Page County, Iowa obituaries
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Almquist, Marcelyne Jeannette Stokes - Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah with Pastor Jim Crapson officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation Thursday evening, March 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials in Marcelyne's name are being directed to the College Springs Presbyterian Church or to Help A Heart.

Marcelyne Jeannette Almquist, daughter of Herbert Franklin and Hazel Leota (Adams) Stokes, was born on November 8, 1926 near Tabor, Iowa. She entered into the arms of her lord on Saturday morning, March 10, 2018 at Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 91 years, 4 months, 2 days.

Growing up, Marcelyne attended school in Shenandoah and Essex. On January 21, 1943, she was united in marriage to Marvin Almquist in Elkins, West Virginia. They were blessed with four children, Gary, Darla, Joyce and Kathe.

For several years during World War II, while Marvin served in the Army Air Corp, Marcelyne lived and worked in California. She returned to Shenandoah and after Marvin's return at the end of the war, they began life together farming near Essex and later near Coin. Upon retirement in 1984, they moved to an acreage outside of Shenandoah. They had a second home in Tucson, Arizona where they spent their winters.

Marcelyne was an active member of the Norwich Methodist Church until 2016 when she joined the College Springs Presbyterian Church. She was well known for her cooking an baking and was happiest when she could entertain and feed her large family. During her 91 years, she enjoyed square dancing, traveling and camping, golfing, following sports events of their children and later, their grandchildren, sewing and gardening. Her greatest joy came from being with her family, which grew to over 70.

Preceding her in death were her husband; daughter, Kathe Fichter; great-great grandson, Reeve Heuton; her parents; brothers, Robert and Wayne; and sisters, Arduth and Dorothy.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Gary Almquist and wife Marcia of Magnolia, TX, Darla Burch and husband Ed of Braddyville, IA, Joyce Vardaman and husband Randal of Sun Valley Lake at Elllston, IA; son-in-law, Fred Fichter of Randolph, IA; 12 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends

 

Apperson, Elizabeth "Beth" Lee Foxworthy - Beth passed away on Sunday evening, March 18, 2018 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.

Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Northboro United Methodist Church with Phil Wing officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Grove Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Wednesday evening, at the funeral home from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to People For Paws or The Shenandoah Community Food Pantry

Elizabeth Lee "Beth" (Foxworthy) Apperson was born on June 20, 1932 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Leonard Lee and Mrytle Elizabeth (Henn) Foxworthy. Beth entered into the arms of her Lord on Sunday, March 18, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Beth's early years were spent in the Northboro area, with the exception of two years when the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Northboro High School as Valedictorian, with the Class of 1951. It was during her high school years that she began to date Randall Apperson. The couple was married at the Northboro United Methodist Church on August 12, 1951. They were blessed with 66 years of marriage.

Beth was a loving and dedicated wife and mother. She cared for her children while they were growing up. Later in life she worked for Central Surveys for 6 years. Beth was a wonderful cook. The family looked forward to enjoying her fabulous cinnamon rolls, especially on their birthdays. Her family was of utmost importance to her and she especially loved being a grandmother. She stayed active in several clubs including the Shenandoah Hospital Auxiliary, The United Methodist Women; where she served as a district officer, The Neighborhood Club, and she also belonged to several community card clubs. She had been a member of the Northboro United Methodist Church since 1940.

Beth was preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Mrytle Foxworthy; in-laws Claude and Lois Apperson; brother Bill Foxworthy; granddaughter Amy Apperson; brothers-in-law Lyle Apperson and Clayton Ryan; and son-in-law Lee Don Martin. Those left to cherish her memory include her faithful husband Randall of Shenandoah; children Robert Apperson of Blanchard, Kathyrn Martin of Odessa, TX, Richard Apperson and wife Sandra of Northboro, David Apperson and wife Linda Nossar of Winston-Salem, NC and Douglas Apperson and wife Connie of Shenandoah; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter; sisters-in-law Doris Ryan, Sharon McColligan and Jeannie Foxworthy; other relatives and many friends

 

Berringer, Stacy Lee Montgomery - Stacy Lee Berringer, 49 of Lincoln, passed away March 22, 2018. Born April 28, 1968, in Clarinda, Iowa to James and Melanie Montgomery.

She was united in marriage to James Duain Berringer on September 1, 1990.
Stacy graduated from Clarinda Senior High in 1986, and Peru State College in 1990 with a
Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Sociology. Stacy grew up working for her parents in
Clarinda, Iowa at Hawley Rexall Drug, and later worked for the Design Team at Harris Labs.
Her greatest joy was working for LPS at McPhee Elementary in the Preschool classroom. Stacy was active and involved at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Lincoln, NE for over 25 years.

Stacy leaves behind James, her loving husband of 27 years, daughter Jaraka Shyanne
Berringer and husband Tyson Helm, and sons Skyler Jaden Berringer and Dakota Laken
Berringer. Parents Melanie (Darrel) Sump of Clarinda, Iowa and James (Diana) Montgomery of Green Valley, Arizona, sister Wendy Schoen (friend Clay Haferbier) of Blue Springs, Missouri and brother Scott (Karrie) Montgomery of Sierra Vista, Arizona, nieces and nephews Geren and Graceyn Schoen, and Morgan, Megan, Tanner and Isabel Montgomery. Sister In-Law Sue Binns of New Market, IA, Brothers In-Law Ronald Berringer, Omaha, NE, Tim (Gayla) Berringer of Independence LA, Jason Berringer of Yorktown, IA, Justin Berringer of Omaha, NE and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by grandparents James and Mary Montgomery and Chet and Kate Lee.
Father-In Law Donald Duain Berringer.

In memory of Stacy Berringer, Memorials to Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools for the
support of McPhee Pre-school children.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 3-6 pm, on March 25, 2018 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Funeral Services will be held Monday at 11:00 am, on March 26, 2018 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, at 27th and Sheridan Boulevard, with a light lunch afterwards. Private family burial.

Stacy was loved for her kindness and gentle heart to all those that knew her. She loved
traveling with her family and just spending time with them. Anyone lucky enough to have
been touched by Stacy over the years will greatly miss her, but will never forget her

 

Blaisdell, Norman - Norman Blaisdell, 71 of Clarinda, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda. He donated his body for research. A celebration of life service is planned for June 24th, 2018 (Normans Birthday) in honor of his memory. A picnic at Nodaway Valley park is planned for that day weather permiting. Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, provided arrangements

 

Bramble, Beverly Ann Maxwell - Beverly Ann (Maxwell) Bramble was born October 26, 1934 near Clarinda, Iowa to James and Ruby Ann (Peterson) Maxwell. She graduated Clarinda High School in 1953. Richard and Beverly were married June 3, 1954 and to this union were born Lisa and John.
Richard and Beverly had begun their married life living in the Prison of War Camp on the south edge of Clarinda, as did many young couples at that time. Beverly worked at the Mental Health Institute, Clarinda Municipal Hospital, Citizens Bank, and ended her career at Clarinda City Hall. Beverly was a 50-year member of Eastern Star, and served in other organizations including American Legion Auxiliary, RSVP, and SHARE,
Beverly passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Windsor Manor, Shenandoah, Iowa following a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister Barbara Croy and her son John.
She is survived by her two children: Lisa (Roger) Miller, Clarinda, IA, John (Julie) Bramble, Clarinda, IA; grandchildren Billie (Aaron) Poland, Erin (Kelly) Henderson, Jamie (Adam) Criswell, Brooke (Boone) Campbell; great grandchildren Asher & Hattie Poland, Blake & Kenley Henderson, and Stella and Mack Criswell; brother-in-law David Croy of Urbandale, IA and his son Chris Croy.

Funeral services for Beverly Bramble, 83 of Clarinda, will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, with interment at Memory Cemetery, New Market.
Memorials are suggested to Clarinda Fire Department.

Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel provided arrangements

 

Brayman, Irma "Jeanne" - 5 Oct 1931 - 16 Jan 2018

Jeanne Braymen, age 86, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Tuesday, January 16,2018 at Westridge Care & Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Ren Adams officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Irma Jeanne Braymen was born October 5, 1931, daughter of Alonzo & Elsie (Einfeldt) Bubb in Lenox, Iowa. She graduated from Lenox high school and attended nursing school at Iowa Methodist Hospital. In nursing school Jeanne became best friends with Grace Braymen who took her to visit the family farm. Jeanne and Grace's brother, Paul, became an item and were married November 1, 1953. Two children were born to this loving union, Barbara and Chris. The family lived on the Braymen family farm for a few years before moving to Hiawatha, Iowa. In 1969 the family moved to Northboro, IA. After the kids were out of high school Jeanne & Paul lived in Bedford for a few years then moved to Clarinda. 

Jeanne worked as an RN at Shenandoah Community Hospital for 2 years after graduating from nursing school. She worked in the home until the kids were in school when she held various positions where she could use her degree to help others - in troubled teen counseling, elder care and social work at elder care facilities. After retiring she worked at the Clarinda Community Center and was active in the First Christian Church women's group.

Jeanne enjoyed the comfort of her family and the community of neighborhood, work and church friends. She enjoyed bible study & other activities, including a missionary trip to Nicaragua and Costa Rica in Central America. A prolific reader, Jeanne traveled the rest of the world via books & magazines. She stayed in touch with friends from nursing school, bible study and work. Jeanne had a green thumb and loved tending her flower gardens and many house plants. She cherished the companionship of her black, curly-haired pup, Feather.

Left to cherish Jeanne's memory are her loving daughter Barbara Ann Braymen Zahlen who lives in South Dakota with her husband, Steve, and many relatives and friends.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Braymen and son, Chris; her parents; and all of her siblings - L. Everett Bubb, Leonard Bubb, Donald "Doc" Bubb, Lela Bubb, Esther Bubb Hines, Clara Bubb McKinney, Lola Bubb Bernard, Dorothy Bubb, and Harlan Bubb

 

 

Brown, Deniece D. Thomas - Celebration of Life services for Deniece Brown will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Southwest Valley Middle School gymnasium in Villisca. Visitation will be held in the gym from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. prior to the service. Deniece passed away in Creston on Wednesday, February 7th.
Deniece D. Brown was born September 24, 1960 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the daughter of Herbie and Eula Thomas. She graduated from the College Springs high school in 1980. Later that year she was united in marriage to Jeff Brown at which time they made Villisca their home. For 38 years she was an important part of the community through employment at the bank, the grocery store and as an operating partner of the American Legion.
She most enjoyed her twenty years at the Villisca Community Schools where she was known as "Ma" Brown or "Brownie" by everyone there. She served as "Recess Lady," librarian, para-educator and most recently as Head Cook. Her true joy in life was the students. For a time, she even managed the swimming pool during the summer months.
Her passing leaves a huge hole in the hearts of everyone whose life she touched.
Deniece is proceeded in death by her parents, Herbie and Eula Thomas, her nephew Aaron Brown and her puppies T-Bone and Allie. She is survived by her husband Jeff Brown, daughter Lacy, son Jarred, daughter-in-law Jordan, and granddaughter Olivia, the medicine that kept her going through her 3 year, 3 month, and 3 day cancer battle. She is also survived by her sister Rhonda Sirfus, niece Emma, nephew Josh all of Johnston, Iowa, and brother Roy Thomas and family of Red Oak along with many more relatives and friends.

Wolfe Funeral Home assisting with arrangements

 

Brown, Linora Mavis Harms Wynn - Linora M. Brown, 94 of Lincoln, Nebraska and formerly of Shenandoah passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 following an extended illness.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah, Iowa. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery. The family will greet friends 1 hour prior to the services on Monday.

Linora Mavis Harms was born September 3, 1923 in White, South Dakota, the daughter of John and Kate (Arends) Harms. She grew up in Shenandoah, Iowa and attended Shenandoah Public School. She had three children from a marriage to Marvin Wynn, who passed away in 1944. She was united in marriage to Basil Brown on August 20, 1947, in Glenwood, Iowa. The family made their home in Imogene and Shenandoah, Iowa. They owned and operated the Model Café in Shenandoah. In 1959, they moved to Grand Island, Nebraska where they lived for 42 years. Together they operated the Superior 400 Service Station and Laundry Mat. In 1975, the couple started Brownie's Pianos. They bought and sold used pianos throughout the United States and Canada until they retired in 1985.

Those left to cherish her memory include one son, Richard (Lorna) Wynn, and daughter, Mrs. Jon (Barbara) Smaha, both of Lincoln, Nebraska, eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and three great, great grandchildren, two brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law and nephew Howard Harms.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Kate Harms, husband, Basil Brown, son, Morise Wynn, seven brothers, five sisters, one granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, 724 South 12th, Lincoln, NE 68508.

Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island, Nebraska and Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah, Iowa in charge of the arrangements

 

Buch, Beverly Ann Bergren - Beverly Ann (Bergren) Buch was born July 14, 1936 in Red Oak, Iowa to Arthur Theodore and Ethel Florence (Fast) Bergren. Bev passed away February 6, 2018 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa.
Bev met Darwin Buch while she was attending Clarinda Jr. College and they were married on October 2, 1955 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Clarinda. Bev initially worked as a Dental Assistant for Dr. Braderick in Clarinda. Following the birth of their children she returned to work in the Physical Therapy Department at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital where she remained until retiring nearly 30 years later.
Bev was notably helpful in the community through her sororities Xi Alpha Phi of Beta Sigma Phi. She volunteered many hours with local organizations and was among the first elite group of Clarinda citizens to be named as a Good Samaritan of the Year by the local paper. She opened her home to band members from around the world during the Glenn Miller Festival each year and to A’s players in need of a home for the summer. She was also supportive in numerous ways with the Clarinda A’s Baseball Team, the hospital auxiliary, and the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum. Bev was an avid card player and didn’t pass up a chance to play any type of cards. She and Darwin made a formidable Bridge team over the years. Bev was a long-time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, became the first female officer of the church, and was a member of the Joy Circle. Her years of service to the community of Clarinda will be long remembered.
Bev was also well known for her excellent cooking skills and was happiest with a crowd gathered around her kitchen table having a great time while enjoying her latest creations. Her home was very familiar to many as she entertained in the same home and around the same kitchen table in the 62 years since she was married.
She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws Henry H. and Gertrude (Wagoner) Buch; sisters and brothers-in-laws Maxine (Wayne) Campbell, Lois (Fred) Bryson; brother Duane Bergren; sister-in-law Donna Lee Buch; and nieces Sandy Moritz and Sharon Gregg.
Bev is survived by her five children: Becky Buch (Don Foster), Des Moines, Bob (Susan) Buch, Minneapolis, MN, Bonny (Chuck) Williams, Braddyville, IA, Beth (Rocky) Alexander, Clarinda, and Brent (Lilian) Buch, Ankeny, IA; grandchildren Meg and Zane Williams, Kelsey, Alyssa, and Connor Alexander, and Alex, Grace, and Nicholas Buch; step grandchildren Danielle Pearson and Kayle, Tyler and Aaron Foster; sisters-in-law Madeline Bergren, Stanton, IA, Marianne (Allen) Fann, Atlantic, IA, and Nadine (Jim) Lillie, Peoria, IL; brother-in-law Don Buch, Grimes, IA; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Bev Buch, 81 of Clarinda, will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb 12 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Clarinda, with interment at Morton Mills Cemetery.
Visitation will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda. Memorials are suggested to St. John's Lutheran Church, Nodaway Valley Historical Museum, or Clarinda A's.

Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is providing arrangements

 

Burtch, Buddy Glen - Buddy Burtch, age 75, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Saturday, March 3,2018 at his home following his battle with an incurable lung disease. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Ben McKim officiating. Burial will be in the Braddyville Cemetery.

Buddy Glen Burtch was born May 29, 1942 in Trenton, Missouri to Robert Burtch and Helen (Sallee) Burtch and passed away March 3, 2018 at his home following his battle with an incurable lung disease. He had three siblings Bobby, Bill and Barbara. Buddy grew up in the Trenton area and graduated from Trenton High School. Following high school he entered the United States Air Force and served his country in Thailand during the Vietnam war 1963-1967. He then returned home and graduated from Trenton Junior College, Trenton Missouri and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Business from Northwest University, Maryville, Missouri. Buddy and Nancy Lusk were united in marriage January 2, 1971 in Braddyville, Iowa. They made their home in Phoenix, Arizona for thirty two years.

While in Phoenix, Buddy was the sales manager for Armour Foods and later he worked for the United States Postal Service. Buddy enjoyed golfing and the many golf trips including Acapulco and Hawaii while working for Armour Foods. He was an active member of the North Phoenix Baptist Church. Buddy was a deacon and taught 5th and 6th grade Sunday School for twenty five years. In 2004, Buddy and Nancy returned to Clarinda where he was an active member and deacon for the Calvary Baptist Church. Buddy enjoyed his job as pool manager for the Super 8 Motel, Clarinda, Iowa. He also enjoyed being outdoors mowing and gardening and going to Flea Markets.

Preceding Buddy in death were his parents; brothers, Bobby Burtch and Bill Burtch.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Nancy Burtch of Clarinda, Iowa; sister, Barbara Williams of Trenton, Missouri; brother-in-law, Danny Lusk and wife Nancy of Braddyville, Iowa; sister-in-law, Lou Ann McComb and husband Scott of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces; nephews; cousins and friends

 

Buttry, Harriet Anne Arnold - Harriet Anne Buttry was born to Frank and Francena Arnold December 1, 1926 in Downer’s Grove, Illinois. She grew up in a strong Christian family during the Depression. She attended Wheaton College where she met her husband, Lucas Wayne Buttry. They were married on June 24, 1950. They had four children, Dan, Steve, Don and Carol. Luke was led by the Lord to become a Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force and Harriet to become a chaplain’s wife. They lived in many states, England and Japan. When they retired from the Air Force in 1970, the family moved to Shenandoah, Iowa, where they pastored for 5 1/2 years at First Baptist Church and then moved to Kankakee, Illinois. After Luke's death in 1978, Harriet moved to Clarinda, Iowa for a year and then attended Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. She pastored First Baptist Church of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and then joined the staff of NBTS from which she retired. In retirement she moved to John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She served as an interim pastor in churches in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. Harriet had a love for music and a gift in writing, following in her mother’s footsteps. She enjoyed playing board games and was especially known for her competitive games of Scrabble. Harriet had a passion for traveling and completed her goal of seeing all 50 states. With each addition of her grandchildren and great grandchildren she beamed with pride, sharing about them with all she met. She was preceded in death by her husband, Luke; parents, Frank and Francena Arnold; brother, Frank; sister, Helen; son, Stephen; grandsons, Patrick Devlin and Brandon Buttry; and great grandson, Keaton Poulter. She is survived by her son, Daniel and his wife, Sharon (Crader) Buttry; her late-son Stephen’s wife, Mimi Johnson Buttry; son, Donald and his wife, Pamela (Albright) Buttry; daughter, Carol (Buttry) and her husband, John Devlin; 24 grandchildren; 21 great grand-children; and her sister, Shirley (Arnold) and her husband, Robert Worgul. Funeral services will be on Friday, March 2, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Kansas City at 1pm. Visitation will be one hour prior. Burial will be Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa at 10am. A memorial service will follow at 11am at the First Baptist Church in Shenandoah, 411, W. Clarinda Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: Northern Seminary, Harriet Buttry Endowed Scholarship Fund, 410 Warrenville Road, Suite 300, Lisle, IL 60532.


Christianson, Robert Earl "Bob" - Bob passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at the Tarkio Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to the Fairfax Community Hospital or the Tarkio Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. 

Robert Earl Christianson was born on December 21, 1938 in Shenandoah, IA. Robert entered into eternal peace on January 21, 2018 in Tarkio, Missouri at the age of 79.

Robert lived with his son Bobby and wife south of Shenandoah on his acreage for a period of time before entering into Tarkio Rehabilitation in December, 2017. Robert owned his own business in Shenandoah, Bob's Millwright Service for many years. Robert also drove for SWITA for a few years until he retired. Robert received many driving awards and accommodations during the time he was employed with SWITA. Robert was an avid gun collector and loved his American Flags. He was well known for his welding abilities in and around the community. 

Robert was preceded in death by his father Leonard Christianson of Shenandoah, Iowa, his mother Beryl (Madison) Sheldon of Rogers, Arkansas, and his daughter Joanna Anderson of Shenandoah, Iowa.

Those left to honor his memory include his sister Joyce Ann Taylor and her husband Bill of Rogers, Arkansas; his son Robert L Christianson and wife Freida of Shenandoah, Iowa; his son Mark A. Christianson and wife Michelle of Humboldt, Iowa. His grandchildren; Jay Anderson and his wife Julie of Glenwood, Iowa; Valerie (Anderson) Coate and husband Tyson of Burlington Jct., Missouri; Nate Christianson and wife Tonya of Mesa, Arizona; Nick Christianson and wife Chelsea of Cypress, Texas; Blake Christianson and wife Kelly of Humboldt, Iowa; and Lauren Christianson of Humboldt, Iowa. His great grandchildren; Paige Schebaum of Shenandoah, Iowa; Brooke Myers of Burlington Jct., Missouri; Trace Coate of Burlington Jct., Missouri; Rhiana Coate of Burlington Jct., Missouri; Brielle Christianson of Mesa, Arizona, Caleb Christianson of Mesa, Arizona; Kash Christianson of Cypress, Texas; Kolbie Christianson of Cypress, Texas; and Kinley Christianson of Humboldt, Iowa

 

Connor, Ora May Harper - Ora May (Harper) Connor, daughter of Euell and Eunice (Dunn) Harper was born on October 11, 1926 in St. Joseph, Missouri. May passed on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa with her niece and Elm Heights nursing family at her bedside.

May's early years were spent in Northwest Missouri and Southwest Iowa. She attended Shenandoah High School graduating with the Class of 1944.

On September 1, 1949, she was united in marriage to Martin S. Connor. May worked as a bookkeeper for Leroy Miller and Joe and Tom Madsen and family at International Harvester, later Case IH. Together May and Martin operated MayCon Angus, a cattle business, until the Farragut tornado forced them to move.

May enjoyed her cats-she had many, many cats through the years. Most recent being Bobby and CeeCee until she went to live at Elm Heights Care Center. She also enjoyed doing word search puzzles. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary O'Howell-Strader Unit 102.

May was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 61 years, Martin in 2010, sister-in-law Pat Harper and her nephews Jamie Kinder and Jim King.

Those left to honor her memory are her twin brother P.E. "Diamond" Harper of St. Joseph, MO, nieces Ponya King and Janeen Harper of Westboro, MO and Lisa (Tim) Burdick of Raymore, MO, nephews Randy Harper of Cheney, NE, Marvin (Mary) Harper of Barnard, MO, and Scott (Julie) Harper of Junction City, KS and many great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Aunt May will be dearly missed by her family and friends. We are all thankful she is now at peace, talking up a storm with Uncle Martin.

No funeral service. Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to People for Paws or the Elm Heights Activity Fund.

Burial will be held in the Tabor Cemetery at a later date

 

Crandall, Helen Frances Ankrom - Helen Frances Crandall, 70, of Shenandoah, Iowa and formerly of Coin, Iowa entered into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Monday morning, January 29, 2018 at her home in Shenandoah.

Celebration of life memorial services will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 10:30 AM at the Nishna Valley Christian Church in Shenandoah with Rev. Jack Langley officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation Thursday evening, February 1, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the NishnaValley Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Memorials in Helen's name are being directed to the Nishna Valley Christian Church Kitchen Fund or to the Shenandoah Police Department. Inurnment will be in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at Adel, Iowa. 

Helen Frances Crandall, daughter of Leslie Randolph and Elizabeth Evelene (Robinson) Ankrom, was born on January 31, 1947 in Jacksonville, Illinois. She entered into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Monday morning, January 29, 2018 at her home in Shenandoah, Iowa following a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 70 years, 11 months, 29 days.

Growing up, Helen lived in west central Illinois in Franklin. She attended the Franklin Community Schools, graduating from Franklin High School with the Class of 1965. Following high school, she attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in social work. 

Helen was married to Ron Blume, with whom she had two children, Matthew and Amy. In 1992, Helen was united in marriage to Jerry Lee Crandall, adding two daughters, Angie and Cindy. They made their home in Coin, Iowa, before moving to Shenandoah in 2016.

For forty years, Helen worked for the State of Iowa (DHS) as a social worker covering most of southwest Iowa. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing and especially quilting, the beauty of flowers, baking and cooking for family and all the special family celebrations. She also enjoyed spending time with all the grandchildren and attending their activities.

Preceding Helen in death were her parents and grandparents; left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Jerry Crandall of Shenandoah; children, Matthew Blume of Norfolk, NE, Amy Entrekin and husband Aaron of Ankeny, IA, Angie Zach and husband Mark of Wayne, NE, and Cindy Hancock of Highlands Ranch, CO; seven grandchildren, Kylie Blume, Eric, Ava and Evan Entrekin, Ty and Cole Zach and Jace Hancock; brother, Charles Ankrom and wife Carol; sisters, Betty Jackson and husband Gary and Joyce Ankrom; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends

 

Dalrymple, ZoeAnn, 06 Apr 1964 - 23 Feb 2018 ZoeAnn passed away Friday, February 23, 2018 in Homestead, Florida. 

Celebration of life memorial graveside services will be held at a later date at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa

 

Downing, Matthew Lewis - Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Shenandoah with Pastor Wade Brandt officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church beginning at 1:00 PM. Burial will be in Shenandoah's Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials are being directed to People for Paws in Shenandoah.

Matthew Lewis Downing, 55, of Shenandoah, passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Nebraska Medicine - Omaha. He was born in Shenandoah, Iowa on April 22, 1962, the son of James Lewis and Rosalie Ann (Alff) Downing.

Matt attended school in Shenandoah and graduated from Benson High School in Omaha. He worked for his father at Downing Welding for many years and was employed at Lisle Corporation in Clarinda for the past six years. Matt had a great love of animals and volunteered at People for Paws in Shenandoah.

Preceding Matt in death were his grandparents and father, Jim Downing in 2012. He is survived and missed by his mother, Rosalie Downing of Shenandoah; brother, Kelly (Dee Ann) Downing of Wahoo, NE; sister, Ginger Downing (Jack Noble) of Bloomington, MN; sister, Sherrill (Jim) Ehlen of Miami, FL; special nieces and nephews, Doug (Kimberly) Downiing, Jessi Gibson, Joe (Katie Ehly) Britton, Blair Noble, Emily and William Ehlen; great nephew, Dillion Stalder; great nieces, Cheyenne and Gabriel Haney, Christin Downing and Louise Britton; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles; many friends; and his beautiful (and spoiled) cat, Princess

 

Ebersole, Darwin "Dick" - 20 Oct 1954 - 02 Apr 2018 - Dick passed away on Monday evening, April 2, 2018 at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

Visitation Services will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m


Darwin Richard "Dick" Ebersole was born on October 20, 1954 in Hamburg, Iowa, the son of Meryne Wallace and Mary Elizabeth (Wheat) Ebersole. Dick entered into eternal peace on Monday evening, April 2, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dick's early years were spent in Imogene, Iowa. He attended school in both Imogene and Farragut. He later served for a short time in the United States Army. On August 6, 1998 he was united in marriage to Janice Jackson at the Nishna Valley Christian Church.

He worked various jobs over the years including working at Imogene Grain, Mount Arbor Nurseries, Farm Master, Lybarger's and Eaton's where he retired from due to declining health. He also worked for several local businessmen including Charlie Resh, Larry Anderson and Bud Turnbull. He was a member of the Nishna Valley Christian Church where he was baptized and married.

Dick was very handy. He enjoyed doing mechanical work on both automobiles and lawnmowers. He enjoyed dining at the Depot Deli with family and friends. He never knew a stranger. He was the type of guy who could talk to anyone about anything. The conversations that he had were always welcomed and heartwarming. If you knew him, then you were considered his friend.

He was preceded in death by his mother Mary Woods, step-father Hoppy Woods, brother Lance Woods and brother-in-law Carl Gibson.

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife Janice Ebersole of the home, children Dustin Jackson and Darin Ebersole of Shenandoah, IA, Christian Ebersole of Lodi, CA, Kelly Faveno and husband Mike of Galt,CA; two grandchildren Nathan and Katelyn; siblings Carmen Christensen and husband Tim of Essex, IA, Judy Ebersole of Shenandoah, IA, Joel Ebersole and wife Trudy of Colorado, Chuck Woods of Shenandoah, IA and Wayne Ebersole of Missouri; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Dick was a great husband and father. Always loving and caring for them. He was a great provider and friend

 

Gee, Jean Woodworth McCullagh - Apr 18, 1922 - Jan 17, 2018 - Jean passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah. Jean is the widow of the late Dr. Kenneth Gee.

Private family graveside service will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. 

Memorials may be directed to the Shenandoah Public Library, Southwest Iowa Theater Group, Greater Shenandoah Historical Society or AseraCare Hospice of Council Bluffs

Jean Woodworth McCullagh Gee's birth was registered as April 18, 1922, in Custer, South Dakota. She was actually born at "Sanator," site of the 250-bed South Dakota State Tuberculosis Sanatorium established by her maternal grandfather who was its medical director and who delivered her.

Jean's 46-year-old civil engineer father, Robert Henry "Mac" McCullagh, was superintendent of buildings and grounds at Sanator. Her blue-eyed mother, Margaret Deane Woodworth McCullagh, was 16 years Mac's junior. She had a gentle, but commanding presence that served her well as a teacher of English and Latin in Custer.

Jean came from a loving family who placed a high value on education. Mac and Margaret instilled a love of literature and poetry in Jean and and her younger brother Bob. The two youngsters had an adventuresome childhood in the scenic Black Hills, including Jean's fall into a barrel of cold briny pickles at the Custer general store and Mac-refereed "fights" in which the siblings wore little purple boxing gloves.

She had a life-long love of books and was an excellent writer like her father. Jean wrote an autobiography at age 12 describing the family's move to Portland, Oregon, and, ultimately, southern California. There, she met movie stars during Hollywood's greatest era, as well as writers and artists whose paintings later decorated the house in Shenandoah. The McCullagh's finally settled in Sierra Madre in a home her children remember as a magical place of lush plants and rock-lined pools filled with goldfish.

While attending Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois, Jean met the love of her life -- handsome Captain Kenneth J. Gee, US Army Medical Corps. On a ski trip chaperoned by men stationed at nearby Camp Grant, Jean fell on the ski slopes and Ken helped her up. Jean never revealed whether her fall was on purpose. They were married September 6, 1942, in the garden of Jean's favorite uncle and aunt in Lombard, Illinois.

Jean graduated with a degree in history and a minor in social psychology on June 6, 1944 -- D-Day, attended by her in-laws, Art and Lulu Gee of rural Farragut, and baby Natalie. Three months earlier, Ken and the 54th General Hospital had left for New Guinea, the Philippines, and eventually, Japan.

Following Ken's military service, they chose to return to Ken's hometown to raise a family and establish his medical practice. With his parents' help, they moved a farm house onto a lot in the south part of town and enlarged it. One summer, they surprised their children with a large treehouse that still stands. 

Jean wrote in Ken's autobiography, Dear Ones Away, "I consider my husband to be my dearest friend." So often did they work together as a couple that a list of their activities that impacted Shenandoah in positive ways fits Jean as much as it does Ken.

Over the decades of their long lives they helped organize and participate in virtually every community activity of their day. Among them were the Shenandoah Music Association, Arts Guild, and the Southwest Iowa Theatre Group. Jean was cast in the first SWITG play, Kind Lady, in the old Mayfair auditorium in 1957 and both worked on sets and backstage and to secure the Rose Garden location ten years later. They were life members of the Shenandoah Historical Society and charter members of the Friends of the Shenandoah Public Library.

Jean served on the Shenandoah Board of Education as its first woman president, helped organize the local Meals on Wheels program, volunteered with the hospital Auxiliary, and belonged to several clubs, including PEO Chapter DN starting in 1950.

How they managed all their civic activities, a busy medical practice, and raising five children is a testament to Jean and Ken's energy and devotion to their hometown throughout their 70½ years of marriage.

It may have been their second daughter Leslie and her SHS friends who came up with a nickname: Jean, the Culture Queen. We teased her about it, but knew it represented passions that continue to illuminate her family's interests and vocations.

In 1948, they purchased a cottage on West Lake Okoboji that remains in the family. Vacations all over the US and parts of Canada by car included every other year Christmas trips to visit Jean's father in southern California, including Disneyland's very first season. On a trip to Florida in 1952, they loaded up the car with sketch pads and water colors, plus their then three children -- and actually found time to paint. Jean and Ken returned to the ski slopes as a family in the mid-1950s and were part of the original Shenandoah group who traveled each winter for a week of snow skiing at Winter Park, Colorado. Their Farm 10 cabin north of town, built in 1973, became a gathering place for family and friends. The arrival of grandchildren meant more happy times and trips. Ken and Jean also traveled the world to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific, and Asia. They were among the first Americans to visit China after the two countries established embassies in 1979.

Jean left for her family an incredibly well-organized collection of photo albums, letters, and reports of their travels and lives. Despite illness, her basic personality never changed: Jean was gracious and social, kept her sense of humor, never complained, loved books, and enjoyed her family to the fullest. Most importantly, she never stopped loving Ken and wanting to be with him. 

Jean passed away peacefully at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah on January 17, 2018. A private family burial service was conducted by Pastor Rick Sleyster at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah on January 20.

Jean was preceded in her death by her parents, husband Dr. Kenneth J. Gee, her second daughter Leslie Gee Jenning, and Jean's brother Robert Lannin McCullagh. She is survived by four children: Natalie and Michael Hall of Arlington VA, Margot Gee and Jeff Subko of Shenandoah, Kelly Carey of Coin, and Christopher Gee and Claire Townend of Pacific Palisades CA. Grandchildren: Sarah Hall of Washington DC, Kate Hall (Mike) McKenney of Yuma AZ, Matt Hall (Francesca Ricciardone) of Amman, Jordan, Helen Carey (Brenton Gregory-Morley) of New York NY, Maeve Carey (Diego) Gonzalez of West Des Moines IA, Andrew (Tatiana) Carey of Iowa City IA, Fionnuala Carey (Derick) Hutchins of Clive IA, and Kenneth Ellis Gee and Eleanor Jean Gee of Pacific Palisades CA. Great grandchildren: Teagan, Sophie, and Ruby McKenney of Yuma AZ, Isla Gonzalez of West Des Moines IA, Arthur Hall of Amman, Jordan, and Luca Carey of Iowa City IA. Niece Lu-Cindy McCullagh Schiller and nephew Robert Henry McCullagh of Lynden WA.

Private family graveside service was held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. 

Memorials may be directed to the Shenandoah Public Library, Southwest Iowa Theater Group, Greater Shenandoah Historical Society or AseraCare Hospice of Council Bluffs

 

Gerdts, Kleona E. Nelson - Kleona E. Gerdts, 91 of Clarinda, died February 5, 2018 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. She was born November 16, 1926 at Meadow Grove, Nebraska, daughter of Ernest and Ethel (Wright) Nelson. She was married to Rudolph Gerdts July 8, 1944 in Kansas.
She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Yorktown, Iowa in 1945. She was a member of the Ladies Aid for several years and also the Bible Study.
The couple had lived on a farm in the Clarinda area for 47 years. In 1983 they retired and moved to Clarinda and became members of St. John Lutheran Church.
Kleona was preceded in death by her husband, Rudy; sons Roger and Robert; parents; granddaughter Angie Gerdts; brothers-in-law Leroy, Irvin, Harry, Elmer; sisters-in-law Ruby Eckoff and Della Perkins.
She is survived by two children: LaDonna Biggs, Kansas City, MO and Jay Gerdts and fiancé Julie Howard of Clarinda, IA; grandchildren, great grandchildren, and one great great grandson; sister Donna Yaroshuk and husband Bill of Charlotte, NC and their daughter Debbie Yaroshuk daughters-in-law Ruby Gerdts of Carthage, MO and Karen Gerdts of Lincoln, NE; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Kleona Gerdts, 91 of Clarinda, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Clarinda, with interment at Clarinda Cemetery. Family visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Friday at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda. Memorials are suggested to St. John's Lutheran Church

 

Gobert, Tyler Lynn - 22 Apr 1993 - 21 Jan 2018 - A private family memorial service is being planned. Memorials in Tyler's name are being directed to the family.

Tyler Lynn Gobert, son of Timothy Scott Peters and Melisa Ann (Gobert) Etter, entered into eternal rest at the Shenandoah Medical Center on Sunday afternoon, January 21, 2018 from his injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. He was of the age of 24 years, 8 months, 29 days.

Growing up, Tyler spent his very early life in Shenandoah, Iowa, where he was born on April 22, 1993 at the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. At the age of six, he moved to Michigan. After three years in Michigan, Tyler went to live with his dad in Indiana at the age of nine. He eventually found his way back to Iowa and Shenandoah, where he had been residing.

Longboarding was a passion of Tyler’s. He also enjoyed fishing, listening to music, spending time with his dog, Delilah and riding four wheelers and dirt bikes. He loved his niece, Ava, and especially enjoyed spending time with her.

Preceding Tyler in death was his grandfather, Charles Gobert in 1983. Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Melisa Etter and Tim Peters and step mom, Julie Peters; sister, Alexa Etter; two brothers, Logan and Anthony Peters; grandparents, Grace Gobert, Ricki and Mickey Sutherlin and Renee Ballard; niece, Ava Roberson; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives; and many friends

Nishna Valley Funeral and Crematory, Shenandoah, Iowa

 

Gray, Audrey Denton - Audrey Denton Gray, 92 of Scottsdale, AZ and formerly of Shenandoah, IA entered into eternal peace on Monday, February 19, 2018. Memorial Services will be held in June at the the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home.

Audrey went into the presence of the Lord on February 19, 2018. She passed peacefully at Hospice of the Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Audrey is originally from Denton, Kansas and was born on the family farm. She is the daughter of Chester and Agnus Denton (both deceased). The town of Denton was named after her great-great-grandfather who was from England and settled on a farm in the area. Audrey attended Country School through 3rd grade when her family moved to Oswego, Kansas. There were two more moves to follow, one to Crystal River Ranch near Glenwood Springs, Colorado and her Senior year, she moved to Creston, Iowa. After high school graduation, she attended and graduated from Commercial Extension Business School in Omaha, Nebraska. Many jobs came along for Audrey in the years to follow as a private secretary for Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. After her children were older, she worked as a legal secretary and later was active in the family owned business with her husband and son at Gray Equipment Company in Shenandoah, Iowa. She was also a devoted Avon representative for 21 years and enjoyed the many people she got to know on her deliveries. Audrey was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church where she held various offices and taught Sunday School. In addition, she was a Boy Scout leader and a Bluebird leader.

Audrey met her husband, Milford (deceased), who was in the Service during World War II. They were married for 48 years and had two children, Stanley (deceased) and Crystal. Audrey is survived by her two brothers, Byron Denton of Orland, California and Keith Denton of Bedford, Iowa, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Audrey is also survived by her daughter Crystal, five grandchildren: Scott, Joshua, John, Jonathan and Robin, and four great grandchildren, who have all been fortunate to be loved by their Grandmother.

The family wishes to extend our gratitude to the caring staffs of Westminster Village and Hospice of the Valley.

To leave a message for Audrey's family, visit http://www.hansenmortuary.com/audrey-jean-denton-gray/. 

Memorial donations/in lieu of flowers to The Hospice of The Valley Eckstein Center, 9808 N. 95th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 and/or Westminster Village (In honor of Audrey Gray), 12000 N. 90th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

 

Greever, Myrtle Virginia Lundgren - Myrtle V. Greever passed away on March 7, 2018 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Faith Covenant Church in Essex at 2:30 p.m. The family will greet friends one hour prior to services. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Memorials may be directed to the Faith Covenant Church in Essex or to the Shenandoah Ambulance Service.

Myrtle Virginia (Lundgren) Greever, the daughter of William Martin Lundgren and Otelia Charlotta Eriksson Lundgren, was born at Yorktown, Iowa on March 20, 1928. She was educated in rural schools and graduated from Essex High School in Essex, Iowa. She attended commercial Extension Business School in Omaha, Nebraska. While attending business school she was a nanny for a family of twins. After receiving her degree she worked for Earl May Seed and Nursery Company for 40 years. She worked as a secretary in the nursery department.

On January 26, 1952 she was united in marriage to Keith Alvin Greever at the Fremont Evangelical Covenant Church in rural Essex. After their marriage they made their home in Shenandoah. To this union one daughter was born, Arlene. Myrtle was a member of the Fremont Evangelical Covenant Church, later transferring her membership to the Faith Covenant Church in Essex. Her interests were her family, nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Leonard, Wesley, Vernon and Delbert Lundgren, two sisters, Harriett Wilcox and Laurine Lundgren, brother-in-law John Wilcox, Sr., sister-in-laws Hazel Lundgren and Phyllis Lundgren, a nephew Gordon Lundgren and one great nephew Jamie Wilcox.

Survivors include her husband Keith, her daughter Arlene Greever of Lincoln, Nebraska and one sister-in-law Nadine Lundgren of Essex. Myrtle is survived by many nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews; plus a host of other relatives and friends.

Myrtle passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the age of 89, at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa where she had been a resident since September of 2015

 

Gruber, Frances - Beulah Bell Frances Harris - Beulah Bell Frances (Harris) Gruber was born Jan. 17, 1920 to George Francis Harris and Beulah Bell (Hurst) Harris or rural Westboro, Missouri. She passed away Monday, Feb. 12 at the Shenandoah Medical Center at the age of 98.

The eldest seven children, Frances excelled in her studies and in athletics. In order to continue her education as she got into high school, Frances was sent to live in Westboro with the Bill and Vida Peck family. In exchange for room and board, Frances watched the Peck children and kept charge of the finances. In fact, Frances did so well in typing class, she was sent to Kansas City for a contest, in which she almost won.

Accompanying the Pecks on almost all family excursions, Frances met the love of her life one Sunday afternoon at a baseball game.

Harold 'Lefty" Gruber, of rural Farragut, and Frances, from Westboro began their courtship with letter writing and spending time with one another each Sunday, after the baseball game if there was one.

On March 5, 1941 the couple was united by Reverend Tussey in Rock Port for a mere $5.The newlyweds moved to rural Farragut where Lefty farmed and Frances became a housewife and mother to son, Ronald in 1942.

In 1942, Frances officially joined the Locust Grove Church when Ronnie was baptized. She remained an active member until a few years ago. While Lefty was Chairman of the Locust Grove Church Board and Locust Grove Township Trustee, Frances took on the role of Township Clerk. She also served as Sunday school teacher for 20 years and MYF counselor for 15 years. Not only that, the entire family spent countless hours at Locust Grove Church mowing the cemetery and churchyard and maintaining the church. Children Diann Gayle and Gary Lynn would complete the family.

Life continued for Lefty and Frances as they became involved in 4-H, Pairs and Squares and Circle 8 Club and other various organizations. The couple loved to travel and visit friends, especially the Corzine family in Colorado. They also enjoyed trips to Branson in their later years.

Refinishing furniture, gardening, quilting, mowing and generally just being outdoors are what people will remember most about Frances. She wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty on the farm or tell it to you straight. She was even a self-taught pianist who wrote a song or two.
Frances and Lefty remained on the farm until his passing in April 2007. That fall she moved into a Shenandoah apartment until late November 2017, when she fell and was moved to Elm Heights Care Center.

She is preceded in death by her parents, infant brother Harvey Harris; brothers James (Lucille) Harris and Wilbur (Billie) Harris; brother-in-law Ted McCrander , sister Opal Irene Bright and husband, Bob.

Frances is survived by her son, Ronald and wife Kathy Gruber of Lewis, Kansas; grandson, Steve and wife, Susan Gruber of Independence, Iowa and their children, Kris and his wife, Nicole Gruber and children, Trice and Mya, Erik Gruber, Kelsay Gruber and Alek Gruber; grandson, Shawn and wife, Leigh Gruber and daughter, Mason Gruber of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter, Diann and husband Steve Anderson of Shenandoah and their children, Jessica and husband Travis Riesenberg and son, Nicolas of Omaha and Jonathan Anderson of Shenandoah; son, Gary and wife Jane Gruber of Farragut and their children, Molly Gruber and Charlie Cowden of Gretna, Tess and Bryan Nelson and their son, Colt Nelson of Bethesda, Anthony and Kari Gruber and daughters Ava Gruber and Liv Gruber of Shenandoah and Dane Gruber of Glenwood. Also surviving are sisters Pauline and Carrol Gruber of Shenandoah, Hermie McCrander of Omaha, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

 

Hall, Mary L. 15 Aug 1954 - 20 Jan 2018 - Mary passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa. 

The family will have a memorial graveside service in the Essex Cemetery at a later date

 

Hart, Donald W. "Donnie" - Donald "Donnie" Hart, 86 of Shenandoah passed away on March 13, 2018 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral in Shenandoah. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to The Shriner's Hospital or People 4 Paws.

Donald Wayne Hart was born on January 25, 1932, to Ruth Elvira (Anderson) Hart and Verner Allen Hart in St. Joseph, Missouri. He grew up on the farm north of Northboro, Iowa and attended North Star Country School. He was baptized at the United Methodist Church. In March of 1944, the family moved to the farm south of Coin. He attended school in Coin, playing football and participating in band. The family attended and became members of the Coin United Methodist Church. He graduated from Coin High School in 1950 as Valedictorian.

Following graduation he worked on the farm with his father and checked grain bins in the Coin and Hepburn areas through the ASC program. In 1952, Donnie worked as Deputy for the Page County Treasurers office. On December 1, 1954, Donnie took a job at the Security Trust and Savings Bank in Shenandoah and relocated there. It was at the bank where he met the love of his life, Shirley Malmberg. She was an employee of the bank and trained Donnie on the job. They married on June 10, 1956 at the Baptist Church in Shenandoah, Iowa and soon after became members of the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah.

On June 14, 1958 their daughter Sandra Kay was born. On January 5, 1989, Donnie and Shirley were blessed with a granddaughter, Megan Michelle Hall, born to Sandra and husband Michael. She was their pride and joy. Donnie began immediately preparing for Megan's future by taking out a life insurance policy for her and buying Savings Bonds for her college education. He wanted to make sure that she would have an excellent education and that she would be able to start her working life someday without debt as he had done for his daughter Sandra.

Donnie, Shirley, Sandra, Mike and Megan were a very close family. They had developed a bond with each other that could never be broken. They, along with Donnie's parents Ruth and Verner and his Aunt Mabel and Uncle Rex Alderson went together on annual fishing trips to Minnesota or Canada. They had many fun and memorable moments from these trips together. Donnie enjoyed spending time with his family and friends playing cards, collecting coins, farming, watching football and listening to the Kansas City Royals on the radio. He was a very wise and generous husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was very special to his family and always supportive of them.

Donnie remained at the Security Trust and Savings Bank, becoming Vice President until his retirement on March 1, 1997. He enjoyed helping people in the community, many of them his friends, with farm loans through the bank. Following retirement the couple did some traveling, which they enjoyed. Donnie was very devoted to care for Shirley, even after she entered the nursing home. He was always there for her.

Donnie was a member of the Elks and Lions Club and the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. Donnie entered Elm Heights Care Center on March 7, 2018 following declining health. He entered into eternal rest on March 13, 2018, 22 minutes before midnight on the night before his beloved wife's Shirley's birthday. They were reunited on what would have been her 83rd birthday.

Donnie was preceded in death by his wife Shirley in 2014; parents Verner and Ruth Hart; mother and father-in-law Harold and Hazel Malmberg; brothers-in-law Ronald Malmberg and wives Colene and Diana and Stephen Malmberg and niece Julie Malmberg.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter Sandra Hall and husband Michael of Coin, IA; granddaughter Megan Deinert and husband Scott of Lincoln, NE; cousins Duane and Marj Hart of Arvada, CO and Joyce Athen of Shenandoah, IA; brother and sister-in-law's Glen and Sandy Malmberg of Jacksonville, FL, Roger and Judy Malmberg of Audubon, IA, Darrell Malmberg of Bellevue, NE, David and Danna Malmberg of Papillion, NE; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends

 

Herrman, Dixie Jean O'Neal - Dixie Jean (O’Neal) Herrman was born on November 1, 1925 near Tarkio, Missouri to Gilbert Lee O’Neal and Rosa Ellen (Nigh) O’Neal, the fifth and youngest child of that union. She peacefully entered into rest on Monday morning, April 2, 2018 at the Tabor Manor Care Center at the age of 92 years, 5 months, 1 day.

Early in her life, her family moved into Page County, Iowa where Jean went to school. She graduated from Coin High School with the Class of 1943. Jean met Darrel Dean Herrman after graduation, during WWII, while walking around Shenandoah. The couple was united in marriage on February 15, 1948 at the Locust Grove Methodist Church. They began farming March 1, 1948 in rural Fremont County near the Locust Grove Church in Locust Grove Township. Darrel also farmed with his father Leo on the family farm and shortly after that they moved to rural Westboro, Missouri where they were long-term tenants on a farm owned by the late Frank Hopkins, a large landowner in the area and benefactor of several colleges including Tarkio College. Darrel continued to farm with his father until Leo died in 1982 and Darrel took over the farming of the family farm. They remained on the Westboro farm until early 1976 when they moved to Westboro and lived on an in-town acreage. They lived in Westboro until 2010 when they entered the Tabor Manor Nursing home.

Jean was a homemaker, farm wife and a mother to their three sons, Larry Darrel Herrman, Leslie Leo Herrman and Dale Lee Herrman. Jean was a loyal attendee of the Locust Grove Methodist church for over 60 years. She loved the church and the WSCS organization and served in multiple capacities in her years there. She also served several capacities in Westboro, Missouri, especially during the Centennial celebration. She was thrilled to be a grandmother and a mother-in-law and greatly enjoyed seeing family and friends. An avid quilter, she quilted often with Eva Herrman, her mother-in-law. Jean loved to sing the old hymns and popular music of her era.

Preceding Jean in death were her parents, Gilbert and Rose, and her four siblings Lyle, Grace, Mabel and Lewis; husband Darrel died in 2010 after 62 years of marriage; and son Dale died in 2015.

Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Leslie Herrman of Independence, Missouri and Larry Herrman and wife Charlotte of Glenwood, Iowa; four grandchildren, Patrick Herrman and wife Rose of Glenwood, Matthew Herrman and wife Marie of Omaha, Nebraska, Kent Herrman and CeCe Spotts of Aurora, Colorado and Annaleah Moore and husband Mike of Council Bluffs, Iowa; five great grandchildren, Clark, Avery and Gwen Herrman of Glenwood, and Declan and Ronan Herrman of Omaha; other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation one prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 AM. Burial will be in the Locust Grove Cemetery. Memorials in Jean's name are being directed to the Locust Grove Cemetery Fund

 

Hoffman, Leslie Eugene "Jack" - Leslie Eugene "Jack" Hoffman, 87, of Shenandoah, IA, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah. 

Celebration of life memorial services will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Nishna Valley Funeral Home with Pastor Nancy Thomas officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM (one hour prior to the service) up until service time. Burial will take place at Rose Hill Cemetery at a later date. Military rites will be conducted by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88 Honor Guard. Memorials in lieu of flowers are being directed to either the First Christian Church, the Shenandoah Food Pantry or People for Paws in Jack's name. A luncheon will take place immediately following the services at the Shenandoah Elk's Club. 

The son of William Henry Hoffman, II and Edith Ethel (Goddel) Hoffman, Jack was born on July 14, 1930 at Goldfield, Iowa.

Jack grew up in Southwest Iowa, receiving his education at country schools in Adams County, Nodaway and Shenandoah. As a young man, he was involved with boxing, engaging in boxing matches in Carbon, Iowa and at the Adams County Fairs. He was paid 50 cents for boxing three two-minute rounds. He also worked on the farms of family friends and in coal mines around Carbon, Iowa.

Jack enlisted in the United States Navy on St. Patrick’s Day of 1948, serving for 25 years and reaching the highest enlisted rank of Command Master Chief . He served in a variety of capacities in many locations including San Diego, Seattle, Alaska, Guam, Oregon, Hawaii, Des Moines, Virginia, the Azore Islands and San Francisco. 

During his Navy service Jack served on three ships, the USS Shelton, the USS Hanson and the USS Mobile. During the Korean Conflict, Jack’s ship, the Shelton, took enemy fire, killing 12 of his shipmates and blowing a five foot hole in her bow.

On May 20, 1952, Jack was united in marriage in Council Bluffs, IA, eloping with Sarah Perry. They had two children, Nick and Joni. They raised their children in the Navy lifestyle, moving every two or three years to various locations around the United States and Portugal.

After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Jack worked various jobs, the last one being at Beecher Chevrolet in Shenandoah, retiring at the age of 83.

Jack enjoyed many activities including fishing, golfing and drag-racing while living in the Azore Islands. He also loved the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the San Francisco 49ers. He served for many years as a member of American Legion Post 88 and he served for one year as the Exalted Ruler of the B.P.O.E. Lodge in Shenandoah. He loved his family unconditionally, including his wife, children and grand-children.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Marie Hoffman, brothers Tom, Dick, Dallas and Louis, sisters Cora, Wanda, Iva and Mae, step-sister Rachel and step-brother Willard.

Jack is survived by his wife, Sarah, his sister Corina Jean, his children Nick (Janet) and Joni (Mike), grandchildren Douglas (Paula), Stacy (Scott), Lesli and Kaitlyn. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Merlin Harness, his sisters in law Viola Hoffman and Annalee Hoffman and many nieces and nephews

 

Hunt, James L. "Jim" - 1SG (Ret) James LeRoy Hunt, 61, of Rogers, Arkansas and formerly of Shenandoah, Iowa (Class of 1974) passed away on Wednesday morning, February 7, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Rogers.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 12, 2018, at 10:30 AM at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service with Pastor Don Buttry officiating. The family will greet friends and relatives with visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday, February 11, 2018, at the funeral home. Burial with militaryhonors will take place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 12:30 PM at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, are being directed to Wreaths Across America. By laying wreaths at veteran's graves, this group's mission is to Remember, Honor and Teach. www.wreathsacrossamerica.org

Jim was born in Hamburg, Iowa on July 21, 1956, the son of Richard Norton and Lois Eileen (Stephens) Hunt. He spent his childhood years in southwest Iowa and graduated from the Shenandoah High School in 1974. Jim enlisted in the United States Army and served for 23 years until his retirement. During his military career he served in the first Desert Storm and was stationed around the world for additional tours. His military unit was the 4th Battalion 67th Armor Regiment. 

On October 26, 1974, Jim married Becky Connors at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Imogene, Iowa. They resided in Fort Knox, Kentucky following their wedding. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Jamie Lee, Jennifer Kay, and Jacob Thomas.

Following his honorable discharge, Jim was employed at Hank’s Furniture Store for three years, and 15 years with National Builders Materials & Construction Solutions where he had been currently employed. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed the companionship of his beloved dog Shotzy. Jim maintained a regular connection with his U.S. Army Tanker comrades including attending the annual Tanker reunions.

Preceding Jim in death was his mother, Lois Hunt. He is survived by his father, Mayor Richard Hunt and his wife Lucille Hunt of Shenandoah, IA; sister, Susie Tillman and husband Tim of Essex, IA; brother, Randy Hunt of Shelby, IA; son, Jamie Hunt of Shenandoah and his sons, Ethan Isaiah Patrick and Tallon Michael; daughter, Jennifer Hunt and her son Sawyer Stone Hunt of Phoenix, AZ; son, Jacob Hunt of Phoenix; extended family, Linda Rix and husband Jeff of Omaha, NE, and Lita Meyer and husband Jerry of Shenandoah; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends

 

Inman, Joyce Rae Snethen - Joyce Rae Inman, the daughter of Clarence Leroy and Opal Maxine (Todd) Snethen was born April 18, 1948 in Leon, Iowa. She passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Elm Heights Nursing Home in Shenandoah, Iowa where she was in Hospice Care, as a result of ovarian cancer.

Joyce was raised in Lamoni, Iowa and graduated from Lamoni High School. Joyce attended Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa for 2 years, and received her B.S. degree in Home Economics Education from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. While she was in graduate school at Iowa State studying Historic Textiles, she met her future husband, Tim who was completing his degree at Iowa State also. They were married in Lamoni, Iowa on August 8, 1971. To their union, two sons were born: Chad Byron and Jonathan Clarence.

Her family was always her most important focus. She enjoyed spending time in the kitchen baking and preparing meals for her family and their friends. She was a stay-at-home Mom while her children were in school, a den mother for their cub scouting years, and a Sports Mom for all the various sports the boys played. 

Joyce was a natural-born teacher. She loved teaching and her students. She began her teaching career in Yutan, Nebraska. When Tim and Joyce moved their family to Wisconsin, she continued her education earning a Master's Degree in Historic Environments from the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, Wisconsin. She taught design at the University of Wisconsin and became a Licensed Interior Designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers. She did the historic structures research for the restoration of the Wisconsin State Capitol and working with private and state architects, was the key author for a number of the Historic Structures Reports books written to guide and direct the capitol restoration projects. She was an expert in the beaux-arts neoclassical style of grand public buildings, and especially in the design work of architect George B. Post. She received a special commendation for her work from the governor of Wisconsin, Tommy Thompson. 

Following Tim and Joyce's return to their family farm near Randolph, Iowa in 2000, Joyce renewed her teaching credentials to enable her to return to the classroom and again fulfill her calling as teacher. Joyce taught Family Consumer Science at Stanton, Iowa and at Shenandoah, Iowa. Her goal was to teach until she was 70. Her disease interfered with this goal, cutting it shorter than she wanted. She loved teaching and cared deeply for her students. These final years of classroom work were, for her, the sugar at the bottom of her cup.

Joyce had a deep and enduring faith and was active in her church, the Community of Christ, throughout her life. She served in a number of capacities including being an Elder and Pastor. She was a member of P.E.O. 

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and her father-in-law, Byron Inman. She is survived by her sister, Nancy (David) Stewart of Estero, Florida; her husband, Tim Inman of Randolph, Iowa; son Chad Inman of Madison, Wisconsin; son Jon (Tracy) Inman and grandchildren Miles and Evelyn of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; mother-in-law Marcia Inman; brother and sister- in-law Todd and Paula Inman of Tabor, Iowa, and brother and sister-in-law Beth and Rod Blackburn of Tabor, Iowa. She is also survived by her AFS-US children, Martin Savoia of Reconquista, Argentina, Carola Stender of Hamburg, Germany, Angie Sanches of Cartago, Costa Rica, and Carlos Salas of Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica. In addition, Joyce is survived by a large extended family, a host of nephews, friends, and colleagues. 

Joyce was loved by all who knew her and they were touched in their lives by her presence. She is at peace with her God now.

Celebration of life memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Community of Christ for Orma's Orphans' Fund or to the donor's choice directly.

Burial of cremains will be held at the Randolph Cemetery at a later date

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa

 

Joens, Gerald "Jerry" - Jerry Joens, age 86, of Arlington, Texas, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Mansfield, Texas. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 1:00 pm. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 10, 2018 at First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Clarinda Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Gerald (Jerry) John Joens, age 86, the youngest of eight siblings, was born to Henry and Esther (Bollinger) Joens, July 15, 1931, in a farmhouse near Havelock, Iowa. He grew up in a farming family, graduating high school from Ruthven, Iowa, in 1948. For the next few years he worked for several local farmers before being drafted into the US Army in 1952. He spent two years in the service, including one year in South Korea during the Korean War. After returning to civilian life, he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Jane Miller, on December 5, 1954. Jerry and Shirley were married 63 years, and had one son, Curt. Jerry is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Curtis; daughter in law, Margie; and grandchildren Hannah, Joshua, and Jeffrey Joens; and married grandchild Heidi Andrade and her husband Carlos Andrade; brother, Charles Joens; and sister, Alene Dean.
Jerry spent most of his working years as the Morton Buildings regional sales office manager in Clarinda. But one of the most enjoyable jobs he had was in retirement when he worked as a school bus driver for the Clarinda Community School District. He “retired” from that career in 2012 at the age of 80. Many former Clarinda students will remember trips to Dairy Queen on the last day of school and Christmas cards stuffed with a crisp two-dollar bill.
Shirley and Jerry had a retirement partnership venture in making crafts. Jerry used his woodworking skills to build schoolhouses, Noah’s arks, state of Iowa emblems, Christmas ornaments, etc., and Shirley would paint them. They also enjoyed tending their productive garden and many fruit trees, then preparing jams, apple sauce, pies, and canning and freezing produce.
Many trips were made over the years visiting Curt, Margie, and the grandkids in Texas. Jerry was very proud of and close to his grandchildren, and they loved hearing his stories, and the fact that he remained young at heart – snow sledding and doing water park rides with them well into his seventies.
Jerry was devoted to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and loved the Word of God. He served many years as the Clarinda United Methodist adult Sunday school class teacher and enjoyed singing in the church choir. On his visits to Texas he would also frequently join his son on various local ministry projects.
We will miss our Husband, Dad, and Papa; but look forward to seeing him again when we join him in heaven

 

Jones, Evelyn Maxine Thomas - Private family memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 23, 2018 with inurnment in the Rose Hill Cemetery to follow. Memorials in Evelyn's name are being directed to St. John's Episcopal Church in Shenandoah.

Evelyn Maxine (Thomas) Jones, daughter of Andrew Elder and Sarah Elizabeth (Stephens) Thomas was born on March 12, 1923 at Newman Grove, Nebraska. She entered into eternal rest on Saturday morning, March 17, 2018 at her home in Shenandoah, Iowa surrounded by family at the age of 95 years, five days.

Her early life was spent in Schubert, Nebraska and Fairfax, Missouri, where Evelyn spent time with extended family until her father found work. The family moved to Shenandoah, Iowa when she was five years old. Evelyn started Kindergarten in the Shenandoah Community School System and graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1941. She lived the remainder of her life in Shenandoah.
On June 8, 1941, Evelyn was united in marriage to Paul Edward Jones, Sr. at Rock Port, Missouri. They made their home in Shenandoah where they raised their six children, Margo Sherry, Paul, Jr (Bud), Greg, Andrea, Danne and Gary. Paul passed away in November of 2002, after 63 years of marriage.

Primarily a homemaker to Paul and fulltime mother and grandmother to all the kids, Evelyn did work seasonally at Modern Jewelry China Glass Shoppe. She was a landlord for over 60 years and enjoyed working as a caregiver for some of the elderly in the community over the years also.

Volunteering and helping people brought great joy to Evelyn. She sold many poppies for American Legion Auxiliary, was a lifetime member of the VFW, was a Booster Club member and served on the Care Review Committee for nursing homes. A longtime member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Shenandoah, she was involved in the Women's Guild and Vestry.
Family, family and family were Evelyn's main interests. She enjoyed watching her kids' and grandkids' sporting events and activities and was very patriotic and proud of her country. She loved spending time at the lake (lake house at Big Lake, Missouri) and ornithology (study of birds). She loved people and the community of Shenandoah very much.

Preceding Evelyn in death were her parents; husband, Paul Sr.; son, Paul Jr. (Bud); brothers, Fred and Tiz Thomas; granddaughter, Kelly; and great grandson, Kyle. Left to cherish her memory are her five children; daughter, Margo Sherry (Jones) Taylor of Shenandoah; son, Greg Jones of Shenandoah; daughter, Andrea (Jones) Cowles and husband Earl of Nebraska City, NE; son, Danne Jones and wife Mindy of Des Moines, IA; and son, Gary Jones of Lincoln, NE; 18 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; and 40 great-great grandchildren for a total of 95 grandkids (matching her 95 years of age); several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many, many friends

 

Ketchum, Jerry Roger - Jerry Roger Ketcham, son of Merrill Wilbur and Jessie Mae (Courtney) Ketcham, was born on August 5, 1944 at Hand Hospital in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away at the age of 73 on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Jerry grew up on the family farm, which was recently recognized as a Century Farm. He graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1962 and was actively involved in Track and 4H. Following graduation, he attended Iowa State University for two years before joining the Nebraska Army National Guard from 1965 until 1971.

On February 5, 1966 he was united in marriage to Kathyrn Ann Hodges at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah. They lived in Nebraska City for a brief period of time before moving to Shenandoah. In 1976, Jerry's parents retired from living on the family farm and moved into town. At that time, Jerry and Kathy moved to the farm with their two oldest daughters, where he farmed until 1998 and lived the remainder of his life.

Jerry worked for Hodges Construction from 1966 to 2000, when he started Ketcham Construction. Jerry celebrated his retirement on his 70th birthday. He was a member of the Elks Club, Izaak Walton League and Nishna Valley Christian Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting, and target shooting with his grandkids, sons-in-law and friends. Jerry also enjoyed playing cards, golfing and spending time with family and friends. 

Jerry was preceded in death by his father Merrill, mother Jessie, infant sister Debra Kay, and father-in-law Kenneth "Jack" Hodges.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Kathy Ketcham of Shenandoah, and their four daughters; Kristi Murphy of Kansas City, Missouri, Nicki Oss (Todd) of Sioux City, Iowa, Dusti Dalton (Jeff) of Iowa City, Iowa and Mandi Meyer (Shawn) of Grain Valley, Missouri. Six grandchildren; Jordan and Skylar Murphy, Nolan Oss, Hayden, Ketcham and Holt Meyer, and great-grandson Brantley Baker. Brother Larry Ketcham (Nancy) of Hot Springs, Arkansas, sister Carol Ketcham of Omaha, Nebraska, and many other family and friends.

Celebration of life funeral service will be held 10:30 am, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Nishna Valley Christian Church in Shenandoah.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to The Shepherd's Gift (http://theshepherdsgift.org/) or the Nishna Valley Christian Church.

Burial will be held Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah with military rites

 

Lewis, Lillian Frances Clark - Lillian Frances Lewis, daughter of James Samuel and Alice (Wheeler) Clark, was born on March 6, 1927 in London, England. She passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at the Goldenrod Manor Nursing Home in Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 91.

Lillian grew up London, England. During World War II, she met Linal E. Lewis while he was stationed in London as a P-51 airplane mechanic in the US Army Air Corps. They were untied in marriage on October 7, 1944 in London, England. In November of 1945 they came back to the US, and Lillian became a naturalized US citizen in 1950. Following their return, they resided in Malvern, Iowa and Red Oak, Iowa before settling in Essex, Iowa in 1952. Lillian worked in a chicken factory, and later with the Essex High School lunch services as a cook/server until retirement.

Lillian adored her grandchildren. She also was an animal lover, taking care of 25 cats and a rat terrier on the farm, and a miniature dachshund after moving to town in 1982. When she and Linal both retired they began square dancing. She loved dressing up in the big skirts and socializing with the other dancers. She missed all her family in England and for several decades she would fly back every other year to spend time with her family members there. Her favorite memories were of spending time with her Mother and walking the beach with her brother, reminiscing and picking up seashells.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Linal. Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Eric and Doreen Clark of Broxbourne, England; son Richard Lewis of Essex; daughter and son-in-law Carol and Bob Brown of Clarinda; grandchildren Justin Smith and wife Holly Langdon of Ventura, CA and July Smith White and husband Finn of Sherman Oaks, CA; great-grandchildren Wyatt and Tarynn Langdon Smith and Welby White; niece Sally Clark Perrin of Hertford Heath, England and nephew Lloyd Clark of Ireland.

Celebration of life graveside service will be held 11:00 am, Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Hastings, Iowa Cemetery

 

Looper, Chad Vernroy - Chad Vernroy Looper, son of Adrian Harner and Mary Margaret (Baker) Looper, was born on July 19, 1957 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away on Wednesday morning, February 28, 2018 at his Shenandoah home following a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 60 years, 7 months, 9 days.

All of Chad’s life was spent in Shenandoah, Iowa with the exception of a short six month stint in Colorado in the late 1970’s. He was educated in the Shenandoah Community Schools, graduating from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1975.
On June 3, 1977, Chad was united in marriage to the love of his life, Diana Kathleen (Kathy) Thomason in Strasburg, Colorado. They celebrated 40 years of marriage last June. They affectionately called each other their “monkey” (It all started with Chad displaying the innate ability to pick things up with his feet).

Through the years, Chad worked several different jobs. From 1975 through 1977, he worked at the Farmaster Gate Factory, from 1979 to 1980 he worked on an oil rig in Colorado, from 1979 through 1983 he worked at Johnson Tire and from 1983 through 1990, he worked as an over-the-road truck driver for Carl Foutch Trucking. For a three year period from 1990 to 1993, he worked again for Johnson Tire. In 1993, Chad began driving a garbage truck for Shenandoah Sanitation, the job he enjoyed the most. He was known throughout town for his friendliness and helpfulness. If someone needed a hand, Chad was there to assist. He worked for the Scharp family and Shenandoah Sanitation until November 28, 2017, when his health began to fail.

In his spare time Chad enjoyed bowling (he bowled three nights a week for 30 years). He also loved fishing with his father and hanging out with his “Brother”, Duane Moore (best friend since the age of 8). Most of all, he enjoyed riding and getting out on the road with his motorcycle. Chad joined the Shenandoah Eagles Club in October of 2017.
Preceding Chad in death were his father, Adrian Looper; brother, Kent Looper; and his father and mother-in-law, Roy and Alice Thomason. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Diana (Kathy) Looper of Shenandoah; his mother, Mary Looper of Shenandoah; sister-in-law, Sue Regnerus and husband Jack of Papillion, NE; brother-in-law, Bob Thomason and wife Casi of Selby, SD; other relatives; and many friends.

A celebration of Chad's life will take place on Saturday, March 10, 2018 with the family greeting relatives and friends with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM at the Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah. All motorcyclists are encouraged to join the family at Nishna Valley to travel in procession to the Rose Hill Cemetery for graveside services at 11:30 AM. Memorials in Chad's name are being directed to the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha to help other cancer patients

 

Manchester, Alice - 11 Dec 1938 - 21 Mar 2018 - Services for Alice Manchester, 79 of Clarinda, are Saturday, March 24, 2018 from noon to 2 pm. Luncheon and memorial service will be held at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in the dining room.
Interment will be at Leon Cemetery, Leon, Iowa.

 

Matheson, Marian White - Marian passed away at her home on Sunday morning, March 18, 2018 in Northboro, Iowa with her beloved family by her side.

Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to People For Paws

Marian (White) Matheson daughter of John Riley and Helen Florence (Sanders) White was born on February 19, 1923 in Kansas City, Kansas. Marian entered into eternal peace on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at her home in Northboro, Iowa surrounded by her loving family.

Marian's early years were spent in Kansas City, Kansas until her family moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1951. On September 4, 1940 she was united in marriage to Hans Fredrick Matheson. The couple made their home in Kansas City.

Marian was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to shop! Whether it be a thrift store, department store or grocery store, Marian enjoyed this fun filled hobby. She also enjoyed eating out, Hershey Chocolate and was a member of The Birthday Club. Marian was very patriotic. She raised her flag every morning and retired it every night. This daily ritual was extremely important to her. She was an avid reader and made weekly trips to the library to check out books. Many who knew Marian knew she was famous for making her Rum Cakes and Meringue Pies. Those were quite the treats. Although Marian's primary job was caring for her family, she did work at various jobs from time to time around the Kansas City area.
If there was a one of a kind mother, it was Marian. Her love and kindness to her children, brothers, sisters, extended family, friends and even strangers was unconditional. Many were touched by her generosity. Her gifts of giving at every opportunity was received with joy and smiles by those she gifted.

She was preceded in death by her husband Hans in 1985; her parents John and Helen; 6 siblings; 3 children, Patricia Matheson, Charles Matheson and Mary Ann Roebuck; and daughter-in-law Mary Matheson.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children; Keith Matheson, Donna Brannen and husband Larry, David Matheson and wife Mary, Sandra Ross and husband Philip and Ronnie Matheson; 7 siblings, Kenneth, Betty, Carol, Milton, Norma, Patti and Mildred; 18 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends

 

McCraine, Ruth E. Pflueger - Ruth E. McCraine, of New Castle and formerly of Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away at Henry Community Health on Monday, April 2, 2018, the day following her 100th birthday.

She was born April 1, 1918 in Washington D.C., a daughter of the late Edwin and Helen Ada (Schuh) Pflueger.

Ruth was an elementary teacher. Teaching was more than a profession, it was her passion. She earned a master's degree from Ypsilanti University in Michigan. Following retirement, Ruth tutored children at the West Page Improvement Center in Shenandoah, Iowa. She was a member of Shenandoah First Presbyterian Church. Ruth enjoyed quilting and going to quilt shows.

Those left to cherish Ruth's memory included three children, Alan McCraine (spouse: Pat Cronk) of New Castle, Janet Williams (spouse: David) of Bluemont, VA and Ned McCraine (spouse: Melinda Macy) of Minneapolis, MN; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, James M. McCraine in 1982; one brother, Theodore Pflueger and one sister, Mary Curtis.

Ruth will be cremated and buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be offered to Raintree Habit for Humanity, P.O. Box 6024, New Castle, IN 47362 or First Presbyterian Church, 200 West Clarinda Ave., Shenandoah, Iowa 51601.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Sproles Family Funeral Home and Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home

 

Minor, Terry Jay -23 Nov 1966 - 03 Apr 2018 Terry passed away on Tuesday evening, April 3, 2018 at his home in Shenandoah.

Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be held on Monday morning, April 9th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. The family will greet friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services. The family requests casual attire to be worn for the services

Terry Jay Minor was born on November 23, 1966 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the son of Mitchell and Cindy (Gay) Minor. Terry entered into eternal rest on April 3, 2018 at his home in Shenandoah.

Terry's early years were spent in Southwest Iowa. He attended Shenandoah Community School with his fellow classmates of the Class of 1984. He later went on to attend Southwest Iowa Community College in Creston , where he obtained his Associates Degree in Architectural Design in 1996.

He passionately enjoyed his job as a craftsman at Pella Corporation where he had worked for the past 10 plus years. Terry was a die hard Oklahoma Sooners and Minnesota Vikings Fan. He also enjoyed perusing garage sales and antique shows, putting together various model kits, playing cribbage every evening with his mother, spending time with his great-nieces and nephews, fishing with his daughter and granddaughter as well as trips to Beaver Lake in Arkansas to fish. He also had a gift of making people laugh. His faith in his loving and forgiving Savior Jesus Christ was very important to him.

Terry was preceded in death by his father Mitchell Minor, infant brother Mitchell Minor, Jr and grandparents.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children: Jessica Minor of Shenandoah, Josie Minor of Lincoln, NE and Keagan King of Council Bluffs, IA; granddaughter Jayda Minor of Shenandoah; mother Cindy Brooks of Shenandoah; sister Dawn Neumann (Duke) of Shenandoah; step-mother Kathy Minor of Portland, OR; nephews Caleb Jordan (Kami) of Burnsville, MN, Josh Jordan of Shenandoah and Jake Jordan (Amber) of Shenandoah; several great-nieces and nephews other relatives and an abundance of friends.

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Moore, Jerry L. - 24 Oct 1947 - 23 Feb 2018 - Gerald Lynn "Jerry" (Pup) Moore, 70, of rural Essex peacefully passed away at his home Friday afternoon, February 23, 2018 following a courageous bout with cancer. 

At this time there are no services planned. 

Survivors include his loving wife Sally (Franks) Moore; son, Chris Moore and daughter, Angie Moore; brother Thomas "Butch" Moore III; four grandchildren; one great granddaughter; other relatives and many, many friends

Gerald Lynn "Jerry" (Pup) Moore, son of Thomas Harrison Moore II and Alta Mae (Grape) Moore was born on October 2, 1947 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018 at his home north of Essex, Iowa at the age of 70 years, 4 months, 21 days.

His whole life was spent in the Essex and Shenandoah area. He received his education in the Essex Community School System. Following high school Jerry spent six years in the Iowa National Guard.

On March 16, 1974, Jerry was united in marriage to Sally Jane Franks at the Essex Presbyterian Church. Following their marriage they made their home on the Moore family farm, where they have resided for the last 44 years.

Through the years, Jerry worked a variety of jobs. He was a farmhand, worked at Essex Elevator, Shen Ag, Earl May Seed & Nursery as truck driver, McNeilly Garage Doors, Henry Field Nursery, Red Oak Hog Farm and last worked at Southwest Iowa Rock & Sand as a truck driver.

Jerry was a member of the Essex Presbyterian Church. He loved horses and enjoyed horseback riding when able. He also liked to race motorcycles. Through the years, he acquired an extensive collection of horses, semis and John Wayne memorabilia. Watching his son, Chris, participate in his mud dragging and helping him work on his trucks brought great joy to him.

Preceding Jerry in death were his parents; infant brother; his grandma and grandpa Moore and grandma and grandpa Grape. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sally J. Moore; son, Chris Moore and wife Heather; daughter, Angie Moore and friend Dale Longinecker; four grandchildren, Austin Moore and fiancé Harley, Spencer Moore, Tyson Moore and Devinne Moore; great granddaughter, Elizabeth Moore; brother, Thomas “Butch” Moore III; aunt, Marjorie Priest; uncle Edward Grape; other relatives and many friends

 

Moses, Faye - Faye Moses, 101, of Maryville, Missouri, formerly of Elmo, Missouri, entered into peace Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Maryville Living Center, Maryville, Missouri. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Bill Farrens officiating. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa.

Faye Moses was born March 27, 1916 in Elmo, Missouri to Cephas Carrol Younger and Sara (Fort) Younger. She grew up in Nodaway County and spent her entire life there. She graduated from Elmo High School and was the last surviving member of her class of 1933. On July 31, 1933, Faye was united in marriage to Charles Leslie (Les) Moses. They were blessed with four children, James, John Gary, and Cheryl. 

Les and Faye farmed in the Elmo area and raised their children there. Faye was very proud of her family and always put them first. She was well known for her wonderful cooking; including her fried chicken, potato salad, homemade noodles, jam and peanut brittle and enjoyed sharing with others. She enjoyed gardening, taking care of her flowers, quilting and crocheting. All of her family received her Afghans and quilts. Faye was a loyal friend and liked by all and she was always willing to do for others. Being of strong opinions, one did not have to wonder about her views!

Faye was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Les Moses; son, John Moses; two granddaughters, Julie Moses and Cynthia Moses; two daughters-in-law, Lola Moses and Barbara Moses; two great grandchildren, Lola Moses and Chase Moses Butler; three brothers, Rex Younger, Howard Younger and Eldon Younger.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, James E. Moses and companion Millie of Shambaugh, Iowa, Gary Moses of Clarinda, Iowa, Cheryl Pierson and husband Dennis of Maryville, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Janice Moses of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren, Jeff Moses, Jimmy Moses, Jeanette Johnson and husband Bruce, Danny Moses, Janalyn Sunderman and husband Dave, Jay Moses and wife Karmen, Nicki Moses Butler, Joey Moses, Mark Moses and wife Mandy, Lisa Foster, Damian Moses and wife Rhea, Tausha Taylor, Travis Pierson and wife Erin; twenty nine great grandchildren and twenty two plus great, great grandchildren; nieces; nephews, and many friends

 

Naico, Rodney Powell - Rodney Powell Naico of Blanchard, OK was born on July 26, 1960 in Shenandoah, IA to Robert and Betty Naico. He peacefully passed in his home on February 20, 2018 at 57 years of age.

Rodney selflessly served his country and community during his time in the military and civil service. He retired from the United States Air Force as a veteran after 20 years. During his time in the military, he dedicated himself to be a Military Police Officer and AWACS Surveillance Technician. Rodney’s dedication to service took him around the world, to include places such as Hawaii, Germany, North Dakota and multiple tours during Desert Storm to finally settling down in Oklahoma.

Following his military career, Rodney then started to serve his community in law enforcement with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department. During his time with OCSD he served on the drug interdiction unit alongside his K-9 partner, Visum. He also served his community with the Blanchard Police Department alongside his K-9 partner, Denny, Grady County Sheriff’s Department and with his final employment with the U.S. Marshals, serving as a Court Security Officer for the Federal Courthouse.

Rodney had many hobbies to accompany his active career in the military and law enforcement, to include, golf, fishing, softball, music, and time with his family.

Rodney met the love of his life, Cathey, on October 28, 2001 and they were joined in marriage on May 12, 2007. Rodney and Cathey started their family with Rodney’s three daughters, Shana, Tchana, Corianna, two beloved dogs, Chloe and Reiley, and were blessed with twin boys of their own, Carson and Ethan.

He is survived by his wife, Cathey, and their two sons, Carson and Ethan; daughters, Shana Sutton-Bolling of Oklahoma City, Tchana Guerrero and husband Chris of San Antonio, TX, Corianna Naico of Oklahoma City, OK; mother, Betty Naico of Essex, IA; brother, Kevin Naico and wife Kim of Shenandoah, IA; sister, Stacy Nelson and husband Josh of Essex, IA; grandchildren, John, Gavin, Gabriel, Gaige, McKinley, Merrick, Maesyn, Maddox; nieces, Keegan, Kendall, Chelsey, Danielle, Jacie, Caitlin; nephews, Ryan, Dylan, Branson, Kooper, Roper, Wyatt, Langston, and Jesse; In-laws, Cliff and Crystal Widener of Tuttle, OK, Connie Hargues and husband Eddie of Elk City, OK, Callie Troglin of Blanchard, OK, and a multitude of relatives and friends.

Rodney was preceded in death by his father, Robert Powell Naico; and grandparents, Harry and Lois Naico and Hilbert and Frances Grebert

Moore Funeral and Cremation, Moore, Ok

 

Newberry, Pauline Lois Wills Damewood - Pauline L. Damewood Newberry, 96, of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday, March 11, 2018 at her residence in Mt. Pleasant.
A graveside funeral service for Mrs. Newberry will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 16 at the Maple Hill Cemetery in College Springs, Iowa. Friends may call from 12 Noon to 9:00 PM on Thursday at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant. There will be no family visitation.
Those considering an expression of sympathy in lieu of flowers may direct memorials to Great River Hospice. Online condolences may be directed to www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com
Mrs. Newberry, the former Pauline Lois Wills, was born January 27, 1922 in Taylor County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Raymond & Alma (Gray) Wills. She graduated from Amity High School in College Springs. On September 10, 1942 in Maryville, MO, Pauline was united in marriage to Kenneth Lyle Damewood. Mr. Damewood died March 28, 1976. She then married John Newberry on July 19, 1986. Mr. Newberry died September 21, 1989.
Pauline worked at the John Green Dept. Store, Harrison Dime Store, Henry Country Treasurer Office and Ideal Concrete before retiring. She was a 50 – Year member and Past Worthy Matron of Order of the Easter Star, Highland Chapter of Siam, Iowa. She was a member and Past President of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. She loved to play bridge and was a member of different bridge clubs. She loved spending time with her family.
Those thankful for sharing in Pauline’s life include two daughters. Sandra Damewood and Teri (Roger) Harrison, both of Mt. Pleasant; a step son, Jerry Newberry of Dallas City, IL; 3 grandchildren Richard (Ginger) Cain of Phoenix, AZ, Marti (Harrison) Keldgord of Mt. Pleasant and Matthew (Kelly) Harrison of Norfolk, VA and 5 great grandchildren – Blake Cain, Breanna Keldgord, Cole Keldgord, Cooper Keldgord and Sloane Harrison.
Her parents, husbands, a daughter – Judi (Richard) Cain; 7 brothers and sisters – Orville Wills, Marie (Bryson) Lundgren, Arnold Wills, Robert Wills, JoAnn Lundgren, Kenneth Wills and Darwin Wills and 2 granddaughters precede Pauline in death

 

Parman, Marilyn "Katie" - 24 Aug 1942 - 21 Jan 2018 - Katie passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa

 

Randolph, Gina Bloomfield - Funeral services for Gina, 59 of Clarinda, will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 5, 2018 at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, with interment at Washington Cemetery, Gravity, Iowa.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to family choice to be determined later.
Gina was born September 17, 1958 at Clarinda, Iowa to Victor and Nola (Williams) Bloomfield. Her military service family was stationed all over the world. She started school in 1962 in Murnau, Germany at the age of 4. She graduated high school in Omaha, Nebraska. Gina completed her education at Iowa Western Community College, Clarinda, with a licensed practical nurse diploma.
In 1986 Terry Randolph and Gina were married at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clarinda. She worked at Wilsons Foods and Lisle Corporation. She wanted to change her career path and with her nursing degree she could be of help to others. She worked at Good Samaritan, Villisca, home health, and the Clarinda Regional Health Center and Villisca Clinic.
She was an avid runner participating in half marathons, 10k, 5k runs, and biking once participating in RAGBRAI. At home she loved to bake, watch Wheel of Fortune and Last Man Standing, listening to music, garden and grow her flowers.
Gina was a compassionate person helping any person or animal that needed a helping hand or meal.
Gina passed away Friday, March 2, 2018 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her spouse, Terry Randolph, and father Victor Bloomfield.
She is survived by children: Jasmine (Piers) Bishop, Liverpool, England, Ben (Annie) Randolph, Sheldahl, Iowa, Cooper Randolph, Clarinda, Iowa, and Sean Richards, Norman, Oklahoma; grandchildren Cameron and Aiden Richards, Oscar Bishop, and Clayton Randolph; mother Nola Bloomfield, Clarinda, Iowa; siblings Gail (Mike) Conte, Yorktown, Iowa, and Kim Subbert, Omaha, Nebraska; Betsy and Lucy her boxer babies, and Tootsie the cat; numerous cousins, other relatives and friends

 

Ray, Clarence "Bud" Harvey - Clarence "Bud" Harvey Ray, the son of Clarence Abner and Erma Evelyn (Hayes Wallace) Ray, was born December 11, 1928 in Coin, Iowa. He passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 89.

Bud spent his early years in Coin and Shenandoah. On August 5, 1950 he was united in marriage to Dale Jean Gillespie, they resided in Shenandoah. Jean passed away in 1979. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953, he was stationed in Japan. He received Police Academy Training in 1961. On February 13, 1982 Bud was united in marriage to Lois Ann Merkle they, resided in Shenandoah. Ann passed away in 2009.

Bud worked for Mount Arbor Nursery from 1953 until 1961, then worked for the Shenandoah Police Department until is retirement in 1991. Bud worked two jobs most of the time, he also worked for Clark and Jerry Stanley and Bill Meyer over the years doing concrete work. He was a member of the Eagles Clubs, American Legion Post 88, Lions Club and the Elks. He enjoyed woodworking, furniture caning and refinishing, fishing and hunting. Bud was a thoughtful and loving husband, father, and friend.

Bud was preceded in death by is parents, brother Bill Ray, wives Jean and Ann, and great-grandson Kaiden Collier. 

Bud is survived by his three daughters; Deb (Bill) Hillman of Shenandoah, Diana Kirk of Shenandoah and Darla (Terry) Mire of Hollister, Missouri, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Celebration of life memorial service will be held 2:00 pm, Monday, January 29, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

Burial of cremains will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah with military rites provided by the Shenandoah American Legion Post 88 Color Guard.

Memorials may be directed to the Shenandoah Police Department

 

Royer, Billy Duane - Billy Duane Royer was born on August 29, 1929 in rural Essex, Iowa to Frank and Alice (Solon) Royer. He passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 88.

He attended Franklin Grove School through 8th grade and then went to Essex High School where he graduated in 1947. He went on to college at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri.

Bill married his high school sweetheart, Cleo Carlson, on April 9, 1950 and they moved to a farm northwest of Essex. They lived and farmed there for 27 years at which time they moved into Essex.

Bill served 10 years on the Essex School Board at the time when the new school was built. In 1976 he was elected to the Page County Board of Supervisors and served for six years before being elected to the Iowa State Legislature as a State Representative. There he served 12 years and was instrumental in getting the new prison in Clarinda. He served on the Essex Library Board when the new library was built and also was on the Essex City Council.

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Essex Community Club, 4-H leader, Shenandoah Elks Lodge and was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge.

Bill was a real estate agent and Certified General Appraiser from 1985 to his retirement in 2015. He was very community involved receiving many awards through the years being Young Farmer of the Year, Farm Family of the Week, Page County Farm Bureau Award and Iowa Appraiser of the Year.

He never knew a stranger, proud of his family and loved God and America.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Alice Royer; 2 infant brothers; sisters, Jackie Peterson and Betty Tobin; son-in-law Dave Franks; grandson James Royer; and great-grandson Zachary Mohatt. Survived by his wife of 67 plus years Cleo Royer, his children Peg Franks of Essex, IA, Jay Royer and wife Rhonda of Blue Eye, MO, Jan Cloepfil and husband James of Shenandoah, IA, and Ken Royer and wife Joni of Essex, IA; eight grandchildren Greg Franks, Heidi (Dan) Mohatt, Daniel (Tara) Shough, Edi (Jesse) Bond, Casey (Katie) Royer, Christopher (Jenna) Royer, Evan (Michelle) Cloepfil and Dylan Cloepfil; six great-grandchildren Natalie and Dalton Mohatt, Regan and Aiden Shough, Macy Royer and Easton Royer; brother Don (Phyllis) Royer and sisters Joyce (Jim) Long, Beverly Currie, Geri (Joe) Pinkham and Margaret Jo Ballinger.

Celebration of life memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Essex, Iowa.

Memorial visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Shenandoah Food Pantry, Essex Fire & Rescue or St. John's Lutheran Church of Essex.

Burial of cremains will be held in the Essex Cemetery

 

Skinner, Marvel JoAnn Lorimor - Celebration of life funeral services will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 10:30 AM at the Nishna Valley Funeral Home with Pastor Humberto Gonzalez officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials in Marvel's name are being directed to the Shenandoah First United Methodist Church. Burial will take place in the Rose Hill Cemetery, next to her husband Merrill Skinner.

Marvel JoAnn (Lorimor) Skinner, daughter of Joseph Edward and Grace Evelyn (Myers) Lorimor, was born on October 21, 1931, near Imogene (Fremont County), Iowa , the oldest of six siblings. She entered into eternal rest on Wednesday morning, March 20, 2018 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa, at the age of 86 years, 4 months, 27 days.

Growing up, Marvel attended Sunny Slope, a one room country school, near Imogene through the 8th grade. She attended high school at Farragut, graduating from Farragut High School with the Class of 1949. After graduation, she moved to Shenandoah, where she was employed with the City of Shenandoah. In June of 1995, after declining health, she retired after 44 ½ years of employment with the City.

In 1953, Marvel met her husband, Merrill, while home on leave from the Air Force. On December 24, 1953 they became engaged before Christmas Eve Services at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. They were united in marriage on December 23, 1954, at Red Oak, Iowa, with the groom’s uncle Rev. H. G. Boon officiating. Merrill had been called home on leave due to the terminal illness of his father. It was his father’s last wish to see them married and they were married on the 25th wedding anniversary of his parents. Merrill’s father passed away six months after the wedding. To this union one son, David Edward Skinner, was born.

After moving to Shenandoah, Marvel was baptized and became a member of the Shenandoah First United Methodist Church in 1952. As a young lady, Marvel attended a Young Singles Church Group and was a member of the Shen-Y-Ettes. She was also a member of the Church Circle, the American Legion Post #88 Auxiliary and Business and Professional Women. Marvel’s hobbies were crocheting and embroidering. She enjoyed meeting with the Angel Quilters at the church on Thursday mornings. She also enjoyed country western music, polka music and gospel music (the Gaither’s). She was very close to her four sisters and they enjoyed spending days together just having a good time, especially on birthdays.

With her health on the decline, Marvel nearly had a fatal heart attack in 2002 and was in Elm Heights for 19 months, finally returning home in July of 2004. She was able to take care of Merrill until his death in September of 2007. Not long after though, Marvel entered Elm Heights again, where she resided since August of 2008.

Preceding Marvel in death were parents; husband, Merrill; brother, Duane Lorimor; sisters-in-law, Alice Thomason and Lillian Skinner; brother-in-law, Richard “Dick” Phipps; and niece, Beth Phipps.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, David Skinner and wife Vickie; four sisters, Marilyn Phipps, Merna Dobbs and husband William, Lavone Johnson and husband Arlen and Loraine Manchester and husband Eldon; sister-in-law, Evelyn Lorimor; two granddaughters, Rhonda Athen and husband Darin and Amie Perkins and husband Cory; grandson, Jody Webster, Jr. and wife Jeannette; six great grandsons, Chase Shade, Ethan Webster, Landon Webster, Peyton Athen, Dalton Athen and Grayson Perkins; other relatives and many friends

 

Walter, Dorothy May Wolford - Dorothy May (Wolford) Walter , the daughter of Carl J and Mina (May) Wolford, was born in Shenandoah, Iowa on April 18, 1924 and passed away at Elm Heights on February 27, 2018.

Dorothy attended school in Shenandoah and graduated from high school in 1942. She went on to attend Iowa State University where she earned a degree in Institution Management in 1946. Dorothy moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she worked at the Colonnade Cafeteria. Dorothy returned to Shenandoah and married Richard Walter on September 5, 1947. They had four children; Georgia, Denise, Pat and John.

Dorothy was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, DAR, the Rambling Rose Camping Club, Athenaeum Club, Country Guild, NVS Club, and was a 70+ year member of PEO. Dorothy was also active in PTA and 4-H when her children were young. She enjoyed the luncheons with the Class of '42 before moving to Elm Heights. Dorothy also loved traveling with her family and friends.

Proceeding Dorothy in death were her parents, husband, Richard, and a daughter, Pat Barr.

Survivors include brother, Robert Wolford of Chicago, IL; daughters, Georgia(Richard Stacy) Walter of Omaha, NE, Denise (Randy) Smith of Bonner Springs, KS; son, John (Rose) Walter of Shenandoah; grandchildren Matt (Tiffaney) Barr of Shenandoah, Katie (Kris) Johnson of Bonner Springs, KS, Andrew Smith of Bonner Springs, KS, Nathan Smith of Bonner Springs, KS., Ben (Darci) Stacy of Omaha, NE, John (Sharon) Stacy of Denver, CO, Will Stacy and fiancée, Margaret Duffy, of Milwaukee, WI, Mick (Jessica Falco) Walter of Stanford, CA, and Dan (Rachel Jones)Walter of Adel, IA; great-grandchildren Liam Barr, Kegan Swenson, Marshall and Owen Johnson, Elizabeth Smith, Sidney, Jack and Spencer Stacy, and Levi Walter; and many other relatives and friends.

Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shenandoah. Memorial visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to service at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer's Association.

Burial of Cremains will be held at a later date at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah

 

Welch, Reginald "Reggie" Denmore - Reginald Denmore Welch was born November 20, 1928 at Clarinda, Iowa to Oliver D. and Doris H. (McCunn) Welch. At birth Reggie was limited in his abilities and what he could accomplish but that did not stop him from becoming an adventurous, active, loving and fun-loving man. He made the best of life with his loving parents assisting him and providing the nurture to develop his own self. Upon his mother’s death he lived with family a few years until his health made it necessary to live in a care facility. When active in the community he enjoyed woodworking as a hobby and being around people, visiting and having a good time with those he met--making friends easily.
Reggie passed away Tuesday morning, January 30, 2018 at Westridge Quality Care & Rehab in Clarinda. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law Carole Welch, and brother-in-law Bill Floersch.
He is survived by sister Joan Floersch, Omaha, NE; brothers Gary Welch of Little Rock, AR, and Ed (Marilyn) Welch of Clarinda, IA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a great many friends.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, February 2, 2018 at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, with interment at Clarinda Cemetery.

 

Whitehead, Kathryn "Faye" - Faye Whitehead, age 74, of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly of New Market, Iowa, entered into peace Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Maple Crest Care Center, Omaha Nebraska. Graveside Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa with Jeff Cummings officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 9:30 a.m. –10:45 a.m., Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa prior to the service. Burial will be in Memory Cemetery.

Kathryn Faye Whitehead was born February 4, 1943 at the family home near Clarinda, Iowa to Lee Whitehead and Shirley (Hughes) Whitehead. She grew up in the Siam area attending Siam Country School and graduated from New Market High School in 1961.
She married Keith Cabbage and moved to Omaha, Nebraska and they later divorced. Kathy and Kurt were born to this union. She was united in marriage to Leonard Anderson and son Kris was born. 

While living in Omaha, Nebraska, Faye worked for many years in accounts payable. She had a strong work ethic and enjoyed working on the farm and in the garden, cooking and cleaning. She also enjoyed country music and playing cards. Due to health issues, she was a resident at Maple Crest Care Center, Omaha, Nebraska for many years and the staff became her extended family. Faye had a long journey to finally resting in peace.

Preceding Faye in death were her parents; brother, Dusty Whitehead and wife Sue; sister, Kay Rock and husband Bill.

Survivors include her children, Kathy Cabbage and friend Darin Drage of Chapman, Nebraska, Kelli Canton of Bellevue, Nebraska, Kris Anderson and wife Katie of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren, Karson Cabbage, Laura Carper, Jackson Faye Mactier, Sabrina Faye Anderson and Luke Anderson; great granddaughters, Kianna and Kamille Cabbage; nephews, Mike Whitehead and Dawn Derry of Clarinda, Iowa and Billy Rock and Kim Newberry of Clarinda, Iowa and friends

 

Williamson, Peggy Fleck Kendrick - Peggy Fleck Kendrick Williamson, age 83, of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of Papillion and Millard, Nebraska passed away at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa Saturday, February 3, 2018 surrounded by loving family members and compassionate hospice care givers. Memorial Services will be held 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, Clarinda, Iowa. A memorial service will be held in Omaha at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Peggy Joyce Williamson, daughter of John Howard and Isabelle Sarah (Gorrell) Fleck was born on April 27, 1934 on the family farm near Hepburn Iowa. She passed away at Goldenrod Care Center in Clarinda Iowa on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the age of 83. She was surrounded by loving family members and compassionate hospice care givers.

Peggy was raised on the family farm in Valley Township and attended Vandevender School ½ mile from her home until transitioning to “city” school at Clarinda, graduating from there in 1952. She then attended Christian College in Columbia Missouri, with an emphasis in dance and also competed on the equestrian team there. In 1953, she married Stephen Shelley Hitt and were blessed with a son, Stephen Howard. Peggy's husband, Steve, passed unexpectedly in March of 1961. In 1964, Peggy married Rolland Kendrick, and Rollie, Peg, and Stevie then moved to Millard, Nebraska. Rollie and Peg had a daughter, Melissa Joy, on New Year's Day 1966. Rollie passed away in 1992 and Peggy continued living in Millard. In July 1995, Peggy married Jay D. Williamson and they lived in Papillion Nebraska. Peggy loved and adored Jay's children as well as her own. Peggy and Jay moved to Clarinda in April of last year. 

Peggy loved dance! She started taking ballet, tap and jazz dance lessons at an early age and then she shared her love of the art with literally thousands of young people throughout her career as a dance teacher and choreographer. She began teaching in Clarinda while in high school and after she married, she maintained studios in Clarinda, Bedford, and Red Oak in the late 1950s and early 1960s. After relocating to Millard, she had a very successful dance studio for over 30 years and was awarded membership in Dance Masters of America in 1978. Never one to sit still, she began choreographing musicals every spring at Millard South High School, beginning in 1971 with MHS' first production, “Brigadoon”. This was the beginning of a 25 year collaboration with musical director Michael Janis, longtime music educator in the Millard district. Peggy finished her choreography career in 2000 with the Millard West High School production of “Guys and Dolls”. 

Peggy also loved being outdoors. Her childhood on the farm was filled with adventures with family and friends. Horses were another passion for her. She had several horses while growing up on the farm and mastered both the western and English riding styles. In recent years, she had a horse named Jojo that she kept and rode at the Montana ranch operated by her dear friends Marc and Nan Stevens. She made the trip to Montana a couple of times and year until she was in her upper 70s, riding and helping to work with the cow herd and couldn't wait to go back again!

Peggy loved to travel. During her marriage to Jay, she had the opportunity to visit many beautiful locations for both business and pleasure. Whether she was headed to Panama, Austria, Alaska, Las Vegas, or Mexico, she was ready willing and able to pack her bags and go! 

Peggy was a boating enthusiast for many years as well, enjoying friend filled days at the Cottonwood Marina on the Missouri River near Blair Nebraska. 

Peggy loved her family. She always looked forward to family gatherings and keeping up with the activities of her kids and grandchildren. 

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Mary Rose; husband Stephen S. Hitt; husband Rolland Kendrick; daughter Melissa Anderson; and brother-in-law John Coufal.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years Jay D. Williamson of Clarinda; son Steve (Ann) Hitt of Clarinda; son Monte (Michelle) Williamson of Kansas City, daughter Debbie Street of Kansas City; daughter Crystie (Andy) Super of Kansas City; daughter Jayla (Roger) Schultes of Kalispell Mt; grandchildren: Jeffery (Allison) Belmont; Jacob (Katie) Belmont; Levi Belmont; Christopher (Amy) Hitt; Jesse (Mary) Hitt; and Benjamin (Lauren) Hitt; Caleb Hitt; Baylee Propp; J.D. Hitt; Andrew Hitt; Carissa Smith; Jena Myer; Alex Street; Keane McNamee; Misty Balstad; Jamin Williamson; Ashley Butterfield; Aaron Williamson; Michael Williamson; Meghan Williamson; sisters Nancy Stotts of Clarinda; Marcia Coufal of Holton Ks.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

A memorial service will be held in Peggy's honor Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Clarinda Iowa at 3pm and a service will be held in Omaha at a later date

 

Wilson, Robert D. "Bob" - Robert D. "Bob" Wilson of Shenandoah, Iowa was the second child born to Eugene and Buelah Wilson on February 24, 1944. Bob passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 73 years. 

Bob grew up in Storm Lake, Iowa with his parents and four siblings. He was active in sports and graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1962. He attended the University of Oregon, where he worked three jobs to pay his way through school, and graduated with a degree in Finance in 1967.

Bob married the love of his life, Sharon Marie Cameron on September 19, 1967 in Omaha, Nebraska. He worked for Grinnell Mutual Insurance Company in Grinnell, Iowa and Atlantic, Iowa before settling with his wife, daughter, Stephanie and son, Jeff in Shenandoah in 1973. He worked three years for Chesshire Insurance before buying the business in 1976 and naming it Wilson Insurance. Bob was a fair and dedicated businessman in Shenandoah for forty years. He loved the people he worked with and enjoyed making many friends over the years. 

Bob was an active member of his community over the years, serving on many boards, committees and organizations. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, skiing, traveling and entertaining family and friends. Many great memories were made spending time with his family and friends on the beach at his home in Destin, Florida. He loved to host parties and to go out on Friday nights. 

Bob loved his family and was always there to show support and offer advice. He was a very loving, gentle and wise man. He loved his wife dearly and was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He will be missed by many.

Preceding him in death was his wife of forty-four years, Sharon and his parents.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter Stephanie (Curtis) Osborn of Shenandoah, Iowa; son Jeff Wilson of Shenandoah, Iowa; granddaughter Ali (Scott) McDonald of Olathe, Kansas; grandsons Mitchell Steinkuehler of Key West, Florida and Andrew Johnson of Shenandoah, Iowa; step-grandsons Josh Osborn of Chicago, Illinois and Justin Osborn of Denver, Colorado; brother Darryl (Joyce) Wilson of Shawnee, Kansas; sisters Sherry (Jerry) Gunderman of Peoria, Arizona, Barb (Tim) Muldoon of Omaha, Nebraska and Carol Moore of Phoenix, Arizona; many other nieces, nephews, sister-in-law's, brother-in-law's, relatives and friends

Celebration of Life Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah. The family will greet friends at the Presbyterian Church on Friday evening, January 26, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. 

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to the Presbyterian Church