Page County, Iowa obituaries
Pat O'Dell -

Abbott, Mary Elizabeth Cumley Eighmy Combs Abbott usually called "Marie" - Mrs I.W. Abbott, whose name before marriage was Elizabeth Crumley [sic] , passed away at her home in New Market on Friday, July 6th at the age of 55 [sic, 65] years, 5 months and 6 days. The funeral services were held Sunday at the home, conducted by Rev Fields, interment being in old Memory Cemetery south of New Market. Mr and Mrs Abbott wedded life was a short duration, they having been married the early part of March. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Jul 12, 1912


Anderson, Nancy Lee Coulter - Nancy Anderson, of Colona, Illinois, formerly of Coin, Iowa entered into peace Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at her residence in Colona, Illinois. Funeral Celebration of Life Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 11, 2019 at Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation will be held 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Ritchie Funeral Home. Interment will be held at the Maple Hill Cemetery in College Springs, Iowa.

Nancy Lee Anderson was born November 9, 1936, at Braddyville, Iowa, the daughter of Frank Coulter and Maribel (McDonald) Coulter. She grew up in the Braddyville/College Springs area. She graduated with the class of 1955 from Amity High School, College Springs, Iowa. She furthered her education at the Jennie Edmundson School of Nursing becoming a Registered Nurse. Nancy was united in marriage September 25, 1959 to George Reed. They were blessed with four children, Nancy, James, Judy, and Linda.

Following her marriage, Nancy lived in Coal Valley, Illinois for twenty eight years where she worked as an RN in nursing homes and hospitals in the quad city, area. In 1989, she returned to the Coin area to help her father with the farming. Nancy was united in marriage August 24, 1990 to Raymond Anderson in Clarinda, Iowa. She enjoyed farming and the country life. Nancy was active in the Sun Shine Club, the Birthday Club, and also enjoyed doing hand work and gardening. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Shenandoah, Iowa. Due to her declining health she has spent the last 3 years in Illinois with her daughter. 

Preceding Nancy in death were her parents, Frank and Maribel Coulter; husband, Raymond Anderson; brothers, Lloyd Coulter and Keith Coulter; son-in-law, David Smith; great granddaughter, Alyssa Streit.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Nancy Ingalls of Braddyville, Iowa, James Reed of Davenport, Iowa, Judy Smith of Colona, Illinois and Linda Meirhaeghe and husband Joe of Orion, Illinois; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; niece and nephews, other relatives and friends


Barlow, Beverly - Service will be held for Beverly Barlow at 12 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2019 at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, Janurary 25th, 2019 prior to the service. Memorials are family choice

Beverly Jean Barlow passed away on January 21, 2019 at Westridge Care Center in Clarinda, Iowa.  She was born September 9, 1926 to Harold and Eva (Freeman) Summers in Clarinda, Iowa.  Beverly attended Clarinda schools and lived in the Clarinda area all her life. She lost her father early in life and did have many jobs while in school. She married Denzel Barlow and had four sons, Dennie, Ronnie, Gary and Kevin. She raised her kids at home and was a homemaker for many years until she started working at Clarinda MHI. She got her LPN license as she was working. She retired from the MHI after 30 years. Her sister Marie and her enjoyed several trips in the winter to Arizona after retirement.  

She had many friends and would attend lunch with retired MHI workers. She also liked playing cards with family and friends. She would have coffee at McDonalds with friends. She enjoyed volunteering with RSVP at Glen Miller Days, ASCS office, etc. 

She was a great grandmother to all her grandchildren and would help with babysitting or transporting to school.  She loved all her kids and they knew it. 

She enjoyed cooking and everyone remember her candy that she made at Christmas especially the caramels. Always baking and all the kids and grandkids knew she would have something for them to eat when they came over. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother in law Marie and Wilbur Little, brother and sister in law Robert and Neva Summers, son Ronald Barlow and granddaughter Kristin Danial Barlow. 

She is survived by her sons Dennie (Sharon) Barlow, Gary (Kathy) Barlow, and Kevin (Teresa) Barlow; grandchildren Lisa (Terry) Carlson, Craig (Tanya) Barlow, Chad Barlow and friend Kellie, Jeff (Stephanie) Barlow, Kristy Barlow, Ethan Barlow, Emma Barlow and friend Leif, Kayla (Jade) Hagey, Kinsey (Sarah) Barlow, Karlee Barlow and friend Trent; step-grandchildren Jason (Jolie) Riley and children Georgia and Benjamin; great grandchildren Jenna (Chad) Steeve, Jaimee (Taylor) Sump, Chelsey Smith, Megan and Matthew Barlow, Natalie Blake, Barrett Hagey, Shelby and Braelyn Auten and Brayden Tillman; 6 great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and family.

Service will be held for Beverly Barlow at 12 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2019 at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, Janurary 25th, 2019 prior to the service. Memorials are family choice.

Brooke, Les - Les Brooke, age 84, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Friday, January, 4, 2019, at Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at 11:00 AM at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Wade Brandt officiating. Visitation will be Monday, January 7, 2019 from 5 to 7 PM. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Inurnment will be held at Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa with military rites by the Marine Honor Guard and American Legion Sergy Post 98. M

Les Brooke, named Leslie Dale Brooke, was born on October 17, 1934 in Clarinda, Iowa to Lester DeForest Brooke and Mary Linette (Stephens) Brooke. He was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and attended school in Clarinda, graduating in 1953. He enjoyed roller skating and playing football. He joined the United States Marine Corp after graduating from high school. While on a two-week leave before he left for Korea, he married Marnice Steeve on November 7, 1953 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He then served in Korea from 1953 to 1955. He was a sergeant who was tasked with hanging communication lines while dangling from a helicopter, at the 38th Parallel. His favorite TV show was MASH.

Once he was out of the service, Les and Marnice lived in Kansas City, near the Plaza. She was still in nurses training, and Les worked at a filling station. 

They moved back to Page County, Iowa in 1959, and bought a farm just south of Bethesda, near Marnice’s parents. Les’ interest in agriculture was sparked from helping his Uncle Jim Stephens farm as a teenager. He raised corn, soybeans, alfalfa, hogs, and cattle. They raised four children: Diane, Denise, Lee and Lori. He liked to travel to Colorado with his family to see his parents and relatives every summer. As a teenager, Les liked to hunt, especially with his uncles and cousins, and helped his uncles on their turkey farm in Boulder, Co. Les and Marnice also enjoyed trips to Las Vegas, Texas, Arizona, Branson and Hawaii.

Les was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, where he served in various leadership roles. He was a member of various agricultural organizations and the VFW. He and Marnice were members of the Clarinda Country Club where they enjoyed golfing and socializing for many years.

Les had several close friends, many of which were his childhood buddies and especially enjoyed class reunions. He always smiled and laughed and loved telling stories with his friends and cousins. He also loved his daily McDonald’s coffee group. He appreciated their company when they came to visit.

He loved to tease his grandchildren and was very proud of each of them. He spent many hours sitting on a bleacher watching them play sports. He also liked Bacardi and Coke, gravy, peach pie, and any kind of soup. Les was an excellent cook and ran Marnice out of the kitchen when he retired from farming. He enjoyed entertaining and feeding his friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his parents Lester Brooke, and Mary Stephens Brooke; one sister Barbara Brooke Kaiser; and one nephew Michael Geer.

Les is survived by his wife, Marnice Steeve Brooke, of Clarinda; four children: Diane (husband Chris Higgins) of Cedar Rapids, Denise (husband Thom Albin) of Centennial, CO, Lee (wife Darla Schrader) of Clarinda, IA and Lori (husband David Graenser) of Clarinda, IA; six grandchildren: Katie Graenser of Clarinda, Blake Higgins of Cedar Rapids, Drew (wife Rachel) Higgins of Centerville, IA, Bailey (husband Cody) Clubb of Clarinda, Leah Brooke of Clarinda, Iowa, and Logan Brooke of Clarinda; two step-grandchildren Kathryn Albin of Aurora, CO, and Thomas Albin III of Greencastle, IN; one great-grandson Bowen Clubb of Clarinda, and one step-great-grandson Julian Albin of Aurora, CO; one niece Linn Dawson of Thornton, CO, and one great nephew Aaron Dawson of Thornton, CO; plus many cousins and great-nieces and nephews


Buch, Janet - Funeral services for Janet Buch of Clarinda will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, December 15 at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
There is open visitation Friday at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel 10 until 5 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is providing arrangement



Buehler, Shirley Jean - 03 Jul 1953 - 28 Jan 2019 - Shirley passed away on Monday afternoon at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs following an extended illness.

No services are currently planned


Calhoon, Wayne Elbert -

 Wayne Elbert Calhoon, the son of Ross and Nellie (Reed) Calhoon, was born August 29, 1936 in Page County, Iowa.  His childhood years were spent near Shambaugh, Iowa in Page County, where he received his early education at Linn Point Grade School and later graduated from Clarinda High School in 1955.  Wayne continued his education at Clarinda Community College in 1957 and later Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where he received his BS in Agriculture Education I in 1960.  He also finished his Graduate School studies at Iowa State University.

     Wayne married Vada Ruth Sundell on September 2, 1961 in Lenox, Iowa.  After their marriage, they moved to Griswold, IA, where he taught Vocational Agriculture for 5 years.  They later made their home in Guthrie Center, Iowa, where he also taught Voc. Ag.  In August of 1969, they moved to Spencer, Iowa, where he was a farm home agent for Metropolitan Life for 18 years.  The last 11 years of his working life, he was a court Magistrate Court Attendant for the State of Iowa until his retirement in 2001.  Wayne was a past member of the United Methodist Churches in Griswold and Guthrie Center and was a current member of Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.  He was also a past member of the Lions Club, the Masonic Lodge and the Boy Scouts of America.  Wayne served and retired as Major of the National Guard and U.S. Army after serving for 27 ½ years.

     He passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, Iowa on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the age of 82.  Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Nellie Calhoon; his parents in-law, Karl and Ruth Sundell; his brothers and sisters, Marvin Calhoon, Mildred Sorenson, George Calhoon and Richard Calhoon; his sister in-laws Opal Calhoon, Wanda Calhoon and Beverly Stream; brother in-law, Elmo Sorenson and nephews: Steve Calhoon and David Stream.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife,   Vada of Spencer, his son, John Calhoon and his wife, Carrie of Flagstaff, AZ; two daughters:  Judi Calhoon and her boyfriend, Tony Schmidt, of Peterson and Karensue Hensley and her husband, Brent of Joplin, MO;  his grandchildren:  Brent, Kaleb, Tyler (Kylie), Noah (Caroline), Trevor, Jayden (Esteban), Jonah, Wyatt, Sarah, and Eric (Heather); his great-grandchildren:  Sierra, Hailey, Jace, Karson, Beatrice, Minerva and Ezequiel Wayne (and one more that will be arriving in February); sister in-laws: Marilyn Calhoon of Lincoln, NE and Peggy Calhoon of McCook, NE and brother in-law, Karl Edward Sundell and his wife, Joyce of St Joseph, MO;  many nieces and nephews and other family and friends


Carlson, Troy - Robert Troy Carlson - Troy Carlson, age 53, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Monday, December 31, 2018 at Bryan East Medical Center, Lincoln, Nebraska. Funeral Celebration of Life Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Friday, January 4, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church in Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Jerry Wagoner officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa from 5 to 7 PM with the family greeting friends. Interment will be held at the Clarinda Cemetery in Clarinda, Iowa.

Robert Troy Carlson was born September 27, 1965 in Clarinda, Iowa, the son of Dennis Carlson and Linda Rae (Beavers) Carlson. Troy grew up on the farm in the Clarinda area. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church and remained strong in his faith. Troy attended the Clarinda schools and received his GED. Troy and Tina Potts were united in marriage June, 1985 and later divorced. They were blessed with three daughters, Catrina, Sasha and Collette.

Farming and working with his Dad was great enjoyment for Troy. He loved the farm and enjoyed nature. He was a hard worker and raised cattle, pigs, a big garden and chickens. Troy would share his produce and take the eggs to town to sell. He also did a lot of canning and was a good cook. Mushroom hunting, trapping and especially fishing were all of Troy’s favorite pastimes. As a child, he was especially close to his Grandparents, Stanley and Edna Carlson and enjoyed activities with them. He also enjoyed going to the casino and was thrilled when he won his “Slingshot” vehicle and had a lot of fun giving the grandkids rides. He enjoyed driving the grandkids around the farm and showing them the farm animals. Troy had a great love of family and loved being a Grandpa! He was a gentle man and especially liked to make people laugh and smile. 

Preceding Troy in death are his grandparents, Stanley and Edna Carlson and Uncle Dean Carlson. 

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Catrina Reynolds and husband Preston of Coralville, Iowa, Sasha Grundman and husband Toby of Bedford, Iowa, Collette Carlson and Josh Shatava of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren, Adalynn, Aspen, Beckett, Clara, Hali, Kenzlee, Mactavish, Mykinzie and Kashdyn; father, Dennis Carlson of Clarinda, Iowa; mother, Linda Carlson of Benson, Arizona; siblings, Tracy Newson of Lakewood, Colorado, Kylee Peterman and husband Matt of Bedford, Iowa, Jaylyn Sayler of Clarinda, Iowa, Kyle Sayler of Bedford, Iowa; aunts and uncles, Karen Beaver and Marvin Ferguson of New Market, Iowa, Rolland and Debra Carlson of Braddyville, Iowa, Harold Eugene Beavers of Creston, Iowa; many cousins; other relatives and many, many friends


Carroll, Eleanor Jo "Jody" Foster - Jody passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah. Memorials may be directed to Elm Heights Care Center. A memorial service will be held in June.

Eleanor Jo "Jody" Foster Carrell was born October 14 1924, to Harry Denny Foster and Elizabeth Curlette (Hier) Foster in Marceline, MO. Enjoying growing up in the small town with her older brother Wallace "Wally" and and younger brother James "Jim", she was active with vocal music, cheerleading, and graduated from Marceline High School in 1942. Jody attended the University of Missouri in 1942 and '43 until WWII, when she starting working for the Santa Fe Railroad. As a telegrapher and "Report Operator", she worked 7 days a week during the War until the service men came home in 1945. Jody resigned her job with the Railroad, and returned to the University of Missouri.

Jody met Allen Carrell at the University after her return, and they were married August 29, 1948. They both graduated in 1949, and moved to Parma, MO where they both started their teaching careers, and raising a family. Jody and Allen moved to Shenandoah, IA in 1957, and in 1966 She returned to teaching 2nd grade in the Shenandoah School system for the next 20 years. Allen and Jody were married for 49 years, and had 4 children. Lynne (Richard) Schroeder of Lincoln, Patty Carrell (John Binderup) of Omaha, Allen "Skip" (Mary Jo) Carrell of Shenandoah, and Nancy (Mark) Hirschfeld of Minneapolis.

Jody was active with P.E.O., music, Hospital Auxiliary, various bridge groups, and the Congregational United Church. Jody and Allen enjoyed travel, from early trips to see family, to later more extensive travel in their retirement years. Jody's love of reading was a gift she always enjoyed sharing with family and her students. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Wally (1990), and her husband Allen (1997). She is survived by her brother Jim Foster, her children, six grandchildren: Jim and Tom Schroeder, Drew (Marie) and Sam (Ellie) Carrell. Jillian and Jacob Hirschfeld. Great grandchildren, Henry, Ben, and Charlotte Carrell.

Jody will always be remembered for her love and caring of others. She was especially gifted in her love of children, and touched many young lives during her years as a teacher


Carter, Lloyd Lee - Lloyd L. Carter 69 of Shenandoah passed away on Tuesday evening, January 22, 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the family.


Comstock, Debra "Deb" Kay Johnson - Debra Kay was the first born to Clayton and Mary (Nelson) Johnson on December 21, 1953. She was born in St. Louis, MO while Clayton was stationed there in the Coast Guard. She grew up in Essex, Iowa and became the big sister of Randy and Vicki. She attended Fremont Lutheran Church all of her life.

While attending Essex Community School (K-12) she was involved in band, basketball, softball, Pep Club, Annual Staff. She graduated with the class of 1972. She was a Brownie and in the 4-H Pierce Pinnette Club. After high school she attended Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA and after graduating returned to Essex.

Deb was married to Terry Comstock on 08-01-81 for 29 years in an outdoor wedding on the parsonage lawn. They were blessed with a daughter, Sara and son, Andy. She enjoyed attending all of their activities growing up with school and church. 

After working in banking and office settings she discovered the Tea Room in Stratford, IA where she enjoyed waitressing and helping out where needed. From Stratford she moved to Iowa City, IA and loved helping out with her new grandchildren. While there she worked security at the Iowa Hawkeye home football games.

Omaha then became her home for a couple of years while helping care for her Dad. She was a "Lunch Lady" during the school year for Omaha Public Schools. She volunteered and enjoyed the Bunco group.

The last three years she enjoyed living back at the farm she grew up on. She reconnected with classmates and old friends while meeting new friends at her job at the Shenandoah Medical Center cafeteria.

Deb enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling to Puerto Vallarta, MX-Jamaica-Cruise to the Bahamas, volunteering, reading, watching any NBA game, Kansas City Chiefs, Iowa Hawkeye, the Essex Labor Day weekends, holidays, shopping, gardening, baking with the Grandkids and playing games.

Her greatest joy, of course, was her Grandchildren, Abram, Stella and Isabel Livermore. She was excited for the fourth grandchild due in April.

She was touched by the support she received after her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. We, her family, are overwhelmed with the love and support following her stroke in October. Deb passed away at the Taylor House in Des Moines, IA. She was cared for and loved by all there which we are so grateful for.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clayton and Mary and brother Randy. 

Deb is survived by her daughter: Sara and Son-in-Law Joshua Livermore, Sweet Grandchildren: Abram, Stella and Isabel Livermore of Norwalk, IA: Son Andy of Coon Rapids, MN: Sister Vicki and Brother-in-Law Chris Maher from Omaha, NE: Her God Mother and Aunt Beulah Johnson of Ames, IA; Aunt Jean Nelson of Red Oak, IA: Cousins Alan Johnson and Linda (Johnson) Hefley of Ames, IA, Christy (Nelson) Watkins of Clarinda and Tracy (Nelson) White of Ponce Inlet, FL.

Celebration of life funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at the Fremont Lutheran Church in Nyman, Iowa.

Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Burial will be held at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Nyman, Iowa


de Garcia, Priscilla Partridge - Dr. Priscilla Garcia, age 76, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at her residence in rural Clarinda, Iowa. Graveside services will be held Friday, January 18, 2019, at 3:00 PM at Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Open visitation at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa will be 12:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17 until 3:00 p.m. Friday.


Gee, Jeanne Anderson -

Marilyn Jeanne Anderson Gee, daughter of Merrill West and Florence (Holmberg) Anderson, was born on August 21, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska.   She entered into rest on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Shenandoah Medical Center at the age of 93 years, 4 months, 25 days.

Her early life was spent growing up in Shenandoah where she attended the Shenandoah Community Schools, graduating from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1942.  Jeanne then attended Nebraska Wesleyan receiving an Associate of Arts Degree.

On December 7, 1947, Jeanne was united in marriage to Charles R. Gee at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah.  They made their home in Shenandoah, where they raised their two children, Sally West Gee and Timothy Charles Gee.   Jeanne was a homemaker to her husband and children and was considered an exceptional cook.  She served on the Iowa State Library Board in the 1960's, was a member of the Shenandoah Book Club and a life-long member of the Shenandoah P. E. O.   Jeanne served as a delegate at the Republican National Convention in 1956.  Jeanne loved to travel, taking many trips to Mexico in the 1950's and 1960's.  She enjoyed wintering in Arizona.  Chuck and Jeanne had a wide network of friends throughout the country that they enjoyed visiting.

Preceding Jeanne in death were husband, Charles R. Gee in 2007 and daughter, Sally W. Gee in 2015.  Left to cherish her memory is her son and daughter-in-law, Drs. Timothy and Carol Gee of San Francisco, CA; two grandsons, William of Los Angeles, CA and Bradley of Brooklyn, NY; sister, Shari Anderson of New York City, NY; and an adopted A. F. S. daughter, Bach Mai Larsen of Long Beach, CA; other relatives and many friends. 

Following cremation, inurnment will take place in the Rose Hill Cemetery and a Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  Memorials in Jeanne's name are being directed to the Child Saving Institute, 4545 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68132 or to the Shenandoah Public Library


Henry, Lois May Acklin - On September 13, 1942 Lois May Acklin was born to Violet (White) Acklin in Athelstan, Iowa. Her father, Clarence W. Acklin had passed away while serving his country during WWII, so he never got to meet his beloved daughter. Lois entered into peace on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at her home in Essex, Iowa.

Her mother later married Elvin G. Hiatt, and that is who Lois looked to as her father. Her early years were spent in Athelstan where she attended country school through the 8th grade. She later attended Bedford High School. On July 11, 1960 she was united in marriage to Carl Henry Jr. This marriage was blessed with the birth of four daughters, Karen, Sandra, Susan and Amy. The couple later divorced.

Lois was a very hardworking single mother. She worked in the housekeeping department at Hand Hospital and later transferring to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital when it opened. She eventually became the Housekeeping and Laundry Supervisor, working for a total of 30 plus years. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, crocheting, word puzzles, watching NASCAR while cheering for Dale Earnhardt, playing Yahtzee and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Wesley Hall and infant grandson William Alexander. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters; Karen (Curtis) Riley, Sandra (Steven) Jennings, Susan (David) Stevens, and Amy Jones; grandchildren; Angie (Steve) Wilson, Jonathan (Cassandra) Cain, Clarissa Cain, Melanie Miller and fiancé Joseph Moeller, Janelle (Bob) Carlson, Stephanie (Steve) Neve, Jacque (Blair) Dickinson, Ben (Chelsey) Hall, Matthew (Tracy) Stevens, Andrea Scharp and significant other Tyler Lorimor, Colby Erdman, Luke (Jess) Erdman and Morgan Alexander; 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. 

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Essex Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family


Henstorf, Richard DeLong -

Richard DeLong Henstorf, 73, of Corning, Iowa and formerly of Clarinda and Farragut, Iowa passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at CHI Health Mercy Corning.  Richard deeded his body to the Nebraska Antomical Board for the further advancement of medical education and research.

A celebration of Richard's life will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah with Rev. Rick Sleyster officiating.  The family will greet friends and relatives with visitation one-half hour prior to the service at the funeral home beginning at 10:30 AM.  Inurnment will take place in the Farragut Cemetery at a later date. Memorials are being directed to Easterseals Iowa and Camp Sunnyside in Richard's name.

Richard DeLong Henstorf was born to Robert Harrison and Doris Louise (DeLong) Henstorf on October 1, 1946 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away on January 5, 2019, in Corning, Iowa, at the age of 73.

He was a newspaper boy from the ages of 10 through 16 and graduated in 1965 from Farragut Community School as salutatorian. 
Richard was a camper for five years at YMCA Camp Foster on East Lake Okaboji and then a counselor. He also directed day camps at Corning, Clarinda, and Shenandoah from ages 17 through 19. 

In June 1966, he collided head on with a drunk driver near Shenandoah. While recovering, he spent a rewarding sophomore year at Tarkio College. In 1969, he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Economics Major from the University of Iowa. 

Richard moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1972 and lived there for 17 years. He earned 19 graduate hours in child care at Radcliffe Institute Harvard University and completed his practicum at Radcliffe Gymnasium Preschool. 

He acted as Director-Head Teacher for 15 preschoolers at the Haitian Multi-Service Child Care Center. Richard was also employed by the American Friends Service Committee and Harvard Community Health Plan in accounting. He was an assistant sexton for the YMCA and First Church in Cambridge Congregational, UCC.

Because of his life-long interest in children, Richard helped establish the state Office for Children. One volunteer activity that gave him special pride was serving 800 hours at Boston Childrens Hospital taking care of children whose parents were seeing genetics doctors. He was glad when friends volunteered and told him they felt better for doing it. 

Richard married Gloria Elsa Vasquez on June 22, 1976. His parents took the couple to Rocky Mountain National Park, and Elsa’s parents took them to Ecuador. They divorced in October 1982.

Richard returned to southwest Iowa in October 1989. He spent two years closing his father’s business, Henstorf Insurance Agency that his grandfather Robert Otte Henstorf started in 1907. The other event of October 1989 was a birthday gift of a house from his parents. 

In August 1996, he took up residence at Terrace View Residential in Clarinda. Richard enjoyed helping others in the community, including playing Santa Claus. In December 2015, he moved to Corning Specialty care.

He is survived by his sister Harriette Woodward, her four children, and two grandchildren, and eight Henstorf and DeLong cousins


Herzberg, Helen Marie Bashor - Helen Herzberg, 88, of Creston, died on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at her home in Creston. Celebration of Life Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at the Salem Lutheran Church, 602 West Townline Street in Creston. Pastor Jeff Alvestad will officiate. Burial will be at Memory Cemetery, near New Market at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Open visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Powers Funeral Home, 601 New York Ave. in Creston. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family to be determined at a later date. Online condolences can be given at 

Helen Marie Herzberg, daughter of John Arnold Bashor and Mae Ellen (Combs) Bashor was born May 27, 1930 in Taylor County. Helen graduated from New Market High School in 1948. Soon after graduation she began working as a secretary at Production Credit in Clarinda, Ia. 

On July 27, 1952, Helen was united in marriage to Bernard “Ben” Herzberg at St. John Lutheran Church in Clarinda. They settled in Clarinda for a short time before moving to a farm in Page County where Helen began working as a homemaker. 

On December 31, 1959 Helen moved to Creston, Iowa where she continued to work as a homemaker until 1970 when she began working at Iowa State Savings Bank as a book-keeper for a short time. In 1974 Helen began working as a bookkeeper for Creston Community Schools, working for 21 years, retiring in 1995. Helen was a member of Salem Lutheran Church and Creston Retired Teachers Organization. 

Helen is survived by her husband Ben Herzberg of Creston, Ia.; three sons, Kevin (wife Betty) Herzberg of Grand River, Ia., Lanny (wife Donna) Herzberg of Creston, Ia. and Brent (wife Cynthia) Herzberg of Kansas City, Mo.; daughter, Reasa Herzberg of Clarinda, Ia.; 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Dalphon (wife Rosvelyn) Bashor, Donald (wife Maxine) Bashor and Charles (wife Beverly) Bashor and a sister Darlene (husband Dick) Graham.


Hoyt, Patty Ann Jeffers -

Pat Hoyt, age 77, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at her residence in Clarinda. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 21, 2019, at 10:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Richard Iske officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday from 9 to 10 AM prior to the service. Interment will be held at Clarinda Cemetery.

Patty Ann (Jeffers) Hoyt, 77 of Clarinda, Iowa passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in her home.
Pat was born to Rol and Mary Jane (Cavner) Jeffers on June 19, 1941 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. She had one younger sibling, the late Wyona Jeffers.
Pat is survived by spouse of 62 years, Donald Hoyt; six children were born to this union. Patricia (Pat) and Randy Davison of Clarinda, Iowa; Stephonie and Gordon Huseman of Bedford, Iowa; Norese Hill of Clarinda, Iowa; Donald (Donny) Hoyt of Arkansas, Kevin Hoyt of Clarinda, Iowa and Tanna and Jim LaChapelle of Omaha, Nebraska. She had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She would tell you they were all great.
During her lifetime she not only dedicated her life to her family but she took in ironing, babysat in the home and worked as a CNA/Ward Clerk at the Douglas County Annex, Omaha; Clarinda Regional Health Center and Methodist Hospital, of Omaha.
She started an antique store with one of her brother-in-laws and soon opened her home to teach ceramics then later on she switched to porcelain making dolls and china painting. She did a variety of crafts and traveled to many craft shows and sold not only her ceramics and painting but she also sold crabs. She was always making something for others to help with their fundraising endeavors.
She volunteered for the Clarinda Swim team, Clarinda Chamber of Commerce, helped decorate for grandchildren's prom and the Clarinda Regional Health Center as a greeter, blood drives and delivered meals for clients in the community through the hospital.
Pat loved music and dancing, but most of all she loved her family and friends. She will be missed by many.

Johnson, Denise Lorraine Runyan - Denise Lorraine (Runyan) Johnson, 63, of Merriam, KS, passed away on January 31st in Kansas City, KS. A Celebration of Life will be at 1pm, Saturday, March 9th at Roeland Park United Methodist Church.

Denise was born in Clarinda, IA to Donald and Bessie Runyan on March 4, 1955. She grew up attending Clarinda First UMC. She graduated from Clarinda High School. In the middle of a blizzard, Denise married Keith Johnson on January 10, 1975 in Clarinda, IA.

She graduated from Iowa Western Community College and Northwest Missouri State University. Denise taught English at Pierson Junior High School for 6 years, she then went on to get her master's degree at the University of Kansas, and taught English as a Second Language at Donnelly College for 12 years. She later taught ESL at KU Med for 3 years.

She was involved with Roeland Park UMC and the United Methodist Women at the church, district, and conference levels. She was very musically talented playing several instruments as well as singing in the church choir and playing in and directing the handbell choir for many years.

Denise is preceded in death by her grandparents Floyd and Oleta Dalrymple and Thomas and Margie Runyan, parents-in-law George and Lucille Johnson, and honorary parents Earl and Andi Anderson.

Denise is survived by her husband, Keith, children Regina, Jeremy (Tracy), and Heidi, parents Don and Bessie Runyan, sisters Donna Kay, Karen Kidney (John), Sandy Tillwick (Mark), grandchildren Dann, Kari, Madi, Alicia, and Katrin along with many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be given to Roeland Park United Methodist Church (roelandparkumc. org/give-online), Purple Stride for Pancreatic Cancer (, or the Arbor Day Foundation ( Flowers may be a traditional gift, but as Denise was not all that traditional, please consider giving a donation instead. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to close friends and caregivers Vicki Bisby and Lise Dujakovich, Sami Papacek-Mansfield with Cancer Wellness for Life, Dr. Anup Kasi and Erin Carroll from KU Med Oncology, and the Willed Body Program at the University of Kansas.
Published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 5, 2019


Johnson, Ronald Laverne - Funeral services for Ron Johnson, 65 of Clarinda, Monday, February 4, 2019, 11 a.m. at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda. Visitation will be held Sunday, February 3,2019 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel.
Ron passed away Friday afternoon, January 25, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha following a brief illness.

Ronald Laverne Johnson was born July 5, 1953 in a car on the way to Maryville, Missouri. As his father Marvin was driving to the hospital his mother Marvis and his uncle Leonard were working to deliver Ron in the back seat of the car. When they arrived at Maryville hospital Ron was already delivered. In the hospital his mother; gave him the middle name Laverne to honor the uncle that delivered him; thinking that the uncle who delivered him was named Laverne even though his name was actually Leonard.

Ron learned the value of hard work on the family farm in Clearmont, Missouri. Ron was the fourth child of eleven born to Marvin and Marvis (Bast) Johnson of Clearmont, Missouri. Farm life filled his memories of early childhood. Ron often shared memories of farm life such as milking cows, raising hogs, and riding horses. As a child Ron loved playing baseball with his family; often as a player and coach. His love for baseball and coaching continued throughout his
life. This love of baseball was encouraged by his father, who would take his children on trips to watch baseball games in St. Louis, Missouri. One of Ron’s favorite memories from childhood was of his ninth birthday. On that day the Johnson family had a new baby born named Todd. Marvin and Marvis told Ron that he had a new birthday present named Todd; to which Ron said, “I don’t want that send him back where he came from.” In time Ron grew to love his baby brother even though they had to share a birthday.

Ron left home after graduating from high school. He went to Northwest Missouri State University for a short time until he decided to follow in his mothers’ footsteps pursuing a career in psychiatric nursing. While working at the Mental Health Institute in Clarinda, Iowa Ron met the love of his life and the mother of his children, Shirley Ellen Marshall. When Shirley saw Ron for the first time, she knew he would be the father of her son. Ron and Shirley met in July 1977
and they were married during a blizzard on December 31st, 1977.

Ron and Shirley had their first child Corey Laverne on July 26th, 1978. In 1980 Ron and his mother-in-law Donna Marshall joined nursing school together working to earn their Practical Nursing degrees from Iowa Western Community College, Clarinda Campus. Ron was one of the first men to break into
the field of nursing; which at the time was a field dominated by women. Ron worked a full-time job while attending college full time. He often describes this as one of the toughest challenges of his life. 1981 was an important year for Ron as his second child Rhonda Kay was born April 6th. As Ron continued his career at the MHI the years went by and in 1987 Ron and Shirley were
blessed with their third child. On February 16th, Melissa Ann was born.

Ron’s passion for coaching continued with his children. For many years Ron coached Little League Baseball in Clarinda, Iowa. Ron’s passion for baseball touched the lives of children all around Clarinda as he coached baseball for both Corey and Rhonda at the same time; sometimes running from one field to another; coaching both the boys’ and girls’ teams simultaneously. Ron loved coaching and he would often say that we were a big softball and baseball family. After every game win or loss Ron would take the kids for ice cream at Dairy Queen. Ron had several championship teams, but foremost he was always about fair play and wanted to make sure that all kids had a chance to play no matter what; inspiring them to believe in themselves to be the best they could be.

Ron had a long and rewarding career as a psychiatric nurse working for over thirty years as a state of Iowa employee until his retirement, helping thousands of people in their time of need and living his life in service to others. Ron loved being with family and enjoyed traveling to see them. He would make annual road trips with his wife and children. He loved travelling around the western United States to visit family, he travelled to Japan, and came to the Philippines for his son’s wedding. His most memorable trips include going to see family around the world.

He is preceded in death by his parents Marvis and Marvin Johnson; sister and brother-in-law Vicki and Ray Beaman; sister Charlene Drydale; brother, Rick Johnson; brother, Keith Johnson in infancy; and mother-in-law Donna Marshall.

Left to treasure Ron’s memories are his beloved wife, Shirley Johnson of Clarinda, Iowa; his three children, son, Corey and wife Karen of Suzhou, China, and daughters, Rhonda and Melissa of Clarinda, Iowa; Romeo Sr. and Rosie Acta (Ryan, Joy, Romeo Jr. and KC) of Legazpi, Philippines; brothers and sisters, Ken and Nancy Johnson (Michael and Cassie) of Clearmont, Missouri; Deb and David Cooper (Andrea, Jessica, Megan) of O’Fallon, Missouri;
Patricia and Charles Dike (Jeremy) of Savannah, Missouri; Christina and Mike Gigliotti (Shannon and Ashley) of Ozark, Missouri; Kevin and Debbie of Chandler, Arizona; Todd of Elmo, Missouri; brother-in-law Leon Drydale (Lynatte and Kimberly) of Barnard, Missouri; niece Lorene Foust of
Pekin, Illinois; nephew LeRoy Beaman of Middletown, Iowa; Father-in-law Richard Marshall Sr. of Clarinda, Iowa; sister-in-law Becky Nielson (Jason and Christopher) of Maryville, Missouri; brother-in-law Richard Jr. and Debbie Marshall (Gregg, Danny and Philip) of Clarinda, Iowa; brother-in-law Mike Marshall of Clarinda, Iowa; sister-in-law Kathy and Alejandro Merino (Kim and Kaylee) of Portland, Oregon; Yoy Sommay of Gresham, Oregon; brother-in-law
Bob and Kathy (Emily, Jessica and Allison) of Villisca, Iowa; brother-in-law John and Wendy (Sheena and Zach) of Nodaway, Iowa; sister-in-law Sandy and Tim Fenner (Josh, Jenny and Marshall) of Littleton, Colorado; and countless number of precious family and friends.

Ron was a devoted husband and father. He will be greatly missed, but his love and inspiration will live on through his family. May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn his passing


Jones, Opal Marie Toland - Opal Marie (Toland) Jones was born July 15, 1921 on a farm east of Randolph, IA. She passed away peacefully in her home on January 18, 2019.

She was born to Harry and Esther Toland, The family settled in the Northboro, IA area. As a senior, Opal was a member of the Little Seven Conference championship team of 1938. She also represented Northboro in the Miss Iowa Beauty Pageant. 

Opal married Ermal Sheldon Jones on September 12, 1941 at the Northboro Methodist Church. The pair eventually bought a farm south of Coin where they raised their two children Suzanne and Kevin. In September of 2018 they celebrated 77 years of marriage. 

Opal spent her life working the farm with Sheldon, raising her children and later on supporting and cheering on her grandchildren. She was an avid sports enthusiast and active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 

Opal was preceded in death by her parents, a stillborn son, 6 siblings: Elliot, Geraldine, Leota, Paul, Frances and Bill; her daughter-in-law Joy Jones and numerous other family and friends. 

She is survived by her husband Sheldon, daughter Suzanne (Paul) Richle, son Kevin, sisters Nancy Finley and Rosemary Oblock, 9 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. 

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 25, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Shenandoah.

Visitation with the family will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 25, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Shenandoah.

Burial will be held at the Union Grove Cemetery in Northboro.

Memorials may be directed to the Perpetual Education Fund for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Joslyn, Lewis Earl - Lewis Joslyn, age 85, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the Eiler Place, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral Celebration of Life Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa with Scott Davison officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday at Ritchie Funeral Home from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with the family greeting friends prior to the service. Inurnment will be held at the Clarinda Cemetery in Clarinda, Iowa 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 10.


Kruse, William V. -

William V. Kruse peacefully passed away on January 23, 2019 at his Shenandoah home.

Bill was born May  28. 1951, the son of William D. and Dolores M. (Maybe) Kruse in Mason City, Iowa.  He grew up on a dairy farm near Northwood, Iowa.  Bill graduated from Northwood High School and attended Iowa State University.  He accepted the position of manager at the Ames Earl May Store in 1972.  While managing the store he won seven district manager awards and many other competitions.  In 1982, he was honored with the distinction of Manager of the Year, presented to him by John Kidd.  Bill was promoted to District Supervisor in 1994 and moved with his family to Shenandoah.  Traveling with JD Rankin, Ed May and Betty Jane Shaw were among his fondest memories.

Bill was selected State Chairman of Ducks Unlimited in 1986 and 1987.  In those years he helped to raise nearly three million dollars for wildlife.

Bill loved the outdoors and hunted and fished in many places in the U.S. Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and South Africa.  He enjoyed many days at Taylor Lake and on the family farms.   One of his favorite trips was to Alaska.  He spent six weeks there bow hunting, fishing and touring national parks.

He is survived by his wife Terri, daughter Tiffany of Iowa City, son Tyler and daughter-in-law Carrie of Windsor Heights and a sister Carol Rueber of Sumner, IA

Per Bill’s wishes his body was cremated and a private graveside service held.  Memorials can be directed to the Shenandoah Food Pantry and People For Paws


Lindburg, Jay -

Jay Lindburg, 58, of Shenandoah, Iowa peacefully entered into rest on Saturday, January 19, 2019 surrounded by family at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.  

Celebration of Life Services following cremation for Jay will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 10:30 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah with Rev. Rick Sleyster officiating.  The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials in Jay's name are being directed to the Shenandoah Fire Department.

Jay Lindburg was born on August 17, 1960 in Clinton, Iowa, the second child and first son of Glendon and Evelyn (Scott) Lindburg.  He has an older sister, Teena (Lindburg) Hohl.  Glendon and Teena literally moved the family to Davenport, Iowa, the day Jay was born and while Evelyn and Jay were in the hospital.  The family lived in Davenport until 1972 where Jay and Teena attended the Davenport public schools.  Jay was in the 7th grade when the family moved to Shenandoah, Iowa where Jay completed his schooling, graduating in 1979 from Shenandoah High School. 

 As a young teenager, Jay rode in RABGRAI II, III and IV.  Before graduating from high school, Jay had already found his passion for farming which had been inspired by his father and Grandfather Scott and had already purchased his first tractor and was farming his Grandfather Scott’s Century Farm located west of Shenandoah.  Between 1979 and 1986, Jay continued to farm and also began doing some over-the-road trucking. 

 In 1983, he met Shari Bayless from Kansas City (originally from Northboro) on a blind date and they began dating long distance.  Jay and Shari had a long distance relationship until their marriage on October 19, 1985 at the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah. They made their home in Shenandoah, ultimately purchasing their first home on Summit Street in 1991 where they have continued to live.  Jay continued farming until 1986 when he went to work for Shen-Ag as a blender operator. 

On May 22, 1995, Jay and Shari were thrilled to welcome the birth of their son, Evan James.  Jay and Shari attended and supported their son through his youth and graduation from the Shenandoah schools with countless hours of bleacher sitting in attending all school events, programs and sports and were members of the Shenandoah Athletic Booster Club.

Jay’s skills and talents were many and his working career exemplified those skills.  Jay had the talent to operate anything with a motor and in his career, he was a semi driver for various companies - Bill Miller Trucking, Transportation Specialists, Ag Com, CFI, and Earl May Seed and Nursery, where he logged over 1 million miles in his 10-year career.  During these years, Jay returned to his love of farming by working for Mack Teachout and Jim   Anderson as a farm-hand. 

In 2014, Jay began working for the Shenandoah Fire Department as a Fire Truck Engineer.  Again, he could drive any vehicle put in front of him...and now it was a fire truck.  Jay loved being a part of the Shenandoah Fire Department and appreciated all that the City had done for him and his family - especially in the past year and a half during his illness.

He was self-taught in his many skills from mechanics to trucking to farming and also to carpentry work while renovating their home.

Jay had the warm, friendly personality of “never knowing a stranger” and was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

On Saturday, January 19, 2019, Jay peacefully passed away in his home surrounded by love from his family. He was preceded in death by his father Glendon Lindburg; and brothers-in-law, Tom Hohl and Skip Bayless.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Shari; son Evan; and mother Evelyn Lindburg, all of Shenandoah; sister Teena Hohl of Aurora, CO; sisters-in-law, Alice Mauer of Omaha, NE, Deb Nester and husband Rod of Clarinda, IA/Englewood, FL, and Jody Streitenberger and husband Denny of Shenandoah; many nieces and nephews; as well as extended family and friends


Maher, Jeremiah "Jerry" Roy -

Jeremiah  (Jerry) Roy Maher, 65, of Shenandoah entered into peace on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Nebraska Medicine - Omaha.  A memorial mass for Jerry will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah with Father Raphael Assamah as celebrant.  The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation from 6:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesday evening at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service with Recitation of the Rosary to be held at 7:00 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.  Inurnment will take place at a later date. 

Jerry Maher was born on a fine fall day, November 14, 1953, to Wilma and Frank Maher of Imogene.  He was the ninth child of thirteen (God Bless you, Wilma!).

Jerry was one of the smaller siblings but with a big heart.  He let his presence be known --milking cows (which he hated), taking care of livestock, walking beans, putting up hay, etc. etc.-- all that stuff farm kids had to do back then.

Jerry had a love of life and wouldn't back down from any adventure, task, or person (no matter how big they were!).  He loved playing poker, making people laugh, PBR, the Tall Corn, taking naps and telling jokes that he made up.

His greatest accomplishments were through his five children -- Todd, Jeremy, Kate, Adam and Natalie.  Many, many great memories.  He also took great joy in "spooking" his grandchildren: Bailey, Summer, Daniel, Noah, Aliah, Jaythan, Nellie and Rubie.  They were special to him.

Thanks, Jerry, for sharing your life with us.  We love you, we will miss you but never forget you


McDaniel, Francis Boyd

Boyd was born January 4, 1924 in Northboro, Iowa and passed away peacefully at his home in Yorba Linda at age 91.

He attended Iowa State College where he studied Engineering and played trumpet in the marching band until called into the Air Force. One of the highlights of his military service in World War II was attending Yale University and marching to live music of the Glenn Miller Band whose members were stationed at Yale. By the time of discharge in 1945 he had become a 1st Lieutenant and then resumed his studies at University of Iowa, graduating with a Chemical Engineering degree in 1952.

He then joined Kimberly Clark for almost 30 years; five years spent with the International Division in Wisconsin and was transferred to the Fullerton Mill in 1965 where he worked until retiring in 1981. He then joined his wife, Kay who had become a real estate broker and together they owned Century 21 Yorba Linda Station and later added Century 21 Town & Country in Corona. 

His interests were music, following favorite football teams, gardening, and earlier in life camping and fishing. 

He is survived by his wife of 64 years and 3 children, Mark, Kent and Lynne, and was preceded in death by his son, Wade. Also surviving is his sister, Ann Kubisak (Carl) of Dana Point and brother, Norman (Dixie) of League City, Texas.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, August 8, at 11:30 AM with services to begin at 12:30 PM at McAulay & Wallace Mortuary in Yorba Linda. McAulay & Wallace Mortuary

Published in Orange County Register on Aug. 2, 2015 - 

submitted by Sharon Bauer -


McKinnon, David - David McKinnon, age 67, of Essex, Iowa formerly of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Sunday, January 27, 2019 at his residence in Essex, Iowa following a valiant fight with cancer under the care of Veterans Hospital and the St. Croix Hospice Group. Services will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be held at the Blanchard Cemetery in Blanchard, Iowa.

David Dean McKinnon was born in Clarinda, Iowa on January 23, 1952 to Robert Dean McKinnon and Emma Doris (Nance) McKinnon. He was a graduate of Clarinda High School, Class of 1970. He served in the US Army, and following an honorable discharge he was employed at several entities. His tenure with the early Clarinda Ambulance Service as an EMT-DMT was a high light of his career. His last employment was with the State of Iowa in the Cherokee Civil Commitment Unit, employed there until his ill health forced him into early retirement.

David was an early Boy Scout leader while his sons were growing up. He was also a member of the Christian Church.

He was married to Joy Lynne New. To this union three children were born, Michael Todd, Timothy Allen and Amanda Lynne. He later was married to Terri Sue Johnson. Her twin sons William Allen and Dustin Wayne were a part of this union.

Preceding David in death were his wife, Terri Sue McKinnon on December 16, 2018; father, Robert Dean McKinnon on March 24, 2004; his maternal and paternal grandparents; a granddaughter, Haylie Sue Johnson in infancy; aunts Letty Clark and Bonnie Jackson; uncles, Johnnie Nance, Arnold Meyer, Lloyd Jackson and Jack Berlowitz and a large number of cousins.

David is survived by his mother, Emma Doris McKinnon of Clarinda, sons, Michael Todd McKinnon (Nancy R.) and Timothy Allen McKinnon (Nancy J.) and daughter Amanda Lynne Holmes (Jason) of Clarinda; step sons, William Johnson (Chelsea) and Dustin Johnson of Essex, Iowa; mother and father-in-law, Wayne and Lois Johnson of Clarinda; brother-in-law, Tracy Johnson (Trina) of Villisca, Iowa; special cousins, Marsha Skalberg of Red Oak, Iowa and Wesley Meyer of Shenandoah, Iowa; aunts, Eula Meyer of Shenandoah; Betty Davis (Carl) of Shenandoah, Ruth Campain of Merriam, Kansas; uncles, Lonnie Nance (Wanda) of Nixa, Missouri, Bill Nance (Joyce) of Sun City West, Arizona and Dennis Nance (Sue) of Shenandoah; grandchildren all of Clarinda, Kourtney McKinnon, Noah McKinnon, Tyler McKinnon, Joshua McKinnon, Emma McKinnon. Cheyenne Holmes and Cora Holmes


Miers, Kay Ellen Russell - Kay Miers, age 79, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Thursday, January 31, 2019 at her residence in Clarinda. Memorial Celebration of Life Services will be held at a later date. 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, where we ‘Celebrate Life’.

Kay Ellen (Russell) Miers was born August 5, 1939, in Sheridan, Missouri the daughter of Thurman (Tug) Elmer Russell and Mary Jane (Smith) Russell. “Tug” was operating a portable mill in the area at that time. Mary Jane became ill when Kay was very young, and the family moved to Clarinda to live with Tug’s parents, Blanche and Elmer Russell, where Mary Jane passed away from Hodgkin’s disease in 1942 when Kay Ellen was just 3 years old.

Kay Ellen had a home with her grandparents from that day on---going to grade school at Lincoln School, just kitty corner across the street from where she lived, while her dad joined the Merchant Marines to help the war effort. When he returned home from duty he lived and worked in Shenandoah, so she continued to live with her grandparents as before. Her dad married Audrey Jeanne Shields of Council Bluffs and they moved to Clarinda in 1948. Kay Ellen continued her education in Clarinda, graduating from CHS with the class of 1957.

After graduation, she married Donald R Rucker from Clarinda and they moved to California where Don had been transferred to Fort Ord from Fort Riley, Kansas. To this union was born two sons, Michael Ray in 1958 and David Alan in 1960. After discharge from the army they lived for a brief time in Englewood, Colorado and then went back to San Jose, California. They divorced in 1967, and then Kay and the boys moved to Winterset, Iowa with her parents until she met and married Robert M. Baker of Eagle Grove, Iowa who was working in Clarinda, so she and the boys moved to Clarinda where she has stayed. She began college classes in 1969 at Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda and graduated in 1972 from Northwest Missouri State University with a teacher’s certificate in Vocational Home Economics. She did not get the opportunity to teach full time, but worked in dietetics at Westridge Nursing Home, which was West Heights Manor at that time. She then worked for Hemmen Home Center designing kitchens, then worked for the Municipal Hospital, now CRHC, in patient accounting. In 2008, she married her Junior High School “boyfriend”, Marvin Miers. and the couple shared many happy years together. 

Left to cherish Kay’s memory is her husband Marvin Miers of Clarinda, Iowa; her two sons, Mike Baker and wife Candice of Eagle Grove, Iowa, and David Baker and wife Kimber of Silverado, California; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; along with many other family members and friends.

Preceding Kay in death are her parents, Thurman and Mary Russell; her step-mother, Audra Jeanne; and a brother, Greg Russell.


Moyer, Kenneth Jr - Services for Kenneth Moyer will be Friday December 28, 2018 at 1 pm at Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 27, 2018 from 6-8 pm.
Memorials can be made to the family.

Kenneth Past away December 21 ,2018 at the Good Samaritan Society in Villisca, IA. Funeral arrangements are being provided by Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel.

Kenneth Edwin Moyer Jr. was born February 26th, 1940, to Kenneth E. Moyer, Sr. and Mollie (Brislin)Moyer in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Ken grew up in Bethlehem, Pa and graduated from there in 1957 and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy. Ken spent the next 20 years serving his country and retired as a LCDR in 1977. While serving in the Navy he obtained his bachelor's degree in healthcare and achieved a Master’s Degree after retiring.

Ken was blessed with 2 sons and a daughter with his first wife and later gained two more daughters when he entered into marriage with Janis Rowen, May 14th 1988. Ken worked in healthcare administration for 30 years, allowing him to live in various places all over the country, finally retiring December 31st 2006.

Ken really enjoyed traveling, golf and sailing and was able to do just that after retirement. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, his oldest son Ken, and brother in law Joe Goodine.

Ken is survived by his wife Janis of Clarinda, IA; daughter in law Tami Moyer of Corpus Christi, TX; daughter Tara Stockstell and husband Mark of Hamburg, IA; son T.J. Moyer and wife LeAnn of Phoenix, AZ; stepdaughter Angie Giancola and husband Dave of Carrollton, TX; and stepdaughter Trish Higgins and husband Chris of Clarinda, IA.; grandchildren: Sara, Allison, Abby, Amanda, Daniel, Kirsten, Kailee, Gianna, Layla, Dominic, Hannah, Alivia, Sam and Jessa and numerous more great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister MaryAnn Goodine of Smyrna, DE., and brother Michael Moyer and wife Donna of Shickshinny Lake, PA. as well as many more nieces, nephews, and friends.



Mullins, Elizabeth Richardson - Elizabeth Mullins, 88, died Feb. 2 at her daughter's home in Shenandoah, Iowa. She was born July 11, 1930 to Fred and Genevieve Richardson, the youngest of four siblings.

Elizabeth married D.B. Mullins in 1950 at the Methodist Church Chapel. In 1951 they moved to Kentucky with daughter Teresa after D.B. was drafted into the Army.

Upon returning to Shenandoah she worked as a dental assistant to Dr. G. Warin, and later in the lunchroom at Shenandoah High School.

Elizabeth served as local chairwoman of the Cancer Society, and as president of Meta Grada. She served many years with the Hospital Auxiliary, Methodist Church Circle, American Legion Auxiliary and Lady Elks.

She enjoyed traveling with friends and her husband to places like Hawaii, Florida and Chicago. She also loved collecting and polishing unique pieces of jewelry. In their later years they spent winters at their home in Mesa, Arizona.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Fred Richardson Jr., Robert Richardson and Betty (Richardson) Tyner.

She is survived by her husband D.B., daughter Tery Dickerson of Shenandoah; son Jeffry Mullins of Elko, Nevada; granddaughters Erin (Chris) Cook and Dayna Dickerson of Shenandoah and Regan Mullins of Boise, Idaho; and great-grandchildren Morgan, Ellie and Averie Cook; Kain Pickens and wife Alex; Karmyn Pickens; and Madison, Mallory and Parker Dickerson.

Celebration of life graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Visitation with the family will held from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to People for Paws


Otte, Olga M. Stuckwisch - Funeral services for Olga Otte, 69, of rural Yorktown will be conducted at 2 pm Wednesday at St Paul's Lutheran Church, Rev Robert Barth will officiate. Burial will be in the Summit Cemetery north of Yorktown.

Mrs Otte died at her home Sunday evening. She was born Oct 30, 1908, the daughter of Geroge and Louise Peter Stuckwisch, in Madison County, Neb. She was baptized at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Tilden, Neb, Dec 6, 1908, and was united in marriage to John Otte Feb 12, 1931, in St John's Lutheran church in Battle Creek, Neb. They have lived in the Yorktown area since their marriage. She was a long time member of St Paul's Lutheran church in Yorktown.

She is survived by her husband, John; one son, Oren of rural Clarinda; a granddaughter Teresa of rural Clarinda; a sister, Clara Schutt of Tilden, Neb, and a brother Albert Stucheisch of Battle Creek, Neb.

Preceeding her were her parents, a brother and a sister. The family will greet friends and relatives from 8-9- pm Tuesday. Memorials may be directed to St Paul's Luthern Church. Clarinda Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, June 5, 1978


Robison, Mabel Louise Williams - Mabel passed away at her home on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in Prescott, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the family. 

On August 14, 1933 Mabel Louise Williams was born in Prescott, Iowa to Elmer "Muck" and Pearl (Schrodt) Williams. Mabel entered into eternal peace on January 26, 2019 at her home in Shenandoah. 

Mabel's early years were spent in Prescott where she attended and later graduated from Prescott High School. She later moved to Essex and Clarinda before making Shenandoah her permanent home. On September 2, 1951 she was united in marriage to Lloyd Robison in the Fairview Church. To this union two sons were born: Howard and Ed. 

Mabel was a dedicated wife and mother. She was known around the community as the person to call if you need wallpaper hung. She later worked for Earl May for 25 years until her retirement. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, sewing blankets, working on cross stitch patterns, quilting, canning, doing crossword puzzles, listening to country music and the Grand Ole Opry. The most precious of all things was the time spent with her family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lloyd Robison; brother Wayne "Pete" Williams; son Howard Robison; and sister Hazel Sicheneder. Those left to cherish her memory include her son Ed (Donna) Robison of Essex, brother Dean (Glenda) Williams of Corning, granddaughters Angie (Scott) Mann, Megan (Tim) Brandon, Stephanie (Derek) Howard and Andrea Robison all of Shenandoah, 8 great-grandchildren Sean Gluck of Omaha, Alexandra Gluck, Ayden, Isaac and Arizona Brandon, Grayson and Griffen Howard and Emma Robison all of Shenandoah, and many nieces nephews, other relatives and friends


Ryan, Richard Lee "Doc" - 03 Mar 1954 - 17 Jan 2019 - Doc passed away peacefully at his home Thursday evening. Private family services will be held at a later date


Sands, James - Jim Sands, age 71, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 AM Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church, in Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Jerry Wagoner officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 29 at Ritchie Funeral Home from 5 to 7 PM with the family greeting friends. Interment will be held at the Clarinda Cemetery in Clarinda, Iowa.

James Russell (Sudsy) Sands, age 71, from Clarinda, Iowa entered into eternal rest on January 26, 2019 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center. He was born at home in Sheridan, Missouri on October 18, 1947 to James A. Sands and Edith (Musick) Sands. Jim was baptized in the Platte River in Sheridan, Missouri. He graduated from Bedford High School in 1966. Jim served in the United States Army for two years in Vietnam. On July 23, 1972, he was united in marriage to Linda D. Royer at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Jim was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church, December 27, 1981. Jim and Linda were blessed with two sons, Troy and Todd.

Jim worked as a mechanic at the O’Brian Brothers Sewing Factory for two years. He then worked at the Mental Health Institute from 1974 – 1980. In 1980, he began working as a correctional officer at the Clarinda Corrections Facility. He worked at CCF until his retirement in 2015.

The family moved to a farm acreage on Highway 2 in 1984. He enjoyed riding horses, gardening, fishing, hunting, camping and also did some wood crafting. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with family, his grandchildren and friends and going to Branson, Missouri.

Preceding Jim in death were his parents; step-father; and infant daughter from a previous marriage.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 46 years, Linda Sands of Clarinda, Iowa; sons, Troy Sands and wife Jenn of New Market, Iowa and Todd Sands and wife Karen from Georgetown, Texas; grandson, Brady Sands from Clarinda and granddaughters, Whitney and Sydnee Sands from Georgetown, Texas; a step brother and two step sisters and their families; uncle, Larry Musick and wife Pat from Sheridan, Missouri; cousins, Richard Cordell and wife Sue from St. Joseph, Missouri and Rick McNeese and wife Paula from Hopkins, Missouri; other relatives and many, many friends.


Sheldon, Marion Augusta Gangelhoff - Marion Sheldon passed away on Sunday morning, January 27, 2019 at the Fairfax Community Hospital.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Visitation with the family will take place one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church or the Porter's Lake Lutheran Center. 

Marion Augusta (Gangelhoff) Sheldon, the daughter of Jacob Henry Gangelhoff and Helene Rose Gangelhoff, was born at Cass Lake, Minnesota, on January 1, 1924, and passed away at Community Hospital Fairfax in Fairfax, Missouri on January 27, 2019, at the age of 95. As a child, Marion's family moved to East Grand Forks, Minnesota where she graduated from high school. After graduation, Marion moved to Washington DC with several of her sisters, where she worked for the Navy Department and met Kenneth W Sheldon. After several years in Washington DC, Marion returned to East Grand Forks where she and Kenneth married on September 9, 1950 at the First Lutheran Church. After Kenneth was discharged from the Army they made their home in Shawnee, Kansas where Marion was a homemaker and mother of 2 sons and 4 daughters. In 1966 they moved their family to Shenandoah Iowa, where they lived many years. In November of 2013 Marion moved into her daughter's home in Fairfax, Missouri and in June of 2014 she moved to Pleasant View Nursing Home in Rock Port, Missouri where she resided until her death.

Marion was active at Trinity Lutheran Church in many ministries, including Porter's Lake Lutheran Center. She sang in the church choir until she was unable, due to health issues. She enjoyed helping with Vacation Bible School and was very active with children's ministry well into her later years. She also served as the church secretary for many, many years. She enjoyed bowling, acting as a junior bowling coach for many years and bowled on a league until she was close to 80 years old. She volunteered at the local food pantry and helped with many service projects and fund raisers for people in need and with many AAL activities. 

Preceding Marion in death, were her parents, her husband Kenneth, a daughter, Denise Sheldon, grandson, John Wik; sisters, Helen Gangelhoff, Pearl Hultgren, Gertrude Antonicci, and Irene Knotts and brother, Vernon Gangelhoff. 

She is survived by children, Mark Sheldon and wife Marlene of Sedalia, MO, Teresa Wik and husband Denis of San Jose, CA., Deanna Beck and husband Greg of Fairfax, MO., Kirby Sheldon and wife Staci of Idaho Falls, ID., and Stephanie Jones and husband Kevin of Gilbert, AZ.; 21 grandchildren,; 25 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; sisters Betty Ford of Mt. Morris, IL.; Lorraine Rice of Arvada, CO.; Dorothea VanLoo of Arvada, CO., and Myrtle Filipi of Arvada, CO.; brothers Gordon Gangelhoff of The Villages, FL and Rodger Gangelhoff, Mt Morris, IL; along with many other relatives and a host of friends


Simmons, Tammy Sue Schebaum -

Tammy Sue Simmons, the daughter of Delmar and Karen (Appling) Schebaum, was born January 19, 1967, in Fairfax, Missouri.  She attended Tarkio High School, Tarkio, Missouri, graduating in 1985. 

On July 12, 1986, Tammy was united in marriage to George Elvon Simmons in Clarinda, Iowa.  They made their home in Corning, Iowa, and became the parents of two daughters, Amanda and Amber.  George passed away July 27, 2011, in Corning. 

During her lifetime, Tammy was employed as a caregiver at the group home in Sidney, Iowa, and at the Subway Restaurant in Corning. 

Tammy loved spending time with her grandchildren.  She enjoyed spending time with her dogs, Peewee and Baby Girl, tending to her flowers and going on car rides. Tammy passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018, at Bryan LGH Medical Center, Lincoln, Nebraska, at the age of 51. 

Tammy was preceded in death by her husband and father.  Survivors include daughters, Amanda Ruth Gaede and husband, Matthew, Chetek, Wisconsin, and Amber Rose Simmons, Tarkio; grandchildren, Hunter Matthew George Gaede and Mackenzie Lynn Faith Gaede; mother, Karen Schebaum, Westboro, Missouri; sisters, Wendy Schebaum, Nebraska City, Nebraska, Mary Jane Brown, Fairfax, and Kristina Schebaum, Ashland, Oregon; brother, Delmar Schebaum and wife, Cookie, Tarkio; adopted sister, Quinn Goodman and her daughter, Abagail Goodman, Ashland; and companion, Gary Kestner, Tarkio. 

All Services Pending, Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.

Private family inurnment at a later date, Oak Grove Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa.


Skinner, Jeffrey William - Jeffrey William Skinner was born on August 9, 1970 in Portsmouth, VA to William Kenneth and Dianne Edelle (Moore) Skinner. Jeff departed this life at his home in Waterloo, IA on Thursday, December 20, 2018.

Jeff spent most of his childhood in Southwest Iowa and graduated from South Page High School in 1989. After high school, he joined the Army for a couple of years. Once out of the Army, Jeff returned to Iowa, spending most of his adult life in the Des Moines area before relocating to Eastern Iowa a few years ago. Jeff enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He was especially close with his mother prior to her passing and his Grandma Carmen, who he called faithfully every Sunday. He had a good sense of humor and teased his nieces and nephews every chance he could. He also enjoyed playing cards, fishing, and watching the Redskins play football. 

Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents, Claude & Elizabeth Skinner and Francis Moore; parents, William & Dianne Skinner; and nephew, Gage Stanton. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his son Tristan Reed of Clarinda, IA; grandmother, Carmen Moore of Maryville, MO; sister, Cammie Stanton of Shenandoah, IA; step-brother Nick Butler of Des Moines, IA; step-brother Rick Butler of Kansas City, MO; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. Burial of the cremains will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.


Spry, Marjorie "Marge" Mattie Vernelle Whitney -

Marjorie (Marge) Spry of Essex, Iowa, died peacefully at the Garden View Nursing Home in Shenandoah, Iowa on January 16, 2019. 

Marjorie Mattie Vernelle Spry was born on November 14, 1923, the fourth child of Selma Fridlund Whitney and Robert Fulton Whitney at the family home in Craig, Nebraska.

She was always proud that she was from Craig, graduating in 1941 from high school.   She worked for a year in Craig at the post office before joining a friend in Moline, Illinois where they tested bombs during WW II.   Marge then attended Immanuel Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1948.  

She married William Lydick in 1948 and welcomed twin sons and a daughter.  

She married Arthur Spry in 1963 and welcomed a daughter. 

Marge worked in the nursing field all of her life.   In her retirement years, she enjoyed traveling and attending her grandchildren’s activities.   She was an avid Husker fan and enjoyed watching sports of any kind.  

Marge was preceded in death by her son, Bill Lydick, and granddaughter, Jennie Paulus. She is survived by her son, Bob Lydick, and daughters Joan (Dave) Paulus, and Christy (Howie) Johnson, and grandchildren, Steve Lydick, Bobbie Jean (Mike) Allen, Bethanie Paulus, Andrew Paulus, Molly (Nick) Jensen, Kate Paulus, Tyler (Taylor) Johnson, Whitney (Chase) Heinold, Kendria Johnson and Jennalynn Johnson. 

She also is survived by six great grandchildren,  Ariella and Ember Allen, Joshua Jensen, Brock Johnson, and Gwen and Blair Heinold.  

Private family services will be held at a later date.   

The family thanks the staff at Garden View for taking such good care of our mother.


Stambaugh, Ellen Luetta Phillis -

A celebration of life funeral service for Ellen will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 10:30 am at Nishna Valley Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Sleyster officiating.  The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation and viewing from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Friday, February 1, 2019.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery next to her husband, Chester Stambaugh.

Ellen Luetta (Phillis) Stambaugh was born October 11, 1933 in Villisca, Iowa, the daughter of James D Phillis and Leona Marie (Burroughs) Phillis. She passed away suddenly Sunday morning, January 27, 2019 at her rural Villisca home, at the age of 85 years, 3 months and 16 days.

Ellen grew up in Villisca and graduated from Villisca High School in 1952. On October 28, 1956 she was united in marriage to Chester Glen Stambaugh in Coin, Iowa. This union was blessed with two children; Ernie and Chet.

Early on, Ellen worked as a waitress at Sierps Cafe in Villisca. When she moved to Shenandoah, she continued to waitress at various cafes including the American Legion Country Club in Shenandoah where she was a waitress for nearly ten years. She and Chester moved to the Goodner Farm east of Shenandoah in December of 1966 and when she left the American Legion in the Summer of 1968 she became a homemaker and helped with the farming. It was at this time she and Chester became members of the Norwich United Methodist Church.

In 1978, Ellen and Chester moved to the Frank Kelly farm and farmed for Virginia Apydin for two years. They then moved to rural Prescott, Iowa and farmed an additional two years. In March of 1982, Ellen and Chester moved to rural Taylor county, near Villisca, to farm. In the mid-eighties, Ellen once again started working in Villisca, this time as a CNA at the Good Samaritan Society Care Center. During her time there, she enjoyed working with the residents and making them smile and laugh with her funny antics and dances as she worked. She left the care center is the mid-nineties when Chester decided to retire from full time farming and moved the eight miles to their son Ernie's farm. Ellen enjoyed cooking for her family, taking care of the many cats and dogs that she had over the years, and the many fishing and sight-seeing trips she took with Chester in their retirement.

Ellen was preceded in death by her husband Chester; parents; brother, Herb Phillis, sister, Helen Marie Phillis; sisters-in-law, Glenda Phillis and Loretta Phillis; and brothers-in-law, William Howe, Robert Selby and Jerry Stambaugh.

Survivors include her two sons,Ernie Stambaugh of Villisca, Chet Stambaugh and his wife Crystal of Shenandoah; grandchildren, Alex of Storm Lake, Iowa, Mackenzie Gaunt of Villisca, Allison Kinser of Shenandoah; two brothers, Richard Phillis and his wife Mary Del of Elk Horn, Nebraska, Cline Phillis and Joyce Anson of Brea, California; two sisters, Verda Selby of Washington and Carol Jane Howe of Elk Horn, Nebraska; along with many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends


Sunderman, Lorene Carlson - Lorene Sunderman, age 96, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Friday, January 18, 2019, at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Services will be held Monday, January 21, 2019, at 1:00 P.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Wade Brandt officiating. Visitation will be Monday, January 21, 2019 following the service with refreshments in the fellowship hall at the church. Inurnment will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa, where we 'Celebrate Life'. 

Lorene (Carlson) Sunderman was born to Theodore and Gerda (Hjalmstrom) Carlson June 22, 1922 in Page County, Iowa. She was baptized at age 6 in 1928. In 1936, she was confirmed at Nyman Lutheran Church, Nyman, Iowa. Her confirmation verse was Revelation 3:11 (I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have that no one will take away your crown). 

Lorene graduated from Essex High School in 1940. She married Wayne Sunderman July 27, 1940. She transferred her church membership from Nyman Lutheran Church to Immanuel Lutheran Church in 1940.

Wayne and Lorene farmed east of Bethesda for 42 years. They retired and moved to Clarinda in 1982. In 2012, she moved to Westridge and made her home there until her death. She was a faithful member of her church and the organization of LWML, LLL and the quilting ladies. She enjoyed taking tapes to people unable to come to church services.

Lorene enjoyed watching the birds that came to her feeder. She enjoyed a small garden in later years always making room for a few tomato plants and cucumbers. She was a member of the Country Garden Club.

Preceding Lorene in death were her parents; husband, Wayne Sunderman in 2005; brother, Henry Carlson; sisters, Anna Allen and Florence Smith; sister-in-law, Edna Carlson; and son-in-law, Don Warrick.

Survivors include son, Larry Sunderman and wife Irma of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter, Peggy Rader and husband Jim of Colorado Springs, Colorado; three grandchildren, Randy Sunderman and wife Alise of Ankeny, Iowa, Brenda Toney and husband Bruce of Lincoln, Nebraska, Brian Warrick and wife Jennifer of Colorado Springs, Colorado; four great grandchildren, Aaron and Jeffrey Sunderman of Ankeny, Iowa and Alex and Megan Toney of Lincoln, Nebraska; brother, Richard Carlson and wife Dianna of Smithville, Missouri; sister-in-law, Ruth Sump of Clarinda, Iowa; along with many nieces, nephews and good friend


Townsend-Kinder, Rosalyn Jean Garrett - Rosalyn Townsend-Kinder, age 95, of Maryville, Missouri, formerly of Braddyville, Iowa entered into peace Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the Maryville Living Center. Funeral Celebration of Life Services will be held 10:00 AM Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa. Interment will be held at the Braddyville Cemetery in Braddyville, Iowa.

Rosalyn Jean (Garrett) Townsend-Kinder was born January 25, 1923 in Essex, Iowa to Evertt Garrett and May (Young) Garrett. The family lived in several communities as Rosalyn was growing up including Essex, Coburg (where she started school as a kindergartener riding a wooden blue school bus), New Market, Siam, Bedford and Braddyville. She was a graduate of Braddyville High School. Rosalyn was united in marriage April 7, 1946 to Darwin Townsend in Braddyville, Iowa. They were blessed with three children, Sandra, Don and Donna. Darwin passed away November 20, 1985. Rosalyn and B.H. Kinder were married January 7, 1992 in Rock Port, Missouri and he passed away in 1993.

Rosalyn began her varied working career following high school at Citizen’s State Bank in Clarinda and at the Ann Arbor Nursery in Shenandoah. She worked at a paper mill during the war in Camas, Washington while Darwin was in the service. After the children were grown, she worked as a cook at Bethesda Care Center which is now Westridge Care Center.

Rosalyn was an active member of the Braddyville Christian Church. She was very involved with the youth as a Sunday School teacher, CYF and Bible School leader. Her family was very important to her and she loved being with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. Rosalyn loved to sing and dance. She enjoyed nature, watching the birds, her flowers and animals. She enjoyed baking and sharing her baked goodies with the neighbors. 

Preceding Rosalyn in death are her parents; husbands, Darwin Townsend and B.H. Kinder; granddaughter, April Townsend and grandson, Justin Townsend. 

Left to cherish Rosalyn’s memory are her children, Sandra Devine of College Springs, Iowa, Don Townsend of Clearmont, Missouri and Donna Townsend of Braddyville, Iowa; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren; brothers, Bob Garrett of Kansas City, Missouri and Ken Garrett and wife Lois of Clarinda, Iowa; a niece and two nephews and friends


Wells, Walter Othello - Walter Othello Wells was born September, 12, 1930, in Parkin, Arkansas, to Lewis Wells and Selma (Davis) Wells. Walter joined the United States Army in 1948 and served until his honorable discharged in 1955. 

In 1956 he married Patsy Ann Graves and to this union William Duane Wells was born. During this time he also owned and ran his own barber shop in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1972 Walter moved to Fresno, California where he drove a truck for Zacky Farms. A position he held until he retired. While in Fresno he met his soulmate, Georgie Jennings. 

Through the years Walter enjoyed bowling in different leagues, pool tournaments, fishing and visiting different casinos. In 2008, following the death of his son, he moved to Lenox, Iowa to be closer to his family. Walter was always known as a sweet, polite, and funny man. Walter was always willing to help anyone in need. 

Walter is preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Selma Wells; siblings, Lafayette David Wells, James Howard Wells, Sheila (Wells) Stoner and Margaret (Wells) West; his son Duane Wells, and his soulmate Georgie Jennings. 

Left to cherish his memory are grandchildren; Walter Duane Wells and wife Liza of Copperas Cove, Texas, Cheri Niccole Wells of Clarinda, Iowa and Joshua Othello Wells of Mayer, Arizona, 7 great-grandchildren; Dustin Lee Foote, Zackary Duane Foote, Johnny (J.J.) Ward, Walter Duane Wells Jr., Sierra Octavia Wells, Jadyn Marie Wells and Michael Anthony Wells along with several nieces, nephews and multiple other children who knew him as "Grandpa" or "Pappa Walter."


Wenstrand, Martha Johanna -

Martha Johanna Wenstrand, the daughter of William Sherwood and Bernice (Liljedahl) Wenstrand, was born November 16, 1944 in Shenandoah, Iowa. She passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at the Good Samaritan Society, Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 74 years, 2 months and 7 days.

Martha attended Essex Community Schools, where she was involved in the band and chorus, and graduated in 1963. While growing up, she also participated in Girl Scouts, 4-H and Luther League. Martha attended the University of Iowa from 1963-1967 and earned her BA in Social Work. Martha began her career in social work at Glenwood State Hospital-School, while attending college. Over the next 40 plus years, she worked for various social service agencies in Omaha, Council Bluffs, and around southwest Iowa. She was united in marriage to Dennis Fausett in 1973, and their son, Brian, was born on July 4, 1976. Their marriage ended in 1981 and in 1983, Martha and Brian returned to the Essex/Red Oak area, making it their home. Martha enjoyed attending Brian’s various school activities, which included band, tennis and baseball. As he grew older, Martha enjoyed visiting him while he attended the University of Iowa, and at the various duty stations throughout his career in the Marine Corps. Martha enjoyed traveling, volunteer work, and live music, plays and musicals. She delighted in singing in her church choir, reading and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes. Martha was an active member of Augustana Lutheran Church, Omaha, NE; P.E.O. Chapter HB of Red Oak, having served as president, and on the Red Oak Library Board & Library Foundation, along with many other area church and community events. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Martha is survived by her son, Brian & Rebecca Fausett, Stafford, VA; grandchildren: Trevor Fausett & Rees Fausett; brothers and sisters-in-law: Thomas & Karen Wenstrand, Mt. Pleasant, IA, and Peter & Dana Wenstrand, Essex, IA; nieces and spouses: Megan & Paul Jacobson, Fairfield, IA, and Marne & Anthony Lackman, McKinney, TX; nephew, Reed Wenstrand, Mt. Pleasant, IA; grand-nephews, Alex Lackman, Kohl Lackman and Cadon Jacobson; other relatives and many friends.

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

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Augustana Lutheran Church, Omaha on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

Visitation with the family present at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. with formal sharing at 5:15 p.m.

Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

At Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home, Red Oak, IA

Burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Nyman,