Page County, Iowa obituaries
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Alm, Rodney Dwayne - Rodney Dwayne Alm, son of Gustaf Adolf and Ruth Marie (Johnson) Alm, was born on December 31, 1962 at Murphy Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa. He passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016 at his home near Imogene, Iowa at the age of 53 years, 4 months, 2 days.
His early life was spent growing up on the family farm near Nyman, Iowa, where his love of the great outdoors was rooted and nurtured. Rod received his education from the Essex Community Schools, graduating from Essex High School with the Class of 1981.
On September 5, 1996 Rod was united in marriage to Debbie Maher in Las Vegas, Nevada. Following their marriage they lived in Shenandoah, Iowa for a few years before moving to their current residence east of Imogene, Iowa in 1999.
During high school, Rod began working at Safeway in Red Oak, Iowa. After graduation, he continued working at Safeway before joining Jim’s Super Value as a meat cutter. He later worked sheet metal fabrication at Auburn Consolidated Industries and repaired small engines for Stan Gray and Jerry Walker. Rod did masonry work for Al (Sonny) Grebert before joining Eaton Corporation over 20 years ago, working as Lead Operator.
Beginning as a young farm boy, hunting and fishing became a big part of Rod’s life. Working on small engines and tractors with his father, Gus, at a young age also made a big impression on him. Those special times spent together working on engines brought great enjoyment to him and was something he continued throughout his life. Rod was a member of the Fremont Lutheran Church at Nyman growing up, where he was involved in Luther League.
Preceding Rodney in death were his mother, Ruth Marie (Johnson) Alm and his maternal and paternal grandparents. Survivors include his wife, Debbie and daughter, Jana, both of rural Imogene; father, Gustaf (Gus) Alm and two brothers, Kevin and Craig Alm, all of rural Nyman; sister, Joyce Nichols of Boston, MA; two nephews, Ben and Drew Nichols of Denver, CO; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and close family friends



Bancroft, Edward "Eddie" Lee - Edward "Eddie" Lee Bancroft, the son of Harold Edward and Martha Lee (Oldham) Bancroft, was born April 8th, 1960 in Shenandoah, Iowa. Eddie passed away, surrounded by family, on Sunday May 1st, 2016 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He was 56 years old.
His early life was spent between the communities of Shenandoah and Essex. He attended Shenandoah Community Schools and graduated with the class of 1978.  He then made his home in Shenandoah. Eddie worked for Mount Arbor Nurseries, Hardees, and Burger King before dedicating the last 21 years to Wal-Mart in Shenandoah. He last attended church at the Faith Covenant Church in Essex, IA. 
Eddie was well known in the community for many things. He always had a positive attitude and a smile on his face. He was often described as having a big heart and always putting others first. He loved playing bingo at the local Eagles Club, churches, or during community events. He had a love for cooking; his famous noodles, banana bread, and chocolate desert pie were always the requested favorites. Eddie also had a passion for collecting angels.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents Richard Oldham and Blanch (Oldham) Roach; aunts Lois Bright and Betty Bright; uncles John Oldham and Arthur Oldham; step-grandfather Elmer Roach; cousin Vicky Bright and cousin Ricky Bright
Those left to cherish his memory include his parents Harold and Martha Bancroft of Essex; sisters Sherry Bales and husband Pete of Essex, Sandy Bancroft of Essex, and Shelia McCoy and husband Ben of Shenandoah; nephews Tyler McCoy of Shenandoah, Zac McCoy of Ft. Dodge, Iowa and Kyle Bancroft and wife Katelyn of Shenandoah, niece Kayla Bales of Essex, great niece Madelyn Bancroft and great nephew Jace Bancroft both of Shenandoah and many cousins and loving friends.

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Barr, Wayne E. - Wayne E. Barr, age 73, of Shenandoah, Iowa formerly Red Oak, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. Wayne Edward Barr was born February 18, 1943 in Red Oak, Iowa the son of A.W. "Bud" and Dolly (Niday) Barr. He was raised in Red Oak and was in the class of 1961 at Red Oak Community High School. Wayne served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was united in marriage to Sharon McCann in 1965 and three children were born of this union: Tracey, Jeri, and Bill. Wayne worked various jobs before moving to Shenandoah where he operated a service station for several years. He later worked for Snap-On Tools for 5 years before moving back to Red Oak in 1980 where he worked in the family business known as Barr Oil. Wayne later worked part time at the Fareway grocery store. He was united in marriage to Lee Carol Grossman on January 1, 1994 in Reno, Nevada. They made their home in Red Oak where they attended Grace Baptist Church.

Wayne was preceded in death by his father: A.W. "Bud" Barr and his wife: Lee Carole Barr on October 21, 2012. Survivors include his children: Tracey Earl of Seminole, Florida; Jeri Chapa and husband Saul of Texas; and Bill Barr and wife Venus of Villisca, Iowa; step-children: Sheila Grossman of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Shawn Grossman and wife Melissa of Owatonna, Minnesota, and Melissa Tarbox of Red Oak, Iowa; many grandchildren; mother: Dolly Barr of Red Oak, Iowa; brothers: Dennis Barr and wife Peg of Red Oak, Iowa and Bill Barr and wife Bev of St. Joseph, Missouri; sisters: Pat Barr of Phoenix, Arizona and Sally Ratcliff and husband Larry of Red Oak, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at the Grace Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation with the family will take place one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Baumgarten, Ruth A. Krumm - By the grace of God, Ruth was born to Christian parents, Dave and Laura (Newman) Krumm at their farm home in Guthrie County, Iowa, on August 12, 1927. She was baptized into the Christian faith at St. John Lutheran Church in Adair, Iowa on September 4, 1927. She entered into eternal peace on Wednesday morning, May 25, 2016 in Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 88 years, 9 months and 13 days.
Her baptismal sponsor played an important part in Ruth’s life. Dora Faga gave Ruth her first bible with the admonition to use it instead of leaving it on the shelf. Her other sponsor, Ethel Scar, impressed up her the importance of education. Both sponsors were always encouraging Ruth to do her best and remember her in their prayers. Instructions in the bible prepared Ruth for her Confirmation in the Christian faith which took place at St. John Lutheran Church in Adair, Iowa on February 23, 1941.
She graduated from high school in May 1945 and continued her education in bits and pieces, attending Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls, Iowa, the Lutheran Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois, Clarinda campus of Iowa Western Community College and finally graduating from Buena Vista University at Storm Lake, Iowa. She taught at rural schools for two years and two years at St. Paul Parochial School in Germantown, Iowa prior to her marriage to Vernon Baumgarten on June 12, 1949 at St. John Lutheran Church in Adair, Iowa.
Ruth and Vernon lived on a farm east of Clarinda for 23 years before moving to Clarinda where she has resided ever since. Besides teaching, Ruth worked for the Department of Human Services of Iowa until her retirement when Vernon became ill.
Ruth’s greatest love was for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and her family. Ruth and Vernon were active members of St. John Lutheran Church in Clarinda, Iowa where they raised their children and brought them up in the Christian faith.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Vernon and her sister, Grace Krumm.
Survivors include her children, Lynette Fisk and her husband Dale of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Leroy Baumgarten of Benson, North Carolina, Kathy Jordan and her husband Allan of Shenandoah, Iowa, Kristin Kaldahl and her husband Paul of Spencer, Iowa. Among her great loves are her 13 grandchildren, three step grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren for whom she prayed that all would be faithful Christians and live contented lives. Jonathan (Meredith) Fisk and their children Chloe, Anastasia, Trinity, Fides and Alleluia; Laura (Aaron) Roose and their children Highland and Lillian; Danelle (Don) Pickett and their children Jesse Baumgarten and Isabelle; Richelle (Ray) Sepulveda and their children Rebeckah, Raziel and Raphael; Becky (Josh) Quinn and their children Sadie Cain, Pace and Dash; Veronica (Kerry) White and their children Genevieve and Olivia; Scyler (Crystal) Boylan; Sayler (Justine) Boylan; Caleb Jordan and his fiancé Kami Ward; Joshua Jordan and his children Deziree, Isaiah and J.J.; Jake Jordan and his fiancé Amber Strode; Paul Kaldahl; Kyle (Angela) Kaldahl and their son James; Joel(Sarah) Kaldahl; Luke Kaldahl and Alex Kaldahl; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at St. John Lutheran Church in Clarinda. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will take place on Monday evening, May 30, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials are suggested to the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society of Lincoln, Nebraska, Clarinda Lutheran School or Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School in Spencer, Iowa. Online remembrances or condolences can be shared at The Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda is in charge of arrangements


Bliss, Gary - Gary Bliss, age 74, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Friday, May 13, 2016 at Bryan East Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor John Heth officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the funeral home. Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016 in the Oak Grove Cemetery with military rites. Memorials may be directed to the Gary Bliss memorial fund.


Briggs, Betty Louise Swanson - Betty Louise (Swanson) Briggs was born May 26, 1926 to Luther E. and Frances J. (Bengston) Swanson. Betty grew up on a farm north of Shenandoah and attended country school later graduating from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1944.

Betty married Wayne Briggs December 12, 1948 in Omaha, Neb. To this union two children were born, Vicki Ann and Michael Wayne. Betty and Wayne were married 67 years.

Betty first worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Tracy and later became a loan officer for Avco Financial Service where she worked for 25 years.

Betty loved playing golf. She was a member of the Ladies Golf Association and most days you could find her on the course. She also loved going to garage sales, playing Mahjong and Bridge. She was a member of Elks Bridge, Country Club Bridge, and Duplicate Bridge. Betty also enjoyed dancing, boating and swimming. She was a member of Toastmistress and a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. She loved being with her grandchildren and working in the yard.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents Luther and Frances Swanson, brothers and sisters, Juliette Priest, Robert Swanson, Carroll Swanson, Mert Swanson, and JoAnne Swanson.

Betty is survived by her husband Wayne Briggs, daughter Vicki Ann and husband Michael LePorte, son Michael Wayne and wife Vicky Sue, grandchildren Troy and wife Danica LePorte, Jason and wife Lisa LePorte, and Jessica and husband Jeff Peterson; 8 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Betty donated her body to science.

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Brunelli, Robin Read - Robin Read Brunelli, President and CEO of the National Foundation for Women Legislators from 1992 to 2012, passed away on June 2, 2016, after a prolonged and courageous struggle with heart failure.

Our celebration of the life of Robin Read Brunelli will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, at the Washington Ritz-Carlton ballroom (22nd Street).

During her two decades leading NFWL, Robin transformed the organization into a force in empowering thousands of elected women leaders across the United States. From 1985 to 1992, as a Presidential appointee serving the Governors of the Federal Reserve Board, Robin’s achievements included radically improving the effectiveness of training at the Fed's banking school. Robin served on numerous nonprofit and corporate boards and was most proud of her work for The National Women’s History Museum.

Robin was born in Shenandoah, Iowa, on March 7, 1943, the child of Robert and Maribelle Read. Deaf until she was six, Robin developed such a remarkable emotional connectivity with people that most of us regarded her as an empath. Robin attended the University of New Mexico, where she was an aficionado of William Shakespeare, and lived 22 years in Albuquerque, where she was a realtor, a beloved high school teacher, and a host of the “Kitchen Klatter” cooking and recipe show popular throughout the American Midwest.

A lifelong member of The Church of Christ, Scientist, Robin lived her life with a deep sense of awareness of God, and nearly all of us who knew her encountered Divine Love through Robin in ways that astounded us. With her special grace, wisdom, intelligence, and care, Robin impacted thousands of people's lives, leaving a profound legacy of love and joy.

Robin is survived by her husband, Sam Brunelli, with whom she shared one of the great love stories most of us have been privileged to witness; by the two girls she loved deeply and helped to raise, Tia Brunelli Mahaffy and Dara Brunelli O'Hara; by their husbands, Tim O'Hara and Michael Mahaffy; by the six children who called Robin their “Mimi”: Sam, Grayson, Landon and Blake O'Hara and Anniston and Devon Mahaffy; by her cousins Duane Sullivan, Juli Sullivan Briggs, Kathryn Rydberg Gaver, Tom Rydberg and Lance Rydberg; and by her cousins' families.

As we reflect on Robin's life, we see the child who emerged from the realm of silence to communicate to each of us in a way that stirred our heart, lifted our esteem, transformed our soul, and empowered us to live our life from our best self. We see the woman who in the final years of her life taught us strength through her suffering and struggles. After seven decades of a life in which she blessed us daily with her lucid brilliance, compassion, love, wisdom, intelligence, and sense of excellence and achievement, Robin has “slipped the surly bonds of Earth and touched the face of God.” And for the remainder of eternity, Robin's inner and outer beauty will never be extinguished from our minds


Bugg, Marjorie Maxine Bohrer - Marjorie Maxine Bugg, the daughter of Esther and Floyd Bohrer, was born August 11, 1929 in Shenandoah, Iowa. She passed away May 7, 2016 at her home at Windsor Manor in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Marjorie attended a country school six miles east of Shenandoah and graduated from Shenandoah High School. After high school she attended IAMO Business Institute in Tarkio, Missouri. She worked at various jobs over the years, the first being employment with Earl May Seed Company for approximately 5 years. In addition to helping on the farm, she worked for Tip Top Products, then located in Shenandoah, Iowa, The Riverton Café, and the American Legion in Hamburg, Iowa.
On February 25, 1950 she was united in marriage to Wilbur Lee Bugg in Shenandoah, Iowa and to this union two children were born, Elaine Kay and Darwin Kyle. Most of her life was spent on the farm in the Farragut-Riverton area, however, she spent thirty-two winters enjoying the warm weather in Mesa, Arizona.
Marjorie was a member of the Riverton United Methodist Church and served as a Youth Sunday School teacher for several years. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women's Club, and for many years volunteered and organized the Memorial Day Dinner at Mount Zion Cemetery Association. Marjorie enjoyed crocheting, golfing and playing cards.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wilbur, two brothers Donald Bohrer and Ivan Bohrer, her mother-in-law Minnie Bugg and father-in-law Hershel Bugg.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Elaine Kay (Bugg) Boroughs and her husband Chris of Ozark, AR; and her son Darwin Kyle Bugg and his wife Sandy of Farragut, IA; Grandchildren; Eric Boroughs of Trinidad, CA, Jodie Thompson and her husband Randy of Ozark, AR, Jennifer Downey of Glenview, IL, Robbie Bredensteiner and his wife Colleen of Irvine, CA, Nicole Hicks and her husband Trevor of Council Bluffs, IA, Melanie Dayton and her husband Michael of West Des Moines, IA, Kristie Bugg and her fiancé Chad Pitts of West Des Moines, IA, and Kevin Bugg and his wife Allison of Waukee, IA; twenty great grandchildren with one on the way; a sister Dorothy Perry and her husband Everett of Marshalltown, IA, a brother Harold Bohrer and his wife Lila of Billings, MT; one sister-in-law Babe Bohrer of Graham, WA, a brother-in-law Eldon Bugg and wife Wanda of Booneville, MO, a brother-in-law, Bill Bugg and his wife LaMyrne of Moberly, MO, a sister-in-law Pat Withrow and her husband Frank of Macon, MO, a brother-in-law Dick Bugg and his wife Donna from Anacortes, WA; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Memorial may be given to the Riverton United Methodist Church or the Mount Zion Cemetery Association.


Burr, Norma Jean McVey - Norma Jean Burr, age 84, passed away in Shenandoah, IA on June 21, 2016.

Norma was born in Bondurant, IA on January 26, 1932 to Cora and Charles McVey. She attended school in Oakgrove, Fremont Township and Faith School in Knox Township.

Norma was above all a homemaker and mother. She enjoyed running Poor People's Paradise with Merrill, sewing (especially baby doll clothes for her children and grandchildren), quilting, baking pies, and singing with her family. Throughout the years, Norma had many different jobs, but the ones she liked the most involved helping others. She was a school bus driver in Red Oak, IA and worked at West Central Development in Shenandoah, IA.

Norma married Leonard Stubbs on September 18, 1948 In Taos, NM. Norma married her second husband, Merrill Burr on November 24, 1980 in Glenwood, IA.

Norma is survived by significant other, Merrill Burr and children: Cindy LaFollette, Mickie Jones, Diana Miller, Richard Stubbs, Julie Warrick, Beverly Hotzel, and Toni Sparr, step children: Steve Stevens, Sandy Kuester, Eddie Burr, 30 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and siblings: Darrell McVey, Bob McVey, Max McVey, Gary McVey, Truman McVey, Phyllis Welcher, and Darlene Harlan, and God daughter: Anna Dawn Hutt. She was preceded in death by husband: Leonard Stubbs, parents: Charles and Cora McVey, daughters: Carol Jean Stubbs and Jennie Geasland, sister: Carmen Neer, brothers: Eldon McVey, Charles (Chuck) McVey, grandchildren: Jordon Hotzel, Jason Miller, Malia Stubbs, step grandchildren: CJ Almquist, God grandson: Payton Casteel.

Celebration of life gathering will be held 1:00 p.m., Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Coin Community Center, 506 Depot St., Coin, IA.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Burial of cremains will be held at a later date


Clark, Anna Marie Bailey - Anna Marie Clark age 71 of Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away in Shenandoah, Iowa on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the age of 71. Anna was born in Tarkio, Missouri on May 18, 1945 the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Bailey and Jenie Marie Davis Bailey. After her birth she made her home in Phelps City, Missouri later Shenandoah, Iowa. Anna went to school in Phelps City, Missouri and later Tarkio, Missouri, graduating from the 8th grade.

On July 26, 1974 she was united in marriage to Kenneth Eugene Clark at Rock Port. Missouri to this union two daughters, Eva and Kim were born, they made their home in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Anna was a member of Eagle Club of Shenandoah, Iowa . Anna loved flower gardening, fishing, canning, and camping. She had worked for Woldorf Café, Lakes Nursery Company, Henry Fields, Mount Arbor Nursery Co. and for Romech Company in Red Oak where she retired from after 17 years of employment.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenny E. Clark, a brother Russell Bailey, sister and brother in laws, Eathel Clark, Lloyd Clark, Elvin Clark, Verlin Clark, Army Armstrong, and Millard Trout.

Survivors include her children, Eva Zimmerman and husband Mark, and Kim Smith of Shenandoah, Iowa; grandchildren, Makayla Zimmerman, Chelsie Greene and husband Noah, Zayddi Ladish and Destyn Franks all of Shenandoah, great-grandchildren, Ryleigh and Madisyn Greene of Shenandoah; sisters, Leola Armstrong of Fremont, Ne., Ruby Trout of Hope, Ak, and a sister-in-law Janice Clark of Clarinda, Ia., along with nieces, nephews other relative and friends.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Burial of cremains will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah


Crouse, Janet A. -


Cunningham, Shirley Marlene Ryan - Shirley Marlene Cunningham, daughter of Donald Thomas and Blanche Lucille (Selders) Ryan, Sr., was born on February 24, 1935 in Tarkio Township, Page County, Iowa. She passed away on June 17, 2016 at The Ambassador Sidney in Sidney, Iowa. She was 81 years old.

She graduated from Tarkio High School with the class of 1953.

On May 12, 1967 she was united in marriage to Harry R. Cunningham in Nebraska City, Nebraska. They made their home in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Shirley was a housewife and mother. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, cooking, word searches and an avid reader of Louis L'Amour. She also loved attending her plants and flowers.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Harry Cunningham, daughter Jodi Matheny, grandson Matt Hullman, parents Blanche and Donald Ryan, Sr., brothers Don Ryan and James Ryan, sister Lois Gene Walters, son-in-law Don Fletcher and brother-in-law Duane Lorimor, nieces Laura Wynn and Terri Lockerby and nephew Gene Ryan.

Shirley is survived by her children Barbara Nelson of Shenandoah, Kent Cunningham and wife Donna of Coin, Jimmy Cunningham and wife Karen of Farragut, Donna Cheeves of Nashville, TN, Marlene Thompson and husband Kenny of Oklahoma, Linda Hullman and husband Bruce of Shenandoah, David Balian and wife Sueann of Florida, Bryan Cunningham and wife Annette of Shenandoah, Wally Cunningham of Shenandoah and Caryn Cunningham of Shenandoah, 20 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, sisters Joyce Wynn and husband Morris of Shenandoah and Evelyn Lorimor of Shenandoah, sisters-in-law Beverly Ryan of Shenandoah and Mary Ryan of Farragut, numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.

Burial will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.


Davison, W. Wayne - Wayne Davison, age 92, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Eiler Place, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 15 2016 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Ben McKim officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Shearer Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa with military rites by the American Legion Post 98. The family and friends gathered at Braddy Hall following the internment for fellowship. Memorial may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church Library or to the Braddy Hall and Park.

W. Wayne Davison died in his sleep on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Eiler Place in Clarinda, Iowa. Wayne was born February 4, 1924 on the Davison homestead east of Braddyville to Wilber and Irene (Clark) Davison. Wayne lived his entire life within 1 ½ miles of his birthplace until moving to Clarinda in 1996.

He attended Pine School through eighth grade and one year in Braddyville High School. Wayne was drafted into the army in 1943. In August of 1944 he married Robbie Jean Morss of Braddyville. Shortly after he was sent to Europe and went through several military campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge. He returned home after the war ended in Europe. Wayne and Robbie moved to their own farm after he returned and lived there for over 50 years. Wayne began trucking in addition to his farm work and hauled grain and livestock for area farmers. He and Robbie sold livestock feed for over 50 years. During that time he met many folks he considered friends. Wayne enjoyed his work and all of the people that crossed his path. After moving to Clarinda, he enjoyed visiting with folks walking the boulevard in front of their home. Wayne and Robbie have been members of St. John Lutheran Church for over 30 years. Wayne was a member of the Kiwanis and the American Legion.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bennie Davison. He is survived by his wife of almost 72 years, Robbie, one brother, Leo Davison (Annabel) of Braddyville, and two children; Dennis and wife Dixie; and Scott and wife Kathleen. Grandchildren are Dinah Davison, Omaha, Nebraska, Denise Blake, Shenandoah; and Sarah Davison, Hermitage, Tennessee. He has five great grandchildren: Ashley Parsons (Harry), Dakota Blake, Jacob Wilson, Hayley Blake, Gracie Hopkins and many nieces and nephews and friends


Elmore, Jonathan David - Jonathan David Elmore, infant son of Myrissa Comstock and Tyler Elmore, passed away on May 24, 2016 at Shenandoah Medical Center.

Jonathan is survived by his parents Tyler Elmore and Myrissa Comstock  of Coin, Iowa, grandparents; Jonathan and Marsha Terry, David and Judith Elmore and many other relatives.

Jonathan was preceding in death by his great grandma Rose Marie Murphy and great grandpa Myrl Lee Murphy, Uncle Seth Padilla, great uncle Doran Elmore, aunt Becky Elmore, cousin T.J. Elmore and many other relatives

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Fann, Edris - Edris Fann, age 101, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Monday, May 23, 2016 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016 at First Christian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Mike Harvey officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First Christian Church Organ Fund or to the Clarinda A’s.

Surrounded by family, Edris Mason Fann, 101 years and 8 months old, passed away May 23, 2016 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center due to complications following a stroke. Edris was the fifth of eleven siblings of Clarence and Nellie (Pace) Mason. She was born in New Market, Iowa on September 6, 1914. She spent most of her life in the Clarinda, Iowa area, graduating from Clarinda High School in 1932. For many years she was an employee of the Mental Health Institute where she met Lyle Fann. They were married November 16, 1936. To their union were born six children: Allen, Karen, Judy, Elaine, Jill and Randy. Following Karen’s death in 1977, Edris was a mother as well as grandmother to Karen’s children, Tammy, David, Allen, and Larry. Edris held various jobs including a brief stint in the Mount Pleasant ammunitions plant during WWII, Owen’s Drug, Goldenrod Nursing Home, and Iowa Western’s cafeteria.

After a fall in February, she underwent physical rehabilitation at Westridge Care and Rehab Center with the goal of returning to her home…..which she accomplished. Her family gathered at her home every September to celebrate her birthday. The First Christian Church doubled in size on that weekend. She was an active member of the church and continued to host meetings of the Esther circle in her home. Edris’s husband and brothers served in WWII and she was a loyal member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Edris was also a strong supporter of all athletics including CHS Cardinals and the IWCC Bluejay baseball and basketball teams. She earned her own Kansas City Royals jersey this fall when they won the World Series and has suffered with her Dallas Cowboys these last few seasons. Edris enjoyed hosting a Kentucky Derby party each spring.

For over 70 years she has remained at her 123 South 19th street home. Edris might be best remembered for the L&E Drive Inn (College Inn) that she and Lyle owned, located by the Clarinda Junior College campus (Iowa Western). Edris and Lyle became friends and “parents” with many of the college students.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Lyle Fann (1971) and daughters, Karen (1977) and Judy (2012).

She is survived by her children, Allen Fann (Marianne) of Atlantic, Iowa; Elaine Bruning of Savannah, Georgia; Jill Fain (Dennis) of Denver, Colorado and Randy Fann (Kathy) of Fuquay Varina, North Carolina; her grandchildren, Jill Fann Huntley, Craig Fann, Tammy Bryson Adams, David Bryson, Carl Allen Race, Larry Alford, Gayle Altfillisch Keiser, JoAnne Altfillisch Morenz, Robin Bruning Sheppard, John Lyle Bruning, Jake Bruning, Kelly Fain Urwiller, Kirsten Fain Little and Katy Fain York; twenty nine great grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Waive Mason Shields of Auburn, Nebraska and Lee Mason Bailey of Littleton, Colorado as well as many nieces, nephews and friends


Freeman, Connie Jo - Connie Jo Freeman, 67, of Clearwater Beach, Florida, raised in Essex, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family at her home on May 6, 2016. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at Iles Funeral Homes - Dunn's Chapel, 2121 Grand Avenue, Des Moines. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 13 at Faith Covenant Church, 212 Alice Street, Essex.

Connie Jo Freeman was born on July 1, 1948 in Shenandoah, Iowa at Hand Hospital to Wendell Walter Freeman and Ramona Victoria (Johnson) Freeman. She attended Essex Community School and graduated from Essex High School in 1966. Connie began her nursing education by attending Northwest Missouri State while working in Shenandoah followed by LPN training in Carroll, Iowa. She then went on to pursue her Bachelor of Nursing degree in Vermillion at the University of South Dakota. While working at Hand Community Hospital in Shenandoah she met and married Steven Anderson. They had three children: Tobin Rood, Steven Tucker, and Sarah Lynn. In 1986, she founded Universal Pediatric Services which specialized in home care for medically fragile children. Her mission was to provide care and support for those in need. In 1992, she was honored as Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year and later was also named Business Woman of the Year in 1996. She continued owning and operating both Universal Pediatric Services and Ultimate Nursing Services which expanded into 16 states by the time of her retirement in 2010. After which, she permanently relocated to Clearwater Beach where her life centered around sharing time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed the time spent with her grandchildren: Bryce, Alexa, Tatum and Koiy.

Connie is survived by her former spouse, Steven Rood Anderson; her son, Tobin Rood Anderson, his wife, Jodi Anderson and their two children, Bryce and Alexa of Tappan, NY; son, Steven Tucker Anderson, his wife, Jessica Anderson and her two children, Koiy and Tatum of Des Moines; daughter, Sarah Lynn Anderson of Philadelphia, PA; and Peaches, her committed companion (dog). Her family also consists of a network of lifelong friends including, Pat Jensen, Bob and Alicia Johnson, Joellen Strittmatter, and many others.

Connie was preceded in death by her grandparents, George and Veda (Kampe) Johnson and Walter and Pearl (Salsstroud) Freeman; parents, Wendell and Ramona Freeman and sister, Victoria Sue.


Harris, Colton Lee - Colton Harris, age 29, of Lincoln, Nebraska formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Lincoln, Nebraska. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Chuck Mayer officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Colton Lee Harris was born September 24, 1986, in Clarinda, Iowa the son of Larry Dean Harris and Brenda Elayne (MacDonald) Harris.

He attended Clarinda schools and was active in all manor of activities and was quite a social butterfly. Colton excelled in sports and played in the 2003 State Championship football game. Colton was active in drama, 4-H and was his class Vice President.

His senior year in high school he became sick and spent some time in an Omaha Hospital. From that time on he wanted to be in the medical field helping people. He attended Peru State College where he obtained his B.S. in Bio-Chemistry. Following that he attended IWCC and got his LPN. Of course, with Colt that was not enough schooling, so he was working on his BSN. He started that at Methodist College in Omaha where he met his equal and the love of his life, Ana Best. They got engaged and moved to Lincoln where they both got jobs in nursing. Colton was again having medical problems with seizures and black outs, with Ana’s love and help, he was getting better.

Colton was taken away from us on June 28, 2016. He is preceded in death by Grandpa Larry and Grandma Barbara Harris, Great Grandparents Harley and Vera Howard and Jim and Carol MacDonald, Uncle Brett MacDonald and Aunt Karlene Harris Brueggemann.

Colton will be truly missed by his parents, Larry and Brenda, brother Clayton Harris and Samantha Pringle all of Clarinda, sister Kallen Harris of Lincoln, NE. and Colton’s fiancée Ana Best of Lincoln, NE. Grandparents Jerold and Beverly MacDonald of Bella Vista AR. Aunts and Uncles, Leann and Harley Wilt of Brooklyn, MI, Brad and Brenda MacDonald of Shenandoah, Deb and Mark Dean of Lincoln, NE, Jerry Brueggemann of Fairbury NE, and Janet and Don Sobotka of Cortland, NE. Colt was loved by many cousins in Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan and multiple friends who will all miss his smile and laughter.

Colton had a true passion for life and all things he could get into;nothing was off limit to Colt. He put his total self into everything he was involved in: School ~ Work ~ Family ~ Friends and Ana.


Hickman, Marcia Claudeen Grace - Marcia Claudeen Hickman was born March 23, 1938 in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of F.C. and Marcella Gene (Gooch) Grace. She passed away on Friday afternoon, May 6, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Maryville, Missouri at the age of 78 years, 1 month and 13 days.
Marcia grew up and attended school in Denver, Missouri through the 11th grade. Her senior year she lived in Aurora, Colorado and graduated from high school there in 1956. Following high school she attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville for two years. On August 24, 1958, she was united in marriage to Robert Walter Hickman in Albany, Missouri. This union was blessed with two children, Melissa and Rob.
Bob and Marcia started their married life off in the Denver, Missouri area and later moved to Clarinda where they lived from 1965 to 1971. In 1971 they moved to Kimball, Nebraska and made their home there until 1978. From 1978 until now they made their home in Clarinda, Iowa where they owned and operated the F.C. Grace Furniture Store until they both retired. Marcia was a hard worker who always had her customer’s best interest at heart. She loved her God, her church and her church family. She was a happy, well-groomed and frugal person who enjoyed helping people. Her true love was her family.
Marcia was preceded in death by her parents, F.C. and Marcella Grace.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Hickman of Clarinda, Iowa; her children, Melissa Hickman of Platte City, Missouri, Rob Hickman and his wife Joni of Clarinda, Iowa; two granddaughters, Kassandra Romey of Omaha, Nebraska and Bethany Hickman of Boston, Massachusetts; great granddaughter, Aubrey Romey and her father, Matt Romey of Omaha, Nebraska; a sister, Dorilla Hawk and her husband Jack of Ravenwood, Missouri; a brother, F.C. Grace, Jr. and his wife Karen of Denver, Missouri; along with relatives and many, many friends.
Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Grandview Cemetery at Albany, Missouri with Pastor Mitch Grossohme officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Cemetery at Albany, Missouri. There will be open visitation held on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. Visitation with the family present will take place on Saturday morning, May 14, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Clarinda with lunch being served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the church basement. Memorials are suggested to the Marcia Hickman Memorial Fund. Online remembrances of condolences can be shared with the family at The Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa is in charge of arrangements


Hunter, John John Robert Hunter’s full and long life began on March 9, 1920 in Defiance, Iowa and continued strongly for 96 years when he passed away on May 25, 2016 in Scottsdale Arizona. His parents, Jack and Daisy (Hannon) Hunter, instilled in him early a love of the land. John, along with his beloved sisters, Jane, Jean and Audrey grew up on the family farm outside Dunlap, Iowa. The sibling bonds formed in Dunlap carried them throughout their long lives as the four siblings retired to Arizona where they all lived into their nineties.

After graduating from Dunlap High School in 1938, John farmed for a short while before he headed to Ames to pursue his dream of a college education. He graduated from Iowa State College in 1947 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Along with most of his friends in Alpha Gamma Rho agricultural fraternity, John paused his college education to enlist in World War II serving in the Army Air Corps, Air Transport Command, Alaska Division. John wrote nearly one hundred letters home during this time and today, his children and grandchildren treasure these letters that provide insight into his love of country and family.

John met Evelyn Mitchell of Axtell, Kansas at a statewide extension meeting at Iowa State and they were married in 1949. Thus started John and Evelyn’s long dedication to the farming community of southwest Iowa. John began his career as the Taylor County ISU Extension Director in Bedford, Iowa. For Evelyn to become the Home Economist for Taylor County, a special exception was granted to allow the married couple to work at the same extension office. In 1953, John and Evelyn moved to Clarinda to serve as the Extension Director and Home Economist, respectively, for Page County. John and Evelyn also thoroughly enjoyed their many years mentoring the youth of the 4-H programs in Taylor and Page Counties.

John utilized his farming knowledge when in 1963 be became an agricultural loan officer for Page County State Bank. He was at the bank until his retirement as president in 1985. John also served as head of the Clarinda Industrial Board and was influential in recruiting NSK Corporation to build its plant in Clarinda.

Time spent with family and friends was always a joy for John. His sons have many fond memories of the family camping trips throughout the U.S. and the annual ski trips to Colorado. In retirement, John and Evelyn traveled often, visiting six out of the seven continents. But, John loved best his trips to Chicago to visit his grandchildren. His long life allowed him to watch his seven grandchildren grow in to adulthood. Now, as adults, the grandchildren treasure their countless “Papa” stories of family, farming and their favorites - the tales of occasional mischief. In his last years, it was both the sunshine of Arizona and his circle of friends, spearheaded by his beloved Jeannie, that warmed John’s heart and kept him young.

John is survived by his sons, John and Tim, and their families: John and Mary Claire Hunter of Clarinda and Mount Prospect, Illinois; Tim and Maureen Hunter of Oak Park, Illinois, Terry Hunter of Riverwoods, Illinois: Grandchildren - Ryan, Jessica, Matthew, Samantha, John Ross, Kelsey and Zachary; and constant companion, Jean Walsh, of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Preceding John in death were his wife, Evelyn; son, Mitchell; parents, Jack and Daisy: sisters, Jane Mundt, Jean Haskell, and Audrey Lyon.

Visitation will be on Friday, June 24 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 at Clarinda First United Methodist Church, 223 W. Washington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
The Page County 4-H Endowment Fund
311 E. Washington St. Clarinda IA 51632

The John and Evelyn Hunter Scholarship in Agriculture
Iowa State University, 310 Curtiss Hall, Ames, Iowa, 50011


Jaeckel, Rosa Mae Fecher - Rosa Mae Jaeckel, daughter of George W. and Hannah B. (Nelson) Fecher, was born on November 22, 1915 in Atchison County, Missouri. She passed on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Rosa grew up and was raised in rural Missouri around the Westboro area. She attended rural school at Bartlett, Missouri then High School at Westboro for three years.

On April 17, 1940 she was united in marriage to Paul E. Jaeckel in Hamburg, Iowa. They resided in Shenandoah.

Rosa was a farm wife and mother until her mid 50's; then worked for F.W. Woolsworth. Later she worked for Henry Field's, cleaned homes and did alterations and sewing.

Rosa was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church until 2002. Then attended Nishna Valley Christian Church. She was a 27 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Rose loved to garden, fish, sew and go to garage sales.

Rosa was preceded in death by her husband Paul E. Jaeckel, parents William and Hannah Fecher, sisters Ruth Fecher as an infant, Mabel Jaeckel and Lois Comstock, brother Donald Fecher and granddaughter Diana Delehant.

Rosa is survived by her children Katherine Green and husband Ron of Shenandoah, Larry Jaeckel and wife Nancy of Essex and Dwight Jaeckel of Shenandoah, sister Irene Wallen, five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, six step grandchildren, 17 step great-grandchildren and four nephews.

Burial will be held at the Farragut Cemetery in Farragut, Iowa.

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Jillson, Carmalita Cuttell - Carmalita Jillson peacefully entered Heaven on June 22, 2016, after living for two years at Sumner Place, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Carmalita was the second child born to Dyer Ernest and Lulu Cuttell on December 8, 1916, in College Springs, Iowa. Carm attended Clarinda High School focusing on business classes and graduating in 1934. On November 5, 1939, Carmalita married W. Don Jillson in Clarinda. To their union were born two children: son James (Jim) and daughter Janice. Carmalita worked as a secretary at Lisle Corporation while Don served in the Army in England, France and Germany. Carm also worked at Berry Seed Company, the Mental Health Institute in Clarinda, and retired as executive secretary to the Campus Dean of Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda.
In retirement Carmalita and Don traveled and enjoyed fishing and camping with their son Jim's family. She and granddaughter Jennifer often searched for “tiger holes” at the campgrounds, a fond memory for Carm. Carmalita was an avid reader and crossword puzzle whiz. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, working with the Christian Church Women's Fellowship and Esther Circle, and singing. Carmalita was a founding and lifelong member of the women's sorority and service group Semper Fidelis. Carmalita also volunteered over 1000 hours with Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
At age 92, Carmalita faced a major life change, leaving her hometown of Clarinda to move to Lincoln, Nebraska. She lived independently at Savannah Pines for four years, then lived with John and Janice for a few months. Her health next required transition to Sumner Place for nursing care. Carm gained many more friends at Sumner Place and with AseraCare Hospice.
Carm approached every change in her life with grace, even when the changes resulted in less independence. Though Carmalita lived with pain most of her days, she never complained; she approached life with a happy and optimistic attitude.
Surviving Carmalita are: Son Jim Jillson and daughter-in-law Mary Ann (Clarinda); granddaughter Jennifer Jillson Morris and her husband Billy, their children Katelyn and Chase Morris (O’Fallon, Missouri); daughter Janice Jillson and son-in-law John Pierce; step-grandson Cody Pierce, his wife Julie, and step-grandson Martin Pierce (all of Lincoln, Nebraska); brother William Daily (Virginia); brother Dee Cuttell and wife Judy (Arizona), their family; sister-in-law Lena Cuttell, her daughters Jacquie Randazzo and Kathie Haley (California), their families; niece Rita Porterfield in California and nephew Mike Porterfield in South Carolina, their families; and many friends Carm cherished like family.
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the First Christian Church in Clarinda with Pastor Mike Harvey officiating. There will be a private family burial in the Clarinda Cemetery. There is no scheduled viewing or visitation. Memorials are suggested to the AseraCare Hospice in Lincoln, Ne or the First Christian Church in Clarinda. Online remembrances of condolences can be shared at The Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda is in charge of arrangement.


Keyes, Ruth Joyce Gonnerman - Ruth Joyce Keyes the daughter of Jesse Paul Gonnerman and Georgia Maude Eve Gonnerman , was born at Gresham, Nebraska on October 31, 1927 and entered into eternal life on Friday, June 24, 2016 at Shenandoah, Iowa, attaining the age of 88 years, 7 months and 23 days.

Ruth grew up on the family farm near Gresham, Nebraska, she attended Gresham High School graduating in 1945. She attended beauty school and owned her own shop for many years in Stromsburg, Nebraska. On October 5, 1947 she married Cleon Duane Keyes at Gresham, Nebraska. After their marriage they lived in York, Nebraska, they moved to Texas for 2 years, moving back to Stromsburg, Nebraska. In 1965 they moved to Shenandoah, where Ruth continued working as hair dresser, later becoming a bookkeeper at the local Coop until her retirement in 1991.

Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star, United Methodist Women, Angel Quilters, American Legion Auxiliary. Ruth enjoyed sewing, quilting, ceramics, candle making, and keeping up with her family and friends on Facebook. She was also an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan, she never missed a game.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Duane in 1980, and a sister Betty Carlson.

Survivors include her children, Dennis Keyes and wife Lynnette of Omaha, Nebraska, and Joyce Beard and husband Mike of Jefferson City, Missouri; grandchildren, Jake and Matthew Keyes, Tony and Andy Ginger, Cassie and Corey Beard; also survived by a brother, Tom Gonnerman of Stromsburg, Nebraska; three great grandchildren; along with other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorials may be directed to the Angel Care Home Health or Shenandoah First United Methodist Church.

Burial will be held 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Stromsburg Cemetery in Stromsburg, Nebraska


Lucky, Nancy Jane Hunt - Nancy Jane Lucky was born July 13, 1960 in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, the daughter of Betty Jane Hunt. She passed away on Sunday afternoon, June 19, 2016 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 55 years, 11 months and 6 days.
Nancy grew up in the Clarinda area and graduated from Yorktown School. She worked for several years at the Nishna Production workshop and can redemption center. In December of 1994 she was united in marriage to Jimmy Mark Lucky in Red Oak, Iowa. This union was blessed with 2 sons, James and Joey.
Nancy was a homemaker raising her 2 boys. She attended the Crossroads Community Church in Red Oak and later the Christian Fellowship Church in Shenandoah. She enjoyed her lottery tickets, writing to her many pen pals, baking and visiting the nursing home and playing dominos with the residents. Her true love was spending time with her family, especially her boys.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother-in-law, Terry Shaver.
Survivors include her boys, James Lucky and Joey Lucky of Red Oak, Iowa; her husband, Mark Lucky of Red Oak, Iowa; her sister, Brenda Shaver and Eldon Stiverson of Clarinda, Iowa; a nephew, Donnie Patterson of Red Oak, Iowa; great nephew, Jacob Patterson of Red Oak, Iowa; special friend, Chris Norris of Red Oak, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda with Pastor Rich Iske and Pastor Anna Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Athelstan Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will take place on Thursday evening, June 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. Memorials are suggested to the family. Online remembrances or condolences can be shared at The Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda is in charge of arrangements


Martin, Martha "Roz" Rosalyn - Martha Rosalyn Martin, daughter of Louis Michael and Bernice (Gleason) Saner, was born on January 27, 1939 in Shenandoah, Iowa. She passed away on May 16, 2016 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa. She was 77 years, 3 months and 19 days old.

Rosalyn grew up in Imogene, Iowa. She graduated from St. Patrick's Catholic School with the class of 1957. In June of 1957 she was united in marriage to Berkly D. Martin at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Imogene; they then moved to Shenandoah to start a family. She lived in Shenandoah until 2006 when she moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa. She returned to Shenandoah in November of 2014 and was a resident at Elm Heights Care Center until her death. She considered Elm Heights Care Center her home. She left behind there many caring staff and residents that she considered family.

Rosalyn worked as a medical secretary at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital from many years. She worked for Elm Heights Care Center in the activities department until she moved to Council Bluffs after the death of her son in 2006. She then worked again as a medical secretary at Jenny Edmundson Hospital until her retirement. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and St. Mary's Guild. Rosalyn's favorite things included family first and foremost. She loved all music. She loved to sing and dance, play the piano and even played the accordion. She also loved all sports. She loved playing all sports in Imogene as a child and continued play recreational sports in her adult years. She attended grandchildren events. She loved people and most of all she loved to laugh.

She was preceded in death by her parents Louis and Bernice Saner, husband Berkly Martin and her beloved son Michael D. Martin.

Rosalyn is survived by her daughters; Debra (Stan) Almeida of Omaha, Teresa Davis of Shenandoah and Barb Martin of Council Bluffs; grandchildren Tony (Ann) Almeida, Kate (Dan) Coil, Mitchell Almeida, Matthew McIntyre and Jamie (Zach) Smiley; six great-grandchildren; Este, Tatum and Gwen Smiley, Berk and Faye Coil and Edward Almeida; siblings Sharon (Jerry) Baldwin, Jane (Gary) Gruber and Lou (Dee) Saner all of Shenandoah and Edward (Carol) Saner of Virginia; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Mason, Marlin P. - Jul 8, 1937 - May 13, 2016 - Marlin Paul Mason was born July 8, 1937 near Clarinda, Iowa, the son of Paul Franklin and Netha Isabelle (Cabbage) Mason. He passed away suddenly Friday afternoon, May 13, 2016 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center in Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 5 days.
Marlin grew up in Clarinda and attended Clarinda Schools. He later served his country in the United States Army. Following his service to his country he attended college for a short time before he started his long career driving trucks. He drove over the road and local for many years. He could run anything mechanical and could fix anything as well. He was an ornery man who loved to talk, tell stories and always had a joke to share. But his true love was his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Trula McAtee.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Mason of Clarinda, Iowa; his children, Marlin Mason, Jr and his wife Janet of Lancaster, California, Morgan Paige of Orcas Island, Washington, Marcie Hudson of Clarinda, Iowa, Pete Mason and his wife Tammy of Blair, Nebraska, Stacy Mason of Waco, Texas, Dustin Mason and his wife Tina of Clarinda, Iowa, Ty Mason and his wife Beth of Bedford, Iowa, Tara Stogdill and her husband Matt of Mountain Home, Idaho; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth Erwin of Phoenix, Arizona, Shirley Christiansen and her husband Earl of Omaha, Nebraska, Sandy Pope and her husband Larry of Eldon, Missouri; along with many other relatives and friends.
There will be a Celebration of Life gathering of family and friends held on Wednesday evening, May 18, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the New Market Community Building in New Market, Iowa. There is no formal service planned. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family. Online remembrances or condolences can be shared at The Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda is in charge of arrangements


Miller, Kenneth Duane - Kenneth Miller, age 73, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Monday, May 23, 2016 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Russ Clark officiating. There will be open visitation at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the New Market Fire Department or to the New Market Foundation-Museum Project.

Kenneth Duane Miller was born May 10, 1943 in Clarinda, Iowa to Alfred Joseph Miller and Lois E. (Brown) Miller. He attended Ladoga Country School through 8th grade and graduated from New Market High School in 1962. He served his country in the United States Army 1964-1966 being stationed in Germany. Kenny was united in marriage to Dianna Glines Johnson and one son, Michael was born to this union. They later divorced.

Kenny lived his entire life in the New Market area and worked as an auto mechanic for car dealerships and from his own garage. His greatest pleasures were mud runs and pick up pulling. He had a ’65 Ford truck that he was proud of and entered in pick-up pulls in the area. His grandson Austin is now the proud owner of the truck and is restoring it. Kenny always enjoyed the 4th of July celebration held in New Market.

Preceding Kenny in death were his parents.

Survivors include his son, Michael Miller (Melissa) of Mountain Home, Arkansas; step children, Carrie Johnson and husband Mike Becker of Hopkinton, Iowa and Tracey Johnson and wife Jennifer of Villisca, Iowa; grandson, Austin Willuhn of Afton, Iowa; step grandchildren, Nicole Garcia of Afton, Iowa and Matthew Owens of Red Oak, Iowa, Kinsey, Lucas and Logan Johnson of Hopkinton, Iowa; four step great grandchildren; sisters, Marilyn Williams and husband Norman of Clarinda, Iowa and Janice Rine and husband Lee of New Market, Iowa; the staff and residents of Goldenrod who became his extended family; nieces; nephews and friends


Munsinger, Delores "Jean" Johnson - Delores "Jean" Munsinger was born in Sidney, Iowa, on July 15, 1928, to Loyal G. and Lucille (Gray) Johnson and departed this life on June 3, 2016, at Windsor Manor in Shenandoah, Iowa.  After graduating from Sidney High School, she worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Hopkins for a short time until her marriage.

During her high school years, she met a special young fellow at a community dance, and on April 10, 1948, she was united in marriage to Luther Munsinger, who preceded her in death on March 21, 2006.   Born to this union were her surviving children, Carol (Richard) Good of Tarkio, MO, Merril (Donna) Munsinger of Coin, IA and Linda (Jon) Ahlquist of Tallahassee, FL.  Also left to celebrate her life are grandchildren Monte (Shawn) Munsinger and Kim (Julio) Ruiz of Shenandoah, IA, Nathan (Julie) Good of Wyoming, MN, Justin (Heidi) Good of New Berlin, WI, Jessica (Brett) Garrett  of Tarkio, MO, Sigrun Ahlquist of Tallahassee and Kristen Ahlquist of Cleveland, OH; and great-grandchildren Erica, Mariah, Alexa Munsinger; Dylan Good and Nick Hendry; Wyatt Good and Isabelle and Nathan Zens; special niece Donna (Bob) Farrell of Broomfield, CO,  numerous nieces and nephews, and one sister-in-law, Marilyn (Munsinger) Williams of Superior, NE.

Her priority was her home and her family, who thank her for instilling a strong work ethic, faith, and the importance of honor and love.  She was one of those multi-talented farm wives who could not only cook and clean, but also complete basic construction of shelves, garden fences, and brick walls.  Jean loved working outside in the garden and yard.  She took pride in her flowers and garden and worked diligently to preserve her fruits and vegetables for her family to enjoy at those special family gatherings.  And she was always able to stretch a meal on short notice to provide for surprise guests that Luther would invite.  She also sewed and mended clothes, cut and permed hair,  separated milk and cream (and on Sundays hurried to complete the washing of the separator so that she could get to church on time to teach a Sunday school class),  gathered dozens of eggs and candled them all, and butchered chickens.  She always encouraged her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their endeavors and took pride in all their accomplishments in 4-H, academics, music, drama, and sports.   She was humbly honored to receive an award from the women of the UMW for always providing a requested special dish for church events.  And Jean really enjoyed her special group of ladies of the Visit Awhile Club


Pattavina, Michael Edward - Michael “Big Mike” “Faunch” Edward Pattavina, son of Bob and Barb (Anderson) Lovett and Bill Pattavina passed away early in the afternoon on May 3rd, 2016. The world lost a colorful man, full of life and character,a great Dad to six equally great kids, and a lover of the environment when he left us.

He was born on April 23rd, 1947 in Omaha, Nebraska. He spent most of his life in and around Clarinda, Iowa, living life to the fullest and laughing as much as possible with friends and family.

Mike enjoyed spending time on the family's Dumbbell Ranch in the sandhills of Nebraska as a child. He had a special relationship with his Grandfather, Walter "Popeye" Anderson who allowed him to drive the family's brand new Cadillac around the ranch to check cows. Mike spent his teenage years as a hard-working ranch hand on his parents' farm and scooping the loop around Clarinda with his friends in fast cars, usually with a pretty girl riding shotgun. He graduated Clarinda High School in 1965.

Like most of us, Mike lived an interesting life when it came to personal relationships but through it all, he relished being a father. Mike began his life as a Dad in his early twenties, with the birth of his first child, Marcia. His second, Michael, and third, Marc came in the next few years. He then earned the nickname Big Mike to distinguish himself from his son. Seven years later, he welcomed daughter Amy, and another year later, son Scott joined the group.

During this time of parenting young children, he worked at farming in Nodaway with cattle, goats, horses, sheep, pigs, chickens,and a row-crop operation. He loved getting his hands dirty in the garden and became very involved in eating healthy, homemade foods. He took a trans-Canadian vacation/adventure in a Dodge pickup truck with his wife and young son in 1977. He even spent time studying to obtain his private pilot's license. Somewhere along the way, his friends aptly nicknamed him “Faunch” for his tendency to rarely sit still and always be doing something.

In 1982 he moved his family back to Clarinda and occupied himself with a trucking business and Mike's Bikes, a bicycle shop originally located on Orange Street in Clarinda. The shop moved to several different locations around town and eventually ended up in his home on North 18th Street. Mike's Bikes was a natural outgrowth of one of Mike's big passions, RAGBRAI, which he first rode in 1981. He looked forward to that sweltering ride across Iowa all year long, oftentimes riding not only the entire week, but also pedaling up to the start and then back home again after it was all over. All of his children rode with him if they were old enough to balance a bike, and if they weren't Big Mike pulled them behind his bicycle in the bugger. He gave the kids squirt guns so they could shoot other riders with a cool blast of water and, to quote Big Mike, it was all "PERRRRFECT".

He took the entire family to Hawaii in 1983 for some time in the warm Pacific. In the late 80's, Big Mike got back into farming and began working the Anderson Ranch, north of Clarinda, which had historically been in his family. His children grew taller and so did the corn. He drove the school bus for Clarinda Public School for several years. He was instrumental in the construction of bridges on the Wabash Trace. Big Mike believed fully in the importance of planting trees and belonged to the organization Trees Forever. He planted hundreds if not thousands of trees during his lifetime. He got into bicycle racing and running 10k road races with some half-marathons, triathlons and even two full marathons. He took a a cross-country motorcycle trip through Wyoming and Montana, with one of his sons and reveled in the awesome sights of several National Parks.

In 1999 his family expanded again with the birth of his last child, Clayton. He enjoyed experiencing life anew through the eyes of his son and his grandchildren. He worked with youth at the Clarinda Academy, mentoring them with his own brand of life wisdom. Horses had always been a love for Big Mike and he acquired several along with a variety of wagons and buggies. He got a real kick out of giving wagon rides at the Page County Fair, the Shenandoah Christmas celebrations, parades, and even drove happy couples during their weddings. He loved to camp and many times would bring the horses to entertain his kids and grandkids. The Anderson Ranch pond saw many hayrack rides and bonfires with friends and family. He thrived there.

As Clayton grew up and his grandchildren multiplied, Big Mike spent time swimming laps at the Clarinda pool, winning 10-K road races, gardening, taking ski-trips, riding RAGBRAI, sailing vacations to Okoboji, and sky diving in 2011. He formed special bonds with many of Clayton's young friends. He was involved in their lives and shared a lot of his quirky wisdom with them while taking them on camping trips. He also expressed an intense interest in local and national politics, proudly called himself a liberal and avidly supported Bernie Sanders for President in 2016. To show his dedication to the cause, he plowed Bernie's name in one of his empty fields and, much to his delight, even received recognition from the national media for his effort. He got to meet and hug Bernie in Red Oak last December, which was a big highlight for him.

The last few months of his life were filled with lots of plans and projects, but, unfortunately, where his ornery spirit was willing, his body was unable. He had fought cancer long and hard on his own terms for many years. He passed smoothly, surrounded by loved ones. He leaves behind his children, Marcia Anne (Lovett) Sunderman of Clarinda and her partner Mike Hartman; Michael Christian Lovett and wife Tracy, of Sidney, Iowa; Marc Edward Lovett and his wife Lacey of Clarinda, Iowa; Amy Beth Lovett and partner Regan Campbell of Atlantic Beach, Florida; Scott Anthony Lovett and his fiance Becky Reis of Madison, Wisconsin; and Clayton Walter Lovett Pattavina of Clarinda, Iowa. Big Mike had eight terrific grandchildren as well: Caleb, Miranda, Sloane, Sterling, Starson, Sailor, Ellison and Aileen. He leaves three sisters he grew up with, Gay Harker, Pam Williams, and Ann Lovett, as well as Pattavina brothers and sisters residing elsewhere, and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. And then there are the friends. So MANY friends. Big Mike made an impression on everyone he met and he didn’t know a stranger. He leaves us all with the values with which he lived his life--frugality, joy, determination, self-truth, raucous laughter, independence, love for creatures great and small, appreciation for the environment, healthful living, working hard, playing hard, living life on the edge and to its fullest capacity, and love for his family and his friends.
We’ve decided to commemorate his life with a Celebration to be held later this year, perhaps by his beloved pond where folks can gather, share stories, food, and drink, and remember the man who left the world better than he found it. It will be PERRRRFECT.
Online remembrances or condolences can be shared with the family at The Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda is assisting the family with arrangements


Prather, Dora Kae Poore - Dora Kae Prather, age 70, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation with family will be held Thursday, June 30, 2016 5-7 p.m. at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. A gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Southwest Iowa Humane Society, Clarinda, Iowa.

Dora Kae Prather was born May 28, 1946 to Ward E. Poore and Yvonne (Blaine) Poore in Plattville, Iowa. She was the second of seven children. She grew up in Taylor County and attended Bedford Community Schools. Dora Kae and Paul Prather were united in marriage March 12, 1966 in Clarinda, Iowa. They had fifty treasured years together.

Dora Kae was a hard worker and had many business adventures through the years including operating a restaurant and she and Paul owned a custodial business that served the Lisle Corporation, EZ Way Corporation, Barker’s Implement, Citizen’s Bank, Lied Library, and many private homes.

Dora Kae had a great sense of humor and loved to pull jokes on people. She loved life and her family and friends were very important to her. Dora was the rock of her family and was always there to help when needed. She had a special relationship with her sister Sara. Dora enjoyed her home and especially loved working her flower garden. Her pet cats and Misty her dog were also very special to her.

Preceding Dora Kae in death were her parents and brothers, Stephen Poore (infant) and James Poore.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband Paul Prather of Clarinda; brothers, David Poore of Hopkins, Missouri, Richard Poore and wife Sheryl of Gilbert, Arizona, Roger Poore and wife Debbie of Clarinda, Iowa; sister, Sara Robinson and husband Don of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces and nephews including special nieces and nephew, Emily Sanders and husband Doug, Christina Landess and husband Jason and Jon Poore and wife Linda; many great nieces and nephews and many, many friends.


Regan, Cathy Louise - Cathy Louise Regan was born August 4, 1953 in Omaha, Nebraska the daughter of John Merrill and Helen Louise (Johnson) Regan. She passed away early Monday morning, May 23, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 62 years, 9 months and 20 days.
Cathy grew up in Omaha and graduated from Omaha North High School in 1972. She lived most of her adult life in the Belton, Missouri area and moved back to Braddyville five years ago. She enjoyed sewing, baking and was an excellent candy maker. She welcomed anyone and everyone to her home and treated them like family. She was an amazing mom, grandma and friend.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Regan and Robert Regan; and a nephew, Richard Regan, Jr.
Survivors include her children, Sandra Jean Camblin and her husband Irl of Springfield, Missouri, Jackie Rios and her husband Tony of Belton, Missouri, Becky Osborn and her husband Tim of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Austin Wayne Camblin, Aaron Owen Camblin, Ella Marie Coates, Jack Owen, II, Cathy Louise Rios, Timothy Kyle Ozzy Osborn, Brandon Michael Osborn; her parents, John and Helen Regan of Braddyville, Iowa, a sister, Claudia Jean Shears of Las Vegas, Nevada; a brother, John Regan, II and his wife Anna of Omaha, Nebraska; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda with Pastor Rich Iske officiating. Burial will be in the Braddyville Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will take place on Friday evening, May 27, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. Memorials are suggested to the Southwest Iowa Humane Society in Clarinda. Online remembrances or condolences can be shared at The Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda is in charge of arrangements


Rooker, Kinsee Laine - Kinsee Laine Rooker, daughter of Darrin and Laura (Ross) Rooker, was born on August 13, 2001 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Kinsee was very active; she enjoyed singing, dancing, basketball, volleyball, track, cross country and tennis.

Kinsee was preceded in death by her grandpa John Rooker, grandma Kathryn Vaux, great-grandparents Delbert and Esther Koenig, Leland and Pearl Rooker and George and Lucille Faust.

Kinsee is survived by her parents Darrin and Laura Rooker of Shenandoah, sisters Kathryn (T.J. Hilgerson) Rooker of Red Oak and Elizabeth Rooker of Shenandoah, grandparents Lowell and Kay Ross of Onawa, IA, Sandy Rooker of Creston, IA and Lee Vaux of Bagley, IA, aunts and uncles Rachel (Josh) Kuipers of Jefferson, IA, Nathan (Lindsey) Ross of Omaha, NE, Samanatha (Justin) Bush of Omaha, NE, Jennifer (Aaron) Jackson of Carlisle, IA, Donna Stone of Sterling, IL, Robbie Rosenberger of Ames, IA and Heather (Ken) Beaudet of Highland Park, IL, nephew Titus Hilgerson of Red Oak, many cousins and numerous friends.

Burial will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah


Ross, Florence Edith Reynolds -

Florence Edith Ross was born May 30, 1926 in New Market, Iowa, the daughter of William Elwood and Zula Acle (Webb) Reynolds. She passed away on Saturday morning, June 26, 2016 at Westridge Quality Care & Rehab in Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 90 years and 26 days.
Florence grew up and attended school in New Market. On September 20, 1946 she was united in marriage to William Oppie Ross in Atchison, Kansas. This union was blessed with 2 sons, Gary and Lanny.
Florence and her sister Doris ran the rendering truck during WW II. She later worked for Swift & Company before starting a 29-year career at the Mental Health Institute working in the dietary department. She was a member of Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary. She attended the Methodist Church and enjoyed embroidery and riding with Bill in the truck. Her true love was her family, especially the grandchildren, great grandchildren and most recently her great-great granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; a brother, LaVern Reynolds; two sisters, Doris Long and Ethel Albin; a daughter-in-law, Myra Ross; and a great grandson, Scotty Ross.
Survivors include her sons, Gary Ross of Maitland, Missouri, Lanny Ross of New Market, Iowa; her grandchildren, Brad Ross and his wife Jelisa of Clarinda, Iowa, Clifford Ross of Maryville, Missouri, Tiffany Schluter and her husband Keith of Hopkins, Missouri, Michelle Hobbick and her husband Eric of New Market, Iowa; great grandchildren, Jordan Ross, Shawn Ross, Alex Ross, Jake Ross, Danielle Hobbick, Kylie Schluter, Cambry Schluter; great-great granddaughter, Alania Ross; along with other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda with Pastor Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Burial will be in the Memory Cemetery at New Market, Iowa. Visitation with the family present will take place on Tuesday evening, June 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. Memorials are suggested to the New Market Fire & Rescue or New Market Methodist Church. Online remembrances or condolences can be shared at The Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda is in charge of arrangements.



Runyon, Kassidie Lee - Kassidie Lee Runyon, son of Dan and Sheila Wilcoxson and Dick and Sarah Runyon, was born on December 10, 1995 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away on Monday afternoon, May 16, 2016, following an automobile accident south of Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 20 years, 5 months, 6 days.

Growing up, Kass attended the Shenandoah Community Schools through the eighth grade. He attended high school in Clarinda, Iowa, graduating from Clarinda High School with the Class of 2014.

In 2012, Kass began working with his brother-in-law, Steve Crowley, at Crowley Construction. He had a love for building and construction, and especially enjoyed working with barn wood. Following graduation, he joined the Crowley Construction crew full-time and was currently employed there.

In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. Kass was a longtime member of the Shen A/G Church. He was to be married to his high school sweetheart, Victoria Sickler, on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Shen A/G Church

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Schenck, Ronald Raymond - Ronald Raymond Schenck was born July 10, 1927 in Clarinda, Iowa the son of Ray and Zelma (Anderson) Schenck. He passed away on Sunday morning, May 22, 2016 at Westridge Quality Care and Rehab in Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 88 years, 10 months and 12 days.
Ron grew up in Clarinda and graduated from Clarinda High School. Following high school he had a stint with the Army Air Corps and later served in the National Guard for 27 years where he flew and obtained the rank of Capt. He was the unit commander of the Clarinda and Villisca Guard unites for many of those years. On October 9, 1948 Ron was united in marriage to Julia Irene McFarland in Red Oak, Iowa. The couple lived briefly in Lenox and Shenandoah, Iowa before returning to Clarinda to settle and raise their family. Ron was the airport manager for many years and he farmed the family farm as well. He had a lifelong love of flying and related interests. He built several airplanes gaining his love of flight from his father, who was a “barnstormer” and the first airplane owner in Clarinda. Ron also enjoyed hunting and fishing, but his true love was his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Zelma Schenck; his wife, Julia Schenck; his sister, Neola Srite and a brother, Robert Schenck.
Survivors include his children, Leslie Ron Anderson and her husband Dave of Portland, Oregon, Randall Lee Schenck and his wife Janine of Clarinda, Iowa, Curtis Alden Schenck and his wife Donna of Clarinda, Iowa, Teresa (Terry) Lane McNutt and her husband Randy of Clarinda, Iowa; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends.
Celebration of Life services will be held at a later date. Online remembrances or condolences can be shared with the family at The Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda is in charge of arrangements


Schroder, Paul Elliott - Paul Schroder, age 55, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Friday, May 6, 2016 at his residence in Clarinda, Iowa. Memorial services will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Richard Iske officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2016 at the funeral home.

Paul Elliott Schroder was born August 16, 1960 to Elliott (Turk) Schroder and Janet (Asby) Schroder in Burlington, Iowa. He grew up in Danville, Iowa and attended schools in Danville until 9th grade; he then attended Kemper Military Academy for two years in Columbia, Missouri and later his GED. Paul was united in marriage October 6, 2006 to Kelly (Miller) Nelson in Clarinda, Iowa.

At the age of 19, Paul began working for the Iowa Prison System at Fort Madison and transferred to Clarinda in 1998. Paul was prison guard and supervisor for thirty six years retiring at the age of 55. Paul loved to fish, travel and play pool. He enjoyed keeping up and catching up with friends on facebook. Paul was a huge Green Bay Packer fan!

Preceding Paul in death were his father, Elliott (Turk) Schroder; brother-in-law, Robert (Heff) Heffelfinger; sister-in-law, Cindy Schroder; father-in-law, Wendell Miller.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kelly Schroder of Clarinda, Iowa; mother, Janet Schroder of Danville, Iowa; daughter, Amber Oatis Poggemiller of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; step children, Alexandra Nelson of Clarinda, Iowa, Calleen Nelson of Clarinda, Iowa and Nicholas Nelson of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren, Steven, Kaliana, and Olivia; sister, Terri Hefflefinger of Danville, Iowa; brothers, David Schroder of California and Miles Schroder and wife Jeana of Danville, Iowa; mother-in-law, Karen Miller of Shambaugh, Iowa; sister-in-law, Wendy Miller of Clarinda, Iowa; brothers-in-law, Andy Miller of Clarinda, Iowa and Eric Miller of Shambaugh, Iowa; many nieces and nephews and friends


Sligar, James "Jim" - James W. "Jim" Sligar passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016 at the Fair Oaks Care Center in Shenandoah.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church of Shenandoah or the Williams-Jobe-Gibson American Legion Post #128 of Sidney, Iowa.

Burial will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah with military rites by Williams-Jobe-Gibson American Legion Post #128 of Sidney, Iowa.


Spears, Isabel S. McQueen - Isabel S. McQueen, second daughter of James Russell and Mabel Clare Swisher McQueen, was born January 14, 1919, at the family farm in Locust Grove Township and died June 7, 2016. She attended the Locust Grove rural school, was involved in 4-H during her teen years, and graduated from Northboro High School in 1937, excelling in music, sports and academics. She earned her diploma in Cosmetology from Brown's Beauty Academy in Council Bluffs in 1938 and was employed in several local shops for the next ten years, mainly Borland's Beauty Shop for eight years. In the 1970's she also worked for the Farmer's Co-op as an accountant. On October 4, 1938, she and Dale Spears were married in Maryville, Missouri, after which they made their home on the newly purchased Wolford farm south of Shenandoah. This was the residence for the entire sixty-six years of their marriage.

Isabel joined the Locust Grove Church at an early age, later transferring to the Shenandoah Congregational Church where she was a long-time Sunday school teacher and serving in other capacities as well. She was a two-time Cub Scout den mother, served on the Koral Board and the American Field Service Committee, was a member of the Congregational UCC fellowship, Fairview Social Club, and was an enthusiastic member of the Home and Garden Club.

Isabel had many interests in the art world including oil and watercolor painting; creative stained glass; and growing, preserving and arranging flowers. She constructed dollhouses, furnishing and decorating them. Her first love was piano music. She played from early childhood and loved arranging. She often said she played her piano every morning just to get her started.

Dale and Isabel treasured their years of life on the farm and there they raised their two sons, Sam and Roger. In 1970, the family was forced to give up their beloved farm home to highway construction. They opted to build a replacement on the same farm in an adjacent location and Isabel spent many hours designing her dream home which they occupied for more than thirty
years. Isabel would say her top priorities were family first, her church, dear friends, the farm and beautiful music.

In their retirement years, she and Dale traveled to Alaska, New England and many other points of interest in the Continental United States as well as twice to Hawaii, Cancun, and Guatemala while also enjoying three Caribbean cruises.
Retirement winters were spent in Texas and Florida, returning to the Iowa farm each spring.

Isabel was preceded in death by her husband Dale and their elder son, Sam in 2005; also by her parents; sisters Jean McQueen Scotton and Russine McQueen
Evans; brother Bud McQueen and daughter-in-law Brooke Spears. She is survived by son Roger and family, Julianne and grandchildren Tracy and Dillon of Raleigh, North Carolina; sister-in-law Lois McQueen; two nieces; seven nephews and other relatives and friends


Sunderman, Lorraine Marie Beckfield - Lorraine Marie Sunderman was born March 29, 1925 in Grant Township, Buena Vista County, Iowa, the daughter of Louis and Martha (Sievers) Beckfield. She entered into eternity on Sunday morning, June 12, 2016 at her home near Villisca, Iowa at the age of 91 years, 2 months and 14 days.
She grew up on the family farm and attended Parochial School at the Zion Lutheran Church School in rural Storm Lake through the 8th grade. On April 23, 1944 she was united in marriage to Virgil Sunderman at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Newell, Iowa. In 1947, the couple moved to the farm in Page County, Iowa and lived there ever since.
Lorraine was a member of the LWML. She enjoyed gardening, growing flowers and being in nature. She also sewed and quilted. She loved baking, especially making mints for special occasions. Her true love was The Lord and her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Virgil; brothers, Leo, Otto, Albert and Walter; sisters, Clara, Dora, Edna, Leona, Irene, Mildred and Norma; a daughter, Betty; sons, Gene and Charles; a daughter-in-law, Leslie; a grandson, Dusty and a great grandson, Grayson Hobson.
Survivors include her children Earl Sunderman and his wife Becky of Villisca, Iowa, Diane Rupp and her husband Richard of Corning, Iowa, Dwight Sunderman and Helen Hickman of Corning, Iowa, Karla Lantz and her husband Kirk of Stanton, Iowa, Dennis Sunderman and his wife Anne of Villisca, Iowa; daughters-in-law, Vicki Sunderman of Villisca, Iowa and Denise Sunderman of Villisca, Iowa; a son-in-law, Dennis Behrhorst of Clarinda, Iowa; 24 grandchildren, Holly Duff, Leigh Kreshel, Philip Sunderman, Michelle Gillespie, Matthew Rupp, Chimene Cobb, Dena Crouch, Brandy Hobson, Ryan Sunderman, Heidi Wickersham, Michael Behrhorst, Amanda Case, Seth Sunderman, Jack Sunderman, Hank Sunderman, Cole Sunderman, Layla Houser, Derrick Sunderman, Aaron Lantz, Joshua Lantz, Jessica Lantz, Ethan Lantz, Nathan Sunderman, Breanna Sunderman; 35 great grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends


Swanson, Beverly Jean Hartstack - Entering the world March 4, 1937, during a blizzard at her grandparent's home in Page County, Iowa, Beverly Jean was the first of four children born to Lloyd and Lillian (Westenburg) Hartstack. Raised on their Montgomery County farm, Bev attended Mount Hope, a country, single-room school. She graduated from Red Oak High School in 1955, and was then employed at Mount Arbor Nursery in Shenandoah, and the Thomas D. Murphy Calendar Company in Red Oak. In later years, Bev worked for Reiman Publications in advertising sales.

Bev married her childhood sweetheart and just-across-the-road neighbor, Darold Lee Swanson (who had his eye on her since age 10), on November 3, 1956, at Fremont Lutheran Church at Nyman. Five children soon followed, Kevin Lee (1957), Kirk Darold (1959), Kent David (1962), Julie Ann (1963), and Kyle Robert (1970). The newlyweds have resided in Red Oak or on the Swanson family farm throughout their almost 60-year marriage.

Bev is most defined as a loving wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother. She was a wonderful cook, avid gardener and lover of nature, flowers, birds and wildlife. She was active in Altrusa and women's activities at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Bev loved family trips to the Lake of the Ozarks and Branson, Cyclone basketball, fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, pickled herring and lemon meringue pie!

Beverly Jean Swanson is survived by her husband, Darold, along with their children, Kevin Swanson, Kirk (Jerra) Swanson, Kent (Margee) Swanson and Julie (Hal) Hanson; her siblings Ron (JoAnn) Hartstack, Gary (Rhoda) Hartstack and Denny (Lonnie) Hartstack; her grandchildren, Heather Swanson, Daniel Swanson, Dylan Swanson, Dana Swanson, Lucas Swanson and Jeffrey Hanson. Beverly was preceded in death by her son, Kyle Swanson.

Born in a blizzard, now entered into eternal rest on a beautiful Spring day on May 19, 2016. Beverly Jean Swanson's life is celebrated today, surrounded by a community of close family and friends.

Memorials are suggested to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Red Oak and Mount Hope Cemetery at Nyman.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Friday, May 27, 2016 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Red Oak. Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Nyman, Iowa. Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Darold and the Swanson family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ed Piller and the entire staff of Montgomery County Memorial Hospital for their outstanding professional and personal medical care.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements


Terry, Jim - Jimmy Wayne Terry was born January 27, 1951, in Ravenwood, Missouri, the son of Donald Terry and Wilma (Hockman) Terry. He passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at his home in Shenandoah, Iowa, at the age of 65 years, 3 months and 14 days.

Jim spent the majority of his childhood years in the Shenandoah area. He attended school in Shenandoah and eventually went on to receive training in auto body frame work and general contracting.

Jim owned and operated Terry's Roofing and Contracting for over 27 years. When he wasn't busy working, Jim enjoyed classic cars, antique shopping and vacationing in the Ozarks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Wilma Terry, brother Kenny Terry and sister Donna Haddenham.

Survivors include his wife Zelda Terry of Shenandoah, Iowa; daughters, Amy Culberson and family of Lamoni, Iowa, Amanda Hopkins and family of Des Moines, Iowa; son Jimmy Terry and family of Red Oak, Iowa; and daughter Tammy Terry and family of Clarinda, Iowa. Brothers and sisters, Keith Terry of Essex, Iowa, Darrell Terry of Buffalo, Texas, Shirley Kragel and husband Ronnie of Kingman, Arizona, Diana Jones and husband Mooch of Essex, Iowa, Kim Terry and wife Sherry of Shenandoah, Iowa, David Terry of Farragut, Iowa, and Lyle Terry and wife Patty of Red Oak, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Burial was held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home


Tray, Elizabeth "Mickey" A. - Elizabeth Ann "Mickey" Shay Tray, 87, Princeton, IN, formerly of Shenandoah, IA, died Monday, May 16, 2016, at Gibson General Hospital, Princeton.

She was born February 27, 1929, in Iowa City, IA, to William T. Shay and Rose Konvalinka Shay. She graduated from St. Mary's High School, Iowa City, in 1946 and from St. Joseph School of Nursing, Ottumwa, IA, in 1950.

On May 24, 1952, she married James Francis Tray at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ottumwa.

Mrs. Tray was a registered nurse for 40 years, beginning her career at St. Joseph's Hospital, Ottumwa and ending at Marshall County Hospital, Madill, OK.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Princeton.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years; daughter, Eileen Davey; grandson, Michael Davey; parents; brothers, Clement, Cletus, and LaVerne Shay; and sister, Evelyn Robison.

She is survived by her six children, Thomas Tray, Spurger, TX, Christopher and Krystal Tray, Columbia, MO, Timothy and Kathy Tray, Round Rock, TX, MaryFrances and Tim Stransky, Princeton, IN, Patrick Tray, Columbia and Jennifer and Ron Harrington, Princeton; son-in-law, Jim Davey, Shenandoah, IA; 11 grandchildren, Kevin, Brian and Lauren Davey, Matthew Tray and Caitlin Lee, Erin and Megan Stransky, Ryan and Allison Tray and Shannon and Emily Harrington; two great-grandsons, Ian and Connor Lee; one brother, William and Bobbie Shay, Iowa City.

Memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 323 Metro Ave, Evansville, IN 47715.

Burial will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah