14-year-old son, who has been troubled with inflammatory rheumatism and aflection of the heart, took sick and died very suddenly. Roberts being entirely destitute, called on the township trustees for help, and they got him a coffin. He said he was going to his former home at Oskaloosa. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Aug 18, 1893


Roberts, Isaac's Babe - A six months old babe of Mr and Mrs Isaac Roberts died on Wednesday at their home in third ward [Clarinda], and was taken to Prescott for interment. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Aug 25, 1893


Smith, James - ACCIDENT AT COIN - James Smith, a young man 25 years of age, fell out of Mart Gillihan's barn loft at Coin yesterday. A pitchfork laying on the ground ran into his neck and was the cause of his death a short time afterwards. He will be buried to-day. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Jul 25, 1893

FATAL ACCIDENT - James Smith Fatally Injured-A very Preculiar Accident

Monday evening James Smith, who was working for Mart Gillihan, was found in an unconscious condition in the barn on Mr Gillihan's farm about two miles south of town. Dr Baker was called and did all that could be done to restore the injured man, but it was impossible to do anything, and the unfortunate died at 3:35 the next morning. As no one was with him at the time it is impossible to tell just how the accident occured. It is thought he was climbing into the hay loft and fell and one of the tines of the fork which he carried, penetrated his throat to the extent of four inches. It probably reached the base of the brain and it is thought that the trachae or windpipe was also injured. He did not regain consciousness - Coin Gazette. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Jul 28, 1893


Strange, James Anthony - James Anthony Strange, age 71, of Sidney, died Monday, February 9, 2015 at his home unexpectedly.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney with Pastor Craig Eberly of the Sidney Victory Life Church officiating. Visitation will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Chapel and a memorial fund has been established.
Interment will be in the Sidney Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites by the Williams-Jobe-Gibson American Legion Post #128 of Sidney. The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney is in charge of arrangements.
Jim was born January 11, 1944 in Rock Port, MO to Floyd Lee Strange, Sr. and Francis Lorrene (Fahseler) Strange. Jim served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War and did factory and construction work for many years. On October 2, 1962 he was married to Fannie Wardlow in Rock Port, MO, she died in 1994. He later married Sandra Jean Johnson on December 2, 1994, in Shenandoah, IA, Sandra died in 2000.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife Fannie Strange; wife Sandra Strange; sister, Phyllis Runyon; brother, Allen Strange; and brother-in-law, Larry Bailey. He is survived by his step daughter, Erica Runyon and husband James of Shenandoah, IA; grandson, James D. Runyon, Jr.; sister, Norma Bailey of Clarinda, IA; 2 brothers, Floyd Strange, Jr. and wife Donna of Essex, IA and David Strange and wife Sharon of Randolph, IA; numerous brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

Thompson, Clifford Eugene - Clifford Eugene Thompson, 85, of Shenandoah and formerly of Coin passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015 at his home in Shenandoah. As per his wishes, Clifford will be cremated and a private inurnment will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Coin. He is survived by his niece, Beverly Crooks of Portland, OR; other relatives and friends


Thurman, Raymond - Raymond Thurman, age 94, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Westridge Care and Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 26, 2015 at Ritchie Funeral Home with Reverend Leslie Traylor officiating. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery.

Raymond Thurman was born June 12, 1920, in Morton Township, Page County, Iowa to George Albert Thurman and Ina Wilma (Burdick) Thurman. His family moved every two years so Raymond attended rural schools in Page and Taylor Counties. He received his high school diploma while working as a education advisor for the Civilian Conservation Corporation in Tarkio, Missouri from 1937-1939. Raymond and Gladys Arlene Davison were united in marriage on March 1, 1941 in Clarinda, Iowa. They were blessed with three children, Connie, Richard and Judy. Raymond served his country during World War II in the United States Army from April 27, 1942 to October 11, 1945 as a radio operator. He was stationed in the South Pacific.

Following his discharge from the army, Raymond returned to the farm in Taylor County that Gladys had purchased during his time serving in the war. Raymond was passionate about farming and he was very proud of his Hereford cattle herd. Raymond and Gladys raised their family on the farm. His family was very important to him and he enjoyed being with and hearing about his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Raymond was very friendly and enjoyed visiting and telling stories. He was a twenty year member of the American Legion of New Market.

Preceding Raymond in death were his parents; brothers, Glen, Gerald, Melvin, Earl and Merle; grandson, David Maley; great granddaughters, Brooke and Ashley Maley and daughter-in-law, Gail Thurman.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Connie Maley and husband Charles, Clarinda, Iowa, Richard Thurman of Clarinda, Iowa, Judy Daugherty and husband Allen of Mountain Home, Arkansas; grandchildren, Gary Maley, Mark Maley, Stephanie Hale, Carla Wickwire, Jeff Daughtery, Dustin Daugherty; great grandchildren, Kristopher Maley, Anna Sprague, Katie Maley, Sara Veon, Marissa Sherman, Erin Sherman, Lauren Thurman, Riley Daugherty, Clover Daugherty, Miles Daugherty; step great grandchildren, C.J. Hanson, Sam Hanson, Carson Poe; great, great granddaughter, Delaney Sprague; nieces; nephews and many friends


Vermillion, Harvey Gene - Harvey Gene Vermillion, son of Lewis and Cecil (Porter) Vermillion, was born on January 27, 1928 in Locust Grove Township, Farragut, Iowa. He passed away January 13, 2015 in Red Oak, Iowa. He was 86 years old.

Harvey was born in rural Farragut, Iowa, and attended high school in Shenandoah. After graduation, he served for two years in the US Army and then returned home. He was married to Betty Jean Goodell on June 6, 1952, in Randolph, Iowa. They had three children: Mark, Mike, and Janette. Harvey and Betty spent all of their lives in the Shenandoah area where they enjoyed 45 years together until her passing in 1997.

Harvey spent over 50 years operating a bulk fuel delivery service and was the owner of the local DX service station. The station also doubled as a meeting location for many of his friends. Harvey was known to all as Hound Dog. He was a member of the local band the "Hay Shakers" with Don Stripe, Don and David Owens, Charlie Ingram, Sam Irvin, Gary Gullen, and others. His musical career began in 1975 in Bill Miller's truck shed where he conducted jam sessions. The Hay Shakers was formed as a result of those sessions and performed for many years all over southwest Iowa. Harvey loved to play and sing many of the old George Jones and Hank Williams songs. Harvey also enjoyed camping and boating at Viking Lake and Big Lake State Parks. Besides his music, he had a great love for his grandchildren. In his later years, he enjoyed gardening, always sharing his produce with others. He did most of his "cooking" at the Depot Deli where he was known to have a piece of pie or a bowl of ice cream. He spent the last year of his life at Red Oak Health Care where he was visited by many of his friends and family. He was always grateful to his loyal friends and customers who supported him over his many years. Harvey was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 1122 and the Eagles AERIE No. 3849.

Harvey was preceded in death by his wife: Betty Vermillion; grandson: Trevor Vermillion; parents: Lewis and Cecil Vermillion; sister: Udell Andrew and her husband Bill and brother: Forest "Dean" Vermillion.

Those left to cherish his memory include; sons: Mark Vermillion and wife Anne of Red Oak, IA, and Mike Vermillion and wife Jan of Council Bluffs, IA; daughter: Marcia Janette of Shenandoah, IA; grandchildren: Ashley of Omaha, NE, Tyler and Magdalena of Fort Riley, KS, Molly of Council Bluffs, IA, and Matt of Ames, IA; step-grandchildren: George, Gilman and Augustus Cooper of Red Oak, IA; sister: Iva Lee Taylor and husband Jerome of Chicago, IL; brother: Porter Vermillion and wife Gladys of Omaha, NE; sister-in-law: Margaret Vermillion of Carroll, IA; brother-in-law: Charles Goodell and wife Doris of Omaha, NE; numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Memorials may be directed to American Red Cross Military Aid or May Mentoring.

Burial will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah


Weaver, Gerry Ray - Gerry Weaver, age 65, of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace January 21, 2015 at Bergen Mercy Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska. Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa with Phil Jorgensen officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m., January 24, 2015 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery.

Gerry Ray Weaver was born on January 4, 1950 in Clarinda, IA to John W Weaver & Nadine J (Parker) Weaver. He entered into rest at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, NE surrounded by family on January 21, 2015.

Gerry is preceded in death by his parents John & Nadine; sisters Marilyn Sunderman, Marian Cabeen, Beverly Strong, brother -in-laws Howard Cabeen & Allen Anderson.

Survived by devoted girlfriend Denise Welsh, children Wendy Weaver & Jason Larabee of New Market, IA, Nickole (Mike) Heisler of Sioux Falls, SD, Haley (Chris) Patten of Omaha, NE, Johnna (Cory) Kienow of Omaha, NE, Codi Weaver & Derek Hanke of Omaha, NE, Joanna, Shawna, Kara & McKayla Weaver all from Louisville, KY. Siblings Betty (Bobby) Wilson of Braddyville, IA , Jack (Evelyn) Weaver of Clarinda, IA, Robert (Barbara) Weaver of Blair, NE, brother-in-laws Lester Sunderman, Dale Strong. Fifteen grandchildren, Katie Kendall, Cassie Luft, Colby Martin, Konner Martin, Allison Heisler, Sidney Heisler, Kaden Heisler, Gibson Heisler, Delaney Patten, Lucas Patten, Rylie Herrenbruck, Reese Herrenbruck, Ryann Herrenbruck, Emerson Hanke & Husdon Hanke and four great grandchildren, Tori Kendall, Reagan Kendall, Macy Luft, & Brayden Luft. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

Gerry was laid to rest on Saturday January 24, 2015 in his childhood town of Clarinda, IA. Interment is at the Clarinda Cemetery. Arrangements were conducted through Ritchie Funeral Home.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to Denise Welch for her love and devotion to our father during his long illness. You are an angel to our family and we know how much Gerry loved and appreciated you. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank the doctors and nursing staff at Bergan Mercy Hospital (especially Stacey) for your outstanding care and love. We are forever grateful for your knowledge and guidance


White, Marvin Dean -

Memorial service for Marvin Dean White was held Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Webster Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Camden County. Resting place was in Old Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa.    
Marvin Dean White was born May 16,1949 in Maryville, Mo. and grew up on the family farm in Gravity, Iowa, he left this life on January 15, 2014 at his home in Lebanon, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claire and Hazel (Wells) White; and a stepson Eric Theiman.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Pati White of the home; a son, Rick White of Kansas City, Mo. and children, Trent, Sami, and Katie; a son, Joel White of Kansas City, Mo. and daughter Addi; a daughter Angie Connors and husband Don of Independence, Mo. and their children, Cassie, Shane and Cierra; three stepdaughters, Dee Schaaf and husband Jay of Buffalo, Mo., and their children Emily and Jesse; Julie Clark and husband Rick of Lebanon, Mo. and their children, Crystal and Holly; Melony Conatser and husband Jamie of Lebanon, Mo. and grandson William Theiman.
Also surviving are a brother Benny White and his wife Kay of Bedford, Texas; a sister Margaret Simmons and her husband Duane of Bedford, la.; an aunt, Lorraine Eighmy of New Market, la.; sister-in-law LaNita Bell and Max; brother-in-law, Clinton Waters and Pat; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Marvin was married to Pati Waters-Theiman on February 16, 2012 in Warsaw, Mo., where they lived for a short time before moving to their home in Lebanon, Mo.
Marvin moved to Kansas City shortly after graduation from high school in 1967, and began work at the Ford Motor Company, where he remained until his retirement in 1997.
Before he was stricken with MS, Marvin led an active, adventuresome life. He was a certified spelunker and had explored many wild caves throughout Missouri and other states. He was also a certified diver and underwater cave diver. A few of his dives included Roubidoux Spring, Table Rock Lake and Cozumel. He enjoyed animals and had a special affection for Lakota, the Great Pyrenees dog. He enjoyed many outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, and camping, and was planning a crappie fishing expedition at the time of his death.
Marvin was loved by his family and friends. He will be missed. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Jan 29, 2014


Williams, Martha Jean Cahill - Celebration of Life Services for Martha J. Williams, age 85 of Clarinda who passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Goldenrod Manor will be held Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 10:30AM at the First Christian Church in Clarinda. Visitation will be Monday at the Ritchie Funeral Home with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 PM. Interment will be held in the Clarinda Cemetery.

Martha J. Williams died December 23, 2014 at Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 85 years 9 months and 6 days.

Martha Jean Williams was born March 18, 1929 to Emir and Florence (Douglas) Cahill in Taylor County Iowa. Martha attended Clarinda schools and married in 1947 to Wendell Williams. Six children were born to this union.
Martha worked for 20 years in the Nursing Department at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute until her retirement in 1991. She also worked in her early years Peerless Laundry. Martha loved spending time following her children and grandchildren’s many activities, attending many sporting events, band concerts and any other event they were part of. Her family was very important to her.
Martha was a member of the First Christian Church, loved tending her yard that was always picture perfect, her walks with her neighbors around the boulevards, and her vacations in Colorado with Mike. Picnics at the Lake of Three Fires. Shopping trips with her daughters in Omaha. Visits to family. Crocheting afghans for the children and grandchildren.
She spent the last few years of her life at Golden Rod Manor in Clarinda that she called her home.

Left to cherish her memory are her Children, Mike (Linda) Williams, Clarinda, Pat (Phil) Jorgensen, Clarinda, Barbara (Robert) Weaver, Blair, NE, Connie (Galen) Peterman, Belle Plaine, IA, Roger Williams, Clarinda, Brian (Sandy) Williams, Clarinda. Sister Betty Maier, Bountiful, Utah, Brother Richard (Katherine) Cahill, Fairfield Bay, AR, Sister-in-law Mary Cahill, Omaha, Ne. 13 Grandchildren and 17 Great Grandchildren. Many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her Parents, Brothers, Ralph Cahill and wife Madelyn, Donnie Cahill, Sisters Eva Foster and husband Boyd, Maxine Petersen and husband Norman, Katherine Rope and husband Darrell, infant sister Patricia, Brother-in-law Chuck Maier. Great Grandson, Ethan Weaver, Great Grandson, Kipton Peterman.

Woerth, Max Lawrence - Max Lawrence Woerth was born in Columbus, Nebraska on August 29, 1935 to Leo Bernard and Lillian Pearl (Palth) Woerth. He passed away February 24, 2015 at his home in Shenandoah, Iowa. He was 79 years old.

Max lived in Columbus where he learned masonry and worked in the family business for a short time. Max also went to many dances and drove stock cars in his younger years. Max attended St. Bonaventure High School in Columbus and graduated with the class of 1953. Max attended college but on February 6, 1956 he entered the U.S. Navy and was a surveyor for the Seabee's and was honorably discharged on January 5, 1960.

Max married Patricia Lynn (Kent) Falk on August 15, 1975 in Bethesda, Iowa and lived in Shenandoah, Iowa the rest of his life. He came to Shenandoah to work construction building Eaton Corporation. He was then hired by Webber Engineering. He also worked for UBC, AMVETS and for the City of Shenandoah until his retirement in 1997. He had many construction and masonry side jobs to keep himself busy.

Max was involved with the AMVETS, The Eagles Club, Knights of Columbus and St. Mary's choir. He enjoyed fishing, bird watching, stargazing, bike riding, doing picture puzzles, gardening, and rooting for the Huskers!

Max was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Lillian Woerth; brothers Leo, Jr., Valentine and Fred; sister Lillian and granddaughter Samantha Falk.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Patricia Woerth of Shenandoah; sons Mike Falk of Omaha, NE, Brian Falk of Washington, NE, Mark Mitera and wife Angela of Red Oak; daughters Lori LePorte and husband Reggie of Shenandoah and Pamela Woerth of Florida; sister Alice Rathbun and husband Ivan of Lincoln, NE; brothers Charles Woerth and wife Stella of Lincoln, NE, John Woerth and wife Barbra of Columbus, NE and Joe Woerth of Bellevue, NE; grandchildren Tyce Watts of Red Oak, Aayla Woerth of Council Bluffs, IA, Anthony Falk of Arizona, Katelyn, Seth, Natalie Johnson of Shenandoah, Leanna LePorte of Shenandoah, Daniel, Makenzie and Elizabeth Hunt of Red Oak; great-grandchildren Ayiana, Nahla and Trinity; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Burial will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa


Worl, Naomi Irene Holmes - Naomi Irene Worl was born on July 13, 1920 in Shenandoah, Iowa the daughter of Oren and Martha (Henn) Holmes. She passed away early Saturday morning, December 13, 2014 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 94 years and 5 months.
Naomi grew up on a farm south of Shenandoah and graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1938. Following high school she worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. On July 21, 1956 she was united in marriage to Richard (Dick) Worl in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Later, she also worked as a bookkeeper for Dr. Floyd Jones, and at Mae Farmer Dress Shoppe.
She was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a volunteer at the blood bank, the hospital gift shop and Meals on Wheels, and a member of the Anthenium Club as well as an avid golfer. Her true love, however, was her family.
Naomi was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Dick; two grandchildren, Brooke and Cole Michel; siblings, Violet Johnson, Edna Scott, Darrell Holmes, Betty Nelson, and Perna Huddle.
Survivors include her children: Connie Venti (Arnie) of Temecula, California, Peggy Manrose (John) of Schoolcraft, Michigan, Deb Michel (Mike) of Northboro, Iowa, and Kevin Worl (Kay) of Council Bluffs, Iowa; seven grandchildren: Joel Venti (Kristie), Chris Venti (Stephanie), Nick Venti (Wilda), Eric Manrose (Dana), Dan Manrose (Tonya), Cody Michel, and Jonathan Worl; six great granddaughters: Linnea Venti, Charlie Manrose, Brooklyn Michel, Hailee Michel, Savanna Michel and Sha’nelle Michel.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah, Iowa with Rev. Humberto Gonzalez Santana officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Shenandoah. Visitation with the family present took place on Monday evening, December 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah. Memorials were suggested to the United Methodist Church or to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Online remembrances or condolences can be shared at The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah was in charge of arrangements.

Younggren, Marilyn - Aug 18, 1936 - Jan 22, 2015 Marilyn passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at their winter home in South Padre Island, Texas.

Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

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