Page County, Iowa Obituaries


Damon, Artie Thompson, daughter of Joseph and Tildy Thompson was born in Page County, Iowa May 3, 1861 and died Feb 7, 1931. She was married to Frank Everett Damon Oct 6, 1881. To them were born 7 children, four of whom died in infancy, the others being: Esther Kelley of Clearmont, Iowa, Grover Damon of Clearmont, Iowa and Charlie Damon of Longmont, Colorado. Her husband was buried just the week before. She was of a family of six children, two of whom passed away several years ago, three brothers survive, F.M. Thompson of Clearmont, Iowa, L.T. Thompson of St Joseph, Missouri, and John Thompson of Clarinda, Iowa. She became a member of the Church of Christ at Braddyville 25 years ago. Burial in the Shearer Cemetery. [note! Clearmont is in Nodaway County, Missouri]

[102] Daub,  Lauretta "Jean," age 79, of Anita, Iowa, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2005, at Colonial Manor, Anita, Iowa following a short illness.          
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 20, 2005, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Loren Daly officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 7-8 P.M. Friday, August 19, 2005 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Preceding Lauretta in death were her parents, William J. Gilbert and Nellie Marie (Gattenby) Gilbert; husband, Murel Donald Daub; brother, Robert Doyle Gilbert.

Lauretta was born at Macksburg, Iowa in Madison County October 29, 1925. On January 22, 1947, in Kansas City, Kansas she married Murel Donald Daub of Arispe, Iowa.
Survivors include her two daughters, Connie Marie Daub of San Antonio, Texas and Dianna Lea Daub of Iowa City, Iowa; granddaughter, Rosalie Ann Hagestrom; great granddaughters, Dana Jean Hagestrom and Anna Christine Eikmeier of Dell Rapids, South Dakota; two sisters, Marjorie Yaus of Akron, Ohio and Barbara DeVore of Indianola, Iowa; several nieces and nephews.

She was a housewife all of her life, a great cook, and she enjoyed spending time with her family in Iowa.

[103] Davidshofer, Patricia Doyn Jacobs, was born June 3, 1960 to Carl and Doyn Jacobs at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mr. Ayr, Iowa. She was raised on the family farm southwest of Worth, Missouri. She attended Worth County R-III School, Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Patricia Doyn Jacobs was born June 3, 1960 to Carl and Doyn Jacobs at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mr. Ayr, Iowa. She was raised on the family farm southwest of Worth, Missouri. She attended Worth County R-III School, Kindergarten through 12th grade.

She attended Northwest Missouri State University where she received a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation, a B.S. degree in Physical Education with a minor in Spanish and a Master's Degree in Education. She was a Christian and a member of the Gentry Baptist Church. She was united in marriage to Jeff Davidshofer on June 20th, 1981. They were blessed with two sons Shaun and Brandon.

She was preceded in death by her father Carl Jacobs, her paternal grandparents Harrison and Mava Jacobs and her maternal grandparents Charles and Ethel Muntz.

She is survived by her husband Jeff of the home, sons Shaun of Winona, Minnesota and Brandon of Clarinda, Iowa, her mother Doyn Jacobs of Worth, Missouri, her sisters, Carolyn Traunernicht of Whitesville, Missouri, Kathy Adwell, Worth, Missouri, and Carla Fisher of Stanberry, Missouri. She also leaves a granddaughter Tay Lynn of Winona, Minnesota, ten nieces and nephews, four and a half great-nieces and nephews and a brother in law Aaron and his wife Karen. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in care of the Andrews Funeral Home, Grant City, Missouri.

Visitation was held from 10:00 am-12:00 pm on Saturday, June 25, 2005 at the Gentry Baptist Church, Gentry, Missouri followed by Graveside Services and interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Union Star, Missouri. Rev. Darrell Treat officiated. Arrangements were under direction of Andrews Funeral Home, Grant City, Missouri.

[104] Davis, Mariah A. Anderson Crosby

   “Mrs. Mariah A. Anderson.

Essex, Sept. 13.-[Correspondence of The Journal]- Mariah A. Anderson was born June 24, 1838, in Lincoln County, O., and died Sept. 3, 1904, at the home of her son, W.F. Crosby, in Essex, Ia., aged 66 years 2 months and 10 days. When quite young she moved with her parents to Henry county, Ia., where she grew to womanhood and was married to Nelson D. Crosby, Sept. 10, 1868, making their home in Henry County for some time. Three children blessed this union, as follows: Mrs. Anna Hook and Mrs. Jennie Scott of Grundy Center, Ia., and W.F. Crosby of Essex, Ia.
Mr. Crosby, the husband and father, died Aug. 30, 1874. The family were living at that time in Fort Dodge, Ia. The deceased then returned to her childhood home and remained a widow until the year 1878, on March 3, when she was united in marriage with Sterling Davis. One child, a boy, Otto L. Davis, now of Belgrade, Neb., was born to them. Mr. Davis preceded her to the grave Aug. 23, 1902, at the age of 80 years and a few days.
The subject of this sketch then sold their old farm southeast of Clarinda and visited among her children up to the time of her death. She had been in very good health for a lady of her age up to within the last three months, when her health began to fail. She was in Nebraska at that time, and as her old family physician was here she said she felt like she ought to return here to be treated. Six weeks previous to her death she came to visit her son in Essex, and a physician was consulted. He gave the family no hope from the first, as a cancerous tumor was fast eating he life away. She was able to be up part of the time until on Thursday evening about 5:30 she was taken suddenly worse, and gradually grew weaker until the end came on Saturday morning, Sept. 3. She leaves the four children and several brothers and sisters to mourn the loss of a dear Christian mother and a dutiful sister to go to her reward.

Short services were held at the family home of W.F. Crosby on Monday morning, Sept. 5, and the remains were taken to New Market over the Keokuk and Western railroad, and the funeral held in the Methodist Episcopal church at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Brown of Shambaugh conducting the service, and the remains were laid to rest in the Old Memory cemetery by the side of her husband.

                                 [“We miss thee from our home; dear mother; 

                                       We miss thee from thy place,

                                      A shadow o’er our life is cast. 

                                     We miss the sunshine of thy face,

                                     We miss thy kind and loving hand,

                                       Thy fond and earnest care,

                                      Our home is dark without thee.

                                      We miss thee everywhere.”]” 

submitted by: Bill Crosby -

[105] Davis, Mary Jeanne, age 88, of Napa, California, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa died Monday, January 16, 2006, at Napa.

She was born September 24, 1917, in Clarinda, Iowa to Stanley and Zula (Payton) Pfander. Mary was a graduate of Clarinda High School. During her high school years, she excelled in women's diving at the local swimming pool, earning honors throughout Southwest Iowa. She attended Northwest Missouri State College.

She met and married Charles Davis, who considered himself extremely lucky to have Mary as his wife for 61 years. Mary worked with Bank of America for 31 years, retiring as a loan officer, something of which she was very proud. Upon retirement she developed medical problems which she was unable to overcome. Mary was a wonderful wife, friend and person and will be greatly missed.

Preceding Mary in death were her parents; sister, Betty Thomas and brother-in-law, Max Long. Survivors include her husband Charles Davis of Napa, California; sister, Helen (Long) Peck and husband Ted of Clarinda, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside memorial services will be held 1:00 p.m., February 4, 2006 at the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.


[106] Davis, Edward (Eddie) C., age 56, of Clarinda, Iowa, died Monday, June 20, 2005, at Westridge Care & Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 23, 2005, at Shenandoah Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa with Rev. Ed Fidler officiating. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.
Edward Charles Davis was born February 3, 1949, at Huron, South Dakota, to Charles William Davis and Amelia Mae (Fassler) Davis. Eddie worked at Mount Arbor Nursery in Shenandoah for several years. He resided at Page Care Facility prior to moving to Westridge Care & Rehab Center where he resided for nine years.
Preceding Eddie in death were his parents; brothers, Ronald Eugene Davis and Robert Lynn Davis. Survivors include his brother, LeRoy Davis and wife Barbara of College Springs, Iowa; sister, Betty Davis of Shenandoah, Iowa; sister, Marilyn McCoy and husband Garlen of Shenandoah, Iowa; nieces; nephews and all of the Westridge Care & Rebab Center staff whom he also considered to be his family.


[107] Dawes, Mrs Clarence – Geo F. Rogers of Shambaugh was in the city yesterday on business and reported that town quiet. Mr and Mrs Rogers were called to mourn the death of their daughter, Mrs Clarence Dawes at Beloit, Kan., Sept 6th, from the effects of the grippe. So sudden was her death that they were unable to reach her bedside, and owing to the poor health of Mrs Rogers could not attend the funeral. Mr and Mrs Dawes lived several years over near New Market [Iowa] and were well known to many. Page County Democrat, Clarinda, Iowa, Sept 28, 1905


[108] Dideriksen, Chris Nels, age 89, of Gravity, Iowa, died Saturday, August 20, 2005 at his home rural Gravity, Iowa.   
Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 23, 2005, at Memory Cemetery with Rev. William E. Ballard officiating. Visitation with the family will be 9:30 a.m., until service time at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Memory Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Alegent Health Hospice, Corning, Iowa. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Chris Nels Dideriksen was born September 8, 1915, at Neola, Iowa, to Nels Dideriksen and Christina (Hilstrum) Dideriksen. He served his country during World War II in the United States Army and was a prisoner of war in Germany. He was united in marriage November 18, 1951 to Ruth Herrold at New Market, Iowa. Chris was a lifelong farmer and loved farming. He was also a John Deer tractor enthusiast.

Preceding Chris in death were his parents; brothers, Julius, Ray, Robert and Jim and sister, Clara. Survivors include his wife Ruth of the home; brother, Harry Dideriksen of Clarinda, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Dideriksen of Shenandoah, Iowa, Rosalee Dideriksen of, Grace Diderisksen of, nieces and nephews.


[109] Dinnebier, Onalee L., 73, of Waterloo, died Saturday, August 20, at Allen Memorial Hospital. She was born February 25, 1932 in Dunkerton, Iowa the daughter of David and Violet (Fee) Meyer. Onalee graduated from Dunkerton High School in 1949. She married Ray Dinnebier April 30, 1966 at Linden Avenue United Methodist Church in Waterloo.

Onalee worked for Bausch and Lomb in downtown Waterloo for many years. She also provided childcare out of her home and worked as the Secretary at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Her two favorite hobbies included collecting Owl figurines and Coca Cola memorabilia of which she had an extensive collection of both. Onalee also enjoyed playing cards and board games with her family and friends. She was also known for her love of cooking.

Onalee is survived by her husband Ray of Waterloo; a son Kent R. Dinnebier of Clarinda, two brothers: Richard Meyer and his wife Marlene of Waterloo, and Donald Meyer and his wife Leila of Hastings, Minnesota. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 Tuesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with burial in Fairview Cemetery, both in Waterloo. Memorials may be directed to the family. Locke Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


[110]Dowell, Richard Gordon was born April 21, 1931 in Coin, Iowa to Floyd M. and Viola (Peters) Dowell. He passed away March 20, 2005 in Galveston, Texas at the age of 73.
Richard's parents were handicapped with deafness, so he was raised on a farm near Coin by his paternal grandparents, Carl and Mamie Dowell.
Richard attended Coin Consolidated Schools and graduated from Coin High School in 1949. After graduation, he joined the United States Navy and was stationed in Hawaii during the Korean Conflict. He then returned to the area where he attended Northwest Missouri State University and graduated in 1958. Richard worked at many jobs, including oil rigging and his last job was as a security officer for the Bank of America in Galveston.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents; son, Joseph Dowell; infant brother, James and his brother-in-law, Bill Mannasmith. He is survived by his son, David of Forth Worth, Texas; daughter, Sheila and husband Dave Dartez of Westminster, Colorado; son, Stephen and wife Rosemarie of Fruitland Park, Florida; grandchildren, Sara Dartez, Mary Dartez, Thomas Dartez, Abigail Dowell and Jacob Dowell; sister, Dorothy Mannasmith of Shenandoah, Iowa; brother, George Dowell and wife Nellie of Shenandoah, Iowa; sister Marilynn Graham and husband Richard of Clarinda, Iowa; aunt, Thelma Dowell of Shenandoah, Iowa; a host of other relatives and friends.
Private funeral services were held April 23, 2005 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah, Iowa with words of comfort from Rev. John Clark. Burial was at the Elmwood Cemetery in Coin, Iowa.

[111] Drake, Maria Belson. Formerly a resident of England, Mrs Maria Belson Drake came to Clarinda in the year 1884. She was married to William Sheperson Drake in the year 1862, and to this union were born nine children, three of whom died in infancy. Those surviving are William Drake of Hotchkiss, Colo., Mrs Ed Middaugh of Omaha, Nebr., Harry and John Drake of Clarinda, Mrs Mary Deal of Riverfalls, Wisc., and Guy Drake of Polson, Mont.

The husband passed away December 8, 1902.

Mrs Drake was a life long member of the protestant Episcopal Church of England, but has been prevented from attending church in Clarinda the past few years on account of poor health.

The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the late home at 10th and Stuart Street, with Dr A.T. Bishop pastor of the Methodist church officiating. Interment was made in Clarinda cemetery beside the body of her husband. The Clarinda Herald, Jan 17, 1924


[112] Drake, William Sheperson, died at his home in this city, Dec 8, 1901 in the sixty-first year of his age. He was born Dec 17, 1840. He had been long a resident of Clarinda and his demise is mourned by numerous friends. The funeral was held Tuesday, the 10th inst., at the home, corner of Tenth and Water streets, conducted by W.O. Hutchings. The Clarinda Journal, Dec 13, 1901

Wm. S.Drake died Sunday Dec. 8, 1901, at his home in southeast Clarinda. He would have been sixty-two years of age next Tuesday. He had been a resident of this city for a good many years. The funeral was held Tuesday at 10:45, conducted by W. O. Hutchings. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Dec 12, 1901



[113] Drinkhouse, Valera Handorf Drinkhouse, 87, passed away on Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, in Denver, Colorado, where she resided since the late Thirties.

She was the daughter of Fred and Nellie Handorf. She leaves one sister, Emma Wood, New Market; nephews, Gary Olinger, Nelsonville, Ohio, and Don Handorf, Ames; great niece Laura Olinger; and a great nephew, Andrew Handorf; and sister-in-law, Eileen Handorf, Clarinda. Burial of ashes was in Fairmont Cemetery in Denver beside her husband, Carl.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl; brothers, Frederic and Floyd; sister, Audrey Johnson,; sister-in-law, Lucile Handorf; and brothers-in-law, Orville Wood and Henry Johnson.


[114] Duley, Marjorie, age 65, of Clarinda, Iowa, died Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 26, 2005 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation with the family will be held 4-6 p.m., Sunday, September 25, 2005 at the funeral home. Burial will be in High Ridge Cemetery, Stanberry, Missouri. Memorials may be directed to American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie J. Duley was born July 19, 1940, at Sabetha, Kansas, to John and Helen (McDonald) Dearden. She was united in marriage May 23, 1960 at Seneca, Kansas to Robert Wesley Duley. They lived in the Kansas City and Liberty, Missouri area for five years, Stanberry, Missouri for a year and LaVista, Nebraska for thirty years before retiring to Clarinda. Marjorie enjoyed cats and she also enjoyed knitting, crafts and flower and vegetable gardening.

Preceding Marjorie in death were her parents; brother, Richard Sorrell; sisters, Marilyn Noble and Carmen Bjorn.

Survivors include her husband, Robert of Clarinda, Iowa; nephew, Richard Dietrich and wife Doris of Lake Isabella, California; nieces, Mary Byrd and husband Jerry of Dudley, North Carolina, Cynthia Noble and Richard Baldozier of Omaha, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Clara Mae Holonya and husband Ed of Riverside, California; sister-in-law, Hazel Reece of Kansas City, Missouri; brother-in-law, Marvin Duley and wife Phylliss of Oak Hill, Ohio and several nieces and nephews.


[115] Dungan, Isaac JohnsonIsaac Dungan, one of the oldest and most substantial citizens of this community, died at his home northwest of Hopkins [Missouri] last Saturday after a long and painful illness with stomach trouble.

The funeral was conducted on Monday by Rev Seelig and burial took place in the Shearer cemetery [Page County, Iowa].

Isaac Johnson Dungan was born Oct 25, 1829 in Fayette county, Indiana. He moved with his parents when he was about six years old to Delaware county, Indiana, near Muncie, where he grew in manhood and became a blacksmith. In 1865 he came to Page county, Iowa, and finally settled in Clarinda. He was married December 21, 1870, to Amanda Jane McFarland, who survives him. Two children were born to them, Harry and Harmon clyde, the younger of these died August 15, 1879, aged 2 years. Mr Dungan moved from Clarinda to his present home northwest of Hopkins October 1, 1872, where he died June 7, 1902, aged 72 years, 7 months and 13 days.-- Hopkins Journal, Hopkins, Missouri [Page County Democrat, Jun 19, 1902]

A Pioneer Gone.
The following is taken from the Hopkins, Mo., Journal, handed us by John Beam, who was an intimate friend of Mr. Dungan for many years:
Isaac Dungan, one of the oldest and most substantial citizens of this community, died at his home northwest of Hopkins last Saturday after a long and painful illness with stomach trouble.
The funeral was conducted on Monday by Rev. Seelig and burial took place in the Shearer cemetery.

Isaac Johnson Dungan was born Oct. 25, 1829, in Fayette county, Indiana. He moved with his parents when he was about six years old to Delaware county, Indiana, near Muncie, where he grew in manhood and became a blacksmith. In 1865 he came to Page county, Iowa, and finally settled in Clarinda. He was married December 21, 1870, to Amanda Jane McFarland, who survives him. Two children were born to them, Harry and Harmon Clyde, the younger of these died August 15, 1879, aged 2 years. Mr. Dungan moved from Clarinda to his present home northwest of Hopkins October 1, 1872, where he died June 7,1902 aged 72 years, 7 months and 13 days. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Jun 19, 1902

[116] Dunn, Roland R., 78, Tarkio, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at a Shenandoah, Iowa, hospital.

Survivors: three children, one brother, one sister.

Services: 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio. Visitation: 1 to 2 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

Burial: Center Grove Cemetery, Westboro, Mo. Memorials: First Baptist Church, Tarkio, or the Allen-Schiffern American Legion Post No. 199, Tarkio.


[117] Dunn, Emery – Emery Dunn died Sunday morning at his home in west Clarinda, after a long and painful illness from cancer on the face. He had resided in this city forty-two years, and would have been 63 years old next September. He leaves a wife to mourn his death, to whom no children were born. Mr Dunn was the father of Mrs G.A. Boyer, by his first wife, who now deeply mourns his untimely demise. The funeral took place Tuesday at 2 o’clock from the home, conducted by Rev Abel, and his remains laid to rest in the city cemetery. Page County Democrat, Clarinda, Iowa, Feb 25, 1909


[118] Dunn, Mildred, age 96, of Clarinda, Iowa, passed away Monday, June 13, 2005, at the Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 17, 2005, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. Mark Wright officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 7-8 p.m., Thursday, June 16, 2005, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Covenanter Cemetery, rural Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Trinity Presbyterian Church or to the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Merl Dunn was born June 8, 1909, on the family farm three miles west of Clarinda, Iowa, to Charley Merl Shaffer and Anna (Fulton) Shaffer. Mildred was raised in the Clarinda and College Springs area of Page County. She graduated from Clarinda High School. Mildred and Francis "Miller" Dunn were united in marriage June 12, 1928 in Clarinda, Iowa. They farmed south of Clarinda and Mildred raised and dressed chickens to sell during the war. Mildred was employed at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute where she worked as a ward attendant and later was a supervisor. She retired after 22 years in 1974. Following her retirement she moved to Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas where she lived for 24 years. She returned to Clarinda in 1998. Each summer from 1961-1988, she worked at the Iowa State Fair in the 4-H building where she ran a restaurant. Mildred was raised as a United Presbyterian and after her marriage became a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. She helped organize the Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas and was currently a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Mildred was an active member of the church; she sang in the choir, served as an elder and was a member of the Presbyterian Women. She enjoyed square dancing and her flower gardens. Mildred especially enjoyed her children and grandchildren and she had a host of friends through the years.
Preceding Mildred in death were her parents; husband, Francis Miller Dunn (02/08/1957); grandson, Eddie Fulk; son-in-law, Walter Stokes; brother-in-law, Kenneth Fulk. Survivors include her children: Phyllis Fulk and husband Marvin of Clarinda, Iowa, Frances Koenigsberg and husband Melvin of Sheffield, Iowa, Delores Billman and husband Ron of State Center, Iowa, Charlene Stokes Paragould, Arkansas, George Dunn and wife Emma of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Charles Dunn and wife Kathleen of Waverly, Nebraska, Jim Dunn and wife Janet of Clarinda, Iowa; 23 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; 4 great, great grandchildren; sisters, Lucille Shaffer of Kansas City, Missouri and Helen Fulk of Des Moines, Iowa.


[119] Dwinger, Frances I. She was born March 31, 1923, at Littleton, Colorado, the daughter of George H. and Grace Williams Banes. A Larned resident since 1980, she was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.
On November 4, 1959, she married Henry A. Dwinger at Hamburg, Iowa. He died February 1, 1979.
Other survivors include one son, Robert Banes, Hammon, Oklahoma, three daughters, Cynthia Owen, Hamburg, Iowa, Grace Clawson, Larned and Gail Dwinger, Elk City, Oklahoma, a step son, Delaine Dwinger, Coos Bay, Oregon, and a step daughter, Charlene Bowden, Redlands, California, one sister, Nancy Smith, Hutchinson, 24 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Gene Banes and two sisters, Viola Nogle and Ruth Cox.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Morell Funeral Home, Larned, with Pastor Leroy Lyon presiding. Visitation was from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:00 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home. Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Elmwood Cemetery, Coin, Iowa. Memorials may be sent to the Welcome Inn Seniors or the family in care of Morell Funeral Home, P.O. Box 124, Larned, KS 67550-0124.


[120] Dyer, Helen Trumbo, was born December 24, 1911 in Page
County, Iowa to Delbert and Nellie Clayton Miller and died
Sunday, February 18, 2007 at the age of 95 years.



Davidson, Ceciel, age 69 of rural Clarinda, Iowa, died at her home on Friday morning after a brief illness. Ceciel was born April 5, 1931 at Athelstan, Iowa. Her parents were Charles Thomas Fluke and Azelda Hazel Kemery Fluke, She graduated from high school at Blockton, Ia. Ceciel worked as a sales representative for House of Lloyds, selling gifts & toys, also she worked part time in the Clarinda office of Alcohol & Drug Assistance Agency Inc.

Ceciel had made her home with Wendell Williams for many years. He preceded her in death in May of 1999.

Survivors include her children: sons Karl Ray Davidson and wife (Nancy) of Peabody, Kansas., Harley W. Davidson of Clarinda, Iowa, daughters Jean Marie Tobiasson and husband (David) of North Platte, Nebraska, Edythe Laree Davidson of Kansas City, Kansas, Lala P. Davidson of Indianola, Iowa. She has eight grandchildren, sister Rita K. Miller of Cle Elum, Washington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, mate of many years Wendell Williams, and a sister Hazel Lawrence.

Funeral services were held on Monday March 19, 2001 at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation was held on Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A memorial is to be established.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Clarinda Herald Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Mar 21, 2001


Desch, John Edward - John Edward Desch was born November 12, 1924 at Lima, Ohio to Robert J. and Ruth K. (Krise) Desch. He was married to L. Charline Giles December 10, 1949 at St. Clare Catholic Church in Clarinda, Iowa. The couple have three children: John, Kathy Desch George and Karen Desch McMillin.

During World War II Ed served in the U.S. Navy as an Electrician's Mate First Class. Following his discharge from the Navy, Ed was an electrical contractor for Desch Electrical and Refrigeration and also owned Desch Furniture and Appliance until 1967. Following this he was with Valmont Industries of Dodge City, KS.

Ed then joined IDS-American Express and worked with them until 1977 until he became the store manager for the Iowa licensed liquor store in Clarinda. He retired from there in 1987. Ed passed away in Missouri Valley, Iowa on August 18, 2009 at the age of 84.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Harry Shum.

Ed is survived by his wife, Charline of Clarinda, Iowa; children: John and Sandy Desch of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Kathy and Mike George of Spring, Texas, and Karen and Terry McMillin of Houston, Texas; grandchildren Sean and Isabel Desch, Jason Desch and Dana Desch Smith; Chris and Kim George, Amanda and Reed Emerson and Aaron George; Tim and Peggy McMillin, Jennifer McMillin and Braden McMillin; and 6 great-grandsons and 4 great-granddaughters; sister, Clarice Shum of Clarinda; sister-in-law Janell and husband Carl Carmichael of Shawno, Wisconsin; and nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, August 21, 2009 at St. Clare Catholic Church, Clarinda, with Father Joy Thaiparambil officiating. Interment was at Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa with military rites provided by American Legion Post #98 Clarinda.

Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel provided arrangements.


Dugan, Ethel Irene Blair - Ethel Irene Dugan was the daughter of John Paul and Eva Mae (Annan) Blair. She was born March 5, 1915 southwest of Clarinda, Iowa and grew up within thirty five miles of there. Ethel married William Renwick Dugan on July 4, 1939 at Roaring River, Missouri.

The family lived at the Round Barn, north of College Springs, Iowa. In 1942 they moved to College Springs where they farmed. Ethel was a school teacher for seven years at rural schools. She was also a janitor at the United Presbyterian Church in College Springs, Iowa.

She enjoyed baking and being the homemaker for her family. Ethel had an exceptional vegetable garden and also was a meticulous seamstress. If they needed it, she either grew it or made it. Ethel hand painted exquisite china. Bill and Ethel moved to Clarhaven in Clarinda in about 1989. Bill passed away in 1992. Ethel moved to the Goldenrod Nursing Home in September of 2007, where she passed away August 10, 2009.

Preceding her in death were her parents; one infant son, Marvin; her husband Bill; sister Glola Richardson and Forrest; brother-in-law Wilbur Redd; brother Orval Dugan and Ila; brother Bill and Carrie Blair.

Surviving Ethel are her children; Jane Marie and husband Bernie Henry of Little Rock, Arkansas; Jean A. and husband Al Klink of Surprise, Arizona; John C. and wife Mary Dugan of Chandler, Arizona; Ronald D. and wife Barb Sweet-Dugan of Glendale, Arizona; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her sister Beulah Redd of Halfway, Missouri.

Memorial services for Ethel Dugan, age 94, of Clarinda, Iowa will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the Trinity Presbyterian Church. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Presbyterian Church. Inurnment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Iowa. The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa is providing the arrangements.



Wilburn Dillen died Monday at his home east of the city as a result of a stroke of paralysis several years ago. He was in the 71st year of his age. The funeral was held at 1 o'clock yesterday, conducted by W.O. Hutchings.

Page County Democrat, Clarinda, Iowa May 27, 1909



Geo. Dillon died Tuesday at his home in East River township. The funeral services were held Thursday, burial being in Davis cemetery.

Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, Jun 27, 1912

Damewood, Ronald Lee "Bud" - Ronald Lee "Bud" Damewood was born in the New Market, Iowa area on May 16, 1930 the son of Glen Vernon and Candace Iowa (Lathrop) Damewood. He grew up in the Shambaugh area and graduated from Davis School.

Bud was married to his wife Maureen (Krenek), for over fifty-three years, on August 31, 1952 at Clearmont, Missouri. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Burlington Junction, Missouri.

Bud had a sawmill at home and enjoyed his woodworking business. He also farmed, did road work for Nodaway Township and especially enjoyed running the sawmill at Elliott, Iowa at the Eschelmans Steam Engine Show. He enjoyed sharing his skills in woodworking with his family and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Surviving Bud are his three children; Cynthia and husband Mike Hanig of Burlington Junction, Missouri, Roy Damewood of Burlington Junction, Missouri, and Rodney and wife Susan Damewood of Burlington Junction, Missouri; eleven grandchildren: nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Evelyn and husband Duane Cerven of Blanchard, Iowa and Eula and husband Phillip Bennett of Clarinda, Iowa: one brother Darwin Damewood of Larned, Kansas; nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents, wife Maureen, brothers Darrell Damewood and wife Doris, Eldon Damewood, and infant brother, Carroll Faye Damewood, grandson Mathew Kane Reasoner.

Funeral services for Ronald Lee "Bud" Damewood age 78, of Skidmore, Missouri were held 10:30 a.m. Thursday April 23, 2009 at United Methodist Church, Burlington Junction, Missouri. With interment in the Clearmont Cemetery, Clearmont, Missouri. Memorials to the United Methodist Church, Burlington Junction, Missouri and West Nodaway Rescue Squad.

The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa has served the family.


Driftmier, Darrel Dean - Funeral services for Darrel Driftmier, 81, Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010 at Brighton Gardens, Omaha, Neb. were held Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Leslie Traylor and Reverend Charles Bulger officiating.

Visitation with the family was held Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Trinity Presbyterian Church or to the Clarinda Foundation. 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.

Darrel Dean Driftmier was born in Page County, Iowa at the family home on May 23, 1928, to Ward Fredrick Driftmier and Sadie Marie (Cozad) Driftmier. He was one of four children and was raised in rural Page County and graduated from Amity High School, College Springs in 1946.

Following high school, he began farming. He entered the service in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, serving overseas in Korea. Darrel returned home in 1951 and resumed farming near his parents. Darrel was united in marriage March 16, 1951 to Doris Jean Brownlee.

They were blessed with four children, Steven Duane, Diane Lynn, Keith Darrel and Julie Dawn. Darrel and Doris lived on their farm most of their married life, moving into Clarinda in 1983.

Darrel was a life long farmer and was a conservationist and a steward of the land. He served on the Page County Board of Supervisors from 1987-1995. Darrel was a director of the Farm Credit Board from 1982-1994. He was an active member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clarinda, serving as elder and in many offices.

His family was very important to Darrel, faithfully attending the grandkids activities and events. He was passionate about farming and enjoyed the lifestyle it provided. Darrel was easy going and content with the moment.

Preceding Darrel in death were his parents; wife, Doris on July 9, 2008; sister, Martha Grace Stangl; brother, Keith Eldon Driftmier.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Steven Driftmier and wife Tammie of Clarinda, Iowa, Diane Kort and husband Tom of St. Petersburg, Fla., Keith Driftmier and wife Pam of Bellefonte, Pa., Julie Driftmier of Omaha, Neb.; seven grandchildren, Amy Schmidt and husband Jon of Sioux Center, Iowa, Molly Gilmore and husband Van of Clarinda, Iowa, Clint Driftmier of Knoxville, Iowa, Captain Ryan Kort and wife Helen of Ft. Campbell, Ky., Aaron Kort of St. Petersburg, Fla., Christina Driftmier and Kelly Driftmier of Bellefonte, Pa.; great-grandson, Micah Schmidt; great-granddaughters, Zoey Gilmore, Beau Gilmore and Kemper Gilmore; nieces; nephews and many friends.


Dunshee, Arthur Allen - Arthur Allen Dunshee, son of Fred and Jessie Brennaman Dunshee, was born on April 25, 1920, in Chariton, Iowa and passed away with his family surrounding him in Clarinda, Iowa on August 24, 2009 at the age of eighty-nine years and four months.

He grew up in a family of five sisters and two brothers. During his youth he enjoyed helping his father in the family furniture, hardware, and mortuary businesses. While in high school he participated in tennis, mixed choir, various music, thespian and literary activities, graduating from Chariton High School in 1938.

He was attending college at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, when World War II broke out, at which time he enlisted in the United States Army. He eventually saw overseas duty in the European Theatre of Operations and as Staff Sergeant led his mortar squad through Normandy Beach to St. Lo^ and in battles all across Europe, including the Battle at Remagen Bridge. He was awarded two Bronze Stars for valor, the Oak Leaf Cluster, and multiple good conduct awards.

He was married to Jean Carolyn McCollough January 23, 1946, the year he completed his college education at the University of Nebraska, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Following graduation he moved to Atlantic, Iowa, managing the shoe department in J. C. Penney's. He moved with his family to Clarinda in the spring of 1949 where he was employed at Martin's Shoe Store for eight years until purchasing Hunts' Shoes in partnership with Merwin Martin in January of 1957. He later assumed full ownership and operated Art's Shoes for twenty-seven years on the south side of the square until his retirement in October, 1983.

He will be remembered by family and friends for his strong work ethics, value system, and sense of fairness and integrity.

While in the retail business he was active in the Chamber of Commerce, serving on the board of directors and often headed retail and community committees.

He was a faithful member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as past church treasurer, trustee, and deacon. He was a member of the American Legion for over sixty years in which he was a past commander and had been local and county adjutant at various times. He was also a life time member of the AMVETS. Most recently, he was honored to participate in the Western Iowa World War II Honor Flight on May 5, 2009 to Washington D.C.

He took great pride in his family and was deeply dedicated and supportive of his beloved wife Jean, always greatly appreciative of her constant tenderness and devotion to their family. He had a strong faith in God and a great love for life and his country, reflected through the many writings and notes he shared with his children and grandchildren throughout the years. His quick-wit and dry sense of humor are a source of enjoyment and fond reflection for all that loved him. Following retirement, he especially cherished time spent with his family, enjoyed gardening, was an avid reader, and passionate Cornhusker fan.

Arthur Dunshee is survived by his wife, Jean Carolyn Dunshee, seven children Linda Rae (Dennis) Nissen of Griswold, Iowa; Leslie Allen (Faye) Dunshee and Calvin Marshall (Fran) Dunshee of Ames, Iowa; Carolyn Kay (Gary) Tharp of Des Moines, Iowa; Charles Edward Dunshee of Silver City, Iowa; Anita Donelle VonDielingen of Atlantic, Iowa; Lisa Jean Whitehill of Clarinda, Iowa; twelve grandchildren: Angela Lynn Zimmerman, Washington, D. C.; Brian Christopher Dunshee of Ames, Iowa; Elizabeth Ann Dunshee of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Heather Jean Tharp, Amber Rae Tharp, and Nathan Arthur Tharp of Des Moines, Iowa; Eric Shaun VonDielingen of Denver, Colorado, Kristi Lynn VonDielingen of Wichita, Kansas, Ryan Michael VonDielingen of Iowa City, Iowa; and Alexa Anne, Andrew Jarick, and Aaron Craig Whitehill of Clarinda, Iowa; two great grandchildren: Kaden Randall and Caroline Grace Tharp of Des Moines, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law, Dwayne Zimmerman, three sisters and brothers-in-law: Leta Maurine (Harry Miller), Vada Marie (James Smith), and Helen Lucile (Gordon Savee); a brother and sister-in-law: George Marshall (Mayme) Dunshee, and brother, Robert Calvin Dunshee, and brother-in-law Ralph Hixson.
He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn (Richard "Mick") Weidman of Lincoln, Nebraska, and sister, Flora Belle Hixson, of Chariton, Iowa, sister-in-law, Helen Dunshee of Palmyra, Wisconsin, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Arthur "Art" Dunshee, age 89, of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Monday, August 24, 2009 at Westridge Care and Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa were held Friday, August 28, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation with the family was 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, August 27 at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda. Burial with military rites was held in the Clarinda Cemetery.
Duran, Ruth D. Finley - Ruth D. Duran, 80, formerly of Marion, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at the Illini Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, Ill. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Marion Christian Church, 1050 McGowan Blvd., Marion, Iowa, by Rev. Brice Hughes. The family will greet friends at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Following the service, a luncheon will be served. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Marion.

Survivors include her companion, Bill Lake of Colona, Ill; children, Al Duran of Henderson, Nev., Dave Duran of Henderson, Nev., and Colene (Richard) Olsen of Brock, Neb.; sister, Thelma Sue (Manuel) Eckas of Greely, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Tracy (Brian) Duran Spak of Washington D.C., Christina (Chris) Duran Millette of Portland, Ore., Tamara Duran of Marion, Iowa, Brandon (Molly) Wade of Carver, Minn., Ryan (Jessica) Wade of North Liberty, Iowa, Jason Duran of Marion, Iowa, Gretchen (Ryan) Wade Handly of Black River Falls, Wis., and Justin Wade of Minneapolis, Minn.; nine great-grandchildren, Laney, Bryson, and Grady Handly, Will and Nora Wade, Oliver and Sterling Millette, Jack Wade, and Theo Spak; and step-grandchildren, Jessica Olsen of Eldora, Iowa, and Josh Olsen of Ames, Iowa. Also surviving are many other loving family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers; one grandson, Keaton Wade; and one great-granddaughter, Addison Wade.

Ruth was born December 16, 1929, in Clarinda, Iowa, the daughter of Arthur and Roxie (Pearson) Finley. She married Richard Duran September 21, 1946, in Atchison, Kan. He died March 24, 1993. Within the last three years, Ruth renewed a relationship with Bill Lake, who was a dear friend since childhood. Ruth had been a nanny for many years and was also a hostess at Brackett House at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon. Ruth was an avid cook and artist. Her entire life was centered around her family and friends.