Page County, Iowa obituaries
 

Albin, Ethel Fern Reynolds - Funeral services for Ethel Albin, age 82, of Shambaugh, Iowa, who entered into peace Sunday, January 9, 2011 at Westridge Care and Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa were held Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Laurel Westerkamp officiating. Burial was in the Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa

Ethel Fern Albin was born June 11, 1928, northwest of New Market, Iowa, Taylor County to William Elwood Reynolds and Zula Acel (Webb) Reynolds. She passed away January 9, 2011 at Westridge Care and Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Ethel attended New Market School; she left school at the age of 15 to go to California. She was united in marriage February 21, 1944 to Navy Fireman 1st Class Robert Albin at Vallejo, California. They were blessed with four children, Robert, Jr., Sondra, Sherry and Terry.

Ethel worked at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute from the 1950’s to 1974 in charge of the admission ward. She went to Herculaneum, Missouri and worked at Dunklin R5 School for thirteen years as janitor supervisor and drove a 70 passenger school bus. Ethel and Bob retired in August 1988 and moved back to Shambaugh, Iowa.

Ethel was a hard worker and put her heart and soul into all that she did. She enjoyed cross stitch work, quilting and word search. Ethel remembered everyone with her cards on birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and every special occasion. She also enjoyed eating out, watching TV and making candy. She was an active member of the Shambaugh Church of God and especially enjoyed her church family. Her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceding Ethel in death were her parents; daughter, Sondra at the age of 5 months and thirteen days (1949) and husband, Robert (April 1995).

Survivors include her son, Robert F. Albin, Jr., and wife Barb of Montezuma, Iowa; daughter, Sherry Myers and husband Daniel of Clarinda, Iowa; son, Terry Albin and wife Laura of Lawrence, Kansas; sister, Florence Ross of Braddyville, Iowa; grandchildren, Joel Myers and wife Kori; Marcy Webb and husband Jim, Chad Albin and wife Erika; Aaron Albin, Marlene Johnson and husband Eric, Marilee Albin, Dena Peiffer and husband Brian, Steven Taylor and wife Angela; great grandchildren, Jacob Webb, Mike Webb, Chris Webb, Kaylee Peiffer, Maksim Peiffer, Taylor Peiffer, Parker Johnson, Cole Johnson, Kinnick Johnson, Zoe Taylor, Zachariah Taylor, Olivia Taylor, Gunner Albin, Justice Greenberger, Judge Greenberger, Sargent Albin, Tyler Myers; several nieces; nephews and many friends

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

 

Bailey, Billy Mac - Billy Mac Bailey, 82, of Shenandoah, Iowa (formerly of Hopkins, Missouri) died Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at the Sidney Ambassador Home, Sidney, Iowa.

Billy Mac was born November 29, 1928 in Leeton, Missouri, the son of Marshall J and Genevieve Bailey. He was a truck driver and a farmer.

Mr. Bailey was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include two sons: Gary Bailey, Nevada, Iowa and Kenneth Bailey, Belton, Missouri; five daughters: Martha Bailey, Blue Springs, Missouri; Tresa Brown, Bates City, Missouri; Malinda Brown, Blue Springs; Debbie McDaniel, Omaha, Nebraska and Linda Molina, Marshalltown, Iowa; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one sister: Luna Kysar, Regent, North Dakota.

Visitation is 11am 1 pm Monday, January 10, 2011 at the Swanson-Price Funeral Chapel, Hopkins, Missouri.
Graveside Services will be 1pm Monday, January 10, at the Hopkins Cemetery, Hopkins, Missouri.

Price Funeral Home (www.pricefuneralhomemaryville.com), Maryville, Missouri.

 

Blackburn, Dorothy - Dorothy Blackburn, 87 of Shenandoah passed away on Tuesday evening, January 18, 2011 at the Elm Heights Care Center.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Sleyster officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Elm Heights Care Center in Dorothy's name.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.hackettlivingston.com.

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

Dorothy A. (Castle) Blackburn was born on December 13, 1923, the daughter on Edward and Elizabeth (Marly) Castle. Dorothy entered into eternal peace on Tuesday evening, January 18, 2011 at the Elm Heights Care Center, with her loving husband at her side.

Dorothy’s early years were spent in the community of Essex where she attended school. Following graduation she successfully completed nurses training. On August 11, 1943 she was united in marriage to Johnny Blackburn. The couple made the home in Shenandoah and had one son.

Dorothy worked for Hand Hospital as a nurse and later for Shenandoah Memorial Hospital until her retirement. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Dorothy was an amazing cook who was always willing to try a new recipe. She loved to shop and had a pair of shoes to match every outfit in her closet. She also loved to travel and sightsee. Dorothy loved to capture family memories by taking photos at any and all occasions. She simply enjoyed taking care of everyone.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son John David Blackburn; and 9 siblings.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Johnny; grandchildren Tony Blackburn and Tracy Klabunde and husband Todd and grandchildren Cory and Brittany Klabunde

Brown, Leona Johnson

Funeral services for Leona Brown, age 90, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Thursday, February 3, 2011 at Clarinda Regional Health Center were held Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5-7 p.m., Monday, February 7, 2011 at the funeral home. Burial was in the Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa.

Leona (Johnson) Brown was born at home April 16th, 1920 in Clarinda, Iowa., to Letha Maude Davison and Elmer Andrew Johnson. She grew up in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri, the seventh of ten children. After the death of her father, the family moved from a farm in Skidmore, Mo. to Bedford, Iowa, where Leona attended high school and then Nurses Training in Iowa City.

She married Duane Brown on October 2nd, 1942. They had five children, Arieta, Marilyn, Jim, Jon, and Joel.

Leona spent 40 years raising children, helping on the Brown farm, and periodically working at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital as a nurse’s aide.

She was a member of Rebecca’s, and was baptized in the First Christian Church.
Leona lived 8 years in Loveland, Co. where she managed Maple Leaf Apartments and volunteered at McKee Medical Center. She also worked for the Loveland Housing Authority, finally retiring at the age of 72. She moved to Missouri to help care for her sister-in-law, and eventually returned to Clarinda to be near her family. The last 6 years, Leona resided at Westridge Care Center in Clarinda.

Leona was a caregiver. Her life was about raising children and caring for dear old friends and family members, including her Mother and Mother-in law, Stella. Her hobbies included painting, sewing, cooking, her music, and reading. She loved attending Rockies baseball games while in Denver. She was very proud of her grandchildren and all of their accomplishments.

Preceding Leona in death, were her parents, her 3 brothers, Lester, Sam, and Delmer, and 4 sisters, Zora, Martha, Margaret, and Katherine, Grandchildren, Mary Louise, and Michael Dean, and a Great granddaughter, Marilyn Rose.

Left to cherish Leona’s memory are daughters: Arieta Miers and husband Bill of New Market, Marilyn Beemer and husband Garold of Loveland, Co., sons, Jim Brown and wife Kathy of Loveland, Co., Jon Brown of Murray, Ky., and Joel Brown of Loveland, Co., a sister Ruth Wilson of Council Bluffs, Ia., a brother, Birt Johnson and wife Mary of Skidmore, Mo. . There are seven grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews. Jack Pearson of Clarinda was a favorite cousin who was devoted in his visits and care, until the end

Memorials may be directed to the Clarinda Regional Health Center Foundation. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Bruns, Gretchen Lorraine Adams-

Memorial services for Gretchen Bruns, age 73, of Braddyville, Iowa, who entered into peace Monday, February 7, 2011 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa, were held Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Braddyville, Iowa with Pastor James “Buck” Buckhahn. Visitation with the family was held 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be in the Shearer Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa at a later date. Memorials may be given in her name. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Gretchen Lorraine (Adams) Bruns was born on April 7, 1937 in Athelston, Iowa, to Elbert Roland and Alaseba Emma (Forward) Adams, the youngest of four children. Gretchen graduated from Blockton High School in 1955 and worked in secretarial positions until she met and married Larry Bruns on October 13, 1957 in the Blockton Christian Church.

Gretchen and Larry began their marriage in Omaha as Larry completed his technical schooling as a mechanic, then they moved to Clarinda, Iowa where they made their home until 1979 when they purchased an acreage in rural Braddyville. Gretchen worked in various positions until the marriage was blessed with children, then she chose to enter the hardest vocation on earth: “stay-at-home mom.”

Gretchen’s faith was a deep part of her life. Throughout her life time she was a member of the Blockton Christian Church, the First Christian Church of Clarinda, the First Baptist Church of Clarinda, the Braddyville Christian Church and finally the United Methodist Church of Braddyville. At various times she taught adult and children’s Sunday school, led children’s choirs, served in the United Methodist Women, served in dinners and other fundraisers, and gave of her artistic gifts through all of them. Gretchen “transferred her membership to the church victorious” on February 7, 2011, at the Clarinda Regional Health Center.

Gretchen deeply loved her family-- both her two- and four-legged children. Her hands never rested for long. Always there was something in them, a crossword, a deck of cards to play solitaire, a paint brush for canvas, china or even fabric. She loved discussions, especially about the Bible and faith. She also gave of herself in her gift of sewing. Her children, their friends, and even the schools they attended were recipients of the work of her nimble fingers and her sewing machine.

Gretchen was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, Margaret Sue, her brothers, Elbert John and Warren, and her beloved husband, Larry.

Gretchen is survived by her children: Robin Thomas and her husband, Richard, currently of Titonka, Iowa; Larry John Bruns of Missouri; and Chris Bruns and his wife, Nicky, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; twelve grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; her sister, Pauline Webb of Townsend, Montana; her sister-in-law, Vicky Adams; nieces, nephews, other family and many friends

 

Collins, Richard George - Richard George Collins, 82, Hopkins, Mo. Passed away peacefully Thursday, January 6, 2011 at his home with his family at his side.
Born on June 7, 1928 in Monticello, MN to George William and Mary L. Peterson Collins, they preceded him in death. Richard was a farmer and along with his father, milked and raised a purebred Jersey cowherd in Wright County, MN. He played high school football and remained an avid football fan. He had attended the University of Minnesota.
After serving his country in the U.S. Army in WWII and receiving the WWII Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal Japan, he was united in marriage to Kathleen May Robinson. They were married on December 27, 1950 in Monticello, MN.
Following the death of his father, Richard and Kathleen purchased a farm west of Hopkins and moved there in 1966. They raised their children, farmed and raised hogs and beef cattle. Richard was a member of the Wray Memorial United Methodist Church, Hopkins, Mo, was a 4-H project leader and an Honorary FFA Chapter Farmer. Richard liked to hunt and be outdoors, and especially loved hunting stories.
Besides farming, Richard had worked as a carpenter with Woodruff-Arnold, and had worked at NWMSU, both of Maryville, Mo.
Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Kathleen May, of the home, his children, son, James (Carolyn) Collins of Bedford, IA, daughters, Carmen Larabee, Maryville, MO, Georgia (the late Marvin) Miller, Lenox, IA, Joan (Martin) Hemenway, Rogers, AR, and Carol (Allen) Hersh, Conception Junction, MO; a sister, Jane Cornelius, Monticello, MN, and eight grandchildren, Jeremiah Larabee, Jedidiah Larabee, Brandie Miller, Suzanne Miller Sulzer, Cody Hersh, Jacklyn Hersh, Collin Hemenway and Julian Hemenway; two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services were Monday, January 10, 2011 at the Wray Methodist United Methodist Church, Hopkins, MO. Burial was in the Shearer Cemetery, Braddyville, IA. Military Honors were conducted at the cemetery by the Sergy American Legion Post #98, Clarinda, IA.
Memorials: Asera Care Hospice, SSM Hospice of NW Missouri, Wray Memorial United Methodist Church, Hopkins, MO or Laura Street Baptist Church, Maryville, MO. Memorials can be sent to the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, 206 E. South Hills Drive, Maryville, MO 64468.
Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home was in the charge of the arrangements. For online guest book and obituary, visit www.bramfuneralhome.com

 

Donelson, Harlan Jacob "Jake" - Harlan Jacob (Jake) Donelson, Jr. went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the Bryan Heart Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The memorial service was held Wednesday morning, January 19, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Shambaugh. Jake was buried at Maple Hill Cemetery in College Springs, Iowa

Memorial services for Harlan "Jake" Donelson of Shambaugh will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church of Shambaugh. A time of visiting and fellowship will follow at the Community Building with a luncheon to be served. Memorials are suggested to United Methodist Church of Shambaugh or Harvest Fellowship Church of Shambaugh. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Harlan Jacob (Jake) Donelson, Jr. went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the Bryan Heart Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was born November 17, 1925 in Fairfax, Missouri; the third child and only son of Harlan Jacob Donelson, Sr. and Melissa Cox Donelson. Jake had three sisters: Kathleen, Louise and Sadie Ellen.

Jake attended the Evening Star Country School and was a boy scout. In high school he was active in FFA. He graduated from Fairfax High School, and at the age of 17 he joined the Army Air Force and service in W.W. II. At Iowa State University, he met the love of his life, Eudora Ann Williams.

They were married August 29, 1948. While at ISU, Jake sang in the Collegiate Methodist Choir and was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. After graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, Jake began a lifelong career in the field of Agriculture. This included teaching Agriculture to G.I.s after W.W. II, farm management and eventually the manufacture of grain equipment.

He and his wife Ann co-owned and operated a grain-handling equipment-manufacturing company. Jake held 16 U.S. patents. He was a past president of the Iowa Inventor's Congress, served on the Marshalltown School Board and was listed in Iowa's Who's Who for his field. In his retirement years, Jake worked for Aegon Insurance in Texas. He enjoyed fishing, flying model airplanes, traveling, but most of all, time spent with his family. He built or remodeled three different family homes.

Jake was a devoted Christian, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is preceded in death by his father, mother, stepmother Grace Donelson; sisters: Kathleen Donelson Harmes and Louise Donelson Burttram; niece Nickalyn Mitchell Roberts; nephews Bill Harmes, Don Burttram and Joe Steele.

Jake is survived by his loving wife Eudora Ann Donelson of Shambaugh; children Kathryn Collins and husband Chip of Dickson, TN, David Donelson of Dallas, TX and Pamela Burns and husband Charles of Garland, TX ; sister Sadie Ellen Steele; grandchildren: Robert Collins and wire Rachael of Atlanta, GA, Melissa Collins of Houston, TX , Megan Collins of Bryan, TX, Emily Donelson Vaughn of Dallas, TX, Anna Burns of Garland, TX and Adam Burns of Garland, TX; great-grandchildren: Stella Vaughn, Chloe Collins and Nicholas Adam Fitzgerald; nieces: Nita Harmes, Pat Harmes, Anne Janssen and Patricia Maloff nephews: Harmon Burttram, Jim Steele, Bradley Mitchell, Blaine Mitchell and Steven Williams; brothers in law: Wendell Mitchell and Dr. Wendell Williams; sisters in law: Dr. Christina Mitchell and Gretchen Williams.

The memorial service was held Wednesday morning at the United Methodist Church in Shambaugh. Jake was buried at Maple Hill Cemetery in College Springs, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to United Methodist Church or Harvest Fellowship Church both in Shambaugh. Funeral arrangements were handled by Walker-Merrick Funeral Home

 

Fallmer, Leasa G. Smith - Leasa was born May 27, 1958, the daughter of Zane David and Mary Ann (Chaney) Smith. She graduated in 1976 from Hoffman Estates High School in Illinois. In 2005, Leasa earned a degree from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Minnesota. Leasa married Jerry (Tree) Fallmer December 30, 2004.

Her many passions included cooking, floral design, camping, reading and animals.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry, and beloved dog Molly of Holstein, Iowa; daughter, Amber Braymen of Clarinda, Iowa; grandson, Malaki of Clarinda, Iowa; mother and step-father, Mary Ann and James Asher of Clearmont, Mo.; sister, Lori and husband, McCalvin Freeman of Airmont, N.Y.; uncle, Richard Stewart of Clearmont, Mo., aunt, Marjorie Smith of Elmo, Mo.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father; and beloved dog Sassy.

Leasa G. Fallmer, 52, of Holstein, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics of Iowa City. A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa. Burial followed at the Clearmont Cemetery of Clearmont, Mo. A visitation was held on Friday, January 7, 2011 at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Holstein, Iowa. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of the local arrangements

 

Fine, Loretta Mae Anderson - Loretta Mae Fine, 86, of Braddyville, Iowa and Tucson, Ariz., passed away on December 31, 2010 at Hospice of the Valley in Tempe, Ariz. She recently had been living with a niece, Judy Fallon, in Tempe and died of failing health.
Loretta was born November 28, 1924 in Boone, Iowa to Martin Anderson and Mary (Eichoff) Anderson.

She attended the Lutheran Church and public schools in Ogden, Iowa. Later, in the 1960's, she attended Clarinda Junior College majoring in Secretarial and Business. As a young woman she lived and worked in San Francisco, Calif., Des Moines, Iowa, and worked at munitions plants in Burlington, Iowa.

She married Kenneth Wayne "Cotton" Fine on May 7, 1951 in Bentonville, Ark. They resided in and near Braddyville as well as having brief residences in St. Paul, Minn., Medical Lake, Wash., and LaSalle, Colo. They became "snow birds" in Tucson, Ariz., in 1980 living six months of the year there with son, Timothy, and returning to Iowa to be with their other son, Thomas, during the summer months.

She was a caring wife, mother, and homemaker. One of her admirable accomplishments was her unselfish care given to her family and others during times of serious illness. Her faith in God strengthened her resolve.

Loretta had an antique shop for decades in Braddyville where she also managed rental property and worked for Bob and Virginia McClure. While in Tucson she and Cotton worked for her sister's real estate company, painting and cleaning properties. There they also enjoyed playing Indian Bingo in their spare time. Loretta was a crossword puzzle enthusiast. Over the years she also attended and won many senior level spelling bees at the Iowa State Fair.

Preceding her in death are her husband, Cotton Fine, in 2003; and all of her siblings, Ed Anderson of Alaska, Bob Anderson of Des Moines, Ruth Hoskins of West Des Moines and Edie Marie Jones of Tucson, Ariz..
She is survived by her sons, Thomas Martin Fine of Braddyville, Iowa and Platte City, Mo., and Timothy Wayne Fine of Tucson, Ariz.; her grandson, Adam Wayne Fine of Red Oak, Iowa; and her great-granddaughter, Iyla Marie Fine, also of Red Oak, Iowa.

The visitation and funeral service were held at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda, Iowa, 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, and was conducted by her daughter-in-law, Dr. Joy Weydert-Fine. She was interred at Shearer Cemetery near Braddyville, Iowa. Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral service. Because of her love for animals, in lieu of flowers the family suggests making a donation to your local Humane Society in Loretta's memory. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel 712-542-4200 www.EFC.cc

 

Fitzpatrick, Monte Edward - Memorial services for Monte Fitzpatrick, 52, of Shenandoah, Iowa, who entered into peace Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 at his home near Norwich, Iowa were held Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Wayne Elliston officiating.

Monte Edward Fitzpatrick, 52, of Shenandoah, Iowa unexpectedly passed away on December 31, 2010. Monte was the oldest child of Hayes and Evelyn (Elliston) Fitzpatrick, born June 19, 1958, on the air force base in Amarillo, Tex.

Monte's father was in the Air Force, which placed the family in Texas, Kansas, Spain, Germany, Illinois and finally settling down in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he would attend Crestview Elementary and nearby Sandia View Academy. Finishing academy, Monte went on to college at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Tex., where he pursued his dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Life took him another direction, to nursing school in Iowa, where he would complete his LPN and fall in love with helping the elderly. He worked at Clarinda Regional Center and then at Goldenrod Manor where he'd worked from 1996 and for the rest of his life.

Monte had enjoyed being a Porsche Club member and occasionally grabbed the chance to attend local and national car shows. Monte was a loyal fan of Dale Earnhardt and Dale Junior - having a collection that die-hard fans would only dream of. For Monte, there were some things he didn't question: The Cowboys legacy, how Snoopy's still cool, that working hard is the only way to work, and that anything can be fixed with a little ingenuity.

Monte was the handyman of our time, creating the birdcage at Goldenrod Manor, restoring cars for his children, and making saddles on the side. He's mastered it all. This includes Monte's famous cakes he'd take for the staff at Goldenrod, always getting requests for more. Animals were also on Monte's heart. It's no secret that he loved snakes and species unheard of before. This inspired his children to share his compassion for God's creation.

Monte loved his job at Goldenrod - the staff and residents were the talk of his evenings at home. He lived for his children, family, and the people at Goldenrod.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Cassi Fitzpatrick, Brandi Fitzpatrick, Kirsti Fitzpatrick, and his son Wyatt Fitzpatrick. Monte's parents Evelyn Fitzpatrick and Hayes Fitzpatrick also remain, along with his younger sister Darlene Fitzpatrick.

Monte will never be forgotten as the man who went the extra mile, to make someone laugh and smile. God's blessed his time here on earth. His children will never forget his encouraging words that one-day they'll be together in heaven - enjoying God's critters and never parting again

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

 

Foster, Ruby Ellen Raymond - Ruby Ellen (Raymond) Foster was born on July 20, 1924 on a farm Southeast of Farragut, the daughter of Ruey Leland and Cora Ruth (Ferrell) Raymond. Ruby entered into eternal rest on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Ruby attended school in the Farragut area and graduated from Farragut High School with the Class of 1941. On July 22, 1950 she was united in marriage to Everett L. Foster.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Everett, and brothers Bob and Dick Raymond.

Those left to honor her memory include her children Susan Foster, Rebecca “Becky” Foster, and Gregg Foster and wife Carolyn; step-son Michael Foster and wife Sherry; granddaughter Abby Foster; step-grandchildren Mark Foster and wife Kris and Katie Rush; nieces Debbie Dinsmore and husband Marlin , Judy Morgans and husband Jim and Pamela Roush and husband George; nephew Rusty Raymond and wife Mindy; other relatives and many friends

 

Hadden, Donald G. - Donald G. Hadden, 83, of Essex passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah with Pastor Jerry Lamb officiating.
There will be open visitation and viewing at the funeral home�from 11:00 a.m. to�6:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday morning prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery with full military rites provided by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88.
The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

Donald Gerald Hadden, son of Daniel Boone and Carrie Olivia (Jackson) Hadden, was born on July 27, 1927 at Essex, Iowa. He passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 83.

Donald grew up outside of Essex where he attended the Essex Schools, graduating from Essex High School with the Class of 1945. He worked at Johnson Locker in Essex and also worked at Mount Arbor Nurseries in Shenandoah during his working days. Don served his country during the Korean Conflict serving in the Army from June 1952 through May 1954.

On May 29, 1967, Donald was united in marriage with Mae Elizabeth Bartles at Fremont, Nebraska. Donald lived all his life in Essex with exception of his two years in the service. Don enjoyed camping and fishing. He was a member of the Shenandoah Eagles Club and also the Essex Hadden-Holmes-Weatherall American Legion Post #333.

Preceding Don in death were his parents; wife, Mae; two brothers, George and Wilson Hadden; sister, Allie Hadden; half-sisters, Golda, Flora and Dora Hadden.

Survivors include his step-son, Ben Williams; step-granddaughters, Angela and Stephanie; several nieces and nephews, Terry Hadden and wife Arilla of Essex, Michelle McGuire and Don Bartles of Shenandoah, and Jimmy Hadden of Red Oak; other relatives and friends

 

Haley, Ruth Elaine Woodruff - Ruth Elaine (Woodruff) Haley was born February 18, 1947 in Clarinda, Iowa the daughter of Henry Lee and Mary Lucille (Linebaugh) Woodruff. She passed away Monday, January 24, 2011 at Lake City, Iowa.
Ruth attended school at South Page, College Springs, Iowa. She worked at various cafes in the area until she was stricken with Multiple Sclerosis at about age 18.
Ruth has spent the last 15 years in the Twilight Acres Care Center in Wall Lake, Iowa. Tom and Pat Haley have seen to Ruth's needs for which the family is very grateful.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; a brother-in-law Darrell Parrott; a sister-in-law, Joann Woodruff; two nephews and a niece.
Ruth is survived by four sisters: Mary Eberly, wife of Don Eberly of Cheney, Washington, Joyce Crawford of Clarinda, Iowa, Florence Cross of Claremore, Oklahoma, Vicki Lasley, wife of Byron Lasley of Clarinda, Iowa; three brothers: Richard Woodruff and wife Carolyn of Des Moines, Iowa, Clair Woodruff and friend Becky of Moscow Mills, Missouri, Sam Woodruff of Shambaugh, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Ruth will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, January 30, 2011 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, with Pastor Charles Bowen officiating. Interment will be at Butler Cemetery, Shambaugh. Family visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials are suggested to Twilight Acres Care Center, Wall Lake.
Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel provided arrangements

 

Harden, Marilyn Meek - Marilyn Harden, 91, Burlington Junction, Missouri, entered into peace Thursday, January 13, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital, Maryville, Missouri. Visitation held 2-7 p.m., Monday, January 17, 2011 at the Christian Church, Burlington Junction with family present 5-7.

Funeral services held Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Christian Church, Burlington Junction, Missouri, with Reverend Matt Limback officiating. Burial in the Ohio Cemetery, Burlington Junction, Missouri

Funeral services for Marilyn Harden, age 91, of Burlington Junction, Missouri, who entered into peace Thursday, January 13, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital, Maryville, Missouri will be held Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Christian Church, Burlington Junction, Missouri, with Reverend Matt Limback officiating. Burial will be in the Ohio Cemetery, Burlington Junction, Missouri.

Marilyn (Meek) Harden was born June 1, 1919 on a farm nine miles south of Maryville, Missouri and she entered into peace Thursday, January 13, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital, Maryville, Missouri. She was the daughter of John F. Meek and Pearl B. (Wise) Meek. Marilyn was raised on a farm east of Burlington Junction in the heart of Toad Holler. She was educated at Gray Grove country school in Toad Holler. Her mother was the teacher at the school. Marilyn later attended and graduated from Burlington Junction High School in 1937. She continued her education at Cosmetology College and graduated in 1939. Marilyn married Rex Johnson in 1941 and they later divorced.

Marilyn worked as a beautician in Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri during the latter years of World War II. She owned and operated Jo-Lee Beauty Shop (named after her daughter, Joetta Lee) in Burlington Junction from 1946-1955. Marilyn and Wilford Harden were united in marriage June 9, 1955 at Kansas City, Kansas. She retired from the beauty shop to raise their family with the help of two very special friends, Ruby Krome and Fern Pitts, who helped with the ironing, cooking, cleaning and laundry.

Wilford and Marilyn enjoyed forty two years together. They especially enjoyed evenings at restaurants and trips with their special friends, Everett and Sarah Miller, Harold and Ida Harvey and Lloyd and Laverne Glendenning. Marilyn also enjoyed attending antique auctions. She was a devoted member of the Burlington Junction Christian Church and enjoyed her lunch and coffee friends at Sharon’s Café in Burlington Junction. Marilyn lived most of her life in the Burlington Junction area; she resided at Golden Living Nursing Home October 1, 2010 to December 6, 2010 and December 6, 2010 to January 5, 2011 at Nodaway Nursing Home, Maryville, Missouri.

Preceding Marilyn in death were her parents; infant daughter (1956); son, Jefford Charles Harden at the Lake of The Ozarks, Missouri (August 28, 1964); husband, Wilford Harden (May 4, 1997); sister, Imogene Carter; brothers, Robert Meek, Richard Meek and James Meek.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Joetta Lee Lyle and husband Sam of Burlington Junction, Missouri; sons, Maxford Clay (Max) Harden of Burlington Junction, Missouri and Bifford Charles (Biff) Harden and wife Sandra of Maryville, Missouri; grandchildren, Janford Ray Lyle of Maryville, Missouri, Jennifer Jillinda Kranda and husband Dave of Ft. Worth, Texas, Ricky Charles Harden and wife Natalie of Burlington Junction, Missouri, Shondra Lynne Harden of Maryville, Missouri; great grandchildren, Kevin Samuel Kranda and Kelli Margaret Kranda; nieces; nephews and many friends

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

 

Harms, Viola Jane "Vi," - Viola Jane Harms peacefully passed away on January 6, 2011 at Panora Nursing and Rehabilitation in Panora, Iowa.

Vi, as she was known to friends and family, was born October 19, 1927, in the former town of Athelstan, Iowa in Taylor County. Vi attended country school for eight years and later attended Mary Dunning School for Girls in Bedford. Vi's folks sold the farm and she graduated from Shenandoah High School. Viola married her high school sweetheart, Lester Donald Harms, on February 23, 1946 in Clarinda, Iowa, following his discharge from the Army. She worked as a secretary for KMA and sang with her sister Margene on KFNF. Following 14 years of marriage, Vi decided to go back to college to become an LPN, first attending Iowa Western Community College and graduating from Jennie Edmundson in Council Bluffs. Viola and Lester chose two children, Karen Lynn and Michael Lloyd, to be part of their family while making their home in Shenandoah. Vi was an LPN at Hand Community Hospital and later retired after 35 years from Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah. After retirement she continued to work part-time for Our House Preschool.

A life-long caregiver, Vi was known for her compassion, commitment to the family, her faith and sense of humor. She especially loved decorating for the holidays which made their family house a home for all who entered. After Lester, her husband, passed away on September 1, 2004, Vi moved to Fair Oaks in Shenandoah until she had a stroke. She spent the following years living at Panora Nursing and Rehab where she believed she was at home. She deeply cared for her family and even though her memory failed her in the final years, she always remembered the love of her life, Lester.

Preceding Vi in death were her husband, Lester; parents, Raymond and Ruby (Rusco) Treese; brother, George Treese; sisters, Gertrude DeMay and Margene Nicholas; niece, Amy (Nicholas) Rengstorf. Those left to cherish her memories are daughter, Karen Norton and her husband Greg of Ankeny, IA; son, Mike Harms and wife Dani of Shenandoah, IA; cherished grandchildren, Jeremy Norton of West Des Moines, IA, Jessica Norton of Waukee, IA, Matt Norton of Ames, IA, Sid Harms of Tarkio, MO, Sam Larson, Austin Larson and Zach Harms of Shenandoah, IA; step grandchildren, Jessica and Damian Mutchler; brother, Raymond Treese and wife Vera of Berea, KY; sister-in-law, Gloria Treese of Lincoln, NE; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and family friends.

Funeral Services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at the Assembly of God Church in Shenandoah, IA with Pastor Dan Van Woert officiating. Coleen Norton attended the memorial register, Special music for the service include the recordings of "I Believe", "I Can Only Imagine", "Dancing With Angels" and "I'll Fly Away". Casket Bearers for the service included Greg Norton, Jeremy Norton, Jessica Norton, Matt Norton, Mike Harms, Sid Harms and Sam Larson. Honorary Casket Bearers were Raymond Treese, Austin Larson and Zach Harms. Burial followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Panora Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Panora, Iowa

 

Hart, Farrel Frederick

Memorial services for Farrel Hart, age 62, of Bellevue, Nebraska, formerly of College Springs, Iowa, who entered into peace Sunday, January 16, 2011 at the Eastern Nebraska Veteran’s Home, Bellevue, Nebraska will be held Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church, College Springs, Iowa with Reverend James Crapson officiating. Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 19, 2011, in the Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Iowa prior to the service.

Farrel Frederick Hart was born June 28, 1948, in Clarinda, Iowa to Donald Hart and Esther (Winter) Hart. He grew up in the College Springs area and attended South Page Schools and graduated in 1966. He participated in sports in high school and earned a scholarship to play basketball at Tarkio College. Farrel earned a Bachelor Science in Biology from Tarkio College in 1970. He farmed for one year with his father and then continued his education at the University of Iowa taking graduate courses.

Farrel served his country in the United States Air Force from 1976 to 1980 as a weather specialist. He was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio for basic training and was then stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska and Offutt Air Force Base, Bellevue, Nebraska. Following the service, Farrel was a truck driver, courier, custodian and security guard in Omaha.

Farrel enjoyed sports all of his life both as a participant and fan. He also enjoyed reading.

Preceding Farrel in death were his parents.

Survivors include his sisters, Helen Hart of Clarinda, Iowa; Margaret Avery and husband David of Gretna, Nebraska, Shirley Hart of Sidney, Iowa; brother, Chris Hart and wife Linda of Gales Ferry, Connecticut; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends

Memorials may be directed to the United Presbyterian Church, College Springs, Iowa. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

 

Herron, Curtis Howard - Curtis Howard Herron was 69 years, 5 months, 3 days old. He was born August 3, 1941 to Edison and Florence (Rogers) Herron. He was a 1960 graduate of Edison High School in Council Bluffs, IA. He worked in Council Bluffs for several years. Curtis was married to Maxine LeBaugh on October 3, 1965. To this marriage, they had three children Kenneth James, Karyn Jean and Keith Jason.

Their marriage ended in 1974, then moving to Shenandoah and was employed at Henry Field's Nursery while living with his parents, Edison and Florence Herron.

He is survived by his mother, Florence of Shenandoah, sisters Betty Reynolds, Santee, NE, Mae Ann (Max) Bain, Farragut, IA, Mary (Albert) Howard, Malvern Care Center and Myrna Hayes of Shenandoah, IA, brothers, Clarence (Terry) Herron, Crescent, IA and Carl (Eva) Herron, Nashville, TN., granddaughter Kassie Ryan Herron, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be at the Shenandoah Eagles Lodge at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2011, with lunch following

 

Huckins, Donald Sinclair - Donald Sinclair Huckins, 86, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died January 7, 2011 at VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Visitation will be held Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., prior to the service.

Memorial services will be held at Walker Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, January 29, 2011

Donald Sinclair Huckins was born September 26, 1924 in Kankakee, Illinois, to Donald Sinclair Huckins and Florence Judd. After growing up in Kankakee, he enlisted/served with the 9th Air Force and was stationed in France where Donald met his future wife, Adele Roehm during the war and they later married in 1950.

Upon returning to the United States he attended Bradley and DePauw Universities in Illinois where he graduated with a Master's degree in psychology. He worked for the State of Iowa in the Psychology Department at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute until his retirement in 1959. Donald passed away January 7, 2011 at VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the age of 86. He is preceded in death by his parents Donald and Florence; wife Adele and brother Bill Huckins.

Surviving Donald are his friend Jeanny Knaff Shammas and her children; daughters Suzanne Wray and husband Richard of Glenwood, Iowa and Paula Larimer and husband Terry of Indianola, Iowa; sons William Huckins of Mason City, Iowa, Richard Huckins of Clarinda, Iowa and John Huckins of Columbus, Nebraska; 12 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and cousin Lynn Huckins of Fort Collins, Colorado.

A memorial service will be held at Walker Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, January 29, 2011. A visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be directed to: VAAAHS Memory 4002, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Voluntary Service, 2215 Fuller Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105

 

Humphrey, Jacob Norman "Jake" - Jacob Norman "Jake" Humphrey, 73, of Clearmont, Missouri died Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at Heartland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, Missouri following a brief illness.

Jake was born September 18, 1937 in Maryville, Missouri, the son of William Burch and Edna Irene (Fishell) Humphrey. A 1955 graduate of Clearmont High School, he attended Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville for two years. Jake served in the US Army.

He worked all of his life in the family business, Clearmont Oil Company and Humphrey Hardware in Clearmont. Jake is a member of the Clearmont Methodist Church and he was a member of the Clearmont Masonic Lodge until it closed.

Jake was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Michael Humphrey and William F. "Billy" Humphrey and a sister: Karen Cook.

Survivors include nieces: Miccia Humphrey, Maryville; Shelli Humphrey Wampler and husband, Derk, Higginsville, Missouri; nephew: William Paul Humphrey, Oakdale, Louisiana; sister-in-law: Audria Humphrey, an aunt: Thelma Guthrie, both of Clearmont; great-nieces and great nephews; great-great-nieces; cousins, and additional relatives and friends.

Visitation is 2-4 pm Sunday, January 16, 2011 at the Clearmont Baptist Church, Clearmont, Missouri. Funeral Services will be 11am Monday, January 17, 2011 at the Clearmont Baptist Church, Clearmont.

Memorials may be made to the Clearmont Community Club. Price Funeral Home, (www.pricefuneralhomemaryville.com), Maryville, Missouri

 

Kelley, Ruthe Annabelle Engstrand - Ruthe Annabelle (Engstrand) Kelley was born May 9, 1928 to Harry Oscar and Zeta Mae (Mann) Engstrand in Clarinda, Iowa. She grew up in rural Clearmont and graduated from Clearmont High School in 1946. She married Virgil Kelley on August 10, 1946 in Troy, Kan., and together they resided in the Clearmont/Braddyville area where they were blessed with four children: Ronald, Gerald, Carol and Barbara.

One of Ruthe's greatest passions was working with Virgil on the farm. She also worked at the Clarinda Herald-Journal and the Clarinda Regional Health Center for many years. Ruthe loved playing cards, bowling and had a variety of other interests. She was very active in the community and helped out with many organizations. She was an active member at the Braddyville Christian Church until her health declined.

Ruthe passed away Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 at the Villiage Care Center in Maryville, Mo. Preceding Ruthe in death were her parents; husband Virgil; brothers: Wendell, Orland and Martin Engstrand; brother-in-law Burman Kelley; sister-in-law Sharlene Engstrand; great-grandson Garrett Kelley, as well as many other loved ones.

Ruthe's love of laughter and kindness was unparalleled to family and friends. Her strength was drawn from making people smile and her positive energy was contagious to anyone she encountered. Her greatest legacy was her unconditional love for her family which was shown through her dedication and love.

Remaining to cherish Ruthe's memory are her children: Ronald and Pam Kelley of Braddyville, Iowa, Gerald Kelley of Bedford, Iowa, Carol Fields and husband Michael of San Antonio, Tex., and Barbara Hann-Cost and husband Bennett of The Colony, Tex.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Kenneth Kelley and wife Nadine of Nevada, Iowa; sisters-in-law: Phyllis Engstrand of Clarinda, Iowa, Lois Engstrand of Braddyville, Iowa, Betty Kelley of Clearmont, Mo., and Joan Kenagy of Shenandoah, Iowa, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Ruthe A. (Engstrand) Kelley, 82, of Clearmont, Mo., were held January 8, 2011 at the Braddyville Christian Church in Braddyville, Iowa. Burial was at the Braddyville Cemetery in Braddyville, Iowa. Memorials are suggested to the Braddyville Christian Church or the Braddy Hall in Braddyville. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

 

Kenagy, Karl Wesley - Karl Wesley Kenagy was born August 19, 1939 in Page County, Iowa, the son of Arthur B. and Ethelen (Knowles) Kenagy. He passed away at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday evening, December 28, 2010 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 71 years, 4 months and 9 days.

Karl grew up in Page County and attended College Springs schools. He graduated from Amity High School in 1958. Following high school, Karl was united in marriage to Terri Lynn Wilson. This union was blessed with three children; Duane, Eleia and Kevin.

Karl attended Maryville State Teachers College for one year then went to work for Greenwod and Orth Motors in Clarinda. Karl and Terri moved to Des Moines where Karl worked for Sumner-Ramsey Pontiac from 1964 until 1977 when they returned to College Springs to help with the family farm. He opened his own auto repair shop and operated it until his health would not allow him to. He served on the South Page School Board and the Amity Hall Board. He was a member of the College Springs Presbyterian Church where he served as a trustee and most recently as an Elder. He enjoyed drag racing, farming, cattle, especially the bottle and bucket calves with his grandchildren; and he enjoyed helping with various 4-H projects. Karl also made scrapbooks for all of the members in his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Terri; a sister, Evelyn Lortz; and a brother-in-law, Robbie Wilson.

Survivors include his children, Duane Kenagy and his wife Brenda of Clarinda, Iowa, Eleia Sunderman and her husband Rich of Clarinda, Iowa. Kevin Kenagy of Clarinda, Iowa; five grandchildren, Ashley and Amber Kenagy, Cheyenne and Chanda Sunderman, and Jenna Kenagy; a sister, Elaine Cobb and her husband Chuck of Arkansas; two sisters-in-law, Tammy Mather and her husband Gary of Burlington Junction, Missouri, Jean Wilson of Shambaugh, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Kip Wilson of Kansas City, Missouri; along with many other relatives and friends

Covenanter Cemetery. Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa.

 

Kendrick, Melba Louise Chrisman - Melba Louise (Chrisman) Kendrick was born May 2, 1930 to Oliver and Mabel (Cowan) Chrisman in Broken Bow, Neb. Her family moved to the Northboro, Iowa area before settling into Guss, Iowa. Melba went to county school and later graduated from Villisca High School in the class of 1948.

She married Thelbert Harold Kendrick on June 1, 1948 and together they settled near Guss where they currently reside. Melba was active in many organizations such as Helping Hand in Guss, The Hobby Club, and the American Legion Auxiliary for 42 years. She was an active member at the United Methodist Church in New Market. Melba enjoyed knitting and was a skilled painter, painting Thelbert's hand made trinkets as well as canvas paintings. Melba also decorated and delivered cakes for a variety of occasions for 30 years.

Melba passed away December 31, 2010 at the Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Russell Chrisman who passed away in childhood.

Melba is survived by her husband, Thelbert, of New Market, Iowa; sons Jackie Douglas Kendrick of Bellevue, Neb., Dennis Lee Kendrick and wife Wanda of Owasso, Okla., and Randall Ray Kendrick of New Market, Iowa; granddaughter Megan Renee Warrick and husband Scott of Clarinda, Iowa and a great-granddaughter, Jersey Warrick, also of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces and nephews: Lonnie Kendrick, Beverly Kendrick, Marilyn Barr, Martha Rose and Judy Blackburn.

Memorial service for Melba L. Kendrick, 80, of New Market, was held Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. Interment will be at a later date at Guss Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Melba Kendrick Memorial Fund. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

 

Kingery, Donna "Granny" - DONNA (GRANNY) KINGERY, age 77 of Sidney, IA died Sunday, January 16, 2011 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE following an extended illness. Donna was born February 28, 1933 in Horse Creek, IA to Lafe Reeves and Velma A. (Simmerman) Reeves. She attended the Sidney Community Schools and on July 25, 1950 she was married to Ray Kingery in Rock Port, MO.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray Kingery; and 2 brothers, Charles and Gene Reeves. She is survived by 3 daughters, Linda Caldwell and husband Sam of Erie, CO, Donna Rae Livingston and husband Mike and Sherry Bohlen all of Sidney, IA; 7 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; 3 sisters-in-law, Betty Reeves of Sidney, Doris Brown of Oak Grove, MO and Sharon Kingery of Grinnell, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday, January 20, 2011 at the Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, IA with Pastor Craig Eberly of the Sidney Victory Life Church officiating. Visitation will be open after 5:00 PM Wednesday, and the family will greet friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral chapel. Interment will be in the Sidney, Iowa Cemetery and memorials will go to Sidney Fire & Rescue. The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, IA is in charge of arrangements

 

Lashier, Bryant - Bryant Lashier, 16, died Sunday, January 16, 2011, from injuries sustained in a car accident. A memorial service will be held 11 am Friday, January 21, 2011, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waukee.
Bryant was born July 18, 1994, in Omaha, Nebraska and lived in Waukee for the past nine years. He was active in St. Boniface and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Bryant was a member of the Waukee Football team and the Waukee Track and Field team.
He enjoyed hanging out with family and friends, playing video games, watching movies and listening to music. Bryant had a quick wit, huge smile and was always the first to give a hug.
Bryant is survived by his parents, Chris and Christin (Burkhiser) Lashier, his siblings, Courtney Lashier and Nick Lashier, all of Waukee; his grandparents, Vivian Lashier of Shenandoah, John Burkhiser of Farragut and Barbara (Tom) Miller of Farragut; his great-grandfather, Kenneth Livingston of Farragut as well as many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, C. Neil Lashier.
The family will receive friends from 4 - 7 pm Thursday, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, where a Vigil Service will be held at 7 pm.� Memorials given to the family will be directed to the Waukee football program.
As Bryant would always say, "Love ya"

 

Leftwich, Kim Erickson - Kim (Erickson) Leftwich, 35 of Denison(formerly of Shenandoah) passed away on Thursday afternoon following a brave battle with cancer. Rose Hill/Shen cem. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Kimberly Marie Leftwich was born on September 3, 1975 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Byron Lee and Karen Marie (Hendrickson) Erickson. Kim entered into the arms of the Lord on Thursday, January 27, 2011 in Denison, Iowa following a courageous battle with cancer.

Kim attended school in Shenandoah and graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1994. She attended Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. She was united in marriage to Leslie Leftwich on August 3, 1996 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. The couple resided in Council Bluffs, Iowa City, Omaha, NE, Milton, FL, Shenandoah, and Denison. The couple's marriage was blessed with the birth of two precious daughters, Hannah and Abigail.

Kim worked as a Certified Nurses Aide for Lantern Park Nursing and Rehabilitation in Corallville, IA and later at Parsons House in Omaha, NE. She had most recently been working at Wal-Mart in Shenandoah. Kim was baptized and confirmed in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. For the past ten years, she had been serving the Lord in the Southern Baptist Church. She was currently a member of the Pioneer Baptist Church in Denison where her husband Les, is serving as Pastor.

Kim was a dedicated wife and mother. She loved spending time with her family. Time spent in the kitchen cooking brought her much joy. She enjoyed being an active church member. She could often be found helping out with the children's activities or assisting the elderly. She also like to watch college football and cheer on her favorite team the Iowa Hawkeyes. Watching movies was another favorite pastime of Kim’s.

Those welcoming her into heaven were her grandparents Dorothy and Raymond Hendrickson and Violet and Herbert Erickson and her mother-in-law Carol Leftwich.

Those left to honor and cherish her memory include her husband Les Leftwich of Denison; her daughters Hannah and Abigail Leftwich of Denison; parents Byron and Karen Erickson of Shenandoah; sisters Stacy McCarthy of Omaha and Brooke Erickson of Shenandoah; 4 nephews Devin Herr of Shenandoah, Shiloh McCarthy of Omaha and Jeremiah and Gabriel Leftwich of Plattsmouth; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of good friends

 

Luther, Katherene Marguerite Shoemaker - Katherene Marguerite Luther was born October 27, 1924 in Knoten, Iowa, the daughter of Charles Henry and Marguerite Morene (Parr) Shoemaker. She passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at the Nebraska Medical Center at the age of 86 years, 2 months and 24 days.

Katherene grew up in Southwest Iowa and graduated from New Market High School in 1941. On August 21, 1945 she was united in marriage to Carroll Luther in Troy, Kansas. This union was blessed with two children, Sue and Donald.

Katherene worked as the office manager for the Appleman Manufacturing Company in Nebraska City, Nebraska for 17 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah and was an active member of C.W.F. She was also a member of the Mary-Martha Circle, the Bricker Senior Citizen Center and the G.T.G. Club in Clarinda.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Carroll; and a brother, Charles Shoemaker.

Survivors include her children, Sue Lieber and her husband Darrell of Sioux City, Iowa, Donald Luther and his wife Robin of Spokane, Washington; a sister, Delores Renander of Bethesda, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Shoemaker of Clarinda, Iowa; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Clarinda Cemetery. Kirsch Funeral Chapel.

 

Mann, Robert L. -

Funeral services for Robert L. Mann, age 90, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa were held Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Allen Bash officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at the funeral home with Masonic Services held at 6:00 p.m. Burial was in the Braddyville Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa with military rites by American Legion Post 98.

Robert was born June 9, 1920 at Colfax, Illinois, the son of Lee Mann and Elsie (Peek) Mann. He attended school at Pekin and Lilly, Illinois before entering fourth grade in Danvers, Illinois until he graduated to spend his senior year at Carlock, Illinois (1938). He was active in basketball, baseball, track, Glee Club, operetta and school plays.

Bob was married to Edith Dopler and later they divorced. He was united in marriage to Pauline Woodward in 1961 and she preceded him in death. On June 6, 2003, he was united in marriage to Maxine Kissinger.

Moving to Moline, Illinois in 1940, Bob was employed by Rock Island Arsenal and later was the manager of the foundry division of Atom Manufacturing Corporation. From 1942-1945, he served his country in the United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He was employed by International Harvester Company, Farmall Works from 1947-1963. Moving to Clarinda in 1963, he was employed by Lisle Corporation as a tool and die maker and remained there until his retirement. Following his retirement he was bailiff for the Page County Court.

Bob was a member of the Masonic Lodge A.F. and A.M and was Past Master and District Lecturer, a DeMoley Dad, Royal Arch Masons, Eastern Star, Past Worthy Patron and Past Grand Chapter Committee member. In his early years, Bob enjoyed tennis, softball, golf, basketball, training and contesting horses in shows and was a member of the Tri-City Motorcycle Club. In his retirement, he enjoyed making harness and pony sized vehicles which he drove in parades.

Preceding Bob in death were his parents; wife, Pauline; stillborn daughter, Robin Lee Mann; grandson, Joseph Prescott; sister, Frances Best.

Survivors include his wife Maxine Mann of Clarinda, Iowa; daughters, Patricia L. Drake and husband Donald of Eufaula, Oklahoma, Linda Lou Wilson and husband Richard of Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma, Mary Larue Brackett and husband Earney of Muskogee, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren; twenty two great grandchildren; seven great, great grandchildren; sister, Hazel Jack and husband Earnest of Moline, Illinois; niece, Jean Bell of Davenport, Iowa

Memorials maybe directed to the National Federation of the Blind. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

 

Marsh, Naomi Darlene Lunsford - Naomi Darlene Marsh was born December 3, 1934 near Oregon, Missouri at the rural home of her parents Lester Warren and Leda Inez (Muir) Lunsford. The Lord called her home on Sunday evening, January 23, 2011 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 76 years, 1 month and 20 days. Burial Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa.

Known all her life as Darlene, she grew up in the Holt County, Missouri area and graduated valedictorian of the New Point High School class of 1952. She attended one year of college at Ozark Bible College in Joplin, Missouri. On June 18, 1953 she was united in marriage to Lyle Keith Marsh in New Point, Missouri. This union was blessed with four children, James Franklin, Timothy Warren, Mary Evelyn, and Ronald Paul.

After their divorce in 1966, Darlene raised her children in Elmo, Missouri. Darlene was first and foremost a homemaker, but to support her family she babysat other children, cleaned houses, assisted the elderly, and worked various other jobs. The family attended the Elmo Christian Church where Darlene taught Sunday school, Bible studies, VBS, and youth groups. Three weeks out of every summer she also served as a cook at Flaming Spirit Christian Camp near New Point, Missouri.

In 1979 Darlene moved to Missouri Valley, Iowa where she worked at Longview Nursing Home in the housekeeping and dietary departments for 14 years. In 1993 she moved to Clarinda, Iowa where she became a cook at the Bethseda Care Center. She later worked in the dietary department at the Clarinda Hospital until her retirement. She then made her home at Clarhaven apartments where she enjoyed cross stitching, embroidering, crocheting, reading, and puzzles.

Faith, family, and friends were most important in Darlene’s life. She was a member of the Missouri Valley Christian Church and diligently attended the Fairview Church of Christ in Clarinda. She always enjoyed seeing her family and loved reunions. Through the years, she attended many weddings & graduations and crocheted a blanket for each new baby. She kept in touch with friends by sending cards & letters, and when possible, she would travel to the New Point Alumni Banquet each year.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her children, Jim Marsh and his wife Dianna of Neola, Iowa, Tim Marsh and Marlene Gordon Omaha, Nebraska, Mary Rine and her husband Jim of Coin, Iowa, Ron Marsh and Darcel Hallett of Beaver Lake, Nebraska; 12 grandchildren, Jody Marsh and his wife Brianne of Neola, Iowa, Heather Humbert and her husband John of Neola, Iowa, Adam Marsh of Neola, Iowa, Christopher Jereczek and his wife Stacey of Lakeville, Minnesota, Sherry Buckle and her husband Michael of Orlando, Florida, TJ Marsh of Sacremento, California, Amy Mays of Polk City, Iowa, Andy Rine and his wife Tammy of Shenandoah, Iowa, Jacob Rine of Curtis, Nebraska, Shannon Marsh and his wife Jessica of Kansas City, Missouri, Anthony Marsh of Clearmont, Missouri, Joelle Marsh of Beaver Lake, Nebraska; 16 great grandchildren; a brother LeRoy Lunsford and his wife Lillian of Bethany, Missouri; two sisters, Bethene Huss and her husband Don of San Diego, California, Nancy Abbott and her husband David of Melcher, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.

Darlene left a legacy of faith and love for all to honor and cherish. She will be greatly missed. Memorials may be directed to the Fairview Church of Christ in Clarinda or Deaf Missions in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa

 

Marshall, Mary Lou - Mary Lou Marshall was born April 18, 1935. She passed away on Monday afernoon, January 3, 2011 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Memorial services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2011 at the Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah.

Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Shenandoah.

A memorial fund has been established in her name. To leave online remembrances or condolences with the family, go to www.kirschfuneral.com.

The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lou Marshall was born April 18, 1935 in Allendale, Missouri, the daughter of Vern and Arlene (Gibson) Marshall. She passed away on Monday afternoon, January 3, 2011 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 15 days.

Mary Lou grew up in the Shenandoah area and graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1954. After high school she attended secretary school in Omaha for a year. She was later married to August Riemer. This union was blessed with four children, Donna, Roger, Dennis and Brian.

Mary was a homemaker who raised her four children. She worked several part time jobs with the last being a baker for the Waveland Fairground Café. She loved to read, cook and bake. She also liked to watch Roseanne and wrestling on TV. Mary really enjoyed her visits to Prairie Meadows Casino. But most of all, Mary enjoyed being with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Charles and Herbert Marshall; two sisters, Betty Williams and Marie Mather; a nephew, Tommy Mather; and a granddaughter, Brandy Marie Brown.

Survivors include her children, Donna Spieker and her husband Brett of Des Moines, Iowa, Ronnie Riemer of Des Moines, Iowa, Dennis Riemer of Des Moines, Iowa, Brian Riemer and his wife Kori of Tennessee; six grandchildren, Mark, Daniel, Adam, Dawn, Arlene and Mary; one great granddaughter, Aaliyah; a brother, Robert Marshall and his wife Peggy of Shenandoah, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends

 

Miller, Aurora Dawn Johnson - Aurora Dawn Miller was born February 7, 1979 in Hamburg, Iowa, the daughter of Dean and Barbara (Snow) Johnson. She passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2011 in Nevada at the age of 31 years, 11 months and 15days.

Aurora grew up in the Hamburg and Shenandoah area. She completed her high school education in Shenandoah and attended Iowa Western Community College for two years. In March 6, 2008, she was married to Mitch Miller, Jr. in Wilmington, Ohio. Aurora was a homemaker and a loving wife. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, sewing, various crafts and reading. Most of all, she loved her family, especially her children. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her two grandfathers, William H. Johnson and Darwin Snow, Sr.; and two aunts, Karen Blackman and Trish Snow; an uncle, Edward Lewis Miller, Jr; and an aunt, Kay Walker.

Survivors include her husband, Mitch Miller, Jr. of Shenandoah, Iowa; her children, Forrest Miller, Taylor Nardi, Wyatt Samuel Miller, Mason Miller, Damien James Dean Dawson and Jeremiah David Dawson; her parents, Dean and Barbara Johnson of Shenandoah, Iowa; a brother, Eric Johnson of Shenandoah, Iowa; two sisters, Andrea Slape and her husband Vic of Omaha, Nebraska, Cassandra Driskell and her husband Gary of Shenandoah, Iowa; father-in-law Mitchell Miller, Sr. and his wife Elaine of Roundup, Montana; mother-in-law, Cheryl Green and her husband Charles of Berryville, Arkansas; two grandmothers, Donna Jean Johnson of Shenandoah, Iowa, Aloma Jean Snow of Shenandoah, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends - Kirsch Funeral Chapel

 

Norman, Luella Gertrude Foster - Luella Gertrude (Foster) Norman was born on October 19, 1924 in Sheridan, Missouri the daughter of Floyd and Letha (Pierson) Foster. Luella entered into eternal peace surrounded by her loving family on Monday afternoon, January 31, 2011 at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Luella’s early years were spent in the Sheridan, Missouri area. She attended Foster School through the 8th grade. In an effort to help support her family, she had to sacrifice her own education to help care for her siblings. At the age of 18 years she moved to Shenandoah, Iowa where she would spend the rest of her life.

Luella was united in marriage to Marion Hilding in 1944. The marriage was blessed with the birth of one son, Curtis. Luella was later married to Edwin Norman in 1956. To this union two children were born LouRae and Mark. Luella worked at Spencer's Ice Cream Shop and also cleaned houses in later years. Some of her interests included playing cards and bingo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Donald, and sisters Opal, Elenore, and Dorothy.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Curtis Hilding and wife Sandy, Mark Norman and wife Michelle and LouRae Nelson and husband David; seven grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; sisters Ruth Rowe and Maxine Surplus; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends

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

 

Quist, Marjorie - Marjorie passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at the Fair Oaks Care Center Rose Hill/Shen burial. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home.

 

Scotton, Byron - passed away early Friday morning Jan 28, at Red Oak Rehab.

Byron W. Scotton, son of Bert and Alta (Tuttle) Scotton, was born on February 17, 1917, in rural Page County, Iowa near Northboro. Byron entered into eternal peace on Friday morning, January 28, 2011, at the Red Oak Rehab Care Center in Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 93.

His early years following graduation from Northboro High School in 1934 were spent working for the Burlington Railroad on the bridge gang for two years.

On February 28, 1938, Byron was united in marriage to the “love of his life” Ruby M. Irvin at Rock Port, Missouri. Following their marriage they farmed Walter Haynie’s farm, 160 acres on “Goldenrod” south of Northboro. Roughly 10 1/2 years later the couple moved to the farm 1/2 mile east of Northboro.

Byron was a dedicated husband and father who loved farming, what he did most all his life. He was a member of the Northboro United Methodist Church. Byron was also a member of the Northboro school band and the Emmanuel Masonic Lodge #405 of Blanchard, Iowa. He loved all sports, especially watching his grandchildren participate in their respective sports.

Preceding Byron in death were his parents; wife of 71 years, Ruby; sisters, Mildred Scotton and Odessa Pearson; and two brothers, Harold and Lyle Scotton.

Those left to cherish his memory include his three children, Karon Stanley and husband Jerry of Red Oak, IA, Ed Scotton and wife Diane of Bedford, IA, and Colleen Gilpin and husband Jeff of Omaha, NE; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; other family and dear friends

 

Shepard, Ruth Emma Bell - Ruth Emma (Bell) Shepard, 83, of Clarinda.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda with Rev. Beckie Linn Gregory officiating. Interment was at Clarinda Cemetery

Ruth Emma (Bell) Shepard was born on March 27, 1918 to Elza Franklin Bell and Lila Bertha (McMullin) Bell southwest of Clarinda, Iowa. She completed her eight grade education at Lee Grove country school. On February 14, 1945 she was united in marriage to Lyman Charley Shepard in Clarinda, Iowa. To this union were born sons Charles LaVerne and Merrill Lee. As a child she was a member of the 4-H Club in Harlan Township. She loved to sew, do embroidery and crochet. In later years she developed a passion for reading. For many years Ruth and Lyman farmed south of Clarinda and then later moved to Villisca before returning in their later years to Clarinda. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Clarinda. For years she cared for elderly relatives providing loving care for them in their advancing years.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lyman in February 2010, parents, her two brothers Franklin and Floyd Bell and sister Ellen Brown. She leaves to mourn her sons and their wives, LaVerne and Kay Shepard of Bedford, Iowa and Merrill and Sharon Shepard of Clarinda, Iowa; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many friends.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with interment at Clarinda Cemetery. Following the committal services a time of fellowship and lunch will be held at the Chapel. Memorials are suggested First Christian Church of Clarinda

 

Sickman, Helen wife of Wilbur - Helen passed away on Friday morning, January 14, 2011 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Burial St John's Lutheran Church, Westboro, Mo.

Helen Miriam Sickman was born September 25, 1924 near Bethesda, Iowa, the daughter of Anton E. and Laura F. (Peterson) Carlson. She passed away on Friday morning, January 14, 2011 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 86 years, 3 months and 20 days.

Helen grew up near Bethesda and graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1942. She then attended Teachers College for one year. On October 17, 1954, she was united in marriage to Wilbur Sickman at Bethesda. Iowa. This union was blessed with two children, Miriam and Gery.

Helen worked as a teacher and then as a cashier at Montgomery Wards. She sold Avon for over 38 years. Most recently she was the officer in charge at the Northboro Post Office. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at Westboro, Missouri and was active in the LCW group. She loved to bake cookies and work with her flower boxes. She always looked forward to selling her Avon.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Marie Malmberg and Katherine Yeske.

Survivors include her husband, Wilbur Sickman of Shenandoah, Iowa; her two children, Miriam Houchin and her husband Eugene of Shenandoah, Iowa, Gery Sickman and his wife Becki of Farragut, Iowa; six grandchildren, Matthew Houchin and his wife Melanie of Maryville, Missouri, Patrick Houchin and his wife Jeanette of Shenandoah, Iowa, Emma Sickman of Farragut, Iowa, Rachael Peterson of Adel, Iowa, Meagan Mattson and her husband Dustin of Villisca, Iowa, Jessica Keeton of Farragut, Iowa; 11 great grandchildren, Jacob, Jordan, Carter, Tyler, Trey, Irrys, Jacob, Jessie, Matthew, Jazmine and Tyson; a sister, Ruth Richards of Council Bluffs, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends

 

Stanbrough, Gerald "Jerry" - Gerald "Jerry" Stanbrough, age 70 of Essex passed away on Thursday afternoon at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Memorial Services are currently pending at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.hackettlivingston.com
Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

Jerry, 70, passed away on Thursday afternoon at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Inurnment will be in the Essex Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy of Essex; two sons, Kim Stanbrough of Omaha, NE and Pat Stanbrough and his wife Karen of Shenandoah; daughter, Dee Davis and her husband Rob of Seymour, IN; sevenn grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren;other relatives and many friends

 

Straight, James Luther "Jim" -

Funeral services for James “Jim” Straight, age 72, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska were held Friday, February 4, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Beckie Linn Gregory officiating. Masonic Service by the Plumb Lodge 285 A.F. & A.M. of Siam, Iowa held at 7:00 p.m. Burial was in the Center Grove Cemetery, Westboro, Missouri. Memorials may be directed to the Page County Cancer Society or to the Siam Masonic Lodge.

James Luther Straight was born March 18, 1938, at Guthrie County, Iowa to Leo Straight and Nora (Sartin) Straight. Jim and his two brothers and two sisters grew up in the Guthrie Center area and graduated from Guthrie Center High School. Jim served his country in the United States Navy from 1956-1960. Following the service he worked at several different jobs in the Omaha area and was a surveyor on the Highway 71 project when he came to Clarinda and met Karen McCoy. They were united in marriage on September 1, 1968 at the Methodist Church, Siam, Iowa. Jim and Karen made their home in the Clarinda area for forty two years. They were blessed with one daughter, Pallin.

Jim had a variety of occupations during his lifetime. He farmed and had his own gravel truck; jointly owned and operated the Western Store and worked at Pella Corporation when he retired. Following retirement, Jim’s favorite job was part time for his good friends, Larry and Debi Miller. Miller Oil was his first destination every morning. He would deliver oil, fix the lawn mower, tank wagon, Larry’s pickup or visit Debi in the office. If there weren’t any little jobs to do, he’d go back home and take a nap, but after he and Larry went to lunch of course! Jim enjoyed life and his greatest joy was his family and grandchildren.

Preceding Jim in death were his parents; brother, Bill Straight; brother-in-law, Jack McLaren.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Karen Straight of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter, Pallin Turner and husband Brooke of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren Nevada, Cordell and Chance Turner; sisters, Mary Doris McCoy of Vallejo, California and Joanne McLaren of Hartline, Washington; brother, Edward L. Straight of Shambaugh, Iowa; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

 

Sunderman, Rollyn Henry - Rollyn Henry Sunderman was born June 28, 1920 in Page County, Iowa; the son of Henry and Sedelia (Goecker) Sunderman. He graduated from Clarinda High School in 1937 and farmed around the Clarinda area. He married Jean (Steeve) Sunderman December 15, 1940 in Villisca, Iowa and together they celebrated being married for 70 years. They lived on a farm east of Clarinda until 1975 when they moved into town where Rollyn retired. He enjoyed hunting deer and coyote and playing cards. Rollyn will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

Rollyn passed away January 10, 2011 after a brief stay at Villisca Good Samaritan Center. He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Marcia Hamm; brothers: Bert and Harley Sunderman; sisters: Elvira Fastenau, Clara Hunter, Crystal Firkins and Ruby Sunderman; and 3 grandchildren.

Rollyn is survived by his wife of 70 years Jean Sunderman of Clarinda; daughters Judy Barker and husband Paul of Villisca, Iowa and Cheryl Wallace of Bedford, Iowa; son in law Ron Hamm of Shambaugh; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 1 great-great granddaughter; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services for Rollyn H. Sunderman, 90, of Clarinda, Iowa will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 13, 2011 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. Burial is at the Clarinda Cemetery. Following the burial, please join the family at the Hillside Missionary Church for a time of fellowship and lunch.

Memorials are suggested to the Hillside Missionary Church, American Heart Association or the National Kidney Foundation.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda is in charge of arrangements

 

Thompson, John William - John William Thompson was born November 1, 1942 at Maryville, MO to Verne Washington Thompson and Beulah Fern (Ulmer) Thompson. Bill passed away Tuesday morning, January 25, 2011 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, IA following a brief illness.

Bill worked on the farms in the area and helped with corn shelling and Waller Trucking & Transfer out of Malvern, IA. For twenty-two years he worked at Standard Chemical, a feed mill in Malvern. His love of teasing and a good joke will always be fondly remembered.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Verne and Beulah Thompson; grandparents, Frank and Goldie Marie Ulmer and John Riley Thompson; and cousin, Norma Ray.

He is survived by his brother, Vernon Thompson and his wife Jennie of Overton, NE; niece Angela Marie and her daughter Haley Mae Thompson of Elm Creek, NE; nephew, Vernon Eugene Thompson Jr of Overton, NE; cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be 1:30 Thursday, January 27, 2011 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda with Rev. Ted De Haas officiating. Interment will be at Hopkins Cemetery, Hopkins, MO. Family visitation will be Wednesday 4-6 p.m. at the Chapel. Memorials are suggested to New Market Fire & Rescue. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements

 

Thornburg, David - DAVID THORNBURG, age 34 of Malvern, IA formerly of Essex, IA, died Saturday, December 25, 2010 at Nebraska Methodist Hospital following an extended illness. David was born January 18, 1976 in Hamburg, IA to Al Thornburg and Marjorie (Wilson) Thornburg. He attended Essex High School and received a degree in Management of Information Systems from Iowa State University. He was currently working for Union Pacific as a Train Dispatcher in Omaha, NE.
David was a private pilot, a scuba diver, and loved to water ski and ride motorcycles. But his overriding passion, the last few years, was train dispatching. A job which demands attention to detail, quick thinking and the ability to plan train movements hours in advance and hundreds of miles away.
From a Union Pacific job description: We're looking for applicants with superior interpersonal and analytical skills, able to speak clearly, read and understand operating and safety rules, exercise good judgment, analyze problems and take corrective action. Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong aptitude for utilizing information systems and thrive in a fast-paced, pressure-filled work environment with changing priorities. Multi-tasking is a must. You must be able to identify and distinguish colors displayed on a video monitor and video display in order to read track labels, switch indicator lights and other safety sensitive indications.
He was good at his job and he won the respect and admiration of his fellow dispatchers. The support and love he received during his illness was inspiring.
David was preceded in death by his grandparents, Betty Thornburg and Tag Wilson. He is survived by his parents, Al and Marjorie Thornburg of Essex, IA; grandmother, Helen (Bobb) Wilson of Randolph, IA; brothers Jeff Thornburg and wife Laura of Essex and their children Colton and Quentin and Matt Thornburg and wife Alicia of Hastings, IA and their children Zach and Jenna; aunt, Elaine Fowler and husband Jim of Aguila, AZ; many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at the Presbyterian Church in Essex, IA with Rev. Jerry Lamb officiating. Visitations will be open after 5:00 PM Tuesday with the family greeting friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at the Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Tabor, IA. A memorial fund has been established and interment will be in the Randolph, IA Cemetery. The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Tabor, IA is in charge of arrangements

 

Twaddle, Lily May Cates - Lily Twaddle, 89, of College Springs, Iowa passed away Thursday, January 13, 2011 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Services are pending at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Maple Hill Cem, College Springs.

Lily Twaddle, 89, of College Springs, Iowa died Thursday, January 13, 2011 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda. Visitation with the family was held 9-10 a.m., Tuesday, January 18 at the funeral home prior to the service.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Beckie Linn Gregory officiating. Burial was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Iowa

Funeral services for Lily Twaddle, age 89, of College Springs, Iowa, who entered into peace Thursday, January 13, 2011 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa were held Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Beckie Linn Gregory officiating. Visitation with the family was held 9-10 a.m., Tuesday, January 18 at the funeral home prior to the service. Burial was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Iowa.

Lily May Twaddle was born January 7, 1922, in Casper, Wyoming, to John W. Cates and Katherine D. (Brown) Cates. She grew up in the College Springs area, graduating from Amity High School, College Springs, Iowa. She was united in marriage May 27, 1939, in St Joseph, Missouri to Harold K. Twaddle.

Lily lived her entire life in College Springs. She owned and operated the College Springs Café. She was very active in the College Springs community. She enjoyed flower gardening, feeding and watching the birds and had a love of nature. Her family and friends were very important to her and she had a love of all children.

Lily was an avid lover of nature in all its forms, tireless champion of children and underdogs, and humble devotee of the beauty of God’s magnificent creation. She provided solace and a safe house to generations of folks who were drawn to her for different reasons, whether they needed an empathetic ear, some encouragement, a bit of acceptance, a smile, or just a chat over a meal or hot cup of coffee. Her door was always open to visitors. If you were lucky, you might even get to enjoy a piece of delightful, never-to-be-duplicated pie. Her conversation was genuine and inquisitive, never trite. Lily gave an earnest ear to all, be they family, friends, or mere acquaintances. She consistently fostered self-confidence and emboldened the meek to express their individually, which in turn empowered many to make better life decisions based on understanding right from wrong, following their hearts and true beings, and maintaining their accountability to society. Above all, she taught that we must treat our fellow man with respect.

She was also the rare type who would simply confront you when were flat wrong and no one else had the courage of gumption to set you straight. But she delivered her message in such a way that you didn’t feel judged; you were merely spurred on to do a better job next time. It was like giving a voice to your own conscience when it fell mute, like the good angel on your shoulder when it ornery counterpart had been monopolizing the conversation. And even when you faltered and gave heed to the naughty whispers instead of the ones with integrity, Lily firmly believed that all people deserve second chances even if others had long written them off. She felt in her bones that we all posses the capability to regroup and aim ourselves in the right direction if given the proper sunlight, food, and ambient environment for growth. Somehow, at Lily’s patient hand, this special combination of nurturing often came out just right.

Regardless of any pain or injustice she ever suffered, she devoutly trusted in God’s benevolence, undoubtedly having to dig deep on occasion, but always finding the strength to surmount life’s challenges without becoming resentful or cynical. She chose her course carefully and never wavered. Not surprisingly, this same tenaciousness occasionally led her to being stubborn as a mule on certain things, but that was just part of her persona. Her laugh, which we’ve all had the joy to hear, charmingly tinkled about in the air all around you and held a musical quality that was spellbinding.

She was so, so proud of the accomplishments of her family and friends and loved to pass along stories she heard from one loved one to another. She especially enjoyed recounting the antics and uncensored comments of young children as they began to form their own impressions and leave unique footprints in this world. Her quest and hunger for continual life learning was never satiated and by example, she inspired in many the love of books and knowledge.

Preceding Lily in death were her parents; husband, Harold (5/27/1987); brother, Raymond R. Cates; sister, Mary J. Brunk.

Left to cherish her memory are children, Dan R. Cates and wife Elizabeth of Leesport, Pennsylvania, Michael F. Twaddle and wife Charlene of Clarinda, Iowa, C. Joell Pentico and husband Valiere of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Julie M. Pentico, Eric D. Pentico, Jason J.V. Pentico, Nicole A. Twaddle, Jessica E. Fewson, William D. Twaddle; great grandchildren, Lauren E. Rude, Connor D. Rude, Emma C. Rude, Kellen F. Pentico, Hope Marie Pinson, Janie J. Long, Jonah P. Long, J. R. Wilson, Lily Nicole Twaddle; nieces; nephews; and many friends.

Dearest Lily, may you forever fly with your beautiful birds through vast fields of heady flowers, soaring across the bluest of skies and into achingly spectacular sunsets. Please continue to be an angel for those of us here on earth that desperately love and miss you. In your honor, may we continue to pass on the light you so graciously shared with us to others who may need it. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll see you flitting outside our kitchen window once in awhile to perch and rest a bit before you alight on your merry way to bring a smile to another friend’s house

 

Volner, Cellia - Cellia Volner, 87 of Shenandoah entered into the arms of her Lord on Tuesday evening, January 18, 2011 at the Shenandoah Medical Center.
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the Assembly of God Church in Shenandoah, where Cellia was a faithful member. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. A memorial is currently being established.
Remembrances and condolences may be directed to the family at www.hackettlivingston.com.
Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

 

Wax, Cecille E. - Cecille E. Wax, 94, of Shenandoah died January 22, 2011 at Red Oak Rehabilitation Center. Cecille Elmer Wax, the son of Henry and Nora (Wooden) Wax, was born September 2, 1916 in rural Imogene, Iowa. Cecille graduated from Coburg High School in 1934. During World War II, Cecille served three years in the U.S. Army with the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion in Europe and was awarded the Bronze Star and other citations for his service. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1945. On December 20, 1945, he was united in marriage to Hazel Margaret Nicholas in Hiawatha, Kansas. The couple farmed in the Emerson, Iowa area until the 1970s, then moved to Emerson. He worked for the Iowa Highway Commission and later for the Shenandoah City Water Department, retiring from full-time work in the 1980s. He continued to work part-time for Emerson Farm Supply until finally retiring at age 80 to spend more time with his wife and to raise tomatoes, potatoes, and rhubarb. He was active in his church and American Legion posts in Emerson and Shenandoah. For more than 30 years, he and Hazel enjoyed attending annual summer reunions of the 818th Tank Destroyers, a group of 600 men and officers who participated in five major World War II battles, including the Battle of the Bulge.

Cecille was preceded in death by Hazel, who died in 2002 after more than 56 years of marriage; his parents; 3 brothers, Arthur, Glen, and Ora; and four sisters, Myrtle, Cara, Hazel, and Lucille. He is survived by a son, Bill Wax, and wife Denise of Omaha, NE; and a daughter, Marilyn Jensen and husband David of Farnhamville, IA; 7 grandchildren, Vallory Darting and husband Daniel, of Littleton, CO; Tami Canaday and husband Ryan of Denver, CO; Chelsea Wax of Omaha; John Honeyman and wife Melissa of Gilmore City, IA; Leah Rosado and husband Luis of Pomeroy, IA, Rachel Honeyman of Ames, IA, and Christopher Jensen of Cedar Falls, IA; 5 great-grandchildren; Christian and Grace Rosado, Theoden and Willow Honeyman, and Selah Canaday; sisters-in-law Verilee Nicholas of Essex, IA, and Mary Wax of Wayne, NE; aunt Madalene Perkins of Tabor IA; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Shenandoah. Visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, January 28, 2011 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel in Red Oak, Iowa.

Memorials are suggested to the Shenandoah United Methodist Church.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel, Red Oak, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements

 

West, Ethel Mae Bryant - Ethel West, 97, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Monday, January 10, 2011 at Westridge Care and Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa.

Funeral services held Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Nathan Dudley officiating. Burial in the Summit Cemetery, rural Yorktown, Iowa

Funeral services for Ethel West, age 97, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Monday, January 10, 2011 at Westridge Care and Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa were held Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Nathan Dudley officiating. Burial was in the Summit Cemetery, rural Yorktown, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Westridge Care and Rehab Center Activity Fund or to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Ethel Mae Bryant West was born February 17, 1913 to Albert and Mary (Browning) Bryant in Decatur County, Iowa. She attended and graduated from high school in Beaconsfield, Iowa in 1932. She was married to Charles (Chuck) West, August 1, 1932; they were blessed with one child, Patsy Lee.

Ethel worked for the Mental Health Institute in the Laundry Room and later as an assistant Matron.

Chuck and Ethel enjoyed camping and fishing and after retirement traveled extensively. Ethel’s hands were always busy with knitting or crocheting or crafts which she generously shared with family and friends. Her family was her greatest joy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Chuck; her brothers, Ralph and Howard Bryant and a sister, Alice Coy.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son in law, Patsy and Roger Linke of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren, Lee Ann and Frank Caracciolo of Omaha, Nebraska, Dave
and Karen Linke and Jon and Kathy Linke of Clarinda, Iowa and great grandchildren, Aaron and Shaylen Linke, Caleb Linke, Anna Linke, Ryan Linke and Renae Linke all of Clarinda, Iowa; many nephews and nieces and a host of friends

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

 

Westenburg, Howard Rudolph - Howard Rudolph Westenburg was born September 22, 1922 near Hepburn, Iowa, the son of Rudolph Cornelius and Signe Marie (Pearson) Westenburg. He passed away on Monday evening, December 27, 2010 at the VA Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 88 years, 3 months and 5 days.

Howard grew up in rural Page County and graduated from the Coin Consolidated High School in 1941. Following high school he served his country in the United States Army from 1943 until 1946 during World War II. He worked as a carpenter with Elton King and farmed with Darrell Murphy until he retired in 1983. On September 27, 1986 Howard was united in marriage to Mildred Penny in Blanchard, Iowa. Howard enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, gardening and repairing things. He had been a member of the Blanchard American Legion Post.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mildred; and a sister, Marvel Larson.

Survivors include his brother, Leslie Westenburg and his wife Bernita of Richardson, Texas; a sister, Darlene Dodway of Clinton, Iowa; five step children; thirteen step grandchildren; nineteen step great grandchildren; along with numerous other relatives and friends

Elmwood Cemetery, Coin, Iowa. Kirsch Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa.

 

Weston, Mary - Mary passed away on Friday evening, December 31, 2010 at Fair Oaks Residential Care Center in Shenandoah

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

Mary Josephine Weston was born November 8, 1915 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph A. and Elizabeth H. (Mascher) Fletcher. She passed away on Friday evening, December 31, 2010 at the Fair Oaks Residential Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 95 years, 1 month and 23 days.

Mary grew up in Shenandoah and graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1933. After high school, she was united in marriage to Carroll Millard Weston on July 14, 1934. This union was blessed with two sons, Donavon and Michael.

Mary worked for Dr. Teachout and Dr. Connell at the veterinarian’s office. She loved small animals and enjoyed interacting with the all the people that came in and out of the office. She was an active member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shenandoah and participated in the various ladies groups.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a brother, Donald Fletcher.

Survivors include her children, Donavon Weston and his wife Kathleen of East Moline, Illinois, Michael Weston and his wife Helen of Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania; two grandsons, Kevin Weston and his wife Donna of Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, David Weston of Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania; two great grandchildren, Jacob and Jillian Weston of Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania; along with many other relatives and friends

 

Zollars, Daniel "Dan," - Daniel "Dan" Zollars, age 59 of Shenandoah passed away on January 7, 2011 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha Nebraska following a brave battle with cancer.

Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at the Veterans Memorial Chapel in Rose Hill Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. The flag will be presented by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. The family will greet friends on Friday evening at the funeral home from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Daughters of Charity Retirement Fund or the American Legion Post #88 Flag Fund.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.hackettlivingston.com.

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

Daniel Patrick Zollars died on January 7, 2011 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha following a long illness.

Born on October 19, 1951 in Riverdale, Maryland, Dan was the third child of William Frank and Marie (Hoffman) Zollars. Dan's early years were spent in Kentland, Franklin Manor, and Harwood, Maryland.

During his senior year of high school, Dan's parents moved from Harwood. So Dan could graduate with friends, the Daniel McCafferty family welcomed him into their home for his senior year. Dan graduated in 1969 from Southern Senior High School in Harwood, Maryland.

Following graduation, Dan worked at Montgomery Ward until enlisting in the Army in 1971. Dan served as a welder in Germany and was discharged in 1974.

Dan and Amy Mullison of Shenandoah were married on June 20, 1974 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland; later that year they moved to Shenandoah. Dan and Amy had two children, "Darling daughter" Phoebe Jo and Samuel "Sammy" Patrick.

Through the years, Dan was employed by Farmaster, Nishna Valley Lumber, Eaton Corporation, United Building Supply, Nebel Construction, and as an independent roofer and carpenter.

Dan spent many hours in his "shop and pool room" in solitude, and with friend. Always creative and hardworking, Dan made many improvements to his home and worked hard to maintain it for his family's comfort and security.

Dan devoted many hours to the completion and maintenance of the Wabash Trace. Dan believed that the time and energy he spent volunteering on the Wabash Trace ensured that future generations would also find renewal of spirit in the beauty and peace of nature.

Each Memorial Day, Dan helped put up the flags at Rose Hill Cemetery. He looked forward to this yearly ritual as a time to enjoy company of his fellow veterans and honor his father's WW II Naval service.

Dan frequently turned to his aunt, Sister Mary Louise Zollars, for counsel and spiritual advice. Aunt Mary Lou's gentle guidance helped to confirm and strengthen Dan's personal faith.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents and brother Lewis Zollars. He is survived by his wife, daughter Phoebe Pittman and husband Robert of Charles City, IA and son Sam Zollars of Cedars Falls, IA; grandchildren Zadie Isabella and Fiona Mae Pittman; sister Donna Kay Zollars of Cumberland, MD; brother William Zollars and wife Pat of Manassas, VA; sister-in-law Sue Zollars of Elkridge, MD; special friends Dennis McCafferty, Andrew Hartge, Elmo' many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends