Page County, Iowa obituaries
Pat O'Dell -

Almquist, Alice Charlotte Johnson - Alice Charlotte Johnson passed away on July 6, 2018, in Woodland, California after 99 1/2 years of a truly blessed life. She was born February 15, 1919, on the family farm outside of Red Oak to parents George and Helga Johnson.

After attending country school, she went to Red Oak High School and Jr. College to prepare herself for teaching. During her high school years, she met her future husband, Elwyn Almquist of Essex. Alice taught at three Montgomery county schools, interrupting her career to travel to San Diego to work in an airplane plant to help with the war effort.

Elwyn and Alice married in 1943 and lived at Fort Riley, Kansas where their daughter, Peggy was born before Elwyn was shipped to the Asian Theater. After the war, they resided on the Almquist family farm where Ann, Ron and Lisa were born. In addition to being a mother and farm wife, Alice was active in church, scouts, 4-H, Tomorrow's Club, and she worked to bring various programs to the developmentally disabled.

Later, Alice and Elwyn ran a grocery/dry goods store for over a decade after a move into Essex. Alice went on to become the town's librarian and "historian". Retirement years were just as busy! She was still involved with Nishna Productions (which she helped to found). She continued volunteering and being active with the American Legion and church. Elwyn and Alice made over 200 "comfy covers", 1000 handkerchief Angels, and cleaned myriad pints of black walnuts that they sold and donated. She was best known for her role as "The Apron Lady", putting on programs about the history of aprons. Essex chose her to be Grand Marshall of the Labor Day Parade in 2003.

Alice's parents, seven siblings, one son-in-law, and her husband preceded her in death. She is survived by sister-in-law Marice Young and four children: Peg and husband Tom Monley of Woodland, California; Ann Kummerow of Crystal Lake, Illinois; Ron Almquist and wife Jann of Atascadero, California, and Lisa Almquist of West Sacramento, California. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and their spouses: Chris, Chad, and Andrew Kummerow; Josh, Nate, Lina (Bornstein), and Dominic Monley; Robyn and Sarah Almquist. Alice Is also survived by 15 great grandchildren.

Alice had a full life of blessings and challenges that she met with grace. She so appreciated the support she received from church and community during her later years

Celebration of life funeral service will be held 10:30 am, Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Faith Covenant Church in Essex.

Visitation with the family will be held from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm, Sunday, July 15, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

Burial will be held at the Essex Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Nishna Productions.


Androy, Joanna Fern Spurgeon - Joanna Fern Androy, 82, of Shenandoah passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Accura Healthcare in Stanton, Iowa.

Joanna was born on January 13, 1936 in Dawson, MO, the daughter of Wayne and Freeland (Scaggs) Spurgeon. She was one of three daughters. She grew up in Dawson then moved to Farragut with her family in 1945. She graduated from Farragut High School with the Class of 1954.

On October 12, 1958 she was united in marriage to Jimmie Androy. Their son, Joseph Wayne was adopted on March 1, 1965, followed by Jerry Lee on October 3, 1967. The family made their home in Shenandoah.

Joanna was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was an avid painter and loved gardening. She volunteered with the Shenandoah Garden Club for years. She enoyed spending her summers at Big Lake in Missouri with her family - water skiing, teaching other to water ski, riding on the pontoon, and painting.

She was preceded in death by her husband (Jimmie Androy), her son (Joseph Androy), and her parents (Wayne and Freeland Spurgeon). Those left to honor her memory include her son (Jerry Androy), her granddaughter (Paige Androy), and her sisters (Shirley Koch and Virginia Dennis).

Memorial Graveside Services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America; 322 8th Ave 7th Floor; New York, NY 10001


Armstrong, Bethene Smith - Bethene (Smith) Armstrong, age 98, of Overland Park, Kansas, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Sunday, July 15, 2018. Funeral Celebration of Life Services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa With Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Interment will be held at the Elmwood Cemetery in Coin, Iowa.

Bethene Louise Smith Armstrong, 98, passed away July 15, 2018 in Overland Park, KS. She was born August 25, 1919 in Elmo, Missouri, the fifth child of Thomas Andrew Smith and Ella (Trulock) Smith. Bethene’s early life was spent near Coin and Northboro, later moving to East River Township, then into Clarinda. In 2005, Bethene made her home with daughter Barbara in Overland Park, KS. She later moved to Overland Park Center nursing home, where her unfailingly gentle, sweet nature made her a staff favorite.

At age 18, she married Oren Leo Armstrong, 29, on February 18, 1938. He always said he married the prettiest girl in the world. In 1939, they shared the grief of their son Larry Lorraine who died at birth. They were later blessed with two children: Stanley Douglas, and Barbara Eileen. Bethene loved her family whole-heartedly, making them the center of her world.

Bethene was the star forward for Northboro H.S. girl’s basketball, leading them to district championships and her own personal district titles for free-throws made. Graduating from high school at 16, she worked at a dairy farm, and as a telephone operator. Together, Oren and Bethene ran a milk and creamery route and station, and farmed near Coin and in East River Township. In Oren’s carpentry and furniture shop, she worked by his side, applying finishes. He often said he built it, but she made it beautiful. She and Oren worked as janitors for East River Consolidated School. She was a baker for Sally Ann Bakery and Clarinda Schools food service, where she was legendary for her fluffy rolls and flaky pie crusts. Bethene was a life-long member of Methodist Churches in Coin and Clarinda, where she was awarded the annual United Methodist Women’s Membership Pin for her loving and devoted church service. She served for years as 4-H leader, and as Township Chairman for Page Co. Farm Bureau Women. She was Chairman of the Page Co. Extension Family Living Committee, who named Bethene their 1959 Homemaker of the Year. Omaha’s Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Committee cited her for Leadership in Rural Homemaking for 1959. For years, she was Clarinda Herald-Journal’s East River correspondent. Bethene also worked with Hospital Auxiliary and many community projects. She remained an avid basketball fan, reserving all of March to watch ISU, Iowa, and KU tournaments and March Madness. She loved following college football, KC Chiefs, KC Royals, and Atlanta Braves.

Left to cherish Bethene’s memory are: son Stanley Douglas (Doug) Armstrong; daughter Barbara Eileen Armstrong Samuelson; granddaughter Melinda Sue Armstrong Shackelford, husband Tony; granddaughter Angela Dawn Samuelson Pedersen, husband David; grandson Brian James (B.J.) Samuelson; great-grandson James Thomas Pedersen and great-granddaughters Joanne Eileen Pedersen, Kenzie Marie Shackelford, Kylie Ann Shackelford; sisters-in-law Mary Peterson Smith, Jean Polsley Armstrong. Also sharing Bethene’s deep love are former daughters-in-law Elaine Freudenburg Armstrong, Donna Kelso, and Sue Fjelland Armstrong; former son-in-law Gene Samuelson; and many dear family and friends.

Welcoming Bethene into eternity were: parents Thomas and Ella Smith; Oren, her husband of 50 years; son Larry Lorraine; brothers Ronald Wesley Smith, Lyle Clifford Smith, and Thomas Junior Smith; sister Evelyn Margaret Smith Darby and husband Ben; sister Thelma Janette Smith Gomel and husband Ralph; and numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews


Boylan, Jerry David - Jerry David Boylan, the son of Walter Glen and Mary Elizabeth (Baggs) Boylan was born on November 13, 1947 in Maryville, Missouri. Jerry entered into eternal peace on Sunday, July 22, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska following an extended illness.

Jerry attended Pleasant Hill Country Grade School and later graduated from South Page School with the Class of 1965. During his school years he was a member of the football team, played trumpet in the band, was a member of FFA, where he served his chapter as President and enjoyed showing horses in 4-H. Jerry developed a passion for farming and agriculture at a very young age.

Jerry joined the United States Army and later was a member of the Army National Guard. He enjoyed his chosen occupation of farming and raising cattle, a job he did all his life. He was a member of the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88, a Township Trustee, a member of the Blanchard United Methodist Church and also served as a volunteer firefighter. Some of Jerry's interests and hobbies included fishing, target practice, playing cards, boating and caring for his pond, and spending time with family and friends.

Preceded him in death were his parents. Those left to honor his memory include his children: Kari Serpa (Paulo) of Pebble Beach, CA, Scyler Boylan (Crystal) of Lincoln, NE and Sayler Boylan (Justine) of Omaha, NE; step-daughter Veronica White (Kerry) of Altoona, IA; grandchildren Genevieve and Olivia White and Enzo and Aurelia Serpa; sisters Sara Annan (Bill) of Shenandoah, IA and Carol Ann Kurtz (Jim) of Crystal Falls, MI; other relatives and a host of friends.

Celebration of life memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah with military rites provided by the Shenandoah American Legion Post 88 Color Guard.

Memorial visitation with the family will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

Burial of cremains will be held at a later date in Union Grove Cemetery in Northboro, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed to the AseraCare Hospice of Lincoln, Nebraska


Braymen, William H. "Bill" - William H. "Bill" Braymen, 84, of rural Coin, Iowa, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018 at his home. A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Union Grove Cemetery in rural Northboro, Iowa with Phil Wing officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation and viewing from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday evening, July 5, at the Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bill's name are being directed to the Tarkio Valley Tractor Club. Interment will be in the Union Grove Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88.

William “Bill” Harold Braymen was born on October 10, 1933 in Shenandoah, Iowa to William Taft Braymen and Mayme Mary (Piester) Braymen. Bill had a brother, Tom, four years younger. Bill attended grade school in Coin, Iowa, then was redistricted to rural West Center country school from 3rd through 8th grade. He was the only one in his class and often joked that he was the “valedictorian”. Bill joined the naval reserves when he was a senior in high school.

Bill was united in marriage to Shirley Joan Armstrong of Coin, on March 21, 1954. They were blessed with 64 years together. In 1955, Bill went active duty military and proudly served as a station keeper at Naval Air Station in Glenview, Illinois. Bill enjoyed working there, especially on the roads and grounds where he ran a snow-go that cleared the runways in the winter and in the summer when he mowed down the runways. He and Shirley spent three years there then moved back to rural Coin to farm with his father and brother in 1958.

They started a family in 1959 with the birth of their first son, Russell. Glen was born in 1963 and Walter in 1966. The boys helped their father on the family farm and they all kept busy with row crops, hay, hogs and cattle. Bill continued to raise hogs until 1996 when he suffered his first heart attack and the hogs were sold. He raised cows and calves until 2010. Bill loved his cows and the matriarch of the herd, “Snowflake”.

Bill was a longtime member of the Tarkio Valley Antique Tractor Association. He enjoyed his restored 1951 Farmall H and his 1963 Ford Super Dexta, which was the first brand new tractor he ever purchased. He was also very proud of his new tractor, a John Deere 6155 M.

Bill was a proud veteran and loved his country. He looked forward to his monthly get-togethers with his classmates and visiting with friends and family. He spent most of his time outdoors, where he could work with his hands and enjoy his land. His dog, Bella, was his faithful companion.

Bill is survived by his wife Shirley Braymen; sons, Russell (Detra) Braymen, of Blanchard, Glen (Tammy) Braymen, of Shenandoah, and Walter (Shanna) Braymen, of Shenandoah; nine grandchildren;16 great grandchildren; brother Tom Braymen of Creston, IA; and numerous family and friends


Brown, Jean Barrett Cooper- Jean Brown, age 94, of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa entered into peace Saturday, June 16, 2018 at The Eiler Place, Clarinda, Iowa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Jean Barrett Cooper Brown, 94, died on June 16, 2018 at Eiler Place in Clarinda, Iowa with her family at her side. She was born in Nemaha, Iowa on June 15, 1924 to Robert Wayne Cooper and Wilma Venette Barrett Cooper. Jean served in the Navy during World War II at the Naval Air Station Pawtuxent River, Maryland. After her military service, she returned to Iowa and married fellow veteran Jack Charles Brown on March 20, 1947. They spent their married life in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and were proprietors of Brown’s Food Service, a Swiss Colony store and a gourmet delicatessen.

Jean is survived by her children; Scott (Nancy) Brown of Clarinda, Iowa; Jill (Roger) LaForge of Indianapolis, Indiana; and Janey (Lloyd) Lambert of Keymar, Maryland as well as grandchildren Brianna (Stephen) Cox Brownlee of London, England and Ryan Cox of Richmond, Virginia and sister; Carol (David) Reuber of Traer, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Dorothy Ann, Merry and Margaret and her husband Jack


Correll, Dan - Dan passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak.

Celebration of Life Visitation Services will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. Burial will be held later that afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at the Essex Cemetery with full military rites

Daniel Curtis Correll was born on March 11, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Henry Herbert and Mary Marie (Newcome) Correll. Dan entered into eternal peace on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa.

Dan's early years were spent in the East Detroit area, where he graduated high school with the Class of 1957. Following graduation he joined the United States Air Force and served his country with pride until 1961. While serving in the Air Force he met the love of his life, Sandra Drake who was also serving in the Air Force. The couple was married on September 30, 1960 at Travis Air Force Base in California. The couple made their first home in Fairfield, California.

During his working years, Dan was employed as a salesman in Idaho, Montana and Utah. He later worked for ROMECH in Red Oak, Iowa and retired in 2004. Some of Dan's hobbies included golfing, camping, playing tennis, cross country and downhill skiing, fishing, spending time with his grandchildren and doing various art projects. Dan was also a member of the Essex Presbyterian Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two sisters. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sandy; son, Peter Correll and wife Natalie, grandsons, Brendan and Finley and granddaughter Hannah.

Celebration of Life Visitation Services will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. Burial will be held later that afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at the Essex Cemetery with full military rites


Davis, Robert Leland - Robert Leland Davis passed away May 16, 2018 at Matthews Presbyterian Hospital in Matthew, North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mazie Davis, parents Clarence and Pearl (Fithen) Davis, two brothers Keith Davis and Frank Davis and grandson William Tygart.

He is survived by his two daughters Kathareen High and Regina Barnes, both of Colorado, brother Roger (Patricia) Davis of Tennessee, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, special friend Bonnie Davis and children.

Celebration of life memorial graveside service will be held 11:30 am, Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa with military rites.
Memorials may be directed to the family.


Fitzgibbon, Paul A. - Paul A. Fitzgibbon passed away July 25. Paul was born in Clarinda, IA on August 6, 1945 and died in Mercy Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents Austin and Nellie, and by 8 siblings. Those left to honor his memory include his 2 sons, Eric and Brandon and 2 grandsons Austin and Benny. Also surviving are sisters Liz Dietz, Joyce Glazer and Judy Bertrand, brother Bob and many nieces and nephews. Service will be 12:30pm August 6 at Iowa Veterans Cemetery.

Published in Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 5, 2018


Freed, Ruth Diane Workentine -

Ruth Diane (Workentine) Freed died and passed on to be with her Savior and Lord Jesus Christ on August 10, 2018 at her home in Shenandoah, Iowa. Ruth was born on November 19, 1956, daughter of Lloyd David Workentine and Beatrice Lorene (Kitchin) Workentine in Albany, Oregon. The family moved to Three Hills, Alberta, Canada and grew up on or near the campus of Prairie Bible Institute.

Ruth graduated from Prairie High School in 1974 and from Prairie Bible Institute in 1977 with a Bachelor of Religious Education degree. She served as a secretary for the Prairie Elementary School before becoming a missionary with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) to an orphanage and church planting work in Baja California Sur, Mexico in 1984. While in Mexico she met her husband-to-be and was married to Marvin Freed on December 15, 1984 in Three Hills, Alberta.

After getting married, the couple lived in Shenandoah, Iowa for most of 1985, then traveled to Three Hills, Alberta while Marvin took a year of Bible study and their oldest son, Jonathan, was born on graduation day. They moved back to Shenandoah, Iowa and their second son, Timothy, was later born. In the following years, Ruth did various types of work including some in-home baby-sitting, served as a cook at a daycare center, was the Director of the Hispanic Center, and a receptionist/office assistant for the KYFR radio station.

Ruth was an active church member at First Baptist Church, then later at Memorial Baptist Church which became Christ Point Baptist Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher and where needed on committees, VBS and serving fellowship coffees and meals.

Everybody loved "Ruthie" and Ruth loved everyone. Ruth was well known for her love for Jesus and her family and friends, as well as her heart of kindness. From cinnamon rolls, to chocolate brownies, to sloppy joes, Ruth was an excellent cook. However, she is probably most remembered for her homemade tortillas and Mexican meals.

Ruth was proceeded in death by her parents and by her step-mother Emily (Booher) Workentine, sister Bonnie Zerbe, and father-in-law Leslie Freed.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Marvin Freed; sons Jonathan Freed and Timothy (Kathryn) Freed, all of Shenandoah, Iowa; brothers David Workentine and Paul (Ruth) Workentine, all of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and brother-in-law Ken Zerbe of Wolf Point, Montana; mother-in-law ConaMara Freed of rural Clarinda, Iowa; brothers-in-law Michael (Sheila) Freed of rural Essex, Iowa, and Ed (Nicole) Freed of Dubuque, Iowa; sister-in-law Melanie (Reggie) Drake of Wilton, Iowa and grandsons Tyler Freed and Derek Goodson; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Celebration of Life Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Christ Point Church in Shenandoah. Burial will follow in the Bethesda Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Christ Point Church or the Prairie Bible College

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


George, Virginia M. Porter - Virginia M. George, 90, Fairbury, died at 8:09 pm Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Good Samaritan Home, Pontiac, Ill.

Mrs. George was born June 30, 1927 in Shenandoah, IA the daughter of Russell R. and Sarah Ellen Shoemaker Porter. She married Darrell D. George on February 10, 1946 in Shenandoah, IA he died on October 25, 1999.

Survivors include two daughters, Janice Marie (David) Novak, Beaverton, OR, Susan Kay (Jerry) Rork, Pontiac, IL, three grandchildren, Wendy (David) Butkovich, Shane Novak, and Beth Winterland, one sister, Carolyn Howland, Ogden, UT.

She is preceded in death by one son, one infant sister, one infant brother and two infant grandchildren.

Mrs. George was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Fairbury and the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Iowa.

Visitation will be 1:00 to 1:45 pm Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury followed by her funeral at 2:00pm. Burial will be 10:00 am Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Elmwood Cemetery, Coin, IA. The family suggests memorials be given to the Pontiac, IL Public Library or the First United Methodist Church, Fairbury.


Gibson, Cherry Lorrain Blackwell - Cherry Lorraine (Blackwell) Gibson, 64, of Shenandoah, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha.

Celebration of life funeral services for Cherry will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah with Nick Matya officiating. Burial will take place in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Cherry Lorraine Gibson (Blackwell) was born on April 22nd, 1954 at Hand Hospital (Shenandoah Memorial Hospital) in Shenandoah. Surrounded by loving family, Jesus welcomed her home on July 3rd, 2018 at the age of 64 years, 2 months, and 11 days.

Cherry was the baby in the family, born to Jesse and Alice Blackwell. Along with her older brother, Robert, and her older sister, Donna, she spent most of her childhood in the Imogene area.

At the age of 16, Cherry welcomed her only child, Sheila. The two were inseparable, sharing a special bond until the day Cherry took her last breath with Sheila at her side.

Cherry met Roger Gibson in 1977 and it was a whirlwind romance. Despite Alice’s effort to keep them apart with a cast iron skillet, Roger and Cherry were married on June 27th, 1981. This marriage brought Cherry two step-children, Carie and Roger II (Shorty). Roger and Cherry celebrated their 37th anniversary last Wednesday when Cherry was in the hospital.

During most of her younger life, Cherry was a CNA, working at Gardenview, The Ambassador Sidney, and Elm Heights. She also worked alongside Sheila at the Little Duffer.

Cherry was a dedicated Billy Ray Cyrus fan and a VIP member of his #1 Fan Club. She went on many trips to see him perform, including Nashville, Las Vegas, and Branson. She met him several times, and had a room in her house devoted just to him. It was filled with all her souvenirs and was appropriately called “The Billy Ray Room”.

Due to some health injuries, Cherry retired early, spending all her time with family and friends. She became the full-time babysitter for Sheila’s two kids, Krystal and Kassidie. Cherry’s passion was her grandkids. Her joy was sitting outside on the front porch with her feet up, drinking iced tea and watching them play. Her fridge was always full of the best junk food and soda, and you never had to ask if you could have some! She helped raise her grandkids, teaching them about life, love, and forgiveness. No one other than Jesus has shown as much unconditional love as Grandma Cherry.

In most recent years, Cherry was helping raise the next generation of grandkids; her two
great-grandbabies, Khloe and Kynli. She was affectionately called GiGi, and she enjoyed every second of it. She always had their favorite snacks waiting, orange koolaid and Cheetos. The girls loved going to GiGi’s house, where they were always spoiled and never in trouble. They will be raised knowing how incredible GiGi was, as we share the stories of our wonderful times with her.

Cherry was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Alice Blackwell; brother, Robert Blackwell; and grandson, Kassidie Runyon.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Roger Gibson and fur-babies Kong and Brook; sister, Donna Cross and husband, Doug; daughter, Sheila Wilcoxson and husband, Dan; granddaughter, Krystal Crowley and husband, Steven (great grandbabies, Khloe and Kynli); step-daughter, Carie Hunt and husband, Clint; step-son, Roger Gibson II and fiancé, Michelle; along with 10 other grandchildren. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, and many other friends and fapmily.

Cherry had rededicated her life to Jesus at Kassidie’s funeral on May 16th, 2016. It was then that she began following and serving the Lord. While our hearts on this earth are saddened at the loss of this amazing lady, we rejoice knowing that she is with our savior in Heaven

The family requests that you please wear something in Cherry's favorite color, purple, to honor her memory to the visitation or funeral service.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Gibson of the home; three children, Sheila Wilcoxson and husband Dan of Clarinda, IA, Carie Hunt and husband Clint of Red Oak, IA and Shorty Gibson and wife Michelle of Stanton, IA; 11 grandchildren; two great grandchildren, Khloe and Kynlie Crowley; other relatives and many friends


Graham, Rodney - Rodney Graham, age 67, of Shambaugh, Iowa, entered into peace Saturday, June 30, 2018 at his home in Shambaugh. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Iowa.

Rodney Allan Graham was born December 20, 1950 in Clarinda, Iowa to Richard Lee Graham and Clauda (Buss) Graham. He grew up in College Springs, Iowa and graduated from South Page High School with the class of 1969. Rodney was married to Marcia Gray in November 1969. To this union two sons were born, Anthony Allan and Benjamin Clay. On May 27, 1995, Rodney was united in marriage to Sharron Faye (Bownes) McClarnon in Shambaugh, Iowa. He welcomed three more sons to his family, Gary, Greg and Darin.

Rodney worked for Wilson Foods Packing Plant in Clarinda for twenty two years and transferred with the company to Wisconsin, working an additional four years. In 1995, he returned to Shambaugh and worked for the Page County Secondary Roads until his retirement in January 2013.

Rodney loved people and was very kind and generous going above and beyond to bring others joy. He loved helping others especially those in need and young people. Rodney was very involved with the South Page After Prom Parties for over 20 years. He was very active in Boy Scouts as a Scout leader for many years, the College Springs Volunteer Fire Department, EMT, and the Optimist Club; helped with all of the Shambaugh dinners and the community projects he could find to be a part of. Rodney loved to travel, whether it was a Neihart Tour or going to Virginia or California to visit family. If the car was going, Rodney wanted to be in it. He loved to plan the Graham Family Reunion and to see all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Rodney enjoyed taking lots of pictures to commemorate all of the family fun they had.

Rodney was preceded in death by his mother, Clauda Graham and his sister Pam Buren.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Sharron Graham; sons, Tony Graham and wife Amanda, Ben Graham and fiancé Amy Mather, Gary McClarnon and wife Dianna, Greg McClarnon and wife Karen, Darin McClarnon and wife Laurie; grandchildren, Kayla Ballard and husband David, Brett Baucom and fiancé Bailey Hilger, Kymberly Graham, Asher Graham, Olivia Graham, Estella Graham, Brittany McClarnon, Cody McClarnon, Megan Fidler and husband Jason, Luke McClarnon and wife Jenna, Kristin McClarnon, Kysa McClarnon, Kelsie McClarnon; great grandchildren, James, Dylan and Levi Ballard, Grace and Adalyn Fidler, Nolan McClarnon, Bentlee McClarnon and a grandchild and great grandchild due within the year; father, Richard Lee Graham; brothers, Curtis Graham and Jeff Corbin, Brian Graham, Steve Graham and wife Sue; sister, Rebecca Graham; nieces; nephews and many, many friends


Gray, Audrey Denton - Audrey Denton Gray, 92 of Scottsdale, AZ and formerly of Shenandoah, IA entered into eternal peace on Monday, February 19, 2018.

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. She was preceded in death by her sister Winnifred Hanna. 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.


Gray, Doris Jean -


Greenwalt, Harley H. - 14 May 1918 -20 Jun 2018 Harley passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah.

Private family memorial graveside service will be held at a later date in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Memorials may be directed to the Shenandoah Historical Society.


Harper, Donna Jean Hartman - Donna Harper, age 82, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Friday, August 3, 2018 at Westridge Care & Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Hillside Missionary Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Brian Bontrager officiating. Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Iowa.

Donna Jean Harper was born August 20, 1935 in Shenandoah, Iowa to James Hartman and Clara Jean (Carroll) Hartman. She was the youngest of seven children. She grew up in the College Springs area and graduated from Amity High School. She was united in marriage July 5, 1952 in Shenandoah, Iowa to James Harper. They were blessed with four children, Wesley, Rhonda, Thomas James and Teresa Lynn.

Donna and Jim lived in College Springs where they raised their children and began Jim’s TV service in the 50’s. In 1978, Donna and Jim moved to Clarinda and opened Jim’s T.V. on 16th street. Donna was Jim’s biggest supporter and worked along with him in their business and his many hobbies and activities. She also through the years was a cook at the South Page School, worked at Sernetts, the Clarinda Outlet store and managed the Senior Meals in Clarinda for several years. Donna was also a care giver to her mother. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She delighted in being with her family and taking them fishing, camping, trips to the zoo and many other activities. Donna was an active member of Hillside Missionary Church.

Preceding Donna in death were her parents; husband of 66 years, Jim Harper; infant daughter, Teresa Lynn; son, Wesley Dee Harper; siblings, Mabel Hartman Eakin, Grace Hartman Wegner, Thomas Hartman, Richard Hartman, Louise Hartman Benefiel and James Stoddard.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Rhonda Harper Gant and husband Randall of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Thomas James “T.J.” Harper of Maryville, Missouri; ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren; nieces; nephews and many friends


Harper, James "Jim" - James Harper, age 87, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Westridge Care & Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Hillside Missionary Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Ben Roed and Randall Gant officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2018 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Iowa with military rites. Memorials may be directed to Hillside Missionary Church.


Hartley, Felton "Ken" - Felton "Ken" Hartley , Son of Felton and Velma Hartley, of Columbus, GA born March 30, 1971 passed away suddenly at the young age of 47 on June 25, 2018 in Clarinda, IA. Ken lived a very eventful life, he was an avid traveler, a lover of competitive sports, a remarkable loving father and a strong Christian who loved teaching the world about Jesus and spreading the word of his love.
Presented to the almighty our God in Heaven by his Mother Velma, Grandparents Kenny and Mryna Hahn
and nephew Adam. He is Survived by his Wife Kristine, daughters Anna, Elaina, Malia and son Kenason.
Children Gage, Maggie, Alyssa (Birdie), Rane, and his Father Felton.
Private memorial service will be held June 30th.


Heriford, Ellen - The funeral of Mrs Ellen Heriford is being held this afternoon, from the residence of her daughter, Mrs Sam Freeman, 201 W. Division Street, at which place she passed away Saturday afternoon, at the age of 70 years, 8 months and 19 days. Rev C.M. Eppard has charge of the services in the absence of the pastor who is conducting revival services elsewhere. Interment is in Oak Hill cemetery.

Mrs Heriford was born April 10th, 1853 in Pittsburg, Pa. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Heriford, and by three daughters and one son, the son being Harley Heriford of Oneil, Neb., and the daughters Mrs Mabel Schrack of Stoneham, Colo., Mrs J.F. Stringer of Stuart, Fla., and Mrs Mary Freeman of Clarinda. All of the children are here at this time, as their mother's illness began with a serious fall a week before her death, and she was then taken with pneumonia, so the close of her life had been foreseen. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Monday, Dec 31, 1923

Mrs Ellen Mary Heriford was born in Pittsburg, Penn., April 19, 1853 and departed this life December 29, 1923, age 70 years, 8 months and 20 days. She was married to Mr Thomas Heriford March 20, 1886 in Clarinda, Ia. To this union six children were given four of whom survive her and were present at the service and two of whom preceeded her in death. Those remaining to mourn her departure are Mrs Allen Stringer of Stuart, Florida, Mrs Mary Freeman of Clarinda, Iowa, Mr Harley Heriford of O'Neal, Nebraska, and Mrs Mable Schrack of Stoneham, Colorado.

Mrs Heriford united with the Church of Christ in Clarinda about twenty-five years ago with which organization she remained identified until her departure of this life.

She was a loving, patient and affectionate mother and wife with a smile, to cheer, shining through even the severest suffering. Her suffering during her last sickness was very intense occasioned by an injury from a fall about one week ago and this followed by an attack of pneumonia.

In addition to near relatives mentioned above there are five grandchildren, and other more distant relatives and friends who remain to mourn her departure.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev C.M. Eppard from the home of Mrs Mary Freeman. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Thursday, Jan 3, 1924




Herriford, Thomas - Thomas Herriford, 95-year-old Civil War veteran and resident of Clarinda since 1867, passed away at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr and Mrs Sam Freeman, at 17th and Division streets at 12:30 this Thursday morning. His passing leaves only one veteran of the war of '61 that being John Humphrey.

Mr Herriford had been seriously ill for the past 6 weeks. He has always been rugged, and able until recent years to participate in the Memorial day services and make his usual visits to town.

He is survived by two sons and two daughters. The funeral services are to be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home. Rev B.F. Hall to be in charge. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery by the side of his wife.

At the outset of the Civil War, the veteran enlisted with five other brothers, and he served the entire war as member of the 5th Kansas cavalry. He was mustered out at Ossawatamie, Kans.; and has lived in Clarinda since 1867. CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Thursday, Dec 10, 1936

Thomas Heriford, son of James and Rosa Heriford, was born in Princeton, Mo., Aug 16, 1841, and departed this life Dec 10, 1936, at the age of 95 years, 3 months and 24 days.

He served his country during the entire period of the Civil war. He enlisted with five other brothers and served in the fifth Kansas cavalry. He was mustered out at Osawatomie, the town made famous by the historical character, John Brown.

Mr Heriford moved to Page county in 1867, 69 years ago. All but four years have been spent in Clarinda. He engaged in farming for a time, and for years worked for A.T. Clement of Clarinda in the furniture and undertaking business. He also worked for W.B. Craig, carpenter and contractor.

He was married three times. One son was born to the first union, Charles of Princeton, Mo; by the second marriage, two sons, Sam and Claud, both deceased. The third marriage was to Ellen Swanson, in 1887. To this union four children were born, Mrs Mary Frances Freeman of Clarinda, Ia., Hawley William of O'Neil, Nebr., Mrs Mabel Shrack of Sterling, Colo., and Elmer Thomas, deceased. The mother died Dec 29, 1923.

Mr Heriford was from a family of six brothers and two sisters, he being the last to pass away. His oldest brother was killed in action at Heleny, Ark., during the Civil war. Besides the living named, he leaves 15 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

He has been a member of the church since childhood, being a member of the Baptist church in Clarinda until it was disbanded and then transferring his membership to the Church of Christ.

Mr Heriford was a man of christian and sterling qualities. He had a sustained interest in the church. He died in the Lord and his works follow him. His children, relatives, acquaintances and many friends are grieved because of his departure.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec 12, 1936, at 2:30 pm, at the residence, 201 W. Division street, with Rev B.F. Hall in charge. The music for the occasion was furnished by Mrs Carver and Mr and Mrs Hall. Those in charge of the flowers were Mrs G.A. Johnson and Mrs Clarence Mason. The pallbearers were from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, Rolla Huddle, Ted Yearous, Bill Boyd, Jake Bonsall, Phil Sims, and R.E. Duff. The color bearers were Roy Johnson and H. Journey of New Market. Interment was made in the Oak Grove cemetery. Philip Spunaugle of the Howitzer company sounded taps.


We wish to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to all of the neighbors, friends, and relatives who were so very kind during our bereavement over the loss of our loved one. We also wish to thank those who furnished the music and the beautiful floral offerings. All this kindness will long be remembered. Mr and Mrs Sam Freeman and Family, Mr and Mrs H.W. Heriford, Mr and Mrs Vern Schrack


Hoffman, Mary Laird Anderson - Mary Laird, daughter of Joseph W. and Katherine Robertson Anderson, was born April 10, 1870, at McCullis Mills, Pa. She died at Clarinda, Iowa, Nov 10, 1954, at the age of 81 years and seven months.

The family came to Norwich, Page county, Iowa, in 1875. There she grew to womanhood as one of a family of 11 children, and was married to Daniel B. Hoffman, Feb 24, 1892. To this union was born one son, Roy A.

Mr and Mrs Hoffman began married life as farmers and moved to Clarinda in 1903.

After Mr Hoffman's death in 1927, Mrs Hoffman continued to live in Clarinda. On April 9, 1944, she broke her hip and was confined to the Municipal hospital in Clarinda for more than three years. She went to live in the Odd Fellows home at Mason City, Iowa in July 1949. Last February she returned to live in Clarinda.

She was an active member of the Presbyterian church before her accident.

Mrs Hoffman was preceded in death by her husband, five sisters and three brothers. Surviving are her son Roy, his wife Psyche, their two sons Robert of Long Beach, Calif, and James of Springfield, Mass, and four great grandchildren, also her brother, Bert Anderson of Fresno, Calif, and her sister, Mrs Belle Hutt of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted from the Walker Funeral Home at 3:30 pm Friday, Nov 12, 1954, with the Rev D.C. Davis in charge. Music was by Aletha Htchings, who played soft organ music during the entire service. Casketbearers who carried her to her final resting place in the Clarinda cemetery were Harry Kling, Glenn Davison, W.D. Anderson, Kermit Hultgren, Wilbur Kite and Joe Anderson. CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Nov 29, 1954


Johnson, Judy - Judith Ann Sederberg - Judith Ann (Sederberg) Johnson was born in Clarinda, Iowa on November 22, 1941, to Sherman and Alma (Moore) Sederberg. She grew up north of Essex on the family farm attending country school. She graduated with the Class of 1960 from Essex High School after an outstanding basketball career with the Trojans. Judy was united in marriage to Douglas Johnson on December 11, 1960 at the Essex Presbyterian Church. Three children were born to bless their lives, Kelly, Kristi and Steve.

Judy loved being a farm wife and loved caring for her family. Her grandchildren were the highlight of her life. She enjoyed golfing and traveling with Doug, however, she only wanted to be gone for a short time so she could return to be with her grandchildren. She and Doug spent countless hours watching the grandkids participate in their many activities. Judy also took great pleasure in spending time with each grandchild telling them stories, teaching them lifelong skills, and making each one feel special. She tended a beautiful flower garden with Iris’s being her favorite. Like her mother, Judy was a wonderful seamstress and quilter that shared her talents with the ladies quilting group. Many were lucky recipients of her famous angel food cakes which won her a purple ribbon at the Iowa State Fair when she was in 4-H.

Even when life presented a hardship, and Judy was diagnosed with ALS, she was a fighter. She continued to live life to the fullest, with an ever-present smile and positive attitude.

Left to cherish Judy’s memory is her husband of 57 years, Doug Johnson of Clarinda, Iowa; her three children, Kelly Meyer and husband Greg of Solon, Iowa; Kristi Pirtle and husband Jon of Indianola, Iowa; and Steve Johnson and wife Trisha of Clarinda, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Jessie and Jackie Meyer; Josh and Sara Pirtle; and Dakota, Sydney and Bristal Johnson; her loving puppy Cash; one sister, Joyce Kruse and husband Merrill of Shenandoah, Iowa; two brothers, Gene Sederberg of Essex, Iowa; and her twin brother John Sederberg of St. Charles, Missouri; along with many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Judy in death were her parents, Sherman and Alma Sederberg; brother, Ozzie Sederberg; and sister, Colleen Samuelson.

Judy and her family would like to say a special thank you to her caregivers for their endless patience and loving care that allowed her to stay at home living her life to the fullest over her four-year battle with ALS. These special people quickly became part of the family. Each one laughed, loved and learned from “Grandma Judy”.


Johnston, Shirley Ann Perry -

Shirley Ann (Perry) Johnston, age 88, went to Heaven’s Garden, Monday, July 2, 2018.  She passed away from a blood cancer, in her room at the P.E.O. Home in Beatrice.  She had resided there for almost 3 years.   Shirley was born to Ira and Edna (Elson) Perry, December 24, 1929 in Alta, Iowa.  A sister, Mardell (Holst) joined the family before they relocated to a farm west of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  A brother, Richard (Dick) Perry soon completed the family.

Shirley was active in 4H, she loved cooking, sewing and farm life, growing up.  Due to the distance into town, she lived with a family as a boarder and helped with household tasks during high school.   She graduated from Roosevelt High in Cedar Rapids.  She then attended Iowa State where she earned degrees in Dietetics and Institutional Management in 1954.  She became a Registered Dietician.  Her internship and first employment was at the State Hospital in Clarinda, Iowa.  She married Myron T. Johnston in 1955.  They resided on a farm 20 miles from Clarinda.  She then became employed by the Clarinda Hospital.   A daughter, Denise was born in 1957 and in 1959, a daughter, Daphne joined the family.  Shirley was very busy with two children, working full time, gardening, preserving and sewing clothes for the girls and herself.  She was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Clarinda, Extension Club and P.E.O.   The family moved to Adel, Iowa in 1965.  Shirley began her employment in Central Iowa by working for five small hospitals, one each day, M-F.  In 1966, a son, Darin was born.  For the first six months of his life, he traveled from hospital to hospital with his mother.  She dropped him off at the nurse’s station or nursery in the hospital and started her work day.  She returned at lunchtime to feed Darin.  She later was employed by Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.   A move to Cedar Falls, Iowa was next on the agenda.  Shirley was a Dietician for Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.  The last move for the family was to Hastings, NE. in 1971.  Shirley began working for Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital as a dietician.  She became the head of Food Service there.  Before the end of her 24 years of employment at Mary Lanning, she helped start the Meals On Wheels program. Supervised interns in the Dietetics field, helped to make the hospital dining room a popular eating destination, and became known for the frosted sugar cookies the hospital kitchen baked and sold for every holiday.  She retired in 1993.  

Shirley was divorced in 1980.    Following Mary Lanning, she became a House mother for Babcock Hall  on the Hastings College Campus.  For six years, she attended all the campus events the girls in her dorm participated in.  She was almost a full- time seamstress hemming and altering  dresses for the girls and the many productions and social events in which they were involved.

Her “free” time was always spent gardening a huge flower garden.  She spent countless hours planning, planting and weeding the yard at the P.E.O. home.  She was pleased with all of the perennials she added.  She was still working in the garden in April.  She loved traveling. She spent many winters in Florida and visited more that 40 countries.   She wrote cards to friends, family and members of her church (averaging 25 cards a week). Some were cards she made featuring pictures of flowers from her garden.  She was passionate about volunteering and would help wherever she could, including coordination of the kitchen at First Presbyterian Church, also serving as a Deacon and an Elder.  She was a former YWCA Board member and was recognized as a Hastings Woman of Achievement. She helped with events at Hastings Museum, Hastings College, Area Agency on Aging, Headstart and other community events. She was a member of Kiwanis and was honored with the George F. Hixson Fellowship award.  She was a member of P.E.O. for over 60 years, currently of Chapter FH in Hastings serving as President and other offices.  She served as President of the Nebraska Dietetics Association in 1987.  In 2012 she was honored to receive the William H. and Alice T. Lanning Award from the Mary Lanning Healthcare Foundation.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, son- in- law Robert "Bob" Rauterkus (2014), son- in- law Kyle Anderson (2016) and ex-husband Myron Johnston (2017).  She is survived by daughters, Denise Rauterkus (North Platte), Daphne Anderson (Lincoln), son, Darin (Lincoln).  Also survived by grandchildren, Sara Rauterkus (Omaha) and Matthew Rauterkus (North Platte), great granddaughters Elizabeth Boll and Krystal Rauterkus and great, great grandson Taylor Boll, (all of Omaha), Sister, Mardelle Holst (Augusta, IL) and Brother, Dick Perry(Lincoln), nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Hastings, Saturday, July 14 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Greg Allen- Pickett officiating.   A memorial service for the residents and staff of the P.E.O. Home will be Wednesday, July 18 at 2 p.m. in Beatrice. Cremation was chosen.   Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church of Hastings, Hastings College, YWCA of Hastings or the P.E.O. Home.  Memorials may be mailed c/o Denise Rauterkus, 1401 W. William Ave. North Platte, NE 69101. Sign Shirley's online guest book and view her video tribute at


Jones, Nathan Scott - Nathan Jones passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Jason and Linda were excited to announce the arrival of there precious baby boy, Nathan Scott Jones on November 14, 1996 at the Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg, Iowa. Nathan completed his earthly journey and returned home to his heavenly father on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

Nathan was raised in the Shenandoah community where he attended school. Nathan graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 2015. During his school years he participated in track and football and also held a part-time job at Hy-Vee. Nathan loved to lend a hand to his neighbors. He enjoyed mowing lawns, shoveling snow and doing yard work, this also helped him earn extra cash to support his video game addiction. Most recently Nathan had been employed as an Automotive Technician for Anderson Auto Care and Walker Tire. He loved working with his hands. One of his favorite sayings was "Get an idea...Grab a wrench...and Love what you've done!"

Nathan had a love of nature and the creatures that inhabited it. He once brought a snake into the house, much to his father's displeasure. Nathan also enjoyed boating, playing X-Box and working on his car or motorcycle. Nathan loved Dr. Pepper, spaghetti, meatloaf and those famous energy drinks. Anything to help him through the day! The fourth of July was his favorite holiday. He enjoyed the BBQ, fireworks and chasing his brother, Kyle around the yard with a Roman Candle.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents and uncle, Jeff Jones. Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Linda Davis; his father, Jason Jones (Tammy); siblings, Kyle Jones and fiancé Nichole, Ashley Chloupek, Mitchell Jones, Lillian Jones and Emma Jones; grandparents, Kris and Roger Jones, Dennis Davis and Joyce and Jeffrey Trahan; great-grandma, Irene Nagel; aunts and uncles, Brandi Kroeger (Kevin), Michael Davis, Stacey Jones, Deana Skinner (Aaron) and cousins, Braxton, Jessica, Clarissa, Ethan, Noah, Josie, Brandy, Tiffany, Tristan and Jacob.

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Celebration of Life Funeral Services will be held on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the family


Kidd, Diane May Rankin - Diane passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona.

Celebration of Life memorial service will be held 10:00 am, July 23, 2018 at the Congregational Church in Shenandoah.

Memorial visitation with the family will be held from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm, July 22, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

Burial of cremains will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Memorials may be directed to the Congregational Church of Shenandoah

Diane May Rankin Kidd was born in Omaha, Nebraska on January 15, 1946 to Jesse David "J.D." and Frances May Rankin. She passed away on July 10, 2018 at Sage Desert Care Center in Tucson, Arizona.

Diane grew up in Shenandoah, Iowa, attended school in Shenandoah, graduating with the Class of 1964. After high school she attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. She majored in Elementary education. While at SMU, Diane met the love of her life John Riley Kidd, they were married in Shenandoah on December 29, 1967.

Diane taught fifth grade in Shenandoah for two years, after which she spent several years as a substitute teacher. Following the births of Jordan (1972) and Jerod (1974), Diane became a stay at home Mom. After both boys started school Diane worked part-time at Mae Farmer's and also kept books for Kidd Enterprises.

She enjoyed playing golf with other ladies and playing couples golf in Shenandoah. She was active in the Congregational UCC Church serving on several committees as well as being active in Women's Fellowship. In the late 70's and early 80's Diane was active in The Southwest Iowa Theater. She was in the chorus in several musical productions and was most proud of playing Bloody Mary in "South Pacific." Diane served on the Shenandoah School Board from October 1990 until October 1994.

Beginning in the mid 90's she enjoyed spending the winters in Tucson, Arizona, playing golf and socializing with the many friends she made at the Omni Tucson National Resort.

Diane is survived by her husband of fifty years, John, sons Jordan and wife Tammy of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Jerod and wife Angelina of Redmond, Washington, sister Betty Jane Shaw and husband Bill of Shenandoah, sisters-in-law Kathleen Lackey and husband Steve of Bellville, Texas and Deborah Kinsey of Frisco, Texas and several nieces and nephews. Diane is also survived by her favorite cousin Karen May Sislo and husband Jim and aunt E.J. May as well as several other cousins. Also, Kidd's hosted two AFS exchange students, Patrick Veinne from France and Sven Labudda from Germany. She was preceded in death by her grandson Jeremy, parents J.D. and Frances Rankin, grandparents Earl and Gertrude May and Jesse and Nelle Rankin.

Celebration of Life memorial service will be held 10:00 am, July 23, 2018 at the Congregational Church in Shenandoah.

Memorial visitation with the family will be held from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm, July 22, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

Burial of cremains will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Memorials may be directed to the Congregational Church of Shenandoah


Lauber, Joseph David "J.D." - J.D. Lauber, age 8 months, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Children’s Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Calvary Baptist Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Ben McKim officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

J.D. Lauber made his early appearance on November 27, 2017, at the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. He is the son of Drew Lauber and Annmarie (Rick) Lauber. Although tiny in size he was resilient and survived many complications. He had a personality that would make your heart melt. He loved being held and snuggled on and at the same time he knew that you loved holding him too. He loved looking at himself in the mirror and loved his binkie. J.D. had the biggest eyes and the cutest smile that would light up the room and he would always, always put a smile on your face.

Preceding J.D. in death were his grandpa Joe Lauber and great uncle John Kelley.

Left to cherish his memory and forever hold him in their hearts are his parents, Andrew and Annmarie Lauber of Clarinda; siblings, Kalyna, Lelynn, Cyerra, Elizabeth and Colten; grandparents, Linda Lauber of Clarinda and Shawn and Lolita Rick of Salina, Kansas and numerous family members and friends


Liljedahl, LaVone Mae Lundin - LaVone Mae Liljedahl, daughter of Harold T. and Valeria M. (Layng) Lundin, was born September 1, 1928, in Rockford, IL, and died July 20, 2018, at the Josie Harper Hospice House, Omaha, NE.

LaVone grew up in Rockford, IL, and upon graduation from high school, she enrolled at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, where she majored in speech. At Augustana, she met Navy veteran John R. Liljedahl from Essex. Both were members of the Augustana College Choir. They married on August 20, 1949, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rockford, IL. Following their marriage, they made their home in Essex, and to this union, three children were born: Ernest, Joanne, and Susan.

Active in the community, LaVone served as co-chair of the building committee for the Essex Lied Public Library. She also served as the director of the Red Cross Bloodmobile and director of the Red Cross Volunteens (candy stripers). She organized the Essex Study & Service Club, where she was a long-time member and held a variety of offices. LaVone has been a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church since 1950, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, Junior Missionary Group leader, Luther League leader, Church Council President, President of the Women’s Organization, Junior Choir director, and adult choir member.

She belonged to PEO, Chapter DN, for more than 50 years, and served as president as well as holding other offices. In addition, she served on the Board of Directors of the 1st National Bank of Essex for many years. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 333, and until her recent move to Omaha, she was an active member of the Shenandoah Book Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Liljedahl, in 1997. Survivors include her children Ernest (Jeannine) Liljedahl of Essex; Joanne (Michael) Messman of Grimes, IA, and their children David (Anne) Messman of Grosse Pointe Park, MI, Carolyn (James) Pfeifer of Omaha, and Elizabeth (Keaten) North of Ann Arbor, MI; Susan (Robert) Woodford of Omaha and their children Thomas Woodford of Omaha, Geoffrey Woodford of Denver, CO, Anne Woodford of Omaha, and John (Andrea) Woodford of Minneapolis, MN. Great-grandchildren are Isabelle Woodford, Caleb and Eli Messman, and Maria North. Special family friends are Marla Newlin and husband, Jeff, of Armstrong, IA, and their children, Jenae, Kyle, and Stacia.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Essex with Pastor Ann Albert officiating. Memorials in LaVone's name are being directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church or to the Essex Lied Library. Inurnment will take place in the Essex Cemetery


Loghry, Evelyn Green - Carrie Evelyn (Green) Loghry was born on August 21, 1929 in Athelstan, Iowa the daughter of Jacob Thomas and Neva Pearl (Jocelyn) Green. Evelyn entered into the arms of her Lord on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center at the blessed age of 88 years.

Evelyn attended country school in Athelstan through the 8th grade. She married Leland Lloyd Loghry on April 8, 1951 in Blockton, Iowa. This union was blessed with six children; Bill, Linda, Beverly, Kathy, Larry and Dianne.

Evelyn was employed at JC Penney in Shenandoah for some 34 years. Her retirement years were spent volunteering with her church, the Coin Library, Garden View Care Center and with the Clarinda Area Volunteers. She also served on the Coin Town Counsel and worked many election days at the polls. She enjoyed spending time with her family, quilting and caring for her farm animals.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 62 years, Leland, son-in-law Kevin Tompkins and brothers Donald and Dick Green. Those left to cherish her memory include her children; Bill Loghry and wife Trish, Linda Woolsey and husband Bill, Beverly Loghry, Kathy Hall and husband Dave, Larry Loghry and wife Jacque and Dianne Nespory and husband Mike; 19 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; sister Irene White; brothers Gerald Green, Junior (Marvel) Green, Norman (Barbara) Green and Gordon Green; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

May God grant comfort to those who mourn her loss.

Celebration of Life Funeral Services will be held at the New Beginnings Church in Shenandoah on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the church on Monday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to The New Beginnings Church Children's Programs or the Nishna Valley Christian Church Children's Programs. Two programs that were near to Evelyn's heart

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Looper, Mary Margaret Baker - Mary Margaret (Baker) Looper, daughter of Roy Ambrose and Amanda Irene (Coffey) Baker, was born on August 16, 1931 in Fremont County, Iowa. She entered into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 86 years, 11 months, 11 days.

Her early years were spent growing up in the Villisca, Iowa area. Mary attended school at Swisher country school near Villisca through the eighth grade. She graduated from Villisca High School with the Class of 1948. Upon graduation, Mary moved to Shenandoah, Iowa and embarked on a long career with Earl May Seed & Nursery.

On January 10, 1953, Mary was united in marriage to Adrian Harner Looper in Bedford, Iowa. Following their marriage they made their home in Shenandoah, Iowa. To this union, two sons, Chad V. Looper and Kent A. Looper were born.

Working for close to 47 years at Earl May's, Mary was a faithful and dedicated employee. She would finish out her career with Earl May's in 1995 upon her retirement. Through that period of time, she only took extended time off, other than her regular vacation time, when Chad and Kent were born.

Her church and church family were always a constant in her life. Mary was a longtime member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah, where she was an Elder Emeritus. She served the church in many capacities through the years, including being church secretary for many years. She was active in the Disciples Women's Fellowship and several bible studies, among other things. She was always willing to do what she could to give back to her church family. She was also very active in TOPS and was a member of Rebekah Lodge.

In her spare time, she loved to read and always enjoyed spending time at her church and the Senior Center. She assisted Adrian whenever needed with his towing and tree trimming services and cleaning ducks during the hunting season.

Preceding Mary in death were her husband, Adrian H. Looper in 1993; her two sons, Kent A Looper in 2017 and Chad V. Looper in 2018; brother, Donald Baker; and her parents. Survivors include her brother, George Baker and his wife Malinda of McKinney, TX; three nieces, Roxanna Hill and husband Steve of Slidell, LA, Mary Sharp and husband Bryan of McKinney, TX and Tracy Wilemon and husband Mark of Roanoke, TX; other relatives and many friends.

Celebration of life memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the First Christian Church in Shenandoah at 10:30 AM with Pastor Nancy Thomas officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church beginning at 9:30 AM. Burial will take place in Rose Hill Cemetery next to her husband, Adrian Looper. A memorial is being established and can be sent: C/O Mary M. Looper Memorial Fund, P O Box 277, Shenandoah, IA 51601. A luncheon will served following the committal service at the First Christian Church. The Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements


Macrander, Patricia A. Rucker -

Patricia A. Macrander, 83, of Ashland, NE, died Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Oxbow Living Center in Ashland, NE.  She was born September 30, 1934 in Clarinda, IA to Clarence and Florence (Bramble) Rucker.  On November 2, 1953, Pat was married to Max Macrander in Clarinda, IA.

She is survived by children, Terry (Cindy) Macrander of Springfield, NE, Sherry Campbell of Lincoln, NE, Bryan (Theresa) Macrander of Fremont, NE, Julie (Dan) Smith of Ashland, NE; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Keith Rucker of Cheyenne, WY and Bob (Dorothy) Rucker of Bedford, IA; sister-in-law, Martha Macrander of Phoenix, AZ; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband, Max Macrander; siblings, Lee, Don, Lowell and Bette

Marcy Chapel, Ashland, Nebraska


Maher, Laline, 15 Oct 1924 - 02Jun 2018 - Laline Maher, 93 of Shenandoah passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in rural Imogene. The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Monday, June 4, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to St. Mary's Guild or People 4 Paws.

Norma Laline (Alley) Maher was born on October 15, 1924 on a farm between Shenandoah and Farragut, the daughter of John and Zella (Glasgo) Alley. She was one of two daughters. She was educated at a country school for eight years and four years in the Shenandoah High School system. She graduated with the Class of 1942.

On July 15, 1948 she was united in marriage to Clement Maher and to this union one daughter was born, JoAn. The family made their home in Shenandoah. Mr. Maher passed away on December 5, 1991.

Laline was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was an avid bowler. She also enjoyed doing word search puzzles and watching football on television.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and sister Mary Louise Freberg and husband Robert. Those left to honor her memory include her daughter JoAn Ullerich and husband Stan, granddaughters Angela Peterson and husband Mike and Natalie McNaught and husband Andy, great-grandchildren Dane and Samantha Peterson and great-great-granddaughter Tayden Peterson


Marsh, Tristan Lynn - Funeral services for Tristan Marsh, 34 of Clarinda, will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2018 at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, with interment at Clarinda Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to a fund established for Tristan's children.

Tristan Lynn Marsh was born November 19, 1983 at Maryville, Missouri to Danny and D’Rena (Macknosky) Marsh. He graduated Clarinda High School in 2002.
Tristan and Lacy Woodyard were married and had two children: Alexis and Matthius. He later married Jennifer Brown and they have one child, Brantley.
Tristan was a dedicated stay at home dad and looked after his grandmother, Dorla, in his home until she passed away January 2018.
Tristan was an automotive and motorcycle enthusiast.
Tristan died in an automobile accident June 5, 2018 near Glenwood, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Danny Marsh and D’Rena Robinette and grandmother Dorla Marsh.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Marsh of Clarinda; children Alexis Woodyard, Matthius Marsh, Brantley Marsh, and Rio Woodyard; siblings Jake Peck, San Diego, CA, Tom Peck, Kansas City, MO, Travis (Vicki) Marsh, Iowa Falls, IA, and Tiera (Michael) Ciaccio, Omaha, NE; nephew Owen Marsh, niece Zoey Ciaccio; mother and her husband Nannette & Wayne Peck, Clarinda, IA; grandmother Deloris Macknosky, Livonia, MI; and aunt and uncle Christy & George Walch, Livonia, MI


Maxwell, Peggy Mae - 15 Feb 1946 - 27 Jul 2018

Peggy Maxwell, age 72, of Shenandoah, Iowa, entered into peace Friday, July 27, 2018 at Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska. Graveside Memorial Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. in . Memorials may be given in her name. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Peggy M Maxwell was born on February 15, 1946, in Des Moines, IA, a daughter of Glen and Margarette ( Foster) Hudson. Peggy grew up in Clarinda, IA. On May 11, 1962, Peggy was united in marriage to Howard Maxwell. To this union two children were born, Howie and Amy. Peggy worked in the food service industry and at two nursing homes.

Peggy passed away Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Methodist Hospital in Omaha, NE at the age of 72.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; Glen Hudson, Margarette Booher and George Booher.

Peggy is survived by Howard Maxwell of Clarinda. IA; two children: Howie and wife Shellee of Glenwood, IA and Amy and husband David Fine of Omaha, NE; three grandchildren: Tyler and wife Olivia of Apple Valley, MN, Brett from Council Bluffs, IA and Tara Maxwell from Glenwood IA. One sister; Mary Lou Barnes of Florida; Aunt Pearl Bartle of Hamburg, IA, along with extended family of sister-in-laws, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, residents of Elm Heights and friends.

The family of Peggy would like to thank Elm Heights in Shenadoah for the loving care they gave her over the years. She will forever be in our hearts


McComb, Alice Patterson - Services for Alice McComb, 86 of Clarinda, will be held privately at a later date.
Alice passed away Sunday, May 20, at Clarinda Regional Health Center.
Walker-Merrick-Wolfe Funeral Home is providing arrangements.

Alice was born Aug 16, 1931 in Maryville, MO to Max and Mabel (Aley) Patterson. She was married March 14, 1954 to Bill McComb. The couple have four children: Tara McComb, Clarinda, IA, Melinda Meek, Grant City, MO, Tod McComb, Des Moines, IA, and Joey McComb, Clarinda, IA. She is also survived by grandchildren Lindsay Hull and Hanna Schaner; great-grandchildren Keegan and Kennedy Hull.


Morrow, Jerry Laverl - Services for Jerry Morrow, 61 of Clarinda, will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Graham United Methodist Church, Graham, MO. Visitation will be at the church 9:30 until service time. Memorials are suggested to family choice to be determined later. Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Home in Clarinda is providing arrangements.

Jerry Laverl Morrow was born April 4, 1957 at Graham, Missouri to Rex Verlin and Betty Jean (Stuart) Morrow. He graduated Nodaway Holt High School and went on to study vocational technical courses.
As with most boys Jerry spent time trapping, fishing, coon hunting and always took pride in his beagles. As years went by he enjoyed NASCAR and was dedicated in his work, earning 100% production for years at Lisle Corporation; however, his real passion and treasure was his daughter, Kirby, her husband and his grandchildren.
Jerry enjoyed western movies and recently his granddaughters had him watching “Frozen.” He was very proud of his daughter and family.
Jerry passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at his home in Clarinda, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Linda Jean Gibson and her husband Larry “Hoot” Gibson; brother Billy Rex Morrow; and brother-in-law Bill Davis.
He is survived by his daughter Kirby Smith and her husband Dale of Bedford, Iowa; her children Neveah and Pyper; brother Terry Morrow and wife Glenys of Graham, Missouri, Ronnie Morrow of Maryville, Missouri, and Scott Morrow and wife Cindy of Valley Falls, KS; sister Leslie Davis of Maryville, Missouri; wife Norma Morrow of Albany, MO; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Parker, Gage E. - Gage E Parker, world traveler, voracious reader, lover of the arts and member of the greatest generation died, Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Lincoln, NE. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Gage had an idyllic childhood in Shenandoah IA. Charlie and Gladys Gage Parker showered their only child with love, wisdom and uncommon common sense.

Gage graduated early from Shenandoah High School to enroll at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He was soon drafted by the United States Army where he served as a staff sergeant during World War II. He was one of hundreds of military men who lined the parade route during FDR's funeral in April of 1945. It is interesting to note that he stood guard at the gates of the White House during the somber event. Gage returned to Northwestern after the war, becoming a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and pursuing his degree in business.

Following graduation Gage joined the company his father founded, Central Surveys Inc. Gage was sent to the east coast to run the Central Surveys office in New York City. Upon his return he met the love of his life Rita Zimmerman. The couple was blessed with two daughters, Sarah and Natalie.

Gage was a master of vocabulary and taught his daughters to arm themselves with a great lexicon and to speak with conviction. He also instilled in them a love of learning, explaining that the doors out of the classroom opened to a world ripe for adventure and discovery. Gage also taught his girls to love all of God's creations particularly animals; at one point the Parker menagerie consisted of 3 dogs,
4 cats, 5 goldfish, 27 guppies and one horse.

Gage was a tremendous craftsman even building a train, which he pulled behind his lawn tractor, for Sarah, Natalie and all their friends. Many, now grown, children of a certain age will remember feeling giddy when they heard the clanging of the train's bell as it came down the street. They anxiously waited at the curb for the train to pull up and Engineer Gage to yell, "All aboard!"

Gage thrived on life-long relationships. He had a plethora of friends in Shenandoah and across the globe. His world-wide travel, his companies Central Surveys and Central Travel Service, as well as, the myriad of the exchange students to which the Parker's opened their home solidified this. These stateside and international friendships offered him the opportunity to enjoy conversations, with countless people thereby learning about numerous cultures.

Although he moved to Lincoln in 2005 to live with his daughter, Sarah, Gage always considered Shenandoah, IA his home. He loved Shenandoah. He was active in the Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce, the First Presbyterian church, St. Mary's Catholic church, Southwest Iowa Theatre Group and the American Legion. Gage was one of the leaders of the Shenandoah Centennial celebration. He sat on the Shenandoah library board for more than 25 years. Gage and Ed May spearheaded the fundraising campaign to construct the Wirsig-Jones Auditorium. He was instrumental in building the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. He was one of the founders of the Wassail Bowl more than 67 years ago.

Gage was especially proud of his granddaughter Alisha (Ivan Rojas) and his great granddaughters, Elena and Everly. They, with his daughter Sarah, many friends and relatives, are left to cherish the memory of the wit and wisdom that was Gage. He was proceeded in death by wife Rita, daughter Natalie and as friend Susan Sand wrote to Sarah, "I bet there was a train full of relatives and friends waiting for the Engineer in heaven."

Per Gage's wishes, his body was donated to science. A service will be held for his Lincoln friends Saturday, April 28th, 2 pm in the Chapel at the Southlake Village Care Center, 9401 Andermatt Drive, Lincoln, NE. Memorials can be made to the Shenandoah Public Library or the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah.

Celebration of Life Ice Cream Social will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Shenandoah Historical Society Museum on Sunday, July 15, 2018. A special program of Gage's life will begin at 2:30



Six Local Boys Pallbearers, Flag, Flowers, Grave Service, Given by Company Comrades

Clarinda's former anti-tank company has had its first casualty in prison camp. A PW letter from Kenneth Mace written December 24 reveals that Robert O. Thompson son of Mrs Bessie Thompson of Ness City, Kans., died Dec 22, cause of which was not mentioned.

"A fellow from Clarinda, and from the company," writes Mace, "died December 22, 4 o'clock am. Robert O. Thompson, a swell fellow and all the folks hated to see him go. But he's going to have a nice funeral service in our own chapel--flag, flowers, ceremony at the grave and everything just as good as circumstances will allow. Six fellows from home and out of the company are to be pallbearers."

Thompson is a nephew of Mrs C.S. "Neeley" Ingraham of Clarinda, and he made his home with her on numerous occasions from a youth until he left with the anti-tank company exactly four years ago last Friday. As a small boy he attended school near Stanton, where his mother was on a farm. He was 22 years of age last fall.

Mrs Ingraham is expecting Mrs Thompson here for a visit soon. The mother has been notified by letter of this information, and any other parents who might receive more information concerning the death or service are asked to call Mrs Ingraham. Local Red Cross workers doubt if official word will be possible until after the war closes in Germany.

No letter had been received from Robert since in November, when he wrote that he was well.

This is Clarinda's second death in prisoner of war camps. Lyle Johnson, son of Mr and Mrs W.A. Johnston on west Willow street, died May 12, 1943, in jap prison camp. First known death of the anti-tank company was Cpl Frederick Kramer, killed with the others were captured.--February 17, 1943.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, 05 Mar 1944


Robinson, Sara Renee Poore - Sara Robinson, age 62, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Sunday, June 17, 2018 at University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 23, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Daryl Tompkins officiating. Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa.

Sara Renee Robinson was born October 6, 1955 in Clarinda, Iowa to Ward Poore and Yvonne (Blane) Poore. She grew up in Taylor County, attending schools in Gravity, Corning and Bedford and then moved to Clarinda where she graduated from Clarinda High School. Sara was united in marriage July 6, 1991 to Don Robinson in Clarinda, Iowa at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Dora Kae and Paul Prather. She felt very blessed to gain four children to her family.

Sara had a very special relationship with her sister, Dora Kae Prather, and worked with her in her custodial business. They served the Lisle Corporation, Ez Way Corporation, Barker’s Implement, Citizen’s Bank, Lied Library and many private homes. Her most recent job was custodian of St. John Lutheran Church where she made many friends. She retired October, 2017.

Sara enjoyed people and loved getting together with friends. Her family was very important to her; she loved being with her children and her grandchildren (they were very special to her). She also enjoyed her cats and dogs.

Preceding Sara in death were her parents; brothers, infant Stephen Poore and Jim Poore; sister, Dora Kae Prather.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Don Robinson of Clarinda, Iowa; children Wanda Robinson (Carl King) of Bennington, Nebraska, Marie Robinson of Tijuana, Mexico, Shannon Robinson (Josh) of Red Oak, Iowa and David Squires (Angie) of Essex, Iowa; twelve grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brothers, Dave Poore of Hopkins, Missouri, Roger Poore (Deb) of Clarinda, Iowa, Richard Poore (Sherry) of Gilbert, Arizona; brother-in-law, Paul Prather of Clarinda, Iowa; sister-in-law, Carol Poore of St. Joseph, Missouri; many nieces, nephews and many, many friends


Rolf, Terence "Terry" G. - erence "Terry" G. Rolf, 62 of Northboro passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from injuries he received from an automobile accident.

Celebration of Life Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. Burial will follow in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Rural Northboro, Iowa. The family will greet friends on Sunday afternoon, July 8, 2018 at the funeral home from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa

Sunderlin, Mary - Mrs Mary E. Sunderlin passed away at the Iowa State Hospital last week, being buried Sunday at 10 in the morning in Clarinda cemetery where both she and her children wished she should be interred. For Clarinda has come to be home for the old, who was over eighty years of age, passing away on her 82nd birthday, so her daughter Mrs Millie Cunningham of Council Bluffs and son Harry Sunderlin of Norfolk told undertaker Leslie Walker while the funeral services were being held in the Walker Funeral Chapel, Rev Elton Miller being in charge. For thirty years the old lady has been an inmate of Clarinda State Hospital. There was a time when her daughter could have had her released and she could have gone to live with the daughter, who offered her mother a home. But the State Hospital was her home, the old lady said, and she feared her daughter's home would not be, so she has chosen to stay here the few remaining days left to her on earth. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Dec 29, 1924



Sunderman, Roseanna Warner - Roseanna Sunderman, age 91, of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of Braddyville, Iowa entered into peace Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at the Eiler Place, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 9, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Jerry Wagoner officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in Braddyville Cemetery.

Roseanna Sunderman, 91, of Clarinda, Iowa went to her heavenly home July 4, 2018 at the Eiler Place, Clarinda, Iowa.

Roseanna Sunderman was born April 19, 1927 in Douglas Township in Page County, Iowa. Her parents were Anselm Warner and Maude (Winter) Warner. She had one brother, Charles and two sisters, Maxine and Mary. She went to country grade school and graduated from Clarinda High School in 1945. On October 19, 1946, she married the love of her life, Arlo Sunderman in Clarinda, Iowa. Born to this union were six children, Rich, Vince, Pamela, Janell, Gordon and Cyndy.

Arlo and Roseanna lived on a farm near Braddyville, Iowa for thirteen years and they then moved in to Braddyville and owned the Braddyville Oil which transformed into the Braddyville T.V. and Appliance Store. They ran the family business for thirty-three years. Roseanna then retired to finish raising her children and enjoy her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.

Roseanna was very active member of St. John Lutheran Church, LWML and in the Braddyville community. In the fall of 2013 they moved to the Eiler Place.

Roseanna was preceded in death by her parents, Anselm and Maude Warner; sisters, Maxine Sunderman and Mary Brownlee; parents-in-law, Emil and Minnie Sunderman; and grandson, Cody Vagle.

Left to cherish memories of a wonderful wife and mother are her husband, Arlo Sunderman; children, Rich Sunderman, Vince Sunderman (Wendy), Pamela Carver (Rich), Janell Anderson, Gordon Sunderman (Marie) and Cyndy Vagle (Todd); thirty-two grandchildren; thirty-three great grandchildren and twelve great, great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and many friends


Tinley, John Patrick - John Patrick Tinley, 65, of Essex, Iowa passed away at his home with his beloved dog Elliott by his side, on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

John grew up in Shenandoah and graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1970. He graduated from Simpson College with a BA in History in 1975 and went on to pursue a BA in Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming and master's degree in Counseling Education from the University of Wyoming. He was a substance abuse counselor and therapist in Lander, WY., and in Shenandoah.

The biggest joys of his life were his wife, Pam, his two daughters, Melissa and Emily, and his dog, Elliott. He had countless friends everywhere he went, and often made people smile and laugh. He loved telling stories, and talking about the good-old days of growing up in Shenandoah and of his college days at Simpson. He was a very sentimental man. He was a big Iowa Hawkeyes fan and enjoyed ribbing the Husker fans.

Proceeding John in death were his parents John and Louise Tinley of Shenandoah (Owners of The Shenandoah Evening Sentinel), and his wife Pam in 2012. Survivors include daughters Melissa Davidson of Boise, ID and Emily Cooper and husband Matt of Jackson, WY.; and his brother Phil Tinley of Laguna Woods, CA., and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah. The family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be directed to People For Paws 809 W Valley; Shenandoah, IA 51601.

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Varley, Myron James - Myron Varley was born on a farm near College Spring, Iowa, on January 11, 1931. He was the sixth child of Harry G. Varley and Birdie Mae (Lee) Varley. Myron grew up in several small communities in Southwest Iowa before graduating from Coin High School in 1949. After graduating from high school he helped his widowed mother run a diner in Coin until he enlisted in the Navy in January 1951. For the next four years Myron traveled around the world on the destroyer U.S.S. Hailey. During his service, the U.S.S. Hailey provided naval gunfire support to Soldiers and Marines fighting in Korea and numerous other missions. After his honorable discharge from the Navy he began classes at Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) and graduated with a B.A. in Education, with honors, in 1957.

Upon his graduation from NWMSU Myron began working at the Clarinda School System as a social studies teacher at the Clarinda Junior High School. Myron began taking classes at Colorado State University in Greeley, Colorado, the summer of 1958 and obtained his Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling in August 1960. In April of 1962 Myron began dating Alice Koppold, where she was the women’s physical education teacher at the Clarinda public school and community college. By the end of May 1962 he proposed, but Alice made him wait for an answer so he asked again in the fall and they were married on June 8, 1963.

After obtaining his master’s degree, Myron worked as a school counselor for many years before eventually running the special education program for the Clarinda School District before retiring in 1981. Upon his retirement from the school system Myron and Alice ran the Clarinda Sears Catalog store on the town square until Sears closed its catalog business in 1993.

Following Myron’s retirement in 1993 he traveled with his wife Alice, had coffee with his friends almost every morning and spent time being a husband, father, and grandfather. He was always available to help those in need and visited friends and acquaintances in the hospital and nursing homes. As his health and mobility declined he cared for several neighborhood cats that nobody else wanted. He was a kind and gentle man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Myron was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Duane, Keith (Norma), and Charles and his sisters, Virginia Hills (Kenneth) and Jean Warden (Bob), as well as his infant daughter, Kathryn Lynn Varley. Survivors include his wife, Alice J. Varley, son James L. Varley (Nancy), and grandchildren Jacob G. Varley (Amanda) and Rachel E. Well (Ryan), sister-in-law, Rosalene Varley. He was also blessed by a 60-year friendship with Milan Shaw, a fellow teacher at Clarinda and a man who was one of his first friends in Clarinda, the best man at his wedding, and at his bedside the day he died.


Waldron, Donald Ray - Donald Ray Waldron, son of Paul Phillip and Hazel Loretta (Davey) Waldron, was born January 13, 1947 in Missouri Valley, Iowa. He passed away on July 2, 2018 at his home in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Don was raised on a farm a few miles northeast of Missouri Valley, Iowa with six other siblings. In his teenage years he would help his brother, Gerald, and his Dad with farming operations which he enjoyed very much. His education only went up to the 8th grade and then the terrible disease of mental illness started to begin. In 1974 the farm was sold and he moved to Shenandoah with his parents and younger brother, Jerry. They all lived in the tiny, little round roof house on North Webster Street.

Don worked as a general laborer for Mt. Arbor Nurseries in Shenandoah, from 1970 to about 1985. By then he would have seen several doctors and taken a lot of medicine to keep his mental illness under control. Unable to hold his job he was able to get Social Security-Disability Benefits in 1985 so began his retirement.

Don was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Shenandoah. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. His hobbies were putting model boats and airplanes together, some gardening and watching old westerns on TV. For many years he would enjoy taking long cross-country road trips with his mother and brother, and of course, a week at the Iowa State Fair was always a must event each year.

Don was preceded in death by his father Paul in 1970, mother Hazel in 2009 and brother Paul L. Waldron in 2004. He is survived by his siblings; Murrell (Carol) Waldron of Spencer, Iowa, Beverly J. Nelson of Harris, Iowa, Daryl (Robyn) Waldron of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Gerald (Beatrice) Waldron of Coin, Iowa and Jerry L. Waldron of Shenandoah, Iowa, and many, many nieces and nephews.

Don would continue to live with his little brother in the tiny round roof house on North Webster Street for 81/2 more years until his sudden death on the morning of July 2, 2018.

Celebration of life funeral service will be held 2:00 pm, Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

Visitation with the family will be held from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm, Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

Burial will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah


Wallace, Doris Darlene Thompson - Doris Darlene (Thompson) Wallace, daughter of Thomas Franklin and Mary Alice (Bartlett) Thompson, was born on June 30, 1927 at Burlington Junction, Missouri. She passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Nebraska Medicine – Omaha at the age of 91 years, 1 month, 1 day.

Her early life was spent in northwest Missouri in the communities of Burlington Junction and Maryville. On May 4, 1946, Doris was united in marriage to Harold Joseph Wallace at Troy, Kansas. Following their marriage they lived in Maryville before settling in Shenandoah, Iowa where they raised their three children, Mary Ann and twin boys, Dale and Gale.

Through the years, Doris worked various jobs. Including the hospital in Maryville, Snow White Laundry in Shenandoah, Ruth Café, Kindle Café, Maid Rite Café and later in her career was self-employed as a housekeeper for various clients. She was a member of Faith Christian Fellowship in Shenandoah. Doris loved her cats and enjoyed taking care of them. Doris will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother who loved to cook for all her family.

Preceding Doris in death was her husband, Harold Wallace, in April of 2005; daughter, Mary Ann Miller; parents; brother and sisters. Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Dale Wallace and wife Nancy of Azle, TX and Gale Wallace and wife Lori of Essex, IA; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation and viewing from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday evening at the funeral home. Memorials in Doris' name are being directed to the family. Interment will take place in Rose Hill Cemetery next to her husband, Harold J. Wallace


White, Donald LeRoy, 08 Jun 1936 - 17 Jun 2018 -Donald passed away on June 17, 2018 in Parkers, Colorado.

Memorial Graveside Services will be held on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Chapel in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Complete Military Rites will be conducted by the Shenandoah American Legion Color Guard


Whitslar, James Robert - James Robert Whitslar was born on April 24, 1964 in Shenandoah, Iowa., the son of George Delbert and Peggy Marie (Nicholas) Whitslar. He entered peacefully into rest surrounded by his sisters on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the Lexington Square Nursing Home in Keokuk, Iowa, following a brave battle with cancer.

James grew up on a farm outside of Essex. When he was younger he loved to fish and hunt. James graduated from Shenandoah High School. He enjoyed participating in the Special Olympics where he won many medals, which he proudly displayed on his wall. Some of his other interests included playing cards, dominoes, collecting knives, creating craft projects using beads and watching obscure science fiction movies.

He was preceded in death by his sister Peggy Jean, his parents and both sets of grandparents.

Those left to honor his memory include his sisters Linda Rascon and husband Emilio of Shenandoah, Carol Whitslar and partner John Romero of Cheyenne, WY and brother Delbert Whitslar and wife Karen, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Celebration of Life Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Tuesday morning, 1 hour prior to services.

Memorials may be directed to the Iowa Special Olympics


Young, Marjorie Lasley - Services for Marjorie Young, 74 of Clarinda, will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2018 at Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Clarinda. There will be open visitation Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Salvation Army. Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda is providing arrangements.
Marjorie L. Young was born in Clarinda, Iowa July 23, 1943 to Theodore and Zola Nina (Meyers) Lasley.
She married Randy Young and raised her family in Clarinda. Marge was an LPN and worked at the Mental Health Institute for 25 years.
Marge loved to work in her yard, loved to feed her birds and squirrels, and loved talking to her girlfriends.
For years Marge loved to work on her family genealogy. She also loved to travel to see family or take a cruise with her husband.
Every night Marge and Randy would just take a care ride to see the sights. Marge would often sit and watch HGTV or work on her word search. She would always find something to do in her 20 years of retirement from the MHI.
Marge would really enjoy it when her kids, grandkids, or great grandkids would come to visit. Her house was always full of family. Never a dull moment in the Young house.
Marge passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday, July 1, 2018 at her home. Marge left behind her husband Randy; brother Byron and wife Vicky Lasley of Clarinda; daughter Susan and husband Russell Baer of Clarinda; sons Bill Nicks of Clarinda, Kevin Nicks of Wyoming, Jim and wife Linda Young of Bedford, Iowa, and Tim and wife Sherry Young of Bedford, Iowa; 9 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Zola Lasley; sister Patricia Welch, and brother Raymond Lasley