Page County, Iowa obituaries - L- names

The SHENANDOAH EVENING SENTINEL, Monday, February 25, 1952:


Lester Love, 84, resident here since 1871, died early this morning at the home of the Delehant sisters, where he had been cared for the last few years. He had not been in good health for five or six years.

Born in 1867, Mr. Love came to Iowa in 1871 with his parents and they traveled here in a covered wagon. After a time the family moved to Chicago where they lived for 30 years.

He returned to Shenandoah some 25 years ago. Mr. Love was a member of the Masonic order. He is survived by a number of cousins who live away from here.

Announcement of funeral services will be made Tuesday. The body is at the Harding Funeral home.

From: Susan Glasgo:


Charles Bert LeBarron

The Evening Sentinel, Shenandoah, Iowa Saturday, December 19, 1942

C. B. LeBarron "Oldest" Native Dies

C. B. LeBarron, 80, pioneer resident of this section was found dead in front of the Harold Welch home on East Clarinda Avenue shortly before noon today.

Dr. J. F. Aldrich, Page county health officer, was called and pronounced death caused by a heart attack. Mr. LeBarron was found by Paul Kimsey who was passing by.

He is survived by a brother, E. S. LeBarron of Shenandoah, a son, Charles in Clarinda and a daughter, Mrs. Frank Johnson, who recently moved to California.

Mr. LeBarron was born on [Barnhill] farm [Grants Township] south of Five Corners in 1862 in a log cabin. There was no Shenandoah until he was eight years of age and he received part of his education at the big log schoolhouse at Manti. He saw the first passenger train come through Shenandoah between Red Oak and Nebraska City in the fall of 1870.

from Jim D. Black:


The Evening Sentinel, Shenandoah, Iowa Monday, December 21, 1942

LeBarron Rites To Be Tuesday

Funeral services for C. B. LeBarron, 80, who died suddenly Saturday, will be held Tuesday afternoon at the Buntz Funeral Home, at 2:30 o'clock conducted by Rev. Allen Keedy, pastor of the First Congregational Church.

Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. LeBarron died a number of years ago

Surviving Mr. LeBarron are a son, Charles of Clarinda and a daughter, (Etta Mae) Mrs. Frank Johnson now in Los Angeles, California.

There are four brothers, E. S. LeBarron of Shenandoah, W. I. LeBarron of KGMF of North Platte, Nebr., Ed C. LeBarron of North Platte, Nebr. and Sam LeBarron of Bismarck, S. Dak. and a sister, Mrs. Pearl Stoddard of Los Angeles, Calif.

from Jim D. Black:


The Evening Sentinel, Shenandoah, Iowa Wednesday, December 23, 1942

Pay Tribute To Oldest Native Son

Funeral services for Charles Bert LeBarron, born February 5, 1862 near Manti, who entered into rest December 19, at Shenandoah, Iowa, were held Tuesday afternoon, at the Buntz funeral home.

Rev. Allen Keedy, pastor of the First Congregational church conducted the rites.

Music was solo selections by Mrs. J. D. Bellamy, who sang "Beautiful Garden of Prayer" and "Going Down to the Valley" playing her own accompaniments.

The floral tributes were cared for by Mrs. Jack Darnold and Mrs. S. E. Ramsey.

Pallbearers were R. W. Gibson, Ermal McMichel, Milo Griffin, Pete Hamilton, W. A. Burke and Frank Racine.

Honorary pallbearers were Levi Mattox, Earl Fishbaugh, Fred Fischer, Henry Field, M. H. Driftmier and J. C. Webster.

Internment was in Rose Hill cemetery.

Among those here for the funeral services were Will LeBarron of North Platte, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles LeBarron and Floyd Ruby of Clarinda; R. L. Alley of Omaha; Jim Hall and Mrs. June Johnson of Sidney.

Mr. LeBarron, 80, was the oldest native son of Shenandoah having been born near the site of the town before it was started. He was in business here many years.

Charles Bert, third child of Charles Lathrop and Martha Chapman LeBarron was born February 5, 1862 near Manti. He was married to Rosanna Roth, August 27, 1879 in Missouri. To this union was born two children, a daughter (Etta Mae) Mrs. Frank Johnson of Shenandoah now in Los Angeles, Calif. and Charles R. LeBarron of Clarinda.

Besides them, left to morn are 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 4 brothers, Eugene S. LeBarron of Shenandoah, Sam LeBarron of Bismarck, N. D., Will LeBarron and Edward LeBarron of North Platte; one sister, Mrs. Minor (Pearl) Stoddard of Log Cabin, Calif.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins, and a host of friends.

He was proceeded in death by his wife, who died March 18, 1933, his father and mother, three sisters, Lida LeBarron, Mrs. Henrietta McCoughney and Mrs. Martha Ruby and one brother, Asa LeBarron.

from Jim D. Black:


Long, Reuben, an old resident of Clarinda, died at his home on Blaine street Friday night at eleven o’clock and the remains were laid to rest in the Summit cemetery Sunday forenoon. Rev. W.R. Fisher, of the Christian church preached the funeral sermon at ten o’clock. A sketch of Mr Long’s life will be published Friday. The Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, Dec 3, 1907


Reuben Long, of whose mention was made in Tuesday's issue born in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Nov 11, 1841.   In early manhood he moved with his parents to Illinois, and there to Ft.  Dodge; thence to county, settling on a farm near Yorktown.
On May 1st, 1862, he was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Broadstone his now bereaved companion. To were born seven children, viz.: Jennie, Harriett, Harry, Lemuel, Leslie, Fleet and Edith—Mrs. Lines, of whom the three last named are living. In 1883 the family came to Clarinda where they have since made their home. Mr. Long was for many years an employee of the Clarinda Creamery also for a few years with A. T. Clement, and later with the Clarinda Poultry Co. He was of an obliging disposition, industrious and faithful.
For nearly eighteen years he had been a member of the Christian church, having joined under the preaching of Morgan Morgans in 1890.   At his funeral Mrs. H. C. Hawley and Mrs. Jackson sang feelingly and appropriately   that   beautiful,   poetic prayer "Abide with me."   Let   us believe that when fast fell the, eventide, and the darkness deepened, the Lord whom he loved and served did with him abide.

To the many kind friends who came helpfully with the tender ministry of their love and sympathy during our hour of sorrow, we return our grateful acknowledgement. Mrs Hannah Long and children. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Dec 6, 1907





 Lewis, Mrs Dr – The sad news came to this city Friday from Boise, Idaho, of the death of Mrs Dr Lewis, at the home of her parents, Mr and Mrs J.R. Good. The many friends in this city deeply regret her untimely demise. She was buried in the Boise cemetery. Page County Democrat, Clarinda, Iowa, Aug 7, 1902


Levine, Margaret Elizabeth Hiser, age 93, of Atlantic, Iowa, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital, Atlantic, Iowa.

Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 3, 2006 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. Dr. Mary Hansen officiating. Burial will be in Baker Cemetery, rural Page County, Iowa. A memorial will be established. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Margaret Elizabeth Hiser Levine was born May 19, 1912, in Page County, near Shenandoah, Iowa, to John W. Hiser and Anna L. (Martin) Hiser. She attended Tarkio Center rural school in Page County and was a 1930 graduate of Shenandoah High School. Margaret worked in sales for Prudential Insurance Company. She also was a very capable bookkeeper being employed in Villisca and Atlantic while residing in those areas. Margaret was a member of the Church of Christ, Atlantic, Iowa.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands; one sister; Mabel (Mrs Ola) Johnston; one brother, Clarence Hiser; daughter, Joyce Evelyn Reeves (05/23/1996); son, Gene Edward Martin (01/14/1997).

Survivors include her grandchildren:, Rick Martin of Seattle, Washington, Jeff Martin of Seattle, Washington, Jennifer Martin of Seattle, Washington, Emily Leonard and husband Michael of Seattle, Washington, Doug Reeves and wife Kristy of Ringwood North, Victoria, Australia, Deb Heilig and husband Gary of Minden, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Nell Martin of Seattle, Washington, eight great grandchildren; three great, great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Geneva Hiser of Shenandoah, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Gary Hiser and wife Sharon of Shenandoah, Iowa, John Hiser of Omaha, Nebraska, Betty (Mrs. Merrill) Black of Clarinda, Iowa and Rodney Johnston and wife Kay of Clarinda, Iowa.



Lustgraaf, Mary Lou Way, age 73, of Council Bluffs, passed away April 24, 2006, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital.

Mary Lou was born March 10, 1933, in Council Bluffs, to James and Elsie (Black) Way. Mary Lou was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who loved to play cards, especially pitch and poker. She also loved bingo and game shows.

Mary Lou is preceded in death by her husband, Cliff (1985); daughter Diane; three sisters and seven brothers.

She will be sadly missed by her sons Clifford Lustgraaf and Brian Lustgraaf (Devon); daughter Susan Costello (Mick), five grandchildren, two great grandchildren; brother, Don Way (Mary); and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Thursday, at Henry-Livingston Funeral Chapel.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be 2 p.m, Friday, at Henry-Livingston with Father Chuck Kottas officiating.

Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery [where?].


Lagerquist, Virginia L. Stoddard, 84, of Oakdale, Minnesota and formerly of Essex, Iowa passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at her residence following an extended illness. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at a later date in July. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia Louise (Stoddard) Lagerquist, daughter of William, Sr., and Bernice (Ruth) Stoddard, was born at Shenandoah, Iowa on February 12, 1921. She went to heaven on March 1, 2005 at Oak Meadows Assisted Living in Oakdale, Minnesota at the age of 84 years.
She grew up in the Shenandoah community, graduating from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1938. On June 2, 1940 she was united in marriage to G. Harold (Shorty) Lagerquist. In 1941 they moved to Perry, Iowa where their first daughter, Karen Kay was born.
Virginia and Karen moved back to Shenandoah from 1943 to 1945, while Shorty was in the Army. In 1946 their second daughter, Patricia Marie, was born. They moved to the Lagerquist family farm northeast of Essex in 1948 and retired in 1978. In September of 2000 they moved to Shenandoah. Virginia moved to Marshall, Minnesota in 2002 and to Oakdale, Minnesota in 2003.
Virginia was an employee at Henry Field's Seed and Nursery Company for many years. She enjoyed spending winters in Texas and Arizona and traveled throughout the world. She enjoyed playing cards (especially bridge), crotcheting, word-find puzzles, crafts, quilting and especially her family.
She belonged to the Essex 20th Century Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Shenandoah Women's Club, Yarn Works Club, Bridge Club, and the Red Hat Society along with various church organizations. Virginia was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Essex.
Preceding Virginia in death were her husband, G. Harold (Shorty) Lagerquist; her parents, William, Sr., and Bernice Stoddard; and brother, Gerald Stoddard. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Lagerquist of Ramstein, Germany and Karen Imm and husband Paul of Chisago City, Minnesota; brother, William Stoddard and wife Wanda of Maryville, Missouri; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
A Celebration of Life memorial service was held Monday, March 7, 2005 at Oak Meadows . Arrangements are being made for a Celebration of Life memorial service at St. John's Lutheran Church in Essex for Friday, July 8, 2005. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the St. John's Lutheran Church in her name. Inurnment will be in the Essex Cemetery. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with family at on the web.


Loughlin, Nancy Louise, a long-time resident of Redlands, died of cancer Wednesday, Jan. 12, at her home in Redlands. She was 70.
She was born Nov. 29, 1934, in Clarinda, Iowa, and had lived in Redlands for 50 years.
She was a teacher's aide with the Yucaipa school district for 22 years and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Redlands.
Survivors include two sons, Pat Loughlin of San Diego and Mike Loughlin of San Jose; a daughter, Teresa Loughlin of Purcellville, Va.; a sister, Izetta Castillo of Elmo, Mo.; and two grandchildren.
Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, and rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Friday, both at Cortner Chapel, 221 Brookside Ave., Redlands. Mass was said at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 115 W. Olive Ave., Redlands. Burial was at Desert Lawn Cemetery in Calimesa.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1240 Palmyrita Ave., Suite A, Riverside, CA 92507.


Laird, Ruth Frances Williams Jackson - Ruth Frances Williams Jackson was born Oct 3, 1920 at Blanchard, Ia, to Charles and Gertrude Whitmore Williams and passed away Feb 1, 2005 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Ia.
Ruth had one sister, Grace, and four brothers: Frank, Vern, Ivan and Clyde.
When Ruth was three months old her mother, sister, and she were involved in a car/train accident west of Coin, Ia. The accident eventually left her mother paralyzed and Ruth lost her mother when she was eight. Ruth was raised by her grandparents, Forest and Nancy Whitmore, until she was twelve when her sister, Grace, passed away and her father remarried. Charley married Hattie Ely and Ruth was reunited with her brothers, two stepbrothers, Eldon and Lowell, and two stepsisters, Ruth and Lois.
On March 20, 1939, Ruth F. Williams married Paul Jackson. The newlyweds lived on a farm in Northboro, Ia. In 1945 the family moved to Blanchard, Ia. In 1949, they purchased a farm in Coin, Ia. Ruth was a school bus driver for the South Page Community School District for the Special Education for more than thirteen years. Ruth lived on the farm until the death of Paul in 1987.
They had five children: Nancy (Kenton Olson), Alan (Susan Larabee), Anne (James Massie), William Francis (Patricia Adkins), and Deborah (Brett Kirch). Ruth had fifteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Ruth was married to Duane Laird in 1991. He passed away in 1993.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, four brothers, one sister, her daughter Deborah, and four granddaughters: Maria Katherine Olson, Victoria Ruth Massie, Deborah Renay Massie, Katrina Jackson Theesen.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Feb 5, 2005 at the Coin First United Methodist Church with Rev. Carl Phillips officiating. Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery, Coin. Memorials are suggested to Erickson Hope Clinic, West Africa. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel assisted with arrangements.


Leistner, Walter G., age 85, passed away on Thanksgiving Day in California. Walter was born June, 1919 in Germany. He lived in Clarinda and graduated from high school with the Class of 1938. Walter served his country in World War II with the Army. Walter is survived by three daughters: Carol, Susan and LuAnn, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild and niece Elnora Sump of Clarinda.


Long, Lowell Eugene, age 68, of Lenox, Iowa, formerly of Villisca and Braddyville, Iowa and Maryville, Missouri, died Saturday, December 18, 2004, at the Greater Community Hospital, Creston, Iowa. Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 22, 2004, at the Lenox Care Center, Lenox, Iowa. Burial will be at the Braddyville Cemetery at a later date. Wolfe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lowell Eugene Long was born January 21, 1936, at Braddyville, Iowa, to Clarence Long and Ruth Viola (Ellison) Long. Lowell served in the United States Navy. He was united in marriage to Patricia Barnes of Shambaugh and she preceded him in death in 1992. After his military service Lowell and Pat lived in Rogers, Arkansas where Lowell worked in a refinery. In 1975, Lowell was diagnosed with M.S. and they moved back to the Clarinda / Maryville area and started support groups to help handicapped persons in the area. On October 14, 1995, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Irene Amos at Villisca, Iowa.

Preceding Lowell in death were his parents; and wife, Patricia. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie of Lenox, Iowa; aunt, Erma Brickey of Mound City, Missouri; cousins, Phyllis Stanton, Charlene Bradley, Ann Dankenbring and other cousins, relatives and friends.




Lawger, Lowell Freddie, age 73, of Clarinda, Iowa, died Sunday, May 08, 2005, at Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska. Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, May 11, 2005, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. John Clark officiating. Visitation with the family will be 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Clarinda, Iowa. A memorial will be established. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lowell Freddie Lawger was born December 10, 1931, in Taylor County, Iowa, to Forest Lawger and Neva (Frost) Lawger. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Lowell was united in marriage in 1953 to Louise Geer who preceded him in death. He was united in marriage May 6, 1961, to Betty Jo Baker who also preceded him in death December 29, 1994. Lowell worked for the Page County Engineer's office for twenty two years.
Lowell was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Louise (Geer) Lawger; wife, Betty Jo (Baker) Lawger; sister, Donna Lee Lawger. Survivors include his daughter, Connie Troxel and husband Larry of New Market, Iowa; daughter, Julia Sue Calhoon of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren, Brian Troxel and wife Mylinda of Des Moines, Iowa, Tracy Capps and husband Darren of Des Moines, Iowa, Donavyn Calhoon of Clarinda, Iowa; great grandchildren, Tyler Troxel, Sterling Troxel, Natasha Troxel and Parker Capps.


Larson, Ralph Leslie, 73, passed away October 8, 2006 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center.

He was born on December 24, 1932 at Gravity, Iowa to Louie and Elsie (Thomas) Larson. Ralph enjoyed farming and raising all kinds of animals. He also enjoyed coon hunting and spending time with his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Ralph is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Gary Lininger (Lea) of Clarinda, IA; his stepdaughter, Mrs. Jack Baker (Christine) of Clarinda, IA; and sisters, Mrs. Norman Hawn (Wanda) and Mrs. Idle Spenser, both of Bedford, IA; five grandchildren also survive: Dawn, Dianna, Jeremy, Jason, Kenny; eleven great-grandchildren and a dear friend, Patsy Doss.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louie and Elsie Larson, his wife Anada Larson; stepdaugher Twila Mather; and sisters, Juanita Spenser, Leona Blake, Beatrice Smith; and brothers: Joe, Ivan (Bud) and John Larson.
Services were held Tuesday, Oct 10, 2006 at Oak Grove Cemetery, Clarinda, with Pastor Josh Potter officiating. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda was in charge of arrangements.


Lesher, Dean Edwin, age 81, of Clarinda, Iowa, died Thursday, August 4, 2005 at the Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. He was born August 20, 1923, at Fairbury, Nebraska, the son of Ralph and Veda (Halferty) Lesher.

Dean grew up on a farm in the Fairbury area and graduated from Fairbury High School. After high school, he moved with his family to a farm near Blanchard, Iowa. He then continued his education at Aircraft Mechanic Institute. On September 17, 1944, he married Ruth Leona Horning in Shenandoah, Iowa, at the Methodist Church. They were married for over 53 years. They farmed in rural College Springs for five years and moved to Wichita, Kansas where he worked for Boeing Aircraft until 1955. From there he took his wife and three children to Tulsa, Oklahoma and worked for American Airlines for a number of years. In 1961 Dean and his family returned to farming near Clearmont, Missouri, where he farmed until retirement. In the early 70's Dean and his wife moved to Clarinda, Iowa, to care for his father. During that time he also worked at Wilson Packing Company.

After retirement he developed many interests - woodworking, golfing and raising pumpkins. He was known admiringly as "the pumpkin man" by the children of Clarinda. He was an active member of his church and volunteered with the soup kitchen and Meals on Wheels. Dean was a loving husband, caring father and a gentle grandfather. By living his life with integrity, love and kindness to all, he leaves a great legacy to his family.

He is survived by his three children Nancy Dunfee and husband David, Atlantic, Iowa; Larry Lesher, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Terry Lesher and wife Cathy, rural Westboro, Missouri. There are 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. They are Tammy Dunfee and Tricia Dunfee; Corey Lesher and wife Jennifer and great grandchildren Madison and Daniel Dean; Carie Nelson and husband Nathan and great grandson Jacob; Casie James and husband Ashley; and Bobby Lesher. Dean is survived by his brother, Merle Lesher and his wife Barbara of Maryville, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

Funeral services were held Monday August 8, at 10:30, at the Trinity Presbyterian Church with Rev Mark Wright officiating. Visitation with the family was held 7-8 p.m., Sunday evening at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial was in Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Clarinda Trinity Presbyterian Church. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Lipson, Trevor James, age 18, of Williamsburg, Kansas, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, died Tuesday, September 13, 2005, near New Sharon, Iowa due to an automobile accident.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 17, 2005 at the Hillside Missionary Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Patrick Kucera, Pastor David Miller and Reverend Larry Secor officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m., Friday, September 16, 2005 at Hillside Missionary Church with a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Uplift Mountain Ministries. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Trevor James Lipson was born June 9, 1987, at Red Oak, Iowa, to Randall S. Lipson and Julie A. (Sawin) Lipson. Trevor was a home school high school graduate. He was attending the Vennard Bible College at University Park, Iowa near Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was elected the student body president as a freshman at Vennard. Trevor was an avid cyclist and enjoyed music and especially enjoyed playing the guitar. Trevor loved the Lord as his Savior and enjoyed sharing that love with others.

Preceding Trevor in death were his grandparents, Leland Lynn Lipson and Irene Lipson. Survivors include his parents, Randall and Julie Lipson of Williamsburg, Kansas; brothers, Skylar Lipson and Spencer Lipson of Williamsburg, Kansas; grandparents, Joyce and Del Schroeder of Le Mars, Iowa; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.  




Lucas, Grace Dorothy Alm, age 87, of Villisca, Iowa passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2005 at the Villisca Good Samaritan Center after an extended illness.

Grace Dorothy Lucas was born November 5, 1917 in Montgomery County, Iowa the daughter of Carl and Alice (Johnson) Alm. She grew up on a farm north of Stanton and attended country school nearby. Grace worked in Red Oak for several years and during World War II went with her sister, Viola, to California to work in a defense plant. After the war, she returned to the Red Oak area. While working in Red Oak she met a farmer from Nodaway, James Lynn Lucas.

Grace and Lynn were united in marriage at the First Covenant Church in Red Oak on February 17, 1948. To this union was born a son, James Lucas. Grace, Lynn and James lived on a farm 2 miles east of Nodaway. Grace and Lynn were always together sharing the work load as well as the pleasures, such as the State Fairs, Trips to Canada, Michigan, California, and Florida, and the East Coast.

Grace was an active member of the First Covenant Church in Red Oak, working at the County Fair Booth with the ladies society and teaching Sunday school. She was a wonderful cook and was well known for her culinary ability. And Grace always had a smile!!

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband: Lynn Lucas on April 18, 1992; her sister: Anna Allen in 1999; and sister: Viola Johnson in 2003.

Survivors include her son: James Lucas and wife Jan of Nodaway, Iowa; 3 brothers: Carl Alm and wife Phyllis of Elliott, Iowa; Leonard Alm of Griswold, Iowa; and Darwin Alm and wife Juanita of Red Oak, Iowa; 2 sisters: Edith Rabe of Griswold, Iowa; and Lillian Madden of Red Oak, Iowa; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Friday, September 9, 2005 at the First Covenant Church in Red Oak with Rev. Alan Dean officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 7-8 PM Thursday, September 8, 2005 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Twin Lakes Christian Center or the Villisca Good Samaritan Center.
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Lane, Marjorie Laurine Parker - Marjorie Laurine Parker was born March 25, 1933 at Mallard, Iowa to Lester Wesley Parker and Della Marie (Watkins) Parker, one of twelve children. She was born during the Depression years and her family moved from Mallard to New Market and onto Braddyville where her father was a blacksmith.

She was married to James W. Lane October 8, 1950 and they moved to a farm near Clearmont, Missouri. In 1962 they bought their farm from the Kenagys and remained there until 1984 when they moved to Braddyville for a year and then to Clarinda.

Marjorie worked at the Mental Health Institute in Clarinda for 25 years and at the same time helped Jim on the farm and raised her three daughters: Mary, Carol Ann, and Susan. She enjoyed attending auctions and the antiques, working with her rental houses, flower gardening, country music, and traveling to visit friends and family.

She was a strong, independent lady who was a fantastic mother that took care of her family. She was surrounded by her daughters when she passed away Saturday, August 22, 2009 at Heartland Medical Center, St. Joseph, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim; and siblings Larry and Allan Parker, Mary Horn and Norene Randall.

Marjorie is survived by her daughters: Mary M. Underwood and husband Ron of Atchison, Kansas, Carol Ann Payne and husband Robert of Maryville, Missouri, and Susan Postle and husband Gordon of Leesburg, Virginia; grandchildren James Underwood and wife Chasity, Travis Payne and William Payne; great-grandchildren Jaden, Alaina and Collin Underwood; siblings Duane Parker, Gary Parker, Leon Parker, Lester Parker, Burt Parker, Shirley McKinney, and Joyce Drummond; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Rev. Alvin Reed officiating. Interment was held at Clearmont Cemetery, Clearmont, Missouri. Family visitation was 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home.
Leadbetter, Marcella Trent the daughter of William Trent and Lucy Walter Trent was born at Lewis, Iowa on October 13, 1910 and passed away at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa, on December 29, 2003 at the age of 93.

Marcella was schooled in the Lewis. She took care of her aging parents for a number of years. At the age of 53 she married Harry R. Leadbetter, they made their home for a number of years in Oklahoma City, Ok. For a number of years where she was a bookkeeper for the Brown’s Department Store. After moving to Shenandoah she worked for Ladies Apparel Shop before retiring. Marcella was a classy dresser and loved clothing. She was a good tennis player in her younger years at Lewis and was devoted to her nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, four sisters, and three brothers. Survivors include 5 nieces, Joy Rosenquist of Shenandoah, Iowa, Hope Knight of McComb, Illinois, Letha Keusel in Michigan, Beverly Di Leo of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Shirley Malmberg of Seattle, Washington; four nephews, Maurice Spies of Shenandoah, Iowa, Roland Pulley of Shenandoah, Iowa, Kendal Warner, Atlantic, Iowa, Keith Warner of Billings, Montana.
Lorimor, Gladys Merle Bryant was born September 3, 1916 near Macedonia, Iowa to Eugene Richard Bryant and Pearl Maude (Comstock) Bryant. She passed away June 15, 2005 at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 88.

Gladys’ family moved around a lot. Her early life was spent in the Macedonia, Red Oak, Strahan and Imogene areas. She attended elementary school at Frankfort School and Strahan Consolidated School. She graduated from Imogene High School in 1934.

On August 29, 1936, Gladys was united in marriage to Willis L. Lorimor at the Methodist Church Parsonage in Shenandoah, Iowa. The couple resided in rural Imogene. Gladys was a wife and mother who worked as an election judge in Fremont County for many years.

Gladys was a member of the First United Methodist Church, WSCS Women’s Group, Farm Bureau, Fremont County Republican Party, Fremont County 4-H, Iowa TB Association, Christmas Seals, O.D.O. Neighborhood Club and the CHB Sunday School class. Her hobbies included: gardening, cooking, sewing, chickens, Rat Terrier puppies, collecting salt and pepper shakers, spending time with her children and grandchildren, visiting with relatives and friends, and making the County Kitchen Cookbook for the Farm Bureau Women.

Gladys is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willis in 1991; son, Richard in Guatemala in 1958 as a 4H-IFYE exchange student; brothers, Clarence, Ross, Wayne and Clyde; sister, Helen; several brothers and sisters-in-laws; three nephews and two nieces.

She is survived by son, James and wife Veronica Lorimor of Imogene, IA; daughter, Kathryn and husband Leland Ackerberg of Essex, IA; 2 sisters, Mae Miller of Red Oak, IA and Dorothy Seigfried of Loveland, CO; 7 grandchildren, Mark Lorimor of Essex, IA, Susan Lorimor of Chicago, IL, Chris and Cathy Lorimor of Shenandoah, IA; Amy and Nelson Hastings of Rockville, MD, Jill Ackerberg of Omaha, NE, Wendy Ackerberg of Corning, IA and Eric Ackerberg of Essex, IA; 3 great grandchildren, Tyler Lorimor and Cayley and Cain Lorimor; along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 20, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. Words of comfort were given by Rev. James Gubser. Marilyn Phipps and Evelyn Lorimor attended the memory register. Soloist Charles Peterson was accompanied by organist Becky Hoenshel. Special music was "In The Garden" and "Blessed Assurance". Casket bearers were Amy Ackerberg - Hastings, Mark Lorimor, Jill Ackerberg, Susan Lorimor, Wendy Ackerberg, Chris Lorimor, Eric Ackerberg, Nelson Hastings and Cathy Lorimor. Ushers were Merrill Skinner and Eldon Manchester. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa. Hackett-Livignston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Remembrances and condolenes may be shared with the family at

Lovelady, Betty Lou Jeffers - Betty Lou Lovelady died early Wednesday, Jan 17, 1990, at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital.

She was born September 26, 1927 near Shambaugh, the daughter of Sam and Ocie (Bashor) Jeffers. She was married to Garland Louis Lovelady, Sr who passed away in 1968. She was employed by the West Central Development as a field representative. She had made her home with her sister and brother-in-law, Harold and Darlene McClarnon of Clarinda.

Surivivors include two sons, Garland Louis Loveland Jr of Los Angeles, Calif., and Christopher Floyd Lovelady of Omaha, neb; two sister, Mrs Harold (Darlene) McClarnon of Clarinda, and Mrs Charles (Elvina) Wood of Naples, Fla, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son, Jeff, in 1968.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, jan 20, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home at 1:30 pm with Rev Sue-Ellen Sherman officiating.

Visitiation will be from 7-8- pm Friday.

Memorials to the Shambaugh United Methodist Church.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Clarinda Herald-Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, January 18, 1990


Littell, Catherine Nealeigh - OAK GROVE BANNER, Oak Grove, Missouri, Friday, February 7, 1908. She was 86 years old. Mrs Catherine Littell who came to this county in 1866 dies at home north of here.

Mrs Catherine Littell, one of the oldest women in Sni-a-bar township died at her home in Green's Chapel neighborhood, northwest of Oak Grove, Friday, January 31, 1908. She was born in Darke county, Ohio in 1822 and was almost 86 years old when death claimed her. Her maiden name was Nealeigh.

On the 11th day of January, 1844 she was married to Archibald Littell and ten years later the family left Ohio and removed to Page county, Iowa. The journey was made in wagons and a month was spent on the road. Mr Littell assessed Page county when it contained only 500 people.

In 1866 the Littell family left Iowa and came to Missouri, settling in this county upon the McFarland farm where both Mr and Mrs Littell lived the remainder of their life. The husband died about five years ago.

Years ago Mrs Littell united with the Christian church, but there being no church of that denomination in her neighborhood she of late years worshiped with the Southern Methodists. She was a plain, old fashioned woman who believed in the Golden Rule, and she was beloved by all who bore her acquaintance. She was reared in the day when the girls spun and wove flax and wool and made their own clothes.

Nine children were born to Mr and Mrs Littell, seven of whom are living, viz: Sarah Elizabeth, wife of Anson D. Long of Iowa, Abigail, wife of Andrew Jackson, west of Oak Grove; Martha, wife of Perry King of near Lee's Summit; A.V. and Miss Lucinda Littell who live on the old homestead; Rebecca, wife of Wade Chiddix of Johnson county and Mrs Mary Mulford of Buckner.

The funeral was conducted Sunday at Green's Chapel by Rev. E.H. Gardner and the interment occurred in the cemetery nearby.

The pall-bearers were Columbus Renick, Charles Ayers, Ed Hilt, Van Tiplett, C.R. Pallette and Orville Alford.

Submitted by: Bill Hunter