Page County, Iowa obituaries C names

Cabeen, Howard Lowell Sr - Howard Lowell Cabeen Sr. was born February 21, 1932 in Blanchard, IA to John Robert Cabeen and Edith Helen (Stevenson) Cabeen. He entered into rest Saturday afternoon, December 6, 2008 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, IA at the age of 76.
Howard graduated from Clarinda High School. He was united in marriage to Marian Nadine Weaver on August 29, 1951 at the Reformed Presbyterian Church south of Clarinda. The couple have five children: Cherryl, Jackie, Frances, Howard Jr. and Kathy. Howard loved his family and repairing vehicles and machinery.
Howard and Marian moved to Denver, CO in 1956. Howard owned and operated a Skelly Service Station while in Denver. The family moved back to Clarinda in 1977. Howard then owned and operated Cabeen’s Auto Service on Highway 2 west of Clarinda. After retiring, the couple moved to town in 2007. Howard was a lifelong member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian; his parents, John and Edith Cabeen; siblings, John Richard, Donald Robert, Wilma Hazel (infant) and Lyle Arthur.
Howard is survived by his children: Cherryl White and husband Dennis of Cedar Falls, IA; Jackie Cabeen of College Springs, IA; Frances Hagewood and husband Martin Sr. of Clarinda, IA; Howard Cabeen Jr. and wife Julie of Clarinda; and Kathy Cabeen of Clarinda; grandchildren: Jennifer, Martin Jr., Matthew and Michael Hagewood, Elizabeth White, and Nicolas and Nathan Cabeen; sister, Eva Vander Linden and husband Cornie of Clarinda; nieces, nephews and many friends.
Services were held Tuesday at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Pastor Jack Baumgardner officiating. Interment was at Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Reformed Presbyterian Church. The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home served the family.

Cabeen, Marian Nadine Weaver - Marian Nadine Cabeen was born November 8, 1932 at Shambaugh, Iowa to John Wesley and Nadine (Parker) Weaver. She entered into rest Wednesday morning, November 26, 2008 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Council Bluffs, Iowa at the age of 76.
Marian graduated from Clarinda High School. She was united in marriage to Howard Cabeen on August 29, 1951 at the Reformed Presbyterian Church south of Clarinda. The couple have five children: Cherryl, Jackie, Frances, Howard Jr., and Kathy. To Marian, life meant her family and taking care of her children and grandchildren.
During their marriage, Howard and Marian moved to Denver, Colorado. Marian worked for the Jefferson County Schools. She enjoyed the mountains, birds, and fostering children. She looked forward to holidays and special occasions when family and friends could gather together. She loved to talk about her children and grandchildren. The family moved back to Clarinda in 1977, to their home on Highway 2 west of Clarinda. After retiring, the couple moved to town in 2007. Marian was a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church for 57 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Nadine Weaver, and sister Beverly Strong.
Marian is survived by her husband, Howard of Clarinda; children: Cherryl Lyn White and husband Dennis of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Jackie Cabeen of College Springs, Iowa; Frances Nadine Hagewood and husband Martin Sr of Clarinda, Howard Cabeen Jr and wife Julie of Clarinda; and Kathy Jo Cabeen of Clarinda; grandchildren: Jennifer, Martin Jr, Matthew and Michael Hagewood, Elizabeth White, and Nicolas and Nathan Cabeen; siblings: Jack Weaver and wife Evelyn of Clarinda, Betty Wilson and husband Bobby of Braddyville, Iowa, Marilyn Sunderman and husband Lester of Clarinda, Gary Weaver of Omaha, Nebraska, and Robert Weaver and wife Barbara of Blair, Nebraska; brother-in-law Dale Strong of Omaha, Nebraska; nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Funeral Services for Marian N. Cabeen age 76 will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 29 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. Baumgardner officiating. Interment is at the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials are suggested to the Reformed Presbyterian Church or the Cancer Society. The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home served the family.


Cade, Micheal Ray - Micheal Ray Cade, was born March 10, 1947, in Clarinda, Iowa. He departed this life Thursday, July 3, 2008, at his home in Monticello, Arkansas, at the age of 61.
He was the son of Ruth McCoy Cade of Brighton, Colo., and was preceded in death by his father, Warren B. Cade.
He was a 1965 graduate of Brighton High School, attended the two-year Junior College in Clarinda, Iowa, and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He lived most of his adult life in Claremore, Okla., where he owned and operated an auto mechanic shop. He had a great love for the car races, he adored his dogs that he had throughout his life time, and above all he loved and enjoyed his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his daughter, Carrie Martin of Monticello, Ark.; his son, Micheal Cade Jr. of Warren, Ark.; his mother Ruth McCoy Cade of Brighton, Colo.; three brothers, David Cade (Dawn), Timothy Cade (Jacque), James Cade (Sheri), his sister Garland Hogan (Norman), all of Brighton, and two grandchildren, Aaron and Ariana Martin of Monticello, Ark.
Arrangements and funeral service was by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home, Monticello, Arkansas, on July 6, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. Internment was in Ft. Logan Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

Calfee, Gary Darwin - Gary Darwin Calfee was born April 1, 1942 in Blanchard, Iowa, the son of Willis Edmond and Alma Irene (Andres) Calfee. He passed away on Saturday evening, Feb 27, 2010 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center in Clarinda, Iowa, at the age of 67 years, 10 months and 26 days.
Gary grew up in the Blanchard area and attended school in Elmo, graduating with the last graduating class from Elmo High School in 1960. Following High School, Gary joined the U.S. Army and served for 20 years. On June 14, 1963, he was united in marriage to Gladys Elaine Stiverson in Clarinda, Iowa. This union was blessed with three children; Carl T., Kellie Sue and Cindy Anne.
After Gary retired from the Army, he worked as a jailer at the Page County Jail. He then went to work at the Clarinda Post Office, where he worked until November of 2002. Gary was a very active member of the Glen Miller V.F.W. Post #9230. He was a past member of the College Springs Fire & Rescue, where he served as a firefighter and first responders, and he worked with the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society and the R.S.V.P. program after his retirement. Gary enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed anything to do with the military and watching old western movies. While in the military, Gary was an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts and youth sports. The true love of his life was his grandchildren. Gary has lived every little boys dream, he was a soldier, a firefighter, a police officer and a postman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law, James Spire and Donald Stiverson; and a sister-in-law, Ann Stiverson.
Survivors include his wife Galdys Calfee of Clarinda, Iowa; his children, Carl Calfee and his wife Leigh of Nebraska City, Neb., Kellie Calfee of Clarinda, Iowa, Cindy Darrah and her husband Matt of Clarinda, Iowa; six grandchildren, Trent Calfee, Megan Calfee, Maicy Darrah, Luke Calfee, Lindsay Darrah, Katelyn Darrah; a sister, Austina Spire of Parnell, Mo.; five brothers-in-law, Ronald Stiverson and his wife Sandy of LaVista, Neb., Larry Stiverson and his wife Rosemary of Bellevue, Neb., Marvin Stiverson of Portland, Ore., Glen Stiverson and his wife Doris of Keokuk, Iowa, David Stiverson of Parksburg, Penn.; nieces and nephews, Twilla Stiens and her husband Bill of Skidmore, Mo., Paul Spire and his wife Dee of Graham, N.C., Virginia Burns and her husband Terry of Parnell, Mo., Harold Spire and his wife Diane of Parnell, Mo., Willis Spire and his wife Martha of Parnell, Mo., Ronald Spire and his wife Pam of Parnell, Mo.; a special nephew, Eldon Stiverson and his wife Betty of Clarinda, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at the Hillside Missionary Church in Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. Jack Baumgardner officiating. Burial with military honors was held in the Lamar cemetery at Elmo, Mo. Visitation with the family present was held Tuesday evening, March 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hillside Missionary Church in Clarinda.
Memorials are suggested to the Glenn Miller V.F.W. Post 9230 or the Reformed Presbyterian Church both of Clarinda. To leave online remembrances or condolences with the family, go to The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah was in charge of arrangements.



Callahan, Margaret "Peg" Dwyer - Margaret “Peg” (Dwyer) Callahan was born on September 17, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey; the daughter of Edward and Margaret (O’Keefe) Dwyer. Peg entered into eternal peace on Wednesday afternoon; October 29, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Peg spent her early years in New Jersey and Arkansas. The family later moved to Oklahoma City where Peg attended school and graduated from Bishop McGuiness High School with the Class of 1951. Peg then attended nursing school at Providence Hospital in Oakland, California. Following completion of her nursing training, Peg joined the Air Force where she served her country from 1958-1966. She served overseas for 26 months as a nurse at the Wiesbaden Air Base Hospital in Germany. On October 1, 1962 she was awarded the rank of Captain. On November 10, 1967 she was united in marriage to Lyle F. Callahan in Reno, Nevada. The couple later made their home in Carmichael, California.

Peg was a dedicated housewife and mother. When her son was older, she returned to her career as a registered nurse at Mission Oaks Nursing Home and retired after 22 years of faithful service.

Upon moving to Shenandoah she joined the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the American Legion Post #88 and the Shenandoah Hospital Auxiliary. Peg enjoyed traveling with her son Eddie, entertaining and cooking for the family and going to the casino.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lyle F. Callahan and parents Edward and Margaret Dwyer.

Those left to honor her memory include her son, Edward Callahan of Shenandoah; sister, Eileen Connell of Plainville, IL; brother, Edward Dwyer and wife Ruth of Shenandoah; step-daughter, Patricia Hanson and husband Thomas of Lincoln, CA; grandson, Christopher Callahan and wife Robin of Sparks, NV; granddaughter, Sarah Callahan of Folsom, CA; two great-grandchildren; special care providers nieces Patty Mosher of Milwaukee, WI and Margaret Burns and husband Dean of Essex, other nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday; November 7, 2008 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Vernon Smith celebrating the mass. Attending the memory register were John and Anne Longstreet. Richard Haigwood and Ernie Aust served as ushers and also as gift bearers. Fred Strunk served a Cantor and Mary Beth Gowing played the organ. Special music for the service included "Holy, Holy, Holy", "Be Not Afraid", "The Old Rugged Cross", "On Eagle's Wings" and "America The Beautiful". Lance Mattice and Ben Fair served as altar servers. Inurnment followed at the Rose Hill Cemetery with special services being held at the Veteran's Chapel. The American Legion Post #88 presented the flag and offered Taps. Memorials may be offered to the Shenandoah Medical Center Hospice Program or to Garden View Care Center.

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Cambier, Wilbur G. - Wilbur passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2006, at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah. Inurnment of Wilbur's cremains will be in Orange City, Iowa, at a later date. Memorials are being directed to the Shenandoah Public Library or to Heartland Hospice of Red Oak.

Campbell, Dale Merrell - Dale Merrell Campbell, son of J. Victor Campbell and Louisa (Thomas) Campbell, was born on August 17, 1921, on a farm near Fairfax, Missouri. He passed away at his home in Shenandoah, Iowa, on Monday, July 24, 2006, at the age of 84.

The early years of his life were spent in rural Fairfax, Missouri. Dale attended school in Fairfax. As a young man he moved with his parents to a farm in Iowa.

On February 20, 1947, Dale was united in marriage to Alice Jane Vance at his brother EarlÂ’s farm at Westboro, Missouri. The Rev. A. R. Sorenson officiated at their wedding. Alice passed away in March of 1993. On June 18, 2001, Dale was united in marriage to Marcia Gilbert. God blessed them with five wonderful years together.

Dale spent most of his life farming. He was employed at Eaton Transmission Corporation for eight years. He was a member of the Tarkio, Missouri, Assembly of God Church and later transferred his membership to the Assembly of God Church in Shenandoah, where he faithfully served as a Board Member under the ministry of four Pastors. For two and a half years he Co-Pastored in Dunlap, Iowa with his wife Marcia Campbell.

One of Dale’s favorite hobbies was bowling. Through the years, he acquired many trophies. He also enjoyed wood working and after retiring he opened a shop in Essex, Iowa where he sold his crafts.

Preceding Dale in death were his parents; wife, Alice; three brothers, Earl, Romie and Eldie; sister, Veltie; and an infant sister who died at birth. Survivors include his wife, Marcia Campbell of Shenandoah; daughter, Jeannine Broermann and friend Larry Irvine, son Steve Campbell and wife Marcia, all of Tarkio, MO, daughter, Teri and husband Steve Smith of New London, Iowa; four granchildren Brian Broermann of Tarkio, MO, Ashley, Jordan and Victoria Smith of New London, IA; one great granddaughter, Blair Broermann of Tarkio, MO. In 2001, when Dale married Marcia, he inherited four wonderful children, Tammie Jackson and husband Joe of Little Rock, AR, Steve Gilbert and wife Laura of Omaha, NE, Cindy Carroll and husband Mark of Weston, NE and Wess Gilbert and wife Janet of Shenandoah and 21 grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 27, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at the Shenandoah Assembly of God Church. Pastor Marcia Campbell gave the words of comfort. Marcia Campbell also sang "I Bowed On My Knees" and "What A Day That Will Be". Attending the memory register were Ray Stoddard and Evelyn Loghry. Caring for the flowers were Diann Iverson, Bonnie Shafer and Jean Gorham. Ushers were Leland Loghry and Ron Green. Honorary casket bearers were Jack Gibbons, Owen Davenport, Charles Kinney, Roger Dunham, Larry Armstrong and Kenny Smith. Casket bearers were Janeen Harper, David Bain Wayne Randolph, Larry Shafer, J. C. Coberly and Jerry Schwarte. Interment was in the Home Cemetery at Tarkio, Missouri. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Campbell, George Wesley -

George Wesley Campbell, 1109 East Second Street, Maryville, MO, died Monday January 5th, 2009 at his home.

He was born October 5th, 1934 in Diagonal, IA to Hugh Burnet and Sarah Adeline Campbell, attended rural schools in southern Iowa and graduated with the class of 1954 from Hopkins High School, Hopkins, MO.

He served in the US Navy Reserves and went on to serve in active duty on the USS Brinkley Bass DD87 as a Deck Engineer during the Korean Conflict. George later held several different positions within the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization. He was a Past Commander of the Seth Ray David VFW Post 442 in Maryville. He also served as V.F.W. District Three Commander and was named to the All State Commanders' Team. George was also an active member of the American Legion Post 464 in Conception Junction, MO.

George first worked for the Missouri State Highway Department in the construction department. He then went to work for Crouch Brothers Trucking for 18 years before working as an independent operator with Crouse Cartage. George later owned and operated Campbell Cartage Co. for 17 years. Prior to his retirement he worked at the Farmers' Elevator in Hopkins.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Maryville, was a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club, and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and boating. George also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, often attending their sporting events and boating at the lake.

George married Thelma Aileen Glassgow on September 15th, 1957 at the United Methodist Church in New Market, IA.

He is survived by his wife, Thelma Campbell, Maryville, MO; brother Albert Campbell, Des Moines, IA; sister Helen Bradley, Bedford, IA; children Shirley (David) Barnett, Maryville, MO and Bruce (Beth) Campbell, Olathe, KS; five grandchildren: Michael (Cara), Melissa, Malorie, Mathew Barnett and Allison Campbell; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 8th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Price Funeral Home in Maryville. Services will be held on Friday, January 9th at 1:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Maryville. Burial will be at the Old Memory Cemetery in New Market, IA.

Military Graveside Services conducted by Tri-C American Legion Post #464.

Memorial: First United Methodist Church, First and Main, Maryville, MO 64468.




Campbell, Kathryn E. Carlson - Kathryn E. (Carlson) Campbell was born on July 4, 1944 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Darrel and Gertrude (Graham) Carlson. Kathy entered into the arms of her Lord on Tuesday evening, April 28, 2009 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa.
Kathy was raised in Essex where she attended school and graduated from high school with the Class of 1962. She later went on to receive her Bachelors Degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State University. She taught school in Omaha and Denver before making her teaching career with the Essex School System. Kathy taught Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 4th Grade in Essex for some 30 years before her retirement.
Kathy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah, the Presbyterian Women, and served on the church board. She mentored youth in Shenandoah and Essex and volunteered for several groups in the community. She was also involved with a bridge club and Craft Group. Some of her interests included reading, spending time with her family and friends, traveling and playing cards. She had a positive impact on hundreds of youth in her career and was blessed with numerous friends that she treasured. She was a devoted and deeply loved mother and grandmother.
Those left to cherish her memory include her two sons, Don Campbell and wife Charity of Norwalk, IA, and their children Shae and Cade; and Andy Campbell and wife Bridget of Shenandoah and their children Claire, Jack and Caroline; two brothers, Bill Carlson and wife Pam of Omaha and Charlie Carlson of Shenandoah; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Celebration of Life Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah with Rev. Rick Sleyster officiating. Attending to the memorial register were Karlene Turner and Julie Griggs while Janet Walker and Anne Mishou cared for the flowers. Ushers for the service were Art Demanett, Tom Brodersen, Ray Graves and Don Nelson. Terry Stafford played the organ, while Doris Broderson sung, "Children Of The Heavenly Father" and "Battle Hymn of The Republic" the congregation joined in singing "Living For Jesus". Inurnment followed in the Essex Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family to be used for an educational scholarship.

Campbell, Marie M. Steel - Marie M. (Steel) Campbell passed away March 25, 2008 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, IA. She was born on February 4, 1927 to I. V. and Gladys Viola (Laughlin) Steel in Dexter, Iowa. She was raised in rural Adair County, Iowa where she went to country school and graduated Orient High School in 1945. She married Wayne Campbell in 1945 and they moved to Clarinda where they made their home until 1970. She worked in the family businesses Deep Rock Station and Marie’s Used Car Lot on West State Street in Clarinda, IA from 1944 to 1963 and owned an ice cream shop on 15th Street from 1963 to 1968. She then moved to Arvada, Colorado where she remarried and they followed construction work to different areas of Colorado until she returned to Clarinda, IA in 1986. While in Colorado she worked as an aid and receptionist at Greeley Medical Group in Greeley, Colorado until she retired in 1982. She moved to New Market, IA in 1989 where she enjoyed a busy social life. Marie was an avid gardener (flowers and vegetables) canning every summer for her children. She spent a lot of years hunting and fishing with her dad and sons. She has a great love for bowling and bowled for over 45 years on Monday nights.
Preceded in death by her parents I.V. and Gladys Steel; son David Campbell (Viet Nam 1968); brothers-in-law Bob Batten, “Bub” Ralph Means and Kenneth Gray; and sister, Mildred Gray.
She is survived by sisters Betty Means of Greenfield, Ia. and Barbara Batten of New Market, Ia.; brother Bill Steel (Carole) of Carlisle, Ia.; son Mac Campbell and wife Becky of North Webster, IN.; daughter Sharon Lynne Schultz and husband Larry of Greeley, CO.; grandchildren Shannon, Jody, Sean, Keri, Kim, Kevin, and Tommie; and fourteen great grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Thursday, March 27, 2008 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda with Rev. Loren Daly officiating. Interment will be in Colorado. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Carl, Walter Matthew Sr - Walter Matthew Carl Sr. was born December 16, 1928 in Shamokin, Pennsylvania to William and Maude (Mauser) Carl, one of thirteen children. Walter passed away March 24, 2008 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. He graduated college with a Bachelors degree in Engineering. He was a lieutenant in the United States Navy during Viet Nam. Before his retirement from the U.S. Navy he did sea trials on nuclear submarines and served on the USS Enterprise. His career included working at Lawrence Livermore Radiation Laboratories and he helped developed the neutron bomb and LRLTRAN computer language. Carl moved to Clarinda in 1983.
He is survived sons, Walter M. Carl, Jr of New York; Warren S. Carl and wife Rebecca of New York; Brian Carl of California; and daughter Brenda Rahn and husband James of Clarinda; grandchildren Joseph, David, and Emily Rahn and Samantha Carl.
He is preceded in the by his wife Dorothy Carl; son William Nelson Carl; and grandson Matthew Carl.
Graveside services were held Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa with American Legion Sergy Post #98 providing the chaplain and military rites. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements


Carlson, Carl "Sonny" - Carl B. (Sonny) Carlson, son of Bernard E. and Ruth (Osborne) Carlson, was born on May 15, 1931, in Omaha, Nebraska. He passed away on December 15, 2007, at the Veterans Hospital in Omaha at the age of 76.

Sonny’s entire life was spent in Omaha until eleven years ago when he moved to Shenandoah, Iowa. He attended Train School at 6th & Hickory in Omaha. On February 9, 1953, he entered active duty in the Army and attained the rank of Corporal before receiving his honorable discharge on December 2, 1954. On June 5, 1992, Sonny was united in marriage to Lola Ames in Omaha at the Hall of Justice. Following their marriage they resided in Omaha until moving to Shenandoah. He worked at the Omaha Brick Works in Ralston for 33 years. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and boating.

Preceding Sonny in death were his parents; two brothers, Kenny and Raymond; and a sister, Donna. Survivors include his wife Lola Carlson of Shenandoah; four step sons, Michael Ames of Shenandoah, Mark Ames of Manitou Springs, CO, Mitchell Ames of Spartansburg, SC, and David Upchurch of Arizona; daughter, Tammie Hummel of Omaha; three grandchildren; six step grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sister, Sandra Fike of Essex, IA; two brothers, Donald Carlson of Omaha and Wayne Carlson of Orange County, CA; other relatives and many friends.

Celebration of Life Services were held on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. from the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Words of Comfort were given by Rev. Jack Langley. Attending the Memory Register was Arlis Baucom. The U.S. Army Honor Guard of Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas handled the Flag Presentation. Memorials are being directed to the family


Carlson, Lola Grace Ecker - Lola Grace Carlson, 92, of Clearmont, MO, passed from this life on Saturday, August 9, 2008, at the Goldenrod Manor Care Center, Clarinda, Iowa.
Born on December 19, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Hollie and Ethel (McCord) Ecker. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert Carlson in 2000.
She was a homemaker and was a member of the Elmo United Methodist Church, the 60 & Up Club, and was a supporter of 4-H.
She is survived by her loving children, Ed Carlson, Corning, Iowa; Ethel Phillips, Lakewood, CO; Lillian Evans, Clearmont, MO; Lynn Carlson, Clearmont, MO; Dean Carlson, Bellevue, NE. Also a sister Verlie Weland, 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 16 step-great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson Kevin Evans, sisters Pearl Adkins, Margerie Ecker, Zelma Hull, Thelma Ray, Geraldine Richardson, and a brother, Orie Ecker.
Funeral services were held at Elmo United Methodist Church, Elmo, Missouri, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13, with Rev. Richard Phillips officiating. Final resting place is the LaMar Cemetery.
The family received friends at the Danfelt Funeral Home, 951 S. Main Street, Maryville, MO, on Tuesday evening. Memorial donations may be made to the Elmo United Methodist Church or Clearmont Community Park.


Carlson, Ralphena Mae Wooden - Ralphena Mae Carlson, daughter of Nolan Otis “Blackie” and Virginia Cecil (Spencer) Wooden, was born on May 25, 1926, in Shenandoah, Iowa. She passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2007, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, at the age of 81.

Her early life was spent in the Shenandoah area where she attended the Shenandoah Community Schools, graduating from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1944.

On April 22, 1944, Ralphena was united in marriage to Raymond Rex Carlson in Lincoln, Nebraska. Following their marriage they made their home in rural Essex, Iowa, as Ray farmed. Five children were born to this union, Rebecca, Barbara, Linda, Beverly and John. Ralphena was a loving mother and homemaker.

Ralphena kept busy as a Sunday school teacher and 4-H leader as the kids were growing up. She was also involved in the Come Doubles, Happy Hour Club, Extension Club, Young Married, Red Hat Club, Tomorrow’s Club, Country Guild and the 20th Century Study Club over the years. Ralphena enjoyed her club activities very much. In her spare time, she enjoyed golfing, knitting, reading and fishing.

Preceding Ralphena in death were her parents; husband, Raymond Carlson; grandson, John R. Carlson, Jr.; and sister, Betty Wilson.

Survivors include her five children, Rebecca Greer and husband Skip of Conway, AR, Barbara Caviness of Little Rock, AR, Linda Chapeau and husband Tom of Omaha, NE, Beverly Blount and husband David of Fort Smith, AR, and John Carlson and wife Peggy of Essex, IA; 16 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and one sister, Geraldine Waldron of Villisca, IA; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, November 19, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. from the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. Words of comfort were given by Rev. Mark Dolphens. Janey Dolphens was the vocalist. Special musical selections were "How Great Thou Are", "If You Could See Me Now", and "Amazing Grace". Gloria Mauer attended the Memory Register. Honorary Casket Bearers were Mike LaCroix, Bill Waldron, Jake Polsley, Jay Williams, Stuart Boyd, Jim Waldron, Vashounne Russell, Charles Pool, Joe Martin, and Jeff Prochazka. Casket Bearers were Nicholas Carlson, Spencer Carlson, Nick Kolcun, Kasey Carlson, Andrew Chapeau, and Eric Kolcun. Interment was in Essex Cemetery.

Memorials are being directed to the American Diabetes Association in Ralphena's name.

Carlson, Rosemary Rice - Rosemary Carlson, daughter of Bird O. and Della (Goodner) Rice, was born on March 22, 1926, in Shenandoah, Iowa. She passed away on Monday, February 25, 2008, at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 81.

Her early life was spent in Shenandoah, where she attended the Shenandoah Public Schools. She graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1944. On September 5, 1948, Rosemary was united in marriage to Earl M. Carlson at the First Christian Church in Shenandoah. To this union three sons were born, Stephen, Michael and Phillip.

Following their marriage they farmed east of Essex for two years before moving to a farm north of Essex where they lived for 39 years until retiring to Essex in 1988. They moved into Essex on their 40th Anniversary. Rosemary worked seasonally at Henry Field’s and also worked part-time at the Essex Library. She and Earl moved to Fair Oaks Care Center in Shenandoah in 2007. Rosemary was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church and their LCW. She had been active in Cumbles, the Iowa Cattlemen and Cowbells, the Tomorrow Club, and the American Legion Auxiliary. When the kids were in 4-H she was active in many of the activities. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, crafts, art, playing cards and visiting with friends.

Preceding Rosemary in death were her parents and brother, Ross Rice. She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Earl Carlson of Fair Oaks in Shenandoah; three sons, Steve Carlson and his wife Phyllis of Clarinda, IA, Mike Carlson and his wife Sandy of Essex, IA and Phil Carlson and his wife Kendra of Valpariso, NE; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two sisters, Nancy Wetmore and her husband Charles of Sacramento, CA, and Phyllis Notson of Maryland; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services were held from the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Bethesda on Friday, February 29, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Words of Comfort were given by Pastor Jerry Lamb. The congregation sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”. The Organist was Yvonne Johnson. Yvonne sang "On Eagles Wings" while accompanied by Heidi Bird on the Piano. Joan Setterburg and LaVon Larson attended the Memory Register. Caring for flowers were Kennard and Phyllis Keeran, and Dick and Norma Schlater. Ushers were Dennis Meier and Kent Setterburg. Honorary Casket Bearers were Bill and Ann Roof and the Missouri Pheasant Hunters. Casket Bearers were Todd Carlson, Aaron Zenti, Tom Billington, Josh Schwarte, Ryan Fichter, and Daniel Gray. Interment was in Bethesda Lutheran Cemetery in Bethesda. At the graveside, Yvonne Johnson sang “Till We Meet Again”. Memorials in Rosemary’s name are being directed to the Bethesda Lutheran Church.


Carlson, Shelene Adeline Thompson - Shelene Adeline Carlson, 88, daughter of Walter Isaac and Bess (Bright) Thompson, was born on September 1, 1917, in Crawford County, Illinois. She passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2006, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa.
Shelene’s early life was spent in rural Crawford County, Illinois. She graduated from Flat Rock High School with the Class of 1930. Shelene moved to St. Joseph, Missouri, where she worked as a floral designer at Naomi Light Company and later owned Designing Woman 2. On January 21, 1961, Shelene was united in marriage to Alex Carlson in St. Joseph. Following their marriage they lived in rural Essex, Iowa, where Alex was engaged in farming. Shelene was artistically talented was a gifted floral designer. She enjoyed making flower arrangements for weddings and other special occasions. She liked to write poetry, hunt, fish, make quilts and play bridge. Most of all she loved spending time with her great-grandchildren and family reunions in Illinois. Shelene was very active in the Fremont Lutheran Church in a variety of ways, she was currently co-chairwoman of the WELCA Circle and the Christian Action Quilting Group. She was a member of neighborhood Bridge Club and Birthday Club.
Preceding Shelene in death were her parents; husband, Alex Carlson; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Berneice Carlson; and granddaughter, Christy Carlson; five brothers, Gene, Harold, Howard, John and Charles Thompson. Survivors include her grandson, Reggie Carlson and wife Monica of rural Essex, IA and great grandchildren, Nathan Carlson and wife Angela, Tina Crawford and husband Dan and Anna Carlson; granddaughter Trina Brewer and husband Steve of Cedar Falls, IA, great grandchildren Tyler and Megan Brewer; great-great grandchildren, Madison and Nolan Crawford; sisters, Bernice Mundhenk and husband Woodie of Robinson, IL, Elizabeth Clutts and husband Bob of Lawrenceville, IL; brothers, Richard Thompson and wife Norma and Byrl Thompson, all of Robinson, IL; sister-in-laws, Jeanne Thompson of Lafette, TN, Lucille Thompson of Hutsonville, IL, and Edna Thompson of Odin, IL; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Memorial services were held on Monday, February 27, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at the Fremont Lutheran Church at Nyman. Words of comfort were given by Pastor Sarah Brown. Shelene willed her body to Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha to further aid medical research. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Carpenter, Martha V. - Martha, 93, formerly of Shenandoah, passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 in Boise, Idaho. Graveside services will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery. Burial will be next to her husband George L. Carpenter.
Rose Hill cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Caskey, Grace Mildred Downing - Funeral services for Grace Caskey, age 93 of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of College Springs, Iowa who died Saturday, February 28, 2009 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa will be held Friday, March 6, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend James Crapson officiating. Visitation with the family will be held Thursday, March 5, 2009 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Covenanter Cemetery, rural Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials can be directed to the College Springs Presbyterian Church. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Grace Mildred Caskey was born December 4, 1915 near Page Center, Iowa. She was the daughter of Charles Downing and Sarah Maria (Crawford) Downing. Grace and her nine brothers and sisters grew up in the rural Clarinda area. She graduated from Clarinda High School in 1934. Following her graduation she taught rural school for one year. On February 14, 1936, she was united in marriage to Lisle Stewart Caskey at the Methodist parsonage in Clarinda. They were blessed with three children, Carolyn, Bill and Joyce.

Grace and Stewart farmed west of Shambaugh and Grace lived in the farm home until her move to Clarinda in 1991. She enjoyed being a farm wife and loved flowers and gardening. Grace also enjoyed reading and doing embroidery work. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of College Springs. Grace also belonged to a community club of farm wives.

Grace is survived by her children, Carolyn Wichman and husband Glen of Clarinda, Iowa; Bill Caskey and wife Judy of Clarinda, Iowa, and Joyce Montgomery of Ocala, Florida, grandchildren, Steven Wichman and wife Cindy, Curtis Wichman and wife Rhonda, Joel Wichman and wife Cheryl, Kirk Montgomery and wife Brenda, Craig Montgomery and wife Anne and Renee Genther and husband Doug; thirteen great grandchildren; five great, great grandchildren; sisters, Doris Griffith of Tabor, Iowa and June Faulkenburg of Fayetteville, Georgia.

Preceding Grace in death were her parents; husband, Lisle Stewart Caskey; brothers, Walter, infant Phillip, Clifford, Robert, Albert and John Downing; sisters, Mary Humphrey and Ruth Richardson.

Although Grace will be greatly missed,
Her love and inspiration will live on through her family.
May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn her passing.

Cassat, Kenneth "Ken" Lyle - Celebration of Life services for Kenneth “Ken” Cassat, age 83 of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Saturday, December 20, 2008 at his home in Clarinda, Iowa were held Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Robert Keefer officiating. Visitation with the family was held Monday, December 22, 2008 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Clarinda Lied Library Foundation or to the Clarinda Foundation. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Kenneth Lyle Cassat was born February 18, 1925 in Clarinda, Iowa, the son of Lyle and Christel (Richardson) Cassat. Ken grew up in Clarinda and was a graduate of Clarinda High School. He then continued his education at Parsons College and the University Of Iowa School Of Law. He served his country as a United States Navy officer during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. Ken was united in marriage August 8, 1948 to Patricia Wickliff at Fairview, Iowa. They were blessed with four children, James, Jeffrey, Jamie and Jonathon.

Ken was owner/president of the Richardson Lumber Company in Clarinda. He was the president and board member of the Iowa Retail Lumber Association. Ken was a fifty year member of the Iowa Bar Association and served as Assistant Page County Attorney. He was also past president of the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce.

Ken was active in his community and had a wide variety of interests. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow, originating board member of the Clarinda Foundation, Nodaway Valley Historical Society and Glenn Miller Birthplace Society. He was also a longtime member of the Clarinda Library Board. the Clarinda Toastmasters and the Lion’s Club. Ken was an avid golfer, member of the Municipal Band and Men’s Chorus. He was a High School Athletics official and a lifelong Packer Backer, Cubs fan and a Hawkeye Football fanatic.

Ken was an active lifelong member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was a Volunteer In Mission (VIM) member and an ordained Elder, Trustee, Session Leader, Choir member, youth sponsor, Boy Scout leader and mentor.

Left to cherish Ken’s memory is his wife Pat Cassat of Clarinda, Iowa; children, James D. Cassat and wife June of Washington, Missouri, Jeffrey L. Cassat and wife Becky of Maple Grove, Minnesota, Jamie Fassnacht and husband Daniel of Parkville, Missouri and Jonathon P. Cassat and wife Susan of Overland Park, Kansas; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren; sister, Mary Ellen Lovett of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Preceding Ken in death were his parents; sister, Dorothy Cassat and grandson, Christopher Cassat.

Although Ken will be greatly missed,
his love and inspiration will live on through his family.
May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn his passing.

Cavanaugh, Sheila Rae - Sheila Rae Cavanaugh, daughter of Thomas and Lavina (Aisenbrey) Cavanaugh was born on March 5, 1958 in Minot, North Dakota and entered into rest on August 26, 2007 in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 49.

Sheila moved with her family at an early age, first to San Diego, California then to Phoenix, Arizona where she remained until age 22. After her mother’s death and father’s remarriage, the family moved to Hawleyville, Iowa. Sheila began working with Nishna Productions Sheltered Workshop and moved to their group home in Shenandoah. In 1987 she was able to get her own apartment which gave her much joy. She lived her last years at Forest Park Manor. During this time, she worked at NSK in Clarinda.

Sheila was born with vision problems, but lived her life to the fullest with a smile on her face. She made many friends during her lifetime and enjoyed getting together each evening with her friends at Forest Park Manor.

Sheila loved going to church and faithfully attended Memorial Baptist Church. She looked forward to the day she would go to Heaven to be with Jesus. Her long time wish of a trip to Branson was fulfilled in the last four days of her life.

Sheila was preceded in death by her mother and father, two baby brothers, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Cavanaugh and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Aisenbrey as well as her stepbrother, Bill Kidwell.

Sheila is survived by her sister, Cheryl Bradshaw and husband Charles, her uncle Milton Aisenbrey, her aunt Eleanor Rammel, and her uncle Vince Cavanaugh and many cousins. She is also survived by her stepmother, Marjorie Cavanaugh, stepbrother James Kidwell, a stepsister, Doris Alnoori and their families. Sheila also had numerous nieces and nephews as well as many friends including her special friend Greg Warnemunde.

Celebration of life services were held on Thursday, August 30, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by Rev. Fred Pearrow. Attending the register book was Debbie Pope. Casket bearers were Jan Kidwell, Kevin Kidwell, Brent Kidwell, Doug Fidler, Kent Fidler and Justin Fidler. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Memorials are being directed to the Memorial Baptist Church in Shenandoah. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Cavner, Lawrence Donald - Lawrence Donald Cavner, 82, of Stanton, was born June 4, 1925 at the family home in College Springs, Iowa, the first child of Leland and Edith (Beezley) Cavner. He died on Sunday, May 25, 2008 after a brief illness at the Stanton Care Center, Stanton, Iowa at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 21 days.
Following graduation from College Springs High School in May of 1943, Lawrence worked on several area farms and for Wilson Packing Company in Omaha, Neb. He then went to work on the assembly line of the Fort Crook Nebraska Martin Bomber Plant at what is now part of Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha. During his time on the assembly line, Lawrence was involved with the construction of over 1500 B-26 Marauder Bombers and 500 B-29 bombers including the famous “Enola Gay” which greatly contributed to the rapid close of the war with Japan.
On September 13, 1945, Lawrence was united in marriage to Alice Gamble of Coin, Iowa. They settled in College Springs until the end of WW II, when they moved to Stanton, Iowa, and farmed for E.M. Coppage. Lawrence and Alice farmed in the Stanton area for 14 years, where they raised four children. In 1961, Lawrence joined the Grain Storage Division of the ASCS, where he became Manager of the Red Oak office in 1966, serving in that capacity until retiring in January of 1986. In 1963 the family moved to a small acreage on the south side of Stanton. Lawrence developed the acreage into the Highland Oaks Subdivision in 1970 and built numerous homes.
During his many years of farming and in business, Lawrence stayed active in the Stanton Community and starting in May of 1970, was elected to the City council before being elected to the office of Mayor in 1974, a position he held for 15 years. Lawrence was especially proud over the years of his actual work on the Viking Lake project in its early years and of the great attraction it has now become in Southwest Iowa. He was a member of the Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton, Iowa, and served as the Chairperson of the Democratic Party in Montgomery County for several years. Lawrence was a past member of the Red Oak Optimist Club and Lions Club in Stanton.
Lawrence is survived by his wife: Alice Cavner of Stanton, Iowa; their four children: Linda Nelson and Joel Myers of Dallas Center, Iowa; Janice Black and Winfield Mayne of Villisca, Iowa; James Cavner of Stanton, Iowa; Anita and John Koynock of Chardon, Ohio; sisters: Doris McCluskey of Fort Collins, Colo.; Kathryn and Bill Simpson of College Springs, Iowa; brother: Lloyd and Dorothy Cavner of Clarinda, Iowa. Lawrence and Alice have both enjoyed the many visits and time spent with their many grandchildren, including: Kyle Long of Mitchell, Neb., Jamison and Brenda Long of Omaha, Neb., Jesse and Shannon Nelson of Ankeny, Iowa, Sarah and Aaron Wilson of North Mankato, Minn., and Justin and Emily Black of Rochester, Minn.; great-grandchildren; Cooper and Maxwell Long of Omaha, Neb., and Andrew Nelson of Ankeny, Iowa; other relatives and friends.
Funeral Service was held on Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton, Iowa. Burial in Mamre Cemetery with The Rev. Dr. Eric Kutzli, officiating.
Visitation with the family present was held at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
A memorial is being established in Lawrence’s name.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at
Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Chick, Elizabeth C. Planck - Elizabeth C. Chick, 90,of Shenandoah, Iowa, died on Thursday, January 10, 2008 at Southridge Nursing and Rehab Center in Marshalltown, Iowa.
Born on April 13, 1917, in Gilman City, MO, she was the daughter of Samuel W. Planck and Lura F. Wooderson. Elizabeth graduated from Bethany High School and later attended Northwest Missouri State University, graduating in 1938. Elizabeth married Jack Chick on August 13, 1939 in Bethany, MO. She taught school in Missouri Valley, Iowa for 25 years, then at Shenandoah, Iowa for 40 years. She moved to Marshalltown in March, 2007. Elizabeth was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah and the PEO. She was an only child and was very proud of the fact that she had 24 descendents. Elizabeth enjoyed children, learning, reading, golfing, and playing the piano. She was very witty and loved being outdoors and traveling, especially to Colorado.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Anne Miller of Moberly, MO, and Barbara (Dick) McBride of Marshalltown; grandchildren, Lisa (Mark) Fuhrman of Moberly, MO, Cary (John) Hughes of Marshalltown, Becky (Greg) Choate of Cottage Grove, WI, Ryan (Laura) McBride of Cedar Rapids, and Jason (Jacqueline) McBride of Western Springs, IL, and her 9 great-grandsons and 10 great-granddaughters.
In death, she has rejoined her husband, Jack, and her parents.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 15, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by the Rev. Rick Sleyster. Organist was Margaret Woods. Casket bearers were Bill Billings, Don Nelson, C. E. Hornbuckle, Ray Graves, Ernie Aust and Rick Sleyster. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Maryville, Missouri next to her husband Jack. Memorials may be directed to Iowa River Hospice or the First Presbyterian Church of Shenandoah.


Christensen, Robert Fred - Robert Fred Christensen, age 76, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, formerly of Hastings, Iowa, the second of five children of John Fred and Gladys Veronica (Miller) Christensen, was born Dec. 4, 1932, in College Springs, Iowa. He graduated from Amity High School, College Springs, in 1950, where he participated in basketball, football, baseball, FFA, band and vocal music. A standout high school basketball player, Bob turned down the opportunity to play college basketball at Iowa State University to purse a career in farming.
As a youth, he was also active in 4-H and leadership award winner and attended National 4-H Camp. Following graduation, he farmed served as a 4-H leader, and was a football and basketball referee.
Bob met Naomi Chamberlain at the Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H livestock show, Omaha, during high school. They married on June 28, 1953, and celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in June, 2008. The Christensens moved to a farm near Strahan, in 1961. For 45 years, Bob was a self-employed farmer and livestock producer whose goal was to conserve and improve the land upon which he and his family made their living. His son, Doug, joined the farming operation in 1976.
Bob was named 1968 Farm Manager of the Year by the Iowa State University Ag-Business Club, 1980 Iowa Seedstock Producer of the year by the Iowa Beef Breeds Council, and 1983 Iowa Master Farmer by Wallace Farmer Magazine. Bob and Naomi were the Omaha Kiwanis Club’s Outstanding Farm Family in 1989. The Christensens had a farrow-to-finish hog operation, and Bob was a recipient of the Mills County Master Pork Producer Award.
He was a charter member of both the Iowa and American Simmental Associations. Bob’s life-long passion was his herd of Simmental cattle. He helped organize the Iowa Simmental Association in 1970 and served as its executive secretary-treasurer for 34 years, managing the state Simmental sale for many years, also, the national Simmental sale in 1978. The Iowa Simmental Association honored Bob and Naomi with the inaugural Christensen Elite Award in 1981, named in their honor, which has been awarded annually. Bob was also the recipient of the Switzerland-based World Simmental Federation Golden Book Award, the highest honor given by the American Simmental Association through its membership in the Federation.
Bob was a 4-H leader for 40 years and inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2003. He also served as a trustee on the Iowa 4-H Foundation and on the Iowa State University Extension Advisory Committee.
In Mills County, he served on the Extension Council and Youth Committee, as county fair beef superintendent, was a 32-year member of the Fair Board and a leader of the Mills County 4-H Teen Club. Bob also served on the Farmers Home Administration, ASCS Committee and the Nishna Valley School Board, including two years as president. He helped organize and was a charter member oft he Southwest Iowa Farm Business Association and served as chairperson of the State Farm Business Council for two years.
Bob was a member of the United Methodist Church for 64 years, having joined the College Springs Methodist Church at age 12, the Strahan Methodist Church in 1961, and became an associate member of the Salem United Methodist Church, Council Bluffs, in 2005. He served the church at Strahan as a choir member, lay leader, chair-person of administrative council, trustee’s chairperson, and leader of the United Methodist youth Fellowship. In 1980, Bob secured cattle for the Heifer International Project for South Dakota Native Americans.
Bob and Naomi retired from farming in 2005 and moved to Risen Son Christian Village, Council Bluffs. Bob died there on Dec. 29, 2008, having reached the age of 76 years and 25 days. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Bob is survived by his wife, Naomi, Council Bluffs; son, Doug (Lynn) Christensen, Hastings; daughter, Donna Christensen-Mores (Alan Mores), Harlan; grandchildren Seth (Sally) Christensen, Council Bluffs; Bryce (Krista) Christensen, West Des Moines; Gregg Christensen, St. Louis, Mo.; Jackson Mores and Chandler Mores, Harlan; great-grandsons Tyler, Nate, Luke and Cole Christensen; sisters Corrine (Dave) Williams, Villisca; Shirley Herzberg, Clarinda; Janice (Berle) Decker, Omaha; Diane (Keith) Messinger, Waterloo; as well as many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Visitation was held at the Mansfield-Hertz Funeral Home in Malvern, Iowa on Friday, January 2, 2009 at 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorial services were held at the United Methodist Church in Malvern, Iowa, Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Officiants were Rev. Carl Phillips and Rev. David Weesner. Honorary Pallbearers were Seth Christensen, Bryce Christensen, Gregg Christensen, Jackson Mores, Scott Hillyer and Myron Morrical. Registry Attendants were Chandler Mores and Marjorie Gipe. Music by Harva Paul, Pianist; Scott Hillyer, Soloist; “Great Is They Faithfulness”. Congregational Hymns by “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee’’ No. 89, “Hymn of Promise” No. 707, “The Lord’s Prayer” recorded Bob in 1974. Flower Attendants were Donna Hillyer and Lorraine Morrical. Ushers were William Frazee, Steve Grindle, Tom Pollock and John Sayers.
Immediately following the service, lunch and a time of fellowship with the Christensen family was held at the Malvern Community Building. Memorials suggested to the Strahan United Methodist Church or the Iowa Simmental Association. Mansfield-Hertz Funeral Home of Malvern in charge of arrangements.

Christiansen, Doris Kirkland - Funeral services for Doris Christiansen, age 79 of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of the Clearmont, Blanchard, College Springs area, who died Monday, October 1, 2007 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa will be held Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, College Springs, Iowa with Reverend James Crapson officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Saturday, October 6 at the church Burial will be in the Blanchard Cemetery, Blanchard, Iowa. A memorial will be established. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our web page, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Service of Clarinda, Iowa.

Doris Christiansen was born September 10, 1928 at her parent’s home in rural Udall, Missouri. She was the daughter of Jesse Bennett Kirkland and Pearl Mae (Taylor) Kirkland. She was raised in Udall and graduated from Udall High School and then taught school at Blanchard, Iowa. While teaching at Blanchard, she met Frank Llewelyn Christiansen and they were married December 10, 1946 at the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Blanchard, Iowa. Doris and Frank were blessed with three children, Joe, Martin and Linda. They farmed near Blanchard until 1960 when they moved to rural Clearmont. In 1976, they moved to rural College Springs, Iowa. Doris moved to the Eiler House in Clarinda, Iowa in 2000 and was currently a resident at Goldenrod Manor.

Doris worked in the kitchen at the Clarinda Regional Health Center until her retirement. She had also worked at the Post Office in Clearmont. She was an active member of the Methodist Church at Blanchard and later at Clearmont. Doris was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a news correspondent for the Clarinda Herald Journal for many years writing area news articles. Doris enjoyed baking bread and also crocheting until her health failed.

Doris is survived by her children, Joe Christiansen and wife Kay of Blanchard, Iowa, Martin Christiansen and wife Lisa of Harrisonville, Missouri, Linda Sunderman and husband Kennard of Clarinda, Iowa; fifteen grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; sisters, Eithel Doughtery of Rogersville, Missouri, Frankie Rowlett and husband Bob of Arkansas; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding Doris in death were her parents; husband Frank (9/18/1997); brothers, Russell Kirkland and Frank Kirkland; sisters, Della Jean Jones, Delphia Coble, Agnes Doughtery, Lorene Fischer

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn Doris’s passing.