Page County, Iowa obituaries

Miller, Deborah Ann "Debi" Overmiller - Deborah Ann (Debi) Miller died Monday, October 18, 2010. She was born June 20, 1952 in Washington, DC to Charles and Mary Margaret Overmiller. She was raised in Suitland, Maryland, a Washington DC suburb. After graduating from Suitland High School, she went to work at the U.S. Department of Commerce. During this time, Debi met her future husband, Larry Miller, who was working in Maryland near Debi's townhouse. They were married October 27, 1973 and moved back to Clarinda Iowa when Larry's father Lawson Miller died unexpectedly.

Debi and Larry helped Larry's mother Audrey run Miller Oil Company in Clarinda, until they took over the business when Audrey retired. Debi worked inside the office, while Larry ran the business outside the office. They lived south of New Market before moving to their current residence north of New Market. They had two children, Brandy and Josey.

Debi was active in civic affairs, having served in various capacities on the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce. During 2010, she was the Committee Chairwoman for the “Women in Business” luncheon. Debi was an avid bowler, bowling in Clarinda's Tuesday Nite League, the Wednesday Night Rock N Roll League, and the Friday Night Mixed League. Her other avocations included garage sales, NASCAR, and the Washington Redskins.

She is survived by her husband Larry, her daughter Brandy, her son Josey and his wife Stephanie, their (her grand) children Marshall and Brodie, her sister Karen, her brother Bob, and numerous friends, relatives and in-laws. She was preceded in death by her parents and her older brothers Chuck and David.

A Celebration of the life of Debi Miller will be 1:30 PM on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, family members suggest a contribution to the Debi Miller Memorial Fund at Bank Iowa

Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda provided arrangements.


Bahn, Janet Mary Maxson - Janet Mary Bahn was born June 12, 1931 at Los Angeles, California. She graduated St. Mary's High School, Los Angeles and later continued her education earning a degree in Graphics Arts in Omaha, Nebraska.
Janet was united in marriage to Dale Bahn in Los Angeles in 1951. To this marriage five children were born: David, Peggy, Russell, Judy and Pam. Janet and Dale honeymooned throughout Canada and settled down with his work in Norfolk, Nebraska following his discharge from the United States Navy. He worked at the Norfolk Daily News and with the Omaha World Herald. The couple moved to Clarinda again following Dale's work when he began at the Clarinda Company in 1973. He later took a position teaching in Omaha and the couple commuted to Omaha where Janet worked as a commercial artist for Industrial Label of Omaha and later at Borsheims Jewelry. After working for others as an artist she then devote her life to her family and art. She was very active with the local artist group in Clarinda and a member of Portrait Society of America. She preferred portrait painting; however, there are paintings that show her talent in landscape and other venues.
On Saturday, October 23, 2010 Janet suffered a stroke in Clarinda and spent the next four days in Omaha, Nebraska until she passed away on Wednesday, October 27, 2010.
Janet was preceded in death by her husband, Dale, and father, Russell Van Clive Maxson.
She is survived by her mother, Lilly (Panepinto) Maxson who lived with Janet in Clarinda; children: David Bahn and wife Connie of Villica, Iowa, Peggy Ann Rupp of Clarinda, Russell Bahn and wife Trudy of Pulaski, Tenn, Judy Bahn, Clarinda, and Pam Dodson and husband Richard of Columbia, Tenn; seven grandchildren: Giner Bahn and friend Rick Rupp, Travis Bahn and wife Jamie, Kyle Bahn, Heather Sticka and husband Luke, Nathan Rupp, Jack Bahn, Aurora Bahn, ; and seven great grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 30, 2010 at St. Clare Catholic Church with Father Joy officiating. Interment will be at Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to a fund established in her name. Family visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel.
Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda provided arrangements.


Gress, Meta Kathleen Geer - Meta Kathleen Geer Gress passed away on Friday, October 21, in Reno, Nevada. Although Meta is no longer here on Earth, her perky spirit, her constant feistiness and her love of life will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved her. Her smile was infectious, her laugh was hers alone and her constant motion made everyone around her run to keep up with her. She was fun and she was kind and this world is a little better because Meta walked through it.

Her life's journey began in Clarinda, Iowa, on March 13, 1948, the second child of Fred and Roberta Geer. Growing up on the family farm fostered in her a rich understanding of human values, the importance of family and the need to find and follow her dreams. As she grew, she was guided by her close relationship with her mother and father. Following after and emulating her older brother Dennis helped Meta to develop her own personality and make decisions about what she would do with her life. Attending large family gatherings, playing with her cousins and developing close relationships with girlhood friends shaped her thoughts and led to her decision to leave the farm and dedicate her life to a career in nursing. After high school, Meta left Clarinda to attend Clarkson Nursing School in Omaha, Nebraska.

Meta's well-planned career, however, encountered a blip when she met and married Mike Gress. Mike's job took them to Australia and it was here that Meta's life changed course forever. Meta became a mom to the “loves of her life” and she never denied her dedication to that role. Loving her three boys and seeing them grow into fine young men was her life's goal and she did a magnificent job. She worked hard to instill her standards and dreams into her boys, and they will live on as her legacy in this world. Michael Thomas Gress, Mark Fred Gress and Matthew Steven Gress will always carry with them their mother's values and spirit and that is how she would have wanted it.

Upon return from Australia, Mike and Meta lived in California but decided to go their separate ways. Meta stayed in Dublin, California, and raise her boys. However, another man, Richard Adkins, became a close friend to Meta and as time passed they decided to marry. Always looking for new challenges, Rich and Meta moved from Dublin to Gardnerville, Nevada, bought a house and created a home for the two of them. Work as a CPA kept her busy and keeping up with sons, step daughters and grandchildren kept her days full and very interesting. Basketball season was a great time for Meta, an avid fan, and watching the NBA teams on television was her great pleasure.

Fiercely independent and deeply loyal, Meta Kathleen was one of a kind. It is sad that her very young grandchildren will never know her better personally, but there will be stories about their grandmother passed down that will make them laugh and cry and be joyful for the wonderful person that she was. And those of us who knew her will always remember, also.

Meta is survived by her husband, Richard Adkins ; her sons Michael Gress, Mark Gress and Matthew Gress ; her step daughters Lisa Twomey and Jessica Perigny; her grandchildren Justin Michael Gress, Colby Ryan Gress, Benjamin Jack Gress, Tucker Robert Twomey, Flynn Riley Twomey and Sadie Marie Perigny,; and her brother Dennis Geer. She will be laid to rest in the Clarinda Community Cemetery next to her mother, Roberta and her father, Fred.

Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Thompson, William Elbert - William Elbert Thompson was born July 13, 1936 near Barnard, Missouri, the son of Hollis Abner and Mella Marie (Neff) Thompson. He passed away on Thursday evening, October 21, 2010 at the Shenandoah Medical Center at the age of 74 years, 3 months and 8 days.

Bill grew up in Northwest Missouri. On May 8, 1964, he was united in marriage to Wanda Sue Causey in South Carolina. This union was blessed with four childen, Karrie Lea, William Edward, Richard Aaron and Mary Beth.

Bill worked as a truck driver and construction worker most of his life. He was thought of as a jack of all trades. He enjoyed tinkering with his old tractors, gardening and fishing. The true love of his life was his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Angel Marie DeJong; three sisters, Donna Hesse, LaWanda Mason, Norma Messenger; and three brothers, Hollis (Junior) Thompson, Vernon Thompson and Charles Thompson.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Thompson of Blanchard, Iowa; four children, Karrie Lea DeJong and Kevin Long of College Springs, Iowa, William Edward Thompson and Kayla Severson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Richard Aaron Thompson and Deb Vaughn of Blanchard, Iowa, Mary Beth Thompson and Kevin Kenagy of Braddyville, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Preston Scott Thompson, Dominic William Thompson, Dennis Leo Stammer, Jr., Heather Rose DeJong, Blaine Robert William DeJong, Jenna Nicole Kenagy, Hannah Jean Vaughn, Alex Joshua Severson, Kelcey Marie Longwell; an aunt, Maxine Pike of Maryville, Missouri; five sisters, Leila Henry of Macedonia, Iowa, June True and her husband Frank of Juliet, Idaho, Carolyn Strong and her husband Ronnie of Macedonia, Betty King of Pueblo, Colorado, Jean Owens of Tabor, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends

Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa. Burial private.


Roeder, Marla Sieving Marn, age 49, of Red Oak, Iowa was found deceased in her home on October 22, 2010 of an apparent heart attack. Marla was born January 22, 1961 in Clarinda, Iowa the daughter of Wilbur and Jeanette Sieving. The family lived on the family farm until Marla was four years old when they moved into Clarinda where she attended school. Marla loved living in town where she was free to ride her bike and go to the Clarinda swimming pool with friends. Marla was united in marriage to Larry Marn of Corning, Iowa in 1991 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two children were born of this union: Amber and Justin. She later was united in marriage to Dan Roeder who preceded her in death just a few years after their marriage. Marla liked working with people and spent most of her life involved in the restaurant business. She started as a server with her father who managed the AmVets Club outside of Clarinda. Most recently she had been working for the Rainbow Café in Red Oak for the past five years.

Preceding her in death were her parents: Wilbur Sieving and Jeanette Edwards. Survivors include her children: Amber Marn of Emmetsburg, Iowa and Justin Marn of Corning, Iowa; brother: Gary Sieving and wife Tereasa of Mandeville, Louisiana; and many other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held 10:30 AM Friday, November 12, 2010 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Clarinda, Iowa. Burial of the cremated remains will take place in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery with a luncheon to follow in the fellowship hall at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the HOPE Ministries in memory of Marla, P.O. Box 862, Des Moines, IA 50304-0862 or at

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel, of Red Oak, Iowa assisted the family with cremation services.

Muller, Lloyd D. - Funeral services for Lloyd D. Muller, age 74, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa, were held Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Nathan Dudley officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial was in the Polsley Cemetery, Yorktown, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Clarinda Lutheran School, Clarinda Medical Foundation or to the Clarinda A’s. 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.
Lloyd D. Muller was born January 30, 1936 at the family farm southwest of Yorktown, Iowa to Walter William Muller and Elsie G. (Meyer) Muller. He was baptized on March 15, 1936 and confirmed on April 12, 1950 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Yorktown, Iowa. Lloyd grew up on the farm and attended St. Paul Lutheran School and graduated from Clarinda High School in 1954. He attended Iowa Western Community College, Clarinda, Iowa for one year. Lloyd met his future bride at the Yorktown Community Center; Venita Ficken came to teach at St. Paul Lutheran School. They were untied in marriage June 9, 1963 and were blessed with four children, Melanie, Greg, Heidi and Andrea. The couple lived on the family farm and in 1991 moved to Clarinda.
Lloyd farmed his entire life on his family’s century farm. Even though his Parkinson’s slowed him down physically, he still had an active interest in the farm until his death. Farming and cattle were his passion. Lloyd was a life long member of St. Paul Lutheran Church serving in many capacities, as an elder, school board member and member of L.L.L. He was a member of the Page County Cattlemen, Pro Farmers of America, board member and Hall of Fame member of the Clarinda A’s. He was a huge sports fan, having participated when he was younger and enjoyed cheering on his family in their various sports. Lloyd and Venita were supporters of the Clarinda A’s and for almost twenty years they housed Clarinda A’s players and enjoyed indoctrinating them to farm life. They traveled often, including Hawaii, Jamaica and their final trip to Mt. Rushmore.
Preceding Lloyd in death were his parents; infant sister.
Survivors include his wife, Venita Muller of Clarinda, Iowa; children, Melanie Beumer and husband Jeff of Willard, Mo.; Greg Muller and wife Bonnie of Clarinda, Iowa; Heidi Muller of Nixa, Mo.; Andrea Muller of Frontenac, Kan.; grandchildren, Jessica Kane and husband Jeff, Jacob Muller, Ben Lederer, Molly Lederer, Benjamin Beumer, Alexandra Beumer; great-granddaughter, Makenzie Kane; sisters, Deloris Kriegler and husband Charles of Glenwood, Iowa, Carol Werth and husband Dave of Omaha, Neb.; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Lininger, Nellie Strough - Funeral services for Nellie Lininger, age 94, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Friday, October 29, 2010 at Goldenrod Care Center, Clarinda, Iowa were held Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Visitation with family was held Monday evening, Nov. 1, 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Iowa Hospice. 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.
Nellie (Strough) Lininger was born October 1, 1916, to Paul and Mamie (Rowlett) Strough in Skidmore, Mo. She rode a horse seven miles to attend Daleview High School in Missouri where she graduated in 1933.
Nellie was joined in marriage to Lloyd C. Lininger of Quitman, Mo. On April 12, 1937. Nellie and Lloyd were blessed with five children, Gary, Shirleann, Lavonne, Galen, and Roger. Nellie and Lloyd lived around Skidmore, Mo., working on the Bilby ranch before moving to Iowa in 1945 where they farmed near Hawleyville, Iowa. They moved to Clarinda in 1982 but continued to farm until Lloyd passed away in 1994.
Nellie was a 4-H leader for several years and belonged to the HEO club in Hawleyville. She was a great cook, liked to work in her flowers and also liked helping out family or neighbors. She loved riding her lawnmower and mowed her own yard until this year.
Preceding Nellie in death were her parents; husband, Lloyd; grandson, Tim Lininger; siblings, Pauline Raines, Fred Strough and Neva Wynn.
Nellie is survived by her children, Gary Lininger and wife Margaret of New Market, Iowa, Shirleann Wagoner and husband Martin of Clarinda, Iowa, Lavonne Lininger of Clarinda, Iowa, Galen Lininger and wife Jackie of New Market, Iowa and Roger Lininger of Camarillo, Calif.; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; sisters, Julia Baker of Cosby, Mo., and Faye Money of Maryville, Mo.; brothers, Melvin Strough of Skidmore, Mo., and Ray Strough of Maryville, Mo.; nieces; nephews and many friends.
Nellie will be missed by many but her love and inspiration will live on through her family.
May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn her passing
King, Mary "Justina" Holbrook - Mary “Justina” King was born October 7, 1924 in Corning, Iowa, to George and Anne (Miller) Holbrook. She completed her high school education at Corning High School in 1942. In 1947, Justina was married to James Matthew King in Corning. As a couple, they raised their three children: Nancy, Jim and Tim, on the farm in rural Corning. She enjoyed gardening, canning, and was an excellent cook.
Justina passed away Friday evening, October 29, 2010, at the Clarinda Regional Health Center at the age of 86. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Jim; son James Edward King; son-in-law William Leonard; brothers: Richard Holbrook, Edward Holbrook and John Holbrook; and brother-in-law Gordon Sickler.
Surviving Justina are her children: Tim King and wife Anne of Clarinda, Iowa, Nancy Leonard of Lincoln, Nebraska; sisters: Helen Sickler of Sioux City, Iowa, Joan Darrah and husband Richard of Tulsa, Oklahoma; sister-in-law Jaris Holbrook of Corning, Iowa; six grandchildren; great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services for Justina were held Monday, November 1, 2010 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Villisca, Iowa, with burial at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Corning, Iowa.

Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca in charge of arrangements

Scott, Geraldene May Demanett - Geraldene May Scott, the daughter of Arthur L. and Virgia (Begnoche) Demanett was born January 30, 1943 in Clarinda, Iowa. She died on Friday, October 29, 2010 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 67 years 8 months and 29 days.
Geraldene was raised in the Clarinda, Iowa area. She was united in marriage to Richard Scott on May 1, 1960 in Clarinda, Iowa. Geraldene dedicated her life to creating a loving and happy home for husband and five children. She was employed with Eveready Battery Company. Geraldene enjoyed baking, sewing and arts and crafts, but most of all loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Geraldene was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Imogene and sister, Marlene Lewellen.
Geraldene is survived by her husband: Richard Scott of Stanton, Iowa; children: Cynthia Louise Shough and husband Michael of Labelle, Fla.; Kenneth Allen Scott and wife Kim of Maryville, Mo.; Denise Lynn Johnson and husband Kevin of Shambaugh, Iowa; Christopher Burton Scott of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Kimberly Kay Keoppel and husband Travis of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren: Neil Rusty Shough, Miranda Marie Shough, Christopher Burton Scott, Jr., Daniel James Scott, Brandon Michael Scott, Amber Lynnette Sharp, Valarie Ann Sharp, Kylee Marie Thomas, Jordan Johnson Caleb Johnson; great grandchildren: Emory Clifford Shough, Carter Michael Shough, Olivia Ann Shough, Abigail Scott and Zachary Andrew Welch; Expected great-granddaughter: Autumn Gray; brothers: Arthur D. Demanett, Cleo D. Demanett and wife Diane, Larry L. Demanett and wife Gladys, and Raymond R. Demanett and wife Jeanette; sister, Shirley Stanley and husband Richard.
May God bless her memory and give strength to those who mourn.
Memorial visitation with the family present was held Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 5:00 p.m. with a Celebration of Life service at 7:00 p.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Eric Kutzli, Officiating.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mann, Jerald "Jerry" Orin - Jerald “Jerry” Orin Mann, 61, of Burlington, died at 1:q5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born April 12, 1949, in Shenandoah, Iowa, he was the son of Orin Curtis and Delia LaVerne Rundquist Mann. On November 19, 1977, he married Donna K. Kruse in Griswold, Iowa.
Jerry was Owner/Operator of Mann’s McDonald’s in Burlington and Fort Madison.
He attended Farragut, Iowa schools and was a 1967 graduate of Clarinda High School. He was a U.S. Army Military Policeman during the Vietnam War. He went on to attend Northwest Missouri State University and Arizona State University.
Jerry was a member of Farragut United Methodist Church, NRA, Rotary International, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Greater Burlington Partnership, and the Burlington Golf Club. He was a lifelong patriot and supporter of the U.S. Constitution. He was proud of his partnership with McDonald’s and his contributions to the brand. Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, water skiing, snow skiing, boating, traveling, painting and an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan. Jerry was a devoted family man who especially enjoyed times spent with friends and relatives.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; one son, Tylor Orin Mann of Urbandale, Iowa; one daughter, Michelle Georgiann Mann Caston and her husband, Jesse Cason of Middletown, Iowa; three brothers, Ronnie (Judy) Allely of Louisiana, Mo., Terry (Kathy) Allely of Shenandoah, Iowa, and Jim (Colleen) Mann of Burlington, Iowa; four sisters, Judy Jeske of Eldora, Iowa, Monica (Ron) Tiemeyer of Shenandoah, Iowa, Jane Halbach of Stevens Point, Wis., and Joan (Dee) Zanders of Fairfax, Va; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Orin and LaVerne, and his stepmother, Ferrell.
As per Jerry’s request cremation has been accorded.
Visitation was held from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 at Hass-Thielen Funeral Home.
The celebration of life for Jerry was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, at Hass-Thielen Funeral Home with Reverend Bruce Goettsche officiating. A time of food and fellowship was held at the Burlington Golf Club following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City, Ducks Unlimited, and the American Cancer Society.
A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Jerry’s obituary at


Cogdill, Julia Maxine York - Julia Maxine (York) Cogdill was born on November 1, 1921 in Stanberry, Missouri, the daughter of Clyde and Edna (Jones) York. Maxine passed away on November 1, 2010 at the age of 89 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Osceola, Nebraska.

Maxine was united in marriage to William H. Cogdill on June 23, 1940 in Stanberry, Missouri, and to this union six children were born; Shirley, Dennis, Kathleen, Terry, Kevin, and Richard. They spent 24 years living in Worthington, Minnesota before moving to Shenandoah. They owned and operated the A & W Drive Inn for 6 years. The couple was blessed with over 55 years of marriage before William’s passing on July 19, 1995.

Maxine was a life long member of the First Christian Church. In her younger years she was also an avid golfer. The couple enjoyed traveling and made two trips to Spain to visit their son Kevin and his family. She also enjoyed her trip to Ireland.

She was preceded in death by her husband William, her parents, and brothers Clinton and Darryl.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Shirley Storsteen and husband Rolf of Citrus Springs, FL, Dennis Cogdill and wife Rebecca of Denver, NC, Kathleen Sirmons and husband Doug of Lansing, MI, Terry Cogdill and wife Katherine of Osceola, NE, Kevin Cogdill and wife Maria of Oleiros, Spain, and Richard Cogdill and wife Patsy of Tyler, TX; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a brother Clyde Cogdill and wife Mildred of Fort Myers, FL; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


DeBoer, Donald - Donald Gene DeBoer, age 74, of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of Tavares, Florida entered into peace Thursday, November 4, 2010 at his son’s home in Clarinda, Iowa.

Donald Gene DeBoer was born August 5, 1936, at Racine, Wisconsin, to Samuel DeBoer and Anna (Reitsma) De Boer. He grew up in Racine and graduated from Lutheran High School in Racine and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin. Don and Nancy Kitzmann were united in marriage June 1, 1957 at Racine. They were blessed with three children, Timothy, Jeffrey and Jill.

Don was a utility contractor and worked for Intercon Construction in Madison, Wisconsin. Don and Nancy lived in Tavares, Florida for several years where he was an active member of the Mid Lakes Christian Church.

Don was an avid reader and a Civil War history buff. He also enjoyed golfing. Don was a loving grandfather and enjoyed vacationing with his children and their families.

Preceding Don in death were his parents; brothers, Henry DeBoer and Richard DeBoer; brother-in-law, Marion Van Dyke.

Left to cherish Don’s memory are his loving wife of fifty three years, Nancy DeBoer of Clarinda, Iowa and Tavares, Florida; sons, Timothy DeBoer and wife Diane of Alto, Michigan and Jeffrey DeBoer and wife Rose of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter, Jill Matson and husband Lee of Arlington, Wisconsin; six grandchildren; Kathryn and Wade Matson, Devin, Nathen, Lauren and Olivia DeBoer; sisters, Edythe DeBoer and husband Robert of Kingsland, Georgia, Bernice DeBoer and husband Clifford of Racine, Wisconsin, Annette Van Dyke of Grand Rapids, Michigan; mother-in-law, Lucille Kitzman of Racine, Wisconsin; brother-in-law, Harry Kitzmann, Jr. and wife Marilyn of Sturtevant, Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Linda Schmid of Racine, Wisconsin; nieces; nephews and many friends.

No services are planned at this time. 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

Tomlinson, Bertha Miller - Bertha Miller Tomlinson, 92, of Clarinda, Iowa, passed away November 3, 2010, in Brooklyn, Iowa at the home of her son and daughter-in-law. She was laid to rest on November 6, 2010, beside her husband of 58 years. She was a long-time member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Clarinda for over 50 years.

Bertha was born October 23, 1918, on a farm near Clarinda, Iowa to Inez and Fleet Miller. She lived on a farm north of Yorktown for most of her childhood, and then moved nearer to Clarinda to finish her junior and senior years of high school, graduating in 1936. Active in 4-H Club for most of her youth, she prefers no flowers. Memorials may be sent to the 4-H Club of Page County Iowa or the Iowa Hospice Association.

In the fall of 1936 she began working at the Iowa Power and Light Company as a secretary to the manager. There she met the man she would marry. In 1940 she married Fred Tomlinson, and they celebrated 58 years of marriage until his death in 1998. In 1952 Miller-Tomlinson Implement Company was formed with Lyle Miller, her brother, where she helped as needed in accounting. From 1963-1980 she was a secretary at the Page County Welfare Office. During her lifetime, Bertha was a great cook, a welcoming hostess, and ready volunteer to help those in need in the community.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Lawrence, Harold, Leroy, and Lyle Miller; and her husband, Fred Tomlinson. Survivors include her son, Ernie Tomlinson and Kathy of Brooklyn, Iowa; daughter, Bev Garcia of Camarillo, California; granddaughter, Hydee Dullam and Joe of Camarillo, California; grandson, Eric Garcia and Caroline of New York, New York; and great-grandchildren, Tommy, Alexandra, and Chloe, with twins on the way in January 2011

Clarinda Cemetery.

Strand, Randall "Randy" Edward - Randall “Randy” Edward Strand, age 73, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into eternal peace Tuesday, November 9, 2010 with his children at his side. Funeral services were held Monday, November 15, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Daryl Tompkins of St. John Lutheran Church officiating.

Randy was buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Lamoni, Iowa.

Randall Edward Strand was born March 11, 1937 at Worthington, Minnesota to Howard Elmer Strand and Genevieve “Jean” (Johnson) Strand. His family moved to Humboldt, Iowa where Randy attended school and graduated from Humboldt High School in 1955. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in the fall of 1956 and was stationed in Okinawa. Following his honorable discharge in 1958, he and Velma Jensen courted and were married September 10, 1960 in Iowa Falls, Iowa. They were blessed with four children, Howard, Sheila, Jennifer, and Rachael.

Randy attended the University of Iowa, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. He continued his education with a year of law school. After college, he moved to central Iowa working for several businesses. In June of 1967, the family moved to Clarinda, Iowa where he was administrator for West Heights Manor Care Center. Randy and partners became owners of several nursing homes throughout the Midwest. In 1977, he acquired several farms in the Clarinda area, farming with his son until 1989. In 1990, he purchased a bar that became Kelly’s Place; now the The Hunter’s Den.

Randy was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church, NRA life member, Safari Club International, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, just to name a few. Randy was always looking for a challenge and took life by the horns. He had many colorful adventures and interests. Hunting was his passion; fulfilling his life’s dream of three safaris in Africa. He was inducted in the Hunter’s Hall Of Fame in 1985. Randy was also a pilot and a member of the Civil Air Patrol, a musician, a horseman, Golden Glove boxer in the high school and also boxed for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Preceding Randy in death were his father, Howard E. Strand and his brother, Justin Bradley Strand.

Survivors include his mother, Jean Strand of Branson, Missouri; son, Howard Strand and wife Peggy of Littleton, Colorado; daughters, Sheila Strand of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Jennifer Thomas and husband Greg of Gillette, Wyoming, Rachael Egging and husband Phil of Pella, Iowa; grandchildren Nolan and Claire Thomas and Maren and Matthew Egging; brothers, Richard Strand and wife Alberta of Lakewood, California and Rodney Strand of Kenosha, Wisconsin; sister, Nancy Hendrickson and husband Bill of Hollister, Missouri; nieces; nephew and many friends

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


Rutledge, Toy L. - Memorial services for Toy L. Rutledge, age 66, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Sunday, November 7, 2010 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa will be held Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Dan Wiebesiek officiating. A family graveside service will be held on Friday, May 27, 2011 in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa

Toy Lamar Rutledge was born October 10, 1944, at the family home place in Pontotoc County, Mississippi to Wayne Lamar Rutledge and Ila Bell (Gregory) Rutledge. At the age of five the family moved to Memphis, Tennessee. Toy began working at the age of fifteen at Kroger’s Grocery Store. In 1963, Toy graduated from Frayser High School, Memphis, Tennessee.

Still working in the grocery business, Toy was able to purchase and operate a Piggly-Wiggly in Mountain Home, Arkansas. As time went on, Toy became a district supervisor of some well known grocery chain stores in the south.

Besides being a “workaholic”, Toy enjoyed traveling, showing horses, boating and golfing. Toy also did carpentry (building a boat house on a lake), designing homes, and keeping his homes, yards and vehicles immaculate. Toy was quite proud of his children and granddaughters, enjoying times spent with them.

On July 1, 1990, he married Diana Fulk in Cherokee Village, Arkansas. In 1998, they moved to Clarinda, Iowa, his wife’s childhood home town. Toy was born and raised a Southern Baptist and became a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clarinda, Iowa where he initiated an old time revival sponsored by various ministers in the Clarinda area.

Toy was preceded in death by his younger sister, Glenda Crutchfield in 1993, Memphis, Tennessee.

Survivors include his wife, Diana Rutledge of Clarinda, Iowa; parents, Wayne and Ila Rutledge of Etta, Mississippi; son, Clifton Rutledge and wife Christy of San Antonio, Texas; daughter, Ginger Schultz and husband Jon of the Middle East and their mother, Bettye Sue Reed of Harrison, Arkansas; granddaughters, Caitlyn, Chandler, Carly Rutledge, Anna Grace and Abigail Joy Schultz; other relatives and many friends

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

Brownfield, Phyllis Genevive Shaffer - Phyllis Genevive (Shaffer) Brownfield was born on July 22, 1924 in Blanchard, Iowa, the daughter of Michael and Alice (Parsons) Shaffer. Phyllis entered into eternal peace on Tuesday evening, November 2, 2010 at the Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Phyllis’ early years were spent in the Blanchard area. She attended school in Blanchard through the 8th grade. She was united in marriage to Everett Ray Brownfield on November 25, 1943 in Oregon, Missouri. The couple resided in Burlington, Missouri for a number of years and then returned to Blanchard to make their home. The couple was blessed with 63 years of marriage before Everett’s passing in 2006.

Phyllis was a dedicated wife and mother. She worked for Mount Arbor Nurseries and Sullivan Packaging. She was a member of the Blanchard United Methodist Church. She enjoyed the hobbies of sewing and knitting. Spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren brought her much joy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Sylvia Foster and Rachel Leek, a brother Raymond Shaffer, a daughter Iris Rightsell, and her beloved husband Everett.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Gary Brownfield of Tama, IA, Rudy Brownfield of Ft. Mohave, AZ and Randy Brownfield of Blanchard, IA; 15 grandchildren; 20 plus great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends

Burial in Blanchard Cemetery. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Johnson, Devin Taylor - Devin Taylor Johnson was born July 22, 1991 in Beatrice, Nebraska, the daughter of Russell Thomas Johnson and Jacqueline Sue (Koch) Campbell. She passed away on Friday morning, November 5, 2010 in Council Bluffs, Iowa from injuries that she sustained in an automobile crash at the age of 19 years, 3 months and 17 days.

Devin attended school in Shenandoah and graduated from Shenandoah High School in 2010. Devin loved Marilyn Monroe. She knew every little fact that there was to know about her. She also loved the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the College World Series. Like most girls, shopping was always a priority. To her many friends and family members, she was known as the Facebook queen.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Carol Johnson; and her dog, Ranger.

Survivors include her mother, Jacque Campbell and Ryan McAlpin of Shenandoah, Iowa; her father, Russell Johnson and his wife Tracey of Lincoln, Nebraska; her step father, Kevin Campbell of Beatrice, Nebraska; her sister, Chelsie Johnson and Marcus Culley of Shenandoah, Iowa; two brothers, Dawson Campbell of Beatrice, Nebraska, Rylan McAlpin of Shenandoah, Iowa; Grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Koch of Cambria, Wisconsin, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Johnson of Crete, Nebraska; special friend, Andrew Thompson of Bellevue, Nebraska; along with ten aunts; two uncles; numerous cousins and very close special friends

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


Larabee, Gary Lee - Gary Lee Larabee was born August 6, 1937 in Omaha, NE, the son of Leland C and Elizabeth Eleanor (Honaker) Larabee of Elmo, MO. He was raised in the Nebraska-Iowa areas and graduated from Clarinda High School in 1958.
He attended NWMS and earned ninety credit hours. He worked for Brandeis as a buyer, Campbell Soup as a measurer, farmed, and Mental Health Institute for sixteen years.
On December 31, 1971 he was united in marriage to Clara Cox in Clarinda, IA. In 1980 the Larabee’s moved to Lincoln where Gary worked for the Veterans of Nursing and Mid America Web Press until retiring in 1995 due to medical reasons. He was baptized at the Temple Baptist Church in Lincoln.
Gary and Clara moved to St. Joseph in 1995 where he became a member of the Fredrick Southern Baptist Church. He enjoyed going to auctions, coffee with friends, and traveling.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Rick in 2007 and a niece Katrina Jackson in 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Clara; a sister Susan Jackson, brother-in-law Allan Jackson and brother Craig Larabee and wife Janet, all of Lincoln, NE; many nieces and nephews; step-son Don Cox and wife Rita of Omaha, NE; step-daughter Bonnie Miller and husband Terry of Stanton, IA; five step grandchildren and four step great grandchildren, and many friends.

Funeral services for Gary were held on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda with burial following in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements

Inman, Constance Joan Rima - Constance Joan (Rima) Inman was born on December 19, 1935 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Clinton and Esther (Dunn) Rima. Joan entered into the arms of her Lord on Sunday afternoon, November 14, 2010 at her home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Joan’s early years were spent in the Shenandoah area. The family also lived in Fairfax, Missouri and Stanton before moving back to Shenandoah. Joan graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1954.

On June 22, 1957 she was united in marriage to Philip Inman at the Shenandoah Assembly of God Church. The couple resided on a farm in Fairfax, Missouri. Joan was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. When she wasn’t busy tending to the needs of her family she worked as a housekeeper at Hand Hospital and later at the Days Inn.

She enjoyed attending all of her grandchildren’s sporting events. She also enjoyed watching college girls basketball, NASCAR, and rooting on whatever team Brett Farve happened to be playing football for.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Philip of Shenandoah; sons Allen Inman and wife Tana of Loveland, CO and Craig Inman and wife Tammy of Shenandoah; daughter Connie and husband Bob of Essex, IA; grandchildren Chris, Brandon, Amber, Jory, Deven, Kalob, Tana, Tiffany, and Jasmine; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters Dawn Ella and Mary Ann; niece Shelly Basch; nephews Kelly, Michael and Brian; other family and many dear friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa.