Page County, Iowa obituaries
Arthur, Dorothy Jane Gray - Dorothy Jane Arthur was born January 27, 1937 at Brimson, Missouri to Ina Mae Belle (Rinehart) Gray and George Walter Gray.
Dorothy graduated Trenton High School in 1954. She was a bookkeeper for local businesses for years. Dorothy and Arnold Sump, who became united in 1970, ran a diner for several years. Dorothy was known by friends and family as their favorite babysitter. Dorothy was always looking forward to seeing her grandchildren and others that visited. For relaxation Dorothy and Arnold would spend time in the outdoors camping and while indoors she would like to watch her soap operas and Wheel of Fortune show, while enjoying a cup of coffee.
Dorothy passed away Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at her home in Clarinda, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ina and George; daughter, Denise Arthur; brother Dale Gray; son-in-law Ken Wise; six half-brothers James, Ernest, John and Charles Gray, John “Jack” Nelson and William “Bill” Hayes; seven half-sisters Ida, Lillie, Mary, Nellie and Golda Gray, Florence Christine, and Lula Mae Hayes.
She is survived by Arnold Sump of Clarinda, Iowa; daughters Diana Wise, Villisca, Iowa, Donna Anderson and husband Jeff of Clarinda, Debra Johnson and husband Rod of Winterset, Iowa; nine grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Inez Gray, Clarinda, and Eva Hayes, Chillicothe, Missouri; Nathan Vardaman and Jodi Vardaman and their children; nieces, nephews, and many friends.

January 27, 1937, Brimson, Missouri
Entered Into Rest
August 3, 2010, Clarinda, Iowa
Mike Wheeler, officiating
10 a.m. Saturday, August 7, 2010
Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, Iowa
Music Selections
Ann Wilson, vocalist
“Will The Circle Be Unbroken”
“Walk With Me O My Lord”
David Stalder Shaun McAlpin
Josh McAlpin Jeremy Johnson
Glenn Antonucci Nathan Vardaman Jeremy Martin
Summit Cemetery, Yorktown, Iowa
Bittenbender, Kenneth Earl - Kenneth Earl Bittenbender was born March 7, 1933 in Bangor, Pennsylvania, the son of Stanton and Blanche (Fraunfelter) Bittenbender. He passed away on Monday evening, July 19, 2010 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 77 years, 4 months and 13 days.

Ken grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from Eagle River High School. Following high school he served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was married to Patricia (Plants) Busch. The couple was blessed with two children, Eric and Dawn. Ken was an active member of the American Legion and the Eagle’s Club.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stanton; his mother, Blanche and his step mother, Selma.

Survivors include his children, Eric Bittenbender of Miami, Florida, Dawn Higgins and her husband Michael of Richfield, Minnesota; a brother, Wally Bittenbender and his wife Ceil of Eagle River, Wisconsin; two sisters, Katie Capich of Payson, Arizona, Marcia Koss and her husband Dave of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; along with many grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Calhoon, Catherin Olga Murren - Catherin Olga (Murren) Calhoon was born March 28, 1914, in Valley Township, Page County, Iowa. She is the daughter of Oliver Glee and Anna Marie Dorothea (Schroeder) Murren. Catherin passed away July 14, 2010, at the age of 96 at Westridge Quality Care and Rehab in Clarinda, Iowa.
Catherin was born and raised in the Valley Township area and went to rural school at North Page. She graduated from the Villisca High School in the class of 1932. She received her Normal Training Certificate and with that did some substitute teaching. Catherin married Leonard Jacob Calhoon on January 23, 1934 in Nodaway, Iowa. Together they lived north of Hawleyville in the North Grove Community. In 1945 they moved to Villisca where they resided for a year and then returned to the Hawleyville area. They moved back to the farm in 1963 and stayed there until 1977, when they moved into New Market.
Catherin was a member of the New Market Methodist Church and active with the United Methodist Women. She also was a member of the Hawleyville HEO Club, Neighborhood Club in New Market and Grandma’s Club. Catherin enjoyed sewing, including quilting and crocheting, and painting in her spare time. She was well known for her baking and in 1962 received the Page County Homemaker of the Year award. Catherin was involved with the community helping out with 4-H and volunteering with many community service projects.
Catherin was preceded in death by her parents Oliver and Anna Marie Murren; husband of 62 years Leonard Calhoon; daughter Louise Flatley; sister Roena Reed; and an infant grandson.
Surviving Catherin are her children: Wanda (Bill) Scott of Red Oak, Iowa, Alma (Leland) Shell of Madrid, Iowa, Delores (Gary) Beery of Shambaugh, Iowa, Phyllis (Gary) Davison of Braddyville, Iowa, Sharon Dennis of Council Bluffs, Iowa, David (Della) Calhoon of Clarinda, Iowa, Stephen Calhoon of Greely , Colorado and Joan (Jim) Card of Smithville, Missouri; 24 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren; sisters Wilma Frodsham of New Market, Iowa, Leona Templeton of Red Oak, Iowa, Ellen Wardlow of Kansas City, Missouri; brothers Oliver Murren of Villisca, Iowa, John Murren of Creston, Iowa and Gene Murren of Erie, Colorado; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for Catherin O. (Murren) Calhoon, 96 of New Market, will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2010, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda with burial at the Clarinda Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 16, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to New Market Methodist Church or New Market First Station.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda in in charge of arrangements.
Falk, Julia Ferguson - Julia Ferguson Falk was born January 27, 1928 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of William Paul and Lina (Coxedge) Ferguson. She passed away on Tuesday evening, July 6, 2010 at the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska from complications of Guillen-Barre at the age of 82 years.

She grew up in Shenandoah and graduated from Shenandoah High School with the class of 1945. She later attended the University of Iowa and graduated from there in 1949. On June 28, 1949, Julia was united in marriage to William Edward Falk in Shenandoah. This union was blessed with 2 children, Mark and Lisa.

Julia was a homemaker. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, AAUW, P.E.O and Study Club. She was an avid reader and world traveler. Julia was also a long-time member of the Shenandoah Public Library Board and the board of the Shenandoah Historical Society, as well as an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband William in 2008.

Survivors include her children, Lisa Falk-Thompson and her husband Dennis of Eagan, Minnesota, Mark Falk of Iowa City, Iowa, and Mr. Paul Shintani of Tokoyo, Japan; along with many other relatives and friends.

Fesenmeyer, Etta Dell Runyan - Etta Dell Fesenmeyer, 81, Excelsior Springs, Mo., died Friday, July 16, 2010.
She was born May 15, 1929 at Gravette, Ark., to Harold Keith Runyan and Susie Pearl (Parmley) Runyan. As a child, Etta and her family moved to a farm near Braddyville, Iowa. Here she met and married Dale Fesenmeyer. The couple was married June 5, 1946 and live din and around Clarinda until 1969. During their time in Clarinda, Etta worked as a bookkeeper and as an office manager at Paris and Dunn, Kearney’s, Page and Hill, and Farmer’s Co-op. In 1969, Dale was employed as an airplane mechanic with TWA and the family moved to the Kansas City area. There, Etta worked seasonally as a tax preparer for H and R Block. After Dale’s retirement, the couple moved to Excelsior Springs, Mo. Many of their winters were spent on land they owned near Rio Hondo, Tex.
Not only was Etta a loving spouse, mother, grandmother and sister, she was a compassionate and helpful friend and neighbor as well. She was never idle, keeping herself busy as an immaculate housekeeper, an excellent cook and an active gardener. The Fesenmeyers vacationed in New Zealand, Mexcio, and Hawaii and explored the back roads of America in their RV. At home, they loved playing cards with friends, going on walks, and reading. Although temporarily sidelined by a back injury, Etta was an energetic member of the local senior exercise group.
Etta was preceded in death by a son, Ronald L. Fesenmeyer and a brother Harold Lee Runyan. She is survived by her husband, Dale Fesenmeyer; daughter, Linda Jones of Crockett, Calif.; brother, Rev. James Runyan of Bethalto, Ill., sisters, Patricia Conrad of Glenwood, Iowa, and Beatrice Ross of Oak Grove, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Sarah Herriott of Eureka, Calif., and Aaron Burton of Concord, Calif.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 23 at Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, 217 West Broadway, Excelsior Springs, Mo. Visitation were held at 1:00 p.m. with a service immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Glick, Jay M. - Funeral services for Jay M. Glick, age 39 of Carroll, Iowa, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Wednesday, July 21, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska will be held Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Clarinda. Visitation will be Friday from Noon until 7 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Interment with military rites will be held in the Clarinda Cemetery.

Jay Merrill Glick was born in Clarinda, Iowa on July 23, 1970 the son of Lowell Wayne Glick and Lois Kathleen (Miller) Glick. He grew up attending school in Clarinda, graduating from the Clarinda High School with the Class of 1989. When he was in high school, Jay was active in many sports activities, however, baseball was his favorite sport.

Following high school, Jay joined the Army National Guard and served for twenty-one years with the last ten years on active duty in Carroll, Iowa as a Supply Sergeant for “A Company 168th Infantry”. Prior to that time, he served in the “B Company 168th Infantry” in Clarinda. Jay served in Afghanistan in 2004 through 2005.

On August 23, 2008, Jay was united in marriage to Michelle Armstrong of Carroll, Iowa. The couple lived in Carroll with their two children, Spencer and Kylie. In May, 2009, they were blessed with a daughter, Alyssa.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, son, soldier and friend are his loving wife Michelle Glick; two step-children Spencer and Kylie and their daughter Alyssa, all of Carroll; his parents Lowell and Lois Glick of Clarinda; two brothers, Doug Glick of Clarinda; and Greg Glick and wife Angie of Cedar Falls, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Aaron and Amber, both of Clarinda; Brianna, Justin, Ethan and Madison all of Cedar Falls; along with many aunts, uncles, relatives and friends.

Preceding Jay in death are his grandparents, Jesse and Wilma Glick and Merrill and Angie Miller.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda.

Goecker, Corinne Violet Noland - Funeral services for Corinne Goecker, age 86 of Clarinda, who died Friday, July 23, 2010 at the Clarinda Regional Hospital will be held Monday, July 26, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clarinda. Interment will be held in the Summit Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Lupus Foundation of America or the First Baptist Church..

Corinne Violet (Noland) Goecker was born June 29, 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Hoyt) Noland. She was baptized on December 24, 1939 at Calvary Baptist Church in Omaha, Nebraska where she accepted God into her heart as a young child, encouraged in her faith by an elderly woman whom she sat next to in church. Her experience here can be directly related to her activity in The First Baptist Church, Clarinda, Iowa, delivering the children’s sermon for over 18 years, and the importance of growth in her spiritual life.

Corinne attended Central High School in Omaha, Nebraska and finished high school in Clarinda, Iowa after moving there with her dad (Pop). Corinne enjoyed telling people how the kids had to run to their favorite teacher’s class on the first day of school in order to be in that class. After high school she had the opportunity to work in Alaska which she declined in favor of working at the P.O.W camp in Clarinda during WW2. It was during this time that she went on to pass the civil service exam and worked for the Commanding Officer of the camp. Corinne has shared many of her experiences and memories of this time to people far and wide including an interview aired on TV via the Public Broadcasting System.

On December 1, 1944 Corinne was joined in marriage to Wilbur Fred Goecker at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Yorktown, Iowa. This union was blessed with two children, Suzanne Marie (Goecker) Meier and Wayne Fred Goecker. Wilbur and Corinne lived on a farm south of Yorktown for a few years, and then moved to the Goecker home where they celebrated 55 years of marriage and enjoyed their family tremendously. Christmas was an extremely special occasion for Corinne as the family would all try to gather at the family farm to celebrate on Christmas Eve.

By chance Corinne found a new niche in her working life by assisting Mr. Hoskinson in his tax office to help pay for piano lessons for Suzie. This led to passing the government test to be “Enrolled to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service”, and to her subsequent opening of an income tax office in the family home’s converted porch. Wilbur was afraid no one would drive clear out in the country to get help with their taxes, but many did come. Corinne loved the work she did and treated all of her clients like family. They in turn showered her with love.

Corinne had many hobbies and pursuits. These included figurine and oil painting, bowling, golfing and fishing, of which she enjoyed fishing the most. Many long trips were made to Canada, just so that she could spend 8-10 hours fishing each day rain or shine, wind or calm, for 7 to 14 days, and never was a bigger smile seen on a face than Corinne’s. Her diligence in this endeavor landed her prized possession “Penelope”, a 23 ½ lb. Northern pike which hangs on her office wall to this date.

Even with such an active and full life, Corinne always kept God and her family at the forefront of her daily life. She never forgot that all things were a gift from God, and with that knowledge she cherished every moment.

Wilbur preceded Corinne in death in September 2000. She is survived by her daughter Suzanne and husband Ken of Colorado, her son Wayne and his wife Debbie, grandchildren Cherissa Meier, Jeffrey Meier, Brent and wife Angel Goecker, Andy and wife Ari Miesner, and Amy and husband Andy Wisneski.

Corinne will be missed by many, but we have the blessed assurance that she is with our Lord and Savior now, and will be for all eternity. Praise be to God.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda.

Haley, Thomas Emory - Thomas Emory Haley was born September 30, 1945, in Taylor County Iowa. He was the son of Delmar Dale Haley and Lois “Jean” Patton Haley. He graduated from the Villisca High School in 1963. On July 26, 1963 he was united in marriage to Janet Greenfield. After their marriage, he began farming, doing custom baling and combine work for area farmers. He was a substitute rural mail carrier for Nodaway, an over-the-road truck driver and a gravel truck hauler for Schildberg’s Construction. His health forced him to retire in 2007.
Tom filled his spare time by playing baseball on the Nodaway town team, fishing, hunting, playing cards (especially cribbage) and reading westerns. He was a John Deere man through and through.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents, infant daughters Carey Haley and Jody Haley, and brother Donald Haley. He is survived by his wife Janet Haley of Nodaway, daughter Jenny (Troy) Gilleland of Villisca, son Jason (Chris) of Kansas City, Missouri, granddaughters Haley (Tom) Gourley and Renae Gilleland all of Villisca, brother David (Betty) Haley of Federal Way, Washington, sister-in-law Linda Haley of Nodaway, extended family members Franklin and Ruby Walter of Corning, many aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services for Tom Haley, age 64 of Nodaway, were held Saturday, August 7, 2010, at the United Methodist Church in Villisca, Iowa, with interment at Nodaway Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to a fund in Tom's name.


Huber, Donald Burton - Donald Burton Huber was born June 25, 1925 in Marshalltown, Iowa to Wilmer Burton Huber and Hazel (Kirkendahl) Huber. He attended Marshalltown schools. During his junior year of high school he enlisted in the United States Navy and served during World War II.
He was married to Mildred Virginia McKinney "Mickey", on August 8, 1957 in Long Beach, Calif. They have two children, Dixie and Ron.

Don and his brother owned and operated a Super Valu grocery store in Des Moines. He then changed careers and went into sales in the insurance industry, later he joined the sales force of Capp Homes, Minneapolis. He continued with Capp Homes until retiring in 1983. While with Capp Homes he and his family lived in multiple cities and states.

Following Don's retirement, he and Mickey moved to New Market, Iowa, to be near their daughter, Dixie. Don had a great love of music, he played many instruments in addition to his beautiful singing voice. He and Mickey performed for many years with their band the "Winter Texans" while they wintered in Mission, Tex.

Don passed away Sunday morning, August 1, 2010, at the Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 85.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilmer and Hazel; sister, Dorothy Oxenfield and her husband Art; his grandson Tim, and son-in-law, Alan Hutcheson.

Don is survived by his wife, Mickey of New Market, Iowa; children Ron Huber and wife Charleen of Rochester, Minn., and Dixie Hutcheson of New Market, Iowa; brother, Ed Huber and wife Mary of California; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Family services were held Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa with Pastor Russ Clark officiating. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, Iowa.


Johnson, Roger - Roger Johnson formerly of Villisca, Iowa; Clarinda, Iowa; Papillion, Nebraska; and since 2007, Junction City, Kansas, passed away at the Sterling House of Junction City, an assisted care living facility on Sunday, July 18, 2010. A graveside service will be held at the Villisca Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on July 23, 2010.
Roger K. Johnson was born December 24, 1922, in Blanchard, Iowa, the son of Charles Lester and Irene (Hildreth) Johnson. He graduated from Coin high school on March 4, 1941, and enlisted in the US Army. During World War II he was stationed in the Aleutian Island serving as an airplane engine mechanic. He was awarded a Bronze Star during the Aleutian Campaign and then honorably
discharged in 1945.
He married Carol Anderson of Coin, Iowa, and to that union their daughter Cheryl was born. He and Carol subsequently divorced. He returned to southwest Iowa and on October 3, 1952, in Red Oak, Iowa, he was united in marriage to Lucille S. Stackhouse. He and Lucille were blessed with a continuing relationship with his daughter Cheryl, who always considered Lucille her Mom. During this time Roger worked for General Motors as a mechanic and then for GMAC Credit retiring in 1982.
Roger is preceded in death by wife Lucille in 2001, his parents Charles and Irene Johnson, and his brother Charles Johnson. He is survived by his daughter Cheryl Harvey of Junction City, Kansas, and his granddaughter Linda Harvey-Yates of Oak Grove, Missouri.
The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be sent directly to your local chapter of the American Heart Association in his name.

Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca in charge of arrangements.


Laird, Grace Lord - Grace Laird passed away July 23, 2010, at Westridge Care Center, in Clarinda, Iowa. Grace was in her 100th year, having celebrated her 99th birthday on January 23, of this year.

Grace was born on January 23, 1911, to Emmett and Lovie Lord, in Fremont County, Iowa. She graduated from the Sidney High School, and worked for a time at the Henry Fields Company in Shenandoah, before marrying Dennis Laird on January 31, 1933. In 1937 their only son, Larry, was born when they lived in Mills County, Iowa.

Prior to moving to Clarinda in 1968, she and her husband were tenant farmers, living near Cumberland, Griswold and Carson. In addition to helping with the farm work, Grace enjoyed crocheting in her spare time. After moving to Clarinda, she worked briefly at a local pharmacy store and for several years at the State and Municipal Hospitals.

Grace is survived by her son, Larry and his wife, Charlotte of Carmel, Indiana; two grandchildren, Douglas Laird and his wife Sharon of Robins, Iowa, and Michele Kosegi and her husband Christopher of Fishers, Indiana; seven great-grandchildren, Jenna Laird Woestman and her husband Joey of Indianapolis, IN, Andrew Laird and his wife Laura of Cedar Rapids, IA, Ashley-Nicole Laird Willcox and her husband Stephen of East Moline, IL, Alex Laird of Robins, IA; Emily, Cameron and Natalie Kosegi of Fishers, IN; and a great-great-grandson, Jeshuah Willcox of East Moline, IL.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Dennis, and her only brother, Merlin, and his wife, Beulah, and their son, Duane.

Grace was a member of First Baptist Church, Clarinda, IA, and the family has suggested memorial contributions in lieu of flowers to The First Baptist Church in Clarinda.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, following which Pastor Mitch Grossoehme conducting the funeral service, both at the Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, IA. Following the memorial service, a graveside service was held at the Sidney Cemetery, Sidney, IA.


Pelster, Christopher Dean - Christopher Dean Pelster was born September 30, 1960 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the son of Harvey Dean and Betty Louise (McGargill) Pelster. He passed away on Saturday morning, July 24, 2010 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 49 years, 9 months and 24 days.

Chris grew up in the Imogene area and attended Farragut High School. On May 2, 1981, he was united in marriage to Loretta Ann Good in rural Shenandoah. This union was blessed with two children, Steven and Melisa.

From 1978 until 1984 Chris was employed by the Farm Master Gate Factory. In 1985, he went to work for ROMECH in Red Oak until 2001. He was also the maintenance man for the City of Imogene. He was a proud member of the Imogene Fire Department where he served as Fire Chief for 10 years. Growing up he was involved in the Imogene little league baseball program and later joined the sons and daughters of Imogene. He also served on the Imogene City Council. He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed storm chasing. Chris was also a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imogene.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty in 1998; her daughter, Victoria in 1958; and grandparents, Paul and Wilma McGargill, Edward Pelster and Ruby Garrett.

Survivors include his children, Steven Pelster and his wife Mary of Shenandoah, Iowa, Melisa Pelster of Shenandoah, Iowa; his father, Harvey Pelster of Imogene, Iowa; four grandchildren, Ricky Bisbee, Hanah Pelster, Grace Pelster and Ayden Strange all of Shenandoah, Iowa; brothers and sisters, Cindy and Ernie Dyke of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Janice and Jerry Doyle of Imogene, Iowa, Angela Pelster of Imogene, Iowa, Patti and Doug Wetterlind of Red Oak, Iowa, Julie and Roy Herold of Shenandoah, Iowa, Mary and Dennis Blankman of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, Curtis and Roxanne Pelster of Omaha, Nebraska; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Troxel, Marilyn Jean Myers - Marilyn Jean (Myers) Troxel, the daughter of John Thomas Myers and Hazel Viola Godwin Myers was born at Shenandoah, Iowa, on February 24, 1930. She entered into eternal rest on July 30, 2010 at The Ambassador Care Center at Sidney, Iowa.

Marilyn spent her early years in rural Farragut and Shenandoah, Iowa. She attended Shenandoah High School graduating with the Class of 1947. On September 12, 1948 she was united in marriage to Robert K. Troxel at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. Prior to her marriage she worked for Iowa Power. Following their marriage they lived on the family farm near Farragut where she devoted her time to her husband, family, home and the farm operations. She enjoyed photography, flower gardening, genealogy and traveling. Marilyn was a life time member of the United Methodist Church, and the United Methodist Women. She spent eight years on the Iowa Methodist Church conference as a member of the Finance and Administration Council. She also served over ten years as a Sunday School Teacher and was a member of the Fremont County Republican Womens Organization, and the Centennial Club. She was active in 4-H all of her life and the Fremont County Historical Society, along with many other church and civic activities. Marilyn loved her family and was passionate about everything that she did in life.

Preceding Marilyn in death were her mother and father, and a brother-in-law Doyle Racine. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband Robert K. Troxel; their four children; Bill Troxel and wife Eileen of St. Paul, Minnesota and their children, Whitney and Claire Troxel; Nancy Hoegh and husband Dr. Curtis of Clive, Iowa and their children, Jake Hoegh, Matthew Hoegh and wife Kimberly, Abbie Knapp and husband Michael; Tom Troxel and wife Norma of Farragut, Iowa and their children, Andria Head and husband Clint and their children Jordan and Sydney Head, Maggie Troxel and Kimberly Troxel; Jeff Troxel and wife Teri of Crawford, Texas and their children, Kasey Troxel, Weston Troxel, and Alex Troxel; also surviving is her sister Kathy Racine of Essex, Iowa and her family; along with other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Farragut United Methodist Church. Words of comfort were given by Pastor Fred Bryson and Phillip Wing. A special piano solo, "Ave Maria" was performed by granddaughter Kim Troxel. The congregation sang "How Great Thou Art" and other special music was "I Can Only Imagine". Pianist was Cindy McCall. Attending the memory register were Joyce Supernaw and Kay Wing. Caring for flowers was Mary Whitehill. Ushers were Danny Whitehill and Phillip Wing. Honorary bearers were "All of Marilyn's Friends". Casket bearers were Jacob Hoegh, Matthew Hoegh, Clint Head, Doug Racine, Dennis Racine, Curtis Anderzhon, Daniel Anderzhon and Larry Supernaw. Interment was in the Locust Grove Cemetery at rural Farragut. A memorial is being established in Marilyn's name.
Windhorst, Genevieve "Genny" Louise Roberts - Genevieve “Genny” Louise (Roberts) Windhorst was born October 27, 1931, north of Villisca at Sciola, Iowa. She is the daughter of Frank and Elnora Mae (Thompson) Roberts. Genny passed away Thursday evening, August 12, 2010 at Westridge Quality Care and Rehab in Clarinda, Iowa.
Genny graduated from Villisca High School in the class of 1950. She was united in marriage a year later to the late Lloyd Windhorst on March 16, 1951 in Yorktown, Iowa. Together they lived and farmed near Yorktown until Lloyd’s death in 1981. She then moved into Clarinda and worked as a secretary for the Department of Human Resources retiring in 1989. Genny loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was quite the seamstress and enjoyed traveling and helping other people.
Genny is preceded in death by her parents; husband Lloyd Windhorst; sister Ruthella Derry and husband Merle; brother Max Roberts; and daughter-in-law Marsha Windhorst.
Left to cherish Genny’s memories are her children: Fred Windhorst of West Des Moines, Iowa, Cindy Godfrey and husband David of Omaha, Nebraska and Brenda Daley and husband David of Glenwood, Iowa; grandchildren B.J. Windhorst and wife Missy of Des Moines, Iowa, Temple Netten and husband Chad of Waukee, Iowa, Lindsay Windhorst of West Des Moines, Iowa, Sarah Godfrey of Omaha, Nebraska, Shawn Daley and Brandon Daley of Glenwood, Iowa; great grandchildren Drake Windhorst, Creighton Netten, Aiden Netten, Finley Netten and Aniston Netten; sister-in-law Bette Roberts of Postville, Iowa ; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Genny Windhorst will be held 1 p.m. , Saturday, August 14, 2010, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa, with burial to follow at Summit Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled Friday evening from 7-8 p.m. at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to a fund established in her name.
Please join the family following the committal service at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda for lunch and a time of fellowship.
The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home provided arrangements.
Brown, Mary Jean Casper - Mary Jean Brown, 62, of Clarinda, Iowa passed away August 19, 2010 at Sigourney, Iowa.

Mary was born in Des Moines, Iowa August 30, 1947 to Wayne and Martha Jane (Stine) Casper. She married Bob Brown September 9, 1968 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Mary is survived by her sisters, Anna Mae (Harold) Wright of Coal Valley, Ill., Carol (Mart) Majors of Corpus Christie, Tex., Linda (Jim) Delin of Des Moines, Iowa, Neva (Chuck) Huff of Barnett, Mo., and Candice (Ray) Price of Council Bluffs, Iowa; brothers, D'Wayne "Bill" (Barb) Casper of Bussey, Iowa, Ray (Ruth) Casper of Colfax, Iowa, Rancy (Charlene) Casper of Sigourney, Iowa, and Danny (Barb) Casper of Albia, Iowa; sister-in-law Karen (Donald ? deceased) Casper of Milan, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob in 2009, brothers, Larry and Donald; and sister, Cynthia.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Bedford with interment at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford. Memorials can be directed to a fund established in her name. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Bedford & Adams Funeral Home of Ames provided arrangements.

Kennett, Edward John "Ed" - Funeral services for Edward J."Ed" Kennett, age 87, of New Market, Iowa, who died Saturday, August 21, 2010 at Alegent Health Mercy Hospital, Corning, Iowa were held Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Interment was held in the Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa.

Edward John Kennett was born on April 7, 1923 at Clarinda, Iowa to Edward Kennett and Pearl (Sebeniecher) Kennett. Ed grew up in Clarinda, attending Clarinda Community Schools. Ed served his country during World War II.

He served with the United States Navy and with the Coast Guard. On March 26, 1957, Ed and Shirley May Brogan were united in marriage in Bentonville, Arkansas. They were blessed with three children, Kyle, Kim and Mary Ann.

Ed was a long time employee of the Clarinda Co-op, retiring in 1988 at the age of 65.

His second career was with Snyder Auto Body driving the auto transport many miles. His health forced him to retire once again at the age of 85.

Ed was a long time member of the New Market American Legion Post #300. Ed enjoyed life and had many activities. He had a vegetable garden and also loved flower gardening; and would drive many miles to see a new flower.

Ed and Shirley also liked to camp, attend the Branson music shows, eat out and attend the "Old Thresher's Reunion" at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Family was most important to Ed and he especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandsons.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather are his wife, Shirley Kennett of Bedford, Iowa; sons, Larry Kennett of California and Kyle Dee Kennett of New Market, Iowa; daughters, Kimberly Ann Scott and husband Steve of Hopkins, Missouri and Mary Ann Hensley of New Market, Iowa; grandchildren, Mandy Hensley and fiance Adam Randolph, Zach Smith, Jessica Kennett; great grandsons, Carter and Cash Randolph; sister, Betty Fenstermaker of New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; other relatives and many friends.

Preceding Ed in death were his parents.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda.

Wallace, Steven Michael - Steven Michael Wallace was born December 28, 1978 in Hamburg, Iowa, to Jody Rascon and Mike Avrett. As a little boy Steven enjoyed dressing up like a cowboy and riding his red tricycle.

He was very energetic and kept everyone on their toes. Steven grew up in two households: his grandma Phyllis' and his mom Jody's. As a young man Steven attended Shenandoah High School where he made lasting impressions and gained lifelong friends.

Steven's first job was at the Diamond D Trailer Company in Shenandoah. He loved his job and enjoyed working. Steven had to change his career path when he was in a car accident that caused lifelong injuries. With these life changing events in his life Steven chose to move to Clarinda. While living in Clarinda, he worked several different part time jobs. Steven took on several hobbies, fishing being his favorite.

Steven met Shelly McConnaughey in March of 2004 and on February 6, 2006 they had a son, Michael James Austin Wallace. Steven was an excellent father to not only Michael but also to Shelly's son Colby Reice McConnaughey. He enjoyed taking his two sons to the park. He loved his family and was a great father and loved his boys very much. Steven passed away suddenly at his home in Clarinda, Tuesday, August 17, 2010.

Steven is preceded in death by his mother Jody Rascon; grandma Phyllis Wallace; grandpa Horace Avrett; great aunt Jo Henson; great-grandma Bonnie Wallace; and uncle Richard Wallace.

Steven is survived by his girlfriend of six years Shelly McConnaughey of Clarinda, Iowa; sons Michael Wallace and Colby McConnaughey; sisters Julia Rascon of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Tasha Quimby of Maryville, Missouri; brother Chris Avrett of Fairfax, Missouri; dad Mike Avrett of Fairfax, Missouri; aunts Debbie Booher and husband Glade of Clarinda, Liz Rhoades and husband David of Fairfax, Missouri and Stacy Halbur of Halbur, Iowa; uncles Jeff Savala of Omaha, Nebraska, Keith Wallace of Maryville, Missouri and Bryon Savala of Maryville, Missouri; grandpa Richard Savala and wife Bennye of Red Oak, Iowa; grandma Mary Ann Avrett of Fairfax, Missouri; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services for Steven M. Wallace, 31 of Clarinda, Iowa, were held Monday, August 23, 2010, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Memorials are suggested to a fund in Steven's name. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Vanderholm, Louise H. Larson - Louise H. Vanderholm, the daughter of Gilbert T. and Ella (Hull) Larson was born September 26, 1914 in Page County, Iowa near Bethesda. She passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at the Red Oak Rehab and Care Center, Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 95 years, 10 months and 27 days.

Louise was raised on a farm in the Bethesda area. She graduated from Stanton High School with the class of 1931. Louise was united in marriage to Raymond Vanderholm on November 23, 1933 in Bethesda, IA. They farmed in the Bethesda area until l958 when they made their home on an acreage south of Red Oak. After the passing of her husband, Louise continued living on their acreage until 1974, when she moved to Red Oak. For 20 years, Louise worked for Union Carbide Battery Company in Red Oak. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and watching golf on TV. She was also, an avid bird watcher and enjoyed gardening. Louise was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and WELCA of Red Oak and past member of the Christian Women's Club.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Raymond in July of 1969; two sisters: Ione Vanderholm and Marjorie Schantz.

Louise is survived by her son: James Vanderholm and wife Sharon of Omaha, NE; three daughters: Mary Needham and husband Richard of Council Bluffs, IA; Rachel Levy and husband Ray of Seattle, WA; and Susan Hirschman and husband Thomas of Glenwood, IA; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother: Charles Larson of Clarinda, IA; along with other relatives and friends.

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

Funeral Service will be held
Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Red Oak, IA
Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak
Rev. Dr. George Hooper, Officiating

Visitation with the family present at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home Wednesday, August 25 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Memorials to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Arthritis Association

Services entrusted to Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home


Whitehill, Ida Lenore Stevenson - Memorial services for Ida Whitehill, age 103, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 at her daughter’s residence in Clarinda, Iowa were held Monday, Aug. 16, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Leslie Traylor officiating. Private burial was in the Reformed Presbyterian Church cemetery, rural Clarinda, Iowa.

Ida Lenore Stevenson Whitehill was born June 8, 1907 near Idana, Kan., to Edwin Stevenson and Fannie Franconia (Dunn) Stevenson. Ida grew up on the family farm, the fourth of eight children. It was a busy and happy home where neighbors and friends were always welcome for a visit. Ida attended country school and Clay Center, Kansas, High School. Her family was regular attending members of Idana Covenanter Church. Ida attended summer conferences for young people with her sister Mildred and while there she met a young man from Clarinda, Iowa named Donald Whitehill. Four years later, January 14, 1925, they were married and Ida and Donald made the trip back to Clarinda in two days in the Model T Ford that Donald had purchased for fifty dollars.
Ida and Donald lived with his parents their first year and started farming together. The next year they moved to the farm they bought and spent forty-nine years together, until Donald’s passing. They were active members of the Covenanter Reformed Presbyterian Church all of their married life. Ida later joined Trinity Presbyterian Church after moving to Clarinda. Born to this marriage were Thomas Edwin and Janet Rose.
During her years on the farm, Ida enjoyed the camaraderie of working with the ladies in the church, taking children and young people to church camp and helping with many projects at the church. She was very helpful to Donald’s parents (Tom and Rose) and taxied Rose to town since Rose did not drive. She looked forward to meeting with the neighborhood club once a month to “laugh and chat”. She was a loving wife and mother who raised her two children on the farm where they attended Butler Country School and Clarinda High School. During those many years Ida raised and dressed chickens to earn extra money. She also worked for many years at Connor’s Ladies Ready to Wear store in Clarinda. She was grandma on call when her grandchildren were born and was a wonderful help for Edwin and Dorothy, and John and Janet. Her Bible stories provided many fond memories for all her grandchildren. Her life and attitude are summed up in on of her favorite Bible verses, Psalms 118:24, “This is the day the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” She read her Bible daily until her sight failed her.
Ida loved the holidays, and Christmas Eve’s soup supper was a family tradition at her home while Donald was alive. She continued to enjoy that tradition at her daughter’s home and loved watching the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time at “Ida’s Place”, a cabin that her son-in-law built and named in her honor. She enjoyed picnics at the cabin and for many years her fried chicken, potato salad, and deviled eggs were everyone’s first choice.
Ida lived her life in Faith and Love and desired to live that life in a way that was pleasing to her Lord. “May the words of my mouth and meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight Oh Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald, parents-in-law, son, Thomas Edwin and his wife Dorothy, grandson, Thomas Edwin II, son-in-law, John C. Greenwood, and six siblings, James Cargill, Edna, Mildred, Ann, Edwina, and Georgia.
Left to cherish her memory are one brother, Cameron Stevenson, daughter, Janet Greenwood, five grandchildren, Virginia Conner (Doug), John D. Greenwood, Jean Minor (Duane), Juli Mace (Tom), Joy Walker (Mark), and granddaughter, Vicki Whitehill (Thomas, deceased), Fourteen great-grandchildren, Heather Wonderlich (Ahren), Amy Schurger (Josh), Zachery Whitehill, Kylee Whitehill, Barbara Greenwood, Samantha Chambers (Josh), John David Greenwood, James Greenwood, Forrest Greenwood, Bryce Greenwood, Jason Minor (Chelsie), Brent Minor (Jackie), Ted Mace, and Ginny Greenwood-Walker. Five great-great-grandchildren, Jaksen and Kali Wonderlich, Justice Whitehill, Christian Greenwood, and Suzzanna Chambers, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Baker, Susan Gail Gray - Susan Baker passed away on August 13, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska from complications of diabetes and breast cancer.
Susan Gail (Gray) Baker was born on Labor Day, September 1, 1943 to Paul L. and Opal Mary (Erthum) Gray in Asbury Park, N.J. She was one of six children. Because of the nature of her father’s government work, the family moved frequently. Susan had the distinction of living in Alaska before it became a state and in Hawaii while it gained its statehood.
She met and married Charles Thomas Baker in Hawaii in 1961. Subsequent moves took her to Camp Pendleton, Calif., where the first two of her children were born. Later still, the family moved to Oelwein, Iowa, where the rest of her children were born. She finally settled in Alliance, Neb. And lived there for 21 years before retiring to New Market, Iowa in 2003.
Susan held many positions in her life, but family and children always came first. She opened Susan’s Day Care in the 1980’s and influenced countless families through her exceptional abilities in child care. Later on, she became very active in the Girl Scouts and served as chairperson and troop leader for many years. She had a passion for community service and volunteerism, and was always thinking of ways to help those less fortunate. She helped start programs for needy children, such as a breakfast program, a school supply program and gathered materials for babies born to low-income mothers, among numerous other projects.
She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Chuck Baker of New Market, Iowa; three sons, Scott (Grace) Baker of San Diego, Calif., Keith (Hope) Baker of Alliance, Neb., Jeff (Tonya) Baker of East Dubuque, Ill., and one daughter, Brianne (Mike) Larkin of Yankton, S.D.; grandsons, Tyler, Justin, Dalton, and Jon; two granddaughters, Brenna and Caitlyn; and one great-granddaughter, Peyton. She also leaves behind her sister Lynda O’Hara of Modesto, Calif., brothers Rodger (Shirley) Gray of Las Vegas, Nev., Gary Gray of Modesto, Calif., and Dr. Dennis Gray of Orlando, Fla. She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Eugene “Tuffer” Gray.
Susan will be deeply missed for her countless stories, wisdom, wonderful humor, and unending compassion for both family and community. Her legacy of love will live on in all of those she touched through the years and she is wished nothing but peace. She is and will forever be loved.
The family asks those wishing to honor Susan’s life to make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in her name at Cards may be sent to Mr. Chuck Baker, 712 Washington Street, New Market, Iowa, 51646.
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.
Gourley, Virginia Lea Pittam - Virginia Lea Gourley died at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Friday, August 13, 2010, after a long struggle with cancer. She was born August 11, 1932, in Clarinda, Iowa, to James S. and Fae (Bishop) Pittam. Her early childhood was spent in the College Springs area and then in 1943 the family moved to a farm three miles east of Bethesda. Virginia graduated from Clarinda High School in 1950 then attended Clarinda Junior College for one year. She received a degree in natural sciences from Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa in 1954. She taught high school math and science at Moville, Iowa, and married Leo Gourley of Villisca on May 28, 1955.
The couple lived for a short time in Jacksonville, Florida, while Leo completed his military service. After returning to Iowa, Virginia taught at Malvern High School and later in Ames. She also taught at Bellevue, Nebraska, before the family moved to Kansas City, where she taught junior high/middle school math in the Raytown, Missouri, schools from 1968 until her retirement in 1992. During this time she received a master’s degree in computer education from Northwest Missouri State University.
Virginia was active in her church, serving as treasurer of Faith United Methodist Church for several years. She was a past president of the Raytown Chapter of the American Association of University Women. Following her retirement, Virginia enjoyed traveling, her flower gardens, reading and her hobby of genealogy. In 2000, she and Leo moved to Clarinda, where she remained until her death.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Leo and their five children: Sherry Long of St. Pesters, Missouri, Laurie Mozley of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Darryl Gourley of Springfield, Missouri, Curtis Gourley of Martinez, Georgia and Norman Gourley of Kansas City, Kansas; one sister, Addie Mae Smith of Oakland, Iowa; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers to the Lied Public Library in Clarinda or to your favorite charity in her name.
Graveside services will take place at 11:00 am on Monday, September 6, 2010, at the Morton Mill Cemetery north of Villisca, Iowa. We will be meeting at Wolfe Funeral Home at 10:30 and going to the cemetery together. Following the graveside services, there will be a luncheon at the Villisca Community Building.
Wolfe Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Chaney, Dennis E. - Funeral services for Dennis E. Chaney, 62, of Glenwood, Iowa, were held
Saturday, August 12th, 2010, at Peterson Mortuary, Inc. in Glenwood. Burial was at Arlington Cemetery, near Villisca, Iowa.
Dennis entered into eternal rest on Aug. 9, 2010 near Little Sioux, Iowa. He was born Sept. 28, 1947, in Clarinda, Iowa, to Ernest Franklin and Phyllis Dean (Bauer) Chaney. Dennis was raised in Villisca and graduated from Villisca High School. He faithfully served his country during the Vietnam War, serving on the USS Kearsage.
Dennis was united in marriage to Juanita Kay Johnson on Nov. 29, 1968 in Villisca, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Marty and Dana. Dennis was employed with AT & T for more than 30 years as an electronics technician, working his way up to management. He and his family resided in Red Oak, Essex, Altoona and St. Louis before moving to Glenwood in 1982.
By the end of his career, he was an account manager. After six months into his retirement, he had already re-sided and reroofed his house, so he took a job at Huntel Communications in Omaha, retiring again three
years later.
Dennis was a member of the American Legion Post 141, serving as a past commander; Tabor VFW, Legion Riders and Patriot Guard. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, and in his early years was a member of
Isaac Walton League, which began his interest in gun collecting.
He also enjoyed hunting and taught hunter safety courses. He was a former member of the Jay Cees and Booster Club, serving as past president for two years. Dennis took his family camping and canoeing
and attended all of their sporting and speech events throughout their childhood. His yard was well manicured as he took great pride in the five acres where he and Juanita resided.
He was a devoted son, husband, father and grandfather. Dennis loved to play with his grandchildren who lovingly called him, Bepa. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Preceding Dennis in death was his father. He is survived by his wife, Juanita Chaney of Glenwood,
IA; children, Marty & wife Tami Chaney of San Antonio, TX; Dana & husband, Jay Firkins of Grimes, IA; grandchildren, Zoie Firkins and Taylor West; mother, Phyllis Chaney of Stanton, IA; brothers, Michael Phillip & wife Elizabeth Chaney of California, MD; Ronald Dean& wife Elaine Chaney of Ft. Myers, FL; niece, Lisa Chaney& husband Jihef Garnero & their son, Aidan Garnero; extended relatives and a host of
friends Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 141, Glenwood, Iowa.
Carroll, Jax Mason - Jax Mason Carroll was born May 3, 2010 at Shenandoah, Iowa to Jessie Patterson and Daniel Carroll. Jax passed away Saturday, Sept 4, 2010 at Clarinda, Iowa.
Jax is survived by his parents, Jessie Patterson and Daniel Carroll of Clarinda, IA, grandparents Anna and Joe Sunderman Clarinda, IA, Don and Terri Carroll, Clarinda, IA, Jeff and Mindy Patterson, Treynor, IA; great grandparents Tom and Sue Spears, Shenandoah, IA, Dale and Connie Sunderman, Clarinda, IA, Hazel Lewis, Red Oak, IA, Larry and Dorene Stevens, Des Moines, IA, Nancy Carroll, Charles City, IA; and great great grandfather, Lynn Patterson, Laurel, IA; aunts and uncles Tobi Sunderman, Jade Brownfield, Miranda Sunderman, Caleb Sunderman, Tyler Patterson, Adam Carroll, Joel Carroll, Nathan Carroll, Brady Patterson, and Austin Patterson.
Jax was preceded in death by his great grandfathers Toby Lewis and Jerry Carroll and great great grandmother Harlene Patterson.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Thursday, September 9, 2010 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with Rev. Boye officiating. Interment was at Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Barnett, Dean Franklin - Dean Franklin Barnett was born November 5, 1929 at Bedford, Iowa to Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Barnett and Alta Mae (Townsend) Barnett. He graduated from Clearmont High School and continued helping his dad farm. He continued farming and worked at Snodderly Lumber Co. in Clearmont. He began working at Hoover-NSK Corporation in 1978 and retired from NSK in February 1992. Dean was united in marriage to Maria Jeckle May 24, 1986 and they lived on a farm in rural Guss, Iowa. The couple moved to Clarinda in 2003.
Dean served in the United States Army during the Korean War entering in Dec 1953 and being honorably discharged Sept 1955. He also served in the Army National Guard of Missouri for six years prior to the Korean War and one year after his active duty. Dean was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Hopkins, and the Braddyville Christian Church. His favorite pastime was to make people laugh as he did up to the last moments at the Clarinda Hospital.
Dean passed away at the Clarinda Regional Health Center early Tuesday morning, August 31, 2010 at the age of 80. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jeff and Alta Mae Barnett, wife Maria, and step daughter Anna Shepherd.
He leaves behind his children: Barb Evans and special friend Bob Housh, Nebraska City, NE, Tom Barnett of Auburn, NE, Teresa Kendall of Braddyville, IA, and Gayle Main and special friend Lon Fefeber of Clarinda; grandchildren Pam Moyer and husband Jason, Jeff Evans, Derek Kendall and wife Katie, Ryan Main and Stephanie Main, Alex Barnett and Allison Barnett; great grandchildren Cailyn Barnett, Parker Meyer, Tori Sue Kendall; step children Ray Shepherd, Detroit, MI, Frank Shepherd and wife Nancy of Virginia Beach, VA, Joe Shepherd and wife Kim of Clarinda; step grandchildren Abigail and Noah Shepherd and Alayna Shepherd.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 4, 2010 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with Bettie Hull officiating. Interment was at Clarinda Cemetery. Pallbearers include Lon Lefeber, Jarod Coy, Glen Kirsch, Chris Drennen, Herb and Steve Snodderly. Honorary pallbearers were Ken Carmichael, Mark Neumeyer, Ron Dale, Mark Haverkamp, Jake Humphrey, Norm Drennen, C Jay Smith, Roger Graham, Mike Gray and Jim Hale. Military honors were given by American Legion Sergy Post #98 of Clarinda. Memorials are suggested to Braddyville Christian Church. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Berringer, Keith Edward - Keith Edward Berringer was born May 25, 1941 in Clarinda, Iowa, to Alfred Clyde and Verna Mae (Smith) Berringer.
Keith enjoyed his many nieces and nephews. From taking them outside, pushing them on the swings, helping them with their ponies, he was actively a part of their lives. He was always willing to help where ever her could. He would help skin and clean the deer that the boys brought home during hunting season. Some of Keith’s hobbies were western movies, old cars, his horses and ponies. He was very independent, never wanting help from others, but was the first one there to help everyone else.
Keith passed away Monday, August 30, 2010 at the age of 69 in Yorktown, Iowa with his family by his side. Keith is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Darrel Berringer and Roland Berringer; nephew David Binns; niece DeVonda Martin.
Surviving Keith are his brothers Don Berringer and wife Joan of Yorktown, Iowa and Junior Berringer and wife Ellen of College Springs, Iowa; sisters Allene Boseman and husband Ronny of Marshfield, Missouri and Dorothy Berringer of Arkansas; niece Sue Binns of Siam, Iowa; nephews Ron Berringer of Yorktown, Iowa, Tim Berringer and wife Gayla of Glenwood, Iowa, Jim Berringer and wife Stacy of Lincoln, Nebraska, Jason Berringer and wife Brandy of Yorktown, Iowa and Justin Berringer of Clarinda, Iowa; many more nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces, great nephews and great-great nephew Connor Binns.

Graveside serivces for Keith E. Berringer were held Friday, September 3, 2010, at Hopkins Cemetery in Hopkins, Missouri. Memorials are suggested to a memorial fund in Keith's name.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Richardson, Jerry Lee - Celebration of Life services for Jerry Richardson, age 72, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Thursday, September 9, 2010 at Nebraska Medical Center-Clarkson Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska were held Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation with the family and informal gathering was held following the service. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery at a later date.

Jerry Lee Richardson was born June 10, 1938 at Shambaugh, Iowa; the son of Donald Richardson and Mable (Houston) Richardson. He grew up in Shambaugh, attending Shambaugh School. Jerry had two brothers and two sisters. He was united in marriage May 2, 1960, at Maryville, Missouri, to Joyce “Kay” Dailey. They were blessed with three children, Teresa, Bill and Robin.

Jerry was a truck driver for many years. He enjoyed his job and the farmers he hauled for. One of his great loves was riding his motorcycle. In the later years, he could be seen riding his scooter to Hy-Vee and Casey’s. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting. His family was most important to him and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and his brother Bub. He spent many hours sitting on his deck waving at people going by and visiting with the ones that stopped.

Preceding Jerry in death were his parents; wife, Kay; brother, John Richardson; sister, Elma Van Fosson.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, daughter, Terry Hiatt and husband Larry of Clarinda, Iowa, son, Bill Richardson and wife Mary of Yorktown, Iowa, daughter, Robin Richardson of Grinnell, Iowa; grandchildren, Ashley Johnson of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Kara Peiffer of Grinnell, Iowa, Taylor Herr of Grinnell, Iowa, Zachary Herr of Grinnell, Iowa, Nick Richardson of Yorktown, Iowa, Chad Haffner of Shenandoah, Iowa, April Haffner of Shenandoah, Iowa, Jessica Eggers of Shenandoah, Iowa; ten great grandchildren; brother, Leonard “Bub” Richardson and wife Sheryl of College Springs, Iowa; sister, Wilda McClarnon of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces; nephews and many friends.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Keeran, Phyllis Marie Gee - Memorial services for Phyllis Keeran, age 83, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Monday, August 30, 2010 at Tabor Manor Care Center, Tabor, Iowa were held Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Burial was in the Summit Cemetery, Yorktown, Iowa.

Phyllis Marie (Gee) Keeran was born on February 7, 1927, in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Henry Gee and Mary (Gleason) Gee. Phyllis was one of three children; brothers, Merrill and James. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shenandoah. Phyllis attended Shenandoah High School, graduating in 1944. She worked at F.W. Woolworth’s after high school as well as taking care of her younger brother.

Phyllis was joined in marriage to Kennard Keeran on September 17, 1946, in Troy, Kansas. They moved to the family farm near Clarinda where Kennard was engaged in farming. Phyllis and Kennard were blessed with two sons, Charles and Stephen. Charles currently lives on the family farm and Stephen passed away in October of 1992. Kennard and Phyllis celebrated 63 years of marriage together.

Phyllis went to work in 1960 and spent 29 years in the Clarinda Public School system as the secretary of the junior high school. During those years, she made many close lifelong friends while working there. Phyllis was involved in many areas of the school selling tickets to the various events sponsored by the school system. Phyllis was known by just about every child in Clarinda during her tenure in the school system. After Phyllis retired, people would come up to her and ask if she remembered them from school. Phyllis made a lasting memory with everyone that she met.

Phyllis had many hobbies and interests over the years as well as being very involved with her children when they were in school. Phyllis participated in many events with her children, a chaperone on bus trips for the band or baking cookies for some event or another. Phyllis enjoyed bowling in her earlier years and later developed a very avid interest in golf. She was a member of the Golden Girls, a senior ladies golf league. Phyllis also enjoyed her 10 winters in Arizona which allowed her to pursue playing golf year around and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoyed a spirited game of cards with her friends. Friends and family were extremely important to Phyllis; her face would light up when her grandchildren came to visit.

Phyllis led a full and active life. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Clarinda and gave of herself to church activities on a regular basis.

Preceding Phyllis in death were her parents and son, Stephen.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Kennard Keeran of Clarinda; son, Charles Keeran of Clarinda; grandchildren (Stephen’s), Erin Michael Keeran and Shannon Irene (Keeran) Hughes; great grandchildren, Connor and Abbie; brothers, Merrill Gee of Essex, Iowa and James Gee of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; 14 nieces and nephews; great nephews and nieces and many friends.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.