Page County, Iowa obituaries
Culver, Seclecca - Seclecca Culver was born December 2, 1920 at Clarinda, Iowa to Frank and Marguirette (Skemaihorn) Teeters. She passed away Saturday, September 18, 2010 at Clarinda at the age of 89 years.
Seclecca was united in marriage to Elbert Davison Culver July 19, 1939. Elbert went off to the United States Navy during World War II and Seclecca worked in California during his service time. After the war Seclecca and Elbert came back to Iowa and Elbert worked with Peter Kiewit construction company and Seclecca babysat for the nieces and nephews in the area. Seclecca moved to Clarinda and Elbert continued working in Omaha during the week but would join her on weekends until he retired. They built a house in Clarinda on north 15th Street which they enjoyed together. Besides her extended family she enjoyed playing bingo and her favorite food, fried chicken.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Colwell and husband Don, Glenna “Bonnie” Whaley and husband Grover, Lelah Peterson, and Ferrol Jean Holt; brothers-in-law Leroy Wall and Everett Perry.
Surviving Seclecca are her brothers Daniel Teeters and wife Dana of Omaha, NE, Drue Teeters, Lincoln, NE; sister Elva Perry, Omaha, NE; brothers-in-law Jack Peterson of California and Charles Holt, Sr.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda with Rev. Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Interment will be at Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Family visitation will be held prior to the service. Memorials are suggested to Family Choice. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, provided arrangements.
Meek, John Robert - John Robert Meek was born August 2, 1942 to Robert L. and Theodora (Ware) Meek in Maryville, Mo. John graduated from South Page High School in 1960 in College Springs, IA. He then farmed with grandparents in Burlington Jct., MO and then with his Dad in College Springs, IA. He had his own grinding business for a number of years. He liked working with his hands, helping around the house and helping with the yard work. He enjoyed tinkering with his small motors and yard tractors. John was a collector. He collected, pens, coins, lighters, tools, and weed eaters. His home away from home for many years was the coffee shop in College Springs. Every morning Walt Stanton and John opened up the coffee shop and Kenny Smith would drive him home. John would spend hours in the coffee shop talking and swapping stories. Although when he got home and was asked “what’s new”, he would say “oh nothing”. His coffee buddies were his extended family and he valued their friendship over the years. John always had a kind word for everyone and enjoyed getting out going for drives. He very much enjoyed and cherished his daily phone calls with his sister. He was sure to tell everyone that he had to be available at 1 p.m. When he was in the hospital he would tell his nurses that his sister was calling and for them to not bother him. Even after being in the hospital since April 1 , 2010, he always remained positive and was looking forward to the time he would go home.
John passed away Tuesday afternoon, September 14, 2010 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He is preceded in death by his parents.
John is survived by his sister Deborah Schneekloth and husband Phil of Austin, Texas; nephew Makenzie Ray of Austin, Texas; aunts Marjorie Ware of Maryville, Missouri and Marilyn Harden of Burlington Junction, Missouri; cousins and friends.

Funeral services for John Robert Meek, 68 of College Springs, will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 17, 2010, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. Interment will follow the service at the Ohio Cemetery in Burlington Junction, Missouri. Public visitation is scheduled for Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the College Springs Fire Department.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
Wallin, Lois Jean Sederburg - Lois Jean Wallin, the daughter of Edward R. and Bertha (Ross) Sederburg, was born December 31, 1930 near Stanton, Iowa. She passed away Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 at the Montgomery County memorial Hospital, Red Oak, Iowa, at the age of 79 years, 8 months and 13 days.
Lois was raised south of Stanton, Iowa attending country school. The family moved to a farm northeast of Clarinda, Iowa, where she graduated from Clarinda High School. She furthered her education having attended two years of junior college in Clarinda. After receiving her teaching certificate she taught one year of country school. Lois was united in marriage to A. Dale Wallin on August 17, 1951 at Bethesda, Iowa. They began farming in the Bethesda area in 1951. Lois worked seasonally for Henry Fields in Shenandoah during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. She and Dale moved into Red Oak in 1984, and retired from farming in 1985. Lois loved to china paint; she painted a full tea set for each of her grandchildren. Lois and Dale enjoyed golfing, and spent at least 25 winters in Arizona. Lois was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church where she was active in WELCA and ladies quilting along with serving many years as a Sunday School teacher. Lois was a past member of the Study and Service Club of Essex, Iowa.
Lois was preceded in death by her father; and granddaughter, Danielle Wallin.
Lois is survived by her husband: Dale Wallin of Red Oak, Iowa; four sons: Gene Wallin and wife Mary Lou of Houston, Tex.; Paul Wallin and wife Sue of Wasilla, Alaska; Mark Wallin of Ft. Madison, Iowa; and Greg Wallin and wife Jolene of Bethesda, Iowa; mother: Bertha Sederburg of Stanton, Iowa: seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild; brother: Wayne Sederburg and wife Rogene of Essex, Iowa; sister: Mrs. Karen Patterson of Essex, Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
May God bless her memory and give strength to those who mourn.
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 17, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethesda Lutheran Church, Bethesda, Iowa. Burial was in the Bethesda Cemetery, with Rev. Jerry Lamb and Steve Winsor, Officiating.

Memorials may be made to Bethesda Lutheran Church or Heifer International.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at
Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Buch, Darwin Henry - Darwin Henry Buch was born April 5, 1929 northwest of Clarinda, Iowa to Henry Herman Buch and Gertrude Rosetta Alvina (Wagoner) Buch. Darwin was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda. He graduated Clarinda High School in 1947. Following his graduation he worked at the B&W Motors in Clarinda until entering the United States Army in 1951. He served in Aberdeen, Maryland and Seoul, South Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1953. Darwin was united in marriage to Beverly Bergren October 2, 1955 at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda. The couple has five children: Becky, Bob, Bonny, Beth, and Brent.
Darwin worked with his father at their Page County Implement dealership. During the late 70’s he sold the dealership and he continued on in the implement business until retiring. After retirement he kept busy helping at the Clarinda Radio Shack, serving on the Clarinda A’s board and keeping the team’s stats and driving the team on road trips. He received the Clarinda A’s Hall of Fame award for his dedication to the A’s. His favorite baseball team (besides the A’s) were the St. Louis Cardinals. In addition to baseball, Darwin enjoyed singing with the local group The Plainsmen, cribbage at the Lied Center, bowling, and going south for the winter. Darwin passed away Sunday evening, September 12, 2010 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law A.T. and Ethel Bergren; brother-in-law Duane Bergren, sisters-in-law Lois Bryson and husband Fred and Maxine Campbell and husband Wayne, and nieces Sandra Moritz and Sharon Gregg.
He is survived by his wife, Bev of Clarinda, IA; children, Becky Buch of Des Moines and friend Don Foster, Bob Buch and fiancé Susan Pearson of Lakefield, MN, Bonny Williams and husband Chuck of Braddyville, IA, Beth Alexander and husband Rocky of Clarinda, IA, and Brent Buch and wife Lilian of Ankeny, IA; grandchildren Meg and Zane Williams, Kelsey, Alyssa, and Connor Alexander, Alex, Grace and Nicholas Buch, Kayle Foster T.J. Foster Aaron Foster, and Danie Pearson,; siblings, Don Buch and wife Donna Lee of Ankeny, IA, Marianne Fann and husband Allen of Atlantic, IA and Nadine Lillie and husband Jim of Peoria, IL; nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. Daryl Tompkins officiating. Interment will be Mortons Mill Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. John Lutheran Church or Clarinda A’s. Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel.

Linkins, Dorothy Pearl Peach - Dorothy Pearl (Peach) Linkins was born September 21, 1926 to George and Naomi (Adams) Peach in Bedford, Iowa. Dorothy was the fourth of twelve children. She was baptized as a member of the Berea Church of Christ south of Bedford when she was a teenager. She attended Bedford High School and graduated in 1945. After graduation she moved to Washington D.C. under civilian contract with the Navy Department and later worked as a clerk at the Pentagon.

Dorothy was joined in marriage to James W. Linkins of Takoma Park, Maryland on December 1, 1945. Dorothy and Jimmy had one daughter, Lucille who was born in October of 1946. They moved to Clarinda in 1949 and Dorothy started working at FW Woolworth in 1950. She continued working in the Clarinda store until it closed and then transferred to the Shenandoah store until it closed in 1991 when she retired. Dorothy and Jimmy became active in the Shenandoah Senior Center for several years.

Dorothy and Jimmy celebrated 53 years of marriage until Jimmy passed away in 1998. In 2000, Dorothy moved to Bentonville, Arkansas to be near her daughter and grandchildren.

Dorothy had a real love of family history and kept family genealogy records until January of 2009 when she moved into Concordia Nursing Care at Bella Vista, Arkansas. She helped publish the Page County History Book and some local cemetery records.

Dorothy's friends described her as having a sweet spirit and always having a smile. She was so much fun and was always there to lend a helping hand, never complaining about anything. She will bemissed by many.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings Clark Peach, Marjorie Raynor, Louise Herzberg, Wilma Campbell, Irma Shrimpton, Vera Lawson Tait and Alan Dean Peach.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter Lucille (Luci) Smith of Bella Vista, Arkansas; granddaughter Dalaina Smith of Bentonville, Arkansas; grandson Darren Smith of Bentonville, Arkansas; great grandson Brenton Smith, son of Dalaina; great granddaughters Darrien and Jennell Smith, daughters of Darren; sisters Marilyn Arrick of Missouri Valley,Iowa, Donna Overman of Hamburg, Iowa; brothers Paul Peach of Muskegon, Michigan and Glen Peach of Albuquerque, New Mexico; many nieces and nephews and friends.

Dorothy Linkins, at the age 83, entered into rest Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Concordia Nursing and Rehab in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with interment at Clarinda Cemetery. Family visitation will be held at Walker-Merrick 6-8 p.m. Monday.


Decker, Janice Christensen - Janice passed away Sunday, September 26, 2010 at the Nebraska Medical Center, Clarkson Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska. A memorial service will be held at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. A private burial will be held at Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Iowa at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Nielsen, Robert Allen - Robert Allen Nielsen was born on September 25, 1934 in Tarkio, Missouri, the son of Raymond and Ruth (Smith) Nielsen. Bob entered into eternal peace on Friday, September 24, 2010 in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Bob’s early years were spent in the Watson, Missouri area where he attended school. On January 20, 1953 he enlisted in the United States Army. Bob attended his basic training in Fort Carson, Colorado. During his time with the military he completed his high school education, received computer training, and also completed military justice training. Bob military service of 20 years took him to Germany, Alaska, Korea, Georgia, and Kansas.

During Bob’s military career he faced many challenges and served during numerous missions. He served in the most commendable manner and contributed to the overall success of the Army and the Department of Defense. He received several awards including the Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Expert Rifle Badge, and National Defense Medal.

On January 3, 1991 he was united in marriage to Anna Belle Richardson in Shenandoah, Iowa. Bob worked at various jobs around the Shenandoah area, but most knew him as a truck driver for Stewart Feed. He was also a former member of the Eagle’s. He enjoyed taking pictures and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law Clifton Nielsen and wife Goldie, brother John Nielson, and sisters Alice Tally and Susie Villalapondo.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Anna; sister Charlene Carter and husband Lloyd of Essex; children Deborah Crandell and husband Otis of Oakridge, OR, Russell Nielsen of Lincoln, NE, Douglas Nielsen and wife Tina of Oakridge, OR and Denis Nielsen and wife Linda of West Fir, OR; 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; step-children David Good of Beatrice, NE, Janet Woodward and husband Craig, Dan Good and wife Colleen, Cinda Carlson and husband Brad, and Lori Pelster all of Shenandoah; 16 step-grandchildren and 28 step-great-grandchildren, and 1 step-great-great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews

Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Renslow, Shirley Louise Rice - Shirley Louise (Rice) Renslow, daughter of Cecil Albert and Lola Mae (Casteel) Rice, was born September 15, 1935 at home in Arko, Missouri. She entered into rest on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at Hamburg, Iowa, with family and friends present.

Shirley was raised in Nodaway County, Missouri in her early years. The family then moved to Riverton, Iowa. During her school years, she participated in basketball as a guard and softball as a pitcher and band as a drummer. She graduated from the Riverton High School with the Class of 1954.

On June 9, 1954 Shirley Louise Rice and Donald Dean Renslow were united in marriage in Sidney, Iowa

Shirley and Dean settled in Shenandoah after living in Riverton for a year where they raised their four children, Shirlene, Marvin, Melvin and Shellie.

Her interests were her family and friends which involved PTA, Girl Scouts, bowling, softball and band. She was a volunteer coach in the bowling leagues in Shenandoah for over 40 years, and was involved with the Senior Center where she enjoyed playing cards and socializing with her many friends.

She was self employed as a daycare provider for five years. She was later hired by Henry Fields Nurseries and work seasonally until the company closed. Shirley also worked for Gurney Seed Company when they took over the Henry Field Nursery Operations

Shirley was preceded in death by her mother, Lola Mae Rice; father, Cecil Albert Rice; husband, Donald Dean Renslow; brother, Edward Eugene Rice; and son, Marvin Dean Renslow.

Shirley is survived by three children, Shirlene D. Thiesfeld of Colorado, Melvin D. Renslow and wife Brenda of Utah and Shellie R. Renslow and fiancé Phil Lofgren of Nebraska; eleven grandchildren, Jason L. Peregrine and wife Andrea, Jennifer D. Feltner and husband Aaron, Tyler D. Renslow, Kaley A. Renslow, Whitney J. Lewis and husband Ashley Lewis, Brooke M. Renslow, Lacey K. Renslow, Chad D. Renslow, Cami L. Renslow, Amber C. Eitzen, Brandelyn E. Eitzen; three great grandchildren, Isabella M. Peregrine, Cecilia K. Peregrine and Kylie A. Feltner. Also surviving is a sister, Joan Meek of Iowa; other relatives, Terri Schiller and daughters Paige and Haille; Cindy Niykky and Petteri Niykki and children Niko, Dalton and Caitlyn; nephews Michael Garreans and his sons, Billy and Joshua and Tony Rice

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Reed, Anita Charlene McLaughlin - Anita Charlene Reed was born September 18, 1935 in Atchison County, Missouri, just south of Hamburg, Iowa, the daughter of Charles L. and Mary Evelyn (Scoles) McLaughlin. She passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 74 years, 11 months and 24 days.

Charlene grew up in the Thurman and Farragut areas and attended school at Farragut. On October 12, 1955, she was united in marriage to Harlan Eugene Reed in Savannah, Missouri. This union was blessed with two children, Jack and Alice.

Charlene worked for DeKalb and Henry Fields Seed and Nursery. She was a lifetime member of the Shenandoah Medical Center Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading and a large collection of books. She also enjoyed puzzles and babysitting her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mary McLaughlin; her husband, Harlan in 1981; a sister, Phyllis Johnson; and a grandchild.

Survivors include her children, Jack Reed and his wife Kate of Des Moines, Iowa, Alice Petersen of Essex, Iowa; one granddaughter, Amy Jo Reed (Charlie Liles) of Shenandoah, Iowa; five grandsons, Chris Reed (Melissa) of Shenandoah, Iowa, Justin Reed (Brian Livermore) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, B. Patrick Hoburg (Callie Smith) of Santa Monica, California, Michael Hoburg of Iowa City, Iowa, Troy Petersen of Essex, Iowa; three great grandsons; two sisters, Mary Lou Walker (Harold) of Denison, Texas and Lois Crouse (Donald) of Hamburg, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends

Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa. Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Slauter, Ronald Richard - Ronald Richard Slauter was born August 24, 1942 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the son of Raymond A. and Pauline Doris Irene (George) Slauter. He passed away on Thursday morning, September 9, 2010 at the Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 68 years and 16 days.

Ron grew up in Shenandoah and attended Shenandoah Schools. Following high school, he served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1963. On December 27, 1961, he was united in marriage to Joyce Lee Pace in Nebraska City, Nebraska. This union was blessed with two children, Reginald and Regina.

Ron lived in the Shenandoah area his entire life except during his time in the Navy. He worked for Lakes Nursery, Super Value, White Laundry and Ace Dry Cleaners before starting at Eaton Corporation. He worked for Eaton’s from February 1972 until September 2000. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Shenandoah Elks Lodge #1122 and American Legion Post #88 of Shenandoah. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing and almost all team sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Pauline Slauter.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce of Shenandoah, Iowa; his children, Reggie Slauter of Clarinda, Iowa, Regina Slauter and Matt Tompkinson of New Market, Iowa; granddaughter, Rachel Morton and her husband Scott of Maryville, Missouri; great grandson, Aidan Morton of Maryville, Missouri; a brother, Russell Slauter and his wife Mary Jo of Nampa, Idaho; brother and sisters-in-law, Judy Pace of Shenandoah, Iowa, Connie Berrier and her husband Tom of Shenandoah, Iowa; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many good friends.

Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa. Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Wright, Robert "Bob" Dale - Robert Dale Wright was born July 27, 1939 in Moline, Illinois, the son of George Cabell and Jessie Jane (Slusher) Wright. He passed away on Friday afternoon, August 27, 2010 at the age of 71 years and 1 month.

Robert grew up and graduated from high school in Moline, Illinois. On June 23, 1968, Bob was united in marriage to Karen Kay Ketcham at the United Methodist Church in Norwich, Iowa. This union was blessed with three children; Scott, Shelley and Kristy.

Bob worked as the service manager for Opitz Motor Company in Clarinda for 23 years. He was a member of the Norwich United Methodist Church, where he was on the Board of Trustees. He enjoyed carpentry, woodworking and landscaping. He really enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Shelley in 2009.

Survivors include his wife, Karen of Shenandoah, Iowa; his children, Scott Wright and his wife Lara of Ankeny, Iowa, Kristy Stanley and her husband Chris of Shenandoah, Iowa, Julie Anderson and her husband Kevin of Port Byron, Illinois; grandchildren, Nick Stanley of Shenandoah, Iowa; Lindsay, Megan and Andrew Wright all of Ankeny, Iowa; Amber, Angela, Alyssa and Joshua Anderson of Port Byron, Illinois; a brother, Alan Wright and his wife Sherry of Silvis, Illinois; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ken Ketcham and his wife Pat of Florida, Dennis Ketcham and his wife Raenell of Florida, Bruce Ketcham and his wife Sara of Shenandoah, Iowa, Kim Leininger and her husband John of Shenandoah, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends

Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa. Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Crane/Croy, Ruby L. Warren - Ruby L. Warren Crane/Croy, age 94, of Shenandoah, Iowa was born September 7, 1915 in Hopkins, Missouri. The daughter of Sidney & Edith (Bryant) Warren. Ruby passed away, into the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Friday afternoon August 20, 2010, at Clarkson Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska due to surgery complications.
She attended and graduated school from Strahan, Iowa. Ruby married Martin C. Croy of Essex, Iowa; where they resided on a farm and to them were born four children: Gloria, Roger, David, and Michael.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Martin Croy and Floyd Crane, and grandson John James.
Ruby was a very religious person and found comfort in the Lord and God Almighty and practiced what she preached. She was very particular with how her house looked and was always cleaning and trying to keep it neat as a pin.
Ruby leaves behind, lots of friends and relatives who were so dear to her. Her love for all was ever present and she sometimes glowed when she spoke to you and looked upon you with those beautiful blue eyes.
She worked for Snow White laundry, Kitchen Klatter, Rexall Drug Store, and Earl May Seed Co.
Gloria Croy was firstborn to Martin and Ruby and was dealt a harsh blow in early childhood by being struck down by Polio.
Mother and daughter developed a very close and tight-knit bond between them in those very hard years while she was ill, that was never to be broken.
Gloria, like her mother, has always had a ready smile for anyone she ever came into contact with.
After Gloria's graduation from High School, Ruby took her to the then "Hand Community Hospital" for a job interview. Gloria got the job and Ruby was offered a position as a Nurses Aide, and thus her career in nursing began.
After working as a Nurses Aide, she decided to return to school. She traveled back and forth between Shenandoah and Clarinda, Iowa where she graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked for Shenandoah Hospitals for 35 years and then retired. During this time, she and husband Martin were divorced and she later married Floyd Crane.
One of her special friends for the past couple of years was – Newell DeSart. Her next door neighbor, Dorothy Smith, was a very "special friend," and Delma Russell had been a friend for over 50 years.
One thing to note: You were all her special friends, as every time she went out, she was looking for a familiar face she could say “Hello” to, and ask how they were doing. She cared about everyone’s welfare, and was always concerned about people's families. That was just being Ruby. She loved to go to church and then go out with friends for lunch or be with friends at the coffee club.
She was active in Eastern Star and had advanced to Worthy Matron. Ruby was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Her life was about helping people and being with friends but family was first and foremost. She always lit up and glowed like a candle when telling others of her family.
We, as the surviving family, cannot express enough of our love and respect for our precious mother, mentor, and gracious friend.
Ruby is survived by her children, Gloria Croy of San Jose, California; Roger Croy, and wife Janet, of Raytown, Missouri; David Croy, and wife Barbara, of Urbandale, Iowa; and Michael, and wife Maryln, of Camdenton, Missouri. Granddaughter, Charmayne; Grandsons, James, Kenneth, Jeffrey, Christopher, Dale, and John Croy; Great-Grandchildren; Morgan, Jessica, Stefani, Jordan, Brody, Parker, Camryn, Lucius, and Alexis.
Mother --- May you rest in peace with all of Gods glory and be reminded by our Lord daily of how much you are loved and respected. We love you Mom and Grandma, you have been the greatest inspiration ever. Your humor and laughter shall ring in our ears forever. You may be gone from us physically, but your spirit will live within our hearts forever. This is not goodbye, but just a short interlude until we meet again. The Croy Family

Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa. Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Ridnour, Patricia Ann Jamison - Funeral services for Patricia Ridnour, age 76, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Sunday, October 3, 2010 at Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska were held Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Phil Jorgensen officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at the funeral home. Burial was in the Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa.

Patricia Ann Ridnour was born August 4, 1934 to Lewis Francis Jamison and Gladys (Casady) Jamison at Des Moines, Iowa. She had two brothers and two sisters. Pat grew up in the Conway, Iowa area and attended schools through junior year at Conway. She was united in marriage to Almon Keith “Red” Ridnour on March 17, 1958 at Clarinda, Iowa. They were blessed with two sons, Larry and Laurel.

Pat was a hard worker; she worked at the Clarinda Mental Institute for thirty years for the Dietary Department in the kitchen. She enjoyed gardening and raised a large vegetable garden. She was member of the First Christian Church, Clarinda.

Pat’s family was her main interest and enjoyment. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceding Pat in death were her parents; husband, Red (2/2/1985); brothers, Clarence and Conrad.

Left to cherish Pat’s memory are her sons, Larry Ridnour and wife Evelyn of Clarinda, Iowa and Laurel Ridnour and wife Brenda of Essex, Iowa; grandchildren, Nathan and Mathew Ridnour, Justin and Jason Ridnour; step grandson, Jason Kimpton; great grandchildren, Davin Kimpton, Desarea Kimpton, Jacob Ridnour, Cole Ridnour, Blakley Ridnour, Jesalynn Ridnour and Mickinzi Kimpton; sisters, Donna Stoffer of Table Rock, Missouri and Linnie Hanran of Des Moines, Iowa; nieces; nephews and many friends

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


Williams, Alice Ailene Adkins - Alice Ailene [Adkins] Williams, 84, of Kansas City, MO died peacefully in her home on Tuesday, October 5, 2010.

Born in a modest country home in Page County on Jan. 20th, 1926, Ailene was the first of Mary Alice (Rector) Adkins and Marvin Stanley Adkins’ six children. Raised with love and hard work on a farm without running water and electricity, Ailene grew to be an honest, respectable and humble woman.

She married sweetheart Theodore Joseph Williams at the age of 16 on Jan. 14th, 1943. Shortly after their first daughter was born, Joe was drafted into the Army and the family was relocated for his training. 18-year-old Ailene took her then 10-day old baby alone on a train to Texas to join him on her very first journey from home. After he went overseas, Ailene wrote to him every day and she remembered his identification number for the rest of her life.

Joe surprised Ailene on his journey home from his war service by arriving a day early. Neighbors told him she was in the movie theatre and he met her there. Ailene always said that everyone told her they got to see two shows that day.
Four more children would follow his homecoming, and the family moved to Kansas City. They owned various businesses through the years to support the family. Ailene worked for the Antioch Laundro-mat for over 20 yrs, making life-long friends and eventually retiring from the company.

She and Joe loved to go camping and enjoyed taking their family on long summer lake trips. After the children grew up, they continued the tradition and expanded their RV travels to visit their son at his home in Wyoming. She spent her retirement in the home the couple bought in 1973 in Oakview, MO and kept the home after she lost her husband in 1991 to cancer.

Ailene had the opportunity in 1999 to take a trip through the Carolinas with her oldest daughter to visit friend Louise, who she lived with in Texas while their husbands were stationed there. Many more trips would follow in the years, including South Dakota, the Grand Canyon, and Myrtle Beach.

A life-long animal lover, Ailene cared for numerous pets over the years. She always said they just had a knack of finding her and her home was always open for any furry orphan that crossed her path. From saving dogs, cats, a sweet little mouse that grew into a not-so-sweet white rat, raising Pomeranians, feeding squirrels, raccoons and wild birds, her life was dedicated to caring for the animals in her life.

Ailene lived her life as a patriotic American who was a shining example of the best of her generation. She lived by the Golden Rule and tried to always do right. She raised her children and her grandchildren with the same values. She saved and scrimped to provide for her family through thin times, and never turned away anyone from her table. In her quiet and humble way, she touched the lives of everyone around her. Countless family members, neighbors, and strangers are indebted to her for her kindness and generosity; yet she would never ask for any retribution. Ailene was one of the very few truly selfless people to walk this earth, always thinking of others first and her own needs a distant second. She will be deeply, truly missed and her memory cherished forever in the hearts of all who were blessed to know her.

Ailene is preceded in death by her parents and husband; sisters Betty Lou Calfee, Rose Marie Calfee, Mildred Lorraine Copeland, and Janice Lynn Schleininger; and infant son Lenny Joe Williams.

Survivors include her brother, James E. Adkins of Nixa, MO; daughters Linda Hohimer and husband Bill, Lori Martinek and husband Greg, and Jeannie Moore and husband Larry, all of Kansas City; son Mick Williams and wife Terri of Smithville, MO; 10 grandchildren , 8 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and one on the way. She also leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews, beloved friends and neighbors, and her “babies,” cats Ethel, Peggy and dog Gracie.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Shearer Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter c/o Julie Johanson 7882 W 155th Ter., Overland Park, KS. Arrangements were entrusted to Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

Moffet, Swea Amanda Christ - Swea Amanda Moffet was born August 3, 1911 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, the daughter of Carl Wilhelm and Christina Amanda (Stride) Christ. She passed away on Sunday evening, October 3, 2010, at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 99 years and 2 months.

At the age of three, Swea’s family moved to Gurley, Nebraska, where she spent her childhood. She graduated from Gurley High School and attended Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska, where she toured with the A Cappella Choir.

She married Donald Walter Moffet on September 19, 1931, in Central City, Nebraska. Their first six years were spent in Fremont where Donald was connected to the Plumfield Nursery. In 1937 they moved to Shenadoah, Iowa, where Donald was associated with Mt. Arbor Nurseries.

During the growing years of her two children, Donnie and JoDayle, Swea was active as a leader of Cub Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts. She was a Mother Advisor of the Rainbow Girls. She was also active in Eastern Star and Beauceant.

Swea enjoyed playing golf and presided as chairman of the American Legion Ladies Golf Association. She continued to play golf until she was 83 years old. Among her other hobbies were painting with acrylics and oils. She painted for several years, she gave it up only to begin again when she was 81 years old. She painted scenic pictures for her children and grandchildren before her eyesight forced her to quit.

Swea was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She joined the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. During these years she has served on many committees and boards. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women where she served in many capacities including circle leader for ten years. She received recognition for her years of serving her church.

She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, P.E.O. Chapter JA, Shenandoah Home and Garden Club, Greater Shenandoah Historical Society and Shenandoah Hospital Auxiliary. Swea loved to play cards and had belonged to several bridge clubs.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald W. Moffet in 1988; two sisters, Virginia and LaVerna; a brother, Carl Christ, Jr.; and a great granddaughter, Swea Grace Van Thyne.

Survivors include her children, Donald Moffet and his wife Alice of Camarillo, Californina, JoDayle Irvin and her husband Dick of Shenandoah, Iowa; five grandchildren, Randy Irvin and his wife Karin of Conway, Arkansas, Majalisa Van Thyne and her husband Joe of Santa Barbara, California, Carla Monroe of Camarillo, California, Buddy Moffet and his wife Cathy of Westlake Village, California, Michael Moffet and his wife Kim of Boise, Idaho; five great grandchildren, Richey and Chanel Irvin of Conway, Arkansas, Shawn McManus of Boise, Idaho, Jack Van Thyne of Santa Barbara, California, Clarity and Penny Moffet of Boise, Idaho; three step great grandchildren, Elizabeth, William and Laura Wilcox of Conway, Arkansas; along with many other relatives and friends

Shenandoah Rose Hill Cemetery, Kirsch


Shaw, Beverly Kay Stalnaker - Funeral services for Beverly Shaw, age 72, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa were held Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Robert Keefer officiating. Visitation was held 5-7 p.m., Monday, October 11, 2010 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Lied Library Foundation or to the Westminster Presbyterian Church. 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.

Beverly Kay Shaw was born March 1, 1938 at Omaha, Nebraska the only child of Donald Stalnaker and Lunette (Thorson) Stalnaker. She grew up in Omaha and was a 1956 graduate of North High School, Omaha, Nebraska. She continued her education at the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing; receiving her R.N. degree in 1959. She was united in marriage to Milan Shaw on June 5, 1960 in Omaha, Nebraska. They were blessed with four children, Lori, Amy, Elizabeth and Brian.

Bev worked as a registered nurse at the Methodist Hospital in Omaha and following their move to Clarinda, she worked at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital, Page County Public Health and was Dr. HallÂ’s nurse in the Family Practice Clinic until her retirement. She was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church; singing in the choir, a member of the Bible study group and working in the kitchen when needed. She enjoyed life and was active in the Red Hat group, a member of the Clarinda Library Board, the retired nurses group and Xi Alpha Phi Sorority. Bev also enjoyed singing in the Clarinda Sings program; reading; working in her flowers and taking pictures. Her greatest enjoyment was her family and especially her grandchildren.

Preceding Bev in death were her parents and infant daughter, Amy Diane.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Milan Shaw of Clarinda, Iowa; daughters, Lori DeBoer and husband Steve of Ankeny, Iowa and Elizabeth Mohlman and husband Lyle of Platte Center, Nebraska; son, Brian Shaw of Sacramento, California; grandchildren, Elijah Mohlman and Jerica Mohlman; step grandchildren, Josh DeBoer and Jacque DeBoer; sister-in-law, Marcella Thomas of Sterling, Colorado; other relatives and many friends.

Smith, Addie Mae Pittam - Addie Mae (Pittam) Smith was born May 16, 1930 at 200 W. Grant in Clarinda, IA and died October 2, 2010 at Des Moines, IA at the age of 80 years, 4 months, and 16 days. Her parents were James Samuel Pittam and Fae Geraldine Bishop. Two years later her sister, Virginia Lea was bor. When she was five, the family moved to College Springs where Addie Mae went to 1st and 2nd grades. The family then moved to a farm in the Farquhar School District where she attended 3rd through 6th grades. Farquhar School closed so she then rode into College Springs in a Model A for 7th and 8th grade. In March of that same year, the moved to a farm north of Clarinda. She went to Fulton County School and graduated from 8th grade. Addie Mae graduated from Clarinda High School in 1947. She attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and graduated with a music degree in 1951. Her first teaching job was in New Providence, IA. On June 7, 1952, Addie Mae married Johnny Smith of Cedar Falls at the Rose Hill country church. In September 1952, Johnny taught in Jamaica, IA and Addie Mae was in Linden teaching vocal and instrumental music. Johnny was drafted in October 1952 and for the next two years he served in the Army overseas in Germany. After four years, the couple wanted to be closer to Addie Mae’s mom to help out on the farm. In 1957, the moved to Bedford where Johnny and Addie Mae taught. After the school consolidation, Addie Mae taught in Bedford, Blockton, and Gravity. They were in Kellerton one year with Johnny as Superintendent and then moved back to Bedford in 1966 where Johnny was a Superintendent and Addie Mae taught elementary music. In 1971, the family moved to Oakland where Johnny was Superintendent and Addie Mae had planned to stay at home with the children. However, the elementary music teacher left before school started, so Addie Mae began teaching elementary music again. She continued teaching junior high band, high school chorus and ended up with elementary music, retiring in 1992.
Addie Mae is survived by her five children and their families: Her son James and wife June and their children: Joshua and wife Nicole, Michael and Lucas; her son Scott and wife Claudia and their children: Kaitlyn, Tucker, Colleen and Jackson; her son Roger and wife Jeni and their children, Thatcher and Beckett; her daughter Lynelle Mikkelsen and husband Paul and their children: Bailey, Maddie, Lauren, and Claire; and her daughter Suzanne Downs and husband Randy and their children, Meredith and Tanner.
The family enjoyed many vacations but the most special memories were of the annual trips to Canada to fish. In 1968, the family started going to Eagle Lake in Ontario, Canada to fish. They only missed two times in 40 straight summers. Back in the early years, Addie Mae was afraid of the water and waves and rode with a life jacket and white knuckles for many a fishing trip. However, she finally got accustomed to the boat and was right there at the dock waiting to board.
In 2002, Johnny and Addie Mae celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. A wonderful dinner celebration was held with family and friends as well as a final family vacation to Canada with all 25 family members in attendance. Johnny passed away on March 5, 2003.
Addie Mae enjoyed being a member of the Oakland United Methodist Church and was involved in many of its activities over the years, including Bible Study. She had been a member of the TCM Club for 39. She interacted with her 15 grandchildren as they grew up. She always had a smile for her neighbors and friends. She loved to work in her garden and watch it grow. Playing bridge was her favorite pastime. She leaves her family and grandchildren to join Johnny and relatives in Heaven. Addie Mae “Loved Life”.
Funeral services were held at the Oakland United Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 1:00 PM. An open visitation were held at the Oakland United Methodist Church on Monday starting at 3:00 PM. Visitation with the family were from 6-8 PM on Monday evening at the Church. Interment were at the Oaklawn Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Oakland United Methodist Church. Rieken Vieth Funeral home in Oakland is in charge of arrangements


Snow, Barbara Jean Griffin - Barbara Jean (Griffin) Snow was born October 24, 1929, in Omaha, Nebraska, the only daughter to Guy and Gertrude Griffin. Barbara completed high school in Omaha and then attended Nebraska Christian College. She completed her Bachelors of Science degree in education at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. On May 29, 1950, she married F. Howard Snow in Omaha, Nebraska, and to this marriage there were born three daughters: Helen, Marjorie and Alice.

Alongside her husband, Barbara served churches in South Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri, for almost 40 years. She taught elementary school in Braddyville, Iowa. She was skilled at sewing and painting; she enjoyed nature and being outdoors.
Barbara passed away October 5, 2010, in St. Joseph, Missouri with her daughters at her side. Preceding Barbara in death were her parents and husband F. Howard Snow.

Surviving Barbara are her three daughters: Helen Knauss and husband Dale of Logan, Iowa, Marjorie Taylor and husband Richard of Bolckow, Missouri and Alice Holland and husband Dave of Platte City, Missouri; 11 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; brothers Bruce Griffin of Lincoln, Nebraska, Gary Griffin and wife Ethel of Omaha, Nebraska and Guy D. Griffin and wife Doris of Oakridge, Tennessee; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services for Barbara J. Snow will be held 10:30 Friday, October 8, 2010 at the Rosendale Christian Church in Rosendale, Missouri. Visitation is scheduled Thursday evening from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Rosendale Christian Church. Burial will be at the Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska at 3:30 on Friday.

Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Christian College: Snow Family Scholarship Fund.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements


deLeon, Lolita F. Fuentebella - Lolita F. de Leon, age 87, of Clarinda, Iowa died Wednesday, October 6, 2010 after a prolonged illness.
She was born in the Philippines on August 8, 1923, to the late Eufemia and Joaquin Fuentebella. She was married to the late B. Anthony de Leon, M.D. The couple had seven children and they have lived in Clarinda, Iowa since 1966.
After graduating from high school she attended the University of the Philippines and received her R.N. degree. Lolita was an R.N. supervisor at the Mental Health Hospital, Clarinda, Iowa from 1966 until her retirement in 1993.
Her eldest, Mary Elizabeth Tiongson, died in 2007. Mary Elizabeth was married to Carl Tiongson of Dallas, TX.
She is survived by six children: Renato and wife Betty of Iowa City, Iowa, Marilyn Hansen and husband Jerry of Iowa City, Iowa, Carol Burre and husband Ramy of Ontario, Canada, Roland of Dallas, Texas, Raymond of Clarinda, Iowa, and MaryAnne of Clarinda, Iowa. She is also survied by five grandchildren: Chuck Tiongson and his wife Jessicav of Dallas, Texas, Cara Marisa de Leon of Chico, California, Rob Burre of Ontario, Canada, Ryan Burre of Ontario, Canada, Kimberly Marshall of Portland, Oregon; and great-grandson Zach Tiongson, of Dallas, Texas.
Funeral services for Lolita de Leon, 87 of Clarinda, will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with Father Joy, St. Clare Catholic Church, Clarinda, officiating. A memorial fund will be established. Interment will be Monday, October 11, 2010 at Highland Memory Gardens, Des Moines, Iowa. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel provided arrangements.


Blume, Lawrence John - Lawrence John Blume was born February 16, 1922 on the family farm southwest of Clarinda to Edward and Minnie Blume. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church where he was a lifelong member. Lawrence worked for local famers until enlisting in the Army where he trained at Fort Polk in Louisiana. He volunteered for the Army Air Corp. and became a crew chief plane mechanic in the South Pacific.

After being discharged from the service, Lawrence met Lois Nadine Wagaman and they were married on February 22, 1947. As a couple they purchased a farm northeast of College Springs where they raised their family and currently reside. Lawrence was a 60 year member of the American Hereford/Polled Hereford Association and also a member of the Page County Cattlemen being recognized in 2009 as “Long Time Cattleman” of the year. He farrowed and raised about 1000 market hogs per year and by the MoorMan’s Feed Company Lawrence was recognized as a Master Pork Producer. He was also active in the community as a 4-H leader, Farm Bureau Board Member, church usher and the VFW. He annually attended the Page County Fair after his 4-H days of showing pigs.

Lawrence and Nadine taught their children the value of independence, self-sufficiency and hard work.

Today the grandchildren and great grandchildren consider it a treat to visit the farm. Only time will fill the void by his passing- Love you Lawrence we’ll still ring the dinner bell for you.

Lawrence passed away October 7, 2010 at his residence in Clarinda. He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings Edward Blume, Victor Blume, Gerald Blume, Allene Wagoner; sisters in law: Louise Nygard and husband Norman, Evelyn Williams and husband Wally.

Surviving Lawrence is his wife of 63 years Nadine Blume; children Michael Blume of College Springs, IA, Ronald Blume of Colorado Springs, CO, Marcia Blume of Tuscon, AZ and Norman Blume and wife Robbie of Valentine, NE; sister-in-law Joan Blume of Clarinda, IA; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Arlington Cemetery, rural Villisca. Memorials are suggested to a fund to be established. The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home provided arrangements.


Pendleton, Charles Lowell "Chuck" - Charles Lowell Pendleton, 87, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2010, at Village Care Center in Maryville, Missouri.

Charles was born in Essex to Clermon and Bessie (Williams) Pendleton on May 20, 1923. He graduated from Essex High School. On April 11, 1946, he was united in marriage to Phyllis June Thrapp in Hiawatha, Kansas. Charles worked for Union Carbide in Red Oak for 35 years before retiring in 1984. He was a veteran of World War II and served three years in the U. S. Army Amphibious Engineers, 21 months overseas. He served in 3 combat operations in New Guinea, 1 operation on Morotai Island and 3 on Luzon, Philippine Islands. He later saw police action in Nagoya Japan. He was involved in the American Legion Post #333, the Elks, and was a member of the Essex First Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Phyllis; son Michael; brothers Howard, Clarence, Glen and Harry; and sisters Lenora, Ruth and Bertha.

Those left to honor his memory include his daughters Kathy Bryant and husband Wayne of Bethany, MO and Sandy Carlson and husband Mike of Essex, IA; daughter-in-law Judy Pendleton of Burlington, IA; grandchildren Chris Bryant, Tim Bryant, Shantel Billington, Jodi Fort, Lindsay Fichter, Amy Ribando, Sarah Hecox, and Emily Livingston; 15 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends

Hackett Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Pierce, Willard Elroy - Willard Elroy Pierce was born on August 15, 1938 in North English, Iowa the son of Willard Dale and Frances Augusta (Knipfer) Pierce. Elroy entered into eternal peace on Saturday morning, October 2, 2010 at the Tabor Manor Care Center following a brief battle with cancer.

Elroy’s early years were spent growing up in the country southeast of Farragut. He attended Farragut Community Schools and graduated with the Class of 1956. On July 18, 1956 he enlisted in the United States Navy. While he was in the military he was stationed in Bainbridge, MD, San Francisco, CA and San Diego, CA. He served his country as a draftsman until he was honorably discharged on August 14, 1959.

He was united in marriage to Mary Miller and to this union one son, William was born. The couple made their home in Farragut and for the last several years have resided in Shenandoah.

Elroy was quite the artist. His passion for drawing and animation led him to work for Disney Studios, a job that he received through a wonderful reference letter from his mentor Lyle Latimer, who always believed in Elroy’s abilities. He also worked as a firefighter, draftsman, and as a mason for J.E. Dunn, Jim Dobbs, Jack Hodges, and Bill Dobbs. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Farragut and the Eagle’s in Shenandoah. Some of his passions included drawing, Iowa Hawk-Eye Football, sports, snooker, riding broncos in the rodeo, and gardening. He grew the best sweet corn!

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Mary; son Bill and wife Samantha Pierce; grandchildren Zachary Gobert, Jacob Pierce, Savannah Pierce, Samual Pierce, and Chloe; sisters Francine Bangs, Janice Anderzhon and husband Jim and Julie Hayes and husband Jerry; step-children Kathy Durm, David Taylor and Scott Taylor; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Scott, Donald Lewis - Donald Lewis Scott was born June 21, 1930 in Otoe County, Nebraska, the son of Arnold and Ruth Elizabeth Scott. He passes away on Tuesday morning, October 5, 2010 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 80 years, 3 months and 14 days.

Donald’s family moved to a farm north of Farragut where he grew up and graduated from Farragut High School in 1948. After graduation he farmed until he served in the United States Army during the Korean War from August 1952 through July of 1954 as a crane shovel operator. He received the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the R.O.K. Presidential Unit Citation Good Conduct Medal. He came back and farmed in the Imogene, Farragut and Randolph area. In 1959, he received the Outstanding Farmer of the Year award. After retiring from farming, he worked as a custodian at the Farragut Community School for seven years then part time for Hy-Vee Food Store in Shenandoah for eleven years.

He was united in marriage to Ona Marie Gossett on March 8, 1959 at the United Methodist Church in Clarinda, Iowa. This union was blessed with two daughters, Kathy Lightfoot and Connie Sheehan.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include, his wife Ona Marie Scott of Shenandoah, Iowa; his daughters, Kathy Lightfoot and her husband Robert of rural Shenandoah, Iowa, Connie Sheehan and her husband Jeff of Omaha, Nebraska; two granddaughters, Trisha Lightfoot of Des Moines, Iowa, Megan Lightfoot of Omaha, Nebraska; three brothers, Thomas Scott of Des Moines, Iowa, James Scott and Richard Scott of Shenandoah, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends

Clarinda Cemetery, Kirsch


Irvin, Helen Young - Helen (Young) Irvin was born on February 26, 1919 along with her twin brother Howard Young the children of Frank and Ruby (Teachout) Young. They joined their sister Wilma (Young) Shull on a farm north of Farragut, Iowa. Helen attended Shenandoah High School and graduated in 1937. Helen worked in the Henry Fields Nursery offices in Shenandoah following high school. She met Don Irvin through a 4-H activity and on August 22, 1940, Helen and Don were married and settled on a farm south of Don’s parents near Blanchard, Iowa. They had two sons: Ron and Steve. Helen and Don worked together on the farm as a constant team with Helen taking care of the household, cooking, and also helping Don with chores and farm work. Helen was a major believer in cleanliness and worked all her life to battle dirt, keep windows clean, and maintaining a house that was neat. In later years when Don was employed by the local Department of Agriculture office to measure land and grain storage, Helen served as his secretary often riding with him all day as he visited farms across Page County.

Helen was active in church work in the Coin Methodist Church and especially in the women’s society. She and Don volunteered extensively to support 4-H activities. Both encouraged their sons to get a good education and both achieved bachelor and masters degrees. Helen enjoyed helping neighbors with joint work partnering with other wives feeding men during hay and threshing work. Both Helen and Don enjoyed their children, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren. They spent all their life together on the farm where they lived and made constant improvements through the years.

In 1999, Don passed away and after one year on the farm, Helen moved to Clarinda residing at Clarhaven Apartments. She enjoyed friends, neighbors, and relatives as they visited her. She particularly enjoyed all the many visits from the deacons at the College Springs Presbyterian Church receiving sermon tapes, church bulletins, and fellowship. Helen and her twin brother Howard celebrated 90th birthdays together in 2009, which was a rare accomplishment for twins. In June, 2010 Helen moved to Oakland, Iowa to be closer to Steve and Debbie where she resided at Oakland Heights assisted living, but unfortunately broke her hip eight days later and was forced to move to Oakland Manor Care Center until her death on October 8, 2010. Even though her injured hip forced Helen to be constantly in bed or a wheelchair, she always took time to give the staff at Oakland Manor a hard time making many humorous comments and then a wink with her eye.

Preceding Helen in death were her parents, her husband Don, her son Ron in 2008, her sister and brother-in-law Wilma and Ermal Shull, and her brother Howard. Surviving Helen is her sister-in-law Zoe Young of Shenandoah, her daughter-in-law Diana Irvin of Cedar Rapids, her son and daughter-in-law Steve and Debbie Irvin of Treynor. She is survived by five grandchildren: Renae Irvin of Ankeny, Lisa and her husband Brian Bullerman of Dayton, Ohio, Debby and her husband Wayne Pantini of Creston, Kyle and his wife Tami Irvin of Sioux City, and Katie Irvin of Omaha. Helen has five great-grandchildren: Conor and Isabelle Bullerman, Sydney and Emma Pantini, and Grace Irvin. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and friends.

The Irvin family would like to thank the staff of Oakland Heights, Oakland Manor, and Southwest Iowa Hospice for the loving and extensive care that Helen received in her last few months of her life. They would also like to thank the deacons of the College Springs Presbyterian Church for their caring ministry. The Irvin family thanks the staff and residents of Clarhaven for their friendship and care for Helen for the ten years that she lived there

Rose Hill [Cagley]. Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa


Howard, Irene Bertha Haynes Farnum - Irene Bertha Haynes Howard the daughter of Anna (Cook) and Pearly Haynes, was born July 4, 1914, in Wesley, Iowa and passed away October 13, 2010 at Burlington, Iowa.

Irene attended school in Wesley, Iowa and graduated from High School in 1932. Following graduation she attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Mason City, Iowa graduating as an RN in 1935. Irene’s first job was that of county nurse in Northern Iowa and during her 43 year nursing career, Irene worked in Iowa, California and Nevada.

Irene married Edgar Thomas Farnum on September 5, 1938 and later they were divorced. She married Stephen Bernard Howard on July 26, 1964 in Shenandoah, Iowa. Irene was an active member in Business and Profession Women Organization in Shenandoah, Iowa. She was a past-president of the Shenandoah Chapter. Irene was a member of the Congregational Church in Shenandoah. She volunteered at the Shenandoah Public Library and Hand Community Hospital following her retirement from nursing in 1977. She gave blood faithfully until her age prohibited her to continue. Irene was an avid card player, learning bridge at the age of 80. She also enjoyed traveling, quilting, sewing, crafts, reading, jig-saw puzzles and being with family.

Preceding Irene in death were her husband Stephen; parents, Anna and Pearly; 4 brothers: Clifford Haynes, Harley Haynes, Ervin Haynes and Pearly Haynes; 3 sisters: Evelyn Saunche, Donnadell Gardner and Arlene Hood, and one son David WIlliam Farnum.

Survivors include her children, Catherine Haynes, of Sebastopol, CA, Barbara Solheim of Burlington, IA and Thomas Farnum of Kansas CIty, MO. Also surviving is one sister Martha Nadlehopher of Algona, IA, six grandchildren, one great granddaughter, and three great-grandsons, plus several nieces, nephews and many friends

Locust Grove Cemetery Fremont Co, Iowa. Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Johnson, Walter A. - Walter A. Johnson, age 84, of Red Oak, Iowa passed away Wednesday, October 06, 2010 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Walter Axel Johnson was born July 2, 1926 in Hawthorne, Iowa the son of Axel and Lilly (Roberts) Johnson. He attended school in Red Oak and later moved to California where he was united in marriage to Rozella Wright in 1946. A daughter was born to this union: Connie. Walter served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and upon his return to California he sold cars and motorcycles for many years until moving back to Red Oak, Iowa in 1977. He was a long time Superintendent for the City of Red Oak’s Water Department.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents and a brother: Ernest Johnson. Survivors include his daughter: Connie Johnson of Santa Clara, California; a niece: Barbara Bellmer and husband Wayne of Fremont, California; and other relatives and friends.

There will be no services at this time and burial of the cremated remains will take place in the Essex, Iowa Cemetery at a later date.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements


Nelson, Marjorie - Marjorie Alcinda Nelson, the daughter of Harry and Rose (Kelley) Strickland was born April 25, 1913 in Douglas Township of Page County, Iowa. She passed away Saturday, October 2, 2010 at the Stanton Care Center, Stanton, Iowa, the age of 97 years, 5 months and 7 days.

Marjorie was raised on a farm south of Stanton. She graduated with the Stanton High School class of l931. Marjorie was united in marriage to Ivan V. Nelson on February 14, 1935 in Villisca, Iowa. After their wedding, Marjorie and Ivan lived on a farm south of Coburg. Marjorie worked a few years for Murphy Calendar Company and then 10 years with the dietary department at Murphy Memorial Hospital in Red Oak. In 1969 they made their home in Coburg, living there through the late 1980's when they moved into Red Oak. Marjorie was an active member of the Fremont Lutheran Church at Nyman. She enjoyed her neighborhood clubs, raising Boston Terriers dogs and helping Ivan with their garden.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Ivan V. Nelson on September 28, 2005; sister: Florence Victor; and brothers: Lloyd Strickland and Harry Strickland Jr.

Marjorie is survived by her daughter: Shelley Wilmeth and husband Robert of Red Oak, IA; four grandchildren: Michael Wilmeth and wife Rachael of Omaha, NE; Brett Wilmeth and wife Karen of Atlanta, GA; Blake Wilmeth and fiancee Jami Anderson of Omaha, NE; and Blair Wilmeth and fiance Adam Rush of Elliott, IA; many nieces and nephews along with other relatives and friends.

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

Funeral Service will be held
Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.
at the Fremont Lutheran Church, Nyman, IA
Burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Nyman
Rev Jerry Lamb, Officiating

Memorials to Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice.

Open viewing at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home.

Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in charge of arrangements