Page County, Iowa obituaries A - names

Aquino, Valentin Ralleta - Valentin Ralleta Aquino, age 70, the son of Procopio R. and Hazel E. (Working) Aquino, was born August 27, 1934, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and passed away January 16, 2005, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Until the age of four Val lived in Minneapolis with his family and then moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where he grew up and graduated from Des Moines Technical High School in 1952. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1952 and on July 11, 1953, Val was united in marriage to Betty Foley in Des Moines, Iowa. They lived in San Diego, California, while Val was stationed in the Navy. After his service they moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where Val attended Grandview College and Drake University graduating in 1959 with a degree in Business Administration.
During college Val worked for the Des Moines Register and after graduation from Drake University worked for the Department of Agriculture auditing dairy production. In 1961 they moved to Shenandoah, where he was associated with Henry Fields Seed and Nursery for 21 years until 1982. For a short time Val owned and operated Valentin Fine Jewelry and Gifts and in 1985 joined the staff at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1996. In 1997 Val opened and operated the Shenandoah Computer store.
Val was a member of the American Legion post #88, Shenandoah Elks Club #1122, past member of Shenandoah Rotary International, Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce, Junior Chamber of Commerce, and Junior Achievement Club. From 1973 to 1978 he was a member of the Shenandoah School Board serving as president from 1975 to 1976.
Val enjoyed working with computers, playing cards and loved to dance. When their children were growing up they all enjoyed spending time at Sun Valley Lake boating and fishing. He enjoyed cooking, especially cooking special breakfasts for his grandchildren when they were visiting. Val was known for his sense of humor.
Preceding Val in death were his parents and sister, Anneyre Anderson. Survivors include his wife, Betty Aquino of Shenandoah; daughter and son-in-law, Valori and Joe Kipp of Allen, Texas; son, Shawn Aquino of Des Moines, Iowa; and five grandchildren, Seth and Taylor Aquino of Des Moines, and Sawyer, Patten and Delanie Kipp of Allen, Texas. Also surviving are three sisters, Flora Miller of West Des Moines, Iowa, Annette Stephens of Carlisle, Iowa, Kathy Cleaver and husband, Gene, of Allentown, Pennsylvania; two brothers, Tim Aquino and wife, Donna, of San Francisco, California and Bill Aquino and wife, Pam of Palmdale, California, plus other relatives and friends.

A luncheon and reception with Val's family at St. Mary's Catholic Church will follow interment services at Rose Hill.

Memorials may be directed to the Shenandoah Public Library, Shenandoah Historical Museum or to Southwest Iowa Theatre Group.

Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Archer, Barbara Herr - Barbara Archer, age 52, of Clarinda, Iowa died on Thursday, January 11, 2001 at her residence in Clarinda as a result of a house fire. She was born on October 15, 1948 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Marion and Geneva Strange Herr. She was a nurse and had worked at the Rockport Care Center in Rockport, Missouri. She was survived by her children, Larry Herr and wife Robin of Grinnell, Iowa, Gerald Archer Jr. of Essex, Iowa, Lucinda Nichols of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Stacy Collins of Hamburg, Iowa, 10 grandchildren, mother Geneva Evans of Riverton, Iowa, sister Becky Engstrand of Clarinda, Iowa, and close friend and companion Randy Archer of Clarinda, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her father and two brothers Marion and Robert Herr. Graveside services were held on Monday, January 15, 2001 at the Union Grove Cemetery in Northboro, Iowa with Rev. John Clark officiating. Walker-Merrick was in charge of arrangements.




Archer, Cleta Joy Carlson - Cleta Joy Archer 73, of Clarinda, Iowa formerly of Villisca, Iowa, died Thursday, July 1, 2004 in rural Clarinda, IA. She was born December 31, 1930, in Cass County, Iowa the daughter of Evert Herman Carlson and Vivian Ermal (White) Carlson.
Cleta was a 1948 graduate of the Villisca Community School. She married Robert (Dean) Archer June 25, 1958, in Phoenix, AZ.
Cleta had worked at the Villisca Locker, Berry Seed Company, Nodaway Valley National Bank and the Clarinda Company. She worked for the Clarinda Company as an Estimator and Secretary for seventeen years and retired in 1989. Cleta had also worked part time for the Wolfe Funeral Home, in Villisca for several years. Cleta moved to Clarinda October 28, 2003.
She was a member of the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Villisca. Her hobbies were quilting, handwork, gardening, reading and had a special interest in genealogy.
Cleta is survived by her daughters; Carol Balgemann and husband Richard of Clarinda, IA and Vicki Wagoner and husband Kenneth of Clarinda, IA. One son David Archer of Clarinda, IA. Six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. One brother Kevin Carlson of Hillsboro, Oregon and one sister JoAnn Hess and husband Carroll of Centralia, WA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a son Jerry.
Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2004 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Villisca, Iowa with Pastor Jerome Wagoner officiating. Visitation with the family was held 7-8 p.m. Monday, July 5, 2004, at Wolfe Funeral Home, Villisca, Iowa. Burial was in the Villisca Cemetery. A memorial will be established. Wolfe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Archer, Norma Jean Croson Hof - Norma Jean Archer, age 55, the daughter of Robert L. and Mable R. (Johnson) Croson, was born March 13, 1950 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and passed away November 30, 2005, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Growing up in Missouri Valley, Norma graduated from high school in 1968. That same year she was united in marriage to Fred D. Hof of South Dakota and to this marriage Fred Robert, Russell Wayne and Michelle Renee were born. After their separation and in 1993 she married Harold Archer from Shenandoah, Iowa. In 1998 Harold passed away and the next year Norma moved to Des Moines, Iowa, and in time met a special friend, Bobby Prater, who was with her before and during her illness.
Preceding Norma in death were her parents, Robert and Ruth Croson; husband, Harold Archer in 1998; her “granny” Florence Croson; brothers, Robert Croson, Jr. and Tommy Croson; and her aunt, Geraldine Hunt.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Fred and Kim Hof of Kansas City, Missouri, and Russ and Kerri Hof of Belleville, Illinois; and a daughter, Michelle Inman of Shenandoah; and 10 grandchildren, Kristina, Matthew, Cody, Brandon, R.J., Katie, Justin, Tana, Tiffany and Jasmine. Also surviving are sisters, Jackie and Gale Croson; stepmother, Marion Croson; stepbrother, Kenny Croson; aunt, Joyce Shea, all from Council Bluffs; nephews, Terry and George Croson; plus other relatives and friends.
Inurnment will be with her husband, Harold Archer, in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah.



Archer, Shirley Hanzlick - Shirley, 68, a former Shenandoah graduate and resident, and the daughter of Isabella Hanzlick of Shenandoah. A memorial mass will be said at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah on Monday, December 11, 2006 at 11 a.m. for all of Shirley's friends. Other services are tentatively planned for Monday, December 11, in Plano, Texas, with burial in the Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, at a later date.



Argo, Don -Don Argo, 67, of New Market, Iowa, passed away Aug 17, 2004 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Council Bluffs, Iowa. He grew up in the Skidmore and Maryville, Missouri areas. He was born to Merlin and Phyllis (Davenport) Argo on Dec 12, 1936.
He was married on July 6, 1958 to Deloris Hamilton of Clearmont, Missouri. Don worked in Maryville several years. He retired from Page County Secondary Road Dept in Clarinda after 21 years of service. Don enjoyed his family and friends. Since retirement he loved drinking coffee with several friends at the convenience store in New Market.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law J.T. and Bea Hamilton; three brothers-in-law: Buster Hamilton, Bud Hamilton, and Garry Hamilton; sister-in-law Marjorie Whipple; and nephew, Randy Argo.
He is survived by his wife, Deloris of New Market; children Donald E. Argo Jr and his wife Debbie of Shenandoah, Ia, Lori Madison and husband Dave of New Market, Ia, Bob Argo and companion Susan Savala of New Market, and Kathy Haffner and companion Tim Myers of Villisca, Ia; fifteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren; brother Bill Argo and wife Fran of Council Bluffs, Ia; two sisters: Louise Wallace and husband Ralph of Clearmont, Mo, and Sharon McClain of Maryville, Mo; brothers-in-law Gerald Hamilton of Clearmont, Mo, Larry Hamilton and wife Maxine of Coin, Ia, and Dallas Hamilton and wife Rita of Burlington Junction, Mo; sisters-in-law Andrea Hamilton of Maloy, Ia, and Dorothy Hamilton of Pueblo, Co; nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, Aug 20, at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, with Rev. Russ Clark officiating. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Clearmont. Memorials are suggested to New Market Fire & Rescue Dept. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Armstrong, John H. - John Armstrong passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 in Kansas following a 9 year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Memorials may be directed to the Haysville United Methodist Church or the Good Shepherd Hospice of Wichita.
Elmwood Cemetery, Coin, Ia.

John Henry Armstrong, age 89 a retired Boeing Supervisor of Quality Assurance died on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 following a nine-year struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

John was born on the family farm near Northboro, Iowa on April 30, 1920, the son of John and Flora Armstrong. He attended school at West Point Country School and Northboro High School where he graduated with the Class of 1938. After high school he worked in the consolidated aircraft plant in Dan Diego, CA, till being drafted in the Army in January of 1944. He served his country in Germany in WWII, where he was a machine gunner and was awarded three battle stars.

After his service he farmed with his brother, Oren. He was united in marriage to Jean Polsley of Coin, Iowa on July 18,1950. The couple lived in Coin until January of 1953, when they moved to Wichita, KS. John was employed at Boeing for 32 years. John and Jean moved to their home in Haysville, KS in 1955, their son, John David was born in 1956.

John was an active member of the Haysville United Methodist Church, was a little league baseball coach for a number of years, enjoyed gardening, playing cards and traveling.

He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Jean, son John David of Burlingame, CA; 4 sisters-in-law; 1 brother-in-law; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers Harry, Don, Ollie, Oren and Arthur; and five sisters Susan, Martha, Mildred, Edna and a sister in infancy.


Armstrong, Shirley Jean Ayres - Shirley Jean Armstrong, daughter of Fred and Cora (Canon) Ayres, was born on April 5, 1935 in Shenandoah, Iowa. She passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska following a lengthy bout with cancer.

Her early life was spent in Shenandoah where she received her education from the Shenandoah Community Schools. On August 1, 1952, Shirley was united in marriage to Walter Armstrong in Shenandoah. Following their marriage they made their home in rural Coin, Iowa on the farm. Shirley worked a variety of jobs over the years. She initially worked as a switchboard operator and later worked at the following places: Henry Fields Nursery, Leacox Drug Store, Eaton Transmission, Travis Pharmacy, Murphy’s Coin Café and briefly at the Coin Library. Shirley was a member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah as a youth and was a member of the Coin United Methodist Church as an adult. Shirley enjoyed the following activities: bingo, bowling, word puzzles, going to the casino, shopping, crafts, cooking, helping with Operation Blessing, visiting relatives and any activities involving young children. Most of all she loved spending time with her grandkids, great grandkids and family.

Preceding Shirley in death were her parents and two brothers, Dean and Don Ayres. Survivors include her husband, Walter Armstrong of Coin, IA; daughter, Dianne Jamison and her husband Scott of Ottawa, IL; son, Steve Armstrong and his wife Marcia of Coin, IA; seven grandchildren, Andy Jamison and his fiance Shannon Means of Elkhart, IN, Nikki Carlson and her husband Todd of Clarinda, IA, Matt Jamison of Indianapolis, IN, Katie Son and her husband Nate of Pella, IA, Jeffrey Armstrong and his wife Lori of Northboro, IA, Jenny Armstrong of Coin, IA, and Jessica Jamison of Ottawa, IL; three great grandchildren, Levi and Blake Son of Pella, IA and Colby Carlson of Clarinda, IA; two brothers, Bill Ayres and his wife Ann and Mick Ayres and his wife Maxine; four sisters, Eunice Preo and her husband Bob, Mary Brink and her husband Lee, Nancy Ketcham and her husband Larry and Pat Farquhar and her husband Lyle; sister-in-law, Jean Ayres; other relatives and many friends.

Celebration of life memorial services were held on Sunday, February 4, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at the Coin United Methodist Church in Coin, Iowa. Words of comfort were given by the Rev. Carl Phillips. Special music was "When I Get To Where I'm Going" sung by Jeff Armstrong and "How To Say Goodbye" sung by Katie Son. Other musical selections were "Amazing Grace" and "Love, Me". Attending the memory register were Burtis Aufenkamp and Marlene Racine. Caring for the flowers were Sharon Brought, Mildred Hawn, Marilyn Kiethly and Darlene Whitmore. Ushers were Lester Racine and Darrell D. Murphy. Private family inurnment of the cremains was in the Union Grove Cemetery at Northboro, Iowa. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah was entrusted with the arrangements.

Arnett, Charles W. - Born on August 3, 1921, Charles W. Arnett, was the fourth child of nine born to Lewis and Carrie Oldham Arnett of Clarinda, Iowa. The early religious training he received at home and at the Second Baptist Church gave him a life-long love for Christ. The formal education he received in the Clarinda schools provided him an opportunity to develop his gifts and talents.
His high scholastic achievement and athletic accomplishments in high school earned him a full scholarship to Coe college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. World War II interrupted his academic career and he was inducted into the Armed Forces. Charles Arnett bravely served his country in Germany, England and Belgium. After his honorable discharge, with the rank of sergeant, he returned to Coe college and earned his Bachelor degree. He later earned a law degree from Lincoln University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1957 he married the former Gertrude Steele.
During his 40 year career with the American Red Cross, he provided service to U.S. military personnel which took him and Gertrude to Germany, Japan, Panama Canal Zone, Korea and various military instillations in the United States. He retired to Willingboro, New Jersey and relocated to Montgomery, Alabama.
Charles passed from this life on Monday, May 24, 2004. he was preceded by his parents, two brothers and three sisters. He leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife, Gertrude; a brother, Edwin L. Arnett, of Olongapo City, Philippine Islands; two sisters: Betty J. Ward of Washington D.C. and Carole Patricia Tonkins (Samuel), of Baltimore, MD; three sisters-in-law: Jeannette S. McCall, Catherine, AL, Irene Hayes (Lloyd), Mobile, AL and Willie A. Coleman (Jewel), Montgomery, AL; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arnett, Harry Edward - Harry passed away on Friday, March 16, 2007, at the Westridge Care Center in Clarinda, Iowa, at the age of 82 years. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Red Oak, Iowa. Memorials are being directed to the family.

Harry Edward Arnett, son of Charles Edward and Luva Leola (Ranck) Arnett, was born on March 7, 1925, in St. Joseph, Missouri.
He spent most of his early life around St. Joseph before moving to Riverton, Iowa and then to Sidney, Iowa before settling in Shenandoah, Iowa. Harry received his education from the Sidney Schools. On January 29, 1950, Harry was united in marriage to Ruth Bernice Dumler in Shenandoah. Following their marriage they made their home in Sidney before moving to Shenandoah. Harry worked at Henningston Asphalt Co. of Atlantic, Iowa, Demco Road Repairing of Mingo, Iowa, Western International of Des Moines, Iowa, for 12 years, Cooper Nuclear Power Plant at Brownsville, NE for 10 years and last worked at Henry Field Seed & Nursery in Shenandoah for six years. Harry was a member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah. He loved his little dogs, Bear, Shadow, Roxie and Cup Cake. Harry was a loving grandfather to his grandson, James. He loved taking him fishing and other times he spent with him roller skating. Harry always had a big smile for everyone. He loved to visit with people, telling jokes and talking about the good old days.
Preceding Harry in death were his wife Ruth; parents, Charles and Luva; sister, Lillian Miller; brother, Charles Arnett; infant sister, Charlene; and step father Jeff W. White. Survivors include his daughter, Sheryl and grandson, James both of Shenandoah, IA; sisters Mildred Smith of Des Moines, IA and Edith Osborne of Shenandoah, IA; brother-in-law, Bill H. Dumler and wife Dorothy of Villisca, IA; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Arnett, Ruth Bernice Dumler - Ruth Bernice Arnett, daughter of Henry and Eva Eldora (Adams) Dumler, was born on June 4, 1924, in Montgomery County, Iowa. She passed away on Friday, November 24, 2006, at the Clarinda Regional Medical Center in Clarinda, Iowa, following a brief illness at the age of 82.
Her early life was spent in the rural areas of Montgomery County near the communities of Stanton and Villisca. Her father was a farmer who rented farm ground and did all his work with horses. Ruth and the other kids helped do the chores on the farm. Ruth received her early education from country schools near Stanton and Villisca before graduating from Villisca High School with the Class of 1943. On January 29, 1950, Ruth was united in marriage to Harry E. Arnett of St. Joseph, Missouri in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Following their marriage they resided in Shenandoah, Iowa. They lived for a short time in Sidney, Iowa, and Nebraska City before moving back to Shenandoah. Ruth worked at Henry Fields for five years, Omaha Cold Storage in Nebraska City for 17 years, Blue Star for five years and Earl May’s for two years. Ruth belonged to the Tabor Lutheran Church and had been a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Villisca. She was baptized at Walleen. Ruth loved her grandson, James, and great grandson, Damian. She also loved her dogs, Bear, Roxie, Shadow and Cup Cake. She enjoyed reading in her spare time.
Preceding Ruth in death were her parents; grandparents, Jacob Dumler and grandmother Dumler and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Adams; plus many aunts and uncles. Survivors include her husband, Harry Arnett; and daughter, Sheryl Arnett of Shenandoah; grandson, James Arnett and great grandson Damian, all of Shenandoah; sister, Sylvia Shipley and her husband Earl of Villisca, IA; brother, William H. Dumler and his wife Dorothy of Villisca, IA; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Red Oak.

Arthur, Daniel Read - Memorial services for 40 year old Daniel Read Arthur of Iowa City, Iowa, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, were held at 11:30 A.M. on Monday, April 9, 2007, at the Clarinda United Methodist Church. Pastor Walden J. Paige officiated the service. Dan passed away Thursday, April 5, 2007, at the Kavanagh House in Des Moines, Iowa. A private graveside burial was held in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Kavanagh House in Des Moines and/or the American Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Walker Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa. Daniel Read Arthur was born to David and Ann (Lindblom) Arthur on January 4, 1967, in Clarinda, Iowa. Dan attended and graduated from Clarinda High School with the class of 1985. He received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1989 and his Masters Degree from the University of Iowa in 1993. Dan was employed as a technical support specialist in Coralville/Iowa City, Iowa, for Pearson Government Solutions. He was a member of the Iowa City Jaycees. Dan is survived by his parents father David Lisle Arthur and step-mother Sharon Arthur of Clarinda, mother Ann Lindblom Arthur of Des Moines, brother James Alan Arthur of Des Moines, sister Jennifer A. and husband Charles Greenlee and their children Kayleah Stanley and David Greenlee of Des Moines, step sister Lori and husband Steve Click from Columbus, Ohio, step brother Eric McCalla from Shambaugh. Dan’s extended family includes uncle John and wife Beverly Arthur of Corvallis, Oregon, cousins John R. Arthur III, Stephen M. Arthur, Michael W. Arthur, Mary Arthur-Young, uncle Harlan and wife Sue Fretheim of Fort Collins, Colorado, aunt Jean Lisle of Clarinda and numerous other cousins. Dan was preceded in death by his grandparents John Read and Edith Arthur of Clarinda and Alex and Elizabeth Lindblom of Des Moines.


Arthur, David L. - David L. Arthur died March 31, 2009 from respiratory illness at the Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda where he had lived for some time. He was born March 26, 1937 in Omaha, NE, to J. Read Arthur and Edith L. Arthur of Clarinda where he lived most of his life. He graduated from Clarinda High School, attended Iowa Wesleyan University at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and went on to graduate with a degree in business from the American Institute of Business in Des Moines. He and his first wife, Elizabeth Ann Lindblom, had three children, James Alan Arthur, Daniel Read Arthur and Jennifer Ann Arthur. David went to work at the Lisle Corporation in 1962 where he continued for 28 years, mostly acting as Credit Manager. In 1990 he retired from Lisle Corporation. He met and married Sharon L. Bowers in 1991 in Clarinda where they maintain their current home.
David had many interests, including woodworking in his personal shop, model railroading, and traveling. He followed his various hobbies with great interest. One of his nephews put it this way, “He used to always be so excited about whatever his latest enthusiasm was.” He loved music, particularly opera, and often attended live performances, a favorite show was the “Irish Rovers” and the song “The Unicorn” He sang in the Methodist church choir in Clarinda. He loved swimming and spent many vacations at lakes and ocean beaches. He was a very active member of the Masonic Lodge and in 1984 attained the rank of a Worshipful Master. His attitude toward life was always very positive. He was rarely discouraged, even after a major stroke in 1995 severely limited his ability to enjoy his hobbies and pastimes.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon, two children; James Arthur and Jennifer Greenlee, her husband Chuck Greenlee, and two grandchildren; Kayleah Allison Stanley and David Alan Greenlee, his brother Jack Arthur and wife Beverly, several nieces, nephews and cousins. David also had two step children; Eric McCalla and Lori Click and her husband Steve. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Daniel.
The family of David Arthur wishes to thank everyone for their kindness, support and generosity.
It was David's wish to have a graveside service instead of a funeral. There was a visitation at Walker Merrick Funeral Home, 422 E. Washington, Clarinda, Iowa on Sunday, April 5th, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Masonic Service was held at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home Sunday. Private Graveside services were held Monday April 6th at the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Following the burial there was a luncheon at the Methodist Church. Contributions in memory of David may be made to the United Methodist Church in Clarinda and Hope Lodge in Iowa City, Iowa. Hope Lodge is a facility ran jointly by the American Cancer Society and the Masonic Lodge for patients and family to stay while receiving cancer treatments in Iowa City.
The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa has served the family.

Arwood, Ruth M. Schooling - Ruth M. Arwood, age 43, of Clarinda, Iowa died suddenly on Monday, July 26, 1993 in Clarinda, Iowa. Ruth was born on October 31, 1949 in Warrensburg, Missouri, the daughter of Raymond and Beulah Schooling. Ruth attended college and earned her Masters degree prior to locating to Clarinda 17 years ago. Since moving to Clarinda she has taught in various schools in the Clarinda Community School District. She taught the special reading program. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Clarinda. She is survived by her mother Beulah brothers Carl of Union City, Tennessee and David of Excelsior Springs, Missouri sister Nancy Mudd of Overland Park, Kansas and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 29, 1993 at the First Baptist Church in Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Bradley officiating. Burial was in the Warrensburg Memorial Gardens in Warrensburg, Missouri. Memorials were directed to the Clarinda Booster Club. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda was in charge of arrangements. CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jul 29, 1993



Asbury, Dorothy - Dorothy Asbury, age 86, of Appleton, Wisconsin, and formerly from Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away October 28, 2006, at Cherry Meadows Care Center in Appleton, with her family at her side. Services in Appleton were held Monday, October 30, 2006.

Preceding Dororthy in death were her parents; husband, Jack Asbury in 1997; an infant son; two brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include her son, Jack Asbury of Juneau, Alaska; daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann and Don Lang of Sherwood, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Chantelle Ebert, Autumn Asbury, Erik, Jessica and Jennifer Lang; and 4 great Grandchildren.

Local services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2007 at Selby-Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah. Inurnment will take place in Rose Hill Cemetery at Shenandoah. Selby-Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah was is in charge of local arrangements.

Ash, Lois E. Low - Lois E. Ash, daughter of Charles G. Low and Mabelle E. (Nixon) Low, was born at Spirit Lake, Iowa on March 14, 1921. She died peacefully on Monday, November 6, 2006, at Omaha, Nebraska, surrounded by her loving family. Lois spent her early life in Spirit Lake, Iowa. She lived in many parts of the United States. She was the widow of William Ash of Blanchard, Iowa who passed away in 1986. Lois enjoyed 25 years as owner and operator of “Just Kids Plus” in Shenandoah. This resulted in her establishing many long term friendships especially with Janice Mick. On April 1, 2005 Lois retired.

Lois was an avid reader, enjoyed crocheting, gardening and bird watching. Lois’ affinity for animals resulted in her adoption of many pets through the years.

Survivors include her children, Joseph W. Finnegan, Jr. and his wife Ramona of Panama City, Florida, Patricia E. Wray and her husband George of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Delores M. Craig and her husband Jay of Easton, Maryland, Sandra A. Long and husband James of Sun City Center, Florida, Margaret L. Gray and her husband Max of Shenandoah, Iowa, Perry J. Rosenthal and his wife Shawna of Los Lunas, New Mexico; eighteen grandchildren and thirty four great grandchildren.

Lois’ wishes were to have her body cremated and have her ashes scattered by her children at a later time. A memorial "gathering" was held on Wednesday evening, November 8, 2006, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. A time of remembering was held at 8:00 p.m. that evening. Memorials may be directed to People for Paws, P. O. Box 221, Shenandoah, IA 51601. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Rememberances and condolences may be shared with the family at on the web.

Ashbaugh, Eva Ada Freeman Summers - Eva A. Ashbaugh, 83, of ClarHaven in Clarinda, IA, died Thursday, March 31, 1983, Bethesada Care Center in Clarinda, IA. Her funeral services were held at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home on Saturday, April 2, 1983 with burial in the Clarinda Cemetery. Rev. Harland Gant officiated.
Eva Ada Ashbaugh was born September 5, 1899, in Clarinda, IA, the daughter of Benjamin Freeman and Sara Margaret Davis. In 1919 she was united in marriage to Harold Summers. Harold died in 1932. Eva married Ray Ashbaugh in 1947. She worked as a clerk.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold Summers in 1932, and husband Ray Ashbaugh in 1968.
She is survived by son Robert Summers of Clarinda, IA; daughters Marie Louise (Clifford) Little of Windfield, IA; Beverly Jean Barlow of Clarinda, IA; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; step-daughter Maxine (Donald) Nelson of Clarinda,IA; brother Noros Freeman of Clarinda, IA; sisters Elizabeth Freeman of Clarinda, IA; Christel Sabin of Rockford, IL.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.




Ashford, Billie Lee - Billie Lee Ashford 68, of Shenandoah, IA, formerly of the Clarinda and Braddyville area, died Sunday August 22, 2004 at the Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. He was born March 17, 1936, in Braddyville, Iowa, the son of Vern O. (Pete) Ashford and Grace (Anderson) Ashford.
Billie married Donna Rhoads who preceded him in death August 31, 2004. He had been a truck driver for the Sanitation Department in St. Joseph, Missouri. Billie served in the Army from 1954 to 158 and in the Navy from 1958 to 1960.
He is survived by a special friend Ethel Perdew of Shenandoah, IA, sons Billie O. Ashford and wife Terri of St. Joseph, MO, and James Ashford, step children: Rick Ninemires of Leona KS, Debbie Sale of St. Joseph, MO and Chrissie, two granddaughters and a sister Twila Annala and husband Albert of Arvada, CO.
Billie was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna, brothers: Silas Ashford, Leo (Jack) Ashford and a sister Wanda Ashford.
Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 27, 2004 at the Braddyville Christian Church. Burial was in the Braddyville Cemetery. A memorial is being established. Walker-Merrick was in charge of arrangements.





Ashton, Allan W. - Allan W. Ashton, 63, of Westminster, Colorado, passed away in his home on July 1, 2004. H was the son of Howard & Mary Ashton of Longmont, Colorado. On December 19, 1993 he was united in marriage to Debbie Crussell of Westminster, Colorado (formerly of Clarinda, Iowa). Al taught school for over 30 years. He was currently substitute teaching in school district and coaching soccer for Westminster FC (under age 13) Girls’ Albion Team. Al loved teaching and coaching his students and friends and was a mentor for many. He was a prominent figure in bringing soccer to Westminster, Colorado Soccer Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Hyland Hills Men’s Golf Club. Al & Debbie traveled to many places but Hawaii & Mexico were his favorites. His parents preceded him in death. Al is survived by his wife Debbie Ashton of Westminster, Colorado; son Chad Ashton of Denver, Colorado; brothers John Aston of Edison, New Jersey & Howard Aston of Washington State; in-laws: Clem & Pauline Crussell; David, Paula, Travis & Amber Crussell, all of Clarinda, Iowa; Bob, Rick, & Jack Powell of Hazeiwood, Missouri; John, Michelle, Justin, & Jeremy Powell of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and many other friends and relatives. Memorial service was held on Thursday, July 8, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. at Arvada Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7090 West 64th Ave, Arvada, Colorado. Memorial contributions can be sent to University of Denver, in care of Al Ashton Memorial Fund, 2201 E. Asbury Ave, Denver, CO 80208.

Asklof, Glen Melvin - Glen Melvin Asklof, son of Swedish immigrants, C.A. and Hulda O. (Edstrom) Asklof, was born on March 21, 1916, on the family farm in Frankfort Township, Montgomery County, Iowa. He passed away on Monday, February 27, 2006, at the Montgomery County Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 89. He was baptized at home in Montgomery County, Iowa. He was confirmed at Tabor Lutheran Church in Wallin, Iowa where he was an active member and served as Sunday School Superintendent. Glen was proud of his Swedish heritage.
He attended country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Villisca High School with the Class of 1933. Following graduation he farmed in the Stanton and Villisca area. On October 6, 1944, Glen was united in marriage to LaDonna Mae Ruth at Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton, Iowa. To this union were born three daughters and one son. He was employed by the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company and Nyman Electric in Stanton until 1965, they moved to Essex and he became manager of the Farmers Telephone Company. He retired in 1981.
Preceding Glen in death were his parents; three sisters; four brothers and one grandson, Marc Creger. Survivors include his wife LaDonna Asklof of Essex, IA.; three daughters, Rita Oberg and husband Dave of Shenandoah, IA., Ruth Fridolfson and husband Lyle of Somers, IA., Linda Wolfe and husband John of Shenandoah, IA.; one son Gene Asklof and wife Desi of Ames, IA.; ten grandsons, Lane and Brandi Oberg of Layton, UT., Eric and Dawn Oberg of Valparaiso, IN., Jeffrey and Stacy Creger of Northwood, IA., Grant Creger and fiance’ Andrea Hansen of Perry, IA., Matthew and Mandy Creger of Ft. Dodge, IA., Mike Creger of Covington, GA., James Wolfe of Omaha, NE., Joseph Wolfe of Shenandoah, IA., and Geoffrey Asklof and Ryan Asklof of Ames, IA., one great granddaughter and seven great grandsons; one brother, Helmer Asklof of Villisca, IA.; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Friday, March 3, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Essex, Iowa. Words of comfort were given by Pastor John Swenson. Interment was in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Nyman, Iowa.

Asklof, LaDonna Mae Ruth - LaDonna Mae (Ruth) Asklof, daughter of Wilhelm Luther and Mary Cecilia (Wram) Ruth, was born on September 22, 1926 in New Ulm Minnesota. She was the youngest of three children. LaDonna passed away on Tuesday afternoon, June 9, 2009 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa, at the age of 82.

She was baptized in Lafayette, Minnesota. After the death of her father in 1931, LaDonna and her mother moved to Stanton, Iowa. LaDonna attended the Stanton Community Schools, graduating from Stanton High School with the Class of 1944. In addition to her studies, she enjoyed music and basketball. She was a confirmed member of the Mamrelund Luthern Church in Stanton. She served as Sunday School teacher and pianist for many years.

LaDonna worked at Ossian Grocery after school and Saturdays, which was where she met a young man named Glen. His mother sent him to town on Saturday nights to get ice for the icebox. She could never understand why he brought such a small piece of ice home. Glen Melvin Asklof and LaDonna Mae Ruth were married on October 6, 1944, at the Mamrelund Lutheran Church. To this union were born three daughters and one son.

LaDonna was a Brownie Scout leader and a charter member of the Entre Nous Service Club. In 1965, the family moved to Essex, Iowa. Shortly after moving, she began working for the City of Essex and Nelson Insurance Agency, which later became Essex Insurance. She worked there for 22 years. She and Glen then traveled, touring much of the United States. She also enjoyed sewing and baking pies with lemon meringue being her specialty.

LaDonna was preceded in death by her parents; husband Glen in 2006; her sister and brother; and one grandson, Marc Creger. She is survived by her three daughters, Rita Oberg and her husband David of Shenandoah, Ruth Fridolfson and her husband Lyle of Rockwell City, IA, Linda Wolfe and her husband John, also of Shenandoah; son, Gene Asklof and his wife Desi of Ames, IA; ten grandsons, Lane and Brandi Oberg of Layton, UT, Eric and Dawn Oberg of Berthoud, CO, Jeffrey and Stacy Creger of Northwood, IA, Grant and Andrea Creger of Perry, IA, Matthew and Mandy Creger of Ft. Dodge, IA, Michael Creger of Rockwell City, IA, James Wolfe of Omaha, NE, Joseph Wolfe of Shenandoah, IA, Geoffrey Asklof of Ames, IA, and Ryan Asklof of Ames, IA; three great granddaughters; eight great grandsons; other relatives and many friends. Memorials in LaDonna's name are being directed to Essex Fire & Rescue, St. John's Lutheran Church or the Stanton Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center.

Athen, Donald Dean - Memorials may be made to donor's choice. Reverend Alan Bash officiated.
Donald Dean Athen was born October 25, 1921, in Nebraska City, Nebraska, and passed away October 11, 2003, at his home in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Growing up in the Riverton and Farragut, Iowa area, Don graduated from the Farragut High School in 1938. On October 26, 1941, Don was united in marriage to Marie Gladys Flynn, in Shenandoah, and to this union a daughter, Connie was born. They were married for 61 years. Following their marriage, Don served for four years during WWII in the Submarine Service of the United States Navy until his separation in 1945. He received his higher education from Tarkio College and Iowa State University.
Don started his long career at Central Surveys in 1957, serving in different positions, retiring as Executive Vice President and at the time of his death was Chairman of the Board. He was a member of Utility Communicators International, American Legion Post #88 and past member of VFW and the Twenty Two Club. Don enjoyed fishing, hunting (especially duck hunting), playing bridge and was known to be an avid crossword puzzle worker.
Preceding Don in death were his parents, Arnold and Violet Athen. Survivors include his wife, Marie Athen of Shenandoah; daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Bruce Reedy of Blue Rapids, Kansas; grandchildren, Tracy Booker of Galesferry, Connecticut, Tony Deleeuw and wife, Denise, of Charles City, Iowa and Jamie Delehant and husband, Todd, of Imogene, Iowa; six great grandchildren, plus other relatives and friends.

Buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Athen, Marie Gladys Flynn - Marie Gladys Athen, age 86, the daughter of William C. and Lillie I. (Maltsberger) Flynn, was born June 15, 1919, in rural Shenandoah, Iowa, and passed away March 11, 2006, in Shenandoah. She was one of twelve children.
Growing up in rural Shenandoah, Marie attended country school. On October 26, 1941, she was united in marriage to Donald Athen and to this marriage a daughter, Connie, was born. They were married for 61 years.
During her working years Marie was associated with the old J.C. Pennys Department Store in Shenandoah. Later she worked for Henry Field’s Seed and Nursery for several years and then Kitchen Klatter, where she retired.
Marie enjoyed cooking and hosting dinner parties with Don and playing bridge with their friends. They enjoyed their trips to Hawaii and took numerous fishing trips to Canada. She liked taking care of her yard and flowers. She was noted for her humor and the ability to pull off a good prank, especially with her grandchildren.
Preceding Marie in death were her parents; husband, Don in 2003; sisters, Alice Scharp, Lois Stake, Mable Mead and Bessie Reed; brothers, Willard Flynn, Willis Flynn and Russel Flynn.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Bruce Reedy of Blue Springs, Kansas; three grandchildren, Tracy Booker of New London, Conn., Tony Deleeuw and wife, Denise, of Charles City, Iowa, and Jamie Delehant and husband, Todd of Champlin, MN; two sisters, Audrey Flynn of Omaha, Nebraska and Hazel Blakeley of Centennial, Colorado; two brothers, Cecil Flynn and wife Maxine and Wallace Flynn all from Shenandoah; plus 6 great grandchildren.

Burial Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Athen, Roland Joy - Age 72, of Shenandoah, passed away June 27, 2003 at Jenny Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Burial Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.



Auten, Otis Lee - Otis Auten, age 80, of Bethesda, Iowa, died Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at Midlands Community Hospital, Papillion, Nebraska. Funeral services were held 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2004, at Walker-Merrick of Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. Eric Kutzli officiating. Visitation with the family was 7-8 p.m., Thursday, April 29, 2004 at the funeral home. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Clarinda Rescue or Clarinda Fire Department. Walker-Merrick was in charge of arrangements.
Otis Lee Auten was born June 26, 1923, at Sheridan, Missouri, to John Auten and Mildred (Brogan) Auten. He was united in marriage December 11, 1945, to Wilma Jean Rowe at Troy, Kansas. Otis was a lifelong farmer in the Bethesda area. He also raised and showed horses. Otis enjoyed all animals, going to sales, visiting with the neighbors and his "must stop" at the Dairy Queen. His greatest enjoyment was children, especially his grandchildren.
Preceding Otis in death were his parents; daughter, Barbara (1978); great grandson, Tre Auten; brother, Howard Auten; sisters, Ethel Riley, and Pauline hill. Survivors include his wife, Wilma Auten of Stanton, Iowa; son, Russell Auten of Topeka, Kansas; Dewain Auten and wife Lynne of Omaha, Nebraska; son, Larry Auten and wife Vickie of Clarinda, Iowa; son Rick Auten and wife Mary Jane of Red Oak, Iowa; daughter, Mary Richardson and husband Bill of Yorktown, Iowa; daughter, Linda Stouder and husband Larry of Malvern, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Gladys Craig of Dallas, Texas; sister, Doris Chapman of Liberty, Missouri; brother, Dean Auten of Brandon, Florida.