Page County, Iowa obituaries
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Allen, Norma Irene - Norma Allen, age 81, of Clarinda, Iowa formerly of Hartville, Missouri entered into peace Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Westridge Care & Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa with her loving family by her side. Funeral Celebration of Life services will be held Friday December 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Hartville, Missouri. Memorials may be directed to the or to Westridge Care & Rehab Center. Arrangements were entrusted to Holman-Howe Funeral Home and the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.


Anderson, Harold - Harold passed away on Monday evening, December 10, 2018 at the Westridge Care Center in Clarinda, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Faith Covenant Church. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

The family will greet friends on Thursday evening at the Hackett-Livingston funeral home, Shenandoah, Iowa, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.

Memorials maybe directed to the Faith Covenant Church or the 4-H Endowment Fund.

Harold Anderson, son of Reuben and Myrtle (Engster) Anderson, was born July 21, 1932, in Shenandoah, Iowa. He was a 1950 graduate of Essex High School. He married Shirley Beale on December 4, 1955, in Shenandoah, Iowa. He was a life-long farmer and had a passion for feeding cattle. Harold in his early years worked at the Farmer's Cooperative in Shenandoah. He also clerked at various salebarns. Harold and Shirley raised four children on the family farm. 

Harold was an active member of the Fremont Covenant Church until its closing. He was currently a member of the Faith Covenant Church of Essex. Harold was actively involved in 4-H. He was a 4-H leader and served on various committees throughout his life. Harold and Shirley were inducted into the Iowa State 4-H Hall of Fame in 2014. They were awarded the Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association Farm Family of the Year award in 2004. Harold served on the Rural Water Board, treasurer of the Rural Fire Department, and Shenandoah Coop Board. He was an honorary chapter member of the Davis-Rogers FFA. 

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben & Myrtle Anderson; wife Shirley and son John Anderson.

Harold is survived by his children Steve & Diann Anderson, Brian & Lori Brockman, and Bruce Anderson. Grandchildren Daniel Brockman, Jessica & Travis Riesenberg, Megan and Ryan Hintz, Jonathan Anderson and Scott Brockman; great-grandsons Nicholas & Blake Riesenberg and Luther Hintz; sister Dorothy & Gerald Walter; brother Alfred & Sandy Anderson, nieces and nephews


Archer, Randy Lee -

Randy Lee Archer, son of Harold Everett and Doris Elaine (Campbell) Archer, was born on September 24, 1955 in Shenandoah, Iowa.  He entered into peace on December 24, 2018 at Nebraska Medicine – Omaha at the age of 63 years, 3 months.

All of Randy’s life was spent in southwest Iowa.  At an early age, the family lived in the Randolph, Imogene, Farragut communities before settling in Shenandoah, where Randy attended the Shenandoah Community Schools.

In 1973, Randy enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, serving as a Private and received his honorable discharge on November 6, 1973.  After returning back to Shenandoah, Randy worked for Mount Arbor Nurseries and Lakes Nursery before working in construction, building bridges and other projects around the Midwest.  As an outdoorsman, Randy enjoyed fishing, drinking, riding motorcycles and hunting.

Preceding Randy in death were his parents;  and brother, Gerald Dean Archer.  Left to cherish his memory are his three sisters, Sharon Hendrickson and husband Jim of Shenandoah, Linda Brown and husband Glen of Klamath Falls, OR, and Judy Shaver of Red Oak, IA; many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; other relatives and friends


Armstrong, Michelle "Shelley" Perkins - Michelle Kay "Shelley" (Perkins) Armstrong, daughter of Russell Ward and Helen Grace (Baucom) Perkins was born on August 22, 1955. She passed away, after a brief illness, early on December 24, 2018 at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 63.

With her father being in the military, Shelley lived in several different places during her early childhood. She attended kindergarten through eight grade in Panama, Shenandoah and Virginia. Her family eventually settled in Shenandoah where she attended school from 9th grade through early graduation in December 1972. 

That same month, on December 16, 1972, she was united in marriage to Kenneth "Ken" Armstrong at First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. Following their wedding they made their home in Essex where they raised three children; Jason, Nikki and Jamie. Shelley and Ken were busy following their children around for sporting and band events and later their grandchildren's events and activities. 

In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Shelley was known around town as being a school bus driver from many years. Later, she was known as the "famous" pizza maker at Casey's. 

Preceding Shelley in death were her parents, husband Ken; brother Bill Perkins; infant brother Charles Perkins; brother-in-law John Armstrong; granddaughter Claire McKinney and infant nephew Justin Perkins. 

Shelley is survived by her three children Jason Armstrong and wife Mary Anne of Clarinda, Nikki Garner of Shenandoah and Jamie Swaim and husband Jonathan of Essex; grandchildren; Ryan and Chris McKinney, Alexandra, Jacob, Samantha, Tabitha and Vincent Armstrong, Breanna Delp and husband Marcus, Brydget Bird, Lyzzy Garner, Qwintyn and Paityn Vanatta, Dalton, Sacca, Shayenne and Dakota Swaim; great-granddaughter Scarlett Vojchehoske; brothers, Don Perkins of Shenandoah, Bob Perkins of Essex and Pat Perkins of Essex; sister-in-law Betty Jo Phillips and husband Terry of Shenandoah; brothers-in-law, Bert Armstrong of Shenandoah and Troy Armstrong of Knob Knoster, MO; very good friend, Susan Tysor; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many other friends. 

Shelley was a wonderful loving wife, mommy, grandma, aunt, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed


Beckel, Donald Eugene - Funeral Celebration of Life services for Donald Beckel, age 81, of Maryville, Missouri, previously from Clarinda, Iowa who passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Oak Point Assisted Living/Memory Care, Maryville, Missouri will be held Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 11:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda with Jeff Cummings officiating. Interment will be held at Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa.

Donald Eugene Beckel, 81, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa entered into rest on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Oak Pointe Assisted Living/Memory Care in Maryville, Missouri where he had lived for the past year. Don was born on March 16, 1937 in Vincent, Iowa to Arthur and Helen (Yenck) Beckel. Don and his family also lived in Fort Dodge, Iowa for a short time before making their final residence in Clarinda, Iowa. Don served his country in the Army National Guard of Iowa 168th Infantry from February, 1955 to February, 1961.

On October 3, 1959, Don married his sweetheart, Reta Mae Ellenbarger. To their marriage they were blessed with three daughters, Janice in 1960, Lisa in 1962, and Karen in 1964.

Don made a career for his family by working for the Page County Secondary Road Department for over 40 years. He retired in March 1999. He enjoyed working on cars in his spare time, but truly loved the times when he could go fishing. Don was a wonderful and loving father and husband who cared deeply for his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Reta Mae Beckel, in June 2017; sister, Donna “Jeanie” Jones.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Janice (Dennis) Batten of Port St. John , Florida, Lisa (David) Shaw of Shenandoah, Iowa, Karen (Dale) Parman of Bedford, Iowa; brother, Darrell Beckel of Clarinda, Iowa and sister, Diane (Danny) Moulden of Basehor, Kansas; grandchildren, Nick and Nathan Batten of Orlando, Florida, Danielle (Joel) Lawrence of Bedford, Iowa and Matthew Shaw of Shenandoah; step grandchildren, Lezli Parman, Maryville, Missouri and Wesley (Andrea) Parman of Maryville, Missouri; great grandchildren, Mia Lawrence, Cayden and Caylor Dunbar and Drew and Dreya Parman; nieces; nephews and many friends


Carter, Christian Michael -

Christian Michael Carter, 22, of New Market, IA, formerly of Mayetta, KS, passed away Friday, December 21, 2018 at the result to a car accident in Shenandoah, IA. He was born December 29, 1995 in Topeka, KS the son of Raphael C. Carter and Amy Marie Lawrence. Christian graduated from Royal Valley High School in 2014 and graduated from Washburn Tech with an Associate’s Degree as an Industrial Technician.

He worked for Reeser’s in Topeka in mechanical maintenance and most recently worked for NSK-AKS Steel Ball Company in mechanical maintenance in St. Clarinda, IA.

Christian attended the Calvary Lutheran Church in Topeka, KS.

Survivors include his fiancé, Dakota Culley of Shenandoah, IA; son, Jace Michael Carter of Mayetta, KS; daughter, Caytlin Marie Carter of Shenandoah, IA; a son “on the way”, Christian James Carter; his mother, Amy Lawrence of Topeka, KS; his father, Raphael C. Carter; his brothers, Aaron O. Lawrence and Vincent S. Carter both of Topeka, KS; his sister, Alexis G. Carter of Topeka, KS; maternal grandparents, Norman and Marie Foster of Topeka, KS; paternal grandparents, Dennis and Martha Miller of Topeka, KS and Ralph Carter of Topeka, KS and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded by his maternal grandfather, Darren Alvin Lawrence.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 28, 2018 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service with inurnment at a later date in the Hoyt Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Christian Carter Memorial Fund to be designated at a later date c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. 


Christensen, Gregory J. - MADISON, WISC.-Gregory J. Christensen, 56, of Madison, Wisconsin, peacefully passed away on December 1, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on August 11, 1962, at Lockbourne Air Force Base, Ohio, the son of John and Elaine (Greiman) Christensen of College Springs, Iowa. He was one of four children. He served in the United States Army and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1988.
On December 29, 1990, he married Peggy Sue Peterson in Albia, Iowa. He was employed by Belltech Utility in Maywood, Illinois; Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Kraft Foods in Madison, Wisconsin, as a process mechanical engineer on the global services team where he retired with a disability in 2000. He volunteered with Cub Scouts Pack 628 and Boy Scout Troop 628 and also as a Sunday School teacher with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. He loved to share his knowledge of the outdoors, his hobbies and work life, and enjoyed being a mentor for his sons and the Scouts in the pack and troop.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Christensen, and two sons, David Christensen and Dane Christensen, all of Madison; his parents, John and Elaine Christensen of College Springs, Iowa; two sisters, Jonith (Steve) Grundmann, of Duncan, Oklahoma, and Sheila (Stuart Macrae) Christensen of Port Townsend, Washington, his aunts and uncles, Eldon and Judy Greiman of Le Claire, Iowa; Shirley and Donald Christensen of College Springs, Iowa; and Carl and Terry Christensen of Albuquerque, New Mexico; his cousins; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews whom he adored and was very proud of.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Newell and Charlotte Christensen, of College Springs, Iowa, and Maurice (M.O.) and Delilah Greiman of Clarinda, Iowa; an uncle, Everett Greiman, of Alaska; an aunt and uncle, Myron and Doris Tritsch, of Clarinda, Iowa; and his brother, Jeffrey Christensen, of College Springs, Iowa.
A visitation will be held at Ryan Funeral Home, 220 Enterprise Drive, Verona, Wisconsin, on Thursday, December 6, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Road, Madison, Wisconsin, with Pastor Chris Enstad presiding. Please join us for a luncheon after the service. Interment will be at the Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Iowa, with a graveside service on Sunday, December 9, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. by Pastor Nathan Dudley of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clarinda, Iowa.
We would like to thank Greg's amazing medical team, Dr. James Runo and Dr. John Juozevicius, for all of their expertise and care during the past 10-plus years as he dealt with his scleroderma and pulmonary arterial hypertension; Heartland Hospice for their tender loving care; and special acquaintance Venice Von Dorn of Comfort Keepers for her friendship and care provided to Greg and the family over the years.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Boy Scout Troop 628 or to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Building Fund


Christie, Deloris "Dee" Marie Laschansky - Deloris "Dee" Marie Christie, daughter of Alfred and Louise (Dahmke) Laschansky, was born on August 18, 1924 in Chalco, Nebraska. She passed away on Monday, November 12, 2018 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 94.

Dee's early life was spent on a farm near Papillion and Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Papillion High School. After high school she attended business school in Omaha. Following business school she worked as a bookkeeper at Provident Savings & Loan and as an executive secretary for National Indemnity both in Omaha. 

On December 22, 1968, Dee was united in marriage to Richard "Dick" Christie at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Millard, Nebraska. They resided in Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa before settling in Shenandoah.

Dee was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a good bowler and loved to golf, even had a hole-in-one on July 17, 1963 at the Plattsmouth Golf Course. She enjoyed time with friends and spending time at the casino.

Dee was preceded in death by her husband Richard "Dick" Christie (2011), parents Alfred and Louise Laschansky and sister Sylvia Bargar. She is survived by her nieces Susan Patterson of Hollis, New Hampshire and Kathryn Winters of Naples, Florida, nephew Tom Bargar of Lincoln, Nebraska, many great nieces and nephews, brother-in-law Keith Christie and wife Eloise of Algona, Iowa and special friend Phyllis Funk of Shenandoah.

Many thanks to the staff at Elm Heights Care Center for their care and concern. May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn her loss. 

Celebration of life memorial service will be held 11:00 am, Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah


Dermody, Edward "Ned" Barnes - Edward Barnes Dermody, son of Robert V. and Rita (Barnes) Dermody, was born on December 28, 1939, in Mexico, Missouri. He passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at the Shenandoah Medical Center in Shenandoah, Iowa. He was three days from celebrating his 79th birthday.

He was better known as "Ned" to his friends, family, and radio listeners. Ned grew up in Mexico, Missouri, as the younger brother to Robert "Bob" Dermody and Donald "Patrick" Dermody. He graduated from Mexico High School with the class of 1957. While in high school, he was an active member in the Drama Club and was a talented trumpet player with the Dixie Gray Band. He also worked at the local radio station of KXEO as a DJ. Both music and theatre became lifelong hobbies, while radio broadcasting became his passion.

Following graduation, Ned attended the University of Missouri, in Columbia, where he was a member of the Marching Mizzou. Some of his memorable experiences with the band included marching in a New York City parade and the Orange Bowl in Florida. Ned continued to work at KXEO in Mexico during his college years and then was hired full-time after graduating in 1961.

On November 4, 1961, he was united in marriage to Martha Margaret Fennewald. Ned and Martha settled in Mexico for the first few years, followed by radio opportunities in Springfield, Missouri, Fort Morgan, Colorado, and St. Joseph, Missouri. During this time, their family expanded to include daughter, Diane, and two sons, Patrick and Thomas. In 1971, Ned moved his family to Shenandoah, Iowa, to take the position of News Director for KMA Radio. Shenandoah became his family's permanent location and his youngest daughter, Amy, soon completed the family.

Ned served as News Director at KMA from 1971 until 1990. He valued his coworkers and developed lifelong friendships. He was passionate about serving his listeners with the most up to date news in the area. In 1988, he was the recipient of the Jack Shelley Award for Broadcast News. Ned served on the Boards of the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) Board (2 terms), the Northwest Broadcast News Association (3 terms), and the Iowa Broadcast News (4 terms). He received numerous production awards in Colorado, Missouri and Iowa.

In 1991, Ned became a Special Assistant to Congressman Jim Ross Lightfoot. Their working relationship and friendship developed during their broadcasting years at KMA. He was proud to serve in this capacity and enjoyed traveling with Jim across Iowa, many times with Jim piloting his own plane.

In his spare time, Ned was active in his community. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah, where he had served on the church council, and enjoyed his years as part of St. Mary's choir. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree. His involvement in the Southwest Iowa Theatre Group was also very rewarding. If you didn't see Ned on stage, he was most likely in the light and sound booth. He also had success at directing a few stage productions.

During his retirement years, Ned enjoyed traveling to visit his children and grandchildren, including his AFS daughter from Quebec, Sophie Pronovost. He was always interested in their extracurricular activities and supported their athletic events whenever possible. He was a proud father and grandfather.

Preceding Ned in death were his parents; his brothers, Bob and Pat; former wife, Martha Dermody, and many dear friends.

He is survived by his children; Diane Bredensteiner of Greeley, CO; Patrick Dermody of Summerville, SC; Thomas Dermody of Waukee, IA; Amy (Jason) Bopp of Shenandoah, Iowa; and Sophie Pronovost of Quebec, Canada. Also honoring his life are five grandsons, one granddaughter, and one great-granddaughter; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral mass will be held 10:30am, Friday, January 4, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah.

Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

Cremation to follow funeral mass, burial of cremains will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah at a later date


Dumler, Larry Lee - Larry Lee Dumler, son of Jacob and Hanna (Kies) Dumler, was born on August 6, 1951 at Red Oak, Iowa. He entered into rest on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at CHI Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa following a brief illness at the age of 67 years, 2 months, 12 days.

His early life was spent growing up in Red Oak, where he attended the Red Oak Community Schools. On April 1, 1972, Larry was united in marriage to Vera Irene Grubb in Shenandoah. Following their marriage they made their home in Shenandoah, where they raised their four children, Derek, Dustin, A J and Ashley.

Working as an over-the-road truck driver most of his life, Larry was able to travel throughout most of the Midwest states. He began working for Earl May Seed & Nursery (around 20 years) and last worked for Sisbro and Heartland Express Trucking Companies. He was forced to retire several years ago due to health reasons. 

Some of the things Larry enjoyed were going to the car races at Corning, fishing and camping. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends.

Preceding Larry in death were his parents and grandparents. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of over 46 years, Vera Irene Dumler of Shenandoah; their four children, Derek Dumler, Dustin Dumler and wife Sherri, A J (Anthony) Dumler and wife Lora and Ashley Dumler and significant other, Tommy Berrier, all of Shenandoah; 15 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; four step grandchildren; other relatives and many friends


Fichter, Marjorie M. Bergman

Marjorie M. Fichter, 91, of Shenandoah and formerly of Farragut and Imogene, entered into peace on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Elm Heights/Parkcrest Care Center in Shenandoah.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM at the Nishna Valley Funeral Home in Shenandoah with Pastor Don Buttry officiating.  The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation and viewing from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday evening (12/20/18) at the funeral home.  Burial will take place in the Randolph, Iowa Cemetery next to her husband Allen. 

Marjorie Mae (Bergman) Fichter, daughter of Allen Florence and Edna Mae (Crocker) Bergman, was born on May 29, 1927 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  She entered into peace on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Elm Heights/Parkcrest Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 91 years, 6 months, 16 days.

Her early life started in David City, Nebraska, where she lived until the age of 2.  The family then moved to Nodaway, Iowa, and at the age of 14 moved to a farm south of Corning, Iowa.   Marjorie attended Corning High School, graduating with the Class of 1945.  Following high school, she attended the Jennie Edmundson School of Nursing, as a cadet in the WWII nursing program and graduated with the Class of 1948.

On December 12, 1948, Marjorie was united in marriage to Allen Edgar Fichter in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Following their marriage they moved to a farm near Randolph, Iowa, later moving to a farm near Strahan, Iowa, before settling on a farm near Imogene where they farmed for over 30 years before retiring and moving into Farragut, Iowa.

Over the years, Marjorie worked as an RN at Hand Hospital and also at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah in addition to being a homemaker and farmwife. She was a member of the Farragut Methodist Church and part of the UMW, United Methodist Women.  She was also active in the Garden Club, Good Sam RV Club, American Red Cross and the Dancing Grannies.  In her spare time Marjorie enjoyed crocheting, quilting, family travel and wintering in Texas at Orange Grove RV Park.

Preceding Marjorie in death were her parents; husband, Allen E. Fichter; daughter, Marilyn Kay Fichter; son-in-law, Wes Benedict; brother, John Bergman; sister, Lois Roach; and brother-in-law, Fred Roach.  Left to cherish her memory are her four children, Richard Fichter and wife Sue of Council Bluffs, IA, David Fichter and wife Lisa of Cedar Rapids, IA, Holly Benedict and special friend Justin Oliver of Omaha, NE and Tom Fichter and wife Terry of Shenandoah, IA; 12 grandchildren, Becky Smith and husband Adam of Zebulon, NC, Randy Fichter and wife Megan of Modale, IA, Kristy Fichter and Ben Fichter, both of Cedar Rapids, IA, Jay Benedict and wife Annette of Storm Lake, IA, Thea Bryan and husband Aaron of Omaha, NE, Anthony Fichter and fiancé  Nicki of Des Moines, IA, Matthew Fichter of Des Moines, IA, Emily Fichter and fiancé Jay of Des Moines, IA, Ryan Garcia,  Anthony Garcia and wife Rachelle and Anjel Fields and husband Phil, all of Omaha, NE; 10 great grandchildren, Ryan, Lexi, Skylar, Mason, Elias, Abigail, Aryanna, Emma, Bailey and Oliver; other relatives and many friends.


Funderburk, Fern - Graveside services for Fern Funderburk, 100 of Clarinda, will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Clarinda Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda.
Memorials are suggested to SW Iowa Humane Society, Clarinda.
Following the graveside service the family will host a lunch at Robin's Nest (Vaughn's Cafe) in Clarinda.
Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, is providing arrangements.

Fern Mildred was born October 15, 1918 at Esmond, South Dakota to Tony Boyd and Edna May (Baker) Darden. When Fern was very young the family moved to Maryville, Missouri when her father transferred in his railroad job. Fern graduated Maryville High School and soon was married to Hiram S. “Judy” Funderburk on November 8, 1936. The couple had two children, Donald “Skip” and Betty “Sis”.

Jude and Fern moved to Shambaugh, Iowa soon after Skip was born and Fern worked at Clarinda Municipal Hospital, or “Muni” as she called it, for 22 years. She then worked as a waitress at the Branding Iron serving many patrons over the years. Fern spent the last several decades as manager of the Clarinda Community Center tending to the donated items and food pantry.
Well known in the community and on West Clark Street in particular the Funderburk’s were welcoming people to the kids whether they were troubled or just needed to hide out for a while. Fern and Jude were adopted grandparents to many Clarinda youth.

Fern passed away Monday, November 8, 2018 at Woodbine, Iowa at the age of 100. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Judy, son and daughter-in-law Skip and Connie Funderburk, grandson Rick, and brother Earl Darden.

She is survived by her daughter, Sis Hammer of Missouri Valley, Iowa; grandchildren: Dee, Jolene, Traci, Daneen, Trent and Greg; great grandchildren Donnie, Danielle, Andrea, Lucas, Jared, Craig, Lauren and Melanie; and many more family and friends


Gray, Deborah K. Loftis 06 Oct 1960 - 15 Nov 2018 - Deborah passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.

Celebration of Life Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. Burial will be held in the Rose Hill Cemetery at a later date.

Deborah passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.

Celebration of Life Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. Burial will be held in the Rose Hill Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to the family. 

On Thursday, October 6, 1960 Albert Leota and Dora Louise (Hale) Loftis welcomed a baby girl, Deborah Kay into their family. She was the youngest of the four siblings. Deborah departed this life on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Deborah's life was spent in the communities of Shenandoah and Kansas City. She was united in marriage to Donald Wayne Gray and the couple then moved to Arkansas. To this union, three daughters were born, Dora, Martha and Barbara. Deborah worked at Henry Fields, as a waitress, baby sat and walked beans. She was a very loving and caring mother. Some of her hobbies included crocheting, working on crossword puzzles and spending time with her family. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Louise Loftis and loving companion Harold Parman. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters Dora Long (Dale), Martha Archuleta (Donald) and Barbara Gray all of Shenandoah; 5 grandchildren; brother Albert Loftis (Conny) of Shenandoah; sister Connie Glasco of Red Oak; aunt Mary Squires (Art) of Shenandoah; other family and friends


Hafner, Carl "Skeeter" - Carl “Skeeter” Hafner , age 69, of Corning, Iowa, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Sunday, December 16, 2018, at his residence in Corning, . Services will be held Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 11:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation with the family will be held Wednesday from 10 to 11:00 AM. Interment will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa, with military rites.

Carl "Skeeter" Haffner was born 10/12/1949 in Columbus, Ohio. He was the oldest child born to Gloria and Carl Haffner and had eight younger siblings. Skeeter grew up in Clarinda Iowa. March 7, 1969, Skeeter married Susie Jones. Three children were born to this union, Shane, Nick, and Brandy. Skeeter was drafted into the Army and served his Country in Vietnam from 1969-1971.

Skeeter enjoyed spending his free time bull riding in the Sidney, Carson, New Market and Lenox rodeos and horse shows with friends Kevin Gray and Gary Swanson. He moved to Utah in 1985 and then to California. While in California he met Mary Kelly, his significant other, who he lived with until his death. In California he started working as a house builder, he was a member of the Elks, and transportation coordinator for movie and commercial sets. While working on movie sets he met long time friend and animal trainer Ruth Labarge. He enjoyed helping with handling bears and other show animals. In 2010, Skeeter and Mary moved back to Iowa to be closer to family. Skeeter enjoyed riding his three wheelers and spending time with his grandchildren; he was probably the biggest kid of all, having just as many RC cars and nerf guns. 

Skeeter is proceded in Death by his father, Carl Haffner, brother, Teddy Haffner, nephew, Kevin Haffner, and great niece Lexi Stiles. 

He is survived by his mother Gloria Haffner of Clarinda, Iowa; his significant other Mary Kelly of Corning, Iowa; his children, Shane Haffner (Kenya) of Corning, Nick Haffner (Nicole) of Council Bluffs, Brandy Haffner (Kenny) of Sidney; his siblings, Terry Haffner (Lori) of Clarinda, Gary Haffner of Clarinda, Bobbie Haffner (Carol) of Clarinda, Donnie Haffner (Kim) of Clarinda, Karen Schramm (Virgil) of Clarinda, Sherry Wesbrook (Jerry), and Timmy Haffner of Clarinda; first wife, Susie Caliguiri of New Market; grandchildren, Jarod, Bryaint, Kale, Makieah, Connor, Tate, and many nieces and nephews


Harms, Mista Lewis - Mista L. Harms, 101 of Rock Port, Missouri passed away on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the Fairfax Community Hospital.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, December 31, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah with Pastor Rick Sleyster officiating. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery. There will be open visitation at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday. 

Memorials may be directed to the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Rock Port. 

On December 12, 1917 in Hamburg, Iowa Emet and Viola (Starnes) Lewis welcomed a daughter, Mista Lena into the world. Mista lived a full life of 101 years, entering into eternal peace on December 27, 2018 in Fairfax, Missouri.

Mista attended school in Bingham and Coin. She was united in marriage to Elmer Harms and the couple later divorced. During WW II Mista worked in an aircraft factory painting the numbers on the planes headed to war. She later worked in various homes, assisting her clients with their daily needs. She was a woman of simple means, who would share with you the last crumb of bread. She always wanted to give. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Dorothy Alvis, Dollita Johnston, Delouise Pitner, Lavaun Hanesworth and Evelyn Shepherd and brother E.L. Lewis. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her sister Nedra Griffith of Kansas City, 6 nieces, 6 nephews, many great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and nursing home staff and friends


Harrison, Ricky - Ricky Harrison, 57 of Clarinda, passed away Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, following an extended illness.
No services will be held


Henderson, Janice Leigh Ingram - On January 30, 1970 in Valparaiso, Indiana William and Nancy (Osborn) Ingram welcomed a daughter, Janice Leigh into the world. On November 30, 2018 Janice departed this life in Maplewood, Missouri

Janice grew up in Hebron, Indiana. She graduated from Hebron High School with the Class of 1988. She later enlisted in the United State Army in 1990 and was a member of the Airborne Division. Her service led her overseas to Wurzburg and Kitzengen Germany during the Persian Gulf War. She received an honorable discharge in 1993.

On September 11, 1993 she was united in marriage to Thomas Andrew Henderson. The couple made their home in Shenandoah and were blessed with the birth of two daughters, Ashley Nicole and Erin Renee. The couple later divorced. Janice worked for many years at Eaton Corporation in Shenandoah. Some of her hobbies included watching Hallmark movies, scrapbooking, traveling and camping. 

She was preceded in death by her father William, brother Jason Charles Ingram and grandparents. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters Ashley Lindsey (Dallas) and Erin Henderson of Shenandoah; mother Nancy Ingram and brother Eric Ingram both of Indiana; other relatives and friends. 

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home


Hickman, Bob - Robert Walter Hickman was born November 13, 1935 to Walter and Elise Claire (Waddington) Hickman in Ontario, Oregon. Bob passed away Wednesday evening October 24, 2018 at Westridge Care Center in Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 11 days.
Bob grew up and attended school in Oregon and graduated from Beaverton Union High School. He joined the Air Force 1954, served and received an honorable discharge. He attended two years of college at Northwest Missouri State University.
On August 24, 1958 in Albany, Missouri he married the love of his life Marcia and to that union they had two children, Melissa and Rob. Bob and Marcia were a great example from the Bible of two becoming one. He was a Christian and did his best to live that way.
Bob was a business man for 43 years, selling furniture, appliances, carpeting and flooring. He also had many other varied businesses that he started and owned. He was a great entrepreneur. He was a big Nebraska Corn Huskers fan! He also liked to hunt, fish and fly air planes.
He is preceded in death by his wife Marcia; parents Walter Hickman and Claire Hawn; brother Don Hickman and sister Charis Gilliam.
Survivors include his children, Melissa Hickman, Platte City, Missouri, Rob Hickman and wife Joni, Clarinda, Iowa; two granddaughters, Kassandra Romey, Omaha, Nebraska and Bethany Hickman, Boston Massachusetts; great-granddaughter, Aubrey Romey and her father Matt; sisters Cheryl Thomas and husband Bill, Burlington, Washington and Maryalice Hammond, Vancouver, Washington; brother Thomas Hickman and wife Debbie, Portland, Oregon; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services for Bob Hickman, 82 of Clarinda, will be 10:30 Friday, Oct 26 at First Baptist Church in Clarinda with visitation one hour prior to the service.
A lunch will immediately follow the service.
Interment will at 2:30 Friday at Grandview Cemetery, Albany, MO.
Memorials are suggested to the Bob Hickman Memorial Fund.
Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, is providing arrangements


Jackson, Bonnie Jane Nance - Bonnie Jane (Nance) Jackson, daughter of John Wesley and Enda Mae (Welch) Nance, was born on August 19, 1921 at Blanchard, Iowa. She entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa, at the age of 97 years, 2 months, 26 days.

Her early life was spent growing up in the Blanchard, Iowa area before moving to Corning, Missouri for one year and then the family moved to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma for short time, eventually returning back to Blanchard, where Bonnie played high school basketball. She graduated from Blanchard High School with the Class of 1940.

On April 25, 1942, Bonnie was united in marriage to Lloyd Coleman Jackson at Auburn, Nebraska. To this union nine children were born, Janice, Sharon, Jerry, Connie, Bonnie, Don, Mike, Randy, and Merrie. They resided in Northboro following their marriage for a short time. They later resided in Sharpsburg, Iowa and Villisca, Iowa, where all nine kids graduated. She and Lloyd then settled in Coin, Iowa where Bonnie has spent the last 46 years.

After the children were raised, Bonnie worked at Clarinda Mental Health in Clarinda, Iowa from 1964 until her retirement in 1982. She was an active member of the Coin Methodist Church, serving on the Methodist Women’s Circle. Bonnie had also served as a 4-H Leader, was a Coin Betterment Committee member along with Lloyd, a member of the Federated Women’s Club of America (serving as president for several years) and also served on the Coin Library Board for several years.

A wonderful cook, Bonnie loved to collect recipes. She was also a very gifted quilter and gave each of her children two quilts and one for each of her 21 grandchildren. She was also an avid reader until her eye sight failed. Gardening was another love of hers, most years she would put up over 200 quarts of each vegetable grown in her garden. She was known by her grandchildren as the “Jelly Grandma” and made sure that each of them received their favorite jar of homemade jelly for Christmas each year.

Preceding Bonnie in death were her parents; husband, Lloyd in 1999; daughter, Sharon Vianelli; three grandsons, Dustin Jackson, James Sunderman and Colby Mann; sister, Letty Clark; brother, John Nance; and two sons-in-law, Seymour Gray and James Dake. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Janice Willett and husband Donald of Corning, IA, Jerry Jackson and wife Susan of Henderson, NV, Connie Dake of Des Moines, IA, Bonnie Gray of Des Moines, IA, Don Jackson and wife Phyllis of Storm Lake, IA, Mike Jackson of Villisca, IA, Randy Jackson and wife Peggy of Laurie, MO; and Merrie Jackson of Omaha, NE; son-in-law, Gene Vianelli of Essex, IA; 21 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Nishna Valley Funeral Home with Phil Wing officiating. **** PLEASE NOTE THAT LOCATION OF SERVICE HAS CHANGED**** The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation from 4:00 to 6:00 pm Sunday, November 18, at the Nishna Valley Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Burial will take place in the Blanchard Cemetery. Memorials are being directed to the Coin United Methodist Church or to the Coin Public Library in Bonnie's name


Johnson, Scott R. - Scott Randall Johnson, the son of Gary M. and Peggy A. (Bryant) Johnson was born February 2, 1965 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa.

Scott grew up in Essex, Iowa and attended school in Essex for two years. Then at the age of seven he attended the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, Iowa and graduated in 1984. He lived in Red Oak, Iowa with his little dog KoKo. He worked as a cook in restaurants and cafés. When he wasn't working, he was usually with his mother helping her with yard work and gardening. He was a member of Team Tap and Relay for Life. He was a cancer survivor for over 20 year and was a proud member of the Eagles and Eagles Riders of Red Oak, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his father, three brothers Karl Hubert, Gregary Howard and Clint Andrew Johnson, sister Trina Renie Johnson, grandparents Hubert and Frances Bryant and Perl and Violet Johnson, four aunts Ruby Livingston, Arlene Burnison, Shirley Bengtson and JoAnn Bregman, nine uncles Charles Bryant, Dallas and Oren Johnson, Glen Burnison, Jim Bengtson, John Bergman, Kenneth Livingston, Ray Hockenberry and Raymond Bryant. Also by great aunts, uncles and great grandparents.

He is survived by his mother, Peggy Johnson of Essex, Iowa; aunt Lula Hockenberry of Hastings, NE and uncle Harold Dinsmore and wife Eloise of Farragut, IA as well as numerous cousins and dear friends.

Celebration of life memorial graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Essex Cemetery in Essex, Iowa


Jones, Ember Dean - Ember Dean Jones, infant daughter of Tucker and Andi (Kemper) Jones, was born on March 20, 2018 in Shenandoah, Iowa. She was welcomed into Heaven on October 23, 2018 at Omaha, Nebraska at the age of seven months, three days.

From the day her parents knew she was going to be a little girl, her name had been decided as Ember, meaning 'Fire of God'. Her mother, Andi and father, Tucker, love fire. And the most beautiful and strongest part of a fire are the embers. If you try to throw water onto a fire to put it out, the embers glow brighter to try and restart the fire. That's what Ember did. She started the fire in her mother and father. 

Just like the fire embers, she was strong and beautiful. Her mother had decided she was going to tell Ember this someday when she came home from school crying because of bullies, so she would know since day one that she had a strong, beautiful name. Ember will continue to be the fire in her parents' eyes until they meet again. She was always a very happy baby. The family wishes that Ember is remembered that way and to remember her beautiful smile and glow she had in her eyes.

Preceding Ember in death were her great grandparents, Arden Krakow, James Kemper and Gary Williams. Ember will always live on through the hearts of her parents; grandmothers, Stacy Jones, Barbi Kemper, Rose Judy, Lisa Adler and Jamie Jones; her grandfathers, Dave Kemper, Chris Brunner and Mitchel Madron; great grandmothers, Joyce Kemper, Jackie Williams, Becky Jones and Gerry Franz; great grandfathers, Rick Hodge and Bobbie Jones; uncles, Josh Venden, Cory Jones, Jason Venden, Ashton Bright, James Poppa, Sean Kellogg, Josh Farrar and Jess Fall; aunts Cheyenne Jones, Charli Kemper, Caitlyn Jones and Katie Johnson; cousins, Parker Venden, Kinsley Venden, Braydin Venden, Jaydin Venden and Jordan Venden; other relatives and friends.

Celebration of life funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Nishna Valley Funeral Home at 2:00 PM with Pastor Rick Sleyster officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation one hour prior to the service beginning at 1:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials are being directed to the family


Kelley, Carolyn Sue - Carolyn Sue Kelley, age 78, passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center. She was born August 14, 1940 in Davenport, Iowa to Clyde Grant and Margaret (Doyle) Grant. Carolyn graduated from Valley High School, West Des Moines, Iowa in 1958. Carolyn also graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 1975. For many years, she worked as the Income Maintenance Supervisor for the State of Iowa, retiring in 2002.

Carolyn is survived by her long time partner, her wife, Marjorie Steinberg; son, Brian Kelley, Shenandoah, Iowa, son, Bruce Kelley, Henderson, Nevada, son, Steven Kelley and his wife Vicki, Canton, Georgia; grandson, Evan Kelley and granddaughter, Kaitlyn Kelley, Canton, Georgia, granddaughters, Shannon Wirth, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Roxanne Marshall, Lawrenceville, Georgia; one great grandchild also survive her.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Margaret Grant and her brother Gary Grant.

At Carolyn’s request no services will be held


Larsen, Kila Diane Hutcheson - Kila Larsen, age 75, of Yorktown, Iowa, entered into peace Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at her residence in Yorktown. Memorial services will be held Saturday, December 22, 2018, at 10:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Mark Lewis officiating. Interment will be held at Polsley Cemetery, rural Yorktown, Iowa. . 

Kila Diane Larsen was born July 31, 1943 in Bedford, Iowa the daughter of Howard Hutcheson and Opal (Brown) Hutcheson. She grew up in Hopkins, Missouri and graduated from Hopkins High School in 1961. The year following her graduation was spent in Germany with her military family. She was united in marriage September 7, 1962 in Maryville, Missouri to her high school sweetheart, Leon Larsen. They were blessed with three children, Gregory, Keith and Diana. 

Kila and Leon made their home in Hopkins until 1966 and then lived various places including California, Texas and New Market before settling in Yorktown in 1969. Kila provided child care in her home for thirty two years. She had a variety of interests and was always busy. Canning the produce from Leon’s garden kept her busy in the summer and fall. Cardinals and angels were a favorite of hers and she had an extensive collection. Kila enjoyed crocheting and quilting and belonged to the “Sew & Sew” club. She was a member of the Shambaugh Methodist Church and was active in the Iowa Share food group. Through the years, she enjoyed and belonged to several clubs including the Yorktown Women’s club. Her family was top priority and she thoroughly enjoyed being with her kid and grandkids. She enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling and going on jeep rides with Leon. A favorite pastime was the good conversations on the front porch!

Preceding Kila in death were her parents; step father, Carl Sleep and step mother, Jennie Hutcheson; brothers, Gary Hutcheson and Alan Hutcheson; sister Renada Hutcheson; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Larsen and grandson, Cody Larsen.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of fifty six years, Leon Larsen of Yorktown, Iowa; children, Greg Larsen (Kris) of Seligman, Missouri, Keith Larsen (Amy) of Waukee, Iowa and Diana Miller of Winterset, Iowa; eleven grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; one great, great grandchild; nieces; nephews and many friends


McClain, Hope - Hope Ann Real McClain was born August 30, 1947 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The third of five children born to Chester Eugene and Ada Marie Wright Real, she was gifted with a resilient, free spirit. Hope had a contagious laugh, a smile that lit up her face and an enormous love for family and friends – especially children.
A 1965 graduate of Underwood High School then graduated Beauty School in 1966 leading her to a married life where she followed her husband across the US in the military way and gave birth to 6 children -- 3 who came at the same time! She later divorced, worked her way through college and graduated magna cum laude with an elementary education degree. The lives of thousands of children were touched during her years of teaching within the Council Bluffs Community School district.
A creative, talented and passionate crafter, she filled boxes, closets – and rooms – with volumes of items that she masterfully and joyfully pieced together into clever gifts of creativity. Where ever she lived – her own home, with family or in the nursing home – she was busy collecting supplies and crafting “love”. Pinterest had nothing on Hope!
If you had the privilege of spending any time at all with Hope, you quickly learned of the beauty and sheer joy she found in the generations of family she cherished dearly. With a bright smile, crinkled nose and sparkling eyes full of pride, she loved to share the stories of her grandparents, parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the legion of her extended family. She was a bit challenged with technology, but she determinedly used Facebook to stay connected -- posting pictures, sayings, comments, “likes” and “hearts” everywhere.
Loss was deeply woven into Hope’s world. One of her triplets, Matthew, died at birth and two children – Chris and Robyn were buried as young adults. Her Dad; Mom; sister Jessie; brother Kevin; and way too many other family and friends left her, yet, while she lived with these holes in her heart, she kept living forward; plus, her body challenged her with multiple health complications... and yet her spirit kept fighting.
She was powerfully resilient. She was a fighter. She was our HOPE.
Hope will be missed by her children Danny (Christina), William (Sundi), Scott McClain, grandchildren: Heather (Eduardo) Barbosa, Christopher (Jacqueline) McClain, Brittni (Joshua) Showalter, Daltynn McClain, Stephanie Cooper, Matthew Schultz, Ashlynn Cooper, Anthony Schultz, Travis Harville, Johnathan McClain, Cole Witte, Jodi (Keith) Stevens, Nathanial Belt, and great grandchildren: Christian, Caden, LillyAna, Zander, Gabriel, Boden, Ryder, Phoenix, Athena; uncle Rudy, Becky Real sister-in-law, and her sister Dawn Marie (Gary) Hough and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services for Hope Ann McClain, 71 of Clarinda, will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda with visitation and refreshments following the service.
Interment will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Neola, Iowa, 11 a.m. Monday, October 29.
Memorials are suggested to the family.
Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, is providing arrangements.


McKinnon, Terri Sue Johnson - Terri Sue McKinnon, age 55, of Essex, Iowa formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Sunday, December 16, 2018, at her residence in Essex. No services will be held at this time. Memorials may be given in her name. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa, where we 'Celebrate Life'. 

Terri Sue (Johnson) McKinnon, age 55, daughter of Wayne Johnson and Lois (Hoyt) Johnson passed away on December 16, 2018 at home in Essex, Iowa. Terri was born on October 10, 1963 in Clarinda, Iowa. She fought a valiant fight with COPD.

Terri was a Clarinda High graduate, class of 1982 and while in school worked at McDonalds and following graduation took on full time employment there working her way up to become manager. She thoroughly enjoyed this work and continued until her health demanded she accept early retirement.

Her twin sons, William and Dustin were a special joy in her life. On December 18, 1993, she married David Dean McKinnon. They would have celebrated their 25th anniversary.

A granddaughter, Haylee Johnson preceded Terri in death.

Left to survive Terri are her parents, Wayne and Lois Johnson of Clarinda, Iowa; her husband, David McKinnon of Essex, Iowa; sons, William (Chelsea) Johnson and Dustin Johnson of Essex, Iowa; brother, Tracey (Trina) Johnson of Corning, Iowa; her mother-in-law, Doris McKinnon of Clarinda, Iowa; seven grandchildren and close friends, Terri and Larry Hiatt of New Market, Iowa along with many other relatives and friends.

Terri will be missed with her sense of humor. A service to honor her will be held at a later date.


Moore, Max Eugene - Max Moore, age 86, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Thursday, December 6, 2018, at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda. Services will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 10:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Richard Iske officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 11 from 9 to 10 AM prior to the service. Interment will be held at Shearer Cemetery, with military rites.

Max Eugene Moore was born October 27, 1932, in Braddyville, Iowa to Oral Moore and Hazel (Twaddle) Moore. He grew up in Braddyville, graduating from Braddyville High School in 1951 and Northwest Missouri State College, Maryville, Missouri in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Max served his country in the United States Army from November 1955 to November 1957. On September 20, 1974, Max was united in marriage to Eleanor (McClarnon) Stone in Maryville, Missouri and they made their home in Clarinda, Iowa.

Max worked with his father operating the Moore Hog Yards. Later, he was in the automobile business for a number of years and worked with area farmers as a crop adjustor until retirement. Max was an avid fisherman and sports fan thoroughly enjoying the Fantasy Football League. His greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.

Preceding Max in death were his parents; wife, Eleanor Moore (04/22/2017); brother-in-law, Joe Snow; sisters-in-law, Michaelyn McClarnon, Mary Ann McClarnon and Janice McClarnon; nephews, Tracey Snow, Matthew Kraig McClarnon and David McClarnon.

Survivors include his daughter, Kellee Ann (James) Bognanno of Carmel, Indiana; step children, Karmann (Larry) Wimmer of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, Becky (Randy) Meyer of Clarinda, Tarol “Skip” Stone of Hutchinson, Minnesota and Diane (Larry) Kemling of Seymour, Indiana; sisters, Bettie Snow of Lincoln, Nebraska and Kay (David) Clayton of Glen Ellyn, Illinois; sister-in-law, Elaine (Carl) Henneman of Independence, Missouri and brother-in-law, Howard McClarnon of Braddyville, Iowa; three grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; thirteen step great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and many friends


Mowery, Beverly Fern Higday - Beverly Fern (Higday) Mowery went to be with the Lord October 31, 2018. She had battled Alzheimer’s Disease for 17 years, with a smile on her face, a kind word for everyone she met, and a song of love and amazing grace for the Lord in her heart.

Beverly was born February 8, 1930, in Oxford, Mississippi. She spent her early years in Des Moines, Iowa where she attended Federated Church and graduated from North High School. On July 2, 1949, she was united in marriage to Richard Mowery, who was attending Drake University. The couple moved to Clarinda in 1955, where she taught piano lessons. She received her Associate Degree from Iowa Western Community College and became the secretary in the elementary schools from 1965 to 1988. Beverly loved to travel and camp with her family, and as the disease progressed, her love of the Lord and His Word became her daily comfort, and ‘Amazing Grace’, became her anthem for life.

Left to cherish Beverly’s memory is her loving husband, Richard Mowery of Clarinda, Iowa; her daughter Kathy (Ernie) Tomlinson of Brooklyn, Iowa; a son, Steve (Brenda) Mowery of Clarinda, Iowa; a grandson, Paul (Sarah) Mowery of Des Moines, Iowa; a brother, Richard (Jude) Higday of Ankeny, Iowa; a nephew, Rick (Silvia) Higday of Houston, Texas; a niece, Lisa Butler of Carroll, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Beverly in death are her parents, Lewis and Helen Higday; and her in-laws, Evelyn and Emmet Mowery


Negley, Elsie Irene Carr - Elsie Negley, age 107, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Westridge Care Center in Clarinda, Iowa. A private Graveside Service will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at the Clarinda Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa, where we ‘Celebrate Life’.

Elsie Irene Negley was born July 29, 1911, in Buchanan Township, near Siam, Iowa the daughter of Clarence Carr and Flossie (Hiles) Carr. She was a member of the Fairview Church of Christ. Elsie exhibited her Christian character through her generosity, joyful optimism, and her love of all living things, which made her an extraordinary human being. She started a teaching career in a one room country school where she rode a horse 4 miles to school. She ‘logged’ every child’s name in her book of students. After her marriage to Paul Negley in 1932, she helped with farm life and raising a family. As Paul’s health declined, she returned to teaching in rural schools and eventually moved to Clarinda where she taught 6th grade and served as Principal at the McKinley Grade School. She completed a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education while teaching. One of her greatest pleasures in retirement was seeing ‘her students’ succeed in life and return to see her. Her love of teaching never waned. She became a second mom to Mitsumi and Cindy, students from Japan and China, who came to live with her during their stay in Clarinda. After retirement, she continued working at the Clarinda Junior College Library and volunteering at the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum. Throughout the years, Elsie enjoyed genealogy, flowers, gardening, music and tutoring Japanese students. She was also a member of the Retired Teachers Club.

Left to cherish Elsie’s memory are two sons, Richard Paul Negley and wife Janet of Clarinda, Iowa; Marvin Carr Negley and wife Jean of Clarinda, Iowa; a daughter, Linda (Negley) Taylor and husband Darrel Barnes of Springfield, Missouri; nine grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Edith Carr of Texas; along with many family members, students and friends.

Preceding Elsie in death are her parents Clarence and Flossie Carr; her loving husband Paul Negley; two brothers, Byrle Carr and wife Joan; and John Carr; a sister, Elaine Smith and husband Cecil; two sisters-in-law, Catherine Goldsberry and Mary Lou Madden and their spouses


Otte, Dorothy Rosena Mascher - Dorothy Rosina Otte was born March 28, 1928 to Wilbur J.H. and Alma Sophie Marie (Henneman) Mascher in Harlan Township, southwest of Clarinda, formerly the Harmon Meyer place where her parents then farmed. When she was three years old her parents moved to their grandparents’ farm, Fred and Pauline (Krull) Henneman. Dorothy lived there until she was married to LaVern R. Otte January 25, 1948 at Immanuel Lutheran Church and then moved only several miles away to the Robert Otte home place.
Dorothy was a member of Immanuel all her life and was very active in LWML by working at funerals, visiting shut-ins, making quilts to send to Lutheran World Relief, and living her faith.
She loved being outside and working in her garden and with her flowers.
Her family was important to her. She so enjoyed and loved her family and neighbors. She also looked forward to her and LaVern attending monthly card parties.
She was well known for her homemade angel food cakes both white and chocolate. She loved to bake and always had cookies, muffins, cake or brownies in her freezer.
Dorothy went to her heavenly home on October 27, 2018. She was preceded by her parents; husband LaVern July 18, 2014; brother Donald Mascher and his wife Jean; sisters Pauline Mascher and Agnes Dunham and her husband Duane; brothers in law Robert Rasmussen and Cliff Nook.
Left to cherish her memory are her two children: Marlene Robberts and husband Darrel of Clarinda, IA and son Loren Otte and wife Carolyn of Denver, CO; grandchildren: Jeremy Robberts and wife Jennifer and their children D.J. and wife Savannah of Minden, IA, Brett and Jenna of Villisca, Jason Robberts and wife Angie and their children Jaron, Janessa, Lydia of Clarinda and Courtney of Grinnell, IA and Cory of Cedar Rapids, IA, Rachel Honig and husband Scott and their sons Carter and Nathan of Blue Springs, MO, Jessica Carretto and husband Steve and their sons Caden, Jaxon, and Kylan of Boca Raton, FL, Christine Ekberg and husband Brad and their children Becker, Elise and Stella of Pierce, NE; sisters Martha Rasmussen of Omaha, NE and Janice Nook of Wheaton, MN; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Services Dorothy Otte, 90 of Clarinda,will be held 10:30 Wednesday, at Immanuel Lutheran Church with visitation 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda. Interment will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church


Parkins, Nancy Lee Murph - Nancy Lee (Murph) Parkins 82, daughter of Charles Russell Murph Sr. and Regina Helen (Patterson) Murph passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 13 2018 at Accura Healthcare in Stanton, Iowa.

Nancy was born in Montgomery County Ohio and grew-up in Ohio along with seven of her siblings. She moved to California in the mid 1950's where she raised two daughters. 

She eventually returned to Ohio and settled in Lakeview Ohio with her husband Charlie Parkins. Nancy and Charlie were well-known in the area and had many friends. They could often be found socializing with their group of friends at the local McDonald's or at one of Nancy's favorite restaurants, Captain D's.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Charlie Parkins, brothers Richard, Charles, Ralph and sisters Florence, Phyllis, and Peggy. 

She is survived by her sister Patsy (Murph) Dano of Kettering OH, daughters Shirley (Albert) Buehler of Shenandoah IA and Bonnie (Michael) Metz of Stanton CA, grandson Eric Bleau of Ridgecrest CA, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

We love you and will miss you always.

Per Nancy's wishes she will be cremated and buried alongside her husband Charlie in Willow Branch Cemetery, Waynesfield OH at a future date to be determined.

Pending memorial service in Shenandoah


Perkins, Claude Lewis - Claude Lewis Perkins, the son of James L. and Maude B. (Shaffer) Perkins, was born on September 4, 1936 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away on November 20, 2018 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa, at the age of 82 years, 3 months, and 16 days. Claude attended one room schools and graduated in 1956 from the Strahan Consolidated School in Strahan, Iowa.

His childhood was spent helping his father on the farm. It was in this environment that he developed a love for the trucking industry and knew at an early age he wanted to drive a truck. 

On April 1, 1960, he was united in marriage to Sharon "Sherry" Blunt. The couple moved to Colorado where Claude worked on a cattle ranch with his dad. The cowboy life was not for him as he missed the black dirt and cornfields of southwest Iowa. On their return to Iowa, he began driving the big rigs full-time, eventually becoming an owner operator. Claude logged over a million miles on the highways of America, traveling coast to coast and border to border, with his home base being Randolph, Iowa. In 2002, he decided to retire to spend more time with family and to do more antiquing, collecting of old wrenches, reading, and traveling with his wife. Claude loved Allis Chalmers tractors and Dodge pickups. Cops, Live P.D., and Forged in Fire were his favorite programs on TV, blue was his favorite color, and overalls, cowboy boots and baseball caps, his favorite attire.

Claude was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Betty Francis and Joyce Kuykendall; daughter-in-law Rebecca Perkins; and granddaughter Alexis Perkins.

Claude is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Sherry, and four children, Tracy of Atlantic, IA, Jim of Tabor, IA, Debbie (Mike) Lesher of Tabor, and Bill (Andrea) Perkins of Cedar Rapids, IA; nine grandchildren, Daniel Perkins of Des Moines, IA, Oran and Joshua Perkins of Atlantic, Diana Perkins of Brookings, SD, Jessi Jamison of Randolph, Trevor and Emily Perkins of Tabor, and James and Josie Perkins of Cedar Rapids; step grandson Presley Lesher of Stanton, IA; as well as a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 10:30 am at the Nishna Valley Funeral Home in Shenandoah with Pastor Gordon Scott officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation and viewing at the funeral home Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Memorials in Claude's name are being directed to either the Randolph Fire & Rescue or the Historic Randolph Depot Museum or to Randolph Hometown Pride. Burial will take place in the Randolph Cemetery


Pierce, John - Masonic services for John Pierce, age 78, of Clarinda, Iowa, who passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018, at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 5:00 PM at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Chuck Mayer, W.M. officiating. Private inurnment will be held at Clarinda Cemetery at a later date.

John David Pierce was born August 27, 1940 in Clarinda, Iowa, the son of Loren John Pierce and Frances L’Agace (Mattox) Pierce. He grew up in Clarinda and graduated from Clarinda High School in 1958. August 9, 1958, John and Joann Sayler were united in marriage in Clarinda, Iowa. They were blessed with three children, Loren, Linda and Karen.

In their early years of marriage, they lived in various places across Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois while John was employed as a District Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America. Following their return to Clarinda, John worked for Campbell’s Hardware. In the late 70’s, John began working for the Clarinda Community Schools as Maintenance Supervisor until his retirement in 2002.

John was an active member of Nodaway 140 AF & AM Masonic Lodge. He was Past Master of the Lodge. John was Junior Grand Deacon for the Iowa Grand Lodge in 2011-2012. John loved wood working and being in his shop doing projects for all of his family members. The family will treasure the toys for the grandchildren, a train set, his bird head canes, furniture pieces and many other items. John also loved reading and had an extensive collection of books. He was a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church. 

Preceding John in death were his parents; brothers, Clair Pierce and Robert Pierce and son-in-law, Michael Bartlett.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of fifty nine years, Joann Pierce of Clarinda; son, Loren Pierce (Joanne) of Shenandoah, Iowa; daughters, Linda Pierce of Tucson, Arizona and Karen Bleier (Ben) of Kansas City, Kansas; grandchildren, Anne Pierce (Heath Bartles), Sarah Selken (David) and Sonja Bleier; great grandchildren, Adrian, Evann and Charlotte Bartles and Liam and Owen Selken; sisters, Tirzah Marklund of Kent, Ohio and Elizabeth Richards (Don) of St. Charles, Missouri; brother, Dale Pierce (Cindy) of Callender, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Edna Pierce of Alberta, Canada and Gail Pierce (Porter) of Prescott, Arizona; nieces; nephews and many friends


Prather, Maralee Almquist - Maralee (Almquist) Prather, age 92, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Thursday, December 20, 2018, at Clarinda Regional Health Center. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Interment of ashes will be at the Essex Cemetery in Essex. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa, where we 'Celebrate Life'. 

Maralee(Matheny) Prather was born 10/19/26 to Clarence and Lizzie (Erwin) Matheny at the home in Westboro, Mo. She was a member of the Westboro Methodist church and graduated Westboro high school in 1944. After graduation, she worked at Perfex and later at Brown's Shoe Fit in Shenandoah, IA. In November 1945 she married Merrill Robert Almquist at her parent's home in Westboro, Mo. A daughter, Jenell Karen, was born 11/12/46. 

They lived for a short time in Shenandoah then in Essex, Ia. They then moved to a farm northwest of Essex and began farming and became members of the Evangelical Church in Essex. In 1955 they moved and bought a farm near Coin, IA and became members of the Presbyterian Church in Coin. In 1971 they moved and bought a farm near Northboro, IA. Merrill passed away in 1973.

Maralee worked at the Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce and Mae Farmer's Dress Shop in Shenandoah. She obtained her realtors license and worked for Shirley's Realty in Maryville, Mo. She also volunteered at the St. Francis Hospital gift shop in Maryville and was a member of the Maryville Garden Club. Maralee married Lynn Prather in 1997 in Arizona and they moved to Maryville, Mo. Lynn passed away in 2012. Maralee enjoyed her family, playing cards, visiting with friends and neighbors and traveling to Germany, Austria, Holland, France, Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii and many states. 

She is preceded in death by husband Merrill Almquist, husband, Lynn Prather, her parents, brothers Sonny Matheny, Richard Matheny, Wendell Matheny, sister, Elizabeth (Roger) Rasmussen.

She is survived by daughter Jenell and David Anderson, grandchildren Lee (Susan) Anderson, Alexandria, VA, Lori (Jerry) Ruscko, Greeley, Co, great grandchildren Claire & Eli Wood, Evan & Maia Anderson, 3 step great grandchildren Jake, Natalie and Zach Ruscko, sister Dorothy & Carrol Green, Westboro, Mo, and a sister-in-law Lola Matheny as well as many nieces and nephews


Scott, Ona Marie Gossett - Ona Marie (Gossett) Scott, was born August 15, 1933, in Clarinda, Iowa and she passed away on November 21, 2018, at Elm Heights Nursing Home in Shenandoah, Iowa. Ona Marie is the daughter of Allen and Leone (Owen) Gossett. She grew up in the Hawleyville and Clarinda areas, receiving her education at the Olive Branch School and Clarinda High School where she graduated and then attended college. In 1959, she was united in marriage to Donald Scott in Clarinda. The couple farmed in the Randolph, Imogene and Shenandoah areas. They were blessed with the birth of two daughters, Kathy and Connie.

Besides being a farmwife, Ona Marie’s working career took her to Boulder, Colorado for the Esquire Magazine; Mutual of Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska; Midwest Benefit and Henry Fields in Shenandoah. She also worked for Williams Funeral Home in Clarinda and babysat with Dr. Don and Janet Bumgarner’s children, BJ and Jessica, when they first came to town. She did lots of other babysitting including her granddaughters. She also loved seeing her great-grandchildren. She was a member of the O.D.O. Club; Rook Club; and Happy Thought Club.

Left to cherish Ona Marie’s memory are her two daughters, Kathy Lightfoot and husband Robert of Shenandoah, Iowa; and Connie Sheehan and husband Jeff of Omaha, Nebraska; two granddaughters, Trisha Gawley and husband John of Ralston, Nebraska; and Sister Faustina (Megan) Lightfoot of Waverly, Nebraska; two great-grandchildren, Michael Robert Gawley (4) and Julia Marie Gawley (3 months); along with many other family members, friends, and her loving caregivers.

Preceding Ona in death are her parents Allen and Leone Gossett and her husband Donald in 2010


Smith, Colt Anthony - Colt Smith, age 33, of Pleasantville, Iowa, entered into peace Friday, December 7, 2018, in Hudson, Florida. Graveside services will be held Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 11:00 AM at Nodaway Cemetery, Nodaway, Iowa with Pastor Nathan Langford officiating. Visitation will be Friday, December 14, 2018 from 5 PM to 8 PM. at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Interment will be held at Nodaway Cemetery, Nodaway, Iowa.

Colt Anthony Smith was born on June 14, 1985 in Red Oak, Iowa to Craig Alan Smith and Karla Jean (Rhamy) Smith. He grew up in Villisca, Iowa until he was thirteen when the family moved to Pleasantville, Iowa. He graduated from Pleasantville High School in 2004 and went to Southeastern Community College and Porterville College in Porterville, California.

Colt grew up with a love of baseball. He had a dream of a lifetime come true when he was able to play for the Bristol White Sox in the Chicago White Sox organization. He loved anything that had to do with the outdoors. His greatest joy was spending time with family; you could always find him playing with his nieces, nephews and great-niece. They truly were his pride and joy.

Preceding Colt in death was his father, Craig Smith and his grandparents, Sandy Smith, Duane Rhamy and Rowena Rhamy.

Survivors include his dog, Wrigley; mother, Karla (Rhamy) Smith of Pleasantville, Iowa; three siblings, sister, Kerri (Gray) Lemmon and husband Arin of Pleasantville, Iowa, brothers, Nate Smith and wife Carly of Milo, Iowa and Kory Gray of Clarinda, Iowa; grandpa, Marvin Smith of Corning, Iowa; ten nieces and nephews, Craigan and Rhett Smith, Madalynne, Darah, Kelby, Audrey and Jase Gray, Chyenne, Mitch and Auston Lemmon; one great niece, Kennedy Sutton; and many family and friends


Swanson, Etta Marie Swift - Etta Marie (Swift) Swanson, daughter of John Clifton and Susie Marie (Erickson) Swift, was born on December 7, 1935 on the family farm southeast of Yorktown, Iowa in Page County. She entered into rest on Monday, October 29, 2018 at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 82 years, 10 months, 22 days.

At the age of two, her family moved to a farm south of Shenandoah. At age seven, they moved into Shenandoah where Etta attended the Shenandoah Community Schools, graduating from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1953. Following graduation, Etta worked as a receptionist at Iowa Finance in Shenandoah for four years.

On January 29, 1956, Etta was united in marriage to Merrill Dean Swanson at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shenandoah. To this union two children, Kevin and Nancy were born. They purchased the family farm six miles east of Essex in 1965. Etta was a devoted wife and mother. After retiring from farming they moved into Shenandoah in the spring of 2006.
A longtime member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shenandoah, Etta was a member of their Women’s Circle, was a Sunday School Teacher and served on many other committees. She also volunteered at Garden View Care Center and the Special Olympics.

Preceding Etta in death were her son, Kevin Swanson; parents; and brother, John C. Swift. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of over 62 years, Merrill Swanson of the home; daughter, Nancy Wilson and her husband Darrell of Quincy, IL; two grandsons, Blake Wilson and his wife Kassidy of Edwardsville, IL and Logan Wilson and Caitlin Arnold of Morrison, CO; great granddaughter, Kalylah Wilson of Edwardsville, IL; two sisters-in- law, Mavis Herzberg and her husband Darrel of Villisca, IA and Gloria Swift of Wheatland, WY; nieces and nephews, Diane Shipley and husband Bill of Nodaway, IA, Chris Herzberg an wife Jami of Charlotte, NC, Steven Herzberg of Ankeny, IA, Dwight Swift and wife Cindy of Colorado Springs, CO, Paula Ann Swift of Bountiful, UT and Darwin Swift of Bristow, VA; aunt, Alice Erickson of Essex, IA; many great nieces, nephews and cousins; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 2:30 pm at the Nishna Valley Funeral Home with Pastor Kurt Hoover officiating. The family greet relatives and friends with visitation from 1:30 to 2:30 PM prior to the service at the funeral home. A memorial is being established in Etta's name. Burial will take place in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. 

Survivors include her husband of over 62 years, Merrill D. Swanson, of Shenandoah


Sweeney, Nina - Funeral Services for Nina Sweeney, 98 of Clarinda, Iowa will be held at 11 am Friday, November 16, 2018 at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda, Iowa with an open visitation from noon to 5pm on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Memorials are donor choice.
Interment will be at Clarinda Cemetery. Services are provided by Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel.


Teuscher, Joy Lynne Calek - Joy Teuscher, age 74, of Clearmont, Missouri, entered into peace Thursday, December 6, 2018, at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Services will be held Monday, December 10, 2018, at 10:30 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Interment will be held at Braddyville Cemetery.

Joy Lynne Teuscher was born October 4, 1944 in Maryville, Missouri to Frank Calek, Jr. and Bessie Evelyn (Clester) Calek. She grew up in Clearmont, Missouri attending Clearmont Schools through the 12th grade. Joy and Marvin Ray Teuscher were united in marriage May 5, 1962 in Clearmont. They were blessed with three children, Bobby, Therese and Robin. 

Joy and Marvin raised their children on the farm in the Clearmont area and moved to Clearmont following the house fire in 1989. Being a Mom and Grandma were Joy’s greatest pleasures. She was an excellent seamstress and had worked at O’Bryan’s in Bedford. Joy loved to quilt and enjoyed teaching Kathy Jones and granddaughter Sierra to sew. She and her quilting club of friends had fun on their “runaways’ looking for fabric and ice cream through Nebraska and Kansas. Everyone was welcome at Joy’s and she made sure that they had plenty to eat, which was not a problem because she had canned large amounts of food. She especially loved making doll clothes and the Christmas baking of candy, cookies and all of the family traditions. In Marvin’s last years, Joy was a devoted care taker.

Preceding Joy in death were her parents, Frank and Bessie Evelyn Calek; husband, Marvin Teuscher (March 27, 2017); brother-in-law, Marion Burroughs.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Bobby L. Teuscher and wife Irene of Clearmont, Missouri, Therese L. Teuscher and Rick Bobo of Friendsville, Tennessee, Robin D. Teuscher and Mark Greeley of Elmo, Missouri; grandchildren, Jordan Teuscher and Karissa Inman of Maryville, Tennessee, Jaydan Teuscher of Maryville, Tennessee, Whitney L. Randolph Marsh and husband Anthony of Clearmont, Missouri, Sierra D. Randolph of Elmo, Missouri; great grandchildren, Brayden Marsh, Adelynn Marsh, Daniel Teuscher; sister, Carolyn Burroughs of Corning, Iowa; brother, Dwayne Calek and wife Wanda of Patillas, Puerto Rico; nieces; nephews and many friends.


Thomas, Connie J. Osborn - Connie J Thomas was born on Nov. 16th, 1949 to Freda Moses and Ray Osborn Jr.

She graduated from South Page High School in College Springs, IA. On Oct 2nd, 1971 she married T. Norman Thomas. They went on to welcome two children T. Christopher and Jennifer. She had many talents including crafting and was an exceptional artist. She loved to cook, garden, fish, catch up with friends and spending time with her family. 

Besides careers as a beautician for 20yrs, a para with OPS, and QA with InfoGroup, her most cherished profession was being a Grandma. She had a special relationship with each of her grandchildren.  She was a loving mother and a caring and giving friend. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her. 

Connie was preceded in death by her parents Ray Osborn, Jr and Freda and Mick Webber. 

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Norm; Son T. Chris Thomas; Daughter Jennifer (Ryan) Walters; Grandchildren: Chaughzeiyh, Deonté, Ania, Gage, Elise, Meriel, Robert; Siblings: Randy, Susan, Diane, Clint, Mick; Many other relatives and friends.

Visitation: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 from 6-8:00pm, with a prayer service at 7pm, All at Braman Mortuary (Southwest Chapel).

Graveside Service: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 at 11:00am at Maple Hill Cemetery in College Springs, IA.

BRAMAN MORTUARY (Southwest Chapel), 6505 S. 144th St., Omaha, NE


Thompson, Helen Lucille -

Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2018 at the Veterans Chapel in the Rose Hill Cemetery. 

Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church.

Helen Lucille Thompson was born on January 20, 1925 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Chester C. and Ina F. (Pinckley) Thompson. Helen entered into eternal peace on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa. 

Helen lived her entire life in the same house on 902 Church Street in Shenandoah. She graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1942. She worked at Woolworth's Department Store as a bookkeeper for 47 years until the stores closing in 1990. 

Helen was a member of the First Christian Church. In her spare time she enjoyed hand quilting and sewing. She made many beautiful quilts. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Donald C. Thompson, sister Lora Mae Henry, a sister in infancy Mary Ann Thompson and nieces Judy Duffin and Joan Kaforski. 

Those left to honor her memory include her nephew Stan Henry (Heidi) and their children Rebecca and Christian, niece Barbara Henry, nephew George Kaforski and children Rhonda, Christopher and Joann and great-niece Candy Lynn Duffin; other relatives and friends.


Whitehill, Rhonda Jean - Rhonda Jean Whitehill, daughter of James Edward and Nancy Rae (Keele) Whitehill, was born on November 10, 1961 in Shenandoah, Iowa. She entered into rest on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 56 years, 11 months, 15 days.

Growing up Rhonda attended the Shenandoah Community Schools until the family moved to Nebraska City, Nebraska. She graduated from Nebraska City High School with the Class of 1980.

After graduating, Rhonda moved back to Shenandoah, where she worked at Godfather’s Pizza. She also worked at the A & W in Glenwood and last worked as a Resident Treatment Social Worker at the Glenwood State School. She had most recently been a resident of Clarinda, Iowa. 

Things that brought a smile to Rhonda’s face included playing cards and shooting pool with friends. She also enjoyed word search puzzles.

Preceding Rhonda in death were her parents; paternal grandparents, Lee and Opal Whitehill; and maternal grandparents, George and Naomi Keele. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Corey Whitehill and his special friend Andrea Cox, two granddaughters Alexis Whitehill and Huxleigh Whitehill, all of Shenandoah, IA; three brothers, Larry (Pat Glassinger) Whitehill, of Farragut, IA, Randy (Sherry) Whitehill of Troutdale, OR and Lance Whitehill of Shenandoah, IA; nieces and nephew, James Whitehill and Katie Whitehill of Troutdale, OR and Paydon Whitehill of Shenandoah, IA; many aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives; and many friends. 

Celebration of life graveside services were held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah with Jeff Hiser officiating. The family greeted relatives and friends with visitiation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home beginning at 1:00 pm. Memorials are being directed to the family


Wayman, Richard Allen - Richard Allen was born September 10, 1948 to James Edward and Helen (Heywood) Wayman Sr. in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
After high school he married Nancy Coston. He worked at an implement and agri-service business for about 10 years. He began over the road trucking hauling grain, cement, meat and by products until he retired in 2011.
Richard loved to hunting, fishing, woodworking, trap shooting clay pigeons, boating with their pontoon and fireworks.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Diana Achenbach; 2 grandsons Cody and Trey; brothers-in-law Gary and Harold Coston.
Richard is survived by his wife Nancy of Clarinda; 3 children, Jodie (Brian) Taylor-Elmquist of Stanton, Iowa, Tracy (Lonney) Terry of Red Oak, Iowa, Erin (Jason) Sanders of Hawleyville, Iowa; grandchildren Keaton, Jade, Paige, Dillon, Kaylee, Sydney and Breanna; 3 great-grandchildren Brody, Abel and Athena; brothers James (Mary) Wayman of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Gary (Debra) Wayman of Cleveland, Texas, and Mike Wayman, Independence, Missouri, ; sisters-in-law Waneta (Tom) Gibson of Grand Island, Nebraska, Pauline Coston of Coin, Iowa and Fran Coston of Montana.

A memorial gathering for Richard Allen Wayman, 70 of Clarinda, will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda with a luncheon to follow for friends and family.

Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is providing arrangements.


Wilbur, Marily Brinkley - Marilyn (Brinkley) Wilbur, 80 of Clarinda, IA was called home to be with her Lord Friday October 19, 2018, after a brief and sudden illness.
Marilyn was born August 7, 1938 in Spencer, Iowa to Wesley and Mabel (Coddington) Brinkley the oldest of 3 children. Her siblings are Weldon (Barb) Brinkley of Destin, FL and Sandy (Bill) Dunigan of San Diego, CA.
Marilyn was baptized and confirmed at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa. Marilyn graduated from Spencer High School in 1956 and was united in marriage to Norman Wilbur at First English Lutheran Church in December of that same year.
Marilyn and Norman have been residents of Clarinda and active members of St. John Lutheran Church since their move here in 1978.
After nearly 62 years of marriage, Marilyn is survived by her husband Norman; her children Kevin (Dawn) Wilbur and Kandace (James) Sump; grandchildren Kevin (Cindy) Williams, Dalton Smith, Kole Wilbur, Karlie Wilbur, Kody Sump, Dustin Sump (fiancée Angela Dubberke), Derek Sump; great-grandchildren Konnor and Harper Williams; her brother and sister; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Marilyn Wilbur, 80 of Clarinda, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda with Rev. Jerome Wagoner officiating.
Following the service a luncheon will be held in the fellowship hall giving family and friends time to gather and share memories.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. John Kitchen Remodel Project or Clarinda Lutheran School.
Interment will be at a later date as Marilyn chose to donate her body for scientific study.
Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is providing arrangement


Younggren, Robert Kenneth - Robert Younggren, age 90, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Graveside Funeral Celebration of Life Services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Nyman, Iowa. Visitation will be held Saturday at Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda from 4 to 6 PM with the family greeting friends.

Robert (Bob) Kenneth Younggren was born March 9, 1928 in Red Oak, Iowa the son of Lawrence W. and Famie Viola (Anderson) Younggren. Bob attended Coburg (Montgomery County, Iowa) Grade School, when he was 5 years old, the family moved to Page County in 1939. He attended High Prairie Country School for 7th and 8th grade, walking to school 1 and ¾ miles daily. Bob graduated from Essex High School with the Class of 1946, working the following summer on a hay baler. 

Bob completed an application letter for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and one year later in 1948, he went to work for the FBI in Washington, D.C. His job duties included printing criminal “WANTED” posters and flyers and also duties at the FBI’s finger printing building. While working at the FBI, Bob said he did get the opportunity to meet FBI head, J. Edgar Hoover. Bob worked for the FBI until 1950, when his father was killed in a tractor/farming accident. Bob then returned to rural Essex and started farming. 

Bob was a member of the Fremont Lutheran Church in Nyman, Iowa. He was united in marriage to Betty Lou (Earnest) Hanson on August 25, 1963, and adopted her son, Dennis Hanson. Bob and Betty enjoyed ballroom dancing at The Music Box dance hall in Omaha, Nebraska. In fact, that dance hall is where Bob said he first met his wife Betty. On August 16, 1984, Betty Lou passed away.

Later in the 1980’s, Bob was introduced to Marcia Jean (Fry) Bromley, and on his ‘blind date’ Bob found his ‘Sunshine Girl’. Bob and Marcia were united in marriage on October 10, 1987, at an old mission church in Las Cruces, New Mexico. 

Bob’s farming operation included row crops, hay and a 70 head of cattle. He also worked for Little Debbie for 5 years and for Eaton Corporation in Shenandoah for 15 years as a supervisor, retiring in 1993.

Bob and Marcia moved from rural Essex to Kimberling City, Missouri in 1994. Together they enjoyed many friendships while living there. Bob enjoyed gardening and he had a special ‘green thumb’ when it came to raising roses and other flowers. He also enjoyed working for a time at Silver Dollar City in the specialty shop which sold dulcimers, and Bob played the Dulcimer himself. Marcia converted Bob into a lover of camping and they enjoyed many years of camping and traveling experiences, going south for the winter months. The ‘snowbirds’ held a special fondness of their many months spent at Gulf Shores, Alabama and many close friendships were made there while enjoying many games of Aggravation, Dominos and cards. The couple moved to Clarinda, Iowa in October of 2009, and local family members were happy to see them back. Many family meals and fond memories were shared together. Marcia passed away on March 18, 2011 and Bob continued to live in Clarinda.

Left to cherish Bob’s memory is his brother Norman Younggren of Essex, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Virginia Hunter of Clarinda, Iowa; a daughter-in-law, Janette Hanson of Tampa, Florida; a step-son Richard Bromley and wife Karen of Granger, Texas; grandchildren Robbie Hanson, Monica Hanson and Michael Hanson all of Tampa, Florida; many nieces and nephews who loved their uncle very much; along with many, many friends in several communities.

Preceding Bob in death are his parents Lawrence and Famie Younggren; his maternal and paternal grandparents; his first with Betty; his second wife Marcia; in-laws, Glen and Alice Earnest; and in-laws, Floyd and Florence Fry; his son, Dennis Hanson; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Younggren, Betty Lou Sipes and Yvonne (Peggy) (Borden) Lacey; and brothers-in-law, Bill Hunter, Marvin Borden and Gilbert Lacey.