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Belknap, Alva Eugene - Alva Eugene Belknap died on April 7, 2006. Gene died at home with his family present. Gene was born on May 28, 1919 in Creston, Nebraska to John Oscar Belknap and Myrtle Eunice (Gorman) Belknap. He attended school in Platte County Nebraska before moving with his family to Strahan, Iowa where he graduated from high school in 1939.
Gene attended Tabor Jr. College before moving to Shenandoah, Iowa in 1944. Gene was united in marriage to Martha Irene Reed on Oct. 2, 1943 in Seneca, Kansas. Into this union one son was born, Marvin Eugene Belknap. While in Shenandoah, Gene was employed by Ray Stewart Produce. In 1952 he started employment with DeKalb Seed Company. In 1957 Martha lost her life in an automobile accident. Gene re-married in 1959 to Shirley Joan (Shrum) McElroy who had two sons, Doug and Ron. Gene worked for DeKalb for 27 years, retiring in 1979. In subsequent years Gene was the Weed Commissioner for Page and later Fremont counties until 2004.
Gene was an active member of Elks Lodge #1122 for 37 years, serving in many offices, one of which was the 2002/ 2003 Exalted Ruler. Gene especially enjoyed pulling the Elk’s float in the many local parades. Gene’s other areas of interest in life were sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, camping, horses and spending time with his family.
Gene is survived by his wife Shirley, of Shenandoah; son, Dr. Marvin Belknap and his wife Pam, of Shenandoah; two stepsons Doug McElroy of Shenandoah and Ron McElroy and his wife Joan of Bloomfield, Nebraska; three grandchildren, Chaney Phipps and husband Eric of Bondurant, Iowa, Andrew McElroy of Topeka, Kansas and Laura McElroy of Sioux City, Iowa. Also surviving are two sisters Avis Jones of Malvern, Iowa and Lois Anderson of Shenandoah and many other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, wife Martha Belknap, grandson Samuel McElroy and brother John Belknap.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by the Rev. Rick Sleyster. Attending the memory register were Helen Blunt and Joyce Shilling. Caring for the flowers were Shirley Pease, Jamie Skalberg and Rita Gibson. Ushers were Donald Nelson and Norman Covault. Honorary casket bearers were Don Gibson, Terry Miller, Bill Wiechman, Dr. Gary Connell, Melvin Moody, Steve Chambers, Dennis DeWild, Maurice Hoxie, Rawson Stevens, Dean Beecher, Dr. Marvin Piburn and Jeff Wilkins. Casket bearers were Don Jones, Harold Jones, Mark Trively, Chris Trively, Tom Olson and Kent Hoxie. Fraternal rites were accorded by the B. P. O. Elks Club #1122 of Shenandoah. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery. A memorial is being established. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Benedict, Thelma Wahneeta Shafer - Thelma, 97, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah. Memorials are being directed to the family. Burial will be in the Malvern Cemetery.
Thelma Wahneeta (Shafer) Benedict, daughter of William and Ethel (Moore) Schafer, was born on July 16, 1911 at Unionville, Missouri. Thelma was the oldest of five daughters. She passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa, at the age of 97 years, 11 months and 28 days.
On April 29, 1933, Thelma was united in marriage to Paul Everett Benedict of Tabor, Iowa at Hiawatha,
Kansas. To this union was born one daughter, Phyllis. Thelma enjoyed being a school teacher, farmer’s wife/homemaker and spending time with her family. She enjoyed cooking, canning, quilting, sewing and crocheting. She crocheted many beautiful afghans throughout the years for her family and friends to enjoy.
Thelma became a member of the Methodist Church in Malvern, Iowa in 1922 and in 1945 transferred her membership to East Liberty Methodist Church north of Malvern. She held many offices and was president of the WSCS. In 1955 when she moved to Shenandoah, she then became a member of the Shenandoah First United Methodist Church.
After Thelma and Paul left farming and moved to Shenandoah in 1955, Thelma started babysitting and babysat for 27 years. She retired from babysitting at the age of 80. The children and their parents became her extended family and they were very dear to her heart.
Preceding Thelma in death were her parents; husband; three sisters; and a grandson. She is survived by her daughter Phyllis and her husband Gene of Omaha, NE; two grandsons, Brian Howard and wife Kathy and Jason Howard and wife Hallie; five great grandchildren; one sister, Frances Anderson of Shenandoah; 10 nieces and nephews; step-son, Phillip Foster of Omaha, NE; three step grandchildren; and four step- great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
Bengtson, James Lee "Jim" - James Lee (Jim) Bengtson, son of Samuel A. And Verona E. (Westman ) Bengtson was born on August 3, 1934, in Essex, Iowa. He passed away on February 2, 2008 at the age of 73.
Jim grew up on the family farm in Essex, Iowa graduating from Essex High School in 1952. Jim served in the United States Army from August 1954 until April 1956. He also attended Clarinda Junior College and graduated from there in May 1958.
On October 14, 1956, Jim was united in marriage to Shirley Mae Johnson at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Essex. Following their marriage the couple made their home on a farm northwest of Essex where Jim remained until the time of his death.
After returning from service in the U.S. Army, he farmed in the Essex area. In 1971 he began living out his dream of flying. He retired in 1998 as manager and flight instructor at Shenandoah Aviation. After retirement, he went back to farming until the time of his death.
Music was important to Jim and his family. He and his brothers, John and Joe, sang at many church events and funerals. Jim was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Essex. He was also a member of the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88, a member and sponsor of Duck’s Unlimited and a former member of the Masonic Lodge.
Jim loved farming, flying, being outdoors, bowling, and spending time with his family.
Preceding Jim in death were his parents, Sam and Verona; his wife, Shirley; and sister, Rita Drake.
Survivors include his daughters, Jana Schmidt and husband Jeff of Essex, Cindy Johnson and special friend Bob Moore of Plain City, OH, and Kari Jensen and husband Mike of Birnamwood, WI; six grandchildren, Jeremy Schmidt and wife Christina, Jake Schmidt, David and Lauren Johnson, Andrew and Megan Jensen; three great-grandchildren, Whitney, Cole, and Halee Forbey; brothers, John Bengtson and wife Lucy of Essex, Joe Bengtson and wife Judy of Shenandoah; other relatives and many friends.
Memorial Services were held on Friday, February 8, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. from the Presbyterian Church in Essex. Words of comfort were given by Pastor Jerry Lamb and Reverend Rick Sleyster. The musical selection included "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow", "Sweet By and By", and "In The Garden". Glen Confer and Clay Walker served as ushers. In charge of the register book was Vivian Walker and Linda Burnison. Honorary casket bearers were Jeremy Schmidt, Jacob Schmidt, David Johnson, Lauren Johnson, Andrew Jensen, Megan Jensen, Terry Johnson, Dick Johnson, Harve Johnson, Gary Holmes, Jim Maher, and Ernie Liljedahl. Military rites were accorded by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. Inurnment was in Essex Cemetery in Essex. Memorials in Jim's name are being directed to the Essex Presbyterian Church or the Essex Fire and Rescue.
Bengtson, Shirley Mae Johnson - Shirley Mae (Johnson) Bengtson, daughter of Perl C. and Violet (Holmes) Johnson, was born on May 31, 1935, on her parents farm near Essex. She passed away on Friday, June 30, 2006, at her home near Essex at the age of 71.
Growing up, Shirley attended Center country school and graduated from Essex High School in 1953. Following high school, Shirley worked at the First National Bank in Essex. On October 14, 1956, Shirley was united in marriage to James Lee Bengtson at St. John's Lutheran Church in Essex. Following their marriage they made their home on the farm northwest of Essex where they've lived since. To this union were born three girls, Jana, Cindy and Kari. When the kids were young Shirley was a stay-at-home mom and farmwife. In later years she was a seasonal worker at the Essex Elevator. She last worked part-time helping Jim at Shenandoah Aviation for 16 years. Shirley was a member of the Essex Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School and was involved in the Presbyterian Church Women. She was also in the Merry Mixers. Shirley enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and needlework. Her special spritz cookies will be missed. Shirley loved her family greatly and always made sure they were provided for. This meant she would go without if needed to make sure they were taken care of.
Preceding Shirley in death were her parents; brothers, Oren and Dallas Johnson; sister, Rubye Livingston; mother-in-law, Verona Bengtson; father-in-law, Samuel Bengtson; and sister-in-laws, Donna Bengtson and Rita Drake.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, James L. Bengtson of the home; daugters, Jana Schmidt and husband Jeff of Essex, IA, Cindy Johnson and special friend Bob Moore of Dublin, Ohio, Kari Jensen and husband Mike of Birnamwood, WI; six grandchildren, Jeremy and Jake Schmidt, David and Lauren Johnson and Andrew and Megan Jensen; three sisters, Arleene Burnison of Shenandoah, IA, Eloise Dinsmore and husband Harold of Farragut, IA, and JoAnn Bergman of Las Vegas, NV; brother, Gary Johnson and wife Peggy of Essex, IA; other relatives and many friends.
Berndt, Dean Richard Otto - Dean Richard Otto Berndt passed away January 12, 2009 in Harlingen, Texas. He was born May 26, 1933 in Easton, Minnesota, to Henry and Vera Berndt.
Dean grew up in the Easton, Minn., area, and graduated high school from Minnesota Lake, Minn. After high school he farmed in rural Easton. He was united in marriage to Marcia Ann Smith of Dent, Minn., on July 7, 1956. Dean and Marcia then farmed and milked cows in the Browntown and Glencoe area. In 1967 they moved to Easton and later to Alden where Dean worked in grain elevators.
In 1970 the family moved to Swea City, Iowa. In May of 1971 he was injured in a grain explosion at the grain elevator where he worked. After many months, he recovered and moved the family to Harlan, Iowa, where he found employment at the sale barn and later at the grain elevator.
In 1981, the family relocated to Clarinda, Iowa, where Dean worked at several farm implement dealers. He also worked as a maintenance man at local retirement homes.
Dean and Marcia retired in La Feria, Tex., where they managed the RV Park. The later moved to 25848 Spruce St., Harlingen, Tex., where he continued his handyman hobbies for friends and neighbors in the community.
He enjoyed a lifelong interest in farming and had many other hobbies including gardening, woodworking, fishing, cooking, and spending time with grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Bernard “Bernie” Berndt; and brother-in-law, Harold Woods.
He is survived by wife, Marcia Berndt of Harlingen, Tex.; children Joel (Karla) Berndt of Harland, Iowa; Bob (Janine) Berndt of Avoca, Iowa; Jeff (Julie) Berndt of Mankato, Minn.; Brad Berndt of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Jon (Elise) Berndt of Clarinda, Iowa; Barb (Philip) Ripley of Clarinda, Iowa; Beth (Ryan) Barr of Flower Mound, Tex.; sister Norlean Berndt of Easton, Minn.; sisters-in-law Betty Berndt of Easton, Minn., and Dorothy Woods of Dent, Minn.; and 24 grandchildren.
Memorial services were held in Harlingen, Tex., on January 17. A service for family and friends in the Midwest area is pending. Cards of remembrances may be sent to: 25848 Spruce St., Harlingen, Texas, 78552.
Berrier, Helen Marie Foster - Helen Marie (Foster) Berrier, daughter of Bert and Ruby Frances (Duff) Foster, was born on October 15, 1924, in Hamburg, Iowa. She passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at the Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 81.
Most of Helen’s early life was spent in the Locust Grove township. She attended Hillsdale Country School and graduated from Northboro High School in 1942. Helen also attended Western Union School in Omaha in 1943. On August 11, 1944, Helen was united in marriage to Thomas A. Berrier in Shenandoah, Iowa. The couple resided in Louisville, Kentucky during WWII and then returned to Shenandoah.
Helen worked at Western Union from 1943-1945 and then worked part time jobs at Mt. Arbor and Henry Field Nurseries as well as Summit Florist. From 1974-1982, Tom and Helen owned Highlander Laundromat.
Helen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, VFW Auxiliary #7224, Eagles Club #384 and the Nishna Valley Saddle Club. She enjoyed volunteering and was awarded the First Annual Governors Volunteer Award. Helen also enjoyed doing crafts, playing cards, bingo and dancing. She spent winters in Texas, summers at home and traveling to their cottage at Okoboji.
Helen is preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Ruby Foster; her husband, Tom; daughter, Diana Lynn Bals; sister, Virginia Bostwick; brother, Paul Foster; grandson, Daniel Moody and infant grandson, Troy Todd Berrier. She is survived by her son, Tom Berrier and wife Connie of Shenandoah; daughter, Debra Lord and husband Bob of Indianola, IA; 15 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah, Iowa with words of comfort by Rev. Rick Sleyster. Carol Harold and Marjorie White attended the memory register. Musical selections were "One Day At A Time" and "How Great Thou Art". Honorary Casket Bearers were Harry Ellis, Larry Varley, Harley Taylor and Terry Broyles. Casket Bearers were Tommy Berrier, Lyle Palmer, Randy Burns, Aaron Tharp, Andy Tharp, Jake Lord, Sean Aldrich, Darin Moody and Brandon Mincy. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.hackettlivingston.com
Berry, Deiyia Ruth - Deiyia Ruth Berry, daughter of Jennifer Nicole Lekey and Jesse Robert Berry, was born on June 16, 2006, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She passed from this world unexpectedly on Friday, September 8, 2006, at the Shenandoah Medical Center at the age of two months and 22 days.
Her early life was spent with her loving parents and family. She is survived by her parents, Jennifer Lekey and Jesse Berry, along with her brother, Skylar Berry, and sister, Jordan Berry, all of Shenandoah, IA. Other surviors include her grandparents, Amy and Marty Most, Tim Lekey, Jim Drenner and Deiyia Berry and Neil Sime; great grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Earl Lekey, Iris Johnson, Royal McCollum, Debbie McCollum and Edna McCollum; lots of aunts, uncles, cousins and other loved ones. Memorials are being directed to the family.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 13, 2006, at 2:00 p.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. Words of comfort were given by the Rev. Marcia Campbell. Musical selections were "One More Day", "Arms Wide Open" and "Red On A Rose". Caring for the flowers were Julia Lekey, Tamara Lekey and Katrena Miller. Attending the memory register were Tiffany Rodgers and Chasidy Roberts. Honorary casket bearers were John Terry, Justin Wake, Chris Walker, Tim Willits, Dave Berry and John Roberts. Interment was in the Thurman Cemetery at Thurman, Iowa. Memorials are being directed to the family.
Bertram, Alma Marie - Alma Marie Bertram, daughter of Frederick Rudolph Bertram and Clara (Prange) Bertram, was born on September 20, 1909, in rural Seward, Nebraska. She passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2007, at the Shenandoah Medical Center at the age of 97.
Her early life was spent in rural Nebraska until the age of 10, when her family moved to Yorktown, Iowa, where her father worked for the Farmer’s Union Co-op. Alma received her education from Yorktown High School. In 1926, the family moved to Shenandoah where she spent the rest of her life. Alma went to work for Henry Field’s Seed & Nursery in 1926 where she worked her way up to Supervisor before retiring in 1974. She continued to work part-time at Henry Field for another nine years and also worked part-time at Jewel’s Dress Shop before fully retiring in 1989. Devoted to the welfare of her parents, Alma cared for them for many years. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Shenandoah, participating in a variety of activities. Alma was also a member of the Altrusa Club and eventually the Women’s Club, the Beacon Club and the Afternoon Study Club. Alma loved bowling and bowled on leagues for years.
Preceding Alma in death were her parents; brothers, Raymond E., Harold and Rueben Bertram; and two sisters, Selma Sunderman and Lillian Meyer. She is survived by her sisters, Edna Norton of Seattle, Washington and Marie Lorimor of Shenandoah, Iowa; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 2, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by Pastor Lawrence Boye. Vocalist was Dean Adkins and organist was Karon Killion. The congregation sang, "How Great Thou Art" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives". Casket bearers were Steve Lorimor, Brent Lorimor, John Giltner, Jr., Ted Millen, Don Wiser and Trent Moore. Attending the memory register were Barbara Bateman and Marian Sheldon. Caring for the flowers were Carma McLaren, Margaret Mooney, Norma Schaaf and Lillian Tiemeyer. Ushers were Howard Killion and Ron Malmberg. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Bettis, Donald W. - Donald W. Bettis, 85, passed away on Sunday, January 18, 2009 at the Manor of Malvern in Malvern, Iowa. Donald was born January 31, 1923 to Beulah (Bussard) and Virgil Bettis in Shenandoah, Iowa. Donald grew up and went to school in Shenandoah.
Donald served in the U.S. Army from January 1943 through January 1946.
On September 27, 1958, Donald was united in marriage to Winifred Kellison. Following their marriage they made their home in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Donald was a member of the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. He drove a school bus for the Shenandoah Community School district and painted houses for many years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Donald is survived by three step-sons, LeRoy (Norma) Kellison, Ron (Ann) Kellison of Tucson, AZ, Roger (Carol) Kellison of Plattsmouth, NE; seven step-grandchildren; nine step-great grandchildren; and one step great-great-grand child; two sisters, Shirley (Jim) Perkins of Mountain Grove, MO, and Connie (Ed) Perkins of Shenandoah, IA; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Donald was preceded in death by his wife Winifred, his parents Beulah Leitzen and Virgil Bettis, brother Daryl Bettis, and step grandsons Tony Kellison and Mark Kellison.
Graveside Services were held at 2:00 p.m. at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa with Rev. JoAnn Johnson officiating. Military Rites were conducted by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. Serving as casket bearers were Roger Kellison, Ron Kellison, Ed Perkins, David Spangler, Harley Greenwalt and Vaughn Livingston.
Memorials may be directed to the Manor of Malvern.
Bierbaum, Norman - Norman passed away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, February 6, 2010.
Memorials may be directed to the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah.
Norman Bierbaum was born February 2, 1928 in Griswold Iowa the son of Harry and Gladys (Ashbaugh) Bierbaum. Norman entered into eternal peace on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at his home.
He attended Griswold Community School. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he worked in the torpedo shop aboard the USS Antietam. He served in Japan as occupational support for a year following World War II. After his military service, he married Vera Knisley on November 18, 1948 in Red Oak Iowa. Norman and Vera were blessed with four children, Julie, Ronald, Larry and Connie.
Norman started his farming career working with Bud Turner in the early 1950’s. Later he transitioned to work at the Lakin Farm near Hawthorne Iowa. In the early 1960’s Norman went on to become the founder of the Triple B Dairy Farm in Red Oak Iowa. This is the location where Norman and Vera raised their four children. In 1975, Norman and Vera moved to Shenandoah Iowa. Norman continued to run the Triple B Farm until he retired in 1997.
He was a member of the Eagles Club, the Elks, the VFW and the American Legion. Norman continued to live in Shenandoah Iowa until his death with his wife Vera.
Norman is survived by his wife, Vera (Knisley) Bierbaum of Shenandoah, IA.; brothers Duane Bierbaum of Griswold, Robert and wife Joann Bierbaum of Lemon Cove, CA, Donald and his wife Phyllis Bierbaum of Fort Collins, CO., and Gilbert Bierbaum of Carson, IA; children Julie (Bierbaum) Crowell of Shenandoah, IA, Ronald (Linda) Bierbaum of Red Oak, IA and Larry and wife Sandra Bierbaum of Red Oak, IA; grandchildren Stephanie Bierbaum of Sioux Falls SD, Melissa Bierbaum of Red Oak IA, Michael Bierbaum of Red Oak IA, Kelly Crowell of Omaha, NE and Dustin Bierbaum of Orange City, IA; great grandchildren Braden Sands, Bridgett Sands, Brandi Sands and Emma Bierbaum; self adopted great grandchildren Nic and Tyler Terry; special friend Steve Selby; Kenny Hurley and wife Linda; Patsy Cooper; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Gladys Bierbaum, daughter Connie Bierbaum and sister-in-law Dorothy Bierbaum.
Binau, Charles E., Sr - Charles E. Binau, Sr., son of Harry Evern and Thelma Estella (Ryan) Binau, was born on July 3, 1927, in Norwich, Iowa, and entered into rest on August 6, 2007, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 80.
Charles spent his childhood years growing up in the rural Coin, Iowa area. As a young man, his family moved to Ottumwa, Iowa and then returned to Shenandoah in 1952. Charles remained in Shenandoah until the time of his death.
On August 23, 1961, Charles was united in marriage to Marcelene Booher in Shenandoah, Iowa and continued to reside here. Charles was a self employed mechanic for over 50 years at Binau Repair in Shenandoah. He was baptized at the Episcopal Church in Shenandoah as a young boy and had submerged baptism at Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Shenandoah.
Charles enjoyed many things. He liked to be outside fishing and camping. He enjoyed taking trips to Branson, Missouri and spending time with his family. Charles was quite the story teller and enjoyed telling the grandkids of “cowboys & Indians” in the badlands of South Dakota. He also liked old classic cars, the kittens, his bird Tweety and his dog Tiny.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ray Binau; niece, Loretta Binau; half sister, Marjorie Wykoff; nephew, Eddie Binau; sister, Patty Snow; half brother, Albert Binau; half sister, Rachel Reynolds; step daughter, Jessie Frohling and step granddaughter, Darla Booher.
Charles is survived by his wife, Marcelene Binau of Shenandoah; daughter, Thelma Binau; son, Charlie Binau Jr. and wife Mary of Shenandoah; daughter, Connie Dawson and husband Jimmie of Shenandoah; son at heart, Keith Booher of Coin; stepson, Earl Booher and wife Denise of Shambaugh; stepdaughter, Mary Ellison of Villisca; stepson, Bert Irvin of Shenandoah; brother, Tom Binau and wife Dorothy of Council Bluffs; half brother, Harry Regal of Sacramento, CA; half brother, Bobby Savage of San Antonio, TX; 8 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 16 step grandchildren; 48 step great grandchildren; 23 step great-great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held on Friday, August 10, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by the Rev. Marcia Gilbert Campbell. Attending the memory register were Dee Saner and Connie Joslyn. Caring for the flowers were Chrissi Kenkel, Carmen Binau and Jessica Rose Binau. Muscical selections were "Cadillac Man", "Grandpa", "One Wing In The Fire", and "Wind Beneath My Wings". Honorary casket bearers were Josh Binau, Anthony Binau, Charles Binau III, Nathan Binau and Jacob Wright. Casket bearers were Rodney Binau, Larry Binau, Tommy Binau, Timmy Binau, Jamie Binau, and Dwight Binau. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Memorials are being directed to the family. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Binau, Marcelene Booher - Marcelene Binau, daughter of George W. and Jessie Jane (Woods) Booher, was born on May 15, 1927, in Athelstan, Iowa. She passed away at her home in Shenandoah, Iowa, on Friday, November 2, 2007, at the age of 80.
Her early life spent in Athelstan, where she attended school and lived there until her marriage to Guy Irvin in 1950. Following their marriage they lived for a short time in Athelstan before moving to Shenandoah. She was united in marriage to Charles E. Binau, Sr., on August 23, 1961, in Shenandoah. In the late 1940’s, Marcelene volunteered as a nurse, taking care of war veterans in Mount Ayr, Iowa. In the early 1960’s Marcelene worked at Mount Arbor Nurseries before going to work in the mid-1960’s at the Hand Hospital in Shenandoah as a nurses aide. She continued in this capacity until the mid-1970’s. During this time she also volunteered at the West Page Improvement Center in Shenandoah. Marcelene was a member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Shenandoah. She enjoyed her angel collection, listening to country music, camping, fishing and playing cards. Most important to her was her family and friends and especially spending time with her “grandbabies”.
Preceding Marcelene in death were her parents; husband, Charles E. Binau, Sr.; daughter, Jessie (Irvin) Frohling; granddaughter, Darla Booher; three sisters, Viola (Booher) Grubb, Leona (Booher) Williams and Darlene (Booher) Jones; brother, George (June) Booher; and first husband, Guy Irvin, Sr. She is survived by her children, Earl Booher and his wife Denise of Shambaugh, IA, Guy (Bert) Irvin of Shenandoah, IA, Charlie Binau and his wife Mary of Shenandoah, IA, Mary Ellison of Villisca, IA, Connie Dawson and her husband James and Thelma Binau, all of Shenandoah, IA; brother, Glade Booher and his wife Dixie of Clarinda, IA; 24 grandchildren; 54 great grandchildren; 23 great great grandchildren; special friends, Clara Ware and Barb Shaw; other relatives and many friends.
Celebration of life funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by Rev. David Widger. Attending the memory register were Debbie Binau and Suzie Harris. Special musical selections were "Angels", "Holes In The Floor Of Heaven", "I Can Only Imagine", "When I Get Where I'm Going" and "Love Can Build A Bridge". Honorary casket bearers were all of Marcelene's Loving Grandchildren. Casket bearers were Charles E. Binau, III, Guy Frohling, Luke Frohling, Sam Kier, Nathan Binau and Jacob Wright. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Birk, Shirley M. - Shirley M. Birk, 92, of Shenandoah passed away on Monday evening, October 22, 2007, at the Shenandoah Medical Center. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 26. There will be an open visitation at the funeral home after 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. Burial will be in the Highland Cemetery in Mystic, Iowa.
Shirley was born on December 17, 1914 in Mystic, Iowa to Wade and Mamie (McNamara) Birk. She lived in Mystic and attended the Mystic Schools until 1932 at which time she and her parents moved to Osceola, Iowa. She graduated from Osceola High School in 1933. In 1936 the family moved to Shenandoah, Iowa where Shirley lived for the remainder of her life.
Shirley was employed by the Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce, Browns Shoe Fit Company General Office, Tidy House Products Company, Townsend Wholesale Grocery Company and World Publishing Company. After retiring from World Publishing Company, she was employed by Midstates Development, Inc. of Sioux City, Iowa as Resident Manager of Autumn Park Apartments in Shenandoah from 1979 to 1992.
She was a member of the First Christian Church of Shenandoah and was organist there for over 50 years. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 81 and Business and Professional Women.
Shirley was very faithful to the church as organist, always at Choir practice and at the organ on Sunday mornings. She played at many weddings and funerals. She has played the organ and piano for her church since she was eight years old. She was baptized in the Christian Church in Mystic, Iowa and played for Sunday School. As a teenager she played the organ for First Christian Church in Osceola, Iowa. She was very musical, also talented in violin, clarinet and piano. She received the honor of being the best musician in the Osceola High School and received the Musical Pin given by the school.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by one cousin and many friends.
Celebration of life funeral services were held on Friday, October 26, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by Pastor Trevor Skalberg. Organist was Margaret Woods. Soloist was Becca Cusick. Musical selections were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Nearer My God, to Thee". Caring for the flowers was Clara Ware. Attending the memory register was Patsy Martin. Honorary casket bearers were the Shenandoah First Christian Church Men and Rich Hembry. Interment was in Highland Cemetery at Mystic, Iowa. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah was in charge of the arrangements
Blackorby, Eileen O. Sitz - Eileen O. Sitz Blackorby was born July 16, 1932 in Rolla, North Dakota, to Martin and Ella Ann (Thomas) Sitz. She married Delmar Blackorby in 1947 and after several years they sold the farm and moved to Seattle, Washington. After Delmar’s failing health Eileen worked as a nurse’s aide in several nursing homes. When Delmar’s health was better, they moved to Corning, California. After Delmar’s passing, Eileen played bingo at the Grainge where she met James Harper. Together they moved to New Market where Jim currently resides; they have been together for fifteen years. Eileen passed away Wednesday evening at Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda, Iowa.
Eileen is preceded in death by her parents; husband Delmar Blackorby; sister Betty Lou Sitz; brother Orvil Sitz and daughter Bonnie Drewry.
She is survived by two daughters: Ann Marie Fordyce of Oregon and Blenda Kaye Hendersen of Washington; grandchildren Larry Drewry, Melissa Drewry, Kevin Drewry and Chris Martin all of Corning, California, Delmer Fordyce of Germany, Ryan Fordyce or Oregon and Travis Henderson of Oregon; 5 great grandchildren; significant other Jim Harper of New Market; sisters Darlene Berg of New Market and Frances Orozco of Minneapolis; brother Martin Dean Sitz of Minneapolis; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Blackwell, Alma Marie - Alma passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2007, at the Shenandoah Medical Center following a brief illness. A celebration of life service, following cremation, will be held on Friday. Inurnment will be in the Glenwood Cemetery at a later date. Memorials are being directed to Nishna Productions in Shenandoah.
Alma Marie Blackwell was born in Marengo, Iowa on October 12, 1922. She passed away unexpectedly after a short illness on February 18, 2007, at the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. Alma lived all of her life in southwest Iowa. The remaining few years in Shenandoah. Alma had many interests. She loved children and animals, doing fine handiwork, playing bingo, and watching her favorite shows on television, such as "America's Funniest Home Videos". In 1993, Alma proudly received the Governor's Annual Volunteer Service Award for the state of Iowa. Alma always had ready smile and warm greeting to all she met and was well-loved by the many friends she made. She will be missed.
Alma is survived by her brother, Harold Blackwell and his wife Darlene of Lewiston, ID; sister-in-law, Melva Blackwell (wife of Alma's brother Leo) of Omaha, NE. Preceding Alma in death were her parents, Lewis Blackwell and Esther Finkle Blackwell; brother Leo Blackwell and brother Robert Blackwell of Glenwood, IA; other relatives and many friends.
Blackwell, Robert Lynn - Robert Lynn Blackwell, son of Jesse and Alice Gwendolyn (Kalkas) Blackwell, was born on October 5, 1949, in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at his home in Shenandoah at the age of 58.
His early life was spent growing up in Imogene, Iowa, where he resided until the age of 17, when he moved to Shenandoah. He attended the Farragut Community Schools, graduating from Farragut High School with the Class of 1967. In the summer of 1968, Robert was united in marriage to Sharon Pritchett at Rock Port, Missouri. Following their marriage they resided in Clarinda, Iowa, before moving to Omaha, Nebraska. Robert later remarried. On June 27, 1980, Robert was united in marriage to Dottie Baker at the Rose Garden in Shenandoah. Robert worked as manager of the Super America Convenience Store in Shenandoah until his health forced him to retire in 1989. Robert loved baseball with his favorite team being the Chicago Cubs. He also enjoyed football, golf, fishing and poker.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents. Survivors include his parents, Jesse and Alice Blackwell of Shenandoah; two sisters, Donna Cross and family of DeSoto, KS and Cherry Gibson and family of Shenandoah; three children, Carrie Weydert and family of Kansas City, MO, and Brian Beery and family of Lenexa, KS and Kasey Stogdill and family of Shenandoah; ten grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends.
Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.
Blake, Natalie Jane Stephenson - Natalie Jane Blake was born in Oelwein, Iowa April, 21, 1946 the daughter of Burton Allen and Charmion Vanita (Hanson) Stephenson. The family lived in Arlington, Iowa, until she was five, when they moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Her father passed away in 1951 and they then moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa where she graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1965. Attended I.W.C.C in Clarinda and achieved a Bachelor in Human Services, with a major in Drugs and Alcohol Counseling. Natalie worked at different jobs in the Council Bluffs area. in 1979 she married Merle Robert Blake in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In 1981 they moved to rural Hastings, Iowa and in 1991 they moved to Elwood, Kansas. They were involved in a big flood and moved to Clarinda, Iowa in the fall of 1993.
Natalie and Merle were very active members in the Calvary Baptist Church. They enjoyed fishing, time with their children and families, reading, taking drives in the country and volunteer work in the community.
Preceding her in death was her father, and stepdaughter Leslie Jean Blake.
Survivors are her husband Merle of Atlantic, her mother Charmion Stewart of Atlantic; Step-Children: Sid Blake of Avoca, George Blake and wife Kathy of Elwood , Kansas, David Scott Blake and wife Niki of King City, Missouri and Daniel Blake and wife Jan of Shambaugh, Iowa; nine step grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2009 with interment at Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa. Memorials are Family Choice. The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home has served the family.
Blank, Ernest John Sr - Ernest John Blank, Sr., son of Edwin Armstrong and Ethel Ashton (Byers) Blank, was born on June 27, 1916 at Coin, Iowa. He entered into eternal peace on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at his residence in Glenmora, Louisiana at the age of 93.
His early life was spent growing up in the Coin area where he attended country school before graduating from Coin High School with the Class of 1934.
On September 17, 1936 Ernie was united in marriage to Sybil L. Mulkey Birkman at Clarinda, Iowa. They made their home in Shenandoah, Iowa, where they raised their three children, Phyllis, Edwin Eugene and Ernest John, Jr.
Ernie worked for the Earl May Nursery Co. for several years before joining the Navy in World War II. He served from 1944 to 1946, where he was stationed in California. Upon his release from service, he began a long career as a postman with the U. S. Postal Service. After 26 years with the Post Office in Shenandoah he retired at the age of 56. Never one to take it easy, Ernie started his own roofing business while also buying and remodeling homes to rent.
At the age of 30, Ernie accepted Christ as his personal savior and joined the Church of the Nazarene. He later joined the Assembly of God and then the Christian Fellowship Church. Being a Christian changed his life. He worked in the Church, drove a Sunday school bus and taught boys classes. Ernie was also a member of the American Legion Post #88 in Shenandoah and the Shenandoah Elks Club #1122. He loved fishing, trapping, hunting, golfing, playing baseball, playing cards and winning, and going to church and serving the Lord.
In 2001, Ernie’s wife of 65 years passed away. Ernie later married his friend and fellow widower, Lee Binger, from Louisiana, whom he had known from many years of the two couples fishing together in Texas. They enjoyed 8 1/2 years of marriage together.
Preceding Ernie in death were his parents; wife, Sybil; brothers, Kenneth, Lowell and Ralph Blank; and one sister, Mildred James. Survivors include his wife, Lee Blank of Glenmora, LA; three children, Phyllis (Blank) Miles and husband Ronald E., Sr. of Omaha, NE, Edwin Eugene Blank and wife Barbara of Shenandoah, IA, and Ernest John Blank, Jr. and wife Ann of St. Louis, MO; 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren; sister, Lois Dortch of Phoenix, AZ; other relatives and many friends.
Blouch, Margaret Ann "Peggy" Wieder - Margaret Ann (Peggy) (Wieder) Blouch, age 61, of Paonia, Colorado, and formerly from Grand Lake, Colorado, and Northboro, Iowa, passed away January 9, 2006, in Delta, Colorado.
Survivors include her daughter, Heather Maynard of Paonia, Colorado; grandchildren, Sasha Owsley and Jonas Cook of Paonia; mother, Lora Jean Wieder of Northboro, Iowa; and brother and sister-in-law, John and Diane Wieder of Montrose, Colorado.
Interment of Peggy's ashes are scheduled at a later date in Locust Grove Cemetery near Northboro, Iowa. The Selby Funeral Chapel is in charge of local arrangements.
Margaret Ann “Peggy” Wieder Blouch. Age 61, the daughter of John Harry and Lora Jean (Baker) Wieder was born July 25, 1944, in Albany, Georgia, and entered into rest January 9, 2006, in Delta, Colorado. Growing up in the Northboro, Iowa, area Peggy attended the first eight grades of school in a one room country school, which was located one half mile from their family farm. In 1962 she graduated from Farragut High School. After attending Iowa State University for 1 ½ years Peggy and two of her sorority sisters traveled to Grand Lake, Colorado to work on a dude ranch.
There she met and married William Maynard and their daughter, Heather Lynn was born on July 25, 1966, Peggy’s birthday. Later she was united in marriage to Don Blouch, a long-time resident of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado, where they operated the Riverside Garage. Peggy was a long-time resident of Grand County, Colorado. She loved the surrounding mountains of Middle Park. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Grand Lake Plumbing Company and later for the Lariat Saloon in Grand Lake. For several years she served on the Grand Lake Greenway Committee for community beautification.
Over the years Peggy enjoyed her home, yard and garden, loved horseback riding and hunting season when she cooked at camp for the hunters. She was quite an authority on mushroom hunting and bird watching, and was an accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed all of her many friends located in Grand Lake, Paonia, and those scattered across the country. Her years saw poor health and limited her activities. Even though, she maintained a vivacious sense of humor, love for life, and a fascination with God’s creations.
Preceding Peggy in death was her husband, Don Blouch and father John Wieder.
Survivors include her daughter, Heather Maynard of Paonia, Colorado; mother, Lora Jean Wieder of Northboro, Iowa; brother and sister-in-law, John and Diane Wieder of Montrose, Colorado; grandchildren, Sasha Owsley and Jonas Cook of Paonia; uncles, Carl Wieder of Houston, Texas and Pat Clear of Irving, Texas; and aunt, Dorothy Shaw of Pleasant Dale, Nebraska. Also surviving is a nephew, Matthew Wieder of Las Vegas, Nevada; a niece, Andrea Trenda of Grand Junction, Colorado; plus a grandniece, Hannah Wieder; several cousins and many friends.
Bohall, Garland B. - Garland B. Bohall of Omaha, formerly of Braddyville, Iowa, was born July 16, 1915, and passed on April 9, 2008. She was 92.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Bohall, Sr. parents Robert and Pearl Hawkins, children Howard Regan, Jr., Melissa Grew, grandchildren Robert and Richard Regan, Kurt Bailey, Tony Block, Jeff Lage, and Dawnette Rogers.
She is survived by sister Bonnie Kaulfold of Omaha; brother Eugene and Lora Hawkins of Rockaway, MO, Robert K. Hawkins, Jr. of Salt Lake City, Utah; sons Fred and wife Pat Regan of Citrus Heights, Calif.; John Regan and wife Helen of Braddyville, Iowa; Al Bohall, Jr., and wife Annette of Omaha, Neb.; daughters Kay and husband Brad Silsby of Lakeland, Fla.; Edna and husband Leland Rogers of Omaha; JoAnne and husband Donald Lage of Omaha; 17 grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great grandchildren.
Visitation was held April 13, 2008 from 1-5 p.m. with the family present after 3:00, at Braman Mortuary.
Funeral service was Monday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Braman Mortuary. Interment was at 2:00 p.m. in Braddyville, Iowa, Cemetery. John Regan III in charge of services. A meal was served at the Betterment Club by the women of the community.
Boley, Delores I. Dooley - Delores I. Boley, age 75 of Shenandoah passed away on Wednesday; October 29, 2008 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Delores was born on September 26, 1933 in Newton, IA; the daughter of Walter and Ruth (Grinstead) Dooley. She attended grade school in Floris, Iowa and when she was 12 year old the family moved to Oregon where she continued her education at Corbett Elementary and Corbett High School in Corbett, Oregon. In July of 1966 Delores was united in marriage to David Boley. The couple made their home in Portland, Oregon before moving back to Southeast Iowa.
Delores was a dedicated housewife and a loving mother. She worked for a short time at McGills Nursery in Oregon and also at the Donut Stop in Shenandoah. She as a member of the First Baptist Church in Shenandoah and also was an assistant leader for the Girl Scouts Troop #208 for some 10 years. Other interests of Delores’ included sewing and making doll clothes, taking family pictures and singing.
She was preceded in death by her husband David Boley; mother Ruth Dooley; father Walter Dooley; brothers Billy Dooley, Donald Dooley and John Dooley; sister Betty Cunningham and granddaughter Shawna Cunningham.
She is She is survived by her daughter Vickie Ware of New Market, son Daniel Cunningham of Council Bluffs, IA, daughter-in-law Jennifer Cunningham of Shenandoah, IA, grandchildren; Heidi Woods of Shenandoah, Donna Stoddard and husband Don, Tammy McCoy and husband Chris, William Hubbell and wife Dawn, Jamie Hubbell and Tyrel Cunningham; great-grandchildren Cori Woods, Aurora Irvine, Zachary Stodard, Madilyn Cunningham, Molly Cunningham, William M. Hubbell, Angelica Hubbell, Chautel Carson and Cursty Carson; other relatives and many friends.
Memorial Services were held on Monday; November 3rd, 2008 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Fuller officiating. Her great- granddaughter Cori Wood sang "Amazing Grace", while "In The Garden" and "Little Brown Church in The Wildwood" were also played. Rhonda Byers and Jennifer Cunningham attended to the memorial register. A luncheon followed at the First Baptist Church.
Bolin, Vivian Cleo "Jackie" - Vivian Cleo “Jackie” Bolin, daughter of James Floyd and Josiephene (Parker) Bailey, was born on April 1, 1912, in Van Hill Tennessee. She was given the nickname “Jack” by her father and went by Jack or Jackie all of her life. Jackie grew up in the Science Hill, Pulaski County, Kentucky and Rock Port, Missouri areas where she attended country schools.
On January 9, 1932, Jackie was united in marriage with James Eldredge Bolin at Rock Port, Missouri, and to this union four children, Sally, Patsy, Sharon and Dan were born. Following their marriage, they farmed in the Northboro vicinity until the early 1940’s when they purchased a farm south of Coin. They sold their farm in 1952 and operated Bolin Elevator for 27 years.
Jackie was a member of the Coin United Methodist Church, was active in the establishment and operation of the Coin Library, and worked for the U. S. Postal Service at the Coin Post Office for several years. She was artistically talented in china painting, crafting jewelry, quilting and crocheting. Although never trained formally to read music, she could play many gospel songs on the piano “by ear” and enjoyed playing the guitar and singing with her husband, Jim.
Preceding Jackie in death were her husband, Jim, in January 1993; parents; three sisters, Opal, Lemma and Lena; and two brothers, Paul and Ralph. Survivors include her four children, Sally Claussen of Harlan, IA, Patsy Mahoney of Tampa, FL, Sharon Hall and husband, Robert, of Niota, IL, and Dan Bolin and his wife Ruth of New Castle, WY; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Jackie passed away on Saturday morning, February 11, 2006, at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, where she had been a resident since 1992. She had attained the age of 93 years, 10 months and 10 days.
Graveside services were held on Wednesday, February 15, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Coin, Iowa. Words of comfort were given by the Rev. James Gubser.
Booher, Gloria - Gloria passes away on Thursday morning, March 18, 2010 at Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah
Mt Olive/Hamburg Cem
Bosley, Carl Earshel - Carl Earshel Bosley was born on July 12, 1922 in Modena, Missouri, the son of Earshel Eddie and Elizabeth Pearl (Walker) Bosley. Carl entered into peace on Friday, August 7, 2009 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Carl’s early years were spent in Brimson and Trenton, Missouri. He attended school in Trenton and graduated from Trenton High School with the Class of 1941. Three years later he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country during WWII until 1946. On April 22, 1944 he was united in marriage to his best friend, Helen Nigh in Leavenworth, Kansas. The young couple made their home in Brimson, Missouri before moving to Shenandoah in 1948.
During his working years, Carl was employed by Railway Express and later became the Nursery Superintendent at Henry Fields. Carl was a hard working and dedicated employee who enjoyed his 32 years with the company.
Some of his interests included hunting, fishing, gardening, and spoiling his grandchildren. He always kept a bag of M&M candies in his pocket as a special treat for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Carl and Helen also enjoyed the 14 winters that they were able to spend at their home in Texas. Carl was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, and the Eagles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Ed Bosley, sister Wanda Smith, and brothers Bill Dunkin, Bob Dunkin, and Jim Dunkin.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife Helen of Shenandoah, children June McClintock and husband Larry of Essex, IA, Gary Bosley and wife Barb of Shenandoah, and Karen Butler and husband Jim of Omaha, NE, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Kris McClintock Adkins and Dean, children, Mikayla, Claire and Sophia, of Shenandoah, IA., Chad and Amy McClintock and and children Cody and Camryn of Essex, IA., Bert and Tia McClintock and son Collin of Fairfax, IA., Nick and Jessica Bosley and daughter Maren of Shenandoah, IA., Matt and Catherine Bosley and children Kobe, Madison and Jackson of Gretna, NE., Brianne Bosley of Maryville, MO., Gabe Butler of Omaha, NE., Ben Butler of Chicago, IL., Jessica Butler LaRock and Mack, and daughter Addison of Omaha, NE.; siblings Mary Hobbs and husband Dale of Shenandoah, Betty Gibler and husband Ed of Greenfield, Missouri, Dorothy Dryer and husband Larry of Brimson, Missouri, and Buster Dunkin of Burlington, IA; other family and many friends.
Bostwick, Ervin Enos Jr - Ervin Enos Bostwick, Jr. was born on February 18, 1921 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the son of Ervin and Eva (Leavitt) Bostwick, Sr. Ervin entered into eternal peace on Sunday, July 5, 2009 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Ervin spent his early years living in Council Bluffs and Honey Creek, Iowa. In 1938 he earned his GED and enlisted in the United States Navy. He began his military career by serving on the USS New Orleans from 1938-1945, followed by attending diving school from 1945-1946, the USS Blue Bird from 1946-1948 and the USS Coucal from 1948-1950. On September 1, 1950 he was united in marriage to Virginia Foster in San Bernardino, California. The couple traveled the world together while Erwin continued his career with the military. He served in Cherry Point, North Carolina in 1950, the USS Semmola from 1952-1954, followed by serving in the US Naval Station in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1954-1958, to the USNRS in Omaha from 1958-1961 and he spent his final month in Great Lakes, Illinois. Following his retirement from the Navy, Ervin worked for the United States Postal Service from 1961-1972.
He was an active member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah where he served as an Elder, a Deacon, and participated in various church functions. He was also a member of the Postal Workers Union and the Pearl Harbor Masonic Lodge.
Ervin enjoyed working with leather, gardening, vacationing in Rock Port, TX with his wife, and playing cribbage. Other passions of Ervin’s included fishing, tending to his birds and dogs and dancing to “Big Band” music.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Virginia Maye Bostwick, brothers Jerry and Shirley Bostwick and sister Elaine Kasmalla.
Those left to honor his memory include his daughter Connie Foster; sons Charles “Paul” Bostwick and Jim Bostwick; 3 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home with Rev. Karen Bash officiating. Jane Foster attended the memorial register and Phyllis Morelock cared for the flowers. Pat Larson played the organ while Carolyn Steinbrink sung "In The Garden" and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee", the congregation joined in singing "All That I Need". Honorary Casket Bearers included James Kenneth Bostwick, Charles Paul Bostwick, Elbert Foster, Tom Berrier, Don Morelock and Matt Kloberdanz. The members of the United States Navy Funeral Honor Detail served as casket bearers. Burial followed at the Locust Grove Cemetery with complete military rites conducted by the United States Navy and the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church.
Bowers, Kenneth Richard - Kenneth Richard Bowers, son of George and Phyllis (Livengood) Bowers, was born on February 3, 1925, at College Springs, Iowa. He passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa, at the age of 84.
Growing up in the College Springs area, Kenneth graduated from Amity High School in College Springs with the Class of 1943. On July 18, 1944, Kenneth was inducted into the Army at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, during World War II. He served with Company B, the 180th Infantry Division, in Rhineland and Central Europe. On December 26, 1945, Staff Sergeant Bowers was honorably discharged at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas. He was awarded the World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, EAME Theater Ribbon, two Bronze Service Stars, and a Purple Heart.
On September 22, 1945, Kenneth was united in marriage to the love of his life, Darlyne Linquist in Omaha, Nebraska. They made their home in Essex, Iowa, following their marriage. They were blessed with four children, Rick, Lori, Tim and Keri. Kenneth attended Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in Maryville for two years. Kenneth was City Clerk of Essex before being appointed Postmaster in Essex, a position he held for many years. Throughout the years, Kenneth was active in the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Essex, the Essex American Legion Post #333, the Shenandoah Elks Club, Essex Commercial Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Essex Fire Department. In his spare time Kenneth enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing. Spending time at his cabin on Lake Okoboji brought great enjoyment to Kenneth.
Survivors include his four children, Rick Bowers and his wife Sonja of Lindenhurst, IL, Lori Bowers of Vernon Hills, IL, Tim Bowers of Essex, IA, and Keri Robb and her husband Randy of Mount Pleasant, IA; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother, Paul Bowers and his wife Carolyn of Oelwein, IA; two sisters, Delores Bragg of Braddyville, IA and Mary Lee Hixson and her husband John of Bella Vista, AR; other relatives and many friends.
Boyer, Barbara Ann Nicholas - Barbara Ann Boyer, daughter of John B. and Rosetta (Kelso) Nicholas, was born on December 4, 1937, in Page County, Iowa, near Shenandoah. She passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2006, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa, at the age of 68.
Her early life was spent in the Des Moines, Iowa, and Junction City, Kansas areas. The family later moved back to Shenandoah where Barbara attended the Shenandoah Schools, graduating from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1955.
On April 25, 1958, Barbara was united in marriage to Robert Lee Boyer in Geary, Kansas. Following their marriage they made their home in Junction City, Kansas. To this union were born four children, John C., Donald L., Rose Mary, and Tracy. Barbara attended school to become a beautician. They later relocated back to the Shenandoah area where Barbara worked for Earl May Seed & Nursery. She enjoyed fishing, reading and doing puzzle book puzzles.
Preceding Barbara in death were her parents; husband, Robert Lee Boyer; brother, Donald Nicholas; and sister, Peggy Whitslar.
Survivors include her children, John C. Boyer of Council Bluffs, IA, Donald L. Boyer of Omaha, NE, Rose Mary Boyer Thompson and Tracy A. Boyer of Shenandoah, IA; two brothers, Mike Nicholas and Robert Nicholas; two sisters, Jane Stewart and Joyce Smith; other relatives and many friends.