Page County, Iowa obituaries

Hack, Rita A. Lubert, age 60, of Ravenwood Care Facility, Waterloo, formerly of 610 East 4th St, Waterloo and Clarinda, IA, and California died at Covenant Medical Center on Sunday, March 05, 2006 of natural causes.

She was born October 05, 1945 in Waterloo IA to Amos and Ruth Hanlon Lubert.

She was united in marriage to Frankie B. Hack, Jr., June 19, 1978 in Zephyr Cove, Nevada. He died July 11,1991.
She graduated from East High School in 1963 and Gates Business College in 1965. She had worked at KXEL Radio.
Survivors are Sisters: Eilene Wagner, Suquamish, WA; Ida Lucille Brunson, Suquamish, WA; Wanda Stahl, Waterloo, IA; 3 step-children; 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded by her parents, husband, infant sister Darlene.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Burial will be in Presidio of San Francisco National Cemetery following cremation. Condolences: may be left at Memorials can be sent to Trinity Episcopal Parish.


Harper, Wesley, age 51, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, died Friday, June 09, 2006, at his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Funeral services were held 1:30 p.m., Monday, June 12, 2006, at the Hillside Missionary Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Dr. Randall Gant and Pastor Brian Bontrager officiating. Visitation with the family was held
7-8 Sunday, June 11, 2006 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Wesley Dee Harper was born January 17, 1955, at Elmo, Missouri, to James and Donna (Hartman) Harper. He was a graduate of South Page High School, College Springs, Iowa and he also attended college for three and half years. Wesley was united in marriage July 31, 1982 at Urbandale, Iowa to Michelle Soden. Wesley was a professional Santa Claus and professional musician. He enjoyed remodeling the house and he also enjoyed Studebaker cars.

Wesley was preceded in death by his grandparents and infant sister.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle Harper of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; children, Aaron Wesley Harper of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Amanda Nicole Walker of Wiota, Iowa, Jessica Marie Harper of Abilene, Texas, Nicholas Dee Harper of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren, Christopher Spicer, Destiny Harper, Tori Harper, Kiara Walker; parents, Jim and Donna Harper of Clarinda, Iowa; sister, Rhonda Gant and husband Randy of Bixby, Oklahoma; brother Tom (T.J.) Harper of East New Market, Maryland; parents-in-law, John and Susan Soden of Cherokee Village, Arkansas.


Harrell, Alma Higgins, age 87, of Clarinda, Iowa, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2005, at Westridge Care and Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 4, 2005, at the Clarinda Cemetery with Rev. John Clark officiating. Visitation will be held 1:00 p.m., prior to the service on Monday, April 4, 2005. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Clarinda Fire Department for a new truck. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Alma M. Harrell was born September 28, 1917, at Clarinda, Iowa, to Henry Higgins and Bertha (Hascall) Higgins. She was a graduate of Clarinda High School. Alma was united in marriage December 16, 1936 to Mack Conn Harrell. He preceded her in death September 18, 1953. Alma worked at the Tip Top Curler Factory and the Woolworth Dime Store and for many years as a cook at the Clarinda High School. She loved football and was an avid Nebraska Husker fan and also enjoyed the Iowa teams. Alma also enjoyed following her grandchildren in sports.
Preceding Alma in death were her parents; husband; brothers, Laurence Higgins and Lee Higgins; sisters, Rae Kelley, Florence Greenlee and twin sister, Irmal Hamm. Survivors include her daughter, Connie Gage and husband Dean of Clarinda, Iowa; son, Darwin Harrell of Cannon Country, California; daughter, DeLinda Fahey and husband Paul of Clarinda, Iowa; eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.


Harris, Naomi Clayton Gant , age 87, of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of Siam, Iowa, died Wednesday, March 01, 2006 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 6, 2006, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Loren Daly officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 7-8 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2006 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Siam Cemetery, Siam, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Naomi (Gant) Harris Memorial Fund. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Naomi Mae Clayton was born July 2, 1918, at Lenox, Iowa to Grover Arch Clayton and Mattie (Allen) Clayton. Naomi was united in marriage February 14, 1938, at Sidney, Iowa, to Orval Allen Gant. He preceded her in death June 5,1964. She later married Thomas Harris December 23, 1979. He also preceded her in death May 9, 1983. Naomi was a nurse's aide, caregiver and nanny.

She had worked at Gillispies' Nursing Home and West Heights Manor and also at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Naomi also helped her husband with the farming. She was an active member of the Siam Church. She belonged to the Willing Workers of the church and had taught Sunday School. She also played the piano at church and played and sang for funerals. She was also a member of the North Star Club. Naomi enjoyed entertaining and cooking meals for family gatherings. She also enjoyed babysitting for grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceding Naomi in death were her parents; two husbands; grandson, Duane Hughes; brothers, Ellis Clayton and Eldon Clayton.

Survivors include her son, Roger Gant and wife Pat of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter, Karolyn Hughes and husband David of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter, Lorene Davison and husband Clark of Loveland, Colorado; step daughter, Janice Hardee and husband Phil of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren, Reba Richie and husband Ryan of Clarinda, Iowa, Kristine Harvey of Tarkio, Missouri, Rick Hughes of Poulsbo, Washington, Joe Davison and wife Kendra of Loveland, Colorado, Karla Davison of Lakewood, Colorado; step grandchildren, Jackie Bain of Clarinda, Iowa, Susie Vogler and husband Alan of Murdock, Nebraska, Phillis Williams of Clarinda, Iowa, Jim Hardee of New Market, Iowa; fifteen great grandchildren and four great, great grandchildren.

Hart, Russell Glenn, age 88, of Clarinda, Iowa, died Friday, March 4, 2005, at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, Iowa. Funeral services were held 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Gary Jaeckle officiating. Visitation with the family was held 11:30 a.m., until service time Tuesday, March 8, 2005. Burial was in Summit Cemetery, rural Yorktown, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Russell Glenn Hart was born March 20, 1916, at Shenandoah, Iowa, to Carl Hart and Anna (Nadgwick) Hart. He was united in marriage August 20, 1941, to Alice Harms; she preceded Russell in death July 25, 1997. Russell farmed north of Yorktown until his retirement. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. Russell enjoyed reading until his eye sight diminished.

Preceding Russell in death were his parents; wife, Alice Hart; brother, Stanley Hart. Survivors include his sons: Vernon Hart and wife Kitsy of Fairgrove, Missouri, Clifford Hart of Peosta, Iowa, Merle Hart of Clarinda, Iowa; granddaughter, Carrie Weir and husband Patrick of Carrie, North Carolina; sister, Lorenne Briggs of Ft. Collins, Colorado; brother, Wesley Hart and wife Delores of Shenandoah, Iowa; sister-in-law, Marie Hart of Shenandoah, Iowa


Heerman, LeeRoy Henry, age 78 of Coin, Iowa, departed this earth on January 30, 2006 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Shenandoah, Iowa. He was born on September 30, 1927 in Lincoln, Missouri, the son of Leo and Minnie (Wischmeier) Heerman.

In his early childhood, LeeRoy attended school in Benton County, Missouri. After moving back to Iowa he finished his schooling in Clarinda and Coin, Iowa. In September of 1946, he enlisted in the Army-Air Force. LeeRoy met the love of his life, Connie Ray Nall, while serving in the Army-Air Force in Illinois, on February 2, 1949, they were united in marriage.

To this union they were blessed with five children; Dennis Ray, Roy Dean, Roger Lee, Cheryl Lynn and Angela Denise. LeeRoy spent his career as a truck driver to and from the west coast. He was especially proud of his driving record, as he received numerous awards for his driving skills.

LeeRoy retired from trucking in 1986 and was elected mayor of Coin, Iowa, for the past ten years. LeeRoy loved to restore old tractors and time spent fishing, but most of all he loved his family. There was also the time he enjoyed with his friends at "The Office". He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the Eagles Club, and the Masonic Order.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two sons, Dennis and Roger Heerman; and a grandson Daren Ray Heerman.

He is survived by his wife Connie of Coin; a sister Fern Sump and her husband Alan and their family of Clarinda, Iowa; his son Roy and wife Teresa Heerman of Quitman, MO, daughter, Angela Whitehill and friend Jim Berry of Coin, IA, daughter Cheryl Fallis of Clarinda, IA; grandchildren, Stacy Heerman and friend Vashon Russell of Champaign, IL, Michelle Warrick and husband Scott of Clarinda, IA, Spencer Williams and husband Jay of Malvern, IA, Megan Martin and husband Brett of Clarinda, IA, Jenny Martin and husband Joe of Essex, IA, Kalon Whitehill and friend April Welch of Braddyville, IA, Kade Whitehill of Coin, Ia. Rachel Rother of Maryville, MO, and Jimmy Fallis of Clarinda, IA, seven great grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. On February 2, 2006 he and Connie would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2006, at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. The Rev. Carl Phillips gave the words of comfort. Special music was "Grandpa, Tell Me About The Good Ole Days" and "Circle Of Life". Attending the memory register were Marie Compton and Marie Miller.

Honorary casket bearers were Kalon Whitehill, Kade Whitehill, Scott Warrick, Brett Martin, Jay Williams, Vashon Russell, Joe Martin, Jimmy Fallis, Dylan Warrick, Trey Heerman, Jalen Heerman and Kyler Williams.

Following the funeral service, LeeRoy was cremated and his cremains will be privately inurned in the Elmwood Cemetery at Coin at a later date. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah was in charge of the arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at on the web.

Heidelberger, Gary, born in Britton, South Dakota, was the fourth of seven children of Milton and Thelma Crippen Heidelberger. The family moved to Madison, South Dakota. Following high school graduation, Gary worked his way through Mankato State College in Minnesota. He earned a bachelors degree in Industrial Arts in 1967 and later added a masters degree.

Marriage united Gary Lee and Charlotte Jean Rankin on May 20, 1967. They shared 37 years of devoted companionship, a union blessed by three children. Gary served his country in the Army, including a tour in Vietnam
Gary's full time teaching career, mostly in the Sioux Valley School District of Linn Grove, Iowa, lasted until 1981.

The family then moved and took up farming in partnership with Vern W. Williams between Coin and College Springs, Iowa. Gary was a conscientious steward of the land. Gary obtained satisfaction in crops, machinery, carpentry, livestock and agricultural organizations. He possessed strong Christian convictions and enjoyed membership and fellowship in the Presbyterian Church. Gary valued education, and loved sharing knowledge with young people.

Gary passed away at his home Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at the age of 61.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Thelma Crippen Heidelberger, his brother Walter, and his farming mentor Vern W. Williams.

Gary is survived by his treasured wife, Charlotte. He is also survived by his three children: Rebecca and her partner Dutch of Madison, Wisconsin; Peter and his wife Angelika of Bellevue, Nebraska; Martha and her husband Michael Rowe of Blue Grass, Iowa; and three grandchildren, Noah, Kayah and Luke. Also living are his four brothers Jim, Les, Howard, and Dale, and his sister Rose; his parents-in-law Ruth and Will Rankin; and 11 Rankin in-laws, as well as many nieces and nephews, and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 8, 2006 at the College Springs Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jim Crapson officiating. Burial was at the Blanchard Cemetery, Blanchard, Iowa. Memorials are suggested to Bibles for Russia, Clarinda Community Center, or the College Springs Presbyterian Church. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda assisted with arrangements.


Herzberg, Dean Paul, age 67, of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, died Thursday, February 23, 2006 at Hospice House, Omaha, Nebraska.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 27, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Wenda Fry officiating. Visitation with the family was held 7-8 p.m., Sunday, February 26, at the funeral home. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa was in charge of arrangements.

Dean Paul Herzberg was born May 8, 1938, at Clarinda, Iowa, to Paul Herman Herzberg and Edna (Grebert) Herzberg. He was a student at Immanuel Lutheran School, rural Clarinda, Iowa through the eighth grade and a 1957 graduate of Clarinda High School.

He served his country in the United States Army from 1961-1963. Dean was united in marriage January 25, 1959, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Clarinda, Iowa to Catherine Warrick. They enjoyed 47 years of marriage. Dean had been a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Clarinda, Iowa, St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, Iowa, Kountze Memorial Lutheran, Omaha, Nebraska and was currently attending Bethany Lutheran Church, Elkhorn, Nebraska.

Dean had worked for F.C. Grace Furniture Company of Clarinda, Hy-Vee for thirty seven years and most recently managed condos for Omaha Retired School Teachers. He enjoyed socializing and drinking coffee with friends; he easily made friends wherever he went and had a genuine concern for other people. Dean also enjoyed reading the newspaper and doing the crossword puzzles, going for car rides, shopping, playing hand held games, cards and visiting the casino. He especially enjoyed spending time and being ornery with his grandkids.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, James Seddon; and nephew, Brandon Michael McIntosh.

Survivors include his wife Catherine Herzberg of Omaha, Nebraska; daughters, Rhonda Pounds and husband Tom of Omaha, Nebraska, Anne Sunderman and husband Dennis of Villisca, Iowa, Brenda Wichman and husband Kevin of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren, Nathan Sunderman, Megan Wichman, Breanna Sunderman, Amanda Pounds, and Alexandria Wichman; sisters, Lorene Rossander and husband Leonard of Stanton, Iowa, Marian Seddon of Shenandoah, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Herzberg, Frances I. Stephens, age 85 of Shenandoah, Iowa was born
May 1, 1922 in Bedford, IA, the daughter of Cecil and Martha
(Haidsaik) Stephens. She passed away on Wednesday afternoon,
January 16, 2008 at the Shenandoah Medical Center in
She graduated from Gravity High school n 1941. Frances
was united in marriage to Edmond Herzberg on October 24,
1946.Ed and Frances farmed outside of Shenandoah for over 50
years and were blessed with two sons, Larry and Edward.
Frances was a certified Nurse's Aide at the Shenandoah
Medical Center for 19 years. She enjoyed her family and work as
well as reading, walking and collecting beautiful glassware.


Hill, Charles V. "Chuck"
Charles passed away January 25, 2006 at his home in Lakewood, CO with an apparent heart attack. His son was with him. Chuck was born in Clarinda on February 29, 1932 to Charles V. Hill and Ruth V. Kohler Hill.

He lived here until he entered in the Army. He was stationed in Germany in the motor pool. When he returned home he then moved to Colorado where he has lived since, and worked as a body and fender repairman.

He is survived by his son Charles M. and wife Sue, daughter Haley, Shelby and Sadye of Studio City, OK, nephew Richard of Elizabeth, CO and two cousins Joye Welch and Ruth Walker.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Richard and George. He will be missed by family members, a host of loving friends and neighbors.

Hixson, James Ralph, 64, of Chanute, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2006 at his home with his loving soul partner, Janie Morgan, at his side.

Ralph was born in Shenandoah, Iowa on November 21, 1941, the Son of Donald and Helen (Snowdall) Hixson. He graduated from Amity High of School of College Springs, Iowa in the Class of 1959. He continued his education in the mid 1980's, receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration in March 1987 and his Masters of Business Administration in January 1988.

Ralph worked for the Lozier Corporation in Omaha, NE for seventeen years, as a Material Planning and Systems Manager. He then owned his own business, First Class Interiors, before coming to Kustom Signals in April 1982. Ralph held several manager positions at Kustom before becoming Senior Vice President of Operations in 1990. He served in that position until his death.

He was a member of the APICS (Association of Production & Inventory Control Society), EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and MENSA. While a member of the APICS he received his CFPIM, (Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management) which is the highest level you can achieve with APICS and is quite an honor, and his CIRM (Certified in Integrated Resource Management).

Ralph is survived by a son, Derek Ralph Hixson; a daughter, Dana' Michele May; a grandson, Andrew Hixson, two granddaughters, Krysta Hixson and Kathleen May; brother and sister-in-law, John and Mary Hixson; sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Daryl Jerke, brother and sister-in-law Bud and Kathy Hixson; sister and brother-in-law Barb and Steve Chubb; sister Connie Hixson; sister and brother-in-law Dee and Gary Huseman; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation has taken place.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the Living Word Assembly with Pastor Michael Longfellow officiating. Burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials in his name may be made to the Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905-9817 and may be left with the funeral home. Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
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Hockett, Lucille Pauline Porter, age 84, of Clarinda, Iowa, died Thursday, February 23, 2006, at the Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 29, 2006 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 7-8 p.m., Monday, February 27, 2006 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery. A memorial will be established. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lucille Pauline Hockett was born July 25, 1921, at Wessington Springs, South Dakota, to Eugene Porter and Ruth Esther (Frederick) Porter. The family moved from South Dakota to Exira, Iowa and Lucille graduated from Exira High School. Lucille was united in marriage November 3, 1952 to Delbert Dale Hockett.

He preceded her in death June 28, 1989. Lucille accompanied Delbert as he worked with road construction from 1957 to 1988 building Interstate 90 in Wyoming, Colorado and other states. They lived in Colorado until they moved to Clarinda in 1988. Lucille was a member of the First Baptist Church, Clarinda, Iowa. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles and camping.

Preceding Lucille in death were her parents; husbands, Alvord Higgins and Delbert Hockett; step daughter, Wanda Hockett.

Survivors include her son, Doug Higgins and wife Joanne of Clarinda, Iowa; step children, Beverly Whitaker and husband Melvin of Estherville, Iowa, Bob Hockett and wife Sandy of Estherville, Iowa; Janet Catelli of Tucson, Arizona; nineteen grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; brother, Richard Porter and wife Dorothy of LeMars, Iowa; sister, Maxine Clausen of San Jose, California.



Hoskins, Judith Marie Claire, was born the daughter of Robert James and Virginia (Dufresne) Claire on Sunday, July 9, 1950 in Anchorage, Alaska.

She moved with her family to Port Angeles, Washington where she attended school and graduated from high school. During her school years she was an avid swimmer and sports enthusiast. Judi moved to San Diego, California where she began her banking career working for a savings and loan.

She then moved to the Portland area to be near her family. She became a member of the Beaverton Nazarene Church where she met David and they directed the singles group together. On October 12, 1980 Judi and David were married in Beaverton and they raised their family.

Judi became part owner of Whimzze's Gift and Scrapbooking Nook in Beaverton, where she touched the hearts of many women as they chronicled their family's lives. She felt it was "the best job of my life". For many years Judi worked for U S Bank and the First Federal Savings and Loan in McMinnville, Newberg and Carlton.

Judy adored the Lord and loved to serve Him through her work, family and other activities. Lately she and David were attending the Countryside Community Church in Sherwood. She was very dedicated to her family, friends and co-workers. She enjoyed scrapbooking and collecting Muffy and Beanie Babies. After her marriage to David she came to love "The Hoskins Hill" and the Newberg countryside.

To know Judi was to know compassion, selflessness, support and joy.

On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 Mrs. Hoskins died at her Newberg home when she was fifty-five years, six months, and twenty-three days of age.

Surviving and left to honor her life are: her husband, David Hoskins of Newberg; her father, Jim and "second mom" Ruth Clarire of Beaverton; two sons, Timothy Hoskins of Simi Valley, California, and Daniel Hoskins of Newberg; two daughters, Cynthia Hoskins and Virginia Hoskins, both of Newberg; her brother, Robert Frank Claire of Pensacola, Florida; her sister, Maribeth Roberts of Portland; five grandchildren, Trenton and Rashun Hoskins of Newberg and Wesley, Whitney and Mackenzie Hoskins of Simi Valley, California; and those who have come to know and appreciate her where she has lived and worked. Her mother Virginia Olive Clair preceded her in death.

Her funeral service was Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. in the Northside Community Church, Newberg with Pastor Sean McNay and Pastor Timothy Hoskins officiating. Committal followed at Valley View Memorial Park, Newberg. Arrangements are in the care of Attrell's Newberg Funeral Chapel, a Golden Rule funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, c/o Attrell's Newberg Funeral Chapel, 207 Villa Road, Newberg, Oregon 97132.

Howard, Lonnie W., age 66, former resident of Atlantic, Iowa, passed away February 24, 2006, at the Olympia Medical Center Hospital in Los Angles, California.

He was born July 12, 1939 at Clarinda, Iowa the son of Burnal F. Howard and Marjorie H. (Beavers, Howard) McNerney. He moved to Atlantic with his family in 1944 and graduated from Atlantic High School in 1957. His hobbies were reading and cooking.

He also was a very talented artist. After graduation from High School, he lived with his grandparents, Alf and Fern Howard in Clarinda and worked in restaurants there. He served in the Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After serving in the Army he lived in Omaha and worked in restaurants there before moving to Los Angeles in 1968. Lonnie worked at and managed the famous Johnny's Restaurant at Wilshire & Fairfax, Los Angeles, California for several years.

Lonnie along with his friend Armando, owned and operated the Los Jalapeno Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, California for several years. He worked and cooked in Von's Supermarket Deli before he retired.

Lonnie is survived by his sister, Linnea (Mike) Murphy of Lewis; brother in law, Larry O. Smith of Anita, Iowa; nieces and nephews: Dianna (Tom) Williams of Atlantic, Bill (Alison) Murphy of Northridge, California, Bob Murphy of Brooklyn, New York, Kelly (John) Snyder of Ankeny, Iowa, Kerrie (Jordie) Harrell of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tracy (Brad) Suhr of Anita, Iowa, and Brent (Malisa) Smith of Dow City, Iowa; fifteen great nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles, Neil and Ardith Earl of Mojave, California, Esther Roberts of Hood River, Oregon, Irene Stackhouse of Clarinda, Iowa; several cousins and close family friend, Armando De La Rosa of Los Angeles, California.

Preceding him in death were his grandparents; parents; stepfather, John McNerney; sister, Lorain (Howard) Smith; aunts and uncles, Ted and Leta Greenfield, Wayne Roberts, Clifford Stackhouse, George and Esther Van Buskirk, J.C. and Virginia Wise; cousins, Lon Earl and Phyllis (Wise) Ned.

A memorial service was held in Los Angeles for friends in California. Burial of the cremains with Rev. John Clark officiating will take place 2:00 p.m., March 28, 2006 at the Clarinda Cemetery for family and friends in Iowa. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be shared with the family at


Hughes, Kyle, 91, of Clarinda, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, at the United Methodist Church, New Market, with The Rev. Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Visitation was from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda. Burial was in the Memory Cemetery, New Market.

Memorials may be directed to the New Market Methodist Church or to the Armed Forces Memorial at Memory Cemetery. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Kyle Hughes was born Sept. 28, 1915, in Taylor County, near New Market to Carl David Hughes and Cordia Ann (Allison) Hughes and grew up on farms both east and west of New Market. He attended the New Market grade school all but his third year when he went to the Memory rural school. He was a 1933 graduate of New Market High School.

Kyle married Lolabelle Marguerite Karg on Christmas day of 1937. He continued to farm with his dad until he bought a farm east of New Market in 1944. He moved there in March, one week before their second child was born. Their three children were raised on that farm. Their children consisted of Clyde David, Julia Ann and Jackson Karg.

They sold the farm and moved to Clarinda in 1972. Kyle was a member of the New Market Baptist Church and then he joined the New Market Methodist Church. Besides farming, he was an elder in the New Market Baptist Church where he led Sunday School. Other jobs he held were driving a school bus, working at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute, selling feed, working for Green Bay Lumber Company and Lisle Corporation.

Upon retiring from Lisle's, he grew restless and worked part -time at McCunn Implement where he enjoyed educating the younger men about the older machinery. Kyle was a devoted husband and being an only child, he enjoyed the family get-togethers of his wife's nine siblings.

He was always very pleased when his own 3 children were all present at the same time for any holiday event. He also was very proud of the fact that portions of Memory Cemetery are on what used to be Hughes land. His first time of cultivating corn was on what is now the South addition and he told of herding the cows home at milking time from a pasture, what is now the West portion, where he will be laid to rest.

Kyle was devastated when his wife of 62 years plus died in 2000. He lived alone for a year, and then went to the Eiler House for a year, then to Goldenrod Manor where he enjoyed playing rummy with family and the nurse's aides. He kept his wittiness and sense of humor through his stay, even though his confusion brought him much anxiety.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife Lolabelle, and a grandson Duane Hughes, plus other brother and sister-in-laws.

Remaining to cherish his memory is his son, David and wife Karolyn, Clarinda; his daughter Julia and husband Phil Mattox, Sterling, Ill.; his son, Jack and wife Janice, Bellevue, Neb.; eight grandchildren and their spouses; 14 great- and five step great-grandchildren; three step great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law; four brothers-in-law; many nieces and nephews and friends.

Humphrey, Donovan Emerson, age 73, of Clarinda, Iowa died Saturday, January 28, 2006, at Bryan LGH Medical Center, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Lowell Schaaf officiating. Masonic services will be held 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at the funeral home and visitation with the family will follow until 8:00 p.m. Burial with military rites by American Legion Post 98 and V.F.W. Post 9230 will be in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Masonic Nodaway Lodge #140 AF & AM Scholarship Fund or to the Clarinda Fire and Rescue. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Donovan Emerson Humphrey was born February 7, 1932, rural Clarinda, Iowa, to George William Humphrey and Mary Emily (Downing) Humphrey. Don was a 1950 graduate of Clarinda High School. He served his country during the Korean Conflict in the United States Air Force from January 2, 1951 - March 1, 1959. Don was united in marriage to Neva McCall on December 17, 1952 at Clarinda, Iowa. Don was a life long farmer.

He enjoyed farm life and liked to cut brush and wood. Don also enjoyed reading. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge of Siam and Clarinda and was Past Master. Don held many local offices and was a state officer twice. He was also active in the Page County Fair serving as swine superintendent for 17 years. Don was a member of the American Legion Post 98. He was also a Farm Business Association board member both locally and at the state. Don and Neva enjoyed square dancing since 1967.

Preceding Don in death were his parents. Survivors include his wife, Neva Humphrey of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter, Terri Lynn James and husband Mike of Minier, Illinois; daughter, Donna Jo Wagoner and husband Doyle of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter, Gail Marie Towne and husband DeLoy of Corning, Iowa; son, Richard Leo Humphrey of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter, Mary Linda Humphrey of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren: Kate James, Jenny Chandler and husband Brent, Zach Wagoner and wife Kisha, Aaron Wagoner; great grandchild, David James; brother, Dale Humphrey and wife Joanne of Green Valley, Arizona; brother, Leo Humphrey and wife Janice of Essex, Iowa; brother, Vern Humphrey and wife Marilyn of Emporia, Kansas.