Page County, Iowa obituaries - P - names

Perry, Grace Elizabeth Lines - Funeral services for Grace Perry, age 93, of Clarinda, Iowa, who went to be with her Heavenly Father Saturday, October 10, 2009 at her home in Clarinda, Iowa, were held Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Charles Landon officiating.

Visitation with the family was held 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to First Christian Church, Amercian Heart Association or Amercian Cancer Society for research. 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.

Grace Elizabeth (Lines) Perry was born May 26, 1916 in Page County, near Clarinda, Iowa to Russell C. Lines and Hazel E. (Odell) Lines. She grew up in the Clarinda area and graduated from Clarinda High School at the age of 16. She received her normal training degree and taught country school. On December 8, 1935, she was united in marriage to Ronald Perry at her home in East River Township. This union was blessed with three daughters, Ruth Elaine, Joan and Jean.

Grace was a faithful life long member of the First Christian Church. She served as the church organist for many years and also was a Sunday School teacher. Grace was a 4-H leader when her girls were growing up. She was a member of the Korner Keynotes and a neighborhood club.

Grace touched so many lives with her music; she will be remembered by many, many students as their piano teacher. She taught piano from the age of sixteen until 2004 when she lost sight in one eye. She was the accompanist for Page County Chorus for many years. Grace was always a willing organist, helping out with many funerals at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home.

Preceding Grace in death were her parents; husband, Ronald Perry (5/26/1985); infant brother, Merrill.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters; Ruth Elaine Holmes and husband Darrell of Clarinda, Iowa, Joan Archer of Clarinda, Iowa, Jean Volkens and husband Jon of Dyersville, Iowa; grandchildren, Pam Herzberg and husband Jon of Clarinda, Iowa, Kirk Holmes and wife Anne of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Dana King and husband Mick of Prairie City, Iowa, Linda Ehlers and husband John of Clarinda, Iowa, Dyanne York and husband Ted of Clarinda, Iowa, Craig Archer and wife Carmen of Red Oak, Iowa, Kristie Bockenstedt and husband Keith of Dyersville, Iowa and Kyle Volkens and wife Bobbi of Dyersville, Iowa; twenty great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; brother, Lowell Lines and wife Marcella of Clarinda, Iowa; sister-in-law, Erma Sarneki of West Des Moines, Iowa; good friend, Pauline Miller; other relatives and many friends.

Grace loved music and teaching her students for many years. She will be missed by her family and many friends, but her love and inspiration will live on through her family. May God grant comfort and strength to those that mourn her passing.

 Pfeiffer, Chris – As noted in our last issue, Mr and Mrs Elmer Kinser were called from the west by the serious illness of Mrs Kinser’s father, Chris Pfeiffer, who lately has been employed looking after the engines at the Iowa and Southwestern. Mr Pfeiffer was taken to the home of his son at Creston [Iowa] and died there, particulars given in the Creston Advertiser-Gazette of a recent issue.

Chris Pfeiffer is dead. The spirit of this pioneer resident of Creston and an old-time shopman of the C.B. and Q. at Creston, took its flight at 4 o’clock this morning at the home of the son, John Pfeiffer, at 206 South Maple street. He has been in poor health for some time and has been making his home with his son here.

Chris Pfeiffer was known to all of the old shopmen and also many of the younger employees of the shops, and by the older residents of Creston generally, and his death will be a source of deep regret to all of his old friends and acquaintances.

Deceased was born in Germany, June 15, 1851, and was 61 years of age at the time of his death. He came to America when three years old and located with his parents at Quincy, Ill., and in 1873 came to Creston [Iowa]. He entered the employ of the Burlington as boilmaker here and worked at that trade until a few years ago, when he went to Clarinda [Iowa], and up to the time that he came to Creston to make his home with his son, was employed in machine work there. He was married 41 years ago to Hoas Meenam, who passed away in Creston 14 years ago. He leaves two children, one son, John, of Creston, and a daughter, Mrs Gertie Kinser, of Clarinda, Iowa.

The funeral will be held at 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon from the home, Rev Blaufuss, pastor of the German Evangelical church, officiating and interment will be made at Graceland cemetery. Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, Jun 12, 1913


Marie Putnam

Graveside services for Marie Putnam, 83 of Shenandoah, will be at Rose Hill Cemetery on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Laverne Leigh officiating. A memorial is being established. Visitation with the family will take place at the Hackett Funeral Home from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Thelma Marie Putnam, daughter of Allen and Emiline Black, was born at Imogene on Oct. 7, 1910, and passed away at an Omaha, Nebr. Hospital on Monday, Oct 18, 1993.

She grew up and lived all her life in the Shenandoah area, working for many years as a supervisor for Henry Fields Nursery Company. On Jam 7, 1928, she was united in marriage to Ralph Putnam at Sidney. To this union, two sons, Jack and Robert, were born. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; and son Jack in 1991.

Survivors include son, Robert Putnam, Council Bluffs; sister Irene Barnes, Independence, MO; two brothers, Charles Black, Shenandoah; and Clarence Black, Yreka, CA; daughter-in-law, Mary Putnam, Shenandoah; Three grandchildren, Mrs. Randall (Brenda) Franks, Essex; Bob Putnam, Omaha, Nebr.; and Steve Putnam, Essex, 11 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

from Jim D. Black:




Powers, Anna M. – Mrs Anna M. Powers, wife of Mr S.H. Powers, died Friday morning at the home in east Clarinda [Iowa], aged 61 years, 4 months and 15 days, from Bright’s disease of the kidneys. She had been in poor health a long time but her death was a surprise to all. She was born in Chillicothe, Mo, and was married to Mr S.H. Powers Oct 29th, 1861, in Camp Point, Ill. They also resided many years at Stanberry, Mo, and a little over a year ago they removed to this city. She was the mother of eight children, five of whom, with the husband, survive her. She was a member of the Christian church and a kind and motherly lady. The remains were taken to Stanberry [Missouri] for burial.

Page County Democrat, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 5, 1905


This morning about 7 o'clock, after a long a[nd] painful illness, Mrs. S. H. Powers died at the family home
on east Washington street. Anna M. Crawford was born February 15, 1843, at Chillicothe, Mo., her parents being pioneers in that country.
She was married to S. H. Powers October 29, 1865, and of this union eight children were born, three dying in infancy. The children now living are, in the order of their ages, D. C. Powers, Mrs. W. T. Stockton, Robert G. Powers, Mrs. J. W. Riffie, of Emporia, Kans., and Charles H. Powers. The family has for many years lived at Stanberry, Mo., where Mr. Powers was engaged in the manufacturing business,
but the family home was transferred to Clarinda August 1, 1903, all of the children except Mrs. Rif-
fle coming with the parents. In addition to the five children living there are six grandchildren all of
whom were very precious to the loving grandmother. Mrs. Powers was an earnest and devoted member
of the Christian church and during her long and painful illness was sustained and kept by the influence
of the Christ in whom she had implicit confidence. She is the last one of her   [----]r's family, her
mother preceding her four years. The remains will be taken to Stanberry, Mo., tomorrow morning and the funeral will be held at that place during the afternoon. In this sore affliction Mr. Powers and the children have the sympathy of the entire community. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Dec 30, 1904


Pennington, Jerald Fred – Jerald Fred Pennington, one of the twin sons of Mr and Mrs Fred Pennington, of this city, died Monday of whooping cough, and was laid to rest in the Hawleyville cemetery, Tuesday. The little one was born January 31, ’09. The family have the sympathy of all. Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, Feb 25, 1909


Payton, Ada Loretta – Ada Loretta Payton was born in Omaha [Nebraska] Jun 25th, 1886 and died in Clarinda, Ia December 22nd, 1904. ...The pastor of the [Methodist Church] officiated at the funeral, which was conducted from the Methodist church of Clarinda, Ia, Friday, December 23d.—Omaha Exchange.

Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 10, 1905


Puhl, Milton Clement, 81, Clarinda, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, at Westridge Care Center, Clarinda.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, at St. Clare Catholic Church with The Rev. David Muenchrath celebrant.

There will be open visitation at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda. Burial will be in Memory Cemetery, New Market. Memorials may be directed to St. Clare Catholic Church. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Milton Clement Puhl was born Nov. 15, 1924, at Slayton, Minn., to Edward Joseph Puhl and Mary Louise Justina (Beech) Puhl. He served his country during World War II from January 1945 to September 1946 in the United States Army. He moved to Ogden, Utah, where he met and married Mary Delia (Webb) Ruby Feb. 2, 1952.

She preceded him in death March 10, 1998. They moved to Nebraska and farmed from 1954 to 1957. They then returned to Utah where Milton became a government employee working at Hill Air Force Base as an aircraft missile loader until his retirement in 1985.

Milton and Mary moved to Clarinda in 1997. They enjoyed traveling. Milton also enjoyed taking care of his home and cars. He was a member of St. Clare Catholic Church, Clarinda.

Milton was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; sister, Mildred Banken; brother, Elmo Puhl; and brother-in-law, Elmer Reese. Survivors include his sister, Mildred Reese of Hobe Sound, Florida; sister-in-law, Elaine Puhl of Donley, Minn.; cousin, Ethel Albin of Shambaugh; brother-in-law, Marvin Hamilton of Arkansas; sister-in-law, Annie Hamilton of Clarinda.


Potts, Willis Ray, was born February 7, 1943 in Clarinda, Iowa. He passed away March 21, 2006 at Westridge Quality care in Clarinda, Iowa.

Willis graduated from New Market High School. Willis loved working on the farm and his tractor. He looked forward to his daily time with God and His Word. Willis also enjoyed attending church and going on mission trips. He was known for his strong work ethic and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Wilma Potts and brother Keith Edwin Potts. He is survived by brothers: Ronald Potts, Mount Holly, North Carolina; Herman Potts, Glenwood, Iowa; Floyd Thomas Jr., Clarinda, Iowa; son Ryan Potts, Braddyville, Iowa; daughters Tina Scroggie and husband Gary, New Market and Kami Potts, Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren Catrina Carlson, Iowa City, Iowa; Sasha Carlson, New Market, Iowa; Collette Carlson, New Market, Iowa; Colton Potts, New Market, Iowa; Chay Potts, New Market, Iowa; other relatives and friends.

Memorial services were held Saturday, March 25, 2006 at New Market Church of Christ with Rev. Russ Clark officiating. A memorial fund is being established. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda was in charge of arrangements.  


Pullan, Harriet Evelyn Dickinson, age 98, of Clarinda, Iowa, died Sunday, April 23, 2006, at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa.

Graveside memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 19, 2006 at Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa with Rev. Robert Keefer officiating. Burial will be in Memory Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Eiler House. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Harriet Evelyn Pullan was born September 8, 1907, on a farm in Jackson County, Iowa near Sabula, Iowa to Alfred Dickinson and Mabel (Seitzberg) Dickinson. She graduated from Sabula High School and Iowa State College with a degree in Home Economics. After graduating from Iowa State she taught school in College Springs at Amity High School until she was married. Harriet was united in marriage June 22, 1935 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Jack Pullan.

She was active in church and community organizations in Clarinda including the Westminster Presbyterian Church, American Red Cross, YWCA and Chapter AE of PEO. Harriet enjoyed the many years that she and Jack spent in Florida. Harriet loved taking care of her many rose bushes and sharing her roses with others. She played in several bridge clubs and enjoyed her E-Bell sewing club. Harriet was currently residing at the Eiler House and was the first resident of the Eiler House when they opened.

Harriet was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack Pullan; sister, Jane Slade.

Survivors include her daughters, Virginia Crawford and husband Keith of Denison, Iowa, Jane Kelley and husband Donald of Clive, Iowa; three grandchildren, Kevin Crawford and wife Lori of Brunswick, Maine, Kelly Crawford of Gretna, Nebraska, Kayla Jacobs and husband Mark of Harlan, Iowa; four great grandchildren, Jessica Crawford, Grabille Crawford, Calyn Crawford, Aydin Jacobs; and sister, Hazel Bruse of Sabula, Iowa.


Pierce, Loren, was born May 21, 1911, at St. Anthony, Idaho, to John Pierce and Nellie May Humfrey, and he passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2005, at Westridge Care & Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 93. Loren was a graduate of Clarinda High School. He was united in marriage August 23, 1930, at Atlantic, Iowa, to Frances Mattox. Loren's first employment was with Parris and Dunn of Clarinda and he then worked at Swift and Company. He owned and operated his watchmaking and repair business for many years in Clarinda. Loren was very active in Boy Scouts for many years as a Scoutmaster; earning the Silver Beaver award. He was a member of Nodaway Lodge #140 AF & AM, Clarinda, Iowa. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Loren and Frances enjoyed their retirement in Edinburg, Texas for over 20 years.
Preceding Loren in death were his parents; wife, Frances (10/09/1997); son, Robert Pierce; brother, Frank Pierce; sister, Anna Scott; sister, Nellie Straiter. Survivors include son, Loren Clair Pierce and his wife, Edna of Alberta, Canada; daughter, Tirzah Marklund of Kent, Ohio; son, John Pierce and his wife Joann of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter, Elizabeth Richards and her husband Don of St. Charles, Missouri; son, Dale Pierce and his wife Cindy of Callender, Iowa; fourteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren.


Pfeiffer, Elizabeth Ethelyn Stevenson, 88, of the Red Oak, Stanton, and Nodaway, Ia, areas passed away Dec 29, 2004 at Nodaway Nursing Home, Maryville, Mo, following an extended illness. She was born Jan 2, 1915 at Bucklin, Mo, to Ed Paris and Ethel (Lyster) Stevenson.
She went to school at Bucklin and finished her schooling at Wheeler, Ak, living there a while before moving with her parents to Red Oak, Ia, in 1936. Elizabeth went to work in Red Oak at a clothing store until getting married May 15, 1942 and was a homemaker then until going to work at a ladies clothing store in the 60's until its closing in the 70's. She then retired living in the Nodaway, Red Oak, and Stanton areas until her passing.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Phillip Morris Pfeiffer; brother Edgar Stevenson; and sisters Catherine Harrison and June Pfeiffer.
Elizabeth is survived by her son and his wife, Steve and Suzzanne Pfeiffer of Nodaway, Ia; sister Peggy Cassell, Torrance, Ca; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan 7, 2005 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda with Rev. Eddie Fidler officiating. Pallbearers are Steve Pfeiffer, Stanley Pfeiffer, Tim Pfeiffer, Fred Roach, John Pfeiffer, and Bill Fidler. Doug Fidler will be vocalist. Burial will be at Salem Cemetery, Montgomery County, Ia. A memorial fund is being established. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Porterfield, Marjorie - Services for Marjorie E. Porterfield, 89, were held Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at The Lowman Home Chapel with burial following in Providence Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. at The Lowman Home Chapel. Memorials may be made to The Lowman Home or Providence Lutheran Church. Caughman Harman Funeral Home, St. Andrews Chapel was in charge.
Mrs. Porterfield died Friday, October 22, 2004. Born in College Springs, Iowa, she was the wife of the late Cecil Paul Porterfield and the daughter of the late Dyer Ernest and Lulu Martha Dunlavy Cuttell. She was a member of Providence Lutheran Church and a longtime resident of Lexington but resided at The Lowman Home for the past several years. Mrs. Porterfield was a volunteer at the Lexington County Public Library for many years.
Surviving are her daughter, Rita Kay Porterfield of Torrence, CA; son, Dr. Michael Porterfield of Irmo; 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Carmalita Jillson of Clarinda, Iowa; brother, Jack S. Cuttell of Venice, California; step-brother, William Daily of Virginia and half-brother, Dee Cuttell of Arizona.


Pantusi, Ellen Theresa (Deflice) Pantusi age 83, of Clarinda, formerly of Newark, NY passed away Sunday evening, November 7 at Westridge Quality Care & Rehab in Clarinda. She was born September 27, 1921 in Newark, NY, the daughter of Joseph and Rose Deflice. On March 2, 1936.


Perry, Maxine, 86, passed away, Monday, February 13, 2006 at Mercy Hospital due to congestive heart failure.

Maxine was born December 22, 1919 at Shambaugh, Iowa to C.V. and Elsie J. Perry. Maxine was in the Navy during World War II and worked for 37 years at the Des Moines Register.

Her parents, her sister, Pauline Mulkins and her brothers Raymond and Ronald Perry preceded her in death.
Maxine is survived by her sister Erma Sarnecki, nieces, Debbie (Marco) Cioccio, Diane Salinas, Ruth Elaine (Darrell) Holmes, Joan Archer, Jean (Jon) Volkens, Sharon Ludington, Phyllis (Charles) Landon, Marcia Summer, Suzi (Tom) Hutcheson and Nancy (Roger) Rupp; nephews, Michael Sarnecki, Gene (Marilyn) Mulkins, Duane (Ana) Perry and Charles (Ann) Perry; sister in law Grace Perry; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Her body was cremated and at her request, no memorial services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Des Moines Metro Opera, Indianola or the Nature Conservancy in Des Moines.
Dunn's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Pruitt, Paul Merlin, age 77, of Clearmont, Missouri, died Friday, February 10, 2006 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa.

Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2006, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Scott Denham officiating. Visitation with the family was held 7-8 p.m., Monday, February 13, 2006 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial was in the Clearmont Cemetery, Clearmont, Missouri. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or to the Harvest Fellowship Building Fund. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Paul Merlin Pruitt was born May 3, 1928, at Pickering, Missouri, to Jacob Pruitt and Maude (Colter) Pruitt. He served his country in the United States Army. On August 8, 1950, he was united in marriage to Lena Ruth Rogers. She preceded him in death October 31, 1989. Paul farmed in the Clearmont area. In addition to his farming he was a plumber and he worked at the Clarinda Mental Institute for thirty years as an attendant.

Working was important to Paul and he enjoyed his work. He also enjoyed fishing and time spent with his family. Paul was a very generous person, honest, dependable, good work ethic and he was always willing to help. He was a very special person. Paul attended Harvest Fellowship Church, Shambaugh, Iowa.

Preceding Paul in death were his parents; wife, Lena; sisters, Wilma Gray and Maudella Pruitt; brothers, Donald Pruitt, Junior Pruitt and Bobby Pruitt. Survivors include his son, Paul E. Pruitt of Clackamas, Oregon; daughter, Linda Ritterbusch and husband Karl of Maryville, Missouri; daughter, Cindy Wiles and husband Dennis of Enterprise, Alabama; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sisters, Helen Hopper of Webb City, Missouri and Betty Osthoff and husband Byron of Shambaugh, Iowa and several nieces and nephews.

Pearson, June Anderson, 92, Green Valley, AZ, formerly of Boone, Iowa, died March 6, 2006, at a Tucson hospital.

Services will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, March 18, 2006, at First United Methodist Church in Boone, where she was a member.

June was born October 13, 1913, in Henry, IL, to Charles and Blanche (Taylor) Anderson. They moved to Clarinda, Iowa in 1927. She graduated from Clarinda High School and was employed by Graham's Department Store and the Iowa Light and Power Co. prior to her marriage to Edward B. (Ted) Pearson. They later moved to Perry, IA in 1953, and to Boone, IA in 1958, where her husband was market manager with Fareway Stores, Inc.

She is survived by two sons, Rod and Nancy Pearson, Green Valley, AZ, and Larry and Karen Pearson, Charlottesville, VA; one daughter, Joyce and Ron Grabau, Cumming, GA; one sister, Ina and Arden Cambre, San Angelo, TX; eleven Grandchildren, and fourteen Great-Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister, Charlotte Goff, and a brother, Seneca Anderson.
Friends may call from 5 PM to 7 PM on Friday, March 17, at Stark-Welin Funeral Home in Boone. Memorial contributions may be made to her church.




 Peck, Theodore "Ted," age 83, of Clarinda, Iowa, died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska.

A prayer service followed by visitation with the family was held 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2006, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. Walden Paige officiating. Burial was at the Calverton Cemetery, Calverton, New York. A memorial will be established. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Theodore Vincent Peck was born March 22, 1923, at Minneapolis, Minnesota to Theodore George Peck and Isabelle (Katilinek) Peck. Ted was a graduate of Arazmus High School, Brooklyn, New York. He served his country during World War II in the United States Navy.

He was united in marriage May 1946 to Frances Ann Caporale and she preceded him in death May 1989. Ted was later united in marriage to Helen (Pfander) Long in June 1991. During his working career he was an operating engineer for heavy construction equipment. He was a member of the St. Clare Catholic Church, and he also attended the First United Methodist Church of Clarinda, Iowa.

Preceding Ted in death were his parents; wife, Frances; sister, Opal Boardman.

Survivors include his wife Helen Peck of Clarinda, Iowa; son, Theodore Vincent Peck and wife Christine of Middle Island, New York; son, Robert P. Peck and wife Dawn of St. James, New York; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; step children: John Long and wife Linda of Bellville, Illinois; Bev Anderson and husband Richard of Omaha, Nebraska; David Long and wife Elaine of Clarinda, Iowa; Steve Long and wife Clare of Omaha, Nebraska; eight step grandchildren; eleven step great grandchildren; sister, Constance Grew of Clearwater, Florida.

Pella, Howard Cornelius, 84, died peacefully at his home in Katy, Texas on Thursday, November 24, 2005, after a battle with cancer.

Memorial services were held January 21, 2006 at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Hamilton, Texas with interment following in the Pottsville Cemetery.

He was born on February 21, 1921, in Clarinda, Iowa, to parents Laurence Wesley Pella and Cornelia Ceola Hicks Pella. After his birth his mother died and he was raised by his grandparents John Wesley Pella and wife Christian Lavina Pella in New Market, Iowa. He attended the New Market School and graduated in 1937. He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946. Howard was an active member of the First Christian Church (DOC) in Clarinda, Iowa, and a member of the USGA.

He worked for Exxon Oil Company for 30 years and for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (in Anchorage, Alaska) until he retired in 1982 as Manager of Administrative Services. He enjoyed his retirement playing golf, traveling and enjoying his family.

He is survived by his wife Wanda Kinsey Pella and daughters Janeen Tucker and husband Darby, and Laura Vandiver. He is also survived by his former wife Jeanette Langfeld Pella and their 3 daughters; Sandra Graham and husband Miles, Judith Wranosky, and Janis Wilkey and husband David. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren: Tony, Michael, Stephanie, Jennifer, Matthew, Jared, Seth, Amanda, Valerie and Drew and 7 Great Grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to VistaCare Hospice Foundation in Houston, Texas.


Pearson, Darleen Jewell Waxmonsky, age 83, of Clarinda, Iowa, died Thursday, December 09, 2004, at the Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 13, 2004, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. John Clark officiating. There will be open visitation at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Darleen Jewell Pearson was born June 28, 1921, at Clarinda, Iowa, to William J. Waxmonsky and Mary Catherine (O'Neal) Waxmonsky. She was a 1939 graduate of Clarinda High School. Darleen was united in marriage October 7, 1951 to Jack N. Pearson at the First Christian Church, Clarinda, Iowa. She retired from the General Telephone Company as office manager after 39 years of employment. Darleen had also worked for Dr. Ellers and at Schoenberg's clothing store. She was an active member of the First Christian Church; a member of the choir for 70 years. Darleen was an amateur radio operator. She loved to camp; her family and her church were very important to her.
Darleen was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Virginia Van Alstine. Survivors include her husband, Jack Pearson of the home; sister, Mary Jo Kaserman of Clarinda, Iowa; niece, Joanne Nulph and husband Larry of Stuart, Iowa; grandniece, Nicole Ann Nulph of Guthrie Center, Iowa; nephew, Larry Van Alstine and wife Pam of Chatham, Illinois; grandnephew, Lee Van Alstine.